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Apple hanging billboards on skyscrapers and buildings around the world to showcase iPhone 6 photography

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As part of its Shot on iPhone 6 campaign promoting iPhone photography, Apple is now hanging billboard advertisements around the world. The ads feature the photographs in full bleed with a simple ‘Shot on iPhone 6′ tagline. The posters are going up around the world, including some dramatic large billboards on the side of skyscrapers. Pictured above is one such poster (photo taken by Jimmy Grewal on Twitter) being setup on a skyscraper in Dubai.

In total, the campaign will showcase 77 different individual’s images spanning 24 countries. Users on Twitter have been posting sightings of these ads from all over the world …

Apple launched this campaign on Sunday, conveniently timed to coincide with Samsung’s Galaxy S6 announcement. You can see the full range of photography, and the apps that were used to make them, on Apple’s website. The apps used comprise the iOS Camera app (obviously), VSCO Cam, Instagram, Filterstorm Neue and Snapseed.

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Apple hanging billboards on skyscrapers and buildings around the world to showcase iPhone 6 photography

B_Ed5BMVAAAugOx

As part of its Shot on iPhone 6 campaign promoting iPhone photography, Apple is now hanging billboard advertisements around the world. The ads feature the photographs in full bleed with a simple ‘Shot on iPhone 6′ tagline. The posters are going up around the world, including some dramatic large billboards on the side of skyscrapers. Pictured above is one such poster (photo taken by Jimmy Grewal on Twitter) being setup on a skyscraper in Dubai.

In total, the campaign will showcase 77 different individual’s images spanning 24 countries. Users on Twitter have been posting sightings of these ads from all over the world …

Apple launched this campaign on Sunday, conveniently timed to coincide with Samsung’s Galaxy S6 announcement. You can see the full range of photography, and the apps that were used to make them, on Apple’s website. The apps used comprise the iOS Camera app (obviously), VSCO Cam, Instagram, Filterstorm Neue and Snapseed.

Tell us in the comments if you’ve seen the ads near you!


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Apple Stores will now allow customers to test in-ear headphones before buying

Apple has always allowed customers to test over-ear headphones

Apple has always allowed customers to test over-ear headphones (Getty)

Apple will begin allowing prospective customers to test out in-ear headphones prior to purchase within Apple Stores, according to several employees. Due to sanitation concerns, Apple has been reluctant to allowing customers to try out in-ear headphones, but a new solution called Demo Kits will solve this problem. Beginning this week, when a customer is interested in purchasing in-ear headphones, an Apple Store employee will have the ability to create a custom Demo Kit that holds up to six different models of in-ear headphones. These kits will include a fresh pair ear tips and alcohol cleaning wipes so that the try on process is sanitary…

The customer will be able to keep the ear tips regardless if they purchase the headphones. The customer can then plug the headphones into their iPhone or iPod to sample the quality before making their purchase decision. Apple told employees that 51% of surveyed customers have said that they would like to test out in-ear headphones prior to purchasing, so this move will likely spur an increase of in-ear headphone sales via Apple Store. Of course, with the upcoming Bluetooth Apple Watch, Apple will market Bluetooth headphones alongside the device for music and fitness applications.

The following headphones are available to try out with Demo Kits (Apple’s prices listed, but linked to better prices at Amazon): RHA MA450i ($49.95), urBeats ($99.95), Beats Tour ($149.95), JayBird BlueBuds X ($169.95), PowerBeats 2 Wireless ($199.95), and the Bose QC20i ($299.95).

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Review: CM4’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Q Card Cases are high-class wallets at affordable prices

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Our editors all have their favorite wallet cases for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus: Seth’s top pick is Pad & Quill’s Little Pocket Book, Ben’s fondest of Mujjo’s Leather Wallet Case, and up until now, my pick — based more on material quality than practicality — has been Twelve South’s BookBook. Each of these cases picks up where Apple Pay leaves off, carrying a handful of credit cards and a little cash for the (still numerous) times when wireless payments aren’t an option. But most of the cases haven’t properly balanced practicality and protection.

