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Apple Retina 5K iMac Has a Screen That Can Stop Traffic

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There is a lot to like about Apple’s 27-inch iMac With Retina 5K Display. In addition to having the fastest processor that Apple’s ever put in an iMac as well as a super-slim frame, the Retina 5K iMac is stunning with a 5,120 x 2,880 display that seems to defy reality with its clarity and picture depth.

Retina, Apple’s branding term for HiDPI, or high dots per inch, is central to the new iMac. Retina devices first appeared in 2010 with the iPhone 4. In 2012, the iPad got its own crystal-clear, ultra-sharp screen, followed by the 15-inch and, later, 13-inch MacBook Pro notebooks.

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No Switching for You! AT&T Locks the Apple SIM to Its Network

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If you use your LTE iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 with AT&T, you’d better be prepared to stay with the network. AT&T will lock the Apple SIM card in the device, even though the card is intended to allow users to switch networks at will.

Users began reporting the SIM lockdown as the iPads went on sale Friday, MacRumors first reported. When a user first activates the iPad on AT&T, a message will appear warning them that once they connect to the network they won’t be able to switch to another. To switch networks — even while traveling — a user will need to purchase a new Apple SIM. Read more…

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You Can Now Build Oculus Rift Projects In The Free Version Of Unity

Screen Shot 2014-10-24 at 1.26.53 PM Hey, you! Yeah, you! The one with the awesome idea for something that needs to be built in virtual reality!
Remember a few weeks back, when Oculus mentioned that their development tools would soon work with the free version of the Unity game engine, rather than just the $1,500 Pro Version?
It’s done. Read More

This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: iPads, Disrupt London, And iPads

gadgets141024 You might have heard that Apple released some new iPads last week. A lot of them. Plus, TechCrunch ventured across the pond for Disrupt London, where a number of incredible hardware startups debuted their wares. It was a long, but awesome, week.
We discuss all this and more on this week’s episode of the TC Gadgets Podcast featuring John Biggs, Matt Burns, and Jordan Crook.
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Was the Amazon Fire Phone a Gross Miscalculation?

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The Amazon Fire Phone is teetering on the edge of oblivion, and there are signs everywhere.

I haven’t spotted a single Fire Phone in the wild since it shipped in late July, and Amazon has millions of dollars in unsold inventory. Even AT&T, which Amazon partnered with, seems less than enthused about the phone.

A look at the carrier’s website tells you a little about the current smartphone pecking order. There’s a large photo of Apple’s iPhone 6 on its homepage; navigate to its cellphone page and you’ll find that the first slots are filled by Apple (the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 5C and 5S); the next ones are filled by Samsung (the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Mega 2). Read more…

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Don’t Try Bending the iPad Air 2 at Home

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Bendgate continues with the iPad Air 2, and it’s far worse than we’ve ever imagined.

In a new YouTube video that will surely make any tablet owner’s knuckles whiten and teeth clench, the latest iPad Air 2 undergoes a bend test to see how much pressure it can endure.

YouTube user Martin Macht starts bending his new iPad Air 2 with his bare hands, but the bend turns into a break. Tiny pieces start to fall off and the screen shatters, leaving your jaw on the ground.

Miraculously, there’s a twist: Even after the damage, the iPad Air 2 still works. (Well, sort of.) Read more…

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Don’t Try Bending the iPad Air 2 at Home

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Bendgate continues with the iPad Air 2, and it’s far worse than we’ve ever imagined.

In a new YouTube video that will surely make any tablet owner’s knuckles whiten and teeth clench, the latest iPad Air 2 undergoes a bend test to see how much pressure it can endure.

YouTube user Martin Macht starts bending his new iPad Air 2 with his bare hands, but the bend turns into a break. Tiny pieces start to fall off and the screen shatters, leaving your jaw on the ground.

Miraculously, there’s a twist: Even after the damage, the iPad Air 2 still works. (Well, sort of.) Read more…

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Japanese Hobbyists Build A Working Transformer

6 Eee-urrk-urrk-urrk-urk! A pair of Japanese hobbyists have built a transforming robot that can walk or, when in sports car form, drive around autonomously. It’s called the J-deite Quarter and is four feet tall. The goal, apparently, is to make a full-sized transformer… just because they can. The team consists of Kenji Ishida and Wataru Yoshizaki of Brave Robotics and Asratec. The… Read More

Nintendo’s Extended Amiibo Video Is Weird And Long But Good

amiibo Nintendo has a new online ad for its Amiibo ‘toys-to-life’ mobile figures, and the spot depicts the lengthy journey of one young player looking to upgrade his collectible character in order to win over the favours of one of his older brother’s friends. The story arc and acting are weird and generally not good, but the video is mostly fun, and it gives you a decent look at… Read More

LG’s Next Smartphone Is Powered by an In-House Chip

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LG announced an octa-core NUCLUN chip on Thursday, a mobile application processor built for “high performance and low energy consumption,” and next-gen LTE networks.

The chip will debut in the company’s new G3 Screen, a 5.9-inch phone resembling the company’s popular LG G3 device. The only catch: its G3 Screen is developed specifically for the Korean market, according to LG.

When the chip makes it to LG’s other smartphone offerings, it will pack a nice punch. LG says it uses four 1.5GHz cores and four 1.2GHz cores — the number of performing cores dynamically adjusts for performance and battery life Read more…

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