The Avatar Movie is still #1 in the box office, I went to see it a week ago, I highly recommended for everyone. But this post isn't about the movie, it's about the iPhone Game App that has already been created for Avator, Daniel at intomobile.com gave us a full preview on the game.
The platforming at first could be a little tricky, but once you get the hang of the controls, moving around Pandora isn't that much of a challenge. There will be times where a jump or two will be missed resulting in your untimely demise, but thankfully, the game is very lenient with deaths as numerous checkpoints litter any single level. Since this is a game that's running off a mobile device, the checkpoints can be a life saver if you suddenly need to stop playing.
Check out the video below and for complete review, click here.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple has cut orders for iPhone 5 components due to "weaker-than-expected demand" for the device.
Citing "people familiar with the situation", the Journal claims that Apple has cut its orders of iPhone 5 screens for the January-March quarter, for instance, by half. If the rumors are true, they suggest that the phone isn't selling as well as Apple anticipated-or, more unlikely, that its plans are changing.
While Apple has set the agenda for the smartphone market since it released its first iPhone in 2007, South Korea's Samsung, which sells many Android-based models at various price points, has already overtaken the U.S. company as the world's largest smartphone vendor by market share. Demand is also growing for inexpensive smartphones from Chinese makers such as Huawei Technologies Co.
In the 2012 third quarter, Apple held 14.6% of world-wide smartphone shipments, down from a peak of 23% in the fourth quarter of 2011 and the first quarter of 2012, according to IDC.
Samsung's share, meanwhile, rose to 31.3% in the third quarter of 2012, compared with 8.8% in the third quarter of 2010.
The Korean company said earlier this month that it expects to report another record operating profit for the fourth quarter of 2012, capping its best year ever amid strong sales of its Galaxy line of smartphones. The company expects an operating profit equivalent to between $8.1 billion and $8.5 billion for the three months ended in December.
Apple said revenue from the iPhone jumped 28 percent during the crucial holiday shopping season. The results arrived with an unusual level of anticipation, even for a company as high-profile as Apple, because of anxiety among some investors about Apple's ability to sustain its growth and create new hit products. Apple's stock has lost about a quarter of its value since September, erasing more than $170 billion of its market value.
Apple said its net income for its fiscal first quarter ending Dec. 29 was $13.1 billion, or $13.81 a share, compared with $13.1 billion, or $13.87 a share, in the same period a year earlier.
The company's revenue was $54.5 billion, up from $46.33 billion a year ago.
Shares of Apple fell almost 10% in after-hours trading.
About a year ago, if you had an iPhone and you walk into a public gathering all the eyes knew one direction that is you and your phone. Unfortunately, this is not true according to the current statistics. If you now keep iPhone in your hand and walk you wouldn't be considered as cool as a year ago. Especially, in Asia iPhone's demand has fallen down drastically according to the latest statistics only in Singapore iPhone's demand has fallen by 22 percent.
People nowadays shifting more towards android devices in particular Samsung's devices. Samsung Galaxy Note 2 from in particular has been a big hit in Asia especially. It's hard to see when Apple would gain back its original status as it was a year back. But, the world of technology is makes a move every day and any day could be Apple's too they just need to work hard and have patience.
Plans for a better version of the iPhone 5 are already smoking from Apple camp, following a leak of photos that supposedly showed the next iPhone's motherboard (iPhone 5S or iPhone 6, who knows?). Judging from the photos that came out, it looked like the successor closely resembled the iPhone 5, but is supposed to have better specs and a new iOS version.
According to the leak, Apple A7 is a 1.2 GHz quad core processor, compared to iPhone 5's tri-core. Moreover, it will possibly have a 2GB RAM and according to a "reliable source" (this is where you suspect this to be a rumor), it will actually have a slower RAM at 800MHz. Relax, people, it hasn't been proven yet.
New Siri capabilities are other possible improvements, other than that, we'll all have to wait and see and quit speculating for our own good. Brilliant tech enthusiasts will surely let us know.
For months, news about Apple's decline has been rife, even to the point of affecting the price of its stock. However, statistics show a different tune because Apple has steadily grown since December, even when new Android handsets were announced.
Last February, Apple posted a 3.95% growth since December last year, while Android remained static for the same period. Apple continues to dominate the US market and was up 1% from December last year, while it lags behind Android and two others in Asia.
Furthermore, Android users have yet to receive their fresh batch of Android phones this year, namely, Samsung Galaxy S 4, HTC One, LG Optimus G Pro, and the Sony Xperia Z. Too much competition for a single phone but looks like Apple can manage if it keeps posting slow but steady growth on key markets. It needs to improve a lot in the Asian market where Android is the leading OS. The good news for Apple is that they posted a 2% growth even in the Asian market and Android did not.
