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    by Published on 09-16-2013 08:50 AM
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    With the Nexus 7 giveaway scheduled for later tonight I thought I'd fan the flames of anticipation a bit with my own thoughts on Google's second-generation cheap and cheerful tablet. I bought one to call my own last week, so you don't have to worry about competing against me in the contest.

    You're welcome.

    Why 7 Inches?

    I'll begin with the story of how I came to be a fan of this particular device size. Before I bought my first Nexus 7 in September, 2012 I was pretty wary of tablets in general, with only a vague notion of their convenience for consuming content and playing games. I ended up rolling the dice on this diminutive device for one reason alone:

    Books.

    A 7-inch tablet is, for me, the perfect ebook reader -- portable enough to take with you wherever you go but big enough to read a full page of a PDF in portrait mode. I could have gone for a Kindle for Kobo but a proper tablet has the added benefit of doing what every other tablet does.

    A 10-inch screen would probably make for an even better gaming machine but I've no complaints with 7 (that's what she...) -- anyway, I was actually going to wait for the new Nexus 10 but some review somewhere reminded me of how perfect the N7 was for reading.

    This Canadian got his from Best Buy at $20 off the original price. Futureshop has them for even cheaper than that. So here we are.

    Now onto how this year's Nexus 7 compares with the last...

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    by Published on 09-12-2013 12:04 PM
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    As the high-end continues to improve, an interesting thing has happened: While down on specs, many mid-range phones now offer virtually the same user experience that high-end phones deliver. I mean unless you’re looking at the spec sheet the difference between 1280x720 and 1920x1080 is negligible at best. Ditto for quad-core vs dual-core and the number of megapixels.

    The very same thing happened with computers a few years ago.

    Anyways, because of this, mid-range phones have suddenly become very interesting. They don’t have the same goodies as higher-end phones but when you use it you don’t feel like you’re being punished for not spending $700 on a phone.

    Just look at the Samsung Mega. It has half the number of cores as the GS4 and a lower resolution screen but there’s a twist. It has a gigantic, 6.3” screen. You don’t know how fun it is to meet up with friends and say, “Check out this phone” and whip out the Mega. Some lines you can use include: “Say hello to my little friend!”, “Who says size doesn’t matter?”, “Bigger is better.”, “Go big or go home”, “Anything worth doing is worth overdoing” Are all phrases which can be used on the Mega.

    I mentioned the mid-range is suddenly interesting. When I think of competitors for the Mega I think of phones priced around the same level along like the Motorola Moto X, and phones with gigantic screens like the Huawei Mate. I also included the Galaxy Note II and Galaxy S III because they’ve been around for a year and you might be able to get a deal on one.
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    by Published on 09-11-2013 08:50 AM
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    Some quick background about me and Apple: I was a card-carrying member of the cult from my second-ever computer in 1995 all the way up to 2009, when I switched my desktop computers to real Linux -- you know that OS X is actually based on BSD, right?

    But I digress...

    I myself was never interested in the iPhone because, when it came out, the web apps seemed so far behind the very real apps I was using on my S60 Nokia. In retrospect I totally failed to grasp that (1) Apple had revolutionized the smartphone interface, and (2) just about every website had a version optimized for iPhone in short order. And then, you know, the App Store and stuff.

    Taking these past mistakes into consideration, I'd like to think that I'm now able to provide an objective view of yesterday's announcements, whether you use Cupertino's products or not.

    In other words, Apple fans, you need this. Everyone else hold your noses... I'm going in!

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    by Published on 09-10-2013 02:13 PM
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    Today Apple announced the low cost (for Apple) iPhone 5c which will be $99 (in the 'States) for the 16GB on contract and the 5s which will be $199 (US price) for 16GB on contract. Both will be available for pre-order on Sept 13th. You'll be able to buy it on the 20th.

    C is for Colour? Cheap?

    Now instead of lowering the price of the iPhone 5 they’re replacing it with the 5c. It will come in green, white, blue, red and yellow. It has a unibody plastic (hard-coated polycarbonate) back while the front is black

    Call me shallow but these new colours do look like fun.

    To me these phones look like an iPhone 5 with a colour plastic shell behind it. The sides really remind me of a Nokia Lumia.

    Spec-wise it looks just like the iPhone 5 but with a slightly larger battery. So that’s a A6 chip, HD front facing camera, 8MP camera with a ‘hybrid IR filter’ (not sure if the 5 has this).

