All things considered, the past year with my iPhone has been pretty boring. I have discussed the state of smartphones countless times here on BGR. For savvy power users like myself and like millions of BGR readers out there we re in a bit of a lull right now. Put plainly, 2013 was a pretty boring year for smartphone fans. Innovation doesn t grow on trees, and impressive progress has been made in the smartphone market over the past 18 months. Phones are thinner and sleeker than they ever have been before. Mobile operating systems like Android, iOS and Windows Phone have been updated with plenty of nifty new features. Has anything been introduced that might truly excite power users, though? That s open to debate. What most technology fans likely won t debate, though, is that the new features introduced in iOS 7 were not exciting for savvy users. Not even a little bit.
The Fine Brothers YouTube series called Kids React almost never fails to amuse, but a new installment was published on Sunday that is particularly hilarious. Titled Kids React to Old Computers, a group of young children are shown an old Apple II computer one at a time. Then, they react.
The comeback trail is long, winding and almost entirely uphill. It is not impossible to trek just ask Apple, which battled back from the brink of bankruptcy to become the most valuable technology company on the planet. It certainly isn t an easy hike though, and it takes determination, smart marketing and great products. The HTC One (M8) is certainly a solid start, but it will take much more than one Android phone to put HTC back on the right path even if it is the best Android phone in the world. Today HTC announced its second new hero phone of 2014: The HTC One mini 2.
China-based e-commerce giant Alibaba is preparing for an IPO. The company is expected to raise more than $15 billion in its initial offering, and it could even top the $16 billion Facebook racked up back in 2012, making it the largest technology sector IPO of all time. Alibaba is often referred to as the Amazon of China but the truth is that Alibaba s reach stretches much, much further than Amazon s. In fact you might be shocked at how many huge well-known Western companies it would take to cover all of the industries Alibaba spans.
Samsung on Tuesday reported its second consecutive quarter of declining on-year profits as growth of the company s high-end smartphone sales continued to slow. The company posted audited first-quarter results that were in line with the guidance it released earlier in April. Operating profit came in at $8.2 billion, a 3.3% decline from the year-ago quarter, on revenue totaling $52 billion. Net profit climbed 5.9% to 7.34 billion thanks to improved margins. Samsung said its results should improve in the second quarter of the year thanks to sales of its new Galaxy S5 flagship phone, which launched during the second week of April.
In an age when mobile photography is more popular than it ever has been before, the quality of photos taken on leading mobile devices like the iPhone 5S and Galaxy S5 continues to impress. At the same time, however, there is still a huge disparity between photos taken by smartphones and images captured by dedicated compact cameras. Or is there?
By now, we all know what a huge deal Heartbleed is. The massive vulnerability in OpenSSL protocol impacted 66% of all sites on the Internet at the time of its discovery, and now companies are scrambling to fix the issue.
The fourth season of HBO s hit series Game of Thrones kicked off this past week. 6.6 million people tuned into the premiere, making it the most watched single episode of an HBO show since the series finale of Sopranos. Based on author George R. R. Martin s fantasy novel series titled A Song of Ice and Fire, the show takes place in a mythical world consisting of four continents, one of which is Westeros. We ve all seen the models of Westeros in the show s opening credit sequence, but a group of Stanford researchers have taken things to the next level by creating a series of geological maps that shows us how the landscape of Westeros might have evolved over time.
Does Apple plan to launch a diamond-encrusted iWatch to compliment its gold iPhone 5S? Probably not, but well-connected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities says that Apple is planning to launch several different iWatch models in 2014, including a high-end version that will cost thousands of dollars.