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  1. Apple Announces iPhone 6, Apple Watch and Apple Pay

    Apple announces iPhone 6, Watch, and… Pay?

    The wait is finally over, and – despite a few live-streaming technical hiccups – Apple unveiled two brand new devices and an intriguing new service to eager fans on September 9th. The announcement of the iPhone 6 and its bigger brother, the 6 Plus, were no surprise, and even the Apple Watch didn’t raise too many eyebrows – but Tim Cook saved the biggest announcement until last with Apple Pay.

    You can find out all about the specs and features of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in our iPhone Timeline, which charts seven years of the iPhone’s evolution. While not a huge amount has changed from the 5S, the new phones boast bigger screens, sleeker profiles, and importantly they’ll come packing the shiny new iOS 8.0. Need to know if it will fit in your pocket? Try our printable full scale iPhone Size Guide.

    Meanwhile, the Apple Watch – which will be sold in a standard model, a sport-focused model and a luxury 18ct gold edition – does everything you’d expect a modern smartwatch to do, including fitness monitoring, text message viewing and hopefully telling the time. More excitingly, the watch is designed to work hand-in-hand with the company’s new “mobile wallet” service, Apple Pay – which means you could soon be paying for your shopping with a flick of the wrist.

    Described as “breakthrough contactless payment technology”, Apple Pay could well be a game-changer. Instead of rifling through your wallet for change or swiping a card, it lets users pay for goods and services simply by holding their iPhone (or Watch) near a contactless reader, initiating a balance transfer instantly and securely. It’s due to launch in the USA in October, though there’s no word yet on when it’s coming to the UK.

    Love them or hate them, Apple’s events are never less than thought-provoking – let us know what you thought of the announcements in the comments!

  2. iPhone 6 Size Guide

    iPhone 6 Size Guide – Will it fit in your pocket?

    iPhone 6 size guide

    When CEO Tim Cook announced the latest iPhone models earlier this week, many Apple fans were no doubt left in a quandary over the new, considerably larger-sized devices – the iPhone 6 comes sporting a 4.7-inch Retina HD display, with the iPhone 6 Plus’ screen an even larger 5.5 inches. With iPhone 5S already boasting a not insurmountable 4-inch display, both new models are significant upgrades on what came before.

    While there are obvious benefits to larger screens, the practicalities of lugging such a large device around with you will be alien to those who are repeat users of Apple products.

    To help those who are wondering whether the iPhone 6 Plus will fit into the pocket of their skinny jeans, or if their thumb will reach from the bottom to the top of the device, we’ve created this handy printable iPhone 6 Size Selector PDF guide. Simply print the PDF using the link below, cut out the device templates, and give them a try!

    Download our iPhone 6 Size Guide – Here. (Make sure you print it LANDSCAPE without fit to page selected).

    With the iPhone 6 now available to preorder, we hope this guide will help you to make the right choice. Don’t forget too that with our interactive iPhone Timeline guide, you can see how Apple’s flagship phone has evolved since it was introduced by Steve Jobs back in 2007.

  3. Complete our Short Survey for a chance to win £100 Amazon Vouchers

    Tell us what you think for a chance to win £100 Amazon Gift Certificates.

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PYBMobile

    Terms and Conditions

    1. Eligibility

    a) The draw is open to residents of the U.K. (excluding Northern Ireland). Employees of the Promoter (or of the Promoter group), their immediate families, agencies of the Promoter (or of the Promoter group) and anyone else professionally connected with this promotion are not entitled to enter this draw.

    b) Entrants must be 18 years or over.

    2. Promotional Period

    The promotional period begins at 00.00 on Wednesday 3rd September 2014 and closes at 23.59 on Monday 5th September 2014.

    3. How to Enter

    During the Promotion Period outlined above, you may enter by completing our full survey and providing your contact details at the end of the survey.

    Only one entry per person is permitted. Multiple entries will not be counted.

    4. Grand Prize Drawing

    a) On Monday 8th September 2014, a winner will be picked at random by an independent person from all eligible entries received during the entire Promotional Period.

    b) The Promoter will contact the winner on the day of the draw using the contact details provided as part of the entry and will provide details of how to claim the prize. In all matters, the random selection made by the Promoter shall be final and no correspondence or discussions shall be entered into.

    c) The winner is required to respond to the notification of winning within 48 hours of receipt in order to claim the prize. Failure to do so will result in the prize being forfeited and another winner will be selected.

    d) The prize of will be posted to the winner to the agreed upon address via recorded delivery within 48 hours of the prize claim.

    e) The Promoter reserves the right to ask for evidence of the identity, age and address of the prize winner.

    f) Losing entrants will not receive any notification.

    5. Prizes, Approximate Retail Value

    a) One (1) Grand Prize: £100 worth of Amazon.co.uk Gift Certificates redeemable at www.amazon.co.uk

    b) No substitution, cash redemption or transfer of prizes is permitted except at Promoter’s sole discretion. If a prize, or any portion thereof, cannot be awarded for any reason, the Promoter reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value.

    6. General Rules

    a) By entering this competition, you understand and agree that the name and county of residence of the prize winner will be available upon request. Such information can be requested by sending a stamped self-addressed envelope to: Protect Your Bubble Amazon.co.uk giveaway, Protect Your Bubble, Assurant House, 6- 12 Victoria Street, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1EN after 8th September 2014.

    b) By entering this draw, you understand and agree that the winner may be requested to participate in promotional activity and that the Promoter reserves the right to make reference to the name and county of residence of the winner, in any publicity. No compensation shall be awarded for such participation.

    c) The Promoter accepts no responsibility for entries lost, delayed or undelivered, or any liability for technical errors or communication failures in networks and / or internet access.

    d) This promotion and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

    e) By entering this promotion, entrants will be deemed to have accepted and agreed to be bound by these terms and conditions.

    Promoter – Assurant Direct Limited trading as Protect Your Bubble, Assurant House, 6-12 Victoria Street, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1EN.

     

  4. iPhone Through the ages: How much has it changed?

     It’s almost hard to believe there was ever a time before the Apple iPhone existed. There was however and this time was everything prior to June 2007.

    Since its launch, the iPhone has become a popular gadget in many households, and has become a life accessory rather than just a phone. The iPhone that we know and love today however isn’t how it all started out. The iPhone series has evolved over the last 8 years with a total of different 8 models being released and another due in just a matter of weeks. Below we take a look at the journey of the iPhone from the original to the much anticipated iPhone 6.

     

    iPhone (first generation)

     

    Origional iphone

     

    June 2007 “changed everything”, according to Apple. The revolutionary iPhone launched, and it was beautiful. The first generation iPhone was a revolutionary device and equipped with a multi-touch screen and only four physical buttons on the handset. Available in 4 GB or 8 GB, both models came with Wi-Fi, 128 MB of RAM and a 413mhz processor. The iPhone was a new concept, in that this device was an iPod, web browser and telephone all in one attractive little package. It was simple however compared to the iPhone of today. The headphone jack was recessed and the 2mpx camera was simple to say the least, in fact, it didn’t even support video. There was also no ability to send  multimedia messages such as photos or audio. Regardless of this, it was still a giant step in the right direction and people started to view their mobile as more than just a telephone device but instead as an everyday accessory.

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  5. The Brits who are destroying their phones (and how not to be one of them)

    For many of us, our mobile phones are vital components of our daily lives. So important, in fact, that when we are forced to go without them we feel lost, confused and alone, like we’ve suddenly been transported back in time to an unfamiliar and hostile land, with no idea how to get home.

    Ok, a bit of hyperbole there. But if our phones are so important to us, why are we so bad at taking care of them?

    Broken phone

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