Friday, September 27

BlackBerry meltdown: Blames $1bn loss in Q2 on Z10 failure

It is no secret that BlackBerry is in trouble, and today's second quarter financial results show just how bad things are in Waterloo, Ontario.
The company's latest earnings report shows that it lost almost $1 billion in just 90 days: $965 million (£600 million). Revenues of just $1.6 billion (£994 million) have failed to offset inventory provision for the BlackBerry Z10. The phone has dramatically underperformed in sales terms.

Apple rolls out iOS 7.0.2 update fix for lockscreen bug

Apple is rolling out iOS 7.0.2 to fix a lockscreen security bug

Apple has begun issuing the iOS 7.0.2 update to its devices in order to fix a lockscreen bug which put users’ photos, texts, emails and social networking at risk of being accessed by anyone picking up the phone.

Thursday, September 26

Nokia and Adidas team up to launch miCoach fitness app for Lumia handsets running Windows Phone 8

Mobile maker Nokia has teamed up with Adidas to launch a sports and activity tracker app called miCoach for its Windows Phone 8-based Lumia devices.
Like other fitness apps,  it lets users create a workout schedule, track their progress and review personalized feeback. It also supports other Bluetooth devices like wearable heart monitors and has GPS-enabled route tracking using HERE Maps.

Samsung Galaxy F with metal unibody could replace Galaxy S as

Samsung is rumoured to be planning a new flagship Galaxy device, potentially called the Samsung Galaxy F, which will ditch the polycarbonate plastic of its predecessors for a metal unibody design.
Samsung's wide-ranging Galaxy family covers everything from the flagship Galaxy S4smartphone and Galaxy Note 3 phablet to theGalaxy Tab 3 tablet, Galaxy Young budget phone and even the Galaxy NX camera.
All these portable devices share one feature beyond their use of Google's Android operating system: they use a polycarbonate plastic for the bulk of their body, much like Apple's recently-launched iPhone 5c.

Apple rakes in massive profits with iPhone 5S worth $2 more than sub-$200 iPhone 5

Apple's new iPhone 5S costs $199 (£124) to manufacture, about $2 more than the previous-generation iPhone 5, according to IHS iSuppli.
The 16GB iPhone 5S carries a bill of materials of $191, while an $8 manufacturing cost brings it to $199, the group found in its teardown of Apple's new smartphone. The 32GB model lands at $208 (£129), while the 64GB is $218 (£135).

Samsung won't use fingerprint scanner on Galaxy S5 or Galaxy Note 3 Active

Samsung apparently has no plans to conjure up an iPhone 5S-style fingerprint scanner in the foreseeable future.
According to the Korea Herald, a Samsung official said that the company is "not yet developing the technology" for its handsets, which we strongly suspect will include theSamsung Galaxy S5.

Samsung set to unveil curved screen smartphone in October

Samsung's newly announced smartphones could be the way of the future.
Samsung's head of strategic marketing D.J Lee has revealed plans to unveil a smartphone with a curved display screen in October.
The executive made the announcement during a company event, where the Galaxy Gear and Galaxy note3 smartphone were also officially launched. 

Tuesday, September 24

BlackBerry crumble: Struggling phone maker announces $4.7 billion dollar buy out from financial consortium just days after laying off 4,500 staff

Troubled smartphone maker BlackBerry has agreed a deal that will see it sold to a consortium led by its largest shareholder for $4.7 billion (£2.85 billion).
The Canadian firm said it had signed a letter of intent agreement with Fairfax Financial over a $9 per share cash deal.
It comes days after BlackBerry, one of the pioneers of the smartphone industry, revealed it expected to make a loss of a billion dollars (£606 million) after disastrous sales of its new handsets, and would lay off 4,500 staff.

Ulitmate AEOS smartphone uses Android and iOS

One of the biggest divisions between the majority of smartphone users is whether they use an Android and iOS device. These are by far the most dominant platforms available right now and many are staunch fans of one or the other. However, what if you could have both or even more? The ultimate AEOS smartphone offers the use of Android, iOS and also Windows operating systems.

