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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. 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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  4. Hack attacks and keeping your phone safe

    The amount of times you see a celebrity post a rather questionable opinion on social media, only for them to later claim their account was ‘hacked’, you may be forgiven for thinking that ‘hacked’ is nothing more than a code-word for embarrassing drunken posts.

    But social media accounts do get hacked, and more often than you may think. According to a survey we conducted in partnership with YouGov, one in ten of us have had a social media account hacked, with a third party gaining access to all our personal information. Yet it is our friends we should be more wary of: one in five of our survey respondents said their mates had accessed their social media account to put up an embarrassing post.

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  5. How to take care of your Gadgets this summer

    The summer months are here and that means there are plenty more reasons to get out and about. Chances are you are not going to leave your Smartphone at home while you enjoy the sunshine, so you need to make sure that you look after it during your summer activities.

    Summer gadgets

    Luckily, as well as investing in Gadget Insurance, there is plenty you can do to take care of your gadgets. Below are some great tips to help you ensure that your Smartphone stays intact throughout summer.

     1. Stay in charge

     

    Summer often means being out of the house and the longer days mean that your phone battery needs to go that extra distance. Keeping your phone fully charged while you are on the go can be  be challenging, so investing in a portable charger is a great idea.

    There are also a few hints and tricks which can help you prolong your phone’s battery life. Try turning the brightness down for example and getting rid of all unused apps. If you are not using  your phone for a period of time then switch it onto airplane mode when it is not in use as this will help to significantly extend the battery life.

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