In the world of industrial design for mobile hardware, there are few names that can compete with the likes of Apple and Jony Ive, but Italian designer Federico Ciccarese has no qualms mocking up his own visions of what he'd like to see the Cupertino cabal make next.
Ciccarese's iWatch concepts have probably been the most intriguing smartwatch designs I've seen anywhere (real or imagined), and his latest effort shows how Apple could unify its "Air" product lines in a way that could really take flight -- by adding an "iPhone Air" to the mix.… Read more
It may well be that they're fleeing Facebook for sexier climes.
But please don't think that today's American teens are talking about a revolution. Unless you have in mind a magical one.
For a survey of their deepest holiday season needs reveals a certain stasis in their hearts.
Performed on behalf of online cash-back shopping site Ebates, the survey probed deeply into the desires of 12- to 17-year-olds.
88 percent of them said they most wanted to get some sort of gadget, come family gifting time. The most desired item among them was the iPhone.
You might … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Finally, the Google Nexus 5 is here...unless you're on Verizon.
- Android 4.4 KitKat brings a little OS equality.
- Google to Samsung Galaxy Nexus owners: No KitKat for you.
- Those comics in your basement are probably worthless.
Apple is bringing its iPhone lineup to contract-free provider Boost Mobile.
The carrier announced the news Friday, saying that it will offer the iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, and iPhone 4S. The iPhone 5S will start at $549.99 for the 16GB model contract-free. The iPhone 5C will start at $449.99, while the iPhone 4S will set customers back $299.99 at the carrier's stores.
Boost Mobile is by no means the first prepaid carrier to offer the iPhone 5S. Virgin Mobile, for example, started selling a contract-free iPhone 5S last month.
Boost Mobile will start selling the iPhones … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Woman gets ticket for wearing Google Glass while driving.
- Mercedes integrates navigation system with Google Glass.
- Coming soon to a Google Glass near you: Mono earbuds!
- Motorola unveils Project Ara for custom smartphones.
- Book encodes modern culture into binary patterns as time capsule for the future.
- Pax by Ploom: a more elegant smoking device for a civilized age.
The competition is starting to encroach on Apple's sacred ground of customer satisfaction.
The iPad maker has routinely emphasized the feel-good aspect of its product lines, against a more strictly econometric view of the world. A case in point:
"We are not solely focused on unit share as I've said many times, but we're focused on usage in customer's side, the loyalty and other things that are very important to us," Apple CEO Tim Cook said during the company's fourth quarter earning call Monday.
So far that focus has worked out well for … Read more
Two of the flashiest colors among Apple's new iPhones also have been the least popular, according to a new consumer study.
The gold iPhone 5S and the yellow iPhone 5C made up the smallest number of sales compared with Apple's other device colors during the past month of sales. That's according to a study of early buyers polled by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP).
New research published by the research firm on Wednesday suggests 43 percent of iPhone 5S buyers went with Apple's space gray color, with another 30 percent going with silver. It was a … Read more
Sprint swung to a third-quarter profit its first period under new ownership.
The company, which reports for the first time after the completion of the SoftBank takeover and Clearwire acquisition, posted a net profit of $383 million, compared with a year-earlier loss of $767 million. No per-share earnings/loss were provided because the new combined SoftBank/Sprint stock was issued part way through the quarter.
It posted an operating loss of $398 million, compared with $231 million a year ago.
The company's net operating revenue fell 2 percent to $8.68 billion.
Sprint is expected to get a shot … Read more