With the iPhone 6 and #bendgate, Samsung was quick to take a few jabs. All in jest, typically, but they may have set themselves yourself up for backlash. Samsung’s Note 4, an iPhone 6 Plus competitor, seems to be compromised, right out of the box, with a screen that doesn’t meet the bezel surrounding it, leaving a noticeable gap.
There’s a magician in the wild this week who hopes to explain the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus bendgate incidents with talk of psychic energy. It’s Uri Geller, everyone’s favorite spoon-bender from the 1970s! He wants Apple to hire him to explain to the world that it wasn’t the hardware’s fault, but that of the energy of excitement in the air over the release of Apple’s newest smartphones.
Over the last several weeks there have been a rash of reports going around that the new big screen iPhone 6 Plus bends like taffy if you put it in a pocket. Apple finally responded to the rigmarole and announced that so far only nine iPhone 6 Plus smartphones had been bent that it knew of. While many might not trust Apple's take, a highly respected magazine has conducted its own tests on the bendability of the new iPhones and threw some other devices in the testing mix as well.
One of the lesser-known features of iOS 8 is its updated method of scanning for Wi-fi. Supposing your iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, or iPhone 6 Plus works with iOS 8 (chances are it does), it works with locally administrated random Wi-Fi MAC addresses when seeking connectivity. So your phone is more private than before, yes? Sort of.
Switching your smartphone to airplane mode may well end up a thing of the past in Europe, with regulators giving airlines permission to let passengers keep using wireless devices throughout their flight. The new guidance by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) would mean that phones, tablets, laptops, ereaders, or any other portable electronic devices could be left as normal rather than being switched into a "safer" mode for the duration of travel.
This week the folks at Sony have let it be known that they’re about to hit Vodafone UK with the Xperia Z3 and the Xperia Z3 Compact. For those of you in the United States waiting for these devices - lucky you - this release is a fairly clear indicator that Sony is pushing the whole lot a lot quicker than previous smartphone releases. There’s a Sony event set for the USA rather soon, too.
Wondering if it’s OK to update your iPhone 6, 6 Plus, or any other iPhone or iPad out in the wild today? It is. While yesterday’s update to iOS 8.0.1 took a bit of a pinch to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus - cutting out service, good stuff like that - version 8.0.2 has been released. If you see version 8.0.2 in your update box - go for it.
BlackBerry's Passport may have left many confused at the oddly-proportioned messaging smartphone, but initial demand was reassuringly high - for a BlackBerry - the company's CEO has insisted. 200,000 orders for the square-screened QWERTY handset have been placed since it went up for sale on Wednesday this week, CEO John Chen confirmed, alongside BlackBerry's announcement that its latest financial quarter was nowhere near as bad as many had predicted.
This week the Samsung Galaxy Alpha hits AT&T in the United States, bringing a 4.7-inch display to the otherwise larger Galaxy S line. This device has many of the features that’d only otherwise be offered on the Samsung Galaxy S5 or Galaxy Note 4, here coming for a bit cheaper and in a slightly smaller package.