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  • If you haven’t pre-ordered your Apple iPad Mini or your iPad with Retina display by the time you’ve read this, your window of opportunity has passed. Within 36 hours, the Apple online store sold out of all the new iPad options.


    In case you still want to be ready to click “Buy” as soon as iPad pre-orders are taken again, here are your choices. Also take note of those shipping and delivery dates. A few of them are the vague “Available to ship: 2 weeks” or “Available to ship: mid-November.”


    Note: your choices for all iPad Mini models are black & slate and white & silver.


    iPad Mini Wi-Fi only:


    16GB for $329, Available to ship: 2 weeks
    32GB for $429, delivery 11/2
    64GB for $529, delivery 11/2


    iPad Mini Wi-Fi + Cellular for Verizon, AT&T and Sprint:


    16GB for $459,
    32GB for $559
    64GB for $659


    All are “Available to ship: mid-November.”



    Note: your choices for iPad Retina are white and black


    iPad with Retina Wi-Fi only:


    16GB for $499
    32GB for $599
    64GB for $629


    All “Deliver 11/2”


    iPad with Retina Wi-Fi + Cellular for Verizon, AT&T and Sprint


    16GB for $629,
    32GB for $729
    64GB for $829


    All show “Available to ship: mid-November.”


    Do your research, make up your mind now and keep www.apple.com open on your browser.




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  • Beware: bogus iPhone 5 dock is total BS
    Posted on October 28, 2012 by ewilkinson

    Seeing is not believing: beware this bogus iPhone 5 dock

     


    At Pure Mobile, top-notch mobile accessories are kind of our thing.


    So when we came across a story on Gizmodo about a bogus Chinese iPhone 5 dock that doesn't actually work, all we could think was "for shame."


    "Don't buy an iPhone 5 dock," Gizmodo warned, "because it's a Chinese scam."


    Their information comes from Double Helix Cables, where a friend actually had a hands-on experience with the fake accessory. Here's what they had to say:


    "Opening up the box and out pops this stinker. I did a double take because it looked like a prank, prop, or placeholder of some sort. The lightning plug on the dock looks like a damn piece of cardboard, if you can even call it that. Because it's a cardboard-like chunk of circuit board that supposedly is going to fit into my iPhone 5."


    The reviewer goes on to write about the the fact that dock's cutout "isn't remotely close to being iPhone 5 shaped," and then elaborates on the "home brewed lightning plug [...] which 100% doesn't fit."


    A critic of the phoney dock took major issue with its "home brewed lightning plug"

     


    This lovely critique then ends with the writer concluding that any "further effort to make this non functional dock [work] would probably damage my iPhone."


    Granted, Apple doesn't actually make a dock accessory for the iPhone 5, yet. But that's no reason for third party manufacturers to start churning out ones that simply don't work.


    Many would be more than happy to produce a suitable iPhone 5 dock that actually functions, especially if they don't have to compete with Apple itself. There are plenty of fun third party iPhone 5 gadgets out there that not only work, but work really well.


    And, in our opinion, there's no excuse for this kind of blatant BS when so many companies have been able to turn a dollar making affordable and functional iPhone accessories that consumers actually want.




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  • Branded as the official James Bond Skyfall phone, Sony's XPeria TL arrives at AT&T November 2

     


    Dubbed the "Official James Bond Phone," the latest in Sony's XPeria Lineup, the Xperia TL, will be swaggering into AT&T stores as of November 2.


    In pretty hyperbolic style and promising to "give everyday people the chance to live like James Bond," the AT&T press release promised to make the new smartphone available for $99.99, so long as you sign a 2 year contract.


    According to Engaget, the device has quite a lot going for it, despite the fact that its "materials feel cheap." For one, it's got a 1.5GHz dual-core S4 processor as well as NFC capabilities.


    Sony's XPeria TL features a 4.6-inch 720p display

     


    Aside from that, AT&T just couldn't help reminding us all (for what seems like the thousandth time) that the Xperia TL is "featured in the upcoming James Bond cinema release Skyfall [and] will be used in the film by 007 himself."


    But just in case you didn't get the message, they've preloaded the device with tons of Skyfall content like "behind the scenes footage, interviews, clips, wallpapers, ring tones, and more."


    Though we have a hard time believing that any smartphone can ever really let someone "live like James Bond," we have to admit the XPeria TL at least looks slick enough to be something Bond would carry.




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    Samsung has been promoting the "Next Big Thing", and this time it’s the Galaxy Note 2. The phone was launched yesterday at Samsung's Galaxy Note II World Tour 2012 press event. T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T and Verizon will all be carrying it. Just considering cost, timing and coverage, which service provider should get your business?


