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FeatureiPhone trade-in roundup: Apple, Amazon, Best Buy, BuyBack World, Gazelle, NextWorth, uSell, Target & Walmart [updated]

iPhone trade-in roundup: Apple, Amazon, Best Buy, BuyBack World, Gazelle, NextWorth, uSell, Target & Walmart [updated]
Apple's new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are now officially available for pre-order, but buyers still need to decide what to do with their old device. As in years past, AppleInsider takes a look at nearly a dozen big-name buyback services and retailers looking to attract your iPhone trade-ins over the next several weeks. [Updated Pricing, Offers]

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Apple has discussed charging 'around $400' for its wearable 'iWatch' - report

Apple has discussed charging 'around $400' for its wearable 'iWatch' - report
Apple's anticipated "iWatch" may carry a price of around $400 when it goes on sale, though the wearable device is likely to be offered at a range of price points, according to a new report.

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ReviewReview: BlueLounge's Kickflip is a low-cost way to make typing on Apple's MacBook Pro even better

Review: BlueLounge's Kickflip is a low-cost way to make typing on Apple's MacBook Pro even better
For all of the time and effort Jony Ive & Co. have spent crafting their oft-imitated MacBook Pro designs, there is one problem that they've yet to overcome: laptop ergonomics are, by their nature, terrible. AppleInsider took a look at the latest accessory attempting to right this wrong, BlueLounge's new Kickflip stand.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Shares of Apple end week at all-time high with 'iPhone 6' & 'iWatch' hype at fever pitch

Shares of Apple end week at all-time high with 'iPhone 6' & 'iWatch' hype at fever pitch
Apple stock reached an all-time high in trading on Friday, and also finished the day at its highest-ever closing price, as investors and customers alike are clamoring to see what the secretive company has up its sleeve for a Sept. 9 media event.

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Alleged 'iPhone 6' NFC chip and working hardware shown in latest leaks

Alleged 'iPhone 6' NFC chip and working hardware shown in latest leaks
A series of photos of a component that appears to be a logic board bound for Apple's next-generation iPhone appeared Friday, bearing a small chip — said to be an NFC controller from NXP — that professes to confirm the feature's presence in the so-called "iPhone 6." In addition, a new video of assembled parts seems to show a fully functional unit, though it won't boot past the "Connect to iTunes" screen.

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BreakingApple's wearable 'iWatch' not expected to ship until early 2015

Apple's wearable 'iWatch' not expected to ship until early 2015
Though Apple is expected to unveil its hotly anticipated "iWatch" at a forthcoming Sept. 9 event, the device won't actually ship to consumers for some time, potentially missing the holiday season entirely and arriving in stores in early 2015, according to a new report.

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Samsung asks New Yorkers to compare Apple's iPad Air to Galaxy Tab S in new ad

Samsung asks New Yorkers to compare Apple's iPad Air to Galaxy Tab S in new ad
In a new spot posted to its YouTube account on Friday, Samsung took to the streets of New York City and asked consumers to compare the Galaxy Tab S to the iPad Air, with the results predictably skewed in favor of the Samsung tablet.

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New photos purport to show near-final 'iPhone 6' rear shell, cover glass

New photos purport to show near-final 'iPhone 6' rear shell, cover glass
With the launch of Apple's next-generation iPhone less than two weeks away, a new set of photos that emerged on Friday offer a look at what is said to be a near-final rear shell and cover glass elements for the forthcoming handset.

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Apple reportedly taps chipmaker NXP for 'iPhone 6' NFC solution

Apple reportedly taps chipmaker NXP for 'iPhone 6' NFC solution
Adding to the pile of rumors suggesting NFC hardware will be built into the next iPhone, a report on Friday narrows down the as-yet-unannounced component's source to Dutch chipmaker NXP, the same firm that supplies Apple with the M7 coprocessor.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Apple's 'iPhone 6' to supposedly incorporate NFC, new secure enclave for mobile payments

Apple's 'iPhone 6' to supposedly incorporate NFC, new secure enclave for mobile payments
Building on rumors that Apple will release an iOS-based mobile payments solution with its next-generation "iPhone 6," the well-connected John Gruber claims the new handset will feature NFC hardware and a new secure enclave to store credit card information.

