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U2 rumored to be involved in Apple’s ‘iPhone 6′ event

Multiple rumors have suggested that popular Irish rock band U2 might be involved in Apple’s big media event next week devoted to the launch of the iPhone 6.

According to some local journalists, U2’s latest video shoot in Dublin last week  ties in with a possible next-gen iPhone. They also claim the device will come preloaded with the new U2 album.

There’s also been a blurry-cam photo of the scene taken by music promoter Stephen Browne and posted on Twitter with the following comments: “Looks like @U2 new album maybe preloaded on to iPhone6. The focus of the ‘video’ on the bridge last week was a phone.”

Another rumor from Twitter came from CNET reporter Shara Tibken, who suggested that Bono might be a “special musical guest” at Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6 event on September 9.

That could explain the massive 2-story structure Apple is constructing next to the Flint Center, which could serve as a stage for such a show.

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Obviously, all of this is rumors at this point, however it wouldn’t surprise anyone if U2 participated in next Tuesday’s event.  Apple and U2 have had a long partnership, and presented several special edition U2 iPods, which included the band’s signatures and U2’s tracks. Apple has also been a partner of (Product) RED, a charity founded by Bono. In addition, there have been some talks in the U2 fan blog world about the band recently shooting an add for the iPhone maker. 

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It is still unclear if these rumors and hints of a U2 iPhone 6 tie-in and the band’s performance are accurate, but we can’t exclude, that the debut of the first single for U2’s newest album may be the same day that Apple is expected to introduce its iPhone 6. 

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Elgato announces new Eve connected smart home accessories

Elgato has unveiled its new lineup of smart accessories at this year’s IFA 2014 trade event in Berlin.

“Eve” connected home sensors features full integration with Apple’s HomeKit home automation platform and enables users to monitor various home conditions, including  air quality, smoke, air pressure, energy, humidity and water consumption. To collect this information, Eve uses several sensors and then reports back to the iPhone or iPad via the Elgato Eve app.

There are no details on pricing and availability of the product, but the company says it will announce availability soon.

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In addition to Eve, Elgato has also announced its own $49.95 Avea smart lightbulb, that connects to your Apple device directly via Bluetooth and allows you to change color and set the lighting mood in any room. Plus, the new product offers an alarm feature that wakes you with the gentle light of a 7W LED bulb pumping out 430 lumens. The notable thing is Avea does not need a hub like the Philips’ line of Hue smart bulbs, and can utilize multiple bulbs to coordinate lighting patterns. 

Aside from its new Eve and Avea smart home accessories, Elgato has also introduced its upcoming Smart Power intelligent battery. The high-end Smart Power is a 6,000 mAh external power bank that features self-monitoring capabilities, integrated with the Elgato Smart Power app. It’s available now for $99.95.

Additionally, the company is planning to announce its offerings based on the HomeKit smart home platform, which is believed to be presented by Apple at its special media event on Tuesday, Sept. 9. 

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Apple announces Sept. 9 event for iPhone 6 and iWatch

Apple on Thursday confirmed that it will hold a media event on Sept. 9, with invitations sent to the press.

The teaser sent to members of the media features a single, tantalizing tagline, “Wish we could say more.” hinting, that the new devices with larger displays Apple will finally unveil.

The iPhone manufacturer typically holds its annual iPhone event at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco, but this year’s event will take place at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, Calif., the same place where Steve Jobs showed the Mac to the public 30 years ago.

The Tuesday event will start at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern. 

According to reports from Re/code, Apple is not only planning to introduce its next-hen iPhone models on Sept. 9, but its first wearable device known as the “iWatch” as well. Apple had previously been rumored to introduce its wearable product at an October event separate from its September iPhone event, but then changed its plans. The iWatch is believed to sync with the HealthKit framework that the company has built into its iOS 8 mobile operating system and will focus on health and fitness with an array of health-related sensors that measure metrics like steps taken, sleep quality and more.apple

As for the new iPhone, it is rumored to come in two screen sizes of 4.7 and 5.5 inches with a faster next-generation “A8″ processor. If Apple follows its usual release schedule, it will be shipped starting the following Friday, Sept. 19. 

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August Smart Lock finally starts shipping to customers

Almost a year after the August smart lock system was originally announced, the new device finally started shipping out to preorder customers and a wider launch by October is also planned by the company.

