Monday, November 17, 2014

Look Out iPad Mini, Nvidia's Shield Tablet Is Coming For You

Apple, You Have More Competition

While the iPad may be considered to be "THE" tablet to have, Nvidia's new Shield tablet offers an experience so similar, it's almost scary. First off, the actual feel of the tablet mimics that of the iPad. Everything from the curves to the edges takes influence directly from the iPad, and it's pretty plain to detect once it's in your hands. That being said however, the tablet itself is a bit bigger than the iPad Mini 3. The Shield tablet is a bit heavier, thicker, and taller than the Mini 3, but that doesn't REALLY matter in the grand scheme of things. The Shield comes with a full HD 1,920 x 1,200 resolution display and full stereo speakers on the front as well. In terms of consuming content and basic/light tablet use, it just might be better than the Mini 3
The "Not-For-Gaming" Gaming Tablet

Nvidia is known as a gaming company, and they've even released a console (The Shield Portable). It would be easy to assume that the tablet that they've released would be best suited for gaming, simply by association and track record. The tablet itself can, in fact, game on the go much like the Shield Portable. The only drawback is all of the accessories you need to game properly. What accessories? Well a controller for one and a reliable network for the other. Then if you want to get into multiplayer, you can, even on the same tablet! The problem is that you're gaming on a tablet device with a touchscreen between 4 different people. If your network isn't working well enough, then don't expect to play any top level games either. Enjoying gaming streams works well enough, if you plan on indulging in basic gaming app play.

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It Could Be The "Perfect" Media Tab

Being marketed as a gaming tablet could have it's drawbacks for the Shield. Reason being, that it is quite an excellent media tablet. One of the biggest reasons for this is the addition of a stylus with the tablet itself. As long as you have a strong enough connection, you can stream all sorts of software directly to your tablet. For example, Photoshop. Any artist that knows the program well enough has the perfect drawing tablet right in their hands, especially since the touch screen is pressure sensitive as well. Of course, streaming outside of your home might take a bit longer because of the lack of strength with the connection.

The Shield tablet comes with an optional magnetic case, which is highly recommended. It also costs only a fraction of the price of a Galaxy Tab or an iPad Mini 3. It gives the overall, same experience as any other top level tablet, and at only $300 starting price. It's definitely worth checking into.

If you're still having second thoughts about the Nvidia Shield, next year's model is said to have a 64-bit processor, making it even faster!


BlackBerry Is Getting Back To Their Roots With Their New Phone, But They Add The Android App Store

BlackBerry has decided that after almost going out of business and being the underdog for years, they are going to get back in touch with their roots. There are putting out a brand new phone that is inspired by their classic design, except this time they are going to have an Android app store.

The phone is called the BlackBerry Classic. It is going to be shipping out to retailers some time in the middle of December, and there is going to be an official launch event on December 17th.

The Classic is bringing back what originally made BlackBerry what it is. It is going to have a physical QWERTY keyboard underneath it's screen, which is going to be 3.46 inches. It will also have a small trackpad just like the good old days, along with home, back, and menu buttons.

The keyboard isn't the only option to use though. The screen will actually be a touchscreen with 720p high definition with a pixel density of 291 pixels per inch. It also has a dual core 1.5GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage which can be expanded with the use of a microSD card. Other features include an 8 megapixel camera in the back and a 2 megapixel camera in the front which is perfect for video calling.

The operating system is BlackBerry 10.3.1, and you can still download all of the BlackBerry apps from their own app store. On top of that, you will be able to get Android apps as well. This was one of the biggest things that made people hate BlackBerry. Their app store sucked and offered almost nothing, and Android was killing it with seemingly millions of super useful and fun apps. Now you get to have that with your BlackBerry.

This is going to be a 4G LTE phone, but it won't work with Verizon, Spring, or US Cellular. If you have anything else and you are interested in giving this phone a shot, you should be able to do so.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Move Over iPhone 6, Android One Is A More Serious Threat (In The Low-Cost Market)

When it comes to smartphone operating systems there are really only two big names, Android and iOS (but there is a company that rents them all). I mean, there are others, but they have yet to hit the popularity and esteem of these two. One such operating system is that of Windows Phone. While Windows Phones aren't necessarily bad devices, they simply have had a rough time surpassing Android and iOS devices. Unfortunately for Windows Phone things don't look to be getting any easier. Even though Apple has released the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus its Android that Windows Phone should really be fearing.

