When HTC launched the Re Camera, it was an agreeable surprise from the phone company. Re is a small companion camera that is designed to be waterproof (IP57 standard) and used by either holding it, or attaching it to a mounting accessory. Seen from 10,000 feet, this is HTC’s GoPro, but in reality these products are designed for different use cases. The HTC Re’s design is more “human” and fit […]
After completing the somewhat short but incredibly fun Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes, we’re sure many gamers are looking forward to getting their hands on the next installment in the series, Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. The game was obviously not released last year but according to the rumors, we had heard an early 2015 release was possible.
In fact towards the end of last year, a leaked date had suggested that we might be able to look forward to the game on the 24th of Feburary. If you’re still curious and wondering when you can get your hands on it, you can rest easy because it seems that the folks at Kojima Productions will be making an announcement soon.
Speaking during the weekly Kojima Station webcast, a Kojima Productions spokesperson was quoted as saying, “I know you’ve all been eagerly await for word on releasing timing. I think we should be able to announce that soon, so look forward to that. It’s only a little longer.” It is unclear as to when the announcement will be made, but there is an event taking place in Taipei on the 31st of January that is related to The Phantom Pain, so perhaps we will learn more then.
Rumors that Apple is working on a 12-inch MacBook AIr have been floating about for quite a while now. Last we heard, the laptop was pegged for a possible release in Q1 2015 with production reportedly already taking place. Now we’re sure many of you guys are wondering what this laptop could look like, and now thanks to a series of leaked images obtained by ifanr (via Electronista), we could have a rough idea.
The photos leaked revealed some alleged components that are said to belong to the upcoming laptop. They are also compared to other Apple products to give an idea of its size, thickness, and its design. One interesting feature is that the Apple logo on the 12-inch MacBook Air appears to be black, similar to that found on iOS device versus the translucent logo that lights up on other Apple laptops.
There is a chance that Apple has decided to omit that feature in an effort to keep the laptop as thin as possible, which is what we had heard in earlier rumors where Apple is also said to have ditched the usual ports and connectivity options for thinner and slimmer alternatives. Interestingly enough the display of the alleged laptop features a black bezel which isn’t typical of MacBook Air designs.
This is led to the speculation that perhaps the device we are looking at could be the alleged 12-inch iPad Pro which is another rumored device Apple is expected to launch. In any case given that we can’t verify these images, do take it with a grain of salt for now, but what do you guys think? 12-inch MacBook Air? iPad Pro? Or just a bunch of fakes?
Earlier this week, Google’s security team Project Zero released a report which highlighted some vulnerabilities found in Apple’s OS X. The good news is that if you’re an OS X user and worried about the potential security risk you are facing, you can rest assured in knowing that Apple has already patched one of the three vulnerabilities, and the other two are in the works.
According to the folks at iMore, Apple is already working on patching the remaining two vulnerabilities in OS X 10.10.2 which is currently in developer testing. It is unclear as to when the latest build of OS X will be released, but at the very least we can rest assured knowing that the next OS X update will address these problems.
However if you’re still paranoid, iMore has stated that these exploits cannot be used remotely, meaning that the hacker would actually need physical access to your machines in order to cause damage. “None of these exploits can be used remotely, which means they’d need to be combined with remote exploits or with physical access to the hardware to be put to any practical use.”
Either way we will be keeping our eyes and ears peeled for more information regarding the release of OS X 10.10.2, so do check back with us at a later date for the details.
Many had speculated that with the Apple Watch, Apple would try to approach the marketing of the device as one might expect from a luxury watch maker. This is why Apple’s recent hires have been executives from the fashion and luxury industry. That being said it looks like Apple’s efforts have not slowed down as their latest hire is that of Chester Chipperfield.
Chipperfield is/was the Vice President of Digital and Interactive Design at Burberry. According to previous job position, Chipperfield was “responsible for User Experience and Digital Design for all channels.” According to his LinkedIn profile, Chipperfield’s position at Apple will be for “Special Projects”, whatever that means, although some are speculating that he would have something to do with the launch of the Apple Watch.
Previously we have seen Apple hire the likes of Angela Ahrendts who was the former CEO of Burberry (and possibly Chipperfield’s former boss); Burberry’s social media executive Musa Tariq; Paul Deneve formerly of fashion house Yves St. Laurent; Jacob Jordan from Louis Vuitton; and Patrick Pruniaux who was TAG Heuer’s former VP of global sales.
All these hirings seems to suggest that Apple could be interested in repositioning themselves in the market not so much as a tech company, but a company known for luxurious lifestyle products. The Apple Watch is currently pegged for a release in March, so do check back with us at a later date for more details.
Apple’s iPhone is truly a handset that is high in demand. We’ve seen that in markets such as South Korea where Apple currently commands a 33% market share, but what about back home? How is Apple handling the competition back in the US? As it turns out, pretty good. According to the latest numbers offered by CIRP, 50% of Q4 2014’s activated phones belong to Apple.
