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iPhone 5S screen replacements start in Apple Store on August 4

Apple is set to start replacing broken iPhone 5S displays in the US and Canada at Apple Stores. Sources say that the screen replacement program will kick off on August 4, which is this coming Monday. A few test locations have been replacing screens for the iPhone 5S over the last few weeks.

 

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Owners of the cheaper iPhone 5C smartphone were able to get screens replaced at Apple Stores starting last January. Screen replacement for the iPhone 5S isn't a cheap undertaking.

 

Getting a damaged screen replaced will cost $150 per repair. Before the screen replacement program was available, the only way to get your phone fixed from Apple if you broke the screen was to replace the entire smartphone for $269.

Samsung expected to launch its Galaxy Note 4 on September 3

Just a few days before the IFA event in Berlin, Germany, Samsung is expected to unveil its new Galaxy Note 4 smartphone. The Korea Times has reported the news according to its sources over at Samsung that the company will unveil the latest Galaxy Note 4 on September 3, a day earlier than it revealed the Galaxy Note 3 last year.

 

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The company is reportedly afraid of the bigger 4.7-inch iPhone 6 that is coming, which has seen Apple backtrack on previous sales pitches and marketing on the 4-inch screen being all you need for single-handed iPhone use, and moving toward a bigger screen. The South Korean giant is now putting faith in its Galaxy Note 4 at making a comeback in device sales, with some serious specs being baked into the upcoming Note 4, including a reported 5.7-inch 2560x1440 display.

 

On top of that, we should have an 8-core processor inside of the Note 4, 3GB of RAM and a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera using a Sony sensor. We should know more in a little over a month from now.

Man survives being shot, with the bullet hitting his Galaxy Mega phone

A man has survived being shot thanks to having his 6.3-inch Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 smartphone in his shirt pocket, stopping the bullet from piercing him and possibly killing him.

 

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The man ended up in a street altercation with another man after he armed man dropped his wallet, the victim picked up the wallet for the man, joking about using it to buy a beer. The armed man pulled out his gun, and fired it into his chest, but thankfully his Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 blocked the bullet. You can see in the shot above that the phone is done for, but the owner survived.

 

Now we just need Samsung to build a Galaxy jacket, made from the same materials that stopped this bullet. For someone like myself, who keeps their phone in their jeans or trouser pocket, I would've had this bullet shot into me. Luckily this man, out of all the clothes he owns, wore this top with the pocket on that day.

HTC tipped to launch Windows Phone version of HTC One Aug 19

HTC has been rumored to be working on a new Windows Phone 8.1 device that is said to be a version of the flagship HTC One M8 smartphone. New rumors are now suggesting that the Windows Phone version of the M8 will hit stores next month.

 

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The rumors were substantiated when HTC began sending out invites to a media event in New York on August 19. The media invites don't say exactly what the event is about, so it could be unrelated to the Windows Phone device.

 

Rumors suggest that the Windows Phone device will be called the HTC One W8. Previous rumors claimed that the device would hit Verizon stores by Q3 of this year and that it would use the same hardware as the Android version on the market already.

Samsung to launch two new smartphones in the next six months

According to Samsung's Senior Vice President of Mobile Communications, Kim Hyun-joon, the South Korean giant will be launching two new smartphones within the next six months to fight off the competition.

 

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One of these new smartphones will be built using "new materials," which should arrive as the new flagship smartphone from Samsung, the premium Galaxy S5 we've all been waiting for, while the other one will be a large-screen model according to analysts. This large-screen smartphone should materialize into the Galaxy Note 4, which should rock some pretty serious specifications. The Samsung executive also said that the company will be launching new models into the mid-to-low-end market with enhanced specifications.

 

These teases of new devices are thanks to the company seeing its net profit drop 19.6% from the previous year due to "mismanagement of inventory, stiff competition and a strong Korean won that made its products less competitive overseas" reports The Wall Street Journal. Samsung's mobile division saw profits drop 30%, which is the company's biggest profit generator. The company said in a statement: "Prospects for growth remain unclear as competition over global market share intensifies in the mobile industry".

