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Is sapphire glass all it’s cracked up to be?

Posted by wicked September - 1 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

With IFA 2014 set to start in a few days in Berlin, one of the buzzwords being bandied about is sapphire glass, particularly because it is rumored to be one of the features of the anticipated iPhone 6. Another OEM has beaten Apple to the punch as Kyocera recently announced the availability of its Brigadier with Sapphire Display through carrier Verizon. But as a supposedly scratch and drop resistant material, is sapphire glass all it’s, well, cracked up to be?

uBreakiFix, a tech repair company, released a video showing the results on tests that they conducted on sapphire glass, as compared to the Gorilla Glass, which is used by several devices from Motorola, ASUS, Samsung and Amazon. They did three “torture” tests to compare the two: a scratch resistance test using a tungsten drill bit, an impact test, and a four-point bend stress test. When it comes to being scratch resistant, sapphire glass more than impresses as it is indeed a good material to keep your device scratch free, since after all, it is ranked in the mohs hardness spectrum.

But while it is indeed harder than most of the smartphone glass materials used by OEMs, it doesn’t necessarily mean it will result in an unbreakable device. As the result of the other two tests showed, sapphire glass is brittle and so it is unable to bend and absorb the impact when dropped or stressed. Its failure strength is 25% higher than gorilla glass, but that’s not what will make it effective and may present a problem for engineers. How sapphire can make a gadget better is “clever engineering and protective features”, which may be something Apple has managed to overcome.

Kyocera, which has made a name for itself for smartphones that can survive rough terrain, released two videos showing off how the sapphire glass has made the Brigadier tougher than any of their previous products. Discovery Channel superstar Bear Grylls starred in one of the videos, putting the phone through various real-life tests while the other video put the phone through the ringer and it emerged virtually unscathed.

Apple plans to continue pushing for ban on Samsung products

Posted by wicked September - 1 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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We have covered the Apple vs Samsung battle for some time now and it seems that it won’t be ending for the foreseeable future.

According to MacWorld, Apple plans to appeal a judge’s order this week that denied its request for a sales ban on the Samsung products that have previously been found to infringe on Apple’s patents. Apple is asking the Court to prevent Samsung from selling several products, including the Galaxy S III smartphone, in the United States.

In May, a jury found that Samsung infringed three of Apple’s patents and awarded the iPhone maker just $119.6 million of the $2 billion that Apple had asked for in damages.

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Federal judge Lucy Koh rejected the argument that Apple would be irreparably harmed if Samsung were allowed to continue selling the infringing phones in the U.S. In her ruling, Koh wrote that Apple was not able to show that they would “suffer irreparable damage to its reputation as an innovator.”

On Friday, Apple said it would appeal Koh’s order to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, in Washington, D.C.

Source: MacWorld;

Lenovo takes a dig at Apple, possibly hints at Android L with September 4 invite

Posted by wicked August - 30 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off


Lenovo, like everyone else, is hosting an event next month to introduce the Vibe X2. Invites have been sent out for an event on September 4 during IFA 2014. There is a comedic part and an interesting part to Lenovo’s invite. The comedic part has to do with Apple and its September 9 event and the interesting part involves Android L.

Hit the break to see the break for more.


What you are looking at above is the invitation for Apple’s event being held on September 9. The caption is “Wish we could say more.” Lenovo responded to this by remaining mum on any details for their event, too. The Lenovo event’s invitation says “We can’t say anything either.” Lenovo is saying what everyone else says: of course you cannot say anything. That is the whole purpose of hosting an event. These companies all stay quiet in the run up to the date or release a teaser (or seven).

The interesting part of Lenovo’s invitation is the lollipop. This could be to indicate that the next version of Android will be named Lollipop. Google has yet to give the upcoming version of Android a name, but lollipop certainly seems likely. We found out from last night’s WiFi certification that the Vibe X2 would have at least Android 4.4.2; therefore, Lenovo could be implying that a software update with Android L will arrive at launch or as soon as possible.

