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The iPhone 6 and Apple Watch: What We Know

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The iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Apple Smart Watch, Apple Pay, today was the busiest day of your Twitter feed history. As everyone predicted, Apple announced their newest devices during todays press conferences. The iPhone 6 will be available later this year and will support all major carriers, while the Apple Watch will be available for $350 early next year. ... Read More »

Apple Reveals Apple Watch

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It’s all true.  Apple today launched the first new product category of the Tim Cook era, the Apple Watch, and took a giant cannonball into the pool of wearable computing. Rather than take an iPhone and shrink it to fit your wrist, Apple builds a new user experience from scratch. Read More »

Apple Announces iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

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Today Apple joined the big kids’ table. At an event at Flint Center for the Performing Arts , Apple revealed the next iterations of their flagship product, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. The iPhone 6 will come with a 4.7-inch display, while the iPhone 6 Plus will have a 5.5-inch screen for “phablet” fans.  Read More »

Rest In Peace: MSN Messenger

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Windows Live Messenger formerly (and better known as) MSN Messenger will have its final plugged pulled on October 31st, 2014. To most people MSN Messenger already died March 15th 2013 but the last hold out for the service has been mainland China. The closing of the service is a result of Microsoft acquiring Skype on October 13th ,2011 and furthering ... Read More »

Sony – 2K Smartphone Resolution Not Worth It

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Sony announced their newest flagship smartphone, the Xperia Z3 Wednesday. Along with this announcement came the news that it would not be following suit with competitor phones, the LG G3, and Samsung Galaxy Note 4 in including a Quad HD screen. In an interview with TrustedReviews, Calum MacDougall, Sony’s Director of Xperia Marketing gave some reasons why Sony is not ... Read More »

Apple Launches Countdown to Sept. 9 Event

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As if a reminder in your phone and constantly watching the clock weren’t enough, Apple has posted a countdown timer on their website to the exact time of their special event on Sept. 9.  Many expect that a new iPhone will be released, probably alongside iOS 8, with optimists holding out hope for details on an upcoming wearable. Read More »

4chan Creator Adopts DMCA Policy After Nude Celebrity Photos Leak

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Following the massive leak of nude celebrity photos last week, Christopher “Moot” Poole, the creator of 4chan, has adopted a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown policy. Under this policy, the site will remove any content that is a “bona fide infringement” under the law. In addition, the site will also notify the poster of the removal, and multiple offenses will ... Read More »

Samsung Announces the Galaxy Note 4 with Quad HD Display and Improved Camera

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Three years ago Samsung unveiled the first in their line of “phablet” phones, bringing a previously unheard of 5in screen. What started as throwing innovation at the wall and seeing what sticks, turned into one of their most successful products. Three years and three phones later, Samsung announces the Galaxy Note 4. The Note 4 looks mostly the same as the ... Read More »

Massive iCloud Exploit Causes Celebrity Nudes to Leak ( and How You Can Avoid the Same )

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Yesterday, a plethora of nude celebrity photos were leaked online by an anonymous poster on 4chan. The photos, saved to iCloud through their iPhones, include big name actresses like Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upon, Ariana Grande, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Spokespersons for the affected celebreties have confirmed or denied these photos, while some celebrities acknowledge them in a manner that suggests they are genuine. ... Read More »

Twitch bought by Amazon for nearly $1 billion

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Today, it was announced by the Twitch CEO, Emmett Shear, that Twitch has been bought by Amazon. Rumor had been flying around for a long time that Google was the one to buy Twitch, but a latecomer who was only just recently speculated at being interested has come in and acquired Twitch. People may feel better, as there was quite a bit ... Read More »

Apple Replacing iPhone 5 Batteries for Known Issue

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If your iPhone 5 battery runs down too fast or turns off suddenly, you’re not alone.  Apple announced yesterday a replacement program for iPhone 5 batteries that it said “may suddenly experience shorter battery life or need to be charged more frequently.”   Read More »

Windows 9 “threshold” may be announced later this year

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After all of the press behind the release of Windows 8 in late 2012 it may now be that the world will be getting its first look at the new Windows operating system before too long. The new operating system is currently being worked on under the code name “Threshold”. Read More »

Techweek 2014 – Preview

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Techweek Chicago is a weeklong festival celebrating the innovation ecosystem in the Windy City, with 7 days of exciting tech-related events culminating in a 3 day conference and expo.  We at TechRaptor are fortunate enough to experience this great event and have the pleasure of taking our readers on a ride through Techweek with us. Anyone with any interest in ... Read More »

Google I/O 2014 Recap

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Once again the team at Google took the stage and showed off a plethora of new features for the google brand. This year, the focus was heavily rested on synchronizing your devices while giving the whole experience flair. Sundar Pichai, Senior Vice President of Google took the stage and began streaming crowds from various parts of the globe. “We are ... Read More »

T-Mobile is now the best carrier for streaming

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Just got this in the email. This is incredibly epic. “No matter how you see yourself—metal master or hip-hop hero, connoisseur of classical or princess of pop—T-Mobile’s network is designed data strong to rock your world with music how you want, when you want, and data charges do not apply. Starting now, your Simple Choice™ Plan automatically lets you stream ... Read More »

Swiftkey for Android, now free

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Swiftkey is an extremely popular third-party keyboard for Android with over a million downloads from the Google Play store. The basis for Swiftkey is to replace the standard Android keyboard with a much quicker typing experience via personalized predictions and auto correct that Swiftkey claims are much faster then the default keyboards.     The keyboard also features Swiftkey Flow, ... Read More »

Amazon Prime Music announced, now live!

