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Apple: 68% of 101% of devices visiting App Store run iOS 8

Apple: 68% of 101% of devices visiting App Store run iOS 8

According to Apple, iOS 8 adoption is now at 68%. The last iteration of their mobile operating system, iOS 7, is at 29%. As for ‘older’ variants of iOS, 4% of people are still using a dates OS, according to Apple. The numbers detail a strong Christmas showing, too, with iOS 8 growing form 64% of December 22 — likely due to new activations. There’s more to the story, of course, but Apple is still wrong. We’re sure they know their distribution numbers, but they’re still wrong.

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Monster sues Beats, HTC for fraudulent business

Monster sues Beats, HTC for fraudulent business

If you thought that Apple's acquisition of Beats would be the last big news for the audio accessory and streaming company, think again. Monster, Beats' previous partner in the business, is now suing the company, its founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre (Andre Young) and HTC. Its claim is that the two companies conspired to trick Monster out of a deal with Beats. Interestingly, Monster isn't naming Apple as one of the defendants in the lawsuit, despite Cupertino's ownership of Beats and perhaps its involvement in latter episodes.

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Apple Watch rumored for March release, employee training soon

Apple Watch rumored for March release, employee training soon

Your wait for the Apple Watch may be over sooner than you thought. According to a new report, the Apple Watch software has been finalized, and Apple is preparing a massive training session for Apple Store employees. The Watch itself is currently on track for a March release, though more detail on a specific release date isn’t known. If true, it nails down a timeline for the next time you might see lines forming at an Apple Store near you.

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Report: new 12-inch MacBook Air slims down, has single USB port

Report: new 12-inch MacBook Air slims down, has single USB port

According to a new report from 9to5Mac, a new MacBook Air is coming. The new computer is alleged to have a12-inch screen, but remain about the size of the 11-inch model via reduced bezels on all sides. Possibly even cooler than that is the computer is said to be an actual thing, not like the iPad Pro we keep hearing about. Sources inside Apple claim to have been hands-on with the new device, which is also lighter than existing MacBook Airs.

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Pioneer, Kenwood bring CarPlay/Android Auto to any car

Pioneer, Kenwood bring CarPlay/Android Auto to any car

Today at CES, Pioneer and Kenwood both released some interesting new products aimed at getting your car up-to-date. Both announced in-dash receivers meant to bring you into the Android Auto and/or CarPlay future. Both receivers will support both new automotive initiatives from Apple and Google, making it easier than ever to go OS-agnostic. What isn’t easy is the price tag. Though Kenwood hasn’t yet announced pricing for their unit, the Pioneer receiver will cost at least $700.

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Mophie brings extra power to iPhone 6, 6 Plus

Mophie brings extra power to iPhone 6, 6 Plus

We’ve already told you how you can coax your iPhone 6 through a few days without a charge, but if you need to go longer, Mophie has your back. Today, they’re announcing their Juice Packs for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The duo — Juice Pack Air and Plus for the iPhone 6 and Juice Pack Plus for the iPhone 6 Plus — promise to deliver up to 120% battery for your iPhone 6, and up to 60% extra for the iPhone 6 Plus.

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iPhone 6 and 6 Plus SIM-free models now available

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus SIM-free models now available

Yesterday word surfaced that Apple would begin offering the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus today with a SIM-free option, allowing those buying off-contract to get a model without a T-Mobile SIM card included. Fast-forward to this morning, and such an option is indeed now available on Apple's website. This follows a relatively long wait for such an option, and will also be available to those who buy one of the handsets in-store rather than online. The price is the same as the with-SIM version.

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Report: SIM-free iPhone 6, 6 Plus coming tomorrow

Report: SIM-free iPhone 6, 6 Plus coming tomorrow

If you were holding out for a SIM-free iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, the wait could be over. According to a new report, Apple will begin offering their flagship phone with zero strings attached starting tomorrow. The source cites several feeds, and notes the change will occur online and in-stores. the move comes several months after the device was first announced and released, and marks a longer SIM-free release timeframe than we’re used to seeing from Apple with their iPhones.

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New ZAGG Speaker Case for iPhone 6 is also a battery pack

New ZAGG Speaker Case for iPhone 6 is also a battery pack

Bluetooth speakers are now ubiquitous, with just about everyone jumping into the market segment in an attempt to win your favor. when you’re on the go, it’s just another thing to carry along, and charging it up can be a bit annoying. ZAGG thinks they have the solution, though, and it’s a pretty interesting one. their Speaker Case for the iPhone 6 packs a detachable Bluetooth speaker, and also serves to protect your phone and bring a battery backup along for the ride.

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