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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Predictions and Rumors

Posted on 07 August 2014 by yizhan

Last year we saw the release of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 which improved on its predecessor, the Note 2, in various ways and turned a bunch of heads. Following the success of the Note 3 it is only normal that Samsung would be launching the 4th device in the series which would most probably be titled the Note 4.

One more thing to keep in mind about Samsung and the Note 4 is that the company has been at a fairly steady decline recently and it will only go further unless they manage to bring out something revolutionary in their next flagship device and judging by what we’ve heard of the Note 4 so far, it definitely seems like a device that will turn the tides back into Samsung’s favor.

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Before going into the specs and technical details of the device let’s get some main things like the release dates and price out of the way. From what has been revealed until now and calculating by previous Samsung release cycles, the most accurate prediction of the Note 4’s release date would probably be set in September and as for pricing, since the phone is packed with so much next generation hardware it is only normal that the expected price would reach at least somewhere around the 850$ mark at initial release.

Moving on to the screen size of the device let’s look at how the previous Note devices have turned out. The Note 1 had a 5.3 inch display; the Note 2 had a 5.5 inch display, the Note 3 had a 5.7 inch display so it’s pretty clear from the trend that each successive Note device has a screen size that is 0.2 inches larger than its predecessor so it really isn’t a far-fetched thought to expect that the Note 4 would be rocking a 5.9 inch display.

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As for the inner hardware specifications, the phone has been confirmed to be running a QHD screen with a resolution of 2560×1440 and Gorilla Glass 3. As for screen technology, there have been rumors that the Note 4 might have a PLS display instead of their traditional AMOLED since it will reduce costs but this is still too soon to talk about.

Going further into the technical specifications, expect a 16 MP rear camera that is capable of recording videos at 2160p at 30 FPS and a 2 MP front facing camera that can record 1080p videos at 30 FPS.

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The Note 4’ll most likely ship with a version of Android 4.4 Kitkat since Android L is still far from official release. Aside from this, expect your regular Quad-core/Octa-core processors and at the very least 3 GB of RAM included if not 4 GB. The GPU will most likely be an Adreno 420 or a Mali T-760 so you judging by these specifications you’ll be able to run any of the latest and hardware demanding Android apps for a long time to come.

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iPhone 6 Concept Design

Posted on 02 July 2014 by yizhan

When will Apple launch its latest project? The answer to that is still undiscovered as Apple still hasn’t confirmed its release date for its latest installment of the gigantic iPhone series. Will it be called iPhone 6 or will Apple come up with a completely new and catchy name for its star product. Apple dominating the world market with its design and captivating operating systems has a large order on their hands this time. With Samsung and HTC catching up with the competition, Apple needs innovation its product design to bring a revolution in its latest project. Though Apple hasn’t officially confirmed any news, rumors have been out on what the new iPhone will look like and what Apple has in store for us.

It has been confirmed that the new iPhone will step away from its traditional razor look design and will now work on making a bigger phone. Its concept portrays an extension in the size of the new phone where its competitors have released huge devices which are practically more convenient with the customers now. As for predictions and concepts go by the new model will be 5 or 5.5 inches in display which is a step away from previous models and a lot thinner, up to 5.23 mm. So we see how the phone will be bigger and thinner but rumors also have it that Apple will launch more colors in the phone like it did with iPhone 5c.

As far fetched and advance as this seems, the most famous concept includes the iPhone 6 with dual screens. The second screen will slide out from the extremely thin side body of the phone. Along with that, one of the widely adapted innovations of wireless charging goes, it is heard that apple will indeed add this feature to its upcoming model where the phone will charge through a wireless charging mode.

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With the latest survey in the US concerning more than over 5000 people who are saying that iPhone 6 is the most anticipated phone ever. As Apple made minor updates to the iPhone 5s and 5c, there is a lot of pressure on Apple as some say that this is a pivotal device in the history of the industry. And as for the body of the iPhone, it is said that it will be made from metal and aluminum given the more angular hard end design.

