If this is the final design, probably is, the dimensions are bigger than I expected for a 4.7" screen.
Samsung is obsessed with comparing to Apple products which in this advert is quite effective, but it really is time to sale devices on their own merits.
The LG G3 is on track to become the South Korean company’s first smartphone to reach the 10 million sales mark. Behemoth Samsung has been able to boast those types of numbers numerous times in the past few years with their Note and Galaxy S lineup so it’s nice to see that the personal electronics industry in the country is no longer one-sided.
LG credits much of their success to a philosophy that has them going back to the bare basics in all things they do. Not only does this allow them to focus on good product design and value-added features, but it also helps their different divisions come together to perform as one well-oiled cohesive machine... More at Phandroid.
The number may not seem high in comparison to other handsets, but this is an expensive phone and it has not been available for long. It deserves to do well. Thanks to Jah.
The P'9983 smartphone from BlackBerry showcases Porsche Design features, which include high-end materials and finishes. The chassis, lock and right-side keys, and Porsche Design logo are constructed of forged and CNC-milled stainless steel. The camera lens is constructed of sapphire glass. The back cover is made with glass weave technology.
Unique PIN - With the Porsche Design P'9983 smartphone from BlackBerry you'll be part of an exclusive Porsche Design BlackBerry PIN ID group (2AAXXXXX) that is instantly recognizable among Porsche Design users.
Display - 3.1 inch, 720 x 720 pixels, 24-bit color OLED display
Memory - 64 GB application storage and 2 GB RAM
Processor - 1.5 GHz dual-core processor
Navigation - Touch screen
Keyboard - Physical keyboard, full QWERTY
Battery - 2100 mAh removable battery
Camera - Front-facing camera: 2 MP, Fixed-focus, Image stabilization (for still image and video capture), 3x digital zoom / Rear-facing camera: 8 MP, Autofocus and flash, Image stabilization (for still image and video capture), 5x digital zoom
More at CrackBerry.
It amazes me that things like a unique PIN and a different, but rather horrible, design will still be seen as incentives to purchase one of these things.
Transcribe life's most precious moments. Jot down quick notes throughout the day. Keep track of ideas and potential projects.
Narrate is designed to be unique to each user as well as to conform to their needs. It can serve as a simple note taking application or it can be used to hold your most precious secrets. Narrate was created with the best possible user experience in mind.
The question above was posted on Quora and I tried to look at it when Kirk sent it to me, but even going to the page was painful and involved signing up, letting the service look for my friends and then spamming the hell out of me so I gave up. After a short discussion, however, Kirk sent me his answer which you may or may not agree with. Looking forward to your comments.
Short answer: Nah.
Long answer: for me the question is, what would consumer tech look like without Apple? I think there's something special about their "intersection of technology and liberal arts". While they didn't strictly make everything *sui generis* - Xerox "invented" WIMP interface, MP3 players existed before iPod, iPhone's homescreen looked a lot like Palm (which in turn looked like Newton... maybe I'm understating Apple's role there, even if as a company they turned away from that particular style of R+D) they refined all of those things to a high degree - even old pre-OSX Macs look kind of cool and fresh in a way Windows 98 machines don't, the iPod click wheel was kind of genius, and iPhone's groundbreaking use of that kind of flat touch screen was such a revelation.
Looking to the future -- sometimes, in my Boston-smarty-pants, high tech fishbowl world, I'm amazed when I hear how little share Mac has - here Windows makes the exception, absolutely. I think in general desktop/laptop UI is less important as more stuff moves online, but still it feels like Apple has a lot of room for growth, and will continue its stance of breaking new ground without ever participating into a race to the bottom and competing strictly on price.
No company blends software and hardware the way they do, and the results are excellent.
It's now time for every tech site to start asking what 'Wish we could say more' means and what the imagery signifies in the above invite. Looks like mine got delayed...
OK, I give up. Lost In Mobile is back in place of Pure iPhone. While the traffic did not change much after the new domain was implemented, the number of comments did and it would appear that it put some of you off for taking the time to discuss your thoughts.
So, I will still likely be covering iOS content more, but am open to looking at everything that is happening in the mobile tech world.
Just for a moment, I felt that the idea of a standalone smart watch that could do much of what I do on my phone made sense. The Galaxy Gear S is a realisation of that idea.
And then I saw the image below-
Even if I could ignore the sheer size of the device, I can't see the battery (180mAh Li-ion (Standby 300h / Talk 11h / Play Time 9h)) providing enough power to avoid a daily charge and there are still far too many areas that need more development to make such a device practical every day. Truly a case of running before you can walk just to get a device to market.
Innovation in the smartphone market has slowed to a crawl. Maybe it has plateaued. Smartphone penetration is extremely high in many markets. The law of diminishing returns must be kicking in for OEMs seeking an edge that will enable their latest flagship to catch the eye as it slips out into an already packed ocean. If you don’t like the look of it, no worries, there’ll be another one along any minute.
As the market fully matures the battle shifts from innovative tech to price vs brand. It’s not a foregone conclusion. There’s always room for a surprise killer USP, or a technological breakthrough that triggers an avalanche of sales. The growth of wearables presents a whole new world of possibilities and smartphones will be at the centre of it, just as they’ll power Android’s move into our cars and homes... More at Android Authority.
