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There have been a number of rumors making the rounds lately that suggest Samsung is at work on a smartphone that will bring intriguing new technology and a new form factor to the smartphone world. The device is tipped to be called the Galaxy X and would have a folding form factor with a bendable screen. We originally heard that a concept device could land this year, but an official unveiling is now thought to be coming in January during CES 2018, placing the folding screen device on Samsung's 2018 roadmap. The big benefit of a folding screen Galaxy X would be the ability to give users a larger screen that can fold down making it more portable and pocketable.Forbes has put some serious thought... Read more...
Given that the iPhone has seen an annual refresh each year since its unveiling in 2007, it's a pretty safe bet that some flavor of iPhone will see the light of day in 2014. The big question, however, is whether or not we'll see an even bigger iPhone. With the Galaxy Note series selling tens of millions of units worldwide, it's clear that there's a very real demand for larger-screen phones. Apple's iPhone remains one of the smallest you can buy, but fresh reports suggest that this year may change all of that. Reportedly, Apple will release two new iPhones in 2014. One will have a modest 4.5" display (which still trumps the 4" display on the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s), while the other will boast... Read more...
It's a rumor that has been going around for some time now, but it's gaining steam. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple is testing larger-screened iPhones, which would add a meaningful fragmentation to the iOS universe. Apple stuck with the 3.5-inch screen size for as long as it could, and eventually upped things to 4-inches with the iPhone 5; but that increase only happened on the vertical side. Now, Apple is seemingly testing new iPhone form factors between 4.8-inches and 6-inches, the latter of which would pit it directly against the Galaxy Note line. At some point, one would think that Apple would simply have to enlarge things. Regardless of whether or not Apple itself wants to... Read more...
OCZ's Board of Directors has appointed Alex Mei to serve as the Interim CEO of the company now that Ryan Petersen has resigned as President, CEO and a director of the Company. Mei will take over immediately and will also maintain his current responsibilities as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. Petersen was one of the organization's original founders and was a key player in guiding OCZ to where it is today. Petersen is also credited as being the inventor or co-inventor of much of OCZ's proprietary technology. Mei joined OCZ in 2004 and is one of OCZ's longest tenured employees. A reason for Petersen's departure has not been announced though there has been some speculation... Read more...
We steer clear of most Apple rumors, but this one caught our eye, thanks to the pictures and video of some unusually-designed earbuds. According to Tinhte.vn, a Vietnamese site, the iPhone 5 may be getting new earbuds that have ports in the fronts and sides. Of course, most rumors are nothing more than that, and there are a couple strikes against these particular earbuds being genuine iPhone 5 accessories – not the least of which is the absence of an in-line remote, as PC Magazine’s David Murphy points out. But if you’re starving for news on the next iPhone, forget the naysayers and check out the minute-and-a-half video.... Read more...
Samsung's UNPACKED event is coming up on August 29 in Berlin, and the company is already teasing us with a video of what we can expect to see. Promising to make "magical moments come alive," the video shows a stylus-ready device. A few weeks ago, a Samsung spokesperson confirmed plans to unveil the next generation of its Galaxy Note phablet during a press conference at the IFA trade show in Berlin. Although no features have been confirmed, the Galaxy Note II is expected to feature a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and a quad-core Exynos processor. The newest Galaxy Note could also feature a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera. During the company's press event for the Galaxy... Read more...
Samsung is getting ready for its Unpacked event in Berlin on August 29. Although the official invitation doesn't tell exactly what Samsung is planning to reveal at the event, an unnamed Samsung spokesperson has said the company plans to take the wraps off of the company's next Galaxy Note device. There have been plenty of rumors lately that suggest some upcoming features and specs regarding this second-generation Galaxy Note. For starters, the new phablet is said to have a larger, 5.5-inch screen and a faster 1.7GHz dual-core processor. Other rumored features include a 12-megapixel camera and a more recent version of Android. Samsung's Unpacked event is scheduled for August 29, which is approximately... Read more...
ZTE may not be a well-known brand in the US yet, but the company is definitely beginning to gain traction as it introduces more and more devices. While we've seen some low-cost ZTE phones in the past with entry-level specs, the latest leak shows a high-end phone designed for Sprint. The purported ZTE Flash could be coming to Sprint as early as October 14, 2012. This smartphone is said to feature a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, a 4.5-inch HD (1,280x720 pixels) IPS display, 1GB of RAM, and a 12.6-megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash. Other key features include LTE support for connectivity to Sprint's newest 4G network as well as Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The handset is also said to... Read more...
