Amazing but true: The folks at TechSmartt don’t just try to destroy phones, they also try to use them. TechSmartt, which has tried and failed to kill the Galaxy S5 multiple times this year by putting it through a wide range of torture tests, has put together two terrific videos that each contain more than 50 tips for getting the most out of Samsung’s Galaxy S5 or the HTC One (M8). More →
Amazon doesn’t plan to unveil its first smartphone until later this spring, but the world got an early look at the handset last week when BGR posted exclusive photos of the unannounced device. We also shared several key details about the phone’s software, which features unique hardware-assisted 3D effects that will help differentiate Amazon’s smartphone lineup from rival devices.
Apple CEO Tim Cook doesn’t have the same reputation as a “visionary” that late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs had but that doesn’t mean he won’t try to be inspiring. In a new video released on Monday, Cook describes how Apple’s overarching goal with everything it does is to make things “better,” whether it’s through products such as smartphones and tablets or through its use of more environmentally friendly power sources. More →
Comcast received the dubious honor of being named the “worst company in America” earlier this month, and it regularly receives poor rankings in customer satisfaction surveys due to complaints that focus on the company’s service quality and problems with the quality of customer service it provides. According to Comcast’s executive vice president David Cohen, however, the company’s bad image makes no sense because its customer service is fantastic. More →
Apple’s first iPhone phablet – the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 version rumored to launch later this year – may be delayed until 2015 according to a new report from Taiwan’s Business Times. Apple is apparently facing some supply chain issues with the device, though we have seen similar reports ahead of Apple’s iPhone launches every year. The publication says the iPhone maker needs significantly thinner batteries for its bigger iPhone, at least when compared to previous-generation devices, and suppliers are currently struggling to meet that demand. More →
Over the past few years, Samsung built a smartphone empire by creating a massive handset portfolio spanning all sizes and price points, and by spending billions to promote its devices. Of course, a healthy chunk of that cash has been spent on the many, many Samsung ads that spend more time bashing Apple than they do showcasing Galaxy phones. Apple is no stranger to attack ads — its “I’m a Mac” campaign helped put Mac on everyone’s radar — and now the company has finally taken a shot at Samsung in its latest print ad. More →
Google has released a new major update for its Android chat application, Android Police reports, including several interesting features. Hangouts 2.1 for Android brings SMS improvements and a homescreen widget, Google’s Mike Dodd wrote on Google+, with the main feature of this update being Merged conversations. Starting with Hangouts 2.1, SMS and Hangouts conversations with the same recipient will be merged into a single conversation. A switch will let users choose what kind of message they want to send, and different message types will be easily spotted. More →
Acclaimed writer and director Joss Whedon is responsible for several cult classic TV shows including Firefly and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and he is known more recently for writing and directing the blockbuster smash, The Avengers. Whedon has been known to experiment in his films and with new distribution methods, and his latest project could be one of his most interesting experiments yet. More →
Late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs famously went on a tirade against Flash back in 2010 when he said that the video technology was on borrowed time and would soon be replaced by HTML5. While Flash is very much still with us four years later, Rapt Media CEO Erika Trautman thinks that HTML5′s time has finally arrived. More →
Samsung’s newly launched Gear wearable devices, including the Gear Fit smartwatch, will be very expensive to repair according to a new report from ZDNet Korea reports. The publication has learned that any malfunctioning or broken Gear wearables will have to be turned in for repairs, with users unable to simply order a replacement screen or component to fix a device themselves. More →
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