Xiaomi: Alternative for Android Smartphones

Attributable to the 21st-century advancement in technology, there are not many folks out there who are not in possession of a smartphone. As a matter of fact, smartphones are no longer considered as a luxury item, instead, they have become a necessity to our generation just like water and oxygen. They are the first thing that we look at every morning and the last thing we have our hands on before we go to bed. As a result, the industry behind all of this technology has skyrocketed in recent years. As the demand for smartphones increases, it should come as no surprise that different brands of suppliers are contending to get ahead.

With the United States’ dominance in the global market, foreign suppliers have long been anticipated to demand entry to the circle. Many have not been able to pass the barriers to entry, in addition to minor factors. This is because the United States has maintained a strict policy in these affairs on the grounds of upholding national security interests. ZTE, one of the smartphone manufacturer that originated from China obtained the position as the third runner-up in the United States market last year. Samsung is another multinational conglomerate company that, as we all know, is a leading smartphone provider.

A recent report from the Wall Street Journal reveals a new player in the competition amidst android smartphone providers across the States. Xiaomi, another multinational firm from China, has made its way into Spain earlier on, after finding success in Southeast Asia and India.

“We’ve always been considering entering the U.S. market,” Lei Jun, the Chairman of Xiaomi, expressed in the event of China’s legislative session that takes place once a year in Beijing, China.

Conversely, Xiaomi is not new to the United States market. They have been the retailer of quality gadgets such as television set-top unit for android, cameras, speakers, headphones and so forth for some time now. Due to the exclusivity of the smartphone market, however, Xiaomi has not been able to navigate through government policies imposed by the United States.

Despite the complicated regulations and proceedings, Jun is determined to overcome these challenges. He insisted that Xiaomi, as a firm, will familiarize themselves with United States rules and regulations in the course of months. At the meantime, they will continue to enhance and upgrade their products based on customers’ demands.

Though this may sound promising, the encounter with Huawei may suggests otherwise. Prior to this, Huawei had introduced its featured smartphone, Mate 10 Pro, in the United States. They were considered as a prospective partner by the local phone service provider, AT&T. In spite of that, their plans ended unsuccessfully due to government interference.

Many people are putting down their iPhones in exchange for Android devices that allow more room for customization. As we look forward to Jun’s promising plans, the anticipation of these smartphones offered by Xiaomi will no doubt be exciting for all the Android users out there! In fact, consumers in Southeast Asia have expressed their approval online since the appearance of Xiaomi gadgets many years ago. With an addition to the competition, other smartphone providers will undoubtedly improve their products in order to keep up. As a consequent to an increased number of substitute products, the manufacturers will have to lower their cost of production in order to compete, which means that the final benefactor in the smartphone market will be the consumers who holds the purchasing power.

The two leading brands, Apple and Samsung, will experience a decrease in value. This is because with more participants in the run for a portion of the pie, their halves become smaller. Replacing the pie with market value shows the loss that Apple and Samsung will suffer from, as more companies get ahead.

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Continued Apple-Qualcomm Legal Battle Leads to iPhone Ban Request

Qualcomm has requested the U.S. International Trade Commission to ban the import of certain iPhones that do not use Qualcomm chips, as well as ban Apple from selling any devices that have already been imported. The complaint accuses Apple’s iPhone of infringing six of Qualcomm’s mobile patents.

If successful, the ban would affect the importing and selling of the iPhone 7, 7 Plus and possibly even future iPhones. These include the models running on both AT&T and T-Mobile, as well as including certain iPads. Instead of Qualcomm chips, the devices utilize Intel’s 4G chips, while phones from other carriers including Verizon use Qualcomm’s processors. While these parameters limit the scope of the ban, the limited scope also increases the likelihood of the ban going through. Furthermore, by targeting devices that do not use Qualcomm’s chips, means that the ban avoids hurting Qualcomm’s chip business, which makes a lot of revenue from supplying Apple.