According to Josh Lowitz, Partner and Co-Founder of CIRP, “The strength of the September 2014 launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus fueled Apple’s dominance in US mobile phone sales this quarter. Apple had virtually double the sales of Samsung, and five times that of LG. No other brand accounted for as much as 5% of US sales.”
Lowitz added, “The Amazon Fire and Blackberry smartphones registered slight share, which we attribute to random sample fluctuation as much as actual sales.” In terms of loyalty, CIRP found the greatest loyalty belonging to that of iPhone users, where 86% of whom upgraded from an older model.
The same could not be said about Samsung or LG where 25% of Samsung owners and 18% of LG owners actually switched to an iPhone. We should note that these numbers are thanks to the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus so it will be interesting to see if Apple will be able to maintain that momentum in the quarters to come.
The unsurprising reason as to why some iPhone customers choose the 16GB model is simply because it is cheaper. Unlike Android devices, iPhone storage can’t be expanded via a cheap microSD card, meaning that choosing the amount of storage is important when choosing your phone as you’re pretty much stuck with it.
That being said, how often do you run out of storage on your phone? A recent study conducted by cloud photography app IceCream and Ondevice Research has found that at least 42% of iPhone users find themselves out of storage once a month. The survey interviewed 1,000 iPhone users in both the US and the UK, and as you can see in the graph above, a total of 42% iPhone users find themselves running out of space within the space of a month.
In fact according to the survey, it was found that a whopping 76% of those taking part in the survey had 16GB versions of the iPhone, which might account for why they are running out of space so quick, especially since photos and apps will very quickly consume storage if not checked upon frequently.
Previously we had also heard that some iPhone users weren’t too happy with the advertised 16GB storage and have sued Apple, claiming that the Cupertino company had misrepresented the amount of storage made available to them. In any case what do you guys make of the survey? Do you find yourself running out of space regularly?
The great thing about these music services offered online these days is that it gives us access to a huge library of songs. These songs can either be the latest radio hits or they could be oldies from back in the day, but unfortunately it looks like those oldies might no longer be made available if the lawsuit against Beats, Sony, Google, Rdio, Songza, Slacker, and Grooveshark were to succeed.
A lawsuit has been filed against those companies over alleged unpaid royalties for songs recorded prior to 1972. The suit is being led by Zenbu Magazines who are the owners of several of these songs. The lawsuit also alleges that these companies had misappropriated its content and are illegally profiting by selling subscription services without paying royalties to the owners of the songs.
The reason why there has not been an issue before this is because of a copyright law amended by Congress which basically protected songs recorded after the 15th of February 1972, however a case brought to court and successfully won by The Turtles back in 2013 have set a precedent, which might explain why this lawsuit is taking place.
It is unclear how these companies will proceed with the lawsuit, but it has been speculated that should the cost of the royalties exceeds that the amount that these companies makes, then it would just be easier and cheaper for them to take it out of rotation entirely. In any case we will be keeping our eyes peeled for more information, but in the meantime would you miss any of these songs should they be taken out of rotation from these music streaming services?
When it comes to camera modules in smartphones, Sony is actually doing pretty well for themselves in that regard. They have made modules used in Apple’s iPhone lineup, as well as Samsung’s Galaxy S-lineup as well, but if the rumors are to be believed, it looks like Samsung and Sony could be parting ways with the Galaxy S6.
According to previous rumors of the Galaxy S6, the handset is said to come with a 20MP rear-facing camera with optical image stabilization. However it also seems that instead of going with a Sony camera module for the Galaxy S6, Samsung is instead expected to use their own technology for the Galaxy S6’s camera.
Does this sound like a stretch? Definitely not. In the past we have heard how Samsung is working on their own 20MP module, so it wouldn’t really be that big of a surprise if Samsung were to turn to their own company for camera parts, rather than paying a competitor like Sony for it.
Of course the quality of Samsung’s camera module remains to be seen, especially since Sony’s has been pretty reliable. We reckon it would be a gamble especially if things don’t work out for Samsung, but either way hopefully we will learn more about this at MWC 2015, but until then do take it with a grain of salt for now.
It seems that T-Mobile has a knack for getting on everyone’s nerves, especially when they are competitors that they at one point in time was interested in merging with. We have seen AT&T and T-Mobile bicker and try to steal each other’s customers in the past, and now it looks like there is no love lost between T-Mobile and Sprint as well.
Sprint has recently announced their latest offer in a bid to try steal customers over from T-Mobile’s network. The offer will basically see the carrier offer T-Mobile customers a minimum value of $200 when trading in their smartphone, which is on top of the extra $350 in credit they would get if they were to make the switch from T-Mobile to Sprint.
The carrier is also boasting and targeting T-Mobile specifically and comparing rates, claiming that what they offer is cheaper than what T-Mobile has to offer. According to Chad Lander, director of Sprint’s buyback and phone trade-in program, “Our industry-leading program gives customers a clear and immediate financial incentive to turn in their old phone. We’re able to target customers, like those from T-Mobile, offset any termination fees, and provide a far superior offering.”
This offer is unfortunately not permanent so if you’re a T-Mobile subscriber looking to take advantage of Sprint’s offer, you will have to move fast as this deal is only good until the 9th of April.