Galaxy S6 Edge vs Galaxy S6 Design and Features

Samsung didn’t convince me I need the Galaxy S6 edge, but I’m totally smitten with the curve

By on March 1, 2015 at 5:45 PM.

Samsung didn’t convince me I need the Galaxy S6 edge, but I’m totally smitten with the curve

If you liked any of the recent mid-range metal Galaxy phones that Samsung released, you’re totally going to love the brand new Galaxy S6 flagships. Both the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge pack amazing hardware, and come with a brand new kind of design, one that shows Samsung is actually capable of creating well-built devices for a change, even if that means still having to cheat off Apple’s iPhone.

Of them, the Galaxy S6 edge is by far the better version, just as some carrier execs told reporters before the show, even though Samsung has not really explained why we need a dual-edge curved display in a smartphone.

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Galaxy S6 Specs, Performance and Battery

The Galaxy S6 might pack an amazing secret weapon no other smartphone has

By on February 5, 2015 at 1:35 PM.

The Galaxy S6 might pack an amazing secret weapon no other smartphone has

Samsung earlier this week announced that it has started mass-producing high-density ePoP memory modules for smartphones, which happens to be the industry’s first such “embedded package on package” memory module. By itself, this announcement isn’t that interesting, because most people have no idea what this tech does and why it might be useful in their future mobile devices.

But people looking forward to seeing some of Samsung’s 2015 top-shelf devices in stores, including the Galaxy S6, might have a big reason to be excited about this this new type of component. More →

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iPhone Home Button Joystick

Apple’s latest invention is an iPhone nightmare waiting to happen

By on January 15, 2015 at 2:40 PM.

Apple’s latest invention is an iPhone nightmare waiting to happen

Like any other tech company, Apple patents all sorts of technologies that it may or may not use in upcoming products, and Patently Apple has spotted a new patent application the company submitted that details a wild iPhone design concept that would cause plenty of headaches in the future. More →

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Charlie Hebdo Attacks in France

The real stance you have to take now that you stood with Charlie Hebdo

By on January 14, 2015 at 5:20 PM.

The real stance you have to take now that you stood with Charlie Hebdo

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re probably more than familiar with the horrible Charlie Hebdo massacre and everything that followed in its aftermath. Media report after media report detailed everything that happened during that day, during the following siege, and culminating with the massive march held in Paris and other capitals of the world in support of freedom of expression. But there might be a more important stance you should take now that you stood with Charlie Hebdo. More →

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Apple GoPro Camera Patent

Stop freaking out about Apple killing GoPro cameras

By on January 14, 2015 at 8:20 AM.

Stop freaking out about Apple killing GoPro cameras

GoPro shares fell dramatically on Tuesday, apparently following news that Apple has been granted a patent that largely describes a sports camera system that’s similar to the very popular GoPro cameras. While investors were apparently quick to sell GoPro shares on the news that Apple is thinking about such technology, chances are the iPhone maker won’t kill GoPro anytime soon. More →

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12-inch MacBook Air MagSafe Port

Stop freaking out over the 12-inch MacBook Air’s missing MagSafe port

By on January 9, 2015 at 10:16 AM.

Stop freaking out over the 12-inch MacBook Air’s missing MagSafe port

A new report has recently revealed more details about one of the most interesting products of the year, the rumored 12-inch MacBook Air that is expected to offer a super-slim design and lack a huge number of ports that laptop users have come to expect. In fact, many people have been surprised by the first renders of the 12-inch version, which only show two connectivity options for the device including a multi-purpose USB-C port and a headphone hack. What really seems to be freaking people out, though, is the potential lack of a MagSafe adapter. More →

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Nintendo Wii U Criticism

The Boy Genius Report: The Wii U is Nintendo’s last console

By on December 28, 2012 at 11:45 AM.

