Buying a smartphone in 2014 is an expensive endeavor. Even on a two-year contract, you’re still going to spend around $200 for a flagship device from Apple, Samsung or any of the other major vendors, but there’s one easy way to counteract the bite out of your bank account: trade-ins. A week before the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus officially launched, we published an article about the best trade-in deals in order to help Apple fans get their new phones as cheaply as possible. Now that September is over, let’s look at how the launch of the iPhone 6 affected the trade-in market. TRAITORS: Android users are deserting in droves ahead of iPhone 6 launch, trade-ins up 200% According to a survey taken by
TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian patent licensing company WiLan Inc on Wednesday said a U.S. judge had ruled in favor of Apple Inc in a litigation case against it. "WiLan has been advised that Judge Dana M. Sabraw has issued a ruling today that grants Apple's motion for summary judgment," the company said in a statement, referring to Apple's move to have two patent infringement claims relating to LTE wireless telecom technologies ruled invalid and not infringed. WiLan said it is currently reviewing the ruling from the U.S. ...
BlackBerry unveiled its new Passport flagship smartphone last week and media reaction so far has been decidedly mixed. In particular, many reviewers took issue with the Passport’s more square design and its boxy frame that they said made the device difficult to hold. BerryFlow’s Jubei Raziel isn’t hearing any of it, however, and he’s written a long tirade that rips into both the media and the average consumer for not being smart enough to comprehend the BlackBerry Passport’s true greatness. RELATED: I have no idea whether BlackBerry’s new strategy will work… but I like it anyway “Amidst the iCloud hacking scandal, the iPhone 6 Bluetooth connectivity issue with cars, Apple pulling back its faulty software update which left phones unusable,
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Apple’s newest iPhones aren’t the only hugely anticipated devices that feature the number “6” to launch this fall. We’re also really looking forward to Google’s new Motorola-manufactured Nexus 6 that will serve as a showcase device for the company’s big Android L update later this month. Android Police has now obtained yet another picture of the Nexus 6, and this time it appears to be a photo of the device snapped while an early adopter was using it in public. MORE NEXUS 6 PICTURES: Leaked pic may show us just how massive the Nexus 6 will really be The device in the picture certainly appears to be much larger than any Nexus device yet released and it matches up well with
Whether it’s running on Android or Windows Phone software, the HTC One (M8) is one of the best smartphones currently on the market. It’s sleek, it’s powerful and it looks great, but it has one major issue: the camera just isn’t up to snuff. It might look the part, but the UltraPixel camera doesn’t stack up against most flagship devices. That’s where the One (M8 Eye) comes in. LAST TIME: Is HTC about to finally deliver the killer smartphone camera its fans deserve? Late last month, reports of a new phone from HTC began to surface. The new phone would apparently fix our biggest problem with the original HTC One (M8) and would be unveiled before the end of October. We still don’t have
BOSTON (Reuters) - Cybersecurity researchers have uncovered a computer virus that spies on Apple Inc's iOS operating system for the iPhone and iPad, and they believe it is targeting pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. The malicious software, known as Xsser, is capable of stealing text messages, photos, call logs, passwords and other data from Apple mobile devices, researchers with Lacoon Mobile Security said on Tuesday. They uncovered the spyware while investigating similar malware for Google Inc's Android operating system last week that also targeted Hong Kong protesters. ...
By Daniel Lovering FALL RIVER Mass. (Reuters) - Authorities lawfully seized the cell phone of ex-National Football League star Aaron Hernandez days before he was arrested and charged with murdering a man hear his Massachusetts home, a prosecutor testified on Tuesday. The claim came in response to a charge by attorneys for the former New England Patriots tight end that investigators had no authority to seize the phone from Hernandez's attorneys' office the day after police found semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd's bullet-riddled body in an industrial park. ...