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As per the software features and the operating system goes Apple will definitely bring something new to the table. The new phone will showcase the soon to be released and upgraded iOS 8 which is made in compatibility with the upcoming release.  In regard of new advanced features, the phones display is set to adapt to real life background environment and ditch the traditional home screen menu with an additional iPhone to IPhone app sharing feature that lets to share between your devices. In regard of the new iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3, the new iPhone will also host Apple TouchID Fingerprint Scanner.

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Apple is renowned for keeping its devices a mystery till the last minute so there is no reliability to what Apple has in store for us with the new upcoming iPhone 6. Speaking of upcoming releases, Apple still hasn’t reviewed its release date for its new phone but speculators put it in September 2014 perfectly following the rollout release announced of iOS 8. Apple is known for making a dramatic entry and with its new phone it has the perfect opportunity to be doing so. By guessing and looking at the previous releases it has released its previous hardware launches in events set in September. Nothing can be expected till the end but Apple is expected to bring about a masterpiece this season with its iPhone 6.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Review

Posted on 14 June 2014 by yizhan

It’s been a couple of very competitive years for market giants like Apple, HTC, Sony, Nokia and Samsung. Needless to say that Samsung has been one of the top dogs with its innovative ideas and smart market campaigns to attain and retain its customers. Previously focusing on a ‘lifestyle campaign’, this time Samsung has shifted its focus towards ‘product campaign’. In regards to its latest launch of the Samsung Galaxy S5, Ines van Gennip, one of  Samsung’s marketing directors said that this time Samsung is taking on a strategy of” people inspired innovation.” And Samsung once again has come on top with the upgrades to its latest, most anticipated android smart phone of the year.

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 offers better quality screen with Super AMOLED capacitive touch screen, 16M colors and a multi-touch interface.  This 1920 x 1080 pixel display places the new S5 somewhere between the S4 and Note 3, in regards to overall size and weight. In terms of display, the GS5 is much brighter than the GS4, not just indoors, but in direct sunlight too. Significant improvement has been seen in the viewing and the colors are more lifelike even from severe angles. There has been immense improvement on the camera with its 5312 x 2988 pixels and phase detection autofocus. This 16MP camera also has LED flash. The new bigger design has the added benefit of a more durable battery life with what Samsung calls ‘Ultra Power Saving Mode’, which comes in handy to keep users afloat when the battery is critically low. It automatically changes phone settings to manage basic functions and restricts app use for reserving power for emergency functions.

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There is plenty of power and storage, which is a nice improvement over its previous models. It supports up to 128 GB in addition to its existing internal memory of 16/32 GBs. Jam packed with Android v4.4.2, the phone supports up to 4G Networks. Speaking of speed, most versions of GS5 come with a new feature called Download Booster, which combines the power of WiFi, LTE and Grayskull to help to increase the download speed of larger files compared to the speed you get on any one network. This service however doesn’t support anything less than 30 MB and doesn’t apply to certain protocols like UDP and FTP.

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This model is both water and dust resistant which adds to its appeal and the overall upgrades on the software have managed to satisfy the customers on a large scale. There are however areas which could have used more work, like the fingerprint scanner in the home button and the heart rate monitor which some people have even gone so far as to declare futile. The Touchwiz UI looks way better but can still be frustrating for some users. Despite much speculation about a metal design, Samsung has yet again stuck with its conventional design completely. Although waterproof, its dimpled back can hardly be termed an improvement over the past designs. And being a flagship phone, much more was expected from Samsung, especially when its competitors are eye candy like the HTC One M8. However there are pros to not having a particularly slippery phone considering the GS5 is 5 mm taller, 3mm wider and 0.2mm thicker than its predecessor the GS4, and a better grip never hurt anyone.


The GS5 is currently selling at a price of around 650 $, depending on carrier charges and the FOREX.
All in all if you’re looking for a smart phone that delivers, the GS5 is one of your best options. Looking at it from a perspective of market share and customer base, Samsung could’ve just sat still and still sold all that much product, considering that, it is obvious that Samsung is making an effort this time to keep its customers happy.

