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Millions snap up iPhone 6 on opening weekend

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SAN FRANCISCO — iPhone fan mania could result in another record weekend for opening sales of Apple's new flagships the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. We just don't know yet.

The bigger question is: What will the numbers mean?

In what has become a pop culture rite, Apple fans worldwide stood in line for hours, and days, to be among the first to snag the new phones Friday.

"I can't resist it," said David Hearne, 27, of Seaford, Del. "It's amazing. It's gonna be sexy." He showed up at 11 p.m. Thursday with a blanket and cot to be first in line at a Verizon Wireless store in Salisbury, Md.

On Sunday, an Apple store at Atlanta's Lenox Square mall had a line 300 deep, with dwindling supplies at the store. A spot check of Apple's website showed limited availability for in-store pickup at many U.S. Apple stores. The company won't release opening weekend sales figures until today at the earliest, and estimates vary.

MORE: Long lines greet sale of Apple's new iPhones

A big part of the appeal is that Apple finally up-sized the iPhone. The iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch touchscreen; the iPhone 6 Plus a 5.5-inch screen — both much larger than the 4-inch display on the predecessor iPhone 5s. Consumers have flocked to larger-screen phones based on Google's market-leading Android operating system from Samsung, LG and Motorola.

Overall, the Android operating system dominates in market share. But in the U.S., the iPhone is the No. 1 device, with 41.9% market share, compared to 27.8% for runner-up Samsung and its Galaxy line, comScore data show.

Estimates of initial in-store sales this weekend vary. Last year, Apple sold more than 9 million iPhone 5s and 5c devices in multiple countries, including China, on opening weekend. There's no release date set yet for the new iPhones in China, a huge market.

BAIG: iPhones 6 and 6 Plus are a very big deal

Analyst Tim Bajarin at Creative Strategies is projecting opening weekend sales of 6.7 million. He said the tally would have been even higher had the new iPhones launched in China this week as well.

Apple opened pre-orders for the phones Sept. 12, notching a record 4 million in the first 24 hours. With some pre-orders requiring a wait as long as November for delivery, droves turned out over the weekend to try to snag a new phone sooner.

The upshot: This should be Apple's biggest opening weekend ever, assuming it was able to keep up with stock, says Ross Rubin, principal analyst at Reticle Research.

"Consumers are clearly responding to pent-up demand for a bigger screen," he said. "Despite Samsung's insistence that the next big thing was already here in its Galaxy Note, many iPhone users would rather wait than switch."

MORE: First Look at the iPhone 6 Plus camera

In a note Friday, Barclay cautioned that first weekend sales " is a meaningless figure" since it only represents Apple's supply. Anything above 10 million units sold would be a "positive surprise," given limited supplies, the investment house said.

Apple has a lot riding on the roll-out. At a splashy event earlier this month, the company unveiled the new phones along with the hotly anticipated Apple Watch (launching early next year) and Apple Pay, a mobile payment system.

"This is a very key day for Apple," CEO Tim Cook said then.

Apple stock closed Friday at $100.96, down 83 cents.

Contributing: Jefferson Graham in Los Angeles, Brian Shane, The (Salisbury, Md.) Daily Times

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Check it: Which iPhone apps are data hogs?

Rob Pegoraro, Special for USA TODAY 11:08 a.m. EDT September 21, 2014

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Q: I need to pick out a data plan. I'd like to know not just my total usage but which apps have been eating more of my wireless plan's data quota. How do I do that on my iPhone?

A: Unless you've got an older iPhone not running newer versions of the operating system, there's no longer any need to guess: The answer's already there in the iPhone's Settings app.

It is, however, easy to miss. In my experience, the cellular-data breakdown in iOS may be the single least-obvious part of Apple's mobile operating system.

In both iOS 7 and the just-shipped iOS 8, open the Settings app and tap "Cellular." Then scroll down past the totals for things like call time and overall data usage, and you'll see an alphabetical list of your apps.

The number below each, in megabytes or gigabytes, indicates how much data each has used since you last reset your iPhone's usage tracking.

(If you thought it represented how much storage each app uses on your device, that report awaits elsewhere in "Settings." Tap the "General" heading then tap "Usage"; in iOS 7, you'll have to wait until the system computes all these numbers, while iOS 8 requires you to tap "Manage Storage," but then displays app-storage data faster.)

