It turns out that the New York Police Department has more of a relationship with Apple’s iPhone than crowd control at and around Apple stores on iPhone launch days like yesterday.A new iPhone model also means a probable uptick in attempts to steal them. And since Friday’s launch of the iPhone 5S and 5C also happens to coincide with the launch of Apple’s iOS 7, which has some new security measures intended to deter theft, New York’s finest, and other police agencies around the US, are making an effort to get people to download it.The new feature is called Activation Lock (read the official information from Apple here) and basically what it does is force anyone who has the phone — including anyhow who has stolen it — to enter an Apple ID and password before they can turn off the “Find My Phone” security feature, erase it or reactivate it.
arstechnica.com 2013-09-21 08:45:09
A prize of more than $19,000 (and counting) in cash, bitcoins, and booze is being offered to the first hacker to crack the fingerprint scanner on Apple's newly released iPhone 5S. The contest is being run by a micro venture capital firm and a group of security researchers and requires the hacker who wins the prize to "reliably and repeatedly break into an iPhone 5s by lifting prints (like from a beer mug)," according to the website istouchidhackedyet.com. Touch ID, the fingerprint scanner present on the more expensive of Apple's two new iPhones, is supposed to make users' personal details more secure and can also be used to make iTunes purchases. The scanner offers a 500 pixel-per-inch resolution and can read sub-epidermal skin layers, storing encrypted fingerprint data (although, crucially, not images of the prints themselves) locally on the phone's chip, but doubts about quite how secure it is are being expressed.
venturebeat.com 2013-09-20 14:39:35
This is what it looks like when a giant falls. BlackBerry just announced a devastating preview of its second quarter financials, and just about everything looks terrible: The company expects an operating loss between $950 million and $995 million in the second quarter, it will lay off 4,500 employees, and it’s refocusing on enterprise and prosumer customers, rather than mainstream consumers. Developing, refresh for updates.
allthingsd.com 2013-09-20 14:15:32
More ugly news from BlackBerry. On Friday afternoon, the company announced plans to sack 4,500 employees, as part of a massive restructuring intended to reduce expenditures by 50 percent by 2015. The reason: A horrific expected shortfall in second-fiscal-quarter earnings. The foundering smartphone pioneer said on Friday that it expects to report revenue of about $1.6 billion for the quarter, far below the $3.04 billion for which Wall Street has been looking. It also warned of a GAAP net operating loss of between $950 million and $995 million for the quarter. That includes an inventory charge that could be as much as $960 million, and a restructuring charge of $72 million. Finally, the company said it shipped 3.7 million smartphones last quarter, down from the 6.8 million it shipped last quarter, which was itself a disappointing figure. Even worse, BlackBerry said most of those handsets don’t even run the new BlackBerry 10 operating system on which it had hoped to mount a comeback.
arstechnica.com 2013-09-20 12:43:55
The 2013 Nexus 7's Android images are apparently being held-up in legal limbo. Andrew Cunningham Verizon Wireless, by virtue of winning spectrum in the 700MHz C Block at auction in 2008, is required to abide by open access rules. In this slice of airwaves, license owners "shall not deny, limit, or restrict the ability of their customers to use the devices and applications of their choice." Yet when a Verizon customer who bought an LTE-enabled Nexus 7 from Google attempted to add the device to his shared data plan, he was told by the official Verizon Wireless support account on Twitter that "not all LTE tablets are created equal. It’s not part of our line up & can’t be activated." Jeff Jarvis That's a clear-cut violation of the open access rules, right? Verizon says it's not—but it is now promising to enable the Nexus 7 after finishing up some tests to make sure it works properly.
thenextweb.com 2013-09-20 10:33:12
The Nokia Lumia 1020, Nokia’s newest flagship handset, makes no secret about where its intentions lie. It wants to be your only camera.With a 41-megapixel sensor, there’s nothing much else on the market that comes close in terms of sheer megapixels, but as we all know megapixels alone do not a good photograph make. Well, not necessarily anyway.Priced at around £550 on pay-as-you-go, let’s not forget that the primary function for the Lumia 1020 is as a phone, even if the handset itself might seem to forget that from time to time.In the box along with the device was a set of in-ear headphones, a tool for opening the SIM slot and the usual charging cables. We were also provided with a Nokia Camera Grip accessory which clips on over the phone to make it easier to hold when taking photos – it also has an integrated battery that charges the phone as you go and the option of connecting a tripod.
