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Unlocked iPhone 5s availability begins in USA off-contract

Unlocked iPhone 5s availability begins in USA off-contract

The iPhone 5s has been available for several months now inside the United States, and here near the end of November of 2013 we're seeing the first push of an unlocked, off-contract iteration of the smartphone. This device has been available off-contract inside the USA previous to today, but until now we've not seen the fully SIM-free iteration of the device.

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Switchback Cases aim to change backs with a snap

Switchback Cases aim to change backs with a snap

There's a new set of accessories catching steam this week by the name of Switchback Cases, made to be interchangeable via their back panel whenever the user needs. This accessory works with a single case with a collection of what are called "Switchbacks". Each different Switchback has its own purpose, and packs are sold with several Switchbacks for event-switching use.

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iPhone 5s M7’s next fitness companion is Moves 2.0

iPhone 5s M7’s next fitness companion is Moves 2.0

This week the folks behind the app Moves have announced the creation of “Moves 2.0”, the next in a line of apps that makes direct use of the iPhone 5s’s M7 motion coprocessor. This app is - a its simplest - an activity tracker. What you’ll be able to do with this second edition of the app is track walking, cycling, and running with as small a drain on the iPhone’s battery as possible.

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There is no “Apple Trap”

There is no “Apple Trap”

There's a conspiracy theory appearing in print this week summoning up the suggestion that Apple purposefully creates products that become obsolete over time. The very idea that such an article exists - here in 2013, no less - but that it only targets one single company as such makes it clear: someone didn't do their homework. Claims against Apple specifically are made by the NYTimes in an article called "Why Apple wants to bust your iPhone" in its online edition and "Cracking the Apple Trap" in print.

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iPhone 5s 64-bit processor “front end of a long roadmap” says Tim Cook

iPhone 5s 64-bit processor “front end of a long roadmap” says Tim Cook

Apple's 4th quarter earnings report here in 2013 had mention of the best of said quarters for iPhones sold in the history of the company - but even that didn't sway one user from asking Apple CEO Tim Cook what the benefits were for the newest set of features for the iPhone 5s over the previous generation. The question itself centered on the iPhone 5s' A7 chip, the motion coprocessor, and the new Touch ID fingerprint sensor, inquiring what Apple had to say to investors that simply did not see the benefit in these features in the short run.

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iPhone sales growth earns new fourth quarter record

iPhone sales growth earns new fourth quarter record

Apple announced today it sold 33.8 million iPhones in fiscal 4Q 2013, which is a record for the quarter in any year; last year it sold 26.9 million iPhones in the same quarter. Most impressive, however, is this figure: Apple sold a record 150 million iPhones in the fiscal year on the whole, up 25 million (16.7%) from 2012, and the company has now sold 421.3 million smartphones in total.

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iPhone 5s and 5c accelerate death of the 3.5-inch screen

iPhone 5s and 5c accelerate death of the 3.5-inch screen

Apple's iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s launch may have set a new record for opening weekend sales, but they've also significantly hastened the death of the 3.5-inch iOS screen size, new research suggests. Looking at North American web traffic and the screen sizes iPhone users were browsing on, Chitika Insights says in just a week after the iPhone 5s and 5c debuted, the share of traffic from iPhone 5-series devices rose 4-percent in terms of iPhone traffic overall.

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Gold iPhone 5s madness reaches fever pitch: China turns to stickers

Gold iPhone 5s madness reaches fever pitch: China turns to stickers

Desperation has nearly set in for seekers of the gold iPhone 5s in China - and it's not just Apple that's cashing in. What's appearing now are massive amounts of standardized shiny gold stickers for the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5, each of them made to make the non-gold editions of the device look a bit more up-to-speed. Retailers have begun selling gold iPhone stickers "in the thousands" according to some reports, with no end in sight as China's obsession with the color strikes hard.

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