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iPin turns your smartphone into a smart laser pointer

iPin turns your smartphone into a smart laser pointer

The newest smart accessory to surface for smartphones is the iPin, a tiny dongle of sorts that plugs into your smartphone and functions as a laser pointer, allowing you to point at things from across the room or drive your pets crazy. In addition to the laser pointer functionality comes presentation control, which makes giving presentations easier by combining the pointer and remote into one device -- your smartphone. Users can swipe through presentation slides using their handset's display, while their laser pointer appears on secondary screens for the audience.

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Apple looks for partnerships to thwart leaks

Apple looks for partnerships to thwart leaks

People get really, really excited about Apple products. So much so, that rumors sometimes dominate the discussion ahead of the actual launch of the device. As awesome as the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are, their launch was a touch anticlimactic, since we’d already seen the two devices leaked to death. According to a new report, we may not get to see as much info ahead of time, as Apple may have asked accessory makers to get their info directly from Apple ahead of making cases or other accessories.

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JetBlue and Apple to bring Apple Pay to select flights

JetBlue and Apple to bring Apple Pay to select flights

Apple and JetBlue have announced that they have teamed up to bring a new payment method to select flights that will make it easier for passengers to pay for seat upgrades and snacks on flights. Apple Pay will be coming to select JetBlue flights to let passengers pay using their iPhone 6 and 6 Plus smartphones. Apple Pay can be used to purchase food, drink, and other onboard amenities.

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iOS 8.3 has wireless CarPlay, and 8.4 may have iTunes streaming

iOS 8.3 has wireless CarPlay, and 8.4 may have iTunes streaming

Earlier today, we heard an interesting rumor about iOS 9, which is said to offer up stability solutions rather than more features for us to play with. We’re a long way off from iOS 9, though, which leaves plenty of time to actually get us more features built into iOS for our iPhones and iPads. With iOS 8.3 already in testing and packing in some CarPlay functionality, it seems iOS 8.4 just might bring us that iTunes streaming service we've long been looking forward to.

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iPhone 6S might stick with 8MP camera hardware

iPhone 6S might stick with 8MP camera hardware

After the launch of Apple’s impressive new iPhone 6, a lot of attention was paid to the refresh. Many assume the iPhone 6S (if Apple sticks to their existing naming scheme, which isn’t a foregone conclusion) would have a camera that packed in more magapixels, and an updated chipset. The megapixel rumor was bolstered when Sony announced a new DSLR-ish sensor for mobile devices, which many believed would find its way to the iPhone 6S. A new report says that might have to wait, because Apple is keeping their 8 megapixel shooter for one more year.

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Apple interested in putting Touch ID sensor directly into touchscreen displays

Apple interested in putting Touch ID sensor directly into touchscreen displays

One of the largest ongoing critiques against the iPhone has been the fairly large bezels above and below the display. With Apple's flagship mobile device still sporting a circular home button, there's been little to shave off and maintain the iPhone's symmetric look. If Apple ever does decide to reduce, or eliminate, the home button, there would be nowhere to put the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, right? Maybe not, as a recent patent discovery hints that Apple may one day implement the sensor directly into its touchscreens.

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Obama knew iPhone would be a hit from day one

Obama knew iPhone would be a hit from day one

President Obama gets a lot right. He gets a lot wrong, too. One thing he absolutely nailed dead-on was the success Apple’s iPhone would have. In an upcoming book named Believer: My Forty Years in Politics penned by President Obama’s political strategist, David Axelrod, The president had glowing things to say after a private meeting with Steve Jobs, who showed him the first iPhone well ahead of its launch. A noted BlackBerry fan, Barry seemed to understand the iPhone was going to be a huge deal form the jump.

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Blackberry wins major court case against Typo to the sum of $860,000

Blackberry wins major court case against Typo to the sum of $860,000

...and that is not a typo. Back in the early days of smartphones, Blackberry was the undisputed heavy-weight champion. Everybody who was anybody at the time owned a Blackberry phone. One of the main features of Blackberry’s was the keyboard; as tiny as it was, but people loved typing away on it. Hoping to recapture some of that former glory, A company called Typo introduced an iPhone case that makes your phone look eerily like a Blackberry. Online posts and comments started, and Of course, Blackberry saw it as well. They were not too amused by this, resulting in a major lawsuit in January last year. The former king of cell phones just won this lawsuit and now Typo has to pay up.

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Apple again believed to be going with Samsung for A9 SoC

Apple again believed to be going with Samsung for A9 SoC

Reducing reliance on one of their largest competitors seems difficult for Apple. According to a new report, Apple will turn to Samsung for production of their A9 SoC. Why would Apple go with Samsung again after having them split time with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) for their current A8 SoCs? It seems Samsung’s edge in manufacturing process is what’s turning the tides. At 14nm (nanometers, so really small), the Samsung chipsets are less power consumptive, more powerful, and likely have a longer lifespan.

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Mac app PhoneExpander frees up storage on your iPhone or iPad

Mac app PhoneExpander frees up storage on your iPhone or iPad

At launch, the 16GB option for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus seemed entirely too limited. If you were one of the anxious bunch who snapped up a new iPhone with the smaller memory option, or have an older one with a similarly svelte internal storage, we’ve got good news for you. A new app for your Mac can help clear up some space, and even tell you which apps might be soaking up more memory than you’d like. Even better, the app is free.

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