Here’s how you know that Heartbleed is a serious and widespread problem: Even BlackBerry is scrambling to push out patches for it. Although BlackBerry prides itself with being the world’s leader in mobile security, Reuters reports that it was caught flat-footed by the Heartbleed bug just like everyone else and is now planning “to release security updates for messaging software for Android and iOS devices by Friday to address vulnerabilities in programs” exposed by the massive new security flaw.
Surprise! Paying off Comcast does have its benefits. Less than two months after coming to a peering arrangement with Comcast where it agreed to make regular payments to the cable giant to ensure high-quality streaming for its customers, Netflix reported that average streaming speeds have surged by 65% on Comcast’s network. In fact, the increase in streaming speeds was so large that Comcast jumped ahead a full six spots in Netflix’s rankings of Internet service providers and now is the fifth-fastest ISP for Netflix streaming in the United States with an average speed of 2.5Mbps. More →
We’re just hours away from witnessing the first of a super-rare tetrad of “blood moon” eclipses but it might start a little too late for those of us who want to watch it on the east coast. As NPR tells us, the moon will start turning blood-red at 1 a.m. ET and won’t peak for another couple of hours at 3 a.m. ET. If you’re on the west coast, however, the times for eclipse-watching become much more reasonable since it starts at 10 p.m. PT and peaks at midnight PT. More →
It looks like Apple suppliers are really gearing up to mass produce the iPhone 6 because Nowhereelse.fr has snagged some leaked pictures showing the aluminum mold that manufacturers are using for building the iPhone 6′s casing. Nowhereelse.fr then went an extra step and superimposed an image of the iPhone 5s into the picture as a point of comparison for the new device. Assuming that the new iPhone’s display will have a 4.7-inch diagonal, then Nowherelse.fr estimates based on the leaked mold that the iPhone 6′s full dimensions will be 66 millimeters wide by 138 millimeters long. For comparison, the iPhone 5s has basic dimensions of 58.6 millimeters wide by 123.8 millimeters long, so it looks like the new device won’t fit as snuggly in your pocket as earlier models. More →
Can anything actually kill the Galaxy S5? So far we’ve seen Samsung’s newest flagship device get run over by an SUV, dropped into a pool for an hour and even put through a full washing machine cycle and still come out working perfectly. Now YouTube user GadgetGuruHD has decided to go even farther in the mad quest to find out what can kill the Galaxy S5 by dropping it from the second story of a two-story building. More →
A lot of people are having trouble saying goodbye to Windows XP even after Microsoft has cut off support for the ancient operating system. Earlier this week we gave XP fans some tips for how to keep Windows XP around even if they upgrade to Windows 8, but what about those XP diehards who just flat-out refuse to upgrade to a new OS? For those hardy souls, The Guardian has put together a handy guide for XP stragglers who still can’t let go but who also don’t want to be open to the barrage of malware that will now run completely rampant on their machines without Microsoft’s support. More →
Is the world ready for the Swiss Army knife of USB sticks? LogmeOnce, a new Kickstarter project that’s aiming to raise $50,000 for its multipurpose USB stick, is betting that it is. LogmeOnce is a USB attachment that will not only securely store and encrypt your data but will also act as a secure password vault and a phone charger. More →
Samsung first made a splash when it mocked the “iSheep” who stand in long lines around Apple stores waiting to get the newest version of the iPhone. However, it looks like the launch of the Galaxy S5 has produced some long lines of its own and you can bet that Samsung won’t be making fun of them in future commercials. More →
Every year at around this time, we get word that Amazon will at long last launch a smartphone of its own to go along with its popular Kindle Fire line of tablets. However, CNBC points us to a new Wall Street Journal report that claims Amazon’s smartphone will at long last be announced in June and will have a screen capable of displaying 3D images without having to wear any glasses. The Journal’s sources say that the phone will be able to display 3D images by employing “retina-tracking technology embedded in four front-facing cameras, or sensors, to make some images appear to be 3-D, similar to a hologram.” We heard about Amazon testing out a 3D smartphone last year and now it looks like Amazon is ready to take the wraps off it. The Journal says that the phone will start shipping by the start of September.
Sprint and T-Mobile may constantly trade barbs with one another but there is a case to be made that they’d be better off coming together as one happy Framily. FierceWireless flags a new research note written by analysts at New Street Research claiming that Sprint and T-Mobile simply stand no chance of competing with AT&T and Verizon over the long haul if they don’t merger into a larger carrier that has the spectrum and financial resources to build a first-rate nationwide LTE network.