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iPhone 6 boosts Apple’s share of smartphone market

Apple reaches its highest share of Britain’s smartphone market thanks to the iPhone 6, says research. It had 39.5% of UK sales for the three months to October 2014, compared to 29.1% in the same period in 2013. The research by Kantar Worldpanel ComTech shows that Android sales are still ahead at 52.3%, although that’s a fall compared to the 54.6% market share for the three months to October 2013. Windows is in third place, but has seen a decline in market share. The most recent…

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Tablets & touchscreens could help boys read, research

Boys reluctant to read could be helped by touchscreen technology, says the National Literacy Trust. The technology can be more effective in engaging children aged 3 to 5 with reading than books – and is particularly beneficial when it comes to helping poor children and boys where literacy is a concern. The findings in the Early Years Literacy Survey have been published by the National Literacy Trust and publisher Pearson. Key findings: Twice as many young children from low-income backgrounds read…

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Apple-1 computer sold by Steve Jobs could fetch $1m

It is the only known surviving Apple-1 documented as being sold directly by Steve Jobs to an individual from his parents’ garage in 1976. And there is speculation that it could be sold for $1m (£626,904) at auction next month. Auctioneers Christie’s have put a guide price of $400,000-600,000 on the computer – although another Apple-1 reportedly sold for $905,000 last month. The latest Apple-1 up for sale is also operational, one of a handful thought to survive, and has a fascinating story…

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U2 Bono “sorry” over free album for iTunes accounts

The lead singer of Irish rock band U2 has apologised after offering the band’s new album for free to iTunes customers worldwide – following a backlash, with people complaining they never asked for it. Bono said he was sorry in a video, which featured the band answering questions from fans on Facebook, after being asked to never release an album on iTunes that automatically downloads to people’s playlists ever again because “it’s really rude”. “Oops,” said Bono. “I’m sorry about that. “I…

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Ikea’s hilarious take on Apple ads: say hello to the bookbook

(Video: Ikea Singapore/YouTube) You just have to watch this video from Ikea, which is a brilliant take on Apple’s famous adverts and unveils the “bookbook”. It will make you laugh. You will love it whether you’re an Apple fan or not. Like Apple commercials, it has a crisp and cool look. It also has an over-the-top rundown of the bookbook’s world-changing features – which some people think is a feature of Apple adverts. The video opens to a misty-eyed Jorgen Eghammer, chief design…

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Person buying iPhone 6 drops it on live TV: video goes viral

Oops… the first person to buy an iPhone 6 in Perth, Australia, dropped it on live TV. Watch the video here (ps the phone was apparently ok). The clip was posted on YouTube by IB Times UK More links Reports that iPhone 6 Plus can “bend” easily Street lanes for mobile phone users in China Could shouting charge your mobile phone in future? The Evolution of iOS from iOS 1 – iOS 8 [INFOGRAPHIC] Please follow and like us on:

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Apple iPhone 6 and Watch news: the Apple Pay service

Blog update: Could Apple’s latest service usher the end of cash and bank cards? Apple Pay could be one of the most important announcements to accompany the launch of the new iPhone 6 and Apple Watch. As expected, Apple launched two versions of the iPhone 6 and an Apple Watch at a special event on 9 September. Apple Pay: the end of the wallet? We’ve had the launch, the soundbites and even a live video stream from Apple. But a…

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Is the “selfie” the solution to password hacking?

Fed up of trying to remember different passwords when accessing your phone, online accounts and worried about them being hacked or stolen? Could the security solution for all of us ultimately lie with the “selfie”? As most of us know, a selfie is a photo that we take of ourselves. It’s much beloved by teenagers and celebrities. But a number of experts now think it could hold the key to improving security online. Strictly speaking, they are talking about biometrics…

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Apple iPhone 6 “release date” – 9 September 2014

Read our round up of the speculation around the iPhone 6 launch, possibly alongside an iWatch, on 9 September by Apple. The new phone could feature an “iPayment” system that allows iPhone 6 owners to buy things in physical shops. The company has announced that it is holding a big event on 9 September 2014 with the cryptic message, “Wish we could say more”. Here are 6 rumours about the iPhone 6 Two sizes: 4.7 inch and 5.5 inch display. The larger screen…

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What’s best – Apple, Android or Windows phones? Vote here

Are you an Apple or Android mobile phone fan. Or perhaps you use a Windows or Blackberry phone. Which type of mobile phone do you use and why? Please take part in the poll below – it will be interesting to see which is the most popular. What's best: Apple, Android, Windows or Blackberry phones? Other links to click on Could shouting charge your mobile phone in future? Shop for mobile phone accessories, tablets Could your phone store millions of…

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