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The dark side of Apple's iBeacons

redkemper redkemper writes  |  about a year ago

redkemper (2621761) writes "Alongside the introduction of Apple’s latest mobile operating system iOS 7, the company also rolled out its answer to the NFC technology it has gone out of its way to avoid in iPhones, iPads and iPod touch handhelds. The solution is called “iBeacon,” and it allows for the creation of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons that emit signals iOS 7-powered devices will automatically react to when they come within range of the beacon. These beacons can be apps installed on Apple’s iOS devices or they can be dedicated hardware that use BLE to interact with Apple handsets and tablets. There are some great use cases out there that really could make fantastic use of Apple’s new iBeacon feature, but there is also a darker side of iBeacons that could become a huge annoyance for iPhone owners and other iOS device users..."
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Apple releases iOS 7, now available for all to download

redkemper redkemper writes  |  1 year,4 days

redkemper (2621761) writes "Just as promised, Apple on Wednesday released the final version of its brand new iOS 7 operating system to the public. The new mobile software is available immediately for the iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPad (third and fourth generations), iPad 2, iPad mini and iPod touch (fifth generation). We called iOS 7 a major renovation that for the most part lacked real innovation when we previewed the software back in June. In our full iOS 7 review earlier this week, however, we explained why that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. iOS 7 represents the biggest overhaul to Apple’s massively popular mobile operating system since it debuted in 2007, and now it’s finally available to the public. It also lays the groundwork for some real innovation in future iOS versions, and many will be waiting anxiously to be wowed by more than just a new design in iOS 8 next year..."
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Exclusive photos of Amazon's completely redesigned next-gen Kindle Fire HD

redkemper redkemper writes  |  1 year,12 days

redkemper (2621761) writes "There really isn’t much mystery remaining as Amazon prepares to unveil its second-generation Kindle Fire HD tablets and its third-generation Kindle Fire slate in the coming weeks. First we published exclusive details about Amazon’s entire 2013 tablet lineup and then we followed up by revealing all of the key specs for the upcoming new Kindle Fire HD tablets as well as the new entry-level Kindle Fire. Amazon’s new high-definition slates are shaping up to be two of the most impressive tablets in the world when they debut, and anticipation is certainly building. Now, BGR has obtained exclusive photos of the unannounced next-generation Kindle Fire HD that Amazon is preparing to unveil as soon as later this month, giving the world its first-ever look at Amazon’s new hardware for 2013..."
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Huge iOS, OS X vulnerability uncovered that can render apps unusable

redkemper redkemper writes  |  1 year,25 days

redkemper (2621761) writes "Android might be targeted by hackers and malware far more often than Apple’s iOS platform, but that doesn’t mean devices like the iPhone and iPad are immune to threats. A post on a Russian website draws attention to a fairly serious vulnerability that allows nefarious users to remotely crash apps on iOS 6, or even render them unusable. The vulnerability is seemingly due to a bug in Apple’s CoreText font rendering framework, and OS X Mountain Lion is affected as well..."
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Thief swipes iPhones, leaves his own Samsung smartphone at the scene

redkemper redkemper writes  |  about a year ago

redkemper (2621761) writes "Clearly, there are better ways to switch smartphone platforms. 25-year-old Travis Montgomery Snyder was arrested this week in Remington, Virginia after a police investigation into a local robbery led them to the man. According to a report, Snyder stands accused of a smash-and-grab robbery where the suspect broke a display case at a Springfield, Virginia wireless store and absconded with several iPhones. Unfortunately for the suspect, he also left his own Samsung smartphone at the scene. Fairfax County police reportedly traced the Galaxy phone’s subscription back to Snyder and then arrested him on Monday..."
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Here's BlackBerry's entire roadmap for the remainder of 2013

redkemper redkemper writes  |  about a year ago

redkemper (2621761) writes "It’s been a while since we heard about exactly what BlackBerry has in store for the rest of 2013. Thanks to multiple trusted sources, however, we not only know but we also have some exclusive photos. First up is the BlackBerry A10, code-named “Aristo.” This device is going to be positioned as the most powerful, capable BlackBerry yet with a big focus on power and gaming. For some people, it might be the BlackBerry 10 smartphone they have been waiting for..."
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iOS 7 might be more innovative than we think

