Apple fans line up overnight to get their hands on iPhoneX

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The eye-watering $999 price tag doesn't seem to be keeping fans away as thousands waited in long lines outside of Apple stores around the country to get their hands on the much-anticipated iPhone X. And the high-end device is testing the patience of consumers and investors because the company did not make enough models to meet demand worldwide. So those who do manage to get through the door to buy one this morning will be pleased to know they are sitting on potential gold mines, with some devices already being auctioned off on eBay for up to $18,000. The X is Apple's next generation smartphone that uses facial recognition software for the first time and is on sale today in cities around the world - with queues building at Apple Stores amid rumors of limited stock. And sales had Wall Street booming as shares hit an all-time high on Friday morning as optimistic reviews poured in about how the X would make this quarter's earnings soar.

The $1tn question: how far can the new iPhone 8 take Apple?

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Apple's stock market value is heading towards a new milestone and its latest product launch on 12 September could push the tech giant closer to becoming the first ever $1tn (£760bn) company. At the end of last week, the company's market capitalisation hovered around $830bn, continuing a 10-year run that has generally headed upwards since a low of $69bn in January 2009, during the financial crisis. Tuesday's event, with the iPhone 8 the star attraction, will strive to meet investors' – and customers' – vaulting expectations. But what will Apple tempt users with to justify Wall Street's faith in its future profits? An Apple spokesman declined to discuss what will be revealed at the event in the company's $5bn, spaceship-shaped Cupertino headquarters.

6 futuristic tech gifts for under $500

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NEW YORK -- This year you can purchase a bit more of the sci-fi future. Hoverboards aren't quite what the name implies, but there's bona fide virtual reality, a droid you should be looking for and a basketball that improves your free throw, all one shopping-click away. These tech gadgets make the pocket-sized computer that talks to you and dials your friends seem quaint. But don't worry, there are plenty of smartphones on sale, too. Sphero's new $150 BB-8 droid is expected to be one of the hottest Star Wars gifts this holiday season.

AT&T awards $100K for tech to help people with disabilities

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To mark the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, AT&T teamed up with New York University's Ability Lab to challenge app developers to use their network and technology to make life easier for people with disabilities. Together they launched the Connect Ability Challenge, designed to spur innovation for people with physical, social, emotional and cognitive disabilities. Winners of the contest, which saw a total of 63 submissions, were announced Monday. In total, AT&T awarded $100,000 in cash. That included a $25,000 grand prize for Kinesic Mouse, software that uses Intel's Real Sense Web camera to detect facial expressions and head rotations, enabling people to operate their personal computers hands-free.

Baig's best tech picks from a ho-hum 2016

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NEW YORK--Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 might have claimed a spot on the tastiest products to consider this holiday season -- but we all know how that one turned out. After receiving high praise during its late-summer debut, the twice-recalled and ultimately discontinued phablet phone had a tendency to catch on fire. Fortunately, the products on this list might be deemed hot for another reason. They've left a (mostly) positive impression these past 12 months. The cameras are excellent, certainly on par with the equally fine iPhone 7 Plus and Samsung Galaxy S7 shooters.

What to expect from Microsoft's big event on Wednesday


Did you think we were done with tech events and you could just cruise on until Black Friday and the holidays? On Wednesday, Oct. 26, Microsoft is holding a big product announcement in New York City. Ahead of the big day, here's the cornucopia of hardware and software spanning new Surface devices, Windows 10, Hololens and maybe Xbox that we're expecting to hear about. SEE ALSO: Microsoft made speech recognition software that's as accurate as humans Looking back, Microsoft really delivered big time last year. Mostly a hardware showcase, CEO Satya Nadella and co. announced the Surface Pro 4, Microsoft Band 2, Lumia 950 and 950 XL Windows 10 Mobile phones, and the surprise Surface Book.

Parking fine chat bot 'DoNotPay' helps over 160,000 people beat charges in London and New York

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Nasa has announced that it has found evidence of flowing water on Mars. Scientists have long speculated that Recurring Slope Lineae -- or dark patches -- on Mars were made up of briny water but the new findings prove that those patches are caused by liquid water, which it has established by finding hydrated salts. Several hundred camped outside the London store in Covent Garden. The 6s will have new features like a vastly improved camera and a pressure-sensitive "3D Touch" display