The figures in this report may surprise you; app updates, for example, can gobble up a strikingly high amount of bandwidth. You can block any one app from your mobile broadband and confine it to Wi-Fi alone by tapping the green slider control to its right.

Two issues make these measurements less useful than they could be:

• Apple lists your apps alphabetically instead of in descending order of their data usage, the way you'd expect.

• This accounting doesn't reset with each billing cycle or at other automatic intervals, so you need to remember to do that: Swipe all the way down and tap "Reset Statistics."

The data-usage gauges in Android and Windows Phone don't suffer from either of those problems.

In Android, open the "Settings" app and select "Data usage" (or, on most phones, swipe down with two fingers to bring up the "Quick Settings" panel, then tap the icon for your wireless carrier's signal strength). This resets once a month, and you can ask this app to limit your usage and warn you when you near that cap.

In current versions of Windows Phone, open "Data Sense" from the apps list. If your wireless carrier preset this app for you, its usage measurements should reset at the end of every billing cycle; otherwise, you'll have to adjust those times yourself.

Whatever make or model of smartphone you use, you should check to see how much data you've been pulling down overall before you assume that you need unlimited data. (You can always check your carrier's billing statements, the records that count the most.) I get the appeal of not having to worry about how much of a quota you've used up, but at a certain point you risk shoveling money at your carrier for something you never use.

Tip: Per-app, battery-drain estimates in iOS 8

One of the better additions to iOS 8 didn't even get a shout-out when Apple unveiled the operating system in June: the ability to see which apps have drained more of your battery.

To see this report, open the "Settings" app, tap "General" and then tap "Battery Usage," the first item on that screen. You'll see a list of your apps — not alphabetized like the data-usage display, but in descending order of their battery usage.

That catches up with longstanding features in Android and Windows Phone and promises to wind down the guessing game of "Why is my iPhone dying so soon every day?" In the bargain, it might make life a little easier for Q&A columnists who have long puzzled over reader questions like that. (I'm just saying…)


Rob Pegoraro is a tech writer based out of Washington, D.C. To submit a tech question, e-mail Rob at rob@robpegoraro.com. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/robpegoraro.

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Keyboard apps make typing a breeze in iOS 8

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SAN FRANCISCO — Swipe it, type it, set a shortcut, grab a dictionary perfect for texting from your favorite sporting event: Typing on new Apple gadgets gets a lot easier with iOS 8.

In addition to Apple's own QuickType keyboard, popular Android keyboard apps are muscling their way in to the App Store.

SwiftKey, Swype and Fleksy are among the most well-known of the mainstay keyboards long beloved by Android phone owners. They're all available in Apple's App Store now, for owners of the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and anyone who has upgraded to the new iOS 8 mobile operating system. We've also gotten a look at Adaptxt, perhaps not as well-known but with appealing features of its own. It's coming soon.

Apple's updated keyboard for iOS 8 adds predictive typing and a few other things, but it still feels pretty basic compared with the power of the third-party apps, especially with no support for swipe-typing. (If you haven't tried it, swipe typing is where you place your finger on the first letter in a word and then literally glide it across the pertinent letters on the keypad to create the word.)

Here's a thumbnail guide to four add-on keyboard options for iOS 8:

SwiftKey. Free. I've been using SwiftKey on my Nexus 5 Android phone and have come to love the way it gets to know my most-typed contacts, other proper names and frequently typed words . Swipe-typing is a dream, and shortcuts for punctuation are intuitive and work well. Choose a color theme, enlarge the keyboard's letters/number keys. With SwiftKey Cloud, you can let the app sync your preferences across all your devices.

In iOS 8, you get a handful of language choices including French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. At launch, anyway, there were just two choices in color themes.

Swype. 99 cents. Swype, from Nuance Communications, was a trail-blazer in gesture typing. You can quickly enter symbols, punctuation and capital letters with gestures, and add custom words to its dictionary. As with others, you can select among word predictions as you type from right above the keyboard.

At launch, you can choose among five themes and five languages.

Fleksy. 99 cents. At launch, Fleksy really popped as the most colorful and visually customizable of the bunch available in the App Store. There were a dozen color themes and "large," "original" and "small" font sizes. As with others, you can personalize it to your own writing style by allowing the app access to a social media or e-mail account.

