The problem with having a portable charger is that you may forget to carry one along at times, but what you won’t forget is the belt that helps keep your trousers up. Well, now it will charge your smartphone too, and keep your trousers up. Enter – XOO Belt from Nifty – the belt with concealed, flexible battery packs.

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As you know by now, iOS 8, iOS 8.1 and iOS 8.1.1 download links for final version are live for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, 5c, 5, 4S, iPad 2 and over, including the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, iPod touch 5G. iOS 8 brings a ton of new features to supported devices. More information on the features new in iOS 8 can be found here.

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Things for iOS is the most sought-after app for productivity junkies, serving as one of the most detailed task management offerings on not just iOS, but Mac as well. This illustrious app has dedicated variants for both the iPhone and iPad with a significant Mac-like interface for the latter, and with Apple feeling rather generous, is giving you a chance to grab Things for iPhone and iPad absolutely free from the App Store.

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When Touch ID, Apple’s fingerprint sensor, first emerged on the scene with last year’s launch of the iPhone 5s, it was dispelled by many as a gimmick. It quickly emerged that it was anything but – rather a very refined measure that enhanced security and promoted seamlessness. With iOS 8, Apple has further expanded Touch ID’s reach, adding third-party support allowing banking, password management and other such apps to reap the fruits of the implementation. It’s still not without its fair share of limitations, though, and among them, the fact that it doesn’t immediately allow a user to log in right after a reboot. It has now emerged that this isn’t an arbitrary decision imparted by Apple, but actually, is due to the secure infrastructure upon which Touch ID is based.

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Apple has long received flak for not giving people the widgets that they seem to so desperately want. The addition of widgets to Notification Center may have gone some way to keeping those people happy, but if you’re the kind of person that has always wanted the big HTC weather widget on your iPhone’s home screen, then Apple isn’t likely to give you what you want any time soon.

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Apple has today replaced all the ‘FREE’ download buttons with the word ‘GET’ across both the App Store and Mac App Store. The change appears to be worldwide, so you should be seeing it right now no matter which store you happen to frequent.

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With this year’s Black Friday on November 28th, all the major retailers are already getting their ducks in a row to make sure that everyone is well aware of where they need to start lining up in order to try and bag themselves a bargain come opening time. Walmart is determined to steal a march on most other retailers though, and rather than simply announcing what will be on offer, the company is instead setting its stall out early.

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Here’s a simple trick on how to fix slow Wi-Fi Internet connection issue on iOS 8 / 8.1 running on iPhone or iPad.

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No amount of Bluetooth compatible gaming controllers for mobile devices can compare to those found on most gaming consoles, or can they? Enter – SteelSeries Stratus XL, the MFi gaming controller that actually feels and looks like it belongs on an expensive console.

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Daring Fireball’s John Gruber isn’t one for idly throwing guesswork out into the public domain. If he says something, it’s usually very well considered and if he’s been given the inside scoop by someone in the know, then extremely accurate also. So when Gruber says something about the next Apple camera being a large jump over what’s currently available, people tend to take notice.

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iOS 8.1.1 untethered jailbreak has been demoed on video by iH8sn0w, opening up possibilities for a future jailbreak release. More details can be found right here.

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The update to iOS 8.1.1 may have fixed some of the more ridiculous and irritating bugs that iOS 8 / 8.1 had managed to introduce, but it also has one undocumented benefit that will no doubt prove highly useful to those carrying iPhones and iPads with just 16GB of internal storage. Even though many have reported that they still need huge amounts of free space in order to install iOS 8.1.1, many have found that once they’ve gone through the entire update process they’ve been left with more space than when they started.

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The holiday shopping season is drawing nearer and the Cupertino giant shows us just how valuable Apple Pay can be, as Eddy Cue – Apple’s SVP of Internet Software and Services – shows off the service in action as he goes on a shopping spree followed by some cameras, of course.

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Facebook has continued to dissect the various attributes of its social networking experience, with the Messenger app being the most obvious and widely used spin-off to the main official utility. But it’s not the only aspect of Facebook that could use its own little quite space through which to operate, and with a large chunk of the 1 billion+ user base engaged in groups, Mark Zuckerberg and his software development team have obliged with a separate Groups app for iOS and Android. Details, as ever, can be seen below.

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iOS 8.2 beta download just went live for supported iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. iOS 8.2 beta 1 release comes only a day after Apple released public final version of iOS 8.1.1.

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Let’s face it, we’ve all come across those awkward conversation-crunching typos on our smartphones in the attempt of typing really fast. Then there is the Guinness World Record of 17.00 seconds of typing a finger twisting message on a touch-screen smartphone. Brazilian teenager Marcel Fernandes Filho has just used the Fleksy keyboard on an iPhone 6 Plus to set the record.

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The threat posed by the WireLurker malware that has been infecting Macs and iOS devices has only recently come to light, but following a tip-off from local security company Qihoo 360 Technology, Chinese authorities arrested three individuals that it suspects are behind the malware. WireLurker infected thousands of mobile devices in the country after users unwittingly installed it via a third-party app store.

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Sony has just débuted a new image sensor for mobile devices that incorporates a “stacked” design, which offers a more compact form factor while still improving dramatically on overall performance. Given that Apple tends to subscribe to this ethos of scaling everything down with each new hardware release, allied to the fact that Sony is a manufacturing partner of the Cupertino’s, and it’s reasonable to speculate that the next-gen iPhone (and iPad) devices could reap the benefits of the 21-megapixel Exmor RS IMX230.

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In order to achieve an iOS jailbreak of any kind, holes in the software must be found and exploited, and for the most part, there’s a requirement of several exploits working in tandem. The Pangu8 jailbreak for iOS 8 / 8.1 utilized a multitude of security lapses in allowing us to reach the holy grail of Cydia once more, but while Apple just recently plugged three gaps in iOS 8.1.1 that had made Pangu8 possible, the Chinese hackers behind it have been given their due credits for discovering the flaws.

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If you’ve been jailbreaking for a fair amount of time, then you’ll be more than familiar with Substrate Safe Mode. It’s designed to help your device remain usable when conflicts arise, allowing you to resolve the issue and remove the problematic package(s) or extensions with as little incident as possible. It’s not the most welcome of situations, since it only arises when there’s a crash of some description, but it is a necessity in helping your device to recover, and with Substrate Safe Mode having just been updated in Cydia, this is one package you’ll want to download and install at the soonest opportunity.

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