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Monthly Archives: August 2012

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  • Apple may have some revolutionary new earbuds for us to go along with next month’s iPhone launch.


    In a patent filed earlier this year, Apple described a “vented in-the-ear headphones” design that reduces the echo of your own voice that you sometimes hear when you're on the phone. The patent that got approved yesterday claims the invention “aims to improve the sound quality by venting or leakage.”


    It apparently works like this: When external vibrations caused from the sound within earphones bounce against the skull or other parts of the body near the ear, sound quality is reduced. Apple’s earbud design has a “vented tip” that forms a seal within the ear canal. As stated in Apple’s patent filing, “This provides the wearer with good acoustic isolation against external sounds.”


    This is good acoustic news for all of us who’ve tried carrying on a phone conversation while exercising or even walking on a noisy street. Now let’s hope Apple lets those new earbuds loose with that new iPhone.




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  • This one made Steve Jobs happy
    Posted on August 16, 2012 by kduggan

    Score another one for Steve Jobs. A couple of weeks ago a burglar broke into the home of the Apple co-founder and made off with $60,000 worth of property. It was Apple’s technology that pointed police right to the man who committed the crime.


    Steve Jobs from his home office.

    A 35-year-old homeless man, Kariem McFarlin, confessed to breaking into the home but said he didn’t know that it belonged to the Jobs’ family. He pawned some Tiffany jewelry, and then booted up a piece of the Apple hardware he’d stolen. He was busted when one of the two iMacs or three iPads he grabbed connected to Apple’s central servers to upgrade themselves.


    Local police and Apple’s security team traced the stolen equipment right to McFarlin. Once he was caught, McFarlin pointed the investigators to a locker where he had also stashed Jobs’s wallet, credit cards and a letter.


    The house was undergoing construction at the time of the burglary and was empty.



    This post was posted in Odd And Interesting and was tagged with burglary, steve jobs, Apple

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  • Men are from Mars and women are from Venus, men and technology go together hand and hand or perhaps like a hand in heel much like women and shopping go together.  Men most commonly use their  Smartphones or other technological devices for audio and video playback, as personal organization applications, Internet access, and global positioning systems also known by its more popular reference GPS. According to a recent Smartphone Survey, more than 50.9% of women have adopted smartphones, with just a slightly lower 50.1% of men who've adopted smartphones. Here's a list of some of the most popular Smartphones that every woman should consider purchasing that man in her life whether its a husband, boyfriend, fiancee, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, nephew or even just a friend:


    The Ten Best Smartphones to Purchase for Men


    1)      For that tech savvy man in your life you should consider the HTC EVO 4G LTE Smartphone because of its immense popularity and it technologically advanced features such as an Android 4.0 Operating System, 4.7-inch HD display, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, an 8-megapixel camera, and 4G LTE connectivity. The HTC EVO 4G LTE is a literal out of this world technological marvel that also features Beats Audio, a quality sound system that is a perfect combination of hardware and software to mix the perfect and finally at $199.99 it also has a technological marvelous price to match.


    2)      For that music loving man in your life you should consider the Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman Smartphone (yes that's the real name) is readily equipped with everything that music loving man of yours could want. Some of those intriguing musical features include the ability to run on the Gingerbread Android Operating System and 1GHz Qualcomm Scorpion processor. It also features a a 3.2-inch TFT capacitive touch display, 480x320p screen resolution, 5MP rear camera, 0.3MP secondary camera, 512MB RAM, and a 2GB memory card. The battery life of this Sony Walkman inspired Smartphone is a capability of f 14 hours on 2G network and 6 hours on 3G and the Live Connection is supported on a 3G Network by a Wi-Fi with DLNA support, GPS, and Bluetooth connectivity enabled.