    Here’s the lowdown on cost and timing:


    Verizon
    Pre-order date: Oct. 25
    Available: Nov. 27
    Price: $299.99 with a 2-year plan, $699.99 off-contract


    AT&T
    Pre-sale date: Oct. 25
    Available: Nov. 9
    Price: $299.99 with a 2-year plan, $649.99 off-contract


    Sprint
    Available: Now
    Price: $299.99 with a 2-year plan, $699.99 off-contract


    T-Mobile
    Available: Now
    Price: $369.99 with a 2-year plan, $699.99 off-contract


    The Galaxy Note 2 has 4G LTE capability, and you don’t want it to go to waste. While Verizon beats all the competition for nationwide 4G LTE coverage (370+ markets), AT&T is rapidly expanding their 4G LTE network and is adding to their network all the time (approximately 65 markets.) Sprint basically covers Atlanta and big cities in Texas (15 markets) with their 4G LTE, the rest is 3G. T-Mobile doesn’t yet have 4G LTE connectivity, but they advertise their network as “4G”, which is really a supercharged 3G (HSPA+ 42) network.


    For those buying an unlocked Galaxy Note 2, here’s a heads-up. The unlocked version isn’t compatible with CDMA carriers and LTE networks.


    There’s no doubt that the Galaxy Note 2 is a fine smartphone. Its 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display is the big reason it’s being called a “phablet” – part phone, part tablet. In a nod to its tablet-ness, the Note 2 is the only smartphone that comes with a stylus that Samsung calls the” S Pen.” For those of us with big fingers or who are touchscreen accuracy-challenged, a stylus sure comes in handy.


    Inside the Galaxy Note 2, you’ll find a quad-core 1.6GHz Exynos processor, up to 16GB of storage space (with expansion up to 64GB), and 2GB of RAM. On the back is a high-quality 8MP camera with an LED flash, and on the front a 1.9MP camera for video calls. The camera can record video in 1080p, and has a 4x zoom. It’s rated for up to 15 hours of talk time and 12.5 days of standby time.




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  • Carphone Warehouse leaked, well, everything about the next Nexus smartphone

     


    As writer Ernest Hamlin Abbott once put it, "rumors are not news; but they sometimes foreshadow news."


    And, boy, have the rumors ever been stacking up concerning Google's next Nexus device, even though Google's expected to be saving any official news about it until their October 29 event.


    Still, between the speculation that the new Android phone will be LG-made, the pictures, and even a premature review, we've already learned quite a bit about the upcoming Nexus 4.


    And today, a new leak from retailer Carphone Warehouse revealed pretty much everything else, right down to the LG phone's specs, price and expected release date.


    Advertising pre-orders for the phone, Carphone Warehouse has listed a price of £389.95. And their description boasts that the new smartphone has a 4.7" LCD display, and "the fastest and smoothest version of Android yet," Android OS 4.2 Jelly Bean, as well as some new features:


    "Search gets smarter with Google Now. You ask. Google answers, instantly, and with all the detail you want... Stay in touch with Gesture Typing, a faster way of typing that lets you spell words by dragging your finger across the screen from letter to letter."


    Meanwhile, Carphone Warehouse sets October 30 as the start date for delivery, just one day after Google's event. Though, after this last and possibly most comprehensive leak, there isn't much Google could tell us about their latest smartphone that we don't already know.




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  • Now that the launch of the Surface tablet is history and the Windows 8 hoopla will be behind them today, Microsoft is revving up for their next event: release of the new devices that will run on Windows Phone 8. Lucky for all of us, Microsoft will live stream the event to be held in San Francisco on Monday, October 29th. Get ready for a broadcast at 10am PST.


    Microsoft will also show off more Windows Phone 8 features like Xbox Music, new competition for Spotify and iTunes. “There are a whole series of…new capabilities and features that will come that we haven’t talked about and there’s integration with Windows 8 that we’ll demo closer to the date,” promises Greg Sullivan, Microsoft’s Windows Phone senior product manager.


    Both product manufacturers and wireless providers have been announcing they'll be showing off a range of Windows Phone 8 devices at the event. The lineup includes HTC’s Windows Phone 8X and 8S, Samsung’s ATIV S, Nokia’s Lumia 820 and 920, and Verizon’s exclusive Nokia Lumia 822 (aka the Atlas). There’s also an outside possibility that ZTE will be there with a Windows Phone 8 device, too.


    Hopefully Microsoft will be specific about shipment dates for Windows Phone 8 devices. So far, we've only heard that they will begin shipping in November.


    In the meantime, Microsoft is showing its new Windows 8 to the world today.




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  • Alarmingly Android: Pure Mobile is rounding up the best in Halloween smartphone apps

     


    This week, we started a frightening little feature on the Pure Mobile blog with a list of our favorite Halloween-themed smartphone apps.


