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And now for the confirmation, Samsung has launched has launched a smartphone with a curved display screen. The new handset is called the Galaxy Round and for now will only be on sale in Korea.

It sports a 5.7in (14.5cm) AMOLED screen (that makes it the same size as the Galaxy Note 3) whose curvature Samsung says will help consumers check information such as date, time and missed calls when home screen is off, with more ease. You can't actually bend the phone's screen, rather as it is curved you can tilt it to put the display on. Samsung calls this the Roll Effect.

Another benefit of the screen is that users can also change music tracks on their phone, while its display is off.

Here's what the company says on its blog

: "As a result of its unique curved design, users can take advantage of round integration experiences like the Roll Effect.

"That enables the user to check information such as the date, time, missed calls and battery easily when home screen is off, and the Gravity Effect for creating visual interaction with the screen by tilting the device."

There are ways of employing similar tech to cycle through images and change music tracks without the screen being on too.

The phone itself is 4G LTA-Advanced is made from traditional Samsung plastic and comes in the not that alluring shade of luxury brown.

It runs a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, has 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, expandable to 64GB with a microSD , uses the Android 4.3 OS and features a 2,800mAh battery. On board is a 13 mega pixel rear and two mega pixel front cameras.

Expect a worldwide version of the curved screen phone to debut across the world at either CESin january or MWC in February.

Big news from Samsung it seems that the curved smartphone that has been doing the rounds is imminent. An image of the device have been leaked on Twitter alongside a crescendo of gossip that the phone will be announced on October 10th - that's tomorrow. The rumour has been sparked by the date on the phone.

Samsung has been experimenting with flexible screens for a while and showed its first version at CES in January.

iPhone5s-firstpic.jpgFancy an iPhone, but put off but its rather titchy (when compared with its rivals) four inch screen? Well the evidence is mounting that the next generation of iPhone is very likely to have a much bigger screen.

The latest person to claim that an Apple Phablet is on the cards is Jefferies & Co. analyst Peter Misek. Now Misek has been quite a good source of Apple info in recent times so it is worth taking what he says seriously.

His latest note to investors contained the following...

"Despite still seeing risk to CQ4 and FY13 revs, we now believe better [gross margins] will allow Apple to skate by until iPhone 6 launches with its 4.8″ screen."

He goes on to add that he thinks that the large screen will spark a significant upgrade as Apple owners surge to buy the bigger model. He also thinks that the brand has just about enough to keep consumers onside with the iPhone 5s and 5c too.

Misek isn't the first to claim that Apple is working on a bigger screen iPhone. The WSJ has also run a story about it and quite frankly it would be surprising if the next iPhone didn't have a bigger screen considering the way most of Apple's rival have moved.
We'll just have to wait and see.

The best Apple iPhone 5S Cases for girls

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Well, after all the rumours about slow demand it turned out that the iPhone 5S is Apple's fastes selling mobile ever. Did you nab one? If so check out our list of the best female-friendly cases.

Well this is a bolt from the blue. It appears that Samsung are on schedule to launch a smartphone with a curved screen by the end of the year.

The momentous news was dropped in the middle of the global launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 today and apparently it will land some time in Q4.

Samsung paraded a prototype flexible screen called the Youm back at CES in January (see above video), and it seems that the new version will be based on that design.

According to Park Sang-jin, CEO of Samsung SDI, the new device will use a similar OLED panel and will be curve-shaped, but not completely flexible. Interestingly that prototype was able to display notifications along the side.

Apple sells nine million iPhones in three days

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Well so much for those reports that demand for the new iPhones was low. Apple has announced it has sold nine million new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c models in three days.

The company added that demand for iPhone 5s has exceeded the initial supply, and many online orders are scheduled to be shipped in the coming weeks.

"This is our best iPhone launch yet--more than nine million new iPhones sold--a new record for first weekend sales," said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO. "The demand for the new iPhones has been incredible, and while we've sold out of our initial supply of iPhone 5s, stores continue to receive new iPhone shipments regularly. We appreciate everyone's patience and are working hard to build enough new iPhones for everyone."

