Gore Verbinski's "Lone Ranger" opened in theaters Wednesday. Verbinski, director of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise, brought along a familiar face, well-known actor Johnny Depp. Despite Depp's appeal, however, the film has received sour reviews, and two prominent reviewers explained why.
In an interview with The Christian Post, Dr. Ted Baehr, chairman of the Christian Film and Television Coalition and Editor-in-Chief of Movieguide, described the film's "strong mixed pagan, revisionist, politically correct worldview."
"The government is bad – the army is killing Indians – the bad guy is a businessman, the military-industrial complex is bad," he explained, finishing the list with a notable exception – "the Christians are not always bad." more >>
A photo of what could be the rear shell from the upcoming low-cost iPhone 5S/iPhone 6 surfaced on the internet this week, posted by Chinese site WeiPhone.
These parts could just be from the Chinese clone of an iPhone 5 rear shell, however, the appearance of a rounded rear microphone hole and rounded rear edges could mean it belongs to a next-generation handset. These features fall in line with some of the earlier claims made regarding the low-cost iPhone.
The low-cost iPhone 5S or iPhone 6 will be a mid-end device, according to a previous report. more >>
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will feature a 5.99-inch Super AMOLED flexible display, according to reports this week. The smartphone-tablet hybrid will receive a larger display than the earlier rumored 5.7-inch screen, according to a new report from South Korean outlet MT Media. It also states that the device will enter into production in August in preparations for a September launch.
Samsung has reportedly changed to a flexible display for the Galaxy Note due to the Galaxy S4 selling less than expected. The company also hopes to better compete with LG, which is planning to launch a similar device.
Sony and HTC are also planning to launch Galaxy Note competitors sometime before the end of this year with the Xperia Z Ultra and the HTC One Max. Samsung hopes to show the world that it can still innovate with this new version of the Galaxy Note, according to the Korean publication. This would also be the first smartphone to launch from the company with this kind of a screen. more >>
Pictures of batteries that could be for the iPhone 5S or iPhone 6 leaked onto the internet this week.
The photos show the batteries coming off the production line and were posted by the French site Nowhereelse.fr. Their identity cannot be confirmed at this time, but the site claims they are for the next-generation version of the iPhone. If this information is accurate, it would indicate that Apple is ramping up production on the device for what could be a fall release.
Other images surfaced last week of a device that could be either the iPhone 5S or the iPhone 6. more >>
The HTC One smartphone is now available in 24-carat gold.
The device is being offered by Goldgenie for £1895 which is equivalent to $2890.06. Customers can also purchase Rose Gold and Platinum versions of the handset with the former selling for £1995 and the latter for £2095. All of the company's phones are delivered in a customized Goldgenie box, making them a great gift for someone into really "high-end" smartphones.
The company also offers the Samsung Galaxy S4 in Gold and Platinum. more >>
The Sony Xperia Z release date could be set for July 17 on T-Mobile.
An image leaked on the internet this week showing T-Mobile's product launch plans for the near future and revealed that the Xperia Z will be release for the carrier soon. TmoNews says that based on the image, the Xperia Z will drop on July 17 for the company along with the Nokia Lumia 925.
Another device listed as the T-Mobile 768 is believed to be a prepaid handset backed by Huawei, ZTE or another manufacturer that releases products under T-Mobile's branding. more >>