Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:10:19 -0400

New report says sub-$100 Google Nexus smartphone is comingGoogle may be working on a new kind of Nexus device that could be even more affordable than its predecessors, a new report from Asia says. However, the device won’t be a high-end model like the others, but rather an entry- to mid-range device that would sell for under $100, thus being significantly more affordable than any previous Nexus handsets. The device will reportedly pack an unspecified MediaTek processor, with Google is said to already be working on with the Taiwanese chipmaker for this particular device. However, no other details have been mentioned about such a Google Nexus initiative. It’s unclear what handset maker would actually build such an ultra-affordable Nexus handset. Google is also rumored to launch a bigger high-end 8.9-inch Nexus tablet

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:35:51 -0400

You can now get the iPhone 5s for just $99 on contractThe launch of the iPhone 6 is still months away but that doesn’t mean you can’t get some incredible deals on the iPhone 5s. Case in point: MacRumors points out that RadioShack is now selling the iPhone 5s for just $99 with a two-year contract from Verizon, AT&T or Sprint, which happens to be one of the lowest prices we’ve ever seen for Apple’s latest flagship phone. The new price for the 5s at RadioShack is the same on-contract price that Apple originally charged for the iPhone 5c, so now it looks like interested buyers now have even less reason to pick up a 5c than they did before. What makes this deal even better is that MacRumors says that

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:10:19 -0400

HTC scores a major coup against Samsung, hires the man behind its killer ad campaignsIs HTC finally, at long, long last, going to get a decent marketing campaign? The Wall Street Journal reports that HTC has officially brought on Paul Golden, Samsung’s former U.S. marketing chief, to be a consultant to HTC chairwoman Cher Wang. During his time at Samsung from 2008 through 2012, Golden was instrumental in establishing the company’s Galaxy brand as the main alternative to Apple’s iPhone through a series of first-rate ads that often took humorous shots at Apple fans’ expense. What this means for HTC’s future marketing efforts is unclear but we can bet that there won’t be any more horrendous Robert Downey Jr. spots or ads about Hipster Troll Car Washes going forward.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:25:40 -0400

‘Highly sophisticated malware’ stole credit card data from 3M Michaels customersAfter LaCie announced earlier this week it was the victim of a massive credit card breach that lasted for a year, crafts store Michaels revealed in a press release that hackers may have stolen credit card data for 3 million of its customers, including buyers that shopped at its Aaron Brothers subsidiary. The company has hired two independent security firms to conduct an extensive investigation, which revealed that payment systems in Michaels and Aaron Brothers stores were attacked by “highly sophisticated malware” that had not been seen before by either firm. While the malware has been neutralized at this time, the company determined that the hack was quite extensive, allowing hackers to steal certain payment information including card number and

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 06:25:15 -0400

Titanfall not strong enough to keep Xbox One sales on par with PS4Sony on Thursday announced that it sold over 7 million PlayStation 4 units, significantly more than what it envisioned for its fiscal year 2013. Microsoft made its own announcement yesterday as well, highlighting the strong sales of Titanfall, a shooter game that’s not available on the PS4, and which was named the number one selling game in March according to NPD numbers. However, while Titanfall has helped Microsoft sell more Xbox One units, it wasn’t enough to keep Xbox One sales on par with PS4 sales. The company also announced that more than 5 million Xbox One units have been sold-in to retailers since launch, with sales apparently outpacing Xbox 360 sales by more than 60% at the same point

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:15:42 -0400

Video: Awesome tiny wearable gadget could help the blind readFingerReader is the name of a wearable gadget that could help visually impaired people read printed text in books and even on electronic devices, thus opening up additional possibilities to them. Developed by MIT researchers, FingerReader wants to help the blind access more resources than what’s already available in braille format. TechCrunch reports that, according to a recent study from the Royal National Institute of the Blind in Britain cited by one of the researchers, in 2011 only 7% of books are available in large print, unabridged audio and braille. Currently in prototype phase, the FingerReader is essentially a ring that you can use to follow a line of text in a book or on a screen. Thanks to the built-in

