It’s an interesting time for radio in the digital world. On one hand, you have traditional terrestrial radio stations still fighting to stay relevant in the days of Spotify and Pandora by simply simulcasting their existing radio feed in something like iHeartRadio, and you have Sirius XM which is limited to just the United States and has high monthly fees. A new company and service called DASH Radio is aiming to reinvent how we know and listen to the radio, and from what I can see, it’s doing all the right things as it launches both the app and service today. More →
We previously reported that Apple was scheduled to release a new version of iOS 8 to developers and testing partners, the sixth in the release schedule, and we have learned that Apple has in fact done so. More →
I honestly feel like I’m in a scene from Billy Madison.
Amazon has finally released a smartphone, and since Amazon PR won’t talk to us ever since I leaked the Amazon Kindle 2 like six years ago, I had to go buy one today in order to play with it. The radio silence also might have something to do with all of our incredible reporting detailing every single angle and feature of the phone prior to release, but… anyway.
Amazon has spent so much money on the Fire phone, it’s incredibly incredible how downright horrible it is. The project was almost forced to release years ago, and I just can’t comprehend what device we would be talking about if that had actually happened. More →
According to our sources, Apple is nearing the end of the beta testing cycle for iOS 8. We are told that the company plans to seed iOS 8 beta 5 to developers on August 4th, and a final version of the OS, iOS 8 beta 6 on August 15th. After that we most likely are going to have a lull of several weeks until Apple is ready to release the iOS 8 GM (this is the final version, barring any unforeseen emergency fixes / problems). The latest version of Apple’s upcoming mobile software, iOS 8 beta 4, is the most stable and smooth out of all the releases so far, and it also incorporates new design and user interface tweaks, bug fixes and feature enhancements.
One of our Apple sources has let us know that the company is currently planning on making iOS 8 beta 4 available to developers and testing partners on Monday, July 21st. This would be a two-week gap between iOS 8 beta 3 and beta 4, differing from the three-week gap from beta 2 to beta 3. We have also been able to get a glimpse at the iOS 8 beta release calendar and we will continue to share iOS 8 beta release dates with you as we get closer to them. While Apple’s iOS betas are only meant for developers to use on test devices, many people run the software on their personal iPhones and iPads, and with each new beta comes improvements and also potential new bugs. More →
I’m not sure I am mentally ready for this whole smartwatch/band/charm/bracelet thing. I love watches — real watches — and it makes me sad to think there’s a good chance that even beautiful mechanical watches are going to fade away in the near future.
I say that already knowing that relatively zero people wear watches for reasons other than functionality at this point, and the youngest generations can’t be bothered. We spend an inordinate amount of time on our phones and other devices. We check them every 10 seconds, constantly pulling them out of pockets and bags to see if we have any notifications. Obviously, it does make you wonder if there is some way of extending your phone’s functionality in a manner that lets you live more and do more without being bogged down in notification purgatory.
The answer for damn sure isn’t glasses on your face. So what if it does involve a watch-like device on your wrist? I have been toying with a couple of Android Wear devices and Android L over the past few days, and I’m slowly warming up to the idea. More →
Apple’s iOS 8 software is moving along the usual path to general consumer release later this fall, with new beta versions being made available to developers for testing approximately every two weeks. Unfortunately, we have learned from trusted sources that iOS 8 beta 3 won’t be released to developers until Tuesday, July 8th. This would mean a three-week gap between when iOS 8 beta 2 was released on June 17th, and beta 3’s release. More →
There are more photos that have been taken in the last twelve months than every photograph taken from the beginning of time up until then put together. But no one has truly solved the problem of photo organization, backups and protection, at least not in a fun and easy way. Lyve aims to do this with both hardware and software, and the company recently sent us its new flagship product to test. Has Lyve finally cracked this important problem and launched a product that’s both simple and reliable? More →
With each new beta release of iOS 8, Apple details both open issues and fixes for developers in the developer release notes, but for most people, these don’t mean much. Thanks to one of our sources at Apple, we have received an internal change log with release notes to help explain some of the changes from iOS 8 beta 1 to the newer iOS 8 beta 2 release.
There are some incredible new features that have never been discovered before, including the fact that Find My iPhone can now tell you if a phone is indoors and what floor of a building it is on.
Additionally, Apple has made general enhancements to the system as a whole covering all of the major apps like Messages, Phone, Safari, Mail, FaceTime and others.
Stay tuned for more iOS 8 information as one of our guys has returned from holiday and it’s open season again. More →
There are countless technology products and devices that are released on what seems like a weekly basis, and unfortunately, a lot of them suck. They’re gimmicky, they have minor updates, they are buggy, they are hard to use, and they break. So, we thought that there has to be a way to help the regular consumer cut through the noise and determine that they are buying a quality product. And based on feedback we have received from many consumer electronics manufacturers, they would also love a way to highlight their best and most quality products.
With that, we are very excited to introduce the BGR Seal of Approval and also announce the first product we are awarding it to. More →
Apple unveiled iOS 8 at the company’s WWDC 2014 keynote on Monday and while the software won’t be released to the public until later in the fall, we put together a hands-on walkthrough of some of the best new iOS 8 features on an iPhone 5s. There are hundreds of new features but here are some of our favorites: More →
One of the more interesting companies to come out of CES this year was LyveMinds, a who’s who team of people from companies like Netflix, Amazon and Intel, all lead by Tim Bucher, an ex-Apple employee who helped work on the initial iPhone. Lyve’s purpose is to make all of your moments and memories available on all of your devices without thought, synced and backed up seamlessly in the background, and a big part of the company’s strategy is something called LyveHome. More →
I don’t think there’s anyone more excited than I am about never having to deal with a terribly designed car infotainment system again. I have used the best and the worst, and they are all downright horrible. I have also found that the more expensive the car, the worse the system you’re stuck with is. Bentley? The worst. Mercedes? Getting better but still horrid. Porsche? Functional but basic. Tesla is in another league so we’re going to leave them out of this for now. But seriously, let’s just go over this one time and one time only so we don’t ever have to speak about it again, alright? More →