Poor Samsung. Some of their marketing attempts backfire spectacularly, especially when they attempt to court celebrities. Not long ago we saw how Ellen DeGeneres was using her iPhone backstage despite her highly televised Samsung selfie at the Oscars, and now we find (via 9to5Mac) that LeBron James, Samsung's spokesman for its Galaxy Note line, fire off a tweet expressing his anguish that the phone erased all his data.
CarPlay was one of the biggest stories of the week, so all the revving of tech engines weren't just for tracking down the supposed founder of Bitcoin. But did you hear any of the news over the sounds of engines? In case you missed it, we've got you covered in this week's wrap up.
If you were watching the Oscars last night, you probably noticed Ellen DeGeneres using a Samsung Galaxy Note onstage. Indeed, it was kind of hard to miss. Samsung's presence was everywhere last night, whether it was in the commercials or during DeGeneres' "blurry" selfie taken with Samsung's "mini tablet" smartphone. Behind the scenes, however, there was a another story. Aside from the scripted Galaxy Note event, DeGeneres was using her iPhone to send tweets all through the night.
I could write a month's worth of columns on my distaste for Samsung. From its petty Apple-bashing ads to its shameless and slavish implementation of every good idea it sees, Samsung is unapologetically unoriginal, slapping its name on anything it thinks can make a buck. Many of its products have no discernible value, often created to fill a seemingly underserved niche and sold to unsuspecting consumers who think they're getting something better than they are: cheap, compromised smartphones with crippled processors, low-resolution screens, and tiny batteries that force consumers into decisions they regret for the majority of their 24-month contract.
Samsung's on the verge of releasing its newest smartphone, and Apple aficionados might find that some of its rumored features sound a little familiar. As SamMobile reports (via 9to5Mac), the Galaxy S5 (if that's not similar enough for you) will embed a fingerprint sensor in the device's home button, much as with the iPhone 5s. That's a stark departure from earlier rumors that the sensor would be embedded in the screen itself.
Steve Jobs famously refused to look back, always keeping his eye focused on the future -- but the return of the discontinued iPhone 4 in a trio of emerging markets indicates the new Apple may be taking a different approach.
In case you missed it, Apple has now added a behind-the-scenes video to its 1.24.14 promotional page, which none other than marketing VP Phil Schiller announced in a tweet Monday night. Now Mac fans can get a peek at how Apple managed to distill more than 70 hours of iPhone 5s video footage shot across five continents into a minute-and-a-half-long commercial — and that's not all that made news on Monday, so read on...
Once again, Apple served up some impressive numbers during its quarterly earnings report on Monday, only to have investors back off and critics paint a bleak picture for the iPhone maker. Perhaps the only truly sad news was CEO Tim Cook's comments about "declining business" with the iPod, which took a year-over-year nose dive after hitting its peak back in 2008. Hey Tim: Please don't kill our iPod classic! Some of us prefer to have our entire library in the palm of our hands...
Happy Macintosh release date! Well, what have we here? Rumors? Really? Already? Well, I guess the new year wouldn't be complete with rumors and speculation about the iPhone 6 and every single Apple product out there, but, really, we've only had the 5S for what? Barely more than two months. You people are insatiable. Well, then, let's dig into these juicy new handset rumors and see what's what.