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:00:52 -0400

Video: Incredible computerized glove lets you make music with the flick of a wristWearable tech has a lot of promise, but the endless parade of smartwatches from every company with the means to create one has diluted the field. One of the more fascinating projects that exists far outside of this box is Imogen Heap’s Mi.Mu Glove, a musical tool that allows musicians to create music without confining themselves to a computer. By simply moving a gloved hand, the user can change countless aspects of the sound created with the Mi.Mu Glove, from the pitch and the volume to the instrument being emulated. As Heap explains in the Kickstarter video, “currently you’d need a small team of people to set it all up.” If the project is funded, the team will be able to finish designing the software and the hardware

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:45:38 -0400

You’ll have a hard time getting your hands on a OnePlus OneEven though the OnePlus One, one of the most exciting high-end Android handsets set to release so far this year, will soon be available to customers in many markets at a very affordable price compared to competitors, not all interested buyers will be able to get one as easily as expected. The phone, which promises to deliver a better performance than other newly launched flagships, will sell for under $400 in 16 initial markets across the globe. OnePlus has already promised that the shopping experience should be quite smooth, no matter where the buyers order a One from. But in a new announcement, it revealed a major issue that will potentially cripple the shopping experience of some buyers. Apparently the

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:30:12 -0400

Aereo goes on the offensive against broadcasters ahead of SCOTUS hearingIn a last effort before its April 22nd hearing, Aereo is defending its service in a “media blitz,” as Re/code calls it, whose purpose is to better inform everyone that its business isn’t infringing on any copyright laws. The company will explain next week to the Supreme Court why its services are legal, in its view, and why they aren’t violating the copyright o broadcasters. The company has put up a special Protect My Antenna site that shows Aereo’s main arguments for the hearing. The company says that customers should benefit from the same privileges they always had when it comes to watching over-the-air free television, and recording those programs for personal use, even if they’re able to do so using

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:59:30 -0400

A Google logo is seen at the garage where the company was founded on Google's 15th anniversary in Menlo Park, CaliforniaBy Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Thursday rejected a request by patent consortium Rockstar to transfer patent litigation from Google Inc's home turf in California to Texas, according to a court ruling. Rockstar, which counts Apple Inc as an investor, outbid Google and paid $4.5 billion for thousands of former Nortel Network Corp patents as the networking products supplier went bankrupt in 2011. Last year, the consortium sued several handset manufacturers whose phones operate on Google's Android operating system, which fiercely competes with Apple mobile products.

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:15:49 -0400

Scary Android malware uses Facebook to bypass two-factor authenticationAndroid users have yet another piece of malware to worry about. PC World points out a technique that is specifically targeting Facebook users who use mobile banking. On computers infected with this trojan, users will see a message when visiting Facebook’s website alerting them that “due to a rising number of attempts in order to gain unlawful access to the personal information of our users and to prevent corrupted page data to spread Facebook administration introduces new extra safety protection system.” If users click on the alert, they will then be directed to a page that instructs them to specify their mobile operating system and phone number. After that, they are then given a QR code for downloading an app on

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:00:59 -0400

You can now buy a Retina iPad mini from Apple for as cheap as $339If you’ve been holding out for a discount on the latest line of iPads, you’re in luck. 9to5Mac noticed on Thursday that refurbished Retina iPad minis are now available on Apple’s website, starting at $339 for a 16GB, Wi-Fi-only model in silver and space gray. 32GB Wi-Fi models are listed at $419 and 64GB models will run you $509. Each of these prices represents between a 15-16% discount off of the standard price for a new device. Last year’s Retina iPad mini features a 7.9-inch, 2,048 x 1,536 pixel resolution display, 64-bit A7 processor, M7 motion coprocessor, 10 hour battery life, 5-megapixel camera and weighs just 0.73 pounds. As with other refurbished products sold by Apple, the refurbished iPad mini

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:15:53 -0400

You can see exactly where your Facebook friends are in real time, but only if they let youFacebook on Thursday took the wraps off of a new feature that, depending on your perspective, is either incredibly cool or incredibly creepy. For this reason, the company has wisely decided to make this new feature strictly an opt-in affair to avoid completely freaking out users who are sensitive to privacy. The new feature, called Nearby Friends, lets you “occasionally be notified when friends are nearby, so you can get in touch with them and meet up.” The feature lets you and your friends give your precise locations in real time, although you have to explicitly give the app permission before it’s allowed to do so. More crucially, the new feature won’t flip on at all unless you specifically tell it to, which

