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iPhone 6, 6 Plus shipment times improved

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, Apple began improving shipping times on several iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models, especially in the 16 GB range.

The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 previously was shipped 7 to 10 days after being ordered, but that number has been shortened and now estimates just 5 to 7 days. Shipping times for the 64 and 128 GB models remains unchanged-3 to 4 weeks.

Currently, both 64GB and 128GB iPhone 6 models, as well as the 16GB iPhone 6 Plus, are available to ship in all colors and on all major U.S. cellular carriers. 

As for the iPhone 6 Plus, the 16 GB model also saw an improvement and now can be shipped in just 7 to 10 days.
Shipment times for the 64 and 128 GB versions of the 6 Plus are slightly improved from previous 3 to 4 weeks to 2 to 3 weeks. According to the Online Apple Store, most iPhone 6 Plus variants operating on U.S. Networks are shipped 1 to 2 weeks, while only a few 16GB versions are available for in-store pickup. 

Several other countries in Europe and Asia are also seeing the same improved shipping estimates from the online Apple Store. 

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Apple introduced the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus at an event on Sept. 9. Initial supply quickly ran dry as both devices saw pre-order delivery dates slip just hours after going live.

Apple has been working hard to enhance iPhone 6 and 6 Plus supply and reportedly delayed mass production of the rumored iPad Pro in attempts to focus its resources on higher iPhone 6 Plus output. 

According to early analysis, users in the U.S. prefer the iPhone 6 to the 6 Plus by 3:1.  

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First trailer for Telltale’s ‘Game of Thrones’ game available

Last week Telltale Games dropped some details regarding its upcoming ‘Game of Thrones’ game, and the Walking Dead developer has just released the very first trailer showing the title in action.

The game features a similar visual style as past Telltale titles like The Wolf Among Us, but also combines it with a painterly style.

According to the developer, the game will be based on the TV show and focused on House Forrester, a little known house from the north of Westeros that’s historically been fiercely loyal to the Starks. Game of Thrones will allow you to control five various characters, all from House Forrester, including both family members and those in service to the house.

You will take on the role of different members of the Forrester household, and determine their fate through the choices you make; your actions and decisions will change the story around you.”

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The story comprises the action from the end of the third season and finishes at the end of the fourth season.

In addition to the Forresters, the video also features several well-known characters from the television series, including  Cersei, Tyrion, Margaery Tyrell, Ramsay Bolton.

The first chapter of the game’s six episodes is set to hit PC, Mac, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and iOS before the end of the year. There’s still no exact release date for the first episode. 

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Steve Jobs new movie reportedly moving from Sony Pictures to Universal

Sony is reportedly no longer responsible for the upcoming Steve Jobs movie led by Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin and based on Walter Isaacson’s biography of the Apple’s founder.

According to Hollywood magazine Deadline, the picture will move from Sony Pictures to Universal Pictures, the production, however, is believed to remain on the fast track.

“In a shocking development, the Aaron Sorkin-scripted film about Apple genius Steve Jobs has been put in turnaround by Sony Pictures, and Universal Pictures is making a strong play for the movie.”

It’s unclear why Sony Pictures, who has been working on the movie for two years, would drop the film when it is about to wrap up casting and enter production. It is strange that such a well-known project is dropped by a studio and made available for competitor to purchase.

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The movie will be a motion picture adaptation of Walter Isaacson’s iconic Steve Jobs biography. According to previous reports, along with Sorkin, other famous Hollywood stars were said to participate in the film, including Seth Rogen as Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak. Both Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale were suggested to play Jobs at one point, but neither actor signed on. The lead role reportedly now belongs to Michael Fassbender, known best for his performances in the X-Men movies.

The film was first announced by Sony in mid-2012. Screenwriter Sorkin later said that it would focus on Jobs’ preparations in the thirty minutes leading up to three key Apple launches.

Sony and Universal did not provide comment.

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Apple can achieve trillion-dollar market cap

According to the words of Alexander Alternative Capital’s Michael Corcelli Apple has a chance to reach a $1 trillion market cap next year for sure.

Except Apple there are such companies like Omega Advisors with $10 billion hedge fund.

As of Tuesday morning trading, Apple’s market cap has been hovering around $670 billion. Up until last week, its previous record high was $658 billion, reached in September of 2012.

To put the market’s value on Apple in perspective, Google currently has a market cap of around $366 billion, Microsoft – $405 billion, Amazon – $151 billion, and Netflix – $23 billion.

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WatchKit available: developers can get apps ready for Apple Watch

Apple on Tuesday announced that its set of WatchKit development tools is now available for developers and allows them to start making custom third-party applications and software for the company’s upcoming Apple Watch, before the new accessory hits the market in early 2015.

WatchKit gives the opportunity to create not only WatchKit apps, but also Glances and actionable notifications. The tools along with the new iOS 8.2 software development kit, which includes programming instructions, human interface guidelines, templates and more, can be downloaded at the company’s developer website.

Glances can be used by developers to have users information they need most, including the latest news and sports scores, current Weather information, alarm system status or the next step of a favorite recipe. There is a limited number of available templates, as described by Apple, as to how they can appear.

Actionable notifications offer a different way of getting the notifications that already present themselves on iOS today. Developers can give some custom images to personalize the notifications.

