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Apple Reportedly Trying 4.7- and 5.7-Inch Screens On iPhones Next Year, Cheaper Model Coming In Fall
Apple is looking at various changes to its iPhone lineup over the course of the next year, according to a new report from Reuters, including two sizes of larger smartphone devices, in both a 4.7-inch and 5.7-inch flavor. The “phablet” plans are also being considered alongside a less expensive iPhone model, which is slated to begin production next month, according to Reuters’ sources, after a brief delay as Apple attempts to get the colors right for the new plastic-backed device.
The cheaper iPhone would be launching in September following full production kicking off in August, according to some of Reuters’ sources, with an initial shipment target of around 20 million low-cost devices for the holiday quarter next year. The report details echo what we’ve heard from other sources recently, including from fairly accurate analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who previously shared reports of multi-color options for the cheaper iPhone, with a thin plastic case and the same 4-inch screen as the iPhone 5. Reuters adds that it should cost around $ 99 when it launches, and that its release timeline might be pushed back by as much of a year.
Reports of the low-cost iPhone have been making the rounds in more or less reliable circles for a while now, which is the more interesting component of this new report. Other sources have reported that Apple is looking at bigger-screened devices, so-called “phablets” to compete with similar offerings from Android smartphone manufacturers, including the Galaxy Note line from Samsung. But even Apple’s flagship smartphone, the iPhone 5, lags behind most competing general-purpose non-phablet devices like the HTC One and Galaxy S4 in terms of screen size at 4-inches.
Apple’s big-screen iPhone plans are less evolved than those for its low cost device, the report claims, with one of Reuters’ sources suggesting that we could still see the plans shift considerably before anything reaches a production stage. Apple has discussed the idea with production partners, but has not set any kind of timeframe for test production or launch as of yet. Reuters says that Apple is considering the different screen sizes comes as there’s increased pressure to field more than one device a year.
Apple CEO Tim Cook suggested that we might see a larger iPhone when the trade-offs of battery life, screen quality, color reproduction and other failings brought about would be possible to counteract, speaking at the recent AllThingsD D11 conference. He did admit that some consumers are interested in those devices, however, so it’s likely that these reports come from Apple’s attempts to overcome those limitations with engineering. Plenty of Apple products don’t make it past the testing phase, however, so while you can be sure Apple is experimenting with big displays for iPhone, you can’t be equally sure we’ll ever see one. Still, Cook’s guidance to consumers and media that they can look for big product launches in the fall and through next year specifically do line up with the timing of possible iOS phablet launches reported by Reuters today.
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Bloomberg is reporting this morning that Microsoft is cutting the price of Windows RT for small tablets in a seemingly desperate bid to spur sales.
It’s a rather predictable move and a touch sad. Tablets based on Windows RT, an operating system that’s pure garbage, are not selling, because, referring to my first point, Windows RT is trash. And since they’re not selling, Microsoft is making concessions and that means cutting the price.
Windows RT was supposed to be Microsoft’s answer to iOS on tablets. Microsoft built the platform to be more robust than the Apple counterpart by including a lot of Windows 8′s desktop tools to run on lower-power devices. But in doing so, Microsoft forked its operating system, forcing developers to choose between Intel-based Windows 8 or ARM-based Windows RT (or Windows Phone 8 or Xbox).
Now, some eight months after Windows RT’s launch, very few mainstream apps have made their way into the Windows Store. There are only a smattering of Windows RT devices available. Meanwhile, Windows 8 devices are quickly becoming as inexpensive as Windows RT.
Microsoft has failed to provide buyers with legitimate reasons to buy a Window RT tablet over an iPad or Android device. Windows RT can run most of Microsoft Office, something traveling shower ring salesmen probably find enticing.
Cutting the price could help.
Android tablets went through the same sort of soul-searching early on, too. For several years, Android tablets were overpriced and without any real reason to exist (remember the HTC Jetstream?).