Apple iPhone sales figures called into question

Last Friday Apple released the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C to selected markets around the world with reports of record sales in the first three days from the company, but now these Apple iPhone sales figures are being called into question.

5 Must Have Samsung Galaxy S4 Games!

Are you looking to outfit your Galaxy S4 with a few high quality games? There are plenty available on the Play Store, though they can be hard to find. We went to the trouble of finding a handful of great games for you, and we’re back with some awesome results! Check out our list of these five great Galaxy S4 Games!

Samsung Galaxy S5 to sport full metal jacket and new camera tech?

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is likely to have an all metal body, which if true would finally remedy the flagship lines one real Achilles heel.
We've heard these rumours before, but they've now been given more credence as Barclays analysts have stated that Catcher Technology Co has taken an order to make the chassis for phones in Samsung's Galaxy series, as reported by the Taipei Times.

Saturday, September 21

Apple Stops Signing iOS 6.1.3/iOS 6.1.4 Following Release of iOS 7

iOS 6.1.3
Apple seems to have stopped signing iOS 6.1.3/6.1.4.
Following the public release of its latest mobile operating system, Apple has reportedly stopped iOS 6.1.3/iOS 6.1.4 for the devices capable of running on iOS 7. 
iOS hacker, Steven De Franco, who is commonly known as iH8sn0w hasconfirmed via Twitter as well as through iH8sn0w blog that Apple has stopped signing for iOS 6.1.3 and iOS 6.1.4. The tweet does not reveal many detail but just reads: "Looks like Apple is finally started to stop signing 6.1.3/6.1.4." 

Samsung Galaxy S5 specs and design potential

The prospects of the Samsung Galaxy S5 specs and design is still under wraps and no one has any ideas what we can expect next year, there are rumors of this new smartphone releasing next year but until then all we have to go on are concept renderings.
Thanks to GalaxyS5info they have put together a fantastic photo gallery of what they would like the Samsung Galaxy S5 to look like, and what they believe the specs should be within.
Yes we have had the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and this was one of the most discussed Android phones over the last few months, but now this has been released next on the list is the Samsung Galaxy S5 and rumors/concepts are going to come in thick and fast. So lets take a look at the new Samsung Galaxy S5 concept ideal.

Samsung builds Apple’s new iPhone processor. Again.

One of the most talked about feature of the new iPhone 5s that Apple recently announced was its A7 chipset, which, apart from offering almost 2x faster performance over the A6 in the iPhone 5, is also the first mobile processor to be 64-bit compatible.

Thursday, September 19

Apple iPhone: iOS 7 Download Problems

Apple's new-look operating system has got off to a rocky start, with users complaining of having difficulties downloading it.
Hailed as a new beginning for the technology giant, iOS 7 was eagerly anticipated and millions rushed to download it on its Wednesday release.

PlayStation App for iOS and Android is Sony's answer to SmartGlass, lets you stream mobile games from PS4

Sony took to the stage during the Tokyo Game Show to unveil another innovative add-on it hopes will give it an advantage in the next-generation console battle. The PlayStation App for iOS and Android will connect to a PS4 and as well as turn your smartphone or tablet into a companion device for some games, much like Xbox SmartGlass, it will stream PlayStation Mobile games stored on the console.

Nokia Lumia 625: Quality budget 4G phone ... but where's UK's budget 4G?

Review Nokia's latest Lumia, a budget 4G smartphone, alights on an odd perch in the marketplace, where it finds itself all alone. 4G voice contracts in the UK are currently a luxury good - with luxury price tags attached.
For most Britons, LTE is only practically available at not-so-budget prices from one network, EE, with a 2GB monthly data allowance costing £41 a month. You can shave that down to £26 for 1GB, but that's not nearly enough for a serious user, and certainly not a budget tariff. The network does not offer cheap SIM-only deals.

Wednesday, September 18

iOS 7 a 'new beginning' for Apple

Apple customers across the globe are expected to download the company's latest operating system today which has been hailed as a new beginning for the technology giant.

British design chief Sir Jonathan Ive introduced iOS 7 as an ''important new direction'' when he showcased the software at Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco earlier this year.

