Samsung’s Selfie-Centric Smartphone Leaked Online

SamsungSamsung is reportedly working on a new device designed especially for taking selfies. Photos and details of the smartphone dubbed the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime were leaked by Vietnamese website, according to Digital Spy.

The device’s main attraction is a 5-megapixel front-facing camera backed up by a range of software features. The phone will also have an 8-megapixel snapper residing on the front.  This new offering from Samsung will be competing with other models geared towards selfie takers, such as the Nokia Lumia 735 and the Sony Xperia C3.

Details have yet to be revealed on territories of release, but the Grand Prime is rumored to come out next month in Vietnam with a price tag equivalent to $236 US.

With selfies being the trendy way to take photos nowadays, it only makes sense phones geared towards selfies are becoming a focus for companies.

Do Distracted Driving Laws Cover Smartwatches?

texting and drivingThe law is constantly evolving to keep up with our technologically innovative world. For example, law enforcers will soon have to decide whether or not smartwatches are the same as cell phones when it comes to distracted driving. Will they be allowed on the road or will being caught using one cost the driver a sizable fine?

Ontario’s transportation ministry is leaving it up to the police to decide. The commotion around this issue comes after Apple’s unveiling of the Apple Watch, which is set for release in early 2015. Authorities believe this will create a lot of interest in smartwatches, and in turn increase the amount of instances they are seen on the road.

“There’s nothing illegal about looking at your watch to see what time it is, but if you’re consumed by the functions of the watch (that’s different),” says OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt in an interview.

While the police are still trying to decide the fate of this issue, the definition of distracted driving comes into play. Since it is currently defined as driving with a hand-held device and smartwatches are strapped to a user’s wrist, some situations may result in a charge of careless, rather than distracted, driving.

“Generally speaking we think that when people are driving they should drive, and focus on that very important thing that they’re doing — not be engaged in their electronic devices, whether they’re on their wrist or in their cup holder,” Canadian Automobile Association spokesman Ian Jack tells reporters.

Quebec told the Canadian Press that it is currently reviewing its distracted driving laws as well.

Pre-Ordered iPhones Outnumber Supply

iPhone 5cThe reveal of the new iPhone 6 has people racing to pre-order Apple’s latest product. However, it has become so coveted the number of orders has exceeded the supply of actual devices.

A record four million iPhone 6s have been ordered to date, which is nearly double the amount of the iPhone 5 in 2012. The company predicts first weekend sales will reach up to 10 million. Due to the amazing online numbers, some users will have to wait until next month to receive their phones. Deliveries will begin September 19th and continue through October.

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus boast larger screens and longer battery life. The device will go on sale in the United States, Australia, Canada and a few other countries starting September 19th. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile US, Verizon Wireless and some Apple-authorized resellers will begin selling the devices at that time as well.

Facebook Teams Up with Tech Leaders to Improve Open Source Software


Facebook recently announced they have partnered with a group of large tech companies to create TODO (Talk Openly, Develop Openly). The announcement at its @Scale 2014 conference in San Francisco revealed companies including Facebook, Google, Twitter and Dropbox will work together to make open source easier for everyone to use.

TODO is still only a couple of weeks old, so little has been revealed about it at this point. What we do know is the group intends to address the obstacles companies face while using open source software. The companies involved in this initiative are strong open source advocates and produce a high volume of open source tools and code. One of the main objectives of TODO is to determine which among the thousands of open source projects are high quality and well maintained. These projects will then be marked as “TODO-approved” for full scale deployment.

James Pearce, head of open source at Facebook, sheds some light on the goals of TODO in a recent blog post. “We want to run better, more impactful open source programs in our own companies; we want to make it easier for people to consume the technologies we open source; and we want to help create a roadmap for companies that want to create their open source programs that aren’t sure how to proceed,” Pearce writes.

TODO aims to provide companies outside of the Internet industry and Silicon Valley with the tools and knowledge they need to develop and maintain their own open source projects.

Millennials Shy Away from Credit Cards

Visa credit cardWhile millennials are often painted as being carefree and irresponsible, a new study indicates they may have learned a lesson or two about debt from the recent economic slowdown.

According to the, 63 percent of millennials don’t own a credit card, something most attribute to economic instability and growing student debt, while others have difficulty obtaining one.

Though declining use of credit is not something the banks like to see, students interviewed by the Daily Aztec seem to be increasingly cautious.

“It can be a good thing to help you build credit, or it can be totally evil,” one student was quoted as saying. “You have to be educated, because people charge it frivolously and get overwhelmed.”