Google's Android One project could very well be the final nail in the coffin for Windows Phone, making sure that these devices never become a serious threat to the smartphone market. Apple's newest devices are high-end phones with high-end prices, as usual. The iPhone 6 comes in 16GB, 64GB and 128GB varieties that run $199, $299 and $399, respectively. The iPhone 6 Plus comes with the same three versions with $299, $399 and $499 price tags. 

These numbers make Microsoft extremely happy as the company as all but given up on high-end smartphones. As a result, Microsoft is starting to target consumers that are a little more careful with their money and ones who aren't necessarily willing to for over that kind of cash for a smartphone. The flagship of this new business model is the company's Lumia 830 Windows Phone which comes with a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and a 5" screen. 

Corporate Vice President of Mobile Device Sales at Microsoft Chris Weber was quoted recently at the IFA Electronics Show in Berlin stating that the new marketing strategy for Windows Phone would be pricing. "We're going to challenge Apple and Samsung and expose the premium they are charging for a phone," Weber stated. 

That's the precise reason Microsoft should be worried about Android One. Android One is a project from Google that is designed to reduce the cost of Android phones. The company's target is the developing world, where Nokia used to have a very large presence and where Microsoft is hoping to use the Nokia name to grab a market share with low-cost Windows Phones. 

Google, on the other hand, is making it very easy for phone manufacturers to produce low-cost phones that will run stock Android without any modifications. To make matters worse for Microsoft, Google has already lined up Acer, Alcatel OneTouch, Asus, HTC, Intex, Lava, Lenovo, Panasonic and Xolo along with chipmaker Qualcomm. Android One will launch first in India and then make its way to Indonesia, the Philippines and other South Asian countries by the end of this year. 

Google currently owns nearly 80% of the world's smartphone market. The biggest of these new markets are in developing countries, which is where Windows Phone needs to increase its profits. However, with Android One on the prowl it's unlikely that Microsoft will be able to make a dent in the market. While everyone is gawking at the new iPhones from Apple, Microsoft will be sweating bullets over Google's low-cost Android One phones.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Motorola Goes Crazy, Possibly Launching 8 New Smartphones Within Next 4 Months

Motorola has been popping up in the news left and right lately, but none of that news has been as exciting as the newest announcement from the mobile phone company. According to a recent report from TKTechNews, Motorola is planning on making up for its relatively quiet first half of the year by prepping as many as eight different smartphones all set to launch in the second half of this year. Yeah, you read that right, EIGHT different smartphones.

Phones like the Moto S and Moto X Play are poised to join the familiar Moto X+1 and Moto G but the real big news is that the company could be reviving the formerly popular Droid line with a potential three new Droid phones. If you are an avid follower of the mobile industry then you have probably already heard that Motorola should be releasing new versions of the Moto X and Moto G sometime around September 4. Outside of these two confirmations, everything else is rumor and hearsay, which is where things get tricky.

One model that recently started circling the rumor mill is code named "Shamu" and was tied to some talk regarding Nexus. However, this device could ultimately come out under the Moto S name when, or if, it ever surfaces for real. This shouldn't deter you from hoping for a Motorola Nexus, as that is always a possibility. In addition to that, the Moto X Play could also come out as a mini version of the Moto S.

Even more interesting is the fact that the Droid series of smartphones may no longer be exclusive to Verizon. An anonymous source has indicated that AT&T could be launching their very own branded versions of the handsets. Regardless of carrier, it is advisable for mobile users be on the lookout for a refreshed Droid and Droid Maxx in addition to a Droid Turbo, all set to come out this year. Side note: If you are a Star Wars fan then you will be pleased to know that one of these devices may be offered in conjunction with an upcoming Star Wars promotion, which is pretty exciting news if you ask me.

