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Kelly spent the last four years covering mobile technology at places like BGR, Gizmodo and The Unofficial Apple Weblog. Before writing, she spent a few years working with and teaching others how to use Adobe Flash and Macromedia Director. Even earlier than that, she spent several years as a Ph.D student in Microbiology. When she's not writing, she can be found fishing the lakes and hiking the mountains of Western Maine with her husband and tribe of children. You can follow her on Twitter @kellyhodgkins.
Today, Apple released its second iPhone 5C ad. Unlike the previous “Plastic Perfected” clip that focused on the plastic casing of the phone, this commercial, titled “Designed Together,” is an iOS-themed piece. As hinted in the ad, the colorful iPhone 5c handset and iOS 7 were made for each other. The commercial is all music, lots of images and no talking heads. It’s a typical slick marketing piece from Apple, which is always fun to watch. You can check it out in the video below.
BlackBerry confirmed in a blog post that BlackBerry Messenger for Android and iOS will be available at the end of the week. The Android version will arrive first on September 20th, with the iOS version debuting one day later on September 21st. With the arrival of these versions, BBM will not be a cross-platform messaging service that’ll allow BlackBerry owners to chat with their Android and iOS friends. According to BlackBerry, both the Android and iOS version will launch with the following features: BBM Chat – Enjoy real, immediate conversations … Read more
The time is now upon us — iOS 7 is finally available to download and install on your iOS device. Here are some tips to get your update installed with ease. Before you get started you should know that you can either download over-the-air directly to your iPhone or connect your phone and update using iTunes. Both ways work, so it really comes down to what is convenient for you. Be sure to backup your device in case something goes wrong. Connect your device to iTunes or use iCloud and … Read more
Let the downloading frenzy begin as Apple has officially released iOS 7 to the public today. It’s a pretty big update that changes the look and feel of the OS. There’s also a handful of new features like Control Center, a revamped Calendar app, improved Photos app and more. You can update to iOS 7 over-the-air but going to Settings > General > Software Update or by connecting you iOS device to iTunes and allowing the media manager to do the bulk of the work. Be patient if takes some time … Read more
According to Digitimes, the Nexus 5 will go on sale in October with a mid-range price point that’ll make the phone attractive to developers and Android fans alike. LG is reportedly building the phone, which will closely mirror the LG G2. Digitimes claims the phone will have ”a 5-inch Full HD display, Qualcomm quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU and LTE connectivity.” It’ll likely run Android 4.4 KitKat, the next version of Android that Google partially unveiled earlier this month. These rumors fit in with all that we have heard about the … Read more
Nokia used twitter to drop a hint that it may be preparing to launch a new device on October 22nd. The teaser from Nokia’s official Twitter account said ”At Nokia, we never stop innovating. More to share on October 22.” The image associated with post has a few hash tags #blazing, #stories and #innovationreinvented. Nokia isn’t exactly spilling the beans here, but it is confirming that the rumors about a new product announcement in October were spot on. These rumors point to the launch of Lumia 1520, an over-sized Windows Phone … Read more
Apple’s newly announced iPhone 5C ditches the metal casing of the iPhone 5 and replaces it with a colorful hard polycarbonate shell. The color casing is the hallmark feature of this new class of iPhones and is the subject of the company’s latest ad. In its first iPhone 5c ad, Apple is trying hard to reassure customers that plastic doesn’t have to be cheap or bland. It’s for the colorful, which really is a great slogan for the phone. The iPhone 5c goes on sale this Friday, September 20th. It’ll be … Read more
Burberry kicked off London Fashion week with its spring and summer 2014 collection. While the models walked the catwalk, doting photographers on the sidelines were shooting the event with iPhone 5S handsets. According to Pocket Lint, there were 14 iPhone 5s handsets interspersed throughout the show. Nine lined the catwalk taking runway shots, three were on a moving cam that followed the models as they walked, one was on a roof capturing the crowd and the lat on was on a jimmy rig capturing celebrities as they came and went. … Read more
Like it has done in the past, Apple is selling the iPhone 5S in China using a reservation system that cuts down on large crowds and phone scalping. The reservations went live on Tuesday, and the slots to secure a launch day iPhone 5s in gold and white were quickly sold out, according to Chinese publication Sina Tech. The first model to sell out allegedly was the gold iPhone 5s. Within two hours of the reservations going live, the stock of the gold phone was gone from the Sanlitun, Xidan … Read more
Apple’s M7 coprocessor is all about measuring motion. While its most obvious application is for health and fitness apps, Apple also is touting the coprocessor’s ability to assist in Maps and navigation. According to Apple’s website, the M7 can tell whether you are walking or driving. Once your phone knows you are walking, it can respond appropriately by switching Maps to walking directions and recommending nearby WiFi hotspots. “M7 knows when you’re walking, running or even driving. For example, Maps switches from driving to walking turn-by-turn navigation if, say, you … Read more
The iPhone 5S and 5c are slated to make their big retail debut on Friday, September 18th, so it’s not surprising that T-Mobile is cutting the price on its older iPhone models. This fire sale is meant to clear out the old inventory and make room for the incoming phones. As noted by TmoNews, T-Mobile has slashed the price of the iPhone 5 by $100. The price cut applies to all models. It’s a decent drop that takes some cash off down payment and lowers the monthly fees. For example, … Read more