September 25, 2013 |
After nearly a year of rumors, Samsung confirmed it will roll out a smartphone with a curved display next month. Reports that Samsung was working on smartphones with flexible, plastic displays began coming out in late 2012, and Samsung verified those reports in January by demonstrating prototype smartphones with slightly curved screens. Samsung also began selling new TV sets with curved screens this summer. But since then, the company has spoken very little about its plans with curved displays when it comes to smartphones.
September 23, 2013 |
In a last-ditch effort to salvage its business, BlackBerry has struck a tentative deal to be bought by a Canadian insurance company for $4.7 billion. An agreement is not complete and other bids could emerge, but already analysts are saying that the smartphone maker's lifeline may not be enough. "Nothing has changed about the direction of the company. The only thing in question is how long the company can be sustained by the new owners," said Roger Entner, founder of Recon Analytics.
September 20, 2013 |
Louis C.K. railed against smartphones on Thursday's “Conan,” arguing that our mobile devices are getting in the way of our capacity to feel emotion and empathy. Sure, we may text our friends more than we may ever have called them in the pre-smartphone era, but are we really connecting? Or have we evolved into a culture that uses smartphones to prevent us from feeling? For all of the possibilities that smartphones open up, like pretty spectacular medical advancements and Amber text alerts , there is the flipside reality, one that shows the destructive cultural impact of mobile devices.
September 18, 2013 |
More bad news for BlackBerry (at this point, is there any other kind?): The Canadian smartphone maker will reportedly lay off up to 40% of its workforce by the end of the year. This coming from the Wall Street Journal , which cited unnamed sources "familiar with the matter" saying the cuts would be in all departments and occur in waves, "likely affecting several thousand employees. " PHOTOS: 10 signs it's time to upgrade your computer We called BlackBerry for comment and got the following statement: "We will not comment on rumors and speculation.
September 17, 2013 |
As more pictures of the rumored Nexus 5 smartphone make their way onto the Internet, its predecessor, the Nexus 4, has sold out. And Google appears to have no plans to bring it back. Google came out with the Nexus 4 late last year, and the device has been a hit with consumers thanks to its sleek design, low price, and no contract requirement. The smartphone became even more popular last month after Google cut the price by $100. That led the device to quickly sell out of the $199 8-gigabyte model two weeks ago, and now, the $249 16 GB-version is also out of stock.
September 14, 2013 |
Time for your close-up, Mr. Germ. A professor at UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science has developed a smartphone attachment that enables the imaging of objects one-thousandth the width of a human hair. In a paper published recently in the American Chemical Society journal ACS Nano , senior author Aydogan Ozcan, a professor of electrical engineering and bioengineering, said he and colleagues used the device to photograph single human cytomegalovirus particles.
September 12, 2013 |
BEIJING - If Nicole Zhou reflects how the Chinese feel about Apple Inc.'s latest iPhones, the technology giant may have a huge struggle on its hands winning consumers over in the world's biggest smartphone market. One day after the Cupertino, Calif., company unveiled two new iPhone models - the 5s, with an upgraded processor and fingerprint security system, and the slightly cheaper 5c, with a colorful plastic back - 30-year-old Zhou, an employee at a state-owned enterprise, bought herself a Samsung Galaxy S4 instead.
September 12, 2013 |
Everyone's chatting about the latest iPhones, but the Apple devices are not the only smartphones taking the Internet by storm this week. The other device would be Phonebloks, a proposed customizable smartphone project that has gone viral on YouTube with more than 4 million views in a little more than two days. Phonebloks is a new kind of phone that is made out of detachable blocks that can be easily replaced, allowing users to customize their device by picking and choosing the components that matter to them most. "Lets say this is your phone and you do everything in the cloud, why not replace your storage block for a bigger battery block?"
September 11, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Investors punished Apple's stock Wednesday, driving it down more than 5% after the technology giant disappointed Wall Street by failing to announce a cheaper iPhone and a deal with China's largest wireless carrier. Both bits of news had been widely expected at an event Apple held at its headquarters Tuesday. Although a partnership with China Mobile is still imminent, shareholders and Wall Street analysts were not as confident that Apple will regain much momentum in emerging smartphone markets such as China without a more affordable phone.
September 11, 2013 |
New iPhones are on their way, but should you get one? For more than half a decade Apple has been building amazing smartphones, but in the last couple of years, its rivals have caught up. The iPhone is still a great device, but it's no longer the unquestioned champion that it once was. Nowadays, most smartphones can pretty much do the same things -- you really have to look hard to find a phone with a major flaw. So to stand out, companies are giving their devices signature features, such as longer battery life or amazing cameras.