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The Wall Street Journal claims that the firm has ordered between 70 and 80 million units of the next-generation handset, a larger initial batch than any previous iPhone.


By comparison, the company ordered between 50 and 60 million units of the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C around this time last year.

The news follows reports that Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn has hired around 100,000 additional employees to cope with the extra workload brought about by the production of the new iPhone.

Apple is expected to launch two new iPhone models this year, with a 5.5-inch iPhone Air tipped to accompany the flagship 4.7-inch device.

The firm's past release schedule suggests that new iPhone hardware will arrive in September.


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Halo composer Marty O'Donnell has won his lawsuit against Bungie.

Claiming he was owed unpaid benefits after being dismissed by Bungie in April, O'Donnell filed a lawsuit against the company the following month.

Despite denying any wrongdoing, Bungie has since been ordered pay O'Donnell around $95,000.

According to Venturebeat, O'Donnell will be awarded $38,385 for unpaid work and holiday time, another $38,385 in damages, and the remaining cash for attorney's fees and interest.

O'Donnell worked for Bungie for almost 14 years, having joined the firm in May 2000.

He most recently served as the audio director for Destiny, which has just entered beta.


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Online piracy punishments will be scrapped in the UK as of next year.

Under a new scheme, people caught unlawfully file-sharing video games, music and movies will be educated rather than punished.

As part of the voluntary copyright alert programme (VCAP), file-sharers will be issued with up to four warnings annually.

However, according to CVG, there will be no sanctions for ignoring them.

The VCAP scheme falls into the wider Creative Content UK initiative, which aims to promote legal sources of online entertainment.

Plans to introduce harsher punishments, such as shutting off a user's internet, were scrapped in favour of the advisory scheme.

Business Secretary Vince Cable described the UK's creative industries as one of the country's "brilliant global success stories".

"We have unrivalled creativity - from record-breaking musicians to box office films - that excite and inspire people all over the world," he continued.

"Yet too often that content is open to abuse by some who don't play by the rules.

"That is why we are working with the industry to ensure that intellectual property rights are understood and respected.

"Education is at the heart of this drive so people understand that piracy isn't a victimless crime - but actually causes business to fail, harms the industry and costs jobs."

A 2012 study revealed that two in five UK adults have admitted to illegally downloading or streaming content online.

Another report said that while video game piracy was widespread, it was not as high as previously suggested.


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The Last of Us: One Night Live has been announced by Sony and Naughty Dog.

The upcoming theatrical live performance will celebrate the artistry behind the 2013 blockbuster game.

The one-night-only event will feature appearances by Troy Baker, Ashley Johnson, Merle Dandridge, Hana Hayes and Annie Wersching.

In addition, Academy Award-winning composer Gustavo Santaolalla will perform selections from his score.

"How this all fits together will remain a bit of a mystery until it happens," says producer Geoff Keighley on the PlayStation Blog.

"But trust me when I say it will be a very special evening."

One Night Live is scheduled to take place on Monday, July 28, in Santa Monica at 3am BST.

Select portions of the programme will be streamed live globally via Twitch, YouTube and PlayStation Network's Live Event Viewer.

The Last of Us is set to hit PlayStation 4 on July 30 in Europe and July 29 in North America.


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Google has agreed to stop labelling games with in-app purchases as 'free', in response to criticism from the European Commission.

From September, the Android-owner will change the way so-called 'freemium' apps are listed, which are free to download but contain added paid-for extras.

The Commission has been pressing Google and Apple to make changes to the way apps are labelled, over fears children are being targeted and consumers are being misled.

As well as scrapping the 'free' title, Google has now agreed to devise new guidelines for developers to avoid encouraging children and will also add approval prompts to all apps by default.

While Google has been praised for the move, Apple has come under fire for not committing to a solution.

"Regrettably, no concrete and immediate solutions have been made by Apple to date to address the concerns linked in particular to payment authorisation," the Commission said in a statement.

"Apple has proposed to address those concerns. However, no firm commitment and no timing have been provided for the implementation of such possible future changes."

