If you have been following tech news this week, you might have heard about ‘Bendgate’ which is the alleged weakness of the newly released iPhone 6 Plus to resist fairly ordinary handling and bend quite severely. And not that good type of bending demonstrated by the LG G Flex; this looks to be a design flaw in the iPhone 6 Plus and looks like it will undermine Apple’s first attempt at a phablet device. The Apple faithful have been putting on a brave face and claiming that this is either untrue or those who have been testing it have been using excessive force. YouTuber Unbox Therapy has gone on record today to prove exactly how easy this bending occurs, and promptly tries to bend the new Moto X 2014 to show exactly how a normal phone should work.
Suffice to say that Apple probably needs to go back to the drawing board and try again. Quite a contrast to the Moto X 2014, which held its own in this brief test, and yet another feather in Motorola’s cap for making another robust device. The Moto X 2014, which was announced during IFA 2014 just a few weeks ago, combines much of the latest tech available to smartphones including a 5.2-inch display powered by a Snapdragon 801 processor. While that might not be the absolute newest processor available, the original Moto X proved Motorola can do a lot with a supposedly “underpowered” processor, let alone one of the best available. We can’t wait to see more of them in action.
What do you think about the Moto X 2014 and this whole ‘Bendgate’ ordeal? Let us know your thoughts.
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If you were hoping that iOS 8’s ability to hide your device ID from nearby WiFi networks would render you invisible to nosy hotspot operators, you’ll want to dial back your expectations a bit. AirTight Networks’ Bhupinder Misra has found that Apple’s hardware address randomization only kicks in under a very narrow set of circumstances. You not only have to put your device to sleep and turn off location services, you have to turn off cellular data as well — in short, your iPhone has to become a paperweight. Even then, the masking only appears to work with iOS devices using at least an A7 processor, like the iPhone 5s.
As such, it’s business as usual for institutions and stores that want to track your phone for the sake of stats and marketing. The only way to avoid giving out your hardware’s real ID is to… well, stop using your hardware. The risk of revealing anything truly personal is relatively slim, but you’re not going to be happy if you were hoping to go incognito around public WiFi access points. Not that companies would necessarily be deterred even if the location privacy feature was more useful. As AirTight’s Hemant Chaskar notes to The Verge, it’s possible for those monitoring WiFi data to toss out fake device info. Although they won’t get a complete view of the people wandering near their networks, they can still make use of whatever data is left.
Via: The Verge
The biggest iPhone ever has arrived, and it’s called the iPhone 6 Plus. Showcasing a 5.5-inch screen, this is Apple’s attempt at targeting smartphone users who prefer larger devices, as well as those who are fans of the phablet, which is that famous cross between a smartphone and tablet. Samsung had released a 5.5-inch smartphone when they launched the Galaxy Note 2, so it really is about time Apple got in on that market.
Up until now, the iPhone had only come in two sizes: 3.5 inches and 4 inches. And this is why the 5.5-inch smartphone is now making headlines. To learn more about the 6 Plus, continue reading.
Screen Size Upgrade
Aside from the obvious size difference between the two newest iPhone models, there are some other notable differences, the most obvious of which is the much larger 5.5-inch screen size found on the iPhone 6 Plus. If you’re a fan of phablets and the many larger Android phones that have been on the market, and if you’ve been thinking about switching to Apple, this would be the best choice. Plus, with one of the many SIM-Only plans available, which you can learn about at http://www.simonlyexpert.co.uk/iphone-sim-only/, you can find this otherwise expensive phone surprisingly affordable.
Aside from size, what else does the iPhone 6 Plus’ screen have to offer? Well, to start, it gives you full HD clarity on a 1920×1080, 440PPi display. On top of that, the dual domain pixels in this new model, combined with the LED backlight, provide a much wider viewing angle.
The 1300:1 contrast ratio and IPS panel result in brighter, more vibrant colours than on older iPhones. And Apple has also added an oleophobic coating that’s fingerprint-resistant to keep the screen as clear as possible, no matter how much you swipe your fingers across it.
Overall, compared to older smartphone models, the screen on the iPhone 6 Plus is definitely an upgrade, and a welcomed one at that, considering the advancements already made by Android manufacturers.
The new 8MP iSight camera on the iPhone 6 Plus is another welcomed upgrade, even though the megapixel count hasn’t gone up since the iPhone 5S. The front-facing camera is a 1.2MP HD camera that allows additional light to enter the lens, providing for improved FaceTime sessions and selfies.