This is definitely an interesting report, amplified by the fact that we are already well into the second half of the year, meaning there isn't much time left for these eight new Motorola devices to start coming out for real. The specific eight devices that are rumored to be coming out are the Droid, Droid Maxx, Droid Turbo, Moto X+1, a successor to the Moto G, Moto S, Moto X Play and Motorola Nexus. While all these choices may seem like a good idea and a good way to boost sales for Motorola, this could have the opposite effect. Let me explain with an analogy I got from learning improvisational comedy: If I ask you to pick your favorite ice cream, it may take you a while to choose just one, but if I tell you to pick your favorite out of chocolate, strawberry or vanilla, your choice becomes easier and your response faster. Basically what I'm saying is sometimes less is more.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

One Phone, Two OS choices Android or Windows

HTC and Microsoft are debuting the HTC One (M8) for Windows, making it the first time a device is offered on multiple operating systems – Android and Windows.

The phone comes with HTC BlinkFeed, HTC BoomSound, Duo Camera with UltraPixel technology, a 5MP wide-angle front-facing camera and support for the HTC Dot View case. 
Other specs include Windows Phone 8.1 Update, which incorporates a host of meaningful innovations including Cortana, Action Center, Apps Corner, and Live Tiles.

Cortana is Windows’ personal digital assistant, makes her HTC debut in this phone. Cortana is adept at search and setting calendar appointments. Cortana also offers the ability to warn you when it’s time to leave for your next appointment or remind you to pick up toilet paper and bread on the way home.

The HTC One (M8) for Windows is also covered by HTC Advantage, which provides the industry’s only free cracked screen replacement.

The HTC One (M8) for Windows is available only through Verizon Wireless.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

All Windows Devices Will Be Running On The Same Software Soon

There are so many different versions of the Windows operating system for all the different devices out there, and it is really confusing and sometimes even frustrating. Microsoft realizes that they may have made a 'booboo', so they are planning on fixing it. Pretty soon you won't have to worry about all of the different versions of Windows on all of your devices because they will all be running on the exact same one.

CEO Satya Nadella told analysts this big news during the company's quarterly earnings call this past Tuesday. It seems like a way better idea considering that all of the different versions of Windows out there all use the exact same code. One of the executives even came right out and said that there were too many different versions of Windows out there. All signs have been pointing in this direction for a while, but this is the first time that there was an official statement about it. They are finally going to turn the next version of Windows into a single converged operating system that will work on all platforms and screen sizes.

The CEO also said that all the work will be done in the next year. This puts the big change on schedule with the introduction of Windows 9 which is supposed to come out in sometime in 2015. This means that by the end of next year all of the Windows phones, tablets, laptops, desktops, and even the Xbox will all be running on the same system. All of the huge differences between the regular Windows OS and the ones on Windows phones won't exist anymore. The only difference between each device's operating system is going to be the size of the screen it's running on.

There will, however, still be different ways that the software will be packaged and marketed. There will still be the basic and Pro versions of Windows and there will still be special modifications for company owners and things like that. But either way, all of the software will be able to run the same apps, which is a big deal to Microsoft because they have already tried to do the whole Universal Windows App thing.

There are still a few questions that remain unanswered. We don't know how it will work on the Xbox, and we don't know if Windows Phones will have a desktop. The truth is that they don't even know yet, but there is a huge team of engineers working on figuring all of that out right now.

This will be the first time that a major platform creator has unified its operating system across all of their devices. Exciting stuff!

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

How To Maximize Your Battery Life

So you are in a hurry, rush out the door, and forgot to grab your phone charger, laptop charger or car charger on the way out to a meeting; sadly there is no way to stop battery life from draining, but there is a lot of things you can do to slow it down so you can continue your day stress free.

So what drains your battery the most? In order to maximize your battery life, it's important to first understand what is the source of the major life-sucker of your laptop and/or phone. A lot of the times it is coming straight from your graphics, brightness settings and programs that are still running. Keep in mind that add-on devices on laptops; like flash drives, USB mice and PC cards are known to drain your battery life very quickly.