According to a leaked memo obtained by TmoNews, T-Mobile may be planning to increase the price on its 5GB and 10GB Promotional Bundles data plans. The increase could happen as early as next week, so if you've been thinking about becoming a T-Mobile customer, now might be the time to act. Based on the leaked information, "T-Mobile will increase the price of the Premium – 5GB Promotional Bundles and Ultra – 10GB Promotional Bundles Classic data features by $5 per month. The currently available Classic Premium – 5GB Promotional Bundles and Ultra – 10GB Promotional Bundles data features will end and be replaced by new features with the $5 MRC increase." The document indicates... Read more...
Although Samsung has already made it known that the company won't be announcing the highly-anticipated Galaxy S III smartphone at Mobile World Congress this year, that hasn't stopped specs of this hot phone from leaking onto the web.   One of the reasons Samsung isn't planning to announce the Galaxy S III at Mobile World Congress is because it wants to shorten the gap between announcing the phone and actually launching it around the world. When the time comes, Samsung plans to launch the Galaxy S III in over 50 markets or cities simultaneously. Some of the reported specs for the Samsung Galaxy S III include a 4.8-inch full HD 1080p resolution display with 16:9 aspect ratio, a ceramic back,... Read more...
There's a rumor going around that Intel's initial Ivy Bridge launch will end up stunted by small volume shipments in early April, with mass shipments being delayed until sometime after June. News of the delay was reported by DigiTimes last week after it claimed to have heard from sources in the notebook industry that Intel made the decision to slow things down due to a high number of Sandy Bridge processors still in need of a good home. In order to minimize the impact on first-tier notebook vendors stuck with a large volume of Sandy Bridge chips, as well as Intel's own stockpile, the Santa Clara chip maker supposedly decided to wait a little longer than planned before releasing Ivy Bridge in... Read more...
According to a leaked product lineup, it would appear that RIM is slimming down its product line up in order to focus resources on its next-generation BlackBerry devices that are expected in the second half of this year. Even so, we could still see two BlackBerry Curve smartphones as well as a slightly tweaked new PlayBook tablet in the next few months. The new Curve smartphones will likely be the BlackBerry Curve 9230 and the BlackBerry Curve 9320. The Curve 9230 will likely be an EDGE smartphone while the Curve 9320 is expected to be a HSPA device. The new PlayBook tablet is said to feature a 1.5GHz processor (an upgrade from the original PlayBook's 1GHz processor), HSPA+ connectivity, and... Read more...
You shouldn't take the latest iPad rumors with a grain of salt, you should take them with seven seas full of salt, and then some. The idea that Apple will release an iPad 3 and a supercharged iPad 4 both in the same year is beyond ludicrous -- either that, or this editor will eat a giant sized crow in nine months -- yet that's what news and rumor site DigiTimes is reporting. What's more likely is that the folks in Taiwan figured it's both fun and easy to mess with DigiTimes, and we can hardly blame them. According to DigiTimes, "industry sources" overseas indicate Apple will ship an iPad 3 with a Full HD display in March, which is actually likely, followed by an iPad 4 (named by Apple's component... Read more...
Could there be a better way to kick start the weekend than with a next generation gaming console rumor? Well sure, you could hit the jackpot and tell your boss you won't be in on Monday, but that's not something we can help you with. We can, however, share the latest chatter about the so-called "Xbox Next," Microsoft's successor to the Xbox 360. Develop claims to have heard from "multiple sources across the industry, from processor chip manufacturers to middleware firms," that Microsoft's next game console will make its first appearance at the E3 convention in 2013. It then appears likely that the console will launch in time for the holiday shopping season that same year, though the release could... Read more...
All the attention is on Microsoft right now as the tech world tunes in to see what Windows 8 and its funky Metro UI is all about. Maybe that's not sitting right with Apple, who'd prefer to hog the limelight for itself. If that's the case, it would make perfect sense to refresh its MacBook Pro line this month, as is rumored to be the case. Citing "people with proven insight into Apple's future product plans," AppleInsider reports Apple is hot-to-trot with refreshed MacBook Pro models later this month rather than waiting for Intel's next generation Core i mobile processors to appear in the second quarter of 2012. It's unclear what parts Apple is planning to shove into new MacBook Pro models, though... Read more...
