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iPhone 8-years on: what’s next for Apple’s flagship?

iPhone 8-years on: what’s next for Apple’s flagship?

Eight years ago Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone to the world, and the world changed. Apple didn't invent the smartphone, but they certainly started the craze. Eight years on, we're having a look at how this quintessential smart device has evolved - where it's been, what it's meant to the industry, and where it's about to go. As always, the next step is the most important for us. Once the newest phone is in your hands, it's time for the next one. What's left for Apple to do to the device that changed the way they did business?

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Pokemon hits mobile devices – in Shuffle form

Pokemon hits mobile devices – in Shuffle form

Pokemon Shuffle is released to mobile devices like iPhone and all manner of Android phones while full game remains in limbo. While we've still got some finger-crossing to do on the full Pokemon game release for mobile devices, the flip-and-match game Pokemon Shuffle has arrived for Android and iOS. While this might at first seem like Nintendo is loosening the straps on their game collection for mobile devices at large, the Pokemon company is - in fact - separate from Nintendo. Never forget that. While you're crying tears of joy at the prospect of Pokemon Red and Pokemon Blue for Android and iOS.

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iPhone 6s Force Touch models begin production soon

iPhone 6s Force Touch models begin production soon

Sources suggest that Apple's next iPhone begins production as soon as next month with Apple Watch "Force Touch" abilities. Not unlike what we saw when the MacBook and MacBook Pro originally got their Force Touch trackpads, this new iPhone will have two layers of pressing recognition. Because of this, the iPhone will have one extra way to select items. A firm touch, a hold, and a tap, as well as swipes and the like, all will work on the iPhone 6s. If all goes as Apple's gone for the past several years, the company will release an "s" version of its flagship phone - as well as an "s" version of its "Plus" device as well.

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Facebook tries to outdo Snapchat with new photo uploader

Facebook tries to outdo Snapchat with new photo uploader

You know what they say when in Rome. In this case, though, it's "when in photo sharing land, do as Snapchat does." Facebook has silently started to roll out a new version of its photo uploader and with it came a batch of new features that puts it on par with Snapchat. That means swipeable filters, text overlays, and, of course, stickers, making it possible to produce almost every form of whimsy and hilarity using nothing but some regular-looking photos and a sense of humor.

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Neo Smartpen N2 digitizes your doodles, is now available

Neo Smartpen N2 digitizes your doodles, is now available

Back in October 2014, we saw the Neo Smartpen N2, which was bid as a way to write on paper and have everything recorded onto a mobile device or PC later on. The pen was put up on Kickstarter, and now more than half a year later it has launched for anyone to buy. This gives those who prefer to do their note-taking by hand an alternative to the Livescribe smartpen while offering many of its features. Both iOS and Android devices are supported.

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UCSF launches LGBTQ app with ResearchKit inside

UCSF launches LGBTQ app with ResearchKit inside

The PRIDE Study app has been launched by the University of California, San Francisco to begin early research for their ambition project on LGBTQ health issues. The PRIDE Study app works with ResearchKit to provide LGBTQ users to contribute to the study before it begins. There, users will be able to answer questions to help the researchers do their job, aiming in the end "to better understand the health of the underserved LGBTQ community." This app has been in the works for weeks and launches for the first time this week.

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Gay Marriage Supreme Court ruling celebrated by tech brands and leaders alike

Gay Marriage Supreme Court ruling celebrated by tech brands and leaders alike

This morning the United States Supreme Court announced that same-sex marriage would be legalized across the USA. According to the official decision document, "The Court, in this decision, holds same-sex couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry in all States." In response, just about every tech company and brand associate have taken the opportunity to celebrate the decision with rainbow flags, jumps for joy, and everything in-between. Companies like Google, Motorola, and Twitter as well as high-profile leaders in tech like Apple's Tim Cook are amongst those joining in on the revels.

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FLIR One thermal camera for Android and iPhone now available

FLIR One thermal camera for Android and iPhone now available

The FLIR thermal camera allows mobile users to see heat from the comfort of their smartphone or tablet, and it has more news. FLIR announced today that its FLIR One thermal camera for smartphones is now available for purchase, giving interested mobile users anywhere in the world a chance to get one of the heat-viewing cameras. Both iOS and Android is supported by this new model, which was introduced at CES earlier this year, and it has been unshackled from the iPhone with the introduction of an Android SDK.

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Apple TV Bluetooth Remote spotted in El Capitan code

Apple TV Bluetooth Remote spotted in El Capitan code

Hidden deep within the code for the newest Beta of Apple's OS X El Capitan rests a mention of a Bluetooth remote. This remote control could be for a lot of things - Apple's even gone so far as to release remote controls for its laptops in the past. But what's most likely, and what makes the most sense given Apple's schedule of releases, is this device being a remote for an Apple TV. This remote could very well be the first mention of a remote that could control all manner of Apple devices, too.

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4K 21.5-inch iMac revealed in El Capitan Beta build

4K 21.5-inch iMac revealed in El Capitan Beta build

Inside the newest build of OS X El Capitan comes mention of Apple's newest desktop device, one with a 21.5-inch 4K display. While we can't be 100% certain this is a display aimed at a new iMac, Apple's desktop and laptop lineup do leave room right this moment for just such a device. This would make way for the current 21.5-inch iMac to be retired while a new version with 4096 x 2304 pixels to come through. This device will likely be revealed by Apple within the next couple of months.

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iPhones on T-Mobile getting hit with blue screen of death, crashes

iPhones on T-Mobile getting hit with blue screen of death, crashes

If you have an iPhone and T-Mobile is your carrier of choice, there's a growing issue that you should be aware of. It seems an increasing number of users are finding their device affected crashes and restarts, plus a return of the Windows error of old in the form of a "blue screen of death." Judging by reports of the issue, it seems to have started only in the last 24 hours or so. Again, this isn't affecting all iPhones, only those on T-Mobile as of now.

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No, your phone’s battery isn’t spying on you

No, your phone’s battery isn’t spying on you

A video showing an NFC-clad sticker on a battery in a smartphone has gone viral today. This video suggests that this smartphone was using an NFC sticker to "record every photo of yours on your battery." What we're going to need to do right now is get very serious and very clear about this situation. Your battery - and the NFC antenna that may or may not be attached to it - is not stealing your photos and sending them to our estranged government overlords. It's just not.

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