One tip is to change your power plan settings on your device. Whether it's your cellphone or laptop, turning down the brightness on your screen and closing out of apps and programs that are not in use can save you a ton of battery time. Adjust your devices LCD screen brightness. You already know that the brightness of your screen takes up a lot of power on your battery percentage, so the quickest way to save your battery for a while is to set your screen to the lowest possible setting. Next you want to take it a step further and try to find a section where Advanced Power Plan settings are available to change. Make sure to change anything that may lower battery life. For laptops, use the low power mode, the system cooling policy setting allows you to change whether the laptop will rely on fans for cooling down, or slow the processor down when the temperature gets too hot. Your computers performance might have a slight change in how fast it responds, but your battery will stay with you for a little longer.

For laptops, using hibernate mode instead of sleep mode allows your laptop to completely use zero power. So if you are taking a break, make sure to set your laptop in hibernate mode instead of sleep to reduce the risk of a dead battery when you return. Laptop batteries are always going to slowly lose their ability to charge as the years pass by, but when your laptop is constantly overheating your battery life is decreasing twice as fast. Make sure to never run your laptop in a hot environment for an extended period of time.

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Apple's iWatch Rumored To Have Round Face, But Should You Even Care About Wearables Anymore?

I'm a firm believer in "Don't knock it until you try it". The way that technology continues to grow and progress is so alarming that it's almost scary. I feel there is a shift happening right now. Some of us are oblivious to it. Others may know exactly what I'm talking about. New technologies are popping up left and right it seems. The biggest "trend", as some may call it right now, has got to be the wearables. There are so many of them popping up that I'm sure many of us have seen them somewhere. Google Glass was one of the main wearables that caught the attention of many people. After the "smart glass", we saw a lot of the smartwatches coming into the spotlight. Just about every large consumer tech company is creating their own wearable. Samsung has advertised their Galaxy Gear well enough that everyone should know about. Then there is Apple.

Apple is, essentially, the top dog in terms of overall consumer popularity and usage. They know this as well. They're far from oblivious. I can't tell if they've made the conscious effort to hold off on releasing their own version of the smartwatch. I suppose it wouldn't be too farfetched to say that Apple's iWatch is just fashionably late, but then again, it may be a business strategy.

Apple has had time to look at the competition. They've been planning and observing. Because of this they've been able to see the crowd response. They've looked at how the customers are reacting to the design of these smartwatches. Most of the smartwatches out there (including the Galaxy Gear) have a square face. This is where Apple's tardiness may have benefited them. Again, their absence in the smartwatch field is up to interpretation from anyone and everyone, so I could be wrong with my assumptions. Having said that, I personally think that this was their plan. The newest rumor spreading over the internet isn't regarding the release date or price. The rumor is actually talking about the design. Instead of the ever-popular square face, Apple's new iWatch is rumored to have a round face design. This could be the entire reasoning behind the whole "year late to the party" thing. Design does play a big role in this type of technology, especially since it can be viewed as a fashion statement.

Even though Apple may be the company to pull the wearable out of the grave, I still feel that the wearable is on its way out. It's not become popular enough to warrant any real purchase. There are usually certain stipulations involving these gadgets. They normally have to be coupled with some other type of mobile device, i.e. your cell phone. The smartwatches out now aren't designed to stand alone. If Apple's design team is able to make something that can stand alone and doesn't need to be tethered to a phone, they may just cause the wearable market to thrive.

If Apple isn't able to keep the wearable market alive with their iWatch, then I feel it's safe to say that the wearable market is a dead end. They've had the time to analyze the reception of the new devices and are able to develop theirs with that reception in mind. Here's hoping that the iWatch can make the change, but if Apple can't do it, then it would be my suggestion to the rest of the consumer tech companies to throw in the towel.

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This Security App Will Email You Pictures Of Who Stole Your Phone

This past Wednesday, Lookout added some new features to their mobile security app. These are features that you won't find on most other mobile security apps. With Lookout, you can now protect yourself from malware and spyware, and with the newest version of the app you can even protect yourself against theft. Now, the app will send theft alerts just minutes after it detects suspicious activities.

That moment when you realize you haven't checked your phone in a bit and you decide to grab it from your pocket just to find out that it isn't there is one of the most terrifying experiences anyone can have. Especially if your phone is a really expensive one that would cost a lot to replace or if you have a lot of personal information on it. The goal for Lookout with their new features is to help put your mind a little more at ease in those dark times of fear and desperation.

