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Apple keynote announces iPad Air, free apps

Break out your holiday wish list: A new iPad, the iPad Air, is here.

That was the biggest revelation during today’s 90-minute Apple presentation by CEO Tim Cook and other associates. Since Apple launched the iPad three and a half years ago, 170 million iPads have been sold. “iPad is used over four times more than all those other tablets put together,” Apple claimed today. The new iPad Air will have a 9.7-inch retina display, 43 percent thinner bezel than the previous version, and weigh just 1 pound. It also contains the A7 chip, which just launched with the iPhone 5S. Retailing for $499, it’ll join others in the iPad family, including an updated iPad Mini (now with retina display!) and the original iPad Mini, which will stay on the market for just $299, helping Apple compete with lower-priced tablets from other makers.

The other big news coming out of California is more information about OS X Mavericks, which is not a callback to the 2008 election, but is the newest software upgrade for Macs, available today. Excitingly, the Apple team spoke about how they wanted to get rid of the mind-set that software upgrades should cost money — meaning that Mavericks is free, available today, and supported on devices as old as the 2007 iMac/MacBook Pro. Speaking of MacBook Pros, both the 13-inch and 15-inch are seeing a $200 price drop.
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UPDATED: Join us (soon) for a hangout with 'Revenge' star Gabriel Mann!

UPDATE: Due to an unforeseen change in the Revenge shooting schedule, our Google + hangout with Gabriel Mann is being moved to a later date. Please watch this space, and we will keep you updated!

EARLIER: Revenge‘s season premiere isn’t until Sunday but if you’re looking for scoop on what’s next on Emily Thorne’s Revengenda, join EW this Friday at 1p.m. PT/ 4p.m. ET for a Google+ hangout with Gabriel Mann!

That’s right, we’re putting the actor, who plays quippy computer wiz Nolan, in the hot seat and grilling him on the upcoming third season, which begins (in traditional Revenge fashion) with one heck of a shocker.

Want to take part? It’s easy, either join us via the Google+ events page or submit your questions on Twitter using the hashtag #EWtalksTV. You can also leave your questions in the comments below.

Fill out this form if you’d like to participate in the Google+ Hangouts and talk to the cast members in our series! goo.gl/5OdpMb

Apple's iOS 7 rolls out: Have you upgraded yet?

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The good news for Appleholics: iOS7 is finally here!

The bad news for Appleholics: It’s not exactly here-here, at least for large numbers of disgruntled users.

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Apple announces iPhone 5C and 5S -- which will you pick?

Apple Inc. announced Tuesday that the iPhone 5 will be replaced with two new phones: the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C.

The new iPhone 5S — which has a 4-inch display and comes in black, silver, and gold — has a new chip system that should be twice as fast and Touch ID, a fingerprint security feature built into the home button that can be used to unlock the phone or make purchases.

“Your fingerprint is one of the best passes in the world. It’s always with you, and no two are exactly alike,” Apple senior vice president Jony Ive said in a promotional video.

The 16GB model goes on sale for $199; 32GB for $299; and 64GB for $399, all with a 2-year-contract and available for purchase Sept. 20, with pre-orders starting Sept. 13.

For frugal techies, Apple introduced a lower-cost iPhone 5C. The new device, made of plastic with a 4-inch display, is available in five colors: green, white, blue, red, and yellow. At a cost of $99 for a 16GB model or $199 for a 32GB model with a two-year-contract, the Apple iPhone 5C will go on sale at the same time as the 5S.

The iPhone’s camera is getting a major upgrade, as Apple has increased the pixels to 1.5u to capture more light.

Apple also announced details of its completely redesigned mobile operating system, iOS 7, which will be ready for download on Sept. 18. Having a hard time choosing? Try the new iPhone 5F, as promo’d by the folks over at Funny or Die:
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Apple to unveil new iPhone models? What we want to see

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On Sept. 10, Apple is holding an event at its headquarters in Cupertino, California to reportedly unveil new models of the iPhone, from a standard upgrade for the iPhone 5 to a brand new model that’s meant to be more affordable for those in developing regions. The event will also feature the release of an overhaul to the iOS mobile operating system, according to Bloomberg.

All that sounds great and fancy, but what does it really mean for those of us with iPhones? Well, iOS7 has been introduced with a number of new features, including a Control Center, a Notification Center, and better multitasking (so all of those commercials can finally stop). It also promises an overall more organized experience when it come to things such as photos, and easier sharing with AirDrop, which uses WiFi and Bluetooth to share anything from an app. And did we mention the more colorful screen?

