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Apple media events are notoriously fine tuned and well-rehearsed, and more often than not, they go off without a hitch. Last week’s iPhone X event, however, proved to be an exception to the rule. When Craig Federighi attempted to showcase the iPhone X’s new Face ID feature for the first time, it didn’t work and he was prompted for a passcode. Though Apple proffered a more than plausible explanation for the hiccup, it was an embarrassing moment nonetheless.

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The first iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, Apple TV 4K, and Apple Watch Series 3 orders began shipping out to customers today ahead of a promised delivery date on Friday, September 22, the official launch date for all of the devices.

Apple hasn’t updated its order statuses from “Preparing for Shipment” just yet, but packages shipping via UPS are already in transit and can be tracked using a UPS My Choice account or in some cases, by reference number on the UPS website after inputting a phone number associated with an order.

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Did Apple change the world with the launch of the new iPhones this week? Or did Tim Cook and his team make the smallest changes possible to inch forward the capabilities of the iOS powered smartphones so the money would keep rolling in?

Let’s be clear, the triple-play of the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X are not going to be failures. I still expect Apple’s annual sales to be around the 205 to 210 million handset mark. Sales will remain steady, the faithful will upgrade for another product cycle and everyone stays quietly inside the walled garden of the Apple Store. No risks are taken, the money keeps coming in, and everything is as predictable as cherry pie. In terms of numbers, revenue, and a return for shareholders the three new iPhones are exactly what is required.

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Apple Inc will launch an expected “iPhone 8” on Tuesday, hoping the number’s auspicious connotations in China will help turn around fortunes in the world’s biggest smartphone market after six quarters of falling sales.

Chinese shoppers, however, are already counting the cost, with the latest model tipped to have a price tag upward of $1,000 – roughly double the average Chinese monthly salary.

The success of Apple’s next iPhone in China is crucial for the Cupertino-based firm, which has seen its once-coveted phone slip into fifth position in China behind offerings from local rivals Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi Inc.

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The Xiaomi Mi Note 3 is the company’s upcoming flagship phablet, and its retail packaging just surfaced in China. If you take a look at the provided image, you’ll be able to see the alleged retail box of the device. This isn’t exactly the sharpest image out there, but it’s clear enough to get you a proper look at the box. Unfortunately, however, we don’t get to see the device itself, but the phone will probably leak in the near future.

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Alphabet Inc.’s Google (GOOGL) on Wednesday unveiled tools to make augmented reality apps for mobile devices using the Android operating system, setting up its latest showdown with Apple (AAPL) Inc’s iPhone over next-generation smartphone features.

Phone-based augmented reality (AR), in which digital objects are superimposed onto the real world on screen, got a huge boost from the popularity of the Pokémon Go game. The game, launched in the United States in July last year, sent players into city streets, offices, parks and restaurants to search for colorful animated characters.

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Intel announced its latest 8th generation Core processors today, and is promising that the new chips will offer up to a 40 percent speed boost over the previous 7th generation Kaby Lake chips.

The 8th generation chips will be doing things a little differently from other generations. In the past, Intel has either used generational steps for introducing new chip architectures (say, the jump from 22nm to 14nm between Haswell and Broadwell) or to offer an improved version of the previous generation’s architecture (like Skylake, which was an upgraded version of the 14nm node).

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Last year I wrote a piece poking fun at Apple’s marketing campaign claiming its iPad Pro can replace a laptop. I was hardly the only tech writer who felt that way at the time — after all, the iPad’s OS is basically a blown up version of a mobile phone OS, lacking the ability to truly multi-task more than two apps at once or basic (yet crucial) PC things like having access to your files. But that still didn’t stop devoted Apple fans from getting upset with me.

Well, Apple has worked hard in the past year to make even doubters like myself shut up. I’m currently typing this article on the relatively new (released a month and half ago) iPad Pro 10.5-inch with a beta version of iOS 11, and … everything is going fine. In fact, I’ve been using this device as my work laptop for the past few hours and I haven’t pulled my hair out.

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Microsoft Corp is working on technology that it believes can make blockchain-based systems faster and more private, as it looks to speed up use of the distributed database software by enterprises.

The company said on Thursday that it had developed a system called Coco Framework, which connects to different blockchain networks to solve some of the issues that have slowed down their adoption, including speed and privacy concerns.

Coco, whose names stands for Confidential Consortium, will be ready and made open source by 2018, Microsoft said.
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The Galaxy Note 8-related rumors and leaks are popping up constantly, and a new image has just surfaced in China, it’s showing off all the color variants of Samsung’s upcoming phablet. If you take a look at the provided image, you’ll be able to see eight different color variants of Samsung’s flagship phablet. As you can see, the front side of the device is not pictured here, but the front side of the Galaxy Note 8 will be black either way, no matter what color variant you get, as was the case with the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus.

 

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