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Texting while driving is a dangerous activity that can lead to traffic tickets and auto accidents, but 98 percent of drivers who own mobile phone and regularly text while driving say they are aware of the risks. Two-thirds of survey respondents say they read text messages when stopped at a stop sign or red light, with a quarter of survey respondents admitting they send and read texts while driving.
The survey also revealed motivations behind reading and sending texts while driving: 28 percent are worried they could miss out on something important, with a quarter also saying they don't believe their driving habits - and ability to pay attention to the road - are impacted.
Despite many states now having laws that make it illegal to read and send texts while driving, actual enforcement of these laws tends to be sporadic.
The Galaxy Note 4 is barely here, and here we are: talking about the Galaxy Note 5. Well, PhoneArena is reporting that the next Galaxy Note smartphone will sport a 5.9-inch 4K Super AMOLED display, which will be pushing 700PPI, with manufacturing to begin in August of 2015.
This puts it right into the time frame of the next Galaxy Note announcement, which is around September of every year. Samsung has confirmed the new 3840x2160 AMOLED panel for mobiles itself, during its Analyst Days presentations last year, as well as it telling the world at the Semiconductor and Display Technology Roadmap workshop back in January of this year.
What makes this interesting, is that a 5.9-inch 4K panel would be absolutely perfect for the Oculus Rift, and considering Samsung has a strong partnership with Oculus VR, this could be the display Oculus has been waiting for.
OnePlus has had quite the year, with its Smash the Past promotion, something it promoted right after unveiling the One itself, which had people around the world smashing their current smartphone for the sheer opportunity of getting the OnePlus One smartphone.
Second, was the referral program that had people inviting others to have the opportunity to buy a One smartphone, but now we're hearing the company has sold over 500,000 devices, with the aim now shifted to 1 million units. The company opened up its pre-order window for a single hour last month, which had their servers overloaded with requests. Now the company will be holding a similar event on November 17, where it hopes its servers will handle the load a little more.
During an interview with Forbes, co-founder and director of OnePlus, Carl Pei, said that they've sold 500,000 handsets, and hope to reach one million units before the end of the year. With OnePlus spending just $300 on marketing so far, I'd call that a success.
The tablet market in North America is extremely competitive, but the Apple iPad is completely dominating Web traffic, collecting 79.9 percent, according to Chitika.
The statistics don't include the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 tablets, as Chitika studied mobile advertising impressions in September, so it's possible Apple's lead could have extended. In the No. 2 position was the Amazon Kindle with 6.7 percent, and Samsung took the No. 3 spot with 6 percent.
"With Amazon, Apple, Google, Sony, and other brands all overhauling one or more of their tablet offerings in advance of the 2014 holiday shopping season, the North American market remains tremendously competitive," the Chitika report says. The group also says "early January may yield the most accurate picture of the post-holiday North American tablet ecosystem."
Normally we see lesser-name brands releasing iPhone clones, but Lenovo isn't some second-grade manufacturer now, is it? The Chinese company has teased its "Sisley" S90 smartphone, which looks identical to the iPhone6.
Inside, it is different as we should expect, with a 5-inch 720p display, super-thin 6.9mm body, quad-core Snapdragon processor, and 1GB of RAM. Camera wise, we have a 13-megapixel on the back, with an 8-megapixel up front. Lenovo will be selling the Android 4.4.4 KitKat-powered S90 for around $327 in China.
Samsung is only just rolling out the Galaxy Note 4 across the world, and while the Galaxy S5 has been here for close to 6 months now, the rumors of the Galaxy S6 are now rolling out.
SamMobile is reporting that Samsung is using a start-from-scratch mentality when it comes to their upcoming handsets, with the Galaxy S6 having an internal codename of "Project Zero". Project Zero, or the Galaxy S6 should arrive with Android 5.0 Lollipop, a QHD 2560x1440 panel which should have a screen size of around 5.2 inches, and much more.
As for the cameras, we should expect a rear-snapper that should beat out the Galaxy Note 4, with a 16- or 20-megapixel rear-facing camera. The front-facing camera should be upgraded to 5-megapixel, or so. 16GB of on-board storage will disappear, with the starting line moving up to 32GB, with an offering of 64GB and 128GB. When it comes to the processor, we should expect a 64-bit capable chip, and either Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 processor, or Samsung's own Exynos 7420.