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Amazon Prime is a premium service by Amazon which started as a subscription service to allow Next Day (two day in the US) shipping on any products from Amazon without any charge or minimum purchase fee. This helpful service has began to expand and include many different Amazon owned services and products, with the newest addition being that of Amazon ... Read More »

Apple Buys Beats for $3 Billion, Here is the Scoop

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With the news yesterday of Apple buying Beats there was a lot to take in. Here’s a rundown of all of the news: Dr. Dre’s mouth may have lost him 200 million, but probably not Right before the deal that was rumored at 3.2 billion, there were rumors that Apple cut the price down to 3 billion because they were ... Read More »

Youtube (Google) Purchasing Twitch Streaming Service for $1 Billion

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Variety is reporting, through their own sources, that Youtube is about to finish a deal with Twitch to purchase the company. This deal would be Google’s largest since it purchased Youtube for $1.6 billion. So what does this potentially mean to us? Well, we know that Youtube has tried to do its own streaming services lately, hooked in largely through ... Read More »

Amazon Prime Video Acquires HBO Shows

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Amazon announced a big licensing deal with HBO today where Amazon Prime members will be able to access Instant Videos of older HBO Programming including The Sopranos, Big Love, Eastbound & Down and more. Prime Video will also have access to HBO original content like To Big To Fail. In this multi-year agreement, they will also be showing current series ... Read More »

Amazon unveils Amazon FireTV

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Amazon jumps into the video industry by introducing the Amazon Fire TV today at their press conference. After making some major puchases for their Amazon Prime video, more exclusively the blockbuster 24 announced on Monday, Amazon anounces Amazon Fire TV. “It’s clear customers love this content, and they’re watching on streaming media devices. We’re selling millions of these devices, and ... Read More »

NVidia Unveils the Titan-Z Card, A $3,000 Graphics Juggernaut

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In case you weren’t satisfied with how much your current graphics card can make a fool out of modern games, NVidia has your back with an insane new product. The Titan-Z Graphics Card improves upon the current Titan, and sports 12GB of VRAM. Hoping to be the card of choice for those who want an unmatched experience, the Titan-Z houses ... Read More »

New Cloak app helps you avoid your ‘friends’

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For the hermits on the go, there’s now an solution just for you. The new Cloak app leverages other social networks to help users avoid others. Using public location data from Instagram and Foursquare, Cloak first figures out which people are near the user. The app then sends an alert if and when people come within a preset range, allowing ... Read More »

Unreal Engine 4 Now Available for $19/month

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Epic Games’ latest iteration of their Unreal Engine is now available to the public. A driving force behind upcoming next-gen games like Daylight, Fable Legends, and the new Gears of War game, Unreal Engine 4 can be utilized for $19 a month (plus a 5% royalty on all content produced). Under the terms of service, subscribers have access to the ... Read More »

Sony Presents ‘Project Morpheus’

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Let the games begin (Bane voice). Sony shook the tech world with the announcement of their new VR headset. With Oculus Rift getting most of the screen time lately. Sony wanted to dip their feet in this next generation of technology. Maybe  Sony’s just hopping on the VR bandwagon now that Oculus has sparked a bit of popularity: according to ... Read More »

Android Wear

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Yesterday Google released details on their next big wearable, which is a smart watch. Android wear is a customized Android OS with some amazing features. Google’s announcement brought excitement to many techies eyes and hear is why. Android Wear is starting with smartwatches, but is also meant to eventually extend to other wearables, according to Google. It’s designed to be ... Read More »

Amazon to raise price of Prime to $99

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In an e-mail sent out to current Prime Members today, Amazon announced what has been rumored for a while now. They will be raising their rates of their Prime Membership from $79 to $99. Even as fuel and transportation costs have increased, the price of Prime has remained the same for nine years. With the items that they sell that ... Read More »

Android app scams users out of real money

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Millions of Android users visit the Google Play store daily, and if you’re one of them (which is likely), it would be best to take heed of a recent Avast malware detection. According to Avast’s official blog, the security company detected suspicious behaviour from an Android app named Cámara Visión Nocturna. The app’s purported purpose was to add a shoddy ... Read More »

What We Learned from the Gabe Newell / Valve AMA

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Today, March 4th, Gabe Newell and others from Valve held an AMA (Ask Me Anything, an interview of sorts) on Reddit.  You can find the whole thread here. The focus of this will not be what did we learn about Gabe personally, but what information did we learn about Valve’s future intentions? The new Source 2 engine will focus greatly ... Read More »