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July 2014

1.4-Ton Car: 1. Rumored iPhone Sapphire Glass Display: 0 – PC Magazine

If you’ve been watching all the news about the rumored new panel type for Apple’s yet-to-be-announced iPhone 6, then you might be wondering: When is someone going to destroy one of the sapphire displays already? For the uninformed, it’s widely speculated that Apple might be replacing the iPhone’s Gorilla Glass screen — made by Corning — with a new sapphire glass display made by Apple partner GT Advanced Technologies, which appears to be ramping up production of sapphire glass at its Arizona plant. As for why Apple is interested in switching over, the answers are obvious: sapphire glass, which is not so much a glass as it is a single crystal of transparent sapphire that’s grown Read More

Hollywood’s worst nightmare just got worse, as Popcorn Time’s Android app gets … – The Next Web

Torrent-streaming platform Popcorn Time already has the movie industry quaking in its proverbial boots, with a cross-platform service that streams video content via torrents in real-time. It’s like Netflix, except its peer-to-peer (P2P), offers infinitely more content, and has very questionable legality. But with its latest update, things are being pushed to the next level. Last week, you may recall that Popcorn Time’s Windows app received Chromecast support, essentially bringing any popular movie to your TV screens for free in next to no time. And a couple of months after Popcorn Time arrived on Android, its mobile app now has Chromecast support too. Google’s Chromecast dongle is available to buy in 12 countries across Europe and North America, letting anyone stream Read More

Android 4.4.4 Kitkat update for Motorola DROID Maxx, Ultra, and Mini handsets … – ChristianToday

A lot of Motorola users confirmed through the Motorola Feedback Network that the Android 4.4.4 Kitkat OS update are now rolling out on their respective devices. It seemed that the mobile manufacturer skipped the 4.4.3 version of the Android Kitkat and will go directly to Android 4.4.4 Kitkat version. Some of the Motorola handsets that received the latest and final Kitkat update are DROID Maxx, DROID Ultra, and DROID Mini. Aside from the DROID smartphones, Moto E, Moto G, and Moto X users will receive the said update. Currently, the only devices that run with the final version update of the Android Kitkat OS are the Nexus and Google Play Edition devices. The Android 4.4.4 Read More

Unofficial Android L port lands for HTC One – ZDNet

Owners of older HTC One handsets now have an unofficial Android L build. Image: CNET Android L is still some months away from being officially available, but the preview release has given developers enough to port the firmware to HTC’s One M7. Google only released its preview Android L firmware for the Nexus 5 and latest Nexus 7 at the start of the month, but within days developers had built ports extending what was available in the preview to the Nexus 4 and older Nexus 7 models. Read this Google releases Android L preview source for Nexus devices Read more Others meanwhile have extracted working components, such as the Android L keyboard — it made a Read More

iPhone 6 listed on Amazon Japan with release date, price, display size – Load The Game

Share ! tweet Amazon is infamous for listing products well before their release dates are confirmed and in some case, even before the products themselves have been announced. This was the case with Mass Effect 4, a highly anticipated video game that wasn’t yet announced by developer Bioware. Now we also see the iPhone 6 making a surprise appearance on Amazon Japan even though Apple has kept quite regarding their upcoming flagship until now. The general belief is that the smartphone will come in two variants, a 4.7-inch one aimed at regular consumers, and a bigger 5.5-inch handset that’s said to target the premium markets. The retailer only lists the Read More

3 Issues Facing Apple Inc’s iOS 8 – Motley Fool

Unless you live under a technological rock you’ve probably heard that Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) announced its next mobile operating system iOS 8. The company has improved the software by adding requested features like third party keyboard support an upgraded iCloud Drive, and increased connections between the iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Unfortunately, iOS 8 could actually hurt iTunes revenue growth, which has been one of the company’s fastest growing divisions. This is just one of the issues facing iOS 8, and Apple investors need to worry about two other problems as well. Totally missing the pointThe first issue facing iOS 8 is something that Apple calls an improvement on text messaging. Read More

Delay Of Large iPhone Is The Best Possible News For Samsung – Business Insider

BI How Apple’s iPhones will line up against Samsung’s smartphones. See Also Until yesterday, Samsung’s worst nightmare was coming true. Sales are down 10%, in large part because cheap Chinese Android knockoffs are cannibalizing the low end of Samsung’s mobile-phone shares. Apple’s sales are accelerating while Samsung’s are faltering. And Samsung’s one advantage over Apple — the fact that it offers two large-screen phones in the high-end market where Apple has none — is about to be wiped out by Apple’s new iPhone 6 phablet, expected in September. And some consumers are likely holding off on buying large-screen phones as they wait to see what Apple will unveil in its fall launch. Samsung has cut its orders for parts Read More

Nokia Lumia 930: Australian Review – Gizmodo Australia

It’s been slow-going for Microsoft’s adopted little brother, Nokia, but after a hard slog, the phone maker is finally starting to gain ground. The Lumia 930 is the next great hope for Nokia. Does it have what it takes to play with the big boys from Samsung, HTC and Apple? What Is It? The Nokia Lumia 930 is essentially the Nokia Lumia Icon intended for Australia. It has a fancy new jacket and 4G capabilities, but it’s basically the same. The Lumia 930 has a 1080p 5-inch screen. As far as looks go, it’s slightly divorced from the rounded edges and all-polycarbonate body of Lumias before it. The 930′s screen and case are separated by a gorgeous silver banding with Read More

Nokia Lumia 930, Huawei Ascend Mate 2, BlackBerry Z30 (MobileTechRoundup … – ZDNet

Summary: Kevin is revisiting Windows Phone and Matt is checking out BlackBerry 10 again as the summer progresses. By Matthew Miller for Smartphones and Cell Phones | July 14, 2014 — 00:26 GMT (17:26 PDT) Follow @palmsolo By Matthew Miller for Smartphones and Cell Phones | July 14, 2014 — 00:26 GMT (17:26 PDT) Even though the summer is a bit slow for tech news, Kevin and I have been using a few new devices. As you can hear on MobileTechRoundup show #323 we spent the first half talking aboiut Windows Phone 8.1. Show topics include: (Image: ZDNet) Kevin has a Lumia 930 with Windows Phone 8.1 Android apps on Windows – good idea Read More

3 Reasons To Stay Away From Nokia (NOK) – Seeking Alpha

After selling its devices business to Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), it was expected that Nokia (NYSE:NOK) will be able to focus on more profitable areas and turn its fortunes around. However, the company is facing competition in its new focus areas as well. After facing tough competition from Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhones and Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Android-based smartphones, Nokia had to sell its devices business to Microsoft for $7.5 billion. Currently, the networks segment is the core of the company, accounting for almost 87% of its revenue. The networks division is not performing well as it reported a 17% annual decline in sales, and if it continues to underperform, Nokia might be in trouble. This is where Nokia’s competitors, Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE:ALU) and Juniper Read More