Tim cook pictured in Foxconn plant with employee working on an iPhone 6

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook is now in China and has posted a photo of himself on his Twitter account, with a Foxconn factory worker making final touches on an iPhone 6 unit. He writes, “Great to meet talented people like Zhang Fan, who helps make iPhone 6 in Zhengzhou. An early highlight of this trip.”

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Here’s the tweet:

Aside from spending time with Foxconn factory worker Zhang Fan, in Zhengzhou, China, what is the CEO doing in the country?

According to reports, Cook is scheduled to meet with Ma Kai, China’s Vice Premier, in Zhongnanhai, which is a government complex in Beijing. The two are said to talk about hackers targeting iCloud. GreatFire.org, an activist group in the country, claim that hackers were backed by the Chinese government.

Going back to the Foxconn plant in Zhengzhou, the facility is known to be one of the key iPhone assembly liness. Cook once said that the demand and supply of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is “not on the same planet.” This means that the demand for the new iPhones exceeds supply. This suggests that Cook is personally checking on the progress of production, making sure that supply can meet the demand.

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Another new iPhone issue revealed – enter ‘Dyegate’

The first issue revealed to plague the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is the smartphones’ vulnerability to bending, which has been dubbed “Bendgate.” Videos show that it only takes a small amount of pressure to bend the new iPhones. The second issue was called “Hairgate.” This issue affects men with facial hair. Placing the handsets on their face while taking a call would result in facial hair getting caught up in the spaced between the glass and aluminium frame. It seems there is another issue that is annoying owners. This new issue has been dubbed “Dyegate.”

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The photos you see above come from a BGR reader “who asked not to be identified.” So what is Dyegate? It is the dye from your jeans’ pockets that stain the plastic strips that run across the iPhones. These plastic strips give the phones’ antenna breathing room.

According to BGR:

Some iPhone owners who don’t cover their phones with a protective case are finding that after sliding an iPhone in and out of the pockets on their jeans for a period of time, some of the dye from the denim is rubbing off onto the plastic strips on the back of the phone.

The result is an unsightly discoloration that makes the iPhone look dirty and old. Conventional soaps and other cleaning products one might use in an effort to remove the darkening on the plastic strips apparently have not worked.

One BGR reader jokingly referred to the problem as “Dyegate.”

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Samsung teases Lollipop coming soon to Galaxy Note 4

The Korean tech giant has teased on its official Samsung Mobile Twitter account that Android 5.0 (Lollipop) will soon be rolling out to the Galaxy Note 4.

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The tweet itself doesn’t really mention Lollipop, with Samsung saying, “Anyway you look at it, the  Quad HD Super AMOLED display is pretty sweet. .” However, the photo that follows needs no amount of super sleuthing to figure out that Samsung is teasing the latest version of Android for its new phablet.

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Although Samsung teases Lollipop for the Galaxy Note 4, it doesn’t drop a clue as to when it plans to roll out the update for the device. However, we’re sure to come across more news on the matter in weeks to come.

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Microsoft confirms ‘Nokia Lumia’ to be rebranded as ‘Microsoft Lumia’

Microsoft has confirmed with The Verge that it will be dropping the Nokia brand in its handsets and will be replacing it with “Microsoft.” So future handsets will carry the brand “Microsoft Lumia” instead of current Windows Phone handsets that carry the “Nokia Lumia” branding.

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The Verge reports:

Microsoft started dropping hints about its plans to kill off the Nokia and Windows Phone brands last month, and now the company is ready to make it official. Microsoft Lumia is the new brand name that takes the place of Nokia for the software maker. The name change follows a slow transition from Nokia.com over to Microsoft’s new mobile site, and Nokia France will be the first of many countries that adopt “Microsoft Lumia” for its Facebook, Twitter, and other social media accounts. Microsoft has confirmed to The Verge that other countries will follow the rebranding steps in the coming weeks.

What’s still unclear is how the Redmond firm plans to carry this out. Will its upcoming phones have the Microsoft branding in place of where the Nokia branding use to be, or if the handsets will simply show Lumia at the back and front of the device. We’ll just have to wait and see.

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Google Nexus 6 to be available for pre-order in the US on October 29

The Google Nexus 6 smartphone made by Motorola will available for pre-order in the US on the 29th of October.

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According to the Nexus 6’s product page on Google Play US, the “Midnight Blue” colour option will be available for pre-order starting on the 29th of October in the US. The 32GB version will set US buyers back $649 (around £402), while the 64GB version will cost $699 (around £433). Note that if you try to check out the link provided you will get this message from Google:

Sorry! Devices on Google Play is not available in your country yet.

We’re working to bring devices to more countries as quickly as possible.

Please check back again soon.

So what does this mean? Will the Google Nexus 6 be available in the UK at the same time as the US? This is less likely to happen. It’s highly likely that the smartphone will be available in the UK weeks after its US release.

The good thing, however, is that both O2 and Vodafone have confirmed to offer the smartphone. So it is sure to arrive in the UK. The bad news is, the two have remained tight-lipped on the device’s UK release.

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