We’ve updated one our iPhones to iOS 6, which is available to developers today as a beta, and we have a huge gallery of screenshots to walk you through some of the most exciting new features. The entire OS has been given a fresh makeover, with new UI elements and refreshed apps. Check out our full gallery linked below, and stay tuned for our thoughts on Apple’s new mobile OS.
Plenty has been said about Apple’s WWDC 2012 conference, which takes place starting on Monday next week, but if you haven’t been furiously digging and following along, here are our best guesses based on what we’ve heard from our sources, what other sites have reported, and common sense. More →
This is the first episode of The BGR Show, and we’re trying to do something different. We’re trying to change the game. Honestly, tech shows suck. They’re typically way too geeky and often boring. The BGR Show is about focusing on aspects of technology that appeal to a wider range of people. You, your friends, your family members, everyone. Yes, it’s about products too — we have an amazing in-depth look at the Samsung Galaxy S III that will run next week — but it’s also about these big, meaningful segments with access and insights that other shows usually can’t deliver. But! It is the first episode, and we’d love to hear what you think, plus we’ll have our set for the next episode. Special thanks to Pharrell and the entire i am OTHER team for their support of the project. The full episode is after the break, and make sure you subscribe to the channel. More →
The Electronic Frontier Foundation ruffled some feathers last week when it published a report calling for Apple to adopt a more open model with its mobile and desktop platforms. Apple is hurting users by making use of a closed model with iOS and OS X, which the EFF likened to “beautiful crystal prisons,” and also by imposing unnecessary limitations on its devices because the open source community is not being utilized. While a number of people agree with the EFF, highlighting the fact that Android’s open source model is part of the reason for its wide adoption among tech savvy consumers, many insist that Apple’s closed model is not just a benefit but one of the most important features of its mobile and desktop devices. More →
Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference is only six days away, and Apple is absolutely going to be announcing a new version of its mobile operating system, iOS 6. Apple’s post-PC computing platform is already powerful — its functionality is cherry-picked from OS X, after all — but that doesn’t mean it’s perfect by any means. Apple has big plans for its mobile OS in 2012, and here is my list features I believe iOS 6 is going to gain when it launches later this year (along with a few stretches): More →
The first episode of The BGR Show doesn’t premiere until May 31st, but we wanted to put together a little something to tease the show with Pharrell Williams — and it’s hilarious. We have some amazing segments lined up, and we would tell you about them but we don’t want to spoil it. The show will air weekly around 11:00 a.m. Eastern every Thursday on i am OTHER‘s channel beginning on May 31st. Make sure you subscribe to stay updated with our show schedule; you can find the show every week at the read link below, and of course, on BGR.com (and more places coming soon!). More →
Over the past six years, BGR has grown into one of the most prominent destinations in the world for mobile and tech news. We have broken some of the biggest stories in tech and offered up some of the most honest opinions. But we’ve never done video. Today, we’re announcing The BGR Show, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with a long-time friend of mine, Pharrell Williams, to bring the show to his new YouTube channel, i am OTHER. More →
Behold the Ghost of Palm Past. Earlier this week, industry watchers got to relive the rise and fall of webOS as Research In Motion gave the world a brief look at a gorgeous new smartphone platform while failing to convince anyone that it can succeed in a market dominated by Apple and Google. RIM’s stock plummeted from a high of $14.62 earlier this week to the $11-range as a result. Then, on Thursday, Samsung took the wraps off its latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S III. The impressive smartphone’s design was described as having been inspired by pebbles that had been smoothed be the flow of water in a river. There was once another smartphone with a design inspired by river rocks, but I can’t quite put my finger on it… More →
During the annual Consumer Electronics Show in January 2009, a struggling smartphone company that had once helped shape the mobile industry unveiled its next-generation platform. It was gorgeous. The design was unique and appealing, the gesture-based controls were smart and intuitive, and the company’s new smartphone operating system offered a breath of fresh air in an industry dominated by just two major players, Apple and Google.
On August 18th, 2011, less than three years after this promising new platform was unveiled, it was effectively laid to rest.
I sat at my computer in amazement a little earlier. Most of me knew that RIM is too damaged and too slow to pivot, and just too out of touch with its customers to know it actually has a chance. But, there was this small part of me that was genuinely excited for BlackBerry World’s announcements. Then I saw Thorston Heins start off the company’s most crucial keynote ever with Salesforce and Cisco. More →
Apple released its third-generation iPad on March 16th and I purchased mine one day later on the 17th. There were no lines at my local Best Buy when I went to buy the new model. In fact, there were still more than 100 new iPads in stock when I picked up my iPad more than 36 hours after it was released. The store was eerily quiet. It felt nothing like an Apple launch. More →
Instagram is a hugely popular social network centered around sharing retro images with friends, and while it continues to add users by the millions, it will likely soon see a somewhat sizable defection in light of recent events. Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Monday announced that Facebook will acquire Instagram for $1 billion. The deal will make Instagram’s small team rich and give the app exposure to millions of new users, but it will also bring a fresh round of privacy concerns that have already begun to surface. For those who avoid Facebook and its suite of services, deleting an Instagram account couldn’t be easier: users can simply visit the company’s account removal page, log in, and select a reason for their account removal requests from the drop-down menu. As it turns out, “privacy concerns” is the very first option.
The iPhone’s unprecedented success stems from the combination of multiple factors, not the least of which are Apple’s industry-leading design prowess and its ability to make software that appeals to enthusiasts and mass-market users alike. The culture and hype surrounding Apple products doesn’t hurt either, of course. Where the overall experience is concerned, Apple wisely created a scenario that gives it control of both hardware and software, removing carriers from the equation to an extent and ensuring the end user enjoys the experience Apple envisions without any substantial impediments. Despite this ideal scenario, some industry watchers maintain that fragmentation is unavoidable to some degree, and this issue exists in the iOS ecosystem just as it does with Android. More →