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Samsung moving up Note 4 launch because of iPhone 6 Plus
Samsung is going to push up the launch of the Note 4, according to a report in the Korean Times. Executives at Samsung are reportedly unhappy about the reaction to Apple's iPhone 6 launch. The response has been off the charts with Apple selling a record $10 million phones during launch weekend. As a result....more
09/23/2014
The iPhone 6 is disappointing
The title says it all. I'm disappointed in the iPhone 6. Why? There are several reasons for my disappointment and I'm not exactly sure how to state it best. It seems like Apple is simply chasing Samsung rather than sticking to their convictions. This seems like a move to take market share from the compet....more
09/22/2014
iPhone 6 causes iTunes Match to download over cellular data
My iPhone 6 should be able to download my iTunes Match data over WiFi. It can, but the default setting seems to override WiFi and I found out the hard way. I got my new iPhone 6 and synced it to my Mac. Everything seemed fine as I chose the playlists to download via iTunes Match. I made sure I was on WiFi....more
09/21/2014
First video review of the actual iPhone 6
Leave it to someone in China to get their hands on the first iPhone 6. This video review was leaked out of China and it appears to be the real deal. The iPhone 6 is fully functional and the reviewer says it is fast. Someone has awkwardly translated the video into English so we can understand it, but it is ....more
09/08/2014
iPhone 6 event confirmed
Apple has sent out invitations for a product launch event on Sept. 9 at 10 a.m. PT. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out this event is for the iPhone 6 launch. The event will be held at the Flint Center in Cupertino, California, and multiple reports suggest Apple is building a large structure fo....more
08/28/2014
BlackBerry at center of congressional IRS probe
The congress has been investigating the IRS, and specifically, Lois Lerner. After being subpoenaed, Ms. Lerner's emails were said to be lost due to a hard drive crash. Recently, the IRS has admitted Ms. Lerner's emails were backed up, raising the hopes of those who suspect wrong doing at the IRS. In additi....more
08/27/2014
BlackBerry wins in court against Typo again
BlackBerry has won another round in court against Typo, the Ryan Seacrest backed company who created a BlackBerry'esque keyboard for the iPhone. BlackBerry sued Typo and won a temporary injunction against the company. Typo went back to the drawing board and create a new keyboard that avoids the patent infri....more
08/23/2014
Apple launches iPhone 5 battery replacement program
Apple has acknowledged a small percentage of iPhone 5's have defective batteries. The company is now offering a free replacement battery program for those iPhones affected. Apple says only a small percentage of phones sold between September 2012 and January 2013 were affected, but the company is willing to....more
08/22/2014
Ringke Slim Better Grip iPhone 5, 5S case
I hate bulky cases. When I got my new iPhone 5 I looked all over for the best slim case on the planet and was simply not satisfied until I found this one from Ringke. These cases are inexpensive, but fit well and allow you to use your phone one handed. When you purchase a case it also comes with a free scr....more
08/20/2014
UK Prime Minster David Cameron runs country from BlackBerry?
The Prime Minister of the UK, David Cameron, can apparently run the country from his BlackBerry. After receiving criticism for going on vacation during tough political times, the prime minster was quoted as saying he can manage things from his BlackBerry.