Showdown: Apple iPhone 5S vs Samsung Galaxy S4

Apple's 64-bit superphone takes on Samsung's best-seller – but which should you buy?

The heavyweights of the smartphone world are set to duke it out once again, with Apple pitting its latest iPhone 5S against the well-established Samsung Galaxy S4.
But which of the two deserves your hard-earned pennies? We've pored over the two superphones and cogitated long and hard to see which wins out in terms of specs, camera and sheer desirability. 

Monday, September 16

Apple's revised guidelines for case designers offer peek at iPhone 5s and 5c internals


iPhone 5c drawings with radio windows highlighted. Click for full schematic. | Source: Apple

While Apple has already announced the most notable specifications for its two new smartphones, the revised guidelines (PDF link) published to Apple's Developer Center reveal a bit more about the construction of each handset. 

Apple Seen Seeding Future Wearable Products in IPhone

Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s new high-end iPhone gives a glimpse of future products that may be in store from the world’s most-valuable company.
A new motion-sensor chip inside the iPhone 5s lays the groundwork for wearable-computing products, while a fingerprint sensor opens more opportunities to make the smartphone a tool for making purchases at stores, according to technology analysts who study Apple. Another new processor chip in the device may give the company the chance to switch its Mac computers away from Intel Corp. (INTC) chips.
The new Apple Inc. iPhone 5C sit on display during a product announcement in Cupertino, California, U.S.. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg
“These are important first steps that Apple is taking,” Tim Bajarin, an analyst with research firm Creative Strategies Inc., said in an interview.
Since Apple unveiled two iPhones on Sept. 10, investors and analysts have been looking for clues about future gadgets and services from the Cupertino, California-based company. The scrutiny is amplified because Apple hasn’t entered a new product category since the iPad’s 2010 debut, and the release of a watch-like wearable computer or fresh payments platform would clear the way to added revenue streams.

When Will Apple Fix Fake High Scores on the iOS Game Center?

And here you thought being an achievement junkie was hard work.
For the uninitiated, we're referring to the practice where one goes absolutely crazy within a video game that offers unlockable milestones for everything you can do within the title. Multiply that by every game in one's collection — and an ample amount of free time — and you have a recipe for digital disaster. Er. Determination.

Sunday, September 15

What iPhone 5s and 5c mean for competition, buyers, and Apple

Well, well, well. Apple's highly anticipated event happened on Tuesday and as well all expected, the companyannounced the release date of iOS 7 plus two new iPhone models. It already seems like the entire population knows about these new iPhones and has something to say about them.

Samsung SGH-I187 Windows Phone 8 device spotted on FCC, could be heading to AT&T

A new Samsung device with model number SGH-I186 has been seen spotted on FCC, hinting towards a possible launch of a Windows Phone 8 device on AT&T in the coming weeks
If you remember, a Samsung device with a similar model number was spotted on GFXBench last month. The similar device is now spotted on FCC filing which operates on AT&T compatible GSM, HSPA and LTE frequencies, making it the first Windows Phone 8 device on AT&T after a year. If the benchmarks are to be believed,

Holding smartphones close makes eyes work overtime

Most people hold their smartphones close. But optometrists say holding them closer than 16 inches may not be good for the eyes, which work harder to focus on nearby objects.

The biggest knock on smartphones is that all the apps, emails, videos and text messages drive us to distraction, if not off the road.
Spending half the day staring into a 4-inch screen may also wreck one’s eyesight, new research suggests. And the devices may not be to blame so much as how we hold them.

Apple working on solar powered iPhone?

Following the official iPhone 5S unveiling earlier this week, a new job listing has suggested Apple could be working on a solar powered iPhone. Having introduced the iPhone 5S with an integrated fingerprint scanner on Tuesday, new reports have claimed that future Apple handsets could introduce solar powered elements to reduce the growing stain on phones’ integrated batteries.