The way it works is pretty awesome. You can set up a custom list of actions that will trigger alerts. For example, you could make it so that your phone triggers an alert when someone removes the SIM card, enables airplane mode, turns the phone off, or if someone enters the wrong passcode.

When one of these things happens, it triggers an alert. When an alert is triggered, your phone will immediately snap a picture with its front facing camera and will record the exact location of the device. Once the picture has been taken and the location has been recorded, it will send you an email with a picture of whoever has your phone and give you its location so that you can go track down your stuff and beat someone up for stealing your phone. Or, you know... just ask nicely to have it back or call the cops. The email it sends will also give you the resources you need to file a police report on the spot if you want.

The app itself is free for either Android or iOS. To get the theft alert feature you'll need a subscription that costs $3 a month or $30 a year. It seems like a very small price to pay for any business travelers out there who find themselves in different places and situations more often than most people. If you already have the app, you can use the theft alert feature for free until September.

Theft and violence have been growing problems that surround smartphones and smartphone users recently. It has become such an issue that some states are even passing new laws to combat those issues. In California manufacturers are even requiredto give customers a way to remotely disable their phones and wipe them clean in order to prevent as much damage as possible.

This isn't the 1950's, and crime seems to be affecting everyone these days. You might as well protect yourself with one of the coolest security apps out right now.

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Skype's Video Calling Is Now Free For Everyone

The day has come where Skype's group video calling feature is free for everyone to take advantage of. Skype has had video calling since 2010, but in 2011 they made it a feature that you had to pay extra for in order to use.

Currently, group video calls aren't supported on mobile, but the company has said that they are working on making this available across all platforms. This probably means that group video calling will be coming to mobile in the near future at no cost.

Back in 2010 when Skype first came out with group video calls, it was the only service that could offer that type of feature on such a large scale. Around the time that Google+ and Google Hangouts came about, they changed the game by offering the same thing for free. Many people ditched Skype for Google Hangouts, especially when it came to professional group video calling for business related purposes. Why wouldn't they? Google really stuck it to Skype with that one.

However, it quickly became clear that Google Hangouts wasn't quite as reliable as the service that Skype was offering. Google was still the main choice just because it was free, and Google was the first to bring group video chats to its mobile apps, which was a huge convenience. The Google Hangouts service kept getting better, and last year they even started integrating all of the VolP, text, video and chat features into Google Hangouts which made it even more convenient and made Skype less relevant.

Since Skype has decided to make their group video calling feature free, this probably means that they realize they have fallen behind because of services like Google Hangouts. Google isn't the only one either; there is FaceTime, ooVoo, Tango, Line, Viber, Qik, and so many other services doing the same thing, that it is actually amazing that Skype hasn't fallen off the map completely yet.

It doesn't take much for a website or service to be forgotten about these days when something new and better comes out. Maybe making their group video calling feature free will be enough to save them, but they may have waited a little bit too long on this one. The one thing they have going for them is the fact that they are probably one of the most reliable video calling services, and they were the biggest name for a while. They still have the most recognized name in their field, so maybe bouncing back won't be that hard.

The main point here is this: the service is free now, so go ahead and take advantage of it.

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Working On The Go With Only A Smartphone

Everyone has a smartphone these days. Lots of people have adopted them as one of their main sources of entertainment. But for a lot of us, they are more than that. Sometimes when you are traveling, they can be one of the only tools available to get a job done. You need to be able to stay productive no matter what situation you're in. Today we're going to show you a few different apps that can get you by when you are away from your office and still need to take care of your responsibilities.


Dropbox is one of the biggest providers of cloud storage, and whether you are on your phone or your computer, it is one of the most useful tools for many different business applications. As far as cell phones go, did you know that you can back up your phone completely with Dropbox? If it gets lost, stolen, broken, or damaged to the point where it isn't usable, as long as you have backed up your files and contacts to Dropbox, you are completely fine aside from needing a new phone. You can also set it up to automatically upload photos and contacts every time you add a new one. You can access your files from your smartphone or computer, so it is an awesome storage tool for all of your important documents, even aside from what is on your phone.

