Apple has yet to confirm if they are indeed scheduling an Apple event on September 9. While the public is eagerly awaiting this confirmation, another rumor is going around that pre-orders for the upcoming iPhone 6S and 6S Plus will start on September 11, a few days after the unveiling event. According to a report in Tech Times, another leaked report about the much-awaited iPhone announcement is pointing to this date.
The report also cited that Apple may soon be sending out official invitations to the launch event before the end of August. This is based on the company's previous practice of sending out invitations a week before a scheduled launch event. The event will likely be held at the company's headquarters in Cupertino. Pre-ordering may likely be done through the Apple website, and those who would like to be the first in line to get their hands on the much-coveted device may need to watch out for the exact time the "Order Now" button becomes activated.
The rumored pre-order date is substantiated by another report in Forbes, citing another report from mac4ever whose source is a French wireless carrier who confirmed that pre-orders can be accepted starting September 11. In addition to this, the carrier also noted that shipping will begin a week after, on September 18. more >>
Samsung may be releasing another smartphone as part of its "active" line this November, if recent reports are true. According to a Tech Times report, this time around, the Korean phone manufacturer has set its sights on its recently unveiled phablet, the Galaxy Note 5. This will be the first time that Samsung will make an active version of its large-screen flagship phone.
The new phone called the Galaxy Note 5 Active, will reportedly arrive in November, and will be exclusive to U.S. wireless carrier AT&T.
The new device is rumored to have a bigger capacity battery at 4,100 mAh, compared to the 3,000 mAh battery on the recently released Note 5. The battery will still be non-removable, however. more >>
Sony has just launched the Xperia C5 Ultra in India but it is already facing tough competition from other smartphones that are yet to be released, and one of them is the Nexus 5 2015.
Since the Sony Xperia C5 Ultra is being pitted against the upcoming Nexus 5 2015, users will have to weigh each feature to determine which of the two smartphones is the superior one. Price is not the only basis for comparison, but consumers will also have to examine the battery, camera, display, and processor of the two devices, according to the International Business Times.
In terms of display, the Sony Xperia C5 Ultra takes home the bacon with its 6-inch touch screen display and 367 ppi pixel density compared with the Nexus 5's 5.2-inch screen. But there are rumors that Huawei will create a phablet version of the Nexus 5, which will have a 5.7-inch display, although this is yet unconfirmed, Latinos Post reports. more >>
Facebook has launched its own virtual assistant called M to compete with Apple's Siri and Microsoft's Cortana.
The new Facebook virtual assistant is incorporated in the Messenger app. But unlike its competitors, M does not rely totally on artificial intelligence but also uses real human beings to accomplish tasks and provide answers to questions, according to CNBC.
"It's powered by artificial intelligence (AI) that's trained and supervised by people," CNBC quotes David Marcus, the vice president for Facebook Messenger. more >>
After almost a year since Apple released the iPhone 6 Plus in the market, the company has finally admitted that some of the phones they sold had defective cameras. According to a Tech Times report, Apple made an announcement on its website that it is launching a program to replace iPhone 6 Plus units that have indeed blurry photos due to the faulty iSight cameras.
In the announcement, the company claimed that the number of units with defective cameras account were only "a small percentage," and these units were only sold between September 2014 until January 2015. The company has a list of serial numbers for these defective units. Beyond this time, the iSight cameras that came with the iPhone 6 Plus were already up to standard.
Users who have purchased such units first need to check if their unit's serial number is included in the list. By going to the Apple support website and entering their serial number in the online tool, users can check if indeed their iPhone 6 Plus is eligible for free repair of the iSight camera. Their device's serial number can be found by going to Settings>General>About on their phones. more >>
At least two suicides may be linked to the hacking of cheating website Ashley Madison, Toronto police announced on Monday.
The hacking incident exposed the personal information of millions of Ashley Madison subscribers. Toronto authorities have issued a warning against possible scams and extortion of the site's users who desperately want to keep their infidelity under wraps, according to Reuters.
In the wake of these incidents, Ashley Madison's parent company Avid Life Media Inc. has offered a reward of C$500,000 ($379,132) to anyone who could catch the hackers. more >>