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You Can Shoot 4K Video with the iPhone 6 Right Now

clock December 18, 2014 17:00 by author Frank Ling

If you were a bit disappointed that you couldn’t shoot UHD or 4K video on the iPhone 6, you won’t have to wait until the iPhone 7 launches to get this feature because you can make your iPhone 6 shoot these types of videos right now.

Doing this is simplicity in itself and the best news is that you won’t have to buy a whole new iPhone to do this. All you need is an app that can “trick” the A8 processor inside an iPhone 6 to do what it could do all along.

Now you can film videos that can be shown on your big screen 4K television set and it will cost you a fraction of what it would have cost you to buy the next gen iPhone. Is that cool or what? More...

Nexus 5 Smartphone May Be Headed for Oblivion

clock December 12, 2014 12:00 by author Frank Ling

Recent questions about the Nexus 5 smartphone’s availability have been raised and the story has changed twice since Google was asked this question: Has the Nexus 5 smartphone been discontinued?

When asked this question the first time around by TechRadar, a Google spokesperson said that production for the Nexus 5 has stopped and that “once they are gone, they’re gone, so we’d suggest people get them while they can.”

With the recent release of the Nexus 6, this action makes sense, and anyone who still wants the last gen Nexus 5, should be on alert to its possible scarcity. However, Google reversed itself on the statement made by its spokesperson and stated that the Nexus 5 will be available through the first quarter of 2015, at which time, its fate remains murky. More...

Google Offers New Custom Watch Faces for Android Wear

clock December 11, 2014 14:48 by author Frank Ling

On the surface having a customized watch face graphic on your Android Wear watch may seem like a small thing, but the latest software upgrade provides the ability to download some pretty cool designs such as Santa Claus, for the holidays, to game face motifs like Plant Vs. Zombies and Pac-Man.

If these watch faces don’t ring your bell you may be interested in downloading Despicable Me or for traditionalists, the Golden Beauty watch face which simulates the classic design of an expensive wristwatch. Most of the downloadable designs are free, while others can be purchased for a mere 99 cents on the Google Play Store.

The upgraded Android Wear software has improvements that make navigation easier on the watch and new modes that will allow you to view your watch in bright sunlight or in the darkness of a movie theater. More...

Upcoming 2015 Android Smartphones May Be Already In Trouble

clock December 5, 2014 12:36 by author Frank Ling

The Android phone makers’ worse nightmare started on September 2014 when Apple released its Android Killers—the big-screened iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6. Since then the Android camp has been scrambling to fire a return shot at Apple, but their cannons may be firing blanks because of processor problems.

The big iPhone 6 challengers for next year, such as the Galaxy S6, LG G4, Xperia Z4, and other flagship Android smartphones all depend on one chip maker to supply them with the processors for their flagship phones—namely Qualcomm.

The cell phone chip manufacturer is apparently having some problems with their Snapdragon processors, and these difficulties may translate into a bottle neck for cell phone makers because they’ll have to wait until the problems are solved before the chips can be released to them. It’s not a good time to be an Android phone maker right now. More...

Hot iPhone 6S Rumors Have People Buzzing

clock December 4, 2014 16:26 by author Frank Ling

Apple iPhone rumors are starting to get out sooner and sooner and only after about 10 weeks after the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, there are already rumors circulating about a new iPhone 6S.

What’s causing a lot of eyebrows to rise is the new iPhone 6 is supposedly going to downsize and revert to the standard 4-inch display screen found on the iPhone 5 series including the iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, and iPhone C.

With all the noise Apple made about its larger display sizes for its iPhone 6, you have to wonder why they’re going backwards, if the rumors hold true. One obvious reason is that iPhone users may actually prefer a 4-inch screen, which easily fits into their pockets. But what else do the rumors say about the upcoming iPhone 6s? More...

