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Pope Francis Visit to NYC and Philadelphia Could Delay iPhone 6s Deliveries on Launch Day

While many customers around the world anticipate receiving their brand new iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus when the smartphones launch on September 25, pre-order deliveries in areas of New York City and Philadelphia could be delayed as Pope Francis prepares to visit both of those cities next week.

UPS, a courier service that frequently delivers Apple pre-orders, has posted a temporary service notice on its website that states no pickups and deliveries will be available in the following ZIP codes areas of NYC and Philadelphia between Thursday, September 24 and Saturday, September 26 due to security measures.

  • New York City: 10001, 10007, 10017, 10021, 10022, 10023, 10029
  • Pennsylvania: 19102, 19103, 19104, 19106, 19107, 19109, 19123, 19130, 19146, 19147

    The affected areas in New York City are all in Manhattan, including parts of Chelsea, Civic Center, East Harlem, Midtown, Tribeca and the Upper East Side and Upper West Side. Pope Francis will be making appearances in those areas at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, United Nations headquarters, 9/11 Museum, Central Park, Madison Square Garden and elsewhere next Thursday and Friday.

    The affected areas in Philadelphia include parts of Bella Vista, Callowhill, Center City, Devil’s Pocket, Fairmount, Grays Ferry, Logan Square, Mantua, Northern Liberties, Passyunk Square, Pennsport, Point Breeze, Poplar, Powelton Village, Rittenhouse Square, Society Hill, Southwark, Spring Garden, Spruce Hill, University City, Washington Square West, West Philadelphia and West Powelton.

    Apple also ships iPhone pre-orders with FedEx and other couriers, while UPS typically offers the option of personal pickup at a holding facility, so there remains a possibility that some New York City and Philadelphia residents will receive their iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus deliveries on launch day. For others, however, it may mean waiting until Monday to get that shiny new iPhone.

    Note: Due to the nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Politics, Religion, Social Issues forum. All forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts.

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    Huawei Nexus 6P will be the first Nexus to have 128GB option

    Manufacturers of smartphones have held onto the 16GB storage option for a long time, with cloud storage the focus to mitigate any lack of storage. However, that could be set to change as the soon-to-be announced Huawei Nexus 6P will have a 128GB storage option.

    The Nexus 6 last year came with 32GB and 64GB of storage, but according to sources, the Nexus 6P will have a 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB of storage available to purchase, of course without any expandable option.

    With a 128GB storage option, the Nexus 6P would be the first Google-backed Nexus-branded device to have such a high storage option and despite the increased focus back toward expandable memory in Android Marshmallow, it seems unlikely to have a MicroSD slot.

    Invitations have already been sent out for Google’s September 29th event in San Francisco where they are expected to announce the new Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P.

    Source: AndroidPolice

    The post Huawei Nexus 6P will be the first Nexus to have 128GB option appeared first on AndroidGuys.


    Latest Xbox One test update is rolling out slowly, for a reason

    Heads up Dashboard Preview Program members: Microsoft’s announced that invites for the opt-in Windows 10 update on Xbox One are rolling out right now. Check your inbox to see if you made the first wave of folks to the party, but don’t get too excited or disappointed (depending) though because while the overhauled user interface might look tempting, there are scads of known issues with it. What’re those? They apparently range from annoying — hard resetting the console after basically any issue crops up, screen discoloration while playing Forza Motorsport 6 — to possibly game-breaking.

    For example, Destiny‘s “The Taken King” expansion and Borderlands: The Handsome Collection outright won’t launch according to an official post on the Xbox Forums. Maybe if you have a spare console install it there, but for now it looks like you’re pretty safe to skip this first update. If you’re still curious though, maybe watch Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb’s new overview video below or check out this lengthy Reddit thread instead.

    Source: Major Nelson


    Apple’s Beautiful New Store in Brussels Opens to Long Lines and Fanfare

    Apple celebrated the grand opening of its newly designed Apple Store in Brussels today with much fanfare, ranging from CEO Tim Cook being on scene to long lineups and media forming around the entrance prior to the doors opening. The store is the first located in Belgium at Avenue de la Toison d’Or in a busy shopping area.

