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HTC One M9 Smartphone Rumors, Leaks, and Buzz

clock January 30, 2015 06:13 by author Frank Ling

Only a few years ago phone manufacturer HTC was in dire straits and many observers were beginning to wonder if the company was circling the drain into oblivion. Sales were way down, and it seemed as though the company couldn’t put together a smartphone that could compete with the likes of the iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy S phones.

But that was a few years ago. In 2014 HTC pulled a magic trick out of its bag and produced the highly acclaimed HTC One M8. This phone received rave reviews for its looks, performance, and features, and the company was able to climb out of the abyss.

In less than two months HTC will be unveiling the next version of its highly successful phone with the introduction of the HTC One M9. Industry watchers and the general public can hardly wait for its arrival, but in the meanwhile, there are some juicy rumors, leaks, and buzz about the new super-phone. More...

Why You Shouldn’t Upgrade Your iPhone 6 to iOS 8.1.3

clock January 28, 2015 15:23 by author Frank Ling

Operating system upgrades are a normal part of owning a smartphone, and for all practical purposes, these help to tune up the software and fix bugs that may have been left unaddressed when the OS was first released.

Apple’s latest upgrade iOS 8.1.3, which was released on Tuesday, does many of these things, but those who upgrade their iPhone 6s may want to hold back from doing this for a reason that may not be entirely apparent. If you like to jailbreak iPhones, this update may change all of this, especially for the iPhone 6 models.

But if you like your iPhone 6 “stock” or unchanged or unmodified, installing iOS 8.1.3 shouldn’t be a problem. More...

Will the Upcoming Samsung Galaxy S6 Be Another Yawner?

clock January 21, 2015 20:20 by author Frank Ling

Let’s face it, even though the Galaxy S series have been great phones, with high-tech features, and cutting edge performance, they tend to be, well, a bit on the boring side as far as looks and “wow” factor.

Basically, since the Galaxy S3, things, at least on the outside of the phone, haven’t changed a whole lot, with the exception of a few additional colors, and slightly bigger display screens.

And the worst condemnation from many Galaxy fans is about the cheesy looking plastic case, which gives the phone an overall image of being cheaply made. But if rumors are true about the upcoming Galaxy S6, Samsung may have heard the music and is changing its tune. More...

Google Pulls the Plug on Google Glass

clock January 16, 2015 06:00 by author Frank Ling

The Grand Experiment called Google Glass will stop in its present form and just like Elvis, it will leave the building and will no longer be available to the public.

The high-tech device, which allowed users to wear Google Glass like a pair of eyeglasses, enabled its wearers to experience a “Terminator-like" experience and see information come up on a small screen just above the right eye.

People could take photos and videos of their activities and locations on the go, and could also get map directions to where they were headed. Anyone who was interested in the eyewear could purchase one of their very own for a cool $1,500 a pop. More...

Some of the Coolest Stuff at 2015 CES

clock January 14, 2015 15:04 by author Frank Ling

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES), held annually in Las Vegas, is the premier gathering place for electronics manufacturers to show off their wares, gadgets, and devices. In short it is the “It” place for all things geek.

Some products were standouts at the convention that not only had a very strong “wow” factor, but may be game changers in 2015. More...

Amazon Axes Execs For Fire Phone Fiasco

clock January 9, 2015 16:29 by author Frank Ling

Anyone remember Amazon’s answer to the iPhone? Does anyone care anymore? Apparently Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, does and two vice presidents in charge of Amazon’s hardware development unit, named Lab126, have been shown the front door exit. In common language, they were let go.

Amazon was hoping to really put a dent in the smartphone market with the introduction of its Fire Phone last July. Now almost 6 months after its launch, the $199 unit is now selling for free or 99 cents with a two-year contract. The Fire Phone project cost Amazon a $170 million write down, or loss in value of the original price of the unsold units.

Added to this was a $437 million loss during the quarter of October 2014—the biggest deficit for Amazon for any quarter in over 14 years. More...

Unlocked iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are Available Now

clock January 6, 2015 14:04 by author Frank Ling

For anyone who wants to cut the wireless cord with their phone service providers the opportunity for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus buyers to do this just became a reality. Apple is selling these phones unlocked starting today.

While the hefty price may turn some away from purchasing these unlocked phones, what they should realize is that they’ll really end up paying the same amount if they purchase these phones on a two-year contract with a wireless carrier. This is because the total cost of the phone is spread out over two years; you just don’t feel the payment pain as much.

So is an unlocked iPhone 6 the way to go? For some people this is the perfect solution so they can switch wireless carriers with ease and not having to be chained to a two-year contract.  This also means that they can subscribe to an independent wireless carrier that can provide substantial savings on wireless. More...

There Is Hope for Phones that Get Wet and Don't Work

clock December 19, 2014 15:16 by author Frank Ling

It is sort of embarrassing to admit it but a lot of us have experienced the toilet bowl blues when we have inadvertently dropped our precious cell phones into the white throne. It’s not a very pretty site and fishing the thing out isn’t the most fun thing to do either. It’s estimated that about 100,000 cell phones take a dive into the H20 every year by bowl, pool, or sink.

Urban legends say that all you need to do to get your phone dried out, is to try to disassemble it as much as possible, stick the parts into a bowl of rice (uncooked, of course), wait a couple of days, and, voila, your phone should be dry and working...maybe.

