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  • Nokia Lumia 625 Phone Review
    Posted on August 21, 2013 by keith holland

    The Nokia Lumia line features some of the quirkiest and coolest looking phones on the market. The vibrant colours, the detachable backplates, the Lumia line has a lot of personality. For what the phones, at least the lower end models, in performance, they make up in style. The Nokia Lumia 625 is a cool phone, with weak guts, but it makes it up in style and customization.



    Like other models in the Nokia Lumia line, the 625 features interchangeable back covers. These colours are expressive, and just plain fun. While the design build isn’t the quality of say the HTC One, the Lumia 625 impresses in a different way just as much. One thing you do notice as you use this phone though is the low-quality screen. It is a mid-range phone, and it seems they made all the concessions on the screen. It really is the achilles heel of this device.


    One place the phone does make hay though is on the hardware front. While a dual-core, 1.2 GHz processor doesn’t seem like much, it runs the phones Windows 8 Operating System fluidly. Just like the colours of the phone, this highly customizable tile-based OS is fun and really suits the phone. The only thing that holds it back, like any Windows phone, is the complete lack of apps for the device.


    Ultimately, this mid-range phone is just that. It doesn’t perform with the big guys, but it makes the best with what it has. The Lumia 625 is a cool phone with limitations. It’s customizable back covers and OS are a hit, but things like a poor screen make it obvious that this isn’t a flagship device from Nokia, just a fun one. Sometimes thats all a phone needs to be.


     


    Pros


    -Fun colours


    -The Windows 8 OS performs well


    -Low price tag


     


    Cons


    -Low-quality screen


    -Limited app selection


    -Not a good choice for gamers


     


    Specs


    Weight : 159 grams


    Size : 133.3 x 72.3 x 9.2 mm


    Screen : 4.7 inches


    OS : Microsoft Windows Phone 8


    Camera : Rear-Facing 5 megapixel camera



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  • The case is building towards Apple announcing at least one new phone at their press event on September 10th. While it is a near certainty that one of those products will be heavily rumoured and leak riddled iPhone 5C, the true successor to the iPhone 5 is still somewhat shrouded in mystery. Is it the iPhone 6? Is it the iPhone 5S? Nobody is 100% sure. What we do THINK we know is that it MIGHT come with something new to mobile phones and is sure to really change how we secure our phones.


    Leaked photos showing a new design for the home button, and the ever-present rumour of a fingerprint sensor seem to indicate that the new iPhone will include a fingerprint scanner as its key feature. The leaked photos show that there is definitely something new under the hood of the new iPhone and while hardware comes and goes, the iPhone doesn't change much physically as the versions come and go. It's certainly worth noticing as Apple's press event approaches next month.


    Additionally, another new rumour has popped up recently, and it's got a golden ring to it. According to, get this, more leaked photos, the new iPhone 5S/6, may ship in two colours. The one you are used to and has become a staple of Apple products, and a new gold backed device. It certainly is an interesting design choice if true but I wouldn't put too much stock in it.


    Whaaaaaaaat?

    Regardless of what comes next month, the world will certainly be watching as the world's most important electronics company gets set to unveil its newest phones. The world of mobile phones has changed quite a bit since the iPhone 5 launched last year. It will be interesting to see what comes next and how the world reacts to one of the world's biggest trend setters unleashing their next big thing.



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  • The end of the line is coming for the Apple iPhone 5. Sad to say, but on September 10th Apple is likely to announce at least one new phone meaning your iPhone 5 will soon be knocked one rung down the ladder. With that being said, we are here to celebrate our three favourite accessories for this legendary phone. Here are our favourite accessories for the Apple iPhone 5.


    Griffin Midtown Wallet


    If you have always felt a deprivation of a wallet that can have both your iPhone 5 and important cards Griffin GB36017 Midtown Wallet iPhone 5 cover is for you. With beautifully designed and allocated space for both your iPhone and cards this is the wallet of this century.



    Griffin MiCoach Adidas Armband


    For those of you looking for an armband to accommodate your iPhone 5 for the miCoach training, this armband is going to put a stop to your worries. This is a lightweight armband that is made from nylon and it adjusts to your arm while staying in place even when you sweat. There is a key holder so you can take your house key or car key rather than a large set of keys. You can also have access to ports for your headphones or headset for easier exercise regimens. There is a screen protector as well once your phone is in place in the armband.