Movie and TV show pirates, this is the moment you’ve been waiting for: Popcorn Time is finally available for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Of course, there’s a catch… you’ll need a jailbroken device in order to access and install it. Popcorn Time started as a desktop app that offered a unique twist on video torrents. Instead of using one piece of software to find torrent files, another to download them and a third to watch whatever movie or TV show was downloaded, Popcorn Time offered users a sleek Netflix-style app that was able to search, download and view videos all in one tidy package. Then, Popcorn Time went mobile this past summer with a great Android app that took all of
By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Joining a cry from law enforcement officials concerned about data encryption on Apple's newest operating system, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Tuesday that officers should not be blocked from the information they need to investigate a crime. Apple's new iPhone 6, released this month, and Google's coming update of the Android smartphone have data encryption so sophisticated that only the user may unlock it. Even law enforcement officers with search warrants would not have access. ...
Windows is still by far the most widely used desktop OS in the world but things are decidedly trending downward. The most recent numbers from NPD showed that while “U.S. consumer retail PC sales grew almost 3% during the 10 week Back-to-School period (week of July 4th through Labor Day week),” Windows device sales actually fell by 3% over the same period. Instead, NDP found that all growth in PC sales came from Macs and Chromebooks. Microsoft’s struggles in the mobile market are even worse — while iOS and Android dominate the smartphone market, Microsoft’s own Windows Phone has been a bust so far and has actually seen both its market share and total shipments decline over the last year.
By Natasha Baker TORONTO (Reuters) - New smartphone apps aim to solve the problem of keyboards causing aching fingers or auto-correct resulting in embarrassing blunders. The apps replace Qwerty keyboards with alternatives designed to provide better auto-correct and more seamless typing. Minuum, which launched for the iPhone and is available for Android devices, converts the keyboard into a single staggered line of characters and learns users’ typing habits to predict what they will type next. ...
Following the many rumors detailing the 5.9-inch Motorola Nexus 6 (also known as the Nexus X or its codename, “Shamu”) smartphone, Android Police managed to confirm the existence of the handset, and many of its characteristics, providing more details about the device in the process, including a mockup image supposedly based on the phone’s design (available below). FROM EARLIER: Leaked pic may show us just how massive the Nexus 6 will really be According to the publication, the Shamu will be called Nexus 6 – not Nexus X as the more recent rumors suggested – and will run Android 5.0 L out of the box. Android Police is apparently able to confirm that with Android L, Google is moving to Android 5.0,
Selfie S01E01: "Pilot" When ABC first announced that it had ordered a pilot called Selfie, I rolled my eyes so hard that I fell over. I think I even felt a little piece of my soul turn black and die, as if it was a Horcrux that Harry Potter had stabbed with a basilisk fang. After all, my hatred for the word "selfie" is rivaled only by my dislike for the actual thing. It seems that my Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds are constantly clogged by arm's-length photos of my friends, family, and the cast of Teen Wolf, and maybe I have the temperament of a 65-year-old man (which I don't think would surprise anyone), but that's not what I want to see when I log in to social media (I want to see snarky one-liners and videos of baby farm animals). Wait, don't go! Hear me out! The reason I'm telling you all this isn't that I think you care about my internet habits, it's so that you'll believe me when I say that, buried somewhere beneath Selfie's superficial surface is a story with potential. A couple months ago, series creator Emily Kapnek—who also created the late ABC comedy Suburgatory—told reporters at the Television Critics Association summer press tour that she chose the title Selfie because "it speaks to the disease that Eliza has, in that she's consumed by this world." And while it's likely that I'll never come around on the