    More LTE bands than any other smartphone (so is that 5, 6 or 7 bands?) and Bluetooth 4.0 support.

    Pricing will be $99 for the 16GB while the 32GB will be $199. Not bad for an iPhone.

    They’re also bringing out new cases for the 5c which have holes cut out in the back (so that the case doesn’t protect the phone?) so you can see the original colour underneath. These cases look really cheap. They will be $29.

    So yeah, it's basically an iPhone 5 with a plastic back.

    Both the 5c and the 5s have very impressive LTE support: You get band:

    1 (2100 MHz)
    2 (1900 MHz)
    3 (1800 MHz)
    4 (AWS)
    5 (850 MHz)
    8 (900 MHz)
    13 (700c MHz)
    17 (700b MHz)
    19 (800 MHz)
    20 (800 DD)
    25 (1900 MHz)

    Unfortunately for Rogers and Bell users Band 7 (2600Mhz) is missing. Still you get bands you can use now as well as bands you'll be able to use later as carriers re-farm spectrum for LTE.

    iPhone 5s

    The new iPhone 5 replacement will be called the iPhone 5s and it will come in black (new space grey), gold and silver. Gold - yuck.

    Under the hood is a new Apple A7 chip. It’s a 64-bit chip (Nintendo 64 FTW!), not sure what the point of this since the iPhone will have less than 4GB of RAM. iOS 7 will be 64-bit. Maybe they’ll use the A7 on some low-end desktop Mac’s or the next-gen iPad will have 4GB of RAM.

    Anyways, the iPhone 5s will also run 32bit apps just fine. Apple is claiming it’s 2x as fast with graphics that are faster than 5x faster than the iPhone 5.

    There’s a M7 motion co-processor which continuously measures, motion data, accelerator, gyroscope and compass. This will be good for many health-monitoring apps. Doesn’t the Moto X have something similar?

    They claim the battery allows up to 10hrs of LTE browsing (8hrs on the old 5).

    The camera now comes with a F2.2 lens with 5 elements while the sensor is now 15% bigger - the pixels are 1.5u (vs 2.0 on the HTC One). Resolution is still 8 megapixels.

    Camera software can now shoot multiple shots and choose the best one. You can adjust the colour tone of the flash. There are 2 flashes, a cool and a warm one. You can combine the 2 of them for up to 1000 variations. That’s cool.

    Auto-image stabilization is coming soon. It’s not ‘real’ but rather it takes a lot of pictures at 10 frames per second, averages the light levels but picks the sharpest photo. Would it kill Apple to offer a stabilized lens?

    When shooting video there’s a 120 frames per second at 720p. That’s pretty cool.

    The photos, HDR’s and panoramas from the new iPhone look really impressive. The sensor looks like it has really good dynamic range.

    There is a new fingerprint reader (Touch ID, I guess iTouch was already taken) that is built-into the home button. The fingerprint ready is square shaped instead of just a short rectangle. The square shape means it can read in any orientation which should make it very usable. The reader will be covered with sapphire crystal (like on a fancy watch) so it will be very difficult to scratch.

    Besides unlocking your phone you now don’t have to enter your iTunes password constantly.

    Pricing will be $199/299/399 for the 16/32/64GB. I’m really disappointed they’re still releasing 16GB base models.

    Pre-orders for both the 5c and 5s will start Sept 13th with release on Sept 20th (both Canada and the US).

    Apple also announced that the iPhone 4s and 5 will be getting iOS 7 on Sept 18th

    iWork, iMovie, Pages, Numbers, Keynote are now all free for new iOS devices.

    Epic is releasing Infinity Blade III which will conclude the trilogy. Can’t wait for that since they stopped releasing DLC’s for 2. It’s to demonstrate the Open GL ES 3.0.
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    by Published on 09-10-2013 08:55 AM
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    Are we settled on the touchscreen slab, then? Because I'm not.

    I understand that a big block of mostly screen -- the iPhone form factor, if you'd rather -- has a lot going for it. It's great for watching full-screen video, the UI rotates with you when you change from portrait to landscape and an entirely new interface is but a software update away.

    iPhone and Galaxy users still enjoy the comforts of a physical home button; Google's Nexus line eliminates even that. But if no buttons is the endgame of smartphone innovation, how come we can't seem to shake the ones for volume and power?

