China is an economic superpower that continues to grow at an incredible rate, and consumer electronics firm Xiaomi perfectly encapsulates this climate. But while often dubbed the “Apple of China,” it’s not just its monumental rise to prominence that has resulted in this label, but also the notion that it copies many of the Cupertino’s designs with many of its own products. In news that will certainly irk the Mac maker, Xiaomi’s chief has set his sights on overtaking Apple and Korean competitor Samsung to become the dominant force of the smartphone industry in the next 5-10 years, and while the Chinese firm hasn’t much of a presence in the United States as yet, its Asian market dominance suggests that these claims cannot be taken lightly.

Google’s Nexus 6 is a very large, very Motorola device in terms of design, but away from the finish, the powerful underbelly and the slick general performance, its Android Lollipop software does include one or two intriguing new quirks of its own. Notably, it bundles full-disk encryption as standard, a feature that cannot be disabled on any Lollipop device without flashing a new ROM, and while this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, some new benchmark readings suggest that the negative impact on performance is considerable.

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has taken a rather surprising step with the launch of a website called WhereToWatch. The MPAA is apparently dialing it down a bit as far as online streaming of movies and TV shows is concerned. WhereToWatch lets you search for your favorite movie or TV show and points you to where you can legally stream it from, or rent it or buy it.

It’s not often that you get to make your own design and have it printed onto a pair of shoes, but that’s exactly what Adidas is making possible with the miZX Flux service. Originally announced earlier this year, the service is now live in the United States with select other countries set to also join in the fun at a later date including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

Apple has just seeded the first beta of OS X 10.10.2 to developers. As you can probably tell by the version number, it’s a fairly innocuous bump inclusive of bug fixes and other such performance enhancements, but if you’re a registered dev, check the details after the break.

Here’s a complete step by step tutorial on how to root Nexus 6 running Android 5.0 Lollipop using Chainfire’s CF-Auto-Root package.

Here’s how you can downgrade iOS 8.1.1 to iOS 8.1 on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and then get your untethered jailbreak back using Pangu8 tool, available on both Windows and Mac.

One feature conspicuous by its absence in the lead-up to iOS 8 was the ability to smoothly reply to messages without having to move away from the task in hand. With the new software update, that all changed, with Messages now offering a quick reply functioning in a vaguely similar fashion to how jailbreak tweak BiteSMS has done for many a year now, and if you’re in the market for something like-minded for third-party apps, well, there’s yet another tweak for that.

Black Friday is almost upon us, and it’s a time that us geeks savor with some great deals on some even greater gadgets. Best Buy, in its continued effort to live up to its name, has kicked off its pre-Black Friday sales, and we’ve rounded up all the best deals in one place.

Whenever a new piece of iOS software is launched, some devices inevitably get left behind, and many, such as the iPhone 4s and iPad 2 on iOS 8, are subjected to a decidedly limited experience compared with the newer models on the market. It was always somewhat inevitable that these antiquated devices would struggle to cope with the rigors of the new, feature-rich update, and so it has proved, but Apple did promise that those who’ve stuck by their iPhone 4s or iPad 2 would see improvements with its iOS 8.1.1 download. Were these just empty claims, or does this week’s update actually enhance the general user experience for those wielding vintage hardware?

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.

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.

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.

Corning has unveiled Gorilla Glass 4 and understandably claims it to be stronger and more resistant than its predecessors. Drops that shattered your device’s glass on rough surfaces – or at least scar the screen with some pretty deep scratches – should now face tougher challenges with Gorilla Glass 4.

What came close to the awesomeness that Rocket Raccoon was with his British Cockney accent and wits in Guardians of the Galaxy was the chart busting soundtrack of the movie, with one song in particular – “Hooked on a Feeling” – totaling over 16 million counts of streaming. As part of a run up to the holiday festivities, Google is offering the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack album entitled ‘Awesome Mix Vol. 1′ for free on Google Play (U.S. only), and the offer is supposedly just for a day.

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.

The late Steve Jobs, possibly one of the most iconic individuals and inspirational company founders of our time, suffered numerous setbacks in his career before eventually returning to Cupertino to inject life back into his beloved Apple in a true phoenix from the flames fairytale story. The proposed movie of his life, as scripted by Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin and rumored to be directed by Danny Boyle of Slumdog Millionaire fame, seems set to face a journey of similar obstacles after a surprising turnaround by Sony Pictures.

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.

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.

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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