redkemper redkemper writes  |  about a year ago

redkemper (2621761) writes "When I took an in-depth look at iOS 7 earlier this week, I found plenty to be excited about in Apple’s upcoming overhauled mobile software. I also said that real innovation is scarce, however, and I asked what meaningful, innovative functions iOS 7 is capable of performing that iOS 6 is not. Not everyone agrees, of course, one industry watching argues that innovation is in fact one of Apple’s secret weapons in iOS 7..."
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Why is AT&T milking subscribers for an extra $500 million? 'Because they can

redkemper redkemper writes  |  about a year ago

redkemper (2621761) writes "AT&T said earlier this week that it will add a new administrative fee to each of its wireless subscribers’ monthly bills. The fee is only $0.61, which doesn’t sound like much, and AT&T’s public relations firm was quick to point out that this new fee is lower than similar fees charged by rival carriers. Subscribers were still outraged. Now that the shouting has died down a bit, however, people are looking for a batter explanation for the new charge they’ll see each month. According to one industry watcher, that explanation couldn’t be simpler: “Because they can.”"
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Is Facebook barking up the wrong tree with Home?

redkemper redkemper writes  |  about a year ago

redkemper (2621761) writes "Is Facebook doing its homework? We trust that Facebook is analyzing usage stats when deciding which handsets to address with its Home rollout, but it seems odd that Samsung’s Galaxy S4 and the HTC One, which both became supported by Home on Friday, would be high on the list of devices used by hardcore Facebook addicts — the ones Home is likely best suited for. Home is an immersive software suite that takes over an Android phone’s home screen and app launcher, replacing them with a river of Facebook photos and a new launcher that provides quick access to various Facebook features. Could a Facebook takeover possibly be something the average Galaxy S4 or HTC One user is looking for?..."
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Here comes Samsung's Galaxy S4: launches on 7 carries this month

redkemper redkemper writes  |  about a year and a half ago

redkemper (2621761) writes "When the Samsung Galaxy S4 was previewed back in March, we called it the Android smartphone by which all others will be judged in 2013. As Samsung announced on Wednesday morning, Judgement Day is coming this month on every major wireless carrier in the United States. The world’s top smartphone maker has confirmed that its new flagship smartphone will launch on seven different carriers in April, including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless, U.S. Cellular, Cricket and C Spire. The Galaxy S4 will also be available at a number of the nation’s leading electronics retailers beginning this month, including Best Buy, Best Buy Mobile, Costco, RadioShack, Sam’s Club, Staples, Target and Walmart. Specific pricing and launch dates will be announced by individual carriers in the coming weeks..."
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Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 review: In search of a true flagship tablet

redkemper redkemper writes  |  about a year and a half ago

redkemper (2621761) writes "In the global smartphone market, Samsung is a force to be reckoned with. The company extended its lead during the fourth quarter as it shipped an astounding 63.7 million smartphones, representing 29% of the global market according to research firm IDC. Samsung’s next closest competitor was Apple which sold 47.8 million iPhones for 21.8% of the market during the same time span. The story is much different when it comes to tablets, however. IDC estimates that Samsung shipped 7.9 million tablets in Q4 2012 for 15.1% of the global market, which represented big year-over-year growth put still paled in comparison to Apple’s 43.6% share. In other words, Samsung still has a lot of work to do. Will the Galaxy Note 8.0 change Samsung's fortunes in the tablet market? I have spent the last few days with Samsung’s latest tablet, and this is the most important question I sought to answer..."
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Samsung Galaxy S 4 crushes iPhone 5, other leading phones in performance tests

redkemper redkemper writes  |  about a year and a half ago

redkemper (2621761) writes "Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 might not offer much in the way of an exciting new exterior design, but inside, it’s a completely different story. The retooled internals on the U.S. version of the Galaxy S 4 were put to the test by benchmark specialists Primate Labs and the results are impressive, to say the least. The Galaxy S 4 scored a 3,163 on the standard Geekbench 2 speed test, just shy of twice the iPhone 5s score of 1,596. That score was also good enough to top the upcoming HTC One, the Nexus 4 and the previous-generation Galaxy S III. The chart below shows the Galaxy S 4s results compared to other leading smartphones tested by Primate Labs..."
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Video: Samsung Galaxy S IV revealed on video ahead of debut

