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Apple Pay arrives to kill your wallet

Apple Pay arrives to kill your wallet

Apple is out to kill the wallet, and Apple Pay is the way it plans to do it. "Our vision is to replace this [traditional system]," CEO Tim Cook said, "and we're going to start by focusing on payment." The system turns the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus into a mobile payments terminal, using Touch ID for authentication.

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iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus official

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus official

It's time - the iPhone 6 and its larger sibling, the iPhone 6 Plus, are official. This morning Tim Cook took the stage at Apple’s special event to greet the audience with a thank you - "those words mean a great deal to us." Summoning the past with a mention of how they launched the iMac in the Flint Center - the same place we’re sitting now - we get the sense that this event is important.

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Jawbone UP API opening to iPhone, Android, WP8.1, more

Jawbone UP API opening to iPhone, Android, WP8.1, more

Jawbone is expected to open up its platform to the movement sensors in devices other than its own UP24 fitness band, with new apps for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and Android Wear expected over the next month. The move, which could be announced as early as tomorrow we're told, will see Jawbone's fitness platform pull in data from smartphones and wearables - including Pebble - along with seamlessly integrating with Apple's HealthKit, so that data gathered by the iWatch should also be supported.

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Rebuilding Moto: Motorola’s Steve Horowitz speaks

Rebuilding Moto: Motorola’s Steve Horowitz speaks

With the new Moto X further refining its flagship Android phone, the new Moto G revamping the company’s most popular smartphone ever, and Moto 360 and Moto Hint making a double play for wearables, Motorola is certainly having an interesting month. With the whispers from the Her-like Hint still echoing in my ears, I sat down with Steve Horowitz, senior vice president for software engineering at Motorola, to talk about wearables, fitting into Lenovo’s ecosystem, and what he’ll miss when out from under Google’s umbrella.

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Will Apple’s iWatch look like Moto’s old 360?

Will Apple’s iWatch look like Moto’s old 360?

Just this past week we released our tour of Motorola’s Chicago headquarters. Now that we’re one day away from what’s widely assumed to be Apple’s reveal of the iWatch, it’s time to take another visit. While we were at Moto’s labs we had a look at not only the Moto 360, but its predecessors, square-faced and everything.

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Insisting free-speech, reddit kills explicit celeb pic forums

Insisting free-speech, reddit kills explicit celeb pic forums

Reddit has finally taken down the much-criticized forums which shared and re-circulated stolen explicit celebrity photos, including Jennifer Lawrence and others, though the site's management are at pains to portray it as a copyright issue, not one of free speech. The continued availability of the leaked images, believed to have been extracted from iCloud backups using hacked and stolen credentials, had prompted demands by some that reddit change its stance on what could and could not be published.

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Time for iWatch: Apple’s Beats

Time for iWatch: Apple’s Beats

The company that created the iPhone is no stranger to fashion. They’ve taken cues from - and given cues to - the fashion industry for years, for everything from product presentation to in-store packaging. Even an Apple Store bag is considered a fashion accessory in malls. But Apple is about to take a much more clear step in to this industry very, very soon.

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Is this a working iPhone 6?

Is this a working iPhone 6?

Apple's big iPhone 6 event is almost upon us, but a new leak could've spoiled what surprise is remaining, seemingly showing not only a functional handset but perhaps confirming mobile payments support too. The phone, shared in photos by Weibo user zzray with cnBeta, is compared with an iPhone 5s to show the increased screen size, while a new Passbook icon apparently gives the nod to Apple's plans for cashless payments.

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How cool can the iWatch really be?

How cool can the iWatch really be?

The countdown to Apple’s special press event on September 9 is on. The company is expected to unveil a new iPhone 6 that could come in two sizes – 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches. The handset will ship with iOS 8 and will, if the leaked videos and images are real, prove to be one of the better-looking devices on the market.

But in addition to the iPhone, Apple is reportedly planning to announce its long-awaited "iWatch".

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