Keep it simple: smartphone world is full of failures that didn't follow that maxim Samsung believes you can't have too much of a 'good' thing while the iPhone succeeded because it made things simple

iPhone 5C: Apple supplanted rivals like Symbian by showing how to offer a simpler user interface. Photograph: Glenn Chapman/AFP/Getty Images
There's no knowing where as a child you'll learn the lessons that you retain into later life. When much younger, I devoured the science fiction stories of Larry Niven, who described worlds with flash mobs, instantaneous matter transfer, faster-than-light hyperdrives and aliens with which we could share a language and atmosphere.

Nokia Lumia 1520 - Two more photos of the 6-inch device leak from China

Nokia Lumia 1520
It’s an early Sunday morning but leaks are leaks and they know no boundaries. Tonight (or this morning), two more photos of the Lumia 1520, Nokia’s 6-inch phablet device due in November, have come forward from China’s Telecommunication Equipment Certification Center—basically their FCC.

The Key to Apple's iWatch Is in the iPhone 5s

Apple has a team of about 100 engineers working on an iWatch, according to a report earlier this year from Bloomberg. But Apple's iPhone media event came and went, and we've still yet to see this smartwatch.
In fact, Samsung beat Apple to the market. Last Wednesday the company unveiled a $299 Galaxy Gear Smartwatch with a one-day battery life. But what about Apple?
Built right into the iPhone 5s are the likely beginnings of a future smart-er watch.

Friday, September 13

Apple iPhone 5S vs iPhone 5C: Spec comparison

After much anticipation and speculation, Apple unveiled a pair of new handsets just as expected. The iPhone 5S is the high-end model, with a number of improvements that should please any Apple aficionado. The iPhone 5C is somewhat cheaper, and sports a more modest build and feature set. Both of these phones are primed to take on the Android competition this autumn, but how do they stack up against each other? Read on for our take on the new iPhones.

Apple’s iPhone 5c is now available for pre-order in the US, UK, China and 6 other countries

Apple’s iPhone 5c — which was announced three days ago as a move to include a model with changeable, different colored shells – is now available for pre-order in the US, UK, Australia, China, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and Singapore.

Apple Store offline ahead of expected rush for iPhone 5C

iPhone maker apparently preparing for expected midnight crush of preorders for the new lower-cost smartphone.
Per Apple's standard operating procedure before a major product offering, the home page for the company's online store on Thursday evening displayed the familiar Schwarzenegger-esque "We'll be back" message.

Gold HTC One casing shown off in leaked image

Convincing parts leak could mean a fifth color option for the One soon

A parts leak coming out of China shows off what could be the newest color option for the HTC One, gold, in a few convincing pictures. Not to be confused with a true gold-plated HTC One, this model looks to just be anodized a different color. At this point, considering that we've seen the One announced officially in silver, black, red and now blue we can't say we're surprised that HTC is working on other anodization options. 

7 things you need to know Apple iOS 7

Jony Ive’s rethink of iOS ushers in a new era for the world’s favourite mobile operating system. Here’s what’s new…

If you’ve been eyeing Apple’s creaking mobile operating system askance and thinking that the venerable old workhorse needs a total overhaul, you’re in luck.
Cupertino’s resident design guru Jony Ive has taken the wraps off a totally redesigned vision for iOS, calling it “unintrusive and deferential.” Tim Cook describes it as “the biggest change to iOS since iPhone.” Here’s what’s new.

Thursday, September 12

Nokia and O2 unveil the 64GB Lumia 1020 in the UK, available late September

Nokia and O2 (Telefonica) today announced the Lumia 1020 in the UK. Both companies utilised the O2 Arena in London, a fitting choice for the smartphone which enables owners to capture important moments in life, including entertainment and live music. O2 strives to continue being Microsoft's most important partner in the UK, offering multiple Windows Phones for consumers.

LG Nexus 5 shown-off in clearest form yet at FCC

The LG-D820, better known as the Nexus 5 to us common-folk, has been leaked in the clearest photos yet, thanks to a minor screw-up by LG or the FCC.

Apple's iPhone 5S reopens debate on sensor data collection

 Companies should consider carefully the security risks presented by the extensive amount of user data Apple's forthcoming iPhone 5S stores from its many sensors.
Information drawn from the smartphone's compass, gyroscope and accelerometer are stored in a new chip called the M7, where the data can be accessed through Apple's CoreMotion API (application programming interface).

