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We're looking forward to the 2013 launch of Blackberry 10, which is expected to come January 30th if all goes according to plan. Devices sporting the new OS will be expected to follow just weeks after. So what will BB10 have that will keep RIM in the game?
Apple's beloved iPhone 4s has been dethroned as the top selling smartphone of Q3 2012, if the latest statistics coming from Strategy Analytics is to be believed. In Q3 Samsung's Galaxy S3 captured 11% of all smartphones shipped globally. Just ahead of the Apple iPhone 4S, which captured one less percentage on global shipments.
Beta Evernote 5 on the Mac was a good indicator that the team was working on a new version for iOS users, and now only a few days later, we have it. Evernote 5 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is redesigned and released with major functions added, home screen sections, Quick Notes, and Views.
This iPhone 5 concept video is pretty dramatic to say the least. Siri goes as far as tracking your packages to determine arrival time, reschedules your canceled flights, oh, and not to mention the pinch to zoom that expands your iPhone 5 in to an iPad Mini, and then a full size iPad.
You know those fancy Tokyo Flash watches that are so advanced and futuristic you'll be the only one capable of telling the time on it after you study the manual? Well, they do look awesome, and their actually not that hard to use. So we've teamed up with Tokyo Flash to offer our readers this great contest.
What looks to be like the most legitimate piece of iPhone 5 info we have yet seen, this video of a black unibody iPhone 5 from ETradeSupply is quite convincing.
Boeing's thrown the typical sleek, streamlined, design out the window with their Phantom Eye UAV. The Unmanned drone is bulbous in shape, almost like a gigantic bomb with a couple flimsy wings slapped on to it.
Concepts and renderings are one thing, but a fully functioning prototype that does what the designer dreamed it could do, is well, just plain awesome. Especially when it's a gyroscopically controlled motorcycle with a fully enclosed outer shell.
This super retina display LG was showing off at Display Week boasts a 1920 x 1080 resolution, an impressive 440 pixels per inch, and the crispest, smoothest RGB you've ever seen on a 5-inch screen.
After you get over the wtf crazy factor, Intel's Ultrabook commercial for Japan is actually pretty funny and catchy. Even though I speak no Japanese, I find myself chanting these lyrics
I had started working on a smartphone stabilizer for my iPhone 4 about 9 months ago now. I purchased all kinds of mini tripods, accessories, and some carbon fiber parts from the local RC shop. It was a pretty sad attempt at macgyvering something, and I wasn't satisfied with the results, so I just shelved it and thought that someone else will eventually create something. Today, it has nearly come to reality.
The Samsung Galaxy Note, oh what a debate this 5.3-inch Android smablet (smartphone-tablet) has created. Some haters hate it, because, well, they love to hate things. And others love it, mainly because of its beautiful bright display. I'm going to address a few things with this review because in all honesty, we need to evolve the way we use "smart" devices. And there are a lot of underlying issues that people just don't talk about, or have a clue about. If we're not using these devices with any sense, then we're not really going to have the best experience in the long term.
The iPhone 5, or the "New iPhone" which some people are calling it, will most likely come with a larger screen, thinner form factor and 4G LTE. But in all reality, we have no idea what it will look like. Perhaps Apple will go towards a more iPod-esque design, reverting back to the natural curves of the 3GS, or they may go with a larger, boxy iPhone 4 style. ADR has come up with their latest vision of how the iPhone 5 will look like, and they are also speculating on some of its features.
Incase has several sets of headphones in addition to their extensive line of iPhone and iPad cases. The company went ahead and slipped these bad boys into all the Apple Stores, which is where I saw it. I thought, damn that's a nice headphone box, I wonder what the headphones sound like.
They added a Pen and a bigger screen, and well, Samsung's Galaxy Note commercial for Super Bowl 46 is indeed 'over the top.'
TonePrint is an app that was previously released for iOS and now recently just launched for Android here at NAMM. What the app does is uploads new guitar effects to your pedal in the same way a fax sends data to another fax machine.
There is a great video presented by Moog's Marc Doty, Archive and Education Specialist for the Bob Moog Foundation on the new minitaur. But when at NAMM we couldn't resist to take another look and feel the electronic thunder vibrate through our body.
i-Tab has been at it for several years now, we saw the company first announce their portable guitar tab and songbook device back in 2010. At NAMM I had the opportunity to speak with i-tab CEO Andy Hirst who gave me the rundown.
Alesis released their new AmpDock yesterday at NAMM 2012, we got to get a first hand look at its features and specs. The AmpDock supports both the iPad and iPad 2, so we're assuming it will work with the iPad 3 when that is released too as it looks like their's quite a bit of play in the mounting area for variations in design.
Will we hear about an iPhone 5 announcement soon with a typical June launch date? Will that iPhone 5 have a dual-core A6 processor? All are speculation at this time, Apple could have put this code in to make competitors nervous, but Apple is a company that actually does things rather than make it look like their doing things.
How do you get people's attention in a market flooded with "rugged" and "most durable" cases for devices? Sure, you could drive over it with a hummer, throw it off a building, chuck it down the hill in snow, but how about something a little well, out of this world?
It's clear that the Apple iPhone, particularly the iPhone 5, was a hot topic this past year. As was that ancient Windows Mobile 6.5 that for some strange reason. But best of all was the $99 college note slate. Don't we wish we had that? Maybe in 2012, as with the iPhone 5.
The caching issues have been taken care of, the A5 cache is not a problem anymore. He fixed it by "doing the untether in a single thread and by flushing all the dcache then all the icache in a row at a strategical point of the process."