    The new Apple Store is the first to feature a next-generation Jony Ive-inspired design with large and virtually seamless curved glass panels on the facade, light boxes extending the length of the ceiling, indoor trees, touch-sensitive sequoia wood tables, new wooden shelves for Beats headphones and other accessories, and a massive digital screen at the back of the store for product marketing. blog One More Thing was on hand for the Apple Store grand opening in Brussels today and recorded some exciting footage as the doors opened. As with many other grand openings, the day started with a countdown among the hundreds of people lined up outside the store, at which point the doors opened and customers were cheered on by retail employees as they entered.

    Apple recently shared a new video that highlights the work of several comic artists in Brussels, which is known for its tradition of comic art, to celebrate the grand opening. The store is open on Monday-Saturday between 10 AM and 7 PM local time and offers a Genius Bar, Workshops and other regular services.

    (Thanks, Jan!)


    Apple Begins Hiring for Flagship Chinese Retail Store in Macau

    apple_hiring_macauApple has posted several job listings today for an upcoming retail store in Macau, a Special Administrative Region of China. The store is looking to fill Specialist, Creative, Genius, Store Leader and Manager positions, in addition to hiring for the Apple Store Leader Program and multiple business-related positions.

    Chinese-language newspaper Macao Daily reported in June that Apple is planning to open a flagship store in Macau, which is located across from Hong Kong, but the news went largely uncovered by mainstream media. At the time, the report claimed that Apple had not finalized a location for the upcoming store.

    Apple celebrated the grand opening of its Apple Store in Brussels today, while two new Apple Stores also open in Nanjing, China and Florence, Italy today and September 26 respectively. Apple now operates over 460 retail stores worldwide.


    US regulator accepts bitcoin as a commodity

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    Virtual currencies like bitcoin just came one step closer to legitimacy in the US. As part of its first action against an unregistered bitcoin options trading outfit, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission has determined that digital currencies are commodities subject to its regulations. The move both puts cryptocurrency on the same level as conventional commodity derivatives (like futures contracts or swaps) and rejects the notion that they’re ‘just’ securities, like stocks. This isn’t a shocking move when the CFTC had already hinted that it would rule this way, but it could mean a lot if it both gets bitcoin exchanges off the ground and reduces the potential for abuse.

    [Image credit: Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images]

    Via: CoinDesk, SlashGear

    Source: CFTC


    Huawei Nexus 6P reportedly will be the first Nexus device to have 128GB of storage



    A new report by way of Android Police says that a few of its trusted sources indicates that the new Huawei Nexus 6P will come in 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB storage options.

    Smartphones traditionally come in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB storage options, but interestingly, last year’s Nexus 6 was only available in 32GB and 64GB variants. 16GB is slowly going the way of the dinosaur, as it doesn’t offer enough storage to meet a user’s standard needs.

    This news would make the Huawei Nexus 6P the first Nexus device to offer a massive 128GB model. However, it does come with its caveats. It is unlikely that Huawei will include microSD support in this upcoming device, according to sources close to Android Police. Those interested in a 128GB variant can expect to pay a $50-100 premium for this larger storage capacity.

    It’d be expected that LG would provide the Nexus 5X in similar storage options, however, it’s highly possible we’ll only see the device in 32GB and 64GB storage options.

    Google has scheduled an event for September 29 in San Francisco, where we expect all to be revealed. Only a few more weeks to go before we see the next big thing from Google!

    source: Android Police

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    [Deal] Get a Samsung Galaxy Note 5 for $589.99 on eBay


    Looking to pick up the newly announced Samsung Galaxy Note 5 but don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for one? Good news, folks! The device is available, unlocked, on eBay for just $589.99.

    Samsung announced the new device not that long ago, and there’s been much controversy surrounding it, such as having no microSD support, a non-removable battery, and some design issues with the S Pen. However, despite those flaws, it’s still an impressive device.

