Reports Suggest iPhone 6 Plus May Bend in Your Pocket

Mashable! Mobile - 3 hours ago

Consider this a PSA: Don't keep the iPhone 6 Plus in your front pants pocket for too long. It just might bend.

Reports of slightly bent iPhone 6 Plus devices are cropping up on a number of Apple forums, suggesting that the items began bending after sitting in one's front pocket for a long chunk of time.

See also: The 15 Best Features of iOS 8

One forum member on MacRumors posted a photo of his iPhone 6 Plus after a few hours in his front pants pocket during a car ride.

Another posted another photo of his friend's bent iPhone 6. Photos have also showing up on the French Apple forum MacBidouille and other places across the web. Read more...

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AT&T Targets Cord-Cutters With $39 Monthly HBO-Broadband Bundle

Mashable! Mobile - 3 hours 46 min ago

AT&T is trying to woo cord-cutters with a new $39-a-month bundle that comes with broadband Internet, HBO and Amazon Prime.

The offer, good for 12 months of service, is only available online at the company's website. To qualify, customers would have to reside in an area that is reached by AT&T's U-verse fiber-optic TV and Internet service.

See also: Fullscreen Sells to Chernin, AT&T: YouTube Network Market Suddenly Scant

AT&T is getting a jump-start on rivals such as Dish Network, Verizon and Sony, which are all planning over-the-top TV services that would provide a limited bundle of networks over the Internet. Dish, which plans to begin offering its service by the end of the year, aims to use the offering as a way to lure a growing group of younger people who have never subscribed to pay-television. Read more...

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Hilarious Jailbreak Makes Your iPhone Scream When You Drop It

Mashable! Mobile - 6 hours 3 min ago

As many of us know all too well, dropping a smartphone on the ground can be an almost painful experience

To add some levity to the situation, a new tweak from Reddit's devoted jailbreakers will make your iPhone literally scream in pain when it's dropped.

See also: First iPhone 6 Drop Tests Show Mixed Results

The tweak, which Reddit users think was likely inspired by this comic from xkcd, was posted to r/jailbreak and subsequently made it to Reddit's front page

Other famous screams were substituted, too, including those of Goofy, Homer Simpson and Spongebob Squarepants.

Since the tweak requires a jailbreak, it won't be available to those running iOS 8, which hasn't been jailbroken yet, though it's likely only a matter of time Read more...

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Report: The iPhone 6 Costs More Than $200 to Build

Mashable! Mobile - 6 hours 25 min ago

The iPhone 6 costs Apple between $200 and $247 to build, giving the company a profit margin of 69% for the entry-level model, according to a teardown analysis.

The teardown, executed by research firm IHS and shared with Re/code, is based on an analysis of the parts used in each model and an estimate of the labor involved ($4 to $4.50 for each device.)

See also: Apple Wants You to Know How 'Huge' the iPhone 6 Plus Is

IHS found the costs range from $200 to $247 for iPhone 6 models that sell for $649 and $849 without a contract. The more expensive models sport 128 GB of storage space, netting Apple a slightly higher margin. Read more...

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The 15 Best Features of iOS 8

Mashable! Mobile - 6 hours 42 min ago

On the surface, Apple's new mobile operating system iOS 8 looks strikingly similar to iOS 7, but beneath the surface, it's brimming with new features to vastly improve the mobile experience (iOS 8 is hardly perfect, though; as with any new software, there are certainly kinks).

See also: What You Should Do Before Downloading iOS 8

Here's a look at our favorite features of iOS 8.

15. Time-lapse/Slow-Mo

iOS 8 users now have way more control over videos. What typically can cost thousands of dollars in camera equipment to speed up or slow down footage is now available for free within the Camera app, giving you the opportunity to get creative with your clips. Read more...

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Please Don't Try Charging Your iPhone in the Microwave

Mashable! Mobile - 7 hours 24 min ago

Step away from the microwave, iPhone owners.

While the newly released iOS 8 boasts several impressive features, including app extensions and improved keyboard options, the software upgrade does not — we repeat, does not — let it be wirelessly recharged in the microwave, contrary to a 4chan hoax.

See also: The 18 Most Important Features in iOS 8

The fake "Wave" ads, which have been circulating on Twitter and Reddit since the iOS update debuted last Wednesday, are simply untrue, trolling Apple users into ruining their phones by microwaving them for 60 to 70 seconds.

Reddit users are attributing the hoax to a 4chan thread. Read more...

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Apple: Nearly Half of Users Accessing App Store Have iOS 8

Mashable! Mobile - 8 hours 45 min ago

Apple has given its first glimpse, though a bit vague, into iOS 8 adoption.

According to data on the Apple Developer Support Page, nearly half (46%) of Apple mobile devices that accessed the App Store on Sept. 21 were using iOS 8. That was four days after iOS 8 rolled out and two days after the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus officially went on sale.

See also: 10 Apps That Make the Best Use of iOS 8

While that may sound like a shockingly high adoption rate, it's important to keep in mind that the 46% figure does not represent the percentage of total Apple users with iOS 8 installed, but rather the percentage of users who accessed Apple's App Store on one particular day. Read more...

