Ten trending news stories you won't want to miss

No. 1 -  Apple announce it will release its newst iPhone in September.

Apple will release its newest iPhone in September, with higher resolution and bigger screens, according to a Japanese report.

The new handset, expected to be called the iPhone 6, will come in two versions with a 4.7- or 5.5-inch screen, both bigger than the current four-inch panel, the respected Nikkei said on Friday, without citing sources.

US-based Apple is ordering its higher-resolution LCD screens from Japanese electronics giant Sharp, Japan Display and South Korea's LG Display, it added.

The move would be the latest salvo in the smartphone wars in which Apple has lost global market share to rivals such as Samsung.

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No. 2 -  Americans to get free coffee when visiting the world's largest fast-food chain, McDonalds.

A loss of earnings among McDonald's stores across America has led the fast-food giant to offer free coffee for a two week period in an attempt to entice customers back.

Global sales slipped 0.1 per cent at established locations for the last three months of the year. In the US, where it recently revamped its Dollar Menu to include items that cost a little more, the figure fell 1.4 per cent.

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No. 3 -  Office 365: Microsoft finally introduces Office for iPad to the world.

Microsoft chief Satya Nadella officially took the wraps off Office for iPad, which has been a long time coming. Embracing Apple's iPad is a significant symbolic gesture, more so because Nadella made little mention of Microsoft's own Surface tablets during the presentation. 

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No. 4 - T20 Wold Cup captures the Google search imagination as people search to find who won between Ireland and UAE.

Ireland beat United Arab Emirates by 21 runs via Duckworth-Lewis method in a World Twenty20 Group B match that twice plunged into darkness following power failure at the Sylhet Stadium on Wednesday.

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No. 5 - Newcastle Knights dedicate their NRL season to injured player Alex McKinnon.

As they continue to deal with the shock of Alex McKinnon’s career-ending neck injury, captain Kurt Gidley said Knights' players have dedicated the rest of the NRL season to their teammate who remains in a critical but stable condition in a Melbourne hospital.

The No.16 jersey McKinnon wore when he suffered a ‘‘devastating spinal injury’’ in Newcastle’s 28-20 loss to Melbourne at AAMI Park will be retired for the rest of the season as another mark of respect.

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No. 6 - Qantas changes its Frequent Flyers program and upsets loyal travellers.

On Thursday night, Qantas announced major changes to the ability of Frequent Flyer members to earn and burn points, including a reduction in what they can earn from cheap fares and the status credits from flying on oneworld partner airlines.

Qantas has told its more than 9 million frequent-flyer members the changes are aimed at aligning the number of Qantas points and status credits they earn more closely with the fares they pay, where and when they fly and the airline they fly on, rather than on the miles flown.

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No. 7 - Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel slammed the new sound of Formula One on Thursday.

Vettel said this season's quiet, hybrid engines desperately needed a makeover to bring back some excitement.

"It's s---," Vettel said immediately, when asked what he thought about the sound of the new engines. "I think we'll have to [change it]."

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No. 8 - The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back and on the big screen.

The heroes in a half-shell are back. A first glimpse is out of the $125 million Michael Bay-produced reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, to be released in August.

Bay, the master of big-budget, explosive action films with a back catalogue including Bad Boys, Armageddon and the three Trans-formers movies, backed down on plans to reinvent the crusading turtles as aliens after outrage from fans.

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No. 9 - Russell Crowe reaches for his inner animal to star in the biblical story of Noah.

Even by Hollywood standards, which grow more immodest every year, Noah is big - no less than the destruction of all mankind, save for one man and his family. Now that's a disaster movie, and from an impeccable source, the Book of Genesis, but, as Shakespeare warned, the timing must be perfect.

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No. 10 - Oscar Pistorius trial - live coverage had the world watching as the South African "blade runner" took to the witness stand.

The former Olympian is on trial for the premeditated murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in a shooting on Valentine's Day, 2013.

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