Our first 'Thank Gadget It's Friday' feature, Dexim's remote controlled Monster Truck for Apple devices
We're making Fridays even more fun at the Pure Mobile blog, with a new weekly feature we're calling 'Thank Gadget It's Friday,' or TGIF for short.
What better way to wrap up the week than with our favorite gadgets? And in this feature, we'll be bringing you our top picks in mobile accessories, from the coolest smartphone cases to the best phone docks and speakers.
Definitely a toy for grown ups, the Dexim RC Truck uses Apple devices, like iPhone, iPad and iPod in lieu of a traditional controller. All you need is the free app that's provided when you purchase the truck.
But that's not the only difference between this suped-up mobile accessory and a regular remote controlled car. Dexim's monster truck can be controlled by either traditional touch sensor or "gravity sensor," which lets you control the vehicle by tilting your device in different ways.
The truck also has multiplayer mode for racing with friends, and comes with three preset stations that let you "automatically ZigZag, Spin, or Dance your vehicle to music."
As far as mobile accessories go, the Dexim RC Truck may not top the list of most needed, but it's certainly among the most exciting, and would certainly make a great gift for the techie in your life. Though we can think of more than a few people who'd simply want one for themselves.
Humankind's fascination with gadgets can only be rivalled by our longstanding fascination with water.
So, even though we quake with fear at the thought of submerging our iPads, iPhones and other devices, it shouldn't really surprise us that, when people go swimming or surfing, they want to take their tablet or smartphone along.
We've already seen something of the waterproofing trend from LifeProof – the San Diego-based company boasts what's been called the slimmest waterproof case for iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S.
This time, LifeProof has taken its efforts to tablets, with the waterproof Nüüd iPad case. The product gets its name from the fact that there's actually no screen covering – your iPad's naked glass screen is already waterproof, and adding an extra film on top only reduces clarity.
Instead, the Nüüd case seals around the glass and provides a waterproof backing for the rest of the iPad. There's also access at the bottom for charging and syncing, so you don't have to constantly take the case off and put it back on again.
As Gadgetwise points out, you still may not want to do any serious snorkeling with your iPad, since it wasn't really designed for that. But the new iPad case is great for poolside, a day at the beach, or any other routine encounter with water.
You may swear to have never texted on the toilet, but show me the techie who says they've never brought their phone or tablet into the bathroom, and I'll show you a liar. In any case, waterproofing just makes solid sense.
Any survival expert will tell you that where there's life, there's water. But as we at Pure Mobile know, where there's life, there's also tech.
“The cases were created by case manufacturers in anticipation of the upcoming models. Designs are based on leaked specs coming out of Foxconn factories,” says MacRumors.
While the new iPhone 5 case is taller than the iPhone 4S, the case for the iPad mini is smaller than the current iPad 3 case
If the specs are right, those who believe bigger is better will be happy to know that the new iPhone 5 will in fact be larger than the current iPhone 4S, though it'll just be taller, not wider, with a 4” diagonal screen.
As for those who think less is more, the case designed for the new iPad Mini is smaller than the iPad 3 case shown in the image, but not significantly. The new device is rumored to have a 7.85” screen.
The size comparison as outlined by MacRumors
As Gizmodo noted, “ if that iPad Mini shell is accurate, the realization that it's not a total dwarf next to the 10-inch iPad, kinda makes the idea of one all the more tantalizing.”
For now, it's all just speculation, but we're likely to have at least part of the truth on September 12th, when Apple's expected to unveil the iPhone 5 at a press conference. However, we'll have to wait a little longer to see the new iPad Mini, which is expected to be unveiled at some point in October.
Apple and Samsung are getting even pettier with their patent war, and the judge is getting fed up with it.
Judge Lucy Koh took advantage of a day off from listening to the two in court to issue rulings that re-define the boundaries around Samsung’s arguments that they didn’t infringe on Apple’s iPad design or that Apple didn't have the rights to the design in the first place.
Samsung appears to have crossed the line with their argument that Apple lifted it from the movie “2001: A Space Odyssey.” In a scene from the 1968 film, astronauts are eating and using personal tablet computers. Samsung argues that Apple got the idea for the iPad from that scene.
According to Samsung, the tablet in the movie “has an overall rectangular shape with a dominant display screen, narrow borders, a predominately flat front surface, a flat back surface (which is evident because the tablets are lying flat on the table’s surface), and a thin form factor.” That describes an iPad alright.
Samsung responded to Judge Koh’s statements with a press release that said, “Samsung was not allowed to tell the jury the full story and show the pre-iPhone design for that and other phones that were in development at Samsung in 2006, before the iPhone. The excluded evidence would have established beyond doubt that Samsung did not copy the iPhone design”.
