jetblue-apple-payIt looks like Apple Pay has gained a whole lot of traction ever since it was announced last year, and you can say that this service will literally take to the skies, as JetBlue has just announced that they will be the first U.S. airline that will accept the mobile payment system when it comes to in-flight purchases of “premium offerings.” After all, the airline did take notice that majority of the passengers happen to have their handset nearby whenever they purchased a snack or an amenity.

JetBlue noted that it does offer passengers “EatUp snack boxes and à la carte food options from the EatUp Café, premium beverages, onboard amenities and Even More Space seating.” Basically, as long as you own the Apple iPhone 6, the Apple iPhone 6 Plus and in the future, the Apple Watch, those hardware which play nice with Apple Pay can then be used to pay for such items. The flight crew will have an Apple iPad mini with special NFC-enabled cases which will run the the Inflight Service Assistant app, allowing such Apple Pay transactions to be made while you’re in the sky. How neat is that? [Press Release]


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iphone6-diamond-ecstasy-goldSo you are more or less running out of time when it comes to picking up a Valentine’s Day gift for your other half. What are you going to do about it? Assuming that you are flush with cash, and have way too much money to spend in this lifetime, perhaps it is time you obtained a bespoke experience for your other half, and Goldgenie has got your back with the iPhone 6 Diamond Ecstasy Edition, where it has been touted to bethe ultimate Valentine’s Day gift, although I would not read too much into that claim since owning an island resort is also pretty swanky if you ask me, compared to a blinged out smartphone.

The iPhone 6 Diamond Ecstasy Edition will arrive in a choice of 24K Gold, Rose Gold or Platinum and embedded with hundreds of light-catching diamonds, where each of them will be specially customized according to the client’s wishes, ranging from a precious metal finish to stones that are cut to the exact style of embellishment and personal engraving. Apart from diamonds, you can also throw in the likes of sapphires, corundum, topaz, emeralds, rubies, tourmalines and tanzanite, now how about that? The asking price? From a “mere” £10,000 all the way to a whopping £2.3 million.


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sprint_logoIt was in October last year that the folks over at Sprint updated their iPhone for Life plan, where $80 a month would net you an Apple iPhone 6 on lease for a couple of years, alongside a plan that has unlimited talk, text and data. Of course, if you would prefer the larger iPhone 6 Plus, it would cost you from $85 monthly onward. It seems that Sprint intends to push the envelope further – at $100 a month, the iPhone 6, iPad mini 3, unlimited talk, text and data on the phone and 2GB of data for the tablet will be all yours.

If one were to run the numbers through a calculator, you would have to spend approximately $117 monthly, which means Sprint’s recently revealed plan would help you out with a 15% savings in total – that would amount up to $17. Of course, leasing the devices would mean you would need to make sure that your handset is more carefully taken care of than normal, but then again, you will always have the latest products at the end of a 2-year cycle. Not too shabby a deal, don’t you think so?


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htc-logo-sign-legend-5HTC of Taiwan has certainly clawed its way back into contention with the big boys in the game, but this does not mean that they ought to rest on their laurels. On the contrary, while 2015 is starting to shape up to be a good year for them on paper with their range of devices, it seems that the Hima and Hima Ultra, codenames for the Android-powered One (M9) and One (M9) Plus, looks set to get a Windows 10 variant – and it seems that @upleaks has sniffed out as to why the Windows Phone version of the Hima will not be unveiled at MWC.

@upleaks claims that since Windows 10 will not be fully released before summer arrives, it can then be deduced that the handset itself will probably not be announced some time down the road – not to mention that it is HTC’s existing plan to ensure that the new Windows 10 smartphone will be sold only in the US, exclusively. Well, like what I always like to say, better late than never, right?


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HTC-Desire-626-leakThe HTC Desire 626 does seem to have been confirmed, especially as it has now ended up as a device which has been approved by the folks over at TENAA, which is China’s Telecommunication Equipment Certification Center. As to whether it will take a bow when MWC 2015 kicks off, that remains to be seen, but since the smartphone has already been confirmed, let us check out what are some of the hardware specifications underneath the hood, shall we?

The HTC Desire 626 looks set to be entrenched within the mid-range segment of things, where this 5” display at 720 x 1280 resolution smartphone will feature Android 4.4 KitKat, 1GB RAM, 8GB of internal memory, a 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTek processor, a 13MP shooter at the back with flash, a 5MP front-facing camera, LTE connectivity, and a 2,000mAh battery. It does seem to resemble the HTC Desire 826 in many aspects though, but rest assured, it is a very different smartphone.