Bug discovered in HTC One Ultrapixel camera

Image: The HTC One's camera has been seen to produce unusual results under certain conditions If you're a user of the HTC One Ultrapixel camera

Apple Boosts iPhone 5s Battery Capacity by 10%, iPhone 5c by 5% Over iPhone 5

At its media event earlier this week, Apple noted that it had increased the battery capacity of the iPhone 5c relative to the iPhone 5, and the company's tech specs show that users can expect longer for battery life on both the iPhone 5s and 5c for certain tasks. 

Samsung talks up 64-bit Android phones, isn’t concerned about Apple’s moves into China.....

How’s this for timing? In an interview with the Korea Times, Samsung’s mobile chief, JK Shin, has been quoted as saying, “Yes, our next smartphones will have 64-bit processing functionality.” Samsung is a firm known for coming up with technically impressive processor hardware, take the new Exynos 5 Octa for example, so it’s no surprise to hear it’s busy pushing the boundaries.

Apple's neat trick: Why the iPhone 5c will outsell the 5s

In January 2004, slightly more than two years after introducing the original iPod, Apple announced the iPod mini. The single product had become a product line, and over the years it would end up with four distinct branches. It's been almost seven years since the iPhone came on the scene, and yet it wasn't until Tuesday that it became a product line rather than a single product.

Uncovered: the best time to upgrade your smartphone

It isn't easy being a smartphone fan, especially if your timing's bad: no sooner has the ink dried on that two-year contract for the Uber Mega X than it's rendered obsolete by the slightly thinner, slightly faster Uber Mega Y.
And that got us thinking: are there patterns here? Should we be buying Samsungs in Spring and Nokias in November? Is August ever a good time to buy an iPhone? Let's look at the history and see what patterns emerge.

Apple brings AppleCare+ to UK but quietly hikes up US prices after iPhone 5S launch

If you're already planning on getting a shiny new iPhone 5S or iPhone 5C, you might not be thinking about boring things like insurance coverage for your new device, but you should.
Apple's two new phones stole the spotlight at Tuesday's event, but the tech giant also quietly made some significant changes to its AppleCare+ coverage that pretty much went under the radar.

Stock watch: Apple dips one day after iPhone announcement; Facebook hits all-time high

While consumers may have been excited about the fingerprint technology or colorful aesthetics of the new iPhones announced yesterday by Apple, investors aren’t quite as happy.
Apple’s stock dropped a little more than five percent today on top of a two percent slip on Tuesday, days after the tech giant introduced two new iPhones: the 5S and the 5C.

Wednesday, September 11

With August Smart Lock, your smartphone is the key

Smartphone users, kiss that bulky key ring goodbye. The August Smart Lock, from entrepreneur Jason Johnson and designer Yves Béhar, leads a wave of new devices that automatically unlock the front door.

Apple iPhone 5S vs iPhone 5C: What's the difference?

Apple has announced the addition of not one, but two devices to its iPhone line-up. The iPhone 5S heads to the top of the iPhone range and becomes the new premium model, while the iPhone 5C replaces the iPhone 5 and becomes the budget option. Yes, that's right, no more iPhone 5.
Read on to find out what the differences are between the two new models, and what you can expect from these two devices in terms of specs.

Apple unveils 'gold standard' iPhone 5S with fingerprint scanner and cheaper 5C model which costs £469

Apple unveiled its two new iPhones last night in front of thousands at its hi-tech HQ in California.
The cut price plastic iPhone 5C and "gold standard" 5S model were unveiled by the company's chief executive Tim Cook.
He said the cheaper 5C device would come equipped with "all the great technology that customers have loved" on previous models.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini review

There’s certainly something of a trend in terms of producing small versions of top of the range handsets. HTC has recently done this with its One mini, and Samsung has shrunk its flagship handset to produce this Galaxy S4 Mini, having started the trend off with its Galaxy S3 Mini.