Reading between the lines it seems that the growth has been powered by the iPhone 5s and that the iPhone 5c has been a slower burner. The interesting part is whether sales of the 5c creep up as times goes by. Apple diehards would want the higher specced 5s at launch, but it could be that the cheaper 5c attracts a wider audience as time goes by.

To put the figure in some kind of perspective Samsung sold around 20 million Galaxy S4s within a couple of months of its launch.

Wearable tech goes vintage, well that is kind of the concept that designer Sean Miles had in mind with this collaboration with 02. He has basically created a collection of vintage fashion accessories made from recycled mobile phones, which have included Christian Louboutin heels, a pair of vintage Miu Miu gloves and an Alexander McQueen clutch bag.

The cool part is that all of them double as mobile phones.

The items, which 02 is billing as the O2 Recycled collection, was unveiled to coincide with the end of London Fashion Week.

Sean Miles said:

"We wanted to showcase the possibilities of wearable technology - from shoes to gloves to bags - and how fashion and technology can go hand in hand. Further, the hope is that all the creations for this innovative project will get people to notice what can be done with mobile phones rather than just sending them to landfill. If we can combine the best of fashion whilst also recycling gadgets we can be trendsetters in more than one way. This has been an amazing journey for me and really has opened up my eyes and wardrobe to new things!"

The creations included

"Walkie Talkies" vintage footwear (including a pair of brogues, Nike Air trainer, Hunter Wellies and a Christian Louboutin high heel shoe which all can be used as phones.)

"Talk to the Hand" vintage Miu Miu and Pineider gloves which had an old mobile phone's speaker unit embedded in the thumb and microphone built into in the little finger of the gloves while they chat through Bluetooth connection.

"The Bags That Talk" a vintage Celine box handbag, a Chloe shoulder bag, and an Alexander McQueen clutch bag, with old Nokia and LG handsets integrated into them.

The Guardian today ran with the story that according to one network demand for the new iPhone 5C was only a tenth of what it has been for previous new Apple mobiles.

A source told the paper

"It's been a big disappointment," said a mobile network source. "We are seeing a decline in the number of pre-orders. They are 60% to 70% less than we were expecting, and we didn't expect them to be massively high given it's not the flagship model."

But is it just the iPhone 5C that hasn't been anywhere near as popular as previous models?

It appears that even the retailers think that unlike in previous years when the phones sold out quickly this time there will be plenty to go round.

Scott Hooton, Chief Commercial Officer at Phones 4u has said that his store intend to put 'five times more iPhone stock into store for launch, compared to any other year before.'

That either means that Phones 4u has got a special new arrangement with Apple or that demand for the phones is nowhere near what has been expected.

So is he putting a positive spin on the lack of demand, or is the opposite true and that the phones are still going to be hugely popular?

Here's what he said

"Apple mania has truly taken a firm grip on the nation this week, so we are extremely pleased to be putting five times more iPhone stock into store for launch, compared to any other year before, which will help enable us to meet this demand from our customers. We are also proud to announce that we anticipate to have iPhone stock available in every Phones 4u store across the UK at launch this Friday, as well as over the launch weekend. This is great news for all those iPhone fans who are wanting to get their hands on the latest smartphones from Apple!"

HTC One Max pics leaked

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htc-one-max-main.jpgSo this winter looks like being a bumper one for big screen mobiles aka Phablets. The Sony Xperia Ultra Z is already in the stores with the Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 set to follow soon and whispers of a Nokia big screen mobiles too. And now HTC is set to follow suite with the HTC One Max - a phone that is rumoured to sport a 5.9inch screen.

Chinese social network Sina Weibo has published these images of what it claims is the device alongside Samsung's 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 3 and it does seem to suggest that the mobie will have a 5.9inch screen .

Other features that are also being suggested are a 1080p display, a 3,300 mAh battery, a Snapdragon 600 processor, and 2GB of RAM. The rumours also say that the large version of the HTC One won't share its smaller sibling's key features- that stunning aluminium screen and instead will be made from a combination of plastic and aluminum.