Rumor after rumor has suggested that Apple will be releasing a new iPhone at some point in the relatively near future. Depending on who you listen to, the latest iPhone could be announced as early as this month. Now, a new rumor suggests that Google may push up the release date of its next version of Android, known as Ice Cream Sandwich, in an effort to better compete with the iPhone. When Google announced Ice Cream Sandwich, the company said it would be available sometime this year. Rumors then suggested the release would be near Thanksgiving in order to enable Google, manufacturers, and carriers to take advantage of the holiday shopping season. If Google moves the release up, the latest version... Read more...
SIM cards are pretty small. The Micro-SIM within the iPhone 4 and iPad is even smaller. But is there a need to go even smaller? One could argue that you could never actually have an electronic component that's small enough; the world of tech is constantly evolving, and having smaller SIM cards would allow for smaller phones in the future. A Reuters report suggests that Apple has already "proposed" a standard SIM card size that's smaller than the ones already in use, and that's according to an Orange executive. Orange is a cellular provider in France, so the rumor definitely has some legs. The European telecoms standards body (ETSI) also confirmed the report, but work on the project had yet to... Read more...
Is Apple planning to go toe-to-toe with yet another company in the tablet business? There's nothing confirming as much just yet, but it sounds like Amazon may be next in line. The company's Kindle has done well in the e-reader market, very well, in fact. But that might not be enough. Amazon's reportedly thinking of doing yet another piece of hardware: a tablet. Based on a report from Consumer Electronics, CEO Jeff Bezos has noted that we should "stay tuned" when seeking information about a possible Amazon tablet. The line came during a lengthier interview about all manners of things, but that one nugget is obviously the most interesting to focus on. When asked about any specific tablet plans,... Read more...
Skype sure has hit it big. While there are dozens and dozens of VoIP calling applications, for some reason Skype's is the one that people flock to. Possibly being the first major one was what did it, but either way, the company seems to be growing in leaps and bounds, and the attention that they are getting doesn't seem to be slowing down. Now, a fresh Reuters report suggests that Google and Facebook are separately looking into a deal with Skype. In fact, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has reportedly "been involved in internal discussions about buying Skype." The one major feature that Facebook currently lacks is a real, trusted video chat app, and that's the kind of thing that Skype could deliver.... Read more...
This one is definitely considered a rumor for now, but the rumors are starting to align themselves in a way that makes it all so much easier to believe. Asus has already been pegged as one of the first laptop makers that'll be shipping Chrome OS netbooks, and now Digitimes is reporting that we could see that notebook as soon as June. Google recently halted the shipments of their CR-48 Chrome OS netbook, saying that the trial period had reached its conclusion and it was time to start thinking about laptop companies who could ship them en masse. The netbook is reportedly on track to sell for just $200 to $250, with Intel inside and one of two operating systems: Android 3.0 or Chrome OS. It's set... Read more...
If it's not Apple, it's Google clogging up the rumor mill pipeline. Recently, the search giant has been at the center of rumors that they could be launching a new music service to compete with iTunes, and now, The New York Post is reporting that Google may be considering the opening of a YouTube subscription-based movie service in the UK. The site is being pretty quiet about how they received this information, but they certainly seem sure of it. And honestly, it's not that hard to believe. Google's been looking to branch out and compete in burgeoning tech areas for some time, as evidenced by the advent of Google TV and Android. Reportedly, Google has been talking to movie studios for months now,... Read more...
Is Apple working on an iPhone Nano? Maybe! The rumor has definitely been around before, but this time it's picking up an unusual amount of steam. Bloomberg's sources found this week that Apple may be developing a smaller, less expensive version of the iPhone, with a prototype device already kicking around somewhere in Apple's labs. The only issue with the report is that there's no indication of exactly how small "small" will be. What's really crazy is just how much sense a move like this suddenly makes. Just this week, HP introduced their smallest webOS device ever, indicating that there's some demand for a smaller phone like that. With Apple already producing an iOS-like interface on the iPod... Read more...
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