Google Maps

The latest new Google Maps feature might seem annoying, but it’s actually terrific

By on July 23, 2014 at 9:45 AM.

The latest new Google Maps feature might seem annoying, but it’s actually terrific

Advertisements can certainly be annoying, but they’re not always a bad thing. Problems arise most often when ads are intrusive or irrelevant, and when they do more to pester us than inform us. In the case of Google Maps, ads can actually be quite helpful in many scenarios, and Google just announced a few changes for the ads it serves in its Google Maps mobile app that might actually enhance users’ experiences. More →

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How To Buy OnePlus One

This is your best chance yet to get your hands on a OnePlus One… but you’d better hurry

By on July 23, 2014 at 8:00 AM.

This is your best chance yet to get your hands on a OnePlus One… but you’d better hurry

Among Android enthusiasts, the OnePlus One is easily the most desirable new smartphone of 2014 so far. It doesn’t have the 2K display from LG’s G3, the gorgeous metal build from the HTC One (M8) or the massive marketing budget backing Samsung’s Galaxy S5, but it’s a cutting edge smartphone powered by the highly hackable CyanogenMod software. What’s more, it’s shockingly affordable.

The only problem, of course, is that it’s still almost impossible to buy one. But thankfully, OnePlus just gave hopeful prospective One owners their best chance yet to get their hands on one. More →

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T-Mobile Smartphone Unlock App

Here’s how T-Mobile might make phone unlocking easier than any other carrier

By on July 22, 2014 at 8:25 PM.

Here’s how T-Mobile might make phone unlocking easier than any other carrier

T-Mobile is reportedly working on a new application that could make phone unlocking a walk in the park, TmoNews reveals, and it could be sold as another advantage for the mobile operator, which is already making plenty of waves in the business. More →

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iPhone 6 Parts Leak

This is one of the biggest iPhone 6 leaks we’ve seen so far

By on July 22, 2014 at 5:19 PM.

This is one of the biggest iPhone 6 leaks we’ve seen so far

We’re more certain than ever that the iPhone 6 is less than two months from release, which means the leaks will likely continue unabated until Apple finally takes the stage this fall. On Tuesday, Apple.club.tw dropped one of the most substantial leaks we’ve seen so far, including images of the Lightning flex cable, headphone parts and the endlessly leaked rear shell for the iPhone 6 body. More →

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Opinions
Windows Phone Vs iPhone

Are we witnessing Windows Phone’s last stand?

Are we witnessing Windows Phone’s last stand?

By on July 22, 2014 at 3:15 PM.

Much has been written about Microsoft’s unsettling plan to cut loose some 18,000 of its employees by the end of 2014. You could argue that it’s a necessary evil, or you could argue that it’s a short-sighted misstep. From what I’ve read, this is about Microsoft repositioning itself for the current reality it finds itself a part of.

In many ways, Ballmer never took the steps to shape the company into a viable behemoth. Just as he laughed off the iPhone in 2007, he never really figured out that the company was slipping in a lot of ways — not the least of which was mindshare.

Out of the 18,000 announced cuts, a staggering 12,500 will come from Nokia’s devices division. A division that Ballmer was hellbent on acquiring before heading for the exits. To me, however, the question shouldn’t be on Microsoft’s commitment (or lack thereof) to building phones. The question should be about Windows Phone.

I’ve long since believed there are some battles worth fighting, and some worth conceding. The trick, as you know, is figuring out which slots where. More →

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iPhone 6 and iOS 8 Release Date

Why Apple’s iPhone 6 should launch on September 12th

By on July 22, 2014 at 2:50 PM.

Why Apple’s iPhone 6 should launch on September 12th

While some reports say the next-gen iPhones will be launched on September 19th – not to mention that some retailers already offer pre-order options of the iPhone 6, despite the fact that it doesn’t yet exist – Business Insider has a different take on when the iPhone 6 should be released. More →

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iPhone 6 Sales

Yet another sign that the iPhone 6 launch is going to be huge

By on July 22, 2014 at 1:25 PM.