Are the young deserting Apple? Thats the question that's being posed by mobile phone comparison site, www.mobilephonechecker.co.uk. It has carried out a study aimed at uncovering the age of the average iPhone in the UK and found out that the average age of an iPhone owner has risen by a decade in the last two years.

The study polled a group of 2,083 adult iPhone owners aged 18-65 and asked them to state when they had purchased their first iPhone handset.

A surprisingly high 37% had purchased their first iPhone handset in the past 6 months; with the average age of respondents who'd purchased their phone in the past 6 months revealed to be '34.4 years.'

Contrast this with the 52% of respondents who had been an iPhone owner for two years or more, where the average age of making their purchase was '24.8 years.

Interestingly when asked if they were planning on extending their iPhone contracts after their existing ones had expired, 66% of people aged 35 and over said 'yes'; while just 42% of those aged 18-34 said the same.

Of the younger group 42% of respondents said they were going to swap the iPhone for a Samsung while 26%, claimed 'It's too expensive to keep up the payments on my iPhone contract.'

Adam Cable, Director of MobilePhoneChecker.co.uk, made the following comments on the results of the study:

"I am not particularly surprised at the rise in the average age of the iPhone owner over the past two years. I have even noticed that my parents and many of their friends are now proud iPhone owners, obsessed with downloading iTunes and apps, and engaging in social media more than ever."

"This, along with the expense of keeping an iPhone, may explain why many of the younger iPhone owners polled in our study are considering switching to another make of mobile phone once their current contracts run out, despite the recent announcements surrounding the release of the more economical upcoming iPhone 5C."

So what do you think?

I am guessing that this survey was undertaken before the launch of the Apple iPhone 5S and 5C, which will certainly attract some younger buyers. It will be interesting to monitor those iPhone sales figures in the next few months.

Apple has today confirmed that the worldwide - well US, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK - launch of the iPhone 5S and 5C will be on Friday, September 20. That's this Friday folks.

That means Friday, September 20 at 8:00 a.m. local time in Apple retail stores and at 12:01 a.m. BST at the Apple Online Store.

For more details on the iPhone 5S go here and 5C go here.

In the UK, the new iPhones will be available through EE, O2, Three, Carphone Warehouse, Phones4u and Apple Authorised Resellers.

Apple has also confirmed the pricing.

Here is what the manufacturer says...

iPhone 5s comes in gold, silver or space grey, and will be available in the UK for a suggested retail price of £549 (£457.50 ex VAT) for the 16GB model and £629 (£524.17 ex VAT) for the 32GB model and £709 (£590.83 ex VAT) for the 64GB model. iPhone 5c comes in blue, green, pink, yellow and white and will be available in the UK for a suggested retail price of £469 (£390.83 ex VAT) for the 16GB model and £549 (£457.50 ex VAT) for the 32GB model.

Nokia-lumia-1520-main.jpgIf you are looking forward to Nokia's big screen mobile the Lumia 1520, you are going to have to wait a little longer.The debut Windows phablet from the brand was slated to launch at the end of the month. However credible sources are now saying that it has been pushed back as Microsoft and Nokia work through the machinations of their recent transaction.

Reuters is claiming that the Lumia 1520 was supposed to launch in New York later this month, but it won't now land until October - with @evleaks suggesting that it will be October 22nd.

It will be fascinating to see the fall out from Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia and how this impacts on its handsets.

The phone is rumoured to have a six inch screen with 1080p high def resolution, and come with a 20 mega pixel camera and a Snapdragon 800 Quad-Core processor.

Solar powered concept phones have been around for a while now, Nokia did some interesting work in this area a few years back and again more recently there is a strong selection of solar powered chargers for iPhones and other mobiles.

But might solar powered phones be about to hit the mainstream? That's the rumours following new reports that Apple is working on solar powered elements to its batteries to reduce the strain caused by brighter screens and faster processors,

A recent job listing confirmed that the company has a requirement for a solar power expert within the company's Mobile Devices group.

The company filed this patent for a solar panel earlier in the year.

