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Blue Mo-Fi Headphones Review

Ever since I started working in the tech field and traveling more often than I ever did, I've always been in pursuit of the best set of headphones. Not just for podcasting or zoning out at home, but for when I'm sitting in airports, on a plane, or just trying to put myself to sleep in a hotel room. I'm not a huge fan of earbuds, so I've opted for over-the-ear headphones in my search. Some of my favorites in the past have been the Urbanears Zinken and the Bose Around Ear Headphones — though I've been through quite a few sets trying to find one that suits me best. I recently received a pair of Blue's new Mo-Fi headphones however, changing everything I thought a solid pair of headphones should be.

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Hands on with Apple Watch!

The Apple Watch doesn't ship until 2015 but I've already had a chance to try it on and see it in action. With 38mm and 42mm screen size options, standard, sport, and edition collections, you can customize both software and hardware to suit your own fashion sense, including up to solid 18K gold and rose hold bodies and dancing Mickey Mouse clock faces. So, what's it like?

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Hands on with Apple Pay: NFC, barcode scan, on online purchases!

Apple Pay is a new service that lets you use a secure element chip on your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus to pay for things at retailers over NFC, via barcode scan, and online using apps. You can use Touch ID or a pin code to authorize a payment. Your iTunes credit card will be automatically imported and you can add additional ones by scanning them in. Once your bank verifies them, you can use Passbook to select which card you want to use to pay. And... it looks great.

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Hands on with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus!

I spent as long as the very, very polite Apple staff at the iPhone 6 event would allow trying out both the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus today. I tried them multiple times each and I tried multiple apps and as many new features as I could on both of them. So, how did they feel?

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Manual camera controls in iOS 8: Explained

While the Camera app in iOS 8 is only getting a few new features, the Camera application programming interfaces (API) — what developers use to make App Store camera apps — is getting the most significant update in the history of the platform, including and especially manual controls for focus, exposure, and white balance. Not much will change for casual photographers, but for pros and enthusiasts, the best camera we have with us will be getting a whole lot better. So, how does it all work?

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Adaptive UI in iOS 8: Explained

Gone are the early days of the App Store where there was just one iPhone for developers to target. Now there are original and widescreen iPhones, iPhone and iPads, in portrait or landscape, with standard and Retina displays. What are pixel-perfect developers and designers to do? According to Apple and iOS 8, use adaptive user interface (UI). Adaptive UI is meant to help rationalize a world with multiple devices, and let developers use a single storyboard in Interface builder to target different aspect ratios, screen sizes, orientations, and display densities. So, how does it work?

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Imagining iPhone 6: Design and display

The iPhone 6 is expected to be introduced at the 2014 iPhone event on September 9 in California. While alleged parts leaks (see the video below) have, like every year, kept us entertained while we wait, it'll only be then, when someone from Apple holds them on stage, that we'll see the real thing. However, it's still a worthwhile exercise to go through the rumors and the speculation and try to figure out what makes sense, both for Apple and for us as customers.

For the last 6 years, new iPhones have included a completely new design ever second year. For the last 4 years, they've included a completely new display target, in density or dimension, ever two years. This is every two years. So, if past behavior really can be used to predict future behavior, we'll get both a new design and a new display target with the iPhone 6. What could those be like?

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HomeKit in iOS 8: Explained

HomeKit is the name for Apple's home automation framework for developers. With HomeKit, our iPhones and iPads will have a rational way to configure, communicate with, and control "the internet of things" around us, including connected lights, speakers, security systems, appliances, and more. Both locally when you're home and remotely when you're away, through apps and through Siri, Apple's virtual personal assistant. HomeKit is doing all this seamlessly, but also securely and privately. So, how does HomeKit work?

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Touch ID in iOS 8: Explained

Touch ID is the name of Apple's personal fingerprint identity sensor. It's what currently lets you authenticate yourself to unlock your iPhone 5s and authorize iTunes and App Store purchases on your account. With iOS 8, Apple is making an application programming interface (API) available to developers as well so everything from your password manager to banking service to private photo vault can be both secure and convenient. But how's it going to work?

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Health in iOS 8: Explained

Health is the name for a new, built-in Apple app coming with iOS 8. It serves as both a repository for all the health-related data accumulated by your iPhone, your apps, and your accessories, and a dashboard to help you make better, more visual sense of it — a front-end for your quantified life. To facilitate all this, Apple is providing the HealthKit framework to developers and manufacturers. But how does it all work?

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