    In our first instalment, we rounded up some eerie apps for iPhone, but today, we'll be moving along to the best Halloween apps for Android.


    From games and photo editors to real ghost detectors, your smartphone will have all the spooky it can handle come October 31, with these seasonal picks


    1. Angry Birds Seasons for Android



    Who doesn't love Angry Birds? Wll, the pigs are back for Halloween with Angry Birds Seasons, which includes special "Ham'O'Ween" levels.


    It's the same physics-based fun that has made us all addicted to smartphone gaming. But this time, it's got haunted backgrounds, pumpkins to smash, and a generally cutesy Halloween look.


    Angry Birds seasons is also available for iPhone and iPad.



     2. SpecTrek augmented reality app for Android


    If you've ever wanted to go ghost hunting, SpecTrek lets you chase spectres using your smartphone's GPS. The augmented reality game shows you "ghosts" on a map of your area and gives you a time limit to find and capture them.


    It may be kind of silly, but hey, it's probably the most fun you'll ever have using a smartphone GPS.



    3. Entity Sensor Pro app for Android



    If virtual ghosts don't cut it for you, the Entity Sensor Pro app for Android claims to let you detect "real" ghosts using a supposed EMF sensor in your smartphone to check for "paranormal" readings.



    It's essentially like playing Ghost Busters with a mobile device. Whether or not you actually believe in ghosts, the app has a pretty high rating among users.


    And even if you think it's useless as a ghost detector, you can always use it with friends as a gullibility detector.


    4. Ouija Board app for Android



    Like so many classics, the Ouija Board has been revamped for modern mobile devices.


    Use your smartphone to try making contact with the spirit world, or simply relive the fun of middle school with this Android app. In any case, it gives new meaning to "the ghost in the machine."


    5. Ghost Camera Pro app for Android



    Halloween pictures looking like dullsville? Think a specter would spice things up?


    You can add a little eerie appeal to party pics with the Ghost Camera Pro smartphone app for Android.


    The app lets you choose from a bunch of different types of ghosts and spirits (not just the cute kind pictured above) and insert them into pictures on your device. You can also edit the size, color and opacity of your ghosts.


    We consider this more of a humor app, especially if some of some of your subjects have been going at the punch bowl hard.




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  • The big Apple announcements have been made, and Apple had a very busy day. In case you weren’t in San Jose yesterday (or glued to Twitter), here is what was revealed about Apple’s new releases: the iPad Mini, the new MacBook Pro, the new version of the Mac Mini and redesigned iMacs. Apple even handed over a fourth generation iPad.


    iPad Mini


    The iPad Mini is a 7-inch version of the new iPad.


    • A screen that measures 7.9 inches diagonally with 4:3 aspect ratio that makes it looks like it has a bigger viewing area than it really does
    • Total screen area of 29.6 square inches
    • 23% thinner than the third generation iPad
    • The same resolution as the original iPad and iPad 2, at 1,024 x 768 (this allows use of current apps since the smaller screen size will shrink them with no app redesign required)
    • 163 pixels per inch
    • A5 chip – the same processor used in the iPad 2 and the new iPod Touch.
    • Front-facing FaceTime 720p camera, with a 5-megapixel camera in back
    • A weight of 10.9 ounces (less than half the weight of the full-size iPad)
    • 0.28 of an inch thickness
    • The new Lightning connector that first appeared with the iPhone 5
    • Color choices of black and white
    • Smart covers shrunk to fit and in multiple colors including blue, green, pink and black

    iPad mini pricing starts at $329 for the Wi-Fi-only version with 16GB capacity. Wi-Fi-only with more capacity are $429 for 32GB, and $529 for 64GB. Cellular versions run $459 for 16GB, $559 for 32 GB and $659 64GB. Higher capacities and 4G LTE options are also available.


    Pre-orders begin Oct. 26. Wi-Fi devices ship Nov. 2. Cellular models arrive two weeks later. Reports say Apple has ordered 10 million iPad Minis from its suppliers to meet demand between now and the holiday season.


    New MacBook Pro



    The new MacBook Pro computer surprised many with its size.


    • A 13-inch retina display
    • Three-quarters of an inch thick
    • Weighs in a full pound less than the 13″ MacBook Pro
    • Screen resolution of 2,560 x 1,600 (higher resolution than the 27″ iMac)
    • No optical drive, USB 3.0 and a full HDMI output
    • Two Thunderbolt ports

    Here are the three basic models of the new 13″ MacBook Pro Retina:


    • 2.5 Ghz i5 with 128GB SSD and 8GB of RAM, $1699
    • 2.5 Ghz i5 with 256GB SSD and 8GB of RAM, $1999
    • 2.9 Ghz i7 with 512 SSD and 8GB of RAM, $2199

    The MacBook Pro has already begun to ship.


    iPad 4



    Apple also surprised many with the announcement of a slightly updated fourth-generation, full-sized iPad with a new, twice-as-fast processor.The design is basically the same with a few exceptions.