In iOS 8 now, Fleksy supports more than two dozen languages. It also has a quirky social component that lets you earn "badges" for downloading languages among other things. If you're into emoji, there are more than 800 built in to the app.

Adaptxt. Free. This is a cool keyboard for anyone who needs access to multiple languages. When it lands in the App Store it will offer 80-plus languages and specialized dictionaries, including ones for the legal, health and financial fields. In the Android version, there are even special dictionaries for things like baseball and tennis. The company says there will be 40 in all. I've been using this one on my Android phone as well, and it's a solid option.

For all of the apps, to set them up after downloading you must head to Settings/General/Keyboards/Add New Keyboard to get started. Press and hold the Globe key on your main keyboard choose a particular keyboard if you have more than one installed.

With prices at 99 cents or free, it should be easy to see which one is the best fit for you.

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Apple TV gets a much-needed update

It's been a long time since Apple talked about television. The hardware for its flagship TV product, the Apple TV, hasn't been updated in well over a year, and the interface looks and feels dated compared to the Amazon Fire TV, and even Apple's new operating systems. But that all changed this week.

While everyone was busy updating their iPhones and iPads to iOS 8, Apple quietly pushed out an update to its aging TV box. The update first appeared in a beta release about a month ago. According to 9to5Mac, it gives the Apple TV's software a fresh coat of paint, with a design similar to the new iOS and Mac OS X Yosemite.

The update also adds a Beats Music channel to access the company's newly acquired streaming music service. Beyond that, there aren't many new features. The box now supports the new iCloud Photo Library, as well as Apple's Family Sharing feature, which allows multiple users to share purchases made on the same credit card.

Apple continues to add new content channels, but otherwise its little TV hobby keeps collecting dust.

The little black box desperately needs both a hardware and software overhaul. Many outlets have reported that Apple plans to revolutionize its TV product, but it has supposedly been held up by negotiations for some time.

In the meantime, Google and Amazon have been making moves in the TV space. The $35 Chromecast dongle has been a runaway success, and seems to be adding new sources of content all the time. Google has also revealed its Android TV platform, which will offer movies, music, and TV shows, as well as apps and games, when it's released next year. And Amazon launched its Fire TV box, which notably added gaming with an optional controller.

Meanwhile, Apple continues to add new content channels, but with seemingly tepid interest in alternate media like gaming. The company's little TV hobby just seems to be collecting dust, waiting to be replaced by a new and improved piece of hardware.

If you have an Apple TV and want to spruce it up with Apple's latest update, just head over to the Software Update button in the Settings app.

Source: 9to5Mac

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Grab these tech gadgets at the dollar store

Marc Saltzman, Special for USA TODAY 6:01 a.m. EDT September 20, 2014

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If you're in search of a high-tech bargain, look no farther than your local dollar store.

Granted, you're not going to find a digital camera or touchscreen tablet, but you might be surprised by what you can scoop up for a buck or two.

As long as you have reasonable expectations when it comes to quality and longevity, you won't be disappointed with most of what's available on the shelves.

Yours truly spent some time rummaging through various dollar stores — including Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, Dollar General, 99¢ Depot and Dollarama (in Canada) — and the following are a few of the best tech bargoons. Be aware, however, not all stores have the same products, plus you might find a very similar one under a different brand name.

Got some loose change? Here are seven great buys:

Grab a book light for just a buck.(Photo: Dollarama)

Electra Clamp-On Book Light

Unless you're using a tablet with a backlit screen, reading an e-book or paper book in dimly-lit environments can be problematic — unless you turn on a lamp or use a book light. If you prefer the latter, you can pick up the Electra Clamp-On Book Light for just $1, which clips onto your e-reader, paperback or hardcover. Simply twist the small ring to turn it on and then swivel the small but bright LED light (up to 360 degrees) to find the right spot. Three small batteries are required — and included.

Philips Kick Back

Stands that prop up a tablet can cost upwards of $30, so you might be pleasantly surprised to see the Philips-branded Kick Back folding stand available for only $2. This black or white hard-shell stand with rubberized sides fits the iPad or other comparable 10-inch tablets, and lets you stand up it up vertically for, say, video calling, or horizontally for widescreen video viewing. If traveling, the durable kickstand folds down to pack it away.