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Adobe's Photoshop Mix for iPad gets extensibility, panoramic file support, more in update

Adobe's Photoshop Mix for iPad gets extensibility, panoramic file support, more in update
Adobe on Thursday issued the first update to its Creative Cloud-connected Photoshop Mix app for iPad, bringing hooks into Photoshop Express and Dropbox, as well as a few UI tweaks to the on-the-go image editing tool.

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Apple imposes restrictions on HealthKit data sharing with ad platforms, others

Apple imposes restrictions on HealthKit data sharing with ad platforms, others
A set of rules discovered in the latest iOS 8 beta show Apple is already taking steps to ensure sensitive user health data harvested by the upcoming HealthKit API remains private, especially as it applies to firms wanting to harness the information for targeted ad campaigns.

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Apple again rumored to unveil 'iWatch' alongside next-gen iPhones on Sept. 9

Apple again rumored to unveil 'iWatch' alongside next-gen iPhones on Sept. 9
Seemingly corroborating recent claims that Apple will launch its long-awaited "iWatch" wearable at an upcoming iPhone special event, Bloomberg on Thursday reported that the company decided to pair the two hardware announcements in order to "manage expectations" of the hotly anticipated wearable.

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Apple's mysterious 2-story structure at site of Sept. 9 event drives frenzy even further

Apple's mysterious 2-story structure at site of Sept. 9 event drives frenzy even further
Following Apple's announcement that it would move its September media event — at which both the "iPhone 6" and "iWatch" are said to be unveiled — from the company's typical event stage in San Francisco to much larger space in Cupertino, new photos show that they have also constructed a bespoke two-story building on the grounds likely dedicated to the event.

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ESPN updates SportsCenter for iOS with new football features, Secret adds interactive questions

ESPN updates SportsCenter for iOS with new football features, Secret adds interactive questions
Sports fans now have new ways to keep up with scores and stats on the go following the latest update to ESPN's SportsCenter app, while users of anonymous sharing app Secret can now create impromptu polls and insert images from Flickr.

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FeatureiPhone trade-in roundup: Apple, Amazon, Best Buy, BuyBack World, Gazelle, NextWorth, uSell, Target & Walmart [updated]

iPhone trade-in roundup: Apple, Amazon, Best Buy, BuyBack World, Gazelle, NextWorth, uSell, Target & Walmart [updated]
Apple's new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are now officially available for pre-order, but buyers still need to decide what to do with their old device. As in years past, AppleInsider takes a look at nearly a dozen big-name buyback services and retailers looking to attract your iPhone trade-ins over the next several weeks. [Updated Pricing, Offers]

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

BreakingApple announces Sept. 9 event for expected 'iPhone 6' & 'iWatch' unveiling: 'Wish we could say more'

Apple announces Sept. 9 event for expected 'iPhone 6' & 'iWatch' unveiling: 'Wish we could say more'
Apple on Thursday confirmed that it will hold a media event on Sept. 9, with a teaser sent to members of the media showcasing the date and a teasing tagline that reads: "Wish we could say more."

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ExclusiveiPhone 5 & 5S trade-ins surge 2800% at Gazelle; AI readers get exclusive $10 bonus ahead of 'iPhone 6'

iPhone 5 & 5S trade-ins surge 2800% at Gazelle; AI readers get exclusive $10 bonus ahead of 'iPhone 6'
Last week, Gazelle began offering customers the ability to lock in cash trade-in prices ahead of Apple's anticipated Sept. 9 "iPhone 6" unveiling, and for the next 48 hours, AppleInsider readers can get an additional $10 cash bonus on their iPhone 5s trade in thanks to an exclusive partnership.

