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Various sources say that what looks like an incremental KitKat update has been seen in server logs, running on the Nexus 5, Nexus 4 and Nexus 7.
A Website(Link below) says that Server Logs and Analytics show few Nexus Devices running Android v4.4.1 Kitkat with IPs tracing to Google’s stomping grounds in the Bay Area. This means Google is already testing these builds.
In addition to that the famous HTC Rom developer LLabTooFeR has also tweeted details about Android 4.4.1. Apparently the HTC One Google Play edition will get Android 4.4.1 “in the near future,” as firmware version KOT49E.
It is still to early t rely on these leaks and updates as less than 10 % of Android Devices have Kitkat 4.4 running on them.
What is super fast, super thin, super sexy and makes you cry like a little girl everytime you gaze upon it? Yes, the new iPad Air and it’s smaller sibling the iPad Mini with Retina. I don’t know about you, but iWant either or both of them, so gather the tissues and take a look at our detailed iPad Air and iPad Mini gallery!
Here are the iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina Prices:
iPad Air Introduction Video:
iPad Air Colours:
iPad Air Rear:
iPad Mini with Retina Colours:
iPad Mini with Retina Rear:
The day of reckoning has arrived and Apple has kept to their promise of showing us some great new products and shedding some light on the launches of some ageing ones. The new iPad Air, iPad Mini with Retina, new MacBook Pro, iLife and iWork applications and more were unveiled today. Apple is great!
Tomorrow is new iPads day, everyone knows that by now. The redesigned iPad 5, the suped up iPad Mini 2, but what else does Apple have to cover? What can we expect from Cupertino tomorrow? There have been rumours, leaks; everything your mind can think of, but let us take a realistic look at everything that could possibly make an appearance tomorrow.
- It’s redesigned to look more like the iPad Mini, and to kill those pesky huge bezels.
- It’s thinner and lighter than ever thanks to an internal redesign and new display technology.
- It’s got the industry leading 64-bit Apple A7 SoC that makes the Snapdragon 800 wet itself.
- It’s coming in Space Gray and Silver White, maybe Champagne Gold IF we’re lucky.
- It’s got a TouchID fingerprint sensor to destroy those pesky long passwords.
- The best tablet just got better!
iPad Mini 2:
- It’s got a new plastic logo on the back, making it sexier.
- It’s got a Retina display, making you want it ten times more than its predecessor did.
- It’s got the industry leading 64-bit Apple A7 SoC that makes the Snapdragon 800 wet itself.
- It’s coming in Champagne Gold, Silver White and Space Gray.
- The best small tablet just got better, than itself and the competition!
- New iMac, new MacBook Air, so why not a new MacBook Pro?
- The great new Mac OS X Mavericks preloaded.
- Intel’s great Haswell chips baked inside.
- Faster than ever before.
- Quieter than ever before.
- Lasts longer than ever before.
- “Hey! Let’s revolutionise the smart TV industry!”
- Apple’s Cinema Displays were good, why not build an iPhone into one?
- High resolution display.
- iOS 7 beeetches!
- All the goodies from an iPhone 5s.
- All of your favourite streaming apps including iTunes.
- All of the best iOS games, best console evar!
- Apple Logo. ‘Nuff said.
- Surface Smart Cover, with an ‘i’ touch, meaning it actually works.
- Rumoured to make the iPads more attractive to the notebook user.
- Sleek design, designed specially for your iPad with utmost quality.
- Bluetooth 4.0 FTW!
- It may not arrive, but we can only hope!
- Improved iPod Nano on a strap.
- Dedicated fitness gear and software.
- iOS 7 dedicated.
- Great battery life.
- Turns the whole industry upside down!
- OS X Mavericks gets a launch price and launch date.
- New Mac Pro gets a launch price and launch date.
- Some other long forgotten Apple goodies gets some airtime.
Whatever Apple decides to unveil tomorrow, we are sure to be in for a treat. So stay tuned, ready the popcorn and get ready to be amazed!
If you’re like me, your phone or tablet is your life and you can’t simply replace it at will, nor do you really want to, nevermind spend a lot of time apart if it goes in for repairs. What happens when your device is left unusable after being smashed, dropped, bumped or scratched? You need the ultimate durable protection, the industry’s best. Amzer ShatterProof turns your smartphone or tablet into a indestructable Nokia 3310. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so here is 100,000 words on why ShatterProof is meant for you!
The HTC One Max has finally been announced, but it seems to be too little, too late for the struggling Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer. The HTC One Max had no surprises that leaks haven’t already disclosed.
