The smartphone war has focused on the two superpowers of Apple and Samsung as of late, but according to the Wall Street Journal, Amazon might open a third front later this year. The Journal reports that the massive e-tailer has been showing prototypes of the new device to developers in San Francisco and Seattle lately, and that the phone could appear in September in the wake of a June announcement.
We've got new games, an app that will answer your question, and a question we wish no one would ever ask again in this week's round up of the news just past. Thieves make the news as well, and no, we're not talking about Google.
An electrical engineer filed a lawsuit against Apple in California, claiming that he invented the smartphone and Apple was infringing on his idea. The jury sided with Apple, but it wasn't as clear-cut as you might think. Was this another case of a patent troll trying to score big against Apple, or was it a case of a deep-pocketed corporate behemoth crushing the little guy? Read on.
Even today, in the wake of the touch-based smartphone revolution that the iPhone initiated, the BlackBerry is still considered the "smartphone of business" for many large companies. As the news about the veteran smartphone developer's woes gets worse and worse, however, many businesses are starting to dump the old standby as their "official" smartphone in favor of options such as the iPhone and Android devices.
Best Buy delivered some exceptionally good trade-in deals over the summer, and now TechnoBuffalo reports (via MacRumors) that it'll soon offer customers a $100 gift card to put toward the purchase of an iPhone 5s or 5c with a trade-in of any working smartphone. Keep in mind that the offer's not official yet--it was discovered via a leaked internal document.
In a sobering reminder of how quickly circumstances can change in the technology world, executives at BlackBerry today announced that they were putting the once-venerable smartphone maker up for sale. According to the Wall Street Journal, though, few companies are expected to take interest.
The news just keeps getting worse for Apple on the smartphone front, as evidenced by a new report from research firm IDC (via MacRumors) that shows that iOS takes up a mere 13 percent of the smartphone market share compared to Android's whopping 79.3 percent. At this rate, it's worth wondering if iOS 7 can do much to turn the trend around to previous levels.
Samsung may be getting ever more aggressive with their creative ads that play up their Galaxy smartphone over the iPhone, but sometimes it seems as though Apple doesn't even have to spend the effort to fight back. You see, back in February, 25-year-old Travis Montgomery Snyder allegedly broke into a Springfield, Virginia wireless store and made off with "several iPhones." How'd they catch him? According to the Washington Post, he left his Samsung Galaxy behind. You can't make this stuff up.
Sunday night probably felt like Christmas Eve to many MacLife.com readers, because the 2013 edition of Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) kicks off at 10am PST (1pm EST) on Monday, where it appears Cupertino will dazzle us with iOS 7, the next version of OS X and presumably other goodies that may or may not include a MacBook Air refresh. Be sure to come back and find out what they are with our full coverage of the event!
There's something of an innovation lull in smartphone design. While certainly a nice improvement over the 4S, the iPhone 5's 4-inch screen and panoramic camera are hardly breaking any new ground. The Samsung Galaxy S4 learned a few new parlor tricks, but for the most part it's just a faster and slightly larger S3. And for all its accolades, the HTC One's claim to fame is that it's not made of plastic.