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Free App of the Week: Test your skills on the pitch with...

Yesterday, 08:06 PM

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The end of the week is upon us, which means it's time for another free app of the week on the App Store. This week you can sit back and practice your soccer skills with Flick Kick Football.
Flick Kick Football is a relatively simple game that tasks you with taking on a wall of defenders as you try to net a soccer ball as many times as you can. The game features multiple modes, along with a simple "flick" mechanic for kicking the ball into the net. You'll also be able to customize your team, the ball, and much more. Here's a breakdown of Flick Kick Football's main features:

  • Intuitive Flick Kicking – Sweep your finger across the ball to drive, curve and power the ball past walls of defenders
  • Unique 'Golden Era' of Football Presentation – Immerse yourself in graphics that will bring the nostalgia of the era back
  • GameCenter Leaderboards and Achievements - so the world can see how much of a better player you are than your friend
  • Online Multiplayer and classic pass and play!
  • Practice Mode, to get your game up to par
  • Bullseye Mode, can you smash the targets?
  • Arcade Mode, to show what you can do when it really counts
  • Time Attack for those that like to race the clock, or with limited time for greatness

Flick Kick Football will be free on the App Store through September 10, so hit up the link below to flick and kick your way to glory.

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New music on iTunes: New album from Five Finger Death Pun...

Today, 04:31 PM

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<div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><a href='http://www.imore.com...-janet-jackson'title="New music on iTunes: New album from Five Finger Death Punch, rock discounts, pre-order for Janet Jackson"><img src='http://www.imore.com/sites/imore.com/files/styles/large_wm_brw/public/field/image/2015/09/new-music-9-4-iphone6-hero.jpg?itok=N-0DCCkw' /></a></p> <p class="intro">Every Friday, the <a href="http://www.imore.com/itunes-store">iTunes Store</a> adds new music to its lineup. This week, we have new albums from Five Finger Death Punch and Travis Scott, rock album discounts, and you can pre-order Janet Jackson's new album.</p> <!--break--> <p>New in music this week, we have Got Your Six, the new album from Five Finger Death Punch. There's also Travis Scott's new album, Rodeo. Iron Maiden has released The Book of Souls, their sixteenth studio album. Troye Sullivan has also released his WILD EP.</p> <ul><li>Got Your Six - $10.99 - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/got-your-six/id1004686628?at=10l3Vy&amp;ct=d_im" title="" rel="nofollow">Download Now</a></li> <li>Rodeo - $10.99 - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/rodeo/id1031530545?at=10l3Vy&amp;ct=d_im" title="" rel="nofollow">Download Now</a></li> <li>The Book of Souls - $11.99 - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-book-of-souls/id1011508592?at=10l3Vy&amp;ct=d_im" title="" rel="nofollow">Download Now</a></li> <li>WILD - $4.74 - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/wild-ep/id1030886717?at=10l3Vy&amp;ct=d_im" title="" rel="nofollow">Download Now</a></li> </ul><p>Apple is currently discounting a wide array of rock albums. For $7.99 each, you can grab music from Alabama Shakes, Green Day, and Guns N' Roses, to name a few. The music includes a mix of more modern hits and classic tracks.</p> <ul rel="nofollow"><li>Sound &amp; Color - $7.99 - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sound-color/id963011510?at=10l3Vy&amp;ct=d_im">Download Now</a></li> <li>American Idiot - $7.99 - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/american-idiot/id341535895?at=10l3Vy&amp;ct=d_im" title="" rel="nofollow">Download Now</a></li> <li>Appitite for Destruction - $7.99 - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/appetite-for-destruction/id113736?at=10l3Vy&amp;ct=d_im" title="" rel="nofollow">Download Now</a></li> <li>Rage Against the Machine - $7.99 - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/rage-against-the-machine/id191450810?at=10l3Vy&amp;ct=d_im" title="" rel="nofollow">Download Now</a></li> <li>Born In the U.S.A. - $7.99 - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/born-in-the-u.s.a./id203708420?at=10l3Vy&amp;ct=d_im" title="" rel="nofollow">Download Now</a></li> </ul><p>In addition to new music to buy, new pre-orders for upcoming albums are also available. These are lead this week by Rattle That Lock by David Gilmour, which will arrive on September 18. We also have Unbreakable, the new album from Janet Jackson, due October 2. A capella group Pentatonix will be releasing their self-titled album on October 16.</p> <ul><li>Rattle That Lock - $16.99 - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/rattle-that-lock/id1018308980?at=10l3Vy&amp;ct=d_im" title="" rel="nofollow">Pre-order now</a> </li> <li>Unbreakable - $12.99 - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/unbreakable/id1034128199?at=10l3Vy&amp;ct=d_im" title="" rel="nofollow">Pre-order now</a></li> <li>Pentatonix - $9.99 - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/pentatonix/id1034935690?at=10l3Vy&amp;ct=d_im" title="" rel="nofollow">Pre-order now</a></li> </ul><p>Check back next week for more great music from the iTunes Store.</p> </div></div></div><br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238385282601/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/49940bc3/sc/28/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238385282601/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/49940bc3/sc/28/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238385282601/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/49940bc3/sc/28/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238385282601/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/49940bc3/sc/28/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238385282601/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/49940bc3/sc/28/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238385282601/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/49940bc3/sc/28/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/238385282601/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/49940bc3/sc/28/a2.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/238385282601/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/49940bc3/sc/28/a2.img" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/238385282601/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/49940bc3/sc/28/a2t.img" border="0"/><img width='1' height='1' src='http://tipb.com.feedsportal.com/c/33998/f/616881/s/49940bc3/sc/28/mf.gif' border='0'/><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheIphoneBlog/~4/g7Nj5U3G9bg" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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Save 38% on this leather belt clip holster for iPhone 6