redkemper redkemper writes  |  about a year and a half ago

redkemper (2621761) writes "A smartphone said to be Samsung’s next-generation Galaxy S IV has been revealed in a hands-on video published by the same source who previously leaked still images of the phone. The new Samsung handset pictured in the video lines up with earlier rumors and appears to match a teaser image published late Monday by Samsung. The Galaxy S IV is expected to feature a 5-inch Super AMOLED display with 1080p resolution, an eight-core Exynos chipset, up to 64GB of storage, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel camera, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and new touch-free control features that work by tracking the user’s eyes..."
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Leaked Galaxy S IV screenshots reveal several new features

redkemper redkemper writes  |  about a year and a half ago

redkemper (2621761) writes "New features Samsung reportedly plans to include in its next-generation Galaxy S IV smartphone have been revealed in a series of leaked screenshots. The images show various pages within the settings on Samsung's custom version of Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean, and they detail some intriguing new functionality coming to the Galaxy S IV as well as an update due to hit Samsung's current flagship phone, the Galaxy S III..."
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Every 10 years, a cataclysm kills most phone brands; the next one is almost here

redkemper redkemper writes  |  about a year and a half ago

redkemper (2621761) writes "Around 1994, most mobile phone brands with global ambitions vanished or pulled back to their home markets. The same happened around 2003. We are now drawing close to another mobile Götterdämmerung, a period of destruction and mayhem — and few vendors will survive it..."
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The best news BlackBerry could possibly get

redkemper redkemper writes  |  about a year and a half ago

redkemper (2621761) writes "BlackBerry laid all its cards on the table last week as it unveiled its new BlackBerry 10 platform and the two next-generation smartphones that will carry it through the first half of the year. BlackBerry fans were blown away, but as we discussed in a feature last week, the real challenge for the struggling smartphone vendor will be wooing users away from leading smartphone platforms. Early reviews were not convinced that the BlackBerry Z10 would gain much ground in this regard, however a recent research note from CIBC suggests BlackBerry may already be off to a phenomenal start with 50% of preregistration coming from non-BlackBerry users..."
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Apple's next iPhone could feature larger screen, 'brand new exterior design'

redkemper redkemper writes  |  about a year and a half ago

redkemper (2621761) writes "Reports from industry watchers continue to suggest that Apple is preparing to launch two new iPhone models this year, and new purported details surrounding one of them have emerged. Citing multiple unnamed sources within Apple’s supply chain, including some sources that claim to have seen a prototype of the device, a new report on Tuesday claims that Apple will launch a new low-cost version of the iPhone aimed at China and other emerging markets sometime in the second half of 2013 with a larger display and a brand new design..."
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Samsung could face $15 billion fine for trying to ban Apple devices

redkemper redkemper writes  |  about a year and a half ago

redkemper (2621761) writes "Samsung could face a $15 billion fine in Europe alone for using “standard-essential” patents in its attempts to ban devices like the iPhone in its ongoing patent battle with Apple. A new report claims that the European commission could impose a massive fine of up to 10% of Samsung’s global turnover following its investigation into Samsung’s use of standard-essential patents in complaints filed against Apple in Europe. Samsung’s revenue totaled $148.9 billion in 2011, so fines in Europe alone could reach $14.8 billion..."
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Samsung looks to address its biggest weakness in 2013

redkemper redkemper writes  |  about a year and a half ago

redkemper (2621761) writes "Samsung (005930) is a force to be reckoned with. Two short years ago it looked like Apple (AAPL) was set to run away with the smartphone industry, but Samsung came out in a big way and the companies now share the smartphone crown — Samsung handily out-ships Apple but the Cupertino, California-based company still pulls in more profit. There is one area where Apple reigns supreme, however, but Samsung may look to launch new attacks next year where content delivery and services are concerned in an effort to extend its range in important secondary revenue channels..."
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How not to fix Apple Maps

redkemper redkemper writes  |  about 2 years ago

redkemper (2621761) writes "Fixing Apple’s awful mapping application is a hard row to hoe. Getting the fledgling service to a point where it can even approach the quality of Google’s mapping solution will take years and a tremendous amount of manpower — just ask Google, which has 71,000 people around the world always working to improve Google Maps. And Apple knows this, of course, which is likely one of several reasons company executives were “seething” when the Google Maps app for iOS was welcomed home like a death row inmate who was finally freed after having been wrongfully accused. So, where does Apple go from here?"
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