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State Farm Files Lawsuit Againt Apple Over iPhone Fire

July 25, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
State Farm Files Lawsuit Againt Apple Over iPhone Fire

We live in an age of exploding cell phone batteries, apparently. In a new case, indeed, insurer State Farm and one of its customers, Wisconsin resident Xai Thao, allege that one of Apple’s older iPhones had a defective battery that led to a fire last year. A lawsuit filed by both State Farm and Thao claims that her iPhone 4S “failed” and “started a fire at Thao’s home.” The lawsuit further claims that “preliminary investigations show evidence of a significant... 

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Telegram App Adopts Disappear Messages Like Snapchat

July 25, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Telegram App Adopts Disappear Messages Like Snapchat

Telegram, which gained notoriety for its encrypted messaging service, just upped its privacy game for users. The app now lets you send your friends “self-destructing” photos and videos that disappear after a few seconds, the company said in a recentblog post. How long it takes for the media to go away depends on how long you set the timer for. If this update sounds all too familiar, that’s because it’s similar to Snapchat’s ephemeral pictures and video. Snapchat... 

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Samsung To Officially Launch Galaxy Note 8 On August 23rd

July 24, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Samsung To Officially Launch Galaxy Note 8 On August 23rd

Samsung’s is gearing up to “do bigger things.” The company has announced plans to hold its next Unpacked event — presumably the Galaxy Note 8 — at 11 a.m. ET on Aug. 23 in New York’s Park Avenue Armory. The invitation provided to press showed the outline of a phone that looks similar to the shape of the Galaxy S8 — a screen that appears to curve around the long sides of the phone and thin bezels at the top and bottom. It also shows a bright blue stylus,... 

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T-Mobile Continues Winning Streak, Adds 1.3M New Customers

July 21, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
T-Mobile Continues Winning Streak, Adds 1.3M New Customers

The nation’s third-largest mobile carrier said it added 1.3 million net new customers in the second quarter, aided largely by the 786,000 new phone customers on a post-paid plan, or who pay at the end of the month. The figure topped at least one Wall Street firm’s expectations. The numbers underscore the fact that despite the rival carriers throwing themselves at you for your business, T-Mobile continues to win over new customers. The heightened pressure has resulted in more deals for... 

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Samsung Finally Launches Bixby Voice App For Galaxy S8

July 20, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Samsung Finally Launches Bixby Voice App For Galaxy S8

Samsung has finally officially launched voice capabilities for its Bixby smart sidekick in the US, about three months after the artificial intelligence technology first became available on its new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus phones. The company had delayed the launch and missed its own promised “later this spring” deadline, at least in the US. Owners of its newest phones will be able to access Bixby Voice after downloading a software update, rolling out at 9 p.m. PT. South Korean... 

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Google’s Mobile App Gets New Look, Feel

July 20, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Google’s Mobile App Gets New Look, Feel

Google has announced a re-tooling of its search app on mobile phones to include a personalized feed of links about hobbies, travel, sports and other topics, a move that puts the search company into more direct competition with social networks such as Facebook. Google, the world’s largest search engine and a unit of Alphabet Inc, said the changes would begin rolling out in the United States on Wednesday and other countries in the coming weeks. The new offering is called “Google Feed,”... 

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Premium Nokia 8 Handset May Launch By End Of July

July 19, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Premium Nokia 8 Handset May Launch By End Of July

The premium Nokia 8 could get everything from dual cameras to Qualcomm’s fastest Snapdragon 835 chip (the same one that’s in the Samsung Galaxy S8), according to well-known mobile tipster Evan Blass, who also writes for VentureBeat. The phone may even be unveiled as early as July 31, Blass suggests. If true, this is just what the Nokia brand — once a top-two titan of mobile — needs. After Microsoft sold a company called HMD the rights to use the Nokia mobile name in 2016,... 

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Samsung To Recycle Rare Metals From Old Galaxy Note 7s

July 19, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Samsung To Recycle Rare Metals From Old Galaxy Note 7s

Electronics giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd announced plans to recover 157 tons worth of rare metals from recalled Galaxy Note 7 smartphones in a bid to minimize the environmental impact of the fire-prone devices. Samsung said in a statement it planned to reuse components such as camera modules, chips and displays as replacement parts on devices sent in for repairs or sell them. It would also recover metals such as cobalt, copper, gold and silver from components that would not be reused. The world’s... 