Apple and Samsung are back in court today. We’ll see whether they’re paying any attention to Judge Lucy, and are ready to get back to the point.
Choices, choices, choices and oh so many choices what PC Tablet should I choose to own. Well let me help as here's a list of some of your many PC Tablet Options to own.
1.) Most PC Tablets have a screen ranging from 7- up to 13-inches with no definite static and blurry boundaries as Smartphone screens get larger displays. The Toshiba AT200 was released in January 2012 and features a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 TFT display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 5MP rear camera, 2MP front camera and a decent array of ports including micro SD, USB and HDMI. The Toshiba AT200 is literally the world's thinnest 10-inch tablet with price tag between $399 to $499.
2.) The Sony Tablet Swas released in September 2011 featuring a unique design angle, styled to resemble a folded over paperback book and an Android 3.1 operating system. The Sony Tablet S also features other exclusive content including various for the Sony PlayStation titles which you won't get on other Android tabs. It also includes a very user friendly touch-screen and unique shape which definitely makes it a standout. Sony Tablet S& Sony Tablet S currently retails for $349 for 16GB and $429 for 32GB.
3.) The ASUS Transformer Pad 300 was recently release in May 2012 featuring the power of a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, a 10.1-inch display and 12 hour battery life. The tablet also comes with running Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box meaning it'll already up to date with most Android Operating Systems. The ASUS Transformer Pad 300 retails for $399, its price difference is most notable with when it comes to the materials used to build the ASUS Transformer Pad 300.
4.) The Apple iPad 2 is a favorite among many tablet users that was released in March 2011 that still features a top tablet experience with access to the Apple store and iTunes libraries. Unfortunately the iPad 2 is currently only available in 16GB and retails for between $399-$699 depending on your chosen iPad features.
5.) The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 was released in October 2011 featuring smaller and lighter Galaxy Tab 8.9 which is perfect for reading books, checking emails and browsing the Internet. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 is great for those who want an e-reader with extra media functions, or for those who are more weight than screen size Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 is perfect for budget friendly tablet shoppers ranging between $300-400 depending once again on your chosen features.
6.) The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 was released in July 2011 and features 10.1-inch (1280 x 800) display, 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor, 1GB RAM, 3.15MP rear camera with 720p video recording, 2MP front camera and the choice of 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of internal storage. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 claims to be “smaller, thinner and lighter than the new iPad 3, and with a screen which matches the iPad 2 the Galaxy Tab 10.1 provides a real alternative in an Apple-dominated tablet market.” The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1retails for $399.
7.) The Samsung's Series 7 Slate features was released in September 2011 and features a powerful touch-screen Windows 7 PC, with a very Windows-8-like optional interface. The Samsung Series 7 S late isthe fastest Windows 7 tablet we've tested, and paired with its optional accessories providing one of the best tablet laptop experiences you ever have. However, its $1400 price tag may be a bit too expensive for most consumers.
8.) The ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 high resolution screen is a rival to any other PC tablet because of its sharpness and clarity display, the applications load exceptionally quickly and is described as being “a state of the art PC Tablet.” The ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 also features a Tegra 3 chip and 8-megapixel camera, but it adds a higher-res, 1920 x 1200 display. The ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700retails for $499 with some pending price cuts.
9.) The Toshiba Excite 7.7was just released earlier this year in 2012 featuring a AMOLED screen, a quad-core processor, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. This PC Tablet also measures 8 inches wide, 5.31 inches tall, is about a fourth of an inch thick and is a lightweight contender at 0.77 pound which is lightweight and easy to handle. The display has a resolution of 1,280x800 pixels, which makes watching videos that fit its 16:10 aspect some of the best video you'll see on a PC Tablet. The Toshiba Excite 7.7retails for between $479.99-$599.99.
10.) The Samsung Galaxy Tablet 2 10.1 is the newest member of the Android Tablet family that was just released in summer 2012. The Samsung Galaxy Tablet 2 10.1features offers near-identical specs, including a 10-inch, 1280 x 800 PLS display, dual-core 1GHz TI chip, 1GB of RAM and a minimum of 16GB of internal memory storage as its predecessor the Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. It also features a 1280 x 800 PLS panel and is slightly thicker 1.29 pounds / .41 inches thick vs. 1.25 pounds / .33 inches than its predecessor. The Samsung Galaxy Tablet 2 10.1retails for between $399-$499 depending upon your chosen memory chosen.
Apple has extended its deal for exclusive access to Liquidmetal (for use in consumer electronics equipment) for two more years. This could mean the rumors are true that this incredibly tough metal alloy might be used as the casing material for the iPhone 5.