The HTC One Max packs a 5.9-inch 1080p display, a quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 SoC, 2GB of RAM, 16GB/ 32GB of expandable storage, 50GB of Google Drive cloud storage, a 4MP UltraPoxel camera, a 3,300mAh battery and it runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with HTC’s new Sense 5.5 UI. There is no Optical Image Stabilization as rumored, neither does it feature the BeatsAudio enhancements HTC is known for. It does pack a lovely rear fingerprint sensor however.
So, essentially it is an enlarged HTC One, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, except for its hefty 217g weight as well as it’s 10.29mm thickness. It doesn’t seem to feature anything special, that would make it stand out against the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Sony Xperia Z Ultra. So, what makes it suck so much?
The HTC One Max has a sucky camera, 4MP compared to the 13MP unit found on the Galaxy Note 3 and the 8MP one on the Xperia Z Ultra. Its processor is older, and less capable, the 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 compared to the Snapdragon 800 found inside the Xperia Z Ultra (2.2GHz) and Galaxy Note 3 (2.3GHz). It is quite bulky and heavy at 10.29mm as opposed to the Galaxy Note 3’s 8.3mm and Xperia Z Ultra’s 6.5mm.
It has one thing going for it however, it’s 3,300mAh battery is the largest of the three, larger than both the Galaxy Note 3’s 3,200mAh and Xperia Z Ultra’s 3,000mAh units, but then again actual performance may differ quite a bit. The HTC One Max sadly doesn’t have anything special, such as the Galaxy Note 3’s S Pen & accompanying UI, or the Xperia Z Ultra’s water- and dust resistance or slim design.
If you’re asking if HTC has a winner over here, it sadly does not seem so…
According to some very trustworthy sources, Apple will launch the new iPhone 6 on October 22 alongside their new iPad and MacBook Air line up, just over a month after the new iPhone 5s went on sale.
Our sources inside Apple’s manufacturing partner, pegatron, has revealed Apple’s plans for the iPhone 6, revealing pricing, colors, release dates & countries and loads more. The iPhone 6 will be the most radical change to the iPhone since the introduction of the iPhone 4, which prompted the screen density wars.
The Apple iPhone 6 is set to feature a 4.99-inch IPS touch display with an impressive 2,272 x 1,280 pixel resolution, that means a whopping 652ppi pixel density. The front will also feature a 5MP wide angled front facing iSight camera as well as a TouchID fingerprint sensor. The display’s side bezel will be a mindblowing 1.4mm wide!
On the inside, Apple put in their upgraded A7+ System on a Chip with four 64-bit processors clocked at 1.4GHz each, it also features a whopping six PowerVR SGX544MP4 cores. The same Apple M7 motion coprocessor found inside the iPhone 5s will once again be seen inside the iPhone 6.
It will also feature 2GB of DDR5 RAM and come in either 32GB, 64GB or 128GB storage options, the 16GB model will obviously be phased out with the iPhone 5s. Other inner hardware includes WiFi Direct, Bluetooth 5.0 Lower Energy, LTE Advance and HSPA+ connectivity. The battery has also been grossly enlarged to a 3,800mAh nuclear-powered unit.
On the back, the Apple logo has become LED backlight illuminated and the dual LED flash setup from the iPhone 5s has been replaced by a single Xenon flash unit. The camera is a 16MP iSight 2 sensor that is capable of recording 4K video at 120FPS. What’s more, the iPhone 6 camera has been centered horizon tidally, no longer being on the right rear of the device.
The iPhone 6 will be available in nine amazing anodized aluminum colors. The 6.8mm thick device is set to come in Albino White, Nigerian Black, Ocean Blue, Nokia Blue, HTC Green, Sun Yellow, Pumpkin Orange, Chilli Red and Tonsil Pink. The Space Gray option has been killed as Jony Ive misplaced his copy of 50 Shades of Gray for referencing.
What makes the iPhone 6 truly different is its ability to fold in half horizontally in order to fit it inside your skinny jean pockets. It features a liquid aluminum body and a Flexible AMOLED display which is why it is so bendable. Gorilla Glass has been dropped for Amzer ShatterProof, making it stronger than any other display on the market.
The iPhone 6 will first go on sale on November 3 in Albania, China, France, India and Zimbabwe, with the 32GB base model starting at a jaw dropping $749.99, or $349.99 on a two year contract. The second rollout will be on April 1, where the US, UK, Brazil and Japan will get the smartphone. Best Buy is said to offer $200 worth of accessories with the purchase of any iPhone 6.
The iPhone 6 will also not feature a 3.5mm audio port, opting rather for Apple’s new 2mm iSound audio port. The Lightning 2.0 adaptor will also see its debut, with twice the speeds of its preseason, but half the size, that’s right the Lightning 2.0 port will be just 2.2mm wide. The Apple iPhone 6 also features BeatsAudio, much like the HTC One.
