Virgin Mobile to sell the iPhone only; first year of $50 Inner Circle unlimited plan is $1

Pre-paid carrier Virgin Mobile, owned by Sprint, is making it easier for its subscribers to decide which phone to buy. Starting on June 27th, Virgin Mobile will sell the Apple iPhone only. Prices range from $279 for the 32GB Apple iPhone SE, to $969 for the 256GB Apple iPhone 7 Plus. Virgin will also sell the 32GB Apple iPhone 6 for $319. Orders placed today will ship on June 27th.

In addition, new Virgin Mobile subscribers who buy an iPhone, and existing customers who pay to upgrade, can receive the first year of unlimited service for just $1. That plan, called the Inner Circle, is normally …


Apple may still be undecided on the iPhone 8's fingerprint sensor, less than 3 months from announcement

It might sound discouraging, but here it goes – according to analyst Timothy Arcuri of Cowen and Company, Apple still hasn’t decided what fingerprint technology will utlimately end up in the new and coming iPhone. Mind you, we’re less than three months away from this year’s September keynote. If the rumor is true, this means the handset is anything but finalized. Thus, its retail launch could face a significant delay of as many as two months following the announcement.

Confident in his information, Arcuri has taken the new iPhone out of Cowen’s 46 million sales …

Company you've never heard of reveals that face recognition and AR are coming to the Apple iPhone 8

A company that you probably never heard of has inadvertently revealed information pertaining to the 10th anniversary edition of the Apple iPhone. Dubbed the Apple iPhone 8, this premium model is widely expected to include features including 3D sensing and AR capabilities. Back in February, KGI securities reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that the front camera on the device will be revolutionary with its ability to provide face recognition and AR capabilities.

Since February, there have been various rumors at one time or another about whether Apple has been able to get the technology …

Apple's latest iPhone ad is a masterful and touching work of art

If there is one thing Apple wants you to know about what it is as a company, that would certainly be different.
The company often points out that it is intensely focused on making great products, but there is one other aspect of Apple that makes it unique: the fact that it stands on the intersection between technology and the liberal arts much more than any other phone maker.
And it proves it time and time again.
Take this latest commercial for the Memories feature on iOS. Memories automatically …

Best new Android and iPhone apps (mid June, 2017)

Hey there, appaholics! Yup, we’re off to another week, and we are starting it off with yet another pick of the best or most popular apps from the past 7 days. As you know, we are pretty open to suggestions, so don’t hesitate to drop a comment if you happen to know of a cool new app that we missed!

We’ve got a public speaker’s training app, a new video intro maker for vloggers, a new launcher and icon pack for Android, and more fun stuff. Check them out below and, as always, if you know of a cool new app that we missed — namedrop it in the comments!

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New book reveals that Steve Jobs wanted a back button for the Apple iPhone

Had Steve Jobs’ original design for the iPhone been used on the device, there would have been two buttons on the handset instead of the one home button. The late CEO and Apple co-founder wanted the device to come with a back button for navigation. Imran Chaudhri, who worked as a designer at Apple for over 19-years, revealed that originally the iPhone was to sport no buttons at all. Eventually, it was determined that a home button was necessary and Jobs wanted to add the back button.

The comments made by Chuadhri are found in the new book, “The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone.” …

OnePlus 5 dual camera revealed: 20-megapixel Telephoto lens, with iPhone 7 Plus-like portrait mode

The OnePlus 5 will have a dual camera system that will look and feel just like the one on the Apple iPhone 7 Plus: one regular rear camera and a secondary, telephoto shooter that will be capable of blurring the background and capturing portraits, according to a report by TheVerge a day before the official launch of the OnePlus 5.
We also now have the official OnePlus 5 camera specs: the phone will have a 16-megapixel main Sony rear cam with an f/1.7 aperture lens, and a 20-megapixel secondary Sony sensor with an f/2.6 telephoto lens. OnePlus …

Compare the IPhone 4 vs. iPhone 4S vs. the new iPhone 5

There are three options in every category such as the model, storage and provider. The recent models of the iPhone, which are iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 are similar in features. The capacity and carrier also has to be chosen from three options. iPhones are now available in 16GB, 32Gb and 64GB storage capacity, and there are three providers: AT&T, Verizon and Sprint.

Moreover, you can choose between new and used models. There is a considerable price difference between the two. Those of you who are deciding to purchase a brand new iPhone 5 or thinking of buying a used Apple iPhone 4S, the following tips might help you make a better decision.

iPhone 5

  • The phone uses Retina Display on a 4 inch screen. The resolution and size are both greater than iPhone 4S. However, the Retina Display is a common characteristic.
  • Previous models use the A4 and A5 processor, but this was improved to A6 in iPhone 5. This chip has increased the processing speed, and you’ll like it a lot especially if you are a gaming addict. The speed is twice than that of iPhone 4S.
  • The battery life of iPhone 5 is by far the best when compared to all previous models.
  • The design is very similar to iPhone 4 and 4S.
  • The operating system iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S can be upgraded to iOS 6 which is used in iPhone 5. So that is also not a plus.
  • iPhone 5 may be the newest model but it is also the most expensive. If you are low on budget, you can consider buying a used Apple iPhone 4S or iPhone 4.
  • iPhone 4 uses an A5 processor. While this is extremely good, it is still not as fast as iPhone 5. The graphics performance is also appreciable.
  • The screen is comparable to iPhone 5. The pixels are just slightly lower than iPhone 5 so there is very little visual difference.
  • The camera is 8 megapixels whereas iPhone 4 has a camera of 5 megapixels. You can also record video in HD.
  • The storage capacity is the same as iPhone 5.
  • The most notable feature of iPhone 4 which might put it above the other two is the price. If you sign a two-year contract, you get the phone absolutely free.
  • iPhone 4 also has a Retina Display so it is not inferior in this regard.
  • The storage capacity is 32GB, which is less than that offered for newer models. If you want more space and pay a lower amount, you should consider buying a used Apple iPhone 4S or iPhone 5.

