Apple has been eerily quiet so far in 2014. So quiet, in fact, that it hasn’t released a single new product in the past six months. While there aren’t any blockbuster hardware announcements expected at WWDC 2014 — there should be one mysterious product announcement, though — Apple fans are finally in for something new as Apple shows off the next huge updates for its software platforms. More →
We’re now just three days away from one of just a few big events Apple holds each year, and this year’s WorldWide Developer Conference is shaping up to be hugely important for Apple. Despite the fact that Apple hasn’t released a single new device so far in 2014, the company’s stock is soaring to 12-month highs. Why? Because Apple CEO Tim Cook has repeatedly promised investors that exciting new products are coming in 2014.
Apple crushed its March-quarter earnings without having launched any new products since November 2013. Imagine what might happen once all these “exciting new products” finally hit store shelves.
With WWDC 2014, however, there’s good news and bad news. More →
Here’s some great news for everyone who wasn’t invited to attend Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference this year: You can now watch at least some of it online. Apple announced on Tuesday that you’ll be able to watch its WWDC keynote speeches on your Mac as long as you have OS X 10.6 or later installed and Safari 4 installed; on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch if they run iOS 4.2 or later; on your Windows PC if it has Quicktime 7 installed; and through Apple TV as long as you have a second-generation or third-generation Apple TV. Apple is widely expected to unveil both iOS 8 and a new “smart home” platform at WWDC this year, although it likely won’t unveil a major new piece of hardware like the iPhone 6, an iPad Air sequel or its long-fabled “iWatch.” Instead, we’re likely to see something along the lines of Retina-equipped MacBook Air laptops, as Apple is saving its biggest new product launches for the fall.
Rarely do we see a smartphone leak as extensively as the LG G3 did ahead of Tuesday’s official unveiling — just about everything you could possibly want to know about LG’s 2014 flagship phone has already leaked. In fact, LG itself became the biggest culprit on Monday when LG Netherlands accidentally published a dozen official images of the G3 along with the phone’s complete specs. LG put a lot of time and money into its three simultaneous G3 press conferences on Tuesday, however, and BGR will be on hand at the New York event with live coverage. After all, the least you can do is play along and act surprised.
Bookmark this link, which will go live shortly before the event starts later today, and make sure to head there for our live coverage and streaming video of LG’s press conference! Coverage will begin just before 1:00 p.m. EDT / 10:00 a.m. PDT.
Microsoft finally realized some time ago that it had to make some serious changes if it hoped to continue thriving in a world that had begun to evolve years earlier toward “mobile first.” Windows Phone, Windows 8 and Windows RT were the company’s first huge steps toward the future, and Microsoft definitely had the right idea. Consumers and enterprise users weren’t sold on the new “Metro” interface that Microsoft forced upon them, however, and PC sales have been plummeting as a result. To make matters worse, Windows Phone’s share of global phone shipments remains in the low single digits each quarter.
At its annual Build developer conference that kicks off in mere moments, Microsoft will finally show the world how it plans to right the ship and forge ahead in the “post-PC era.” More →
Is it the All New HTC One? Is it the HTC One M8? Is the HTC One 2014 edition? Is it just the “HTC One” again? The name of HTC’s upcoming new flagship smartphone is just about the only thing we don’t know about the device at this point, but the last few tidbits will finally be revealed later today when HTC’s big press conference gets underway. Thanks to dozens upon dozens of rumors, leaks, photos and even a 14-minute hands-on video review of the new One, we know just about everything there is to know about HTC’s new flagship phone. The phone looks fantastic so far, but we won’t know for sure until we hear everything straight from the horse’s mouth.
Bookmark this link, which will go live shortly before the event starts later this morning, and make sure to head there for our live coverage and streaming video of HTC’s press conference! Coverage will begin just before 11:00 a.m. EDT / 8:00 a.m. PST.
