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iPads for Days

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iPads for Days

The specs on Apple’s two newest iPads are nearly the same, so choose wisely. You’re in the market to buy a new tablet, and with so many options it is hard to choose.  There is Microsoft’s Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 that they recently placed on sale, but those are not for you.  Nor is Nokia’s Lumia 2520 Windows tablet, it just wont make the cut. You have sworn your allegiance to Apple, and lucky for you, they unveiled two new sweet tablets this week.  The iPad Air and the iPad Mini with Retina Display – aka the iPad Mini 2. The only question left is which one to buy? The two new iPad’s are nearly similar in every aspect.  Both feature the the A7 chip processor as well as 1GB of RAM.  The camera specs are the same,  a 1.2MP camera on the front front and 5MP iSight camera on the back.  Prior to the release, rumors flourished that their was going to be a Gold color available like the one available for the iPhone 5S, but that proved false and fans have to stick with the Space Gray and Silver. One might suspect that since the two are so similar, the prices would be the same too, but that is not true.  The iPad Mini starts out at $399, which is $100 cheaper than the iPad Air. Why would someone spend the extra $100?  To get that sweet, sweet extra two inches of diagonal screen space.  Measuring at 10 inches, the iPad Air would be the best choice for those who use the tablet as their primary workstation.  Your eyes would thank you if you had to spend upwards of 8 hours typing away on a 10 inch screen vs compared to an 8 inch screen. Another feature that is only available on the iPad Air is the he M7 coprocessor, which is what helped make the iPhone 5S so fast. If portability is what you are looking for in a tablet than the iPad Mini would be your best option.  The smaller size would be great for those that like to place their iPad in a small bag or even a purse.  Due to the small size the Mini has a higher pixel density, which is great for the high resolution images. Both iPads are hovering right around the one pound mark (the iPad Air is exactly one pound and the Mini is .73 pounds).  They have sleek and slim designs that are bound to make any user happy, and with the new and improved Smart Case and Smart Cover which will put your iPad into sleep mode every time you close it. One last important point to make is that the iPad Air will be available as of November 1st, whereas the iPad Mini wont be released until later in November (there is no release date specified).  ...

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Apple May Have New iPads, MacBooks, and Maybe an iWatch?

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Apple May Have New iPads, MacBooks, and Maybe an iWatch?

Two Apple events in two months! A person could get used to this. With the words “We still have a lot to cover,” Apple fired up the masses when they sent out their invitations confirming the October 22nd event that was first leaked by AllThingsD. Yes, that’s right, Apple will host their second event in two months.  This one will take place at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater located in San Francisco.  It is set to commence Tuesday at 10 a.m. Pacific, noon Central.  This time it will not be about the phones. The invitations, as seen to the right, are a very fall-like and contain the image is of the traditional Apple logo found at the bottom.  In the background one can see many multicolored leaves (the iconic Apple leaf) floating up to the top.  The tagline “We still have a lot to cover”is found at the bottom and suggest that this event will unveil a lot of new products. Rumors have it that these products include their new iPads, the features and availability of OS X 10.9 Mavericks, and the new MacBook Pro. Speculations are also floating around that they may introduce a smartwatch (the iWatch) as well as an update to Apple TV. It is projected that the “belles” of this ball will be their two new iPads, reports say both will support the new 64-bit A7 chip.  The first is the second generation iPad mini that will likely feature Retina display.  It will also reportedly have additional power and a longer-lasting battery that will make it a little heavier than its predecessor.  The other is their fifth generation iPad, which will get a makeover and boast a thinner and lighter design as well as an improved camera.  It is uncertain as to whether or not the new iPads will contain the new Touch ID fingerprint scanner that was first introduced in the iPhone 5S. Improvements to the MacBook Pro will include more battery life – possibly hitting the 12-hour mark – as well as a better processors. Unfortunately, we were not on the invitation list and will not be able to attend the event in San Francisco to either confirm or debunk the rumors firsthand.  But we will keep you updated with all the latest ‘tech-gossip’ revolving around the event as that day approaches as well as a complete summary following the event including what and when the products will hit the marketplace. Thanks Loop  for the image.      ...

