Apple opens testing facility to beat back “Bend-Gate”

Apple opens testing facility to beat back “Bend-Gate”

A few blocks away from Apple’s bustling campus in Cupertino is a rather nondescript building. Inside is absolutely the last place on earth you’d want to be if you were an iPhone. It’s here where Apple subjects its newest models to the kinds of things they might run into in the real world: drops, pressure, twisting, tapping. Basically all the things that could turn your...

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Why iPhone 6 Plus bends

Why iPhone 6 Plus bends

Pundits have blamed the iPhone 6 Plus bending non-scandal on dozens of potential issues, from the weak aluminum case to the crushing force of their own butts. But while we don’t know for sure about why a few phones have been bent, one here’s one plausible structural explanation with moment diagrams and everything. A user by the name of alleras4 took to Imgur to speculate that the reportedly bendable...

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300% Longer battery life!

300% Longer battery life!

It comes top of almost all ‘most wanted’ polls, but manufacturers rarely listen. Battery life has become the great unloved element of the modern smartphone and it has built an entire industry of spares, charge cases, mini power cables and much more as a consequence. But that could all change after scientists announced they have achieved the ‘holy grail’ of battery design . In a paper published in scientific journal Nature...

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Motorola Moto G The Best All-Round Budget Smartphone

Motorola Moto G The Best All-Round Budget Smartphone

Motorola scored big with original Moto G but in fairness the company was shooting into an empty net. As recently as 2013, budget Android smartphones were almost universally terrible. Now as Motorola returns with its new Moto G in late 2014 the competition is hotting up. Amusingly perhaps the biggest rival comes from Motorola itself. At $180 contract free the first Moto G was a steal, but...

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Hands on: Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review

Hands on: Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 comes with the same-sized 5.7-inch screen as the Note 3, with Samsung instead deciding to improve on the quality of the screen rather than its size. You can now pre-order the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 from Samsung Experience Stores, with other retailers taking pre-orders from 26 September, before its release on Friday 10 October. Screen quality The screen now boasts Quad HD...

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FBI tells Apple privacy efforts hamstring investigations

FBI tells Apple privacy efforts hamstring investigations

Washington (CNN) — Apple and Google have won praise from privacy proponents for efforts to encrypt their latest smartphones in a way that would prevent law enforcement from accessing certain private data. The FBI, not so much. Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey told reporters Thursday that the agency is talking to both companies to raise concerns that their privacy efforts could hinder criminal investigations....

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Apple tested the iPhone 6 Plus

Apple tested the iPhone 6 Plus

Three-point bending: Apple’s tests place pressure on iPhones in varying degrees to make sure they can handle “reasonable” force in various situations. Pressure-point cycling: The pressure-point cycling tests place “substantial” force across an iPhone’s display and encasing, while it is held along its edges, to ensure that aniPhone can be bent and pushed many times over during its lifespan. Apple runs this test hundreds of times to ensure...

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Chinese smugglers make big bucks on iPhone 6

Chinese smugglers make big bucks on iPhone 6

Apple fans in mainland China are being made to wait for the iPhone 6 and smugglers are cashing in, marking up Hong Kong prices by as much as $1,000. Two days after the iPhone 6 went on sale in Hong Kong, customs officers patrolling a backwater pier came across several men loading boxes into a speedboat. When the officers approached, the men jumped into the...

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6 things to love – and hate – about the iPhone 6

6 things to love – and hate – about the iPhone 6

Let’s just start with this: The iPhone 6 is the best smartphone ever made. But it’s not perfect. Like any smartphone, there are some things about the iPhone 6 that will drive you batty. First, here’s what you’ll love about the iPhone 6. 1) The rounded edges. The iPhone 6 feels really, really good in your hand. It’s insanely thin and light, and there are hardly any square...

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Apple: Only 9 customers have complained about ‘Bendgate’

Apple: Only 9 customers have complained about ‘Bendgate’

The company also says the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus underwent rigorous testing to make sure they’re up to its high standards and can withstand stress. Don’t blow “Bendgate” out of proportion, Apple has warned. Reports have rolled in since Apple released its newest iPhones, the 4.7-inch 6 and the 5.5-inch 6 Plus, that the bigger device is more flexible than it should be....

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