I'm writing the review of a device I am writing about using the device I am writing about. If it wasn't such a painful experience this review may have been a bit more positive, but since I have chosen to write the review from the very device I am testing you're going to get a raw insight in to how it performs.
Some of you may be on the fence about going down the SSD route. Well, we've decided to do a bootup comparison of two nearly identical MacBook Pro models. Both are 2.5Ghz MacBook Pro 15" with 2GB RAM running a fresh copy of Lion. The difference however, is the one on the left has a 7200RPM 500GB Seagate hard drive with those spinning disc platter things that take forever. And on the right, a freshly loaded 120GB OCZ Vertex 2 SSD harddrive.
Samsung has released a commercial showing off their new 5.3-inch smartphone? tablet? They aren't even sure what it is. Regardless, the screen is massive and the battery may be terrible, but its too soon to tell. The Galaxy Note will have a HSPA+ quad band and 4G LTE, EDGE/GPRS quad band modem, a dual core 1.4Ghz processor,
GridSearch demo'd their software @failcon today in San Francisco. GridSearch is an HTML5 platform primarily targeted to your service provider that will enable you to easily skip and find specific scenes within a video by giving you a visual grid of scenes divided by 32 second intervals.
Asus is working on a new Transformer 2 tablet for Android. The convertible tablet will allow you to easily dock to a full QWERTY keyboard. The video teaser has all kinds of special effects where eventually the Transformer 2 tablet is raised upon pilars of exploding light. Yes, the gods have descended upon man and brought him the Asus Transformer 2.
BlackBerry demo'd Trails today at DevCon. Trails is a visualization experience of aggregated data through time. It makes viewing an extreme amount of data easier and more functional. Contacts, BBM, calendar information, whatever you have communicated and with whomever you have communicated is turned into a beautiful visual experience. BlackBerry wants this to be an alternative to typical lists of information we are used to sifting.
Jotsy is a complete app built in HTML5. It leverages a lot of offline capabilities by letting you take the information or documents with you whether you're connected or not. It even lets you annotate or jot on them, and allows you to access the files without constrains by any device.
The Motorola Droid 3 is one of the fastest Android handsets on the market. The 1 Ghz dual core processor allows it to handle the most taxing apps and games you can get your hands on. The design is in line with the previous Droid models, this one being the slimmest of them all.
Today HP had a bargain blitz clear out and officially closed their Palm Stores, forever. The move comes after some odd decisions to kill off some Palm products, including the unreleased TouchPad tablet, and even their Pre 3 which is one of the nicest handsets with QWERTY keyboards i've typed on.
Jesse at Repair Launch sent me his iPhone 4 broken glass repair kit, while Jack Backs did a bit of customization and shipped over a beautifully laser cut metatron cube on a wooden back. Why metatron you ask? Why not I say. It looked detailed enough to put their skills to the test, and ever since I saw it on some poster I was drawn to its shape and geometry. It also looks pretty rad when my phone is on a desk.
The iconic classic first person shooter, Duke Nukem 3D, is growing in radioactivity as TapJoy and MachineWorks plan to launch the title for Android users. Already out for iOS with seemingly favorable reviews, the game should not be confused with the newer title with modern graphics, Duke Nukem Forever.
I've been on the road for several weeks now, although squatting at various friends and couches, I do happen to grab a hotel room every so often.
We've known of Ortsbo - the instant translation messenger for your desktop and instant messenger, and most recently your iPhone device - for quite some time now. It allows you to chat in over 50 languages with anyone across the world with realtime translation.
Interviews with several companies at Tech Crunch Disrupt in San Francisco who have released proximity-based social networks. Andy Kim, co-founder & CTO of Mingle Social App, who launched their app six weeks ago on iOS and has seen some impressive growth with 22,000 downloads and 11,000 users delivering 60,000 messages.
This Sunday, September 18th, AT&T will officially offer LTE service to the first five launch markets (Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio). In what we could call a "beta" launch for several weeks now, AT&T has still yet to launch a compatible LTE smartphone. The HTC tablet, USB data sticks, and the Elevate 4G mobile hotspot will work on the new high-speed network.
I spoke with Jaafer Haidar, CEO of London, Ontario-based Carbyn at Tech Crunch Disrupt in San Francisco about their new beta HTML 5 OS which will run on any HTML 5 capable browser; mobile or desktop. The OS features multitasking, a slick UI and will allow developers to port their HTML 5 apps to Carbyn with very little effort.
In the Startup Alley of Tech Crunch Disrupt 2011 in San Francisco, I had the chance to speak to some founders of some great new apps, this first video of the series covers Drumbi, a new app launching shortly that changes the phone's dialer and makes it more visual and interactive.
With a massive 4.5-inch touchscreen display, the Samsung Galaxy S 2 will launch on Sprint this Friday with an impressive tilting/rotating Samsung Touchwiz UI. Will come out on AT&T and T-Mobile soon.
"You must think i'm stupid. My Dads not a phone, Duh!" The latest video from the Lonely Island Dudes; Throw It On The Ground, is mind numbingly funny. The makers of the... in my pants, are bringing you another hillariously stupid video with some high speed camera footage of all kinds of shit smashing into the ground, even an old school Blackberry 7230.
Getting extra talk time, surfing or game play may be your ticket to maintaing waiting room sanity. The magazines are 7 years old, teeming with bacteria and you know, it's old news. So is your iPhone running out of juice. PowerSkin on the other hand, is like that backpack reserve you keep with you in stealth mode, boosting your inexplicably insatiable need to remain online at all times.