Ladies and gentlemen we have an AWESOME giveaway that we are excited to announce! As you can see we are giving away a Limited Edition Code Black Drone!! Yes, one (1) lucky member will get the chance to win this very cool drone and as always it's going to be a snap to enter.
6-axis flight control system and adjustable gyro sensitivity, the Code Black Drone can perform complicated maneuvers will speed and accuracy. A beginner and expert flight mode allow you progress to more complex flights.
Take amazing aerial video in stealth mode. Shoot perfect HD and SD video with this stealth matte black drone. This badass drone shoots badass video.
Easy to use remote. This responsive, 4-channel remote is included with every Code Black Drone. Easy to learn controls will have you flying like a pro in no time
So what do you have to do to enter? Rules for entry are as follows:
Only ONE (1) entry per member. Duplicate entries will result in immediate disqualification.
Let us know what carrier you are on AND what carrier, if any, you are planning to move over to. If you're happy and staying where you are, please let us know!
That's all you need to do and you are entered folks, so jump right in!!
On January 29, 2015 at 12:00pm Central the contest will close and we will randomly draw one (1)...
We have a new rendering which is supposedly the actual design of the Samsung Galaxy S6. We are dubious that this is the real deal, but felt it was worth reporting just in case. We have three images from the folks at PhoneArena. One is shown above and all three are available for your gaze in the thread below.
While we are skeptical of the veracity of this "leaked image" we suspect it won't be too far from the final design, as Samsung has said repeatedly they plan to use metallic materials for the Galaxy S6, and this render reflects that. The other thing worth noting about this design is how much it looks like a cross between the current iPhone 6 and the previous generation iPhone 5S, with a hint of the Galaxy S5 thrown in for good measure.
If this is the final design of the Galaxy S6 it certainly won't win any awards for originality...
In the last big LG news story of the morning, during LG's earnings conference call the company admitted they had some problems with the first batch of Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processors. They didn't specifically detail them as heat issues, but were simply throttling issues (which could have been attributed to heat).
Despite this, LG indicated that they worked closely with Qualcomm and were able to solve the problems, which is why they moved forward with the G Flex 2 and will be moving forward with the G4. LG specifically indicated that these issues did not and will not effect their planned ship dates for either phone.
Hmmm... this seems like a bit of "backtracking" on the part of LG, which recently defended Qualcomm claiming they had no problems with the Snapdragon 810. Does this help clear up some of the mystery, or obfuscate it further?
Here's our second news piece of the morning for LG. A new report indicates the LG's flagship, the G4 is on track for a Q2 launch. Supposedly, the G4 will have an all new design concept to distinguish it from its predecessors and its competition. According to this report, it will also have an improved camera and "strong visual experience" (whatever that means).
No actual specifics were given, nor were there any other details shared. Most of the industry speculation points to a 5.5-inch QHD display and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 as its primary features. We've heard earlier rumors that LG is working on a 20 MP "advanced OIS" camera. Perhaps that's what will show up in this device. Share your thoughts.
The image above is a random artist's concept render.
We have a slew of LG stories to crank out for you guys this morning. The first of which is regarding their recent financial earnings call. Apparently, 2014 was a very good year for LG. They sold a whopping 59.1 Million smartphones last year, which was a 24% increase from the previous year. This increased sales allowed the South Korean company to post double the net profit from 2013.
In fact, the third quarter for LG was their best in five years with 16.8 million smartphones sold. Despite the rosy outlook for last year, LG is playing it safe with a conservative outlook for this year, stating that 2015 should be a, "challenging year ahead with greater competition globally from various manufacturers." LG plans to work on "improving its brand power, operating more efficiently, and focusing on selective key markets."
Interesting... it seems that it wasn't just Apple chipping away at Samsung's big lead in the smartphone world. We had several Chinese manufacturers like Lenovo, Huawei and others, but Samsung was also beset by LG at every turn. It's tough to be the king of the hill.
The hot news of this morning comes straight from Qualcomm's Q1 fiscal 2015 report. They made a statement to their investors which looks suspiciously like a confirmation of the rumors that Samsung won't be using the Snapdragon 810 in their Galaxy S6. This, of course, forced Qualcomm to lower their positive financial outlook for this year.
Here's the quote which sparked the speculation:
Although Qualcomm didn't come out and name a specific OEM, it seems pretty obvious who they are probably referring to, considering all of the rumors we have been hearing lately. During the conference call, Qualcomm didn't even address the rumors that the Snapdragon 810 chipset had an overheating problem which needed to be addressed. This suggests it could be a phantom problem made up by Samsung (or whomever leaked that intel previously).
For a cheap device that may not wow you on the spec sheet this is a good looking phone. The ZTE Blade S6 is a LTE device running 5.0 lollipop, with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615, 64 bit device, with a 720 display, 13 mp camera, 2400mAh battery, and looks like an iPod touch.
Again, it may not win the specs war but looks to be a nice device for those wanting an affordable phone off contract.
I see the market for this ranging from a person on a budget to a phone to buy for a teen. What do you think?
Not too long ago Samsung claimed they were going to slow down the production of a large variety of smartphones and refocus their efforts on fewer models. Apparently, that was just lip-service to the media, because they just announced a completely new Galaxy series of smartphones to add to the plethora of options already coming.
The "pinnacle" of their new J Series Galaxy model is the Galaxy J1, and here are the humdrum specs:
1.2 GHz dual-core processor of unknown origin
4.3-inch WVGA (480 x 800) display
Dual SIM capabilities
Android 4.4 KitKat on board
5 MP camera with LED flash on the back
2 MP snapper on the front (includes a Palm Selfie function which can detect movement so you can take selfies using hand gestures)
512 MB of RAM
4 GB of internal memory
A microSD card slot
1850 mAh removable battery
Ultra Power Saving mode
Weighs 122 grams
Measures 129 x 68.2 x 8.9 mm
Three color versions: blue, black, and white
The phone will be launching in Malaysia and Russia soon. We have no further details than that. Apparently, Samsung feels they can just slap a "Galaxy" name on any device to make it a great product. Feel free to "groan" now...
If you were skeptical about how bad things are at Sony's Mobile Division, today's news might erase that skepticism. Sony will soon announce that they will be cutting 1000 jobs from their mobile division this year. This cut is actually part of a larger plan to cut a total of 5000 jobs by March of fiscal year 2016. Previously, Sony already cut 1000 jobs back in October of last year.
The official announcement will happen on February 4th when Sony reports its earnings for the period covering April through December. Along with this news, earlier reports indicating that Sony will be delaying the launch of their Xperia Z4 smartphone were corroborated by the source.
Things are looking bleak for the embattled Japanese megacorp.
What's this? An anonymous tipster gave us this insider tip regarding an increase to Verizon's Activation/Upgrade fee. It looks like Big Red decided to increase these fees to $40. Previously, the activation fee was $35 and the upgrade fee was $30. Now they have achieved parity at this higher level.
What do you think? While the charge is small, it seems like Verizon knows how to work those fees to eke out extra dough from everyone. Maybe they are preemptively dealing with whatever perceived losses they might have regarding Title II classification coming down the pike from the FCC. Or... the bean counters just felt like having another fee increase... Share your thoughts.
The full image of the leaked brochure is in the thread below.