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Famed tech informant Evan Blass, known as @evleaks on Twitter, claims Apple is gearing up to release its iPhone 7 model to retail on the week of September 12, and most likely on that Friday, September 16. And to be clear, he's referring to when you can actually go out and purchase an iPhone 7 model, not the launch event, which will take place sometime beforehand.There's no reason not to believe Blass on this one. Even ignoring his more than favorable history with leaking inside information that later turns out to be accurate, including Apple leaks, the time frame generally fits with Apple's past... Read more...
Death and taxes aren't the only unavoidable things in the world, so is the act of accidentally dropping your smartphone. If you're lucky it will land unscathed on the carpet or some other soft surface. And for the unlucky, Corning has your back—its new Gorilla Glass 5 is designed to protect against breakages from clumsy drops, and not just when it lands on the carpet. According to Corning, its fifth generation of Gorilla Glass is able to withstand drops onto rough, unforgiving surfaces up to four times better than competing glass designs. The added sturdiness compared to previous generation Gorilla... Read more...
Last month, the partnership between Motorola and Lenovo seemed to crystalize when the combined company stepped out with its first co-branded smartphone products that will ship here in the United States. Lenovo acquired Motorola's Mobility division from Google a couple of years back, but has rightfully lead with the iconic Moto brand for new smartphone (and smartwatch) product introductions since the acquisition. It wasn't until we saw Lenovo's Product Engineer/Spokesman, Ashton Kutcher take the stage last month at Lenovo Tech World to launch the new Moto Z and Moto Z Force, that it became apparent... Read more...
Samsung is going for gold with its Galaxy S7 Edge Olympic Games Edition handset, a specially themed Galaxy S7 Edge in celebration of the 2016 Olympics in Rio. It's available to purchase today at Best Buy, but if you're stuck at work and want to check out what it looks like, Samsung has released an unboxing video with glimpses of the customized apps and UI. The themed handset was designed in collaboration with the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Going beyond external aesthetics, the phone is the first to incorporate the Olympic Games design on the software side, featuring the five official... Read more...
If we're to be blunt, running out of storage space on a smartphone sucks, and it sucks harder when there's no convenient way to add more storage. Such is the case with every mode iPhone Apple has ever produced, all of which lack a microSD card slot. And in this modern era, including a paltry 16GB of storage on the base model is a punch to the silly bits. Thankfully that's about to change.We'd like to think that Apple finally saw the light, though it could just have easily been motivated to bump up the storage on its base model by the recent first ever year-over-year decline in iPhone shipments.... Read more...
All eyes are on Samsung as it gets ready to release its next phablet device, the Galaxy Note 7, which is likely to be announced in about a month (based on past Galaxy Note unveils). Until then, you can expect the speculation and rumors to continue, along with the inevitable leaks such as the first official looking press renders. The latter comes courteous of Evan Blass, otherwise known as @evleaks on Twitter, who seems to always be three steps ahead of everyone else when it comes to these things. He tweeted out a picture showing half a dozen shots of the Galaxy Note 7, including three front pictures... Read more...
Bottle rockets and Black Cats won't be the only fireworks going off next week, apparently Verizon Wireless is planning to light things up in a big way, too. According to an image that was posted on reddit, Big Red is getting ready to introduce several new features, the biggest of which is the ability to roll unused data over to the next month.Verizon's calling that feature Carryover Data, which is exactly what it sounds like—Verizon will automatically roll unused data to the end of the following month. Assuming the screenshot is accurate (it was supposedly taken from Verizon's Testman site), the... Read more...
Every so often, Facebook does something that sets off the alarm of privacy advocates—perhaps it's inevitable when you're the largest social network on the planet with over 1.65 billion users. Right now that something is tapping into your smartphone's location data to suggest friends based on where you're at or where you've been. Why is this unsettling? Getting past the theoretical situations and jumping straight into a real-world example that's a bit creepy on Facebook's part, Kashmir Hill at Fusion writes an anecdotal account of a man on Facebook who suspected it had tracked his location to figure... Read more...
There's been a lot of skepticism over whether a startup called Ringing Bells could deliver on its promise to build the world's least expensive smartphone, but not only does the firm say it's achieved that goal with the Freedom 251, it says the handset is nearly ready to ship. When it does, it will cost consumers in India just 251 Indian rupees, which is less than $4 in U.S. currency. The name of the handset is based on the price in rupees, in case that wasn't obvious. It will start shipping on June 30, 2016, the first batch of which will contain 200,000 Freedom 251 phones. Once those are shipped... Read more...
There was probably a time in the not too distant past when Microsoft thought it would be a viable contender in the mobile handset market by now. That was before reality slapped the Redmond outfit in the face like a stinky trout, and that reality is that the vast majority of consumers are interested in Android and iOS devices. Where the does that leave Microsoft with its Lumia devices? Microsoft isn't giving up, but it is giving handsets away.If you purchase a Lumia 950 XL from the Microsoft Store, Microsoft will toss in an unlocked Lumia 950 handset for free. That's a $549 value, a compelling deal... Read more...
One thing we've come to expect from Apple is that every two years there's a major redesign to its iPhone device, with incremental upgrades filling the gap in between those releases. It's been a recipe for success in the mobile phone space, but apparently Apple has decided to dance out of rhythm by keeping the overall design of its next iPhone release the same as it is now.Citing people supposedly familiar with Apple's plans, The Wall Street Journal says the next generation iPhone models will stick with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays as currently found on the iPhone 6/6s and iPhone 6/6s Plus, respectively.... Read more...
If you're looking for an entry-level handset based running Windows 10 Mobile, just head over to the Microsoft Store and grab yourself a Lumia 550. Microsoft has the unlocked handset marked down to $99, compared to its normal selling price of $139, and you also get a prepaid T-Mobile 3-in-1 SIM kit with 40 minutes of airtime with purchase.There's nothing to indicate on the Lumia 550's product page that it comes with a SIM kit for T-Mobile, but it will automatically appear once you add the phone to your cart. That's a $40 value by itself, and provided you're planing to activate with T-Mobile anyway,... Read more...
Huawei is one of the largest smartphone players in China, though perhaps more importantly, the company has propelled itself into the number three spot overall in the entire world, behind only a pair of juggernauts in Apple and Samsung. In time, Huawei CEO Richard Yu believes his company can leapfrog both of them.That's what a confident Yu told The Wall Street Journal in an interview. In no uncertain terms, Yu said the goal is to be the top smartphone supplier on the planet, not number two or number three. And to reach that goal, Yu said it will take "maybe four or five years." Within that time... Read more...
It hasn't been a rough stretch for BlackBerry over the past several years. The once dominant smartphone outfit has tried numerous strategies to claw its way back to relevance—a name change, new CEO, inevitable layoffs, and more recently going all-in with Android. Unfortunately, nothing seems to be working for BlackBerry, and its flagship Priv handset isn't the savior the company hoped it would be.An executive at AT&T who asked not to be blamed put it rather bluntly when speaking with CNET, saying the Priv is "really struggling." The executive noted also noted that AT&T is seeing more returns... Read more...
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