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A Bigger iPhone May Not Be Better, But It Makes Sense for Apple

All signs indicate Apple is working on a bigger iPhone. Supply chain buzz, analyst guesstimates, and leaked photos suggest Apple is increasing the size of the iPhone from its current 4-inch form factor to a 4.7-inch model. There may even be a 5.5-incher on top of that, too. If it happens, it will be a big change. For much of the iPhone era, Apple insisted 3.5-inches was the perfect size for a smartphone screen. Just about anyone could hold it in one hand, and reach any point on the display with a single thumb. Former CEO Steve Jobs insisted no one would buy a bigger phone for just that reason. But since the 2012 launch of the iPhone 5 and its 4-inch screen, Apple, like the rest of the smartphone…

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Just in time for back-to-school season, Apple has updated its MacBook Pro line with improved specs, including speedier Intel processors and lowered price tags. Among other notable improvements, Apple doubled the entry-level memory capacity in its Retina MacBook Pros. This is a welcome move, as we generally recommend Apple notebook buyers max out the RAM on their device at the time of purchase in order to help future-proof it. We suspect the extra RAM may also help run OS X Yosemite extra smoothly when it comes out this fall. But this may not be the last Mac update we see this year. With a Mac, Yosemite, and maybe even iWatch focused event expected later this fall, we could see a redesign of the MacBook Pro chassis, which has remained unchanged…

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Record on the Go With Mikey Digital

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For recording the occasional podcast, your band’s rehearsals, or interviews for work, you probably don’t need a suite of professional audio gear. A convenient recording solution like Blue Mic’s Mikey Digital microphone offers vastly superior recording quality over your smartphone’s built-in mic, and it won’t destroy your budget either. The company now has a version that attaches directly through your iOS devices’ lightning connector. Measuring about 2.5 inches square and a half an inch deep, the Mikey Digital is small enough to stow in a pocket or backpack. And at $100, it’s reasonably affordable even when compared to other discrete digital recorders. The Mikey’s dual condenser mics capture 16-bit, 44.1 kHz sound and, once attached, can be twisted up to 230 degrees. Inside, it has a built-in pre-amp and A/D…

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Windows Phone – Thrifty, Yet Nifty

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WIRED Very accessible price for 4G LTE networking and a fresh OS. Windows Phone updated to include Cortana, better notifications, and tighter integration with Microsoft cloud services. Colorful interchangeable covers, solid body. Support for up to 128GB of storage. TIRED Lacks a selfie camera, and rear-facing camera is not what you would expect from a Nokia. This is probably a phone more dedicated to social players than photo maniacs. Display is disappointing too. Given the deep morass Nokia and Microsoft are currently slogging through—the blah earnings, the layoff plans, a still-small app store, general confusion—it’s refreshing to see that the mobile phone partnership is not all doom and gloom. The Lumia handsets are selling well and making waves in the mid-to-low-end smartphone market. Last year’s Lumia 520 in particular was…

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