Nokia and Android. Android and Nokia. Smartphone enthusiasts have wondered for quite some time what Android would be like on one of Nokia’s signature handsets. While most were likely hoping for Android on a high-end Nokia phone, the mystery will soon be over. We’ll never know what Nokia’s current situation would be if Samsung hadn’t scared Nokia CEO Stephen Elop away from Android. But now, for the first time ever, we’ll at least know what an Android phone from Nokia is like. More →
Did you miss President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night? On one hand, you should be happy that you didn’t subject yourself to the millions of #SOTU jokes flowing through Twitter. On the other hand, the State of the Union is an important event that should be watched by everyone in the U.S. as well as those abroad who might be interested in foreign affairs. Obama spent more than an hour and a half on Tuesday night discussing the state of our nation, policy and various important issues, and anyone who may have missed it can now watch an enhanced version of the broadcast that has been made available by The White House. More →
Sony’s big CES 2014 press conference is now behind us, but the company has plenty more to talk about at this year’s show. The company on Monday unveiled several new phones, wearable devices, a slew of 4K resolution TVs and plenty more during its press conference, and it gave us a good idea of where the company is headed in 2014. But CES doesn’t officially start until Tuesday and Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai is about to take the stage to officially kick off this year’s event. Does Hirai have any surprises in store? Perhaps an update on the company’s blockbuster PlayStation 4 console? Sony is streaming Hirai’s keynote live this year beginning at 12:00 p.m. EST, 9:00 a.m. PST, and the video is embedded below for your viewing pleasure. More →
This year’s International Consumer Electronics Show doesn’t even officially begin until Tuesday morning but Monday was absolutely packed with big announcements from dozens of companies that were just too eager to wait for Tuesday’s kickoff. Samsung’s huge CES press conference is now behind us and the day will finally wrap up with another huge event from rival Sony. Sony finished 2013 strong with the highly anticipated launch of the company’s next-generation video game console, the PlayStation 4, and it will look to carry that momentum forward with brand new 4K HDTVs, mobile devices, accessories and other consumer devices. Want to know exactly what Sony has in store for us this year the moment each device is announced? Live streaming video from Sony’s CES 2014 press conference can be seen below. More →
Samsung’s press conference is easily one of the biggest events of the International Consumer Electronics Show each year, and 2014 will be likely be the same as years past. Samsung spares no expense and beyond all of the fanfare, we can expect to see the latest and greatest TVs, phones, tablets, wearables, appliances and other gadgets that Samsung has to offer. Following a leak from Monday morning, we know Samsung has a slew of sleek new tablets with cutting-edge specs in store along with a few killer 4K TVs, but the odds are pretty good that the South Korean consumer tech giant has a few surprises up its sleeve as well. What might those surprises include? Samsung’s press conference is scheduled to start momentarily at 5:00 p.m. EST, 2:00 p.m. PST, and live streaming video of the event is embedded below for your viewing pleasure. More →
Apple remained silent for most of 2013 and industry watchers panicked as the months rolled by with no major product launches. Well, when it rains it pours. Apple launched the brand new flagship iPhone 5s and the sort-of-new iPhone 5c almost exactly one month ago, and opening-weekend sales absolutely smashed Apple’s earlier iPhone sales records. Now, it’s time for the next few pieces of Apple’s 2013-2014 product puzzle to fall into place. More →
Microsoft made some mistakes with Windows 8. The software, which was the first major step toward realizing Microsoft’s vision of a future where PC and tablet interfaces merge, was not well received by consumers or businesses. PC sales have slowed even more as a result, but Microsoft has shown that it is willing to take a few steps back by undoing some damage with its upcoming Windows 8.1 update. The Start button is coming back, though it likely won’t satisfy the horde of users wishing Microsoft would bring back its old Windows Start menu, and several other changes are in store as well. Microsoft’s annual Build conference kicks off with its customary keynote where Microsoft will focus on Windows 8.1 and more, and video of this year’s event will be streamed live on Microsoft’s Channel 9 site. The show begins at 12:00 p.m. EDT, 9:00 a.m. PDT, and a link to the live stream can be found below in the source section.