We have been hearing rumors that Apple has plans for a reversible USB Lightning cable that is expected to make its debut with the iPhone 6. In some ways this doesn’t really come as a surprise given that Apple has patents for such a design in the past, although recent rumors seem to suggest that the accessory might not be making its debut with the iPhone 6.
This is according to a new note from KGI Securities analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo (via AppleInsider) who notes that he doesn’t expect Apple to ship the new cable with the iPhone 6. He claims that the reason for this is apparently due to cost concerns as well as “limited improvements to overall user experience”.
Kuo’s note seems to corroborate with an earlier report that revealed that one of Apple’s manufacturing partners had sent Apple some samples but the Cupertino company had yet to move forward by placing an order. This suggested that Apple could either be rethinking the design or could be delaying it for a later release.
When the World of Warcraft TCG came to an end, we’re sure many wondered if Blizzard would ever come up with another TCG and sure enough they did in the form of Hearthstone. Hearthstone, for those unfamiliar, is Blizzard’s latest game and it is a free-to-play title, although gamers have the option of paying for new packs of cards if they’d rather not grind for it.
That being said, the game has taken off in a huge way and there are many prominent Hearthstone players at the moment, but given that the game started off pretty small, how big are Blizzard’s ambitions for the game? Speaking in an interview with the folks over at IGN, Hearthstone’s producer Yong Yoo revealed that they plan for players to keep playing the game, even 10 years from now.
Speaking about how Blizzard prices Hearthstone’s in-app purchases, Yong was quoted as saying, “We’re not here to make a quick buck. I want to be playing and working on Hearthstone 10 years from now and from that end, instead of focusing on maximising immediate profit, Hearthstone is really about being able to play it how you want to.”
About a couple of weeks ago, an image for Resident Evil: Revelations 2 was spotted. The art was meant for a Xbox 360 cover which seemed to suggest that Capcom could be working on a new Resident Evil game that would be headed for current-gen consoles. Well if you were wondering, wonder no more because Capcom has officially announced the game.
The company announced that Resident Evil: Revelations 2 is expected to see a release in early 2015. It was revealed at Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia’s press conference where it revealed that the game would be arriving on the PlayStation platform in addition to the Xbox 360.
Unfortunately there was no mention as to whether the game will be arriving on other platforms or next-gen consoles, but hopefully more will be revealed later. There was also no mention of a launch of the Nintendo Wii U which is a bit odd given that the first Revelations game was released on the Wii U as well.
There have been some rumors floating about that seems to have suggested that Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V for the PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 could have been delayed to 2015. Well if you were looking forward to getting your hands on the game, which has been scheduled for a release this fall, you can rest assured that the rumors are false.
This is according to Rockstar support who replied on the official forums that there has been no delay, and that the release date has not changed. According to the post, “I’m also looking forward to the PC release, however this release date has not changed. Please see our support article, ‘Grand Theft Auto V Release Date on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC’ for the most recent information on this topic.”
This is good news for would-be gamers who are probably excited to see how well Grand Theft Auto V will fare on newer and better hardware from next-gen consoles, as well as PC gamers who have been eagerly anticipating the game since its announcement. In fact it was only recently that Rockstar finally granted the wish of PC gamers who had been petitioning the developers to release a PC version.
There is nothing wrong with the Sony PlayStation 4’s design at the moment. Some might disagree but in general it’s not like it’s a very ugly console to look at. That being said if you were looking for something a little more special, perhaps the Dragon Quest Metallic Slime Edition of the Sony PlayStation 4 could be of interest to you.
To mark the release of Dragon Quest Heroes, Sony has announced that they will be releasing a special edition PS4 to commemorate the launch. As you can see in the image above, the entire console, including its controller, has been given a new coat of metallic silver paint. However what makes it even more unique is the fact that there is a “slime” that appears to be oozing over the edge of the console.
The slime is actually pretty cute and according to Famitsu, it’s basically a USB cover that can be attached and detached from the console itself, but otherwise it lends a pretty unique look to the console. This special edition PS4 unit is expected to go on sale next spring where it will be released alongside the game, but unfortunately pricing has yet to be revealed.
According to previous leaks and rumors, word on the street has it that Microsoft has a new Nokia Lumia handset in the works that could be aimed at users who enjoy taking selfies. Recently photos of the Lumia 730 and 735 have leaked and it looks like Microsoft is busy teasing the launch as well.
