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iPhone lovers mark your calendars. Tech blog Re/Code reports Apple will officially debut its latest smartphone, the iPhone 6, on next month September 9th. If Apple does make the announcement on that day, the phones will hit the market 10 days later, on September 19.
The phone is expected to be larger than any iPhone before it, featuring a 4.7-inch screen. “Apple has also been said to be working on a 5.5-inch version of the iPhone 6, but recent reports have said Apple may not announce that version until later this year or possibly in early 2015,” reports The Los Angeles Times. Japan’s Famitsu newspaper reported the iPhone 6 screen would be “significantly” higher in resolution. The resolution for the iPhone 5S is 1136 x 640.
The larger-screen iPhone is expected to help Apple compete with smartphones by Samsung and HTC that have screens larger than the 4-inch iPhone 5s. However, it might be tough to match the sales of the iPhone 5. During its first weekend, the sales figures for the iPhone 5s and 5c totaled nine million, making it Apple’s biggest launch, reports 9 To 5 Mac.
Additionally, the iPhone 6 is rumored to be thinner and will feature an all-new metallic design.
“One of the most persistent rumors has been that iPhone 6 will be covered in near-indestructible sapphire glass. Several online videos purported to show users bending, stabbing, scratching and hitting these displays to prove their worth. However while sapphire will still be used for the camera lens and home button, analysts recently said there had not been enough sapphire glass in the manufacturing supply chain to indicate the phone will be covered in it,” reports The Sydney Morning Herald.
Of course, Apple is staying mum on the details for now.
One of the worse things about selfies–other than they tap into everyone’s narcissism–is the photos almost always have your camera-holding arm pictured as well. Well, someone has come up with a way to get rid of the “I-am-taking-my-own-picture” look. It is an unofficial new iPhone case called CaseCam. It actually works as a mini tripod so you don’t have to hold the phone while taking photos.
It has a little mirror that holds your phone up that serves as the tripod. The camera is then basically taking a photo of the mirror, which is pointed at you, reports The Huffington Post.
The one drawback: you have to find a surface of the right height to use the case properly. But still a cool idea and now the makers of CaseCam have launched a Kickstarter page. They want to raise $25,000 before August 21 to make the CaseCam for iPhone 5 and 5S. The proposed price: $40 for a CaseCam.
The CaseCam might turn into something big. Who doesn’t take a selfie these days? Even President Obama has been caught doing so. “Millions are shared each and every day across all the major social media platforms. Indeed, according to data from Samsung, selfies make up almost one-third of all photos taken by people aged 18-24, with Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat bearing the brunt of that load,” reports AllTwitter.
Team iPhone won’t hesitate to rattle off a long list of features that make their device superior to other phones. Still there are some things about the iPhone life that drive us mad!
Perhaps the most infuriating alert to pop up (aside from the message telling you you’ve run out of space and can no longer take photos) is the “Low Battery” message. When we’re out enjoying the day, or having a night out on the town, it’s inevitable that before the night is over you’ll be racing and running around to find an outlet.
Well, if you’re reading this post you’re in luck, because we dug up a few tips and tricks to help you stretch that battery life when you’re in the dreaded red zone.
Unicode Consortium (the company that regulates the presentation of text across software platforms and devices) officially released version 7.0 that comes with close to 250 new characters including: shopping bags, a bed, a camera with flash, and the highly sought after “back of envelope.” Needless to say, this is not quite the update we were expecting. The good news is, you can now officially give people the finger via text. The Reversed Hand With Middle Finger Extended is among the new emoji characters set to come in this new update. The bad news is the only hand that we’ll see will still look like a white person’s hand.
After Apple received an email from MTV about the lack of diverse emoji characters, Apple responded. However, since Apple does not create or control the emojis, they’re actively working with the Unicode Consortium to update the standard and create more diversity amongst the emoji characters.
It makes me mad that there are no black emojis… — Tahj Mowry (@Tahj_Mowry) March 16, 2014
Celebrities like Tahj Mowry and even Miley Cyrus agree that there needs to be more ethnicities and races reflected in our emoji symbols, but since this new update doesn’t quite add brown hands or faces to the character set we will have to continue to wait and see. While the Consortium released their update yesterday, the new emoji characters will not be available on your phones until a software update is issued that would allow your phone to support Unicode 7.0, which some predict will arrive sometime in July.
You can check out the full list of new emoji characters here.
These days, the average smartphone can do it all. It is a photo-taker, portable search-engine, organizer, newsmaker/slash social-media updater, an actual device for making phone calls (which we sometimes forget), and perform even more valuable functions. Many people rely heavily on their smartphones for day-to-day tasks; and, for many, these portable devices are the only means of connection to the Internet.
