Apple has finally sent out invites for the launch of its latest iPhone handset.

As previously reported, the company will hold an event on September 9 where the iPhone 6 and an iWatch smartwatch are expected to be revealed.

Exact details about what Apple will unveil are scarce, as per usual Apple protocol.

The invite simply reads "We wish we could say more", along with the date.

Earlier this month, images were leaked of what appeared to be a fully assembled iPhone 6, which is expected to feature thin, curved edges.

It is also thought that the device will come with a reversible USB cable, and will ship with a maximum 128GB of storage.

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Microsoft has declared that it is clamping down on bogus Windows Store apps following a report highlighting the volume of scams on the service.

How-To Geek recently ran a report on Windows Store scam apps that aim to dupe users into paying for software that is typically free, and criticised the platform holder over its seemingly lax stance on such practises.

The firm's store policies demand that names must be clear and icons must be differentiated to avoid being mistaken with existing apps, so it remains unclear how the scam software made it through the approval process to begin with.

However, Microsoft claims that it has since removed 1,500 apps that do not comply with its certification requirements and pledged to enforce them more strictly in the future.

"The Store review is ongoing and we recognise that we have more work to do, but we're on it," said Windows Apps and Store general manager Todd Brix. "No approach is perfect, so we encourage people to report any issues they may encounter with Windows Store."

Google and Apple have both had to deal with the issue of fake and cloned apps in the past, although the iPhone maker's App Store is traditionally more stringent in its approval process.


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LG has strongly hinted that it will cease the production of plasma television sets in the future.

The South Korean firm is investing in large-screen curved OLED sets with 4K Ultra-HD resolutions in the belief that it will rival LCD technology.

The move could spell the end for the flagging plasma market, with LG home entertainment chief Ha Hyun-hwoi saying that its withdrawal from the market is a case of "when" not "if".

He said: "We are studying on when we should suspend the PDP business."

LG is expected to make an official announcement about the suspension of its plasma display business in the near future, according to Korea Times.

With industry giants Samsung and Panasonic having already announced plans to exit the plasma market, Chinese firm Changhong Electric Co is the sole manufacturer still investing in the technology.


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Twitter has opened up its Analytics section to all users, providing them with information about their followers.

Subscribers who have held an account for more than two weeks can access the service and browse data such as the gender, location and interests of their contacts.

It is also possible to discover how many users viewed a particular tweet, and find out how many clicked on it. This information can be downloaded for offline viewing.

Twitter Analytics has been accessible for celebrities and certain companies since July, but this is the first time the general public have been able to get their hands on the data.

Meanwhile, recent reports suggest that Twitter is about to step up its presence in e-commerce with the introduction of a 'Buy' button, allowing users to purchase goods and services via a tweet.

The company is allegedly aiming to roll out this service en masse in time for the Christmas season.

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Snapchat has been valued at $10 billion (£6 billion) by a leading Silicon Valley investment firm.

The valuation puts the picture messaging service in the same league as the likes of Dropbox and Airbnb, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, an early backer of Google and Amazon, agreed to invest $10 million in Snapchat after completing its valuation of the company.

The news comes after Snapchat reportedly hit the milestone of 100 million users, around half that of Facebook-owned rival Instagram.

The messaging app is believed to have been the subject of a failed $3 billion bid by the world's largest social network earlier this year.

However, Facebook went on to acquire another Snapchat competitor, messaging service WhatsApp.


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Apple's rumoured 12.9-inch iPad Pro is on course for release next year, a report suggests.

The Cupertino firm has been working on a larger version of its popular tablet for more than a year, according to Bloomberg.

Apple's new slate, which would measure in at 3 inches larger than the current iPad Air if the rumours prove accurate, is expected to enter production in early 2015.

The news organisation's sources also claim that the iPad Air 2 and the next iteration of the iPad Mini will arrive in time for the Christmas season.

Apple recently entered a business partnership with computing giant IBM, a move that could pave the way for a larger iPad geared towards professionals.

If the company's past release schedule is anything to go by, we will see new iPad hardware around October, off the back of an iPhone unveiling next month.

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Star Wars characters could debut in Disney Infinity 2.0 next year, Avalanche Software has teased.

Asked by Newsarama for any future teasers, Avalanche Software CEO John Blackburn and executive producer John Vignocchi loosely referenced the opening of Star Wars.

"We can talk about the future, but that's far, far away," said Blackburn, to which Vignocchi replied: "2015 is not so far, far away anymore, is it?"

The beginning of each Star Wars movie opens with a line containing the words: "In a galaxy far, far away."

Star Wars and Marvel characters and Play Sets were tipped for Disney Infinity 2.0 prior to its announcement, but only Marvel characters have been confirmed.

Elsewhere, Vignocchi said that his favourite female Disney character would appear in the sequel and would be announced at a later date.

Disney Infinity 2.0 launches on September 19 in Europe and September 23 in North America. An alternative bundle featuring Disney characters will be released November,

A Guardians of the Galaxy Play Set was recently announced for the game, while Aladdin and Princess Jasmine were unveiled as new characters.


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Shigeru Miyamoto has suggested that Nintendo is once again targeting the hardcore gamer.

Speaking to Edge, the Nintendo developer said that the company no longer needs to "expand the gaming population" thanks to the rise of smartphones and tablets.

"Fortunately, because of the spread of smart devices, people take games for granted now.

"It's a good thing for us, because we do not have to worry about making games something that are relevant to general people's daily lives."

He also criticised passive gamers who make no attempt to challenge themselves.

"[These are] the sort of people who, for example, might want to watch a movie. They might want to go to Disneyland," he continued.

"Their attitude is, 'OK, I am the customer. You are supposed to entertain me'. It's kind of a passive attitude they're taking, and to me it's kind of a pathetic thing.

"They do not know how interesting it is if you move one step further and try to challenge yourself [with more advanced games]."

During the same interview, Miyamoto revealed that Nintendo held "heated debates" about whether to make Mario the lead character in upcoming shooter Splatoon.

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Assassin's Creed Unity has been given a delay by Ubisoft.

The latest instalment in the action-adventure series will release two weeks later than originally scheduled, arriving on November 13 in Europe and November 11 in North America.


"As we got close to the finish, we realised we were near the target but still needed a bit more time to hone some of the details to make sure Assassin's Creed Unity is exceptional," said senior producer Vincent Pontbriand.

"We sincerely appreciate players' commitment to the game and their patience. It's just a couple more weeks. And it's going to be worth it."

Meanwhile, Assassin's Creed Rogue has been pushed back to November 13 in Europe, but retains its November 11 release date in North America.


Ditching competitive multiplayer, groups of players will instead be able to form brotherhoods to assassinate targets using a combination of distraction and combat as part of the campaign.

Ubisoft recently released an 11-minute gameplay video, demonstrating new modified missions, parkour and stealth abilities.


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This week's postponed PSN maintenance will take place later today (August 28), Sony has announced.

The PlayStation Network will be taken offline at 4pm UK time until 5am Friday morning (August 29).

The PlayStation Store, Home and Account Management will be unavailable during the offline period.

Users who have signed into PSN since August 23, however, will be able to play games online and access apps such as Netflix during maintenance.

Sony will use the downtime to deploy a series of "back-end improvements" to the network.

The maintenance was originally scheduled to take place on Monday, August 25, but was postponed after a DDoS attack on the PSN servers.

As a result of the attack, PSN was offline for large parts of Sunday (August 24).


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