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Extreme iPhone 6 Panel Scratch Test Finally Succeeds in Breaking It—By Running Over It

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Everyone seems to have an iPhone 6 front panel these days, and the latest sport is seeing if you can damage it. A recent video (embedded below) posted by a Hong Kong website tried burning it, breaking it, pounding a nail through it, and more. Nothing would mar the surface. Until they finally ran over it with a 1.6-ton car. Again, there's no way of knowing whether Apple is actually going to use sapphire crystal for the front panel of the iPhone 6. But if they do, it's going to be awesome. And the evidence continues to mount.



Tip of the Day: How to Block Unwanted Calls and Messages

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Sometimes, whether it's an ex or an obnoxious telemarketer, a person just won't get the message and stop calling you. That's when it's time to block their calls. 

Enabling call blocking for a specific number means you will no longer receive phone calls, FaceTime calls, text messages, or iMessages from that number. Here's how you do it:



Top 3 App Deals of the Week

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As new iOS apps flood the App Store every day — recently topping 1,000,000 — we know it’s tough to tell which ones are worth their salt. But thanks to our Weekly Scoop, you can have the best for free! Here you’ll find a weekly roundup of the coolest apps free or at a discount for a limited time only. Each week features the best and brightest from websites like Free App ReportAppsGoneFreeAppieDay, AppShopper, and more!

Hurry! Get 'em while they’re hot!



Rumor: iWatch Coming in November

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On Thursday 9To5Mac passed along a prognostication from market analyst Ming-Chi Kuo that the iWatch will be available in November. Kuo has been relatively accurate in the past, so his investor reports have credibility. He had originally predicted that it would appear in late September, but has pushed back the date, saying that this first-generation product requires complex hardware and software engineering. Kuo also said in his report that he expected the iWatch to feature a flexible AMOLED display, sapphire-coated display cover, higher waterproof standards, and new system-on-a-chip components.



Tip of the Day: How to Prevent Others from Accessing Your Call History, Posting to Facebook, and More from Your Lock Screen

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Siri is an awesome time saver. Want to view your most recent calls, text someone, get directions, or post to Facebook? Just ask Siri. You can even do all this from your lock screen. The problem is, so can anyone else.



Imagine an All-Sapphire iPhone So Indestructible There's No Way to Open It for Repairs

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If for some reason the iPhone 6 doesn't have a sapphire crystal front panel, there will be a lot of disappointment. The buildup of rumors has been tremendous. It's almost as if Apple's main competitor isn't other smartphones but rather the expectations that build up surrounding the rumors. In any case, whatever Apple announces, it's clear they're focusing on sapphire crystal in a big way, as evidenced by their increased procurement of the material and, most recently, by some patent applications that have been filed. 



Polymo: The Organizational Photography App

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A new iOS app called Polymo ($1.99) will keep your mobile photos organized before you actually shoot them. Add tags while you take pictures and all of your images will be curated automatically.



Apple News: New Meaning to the Word Touchscreen

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If the latest rumors are true, Apple is bulking up the vibration unit in the next iPhone to allow for more specific kinds of vibrations and in a greater variety of areas. Apple Insider is reporting that a new, more expensive motor could be part of the iPhone 6 and it will allow for "haptic feedback" which, depending on where the user touches the screen, can give physical feedback instead of just an audible click.



Review: Rhinoshield from Evolutive Labs Offer Tough Protection for iOS Devices

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I had some fun this weekend. I broke the screen on an iPhone.

Well, it wasn’t my iPhone, and it wasn’t attached to the iPhone itself, it was actually part of a kit that arrived from Taiwan from Evolutive Labs, the makers of Rhinoshield (iPhone 5 $24.99, iPad Air $39.99).



Replace Your Native Calendar App with Sunrise

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If you haven't moved away from your native calendar app, now is the time.

Sunrise Calendar (free, Sunrise Atelier) is, in my opinion, the best native calendar app replacement out there. The design boasts beautiful, simple and modern design as well as a monthly view and daily view like the native iOS app. It also allows users to add Google, Facebook, and iCloud calendars with ease. Reminders can also be seen in the calendar view, if you wish. The latest update lets users add "interesting calendars," like sports schedules, moon phases, and holidays.



iKlip Xpand and iRig Voice Review Roundup

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IK Multimedia is a company whose products I have been reviewing for several years, and they continue to impress me with their prodigious release of new hardware and software. Their latest batch consists of substantial revisions to their popular iKlip and iMic product lines. This review roundup takes a look at these to see if they are worthy of your purchase consideration.



