Smartphone thefts as a whole are on the rise, and according to a massive new report from the FCC, they now account for 10 percent of all robberies in the United States. But there's a silver lining to the announcement. Ever since Apple implemented its Activation Lock for iOS 7, thefts of the company's coveted handset have dropped sharply.
To the surprise of almost no one, Apple announced big profits on Wednesday — $10.6 billion of them — actually beating the expectations of analysts. But at the same time, those same critics are crying a death knell for the iPad, which actually wound up selling a few million less in Q2 2014 than they did the year prior. But we wouldn't count iPad down and out just yet — it's still the tablet king, after all...
Security issues and games dominate this week's exciting round up of news stories. It's the end of the week and the end of the month, so we've got your app games in roundups galore so you can find the best of the best of what's out there. Meanwhile, if you lost your shirt in a Bitcoin hack, Angry Birds could be to blame. Wait, what? Find out what the heck that's all about and so much more, by digging in to the news of the week.
Apple's latest iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c will finally launch on China Mobile this Friday after years of rumors and speculation about when Cupertino will nab a deal with the world's largest wireless carrier. While the iPhone maker certainly isn't pinning all of its hopes and dreams on one carrier in one country, China Mobile could be the quickest shot in the arm in the war against Android we've ever seen. While we're waiting to see how many handsets are sold this weekend, check out our Tuesday recap!
This year's Consumer Electronics Show winds down today in Las Vegas, but there are still plenty of new products and services to talk about, including a few featured in our Wednesday recap. But we have a feeling that 2014 will have plenty more to offer in the days, weeks and months ahead, so stay tuned to this channel and we'll keep dishing out whatever tech companies have to throw at us!
Things are unlocking, things are opening up, and we’re seeing technology used in marvelous ways to make connections. Plus, a hint of what’s just around the corner, or at least a rumor, as there always are when it comes to Apple. So let’s just go have a little look-see shall we?
There was much rejoicing when the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration announced last month that we'd soon be able to use devices likes iPhones and iPads during all segments of flight (as long as they're in Airplane Mode), but today's announcement from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) faced a much more lukewarm reception. According to The Wall Street Journal (via MacRumors), airline passengers may soon be able to make voice calls and use cellular data above 10,000 feet. Talk about Pandora's Box.
Do cell phones have the right to be free from their SIM-locked shackles? The new chairman of the FCC appears to think so, and he's letting wireless carriers know that their old-school way of thinking won't be tolerated anymore.
In a stunning shift from their previous stances on mobile video chat, AT&T announced to The Verge today that it plans to extend cellular use of Apple's FaceTime for a larger swath of users in the coming weeks, particularly those who aren't covered by the new tiered plans it introduced last year. By the end of the year, AT&T plans to allow video chat apps over its network for all customers with LTE devices regardless of the platform.