A man who was given a ticket two years ago for using a map app on an iPhone 4 while driving had his conviction overturned by a Fresno appellate court on Thursday, which agreed that drivers should be able to use map apps on a smartphone while on the road, FresnoBee reports. “The Fifth District Court of Appeal unanimously concluded that the state Vehicle Code applies to listening and talking and texting on a cellphone while driving – not looking at a map application,” the publication writes. More →
The Jawbone UP24 is the best fitness tracker on the market right now, hands down. The design is great, it’s accurate, the accompanying software is terrific and so far the battery hasn’t gone bad. What the UP24 is not, however, is a game-changer that shows us the future of wearables and fitness tracking. UP24, like most competing solutions, is passive. It tracks your movements and then shows you historical data. But what if there was a solution that doesn’t just show you what you have done, but also tells you what you should do.
When it comes to smartphones, there are few things more horrifying than dropping a handset into a glass of water, a sink or, heaven forbid, a toilet. The instant the device is submerged, panic strikes and the race to recover it is underway. Unless your smartphone is water-resistant like Sony’s Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z2 or Samsung’s new Galaxy S5, the odds are pretty good that even a quick dunk can do damage from which your phone will not recover. But what if there was a simple way to save it? More →
The perfect app. It serves its purpose and does its job well, but it also features a user interface that it unique, intuitive and beautiful. Too many software developers forget (or ignore) good design in their apps, so I want to make sure that we reward the developers who make the extra effort to dazzle users.
There are thousands of great apps for iOS and Android out there that are worthy of praise for their design, and hopefully over time we can cover them all here on BGR.
Now he tells us. Bob Borchers, who was part of the original iPhone team at Apple and who now serves as CMO at Dolby, told Mobile World Congress this week that while the first-generation iPhone was indeed revolutionary, it apparently wasn’t all that great as a telephone. Trusted Reviews reports that Borchers told MWC that “If you had the original iPhone I apologize” because “it was not a great phone, it was an OK phone.” More →
We hope you like what you saw on Monday when Samsung finally unveiled the hotly anticipated Galaxy S5 flagship phone, because a lot of you traded in your old phones this past weekend to get ready for Samsung’s latest and greatest. Most notably, cell phone trade-in comparison tool SellCell.com reports that a rush of iPhone trade-ins were processed over this past weekend as Apple fans prepared to make the leap to the Galaxy S5. More →
iPhone users love their phones. It’s a simple fact. Study after study shows that Apple device owners are the most loyal out there — many are so loyal that they admit to buying anything with an Apple logo on it. On occasion, however, some iPhone users make the jump to other operating systems. Sometimes they’re looking for a bigger display, other times a more open platform, but it’s often interesting to read these users’ thoughts when they’re offered succinctly.
Since “iOS vs. Android” is the most hotly debated mobile rivalry out there, so we have often covered commentary from smartphone enthusiasts who try to switch from the iPhone to an Android handset. For example, we covered one story from a self-professed Apple fanboy who couldn’t bear using the Nexus 5 even for 24 hours, and then we found an anecdote from someone who switched from the iPhone 5 to the Galaxy S4 for six months before moving back.
While the average price for an Android smartphone continues to plummet every year, Apple is still refusing to participate in the mid-range battle. Based on data gathered by Statista, the average Android phone was priced at just $276 in 2013, down from $441 in 2010. The average iPhone, on the other hand, still costs $650, a measly $52 drop in the same timespan. This explains why Apple’s profit margins remain astronomically high even while its market share sinks. Although the growth rate of the iOS and Android price gap has slowed, Statista’s data clearly highlights the disparity between the two operating systems. If Apple continues to rake in profits every year, don’t expect a budget phone to close the gap anytime soon. The full chart can be seen below. More →
Playing classic video game ROMs on the iPhone has typically required jailbreaking in the past, but webNES is a browser-based solution that gives everyone access to their own playable NES libraries. According to TouchArcade, webNES works in conjunction with Dropbox, so in order to play NES games on the web app, you’ll have to store NES ROMs in your Dropbox account and then log in through webNES. Once the files are in your Dropbox, you will be able to select one to play inside the app. You can try it out by navigating to webn.es on your smartphone where the creators have provided a few sample games. Just hit the + symbol in the top right corner of the page to access your Dropbox files. It’s not perfect, but it’s the simplest way to play NES games on the iPhone.
The “iPhone vs. Android” debate is an odd one but it’s also quite prevalent among technology enthusiasts, so we cover it often here on BGR. Among the more interesting aspects of the debate are the perspectives shared by users who jump from one camp to the other and then share their thoughts; since we use both mobile platforms constantly here at BGR, the occasional outside commentary is interesting.
In the past, we covered an account from an Apple fanboy who couldn’t stand using the Nexus 5 even for a full 24 hours, and we also found a more level-headed anecdote from someone who switched from the iPhone 5 to the Galaxy S4 for six months.
Now, a Silicon Valley investor and marketer has shared his thoughts on Android after switching from the iPhone a few weeks ago. More →
Recent research from analyst Benedict Evans reveals that in the fourth quarter last year, Apple shipped more “computers” than all of Microsoft’s Windows partners combined. Evans counted as computers all smart devices sold by Apple including Macs, iPhones, iPod touches and iPads, which surpassed 80 million sold units during the period. Not only did the number surpass combined Windows PC sales for the period, but it almost matched the combined Windows and Windows Phone sales. More →
When you upgraded to your most recent phone, what did you do with the old one? Based on market research group OnePoll’s latest “Mobile Mountain Study,” it’s very likely that you stored it away for a rainy day. In fact, almost 40% of the participants in the study said that keep their old phones for themselves, while just 20% gave them to family members or friends and 9% actually dumped them in the garbage. Whether or not you fall into any of these categories, if you’re holding on to an old iPhone, you’re contributing to a $13 billion hole in the resale economy, reports MarketWatch. More →
As Snapchat has grown more and more popular, it has increasingly become a target for hackers and developers looking to help users save messages that are supposed to be deleted once they are viewed. In other words, those looking to keep their naked Valentine’s Day sexts from being shared should probably look elsewhere if they want to avoid having their illicit V-Day messages spread like wildfire the next time they have a fight with their significant other. Enter ZipaClip, one of many private text, video and picture messaging services that promise to do what Snapchat no longer can: do what Snapchat is supposed to do and keep your private messages private. More →