A new leak has revealed a key component for Apple’s next-generation iPhone. Images from repair shop iHospital reportedly show the motherboard for the iPhone 5S. The component is similar to the one found in the iPhone 5, although there are slight differences that suggest we may see new hardware in Apple’s upcoming smartphone. Earlier reports claimed that the iPhone 5S will be equipped with a faster A6 processor, improved graphics, 2GB of RAM and a 12-megapixel camera with a dual-LED flash. It may also include a fingerprint scanner for increased security, an NFC chip and an upgraded LTE radio. Apple is expected to release the iPhone 5S sometime this fall. The leaked images follow below. More →
MacBook sales traditionally surge in the third quarter thanks to back-to-school sales, however a new report suggests that Q3 shipments of Apple’s laptops this year likely won’t be as strong as they have been in years past. According to Digitimes, MacBook shipments are expected to reach 4 million units in the third quarter, up 10% sequentially but down year-over-year. Digitimes notes that MacBook sales have averaged 5 million to 6 million units during the third quarter in previous years. Sales of the 13-inch MacBook Pro are said to have fallen short of Apple’s expectations, forcing the company to clear inventories and suspended new build orders in the first half of 2013. Apple has reportedly “taken stricter control of its supply chain,” and even introduced new suppliers in an effort to pressure its existing partners.
Facebook reported its second quarter earnings on Wednesday, crushing Wall Street’s expectations with revenue of $1.81 billion. The social networking giant now has 699 million daily active users, 469 million daily mobile users, 1.15 billion monthly active users and 819 million monthly active mobile users. The unprecedented growth of users who access the site through the Facebook app was once a troubling trend for the company, however Facebook appears to have figured out a way to properly monetize the nearly 1 billion mobile users. Ad sales from mobile have continued to climb with each quarter and now account for 41% of the company’s ad business, up from 14% in the third quarter of 2012. Shares of Facebook surged nearly 15% in after hours trading, crossing the $30 per share barrier for the first time since January.
The mass exodus of BlackBerry executives continues. According to The Wall Street Journal, David J. Smith, the executive who led the team that created the failed PlayBook tablet, has left the company. A BlackBerry spokesperson confirmed the report, noting that he “resigned for personal reasons.” Despite releasing two new smartphones running its new BlackBerry 10 operating system, BlackBerry has continued to struggle in the mobile market and recently lost 4 million subscribers. The company recently fired its U.S. sales chief, and a number of other high-level executives have left BlackBerry in recent weeks. The PlayBook failed to compete against the iPad and Android tablets when it was released in 2011, leading BlackBerry to write off nearly $500 million in unsold inventory. The company would later end support for the PlayBook, announcing that the device will not be updated to BlackBerry 10.
Earlier this week, Google adopted a new strategy and is now placing targeted advertisements in the inboxes of Gmail users. The company is rolling out a redesign of the Gmail interface that separates mail through different tabs, such as Primary, Social, Promotions, Updates and Forums. In what appears to be an effort to increase revenue from its hugely popular service, Google is also placing advertisements disguised as emails under the new Promotions tab. Naturally, users aren’t happy with the company’s new policy — but luckily, there is a simple way to get rid of the new ads. More →
At its press event in San Francisco on Wednesday, Google announced a new device to help bring content from Android, iOS and Chrome OS devices, along with content from Chrome browsers to TV screens. Chromecast runs a simplified version of Chrome OS and connects directly to a TV through the HDMI port. The device allows users to wirelessly send 1080p content from services like Pandora, Google Music, YouTube and Netflix from various devices to their TV. Unlike Apple’s Airplay feature, Chromecast doesn’t mirror the device, allowing users to multitask without interrupting the stream. Devices can also be used as a remote control to turn the TV on, raise the volume and add more content to the streaming queue. Chromecast is available now through Google Play, Amazon and Best Buy for $35. Early adopters will be given three months of Netflix service for free with their purchase.
