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Tragic: Man Drops New iPhone 6 On Sidewalk Immediately After Purchase

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In the most gut-wrenching story you’ll hear all day, the Australian man who was first in line to buy an iPhone 6 at Perth’s Apple Store dropped the coveted gadget immediately after purchasing it — and all on live TV.

Jack Cooksey, who’d camped out at the Apple Store all night, was reportedly revealing his new iPhone 6 on camera for Australia’s Today Show. Let’s break down the footage — which is now posted on YouTube — and have a look at what happened, shall we? Read More

Apple

The iPhone 6’s New Features, Ranked from Most to Least Exciting

Behold, the iPhone 6!

In case you haven’t ventured within a 50-foot radius of Twitter today, Apple debuted its highly-anticipated new iPhone 6 this afternoon. Because it’s hard to keep track of all those new features — NFC chip! f2.2 aperture! A8 processor! — and also because everything’s way more fun when it’s in list form, Betabeat has pooled its efforts to create a definitive list of the iPhone 6’s new features, ranked from most to least exciting. Read More

Craigslist Goodies

There’s a Craigslist Black Market for iPhone 6 Line Sitters

Professional line sitters already camped out outside the Apple Store's Fifth Avenue location. (Twitter: Dan Benton)

Craigslist might be home to a ton of creepy job listings, but it can also be a valuable resource for people who vehemently hate waiting in line for stuff.

Take 2013’s cronut craze, for instance. New Yorkers who didn’t have the requisite 7485 hours to wait in line outside Dominique Ansel’s bakery could turn to Craigslist’s cronut black market, wherein people were purchasing the coveted baked goods, and selling them online at up to five times the original price.

With Apple set to unveil big news tomorrow, another such black market has emerged on Craiglist: iPhone 6 line sitters. For the low, low price of hundreds — or thousands, in one case — of dollars, impatient consumers can pay people to wait in line and purchase the newest iPhone for them, when it eventually hits stores at an unknown future date. Read More

Sad Things

Teen Found Dead After Apparently Texting ‘OMG I Think I’m Being Kidnapped’

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A 14-year-old Michigan girl was found dead after taking her dog for a walk. Between the time that she left her house and her body was found, she apparently texted her boyfriend, “OMG.. I think I’m being kidnapped,” Fox Detroit reports.

A police chief told Fox he could confirm that the message was sent from victim April Millsap’s phone but wouldn’t go into further detail. Read More

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iPhone Charger Reportedly Electrocutes Teenager to Death in Her Sleep

An iPhone 4S charger. (Photo: Thingz.net)

An 18-year-old Chinese woman was reportedly electrocuted to death after her iPhone 4S charger exploded while she was sleeping.

Her sister made the tragic discovery after she smelled plastic burning in her sister’s room, Shanghaiist reports. When she walked into the room, she found a melted iPhone next to her and several burns across her legs, hands and neck. Medical experts confirmed that she died of electrocution.  Read More

Fashion Tech

The Modern Man’s Guide to Dressing Your iPhone

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Us men don’t have many opportunities to add a little pop to our wardrobe. We have a few conservative options in watches, belts and shoes, but every pair of cufflinks needs its own French cuff shirt, and trying to bling every day at the office quickly turns you into Needless Tie Bar Guy.

We do, however, all have smartphones. When treated correctly, they’re the perfect gateway to branch out stylistically. Unfortunately, there are few good tips on how to wear your phone, so if GQ won’t do it, we will. Read More

Planet Google

Ingress Now Available on iPhone, Turns NYC Into a Sweaty Sci-Fi Battlefield

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iPhone-equipped New Yorkers now have something to do outside this summer besides defend their devices from thieves and sweat to death in this heat. Ingress, an augmented reality game popular in urban areas and previously available only on Android, is now officially available on iOS devices.

Ingress uses geomapping to transform real urban landscapes into a playing field that gets players moving around their city, fighting over portals and collecting resources — a smartphone game that’s played entirely IRL. The game’s sci-fi backstory, which involves an invading alien force that opposing teams of players either welcome or resist, evolves and grows constantly depending how well the real-life teams are doing. Read More