    3)      For the Corporate/Businessman in your life the BlackBerry Torch 9810 is the perfect briefcase accessory that every man should have in hand or in his pocket. The BlackBerry Torch 9810 comes fully equipped with h the legendary BlackBerry Messenger, QWERTY keypad, multi touch input, optical trackpad, TFT capacitive screen, megapixel camera, 4 GB internal memory, WiFi and of course also includes its 3G capabilities. The BlackBerry Torch also features ample 8G that is example to 32GB of memory, the convenient connectivity capabilities allow you to connect with with HSPA+ high speeds and WI-Fi. The BlackBerry 7.0 Operating System is nothing short of amazing with its liquid animation graphics that include instant response times and stunning graphics, it also supports HTML5 video and a voice activated universal search engine.


    4)      For the man in your life who's “young at heart” the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S has the looks, the design and the raging trends in sync with your man's youthful zest for life. The  Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S features a 4.2 inch capacitive touch screen with LED backlight along with a an 8 megapixel camera capable of recording and capturing every youthful moment of the day and even well into the night. The  Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S  also features 720p HD Videos, runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread Operating System, a turbo lightening fast turbo fast 1.4 GHz processor and more than 25,000 Google Play applications most of which are free to use and download. With this youthful Smartphone also comes a youthful price tag for roughly $350.00.


    The Ten Best Smartphones to Purchase for Men


    5)      For the social man in your life who loves his friending everyone he meets on Facebook and tweeting on Twitter about the fun in his life the Chat 3G is the perfect Smartphone Companion for this man. The Inq Chat 3G is just as it a sounds a very unique and intersting Smartphone that features blazing 3G speeds and even syncs your iTunes and Windows Media music, video and photos straight from your computer. With the Inq Chat 3G Smartphone you'll be sure to never miss a text message, you'll be able to connect on the go and of course Facebook is at the touch of your fingertips.


    6)      For the video gamer in your life who loves the thrill of the motorcycle chase, the capture of the alien foe or simple just a quiet countryside drive the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is meant for that very gamer in your life. The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play features 4-inch LED backlit screen, multi touch input, Wi-Fi, 3G, 5 megapixel camera capable of recording 720p videos, runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS.  The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is also the first and only known PlayStation Certified Android Smartphone but the downside it does come with a $369.99 price tag.


    7)      For the versatile man in your life the iPhone 4S is the most versatile Smartphone for the your perfectly versatile man. The iPhone 4S features a 3.5 inches LED backlit capacitive touchscreen, IPS TFT , a 5 megapixel camera with an LED flash and a front camera for capturing versatile images. The iPhone 4S also includes a Siri, you can ask her to make calls, send text, get directions or even tell a joke. The iPhone 4S features the A5 one of the fastest dual core processors that any Smartphone currently  in process, 8MP iSight camera and optics and a versatile price tag of $199.99.


    8)      For the multitasking man in your life the Nokia E7 is a Smartphone that stands alone that is perfect for work and play.  The Nokia E7 features ts full SLIDER QWERTY keyboard perfect for sending a quick email, typing short papers, instant messaging, social networking browsing the internet, the high definition 8 megapixel camera is perfect for taking crisp, clean photos and videos with its 720p HD quality and the Nokia E7 boasts an impressive nine hours of battery life. The Nokia E7 also includes a a 680 MHz ARM 11 processor, 256 MB of RAM, 16GB of personal storage space, an AMOLED touchscreen, and a 1200 mAh battery.


    9)      For the family man in your life the ZTE Fury is a perfect match for that endearing and enduring family man who loves your and your children. The ZTE Fury features a  3.5 inches capacitive touch screen with 480 x 320 pixels resolution that utilized SnapDragon Qualcomm MSM8865 single-core 1.5 GHz, operates with the Android 2.3 Gingerbread  OS, and it also includes a 4 GB plus slot MicroSD internal memory that can be upgrade to 32 GBs with 512 MBs RAM. This Smartphone also enables you to subscribe to Sprint Mobile Control for USD 4.99/per channel/per month to to lock their children’ mobile phone or schedule and to monitor their children's downloaded applications.