Pictures that are purportedly of Sony’s upcoming Xperia i1 smartphone have surfaced on the Chinese website Sina Weibo. The images, which were republished by Gadget Helpline, reveal a sleek device that is similar to Sony’s other smartphones. The latest rumors suggest the Xperia i1 will be equipped with a 5-inch full HD 1080p display and a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor. All eyes will be focused on the smartphone’s rumored 20-megapixel rear camera, however, that is said to feature a high-end 1/2.3-inch ExmorRS sensor. The Xperia i1 will also reportedly be both dust-resistant and water-resistant and will include 2GB of RAM, a 3,000 mAh battery, 16GB of internal storage, a microSD slot and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. Sony is expected to announce the Xperia i1 at the IFA trade show in Berlin on September 4th. The leaked images of follow below. More →
Motorola and Verizon teamed up and introduced three new Droid smartphones at a press conference on Tuesday. The Droid Mini, Droid Ultra and Droid Maxx are each equipped with a 720p display, 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with a customized X8 mobile computing system, 2GB of RAM, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera and a 10-megapixel camera on the back, which can be activated with a simple twist of the wrist. All three devices feature a unibody design and what Motorola calls a “3D fiber weave Kevlar pattern” on the back. More →
The Droid brand is largely responsible for Android’s success in the United States. Verizon’s massive marketing budget and large subscriber pool helped Google’s operating system reach new heights with the release of the Motorola Droid, Droid X and Droid RAZR, among others. Following Google’s acquisition of Motorola, and with HTC and Samsung pushing their own brands, the number of Droid-branded devices has dramatically decreased over the past few years. But the latest rumors suggest that Motorola and Verizon have teamed up once again on three new smartphones — the Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx and Droid mini. Are these the Droids we’ve all been waiting for? Verizon’s Droid press conference is set to begin at 12:00 p.m. EDT, 9:00 a.m. PDT, and BGR’s live coverage follows below.
Pete Ashdown, the CEO of small Utah ISP XMission, says that in 2010 he received a Foreign Intelligence Service Act (FISA) warrant that allowed the federal government to monitor the Internet activity of one of his customers. Ashdown was also given a gag order, preventing him from talking about key details relating to the warrant. In an article on BuzzFeed, he explained how the government “wanted to come in and put in equipment on my network to monitor a single customer.” Federal agents came in and set up a duplicate port that tapped into the customer’s traffic and allowed the government to see everything the person sent and received. The executive noted that the ending result was “a little box in our systems room that was capturing all the traffic to this customer.” More →
NVIDIA on Monday announced that its Shield gaming system will begin shipping by the end of the month. The company previously delayed the launch of the Android-powered device from its scheduled June release due to an unspecified mechanical issue with a third-party component. The Shield is equipped with a 5-inch 720p display attached to a controller that features dual analog joysticks, a full-sized D-Pad, left and right analog triggers and A/B/X/Y buttons. Other specs include a quad-core Tegra 4 processor, a 72-core GPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a microSD slot and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. The system can also stream PC games from a computer with a GeForce GTX graphics card. The NVIDIA Shield is priced at $299 and will begin shipping on July 31st.
A security researcher in Germany claims to have discovered an encryption flaw in SIM cards that allow a user’s cell phone to be hacked in mere minutes, The New York Times reported. Mobile security expert Karsten Nohl noted that an encryption hole allows unauthorized users to obtain a SIM card’s digital key by sending a text message to a device that is disguised as a carrier message. With access to the digital key, Nohl is able to send a virus to a cell phone’s SIM card with a second text message. He added that the virus allows him to listen to phone calls, make mobile purchases and even “impersonate the cell phone’s owner.” More →
Google has started rolling out its new Gmail interface to millions of users. In what appears to be an effort to increase revenue, the company is also placing advertisements inside Gmail inboxes. The redesigned interface separates emails through different tabs, such as Primary, Social, Promotions, Updates and Forums. There have been reports that users are seeing advertisements inside the “Promotions” tab in their redesigned Gmail inbox. Google has always placed advertisements alongside emails, however having ads in the inbox is a completely new practice. The company noted that “ads are based on information from your Google account,” noting that users can control the ads they see by changing their settings. More →