Today, 02:27 PM

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<div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><a href='http://www.imore.com...lster-iphone-6'title="Save 38% on this leather belt clip holster for iPhone 6"><img src='http://www.imore.com/sites/imore.com/files/styles/large/public/field/image/2015/09/R20511.jpg?itok=g8mZ7NOO' /></a></p> <p>Made from a fine grain leather, <a href="http://store.imore.com/story-leather-napa-leather-belt-clip-holster/4A24A20511A.htm&amp;utm_medium=blogroll&amp;utm_campaign=navigation&amp;utm_source=im?utm_campaign=community&amp;utm_source=d_im&amp;utm_medium=content">this holster</a> shields your iPhone 6 from scratches, impacts, and the elements while securely strapped to your side. The strong magnetic closure keeps the device from falling out, and the fixed clip on the back works great on belts and pockets. Available today for $36.95!</p> </div></div></div><br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238385276556/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/49936a4c/sc/28/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238385276556/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/49936a4c/sc/28/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238385276556/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/49936a4c/sc/28/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238385276556/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/49936a4c/sc/28/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238385276556/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/49936a4c/sc/28/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238385276556/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/49936a4c/sc/28/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/238385276556/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/49936a4c/sc/28/a2.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/238385276556/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/49936a4c/sc/28/a2.img" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/238385276556/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/49936a4c/sc/28/a2t.img" border="0"/><img width='1' height='1' src='http://tipb.com.feedsportal.com/c/33998/f/616881/s/49936a4c/sc/28/mf.gif' border='0'/><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheIphoneBlog/~4/aqkTJhDl2hE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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Intel's grand Skylake unveiling promises faster, more...

Yesterday, 05:04 PM

Posted By x-bot in iDevice News

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A gradual rollout means you shouldn't hold your breath for new Mac hardware, though.

Intel used this week IFA event in Berlin to unveiled its full line of Skylake processors. They're the sixth generation of Intel's Core processor technology, which powers the Mac and countless PC compatible computers. Hallmarks of the new Skylake processors include improved battery efficiency for laptops and performance improvements to computing and graphics processing. Now Mac users are waiting for the other shoe to drop: When will Skylake processors appear in the Mac?

Evolution of Core technology

First, a look at Skylake: Intel made famous a "tick-tock" approach towards semiconductor manufacturing and design, alternating architectural improvements with die shrinks. The new processors are the second generation to sport a 14 nanometer (nm) transistor size - the "tock" to the "tick" introduced with the release of Intel's fifth-generation "Broadwell" processors.

Broadwell was famously delayed, as Intel hit unanticipated manufacturing delays with the 14 nm process. As a result, Macs sporting Broadwell processors didn't hit their stride until this year, when Apple refreshed the MacBook Air and 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro with the new chips. A Broadwell-based Intel Core M processor graces the 12-inch MacBook, too.

Other Macs, including the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro, also refreshed this year, as well as the iMac and Mac mini, continue to use "Haswell" (fourth-generation Intel Core) processors. The Mac Pro uses a workstation-level Intel "Xeon" chip of even older design, built to more exacting tolerances than the processors found in Apple's other Macs.

Intel's marketing material for the Skylake processor touts remarkable performance claims. "30x better graphics, 3x battery life" litter the page. But that's comparing Skylake's performance to the processors found in five-year-old PCs.

Intel is hoping to strike a chord with PC users who are interested in upgrading to Windows 10 and are looking for better-performing systems. Intel seems anxious to strike the beleaguered Broadwell product release from the world's collective memory altogether. But that same five-year-old apples to new apples comparison scales to the Mac: We can't all buy a new Mac model every time Apple announces one. Many of us are working with systems that we bought during the first Obama administration (or earlier). Skylake's release does promise some good performance and efficiency boosts there.

Refresh cycles

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If you pay heed to Apple's refresh cycle and are familiar with current-generation Mac performance, expect more modest gains. On average, Intel says that Skylake will sport 10 percent overall better CPU performance, a robust 30 percent improvement in graphics performance, better memory performance and an additional hour of battery life compared to their Broadwell forebears. Broadwell represents the current state of the art on the Mac.