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Rumor: Apple to enter mobile payment space with NFC-enabled 'iPhone 6'

Rumor: Apple to enter mobile payment space with NFC-enabled 'iPhone 6'
Near-field communications chips have been rumored to become part of the iPhone lineup for years, but this year's anticipated "iPhone 6" may see Apple finally take the plunge, according to a new report.

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Apple exploring double-duty NFC, inductive charging coil for smartwatches, mobile phones

Apple exploring double-duty NFC, inductive charging coil for smartwatches, mobile phones
On the heels of a report suggesting that Apple's long-anticipated "iWatch" could be unveiled within the next two weeks, a new patent application published Thursday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office shows that the company has continued to contemplate wireless charging solutions for just such a device.

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Apple wins patent for Steve Jobs-designed Fifth Ave glass cube

Apple wins patent for Steve Jobs-designed Fifth Ave glass cube
The iconic Fifth Avenue Apple Store glass cube, which was designed in part by legendary company co-founder Steve Jobs, is now a patented ornamental building design sanctioned by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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Smash hit 'BioShock' comes to iPhone, iPad with iOS-specific controls

Smash hit 'BioShock' comes to iPhone, iPad with iOS-specific controls
After years of rumors and speculation, developer 2K Games on Wednesday released a universal iOS port of BioShock, finally bringing the critically acclaimed first-person shooter to Apple's portable devices.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

LG and Samsung announce new smartwatches ahead of Apple's anticipated 'iWatch' reveal [u]

LG and Samsung announce new smartwatches ahead of Apple's anticipated 'iWatch' reveal [u]
In a possible bid to get word out before an expected Apple iWatch announcement sucks the air out of the room, LG on Wednesday took the wraps off a circular display-toting G Watch R, while Samsung touted a new cellular 3G-equipped Gear S smartwatch.

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Judge denies Apple injunction against Samsung devices in second California patent trial

Judge denies Apple injunction against Samsung devices in second California patent trial
U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh on Wednesday handed down an order denying Apple's motion for a sales ban against Samsung products a jury found to have infringed on three patents in May.

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Samsung hypes Note 4 by copying Apple's iPhone 5c "for the colorful" ads

Samsung hypes Note 4 by copying Apple's iPhone 5c
With sales of its flagship Galaxy S5 flagging, Samsung has turned toward hyping its upcoming Note 4 stylus-based phablet using teaser ads targeting the same "for the colorful" characters Apple presented last year using iPhone 5c.

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Spotify adds new hardware partners for Apple AirPlay rival Spotify Connect

Spotify adds new hardware partners for Apple AirPlay rival Spotify Connect
Swedish streaming music provider Spotify on Wednesday announced the addition of multimedia hardware companies Bose, Panasonic, and Gramofon to its list of partners for Spotify Connect, a wireless media streaming platform similar to Apple's AirPlay.

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BreakingApple expected to unveil 'iWatch' alongside 'iPhone 6' at Sept. 9 event

Apple expected to unveil 'iWatch' alongside 'iPhone 6' at Sept. 9 event
Apple's hotly anticipated "iWatch" may be introduced to the public sooner than expected, with a new report claiming the device will be formally unveiled at an anticipated Sept. 9 event, where the next-generation iPhone is also expected to debut.

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Apple adds AT&T Next as online payment option for iPhone buyers

Apple adds AT&T Next as online payment option for iPhone buyers
Apple on Thursday quietly added a new payment option to its online storefront, giving AT&T subscribers who are in the market for a new iPhone the ability to make their purchase using installments through the carrier's AT&T Next program.

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Apple will re-bid on nixed $1 billion LA Unified School District iPad contract

Apple will re-bid on nixed $1 billion LA Unified School District iPad contract
Though Apple's contract with the Los Angeles Unified School District to put iPads in the hands of every student was canceled this week, the company still has a shot to win out in the end, bidding once again on the troubled $1 billion project.

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