Apple Likely To Announce New iPads On October 21

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APPLE is planning another media event to launch its next-generation tablets and maybe even a redesigned MacBook Air notebook too.

The very first North American and European consumers may only just be getting their hands on the latest iPhone but Apple isn’t resting on its laurels and is instead planning a second major launch event to showcase a new iPad Air and iPad Mini.

Both tablets are tipped to receive the same impressive processor found in the latest iPhone and will come with a fingerprint scanner integrated into the homekey to enable biometric security and simply online purchasing.

What’s less certain is whether or not the new tablets will be unveiled alongside other new devices. Apple has been reportedly working on a new 12-inch MacBook Air with a higher resolution display, even thinner form factor and a more powerful, yet more efficient Intel processor.

However, due to processor manufacturing problems at Intel it’s very likely that the new computer’s debut could be pushed back to early 2015.

Apple will also be bringing higher definition Retina displays to its iMac desktop range at the event and, if it can agree content licensing deals, that a new Apple TV set-top box will also be revealed.

Gordon Brown Is Hailed As The Man Who Saved The United Kingdom

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Gordon Brown has set out proposals for a united Scotland after the historic referendum returned a No result and pledged that the promises made on further devolution would be delivered.

As political wrangling in Westminster continued over his successor’s plans for sweeping constitutional reform across the United Kingdom, Brown said: “There is a time to fight but there is a time to unite and this is the time for Scotland to unite and see if it can find common purpose and move from the battle ground to the common ground and let us seek to find high ground in trying to find a way forward for the future.”

The former prime minister, whose intervention in the referendum campaign has been credited with helping to secure a No vote, added: “I am sure we can find ways to unify against the odds.

“Today I want to set out proposals that might be discussed across the country that might unite this country around a set of common causes we can all endorse, Yes and No campaigners.

“The eyes of the world have been upon us and now I think the eyes of the world are on the leaders of the major parties of the United Kingdom. These are men who have been promise makers and they will not be promise breakers.

“I will ensure that as a promise keeper that these promises that have been made will be upheld.

“We will lock in today the promises that have been made and why the timetable we set out will be delivered. Action has already been taken to make sure that happens.”

Ed Miliband has side-stepped the issue of constitutional change, saying the issue matters – but is not the priority for most voters.

Prime Minister David Cameron says all parts of the UK should have more powers after the independence referendum in Scotland, but Mr Miliband says the process is being rushed.

His comments come after former prime minister Gordon Brown said he was “utterly convinced” powers for Scotland would be delivered following the No vote.

But speaking ahead of the Labour Party conference in Manchester, Mr Miliband said: “The last few months have been about keeping our country together. The next eight months will be about how we can change our country together.

Scotland Votes ‘No’ For Independence

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Scotland has voted to stay in the United Kingdom after voters decisively rejected independence.

With the results in from all 32 council areas, the “No” side won with 2,001,926 votes over 1,617,989 for “Yes”.

Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond called for unity and urged the unionist parties to deliver on more powers.

Prime Minister David Cameron said he was delighted the UK would remain together and that commitments on extra powers would be honoured “in full”.

Mr Cameron said the three main unionist parties at Westminster would now follow through with their pledge of more powers for the Scottish Parliament.

He announced that Lord Smith of Kelvin, who led Glasgow’s staging of the Commonwealth Games, would oversee the process to take forward the commitments, with new powers over tax, spending and welfare to be agreed by November.

Apple iPhone 6 And iPhone 6 Plus Launch Day

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The queue accumulating outside Apple’s Regent Street store for the past few days. For all the fans, the die-hard Apple early-adopters, the wait is over and the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are finally here.

Tim Cook’s presentation promised a lot from these new devices, so expectations were high when stepped into the company’s central London store an hour after watching the droves of fans enter to a cheering line of Apple Store employees.

As the variations are relatively slight, initial hands-on will place both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus side by side.

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launch day hands-on: Design

If you haven’t heard, both iPhone 6 handsets have grown since last year’s 5S and with this size increase comes a change in form too. Gone are the straight edges and the characteristic diamond-cut chamfer, now the milled aluminium bodywork is all curves.