Samsung Galaxy S5 specs:
5.1-inch Super AMOLED display @ 1080×1920 pixels, 432ppi
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 8974-AC 2.5GHz quad-core processor
Adreno 330 Graphics
16GB internal memory
up to 128GB via microSD card
LTE 150Mbps
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
NFC
IP67 water & dust resistant
Fingerprint scanner
GPS with aGPS, GLONASS
16 megapixel camera with AF, LED flash
1080p @ 30, 60fps, 4K @ 30fps
2 megapixel front-facing camera @ 1080p
2,800mAh removable battery
Android 4.4.2 KitKat with TouchWiz UI

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An Overview of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Posted on 25 May 2014 by yizhan

The question that whether or not tablets would replace laptops has been up for debate ever since tablets have existed. People have always leaned towards laptops as their gadget of choice since a lot of people don’t really like adapting to change whether it’s for the better or worse. Microsoft aims to change all this with the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and make tablets the gadget of choice for people thanks to the variety of features it has to offer all compressed in an easy to carry and sleek form factor.

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Getting the specifics out of the way, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 sports a 12 Inch screen that supports a resolution of 2160×1440, the dimensions of the Surface Pro 3 are 11.5”x7.93”x0.3”. It has a pretty decent battery life that can support up to 9 hours of web browsing and it uses the 4th Generation Intel processors. Other than these, it has a built in kick-stand, a full size USB 3.0 Port, a mini-display port and lastly a micro SD card reader. All these features combined make this device something that everyone would want to get their hands on.

The only sub-standard hardware component of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is its camera. Both the front and back cameras are 5 Mega Pixels so you’ll only get decent shots at best but luckily both cameras support 1080p video recording so it’s not all bad.

The Surface Pro 3 also has a keyboard cover attachment that can bring you back to the familiar laptop experience if you aren’t comfortable with using the device as a tablet. It’s extremely light and has excellent quality but unfortunately it’s not included with the device and has to be bought separately.

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One of the design flaws in the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is that the chassis doesn’t have any storage where you may place your pen. Speaking of the pen, it allows you to wake the tablet up, take notes. It’s controlled by Bluetooth, is battery powered and has up to 256 levels of pressure sensitivity.

The kickstand of the Surface Pro 3 combined with the keyboard attachment allow you to place it at any desk and just use it as you would use a normal laptop with windows 8.1.

The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 comes in the following models:

  • 64 GB Core i3
  • 256 GB Core i5
  • 256 GB Core i7
  • 512 GB Core i7

The variety of models ensures that people can choose a model according to their needs and don’t have to pay extra for the high priced models which they probably won’t even use to their fullest extent.

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All things considered, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is a major improvement from previous models with its amazing design, wide variety of features and its ability to turn into a laptop at will thanks to the kickstand and the amazing keyboard attachment. Microsoft has done an amazing job this time around.

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Details on the Upcoming Amazon Smartphone

Posted on 21 May 2014 by yizhan

Smart-phones are all the hype nowadays and every company wants to jump in on the bandwagon by making a flagship phone of their own and it seems the next company to do so will be Amazon. Their phone has been rumored for a long while now and there have also been leaks about its features and looks etc. and by what we know up until now, it’s definitely something you’ll want to pick up if you’re into high-tech smart-phones, that is of course if it manages to actually deliver all the features that have been mentioned about it.

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Getting the basics out of the way, according to sources, the phone will have a 4.7 Inch screen and will be running a custom android version similar to the versions seen in the kindle fire tablets. The design of the phone is still unknown as it’s hidden under a protective shell so that unauthorized people don’t get any unwanted previews of it but if you were to guess from the design of the protective covering, it’s one of the traditional smart-phone designs similar to the ones you’d see in a trademark phone by someone like Samsung or Sony but don’t think that the design is set in stone, Amazon may very well decide to introduce a new design to it before shipping it out.. Other than that, since it is Amazon’s phone, there’s also a rumored data plan for it which grants bonuses and free content from the digital selections Amazon has to offer.

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The real game changing feature that Amazon is offering with the phone is the whole 3D interface. The interface design will be completely 3D and there will also feature gesture controls (think slightly similar to the Air Gestures seen in the Galaxy S4) which is certainly something that’s new to the smart-phone market since not many companies have focused on gesture based controls up until now other than Samsung of course with its Air and multiple other forms of gestures.. It will also feature other gestures other than the 3D ones such as if you’re browsing through movies, if you tilt your phone then it will display the IMDB rating of the movie you have highlighted above its thumbnail, this is just a small taste of the gesture controls that the phone will have to offer.

