Rumors continue to arrive regarding what we can expect from Apple’s iWatch in the coming months. We’ve already heard that the company is working on a probable October launch, and we’ve also heard of sports celebrities wandering the Apple campus, aside from other rumors that there will be two variants of the iWatch. If you’re wondering what these two variants are, and what they’ll do, you’ve come to the right place.
A source familiar to the matter has just shared that Apple is already testing two iWatch models with very different designs. There [...]
Samsung, it seems, can release a slew of new smartphones and tablets, but is having difficultly releasing accessories for their current flagship smartphone, the Galaxy Nexus. At this point in time, it’s becoming somewhat comical.
The Nexus was jointly announced by Samsung and Google in November 2011, and was the first device to run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
The accessories, however, have yet to arrive. The Car Dock, Desk Stand, and Battery Charging Stand have been repeatedly delayed. According to Expansys’ suppliers, inventory should have started [...]
Waze is one of my favorite navigation apps. It’s available for both Android and iOS, and unlike other GPS Navigation apps, it learns. Based on your driving habits and patterns Waze figures out not only where you are, but where you’re going — and automatically routes you there! When you get get in your car and open the app in the morning, Waze asks you if you’re going to work. At the end of the day Waze figures you’re heading home and routes you accordingly. That’s cool and all, but it’s not where Waze really stands out.
Waze not only [...]
In the last few weeks Sprint has rolled out LTE service to a few area. Some have been under the impression that these are “test areas” to examine the viability of LTE. That’s not the case.
I haven’t been able to get word from Sprint about their long-term plans — not officially anyway, and it’s the source of some confusion in the wireless industry. The confusion stems from their other “4G” technology: WiMax, and it’s potential future with the company.
Running two 4G technologies side-by-side seems like an inefficient [...]
Is Microsoft paying for apps to be converted from iOS to Windows Phone? According to a source, the answer is yes!
Microsoft has long been the power-house behind businesses both large and small. In addition to their office applications, they also have server operating systems, enterprise-class database solutions, and let’s not forget Exchange. Exchange powers a large percentage of corporate email, calendar and scheduling, and contact management. One would imagine that Microsoft is pretty happy getting a licensing fee from every company that wants to enable syncing with [...]
While we have various methods to carrier unlock Apple’s iPhone available, all of them share issues such as the phone being re-locked after a firmware update. Negri Elelectronics brings us a new method, remotely unlocking after receiving your iPhone’s IMEI code, which is permanent and lasts through firmware updates and other software modifications.
Negri Electronics’ unlock service runs $175 and requires a two-step process: purchasing the unlock, and sending in your IMEI which gets added to a database. Presumably Apple would not close this unlocking method in [...]
Back in February we told you about two smartphones that HTC and Facebook teamed up on the HTC Salsa and HTC Cha Cha. Apparently that ruffled Twitter’s feathers and today HTC and Twitter announced a Twitter Phone almost identical to the HTC Cha Cha Facebook Phone.
The HTC Tata features a full QWERTY keyboard and a compact 2.6″ HVGA 480×320 display, like the Cha Cha. Unlike the Cha Cha, the Tata doubles the RAM and ROM to 1GB each. Although the CPU is only 600MHz it’s a new Qualcomm dual-core CPU that we haven’t previously seen.
In addition to [...]
For those in the custom ROM scene CM7 is big news. In addition to having a huge number of smartphones on their list of officially supported devices, other equipment such as the NOOKcolor and even some slot machines have gotten the CyanogenMod treatment.
One tipster who works for a repair company that services slot machines recently had a bank of machines come through his shop with “interesting” circuit boards inside.
“They came in with a intermittent grounding issue that was causing problems with the display on machines. The problem was easy to locate [...]
Everyone who runs a website, ourselves included, needs to stay on top of current industry trends with the big three search engines: Google, Bing, and Yahoo! Not long ago Google announced a radical change in the way they were going to spider websites. The new spidering and indexing engine was codenamed “Caffeine”.
“Caffeine provides 50 percent fresher results for web searches than our last index, and it’s the largest collection of web content we’ve offered. Whether it’s a news story, a blog or a forum post, you can now find links to relevant [...]
