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  • The Samsung Galaxy Gear is the first smartwatch from Samsung. Unveiled alongside the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, The Galaxy Gear is designed to work with the hulking Note 3 and, eventually, the Samsung Galaxy S4. This device aims to reduce your dependence on your smartphone by taking functions that usually require you to pull out, unlock, and power up your device and making them doable by looking at your wrist.


    The Samsung Galaxy Gear gives you the ability to handle phone calls and answer text messages without pulling out your smartphone. While it doesn't presently support email or social media, the number of apps available for the Gear is expected to increase after the smartwatch hits the market.



    Aesthetically, The Galaxy Gear is a very well put together device. It features a button-less front, a brushed metal finish, and a black rubber strap. This combination makes for a very solid package overall. The device features just one button. This button powers up the device with a single click, or activates the voice command features with a second click. It also comes in a wide variety of colours, but we are particularly fond of the black and silver finishes. Overall the look of it walks the line between being nerdy and professional, but should be universally accepted in terms of its looks.


    The screen itself is a 1.6 inch touchscreen. While that seems on the small side, the screens 320x320-pixel resolution is nothing to laugh at. Small text looks sharp and there are no problems reading names, numbers, or texts on the Gear's screen. The Gear's onboard camera, which is built into the strap, is 1.9 megapixel shooter and is powered by a 800 MHz processor.


    While the technology is new, the Samsung Galaxy Gear gives us lots to be excited about when it comes to the smartwatch. It will be interesting to see how apps are eventually utilized on the device and where we go from here when it comes to wearable tech.



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  • Apple Announces New iPhone 5S
    Posted on September 13, 2013 by keith holland

    Apple has announced the successor to the Apple iPhone 5, the Apple iPhone 5S. The phone was revealed, along with its tech brother the iPhone 5C, at a press event in Cupertino, California on September 10th. Lets take a look at what sets this phone apart from the iPhone 5 and what new features Apple has introduced with this iteration of its massively popular iPhone line.



    The first, and biggest, innovation worth discussing is the introduction of the fingerprint reader embedded in the home button of the new iPhone. In addition to serving as a means to lock and unlock your device, this fingerprint reader introduces a bevy of new features such as the ability to pay for songs, movies, and apps through either Apple's App Store or iTunes using just your fingerprint. Well this is cool, when developers get their hands on this tech there is sure to be an influx of ideas on how to further optimize this potentially revolutionary tech.



    In addition to that small piece of news, the iPhone 5S will be arriving in an all-new colour. Apple calls it Champagne, but lets be real, this is a gold iPhone. I was originally skeptical, but I have since warmed up to the idea of a golden iPhone. It could have turned out very cheesy, but thankfully this golden iPhone is gorgeous.


    In addition to the outside, the inside of the iPhone 5S got a serious makeover. The new iPhone 5S ships with an all new 64-bit, A7 processor. This tech doesn't just improve over the iPhone, it doubles its processing power and introduces the world to console level graphics on a handheld device. In fact, the new processor makes the iPhone 5S 56 times as powerful as the original iPhone.


    While there will always be skeptics, I think the Apple iPhone 5S has delivered on all counts and will be a rousing success for Apple. The upgrades as excellent, the potential for the fingerprint scanner is pretty much limitless, and the new colour is a thing to behold. Check out the new iPhone when it hits stores September 20th.



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  • Sony Unveils The Sony Xperia Z1
    Posted on September 5, 2013 by keith holland

    In what was a rush of announcements internationally, Sony unveiled the Sony Xperia Z1 today as well. This phone is built to succeed Sony's current flagship, the Xperia Z. Built to be a processing powerhouse with a crisp HD screen, the Sony Xperia Z1 is looking like it could join the upper echelon of smartphones, thrusting Sony near the forefront of the industry.



    First things first, this is probably Sony's best build ever. The Xperia Z1 features a lot of glass. The front and back are both built with glass, making things smooth and stylish. The phone is held together by a single, machined piece of aluminum, that softens the edge of the Xperia Z1's edges and doing so about as fashionably as possible. Inside, the phone is juiced with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor supercharged to 2.2 GHz and features a 20.7 megapixel camera, a large improvement on the Xperia Z's camera. The display measures in at 5 inches and is a full HD display.