The Amazon phone will consist of a whopping six onboard cameras. Two of these cameras will be the regular front and rear mounted cameras used for taking pictures and capturing videos. Other than these two cameras, the other four will be infrared cameras that the phone will utilize for all the regular and 3D gesture controls, they must be offering a really large amount of gesture based controls if the phone has four onboard cameras built solely for this purpose. Putting gesture controls aside, many sources have stated that the phone will feature a completely new control scheme for how you control and navigate through your everyday apps.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Review

Posted on 30 December 2013 by yizhan

After the great success of Samsung’s S series . The Samsung Note series is looking to continue the same way success by the Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note 2 , Galaxy Note 3 is a phone which could be seen as a tablet but you should believe it’s a phone and a tablet .

 Lets move on to Galaxy Note 3 , the first impression on Galaxy note 3 is a mind blowing it can fits between a phone and a tablet , relatively it’s a huge giant in the market of 2013 . Like Samsung previous devices . Samsung considers the user experience and built every device efficiently to make a user experience quite well . As people were thinking on , The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 would be best predator in the race of smart phones . Lets talk about Note 3

 Design

 Simply a well manufactured back of Note 3 , the sleek type of metrical is slightly grip in hands , Although its back side looks like a leather type of material infact its not that kind of back , it’s a complete plastic like in previous build devices.

 Display

The Galaxy Note 3 again come with Super Amoled display having 5.7 inch screen , slightly looks big on hands , and the pixel density is 1080 x 1920 Full HD screen 386ppi , the quality is significantly better than preview Note device , And gives a great user experience while watching HD video and playing Super High quality games.

 Structure

 About Body structure , Note 3 has a measurement 151.2 X 79.2 x 8.33 . That’s looks pretty sizable structure . Those who have smaller hands , they have to use it in one hands , can easily be used in a palm . Relative to previous Note devices it weight is slightly lower than previous one has 168 g . It has four hardware buttons , one on the mid like all Note devices and others for volume control and power off button , Fixed in a right place to make ease for the user.

 Camera

 Galaxy note 3 has 13 mp camera , ability to record full HD 1080p , and has the ability to record slow motion in 720 p nad fast motion in 1080 p. its easy to access provides good user expericance . There’s no physical button available for capture . It has a single LED flash , with lense of f/2.2 sensor Same like S4.

 CPU speed

 Galaxy note 3 has a powerful speedy processor has 2.3GHz quad-core speed , Some other versions also come with Octa –core option which has the power of two quad-core chips . It comes with 3GB of RAM and comes with different internal storages 32GB or 64GB.

 Software

 Like all Samsung devices It’s running a new Jelly bean 4.3 with a great Samsung stock Touch Wiz UI  .Touch Wiz comes with along different tricks and tweaks , Like Samsung Apps , S Widgets and other bunch of new tricks . Samsung offers new amount of features for this great huge screen to make it easy for user experience . some important features of Galaxy Note 3  re below;

 S pen

 Now you can do different extra stuff by using S Pen , quick note , Hovering windows . S pen makes ease for the user to note their urgent task quickly , you can write a text by using S pen integration.

S Translator

You can easily communicate with different types of people around the glob with the help of S Translator . It can give a quick translator assistant for your given sentence

S Voice

Samsung’s siri alternative also available in Galaxy Note 3 , You can use it like a personal assistant . You can call different people , text , set a quick remainder , set alarms , Ask for weather and many more

 Hover for more features

With the help of Spen you can now access a new window just like a multitasking window named as Hovering window . To open it simply hover your S pen on the screen with out touching it and it will be opened , by using it you can do bunch of new tricks.

 S Note + Evernote integration

On of the best feature of Samsung Note 3 is it have the ability of handwriting recognition , Just pull out the S pen and you can write a quick note by using free hand writing style and the recognition will converts it into text . Now Evernote is fully integrated with S Note hand writing it can saved your notes and sync these notes online with Evernote  automatically

 Battery Life

 Note 3 does comes with 3200mAh battery relatively a huge battery . After a daily driver usage of this phone the battery life is slightly better . Battery is very good for this type of processor chip . A single charging can be used upto 1.5 day with a normal use . I think with this highly specs phones its quite good.