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:30:17 -0400

Time Warner Cable launches Hotspot 2.0: Log in once, then never againIt looks like Time Warner Cable just simplified the Wi-Fi hotspot once and for all. Gigaom reports that Time Warner enabled Hotspot 2.0 capabilities across its public Wi-Fi network this week, allowing customers to log in a single time and then remain connected any time their devices pick up a signal in the future. The upgraded software has been available to broadband customers since March, but this marks the first large-scale implementation of the software. The goal is to give Time Warner customers access to the Internet anywhere they go. Not only will customers be able to avoid those pesky login screens, but the connection will be encrypted using WPA2 security. “This was a good opportunity to get a secure connection to our customers,” said VP

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:45:10 -0400

New poll shows Google’s Glass, robots and self-driving cars are tough sellsAccording to a recent survey, Americans are excited for futuristic technology that you might see in a sci-fi novel, but are anxious about how we’ll get there. That’s the conclusion from a report from a Pew Research Center released today which asked 1,000 Americans what they thought of various technological advancements. “The American public anticipates that the coming half-century will be a period of profound scientific change, as inventions that were once confined to the realm of science fiction come into common usage,” according to the report. For inventions that are not expected soon, but in the next 50 years, respondents were generally optimistic. 59% said they think technology will improve life in the next half-century, and 81% said they think people who need organ transplants

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:10:12 -0400

Longtime iPhone devotee heaps praise on the Galaxy S5′s cameraiPhone fans are fanatically loyal to their favorite device but they can also give credit where it’s due. iMore writer Allyson Kazmucha, who writes obsessively about how to get the most out of your iPhone and iPad, has conducted a very thorough camera shootout involving the iPhone 5s, the Galaxy S5 and the HTC One (M8). While Kazmucha typically found that the One (M8)’s new camera lagged behind the iPhone 5s’s camera in terms of quality, she couldn’t say the same thing about the Galaxy S5′s camera, which she said was in some ways superior to the iPhone 5s’s. Before we get to her conclusions, we should note that she tested these cameras for a number of different picture scenarios, including low-light

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:40:51 -0400

Video: Orange is the New Black returns to Netflix with even angrier cellmatesOne of the biggest surprises of 2013 was Orange is the New Black, a Netflix original series that lacked the star power of House of Cards, but made up for it with incredible writing, performances and an ending that left viewers speechless. After an 11 month hiatus, the prison drama will return to Netflix on June 6th with 13 new episodes, and as usual, all the episodes will be released simultaneously. Netflix debuted the first trailer for season 2 on Thursday, welcoming back a vast majority of the cast from the first season, along with a few new faces. Watch the premiere trailer for the second season of Orange is the New Black below.

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:15:31 -0400

Verizon sends email on customer’s behalf without telling him as part of sleazy PR campaignSleazy astroturf campaigns are nothing new in the corporate world but Verizon may have just taken things to a whole new level. Ars Technica reports that New Jersey’s Board of Public Utilities (BPU) recently received hundreds of identically worded emails from different people that all supported Verizon’s demands that it be let off the hook for building out broadband infrastructure that it had agreed to build as part of an agreement with the state that dates back to two decades ago. There’s a problem, however: Some of the people who supposedly sent emails to the board say they did no such thing. “I am a customer only to Verizon and I was not contacted by them to submit anything,” one irate

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:50:47 -0400

This is what apps could look like on the iPhone 6′s bigger displayWhile Apple is yet to reveal details about its bigger iPhone plans, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo – who has a good track record reporting on Apple unreleased products – last week revealed many details about a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 including its screen resolution. According to him, the bigger iPhone will have a strange 1334 x 750 Retina display with a pixel density of 326 pixel per inch density. In new reports, MacRumors and a The Verge forums user explained why that resolution makes sense, showing how the home screen and apps could look like on such a display. Taking into account the fact that Apple has always tried to offer developers a seamless way to adapt to bigger displays when it comes to app

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:25:49 -0400

Nokia halts Lumia 2520 tablet sales after a shocking discoveryNokia announced on Thursday that it would be halting sales of the Lumia 2520 tablet in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Russia, Switzerland and the UK after discovering safety concerns related to the AC-300 travel charger. The tablet is still available in the United States, but sales of the travel charger has been suspended. According to Nokia, the plastic cover of some third-party chargers could loosen and even separate under certain conditions. With the cover separated, internal components would be exposed, posing the hazard of an electric shock. “While there have been no confirmed consumer incidents related to this potential quality issue, product quality and safety are top priorities at Nokia,” said Jo Harlow, EVP Smart Devices. “We apologize to the owners of the

