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Fiat teases 2016 500X crossover ahead of Paris debut

Fiat has published a teaser video that previews the 500X crossover. Set to debut in Paris, the 500X will share its platform and the bulk of its mechanical components with the Jeep Renegade.

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Best iPhoneography of the week

Every day, millions of photos are taken around the world, and a good chunk of those are taken on an iPhone. It's no wonder why — the iPhone is super portable, has an amazing iSight camera and an incredibly easy to use Camera app. Combine that with the ability to share photos instantly via Twitter, Instagram and other social networks, and you have the perfect solution for capturing and publishing any moment imaginable. So, each week we're going to scour the social networks for uplifting, inspiring, touching, and all around amazing photos using #iphone #iphoneography #vscocam and similar hashtags and embed the best of what we find. And since iMore has an Instagram account now, if you really want to get our attention and get featured, use #imoregram to make sure we don't miss it. Enjoy!

Remember to tag your photos with #iphone #iphoneography (and especially #imoregram if you want to make it super easy!) for next week. And if you want to take your iPhonegraphy to the next level, check out:

What was your favorite iPhone (or iPad — we don't judge!) photo of the week? Drop a link in the comments below!

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Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff: Top tips, hints, and cheats you need to know!

Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff strategy guide: Help Peter and all your favorite characters rebuild Quahog faster and better than ever!

In Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff, you're tasked with rebuilding Quahog after Peter and his chicken nemesis, Ernie, have destroyed it. In order to do so you'll have to help Peter clear the town of debris and find all the other characters, including Stewie. While coins are somewhat easy to come by, clams are not — unless of course you want to shell out some serious cash. That doesn't mean you have to though. If you've got a bit of patience and plan strategically, you and Peter can have Quahog thriving again in no time. Here are our top tips and tricks to help you along the way while spending the least amount of real world cash!

1. How to earn free clams and coins from your friends

You have the option to link your Facebook and Google+ accounts in The Quest for Stuff. If you have either I'd suggest linking them as it allows you to visit all your friend's versions of Quahog and collect money. Sometimes you may even wander across free clams in your friend's towns. Make a habit of checking in with friends once a day.

2. If you buy anything with real money, buy clams not coins

Coins are pretty easy to come by and rack up quickly. Clams on the other hand are more rare and are only rewarded for larger tasks or leveling up significantly. Every once in a while you may have an urge to rush the process of building Quahog. If you must buy anything with real money, it's better spend on clams. Also look for deals on specific purchases. Sometimes Quest for Stuff offers buy one get one sales on specific packages and those are normally the best deals.

3. Don't use your clams to rush tasks

We've already discussed how hard it is to come by clams so it's important not to blow them on the little things. Save them up for buildings and other tasks that will reap a higher reward. Don't spend clams to rush tasks. That leads me to my next tip..

4. Save longer tasks for before you close the game

If you have a task you need to complete that takes a longer period of time, save it for before you close the game. This way you aren't having to tie up an entire character while you're playing the game. Tie them up instead once you close out. It's a better use of your time, and the characters.

5. Make sure each character is doing something before you close the game

This ties in with the previous tip. Once you start unlocking more and more characters, it's important to make sure they're always working on something before you close the game out. This is a great way to make sure when you open the game you've racked up a decent amount of coins and XP. Letting them sit idle while you aren't playing just makes rebuilding Quahog and even more daunting task.

6. Hire more builders as you need them

At the beginning of the game you are only given one builder. That means if he is working on a project, you can't build anything else until that's done. The Quest for Stuff actually lets you hire up to four builders. Each one you add will cost you more clams but it's worth it as you start making more money and building XP faster as Quahog expands. Don't spend the clams right away but once you notice you have the coin to build multiple things simultaneously.

7. Short term tasks are a quick and easy way to boost your coin bank

While you're actually playing the game, spend some time racking up some coins quickly. The easiest way to do this is by making characters perform tasks that don't take a long time. Tasks that require a partner — such as Peter and Quagmire napping together — are great choices since you're earning XP and coins on two characters, not just one.

8. Build based on what earns you XP and coins

Tapping the info button in the inventory selector lets you see how much XP and how many coins you'll earn from a specific building or object. This is important because you don't want to build things that don't earn you currency and XP quickly. At least at the start, focus on buildings and items that earn you the most cash and XP. Then once you've got a cushion, build some fun items.

9. Store buildings and items you don't have room for right now

In build mode you can store buildings and objects that you don't have room for at the current time. This is convenient when you come across an instance where you want to build something new or better for cash flow than what you currently have but run out of room. Just store one item in order to build another. Then when you clear out more real estate, go ahead and place it back. The best part? It doesn't cost you anything.

10. FaceSpace is a quick and easy way to check your characters levels

FaceSpace is pretty much in-game Facebook for your characters. Not only is it entertaining to glance at from time to time, it's also a super easy way to check how much XP each character has accumulated and who you need to work on leveling up. Typically tasks get more time consuming and more expensive as a character levels up so finding ones that are lower can sometimes be a good time waster if other characters are busy.

11. How to unlock Stewie

A lot of people have been asking how you go about unlocking Stewie. The answer is that he's contained in the 8th district and you'll unlock him when you build Bob's Funland. It'll cost you some serious clams though so if you really want Stewie, better start saving now!

Your Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff tips and tricks?

If you're currently playing your way through Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff, what are your top tips and tricks to level up faster and earn more clams? Do you spend real cash or do you patiently bide your time and just make better decisions when choosing how to expand Quahog? Let me know in the comments!

Note: Originally published, April 2014. Updated, September 2014.

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Optus seeks to lure new customers ahead of iPhone 6 launch

Optus is looking to capitalise on the estimated 1.2 million customers coming out of their contracts, offering up to AU$450 in credit to pay out customer plans and trade in phones.

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What's The Earliest Trace Of Yourself You Can Still Find Online?

What's The Earliest Trace Of Yourself You Can Still Find Online?

The internet is so deeply woven into our everyday lives, we hardly think about it anymore. We've all been posting, commenting, liking, and sharing for at least a decade. In the process, we've all left a long digital trail. What's the oldest remnant of your online life that you can still find?


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Gizmag given a glimpse of the future of TV audio

Fraunhofer's Sascha Dick demos the prototype MPEG-H system at IFA 2014 (Photo: Chris Wood/...

TV picture quality has improved by leaps and bounds in recent years, with most manufacturers currently bringing Ultra High Definition beauties to market when only a short while ago HD seemed more than sufficient. Meanwhile, say researchers from Fraunhofer IIS, advances in audio playback have not been so awe-inspiring. Gizmag got the opportunity to sample a promising system under development that's based on the MPEG-H standards, which will offer listeners greater control over what they hear during TV broadcasts... Continue Reading Gizmag given a glimpse of the future of TV audio

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Protecting Your Nude Pics, Apple's Newest Designer, A Sewer Tour, More

Protecting Your Nude Pics, Apple's Newest Designer, A Sewer Tour, More

This week revealed a lot about life on the internet. Most of it was pretty awful. Let's flush out the bad with the best—specifically, the best stories Gizmodo wrote this week.


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