Expect to see USB 3.1 on more Macs, thanks to Skylake, along with Thunderbolt 3 where Intel's Alpine Ridge controller is present. Thunderbolt 3 doubles Thunderbolt 2's bandwidth to 40 GB per second. That's enough to drive a 5K display externally at 60 Hz, giving rise to hope that Apple will finally refresh its Thunderbolt display with something to match the detail present in the 5K iMac.

I've already mentioned Intel's introduction of Skylake-based Xeon chips for mobile. The idea of a Mac Pro-level MacBook Pro is certainly appealing to a certain segment of Mac users who depend on serious number-crunching abilities for graphics rendering and compute power. Lenovo was first out of the gate with a Xeon laptop announcement.

A gradual rollout

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Intel isn't releasing Skylake processors all at once. They'll be released gradually over the coming months. In total, Intel now has plans for more than four dozen different Skylake processor variants. Only a fraction of these will be suitable for Apple's use.

Intel's staggered Skylake rollout started with desktop chips in early August. The first laptops with Skylake will start to appear in the next month or so, and Intel expects that consumers will see plenty of Skylake-equipped computers on store shelves in time for the holiday buying season.

As a result, I don't anticipate a sudden glut of Skylake-equipped Macs hitting the shelves all at once.

The iMac seems ripe for the Skylake treatment, as it hasn't been significantly updated in nearly a year. Apple did come out with a lower-priced 5K iMac with detuned specs earlier this year, but that's it. Even though the iMac is desktop model, its thin size means Apple relies on lower-powered, cooler mobile components, so the desktop Skylake chips we've already seen are unlikely candidates.

Most of Apple's laptop models are still early or mid-way through their release cycle, which makes them unlikely candidates for new processors in the short term. One thing I'm particularly excited about, though: Intel is also touting significant improvements to the Core M architecture this time around.

Boon for MacBook

Intel claims the Skylake Core M variants have 40 percent better graphics performance and more effective performance scaling under load. If you're interested in the extraordinarily portability and light weight of the MacBook but have been unimpressed with its forgettable performance, the promise of a Skylake-equipped MacBook should get your mouth watering. I wouldn't hold my breath on that one before 2016, though.

I'd be happy to be wrong on all this, of course: Only Apple knows for sure what its Mac release schedule is going to be.

One thing for sure: If you're working with a four or five year old Mac, the coming months are going to be a great opportunity for you to refresh your hardware with something new that's going to be faster, more efficient and better than what you can get today.

Source: Intel



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Apple confirms first Belgium Apple Store to open in Bruss...

Today, 01:57 PM

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<div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><a href='http://www.imore.com...s-september-19'title="Apple confirms first Belgium Apple Store to open in Brussels on September 19"><img src='http://www.imore.com/sites/imore.com/files/styles/large/public/field/image/2015/09/apple-store-brussels-belgium.jpg?itok=SadCh4os' /></a></p> <p>Apple is preparing to open its first store in Belgium on September 19. The company will cut the ribbon on a 1,500 square meter store in Brussels, located at Gulden Vliesdaan 26-28. While the <a href="http://www.imore.com/apple-store">Apple Store</a> itself is not yet listed on the company's website, <em>iCulture</em> managed to capture some images of the boarding.</p> <!--break--> <p>The boarding sports the text 'Creativity. To be continued..." with some images created by local artists from Belgium, as is the case with such temporary constructs erected by Apple prior to store opening. Good news for those who reside in or around Brussels.</p> <p>Source: <a href="http://www.iculture.nl/officieel-apple-store-brussel-19-september-open/">iCulture</a>, via: <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/09/04/apple-store-brussels-opening-date/">9to5Mac</a></p> </div></div></div><br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238385267560/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4992eb7a/sc/28/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238385267560/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4992eb7a/sc/28/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238385267560/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4992eb7a/sc/28/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238385267560/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4992eb7a/sc/28/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238385267560/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4992eb7a/sc/28/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238385267560/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4992eb7a/sc/28/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/238385267560/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4992eb7a/sc/28/a2.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/238385267560/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4992eb7a/sc/28/a2.img" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/238385267560/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4992eb7a/sc/28/a2t.img" border="0"/><img width='1' height='1' src='http://tipb.com.feedsportal.com/c/33998/f/616881/s/4992eb7a/sc/28/mf.gif' border='0'/><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheIphoneBlog/~4/0EEoNMH8WtA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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What's new on the App Store: Big Duolingo update, new...

