iPhone SE Release Date

Apple’s cheapest new iPhone ever might still be a bad deal

Apple’s cheapest new iPhone ever might still be a bad deal

By on March 30, 2016 at 10:06 AM.

We knew just about everything to expect from Apple’s new iPhone SE long before it was announced on stage during a press conference last week. Weeks of leaks and rumors painted a nearly complete picture of the phone, which is essentially an iPhone 6s stuffed into an iPhone 5’s housing. Apple still managed to shock us all when it announced the phone’s base price, however: $399.

In other words for as little as $399 up front or $10 a month in markets where Apple’s installment plans are available, you can have the most powerful smartphone in the world. Impressive indeed, but is the new iPhone SE really as good a deal as it seems to be? More →

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Samsung Lawsuit

Samsung is getting sued again for being a copycat, but not by Apple

By on March 30, 2016 at 9:41 AM.

Samsung is getting sued again for being a copycat, but not by Apple

Samsung and Apple have a long history of legal battles that started several years ago when Samsung took inspiration from Apple’s iPhone and iPad to revamp its own mobile product line. A whole lot of inspiration, in fact. So it’s natural to presume when you see new that Samsung is getting sued again, Apple’s legal team will wind up on the other side of the court room. This time around, however, there’s a new suit that seeks to drag Samsung into court and it was brought forth by one of the most beloved legends in sports: Pele. More →

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Hit List

Google Moonshots

Google’s ‘moonshots’ are crashing back down to earth

Google’s ‘moonshots’ are crashing back down to earth

By on March 29, 2016 at 12:28 PM.

Google co-founder Larry Page has always had a thing for crazy and ambitious ideas that, at first blush, might strike many as completely impossible, if not downright insane. Page, who calls such ideas ‘moonshots’, firmly believes that Google needs to always aim far beyond what anyone else thinks is possible.

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Uber Recruiting

There’s a special game hiding in the Uber app that only some users get to play

By on March 28, 2016 at 12:56 PM.

There’s a special game hiding in the Uber app that only some users get to play

The battle for top-notch tech talent today is incredibly fierce. With no shortage of established tech players and burgeoning start-ups in Silicon Valley, many companies have come up with increasingly creative ways to identify and lure competent engineers.

In one of the more clever strategies we’ve seen to date, Uber has reportedly been trying to recruit engineers by sending Uber passengers in-app coding challenges while they’re en route to a destination. Originally reported by BusinessInsider, the thinking behind Uber’s recruiting scheme is rather simple; the company targets geographic locations that tend to have a high density of engineers (i.e. Seattle, Boston, Austin) and randomly throws out a coding challenge via the app. Following that, the company patiently waits and sees who decides to take the bait.

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Game Changers

Batman V Superman Box Office

Are critics completely useless? ‘Batman v Superman’ just had one of the biggest openings in history

By on March 28, 2016 at 9:16 AM.

Are critics completely useless? ‘Batman v Superman’ just had one of the biggest openings in history

Did the world lose the last film critic who actually mattered when Roger Ebert passed away almost exactly three years ago in April 2013? I can recall reading Ebert’s reviews ahead of movie debuts a number of times and basing my decision of whether or not to see a new movie in part on his assessment. Now, I can’t speak for everyone, but there isn’t a single film critic out there today whose opinion I value enough to make the same claim about. Or perhaps I can speak for everyone… if this weekend’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice premiere is any indication. More →

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iPhone VR Goggles

Oh good, another theory on what’s going to kill the iPhone

Oh good, another theory on what’s going to kill the iPhone

By on March 25, 2016 at 10:06 AM.

Apple’s iPhone is doomed. It’s going to die. We’ve been hearing about various “iPhone killers” ever since Apple’s first smartphone was released back in 2007. Apparently, the iPhone has more lives than a litter of kittens.

Sometimes when we read about an iPhone killer, it’s just some random also-ran device that a blogger or tech journalist is overselling in a headline. He or she knows the device in question has no prayer of killing anything, let alone the iPhone, but “iPhone killer” will always draw more eyeballs than “piece of junk you’ll forget existed a month from now.” Other times though, people actually believe the device they’re talking about is indeed something that is going to supplant the iPhone as the most popular piece of consumer electronics in the world.

So far they’ve been wrong but some day they’ll be right. Today, of course, is not that day. More →

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iPhone SE Review

Struggling Apple rival slams the new iPhone SE

Struggling Apple rival slams the new iPhone SE

By on March 25, 2016 at 9:16 AM.

Ahead of its iPhone SE introduction earlier this week, the last time Apple had released a new smartphone with a 4-inch screen was all the way back in September of 2013. The iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c were the last high-profile smartphones to launch with such small screens, and the following year’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus releases would finally bring Apple up to speed with rivals in terms of display size. And yet two years later in 2015, Apple still managed to sell more than 30 million older iPhone handsets with 4-inch screens. These weren’t brand new iPhones with cutting-edge technology. They were older models with older components and lower price tags.

