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Apple strikes iPhone deal with China Mobile

Apple has labelled China as "an extremely important market".
Apple has labelled China as "an extremely important market". Credit: Matt Grayson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

US computer giant Apple claims it has reached a deal to bring the iPhone to China Mobile, the world's biggest phone carrier.

The deal could significantly boost sales of the iPhone in China.

Demand for iPhones, once hugely popular in China, have slumped in the country as lower-priced rival smartphones from Samsung and Chinese companies entered the market.

The iPhone 5s and 5c will go on sale in Apple stores and China Mobil stores next month, and customers can register for phones starting on Christmas Day.

Financial details of the proposed agreement have yet to be removed.

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New smartphone apps offer trick-or-treat tracking

New smartphone apps have been launched to enable parents to track their children when they go trick-or-treating for Halloween.

Chidren going on trick-or-treat for Halloween can now be tracked using several new smartphone apps.
Chidren going on trick-or-treat for Halloween can now be tracked using several new smartphone apps. Credit: David Cheskin/PA Archive/Press Association Images

With the free iPhone app Track n Treat, children can send a time-limited link of their location which allows parents to track their whereabouts using a web browser for the next four hours.

Another free app, Family GPS Tracker on the iPhone and Android, lets parents see their child's location in real-time and sends alerts when they stray outside a set area.

A series of apps for iPhone and Android phones have been launched for Halloween.
A series of apps for iPhone and Android phones have been launched for Halloween. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Life360 enables family members to view each others' locations on a map, send notifications about arrivals at pre-set locations and also stay in contact using group messaging.

Apple 'rickrolls' the world with Siri

Siri displaying Wikipedia entry of Rick Astley track
It's possible that the Wikipedia entry was merely a temporary placeholder for a weather and calendar service, that Apple forgot to remove.

Apple has left what appears to be a practical joke in the iPhone's latest software upgrade.

Asking Siri "what is today going to be like" in iOS 7 produces the Wikipedia entry for Rick Astley's Never Gonna Give You Up.

Rick Astley
Rick Astley has said he finds the phenomenon "hilarious" Credit: PA

It's unclear where the page is merely a placeholder that was meant to have been removed before launch, or an intended prank played by an Apple engineer.

"Rickrolling" as it has become known, is an internet phenomenon where seemingly genuine YouTube videos turn out to contain only the 1987 cult hit.

Apple owners using nipples to unlock new iPhone

Users of the new iPhone 5S have discovered that the device's fingerprint sensor will also allow the phone to be unlocked with other body parts - including nipples.

Adventurous Apple fans began uploading videos of the nipple-activated unlocking on September 20th, just hours after the phone went on sale.

Since then more videos of male and female nipples unlocking iPhones have appeared on YouTube.

Related: iPhones 'can be fooled with photo of fingerprint'

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iPhones 'can be fooled with photo of fingerprint'

Apple's new fingerprint scanners can be fooled using a photograph of the owner's finger, according to hackers.

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The new iPhone 5s come with fingerprint technology for extra security. Credit: Reuters

Germany-based Chaos Computer Club (CCC) claim they have bypassed the iPhone 5s' new security feature only three days after its launch.

The group used a latex "fake finger" slide made using an image taken from a glass surface.

One hacker using the alias Starbug said: "As we have said now for more than years, fingerprints should not be used to secure anything... You can leave them anywhere."

Read: Apple acknowledge security glitch

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Apple sells nine million iPhones in three days

Apple has sold a record-breaking nine million new iPhone 5s and 5c models in three days.

Line of iPhone 5c handsets
The iPhone 5c was the cheaper of the two models released on Friday. Credit: PA

The two new handsets were released on Friday along with the technology giant's latest operating system iOS 7.

More than 200 million phones and tablets are already running iOS 7, making it the fastest software upgrade in history.

The new software introduces a redesigned user interface, fingerprint sensitive security and a new control centre for easy access to common settings.

Read: Apple promises fix after iPhone security glitch claims

Read: What does an iPhone look like on the inside?

New iPhones advertised for up to £2,000 on eBay

The newly released iPhone 5S is being offered for sale on eBay for as much as £2,000 by those anticipating enthusiastic fans will pay over the odds to get their hands on the device.

Listings for the new iPhone 5S on eBay
Listings for the new iPhone 5S on eBay Credit: eBay

The wait for the new handset finally ended yesterday as thousands of people streamed through the doors of Apple stores around the country, many of them having camped out for days.

But with hundreds of listings on eBay for the device with fixed prices running into the thousands, it appears that those that have already bought it are hoping to cash in and make a hefty profit.

Read more: Fans queue for new iPhones

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