Yesterday, 08:12 PM

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<div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><a href='http://www.imore.com...vity-discounts'title="What's new on the App Store: Big Duolingo update, new indie games, productivity discounts"><img src='http://www.imore.com/sites/imore.com/files/styles/large_wm_brw/public/field/image/2015/09/app-store-9-3.jpg?itok=eb46bcUB' /></a></p> <p class="intro">Each week, the <a href="http://www.imore.com/app-store">App Store</a> highlights some of the best new and updated apps. This week, there's a big update to Duolingo, new indie games, and get discounts on productivity apps.</p> <!--break--> <p>This week in the App Store, we start off with a major update to language education app Duolingo, which has added 30 colorful characters to make learning more visual. PatPat is a new app focusing on deals on items for mothers and babies.<!--break--> There's also Next Keyboard, which offers several themes and ways to customize your typing experience. Finally, there's Clashem, which lets you participate in five-second video battles with your friends.</p> <ul rel="nofollow"><li>Duolingo - Free - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/duolingo-learn-languages-for/id570060128?mt=8&amp;at=10l3Vy&amp;ct=d_im">Download Now</a></li> <li>PatPat - Free - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/patpat-daily-deals-for-moms/id966740633?mt=8&amp;at=10l3Vy&amp;ct=d_im" title="" rel="nofollow">Download Now</a></li> <li>Next Keyboard - $3.99 - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/next-keyboard-beautiful-themes/id920592486?mt=8&amp;at=10l3Vy&amp;ct=d_im" title="" rel="nofollow">Download Now</a></li> <li>Clashem - Free - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/vegourmet-vegan-gourmet-recipes/id972027005?mt=8&amp;at=10l3Vy&amp;ct=d_im" title="" rel="nofollow">Download Now</a></li> </ul><p>This week in games we have a number of compelling new titles, starting with tactical combat game Dungeon Boss. There are also several new interesting indie games, starting with I Am Bread, which puts you in the role of, yes, a piece of bread, wandering around a kitchen. The Deer God is a pixel art survival game in which you play as a hunter transformed into a deer. Take on a quest for deep sea survival in Seashine. Finally, there's Breakneck, a new, futuristic racing game that challenges you to evade alien pursuers to complete your mission.</p> <ul rel="nofollow"><li>Dungeon Boss - Free - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dungeon-boss/id776132132?mt=8&amp;at=10l3Vy&amp;ct=d_im">Download Now</a></li> <li>I Am Bread - $4.99 - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/i-am-bread/id946903436?at=10l3Vy&amp;ct=d_im">Download Now</a></li> <li>The Deer God - $6.99 - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-deer-god/id1014505645?at=10l3Vy&amp;ct=d_im" title="" rel="nofollow">Download Now</a></li> <li>Seashine - Free - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/id897544254?at=10l3Vy&amp;ct=d_im" title="" rel="nofollow">Download Now</a></li> </ul><p>To help you work smarter, the App Store is offering discounts on several productivity apps. 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<div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><a href='http://www.imore.com...nes-and-demand'title="'Steve Jobs: The Man In the Machine' documentary debuts in theaters, iTunes and on demand"><img src='http://www.imore.com/sites/imore.com/files/styles/large/public/field/image/2015/09/steve-jobs-the-man-in-the-machine.jpg?itok=z6hn6nnq' /></a></p> <p>The life of Apple's late co-founder <a href="http://www.imore.com/steve-jobs">Steve Jobs</a> is the subject of a controversial documentary from Magnolia Pictures. <em>Steve Jobs: The Man In the Machine</em> is making its official debut today in a select number of US theaters. It is also available to rent on iTunes and on demand from a number of cable and satellite TV systems.</p> <!--break--> <p>The movie was directed by well-known documentarian Alex Gibney and it's already generating buzz for it's somewhat unflattering portrayal of both Jobs and of Apple itself. The movie has already been attacked by current Apple executives like Eddy Cue, who stated back in March that the movie was, "An inaccurate and mean-spirited view of my friend. It's not a reflection of the Steve I knew."</p> <div class="video"><div class="video_iframe"><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/lzyq1t-SjcM?rel=0&amp;autoplay=0&amp;wmode=opaque&amp;controls=2&amp;autohide=1&amp;showinfo=0" width="627" height="353" class="video-filter video-youtube vf-lzyq1tsjcm" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div></div> <!--/video--> <p>Will you be renting the movie or seeing it in theaters? If so, let us know what you think of the documentary in the comments.</p> <ul><li>Rent on iTunes for $4.99 - <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/id1027677408?at=10l3Vy&amp;ct=d_im" title="" rel="nofollow">Download now</a></li> </ul><p>Source: <a href="http://www.magpictures.com/stevejobsthemaninthemachine/">Magnolia Pictures</a></p> </div></div></div><br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238385266604/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4992e6b2/sc/28/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238385266604/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4992e6b2/sc/28/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238385266604/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4992e6b2/sc/28/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238385266604/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4992e6b2/sc/28/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238385266604/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4992e6b2/sc/28/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/238385266604/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4992e6b2/sc/28/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/238385266604/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4992e6b2/sc/28/a2.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/238385266604/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4992e6b2/sc/28/a2.img" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/238385266604/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/4992e6b2/sc/28/a2t.img" border="0"/><img width='1' height='1' src='http://tipb.com.feedsportal.com/c/33998/f/616881/s/4992e6b2/sc/28/mf.gif' border='0'/><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheIphoneBlog/~4/97PXBGfY8Qw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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History of iPhone 4S: The most amazing iPhone yet