    10)  Finally for the sports fanatic man in your life the Galaxy Nexus is the perfect Smartphones that enables your sports fan to view his football, baseball and even football on a high quality Android 4.1 Galaxy Nexus touchscreen. The Galaxy Nexus also features a 4.65-inch 720 Super AMOLED HD display, 16GB or 32GB of on-board storage, 1GB of RAM, and NFC technology. It's 3G Network is easily accessible from anywhere in the world whether your on the go or in the comfort of your own home. The Galaxy Nexus is the first device running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and is the first pentaband device that utilizes the HSPA+ GSM networks.




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  • Buy 4 1/2 iPhone 4S's for this price
    Posted on August 15, 2012 by kduggan

     


    Smartphones circa 1993

    Back in 1993, Apple was still focused on the Mac II when IBM took the world by storm with the first smartphone called "Simon" (named for the game "Simon Says".) BellSouth was the only cell service provider that offered Simon. One could have been yours for $900.


    Simon weighed a little over a pound and included a 4 1/2- by 1 1/2-inch LCD touchscreen display. It was a pager, an email device, a calendar, an appointment scheduler, an address book, and a pen-based sketchpad. The image IBM painted for their device was a "hip G.I. Joe Walkie Talkie."


    As BellSouth's marketing described the smartphone, "Simon looks and acts like a cellular phone but offers much more than voice communications". Simon had an x86-compatible CPU, a fax modem, a PC card slot, and 11 built-in programs.


    Only 2,000 Simons were ever made, and the majority of them were eventually returned to BellSouth and destroyed. We'll bet if you had a Simon today, it would probably be worth more than nine hundred bucks.



    This post was posted in Odd And Interesting and was tagged with smartphone trivia, trivia, LCD touchscreen, first smartphone, Simon, IBM

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    The first time you picked up that Galaxy S III at the store, you fell in love with it. It had such a sleek, smooth feel, and so thin… Your service provider had it in that gorgeous pebble blue color. Sold!


    Then the clerk recommended hiding its beauty with a case or skin and a screen protector. Really?


    Sorry to say, you have to consider it. Here are a few reasons:


    Drops. Your phone will fall out of your pocket or slip out of your hand at some point. Given that you are probably hanging out on the concrete more than at home on the carpet, you know even the strongest case is going to get damaged. (And if that dent is in a spot where you hold the phone, you’ll get irritated again every time you make a call.) Besides, a cracked screen would really ruin your day.


    Germs. You’ve heard the horror stories. Most devices carry more germs than a toilet seat. That’s not just an ugly rumor. Study after study proves it. If you’re bothered by that, clean your phone regularly. If you’re the kind of person who likes that Spring cleaning feeling, wrap your phone in a skin and change it out if it really gets gooey or stained. A screen protector is even easier to swap out, so you can do those even more frequently.


    Look. A white Case is a beauty, but sometimes you need to show some personality. You want to show a little red once in a while, but not all the time. That red skin will look really good over that marble white case during the holiday season.


    Price. Even on contract, that S III set you back $200. Replacing it would hit you for at least $500. For that kind of money, you could buy a skin for every day of the month.


    Cases are designed to be smooth. That makes them slippery. That makes them more likely to be dropped. Hmmmm. Maybe that’s another reason that manufacturers make them that way…




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  • Battery life can make or break the popularity of a cell phone. Manufacturers make a lot of promises, but in real life testing their claims rarely hold true. CNET recently updated the results of their talk-time testing. Here are their results listed in talk-time hours.