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AT&T Offers ZTE’s Blade Spark Smartphone For Only $99

July 18, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
AT&T Offers ZTE’s Blade Spark Smartphone For Only $99

These days, low-cost and durable smartphones that will stretch your dollar aren’t too hard to find. Case in point is the newest offering from AT&T and ZTE: the Blade Spark. Available as a prepaid phone, the Blade Spark features a fingerprint reader, a 1.4GHz Snapdragon processor and Android Nougat 7.1.1. Given that it only costs $99, too, the phone is a good deal for anyone looking for a budget phone. The Blade Spark (which has a design that reminds me a lot of 2014’s Motorola Moto... 

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Apple Pay Tempts Chinese Consumers With Huge Discounts

July 18, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Apple Pay Tempts Chinese Consumers With Huge Discounts

China’s mobile payments market is worth almost $6 trillion, and Apple wants to elbow its way in. To entice more Chinese to start using Apple Pay, the iPhone maker is offering up to 50 percent discounts off purchases at participating vendors, many of them Western brands. It’s also rewarding users up to 50 times the usual points for designated credit cards, according to Apple’s official Chinese website. The promotion period will run from July 18 to 24. China is a tough market... 

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iPhone 8 May Come With Scaled Down Features

July 14, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
iPhone 8 May Come With Scaled Down Features

The upcoming iPhone 8 may not debut with a complete set of features that Apple has planned. Problems with the iPhone’s rumored wireless charging and facial recognition software could cause Apple to disable these features when the phone arrives in stores, according to Fast Company. June was allegedly a tough month for Apple’s iPhone team, according to the report. With Apple’s usual iPhone reveal likely falling sometime in September, the team is reportedly ironing out the... 

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Can Qualcomm Get iPhones With Intel Inside Banned

July 14, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Can Qualcomm Get iPhones With Intel Inside Banned

Qualcomm is stepping things up a notch in its ongoing legal battle with Apple by seeking a sales and import ban on same iPhone models.  We knew this was coming, and Qualcomm on Thursday made it official by filing a complaint with the US International Trade Commission (ITC) alleging that iPhones using Intel’s 4G wireless chips are effectively using six Qualcomm patents “unfairly” and “unlawfully”. Qualcomm has previously argued that Apple purposefully didn’t... 

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Waze’s iOS App Allows User To Customize Voice Prompts

July 12, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Waze’s iOS App Allows User To Customize Voice Prompts

“In five hundred feet turn right.” Sometimes a direction that makes sense on paper can be confusing on the road. But that’s OK because the Google-owned Waze is now letting iOS users record their own personalised directions. You can access the Voice Recorder feature in Waze’s advanced settings by hitting “Sound & voice.” Tap “Voice directions” and you’ll be given the option to record a new voice. Your custom voice pack comes with a link you... 

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Red Digital Cinema Announces 3D Smartphone

July 10, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Red Digital Cinema Announces 3D Smartphone

Red Digital Cinema Camera Co. said that it will be offering what it described as the “world’s first holographic media machine,” a smartphone with 3D image capabilities. Red, known for its professional high-definition cameras used for filming movies such as Guardians of the Galaxy and The Hobbit, said its new Hydrogen One Media Machine smartphone will ship in the first quarter of 2018. The Hydrogen One Media Machine has a 5.7-in “retina-riveting” holographic display,... 

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Nokia And Zeiss Team Up Again For Phone Camera

July 7, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Nokia And Zeiss Team Up Again For Phone Camera

Nokia mobile phones of the future, you could pack a stellar camera as a headline feature. Phone maker HMD on Thursday announced an exclusive partnership with imaging experts Zeiss that will see the two work together to develop cameras for upcoming Nokia phones. Frustratingly, we don’t yet know when exactly we we’ll see a high-end flagship Nokia phone, but at least we know now that when we do it’s likely to have a camera with Zeiss credentials. The two companies will be collaborating... 

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