We have been hearing reports about a woman’s death in China caused by an electric shock while answering a phone call on her iPhone 5. Now Apple has chipped in, saying it will be fully investigating the issue and will be co-operating with the authorities, according to a report from Bloomberg.
The 23-year old flight attendant had purchased her brand new Apple iPhone 5 in the month of December 2012 and the phone with all the in-box accessories has been already handed over to the police by her family. Read more »
This one is for straight-up supergeeks with way too much cash to burn so if you don’t fit into the category you may want to skip it. Only a day old, the PureView-driven Nokia Lumia 1020 has got itself the most expensive accessory it could have asked for.
Built by Lehmann Aviation the LA300 is a drone, to which the Lumia 1020 attaches, that can fly as high as 15 kilometers (that’s about 9.3 miles for you Imperial users), for as long as 30 minutes, at speeds of 20-80 km/h (12/49 MPH) and will withstand temperatures between -25 °C up to +60 °C (-13 °F to 140 °F). The only bad thing is the price tag – you’ll need to shell out a whole €4,990, and no that does not include the Lumia 1020. Read more »
Foxconn, the world’s largest electronics contract manufacturer has posted its financial report for the second quarter of the year and surprisingly, the revenues have surpassed the estimates and the company has managed to generate $30 billion.
The second-quarter revenue of Foxconn is up by 0.6% over the same period a year ago. Foxconn saw its revenue decline by 19.2% decline in its revenue for the first quarter of 2013 due to the decline in the iPhone orders from Apple. Read more »
Google Latitude will be officially retiring on August 9. Related products in Google Maps for Android, Latitude for iPhone, the Latitude API, the public badge, the iGoogle Gadget and the Latitude website will no longer be available in a month.
The retirement of Google Latitude means that you will no longer be able to share your location using the latitude and Google hasn’t included latitude as a feature in its latest version of Google Maps for Android. The search giant will also be removing Latitude for iPhone from the App Store. Read more »
Over time Nokia phones have built up a reputation of being indestructible and Nokia reminds us of this with a cool video with pleasant music that describes the decidedly unpleasant process a phone has to go though.
“If testing shows a phone can be better, it’s back to the drawing board,” says the video. Here’s what testing includes. Read more »
Samsung Iceland released an odd, yet hilarious ad for the Galaxy S4, which takes a jab at the Apple iPhone in a never before seen fashion. The ad metaphorically highlights the advantages of the Korean flagship by employing a team of dancing ninjas and (get ready for this) a goat.
The plot of the ad is quite simple. In the beginning, a guy tries to interact with an apple as if it is an actual smartphone with “predictable” results. Read more »
Have an issue with your Samsung Galaxy S4? Samsung’s Consumer consultant guide is here to help with answers to 140 common questions.
The guide is split into two parts – the first troubleshoots issues with some of the advanced features of the Galaxy S4 (like teaching you to use Smart scroll properly), the second handles issues like Wi-Fi connection problems, failed updates and so on. Read more »
Nokia has bought its partner’s 50% share of the Nokia Siemens Networks joint-venture for €1.7 billion ($2.2B) and now controls the business by itself.
This was announced today by Nokia itself and the deal is expected to come through by Q3 of 2013. Read more »
Nokia may have just snatched a Guinness record away from Sony – for the video wall made up of most smartphones. Using 200 Nokia Lumia 820 phones, Nokia Developer Champion Rudy Huyn created the installation and showcased it at the Microsoft BUILD conference. Sony’s wall was made up of 196 Xperia ZL phones.
The phones were arranged in 8 rows of 25 phones and were all controlled from a single Lumia phone. Together, they showed an animated display of live tiles for a selection of Windows Phone apps and also an interactive map with Bing Maps. Read more »
While hard at work at the upcoming Moto X, Motorola Mobility introduced a brand new logo. The new branding includes the company’s name, executed in thinner font, with all-low typeface.
The iconic “M” has remained unchanged. It is however, surrounded by a colorful circle. Read more »
Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain, gets great reception. No really, it saw its first 3G video call in 2010, the first tweet in 2011 and now the first Skype video call in 2013. The feat was achieved by brit Daniel Hughes who is raising £1 million for the Comic Relief anti-poverty charity.
He wanted one million people to donate a single pound and decided to climb Everest to promote this charity. Read more »
It was kind of amusing when Nokia first started poking fun at other smartphone manufacturers with its specially created internet memes, but now, when the Finns have produced yet another batch of them, their charm is kind of lost.
Today, we’ve got five more memes that take a jab at Samsung and other smartphone makers and their products. Read more »
HTC has broken its bad streak with the HTC One and are looking to continue improving by stepping up marketing. How? By hiring Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr., to promote HTC’s phones.
Bloomberg reports that RDJ won’t be playing any of his famous characters, he will be himself, which is just as awesome (though admittedly Iron Man and the metal-clad HTC One would have gone well together). Read more »
Android is known to be one of, if not the most, diverse mobile operating systems out there powering everything from mobile devices through washing machines and microwaves to Google Glass. Now, there’s a project posted on IndieGoGo aimed towards creating a helmet that runs Android and if it takes off it will give Glass a run for its money.
The LiveMap motorbike helmet will use the visor for augmented reality and will display anything from turn-by-turn navigation, current the speed to nearby points of interest. It’ll support 4G LTE connectivity, too as well as a handful of sensors including G-sensor, gyroscope, digital compass for head movement tracking. Read more »
The unwrap of iOS 7 yesterday has not only got the attention of existing users of Apple’s mobile OS, but has also intrigued Android’s newly appointed chief Sundar Pichai.
This is evident from his very own tweet stating that he is “excited to try iOS 7 beta”. Read more »