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Huawei reveals their new high-end phones, the P9 and P9 plus

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 7, 2016 1:52 am

Huawei might be a relative newcomer in the US given their presence is only just recently more popular due to their design-win with Google and the Nexus 6P, but they're actually one of the largest phone makers in the world and are making more waves with the announcement of their newest phones at an event in London, the P9 and P9 Plus.



These new phones are being targeted squarely at the high-end market, and have the specs to match. The P9 has a 5.2-inch screen, a Leica partnered 12-megapixel camera, 3,000mAh battery, USB-C port for connectivity, 3GB of RAM, and the company's own octa-core Kirin 995 processor inside of a very nice looking aluminum body. The P9 Plus has all of the above except has a much larger 3,400mAh battery, 4GB of RAM and a 5.5-inch screen instead. Both of them will have a fingerprint sensor located on the back of the chassis.


The most interesting spec is the camera, even though the resolution is rather normal at 12-megapixels, it's the partnership with Leica that means it could potentially be a powerhouse of a secondary, or dare I say, primary photo-taking device. There's a second 12-megapixel monochrome sensor that's supposed to be able to improve contrast within photos, and likely add a few more levels of dynamic range by tripling the amount of light that the whole camera can take in.

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iPhone SE demand outstripping supply

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 6, 2016 7:27 pm

Apple's iPhone SE -- effectively an upgraded 5s -- wasn't full-blown hyped, but it seems to be selling like it anyway: demand for the 4'' device is outstripping supply as most stores are now posting stock-outs and delays, saying that new orders won't ship for as long as a few weeks from now. This includes both online and retail outlets (including Apple stores), not just nationally but internationally.




The fastest you get can one as of press time is April 12, and there you're likely limited to the smaller $399 16GB models. If you want a $499 64GB model, you'll have to wait until April 20-27. This is all assuming you're willing to pay for faster shipping, mind you.


The iPhone SE launched March 31.

Survey says iPhone users have better credit than other device users

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 6, 2016 4:03 pm

You know when you click agree to a privacy policy without reading it? Well, sometimes they're allowed to share your information, though very anonymously. WalletHub lets you check your credit score for free, and they've come to some very fun conclusions about credit score and devices used.




These are more of a correlation at the moment and don't at all indicate anything other than mere observations of the customers that use their website. But they did notice that iPhone users tend to have excellent credit, with 56% holding that score range. Only 19% have bad credit and 15% have good credit. BlackBerry users seem to have the worst ratings with 46% of those users being put into that category. Windows Phone users tend to have excellent or good credit scores as well. Perhaps because of the proliferation of devices, nearly 44% of people on Android-based phones have bad credit.


In their survey they have a lot of other fun facts that really mean absolutely nothing, but are pretty interesting observations in their own right. More data and a proper study would need to be conducted to actually conclude anything, but these are "fun facts" anyway. Take a look at their full infographic below and see if you follow the same trends.

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Apple deal makes iPad Pro on-field device of choice for MLB

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 30, 2016 11:23 pm

Major League Baseball (MLB) and Apple have signed a collaborative agreement that will see the iPad Pro become the device of choice for on-field usage. More, the league's new MLB Dugout app -- which was developed alongside Apple and offers stat reports of all kinds, data visualization, and scouting videos, as based on club feedback -- will take full advantage of it.




The Pro and Dugout app will be used league-wide, and will be customized for each team. Security shouldn't be a concern, as reports and video will be loaded onto a private network infrastructure to be installed this offseason in each ballpark. As you'd expect, the devices won't be able to access Internet in the dugout or bullpen.


MLB and Apple will continue to work on the app together; as of now, Apple Pencil and video annotation functionality are in the pipeline.

FBI breaks into San Bernardino shooter iPhone without Apple's help

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 29, 2016 11:18 am

So, after all of the hoopla surrounding the FBI wanting Apple to cooperate in breaking into the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone, the FBI has managed to break into the iPhone 5C without Apple's help.




According to a filing from government prosecutors to the courts, there has been no information on how the FBI broke into the iPhone 5C, but it did state that it has "successfully accessed the data stored on [San Bernardino killer Syed Rizwan] Farook's iPhone". The FBI has now withdrawn its order for Apple to help it unlock the iPhone 5C.


The FBI seems to have broken into the iPhone 5C thanks to an "outside party", which was reportedly an Israeli mobile forensics company called Cellebrite. Cellebrite reportedly has a device that can analyze, and extract data from various smartphones. It's a weird one - because you'd think that with the copious amounts of spying done by US agencies like the FBI, NSA, DHS and CIA - that they could've used their collective power to break into the iPhone - as the information is taken before, and after it hits the iPhone anyway.


Although, it doesn't matter now - as the FBI didn't need Apple in the end. It seems the FBI might have its master key to the iPhone after all of that.

LG G5 camera is a 'giant leap' over the G4, even with the same sensor

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 29, 2016 6:01 am

When LG unveiled its new G5 smartphone, it was one of the bigger risks the company has taken, and for good reason. It has an upgradeable camera, SD card slot, removable battery, and so much more thanks to its impressive Magic Slot module.




