Apple finally releases tool for de-registering phone number from iMessage

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If you or anyone you know has switched from an iPhone to an Android phone, you might be aware of Apple’s infamous iMessage bug. If you upgraded to a new device without turning off iMessage on your old iPhone first, some of your text messages would still be send and received through iMessage, not as regular text messages. This is obviously a problem when you’re using an Android phone, or literally any other kind of phone, because iMessage is exclusive to Apple devices. This bug would cause messages to never be received and sent correctly, which is a massive headache.
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Samsung laughs at Apple with bend-related tweet

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For the last few weeks, Apple has been the center of attention with the launch of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and iOS 8. Some of that attention, though, is negative. A software update rolled out earlier this week was faulty and the company halted it. This was followed by “bendgate,” a situation in which Apple’s iPhones are bending. Samsung is unsurprisingly taking advantage bendgate by promoting the Galaxy Note Edge. In a tweet with the image above attached, Samsung says “Curved. Not bent. #Galaxy Note Edge.”

Earlier on Thursday, LG was in on the fun to promote the LG G Flex.

Source: @SamsungMobile (Twitter)

LG takes a shot at Apple’s #bendgate

LG_G_Flex_Left_Side_TAIf you use the internet even occasionally, you’ve definitely heard of #bendgate at this point. As expected, Apple’s competitors have begun taking shots at the tech giant in response to their unintentionally bending phones. Among them is LG, who recently sent out a tweet with a picture of their intentionally curved LG Flex, with a tagline of “Our phone doesn’t bend, it flexes…on purpose. #bendgate.” Check out the tweet via the source link.

Source: @LGUSAMOBILE

Samsung and Apple will face challenges with high-end phones in China

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Samsung and Apple are the biggest manufacturers of smartphones, but China’s state-run wireless operators will pose a threat to their business models. China Mobile Ltd said it will cut subsidies by $2 billion, while other competitors are cutting as much as $1.9 billion. This will impact the upcoming Galaxy Note 4 as well as the iPhone 6.

Subsidies make expensive phones reasonable by offering the phone at a lower price while locking in the customer to a long term contract. So for example, a phone that might cost $800, would only cost the customer $100 with a subsidy. Both the Note 4 and the iPhone 6 are likely to retail for over $800, so how will consumers take to these higher costs? Probably not too favorable. While the consumer might not have to pay the for the full retail cost, it will still be a lot higher than the $100 they are used to.


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Huawei teases its Honor 3C Play while jabbing Apple

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A budget device with a quad-core processor is on its way from Huawei. The company is choosing to approach its marketing of the Honor 3C Play by focusing on the device’s low price along with its solid specifications. Because of this, Huawei is looking directly at Apple with its teasers for the Honor 3C Play.

While the specifications for the Honor 3C Play are not cutting edge, they remain pretty good for a budget device. The 5-inch display is 720p. The quad-core processor comes from MediaTek, put together with 1GB of RAM, in the form of its MT6582 SoC. It is four Cortex-A7s clocked at 1.3GHz. The internal storage sits at just 4GB, but there is a microSD card slot to make room. The biggest disappointment is that the Honor 3C Play will ship with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and not KitKat.

Hit the break to see the teaser images from Huawei.
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Carriers recommend Samsung devices more than Apple and its iPhone

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The role of an employee in a carrier’s retail store is quite easy. They are there to sell a device. So they have some options as to what devices are the best for a particular consumer. New research conducted by Kantar Worldpanel shows that United States carriers are more inclined to recommend a Samsung device rather than an iPhone from Apple.
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Samsung’s Galaxy Alpha in white gets photographed, looks very familiar

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Photos of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Alpha have appeared giving us the best look yet, and it looks awfully familiar to another phone. I will give you three guesses and the first two don’t count. That’s right, you guessed it, it’s the iPhone. Did Samsung not learn their lesson from all the time and money spent in the courts?

As you can see, the white Galaxy Alpha has chamfered edges made from polished metal just like the iPhone. It also appears much smaller than the Galaxy S 5, which lines up with rumors that it will sport a 4.8-inch display, among other subpar specs.


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Conan O’Brien makes fun of the iPhone 6

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Samsung recently released a commercial telling iPhone fans to stop waiting for a bigger iPhone, and apparently Conan O’Brien saw it as well, and is continuing the razzing.

It is widely expected that Apple will offer a bigger 4.7-inch display on the upcoming iPhone 6. In yesterday’s opening monologue, Conan said the new iPhone 6 will be called, “Last year’s Samsung Galaxy.” Actually if you think about it, he should have called it the “2012 Samsung Galaxy” since that phone had a 4.8-inch display, which is much closer to the rumored 4.7-inch display that the iPhone 6 will sport.

If you want to check out the video, head on past the break. It starts at about 1:33 in.


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