This week was packed with some great video highlights, including a brand-new episode of XCAR featuring the hotly anticipated Toyota GT 86. Was it worth the wait? Brian Tong also fills us in on the latest iPhone 5S and 5C rumors in this week's Apple Byte. And Always On makes a return as we get ready for back-to-school with an unboxing of the new MacBook Air and Samsung's Galaxy S4 Mini. The S4 Mini also takes a major kicking in another epic torture test, and we check out the latest in higher education and online learning, for free.… Read more
Lately it seems that everyone is talking about screen size. Some people think 10.1 inches is the sweet spot for a tablet, some people think 5.7 inches is the best for a phone. If new rumors are to be believed, add 6 inches and 12 inches to your list of possible screen sizes.
Nokia is rumored to be working on a 6-inch Windows phone, which would be the first Windows phablet. I guess in order to carry that thing around, you'll have to get a "murse." Luckily, murses are a thing again.
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Smartphone keyboard fans could soon find what they're looking for if rumors of the LG Enact (VS890) QWERTY slider for Verizon pan out.
Alleged photos and rough details reportedly obtained by tipster @evleaks, point to a 4-inch display, 5-megapixel rear camera, and a five-row QWERTY keyboard.
Previous rumors peg the keyboarded phone with a 1.2Ghz dual-core processor, an Adreno 305 GPU, and Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS. Reported to be "days away," the LG Enact is likely to feature entry-level memory and storage capacity.
It has been quite a while since Verizon, or any … Read more
New details and early photos of the HTC Zara have apparently surfaced, painting a clearer picture of the rumored midrange Android smartphone.
The photos and specs, obtained by frequent tipster @evleaks, tell of a moderately designed midtier Android handset with cutting-edge software.
The HTC Zara is alleged to run Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with HTC Sense 5.5 UI, and would also feature a plastic shell. Despite the cheaper material, the device could maintain some of the same design cues found in the HTC One and HTC One Mini.
According to the source, the HTC Zara will have a … Read more
Apple's given Hon Hai Precision Industry the green light to begin mass producing both high- and low-end iPhone models, according to a new report.
Citing sources, The Wall Street Journal (subscription required) says Apple's gearing up for an early September launch of those devices, and has put in the orders with its usual assembler, Hon Hai, which goes by Foxconn.
An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment on the report.
Will Apple announce an iPhone 5S next month? And, if so, will that model come with a biometric fingerprint sensor? A new set of leaked photos add fuel to the rumor fire.
Speculation over this feature began last year when Apple acquired fingerprint-recognition chipmaker AuthenTec, then ramped up again last month when an eagle-eyed beta tester discovered biometric scanner code in iOS 7 beta 4.
Now, as reported by Laptop, French blog Nowhereelse.fr just released photos purporting to show the inside of the iPhone 5S, complete with evidence to support fingerprint-scanning hardware.
Specifically, a redesigned metal spacer cushion near … Read more
Verizon might not be entering the Canadian market as soon as expected.
The company has decided to put off acquiring Canada-based wireless carriers Wind and Mobilicity, The Globe and Mail is reporting, citing people who claim to have knowledge of its plans. Verizon, which was reportedly looking to acquire the companies this year, has decided to wait to see how it fares in the wireless spectrum auction Canada is holding in January, the Globe and Mail claims.
Verizon has been looking to make its way to the Canadian market for quite some time, according to reports. However, the company would … Read more
The end is near. Well, not the end end, but maybe the end of iPhone 5S rumors.
According to a report from All Things Digital, Apple will be holding its iPhone event on September 10. If that truly is the big day, you can bet CNET will be on the scene, covering the event.
In non-iPhone 5S news, Asus could be working on a phone that's just a phone, not a phone/tablet hybrid like its PadFone and FonePad series. And Amazon could challenge the Android game console market with one of its very own.
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The first details of LG's next generation of Vu smartphone have started to bubble up, pointing to a possible September release. … Read more
As Apple's plans for its "very busy fall" continue to take shape, the rumors are coming hot and heavy.
The latest: a complete revamp of the iPad line by Apple in the last three months of this year. That's according to Bloomberg, which on Monday said that Apple is working on both a new full-size iPad design that will look more like the iPad Mini, as well as an iPad Mini model with a Retina Display.
That claim of a newer display for the Mini -- which would presumably double the device's resolution while remaining … Read more