Daily Roundup: iPhone 5S and 5C rumors, Distro Issue 106, LG Nexus 5 at the FCC, and more!

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You might say the day is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workday, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Daily Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines for the past 24 hours -- all handpicked by the editors here at the site. Click on through the break, and enjoy.

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Apple’s iPhone trade-in program hits its retail stores today (updated)

Well folks, it seems the rumblings we heard earlier this week were indeed true. CNBC has confirmed that Apple's iPhone trade-in program -- officially labled the iPhone Reuse and Recycling Program -- is starting up in the outfit's retail stores today. According to 9to5Mac, trade-ins will be offered for iPhone 3G up to the iPhone 5 with customers receiving a gift card for the determined value of their devices. Phones will then be handed over to BrightStar for recycling. It's worth noting that these number fluctuate, so there's no way of accurately calculating what a local shop will offer up. Of course, timing is everything, and folks looking to recoup some funds ahead of the anticipated iPhone 5S announcement now have an option.

Update: We reached out to Apple on the matter and here's the response:

"iPhones hold great value. So, Apple Retail Stores are launching a new program to assist customers who wish to bring in their previous-generation iPhone for reuse or recycling. In addition to helping support the environment, customers will be able to receive a credit for their returned phone that they can use toward the purchase of a new iPhone."

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Source: CNBC (Twitter), 9to5Mac

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Dev-only Find My iPhone update pushed to consumers, breaks login

Dev-only Find My iPhone update pushed to consumers, breaks log in

Well, Apple has a bit of egg on its face right now. Seems as if an update to the Find My iPhone app has been pushed out to some devices before it was ready for consumers. The update brings that pretty new matte icon that is part of the iOS 7 make over, but it also brings with it the inability to log in to the service without a developer account. That's right, this update was meant only for devs, but it's being pushed out to at least some members of the public. When users go to try and log in an error message pops up informing them that "you must be a registered iOS developer and have iCloud configured on iOS 7.0 Beta to use this version of Find My iPhone." We've reached out to Apple from comment, we're expecting something along the lines of "oops...

Update: Apple hasn't issued a formal statement, but we've been told the issue has been fixed. Best of all, there's no update required -- users who have updated should just be able to log in now.

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Source: 9to5Mac

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YouTube 2.0 for iOS brings multitasking and playlist searching

YouTube 20 for iOS arrives with multitasking and playlist searching

Remember that YouTube app revamp which launched hours ago for Android users? It just reached iOS. The YouTube 2.0 update gives Apple device owners the same picture-in-picture video multitasking and playlist search tools that Google offers on its own platform. There aren't any iOS-specific features in the new release, but there's certainly enough to justify a visit to the App Store for an upgrade.

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Via: YouTube Official Blog

Source: App Store

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The gold iPhone is a done deal, says AllThingsD

The gold iPhone is a done deal, says AllThingsD

Go on, reject the notion. Work yourself into a tizzy. Then, grab an Orange Crush and a bag chair, 'cause you're going to need some serious support to handle the realization. The gold iPhone is coming, and it'll be launched during Apple's upcoming event on September 10th. As AllThingsD reports, a new flagship iPhone will be unveiled with an "elegant gold tone," which is said to be more like champagne in actuality. If the rumors prove true, we should see a white face with a gilded rear... which will never be seen by anyone once you strap a case on it. Best of all? We're sensing a golden opportunity for Macklemore to score a product placement promotion in a future music video.

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Source: AllThingsD

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gdgt’s best deals for August 14: Samsung Galaxy S 4 and iPhone 5

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AllThingsD: Apple’s next iPhone event slated for September 10th

September 10th, folks -- that's when Apple will unveil its next iPhone according to AllThingsD. We've received no official word yet, but recent leaks (and past form) suggest a refreshed iPhone 5 (possibly with a larger screen?) and possibly a low-cost model clad in plastic. It's a safe bet that the release version of iOS 7 will also make an appearance at the event, which is shaping up to be an iPhone- and iOS-focused affair, according to ATD. Feeling a sense of déjà vu? As always, we'll keep you informed when more concrete info makes its way to us.

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Twelve South HiRise for iPhone gives iOS devices an adjustable perch

Twelve South HiRise for iPhone gives your iOS device a powered perch

There's an abundance of iOS device docks, but many aren't well-suited to deskside use when they sit too low and limit use of the audio jack. Twelve South's new HiRise for iPhone bucks that trend. The stand raises smaller iOS devices closer to eye level, where they're well-positioned for video chats and listening to music with headphones. Owners have to bring their own Lightning cables for power, but they won't have to worry about case or device compatibility thanks to an adjustable rear support. That flexibility helps justify the HiRise's relatively high $35 price -- it won't be obsolete the moment that Apple and accessory makers change form factors.

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Source: Twelve South

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Obama vetoes ITC ban on older AT&T-compatible iPhones and iPads (update: Samsung responds)

Remember that ITC ban on the import, sale and distribution of some AT&T-compatible iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4, iPad 3G and iPad 2 3G models Samsung won in June? The Obama administration has officially vetoed the ruling. A letter issued to Irving A. Williamson, Chairman of the U.S. International Trade Commission ITC, explains that the decision considers the ban's "effect on competitive conditions in the U.S. economy and the effect on U.S. consumers." If you'll recall, the case focused on patent 7,706,348 for encoding mobile communications, which Samsung claimed the aforementioned devices infringed upon. The administration notes that despite his decision on the ruling, Samsung will still be able to "pursue its rights through the courts" (i.e. monetary compensation, etc.). In a statement to All Things Digital, an Apple representative notes:

We applaud the Administration for standing up for innovation in this landmark case. Samsung was wrong to abuse the patent system in this way.

You can peruse the full four-page memo for yourself at the source link.

Update: Courtesy of 9to5Mac, here's Samsung's response:

We are disappointed that the U.S. Trade Representative has decided to set aside the exclusion order issued by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). The ITC's decision correctly recognized that Samsung has been negotiating in good faith and that Apple remains unwilling to take a license.

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Via: WSJ, 9to5Mac

Source: United States Trade Representative, All Things Digital

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