Users will immediately notice that, because Apple wanted to keep the phone body itself so slim, the camera on the back of the unit actually protrudes just a bit. With the right case, though, this problem will be resolved and you can rest assured the delicate technology will be properly protected. Plus, the lens is further protected with sapphire glass.
Shooting options include timer, HDR, and flash, as well as various effects you can add to your images. And you can also enjoy a handy panorama shooting mode too.
The volume keys on the side of the large phone make it easier to snap the shutter when you are ready to take your shot. And faster auto-focusing capabilities make it easier to snap a photo as soon as you want to. Plus, with blink, eye, and face detection, you can rest assured every portrait will be perfectly focused.
In terms of video, you can shoot HD video at 60fps, 120fps, or 240fps for some really slow motion footage.
For more information on the iPhone 6 Plus’ camera, see https://www.yahoo.com/tech/when-apple-unveiled-the-iphone-6-last-week-it-97685451544.html
Improved Battery Life
With all of the power that the iPhone 6 Plus comes with, consumers are rightfully concerned about the battery life they can enjoy on this device, especially since the battery quality of previous versions of the iPhone has been a little disappointing.
Apple has stated that you can expect roughly 12 hours of browsing time on the new device. If you enjoy watching videos on your smartphone, you can expect to get 14 hours from a full charge. And if you prefer listening to music, you can get 80 hours of playback time.
For more information, visit http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/09/16/review-roundup-apples-iphone-6-and-iphone-6-plus-running-ios-8
The iPhone 6 Plus is certainly making waves, and as more consumers invest in the latest incarnation of Apple’s famous smartphone, you will continue hearing about the technology it boasts. In the meantime, if you want to get your hands on one of your own, be prepared to be surprised by its size if you aren’t used to larger smartphones. Once you get accustomed to handling it, you will find that the iPhone 6 Plus is definitely a step in the right direction for Apple.
Short of appearing on Kindle products, since Amazon bought Goodreads we haven’t seen much new in the application. That’s all changed, however, as the iOS app has gotten an overhaul. As TechCrunch notes, upon opening it you’re greeted with a news feed that’s filled with your pals’ activity (including books reviewed and read), and you can like or comment on it as such. There’s a new navigation pane at the bottom of the application, too, that offers quick access to the home screen and a barcode scanner for adding tomes to your “to read” list, among other things. What’s more, creating a custom bookshelf for, say, your list of favorite tween-zombie-romance-nonfiction books is apparently pretty easy now as well. There isn’t an update for the Android version just yet, but we’ve embedded screenshots after the break if you want a preview of what the app’ll look like on your iDevice.
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It is more reasonable to get an iPhone with the contract from the carrier because it is more affordable. With the service contract, we can get the iPhone with lower price as the carrier subsidies the hardware price. Off course, we must obey the contract term and the hardware is locked only for the certain carrier. That won’t be a problem during the contract term but when the contract term is over, you may consider to change the service to other carrier due some reasons and it won’t be easy to do as the phone is locked.
It is no longer a secret that there are many people are not satisfied with the service package given by the carrier and they are willing to change to another cellular service but it is prevented with the fact that their phone is locked. It is true there are many sources on the net giving guideline and even step-by-step tutorial to unlock iPhone to make it ready to use any cellular service. Most of those sources require you to download and install a certain software. But you better careful about it. There’s no guarantee that using those methods can be successful and moreover, it can risk you to lose the warranty of the iPhone. You can be end up breaking your iPhone without any solution. If you are really want to unlock your iPhone, there’s one place where you can get the real solution and that place is unlockphone.com. It is the best iPhone unlocking service you can find on the net. It is offering the easiest method with the highest successful rate. Best of all, using this method you won’t lose the warranty of your iPhone.
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By now, you’ve likely heard a thing or two about the new iPhones’ flexibility, and Apple has offered a word on the matter. The Wall Street Journal reports that the Cupertino-based outfit only received nine complaints of bent devices and that the damage occurring due to regular use is “extremely rare.” It also maintains that both the new iPhone 6 and its larger sibling went through durability testing to insure they’d stand up to daily use. Of course, the interwebs have been littered with videos of folks purposely trying to flex their mobile wares in far from “normal” conditions. Unfortunately, there’s no word on if tight trousers are in fact to blame.
Phones4u couldn’t have folded at a worse time. The upcoming expiration of reseller contracts forced the company into administration earlier this month, three days after it opened up preorders for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. While hard-up employees are finding new homes and empty stores new owners, customers who were eager for Apple’s newest aren’t so lucky. Today, in an email to iPhone 6 preorderers (that’s definitely a word) that laid down an upfront payment, Phones4u came clean about the refund process, or more accurately, the lack of one. You see, Phones4u previously stated it would refund any iPhone preorder payments it’d taken, which it probably wasn’t in a position to say since, you know, it’d gone into administration by that point.