While Internet use is virtually universal among younger, college-educated adults and those with high incomes regardless of race, the gap is far greater when age and race are factored in, according to the Pew Research Internet Project. Figures show smartphone usage is nearly equal among Blacks and whites — 56 percent of African Americans and 53 percent of whites are smartphone users. Furthermore, African Americans have high rates of social networking site usage, over-indexing on Twitter. When it comes to younger African Americans, some 40 percent of African-American Internet users, ages 18-to-29, report they use Twitter, as opposed to 28 percent of whites of the same age.
With smartphones serving as the entry way to the world of digital for communities of color, MadameNoire takes a look at which handsets are best for some of our daily needs:
Health: Samsung Galaxy S5
Health tech has taken off, allowing users to monitor their caloric intake, sleeping patterns and activity levels. The Samsung Galaxy S5 takes it to another level. Users can select the heart-rate monitor icon from within Samsung’s S Health 3.0 application, which comes pre-loaded in the Galaxy S5, and place their index finger on the center of the flash module to the right of the flash. Holding your finger in place for a couple of seconds, you’ll receive your heart-rate info, which can be used to plot exercise and training regimens (viewing it in hours, days or months). Technically, you can use the iPhone 5S in the same manner if you download an appropriate app.
We can do without the plastic exterior, but you can’t beat the 5.1-inch display or amazing 16-MP rear camera either, or that it’s water resistant. The device goes on sale on April 11.
Stay Up to Date: HTC One (M8)
We love to stay connected and the newly released HTC One (M8) will satisfy your there’s-an-app-for-that needs. It’s Blinkfeed newsfeed app, which allows you to display your favorite content (thanks in part to HTC’s top-tier content partners like The Associated Press, MTV, and ESPN) and social updates on your home screen.
It comes with more storage (ahem, the 2,600 mAh and Snapdragon 801 processor), so you can store more information on your device. Whether it’s pictures from the family reunion or business files, you’ll have them at your fingertips.
Greater Photos: Nokia Lumia 1020
There so much talk of the iPhone 5S or the latest Galaxy devices that other brands get squashed. But don’t sleep on this Windows Phone, the Nokia Lumia 1020 is equipped with a great camera phone, boasting strong manual controls, a selection of photo Lens apps and a 21-MP sensor. Yes, you’ll get sharper photos and greater creative control. AT&T dropped the price of the Lumia 1020 from $299 to $199 on contract.
Cool Videos: iPhone 5S
It’s not a never-before-seen feature (you can definitely capture these on the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S5 or phones with the SloPro app), but we’ll give it to them for now because there’s been some great videos captures with the device. Take a look for yourself.
Which is your favorite smartphone? We want to know how you use it and why it’s better than the rest?
Based in New York City, Janel Martinez is a multimedia journalist who covers technology and entrepreneurship. She is the founder of “Ain’t I Latina?” an online destination geared toward Afro-Latinas. You can follow her up-to-the-minute musings on Twitter @janelmwrites.
How many times in a day do you pull out your mobile phone and think to yourself, “How did I get so many apps on this thing?”
You ought to use your mobile device for what it’s meant to do — make your life easier and keep you connected. But if you’re always putting new apps on your device, you’re actually diminishing its performance, wasting the reason why you have the device in the first place.
Way back in 2012, The New York Times offered up a few suggestions for cleaning up your app situation, among them, using folders and getting rid of things you don’t use. Here are a few suggestions for cleaning up and speeding up your Android device. And here are suggestions for both the Android and iPhone.
The common thread for all of these articles is to be judicious about what you’re putting on your phone. Even if it’s free, if you don’t need it, don’t download it.
One buck! That’s what a new iPhone 5c will cost you — if you head to Best Buy. The retail chain is selling the Apple device for just $1 when users trade in any working smartphone on Dec. 20th and 21st.
Here’s the lowdown: To get the deal, consumers must sign up for a two-year service contract and trade in any working smartphone that can power on and has no screen cracks or water damage, reports The Los Angeles Times.
For an added perk, the retailer said that “if a customer’s smartphone is worth more than a guaranteed credit, they will receive the positive difference in the form of a Best Buy gift card.”
Also, through Dec. 21 Best Buy is giving new wireless service customers $50 off when they purchase any new smartphone except for the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c.
Best Buy isn’t the only store with a great deal on the iPhone. Last week, Wal-Mart announced it was dropping the price of the device to $27 with a two-year contract. And Target is selling the iPhone 5c for $50 with a two-year contract, a deal includes a $50 Target gift card (so basically free except for the contract fees).