    We hope your device is near the top of (or at least on) this list:


    1. Motorola Droid Razr Maxx – 19.78
    2. LG Optimus Vu (unlocked) – 16.08
    3. Apple iPhone 4 (with 3G off) – 14.55
    4. RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 (on T-Mobile) – 12
    5. Kyocera DuraPlus (Sprint) - 11.47
    6. Samsung Captivate Glide (AT&T) – 10.3
    7. ZTE Fury (Sprint) – 10.02
    8. Samsung Galaxy S II (U.S. Cellular) - 9.47
    9. LG Optimus 3D Max (unlocked) – 9.35
    10. Huawei Mercury (Cricket Wireless) – 9.32
    11. Apple iPhone 4S (Sprint) – 9.2
    12. Kyocera Milano (Sprint) – 9.2
    13. Samsung Focus S (AT&T) – 9.01
    14. Kyocera DuraCore (Sprint) – 8.95
    15. Samsung Rugby Smart (AT&T) – 8.9
    16. LG Lucid (Verizon) – 8.47
    17. T-Mobile Prism – 8.32
    18. RIM BlackBerry Torch 9810 (AT&T) – 8.1
    19. Pantech Swift (AT&T) – 7.27
    20. Huawei Ascend II (U.S. Cellular) – 7.25


    Here are the bottom 20 and how miserably they performed:


    1. Motorola i412 (Boost Mobile) – 3
    2. ZTE Chorus (Cricket Wireless) – 3.35
    3. LG Encore (AT&T) – 3.6
    4. LG Saber (U.S. Cellular) – 3.9
    5. Huawei M835 Ideos (MetroPCS) – 4
    6. Nokia Lumia 800 (unlocked) – 4.12
    7. RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G 9330 (Verizon) – 4.18
    8. HTC 7 Pro (U.S. Cellular) – 4.5
    9. HTC Arrive (Sprint) – 4.5
    10. Huawei Ascend 1 (Cricket Wireless) – 4.72
    11. Huawei Ideos X5 (unlocked) – 4.75
    12. Samsung Zeal (Verizon) – 4.8
    13. HTC Trophy (Verizon) – 5
    14. HTC Thunderbolt (Verizon) – 5
    15. HTC Desire (U.S. Cellular) – 5
    16. Pantech Jest 2 (Verizon) – 5.3
    17. HTC MyTouch 4G Slide (T-Mobile) – 5.4
    18. HTC Inspire 4G (AT&T) – 5.5
    19. Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G (T-Mobile) – 5.63
    20. ZTE Score (Cricket) – 5.67


    It’s interesting that there's such a wide range of results on the talk-time for the 20 best batteries, and less than three hours difference from top to bottom of the 20 worst. Note that Verizon doesn’t appear on the best list but does have five placements on the worst. It looks like the equipment itself isn't the only determining factor for battery performance.




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  • Samsung has been in the news and media outlets lately but it isn't necessarily for the best reasons because they're currently embroiled in an ongoing battle in court Apple vs. Samsung. The court battle is in repercussions due to patent issues in regards to their Samsung Smartphones and Tablets. Samsung is best known for its line of Samsung Smartphones including the Samsung Galaxy Note, the Samsung DoubleTake, the Samsung Galaxy S and even the Samsung Focus. Samsung's Smartphones and Smartphone Accessories are innovative, creative and very popular that many Smartphone users should own. Here's a list of some of Samsung's Most Popular Smartphone Accessories:


    The Best Accessories for Samsung Smartphones


    1)      Smartphone Cases and Holsters are a necessity for every Samsung Smartphone owner to own and utilize especially if you are a Smartphone user whether you are at home or on the road. The Samsung Smartphone Cases and Holsters come in a variety of two different colors and textures; it also features a additional protection for your smartphone against scratches on the front and back of your Samsung Smartphone. Another unique feature to Samsung Smartphone Cases and Holsters is that the cases are unusually slim and ultra light and its textured grip keeps the Smartphone safely protected in your pocket or on your belt holster.


    2)      Samsung's Multimedia Adapters are another essential accessory for your Samsung Smartphone features the HDTV Adapter Tip with a 5 to 11 Pin Converter, TecTile Programmable NFC Tags and even an HDTV Universal Adapter. Particularly the TecTile Programmable NFC Tags can be programmed to change settings on your phone, launch applications, check-in to places, update social status, or even make phone calls or send text messages automatically. The HDTV Universal Adapter supports HD signals up to 1080p and can connect signals directly to your mobile phone and even create an HDMI Docking Station.