title, the pilot itself at least showed promise once it removed its too-thick makeup and allowed its real story to shine. Hey, that's just like what happened to Selfie's heroine, Eliza Dooley (Karen Gillan)! Gillan's Eliza is a self-obsessed American who, after suffering a humiliating public breakdown on a flight full of her co-workers, asks Henry (John Cho), the new marketing genius at her pharmaceutical company, to help her rebrand herself. The show is loosely based based on My Fair Lady and Pygmalion, and the Eliza we meet at the outset of the pilot thinks being friended is the same thing as having friends, and that happiness stems from the instant gratification of someone liking one of her photos on Instagram. She's self-centered to the point that she doesn't even know how to have conversations with people in real life (or IRL, as Eliza would say), quickly dismissing their stories as boring before launching into another one of her own. She almost always has a cell phone in hand, and has little to no tact. She's basically the living, breathing embodiment of everything Kapnek thinks is wrong with our internet-obsessed culture, and it's clear that Kapnek wants to showcase that behavior as a means of calling us all out for sometimes spending so much time online that we forget how to behave like actual human beings. However, I'm concerned that Selfie might never get to where it needs to be. On Suburgatory, Kapnek was able to highlight similar societal flaws by uprooting Jane Levy's Tessa and dropping her into a heightened suburban reality of Chatswin. In the show's early episodes, Dallas and Dalia Royce were comparable to Eliza in that they were extremely exaggerated characters who prioritized material possessions above almost all else, they were prone to gossip, and they cared deeply about their image. As Suburgatory progressed, we were able to see how ridiculous Chatswin looked through Tessa's eyes, and over time, the Royces felt more and more "human," if you will. Meanwhile, the show was grounded by Tessa's relationship with her father, and thus was able to tell emotional stories alongside all the satire. I can imagine a similar trajectory for Selfie, though the show isn't quite there yet. Episode 1 made a nice effort to soften up both Eliza and Henry by the end of its 22-minute runtime, as Eliza enlisted the help of her neighbors to help her get ready for a wedding she was attending with Henry. But since Eliza and Henry are both starting out as fairly harsh characters, and neither one of them seems to have any existing close relationships, it's going to be at least a few episodes before we'll know whether Selfie can truly succeed on an emotional level. If Kapnek can continue to scrub away at her characters' sharper angles while highlighting the faults that plague our superficial society, Selfie stands a chance of becoming more than just a punchline. But it's got a lot of work to do. Gillan and Cho are quite charming in their roles, and I think part of the reason the show has any life at all is due to the chemistry they share, but the story needs to support them, too. Right now they're all that's holding Selfie together, and that doesn't make for a very solid foundation. But I'm willing to stick around to find out whether the series can strike the right balance between humor and emotion. I'm not saying Selfie and I will ever really be friends, but maybe we can be acquaintances who check each other's feeds from time to time. NOTES – If this is your first introduction to the talents of Karen Gillan—she also starred on Doctor Who for two and a half seasons, and she later shaved her head for her role as Nebula in this summer's Guardians of the Galaxy—I should point out that she's actually Scottish. And while her American accent (which she said she perfected after visiting SoulCycle in LA) isn't awful, I do think Eliza would be a lot more likable if Gillan had been able to use her natural brogue. However, that might be exactly why Kapnek and the rest of Selfie's producers thought it was a bad idea. For what it's worth, Kapnek has said that the American accent was necessary to sell the real essence of Eliza's character, and I understand that on some level, so I'll allow it.
Asian markets mostly slipped Tuesday, with Hong Kong hit for a second day as a pro-democracy protest showed no signs of abating and a gauge of Chinese manufacturing came in below forecast.
Apple's latest smartphone and its first ever phablet will both officially go on sale on October 17.