The Redmond company has recently posted a teaser image on Nokia’s website which clearly shows a trio of people in a photo taking selfies. In fact the website even has a countdown to the event which will be taking place on the 4th of September, so if you’re after a selfie-focused camera then perhaps Microsoft’s upcoming announcement could be for you.
That being said, not much is known about the handsets for now. They are rumored to feature a 5MP front-facing camera and the main difference in the Lumia 730 and Lumia 735 is the former will be a dual SIM version of the phone, while the latter is said to feature LTE connectivity. Both devices are also rumored to feature a 4.7-inch display.
A few months ago, Samsung announced their first QHD smartphone in the form of the Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A. The device was basically the Galaxy S5 except that it featured a QHD display resolution and also came with support for LTE-A networks. Now the good news is that if you’ve been eyeing the handset but were a bit bummed by its South Korean exclusivity, you might be pleased to learn that it is available from 28mobile.com.
Now the handset will be priced pretty expensive at $749 and given that it is not officially offered by any local carrier, it means that the phone will have to be bought outright as opposed to bought via a contract. For those who enjoy having the freedom of choice, we guess this is a good thing, although that means you’d have to pay a lot of money upfront.
As we all know, IFA 2014 is around the corner and based on the leaks and rumors, it seems that Sony has a couple of things that they are planning on announcing. For starters we can probably look forward to an announcement of the Sony Xperia Z3, the Xperia Z3 Compact, and maybe even the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact.
However in a recent teaser image uploaded by Sony onto Twitter, it seems that they are teasing the dimensions of one of their mobile devices. As you can see in the image above, they are teasing a device which measures 124mm x 6.4mm. Based on that we can safely rule out a tablet, even if it was a compact one, which means that we can either look forward to the Xperia Z3 or Xperia Z3 Compact.
Then again the Xperia Z3 would be Sony’s flagship device and it would make more sense for them to talk about that, so there is a good chance that the measurements listed above could very well be for the Xperia Z3. Of course there are other products that Sony has planned, such as the QX30 lens-style camera, but for now it seems like a safe bet that it could be the Xperia Z3.
According to an earlier leak, the alleged Moto X+1 was spotted in the flesh. While photos are great, we guess videos would be even better as they would allow us to see more angles of the device, and if a video was what you were after, the folks at TK Tech News (via Pocket Now) have recently released a video that shows off the handset a bit more.
Now if there is one thing the video points out, it is that the flash unit of the Moto X+1 is apparently around the camera lens itself, which you can check out in the video above and if you were to take a closer look at it. We’re not sure how this will work out and if the flash might interfere with the actual image, but we guess we’ll just have to wait and find out for ourselves.
The Motorola logo below the camera is also apparently the power button to the device, although once again we have to wonder if it might interfere with the operation of the phone as it could be easily pressed due to its placement. The video also shows off what appears to be a metal trim around the phone which we have to admit is a nice touch.
Now there are various sensors that can be seen on the front of the phone. It is unclear what they are for, but some have speculated that perhaps they could be used for the rumored 3D user interface of the phone, which is in line with earlier rumors that suggested that the phone could sport a 3D UI much like Amazon’s Fire Phone.
While there are some users who prefer bookshelf speakers or larger tower-like speakers, sometimes space can be a bit constrained and that’s where soundbars come into the picture. Due to the compact nature, they can typically be fit underneath or on top of your television set and if you had your eye on a new soundbar speaker, you might be interested to learn that Samsung has something for you.
The South Korean tech giant is expected to show off a new soundbar at IFA 2014. However what makes this particular soundbar interesting is the fact that it is curved. It will feature a width of 42mm and a curvature radius of 4,200mm. So if you had your eyes on a curved TV from Samsung or if you already have one, we reckon this soundbar will fit just fine.
The soundbar will sport 8.1 channel support and will sport speaker units on either end of the device, which hopefully will allow a larger soundscape compared to regular soundbars or speaker units. The unit can also be controlled by the Samsung TV remote control and will pair with television sets via the TV SoundConnect technology, assuming that your TV supports it, of course.