BYO Neoprene Sleeve

On a related note, you've probably spent $400 to $500 on your iPad, so just how are you protecting your investment? While "no name" neoprene sleeves were found for just $1 apiece, better-quality BYO ("Bring Your Own")-branded sleeves were just under $3, and available for both tablets and laptops (up to 16 inches). With multiple colors and designs to choose from (including polkadots!), this sleeve protects a tablet or laptop from the bumps of everyday life thanks to a soft inner lining and stretchy outer "wetsuit" skin.

Mattel Apptivity

Sold for up to $15 elsewhere, Mattel's Apptivity action figures are placed on a flat iPad screen and used with supported apps. We found Batman: Riot Cannon for under $2, which works with the free Apptivity Batman app. Inspired by The Dark Knight film, you'll place Batman on the screen and move through the combat-heavy Story Mode (or opt for a Quick Play game). In some cases, you're quickly twisting Batman counterclockwise to punch an enemy, pressing down slightly to descend off a building.

RCA 4-in-1 Universal Remote

While this $2 universal remote doesn't have any bells and whistles, it can let you control up to four home-theater components, or replace a broken remote for your TV, cable box or DVR. Requiring two AA batteries (not included), the silver wireless remote is easy to program and offers backlit buttons for TV, CBL/SAT, DVD, VCR, Auxiliary and more. Plus, along with media control buttons (e.g. Play, Pause, Fwd and Bck), there's also volume, mute, channel up and down, picture-in-picture, swap, sleep, guide and more.

Intrud Alert

The "As Seen on TV" Intrud Alert house alarm system ($1) is a two-part gadget you can affix to the opening of a door, window or cabinet. When activated (meaning the two pieces of this magnetic off-white device become separated), a piercing 90-decibel alarm will sound. Alternatively, you can set it for a less hostile chime, notifying the homeowner the door was opened (good for hearing if kids ran into the backyard). Three AG13 watch batteries are included, but they didn't last more than a few days in our testing.

8-Pack Sunbeam Batteries

We found not one but two great battery deals, each for $1 apiece. One is an 8-pack of Sunbeam AA batteries, labeled as "Super Heavy Duty" performance. Tested in a RC car and video game controller, the batteries have so far lasted for a week with heavy use. The second battery deal worth noting is a set of 12 Chateau-branded alkaline watch batteries, in various sizes (three each for AG1, AG3, AG4 and AG13). Given many people have different watches, key fobs and the like in the house, each requiring different size batteries, you just can't beat the $1 price tag.

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Alibaba’s IPO debut roars, shares soar 38%

Gary Strauss and Adam Shell , USA TODAY 2:38 p.m. EDT September 19, 2014

USA TODAY's Jon Swartz explains all you need to know about Alibaba. (USA TODAY, USA NOW)

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Alibaba, BABA the Chinese e-commerce giant whose magical name and real-world business prospects inspired frenzied interest for months ahead of its record-setting initial public offering, surged 36% following a delayed Friday debut on the New York Stock Exchange.

Order imbalances over the intensely hyped, widely sought Alibaba IPO delayed initial trading by nearly 2 1/2 hours. American depositary shares of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., priced at $68, opened at $92.70 once trading opened at 11:53 a.m. ET. Shares quickly jumped to $99.70 before settling back to about $92.50 in afternoon trading,

More than 100 million shares traded within 20 minutes of its delayed open and over 225 million shares exchanged hands by early afternoon. Early indications had shares opening at $80 to $83, but demand was so strong, the offering price had to be hiked 10 times.

Scott Cutler, NYSE's global listings chief, said the IPO was repeatedly delayed by massive order imbalances.

"We've got hundreds of thousands of orders,'' Cutler told CNBC after an hour-long delay. "We're chasing to find sellers. Even at these levels, there doesn't appear to be a lot of sellers."

Representatives from Alibaba applaud IPO launch at the New York Stock Exchange.(Photo: AP)

"There's a lot of hype over this stock. An $80 price is not unreasonable - demand could stampede the price,' notes Drew Dorweiler, a Montreal-based business valuation expert with Dartmouth Partners and a trustee of The Appraisal Foundation. "The fundamentals are there for incredible volume and excitement."