 My first impression is very impressive on it . I consider it a predator in the race of many other Smartphone’s . So , definitely must try it.

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Ipad Tips, Tricks And Pointers Everyone Can Use

Posted on 26 December 2013 by yizhan

When you first purchase something as great as an iPad, you may not know how all of the bells and whistles work. This is why it is important that you gather enough knowledge to understand the inner workings of an iPad. The following article will provide you with some tips and tricks to help you discover the wonders of iPad.

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Before you purchase an iPad, you should take the time to make a list of the features you need and decide what kind of storage size you want. There are different models of iPads available and there is no point in spending money on features you are never going to use.

Apple iPad manuals only come in electronic form. Most Apple products come with downloadable manuals.

Google does not have to be the only search engine you use. Go to the Settings menu, choose Safari and then choose Search Engine. In addition to Google, you have a choice of using Yahoo and Bing as your search engine.

Did you lose your iPad? If you use the Apple product iCloud, you will be able to located your iPad or your iPhone. Go to the iCloud website, log in and you will be able to locate your lost iPad or phone on a map. You can also access this feature on another iPad.

When checking out any new applications, don’t overlook free options. Many times they are just as good as the paid version, although they may include advertisements. This is also a great way to have a type of trial before purchasing the full version that doesn’t have any obtrusive ads on it.

As you have just read, there are probably a million things you didn’t know about using your iPad. This article has provided you with some simple tips and advice that can make this device more user-friendly. Use the tips from this and any other article to build on your knowledge base for the ultimate user experience!

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iPad Air Review

Posted on 09 December 2013 by yizhan

Also known as Apple iPad 5
LTE carrier support
Available as:
Apple iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular with 3G/LTE support
Apple iPad Air Wi-Fi with Wi-Fi only and no GPS support

Numbers are incredibly out dated. Apple’s newest full-sized ipad tablet forgoes them and select for the exquisite ‘Air’. There’s a clear reason for this. Unlike previous designs that were essentially have great  improvements, the iPad Air is a completely redesigned tablet and would prefer to play as to how slim and light it is. Needless to say it uses the exact same amazing 64-bit A7 processor like the iPhone 5S and comes with Apple’s signature Retina display, but it is the redundant on weight and lack thereof that’s the star here.

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Apple has always had good products, and when they weren’t good, they were still pretty good. The iPad Air is no exception. Overall, it’s a great product that Apple has created. It’s very well balanced in terms of specs. This tablet is the perfect combination of power and design.

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Exact dimensions are 240 x 169.5 x 7.5mm and the overall appearance and feel of the iPad Air is simply soft slick. Apple has once again surpassed itself in the design and finish section. The edging adds in a lick of class and the decreased in weight and narrowed frame mean it is  actually useable in one hand, and that is something no one else is yet to manage with a 10-inch form factor.

The iPad Air is actually a lot lighter than the iPad 4 before it, in fact it’s lighter than all of this other tablets along with its class at just 469g. That’s a drop of almost 200g, or 29%, regarding the porky iPad 4. That’s a major generational leap.

It’s not just the additional weight that has been decreased. The iPad Air is  much thinner and narrower than the iPad 4, while keeping the same screen size. At just 7.5mm thin it truly shouldn’t feel as solid as it does, simply the Sony Xperia Tablet Z is thinner at this screen size.

One of the great things about the iPad Air is that it has 64-bit computing. This new difference really set the iPad Air apart from other tablets and other iPads. There is a lot of power packed inside the sleek and light body of this iPad and it really shows during use. This iPad will run many applications at once and still perform as fast as if it were only running one. Because of this, its performance is amazing. The battery life is also impressive. On stand-by, it lasts a few days, but watching a movie or browsing the web, it lasts about nine hours.

The lightweight measurements of the iPad Air means we shouldn’t look forward to greatness through the speaker systems, however these are typically incredibly good for a tablet. Sound is actually clean and crisp and doesn’t endure through the tinny treble that affected dialogue on earlier iPads. The speakers also provide a mite more bass, which means that voices are deeper and even more accurately portrayed.