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On the eve of iPhone 6s, we're updating and expanding our history of iPhone series—continuing with the most amazing one yet — the iPhone 4s!
Nothing about 2011 was normal for Apple. Tim Cook had introduced the Verizon iPhone 4 at the beginning of the year and Apple had finally shipped the white iPhone 4 by spring. But unlike previous years, WWDC 2011 came and went no mention a glimpse of a new iPhone. Steve Jobs went on medical leave again, and in August resigned as CEO. On October 4, 2011, Apple's new CEO, Tim Cook, senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, Phil Schiller, and other executives took the stage at a special media called "Let's Talk iPhone". There, they introduced the most amazing iPhone yet. The iPhone 4S.

iPhone 4S plus iOS 5 plus iCloud is a breakthrough combination that makes the iPhone 4S the best iPhone ever. While our competitors try to imitate iPhone with a checklist of features, only iPhone can deliver these breakthrough innovations that work seamlessly together.


Previously there had only been about a year between different iPhone models. They launched every June or July from 2007 to 2010. In 2011, however, that changed.
For many years the holiday quarter had been Apple's strongest, anchored by the phenomenal success of the iPod. Every September Apple would announce updates and every holiday season customers would buy them in droves. But the iPod had begun to be replaced by the iPhone—which Apple called the best iPod. In addition to providing more time to ready iCloud and Siri, moving the iPhone to September once again put Apple's biggest product in the company's biggest quarter.
16 months in the making

The iPhone 4S, codename N94 and device number iPhone4,1, like the iPhone 3GS before it, kept the same basic design as previous year's model. It was the beginning of a tick-tock pattern that lasts to this day. For the iPhone 4S, it meant the same 960x480 326ppi Retina display and IPS LED panel.

The iPhone 4S also kept the same composition as the iPhone 4, with two layers of chemically hardened glass sandwiched on either side of a stainless steel antenna band. The antenna band itself, however, was improved. It had the same configuration as the Verizon iPhone 4, but Apple split it into two components and enabled it to intelligent switch between transmit and receive to avoid attenuation and detuning both. Even while on a call. While CDMA EVDO Rev A data speeds had already been maxed out, Apple boosted the UMTS/HSPA speed to 14.4mbps. (Unlike AT&amp;T, however, they initially refused to mislabel it as 4G.) The new Qualcomm RTR8605 chipset was dual-mode, however, so even the Verizon (and later Sprint) CDMA models could work on GSM internationally, making the iPhone 4S Apple's first "world phone".
Wi-Fi stayed the same at 802.11 b/g/n on 2.4Mhz, but aGPS was augmented by Russian GLONASS (Global Navigation Satellite System). While near field communications (NFC) was prototyped internally, it didn't make it into a shipping product. Instead Apple was making a big bet on the future of Bluetooth, quickly moving to Bluetooth 4.0 with support for both high-speed (HS) and low-engery (LE) modes.
The iPhone 4S processor got a significant boost as well — a version of the Apple A5 system-on-a-chip (SoC) that debuted with the iPad 2 earlier in the year. The A5 featured a dual-core Cortex A9 central processing unit with Imagination's dual-core PowerVR SGX 543MP2 graphics processing unit. Apple claimed a 2x general speed improvement and a 7x graphics improvement.
The new power enabled features like AirPlay mirroring, which let the iPhone project its interface to the Apple TV, and Siri, which replaced the previous Voice Control feature with a full-on virtual digital assistant feature powered by natural language, and a Pixar-like personality.

Siri was carefully positioned as beta at launch and with good reason. Originally an app on the App Store, Apple had acquired the company and team behind it in April of 2010. Since then they'd been working on integrating it into iOS. The debate as to whether or not to release Siri with the iPhone 4S was rumored to have lasted up until just before event day. It was a complicated piece of technology. Key parts of the voice system were licensed from Nuance, which put them out of Apple's direct control, and Apple historically had less expertise in services than they did in hardware and software. It also required an internet connection to perform its information lookup and sequential inference, and that connection was not yet solid. It all resulted in multiple points of pain for Apple and for customers, and would take almost a year to rectify.
An infrared sensor was added to enable Siri's raise to speak feature, but otherwise the sensors remained the same. Apple stuck with the same 512MB of RAM for the iPhone 4S, but did introduce a new 64GB storage option. The battery got a slight improvement as well, up to 1430mAh. It resulted in 8 hours of usable battery life for 3G talk, but a reduction in standby time.
The front FaceTime camera retained the same, paltry VGA sensor. The rear iSight camera, however, got a lot of attention. It was increased to 8 megapixels and 1080p. The backlit sensor was improved, the aperture brought to f2.4, and made wide angle to capture more of a scene. Apple also added a 5th piece of glass to the assembly to increase sharpness, and an infrared filter to improve colors. The bigger news was the ISP (image signal processor) in the Apple A5 processor. It took the images captured by the camera and provided facial recognition for more specific automatic focus, and post-processing for much better white-balanced, stabilized, photos and video. It did, however, seem to find macro focus more of a challenge.
Pricing stayed the same again as well, starting at $199 and $299 on-contract, with the new, larger capacity model sliding in right on top at $399.
The day after

Steve Jobs passed away on October 5, 2011.
That Tim Cook, Phil Schiller, and any of his friends and colleagues were able to make it through the iPhone 4s event at all is a testament to their professionalism and love for both man and the company.