As WWDC approaches many developers are already getting a first hand experience with the upcoming iPhone 5. It seems as though Apple has made it a crucial point to prevent the mayhem of rumors that plagued the supposed release date of the white iPhone 4. Apple has just given some preliminary specs to the new iPhone 5 which will be available June 26th at 5:00pm. Apparently the new device will be sporting the dual core A5 chip with a few improvements over the version in the iPad 2. The new chip will be able to not only do 3G for both CDMA and GSM but will also include the 1700 band after [...]
We’re not entirely sure if this is a hack that some one put together or if Nokia is actually planning on releasing a new version of their N8 device running Windows Phone 7. As you know, Nokia has committed to releasing many of their future phones running the Windows Phone 7 platform. Perhaps the Windows Phone version of the N8 will be called the “N8w” which would harken back to the days when Palm actually made two versions of their popular Treo smartphone, one running their native Palm OS; Treo 700p, and one running Windows Mobile; Treo 700w. You may have noticed [...]
Pocketnow Dream Phones is a new series where Pocketnow.com editors get to work with a professional artist to design our own dream phones. Introducing the PN4: Joe’s “Connectorless”, Android-powered Smartphone!
After trying nearly every form factor out there, there’s one that is just right for me: the mini-tablet. Once the screen reaches a certain size, physical keyboards become a novelty more than a necessity.
At 4.4-inches the PN4’s screen is big enough accommodate even the largest hands via an on-screen keyboard. To [...]
I’ve been hard at work on the Atrix 4G the last few days, and the first round of hacks is ready to be published. These two hacks allow you to permanently change the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth MAC (Media Access Control) addresses. There has also been some progress in flashing the device, bypassing the locked bootloader.
The MAC address is your device’s unique hardware identifier. When establishing a connection over a Wi-Fi network or attempting to do Bluetooth pairing, the MAC address is what the foreign device uses for authentication. Your device’s MAC address always [...]
We were all pleasantly impressed to see what Google has in store for us with the tablet version of their Android OS, codenamed Honeycomb. Our joy was quickly squashed when we started to get the impression that Honeycomb would be “tablet-only” — no smartphones would be getting the OS.
While this has severe implications for developers, it’s end-users that are left scratching our heads. If Honeycomb is going to be Android 3.0, and only for tablets, what’s next for smartphones?
That’s what got pocketnow reader George A. thinking. He and I [...]
Trapster is a cross-platform app that essentially turns your smartphone into a radar detector — without detecting any radar. Instead, the app uses crowd-sourced information to record where others using the app have seen speed traps, red-light cameras, and speed cameras, then alerts others when they approach those locations. What’s more, since the app doesn’t detect laser or radar signals, it shouldn’t be illegal to use in locales that have outlawed detectors.
The down-side? You’ve got to register with their service to use it — after all, [...]
A Windows Phone 7 security measure designed to perform real-time server authentication has indeed been bypassed, according to a person familiar with the situation, allowing cloud services like Xbox Live, Zune, and Marketplace to function on ported copies of the operating system, such as on an HTC HD2. However, since the method requires extracting what’s known as a unique private key (PVK) from the device provisioning partition (DPP) of an actual WP7 handset, it is far from ready for widespread deployment.
Specifically, Microsoft has apparently employed a variation of [...]
If you’ve got an Android running Froyo (2.2), and are an avid Google Voice user like I am you were probably as excited as I was when we started seeing screenshots from the leaked T-Mobile G2 ROM. This ROM includes a set of new Google Voice Widgets, one to show your your Inbox, the other to toggle various settings. Both are 3×1 widgets, and both look polished and refined.
If you’d like to give this a try, you’ll need to be running Android 2.2, and you’ll need to replace your existing Google Voice app. The download link, while it’s still [...]
A lot of people were made a bit uncomfortable when they saw the new Windows Phone 7 start screen and it’s long area of blank space on the right side. What’s with the wasted space? The offset grid and negative space are clearly by design. The key phrase there is “by design.” This isn’t your average boring grid of program icons that every other smartphone employs in their user interface designs. The layout actually follows many design conventions that artists, mathematicians, and scientists have developed over centuries.
The Rule of [...]