There were recent reports, including one on Tech Times, that the first-ever modular smartphone codenamed "Project Ara" that Google is currently developing had failed the drop test and the company was having trouble keeping the components together. The report also said that the project would be experiencing a delay because of these developments.
A recent report, also in Tech Times, however disputed these earlier reports, saying that it was just a joke and not a very good one. The earlier news about failing the drop test all seemed real because it was the project team themselves who tweeted it to the rest of the world, and naturally, it became trending news all over the Internet. According to the report, the person in charge of Project Ara's Twitter account decided it was better to joke around rather than make an announcement about the project ditching electropermanent magnets altogether. This however did not turn out well because a few days later, the project team took to Twitter again to clarify and say that they had already found "a new solution to secure the modules to the smartphone."
The clarificatory tweet said: "BTW #FailedTheDropTest was a joke. Didn't fail. We have been configuring a new solution. It's better too. #WorkingOnOurHumor." more >>
Apple fans will surely love what the tech giant company is cooking for them especially with iMac 2015 rumors circulating around. For starters, "rumors indicate that Apple's next generation computers will have the ability to run with much faster processors and improved graphics," reportsYouth Health. It is even said to be a notch higher than the ultra-high 5K display of the units that were released last October.
Latest iMac 2015 rumors going around the internet say that the next Mac computer is going to feature an astonishing 4K retina screen which will absolutely be an eye-catcher feature to all the fans. Apple's next big software upgrade dubbed as "El Capitan" is said to have hidden codes that suggest Apple is gearing up a 4K iMac computer for a 21.5 inch screen, according to French website Consomac. The hidden codes discovered in the OS are named "DisplayProductID-a032," "DisplayProductID-ae0b," and "DisplayProductID-ae07." The codes are said to serve as a 4,096 x 2,304 pixel resolution display for upcoming 21.5-inch iMac 2015 screens. The discovery definitely coincided with the past rumors of the upcoming iMac 2015.
There are also speculations of the iMac 2015 device having the ability to show 17-megapixel images. The computers will be able to accommodate their users to edit 4K video with the use of the Final Cut Pro X while viewing the video clip at full screen. more >>
Apple is recalling a few units of the iPhone 6 Plus to replace faulty rear cameras taking blurry photos in smartphones sold between September 2014 until January 2015.
The iSight Camera Replacement Programme comes as Apple is set to unveil its latest iPhone in less than a month. The tech giant found that a "small percentage" of the iPhone 6 Plus were taking blurry pictures from its rear camera, according to The Telegraph.
Samsung Electronics has launched a free Galaxy test drive promo in a bid to convince iPhone loyalists in the United States to switch to its brand.
For just $1, iPhone users can try out the Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 Edge, or the Galaxy S6 Edge+ for 30 days without obligations. At the end of the month, they can either return the Samsung smartphone if they are not satisfied or switch to the Galaxy model, if they feel it suits them better, according to Computer World.
Under the terms of the Ultimate Test Drive, Samsung will provide the iPhone customer any of the three Galaxy units, together with an activated SIM and data plan with selected carriers. The customer will pay $1 as the processing fee. If the tester does not return the Galaxy smartphone within 30 days, he or she will be charged the full retail cost of the unit. The test handsets will come with a prepaid shipping box to help facilitate the return of the smartphones, The Verge explains. more >>
BlackBerry is not yet dead. A new leaked photo shows the company's new smartphone that runs the Android mobile operating system.
Just when everyone thought that BlackBerry has waved the white flag, along comes a leaked image of its new smartphone. The upcoming BlackBerry phone still has its trademark QWERTY keyboard, but it surprisingly runs Google's Android OS, according to Mirror.
The photo, which appeared on Twitter on August 19, seems to convey the message that the Canadian smartphone maker may be doing away with its own BlackBerry OS and replace it with Google's Android operating system. more >>
Blackphone 2 is more secure than ever because Silent Circle has updated its privacy-centered mobile operating system.
The all-new Blackphone 2 still builds on the concept of a spy-proof yet consumer-friendly smartphone, much like the first Blackphone. But the new secure smartphone comes with even more improved features, according to NBC News.
The Blackphone 2 is definitely larger and faster than its predecessor. It boasts of a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a 1.7-gigahertz octa-core processor, a 13-megapixel rear camera, 3 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 128 GB, Information Week reports. more >>