Good news for Apple from the UK. It seems as if British consumers are impressed with both the new iPhones.

Scott Hooton, Chief Commercial Officer at Phones 4u has described demand for the new phones to be 'phenomenal' and easily outstrips that for the Apple iPhone 5.

He also points out that it is the young - 18-30 year olds who are keenest on the new mobiles, which hints that the 5C gamble might be about to deliver some pretty impressive returns.

Here's what he said

"The demand for the new iPhone 5c and 5s has been truly phenomenal in the first few days of pre-registration. We have already seen double digit growth in pre-registrations compared to the same period for iPhone 5 last year, and with the exceptional rate in which we are receiving these, we are predicting that the new handsets will set a record as generating the most pre-registrations ever at Phones 4u.

We know from looking at our pre-registrations that men are currently showing the most interest in the new Apple iPhones (65 per cent) and we have also seen a huge appetite for the new smartphones amongst 18-30 year olds, who have taken up almost two thirds of the pre-registrations. To date, this interest has also shown that 75 per cent are intending to purchase the new iPhone 5c or 5s on 4G, so not only are we expecting pre-orders of the iPhone 5c to go through the roof this weekend, we are gearing up for an exceptionally busy launch day on 20th September, when both officially go on-sale at Phones 4u stores across the country and online."

Simon Poluter of What Would David Bowie Do takes a look at the future of Apple.

Ever since Steve Jobs' death - and even before it - clouds of disquiet have been cluttering the otherwise perfect blue skies above Silicon Valley.

The world's technology children have been growing increasingly restless and the tea parties to launch new Apple products have become somewhat more rambunctious. Technology's seemingly bullet-proof upstarts, who hooked a generation of consumers on their sugar-rich digital snacks, have left them addicted and in need of greater highs. However, to stretch this analogy painfully further, many Apple addicts have grown agitated and jittery, as the highs have worn off quicker each time something new has come along.

A desperate desire for rabbits from hats

It wasn't that long ago that Jobs launched the iPad and totally disrupted the PC, telecommunications and networking industries simply by performing the by-then time-honoured Apple trick of doing something someone else has already been doing, but doing it better and making it cool.

But that was early 2010. In tech terms, a lifetime ago. It's now the critical final third of 2013. This week's launch of the iPhone 5S may have been - in classic, 1990s technology 'arms race' terms - a step up in terms of horsepower, and the iPhone 5C may be smart tactical marketing - but, to be blunt, so what?

Financial markets have reacted in much the same way, but whereas the Apple fanbase has been disappointed by the lack of sexy new toys, investors have been disappointed by Apple's apparent reluctance to lower its prices to gain entry into the Asian markets they so desperately need to penetrate to beat Samsung and their Android brethren.

Herein, then, lies the frustrations of being a corporate player trying to balance sex appeal with good family finance management. It was only April 2012 that headlines declared Apple, once close to bankruptcy and dismissed as niche, to be the world's most valuable company, worth more than $600 billion.

This was, remember, little more than six months after Jobs' death, an event that brought the turtle-necked deity further adulation, but also sharp concerns about the company his successor, Tim Cook, would be taking over.

Share price worries

By September last year Apple's share price topped $700, but in the year since it has sunk as low as $385, with about $230bn wiped off the company's value, before recovering to the mid $500s. By Wednesday this week, it was at $467.

Working for a company whose share price is in single digits, to be into triple digits would be a luxury. But given Apple's metoric rise from computer manufacturer-of-choice for creatives, to today's consumer electronics behemoth, a stock price topography like that of the last year makes for uncomfortable viewing.

Welcome, then, to life at the very top. Such a scale of financial fortunes is the stuff of Greek gods chucking mountains at each other. Only a company like Apple can reveal successive quarters of eye-watering profits and telephone number-length revenues, and still have investors wiping large chunks off the company's value because of a lack of exciting new baubles for the Christmas tree, as they did last year.