First introduced in May of 2013, the August Smart Lock is a Bluetooth-based app-connected locking system created by Jason Johnson and designer Yves Béhar. The August is an unusual replacement for traditional keyed deadbolts that uses Bluetooth and a smartphone app to allow users to unlock their doors with their iPhones.

The product is made of anodized aluminum with a 3.25-inch diameter and reminds a standard home lock. The August is equipped with a few various faceplates and deadbolt adapters to fit the majority of locks on the market, running on four AA batteries. Installation is promised not to be too complicated: the whole thing will fit over the inside portion of your existing single-cylinder deadbolt hole.

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Through the iOS application, owners have the ability to add and remove authorized users, who are allowed to unlock the door with their device. That means, that users can share virtual keys with family and friends from an iPhone and when the homeowner or a guest comes to the door, August auto-unlocks and welcomes you into the home hands-free. You also have the power to set the length of their access from just a few hours to 24-7. The app notifies you when someone enters or leaves your home, so you can easily learn how long they stay. 

Users who pre-ordered the August lock will see their new product within the next few months. The August Smart Lock can now be ordered for $249.99 on the company’s website. Orders placed now are said to be fulfilled in late October. 

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True iRadio – stream music in iTunes Radio without restrictions

iTunes Radio is a new app Apple introduced along with iOS 7 but there’s some restrictions that you won’t like.

For example, in the app you’ll be able to skip a maximum of 6 songs per station every hour.

The new Cydia jailbreak tweak True iRadio can solve this problem as well as give their users seamless music-listening experience.

True iRadio resembles iTunes Radio tweaks. But this brand new app has new exclusive functions.

With True iRadio you’ll be able to scrub through iTunes Radio songs on the Lock screen in Control Center or inside the Music app.

This function is really convinient — you wiil scrub through songs backward as well as forward.

In addition to the abovementioned functions, you’ll be able to skip as many times as you want, move off tiresome advertisements in the app.

Be the way the developer claims the loading times will be increased, but it wasn’t discovered while using the app.

When downloading it you don’t need any tuning — just open iTunes Radio from the Music app to easily stream tracks without limitations.

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Radio listeners are sure to appreciate this app. Take your chance to get rid of al restrictions

If you’re an enthusiastic radio listener who’s looking for a way to get rid of the annoying limitations.

You can upload True iRadio for free via Cydia’s BigBoss depository.

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Om/One-first levitating Bluetooth speaker

Audio developer OM Audio has introduced its new product:the world’s first levitating speaker.  If you really want an impressive-looking Bluetooth speaker, you will enjoy the Om/One, a gravity-defying gadget.

The new device available for $179 includes a base and a round speaker that levitates above it. Thanks to magnetic levitation, the speaker floats about an inch off its base, allowing to achieve the spinning, levitating effect, all while the user is listening to the audio. The OM/ONE relies on its 75mm audio driver to provide its owner with clear, balanced mids, highs and lows.

Users has the ability to connect their phones or devices via bluetooth 4.0 to stream wireless music, and for pairing two OM/ONEs together for stereo sound.

The Bluetooth speaker can connect to most devices including smartphones, notebooks and tablets via Bluetooth 4.0, which are located at the distance of 33 feet.

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The round speaker can be used with or without its magnetic base, which needs an AC adapter, and features an integrated battery with up to 15 hours of non-stop play. It is also equipped with a microphone, meaning you can use the OM/One as a speakerphone.

The spherical speaker is 6.3 inches x diameter x 1.6 inches height, while a magnetic base is 2.1 pounds, 1.6 x 1.2 inches.

Om/One is offered in three colors: black, white or “disco ball”. The developers say it will be shipped in December. 

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Make your videos look professional with StayblCam!

Everyone knows how it’s difficult to make a video avoiding shaking in the picture. StayblCam is ready to help you to solve this problem!

The StayblCam is a little less than a foot long and a touch under two inches in diameter. Its weight is about a pound, so StabylCam can be easily put it in your bag as well as take it to the trip.

There’s a slot for a smartphone in the packaging of the item. But StaybylCam can be also used along with GoPro.

The user should insert iPhone into the slot and then regulate the length of the sections for it to be balanced.

If you wish, you can use the StayblCam upside-down.

The surface of the mobile adapter will be ameliorated with a new rubber compound providing StayblCam with stronger prehension of the iPhone.

The hole for wriststrap is also included. So you wouldn’t worry that you drop it.

The StayblCam will be presented in a different colours.

