Something incredible happened with the iPhone 6 — the do-it-yourself repair gurus at iFixit actually gave it a respectable score for repairability. Normally, Apple’s products prioritize lightness and thinness over repairability and the devices are often loaded with strangely designed screws and glued-in batteries. But this time iFixit found that the device was surprisingly easy to fix on your own, provided you have the right tools and know-how. To celebrate this monumental achievement, iFixit has put out the most comprehensive self-repair guide for the iPhone 6 that we’ve seen yet and it will hopefully ensure that you never have to take your device to the Apple Store if it’s in need of a fix. More →
It turns out the Europe’s “right to be forgotten” regulations against Google were only the beginning. The Financial Times reports that the European Union’s parliament is working on a proposal to force Google to unbundle its major search business from all its other services. In other words, it sounds like Google will have to keep data on what you search for separate from all of the other services it offers, such as Gmail, Google Maps and more. It also sounds like Google would be prohibited from giving favorable treatment in its search results to its own services. More →
One of the problems with smartphones is that spy agencies and advertisers can use them to collect data and keep tabs on users, as many reports have shown in the last 18 months. While companies such as Apple and Google have started encrypting iPhone and Android devices by default, prompting the U.S. government to heavily criticize their encryption practices, that doesn’t mean smartphones are now free from spying. More →
The Nexus 6 is a very good phone in many ways but, as we made clear in our review, it has a lot of flaws as well. To take one example, Business Insider has done a photo shootout between the Nexus 6, the iPhone 6 Plus and the Galaxy Note 4 and has found that the big Nexus’s camera is truly subpar in low-light situations. More →
How would you like a brand new Google Nexus 6, Galaxy Note 4 or HTC One M8 for free? Yesterday we launched the BGR Deals Store and today to show some Friday love, we’re offering a sweet giveaway. Enter with a valid email address (only one entry per person), and then share it via Facebook and Twitter—your friends and followers who sign up will be counted as additional entries for you.
The prize? You can choose between six high-end Android phones: the Google Nexus 6, Samsung Galaxy Note 4, HTC One M8, Moto X, LG G3 and the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge. More →
Google has a new Google Maps version out, Android Police reports, which brings some neat new features to this popular Google service. Google Maps 9.1 for Android — available for immediate download by following the source link, in case it hasn’t been already rolled out to your device — will be even more useful when planning trips or when looking for certain locations. More →
Earlier this month, researchers at cybersecurity firm FireEye discovered a vulnerability in the iOS operating system which could allow hackers to replace legitimate apps with malicious copies, giving them access to any data the user entered into the hacked app. These “Masque Attacks” were enough of a threat to convince the U.S. government to release a statement warning iPhone users to avoid downloading apps from third-party sources until the issue could be resolved.
Apple was quick to issue its own response, downplaying the severity of the vulnerability, but further research by Trend Micro seems to indicate that the threat is even more serious that originally reported. More →
As we’ve noted before, the BlackBerry Passport isn’t for the faint of heart — it’s a manly tool to be used for real work, and if its large square display and wide boxy frame intimidate you, then tough! BlackBerry this month put up a new video that once again shows the advantage of having a large square display like the one on the Passport gives you the ability to get more real work done, especially when compared to a svelte little display like the one on your iPhone. More →
After already kicking off a huge pre-Black Friday sale and revealing its full Black Friday 2014 deals, Walmart on Friday announced details for its Cyber Monday 2014 sales event. The huge sale will include plenty of interesting tech deals, though not nearly as many as Walmart’s Black Friday doorbusters. More →
Coin is not the future. This is important to make clear right off the bat. The future of payments will look much more like Apple Pay than it does Coin. In the digital age, there is no reason we should still have to carry paper money or plastic credit cards in the United States. We do it because we have to; the government is behind the times and banks are behind the times.
Paper money and plastic credit cards will not exist in the future. Sadly, it maybe be decades before that future is truly realized.
In the meantime, smartphone and wearable-based payment solutions like Apple Pay are in their infancy in America. They’re wonderful and secure options at the small number of retailers where they are accepted, but they cannot replace any of the credit cards in your wallet, let alone all of them. Good luck buying dinner at a restaurant or getting cash from an ATM with Apple Pay.
This is where Coin comes into play. More →
Email. Is there anything in our lives that is more necessary and more burdensome? It seems like everyone hates email and no one can live without it, so the obvious next step is to fix it. Of course, in the context of email, the question becomes: What does “fix” even mean and who will finally pull it off?
There are dozens of companies that have taken a crack at “fixing” email, and some have done a better job than others. None have managed to solve all of our email woes, of course, but there are a handful of companies that have actually managed to launch fairly revolutionary email solutions.
And if you haven’t yet tried them out, you really should. More →
Steve Jobs called Jon Stewart after The Daily Show ripped Apple – and you’ll be shocked at what he said
Way back when Apple went on a rampage against Gizmodo after the publication got its hands on a prototype of the iPhone 4, Jon Stewart and The Daily Show ripped into the company for its seemingly heavy-handed tactics in going after the publication. 9to5Mac has spotted an interview with Stewart on the Howard Stern show in which he says that Steve Jobs actually called him after he ran that segment… and the most shocking thing about it was that Jobs was polite and nice. More →
This is it, holiday shoppers. There is now exactly one week left until Black Friday 2014 is officially upon us. Of course, the deals have already begun at most retailers, which are now in full-on sale mode as they look to capitalize on the biggest shopping event of the year.
We have shared thousands of deals with you so far from the nation’s biggest retailers including Best Buy, GameStop, Staples, RadioShack, Walmart, Target, BJ’s Wholesale and many more. Of course, if you don’t feel like sifting through all of those sales, we also have some Black Friday suggestions for you that might help narrow things down. More →