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Apple Dismisses iPhone 6 Bending, Hollywood Uses Drones, And More… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 26-09-2014

Also, iOS 8.0.2 makes everything right, Valve launches Steam Music Player, Sony offers free multiplayer gaming, Steve Ballmer hates iPads, and the iPhone 6 Plus gets blended.


Apple Calls iPhone 6 Plus Bending “Rare”

Apple has responded to multiple claims that the iPhone 6 Plus is bending in people’s pockets The iPhone 6 Bends In Your Pocket, Blizzard Cancels Titan MMO, And More... [Tech News Digest] Also, Samsung in Europe, Microsoft bug hunting, Google in-app purchases, texting while driving, and the Windows Phone cat. Read More . Complaints about bent iPhones started trickling in this week, just a few days after the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus went on sale. This led to a video test which seems to show an inherent weakness in the iPhone 6 Plus, even compared to other similar smartphones.

Apple issued the following statement:

Our iPhones are designed, engineered and manufactured to be both beautiful and sturdy. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus feature a precision engineered unibody enclosure constructed from machining a custom grade of 6000 series anodized aluminum, which is tempered for extra strength. They also feature stainless steel and titanium inserts to reinforce high stress locations and use the strongest glass in the smartphone industry.

We chose these high-quality materials and construction very carefully for their strength and durability. We also perform rigorous tests throughout the entire development cycle including 3-point bending, pressure point cycling, sit, torsion, and user studies. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus meet or exceed all of our high quality standards to endure everyday, real life use.

With normal use a bend in iPhone is extremely rare and through our first six days of sale, a total of nine customers have contacted Apple with a bent iPhone 6 Plus. As with any Apple product, if you have questions please contact Apple.

Apple also invited several tech journalists to its testing facilities, as seen in the video above. It shows the company testing the iPhone 6 in various different ways, including being sat on at different angles, the activity being blamed for BendGate.

In other words, Apple is insisting any accidental bending of an iPhone 6 Plus Should You Buy The Bigger iPhone 6 Plus? The term "phablet" very much applies to Apple's recently announced iPhone 6 Plus, but there's more to it than just a bigger screen. Read More hasn’t happened under normal circumstances. Or, to put it even more bluntly, tight jeans and fat thighs aren’t a good combination.

The FAA Lets Hollywood Use Drones

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is allowing a number of production companies to use drones without requiring a special certificate. As reported by The Washington Post, this is the first time a commercial entity has been granted such an exemption from the rules regarding the flying of drones in U.S. airspace. But it’s unlikely to be the last.


In total, six production companies represented by the Motion Picture Association of America The MPAA Targets A Subreddit & Opens Everyone's Eyes To Free Movies The MPAA's latest attempt at thwarting the piracy of movies on the Internet sent them after a subreddit that many people never even knew existed. Did it more harm than good? Read More (MPAA) have been granted these extraordinary permissions. However, they have all agreed to uphold a certain set of rules, including the drones being kept within the operator’s line of sight at all times, and not flying either at night or higher than 400 feet.

More commercial exemptions are expected to be granted, with 40 more companies having applied. The FAA is also working on drafting an official set of rules for the use of drones 7 Industries Drones Are Set to Revolutionize Seven industries that are ready and braced to be (mostly positively) impacted – if not revolutionized – by drones. Read More , which are expected to be published early next year.

Apple Fixes iOS 8 With iOS 8.0.2 Update

Apple has released iOS 8.0.2, moving quickly to fix the broken iOS 8.0.1 update that bricked thousands of iPhones BlackBerry Passport Reviews, iOS 8.0.1 Update Bricks iPhones, And More... [Tech News Digest] Also, Amazon Wishlist, Chrome's endless runner, Sunset Overdrive trailer, and testing the bendiness of smartphones. Read More this week. The new release is available via an over-the-air update, and fixes the issues with OS 8.0.1 as well as all of the bugs that original update was meant to fix in iOS 8 iOS 8 Is Here: 10 Reasons to Install It Right Away If you own an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, you'll want to upgrade it to iOS 8 as soon as possible. Here's why. Read More .