The Boy Genius Report: The Wii U is Nintendo’s last console

I remember it still — people flipped out about the Nintendo (NTDOY) Wii. Yes, its name was mocked for a while, but there was genuine excitement around what Nintendo was doing with motion and the entire gameplay experience. While the original Nintendo Wii was almost an Apple (AAPL)-like product — Nintendo focused on the gameplay and not on specs; the company didn’t even have HD graphics when every other console did — the Nintendo Wii U clearly demonstrates how far Nintendo has fallen and how out of touch the company is. More →

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The Boy Genius Report: iPad mini, iMac and the Microsoft Surface

By on October 26, 2012 at 1:51 PM.

The Boy Genius Report: iPad mini, iMac and the Microsoft Surface

It’s time to bring the name back. Boy Genius Report officially changed its name to BGR back in 2010, but I am  going to be doing a periodic column here called The Boy Genius Report that will be my space to rant about supersized phablets, my love for Apple (AAPL), overpriced accessories, and honestly… whatever I want.  While our reviews on BGR are always the individual author’s personal opinion — that’s why we don’t do ratings or scores, it’s just too subjective — I wanted a place to recap my thoughts on the week’s news, or something interesting I found that I wanted to share. And above all, who can resist a column called The Boy Genius Report? And now, here’s the first installment. More →

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Who’s in worse shape: RIM or Nokia?

By on October 19, 2012 at 1:54 PM.

Who’s in worse shape: RIM or Nokia?

Trying to decide whether RIM (RIMM) or Nokia (NOK) gets the title of “most troubled mobile device manufacturer” is a daunting exercise in a lot of ways, much like trying to decide whether someone is better off losing their kidneys or their liver. Looking at both companies’ latest financials and their overall business strategies, though, and you can make a pretty persuasive case that Nokia is in even tougher shape than its Canadian counterpart.

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Can BlackBerry be ‘cool’ again? Sure, but it needs to give its fans something to work with first

By on October 17, 2012 at 11:00 AM.

Can BlackBerry be ‘cool’ again? Sure, but it needs to give its fans something to work with first

The New York Times published a fairly silly article on Tuesday that revealed BlackBerry devices have become a source of mild embarrassment for people who hang out at exclusive ritzy country clubs. This sparked a predictable backlash from some RIM (RIMM) fans who insisted that their favorite smartphones were cool because they were selling well in South Africa. In between these two extremes, CIO’s Al Sacco penned a thoughtful piece that I think honestly represents a lot of angst that longtime BlackBerry users are feeling right now: They love their devices for their keyboards, notification systems and messaging capabilities, but they also know that they’re hopelessly out of date in many key areas. More →

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Microsoft's Surface pricing is flat-out crazy

By on October 16, 2012 at 12:56 PM.

Microsoft's Surface pricing is flat-out crazy

Microsoft Surface Pricing Criticism

I was pretty bullish about Microsoft’s (MSFT) line of Surface tablets until I learned what they’d actually cost. Now, I understand that some people think that  Windows RT Surface is worth $500 because it provides 32GB of storage with an expansion slot, it comes preloaded with Microsoft Office 2013 and it will have an operating system that provides more desktop functionality than iOS or Android. In other words, users are getting a tablet that can replicate many core PC functions for the same price as a 16GB iPad. What this argument overlooks, however, is this: The $500 Windows RT Surface doesn’t come with the Touch Cover keyboard pad that is essential for using the device as a work machine. More →

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Android: I love you, but fragmentation is bringing me down

By on October 8, 2012 at 1:11 PM.

Android: I love you, but fragmentation is bringing me down

Android Analysis Fragmentation

I’ve been a pretty big fan of Android for a long time now. Having an open-source mobile operating system that different OEMs can experiment with and customize to their liking has been a huge boon to the tech world and has ensured that Apple (AAPL) won’t have a monopoly on popular smartphones anytime soon. But as Google (GOOG) has refined its operating system over the years and added some great new features, it’s become increasingly hard for me to ignore that fragmentation of the platform is a serious problem that hasn’t gotten any better. More →

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