Tag - Smartphones
A pair of new reports illustrate the complexity of guessing Apple's relative health going forward: while forecasters at Stern Agee CRT believe that the entire Chinese smartphone market will continue to sag to an overall 15 percent drop across 2016, demand for the four-inch iPhone SE -- which is also said to be flourishing in China -- has allegedly caused Apple to increase orders of the budget-priced device. The drop in demand for smartphones generally in China will have an impact on all manufacturers, not just Apple.
Not everyone can afford an expensive, immersive VR headset like the HTC Vive, but most of us have smartphones at this point, and there are more and more smartphone-compatible headsets being added to the market every day. If you've been curious about experimenting with VR, you can get a taste of what it's like by trying out the iPhone and Android compatible Pasonomi VR Headset, designed to work with the influx of VR apps available on the App Store.
In response to a growing rape problem in India, the country is finally setting up a centralized "911"-type emergency-response system over the next few months, prompting the country's Ministry of Communications and Information Technology to mandate that by the first day of 2017, all mobile phones (even non-smartphones) sold in the country have a "panic button" type feature to initiate an emergency call without requiring a passcode, as Apple's iPhone does now. In addition, the ministry is now also requiring all mobile phones to have built-in GPS so as to be able to share location information alongside any "panic button" call. The latter requirement will be enforced beginning in 2018.
The iPhone is less than 10 years old, and yet in that time we've gone from not knowing why we would need one to nearly everyone in the developed world (and much of the rest of the planet) having one -- well, an iPhone or a cheaper knock-off of one. That's right, we said it: just as all mankind in all its color and diversity likely stemmed from a single African ancestor, so to do all modern smartphones stem from the iPhone. Now we're in a position where we can't live without them, and rarely even look up from them. This has led to a new problem: our reliance means we constantly struggle to make them last up to 18 hours a day.
You have to wonder whether smartphones were designed by men: there's just so much about them that is handy when they're in a typical shirt pocket and not when you have to carry them in a bag. Yet if you are always going carry your phone in some kind of case, at least let that bag do more for you. Knomo's Bond Charging Leather Power Purse holds your iPhone with plenty of room to spare but also plenty of power: it comes with a battery.
In the latest report from Canaccord Genuity, Apple is now taking 94 percent of profits in the smartphone sector, with archrival Samsung gaining only 11 percent of the profits (numbers add up to more than 100 due to accounting for losses by the other manufacturers). Although actual final sales to consumers of smartphones are difficult to judge from companies other than Apple, shipments in the September quarter totalled more than 320 million units, of which just 14.5 percent were iPhones.
Samsung has temporarily put its smartphone test drive promotion for US-based iPhone users on hold, after running out of devices. Launched on Friday, the scheme offered iPhone owners the ability to try out the Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 Edge, and Galaxy S6 Edge+ with cellular service for a 30-day period at a cost of $1. Cult of Android reports the South Korean electronics producer ran out of smartphones within a few hours due to "overwhelming demand," though since the program will be run until the end of this year, Samsung asks interested parties to keep checking back for when it can make more Galaxy smartphones available.
If you're like us, you might remember the all-too-real struggles of trying to wear a Walkman or, God forbid, a Discman while working out. There was never a moment where you didn't feel the bulky weight of now-antiquated technology bouncing at your waistband, threatening to crash to the ground and put you out a cool $40, to say nothing of interrupted music with a too-heavy step. The threat in the smartphone era is that if our MP3 player or Smartphone goes crashing to the ground, you run the risk of being out somewhere far closer to a cool $400, rather than $40. That's why we're here to show you the Griffin LightRunner, an armband designed to keep both you and your electronics safe.
This Pointers tip actually works on most other smartphones as well, we should mention, but our experience in this regard is with the iPhone, so we use that as our example. Most people confuse "unlocking" an iPhone with "jailbreaking" or "rooting" it, and these two concepts could not be more different, in fact. This week, we will explain the chief advantages of unlocking your iPhone, or other smartphone, if its not already, and why you should do it as soon as possible -- even if you never plan to leave your home country.
Nokia may re-enter the mobile phone industry next year by creating new smartphones, a report claims. While the company has previously put its name to an Android tablet called the Nokia N1 allowing it to remain visible in the mobile device industry, the manufacturer is said to be bringing in staff to work on new phones, which could head to market as early as next year.
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Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE
French show carries on with iPhones
Following a prolonged power loss in a French TV studio, the crew was able to use a combination of limited studio lighting and a number of iPhones to continue taping the Saturday episode of talk show On n'est pas couché ("We're Still Awake"), using the resulting footage in the first edited episode. The Plus-model iPhones used for the impromptu shoot completion were either iPhone 6 Plusses (which shoot in 1080p) or 6s Plus models (which can shoot in 4K). The decision to use the iPhones to complete the show was made after a power outage at France 2's studio stretched to more than three hours. http://bit.ly/299wqDt
Scrivener for iOS to arrive in late July
For some long-time Scrivener users, to quote Paul Simon, "these are the days of miracle and wonders." As it marks its 10th anniversary in business, developer Keith Blount has announced that the long-awaited iOS version of his creative-writing tool Scrivener is to be submitted to the App Store, following strong praise from beta-testers. The program, expected in late July, will sell for $20 and work with both the iPad and iPhone. When we interviewed Blount last January, he added that Scrivener 3 for Mac would follow along shorty afterwards. http://bit.ly/2901XLE
WhatsApp now handles over 100M calls daily
WhatsApp is celebrating that it is being used for over 100 million calls every day. In a brief notice, the Facebook-owned messaging platform advises the voice-calling feature it rolled out to its users last year now deals with an average of over 1,100 calls initiated per second. Earlier this year, it increased the security of its calls and other messages, by introducing end-to-end encryption on all platforms. http://bit.ly/292HqCX
Adele's '25' album now streaming
Recording artist Adele has "pulled a Kanye" after saying that her current album "25" would not be available for streaming. The seven-month-old record, which has yielded a number of hit singles, is now available for streaming on all the major streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, as of today in most major markets, with worldwide distribution to come. Reportedly, the singer had demanded streaming be limited to paid subscribers -- a condition that has hurt some streamers with artists, who aren't paid royalties for free or trial listens . Apple pays performers its normal royalty rates during its free trial, avoiding the issue -- and having repeated success in both signing up exclusives and placing those exclusives into the top of the charts. http://ti.me/28U7NOu
SanDisk iXpand case has battery, storage
A new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s case from SanDisk appears to be the "holy grail" of accessories: a stylish and protective case that offers both extra storage as well as the option of extra battery power as well. The iXpand Memory case offers either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of additional storage incorporated into the case, and an optional add-on battery pack (sold separately) adds up to an extra day or more of charge. Through the associated iXpand app, camera photos and videos can be automatically stored on the extra storage, optionally password-protected, The cost for the case is (in order of storage capacity) $60, $100, and $130. The battery pack's release data has not yet been announced, but the add-on should retail for an additional $30. http://bit.ly/291epHu