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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Attention Smartphone Gamers, This Xappr is for You!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 05:00 AM

"Xappr is a gun accessory for your iPhone that'll instantly appeal to everyone from fans of the original Duck Hunt on Ninteno to the latest Halo or Call of Duty FPS shooters."

Awesome concept for smartphone games that are first person shooters. You can preorder yours here, and they are expected to run about $30.00 USD when it is launched this summer. Yes, this is made to use with any smartphone, be it iPhone, Android or Windows Phones.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Flygrip Will Ease Your One Handed Fears

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 03:00 AM

"So you're walking with your iPhone in one hand, and a Starbucks latte in the other, and granted it is possible to use the iPhone in one hand, it could prove to be "fatal" since one hand tends to offer less support compared to two, and we all know that heart wrenching feeling when your brand new gadget slips out of your hand and onto the hard pavement."

Basically very simple, as all this does is attach to the iPhone case or the iPhone itself and you slide your fingers in and can start using your iPhone one handed without fear of dropping it. I can also be attached to the back of your iPad, or any other tablet for that matter. As you can see from the photos, it doesn't have to be an Apple product to work. Three sizes (small, medium and large) depending on the finger size and you can get them for $29.95 USD each from the Flygrip store located here. That seems a bit spendy to me, and I think I would rather just spend that on a better case. What are your thoughts?

Friday, September 23, 2011

Get a NASA Ringtone for Your Phone, Be It Android or iPhone or ...

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 10:00 AM

"Space geeks take note -- NASA has just released several audio samples of famous moments in space history for use as ringtones on your smartphone."

Head on over to this site and see the list of all the ringtones available, including sounds from shuttle missions as well as Apollo and Mercury missions. Once you get the one you like, they also offer a handy walk through guide for putting them on your iPhone. If you have an Android, the best way to do it is to get the NASA Android app here.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Exomount, The Only Mount You Will Need

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 01:00 AM

"A simple car mount that won't fall mid-drive is all anyone really needs. Still, there's something to be said for one that can stick firmly to almost any surface."

ExoGear sells the mount for $29.95 USD, and it is pretty versatile as you can see from the photo above. Granted, all the photos show an iPhone 4 but if you visit their site you will see that it will work with any device up to a 5-inch screen (thinking tablet here). They even have it adapted to use as an iPad holder or stand by flipping the suction cup around. A one size fits all mount if you will and the price certainly is affordable.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Verizon Expands LTE Wireless Network

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "The Competition" @ 11:16 AM

"Verizon Wireless announced 19 more cities that will get its faster LTE wireless network service starting Thursday, bringing the total to 74 metropolitan areas."

19 new locations across the country, including Sacramento, CA, Hartford, Conn, Boise, ID and many more. You can get the full list here in case you are wondering if your city made the cut. This just adds fuel to the competitive fires so to speak as AT&T is going to launch their own LTE 4G network this summer in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas Houston and San Antonio, while Sprint is rumored to be in the planning process to add LTE to it's 4G network. This can't come soon enough for me, with data speeds up to 10 Mbps it certainly will leave 3G in the dust.

Friday, June 10, 2011

In New Survey Developers Pick Android Over iPhone

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android News" @ 10:00 AM

"A new survey from Vision Mobile and Bluevia finds that Android is the most popular mobile platform amongst developers, with 67 percent of mobile developers indicating they're developing for Android in 2011-that's an 8 percent improvement over 2010."

We have a winner, folks! A new survey just released from Vision Mobile and Bluevia found that Android is the most popular platform for developers! But not far behind is development for iPhone. Does this mean that Android is slated to be the market leader in years to come?

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Does Your Smartphone Distract You From Ads on TV?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 01:00 AM

"While Apple might be pretty good at creating TV ads, the company's iPhone is something of a problem for television advertisers. According to a recent study, the iPhone (and other smart phones) are one of the major distractions people encounter when watching TV."

Anything that is "aiding in avoidance" is troubling to the advertising industry per AdAge. So when they decided to do a study and find out exactly how much distraction do smartphones cause television viewers. They didn't like the results. During a 30 minute show, 94% of viewers were distracted at some point, and smartphones accounted for 60% of these distractions. I can totally see this as I do exactly the same thing. How about you, does your smartphone distract you from those pesky ads on TV?

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

ChargeBlock, A Portable Charging Option For Several Devices

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 05:43 AM

"When you want true power, power to dominate your iDevices, look no further than the Miccus ChargeBlock for iPad. Not only will it charge your iPad (1 or 2) or iPhone but practically any USB devices and does so with a size and dimension not much different than previous generations of iPhones. This is simply a must-have device for power on the road."