Based on the press images, it seemed like it had lost its distinct aesthetic, but in the flesh it’s actually still a very beautiful piece of design. Those curves give a significantly nicer feel in the hand on either device than before. They also help alleviate any comfort issues that would otherwise arise from their impeccable thinness – and these things are thin – 7.1mm for the 6 Plus and just 6.9mm for the 6.

The lines on the back won’t be to everyone’s taste, but serve a functional purpose, splitting up elements of the antenna design – the gold variant wins for the most attractive take on this. The camera ‘bump’ was also a big talking point for these new iPhones but whilst it is noticeable in profile, in day-to-day use you’ll completely forget about its there. If you were wondering, the iPhone 6 naturally slots into the pocket more readily than the 6 Plus, we’re not surprised, but that’s the price you pay for the extra screen real estate.

Apple gave both new iPhones what it calls Retina HD Displays. In truth, the 4.7-inch panel on the iPhone 6 sports a 1334×750 resolution, whilst the 6 Plus rocks a bigger 5.5-inch Full HD screen – making it the highest resolution iPhone screen ever.

Distinguishing pixels isn’t easy but it’s possible. In real-world use however, you won’t see a thing beyond crisp text. The IPS LCD technology paired to the work Apple claims it’s done to elements like the polariser has clearly paid of too, the screens are impressively bright, crisp, colourful and sport some excellent contrast, nothing less than what we’d expect based on the calibre of previous iPhone displays.

One-handed use is possible on both devices. With the iPhone 6 you can just about reach the top of the display without too much palm shifting (the side-positioned hardware controls also help). With the 6 Plus the awkward looking double-tap on the Touch ID sensor that Apple introduced actually does work surprisingly well.

By tapping lightly on the home button (double pressing would bring up the multitasking view) whatever’s on the screen would slide down to within reach of your thumb. It doesn’t seem like the perfect solution to this problem and it’s not the first attempt by a phone maker, but it works.

If you’re an existing iPhone, iPod or iPad owner you may well have already downloaded the new version of iOS – iOS 8. It offers a light visual update to iOS 7 but really focuses on new features like Health and the camera’s additional time-lapse mode. We detail all the best bits of iOS 8 in this article.

For the most part, the iPhone 6 offers an experience unchanged from the iPhone 5S, save for its scale. The larger display size makes for easier, faster typing, but it’s the iPhone 6 Plus that boasts some more significant changes.

The homescreen, as with Apple’s iPads, rotates into a landscape orientation. This means you could swipe through your homescreens without having switch the phone around to jump into a video or a game. Whilst in certain apps landscape use also grants you a two-column view, great for scanning through messages or emails. The keyboard also pops up some additional functions – like cut, copy and paste keys.

Pleasantly surprised springs to mind based on our first encounter with the new iPhone 6 brothers. The smaller 6 feels like the perfect size for usage and typing, whilst the 6 Plus has the most desirable hardware and software tweaks like OIS, better landscape support and a higher resolution screen.

Gordon Brown Urges ‘No’ Voters: Stand Up And Be Counted

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The former Prime Minister made a final, impassioned plea for Scots to vote No for the sake of their children and country’s future.

He was applauded wildly by the 600 supporters packed into a community hall in Maryhill, Glasgow, as he urged voters to “have confidence, stand up and be counted,” in an unscripted tour de force of a speech.

Mr Brown has emerged as the No campaign’s most effective performer over the past few weeks of the campaign, during which he has spoken at nearly 50 events.

Today, in a final outpouring of passion and anger, he thundered: “Hold your heads high, show dignity and pride, be confident.

“Let’s have confidence that our values are indeed the values of the majority of the people in Scotland.

“Have confidence, stand up and be counted tomorrow.

“Have confidence, say to our friends, for reasons of solidarity, sharing justice and pride in Scotland, the only answer for Scotland’s sake, for Scotland’s future is vote No.”

