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T-Mobile and Sprint ‘Close‘ to Finalizing Merger Deal, John Legere Said to Lead Combined Company

T-Mobile and Sprint are said to be "close to agreeing" to terms regarding a deal that would merge the third and fourth largest United States wireless carriers together. People close to the deal told Reuters that Sprint parent company SoftBank would own 40 to 50 percent of the combined company, while T-Mobile parent company Deutsche Telekom will gain the majority stake. The terms of the deal are expected to be finalized by the end of October, "

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Apple Celebrates Launch of iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and Apple Watch Series 3

As it traditionally does on product launch days, Apple today has celebrated the launch of the new iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and Apple Watch Series 3 by sharing a few images of customers around the world buying and trying out the devices for the first time. The new iPhone and Apple Watch models went on sale (or will soon go on sale) at 8 a.m. local time around the world today, and Apple posted pictures of customers purchasing the devices at App

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iFixit Teardown Gives First Look at iPhone 8‘s Guts

iFixit this evening got its hands on one of Apple‘s new iPhone 8 models in Australia, and has already started ripping it apart in one of the site‘s traditional teardowns. Inside, the iPhone 8 looks a lot like the iPhone 7, but there are some notable differences, like the wireless charging coil that enables Qi-based inductive charging. The coil can be clearly seen in an x-ray taken before the device was disassembled. The iPhone

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Turnout for iPhone 8 Launch in Australia ‘Bleak‘ as Customers Hold Out for Upcoming iPhone X

Apple‘s iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are already available for purchase in countries like New Zealand, Australia, Japan, and China, and in Sydney, one of the first cities where the two devices became available, lines were short and there was little demand for the new smartphones. The iPhone 8 launch in Sydney saw "a bleak turnout," reports Reuters, with fewer than 30 people lining up outside of the Sydney Apple Store on George Street. In

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iPhone 8 Subjected to Durability and Speed Tests

With the iPhone 8 now available for purchase in many places around the world, it‘s popping up in a whole range of videos on YouTube that are looking at everything from speed to durability. YouTuber JerryRigEverything aimed to test Apple‘s claim that the iPhone 8 is using the most durable glass ever included in a smartphone. He did Mohs test to determine hardness, finding that it scratched at a level 6 out of 10, much like the

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Netflix for iOS Updated With HDR Support for iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X

Netflix today updated its iOS app to add support for iOS 11 and Dolby Vision high dynamic range (HDR) video on compatible devices. According to Netflix, Dolby Vision is available on iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X. Netflix doesn‘t list iPad Pro models, but the 12.9 and 10.5-inch iPad Pros also support HDR10 and Dolby Vision according to Apple‘s documentation. Netflix‘s HDR content is also available on the new Apple TV 4

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New Apple Pay Tutorial Video Highlights Peer-to-Peer Payments

Apple this evening introduced a new series of tutorial videos, this time highlighting Apple Pay on the iPhone. One of the videos, which is unlisted, goes through the steps necessary to use Apple Pay Cash, the peer-to-peer Apple Pay feature Apple plans to add in a future iOS 11 update. Apple has already demonstrated most of these steps, but it‘s interesting to see the simplicity of it in action from end to end. As described by Apple,

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How to Hide Text Previews for Every App Notification on iOS 11‘s Lock Screen

iOS 11 has introduced a simple blanket solution for those who want to hide text previews for all of their apps at one time, bringing about a quick remedy for anyone concerned about privacy on iPhone and iPad. In previous iterations of iOS, you could only toggle the "Show Preview" notification setting on or off for select apps, and the feature was largely exclusive to a few of Apple‘s own first-party apps, like Messages. With iOS 11, that

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Expanded watchOS 4 Heart Rate Monitoring Features Not Available on Original Apple Watch

watchOS 4 introduces an expanded Heart Rate app that‘s able to track your current heart rate, your resting heart rate, average heart rate while walking, and your recovery rate after exercising, providing more information about your overall health. It‘s also able to send alerts if it detects a heart rate above 120 when you‘re not exercising. These features are available on the new Apple Watch Series 3 models and the Apple Wa

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How to Sign Up for iCloud Family Storage Plans in iOS 11

Apple‘s Family Sharing feature allows you to share music, movies, apps, photos, and more with family members, and in iOS 11, Family Sharing extends to Apple‘s iCloud Storage plans. When you purchase a 200GB or 2TB iCloud Storage plan, all members of your family can share the storage space. Depending on how many family members you have, family plans offer more storage at a better price than individual plans. For example, a 50GB s

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4K iTunes Content Limited to Streaming Only, No Downloads

Apple has updated its iTunes Store on iOS devices and the Apple TV with plenty of 4K movies ahead of the launch of the Apple TV 4K, but as made clear in a recent support document, 4K content from Apple can be streamed, but not downloaded directly on a device. According to Apple, customers can download a local copy of an HD movie, and on occasion, HD movies that support HDR and Dolby Vision, but 4K movies are not available for download and thus

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How to Use Automatic Setup in iOS 11 to Get Your New iPhone 8 Up and Running Quick

iOS 11 includes a new "Automatic Setup" feature, which is aimed at making it much quicker to get a new device ready to use right out of the box. Automatic Setup streamlines the setup process for new iPhones and iPads, transferring over preferences, Apple ID and Wi-Fi info, preferred settings, and iCloud Keychain passwords. When you buy a new device, Automatic Setup will pop up automatically, but there are some steps to follow to get everythi

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Apple to Donate 1 Million to Earthquake Recovery Efforts in Mexico