In the future the support of tripod, an iPad mount and a clip-on iPhone holder for use as a wifi viewfinder for a GoPro/Garmin Virb camcorder will be also added.

The StaybylCam offers better movement when keeping the phone in your hand.

The price is $75, and people who are fond of shooting are sure to like this accessory. You can buy the item on the StayblCam website.

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AIRTYPE: invisible keyboard to change the way you type

Airtype, a start-up based in Austin, Texas developed a prototype for a truly revolutionary keyboard, that is invisible. While we used to have keyboards either as physical device or touch screen interface, AirType is a “keyboardless keyboard,” that will change the way you type, especially when it comes to your tablet.

AirType is a set of cuffs you wear on your hands that become an invisible keyboard.  The sensors will track your finger movements and translate them into words on the screen. It’s no different than typing on a keyboard. The device connects your smartphone via Bluetooth.

According to the developers, the keyboard can adapt to your own specific typing style. They say “there’s no need to learn AirType, It will learn you,” similar to Siri, which can learn your accent. The product also has dynamic text prediction and corrections similar to your iPhone. It prevents you from making mistakes and promotes faster typing.

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The item usage will be difficult for those who are either not fluent with typing or forgetful enough to remember the letter placements on keyboard.

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Airtype is small and simply clips on your tablet for easy transportation, so you can bring them everyhere. The device is still in development, but you can sign up for their mailing list and learn more here.

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Logitech debuts Protection+ case for iPhone 5 and 5s

Earlier this year, Logitech announced its new Case+ accessory for the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5, which contained a metal case and multiple magnetic attachments. Today, the company finally revealed its newest line of smartphone cases, including the Protection+ for iPhone 5 and 5s, product aimed to mount an iPhone to a car’s air vents for easy viewing.

The protection+ case is compatible with the iPhone 5 and 5S and Samsung’s Galaxy S5 and features a slim design with a protective outer shell and internal impact-resistant materials. Its body is made of a hard polycarbonate shell while its corners hold impact resistant polymers. They are specially-designed to absorb shocks without breaking and dissipate the energy of the impact across the surface of the product. According to the manufacture, the protection+ exceeds the U.S. military’s drop-test standard for “rugged” devices, which tops out at 1.8 meters (just under 6 feet) off the ground.

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Logitech also introduced its +trip and +drive car accessories, which help users to mount a device and case to an air vent (+trip) or windshield/dashboard (+drive).

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Logitech’s director of smartphone accessories, Ariel Fischer noted in a statement: “We designed the Logitech protection+ to give you peace of mind disguised in a great looking protective case that absorbs the daily shocks your phone experiences.”

The Protection+ case will go on sale next month for $34.99, and will be available in colors of Winter White, Gunmetal Black, Scarlett Plum, and Pacific Blue. The +Trip and +Drive accessories will also launch next month and sell for $29.99 and $49.99, respectively. The products are already available for pre-order on Logitech’s official website.

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Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts 5.5-inch iPhone 6 delay

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has previously given accurate Apple product information, has issued a note on Sunday, saying that while Apple’s 4.7-inch “iPhone 6″ is still believed to debut this fall, the larger 5.5-inch model could see a serious delay in the release.

According to the analyst, the company is already suffering from production bottlenecks on the 4.7-inch model related to the new technology for the product’s in-cell touch panel, and color irregularity on the redesigned “iPhone 6″ metal casing. The 5.5-inch model will also face these issues.

“These problems will likely be even more complicated with a larger size,” Kuo said. “In addition, from a technical perspective, we don’t expect sapphire cover, used for the first time on the 5.5-inch model, will easily pass the drop test near term. We are conservative about 5.5-inch iPhone launching by end-2014. Even if the product is launched in 2014, it is likely to take place after mid-4Q14, which is later than the September-October of consensus, with shipments being lower than consensus of 15- 20mn units.”

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In addition to the aforementioned problems, the device’s sapphire display may not be firm enough in drop tests to go to market yet. Kuo also predicts that when the larger model finally ships, fewer than 15-20 million units will be available.

The analyst believes that the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 may not go on sales by the end of 2014, or may debut after October in very limited quantities. In addition to delay, he says, that the prices of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c will drop alongside the launch of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6.

According to the early rumors, the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 was facing production issues related to the device’s display and battery life. However, later reports noted that both models would enter production and launch at the same time.

Apple is believed to announce and launch the iPhone 6 in September. The device is expected to include a thinner profile and a faster A8 processor.