    Me, I like buttons. Lots of them, preferably in a qwerty layout.

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    by Published on 09-09-2013 11:59 PM
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    We're giving away a Nexus 7! To enter you can leave a comment on this post, if you use Facebook "like" us and then "like" the link to this post that appears on our Facebook page, and if you are a Twitter user follow @howardforums and tweet about it using #HoFoNexus7 and linking to this post. Any one will give you an entry. Doing all three will give you three chances to win.

    *Contest Rules: Contest is open to U.S. and Canada users who do not reside in Quebec. If a Canadian wins they must answer the skill testing question: What smartphone operating system is developed by Google? U.S. winner will be responsible for all taxes and customs. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. Contest not open to HowardForums staff.

    Contest ends on Monday September 16th at 9:00 PM Pacific. The winner will be chosen randomly and announced after being selected. If the winner does not respond to us within 24 hours of being contacted, a new winner will be chosen.

    Good luck!

    EDIT: The contest is now closed and the winner will be chosen soon. Good luck!
    by Published on 09-07-2013 02:18 PM
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    Kizagjo just passed me this interesting article.

    It talks about how Amazon is trying to build a phone that will be given away. I'm talking free as in no contract. Will this free phone have any strings (non contract) attached to it?

    What effect will a free Amazon phone have on manufacturers of high-end phones like Apple and Samsung. Unlike Apple and Samsung, Amazon's reasons for making a phone are different. While Samsung and Apple sell phones for profit, Amazon's reasoning for giving away a phone may be to lock people into Amazon's ecosystem - will you have to buy stuff from Amazon? Where will you get the software from?

    Of course before Amazon can do this they also face other challenges like who will build this phone?

    If Amazon had a free phone and it didn't suck, would you consider using it or would you pay $200-$300 and stick to your Galaxies and iPhones? ...
    by Published on 09-06-2013 01:14 PM
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    I was at a wedding a couple weeks ago and the conversation centered around cross-border shopping. I was particularly intrigued by this secret method of expediting the customs lineup called "Nexus". It magically allows you to use a special queue that produces a giggle directed at the others waiting impatiently. I knew it wasn't a special feature on the Google Phone or tablet although that's probably not too far in the future. And I knew it wasn't that waveform in that Star Trek movie. Nexus is everywhere and I'm sure there's a few evangelical churches that try to use the term. With so many uses (and misuses) in media and culture, this word loses its definition and dilutes its meaning. This is absolutely true with the Google Nexus 7.

    Nexus has a few definition and I postulate Google aimed for the one about connection. My daily phone is the Nexus 4 and it indeed connects me to my digital surreality. This Nexus 7 is a forgettable tradeoff between phone capabilities and a bigger screen. There isn't anything compelling (including the price) about the Nexus 7 and thus isn't worth keeping in your techie napsack. ...
    by Published on 09-06-2013 10:51 AM
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    Can you hear me now? Are you there? It’s been awhile since I’ve tested a signal amplifier. There are a couple of reasons. First off, they usually require installation, which can be quite costly if you can’t do it yourself. You have to install an ugly antenna outside and then run wire from your roof to inside where there’s no signal. It’s a hassle.

    It can also be difficult to find a good place to test them. If you live close to a tower, network signal strength may not be low enough to notice a difference. After all, these days, many phones usually sound fine right up until they’re about to drop a call.

    Fortunately, my house is the perfect candidate for a signal booster. On the top floor, you can actually see the tower that services my houses from the window. However, it’s about 1.5km away. This means I get excellent signal in my bedroom and virtually none in my basement.

    Which brings me to the Cel-Fi signal booster. It’s a HSPA booster for Rogers (T-Mobile and AT&T units are also available). It’s wireless so you don’t have to run any wires besides plugging it into the wall. It consists of 2 parts; a window unit and a coverage unit. You put the window unit somewhere where you get the strongest network signal (usually a window) while the coverage unit goes where you have bad signal (probably a basement). ...
    by Published on 09-05-2013 08:27 AM
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    Yesterday I watched the Samsung Note 3 announcement at IFA. My first thought was: "Wow, they're really going all-in with the stylus."

    Indeed, this new Air Command feature seems to be a major gateway to productivity on the device -- revealing a menu with no less than four major functions:

    1. Action Memos,
    2. Pen Window,
    3. S Finder,
    4. Scrapbook.

    And it's only accessible via the S Pen.