CoPilot GPS

Obviously, when you are traveling, you have to know where you are going and how to get there. You may think that Google Maps is the best GPS service for your phone, but what happens when you are in an area that doesn't have very good cell coverage? We've all been there: Stuck in the middle of nowhere, and can't figure out where to go because you have no service and Google Maps won't load. CoPilot downloads your maps and stores them offline so that you will never be stuck without them again. If nothing else, its great as a backup when you are in the middle of nowhere in the middle of the night and scared for your life when you have no service.


Instant messaging might seem like a thing of the past, but this app is actually one of the most useful things to have when you are communicating with co-workers or any other situation where you have to speak within a group. For those of us who have iPhones, and only talk to other people with iPhones, group messaging isn't a problem. The problem with that is the fact that it never happens, because not everyone has an iPhone. WhatsApp allows you to have super easy group text conversations, no matter what type of phone or service you have. I really don't have to explain why this is necessary, do I? Also, you don't have to come up with a goofy and unprofessional screen name, it just uses your phone number.

These are just a few apps to help you get by in every day life while you are on the go. You can get all of these apps for either iPhone or Android. Have fun staying rich and productive.

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

New Mid-Range Galaxy Tablets From Samsung Could Be Perfect For You!

Let it be known that tablets are taking over completely, if they haven't already. What used to be thought of as a luxury can now be found in almost any home, and to be honest, no one is really complaining. Obviously though, this didn't happen over night. There is a lot that has gone into making these devices more affordable and accessible. The biggest reason is obviously the price range has decreased. With so many other companies following suit from Apple's iPad, almost any tech company offers a multitude of different tablets for customers to choose from. Ever since the release of the iPad and it's many progressions, tablets are no longer a burden to get. Companies like Samsung are even offering tablet options for customers who may want something better than the bottom, but not too many bells and whistles at the same time.

Samsung has actually just released a new line of tablets for those of you who may be looking for a newer mid-range tablet. Perfect for those of us who may want to have our tablets do what we want them to do, as well as do a bit more.

The new Tab4 series could be perfect for that college student in need, or the business exec with the meeting next Friday.

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If we look under the hood to see whats making these mid-range tablets so "mid-range-y", we'll find some decent inner workings. A Quad-core 1.2GHz processing chip along with the Android 4.4 KitKat OS should guarantee that your new mid-level tablet works exactly how you need it to. Again, nothing to flashy, but definitely will get the job done. The tablets come standard with Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11n Wi-Fi capabilities as well so you'll be able to surf the web properly and have your video conference calls on your Bluetooth headset. For those concerned about the photo taking qualities, the new tablets will come with a 3MP rear camera and a 1.3 MP front facing camera. The screens aren't bad either, coming in at 1280x800 pixel resolution rate.

So far there are only 3 sizes for the Tab4 series as well. Samsung has released a 7 inch model, an 8 inch model, and a 10.1 inch model as well. You're given the choice of either black or white when going with your tablet. Aesthetically they look very clean, as you would expect from Samsung. It does seem a bit weird to have a model that is only 1 inch bigger than another when they all have the same specs. Not sure if that extra inch is really gonna mean anything in the long run other than the slightly larger screen. If you are going for a larger screen though, you may as well cut out the middle man all together and just go for the 10.1 inch model. Either way it's all up to the customer.

If Samsung is able to put the price tag at somewhere around $350, then you can bet that all of the other tablet competitors have something to be nervous about. Half of the time, the name is what raises the price of a device. However, if Samsung can give you a good quality device, with their name, and put it at a reasonable price, then they are showing that they can hang with the big dogs and possibly sway some customers over to their side.

If you aren't sure about the tablet though, it may be the best choice to rent before you buy and commit. At least this way, you can see what you may possibly want to throw you're money at later on.


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Netgear N300 Trek Travel Router Keeps You Connected Like Never Before

One of the more overlooked devices that debuted at CES was the Netgear N300 Trek wireless router. It's a really small, USB powered device that lets you share a wired or wireless internet connection with several different devices at a time. You can also use it to boost a weak Wi-Fi signal.

