Month: November 2013
You probably know how it goes, but do you know how much it really costs? We do not want to spoil the fun of the new shiny gadgets you have been so eager to acquire. However, some things have to be mentioned. So, what is this all about? It is a legitimate thing for you to pay extra, if you want to ensure some additional memory for your new device. Nevertheless, the real question is, how much is truly justified?
Here are some unpleasantly surprising facts. For example, iPad Air Mini comes for a price of $600. In case you want to expand its memory from 16GB to 32GB, you will have to pay additional $120. On the first thought, this sounds reasonable. You want extra memory, you have to pay extra. However, what is the real price for this memory improvement is not even $12? How about that for a change?
For what is worth, the other major league players are equally merciless in this field. On the one side, Google asks for an additional $100 for its Nexus extra memory capacity. On the other side, Amazon requires $60 for its Kindle Fire HDX. Now, get ready for this. According to some serious sources the real price of memory per 1GB is less than $1 around 50 cents or something. Can you do the math yourself?
There are two possible solutions for this problem. One is to be extremely careful when you are buying yourself a new device. You have to examine very carefully the specification of the device you are about the buy. Especially the part about its available memory. The other solution is to rely heavily on SD and micro SD memory cards. Is there a third compromising solution? As is seems there is no such to be seen. Either you will have to be patient and wait for the next wave of technological improvements or pay extra for extra memory with no extra complaint. The choice is yours, the profit always belongs to you know who already.
One of the rumor has it that LG wants to get back to its roots – production of TV devices. However, this is really hard to believe for more than just one reason. On the one side, we have some serious indicators that the smartphone market is going to be one of the fastest growing ever. This is more than enough for every entrepreneur or corporation to change the production orientation overnight. On the other side, LG has really started something with their “curved revolution”. Why risk all of that for TVs?
These reasons are really making us believe that the LG has hit the right nerve with their Flex model. As it seems, the competitors are nervous with a reason. Perhaps, they are spreading “the wrong word” about the LG’s future orientation in the production of new devices. It is really hard to believe that LG would do such a thing after an unprecedented success they have achieved with the LG Flex? We are now talking about the entire wave of new “curved technologies” such as curved displays and batteries.
We also have to mention that no matter how your TV gets smart with its new functions, the smartphones will rule the future market for a long time period. This fact is making choice being an easy for any serious producer regardless of its main product. We should not be surprised is some of the highly unlikely brand names try their luck with their own versions of the smartphones. The message is more than clear. Forget the TVs, because smartphones are the future.
We have to remind you that the LG has recently launched a very successful video about its “self-healing” smartphone shells. Having all of these in mind without any exaggeration we can say that the other smartphone major league players can only wish for LG to stay in the TV production field. LG does not have to prove to anyone about its seriousness to become one of the leading names in this field.
There are so many programmers and developers in the world. It is almost an entire army or a state of its own. However, the insatiable hunger of the fast growing IT industry keeps asking for more. It is not a secret that most of the programming students begin with their professional work while they are still in their first years at the university. Additionally, some of the get involved in the industry during their high school years. As it seems, the age limit is constantly moving toward the younger population. So, where is the current limit?
The children in the Finland’s elementary schools will be offered with a choice to study programming on one of their classes. It comes without saying that Finland itself has one of the best educational systems including the extremely well educated and literate populations compared even to the most developed countries in the world. Nevertheless, is this a little bit too much even for the Fins themselves?
For what is worth, they are not too much concerned that this will be too much of a challenge for their kids. One of their argumentations is that children are getting in contact with the modern technology at the very early age. We cannot argue this claim. However, using the technology and programming for the technology are not the same things, are they?
We have to say that the things behind this story are not as simple as they may seem at the first glance. Although, this may seem as being too radical for some people, we have to remind you that the Finland is a country which gave us Angry Birds and Nokia. On the other side, there is an unprecedented demand for the young talents in Finland having in mind that a huge number of former Nokia employees are starting with their own private businesses. As expected, not all of them were too enthusiastic by the recent Microsoft’s takeover. Who knows maybe the next Bill Gates is learning his first programming language letters as we speak.
Smartphones are getting smarter and smarter each day, aren’t they? It seems that the time has come for them to improve almost every aspect of our lives including the most delicate and sensitive ones, such as safety itself. One of the new features of smartphones will be an introduction of the panic button.
PanicMe is being designed as the specific form of an alarm. Only the owner of the smartphone can activate or deactivate this function. In addition, you are free to choose how many people will receive the notifications about your current situation threatened by a serious danger. As you have already guessed it your location is being determined according to your GPS signal. The great thing about it is their availability for all devices including iPhone, Android and Windows phone.
We have to admit that there are several free options available in your smartphones which can be adjusted for this particular need. In addition, let us not forget how powerful Maps applications can be. Therefore, if we are really eager to introduce a completely new level of safety, we have to come up with something better. If you have time to press a button, then you probably have time to make an urgent call, as well. What we need is something that can be activated almost with our thoughts a voice at least to say. How to achieve this challenging goal is a completely different question.
We have smartwatches and Smartphones. We cannot even guess what is going to come up next. These things are built to make us feel and live better in every possible way. Let us see how far they can go. If they are to impress us, then they really have to try harder in the safety field.
