New report says iWatch is set to launch in September

By Cody Lee on Apr 9, 2014

It sounds like Apple is aiming for a fall launch of its so-called iWatch project. According to a new report from DigiTimes, the Cupertino company has taken delivery of samples of flexible circuit boards for the smartwatch ahead of its September debut.

The news comes just 24 hours after Taiwan’s Economic Daily News claimed that Apple was aiming for a 3rd quarter iWatch launch. And while both outlets have somewhat sketchy track records, combined with previous intel the two reports hold weight… Read More

 

‘Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft’ for iPad launches in select countries

By Cody Lee on Apr 3, 2014

Back in March, Blizzard launched its digital card trading game ‘Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft’ on the Mac, and as promised, it has brought the game to iOS. The title soft-launched for iPad last night, and is now available in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand App Stores.

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, for those unfamiliar with it, is a strategy card game set in the ‘Warcraft’ universe. Players compete in 1-on-1 battles—either against the computer or other users via Battle.net—in an effort to grow the size and power of their card collections… Read More

 

Gameloft’s ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ now available in the App Store

By Cody Lee on Mar 28, 2014

As promised last month, Gameloft has released its highly anticipated title ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ for iOS. The game is a tie-in to the upcoming Marvel movie of the same name, and is now available for download on your iPhone or iPad.

The good news is this doesn’t look like your typical tie-in. The graphics sort of resemble those found in Borderlands and other comic book-style games, and we’re hearing that Marvel actually co-wrote the story. Keep reading for a complete overview… Read More

 

Amazon said to be launching its set-top box next week

By Cody Lee on Mar 27, 2014

Following reports from last week that Amazon is planning to launch its long-awaited Apple TV competitor in next month, Amazon has sent out invites for a media event scheduled for April 2nd. The invitations ask that reporters join the company for an ’update’ on its video business.

And according to a new report from Recode, the e-commerce giant is going to use the event to unveil a new set-top box device. Citing sources familiar with Amazon’s plans, the outlet says the device will be capable of streaming media to TV sets, competing directly with Apple and Roku… Read More

 

HTC launches new ‘One (M8)’ flagship handset

By Cody Lee on Mar 25, 2014

Following Samsung’s unveiling of the Galaxy S5 last month, HTC today introduced its new flagship smartphone: the HTC One (M8). The handset is the direct descendent of the critically-successful HTC One, and it encapsulates the company’s latest effort to boost flagging device sales.

The new One is both bigger and faster than its predecessor. While it keeps the same gorgeous all-metal body, the display has been bumped from 4.7 to 5-inches, and the quad-core processor runs at 2.3GHz. It also sports 2GB RAM, an UltraPixel camera, a 2600mAh battery and more… Read More

 

Apple discontinues iPad 2, replaces with 4th-gen Retina model

By Cody Lee on Mar 18, 2014

In line with yesterday’s reports, Apple has launched a new 8GB version of its iPhone 5c this morning, and has discontinued the iPad 2. Originally introduced way back in 2011, the tablet has been a mainstay for the Cupertino company in its second-tier tablet slot.

To replace the retired slate, Apple has resurrected its fourth-generation iPad, which it refers to as the ‘iPad with Retina display.’ The tablet features much better hardware than the iPad 2—with an A6X processor, 1GB of RAM—but will keep the same $399 price tag… Read More

 

Apple launches cheaper 8GB iPhone 5c

By Cody Lee on Mar 18, 2014

As expected, Apple has launched an 8GB version of its iPhone 5c this morning. The handset popped up on UK carrier O2′s website a few moments ago, priced at £50 on contract. That’s a little over $80 in USD, and between £50 and £100 cheaper than the 16GB model.

Apart from the smaller storage bin, the new iPhone 5c is identical in every way to the handset that Apple introduced back in October. It still has a 4-inch Retina display, the powerful A6 processor, and an 8-megapixel camera. And yes, it’s still unapologetically plastic… Read More

 

Samsung launches ad-free streaming radio service ‘Milk Music’

By Cody Lee on Mar 7, 2014

In a somewhat surprising move, Samsung announced today a new streaming radio service dubbed ‘Milk Music.’ The service is a lot like Apple’s iTunes Radio in that music is chosen based on a user’s preferences, and it’s platform-specific—it’s only available to Galaxy device owners.

The service is powered by Slacker Radio, which would explain the absence of rumors that Samsung was working on such a project, and there are no ads. As for the app, it offers the usual features including the ability to save songs for offline listening and create custom radio stations… Read More

 

Apple launches iPhone trade-in program in France

By Cody Lee on Mar 4, 2014

In August of last year, Apple introduced an official trade-in program for iPhones. The deal gives customers an affordable way to upgrade to a new handset by getting store credit based on the value of their current, working iPhone—up to $300 depending on model and condition.

Initially, Apple only accepted trade-ins in-store in the United States, but it has since expanded the program to the UK and India. And yesterday, an Apple spokesperson confirmed that the company has rolled out the popular trade-in offering to a third country this week: France… Read More

 

Apple launches ‘CarPlay,’ a smarter, safer way to use your iPhone in the car

By Cody Lee on Mar 2, 2014

As expected, Apple has launched its iOS in the Car initiative today at the Geneva Motor Show. It’s officially calling the offering ‘CarPlay,’ and is advertising the feature as a smarter, safer and more fun way to use your iPhone while in the car.

