December 28, 2012 21:03 by Jeremy
With fuel-powered cars, there's always the thought of having to replace parts. Naturally, the same should hold true for electric vehicles - while there's no gas tank to replace, there's still a battery tucked away that may need fixing one day. Nissan recognizes this, and has released information about their "New Electric Vehicle Limited Warranty".
The issue came about sooner than most would have expected; Nissan Leaf owners in the south-western US deserts (such as Arizona) have been complaining throughout the year of their battery depleting faster and of general battery capacity rate loss. In response, Andy Palmer, Executive Vice President of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd, issued a statement explaining the new limited warranty.
Effective Spring of 2013, if your Nissan Leaf falls below 9 bars (of the available 12 bars of battery life) within 5 years or 60,000 miles, Nissan will either repair or replace your Li-Ion car battery. If replaced, Nissan holds the right to provide you either with a brand new battery or a remanufactured battery. This covers the older 2011 and 2012 models, along with Nissan's newer 2013 Leaf model, and will also only currently cover Nissan Leaf's in the United States.
To see the full statement from Andy Palmer, along with a Q&A on the subject, check out the source link below.
Sources: MyNissanLeaf Forums, insideline.com
December 18, 2012 18:51 by 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.
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
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.
December 14, 2012 22:58 by 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:
Little Rock, Arkansas
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Nashua, New Hampshire
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.
December 7, 2012 20:57 by Jeremy
The Samsung Galaxy line has been in and out of the spotlight for years, claiming a spot in everyone’s heads as a set of prestigious smartphones. Now, however, you’ll need to tweak that idea just a little bit due to Samsung’s latest product, the Galaxy Camera.
Unveiled even before IFA and flaunted during Photokina, the Samsung Galaxy has had our heads spinning for a few months now. It’s shaped like a camera with its zoom lens… but has just about all the features our phones would have, minus the important one: making phone calls. The rest of the goodies are still present though: 4.8-inch screen, quad-core processor, 8GB storage (with micro SD slot, of course), and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. On top of being able to connect to local WiFi networks, you’re also constantly connected to the network of your choice (AT&T’s model was released on Nov. 16, while Verizon’s model was just confirmed on Samsung’s website today).
The main feature, of course, is the fact that it’s still a camera. We’re looking at 16MP and a 21x optical zoom – just enough oomph to make those Instagram and Facebook uploads look much better than everyone else’s mobile uploads.
So if you’re with AT&T, toss us a few snapshots and some feedback; if you’re a Verizon-type-of-fellow, hold onto your seats, as this hybrid is coming soon!
Sources: Android Community, PC Mag
November 28, 2012 20:55 by Jeremy
If you live by the phrase "bigger is better" then I'm sure you've been eyeing the Samsung Galaxy Note II. This smartphone/tablet mashup has been garnering attention specifically due to its size - a hefty 5.5-inches of screen real-estate. But now, the long-awaited phone is finally coming out to Verizon stores starting tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 29. Of course, if you had pre-ordered it, it might already be on it's way to your house! Or, alternatively, it might arrive late. Sad day indeed.
If you're new to the Galaxy Note II universe, then let's go over a few quick tidbits. Most notable for it's screen size, this smartphone is also unique for having a stylus pen. Aside from that, we're sitting on a quad-core 1.6GHz processor (most flagship phones right now are running in the 1.2 to 1.5GHz range) and 2GB of ram, so I don't think we'll be complaining from a lack of power. In the Storage department, we're provided up to 64GB of memory and a MicroSD slot - you know, in case you wanted to put entire folders of movies and music on this (and watching it on this screen wouldn't be too bad either!). There's also your usual 8MP camera on the back and a 1.9MP camera on the front. And what's powering this hefty monster? A 3,100mAh Li-Ion battery, of course - larger than most smartphone batteries.
Overall, is this phone considered worthy of your time? You tell us, but I sure think it is.
Sources: Samsung, GSMarena, phonesreview.co.uk