According to Don Rosenberg, Qualcomm’s general counsel, the crux of Qualcomm’s argument is that Apple utilizes its technology without paying for it. Despite negotiations on both sides to address this, neither has budged in compromising the price and yet Apple still continues to use the technology despite infringing on Qualcomm’s patents. This left Qualcomm with no choice but to request the aid of the U.S. Trade Commission.

The ITC will start investigating the complaint in August, followed by an expected trial date sometime next year, meaning that any decision, and ban, would not be implemented for 18 months. Qualcomm is also pursuing a new patent infringement case in the Southern District of California. Rosenberg expects this second case to be put on hold until the ITC makes a decision concerning the first, but acts as a backup plan should the first case end in a ruling in favor of Apple.

This is not the first fight in a drawn out tussle between the two companies, with Apple also pursuing legal action against Qualcomm. Apple has reported that Qualcomm has been engaging in illegal business practices at the expense of Apple and the entire industry by forcing companies to pay royalties for technological breakthroughs that Apple believes Qualcomm has not been responsible for. Apple has repeatedly stated that they believe in intellectual property and respect its implications, but Qualcomm has refused to negotiate a reasonable price and expecting an unfair rate for use of the standard technology used in Apple products.

Apple and Qualcomm have been engaged in legal fights over patents since January, with Apple observing that Qualcomm did not give fair licensing terms for its technology, which Qualcomm justifies by stating that no modern mobile device, including the iPhone, would be possible without relying on Qualcomm technology.

The six patents in question are all responsible in some way for ensuring mobile devices performance can operate with improved efficiency while limiting the power use so the battery is preserved. One of the patents covers technology that bundles radio waves use by mobile devices for connections, providing network options that enable the quickest transition onto the fastest connection radio frequencies. This allows mobile devices to stream in high-quality graphics while also maintaining and increased battery life, two aspects that are fundamental to iPhones wishing to push the boundaries of mobile devices can do.

The technological capabilities apply to current iPhones in production but are also expected to play a role in future iPhones, which means a further infringement of Qualcomm’s technology. While it is not sure as to whether the ban will be successful, the limited scope on specific devices does increase the chances of success. Also, should these legal battles gain public attention, then the hit to the reputation of Apple could see customers boycotting a device that uses others technology without respecting intellectual property. However, this case can also backfire, should customers agree that Qualcomm’s royalties are not justified by the use of technology, or that the patents themselves are not justified.

Apple has won a legal battle before in order to ban certain Samsung phones that infringed on its patents, however, the devices in question were already old, and no longer in mainstream circulation within the U.S. anymore. Therefore, there will be some nuances that differ that court case ruling to this current one.

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Alphabet’s Earnings Remain Consistent

Alphabet, unlike many of is tech conglomerate peers, remains consistent in earnings. Fourth quarter results announced on Thursday that Google’s parent company beat analyst exceptions as revenue rose 22% to $26.06 billion. Alphabet’s net income also rose from $4.92 billion a year earlier to $5.33 billion.

Alphabet is distinct from Apple, Amazon and Facebook due to the company’s search engine. Google’s search engine is a necessary tool for anyone using the internet. While Apple is profitable, its earnings come from fluctuating preferences of smartphone buyers, and the consumer can delay purchasing an iPhone. Amazon, in order to retain customers who can shop elsewhere, is liable to push quality profits aside in order to invest in faster delivery times or even bigger data centers. Facebook’s volatility can be attributed to its relative young nature.

Even the perceived threat of the shift toward mobile devices has worked out in the company’s favor. According to research from NetMarketShare.com, Google’s market share on searches made on desktops is approximately 78%, while it is above 90% on searches made on mobile devices. Mobile devices also pull in more ad revenue–the ads occupy a larger portion of the screen on smaller displays, which increases the likelihood that a user will click on them.

The quarter saw a 36% rise in clicks on Google ads, but a 15% decrease for what advertisers paid per click. While Alphabet did not release results for Google’s other websites, the company runs ads on Youtube, where more than a billion people watch videos every month, according to Google.

Amidst this success, Alphabet has experienced mild setbacks. The company’s earnings per share were reported to be 11 cents below analysts’ estimates at $7.56. The company explained this shortfall was the result of paying more in taxes in the United States but did not explain why. Alphabet’s effective tax went from 5% a year earlier to 22% this quarter.