Around the world, Apple Stores became impromptu memorials and Apple took time to both celebrate and morn the life and passing of their co-founder. But they also made sure the great artists at Apple would keep on shipping.
The cross-roads of technology

The iPhone 4S launched on October 14, 2011 in the U.S., Australia, Canada, the U.K, France, Germany, and Japan. It reached 70 countries and 100 carriers by the end of the year. On launch weekend, it sold 4 million units.
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Phil Schiller, via Apple:

Phone 4S is off to a great start with more than four million sold in its first weekend—the most ever for a phone and more than double the iPhone 4 launch during its first three days. iPhone 4S is a hit with customers around the world, and together with iOS 5 and iCloud, is the best iPhone ever.


As usual, it was meant as the first iPhone for new customers, or an upgrade for iPhone 3GS customers coming off contract (albeit a few months late). Although there were some who felt the upgrade wasn't big enough or visible enough, reviews were generally excellent.
Andy Ihnatko for the Chicago Sun Times:

The iPhone isn't hands-down the greatest phone in the world. A handset is too idiosyncratic a device for any sort of "one model fits all" statement. The camera has been improved in a way that makes for better photos, not for better appearances on a feature comparison chart. Siri's goal isn't to give the iPhone mere parity with the voice control features of other phones; it's to create a new paradigm for mobile phone interfaces.


John Gruber on Daring Fireball:

This is the easiest product review I've ever written. The iPhone 4S is exactly what Apple says it is: just like the iPhone 4, but noticeably faster, with a significantly improved camera, and an impressive new voice-driven feature called Siri.


Yours truly on iMore:

Again, I can't help but come back to Steve Jobs, the man whose vision and singular will drove Apple to create the future of consumer electronics, device by device, app by app, culminating in the iPhone 4S announced just a day before his passing.
Like Jobs did, it stands at the juncture of technology and liberal arts: powerful and yet accessible, capable and yet beautiful, incremental new hardware brought to life by ambitious new software.
It's certainly not the device for everybody, but increasingly the iPhone is the device for most people.


Samsunged

By 2011, HP was destroying webOS from within, Windows Phone was still struggling to find its place in the market, and BlackBerry was wasting their time with the ill-fated PlayBook project. Android, however, was exploding. For differentiation, some went with first generation LTE chips, though it shredded battery life, even when larger batteries (and the screens to go with them) were used to help fuel them. That would eventually lead to screen size itself as a differentiator.
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Though the iPhone finally made it to Verizon in February of that year, all those years of exclusivity on AT&amp;T had created tremendous opportunity for something that could be sold as "close enough to an iPhone" for people who really wanted an iPhone but just couldn't or wouldn't leave Verizon. That something was Samsung's Galaxy S line, which copied the iPhone look-and-feel down to icon design and colors, and out to USB cables.
In April of 2011, Apple sued for patent and trade-dress infringement.

Rather than innovate and develop its own technology and a unique Samsung style for its smart phone products and computer tablets, Samsung chose to copy Apple's technology, user interface and innovative style in these infringing products.


Apple claimed Samsung deliberately copied the iPhone (and iPad) to benefit from the marketing and consumer confidence Apple had worked hard for years to attain. While Apple didn't sue Google directly over Android, sentiment at Apple was the same.
They'd been partners with Samsung in manufacturing and Google in services, and had taught both how to make modern, iPhone-class smartphones, and then watched in horror as both betrayed them and turned from partners into competitors.
Where Microsoft was content to settle for licensing fees from almost all Android manufacturers, Apple was not. By virtue of their patents, Microsoft wanted to make Android more expensive, Apple wanted to make it less attractive. Apple had spent years and a fortune creating what they considered to be an intuitive new way to interface with computers and while the result was obvious the work taken to achieve it was arduous. People on the project had given up their lives and time with their families to realize it. Creating the iPhone had cost them and seeing it copied so casually was infuriating.
Business was business, but Apple and Steve Jobs took it personally. They'd been there before, after all, with Microsoft, the Mac, and Windows. They'd lost the PC market, they felt, because of it.

I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple's $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong. I'm going to destroy Android, because it's a stolen product. I'm willing to go thermonuclear war on this. [...] I don't want your money. If you offer me $5 billion, I won't want it. I've got plenty of money. I want you to stop using our ideas in Android, that's all I want.