Reports are circulating that the recent failures of 128 GB iPhone 6 Plus models are due to the use of TLC NAND. Apple is the world's largest flash consumer, and has made a concerted effort to utilize technology to expand their use of less-desirable flash (ie 'cheap'). TLC NAND, which holds more bits per cell than MLC NAND, has a higher capacity than other types of NAND. Using cheaper flash provides Apple with better margins, and also helps during periodic flash shortages by expanding the pool of flash they can purchase.
Apple actually purchased Anobit in 2012 to integrate their MSP (Memory Signal Processing) technology, which extends endurance for less-desirable flash. It is rumored that the 128GB iPhone is one of the few select models that utilizes TLC NAND, and users are reporting widespread crashes or reboot loops. This problem has persisted even after the latest update to iOS 8.1. The problem may be confined to the NAND controller on the iPhone, but with no direct confirmation from Apple, users are left to speculate.
This news comes on the heels of problems with TLC-powered Samsung SSDs, but that problem was also relegated to a firmware bug. TLC is becoming a widely-used form of NAND, and NetApp is even developing TLC platforms for datacenter usage, so these teething problems are likely specific issues with endurance-extending techniques, such as DSP, wear leveling, and read-retry/disturb.
Compounding the issue for Apple is the continuing Bendgate scandal, as more and more users are reporting iPhones bending in their pockets.
It seems Apple will not be able to rid itself of "BendGate" anytime soon, after saying just nine iPhone 6 Plus units were bent, with a website showing 300 bent devices. One of the Nine wanted to collect photos of bent iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus units from customers, and while there wasn't a lot of publicity to promote the website, more than 300 photos were collected.
It's possible some iPhone owners haven't reported the problem - or are unaware it has happened - but considering the millions of devices sold, Apple is quietly trying to resolve the problem that has hit a small number of owners.
"We are most definitely not anti-Apple though and I am a massive Apple product user myself and an iPhone 6 Plus owner (yes... it bent)," according to the website's founder.
Third-ranked wireless carrier Sprint is struggling to compete against Verizon Wireless, AT&T and T-Mobile, as CEO Marcelo Claure feels the pressure mounting. The company cut its earnings forecast from $6.7 billion to $6.9 billion down to $5.8 billion to $5.9 billion - and 2,000 additional job cuts will be necessary.
To make matters worse, Sprint lost 500,000 postpaid subscribers while T-Mobile, the No. 4 carrier in the United States, has added subscribers. The company's plans to launch an ultra-high speed network were also delayed, with initial rollout occurring in selected markets first.
"While the results of the most recent quarter don't look terrific, it is now clear that Sprint is in the early stages of what they call a transformational journey," said Jeff Kagan, technology industry analyst. "Based on all the change the company has gone through over the last year with new ownership, a new CEO in recent months and crafting a new strategy now, I think it's important to give them the space they need to change."
Acer has an impressive new tablet on its hands with the new Switch 12, which is a 5-in-1 device that is marketed as a 2-in-1. The Switch 12 features a 12.5-inch Full HD IPS display, with an anti-fingerprint coating and Gorilla Glass for ultimate protection. From there, Acer is using Zero Air Gap bonding technology, which should improve viewing angles, and display performance in direct sunlight.
Acer's new Switch 12 tablet is powered by Intel's super power-efficient Core M processor, which is joined by 4GB of RAM, a choice of 30GB or 120GB of SSD storage, dual front-facing speakers, micro USB 3.0, and micro HDMI ports, as well as 2x2 MIMO wireless technology. Battery life is something Acer has worked on, with up to eight hours of video playback, and Windows 8.1 slapped on for its operating system.
Switch 12 features a kickstand, as well as a magnetic, latch-less detchable keyboard. The company teases that it has five modes of operation: notebook, pad, display, tent and desktop. The company hopes to launch the Switch 12 in Europe, the Middle East and Africa during Q4, starting at a price of $813 or so, while the US and Canada should receive the Acer Switch 12 sometime early next year.