    3)      Samsung Smartphone Accessories also is sure to include a large collection of Smartphone Batteries and Battery Covers. Some of the most popular Samsung Battery Collection includes the traditional Galaxy S Standard Battery which features a the latest and greatest lithium ion technology specifically designed to give you the most reliable and long lasting battery life for your Samsung Smartphone. Another popular battery includes the Galaxy Nexus i515 Battery Bundle Kit which includes an additional Extended Battery & Extended Battery Cover and can be used with the 2100 mAh extended battery which is also included.


    4)      Bluetooth Headsets are another popular and favorite accessory for most Smartphone users whether you own Samsung or iPhone. Some of the most popular Samsung Bluetooth Headsets include the HM7000 Bluetooth Headset hat is ultra-slim, ultra-capable, and ultra-convenient, Samsung claims it so slim and sleek you'll forget you're wearing the headset. Another popular headset includes the HS3000 Bluetooth Headset that features a convenient, clip-on communication and entertainment device for individuals on the move.


    5)      Another necessary smartphone accessory is the Smartphone Vehicle Docks which include the ever popular the Samsung Galaxy Universal Multimedia Desktop Dock which features a multimedia dock that enables it users to continue with daily activities such as working, driving or even taking nap all the while your Samsung Smartphone is kept close at hand. Another popular the Samsung Universal Navigational Vehicle Mount features a fitted mount that securely hold your smartphone in place during those long, boring car rides.


    6)      Memory Cards are also another vital Samsung Smartphone accessory including the 32GB microSD Card which is able to durable and stability and essentially designed to withstand extreme weather conditions, it allows you to store and play your favorite video and audio clips, it’s waterproof and even offers shock proof resistance. The Samsung Smartphone Memory Cards comes in a 32 GB, 16GB, 8GB and 4GB memory storage.


    7)      Samsung Smartphone Screen Protectors come in a variety of colors, designs and flexibility. Some of the most popular Samsung Screen Protectors feature an easy usability, accessibility and durability. The Screen Protectors are easy to apply and remove, they promise to give your Samsung Smartphone a special look and additional added protection. The Screen Protectors also guarantee a privacy screen filter which helps to ensure that those around your or next to you can't see what's on your screen.


    The Best Accessories for Samsung Smartphones


    8)      Smartphone Chargers are a vital necessity that every Smartphone owner user must own and utilize in order to maintain the battery life of their smartphone. Some of the most popular Samsung Chargers include the Samsung Galaxy Spare Battery Charging System that also includes a standard 2100 mAh battery, a stand that allows your smartphone to fit snugly in the stand at an optimal viewing angle in portrait mode. The Samsung Battery Charger also include a charging unit that converts to a compact, carrying case for your spare battery so your Smartphone is always guaranteed to have a fully charged battery.


    9)      Wired headsets are not your traditional Bluetooth Headset especially when it comes to your typical Samsung Smartphone accessories. The most popular Samsung Wired Headset includes the Serious Sound Headset which enables you and your smartphone to receive quality audio features at an affordable price. The Serious Sound Headset enables to you listen to your country music, your classical rock, your oldies or even your contemporary jazz in crystal clear melodic harmony. It also enables smartphone users to make and receive calls with the in-line microphone and answer keys. So whether your spending time surfing the internet, watching a movie or reading your favorite novel allow the Serious Sound Headphones to clear your head and all the background noise.


