After adding a new rose gold color to its iPhone lineup just last year, Apple came back with not one but two brand new colors when it launched the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus last month. While rose gold was a flashy addition, 2016’s new colors are both far more subdued. We’ve got a deep matte black color called simply “black,” and a glossy new jet black color that almost has a mirror finish in some lighting. They’re both sleek and stealth, and they’re believed to be two of the most desirable colors among users. But if you decided to go black this year, your work isn’t done until you complete the look. More →
Nintendo finally just took the wraps off of its brand new video game console, the Nintendo Switch. It looks… interesting. The Japanese gaming company will take a unique new approach with its next-generation console, which features a modular design that allows the device to be used in a wide range of scenarios. At home, the Switch connects to your TV and acts like a typical home video game console. Then, the main component can be removed and two miniature controllers can be attached to transform it into a portable console with a 6-inch touchscreen display. Those tiny controllers can also be pulled off and used wirelessly by one or more players on the go.
It’s a daring new approach from Nintendo, and there are a lot of moving parts — both literally and figuratively. Fans are excited though, and the trailer has been well received so far. But the most important question may still be games, which is one of several areas where the current Wii U has fallen short. Badly. More →
Buried deep within the code in iOS 10, there’s a special dark mode just waiting to be activated. It was discovered shortly after the first iOS 10 developer beta was released back in June, and it was believed that Apple might finally enable the new dark mode feature ahead of iOS 10’s public release last month. We all know that didn’t happen, and it doesn’t look like dark mode will be available in Apple’s iOS 10.1 update either, since we’re already on iOS 10.1 beta 5.
Dark mode is a feature that has been wished for over and over again by iPhone users, but it’s not the only oft-requested iPhone feature that’s currently hiding inside iOS 10. More →
We’re living in the future. Self-driving cars aren’t just a far-off idea anymore, they’re a reality and they’re on the streets around us right now. Google has had fully autonomous cars on the road for years, though they remain in the testing phase and aren’t yet available to the public. In that regard, Tesla will take the lead once again following its announcement on Wednesday evening that every new Tesla car will ship with a hardware and software package that enables fully autonomous driving. If you thought the company’s current Autopilot solution was impressive, just wait until you see the demo video Elon Musk & Co. released on Wednesday night. More →
Samsung’s battle to regain the trust of consumers after its Galaxy Note 7 ordeal will be a long and grueling one. There’s no question whatsoever that the company grossly mishandled things after reports of exploding handsets first started to emerge. Instead of recalling them and taking its time to investigate the cause of the Note 7 fires, Samsung rushed to issue replacement phones — and we all know what happened next.
A recent survey found that a whopping 40% of current Samsung phone owners in the US said they would never buy another Samsung phone, but opinions are heated right now so that figure is almost certainly inflated. If any company has the marketing budget and the product catalog to endure this debacle, it’s probably Samsung. And as the company begins its daunting climb, some good news has already emerged in its home country of South Korea. More →
On Tuesday, BGR ran a post about Netflix’s ongoing war with VPN service providers — a war that Netflix is winning despite the likelihood that the company doesn’t even want to fight with VPN providers in the first place. The problem is that Netflix pays licensing fees by region so when users outside of that region access content that shouldn’t be available to them, they’re stealing. And if there’s one thing content owners in the movie and TV industries don’t like, it’s stealing.
After running that article we received an influx of emails from users claiming that they always use VPN services for privacy or to circumvent restrictions imposed by their employer or school. But each time they try to use Netflix, problems arise. We’ll take your word for it, dear readers, and we have good news: There are still a number of VPN services that work despite Netflix’s efforts to block them, and we’ll show you how to find them. More →
Apple’s big October event wasn’t exactly a mystery, but now it’s officially official. The company on Wednesday sent invitations to the media for a press conference scheduled to take place on October 27th, which is next Thursday. The topic of conversation has not been shared, of course, but rumors suggest that a refreshed Mac lineup will be the focus. The title of Apple’s event — “hello again” — seems to support that theory; Apple’s Mac computers haven’t seen a major update since the company released it’s redesigned MacBook. More →
In September of each year, I embark on a mission of the utmost importance: I try to find iPhone cases for my new iPhone that aren’t hideous. This vision quest often takes me to the furthest reaches of the internet, where true gems can be found if you’re willing to put in some work. In 2017, this mission was particularly important because I switched from Apple’s smaller flagship iPhone model to the larger iPhone 7 Plus. I’m very happy with my decision despite how often I use my phone with one hand. Why is that relevant? Because the 7 Plus is very uncomfortable to use with one hand.
The iPhone 8 lineup should be a bit narrower and shorter thanks to a new design that eliminates much of the space around the display, but Apple’s next-generation iPhones are still a year away. In the meantime, I needed to find cases that would give my iPhone 7 Plus grip without adding any bulk. Thankfully, I ended up finding five different cases that all do a fantastic job. More →
There has been a somewhat sad irony in the smartphone market over the past few years. Android device vendors initially had some trouble competing with Apple’s iPhone, so one tactic they tried was to focus on specs and perceived power. Apple’s iPhone lineup has always appeared to be behind the times on paper, so it was an easy target in this regard; even now, the iPhone doesn’t pack an octa-core processor or eye-popping processor clock speeds like many Android phones.
Of course, Apple is all about efficiency and savvy smartphone users all know that the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are the fastest and most powerful smartphones in the world despite appearing somewhat modest on paper. Interestingly, however, that title could be stripped from Apple’s new iPhones sooner than anyone expected. More →
Companies like Samsung have large internal public relations departments, and they contract outside firms as well to assist with PR and crisis management. But even as deep as Samsung’s bench is when it comes to staff trained to deal with crises, no company can ever be fully prepared for a debacle of this scale.
Samsung has taken a lot of heat for its handling of the Galaxy Note 7 ordeal thus far, and much of the criticism has merit. Rather than work properly with the appropriate agencies, Samsung initially tried to take matters into its own hands when it recalled first-run Note 7 phones following a string of reports that devices were exploding. Then it issued dangerous replacement phones because it didn’t take the time to fully investigate the cause of the malfunctions. Sadly, those mistakes were only the beginning. More →
Samsung is still in the early days of an ordeal that will take months, if not years to full work past. The company was forced to recall its flagship Galaxy Note 7 phablet after some devices caught fire while charging, and then some of the “safe” replacement phones it swapped out for the original models began to burst while they were being used. Samsung had no choice but to discontinue the phone and recall all handsets old or new, and now the company is in the midst of a public relations and public safety nightmare. But that’s not all.
Just one day after the first of what will certainly end up being several Galaxy Note 7-related lawsuits was filed against Samsung in the state of New Jersey, news is now circulating that the company may have just lost some big business due to its current debacle. More →
Oh, the wonders of the internet. There’s so much buried treasure out there that it’s impossible to find it all… which is why the Internet is Beautiful subreddit on Reddit is such a great resource. People head there (somewhat infrequently, sadly) to dump fun and interesting sites they find around the web, and this incredible site built by programmer and designer Charlie Hoey definitely fits the bill. More →