Alphabet’ stock reached a record high on Wednesday and dropped 2% in after-hours trading on Thursday.

Samsung Insists the Galaxy S7 is Safe

Samsung still insists on the safety of its devices even though there has been a report of a Galaxy S7 exploding in a man’s hands. According to a Canadian newspaper, Amarjit Mann says his S7 felt hot in his pocket. When he took it out, the device exploded resulting in third-degree burns to his hands. Mann says he plans on filing a lawsuit against the South Korean electronics company. In response to this incident, the company made a statement saying,

“Samsung stands behind the quality and safety of the Galaxy S7 family. There have been no confirmed cases of internal battery failures with these devices among the more than 10 million devices being used by consumers in the United States; however, we have confirmed a number of instances caused by severe external damage. Until Samsung is able to obtain and examine any device, it is impossible to determine the true cause of any incident.”

This incident only adds to the blows Samsung has received from the reports of the Galaxy Note 7 being defective. The Note 7 had been intended as a major boost for Samsung. It was the first large released product since the Galaxy S7 and the S7 Edge. However, shortly after the Note 7 was released, reports on overheating batteries catching fire began to pour in. The company offered to placate its users with replacements of the defected devices, but Samsung ended up recalling all the devices once replacements began to catch fire as well. Along with the loss of almost $5 billion in profit due to the suspension in production of the Note 7, two class action lawsuits were filed against the company.

Despite the money loss and the lawsuits that have been filed, the company’s image doesn’t appear affected by the ordeal. In a recent poll, ninety-one percent of Samsung customers said they would choose a different phone made by the company rather than choosing another brand. Samsung also claims that eighty-five percent of the replacements done on the recalled Note 7 were other Samsung smartphones. It is also reported that, in response to the new iPhone 7, Samsung will release a new glossy black version of the Galaxy S7 sometime next month.

iPhone 7 Leaks Introduce New Battery, Earpods, and iPhone SE

With the recent iPhone 7 leak, Apple is introducing a few improvements. The iPhone 7 will be similar to the iPhone 6 but will have more battery life, longer ear pods, and better camera technology. The iPhone SE, on the other hand, was a huge flop.

Apple, like any other company with a mobile product, is planning to increase battery life. Compared to the iPhone 6S the battery life will increase 14% (1715 mAh to 1960 mAh). This increase in battery life is due to the removal of the headphone port and combining it with the charging port. Another factor comes from tweaking the current components.

Apple will also be sporting longer ear pods. The design for the ear pods is relatively similar except for a bulky extension that consists of a lightning connector. By combining the charger port and the headphone port, it is likely that there is a need for an authentication chip, thus explaining the bulky extension.

In addition, the iPhone 7 is going to improve its camera technology. This is shown physically through the iPhone 7’s protruding camera lens. Despite the unattractive bulge, the camera will capture better images. Apple will probably conceal the protruding lens and focus on the imaging in its marketing plan. Investments in Apple’s camera technology continue with Apple opening a new research lab in France to improve the iPhone’s camera sensor by hiring engineers from STMicoelectronics.

While the iPhone 7 is garnering positive attention, the iPhone SE isn’t doing so well. It seems like Apple has run out of ideas. Apple is creating the same product, except it’s a little faster than before. This seems a bit unoriginal of Apple, but the iPhone SE was popular specifically because of its small size and its particular attributes. The iPhone SE is, quite bluntly, relying on its brand name.

Louboutin Announces Their Own App

Christian Louboutin is going beyond fashion and making it easier for you to edit the perfect #ootd for Instagram. Louboutinize is the ultimate photo editing app that easily changes a color or even the texture of a photo with just a touch.

Launched as of August 10, the photo-filtering app is available for iPhone users to download and start editing up. You can upload or take photos straight from the app.

Louboutin put his own personal stamp on the project with a feature that allows you to turn any shoe sole to the iconic red color by simply touching the bottom of your shoe. You can also switch out your own limbs for a famous celebrities’, like model and burlesque icon Dita Von Teese. And if that wasn’t enough, see the world through Louboutin’s nail lacquer crystal bottle.

