Amazon expected to launch branded smartphone on Wednesday, AT&T to function as exclusive carrier

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Date: Tuesday, June 17th, 2014, 12:44
Category: Rumor

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All the cool kids have their own branded smartphones, so why not Amazon?

Per The Mac Observer and the Wall Street Journal, Amazon is expected to introduce its own smartphone on Wednesday, with AT&T as its exclusive carrier upon. Apple struck a similar deal with AT&T in 2007 when the iPhone first launched, which gave the cell service provider a healthy boost in its competition with U.S. market leader Verizon.

Sources have indicated that the launch will happen during an event in Seattle with plans to ship by the end of September.

Amazon’s smartphone is claimed to sport a 4.7-inch touch sensitive display, 720p resolution, six cameras — including a 13 megapixel camera for high resolution photo and video capture — designed to help create 3D-like effects without the need for special glasses, and 3D effects in the interface, too.

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Foxconn could include Sharp in production of next-gen iPhone displays

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Date: Monday, June 16th, 2014, 11:42
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News

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In spite of disagreements over the years, legal tussles and injunctions galore, there’s still money to be made in cranking out iPhone handset displays.

According to Electronista and the United Daily News, Apple’s main assembly partner, Foxconn, is in talks to use Sharp technology to help build iPhone and iPad displays. Sharp is presently one of several companies already involved in producing displays for Apple products, other partner companies including LG Display and Japan Display.

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New 5.5-inch iPhone 6 prototype comparison pictures leaked, additional details shown

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Date: Monday, June 16th, 2014, 11:06
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Pictures, Rumor

The early iPhone 6 picture leaks continue and they’re churning up some interesting comparisons.

Per Boy Genius Report, Insider Sonny Dickson, who published images of unreleased Apple devices before their launch last year, has now posted new images on Twitter showing the two iPhone 6 models side by side.

In an interesting set of changes, the iPhone 6 phablet has the power button relocated to the right side and slimmer volume rockers. On the back, the 5.5-inch model has the same camera and antenna design as the current 4.7-inch model, including a new camera flash design, while on the front side the only thing different is a new hole next to the FaceTime camera.

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Apple recalls millions of European iPhone chargers, focuses on A1300 model

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Date: Friday, June 13th, 2014, 17:44
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News

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No one ever said a multi-million item recall would be pretty.

Per Boy Genius Report, Apple on Friday announced a new program that invites millions of iPhone users across 37 different countries to swap out their iPhone chargers, which may be faulty. According to Apple’s website, the company has determined that one of its iPhone charger models can potentially overheat and pose a safety risk. The company says overheating may onl occurs in rare cases, but it apparently decided to play it safe and offer users the opportunity to swap affected chargers out for newer models.

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iMac speed-bumps next week?

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Date: Friday, June 13th, 2014, 08:32
Category: Apple, Hardware, iMac, Mac, Processors, Rumor

elthinimacAccording to C|NET, a report sent out on Tuesday from French blog site MacGeneration (use Google Translate) says that the iMac lineup is getting some speed upgrades to be announced as early as next week. Expectations for the base versions of all four of the iMac models are as follows;

  • The $1,499 21.5-inch 2.9 GHz version would see its CPU speed inch up to a full 3 GHz, while its Turbo Boost feature, which automatically manages individual cores of the processor for better performance and power efficiency, would rise from 3.6 GHz to 3.7 GHz.
  • The $1,299 21.5-inch 2.7 GHz would undergo no changes, according to MacGeneration.
  • The $1,799 27-inch 3.2 GHz variant would increase its processor speed to 3.3 GHz accompanied by a Turbo Speed bump from 3.6 GHz to 3.7 GHz.
  • The $1,999 27-inch 3.4GHz model would rise in CPU speed to 3.5 GHz, while the Turbo Speed’s performance would grow from 3.8 GHz to 3.9 GHz.

While the information provided showed no evidence of these iMacs sporting Retina Displays, some recent rumors say that code within the early betas of OS X 10.10 Yosemite hints that a Retina Display may find its way into an iMac in the near future.

 

 

Amazon introduces Prime Music – more value for your $99

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Date: Friday, June 13th, 2014, 08:49
Category: Amazon, Announcement, iOS, Mac, music, Opinion, Review, Services

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Amazon just announced the latest service in its Prime family, Prime Music, which together with Prime Instant Video and Prime Shipping will cost $99 a year. Earlier this year, Amazon increased the the price of a Prime subscription from $79 to $99, but at the time there was no indication that there would be any new features to offset the higher price-tag (unless you count the promise of a sky full of drones).

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Additional iPhone 6 production, comparison photos leaked

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Date: Thursday, June 12th, 2014, 11:11
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Pictures, Rumor

The iPhone 6 leaks and early images continue…

Over on the Weibo photo sharing service, a user with the handle “dreamerJimmy” has posted additional shots of the supposed iPhone 6 design, including a comparison shot of the upcoming handset against the iPhone 5s. Apparently, dreamerJimmy was able to get early shots of the iPhone 5 and 5c handsets before their release, so the source seems reliable.

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Per 9to5Mac and French web site Nowhereelse.fr, in the first image, the much thinner bezels of the supposed new device can be clearly seen, to maximise the screen space on the front side. The distance between the Home Button and the display has also been shortened.

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Apple releases MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update 2.8 for mid-2013, early-2014 MacBook Air notebooks, addresses sleep, peripheral issues

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Date: Wednesday, June 11th, 2014, 10:46
Category: MacBook Air, News, Software

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This might prove helpful.

On Wednesday, Apple released its MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update 2.8 for the mid-2013 and early-2014 MacBook Air notebooks. The update, a 4.8 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

- Improves reliability when waking from sleep and when booting while certain USB and Thunderbolt devices are connected.

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Apple releases MacBook Air SMC 2.0, looks to resolve battery drain issue in 2013 MacBook Air notebooks

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Date: Tuesday, June 10th, 2014, 10:38
Category: battery, MacBook Air, News, Software

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If you were having some battery issues with your 2013 MacBook Air notebook, this might be the answer.

On Monday, Apple released its MacBook Air SMC Update 2.0. The update, an 804 kilobyte download, addresses an issue wherein the notebook continues to use the battery when its lid is closed (a time when it should be in a low power mode).

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Apple is pushing music downloading apps out of the App Store

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Date: Tuesday, June 10th, 2014, 08:38
Category: App Store, Apple, Apps, iOS, iTunes Music Store, iTunes Radio, music

music-download-appIn what appears to be an aggressive move to promote iTunes purchases and iTunes Radio, and possibly a Beats-related subscription service, Apple has been systematically removing any music downloading apps from the App Store according to MacRumors. Any search previously for “music download” in the App Store would show a number of apps that could download music and audio files from websites such as Soundcloud and YouTube, obviously taking a bite out of iTunes sales. Now the same search displays a message inviting users to try out iTunes Radio, with the first few results for apps include those for streaming services such as Spotify and other music-based apps that lack downloading capabilities. Apple has also asked developers to remove audio downloading functionalities from their apps.