Whether you follow celebrity gossip or tech news, it seems that both genres have collided paths today in what can only be seen as one of the largest leaks of celebrity nude photos. According to multiple reports, it seems that a hacker has been steadily building up a collection of photos of a variety of celebrities and if you’re wondering what’s this got to do with tech, well it seems that they have managed to access these photos by hacking into Apple’s iCloud storage service.
Apple has yet to comment on the allegations that they have been hacked, but according to the reports, it seems that for the most part they were taken from iCloud, or so they claim. For those who are a little fuzzy about Apple’s iCloud services, it’s basically where users can upload and sync data on their phone with the cloud storage service. Not only can it sync your contacts, your calendars, your messages, your notes, but it can also backup your photos.
The hacker did not disclose how they managed to obtain the photos or how they hacked iCloud. According to actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead who was a victim of the hack, she claims that the photos that were leaked were taken a very long time ago and had long been deleted, suggesting that the photos stolen were from a backup service, such as iCloud or somewhere else.
With Nokia’s mobile division having been sold off to Microsoft, what will Nokia do with itself? We’ve heard some rumors that Nokia could be eyeing the consumer market again and could break in with Android devices, something which Microsoft swiftly put an end to, and also wearable devices under their HERE brand.
That being said, Nokia’s CEO Rajeev Suri has recently given an interview with the Economic Times of India in which he revealed the company’s desire to move back to the B-to-C (business to consumer) business, as opposed to merely being a player who remains in the background.
According to Suri, “Maybe, we will do something else that will relate to the B-to-C business.” Suri also goes on to state that they’ve had some success in the consumer market with the Z Launcher, which for those unfamiliar is an Android launcher made by Nokia. Suri stated that so far they have managed to get over 100,000 activations during its beta phase.
One of the key features of the Moto X isn’t so much its hardware, but its customizability that allowed users to create a phone that suits their aesthetic preferences. Motorola also threw in some interesting material choices, such as wood, which allowed the device to look and feel different from the competition.
Now one of the new options for the Moto X+1 has been rumored to be leather and thanks to a recent photo by TK Tech News, an alleged image of the Moto X+1 with a leather backplate has surfaced. It’s a bit hard to tell that it’s leather but according to the post, it is, although we guess you should probably take it with a grain of salt for now.
We should point out out that there is a good chance that the phone in the photo could be an early prototype of the Moto X+1. This is because the handset seems to be missing a flash unit for the camera. Considering that all flagship smartphones these days come with flash units for the camera, we reckon it would be Motorola/Lenovo would be remiss if they didn’t include it in the device.
Just last week, Apple sent out invites to an event for the 9th of September which is where they will presumably announce the iPhone 6. The tagline reads, “Wish we could say more,” and it looks like Lenovo has drawn some inspiration from Apple’s invite because in a recent post on Twitter, the company reminded users that they had something to announce on the 4th of September.
As you can see in the image above, the design of the invite certainly looks like it could have been inspired by Apple. That and the fact that the tagline reads, “We can’t say anything either,” seems to be a subtle jab at Apple’s own invite. That being said, the invite clearly shows that Lenovo will be announcing the Vibe X2 at their event.
We’ve recently seen a leaked photo of the handset which shows off what appears to be a metal body. The lollipop in the invite also seems to hint that the phone will be one of the few phones to come with Android L preinstalled, although previous reports have suggested that “L” could stand for Lemon Meringue Pie.
For those who are fans of old school RPGs, you guys have probably heard and might have even checked out Beamdog’s Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Edition series, which includes the first and second game and the expansion. Well the good news is that if you’re after more old school RPGs, Beamdog and Wizards of the Coast have recently announced that Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition is in the making as well.
Given that Icewind Dale was released back in 2000, this means that 14 years has gone by and we’re sure there are many gamers out there who wouldn’t mind reliving some memories they had back in the day. The game is also slated to arrive on a variety of platforms, such as PC, Mac, the iPad, and even on Android devices and is expected to retail for $19.99.
The game is currently up for pre-order via its website, although the developers did not mention when the game is expected to be released. For those who are planning on pre-ordering, it has also been announced that you guys will be given a chance to be selected to take part in the game’s beta, although once again no mention of when that will be happening either.
Back in June, an unusual app called Emojli was announced. For those who are hearing about this for the first time, Emojli is basically an app that only allows users to send messages to one another using Emojis, which for those unfamiliar are those colorful emoticons that you’ve probably seen every now and then in messages you’ve received or seen on the internet.
