5.5-inch iPhone 6 and new iPads reportedly heading to production in September

5.5-inch iPhone 6 and new iPads reportedly heading to production in SeptemberA new report from Taiwan’s Economic Daily News says that Apple will start mass-producing the 5.5-inch iPhone 6, the second-generation iPad Air and the third-generation iPad mini in September, further confirming earlier stories on the matter. FROM EARLIER: Here’s why you won’t be able to buy a 5.5-inch iPhone 6 in September Some previous reports said that Apple is experiencing certain production issues, especially with the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 model, which is why the handset will be delayed. Others disagreed, saying that Apple will intentionally delay the iPhone 6 phablet because the company doesn’t want to create any competition between the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch versions at launch. Economic Daily News also mentions some manufacturing issues, saying that initial shipments will be small, but things should



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Massive increase in R&D spending suggests awesome new Apple products are on the way

Massive increase in R&D spending suggests awesome new Apple products are on the wayIt’s been a long time since Apple had anything to prove in the mobile world, but as iPhone iterations have become increasingly indistinguishable from one another, the Cupertino crew realized it might be time to catch up with the rest of the industry. And catch up they will — this year’s iPhone 6 display is expected to stretch to 4.7 inches and its phablet counterpart might feature an enormous 5.5-inch display. FROM EARLIER: Apple’s iPhone 6 launch will be even bigger than anyone imagined There are also rumors of a Retina MacBook Air, new iPad models and even a smartwatch of some kind, all of which have resulted in the biggest increase in Apple’s R&D spending and commitments to third-party manufacturing and



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Here’s why many people want their BlackBerrys back after switching to iOS and Android

Here’s why many people want their BlackBerrys back after switching to iOS and AndroidFollowing the release of the original iPhone in 2007 and the subsequent launch of Android, many people with work-issued phones spent years asking for their employers to switch away from BlackBerry smartphones to more modern devices. Finally, as Apple and Google increased their focus on security and BlackBerry hit dire straights a few years ago, workers began getting what that wanted and bring your own device (BYOD) policies became more common. More recently, however, an interesting trend is being observed: Workers want their BlackBerrys back. FROM EARLIER: BlackBerry says its square phone is already stealing back iOS and Android users CIO’s Tom Kaneshige reports on an interesting phenomenon that we’ve heard rumblings of in the past. At companies where employees were permitted



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BlackBerry says its square phone is already stealing back iOS and Android users

BlackBerry says its square phone is already stealing back iOS and Android usersA lot of people who now use iPhones and Android phones once used BlackBerry devices many years ago, and now BlackBerry says that its new square BlackBerry Passport is bringing some of them back into the fold. In a new post highlighting consumer response to its newest smartphone, BlackBerry picks up on several comments left on different websites of people who say that they can’t wait to dump their current smartphones for the BlackBerry Passport. “I  like it,” wrote one man named Hassam Mirzai. “The phone is small enough to carry in my pocket and large enough to read text comfortably. I currently have a Samsung Note II. When I bought my Note II, it looked weird too. After 2 or



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Amazon’s New Netflix-Style Service May Remind You of a Library

Amazon's New Netflix-Style Service May Remind You of a LibraryAmazon launched a monthly subscription service that will allow e-readers to e-read unlimited e-books on their Kindles. Introducing Kindle Unlimited! Unlimited Reading. Here's how it'll work: For a monthly fee of $ 9.99, Kindle users can browse the Amazon bookstore and wherever they see the logo for Kindle Unlimited, they'll be able to download the title for free. Considering it takes me 2 months to read a book, that's a pass for me. — Jeff Fino (@jefino) July 19, 2014



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Next-generation iPhone to enter mass production this month: media

A woman speaks on her iPhone as she walks on a busy street in downtown ShanghaiTaiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd, the world's largest contract manufacturer of electronic goods, will begin mass production of Apple Inc's next-generation iPhone this month, local media reported Friday. Mass production of a 4.7-inch successor to the wildly popular iPhone 5 series of smartphones will begin during the third week of July, Taiwan's Economic Daily News said, without citing sources. A separate report issued Thursday by a China state-run news service said Hon Hai is planning to hire 100,000 workers at its mainland facilities to meet future demand for the gadget, citing comments made by the chief of the Henan Provincial Commerce Department.



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Intel says worst is over for battered PC industry

An employee walks past an Intel logo during the 2014 Computex exhibition at the TWTC Nangang exhibition hall in TaipeiBy Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Intel Corp believes the worst is over for a personal computer industry hammered by the mobile revolution. Investors have pushed shares of PC mainstays Microsoft Corp and Intel to decade-highs, partly on bets that the global slump in PC demand that began with Apple Inc's launch of the iPad four years ago is hitting bottom. "PCs have stabilized," Chief Financial Officer Stacy Smith told Reuters after Intel's report. Intel now expects the market's recovery to help it grow its full-year revenue about 5 percent, slightly higher than prior expectations.



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Got a rash? iPad, other devices might be the cause

This undated photo provided by American Academy of Pediatrics shows a rash on an unidentified 11-year old boy from a nickel allergy. Case reports in medical journals detail nickel allergies from personal electronic devices, including laptops and cell phones. But it was an Apple iPad that caused an itchy body rash in this 11-year-old boy recently treated at a San Diego hospital, according to a report in Pediatrics. Nickel rashes aren't life-threatening but they can be very uncomfortable, and they may require treatment with steroids, and antibiotics if the skin eruptions become infected, said Dr. Sharon Jacob, an associate professor and dermatologist at the University of California, San Diego and Rady Children's Hospital, where the boy was treated. (AP Photo/American Academy of Pediatrics)CHICAGO (AP) — Unexplained rash? Check your iPad. It turns out the popular tablet computer may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals.



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Demand for personal computers still erratic, outlook unstable

Brazilian vendor types on a computer at a supermarket in Sao PauloBy Noel Randewich and Bill Rigby SAN FRANCISCO/SEATTLE (Reuters) – Improved demand for personal computers after years of declines may not last as emerging markets remain weak and recent corporate upgrades in the United States and Europe may prove fleeting. The latest sign that the PC market's stability could be short-lived came from technology distributor Synnex Corp. Its shares have slumped 16 percent since Chief Executive Officer Kevin Murai warned earlier in July that increased demand was already waning from companies buying new computers to upgrade their operating systems after Microsoft Corp stopped supporting Windows XP in April. Investors have pushed shares in PC mainstays Microsoft and Intel Corp and parts suppliers such as Seagate and Western Digital Corp to decade- or record-highs, partly on bets that the global slump in PC demand that began with Apple Inc's launch of the iPad in 2010 may have hit bottom. While up to a quarter of the world's PCs still employ the 13-year-old Windows XP, it is unclear how many will choose tablets or Apple and Google Inc "Chrome" computers over PCs, rather than upgrade to newer Windows versions.



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5 great paid iPhone apps that are free for a limited time

5 great paid iPhone apps that are free for a limited timeCan we ever really have enough apps on our iPhones and iPads? It’s pretty great how the simple act of taking 10 seconds to download a new app can completely change your smartphone experience. Just a few dollars is often all it takes — but sometimes we can do it for free. Today, we have five nifty paid apps to share with you that are currently on sale for free for a limited time. See anything you like? Click the links at the end of each section to get them before these sales are over. These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way



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