• galaxy s,  samsung

    Samsung Posts Galaxy S4 Videos

    Samsung has posted a pair of videos for your viewing pleasure to go along with yesterday’s unveiling of the new Galaxy S4 Life Companion smartphone.

    Samsung Unpacked 2013 Product Announcement Video

    [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yaw6CSaPnfk]

    Introducing Samsung Galaxy S4 Video

    [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LHv1FPd1Ec]

  • android,  galaxy s,  google,  samsung

    Samsung Unveils the Galaxy S4

    New York, USA, March 14, 2013 – Samsung Electronics announced today the fourth generation GALAXY S, the GALAXY S 4, designed to get you closer to what matters in life and bring your world together.

    Understanding what matters most to us in our lives, the Samsung GALAXY S 4 was developed to redefine the way we live and to maximize our fulfillment of life. This sleek and innovative smartphone makes every moment of life very meaningful; it understands the value of relationships, enabling true connections with friends and family.  It believes in the importance of an effortless user experience, making your life easy and hassle-free; and, it empowers your life, helping take care of your well-being.

    The beauty of the phone is the highly crafted design encompassing a larger screen size and battery, minimized bezel; all housed in a light (130g) and slim (7.9mm) shape. The Samsung GALAXY S 4 is slimmer yet stronger, with less to hold yet more to see. It has come up with simply unreal beauty. At launch, two color options will be available – Black Mist and White Frost; with a variety of additional color options to follow later this year.

    “With the GALAXY S 4, Samsung is again going to enhance the way we live,” said JK Shin, President and Head of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung. “All the innovative features of GALAXY S 4 were developed based on the insights and needs we found from our consumers all around the world. Following the successful GALAXY S series, this phone is yet another great proof point of people-inspired innovation. At Samsung we’ll never stop pursuing innovation conceived by people, so we can inspire them in return.”

    Samsung GALAXY S 4 Product Specifications:


    2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE): 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
    3G (HSPA+ 42Mbps): 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
    4G (LTE Cat 3 100/50Mbps) : up to 6 different band sets(Dependent on market)
    5 inch Full HD Super AMOLED (1920 x 1080) display, 441 ppi
    1.9 GHz Quad-Core Processor / 1.6 GHz Octa-Core Processor
    The selection of AP will be differed by markets. 
    Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
    Main(Rear): 13 Mega pixel Auto Focus camera with Flash & Zero Shutter Lag, BIS
    Sub (Front): 2 Mega pixel camera, Full HD recording @30fps with Zero Shutter Lag, BIS
    Codec: MPEG4, H.264, H.263, DivX, DivX3.11, VC-1, VP8, WMV7/8, Sorenson Spark, HEVC
    Recording & Playback: Full HD (1080p) 
    Codec: MP3, AMR-NB/WB, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, OGG, FLAC, AC-3, apt-X
    Dual Camera: Dual Shot / Dual Recording/ Dual Video Call
    Drama Shot, Sound & Shot, 360 Photo, Cinema Photo, Eraser, Night, Best Photo, Best Face
    Beauty Face, HDR (High Dynamic Range), Panorama, Sports
    Group Play: Share Music, Share Picture, Share Document, Play Games 
    Story Album, S Translator, Optical Reader
    Samsung Smart Scroll, Samsung Smart Pause, Air Gesture, Air View, 
    Samsung Hub, ChatON (Voice/Video Call, Share screen, 3-way calling) 
    Samsung WatchON 
    S Travel (Trip Advisor), S Voice™ Drive, S Health
    Samsung Adapt Display, Samsung Adapt Sound
    Auto adjust touch sensitivity (Glove friendly)
    Safety Assistance, Samsung Link, Screen Mirroring
    Samsung KNOX (B2B only)
    Google Mobile Services
    Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Latitude
    Google Play Store, Google Plus, YouTube, Google Talk,
    Google Places, Google Navigation, Google Downloads, Voice Search
    WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (HT80)
    NFC,  Bluetooth® 4.0 (LE)
    IR LED (Remote Control), MHL 2.0
    Accelerometer, RGB light, Geomagnetic, Proximity, Gyro, Barometer
    Temperature & Humidity, Gesture
    16/ 32/ 64 GB User memory + microSD slot (up to 64GB)
    2GB RAM 
    136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm, 130g
    2,600 mAh

    Read the full press release on the Samsung website.

