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iPhone Plugs Into Poppy for 3D Photog Fun
June 27, 2013
The Kickstarter campaign for Poppy, the retro-looking device that promises to turn an iPhone into a 3D camera, is quickly gaining popularity. It hit its $40,000 Kickstarter goal in about nine hours. By Friday afternoon it had commitments for nearly $87,000, with 27 campaign days remaining. Creators Joe Heitzeberg and Ethan Lowry modeled Poppy after the 70-year-old View-Master.
Pegatron CEO Tips Possibility of Mid-Priced iPhone
June 21, 2013
The long-rumored cheaper iPhone may indeed be on its way, but it might belong in the mid-tier rather than in the budget category. Pegatron CEO Tong Zixian reportedly told shareholders Thursday that Apple would likely launch a more affordable iPhone along with its next-generation device later this year, but that the price tag wouldn't be "cheap."
Apple Phablet, Plastic iPhone May Be in the Works
June 14, 2013
Rumors of an iPhone with a 5-inch screen and a downscale handset targeted at emerging markets popped up once again Thursday. Specifically, Apple may introduce two big-screen phones, or "phablets," and an all-plastic model that would be offered in several colors and sell at a price that would be appealing to handset shoppers in emerging markets like China, according to a report.
ITC Slaps Apple in Samsung Infringement Case
June 6, 2013
The U.S. International Trade Commission has partially reversed an earlier ruling and found that Apple infringed one of Samsung's patents after all, leading it to ban the import of certain older iPhones and iPads. The ban includes such products as the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, original iPad 3G and iPad 2 3G. The iPhone 5 and the fourth-generation iPad remain unaffected.
Your iPhone Could Be Poisoned by Its Charger
June 4, 2013
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a way to hack into iOS devices through a modified charger. Billy Lau, a research scientist at the institute, together with two Ph.D. students, will present a paper on it at Black Hat USA 2013. It took only 1 minute for an iOS device to be compromised after being plugged into a malicious charger.
Apple Paces Healthy Q1 Smartphone Sales
May 6, 2013
Smartphone usage is up in the U.S., with Apple and Android the preferred brands for the first three months of 2013, according to a recent report from comScore. Apple's iPhone accounted for 39 percent of the U.S. smartphone market in the first quarter of the year, a 2.7 increase in market share from the previous three-month period.
Fingerprint-Recognition Flubs May Be Foiling iPhone Production
April 26, 2013
Fingerprints may do more than smudge the screen of the next iPhone. They may be holding up its production. There reportedly has been some grumbling in Apple's supply chain due to delays in getting the next iPhone on the assembly line. Production originally scheduled for June may have to be pushed back.
Apple Falls From Investors' Grace
April 18, 2013
Apple's stock took another hit on Thursday, sinking to a dismal $392.25 by the closing bell. Fears have been mounting about Apple's place in the world, and they were heightened earlier this week by a report from a key supplier, Cirrus Logic, which posted a disappointing revenue forecast. On Wednesday, Apple's shares dipped below $400 per unit for the first time in more than a year.
Samsung Under the Gun for Alleged Anti-HTC Rumormongering
April 17, 2013
Taiwan authorities have launched a probe into charges that Samsung hired students to post disparaging comments about HTC online. If the false advertising accusations are upheld, Samsung and its local advertising agent could be on the hook for about $835,000. The complaints sprouted earlier this month when Internet users claimed that Samsung had contracted students to write online content attacking HTC and lauding Samsung.
Google, EU Reach Meeting of the Minds
April 15, 2013
In an effort to appease European regulators, Google for the first time has agreed to make legally binding changes to its search results. The changes stem from a two-year investigation into whether Google abused its online search dominance in Europe. The changes will not force Google to amend its algorithm, but instead will require it to clearly label search results from its own properties.
PopAGraph Dazzles With a Little 3D Magic
April 15, 2013
Because the iPhone has turned into one of the world's most popular cameras, there's no shortage of photo editing apps in the iTunes App Store. Many of these apps are great, and many have overlapping features with similar special effects. So how does one photo editing app rise above the rest? What makes it great? Do-it-all apps are good, and I have several collected inside a Pic Tools folder.
Apple Lags in Apps Sold, Leads in App Gold
April 10, 2013
Apple's App Store may not sell more apps than its top competitor in the space, Google Play, but it is gaining more revenue off its sales, according to research from Canalys. App downloads across the four major stores -- Apple App Store, Google Play, the Windows Phone Store and BlackBerry World -- are up 11 percent worldwide during the first quarter of 2013.
CaptureAudio Will Make You Shout Its Praises
April 8, 2013
Sometimes I hang on to using the Apple-bundled iPhone apps with a maniacal fervor. Unfortunately, this means that I get into a rut with an Apple app -- despite its limitations -- and I avoid trying new apps. Yes, this means I can keep better track of what Apple is up to. On the flip side, why should I create extra work, just so I can identify when Apple ditches the skeuomorphic microphone from its solid but utterly lifeless Voice Memos app?
A Tale of Two iPhone Launches
April 4, 2013
Back in the days of Steve Jobs, Apple enthusiasts could count on one more thing: While we weren't sure what sort of product Jobs was going to unveil, we knew it was going to be wicked cool. Now, after we've had the benefit of seeing Apple's rhythmic release of new products over the years, ferreting out patterns and likely time frames, we know more about new products than ever before.
