London designers target fashion-hungry shoppers with ‘tech firsts’

A model presents a creation from the Vivienne Westwood Red Label Spring/Summer 2015 collection during London Fashion WeekBy Li-mei Hoang LONDON – Fueled by the boom in online sales for the latest trends, London's designers are finding new ways to deliver instant gratification to fashion hungry shoppers, amid high hopes of boosting growth in the sector. British retailer Topshop, whose website attracts an average of 4.5 million hits a week, launched a new digital "first" on Sunday by letting shoppers buy six ready-made items from its latest collection immediately after its show at London Fashion Week. "As we know, everyone spends all their waking moments on all these new platforms, gadgets, Instagram and Twitter,” said Philip Green, the owner of Topshop brand and retail conglomerate Arcadia.



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Report: Jihadi Cell More Direct Threat Than ISIL, Say Intelligence Officials

Report: Jihadi Cell More Direct Threat Than ISIL, Say Intelligence OfficialsA group of jihadis from Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria and Europe may be more of a direct and imminent threat to the United States than ISIL, say intelligence officials. According to a report from the Associated Press, a cell with al-Qaida links known as the Khorasan group is at the center of the organization — a division known to be working with Yemeni bomb-makers with plans to target U.S. This is why, for example, the TSA decided in July not to allow uncharged cell phones and other devices to pass through security. "The group's repeated efforts to conceal explosive devices to destroy aircraft demonstrate its continued pursuit of high-profile attacks against the West, its increasing awareness of Western security procedures and its efforts to adapt to those procedures that we adopt," Nicholas Rasmussen, deputy director of the National Counterterrorism Center, told a Senate panel this week.



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BlackBerry buys UK mobile technology start-up Movirtu

The Blackberry sign is pictured in WaterlooBy Euan Rocha and Alina Selyukh TORONTO/LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – BlackBerry has acquired a U.K-based mobile technology start-up whose software allows users to have multiple phone numbers on the same device, the Canadian tech firm said on Thursday. The purchase of Movirtu helps BlackBerry ramp up its portfolio of services to cater to the needs of its core base of corporate and government clients. Movirtu's virtual SIM technology allows an individual to have both a personal and business number on a single mobile device, with separate billing for voice, data and messaging usage on each number. We are building recurring revenue streams in value-added services and providing more value to enterprises," the head of BlackBerry's enterprise unit John Sims said in an interview.



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iOS 8 Gold Master now available to download

iOS 8 Gold Master now available to downloadApple has had its work cut out for it this summer. The first few beta releases of iOS 8 seemed rushed and buggy, but Apple engineers have clearly pulled things together in the past few betas. The result is a mobile operating system that is almost ready for prime time, but there were a few more wrinkles to iron out before iOS 8 reaches the public next week. Now, Apple has released the Gold Master version of iOS 8 as it prepares to finalize its code and issue the final version of iOS 8. FROM EARLIER: Cutting through the hype: The 5 best new features in iOS 8 The iOS 8 GM is available right now for developers with compatible iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. It can be downloaded from



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Showtime for Apple: Big phones, smart watches and high expectations

The leaf on the Apple symbol is tinted green at the Apple flagship store on 5th Ave in New YorkIt has been four years since Apple Inc introduced a completely new gadget and the pressure is on for the world's largest tech company to wow at its "special event" in Cupertino, California, on Tuesday. Apple has fed the high expectations, with promises by executives that the company's best product pipeline in 25 years is being readied inside its secretive facilities. Those now ubiquitous gadgets were created under the innovative and famously meticulous eye of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who died in 2011. When Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook takes the stage on Tuesday, technology aficionados, investors and rivals will be watching closely to see whether Jobs' handpicked successor inherited the magic touch or whether Apple's winning streak is coming to an end.



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Phorce Pro is the only portable battery you’ll ever need to charge all your devices on the go

Phorce Pro is the only portable battery you’ll ever need to charge all your devices on the goBattery charging is one of the most common problems with mobile devices, especially for people who are always traveling and carrying various gadget combos, including smartphones, tablets and/or laptops that all need constant battery attention. There are many extremely interesting portable batteries that can be used to recharge some of these devices while traveling, but Phorce Pro may be the only one you’ll need to consider thanks to its massive 26,000mAh charge that can be used for… basically anything. Unveiled at IFA 2014 in Berlin, Germany, Phorce Pro is not limited to smartphones and tablets, and can power laptops as well. For example, the company says the battery can recharge an iPhone 5s 14 times before needing to be recharged itself. Most



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Hands-on with the new Walkman: Sony is bringing the music player back to life

Hands-on with the new Walkman: Sony is bringing the music player back to lifeLong before cell phones replaced MP3 players, before the iPod eliminated any trace of competition, there was one name that was synonymous with portable music: Walkman. Sony’s Walkman line has been through countless incarnations since its debut as a cassette player in 1979, but the latest might be the most interesting in recent memory. FROM EARLIER: Meet the smartphone Sony will use to fight the iPhone 6 and Galaxy Note 4 Unveiled at IFA 2014 this week, the new Walkman NWZ-A17 Hi-Res Audio Digital Music Player is Sony’s attempt to bring back the dedicated music player. The Walkman features a 2.2-inch color display, Bluetooth connectivity, 64GB of internal storage (upgradeable with microSD cards) and NFC capability. It weighs just 66 grams and



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$55 worth of awesome paid iPhone apps you can now download for free (7 apps total)

$  55 worth of awesome paid iPhone apps you can now download for free (7 apps total)It’s Labor Day, and what better way to celebrate than by downloading a bunch of great paid iPhone and iPad apps for free? We’re starting off September on the right foot with seven nifty paid iOS apps that are all on sale for free for a very limited time. See anything you like? You’d better hurry, because these awesome sales could be over at any time. As a side note, there are still a few freebies from our last post in this series, and you can get them now if you hustle. 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 to tell how long



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Samsung pits the Galaxy Tab S against the iPad Air in latest ad

Samsung pits the Galaxy Tab S against the iPad Air in latest adSamsung’s latest tablet, the Galaxy Tab S, is one impressive piece of hardware. It’s received rave reviews from the press, consumers seem to love it and it even outclasses the iPad in many respects. In order to prove that last point, Samsung took to the streets of New York with an iPad Air and a Galaxy Tab S to see which device the average consumer would choose. Being a Samsung ad, you probably won’t be surprised which tablet New Yorkers were most impressed by, but it is worth noting why people were drawn to the Galaxy Tab S. The trait that seems to stand out the most is the tablet’s size — the Tab S is extremely lightweight at just



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The Knee Defender’s Inventor Defends His Invention

The Knee Defender's Inventor Defends His InventionThe argument was (in part) over one passenger's use of Knee Defenders, a gadget that blocks the seat ahead from reclining. As you may recall, the flight attendant asked the man to remove the Knee Defenders and when he wouldn't, the woman ahead of him threw a glass of water in his face. Both passengers were subsequently thrown off the plane…after it was forced to land. Ten years ago, The Washington Post endorsed this gadget called the Knee Defender.



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