    Like most of Sony's top-end phones, the Xperia Z1 is 100% waterproof. The waterproofing has actually been improved in this model, with ports like the headphone jack no longer requiring protective plugs.


    While this phone is certainly impressive, it remains to be seen where exactly it will fit in the changing mobile landscape. Many phones are on the verge of updates including two heavy-hitters, the HTC One and Apple iPhone 5. It will be very interesting to see how this phone stacks up to phones in this generation and the next one as words like octo-core and 41 megapixels float around in terms of what kind of muscle we will soon see in our smartphones. Needless to say, this phone is a bold statement for Sony who signal that they are ready to compete with the big boys instead of just lurking just below excellence like they did with the original Sony Xperia Z.



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  • Microsoft went on a shopping spree, buying up Nokia's phone and services division for a cool $7.2 Billion dollars. Nokia's line of phones, probably the most popular phones running the Windows OS, are now the property of the PC and Software giant. This move is being made to facilitate growth and improve Microsoft's position in the smartphone market. In addition to the buy, some suits are going to be shifting spots in the hierarchy of Nokia with most staying in the company, but maybe one, that being now-former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, moving into the big chair at Microsoft once now-CEO Steve Ballmer vacates his spot.


    Microsoft's deal will allow them to partner up more throughly with Nokia.

    The purchase breaks down like this. Microsoft is paying $5 Billion for pretty much all of Nokia's phone division. $2.2 Billion of the purchase price will go towards acquiring and licensing Nokia's numerous patents. As alluded to in the opening paragraph, where things get interesting is the moving of pieces in both companies hierarchies. The worst kept secret in the tech industry is the fact that Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer will be leaving his post sometime in the near future. It is believed that Nokia's former CEO Stephen Elop, who is getting shifted to Executive Vice-President of the devices and services division, could be next in line for the big job at Microsoft. While that remains to be seen and will play out over time, it certainly is interesting times at Microsoft.


    It'll be interesting to see what Microsoft can do to boost Nokia's promising line of phones. While not having the reach of IOS or Android, the Windows OS does have a lot of potential. It will be very interesting to see what greater integration will mean for these two mobile giants, and if, with their powers combined, they can finally tackle their common enemy, Apple and Samsung.



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  • Samsung is getting the jump on Apple in more ways than one in unveiling the Galaxy Gear smartwatch on September 4th. The unveil precedes Apple's press event on September 10th and the companies desire to release their own iteration of the smartwatch. Samsung is hoping that beating Apple to the punch will translate into results for the company, and finally get the Apple monkey off their back as they set the market for smartwatches on their own terms.


    The Samsung Galaxy Gear is set to ship in five different colours. This includes white, orange, grey, black, and gold. The curved screen that Samsung has shown off at tech events over the years will not be utilized by the Galaxy Gear as of yet, but by the sounds of things, the goal is to eventually produce a smartwatch with a curved screen. This certainly depends on how well the new device does at market and whether or not it is worthy of future investment. What we will likely see instead is a square OLED screen around 2.5 inches across.


    Image and video hosting by TinyPic Pictures of the supposed Samsung Galaxy Gear Patent

    Functionally, it appears as if the Galaxy Gear will feature advanced optimization with other Galaxy products like the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Tab. Some potential features include the ability to sync your watch instantaneously through an app with your phone, allowing you to do things like read text messages on your watch seamlessly. For those thinking that the watch will replace your phone or tablet, that is highly unlikely as features such as messaging and calling will need to be synced up with your existing device via a Bluetooth connection.


    While we are speculating, this is brand new tech. We are likely in for more than a few surprises come September 4th when Samsung holds its unveil for the Samsung Galaxy Gear. Whether or not Apple responds sooner or later with the iWatch remains to be seen, but the first shot across the bow of the smartphone war will be fired by Samsung.



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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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