Apple CEO Tim Cook this afternoon announced on Twitter that Apple plans to donate 1 million to recovery efforts in Mexico. "While there is life, there is hope," Cook wrote in the tweet announcing the donation. On Tuesday, a powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake hit Central Mexico, causing widespread devastation in Mexico City and surrounding states. Hundreds of people died in the disaster as buildings and structures collapsed. The earthquake follo

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First iPhone 8, Apple Watch Series 3 and Apple TV 4K Pre-Orders Start Arriving in New Zealand

Because of time zone differences, Apple customers in New Zealand and Australia are always the first to get their hands on new devices on launch day, and this year is no exception. It‘s just after 9:00 a.m. in New Zealand, and customers who pre-ordered an iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, Apple Watch Series 3, or Apple TV 4K are beginning to receive their shipments and have started sharing the first photos of the new devices on Twitter, Instagram,

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Reminder: How to Pre-Sign for Your Delivery of New Apple Products Tomorrow

If you have an iPhone 8, Apple Watch Series 3, or Apple TV 4K scheduled for delivery tomorrow, be aware that Apple requires its courier partners like UPS and FedEx to collect a signature upon delivery since they are valuable items. Fortunately, if you won‘t be home during the day, Apple offers the option of printing, filling out, and affixing a pre-signed notice to your door, allowing the courier to leave the package without someone be

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How to Use Instant Markup to Quickly Edit Screenshots in iOS 11

When you take a screenshot in iOS 11, there‘s a new feature that‘s designed to let you open it right up and edit it with Apple‘s Markup tools. Using the screenshot editing feature, you can capture what‘s on the screen of your iPad or iPhone and then add text, crop, highlight specific areas, and more. Using Instant Markup Press the Home button and the sleep/wake button simultaneously to capture a screenshot. A

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How to Turn a Photo Into an Apple Watch Face in iOS 11 and watchOS 4

With the launch of iOS 11 and watchOS 4, Apple has made it easier than ever to turn your own personal photography into an Apple Watch face. As long as you‘re running the newest pieces of software for your iPhone and Apple Watch, follow these steps to quickly add one of your Camera Roll pictures onto the face of your Apple Watch, where you can even turn it into a one of watchOS 4‘s new kaleidoscope faces. Turning a Camera Roll Photo

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Start Expanding Your 4K Movie Collection Today With 100 Worth of iTunes Credit for 85

If you‘re waiting for the new Apple TV 4K to arrive tomorrow, Apple has already opened up the ability for you to purchase 4K HDR movies on iTunes as of last week. Although any movie you own in HD will be automatically upgraded to the enhanced 4K HDR format, Amazon is offering customers the chance to increase their iTunes film collections this week with a discount on the 100 iTunes gift card tier, being sold at 85 right now with free shippin

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How to Save Space in iOS 11 With New Storage Features

iOS 11 introduces design changes and new features, but it also includes several under-the-hood optimizations that are designed to free up space on your device. Some of those features, like new HEVC and HEIF formats for smaller video and photo file sizes, are implemented automatically when you upgrade, while others can be manually enabled when you‘re low on space. The new iOS update is designed to make suggestions on how you can save spac

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Craig Federighi Says 3D Touch App Switcher Gesture Will Return in Future Update to iOS 11

Apple software engineering chief Craig Federighi has revealed that a popular 3D Touch gesture for accessing the App Switcher will apparently return in a future update to iOS 11. Federighi, replying to an email from MacRumors reader Adam Zahn, said Apple had to "temporarily drop support" for the gesture due to an unidentified "technical constraint." Question from Zahn: Could we at least make the 3D Touch app switch gesture an option in iOS 11

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LIFX Bulbs Finally Gain Support for HomeKit

Popular smart light bulb manufacturer LIFX has been promising to add HomeKit support to its bulbs for quite some time now, and with an app update released this morning, some LIFX bulbs are now HomeKit compatible. The 3.8.1 LIFX app update adds HomeKit support for LIFX, LIFX GU10, LIFX Downlight, and LIFX+ bulbs. It‘s only the third-generation bulbs that work with HomeKit -- original bulbs and LIFX White 800/Color 1000 won‘t work, n

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Instagram Face Filters Expand to Live Video

Instagram today expanded its selection of face filters to live video, allowing users to swap between filters when filming live content. To use face filters during a live video, Instagram users can tap on the bottom right corner to browse through the filters and then apply them. Starting today, you can play with face filters while sharing live video. Whether you‘re channeling a kitten or want to add some stars or rainbow light to your

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OWC Launches New USB-C Travel Dock Suitable for MacBooks

OWC has launched a new USB-C travel dock suitable for Apple‘s latest MacBook and MacBook Pro notebooks. The dock connects to a Mac or PC with a single USB-C cable and provides access to the following five ports: 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports 1 USB-C port for power 1 HDMI 2.0 port 1 SD card reader The USB-C port provides up to 60W of pass-through charging, while the HDMI 2.0 port can drive a 4K display at 30Hz. The compact-sized dock is

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How to Use Do Not Disturb While Driving in iOS 11

In iOS 11, Apple has introduced a Do Not Disturb While Driving Feature that‘s designed to mute incoming calls, texts, and notifications while you‘re driving to cut down on accident-causing distractions. Do Not Disturb While Driving is not a feature that‘s enabled automatically, but you will see a popup prompting you to turn it on when Apple detects the motion of a car after installing iOS 11 for the first time. Despite the no

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