Two Juicy Rumors and One Dismal Truth

The rumor mills in the realm of smart phones have been so busy lately, we’re starting to get the feeling that we’re in an episode of Gossip Girl. Only, instead of juvenile high school cliques and sex scandals, we’re dealing with tech giants and smart phones. Allow us to fill you in.

iPhone 5 Out in the Open?

Today, 9to5Mac published a photo of what seems to be a prototype of the iPhone 5. A tipster apparently sent the website a photo of what he thinks is the new iPhone. Taken on board a train, 9to5Mac was informed that the person holding the phone was most likely “an Apple employee hunched over the device on the way home from work in San Francisco.” TechCrunch pointed out that the person was very cautious to keep the device “at least partially covered, masking the Apple logo behind their fingers throughout.”

9to5Mac reported that the tipster owned an iPhone 3GS prior to his current iPhone 4, and that apparently, “he knows his iPhones and iPods and this was like nothing he’s ever seen.”

Now in spite of Apple being very hush-hush about the iPhone 5, rumors about the much-anticipated device still managed to circulate in the tech world. Word has it that the next iPhone will be thinner and will also have a larger display. The device in the above photo somewhat confirms the rumors and discussions in the industry, which makes it even more intriguing.

According to TechCrunch, since the iPhone 5 is said to be released this September, there are definitely iPhone 5s being field tested out there. The question is, did Apple really allow one of their employees to carry around such a top secret device while on board a train?

HTC’s Trademark Filings

Moving on, let’s not forget our Android friends. If you’re a fan of HTC, keep an eye out for handset names such as Cheetah, Raider, Titan, Skyrocket, or Velo. According to AndroidCommunity.com, the above names are the most recent trademark filings from the cell phone manufacturer.

Of course, just because a trademark was filed, doesn’t necessarily mean that these words will be used. However, they do give an indication that for their next round of devices, HTC is definitely gaming for speed. With a name like “Skyrocket” it’s kind of not hard to miss.

Blackberry Not Doing So Well

Now that we’ve filled you in with the latest speculations, it’s time to move on to hard facts. Neilsen just released their findings regarding mobile market shares. Data indicates that “Google’s Android operating system (OS) now claims the largest share of the U.S. consumer smartphone market with 39 percent. Apple’s iOS is in second place with 28 percent, while RIM Blackberry is down to 20 percent.” This is on top of the dismal news that the company has been dealing with lately.

The Blackberry has obviously seen better days. Aside from the continued decline of RIM’s stock, the company announced on Monday that they will be laying off 2,000 or 11% of its workforce.

Four Tips on Keeping Your Phone Cool in the Summer

It’s summer on this side of the globe, and while that can mean plenty of beach time and road trips, the season can also put you and your phone at risk for sunburn. The sun can be unforgiving, not just towards your unprotected skin, but even towards your phone. The solution? Use sunscreen on yourself, and check out the following tips for your keeping your trusty smart phone cool during the season.

1. Avoid additional heat – Not leaving your handset to bask under the sun’s bright glory should go without saying, but another great way to add protection to your gadget is making use of “shields.” Use a silicone case for the back of your phone, and an invisible shield for the front. As TechNewDaily put it, on top of protecting from scratches, these products also serve as buffers between your warm skin and your phone.

2. Don’t stack your gadgets – Using your smart phone, laptop, iPad, camera, and mp3 player all at same time is perfectly acceptable. Just keep them at certain distances from one another. Since gadgets emit heat on their own, placing them too close to one another not only intensifies the heat, it leaves no breathing room for your electronics.

3. Heed the warning signs – Did your phone screen suddenly appear darker than usual? According to Kare11, this could be a sign that your phone is suffering from sun stroke. If this happens, stop your using your handset and leave it somewhere dark and cool. Let it sit there and allow your phone (and yourself) to relax.

4. Avoid unnecessary features – Smart phones are undeniably awesome devices, and there’s nothing wrong with using all that awesomeness to your advantage. But, like most things in life, use your phone in moderation. Don’t overdo the whole power user role. If you don’t need your phone’s Wi-Fi, GPS, music, push notifications, and 4G switched on all at the same time, and turn off unnecessary features, as they only add stress to your handset, and could cause it  to heat up.

Our Top 10 Favoite Error Pages

We’ve all been there. You mistype a URL, or you happen to click on a broken link, and the next thing you know, you’re looking at a webpage with a glaring 404 error  message in it, indicating that the webpage that you’re looking for was not found. It’s the Internet’s equivalent to a dead end; it tells anyone who comes across it to go back, because there’s nothing else that can be done.

Now in the past, all 404 pages looked pretty much the same. Just a page that says “404 Page cannot be found.” Totally boring. Thankfully, some websites decided to make the most of a bad situation, by injecting some personality into these pages. Instead of the usual dull and lifeless error message, they started serving customized and more creative 404 pages that can somewhat reduce the bad vibes brought about by the dreaded error page.

Below is a list of our favorite 404 error pages. Some are bright and fancy, while others are just plain witty. Either way, these ten websites definitely know how to cheer up disgruntled web surfers. (By the way, don’t forget to share your favorite pages at the comments section!)

1. ChrisJennings.com (Creepy 404) – Short, simple, and kind of gives us the creeps, but then again, that’s why we like it.

 

2. SouthParkStudios.com (South Park 404) – South Park’s error page has actually several variations featuring different characters. What we have below is a screen shot with Eric Cartman being, well, Eric. However, if you head to their website, you’ll find that a different character will appear each time you refresh the error page.

3. AdhamDannaway.com (Wise old 404) – A very zen 404 Page that actually contains some solid words of wisdom. Hey, you’ve reached a dead end, might as well pick up some life lessons while you’re at it, right?

4. Blippy.com (Eyecandy 404) – This definitely takes the cake for most colorful 404 Page. The rainbow won’t appear in full color at first, but if you click that little creature on the left a number of times, the colors reveal themselves.

5. LarkNews.com (Witty 404) – This page goes to show that you don’t need fancy shmancy graphics to make an impression. You just need to be a wiseass.

6. Thomas-Alan.com (Helpful 404) – The most helpful 404 ever. No, it doesn’t give us advice on how to find that page we’re looking for. It gives us something even more useful: A cocktail recipe.

7. RetardZone.com (Violent 404) – RetardZone takes the “broken” in “broken link” to a literal and violent level. Nice.

8. Google (Minimalist 404) – The tech giant keeps it simple. No lengthy explantations. Just two plain sentences. The requested URL was not found on this server. That’s all we know.

9. Gojee.com (Pun Intended 404) – Popular recipe website Gojee decides to use wordplay to spice up the error message. Foodies will definitely eat it up.

10. Centered.com (Puss in Boots 404) – Awwww. ‘Nuff said.

So there you have it, folks. TechiXoft’s Top 10 Favorite “Page cannot be displayed” Pages. What about you? What are your favorite 404′s?

 

 

 

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Sure, some fan pages garner thousands of likes in just mere hours, but then again, those are reserved for household brand names and larger than life individuals like Lady Gaga and *cringe* Justin Bieber. Anyhow, as a small and young startup, we’re damn proud of 200+ likes. Of course, more social love would be much appreciated, so if you haven’t done so yet, be sure to head over our page and LIKE TechiXoft!