All Articles by Derek Kessler

Phones 4u won't refund or deliver iPhone 6 pre-orders after all, but Carphone Warehouse will

There was some hope that as UK mobile phone retailer Phones 4u shut down that those that had pre-ordered an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus from them would be made whole in one way or another. In fact, they had promised two weeks ago when all this went down that those pre-orders that had not yet shipped would be refunded. Well… not anymore.

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Do not update: iOS 8.0.1 cripples iPhone 6 and 6 Plus by killing Touch ID and cell service

Update: If you've already updated, here's how to restore in iTunes and fix iOS 8.0.1 Touch ID and cell issues. If you haven't, Apple has pulled iOS 8.0.1 — even if it shows as available on your phone, don't do it.

Do not install the recently-released iOS 8.0.1 update, especially if you have an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. The update brings with it several bug fixes, including fixes to HealthKit, keyboards, and extensions, but it also comes with one show-stopping bug: it kills cellular service and Touch ID on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

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Yes, the aluminum iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will bend if put under too much pressure, because physics

Every time there's a new iPhone there's also a new scare of people being upset by one thing or another that turns out to be greatly overblown. Be it Antennagate with the iPhone 4, or purple lens flare with the iPhone 5, or tricking the Touch ID sensor of the iPhone 5s with elaborate fingerprint duplication, there's always something. Now, with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus we've got a new world-ending catastrophe on our hands, and it's already taken on a name of its own: #bentgate.

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Skype for iOS 8 lets you choose how to answer right from the notification

Skype for iPhone just got an update to version 5.5 that has enabled interactive notifications in iOS 8. The update allows users to take advantage of the enhanced notification actions, including declining calls, composing responses, and more — all right from the notification.

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Replacing an iPhone 6 Plus could cost you $329

The iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6 have the biggest screens of any iPhone, and they're bringing with them the biggest out-of-pocket replacement cost too. It's not terribly surprisingly that it could cost more to replace a high-resolution 5.5-inch or 4.7-inch phone over the smaller previous iPhones, but if you happen to break yours and need a replacement, it will cost you a pretty penny (or two).

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Linky's new sharing extension is made for those that share the web

The overarching concept of extensions in iOS 8 is poised to make your iPhone and iPad more powerful than ever, but new share extension from Linky is one of our favorites so far. If you're the type that frequently shares from Safari, Chrome, or any other iOS browser to Twitter or Facebook, then you know the hassle of jumping back-and-forth between apps to copy-and-paste text, urls, and more. Linky's extension aims to solve that.

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Tim Cook's Apple is bigger, more cooperative, and more humble

It's been a big few days for Apple, and with the recent unveiling of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and Apple Watch, today's release of a substantial iOS 8 update, and Friday's launch of the aforementioned iPhones 6, Apple's pulled back the curtain a bit on how things have changed in the company under the leadership of CEO Tim Cook. And you could very easily point out that pulling back the curtain a bit at all is a marked change in and of itself.

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Apple announces record-breaking 4 million iPhones pre-ordered in just 24 hours

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have set a new record for Apple pre-orders with more than four million advance orders for the new iPhones logged in the first 24 hours of availability. That smashes the previous pre-order record for iPhones, set two years ago by the iPhone 5 with 2 million pre-orders. The pent-up demand for the larger-screened iPhones seems to finally be spilling out, so much so that shipping times for many iPhone 6 models have slipped to a week or more, and all iPhone 6 Plus models have been pushed back to October for any new orders.

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iPhone 6 preorders set new overnight record for Apple

Apple, typically tight-lipped about such things, says that pre-orders for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus set a new overnight record for the company. The newest iPhones went live for pre-order at midnight Pacific time last night, and while there was plenty of glitching along the way, that didn't stop many from getting in their order. Apple isn't alone in the new bigger iPhones being an overnight pre-order hit — AT&T's said that pre-order demand for the phones was greater than the last two phone launches.

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AT&T not in a rush, will offer Wi-Fi calling in 2015

AT&T has plans to start offering Wi-Fi calling support by 2015. The system would allow subscribers to place calls using their phone's Wi-Fi connection instead of the cellular network. If that sounds familiar, it should, as T-Mobile has offered Wi-Fi calling for years now, and even dedicated their Uncarrier 7.0 press event to expanding on the concept.