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Video: detailed 4.7-inch iPhone mockup compared to Android flagships

Posted by wicked August - 30 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

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Next week will be intense, to say the least. If you’re an Android fan, that is, because Apple devotees will have to wait another few days for their big event, the launch of the new iPhone.

On September 9, Apple will finally unveil a larger smartphone. Widely expected to be a 4.7-incher, the iPhone 6 will give iOS users what many of them have been openly demanding for years – a large, modern screen.

At 4.7 inches, the new iPhone could finally go toe to toe against current Android flagships, most of which feature displays of about 5 inches. In the video below, from YouTuber Macmixing, you can get a sense of how the new Apple smartphone will compare to two of the best Android devices out there, the Galaxy S5 and the HTC One (M8).

The device in the video is obviously a mockup, but from all the leaks that have hit the web over the past months, we’re pretty sure the production device will look very similarly.

And here’s another video from GadgetJM comparing a mockup iPhone 6 with the newly launched Galaxy Alpha.

So, what say you? Are you impressed with the new, larger iPhone so far? How about the design? Is there any reason for concern for Android phone makers?

Via: Phandroid;

ipad vs tab s

We all know Samsung’s main competition in the tablet market is Apple — the company was smart to release an ad this week highlighting the advantages of its Galaxy Tab S over the iPad Air.

The video highlighted the thinness, weight and screen resolution of the Tab S relative to the iPad Air, which in all categories, it seemed to win.

Of course this is just an ad so interpretation is up to you, but do you think Samsung has a shot at beating Apple and winning the market share battle for tablets? Hit the break for the full video.

Click here to view the embedded video.

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September 9 is Officially New iPhone(s) Day

Posted by Kellex August - 28 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Apple sent invites out to their select group of press this morning, confirming that September 9 is the day for things to be (re)invented.

If you haven’t been keeping up with rumors, Apple pundits are expecting there to be two iPhones (iPhone 6), one with a 4.7-inch display and another with a 5.5-inch. Rumors as of yesterday also seem to believe that Apple’s first take on a smartwatch (iWatch) will be a part of the festivities. 

The whole event will undoubtedly be amazing, great, beautiful, better, extraordinary, phenomenal, wonderful, gorgeous, magnificent, exciting, amazingly remarkable, incredible, advanced, and magical.

Of course, Apple’s event is only a week after Motorola, LG, Samsung, Asus, and Sony show off their new goodies. It should be a fun month.

Via:  Engadget

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Apple can’t stop Samsung from selling infringing devices

Posted by wicked August - 28 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Apple may have won its second patent case against Samsung, but Judge Lucy Koh won’t allow it to take more. She has denied Cupertino’s request for an injunction that would have banned Samsung devices that have been found to be infringing on Apple’s patents from being sold in the US.

At the heart of the matter is cause and effect. In essence, Judge Koh claims that Apple was unable to convince the court that Samsung’s patent infringement has caused it significant harm, either in loss of sales or injury to Apple’s reputation. Since Apple failed to prove that, there was no reason for the court to halt sales of those infringing devices. It is almost tantamount to saying that even if Samsung has been found guilty of copying features, Apple wasn’t able to prove those features were significant enough to have cost it a fortune or users.

This latest decision may not be a devastating blow to Apple, but it sure is a slap on the face. Although Samsung isn’t exactly getting away scot-free for its crime, it will only be paying damages in the amount of $119.6 million, a measly fraction of the $2.2 billion that Apple was going after. Plus now the court is practically telling Apple that those features that Samsung copied aren’t exactly all that. Or rather, they aren’t enough to have made a significant negative impact on Apple’s part.

