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Sep

Top 5 reasons why you need Nuance Power PDF Standard 2


Anybody who uses their computer for work in an office or at home, or even to make family newsletters and other personal documents, will come across PDF files on a very regular basis. They are an excellent way of formatting pictures and text in one easy-to-read file with a small digital footprint. They can even be opened in a web browser.

However, reading PDFs is one thing, it’s also handy in this day and age to be able to make them. There are multiple ways to do so simply, but few offer as many options and features as Nuance Power PDF Standard 2 for Windows PCs.

It is available from Nuance’s own online store at shop.nuance.co.uk for £79.99 and there are plenty of great reasons why you will find it invaluable when creating content rich PDF documents. Here are five to kick you off.

1. You can create a single PDF from multiple files

If you want to collate several different documents into one simple to store PDF, you can easily combine files through the top menu. A pop-up box allows you to add as many separate files as you like, be they Word documents, individual PDFs or the like, and then export the end result as one PDF file with multiple pages.

2. You can dictate annotated notes and the software adds them in text form

Thanks to Power PDF Standard 2 being a Nuance product, it utilises the company’s excellent voice recognition technology to give you the option to dictate notes and add them as annotations on a document. Just hit the Dragon Notes button and speak. When done the note will be converted to text and added to the document ready to be saved.

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3. You can add high levels of security

Security on high-importance documents is paramount and you can password protect PDFs or certify them. You can also sign documents from within Power PDF Standard 2, even using a pre-drawn handwritten signature. You can also encrypt files from within the software.

4. You can save your PDFs to all of the major cloud storage services

Nuance Power PDF Standard 2 is compatible with Box, Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive and OneDrive, so you can save and store your completed files in the cloud. In addition, you can open existing documents you have stored there already, even if they were created using other utilities.

5. You can convert PDFs to other types of document

If you need to edit a document in another piece of software, be that Word, Excel, PowerPoint or others, you can convert it to the correct format using Power PDF Standard 2. It will retain all of the important formatting information.

Nuance Power PDF Standard 2 is available now for £79.99. To learn more visit the Nuance website. 

16
Sep

How to add Mario stickers to your photos in iOS 10 Messages


Apple’s latest software build iOS 10 comes with plenty of great new features, one of which can be found within the overhaul of the Messages app.

Messages has been totally revamped bringing a whole host of fun additions, but there is one in particular that’s pretty fun – Mario stickers.

We all love Mario – he’s great. So the fact that it’s now possible to turn anyone into Mario, whether it be your cat or your partner, is well, pretty damn exciting. Here’s how to do it (because it is actually not that obvious).

Download and install Super Mario Run stickers

First up, you’ll need to download the Super Mario Run sticker pack from the iMessage App Store.

Open Messages > Go to a new message > Tap the App Store icon next to the input field > Tap the four dots in the bottom left > Click on the Store icon > Head to the Categories tab > Stickers > Gaming > Super Mario Run > Hit “Get”

After it has installed, you’ll see all the Mario stickers appear underneath the input box in a new message when you tap on the App Store again. You may need to swipe across when the tray appears to get to Mario.  

How to add Mario’s hat and moustache to an image

Once you have the Mario stickers up beneath your message conversation, you can send away to the recipient. Scroll down and you’ll find Mario’s hat and nose with moustache, which you can add to images.

To do this, you first need to upload and send the image you want to Mario-fy. After the image appears in the conversation, you then need to get yourself back to the Mario stickers tray.

Press and hold the Mario hat and drag it onto the image within the conversation above, and do the same with the nose and moustache. Both will send individually but the recipient will then see the image complete with the Mario enhancements.

The same process applies if you want to add the coin, tube, question mark block or any of the other Mario Stickers.

So there you have it – easy once you know how hey. Happy Marioing.

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16
Sep

AP and Vice sue FBI for San Bernardino iPhone hack info


The Associated Press and the Gannett Satellite Information Network, parent company to USA Today and Vice Media, filed suit against the FBI in federal court on Friday demanding information on how the bureau broke into the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone. The news organizations are leveraging the Freedom of Information Act in their lawsuit, arguing that the FBI has no expectation to privacy regarding the methods used to crack the shooter’s phone encryption and that those methods should be disclosed to the public.

