Sony said to be talking to Apple about camera for 'new' iPhone

Sony is in negotiations with Apple for supply of sensors for a "new iPhone," according to a Japan-based report.

The talks call for Sony to double the supply of camera components for a "new iPhone slated to roll out as early as next year," according to a Wednesday report in Nikkei, Japan's largest business daily.

Sony is a supplier of CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor) sensors for the iPhone 5S' rear-mounted cameras, as teardowns have shown. Nikkei states that "nearly all" rear-mounted CMOS sensors for "current iPhone models" are supplied by Sony. … Read more

Next-gen Net en route: Google's IPv6 traffic exceeds 3 percent

Just in time for explosive growth of mobile phones and The Internet of Things, the next-generation Net standard called IPv6 is catching on, now accounting for more than 3 percent of Google's traffic.

Google's measurement is based on the number of users per day using IPv6. Although 3 percent is a small fraction, it's a very large number in absolute terms.

The pace of adoption is accelerating: It took 11 months to get from 1 percent to 2 percent, but only five months to get from 2 percent to 3 percent, said Dan York of the Internet … Read more

Fly6 watches your back with video camera taillight

Mounting a video camera to a bicycle is nothing new. Plenty of people have recorded their two-wheeled conquests this way. A device called the Rideye even went so far as to act like a "black box" recorder for bikes in case of accidents.

The Fly6 combo taillight and HD video camera on Kickstarter figures that the greatest threats are most likely to sneak up on you from behind in the form of motorists behaving badly. The idea is to capture them on video should an incident occur.… Read more

Yes, there's already someone waiting in line for iPhone 6

If your life is devoid of meaning -- or if, perhaps, you are an Apple fan and blogger -- you need to express yourself in as public a way as you can.

One of the ways in which Apple fans and bloggers express themselves most graphically is, of course, by standing in line to be among the first (few thousand) to get their hands on a new Apple gadget.

A current kink is that there is no new Apple gadget. This, however, hasn't stopped Japanese Apple fan and blogger Yoppy from assuming his position to be the first in … Read more

Place your bets: An Apple tablet, laptop -- or both?

Is Apple going to take a crack at a hybrid? Or is it eying a more conventional product?

Those are burning questions that analysts and the supply chain are trying to figure out.

Predicting Apple's next move has become a sport. With the supply chain (in the case of Apple, largely the collection of component suppliers) the arena where, after some trial-and-error, a final product emerges the winner.

Market researchers are the bookies, calculating the odds based on their best educated guess from supply chain sources.

The iPhone 6 is the latest example: the odds seem to favor a … Read more

Visions of a larger iPhone 6 are stunning

The rumors that the iPhone 6 is finally growing up have stirred Apple fans with design chops to action.

Italian designer Federico Ciccarese has shown us his visions of a possible future iWatch or an iPhone Air in the past, and this week he got in touch again to share with us how he conceives of a bigger iPhone 6 with both 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens.

You can click through the gallery below of images created by Ciccarese, and also scroll to the bottom of this post for a separate video conception of the next iPhone. Ciccarese said he created his renderings based off reports of a 4.7-inch iPhone with a 750x1,338-pixel resolution and a 5.5-inch version with an 878x1,568 display.… Read more

See sapphire protect an iPhone from a huge concrete block

Sapphire has been the latest loaded buzzword floating around the world of Apple. The company could soon fire up a new facility in Arizona to churn out sapphire screens for...something. Maybe the displays of an upcoming iPhone 6? Maybe a new iWatch, or perhaps just more Touch ID screens?

The notion of using sapphire glass to give the next-generation iPhone a virtually unscratchable screen seems to be generating the most excitement -- imagine, at last, an end to all those shattered glass iPhone faces! … Read more

Review: Sepia Shine adds filter effects to your pictures in 12 different colors

Sepia Shine is a tool for adding various sepia-style filters to your photos and then sharing them with friends via Facebook, Twitter, and more. The filters come in multiple color options, and you can scroll through each of them to find the one that complements your photos perfectly. Then choose from one of the many options for saving and sharing.

The first time Sepia Shine opens, there is a sample image available on the screen for you to experiment with. When you feel like you know what you're doing, you can go ahead and add a photo from your … Read more

Reviews: DS Clock (64-bit) lets you custom-configure a clock for your desktop

DS Clock (64-bit) lets you configure a date and time readout for your desktop, with different color and font options, and more. You can choose to display the time in other time zones, as well, and your clock will automatically check in and readjust at whatever interval you set, so you can be sure it's always accurate. While most computer screens display the time anyway, this app has a few extra features that can be fun to play with.

When you open DS Clock for the first time, you'll be able to select your time zone, as well … Read more

Review: Simple Disk Cleaner finds and removes unnecessary files from your computer

Simple Disk Cleaner locates and removes unnecessary files and other clutter from your computer to improve speed and function. This junk can come in many forms, from incomplete uninstallers to temporary Internet files, and it usually isn't harmful on its own. But once it builds up, it eventually negatively impacts your computer's overall performance, and this app gets rid of it for you.

With a sleek and intuitive interface, Simple Disk Cleaner makes the process of cleaning your hard drive easy. For inexperienced users, there's a wizard that walks you through the process of scanning. There's … Read more