venturebeat.com 2013-09-20 09:21:39
Compared the iPhone 5, Apple’s iPhone 5S is better in just about every way — except repairability. The repair gurus at iFixit have already torn down Apple’s shiny new phone, and what they discovered might not surprise you: Apple really doesn’t want you to open this one up yourself. First, in what iFixit calls a “booby trap”, Apple has connected the iPhone 5S’s new Touch ID sensor to its Lightning port assembly via a new cable, which can be damaged if the phone’s display is removed too quickly. (Fortunately, Apple has made it fairly easy to remove the display itself, which is smart considering the display is the thing owners are most likely to break.) And then there’s the glue. If anything defines iFixit, it’s its unwavering hate for any kind of adhesive, which vastly complicates the teardown process.
engadget.com 2013-09-19 14:18:00
We've already seen Walmart undercut Apple by selling the iPhone 5c for less than the MSRP right out of the gate, but it turns out it's not the only retailer offering a deal. Target's also selling the 16GB version for $79.99 on a two-year contract from your choice of carrier, offering a savings of $20. You'll still pay the same $199.99 for the 32GB model, though, and there's no similar discount to be found on the iPhone 5s, either (Walmart has knocked it down ten bucks to $189). You'll find that price in store tomorrow, or you can get your pre-order in on Target's website now.
macrumors.com 2013-09-19 11:30:03
As we've been documenting in updates to our article about shortages of gold iPhone 5S models in Australia, shortages of all models of the device are rapidly coming apparent as Apple's online stores in the Asia-Pacific region are coming back online. In both Australia and China, all models in all colors are showing shipping estimates of 7-10 business days at launch, with Hong Kong and Singapore seeing even longer estimates simply stating "October". The extended shipping dates suggest that supplies are likely to be tight around the world, meaning that those looking to order through Apple's online stores will need to consider their plans if they hope to have a device in hand quickly. In-store stocks are also likely to be quite limited, with perhaps more customers now electing to camp out at their local stores once they've seen the delays they may encounter ordering online.
allthingsd.com 2013-09-19 05:12:35
The iPhone 3GS sold more than one million units during its first weekend at market. The iPhone 4 sold more than 1.7 million. The iPhone 4S sold more four million, and the iPhone 5 more than five million. But those were all single devices. How many iPhones can Apple sell in a weekend when it’s peddling two new models, not just one?Tough to gauge, obviously — particularly after last year’s abysmal slate of predictions. But that hasn’t stopped a few folks from trying a little prelaunch weekend entrail reading.Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster was among the analysts issuing Wednesday research notes hazarding a guess as to how many units of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c Apple can sell between Friday and Monday. He expects Apple to sell between five million and six million iPhones over the weekend. At the low end, that’s as many iPhone 5s as were sold during that device’s launch weekend last year. At the high end, it’s a million more.
venturebeat.com 2013-09-21 13:08:57
BlackBerry founder Mike Lazaridis is reportedly considering a bid to take over the struggling smartphone maker. Lazaridis, who stepped down as co-chief executive last year, is talking to private equity firms about a bid for the company, which reported a big loss and announced 4,500 layoffs this week. The New York Times and Wall Street Journal reported the talks. The New York Times said that Lazaridis has separately approached the Blackstone Group and the Carlyle Group about making an offer. The talks are in a preliminary stage. But the potential for a deal is growing as BlackBerry’s stock tanks further. On Friday, shares plunged as the company reported quarterly revenue far below analyst expectations. BlackBerry shares listed in the United States fell 17.1 percent to $8.73. The publications could not reach the parties for official comment.
theverge.com 2013-09-20 14:52:04
As expected, Apple introduced not one but two new iPhones at its event on September 10th. The iPhone 5S replaces the iPhone 5 as the company's flagship smartphone, while the iPhone 5C brings a splash of color, plastic, and last-year's specs to the company's lineup. Will it be enough to keep up the battle against Google's Android juggernaut? Follow along here for all the news around Apple's new pair of smartphones, as well as our in-depth reviews.
engadget.com 2013-09-20 14:22:00
Things haven't been going well at BlackBerry for awhile, what with lackluster adoption of BB10 and the hardware running it, and rumors that massive layoffs are coming before the end of the year. Today, the company confirmed the latter rumor, announcing that it will lay off around 4,500 employees as a part of a plan to reduce its operating expenditures by half over the next year. The plan's necessitated by an expected Q2 2014 net operating loss of almost one billion (955-995 million) dollars, driven primarily by the lackluster sale of its BB10 phones -- the company will take a pre-tax charge of $930-960 million which can be attributed mostly to the failure of the Z10 to sell. BlackBerry expects revenue for Q2 to be $1.6 billion, which is roughly half of the $3.1 billion it pulled in last quarter.Needless to say, the financial outlook for the company isn't good, and some changes are in order.
