Smartphones

Yep, Amazon Goofed on the Fire Phone

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Amazon Fire Phone
Amazon’s vice president of devices in Europe just admitted that the first generation of the company’s Fire Phone hasn’t performed well on the open market. “In an honest assessment of the Fire Phone, we’ve learned a lot on this one,” Jorrit Van der Meulen told the Guardian. “We’re undeterred, but we’re not immune to the criticism either.” Click here to find mobile-related jobs. In October, the online retailer announced a $170 million write-off stemming largely from the Fire Phone, which… continue…

The Economic Impact of Apple’s iPhone 6

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Apple iPhone 6 Plus
How much do the latest iPhones add to the U.S. economy? Michael Feroli, the chief United States economist for JPMorgan Chase, told The New York Times that Apple’s smartphones could contribute “one-quarter to one-third of a percentage point to the annualized growth rate of the gross domestic product.” That’s quite a bit, in the context of this country’s $16.8 trillion GDP. Click here to find iOS development jobs.  Over at Forbes, Tim Worstall pushed back against Feroli’s estimate, claiming that… continue…

Android Lollipop Offers API Sweetness for Developers

Google Android Lollipop
When Google unveiled the next version of its Android operating system at its I/O conference this summer, it chose to stay a little cagey about the name, referring to the upgrade simply as “L.” With the software set for release “in coming weeks,” Google has finally revealed the full name: “Lollipop.” That’s not much of a surprise, considering how Google names each successive generation of Android after a different dessert—maybe “Lemon Meringue Pie” or “Licorice” could have substituted, but the… continue…

The ‘New’ Apple Apologizes Early and Often

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Apple iPhone 6
Whereas the “old” Apple under Steve Jobs was famously (or infamously) stingy with its official apologies and patches, Tim Cook’s “new” Apple practically stumbles over itself to fix whatever’s wrong. Within a few hours of users reporting issues with iOS 8.0.1, Apple yanked the update and offered a temporary fix: “We have a workaround for you if you have an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus and you lost cellular service and Touch ID functionality today after updating to iOS… continue…

BlackBerry Passport: Does Anyone Care?

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BlackBerry Passport
BlackBerry’s newest smartphone, the Passport, is defiantly retro: It features a hard keyboard, an element that virtually every other smartphone producer has discarded in favor of touch-screens. Click here to find BlackBerry-related jobs. That’s not the Passport’s only old-school detail: The device looks and works like something that BlackBerry might have produced back when it was still Research In Motion, including a 4.5-inch square display and a blocky, heavy body. But unlike the BlackBerry devices of old, which focused on… continue…

Watch This iPhone 6 Unboxing Go Totally Weird

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Clickhole iPhone
Some people find product-unboxing videos entertaining; others dismiss them as the worst kind of clickbait. “Do we really need to sit through five minutes (or more than a dozen slideshow images) of some random tech reporter popping open a cardboard box?” the latter asks. Upload Your ResumeEmployers want candidates like you. Upload your resume. Show them you’re awesome. According to the various tech publications that keep producing unboxing videos, the answer is apparently “yes,” probably because the amount of clicks… continue…

The Latest Novelty in Phone Apps: Talking

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Talko
It seems as if there’s an app for everything these days. Want to send someone a message that self-destructs in five seconds? At least a dozen apps will help you out with that. Want to play a game with a kid on the other side of the world? The Google and Apple app stores offer hundreds of options for making that happen. With all the apps and baked-in functionality available on smartphones, it’s sometimes easy to forget that the devices… continue…

Do Not Toss Your iPhone 6 in the Microwave

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Wave Hoax
Placing your iPhone in the microwave will destroy the phone, and possibly the microwave. While that might seem obvious to some people, others have fallen for the “Wave” hoax making its way around online. The fake advertisement insists that the new iOS 8 allows users to charge their iPhones by placing them in a “household microwave for a minute and a half.” Click here for iOS jobs. Microwave energy will not charge your smartphone. To the contrary, it will scorch… continue…

Rest in Peace, iPod Classic

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Apple iPod Classic
The iPod Classic officially passed away this week at the age of 12, a victim of inevitable obsolescence. Apple removed the iPod Classic from its online store Sept. 9, the same day it unveiled its latest iPhones and the new Apple Watch. Considered a revolutionary device upon its release in October 2001, the iPod’s mechanical spin wheel and tiny screen made it seem like an antique over a decade later. Click here to find Apple-related jobs. While it took a… continue…

Apple Watch Promises New App Ecosystem

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Apple Watch
To nobody’s surprise, Apple CEO Tim Cook and other company executives unveiled two new iPhones and a “smart watch” at a high-profile Sept. 9 event in California. The iPhone 6 boasts a 4.7-inch screen (1334 x 750 pixels); its larger cousin, the iPhone 6 Plus, measures 5.5 inches (1920 x 1080 pixels). Despite the larger screens, both phones are thinner than previous iPhone models: The iPhone 6 is 6.9mm thick, while the iPhone 6 Plus is a positively slim 7.1mm.… continue…