    XMI X-Mini II Capsule Speaker


    Music is a part of daily life. From party atmospheres to personal enjoyment, finding the right speakers to amplify the sounds and melodies of life are important. The XMI X-mini II capsule speaker makes listening to your favourite music easy. With an indoor / outdoor approach to music playing, the XMI x-mini II Capsule Speaker is extremely versatile. It attaches to phones and other mobile devices to make your mobile devices mini stereo systems.




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  • Apple's big day is coming very soon. September 10th is just around the corner and the speculation is that Apple will be unveiling at least one new model of the iPhone. On top of the reported Apple iPhone 5S announcement, there is rampant speculation that we will see a low-cost iPhone hit the market as well. The iPhone 5C has been highly speculated, almost moreso than the 5S, and some features are beginning to leak out. But, we are now beginning to hear what you expect to hear when you hear the word budget. We are beginning to hear about the features that won't come with the 5C.



    In addition to being generally a less powerful phone, it is now being reported that the Apple iPhone 5C will ship without our favourite personal assistant Siri. The highly popular and increasingly useful Siri apparently won't make the trip into the architecture of the Apple iPhone 5C. While changes are expected to be minimal with the iPhone 5S outside of a possible fingerprint reader, it is expected that the 5C will be built cheaper not just inside, but outside as well. The plastic bodied phone is expected to situate itself above the iPhone 4S in the Apple hierarchy, replacing the very popular 4S as the second option for people looking to pick up an Apple smartphone. This is quite surprising considering that the iPhone 4 is still a very popular entry level smartphone that continues to sell in droves among younger audiences.


    While it is always sad to see the retirement of a very popular phone like the Apple iPhone 4S, it was bound to happen. It is just sad to see it replaced by a phone that will admittedly be weaker and less supported by popular Apple software. Here's hoping that Apple doesn't take the wind out of the Apple iPhone 5C's sails before it hits the open sea.



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  • The LG G2 Phone Review
    Posted on August 14, 2013 by keith holland

     


    A phone which isn’t scared to show some screen, the LG G2 uses its big screen and strong hardware to show you its potential, but lets its software and interface drag it down a bit. Call it a case of having all the tools, but lacking a tool box, this phone could do any job if it just knew how to put it all together. Unfortunately we are left with a hot mess of high-end hardware and unfulfilled promise.



    The LG G2 features a very pretty 5.2 inch full HD screen. Its looks are aided further by the fact that the screen takes up almost the entire front of the device. No dark areas around it, the front is pretty much all screen. The phone itself is built on a plastic chassis which leaves something to be desired. Additionally, the phone features hi-fi audio. While it doesn’t match the HTC One’s true stereo sound it certainly is a welcome addition that goes unnoticed by many phone makers.


    The G2 features some hefty specs. It comes loaded with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chip running at 2.26 GHz with 2 GB of RAM. In addition to this horsepower bump, this phone also ships with a massive 3,000 mAh battery that LG promises will give you 1.2 days of usage. If those claims hold up then hallelujah! Someone finally listening and put a 21st Century battery in a 21st Century device.


    Now, where it gets interesting. The G2 features a display that takes up the whole screen. This is made possible by moving the phones buttons to the back of the phone. While the attempt at innovation is admirable, it is nearly impossible to make something like this work for people with very different hand sizes. Not everyone is going to like this feature. Secondly, the Android 4.2. Jelly Bean OS is very cluttered thanks to LG’s special touches to the software. This leaves you wishing they would of just left it alone. It introduces some elements that work, but are overly complicated


    Bottom line, the LG G2 is a sports car, but a sports car with the pedals reversed and a steering wheel that turns the opposite way. This phone has so much power but evidently has no idea what to do with it. People who prefer a highly customized experience will enjoy the G2, but casual phones users who want a phone that works exactly like you want out of the box should steer away from this smartphone.