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WhatsApp Keeps Improving

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WhatsApp Keeps Improving

Keeping in touch with your friends is easy these days. You have Facebook messenger, Twitter and their direct messages, email, regular text message and long distant calling that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg anymore. Luckily, So what is this post getting at? Well, the popular cross device messaging app (it can be used on iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phones and Nokia), WhatApp, which has already brought the iPhone and Android market together with the ability to group chat between both OS’, has improved its capabilities once more. WhatsApp has now added the ability to send voice messages either to one person or across a larger group chat. WhatsApp seems to have worked for a pretty long time on perfecting and making sure that this new feature works right for users. They wanted to make sure that it not only worked well, but worked in the same fashion that their app is built on, the fact that it’s easy to use. According to TechCrunch, WhatsApp even put in the time to make it so the app can detect whether or not you have the phone up to your ear or out in front of you while recording, which in turn will alter the volume of the message so that no matter what, your recipient will hear it the same way from any recorded angle. WhatsApp has taken off in the past year and a half. They have gone from a paid app on iPhone to a free one with a subscription service after one year, just like on Android. You can send and receive as many messages as you want and it can also be done over WiFi, just like Apple’s iMessaging platform. In July alone, it was reported that WhatsApp users are now sending over 11 billion messages and receiving over 20 billion messages per day. They also have over 300 million active users per month. The addition of the voice messaging feature may attract more people to WhatsApp in the coming months with schools getting ready to open back up for the year. Being able to actually say what you need over a group chat, instead of typing long winded messages may prove to be a good thing. And for $0.00*, it may be worth it. *free for the first year, $0.99...

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Dell is Back in the Headlines

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Dell is Back in the Headlines

When it comes to personal computers for recreational use, Dell Computers took over the market in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. They ran Windows and everyone was happy. Then, out of nowhere, it seemed as though the floor fell out from under Dell. This year alone, Dell reported that it saw a “79 percent drop in profits to $130 million total.” Much of this drop has to do with the shift away from PC’s towards tablets, which Dell does not a piece of the market in, but the overall dismay with the company has a large emphasis also it seems. These recent drops in sales and profits have forced the hand of Dell founder, Michael Dell, to try and take the company private to avoid the constant barrage of angry investors. How is Dell going to do this? Project Ophelia. This new project sounds a lot like the user capabilities of Apple’s Mac mini. The device is housed in what looks like a a USB memory stick (see here) and, as PC World says, “can turn any screen or display with an HDMI port into a PC, gaming machine, or streaming media player.” Some may draw comparison’s with Google’s Chromecast, but this is not a device that will be run through a computer, instead, it will be run as the computer. Ophelia will run Android’s OS and will still include Dell’s namesake OS, Windows. This seems to be a beneficial idea for smaller companies that may not be able to afford buying whole new systems just to run Windows 8. By having the newest version of Windows already on Ophelia, you can turn monitors into the computer you couldn’t afford before. At $100, it seems well worth it too. Unlike Google’s Chromecast, which is $35, you will be able to run more apps while also working as though it is a full PC. It’s biggest comparison, once again, comes with Mac mini. Apple’s solid state drive “box” is meant to turn any screen into a desktop, just like Dell’s Ophelia, but the Mac mini runs from $599.99 to $999.99(this one is a small server). At a much lower cost and with Windows capability already built in, Dell may be making the right choice. The device has already shipped to a handful of beta testers and is set to ship during the next fiscal quarter, so somewhere between August through October. If good reviews come back to Dell, this certainly could start to make other PC manufacturers a little nervous, as well as a little curious as to whether or not they could pull off a similar feat. Let’s sit back and see what will happen. Photo Courtesy of Dell...

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Apple Patents Continue to Roll In

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Apple Patents Continue to Roll In