Well for those who think that the Emojli app is a great idea, you might be pleased to learn that the app has officially launched and you will be able to get your hands on it via the iTunes App Store. Unfortunately it does not appear to be available for Android just yet, but perhaps they might release an Android version later, but for now it will be limited to just iOS.
Now when the app says that it will only let users send messages via Emojis, it takes it one step further as usernames are required to be in Emojis as well. This means that to add your friends, you can’t just search for them via their usual screen names or their real names, but you’ll actually have to figure out what Emoji they used. Unless you’re fluent in Emoji trying to find the right combination could take a while.
A couple of weeks ago, Motorola sent out invites to an event that they would be hosting on the 4th of September. While we guess the event could be for just about anything, many have speculated that the announcement could be for the new Moto X and possibly the new Moto G as well.
While it remains to be seen if that is the case, the folks at Phandroid have recently obtained a screenshot of what appears to be Verizon’s internal system which lists the Moto X. Now the new Moto X has gone by the Moto X+1 moniker, but according to Verizon’s system, it is simply referred to as the new Moto X.
We’re not sure if that will be the official name or if it’s just a placeholder for now, but we guess we’ll find out more on the 4th of September. That being said, its listing in Verizon’s system has also revealed that it will be part of the carrier’s lineup and that it will come in 16 and 32GB options.
We’re guessing if there’s one feature that Samsung fans are looking forward to with the Galaxy Note 4 would be its rumored QHD display. This would make it Samsung’s second smartphone to sport such a display, although it would be the first to be available around the world (the Galaxy S5 LTE-A was limited to South Korea).
That being said, is a QHD display a reality or just a pipe dream? Well for those who are a bit skeptical, hopefully this will clear your doubts. It seems that some details of the upcoming Galaxy Note 4 have been spotted on Samsung’s website via its UAProf. According to the UAProf, it lists the display of the Galaxy Note 4 as 2560×1440, effectively giving it a QHD display as previously rumored.
This is good news for would-be Galaxy Note 4 customers who are hoping that Samsung would step up its display resolution for the South Korean tech giant’s second flagship for 2014. Given that Samsung’s display are usually pretty good already, we can only imagine that the higher resolution will help make the display look even sharper.
Some of the rumors of the iPhone 6 that we have heard recently includes how the phone is expected to sport an NFC chip which will be used to facilitate mobile payments, and how the phone is said to come with 1GB of RAM, which some of you guys have understandably found a little disappointing especially when compared to the competition.
That being said, recent photos have surfaced which shows off a more fully assembled logic board that purportedly belongs to the iPhone 6. On this logic board, as you can see in the image above, it shows off a chip which “confirms” that NFC will be one of the features of the iPhone 6. The chip is apparently made by NXP Semiconductors which is also in line with an earlier rumor.
Also as you can see in the image above, there is a chip provided by Toshiba which is the flash memory module of the phone and appears to be of the 16GB variety. We guess this hardly comes as a surprise since 16GB has been one of the storage options offered by Apple with the iPhone 6.
We can only hope and assume that with the iPhone 6, Apple will not only be bumping the screen size of the phone, but its resolution as well. After all what’s the point of having a large display but have low-resolution, right? Well previously we have heard some theories on the potential resolution of the iPhone 6 and those theories could have recently been proven.
According to the theory, it was speculated that the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 could sport a resolution of 1334×750, as suggested by John Gruber who used a bit of math wizardry to arrive at that number. Now thanks to a recent tweet by developer Steve Troughton-Smith, he has basically confirmed the resolution based on recently leaked videos of the iPhone 6.
The folks at Feld & Volk have recently released a video of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 that has been powered on. However as you can see in the image above, the shows the “Connect to iTunes” image seems to have been letter-boxed. MacRumors then took it upon themselves to investigate the matter and after taking into account the letter-boxing, they too have surmised that it is possible that iPhone 6 could sport a resolution of 1334×750.
That’s great news for would-be owners of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, although many are still waiting for the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 which is rumored to sport an even higher display of 2208×1242, although weirdly enough it seems that there are more 4.7-inch leaks compared to 5.5-inch leaks, which would serve to corroborate the claims that there could be production issues.