There weren’t many smartphones that received even a fraction of the buzz that the iPhone 6 did this year, but the OnePlus One somehow managed to find its way on to that list. With an aggressive marketing campaign and an air of mystery surrounding it, the CyanogenMod handset piqued the interest of the Android community right away, but nine months later, the phone still isn’t available to the public. Nevertheless, OnePlus doesn’t plan on slowing down any time soon. In a recent Reddit AMAA (Ask Me Almost Anything), Carl and David of OnePlus answered a series of questions about the future of their company and their upcoming products. When asked about whether or not Android L would make its way on to
We don’t know if HTC is still even planning on releasing its hotly anticipated phablet at all, but if it ever does release we expect it will have killer specs. Android Headlines points us to a new report from Chinese website My Drivers that claims the so-called HTC One (M8) Max will feature a 5.5-inch 2K display, a Snapdragon 805 quad-core 2.7MHz processor, 3GB of RAM, a massive 3,000mAh battery, an 18-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization and Android L. RELATED: Did HTC just cancel its plans to launch the flagship phablet we’ve been waiting for? Interestingly, these specs largely match specs for a device that was tentatively named the HTC One (M8) Prime that HTC reportedly shelved earlier this
BlackBerry has been looking a lot livelier lately, thanks in no small part to the 200,000 preorders the company reported for its BlackBerry Passport smartphone. While we offered a cautiously optimistic take on BlackBerry’s strategy, however The Monday Note’s Jean-Louis Gassée isn’t having any of it — in fact, he still thinks that BlackBerry CEO John Chen will have no choice but to sell the company off for parts somewhere down the line. RELATED: I have no idea whether BlackBerry’s strategy will work… but I like it anyway Why does Gassée think that BlackBerry has no chance to regain its footing and become a force in the mobile world again? Mostly because the company’s smartphone strategy is to cater almost exclusively to its
Hoping to maintain its edge in the face of increasing competition, GoPro is launching the HERO4 Silver and Black, both able to shoot in 4K resolution, as well as an aggressively priced entry-level model, the HERO. The new action cams go on sale from October 5.
Debuting conveniently in time with the first smartwatches, the Portal is a malleable Android smartphone that can take a beating, giving sporty types the durability and convenience they seek without sacrificing screen size.
The biggest knock on the Moto 360 since it launched has definitely been its battery life, which many reviewers have singled out for being subpar. According to some Moto 360 owners, however, it seems Motorola has heard these complaints loud and clear because they’re reporting the latest update to the device has brought a significant improvement to the device’s battery life. RELATED: The biggest reason to hold off on buying the Moto 360 Over at Reddit’s Android Wear page, Reddit user jaesin claimed that after installing the latest Moto 360 update, he was able to wear the device for 14 hours and still have 70% battery life remaining, whereas before the device would be at under 50% over the same timeframe. Later
By Euan Rocha TORONTO (Reuters) - Even as BlackBerry pivots to focus more on software and services, the company that gained fame for its smartphones is not giving up on its handset business, two senior executives said. After recording a gross profit from its weakened handset operation and with roughly 50 million people globally still using its older-generation BlackBerry phones, there is potential in that business, the executives said. Their remarks came during a frenetic week when BlackBerry reported a much smaller-than-expected loss and launched its square-screened Passport device. ...
When it comes to mobile security, you can never be too safe. As the recent leak of hundreds of nude photos of female celebrities has reminded us, hackers are always working on new and unexpected ways to steal our private data, and a simple PIN on a smartphone just isn’t enough to ensure that our private files are kept secure. There are several options when it comes to mobile device security, and their effectiveness ranges pretty dramatically. For Android users, however, there is one app in particular that likely keeps files safer than anything we’ve seen before. DON’T MISS: Here’s how to give your Android phone a huge speed boost, just like Apple sped up iOS Some apps hide your private photos and other data
BANGKOK (AP) — Lenovo Group has received U.S. and European approval to complete its acquisition of IBM Corp.'s low-end server business and plans to use it to grow faster outside its personal computer business, Lenovo's chairman said Monday.
By Jeremy Wagstaff SINGAPORE (Reuters) - When popular Chinese handset maker Xiaomi Inc admitted that its devices were sending users' personal information back to a server in China, it prompted howls of protest and an investigation by Taiwan's government. The affair has also drawn attention to just how little we know about what happens between our smartphone and the outside world. In short: it might be in your pocket, but you don't call the shots. ...
A Southern California woman is out of a job and facing death threats after she used her cell phone to videotape an encounter with a homeowner over a Mexican flag flying in the homeowner’s front yard — and published the video on YouTube.