The IPO raised $21.8 billion, surpassing the $17.8 billion raised by credit card marketer Visa's 2008 IPO and Facebook's $16 billion IPO in 2012. Alibaba's IPO falls just short of the record $22 billion raised in Hong Kong and Shanghai by Agricultural Bank of China's 2010 stock offering. But given Friday's demand, Alibaba's underwriters could add additional 40 million shares, bringing the IPO to $25 billion.

At current price levels, Alibaba's market capitalization is greater than blue-chip giants IBM, Procter & Gamble and General Electric.

Alibaba's business model - unlike other young Internet-focused companies with more prospects and buzz than actual earnings and revenue growth - created swelling demand for its shares.

A holding company that combines the sales, merchandising and financial services reach of Amazon, eBay and PayPal, Alibaba had revenue of $8.5 billion in its last fiscal year, up from $5.5 billion in 2013. Revenue for the second quarter ended June 30 jumped 46% to $2.53 billion and net income jumped 137% to $2 billion.

Governance experts, including Harvard University's Lucian Bebchuck, have warned of the "serious risks" tied to Alibaba, mostly over the grip insiders have. But most investors have shrugged off governance concerns over Alibaba's lack of independent directors and 30 managing partners, who have the right to nominate a majority of directors.

A successful pre-IPO roadshow seemingly allayed concerns, and demand for shares prompted the company on Monday to raise the IPO's price range to $66 to $68 a share, up from an initial $60 to $66. Most shares were allocated to large institutional shareholders, not individual shareholders. Alibaba options will begin trading Sept. 29.

MORE: Jack Ma's scrappy startup takes on the United States

Company insiders and early investors will be able to cash out today, unfettered by typical pre-IPO lockups.

Billionaire founder and executive chair Jack Ma, the diminutive former English teacher who started the company from his one bedroom apartment in 1999, plans to sell about 6% of his stake, or about 12.8 million shares. He'll remain Alibaba's biggest individual shareholders, with a 7.7% stake.

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Speaking to CNBC ahead of trading, Ma said the IPO would not change the culture of the company.

"I don't want to disappoint shareholders. I want to make sure they're making money,'' he said. "I worry about making my customers happy."

Japanese wireless carrier Softbank,an early Alibaba investor,which provided the then-startup with $20 million in 2000, has a 37% stake in Alibaba that could be worth more than $60 billion. But Chairman Masayoshi Son, an Alibaba director, reiterated that Softbank will hold its shares.

"Alibaba still has lots of growth opportunities inside China. But overseas is yet another horizon of opportunities. This IPO will give lots of opportunities for expansion."

Yahoo! could eventually be among Friday's biggest Alibaba winners. The company has previously said it plans to unload about 5% of its 22.4% Alibaba stake.

Cantor Fitzgerald's Youssef Squali raised his target price to $43 from $39, saying Yahoo! should gross about $9.5 billion from the Alibaba stock sale. But Yahoo! was down 3% to $40.25 in afternoon trading.

Squali also initiated coverage of Alibaba with a buy rating and set a $90 price target.

On its first day of trading, London-based stock research firm Atlantic Equities initiated coverage of Alibaba with an "overweight" rating and a price target of $100 per share.

"With a roughly 80% (marketshare) of Chinese e-commerce, the company has established a strong position in this rapidly growing market, which we expect it to maintain despite ongoing intense competition," said Atlantic's James Cordwell.

Others aren't so sure Alibaba is a buy at current levels.

"There is no way of knowing," says money manager Gary Kaltbaum of Kaltbaum Capital Management. "It is random on whether it is buyable up here."

But Kaltbaum stresses that the strong IPO is a sign that investor enthusiasm is rising along with the IPO's pre-market price hype. "We have a greed based market this second, not fear based, so I wouldn't take higher prices off the table," he says, adding that buying shares at these high levels are "risky."

"There is a ton of stock that could be sold at any time by insiders, and very often, frothy opens get sold off," Kaltbaum says.

At current levels, Alibaba's valuation is less attractive than it was at the offering price, says Alan Skrainka, chief investment officer at Cornerstone Wealth Management.

"Alibaba seems to have a sustainable business model with a very bright future," says Skrainka. "The real question is what is the proper valuation for the company. At $68, the stock traded at 29 times forward (12-month) earnings projections. At $90, the stock trades at 38 times forward earnings. That's a pretty full valuation for Alibaba. Anyone buying today will likely need to hold for the long term to make money in the stock."