This advice rarely works, as it turns out, and most people just opt to buy another phone. But wait, what if we told you that you could dry out your phone and have it running like new again for about 20 bucks? If you’re interested, read on... More...

You Can Shoot 4K Video with the iPhone 6 Right Now

clock December 18, 2014 17:00 by author Frank Ling

If you were a bit disappointed that you couldn’t shoot UHD or 4K video on the iPhone 6, you won’t have to wait until the iPhone 7 launches to get this feature because you can make your iPhone 6 shoot these types of videos right now.

Doing this is simplicity in itself and the best news is that you won’t have to buy a whole new iPhone to do this. All you need is an app that can “trick” the A8 processor inside an iPhone 6 to do what it could do all along.

Now you can film videos that can be shown on your big screen 4K television set and it will cost you a fraction of what it would have cost you to buy the next gen iPhone. Is that cool or what? More...

Nexus 5 Smartphone May Be Headed for Oblivion

clock December 12, 2014 12:00 by author Frank Ling

Recent questions about the Nexus 5 smartphone’s availability have been raised and the story has changed twice since Google was asked this question: Has the Nexus 5 smartphone been discontinued?

When asked this question the first time around by TechRadar, a Google spokesperson said that production for the Nexus 5 has stopped and that “once they are gone, they’re gone, so we’d suggest people get them while they can.”

With the recent release of the Nexus 6, this action makes sense, and anyone who still wants the last gen Nexus 5, should be on alert to its possible scarcity. However, Google reversed itself on the statement made by its spokesperson and stated that the Nexus 5 will be available through the first quarter of 2015, at which time, its fate remains murky. More...

Google Offers New Custom Watch Faces for Android Wear

clock December 11, 2014 14:48 by author Frank Ling

On the surface having a customized watch face graphic on your Android Wear watch may seem like a small thing, but the latest software upgrade provides the ability to download some pretty cool designs such as Santa Claus, for the holidays, to game face motifs like Plant Vs. Zombies and Pac-Man.

If these watch faces don’t ring your bell you may be interested in downloading Despicable Me or for traditionalists, the Golden Beauty watch face which simulates the classic design of an expensive wristwatch. Most of the downloadable designs are free, while others can be purchased for a mere 99 cents on the Google Play Store.

The upgraded Android Wear software has improvements that make navigation easier on the watch and new modes that will allow you to view your watch in bright sunlight or in the darkness of a movie theater. More...

Upcoming 2015 Android Smartphones May Be Already In Trouble

clock December 5, 2014 12:36 by author Frank Ling

The Android phone makers’ worse nightmare started on September 2014 when Apple released its Android Killers—the big-screened iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6. Since then the Android camp has been scrambling to fire a return shot at Apple, but their cannons may be firing blanks because of processor problems.

The big iPhone 6 challengers for next year, such as the Galaxy S6, LG G4, Xperia Z4, and other flagship Android smartphones all depend on one chip maker to supply them with the processors for their flagship phones—namely Qualcomm.

The cell phone chip manufacturer is apparently having some problems with their Snapdragon processors, and these difficulties may translate into a bottle neck for cell phone makers because they’ll have to wait until the problems are solved before the chips can be released to them. It’s not a good time to be an Android phone maker right now. More...

Hot iPhone 6S Rumors Have People Buzzing

clock December 4, 2014 16:26 by author Frank Ling

Apple iPhone rumors are starting to get out sooner and sooner and only after about 10 weeks after the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, there are already rumors circulating about a new iPhone 6S.

What’s causing a lot of eyebrows to rise is the new iPhone 6 is supposedly going to downsize and revert to the standard 4-inch display screen found on the iPhone 5 series including the iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, and iPhone C.

With all the noise Apple made about its larger display sizes for its iPhone 6, you have to wonder why they’re going backwards, if the rumors hold true. One obvious reason is that iPhone users may actually prefer a 4-inch screen, which easily fits into their pockets. But what else do the rumors say about the upcoming iPhone 6s? More...

Big Shake Up Expected at Samsung as Galaxy S5 Sales Dip

clock November 25, 2014 18:38 by author Frank Ling

The Samsung Galaxy S line of phones have always been money makers for the company, but until recently, they have started to slow down in sales, most notably, the recently released Galaxy S5.

Since the Galaxy 5S's launch in April, Samsung was expecting to see at least 16 million phones in the pockets of customers, but came up short approximately 40 percent selling only 12 million handsets.

One of the reasons for the disappointing numbers are due to the intense pressure built from low priced phone manufacturers such as Huawei. And now there are serious rumors of a big shake-up in management at Samsung to turn things around. More...

Beats Music Streaming Service Coming to Apple iPhones in 2015

clock November 21, 2014 18:46 by author Frank Ling

Apple purchased Beats Electronics and Music for a cool $3 billion earlier this year in May. Some observers who witnessed this large outlay of cash for the company basically said, “Huh?” and were a bit confused. But it seems that one reason Apple did it was to make available Beats Music, a paid music subscription service, on its iPhones.

iTunes, which is a big money maker for Apple, isn’t doing as well as it used to and sales of downloadable music is down. It tried to spice things up by entering the steaming music business with iTunes Radio last year, but music fans say it lacks the advanced features found in competing services such as Spotify and Pandora.

By adding Beats Music streaming service to iPhones, will this be another cash cow for Apple or just a lot of bull? More...

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