But looking at the press release, CarPlay will function exactly as we’ve been led to believe it would. Users will be able to control it through their car’s native interface, or by activating Siri via the voice control button on their steering wheel… Read More

 

New report claims revamped Apple TV could land ‘any week now’

By Cody Lee on Mar 1, 2014

When it comes to the Apple TV, it seems like everyone agrees that a new one is coming. But just when it will get here is a different story. We’ve heard everything from ‘as early April,’ to ‘before WWDC in June,’ and as late as ‘in the fall this year with Apple’s other product refreshes.’

The latest report, which comes from The Financial Times, claims that the refreshed Apple TV is finished and could land much sooner than everyone is expecting. Citing sources familiar with the company’s plans, the outlet says that Apple’s new set-top box could land “any week now.”

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Apple to launch iOS in the Car next week with Ferrari, Volvo and Mercedes-Benz

By Cody Lee on Feb 28, 2014

Nearly a year after its introduction, it looks like Apple is finally ready to launch iOS in the Car. The Financial Times is reporting that the company plans to introduce the new feature next week with 3 major launch partners: Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo.

Oddly enough, the Times doesn’t mention the project by name, but says that drivers will be able to use Apple’s ‘in-car operating system’ to use Apple Maps, watch movies, listen to music, make phone calls and send messages using the vehicle’s in-dash display… Read More

 

Samsung unveils new Galaxy S5 with heart-rate monitor, fingerprint scanner and more

By Cody Lee on Feb 24, 2014

Out of all the major manufacturers presenting new products at Mobile World Congress this week, no keynote was more highly anticipated than Samsung’s Unpacked 5 event. The South Korean company is the hottest name in Android right now, and it was expected to unveil its latest flagship smartphone.

And it delivered. This afternoon, Samsung introduced the new Galaxy S5 handset to a packed auditorium in Barcelona, Spain. There were no paid TV hosts or Broadway dancers this time around, just Samsung leadership up on stage talking about the smartphone they built for the year 2014 and beyond… Read More

 

Nokia unveils its first-ever Android handsets: the X, X+ and XL

By Cody Lee on Feb 24, 2014

So the rumors were true. Despite being a long-time parter of Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform, and despite being outright purchased by the Redmond company last fall, Nokia has been working on an Android strategy. And tonight, it unveiled that strategy to the world.

At its Mobile World Congress press event in Barcelona, the Finnish handset-maker introduced not one, but three new Android phones: the X, X+ and XL. The X and X+ both have 4-inch displays, and similar specs, and as you’d imagine the XL has a larger 5-inch display… Read More

 

Apple launches iTunes Radio in Australia

By Cody Lee on Feb 10, 2014

Apple has officially launched its streaming music service iTunes Radio in Australia this morning, making it the first non-U.S. country to gain access to the service since it was introduced last fall.

It was reported in October that Apple had plans to rollout iTunes Radio to the U.K., Canada, Australia and New Zealand in early 2014, and this appears to be the first step of that International push… Read More

 

Pebble launches smartwatch app store with over 1,000 apps and watch faces

By Cody Lee on Feb 3, 2014

As promised back in December, Pebble launched its dedicated app store today. The store, which can be accessed via the official Pebble iOS app, features over 1000 apps and watch faces that can be installed on the company’s line of smartwatches.

Like other app stores, the Pebble Shop pulls together all third-party apps developed for the Pebble and organizes them into categories like Fitness, Notifications and Games. This makes it easier to browse through existing apps and discover new ones… Read More

 

iTunes Radio reportedly working for some UK users

By Cody Lee on Jan 25, 2014

Good news for all of you folks across the pond. There have been reports coming in for the past several hours that [some] iTunes users in the UK and other countries have been able to access and listen to iTunes Radio on their iPhones.

Since its launch last fall, iTunes Radio has been limited to users in the United States. But Apple has said that it is a top priority to get the streaming music service into other countries this year, and it looks like they’re preparing a roll out… Read More

 

T-Mobile ventures into personal banking with new Mobile Money service

By Cody Lee on Jan 22, 2014

Over the past 9 months or so, T-Mobile has been calling itself the “Uncarrier.” It’s a marketing strategy, for sure, buts it’s certainly been living up to the moniker by dropping contracts, offering free international data, and waving early termination fees for new customers.

But this morning the company announced its most un-carrier move to date: Mobile Money. That’s right, T-Mobile is getting into the personal banking business with a new service that combines a branded prepaid Visa card, a smartphone app, and a no-fee checking account… Read More

 

Beats launches ‘Music’ streaming service for $10 a month, iPhone app now available

By Cody Lee on Jan 20, 2014

As promised, Beats launched its highly anticipated ‘Music’ service this morning, bringing the headphone-maker into the highly competitive world of streaming audio. And with a library of around 20 million songs available for on-demand play, it’s certainly built to take on the competition.

But Beats is taking a different approach to its subscription service. Unlike your Rdios and your Spotifys, it doesn’t offer a free ad-supported model and the company is putting a lot of focus on its custom radio stations and playlists that it says were curated by some of the best DJs in the world… Read More

 

Tim Cook signs iPhones at China Mobile launch, says ‘great things’ coming

By Cody Lee on Jan 17, 2014

China Mobile‘s highly anticipated iPhone launch is now in full swing over in Beijing. After years of failed negotiations, Apple finally inked a deal with the carrier last month, giving it access to the worlds-largest subscriber base of 750+ million people.

We’ve been talking about the importance of this partnership for months now, but for those that needed a reminder, Tim Cook showed up in person at this morning’s launch. The CEO took photos, signed autographs and even answered a few questions… Read More

 
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