MORE: From 'crazy' to China's richest man, Alibaba's Jack Ma

Dorweiler warns that Alibaba shares should be volatile going forward.

"It will be interesting to see if there's a bit of a correction in the stock price. A lot of people are steering clear for several days or weeks, just to see what happens," Dorweiler says. "The company is a winner with global growth potential. It could be a $100 stock sooner than later. But there could be volatility over the next few trading sessions."

MORE: 6 answers to questions about what Alibaba is and does

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6 must-have apps for iPhone 6

The new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, coupled with Apple's new iOS 8 operating system, offer new possibilities for app developers. Here are six apps that are worth checking out.The new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, coupled with Apple's new iOS 8 operating system, offer new possibilities for app developers. Here are six apps that are worth checking out.
While initally only for iPad, Vainglory, with its massively multiplayer gameplay designed specifically for touchscreens, will be a natural on the sizable iPhone 6 Plus when it rolls out. In fact, Apple used the forthcoming game to demo the iPhone 6's graphical capabilities at the rollout earlier this month. It will begin its rollout in October in southeast Asia, New Zealand and Australia and is expected to be available globally by December.While initally only for iPad, Vainglory, with its massively multiplayer gameplay designed specifically for touchscreens, will be a natural on the sizable iPhone 6 Plus when it rolls out. In fact, Apple used the forthcoming game to demo the iPhone 6's graphical capabilities at the rollout earlier this month. It will begin its rollout in October in southeast Asia, New Zealand and Australia and is expected to be available globally by December.
The iPhone 6's 8-megapixel camera doesn't have the big numbers of some of its competitors, but it's getting high marks from early reviewers for new features like faster auto-focus and the ability to take high-resolution panorama shots. Snapseed is a great photo editing tool. It has all the fun Instagram-style features like funky filters and frames, but combines them with an extensive, easy-to-use set of tools for brightness, sharpness, cropping and other editing.The iPhone 6's 8-megapixel camera doesn't have the big numbers of some of its competitors, but it's getting high marks from early reviewers for new features like faster auto-focus and the ability to take high-resolution panorama shots. Snapseed is a great photo editing tool. It has all the fun Instagram-style features like funky filters and frames, but combines them with an extensive, easy-to-use set of tools for brightness, sharpness, cropping and other editing.
OK, odds are you've already got the Kindle app for your phone and tablet book-reading. But Amazon has jumped on the iOS 8 bandwagon quickly with a list of new features. The Kindle Today widget lets you keep up to three books front-and-center for easy reading. They also added the ability to copy and paste text from books you're reading and a quick translation app.OK, odds are you've already got the Kindle app for your phone and tablet book-reading. But Amazon has jumped on the iOS 8 bandwagon quickly with a list of new features. The Kindle Today widget lets you keep up to three books front-and-center for easy reading. They also added the ability to copy and paste text from books you're reading and a quick translation app.
For the first time, Apple is allowing apps that retool the keyboard on the iPhone, and there are several good ones to choose from. Among other customization tools, Swype is best known for letting users drag their finger from letter to letter to type instead of hunting and pecking, and it's been a big hit among Android users. Apps like Fleksy and Swiftkey also are worth a look -- all three are either free or offer free trial periods.For the first time, Apple is allowing apps that retool the keyboard on the iPhone, and there are several good ones to choose from. Among other customization tools, Swype is best known for letting users drag their finger from letter to letter to type instead of hunting and pecking, and it's been a big hit among Android users. Apps like Fleksy and Swiftkey also are worth a look -- all three are either free or offer free trial periods.
While you're waiting for Vainglory, you can get your gaming fix with the latest version of what's widely considered among the best mobile driving games around. Developers have already optimized "Asphalt 8" for iOS 8 (appropriately enough), taking advantage of the new phones' added graphics and processing power. It's mighty pretty and is going to look great on the bigger phones.While you're waiting for Vainglory, you can get your gaming fix with the latest version of what's widely considered among the best mobile driving games around. Developers have already optimized "Asphalt 8" for iOS 8 (appropriately enough), taking advantage of the new phones' added graphics and processing power. It's mighty pretty and is going to look great on the bigger phones.
It's getting harder and harder to keep up with all our passwords, not to mention to ignore news about big data breaches by hackers. 1Password tries to help by creating really tricky passwords for your various accounts, then letting you access them with one, presumably simpler one, via the app. It's already been updated for the new iOS 8 operating system, including integration with Apple's Touch ID fingerprint security. The basic version is also free now.It's getting harder and harder to keep up with all our passwords, not to mention to ignore news about big data breaches by hackers. 1Password tries to help by creating really tricky passwords for your various accounts, then letting you access them with one, presumably simpler one, via the app. It's already been updated for the new iOS 8 operating system, including integration with Apple's Touch ID fingerprint security. The basic version is also free now.
  • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus go on sale Friday
  • Both offer iPhone users bigger screens and new features
  • Games taking advantage of screen size will include Vainglory, Asphalt 8