There are only a few ‘bad’ things about the iPad Air. One of them is that the storage is too small. The general iPad Air comes with 16GB of storage, which is too little for most people. If you want to increase the storage, the price starts increasing as well, quite a bit. In addition, the camera is only mediocre in comparison to other Apple products.

All in all, the iPad Air is a really great product from Apple. I recommend it for anyone who needs compatibility, versatility, ingenuity, and power in one package.

Specs:

NETWORK

2G Network   GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
  CDMA 800 / 1900
3G Network   HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
  CDMA2000 1xEV-DO
4G Network   LTE
SIM   Nano-SIM
Announced   2013, October
Status   Available. Released November 2013

DISPLAY

Type LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 1536 x 2048 pixels, 9.7 inches (~264 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection Scratch-resistant glass, oleophobic coating

SOUNDS

Alert types   N/A
Loudspeaker   Yes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jack   Yes

DATA

GPRS   Yes
EDGE   Yes
Speed   DC-HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, LTE, 100 Mbps; EV-DO Rev. A, up to 3.1 Mbps
WLAN   Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth   Yes, v4.0 with A2DP, EDR
USB   Yes, v2.0

CAMERA

Primary   5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus,
Features   Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR
Video   Yes, 1080p@30fps, video stabilization
Secondary   Yes, 1.2 MP, 720p@30fps, face detection, FaceTime over Wi-Fi or Cellular

FEATURES

OS   iOS 7.0.4
Chipset   Apple A7
CPU   Dual-core 1.3 GHz Cyclone (ARM v8-based)
GPU   PowerVR G6430 (quad-core graphics)
Sensors   Accelerometer, gyro, compass
Messaging   iMessage, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser   HTML (Safari)
Radio   No
GPS   Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
Java   No
Colors   Space Gray, Silver
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- Siri natural language commands and dictation
- AirDrop file sharing
- iCloud cloud service
- iCloud Keychain
- Twitter and Facebook integration
- TV-out
- Maps
- Audio/video player/editor
- Organizer
- Image viewer/editor
- Document viewer/editor (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
- Voice memo
- Predictive text input

 

 

 

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Flat Look: Future-Proofing iOS Design

Posted on 27 November 2013 by Ryan Benson

Apple’s iOS 7 has finally washed its hands off the tacky skeuomorphic look and adopted the flat design. It is a giant leap ahead for Apple devices. And we just don’t mean the iPhones and iPads but futuristic devices such as iWatch, iTV, and even iCar. John Ive battled the odds to ensure that Apple’s mobile operating system iOS 7 got the much needed overhaul. But it was not an easy task. After all, Steve Jobs was allegedly a fan of skeuomorphism, as was iOS creator Scott Forstall (said to his protégé). But Jony Ive wasn’t a skeuomorphic fan resulting in what became the much touted skeuomorphic vs flat debate.

ios7With Scott Frostall’s departure, it looked like the pro-flat design team outnumbered the skeuomorphic side. It was about time that the horribly outdated skeuomorphic look resembling real objects, gaudy gradients, and faux textures had to go. Trying to mimic real objects and mislead audience is clearly a thing of past. Instead, iOS 7 sports clean, simple, and two-dimensional interfaces. iOS 7 appreciates the fact that users are interacting with a flat screen and don’t need to be guided to push buttons.

There is no denying that the flat look aligns with Apple’s long-term goals and is not limited to smartphones and tablets. But Apple thinks big and thinks ahead of the curve. Back in June 2013, during the opening keynote of the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Apple announced iOS in the Car which allows iOS devices to work with manufacturers’ built-in in-car systems. iOS in the Car would allow to make quick calls, listen to music, send messages, and access maps from in-dash screen.

Well, and as it turns out that operating system designed to be flat design is much suitable to running on multiple devices compared to skeuomorphic designed system. While the visual design is almost similar to that of iOS 7 on the iPhone or iPad, its UI is strikingly different with big rectangular buttons. Obviously safety is the driving force. While iOS In The Car uses buttons of different shapes and sizes it is easy to quickly and safely push a button without taking your eyes off the road because all icons are flat.

