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An Apple Pre-Order Dilemma

An Apple Pre-Order Dilemma

When Apple announced its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus earlier this week, I knew immediately that I would want to get my hands on the larger version. See, I currently have an iPhone 5 that has a cracked screen that I’ve been living with the last several weeks in anticipation of Apple launching a new handset sooner rather than later.

At long last, after waiting too long for that to happen, Apple unveiled the 5.5-inch handset I wanted. I was ready to buy it on Friday when preorders started so I’d only have to live with my disgustingly cracked iPhone 5 for one more week.

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How cool can the iWatch really be?

How cool can the iWatch really be?

The countdown to Apple’s special press event on September 9 is on. The company is expected to unveil a new iPhone 6 that could come in two sizes – 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches. The handset will ship with iOS 8 and will, if the leaked videos and images are real, prove to be one of the better-looking devices on the market.

But in addition to the iPhone, Apple is reportedly planning to announce its long-awaited "iWatch".

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Why Apple’s Special Event Will Outshine Samsung’s Unpacked

Why Apple’s Special Event Will Outshine Samsung’s Unpacked

Apple and Samsung just can’t seem to get out of each other’s way. Samsung recently announced that it was planning to hold its Unpacked event on September 3, where it will unveil the products it anticipates carrying it through to the end of the year and beyond. Apple, meanwhile, announced on Thursday that it, too, would be holding a special press event on September 9. Like Samsung, Apple will show off wares that will carry the company through the end of the year.

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Must We Give Up All Sense of Privacy?

Must We Give Up All Sense of Privacy?

Privacy is dead, right? I mean, that’s all I’ve been hearing over the last year. From Edward Snowden to repeated hacks to claims that the US federal government is accessing personal information, we have nothing in the way of real privacy. No, according to all of the reports surrounding the Web, security, and privacy, the only thing we have going for us is, well, the realization that we’re not actually anonymous at all – either online or in our lives.

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My Smart Home Trolled Me

My Smart Home Trolled Me

"Motion near upstairs," the notification says. That's upstairs in my apartment, the place I was around 2,800 miles away from; on the other side of the country from, in fact. It's Saturday morning, I'm away for the weekend, and SmartThings is being terribly helpful in notifying me that one of its motion detectors has spotted something unusual. That's when I start to panic.

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Destiny is the Future of Gaming: Good or Bad?

Destiny is the Future of Gaming: Good or Bad?

Destiny, which will launch in around a month, is arguably the most anticipated game launching this year. The title, which is developed by Bungie in partnership with Activision, is being called a “shared-world shooter” and the first of its kind. It’s the game house’s first prominent go at the gaming space after Halo, and will ultimately make or break Bungie as a developer.

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When Will Nintendo Listen to Gamers on Hardware?

When Will Nintendo Listen to Gamers on Hardware?

If you had a chance to peruse Nintendo’s earnings for the last quarter, you’d find something rather, well, expected: hardware sales are more than a little concerning and yet the company continues to believe that staying the course and being the same old Nintendo with the same old philosophy on the gaming market will work.

Enough is enough.

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Nadella Has Only Two Possible Outcomes: Hero or Loser

Nadella Has Only Two Possible Outcomes: Hero or Loser

Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s CEO, has found himself in a rather difficult position. While he has charted a path for Microsoft and talked of the ways he believes the company could succeed in the future (hint: it’s all about the cloud and mobile), he’s also made some drastic steps.

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Fire Phone’s problem is Amazon made shopping too easy

Fire Phone’s problem is Amazon made shopping too easy

Amazon can't be too pleased with the first batch of Fire Phone reviews. The smartphone's more outlandish technology works, certainly - Dynamic Perspective tracks your face; Firefly snaps and searches for your products - but the takeaway nonetheless has been "so what?" Amazon can't complain too loudly, however: it only has itself to blame.

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What does iPhone 6 need to restore Apple’s innovation crown?

What does iPhone 6 need to restore Apple’s innovation crown?

Apple was once the king of innovation. Ask anyone. When Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone in 2007, his company was on top of the world. He had just announced the most forward-thinking device ever, his iPod was easily the most innovative music player on the market, and his computers were top-notch. Then the iPad launched and proved again that Apple was an innovation leader after topping competitors in the form factor.

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The MOTO 360 is Motorola’s new RAZR

The MOTO 360 is Motorola’s new RAZR

Getting wearable critics cooing is difficult, but Motorola seems to have struck a nerve with the MOTO 360. The circular smartwatch may, at its heart, be simply another Android Wear device, yet its enthusiastic embracing of a new form-factor and the technologies to enable it have already cast a shadow over models from LG and Samsung. For once, buyers are planning to hold out and wait for the Motorola option, something increasingly rare in a market dominated by Apple and Samsung. In fact, you have to go a long way back in Motorola’s history to find anything similar: back to 2004, and the RAZR V3.

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I like Amazon’s Fire Phone, but I won’t buy one

I like Amazon’s Fire Phone, but I won’t buy one

Amazon’s Fire Phone is a pretty cool piece of tech. It’s the right size, has a very respectable spec sheet, and the price is fair (not great). All that adds up to enough reason most people would want to snatch one up when it becomes available. In theory, I’d love to as well; here’s why I wont.

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