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The app is full of fun features including sound effects. Touch the lightning-bolt button to hear a “bzzz” sound and share your photo to Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram.

The Louboutin brand will also be joining the club and will be sharing some creative photos weekly on their social media platforms.

Don’t worry if the filters seem dull as of now. The French brand will be adding more filters monthly or bimonthly making it the one stop for all your photo-filtering needs. They will also be adding a men’s version of the app sometime in September.

Get your iPhones out and check out what this app is all about.

An iPhone6 User from India Claims His Phone Exploded During a Call

In the past, the iPhone has faced several issues with quality checks. The problem with the bending phones, battery issues and of course the ever so dangerous phone explosions.

A problem like that could mean a serious one if the proximity of the phone is not favorable. One such victim of the phone explosion problem is restaurateur Kishen Yadav from India.

Apparently, he has recently purchased the 64gig iPhone6 for Rs. 60,000 ($945 USD). Yadav was happy with this purchase until recently when he was on a call and the phone exploded. Luckily, no one around got hurt from the explosion because he was using a hands free devise.

Yadav complained to Apple services in India and they asked him to submit his phone for investigation. After that, he filed a police complaint under a ‘Non-Cognizable Offence’ of a first information report.

When asked about the details of the incident, Yadav said,

“My face could have got burnt as the phone exploded in a matter of seconds. When I threw the phone, the call was on and the battery was around 70%.”

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Starbucks Expands its Mobile Order & Pay Feature

Starbucks Mobile Order & Pay option has increased their outreach to 26 states.

The feature has come a long way since it first began in December in Portland, Oregon. Since its debut, it’s made its way across the United States. The app allows for users to order and pay before they’re even in the coffee shop.

Those who may be wary about the amount of technology that goes into it, Starbucks employees promise that it isn’t that hard.

Starbucks quoted a store manager named Jesse Wenkoff-White who said, “It’s fun to have a conversation with customers and teach them how to mobile order. We can have fairly long lines in the morning and it’s such an awesome option for customer’s looking to run in and out if they’re running late. I’ve had so many people tell me how convenient and easy it is. Our customers that use it absolutely love it.”Use the Starbucks mobile app to efficiently order your meal.

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To do this, users open the app and choose the food or beverage they want, and from here they can choose the location that they want to pick it up at. In order to pay, users will utilize their Starbucks Card which should already have the funds loaded onto it.

According to Starbucks, “The Starbucks app for iPhone displays a barcode that can be used just like a Starbucks Card to make a purchase.”

Once you’ve chosen your order and your location, the app will give you directions on how to get to the location.

Another perk is that this app will allow you to digitally tip your barista. This can be done in $0.50, $1 or $2.

According to Forbes, from the beginning of the Starbucks Cards, “it turned out that empirical research showed that within the first year 75% of the cards were being used by the original purchaser. This very large but still rather secret fact informed the logical development of a mobile wallet.”

Using the card has other perks as well. It will allow you to gift Starbucks cards to other people, and users have the ability to accrue points through the Loyalty Program. For every purchase made using your Starbucks Card, users get one point. These points can be exchanged for free food or drink.

Through the app’s messaging service, users can receive coupons and updates from Starbucks.

According to Tech Crunch, “Today, mobile ordering is seeing consumer adoption for everything from quick coffee breaks for office workers to busy moms with kids in tow to commuters hopping off the bus and wanting to grab their drink quickly.”

As of now 650 stores have the capability of mobile order and pay.

According to Starbucks, amongst these locations are Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Alaska.

Some other locations are in the Southern and Central areas of North America.

This mobile feature is simple enough that it has the capability of benefiting all Starbucks shoppers. As long as they have an iPhone, or an Android in the coming months, then using the feature should be a breeze.

Dunkin Donuts has a similar app and reward program, allowing for users to gain points based on how much money they spend per order. From here they can get rewards like free drinks, coupons for free or less expensive beverages and food orders.

However, Starbucks still has them beat. According to Business Insider, “In the second quarter it accounted for 15 % of the transactions in the U.S. company-operated stores, averaging 6 million transactions per week.”