    10)   Another accessory that is especially unique to Samsung Smartphones is the Samsung Galaxy S C Pen which features a fine build from an attractive and attentive brushed metal and chrome materials. The pen is styled with a tip that stimulates a single touch of your finger by allowing you to tap or swipe to provide a full touch screen environment without ever leaving your fingerprint evidence on your touch screen. This pen allows you to write and edit quick notes on your Samsung Smartphone, it also creates the ability for you to  draw or edit in addition to performing typical touch screen commands




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  • Watches are back with a whole new purpose, and their name is iPod Nano – the most innovative development in the iPod world since, well, the iPod. If you dare to be either a geek or a trend-setter (or could absolutely care less what your best buddy or your mother thinks), don’t turn your nose up at the iPod Nano watch.


    The iPod Nano watch may look like a watch, but unless you program it to, it doesn’t act like one. It’s an innovative use of iPod technology that puts up to 16GB of music storage and an FM radio on your wrist. It lets you change music tracks on your wrist rather than holding your phone,


    The watch comes in a couple of different designs – one with clips on the band that you use to snap your Nano in place, and another with pins for a more secure fit (some assembly required.)


    That’s the good news about the Nano Watch design. Here comes the criticism:
    • The Nano charges via a long open 30-pin port that's exposed on the side. The headphone jack is right next to it. That's a lot of open ports on a wearable device.
    • The Nano isn’t water resistant, so you could even damage it just by washing your hands.
    • There’s no Bluetooth, so you’ll have a headphone wire running to your wrist (however, it is better than a wire running to your pocket or your backpack.)
    • The Nano's clipped on solidly, and can't be removed without removing the watch.


    The iPod Nano Watch is not ugly, but it is big. It’s convenient because you’ve got your music collection on your wrist. It’s cool because watches are a novelty. Make one that’s submersible (or at least undamaged by hand-washing) and connects to Bluetooth, and even your mother will want one.




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  • How much would you pay for a Windows tablet that you could actually call your PC?


    Lenovo has just taken the tablet limelight away from Microsoft’s Windows Surface with their announcement of a Windows 8 tablet with an Intel mobile chip. That feature alone makes their new tablet a full-on Windows PC with a very small footprint. Lenovo named their new device the “ThinkPad Tablet 2.”


    The Tablet 2 has a 10.1-inch screen that is 0.39 of an inch thick. The device is shockingly light at just 1.3 pounds. The Tablet 2 has mini HDMI and USB 2.0 ports, a microSD card slot and stereo speakers. Options include 3G/4G connectivity, an NFC (near-field communication) chip, a fingerprint reader and a keyboard dock.


    This tablet’s most amazing feature is the Intel Clover Trail processor. Clover Trail is an Intel Atom system-on-a-chip (SoC) processor that is powerful, efficient and portable. It also doesn’t require cooling fans. This is not a Windows RT device, but a full-feature Windows PC that runs Windows 8 Pro, Microsoft Office, and all Windows 7 apps.


    The unanswered question is price. Lenovo hasn’t given any hint at what they will charge for a full-featured Windows 8 tablet. It looks like we’ll need to get closer to its late October release when both Windows 8 and the Tablet 2 will hit the market in time for the holidays.




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  • In the past few months a United States Civil Rights Advocacy Group has launched a free down-loadable application for your Android Smartphone, your Apple iPhone 4S or any other Smartphone you may own to  own that allows you to secretly record police activity discreetly. The Civil Rights Advocacy Group is claiming that it will allow United States Citizens to “help boost police force accountability.” The New Jersey Branch of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) states that "Police Tape," that is now available to the public, "allows people to securely and discreetly record and store interactions with police."


    Smartphone Applications allows users to film Police Officers


    The ACLU is also claiming that the “"an essential tool for police accountability.”


    "Too often, incidents of serious misconduct go unreported because citizens don't feel that they will be believed,” said the office's executive director Deborah Jacobs.


    The Smartphone application also allows users to send the file to the ACLU for safe-keeping and analysis and even contains legal advice on the rights of citizens confronted, detained or arrested by police officers. Unlike most traditional Smartphone recording applications, the Police Tape application will disappear from your Smartphone screen minimizing the risk that the police officers will even know or have known they've been recorded.




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