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New Moto X Photos Suggests A Bigger Version

August 16, 2014 | by Guile Canencia

Via its Facebook page, HelloMotoHk has posted a set of images that may show the front panel of Moto X+1, the newest version of Moto X, the flagship smartphone of Motorola.In the posted images, the aforementioned front panel is shown next to a current Moto X. Looking closely, the Moto X+1's front panel appears to have cutouts for the front speaker and earpiece (it's also quite possible that the cutouts are for double front speakers) as well as a cutout for a camera facing forward. The good news for Motorola enthusiasts is that not only do the new Moto X's front panel appear longer compared to the current Moto X, its cutouts are also noticeably longer.A previous leak suggested that the upcoming version might feature a 5.2-inch 1080p display, which is definitely an improvement from the... read more

New iPhone To Feature Sapphire Screen

August 15, 2014 | by Guile Canencia

Apple essentially revolutionized the way smartphones are built when they chose to cover the first iPhone with glass instead of plastic. Now they're continuing to push the envelope by saying that sapphire, a more durable but costlier material, may replace glass covers not only in their future products but in most mobile products from here on.As reported in the Wall Street Journal, the first ever sapphire display screens will be used for the soon-to-be-released iPhone 6. To manufacture the screens, Apple has opened a facility with materials manufacturer GT Advanced Technologies Inc. in Mesa, Arizona. This plant is expected to produce twice as much sapphire as Apple's more than 100 sapphire manufacturers scattered across the globe. Technically, the sapphire being produced is of the... read more

HTC One E8 To Be Carried By Sprint in the US

August 15, 2014 | by Guile Canencia

The plastic version of HTC One E8 is going to be introduced in the United States market after all, according to a promotional video posted in the official YouTube channel of Sprint.When HTC One E8 was first released in the market, it was positioned as a low-cost alternative to the HTC One M8, the flagship mobile phone of HTC. Users who bought the plastic-clad One E8 enjoyed a more budget-friendly option to the One M8, which featured an aluminum body. But those buyers were only limited to China and Southeast Asia, the only regions where the plastic version was available.But apparently, that is about to change. As seen in a promotional video in Sprint's official YouTube channel, the carrier will be carrying the HTC One E8 and will effectively be introducing it for the first time to... read more

Sprint CEO: Disruptive Price Cuts Coming Next Week

August 15, 2014 | by Logan Abbott

Sprint's new Chief Executive Officer, Marcelo Claure is wasting no time in modifying Sprint's business model and strategy. Claure, the tenacious founder of Brightstar, a billion dollar telecommunications company, has a track record of bold business moves-- which is exactly what he is doing at Sprint. Claure is planning to implement cell phone plans at a cost that will be, "very disruptive" to the market next week.

Mr. Claure has acknowledged the weaknesses and faults with Sprint, like their sub par network coverage and lack of 4G LTE capable areas. As a result of this, he realizes that in order to be successful and remain relevant, Sprint must provide its services at a competitive price compared to the competition.

The next big move that Claure believes is paramount to... read more

CA Bill To Mandate Kill Switch on All Devices Sits on Governor Brown's Desk

August 15, 2014 | by Logan Abbott

In 2012 over half of thefts in San Francisco involved cell phone theft. In the same year over three quarters of thefts in Oakland were cell phone theft. Over the past decade we have seen the price of premium smartphones continue to rise and the presence of these premium phones to be more and more ubiquitous among the general population. Consequently, robbers and crooks are making the bet that they can rob almost anyone at anytime and the victim will not only have on their person a wallet or purse with cash and cards, but also a cell phone worth over half of a thousand dollars.

Today people seldom carry large amounts of cash with them, and credit cards have so many security features that actually generating a return off of stolen cards has become a challenge; but with cell phones... read more

Samsung’s Galaxy Alpha To Showcase Revolutionary Smartphone Chip

August 15, 2014 | by Guile Canencia

When Samsung recently introduced Galaxy Alpha, its newest addition to the Galaxy smartphone line, much excitement brewed especially with regards to the smartphone's stylish new look. Now, consumers will even get more stoked about the soon-to-be-available product when they learn that it will be using a revolutionary smartphone chip.Well, what exactly makes this new chip special? The Exynos 5430 smartphone chip, which will feature in all Galaxy Alpha units, is the first of its kind to use a 20 nanometer process. Compared to the 28 nanometer process node used in previous Samsung Galaxy phones, this new chip promises to provide faster processing power and more reliability in terms of performance. As stated in Samsung's website, the Exynos 5430 is equipped with four high-powered ARM cortex-... read more

Tom Hanks Releases Typewriter-Mimicking App for iPads

August 14, 2014 | by Guile Canencia

Tom Hanks has just released a new app. Yes, you read that right. As reported by USA Today, the two-time Oscar-winning actor is releasing the Hanx Writer, an app that turns your iPad into a manual typewriter. Hanks has always been a self-admitted manual typewriter freak. In fact, he presently owns an impressive collection of manual typewriters (he has more than 200, some previously owned by historical figures). In 2013, he even wrote an article about his love of typewriters in The New York Times. So it makes some sense that the 58-year old thespian would share his obsession to the masses by releasing an app that helps your iPad mimic a real-life typewriter.How exactly does the Hanx Writer app turn your iPad into an old-school typewriter? For one, it reproduces the familiar thwacking... read more

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