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As much as Apple and Samsung don't like each other, they don't let those feelings get in the way of sound and mutually beneficial business decisions. Hence, Apple has reportedly tapped Samsung to once again produce custom ARM-based System-on-Chips (SoCs) for its next iPhone, while Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) sits on the sideline.According to Bloomberg and the people it spoke with who have "direct knowledge of the matter," Samsung will produce Apple's custom A9 processors at its Giheung fab in South Korea. GlobalFoundries, which entered into a strategic partnership with Samsung... Read more...
Microsoft keeps sharing the love. In keeping with its welcome trend of embracing multiplatform app development, Microsoft announced that its popular scanning app for Windows Phone is now available for Android and iPhone devices. Office Lens for iPhone is free at Apple’s App Store and the Office Lens Android Preview is available to people interested in testing it out. The idea behind Office Lens is that it helps Microsoft OneNote users (and OneDrive users) pull content into the cloud with their smartphones. If you’re an Evernote user, you probably already use Scannable, a similar app. Scan a note... Read more...
No one likes a thief, but it's somehow better to hear about one that's as dumb as a doorknob. I'm talking the sort of thief that doesn't know when to call it quits, and ends up doing something foolish that eventually leads to their arrest. While that conclusion hasn't been reached quite yet for an iPhone thief in Denver, it's bound to happen at some point thanks to her missteps. Rawley Bingham had her iPhone stolen from her by a pickpocket at a bar on Friday, and as the weekend went on, she settled on the fact that it was gone for good. She got some hope the next time she logged into Facebook,... Read more...
Flying high on the success of its iPhone trade-in program in the U.S., Apple is reportedly going to introduce a similar incentive in the China with the help of Foxconn. Beginning March 31, owners of older iPhone models will be able to trade their devices in at Apple Store locations in China and receive credit for the company's products.Apple isn't getting into the used phone business, though Foxconn is more than happy to purchase the traded-in models and flip them back to consumers who might not be interested in or able to afford a shiny new flagship model.As they're accustomed to doing, Apple... Read more...
It's a funny thing watching Apple and Samsung compete in the mobile space, especially now, as each one adopts lessons learned from one another. For example, Apple finally figured out that Samsung was onto something with its big screen smartphones, and lo and behold, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus are selling like gangbusters. Likewise, it took Samsung forever a day to learn that Apple's premium design philosophy holds mass market appeal, and so the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge have already reported topped 20 million in preorders.This is all proof positive that yes, you can teach... Read more...
Apple just held a pretty big event on Monday, during which it launched a 12-inch MacBook, revised MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs, a price cut on the Apple TV, and pricing details on the much hyped Apple Watch family. With all of the news and speculation surrounding those products now out the windows, it shouldn’t take a brain surgeon to guess what’s next on the agenda. That’s right, more speculation and rumors on the next generation iPhones that are due out in the fall. The Wall Street Journal is leading the charge, asserting that the iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus refresh, which will likely be called iPhone... Read more...
Thanks to the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, we know that the United States government has in place a sophisticated and all-encompassing spying program, and as time goes on, additional details leak out that underscore how little privacy we truly have. Whether it's intercepting Skype communications or tampering with hard drives, the concept of privacy is fast becoming an illusion. So, would it really be surprising to find out that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has been working for years to exploit Apple's iPhone and iPad devices?It's true, according to The Intercept, which claims... Read more...
When it comes to matters of product design in the consumer electronics space, Apple’s Jony Ive likes to think that his company is the purveyor of all that is good and righteous in the realm of design taste. Last month, Ive thumbed his nose at Motorola’s Moto Maker tool that puts customers in the driver’s seat when it comes to choosing how their smartphone looks. Ive castigated Motorola, stating, “I believe that’s abdicating your responsibility as a designer.” Ive’s know-it-all stance on product design was on full display in a recent interview with the Financial Times. When describing the development... Read more...
In a wide-ranging interview with The New Yorker, Apple Senior Vice President of Design Sir Jonathan “Jony” Ive, talked about topics ranging from the development of the Apple Watch, to automobile design, to his relationship with the late Steve Jobs, to his views on competitors’ products. It’s that last point that has ruffled a few tail feathers in the Motorola camp. Although Ive didn’t mention Motorola by name, it was pretty clear that the Lenovo-owned brand was the direct target of his “scathing” comments. Ive chastised Motorola’s Moto Maker, which allows customers to “take charge” of the outward... Read more...
It looks as though thieves are finding fewer reasons to target smartphones as a way to make a quick buck. Back in 2013, Apple implemented the Find My iPhone Activation Lock feature in iOS 7, which makes it extremely difficult for a stolen iPhone to be of any use without its original owner. Without a user’s Apple ID and password, a thief would be unable to turn off Find My iPhone, erase the device, or reactivate it. So someone could nab your iPhone if they wanted to, but it would completely useless in the wrong hands. With iOS 7, Activation Lock was turned when Find My iPhone was enabled. With iOS... Read more...
During fiscal Q1 2015, Apple broke sales and profit records, steamrolling over even the most optimistic forecasts by analysts. The Cupertino, California-based company sold a record 74.5 million iPhones during the quarter, and went on to report quarterly revenue and profit of $74.6 billion and $18 million respectively. We must also take into account this key metric with regards to iPhone sales: the average selling price (ASP). The ASP for iPhones during fiscal Q1 2014 was $636.90; the ASP for fiscal Q4 2014 was $602.92; but the ASP for iPhones during fiscal Q1 2015 was a whopping $687.30. With quarterly... Read more...
We’re still scratching our heads over this one. A Missouri lawmaker is looking to thwart one of the many advantages of using mobile payment services like Apple Pay — paying without the need to show an ID. Rep. Joshua Peters of St. Louis (D) wants to pass legislation that would require a customer to show a driver’s license or an alternate form of government ID when paying with mobile payment services like Apple Pay and Google Wallet. According to Peters, showing an ID would help to cut down on fraud if a person were to lose his or her smartphone. And if a merchant fails to “card” customers that... Read more...
Apple never neglects to mention whatever improved optics are in the latest iPhone during each and every iPhone launch event, and it's never just lip service -- the rear-cameras on last few iPhone releases have been quite good. Even with that being the case, however, we find it a tad surprising that iPhone devices ranked as the second most popular camera on Flickr last year, Yahoo's popular photo storage and sharing site.In a ranking of the top overall camera brands on Flickr in 2014, Apple shoved aside Nikon to take the second place spot by accounting for 9.6 percent of the photos that appear on... Read more...
New research from the University of Missouri has found that iPhone separation can have "serious psychological and physiological effects," with participants showing poor performance on cognitive tests when not in possession of their Apple device. However, the way the study was conducted, it may not be the actual separation from an iPhone that affects people, but the inability to answer a ringing device. "Our findings suggest that iPhone separation can negatively impact performance on mental tasks," Russell Clayton, a doctoral candidate at the MU School of Journalism and lead author of the study,... Read more...
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