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:00:17 -0400

Why now is the time to buy as much Apple stock as you canApple’s stock has been stuck in the doldrums for some time now, as people lament the death of Steve Jobs, the supposed lack of innovation, and concerns that the company just isn’t the same as what it used to be. However, if one key indicator proves to be a tell, now may be the time to buy. Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty is out with a research note noting that now’s the time to invest in Apple, as Apple has been heavily spending on research and development (R&D) in the past few years and has grown R&D spending 30%-year-over-year from 2010 to 2013. “Our recent analysis suggests that on a next 12-month view, Apple stock performance tends to improve after

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:40:28 -0400

iOS 8’s Siri will help you identify any song you hearApple will integrate Shazam song discovery features in its upcoming iOS 8 mobile operating system, Bloomberg reports, in an attempt to further increase iTunes music sales. Shazam integration will be built within iOS 8 in a similar manner to Twitter integration, the publication says, which means iPhone and iPad owners won’t have to download a separate app to enable it. Shazam, a very popular online service which currently has more than 90 million monthly users, can capture sound from a phone’s microphone and compare it to a song to identify the song. Apple reportedly plans to give its voice-based assistant Shazam powers as well, and users will be able to simply ask Siri what song is playing. Bloomberg has also

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:38:57 -0400

The San Francisco-based game maker set on its heels by a shift away from desktop computers is out to regain momentum with the mobile-format "Farmville 2: Country Escape" for iPhone, iPad and Android devices.Social games pioneer Zynga on Thursday released a version of the hit "FarmVille" tailored for smartphones and tablets in the hope of reaping a bumper crop of players. The San Francisco-based game maker set on its heels by a shift away from desktop computers is out to regain momentum with the mobile-format "Farmville 2: Country Escape" for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. "Just as the original 'FarmVille' created a global phenomena when it launched, we expect the same from 'Country Escape,'" game general manager Jamie Davies told AFP while providing an early glimpse at the title. The original "FarmVille" will mark its fifth anniversary in June.

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:16:20 -0400

Video: Sony shares major details from the next PlayStation 4 updateSony detailed the first major update for the PlayStation 4 on Wednesday, introducing the SHAREfactory video editor and the ability to pre-download games that haven’t hit the PlayStation Store yet. Despite its unending success in the marketplace, the PlayStation 4 has fallen behind the Xbox One recently in terms of additional features. Microsoft began patching Xbox One almost immediately after launch, adding an enhanced Twitch application, improving the party system and updating the UI. One of the more compelling features of the Xbox One is the Upload Studio app, which allows players to record, edit and share their gameplay footage with others. PlayStation 4 owners can record footage as well, but there is no way to edit the footage from

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:50:59 -0400

The FCC needs to call AT&T’s bluff and dare it to boycott a major spectrum auctionEarlier this week, AT&T did the carrier equivalent of threatening to take its ball and go home if it doesn’t get exactly what it wants. The Federal Communications Commission needs to show that it’s prepared to let Ma Bell walk away in a huff. As Re/code informs us, AT&T has said that it will reconsider whether it will even take part in next year’s hugely important auction for spectrum on the 600MHz band unless the FCC reverses its decision to reserve about 30MHz worth of licenses on the band for smaller carriers. “AT&T has never declined to participate in a major spectrum auction and certainly did not intend to do so here,” wrote AT&T VP of federal regulatory issues Joan Marsh

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:25:11 -0400

Yahoo offers to help Apple purge Google from the iPhone’s default settingsYahoo may help Apple deliver a huge blow to Google’s bottom line in the future, as Marissa Mayer wants its search engine to become the default option on iOS devices. Re/code reports that the company is focusing its search efforts around mobile, preparing to pitch Apple its own take to mobile search. Apple has so far removed certain Google applications from iOS, including Maps and YouTube, although search in iOS still has Google as default. Users, however, are free to choose two alternative options including Yahoo and Bing. Meanwhile, when it comes to Stocks and Weather iOS apps, Apple is using Yahoo’s products. “This is the aim of the whole effort here, to grab the pole position in iOS search,”