Microsoft is currently building 94.5% of all Windows Phone devices

Adduplex, a company that services Windows Phone, has a new report out that states that Microsoft is now making some 94.5% of all Windows Phone devices. The data comes from its July report on the Windows Phone ecosystem, that in July, devices that the company marks as Nokia units had close to a 95% market share. That market share, now belongs to Microsoft.

 

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The assets that Microsoft now owns are also gobbling up market share, securing another 0.7% this month according to adduplex. This means that Microsoft has become the biggest Windows Phone OEM, which should come at no surprise. The company is working with OEMs across the world to open up its hardware base, but to no avail just yet. We should see a bigger effort over the next year or so from Microsoft.

 

Right now Microsoft has a majority hold on its market share with Windows Phone, but this isn't great news - it means that other companies aren't investing in the platform like they do with Google's Android OS.

Hilton to start letting guests use smartphones as room keys

The Hilton chain of hotels is set to adopt smartphones as room keys as of next year in over 4,000 of its properties.

 

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Digital check-in and room selection will be available across 11 brands, and work for Hilton Hhonors in over 80 countries. According to Hilton, its members are looking for alternative ways to control their experiences during their stays, and this approach could be the one of them. Although Hilton has run a trial of digital check-ins for some time, this is by far the biggest rollout it has attempted. Hilton is aiming for all of its hotels to offer the digital room key service by the end of 2016.

 

"Travelers can use their smartphones as boarding passes to get to their seats on an airplane, so it is only natural that they will want to use them as a way to enter their hotel rooms," Hilton's chief exec Christopher Nassetta said in a statement. "We have spent the past few years testing a number of different options to make this vision a reality, and we are developing proprietary technology that is safe and reliable for our guests to use, and cost-effective for our hotels to install."

Microsoft shows off selfie-smartphone at company meeting

Two fresh Windows Phone 8.1 devices are soon to appear in the wild, one of which will apparently be designed specifically to take selfies.

 

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The two were reportedly shown off to Microsoft employees at an annual company meeting by Stephen Elop, the former CEO of Nokia and current devices head. Elop described the device as a "selfie phone," according to the Verge, which is likely to be the codename Superman handset with a 5-megapixel front facing camera. The second is apparently codename Tesla, which was designed as a high-end smartphone at an affordable price.

 

Just how well the phones will fare is anyone's guess, but Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella did recently allude to a unified experience across all Microsoft devices. It could well be possible that the company is lining up some big hitters - provided it finally manages to iron out the ecosystem problems that have plagued it since the start.

Karbonn A50S Android smartphone launches at just 44 dollars in India

A dual-core Android smartphone costing just 44 US dollars, the Karbonn A50S, has launched in India which could disrupt the market against more established players like Samsung and Apple.

 

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Although the A50S is firmly in the lower-end of the market, that's also its strength: the touchscreen, 1.2 GHz dual-core device sports 256MB of RAM and packs 515MB of internal storage. It features both a front and back facing camera, too, and ships with Google staples like Maps and Gmail.

 

Not only does the device promise decent connectivity in its native market of India, but it can be purchased unlocked and ready for pay as you go packages abroad - for example, it should run on most UK networks, and as the Karbonn is so cheap, there's no tax to pay to get it shipped over. While it's been up to the biggest players so far to get much of the world using smartphones, it could well prove to be cheaper options such as this that really end up making the devices completely pervasive.

Memory chip breakthrough could cram terabytes into smartphones

Smartphones, tablets, and computers are always getting more speed, storage, and memory to help them perform better with each new generation. A group of researchers has made a breakthrough with computer memory chips that could mean terabytes of memory inside future smartphones. The breakthrough could mean tens to hundreds of times more storage in mobile devices.

 

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The memory is called resistive random access memory or RRAM and the chips are being developed by several companies. Making this sort of memory typically requires high-temperature or high-voltage making the chips hard to produce. Researchers at Rice University have made a breakthrough that allows the fabrication of these chips at room temperature and with much less voltage required.

 

RRAM is like flash memory in that it can store data without constant power supplied. RRAM stores data using resistance rather than charge in a transistor. Using resistance means each bit uses less space significantly increasing the amount of data that can be stored. These chips are also easier to stack leafing to more capacity.

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