More photos of the structure Apple is building at the Flint Center ahead of iPhone event

Taste_of_Apple:

Genuinely intriguing. I figure there will be some surprises come September 9th. Can’t wait to see what they have in store.

Originally posted on 9to5Mac:

In addition to officially announcing its special event to be held on September 9th where two new iPhones and the long rumored wearable device is expected to debut, Apple has begun to build some sort of structure at the Flint Center for Performing Arts in Cupertino, California, as noted in our previous post. Additional images of the venue and mysterious structure have been shared by The Loop which reveal more sides to the structure as you can see above…

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Apple announces special event for September 9th: ‘Wish we could say more’

Taste_of_Apple:

Boom. Can’t wait. Let’s see what they have to show us.

Originally posted on 9to5Mac:

Apple has just sent out press invites for its latest event, via The Loop, where the company is expected to announce the iPhone 6. The event is scheduled for 10 AM Pacific Time on September 9th. Atypically, Apple is holding the event at a new venue, the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino. This is the same venue that Apple introduced the original Mac, over 30 years ago. Apple has constructed a ‘three-story structure’ at the site, which may be used as the hands-on area after the presentation is over. Usually, Apple’s demo areas are only the size of a large room and do not span multiple floors.

Yesterday, Recode reported that Apple will also show off its new wrist wearable device (‘iWatch’) at the September 9th event. Unsurprisingly, the invite does not reveal specifics about what Apple will announce, bearing a rather bland image of the Apple logo coupled with the slogan ‘Wish we…

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Sprint rolling out free international WiFi calling, iPhone support yet to be announced

Taste_of_Apple:

Likely waiting for iOS 8 to support it.

Originally posted on 9to5Mac:

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Today, Sprint announced a new international WiFi calling option that lets its customers place calls to the US from over 100 countries at no additional charge. The new feature is now available to Samsung Galaxy S4 owners via an over-the-air software update, however Sprint says that support will come to other devices (we’re assuming the iPhone) throughout the year.

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Bloomberg corroborates Apple wearable to be announced at Sept. 9 event

Taste_of_Apple:

Looking pretty likely we will see their wearable a month earlier than we thought.

Originally posted on 9to5Mac:

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As we reported earlier today, Apple has sent out invitations to the press for a September 9th media event. During that event the company will likely unveil the next-gen iPhone, but a report from Re/code also indicated that it may debut a wearable device at the same time. A new report from Bloomberg lends further credence to this claim:

Now the Cupertino, California-based company will attempt to repeat that feat [the success of the iPod, iPhone, and iPad] in wearables, an emerging group of devices that track people’s activity and health. Apple will introduce a wearable gadget along with new iPhones on Sept. 9, a person with knowledge of the plans said. Notices for the event, which will also take place in Cupertino, were sent out today.

As we’e exclusively reported in the past, Apple has been assembling a team of fashion and fitness experts to create a wearable…

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Contrast debuts Contact Center, a simpler Launch Center Pro focused on keeping in touch

Taste_of_Apple:

Pretty interesting idea. I dig Launch Center Pro and I’m looking forward to trying this.

Originally posted on 9to5Mac:

Contact CenterNote: Contact Center is currently making its way through the App Store and should be available shortly.

If you’re familiar with Launch Center Pro, the iPhone and iPad app we’ve covered that enables powerful automation on iOS, then you may recognize Contrast’s new iPhone app debuting today called Contact Center. While its name sounds like it could be an alternative address book, it’s actually a simpler, easier to learn version of Launch Center Pro focused on staying in touch with your favorite contacts.

Contrast describes Contact Center as allowing you to “automatically paste your clipboard into an email or message, jump right to a contact in WhatsApp, automatically paste your clipboard into an email or message” and more; below we’ll take a look at the new app.

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T-Mobile starts climbing J.D. Power’s network quality rankings, but Verizon remains on top

Taste_of_Apple:

Some changes taking place in the wireless industry. Though they all have a ways to go, it’s interesting to see this kind of change from T-Mobile.

Originally posted on Gigaom:

As usual, Verizon remains king of mobile network quality, according to J.D. Power’s most recent analysis of common mobile voice, SMS and data problems on U.S. carrier networks. But below the top spot, some interesting things are happening.

[company]Verizon[/company] didn’t run the board as it usually does. In the mid-Atlantic — one of the six geographical regions J.D. Power measures — [company]AT&T[/company] took the top slot. And even more interestingly, [company]T-Mobile[/company] has started challenging AT&T for the number-two ranking in some key places.

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T-Mobile ranked just behind Verizon in the Northeast, with an average of 11 problems per 100 mobile interactions, compared to 10 for Verizon. In the West, Verizon’s lead was far greater, with an average of 10 problems per 100 mobile interactions compared to T-Mobile’s 13, but the score was enough to beat out AT&T.

It makes sense that T-Mobile would be strongest in the Northeast and on…

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WIRED now also saying iPhone 6 will have NFC and mobile payments

Taste_of_Apple:

Looking likely (though not certain since it’s been rumored for a few years now) that this will pan out. It’s going to be a big year for Apple and it’s users!

Originally posted on 9to5Mac:

Apple iPhone 6 (Mockup) 43WIRED is the latest publication to report that the soon-to-be-announced iPhone 6 will be accompanied by a new mobile payment system using NFC technology.

The company’s next iPhone will feature its own payment platform, sources familiar with the matter told WIRED. In fact, that platform will be one of the hallmark features of the device when it’s unveiled on September 9. We’re told the solution will involve NFC.

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