Costco Offering Deep Discounts on iPhones, iPads

Costco iPhone 5s

It's been years since Costco has offered Apple products. The membership club had previously offered the iPhone, in addition to other mobile phones. When Apple introduced the iPad, they rebuffed Costco, not allowing the retailer to carry the popular tablet. This led to the eventual removal of Apple products both online and in stores. The two have apparently settled their differences, with Costco offering both iPhones and iPads through their online store, with discounts up to $120 off retail. … [Read more...]

Google Details Plans For Android Wear, Android Auto and Android TV at I/O

Android Auto

Google held their yearly developer conference where they unveiled plans for a number of key initiatives. Much like Apple's WWDC, though significantly longer, Google I/O is primarily a developer conference. The conference sets the wheels in motion for the following year. The announcements revealed Google's plans to bring Android to smartwatches, televisions and automobiles.Android Wear Update A few months following the availability of Android Wear SDK, the development kit for wearabables, Google discussed two new products that would run the wearable version of Android. The LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live are available for order on Google Play. No official release dates were announced, other than the coming months. Motorola had … [Read more...]

Optical Image Stabilization Reportedly Limited to 5.5-inch iPhone 6

Optical Image Stabilization

If there is one area of photography that Apple's iPhone cameras have lagged, it's incorporating OIS (optical image stability). There have been rumors that the iPhone 6 would incorporate OIS. Shares of InvenSense, makers of Optical Image Stabilization for mobile phones, rose in early March buoyed by rumors they would be supplying hardware to Apple for this very purpose. Pacific Crest Securities analysts John Vinh and Kevin Chen are predicticting that Apple will use OIS in the larger, 5.5-inch iPhone 6. … [Read more...]

Will iOS 8 and A Bigger Display Bring Android Users Back To iPhone?

128GB iPhone 6

Strange as this might sound, but people do leave the iPhone for other phones, namely those running Google's Android operating system. Peruse our forums and for the longest time, complaints have been about the smallish display of the iPhone. When Apple bumped the size from 3.5-inches to 4.0-inches, devices from HTC and Samsung were pushing out phones with 4.7-inch displays. The display size creep continued with behemoths like the Note, which effectively created a new Phablet category. If you wanted a phone with a larger display, there were no shortage of offerings from 4.3-inches and upward. Apple to date, has stuck with the 4.0-inch screen for the past two years. History shows us that even if Apple wanted to 'go big', last year was an 's' … [Read more...]

Bloomberg: Apple To Start Mass Production of 4.7-inch, 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Models In July

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According to a report from Bloomberg, Apple suppliers will begin production of two new iPhone 6 models in July. It had been previously rumored supply issues would keep the larger of the two models from entering production until later in the summer, possibly impacting launch availability. Sources familiar with the situation expect both the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models to be made available at the same time. This despite lower production efficiency affecting the larger of the two, a problem Apple intends to solve before manufacturing volume can be increased. … [Read more...]

iOS 8 To Allow Manual Camera Controls In Third Party Apps

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Apple is making a major change in iOS 8, offering developers new APIs which enable access to manual camera controls. This move will allow for expansive manual control through third party applications that would let users to change ISO, shutter speed, focus, white balance and exposure. The new AVCaptureDevice APIs allow developer access to previously hidden controls. … [Read more...]

T-Mobile Says Select Music Streaming Services Won’t Run Up Your Data Usage

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With so many streaming music services, it's yet another way for customers to run up their data usage. Although T-Mobile offers unlimted data, a portion of that data is offered at 4G LTE speeds. So while having 'unlimited', users are still left to manage their usage if they wish to maximize their return. That's going to get a bit easier, thanks to changes in T-Mobile's handling of some streaming music services. … [Read more...]

T-Mobile Test Drive Lets You Try iPhone 5s For 7 Days

T-Mobile Test Drive

As part of their UN-Carrier 5 event, T-Mobile tonight announced Test Drive, a new program that will let customers test an iPhone 5s for 7 days. By allowing prospective customers to experience T-Mobile's network, they wireless carrier hopes to convert fence sitters from AT&T and Verizon. During the 7-day period, customers will be allowed unlimited calls, texts, posts, likes, streams and downloads. Should you decide that T-Mobile isn't right for you, you simply return the iPhone 5s to your nearest T-Mobile retail store. … [Read more...]

Amazon Fire Phone Introduced With Bevy Of Services

Amazon Fire Phone video

Rumored for years, Amazon today announced their first smartphone, aptly titled the Amazon Fire Phone. The black slab design looks familiar, but also follows the design cues of the Fire TV which launched earlier this year. Taking place in Seattle, Amazon's CEO Jeff Bezos took the stage and focused on services, more so than specifications. With their massive online retail store, cloud services, streaming video and music services, Amazon is looking at their own hardware to help users leverage those services. … [Read more...]

iPhone 6 Photos Of 5.5-inch and 4.7-inch models

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The steady stream of photos alledgedly depicting the iPhone 6, continued today with images shared by Sonny Dickson. These show both the 5.5-inch and 4.7-inch models of the iPhone 6, side by side. Unfortunately, we don't get a comparison of the current iPhone 5s with these new models, which would provide a better perspective of the increase in size. … [Read more...]