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Apple Wants You to Know How 'Huge' the iPhone 6 Plus Is

Mashable! Mobile - 8 hours 49 min ago

For a company whose CEO once claimed any smartphone over 4 inches is too big, Apple is quite proud about the size of its new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Case in point: the latest two ads for the new iPhones, narrated by Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake.

"This is the new iPhone 6, and this is the new iPhone 6 Plus. They're the biggest iPhones ever made," the famous duo proclaim in one of the ads. Throughout the ad, Fallon lists some of the device's features, while Timberlake simply repeats the word "huge."

See also: Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon Star in First iPhone 6 Ad

The ad echoes the first iPhone ad, launched at the Sept. 9 event, that also starred Fallon and Timberlake — well, their voices, at least. The two sing the theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey over footage of the new iPhones. The ad ends with Apple's new tagline: "Bigger than bigger." Read more...

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Weekend Deals – 9/19: Unlocked 64GB Apple iPhone 5S in Gold for just $599.99

New Mobile Tech - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 22:41
Looking for a great deal to kick your weekend off right? Look no further, we’ve got some great deals in store for you today! Our Favable deal of the day is a carrier unlocked gold 64GB iPhone 5S for just $599.99! The new iPhone 6 may have just hit the block, but the iPhone 5S… Read more
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Belkin’s WeMo joins the smart light market

New Mobile Tech - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 22:41
The smart bulb market is heating up. Already, we’ve seen a number of products announced by the likes of Philips, GE, Samsung and LG; and now Belkin is showing us its own offering. Just like all other devices in this category, the WeMo LED Lighting Starter Set and WeMo Smart LED Bulbs allow users to… Read more
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Samsung Tizen smartphone launching in India in November?

New Mobile Tech - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 22:41
It looks like we’ll finally see the very first Tizen-powered smartphone launching in November. According to TizenExperts, at this time Samsung will unveil a smartphone running its own OS in India. This won’t be the earlier announced Samsung Z, but some completely different device that will cater towards folks on a budget. Actually, not one… Read more
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This is the Samsung Galaxy A5

New Mobile Tech - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 22:41
The other day we’ve told you that Samsung is working on the entire Alpha series of devices of which the Galaxy Alpha was just a first member. One of these devices, marked as SM-A500, has been leaked and brought to our attention by the good folks of SamMobile. This is a mid-range product, one that’s… Read more
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BlackBerry working on a new QWERTY slider?

New Mobile Tech - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 22:41
The BlackBerry Torch won’t be the last QWERTY slider made by the Canadian company. If we can take BlackBerry’s recent patent filing for anything, they are working on another such device as we speak. However, unlike the original Torch, this one has a different kind of keyboard, one that looks like Passport’s keyboard. We’re talking… Read more
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Make your Android Wear look like it’s Apple Watch with PEAR watchface

New Mobile Tech - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 22:41
Some find the newly announced Apple Watch looking better than many Android Wear devices. If you’re in that group, and also want to add some iTouch to your existing smart watch, you may want to install the Apple Watch face to your Android Wear gear. The new PEAR watchface is made to change the look… Read more
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Samsung Galaxy Alpha Coming to AT&T September 26th

New Mobile Tech - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 22:41
The Samsung Galaxy Alpha will be landing exclusively on AT&T later this month in three shiny colors: Charcoal black, Dazzling White and Frosted Gold. The all-metal Galaxy Alpha rocks a 4.7 inch 1280 x 720 Super AMOLED display. a 2.5GHz quad-core processor, a 12MP rear-facing camera and a 2.1 front-facing selfie snapper. 32GB of storage… Read more
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Oh Boy. Internet Prank Has People Microwaving Their iPhones Again

New Mobile Tech - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 22:41
Thanks to a prank posted to the infamous 4Chan website, people are microwaving their brand new iPhones in an attempt to catch a quick battery charge. Baffling, I know. But the prank is pretty convincing..I guess? Take a look at it below.   Looks legit right? Well, it’s totally not. Apparently some people with little… Read more
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Monday Deals – 9/22: 16GB Amazon Kindle HDX just $159.00 with Free Shipping

New Mobile Tech - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 22:41
On the lookout for a new gadget at an incredible price? You’ve come to the right place! We’ve got some awesome handpicked deals from the team over at Favable today which are sure to put a smile on your face. Our Favable deal of the day is a refurbished 16GB 7 inch Kindle HDX tablet… Read more
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T-Mobile’s Jump and AT&T’s Next users can’t pre-order the iPhone 6 from home

New Mobile Tech - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 22:41
There are a ton of people who stay up late on Apple pre-order night and prepare to get that confirmation email saying the next iPhone will be on their doorstep come launch day. […]
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Chinese city introduces first smartphone sidewalk lane

New Mobile Tech - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 22:41
I’m getting used to seeing roads with cycle lanes added to them, but in the near future sidewalks may also be split in two. In the Chinese city of Chongqing, they have created […]
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Google’s $105 Android One phone is now available

New Mobile Tech - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 22:41
The Micromax Canvas A1 with Android One is not a bad little phone, and Google is paying the data charges for the first 6 months.
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