Forbes has taken a look at the G5 smartphone, comparing its rear-facing camera against the G4, and what they found was more than impressive. Forbes contributors Patrick Moorhead and Anshel Sag tested the G5's camera in "multiple camera modes, auto, manual, and HDR . However, most of the shots will be taken in auto and HDR because the reality is that most users will be using their phones in auto".




The first image, which we've got above, shows a huge change over the G4. The HDR image is interesting, as it shows how the sensor deals with bright situations.

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iPhone SE secures 3.4 million pre-orders in China alone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 29, 2016 5:38 am

Most people thought Apple were kind of crazy launching a new 4-inch smartphone, but the iPhone SE has been super popular in China where they've seen 3.4 million pre-orders in the country alone.




Splitting these numbers up, has 882,000 pre-orders, Suning has 1.7 million, and Gome has 889,000 pre-orders for the new iPhone SE. Gold is the most popular with 1.3 million pre-orders, Rose Gold comes in second with 1.2 million pre-orders, and Silver with only 450,000. The 4-inch iPhone SE features the same A9 processor found in the larger, and much more expensive iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus smartphones.


Around the back, we have a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera that shoots 4K without a problem. 802.11ac Wi-Fi is included, making it 3x faster than the iPhone 5S. There's Wi-Fi calling and NFC, Touch ID, and Bluetooth 4.2 on the iPhone SE - all for $399.

Linux is coming to tablets, and you can pre-order the first one now

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 28, 2016 8:04 pm

The first Linux tablets are coming soon with Ubuntu driving the show under the hood with quad-core MediaTek processors. The devices, from BQ are available in a full HD and HD (720P) screens with the ability to run full-fledged (ARM compatible) Linux applications and turn into a traditional PC when hooked up to an external monitor and keyboard/mouse.




The BQ Aquaris M10 comes in two flavors, the 1280x800 10" model with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage and a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT8163A processor. The Full HD version will actually have a 10" 1920x1200 resolution screen with the same storage and RAM but a 1.5GHz quad-core processor. Both will have an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front camera and a microSD slot that can hold up to 64GB of additional storage.


The HD version is $289 while the FullHD version is $335. This is part of Canonicals bid to bring Linux into every facet of our lives, letting you enjoy it in nearly any format, akin to Microsoft's strategy with Windows 10. It's supposed to provide a seemless experience, even if it's not particularly quick with the specs these two 10" tablets have.


It's interesting and while the open-source operating system doesn't quite have the number of mobile-focused apps as Android or even Windows does, Canonical is adamant about pushing their OS into an already enriched market. The lack of apps has been enough to forestall the development of some OS's already.

Apple's next-gen iPhone rumored to feature iPhone 4-like design

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 27, 2016 10:37 am

Apple may have just revealed its new, but old iPhone SE - but now the latest rumors from credible Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo with KGI Securities has the company teasing the next-gen iPhone.




Kuo teases that the iPhone to be revealed in 2017 will be completely new, with glass casing and a sure-to-be beautiful AMOLED display. Kuo believes that Apple will choose between glass, plastric and ceramic casing for its next-gen iPhone, but believes Apple will land on using glass - like it did with the iPhone 4 "as plastic doesn't offer thin and light form factor designs, and it would be not easy to precisely control the tolerance of ceramic".


The new iPhone will also reportedly feature a curved display, much like their competitor Samsung and their Galaxy S6 edge and Galaxy S7 edge smartphones. KGI says that Apple will build on the iPhone 4 design, with the 2017 iPhone featuring a glass front and back, with metal sides. Kuo adds that the new iPhone will feature a "completely new form factor design", with narrow bezels and a "more comfortable grip".


Not only that, but KGI teases that Apple could release a huge 5.8-inch iPhone 7 in 2017 with an AMOLED display. Considering the iPhone 6S Plus has a huge 5.5-inch display, the new form factor would have to be impressive for it to be smaller than the 5.5-inch iPhone. We should expect the larger 5.8-inch iPhone to replace, and completely take over the 5.5-inch iPhone if it arrives in 2017.

Galaxy S7 is 25% slower after gaming for only 15 minutes, overheating?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 27, 2016 8:47 am

It looks like Samsung might be in some hot water over its flagship Galaxy S7 smartphone, with some reports stating that after gaming for around 15 minutes, the Galaxy S7 loses 25% of its performance. Overheating could be the issue, which is something that NordicHardware looked into.




Their report states that the SoC performance gets throttled and is forced to reduce its clock speed when the temperature of the chip rises, leaning to rumors that the Exynos 8890 and its 14nm FinFET LPP process might not be perfect. During some 3DMark SlingShot benchmarking, the Galaxy S7 runs at 38C, and over five rounds, the performance begins to fall right off of a cliff.


There are two different Galaxy S7 smartphones in the market, one with the Exynos 8890 processor and another with the Snapdragon 820. If you're purchasing the one with Samsung's own Exynos 8890, you might experience these performance-related problems. Samsung should hopefully come out and address this in the near future.

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