Xperia Z3 Vs iPhone 6

This is the phone Sony will launch to take on Apple’s iPhone 6

By on August 27, 2014 at 3:25 PM.

This is the phone Sony will launch to take on Apple’s iPhone 6

After several years of complete and total domination by Samsung and Apple, a handful of rival device makers are finally starting to see some gains in the global smartphone market. Huawei and Lenovo have experienced some solid growth in recent quarters, and up and comer Xiaomi is among a handful of smaller Asian companies seeing big gains in that region. Meanwhile, Sony has continued to struggle despite launching several solid smartphones over the past couple of years.

The fall and the coming holiday shopping season are expected to be the hottest period in Apple’s storied history, with a record holiday quarter expected on the back of the iPhone 6, 5.5-inch iPhone phablet and iWatch. To combat the new iPhone 6, which is widely expected to quickly become the best-selling smartphone of all time, Sony plans to release a new flagship phone of its own — and the clearest photos we’ve seen of that new handset so far have just leaked. More →

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iWatch Battery Life

It looks like Apple’s iWatch may come with a painful compromise

By on August 27, 2014 at 2:35 PM.

It looks like Apple’s iWatch may come with a painful compromise

Despite the fact that the iWatch represents Apple’s first dive into an “exciting new product category” since it unleashed the original iPad back in 2010, the new device isn’t Apple’s most hotly anticipated launch this fall. In fact, it likely falls into the No. 3 spot behind the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone phablet. Consumers and investors alike are still waiting anxiously to see Apple’s take on wrist-worn wearables, but a new report suggests that the company may have been forced to forgo its typical no-compromise approach to mobile devices, and the result could be a big letdown for users. More →

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Smartphone Trade-in

How to guarantee you get today’s trade-in value for your phone even after the iPhone 6 launches

By on August 27, 2014 at 12:50 PM.

How to guarantee you get today’s trade-in value for your phone even after the iPhone 6 launches

While months of leaks and rumors have painted what appears to be a very extensive picture of what we can expect from Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6, nothing is certain until the next-generation iPhone is finally unveiled on stage early next month. Well, almost nothing is certain.

There are a few things we know beyond the shadow of a doubt, and one of them is the fact that there will be a massive influx of used smartphones being sold and traded in as people upgrade to the new iPhone 6. All those trade-ins inevitably drive used phone values down, but as it turns out, there is a simple way to guarantee that you get today’s higher value for your current smartphone even if you don’t trade it in until after the iPhone 6 debuts next month. More →

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Phone Scams

Phone scams cost Americans $8.6 billion last year – here’s how to protect yourself

By on August 27, 2014 at 12:00 PM.

Phone scams cost Americans $8.6 billion last year – here’s how to protect yourself

Truecaller, which bills itself as the world’s largest verified mobile phone community, on Wednesday released the results of a new survey that helps shed light on how serious a problem phone scams are in the United States. According to the company’s findings, approximately 17.6 million Americans were scammed out of an estimated $8.6 billion in 2013 alone, with 7% of respondents having lost an average of $488.80 each due to scam calls. More →

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iPhone 6 Rumors

One of the iPhone 6’s most interesting new features just leaked for the first time

By on August 27, 2014 at 11:25 AM.

One of the iPhone 6’s most interesting new features just leaked for the first time

Apple’s next-generation iPhone 6 is now less than two weeks away from its official unveiling, if a report from a solid source and Tuesday’s big leak are to be believed. With the phone expected to launch the following week on September 19th, it makes sense that the components contained within the hotly anticipated handset are now leaking like crazy.

Earlier this week, we saw a China-based cell phone parts retailer post a number of parts said to be destined for inclusion in either the iPhone 6 or the 5.5-inch iPhone phablet set to launch alongside or shortly after Apple’s flagship iPhone. Now, the retailer has added a different component that happens to be one of the iPhone 6’s most interesting new parts. More →

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Featured
Best Free iPhone Apps

$68 worth of awesome paid iPhone apps you can get for free right now (8 apps total)

By on August 27, 2014 at 10:41 AM.

