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Samsung reportedly prepping two tablets with AMOLED displays

Samsung is reportedly planning on equipping two new tablets with their new AMOLED displays  that are currently available on the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy Note 3. The following article from BGR explains that one tablet is going to have an 8 inch screen and the other will be 10 inches. It is no surprise that Samsung is working on making brighter, clearer and lighter displays in order to compete with Apple and their coined “Retina” screens.

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Samsung reportedly prepping two tablets with AMOLED displays

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iOS 7 hits 74 percent adoption rate

There were mixed feelings about Apple’s iOS 7 upon its release on September 18, 2013. Apple has released official data showing that indicates a 74 percent adoption rate for iOS 7. That’s 3 out of every 4 Apple devices. The following article from iDownloadBlog states

“The 74 percent iOS 7 adoption rate is a huge share no matter how you look at it, especially versus the 22 percent seen by iOS 6. The company put the older iOS versions at just four percent.

By comparison, Android 4.4 KitKat is currently installed on a meager 1.1 percent of Android devices.”

Find out more in the full article below.

Official: iOS 7 hits 74 percent adoption rate

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FCC to discuss lifting cellphone ban on in-flight voice calls and cellular data

Recently the United States Federal Aviation Administration has cut passengers a break by finally allowing them to use their smartphones on tablets in-flight as long as they are in “airplane mode” which cuts off all data and internet connection. This was based on worry that the radio signals would interfere with avionics. Now, the FCC is proposing that passengers may make in-flight phone calls and use cellular data above 10,000 feet. However, this service would only be available on specially equipped planes. This would greatly change the way the average person spends their time while traveling by air. Hopefully the FCC passes this proposal in December.

 

http://www.idownloadblog.com/2013/11/21/fcc-to-discuss-lifting-cellphone-ban-on-in-flight-voice-calls-and-cellular-data/

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Apple files for 5 new patents related to Liquidmetal, 3D printing

Apple has filed for 5 new patents regarding Liquidmetal Technologies that would likely be used to build their next generation products. This article on idownloadblog states that Liquidmetal alloys actually prove to be a stronger and harder substance based on its molecular structure compared to traditional alloys. The fact that 3D printing would be used opens a lot of possibilities in construction of such devices. “Apple suggests that this is quicker and less expensive than traditional machining.”

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http://www.idownloadblog.com/2013/11/22/apple-liquidmetal-3d-print/

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Due to ‘volatile state,’ Pfizer tells staff to ditch BlackBerry for iPhone and Android

Pfizer is one of the largest pharmaceutical companies with a staff of over 90,000 people. In a recent memo posted on Bloomberg,

“Pfizer told employees who use BlackBerry devices to instead get an Apple Inc. phone or one run on Google Inc.’s Android operating system. The drugmaker cited Waterloo, Ontario-based BlackBerry’s declining market share and noted that the company attempted to sell itself.

“In response to declining sales, the company is in a volatile state,” New York-based Pfizer told employees in a memo obtained by Bloomberg News. “We recommend that BlackBerry clients use their BlackBerry devices and plan to migrate to a new device at normal contract expiration.”

This is bad news for Blackberry, but worse things are happening for the company. They recently announced they had $1 billion in unsold products and would have to cut 4,500 jobs. Blackberry is struggling in the industry of mobile technology with little hope to catch up to its competitors.

 

http://www.idownloadblog.com/2013/11/15/pfizer-blackberry-switching/

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-14/pfizer-ditching-blackberry-over-volatile-state-of-maker.html

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Electronic Arts launches Battlefield 4 Tablet Commander companion app

If you’re a fan of Battlefield 4 you’ll be excited to hear about the new app Electronic Arts released for tablets. An article on idownloadblog states “the Battlefield 4 Tablet Commander app provides a no-compromise second-screen experience letting you command the battlefield and compete with the opposing teams commander directly from your iPad, using easy touch gestures and drag-and-drop interface.” Also, “other features include the ability to jam the enemy’s radar using EMP, call in UAVs to scan the area, send reinforcement, supplies and vehicles to your troops on the ground, all via the nicely done drag and drop controls.”

Check out the full article below.