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:00:11 -0400

Hackers make Siri vastly more useful by modifying it to control Nest, SpotifySiri is getting a lot of competition from Google Now and Microsoft’s Cortana these days, but some young hackers have just made Siri much more useful, even if they did so without Apple’s permission. Engadget draws our attention to GoogolPlex, a new hack for Siri developed by a quartet of freshmen at the University of Pennsylvania that lets you use Apple’s voice-enabled personal assistant to adjust the temperature on your Nest thermostat or to shuffle through your Spotify playlist. What makes this particular hack really great is that it’s extremely easy to set up. First, you need to go to your Wi-Fi settings on your iOS device and click on the “i” icon next to the network you’re connected to. From there,

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:35:34 -0400

This monster smartphone should fix all your Android battery life woesThe Philips W6618 is a monster smartphone that packs an impressive 5300mAh battery. The device was released earlier this week in China where it retails for 1,699 Yuan, or around $273, PhoneArena reports. The battery is non-removable and it offers a standby time of 66 days and talk time of 33 hours. Because the battery is so big, the phone is also slightly thicker than competitors, having a 11.6mm profile. While the W6618 has an impressive built-in battery, it’s far from being a flagship device, especially the kind of power horse that really needs improved battery life. The smartphone packs a 5-inch display with qHD resolution (960 x 540,) 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal memory, microSD

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:10:26 -0400

Galaxy S5 vs. HTC One (M8): Which is the best Android phone in the world?For smartphone fans around the world, things really started to get interesting over the past couple of months. First, Samsung unveiled its new Galaxy S5 flagship smartphone in late February, revealing a smartphone that was quite impressive and touted a number of great new features, but failed to live up to the hype stirred up by dozens of rumors. Then, HTC unveiled its own flagship phone, the HTC One (M8), and launched it the very same day. We called HTC’s new handset the best Android phone on the planet when we published our in-depth HTC One (M8) review. But now HTC’s flagship handset finally has some serious competition in the Galaxy S5. The new M8 and Samsung’s Galaxy S5 went on sale

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:31:38 -0400

U.S. Smartphone Thefts Doubled in 2013The number of smartphones stolen in the U.S. doubled last year, with an estimated total of 3.1 million handsets being snatched from their owners. The estimates come via Consumer Reports, which surveyed 3,110 U.S. adults with home Internet connections. According to the survey, 36 percent of consumers said that they secure their handsets with a 4-digit PIN code.

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:00:02 -0400

Flickr goes head to head with Instagram in total redesign of apps for iOS and AndroidSince Marissa Mayer took over at Yahoo, she has made a steady push to rebuild the photo-sharing community at Flickr by overhauling its products. Today Flickr is getting its most dramatic makeover to date, with a total redesign of the apps for iOS and Android that make it a more direct competitor to Instagram and other photo-sharing services.

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:45:00 -0400

New Google technology tears apart CAPTCHA puzzlesIf there’s one thing more annoying than passwords, it’s CAPTCHA puzzles that websites use to screen out robots from registering for accounts. However, Google has just developed a new algorithm that’s able to read its own CAPTCHA puzzles with 99% accuracy, which is obviously a problem since CAPTCHA puzzles are designed to be used by humans only. “For more than a decade, CAPTCHAs have used visual puzzles in the form of distorted text to help webmasters prevent automated software from engaging in abusive activities on their sites,” Google writes. “Turns out that this new algorithm can also be used to read CAPTCHA puzzles — we found that it can decipher the hardest distorted text puzzles from reCAPTCHA with over 99% accuracy. This shows that

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:34:19 -0400

Japanese toy maker Takara Tomy Arts' "Lumi Deco Nail" stick-on fingernails with LED and tiny antenna at the company's photo exhibition in Tokyo on April 16, 2014If you thought a finger that glows when you phone home was strictly the preserve of extra-terrestrials, think again: a Japanese firm has unveiled nails that light up when you make a call. Unlike "E.T." in the 1982 Steven Spielberg film, modern-day Japanese fashionistas need only pick up their Android-powered smartphone to set their finger glowing. Building on the immense popularity of manicure art -- where intricate patterns and small gem-like stones are stuck on the nail -- toy company Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. has developed a micro-thin LED sticker. The product will go on sale in Japan next week, with a set of 16 nail stickers -- one of which contains the LED -- costing 1,200 yen ($12) and marketed mainly at young people, said company spokeswoman Misayo Aruga.

