9to5Mac, with the help of analyst Matt Margolis, unveiled that the iPhone maker recently placed a large order with GT Advanced Technologies for furnaces and chambers used in making sapphire displays. According to 9to5Mac, GT Advanced has already received 518 furnace and chamber systems, which would let it build 103 million to 116 million 5-inch displays per year. (Another … Read more
The image of the emblematic smartphone game has not been held in high regard of late. Certainly not with titles like Flappy Bird seemingly taking over the world, earning $50,000 a day off our meaningless compulsions and further cementing the well of condescension "hardcore" gamers have for the mobile platform and its capacity.
That's where Threes comes in. Released Wednesday as a universal iPhone and iPad app, the $1.99 title -- a simple math-based puzzler with gorgeous design and catchy music -- is what an overtly refreshing, downright fantastic mobile game should be.
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Shopping for whiskey is hard. There's a lot of jargon and terms thrown around that often lead to intimidation and end in surrender. On the rare occasion I have ordered a whiskey drink, my typical response when questioned about the type of whiskey I want has been "whatever you recommend."
Thanks to a new iOS app I might actually start learning a thing or two about whiskey. The free app called Distiller not only wants to help the whiskey aficionados expand his collection, but it wants to help people like me, who know next to nothing about … Read more
Flappy Bird, the newest and most savagely addicting smartphone game to have taken the mobile market by storm, is earning $50,000 in ad revenue each day, Vietnamese developer Dong Nguyen revealed Wednesday in an interview with The Verge.
While that's nothing compared with the insane $850,000 Candy Crush Saga -- the App Store's longtime leader in the top grossing charts -- earns UK developer King per day, it's certainly nothing to scoff at for a non-freemium game that was uploaded in May 2013, last updated in September, and remained virtually invisible for months. Flappy Bird … Read more
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
Apple and Samsung have provided their final list of allegedly infringing devices for their next mega trial.
Apple on Tuesday presented to the San Jose, Calif., federal court a slew of Samsung products -- including the Admire, Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note II, and Galaxy S3 -- that it contends violates its patents. Samsung responded, saying that it believes Apple's iPhone 4, 4S, and 5 -- along with the iPad 2, 3, and 4, among others -- infringe on its patents.
Apple has reportedly resumed production of the discontinued iPhone 4, but only for three countries.
The smartphone, which was retired last September, has gone back into production for customers in India, Indonesia, and Brazil, according to an Economic Times report. Citing three unidentified senior executives, the report said the move is aimed at recouping market share lost to Samsung in countries where Apple did not have budget-conscious handsets.
Recent iPhone 4 shipments in India bear December manufacture dates, according to the report, which noted that this is the first time that Apple has resurrected production of a discontinued handset.
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Apple and Samsung both saw the same gains in their US smartphone shares last quarter, but the iPhone was by far the top device, according to research firm ComScore.
Looking at the US smartphone market for the past three months of 2013, ComScore pegged Apple with a 41.8 percent share, up 1.2 percentage points from the prior three months. Samsung also grabbed a 1.2 point gain, giving it a 26.1 percent slice of the market. That left Motorola in third place, followed by LG and HTC, none of whom saw growth in their cut of the … Read more
Wireless charging pads can charge or sync your device. Now Apple has patented a smart pad that knows what you need based on how you place your device on it.
Granted Tuesday by the US Patent and Trademark Office, a patent named "Device orientation based docking functions," attempts to take the labor out of telling the charging pad just what you want it to do. Instead, the pad knows what to do based on how your device is oriented.
As described in the patent, you can place your device face up or face down, at a certain rotation, … Read more
Although there's growing evidence that Apple will introduce larger iPhones sometime this year, I'm keeping the promise I made last year. I need and want a phone with a larger screen -- now, not later -- and for me, that means an Android model. (No offense, Windows Phone fans: I simply don't like the hardware and especially don't like the OS.)
After a lot of testing and investigating, I decided the clear pick was the Republic Wireless Moto X, a steal at $299 for the phone and just $25 monthly for unlimited 3G service. (I can … Read more