Yet another sign that the iPhone 6 launch is going to be huge

Apple is expected to launch two new iPhone models in 2014, a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and an even larger 5.5-inch “iPhone Air” phablet. Nothing is official yet, of course, but the months-long flow of rumors, leaks and solid reports has left consumers clamoring for new iPhone models with bigger screens and a sleek new design. Everything we’ve seen so far, from analyst estimates to reports of massive order volume with Apple’s manufacturing partners, has suggested that this year’s iPhone launches will be the biggest to date — and now we have yet another indication that iPhone 6 sales are going to be through the roof. More →

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iPhone 6 Preorders

iPhone 6 preorders already available from 30+ sellers

By on July 22, 2014 at 12:31 PM.

iPhone 6 preorders already available from 30+ sellers

Apple’s next-generation iPhone 6 probably won’t launch for about another two months, and all we have to go on right now in terms of what to expect is a series of leaks and unconfirmed reports. That won’t stop more than 30 companies from taking preorders for Apple’s upcoming new iPhone 6, however. More →

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iPhone Waterproof Treatment

This $30 spray will make you iPhone or Android phone waterproof

This $30 spray will make you iPhone or Android phone waterproof

By on July 22, 2014 at 12:04 PM.

Sony isn’t exactly enjoying smooth sailing in the global smartphone market right now, but it did start an awesome trend. Following the Japanese electronics giant’s lead, a number of smartphone vendors are now focused on making their flagship phones water-resistant. Samsung’s Galaxy S5, the company’s latest hero phone, is a perfect example, and the handset’s water-resistant treatment will end up saving consumers tons of money and plenty of aggravation by helping the phone survive spills and quick dunks.

But what about those of us with handsets like the iPhone or various Android models that don’t feature any waterproofing? As it turns out, there may be a cheap product that can help. More →

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iPhone 6 Rumors Launch

Apple’s iPhone 6 launch will be even bigger than anyone imagined

By on July 22, 2014 at 10:15 AM.

Apple’s iPhone 6 launch will be even bigger than anyone imagined

Apple has told suppliers to make between 70 million and 80 million combined 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 units by December 30, The Wall Street Journal has learned from sources familiar with the matter, in anticipation of what will be its biggest iPhone launch ever. Foxconn and Pegatron will start production of the smaller iPhone next month – something recent rumors also claimed – and Foxconn will be the exclusive maker of the 5.5-inch model, which will head to mass-production in September. Both companies are on a “hiring binge,” the Journal says, with Foxconn “hiring workers by the hundreds a day to staff production lines” at their factories in China. More →

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How To Install iOS 8 Beta 4

How to install iOS 8 beta 4 right now without a developer account

By on July 22, 2014 at 9:50 AM.

How to install iOS 8 beta 4 right now without a developer account

Apple pushed out its fourth beta version of iOS 8 on Monday, and the update came right on time. iOS 8 beta 4 is a huge improvement over earlier betas in a number of ways, offering several new features such as a redesigned Control Center, as well as plenty of bug fixes that make it easier for iOS developers to test their apps ahead of iOS 8’s public release this fall. Of course, the fixes are also greatly appreciated by non-developers who pay $99 for the opportunity to get their hands on Apple’s unreleased iOS software before any of their friends.

As it turns out, iPhone and iPad owners don’t even need to pay for a developer account to install iOS 8 beta 4. More →

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iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5: Display Size

Samsung is already making fun of the iPhone 6 even though it doesn’t exist yet

By on July 22, 2014 at 9:25 AM.

Samsung is already making fun of the iPhone 6 even though it doesn’t exist yet

Samsung has a new Galaxy S5 ad out that makes fun of the iPhone. But instead of mocking the existing iPhone 5s, which outsold the Galaxy S5 in the latter’s first full month of sales despite being eight months old at the time, the company chose to have its fun at the expense of a product that doesn’t yet exist: The upcoming iPhone 6. More →

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