Comcast may be one of the most hated companies in the United States, but it does have a lot of friends where it matters most: In government. OpenSecrets does a nice job of breaking down Comcast’s extensive ties to current and former government officials, headlined by former FCC commissioner Meredith Baker, who became a lobbyist for Comcast right after leaving her post at the commission, and former FCC chairman Michael Powell, who is now lobbying in favor of the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger as the head of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association. More →
We’re still months away from Apple’s launch of the next-generation iPhone, but every major report we’ve read suggests that Apple plans on releasing two different versions: A 4.7-inch model and a 5.5-inch model. Inspired by 9to5Mac’s poll of its readers, we thought that we’d ask BGR readers which version of the new iPhone they’d rather own. Below you’ll find a poll where you can let us know if you’d rather own the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 or if you’d prefer some other option.
(Thanks again to 9to5Mac for the idea!)
It appears the IFTTT for Android beta tests are over and the company is ready to officially offer its activity automation service to Android users. IFTTT on Thursday released its Android app, which is available as a free download from the Google Play Store and will work with smartphones and tablets of all sizes as long as they’re running Android 4.0 or later. More →
Apple stunned Wall Street on Wednesday when it posted fiscal second-quarter earnings that absolutely crushed analysts’ estimates. The company reported a net profit of $10.2 billion — a second-quarter record — thanks to surprisingly strong iPhone sales, and revenue in the quarter totaled $45.6 billion. Apple also had a pair of huge announcements related to its stock, and plenty more that it covered.
Here are the five most important takeaways from Wednesday’s report: More →
We all know the dangers of looking down at our phones while behind the wheel of a car, but when that familiar beep or buzz signals the arrival of a text message, it can be hard to resist glancing away from the road momentarily. A recent patent from Apple could solve the problem once and for all. Published on the USPTO website this week, Apple’s “driver handheld computing device lock-out” mechanism would disable certain functions on a mobile device while the user is driving. More →
The iPhone 6 will reportedly arrive in two sizes, including 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models, and recent reports have revealed both hardware details for the handset and potential design elements. On top of that, a series of leaks showed purported iPhone 6 manufacturing tools, components and even cases. One 4.7-inch iPhone 6 case has been obtained by Unbox Therapy, which then used it to show how big the iPhone 6 would be compared to the iPhone 5s, the Nexus 5 Galaxy Note 3 and other popular phones. More →
If you’re interested in buying the most up-to-date MacBook Air, you should probably wait for a week. MacRumors points out that French website MacGeneration is citing “reliable sources” to claim that Apple is going to launch an update line of 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Airs next week. As for what this update will mean, MacRumors says “it is likely that a new MacBook Air at this point in time would feature a small speed bump among few other changes.” More →
Samsung wants you to think of the Galaxy S5 as a luxury good, even if the device’s outer case is made of cheap-feeling dimpled plastic. With this in mind, Samsung has teamed up with luxury crystal designer Swarovski to create a new cover for the Galaxy S5 that is draped from top to bottom in crystals. Samsung says that the new Galaxy S5 Crystal Collection will launch sometime in May and will, according to a Google translation of Samsung’s Korean YouTube page, “meet the special glitter.” This isn’t the first time Samsung and Swarovski have partnered on a luxury smartphone case, as the two companies first got together to create a $300 crystal case for the Galaxy Note 3 earlier this year. You can watch Samsung’s teaser video for the Galaxy S5 Crystal Collection below. More →
T-Mobile may be shaking up the wireless industry, but it hasn’t stopped Verizon from chugging along. In its first-quarter earnings report released Thursday, Verizon posted a profit of $0.84 per share, which was below the consensus estimate of $0.87 per share. On the plus side, the company’s revenue in Q1 2014 was $31.8 billion, which was over $1 billion higher than the consensus estimate of $30.7 billion. What’s more, Verizon added 539,000 postpaid subscribers on the quarter, which is a solid number slightly below the 625,000 postpaid subscriber gains that AT&T reported over the same quarter. Even more importantly, Verizon’s postpaid churn, or the rate at which customers come and go, remained at a very low 1.07%.
Samsung decided to go (again) with plastic for the Galaxy S5, even though some rumors suggested the fifth Galaxy S flagship handset will finally have a metal body, explaining in an interview with Engadget why plastic is better than metal. More →
OnePlus officially launched the highly anticipated One handset on Wednesday, a phone that’s supposed to deliver high-end hardware and performance for a more than affordable price. In fact, the OnePlus One may be a worthy Nexus 5 adversary, considering it’ll deliver a bloat-free Android experience – the phone runs a special CyanogenMod 11S ROM built on Android 4.4 KitKat – and Geek has already compared it against Google’s latest flagship phone in a quick boot test. More →
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