The iPhone 5S and 5C are hardly revolutionary, despite what Tuesday's press event was at pains to point out. Fast phones exist, ranges of coloured phones exist. The 5S, with it's 64-bit capability will either appeal to the speed freaks who simply want the best, or to the gamers happily screwing their eyes on the iPhone's now relatively small screen. Perhaps the enhanced camera might prompt swapouts from existing iPhone 5 and older iPhone 4 owners, or maybe the fingerprint recognition will draw out paranoid urbanites.

There's no question that these new phones are intended to crowbar open Asia for Apple. But they are also Apple's 'new' phones for the rest of the world. How many iPhone 5 owners do you know, since Tuesday, to have said "meh" at the idea of queuing on September 20 to trade up?

In Asia they have a different job convincing people to get in line. Clearly Apple know where they need to plug gaps (it's no coincidence their "special event" on Tuesday was streamed live to journalists in Beijing, Shanghai and Tokyo, as well as in Berlin). Apple's brand is notably weaker in Asia, where Samsung is more consistently appreciated. My suspicion has been that the weeks, even months of apparent leaks about iPhone 5 components have been also to whet Asian appetites, collectively the world's largest smartphone market (with China far and away the single biggest).

For those in Apple's strongest geographies (drop a pebble in the pond that is Silicon Valley and watch the ripples permeate outwards) the reaction to Tuesday's hardly-a-surprise announcements has been muted. This audience holds the highest expectations that, when the company stages a press event, it should actually rain gold, and not just gold-coloured phones.

Where next?

Call me greedy, like an unsatisfied child on Christmas morning, but what else? Where was the screen size variation to challenge Samsung? Where's the new iPad and iPad Mini? What else does Apple have in the innovation tank?

One slide during Tuesday's presentation said it all: it was meant to show off the speed evolution of the iPhone, but in the process simply showed how the iPhone evolution cycle has slowed down. Whereas Apple were quick to refresh and update the first iPhone, intervals between later models have grown larger. At the same time, Samsung and the Android fraternity have busied themselves with all manner of devices.

Tuesday's launch may well have been a tactical affair, but the company shouldn't forget - even if it appears to be doing so alarmingly quickly - what built their phenomenal financial position: it was the sprinkling of fairy dust that its former CEO - together with the influence of Sir Jony Ive - applied every time he walked out on stage at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, and elicited genuine gasps of surprise, time after time, of something new, something different and something desirable.

Article originally published here.

Samsung-galaxy-s4-hand.jpgWell now that we know all about what Apple have planned for the next few months the limelight turns once back onto Samsung and how the Korean company will respond to some of the innovations that the US company unveiled on Tuesday.

So no surprises then that Samsung is already hyping up the samsung Galaxy S5 and suggesting that it will have that gamer-friendly 64-bit processing.

The company's co-CEO JK Shin told Korea Times that the next generation of high-end Samsung Galaxy phones will have 64-bit processing."Not in the shortest time. But yes, our next smartphones will have 64-bit processing functionality,"

Although he didn't implicitly say the S5 you can be that's where 64 bit processing will debut

There is also growing speculation about what the phone will like too. It seem very likely now that Samsung will ditch the plastic for its flagship mobile and opt for metal

Korean site ET News thinks that the company will make the move to give the mobile a more premium feel.

There are already rumours that the new phone will sport an improved 16 megapixel camera too.

And as for that fingerprint sensor... Well there were rumours that Samsung was going to beat Apple to the punch by unveiling the innovation on the Galaxy Note 3. It didn't materialise, but surely it will be part of the specifications of future Samsung mobiles.

The Apple iPhone 5C UK pricing and availability

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The iPhone 5c comes in blue, green, pink, yellow and white and will be available in the UK for a suggested retail price of £469 (£390.83 ex VAT) for the 16GB model and £549 (£457.50 ex VAT) for the 32GB model.

The iPhone 5c will be available from the Apple Online Store, Apple's retail stores, select carriers and select Apple Authorised Resellers.

iPhone 5c cases will be available in blue, green, pink, yellow, black and white for a suggested retail price of £25 (£20.83 ex VAT) through the Apple Online Store, Apple's retail stores and select Apple Authorised Resellers.

