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Sep

Apple announces the water-resistant iPhone 7 and 7 Plus


Apple accidentally introduced the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, the latest iterations of its premium smartphone, via Twitter, before deleting the tweets. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus look remarkably similar to the phones they replace — this is the smallest generational design shift in the iPhone’s history — but that’s not to say nothing has changed.

The antenna bands on the back of the previous models have been made more discreet; they now hug the edges of the device. This repositioning has allowed Apple to squeeze in larger camera bumps on the back. For the first time in the iPhone’s history, the new phones are “water-resistant,” and have stereo speakers. And although they haven’t said so yet, there’s no headphone port to be seen

As hinted at by the larger bumps, the cameras for both models are new. The iPhone 7 Plus — which is sporting that rumored “piano black” look in the render — has a dual-camera setup that we’ll learn more about soon. The iPhone 7 has a 12-megapixel “low-light loving” camera with optical image stabilization.

The new iPhones will be available on September 16th, with pre-orders set to open today. We’ll have much more detail for you when Apple actually announces these things.

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7
Sep

Apple Music has 17 million paid users with the help of exclusives


When Apple teased its redesign for Apple Music back at WWDC, the company revealed that the the service had reached 15 million paid users. CEO Tim Cook kicked off today’s iPhone event by announcing that In the three months since, the music streaming option tacked on another 2 million. That’s still a long way from Spotify’s 30 million subscribers, but Apple continues to gain ground with features like Beats 1 and a stable of high-profile exclusive releases.

Speaking of exclusives, Tim Cook touted that Apple Music was home to 70 exclusive releases this year, including new material from Taylor Swift, Frank Ocean, Drake and more. It’s only September, so there’s plenty of time for Apple Music to stream a few more albums and videos before they’re available anywhere else.

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7
Sep

Mario is coming to the iPhone and iPad


Nintendo legend Shigeru Miyamoto showed up on the Apple stage today to reveal Super Mario Run, an iOS game starring everyone’s favorite red-hatted plumber. Super Mario Run is the first Nintendo title to launch as a standalone smartphone game, aside from the social-focused app Miitomo. It’s due to hit iOS in December. The iTunes listing for Super Mario Run says it’s a free game with in-app purchases.

Super Mario Run stars Mario as he leaps across familiar brick-lined landscapes and platforming levels. Tap to make Mario jump; the longer you hold your finger down, the higher he flies. In later levels, players are able to change Mario’s direction as well. The goal is to grab as many coins as possible and reach the flagpole before time runs out. There’s also a battle mode called “Toad Rally” where players attempt to beat other people’s high scores.

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7
Sep

Live Coverage of Apple’s ‘See You on the 7th’ iPhone 7 Event


Apple’s “See you on the 7th” event kicks off at 10:00 AM Pacific Time today, and we’re expecting to see several product announcements including the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, an updated Apple Watch, and perhaps some Beats and “AirPods” headphone news.

We’ll also be hearing final details on the official release date for iOS 10, and probably macOS Sierra, watchOS 3, and tvOS 10. Today’s event is being held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco.

Apple is providing a live video stream on its website and via Apple TV.

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In addition to Apple’s video stream, we will be updating this article with live blog coverage and issuing Twitter updates through our @MacRumorsLive account as the keynote unfolds. Highlights from the event and separate news stories regarding today’s announcements will go out through our @MacRumors account.

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Apple’s online stores around the world are currently down in advance of the event.

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7
Sep

Apple Reveals All-New ‘Super Mario Run’ Game Coming to iOS


Today at its September 7 media event, Apple announced a new Mario game is coming to iOS, called “Super Mario Run.” In the game Mario runs automatically to the right, and users can tap to make Mario jump.

Later levels will introduce blocks that change Mario’s direction and other more intense obstacles, while allowing users to play the game one-handed. There are a few other modes, including a battle mode called “Toad Rally,” which lets users compete against the ghosts of friends and strangers around the world.

No further details about the price were revealed, but Shigeru Miyamoto confirmed that the game would not be free-to-play, and come with a one-time, set price point. The game is expected to launch sometime this holiday season, and Nintendo is also launching a Super Mario sticker pack for iOS 10.

