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Walmart Kicks Off First iPhone 5c Fire Sale, Only $0.97!

Walmart has kicked off a 90 day fire sale for the iPhone 5c giving credence to previous rumors that the handset did not sell as well as Apple had hoped it would. The sale is also a sign that Apple is preparing to announce its next generation iPhone very soon.

iPhone 5c Walmart Sale

The unapologetically plastic handset is now available for only $0.97 at Walmart retail locations. Walmart has also dropped the price of the iPhone 5s from $99 to $79. These prices are for the 16GB models and require a new two-year contract with AT&T, Verizon, Sprint or US Cellular. You can use Walmart's "Find a Store" feature to see if your local store is carrying the device.

Vine Now Lets You Import Existing Videos From Your Phone

Vine has become an important social justice tool now that it has cleaned up its image by eliminating porn. For example, the social video service has been one of the major weapons utilized by protesters in Ferguson, Mo. during the Mike Brown demonstrations. This is why it is important that Vine just updated its app to make it easier to share videos on social media. The Vine app offers users a quick way to shoot and upload videos, which is important for capturing unexpected events. To make things even easier, users can now import existing videos from their camera roll so they can share them with other Vine users. The new feature supports slow motion video and allows users to mix previously recorded videos together.

Vine Camera

The Vine app has also been updated with new editing tools which can be found by tapping the scissors icon on the preview screen. From here users can mute audio and access the one-touch preview and undo button. Other new features include a new grid mode, focus lock, ghost mode and torch mode that allows you to shoot in low light situations. You can learn more about all the new features on the Vine blog.

Optimism From Morgan Stanley Pushes Apple Shares to All-Time High

Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) shares closed at an all-time high of $100.53 on Tuesday following positive reports from Morgan Stanley and RBC Capital Markets analysts. The previous all-time closing high was $702.10, which, after the 7-to-1 stock split, adjusts to $100.30.

Apple stock reaches all-time high

In a note to investors obtained by AppleInsider, Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty gave a strong endorsement to Apple. Most of her optimism derives from the large amount of sales she expects the iPhone 6 and the iWatch to generate. Coupled with this, she believes both products will have stronger margins than previous products, specifically the iPhone 5. She expects the iWatch to ship 41 million units in its

Apple Rumor Mill Heating Up: iPhone 6 to Feature Qualcomm MDM9625 Modem, iWatch Delayed Until 2015 and More

It is that time of year when Apple news turns into Apple gossip, and there was a lot of gossip the last few days. GeekBar today (via G4Games) posted an alleged image of an iPhone 6 logic board that shows a Qualcomm MDM9625 modem. This means previous rumors claiming that the iPhone 6 will support LTE Category 6 are untrue, if the image is legit. The pictured chipset does support LTE Cat.4 and can reach speeds up to 150 Mbps, but not 300 Mbps like previous reports have suggested. This is not a big deal since most carriers around the world do not even support LTE Advanced.

iPhone 6 Rumors

Yesterday Sonny Dickson posted a video showing off the rumored Lightning cable with fully reversible USB. Several sources claim that all of Apple's next-generation products will ship with the new, easier to use cable. Check out the video below.

Leaked Images Reveal Lightning Cable with Fully Reversible USB

The iPhone 6 and next-generation iPad will ship with a new Lightning cable that features a reversible USB, according to leaked images published by uSwitch Tech and Sonny Dickson. The first image shows alleged retail boxes for Apple's rumored revamped Lightning cable. The second image is a closer view of the reversible USB posted to Twitter by Dickson. The new USB connector would put an end to one of the most frustrating problems known to man by allowing the cable to be inserted into a USB port no matter what side is facing up.

Fully Reversible USB Lightning Cable

The USB Promoter Group in December announced a fully reversible Type-C USB cable was in the works, but this cable will not support current Apple products. However, Apple has been working on its own "dual orientation USB plug connector," according to a patent filed in 2013 (via 9to5Mac). The patent says that the USB would be able to mate with "standard USB receptacle connectors, e.g., a standard Type A USB receptacle connector." This means it will support current Apple computers and accessories, unlike the Type-C USB.