 

http://www.idownloadblog.com/2013/11/15/electronic-arts-launches-battlefield-4-tablet-commander-companion-app/

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HTC redefines opulence with an $8,000 phone trumpet

Yes, a phone trumpet. This acoustic device attaches solely to the HTC One smartphone. The product was endorsed by HTC as part of their “Here’s to Creativity” campaign. The HTC One is known for its unique feature of having two “BoomSound” speakers located on the front face of the device so that they face the user. Then “there’s a horn-like gramophone cone amplifying the sound of each BoomSound speaker”. As previously stated, it is acoustic, meaning no electronics are involved. It is also built by the method of 3D printing and is constructed out of a combination between stainless steel and copper. The shocking part about this equipment is its whopping price of $8,000 based on the materials used and the amount of work that must be done by hand to produce it.

 

http://www.theverge.com/2013/11/8/5080132/htc-redefines-opulence-with-an-8000-phone-trumpet

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Griffin introduces new iOS-controlled ‘Moto TC Rally’ car

Griffin has released a new remote control car that connects to your iOS device using Bluetooth 4.0. The choice to use Bluetooth allows for minimal power usage as well as avoiding the issue of “line of sight” with the iOS controlled car. The car is also rechargeable via USB which avoids the need for a bulky charger or large batteries seen in traditional remote control cars. The car is called the ‘Moto TC Rally’ and is available for purchase for $100.

 

http://www.idownloadblog.com/2013/11/08/griffin-launches-moto-tc-rally/

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Your iPhone 5s is a hands-free 360-degree panoramic camera and you didn’t even know it

The innovative development company Egos Ventures has a very interesting app called Cycloramic that utilizes the vibrating motor in Apple’s iPhone 5S and iPhone 5 which allows users to take 360-degree videos and panoramic pictures. This app is not new; it is actually a year old. However it has been recently updated with an iOS 7 themed design and is available for FREE on the app store for a limited time. Check it out!

Your iPhone 5s is a hands-free 360-degree panoramic camera and you didn’t even know it

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iPhone 5s vs. Nokia Lumia 1020: Camera Shootout

In a recent test done by Laptop Mag, the iPhone 5S and the Nokia Lumia 1020 were compared side by side in a photo shootout. The results placed the iPhone 5S as the winner. This is shocking considering the Nokia Lumia 1020 was built entirely around its massive 41 megapixel camera. The iPhone 5S is equipped with only an 8 megapixel camera, which won 8 out of 11 shots over the Lumia 1020.

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http://blog.laptopmag.com/iphone-5s-vs-lumia-1020-camera

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Amazon’s ‘Firetube’ set-top box reportedly delayed

Amazon has been working on a new set-top box that is designed to compete with Apple’s Apple TV, the Google Chromecast and Roku. However the Verge reports that the release of this new device may unfortunately be delayed until after the holidays. The device would likely provide similar services to its competitors and would offer video streaming of the companies library of Prime videos. These also include some original shows available only on Amazon products so it only makes sense that Amazon enters this growing market of. It would also be expected to work alongside Amazon’s line of tablets if it ran some form of the Fire OS.

 

http://www.theverge.com/2013/10/23/5022466/amazons-set-top-box-runs-into-further-delays

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What ads on Instagram will look like

Earlier in the month Instagram announced that it would be officially introducing ads into it’s previously ad-free mobile app. It was a matter of time before this would happen, considering the popularity of the mobile application and its potential to earn revenue. This article shows a preview of what ads will look like on Instagram. There have been many concerns about how these ads will affect the user experience in the app. The company states “We want ads to be creative and engaging, so we’re starting with just a handful of brands that are already great members of the Instagram community.” The sample image in the article shows a “sponsored” stamp up in the corner where the timestamp would usually be. Instagram seems to be concerned with the issue that the public typically despises ads, so hopefully they tread carefully in this area of business.

 

 

http://www.idownloadblog.com/2013/10/24/what-ads-on-instagram-will-look-like/

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The Smartphone Spy Lens: A 90° Periscoping Lens

The world of iPhone photography is ever expanding as each newly released device has an increasingly impressive camera. With this comes the development of new third-party technologies to further the possibilities of taking creative photos with your mobile device. In the not so distant past we’ve seen products like Easy-Macro, a simple attachable macro lens for your iPhone. There’s a new product available though, it’s called The Smartphone Spy Lens. This product doesn’t actually turn you into a spy as the name implies, but it does add the possibility of taking clear 90 degree photos with your mobile device. This allows for some interesting angles for snapping pictures and is available for $20.

