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GT Advanced may soon be clear of that $50 million Apple penalty

Last week, it was discovered that Apple held a $50 million knife to the throat of their supply partners regarding leaked info. Should a partner be found guilty of leaking info, or allowing info to leak about current or future Apple products, they were subject to that penalty. In the bankruptcy filing of GT Advanced, Apple’s now former Sapphire glass … Continue reading

Google Music integrates Songza suggestions to crush Beats

This week the folks behind Google Music’s acquisition of Songza have let it be known that Songza has officially joined the party. They’ve been a part of the Google company for a while now, but just this week they’re appearing in the Google Music app for the first time. Just like Rdio did with TastemakerX, Google did with Songza, adding … Continue reading

HERE maps now on Android to take on Google

What once was only a Nokia joint in HERE maps comes now to Samsung smartphones, then to Android devices in general. Back in the day Nokia purchased Navteq, then they created their own HERE mapping division, then they became one of the most radical map-making groups outside of Google. Now they’ve gone bigger than they’ve ever been before. With a … Continue reading

Nexus 6 and Note 4 battle in side-by-side comparison

Both the Nexus 6 and the Galaxy Note 4 have arrived, and they’re battling each other for the favor of consumers. Both share similar — in some cases, identical — specifications, featuring almost-too-big-for-a-pocket sizes and a whole host of features that plant them solidly in the high-end smartphone range. Given their similarities, each phone’s unique attributes become all the more … Continue reading

Apple Q4 earnings jump at biggest iPhone launch ever

This afternoon Apple announced their latest earnings, those for their own fiscal Q4 2014, for the three months that ended on September 27th, 2014. These earnings included a cool quarterly revenue of $42.1 billion USD while with $1.42 per diluted share, Apple raked in a quarterly net profit of $8.5 billion. This quarter includes the launch of the iPhone 6 … Continue reading

Marshall Acton amps up your smartphone with Hi-fi sound

This week the folks at Marshall – a team known for guitar amps, mostly – have let it be known that they’ve created a new speaker for the mobile universe. This is the Marshall Acton Speaker, the most compact speaker Marshall Headphones crew have made outside of a pair of… well… headphones. And it’s not made for your guitar. Unless … Continue reading

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Review: Phablet Refocused

Samsung can’t afford to stumble with the Galaxy Note 4. The fourth-gen phablet arrives as Samsung wakes up to a new, and not especially rewarding, phase in its mobile life: the discovery that throwing a hundred designs at the market and hoping at least some of them stick no longer has the same sales success as it once did. At … Continue reading

Nokia Lumia 530 Review

When we posted our review of the Nokia Lumia 520 and subsequently the Lumia 521 for T-Mobile, it wasn’t yet entirely clear the impact they’d have on the Windows Phone universe. Now that we know that Nokia’s efforts allowed it to dominate the Windows Phone universe, we can see how important it is that the brand was able to create … Continue reading

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Review: Bigger is Better

Apple promised us something big, and it delivered both metaphorically and literally. The iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus take Apple’s flagship smartphone in new directions, finally bowing to consumer demand for larger handsets. These aren’t just your old iPhone made bigger, however: a combination of broad hardware improvements and iOS 8 makes sure of that. Question is, does … Continue reading

Moto X (2014) Review: Finally, a true Motorola flagship

Motorola never quite got the praise it deserved with the original Moto X, the company’s decision to step off the specs bandwagon unduly masked by relatively uninspiring design. Now, the 2014 model arrives to rectify that, sharing the same name but stepping up performance, aesthetics, and – essential for any device with ambitions to play among the flagships – build … Continue reading

HTC One M8 with Windows Review

What we could be witnessing right now is a crossroads in the Windows universe. HTC may very well have made the step towards legitimacy the Windows Phone platform needed to show the world that they really, truly can compete with Android. In the HTC One M8 with Windows, HTC has switched out Android for Windows Phone in the greatest handset … Continue reading

HTC One (E8) review: Android’s iPhone 5C is here

The HTC One (M8) is one of the better Android handsets available. For many, it’s the aluminum shell that takes the cake. What happens when you strip it away and add plastic, though? Is the device still a winner? The HTC One (E8) is trying to answer that question.

Amazon Fire Phone review: The shopper’s smartphone

When Amazon wades into a new segment, competitors take note, and few devices have been so nervously anticipated as the Fire Phone. Amazon’s first smartphone doesn’t just put Prime in your pocket, it also pushes the limits of UI, with its quartet of Dynamic Perspective cameras, and computational photography, with Firefly. Ambitious, then, but Jeff Bezos & Co. have seldom … Continue reading

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HERE maps now on Android to take on Google

What once was only a Nokia joint in HERE maps comes now to Samsung smartphones, then to Android devices in general. Back in the day Nokia purchased Navteq, then they created their own HERE mapping division, then they became one of the most radical map-making groups outside of Google. Now they’ve gone bigger than they’ve ever been before. With a … Continue reading

‘Passage’ uses images to replace typing passwords

Startup Peekabu has revealed new project Passage, a way to replace passwords with images that are simply held up in front your computer’s camera. Relying on their previous experience with image recognition technologies, England-based Peekabu built Passage (“password” + “image”) at the 24-hour Disrupt London hackathon.

Blackberry’s BBM learns from Snapchat, adds vanishing/retractable messages

In an effort to remain relevant among the number of chatting apps on people’s smartphones today, Blackberry is overhauling its messaging service, BBM, with several new features that are clearly inspired by the popular Snapchat. While currently still in beta, the new update coming soon will introduce disappearing messages on a timer, as well as the ability to retract messages … Continue reading

Flickr for iPad released after Apple’s iPad Air 2 debut

Only one day after Apple announced its latest tablets, the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3, photo sharing service Flickr used the opportunity to release a brand new universal iOS app, finally bringing a long-awaited native version to the iPad. While Instagram may be the photo-sharing king on iPhones, Flickr remains a popular network due to its all-encompassing desktop … Continue reading

Tumblr app Yosemite exclusive: but why?

The team behind Tumblr’s success are very, very smart. They know good and well what it takes to run the hype machine and keep it running full-speed. Because of this, they’ve decided to release a Tumblr desktop app today. They’ve decided to release this app for OS X Yosemite exclusively. That’s OS X 10.10 only. They’ve done this because they … Continue reading

Whisper found to be tracking users, sharing info

You’d think an anonymous app would let you be, well, anonymous. Whisper, which promises users they’re safe from things like being known, have come under fire today. It seems their service is guilty of tracking the location of users, and sharing that info. While that might not sound over-the-top, Whisper is also tracking the location data of people who specifically … Continue reading

Alien Blue app now Reddit Official

For those of you working with an iPhone or iPad this week, congratulations. You’re the first ones able to access an official Reddit app. This app is called Alien Blue, and Reddit just acquired it officially. This app had been available before – and it’s not changed much since Reddit picked it up – but now Reddit owns it. And … Continue reading

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