Big Shake Up Expected at Samsung as Galaxy S5 Sales Dip

clock November 25, 2014 18:38 by author Frank Ling

The Samsung Galaxy S line of phones have always been money makers for the company, but until recently, they have started to slow down in sales, most notably, the recently released Galaxy S5.

Since the Galaxy 5S's launch in April, Samsung was expecting to see at least 16 million phones in the pockets of customers, but came up short approximately 40 percent selling only 12 million handsets.

One of the reasons for the disappointing numbers are due to the intense pressure built from low priced phone manufacturers such as Huawei. And now there are serious rumors of a big shake-up in management at Samsung to turn things around. More...

Beats Music Streaming Service Coming to Apple iPhones in 2015

clock November 21, 2014 18:46 by author Frank Ling

Apple purchased Beats Electronics and Music for a cool $3 billion earlier this year in May. Some observers who witnessed this large outlay of cash for the company basically said, “Huh?” and were a bit confused. But it seems that one reason Apple did it was to make available Beats Music, a paid music subscription service, on its iPhones.

iTunes, which is a big money maker for Apple, isn’t doing as well as it used to and sales of downloadable music is down. It tried to spice things up by entering the steaming music business with iTunes Radio last year, but music fans say it lacks the advanced features found in competing services such as Spotify and Pandora.

By adding Beats Music streaming service to iPhones, will this be another cash cow for Apple or just a lot of bull? More...

Android Lollipop Bugs Affect Some Nexus Smartphones

clock November 19, 2014 17:50 by author Frank Ling

Whenever a new OS or electronics device comes out, many people want to be early adopters of the new tech; it's quite a rush to have the brand new tech when it’s first released, no doubt.

But this also has its downsides too. Any bugs, glitches, or hardware problems are usually still present with first releases, and for those who bought them fresh off the shelf, they will have to cope with these problems.

Android Lollipop, otherwise known as Android 5.0, is such a creature and some Nexus smartphone users who rushed to upgrade have been disappointed with some bugs creeping up in the software. One of them concerns a glitch with text messages. More...

Microsoft Unleashes Massive Freebie for iOS Users

clock November 14, 2014 07:00 by author Frank Ling

A long while back, when Apple and Microsoft were still relatively new companies, they tried to sue the pants off each other, well, actually it was Apple's sue-happy lawyers that did. They claimed that Windows was a copycat knockoff of the original Macintosh interface.

After the courts decided in favor of Microsoft, Apple dropped its lawsuits and everyone lived happily ever after—well sort of. There still remains a strong competition between them for electronics dominance, and they're both giving each other a good deal of room.

Since then the two giant electronics company have existed side-by-side in a fairly peaceful state. And as a gesture to confirm that everything is OK, Microsoft has released Microsoft Office 365 for the amazing price of FREE to all Apple iOS devices. Pinch us, we must be dreaming. More...

Bent iPhone 6 Problems Proven by "Bendgate" Video

clock November 12, 2014 14:24 by author Frank Ling

Right after the launch of the iPhone 6, some users were reporting that the phone’s case actually started to deform or bend because it was so thin. Soon there were photos being posted on the Internet showing the warped devices due to owners putting them in their jean pockets.

Apple has said that the “Bendgate” incidents are far and few, but a number of owners disagree strongly and one user decided to call Apple out on their claim that the incidents of flexible iPhone 6s were isolated by posting a video on YouTube showing many photos of deformed iPhone 6 cases from different owners.

As usual, Apple has denied that there is a problem. When the iPhone 4 first launched in 2010, users were complaining that poor reception caused dropped calls and poor phone call quality. Apple’s response was to say that there was no problem, but later admitted that the antenna was faulty. With the iPhone 6 Bendgate issue, is it real or is it imagined? More...

The Droid Turbo Smartphone Is Cool

clock November 8, 2014 07:05 by author Frank Ling

By now you may have heard the buzz about Motorola’s new smartphone, the Droid Turbo. It is a beast in more ways than one because it is large in its physical appearance, and the design of the body is super-high tech looking with a carbon fiber look.