Soon after its debut, industry observers declared the iPhone 5c a flop. The iPhone 5C is the cheaper, more colorful plastic version of Apple’s higher-end iPhone 5S. “Apple has not released figures breaking down sales of the 5C versus the 5S (An earnings report on October 28 may change that). But independent analysts estimate that the fancier 5S is outselling its candy-colored cousin by 3 to 1 or, in some cases, even more,” reported CNN in October. Apple, reportedly, even cut back production of the 5C because of lack of consumer demand.
So it seems Apple’s loss, may be your gain.
Your smartphone just might be a lot cooler than our President’s mobile device. While everyone is flocking to Apple to purchase the new iPhone 5S, Barack Obama must tote around a once-popular phone that has grown obsolete — the dreaded BlackBerry, LA Times reports.
During an event promoting the Affordable Care Act at the White House, Obama admitted that he’s forbidden from owning an Apple mobile device. “I’m not allowed for security reasons to have an iPhone,” he told the crowd. The Secret Service, according to The Week, is less wary of the Blackberry due to its “superior encryption standards.”
It’s important to note that back when Obama was sworn into office in 2009, the Secret Service didn’t even want him to own a BlackBerry either. But Obama begged to keep the business-oriented device; he told the agency that the phone could be programmed so that only 10 people can have access to his personal email. The secret service conceded. (The President does have an Apple iPad.)
If Obama did own an iPhone, his e-mail, GPS coordinates, personal photos, texts, and countless other classified material could easily be hacked by gadget-savvy troublemakers. So although the BlackBerry is seemingly doomed for failure among its rivals, the antiquated smartphone finds loyal customers within the political atmosphere.
Apple has been working on tightening its security measures “like encryption, forced PIN entry, and the ability to wipe your phone remotely if it’s stolen,” said Slate, but White House members just aren’t ready to risk using an iPhone.
Now as Obama’s comments imply that the iPhone compromises privacy, it brings up questions about the NSA and its data gathering practices, used for spying on Americans. It has been revealed that the NSA collects five billion geolocation records daily!
Slate writes, “Apple was one of several major tech companies identified in leaked NSA documents as being part of the agency’s PRISM surveillance program. And while Apple has insisted that its users’ iMessages are secure, hackers have called those claims into question.”
As for Malia and Sasha, they are totally allowed to own Apple smartphones. Obama’s points out that his phone bill consistently reminds him of his daughters’ iPhone obsession. Those shots of the First Daughters snapping selfies at dad’s inauguration speak to that.
Some news stories actually make you want to start believing in conspiracy theories. Here’s one that might. It seems that wireless carriers may be blocking a relatively simple solution to phone thefts in order to make a profit. About 1.6 million Americans had their phones stolen last year, with nearly 40 percent of all robberies in major U.S. cities involving mobile devices.
Not only do people buy more phones is they need to replace stolen ones, but also customers are more apt to opt for insurance offered by phone companies.
This is actually a lucrative side hustle for carriers — the top four wireless carriers will earn more than $7.8 billion this year in insurance premiums from their customers, according to an estimate by industry trade publication Warranty Week (via Huffington Post). According to Businessweek, Asurion, a phone insurance company that pays the wireless carriers for each policy they sell, made an estimated $98 million in profit in 2010. Typically, phone insurance plans range between $7 and $11 monthly, and they require consumers to pay deductibles as high as $200 for a replacement phone. And most often, these are nor new phones but refurbished used phones ones. Asurion’s insurance plan doesn’t guarantee customers will receive the same model as the one they lost.
“If you do the math, the phone companies are making out like bandits,” Richard Doherty, a director for Envisioneering Group, a market research firm, told HuffPo.
But here’s the kicker. A top prosecutor is accusing phone companies of standing in the way of a solution that could protect consumers from violent robberies just so that they can make more money.
San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón claims he has obtained emails showing how phone companies are blocking the introduction of a so-called kill switch that would render phones inoperable if stolen. If installed on phones, it would undercut the value of phones being sold on a global black market, which would lead to a sharp reduction in thefts.
“These emails suggest that the carriers are rejecting a technological solution so they can continue to shake down their customers for billions of dollars in insurance premiums,” Gascón said in a statement. “I’m incensed. … This is a solution that has the potential to end the victimization of their customers.”
Gascón and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman have now demanded that phone manufacturers create new smartphone technology to make the devices less attractive to thieves. Apple and Samsung have already introduced new features this summer that they said would render stolen devices useless.
Phone companies have “worked hard over the last year to help law enforcement with its stolen phone problem,” the CTIA said in a statement, pointing out that a new database of phone serial numbers is being shared among carriers. Last year, wireless companies agreed to share serial numbers after being pressured by the Federal Communications Commission and police chiefs nationwide to reduce cell phone thefts.