 

http://photojojo.com/store/awesomeness/smartphone-spy-lens/

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iPad owns 91 percent of tablet ad impressions

Apple and Android have had a fierce competition in the mobile industry and one way to tell which is ahead may be where advertisers are spending their money. This idownloadblog article explains new numbers show that Apple’s iOS is vastly surpassing Google and its iPad is leading the way. It states specifically that the iPad was the target of 91% of mobile ad impressions. In addition, the article explains that Apple’s iPhone actually brings in more ad revenue than competing Android handsets.

 

http://www.idownloadblog.com/2013/10/18/apples-ipad-ios-mobile-ads/

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Office for iPad coming after touch-enabled Windows version, says Ballmer

Microsoft’s outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer stated recently that Microsoft Office 365 is being worked on for iPad. While it has been available for the iPhone there has not been a compatible version for iPad. Microsoft explained however that the iPad version will come out after they create a touch-optimized version for Windows. It is likely that it will require ownership of a copy of Office 365 which can cause several problems for Microsoft thanks to its competitors. Both Google and Apple have released productivity apps for free that compete with Office. It’s hard to compete with free.

 

Office for iPad coming after touch-enabled Windows version, says Ballmer

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Nest launches Protect, jaw-dropping smoke and carbon monoxide detector

Nest is a startup company founded by former Apple hardware engineer Tony Fadell. They formerly created the Nest learning thermostat. Their newest creation is a high-tech smoke and carbon monoxide detector called the Nest Protect. The Protect is app enabled so it can alert you on your phone in case of a change in smoke or carbon monoxide levels in your home. The Protect also communicates with the other Protect units in the home as well as the Nest learning thermostat. The Nest Protect is also equipped with a motion sensor which turns on a light indicator whenever it senses movement. The light glows green, yellow or red depending on the levels of smoke and carbon monoxide in the air. The mobile app allows the user to see which rooms are safe, as well as when motion was last detected. It also shows the battery life of each device making maintenance easy. Access to all of this information on the go is invaluable.

 

Nest launches Protect, jaw-dropping smoke and carbon monoxide detector

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New wave of Android phones with fingerprint sensors said to arrive early next year

Apple’s introduction of the Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the iPhone 5s has taken the industry of mobile technology to yet another level. While other companies have tried in the past, the attempts have had many issues in maximizing security with such technology. However, they aren’t giving up. An article on The Verge states that “the FIDO Alliance — a stable of 48 companies looking to develop a successor to the notoriously insecure password — says it expects to see similar fingerprint-based security in Android devices within six months or so.” This means maximizing security on mobile devices using fingerprint scanners has the potential to become a standard in the mobile world.

 

http://www.theverge.com/2013/10/3/4798226/new-android-phones-with-fingerprint-sensors-said-to-arrive-early-2014

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iOS mobile news

Chrome’s incognito mode is flawed in latest iOS 7 update

In the most recent update to the Google Chrome app, it appears there is a flaw when using the “incognito mode”. This feature within the mobile web browser is designed to allow users to browse the web discretely. Searches and visited websites are not saved in your history, and all cookies are deleted as soon as you close the browser. In this update searches made in incognito are not deleted and will actually come up in your search history while using the standard browser. This is an odd bug to appear from tech giant Google even though there have always been questions about the security of incognito mode.

 

Chrome’s incognito mode is flawed in latest iOS 7 update

 

 

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Boeing rolls out iPad app suite for airplane maintenance crews

Airlines have never put mobile technologies to serious use until now. Boeing has officially released a series of apps that allow their employees to service their massive jets. The app suite contains several apps that allow them to quickly access manuals, maintenance documents, retrieve information about part availability, collaborate with coworkers and much more. Furthermore, it is estimated that this switch to using an iPad will save 4000 pieces of paper per day.

 

Boeing rolls out iPad app suite for airplane maintenance crews

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80 percent of iPhone purchasers in China are picking the iPhone 5s

The following article found on idownloadblog shows that iPhone 5s sales surpass the iPhone 5c by an extensive amount in China. Originally many believed that the iPhone 5c was targeted towards the Chinese market so it is interesting to see that it’s being buried by the 5s. The article states that 90 percent of iPhone sales this past weekend in China were the iPhone 5s. Overall the iPhone 5s shares 80 percent of the market in China compared to the iPhone 5c. It is forecasted that the smartphone market in China will jump by almost 100 million shipments as a result of both the implementation of 4G networking in China as well as the massive amount of iPhone sales.