Then came the $ 250 B&N Nook Color followed a year later by the Amazon Kindle Fire and the Nexus 7. Suddenly, thanks to their $ 200 price tag, Android tablets were a viable option for buyers. As popularity exploded Samsung and others cut the price on larger versions, helping to entice more buyers, thus expanding the Android tablet’s market share.
I’m not sure even a $ 200 tablet could save Windows RT, though.
Computer makers are dropping Windows RT support en mass. HP killed its RT support early on. Samsung followed suit. HTC recently stopped developing its large RT tablet, instead focusing on a smaller, likely 7-inch model. As Bloomberg notes, Dell also has another RT model in the works.
Just the Dell XPS 10, Surface RT and the Asus VivoTab RT carry the Windows RT banner. Lenovo quickly killed its Windows RT-powered IdeaPad Yoga 11. Any other model is too far outside of the mainstream to matter.
Acer just announced the Iconia W3 at Computex. The 8-inch Windows tablet is supposed to hit at 379 Euros later this month. The small-ish tab packs modest specs: 720p display, dual-core Atom Z2760 CPU, 32 or 64GB internal storage with a microSD expansion slot. But it runs Windows 8, not Windows RT.
In fact, at Computex, Taipei’s massive computer tradeshow, there isn’t a hint of Windows RT. And this is the same tradeshow that featured dozens of Windows RT examples last year. The only talk of Windows 8′s lackluster sibling came from Acer’s chairman who told WSJ that Windows RT won’t be “so influential anymore,” also noting that it would be difficult for Windows RT to overcome the lack of compatibility that the full Windows 8 version has.
Windows RT was a mistake from the onset. It’s ridiculous to force consumers to choose between battery life and usability. They’d prefer both. Like on the iPad.
Microsoft can cut prices and perhaps later introduce device subsidies, but it won’t help. Consumers, and more telling, device manufacturers, have spoken. Neither find Windows RT devices to be worth their money. As widely stated at the Surface RT launch, the platform simply has too many compromises.
TechCrunch is reporting that Microsoft is trying to buy the Nook ebook and device ecosystem — for $ 1 billion. According to documents TechCrunch has obtained, Redmond hopes to buy the digital assets of Nook Media LLC; that’s the Barnes & Noble subsidiary behind the ebook business, as well as the Nook e-readers and tablets themselves.
The documents also reveal that the current Nook tablets aren’t long for this world. They reportedly state that Nook Media plans to discontinue its Android tablets like the Nook HD by the end of its 2014 fiscal year. The focus would then shift to what is referred to as “third-party partner” devices. It’s not clear what those devices specifically would be, but according to the document they’re scheduled to…
Smart Thinking: Watch Some Spaz Trying To Protect His Car From Hail Damage With His Own Flailing Body
This is a video of some guy in Argentina trying to protect his car from hail damage by breast-stroking around on top of it. At some point a friend comes out with a rug to help but quickly realizes his buddy is a moron and retreats back inside for some hot cocoa and to troll for new friends on Facebook. Of course we’re only assuming this guy is trying to protect his car from hail damage, he could just be on drugs and having the time of his life swimming on a stranger’s car.
Hit the jump for the video.
Jimmy Iovine, CEO of Beats Audio, formally announced his new Project Daisy streaming music service today and gave an interview with All Things D. In it, he talked about his relationship with Apple over the years — while at Interscope, Iovine worked with Steve Jobs during 2002 and 2003, saying that “we were really close. We did some great marketing stuff together.” However, Iovine quickly began to realize that music was going to move toward streaming and tried his best to bring Jobs along. “I was always trying to push Steve into subscription. And he wasn’t keen on it right away,” Iovine said. “[Beats co-founder] Luke Wood and I spent about three years trying to talk him into it.” Obviously, that still hasn’t happened, despite recent…
In the wake of the space shuttle program’s retired life, NASA is entrusted sprawling centers at its Kennedy Area Center campus in Cape Canaveral that it not needs– centers that cost millions of dollars to keep. The Orlando Guard states that money isn’t designated to keep much of that maintenance going beyond this year, so the administration has actually started the process of communicating to exclusive sector to see who might be thinking about it. The bidding and proposal process is being held mostly in private to keep trade keys away from competitors– such are the perils of commercialized spaceflight– but the hope is to begin moving or leasing property in the following six months before engineering landmarks like …
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On the listing of things that bring happiness and happiness to all guys on earth, Christmas and Emoji include very high. With that in mind, you could understand our shock to uncover that Google is making a mockery of these great establishments. In a bug report labelled Santa Emoji is unfortunate, when Santa should be jolly, one Android user exposes Google’s actions:
Please describe the issue in information. Be sure to consist of:
– Steps to reproduce the trouble.