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:40:02 -0400

Picture taken on April 16, 2014 shows toy company Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. "LumiDecoNail" stick-on fingernails with LED and tiny antenna at the company's photo exhibition in TokyoIf you thought a finger that glows when you phone home was strictly the preserve of extra-terrestrials, think again: a Japanese firm has unveiled nails that light up when you make a call. Unlike "E.T." in the 1982 Steven Spielberg film, modern-day Japanese fashionistas need only pick up their Android-powered smartphone to set their finger glowing. Building on the immense popularity of manicure art -- where intricate patterns and small gem-like stones are stuck on the nail -- toy company Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. has developed a micro-thin LED sticker. The product will go on sale in Japan next week, with a set of 16 nail stickers -- one of which contains the LED -- costing 1,200 yen ($12) and marketed mainly at young people, said company spokeswoman Misayo Aruga.

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:25:17 -0400

Video: Here’s how Google wants to fix annoying portrait videosGoogle on Wednesday updated the stock Android Camera app and made it available to other Android devices by releasing it to the Google Play Store. The application comes with a new interface and some interesting new features including a new Lens Blur mode, support for 50-megapixel Photo Sphere panoramic pictures, and a feature that should help users ditch their bad habits of recording video in portrait mode. However, the application will only work on Android devices running a KitKat version. With Lens Blur, users will be able to “emphasize the subject while blurring the background for an SLR-like shot with shallow depth-of-field (or bokeh),” according to Google. “You can even change the subject in focus after taking the shot,” wrote

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:32:23 -0400

This April 9 2014 photo shows the Google logo at a store in Hialeah, Fla. Google reports quarterly financial results after the market close on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's first-quarter earnings growth faltered as the Internet's most influential company grappled with a persistent downturn in advertising prices while spending more money to hire employees and invest in daring ideas.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:57:31 -0400

Gold LG G3 Could Sport Sharpest Phone Screen EverLG's flagship handset is going gold. The rumored LG G3 is expected to launch with not only a golden skin, but also a 2560 x 1440 quad HD display that would make it one of the sharpest smartphones ever.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:45:18 -0400

HTC One (M8) shipments seen reaching 3-5 million in Q2Shipments of HTC’s new flagship One (M8) smartphone are expected to fall between 3 million and 5 million units in the second quarter this year. The phone launched in late March, so Q2 will represent the handset’s first full quarter of sales. This HTC One (M8) sales figure comes from a recent Digitimes report, and it cites the website’s typical unnamed industry sources. Channel sales of between 3 million and 5 million units might not seem terribly impressive compared to the numbers put up by HTC’s top rivals. Samsung, for example, shipped 10 million Galaxy S4 smartphones in just one month last year. Meanwhile, Apple sold 9 million iPhones in one weekend in 2013. But as HTC America president Jason Mackenzie

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:31:57 -0400

LG’s so-called ‘Galaxy S5 killer’ could launch in JulyReleasing a new flagship smartphone has become tricky because you don’t want to release it too closely to new Samsung flagships that launch in the spring or new iPhones that launch in the fall. With this in mind, it looks like LG will be releasing its latest flagship device in July, according to a new report from ZDNet Korea. “An August launch seems too late considering the current market situation,” an unnamed LG executive tells ZDNet Korea. “We’ve completed many features that our competitors don’t have very quickly. (The G3) will go on sale on more carriers than any other LG Electronics’ smartphones.” The G3 looks like it could be one of the big sleeper Android phones released this year. Even

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:56:34 -0400

Does BlackBerry finally know what it’s doing again?It’s way too early to declare BlackBerry on the comeback trail, but Wired nonetheless finds a lot to like in the company’s recent investment in health tech startup NantHealth, a move that the publication calls BlackBerry’s “first good idea in years.” Why is this particular investment such a good idea? As Wired explains, it’s a sign that BlackBerry has really and truly thrown in the towel trying to compete with Apple and Google and is instead focussing on niche markets where its core strengths are actually valued. “After years of lousy calls and stubborn attempts to stay relevant with consumers, the NantHealth investment is a promising sign that BlackBerry is doubling down on niche markets — the one place where

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