At $99.00 USD it isn't cheap, but for the road warrior it might be a handy tool to add to the arsenal if for nothing else it's flexibility. It was specifically designed to fast charge the iPad, both versions, but with the included USB tips and 12V charging port, it can also charge your iPhone, Droid, digital camera, netbook and Playbook among other things. The best thing is that it comes as a complete package, so not only do you get the ChargeBlock and AC adapter, you also get several charge tips for Mini and Micro USB and a handy carry bag. You can find out more about it at the ChargeBlock site, and right now it appears you can get it at our affiliate store for the discounted price of $75.00 USD [affiliate link].

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

iPhone 3GS Outselling Android Phones at AT&T

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 11:08 AM

"'Canaccord Genuity analyst Michael Walkley says his retail checks show continued strong demand for the iPhone 3GS at AT&T and iPad 1 at Verizon, even as the iPhone 4 and iPad 2 continue to fly off the shelves.,' John Paczkowski reports for AllThingsD."

According to AT&T, the Android smarphones are gaining customers from Windows 7 but not from the iPhone. Of course when you are selling a phone, any phone, for $49.00 USD, you are bound to increase sales. It's basic economics. The price of the 3GS is half of the Inspire and about 25% of the price of the Atrix, so when cost is a factor (as it certainly is these days), consumers will look closer at it, and that is even before you consider the hype factor of the iPhone.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Android Market Share Continues to Grow

Posted by Kevin Jackson in "Android News" @ 12:00 PM

"Canalys reports that Android now has a 49 percent market share, continuing the trend of Android being the leading smartphone operating system in the U.S. That's an increase from the 43.6 percent share reported in Q3 2010. Canalys originally attributed the popularity to the HTC EVO, Droid X, and other high-end Android devices that ate away at RIM's stronghold in the smartphone wars. This time around, much of the credit goes to a prevalence of 4G devices."

It seems that 4G is a hit in the U.S., which is translating into higher market share for Android devices sporting the newer technology. The only question that remains is whether a 4G iPhone will eat into that market share or if being the first to market will help Android to stay on top.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Apple To Samsung: Copy Cat!!

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android News" @ 05:00 PM

"Whoa! In the world of big-time lawsuits, this must be just about the biggest. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple has sued Samsung Electronics for copying "the look and feel" of its iPad tablet and iPhone smartphone."

Well, this one could be fun to watch. I really doubt anything will ever really happen other than maybe a bit of licensing cash swapping hands. Besides, when you really get down to it does Apple even have a leg to stand on? Their complaints center around the hardware design and UI of Samsung's Android phones. Bad news for Apple is that Samsung used this design and a similar UI long before they had Android phones and even before the iPhone was released. It will be interesting to watch this one play out.

HBO Go Coming Soon to Android, iPad and iPhone

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple Talk" @ 02:30 PM

"HBO's streaming service is coming to a tablet and smartphone near you."

HBO will soon be streaming content to your Android or iOS device, if you are a Comcast or DirecTV customer, and subscribe to HBO. But wait, where's Time Warner in all this, since they own HBO? Not offered to subscribers yet. Starting date guesswork is currently early May 2011, providing competition to Netflix. Few details are available, for example, will this service be offered over 3G (or 4G), or, why are they so adamant about not partnering with Netflix?

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

MobileSync Pro - Sync, Share, Backup, and Protect

Posted by Danny Simmons in "Windows Phone Software" @ 11:00 AM

"Retina-X Studios, LLC announced today the release of MobileSync Pro, a cross-platform mobile phone freeware for Android, BlackBerry, iPhone and Windows smartphones. MobileSync Pro is the most versatile and feature-rich mobile software utility yet to come out from Retina-X Studios, which has bundled a 4-in-1 solution by incorporating backup, theft-protection and file sharing solutions, besides its key function as an all-purpose sync solution."

Most mobile phones have built-in synchronization for your contacts, email, calendar, etc. But what happens if you want to change platforms. How do you move your data if you want to ditch your iPhone to try out Windows Phone 7? Or move from BalckBerry to Android? In most cases this would not be an easy process. MobileSync Pro is a free application that can do this for you. It also adds the capability of sharing your data with others. They offer 200 MB of free storage. They are also currently working to offer support for Windows Phone 7 and other platforms that should be finalized in the coming weeks. Curious? Check them out here.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Calling All Crafters: Three Cute Techie Projects

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Talk" @ 04:00 PM

"My boys (husband included, but especially the boys!) are obsessed with the game Angry Birds. They like the game, but they really like to play a real life version they invented, where they chuck objects at each other. (Don't worry! They use safe projectiles for this!) I want to make their game a little more fun for them, so I am creating some Angry Birds and pigs for them to play with!"

Yes, you can have your own Angry Bird with a little sewing knowledge. The designer includes photos and patterns with simple to follow instructions, so get out those sewing machines and start building your Angry Bird army! For more awesome geek ideas, click on the more link! Read more...

