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iOS 8 Metal: Get Ready for the Next Generation of Mobile Gaming

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While the new iDevices stole the show at today's Apple event, it's safe to say that what comes under the hood with these new smartphones and tablets is equally as impressive as their meticulously designed exteriors. Case in point; with the introduction of iOS 8, Apple's new programming interface, called Metal, is now available to experience in all of its grandeur. In particular, iOS gamers are in for a treat with all of the improved graphics and snappy responsiveness that Metal delivers. Game developers have had their hands on Metal for awhile now, which means that right out of the gate we can enjoy the unparalleled console-caliber capabilities that Metal allows.



The iPhone 6: World, Meet More

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When Apple sent out their invitation to today’s event, they said simply: “We wish we could say more,” and included an enlarged Apple logo in the background. Although the choice of the word “more” could have been a cryptical reference to Steve Jobs’ iconic “One more thing” catch phrase, I couldn’t help but suspect that it was more likely a reference to the rumored and highly requested larger iPhone 6. Perhaps it was also alluding to the fact that Apple was planning to unveil a wider range of products on this day than ever before. After years of speculation, months of clues, and weeks of pondering cryptic hints, the day so many of us have been patiently waiting for has arrived. World, meet the new iPhone 6 series. “More” has arrived…



iPhone 6: Prices and Availability

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As Apple wraps up the iPhone portion of today's media event, our final questions about the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have been answered, namely how much will the new iPhones cost and when can we get our hands on them.


Watch Our Expert Panel's Live Commentary Following Apple's Announcement

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Hear what our panel of experts have to say about Apple's announcement, during our live commentary from the iZone Stage at Super Mobility Week in Las Vegas. Our live stream starts at 12:30 p.m., Pacific Time, following the conclusion of Apple's 10 a.m. announcement at the Flint Center in Cupertino and will feature mobile tech experts:



Videos of iPhone 6 Appear Online; Apple Invites Fashion Publications to Event

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If you can't wait until tomorrow to see the new iPhone 6, you don't need to. Videos of the 4.7-inch iPhone are appearing on Chinese websites. These are fully functional phones, though apparently without a SIM card. The video below shows the phone running iOS 8 applications, and gives demos of some of the apps. So much is now known about the device that its introduction Tuesday will be almost anticlimactic.



Interview: Jan Wagner of Cliffhanger Productions

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AErena: Clash of Champions (freeby Cliffhanger Productions, has been receiving a lot of attention lately from the gaming press. The game was listed as one of the best strategy games of 2014 by PC Gamer magazine and it was a huge hit with the throngs of enthusiastic game fans at the ESL international gaming convention known as Gamescom held last month in Cologne, Germany. After speaking with the managing director of Cliffhanger Productions, Mr. Jan Wagner, I'm excited to see what the future holds, both for this clever team of developers as well as for the increasingly popular platform of mobile gaming in general.


Apple News: More of Everything

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The key word in Apple's invitation to Tuesday's announcement was "more" and it appears Apple is making good on that, if the New York Times is to be believed. Instead of just one iPhone with more screen real estate (4.7 inches) we may indeed get two, with a 5.5-inch model expected as well. I've written that Apple could go with iPhone Air and iPhone Pro, but we will have to see what they announce.



Rumors: iWatch to Have 8GB Memory, Two Sizes; No Sapphire for iPhone 6; Gold Color for iPad Air

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According to 9To5Mac, market analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has recently offered up a bunch of details about the iWatch, though it's hard to tell where inside information ends and speculation begins. He says that although we won't see an iWatch until 2015, Apple will be announcing it on Tuesday in order to encourage developers to create apps for it. And he believes it will come with 8 GB of storage and 512 MB RAM, as well as two different rectangular display sizes: 1.3 and 1.5 inches. He also suggests there will be a gold colored iWatch to match the gold colored iPhone 5s and iPhone 6. Of course he expects it to have a range of health and fitness sensors. I'm certainly hoping Apple announces it Tuesday.



Samsung Serves up a Supersized Screen with a Side Dish

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Apple may be announcing their biggest iPhone yet, next week, but Samsung is determined to steal their thunder today by introducing the Galaxy Note Edge. Apple may announce a 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch model on Tuesday, but Samsung hopes to trump them both with a 5.6-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED display and a resolution of 2560x1440. What really sets the new Samsung apart is the screen overlaps the edge of the phone, thanks to flexible OLED technology, so you can see a small bit from the sides!



Purchasing an iPhone 6? Sell Your iPhone 5s for as Much as $394, iPhone 5 for $255

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The resale value of earlier-generation iPhones remains high, with a wide variety of companies competing to give you the best price. A great article on MarketWatch gives a brief overview of the prices being offered. If you're willing to sell your phone in return for a gift card, Amazon may have the best deal, offering $394 for a 16GB iPhone 5s and $255 for an iPhone 5. If you want cash, Gazelle will give you up to $300 for your iPhone 5s, while both Gazelle and NextWorth offer $185 for your iPhone 5. Apple will give you a $255 gift card for an iPhone 5. WalMart also offers a pretty good deal: $275 for an iPhone 5s and $166 for an iPhone 5.



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