With that in mind, most industry watchers seemed to agree that refreshing the iPhone 5s with the new iPhone SE was a good idea. But Cho Ju-no, CEO of LG Mobile, doesn’t share their opinion. In fact, he recently slammed Apple’s new iPhone while speaking with the press in South Korea. More →

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Apple Vs FBI

Apple: We haven’t won our fight against the FBI

By on March 22, 2016 at 9:16 AM.

Apple: We haven’t won our fight against the FBI

In a surprising turn of events, the Department of Justice on Monday night asked the court to vacate Tuesday’s hearing. U.S. Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym granted the request, and today’s big court battle between Apple and the FBI has been canceled for the time being.

What happened? Did the Bureau have a change of heart and decide that breaking into San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook’s iPhone was a bad idea? Not even close. Instead, the FBI says it may have a way to break into the iPhone in question without needing Apple’s help. More →

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iPhone SE Features

The biggest mistake Apple made with the iPhone SE

The biggest mistake Apple made with the iPhone SE

By on March 21, 2016 at 3:24 PM.

Apple’s first big press conference of the year is now behind us and it was definitely unlike most recent Apple events in a few key ways. Namely, the star of the show was the first new iPhone that Apple fans really don’t care about at all. I explained why that’s not really a problem in an earlier post, and I’m a fan of Apple’s thinking with the new iPhone SE. This device is a great option for holdouts who didn’t want to upgrade to a larger iPhone that was more difficult to use, and it’s also a fantastic lower-cost option that still offers cutting-edge features and performance.

The iPhone SE comes at the perfect time to help soften the blow from flattening (or declining) flagship iPhone sales in the months leading up to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus launch, and it also puts Apple Pay in the hands of more users. But there is one thing Apple did with the iPhone SE that I’m not a fan of, and it might end up being Apple’s biggest mistake. More →

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iPhone SE Features

Apple just announced the first new iPhone you don’t care about at all

Apple just announced the first new iPhone you don’t care about at all

By on March 21, 2016 at 2:32 PM.

Apple on Monday took the wraps off of a brand new iPhone that represents several big firsts. The iPhone SE marks the first time Apple is recycling an old iPhone design for anything other than an “S” update. It’s also the first time the company will release a new iPhone this early in the year, discounting the Verizon version of the iPhone 4 that debuted back in 2011.

But of all the firsts that the iPhone SE represents, there’s one in particular that could be considered the most surprising: This is the first new iPhone that you don’t care about at all. More →

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FBI Vs Apple

3 most important things you need to know about the FBI’s war with Apple

3 most important things you need to know about the FBI’s war with Apple

By on March 15, 2016 at 10:06 AM.

In early December last year, two terrorists carried out an horrific mass shooting in San Bernardino, California. The attack at the Inland Regional Center left 14 dead and another 22 seriously injured. It’s difficult to think that anyone might look to impede the investigation into this horrible atrocity, let alone have good reasons to do so, but the nation is torn as it looks on while the FBI and Apple duke it out over a locked iPhone that was recovered from one of the shooters. The FBI is demanding that Apple assist with the investigation, but Apple is refusing because of the precedent it would set.

A court has issued an order requiring Apple to provide the FBI with tools that would allow it to break into the recovered iPhone more easily, but Apple has appealed the decision and will soon make its case. But does the American public really understand what the FBI is asking for and why it’s so dangerous? More →

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iPhone 7 Photos

Our first look at the iPhone 7 couldn’t be less exciting (and why that’s OK)

Our first look at the iPhone 7 couldn’t be less exciting (and why that’s OK)

By on March 14, 2016 at 10:42 AM.

Apple’s iPhones are the only smartphones out there that still excite people, but our first look at what is likely the brand new iPhone 7 design couldn’t have possibly been less exciting. In fact, it’s hardly brand new. It looks… like an iPhone 6. But if Apple has taught us anything in recent years, it’s that looks hardly paint a complete picture and we absolutely shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. More →

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Galaxy S7 Sales

Samsung talks up Galaxy S7 preorders while warning that phone biz is in trouble

By on March 11, 2016 at 9:47 AM.

Samsung talks up Galaxy S7 preorders while warning that phone biz is in trouble

There were mixed messages out of South Korea on Friday as Samsung, the world’s top smartphone vendor by shipment volume, officially launched its latest flagship smartphones. The all-new Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge represent the best smartphones available to Android users at the moment — though there are two other phones shoppers may want to consider instead — and their reign will likely continue for at least the rest of the first half of 2016.

Early reviewers sang high praise of the new phones, with hardware quality and Samsung’s new camera tech at the top of everyone’s lists. That adoration apparently translated into strong preorders for Samsung, but the company wasn’t as upbeat as it should have been on Friday morning. More →

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