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Apple begins selling unlocked, SIM-free iPhone 6s, 6s Plus handsets

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Date: Friday, October 9th, 2015, 08:34
Category: iPhone, News, retail

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The expensive, unlocked, SIM-free iPhone 6s and 6s Plus handset you’ve been waiting for has arrived.

Two weeks after the launch of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus handsets, Apple has added a new purchasing option for the devices to its online store. As of yesterday, customers can now buy an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus SIM-free, unlocked, and without a carrier.

The units arrive without a commitment to a carrier or carrier financing. Apple has also noted that the device does not come with a nano-SIM, meaning that customers can go to a carrier of their choice and get a SIM, assuming the carrier supports the wireless bands the iPhone has. The entire cost of the iPhone must be paid upfront.

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“Chipgate” scandal erupts for iPhone 6s, 6s Plus owners, Samsung A9 processor may lead to 20% shorter battery life

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Date: Thursday, October 8th, 2015, 12:15
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, News, Processors, Software

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Well, you can’t release a new iPhone without at least some scandal.

This year it may come down to the processor inside your new iPhone 6s or 6s Plus.

In the new “Chipgate” controversy, Apple may have shipped a series of processors that could affect battery life with the handset.

Apple, which used two suppliers (Samsung and TSMC) to build the chip, is facing feedback in which users are reporting that those with the Samsung chip could have up to 20 percent less battery life. Apple has yet to respond to the controversy.

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Google app for iOS hits version 9.0, adds new features

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Date: Thursday, October 8th, 2015, 09:55
Category: Google, iOS, News, Software

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The Google app for iOS just hit version 9.0 and brought some decent updates with it.

The new version offers the following fixes and changes:

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Apple fixes app slicing issue with iOS 9.0.2 update, allows for device-specific resources to be downloaded as needed

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Date: Tuesday, October 6th, 2015, 08:16
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Software, Watch OS

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Well, there’s good news if you’re developing iOS apps.

Apple has just announced that its app slicing issue has been fixed. This will allow for device-specific versions of apps to be delivered when downloaded by users running iOS 9.0.2 or later.

For those of you unfamiliar with app slicing, this is a delivery method that allows for the optimal installation of an iOS or watchOS app to be delivered to a user’s particular device, with minimal footprint. This optimization, called app thinning, lets developers create apps that use the most device features, occupy minimum disk space, and accommodate future updates that can be applied by Apple. Faster downloads and more space for other apps and content provides a better user experience.

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Microsoft acknowledges crashes under OS X 10.11 El Capitan, can’t offer timeline for a fix

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Date: Tuesday, October 6th, 2015, 08:42
Category: News, Software

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The good news is that Microsoft has acknowledged the massive crashes between Office for Mac 2016 and the newly-released OS X 10.11 El Capitan.

The bad news is that they don’t have an estimated timeline for a fix.

In an emailed statement, a Microsoft spokeswoman said the company is looking into the problem.

“We know that some users may be experiencing issues with Office 2016 for Mac running on El Capitan,” the statement read. “We are actively investigating the matter with Apple. Until there is a fix, we recommend people install the latest updates to Office 2016 for Mac using Microsoft AutoUpdate.”

OS X 10.11 El Capitan was released on September 30th. Since then, reports of bugs and crashes between it and Office for Mac 2016 have skyrocketed on support threads.

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Apple purchases VocalIQ, may use APIs to boost Siri, rumored car project

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Date: Monday, October 5th, 2015, 12:32
Category: News, Siri, Software

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Add this to the other cool things Apple has bought over the years and may or may not do something with.

Apple has apparently purchased VocalIQ, a startup located in the UK that has “developed a self-learning dialogue API built on 10 years of natural language research, belief tracking, decision making, and message generation.”

Albeit no one has said how Apple plans to use VocalIQ’s assets, it’s thought that VocalIQ’s API can help improve Siri. It’s also thought that Apple could use the technology for its upcoming car project, as VocalIQ specialized in in-car applications among other things, as the company has collaborated with General Motors in the past. .

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Microsoft Office 2016 users complain about bugs, crashes under OS X 10.11 El Capitan update

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Date: Monday, October 5th, 2015, 08:02
Category: Microsoft, News, Software

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Well, this is a giant mess.

Following the release of Apple’s new OS X 10.11 El Capitan on Wednesday, a number of users have complained of crashes with Office 2016 and the new operating system.

“This is beyond the Pale. We basically can’t use Office on our computers,” wrote one user on the longest thread related to the crash problem.

Users have complained of apparently random crashes since the update, the discussion thread regarding the issues currently running for more than 140 pages.

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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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Apple releases OS X 10.11 El Capitan update

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Date: Thursday, October 1st, 2015, 07:38
Category: iOS, News, Software

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OS X 10.11 El Capitan hit yesterday and users are making up their minds about it.

The updated operating system, available as a free upgrade, offers the following fixes and changes:

– Spotlight now lets users search for files and other content in natural language, and access new kinds of information such as weather, stocks, and public transit schedules. Some other system-wide feature additions include a Split View fullscreen mode, a more streamlined Mission Control, and a series of upgrades to Chinese and Japanese language support, such as new fonts and better keyboard and trackpad input.

– Safari now supports pinned tabs, pushing Web video via AirPlay, and muting tabs via the Smart Search field. Maps users can search for the aforementioned public transit info, and also push directions to an iPhone, much like Google Maps.

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