  • android,  google,  ios,  rumors

    Rumor: Google Now Coming to iOS

    Take this with a grain of salt, because I’m putting this in the ‘rumor’ category, but…if a supposedly ‘leaked’ video is real, Google’s next assault on the iOS ecosystem will be the up until now Android exclusive Google Now digital assistant.

    “Google Now, an Android-only app that aims to provide users with “the right information, at just the right time”, is coming to iOS, if a leaked video is to be believed. Google reportedly posted this promotional video to YouTube accidentally.”

    As you might imagine, the Google video was quickly pulled from YouTube, but you can watch the video below.

    [Via MacRumors.com…]

  • apple,  iphone

    Has the iPhone Become “Boring?”

    With Apple’s hardware design relatively unchanged since 2010, do people see the iPhone as “boring?”

    In a piece on iMore.com, Rene Ritchie, seems to think that Apple is facing a challenge of keeping the iPhone fresh – and by extension – interested in the fruit themed smartphone.

    “Thanks to Apple’s tick-tock product cycle, where a new design is introduced one year, and that design is iteratively updated with new internals the next year, both of those problems — consumer presumption and competitive counter-programming — become amplified. 

    When the impression is that Apple will “only” release an S-class phone in any given year, consumers might be more interested in seeing what else is out there. They might be interested in seeing something different.”

    I happen to like the iPhone 4/4S/5 form factor to that of the iPhone 3G/3GS.  (The original iPhone is sort of a compromise design that I could live with, but I’m not excited about.)  I’ve also said that if you read technology blogs like Smartphone Fanatics, we’re not the target market for Apple.  Or Samsung for that matter.

    I have a lot of respect for Rene’s work and I recommend that you read his ‘The “iPhone 5S” Problem’ article on iMore.

  • microsoft,  windows 8

    Vista Has More Users Than Windows 8

    Stop and think about that for a second.  The 6-year-old Windows Vista operating system, arguably the worst Window releases of all time, has more Internet traffic than Microsoft’s latest ‘flagship’ operating system, Windows 8 according to Net Applications, an analytics firm.

    Sounds like raising the price from $39.99 to $199.99 for Windows Professional was exactly the boost Windows 8 needed.

    [Via BGR.com…]

  • apple,  iphone,  rumors

    Rumor: New iPhone Models Coming In August

    It seems that rumors and hushed whispers are always going on these days about future Apple products and I’ve become more skeptical of them as time goes on.
    That said, I do catch myself getting a little excited about news of the next iPhone, rumored to be the ‘iPhone 5S’.
    The latest rumor de jure is that the iPhone 5S will be going on sale in August, 2013.  That is not as late in the year as October, when my iPhone 4S went on sale, and later than June when older models went on sale.  It’s also later than some of the rumors that put the launch date in late May or early June.
    As with most of these rumors, they come from somewhere deep in Apple’s supply chain and come to us via websites that we can’t read without running it through Google’s translators, so take all of this with a grain of salt.
    In addition to the iPhone 5S, the rumor also goes on to say that the often rumored in expensive iPhone designed for ’emerging markets’ will also begin shipping with a body made out of polycarbonate – the same material Apple’s retired white MacBooks were made out of.
  • apple,  apps,  google,  ios,  iphone,  jailbreak

    Third-Party App Invasion

    I’m a stock iOS guy.  I don’t jailbreak my iPhone.  (Go #TeamPure!) I don’t tweak it.  I do install apps, games, and utilities.  But my every day go to apps have always been the stock Apple apps: Mail, Safari, Calendar, and Siri.  Until today.

    Starting today, I’m going to try out some third-party applications as my every day go to apps.  Why? you might ask?  Well, I’ve been reading a lot about how Apple is being ‘out Appled’ by Google.  In other words, Google is getting much better at hardware design faster than Apple is getting better at software and services.  That doesn’t really mean much to us common folk, but it has inspired me to try out and use new software and that is a good thing.

    On my iPhone and iPad 3, Mail has been replaced by Gmail, Calendar by Fantastical, Safari by Chrome, and Siri by Google Search.  I also installed Google Maps in addition to Apple Maps, but honestly, I don’t use either maps app on my iPhone very often for it to make a difference.

    I though about using Pandora, Spotify, Amazon Cloud Player or Rdio to replace iTunes but I didn’t want to switch to a streaming service because I don’t want to run my iPhone’s battery down any faster than it already does.

    I’ll run my experiment for 2-4 weeks and then post my thoughts about things here.

    If you have a favorite app that replaces a stock Apple app, let us know and post it in the comments section below.