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September 17, 2014, 8:50 AM

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Walt Mossberg / Re/code:
iPhone 6: a great upgrade for iPhone owners, and the best smartphone you can buy  —  iPhone 6 Review: It's a Winner  —  After stubbornly resisting for years, Apple has finally joined the big-screen smartphone movement with its two latest models, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which go on sale Friday.
David Pogue / Yahoo Tech:
Reviewed: iPhone 6 is a Thin, Sexy Phone with a Killer Camera  —  When Apple unveiled the iPhone 6 last week, it made the front pages of newspapers.  It dominated Google Search and Twitter.  It triggered an avalanche of sniping and worshiping on the Web's comment boards.  —  About a phone?
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
iPhone 6 Plus Review: The First Truly Well-Designed Big Smartphone  —  Apple is launching not one, but two premium smartphones today, and the iPhone 6 Plus is the one many probably were skeptical even existed just a few short months ago.  With a screen size measuring 5.5-inches across the diagonal …
Joanna Stern / Wall Street Journal:
Apple iOS 8 Review: A New Phone Without Buying One  —  The Updated Operating System Might Not Look Very Different, but Will Give an Older iPhone a New Lease on Life  —  Forget the iPhone 6, Apple's newest software upgrade brings big changes as well.  WSJ Personal Tech Columnist Joanna Stern dives …
Jason Snell / Six Colors:
iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus: A tale of scale  —  I've been using the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus for the last week, since Apple's big event on Sept. 9.  You can read my full review on Macworld—it's my final byline there.  You can also listen to episode 1 of my new podcast, Upgrade …
Bonnie Cha / Re/code:
SwiftKey, Swype and QuickType keyboards on iPhone 6 make typing easier, faster  —  New Keyboards Bring Faster, Easier Typing to the iPhone 6  —  Imagine a smartphone keyboard that was intelligent enough to predict what you were going to type next.  One that could save you from pecking letter …
Liam Spradlin / Android Police:
Material design screenshots leaked for Google Play Store 5.0 update  —  An Exclusive Early Look At The Google Play Store's 5.0 Update  —  A couple of months ago, we shared an early look at an impending Play Store update that saw more “materialized” content listings, but the rest of the interface remained largely unchanged.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Sony's inability to sell smartphones is costing it $1.7 billion  —  Sony has just revised its annual earnings forecast with the addition of a major 180 billion yen (roughly $1.7 billion) “goodwill impairment charge.”  This relates to Sony's Mobile Communications (MC) business …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple Launches Guide for Android Users Switching to iPhone  —  Ahead of the launch of the large-screened iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple has released a detailed support document that walks Android users through moving data from their Android devices to the iPhone.
Cherlynn Low / Laptop Mag:
ZTE ZMAX hands-on: 5.7" HD screen, 3,400-mAH battery, available Sept 24 at T-Mobile for $250 unlocked  —  ZTE ZMAX: Huge 3,400-mAH Battery, 5.7-inch Screen for $250  —  NEW YORK - Apple wants you to pay an extra $100 for the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, but ZTE is giving you a bigger screen for less.
Kevin Fitchard / Gigaom:
Automatic Labs partners with Ford, adding Siri and IFTTT to SYNC-enabled vehicles  —  Who needs CarPlay?  Ford brings Siri to the car dashboard now with the help of Automatic Labs  —  Ford and Automatic have figured out a way of shoehorning Apple's Siri personal assistant into older model vehicles.
Josh Lowensohn / The Verge:
Smart thermostat maker Ecobee pokes Nest with a striking redesign  —  And the promise of lower heating and cooling bills  —  One of the first things Stuart Lombard will tell you is how much he spent on the solar panels that are on top of his house.  It's not to brag so much as to explain …

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