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Is sapphire glass all it’s cracked up to be?

With IFA 2014 set to start in a few days in Berlin, one of the buzzwords being bandied about is sapphire glass, particularly because it is rumored to be one of the features of the anticipated iPhone 6. Another OEM has beaten Apple to the punch as Kyocera recently announced the availability of its Brigadier with Sapphire Display through carrier Verizon. But as a supposedly scratch and drop resistant material, is sapphire glass all it’s, well, cracked up to be?

Most smartphone users download this many apps per month: zero

In summer of 2008, Apple introduced another game-changer that would affect the way people used smartphones moving forward – the iPhone App Store. This has now contributed to the global consciousness about apps, and Google saw that this was the only way to go to peddle its apps as well through the Android Market, concluding in the current incarnation of the Google Play Store. But why does comScore’s new data point to a staggering truth – that most smartphone users average ZERO app downloads in a month?

Samsung further teases “wall huggers” with airport outlet ads

It’s not enough that Samsung had already made fun of “wall-huggers", or those who constantly need to charge their phones (meaning iPhones) in their TV ad that was released just last month. Now they’re hitting them where they actually live, well, at least for a few minutes when they’re at an airport. They have put up ad spots for the Samsung Galaxy S5 in the power outlets at different airports across the United States.

More Samsung Galaxy Alpha photos, 6.7-inch model tipped

Depending on which rumor you believe, Samsung might be unveiling the Galaxy Alpha later today or on August 13. If it does get announced today, then we will be able to prove or disprove this latest batch of photos of the purported metallic device, as well as the latest rumor that it will come in 4.7 and 6.7 inch models.

Android platform dominates market; Samsung slips in 2Q 2014

They’re still the top smartphone in the market in terms of device shipment, but OEM Samsung has suffered a minor slip in numbers, according to data released by the IDC for the second quarter of 2014. Meanwhile,when it comes to platform, Android has dominated the market with an 85% share in the second quarter, leaving Apple, Blackberry and Microsoft Windows Phone in the dust.

Galaxy S5 ad mocks Apple’s rumoured bigger iPhone screen

In continuing with its tradition of pulling no punches when mocking its competition, Samsung’s newly-released ad for their Galaxy S5 has once again chosen rival Apple to receive its barbs. The ad entitled “Screen Envy” pokes fun at the rumoured bigger screen of the upcoming new iPhone, and saying that Samsung users have had their bigger screen devices for the past two years.

Europe fights against ‘free’ label for apps with IAP

By the end of September, the European Union has reached an agreement with Google that it will stop using the “free app” label for programs with “in-app purchases” (IAPs) in the Google Play Store. The EU has been concerned that the label “free” is misleading for those apps that push their sales within the app itself, and has asked Google to back them on this.

iPhone 6 clone “demo” leaks, running on Android KitKat

As the world waits with bated breath (some more than others) over the actual official details and release of the rumoured iPhone 6, expect that the market will be flooded with clones even before the launch. Some “enterprising genius” in China has released a video with a demo of what is obviously not the real deal, but still entertaining enough to catch the world’s attention (most probably iPhone fans who are too impatient for actual news).
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