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New Leaked Photos Depict Back Panel of iPhone 6





A couple of new photos appeared on the Internet yesterday that show something very similar to the upcoming iPhone 6. The renderings look pretty much the same as all of the previous ones, however, there's one noticeable difference. The back shell of the gadget is not solid; it has some breaks for the antenna.


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Saturday, April 26th, 2014. 23:16

Apple's Handsets Top Another Rating



The company from Cupertino has topped another rating. This time it's a J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Wireless Smartphone Satisfaction Study -- Volume 1. As seen from the title, this is a kind of rating, which deals with consumer evaluation of modern smartphones.

The rating is based on responses from 13,237 smartphone users, who own their gadgets less than a year and who are customers of four major U.S. carriers.


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Friday, April 25th, 2014. 16:26

Creative Hitz WP-380 review



Many users think of buying new modern wireless headphones to replace original old-type ones that came with a player or a smartphone. Today we will show you Hitz WP-380 headphones from Creative.

First impression always starts from the process of unpackaging the box. Hitz WP-380 looks great, at first sight one can tell that these headphones are very well made. The design is modern. These on ear type headphones have professionally-tuned 34mm neodymium drivers that must deliver excellent sound. There is also a microphone, so Hitz WP-380 can be used to make calls as well. Official web page positions Hitz WP-380 as a Lightweight On-ear Bluetooth Headset with NFC.

The box has the headset, small travel pouch, mini-USB cable for charging, standart 3.5mm audio cable and user manual.

The design is simple and modern. The quality is very good, just as you'd expect from device made by Creative. The headset sits comfortable and can be adjusted in several ways. The cups do fold, which is good. We find these headphones fairly comfortable and experienced no problems wearing them for a long time. WP-380 weights just 5.3 oz (150 g).

The microphone is hidden in the earcup, it's a little far from the mouth, it is  it is hard to use the WP-380 headset in a noisy place.

It is very easy to start listen to the music: you need is to turn on WP-380 and keep holding on/off button. The light goes blinking blue, which means it is ready to connect to some gadget. On the iPhone just navigate to Settings - Bluetooth, then find and select Creative WP-380 in the list of found devices. That's it. Easy! The working distance is approximately 33 ft (10 meters), which is enough to walk around the house with no need to carry your player or smartphone with you.

WP-380 can also connect to devices with NFC technology (Near Field Communication). Unfortunately Apple smartphones do not support NFC, while Android users will be happy to try NFC.

Another interesting fact about WP-380 is Creative ShareMe and Creative Multipoint. Creative ShareMe (one source, two headsets) allows you to share your music wirelessly with your buddy or loved one using another Creative ShareMe-enabled wireless headset. Creative Multipoint (two sources, one headset) allows you to pair two separate devices to the headset at the same time. This means that you can easily switch your music source between these two Bluetooth stereo devices.

There are several buttons to control the headset. The on/off button is used to turn headset on and off, to set up BlueTooth connection, and to answer the incoming call. Using next, previous, play/pause (combined with on/off button) is is possible to control the music, stop/play, skip to the next track or play the previous one. Volume buttons are used to control the volume. Unfortunately it is not possible to use Siri voice assistant on the iPhone, there is just no button for that.

The quality of the sound is very good. This is not a surprise, since Creative uses different software and hardware trick s to improve sound playback and recording quality. Middle and high frequencies are well done, bass is good as well. The built-in speech microphone with ClearSpeech Engine actively suppresses external noises and digitally enhances speech clarity so that your conversations are loud and clear.

By the way, users of iPad tablet and iPod Touch player can use this headset to talk via Skype and similar voip apps.

The compatible list of devices is quite high. Hitz WP-380 works with Bluetooth enabled devices as well as with with every phone and player that has a standart 3.5mm jack.

Creative WP-380 charges in about an hour. Internal battery gives us approximately 12 hours of playback time.

Technical Specifcations:

  • General
    • Wearing Style: On-ear
    • Weight: 150g (5.3oz)
    • Adjustable Headband: Yes
    • Color: Black
    • Included Accessories: 1 detachable flat audio cable, 2.5mm-to-3.5mm gold-plated stereo plug (1.2m)
      1 travel pouch
      1 USB charging cable (1m / 3.3ft)
  • Specifications
    • Product Type: Wireless Headset
    • Volume Control: Yes
    • aptX: Yes
    • Drivers: 34mm (1.33 inches) Neodymium magnet
    • Frequency Response: 18Hz ~ 22kHz
    • Impedance: 32ohms
    • Connector Type: Bluetooth 3.0
      2.5mm-to-3.5mm gold-plated stereo plug
    • Cable Length: 1.2m / 3.9ft
    • Cable Style: Detachable flat audio cable
    • Near Field Communication (NFC): Yes
    • Bluetooth Profiles: A2DP
      AVRCP
      HSP
      HFP (HD Voice ready*)
      *HD Voice requires supported smartphones and mobile networks.
    • Audio Codec: aptX
      AAC
      mSBC
      SBC
      FastStream*
      *FastStream allows low latency wireless bi-directional audio streaming and voice communication with Creative BT-W1 Bluetooth USB transceiver.
    • Content Protection: SCMS-T
    • Operating Range: Up to 10m / 33ft
  • Battery Specifications
    • Type of Battery: Rechargeable Lithium Ion battery, 3.7V, 430mAh
    • Battery Life: Play time: 12 hours
      Talk time: 14 hours
  • Recommended Usage
    • Wireless Streaming: Yes
    • Music/Movies: Yes
    • Chats: Yes

iPhoneRoot thanks Creative and Powersales International for providing Creative WP-380 review sample.