(CNN) -- As millions of people get their hands on the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on Friday, many will no doubt be looking for new apps that take advantage of the new phones' capabilities.

Chief among them is a bigger screen. The iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch display, while the 6 Plus checks in at a whopping 5.5 inches.

But they'll also have better graphics and faster processors, as well as features that give app developers freedoms they've never had before.

For the first time, Apple is letting developers create widgets, mini-programs that are often designed to be quick and easy to use. They can tinker with the iPhone's keyboard for the first time as well, giving iOS users access to some apps that Android users have enjoyed for the past couple of years.

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A slate of those keyboard tools are ready to go now. But the front-runners in categories from productivity tools to photography tools to games are also raring to go.

Here's a look at some must-have apps for the new phones.

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Are there other apps you're excited about, or already enjoying? Let us know in the comments.

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Finally! My First Hour With the iPhone 6

After waiting almost four hours in line, I am the proud -- and slightly sleep-deprived -- owner of an iPhone 6 today.

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I shut off my 4 a.m. alarm this morning and headed with a friend to my Verizon Wireless store in Secaucus, New Jersey, where I happened to be the eighth person in line. Just when I began questioning my sanity for waiting in line, the store finally opened at 8 a.m., and 30 minutes later, I emerged triumphantly with my own 64 GB iPhone 6 in space gray and a case for it.

Holding the iPhone 6 felt a little strange, not because my fingers were still cold from the long wait outside, but because of how big the phone was in my small hands. But even as a former iPhone 5 owner, I don't think I will have trouble getting used to it -- and I can still take a selfie with one hand!

Speaking of selfies, the camera screen looks a lot clearer and brighter compared to the iPhone 5's camera, including on the front facing camera.

The iCloud backup quickly restored my settings and my photos, but if you don’t have a fast wireless internet connection, getting all of your apps, photos and other data can take a while. (I was still waiting for my phone's restoration to be completed hours later).

While I waited, I played around with the phone’s very cool Touch ID feature, which allows me to unlock my phone with the quick touch of my thumb. But I did find myself unlocking the phone even when I didn't mean to a few times.

Thankfully, all my high scores on Flappy Bird and Dots are transferred over too, so I don't have to worry about starting over.

One hour into my iPhone 6 ownership, I still feel like there’s a lot more to discover and explore about its features.

But did I feel pretty awesome walking into the newsroom today?

Yes.

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Goodell Says He ‘Got It Wrong’ Regarding Ray Rice Incident

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell admitted today that he "got it wrong" when it came to the recent Ray Rice incident, pledging that he "will get it right" going forward.

"We have seen all too much of the NFL doing wrong," he said at a news conference in New York. "That starts with me. We will re-examine, enhance and improve all of our current programs and then we'll do more."

Goodell added, "At our best, the NFL sets an example that makes a positive difference. Unfortunately over the past several weeks we have seen all too much of the NFL doing wrong and that starts with me."

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Goodell's remarks were the first time that the league commissioner has been seen in public for more than a week.

"I got it wrong with the handling of the Ray Rice matter and I am sorry for that. I got it wrong on a number of levels from the process that I led to the decision that I reached. I don't expect anyone just to take my word," Goodell admitted. "I believe in accountability i understand the challenges before me and I will be held accountable for meeting them."

PHOTO: Right, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell are seen in this file photo.

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PHOTO: Right, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell are seen in this file photo.

The news conference came a day after Goodell sent out a memo to teams, saying the NFL has initiated a "long-term commitment to help people affected by domestic violence and sexual assault."

Also Thursday, the National Domestic Violence Hotline announced that the NFL had "committed to providing significant resources to the organization" in order to help women who have been abused by their boyfriends or husbands.