Long-story-short, the email tells ex-customers there basically won’t be any refunds, and suggests they contact their credit card provider to dispute the charge. If news of this backtracking wasn’t enough, Phones4u sent the mass email out with all recipients’ addresses visible, inspiring more frustration and several reply-to-all gibes (Business Insider has a few of the emails). Perhaps Phones4u’s biggest blunder, however, was waiting to tell people. Since administrator PricewaterhouseCoopers took over, refunds were just as unlikely as they are now, and the page explaining as much has been live on PwC’s site for some time, if a little buried.
Anyone that can’t go to a credit card company for help is pretty much out of luck, although there is another option that involves submitting a refund claim to PwC. The problem with that is there’s a high possibility it’ll be more trouble than it’s worth. A disclaimer on the claim page reads “Please note, given the level of secured liabilities, if there is any dividend to unsecured creditors, any payment if made at all, would not be for many months and is likely to be negligible.” In normal-speak, this means if you seek a refund, your request will join a long line of companies/individuals Phones4u owes money to as a priority. And considering the company’s just folded, there’s unlikely to be any left for you when all the larger debts have been squared away. Sadface.
Via: Business Insider
Thanks to the expanded third-party integration in iOS 8, app developers are able to take advantage of things like extensions for that Photos library. It also allows access to the iPhone’s camera settings, and a new piece of software offers another option for sorting just that. Manual, a $1.99 add-on for Apple’s handsets, allows you to tweak variables in a similar fashion to how you would with a DSLR. There are options for controlling shutter, ISO, white balance, focus and exposure bracketing. On top of all that, a rule of thirds grid keeps compositions in order, a live monitor eyes exposure and a fill flash mode tackles lighting woes. All of that may sound complicated, but the interface is quite simple, so you should be easily making your tweaks in no time — as long as you have the latest version of iOS, of course. Other apps, like Camera+, tackle manual controls too, so you’ll be able to take your pick when it comes to fine-tuning those photos.
As a matter of course, virtually all the internet-capable hardware you use supports trusted certificates, or proofs that secure data connections (such as those for apps and websites) should be legitimate. Have you ever wondered exactly how much faith your gadgets place in others, however? Thanks to Karl Kornel, we now have a good sense of how iOS 8 devices fare — and apparently, they trust a lot of organizations. Apple’s latest mobile software has no less than 222 certificates that greenlight data sharing. Most of these are from companies you’d expect to oversee security on iPads and iPhones, including Symantec’s various brands (35 certificates) and Apple itself (five). However, there are also quite a few governments that also get iOS’ all-clear in certain circumstances, including China, Japan, the Netherlands, Taiwan, Turkey and the US.
This level of trust isn’t necessarily bad; you’re going to need at least some of these certificates to get things done, such as checking your email or logging into a social networking app. With that said, Kornel is concerned that you can’t turn off any of the certificates if you’re concerned about the potential for abuse. Governments could theoretically use their credentials to spoof other websites and break into your phone for surveillance purposes, as an example. Whether or not that actually happens, Kornel is quick to note that Apple is at least being transparent by disclosing this info in a support page. You can easily find this info on Android devices, but it’s harder to know what level of security you’ll get in advance. Whichever platform you run, it’s reasonable to suggest that you should be cautious — don’t take promises of security at face value.
Not sure if you want to hide your shiny new iPhone’s newfangled design in a bulky case? Maybe you should — apparently, it’s quite pliable. iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users on Twitter seem to be finding small, but noticeable bends just south of the handsets’ volume controls. Front-pocket storage is all it takes to give the handset a gentle slope, according to some users, but it can be bent other ways too. Back pockets and malicious YouTube users (video from Unbox Therapy after the break) can both bend the device to their will.
Some say that extra-tight jeans are to blame, but it’s really an issue of building materials — the iPhone 6 and 6+ feature an aluminum chassis spread over a wider area than any previous iPhone. Aluminum is a naturally soft metal; with enough pressure and leverage, it’s going to bend, and some owners reported similar issues with the iPhone 5. Metallurgy aside, though, it’s still a potential drawback for Apple users thinking of upgrading.
– Florian Paulmier (@FlorianP123) September 23, 2014
– Boris VvZ (@Boris) September 23, 2014
– John Colucci (@johncolucci) September 23, 2014
– LG Electronics UK (@LGUK) September 22, 2014
[Image credit: Unbox Therapy]
Source: Unbox Therapy (YouTube)