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iPhone 6 Case Compared to iPhone 5s, Nexus 5 and Galaxy Note 3 - Video



So far, we have seen several different cases for the upcoming 4.7-inch iPhone 6. In a video below we can see one of such cases compared to Apple's iPhone 5s, Google's Nexus 5 and Samsung's Galaxy Note 3. The video has been uploaded to YouTube by a user nicknamed Unbox Therapy.


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Thursday, April 24th, 2014. 15:48

New iPhone 6 Concept by Martin Hajek



A French website Nowhereelse.fr and a well-known designer Martin Hajek have recently teamed to create a new iPhone 6 concept. The images shown below are based on the schematics, which leaked online a couple of days ago. Well, what can I say? The device looks rather attractive.


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Friday, April 18th, 2014. 19:33

Samsung Denies Copying iPhone, Says 'Marketing Genius' Helped to Beat Rivals



While the guys from Cupertino accuse Samsung of copying the design of their iPhone and infringing on a number of their patents, Samsung executives claim it was marketing that allowed the company to gain popularity among users. This is probably a new type of marketing strategy developed by the South Korean manufacturer himself. It allows to use patented technologies without the owner's permission and to mock rival's products.


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Tuesday, April 15th, 2014. 18:36

Auki: Tweak that Lets You Reply to Messages Quickly



A new tweak for those who like texting friends has recently appeared on Cydia. It is called Auki. The tweak allows to compose new and reply to messages you get within few taps on the screen.

To create a new message, all you need is to swipe down the screen. To answer a message, you need to tap on the newly added "Reply" button. Nothing more. That's all thanks to the Quick Compose and Quick Reply modes. Take a look at the video showing how Auki works.


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Monday, April 14th, 2014. 17:55

iPhone 6 Schematics and Production Molds Appear on Weibo [Images]



Some new photos showing alleged schematics and the molds for the upcoming iPhone 6 have recently appeared on the Internet. The images have been first spotted on a Chinese social network Weibo, so I honestly don't know if we can trust them or not. Anyway, let's take a look at the leaked schematics and production tools.


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Monday, April 14th, 2014. 17:30

Photo Showing iPhone 6 Cases Leaks Online



A photo showing two alleged cases for iPhone 6 has recently leaked online. One case is designed for a 4.7-inch handset and the other one for 5.5-5.7-inch iPhone. While it is still unknown whether the photo is legitimate or not, it is still better than nothing.


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Saturday, April 12th, 2014. 16:33

iPhone 6 Will Be Much Thinner and Feature Larger Display



Apple's next-gen iPhone is expected to feature a larger display and a much thinner body. So far, there has been no official confirmation of this rumor, however, a new photo of the iPhone 6 case first published by Nowhereelse.fr proves that Apple is indeed working on a much thinner smartphone.


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Friday, April 11th, 2014. 18:08

Top 10 Stories of the Week



The week has nearly come to an end, so it’s just the time to talk about the most interesting posts of the past seven days.

This week’s top stories deal with iPhone 6 and Apple vs Samsung trial. As you probably know, some sources claim that the next-gen iPhone with 4.7-inch screen will be released in the second half of 2014 and the device with 5.5-inch display will be delayed. Whether it is truth or not we shall see soon.


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Sunday, April 6th, 2014. 14:44

It Took Apple Several Years to Design iPhone for 'Normal People'



As you probably know, earlier this week Apple appealed to court for the second time. The guys from Cupertino sued Samsung over a number of patents they say the company infringed on. Some of them deal with Apple’s iPhone and the “Slide to Unlock” feature.


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Sunday, April 6th, 2014. 14:10

12 Million People Downloaded Office for iPad - Microsoft



Just a week after the official release, iWork's main rival - Office for iPad - managed to set a new App Store record. Microsoft on Thursday announced 12 million downloads of Word, Excel and PowerPoint. What a result, huh?


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Friday, April 4th, 2014. 17:55

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference to Take Place in June



Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) will take place in June. Apple yesterday confirmed that the big event will kick off on Monday, June 2nd. The official confirmation was found by journalists in Apple’s latest press release.


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Thursday, April 3rd, 2014. 19:26

Apple Updates iWork for iOS and Mac



Apple on Tuesday updated its iWork for both iOS and Mac with a new read-only sharing mode, Retina graphics support, improved design and a number of other important features. The updated iWork suite apps are currently available on App Store and Mac App Store, so don’t waste your time - go and get them right now.


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