The message is subtle yet clear. Apple is future-proofing its design with the flat look of its operating system. And iOS 7 is a step in the right direction.

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Easy to adapt to new devices: iOS 7 icons can be expanded both vertically and horizontally. It is easy to fill the blank space with the colors on the edges, making it very easy for Apple to adapt visual language to new devices. Take for instance the long-rumored HDTV, Apple will not have to create entirely new icons for this new interface. Rather the flat design allows them to expand their existing icons to fit any shape effortlessly. This would have not been possible with the skeumorphic design. Imagine the complexity involved in interpreting complicated patterns, shadows, texture, and gradients for each new device.

Does not distort: Skeuomorphism looks strange and funny on curved displays. On the other hand, flat designs don’t distort. While all displays are flat right now, there is no denying that future display will come in all shapes and sizes. Iwatch is widely speculated to be curved. With flat UI, Apple has already prepared itself for future inventions be it curved or 3-D displays.

Wrapping up: Now that Apple has broken the shackles of skeuomorphism, iOS is clearly preparing to embrace the future. Be it curved display or HDTV, or groundbreaking gadgets, flat makes iOS’s design more adaptive to changes, futuristic, and agile.

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Which 2013 smartphone is the best for gaming

Posted on 23 October 2013 by yizhan

Many of us use our smartphones for games. Some prefer the addictive challenge of a puzzler such as Cut the Rope, whereas others opt for the online casino or an arcade type adventure game. This means that one of our prime concerns when buying a smartphone should be: Which phone is best for gaming in 2013?

Android have a host of stylish phones which are great for gaming, as the Google Play store becomes ever more bountiful, but then Windows phones also have a fast developing app market. With all that in mind, it’s still nevertheless the iTunes store and the iPhone that lead the way for many critics and the iPhone5s looks set to reinforce Apple’s position.

When considering gaming abilities we should look at things like storage – 32or 64GB is preferable as games and heavy Operating Systems really fill a phone up – screen size, processing power and RAM. The latest iPhone ticks all of these boxes and the A7/M7 processing combination really makes the phone a mark of things to come.

That’s not to say Android has been left behind and many will still prefer the slightly larger screen of the Samsung Galaxy S4 or the sound capabilities of the HTC One. This new breed of Android phones have huge quad core processors to keep those graphics heavy arcade action games ticking along, and the user interfaces are great for swiping and touching the screen.

Phones like the Sony Xperia Z have really taken the market by storm, offering a 5inch display, Snapdragon processor and 2GB RAM. The Google Nexus 4 represents how much Google’s products are having an impact on the market. It’s fantastic value and has good size 4.7inch screen for decent visibility.

Remember, if you’re a fan of perusing online betting markets or playing online casino games, a larger screen can be just what you need. Anything above 4.5inches is about right.

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Cherry Mobile’s Nova, an Android Phone

Posted on 12 October 2010 by yizhan

CM’s Nova, one of their latest released Android phone in the Philippines.  With a slick design and a 3.2 inches HVGA capacitive touchscreen, i think the Nova can compete in other Android phone that is in the market today. With its competitive price of  ₱11,000 and functionality of an expensive Android phone, people who cant afford an expensive Android Phone can still enjoy its features with an affordable Cherry Mobile Nova phone.

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The unit is powered by a 600 Mhz Qualcomm MSM 7227 running on Android 2.1 operating system and equipped with a 5.0 megapixel camera.  Apps is not a problem with Nova  cause it has access to thousands of applications available in the Android market.  Other feature are stated in the specification below.

Specifications

  • Android OS 2.1
  • 5.0 Megapixel Camera with Flash
  • Quadband GSM 850/900/1800/1900
  • Triband UMTS 900/1900/2100
  • 3.2″ HVGA Capacitive Touchscreen
  • Qualcomm MSM 7227 600 MHz Processor
  • 3G/HSDPA Connectivity
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • GPS/AGPS
  • Google Mobile Services (Gmail, Maps, Marketplace)

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NOKIA N8 gets official in the Philippines

Posted on 08 October 2010 by yizhan

In my recent article, we have discuss abaout the latest product of NOKIA, the nokia N8. A 12MP HD handset, you can find the details here.  Now, this remarkable hand set is going to get official in the Philippines.  You can make your Pre-order unit now at NOKIA Philippines and posible date of pick-up is on October 23, 2010 at selected Nokia Store in the Philippines. The first 800 who pre-ordered will get a free 16gb Thumbdrive preloaded with 2 episode of “How I met your mother”.