Google claimed Apple would rather litigate than innovate. Unfortunately for Google, Apple was intent on doing both. Hypocritically for Google, their Motorola acquisition would come with plenty of lawsuits all its own, lawsuits Google didn't abandon, and lawsuits over standards-essential patents—those pledged under fair, reasonable, and non-descriminatory terms and necessary to access data networks for example—whose litigation resulted in anti-trust investigations due to their abusive nature.
Samsung likewise retaliated with standards-essential patents, with Apple arguing both companies wanted access to Apple's proprietary patents in exchange.
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That Samsung slavishly copied Apple while ramping up their own product line is indisputable. Product after product bore unabashed, unmistakable similarity to Apple's. The question was whether or not the copying was illegal. If it was, Samsung would be on the line for billions of dollars in damages. If it wasn't, Samsung would have brilliantly jumpstarted their way to smartphone dominance on Apple's dime.
Tim Cook, who took over as Apple CEO following Steve Jobs' passing in October of 2011, initially held the line on the lawsuits.

Tim Cook said he doesn't like litigation, but he also doesn't like other companies using what he feels are Apple innovations to sell competing products. Cook also took it a step further, saying Apple cannot become the developer for the world.


At the same time, Samsung began to launch a massive marketing campaign, targeting Apple exactly where it hurt — in brand perception and general "coolness" factor. Their market share grew and grew.
Samsung eventually lost a $1 billion verdict to Apple in the U.S. but other lawsuits and counter-suits around the world have been abandoned. Apple and Samsung remain manufacturing partners and Apple and Google remain services partners, but their relationships have never been the same.
Five years later

Steve Jobs was gone, but his greatest product, Apple, remained. The iPhone 4S entered a market facing savvier and more relentless competition than ever before. Still, it established the iPhone as Apple's new holiday product, and it once again sold more than any iPhone before. It was a painful, combative, heartbreaking year for Apple, but they endured. And more than that, they had a plan...


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Runtastic has announced a new wearable that combines the look and feel of a traditional watch with the functionality of a fitness tracker. The Runtastic Moment is available in four styles, offering a combination of different sized watch faces, band types and colors. Synchronizing with the Runtastic Me app opens up a world of tracking functionality for those who require said features but would rather opt for a watch base.

The Moment can track steps and distance, active minutes, the number of calories burned, as well as sleep cycles and set goals. Essentially, all the features you'd expect from a fitness tracker in 2015. There's also the option for haptic feedback and you're able to dive down to depths of up to 300 feet. An interesting feature of the watch is how it's powered by a standard battery, which means that you don't have to regularly charge the product (Runtastic notes that each battery should hold out for 6 months).

To offer more in terms of customization, Runtastic has the following options:

  • Runtastic Moment Fun - Features a stanless steel case, scratch-resistant glass and silicon strap. Available in four colors: rasberry, plum, sand, and indigo for $129.99.
  • Runtastic Moment Basic - The next step up from Moment Fun. Features a larger display and is available in beige and black for $129.99.
  • Runtastic Moment Elite - The Elite sports the same stainless steel case and scratch-resistant glass, but you're upgrading to top-quality black leather band. Priced at $179.99.
  • Runtastic Moment Classic - The Classic offers the same options as the elite, but is available in silver, gold and rose gold for $179.99.

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Not everyone wants a band, or smartwatch with a battery-drainging display, so the Moment is at least an interesting option. Those who reside in the US will be able to purchase Runtastic Moment wearable from the company's online store, as well as select retail outlets in the near future. The product also appears to be readily available for those in Europe too.

Purchase the Runtastic Moment from the official store

Runtastic Disrupts Wearable Market with Analog Watch that Tracks Steps, Sleep and More

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – September 4, 2015 – Today Runtastic announced the Runtastic Moment, a brand new wearable that combines the fashion of a traditional watch with the functionality of a modern fitness tracker. Designed to meet the needs of all types of users, the Runtastic Moment is available in four unique styles that offer different size watch faces, types of bands and colors. Simply sync it with the Runtastic Me app and what looks like a traditional watch seamlessly turns into one of the most comprehensive fitness trackers on the market. This news comes on the heels of Runtastic announcing it was acquired by adidas Group for $240 million.

"Over the past few years, we have seen the majority of players in the health and fitness space –Runtastic included – try to address the needs of users with a diverse array of tracking devices," said Florian Gschwandtner, CEO and co-founder of Runtastic. "Looking at the products currently available, we strongly felt there was a large gap between fashion and functionality. Therefore, we developed the Runtastic Moment to be an all-encompassing device that is easy to use, aesthetically pleasing and habit-forming."

Features & Functionalities

The Runtastic Moment is an analog watch that allows users to track Steps & Distance, Active Minutes, Calories Burned, Sleep Cycles and Goals. Users can also monitor daily progress directly on the watch face via the Progress Indicator and set vibration alerts to go off after periods of inactivity. Waterproof up to 300 feet, the Moment can be worn during any type of activity – including swimming, diving or even showering. It does not require any charging, as it is powered by a standard battery.