    It's all very cool, but also a complete antithesis of where Google and Motorola are going with the largely voice-driven Motorola X. Then I read this news article about the popularity of the Note and its kin in Asia, and I wonder... Is this a cultural thing?

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    by Published on 09-04-2013 02:20 PM
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    Samsung just announced some updates to their Note line and the Galaxy Gear watch.

    First off is the Galaxy Note 3. A 5.7" update to the Note 2.
    • 5.7" Super AMOLED display
    • 2.3Ghz quad-core processor (LTE version)
    • 1920x1080 display
    • 8.3mm thick
    • 168g
    • 3200mAh battery
    • 13 megapixel camera with 'smart' stabilization - not sure if that's true stabilization or just digital stabilization
    • category LTE (up to 150Mbps download speeds) with support for 'up to' 6 LTE Band pairings.
    • 3GB RAM
    • 32GB or 64GB of storage
    • coming to: Bell, Mobilicity, MTS, Rogers, SaskTel, TELUS, Videotron and Wind later this year


    It will be available in black, white or pink. The rear covers are made from leather and can be replaced with other colours. There are also back covers with a metal finish.

    The S-Pen software has been beefed up. Now when you press the button on the S-Pen and tap the screen it brings up a mini launcher that lets you launch certain S-Pen related functions including:

    • Action Memo - a memo pad with hand writing recognition that can launch relevant apps depending on what you wrote.
    • Scrapbook - a place you can organize screen caps you've taken with the S-Pen. screen caps including where you took them (like the url).
    • Screen write - lets you screen cap and then write on it.
    • S Finder - lets you search for stuff including stuff you hand wrote
    • Pen Window - lets you use the S-Pen to multitask


    It has the ability to playback 24bit 192kbps high quality audio.

    Video is captured at 1080p at 60fps and up to 4K video (not sure how long)

    Looks like an exciting device. Anyone planning on picking up one of these?

    The Galaxy Gear is Samsung's smart watch

    It notifies you of incoming messages and shows you information using the Smart Relay feature. It has a built-in speaker so you can make calls. There's hand-free voice recognition if you speak into the Gear which can be used to compose messages, setup calendar entries, set alarms and check the weather.

    It has a 1.9 megapixels camera which can capture photos or video. Finally it has a built in pedometer.

    Inside you'll find:
    • 800Mhz processor
    • 1.63" Super AMOLED 320x320 display
    • 1.9 MP camera
    • 4GB of storage
    • 512MB RAM
    • 315mAh battery
    • speaker
    • 2 microphones
    • Bluetooth
    • accelerometer
    • gyroscope
    • 73.8g
    • 36.8 x 56.6 x 11.1mm
    • many optional coloured straps
    • available later this year


    It looks like it requires a phone for full functionality. Personally, I think it will do well in the market but personally I'm not sold on the idea of a Smartwatch - especially if it requires a phone. I suppose if you have a gigantic phone like the Note 3 you might need it if you don't have 2 free hands to use it but I don't see why I'd want to use it the rest of the time.

    Finally, Samsung announced the Note 10.1 2014 Edition. It's an update to the Note 10.1 and includes a 2650x1600 display, 3GB of RAM and up to 8 cores.

    It will be available in 16/32/64GB sizes. There are LTE, WiFi and HSPA versions but we'll be getting the WiFi only one here in Canada. ...
    by Published on 09-03-2013 06:41 PM
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    While I review a lot of high-end phones, I have a bit of a confession - I really like to check out low and midrange phones. While manufacturers continue to outdo each other in terms of hardware specifications, about a half year ago, we crossed this invisible line. We started seeing phones with 1080p screens and quad-core processors. These phones have just gotten so good that even though the specs keep getting sweeter, we’ve reached a point of diminishing returns. Don’t get me wrong, eventually the software will probably catch up but for now, there’s little benefit to upgrade if you already have a nice phone.

    So what does this mean for entry and mid-range phones? It means that they’re going to reach a point where they’re ‘good enough’. You won’t have to fork out big bucks on a phone to get something decent.

