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.
One of the many new features in the Galaxy S5 is something called Download Booster that Samsung says is “an innovative Wi-Fi technology for boosting data speed by bonding Wi-Fi and LTE simultaneously” that allows you to download data from two different connections at once. However, this cool new technology only works if your wireless carrier allows you to use it over their network and FierceWireless reports that Verizon, AT&T and Sprint have all disabled the feature on their versions of the Galaxy S5, which means you can use either LTE or Wi-Fi to download files onto your phone but you can’t use both at the same time. More →
Are case manufactures already starting to crank out cases for the yet-to-be-released 5.5-inch version of the iPhone? Nowhereelse.fr has spotted a leaked picture posted on MobileFun.co.uk earlier this week that purportedly shows two different cases for Apple’s two upcoming iPhone 6 models — one that would fit a phone with a display measuring 4.7 inches diagonally and another that measures 5.5 inches. More →
Can iTunes stay relevant in the era of Pandora and Spotify? That’s a key question that Apple is trying to answer as it mulls a major overhaul of its iconic digital music store that has seen revenues from music sales drop in recent years while streaming services have grown ever-more popular. MacRumors points us to a recent rumor posted by music blogger Robert Hutton, who says that Apple is planning to introduce 24-bit lossless audio files to the iTunes Store, which would vastly improve the sound quality of any songs you buy through it. More →
Some longtime Windows XP users are having a hard time letting go of the operating system that has served them so well over the years, but The Register has discovered a way to keep Windows XP alive even if you’ve upgraded to Windows 8 or higher. More →
There are plenty of terrific new features in Samsung’s soon-to-be-released Galaxy S5 but the one that’s gone unheralded is a built-in kill switch that you can use to make the phone completely shut down in the event that it’s stolen. ZDNet Korea reports that once the Galaxy S5 is reported as stolen, it “will automatically be locked by authorized accesses and data can be remotely deleted when requested by the original owner.” This isn’t the first Samsung smartphone to come with a built-in kill switch either, as the Galaxy Note 3 also had one when it was released last year. ZDNet Korea also says that LG is planning to release its own kill switch-enabled smartphone this year, so it looks one of the next battles for handset manufacturers will be to see which one can do the most to deter smartphone theft.