    It features a 5.7-inch 2560 x 1440 Super AMOLED display, an Exynos 7420 chipset, a quad-core 1.5GHz Cortex-A53 and quad-core 2.1GHz Cortex-A57 processor, a Mali-T760MP8 GPU, 4GB of RAM, 32/64GB storage options, no microSD support, a 16-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, and it’s sporting the latest version of Samsung’s TouchWiz UI atop of Android 5.1.

    Anyone picking one up?


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    Apple Watch Launches in Austria, Denmark and Ireland September 25

    Apple has updated its regional websites for Austria, Denmark and Ireland to announce the Apple Watch will be available on September 25. Apple Watch models with prices were also added to the Apple Store app in Norway, but no release date has been provided.

    MacRumors previously reported the Apple Watch was expected to launch in Austria, Denmark and India this month, leaving India as the sole country of the three that has yet to announce an Apple Watch release date.

    Austria, Denmark and Ireland will be part of the fifth launch wave since April:

  • April 24: Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, U.K. and U.S.
  • June 26: Italy, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland and Taiwan
  • July 17: The Netherlands, Sweden, Thailand
  • July 31: New Zealand, Russia, Turkey
  • September 25: Austria, Denmark, Ireland

    Apple Watch sales have also expanded to dozens of Apple Premium Resellers this month.

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    The best of the Tokyo Game Show (so far)

    How does lining up for 40 minutes to play five minutes of a new game sound? It’s definitely a trade-off, but it’s often (usually) worth it. At this year’s Tokyo Game Show, we saw a giant 20-foot griffin thing play ball, nothing from Microsoft and a lot of games that are unequivocally geared toward Japanese gamers. Anime tie-ins and Dynasty Warriors-esque crowd-em-ups aside, there was still plenty for us to play. These are the ones that left an impression.

    Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney 6 (Gyakuten Saiban 6)

    Phoenix Wright is back, or at least, back in court. The next game takes him outside the usual settings of a Japanese courtroom in favor of a fictitious Asian country that hates attorneys — poor Phoenix — but loves clairvoyants. Yep: The new courtroom-based innovation this time around centers on watching these visions and (courtesy of the “five senses” that are conveniently displayed in writing on top of the murder scenes) finding contradictions to their commentary. The game has the same graphical polish as Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies​, but backgrounds seem a bit more detailed, with little hints of movement that help to make them appear less flat.

    Dark Souls 3

    Five minutes of playtime. Six deaths. And that’s only because I was excessively cautious for the first three minutes. Dark Souls 3, while not exactly easier, is meant to be more accessible for first timers. I repeat: That doesn’t mean it’ll be any easier. New Battle Arts for each weapon will allow you to execute more heavily powered attacks, although these will be as limited as any other resource. While I didn’t play long enough to determine whether there’s an easier learning curve versus the last two installments, the game certainly looks equal parts moody and beautiful. If the other Dark Souls titles didn’t quite do it for you, then you’re probably going to feel the same here. The formula doesn’t appear to have changed much, but for those of you clamoring for another brutal challenge, it looks like you’ll get it.

    Gravity Rush (PS4)

    Gravity Rush was one of the early few original titles on the PS Vita way back when. And it was a whole lot of fun. Now, like Tearaway, it’s expanding onto Sony’s flagship console. Yes, a sequel is also on the way, but now the original will benefit from a leap in resolution to make the art direction and character design really shine. The question you’re probably asking: How do the controls fare? To be honest, I found them easier than on the Vita. Since the screen isn’t attached to your gyroscopic controls, it means it’s much easier to swing around and target tricky foes. It also looks substantially better too. But will you buy it again? Well, that’s a trickier proposition.

    The Tomorrow Children

    This is a very strange game. It’s as if all the fun (and intermittent progress) boils down to the eventual fights with giant alien-looking titans. Gathering resources and, well, doing things to gain experience all felt a bit dull to me. Though I only borderline-enjoyed my demo, it’s fascinating to think about where it’ll all go: There are plans to allow players (who appear when they interact with the environment, then disappear again) to vote for a city mayor in their particular domain. That person would then be able to make decisions as to the future direction. Or at least a color scheme for their tiny town. (Yes, you can paint up a storm if you’re willing to pay for all the necessary paint.)

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