Give or take a few months and the scale may tip in favor of Android, then back to Apple again when the iPhone 5 finally gets introduced.
Apple and Samsung customers probably have the greatest rivalry on the planet but a new research proves that Apple users may not be too different from Samsung users. While this statement could elicit a long discussion on the comment section, the study examined iPhone and Galaxy S III users and found out that a big percentage of the users for both group have similar patterns of browsing, calling, emailing and messaging.
The Consumer Intelligence Research Partners surveyed the same number of respondents from both sides and found out that 80% and 90% of users from Apple and Samsung respectively send a number of text messages daily, and 80% and 75% of Apple and Samsung users use their smart phones to browse the net daily. Both kinds of smartphones were used less often on phone calls and emails.
Furthermore, the proponents found out that customers are quite loyal and are more likely buy a device with similar OS as their phones. And in terms of upgrades, 1/11th of Galaxy users were previous iPhone owns, whereas 1/5th iPhone users were previous S III owners. This might very well change this year with S 4's introduction. Simply put, results just probably differ because of the timing of the introduction of a new device from either company.
Although Samsung is currently the leader in device shipments last year and the first quarter of this year, its nearest competitor, Apple, is not so far behind. In fact, it has posted strong sales on the iPhone 5 and the iPad Mini, despite lower demands on its newest iPhone.
The Cupertino Company shipped a total of 20.3% of its devices in the last quarter of 2012, whereas Samsung reportedly shipped 21.2%. The increase in the shipment was attributed to the introduction of the iPhone 5 and the iPad Mini, which are still selling quite well at present.
These figures will surely set new records when the Samsung Galaxy S IV has also been launched and sold in the market. The Korean Company is making sure that their shipment percentage will take a big leap once their flagship phone starts selling in the market.
According to a new report, Apple's iPhone is actually more susceptible to attacks than other operating systems such as Android, Windows and even BlackBerry.
According to the report, the number of people who want to ditch the iPhone in place of an Android or Windows device just keeps on growing.
Furthermore, out of all the "vulnerabilities" that were recorded for phones of various operating systems, 81% have been found in different iPhone models, whereas only 19% of other phones were found to have these similar vulnerabilities.
We have found these leaked iPhone 5S pictures from the web. These pictures showed iPhones with different colors and sizes. The build material looks plastic adding more evidence to confirm that the next iPhone in the series might have cheaper versions. The cost of the iPhones were always a problem compared with other manufacturers smart phones and this solves that issue.
The first picture (left) allegedly be the rumored cheaper new iPhone. It also appears to have a slightly smaller screen than the current 4" Retina on the iPhone 5. On the right side (blue) is the more interesting one and is slated as the iPhone 5S (or maybe even iPhone 6). It's larger than the current iPhone 5 and sports a bigger, almost bezel-less screen with sloping edges. It sports a rather strange-looking cyan color and the front appears to be entirely made of glass.
What do you think folks?
Jimmy Kimmel's show likes to humor the ordinary user's ignorance from time to time and show it for everyone to see. Just like the show did last year when the iPhone 5 was unveiled - asking people on the street if they like the new iPhone when they actually got to try an iPhone 4.
This year Jimmy Kimmel's show decided to step things up and inquired people how they feel about the iPhone 5s while handing them an, wait for it, iPad mini.
If these people really are random people off of the street, and not paid actors, we can understand not being aware of what would set apart the new iPhone from the last, but to believe that an iPad mini is an iPhone takes a special kind of ignorance about technology.
The well known Consumer Reports reviewed the brand new iPhone 5s and 5c models think while it holds the improved processor, better camera, and new fingerprint sensor in high regard, CR states that Apple can't compare to Android devices that offer larger, sharper displays and higher-capacity batteries.
According to Consumer Reports:
"...battery life was still notably shorter than you are on other phones within our tests, including three from the latest Droids from Motorola, which ran for as long as 24 hours. Also, their small screens, while sharp and bright, can't beat the bigger, sharper displays that adorn flagship models from Samsung, LG, and HTC."
Looks like Apple will have to take another page from Android's book and abandon its fixation with more compact displays whether it hopes to stay competitive. While hauling out phablets without notice to make a phone call isn't everyone's cup of tea, the numbers don't lie. Bigger might not always be better, but Samsung has been selling more of these devices.
Xinhua, China's official condition news agency confirms today that the iphone 5S/5C will be launched on China Mobile. China's biggest cellphone carrier.