It isn’t known yet if Apple plans to appeal this decision, that is if it has any other legal recourse left. Could this finally be the end to the patent squabble between Apple and Samsung in the US? The two rivals have agreed to a truce on patent litigation outside the US, but so far there has been no word on their relationship this side of the world. That said, even the international ceasefire between the two isn’t exactly legally binding, so there’s really no assurance that even that would hold in the long run.

VIA: Apple Insider

Samsung and Apple will face challenges with high-end phones in China

Posted by wicked August - 27 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off


Samsung and Apple are the biggest manufacturers of smartphones, but China’s state-run wireless operators will pose a threat to their business models. China Mobile Ltd said it will cut subsidies by $2 billion, while other competitors are cutting as much as $1.9 billion. This will impact the upcoming Galaxy Note 4 as well as the iPhone 6.

Subsidies make expensive phones reasonable by offering the phone at a lower price while locking in the customer to a long term contract. So for example, a phone that might cost $800, would only cost the customer $100 with a subsidy. Both the Note 4 and the iPhone 6 are likely to retail for over $800, so how will consumers take to these higher costs? Probably not too favorable. While the consumer might not have to pay the for the full retail cost, it will still be a lot higher than the $100 they are used to.

I think everyone is in favor of getting rid of subsidies. T-Mobile has taken the lead here in the U.S., but the bottomline is that companies like Samsung and Apple won’t be able to profit as much in a non-subsidy world. At the same time, companies like Xiaomi make a fantastic product at an attractive price so we know it’s possible.

source: Bloomberg

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Cyanogen Inc. Working on “Something Really Cool” With Ex Google, HTC and Apple Employees

Posted by Tim-o-tato August - 27 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

“Something really cool” is getting worked on, as announced by Cyanogen Inc. and Nextbit, a not-so-new startup focused entirely on mobile devices and cloud computing. Nextbit’s team is comprised of former Google (original Android team engineers), Dropbox, Amazon, and Apple employees, and last night, the company announced they are to bring on former HTC Senior VP Scott Croyle as Vice President of Design and Product. 

While the something really cool is quite an unknown, Cyanogen posted to Google+ that they are looking for alpha testers, aka people who are willing to wipe their devices to try out whatever it is they are working on.

Purely speculation, but with Nextbit’s heavy focus on hardware and design, coupled with Cyanogen building a custom OS for it, we could be looking at the makings of a new US-based OnePlus-type device.

The only type of explanation or peek into what Nextbit is working on comes from their CEO, Tom Moss. In the press release, he states, “As an industry, we’re really just getting started with mobile. At Nextbit, we are building a world class engineering team to tackle big technical problems. We know Scott [Croyle] is the right person to guarantee that all the technology we build focuses on creating unique mobile experiences for users.”

If down the road we can expect some type of device from this team, would you be looking forward to it?

Via: Engadget | +Cyanogen Inc. | Nextbit

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Judge refuses to invalidate Apple patents

Posted by wicked August - 26 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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In the latest twist of the ongoing infringement battle between Samsung vs Apple, a Federal Judge has denied a motion from Samsung to invalidate two Apple patents.

Samsung was found to have infringed on those two patents and was hoping (as MacObserver notes) that recent Supreme Court cases would help their case in invalidating the patents due to their simplistic digital representations. Specifically, Samsung brought up the Alice vs CLS Banks Supreme Court ruling to the court by stating that the new case states (among other things) that simplistic software-based concepts with “real world parallel’s” could not be patented.

The patents in question describe the iPhone’s slide to unlock (’721) and unified search (’959) features, both of which Samsung was ruled to infringe on in the 2012 trial where Apple was awarded over US$900 million in damages, their second trial this year where the iPhone and iPad maker won about $120 million. - MacObserver

The case was not an entire victory for Samsung as the reason for the denial had nothing to do with whether the patent was valid and everything to do with the Judge’s decision that Samsung was filing this argument too late in the process.

While Samsung is not barred from bringing up the validity of the patent in the future, it looks unlikely that they will be able to bring up its validity for the foreseeable future.

Source: MacObserver;