That’s where CM4’s Q Card Cases for iPhone 6 ($32-$40 at Amazon) and iPhone 6 Plus ($32-$40 at Amazon) come in. Their MSRPs are tied with the most affordable wallet cases I’ve previously seen for the new iPhones, combining the slim protectiveness of a TPU iPhone case with the look and feel of a leather wallet. While the standard $40 cases use realistic-looking faux leathers, CM4’s Limited Edition versions use genuine leather and pack-in simple plastic screen protectors for $60 each (iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus). Below, you’ll see why it’s hard to go wrong with any of the Q Card Cases…

Key Details:

  • Each Q Card Case has the same three-card capacity.
  • For better or worse, the cards are partially visible on the back so you can push them out easily.
  • TPU material enables CM4 to achieve thinness and protection.
  • The iPhone 6 Plus has “covert” support for a video stand.

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From my perspective, the key asset Q Card Cases offer is design neutrality. Unlike most of the competing wallet cases out there, the Q Card Cases look identical to regular playthrough (uninhibited front access) cases, and continue to work fully with third-party iPhone stands and accessories. There are six different colors to choose from, including gender-neutral and gender-specific options. Each one has full button coverage on the sides, a small ringer switch cutout, and a somewhat oversized rear camera hole. While the faux leather designs have a real leather-like grain, the dark brown genuine leather feels like smooth boots, and has a small metallic CM4 badge on the bottom.

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One surprise is that the Q Card Cases’ card-carrying compartments are virtually identical from iPhone 6 to iPhone 6 Plus. Three cards fit inside tightly at first — give the material a little time to ease up, notes CM4 — though you can pop them upwards using a groove at the bottom. My only complaint about the compartment is that cards remain partially visible inside the case, though that has been an issue with most of the playthrough iPhone wallets we’ve tested. (Verus’s more plastic-heavy Damda Slide is a rare exception.)

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Rather than expanding the iPhone 6 Plus’s compartment, CM4 used the extra height to include a thin slot that turns a credit card into a video stand, a legitimately great feature for the larger iPhone. It wouldn’t have been a bad idea to make the compartment a little larger for the big iPhone, though. Fitting cash into the compartment along with three cards isn’t easy at first, though as the material loosens up, you’ll be able to carry both around.

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There’s no question in my mind that all of the standard $40 Q Card Cases offer great value for the dollar, particularly at their $32 starter street prices. The color options will legitimately appeal to men and women alike, as will the functionality: each Q Card Case manages to combine very good iPhone protection with a slim-line wallet that you’ll almost forget is there until you need it. Unless you’re really in need of the genuine leather, there’s no need to pay the premium for those models, as the standard versions deliver just as much class at more reasonable prices.

Manufacturer:
CM4
MSRP:
$40-$60
Compatibility:
iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus

Filed under: iOS Devices, Reviews Tagged: CM4, iPhone 6, iphone 6 plus, iPhone 6 Plus stand, iPhone case, iPhone wallet, Leather, Q card case, TPU, wallet case, wallets

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Review: Anker’s 2nd Gen Astro E7 triples any iPad Air’s run time with an insane 25,600mAh of power

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There are hundreds of external battery packs out there, and most of them are highly similar to one another: cosmetics aside, their capacities, features, and pricing tend to be predictable. Anker’s 2nd Gen Astro E7 ($80) is a complete outlier. It has the highest capacity of any external battery pack I’ve ever tested, yet it’s priced competitively with products that deliver half as much juice.

If you have an iPad or plan to carry your iPhone around without access to wall power, Astro E7 is as close to a must-have battery as I’ve seen. Delivered in efficiently designed, eco-friendly packaging, it quickly earned a place in my personal travel bag, for reasons I’ll explain below.

Key Details:

  • This external battery pack has more power inside than the typical MacBook computer.
  • It’s capable of fully recharging an iPad Air or iPad Air 2 two times, the latter with energy to spare.
  • iPad mini and iPhone users could keep this for week-long jaunts away from wall power.
  • Eco-friendly packaging.
  • Great value for the price.

