The 5 emotional stages of buying a new smartphone

Buying a new smartphone is an emotional experience from the moment you hand over your credit card and watch the sales clerk put his grubby hands all over your shiny new device to the moment you decide to flush it down the toilet for an insured replacement. Nothing elicits rage, affection, irritation, and excitement like a cell more »


Deal alert: First-gen Apple iPad mini drops to $199 in Target stores

First, Apple heavily bolstered its refurbished iPad line-up, discounting all versions except for the Air in the process. And now Target takes things to a whole new level, slashing the price of unused first-gen iPad minis to $199.

Apple may force users to replace headphones

After weeks of speculation, the true reason and vision behind Apple’s acquisition of Beats could be at hand. A recent article by Forbes theorizes that Apple may have intentions to eliminate the 3.5mm headphone jack from its devices. If this prediction turns out to be true, then Apple users everywhere will be forced to replace their current headphones with compatible ones. What would be the first and most widely-available brand of upgrade? That’s right. Beats.

Apple offers limited-time deals on refurbished iPads, special prices start at $249

While we usually wouldn’t recommend you to get a reconditioned gadget as a Father’s Day gift, refurbished iPads purchased via Apple’s online store are practically new and come with standard one-year warranties, so they’re terrific buys.

TechnologyTell Review: iHome ultra slim battery case for iPhone 5

Our addiction to mobile devices had helped to promote the surge of external battery packs and additional means for charging on the go. Nothing is worse than a dead smartphone when you need it most. One of the many popular ways to keep a smartphone going is through a battery case.

Bluetooth flash drive, MBLOK, serves iOS, Android storage

When it comes to wireless flash drive media, there’s a few companies to choose from. You’ve got SanDisk and Kingston, to name a couple . Wireless hard drives? Oh, there’s more, such as the Corsair Voyager, Seagate GoFlex, and Patriot Aero. Users can stream music, video, and access data. All of these use standard WiFi to connect to mobile devices via an app. Up until now, there hasn’t been a Bluetooth option at all.

Google now most valuable brand, getting ahead of Apple

Apple used to be the top brand all over the world but this year, it’s Google’s turn to be No. 1. This is according to a ’2014 100 Top BrandZ’ report. The document showed that Google is worth $158.9 billion having seen a 40% increase in value.


iOS devices gain external flash storage with iStick

Although flash drives have been around for quite some time, only recently have smartphone-compatible ones been available. Recent examples for USB drives compatible with Android devices are the SanDisk Ultra Dual USB and the Leef Access. But you can also find more options from Imation, Sony, TDK, Kingston, and others. What you likely won’t find are iOS compatible flash drives. Considering that iPhones don’t have a MicroSD card slot for expanded storage, like many Android devices do, there’s a dearth of options for Apple users.

EFF awards Apple, Google perfect privacy scores

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has upgraded Apple, Google, Microsoft, and others in regards to their privacy scores. Over the past 12 months, nine technology companies have drastically improved the way that they handle government data requests and as a result, the EFF says that they have received perfect scores from their point of view.

Apple Reportedly Cares About Beats Streaming, Not Hardware

Beats headphones may be incredibly popular among certain groups of people–definitely not among audiophiles, though–but Apple doesn’t seem to care about the headphones at all. According to a new Bloomberg report, Apple is interested in the Beats Music streaming service and the speed at which paid customers have signed up for it.

iPhone 6 May Include OIS, Improved Camera Sensor

Apple’s iPhone 6, which is expected to be released later this year, may include a significantly improved camera sensor and Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). An Apple patent that was filed for on November 8, 2012 is for “a system and method for creating a super-resolution image.” These “super-resolution” images will be possible as a result of the inclusion of iOS and other improved camera specs.

Analysts predict 70 million iPhone 6 units will ship this 2014

Much has been said about the yet-to-be-unveiled iPhone 6. So far, we know that more people want a bigger screen on the iPhone 6, Sony could be supplying Apple more phone cameras, a concept iPhone 6 video was released, and that it won’t be a plastic iPhone. We expect to hear more rumors leading up to Apple’s major announcement but we just learned that the Cupertino company is expecting more from the next-generation iPhone. Why, Apple is expecting that about 70 million iPhone 6 units will be shipped this 2014.