Edward Snowden has been leaking various confidential U.S. government documents since last summer, but a new document, reported on by The New York Times and other publications, shows that the NSA has been scouring your iPhone and Android apps for personal data. Many popular apps including Angry Birds, Twitter, Google Maps, and Facebook were all mentioned in the report, so if you’re a user of one or all of these apps (which I can almost guarantee you are), you might want to read on. (more…)
During the year of 2013, Google received more media mentions than Apple. Check out this really cool infographic courtesy of Dow Jones by clicking the link above. Clicking on a company will show you the months they received the most buzz, and clicking a month will show you what the media was talking about.
Most entry-level phones advertise 8 GB or 16 GB of available memory, but none of them actually give you that much space to use. According to a new study done by Which, Apple’s phones offer some of the highest percentages of actual usable space, while Samsung’s numbers are paltry, with the Galaxy S4 landing in dead last. (more…)
Smartphones, and especially the iPhone, have changed the way people take photos. Sure, I still have my trusty Nikon DSLR — but that camera is rarely with me. However, I have a fantastic way to capture photographs with me at almost all times with my iPhone 5S. (more…)
Android is not usually the hottest topic for conversation within Apple communities, but it is still important to keep an eye on what competitors like Samsung are working on behind closed doors. In the midst of rumors that Apple is planning to release larger-screen iPhones at some point this year, a new report from the Korean Herald (via GSMArena) suggests that its South Korean rival has been preparing a new device of its own — the Galaxy S5.
It is far from the first time that we’ve heard about the oft-rumored Galaxy S5, which would eventually replace the existing S4 model as Samsung’s flagship device in its smartphone lineup. Just a few weeks ago, it was speculated that the Galaxy S5 would arrive in April with the possibility of an Iris scanner and powerful specifications; among the components, a 64-bit eight-core Exynos processor was listed… (more…)
Apple’s share of the US smartphone market grew in 2013, from 35% to 42%, according to research and marketshare analytics firm NPD. That increase is greater than any other smartphone manufacturer. Both Samsung and LG experienced gains in marketshare, though they grew at 3% and 1%, respectively.
Thanks to the relatively high price of the iPhone, Apple’s device tends to do better in developed markets. The United States also has a history of carrier-subsidized devices, which makes the iPhone much cheaper than in other markets.
The traditional desktop PC has obviously been on the decline as of late, especially that of the Windows variety (check out this piece outlining why Windows 8 actually gave customers a reason not to buy a PC). Asymco’s Horace Dediu in a recently released analysis suggests that the total number of Apple devices sold (including Mac, iPhone, iPad, and iPod) should surpass that of Windows PCs by the end of the year. (more…)
CES 2014 is essentially over. While iFans didn’t offer live coverage of the event this year, I was watching as various other technology sites explored what the show had to offer. I’ve picked my top three gadgets from the show.
Apple and Samsung, two companies that have a history of duking it out in the courtroom over patents, have decided to try mediation instead for their latest patent case. The report comes by way of Reuters, and was confirmed by both CEOs.
Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics have agreed to attend a mediation session to be held on or before February 19, as they prepare to clash in court in March over smartphone patents.
Apple CEO Tim Cook and Samsung CEO Oh-Hyun Kwon will attend the session with in-house lawyers only, according to a Wednesday court filing. Their legal teams had met on January 6 to “discuss settlement opportunities,” the filing read.