October is going to be a huge month for Android — not only is Google going to release the highly anticipated Android L update but it’s also likely going to release two flagship Nexus devices to show off its newest version of Android. Earlier this week we got what might have been our first closeup look at one of them, a massive phablet manufactured by Motorola called the Nexus 6. And now Android Police has published a leaked picture that purportedly shows the front of the Nexus 6 for the first time. FROM EARLIER: Leaked pic may show us just how massive the Nexus 6 will really be Sadly, this new leaked picture really doesn’t show us all that much about the
So we know that the iPhone 6 Plus will bend if given enough force. The more important question is whether it will bend as part of your everyday use. Consumer Reports, which wasn’t afraid to slap Apple around over the iPhone 4’s flawed antenna placement, delivers what looks like the definitive take on the issue and the answer is, “No.” RELATED: Apple responds to ‘Bendgate,’ says only 9 customers have complained about the iPhone 6 Plus The widely respected product testing magazine put the iPhone 6 Plus and several other smartphones through a “‘three-point flexural test,’ in which the phone is supported at two points on either end, then force is applied at a third point on the top.” The result
NASA has developed apps to track shooting stars and iPhone games to hunt comets, but its latest app is an educational project aimed at teaching kids all about rocket launches. The agency's Launch Services Program (LSP) released the new free app called "LSP Activity Book" available for iPad and Android users. Kids can learn about the mission planning process and the precise measurements behind creating the right kind of launch vehicle. LSP prepares NASA's unmanned spacecraft for launch.
By John Tilak TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index jumped in choppy trading on Friday, recovering from a sharp selloff the previous session, as U.S. economic data helped drive gains. Advances in shares of Bombardier Inc and BlackBerry provided further support. BlackBerry shot up 5.2 percent after the company reported a much smaller-than-expected quarterly loss and flashed encouraging signals about its hard-pressed smartphone business as well as its software and services sales. Bombardier jumped 3. ...
By Euan Rocha and Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd reported a smaller quarterly loss on Friday and flashed encouraging signals about its hard-pressed smartphone business as well as its software and services sales, spurring a more than 4 percent jump in its shares. The Canadian company, a smartphone pioneer pushed to the margins by Apple's iPhone and devices running Google's Android software, is now focusing more on software and services than on hardware as it works through a long turnaround. ...
Cops' First Clue Came When Frein Turned on His Cell Phone, Source Said
Listen up, people: The videos of bent iPhone 6 Plusses will do very little damage to Apple’s long-term reputation. So long as Apple is correct when it says that your iPhone 6 Plus isn’t likely to bend under normal usage, this issue will go away very quickly, just as “Antennagate” went away quickly when Apple gave out free bumpers and just as “Mapsgate” went away very quickly once Tim Cook apologized for it and recommended that people download different mapping apps. That said, there are some iPhone fans out there who are so irate over the whole issue that they’ve seemingly lost their minds about it. FROM EARLIER: Ranking the biggest iPhone ‘scandals’ of all time Earlier this week, we
Tired of hanging around with iSheep and Fandroids and want to try something new? No problem — BlackBerry has just posted a handy tip sheet for anyone who wants to dump their iPhones and Android phones for a shiny new BlackBerry Passport. FROM EARLIER: BlackBerry has received 200,000 Passport preorders in just two days The first thing you should do, says BlackBerry, is to download ‘Discover BlackBerry Passport: Your Guide to Working Wide,’ the company’s huge 100-page eBook dedicated solely to the Passport. BlackBerry notes that this should be of particular interest to people switching from rival platforms because it “details numerous productivity tips and tricks for those new to the BlackBerry 10 operating system, with details of what their iOS or
BERLIN (AP) — European skies may soon be alive with the sound of small talk with new safety rules allowing the use of all portable electronics, including cell phones, at any time during flights.
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Ottawa (AFP) - BlackBerry on Friday reported it narrowed its loss in the latest quarter, and expressed optimism that its major restructuring and new business-friendly devices would help fuel a turnaround.
TORONTO (AP) — BlackBerry posted a smaller loss of $207 million in the second quarter on Friday just days after the embattled company launched a new phone.