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Google Chrome 46 to include Mac-specific changes, reduce memory consumption, boost performance

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Date: Friday, August 21st, 2015, 09:08
Category: News, Software

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If the current builds of the Chrome web browser have been driving you mildly nuts, Google might have some fixes on the way.

A test build of Google’s forthcoming Chrome 46 makes substantial improvements to the performance of the Web browser on the Mac.

The build appears to halve Chrome’s memory consumption, and make formely slow tabs much faster. At the same time, the browser also appears to consume fewer CPU and power resources.

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Review: Mophie Juice Pack Air for iPhone 6

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Date: Monday, August 17th, 2015, 05:59
Category: Hardware, Review

Review: Mophie Juice Pack Air for iPhone 6

There aren’t many products that I can unequivocally recommend, but the Mophie Juice Pack Air is one of them. It’s a battery case for the iPhone 6 that gives you a charge when you iPhone’s battery dies – which can be a real lifesaver.

If you’ve ever had an unexpected after work event, late evening activity, or woke up after forgetting to charge your iPhone overnight, an extra battery is practically essential. Even if you don’t regularly run out of battery in a normal day, a charged Mophie juice pack is a great thing to keep in your gear bag just in case, mine has saved my bacon or more than occasion.

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Leaked images show purported “iPhone 6s” display components

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Date: Monday, August 3rd, 2015, 08:26
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, Pictures, Uncategorized

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You can’t say image leaks of forthcoming Apple products don’t answer a few questions.

A set of photos leaked by Chinese repair firm GeekBar show the supposed front and back views of an “iPhone 6s” handset. The photos highlight a Force Touch implementation and appear to incorporate the same rounded glass edges and general shape, with no change to ear speaker or camera positioning. On the back, the LCD module and other internals are obscured by the usual protective metal shielding, though a few differences stand out.

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iFixit posts 6th-gen iPod touch teardown

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Date: Friday, July 17th, 2015, 09:49
Category: Hardware, iPod Touch, News

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Once again, the coolest of cats over at iFixit have come through with teardown goodness, dissecting a brand new 2015/sixth-generation iPod touch to see what they could find.

The exterior of the device looks largely the same as the previous generation, but it’s the new guts of the device that make the difference.

During the teardown, the iFixit guys found the following:

– An A8 processor that had been underclocked compared to the iPhone version.

– 1 GB LPDDR3 RAM.

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Rumor: Apple Watch 2 to retain similar appearance to first gen model, will feature larger battery

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Date: Friday, July 3rd, 2015, 07:07
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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The current rumor has it that the Apple Watch 2 will look pretty much the same but run for a longer period of time.

And that’s a decent thing.

Apple’s second-generation Watch is unlikely to see any external changes, a Thursday morning report from South Korea suggests, with the company instead focusing on tightening up internal components in order to fit a larger battery.

Following up on yesterday’s report that Apple is working with South Korean firms LG and Samsung to produce thinner OLED displays for its Watch revamp, the new rumor is that Apple is working on a larger battery for the wearable.

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Rumor: Next-gen iPhone to use Qualcomm MDM9635M LTE chip, will boast potential download speeds up to 300 Mbps

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Date: Wednesday, July 1st, 2015, 09:37
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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It came from the rumor mill and it’s pretty interesting.

An anonymous source leaked that Apple will be using a new LTE chip manufactured by Qualcomm in the next-gen iPhone. The MDM9635M chip, also known as the ‘9X35′ Gobi modem platform, promises significant performance improvements over the “9X25″ chip found inside of the current iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, capable of delivering up to twice the theoretical LTE download speeds.

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Apple allows for wider battery coverage in updated AppleCare+ plans for iPhone, iPad, iPod and Apple Watch

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Date: Friday, June 26th, 2015, 08:08
Category: Apple Watch, AppleCare, iPad, iPhone, iPod, News, Wearables

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The AppleCare+ Protection Plan terms for the iPhone, iPad, iPod and Apple Watch just got a little better. Apple has now included language that would cover batteries with less than 80% of their original capacity within the extended warranty period, whereas it previously covered batteries that retained less than 50 percent of their original capacity. The change applies to AppleCare+ purchased for iPhone, iPad, iPod and all Apple Watch models on April 9th, 2015 or later.

The new criteria will allow for the replacement of defective batteries that do not live up to the 80 percent specification free of charge as long as the device is within its AppleCare+ coverage period. Otherwise, Apple charges US$79 for out-of-warranty battery service for all Apple Watch batteries that retain less than 80 percent of their original capacity per Apple’s diagnostic testing, plus a US$6.95 shipping charge if required.

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Apple introduces iOS 9, outlines upcoming features and changes, multitasking for iPad

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Date: Monday, June 8th, 2015, 14:36
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software, WWDC

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Apple introduced iOS 9 during the Worldwide Developers Conference with a copious number of new changes.

As the mighty Craig Federighi took the stage, he highlighted improvements for Siri, power management, extending battery life, etc.

Federighi cited that Siri is now 40 percent faster, and comes with a new interface that matches Apple Watch, and understands contextual statements like, “show me my WWDC photos from last year.”

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Apple issues recall for Beats Pill XL speaker, cites possible overheating, fire risk

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Date: Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015, 07:19
Category: Accessory, Hardware, News

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This isn’t the most auspicious beginning to Apple’s partnership with Beats.

Also, if you bought a Beats Pill XL speaker at an Apple store, there’s a chance it could catch fire.

Apple has issued a rare recall notice on the Beats Pill XL portable Bluetooth speaker sold in Apple Stores and various other retailers. The voluntary recall cites a situation in which the battery can overheat and become a fire hazard. Apple purchased Beats Electronics and Beats Music for some US$3 billion in 2014. The current Beats Pill XL hardware has remained the same since Apple purchased the speaker company.

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This is Nifty: Volkswagen developing Car-Net app for iOS devices

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Date: Wednesday, May 6th, 2015, 08:20
Category: Apple Watch, iOS, News, Software, Wearables

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German car manufacturer Volkswagen today announced that it’s joining the ranks of companies offering an Apple Watch app to go along with its broader mobile service.

VW’s Car-Net service, which debuted in 2014, has offered services like remote control of climate settings, checking if you left your windows open or where you parked, and fuel/battery monitoring are all available for both the iOS and Android platforms.

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