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Philips announces Hue Bridge 2.0 lights with HomeKit compatibility

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Date: Tuesday, October 6th, 2015, 08:07
Category: Hardware, HomeKit, iOS, News

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This definitely smacks of the nifty.

Philips on Monday announced its first HomeKit-enabled product, the Hue Bridge 2.0, an updated version of its original Hue Bridge. With the Hue Bridge 2.0, its line of Philips Hue lights are able to work with Apple’s home automation platform, allowing all existing and future Hue bulbs to be controlled with Siri voice commands.

Spoken commands like “Turn lights red” can be used for specific colors, while commands like “Set the lamp to 30 percent” can be used for dimming. While users have long been able to use the Philips Hue app to set custom light sequences, these commands can now be spoken via Siri as well as control an entire household of lights with a single command.

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iFixit digs into iPhone 6s, 6s Plus handsets, finds reason for nearly waterproof test results

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Date: Friday, October 2nd, 2015, 15:12
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News

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The reports have come in praising the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus’ nigh-waterproof nature and while the handsets aren’t completely waterproof, they appear to be a huge step in the right direction.

With that in mind, the cool cats at iFixit began looking at the construction used in the units. The engineers found that while Apple hadn’t surrounded the iPhone’s logic board in water-resistant materials, but had essentially made the logic board itself more waterproof.

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Some early iPhone 6s, 6s Plus adopters reporting Touch ID, speaker, power, 3D Touch issues

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Date: Thursday, October 1st, 2015, 08:10
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, Software

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There may be some issues to sort out with the first batches of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus handsets.

Following last week’s launch of the newest iPhones, a number of customers have reported issues ranging from overheating Touch ID buttons to random power-offs, significant audio distortion, and 3D Touch glitches.

The problems include the following:

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iFixit app pulled from App Store following fourth-gen Apple TV teardown

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Date: Thursday, October 1st, 2015, 07:36
Category: Apple TV, Hardware, Legal, News

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This kind of falls under the category of “Invoking the Wrath of Apple”.

Or at least its legal department.

The coolest of cats over at iFixit, famous for providing amazing hardware teardown and repair guides for assorted gadgets, had their developer account canceled after publishing a teardown of the new Apple TV developer unit in violation of Apple’s terms and conditions.

As such, iFixit’s app has been pulled from the App Store.

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Video tests show iPhone 6s, 6s Plus relatively water resistant, not waterproof

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Date: Tuesday, September 29th, 2015, 08:12
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News

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The good news is that the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus handsets are pretty water resistant.

The bad news is that they’re not waterproof and it’s a bad idea to go swimming with them.

A group of YouTube users have put together some videos showcasing the results of both the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus under a few inches of water, although the devices fare much worse when put to the test under four feet of water in a swimming pool.

The first video has both the iPhone 6s Plus and the Galaxy S6 Edge being submerged in a few inches of water. The two handsets survived being submerged for 30 minutes and appeared to retain their entire functionalities afterwards. As noted by Keaton Keller, the creator of the video and part of the TechSmartt channel, last year the iPhone 6 died after a brief minute facing the same test.



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FoneFox tests iPhone 6s Plus bendiness, comes up with impressive results

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Date: Friday, September 25th, 2015, 10:52
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News

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The good news is we might not have to deal with “BendGate 2.0” where the iPhone 6s is concerned.

Following last year’s controversy, Apple strengthened the weak points of its iPhone 6s handsets and added a new, stronger 7000 series aluminum to the device.

It seems to have helped.

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iFixit posts fourth-generation Apple TV teardown

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Date: Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015, 09:21
Category: Apple TV, Hardware, News

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The cool cats at iFixit have done it again, this time performing and posting a full teardown of Apple’s new fourth-generation Apple TV.

The teardown discovered a dual-core, 64-bit A8 processor with 2GB of SK Hynix LPDDR3 SDRAM, custom Apple memory controller, SK Hynix NAND flash storage, Universal Scientific Industrial Wi-Fi module and SMSC USB 2.0 to 10/100 Ethernet controller.

The list of components includes the following:
– Apple A8 APL1011 SoC

– SK Hynix H9CKNNNBKTBRWR-NTH 2 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM

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Hyper launches Indiegogo campaign to create world’s only USB Type C-compatible battery pack, adapter

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Date: Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015, 08:11
Category: Hardware, MacBook, News, USB-C

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This could turn into something cool.

Hyper, the makers of the HyperJuice battery, have put together an Indiegogo fundraiser to raise US$50,000 to create a HyperJuice battery that will effectively charge Apple’s 12-inch MacBook with a USB Type C power adapter interface.

The Magic Box units being worked on will allow conventional battery packs to charge the notebook at 29 watts and will allow you to safely charge the 12-inch MacBook at 12 watts with any USB battery, sending the right current along without risk of damaging the battery over time.

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iFixit posts iPad mini 4 teardown, notes iPad Air 2 components, space-saving tricks

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Date: Friday, September 18th, 2015, 08:26
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPad mini, News

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The cool cats at iFixit just tore into the newly-released iPad mini 4 and found that it’s essentially the iPad Air 2 components squeezed into a smaller form factor.

The new tablet uses the iPad Air 2’s fully laminated screen technology, which lends itself to a thinner design. The glass and display are adhered together, giving it a more rigid design and making screen repairs more difficult. iFixit also notes that the iPad mini has retained a battery design that makes it easy to disconnect, unlike the battery found in the larger iPads. Another small similarity between the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4 is that the Touch ID cable is now integrated directly into the display cable.

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3D Touch screen components add almost 11% weight increase to iPhone 6s, 6s Plus models

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Date: Tuesday, September 15th, 2015, 08:34
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News

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Not that the current iPhone in your pocket is a weighty brick that threatens your spine every moment of every day, but the upcoming iPhone 6s and 6s Plus units may be a bit heavier.

According to Apple the 3D Touch display components account for the bulk of an 11 percent increase in weight over last year’s models, not the use of 7000 series aluminum as some have speculated.

The findings were located through Apple’s environmental reports for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, which break down materials used by respective component weight.

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