This lawsuit stems from the FBI’s attempts earlier this year to break through the Apple iPhone’s encryption system and access any pertinent data relating to its investigation of the San Bernardino terrorist attack. The FBI first attempted to coerce Apple into building a backdoor, then reportedly paid more than $1 million for a “third-party solution” after their initial efforts were rebuffed by both the company and the courts. Whatever that solution entailed worked, sorta. The FBI were able to access the phone but found nothing that furthered its investigation and in doing so further heightened the public’s distaste for governmental surveillance.

Via: Verge

Source: US District Court

16
Sep

Who stole the DNA of 14,000 long-lived Italians?


Italian authorities are investigating a biotechnology heist that saw around 14,000 DNA samples allegedly stolen from a lab in Sardinia. This may not be a simple case of grand larceny, as the samples in question were taken from Italians with exceptionally long lives. Sardinia is one of a handful of “blue zones” with a higher-than-usual proportion of men over the age of 100. The material was gathered as part of a decades-long research investigation into a genetic secret for longevity that was unrelated to diet or environmental factors.

The DNA was originally harvested by a publicly-owned lab, Pardo Genetico, which was recently sold off to a Sardinian called Piergiorgio Lorrai. According to the Guardian, Lorrai is a local who wanted to ensure that the genetic information of his countrymen and women weren’t exploited for commercial gain. But it’s not that simple, because through a convoluted series of corporate shenanigans, another company believes it’s the repository’s rightful owner.

Of course, that’s less relevant now since the samples have disappeared, and prosecutor Biagio Mazzeo is implying that it might have been an inside job. Analysis of the crime scene reveals that there was no forced entry, although it’s not clear when exactly the alleged theft took place. Perhaps someone’s planning to develop a theme park around clones of centenarians on a Pacific island, John Hammond-style. Or maybe the stuff was grabbed by a sinister billionaire with an interest in living forever, not that we could name any.

Via: The Verge

Source: Guardian

16
Sep

The best wireless exercise headphones


By Lauren Dragan

This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer’s guide to the best technology. Read the full article here.

If we wanted a pair of wireless headphones for working out, we’d get the JLab Epic2 Bluetooth. After extensive research—we considered a total of 147 sport-specific headphones and tested the 85 best-reviewed and newest options—our panel of experts agreed that they’d want to bring the Epic2 Bluetooth along on their next training session. The tough, lightweight Epic2 pair is easier to fit in a wider variety of ears than the competition, has better battery life than the other Bluetooth models we tested, and offers great sound for a lower price than most comparable cordless models.

What makes a good pair of headphones

In general, exercise headphones are for people who want to run, hike, bike, or hit the gym while listening to music, podcasts, or other media; a good pair should be able to withstand a variety of stressors such as sweat, rain, strain from media players dropping to the floor, and abuse from being thrown into a bag along with potentially dirty and damp equipment. They also need to fit well and have a short enough cord to accommodate the exercise routines you prefer.

If you get annoyed by cables when working out, you don’t mind having to remember to charge your headphones, and are willing to pay a little extra for the convenience, we think that wireless exercise headphones are for you. Otherwise, check out our wired headphones guide.

How we picked and tested

Outdoor conditions meant we could test wind noise, compatibility with sunglasses, and ability to hear external sound, as well as fit and comfort. Photo: Lauren Dragan

We started the process by reading professional reviews from fitness journalists as well as from pro audio writers, then looking to see what Amazon customers had to say in their reviews, before checking out blogs and running forums. We then brought in everything that came out since our last update to this guide that was well-reviewed, recommended, or just-released to test. This group totaled about 55 models, in addition to the winners from our previous test.

Next, we tasked an expert panel with choosing the best-sounding and most comfortable models in five major categories: sealed over $50, sealed under $50, unsealed under $50, Bluetooth (sealed, unsealed, and on-ear/over-ear), corded on-ear/over-ear, and swim. Then, we asked the panel to choose an overall pick, and what they would choose if they had to purchase a pair with their own money. This brought the group down to 11 new models and four old models, which we run-tested and stress-tested, as well as two models that needed to be swim-tested.

After 5.5 miles of runs between two testers, and tests to check durability and water resistance (which you can read more about here), we decided on a winner.

Our pick

JLab’s Epic2 Bluetooth has the same fit and sound as the original, but with added tweaks such as improved waterproofing and battery life. Photo: Michael Hession

The JLab Epic2 Bluetooth has a design that made it a very lightweight, effortless, and comfortable fit for nearly all of our reviewers. Many other headphones we tested not only had lackluster sound quality but also lacked in comfort and stability. The Epic2 is on the lower end of the price range for Bluetooth water-resistant headphones, as well. And because this model supports Bluetooth, you have no cord to get in the way of whatever it is you do to stay in shape.