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Free voice calls and voicemail coming to Google Hangouts

It's been a long loooong time coming, but Google Voice is finally getting more-or-less fully integrated into Hangouts. Earlier today we saw Google migrating Voice messaging into Hangouts, and now with an update to the Hangouts app for both Android (version 2.3, which will be rolling out over the next few days) and iOS you'll be able to make calls make phone calls with ease.

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Cricket raises data allotments for new and existing customers — get 10GB for just $55

U.S. prepaid carrier Cricket is, for a limited time, raising the roof on their data allotments. New customers that sign up between September 13 and an as-yet undetermined cut-off date will get anywhere from 500MB to 5GB more LTE data on their plan for the same amount. Existing customers will also get more data on their plans automatically, and they won't have to pay anything more for it.

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Apple Pay will net Apple a healthy sum from bank fees

The newly-announced Apple Pay is reported to be set up to net Apple a healthy fee from banks when it goes live. The system, which is Apple's take on NFC mobile payments and works on the also-newly-announced iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and Apple Watch, harnesses your credit cards to make quick-and-easy payments on the go. And it should come as no surprise that Apple intends to make some money off of that.

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Check out the great videos from Apple's iPhone 6 event

Today brought us the announcement of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple Pay and the Apple Watch, and in typical Apple fashion, there were some excellent videos to go along with it. They pretty much speak for themselves, so… here they are.

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The new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus ads, brought to you by Timberlake and Fallon

If ever there were a dynamic duo, Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon might be it, and they're certainly taking that route for the latest ads from Apple showing off the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The (so far) pair of ads feature the two offering voice overs for the new phones, in particular highlighting the new Health app in iOS 8.

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Sizing up the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to the competition

Today we got our first real look at the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and unsurprisingly they brought all of the specs to the game. But how do they stack up against the giants of Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone? Although now that Apple has a 5.5-inch iPhone, perhaps calling those other phones giants isn't entirely accurate. But still, how do they compare? That's what we're here to find out.

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iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus specs

Apple today announced the biggest iPhones yet, literally and figuratively. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus clock in at 4.7-inches and 5.5-inches, the largest iPhones that Apple has ever rleased. They're also the most powerful, and the thinnest, and the most this and the best that. There's a lot to the new iPhones when you get down to the nitty gritty, and we've got it all for you right here.

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Apple.com gets a long-overdue clean and flat redesign

Apple.com today received a redesign, following the whole Apple event where the larger iPhone 6, even larger iPhone 6 Plus, Apple Pay payments system, and the much-anticipated Apple Watch were introduced. Normally we'd be tempted to put "finally" with those announcements, but in this case it's the Apple.com redesign that gets the "finally".

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Apple offers a few behind-the-scenes looks at the iPhone 6 event

We're just over an hour away, and Apple has started posting their own photos from the iPhone 6 reveal in Cupertino. Our own Rene Ritchie is on the ground to bring you the latest from the event, which will be liveblogged by us livestreamed by Apple. But Apple, too, is offering a behind-the-scenes peek at the proceedings, with photos of the media getting set up, the venue lacking all of the aforementioned media, and even tweets from Apple CEO Tim Cook.

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The Apple Online Store taken down ahead of iPhone 6 announcement

Breaking news: the Apple Online Store is down! We're getting reports of widespread looting and chaos in the streets. The police are struggling to maintain order and secure vital infrastructure from the huge mobs surging through downtown, calling for justice in the wake of the Apple Online Store's closure in advance of today's special announcement. The authorities are hoping that the announcement of the iPhone 6 will help to calm the crowds and restore order to the city, but they fear that radical elements may not be assuaged unless they receive promises of an iWatch wearable release that the administration has deemed as a radical proposal.

We will be reporting live from the scene at Apple's announcement and encourage you to tune in live. Expectations for the administration's announcements vary significantly from pundit to pundit, but it's widely expected that we'll see newer and larger iPhones from Apple, and possibly some more new things as well. Irish rock band U2 is expected to make an appearance, though their calls for calm have fallen on deaf ears in recent weeks.

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