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Fitbit fitness tracking products ousted from Apple Online Store

Fitbit’s fitness tracking wearable devices are no longer available to purchase from the Apple Online Store, reports 9to5Mac. This follows previous rumors that Apple planned to remove Fitbit’s lineup from its store as it clears the way for its own Apple Watch hardware. Apple is not averse to removing competing products from its retail stores, evidenced by…

Twelve South debuts SurfacePad for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Twelve South, makers of fine accessories for Apple products, has today unveiled its SurfacePad folio for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. SurfacePad, made of premium leather, is the perfect, lightweight way to protect your iPhone without adding a bulky case to the device. The SurfacePad is not just a pretty cover, though. Inside, it features two card slots…

Microsoft Office for iPhone and iPad goes free

Microsoft’s Office apps for iOS are now free. In a surprising move, reported by The Verge, the company has decided to offer its Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps for free on mobile — no more Office 365 subscription required to edit documents or store them in the cloud. The new version of the apps also brings you iPhone up to speed with your iPad in terms…

Apple encouraging customers to upgrade to iOS 8 via email

Apple has begun sending out emails encouraging customers to upgrade their devices to iOS 8. The latest major version of the company’s mobile operating system, released in September, has seen slower adoption than previous releases despite containing a number of new features and improvements. The company is now issuing emails to iPhone and iPad users who…

Apple surpasses Samsung to become top mobile brand in China

Apple has replaced rival smartphone maker Samsung to become the number one mobile brand in China, reports CNET. The Cupertino company outranked Samsung in the country in terms of brand awareness and customer loyalty, according to the China Brand Research Center’s 2014 China Brand Power Index ranking report released on Tuesday. The Research Center…

Rumor: Apple Watch pricing to start at $500, $4000 for gold Edition

Although we’ve been treated to a glimpse at the upcoming Apple Watch’s hardware and software features, we still know relatively little about the device when it comes to the wearable device’s price and launch date. We were told at Apple’s September event that the Apple Watch would retail from $349, which many believe to be the starting price for the…

Apple Pay launch sparks growth in Google Wallet usage

With the launch of Apple Pay, NFC-based mobile payments have seen a boost in recent weeks. Although Apple Pay, and Walmart-back competitor CurrentC, might have grabbed most of the headlines of late, it seems Google Wallet has also had its user numbers significantly increased as consumers look to their mobiles as a payment mechanism, according to Ars…

iOttie Easy Flex 3 review: A versatile mount for your iPhone

If you use your iPhone for its satellite navigation capabilities in your car, or if you like to have an easily adjustable mount for your device on your desk, you’ve probably heard of iOttie — makers of a number of mounts and stands for smartphones. The company’s Easy Flex 3 is its latest attempt to revolutionize the mounting experience. The Easy…

Apple releases iOS 8.1.1 (and Yosemite 10.10.1) beta to developers

Developers, get to downloading. iOS 8.1.1 beta was just released by Apple, a very late-night release compared to usual for the company. The change log seems to consist mainly of bug fixes, and probably places nicely with the Yosemite 10.10.1 beta that was released earlier today as well. Yosemite 10.10.1 is also out for developers, and should appear as…

Southwest Airlines announces new in-flight Beats Music service

Aboard the Beats Music branded Southwest Boeing 737, the airline announced a brand new service in partnership with Beats Music today. The in-flight music service will allow all passengers to access a slimmed-down version of Beats Music, free of charge. This announcement shows that Beats Music is making moves to get ahead, which also makes previous…

JBL Clip Review: Powerful audio performance with clip-on portability

My expectations are fairly low for portable Bluetooth speakers. They all usually sound about the same, don’t quite reach the volume levels you realistically need and the audio quality is generally lacking. It’s not surprising when the main focus is portability that these aspects end up being sacrificed in the process of getting there. In the case…