With less than tree days to go, Native Union’s Jump Kickstarter project is approaching $300,000 in pledges, well over its initial $40,000 funding goal. “The Jump” is a smartphone charger that works with the iPhone as well as Android and BlackBerry devices, and which has a hidden feature: A battery of its own that can provide additional power on-the-go.
Flappy Bird developer Nguyen Ha Dong on Saturday surprisingly announced via Twitter that he will remove the popular game from app stores in following hours, and he kept his promise, as the game went down both in the App store and in the Google Play Store at midnight local time on Sunday. “22 hours rom now, I will take ‘Flappy Bird’ down” Dong said on Twitter. “It is not anything related to legal issues. I cannot take this anymore.” However, that doesn’t mean the game is completely unavailable.
The next time you travel overseas, you might want to bring a hefty stock of unlocked iPhones with you — they might just make you a healthy profit. Bloomberg Businessweek has written a great piece on how iPhones are becoming almost like an international currency in many markets where they’re prohibitively expensive for most people to buy. In Brazil, for example, an unlocked iPhone 5s costs just under $1,200 when taxes are included while an unlocked iPhone 5s in Italy costs just shy of $1,000. This means that if you buy the latest version of the iPhone and bring it with you to certain countries, you’ll be able to sell it for more than what you paid for it while still giving prospective iPhone buyers a comparative discount. More →
I cannot tell you how much I dislike Secret, the latest social iPhone app to “go viral” and spread through the handsets of early adopters across the country. In a nutshell, it’s anonymous subtweeting, but without Twitter (if you don’t understand what I mean by that, consider yourself lucky). The app was created by Square’s former technical lead David Byttow and others, and it allows iPhone owners to share text posts and images completely anonymously with their circle of friends and associates.
I hate it. And I can’t put it down. More →
Apple’s mobile platform is quite capable, especially with the additions Apple has made recently in iOS 6 and iOS 7. Developers now have more access than ever to software features that had previously been off limits, and the latest round of apps has introduced plenty of great new functionality to iPhones and iPads as a result. But the simple truth is that there are still tons of amazingly useful things Android devices can do that the iPhone and other iOS devices simply cannot.
Some missing features may be introduced in future versions of iOS while others many never arrive, thanks mainly to Apple’s strict guidelines that developers must follow. I’m fortunate (or unfortunate, depending on your viewpoint) in that I carry an iPhone 5s as well as an Android phone with me all the time, but most iPhone users simply don’t have access to all of this great functionality.
So, what awesome stuff are iPhone users missing? More →
Apple’s first iPhone was unveiled seven years ago and plenty has changed since the original model debuted. One thing that hasn’t really changed, however, is Apple’s terrible autocorrect technology. Intended to detect and correct typing mistakes on iOS devices’ virtual keyboards, the system is beloved when it does its job well. When it doesn’t do its job well, however, disaster strikes (check out January’s 11 worst autocorrect fails for some good examples). Apple and other mobile device makers are constantly investigating new ways to improve their autocorrect offerings, and new technology recently patented by Apple could be the missing piece to solving the autocorrect puzzle. More →
A new patent awarded to Apple reveals the company is interested in producing its own wireless charging docks for mobile devices, AppleInsider reveals. However, these charging docks won’t be as “dumb” as current charging mats used by multiple devices. Instead, Apple’s dock will have some smart features, which will let it perform various actions on top of simply charging a battery wirelessly. More →
Walking and texting might not be the only risk associated with smartphone ownership. According to the Portland Press Herald, a middle school student in Kennebunk, Maine had to stop, drop and roll after her iPhone spontaneously caught fire in her pocket. She reportedly sustained minor burns during the incident and was quickly taken to the nearest hospital for treatment. Thankfully, the injuries were insignificant enough that the student was told she could return to school the same day. More →
I get a tremendous number of messages from BGR readers. So many, in fact, that I recently had to destroy email. Some are looking to thank me for an analysis, some are looking to berate me for not bathing their mobile platform of choice with praise, and many just want to further discuss a topic they saw on the site. A common theme has emerged recently, though. Each time I publish anything that includes original photography of an iPhone, a dozen or so people email me asking about the wallpapers pictured on my device.
I respond to as many as I can and I’m happy to keep giving a man a fish, but I’ve decided it might be a good idea to teach you all to fish. More →
Facebook on Thursday unveiled Paper, its own Flipboard-like news-and-social application that will launch on iPhone on February 3rd – an iPad-optimized version of the app has not been confirmed, and Android Paper plans are yet to become official. Just as previously rumored, Paper will include a variety of news sources, allowing users to customize their reading experience based on their specific preferences, but it will also compete directly against Facebook’s own mobile app. More →
Apple released the iOS 7.0.5 update on Wednesday, a very minor update for iOS 7 that should fix network issues for the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c in China. The update comes less than two weeks after the launch of the iPhone on China Mobile. According to MacRumors, the update is only available for select devices, specifically those that are compatible with China’s mobile networks. This is the first software update since 7.0.4 in November, which also contained minor bug fixes, including a FaceTime issue that was said to affect every device. The full list of iOS devices that will receive the 7.0.5 update follows below: More →
Even though newer iPhone models have support for multiple 4G LTE bands, which would allow them to connect to various networks around the world, buyers may not always be able to access some of these networks, as Apple has been actively blocking 4G networks belonging to certain carriers. ZDNet reports that the practice may get Apple into trouble in Belgium, where the company may soon be facing fines for LTE blocking, as the Council of Ministers has ruled that no mobile phone maker can block 4G access for any carriers. More →