It's December 18. That's when China Mobile will begin delivering 4G LTE services in the united states. The very first three metropolitan areas to obtain 4G are Beijing, Guangzhou, and Chongqing, with Shanghai because of follow later on. December 18 can also be when China Mobile will begin selling the apple iphone 5S and apple iphone 5C, ending many years of speculation regarding when Apple's wares will ultimately achieve the world's greatest company (China Mobile has over 700 million clients).
This launch is going to be huge for Apple. To date China Mobile has gathered around 42 million apple iphones on its network, but individuals are gray market imports - and products that can't make use of the carrier's own flavor of 3rd generation (or 4G).
The apple iphone 5S and apple iphone 5C will clearly support both TD-LTE and TD-SCDMA (China Mobile's 3rd generation), meaning the very first time the carrier's clients who love Apple products can get to make use of high-speed data on such mobile phone models. This, combined using the Chinese Year around the corner, implies that apple iphone sales in China should skyrocket.
In the other end of the spectrum, China Mobile needs to possess 1,000 yuan ($162) 4G LTE-capable phones available within the other half of the coming year, making certain that everybody in China can usually benefit from our prime-speed revolution.
There are rumors today that Apple is going to be switching to Sapphire screen-coating for the next Gen of iPhone (So called iPhone 6). Sapphire coating has been utilized in high-finish watches for some time because of of scratch-resistance or strong durability.
Sapphire is currently utilized on apple iPhone camera contacts and also the iPhone 5S fingerprint sensor, the rumor also calls iWatch will allegedly be using Sapphire coating.
GT Advanced is company behind Apple's Sapphire coating is looking at $500-$700 Million for the deal, since coating a presentation with GT Advanced costs 3-4 more than coating it with Gorilla Glass that cost around $3 dollars per screen.
Anybody excited about the iPhone 6 because of the Sapphire coating?
For a while now, Apple's upcoming iPhone 6 have leaked physical mockups, display components, front covers, and schematics all over the web. However, the physical reconstructions and diagrams simply do not do the potential design of the redesigned smartphone justice.
At this point to presume that the countless next-generation iPhone mockups we've seen in photos and on video are a close likeness to the actual 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch "iPhone Air" Apple plans to debut later this year.
These models are said to be made using actual schematics that were leaked from Foxconn several months ago, so they may be accurate down to the millimeter - though one recent report claims that there is a huge flaw in the designs that comes as the result of a misunderstanding of the schematics.
Based on recent reports and earlier part leaks, designer Mark Pelin has created a set of iPhone 6 design renders that might just be the clearest and nicest looking view of the potential phone. You can see thesome of the images below
Another survey and another great result for Samsung Co! Recently, a survey was carried out by the name of mystery shoppers to know the 3 best smartphones and tablets. This survey was not a public one, but, involved some of the biggest retailers' of smartphones. Among the retailers, the biggest name were John lewis, Everything Eveywhere, O2, 3, PC World, Malpins, and Phone 4.
The survey turned out to be one side as most of the retailers named Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3 as the best phones. Only competitor behind these phones was iPhone 5 who was nominated by only two of the retailers. Even though, there was an advertising campaign of other phones going on at the retailer's but they recommended Samsung's phone best in terms of quality and demand. There were no commissions provided to the retailers, but, it was just fabulous quality of Samsung that has led to such inspiring results.
Blackberry has launched its latest smartphone, but how does it measure up to the most popular handsets in the market today? Google features the Nexus 4 by LG whereas the iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S3 embody the best-selling handsets for their individual platforms.
The all-touch Z10 by Blackberry fares well against the competition though, for tech geeks, essentials like a quad-core CPU will be missed. At the end of the day, its evaluation will be determined by the BlackBerry 10 operating system's ability to harmonize its functions with the given hardware and this is no easy task.
Image credit: phandroid
Samsung and Apple launched new flagship smartphones in 2012 with the Samsung Galaxy S III and the Apple iPhone 5, and each smartphone is still widely regarded as "top of the line" within the larger marketplace.
According to ad network Chitika's latest traffic study, Samsung's Galaxy S3 has caught the iPhone 5 in terms of the amount of Internet traffic it generates. The findings are drawn from "tens of millions of U.S. and Canadian smartphone mobile ad impressions" this month.
Chitika said that in October 2012, Apple's latest iPhone enjoyed an 8-point lead in Web traffic share over Samsung's Galaxy. Now, it's down to one point, according to the ad network.
The charts above reflects the comparative shares of the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Apple iPhone 5 when looking only at traffic coming from the two devices.
A few hours to go before Samsung Galaxy S IV's launch, reports are rife that its GPU is the same one used by iPhone 5. It has been confirmed that Samsung will use PowerVR SGX 544, which will provide better performance using only a single core but with different pipelines that can all work together to make processing faster.