Getting started with this little guy is pretty simple. You have to first choose which type of network you are connecting to, either wireless or wired, and then slide up the antenna. It comes configured with an SSID and a randomly generated password. Once you get everything together and open up the default web page for the device you can save a profile for the hotspot you're connecting to, then select the network you are connecting the router to, and then you'll be taken to the network's log in page.

Once you are all hooked up, you can connect as many devices as you'd like without having to log in again. You can connect all of your wireless devices, but you are not limited to wireless connections because it even comes with Ethernet ports for all of your wired devices.

This comes in super handy when staying in hotel rooms while you are traveling. First of all, most hotel rooms have very outdated technology. They aren't meant to handle our current multi-device lifestyle. Also, lots of hotel rooms make you pay for your internet connection per device you have. If you get your password that you paid for, just use this device and connect all your other devices to it. It's kind of cheating the system.

This is the perfect device for any business traveler. On top of it being perfect, it is almost a necessity at this point for anyone who needs to stay connected on the road to keep their life going.

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Friday, March 7, 2014

Azoi Releases Wello iPhone Case That Monitors User's Vitals

Personal health is (or at least should be) important to most people. Keeping yourself relatively healthy and keeping yourself in check can be difficult, especially if you are constantly on the go. However, thanks to a new case for the iPhone, all that is about to change.

Designed by Azoi this iPhone case, known as Wello, is designed to measure a plethora of vitals including blood pressure, electrocardiography (ECG), heart rate, blood oxygen, temperature and lung function. According to the company, the case will offer a high level of accuracy in an attempt to make users more aware of their health.

The case has multiple built-in sensors that are easy to trigger. All you have to do is simply hold the case near your body for a few moments as key bodily functions are recorded. The gathered information then passes to the Wello app on your smartphone where it will be interpreted, measured and displayed all on your phone. In addition to that, the case can also talk to pedometers, sleep trackers and other fitness devices to incorporate additional data.

As of right now Azoi has only designed the case for the iPhone. The Wello case fits the iPhone 5, 5S and 4S and communicates to the phone via Bluetooth. According to Azoi, Wello is compatible with other iOS devices as well as Android phones running KitKat and equipped with Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). If you're confused about how a case designed for the iPhone fits an Android device Azoi has an answer. The case can be equipped with a special attachment that would adhere to Wello making it fit.

Devices like the Wello are becoming increasingly popular. Products like the Fitbit Force, Jawbone Up, and Nike+ FuelBand are all wearable gadgets that monitor health and fitness and are capable of syncing with your smartphone. However, the Wello is the only device that doesn't make you buy an extra accessory, though the case is not as convenient as a wearable device and is also more expensive.

The device is currently available for preorder in the US, Canada, Europe, China and other regions with the device set to ship in the Fall of 2014 though the case still needs approval from the FDA before it can be released in the US.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Apple Launches iOS In The Car

As of March 2014, Apple has finally announced its 'iOS in the car' project that has been rumored about for quite a few years. The project goes by the name of Apple CarPlay.

Apple CarPlay is a system that wires your iPhone apps with your car's digital system allowing you to have easier access to control all of your phone while traveling. The basic idea of CarPlay is allowing you to use your iPhone functions like maps, receiving phone calls, and incoming texts more easily. No more glancing down at your cellphone while at the wheel trying to read directions. Everything will be controlled by Siri so you won't have to take your hands off the wheel. Only the iPhone 5S, 5C and the iPhone 5 will be compatible along with all new iPhones that will be soon to come.

CarPlay allows you to use your iPhone's messaging by reading your text messages aloud, play your iTunes music and navigate more efficiently using Apple Maps through a better display screen. It's safer, easier and more convenient while driving. CarPlay already has many confirmed apps which feature, Beat Radio, Spotify, iHeartRadio and Stitcher. Many more options will become available in time as we see this new technology arise later this year.

The only down side to all this is that CarPlay is not a driverless system! You can not command Siri to drive you home.

