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It looks like Apple's upcoming next-generation iPhone 6 might feature the A8 processor from the company, something that would remain a dual-core design with a clock speed of 2GHz.
Apple's next-gen SoC will see an increase from the 1.3GHz clocked A7 processor found in the iPhone 5S and Retina iPad mini up to 2GHz for the next-gen iPhone 6. The A8 chip will be a 64-bit processor, manufactured on a 20nm process versus the 28nm-based silicon of the A7 chip. As for the manufacturers that Apple will use, the iPhone maker will split it between TSMC and Samsung.
Sony has been pushing into the smartphone market for a while now with its very well-built Xperia line of devices, but now we're hearing about the purported Xperia Z3, which looks like it might come with a slightly modified design.
The Xperia Z3 from these leaked photos looks a little different, which might make it slightly more comfortable in the hand thanks to its curved sides. We can see a magnetic connector, microSIM slot, microSD card slot, rounded power button, dedicated camera shutter button, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. We should expect the same water- and dust-resistant goodness from the previous Xperia smartphones, too.
On the rear, we have the incredible 20.7-megapixel Exmor RS sensor, which was a real treat on the Xperia Z2. We should hopefully hear more about the Xperia Z3 at IFA 2014 later this year.
Samsung is on the offensive lately, taking a stab at Apple iPhone users calling them "wall huggers" but in its latest ad for the Galaxy Tab S, it takes a swipe at the iPad's inability of multitasking.
You can see in the first video a father and his baby, where the baby gets upset because the tablet is only capable of displaying one thing at once. But when the dad puts on a kids movie, the baby becomes happy - because the Galaxy Tab S can multitask, and do two jobs at once. The second advertisement, below, sees the Galaxy Tab S display (which is a 2560x1600 panel) versus the Retina display on the iPad Air (which runs a 2048x1536 display).
This ad concentrates on the Super AMOLED panel, where the iPad user can't see a character within a movie. But on the Super AMOLED-based Galaxy Tab S, that man appears in plain sight. The ads don't do much to convince customers to buy the Galaxy Tab S (well, to me anyway), but it's a good way to show that the Galaxy Tab S has some specs that punches right into the iPad category.
Satya Nadella, the fresh new CEO of Microsoft, wrote an open letter to Microsoft employees, reiterating the company's commitment to the Xbox brand, as well as teasing a change of direction when it comes to Microsoft's gaming platform, and mobile.
Nadella said: "The single biggest digital life category, measured in both time and money spent, in a mobile-first world is gaming. We are fortunate to have Xbox in our family to go after this opportunity with unique and bold innovation. [...] Bottom line, we will continue to innovate and grow our fan base with Xbox while also creating additive business value for Microsoft".
"While today many people define mobile by devices, Microsoft defines it by experiences," he continued. "We're really in the infant stages of the mobile-first world. In the next few years we will see many more new categories evolve and experiences emerge that span a variety of devices of all screen sizes. Microsoft will be on the forefront of this innovation with a particular focus on dual users and their needs across work and life".
Potential smartphone addiction mixed with emotional problems can make gambling and other addictions even harder to treat, according to researchers. Smartphones are blamed as part of underlying problems, and have been linked to driving addictions "faster and with more intensity," according to Morningside Recovery executive director Joel Edwards.
The use of smartphones provide accessibility, affordability and anonymity - known as the three A's - and is an easy way to arrange the sale or purchase of illicit narcotics. In addition to drug problems, smartphones are linked to gaming, social networking, and pornography problems, with instant access to any type of vice.
"They may be addicted to sexual content on their phone or gaming on their phone in the same way that people are addicted to gambling rather than casinos," said Larry Rosen, California State at Dominguez Hills psychology professor. "There is no treatment for cellphone addiction or Internet addiction."
If you are the sort who loves to take selfies, you might want to check out the latest smartphone from Sony. The device is the Xperia C3 and its claim to fame is a high-resolution front camera with flash. The 5MP wide-angle front lens has a soft LED flash and the smartphone is known as the PROselfie Smartphone.
The camera has software features with AR effects, Smile Shutter, and the ability to activate the camera shutter with a double tap on the back cover of the phone. The smartphone does have some features that aren't focused on selfies.
The OS is Android 4.4 and the phone has a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor. The rear camera of the phone is an 8MP unit and the phone has a 5.5-inch screen with 1280 x 720 resolution. Power for the phone comes from a 2500 mAh battery
Apple has quietly opened a store on eBay to sell certified refurbished iPhone 5 smartphones that are unlocked. All of the smartphones on this particular store are GSM version of the iPhone 5. The smartphones include a one-year Apple warranty and are being sold at aggressive prices.
The Apple store is called the Factory Outlet eBay Store and has six devices listed in factory restored and unlocked guise. iPhone 5 model on the store sell for between $449 and $499 per device.
The phone models on the eBay store are exclusive to the store. Devices are noted to be burn-in tested and professionally repacked with a final inspection performed by Apple. It's worth noting that ahead of the official launch of the latest iPad in 2013, a similar store popped up for refurbished older iPad models and disappeared before the launch of the new tablet.
LG is set to throw its latest Android tablet onto the market this week with the launch of the G Pad coming on July 11. On that day, the G Pad 10.1 will launch in South Korea and then go on sale in other countries on July 14. On July 14, the tablet will launch in "most of the rest of the world" and the only places we aren't expecting to see the tablet this month are China and India.
The LG G Pad 10.1 has a 10.1-inch screen with a resolution of 1280 x 800 and is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor. The rear camera on the tablet is a 5MP unit with a 1.3MP front camera.
LG has also announced smaller 7-inch and 8-inch tablets as well. Those smaller tablets will have lower resolution cameras and smaller batteries, but will have the same screen resolution and CPU.
It looks like we can expect the elusive OnePlus One smartphone to receive Android L quickly after Google releases, something that OnePlus might be able to bake onto its phone before most of the other leading Android smartphones on the market.
OnePlus announced the news on Friday, after it was hit with questions as to when it would be pushing Android L to One smartphone. The company said that the One's new CyanogenMod build is based on Android L, and will be available after a couple of months after Google makes its final Android L code available.
The company said in its full statement: "So a lot - I mean, a lot - of people are asking about whether we'll be getting on the Android L train. It was announced while I was asleep and when I got back to work the morning after, there were already a bunch of forum posts and (strangely) customer support requests about it. Well, we're keen to announce today that the OnePlus One will indeed be getting the L treatment. When, you ask? That depends on Google. We promise to have it done within three months of their releasing a final build".
Popcorn Time made headlines in March, offering to stream torrents from the Internet, directly to your PC. Well, things are about to get much easier, with a new piece of software called Time4Popcorn.
Time4Popcorn has been in development for a while now, and now supports Google's Chromecast. Time4Popcorn will allow users to stream torrents of movies and TV shows from an easy-to-use and good looking user interface, very similar to how services like Netflix work. Popcorn Time was limited to desktops and tethering a cable between a PC and TV, but with Chromecast support, you can blast the image from your PC to your TV very easily.
The team has made Chromecast support available in alpha form, with the Mac and Android versions coming with Chromecast support in the near future.