The iPhone 6 also introduces the new iSmash feature which shows all unread notification if you smash the iPhone against a wall or other solid surface. iCharge will be Apple’s new Wireless Charging feature, but will use proprietary technology instead of many of the existing wireless charging standards.
Siri is officially being renamed to iKnow, because honestly, Siri does know, everything. The iPhone 6 packs a new predictive act feature, which lets you share status updates, texts and other content with a dedicated NSA analyst to analyze and ensure that you are not placed on a terrorist watch list upon uploading your update. Apple is said to be planning a huge marketing campaign in the Middle East to show off this new feature.
If by now you have not realized that this is entirely fabricated, satirical content, then I should tell you now, this is a joke. Enjoy your iPhone or Galaxy S or whichever smartphone you use and stop worrying about what the company is planning for a device over a year away!
So, Halloween is just 24 days away and to get in the mood, you’re looking for a great companion for your life companion. We have some great news for you, here are three cases that will get your Samsung Galaxy S4 into the Halloween mood, and they all cost just $9.95 each!
Flip cases are all the faff right now and the introduction of the new Swipe Windows capabilities by Samsung has made it all the more fun. You want a sturdy case that keeps your Galaxy S4 safe, that is stylish, but also protects your display, while allowing you to see some notifications and updates with ease. Well, Amzer has your back! The Amzer Flip Case with Swipe Window for the Samsung Galaxy S4 should be the only option you’re considering. It comes in a wide array of different colours, including the perfect for Halloween, Orange option!
You want a TPU case, but something that is strong, durable and yet gives you a glimpse into your device’s magnificent design. Well, we have got your back! Our Translucent Orange Amzer Soft Gel TPU Gloss Skin Case for the Samsung Galaxy S4 adds a TPU touch to the Halloween cheer, while its translucent design lets you stare at your device’s premium, fragile design. Whether you’re looking for something stylish or just something fresh, it’s definitely worth a look!
Stylish. Comfortable. Durable. Amzer’s Orange Silicone Skin Jelly Case for the Samsung Galaxy S4 is a force to be reckoned with. Made out of two layers of premium, durable silicon it is built to last without being an eyesore. The Amzer Silicone Skin Jelly Case has amazing grip making it all the more difficult to slip and fall, and if it does, the premium design is guaranteed to protect your device from scratches and most damage. If Orange isn’t your thing, there are loads more colours to choose from, to match your Spiderman, Princess, Zombie or Hulk costumes!
So, there you are, two weeks with iOS 7 and you’re still getting used to the brand new user interface. You have found some new features that you quite like and others that you don’t, maybe you’re still exploring and you haven’t seen all that iOS 7 has to offer. So, I have compiled a list of my favourite new subtle enhancements on iOS 7. Enjoy!
Screw Panorama! Burst mode has to be one of my favourite new tricks to the camera application on iOS 7. You can take series of photos at once all by just keeping the shutter or volume keys in. Then just go to favourites and pick your favourite one, Apple automatically chooses one for you, so there might be quite a selection for you to go over.
The removal of the extra search homescreen has to be one of my favourite changes to hit iOS 7. I can’t be the only one that never uses the universal search option, or just plain found that extra search screen pretty useless. Now, if you do have a search on that odd occasion, you can just swipe down on your homescreen and type in a search into the tab. Pretty great I’d say!
Swipe to close is most definitely another great enhancement. What a chore it was to close applications in previous versions of iOS. Open the multitasking view, scroll to your app, long press, wait for the cross to appear so you can get rid of that irritating app. Now, open multitasking and swipe the window corresponding with that pesky app you want to close upwards. Done. iOS 7 will most certainly save your thumbs from being tortured!
It was quite irritating waking up every morning to a couple of updates in the app store, then having to enter my password and wait ages for all the apps to download, or worse yet, update every app only to get another notification that there is an update waiting for me. Now we can just set iOS 7 to update automatically in the background. Wake up to a clean screen and never be bothered by those irritating little red circles over the App Store. I love it!
The merging of the URL box and search box in Safari is another feature I welcome with open arms. Sure, Chrome is a great iPad browser, but not so much on the iPhone. Finally we can type in searches in a single omnibox without realising half way that it’s the wrong box and we have to start all over it the box nextdoor. AND it looks way better than two separate boxes I might add. The browser tabs also finally look a bit better. Safari has vastly improved and I like it!
Finally we have the Activation Lock feature. If you have Find My iPhone enabled and your device disappears. It can’t be activated again whatsoever without your input. No selling or abusing your iPhone if you lose it or its stolen. Find My iPhone is still one of the best security applications on a mobile platform, loads better than even BlackBerry’s Protect application. You can still track your device and of course remotely wipe it, but luckily now no one can flash new firmware and abuse your trusty sidekick without your say so!