Review SCOTTeVEST Sterling Jacket for Men—A Pocket for Everything and Everything in a Pocket

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I’ve been a fan of Scott Jordan’s SCOTTeVEST products for years. Every once in a while, they get excited enough about a product to send me one, or I ask for the latest while heading off to some land far far from Seattle, Washington.

Most recently, I received the new Sterling Jacket for Men ($150), which is my favorite so far. It is stylish, has pockets for everything (24 in all) and includes an RFID pocket for protecting credit cards and passports. For weather and spills, the jacket sports a Teflon-treated overcoat of its own to repel all but the most egregious attacks from nature or humankind.



AluPen Digital Review

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Just Mobile has been working on phone and tablet styluses for several years. Their AluPen line has consistently delivered attractive and high-quality products. With the release of the company’s AluPen Digital, does that expectation-setting trend continue? Read on to find out.



Tip of the Day: How to Start an iMovie on Your iPhone and Finish on a Mac Without Using AirDrop

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People live busy lives. Apple understands this, which is why many of their apps are able to interact with one another across multiple platforms. But if you’re like me and not the biggest fan of AirDrop, here is a quick and simple way to begin an iMovie on your iPhone or iPad and continue editing it on your Mac later using Dropbox. 



Review: The Art of iPhone Photography Edited by Bob Weil and Nicki Fitz-Gerald

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If you have ever wondered how those marvelous photographs from iPhone enthusiasts are captured, wonder no more: they weren’t captured, they were crafted. If you want to craft eye-catching photos yourself, then you will need to get a copy of The Art of iPhone Photography.

Bob Weil and Nicki Fitz-Gerald have compiled entries from a wide range of iPhone photographers. They cover everything from the basics of taking portraits to capturing landscapes and street scenes, to how to best use panorama settings and HDR.



Awesome Video Shows Indestructible Sapphire Crystal Front Panel of iPhone 6

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It's a known fact that Apple has invested heavily in sapphire crystal and plans to increasingly use it in their products. This material is virtually impossible to scratch. And for months there have been rumors that the front panel of the iPhone 6 will be made of sapphire crystal or will have a sapphire crystal laminate. And now Sonny Dickson, who in the past has been the first to score leaked parts for forthcoming iPhones and iPads, has allegedly gotten his hands on iPhone 6 front panels straight off the assembly line. Video blogger Marques Brownlee got a front panel from Dickson and has uploaded a video to YouTube showing just how indestructible sapphire crystal can be. He tries hard to scratch it with keys and a knife point. He stabs the panel. He puts his shoe on it and tries to break it. As the embedded video below shows, nothing he can do has the slightest effect. No marks whatsoever, other than fingerprints.



iFrogz Coda Forte Bluetooth Headphones: Do They Have What it Takes to Stand Out From the Crowd?

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The iFrogz Coda Forte ($99.99) are a pair of headphones I really wanted to like. Their parent company, Zagg, tends to make some great products and at first glance they seemed like a pair of headphones with great potential. The reality wasn't so impressive. Having spent some time with these headphones I'd like to share with you my impressions of where these Bluetooth headphones shine, and where they could use some fine tuning.



WHOOSH! No More Fingerprints, Dirt, or Oils on Your iPhone

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At CE Week, I got to try WHOOSH! Screen Shine cleaning solution ($19.95). To be honest, I've used a lot of cleaning products on my iPhone and they pretty much work the same. They clean fingerprints, dirt, and gunk off your touchscreen. But WHOOSH! is different. First, it's safe and non-toxic. In fact, WHOOSH! products do not contain alcohol, acids, ammonia, chlorine, solvents, petroleum distillates, phosphates, or VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds). WHOOSH! Screen Shine is odorless, streak free, haze free and anti static.



Apple News: Solar-Powered Data Center Expansion

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When it rains, it pours. And when the sun shines, particularly in North Carolina, it powers Apple's data centers. As Apple increasingly relies on such data centers for iCloud, Siri, and more, they are also increasingly relying on the sun to power those data centers. And now Apple has struck a deal with Claremont City Council in North Carolina to setup a 100-acre solar farm, and spend up to $55 million to build it. This is in addition to the other solar powered Apple data centers in Maiden, NC.



Apple News: Bend it Like Beckham

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I still remember a poem from French class, 30-plus years ago, that includes the line "Je plie, et ne romps pas" which translates to "I bend, and do not break."  It is the sentiment of a tree that survives by bending with the wind rather than trying to maintain its posture and thus lasts longer than a larger tree. Apple is trying to make screens that bend but do not break, and the key to that may be their new sapphire factories which is expected to replace Corning's Gorilla Glass, which had been used in all iPhones to date.



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