REGULAR SALES PACKAGE:

  • Nokia Battery BL-4D
  • Nokia Stereo Headset
  • Nokia Compact Travel Charger
  • Nokia Connectivity Cable
  • Nokia Adapter Cable for HDMI
  • Nokia Adapter Cable for USB OTG
  • Quick start guide

I think this one’s gonna hit the Philippine market. let just wait and see.

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Official Release of iPhone 4 by GLobe Philippines

Posted on 24 September 2010 by yizhan

News scattered in the net about the most awaited iPhone 4 will be officially available in the Philippines this September 26, 2010.  For those who want to avail of the iPhone 4 prepaid kits, you can avail the iPhone 4 16Gb Black version for the price of  ₱37,499.00 and ₱43,699.00 for the 32Gb Black version.

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The Pricing for the some Globe Plans featuring the Black iPhone 4

SKU LAP 250 – Plan 499 Plan 500 – Plan 799 Plan 800 – Plan 1199 Plan 1200 – Plan 1798
iPhone 4 16GB ₱29,199 ₱27,399 ₱25,199 21,599
iPhone 4 32GB ₱34,599 ₱32,899 ₱30,599 ₱26,999
SKU Plan 1799 – Plan 2498 Plan 2499 – Plan 3499 Plan 3500 – Plan 4999 Platinum
iPhone 4 16GB ₱9,899 ₱8,399 FREE FREE
iPhone 4 32GB ₱15,399 ₱13,799 ₱6,399 FREE

hopefully the price of the iPhone 4 will decrease in a few months, so lets just wait and see.

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iPhone 4's antenna issue resolved

Posted on 29 June 2010 by yizhan

The problem with the iPhone4’s antenna, loosing signal while gripping lower portion which we seldom do when we are making a call, has been a problem since the day it was released in the public. almost everybody noticed this problem.  Well Apple responded on this issue  and said.

“Gripping any mobile phone will result in some attenuation of its antenna performance, with certain places being worse than others depending on the placement of the antennas. This is a fact of life for every wireless phone. If you ever experience this on your iPhone 4, avoid gripping it in the lower left corner in a way that covers both sides of the black strip in the metal band, or simply use one of many available cases.”

I’ve read some articles from other blogs and found out that by just putting a bumper ( new product by apple for the iPhone 4) it will solve the issue of the antenna problem. The bumper is a plastic strips that wraps around the iPhone 4 and comes up with different colors that gives stylish look for your iPhone 4. The bumper cost $29.00 and only pits with the iPhone 4

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As Apple mention, by avoiding to grip the lower left corner of the iPhone 4 or by just putting a protective casing,signal strength will not drop. Well in this case putting a bumper to your iPhone 4 will resolve the issue. hmm… looks like a good investment to me.

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Sony Atrac-Table

Posted on 16 May 2010 by yizhan

Looks like Microsoft Surface got a competition. This coming June, Sony is about to release  their latest interactive touch-screen device that was developed by AtracSys and Sony as well, the Atrac-Trable.  Well most of its feature is really much like of the Microsoft Surface but with added ability. I have only seen this tech stuff in the movie like the Minority Report and Iron Man, well  i think this time its for real.

The sony Atrac-Table is a 35inches wide multi touch-screen HD display and controllable by gestures, and equipped with two two built-in Sony ISS XCD-V60 cameras which detects motion and project the 3D object. Same as the Microsoft Surface, it also has the ability to interact what ever digital object placed over it. Much more, Sony claims that it can also determine your gender, your age, and even your emotion.  Imagine a device that can see or determine our emotion,  cool isn’t it?

Price is not available yet, but for this kind of tech stuff that really shows a big change in our technology today I think it would not be far from Microsoft Surface starting price of $12,500 or maybe higher for its additional capabilities. Well lets just wait..

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