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Fast food restaurant Burger King continues to embrace technology, and wants customers to go online and receive free smartphones when signing up for two-year wireless contracts from AT&T, Verizon Wireless, or Sprint. The promotion doesn't let customers have the latest and greatest smartphones, but the list of offered wireless devices isn't too shabby.
Along with a rather curious relationship of a fast food restaurant offering smartphones, it's surprising to see the types of devices currently being offered. Models offered include: Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, LG Optimus G Pro, G2, and the HTC One. Purchases are made through Amazon, and will end up costing the same amount as similar free phone offerings.
Burger King's promotion coincides with the launch of the new Burger King App for Google Android.
IFA 2014 is just around the corner, with mobile and wearable leaks coming in from all sides, with a new tease from Sony. In a promotional piece for its SmartBand, a fitness band, the company has teased its upcoming unannounced tablet, and unannounced smartwatch.
The tablet could end up being the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, with the smartwatch most likely being an Android Wear-powered smartwatch. Starting with the tablet, it looks like a 7- or 8-inch slate, with Spider-Man being placed on the screen of course, Sony owns the Spider-Man movie rights. If it's as good as the Xperia Z2 Tablet (which I'm using right now, expect my review in the next couple of weeks) it should be fully waterproof.
When it comes to the smartwatch, it should be the next smartwatch in Sony's SmartWatch range, but we can't tell much from the image unfortunately.
Apple's next-gen iPhone isn't far away now, and by each day the iPhone 6 gets closer, more details on it appear. Today's rumor isn't that juicy, but DigiTimes is reporting that Apple is securing mobile RAM for its next-gen iPhone from its main competitor: Samsung.
According to DigiTimes' insider sources: "Apple made a drastic move to begin expelling Samsung from its supplier list for a number of key components, including application processors, mobile RAM, NAND flash chips and batteries, starting 2013." Under this policy, Apple secured RAM from only two companies for the iPhone 5: SK Hynix and Elpida Memory (Micron Technology), as it removed long-time supplier Samsung from its list after the increased competitiveness, and multiple lawsuits.
DigiTimes' sources continued: "Recently, Apple has been asking Elpida/Micron and SK Hynix to ramp up supplies of mobile RAM, but the two firms have been reluctant to increase their shipments as chip prices offered by Apple are less than desired." This has forced Apple to rely on Samsung to ensure that it had enough iPhones at launch to sell to the reported 80-90 million customers.
Samsung seems to be all-systems-go for its Galaxy Note 4 unveiling during the IFA 2014 trade show in a couple of weeks time in Berlin, Germany, as the South Korean electronics giant has just posted a video teaser of the forthcoming announcement of its new Galaxy Note 4 smartphone.
We see the video emphasize the S Pen, which is the heart and soul of the Galaxy Note range, apart from the increased screen size that is. The video teaser goes for a little over a minute, showing how people can make use of the S Pen as it is "a truly notable invention" ever since the introduction of "the pen". Samsung asks us all if we're "ready to note?" as the Galaxy Note 4 should be unveiled in the coming weeks.
Google's Chromecast represents some incredible value for money at $35, with it selling millions of devices since it launched last year. But now the latest rumors are pegging Microsoft on releasing its own Chromecast-like device.
The report is coming from Windows Phone Daily, who spotted some documents that point to Microsoft's upcoming device that will feature Wi-Fi, HDMI compatibility, and a USB port - similar traits to Google's streaming dongle. If Microsoft do release this streaming device, it won't be using Google's Cast technology, as it has a separate filing with the Wi-Fi Alliance that will use Miracast for its streaming abilities.
The problem is, Miracast isn't as good at streaming as Google Cast, as it won't work with multiple people in the same room who want to control what is being blasted to the TV. Mirroring screens between your Windows Phone and your TV shouldn't be a problem, though.
At least 54 percent of online U.S. consumers own at least one tablet, a four percent rise since January 2014, according to the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). Tablet growth has slowed, but 75 percent of consumers are planning to purchase a tablet later down the road - and there is hope that the devices can become more appealing to casual consumers.
"Tablet purchase intent remains a positive indicator that the overall market is interested in tablets," the CEA recently revealed. "Many consumers seem to be waiting to replace their existing devices until the next wave of models arrives this holiday season, while non-owners are still debating whether to buy."
Manufacturers and software makers have to convince casual consumers to purchase tablets, which could be easier to do as prices slide. The extended tablet lifespan has given consumers the opportunity to use the same mobile device for a longer duration.
@evleaks was meant to be retiring from the leaking program, but his retirement gift to us all is that he just leaked a photo of the Verizon version of the upcoming Motorola Moto X+1, a smartphone that will reportedly be officially unveiled on September 4.
The event in question will take place in Chicago, where we'll see the official unveiling of the Moto X+1. We don't know much about this new smartphone, but September 4 isn't long away, so we don't have much longer to wait.
One of the big downsides of the iPhone is the complete lack of expandable storage, with the biggest iPhone to date still being the 64GB model. But according to GeekBar's Weibo account, we could see a 128GB iPhone 6 according to a schematic they posted showing off the iPhone 6 with 128GB of NAND flash storage.
We can see that the NAND flash being used in this iPhone 6 is from Toshiba, with Hynix and SanDisk providing storage for the other models ranging from 16GB to 64GB with 32GB missing - which should raise some red flags. The next question is: will Apple charge more for the 128GB model, or unveil the 128GB iPhone 6 for the price that the current 64GB iPhone 5S sells for, reducing the other models to better compete with the likes of Samsung, OnePlus, LG, Sony and others?
Sony is expected to unveil its new Xperia Z3 smartphone at IFA in Berlin next month, but before that, we have some new leaks to share with you courtesy of TechnoBuffalo.
The new leaks are thanks to Sony's latest flagship passing through TENAA certification, which is China's version of the FCC, where we see some great snaps of the Xperia Z3. As you can see, we have the same 5.3-inch 1920x1080 display, 20.7-megapixel rear-facing camera, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board flash storage, and a faster Snapdragon 801 processor.
On the outside, the design of the Xperia Z3 seems virtually identical to that of the Xperia Z2, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. We will have full confirmation on the Xperia Z3 at IFA next month.
Microsoft and Opera Software have teamed up so Nokia's Xpress browser will be replaced by Opera Mini on Microsoft's struggling line of feature phones. The deal is focused on the Series 30+, Series 40 and Ashwa software platforms, and Opera Mini is currently used by about 250 million users - including 100 million Google Android users.
As more Internet users, especially in emerging markets, relying on phones to access the Internet, ensuring Opera Mini is on as many devices as possible makes sense. Meanwhile, Microsoft's feature phones and Windows Phone-powered smartphones struggle against Apple and Google - but this is still a strong partnership for Opera.
"This is a great opportunity to spread the benefits of Opera Mini to millions more consumers in our core markets," said Lars Boilesen, Opera Software CEO, in a press statement. "There are still massive numbers of people who have not moved to smartphones, but Opera Mini can provide them with an amazing browsing experience right now."