1. Enable Emoji keyboard.
2. Use Emoji keyboard to type the Santa icon.
- Exactly what occurred.
A Santa with a sad face appears, destroying Christmas.
- Exactly what you think the appropriate behavior ought to be.
A Santa with a jolly smile ought to appear, representing his unending happiness he acquires from gift providing; a delight …
Amazon makes a very good instance for its Kindle Fire HD and Paperwhite with costs as low as $ 199 and $ 119 respectively, but it ends up there’s even more at work than simply unique offers to keep them inexpensive. In an interview with the BBC, the business’s head honcho Jeff Bezos exposed that they could keep the cost affordable given that they do not turn a revenue on the gadgets. “Basically, we offer the hardware at our cost, so it is break even on the hardware,” Bezos said. “We’re not attempting to generate income on the equipment.” Instead, Amazon banks on making a buck when owners of the slates and e-readers purchase books, films, games and other material with their digital store. This doesn’t precisely come as a surprise, however we’re happy that Jeff’s confirmed our suspicions.
Filed under: Tablets, AmazonBezos: Amazon breaks even on Kindle gadgets, not attempting to generate income on hardware originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 12 Oct 2012 03:57:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink|BBC|E-mail this|Comments
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Todd Bradley is HP’s executive VP in charge of personal systems and printers. As such, it’s his job to be excited about the future of PCs, but he’s gone further in a recent interview with PC World in dismissing the claim that we’re living in a post-PC era as “just wrong.” Citing the broad need for computers in everything we do, Bradley argues that the global PC market remains as large and buoyant as ever. He does acknowledge the increasing importance of tablets, a market that HP aims to lead from the front the way it does with Windows PCs laptops and desktops today, but he’s ultimately unimpressed by the idea that portable devices are taking over from the more traditional machines.
Though these comments from Bradley convey a sense of…
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Seen right here at crotch level with rescue workers, a 17-year old highschooler from National City, California got his arm stuck in a Coke appliance attempting to take a beverage. It took over an hour for rescue employees to relieve the boy, presumably since they didn’t merely chop his arm off like I might have.
After a failed attempt to obtain the keys for the soda pop equipment, authorities determined they had to take the rescue up a notch and started making use of axes to slice at the sides of the vending machine.
When that procedure failed, rescuers attempted using crowbars – even to no avail.
Authorities then requested a fire engine with saws and hydraulic tools. They used a rotating saw and air chisel to dismantle the vending appliance and at some point, the teen was separated from the tight opening.
The teenager was then taken into custody by police who stated he may deal with costs for petty fraud. Authorities stated the teen might also need to foot the statement for fire and medical services, in addition to damages to the soft drink machine.
You shoulda done the Dew, homie! Or, I dunno, asked your moms and dads for an advance on your allowance. You do know soda pop equipments aren’t like bite to eat vending machines, right? You can not just run an arched coathanger up there and stab a bag of Doritos. If everybody with little twiggy arms could merely jam their hand up the chute and get cost-free beverages do not you think I would certainly have my little sister and a carload of her good friends on our method to the bowling alley today? “But you do.” MY MOTHER’S CREATING ME TAKE THEM TO THE SHOPPING CENTER.
Hit the jump for a video news report, which ends with the reporters discussing their vending-machine shaking methods.
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