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According to TMZ, this prototype iPhone 6 was smuggled out of a Foxconn factory in China by an ex-employee who worked in the company's hardware department designing the outer casing for the new model. It's apparently running a test version of iOS, "which is SOP during the development stage for security purposes." The employee says the "phone is noticeably lighter ... and appears to have a new sensor on the front." Click here to view the first image in this week's demotivational poster gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an immensely talented guitar player that's younger than most.

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At $145, this iPhone 6 knockoff, known as the Goophone i6, features a 4.7-inch (960x540 resolution) display, 2.4-GHz quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, a 12.6 megapixel back camera, and a 2.4 megapixel front-facing camera. While it may appear to run iOS, rest assured that this is just a reskinned version of Android. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a lion cub sneaking up on an unsuspecting dog.

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Aside from being named "Sam Sung", working at an Apple Store isn't so bad, as employees average $41,824 annually before taxes, with a chance of being promoted to Lead Mac Genius after a while. As of September 29, 2012, the company had 72,800 permanent full-time employees and 3,300 temporary full-time employees worldwide. Its worldwide annual revenue in 2013 totalled $170 billion. On September 30, 2013, Apple surpassed Coca-Cola to become the world's most valuable brand in the Omnicom Group's "Best Global Brands" report. Continue reading for more - all numbers were gathered from actual employees who posted on Glassdoor.

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Apple's rumored iWatch is set to launch in October and feature a rounded face as well as come in both mens and womens sizes. In addition to running iOS, Nikkei News reports, "The new watch-like wearable gear will run on this OS, which will be equipped with a centralized function to manage users' biometric information via smartphones." Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Sure, all of these strange prototypes aren't functional, but they do show what Frog designer Hartmut Esslinger and Steve Jobs had in mind back during the 1980s. Their partnership began when the "Snow White" project began in 1982, which was a design competition won by Frog. According to Twisted Sifter, "The result of this partnership between entrepreneur and designer is of historic dimensions: Steve Jobs was the first to make Strategic Design the core of Apple's Business Strategy. By this, Apple grew from an originally technology focused company into one of the world's most successful, global brands, and this was achieved by creating and delivering innovative and intelligent products." Continue reading to see more.

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Apple officially unveiled iOS 8 today, and some of the new features include: interactive notifications, a keyboard that predicts what users will type, and a Snapchat-style self-destruct button for video and audio messages. That's not all, they also added HomeKit, an intuitive system that allows users to control home appliances and turn their iPhone into a remote control. In other words, you can use it to open doors, control lights and even carry out commands like 'get ready for bed' which could dim lights and lock all doors. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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Apple's iOS 8 is just around the corner and while there are many fans are already dreaming up what they hope to see, this one decided to create a demo video showing off one the software update needs: iOS Block. Simply put, it "works by expanding your fingers on an existing app icon to get a Block with information like weather forecasts, calendar appointments, and music controls," says The Verge. Continue reading for the video and more information.

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Another day, another iPhone 6 rumor, this time a video comes courtesy of YouTube user "Soldierknowbest". The iPhone 6 will most likely sport a larger screen, from 4.7 inches to 5.5 inches, with the larger having a display resolution of 1704x960 - triple the 'base' resolution of 568x320. Software wise, the iPhone 6 will be released with iOS 8, and where iOS 7 featured a massive design overhaul, this version is expected to return us to "Apple's usual modus operandi of gradual evolution," says Extreme Tech. Continue reading for the video and more information.

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Dr. Dre is celebrating his new found wealth, thanks to Apple's bid to buy Beats Electronics for $3.2-billion, by purchasing Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady's massive $50-million mansion in California. This 14,000-square-foot home, featured in Architectural Digest, features six bedrooms, a library, a state-of-the-art gym, infinity pool, waterfall and even a moat. One thing's for sure, Dre will definitely be upgrading the home's sound system(s). Continue reading for more pictures.

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If you're a technology enthusiast, none of these may come as a surprise, but for others, you may be surprised that Apple pulled some of their most recent ideas from other places, gadgets. Take for example, Siri, the voice service itself is powered by Nuance and its original interface borrowed ideas from Xiaoi Bot, an Android app released in 2010. However, there's nothing wrong with improving upon existing ideas, like how Facebook improved upon the now almost defunct MySpace. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny internet trolls gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing what an ultra busy intersection is like with no traffic lights.

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