The past few weeks seem to have been a whirlwind for Cupertino’s favorite technology company, Apple. Patents have been coming in and out of the California based tech giant, the most recent being a patent for a “triple lens iPhone camera”. That’s right, a triple lens, or sensor, camera on one of the biggest smart phones on the market right now. What does the triple sensor camera capability do for Apple’s supposed new phone you may ask? Well, much like the HDR system that is already a part of iPhone’s (4 and up, if we’re not mistaken) camera already, the triple sensor system will give the phone the ability to take multiple photos at once and after, decide which photo had the best color, least amount of blur and overall just looked the best. It then throws out the pieces of the images that don’t matter to the overall image to give you the best photo that is conceivable in this day and age. This third sensor that Apple is putting into the phone is coming on the heels of last weeks patented dual-sensor imaging for iPhones, as reported by TechCrunch. Apple’s recent developments on their camera seems to be a step up to the competition, which seems to have begun to overtake the iPhone’s camera, which many deemed the best camera you could buy in recent memory. That step towards the competition hasn’t been fast moving or even hurried for some reason, and that reason seems simple. Apple isn’t afraid of other phone cameras. Who is their biggest competition? Nokia’s Lumia 1020. The same company that brought you the original no flip, small cell phone, has a 41-megapixel camera on their phone that is out as Windows newest phone. Competing with a Windows product hasn’t, and probably will not get Apple to start running for the hills. CEO Tim Cook and the rest of the team out in California are taking their time with this, probably waiting for the iPhone 6 or 5S or whatever it may be, to put this new technology into. It was only a matter of time until Apple increased their camera’s capabilities, so this really shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. It’s more of a welcome gesture. Welcoming everyone to the newest technology on smartphones...

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Google’s Nexus 7 Leaks Over the Weekend

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Google’s Nexus 7 Leaks Over the Weekend

Recently, Google’s Nexus 7 “update” was leaked through an OfficeMax employee photo showing the backside of the tablet. The term “update” is being used loosely here because it is less and update and is more just the new Nexus 7. In the same way that Apple releases the iPad as “the new iPad”, Google seems to be going down the same road. With the leaked photo, many were suspecting that the “new” Nexus would release as early as July 20, but that wouldn’t make sense since Google will hold a gathering on the 24th. The specs and actual product look were nothing more than speculation until last night when the Twitter handle @evleaks released press photos of the front, back and also a profile view of the slim tablet. This is how the tablet looks: Along with @evleaks photos, there was an apparent leak through this weekends Best Buy circular that showed both a picture of the Nexus along with its price and tech specs. The newest Nexus will sell for $229.99 in the 16GB form and have a 1920 x 1200 resolution screen. In direct comparison to Apple’s iPad and iPad mini, the Nexus 7 stacks up pretty well. The newest generation iPad with lightening connector obviously sits above the Nexus based on resolution due in part to Apple’s retina display (2048 x 1536 at 264 ppi). When it comes to the just slightly larger iPad mini, which has a 7.9 inch display compared to Nexus’ 7″ (for those who don’t know, the number following the Nexus name is its display size), the Nexus’ display is actually better than its Apple counterpart, whose display is only 1024 x 768 resolution with 163 ppi. Just like every other tablet on the market, it is still an uphill battle against the iPad. Many of the Nexus 7 or Nexus 10 users seem to come from Android fans, but that’s not without a few converts. The biggest pull since its release has been the fact that it not only runs Android but also exclusively runs Google systems. Google has more to announce than just the new Nexus 7 this week with the new Android OS and a few other updates to be announced as well. All in all, this week could be a good week for the search engine...

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Apple Begins Hiring For iWatch Team

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Apple Begins Hiring For iWatch Team

In the past month, it has become known that Apple had applied for a patent on the name “iWatch” over in Japan. When this story broke, people started to become a little bit incredulous due to the constant flood of rumors that has continuously surrounded the mere idea of the iWatch. Well, it seems as though these people have something to start believing in more thanks to this story by the Financial Times about Apple’s recent string of new hires to their iWatch division. The fact that Apple has begun hiring multiple new people to help with this development shows that the idea still needs some work. The products that are already out there in the market such as Sony’s SmartWatch and soon to be SmartWatch 2 aren’t a good enough stepping stone for Apple to use as “inspiration”. The fact that it is so hard to figure out what to do may be more of CEO Tim Cook’s fear that Apple won’t put out a good enough product. The iWatch, although it has only been a thought in many people’s minds, will come with high expectations to take over a small but growing market. As said in the report, the recent timing of the “hiring spree implied the iWatch would not be ready for launch until the latter part of next year.” So, people are going to have to wait even longer than what was hoped for. Not only will they have to wait, they will have to hope that what they will get at the end of the day will be what they have been envisioning for past few years. Apple has the upper hand in this battle, though. With only Sony’s SmartWatches and the recently funded Kickstarter project, the Pebble Watch, there isn’t much competition that has dominated the market. Coming late to the wearable devices party doesn’t seem to be holding Apple back because there just isn’t a market to battle, at least yet. The new hirings are only the beginning for Apple. Development has already started, or so it seems, so breaking through any roadblocks can only push Apple ahead of competitors. If only on name...

