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This is Apple’s iPad range

This is Apple’s iPad range

Apple's iPad range is getting even bigger, with the addition of the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3 joining - but not replacing - the existing line-up. The iPad Air 2 slots in at the top of the range, unsurprisingly, but the original iPad Air will remain on sale with a $100 price cut, while the price of entry for a new iPad is also lower than ever.

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iOS 8.1 release Monday with iCloud Photos, Apple Pay

iOS 8.1 release Monday with iCloud Photos, Apple Pay

This week Apple has made with the iPhone and iPad update with iOS 8.1. This system update will bring several new features to the iPhone and iPad world, including the return of Camera Roll and the first release of Apple Pay for mobile NFC payments with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. This system also works with the public beta of the new iCloud Photo Library app and system. This iCloud Photo Library system uses iCloud storage for space - of course, and that might cost you.

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iPhone 6 sets record for first month orders

iPhone 6 sets record for first month orders

Today Apple announced that they’d beat their record for first-month orders for the iPhone. They did this with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and according to Tim Cook, they beat their new record for most orders in the first 30 days "by a lot. a whole lot." Though they didn’t say numbers specifically - they’ll likely save that for their next earnings call - they did go on to note how they haven’t even launched in China yet.

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Apple Store down: new products incoming

Apple Store down: new products incoming

We’re in line at the Apple Event this morning in California and the Apple Store has gone down. This means that new Apple hardware is fast approaching, and that it’ll be available for order - or pre-order, at least - later today. This sort of down time has happened with essentially every major release of a product from Apple over the past several years, iPhone to iPad to MacBook Pro and back again. Today we’ll expect some iPad Air, some Mac, and some Yosemite for sure - though that last one will come from your App Store, not Apple’s online store.

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Alien Blue app now Reddit Official

Alien Blue app now Reddit Official

For those of you working with an iPhone or iPad this week, congratulations. You’re the first ones able to access an official Reddit app. This app is called Alien Blue, and Reddit just acquired it officially. This app had been available before - and it’s not changed much since Reddit picked it up - but now Reddit owns it. And that makes it just so much better. So, so much better than before. So much more official and better - for iOS only. For now.

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Alpine Headphones lets you literally feel your music

Alpine Headphones lets you literally feel your music

If you know anything about Alpine Audio, it's likely in relation to the company's automotive offerings. Despite its usual focus, the company has introduced a pair of headphones with an interesting twist on tradition: technology that lets you literally feel your music. Simply called the Alpine Headphones, these cans work in conjunction with the Alpine Level Play iPhone App (sorry Android users) to add an extra sense to your music sessions. They are available now at Apple stores for $299 USD.

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August Smart Lock heads to Apple Stores officially

August Smart Lock heads to Apple Stores officially

The team behind Apple’s exclusivity in all things has done an amazing job of making it feel like whatever they OK is golden. Take August Smart Lock for example - a keyless entry system for your home that opens your door with your smartphone. Without Apple being involved, this is just another "startup." Now that they’ve got approval to enter the Apple Store physically, they’ll be trusted implicitly. Once you're in the store, people trust that Apple will back up any claim you make. It's time for some Apple-backed home automation.

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Skype Qik aims to cut down Snapchat, Instagram

Skype Qik aims to cut down Snapchat, Instagram

There’s no doubt now that Microsoft is aiming for the throats of their software-slinging opponents. Have a peek in the Microsoft archive and you’ll see a littering of new, experimental, or otherwise modified apps in the mobile space. Today’s entry is "Skype Qik", an app that takes what Skype has - video communication - and makes it into a much more vibrant and versatile - and quick - sort of situation. Record a tiny video, send it as a message, and wait for a response.

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Ryobi Phone Works combines your smartphone and power tools

Ryobi Phone Works combines your smartphone and power tools

Your DIY home repairs don't have to be archaic, at least as far as Ryobi is concerned. The power tools manufacturer has released a new line of "smart" power tools designed to work with your smartphone and a related app, which when combined give the tools additional functionality they wouldn't have on their own. This allows the tools themselves to be priced cheaper than they would if each provided the extra tech as integrated features, and gives you an excuse to pull out your phone while working.

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Apple Pay tipped to launch October 18

Apple Pay tipped to launch October 18

It appears as though Apple is planning to launch its Apple Pay wireless payment system in the U.S. on Saturday, October 18th. What appears to be a leaked internal Walgreens memo was sent to MacRumors, and seems to explain to company employees how the NFC payment method will work in stores, as well as how to be prepared.

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