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Samsung's new ad for Galaxy Note 4 pushes note puns to a note level

Samsung is gearing up for the release of its Galaxy Note 4, unleashing a new four-minute ad that focuses on the 5.7-inch smartphone, which has two friends with the new Galaxy Note 4, deciding to play a game where they rename as many words they can, with "note".

 

 

It sounds like it won't work, and to some they won't think it's funny, but I actually didn't mind the ad. It didn't force the features of the Galaxy Note 4 down our throats, but I would've liked to have seen a little more of the features in between. An introduction and acknowledgement of Gear VR would've been good too, with one of them even sitting on the couch playing it, and using the 'note' pun somewhere in there.

 

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I do have to say, the bit with the barista/bartender was golden, when he started pushing back with the puns.

European airlines allow passengers to make in-flight phone calls

Passengers flying the European skies could very soon be able to use smartphones, tablets, and other portable electronic devices anytime while onboard a flight, according to new research guidelines. Individual airlines will be able to choose what type of devices can be used - based on aircraft type and other factors.

 

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"We're basically opening the door where, in theory, you'll be able to continue making your phone call through the gate throughout the flight... like you would on a train," said Ilias Maragakis, European Aviation Safety Agency spokeswoman.

 

There has been concern that using certain electronics would interfere with transmission signals, but airlines must certify that wouldn't be a problem. The EASA allowed devices to be on as long as they were switched to "airplane mode," but additional research indicated the rules could be altered even more.

Apple releases iOS 8.0.2, but some Australian users complain of issues

After apologizing to customers for releasing - and quickly pulling - the Apple iOS 8.0.1 update, the popular company has released iOS 8.0.2. The second firmware update for iOS 8 fixes problems users reported having when they upgraded their devices to 8.0.1, which was pulled very shortly after release earlier in the week.

 

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Despite the fix, some users in Australia are complaining of mobile connectivity and Touch ID problems - which are two problems the 8.0.2 update was supposed to fix for all users. Only time will tell if these issues are isolated to Australia, or if Apple has released another dud.

 

The iOS 8.0.2 update is available for iPhones dating back to iPhone 4s, along with tablets back to the iPad 2.

PSA: Only nine people have bent iPhone 6 Plus smartphones, says Apple

We've been all over the #BendGate issue with the bending, or warping iPhone 6 Plus smartphone from Apple, which is bending from sitting in consumers' pockets. But don't worry, Apple has now finally replied, saying that only nine people have contacted them with problematic iPhone 6 Plus'.

 

 

The Cupertino-based iGiant has said that their iPhones are designed, engineered and manufactured to be both beautiful, and sturdy. Both of the next-gen iPhones feature a precision engineered unibody enclosure that is constructed from machining a custom grade of 6000 series anodized aluminum, which is tempered for extra strength.

 

Apple continues its PR campaign against #BendGate, adding that its phones feature stainless steel and titanium inserts to reinforce high stress locations, as well as using the strongest glass in the smartphone industry - yet, it's not enough to stop bending iPhones. Apple adds that it chooses these high quality materials and construction methods very carefully for both their strengh, and durability. Apple also performs rigorous tests throughout the entire development cycle, which includes 3-point bending, pressure point cycling, sit, torsion and user studies.

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Shamu poses for the camera, next-gen Nexus is a bigger Moto X

We're getting closer and closer to the reveal of the Android L-powered Nexus X, or Nexus 6, from Google, with the latest tease of the smartphone below.

 

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As it stands, it's known as Shamu, the codename for Google's new Nexus. It looks like a bigger Moto X smartphone, and even bigger than LG's 5.5-inch G3 smartphone. We have an LED flash ring on the rear, surrounding the sure-to-be-powerful rear-facing camera. We should expect it to be unveiled as the Nexus 6, featuring a 5.92-inch 2560x1440, or QHD display.

Samsung advertises Galaxy Note Edge as 'Curved. Not bent' on Twitter

Samsung has finally come out with something on the whole #BendGate issue with Apple's new 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, taking to Twitter with a simple tweet teasing its Galaxy Note Edge, with the tagline: "Curved. Not bent. #GALAXYNoteEdge".

 

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It's a sweet piece of marketing, something that Samsung has jumped onto quite quickly. Not only is it able to take a stab at Apple over its bending iPhone, which I personally think Apple needs to address, now - it is also showing off its upcoming Galaxy Note Edge smartphone. Touche, Samsung, touche.

Apple apologizes for messing up iOS 8.0.1 update, promises fix soon

Apple publicly apologized to its customers for releasing and quickly pulling the iOS 8.0.1 update on Wednesday, and promised a new download "in the next few days."

 

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"We apologize for the great inconvenience experienced by users, and are working around the clock to prepare iOS 8.0.2 with a fix for the issue," Apple said in a statement.

 

Despite software problems - and a bendy phone - the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models have sold well. More than 10 million units were sold in the first weekend of its release, while Apple enthusiasts seemed eager to pick up one of the two models. Overall, financial analysts believe the company will persevere, but need to further efforts to innovate.

Teardown shows iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus cost $200-$215 to make

Apple is charging a truly ridiculous amount for its new iPhone, no matter what camp you fanboy around in, especially when you consider there are equal, if not better smartphones for half that cost available: I'm looking at you Nexus 5, Moto X, OnePlus One. But how much does it cost the Cupertino-based giant to make the new iPhone? Under $215.

 

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The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 costs $200 to make, while its bigger brother, the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus costs $215. The news is coming from analysts over at IHS, which have taken apart the new iPhone, estimating its component and manufacturing costs. The $200 and $215 price points are for the 16GB versions of the new iPhones.

 

The most expensive part in the new iPhone 6 Plus is the 5.5-inch display, costing $52.50, while the 4.7-inch panel in the iPhone 6 costs $45. The iPhone 6 Plus has a slightly higher component price because of its more expensive battery, and camera. And for all of this cost, the iPhone 6 Plus even bends, which is a nice extra feature.

Google to unveil new Nexus smartphone next month with Android L

I'm sure you've heard by now that Apple's new iPhone 6 Plus is bending in some pockets, so what better time to tease the world of the upcoming next generation Nexus handset? Gogole is preparing to launch the new Nexus mid next month, alongside the launch of its 9-inch, NVIDIA Tegra K1-powered Nexus 9 tablet made by HTC.

 

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According to sources of Android Authority, Google is planning to launch 'new phone hardware' and an unveiling of 'a new software initiative'. The first, should be the new Nexus, possibly named Nexus 6, while the software initiative is most likely Android L, or Android 5.0. The final version of Android L won't be official until November 1 according to these same sources. We should hear more about both the new smartphone and mobile OS in the coming weeks.

Samsung beats Apple to the punch by releasing Galaxy Note 4 in China

Samsung announced it will launch its Galaxy Note 4 smartphone in China later this month, as the company tries to defend against the Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. This is a major effort by the South Korean electronics giant, because it's the first time it has decided to release a flagship device in China before other foreign markets.

 

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The Galaxy Note 4 will be available Korea later this week, and will be introduced to the United States and other foreign markets throughout October. Samsung hopes to ship 15 million Note 4 units within the first 30 days of global release, as the 5.7-inch device competes with Apple's larger-screened iPhone.

 

Despite many Chinese consumers preferring cheaper devices - often made by domestic manufacturers - Samsung, Apple, and other major smartphone makers fight for increased market share. Xiaomi recently overtook Samsung as the No. 1 carrier in China, but the Galaxy Note 4 could help shake things up further.

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