When technology companies around the world started to receive the news that Evan Blass, who goes by the name of EvLeaks, had decided to retire, you could almost feel the relief from the various organizations that he had been a constant thorn in the side to. Evan Blass has been the source of many nightmares for any company that has decided to release a gizmo or gadget over the last two years, frequently finding images and technical specs of the product long before it’s even announced to the public – let alone actually released.
Mr Blass had operated his own website, which had a supporting twitter account. These platforms were used to deliver the information to his users, while also generating revenue for him to live on. Unfortunately, due to the tech’ savvy nature of his audience and the limited revenue streams available to twitter users with huge followings, there was little opportunity for Mr Blass to make the position sustainable for financial reasons.
In an interview with The Next Web the serial leaker said he plans to continue tweeting, purely on a personal level. Mr Blass has previously been diagnosed with MS (Multiple Sclerosis), which has lead many to believe that his retirement and reference to a lack of funds are linked. Living in America, he will have to pay his own medical bills, which is by no means cheap. Combine that with an audience that uses adblock or follows you exclusively on twitter and there’s little to no chance of it ever being a full blown profession.
Regardless of this, thousands of dollars have already been raised by way of donations by his followers and journalists who have used his leaks to further their own careers through the last 24 months.
MobileFun are a pretty credible source of information and they have been around for an incredibly long time. That’s why more than a few journalists ears pricked up when news began to circulate that they had accidently published the product page for the Samsung Galaxy Alpha, of which there is still a cached version online (edit: Google have since removed the cache). The specs are good enough to keep up with pretty much any other smartphone out there at the moment, which is all that can really be asked from a company that has made itself from copying others (meow).
The product page’s tech specs suggest that the unit will come with:
4.7” HD (720p) display
Android 4.2.2 KitKat
Octa-core Exynos processor
32GB of storage
12MP rear facing camera, complemented by a 2.1MP front facing camera too.
Wifi, Bluetooth 4.0, Micro USB, 3G, 4G all that other goodness.
Needless to say that Samsung will be less than happy with fact that the specifications of their handset, which the majority of the mobile purchasing population weren’t even aware of yet, have already been leaked. Nonetheless, this is the world that we live in. One wrong click of a button and you have a PR/marketing nightmare on your hands. We love it.