According to analyst company NPD Group, Apple isn’t the only one reaping the benefits of surging iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sales. The report states that iPhone 6 accessory makers have made a total of $249 million over the last two weeks.
That’s 43% increase compared to the first two weeks after the iPhone 6 launch, and it’s hardly surprising. The iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s managed to accumulate $195 million of revenue for the same period with just a 17% spike for the second fortnight since launch. Read more »
Ashton Kutcher is not only an actor, but also a Product Manager at Lenovo and he’s proud of his work on the latest Yoga products that the company unveiled at a special launch event in London. Primarily, Kutcher focuses on the Yoga tablet line-up and the new versatility it offers.
In fact, the new tablets are so versatile, that he literally milks a goat for his cereal while, we assume, he’s playing Goat Simulator on the Yoga Tablet 2. The couple of ads are fun to watch and there’s also a separate video detailing the brainstorming process that went behind the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro. Read more »
Smartwatches fall into two categories – a functionality-first type with square displays and looks-first with round design. An ideal execution of the second type will be an actual watch with a real movement and hands, but also with a display hidden in there somehow.
It’s the “somehow” that’s the crux of the issue but Longshine Technologies thinks it has the answer – a transparent OLED touchscreen. Read more »
In addition to its tablet line-up, Lenovo has also announced the Yoga 3 Pro laptop with a 13.3″ 3200 x 1800 (QHD+) display with Gorilla Glass 3 on top. Under the hood, there’s the latest Intel Broadwell chip, the Core M-70, which doesn’t require any fans.
The Yoga 3 Pro has also lost some weight and is 17% thinner and 15% lighter than its predecessor at 1.19kg. Further specs include up to 8GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD storage, but there’s also a base model with 256GB. Read more »
The Samsung Gear S watchphone will be arriving in the UK a week after the Galaxy Note 4 hits. The Tizen-running smartwatch has its own 3G modem so it can do calls and use mobile data on its own, no need for a connection to a smartphone, unlike the majority of smartwatches out there.
The Gear S comes in Black and White but only the Black version will be stocked at first. Read more »
Google has started rolling out v5.0.31 of the Play Store for Android. The major difference here is in the UI, and it’s approximately 600% more Material Design now.
First up, the action bar on top is now teal (or something close to that) with a new side menu and a cool animation for the hamburger button. The side menu shows the same items now, but the font is smaller. Read more »
Angry Birds Seasons is getting a new NBA episode with 15 new “ballin’ levels”. What’s more, Rovio has also worked on delivering NBA Pass ($4.95), which gives you 30 more levels one for each NBA team.
Rovio has actually struck a deal with NBA and Spalding and the levels look cool and pay tribute to great NBA teams. And that’s no wonder considering the game celebrates the NBA 2014-2015 basketball season. Read more »
Three UK secured an exclusive deal to carry the new HTC Desire Eye and it will carry the HTC RE camera as well. Not exclusively though, EE will also offer the action camera.
The RE camera will be available in White, Navy and Orange (exclusive to EE). Read more »
Large smartphones and cheap tablets put the PC market in a tough spot with a number of companies jumping ship (Samsung left the European market, Sony sold off the business altogether). However, analysts at both Gartner and IDC report that the PC market is finally showing signs of stability.
Tablet penetration is reaching its peak and cheap computers (like Chromebooks) have helped breathe new life into the segment. Read more »
Brand consultancy firm Interbrand has released its report on the most valuable brands in the world and has placed Apple in first place. The brand of the Cupertino based tops the list containing 100 companies and is valued at $118.9 billion.
It is followed by Google, which isn’t too far off with a brand price of $107 billion. Interestingly, out of the 100 companies, 13 are technology oriented. IBM, Microsoft and Samsung are fourth, fifth and sevenths, respectively. Read more »
In case you haven’t decided if your next smartphone is going to be the Galaxy Note 4, Samsung is keen to push you in what it considers is the right direction. And what better way to do so than with a couple of short and sweet video ads?
The company already did a series of videos highlighting how the Galaxy Note 4 is tough and rugged, but now it’s time to talk functionality. In the two 30-second ads the company highlights the software features it has developed as well as the versatility that the S-Pen provides. Read more »
In case you are not aware, the whole iPhone ‘Bendgate’ controversy was started when YouTuber Unbox Therapy bent an iPhone 6 Plus into a boomerang on video using just his hands. This sparked a lot of debate, ranging from the validity of these tests (I say these because everyone else started doing them as well) to the legitimacy of the original video. He later did another video in public where he bent another iPhone 6 Plus out on the street on camera.
Since then, there have been a lot of requests to bend other phones, as most people believe it is possible to bend other phones as well. I’m pretty sure by far the most requests would have been to bend the new Galaxy Note 4 on camera, since it is the iPhone 6 Plus’ closest rival, and Unbox Therapy has finally obliged. Read more »
Yesterday HTC released two new devices, the HTC RE, a tiny waterproof camera for taking wide angle photos and videos and the Desire EYE, the first phone with a front facing 13 megapixel camera with dual LED flash.
HTC has released a couple of videos for both the devices. You can check them out below. Read more »
HTC has decided to step out of its smartphone comfort zone and announce an action camera. Dubbed simply the HTC RE, the camera boasts a 16MP 1/2.3″ CMOS sensor with an 146° ultra wide angle lens. And since it’s an action camera, the RE is IP57 dust and water resistant (you can optionally bump the certification to IPx8 with an accessory cap).
HTC’s first action camera records 1080p@30 fps video and 720p@120fps slow-motion video. Inside the RE, there’s a grip sensor, which activates the camera as you pick it up. On board there’s a large shutter button, which captures shots on short press and videos on press and hold. Read more »
The long-standing patent fee dispute between Samsung and Microsoft, which first made headlines this summer, apparently continues to be an issue as still neither can come to an agreement.
In an attempt to put the issue at rest, Samsung has filed for arbitration under the International Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. Read more »