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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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  • LG G2 To Be Announced August 7th
    Posted on August 5, 2013 by keith holland


    Apple, Samsung, and HTC better have August 7th circled on their calendars. This is the day that a new high-end smartphone is entering the market. LG's G2 is the new contender. Boasting some high-end components and performance, this phone is sure to add another dynamic layer to the phone market and further push tech as companies are forced to take notice.


    While we still don't know every feature of the LG G2, what we do know is already staggering. The LG G2 will be powered by a 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC with 2 GB of RAM. The screen is huge, measuring in at 5.2 inches. The screen is of course full HD and will have a resolution of 1920x1080. It will house a 13 megapixel camera and will also feature dual speakers, taking on the HTC One as another smartphone with stereo sound. Lastly, this LTE phone will run on the Android 4.2.2 Operating System. Clearly this phone was built and designed to challenge the best of the best.


    There are some interesting factors to be determined when it comes to this phone. Firstly, while it is being unveiled on the 7th, we don't know when this phone will be on shelves. Secondly, a phone with the specs that the G2 has should be quite expensive. In order to catch attention LG will need to be competitive price wise. In fact, undercutting the current crop of phones would introduce some real mayhem to the market and make things very interesting for the big phone companies. Lastly, we don't know if these are the full specs for the phone. How much more can they cram in that chassis? We'll have to wait and see if LG stands pat or has any tricks up their sleeve. PureMobile will be on top of the announcement and we'll keep you updated on this new smartphone from LG.



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  • Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, or Senior, it's time to get ready to hit the books again. Back to school has taken on a new meaning for older students. Instead of a new box of pencil crayons, it's phone, tablet, and laptop accessories as classrooms and lecture halls enter the 21st century and embrace technology in new and exciting ways. With that being said, here is our look at PureMobile's top picks for our favourite College accessories. Be sure to check out our website to cash in several other great products at low prices.


    iHome Portable Alarm Clock For iPhone 


    The first thing you see when you wake up, whether that is at 6 a.m. or 6 p.m., is your alarm clock. iHome has a great alarm clock that will charge your mobile phone as you sleep and wake you up with your favourite songs. This alarm clock is also portable, just in case you decide that the couch is your best option for the night.



     


    Incase Reflex Headphones


    For that long walk to and from class, the Incase Reflex Headphones are your new best friend. Featuring great sound quality and a sturdy steel band holding it all together, these headphones are a great value for anyone looking for a pair of durable yet great sounding headphones.



     


    Be.ez LA Besace MBP


    For the student who needs to carry everything with them at all times, the Be.ez LA Besace is the bag for you. Carry your papers, laptop, lunch, and whatever else you need to get through your school day all in one bag. In addition to versatility, the outer layer of this bag is pretty tough as well, protecting the contents and the outside of the bag from wear and tear. It's sure to get you through a year of classes or two because it is just plain tough.




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  • The cold case of what Apple has been up to has possibly been cracked. Photos, shown above and leaked over the weekend, appear to show what could be the next new phone from Apple. Branded with the name "iPhone 5C", and knowledge that Apple's next phone is supposedly low budget, will prompt jokes of the iPhone 5Cheap, but we have reason to believe that the C will in fact stand for something else.



    The C in iPhone 5C could stand for colour. It is believed that the new iPhone, which will be a budget phone in terms of hardware, will borrow from the iPhone line and introduce a wide range of colours in terms of casing. The phone itself is expected to come in at a mid-tier price despite its potentially low grade hardware, making it appear that the apple won't fall too far from the tree.


    As for a launch window, nothing is set in stone. It is expected to launch side-by-side with Apple's new flagship phone, whether that be the iPhone 5S or iPhone 6. That timing hasn't exactly been nailed down, but some say it could be as early as September. The iPhone 5S or 6 is expected to be something more akin to what we are used to with Apple, a new top of the line smartphone that is sure to shake up the mobile landscape. In terms of what the 5C is expected to be, think BlackBerry Q5. A clearly inferior, yet more financially palatable version of the BlackBerry Q10. Apple has been experiencing sales issues over the past year and a surge in competition from brands like Samsung and HTC, making their status as the top phone somewhat cloudy. With a new line of phones, including a variety of options, it wouldn't be surprising to see Apple propel itself far above the competition with its new phones.



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  • The BlackBerry Q5 Phone Review
    Posted on July 31, 2013 by keith holland


    While it lacks the razzle dazzle of the BlackBerry Z10 or BlackBerry Q10, the Q5 is a phone that gets by on serving its niche. Built as a mid-range device in the mould of the older BlackBerry Curve, the Q5, as a budget device, has its shortfalls both expected and unexpected. The rapidly antiquating QWERTY keyboard is a letdown on this device, along with some sluggish hardware, but the Q5 knows what it is. It is a device that works, sometimes well, but usually, it gets by on just working.


    The first thing anyone looks at when they see this phone is the Q5's QWERTY keyboard. While becoming something of a rare feature, this keyboard doesn’t really nail it. The keyboard feels cheap and I shutter to think of how this keyboard will hold up after two or three years of use and abuse. Bottom line, the most important feature of this phone doesn’t exactly draw much confidence. Sad, because the Q10 keyboard really advanced the QWERTY keyboard and excited us about future iterations.


    In terms of body, the Q5 is about the exact same size as the Q10. Gone is the removable battery, and in is the new plastic chassis. The 3.1 inch screen is square, meaning any widescreen video is awkward to view. It isn’t all doom and gloom with the screen though, the display has a great backlight and a great resolution. The 720 x 720 screen pumps out 329 pixels per inch which does look sharp, even if you are squinting to see smaller fonts on this smallish screen.


