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Sprint said to be halting talks of T-Mobile merger

According to sources at the Wall Street Journal, Sprint is said to be abandoning any plans for a proposed T-Mobile merger or buyout. According to these sources at Sprint, the regulatory challenges are too steep to further the idea, as there were serious doubts within the company about reaching any deal between the two companies that would be approved by regulators.

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iPhone 6 event rumored for September 9

Apple is reportedly planning a September 9 unveiling for the iPhone 6. As we said back in January, this date holds with a pattern that Apple has established over the last couple of years, ever since the September 2012 reveal of the iPhone 5. From Re/code:

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July was a record month for App Store purchases

July was apparently a banner month for Apple's App Store. Purchases of apps and in-app items were made in record numbers. From CNBC:

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Kreyos Meteor app now available for iPhone

Backers of the Kreyos Meteor have been more than patient waiting for their new smartwatches to arrive. After running into some issues a few months ago, the folks at Kreyos got things fixed up and are finally getting new devices shipped out this week. To go along with the new devices, some brand new apps for both iPhone and Android are in tow.

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Three UK to introduce pre-credit check for new subscribers

With any new mobile subscription comes the requisite credit check, and for customers with low credit scores, the potential to be denied their service plan or phone of choice. To smooth out this process, Three UK has revealed that it'll soon introduce pre-credit checks to give potential customers "an indication" of whether they'll pass a credit check "without negatively affecting" credit ratings.

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Devs may need to re-sign apps to satisfy Mavericks 10.9.5's Gatekeeper changes

OS X's Gatekeeper is a great feature that makes sure the code you're about to run on your Mac is really the code you think you're about to run. We've all seen the pop up reminding us that an application isn't signed and built by developers trusted by Apple, and we should be sure we trust the source we acquired it from before we open it. It's a vital first-step towards security management, and that means it's one of the things that will always be given the highest scrutiny and updated by the folks in Cupertino.

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Kim Kardashian for Mac is a virtual reality you do not want to star in

After having landed on the iPhone and iPad, Kim Kardashian: Hollywood is now ready to bring her "khaos" to Apple's Mac with an OS X version of the famed fame game. As with the iOS version, the goal of the game is to take on the persona of Kim Kardashian and help your own aspiring celebrity "rise to fame and fortune."

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Apple partner GT Advanced ready to churn out sapphire glass production

Apple partner GT Advanced Technologies announced its financials for the second quarter of fiscal 2014 and noted that its sapphire producing facility is ready for volume production. The company announced a loss of $86 million as it winds down orders for other partners and reorganizes facilities to partner with Apple. Both Apple and GT Advanced had invested in a facility for production of sapphire glass in Mesa, Arizona.

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In-flight phone calls likely won't happen with proposed new U.S. rules

The United States Department of Transportation is getting closer to establishing formal rules on whether or not to allow in-flight communications, including receiving and placing phone calls while on a plane. Likely, according to reports, that decision would be no, meaning that passengers would continue to be barred from placing or receiving phone calls while they are in transit.

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Apple hires Musa Tariq, formerly of Nike, to boost social marketing efforts

Apple has hired Musa Tariq, formerly of Nike and Burberry, apparently in an effort to help boost the company's social marketing efforts which until now has taken a back seat in Apple's promotion efforts.

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