     


    Pros


    -Awesome screen


    -Powerful processor


    -Great battery


     


    Cons


    -Complicated interface


    -Plastic chassis


    -Interesting button placement


     


    Specs


    Weight : 143 grams


    Size : 138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm


    Screen : 5.2 inches


    OS : Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean


    Camera : 13 megapixel rear-facing, 2.1 megapixel front-facing



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  • BlackBerry stocks jumped yesterday following the news that BlackBerry would begin exploring options regarding selling the company. The move, which has been rumoured, speculated, and encouraged for some time, could be on the horizon for the stumbling company. The news follows a year of promise, followed by mediocrity, with BlackBerry 10, and its offspring the Z10 and Q10, failing to recapture the excitement of an older time when it comes to BlackBerry.


    This most recent blast of news comes on the heels of rumours of BlackBerry going private and was sparked by the announcement of the formation of a committee devoted to finding strategic alternatives. It is expected that many companies would be interested in acquiring or partnering with BlackBerry, including Fairfax Financial, whose boss Prem Watsa resigned from the Board of Directors of BlackBerry to avoid any conflict of interest in a potential purchase. The rumours alone inspired BlackBerry's stock to surge Monday, something that happened before when rumours of acquisitions or selling have risen up.


    Since the rebrand earlier this year from Research In Motion to BlackBerry, the company has released three new phones. The Z10, Q10, and Q5 were the first phones to feature the BlackBerry 10 Operating system. It is believed that a new phone, possibly called the A10, will also arrive before the end of the year. These phones were to be the saving grace of BlackBerry, and their first real updates to their product line since they flirted with touch screen technology with the older Storm and Torch product lines. What we have seen is a case of expectations set too high, and products not lofty enough to raise BlackBerry from the ashes. While there is hope that BlackBerry will sell and hopefully rise up, this is a brand that truly needs a reboot and new products that will excite their audience.



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  • Travel season is coming to a close and PureMobile wants to try to convince you to take one last trip before Winter makes itself known again. How do we plan to do that? By showing you our top three travel bags. Heck, if you buy one you gotta break it in. Hit the road one last time with one of these three awesome travel bags.


    Incase Nylon Sling Sleeve MacBook Pro 13 Inch in Black

    For MacBook Pro owners, keeping your investment safe is as easy as investing in this case. It’s designed out of weather-resistant nylon which helps give you the maximum protection you want and need to keep your notebook safe from water and other elements. This sleek carrying case offers a sophisticated yet durable way to protect your computer. With an adjustable carrying strap, you can easily tote your computer around with you whether you are at work or going on a trip. The strap can also be removed if you are going to stick the case in a carry-on bag for travel purposes.


    Targus CTM300 Classic Notebook Case

    Keeping your laptop protected these days is essential and whether you are a business professional or a student this case is the ideal solution to your problems. Not only can you carry magazines or school papers in the filing pockets, you can hold pens, CDs and more in them as well. This case will hold a laptop measuring up to 15.4 inches and keeps your laptop and accessories protected at all times. With a stylish and sleek looking finish, you are going to have an updated bag.



    Be.ez LAbesace Macbook15 Lime Drop

    If you want a bag that is going to help keep your notebook protected at all times, this is the bag you want to consider! Offering a compact and stylish design, this bag will keep your MacBook Pro 15.4 protected from drops and more while giving you a discreet bag to carry around. Offering adequate space, this bag allows you to carry around documents as well as your adapter making it the ideal solution for students and professionals alike. The shoulder strap is padded for comfort and the bag itself offers a mere thickness of 8 mm.




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  • In August of 2013, we are on the verge of the next big unveil by Apple. Maybe it's the 5C, or iPhone 6, maybe the 5S. No one is 100% sure. Needless to say whichever phone does come next, it'll borrow from the iPhone 4S, which borrowed from the 4 and so on. But where did the original iPhone come from? Well that my friends can be partly answered with the Apple Newton.


    In 1991, the Newton was pitched to John Sculley, then the CEO of Apple. It was envisioned as a new class of hand-held computing. A device that could take notes, store contacts, manage calendars, send faxes, and even transpose your hand writing, done with a stylus, into a digital format. It featured what designers called the "batman design". It was dark, sleek, and most importantly fit in your pocket. 20 years ago this week, the device hit store shelves. That's where the apple fell too hard on this Newton.


    The device, which released in 1993, was barely working when it was sent to production. Features like the handwriting recognition were ridiculed in the media. A comic, published nationally, famously ran a series on mis-identified words with the Newton. It was most famously known for mistaking "Catching on?" with "egg freckles", sparking hilarity and even leading to an Easter Egg in future software designs of the device.