    Despite some head scratchers, the phone surprises on this device. For just a 5 megapixel camera it really does shine. This phone’s camera app also holds up, making you forget for a few minutes about the lack of crucial apps like Instagram. The app stacks up well when compared to photo apps from major OS’s like Windows and IOS 6.


    The prowess of BlackBerry 10 is available on this phone. Shipping with versions 10.1, those who dedicate time to learn the new OS will really enjoy its intuitiveness. The BlackBerry Hub returns, bringing all your emails and social notifications to one place, pleasing most. Hardware wise though, this phone clearly doesn’t stack up with the Z10 or Q10. In fact, this phone barely holds up against other budget phones in its class. Good news though, the battery is very strong and will easily get you through the day.


    While it isn’t a bad phone, the Q5 isn’t a great one either. Designed to be that mid-line phone with a QWERTY Keyboard, it has goofed that up by building the mid-line phone with a sketchy keyboard. All BlackBerry needed to do was put the Q10 keyboard in a scaled down phone and sell it. Instead they tried to cheap out on the most important feature and we’ll just have to see what the market says.


     


    Pros


    -Good battery life


    -New BlackBerry 10 OS


    -Cool colours


     


    Cons


    -Surprisingly poor QWERTY Keyboard


    -Small, square display


    -Not the best tech


     


    Specs


    Weight : 120 grams


    Size : 120 x 66 x 10.8mm


    Screen : 3.1 inches


    OS : BlackBerry 10 OS


    Camera : 5 megapixel rear-facing, 2 megapixel front-facing



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  • Better late than never for Google as they finally unveiled their new update for the Android Operating System, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. While it is no Key Lime Pie, the next big update coming to Android soon, this stepping stone does repair some of the qualms that users may have had with prior Android versions. Let's take a look at some of the new features of Google's new operating system and what you should expect on your Samsung, Sony, or Nexus phone.


    Android 4.3 features Multi-User Restricted Profiles. What this does is also a person to control which apps are used by certain users of the device. While less prudent on a phone, this app would be extremely useful at the tablet level as more tablets are considered shared devices amongst family and friends. This is a boost from the original system which allowed for the creation of profiles but did not allow for the creation of restrictions on said profiles. This feature also marks a step up on IOS machines, as devices like the iPad and iPad Mini have yet to develop a system that enables the creation of users.


    In what in considered a big step for Android gamers, the new operating system will feature Open GL ES 3.0. What is that you ask? It essentially is a software upgrade that allows programs to run more efficiently, and frankly, just plain better. This will improve gaming on every level on Android devices which is sure to please the both old and new Android gamers alike.


    Ultimately, most of the improvements to Android's flagship operating system would best be described as under the hood. While there are no new sexy features to discuss, the jump to 4.3 will makes things run easier for gamers, and introduce some profile management tools. While Jelly Bean will still satisfy an Android users sweet tooth, the table is now set for Key Lime Pie.



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  • Another day, another shot fired between the boats of Apple and Samsung, and this time it's in favour of the Galaxy S3 and S4 maker. Last week it was announced that Samsung had surpassed Apple in terms of profitability, becoming the most profitable phone maker in the world. This means the end of Apple's four year reign at the top, beginning with the rise of the iPhone. Samsung now has its own powerhouse in the Samsung Galaxy S3, and the recently released Samsung Galaxy S4. But how exactly did they, being Samsung, do it?


    It came down to last quarter. Apple posted $4.6 Billion in profit in the second quarter this. A handsome chunk of change for sure. Samsung managed to top that though, bringing in $5.6 Billion dollars in profit in the second quarter. The recipe to their success? strong volumes, high wholesale prices, and tight cost controls. Those factors combined pushed Samsung into the mobile profits lead, knocking the giant, apple, out of top spot for the first time in 4 years. But why did Apple sink? Apple has failed to deliver a wide variety of phones at lower price points, something they are now under a tremendous amount of pressure to do.


    So what's next? Well, Samsung is here to stay. While a lot of this has to do with Apple falling, Samsung has also risen up to take control of their share of the market. With that being said, I believe Apple is just one announcement away from regaining their post at the top. Why? Because no matter what Samsung does it will never be as cool as Apple. Plain and simple. The only problem with Apple right now is that they have gone too long between devices, but people will forget that when they roll out their next iPhone or iPhones later this year.



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    The Samsung Galaxy S4 has had some time to get the training wheels off and we are still in love with it. The follow up to one of the most successful phones ever, the Samsung Galaxy S3, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is one of our more popular phones. Additionally, it is one of the more popular phones on the market, receiving rave reviews across the web. With that being said, here are our three favourite accessories for the Samsung Galaxy S4.


    Samsung Flip Cover for the GS4



    The Samsung Galaxy S4 Flip Cover is the official cover of the device. It is very clearly designed with optimization in mind. The cover wakes and sleeps the device and is incredibly streamlined and thin. This is maximized by the fact the cover doesn't wrap around the device, but actually takes the place of the phones back panel, giving it an incredibly slim profile. This cover ships in many bright colours and is a must have for any S4 owner.


     


    Samsung Leather Pouch



    This universal pouch has been a mainstay with Samsung since the days of the Galaxy S2. This thin, leather pouch helps keeps your phone snuggly and safely in place and protects it from the rigours of day to day use. This case is crafted with genuine soft leather.


     


    Samsung Universal Desk Top Dock



    This is a very versatile dock for your Samsung Galaxy S4. Charging is an obvious feature of this accessory. Additionally, you can use this dock to watch videos or movies and conduct video chats hands free. Also, The dock features ports for connecting to external speakers to get high quality sound. This sleek dock looks professional and looks even better with your Samsung Galaxy S4 stationed on it. When it isn't in use it can be folded up and stored in your desk for the next time you need it.



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