Unlike the top competition, the JLab Epic2 Bluetooth’s fit was notably intuitive. The slim, wire-reinforced-cable hooks that run over the ears are stable enough to stay in place but narrow enough that you can wear them simultaneously with glasses without issue. The three-button remote is easy to access behind your right ear; Some other remotes have a difficult learning curve when it comes to figuring out what each button does without looking at them, but our testers were able to adjust their music on the JLab pair without losing their stride.

The Epic2’s sound is pleasantly warm—the mids are full without being muddy, and the highs are clear, not piercing or sibilant. Next to the sound from higher-end headphones, vocals on this pair can sound a little thin, but these flaws are very minor compared with that of the other sport headphones we tested.

Sealed runner-up

Though the Jaybird X2 pair has a trickier initial fit, its durable build and lifetime warranty make it a good choice for people who punish their headphones. Photo: Michael Hession

If you don’t like hooks over your ears, or if the JLab pair is sold out, the Jaybird X2 is the way to go. These headphones feel light, they stay put, they sound fantastic, they have a lifetime warranty against sweat damage (which, if you sweat through one pair of headphones a year, can really add up!), they charge pretty quickly (in around two hours), they have a nice case, and you can wear them several ways, depending on what works for you. However, getting the fit correct the first time takes a little more patience than with our top pick. As a result, in this test group the JLab Epic2 edged out the Jaybird X2 once again, but only barely.

Our unsealed pick

When you need to hear your surroundings, the Plantronics BackBeat Fit Bluetooth headphones are the best-sounding unsealed option for staying both motivated and safe. Photo: Michael Hession

If you want Bluetooth but you also need to hear what’s going on around you, we recommend the Plantronics BackBeat Fit Bluetooth. In fact, the BackBeat Fit is the only pair of unsealed Bluetooth headphones we’ve heard that we would consider to be worth your money. Generally speaking, in-ear headphones that don’t seal will sacrifice some sound quality, so don’t expect the Plantronics to match the sound quality of the Epic2 or the Jaybird pairs, but overall the BackBeats don’t sound objectionable in any way. Plus, the fit is comfortable and stable, and it’s easy to pop this pair on your head and go. It also comes with a neoprene case that doubles as an armband for your smartphone, which is a nice addition.

About on-ear and over-ear Bluetooth headphones

On-ear and over-ear workout headphones are for people who dislike the feeling of in-ear headphones and whose workouts are less physically dynamic. Because of the added weight, an on-ear/over-ear design will stay put if you’re running on a treadmill or lifting weights, but it most likely won’t tolerate jump squats or other high-impact sweating styles. A good pair of such headphones will sit comfortably on your head for a long period of time without pinching or irritating your ears.

Now that you know what we look for in such a pair, you’ll probably understand why we didn’t end up with a pick. After listening to and testing several pairs of on-ear/over-ear workout headphones, we didn’t find one that satisfied our requirements, and we’re not going to make a recommendation we don’t believe in just to fill a category. When we do find something worth your money, we’ll be sure to update this section.

This guide may have been updated by The Wirecutter. To see the current recommendation, please go here.

16
Sep

LG’s new $150 midrange phone packs a huge battery


If your main concern with a phone is battery life, and basically nothing else, this new LG device could be up your alley. The LG X Power is available on Boost Mobile for $150, and comes with an impressive 4,100mAh battery. Everything else about the new handset is pretty meh. The 5.3-inch machine only has a HD resolution, runs the somewhat outdated Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and has relatively poorer 8-megapixel and 5 MP rear and front cameras. I’d say the price justified the specs, but there are better phones out there for the money.

Despite the underwhelming specs, the X Power still has the biggest battery in that price range. It uses an octa-core MediaTek processor that the chip maker said has power-saving enhancements to extend battery life. So the stamina alone could be reason to consider the X Power.

This is also the first time a phone powered by Qualcomm rival MediaTek has been released by a CDMA carrier (the X Power will be available on Sprint in a few weeks). T-Mobile already sells some MediaTek-equipped devices. The X Power’s low price is likely a result of the less costly MediaTek chip (compared to Qualcomm’s options), and we’ll have to get our hands on one to see how it holds up for daily multitasking. In the meantime, Boost customers who really want a long-lasting smartphone may want to consider the Power.

