September 19, 2013 00:02 by Jessie
It is that time of year again: Apple announced the much anticipated additions to the iPhone family: The 5C and the 5S. This is =the first time Apple has released two new iPhone models at the same time. Because of the innovative advances of Android, Apple steps up with a double whammy to defend their position in the smart phone market and attract more price-conscious consumers.
No longer will the iPhone be limited to black or white. With a splash of color, the iPhone5C has been rumored to be the “cheaper” iPhone has been priced at $99 for 16GB and $199 for the 32GB model with a two year contract. The phone is offered in yellow, green, blue, white, and pink. Now our phones can be customized to fit our own personality when it comes to style and color. Another great update from the iPhone 5 is the camera features and quality. With a boost in the megapixel department, you will now be able to take clearer, sharper pictures from both cameras. When it comes to speed, not much has changed from the standard iPhone 5, which will be discontinued once the new models hit the market. It is equipped with the same A6 processor as the original iPhone 5, which will make it significantly slower than Apple’s front runner, the 5S.
The iPhone 5S also comes with a more classic, stylish, modern splash of color: gold, silver, and space gray. Along with the 5C, Apple has made significant improvements in the camera, speed, and design on the iPhone 5S. The Apple iPhone 5S runs off of an A7 processor which doubles the speed compared to the last generation of iPhones. The 5S also has a more scientific feature -the thumb print scanner to unlock the phone when trying to be accessed. This is a huge leap in the phone industry! The price for the iPhone 5S hovers around $199 for their 16GB model , $299 for the 32GB, and $399 for the 64GB model.
Apple is a front runner in the smart phone market. Maintaining this lead is a difficult task for Apple, but it’s taking a strong position with the introduction of a handset to address the lower price point in the market. Its biggest competition is with Android, who is also quite innovative. Maintaining position in the market requires the constant evolution of a product or invention of new products, something Apple and Android are constantly striving for.
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.
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
April 12, 2013 00:30 by 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.
March 26, 2013 20:01 by Jeremy
It seems the race between Apple and Samsung is finally coming neck and neck, but who will come out victorious? This technological race to the top of the Smartphone battle has always seemed in favor of Apple and their competitive iPhone design. Close behind, Samsung has consistently tried to keep up, if not surpass Apple altogether. Finally, with the successful and booming launch of its Samsung Galaxy III, the Korean company is now moving full speed ahead, but with a twist in their strategy.
Instead of contriving a completely new design, with the expected bigger, better, bolder tactics; Samsung is copying Apple by copying itself. Now that Samsung beholds a mass of nationwide supporters who have been enthralled by the Samsung III, they are going to give them just what they want: the exact design of the Samsung III but with a larger screen, advanced and useful features that individuals will love, whilst leaving room for innovative design to come in the near future. In a race this close, a tactic this risky would fare highly unsuccessful, but with the flood of bombarding hype, advertisement and articles, Samsung’s Galaxy S4 is projected to do exceedingly well.
Looks as though some things just never get old.