With summer coming up, this app feature is just what you need to enjoy one of Starbucks’ refreshing ice teas or frothy mini Frappuccinos.

Blackberry Discusses Plan to Layoff More Employees

Blackberry plans to lay off employees involved with their signature phone’s productions in order to turn a more significant profit in the coming years. According to Blackberry, “one of our priorities is making our device business profitable.”

The company hasn’t announced the amount of employees that they plan to lay off. Blackberry has seen a significant drop over the years.

This announcement comes a little less than a year after Blackberry’s Chief Executive John Chen sent out a memo giving updates on their layoffs back in August 2014.

In Blackberry’s Investor Frequently Asked Questions as of September 2014, they had seven thousand employees. This is a dramatic change from its peak where at most they had 20 thousand employees.

The company is looking to turn a profit with these cut backs, and believes cutting the amount of operations will help.

According to Reuters it said, “We have completed the reconstruction notification process, and the workforce reduction that began three years ago is now behind us.”

In the memo, it mentioned plans for increasing workers in the fields of development and sales, but now it doesn’t seem that this plan worked as well it had been intended to.

According to Reuters, at the time “Blackberry [had] shrunk its workforce by roughly 60 percent over the last three years as it attempts to reinvent itself.”

Chen has bigger plans for Blackberry that involve making it solely for business purposes, and giving it qualities that employers look for in their company phone services.

According to Huffington Post Canada, this involves, “[emphasizing higher security levels and are aimed squarely at the business community and government.”

There is some speculation as to which will be cut. The company had made an announcement that their Sweden offices which had 100 employees.

Chen said at the March 2015 Mobile World Congress their plan for this year is to make $500 million on software revenue alone.

The drop in employment may have something to do with the popularity of Apple and Google phones. In fact, Chen was hired because of his ability to turn around technology companies.

In the emailed statement from Blackberry said, “As the company moves into its next stage of the turnaround, our intention is to re-allocate resources in ways that will best enable us to capitalize on growth opportunities while driving toward sustainable profitability across all facets of our business.”

One of Blackberry’s improvements has been the fact that Verizon and AT&T have begun to carry their phones in their stores again.

This is a positive change, seeing as it was only five years ago that Blackberry purchases outranked iPhone by 500 thousand in Canada.

This didn’t last long as by 2011 2.08 million Blackberrys were being purchased as opposed to 2.85 million Apple products, according to Bloomberg Business.

“Blackberry’s loss of domestic preeminence shows the iPhone’s user-friendly features and wealth of apps trump other considerations, said Paul Taylor, a fund manager at BMO Harris Private Banking in Toronto,” said Bloomberg Business.

Despite its differences from Apple and Android products, blackberry prides itself on its security, with its “Blackberry Balance technology and Secure Work Space”.

Some other adjustments the company plans to make is to increase their sales and advertising activity. The company is also working to improve its applications and software, because as of currently they are no nearly as easy to operate as an iPhone where everything is laid out for you.

According to Huffington Post Canada, “The Waterloo, Ont.-based company said the job cuts will affect people who made the hardware, software and applications for its phones, which includes devices like the Blackberry Bold, Classic and Passport.”


Apple Watch Manufacturing Price Only $84

Are you being ripped off by Apple? Apparently the new Apple Watch that is selling for hundreds of dollars only costs $83.70 to make.

According to IHS Technology the manufacturing costs for the Apple Watch Sport 38mm is $83.70 where as the retail price is $349.

The breakdown is $81.20 for the materials that make up the watch and a $2.50 manufacturing expense.


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New York Daily News says compared to the Apple’s iPhones, the Apple Watch has the lowest ratio of hardware costs to retail.

Other Apple products are at about 29 to 39 percent of the suggested retail price, whereas the Watch is at 24 percent.

Senior principal analyst-materials and cost benchmarking services for IHS Technology, Kevin Keller says:

“It is fairly typical for a first-generation product rollout to have a higher retail price versus hardware cost. While retail prices always tend to decrease over time, the ratio for the Apple Watch is lower than what we saw for the iPhone 6 Plus and other new Apple products, and could be of great benefit to Apple’s bottom line if sales match the interest the Apple Watch has generated.”


