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Men are first in line for the new iPhone 6

Apple fans - almost all men - queue outside its Covent Garden store to buy the new iPhone 6, which went on sale today. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

A picture of Apple fans queuing outside the technology giant's Covent Garden store today waiting to buy the new iPhone 6 has sparked an unexpected online row.

The Independent's report is headlined "There is literally not a single woman in this iPhone 6 queue", but Rhiannon Williams, the Telegraph's technology reporter, says that claim is "untrue".

She tweeted:

The story does acknowledge that there were some women in the queue, but it is certainly difficult - if not impossible - to see any in the picture above.

Meanwhile, a survey of 750 women and 1,250 men has claimed that women are more avid smartphone users than men, with 18% of women checking their devices at least once an hour, compared with 13% of men.

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He's got the iPhone 6, now it's time for a selfie

Sam Sheikh (left) and Jameel Ahmed are the first iPhone 6 customers at the Apple Store in Covent Garden, London. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

The first person to buy a new iPhone 6 in London said his first priority with the new phone would be taking a selfie.

Jameel Ahmed, 26, and his friend Sam Sheikh, 27, were the first two technology fans through the doors of the Apple store in Covent Garden to buy the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets.

Mr Ahmed said he was "really excited", adding: "I'd like to open it and take my selfie. It's a challenge with my friends that I'll have the iPhone first."

The iPhone 6, with a 4.7 inch screen, and the 6 Plus with 5.5 inch display, went on sale in nine countries and the UK today.

EE said that customers who pre-ordered handsets through Phones 4u, which went bust on Sunday, would still be able to get them in its stores if they had their receipts.

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Hundreds queue for new iPhone

Arndale Centre Credit: MEN Syndication

Hundreds of gadget fanatics have queued through the night in Manchester’s Arndale Centre to get their hands on the new iPhone 6.

The Manchester Evening News report the first die-hard customer arrived 18 HOURS before the doors opened at the Apple Store in the shopping complex. Some punters even ordered pizzas to their place in the line, for breakfast. The new handsets go on sale at 8am.

First kids' tablet allows parents to control screen time

Amazon is soon to launch its first ever tablet aimed at kids - the Fire HD Kids Edition.

As well as featuring a more robust build, the tablet gives parents options to help manage screen time and encourage learning goals.

Amazon's Fire HD Kids Edition. Credit: Amazon/Business Wire

The tablet also has the option of blocking in-app payments - avoiding the headache of children racking up bills via online games.

Amazon says it also comes with over 5,000 books, movies, TV episodes, educational apps, and games.

Prices start at $149 (£92) but there are no confirmed plans to launch the product in the UK yet.

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Amazon's full range of new products

Amazon has announced the imminent arrival of six new devices:

  • Kindle Voyage - the new top-end e-reader is less than 8mm thick and weighs just 180 grams (6.4oz) - £169
  • Kindle - The updated original e-reader featuring double the storage space and a touch display - £59
  • Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 - The new top-of-the-range tablet with better sound and faster graphics - £329
  • Kindle Fire HD - Essentially a smaller version of the HDX, Fire HD comes in two sizes and five colours - £79 for six-inch, £119 for seven-inch
  • Kids Edition - a child-proof Fire HD with options for parents to set time limits on gaming - no confirmed UK launch

Amazon unveils range of new e-readers and tablets

Amazon has unveiled a slew of new devices including updated versions of its popular Kindle e-reader and Fire tablet lines.

The new Fire HDX tablet Credit: Amazon/Business Wire

The online retail giant announced Kindle Voyage, which is says is its thinnest and highest-resolution e-reader yet.

The company also showed off three new tablets for the first time, including a new tablet - the Fire HDX 8.9 - which is in direct competition with Apple's iPad.

It also announced a Kids Edition of the tablet that runs a simplified mobile operating system that is icon-based designed for younger users to take advantage of apps and other media.

11m adults 'check phone as soon as they wake up'

Some 11 million adults in the UK are so obsessed with their smartphone they check it as soon as they wake up, research has shown.

According to Deloitte:

  • The majority (67%) of 18 to 24-year-olds check their devices within 15 minutes of getting out of bed.
  • Most smartphone owners first check their text messages, but 25% of users go to their email first, while 14% get straight onto social networks.
  • The 18 to 24-year-old age group are the most intensive users, checking their device on average 53 times a day.
  • In comparison 65 to 75-year-olds only check their device a mere 13 times a day on average.

27% of drivers 'nearly hit pedestrian because of mobile'

Around one in every four motorists has almost hit a pedestrian because they were distracted by their mobile phone while behind the wheel, according to fresh research.

Pedestrians and drivers are becoming less aware because of their phones, researchers found. Credit: REUTERS/Eddie Keogh

Data collected by a financial services website exposed just how many people have put themselves in danger by checking their smartphone while walking or driving.

About one in every seven (14%) pedestrians said they had crossed the road without looking because they were busy with a mobile or smartphone, Confused.com found.

Nearly one third (31%) of pedestrians has not properly checked for oncoming traffic because they were looking at their phone, researchers said.

Last year, 24,033 pedestrians were injured crossing on UK roads - with the number killed increasing by 3% year on year.

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