Category - Mobile-phones
Google is allegedly working on producing a new smartphone it will produce itself, according to a report, with the first release potentially arriving at the end of this year. Rather than relying on a third-party manufacturer to actually produce the devices, a report claims Google is intending to go into hardware production itself, giving it increased control over the overall experience consumers will get to have with the mobile device, instead of just the software that the existing Nexus device range uses.
BlackBerry is continuing to hemorrhage money, after its latest financial results show it endured a net loss of $670 million for the most recent quarter. Revenue for the Canadian smartphone producer is also poor, pulling in just $400 million over the three-month period ending in May, a year-on-year drop of 39 percent, with the balance sheet hammered by a list of adjustments and a hefty asset impairment charge pushing it into the red.
There are, it would seem, two types of iPhone owners: those who buy their device based on price, and thus don't really consider how much storage it has, for one reason or another -- and those who write angry letters to Tim Cook every month demanding a 1TB capacity iPhone. Long-time Mac and iPhone users who have been using the devices for a long time are dumbfounded that Apple still offers a 16GB base capacity for most of its iOS devices (and still offers "anemic" base storage levels for some Macs, like the MBA), but this Pointers will lead you down the path of Zen, and the validation of all things. Even 16GB.
Let's cut to the chase on this one -- we're putting up our 66th episode a day early because this one may have a short shelf life. We tried, heaven knows, to limit our "predictions" to things that are incredibly likely to happen, or if not incredibly likely, then we just indicated if we liked the idea or not. That said, you know part of our "it's complicated" relationship with Apple is that every time we think they're going to zig instead of zag, they in fact zagnut (yes, that candy bar is still being made). So here goes the road to WWDC, littered with speculation that's going to make us look (smart? dumb?) come Monday. Show notes after the player.
The next upgrade of Bluetooth is on the way, with a formal announcement from the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (Bluetooth SIG) expected to take place next week. In an email, Bluetooth SIG executive director Mark Powell advises the name of the new wireless standard will be Bluetooth 5, with the official unveiling containing more details about what to expect from this latest version taking place at an event in London on June 16. Among the highlights are claims that BT5 will include a speed boost of up to four times the current rate under Bluetooth Low Energy (LE), and double the current range.
We belong in the camp that says the best iPhone case is the AppleCare insurance program. For we love the feel of the phone without anything getting in the way. Unfortunately, whatever you may feel about cases, there are jobs where they are a practical necessity. If you have a job in, say, construction -- or maybe you spend your day running around a hospital, then the OtterBox Defender Series for iPhone 6/6s is startlingly strong, and surprisingly cheap.
On Monday, we covered a range of tips in our last Pointers that are designed to help keep your identity and files safe, along with a few tips for avoiding the obvious scams. This time, we'll discuss some of those in more depth, add a few new ones, and bring up the most vulnerable point of attack on your security -- anyone having physical access to your machine. As Mac or iOS device owners, we enjoy a pretty strong level of security -- but as we use our computers and mobile devices more and more for important data and secure transactions, it becomes ever more important to be vigilant. Internet freedom isn't free, to borrow a phrase.
Research firm Gartner has predicted more bad news for news for smartphone makers, forecasting that the annual growth of the global smartphone market will be as little as 7 percent for 2016. This is only half of the 14.4 percent growth that the global smartphone market achieved in 2015, and well down from the rapid growth of 2010, when global smartphone growth was a stratospheric 73 percent. The report aligns with Apple's own outlook for the next quarter, where it also expects to record relatively soft sales.
It's not as if we often think we've seen it all before, but a car mount for an iPhone is surely a car mount for an iPhone. It has to go in your car, it has to hold the phone, there's not exactly a world of possibilities here. Yet we haven't seen, and we didn't expect, the Bracketron TekGrip Power Dock. It took a little getting used to, but we are used to it now, and we're rather fond of it.