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Measuring 6.5″ long by 3″ wide by 0.75″ thick, Astro E7 is only a little taller than the iPhone 6 Plus, but around three times thicker and at 1.1 pounds, roughly the weight of an iPad. The footprint makes it easy to toss in any bag, and the glossy plastic housing is actually really comfortable to hold, though as fingerprint-susceptible as one might expect from the material. Anker includes a nice mesh drawstring carrying bag and a micro-USB cable in the package.

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Functionally, Astro E7 has several advantages over rival batteries. First, there’s the gigantic 25,600mAh cell inside, which Anker promises will recharge an iPad Air twice. In our testing, that claim is legit: we were able to fully recharge both a dead iPad Air and a dead iPad Air 2, while still having enough power left over to do another 30% recharge for the iPad Air 2. Astro E7 performed the iPad Air recharge in 3 hours and 40 minutes, and the iPad Air 2 full recharge in 3 hours and 18 minutes, which is very quick; many battery packs operate at half the speed.

Next, Astro E7 includes three outbound USB ports. Most of the time, the presence of even two USB ports for simultaneous charging is pointless for external battery users with iPads — common 6,000 and 8,000mAh cells don’t have enough juice to fully refuel both an iPad and an iPhone at once. Astro E7 has more than enough power to share between its ports; they’re collectively capped at 4 Amps of total output, with each port using PowerIQ auto-sensing to deliver a maximum of 3-Amp power. This means you can connect an iPad to any one of the ports and get guaranteed full-speed charging. You can also connect an iPad, an iPhone, and an iPod at once, getting nearly full-speed recharging for all three.

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Another nice feature of Astro E7 is its fully automated power on/off system. The battery turns on automatically when a USB plug is connected, and off automatically when no plugs are connected. A small bar-shaped button on the edge near the USB ports is needed only to activate a tiny LED flashlight or to trigger the four blue power indicator LEDs on the top. The LEDs work reliably to indicate the fraction of power remaining during charging; you can notably recharge Astro E7 at up to 2-Amp speeds.

Astro E7 is missing only a single thing: a wall power adapter. If you have an iPad, Anker’s included micro-USB cable should be connected to the 10W or 12W USB Power Adapter that Apple includes with most of its tablets; otherwise, recharging will take an incredibly long time. Connect Astro E7 to Apple’s iPad adapters and it’ll be ready to go in 12-14 hours; iPhone wall adapters will take 26-28 hours, and iPod adapters (or standard USB ports) will require 53-56 hours. If you don’t have an iPad adapter already, consider a wall adapter like Anker’s $10 10W version to be a mandatory add-on.

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Overall, I was a lot more impressed by Astro E7 than I’d expected to be: from its eco-conscious packaging to the charging performance and build quality, Anker is the real deal. This would be the top battery pack I’d pick to use with my own iPads and iPhones, as it’s fully worthy of the $80 asking price in every regard.

Manufacturer:
Anker
MSRP:
$80
Compatibility:
All iPads, iPhones, USB iPods

Filed under: iOS Devices, Reviews Tagged: 25600mAh battery, Anker, Astro E7, external battery, iPad, ipad air, iPad Air 2, iPad external battery, USB battery pack

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Review: Anker’s 2nd Gen Astro E7 triples any iPad Air’s run time with an insane 25,600mAh of power

astroe7-1

There are hundreds of external battery packs out there, and most of them are highly similar to one another: cosmetics aside, their capacities, features, and pricing tend to be predictable. Anker’s 2nd Gen Astro E7 ($80) is a complete outlier. It has the highest capacity of any external battery pack I’ve ever tested, yet it’s priced competitively with products that deliver half as much juice.

If you have an iPad or plan to carry your iPhone around without access to wall power, Astro E7 is as close to a must-have battery as I’ve seen. Delivered in efficiently designed, eco-friendly packaging, it quickly earned a place in my personal travel bag, for reasons I’ll explain below.