Taiwan Semiconductor May Win iPhone Chip Biz
April 3, 2013
Apple might be ditching Samsung as a chip partner in favor of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, according to a published report. Samsung has been making all of Apple's mobile chips since 2010, but the company's contract is set to expire in 2014. When that happens, Apple is reportedly going to rely on TSMC to make a so-called "A7" processor.
Cook's Apology Part of China Brand Rehab
April 2, 2013
Apple CEO Tim Cook issued a public apology to customers in China this week following nationwide criticism over the way the company handles warranty and return policies in the country. For the past two weeks, several media outlets in China have run stories claiming that Apple's customer service policies, particularly in regards to the iPhone, leave much to be desired.
Instant Heart Rate: A Cool Way to Track Your Ticker
April 1, 2013
Every now and then I'm surprised and delighted by the utter ingenuity I stumble upon in the iTunes App Store. I really like it when someone utilizes common technology for a unintended purpose -- in this case, using the camera on your iPhone to track the beat of your heart. Crazy, I know, but Instant Heart Rate - Heart Rate Monitor by Azumio does it in just a few seconds.
Apple Has Designs on a Curvy, All-Screen iPhone
March 29, 2013
Curves, flexibility and an all-glass case may be in the design cards for a future iPhone. Apple was awarded a patent Thursday from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a consumer electronic product with a flexible display and transparent housing. The patent also notes that visual content can be displayed anywhere on the wraparound housing.
T-Mobile's No-Contract Revolution
March 28, 2013
When new T-Mobile CEO John Legere was trash-talking the cellular service competition by characterizing their contract plans as "bullsh*t," it took me a couple of days to realize there was far more to his new no-contract iPhone plan than gleeful profanity. T-Mobile is the last of the big four U.S. cellular service companies to offer the iPhone.
Acquisition Could Chart a New Course for Apple Maps
March 27, 2013
Apple's purchase this week of GPS startup WiFiSLAM is the latest attempt by the company to put some distance between it and the 2012 debacle that was the launch of its own high quality maps feature. The tech giant paid about $20 million for WiFISLAM, according to published reports.
T-Mobile Finally Gets Some Respect
March 26, 2013
After six years of watching helplessly as competing providers basked in the iPhone's glory, T-Mobile is going to start offering the coveted device as well. The carrier made the much-anticipated announcement at an event Tuesday morning, where it also revealed plans to step up its 4G network rollout. The announcement about the iPhone, though, was the headliner.
Beyond the Grave, Onto the Smartphone
March 25, 2013
A cemetery in Shenyang, the capital of China's Liaoning Province, will become, for lack of a better term, interactive. With mobile devices, people will be able to scan a quick response code on graves of people whose relatives have requested the feature. Scanning this code will allow visitors to learn about the person's life; they can also access a Web page where relatives and friends can upload photos or video.
The Fall of Apple and the Return of BlackBerry
March 25, 2013
We tend to be slow to see change. If a company is on top, like Apple was, it takes a lot for us to see its fortunes have changed, as they clearly have post-Jobs. If a company is on the bottom, like BlackBerry was, it may be even tougher to see it on the rebound. We simply don't like the change in our worldview, and this isn't just with regard to companies but people as well.
The Z10 Has Arrived, and Thorsten Heins May Be a Miracle Worker
March 22, 2013
Times are changing for BlackBerry. The BlackBerry Z10 smartphone, which runs the new BlackBerry 10 operating system, has finally hit store shelves in the U.S. What's more, BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins has been taking swipes at Apple -- and no one is laughing in utter disbelief.
A Slightly Improved iPhone May Not Mute Apple's Critics
March 22, 2013
Although the iPhone 5 is less than a year old, speculation is already rampant about the next version of Apple's iconic handset. That guessing game was fueled Thursday by a report that suggested the next iPhone won't break any new ground in features or design.
Apple's Painful Cry in the Wilderness
March 21, 2013
When I first heard about Apple's new "Why iPhone" marketing page that went live shortly after Samsung's big Galaxy S4 smartphone launch, I thought, "Uh oh, Apple's really playing defense." The page makes it clear that Apple is either worried about the rising power of Samsung, or misguided in how it can best do battle with the Korean superstar.
BlackBerry CEO on Apple: What We Have Here Is a Failure to Innovate
March 18, 2013
BlackBerry's new Z10 handset will be available in the U.S. later this week, and CEO Thorstein Heins believes it to be a quite the game changer. Despite BlackBerry's massive struggles, Heins said in an interview ahead of the Z10's release Down Under that he didn't believe it was a make-it-or-break-it moment for the company, and he emphasized that the pressure to innovate has shifted to Apple.
Intel Inside iPhones, iPads Would Let Apple Kick Samsung Out
March 8, 2013
Intel's reported plans to provide more contract manufacturing of processors are renewing speculation that it will seek a deal with Apple to make chips for its iPads and iPhones, according to published reports. That could leave Samsung, which makes chips for iOS devices, out of the picture.
Apple Widens US Lead but Rivals' New Phones Are Coming
March 7, 2013
Apple's iPhone grabbed the first place spot in U.S. smartphone sales during the holiday quarter, increasing its lead over rival handsets before Samsung, BlackBerry and other competitors launch new devices this spring. The company took a 37.8 percent share of the domestic smartphone market during the three months ending in January,
Apple May Put The Squeeze on iPhone
March 6, 2013
Apple wants to make a future iPhone your main squeeze. The company received approval Tuesday from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a patent that would allow you to control a device by squeezing its housing. According to Patent No. 8,390,481, Apple has invented a way to measure a user's interaction with the housing of a device independent of the user's electrical characteristics.
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