How the Apple iPhone 5S AND iPhone 5C are making more profits for Apple than ever and why the iPhone 5 was discontinued
Ever since Apple introduced their new iPhones almost a month ago, one of the biggest questions people have been asking is why Apple would introduce the iPhone 5C if it wasn’t the long rumoured, and still missing, ‘cheap’ iPhone, but merely an iPhone 5 replacement? Then there is a question as to what kind of profits Apple investors can look forward to seeing. Well, I have the answers right here. I did some digging and some in depth analyses and came to some darn good conclusions, which shows us just how clever those bigwigs at Apple headquarters are.
For years now we have seen the iPhone taken apart each year after the latest variant is launched, the cost of the parts and manufacturing is calculated and we are presented with a not-so-shocking truth; Apple makes a killing on their iPhone line. The original iPhone, launched in 2007, was the company’s most expensive model to make and least profitable, but the iPhone 4S was the exact opposite, it’s Apple’s most profitable iPhone to date, and most likely the best selling unit too. The newly launched iPhone 5S, which has quite a lot of improvements than it’s given credit for, will be the company’s second most profitable iPhone to date, at least if their profit margins are taken into account.
In 2011, a day prior to the company’s iconic leader’s passing, when the company launched the Apple iPhone 4S, they raised the asking price for the base model of their latest flagship at the time by $50 to $649. The higher asking price and low cost price of $196 ensured that the iPhone 4S would rake in $453 of clean profit for every unit sold, which is quite a feat. Even six months after the iPhone 5’s launch, the iPhone 4S accounted for 33% of iPhones sold by the company each quarter, and after the iPhone 5S’ announcement, the iPhone 4S will continue noteworthy sales thanks to its even lower price tag.
Interestingly enough, the iPhone 5S will be the company’s second most profitable device to date, with profits of $450 per device. The iPhone 5S, despite featuring quite a few enhancements including a new 64-bit SoC, a larger battery and a fingerprint sensor, costs $8 less to manufacture than its predecessor, the iPhone 5, did at just $199. With the many similarities between the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S, the company needed to ensure higher sales on its flagship, while still offering a more affordable device above the now entry level iPhone 4S. The iPhone 5 was expensive to make and would certainly be more bang for buck than the iPhone 5S, thus it had to go.
Apple’s answer was the iPhone 5C. A thicker, plastic-covered, improved version of the iPhone 5. Its colours would make it appealing, but not too appealing as to steal the show from the iPhone 5S. At $173, the iPhone 5C would be significantly more affordable to manufacture than the iPhone 5 and it would not be as appealing to consumers as the iPhone 5 would have been if put next to the iPhone 5S. It should also have raked in about $20 more profit per device than the iPhone 5 would have, had it not been replaced by the iPhone 5C. Apple would make an estimated $376 on every iPhone 5C sold, while the iPhone 5S would still rake in loads of cash more and still $4 more profit than the Original iPhone made when it launched.
The Apple iPhone 4S will most likely still garner a fair amount of attention, especially since its price has been slashed to $0 on contract in the US, and Apple will still make an estimated profit of $250 on the device. The iPhone 5C will take its place as the second choice for iPhone buyers, and rake in more than enough profits if it can obtain 30% of all iPhone sales each quarter for the next year or so, until it gets a price cut, making it once of the biggest bargains this century. The iPhone 5C is also meant to bridge the gap that the iPhone 4S’ success created after the iPhone 5’s launch, as Apple needs users to adopt its new larger screens, and different aspect ratios, to keep developers, as well as their own, lives a bit simpler.
So, the iPhone 5S is still one of the most profitable devices Cupertino has spewed out, ever, and it is likely to make quite a lot of profit if its success continues on the same path as its uber successful launch weekend showed. The introduction of the Gold iPhone should satisfy the need for iPhone users that want some brightening up, that is if they aren’t heading for the colourful iPhone 5C. The discontinuation of the iPhone 5 ensures that the company doesn’t compete with their latest flagship, while still offering users enhanced features and something unique. The iPhone 5C is actually a better deal as it features a larger battery, more LTE bands and of course better iOS 7 performance over what the iPhone 5 would have, despite a plastic body.
Say what you will, Apple’s new flagship is a hefty improvement. The iPhone 5S is leading benchmarks, which ironically enough Samsung has been caught cheating on twice already. Performance isn’t the only enhancement though, the iPhone 5S packs an improved camera, and no megapixels don’t count, not even in your case Nokia, a larger battery, better screen protection, improved connectivity capabilities and some extra battery juice. Even if it makes Apple a ton of cash, it’s still worth the tons of cash we’re forking out to afford one…