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Rumor: ‘new’ 4-inch iPhone on the way

Rumor: ‘new’ 4-inch iPhone on the way

In the latest iPhone refresh, a lot changed. In addition to the screen size uptick, the overall design of the phones changed, bringing a more well-rounded (punny!) form factor, and slipping us away form the squared-off design of iPhones past. Still, one thing remained unanswered: how would Apple treat the smaller iPhones moving forward? The iPhone 5C is near its end of cycle, and the iPhone 5S will likely disappear next year. A new rumor suggests Apple is going to come back strong with a new 4-inch phone to replace them.

 

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Starbucks rolls out mobile ordering in Portland

Starbucks rolls out mobile ordering in Portland

Starbucks has introduced mobile ordering through its app today, launching it in Portland where it'll be available for several months before expanding to other regions. This is a beta offering for now, giving coffee lovers the ability to both order and pay for their items before arriving at the store. According to Starbucks' chief digital officer Adam Brotman in an interview with The Oregonian, Portland was selected as the launch destination due to having "the perfect mix of customers that have great taste".

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Your next iPhone could employ tiny gas thrusters

Your next iPhone could employ tiny gas thrusters

Apple Patents aren't always a clear indication of where the company is going in the near future. Most patents listed in the public are done so well after the product has hit the market - not before. Keeping that in mind, Apple's latest listing has some very, very strange implications for the next iPhone - or an iPhone in the distant future, including tiny thrusters and gas canisters inside the smartphone's body that shoot out when the device is in danger of hitting the ground after a long drop.

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IBM: iOS blows Android away in Cyber Monday shopping

IBM: iOS blows Android away in Cyber Monday shopping

Cyber Monday is a day meant for online deals from around the Internet. A day when you can shop without ever leaving home, and get things not available in stores at a discount. Like they did last week, IBM has released their user stats for Cyber Monday shopping. Unlike black Friday, the disparity between Android and iOS wasn’t even close, with iOS users outpacing Android owner purchases 4:1. Online sales were up 8.5% over 2013, too, with mobile traffic accounting for nearly half of all online browsing.

 

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Microsoft acquires Acompli: like Office for email

Microsoft acquires Acompli: like Office for email

This week the folks at Microsoft have announced that they've acquired Acompli. This company is one that focuses on email, specifically in the mobile universe. They suggest that because "more than half" of the emails you read are read on mobile devices first, that they demand a better experience on the go. To make a better experience, Microsoft decided they needed a new team to add to their already accomplished team of email app-makers. This is Acompli, and it's coming to more platforms than one.

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FingerKey app uses iPhone’s Touch ID to unlock your Mac

FingerKey app uses iPhone’s Touch ID to unlock your Mac

I'm calling it right now: I predict within a few years (let's say around the "iPhone 7's" release) that Apple will have a native solution for unlocking your Mac using your iPhone/iPad's Touch ID sensor. I'm basing this on Apple expanding the use of Touch ID through Apple Pay and opening it to developers, as well as the new Continuity features that OS X and iOS to work near-seamlessly together. But, until then, a non-native solution is already here in the app FingerKey for iPhone.

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NVC case offers night vision and backup battery for the iPhone 6

NVC case offers night vision and backup battery for the iPhone 6

Various smartphone cases are available that bring additional functionality to handsets, and often this extra functionality revolves around photography. The Flir One case is one such example, allowing iPhone users to record thermal footage from their phone. Joining this is the NVC, which uses a series of infrared LEDs to give the iPhone 6 night vision capabilities. The case packs its own camera, as well as an integrated battery that can double as a secondary battery for the handset when needed.

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Gizmopal by LG for Verizon: Star Trek communicators for your kid

Gizmopal by LG for Verizon: Star Trek communicators for your kid

This week the folks at LG and Verizon have revealed a couple of communicators for your children. What you'll be doing here is placing the band around the wrist of your kid, telling them to keep the band ON their wrist throughout the day, and calling them up when you want to chat. Designs for the GizmoPal by LG thus far are limited to blue and pink, with stars on the pink version and cars, trucks, and busses on the blue version.

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Pinć VR tries to use your iPhone 6 for virtual reality

Pinć VR tries to use your iPhone 6 for virtual reality

If you thought that only the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the LG G3 are the only ones that can have their virtual reality fun, it might be time to think again. Cordon Media, a company that, according to its profile, specializes in creating immersive and futuristic interfaces, is looking to use the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to power its own take on the virtual reality headset. But Pinć, pronounced as "pinch", is more ambitious than anything you've seen or heard about, trying to put you inside your smartphone itself.

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