So far, Apple has only used Liquidmetal for the SIM ejector tool for their iPhones and iPads. It could be that this is Apple’s way of testing the material and the manufacturing process together before committing to its use in a component as critical as the iPhone’s case.
It could also mean that we are seriously over-thinking this one, and Apple just likes the Liquidmetal ejector tools.
The opinions are flying around the internet about how Microsoft’s Surface stacks up against the Apple iPad 3. Some of the loudest Microsoft critics are insisting that Surface is just an iPad imitation, and not the tablet with the heart of a PC Microsoft that proclaimed it to be just hours ago.
According to Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White in a note to investors on Tuesday, Microsoft’s debut tablet amounts to an iPad clone. He said, “Last night, Microsoft announced Surface, a ‘new family of PCs for Windows’ that are tablets with some of the functionality of a PC. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, the compliments from Microsoft poured down like a torrential storm on Apple last night. At the same time, this event indicates to us that Microsoft is still searching for its own identity in the post-PC era, something that has come naturally for Apple with the rise of the mobile Internet.”
White said there are enterprise niches that the new Microsoft tablets can fill, but he doesn’t see Surface appealing to the masses. “On the surface, we believe Microsoft’s tablet-related products may have a place in certain parts of the enterprise world that require Windows-based solutions; however, we found little in yesterday’s presentation that would convince us that a consumer would prefer Surface over an iPad.”
Just competing on price with the iPad is going to be a challenge for Surface. White said Surface will have to come in at a price point that offers a “healthy discount” compared to Apple’s tablets. He doesn’t see how Microsoft can beat the iPad 2′s $399 price or even the new iPad’s $499. Then there’s the iPad “mini” that’s due to arrive later this year with a price point of somewhere between $250 and $300. As White put it, “that will provide a more cost competitive product for Apple and [open] up a new market segment.”
Expectations for tablet sales keep increasing. The market research firm IDC just released a new study that shows a higher demand for tablets than they expected by the end of 2012 and beyond. IDC expects tablet shipments to reach 107.4 million this year, up from 106.1 million units.
By year end, the Apple iPad is expected to account for 62.5% of total global shipments, up from 58.2% in 2011. Android tablet market share looks like it will decline from 38.7% in 2011 to 36.5% in 2012.
In the longer term, IDC upped its 2013 tablet forecast from 137.4 million to 142.8 million units. The research firm expects 2016 worldwide shipments to reach 222.1 million units.
Tom Mainelli, research director for Mobile Connected Devices at IDC explained the increases this way: “Demand for media tablets remains robust, and we see an increasing interest in the category from the commercial side. We expect pending new products from major players, increasingly affordable mainstream devices, and a huge marketing blitz from Microsoft around Windows 8 to drive increased consumer interest in the category through the end of the year.”
There’s no doubt that Google organized a big community really fast with its Google+ social network, but a former Engineering Director at Google is denouncing the service as a means to an end: creating a tool to gather as much information as possible on users for the purpose of capturing more dollars from its advertisers. Sounds very similar to Mobile service providers creating locked in long term contracts that siphon more and mo0re money from users.
Spencer Tipping, a programmer who left Google about a month ago, authored a blog post describing the pros and cons of the Google culture. His post delves into the technological environment and the corporate culture at the company. He called Google+ a big corporate culture con game.
As Tipping put it, “I think Google+ is an effort that does not deserve the engineering minds at Google. This is mostly a personal bias. I see Google as solving legitimately difficult technological problems, not doing stupid things like cloning Facebook. Google, in my opinion, lost sight of what was important when they went down this rabbit hole.”
Tipping admitted that he disagreed with what he called Google’s “ubiquitous political emphasis on Google+ that sometimes compromised other engineering efforts.”
Tipping might be carrying some baggage on the subject of Google+, but the pros in his blog post outweighed the cons. He also said he left the company “mostly because I wanted to take the time to pursue stuff closer to my interests.”
If there are any fears about the future of a Job-less Apple, Apple’s VP of Industrial Design Jonathan Ive wants to put them to rest. In an interview this week with The Telegraph, Ive said that his most impressive work at Apple has yet to come. We’ll take him at his word. Jobs sure knew how to surround himself with an amazing team of talent.
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Ive is one of the Apple leaders who helped make Apple become the most valuable company in the world. Ive played a major part of the creation of more than a few of Apple’s superstars, including the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and he says that Apple’s best work is yet to come. When asked by The Telegraph’s Shane Richmond which of his designs he will most likely be remembered for, Ive said, ”That’s a really tough one. A lot does seem to come back to the fact that what we’re working on now feels like the most important and the best work we’ve done, and so it would be what we’re working on right now, which of course I can’t tell you about.”
The British designer was knighted this week in London.