Far too many people are fixated with the 2007 iPhone launch and all that followed it. These people view innovation as having to be something spectacular, something amazing that we have not seen before or a phone or tablet that is light years ahead of what we are currently using. They also believe that a mature market stifles true innovation and that we have gone as fas as we can with phone technology. And they are completely wrong because the mobile market is as innovative today as it has ever been and new features are being invented all of the time that help us do things we could not have managed so easily in the past.
If I had to think of true mobile innovation off the top of my head that has occurred in the past 2 years, it would not be difficult-
Apple's Touch ID is a wonderful implementation of a technology that only a year before seemed impossible. We had never seen fingerprint sensors work in a fashion that felt natural, but millions of us don't even notice the technology anymore.
Samsung's S Pen brings to life the dream of a stylus interface that feels like pen and paper and which offers so many usability benefits to the traditional finger / screen interface.
LG's laser focusing system on the G3 snaps photos quicker than you can imagine and really does work time and time again.
And then there are the evolutionary changes such as quicker processors, more accurate sensors, improved battery life (well, sometimes), tougher and water-resistant devices and so much more that is added to new mobile devices every month.
Innovation does not have to be a 'new' feature and if you take that view, the market is as innovative now as it always has been. However, when you really think about it, there are a lot of new features being added to mobile devices all of the time and it doesn't look like stopping any time soon.
I didn't prompt Alice at all when asking these questions, but it is likely that being surrounded by 4 iPhones in the house has influenced her opinion somewhat. And she has taste of course:)
Twitter’s recent change to the way its “favorites” work shows the same kind of grown-up tone-deafness. The service now allows tweets that you marked as a favorite to show up in your followers’ timelines (and vice versa). Many users might not notice, but Twitter’s core audience has been abristle at this change.
Whereas faves were, until now, semi-invisible except to those being favored, Twitter’s new plan shows them to the world (or, at least your other followers). A glance at any taxonomy of Twitter faves – and there have been ones at Buzzfeed, Time and the Wire – makes it clear that this runs counter to the way faves are used in the wild. Buzzfeed’s list of 17 types of fave, for instance, includes “the hate fave”, “the secret crush fave”, “the flirty mutual fave” and “the blackmail fave”. Much of the rich vocabulary of the fave depends on the reality that they aren’t visible to anyone who’s not involved or specifically looking.
Faving can mean “I like this” or “I hate this” or “I like this but not enough to retweet it” or “I want to passive-aggressively respond to this” or a host of other things. It’s a complicated, Calvinball-esque game. But one thing the Twitter favorite has never meant is: “I wish the fact that I liked/hated/liked but not enough to retweet/wanted to passive-aggressively respond to this would show up in the feed of everyone I know.” Actually, a lot of people are mildly horrified by this notion. It’s not the way we’ve been playing; it messes with the rules we’ve made up. But it’s the way Twitter wants us to play... More at The Guardian.
I have some sympathy for Twitter because the company needs to generate revenue and profit, but I can't quite work out how this move will help do that. One of the benchmarks of Twitter is that you can unfollow anyone who annoys you in an instant and you can make the experience entirely your own. However, this means that for most people a personal experience including no adverts and no messages from users who they have not added to their timeline. I don't know what the answer is, but this can't be it.
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If you are in the UK and like to dabble with new tech, I can heartily recommend the PSC Forum. The members appear to be very genuine and so far I have had nothing but positive experiences.
As it happens, I have 2 items currently up for sale. An HP Pavilion TouchSmart 11-e001sa 11.6" laptop running Windows 8 which is listed here for just £180 (yes, that one) and a 2012 Google 32GB Nexus 7 in superb condition for just £75 (the Nexus is now sold).
Android devices (including Fire Phone, which uses a forked version of Android) do under-index - though not much. The same Chitika survey that shows the iPhone over-indexing gives Samsung a 22.8% web use share, and HTC a 3.1% share. That compares to ComScore’s data, which shows that Samsung smartphones are 28.6% of the market, and HTC are 4.8%. (BlackBerry devices over-index enormously on Chitika, making up 15% of browsing, but having just 2.4% of the installed base.)
On that basis, you could argue that if the Amazon Fire Phone under-indexes, it probably isn’t by much; you could multiply the number by 25%, based on the Samsung figure. That takes you up to about 33,000 devices.
Therefore even allowing for margins of error, it seems unlikely - based on Chitika’s data and the ComScore data - that there were more than about 35,000 Fire Phones in use after those 20 days.
Amazon had not responded to a request for comment on the calculation by the time of publication... More at The Guardian.
Of the 500 parents interviewed for Piper's survey, 60 percent indicated they were open to the idea of using technology to monitor their kids when they're unsupervised at home. Still, those kids are probably doing their homework, right? Mom and Dad apparently aren't so sure, as only 5 percent of surveyed guardians said they thought kids would stay on track and complete their homework if left alone.
With that in mind, their concern is understandable; these kids are spending a lot of time alone. 40.6 percent of respondents said their children spend four to five days a week unsupervised after school, while 35.2 percent reported their kids spent at least one to two afternoons unsupervised... More at TUAW.
Not so sure I would monitor my children at home, but Find my iPhone is useful for easing my concerns a little when they are away from home.