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JUMP! is T-Mobile’s “Boldest Move Yet”

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JUMP! is T-Mobile’s “Boldest Move Yet”

After changing the game, in their own opinion, when they rebranded themselves as the “uncarrier” cellular phone company, T-Mobile once again made another “jump” of sorts into making itself out to be better than people have characterized them over the years. Yesterday at T-Mobile’s “boldest move yet” announcement in New York, it was announced that they would roll out their new program called JUMP!, which will give customers the chance to upgrade their phone at least twice a year without penalty. This kind of change was a direct competition move to try and not only align themselves with Verizon, Sprint and AT&T, but to try and move past them in the market. The JUMP! program will allow new T-Mobile customers the chance to enroll in the service when they purchase a new uncarrier program and phone. If any damage to the phone occurs, at any time no less, you are allowed to bring your phone back in to a T-Mobile store and exchange the phone. You have to pay the difference of what was left on the phone if it is not in “good working condition”. This idea is echoed through the new marketing campaign for the JUMP! program with all of the commercials starring Saturday Night Live alum and actor Bill Hader. Jump forgives the “oh s^*t” moments that we all experience, as T-Mobile CEO John Legere put so elegantly during yesterdays press conference. The Jump program along with the uncarrier “contracts” are more than obvious direct shots at AT&T, once again put bluntly by Legere. AT&T recently upped the amount of time that customers have to wait until they can upgrade from 18 months to two years. Legere has never been afraid to attack AT&T, which he seems to do during every conference that he holds, but he is starting to make a point that people can get behind. He has begun to position the company as one that is going after “switchers” and have diminished, but not completely lost, focus on bringing in new non-switching users. Without contracts, without penalty fees for leaving or upgrading and now with upgrade forgiveness basically, T-Mobile is becoming bigger and hopefully, better. photo via T-Mobile Press...

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Dropbox Announces New Features at DBX

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Dropbox Announces New Features at DBX

This week, Dropbox, the popular cross-platform file sharing app, held their first ever developers conference in San Francisco and named it DBX. Much like Apple’s WWDC conference that is held every year, Dropbox wanted to host an event that would bring developers together in one place and put their minds together to see what they could build. So far, the biggest news from the popular filing sharing service came yesterday on the opening day of the conference. Coming soon, Dropbox will be expanding what can be synced and shared with them. Their services will begin to expand as more and more people are beginning to use multiple devices. When Dropbox first came out, it was addressing the idea of the jump-drive or USB drive. Instead of having to carry around a jump-drive and have the chance of losing it or accidentally destroying it, Dropbox was all online, making it virtually impossible to do either of those things. Now, as they are beginning to expand the overall coverage of what API will be able to sync up to Dropbox, there is no telling just how far they could go. According to PCWorld, the biggest improvements are as follows: Sync API, which is meant to simplify the code-writing process to let apps communicate more easily across devices; Drop-Ins, a tool to let end users access files that may have been created within an app on another device; and Datastore API, which will let users access not files themselves but the content created within apps on other devices. – PCWorld The biggest thing that every technology outlet seems to be going after is the Datastore API. This will bring games like Angry Birds into sync across all of your devices. So now you won’t have to sit there trying to beat the hardest level that you’ve had to deal with. This may seem like a very trivial development to a service such as Dropbox, but it is obviously something that people want. The idea seems to work, but only with a WiFi or data connection. The “need” for WiFi or data is where Dropbox wants to change the game, or so to speak. Along with these new sync features, they also unveiled yesterday at DBX that they want to come up with a way to give people access to all their files, offline. They want to give you every single file you’ve ever put on Dropbox, and that will include the new game sync, without any connection to data or WiFi. This may not be easy at first, but they seem set on making this a reality. We can be sure about one thing though and that is, as time moves forward, so will technology. So let’s just sit back, and see where it can take...

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