The iPhone 5c will be available in the US, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK on Friday, September 20, and customers can pre-order their iPhone 5c beginning Friday, September 13.

iPhone5s-firstpic.jpgJony Ive has called the iPhone 5S the most refined phone, not just rampant technology for technology's sake.

Well here then are the basics

Casing - It is available in 3 metal finishes: "silver, gold and "space grey".

Screen - Four inch Full HD - no suprises there. Apple was hardly going to increase the size.

Processor - Dual-core A7 64 bit chip (primed to make the most out of processor hungry games like Infinity Blade III) Apple is promising "A level of graphics performance that you've never before seen on a mobile device." Plus a new part called the M7 that is a Motion coprocessor. It akes advantage of all the sensors and continuously measures the data coming from the accelerometer, gyroscope, and compass without having to wake up the A7. Could enable a new generation of fitness apps.

Camera - New five-element Apple-designed lens, larger f/2.2 aperture plus a new sensor with a 15% larger active area. New flash that features two LEDs, one a cooler white one and another a warmer one. Also enhanced automatic optimisation of white balance, auto exposure etc. There's also a smart burst mode that means you can in 2 seconds take 20 photos. It also captures HD video at 720p at 120fps and has a slow mo option too.

Fingerprint scanner - Touch ID, so no more need for a password, you just use your finger or even fingers.The system is incoporated into the Home button. You can use your finger to authenticate into your Apple ID.

Battery - It will offer 10 hours of 3G talk time, 10 hours of LTE browsing, 10 hours of Wi-Fi browsing, up to 250 hours of standby.

iOS7 - Big improvements to Siri, it can also now draw on information from wikipedia, inline web search, and great photo search as well. New ringtones and alert options, enhancements to the camera app too. Instead of a flat Camera Roll, your photos can be automatically grouped by moments based on time and location. Moments are grouped by collections, and collections become years, and you can see them all as thumbnails. iTunes Radio now incoporated into the OS. iOS7 is coming on September 18th

Prices - 16GB at $199; 32GB at $299; and 64GB at $399, all with two-year contract.

When Apple appointed Tim Cook s CEO they were giving the job to someone who was seen as a safe pair of hands. A man who could steer the company through the choppy water post the sad death of Steve Jobs and look to the future.

Tonight I think will be all about consolidation and the real beginning of Tim Cook's Apple. The company hasn't had the best 2013 with the debacle over the maps and the rumours of delayed launches. Yet here we are in September and the company has clearly got some big and possibly good news for us tonight.

Expectations have been managed too.No one is predicting anything amazing this evening, Instead what we will get is a consolidation of the main iPhone brand in the 5S and a new option for emerging markets and those with lower spending power in the 5C.

Apple tonight will walk a tightrope. It will do just enough to convince everyone that it is keeping pace with Samsung and Sony while at the same time introducing a new range that will significantly widen its appeal.

I think the financial institutions in the US have already made their call on this one. If the evening pans out pretty much as we expect with the prices and specs for both phones still pegged pretty high not to sully the brand - but for the 5C cheap enough to grow its range (especially with young women!) the US stocks will remain steady.

It is interesting that Apple's stock has slowly risen in the last few weeks.Obviously nowhere near its peak of around a year ago, but enough to steady the ship. No one is expecting any fireworks tonight or even a lacklustre parade of new products. So the jury has already made its mind up.

The 5S will keep a few more of the faithful on board while the 5C will encourage a few Android owners to swap brands.

And if that one last thing appears then who knows what might happen.

For Tim Cook and his team the future of Apple is all about 2014. Fail to innovate then and they will pay the price. But for tonight it is steady as she goes.

1 We know you love the iPhone 5, but we know you want it with a much bigger screen so the 5S now has a whopping five inch display.

2 The iPhone 5C will retail for much less than other iPhones, and won't in any way cost the same as an iPhone 4

3 One more thing - here's the Apple iWatch

4 And the new iPhone 5S now touts the best smartphone camera available

5 With the 5S's Full HD screen and faster processor we are playing catch up

And a bonus depending on how the evening goes

6 Our share price has once again hit new heights

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