“We have never had the funding needed to meet the demand for our services from those seeking help with domestic violence and dating abuse. Last year, because of this lack of resources, more than 77,000 calls went unanswered. Recent domestic violence incidents involving NFL players pushed the capacity of our organization to unprecedented levels,” said Katie Ray-Jones, President and CEO of the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

The move comes after the NFL has been hit with several high-profile cases of players arrested for domestic violence. The league has also come under fire for the way it has handled cases in the past.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline said that just days after the release of a video last week showing Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching his then-fiancé in an elevator, the Hotline’s call volume increased by 84 percent.

Goodell, who has come under fire in recent days with some calling on him to resign, said the NFL is also educating all its employees.

"We are also proceeding to implement broad educational programs within our league. Starting within the next 30 days, all league and team personnel -- including executives, coaches, players and staff -- will participate in education sessions on domestic violence and sexual assault. These initial sessions will begin to provide the men and women of the NFL with information and tools to understand and recognize domestic violence and sexual assault. We will work with the NFL Players Association to develop and present this training in the most effective way," he said in the memo.

Not everyone, however, is happy with the NFL's efforts.

In a statement prior to Goodell's remarks, Crest, a league sponsor, said "it believes Breast Cancer Awareness is a critically important program to support women and their health, and, as planned, is making a $100,000 donation to the American Cancer Society for breast cancer awareness and will participate in media and retailer activities to help drive attention to the cause. The brand has decided to cancel on-field activation with NFL teams."

In response, the league said, "We are looking forward to our sixth year of the Crucial Catch campaign, in partnership with the American Cancer Society. We understand the ways the last week have impacted our partners, including Crest. Players will still have the option to wear pink gear, including mouthguards, as planned, this year."

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Get Acquainted With the iPhone 6

The new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus is in your hands -- the culmination of weeks of anticipation.

Perhaps you were one of the millions of people who woke up in the middle of the night last week to be one of the first to pre-order the new smart phones. Or maybe you spent hours, days or even weeks camped outside an Apple store for the chance to be one of the first people to upgrade.

Now that the prize is in your hands, here's what you need to know to get acquainted with your new phone.

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Getting Set Up

Assuming you've already backed up your data from your old iPhone to the iCloud or iTunes, you're now ready to get started.

Once you turn on your new iPhone, swipe the screen when prompted to begin setting it up. Choose a language, connect to Wi-Fi and then sign into your iCloud account.

Important: Don't upgrade to iCloud Drive just yet. The service, which makes sure you have the most up to date versions of your documents everywhere, only works on iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, which has not yet been released to the public. This means you could potentially be unable to access your documents on another device.

Restore Your Backup

You should see the option "Restore From iCloud Backup." If you'd rather sync from iTunes, make sure you're connected via a lightning cable and select "Restore From iTunes Backup."

Depending on how much data you have to transfer, this could take a while. The iPhone should restart when the restoration is complete.

If you've never used an iPhone before, choose "Set Up As New iPhone." Moving from an Android device shouldn't be too painful.

Check out all the details on how to make the switch here.

Security

Make sure you activate Touch ID when you're prompted during set-up. Your thumb print could make all the difference in keeping your private photos and messages secure.

New features

The iPhones are also packed with new features, including "reachability." With a double touch, the display can slide down so users can reach "anything" at the top of the phone, an ideal feature for multitasking.

You also now have a reason to take the stairs -- the iPhone 6 will have a barometer for elevation.

Both devices also boast better cameras that have a faster and sharper focus. The takeaway here: Your Instagram feed is going to get even more awesome soon.

Apple Pay, the company's digital wallet that is slated to make its debut in October, will also be supported on the new iPhones.

Battery Life

When it comes to battery life, both phones meet or exceed the iPhone 5 in all metrics -- so you may notice at least a slight difference.

The iPhone 6 has up to 14 hours of talk time on a 3G network, while the iPhone 6 Plus boasts up to 24 hours, according to information posted on Apple's website.

When it comes to surfing the Internet on Wi-Fi through the devices, the iPhone 6 has up to 11 hours while the iPhone 6 Plus can handle an additional hour.

The iPhone 6 has up to 11 hours of video playback, while the iPhone 6 Plus has up to 14 hours.

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