Bendgate is back: Watch the Nexus 6P fold insanely easily

Bendgate is back, and this time, it’s an Android device that’s at the center of it. Google’s brand new Nexus 6P, which is being dubbed the company’s best smartphone by critics and consumers, is nowhere near as durable as it is pretty. Check out the video below in which the device scratches, cracks, burns, and […]

(via Cult of Mac – Tech and culture through an Apple lens)


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Apple Remembers Nelson Mandela on its Homepage

Apple has removed all product placements on its homepage tonight and has instead replaced them with an image of Nelson Mandela, honoring the late South African president’s life a day after he passed at the age of 95.

Apple executives had previously commented on Mandela’s death on Twitter, with SVP Phil Schiller tweeting a quote from Mandela. CEO Tim Cook also tweeted a quote, but offered thoughts on the passing of Mandela as well:

Amazing human being. Champion of freedom and human dignity. He set an example for all of the world. RIP Nelson Mandela. We miss you already.

This is one of the few times Apple has honored someone’s life on its homepage, with the others being people such as Rosa Parks, board member Jerry York and Steve Jobs.




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Microsoft Launches ‘Xbox Music’ for iPhone [iOS Blog]

Microsoft today launched its Xbox Music service on iOS and Android, expanding the service to other devices almost a full year after its original introduction. The company has also introduced free ad supported web-based streaming for all browsers, but mobile users will need an Xbox Music Pass to access the service, which costs $9.99 per month after a free 30-day trial.

The Xbox Music iPhone app includes a number of iOS optimized features such as the ability to multitask with Xbox Music running in the background, artist-based radio stations, and playlists that sync across all devices.

Xbox Music Pass on iPhone features:
– Stream ad-free music from a catalog of tens of millions of songs
– Add songs, albums, and playlists to your Xbox Music collection and access them from other devices
– Create playlists that sync across your phone, Xbox 360, PC, tablet, and the web
– Listen to music while using your iPhone
– Listen to artist-based radio stations
– Enjoy a rich visual experience for searching, viewing, and playing back music

According to Xbox Music general manager Jerry Johnson, who spoke to The Verge, Microsoft plans to update the Xbox Music app every four to six weeks. One of the first updates will include support for an offline mode.

Microsoft’s expansion of Xbox Music comes as the company prepares to launch the service on its upcoming Xbox One console, which will be released on November 22nd.

Xbox Music is a free app and can be downloaded on the App Store. [Direct Link]




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Reuters Also Confirms Gold iPhone, Speculates on Potential China Popularity

Reuters has added to the long list of confirmations and claims that Apple will introduce a gold variant of iPhone with its next device – the iPhone 5S. The report cites supply chain sources in Taiwan for the information.

This follows a research note last week in which KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo stated that Apple would offer an iPhone in a gold casing in addition to the more traditional black and white. TechCrunch’s MG Siegler followed up with his own claims and AllThingsD and 9to5Mac soon followed.

Gold iPhone 5S mockup. (Source: iMore)

Siegler speculated that a gold iPhone could be an effort to upsell customers in emerging markets like India and China, where gold is popular, where the low-cost iPhone 5C is expected to be a significant device. Reuters interviewed Jerry Zou, Senior VP and Partner at public relations firm FleishmanHillard in Beijing, whether a gold device would appeal to Chinese customers.

Commercially it makes sense, said Jerry Zou, Senior VP and Partner at FleishmanHillard, a public relations firm in Beijing. New colors would add „novelty and variety, both of which are key to winning over fickle Chinese consumers“.

Zou went on to say that a champagne or gold color would be able to portray a luxury or high-end image that was also more restrained and subtle. Most of the customers Reuters interviewed at Apple’s Xidan store, however, weren’t sold on the idea of a gold iPhone, and consumers in India were „just as skeptical.“

Reuters also spoke to Brandon Edwards, a Shanghai-based product designer who believes that a gold iPhone may only add cultural references for Apple’s existing customers in the country rather than attract new ones who are using other smartphone brands.

Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 5S at an event on September 10, with a fingerprint sensor and perhaps a new 128 GB maximum storage capacity being other significant additions besides the new gold color option.




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Travel Between Worlds As A Magician’s Apprentice In The Night Of The Rabbit

What if magic truly did exist? What if there were beings that could travel the infinite worlds via portals of magic, and you were to apprentice to one of them, in the form of the Marquis de Hoto, a rabbit magician. An evil spell is cast across the portal worlds, of course, as you begin to learn your new trade. It will be up to you, and you alone, to stop the progress of evil.

Developed and published by Hamburg-based Daedalic Entertainment, The Night Of The Rabbit promises to be an adventurous, beautifully hand-drawn game for Mac and PC, coming May 29, 2013.

As you make your way through the story, you’ll discover more of the Marquis’ secrets, sinister and otherwise, moving through the mysterious world of Mousewood and other portal worlds. The game has beautiful, hand-drawn high resolution graphics, and an extensive soundtrack to draw you in further, including fully-voiced dialogue, as you can hear in the trailer. There will be puzzles to solve aplenty, promises the developer, so you’ll need to bring your wits to the table.

There will also be a ton of extras, like an audio book, card deck, and stickers that will enrich the game and story experience, letting you learn more about the people of Mousewood.

The Night of the Rabbit will support OS X Lion and up, and needs at least a 2 GHz Dual Core Intel processor with a minimum of 2 G RAM and 6 G HD space to run. Be on the lookout for a digital release at the end of this month.

Free your imagination and lose yourself in a tale of magic and wonder, where anything is possible and where nothing is quite as it seems. Join young Jerry and follow a peculiar white rabbit to the wondrous realm of Mousewood, a land where critters can speak and mystery abounds. It is here that Jerry’s dream of being a magician comes true, though a haunting, sinister force casts a long shadow over the forest. As the dark power rises, the residents of Mousewood have only Jerry to turn to. On an adventure full of laughter and tears, joy and fear, the young boy will face the ultimate trial, leaving behind the world he once knew, and his childhood, too, will become a thing of the past.

Source: Daedalic Entertainment

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