Key Details:

  • This external battery pack has more power inside than the typical MacBook computer.
  • It’s capable of fully recharging an iPad Air or iPad Air 2 two times, the latter with energy to spare.
  • iPad mini and iPhone users could keep this for week-long jaunts away from wall power.
  • Eco-friendly packaging.
  • Great value for the price.

astroe7-5

Measuring 6.5″ long by 3″ wide by 0.75″ thick, Astro E7 is only a little taller than the iPhone 6 Plus, but around three times thicker and at 1.1 pounds, roughly the weight of an iPad. The footprint makes it easy to toss in any bag, and the glossy plastic housing is actually really comfortable to hold, though as fingerprint-susceptible as one might expect from the material. Anker includes a nice mesh drawstring carrying bag and a micro-USB cable in the package.

astroe7-3

Functionally, Astro E7 has several advantages over rival batteries. First, there’s the gigantic 25,600mAh cell inside, which Anker promises will recharge an iPad Air twice. In our testing, that claim is legit: we were able to fully recharge both a dead iPad Air and a dead iPad Air 2, while still having enough power left over to do another 30% recharge for the iPad Air 2. Astro E7 performed the iPad Air recharge in 3 hours and 40 minutes, and the iPad Air 2 full recharge in 3 hours and 18 minutes, which is very quick; many battery packs operate at half the speed.

Next, Astro E7 includes three outbound USB ports. Most of the time, the presence of even two USB ports for simultaneous charging is pointless for external battery users with iPads — common 6,000 and 8,000mAh cells don’t have enough juice to fully refuel both an iPad and an iPhone at once. Astro E7 has more than enough power to share between its ports; they’re collectively capped at 4 Amps of total output, with each port using PowerIQ auto-sensing to deliver a maximum of 3-Amp power. This means you can connect an iPad to any one of the ports and get guaranteed full-speed charging. You can also connect an iPad, an iPhone, and an iPod at once, getting nearly full-speed recharging for all three.

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Another nice feature of Astro E7 is its fully automated power on/off system. The battery turns on automatically when a USB plug is connected, and off automatically when no plugs are connected. A small bar-shaped button on the edge near the USB ports is needed only to activate a tiny LED flashlight or to trigger the four blue power indicator LEDs on the top. The LEDs work reliably to indicate the fraction of power remaining during charging; you can notably recharge Astro E7 at up to 2-Amp speeds.

Astro E7 is missing only a single thing: a wall power adapter. If you have an iPad, Anker’s included micro-USB cable should be connected to the 10W or 12W USB Power Adapter that Apple includes with most of its tablets; otherwise, recharging will take an incredibly long time. Connect Astro E7 to Apple’s iPad adapters and it’ll be ready to go in 12-14 hours; iPhone wall adapters will take 26-28 hours, and iPod adapters (or standard USB ports) will require 53-56 hours. If you don’t have an iPad adapter already, consider a wall adapter like Anker’s $10 10W version to be a mandatory add-on.

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Overall, I was a lot more impressed by Astro E7 than I’d expected to be: from its eco-conscious packaging to the charging performance and build quality, Anker is the real deal. This would be the top battery pack I’d pick to use with my own iPads and iPhones, as it’s fully worthy of the $80 asking price in every regard.

Manufacturer:
Anker
MSRP:
$80
Compatibility:
All iPads, iPhones, USB iPods

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Microsoft announces foldable version of its universal MFi Bluetooth keyboard

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A Microsoft product might not seem the most obvious purchase for Apple users, but if you switch between platforms, the latest version of Microsoft’s universal keyboard may appeal. Designed to allow you to switch easily between iOS, Android and Windows devices, the Microsoft Universal Foldable Keyboard is a more portable version, folding in half down the middle. (If you like a smaller vertical fold made for smartphones, Zagg makes an excellent product)

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There’s no word yet on pricing or availability, but the original version retailed at $80 (and is available on Amazon for $65), so something in the same ballpark or a little higher seems likely.

Photos: CNET


Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: Bluetooth keyboards, ipad keyboards, Microsoft, Microsoft Universal Foldable Keyboard, Microsoft Universal Keyboard

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