This technology is spawned by Imagination, a graphics chip maker that is favored by Apple over ARM-based chips. Imagine having both Apple and Samsung as clients? It can only get better for this tech company, so expect some major improvements on its PowerVR chips, which will probably be used by more clients in the future, considering the two big names have already (sort of) jumped ship.
The Samsung Galaxy S 4 was officially and successfully introduced last March 14th and vendors are gradually informing potential buyers of the price for the device. The S 4 won't hit the stores in Europe until April 26th, although there may be other online mobile vendors who could already be selling the new device earlier than the said date.
In Germany, the handset can be had for €649, a little more affordable than Apple's iPhone 5, which is priced at €679. On the other hand, the S 4 will sell for €699 in Italy, and is due to arrive on the first week of May. It will possibly be cheaper in other places in Europe. The 32- and 64 GB variants will be slightly more expensive than these prices mentioned.
Most carriers and mobile phone vendors have already accepted people who want to pre-register and get listed to be one of the firsts to get their S 4.
AndroidAuthority ran Geekbench 2 on the new Samsung Galaxy S 4 last week and posted the results on YouTube. As everyone's wondering how the Samsung Galaxy S 4 compares to other popular smartphones. Prime Labs posted the results in the image above.
Some things to consider when looking at the results:
- It's clear that the Samsung Galaxy S 4 will be the fastest smartphone available when it is released in April. What's not clear is how the Galaxy S 4 will handle the increased power and cooling requirements that generally come with faster processors.
- The Samsung Galaxy S 4 is twice as fast as the Samsung Galaxy S 3. Given that the Samsung Galaxy S 3 is less than a year old, that's a remarkable achievement. I am amazed at how quickly smartphone technology is improving.
- The Samsung Galaxy S 4 is also twice as fast as the Apple iPhone 5. Apple has improved performance dramatically in the past (there was 2.5x increase in performance from the iPhone 4S to the iPhone 5). Will they be able to make a similar improvement for the next iPhone?
- The Samsung Galaxy S 4 is also twice as fast as the BlackBerry Z10. However, unlike the Galaxy S 3 and the iPhone 5, the Z10 launched this year, not last year. Will BlackBerry feel compelled to release an updated handset with a faster processor sooner rather than later?
- Android Authority only tested the Samsung Galaxy S 4 with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 SoC. We have no idea how the Samsung Galaxy S 4 with the new Exynos 5 Octa SoC will perform, but given how the different Samsung Galaxy S 3s performed I imagine the Geekbench score will be similar.
- Both the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S 4 use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 SoC, although the HTC One runs at a slower speed (1.7 GHz vs. 1.9 GHz). The HTC One is also running an older version of Android (4.1.2 vs. 4.2.2), so the HTC One's performance should improve slightly once it is on the latest version of Android.
You can now boost your iPhone 5's Wi-Fi signal by using Absolute Technology's Linkase, which claims that the device can increase your signal for up to 50%. People who complain about their Wi-Fi signal can have this sort-of amplifier for $49.99. This certainly beats having to buy a more expensive router or moving to a better spot to improve your signal.
Linkase promises to improve your phone's "ability to latch onto a signal". It looks like your typical iPhone rim protector but it actually helps you find a reliable signal on top of protecting the sides of your phone. It is also available in various colors on Amazon and as of moment, only the iPhone 5 is supported by the amplifier. However, the company is working on a case designed for the Samsung Galaxy S 4 as well as other more popular devices later on.
Do you feel that your panoramic video that you taken never came out perfect? Well this 99 cent app will definitely help. Available in iTunes, the Cycloramic app automatically spin (handsfree) your iPhone 5 while taking a panoramic video.
For starters, taking a panoramic video has never been so easy and fun:
1. Put your iPhone 5 upright on the level surface,
2. Choose number of turns, and front or back camera,
3. Press Go, watch the iPhone spin around automatically and start your show!
Once completed your video will be saved in the library of the iPhone 5.
Check out the demo video below
Espier Screen Locker is an iOS-style screen locker plugin dedicated to Espier Launcher (v2.0.9 or later). Espier screen locker can show missed calls, unread text messages and other notifcations from third-party apps on the locked screen, and can quickly activate the camera, easily browse the latest information, fast capture the beautiful scenery around.
Beautify your Android device from Espier Screen Locker!
1. Simple setup to experience the iOS-style screen locker;
2. Sliding to unlook and the simple password allows you to experience the easiest and most secure lock screen;
3. Display the missed calls, the unread SMS on the locked screen. This allows you to quickly browse the latest information;
4. Camera button to activate the camera, you can easily and fast capture the beautiful scenery around;
5. Easy-to-use, simple, and beautiful UIs;
6. Use Espier Notifications plugin at the same time, you will get a complete "iPhone"!