    A few months ago, I had the pleasure of reviewing the Nokia Lumia 520. The first entry level smartphone I’ve tried that wasn’t utter garbage. It had a decent screen, acceptable performance and was a good all-arounder. I hate to say it, but the worst thing about the 520 is that it ran Windows Phone. Some will like that but overall I think it hurts it’s appeal. When I reviewed it, it was around $150 on prepaid but I’ve seen it go on sale for as low as $100. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to people on a budget.

    So now, the battleground for a good entry level phone has moved to $100. Which takes us to the Huawei Ascend Y300 (insert hilarious Chinese spy-phone joke here). It’s a $100 entry-level Smartphone available on Bell and Virgin that runs Android 4.1. Like the Lumia 520, it has a 4” 800x480 display, a dual-core 1Ghz processor, 512MB of RAM, 5 megapixel camera and a relatively large 1730mAh battery. On paper, it looks like a match for the 520 - However, while I was working on this review, I noticed that the Y300 was on sale at Futureshop for $70! No contract or tab needed! Let’s check it out. ...
    by Published on 08-29-2013 08:21 AM
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    So if you're wondering why I'm on the front page yet again, Howard has asked me to contribute some daily -- well, week-daily -- content here.

    For the next couple of posts I'd like for you all to get to know me and my interests a little better; it'll be back to more outward-looking stuff next week. And by the way, if you've an idea for an article by all means shoot me a PM.

    So one thing you should know about me: I really like hotspots -- in addition to mobile phones, of course.

    Not the type of hotspot that you'd find in a hotel room or Starbucks, but the much more secure personal hotspot that you carry with you. MiFi is perhaps the less confusing moniker, but it's also a trademarked brand belonging to Novatel Wireless. So "hotspot" it is...

    And why this irrational obsession with something my phone does anyway? Well, three reasons: ...
    by Published on 08-27-2013 11:11 PM
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    Google just cut the prices of the 8/16GB Nexus 4 down from 309/359 to only 199/249 CAN.

    These are unlocked phones that don't require you to sign a contract.

    I just checked and the Google Play store seems to be having problems so these might be selling out fast. If you can, get one while they're hot! ...
    by Published on 08-26-2013 09:17 PM
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    I was really surprised by all the buzz surrounding the Motorola Moto X. The RAZR and RAZR HD were solid phones but they hardly set the market on fire. So why all the sudden interest in the Motorola Moto X?

    On paper, it’s much more similar to last year’s Android flagships, like the Samsung GS III and HTC One X, rather than this year’s Samsung GS4 and HTC one. So people aren’t drooling over the X’s specs.

    My guess is that since Motorola is now owned by Google, people will assume that the X will like a Nexus phone and receive regular updates from Google. Personally, I doubt this will happen but who knows. In the past, at least in Canada Motorola hasn’t been very good with updates. There are also political reason within the Android eco-system why it would be bad for Google to elevate Motorola above other Android OEM’s when it comes to this.

    Still, it doesn’t mean that the X doesn’t have interesting hardware. Motorola has made it so the X is able to listen in with its microphone all the time with minimal impact on its battery. It’s always listening for you to say ‘OK Google Now’. When you say that, it launches the Google Now app which is sort of like a personal assistant/search program.

    Let’s check out the X. ...
    by Published on 08-26-2013 02:29 PM
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    With school just around the corner, it’s that time again. Here’s my list of the top phones for back to school.

    If you read the list though you’re probably wondering: “Where’s the iPhone 5”? Well, the way I see it, buying one now is a recipe for buyer’s remorse. Last year Apple announced the iPhone 5 in September, the 4s was announced 2 years ago in October. We’re probably due for a new one soon.

    Heck, even if you don’t care that a new one is just around the corner, there’s probably going to be a price cut that follows, so unless you don’t have a phone at all right now, I’d wait a month for the new iPhones to come.



    1: HTC One

    With it’s sleek metal casing, the best display on the market, the best sounding speakers, the loudest headphone jack and one of the best cameras, it’s easy to see why the HTC One is my top pick.

    It does lose points for not having a memory card slot but then again, it comes with 32GB of built-in storage which helps mitigate this problem. It also lacks a removable battery. Then again, so do most of the other phones here.


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    by Published on 08-20-2013 07:44 PM
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    In the automotive world, the Q5 makes perfect sense: "He" gets the A5 and "She" gets the "Q5". "Her" needs are different because she will drop the kids off at soccer practise and pick up the groceries. It's a great strategy to keep the brand in a given family unit. No longer do you need to go to Chrysler or Honda for that other vehicle; you can shop at Audi for all of your transportation needs. In case I've lost you, Audi is a car manufacturer and they have an SUV model called the Q5. And the gender references aren't intended to offend but merely as an illustration (I drive the minivan in my family).