So far so good. But considering my iPhone is pretty much my best friend at this point, there are a few other adjustments I’d really like to see: READ FULL STORY

Kevin Spacey gives an impassioned plea in support of the Netflix model -- VIDEO

According to Kevin Spacey, in the future there will be no differentiation between films and television.

In a speech at the Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival, the Oscar-winning actor told the audience of television executives that it’s all just content to him and to consumers as well. Words like “film” and “television” are signifiers that are useful only to “agents, and managers, and lawyers who use these terms to conduct business deals,” he said. The people, he added, just want stories, and it’s their responsibility to give it to them.

Spacey thinks the consumer should be able to watch what they want, when they want to, and the success of his original Netflix series House of Cards proves it. He spoke out against the network model of requiring a pilot before ordering a series. Spacey went to Netflix, he says, because he and director David Fincher didn’t want to audition. “We wanted to start to tell a story that would take a long time to tell. We were creating a sophisticated, multi-layered story with complex characters who would reveal themselves over time, and relationships that would need space to play out,” he said.

Below is an edited version of Spacey’s speech. Check it out:

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Psst, Netflix is onto you: Introducing taste profiles

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Revelation #1: Netflix knows you’ve been sharing your username.

Revelation #2: They’re not even mad!

Revelation #3: They also understand how irritated you get when your account keeps recommending Cerebral Seattle-Set Emmy-Winning Comedies with Largely Pun-Based Scripts because your dumb boyfriend won’t stop watching Frasier on your iPad — ahem — and they’ve finally come up with a solution.

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Google unveils new Nexus 7 tablet, apps, and Chromecast

Google’s got some good news for tech-happy binge-watchers and gamers: The Mountainview, Calif.-based company held a “breakfast” meeting Wednesday to unveil the second generation Nexus 7, new Android updates, and the new Chromecast TV-streaming device, which aims to solve the age-old “How can I watch this awesome cat video on my big screen?” problem.

Hosted by Sundar Pichai, senior vice president overseeing Android, Chrome, and apps, the conference was live-streamed via YouTube and ran over an hour.

Pichai opined on the ubiquity of their Android operating system and the growing trend of tablet purchases eclipsing personal computer purchases. With consumers populating mobile, tablet, and laptop fronts, “Our goal is to deliver an experience that is seamless and consistent and beautiful across all these screens,” said Pichai.

First on the hardware front, Google announced the specs for the new Nexus 7 (on sale July 30), which will improve the gaming and movie-watching experience:
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A new way to waste your time online: Instagram video!

Think six seconds just aren’t enough to properly illustrate Ryan Gosling refusing to eat cereal, or the cast of Much Ado about Nothing having a goof, or Lucille Bluth shouting epithets at Princess Jasmine? Instagram has heard your cries — and is answering them by adding its very own video capability. Just call it A Longer Vine.

As the Facebook-owned photo service announced Thursday, users now have the option of creating 3- to 15-second videos, altering them with 13 filters, and posting them to their Instagram accounts. This new feature promises to revolutionize the way we procrastinate, share shaky concert footage, and — in all likelihood — watch celebrities behaving badly.

Check out a dreamy, Apple-ad-esque clip of Instagram in Motion (courtesy of, uh, Vimeo) below — and catch Instagram’s own maiden video at the company’s official page. (The next step: Making these videos embeddable on WordPress! Pretty please, guys?)
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Facebook adding hashtags -- #GoodIdea?

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Scrolling through our News Feeds, stopping to admire photos of our newly engaged friends’ left hands, wishing with all our hearts there were some way to easily access even more shots of diamonds, or wedding dresses, or babies, or whatever, especially those belonging to people we don’t actually know in real life — we’ve all been there.

And Facebook has finally come up with a way to solve this pressing problem. Starting Wednesday, the world’s biggest social-networking site has officially integrated hashtags into its interface. Not sure what a hashtag is? It’s cool, Gramps — let the nice Facebook people explain: “Similar to other services like Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, or Pinterest, hashtags on Facebook allow you to add context to a post or indicate that it is part of a larger discussion. When you click on a hashtag in Facebook, you’ll see a feed of what other people and Pages are saying about that event or topic.”
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