Tuesday, September 10

Light up your life with Phillips Hue coloured lightbulbs, controlled via your smartphone

BULBS are great at lighting up your home - but when did they last make you smile? However, there is nothing boring about the Phillips Hue lighting system - we’ve never had so much fun with a lightbulb.

Showdown: LG G2 vs iPhone 5 vs HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Sony Xperia Z1

Does LG’s new flagship have what it takes to tempt people away from its main Android and iOS peers? LG has just unveiled the G2, its new flagship Android phone and a concerted attempt by the Korean company to enter the smartphone big leagues.
But how does the G2 size up against its chief rivals: the Samsung Galaxy S4, the HTC One, the Sony Xperia Z1 and the mighty Apple iPhone 5?

PS4 and Xperia smartphone interactivity “completely happening” says Sony

Sony has confirmed that there will be increased interactivity between Xperia devices and the PS4 following the PS4 release date later this year. Complementing the PS4 and PS Vita Remote Play connectivity, Sony has been working to increase the second screen compatibility of Xperia devices as well. Part of the One Sony philosophy, President of Sony Mobile North West Europe Pierre Perron has confirmed that the PlayStation and Xperia team have been collaborating on the PS4 and Xperia relationship.

From iPhone OS to iOS 7: just how has Apple's mobile platform changed?

iOS is the smartphone platform that, some argue, started it all, and with iOS 7 right around the corner, it's easy to forget where it all began. Although it was only 2007, the launch of the Apple iPhone and its nascent iPhone OS seems millennia ago. With that in mind, we decided to dig deeper and take a trip down a grid-based memory lane,

Monday, September 9

Moto X for T-Mobile now available direct from Motorola

The 16GB version is available in woven black for $599.99 Motorola has announced that the T-Mobile specific Moto X is now available exclusively on The phone will be initially available in woven black and with 16GB storage capacity, but Motorola says the woven white model is coming soon.

How Nokia could rescue Microsoft from smartphone oblivion

The standard view of Microsoft’s decision to buy out Nokia’s handset business as part of a deal worth $7.2 billion last week was that Microsoft was bailing out a struggling smartphone vendor that was about to go bankrupt.

Everything you can expect from the new iPhone 5C

The wait is almost over. The rumor mill has been churning up tales of a low-cost iPhone, often dubbed “iPhone mini,” since shortly after the original iPhone debuted in 2007. While it doesn’t look like there will be anything “mini” about Apple’s upcoming iPhone 5C, which is shaping up to actually be a bit larger than the flagship iPhone 5S model,

Quick Comparison: HTC One Blue vs. Red vs. Silver

We’ve seen a few rumors about a blue HTC One in the past, but we’ve never seen it officially until now. We’re going to do a quick color comparison between the new Vivid Blue, Red, and the currently available Silver model. For some, this is a frustrating move from HTC, as they wish these color options were available upon launch or even earlier in the One’s life cycle.

Sunday, September 8

Verizon HTC One in blue spotted in packaging

As with many newly released smartphones there might be only a couple of colour finishes available at launch, but in the following months we begin to see more choices being added. This is certainly the case with the HTC One and the device has been spotted in blue in its packaging for US carrier Verizon Wireless.

Samsung Galaxy S4 culprit of battery life issues

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is tagged as a device to make your life easier with more fun, but what happens when the juice doesn’t last as long as it should? You take to online forums and try and find a fix, well at least this is what we’ve seen over the last few weeks after Samsung Galaxy S4 users experience prolonged battery like problems.

Saturday, September 7

Apple tests iPhone screens as large as 6 inches

As Apple prepares to unveil both a new high-end iPhone and a cheaper version for the first time next week, it is already working on something bigger. The electronics giant has begun evaluating a plan to offer iPhones with screens ranging from 4.8 inches to as high as 6 inches, people familiar with the matter say.

This is the Nokia Lumia 1520, leaked in a press image

The Nokia Lumia 1520 has finally leaked in full glory. We saw the 1080p GDR3 screenshot, we saw the aluminium case and the bezels, and then we saw the phone's rather huge front in another leaked image, but this time, thanks to the leakmeister EVleaks, we have a full press image.