16
Sep

I barely survived on a dinosaur planet in PlayStation VR


Stepping outside a battered space pod, I drink in the forest’s sights and sounds. A shallow river meanders to my left. Some birds chirp overhead. It’s a tropical paradise. Or it would be, were it not for the legions of dinosaurs roaming around. I’m playing Robinson: The Journey, a game developed by Crytek for the soon-to-be-released PlayStation VR. As Robin, a young astronaut, I’m tasked with searching for survivors on a strange, alien planet. The problem is that I suck at pretty much everything.

First, there’s movement. Most VR games will keep you in a single spot, or, in the case of the HTC Vive, an area enabled by its room-scale tracking. In Robinson, however, you can move around like any other video game. The left stick moves your astronaut, while the right stick changes the camera angle. In VR, it’s both liberating and incredibly jarring. I could walk in any direction and peer at any part of the environment, near or far. But strafing left or right, while my body was stationary in the real world, felt unnatural. I was never sick or unable to continue, but I definitely felt a little queasy.

Crytek has tried to mitigate this problem in a few different ways. As you look around, for instance, your character will naturally slow down and, at times, grind to a halt. Then, if you need to strafe, you can push the stick horizontally and Robin will move a smidge in that direction. These controls are designed to help your body and brain adjust to the game’s free flowing movement. They also encourage you to take in the environment at a slower, leisurely pace. Which is sensible, except sometimes I would slow down to the point where I thought Robin had got stuck on a tree root.

Okay, so I’m not the most nimble astronaut. What about my survival skills? They’re not much better, it turns out. Robin’s robotic buddy, Higgs, tells me “Laika” is being a bother and requires some assistance. I have no idea who or what Laika is, but can hear a primal cry somewhere behind me. Curious, I investigate. (A dinosaur scream. What could go wrong?) After looking in a few random bushes, I realize that I need to move a crate blocking a nest inside the cave. I fiddle about with my multitool — a Gravity Gun-inspired instrument that can push and pull objects — to free the creature. In the same breath I leap backward, expecting a violent confrontation.

But it doesn’t come. It turns out Laika, a small two-legged beastie, is a companion I’ve been training in my spare time. I’m relieved, but also a little embarrassed by my misplaced ‘fight or flight’ instincts.

Never mind. I’ll just prove myself as an engineer instead. Before Robin and Laika can explore the rest of the jungle, Higgs explains that I need to open a gate blocked by a blue force field. I look around, a little confused. I can shout to Laika and guide him over the fence, but nothing happens. Unsure, I turn around and start walking back towards the space pod. “You need to go to the river,” a Crytek developer hints. Under the headset, I feel my cheeks turn a bright shade of red as I traipse over, pulling out the multitool and removing some boxes that were blocking a hydro-powered generator.

Before long, the gate is open and I’m wandering down a path flanked by large, leafy trees. Some herbivores break cover and Elijah Freeman, an executive producer at Crytek, explains that I can scan them with my multitool. Completing this task will add them to my encyclopedia, along with a detailed 3D model. Maybe I can excel as a dinosaur historian? Determined, I keep the multitool aloft and creep forward. Before I can reach them, however, they scuttle away into the undergrowth. I press on undeterred, scanning the environment for any signs of life.

Up above, I spot some birds gliding from one branch to another, mere silhouettes against the harsh midday sun. Immediately I hit the scanner, waiting for the colored orbs that indicate a successful lock-on. To add a little challenge, the orbs appear in two different colors: green and red. Hoovering up the green ones will complete the scan, while touching a red one forces you to start over. The mini game is simple provided your prey stays still — unfortunately, the birds had no interest in such behavior. A few seconds later they had soared out of view, never to be seen again. I look down and scan a rabbit gnawing at a flower instead. It’s not the same.

Before long I hit a fork in the jungle, which indicates the end of the demo. I’ve enjoyed my time with Robinson: The Journey, but can’t help feeling a little dejected. As an agile adventurer, I’ve failed miserably. As a computer genius, I’ve struggled. Even my turn as a prehistoric archivist ended in disappointment. Never mind. When the game comes out, I’ll have more time to hone my skills. To become one with the wild. That’s dependent, of course, on me getting used to the controls and the mild motion sickness it seemed to trigger in me. Right now, my brain could use some fresh air.