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Instagram has tried WatchKit to develop actionable notifications that allow users to instantly like a photo or send with an emoji, plus there’s an Instagram news and watch list to give users ability to view their friends favorite photos and get an overview of likes and comments

Apple also attached a 28-minute-long video, that aims to help developers start with WatchKit and begin making apps and more for the Apple Watch.1

“Apple Watch is our most personal device ever, and WatchKit provides the incredible iOS developer community with the tools they need to create exciting new experiences right on your wrist,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “With the iOS 8.2 beta SDK, developers can now start using WatchKit to create breakthrough new apps, Glances and actionable notifications designed for the innovative Apple Watch interface and work with new technologies such as Force Touch, Digital Crown and Taptic Engine.”

Apple has said that its Apple Watch will hit the market in “early 2015,” but an exact launch date remains unclear.

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The last news about Steve Jobs biopic

The movie based on the official biography of Steve Jobs is one of the major «long-term constructions» in Hollywood history.

The work on the movie started some time later after the death of Apple founder at the end of 2011.

During three years many actors were proposed to perform tha main role, but the actor is still not found.

But, despite of a lack of big progress, teh scrip-writer Aaron Sorkin told about work on the project.

Sorkin confirned the fim will consist of three novels, each of them narrates what happeed behind the screens of three major presentations in Jobs’ life – Macintosh, NeXT and iPod.

By the way, one of the characters in the movie will be Lisa Jobs, the adulterate child of the late genius.

The picture is sure to be intresting, but there is still one problem remains — the search of the actor for main role.

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Apple’s Chinese App Store accepting payments from China UnionPay

Apple’s Chinese App Store started accepting payments from China UnionPay, the largest bank card provider in the region.

App Store has previously not supported this payment method, but the company has announced that this issue has now been solved, and users in China are now allowed to link their Apple ID with debit or credit cards from UnionPay, which allows easy purchases.

UnionPay was first announce in 2002 and now features over 4.5 billion cards issued. Now, Apple’s Chinese App Store has become the second largest App Store market.

The ability to buy apps and make purchases using UnionPay cards has been one of the most requested features from our customers in China,” said Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue,. “China is already our second largest market for app downloads, and now we’re providing users with an incredibly convenient way to purchase their favorite apps with just one-tap.”

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UnionPay Cards are currently available in over 140 countries with issuance in over 30 countries, according to the company’s website. The acceptance of UnionPay in the App Store is the biggest step by the company to expand its presence in China. Additionally, Tim Cook stated he was in talks with major Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba to integrate Alipay with the Apple Pay system. This alliance is believed to help Apple avoid regulatory delays and move Apple Pay closer to debuting in China.  

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American woman discovered her son in jail with the help of ”Find My iPhone”

American woman discovered her son in jail with the help of ”Find My iPhone”

After her 16-years-old son didn’t come back home from Halloween party, mother used Find My iPhone function to search for him.

As it was found out, teenager was at a police station.

The young man and two of his friends were being held at the stationhouse on robbery charges.

According to the information of the police, they snuck up on their victims, hit them in the head, and stole valuable things like cell phones.

Two incidents happened on Halloween, whie two others before the holiday.

Find My Phone helped people many times already.

For instance, in August 2013 the story of Derek Grant became world-known. He used the functiom of the smartphone to search for his son’s stolen iPhone. He managed to finf the robber, who wounded him with a knife. Derek wounded the robber protecting himself. The thief died of injuries.

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iXpand Flash Drive-‘iPhone for Life’ plan with USB and Lightning connectors

Sprint, the nation’s fourth-largest carrier, announced the iXpand Flash Drive, that allows users to transfer images, videos, and other data between an iOS device with a Lightning connector and a desktop or notebook with a normal USB port. iXpand Flash Drive is a similar ‘iPad for Life’ plan for the latest iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 and offers customers to have an iPad for $0 down and monthly payments over the course of a 24 month lease. Its monthly payments vary depending on the storage capacity.

The flash drive works with the iXpand sync app, which can be configured to automatically sync images and videos from the device’s camera roll to the flash drive. Full movies of such formats like AVI and WMV, can also be stored on the flash drive and played from it directly onto the iPhone or iPad.

The iXpand also provides users with an additional layer of security in cross-platform encryption. While in the iXpand sync app, all the data can be password protected while the flash drive is connected to an iPhone or iPad, then decrypted on a Mac or PC and vice versa.

The new flash drive can be ordered at SandDisk.com starting at $59.99 for the 16-gigabyte model, $79.99 for 32 gigabytes, and $119.99 for 64 gigabytes. Best Buy will also sell the 32-gigabyte model in stores starting this Sunday.

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It is compatible with the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2, and iPad mini running iOS 8 or iOS 7.

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Meet Beats Solo2 wireless headphones

Apple announced its first earphones independent of Beats — Solo2.

It’s a wireless device.

The headphones will be launched in the United States this month.

Now the headphones can be used up to 30 feet away from your iPhone or other Bluetooth-enabled device. You can now take phone calls, skip songs, change the volume using the “B” button and volume buttons on the ear cup.

The buttery can work up to 12 hours of wireless playback time.

Beats President Luke Wood comments on the device:

“We’re taking the most popular headphone in the world and adding wireless Bluetooth functionality to it. The Solo 2 is already a world-class headphone much lauded for its acoustics, and now it joins our growing family of successful wireless products.”

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The device is available in four colours: red, black, white, and blue.

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Red model will be available in Verizon retain and online stores.

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