Apple predicts iPhone 6s sales will break records

Company claims demand for new 6s and 6s Plus models could overtake the record-setting sales of 6 last year, as people rush to get latest smartphones

Apple claims demand for its new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus could surpass the record-breaking sales of iPhone 6 last year, as the newest versions of the firm’s smartphones go on sale in the UK.

The launch, which started at 8am on Friday, marks the beginning of busy autumn for the technology firm, which also announced a new, larger iPad is set to be released in November.

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Star Wars Battlefront and this season’s big games – Tech Weekly podcast

Winter games: the big video game releases of 2015 and what they tell us about the state of the industry

We’re heading into video game release season, when all the major blockbuster titles are flung onto the market in the hope of snaring those Christmas millions. However, amid the flood of sequels, shooters and sci-fi epics it seems that variety and diversity of experience are being increasingly overlooked in the rush to give a certain demographic exactly what they think they want.

Can big publishers really sustain this hugely expensive Triple A model into the next decade? On this week’s games takeover podcast, Keith Stuart and Jordan Erica Webber take look at all the biggest releases with independent games developer Holly Pickering, journalist at Kotaku, Keza Macdonald and Nicholas Lovell from Gamesbrief to ask if creativity is being strangled in the mainstream video game sector.

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NHS-accredited health apps putting users’ privacy at risk, study finds

Researchers found some of the smartphone apps sent unencrypted personal and medical details over the internet – putting users at risk of identity theft and fraud

Smartphone health apps backed by the NHS could be putting users’ privacy unnecessarily at risk, according to a study.

Researchers from Imperial College London investigated how data was handled by apps endorsed by the NHS Health Apps Library and found several sent unencrypted personal and medical information over the internet – putting users at risk of identity theft and fraud.

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Ten of the best mobile puzzle games

From Monument Valley and Threes! to Best Fiends and Lara Croft Go, here are some top brain-scramblers for iOS, Android and Windows Phone

To deal with the sickly sweet elephant in the room: no, Candy Crush Saga isn’t included. Not for reasons of snobbery, but rather because surely anyone with an interest in playing puzzle games on their phone will know about it by now.

Candy Crush Saga’s popularity shows the appetite for small-screen puzzling, though, so what else is available on your smartphone or tablet to stretch your brains?

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Apple fans (and a robot) among first to buy new iPhone 6s – video

Hundreds queue in Sydney to be some of the first to get their hands on the new iPhone 6s or 6s Plus. For those standing in the rain on George Street, it’s irrelevant that a store across the street is selling the same product with no waiting required. Kane Hulden, 17, actually enjoyed his three-hour wait: ‘I love waiting … I waited 17 hours once for Iggy Azalea.’ Others travelled from as far as the US, while one woman sent a robot to hold her place in line

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