It comes without saying that is always wise to carefully read what Kaspersky security reports has to say. As it seems the recent one has been particularly focused on the smartphones. This should not be much of a surprise having in mind the unprecedented popularity and expansion of these devices. So, what Kaspersky has to say about the security threats and challenges we are to experience while using our precious shiny gadgets?
First of all, you should remember this name – Svpeng Trojan. This vicious little fellow can access your bank account directly from your smartphone which is definitely something to be seriously worried about. According to one of the most recent Kaspersky’s surveys it is very indicative that over 97% of all attacks on mobile platforms focus on the Android OS. On the other side, as expected the most developed countries in the world are among the leading ones for both the number of new victims and new malicious software.
We should also mention one very interesting and in a certain way a little bit unprecedented phenomenon. As it seems, all of us are strongly recommended to avoid as much possible the situation of getting into the line of “cyber fire” between two countries such as North and South Korea or Iran and Israel. Some of the most serious hacker attacks and most harmful viruses have the political background.
We have to point out that every now and then some security issue creates the waves of attention over the seemingly calm surface in the certain area. As it seems, it is now the smartphones turn to cause us some troubles and worries. For what is worth we really have to change some of our habits and ensure that what we like to use is fully protected. We do not have to emphasize that we have been referring to your smartphones, do we?
Just when we thought that we have seen and heard it all when it comes to the “clash of the smartphone titans” Apple and Android, they have really done their best to prevent us from falling asleep after the commercial break. You know how it goes with these types of situations. First one side says something, then the other one does its best not to go silent under any circumstances.
So, it has begun for we really do not know how many times all over again. Apple said that the Samsung shameless copying activities of its new iPhones have shaken the customers’ trust in the power of its genuine design. On the other side, Samsung claims that Apple cannot patent the intriguing design itself. Honestly speaking it seems that only the customers know to tell a difference between these two.
This story has something more than pure rivalry in the background. As always, huge amounts in the game are making the temperature in the smartphone arena to be simply unbearable. According to the court decisions Samsung will have to pay certain amounts of money to Apple. The only question is how much exactly? There is some kind of a poetic justice in this one having in mind that Samsung has taken over the smartphone throne from the Apple itself for some time.
What is happening with the other smartphone guys while these two are so focused on each other fighting? As expected, while the two parties are arguing the third one is taking an advantage over the situation. Although, the Chinese are the last likely party to be seen as the direct beneficiary from this situation, the facts are that the Lenovo itself is in the 3rd position on the market right after Apple and Samsung. The question is still open who will take the 4th position among these smartphone musketeers?
HTC One 2 comes with the three major improvements: Snapdragon 800 processor, 5-inches 1080p display and Android 4.4 KitKat. As it seems the guys from the HTC magic factory are very serious about continuing their series of success started with the HTC One. No wonder the expectations are very high for its successor.
HTC One the 2nd model in the series comes with the 3 major improvements. How convenient, indeed: HTC One, Two, and Three. So, let us put these advantages to the test. Firstly, SP800 is good, but on the other hand the SP600 was far away to be described as “outdated”. When it comes to the display without any exaggeration its 1080p with 469ppi screen is definitely one of the best things we have seen recently. However, switching from 4,7 to 5-inches is important but not quite historical and sensational. Finally, KitKat will eventually be available and present in HTC One including the other devices.
As it seems, HTC is supposed to enjoy its shining moment of glory for the second time with HTC One 2 as long as it last. The smartphones market is changing with the speed of light. Unfortunately, the customers are spoiled and with the high level of expectations which is constantly reaching newer heights. You can really work yourself out to your maximum with the development of a new device and its promotion in the market. Nevertheless, you really have to be realistic and expect nothing more than one or two wows which can last only a couple of seconds.
The smartphones market is huge and rewarding, but at the same merciless. Those who cannot adapt or meet the insatiable appetites for the breathtaking changes in this market are doomed to be left behind. Keep an eye on the BlackBerry for the moment and you will see our point. On the other side, let us see whether or not the HTC One 2 can keep us focused for more than we count one, two, three…
If you thought that you have seen it all when it comes to the new wave of self-healing technologies, well you could not be more wrong about this one. The “self-healing revolution” has started with the curved displays introduced by the LG and their Flex. The shell used for these phones has some “self-healing powers” as it is being demonstrated in the recent YouTube video. However, we cannot leave the heart of these systems behind – the batteries themselves.
As expected, one thing has eventually led to another. The curved displays have introduced the curved batteries. Nevertheless, even that has not been enough for the ingenious minds behind the smartphones. Through the self-healing characteristics of the new batteries they are trying to expand their duration and reliability. The main goal is the increase the number of charging cycles which will influence the life of these batteries.
So, what is that catch with this new smart batteries of the last generation? To try to explain it as simple as possible it seems that the polymer layers have the unique ability to repair the cracks in the silicon electrodes which are essential for every battery. To be even more precise. No cracks – no troubles. Without the cracks the chemical connections within the batteries guarantee up to five times longer life.
Without any exaggeration we can say that the field of smartphones has become the promise land of genuine inventions and breathtaking ideas. On the other hand, we should not be surprised by the immense focus of both knowledge and money in this area. It is expected for the smartphones to triple in their numbers in the next couple of decades. Therefore, with these new technologies new earning opportunities have been created for the growing smartphone industry. The brave and ingenious world of smartphones has arrived. As it seems, it is very serious about staying with us for a very long time.