The smartphone space is quite cluttered right now. It might not seem like it in major markets, since Apple and Samsung dominate the smartphone industry, but there are dozens of companies around the world fighting for space in consumers’ pockets. Different companies use different strategies to try to separate their products from the pack, but by and large, most companies hit the same notes. Since Samsung and Apple dominate the high end, other companies compete on price.
Interestingly, no smaller smartphone makers have made a real effort to break through by addressing one of smartphone users’ top pain points in a new and creative way… until now. More →
Windows 10’s warm reception has been sullied by concerns over data collection, usage tracking and spying, which is enabled in the new operating system by default. In fact, many people have avoided updating to Windows 10 solely due to concerns surrounding these issues.
We told you how you can opt out of much of these data-collecting features, and we also pointed you to six free tools that will help stop other Windows 10 functions that may compromise your data.
For a period of time, Android seemed like an unstoppable juggernaut. The mobile platform’s global market share skyrocketed each quarter at breakneck speeds, leaving rival platforms in the dust behind it.
Then, in 2014, Apple finally released iPhones with bigger displays to combat the supersized screens Android users had been enjoying for years. As a result, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that Android users were switching to the iPhone faster than ever, and the company’s holiday quarter was the most profitable quarter any company has even reported.
Earlier this week, a photo of purported retail packaging for Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6s was posted on a Chinese gadget blog. The leak was dismissed at first — just as the iPhone 6’s retail packaging was dismissed when it first leaked last year — but then people realized that the photo was likely genuine.
Who cares? It’s just a box, right? Not quite. The leaked retail packaging actually revealed a few important things about Apple’s upcoming new iPhones, and now the leak has offered one more revelation. More →
In 2013, Samsung launched the Galaxy Round smartphone with a flexible display… though the phone really didn’t have any legitimate reason to exist. As we’ve seen happen a few times in the years since Samsung first entered the smartphone market, the company created a consumer device that included new technology it had been developing, but the company didn’t bother to first determine how that new technology might be made useful.
We’ve seen a few phones with flexible displays launch since then, the most recent among them being the Galaxy S6 edge and Galaxy S6 edge plus. Of course, while curved edges on a smartphone display supply a great differentiated look, they don’t offer much utility.
Now, however, there’s a phone that bends with purpose. More →
You want paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free? We’ll give you paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free. Wednesday’s list included eight solid apps that included a little something for everyone, and there are still a few freebies in there if you hurry. Today, of course, we have a fresh list for you. This one includes seven paid iOS apps that are normally all paid downloads, but right now you won’t pay a cent. More →
If I had a dollar for every time a company emailed me with news of a “revolutionary” app or product that will “change the way” people do whatever it is this particular thing addresses, I would be retired on a beach somewhere right now. But alas, I’m sitting in my office with an inbox full of annoying PR pitches instead. Every once in a while, however, something crosses my desk that actually does deliver on the lofty claims posed by the public relations firm that emails me, and such is the case with a new free iPhone app that was just released on Thursday. More →
When it comes to tech coverage, Forbes is generally a pretty mixed bag. The site publishes content from a huge number of contributors, some of whom know their stuff, and some of whom are great for some comic relief and little else.
On Wednesday morning, I read a post on Forbes that fell into the former category. It was a nice quick post about Android bloatware, and it explained why future Android devices may have less of it. The post was well written, made a few good points, and offered a good quote from a VP of engineering at Google for support.
Then, Forbes’ social media editor completely ruined the post for me with a single tweet. More →
Apple’s upcoming next-generation iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are going to add some fantastic new features to the company’s smartphone lineup, but there are some great features iPhones will never have out of the box. It’s not because Apple wants people to miss out on these experiences, per se, but rather that Apple focuses on features that will appeal to the broadest range of users.
Of course, that’s why we have the jailbreak community. More →
To be perfectly frank, battery technology is infuriating. Think about how different the world would be if improvements to battery tech progressed as quickly as other areas. Unfortunately… science.
It’s annoying that we even have to think about battery life as often as we do, but the fact of the matter is if we spend some time making a few key tweaks and optimizing things, it can have a significant impact on battery performance in our laptops and smartphones. More →
Coin was the first company to announce a smart card solution capable of replacing all of the credit cards in your wallet with a single device that could securely store account data and switch between accounts on the fly. The company attracted a huge amount of attention from the media and raised millions through a crowdfunding campaign, but then things took a turn. Coin ran into manufacturing issues and missed its target launch date, angering would-be early adopters in the process.
Now, Coin is looking to make amends in two key ways. First, the company is preparing to launch a new second-generation smart card with new features never seen before in any rival offerings. Second, and most importantly, Coin will provide its new and improved card to all current Coin customers free of charge. More →