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The Future of Messaging Apps

clock May 3, 2013 22:30 by author Jeremy

With the rapid innovation of messaging apps, a common question called to mind is, "Which one am I supposed to use?" It's hard enough having to choose between which carrier or manufacturer we want to side with, let alone having to choose how you want to communicate. Long gone are the days of sending a simple text: nowadays, you might get your response back from a handful of different methods. Creators of apps and websites like SnapChat, Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, Viber and Kik are keeping their markets of consumers happy, but is there a way to bring them together to collectively keep our conversations in one medium?

From the sounds of it, the likelihood that these apps will align under one banner to create a convenient messaging stream for the rest of us, is slim. They are simply too different with their varying features, and people all over the world have their preferences - most seem to be specific to their region or country. What is popular in the United States may not be the preferred method in Australia or Japan. You could, of course, download a universal messaging app that combines them all - but it's still another 3rd party controlling it all.

However, that seems to to be just fine for many of these publishers, who have taken the laborious efforts of text/email and barely tweaked it just for their gain. Each group has their modicum of consumers, and we continue to use every means available, from video chat to picture texts, all for the sake of never losing touch.

But what we might not realize is that despite apps coming and going, our say in adapting and rejecting various forms of media will forge the necessary steps of innovation for creators in the future. Maybe we shouldn't be asking, "Which should I use?" but instead ask, "What do I want to help make popular, since it may have future potential?" We're already using multiple forms of communication - we might as well help push forward the good ideas and reject the bad or repetitive ones while we keep in touch.

Source: TheVerge



Magnetyze Cases for CTIA Award!

clock May 1, 2013 00:23 by author Jeremy

We've seen some nifty cases here and there, but there's one in particular that's caught our eye as of late - the Magnetyze case, by BuQuTech. These cases are unique in that they offer an alternate way to charge your phone. Most cases are either just for protection or use the same charging method - the Magnetyze cases, however, magnetically connects to a small wire or a docking station rather than plugging a cable directly to your phone.

One thing largely advertised by the Magnetyze cases is their convenience: plugging in and out seems to be a hassle for most people. With this case-and-charger series, you simply need to put your phone near the vicinity of the small magnetic wire or docking station, and watch as it clings onto the charger itself.

On top of that, the Magnetyze charger units themselves will work with the rest of their products - meaning, if you get a new phone, you only need to replace the case, and the charger will still work. That's a fairly useful feature considering more specialty-products these days are requiring you to buy an entire new unit.

The Magnetyze cases are up for a CTIA's Emerging Technology award. If you're already a Magnetyze user or if you think the product seems pretty unique, then follow the link below to vote!

Sources: BuQuTech, CTIA

 



Sprint Expants LTE to 21 New Areas Soon

clock April 12, 2013 00:30 by author Jeremy

If you're on Sprint's network and have been waiting for LTE to hit your town, then glance at the list below and rejoice. On top of the handful of cities that LTE has already been deployed to, it will now reach an additional 21 new areas as of April 12th (tomorrow). The cities are located throughout 10 different states.

Sprint's LTE has been reported of being capable to reach 25Mbps speeds. The phones capable of using the network include the famed Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy Note II, LG Optimus G, and will soon include the Galaxy S4 and HTC One.

Source: phonearena

 



Electronics vs. Water: How To Save Your Gadgets

clock December 18, 2012 18:51 by author Jeremy

We all know that electronics and water don't mix too well - especially if you like having electronics that work. But that doesn't mean the occasional accident doesn't happen: from pools to washing machines, cell phones, digital cameras, and camcorders 'round the world are being subjected to the occasional slip-up.

Lucky for us, it doesn't mean you need to go out and buy new gadgets just yet. Many sites online have helpful tips and various methods on how to save your waterlogged toys; for example, Gizmodo's Brent Rose recently published an article containing several key points for drying off wet phones.

Also, don't forget that the larger electronic isn't the only one in play - smaller objects, such as your battery or SIM card, can also be water damaged! Batteries in particular can be fairly dangerous depending on the type and what it is exposed to, so be sure to follow the various tips below.

Do's:
Remove the battery and any other removable parts (SIM Cards, SD Cards)
Use a towel to soak up any external water
Place the electronics in either a tub of rice or rice krispies, and leave it overnight

Don'ts:
Shake it
Turn it back on immediately
Plug it in
Drop it into more water (that one isn't too obvious, is it?)

Keep in mind, the article in the source link is only one method - there are plenty more, so search around and see which ones work best for you! Hopefully you won't have to come across these methods too often, though they could save you a few hundred dollars one day.

Source: gizmodo



AT&T Continues to Expand 4G LTE Network

clock December 14, 2012 22:58 by author Jeremy

AT&T seems to be hard at work as it continues to push its 4G LTE network out to newer areas constantly. Just in the past week alone, 12 towns have begun to receive the magical internet power that is LTE, likely causing a decrease in work/school activity and an increase in facebook statuses. The 12 recent areas are:

December 13:
Little Rock, Arkansas
Pullman, Washington
Moscow, Idaho
Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Starkville, Mississippi
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Reno, Nevada
Richmond, Virginia

December 10:
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Nashua, New Hampshire
Birmingham, Alabama
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

AT&T has also been pretty good about keeping their Corporate News/Press section up to date, so check out the source link below to see if an area near you has previously gotten a wireless bump.

Source: AT&T



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