theverge.com 2013-09-20 13:40:05
Silence isn’t very effective.That, more than anything, is the message of the iPhone 5C. In previous years, the arrival of a new iPhone was accompanied by the low-key repositioning of the previous model at a lower price tier — a strategy that allowed Apple to sell $99 iPhones, but didn’t allow the company to advertise them as new, interesting products. The old models sat with quiet pride in the corner of the Apple Store as people flocked in to see the latest magic from Cupertino, heralded by no banner except that of glories past.That’s all changed with the 5C. It is less a new product than it is a vibrant reminder that Apple has the best marketing team in the business.
venturebeat.com 2013-09-20 11:15:24
CLast year when the iPhone 5 launched, it sold five million units in its first weekend of sales. This weekend, Apple could sell as much as 30 percent more iPhone 5S and 5C models, according to one analyst. “In aggregate, we believe Apple will sell a total of 6 million to 6.5 million of the two new iPhones this weekend,” Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White said today in a research note. That’s due to the fact that Apple’s selling two models as opposed to one, of course, but also because, unlike other years, Apple has stopped selling the previous year’s model, the iPhone 5. Previously, Apple had always kept the immediately prior model on the shelf, diverting some sales away from the newest version. Bryan DobsonLining up last night for the iPhone, in Vancouver, Canada. The 5C could be the big seller — not just because it’s cheaper, but also because it was made available for pre-orders on September 13.
theverge.com 2013-09-20 09:34:56
Sprint is joining in with its own early upgrade plan after its three primary competitors launched new services this summer allowing customers to get a new phone at least once per year. The plan is called One Up, and while Sprint certainly hopes it has the upper hand on AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile, it actually works quite similarly to the competition.If you sign up for One Up, the full off-contract price of your new phone is split up over 24 months. Over the first 23 months you'll pay the same amount — $24 for a Galaxy S4 — and then on the final month you'll pay the remainder of your balance ($47.99 in the case of the S4).
theverge.com 2013-09-19 14:40:03
LG used to be cool. The Chocolate, En-V, and other phones were household names back when messaging phones and QWERTY keyboards ruled the world, and LG’s hit devices spawned multiple generations of imitators. But LG has struggled to replicate that success with its smartphones, despite quietly releasing solid devices year after year.While the public’s attention has been captured by Apple and Samsung, LG has started to feel like a second-rate Samsung, a day late and a dollar short. The company is looking to change that with this year’s G2: a $199 smartphone that’s the most powerful mobile phone LG has ever made.
venturebeat.com 2013-09-19 12:11:14
Nine days ago, Apple boasted that iOS 7 would soon be the world’s most popular mobile operating system. Today, the company is beginning to be proved correct. “Next month, we will ship our 700 millionth iOS device,” Apple engineering VP Craig Federighi said at the new iPhone 5S and 5C unveiling. “And since we make updates easy … iOS 7 will quickly become the world’s most popular operating system.” Apple does make updates easy, and iPhone owners are famously quick to update — much quicker than Android users. “About 24 hours following the start of the public rollout, adoption reached levels above 18 percent. This level of adoption … bests the impressive adoption rates of iOS 6 in the same time period last year,” ad network Chitika said. “For some competitive comparison, Google reports that as of September 4th, 2013, adoption of Jelly Bean, which was released in July 2012, comprises about 45% of the Android ecosystem.
allthingsd.com 2013-09-19 11:22:53
Last week, it was iPads, now it’s the broad spectrum of smartphones and tablets that Microsoft will accept in trade toward a new Windows Phone handset or Surface.This week, Microsoft retooled its iPad trade-in offer into a fully fledged buyback program. Managed with the help of Clover Wireless, a private-label consumer electronics trade-in and repair-services outfit, the program now offers up to $350 in credit toward a Microsoft device for used smartphones and tablets from a wide range of manufacturers — Asus to ZTE. There appear to be no restrictions on eligibility, and Microsoft says participants can trade in multiple devices if they so choose.For Microsoft, which has been struggling to manage Surface inventory and drive adoption of Windows Phone handsets, this new program seems a no-brainer. Historically, trade-in offers have been a good way to drive new device sales from consumers looking to get a little something back from an older device they’ve grown tired of.
theverge.com 2013-09-19 03:57:02
We've already seen images of HTC's rumored 5.9-inch One Max, but new photos from the Chinese social network Sina Weibo help put the enormous smartphone's size in context. Pictured next to Samsung's 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 3, the One Max looks even larger than its 5.9-inch screen would suggest. It was rumored that the One Max will have a 5.9-inch 1080p display, a large 3,300 mAh battery, a Snapdragon 800 processor, and 2GB of RAM, but it now looks as though those specs were incorrect. From benchmark results, it appears it's running the same Snapdragon 600 (a less powerful chip than the 800) as the HTC One.