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.

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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."

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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."

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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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Long lines greet sale of Apple’s new iPhones

The first person to purchase the iPhone 6 at an NYC Apple store told USA TODAY's Ed Baig that it feels great, lighter than the 5, but not too big.

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Thousands of consumers lined up at Apple and wireless stores worldwide Friday hoping to snag the tech giant's latest iPhone.

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus both went on sale, prompting customers to weather lines for hours – and even days – to secure Apple's newest smartphones.

Apple opened up pre-orders for the new iPhones last Friday, notching a record 4 million in the first 24 hours. With new pre-orders requiring customers to wait as long as November for their iPhone, many visited physical locations to try and purchase one of the two new smartphones sooner.

Apple's iPhone 6 includes a 4.7-inch touchscreen, while the iPhone 6 Plus boasts a 5.5-inch screen, both much larger than the 4-inch display on its predecessor, the iPhone 5s. The smartphones also introduced the mobile payments service Apple Pay, which lets users process credit card and other financial transactions with their device.

An Instagram video captured by user Mariel Myers shows Apple CEO Tim Cook opening the doors for eager consumers at the company's store in Palo Alto, Calif.

Lucy Woika, 24, waited in line since "about 7" this morning at the Apple Store in San Francisco's Union Square. Why? "If you're going to get new technology, you might as well get it when it first comes out? Then there's time to see what it can do."

Lucy Woika, 24, who works for note-taking software company Notability, was in line at 7 a.m. in San Francisco to get the new iPhone6.(Photo: Elizabeth Weise)

Joshua Schroeder, 28 and his wife, Kelly Crane, 27, were in line at 9 a.m. "I reserved the first day it was available." He is an app developer for IGN Entertainment "so I need the newest phone for my job," Schroeder said.

Joshua Schroeder, 28 and his wife Kelly Crane, 27, were in line for a new phone in San Francisco. "I reserved one the first day" said Schroeder, who is an app developer with ING Entertainment. "I need to have the newest phone. " "We do it every other year so mine will be next year," said Crane. The couple's four-month old daughter Rhylann Schroeder was more interested in the bullhorn wielding union protesters on the corner in front of the store.(Photo: Elizabeth Weise)

"We do it every other year. Mine will be next year," Crane said.

Charlie Zhao, 50, was a full block away from the head of the line at 10:30 am. He'd gotten in line the night before at 10 p.m., though he'd taken turns holding the place with a friend while the other went off to sleep in his office nearby.

The owner of a small telecommunications company called 88 Connection, Zhao was buying an iPhone 6 for his wife and a 6 Plus for himself. "Usually the men like the bigger one, size matters!" he said.

Charlie Zhao, 50, in line at the downtown San Francisco Apple store, a full block away from the head of the line. The owner of a small telecommunications company called 88 Connection, Zhao was buying an iPhone 6 for his wife and a 6 Plus for himself.(Photo: Elizabeth Weise)

He stopped to accept a burrito from a staffer from Chase bank who was going up and down the line, offering them to those waiting. "Ah, chicken, and it's still warm," he said.

Like many in line, he said he'll be handing his iPhone 5 down to his 16-year-old daughter. "She's just excited to get a newer one, she's got a 4 now," he said.

Seventeen-year-old J.P. Kinney walked out of the Apple store in Freehold, N.J. with a broad smile and raised his new 64GB iPhone 6 in the air.

"I'm going to show this off like nobody's business," he said.

Kinney, a wedding deejay, spent $320 for the new phone and said it was well worth the money. "This phone is going to last me a long time," Kinney said,.

As the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus went on sale Friday morning, Apple fans were lining the streets. But all that excitement led to a fight in New York and an on-camera near-catastrophe for a buyer in Australia.

For Chris Johnson, 53, who waited in line at the Apple Store on Manhattan's Upper West Side, the goal was to get a new phone and to get one faster than his girlfriend. "My girlfriend, she pre-ordered, so I'm just trying to beat her," Johnson said. "She thinks I'm crazy to be out here, but I think she's crazy to pre-order because you may not get yours for 7-10 days. I want to pretty much guarantee."

Akaila Johnson, 23, has been waiting in line for the next iPhone since Thursday afternoon. She also braved lines for the 5s, 5 and original iPhone, and says she hopes to pick up the 6 because the 6 Plus' size is daunting."It's a lot crazier here," said Johnson of the lines. She also waited for the device in previous years at Apple's flagship store in San Francisco.

Chris Martinette, 21, arrived at this Best Buy in Salisbury, Md, at 5 a.m. He hadn't pre-ordered and wanted to beat the rush. By 7 a.m., he was still the only person waiting in the parking lot.