$68 worth of awesome paid iPhone apps you can get for free right now (8 apps total)

This has been an incredible week so far for paid iPhone and iPad apps that have gone on sale for free. Between Monday and Tuesday alone, we shared $99 worth of iOS apps with you that all could have been downloaded for free thanks to limited-time sales from the developers — in fact, a bunch of Tuesday’s apps are still free if you move quickly. Today, we’ve got eight more iOS apps for you that are worth a combined $68, but they’re all free downloads right now for a limited time. More →

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Galaxy Note 4 Videos

Hot new Galaxy Note 4 teased by Samsung in these four new videos

By on August 27, 2014 at 10:01 AM.

Hot new Galaxy Note 4 teased by Samsung in these four new videos

With the Galaxy S5 having been something of a dud for Samsung, its upcoming new phablet launch couldn’t possibly be more important. The supersized smartphone space is now heating up to the point where even Apple can’t ignore it anymore, and Samsung’s top spot in the phablet world is at risk for the first time. Apple is expected to launch a brand new iPhone with a 5.5-inch display at some point before the holidays this year, leaving Samsung precious little time to spread the word about its next-generation Note-series phone, which is set to be unveiled next week during a press conference.

Samsung has teased its new Galaxy Note 4 several times in the lead-up to next week’s event, and now the company has released four new video teasers to get smartphone fans excited for the upcoming big reveal. More →

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iMessage Spammer How To Stop

How to stop all of that annoying iMessage spam

By on August 26, 2014 at 12:50 PM.

How to stop all of that annoying iMessage spam

Apple’s iOS and OS X messaging product iMessage is used by millions upon millions of people around the world, and for the most part, it’s a great service. iMessage includes none of the bells and whistles found in other popular messaging apps like WhatsApp, Kik, Line and BBM, but Apple did a great job of providing just enough differentiation that users feel even more locked into the iOS ecosystem.

Here’s a perfect example from my own experience: More →

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Best Free iPhone Apps

8 more awesome paid iPhone apps you can download free right now (a huge $49 value!)

By on August 26, 2014 at 10:45 AM.

8 more awesome paid iPhone apps you can download free right now (a huge $49 value!)

We started off the week with an awesome batch of paid iPhone and iPad apps worth a total of $50 that could all be downloaded for free — and many of them can still be had for free if you act fast. Today, we’ve got another eight nifty paid iOS apps for you that are worth $49 but are all on sale for free for a limited time. Nearly $100 worth of great paid apps for free in just two days? You’re welcome. More →

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Global Internet Censorship Map

This interactive map of global Internet censorship is the most important thing you’ll see today

By on August 26, 2014 at 10:20 AM.

This interactive map of global Internet censorship is the most important thing you’ll see today

Imagine a world where the book burners had won. A world where information is filtered and must be approved by governments before it can be accessed by their citizens. A world where people are held down and kept in line by oppressive regimes that restrict the free flow of information and bombard citizens with government-approved messages.

Now stop imagining, because this horrifying world already exists. More →

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BlackBerry Passport Release Date

BlackBerry’s 2014 roadmap leaks – is there anything to get excited about?

By on August 26, 2014 at 9:05 AM.

BlackBerry’s 2014 roadmap leaks – is there anything to get excited about?

BlackBerry fans hoping that the second half of 2014 might include a few surprises are in for a bit of a letdown. BlackBerry fan blog N4BB has leaked what it claims to be an authentic 2014 roadmap for BlackBerry device launches, and sadly, there is precious little to get excited about. More →

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OnePlus One Explosion

Man suffers burns when OnePlus One explodes in his back pocket

By on August 26, 2014 at 7:45 AM.

Man suffers burns when OnePlus One explodes in his back pocket

As exciting and intriguing as the CyanogenMod-powered OnePlus One might be, perhaps it’s a good thing that the phone is so difficult to purchase right now; with a relatively small number of OnePlus One handsets in the hands of the public, we already have out first report of an injury having been sustained when the handset randomly exploded in a user’s back pocket. More →

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How To Beat Swing Copters

How to play the sequel to Flappy Bird without dying immediately

By on August 25, 2014 at 10:00 PM.

How to play the sequel to Flappy Bird without dying immediately

We’re sure you’ve heard by now… Flappy Bird has a sequel. Ugh. This time, developer Dong Nguyen is back with a new game called Swing Copters that isn’t shaping up to be quite the phenomenon Flappy Bird was, but it’s addictive and rage-inducing just like its predecessor. In fast, Swing Copters was so difficult to play when it launched recently that Nguyen has already issued an update to make it slightly less impossible. More →

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