New iOS Apps, Games and JB Tweaks of the Week: Call of Duty: Heroes Beta, WWE: SuperCard and More

It was a very slow week for the App Store again. This may be a trend until the next-generation iPhones and iPads are announced in September. However, there were a few big announcements made this week and a few games worth looking forward too. iOS users with an Australia or New Zealand App Store account can now download the Call of Duty: Heroes beta. The game is a free-to-play title that "lets you command an army of legendary heroes, elite soldiers, and an advanced arsenal of weaponry from the Call of Duty universe while building up and customizing a small outpost into an impenetrable base," according to the COD blog One of Swords.

Call of Duty: Heroes

Ironhide Games Studio announced a third Kingdom Rush game on its Facebook page. The game's tagline reads, "Every Adventure Has a Beginning". Ironhide said the game will feature "a new world, a new race, a new ancient evil" and it will be available in the fall.

The full version of Skylanders Trap Team will be released for tablets on October 5 2014. The game is now available for pre-order as a $75 Starter Pack. The Starter Pack includes:

Samsung Takes a Page From John Legere's Playbook, Trolls iPhone Owners at Airports

Trolling is not only an art, it is also a new advertising strategy utilized by T-Mobile CEO John Legere and now Samsung. The South Korean company has taken its "Wall Huggers" campaign to select airports to troll customers who are stuck using power outlets to charge their mobile devices. Samsung has placed posters near power outlets that read:

"Samsung Galaxy S5 with Ultra Power Saving Mode. So you have the power to be anywhere but here”

Samsung Wall Huggers

The campaign is obviously aimed at the iPhone and other Apple devices. The posters have been spotted at the Newark airport in New Jersey and will be added to John F. Kennedy International in New York and to O’Hare and Midway in Chicago, according to CNET.

Call of Duty: Heroes Beta Launching Exclusively for iOS Devices

Activision today announced that Call of Duty: Heroes is being released exclusively to iOS devices on Thursday. The beta will soft launch in Australia and New Zealand so users can "provide feedback to improve the final game experience," according to the One of Swords blog. The game will be a free-to-play title where players can build their own impenetrable base from the ground up.

Call of Duty: Heroes

Call of Duty: Heroes will feature characters from the COD universe, like Captain Price, Soap, Harper, and more. Players will be able to buy infantry and drones to defend and attack other bases making the game a lot like Clash of Clans, but with CLAWs, and Dragonfires instead of barbarians and archers. The game will also feature multiplayer elements allowing players to team up, Killstreaks, care packages and other goodies to help you blow stuff up.

T-Mobile to Crack Down on Peer-to-Peer File Sharing

T-Mobile plans to start addressing users who are abusing their unlimited 4G/LTE data plans, according to an alleged internal memo published by TMO News. The memo sent to T-Mobile staff reads:

"T-mobile has identified customers who are heavy data users and are engaged in peer-to-peer file sharing, and tethering outside of T-Mobile’s Terms and Conditions (T&C). This results in a negative data network experience for T-Mobile customers. Beginning August 17, T-Mobile will begin to address customers who are conducting activities outside of T-Mobile’s T&Cs.”

T-Mobile

The memo also contains a 4-step plan to handle customers who are violating T-Mobile's terms and conditions.

T-Mobile will first contact the alleged abuser to notify them that they are violating their terms and conditions. The customer's account will be tagged with a "Misuse Warning SOC" until their next billing cycle. If the abuse continues, T-Mobile will then throttle the customer's data speeds. The account will also be marked by a "Misuse Throttle SOC" so customer care and other staff will know why that customer is experiencing slower speeds.

WWE SuperCard Coming to iOS Devices Tonight

2K Games' WWE SuperCard is set to hit the App Store tonight. The app is a collectible card game that allows players to do battle with the best Superstars, Divas, Legends and Managers from the WWE. Players can customize and train their own WWE dream team with over 400 collectible cards.

WWE SuperCard

The game features a Player vs. Player mode that allows you to use a five-man team to compete against other players online. Players can unlock new cards by winning one-on-one matches or by competing in the King Of The Ring tournament. The 16 person multi-day tournament rewards cards based on a player's final ranking.