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.

iTunes Festival adds over 20 new artists to concert lineup.

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Apple is stuffing the lineup of its 2014 iTunes Festival concert in London next month with the additions of Jenny Lewis, Lenny Kravitz, SOHN, Jessie Ware, Ryan Adams and 16 other artists and bands.

The new acts will join the likes of Pharrell, Beck, David Guetta and Robert Plant at the Roundhouse in London, with the first acts taking the stage on September 1st followed by 29 more days of music. Tickets are free if you live in the U.K., but if you’re stuck in the U.S., all of the concerts will be streamed live to Apple TV and iTunes.

Here’s the full list of artists that were just added:

Just added:

  • David Gray
  • The Script
  • Gregory Porter
  • Jessie Ware
  • Rudimental
  • Jenny Lewis
  • Lenny Kravitz
  • The Script
  • Clean Bandit
  • Robin Schulz
  • Paolo Nutini
  • Charlie Simpson
  • Luke Sital-Singh
  • SOHN
  • Eric Whitacre
  • Matthew Koma
  • Foxes
  • Jess Glynne
  • First Aid Kit
  • MNEK
  • Elbow
  • Ryan Adams

Also on the lineup:

  • Kasabian
  • Pharrell Williams
  • Kylie Minogue
  • David Guetta
  • Beck
  • Sam Smith
  • Robert Plant
  • 5 Seconds of Summer
  • Calvin Harris
  • Chrissie Hynde

New iPhone 6 Images Depict Rear Shell and Front Panel Together for the First Time.

With the iPhone 6 launch less than a month away, we’ve been seeing new images of leaked parts on a near daily basis. Multiple images of both the front panel and the rear shell of the 4.7-inch device have surfaced, but for the first time, the two parts have been photographed together, giving us our clearest look yet at Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6.

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Shared by luxury iPhone vendor Feld & Volk [Instagram page] high quality images of the two parts show the glossy front panel’s slightly tapered edges melding seamlessly into the rounded edges of the rear shell for a sleek, continuous curve.

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Top view of 4.7-inch iPhone 6

A side view of the two pieces together also gives us a good idea of just how thin Apple’s newest iPhone will be. Assembled, the iPhone 6 is expected to be significantly thinner than the 7.6mm thick iPhone 5s, coming in at approximately 7mm.

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Side view of 4.7-inch iPhone 6

With its softly rounded corners and redesigned pill-shaped volume buttons, the iPhone 6 closely resembles the style of the iPad mini, iPad Air, and newest iPod touch. Shell images also suggest the iPhone 6 will adopt redesigned speaker holes, a round True Tone flash, an embedded Apple logo, and a relocated right-side power button for easier one-handed use.

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It’s important to note that Feld and Volk’s images still depict unfinished iPhone 6 parts that are in rough condition, and Apple’s completed device will undoubtedly look even more polished.

Along with the assembled front panel and rear shell, we’ve seen virtually every other iPhone 6 part, giving us a fairly good idea of what to expect from the device. For a full walkthrough of each aspect of the iPhone 6, make sure to check out our roundup.

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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According to GeekBar, the iPhone 6 will use a PN65V NFC chip similar to what’s been used by Sony, Samsung and others, in many Android handsets. The NFC chip is supposedly being supplied by NXP Semiconductors which also makes the M7 co-processor in the iPhone 5s.

GeekBar has a mixed reputation with iPhone leaks and while we can’t verify the authenticity of the leaked schematic, the PN65V ship does seem fairly straightforward. However, GeekBar botched a RAM leak for the iPhone 6 earlier this morning, claiming it would only have 1GB of

The addition of NFC to the iPhone 6 seems like an odd addition considering Apple could have easily added it since the iPhone 3GS. NFC plays a vital role in a number of mobile payment systems like Google Wallet, and while Apple has been eager to rely on Bluetooth LE, it is possibly that Apple wants to add NFC for its own mobile payments system that is rumored to debut with the iPhone 6.

Water isnt always the kiss of death for an iPhone.

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Water and technology don’t mix. If you drop your iPhone in a lake, pond, toilet, or martini, there’s a fantastic chance it will end up being completely destroyed. Many of the little electrical bits inside the device don’t take kindly to be drenched, especially if it leads to a short. However, as Rob Griffiths of Macworld discovered, sometimes all is not lost.

His story on the premature death, rescue, autopsy, and unlikely resurrection of his iPhone 5 is definitelyworth a read in its entirety, but if you’re too pressed for time, at least take this small tidbit of information with you: Complete disassembly and a thorough blasting with compressed air can be the magic touch.

Also, it helps if you drop your phone took a bath in fresh water, as opposed to the ocean. Saltwater is infinitely more deadly for an unprotected smartphone, so keep that in mind.

Wallpaper of the Week: stars and moons.

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Wallpaper Weekends is a series that works to bring you stunning, high quality wallpapers for your iPad, iPhone, and/or iPod Touch.

Today, there is a pack of wallpaper posts highlighting a whimsical approach to the starry sky. From creatively placed moons, to clouds and even space ships, if you are into galaxies, possibly far, far away, step inside for your downloads…

Stars and moons wallpapers for iPhone

The collection below was gathered by @iDeviceGFX, operated by @CenixNova. The iDevice twitter account shares wallpapers on a daily basis and I recommend checking out the timeline for some other excellent walls.

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DownloadGoodnight Tale mod (left); Goodnight Tale mod II (top); Goodnight Tale mod III (bottom)

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DownloadProgeny mod II (left); Progeny mod III (right)

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DownloadStatica mod (left); Silent Passenger mod (right)

Lego’s new Fusion sets blur the line between iOS gaming and physical toys.

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Love Lego? Love iOS? Prepare to get your chocolate in your peanut butter.

Lego has just started selling Lego Fusion, a series of toys that blend everyone’s favorite plastic bricks with iOS gaming.

Fusion is different from games like Lego Star Wars. Designed for kids 7 and up, each Lego Fusion set is made up of standard-ish Lego bricks, a Fusion capture plate and an associated iOS app.

The Fusion capture plate allows iOS to identify the size and color of the bricks you’re using, courtesy of your device’s camera. The structure you are building is then imported into the app as a full 3-D model.

Legos tend to be expensive, but the sets in the Lego Fusion series are surprisingly affordable, given how they bridge both virtual and physical play spaces: You can buy one of four sets from Lego now — Town Master, Battle Towers, Resort Designer and Create & Race — for just $34.99.