    But, as much as the public laughed at the device, there was one person who hated the Newton more than anyone else. Steve Jobs. When Jobs was able to regain control of the company he took massive pleasure in canning it. His biggest complaint? The stylus. He was quoted as saying "God gave us ten stylus'" when asked to reflect on the failure that was the Newton and its hobbled input mechanism.


    Now, what does this have to do with the iPhone? Well, the obvious connection is that both devices are mobile computing platforms designed by Apple. Through trial and error (the Newton) Apple was able to learn how to get it right and drop the stylus. But, on a deeper level the development of the Newton kickstarted the development of the ARM Processor, a piece of technology that may have fallen by the wayside if not picked up by Apple to build their mobile computers.


    It may not have been pretty, and it may have been stubborn, but the Newton certainly paved the way for the mobile computing advances we enjoy today. It seems the Apple didn't fall too far from the tree when it came to the iPhone.



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  • The Motorola Moto X Phone Review
    Posted on August 7, 2013 by keith holland


    About a year ago, Google made a splash, acquiring mobile technology pioneer Motorola. Since then, all has been quiet on the Motorola front. Quiet that is, until now. Motorola is set to release its first phone of the post-Google era. The Moto X is a phone that is built on simplicity. It doesn't have the shiniest bells and whistles, but those bells and whistles ring out like a chord together, optimizing this phone's potential with efficiency rather than numbers. It is this that is the calling card of the Moto X. Simplicity.


    Built from a conglomerate of input, this phone features the best of what you see in many other phones design wise. Built for the person who maybe can't pinpoint which version of the iPhone they have or what OS is running in their Android phone, this phone looks plain, but it is a blank canvas thanks to the Moto Maker. This service allows you to design your own back panel for your phone from a wide range of materials and in many different colours. This unique design is then built in and shipped from America to you in about two days, resulting in a unique case that Motorola says can be customized in thousands of different ways. It's a really great idea that helps make your phone, your phone. Screen-wise, the Moto X features a 4.7 inch screen packing 316 pixels per inch. While it isn't the sharpest screen available, it is certainly up to the standards of your average phone. It does run into trouble when you get into high sunlight situations though.


    Software wise, The Moto X runs on a stripped down version of Android 4.2.2. Jelly Bean. This allows things to look very clean. While the operating system is streamlined, Motorola has made some enhancements to the camera, notifications, and voice commands that should be looked at by Google as new features for future operating systems. A real hit is the Active Display function. This feature essentially pulls up the time and any new notifications when you pull the phone from your pocket. Simple, but something anyone could appreciate. It aint flashy, but it sure is effective.


    Maybe it isn't the flashiest, fastest, or biggest phone, but the Moto X delivers when it comes to simplicity and efficiency. This is the perfect phone for the non-tech head who just wants a phone that works, and works well.



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  • Despite an international ban to the contrary, US President Barack Obama has decided to veto a ban on certain Apple products in the United States stemming from the drawn out patent battle between the California-based company and Samsung. This has had a very negative effect on Samsung's value internationally, with their share values dropping from $169.3 Billion to $168.5 Billion, a loss of over $1 Billion.


    This is all as a result of an International Trade Commission imposed ban on US imports of certain Apple products, and the vetoing of this ruling by the White House over the weekend. This ruling originally came down in June of this year after Samsung won a patent battle with Apple ruling that certain products, the iPhone 4 for example, violated patents held by Samsung. The veto of this ruling was the first of its kind by a US President since 1987.


    What could further complicate this mess is the fact a ruling is expected soon on whether or not Samsung had violated patents held by Apple, resulting in potential US import bans on certain older models of Samsung devices like the Samsung Galaxy SII and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. This decision is expected to be made later this week.


    What does this mean for consumers? Not surprisingly, this political and commercial theatre will equate to just about nothing in terms of value for consumers. At the end of the day, companies like Samsung and Apple likely won't change their practices much in the wake of the veto. In the grand scheme of things, this could have a negative effects between the US government and Samsung and their home country of South Korea, who won't look fondly on the US vetoing a major victory for Samsung with just the stroke of a pen. As always, the big winner in this will be lawyers, who are certain to be promised plenty of paperwork as these decisions are appealed and analyzed.



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