"I guess I over-thought it. I definitely thought there was going to be a couple people here, at least," said Martinette, a senior at nearby Salisbury University. "I'm just excited for it. I'm more of a tech person than the average person. I'm wrapped up in Apple."

Meanwhile, at a nearby Verizon Wireless store in Salisbury, more than 30 people were already waiting in line before the sun came up. Many were snuggled in blankets and folding chairs, gathered around a table of donuts and coffee provided by store managers.

First in line was 27-year-old David Hearne, of Seaford, Del. He showed up at 11 p.m. Thursday with a blanket and cot. Going on no sleep, he still wore a big smile when explaining the lure of a new iPhone.

"I can't resist it," he said. "It's amazing. It's gonna be sexy."

Deniz Yalcin, 18, was the first in line at the Apple store in Freehold Raceway Mall in New Jersey, staking his claim outside at 4:30 Thursday afternoon.

It wasn't a tough decision for Yalcin, a student at Seton Hall University home for the weekend. He was excited for the iPhone 6 Plus and its large screen.

"It was either get to be home or I could sit here and do my homework and wait for them to open," he said. He read a book about Socrates, fell asleep around 2 a.m., then woke up around 5 a.m.

It was his fourth time waiting for a new iPhone to launch but the first time at the head of the line. His twin sister, mother and father joined him – a bonding experience unlike any they'd had before.

"It went faster than I expected," said his mother, Marzena Yalcin.

Terra and Phil Bridges, of Hortonville, Wis., were the first in line at a Verizon store near Appleton for the new iPhones. That meant the pair spent the night outside under blankets as temperatures dipped into the 30s for what they called a "date night" complete with snacks, reclinable chairs and an iPad rerun of the movie Rocky.

"We like having the latest and greatest," Phil Bridges said. "We're getting a 6 Plus for each of us. It got pretty cold overnight, but this is better than waiting for a pre-order."

Karl Sanger, of Waupaca, arrived around 11:30 p.m. expecting a larger crowd. He slept part of the night in his RV that he pulled into the Verizon lot waiting for the iPhone.

"I use it for my business as a pharmacist and I'm looking forward to the larger screen size and the new camera," Sanger said. "Samsung has been using this large phablet model for a while but I love Apple and like that it coordinates with my calendars."

Lyn Jameson, 40, had an older model iPhone for almost five years when she spent the night outside an AT&T store in Springfield, Mo.

"I couldn't wait any longer," she said.

Jameson, sitting in a fold-up chair she brought from home, pulled out her iPhone 3GS. "They'll probably mount that thing on the wall," joked Adrian Gambill, 27, who was second in line behind Jameson.

The front of the line had been camped out in front of the Springfield, Mo., store for more than 12 hours as the 8 a.m. opening drew close.

More than 300 people lined up outside the Apple Store in Palm Desert, Calif., forming a line that nearly wrapped around the entire store.

Megan Lanning, 23, of Bermuda Dunes, was about 100 people from the front of the line. She had been waiting since 8 p.m. the night before. Her uncle had paid her to wait in line on his behalf.

"It's fun," Lanning said. "Until about 3 a.m. Then everyone gets dead tired."

Contributing: Eli Blumenthal in New York; Elizabeth Weise in San Francisco; Brian Shane, The (Salisbury, Md.) Daily Times; Dustin Racioppi, Asbury Park (N.J.) Press; Nicholas Penzenstadler, The (Appleton, Wis.) Post-Crescent; Jess Rollins, Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader; Brett Kelman, The (Palm Springs, Calif.) Desert Sun.

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After 2 1/4-hour delay, Alibaba’s IPO debut roars, shares soar 44%

Gary Strauss and Adam Shell , USA TODAY 4:28 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 38% in its Friday debut on the New York Stock Exchange.

Order imbalances over the intensely hyped, widely sought Alibaba IPO delayed initial trading. Nearly 2 1/2 hours later, American depositary shares of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., priced at $68, opened at $92.70 at 11:53 a.m. ET.

Shares quickly jumped to $99.70 before ending the day at $93.89.

More than 100 million shares traded within 20 minutes of its delayed open and over 271 million shares exchanged hands by the market's close. 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 $231 billion 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.

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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,'' said Ma, who noted that his favorite film is Forrest Gump. "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, but shares slumped nearly 7% in early trading before ending the day down 2.7% to $40.93. The company has previously said it plans to unload about 5% of its 22.4% Alibaba stake.

Cantor Fitzgerald's Youssef Squali, who raised his target price to $43 from $39, says Yahoo! should gross about $9.5 billion from the Alibaba stock sale.

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

London-based stock research firm Atlantic Equities initiated coverage of Alibaba with an "overweight" rating and a price target of $100. "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."

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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."

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