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Chris Smith

Since 2014
Top Channel TECH
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Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.

Amazon vs FTC: In-App Purchases Lawsuit

Amazon’s in for a good fight with the FTC over in-app purchases

July 11th, 2014

Apple recently acknowledged its in-app purchases issues that allowed children to purchase content without requiring verification and settled the FTC case agreeing to refund some $32 million in fraudulent in-app charges. But Amazon doesn’t want to go down without a fight, GigaOm reports, as the same Commission is investigating its own in-app purchase problems related to …

Smart Card Battery and Hard Drive

This unbelievably tiny smartphone charger knows plenty of other tricks

July 11th, 2014

The Power Company, which previously crowd-funded a Charged Card ultra-portable smartphone battery, is back with a new interesting Indiegogo project — a wallet-sized Smart Card that not only packs quite a punch when it comes to spare battery juice, but also offers other interesting features including an external hard drive.

Apple App Store Zombie Apps

Does Apple have a ‘zombie app’ problem?

July 11th, 2014

While Apple is celebrating six years of App Store action with more than 75 billion app downloads served and over $15 billion paid to developers so far, a new report from app analytics company Adjust says that 80% of apps available in the App Store are “zombie apps,” or apps that aren’t easily discoverable by the …

Amazon Book Sales in France

How Amazon is trolling the French government

July 11th, 2014

The French government has successfully passed an “anti-Amazon” law that prevents booksellers, mainly Amazon, from offering 5% discounts on books and free shipping, The Wall Street Journal reports. The law, meant to protect local bookstores from the giant retail store, isn’t necessarily scaring Amazon, which has already found a clever way of trolling the government — it’s …

iPhone 6 Leak: LCD Bracket

More iPhone 6 parts leak as launch approaches

July 11th, 2014

Following the numerous iPhone 6 leaks showing the front sapphire glass panel, the back metal case, and other components, a new photo has emerged, showing what’s said to be the LCD and home button bracket for the iPhone 6. Taiwanese publication Apple.Club.tw has obtained the blurry image from an unspecified source, although the actual LCD …

iPhone 6 Specs: Sapphire Glass

Major iPhone 6 feature seemingly confirmed

July 11th, 2014

The tests that put those alleged 4.7-inch iPhone 6 sapphire glass front panels through various tortures, revealing the display is more than able to take a serious beating, may have indeed shown a genuine sapphire glass display for the iPhone. In a new report from The Guardian reveals, professor Neil Alford of the department of materials …

Apple iWatch Release Date

Apple’s iWatch has reportedly been delayed

July 11th, 2014

Expected to launch this fall, Apple’s iWatch smartwatch may be delayed, a new note obtained by MacRumors from KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo reveals. The well-connected insider who has offered many accurate details about unreleased Apple devices now says that mass-production for the iWatch is set for November. Previously, the same Kuo said that …

OnePlus Two Lettuce Rumor

You still can’t buy a OnePlus One, but here comes the OnePlus Two

July 11th, 2014

The OnePlus One is a very interesting, and quite affordable, fresh Android flagship smartphone – if you’re able to buy one that is – but the company may already be working on at least one new Android device. Famed leaker @evleaks revealed that a OnePlus Two model may already be in the works, codenamed “Lettuce.” …