Monday, November 22, 2010

The Android Killer App: Does One Exist?

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android Talk" @ 12:00 AM

The author brings up a good point, if you can get past him carefully crafting his argument to eliminate everything about Android that makes it far superior to IOS. Once you rule out the OS, any apps directly from Google, and apps that are available on both platforms, what is there to bring an iPhone user over to the Android world? Yeah I know, just bare with me a moment. One thing he conveniently seems to forget is Flash, though I'm sure he'd argue that Flash isn't an app but a plugin so it doesn't count. ;) Besides Flash and anything listed above is there anything that Android can do that the iPhone cannot? And I think more to his point, why are the developers focusing more on IOS than Android?

I think before this might have been a valid question but now? At the rate Android is growing developers and software companies cannot ignore it. I think that has been the case in the past, however, with a robot army now marching across the world they have to stand up and take notice. Really, when you get down to it what can the iPhone do that Android cannot? The first things that come to mind for me are Netflix and Hulu, two things I would very much like to have on my phone.

Besides these few differences I think the smartphone world may almost be to the point of the PC world. Apps won't really matter anymore. There isn't much can or can't do on one platform versus the other. At this point the platform itself becomes the choice. What do you guys think? Does Android have a killer app (as defined by the author)? Does it even need one?

Thursday, November 4, 2010

How Smartphone Users See Each Other

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Competition" @ 01:31 PM

Check out the rest of the comic here - funny stuff! No, there's no Windows Phone user yet, but that's not surprising right?

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Maximum PC Camera Showdown Pits Phones Against Each Other!

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android Articles, Resources & Developer" @ 12:00 PM

"Let's face it: here at Maximum PC, we're all about competition. It's in our blood. From CPUs to video cards to motherboards to sandwich shops, we live to pit like products (or foodstuffs) against one another. In fact, we recently published an all out showdown between four warring phones and mobile platforms in our quarterly Maximum Tech issue which we're sure you read. That story (as many of our published stories sometimes do) encouraged us to dig a little deeper, and perform a little more testing. The cameras attached to these complex microcomputers are becoming increasingly powerful-many, in fact, are fully capable of taking very sharp and professional looking photos. But are these phones capable of holding their own against more sophisticated equipment? And which phone does it best?"

The above shot, despite being of cute little Android robots, was taken with an iPhone 4. The article it came from, over at Maximum PC pits many of the top phones against each other specifically in the area of camera quality. Thinking of buying a phone and the camera is a big factor? Then take a look and be informed!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Gadget Census Reveals Android Rules Mid-Country And My Home State!

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android News" @ 08:00 PM

""The great state of California, home to Hollywood and the place Tony Bennett left his heart, casts its 83 votes for the iPhone." Meanwhile, "New Jersey, the Garden State, home to Tony Soprano and Thomas Edison pledge their votes to Android." In this make believe world, "electoral," or should we say "gadgetoral," votes are defined by how many smartphones of a particular type are represented in every state of the union. In fact, if the government felt it needed to "apportion" the nation by smartphone ownership, it could use the findings from Retrevo's 2010 Gadget Census that looked at what gadgets people own and how they use them, including data on how many smartphones are represented per capita in each state."

Retrevo's Gadget Census results are in, and they're pretty interesting to me. Blackberries still rule the roost in most traditional "business" states like New York (My current home), iPhones are popular down south and in the trendy west (Sorry Oregon, you're not trendy, just kidding...). But Android seems to rule the middle of the country and (surprisingly to me) Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and my home state, Ohio. What do I see in the future? Well, I'd like to think that the "blackberry" states will slowly turn green, or at the least drop that antiquated OS for something newer and shinier!

Advertising Revenue: Apple vs. The (Android) World

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple Talk" @ 04:00 PM

"Millenial Media has released its latest report on cross-platform mobile advertising, and the iPhone has lost another step on the Android platform. According to Millenial's reporting, revenue for advertising from the Android platform has exceeded iPhone-only revenue. That's not quite as bad as it sounds -- the Android platform, as we already know, has outstripped the iPhone in terms of user numbers, just because there are so many more available handsets and carriers for those devices."

Ah, nothing like hard statistics to tell a fuzzy story. Android cross-platform mobile advertising revenue (that's Android on -all- devices) has exceeded ad revenue generated from (only) the iPhone. That's a nice many-to-one statistic, but the true numbers behind the numbers indicate that iOS revenue growth (again, from advertising) increased 316% in the last quarter. At the same time, Android ad requests have grown 1283% since January 2010. So what does this all mean? We're getting more and more targeted advertisements on our mobile devices, one might even say that the onslaught is just beginning. Now, if I only had a TiVo-like device on my iPhone to let me skip (or fast forward through) advertisements ...

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