Apple also said sorry for the incident, stating, “We apologize for inconveniencing you if you were affected by the bug in iOS 8.0.1.” With no reports of any problems as yet, it seems it’s safe to update your iDevice to iOS 8.0.2. But do keep your fingers crossed just in case.


Valve Launches Steam Music Player


Valve has launched the Steam Music Player, which sits in the Steam desktop app, allowing you to play all of your stored music without having to switch tasks. To celebrate the launch, Valve is giving away the soundtracks to Half-Life, Half-Life 2, Portal, and Portal 2, but only to those who already own the games. Luckily, for those who don’t, all four games have also had their prices slashed by 75 percent until Oct. 1. Making it easier to justify listening to music at the same time as gaming 6 Life Lessons You Can Learn From Gaming There are plenty of life lessons to be learned from games, and these lessons can make you a better person in the end. Read More .

Sony Offers Free Multiplayer Gaming

For one weekend only, PlayStation 4 owners who haven’t signed up for PlayStation Plus are being given the opportunity to play online against other people Learn The Lingo: Common Gaming Terms You Should Know All hobbies have their own terminology; sets of words and phrases that are only known to those actively involved. Gaming is no exception. What follows are 20 of the most common terms associated with gaming,... Read More . The Sony promotion has already begun, and is due to end at 11.59pm (Pacific) on Sunday, Sept. 28. We suspect most PS4 owners have already signed up for PlayStation Plus Xbox Live vs. PlayStation Plus: What Do You Get With Each? If you're got a PS4 or Xbox One, you've probably thought about subscribing to PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold. Let's see what they offer gamers for the price. Read More , but this is a nice gesture for the minority who haven’t.

Steve Ballmer Converts LA Clippers To Windows

When Steve Ballmer bought the LA Clippers basketball team for $2 billion Edward Snowden Talks, TrueCrypt Mystery, Ballmer Buys L.A. Clippers [Tech News Digest] Edward Snowden talks to NBC, troubling TrueCrypt tales, CryEngine comes to Steam, Google Video Quality Report ranks ISPs, Vimeo's gets High Maintenance, Ballmer buys the Clippers, and 25 years of LOLs. Read More , various wags suggested he would insist on the team using Windows tablets rather than iPads. And they were correct. Unbelievably, Ballmer is insisting the players ditch their iPads, telling Reuters:


Most of the Clippers are on Windows, some of the players and coaches are not. And Doc [Rivers] kind of knows that’s a project. It’s one of the first things he said to me: ‘We are probably going to get rid of these iPads, aren’t we?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, we probably are.’ But I promised we would do it during the off season.

It’s fine, relax, he’s doing it during the off-season, which completely exonerates him from any accusations of megalomania. Or perhaps not. But then Steve Ballmer is a legend 5 Funny Videos Starring Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer A lot of people really don't like Steve Ballmer. Perhaps because he's Mr. Microsoft, or because he was (for many years) Bill Gates' lickspittle underling. Whatever the reason, he's a figure of fun in a... Read More .

The iPhone 6 Plus: Will It Bend Blend?

And finally, we know the iPhone 6 Plus will bend, but will it blend? That is the question asked by Blendtec founder Tom Dickson in the latest in the long-running series of infomercials. He puts the iPhone 6 Plus up against the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and the results are, well, thoroughly predictable.

Still, it’s fun to watch expensive consumer technology being smashed to smithereens. As long as it isn’t ours.

Your Views On Today’s Tech News

Is Apple right to play down the iPhone 6 Plus bending in people’s pockets? Should the use of drones be legalized beyond just Hollywood? Is Steve Ballmer dumb to switch the LA Clippers from iPads to Windows tablets?


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  1. Tom W
    September 26, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    I've added the Portal and Half-Life sound tracks to my account, but it's a shame that the game needs to be installed to listen to them. I'd much rather just have the music, since I don't keep games installed after I'm done playing them. Also, no L4D2 soundtrack?