Apple's biggest launch of the year happened this week. No, not those new iPhone; it was iOS 7. And even amid that chaos, we still caught glimpses of the Nexus 5, learned how Brazil wants to block the US internet, heard Louis CK rant about smartphones, and yes, we played with the new iPhones. Check it out!
So a Nexus 5 apparently got left at a bar. It happens! And when it happens, pictures get taken and we lucky folks get to see what one of the most anticipated phones of the year looks like up close. It matches up quite nicely with the leaked phone in the Android 4.4 Kit Kata promo video—horizontal Nexus branding, large camera lens—and definitely seems to be the same LG phone cruising through the FCC right now.
Brazil is not very happy about all these NSA revelations. As home to Latin America's biggest economy, the country understandably hates the idea that the United States is listening to its phone calls and reading its emails. In fact, Brazil hates it so much that it wants to disconnect itself from the U.S. internet altogether.
We spent the morning and afternoon testing out the redesigned iPhone 5S camera to get a sense of how it compares to its predecessor, as well as to the cameras on its biggest competitors. It's a solid camera with some improvements, but mostly we're just damned impressed at how far smartphone cameras have come across the board.
Louis C.K.'s daughters won't be getting cell phones anytime soon, because the famous dad/funnyman explains as only he can, phones take away his kids' ability to just feel sadness.
We just ran benchmarks on Apple's new iPhone 5S, revealing that, yup, this is the dopest smartphone silicon ever made. This thing freaking churns, crushing every other smartphone out there on both computational power and graphics. But if you look at common specs like core-count and clock speed for the hardware, you'd never know it.
Got fancy new iOS 7 on that iPhone of yours? Beware. There's a super simple bug that can let anyone blow right by your lockscreen and look through your pictures, and even share them.
iOS 7 came out today, and obviously Twitter was there as always give insightful/snarky commentary. Here are the best thing people had to say about the software update in 140-character form.
iTunes Radio is years in the making, and today, it finally lands on millions of devices via iOS 7 and the newly updated iTunes 11.1. Like anything that has been predicted and anticipated for ages, intrigued users will dive in, and in all likelihood, millions upon millions of them will become regular users. They shouldn't, though. Because iTunes isn't for them.
There's little question that iOS 7 is the most transformative update to iOS in its six-year history. It’s not just about the flat design. The first time I laid hands on the new operating system, I felt like I had a new phone, one that looked prettier and, more importantly, felt more useful.
While most of the supertall building boom spotlight has been placed China and the UAE over the past few months, there's an even more staggering development happening much, much closer to home. At least four 1,000-foot-plus skyscrapers are set to rise along (or adjacent to) West 57th Street over the next few years, each of the tall enough to change the city's skyline forever.