Apple May Pay Out $53 Million In iPhone Water Damages


Apple has agreed to a settlement of $53 million for water damaged iPhone and iPod Touches, reports Wired. It is pertaining to a tape produced by 3M, which turns pink or red if the device has been exposed to water, in which case Apple would refuse you warranty service.

Turns out, 3M states this can happen simply through humidity, so users of the original iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, or a first-, second or third-generation iPod Touch who were denied service could be given a payout of nearly $200.

The only course of action needed now is for a judge to approve of the settlement and for Apple to honor it.

Via: Wired

Samsung Outs Galaxy Mega 6.3 And 5.8, Bound For Europe In May

mega-63Samsung now has two phones that are larger than the 5.5″ Galaxy Note II: the Galaxy Mega 5.8 and 6.3, both bound or release in Europe in May. The Galaxy Mega 6.3 has a 6.3-inch 720p display, LTE connectivity, 8GB or 16GB of storage, and a 1.7GHz dual-core processor, while the 5.8-inch model has a qHD display, HSPA connectivity, 8GB of storage, and a 1.4GHz dual-core processor.

Both have IR blasters for controlling televisions, an 8-megapixel camera, 1.5GB of RAM, a microSD slot, and are running the latest version of Android, 4.2 Jelly Bean with the latest Touchwiz interface; Samsung of which included Air View and Pop-Up Play.

Since these are low to mid-range specs, we shouldn’t exactly expect them to be the replacement(s) of the Note II in the United States, so they’re simply new devices, and that settles that.

Via: Samsung, Ubergizmo

Google Glass Explorer Edition Shipping To Developers Next Month

GoogleGlassIt’s just as expected: Google’s Glass Explorer Edition for developers who pre-ordered the gadget will begin to see shipments of it “within the next month.” It falls in the right timeframe: Google I/O occurs from May 15th to 17th, will include focus on Google Glass, which during or afterwards developers would gain access to, followed by the contestants from the “If I Had Glass” campaign, followed by press and consumers, later this year.

Via: TC, Official Google Blog

Google Play Update Is Still Rolling Across Android Devices

Play Home - PhonePeople all over the world will see it in the next few weeks, but what matters most is that the new Google Play has a clean, fresh look. So clean in fact, that Google has booted several thousand spam apps, just so that the image is functionally curated and efficient.

Since the Google Play app auto-updates, the only thing you have to do is wait and see when it happens; it’s a mix of magic and waiting, basically.

Via: Android Official Blog

Samsung Offices Get Raided After Purported LG Technology Theft

samsung oledSamsung’s offices in Asan, South Korea were recently raided by police who were tipped off to find stolen LG OLED TV technology. Strangely (or maybe not), LG denies having tipped off anyone to conduct the raid, and Samsung is on the defensive: Speaking to Bloomberg, was one spokesperson who explained that the company had “no reason to steal other companies’ technology” because Samsung already has “the world’s best OLED technology”.

It’s not the first time that Samsung and LG traded blows; it surely won’t be the last.

Via: Bloomberg

Panasonic Unveils 16MP LUMIX GFC-GF6 With Flip Screen And Wireless Sharing

panasonic-gf6Panasonic took the jump for a new camera for the Spring season, and it’s the LUMIX GFC-GF6. The GF6 has a 1040k-dot screen that can tilt and flip 180 degrees for self-portraits, a new mode dial, 1080/60i full-HD AVCHD video, a 25,600 ISO range, JPEG/RAW shooting, built-in flash, a new Venus Engine image processor, 3.7 fps burst shooting, low-light autofocus and 0.5-second start-up time. Wireless sharing of photos via NFC and WiFi is possible, along with remote control of the camera.

The GF6 will come in black, white, brown or red, and while Panasonic hasn’t officially announced a price or release date, it’s expected to hit next month for somewhere near $680 with a 14-42mm kit lens with support for other Micro Four Thirds lenses.

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Brings Epic Film Video Quality For $999

back-front@2x-pocketcinemaFor some times, cinema pros have used Blackmagic Cinema Cameras for their work, considering how awesome the cameras and their features were. But now, Blackmagic has something for the consumer crowd that would usually buy DSLRs or Micro Four Thirds cameras: the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. It sports a Super 16mm-sized, 1080p-capable sensor with 13 stops of dynamic range, an SD slot for expandable storage, and compatibility with Micro Four Thirds lenses. The biggest deal about the Pocket Cinema Camera is its ability to record in Apple ProRes or lossless CinemaDNG RAW formats — for that crisp, rich, 1080p HD professional look which is ripe for editing.

It’ll cost $999 come shipping time in July. The adoption rate for this in cinema and journalism should be interesting.

Via: Blackmagic Cameras