Release of iOS8

Apple’s updated operating system, iOS 8, is here, much to delight of iPhone and iPad owners (and some iPod Touch users)everywhere. iOS enables users to answer phone calls on a Mac and adds display info in the “Today” screen that includes sports scores and weather updates. iTunes purchases can be shared through iOS8 as well.

Apple Pay, Apple’s mobile payment system, will be available. The update will be accessible for owners of the iPhone 4S, 5, 5C and 5S. iPads are included, except for the first generation. Unfortunately, only owners of the latest iPod Touch can upgrade to iOS 8. Siri can be accessed and used completely hands-free.

The updated system has added new photo-editing tools, including auto-straightening, cropping and color correction. Photo edits will appear across all your Apple devices. A new feature has been added to the keyboard called Quicktype, which is more adaptive to the user’s speech patterns, Moreover, you can send audio clips and maps of your location to your friends. iCloud drive will enable users to browse, edit and share files across various Apple devices, much like Google Drive and Dropbox does.

Still, that’s not the end of the list of new features. A quick double-tap of the home button brings up recent contacts. Icons of their faces pop up at the top of the screen, and you simply tap their face to call or message them. HomeKit will come with iOS 8- a platform to control electronics in your home, in addition to a health app to track fitness goals.



iPhone Pre Order Sale Beat a New Record

The orders in the first 24hrs for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were in the neighborhood of 4 million.

With this record breaking sale, the Cupertino based company beat its own record of the predecessor, the iPhone 5, which sold 2 million in the first 24 hours of the pre-order sale back in 2012.

The stores page was experiencing some difficulties because of the high volume of visits.

The pre-sale orders will be delivered by this Friday, but unfortunately,  its said that many will not be delivered until October because the significant number of orders.

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus will start being sold in stores on September 19 at 8am.  This also includes AT&T Inc, Sprint Corp, T-Mobile US Inc and Verizon Wireless and other authorized resellers. The countries which the new iPhone will be on sale on that date will include U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK. On September 26 the phone will be available in all other countries.

If you are not interested in buying the new iPhone and you have an iPhone 4s or above, you can download the IOS 8 on September 17.


Moment App Tracks and Curbs iPhone Usage

“Moment” is a new app that exposes a developing problem, smart phone addiction. Not only can it tell users how often they are on their phone, but it can tell them where they use it.

The Moment app is free to start out, but to make much progress users will eventually have to pay $1.99. Users may find it to be a small price to pay when its purpose is to reconnect them with people. The app enables users to set limits to track their daily usage, and it blasts a warning when they are at the edge of their set limit and again when they have blown through their daily ration of smartphone use.

The free version of the app does not set hard limits; until you pay, all you can do is view usage statistics. Developer Kevin Holesh gave up some background on the idea in an open letter on Moment‘s Web page:

“I built Moment to help nudge me in the right direction by automatically tracking my daily iPhone use and giving me a warning when I’m on it for too long. When I first started using Moment, I was spending 75 minutes or more on my phone every single day. I currently have my daily limit set to 40 minutes, so after 40 minutes on my iPhone for the day, I get an annoying buzzer telling me to look away from the glowing box in my hands. That’s a good amount of time for me right now, and I’m working on improving that further.”

Phone users all create unbreakable excuses to gaze at their smart phones every few minutes. “I’m checking job emails,” “The babysitter’s watching my daughter” or “Really, I’m just checking work emails.”

Connecting through social media may seem great, but too much of anything is bad. People need a reason to diminish their phone usage. The Moment app just might do the trick.

Moment is not available for Android yet. Users who leave their email address on inthemoment.io will be among the first to know when it does become available.


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Google Swings First with Samsung Gear Live

Google hopes to beat Apple to the punch with smart watches. While Apple quickly ramps up its work force to produce and release a new Apple smart watch, Google will have the Samsung Gear Live released on July 7th.

