Posts tagged with: News
  • by | April 10, 2014 11:52 AM

    With all the rumors tilted towards the next-generation iPhone, we've been wondering exactly what will Apple bring to the table for its iPad line-up? Apple has historically launched new iPad models during springtime, but it seems that it won't be the case this year. The iPad Air is barely in its first generation, so it would be safe to judge that Apple will retain a lot of the design elements of this device going forward, and improve on some software or hardware capabilities. Reports from credible sources claim that Apple will retain the design of the current-generation iPad Air and iPad ...

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  • by | April 10, 2014 11:46 AM

    Is it nearly time for LG to debut its next Android flagship? While the G2 was first revealed in August of last year, rumors have been adamant that LG is moving its schedule up quite a bit for 2014, and that the presumed G3 could launch as soon as sometime this quarter. June has been mentioned more than once as a possibility, putting us a mere two months away from the phone's premiere. Before it gets here, though, there's plenty we'd like to learn, and so far the hard evidence has been limited to a UAProf and a couple potential screenshots. We're still itching to get a look at the hardware, ...

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  • by | April 10, 2014 11:04 AM

    Today, April 10, Sprint is transitioning from online-only orders for the new HTC One M8 to offering the handset in its retail locations (Update: HTC confirms it's happening today). While that should help spur sales, there also might be another reason to start giving this Sprint carrier variant of the One M8 a little extra attention, as evidence suggests that Sprint's got a special version of the One M8 with Harman/Kardon audio enhancements. While @evleaks started the rumor overnight, it was on an XDA-Developers thread where the story really came together. First users attempted to confirm ...

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  • by | April 10, 2014 1:07 AM

    The upcoming point-update to Android, version 4.4.3, is expected to be nothing more than a bug fix release, according to some earlier reports. The public release of the refresh is expected to happen in the near future (coming weeks, according to reports), but Google has allegedly started the dogfooding process for Android 4.4.3. (You can learn about Dog Food releases by reading this article) According to the most recent rumors, Android 4.4.3 is being pushed out to 1% of Google employees outside of the Android team, AndroidPolice has found out from "several reliable sources". The entire ...

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  • by | April 10, 2014 12:50 AM

    There are a couple of more changes in place over at Motorola, like naming Rick Osterloh as President and COO or Motorola Mobility. As per the official Motorola Blog, Rick Osterloh assumes the role immediately and will report, until the Lenovo acquisition is completed, to the Motorola Operating Board at Google. Over the past two years, Rick Osterloh "has been leading all product management" at Motorola, but he has also worked at Skype until Microsoft decided to acquire the company. Meanwhile, Jonathan Rosenberg -- who stepped in as COO on April 1, following Dennis Woodside's departure ...

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  • by | April 9, 2014 11:37 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Samsung's decision to take legal action against certain publications due to the review of the Galaxy S5. Apple follows the news as we learn that VP of iOS software Greg Christie departs Apple over issues with Jony Ive. Nokia is next as we learn what the company is doing to keep the deal with Microsoft going with government agencies. We then talk about Apple's iPhone 6 and the release plan for the 4.7-inch model and the 5.5-inch model. We end today's show talking about the cool new changes that may come to Google Now very soon. All this and ...

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  • by | April 9, 2014 8:18 PM

    We're right at the cusp of an exciting period in the development of Google's Project Ara, with the firs dev conference just days away and rumors suggesting prototype hardware might be fully functional within a matter of weeks. Today Ara hit one big milestone, with Google making available the Module Developers Kit that hardware guys can use to start crafting their own interchangeable elements that will make up the final Ara phones. The kit covers design guidelines, describing valid module dimensions, internal construction, and layout for power/communication pads. All Ara modules are based ...