“Wherever I am in the world, I a....more
08/20/2014
BlackBerry gets U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency clearance
BlackBerry said its Android and iOS device-management service has been awarded security clearance from the U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). That means that government agencies can now use the BlackBerry Enterprise Service for secure communications. BlackBerry expanded BES to rival dev....more
08/06/2014
BBM now available for Windows Phone
In a not so surprising move, BlackBerry has a version of its BBM software for Windows Phone. The company hopes the move makes BBM appealing to enterprise customers. In an effort to turn the company around, BlackBerry decided to monetize BBM as a separate service for other platforms. Previously BBM was a fa....more
08/02/2014
Samsung Galaxy Mega stops bullet, saves man's life
Can your smartphone stop a bullet and save your life? A man in Taiwan put the theory to the test, and his Samsung Galaxy Mega passed with flying colors. Apparently, the man was involved in a bar fight over a wallet he found. After making the comment, "free beer," the owner of the wallet got upset. He pull....more
07/31/2014
John Chen says no offers for BlackBerry yet
BlackBerry CEO John Chen sat down with Bloomberg to discuss all things BlackBerry. There are several interesting tidbits in the interview that make it worth watching. Chen appears to be fairly open while discussing BlackBerry's fortunes. Chen says he prefers to build value in BlackBerry before he....more
07/28/2014
Apple in talks for mobile payment system
Apple is in talks with major credit card companies about a mobile payment system for iOS devices, according to a report from The Information. Apple is currently talking to Visa about a possible partnership that could bypass third-party payment processors. The partnership could cut out the middle man and pro....more
07/23/2014
BlackBerry names former Sybase executive as COO
BlackBerry made a bold addition to their executive team. Since the restructuring of BlackBerry began with John Chen taking over as CEO, the company has been without a chief operating officer. That has changed today with the announcement that former Sybase executive, Marty Beard, has been named as BlackBerry....more
07/22/2014
BlackBerry says Android and iOS users already switching to Passport
BlackBerry says Android and iOS users are already switching back to BB because of the Passport. The BB Passport is new, and thus users want to come back to check it out. That's the logic at BlackBerry anyway. They could be right, but keep in mind the title of their blog post is "Welcome Back! 12 Consumers E....more
07/22/2014
BlackBerry stock hammered after Apple IBM deal announced
Apple and IBM announced a strategic partnership to go after enterprise customers. Some thought the news was uneventful, but investors took the news as a bad sign for BlackBerry and hammered its stock price. BlackBerry shares were down 9.4% yesterday. BlackBerry has been a star this year, peaking about 50% ....more
07/17/2014
BlackBerry working on Siri-like feature
BlackBerry is working on a Siri-like feature to keep up with its smartphone rivals. Apple has Siri, Google has Google Now, and Microsoft has Cortana, leaving BlackBerry out in the cold. BlackBerry's virtual assistant will be called BlackBerry Assistant, and will launch with BB OS 10.3 which will launch in t....more
07/17/2014
Apple agrees to pay $450 million in ebook price-fixing settlement
Apple has agreed to pay $450 million to settle price-fixing allegations by the U.S. State and consumers. The government has been investigating claims that Apple conspired with five book publishers to fix prices of ebooks. Apple denied the charges, but leaked emails by Steve Jobs seemed to prove otherwise. ....more
07/16/2014
iPhone 6 sapphire screen destruction tests
According to multiple reports, the iPhone 6 will feature a sapphire crystal display. The sapphire is very hard to scratch or break and multiple websites have published videos of people trying to scratch the display with keys and knives. This Chinese video takes on the sapphire with similar gusto, using coin....more
07/10/2014
BlackBerry explains the Passport's square design
Ever since BlackBerry CEO John Chen announced the BlackBerry Passport, the company has been mocked for its unusual design. The square phone looks unlike any smartphone we've seen before, and the tech world has been mostly laughing at the idea. BlackBerry released a statement on its website with an explanati....more
07/10/2014
BlackBerry stock is hot
BlackBerry stock is a hit this year. Despite the company's troubles, BlackBerry stock is up 50% this year, at a time when Apple's incredible rally is only 20%, and Google is up only 5% for the year. The company turned its financials around with a new CEO who cut costs and refocused on enterprise. Investors....more
07/08/2014
BBM Beta hits Windows Phone Store
BBM has finally reached Windows Phone, although it is still in private beta. The beta version of BBM is now in the Windows Phone Store but it is not open to the general public just yet. It is good news however, for people waiting for BBM for WP. The description reads, "BBM for Windows beta. We're g....more
07/08/2014
Apple releases political video on Pride
Apple has released a new video about the San Francisco Pride parade on June 29, 2014. Apple employees and families took part in the parade. Apple gave out t-shirts and caps to parade walkers, and even raised the Pride flag over their Cupertino headquarters. I love Apple, and use all of their prod....more
07/08/2014
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