A Design for Everyone

The Runtastic community is incredibly diverse, with users located around the world who speak different languages, are at different fitness levels and have a wide variety of goals. With this in mind, Runtastic recognizes that one size does not fit all. The company has therefore created the Runtastic Moment in ten unique designs, which are organized into four collections:

  • Runtastic Moment Fun: Boasting a stainless steel case, scratch-resistant glass and a comfortable silicon strap, the Moment Fun was designed for the playful, active types. It is available in four colors - raspberry, plum, sand and indigo – for $129.99.
  • Runtastic Moment Basic: Similar to the Moment Fun, the Moment Basic has a larger display and is available in beige and black for $129.99.
  • Runtastic Moment Elite: Designed for a more sophisticated look, the Moment Elite offers a stainless steel case, scratch-resistant glass and a top-quality black leather band for $179.99.
  • Runtastic Moment Classic: With clean lines and a simplistic style, the Moment Classic offers a stainless steel case, scratch-resistant glass and a leather band - available in silver, gold and rose gold – for $179.99.

"We're eager to connect with individuals who prioritize ease of use with convenience and style," continued Gschwandtner. "A watch is the most common piece of jewelry for men and women, and we're excited to provide our community with a top-quality product that allows them to simultaneously look great and collect interesting – potentially life-changing – data."

Runtastic Me App

Last year, Runtastic launched the Runtastic Me app to serve as the dashboard for the Runtastic Orbit wearable. The app has now been further expanded to also work in correlation with the Runtastic Moment.

Data from the Runtastic Moment syncs wirelessly to the Runtastic Me app so users can effortlessly view their statistics and daily progress, and engage in gamification features such as Streaks, where they can set and break personal records. The app also provides detailed information about sleep cycles, including duration, and both light and deep sleep phases.

Where to Purchase Runtastic Moment

Customers located in the U.S. can purchase Runtastic hardware from the Runtastic Online Shop and in select retail stores in the near future.



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Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus is a flexible way to add ambi...

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Philips has combined a flexible design with advanced lighting technology to launch the new Hue Lightstrip Plus. This new lighting fixture can be shaped, bent, even cut, and extended by up to 10 meters to introduce ambience to spaces throughout the home. If you're tired of relying on standard bulbs, and have places throughout the home where said lighting could be installed, the new Philips tech could be the ideal option for you.

The lighting itself is touted as being self-adhesive and easy to install, enabling you to place them along the bottom of a room, coving of a ceiling, or even along shelving. Since we're talking about Philips Hue here, you'll be able to configure the lighting from compatible apps and even have them change color depending on what's currently displayed on the big screen.

The only potential issue is the pricing, which may deter potential buyers. The two meter strip will set you back €79.95/$89.95, while the one meter extension strips will cost you €24.95/$29.95 each. Philips will launch the new lighting in Europe and the US come October.

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Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus: light bright enough to paint a whole room

Enhance your home with flexible connected light that can instantly switch a relaxing environment into an energizing one

Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), the global leader in lighting, combines flexible design with cutting-edge connected lighting technology to deliver a whole new way of using light, Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus. A hidden source of light, Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus can be shaped, bent, cut and extended up to 10 meters to add atmosphere to any space in the home. With every shade of beautiful white light from cool blue white to warm yellow white as well as atmospheric colored light, Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus is a high quality, high output light that is bright enough to completely transform the character of a space. So whether it's entertaining friends or cooking a meal for the family, Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus lets you 'paint with light' to create the perfect moment.

"With Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus we're encouraging people to get creative with light and really interact with it," explains Leonardo Avezzano, Product Marketing Director of Philips Hue. "Its extendible design along with its connectivity and high lumen output, means that it's even easier for people to use light to create the experience they want across their home."

As an indirect source of light, Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus can be placed anywhere in the home to complement and enrich existing Philips Hue lights, delivering a uniformed color. Self-adhesive and easy to install, place along the bottom of a hallway choosing a beautiful shade of white light to create a sense of spaciousness; run along coving high up the walls of a room to wash the entire space with light instantly transforming its look and feel; or line along shelves and cabinets to add a stylish touch of ambience to match a mood or moment.

Taking flexible connected lighting to a whole new level, Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus is a part of the Philips Hue ecosystem, so it benefits from all the unique features of Philips Hue including interaction with more than 300 third-party apps. Check out apps that sync Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus to the TV and enjoy a completely new viewing experience where the lights change the atmosphere to enhance what's on screen. With Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus you can instantly change the ambience of any space in your home at the swipe of a finger, giving you unlimited flexibility and freedom to experience light as you want it.

Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus two meter strip including the power adaptor is €79.95/ $89.95; one meter extension strips are €24.95 / $29.95 each. Available in Europe and North America from October 2015.



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