16
Sep

What to expect at Photokina’s giant camera show


If you’re thinking about getting a new camera, you might want to wait until the largest photo show in Europe, Photokina 2016, kicks off next week. We’re expecting to see a lot of new models launched at the once-every-two-years event, though that will be tempered a bit because of the Kumamoto earthquake, which reportedly delayed models from Sony and Fujifilm. Nevertheless, all the big manufacturers have major press conferences planned, and here’s what you’re likely to see.

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Nikon released the entry-level D3400 DSLR last month, and isn’t planning on showing off any other DSLR or mirrorless cameras at its 10 AM EST press conference, as far as we know. However, we wouldn’t be surprised to see more details on its 4K, dual-lens KeyMission 360 VR camera (above), first revealed at CES 2016 in January. Speaking of which, Nikon Rumors showed two models we’re likely to see in the same family, the KeyMission 80 and KeyMission 170, a pair of action cameras.

Canon has already revealed two hugely important models, EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR and EOS M5 mirrorless camera, and isn’t likely to show off anything else major. However, Photokina will give us a chance to get a closer look at the EOS M5, its best mirrorless effort to date. Sony is in roughly the same boat — we’re not expecting any big new cameras, but we can offer some impressions on its incoming FDR X3000r flagship action cam during its 9 AM ET presser.

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Fujifilm recently launch its mirrorless X-A3 selfie-cam (above), mooting a rumor that it would arrive at Photokina. However, Fuji Rumors thinks it will launch a full-on medium-format mirrorless camera, much like Hasselblad’s new X1D. There are no (real) photos or specs to back that up however, so we wouldn’t put much stock in it. Its press event is at 11AM ET.

Panasonic‘s video-centric 4K GH4 was revealed over two years ago, so it’s seriously due to be replaced. 43 Rumors believes that that a pre-production version will be unveiled at Photokina, with 10-bit, 4K video. It also thinks the company will launch a mirrorless “G8x” with 8-bit 4K video and a G7-like body. We’ll find out one way or the other at 6:30 AM eastern time.

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Drones became a big part of Photokina starting in 2014, and with the advent of the “selfie drone,” the camera connection is getting stronger. GoPro will unveil its Karma drone during Photokina on September 19th, but will do so at an event in New York. DJI, meanwhile, has a rumored folding Mavic selfie drone coming (above) that could also arrive in time for the event.

As for the rest? Olympus will reportedly launch a successor to the OM-D E-M1 with dual SD card slots and 4K video. As most action cam fans know, September 19th is when GoPro is likely to launch the Hero 5, a seriously important model for the company. Again, that event will take place in New York, though. Finally, we expect to see more of Kodak‘s PixPro SP360 4K VR action camera, which looks a lot like Nikon’s KeyMission 360 camera. Unlike that model, however, you need a pair of them to create a full 360-degree video.

All told, it’s going to be an interesting event, so keep your eyes glued to our Photokina 2016 hub. Most of the activities kick off on the press day on Monday, September 19th, which promises to be the busiest day by far.

16
Sep

How to Reset an iPhone 7 or Enter DFU Mode for Last-Ditch Recovery


This tutorial explains how to reset an iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and how to activate Device Firmware Upgrade (DFU) mode to troubleshoot your device if needed. Apple has changed the reset process with the iPhone 7 series, and with the devices now making their way into users’ hands, it’s a good time to let everyone know what to do when things go wrong.

A hard reset basically force-reboots your iPhone, which is useful if the device is freezing, throwing up errors, or has stopped responding completely. DFU mode, on the other hand, restores an iPhone if a reset or standard Recovery Mode don’t solve the problem you’re experiencing.

DFU mode lets the device interface with iTunes, update the firmware and restore the OS without automatically installing the last downloaded version. It’s useful for installing older versions of iOS if a beta persistently hangs your phone, or if a jailbreak goes bad.

Note for non-iPhone 7 series owners: Apple has had to alter the hard reset process and DFU mode activation on the iPhone 7 because the physical-click home button has been replaced with a Force Touch-based Taptic Engine, which is rendered unresponsive if the OS isn’t functioning properly.

Owners of iPhone 6s/6s Plus or earlier devices should consider all mentions of the “lower volume button” in the below steps to indicate when the home button should be held down instead.

How to Reset an iPhone 7

Press and hold down the iPhone’s power button on the right side of the handset.

With the power button still held down, press and hold the lower volume button on the other side of the handset.

Continue to hold both buttons while the display goes blank and comes back on with the Apple logo showing.

How to Activate DFU Mode on an iPhone 7

Turn off your iPhone and connect it to a computer using a Lightning to USB cable, and ensure iTunes is running.

