We’ve known for a while that Amazon’s Fire Phone is this year’s version of the Microsoft Kin or the Facebook-centric HTC First — that is, it’s a phone that is destined to go down as one of the biggest bombs in smartphone history. CNET takes a look at Amazon’s earnings report released on Thursday and brings us some new numbers that show us just how big of a flop the Fire Phone has really been. More →
In an interview with Xinhua while in China, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook talked about several matters important to the company, including the iPhone, Apple Pay, personal data security and China, but also the upcoming Apple Watch. Expected to arrive at some point in early 2015, the Watch should become an indispensable device to buyers. More →
The coolest new feature that spans across both iOS and OS X announced this year has definitely been the Handoff feature that will let you quickly move information and data between iOS devices and your Mac. And what makes it even cooler is now app developers are designing their applications to use Handoff as well so you can move what you’re looking at on your favorite apps from your iPhone to your Mac and vice versa. Below we’ve listed all of the apps that support Handoff so far, which come to us by way of App Advice. More →
Surprise: Comcast isn’t overly enthusiastic about HBO’s plan to offer a standalone streaming service that will appeal to cord cutters. Barron’s notes that during an earnings call this week, Comcast EVP and NBC CEO Steve Burke was asked for his take on HBO’s decision to offer a standalone streaming option starting next year. As you might expect, Burke downplayed its significance and even suggested that HBO might come to regret breaking itself away from the bundle in the future. More →
The next big thing in television might be 4K (or even 5K, for some). Or smarter TVs. Or curvy smart TVs that also do 4K. But that doesn’t mean you really need them, especially 4K big-screen TVs, since there isn’t enough actual 4K content to consume in the first place. But Sony has an amazing new TV ad that is so amazing it’s worth watching even if you’re not interested in 4K TVs at all. More →
Apple’s new OS X Yosemite software is a huge update for Mac users. The latest version of Apple’s desktop software includes a great visual overhaul that makes the user interface much flatter and more modern, with some apps that even go as far as to mirror the look of iOS 8. But beyond the obvious new graphical changes, Yosemite also includes a nifty new “dark mode” that makes a few key changes to OS X’s interface that actually have a pretty dramatic impact on the look of the operating system. More →
On Wednesday night, there was yet another fence jumper at the White House. Luckily, two heroic dogs sprang into action and stopped him almost immediately — but not before one dog, Jordan, took a kick to the face from the assailant.
Take a closer look at your current Windows machine. It might be one of the millions of PCs that could be hacked right now and you might not even know anything is happening. At least, that’s what two different reports say, covering two equally disturbing vulnerabilities that hackers can take advantage of. More →
This has been a great week for paid iPhone and iPad apps that have gone on sale for free, but we have a few more gems to share with you before the week is done. Thursday’s list included seven great paid iOS apps that were made available for free for a limited time (a few of them are still free if you hurry), but today we have nine apps regularly worth a combined $36 and each and every one is free for a short time. More →
The reason the “bend test” videos for the iPhone 6 Plus went viral is that they raised questions about whether the device would bend just from carrying it around in your pants pocket. This shouldn’t be a concern for anyone who owns an iPad Air 2, since the tablet was never intended to be carried around in your pants pocket and we can’t imagine any reason for a sane person to do so. All the same, that hasn’t stopped YouTuber Marvin Macht from putting the iPad Air 2 through a bend test of his own and the tablet predictably did not hold up well under pressure. More →
The sudden success of T-Mobile has been impressive. With an energetic CEO and some of the most competitive pricing in the industry, the “Un-carrier” has made a big splash, convincing thousands of smartphone owners to drop their plans and make the switch. There’s only one problem: T-Mobile’s coverage still doesn’t match up with that of Verizon and AT&T.
After initially showing off iOS 8 during its annual WWDC event this past summer, Apple finally released the software in September and then issued its first major update earlier this month. iOS 8 and iOS 8.1 represent huge steps forward for Apple’s mobile devices, bringing tons of great new functions to compatible iPhone and iPad models. Features like audio messaging, the new QuickType keyboard and Apple’s Continuity functionality are all awesome additions to iOS, but of course there is still plenty missing from Apple’s mobile platform.
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