iPhone 4S

  • iPhone 4 uses an A5 processor. While this is extremely good, it is still not as fast as iPhone 5. The graphics performance is also appreciable.
  • The screen is comparable to iPhone 5. The pixels are just slightly lower than iPhone 5 so there is very little visual difference.
  • The camera is 8 megapixels whereas iPhone 4 has a camera of 5 megapixels. You can also record video in HD.
  • The storage capacity is the same as iPhone 5.

iPhone 4

  • The most notable feature of iPhone 4 which might put it above the other two is the price. If you sign a two-year contract, you get the phone absolutely free.
  • iPhone 4 also has a Retina Display so it is not inferior in this regard.
  • The storage capacity is 32GB, which is less than that offered for newer models. If you want more space and pay a lower amount, you should consider buying a used Apple iPhone 4S or iPhone 5.

Source by: Mike Gee
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Sale Lease-back Financing: What is It? How Can it Help your Business?

This arrangement allows the business owner to raise capital while retaining the use of the assets that are needed in the business. A sale-leaseback can offer the creation of significant source of funds that can be used for a variety of purposes. This includes paying off a specific lender, as working capital, to buy-back capital stock, buying out a partner, or upgrading assets, etc.

In sale-leaseback financing, is accomplished by conveying the title of the asset, at an agreed upon value, to a financial institution in exchange for a lump-sum payment. The business owner then makes lease payments to the finance company in exchange for the cash insertion.

Benefits. Many companies can benefit from this type of transaction. If you don’t qualify for traditional bank financing or want to preserve your existing bank credit line, sale lease-backs can be used to finance growth, restructure troubled financials, provide tax benefits and enhance balance sheets.

This is an approach to raise cash. All business owners know that cash is king. From a tax perspective, sale lease-back offers the possibility to structure the transaction as a taxable sale, which can be offset by net operating losses that, may otherwise expire if unused. It may also offer unique economic or tax benefits for companies that have been unable to utilize net operating loss carry forwards for federal income tax purposes.

Since lease payments are not considered preference items, companies that are in an Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) situation may benefit as well. This article should not be considered tax advice. Business owners should always seek professional tax advice from their CPA or Tax Attorney before making tax decisions based on a sale lease-back transaction.

Business Qualifiers: If you have been in business for at least 18 months, have a personal FICO Score of 620+, own the equipment outright, no open tax liens, no open bankruptcies and have financial statements that indicate that you can service the lease payments, you are a viable candidate for sale-leaseback financing.

Each finance company has its own minimum transaction size and funding parameters, so it is best to compare terms from each. Note: Restaurant owners typically will have to be in business 2 years, with a personal FICO score of 650+ before the financial institution will consider a sale lease-back transaction.

Eligible Equipment: Most durable equipment is eligible for sale-leaseback financing. Some examples: All types of IT equipment, computers, laptops, servers, network switches, routers, telephone systems, copiers, faxes, machinery, dry-cleaning equipment, telecommunications equipment, cubicle stations, auto repair equipment, diagnostic equipment, construction equipment, health club equipment, and all manner of medical equipment… just to give you an idea.

Gaming and beauty salon equipment typically are not eligible for sale-leaseback transactions. Some finance companies specialize in certain types of equipment. Others will consider a wide variety of equipment.

Application Process: It is surprising simple compared to other forms of financing. Contact the financing company for their 1 to 2 page application. Provide a list of the equipment that you wish considered. (Depending on the age of the equipment, there may not be a requirement for an appraisal of the residual value). Fax the application to the finance company. Expect a response in 24-48 hours. If you approve their proposal, you can have funds in-hand in 10-14 days.

It should be noted that you are selling a company asset to a finance company and then leasing it back. As such, the application/approval process is more straightforward than the typical debt-financing transaction and therefore a much faster funding process.

In summary: If you are in need of a cash infusion for your company, own equipment outright and are willing to sell equipment to a specialty finance company, but retain it for use in your business, then sale lease-back financing is a financing tool that is available to the business owner.

Source by: Robert Jacobs
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Best new Android and iPhone games (mid June 2017)

Looking for your weekly doze of gaming adrenaline? Look no further as we slice and dice, and look in the depths of Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store to hunt and gather the best new games on mobile.

A new Angry Birds game is out!Expect no restrictions to genre: from RPG to strategy, to shooters and puzzlers, sports games and all else. Everything as long as it’s fun, well made and not choke full of ads.

What do we play on? We use a couple of iPhones to test the best new games, but we’ve got a Pixel, a Galaxy S8 and a few other phones that we switch whenever …