Press and hold down the power button on the handset for three seconds.

With the power button still held down, press and hold the lower volume button, and keep holding both for 10 seconds. The screen should remain blank throughout, so if you see the Apple logo displayed, you’ve held the buttons for too long and will need to restart the process.

Release the power button, but keep holding the lower volume button for about 5 seconds. Again, if it your phone displays the “Plug into iTunes” screen, you’ve held down too long and need to restart.

If you performed the previous steps correctly and your phone’s screen remained blank, a dialog prompt should appear on your computer saying “iTunes has detected an iPhone in recovery mode. You must restore this iPhone before it can be used with iTunes.”itunes-recovery-mode
In iTunes’ iPhone device screen you should see a screen saying iPhone Recovery Mode, with the message: “If you are experiencing problems with your iPhone, you can restore its original settings by clicking Restore iPhone.”

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To exit DFU mode, simply hold both the lower volume button and the power button until the Apple logo is displayed on your iPhone’s screen.

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16
Sep

Launch Day Reaction Mixed as iPhone 7 Shipping Estimates Improve but Some Reservations Turned Away


iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus launch fever has officially reached the U.S. and Canada, with the first pre-order deliveries and in-store availability beginning around 8:00 a.m. from coast to coast. Despite limited to no iPhone 7 Plus or iPhone 7 in Jet Black stock, long queues have still formed at many Apple retail stores in both countries.

Apple Eaton Centre in Toronto, for example, still had hundreds of people waiting in line, with separate queues for those with reservations and walk-in customers. Local news reporters said the iPhone 7 Plus was initially available, despite Apple’s statement otherwise, but stock had depleted before 9:00 a.m. local time.

Customers relentless in their search for an iPhone 7 Plus have attempted to visit resellers like AT&T, Best Buy, and Target only to be disappointed, as supply of the 5.5-inch model is virtually nonexistent in any stores on launch day. Apple preemptively warned that demand would outstrip supply as usual, and it has not specified when iPhone 7 Plus and Jet Black availability will improve.

Meanwhile, investment firm Piper Jaffray counted around 400 people in line at Apple’s flagship Fifth Avenue store in New York, down from around 650 for the iPhone 6s/6s Plus and some 1,880 for the iPhone 6/6 Plus. It cited three reasons it believes contributed to the shorter line this year: an increasing trend towards online pre-orders, the lack of iPhone 7 Plus stock, and fewer overseas resellers.

Elsewhere, the investment firm counted 45 people waiting at Mall of America, down from 60 people a year ago, and another 34 waiting at Apple Uptown, compared to 36 in line last year. Both stores are located in the Minneapolis area. MacRumors readers have shared photos of similar lines of various lengths in other locations, including the West County Center shopping mall in St. Louis pictured below.

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Launch day reaction has been decidedly mixed, as some customers are beginning to see improved pre-order shipping estimates, while some others that reserved a new iPhone through Apple’s Reserve and Pick Up or iPhone Upgrade Program were told their order could not be fulfilled today and forced to walk away empty handed.

MacRumors reader Chicagofan00, who pre-ordered a 256GB iPhone 7 Plus in Jet Black from Verizon, said his shipping estimate has been bumped up to Monday, compared to an initial September 26 to October 3 estimate.

Woke up this morning to a status of shipped and a delivery date of Monday. I’m slightly bummed it won’t arrive today as it would have been nice to have the new camera capabilities for my daughter’s birthday party this weekend, but in the end I’m fine with getting it on Monday as they are still delivering much earlier than the initial dates of 9/26-10/3.

MacRumors reader Michael is one of several readers that has contacted us about an unfulfilled reservation, with some others sharing similar experiences in our discussion forums as launch day continues.

Just left the Highland Village location where I had an 8AM appointment to pickup my iPhone 7 Plus/Black/256GB on iPhone Upgrade Program. Apple took 30 minutes to look for the phone before they finally told me they didn’t have the phone. They didn’t receive any iPhones that matched my option combo. No notification beforehand that the phone wasn’t in inventory. They have no idea when it will come in but said it could be next week. Very disappointed in Apple. Waste of time. They should’ve known before the morning of that they didn’t have the phone so they can notify people.

Apple will resume in-store reservations on September 17 at 12:01 a.m. local time in the U.S., at 8:00 a.m. local time in Australia, Canada, and Hong Kong, and at 6:00 a.m. local time in Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the U.K., which should provide a bird’s-eye view of in-store stock.

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