The Android Wear smart watch comes with a heart rate monitor embedded in its back. It has an every-day-at-the-office look, with a flat, plain band that seems rubbery. It features a 1.63 inch 320×320 screen and runs a 1.2GHz processor and 4GB internal storage. Google added that popular apps will be compatible, like Hangouts and Pinterest. The hardware is noticeably similar to the Samsung Gear 2.

While Apple seemingly focuses in on every detail of their upcoming watch, Google hopes to flood the market with them, thereby ducking their best competition for about two months. At the Google I/O Keynote, their upcoming Samsung Gear Live didn’t seem to offer much of anything different from smart watches we’ve seen before. Just like Android phones, users swipe back and forth through boxes to check notifications. Moreover, users will be able to sync app downloads with their Android phones.

Although the new Samsung Gear Live doesn’t have much to offer in terms of originality and beauty, history tells us that those two characteristics aren’t at all deal-breakers; many more people own Android phones than iPhones, and many more people own Microsoft PC’s than Apple PC’s.

It’s pretty much a given that Google will produce smart watches for lower prices than Apple will. Still, Apple’s higher quality standard and loyal fan base could change the expectations for all smart watches by the fall. Until then, call the Google vs. Apple smart watch war a draw.








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iPhone Feature Stumps Thieves And Lowers Crime Rates In New York

Apple has come out with a new form of security that will keep the information in one’s cellphone safe even if it’s stolen. According to US Day Care Jobs, iPhone users now have the ability to erase data remotely in order to protect their identity and anything else a criminal could get his or her hands on.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, reported that the feature, called Activation Lock, was presented in September and has since lowered Apple product thefts by 19 percent when compared with the previous year. Not only this, but grand larcenies in all of New York City dropped by 29 percent, which is directly paralleled with iPhone robbery.

Schneiderman is on board with the feature’s impact on decreased robbery, as he is currently campaigning for kill switches to be customary in the industry. The concept behind this process is to decrease the value on a cellphone so that it’s less likely to be stolen.

Paul Iliya, a phone re-distributor for iCracked, said his company rejects phones that are a product of theft. Bloomberg Businessweek reported that the number of robbery related phones in the recent months has significantly decreased. All worries don’t seem to be disappearing, however, as Iliya said there is still a demand for stolen phones. “There is still a market for them, but they’re paying 60 percent to 70 percent less,” Iliya said according to Bloomberg Businessweek.

Stolen iPhones are traditionally sold for parts, but even that is better than the former. Changes are underway, and it looks like Apple may have permanently stumped the thieves.




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Apple Announces Release Date For iPhone 6

All the technology gurus are in for a treat, as Apple has set the release date of the iPhone 6 for Sept. 19. There has been a lot of talk regarding the new craze and all the advancement it entails. Sources say Apple has been in close competition with Android, but it expects the slower sales in 2014 to be counteracted by the projected sales from the new iPhone.

So what does this new device have that’s different from what the iPhone has previously released? Well for one, the front retina display will be the largest for an Apple product thus far. “The screen will take up relatively more area on the front of the phone, and will have a smaller hardware border around the screen than on previous iPhones,” according to BGR. The only issue, however, is that the screen is predicted to be roughly 1334 x 750 pixels, which is unfortunately much lower than competing smartphone brands. That’s not to say the iPhone is a scam, but Apple will really need to push the new features in order to stay on top.

With the iPhone 5 already nine months old, the public has been hearing and starting rumors about what Apple has up its sleeve for the next go-round. Luckily, some of the chatter doesn’t seem to be all false, and the new iPhone is expected to offer wireless payment as predicted. It has not yet been released as to the carrier with whom Apple will work for this service. There has been a bit of concern regarding Apple’s ability to follow through after withdrawing this luxury last minute from the iPhone 5, but there seems to be more confidence with the new release.

In addition, the device is anticipated to have a better battery life, roughly a 50 -70 percent improvement. CP Tech reported that Apple filed a patent for wireless charging, so this may be a groundbreaking upgrade as well. All the rumors have not yet been confirmed, but there is no doubt customers will be pleasantly surprised and satisfied when Sept. 19 rolls around.







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