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google-lollipopWhen Google first launched the Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system version on an official basis in the middle of October last year, it did so with much fanfare, not to mention a trio of new devices as part of the deal – namely the Nexus 6 smartphone, the Nexus 9 tablet and the Nexus Player streaming box. Apart from those devices, not too many existing smartphones or tablets in the market have received the Android 5.0 Lollipop update, and neither have carriers or manufacturers detailed out the exact dates or timeframe of just when they will roll out the Lollipop update to customers.


Read full post →Android 5.0 Lollipop Market Share Increases By A Bit


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manta-7xFor a smartphone or a device to lack a hardware button is rather unusual – but then again, the Manta 7x is no ordinary handset. This particular device is right now up for pre-order goodness, where it has a shipping date that has been set already. Of course, we have also gotten whiff that the Manta 7x will have a sibling in the form of the Manta 7L that points to a lower range device. But I digress – back to the Manta 7x.

The Manta 7x is touted to arrive with a 5.5″ Sharp-made display that carries 1080p resolution, with a 401 PPI ratio. It will run on a 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, accompanied by 2GB RAM, has 32GB of internal memory, is IP55 rated – allowing it to handle a bit of shocks here and there, as well as having a degree of resistance to both water and dust.

Apparently, it will allegedly arrive with a 13MP Sony IMX 214 sensor not only at the back, but in front as well. Now this is rather unusual! At least it will reportedly run on a 4,200 mAh battery that ought to be enough to keep it going the whole day. Touch sensors on its bezels would mean doing away with hardware buttons, while a solitary capacitive button is located at the bottom of the device.


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huawei-p8Every smartphone manufacturer would need its very own flagship device, and Huawei is no different. Of course, from time to time, there will be a need for a hardware refresh, and it seems as though the upcoming flagship device would be the Huawei P8, and it has leaked online in its alleged prototype chassis, which will depict a rather familiar rectangular shape, not to mention being thin enough to keep up with the times.

Whispers have it that the Huawei Honor P8 will arrive with a 5.2″ 1080p display, run on an octa-core Kirin 930 chipset, carry 3GB RAM, and sports a 13MP camera at the back with optical image stabilization. All of those do seem to be in line with previous rumors heard as well as what was leaked out in Huawei’s roadmap for the year. It will most probably arrive with a 2,600 mAh battery to keep it going, but we do look forward to the April event in which the Huawei P8 is said to roll out then.


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cablevision-freewheelCablevision has announced FreeWheel earlier this week, and just in case you were wondering what FreeWheel is all about, it happens to be a wireless service which has total dependence on Wi-Fi networks and nothing else, not even on cellular networks, making this a truly unique form factor. FreeWheel would deliver the advantage of enjoying unlimited voice calls through VoIP, messaging, as well as data for as little as $30 each month.

Cablevision’s Optimum Online customers can make use of this particular service for even less – we are talking of a price point of a mere $10 per month. At launch, this particular service will play nice with the likes of the Motorola Moto G, which Cablevision is currently selling for $99 a pop.

The FreeWheel service can basically be accessed from just about anywhere Wi-Fi is available, and customers will hook up automatically to Optimum Online Wi-Fi hotspots when and where they are available, and with more than 1.1 million public hotspots available according to Cablevision, it might be worth checking out.


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dakele-3They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery – if that is the case, then surely the iPhone 6 would have been flattered to the max if it were a real world model, taking into consideration the various number of clones of the handsets that are floating out there, retailing for a fraction of the actual price. However, the Dakele 3 that you see above is a whole lot different – especially since it will be powered by Google’s Android mobile operating system, accompanied by the likes of a microUSB port.

While the home button imitates the original circular physical button, it will not come with an integrated Touch ID fingerprint scanner. Still, it will feature premium materials like aluminum all over alongside a titanium alloy frame, in addition to a 5″ Full HD display with sapphire glass screen, an octa-core 64-bit MediaTek processor at 1.7 GHz, a Mali-T760 GPU, 3GB RAM, 16GB of internal memory, a 13MP shooter at the back, an 8MP front-facing camera, and a 2,500 mAh battery, all of that retailing for $240.


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