Seeking to embolden the so-called “shy Nos,” the silent majority of Scots he believes has been reluctant to speak out against the vociferous Yes campaign, he urged them to reclaim their country from the SNP.

He said: “Tell people this is our Scotland. Tell them it does not belong to the SNP or the Yes campaign.

“It does not belong to any politician, to Mr Salmond, Mr Swinney, to me, it belongs to all of us.”

Repeatedly interrupted by cheers, he said: “The vote I will cast is not for me, it’s for my children, it is for all Scotland’s children, it is for Scotland’s future.”

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Dismissing the Nationalist slogan “It’s out time,” he went on: “Are they not forgetting one thing?

“This is not a decision for this time, this is a decision for all time, a decision that could never be reversed or undone.”

Earlier, the rally heard from Alistair Darling, Johann Lamont, Ruth Davidson and Willie Rennie, who were introduced by comic Eddie Izzard and led into the hall by a piper dressed in a kilt and No Thanks teeshirt.

Grassroots campaigners also addressed the audience, who waved heart-shaped “Love Scotland, Vote No” posters.

David Cameron Makes Emotional Plea To Scots To Vote Against Independence

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David Cameron today assured disillusioned Scots he “won’t be here forever” as he made an emotional final plea for the UK to remain in tact after Thursday’s referendum.

Speaking in Aberdeen, the Prime Minister said he would be “utterly heartbroken” if Scotland splits from the UK and votes for independence.

He likened the four nations of the UK to a family said separation would be a “painful divorce”.

In a direct appeal to Scots who see independence as a step towards ridding themselves of Conservative governments, Mr Cameron said: “If you don’t like me – I won’t be here forever. If you don’t like this government – it won’t last forever. But if you leave the UK – that will be forever.”

The Prime Minister urged voters not to “rip Scotland from the rest of the UK”.

He made one final appeal to the hearts of Scottish voters, saying “We want you to stay. Head and heart and soul, we want you to stay.

“Please don’t mix up the temporary and the permanent. Don’t think: I’m frustrated with politics right now, so I’ll walk out the door and never come back’.

“We must be very clear. There’s no going back from this. No re-run. This is a once-and-for-all decision.

“If Scotland votes Yes, the UK will split, and we will go our separate ways forever.”

Mr Cameron, who was in Edinburgh last week, made the plea to keep Scotland in the UK as he returned to Scotland with just days of campaigning left.

He urged Scots to save the “greatest example of democracy the world has ever known”, appealing to voters on the “British values of fairness, freedom and justice”.

Mr Cameron insisted that a No vote would be a vote for “real, concrete change” with major new powers for Scotland on tax, spending and welfare.

He added: “In two days, this long campaign will be at an end. And as you stand in the stillness of the polling booth, I hope you will ask yourself this.

“Will my family and I truly be better off by going it alone? Will we really be more safe and secure?

“Do I really want to turn my back on the rest of Britain, and why is it that so many people across the world are asking: why would Scotland want to do that? Why?

“And if you don’t know the answer to these questions – then vote No.

“From all of us: vote to stick together, vote to stay, vote to save our United Kingdom.”

The Mercedes Benz Sticker That Could Save Your Life

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MERCEDES-BENZ is officially rolling out a brilliantly simple system that will help fire, police and ambulance crews access critical information about a car when arriving on the scene of an accident.

Called Rescue Assist, the stickers are placed inside the fuel filler cap and inside the door frame on the opposite side to the fuel-cap; they carry QR codes designed to be read by any enabled smartphone or tablet.

It will help identify the exact model of car, where its airbags, batteries and high voltage cables are located and the optimum points for cutting the vehicle open and safely extracting occupants if the accident is serious.

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The QR stickers are located behind the fuel filler cap and on the inside of the door frame on the opposing side of the vehicle.

The idea is that if a car rolls as the result of an accident, whether it comes to rest on one of its sides or on its roof, the sticker can still be scanned and the relevant information obtained quickly.

On average the QR codes save about two minutes at the point at which the emergency services first arrive on the scene.

