Samsung’s Ad Message: It’s Time for New Marketing Tactics

11:16 AM, Jul. 22nd, 2014 · · iPhone

Samsung has a new commercial out touting its Galaxy S5 smartphone as a better choice than Apple's iPhone, but the real message behind the ad is that Samsung is afraid of a phone that's still nothing more than a rumor. When your ad says "please don't buy an iPhone," there's a problem with your marketing.

Apple Reportedly Orders 70-80 Million Large Screen iPhones for Q4

8:44 PM, Jul. 21st, 2014 · · iPhone

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Apple has ordered between 70 and 80 million next-generation iPhones for delivery by December 30th, according to unnamed sources cited by The Wall Street Journal. The orders are for a mix of 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones, which has been dubbed iPhone 6 in the media. If true, it would be a record number of iPhone units for any quarter, well above the 51 million iPhone record holiday quarter in 2013.

Zachs Rates AAPL Neutral on Potential iPhone Competition

11:30 AM, Jul. 21st, 2014 · · iPhone

Zachs analysts are rating Apple's stock as Neutral ahead of Tuesday's third fiscal quarter earnings report. The firm sees the upcoming iPhone 6 and rumored iWatch as big sellers for the company, but competition in the smartphone space will have an impact on Apple's bottom line.

Apple Faces Patent Infringement Lawsuit over iPhone 5 Speech Recognition

10:16 AM, Jul. 21st, 2014 · · iPhone

The patent holding company Cedatech Holdings hit Apple with a lawsuit last week alleging the iPhone 5's speech recognition technology infringes on a patent it owns. The company filed its lawsuit in Federal Court in the Eastern District in Texas -- a court known for favoring patent trolls -- and the case's wording makes it clear Cedatech can't even keep up on who it is suing.

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If you're suing several companies for patent infringement the least you can do is get their names right in your boilerplate filings.

EU Pushes Apple, Google to Drop “Free” from Games with In-app Purchases

10:55 AM, Jul. 18th, 2014 · · iPhone

The European Union's European Commission thinks free games with in-app purchases shouldn't be called "free," and has been pushing Apple and Google to change how they represent those apps to buyers. Google has capitulated, and now the EU is calling out Apple for failing to take action, although Apple thinks it's already doing more than other companies to keep consumers well informed.

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This comes down to the EU saying free isn't really free if in-app purchases are available. Apple seems to disagree, so now we get to sit back and watch to see who blinks first.

iPhone 6 Production to Ramp Up Next Week

9:35 AM, Jul. 18th, 2014 · · iPhone

Apple is ready to start building the rumored 4.7-inch iPhone 6 next week, and will ramp up production of the larger 5.5-inch model during the second week in August. Rumors surrounding the features Apple plans to pack into the next iPhone model have been circulating for months, and more recently have grown to include a late September release which fits with a manufacturing ramp up now.

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There isn't any firm evidence to back up the report that Apple will start building the iPhone 6 next week, but the timing does fit nicely for a late September release.

Apple Reportedly Reducing iPhone 6 Battery to 2mm with Similar Capacity

7:27 PM, Jul. 17th, 2014 · · iPhone

The Battery Diet

Apple is reportedly reducing the thickness of the battery it will use in its next generation iPhone—dubbed the iPhone 6 in the media—to just 2mm. Citing unnamed sources in Apple's supply chain, Taiwan-based DigiTimes said Apple has reduced the thickness of the battery by some 33 percent, down from 3mm, while keeping capacity at iPhone 5s levels.

XiStera XS Plus 8-In-1 Multitool for iPhone Includes Bottle Opener: $45

2:29 PM, Jul. 17th, 2014 · · iPhone

XiStera XS Plus 8-In-1 Multitool for iPhone Includes Bottle Opener

For today's deal, I have another device that qualifies for Cool Stuff Found, except that we get to offer it to you at a discount. It's called XiStera XS Plus 8-In-1 Multitool for iPhone. It has eight functions, including magnetically-attached lenses for your iPhone's camera, dual tripod mount, a multi-position stand, a capacitive stylus, ear-bud wrap, a key ring, and my favorite, a bottle opener.  That's a lot of functionality, and it's normally priced at $70. Through our deal, you can get it for $44.99.