 

 

 

 

80 percent of iPhone purchasers in China are picking the iPhone 5s

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iOS 7 patches 80 vulnerabilities

While the new UI is the most noticeable aspect of iOS 7 there are some other notable improvements under the hood. Many of these involve problems with security in the previous version of iOS. According to this article from zdnet there were a total of 80 bug fixes. Here are a few issues that the bugs could potentially allow.

  • Malicious code execution
  • Determination of the user’s passcode by an app
  • The ability to persist malicious code execution across reboots
  • background applications could inject user interface events into the foreground application
  • The ability to intercept data protected with IPSec Hybrid Auth
  • A person with physical access to the device may be able to bypass the screen lock
  • Sandboxed apps could send tweets without user interaction or permission
  • Malicious apps could interfere with or control telephony functionality

http://www.zdnet.com/ios-7-patches-80-vulnerabilities-7000020873/

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A7 processor used in iPhone 5s manufactured by Apple’s arch-rival Samsung

As the world waited for the unveiling of the iPhone 5s there was a lot of speculation as to what company would be in charge of building the new A7 processor. In the past Samsung has produced every processor for iOS. However, according to this article from zdnet many thought the valuable patent on the chip was going to cause Apple to attempt to drift away from their competitor Samsung. It wasn’t until the iFixit team took apart the new iPhone 5s to find out that the new A7 chip was in fact manufactured by Samsung. While both companies seem to have no problem getting into patent wars, they can still work together.

 

http://www.zdnet.com/a7-processor-used-in-iphone-5s-manufactured-by-apples-arch-rival-samsung-7000020956/

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ASUS bridges Android and Windows 8 with the new Transformer Book Trio

From the outside the ASUS Transformer Book Trio looks like a tablet that connects to a keyboard. This idea isn’t new in the tech world, but this isn’t what makes this device stand out. What actually makes this device interesting is what happens while it’s connected to the keyboard. The tablet portion of the device has a built-in processor, and so does the keyboard… Once it is connected, the processor within the keyboard takes over, along with Windows 8. Likewise, once it is disconnected it switches back over to the Android platform. The operating systems can be switched between with the switch of a button on the keyboard as well, making the Trio stand out above other hybrids.

http://www.zdnet.com/asus-bridges-android-and-windows-8-with-new-transformer-book-trio-7000020585/

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McDonald’s experimenting with mobile payments

McDonald’s is currently testing out mobile purchases in some locations. Much like their drive-thru system, they are considering it to be a curbside purchase. McDonald’s is not the first fast food company to embrace mobile technology as a medium for purchasing their product, yet they are certainly the largest. Mobile payments in fast food could potentially eliminate the need to stand in line to wait to place an order. However, you still might have to wait in a line to pick up your pre-ordered food if this proves to be successful for the company.

http://www.theverge.com/2013/9/12/4724538/mcdonalds-experimenting-with-mobile-payments-in-united-states

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Good news for aspiring musicians thanks to IK Multimedia’s iRig Pro

The Italian tech company IK Multimedia recently released what it claims to be “the most versatile compact audio interface in the world”. Their newest product is called the iRig Pro. It’s core function is to allow musicians to connect their microphones, guitars or MIDI devices to their Mac, iPhone, iPad or iPod touch devices. The iRig Pro is packed with features including built-in Lightning, 30-pin and USB ports allowing it to connect to just about any device. Even better, the iRig Pro is small enough to fit in your pocket.

 

http://bit.ly/1fCtbhB

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The one thing that hasn’t leaked about the next iPhone is the only thing that matters

There has been a lot of hype around Apple’s new iPhone 5S and the “cheaper” iPhone 5c that will be revealed on Sept. 10th. However, while many tech specs have leaked, there has been no confirmation of the price Apple will be putting on their new devices. It looks like Apple is realizing that there is a strong market for cheaper smartphones as their iPhone 4 is popular in emerging markets. They also face competition from Android’s very cheap smartphones. It is said that the price of the new iPhone 5C could run between $300-$450, which is still not much less than they are charging for the iPhone 4. Apple faces  a compromise between the US market and the Chinese market based on what price they decide on for their latest phone.

 

http://bit.ly/19mJcql