iPhone

German high court invalidates Apple slide-to-unlock patent

German high court invalidates Apple slide-to-unlock patent

At the beginning of its patent lawsuits against the likes Samsung, with Android as collateral damage, Apple seemed to have the force of the law behind it. The publicity might have backfired, putting its patents under greater scrutiny, which has led some of them to be narrowed down or even thrown out outright. That latter might just be the case in Germany, where the country's highest (or next highest) court, the Federal Court of Justice, upheld that Apple's slide to unlock patent isn't patentable, at least not in Germany.

Continue Reading

Is this “HTC One Plus” really such an iPhone clone?

Is this “HTC One Plus” really such an iPhone clone?

A set of photos suggests that HTC's next flagship smartphone may be extremely similar to the iPhone 6 Plus. Today we're going to take a quick look at how it's not just this leaked HTC device that looks like the iPhone, it's the iPhone that looks like the first "HTC One", and the Galaxy S6 looks like the iPhone 6, and the Xperia Z series looks like it had Samsung designers on staff - and any number of comparisons that, in the end, point toward the same conclusion: we're headed toward a smartphone design singularity.

Continue Reading

Hydrogen fuel cell powered iPhone 6 can last a week

Hydrogen fuel cell powered iPhone 6 can last a week

Now that we have smartphones with 2K displays, 4 GB of RAM, and eight 64-bit cores, batteries have become the next obsession for many smartphone makers and researchers. From quick charging batteries to safer batteries and now to eco-friendly batteries, the smartphone's power source is both a source of interest and potential profit to those can put down a stake first. British company Intelligent Energy might just be one of those, with its hydrogen-powered battery that can power an iPhone for a whole week before needing a recharge.

Continue Reading

Five tiny parts say the iPhone 6s camera will be much better

Five tiny parts say the iPhone 6s camera will be much better

Here's something that you probably would never think to expect: Apple's upcoming "iPhone 6s" will have a much improved camera. Shocking, I know. That also means it will take even better photos, a stunning feature that no one could've predicted. Ok, in all serious, Business Insider has reported that unnamed sources from the Apple supply chain have said this year's iPhone model will be equipped with a 12-megapixel camera on the back, a hefty upgrade over the current 8-megapixel shooter in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

Continue Reading

Apple will repair your blurry iPhone 6 Plus camera

Apple will repair your blurry iPhone 6 Plus camera

If your iPhone 6 Plus photos have always looked a little less crisp than you expected, it might not be your eyes. Apple has confirmed that a small batch of its phablet-sized smartphone have a defective component, which has led to blurry shots with the iSight camera. The good news is that, since Apple is taking the blame, it's also paying for the affected cameras to be swapped out for working replacements.

Continue Reading

Samsung’s Ultimate Test Drive is already out of phones

Samsung’s Ultimate Test Drive is already out of phones

Samsung has run out of review phones with which to tempt iPhone owners to jump ship, with the 30-day test program draining its stock in a matter of hours. The promotion, dubbed the Ultimate Test Drive, was announced earlier today, offering a month's use of a Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge in return for $1 and the promise to treat the handset with care. Turns out, there were plenty of iPhone owners keen to see what life on the other side of the fence is like.

Continue Reading

Giphy Cam makes Instagram and Vine look elderly

Giphy Cam makes Instagram and Vine look elderly

This week the folks at the GIF search engine Giphy have re-entered the age of apps. They'd be included in keyboard apps and certainly had been used by mobile users before in web browsers, but with the Giphy Cam, the Giphy crew grow up. They grow up at the same time as they remain childish with a lovely collection of cartoon overlays for the gifs you're about to make. This app captures moving images with your phone and makes gifs of them, fully pumped up and prepared for sharing on all platforms.

Continue Reading

Final Fantasy VII released to iOS today with one big oddity

Final Fantasy VII released to iOS today with one big oddity

Today Final Fantasy VII hits the mobile platform with Square Enix' release on both iPhone and iPad. This game will be joined - sooner or later - by a new mobile app "Final Fantasy Portal". While a mash-up of the Valve-made classic first-person title and the classic RPG might seem like a dream made in fairyland, this app is instead a portal for all things Final Fantasy - card games and all. While this version of Final Fantasy VII (or Final Fantasy 7, if you prefer), is similar to the original, it includes just a few odd changes that make it a whole different experience.

Continue Reading

Google OnHub router detailed: aimed at easy, secure Wi-Fi

Google OnHub router detailed: aimed at easy, secure Wi-Fi

Today Google OnHub was revealed by Google and aimed at bringing the company into the networking market. This is the first time Google has created such a device, generally staying within the smart mobile device market - especially now that Alphabet exists. Google's OnHub router will make Wi-Fi secure, support home automation devices, and will look good as it does so. This is a router that doesn't need to sit under a pile of books or stay stuffed in your closet in shame - it doesn't look half bad.

Continue Reading

USPTO invalidates Apple design patent used against Samsung

USPTO invalidates Apple design patent used against Samsung

If you thought the patent squabble between frenemies Apple and Samsung was over, better wake up and smell the coffee. Or in this case, read the US Patent and Trademark Office's latest finding. According to the Central Reexamination Division of the USPTO, Apple Design Patent number 618,677 is invalid on grounds of "obviousness" and prior art. This D'677 was one of the more important patents used by Cupertino to sue Samsung for infringement, a case that would have awarded it half a billion dollars if not for this recent ruling.

Continue Reading

Apple patents iPhone Edge style side-display

Apple patents iPhone Edge style side-display

While no Apple patent necessarily guarantees a final product, today's for a curved display is particularly interesting - especially now that, as of this week, Samsung has launched three "Edge" devices. Apple's patent suggests that the company either had plans or has plans to create an iPhone with a display that shows information on a flat plane on the side of their device, with a display that curves (hidden) on the inside of the phone. How strange!

Continue Reading

Prev 1 2 3 4 5 6 Next