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Someone said iPhone 7’s Sapphire Glass wasn’t, but it is

Someone said iPhone 7’s Sapphire Glass wasn’t, but it is

A video published this week showed an iPhone 7 with what appeared to be a scratched lens cover glass. This would be astounding, given the idea that Apple did indeed make this lens cover glass with Sapphire, a material that should only be able to be scratched with a diamond. In reality, the lens cover glass (which is indeed made of Sapphire) was not scratched, but fractured. Fracturing a piece of Sapphire glass at this size is possible, and easy, if one uses the right tools. In the real world, though, it's nearly impossible.

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ExoLens Pro and Prime lenses make iPhone 7 photography better

ExoLens Pro and Prime lenses make iPhone 7 photography better

One of the biggest improvements on the iPhone 7 is the camera that allows you to take very nice images with the smartphone. If you want your iPhone 7 photography to be even better than it is right out of the box, ExoLens has some new accessory lenses for the iPhone 7 called the ExoLens Pro and Prime lines. The Pro has optics by ZEISS to bring professional-grade mobile lenses to photographers.

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iPhone 8 could use this no-button fingerprint sensor patent

iPhone 8 could use this no-button fingerprint sensor patent

The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are barely out the door and yet we are already hearing speculations, even leaks, about next year’s more radically different “iPhone 8”. Actually, now is probably the best time to start talking about it, given how it is expected to turn the iPhone on its head, hence the number jump. In addition to the predicted switch from LCD to OLED screens, the iPhone 8 might also finally have that envisioned all-display buttonless face, which could be made possible via Apple’s latest patent for a fingerprint sensor.

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Researchers send secure passwords through a human body

Researchers send secure passwords through a human body

Computer scientists and engineers at the University of Washington have come up with a novel way to send passwords securely with no risk of being intercepted and hacked by eavesdroppers. The potential for passwords to be stolen and hacked when sent over WiFi or Bluetooth is very real and lots of research time and money is spent looking for more effective and secure methods. The UW team believes they have found a secure way of sending passwords through the human body.

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iPhone 7’s most interesting case isn’t made by Apple

iPhone 7’s most interesting case isn’t made by Apple

This week the folks at Mophie have revealed their latest in a long line of battery cases for the iPhone. This iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus set of cases goes by the name Mophie Hold Force. It's called Hold Force because it works with a set of magnets that allow it to turn the iPhone into what they call a "modular, all-purpose devic with a variety of protection, storage, and charging solutions."

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3 Pokemon GO updates that’ll suck me back in

3 Pokemon GO updates that’ll suck me back in

Niantic has a set of features up its sleeve that they hope will not only bring the game back near its peak in global users, it'll bring in new players as well. Back when the game was launched, it caught on with feature's we'd never seen before. As Match Group explained in a recent AppAnnie interview, "Artificial intelligence and location-aware notifications [will be big next year for retention] - Pokémon GO is a good example of a high retention product that has completely brand new hooks." Niantic doesn't need to pay attention to what's worked before - they need to keep innovating.

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Skype for iOS updated with Siri support

Skype for iOS updated with Siri support

Now that Apple's iOS 10 has been out for over a week and is making its way to most users' iPhones, lots of popular apps are updating to take advantage of the software's new features. One such release is today's update for Skype, which allows the app make use of the new Siri API for third-party developers. Now users can ask Siri to place a Skype call to someone without even opening the app.

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iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus land at Cricket stores tomorrow

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus land at Cricket stores tomorrow

Cricket Wireless will be making the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus available in some of its physical stores starting tomorrow, the carrier has announced. The in-store availability follows the carrier’s online iPhone 7 launch, of which it sold out all of its inventory over the weekend. If you're already a Cricket subscriber -- or you're on the lookout for a no-contract iPhone 7 option -- you better move quickly before the in-store stock disappears, too.

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BlackBerry phone manufacturing is dead: now outsourcing only

BlackBerry phone manufacturing is dead: now outsourcing only

BlackBerry has announced that the company will no longer be developing hardware internally in their latest quarterly earnings call. In their latest announcement, they've suggested that their newest strategy includes "focusing on software development, including security and applications." This should come as no surprise to those familiar with the unit sales numbers of BlackBerry devices over the past several years, with each year - and indeed each quarter - decreasing in size for quite some time now.

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Occipital VR Dev Kit finally gives iPhones some VR chops

Occipital VR Dev Kit finally gives iPhones some VR chops

Despite execs’ show of support for virtual, augmented, and mixed reality technologies, Apple’s iPhones have sadly been mostly left out of the party. Google Cardboard and similar headsets are a far cry from the more sophisticated equipment you’d find in products like the HTC Vive, the Oculus Rift, or even the Gear VR. That, however, might soon change, with Occipital now offering a VR Dev Kit that specifically targets Apple’s devices and platforms, like the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus and the Mac.

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iPhone 7 “hack” drills hole for headphones

iPhone 7 “hack” drills hole for headphones

It would appear that some massively uninformed iPhone 7 users are falling for a hoax of epic proportions. The folks at TechRax have created a video which suggests - in title, only, really - that there is a secret "hack" to gain access to the iPhone 7's (perhaps hidden) headphone jack. The idea here is that the iPhone 7 has the hardware it needs to allow a headphone jack, but Apple has just covered up the area we'd need to plug the cord in. Then comes the power drill.

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Apple HealthKit to morph into diagnostic tool

Apple HealthKit to morph into diagnostic tool

Apple has had its HealthKit service for a while now and back during WWDC 2014 Apple talked about how it would involve major health providers in the use of HealthKit. So far, the service has not been particularly embraced by the healthcare providers around the world and has mostly been used for collecting data from devices like wearables and pucks placed in shoes. That may be about to change as Apple is building improved health record software better able to analyze and understand patient data.

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