Apple believes its current strategy is efficient and goes "far beyond the features of others in the industry".

"Apple takes great pride in leading the industry in parental controls that are incredibly easy to use and help ensure a great experience for parents and children on the App Store," the iPhone maker said in response.

"The parental controls in iOS are strong, intuitive and customisable. And over the last year we made sure any app which enables customers to make in-app purchases is clearly marked.

"We've also created a Kids Section on the App Store with even stronger protections to cover apps designed for children younger than 13.

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The PlayStation 4 has outsold the Xbox One for the sixth consecutive month in the US.

Sony's latest gaming machine was the top-selling home console of June, according to figures provided by the NPD Group.

Meanwhile, June saw an increase in the number of Xbox One units sold, with Microsoft claiming that sales of its console more than doubled last month.

Sony recently revealed its plan to aim the PS4 at Wii owners who skipped on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Andrew House and PS4 lead architect Mark Cerny spoke at a keynote session at Develop conference last week, revealing that having a hard drive and 8GB memory in the PS4 were both billion dollar decisions for Sony.

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Oculus Rift maker Oculus VR is reportedly introducing gesture controls to the virtual reality headset.

The Facebook-owned company is developing its own peripherals to help users drive the gameplay experience using hand and body movements, CNET reports.

The move is considered a risky undertaking as Oculus VR could alienate the third-party manufacturers already at work on motion controllers for the device.

Facebook announced on March 25 that it is buying Oculus VR in a deal worth $2 billion, with plans in place to apply its technology to areas beyond gaming, such as communications, media and entertainment, and education.

The deal caused a backlash in sections of the gaming community, with Minecraft creator Markus Persson scrapping plans for an Oculus Rift version of the game.

It is yet to be confirmed when a consumer version of Oculus Rift will be released.

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Adidas has announced its latest assault on the world of wearable tech in the form of the miCoach Fit Smart band.

The device - which was leaked last month - follows the miCoach Smart Run fitness watch but comes in at over £100 cheaper.

The fitness accessory features an LED dot display, accompanied by a built-in heart monitor and the ability to track the number of calories burned, as well as your pace, distance and stride rate.

There is also Bluetooth 4.0 and support for Android, iPhone and Windows Phone 8, enabling Adidas to attract as many users as possible.

The soft touch silicon strap comes in two colours - black and translucent white - while the battery provides enough power for an hour's training a day for five days. It can store up to ten hours of workout data too.

miCoach Fit Smart will launch in the UK on August 15 and will cost £179 from Adidas.com and Adidas Sports Performance stores. The device is set to launch later in August in the US at $199.


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Great Britain has joined the US in banning uncharged devices on flights coming in and out of the country.

The Department for Transport has declared that passengers may be asked to switch any personal electronics on to prove that they are genuine before boarding.

Travellers are more likely to be subjected to these checks before boarding flights to the Middle East and Asia, The Telegraph reports.

All passengers are advised to fully charge their device before arriving at the airport, as being unable to power it up could force them to leave it behind.

However, British Airways has stated that its customers will have the option to book an alternate flight, leave their device behind for collection upon their return or have it forwarded to their home address.

Transport officials in the US were the first to enforce the policy when they drew up the new regulations last week, but did not clarify why increased security is required.

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Apple could be planning to make some of its future products entirely out of glass, a patent filing suggests.

The iPhone maker has been awarded a patent for a method of fusing glass structures together with internal circuitry inside, Apple Insider reports.

The news has given rise to speculation that the firm could eventually develop iPhone, iPad and Mac products primarily made from sapphire glass.

Apple already makes its camera lenses and home buttons from the extra-resilient material, and is expected to use it more prominently for the iPhone 6 and iWatch.

The firm's design chief Jony Ive is listed as one of the inventors of the technology, which aims to break new ground in aesthetics and durability.

Apple is expected to announce new iPhone hardware in September, but is yet to officially confirm any future plans for all-glass products.

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