    • The Lightning connector
    • A6X system-on-a-chip
    • Improved LTE support (adding Sprint to the Verizon and AT&T providers)

    The iPad 4 pricing matches that of the new iPad.


    Updated Mac Mini computer



    Apple modernized its Mac Mini computer with new features and upgrades.


    • Hardwear choices are dual or quad-core i5 or i7 processor, with up to 16GB of RAM
    • Intel HD graphics 4000
    • Bluetooth 4.0
    • Either a 1TB HDD or 256GB SSD

    The basic Mac Mini model starts at $599 for a 2.5Ghz dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 500GB HDD. The updated Mac mini has already started to ship.


    Updated iMac configuration



    The iMac was last given a substantial update in 2009. The new version has some of the latest hardware in an unbelievably thin package.


    • Configurations include the quad-core i5 or i7 Ivy Bridge processors and up to 32GB of RAM
    • Ivy Bridge that provides connectivity with USB 3
    • Drive choices - traditional hard drive, an SSD or Apple’s new Fusion Drive (Apple technology that gives a hybrid SSD/traditional HD experience. The most used and disk-intensive apps load from the SSD but your media, movies and music can still exist on a traditional hard drive.)

    Here is the pricing for the new iMac models:


    • The 21.5″ iMac starts at $1299 for a 2.7 quad-core i5 with 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive.
    • The 27″ iMac starts at $1799 for a quad core i5 with 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive.
    • The SSD or Apple’s new Fusion Drive are additional upgrades.

    The 21.5″ iMac will go on sale in November. The 27″ iMac will go on sale in December.




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  • Have you ever lost your car in the parking lot? Do you live in fear of forgetting to lock it? Does starting it from inside the house on a cold winter’s morning sound like a magnificent start to the day? The SmartStart app can do all of this with a push of a button on your mobile phone.


    SmartStart is an app that connects your car to the cloud. It’s a component of a system offered by Directed – one of the biggest car alarm and remote starter manufacturers in North America.


    To use most of the SmartStart system’s features you’ll need the hardware installed in your vehicle (called Viper SmartStart) and a subscription to a Directed service plan. But, the company offers a free SmartStart app that you can use to operate many of the system's features without the equipment. Some like SmartPark (car locator) and Parking Meter (tells you when it’s time to refill the parking meter) don't require the hardware.


    The main purpose of SmartStart is to remotely lock, unlock and start your car. It will send you texts whenever there is activity to report – like if multiple people use the car you’ll get notified when anyone starts it. If you have the hardware that can operate GPS, you’ll even be able to tell where the car is going. You can also control multiple vehicles and assign more than one user to control a vehicle.


    Right now, the only app version that is fully integrated with the Viper SmartStart system is an iPhone 4S or iPhone 5 running on iOS 6. With the Siri function you can just say “SmartStart” and the app will open. You can preset a defined command, so when Siri launches the app, the car will automatically start and the doors can be set to lock or unlock. The app also brings in controls for SMS and email notifications.


    SmartStart app versions are available for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry.



    This post was posted in Odd And Interesting and was tagged with Directed, SmartStart app, Viper SmartStart

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  • The upcoming 2012 Presidential Election is likely to be more closely followed on mobile devices than any other in U.S. history. Voters will be keeping up with the election on their smartphones with polls and political news, as well as on social media.


    But how, exactly, will smartphones figure into this election and, ultimately, who will smartphone owners be voting for?


    Mashable reported on a new study from ad network Mojiva, which surveyed smartphone owners 18 and up to get answers to some of those questions.


    According to Mojiva, people who use smartphones are more likely to vote for Obama on November 6. 47% of those polled said they identify themselves as Democrats, while only 28% identified themselves as Republicans.



    Either way, 82% of respondents said they are planning to vote – a very high rate compared to the actual voter turnout for the past two elections which were below 60%.


    In the lead-up to voting day, more Democrats than Republicans will be reading political news on their smartphones (63% vs. 59%), but more Republicans than Democrats will be researching the candidates (53% vs. 50%).



    Come election day, over half of respondents said that they would be using an iPhone or an Android-powered smartphone to check results throughout the day.


    But many of the respondents said they would use their phone to do even more if they could. When asked if they would use their smartphone to vote if they had the option to, 59% said they would, while a whopping 85% said they would at least consider doing so.



    What about you? Do you plan on using your smartphone to follow the elections? If so, how? Let us know in the comments section.




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