Of course, iPhone clones are almost a fact of life by now, no matter how much authorities try to crack down on them. That said, it is quite amusing, if not ridiculous, that an iPhone 6 clone would start getting distributed around the Chinese market, when the iPhone 6 itself is months away from being revealed. Talk about efficiency!
China's state-run broadcaster has called the iPhone a "national security concern" because of its location tracking features, basically the same GPS-based features you can find on any modern smartphone and mobile platform. Apple has now released a statement via it's China office claiming that it does not participate nor does it condone any act of spying using its products. However, the Chinese government might have been looking not for an explanation but for a scapegoat instead.
Just days before the Tizen-powered Samsung Z was supposed to launch in Russia, Samsung apparently got cold feet and cancelled. With nary an explanation nor a new target date for the launch of what would be the only commercial Tizen smartphone so far, former backers of the nascent mobile platform are starting to dwindle as their patience and tolerance start to get exhausted as well.
At the close of the month, Apple launched updates for both OS X Mavericks OS on Macs as well as the mobile iOS platform. While Mavericks 10.9.4 and iOS 7.1.2 do come with a few, very few in fact, new features, the focus of the update is to address security issues and bug fixes, including one that was discovered shortly after the unveiling of iOS 8.
OpenGarden has a new update for its rather unique FireChat app that users on both sides of the mobile divide would most likely love. With the aptly named the FireChat <3 (Love) update, Android and iOS users will now be able to message anyone of the opposite mobile inclination even when they don't have an Internet connection at hand.
2K Games has just made a revelation that would elate smartphone-wielding fans of the Civilization franchise. The sequel to 2008's turn-based strategy game, slyly named Civilization Revolution 2, will be coming next month. But more than that, it was built primarily for and will be released exclusively on mobile devices.
iPad stylus Pencil will gain pressure support with the arrival of iOS 8 in the fall, with creators FiftyThree cooking up a new system for adjusting line thickness by how much of the rubbery tip is in contact with the display. Pencil, launched back in late 2013, took a natural approach to its hardware, with a wooden barrel, and instead focused on building the stylus' smarts into the companion apps.