You can't say BlackBerry hasn't put some serious effort into reviving its brand. It released the BlackBerry 10 operating system and accompanying phones earlier this year. It's currently in beta-testing for BlackBerry Messenger for Android. The company really seems to be trying to hang on against stiff competition in the smartphone world.
Yet, a dark cloud is growing. The company's woes really came into focus this past week with some snippets in a regulatory filing that find BlackBerry admitting it can't compete with Apple and Android. Throw in layoffs and a second-quarter loss of nearly $1 billion, and the future isn't looking too rosy.… Read more
The hype and rumors we're hearing around the upcoming Nexus 5, expected from LG and Google later this month, is that it could instantly become the new Android phone to beat. But the latest whisperings hint that it could also give the iPhone 5S a run for its money when it comes to how much of your money you have to shell out for one.
TechRadar says a "source familiar with Google" has told the site that the successor to the popular but LTE-less Nexus 4 will ship in the latter part of October and cost "half the price" of the iPhone 5S.… Read more
When you're out in the elements, fires are good for keeping you warm, heating your food, boiling water for drinking, and charging your smartphone. To achieve that last one, you'll need a FlameStower from Kickstarter. It's a portable device that requires water and fire to work.
Here's the process. Unfold the gadget. Add water to the small pop-up water cup on one end. Plug in the USB charger to your phone. Place the long flat end over a fire and start charging. It works by using a thermoelectric generator. Just be sure to extend the charging cable and keep your expensive phone away from the fire. … Read more
Over two million subscribers tune into Cricket Wireless' unlimited Muve Music download service, the company said Thursday, claiming that this makes Muve the country's most popular on-demand subscription service.
Muve (pronounced "move"), which is automatically bundled into the carrier's rate plan for Android phones, lets customers download as many songs and ringtones as they can store, provided they keep paying their monthly phone bill.
In addition to doubling its user base from 1.1 million at the end of 2012, Cricket also says active listeners play music longer than they did last year, to the tune … Read more
As someone who's thinking seriously about ditching his "tiny" iPhone 4S and pricey AT&T service in favor of a bigger phone and cheaper, no-contract plan, my ears pricked up a couple weeks ago when Virgin Mobile announced the 5-inch Supreme -- a ZTE-made Android phone reasonably priced at $299.99.
But what's this? There's already a deal to be had? Yep, for whatever reason, you can now get the Virgin Mobile Supreme smartphone for $249.99 shipped. And Virgin's no-contract plans still start at $35 per month.
I've been test-driving a … Read more
The carrier just unveiled a new promotion, which offers all three heavy-hitting Android smartphones for no money at time of purchase. Billed as "Zero Dollars Down," this special deal promises that customers will be able to sign up, then walk out of the store holding one of these powerful mobile devices without cracking open their wallets.
Sounds great, but shoppers aren't … Read more
Meet the post-modern Prometheus. It's not a monster made out of cadaver parts that University of Southampton scientists have brought to life with the power of lightning, but a rather smaller target: the Nokia 925 smartphone.
Nokia recruited a team led by Neil Palmer, manager of the Tony Davies High Voltage Laboratory, for the undertaking. Using the lab's equipment, the team created artificial lightning bolts, which were captured, tamed, and channeled into the smartphone's battery. … Read more
LG and Samsung may be trying to beat each other to the market with a flexible smartphone.
Dubbed either the LG Z or Z1, LG's entry into the flexible smartphone arena would offer a concave design, ZDNet Asia said on Wednesday, citing "industry sources." Curved like a banana, according to the English translation of the story, the display would offer a hefty six inches of screen real estate.
Already in mass production, the LG Z is expected to launch later this month, ZDNet's sources added.
Not to be outdone, Samsung said Wednesday that it plans to … Read more
HTC must modify a key technology in its Android smartphones or else face a potential sales ban in the US, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Citing information from "people familiar with the matter," the Journal said Wednesday that HTC has teamed up with chipmaker Qualcomm to try to revise certain chip technology in its HTC One and other new smartphones. The company is being forced to take such action after the US International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled last week that HTC violated two patents owned by Nokia.
One of the patents in question refers to the ability … Read more