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 Apple’s newest and largest pair of iPhones, the iPhone 6 and 6+, are now available for pre-order in a number of countries including the U.S. and the UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy. The phones are due to ship to buyers starting next week, on September 19. Pre-orders don’t appear to have opened up yet in China, Asia’s dominant market, despite the Far East being the… Read More

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 Samsung has released a series of videos lampooning this week’s Apple announcement, a move that is at once familiar and not unexpected. There are six of them in total, including one on screen size, in a series called “It Doesn’t Take A Genius.” Collect them all. After years of cringey, tone-deaf commercials, the company has finally grown a few claws and even made fun… Read More

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 Seriously. Go look. Depending on your iCloud setting, U2’s latest album might be sitting in the Music app, ready to play. Otherwise, the album is most likely still shown, available to download from iCloud from your iPhone, iPad, or iTunes app. Worse yet, it’s rather difficult to rid your phone and iTunes account of the album. Read More

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 Boring old pictures are, without a doubt, boring. That’s why there’s Canviz. Designed by artists to allow them to share animated photographs and graphics, Canviz is a “museum grade” screen for your wall. Writes the creator, MM Waters: This project began with an idea my wife had. She wanted to create living portraits of ourselves, places we go, things we do,… Read More

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 FOVE wants to ramp up by the virtual reality experience by creating the world’s first consumer-oriented headmount display to use eye tracking. The Tokyo-based startup was founded by CEO Yuka Kojima and CTO Lochlainn Wilson and is launching today on the Disrupt SF stage. Read More

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 So here we are, in the hours after the official launch of the Apple Watch, and we need to address just what the watch means for Switzerland. When I first saw the watch I literally thought that Jony Ive was right in regards to how – ahem – ruined the Swiss watch industry was. However, as I thought about what the Apple Watch was (and wasn’t) I’ve come to a more nuanced… Read More

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 Apple has revealed its mobile payments play, and it features NFC and Touch ID, as many expected. The system works as fast as they joked it did on stage – which is why in our demo we ran through a number of different payment scenarios. Read More

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 Apple’s wearable strategy is out there, and the way they’re looking to distance themselves from the crowd is by introducing a smooth, highly usable interface with unique control mechanisms, and creating a device that embraces apps and features beyond notifications, but in a way that makes sense for a small-screened device. The Apple Watch also cozies up to mobile payments, with NFC… Read More

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 That was a lot to process at today’s event, and Apple had to break it all down with a series of videos strung throughout its keynote. For many (including yours truly), Apple struggled to provide a consistent stream of the event, so a lot of the shorter videos weren’t even seen by those following the announcements. Read More

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 Over the past few years a swathe of self-styled ‘smart lights’ have pushed into the market. The likes of Philips Hue and Kickstarter fueled LIFX. Aka connected lightbulbs that can be controlled via an app. But this is just the first wave of smart lighting — and it’s really not-so-smart, argues new lighting focused startup Stack, launching today on stage here at… Read More

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 While the standard George Foreman has long been the go-to grill for busy executives on the go, it’s time for Big George to hang up his gloves. Palate Smart Grill is on the scene and launching at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2014. This smart grill will cook almost any food perfectly based on weight, composition, and desired done-ness and can be controlled via your mobile device. Read More

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 The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus represent Apple’s new flagship products, and they’re a big change from what came before: The 4.7-inch 6 has a new, Retina HD resolution display, and smooth, rounded edges and a smooth transition between the actual glass protecting the screen and the rest of the casing. It also has an improved camera, and what might be its most exciting super-power: Apple… Read More

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 My friends, I come to you with sad news. Our old friend, the iPod classic, is no more. Apple unceremoniously removed the much-beloved media player from its iPod product page, leaving just the shuffle, nano, and touch to carry the iPod standard. This was years in the making. The click wheel-enabled iPod was just no longer relevant in the day of high capacity flash storage and streaming music… Read More

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 Apple unleashed the latest iPhone and new Apple Watch today and all the pics, specs and details can be found here. Read More

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 The problem of how to type on a watch-sized touchscreen has had tech watchers and keyboard makers scratching their heads ever since Apple was rumored to be working on a wrist computer. Startups have even been founded with the mission of rethinking Qwerty keyboards in fiendish new ways so typing can still function on a smaller form factor. Read More

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 Apple today announced the Apple Watch, its first foray into the world of wearable tech during its iPhone 6 launch event this morning. A smartwatch with inductive charging, a square face, sapphire glass, swappable bands, a heartbeat sensor and a rotating digital crown. Users will be able to  choose between six different straps, including a sport band, a leather loop, a classic leather buckle… Read More

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 Apple is holding an event today in Cupertino that kicks off at 10 AM PT, and we’re already here at the Flint Center holding it down. Next to the theater is the giant cube-like white mystery building that Apple has constructed on the site specifically for this show, whose purpose is yet to be revealed. We’ll be posting photos and updates (with Matthew Panzarino on the keyboard… Read More

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 Bitcoin transactions aren’t actually instant. Because each transfer requires a number of confirmations via the mining process, some Bitcoin moves can take minutes or even half an hour. CoinSafe, however, may have created a solution that can process BTC transactions in seconds. CoinSafe, a company founded by Michael Flaxman and Tom Chokel, is a “free Bitcoin ATM service.”… Read More

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 Here at the 2014 TechCrunch Disrupt SF hackathon two-man hack team, Ray Ho and Mark Watson, showed off a simple but promising concept that combines $3-a-pop Bluetooth beacons with restaurant software Clover to make the process of waiting on tables more efficient. Read More

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 What could be better than giving disabled kids a new pair of hands? How about slapping a set of claws on those hands! Aaron Brown, a maker and volunteer for the group Enabling The Future, has been building 3D printed prosthetic hands for kids who are missing fingers. These hands are given away for free and the group has made countless children quite happy. Now they can be happier. Brown built… Read More

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 Apple is hosting an event on September 9, and by all accounts it’s going to be a real barn burner. The company is set to announce new iPhones, and this much you can take to the bank, but rumors have also arisen suggesting we’ll see a brand new wearable device of some kind – the great and powerful ‘iWatch’ of legend. Apple will also probably showcase iOS 8, along… Read More

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 Google is selling the Glass Explorer Edition on its Play devices store, still for $1,500, with your choice of a free frame or sunglass shade in the mix. The Glass model listed is still very much Google’s experimental product, but the descriptions in the listing make it sound more like falling into the category of an “Explorer” is now more about how many extreme sports… Read More

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 For you today, we have a video a little over six minutes long of a dog experiencing a happiness more pure than you or I will ever know. Please enjoy. Seriously, though, this footage caught using the new GoPro Fetch mount for canines during a holiday weekend cottage trip was only one small part of a much longer series that kept me and my family entertained for far, far too long. I’ve… Read More

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 China Telecom has a new pre-order page up for the iPhone 6, despite the fact that it’s still not official, and likely won’t be until Apple’s big unveiling event on September 9. The website depicts high quality renders of a new iPhone model as viewed from the side. The images are in line with what we’ve seen before, showing an iPhone with contours that resemble the iPad… Read More

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 Intel has launched its Core M processor line at IFA 2014 this year, and is announcing a number of key launch partners that will be shipping Intel M-based convertible notebooks starting this holiday season. The new M chips allow users to build much thinner designs, since they’re incredibly energy-efficient and can run cool enough that they don’t require a heat-fighting fan in the… Read More

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