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Mercedes-Benz plans to create Rescue Assist QR codes for all Mercedes vehicles as far back as 1990 and existing owners will be able to get the stickers added to their cars free of charge.

Mercedes-Benz has also decided not to patent the QR stickers in the hope that the technology will be adopted across the automotive industry.

Gold iPhone 6 Already Up For Sale

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The ALEXANDER AMOSU 24ct Gold iPhone 6 is already available to order even if the standard iPhone 6 isn’t.

It can be specified in either yellow or rose gold, with your name engraved on its back and with a crocodile or python skin case.

The British-based designer was the first to offer an iPhone in gold back in 2007 and clearly doesn’t want to take any chances with the latest iteration of Apple’s smartphone, opening the order books and sending out renders of what the finished handset will look like based on rumors and leaks.

The standard iPhone 6 is expected to boast a 4.7-inch display and more rounded corners, and will be going on sale to the public on September 19.

Although we have yet to confirm Apple’s price for the new smartphone, Amosu’s version will run you a cool £2,400 ($3,900).

Amosu, whose clients include Snoop Dogg and Lily Allen, also does a line in gold-plated and diamond-encrusted Android and BlackBerry handsets.

Apple Unveils The $349 Apple Watch

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Apple has introduced three collections of the new Apple Watch just after revealing the new iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus.

Apple Watch, which starts at $349, will be available in early 2015. The watch requires iPhone models 5 and newer, Cook said.

Tim Cook explained that the watch is a customizable timepiece. Users can choose watch faces that include minute and second hands, digital time and more options for personalization.

For people who don’t wish to wear a large device, Apple developed a smaller watch, 38 mm in height compared with the 42 mm option, with matching smaller straps.

There are actually three products: Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport, and Apple Watch Edition. The differences between them are only apparent in the different materials (including aluminum, 18K gold, and pink gold) and wrist strap choices, which vary between feminine, masculine and youthful.

The Apple Watch uses a touchscreen display that recognizes force, so you can tap to make a selection or press harder to open a different setting in your apps.

The Apple Watch also uses what Apple calls a digital crown (the knob on the side of the watch) to let you perform a variety of actions including zooming and scrolling.

“Because you wear it, we invented new, intimate ways to connect and communicate directly from your wrist, and it works seamlessly with iPhone,” Cook said. “And it’s also a comprehensive health and fitness device.”

In addition, the newly introduced payment system Apple Pay will work with the watch.

Apple Unveils Two Big-screen iPhones

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APPLE on Tuesday unveiled two new versions of the iPhone, boosting the screen size of the iconic smartphone to 4.7 and 5.5 inches.

Unveiling the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Tim Cook said the company was launching “the biggest advancement in the history of iPhones.”

Apple senior vice president Phil Schiller, speaking at the event in Cupertino, California, said the new iPhones were “simply stunning” with improved displays thanks to polarized glass.

Both the handsets iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus are powered by the Apple-designed A8 chip.The A8 is able to sustain performance-intensive tasks, like playing a game at higher frame rates. The iPhone 6 is up to 50% more energy efficient, claims the company.

If we talk about the thinness, the iPhone 6 is merely 6.9 mm while iPhone 6 Plus is just a smidge more at 7.1 mm.

The iPhone 6 has a resolution of 1334 by 750 with 326 pixels per inch, for a more than 720p Retina HD display. iPhone 6 Plus has a resolution of 1920 by 1080 with 401 pixels per inch. That’s full 1080p HD resolution.

Apple’s move comes as consumers are switching to handsets with bigger displays to watch videos and browse the Internet.

How Much Will The iPhone 6 Cost?

The iPhone 6 is priced at $200 for 16 GB, $300 for 64 GB, and $400 for 128 GB, with a two year contract.

The larger iPhone 6 Plus commands a premium: $300 for 16 GB, $400 for 64 GB, and $500 for 128 GB.

Both phones come in silver, gold, and black. Pre-orders start this Friday, September 12, and the phones go on sale Friday the 19th.