No the body isn’t made of carbon fiber, but the weave is made out of ballistic nylon--the stuff that the military uses for flak jackets and bulletproof vests. Underneath this is Kevlar fiber—again super tough and used to stop bullets. Will the Droid Turbo stop bullets? No, but the tough body should hold up well under stress and short drops.

There is a lot to talk about this phone, so we’ll boil everything down into bite-sized pieces. But one thing you should be aware of, and this may be the phone’s biggest “flaw;” the device is only available though Verizon, so if you are signed up with another wireless carrier, unless you switch, you can say buh-bye to the Droid Turbo. More...

In One Week You Can Get a Great Price on an iPhone 6

clock November 6, 2014 16:00 by author Frank Ling

For a lot of iPhone fans getting that nice, new iPhone 6 at the local Apple Store is not only fun, but it can sometimes turn into an interesting experience meeting fellow Apple lovers, while waiting in line to get the marvelous machine.

But being the first ones to get these devices means paying the retail price tag for the privilege of owning one on launch day and in the following weeks. But for anyone who has been sitting on the sidelines and hasn’t committed to buying one yet, there is great news for your procrastination and caution.

An advertising flyer was leaked by a few days ago and it shows a Sam’s Club circular that has the new iPhone 6 with heavy discounts. And all you have to do to get them is to wait a week for the sale to come to these stores. More...

Samsung Announces Its Thinnest Smartphones Ever

clock October 31, 2014 11:59 by author Frank Ling

While some of us go on diets to lose a few pounds of unnecessary weight to look slimmer, it seems as though our smartphones are trying to do the same thing. Samsung announced officially that it will be releasing the Samsung Galaxy A3 and A5 smartphones next month, and they’ll be the thinnest phones made by the company.

Samsung calls these devices “ultra slim” and have cases entirely made out of metal. Some people will immediately see design similarities with Apple's iPhone 5. If true, will Apple sue-happy lawyers pull the trigger and go after Samsung again? Time will tell.

The new thinner smartphones are Samsung's hope that these devices will help increase its sales, which took a beating this year. Will this marketing move help Samsung move its profits back up? Let’s find out more about these phones to see if they can do this. More...

Amazon’s Fire Phone Has Gone Down In Flames

clock October 29, 2014 14:06 by author Frank Ling

The third quarter business report last week for Amazon wasn’t looking too good as it admitted to its shareholders that its first entry into the smartphone arena was a dismal failure to the tune of a write down of $170 million, or a downgrade of the total worth of all its Fire Phone inventory.

In essence, the price of the Fire Phone has dropped from $199 to a paltry 99 cents on the website, and Amazon is stuck with over $80 million worth of the devices collecting dust in its warehouses. The phone is now so cheap that short of giving them away, there is hardly any interest in the phones at all.

So what happened and why did the fire go out on the Fire Phone? As we’ll see, it was a tragic combination of bad timing, a phone that didn’t capture the public’s imagination, a clunky operating system, and a heavy-handed approach to make the Fire Phone an overt sales tool for More...

An iPhone 6 Plus Crash Problem Most of Us Won’t Worry About

clock October 24, 2014 17:48 by author Frank Ling

The Apple Support Forum has had a hot topic going on it lately and it has to do with the iPhone 6 Plus model. Apparently some owners are reporting mysterious crashes that occur on their iPhones without them even doing a thing.

So far the thread has over 9,000 views and about 60 responses which go into detail about how the crashes occur. The bug seems to have centered on the 128GB iPhone 6 Plus, which costs $499 with a two-year contract. But most iPhone fans have opted for the less expensive and smaller iPhone 6, so that leaves most of us out of this problem.

But those who experience the crashes can’t be saved with a standard restore of a previous saved system image. Although they can do the restore, it doesn’t fix the crashes. So what could be the problem? More...

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