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7
Sep

SanDisk’s 200GB card is back to its lowest price for today only!


Amazon’s Deal of the Day can once again score you SanDisk’s 200GB microSD card for just $60, a savings of $20 from its regular price. We’ve seen a number of deals over the past few months on this card, with this being the lowest price that the card has hit. Whether you need some additional storage for your phone, tablet, camera or other electronic devices, you won’t want to miss out on this deal.

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Remember, this deal is only available today, September 7, so don’t wait too long to place your order. If you don’t see the need for 200GB, you can pick up the 128GB card for $40 or the 64GB card for just $20 if you’d rather. Which card will you pick up? Let us know in the comments!

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7
Sep

Xiaomi may launch the 4K Mi Box in the U.S. in October


Xiaomi’s global VP Hugo Barra revealed that the company will make its way to the U.S. market in the near future, but it’s going to be a while before we see the brand’s stellar phones. That said, Xiaomi is all set to launch the Mi Box, a set-top box running Android TV that supports 4K playback. According to TechCrunch, the Mi Box will make its debut in October for under $100.

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The Mi Box is powered by a quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor and Mali-450 GPU along with 2GB of RAM, 8GB internal storage and Wi-Fi ac. There’s HDMI 2.0a out, HDR, Google Cast compatibility, and the device can output 4K at 60fps along with Dolby Digital Plus audio. You also a Bluetooth-enabled remote, as well as a controller to play games on the Android TV set-top box.

The Mi Box will be the ideal device for Xiaomi to gauge consumer interest in the U.S. The company will make its phones available in the country at some point, but in the meantime it is testing the waters with accessories like fitness bands, earphones, and battery packs.

7
Sep

Amazon is offering the Moto G4 Play with ads for just $100


Amazon recently announced that it would be offering discounts on select phones to load them with lock screen ads, and the Moto G4 Play is the latest addition to that collection.

If you don’t mind seeing some ads, you can pick up one of Motorola’s latest phones for just $99, which is a $50 savings. Featuring a 5-inch display, the Moto G4 Play has 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage with the ability to add a microSD card if you need more. The unlocked phone is compatible with all four major U.S. carriers, so you can simply pop your existing SIM card in it and get started.

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Right now you can pre-order the phone, and it will be officially available starting September 15. If you don’t want the ads, you can always pay the full $150 price tag. Otherwise, save some money and deal with the occasional ad by picking yours up for just $100. Will you be ordering one as a backup or to use daily? Let us know in the comments!

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7
Sep

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus accidentally confirmed… by Apple


Apple will officially unveil its new handsets in a special media event today and while we’ve long suspected that they will be the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus we’ve never had official confirmation.

Now we have, because Apple itself accidentally leaked the names of its two new devices on its own website.

A Reddit user allegedly spotted the names “iPhone 7” and “iPhone 7 Plus” listed in the accessories section before it was rapidly taken down. His own posting has also since been deleted.

The user also claimed before the posting was removed that the official “leak” confirmed the absence of a 3.5mm headphone, and that owners will be expected to use the Lightning port or Bluetooth headphones instead.

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The site revealed that the phones only support AirPlay, Bluetooth or wireless music connectivity.

Apple’s event will start in San Francisco at 10am PT, so will be streamed live in the UK from 6pm. For those on the East Coast of America, it starts at 1pm.

Pocket-lint will be reporting live as it happens, so make sure you stick with us for the day. In addition, Sony is expected to unveil two new PlayStation 4 models at a separate event in New York. We will also be there covering those announcements live.

7
Sep

ICYMI: Autonomous drone prototypes take flight


ICYMI: Autonomous drone prototypes take flight

Today on In Case You Missed It: The Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation at UC Berkeley has developed augmented reality power tools to help DIY-ers with a variety of actual home repairs by projecting information and providing feedback. Meanwhile, the Pentagon’s new tech focused project has awarded a contract to Shield AI for its Autonomous Tactical Airborne Drone which requires no instructions or remote controls to scout the interior of buildings.

We also learned that there’s a right way and a wrong way to handle a lightsaber courtesy of a helpful safety PSA. As always, please share any interesting tech or science videos you find by using the #ICYMI hashtag on Twitter for @mskerryd.

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