Burning iPhone forces plane to make emergency evacuation

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Perfectly burnt iPhone. Photo: Carlos Sancho Flickr

The TSA has started treating smartphones with dead batteries like potential bombs, but after an iPhone mishap on one plane caused an emergency evacuation, maybe they should be more worried about all the iPhones with a full charge too.

Panic broke out on a flight bound for Prague this weekend after an iPhone 5 caught fire in a passenger’s bag, causing the entire plane to be evacuated back to the main terminal.

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Xiaomi takes copying Apple to the next level with blatant iOS ripoff

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By now, it’s obvious that Xiaomi is heavily inspired by Apple’s product design. The Chinese company’s founder even dresses up like Steve Jobs at events and uses the “One More Thing” presentation gimmick.

Now we’ve been given a look at MIUI 6, the software for Xiaomi’s new Mi 4 smartphone. It’s the most blatant ripoff of Apple to date.

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See how iOS 8 lets you connect with friends faster than ever

The upcoming release of iOS 8 brings many new features that will dramatically improve everyday use of iPhones and iPads. While currently contacting your friends can be an annoyingly long process because you must open apps and search through contact after contact, a new feature in iOS 8 eliminates this common hassle.

In today’s video we show how iOS 8’s new quick contacts feature will make contacting your most recent friends much easier. After you update to iOS 8, simply double-click the home button to enjoy this new functionality.

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Flappy Bird creator previews ridiculously addictive new game

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Flappy Bird developer Dong Nguyen has a new game coming out this Thursday, and it looks to be as brutally difficult and addictive as his original viral hit.

According to Eli Hodapp over at TouchArcade, Swing Copters contains the same one-tap gameplay as Flappy Bird, only this time you’re guiding a little character up through platforms that have swinging hammers on them, rather than horizontally through Mario-esque pipes.

Here’s a video to give you an idea:

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All the new wallpapers and changes in OS X Yosemite Preview 6

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The sixth developer preview of OS X Yosemite is upon us, and like always, Apple has made some noticeable and not-so-noticeable changes. This time around, there are some new wallpapers included alongside general design tweaks.

So in no particular order, here’s what’s new in OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 6:

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Leaked schematic points to NFC’s arrival on iPhone 6

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Not a year goes by without NFC rumors trying to steal the spotlight during iPhone rumor season, and while this year has certainly been no exception, leaked schematic details reveal NFC might actually land on the iPhone 6 this year.

An alleged bare logic board for the iPhone 6 was the first hard evidence that NFC really is coming to the iPhone 6, but now a Chinese repair firm has found what it claims to a wiring schematic specifically for the iPhone 6’s NFC chip.

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Apple seeds OS X 10.10 Yosemite beta 6 to developers

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Apple released the sixth beta of OS X 10.10 Yosemite to developers this morning with preview build 14A329f ahead of its public release this fall.

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Apple drops price of all Beats headphones by 10%

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Apple finalized its $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics just a few weeks ago, but for those looking give their earbuds a taste of Beats, the Online Apple Store is making the over-priced cans a little bit cheaper.

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Use your smartphone on the road safely with The iStabilizer Glass Mount [Deals]

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We often find ourselves needing to use our phones while driving. Maybe it’s because we want to use the phone’s GPS function, or maybe take a call. Whatever the reason, though, we should not be fumbling about with our phones while driving. It’s just plain dangerous.

That’s why you need The iStabilizer Glass Mount to hold your smartphone in plain view, freeing up your hands to be on the wheel and your attention on the road. Plus, for a limited time, you can get The iStabilizer Glass Mount for only $13.99 at Cult of Mac Deals.

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This gorgeous and elegant bamboo gadget will turn any desk into a standing desk

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If you’re anything like me, you’re probably interested in trying a standing desk… but not quite so committed to the idea of standing all day that you’d be willing to throw out your office chair.

Which is why I’m so interested in the Lift. Now on Kickstarter, it’s a gorgeous and elegant wooden desk gadget that allows you to convert your existing desk to and from a standing desk at will.

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