On a cloudy afternoon in the Tenderloin district, a man in a hooded sweatshirt walks slowly along Market Street, stopping to engage people he encounters along the way. He offers a peek at the wares inside the backpack slung over his shoulder: Three new iPhones, each still sealed in a white box affixed with Apple’s logo. He stole these phones, he tells potential customers, before asking them to make an offer.
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However, the firm is hedging its bets by offering a smaller 5.8in-screened version as an alternative. Both will go on sale in May, with Europe and Russia the first regions to be offered the devices.
Nokia is releasing design files that will let owners use 3D printers to make their own cases for its Lumia phones Files containing mechanical drawings, case measurements and recommended materials have already been released by the phone maker. Share/Save
After a year that saw Samsung’s 5.3-inch Galaxy Note and 5.5-inch Galaxy Note II smartphones go from curiosities to serious product trends, it shouldn’t be shocking that CES served as the launch pad for a 6.1-inch smartphone. Share/Save
Taiwanese smartphone company HTC is the latest to enter the largely untapped Burmese market, as the country opens up to foreign firms. HTC launched its smartphones in the country, also known as Myanmar, on Monday. The phones will come with a Burmese language on-screen keyboard which the company says is the most advanced available. Burma [...]
A federal judge late Monday dealt Apple a major blow in its landmark battle with Samsung, denying the company’s request to ban U.S. sales of smartphones from the South Korean electronics giant. Share/Save
Apple has to reveal how much money its getting from HTC in a patent settlement to Samsung, a judge ruled. Apple settled all patent litigation with HTC two weeks ago. They also entered into a ten-year licensing agreement. The terms of their deal were never disclosed. Share/Save
There are slews of apps and websites to help you make the most of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the two mondo-consumerist U.S. holidays. But Pinterest, the out-of-nowhere social network that became wildly popular this year, may offer some of the freshest approaches to online gift-giving this season. Share/Save
The patent dispute between Samsung Electronics Co. and Apple Inc. escalated after a U.S. judge on Thursday granted both companies permission to add new products to their lawsuits claiming infringement, including the iPhone 5 and the Galaxy Note 10.1. Share/Save