We are less than a month away from an event that could see the official announcement of the rumored iPhone 6. Unless previous leaks were incorrect, we have a pretty good idea of what the device will look like, but it looks like Apple still might have a couple of tricks up its sleeve in regards to the device and its accessories.

Interestingly, it looks like Apple might improve on the experience by introducing a new Lightning Cable with a reversible USB port.

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Microsoft has announced the shipment of thousands of second-generation Kinect sensors for Windows to developers all across the globe. This is just the first wave of shipments as Microsoft plans to deploy more Kinect sensors globally over the coming weeks. The new Kinect sensor was available for pre-order in the beginning of June in 22 markets.

In conjunction with shipments of the second-gen Kinect sensors to developers, Microsoft has also released a preview version of the Kinect SDK 2.0 for Windows. This will allow developers everywhere to take advantage of the new SDK and begin exploring the Kinect’s capabilities. A final version of the SDK will be released in the coming months.

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The Surface Pro 3 may be a very impressive device in and of itself, but that’s not to say it couldn’t use some marketing. Microsoft’s latest ads pit the Surface Pro 3 against Apple’s Macbook Air.

The new commercials are comparing the latest offering from Microsoft against its main rival company, Apple. When the Surface Pro 3 was launched, Microsoft insisted on comparing it to the Macbook Pro and iPad, and now these latest videos compare it to the Macbook Air.

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A new report suggests that Mozilla is working on a Firefox OS powered media streaming stick akin to Google's Chromecast. Despite the stick being powered by Mozilla's HTML5-based Firefox OS, it is actually capable of running some apps from Chromecast, most likely as a result of Google opening up its Cast SDK to developers earlier this year.

Gigaom reports how sources "directly involved" with the project gave details of the device and even provided a prototype of the product. It is possible, should the unit hit retail the shelves, that it will be called 'Netcast' as this is a term seen in some recent Mozilla developer notes.

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Apple has announced today that they have updated the specs on their premium line of laptops, the MacBook Pro, and have lowered the price for entry too. All of the Retina laptops now come with faster processors, double the memory in both entry-level configurations, and a new, lower starting price for the top-of-the-line 15-inch notebook. The price was also dropped on the non-Retina MacBook Pro too, by $100, which Apple claims is very popular with folks who are switching from Windows.

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Microsoft has confirmed the existence of the Surface Mini by including several references to the device in its user guide for the new Surface Pro 3, which went on sale today. As you can see in the image above, the document clearly references the unannounced device.

As we previously reported, the Surface Mini was killed at the last minute and is now expected to be announced when Gemini is ready for release. In total, there are four references to the Surface Mini, first spotted by Paul Thurrott on Twitter, but no further details are known about the device, other than that it was supposed to ship with the same Pen as the Pro 3.

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While there have been leaks about an upcoming gaming tablet by NVIDIA, this leak is probably the most comprehensive and detailed. The leaked documents shows the tablet, its specifications, and a couple of its accessories. This will be NVIDIA's latest attempt at a portable gaming device, a follow-up to last year's SHIELD.

According to VideoCardz, the site has obtained some interesting details and pictures of the unreleased SHIELD Tablet that will be launching on July 22nd, 2014. The tablet will be powered by an NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor, 2GB RAM, and have an 8" screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1200.

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Apple took down its online store earlier this morning, and when it returned, a new low-end iMac had appeared, with a starting price of $1099.00. For that new entry-level price, you can get a 1.4GHz dual-core i5, 8GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive and Intel HD 5000 graphics.

Apple is lowering the cost of entry for its popular desktop computer, which the company no doubt hopes will keep its sales momentum moving forward. Starting at $1099, this puts it in closer competition with other OEMs and reduces the ‘Apple tax’ that many associate with Apple products.

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Earlier this week, Microsoft said that console sales of the Xbox One doubled for the month of June when compared to the prior month. On the face of it, this looks like great news for Microsoft and frankly, it is, as doubling sales is good for the bottom line - but in the console wars, this is not enough.

According to the latest NPD numbers, Sony's PS4 once again outsold the Xbox One for the month of June. We know that Sony is selling its console in more markets than the Xbox One and has, until this past month, had a lower price point but the sales gap remains wide open.

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Most of us enjoy a casual game or two on our smartphones from time to time, but as handsets become ever more powerful, players are enjoying increasingly exciting and more advanced games on the move. But one manufacturer is hoping that the growth of smartphone gaming doesn't necessarily spell the end of the dedicated handheld console, as it prepares to launch a new device on Valve's Steam Machines platform.

Running the Linux-based SteamOS, the first devices to be launched by Valve's hardware partners have been pushed back to 2015.

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