    And once again for those with the ultra short attention span, the Q5 (Blackberry this time) is one of the best communication devices available but has success highly dependent on price. If carriers gave this phone away for free, Blackberry will claw back market share.


    Blackberry Family
    In my analogy above about a brand family, we know that Blackberry currently has 3 offerings for it's BB10 operating system: Z10, Q10, and now the Q5. Does this mean that "Dad" gets the Q10 because he is on the go and uses the practical keyboard to get his messages sent quick and fast? And does "Mom" use the Z10 for the larger screen to look at what's on sale at the outlet mall? It is entirely possible that the "kids" are awarded the Q5 to allow the entire family to communicate via BB Messenger. Like I said, if the pricing of the Q5 is such that it's a "disposable" expense, then Blackberry has hit the nail on the head. This younger generation can text better and faster than writing cursive with a ballpoint pen. With the entire family in the Blackberry brand, this opens up opportunities for a broader product roadmap that spans a couple generations. It's the same way that Apple is capitalizing on the iOS ecosystem/cult: once you're in, it's tough to get out.

    The logical extension of this is the corporate enterprise world where Blackberry is preferred. With the blip in technological progress during the iPhone/Android launch, my theory is that RIM at the time could not catch up leaving a gap that still exists today. This gap is about shareholder and end-user confidence. I have yet to hear a success story about BB10 exceeding information security requirements. This leads to my assumption that this new Blackberry Q5 is like that odd cousin that just doesn't make sense. To equip a small business, a "free" price point for the Q5 makes a compelling business case. But unfortunately at the enterprise level, the Q10 is the best choice making the Q5 ignorable to say the least. It will not help Blackberry get into the black. ...
    by Published on 08-20-2013 07:31 PM
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    I just at a Moto X event and got one to play with. First off, check out the demo. It's long but interesting:



    People have been moping about the Moto X's specifications. While it's true that it doesn't have a quad-core processor and a 1920x1080 display, it does have 2GB of RAM which in my opinion, is more important than the other two specs.

    Anyways, the Moto X isn't priced at the level of the Samsung Galaxy S4. Look, it would be foolish for Motorola to think that they can "Out-Galaxy" the Galaxy S4. If they made their own version of the GS4 it would compete directly with the GS4 and well, you can probably guess how that would turn out.

    Going from dual-core to quad-core results doesn't mean performance doubles. Generally, quad-cores do better in benchmarks but in real life it's debated how much of a difference it makes. Companies use quad-core because it looks good on paper mostly.

    The 1920x1080 screen resolution spec is thing that looks good on paper. In real life, the difference between a 1280x720 and 1920x1080 on a 4.7" screen is minimal. ...
    by Published on 08-19-2013 12:33 PM
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    In past 2 years, the Android tablet market has really changed. Initially, we only had 10” and 7” tablets. Now we have many sizes with the 7” tablets becoming the entry level models. It’s the sort of tablet you buy for your toddler - not yourself. You might get one to use while you’re watching TV, that sort of thing. It’s going to be a companion device that doesn’t really replace anything.

    Here’s Samsung entry level tablet - their 7” Galaxy Tab 3 which is priced at around $200.

    A year-and-a-half-ago, a $200 tablet would have been quite a deal. These days, you can get 7” tablet from first and second tablet manufacturers like HP, ASUS, Acer that are cheaper and pack more hardware.

    If you’re looking at the 7” Tab 3 you might also consider both the 2012 and 2013 Google Nexus 7’s, the Kobo Vox and the Amazon Kindle Fire. ...
    by Published on 08-15-2013 06:03 PM
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    I have a bit of a confession, as the father of a newborn and a toddler I’m a bit obsessed with IP cameras. I actually have 7 of them deployed around the house. All of them have WiFi, night vision, microphones, some support 2-way audio, a couple can pan and tilt plus a few have megapixel sensors.

    When I want to take a break from working, I love being able to tune in and watch my kids - they’re young enough that this isn’t creepy (yet).

    Which brings us to the Belkin’s NetCam HD. It’s an IP camera with a megapixel sensor, night vision and a built-in microphone. ...
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