CarPlay will be used three ways; through Siri, using a touchscreen built into your car or using the car's physical buttons and/or controls. Currently, there are no cars with CarPlay on the road at this time, but they are hitting the streets later this year with models from Honda, Jaguar, Kia and Volvo, including many more companies that have already committed to supporting the CarPlay platform.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Keeping Your Data Safe During Travel

Usually, when you are on the road traveling, the last thing you are going to think of is keeping your data secure. But either way, the data contained within your mobile devices is extremely vulnerable to security breaches whether you're thinking about it or not. When you connect to Wi-Fi hot spots while you're at the airport and dealing with important business over unsecure wireless connections, you are actually taking a pretty big risk. There are a few things that you should always keep in mind while you are working on the go in order to make sure that you and your information stays as safe as possible.

1. Make Sure Your Passwords Are Strong

I would hope that this would go without saying. We get it pushed down our throats all the time, and now even when you sign up for something it requires you to create a strong password. But surprisingly enough, "12345678" is still one of the most commonly used passwords of all time. There is actually very efficient password cracking software out there that uses the 1,000 most common passwords, and it is proven to crack 8 percent of users passwords. You should always make sure you have at least an 8 character password that includes one uppercase letter and one number. Those type of passwords are hard for programs to crack.

2. Unencrypted Connections Are Sketchy. Treat Them As Such.

Free Wi-Fi at fast food places or coffee shops seems like a good idea. It's free, and it convenient. Although you should always keep in mind that public connections don't require a password or authentication. This means that they are open for anyone to access them, even hackers. If a connection requires a password or some type of authentication, that means that it is encrypted and generally at least a little bit more safe.

3. Just Because You Pay For A Connection Doesn't Make It Secure

Just because a place charges you money to connect to their internet does not mean that it's secure. They don't care about you or your information, they are just happy you gave them money. After that, everything else is your problem. It's hard to tell how safe any connection is unless it's your own, so just make sure that you use caution when you have to do this.

4. Use Software To Locate Your Device

Mobile Device Management software is used to locate your device in case it gets stolen. In the event that something does happen to your device, you can log into your account with a computer or a different device and delete everything on your lost phone. You can also generally track it via GPS and get a good idea of where it is at. Apple products like the iPhone come standard with this type of software, and it is an absolute life saver. Most other manufacturers at least offer something like this, and if not, there are lots of third party apps that to do exact same thing just as good.

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

How To Keep Your Android Device Clean And Fast

There are plenty of reasons why you should make sure to clean out your Android device periodically. When you have tons of apps installed, a lot of them have routines that run constantly and can take away from the performance of your phone. What is even worse than that is the fact that some of them continuously access the internet. This can be a big problem if you do not have unlimited data, which most of us do not.

On top of that, expandable storage on smartphones is becoming more rare with every new smartphone launch. So having all of these old apps and all of their data is taking up useful storage space that you could be using for something... useful.

If your cell phone is suffering from a lack of storage and/or slow performance, then you should take advantage of this article and figure out how to identify and remove the useless things that are taking up all of the precious space on your device.

Store Your Media Elsewhere

All of your media doesn't have to travel with you in your pocket for the rest of your life. Let's face it, you're never going to look at most of it ever again, even if you don't want to delete it. So, if your phone storage is getting low, offload your media to a PC.

if you open your device's settings, you can see a graph that shows all of the storage in use and the available space you have left. You can look at this to determine where you should start freeing up space. Pay attention to the pictures and videos section. These take up a lot of space, and they make the most sense to store on your computer instead of your phone.

To do this, open the settings option under "Storage" on the device. Touch USB connection on an Android KitKat device and then connect as Media Device. Then plug in a USB cable from the device to your PC and let the drivers automatically install on the PC. After that, all you have to do is use Windows Explorer to browse through all of your phone's files and drag them on to your computer into any folder that you would like them to be saved under. After they have been successfully removed from the device, just delete them off the phone. You can even reverse this to put them back on your device later if you want to.


 You can also get a couple different organization apps and third party screen locks, like Cover Lock Screen. Some screen lock apps are useful if you have tons of app launch icons on your home screen. They can even learn which apps you use, when you use them, and from where, and then deliver them as you need them. This is pretty successful in cutting down on date usage.

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