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Bits and bobs: Round-up of news bits, details, and snark from the Apple Event

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Lots and lots of other bits and bobs surrounding the Apple announcements yesterday. Here’s a quick summary of some of the more interesting ones and some further thoughts.

iCloud Drive pricing – 9to5Mac found the final pricing for iCloud Drive — pretty much matches the pricing of Google Drive — $20/month for 1TB.

Pre-orders for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus start on Friday (9/12) — it should work like previous years where you can start ordering at midnight — but we’ll know more soon.

In-Store If you are a line up and buy my iPhone type person, the phones go on sale in Apple Stores, carrier stores, and some retail locations on Friday, September 19th. Apple Stores are always your best bet — other stores will have much smaller inventories.

Hit the jump for more!
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Apple announces iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iOS 8 release, and the Apple Watch

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Today while Apple didn’t surprise many, they certainly did impress all. Delivering a full slate of new devices and services in what must be said was the biggest Apple event in years.

We saw the new, larger iPhone 6 and 6 Plus join the 5c and 5s creating what is a great range of mobile devices. We also saw the addition of a whole new platform for Apple in the Apple Watch. Apple also extended themselves to payment — Apple Pay which uses existing credit cards and proposes to use them in a secure way for quick, touch free payments at supported retail and online locations.

Hit the jump for more details, analysis, and tons of pictures.
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Live: Apple Event – iPhone 6, iWatch, more?

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Today is the day! Will we see the new iPhone (most certainly)? Will we seem the iWatch (likely)? Will we see super hot games running on the new phone – I hope so.

Join us on Twitter for updates live during the announcement starting at 10am Pacific tomorrow. We’ll also have full details and analysis of the announcement and (hopefully) hands-on impressions here tomorrow afternoon.

You can also watch the whole Apple announcement live on Apple.com. Here we go!

Join Us Tomorrow: Most important Apple event in years – iPhone 6, iWatch, what else?

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Tomorrow could be the most important day in recent Apple history. It certainly will be a big test of Tim Cook’s leadership.

If reports are to be believed, we will see the announcement of the next, larger iPhone, the iPhone 6 coming in at 4.7″ and 5.5″ models. But possibly just as important, we will see the announcement of the new Apple wearable — be it the iWatch or whatever it ends up being called. It will be the first new Apple product line since the launch of the iPad in 2010.

We’re also expecting the usual stats update, and hopefully, if we’re lucky, a few game demos that will show off the new iPhones and Metal. If you remember, Metal is Apple’s iOS 8 framework that gives developers much more direct control of the graphics hardware which should lead to even more amazing games.

Join us on Twitter for updates live during the announcement starting at 10am Pacific tomorrow. We’ll also have full details and analysis of the announcement and (hopefully) hands on impressions here tomorrow afternoon.

PAX Prime 2014: For the Love of Gaming Panel

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At PAX Prime 2014, there were several panels offering career advice, with one specifically focused on what it’s like to work in the industry as a game writer.

The panel, Tinder Tales and Other Wicked Ways to Get Work as a Game Writer, moderated by me, featured Dan Tack, PC Editor of Game Informer, Samit Sarkar, Reporter at Polygon, Bobby Stein, Lead Writer for Guild Wars 2 at ArenaNet, Duncan Stanley, Marketing & PR Manager at Deep Silver, Robert Workman, Contributing Writer at Shacknews, and Kyle Gaddo, Editor of Save/Continue.

Hit the jump for key insights shared included these seven top tips every budding blogger should know:
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Sony is Bringing Sackboy to iOS

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On its PlayStation blog, Sony announced that Sackboy is coming to iOS. Sackboy is the star of the star of the PlayStation-exclusive LittleBigPlanet platformers, and is really the closest thing to a Mario-like mascot that the company has. The iOS game, which will also come to PS Vita and Android, will be an auto-runner called Run, Sackboy! Run!. Check out the colorful pics below. (more…)

Hardware Review: CouchConnect – 16′ long HDMI cable tailored for mobile

CouchConnect is an extra long HDMI cable that connects a mobile device to just about any modern TV. I recently had a chance to try out CouchConnect while traveling with just my iPhone and iPad mini. It’s quick to set up, and works the same as any other HDMI cable — the bonus is that it’s over 16 feet long — easily connects to a TV in a hotel room and extends to the bed.

I was able to stream an SF Giants game from MLB At Bat to the TV in my room and later play a few games mirrored on the TV. The video streaming worked without a hitch, but the game play was a bit delayed — as it is with any HDMI connection. Barely noticeable in all but the twitchiest of games.

For just $30, anyone who travels any amount, or just has a need to stretch an HDMI cable across a room, CouchConnect is a great option. Note that the standard Apple HDMI adapter ($50) is still needed with CouchConnect — or a related HDMI adapter for an Android device. For more info on CouchConnect, check out their site.