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  • by | April 9, 2014 7:50 PM

    Apple's advertising efforts have been in the spotlight recently with the Apple vs. Samsung trial. We've seen how disappointed Apple is about its own advertising efforts with the iPhone, and how shocked Phil Schiller is at the fact that Apple's marketing firm doesn't land a smart way to counteract Samsung lately. It was only a matter of time before Apple did something about it, and reports have it that things started today. It seems that Apple has just hired four new digital ad agencies, including WPP's AKQA, Interpublic Group's Huge, Area 17, and Kettle. According to the report: "The ...

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  • by | April 9, 2014 6:43 PM

    Even though Apple has lead the digital music business for years, we've seen one business model after another become obsolete in the last couple of years. With services like Spotify and Pandora, and with the added value of 4G LTE data speeds, a lot of people have began to prefer alternatives that don't force you to buy a song in order to listen to it. Rumors have it that Apple has begun to feel the pressure of changing its business model one more time, and the changes are rumored to be significant. An Apple executive who we find unnamed has declared that even though Apple launched iTunes ...

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  • by | April 9, 2014 6:06 PM

    As much as people may criticize Apple for retaining the original user interface that we saw with iOS 6 and prior, there's no denying that it changed the industry in 2007. Greg Christie was one of the leaders of this revolution, coming up with ideas that have become basic features of any smartphone today, like slide-to-unlock. Sadly with the departure of Scott Forstall, and with the appointment of Jony Ive as the decision maker behind the visual design of iOS, it seems that things got a little too dramatic between the two. Christie's team was responsible for the redesign of iOS 7, but ...

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  • by | April 9, 2014 5:45 PM

    Back in February during the Mobile World Congress, Mozilla was busy talking about what's next for its Firefox OS, an alternative to mainstream smartphone platforms we saw debut on its first hardware last year. The company talked about changes to how apps would launch, re-worked gesture inputs, and basically an overhaul to the platform's interface as we knew it. It's still a while before we'll see any new phones running this Firefox OS 2.0, but this week we catch a bit of an early preview, with the publication of a number of images depicting what to expect. Taking inspiration from the likes ...

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  • by | April 9, 2014 4:36 PM

    So far, Facebook's given smartphone users two primary ways to access instant messages sent over its service: you could either receive and respond to messages from directly within the core Facebook app, or you could fire up Facebook Messenger for a pure messaging experience. Apparently that's all about to change, however, and The Verge has just confirmed with Facebook that an effort is in the works to move all IM traffic over to Facebook Messenger. You'll still be able to see messages in the main Facebook app, but tapping on one of those messages to start interacting with it will instead ...

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  • by | April 9, 2014 4:06 PM

    This time last year, Dropbox had just bought Orchestra, the company behind Mailbox, the popular email app for iOS. At the time, the Dropbox team posted an announcement of the news, mentioning the desire to see Mailbox get “into as many people’s hands as possible.” Well, moving beyond the iOS user base sounds like a prime way to do just that, and today Dropbox announced a “new chapter” for Mailbox with the debut of an Android port. Mailbox for Android is in the Play Store as of right now, free for you to install. At the moment it only supports Gmail and iCloud accounts, but other ...

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  • by | April 9, 2014 3:25 PM

    With Microsoft's introduction of Cortana, will Apple and Google be feeling the pressure to snazz up their own voice assistant offerings in the hopes of keeping ahead of the feature curve? It still remains to be seen just how strong a draw for WP8.1 Cortana manages to be, but regardless of what's going on over on that platform, Google appears to be hard at work in adding new functionality to Google Now, and one upcoming feature may be the ability to automatically detect where you've parked your car, and later guide you back to it. The evidence turns up in a few language packs for Now, ...

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  • by | April 9, 2014 1:19 PM

    T-Mobile has been finding a lot of success in the US with its no-annual-contract alternatives to service from some of the other major carriers, potentially saving users a fair deal of money in the process. This week the company is rolling out its latest series of “un-carrier” announcements, and today's is the news of an affordable $40 Simple Starter plan with unlimited talk and text, alongside 500MB of 4G data. Is it a smart deal, though? $40 is certainly a lot less than you might pay at other carriers, but there are two big problems we see with this plan. One was pointed out by BGR, ...

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