Apple Planning Busy 2014

Posted by bbwa on April 9th, 2014

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So the rumor mill is starting to crank up around Apple again, they still don’t have the Steve Jobs mystery thing worked out however. This story from Expert Reviews suggests that Apple has a full slate of new products on line, from the Iphone6 (or whatever it may be called) to new cheaper IMacs and such. The topper in all of this is the long predicted IWatch. I have posted up an image that seems to be around in a lot of places, which is based in part off of some patents Apple obtained. However, this all comes at a time where Apple is still being shaken to it’s core by staffing changes, including the “retirement” of Greg Christie, a vice president and engineer who was responsible for much of the Iphone interface that not only made the Iphone a great product, but may have defined mobile phones as we know it. Christie has been a big part of the lawsuit with Samsung, it’s not known if this change of status might also change Apple’s approach in the lawsuit.

Mobile Rises as PCs Continue To Fade

Posted by bbwa on March 27th, 2014

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The times they are a-changing, and if you are in the business of making desktop computers or their parts, then you are probably hurting in a very big way. People are buying as much as they did before, if not more, but now more and more are buying portable devices and leaving the desktop behind. This report that I found over at Techcrunch shows a nearly 5% increase in phone sales, and a near perfect matching 6.6% decline in PC sales.

It could be said that this is the long goodbye for the PC as we know it. The PC world is getting it from all sides, from quadcore phones and tablets to online cloud services that make home storage seem as up to date as floppy disks. There is plenty of action in phones, tablets, phablets, and a fast growing market is the clamshell devices, which fold open to reveal a laptop like screen and keyboard combo, albeit in a smaller package.

Certainly a big part of the market is because mobile and portable computing is still a young industry, expanding rapidly and evolving at full speed, with many playing catchup to the current 4G standards. There is also the basic concept that the PC market hasn’t moved forward much in the last few year, the last big leap for most people was onto Windows 7, as most seem to have avoided windows 8 variants where possible. For many, there aren’t enough new features or benefits to justify a costly upgrade. However, it’s apparently easier to justify a nice sized chunk of change for the latest iphone or Samsung device, and the tablet world is expanding rapidly and the devices are impressive pieces with great graphics, screens, and processing power.

The PC will always have a place, but it appears that for many, the PC is’t the first choice anymore

Comcast and Apple Reported Talking About Streaming TV

Posted by bbwa on March 24th, 2014

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The hot rumor of the last couple of days is that Apple and Comcast are in talks regarding a streaming TV service. There are stories on the Hollywood Reporter and Techcrunch that show how this might all pan out. What is interesting here is that they are apparently avoiding a net neutrality issue (at least for the moment) by negotiating to have the service provided on the “TV” part of the bandwidth, and not on the internet side of the IP tv delivery method. This would essentially create a service that would sew up the last mile, and at the same time perhaps show a new future business model for cable and internet companies, selling access to the last mile without actually using the internet. Net neutrality supporters are probably woofing their cookies thinking about this one, as it entirely sidesteps the who deal and leaves them out in the cold.

Samsung S5 Reviews are in

Posted by bbwa on March 9th, 2014

samsung s5 reviews

Reviews are coming in for the Samsung S5, and so far it seems like this is another home run for this prolific company. Samsung has really turned into a market dominating force with it’s Note II, Note 3, and S series phones, plus a whole host of most budget minded options. The S5 is pretty much a top of the line phone with everything you could want – 2.5GHz Quad core application processor, Android 4.4.2 (Kitkat), and a 16Mega Pixel camera. This is one very complete and very impressive piece of technology, a phone that everyone seems to want!

Check out this review of the Samsung S5 for more info!

Hot For Christmas: Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 Tablet

Posted by bbwa on December 8th, 2013

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Amazon isn’t sleeping in the tablet wars, they have expanded their Kindle line out of just being a way to read books, and solidly into the full on tablet market. The All-New Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″ Tablet has an HDX Display, Wi-Fi, Optional 4G LTE Wireless, 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB – and the display is amazing. Beyond all the normal talking points, Amazon is also piling up the good features:

  • Exclusive 8.9″ HDX display (2560×1600) with unsurpassed pixel density (339 PPI) and perfect color accuracy (100% sRGB) for vivid, lifelike images that go beyond standard HD
    Breakthrough ultra-light design—weighing just 13.2oz, it’s 34% lighter than the previous generation
  • Ultra-fast 2.2GHz quad-core processor—3x more powerful than previous generation—with 2GB of RAM and Adreno 330 GPU for fast, fluid gaming and video
  • Introducing the “Mayday” button—revolutionary, on-device tech support, exclusive to Kindle Fire HDX tablets. Connect for free to an Amazon expert 24×7, 365 days a year
  • 8MP rear-facing camera with LED flash for high-resolution photos and 1080p HD video, plus a front-facing 720p HD camera for Skype video calls and more
  • Stay productive on the go with ultra-fast web browsing, built-in OfficeSuite, plus e-mail and calendar support for Gmail, Outlook, and more
  • It’s a rocking unit, that is for sure, and certainly a strong contender in the tablet field. There really is too much to mention here, so I would suggest you click the link and check the unit out, it’s pretty hot for Christmas!

    Get your Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″, HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB – Includes Special Offers Now!

Hot This Christmas: Google Chromecast

Posted by bbwa on December 3rd, 2013

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Google Chromecast is a real game changer when it comes to streaming media content. Chromecast is the easy way to enjoy online video and anything from the web on your TV. Plug it into any HDTV and control it with your existing smartphone, tablet, or laptop. Send your favorites from HBO GO, Netflix, YouTube, Hulu Plus, Pandora, Google Play Movies & TV, Google Play Music, and Chrome to your TV with the press of a button. No more huddling around small screens and tiny speakers. Chromecast automatically updates to work with a growing number of apps.

With Chromecast, you can easily enjoy your favorite online content on your HDTV—movies, TV shows, videos, music, photos, websites, and more from HBO GO, Netflix, YouTube, Hulu Plus, Pandora, Google Play Movies & TV, Google Play Music, and Chrome.

It’s a neat item for sure, get your Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player for christmas now!

Hot This Christmas: Galaxy Tab 3 10 inch White

Posted by bbwa on November 30th, 2013

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Christmas and the gift giving season is upon us, and one of the most in demand gifts this season for the coolest people is the Galaxy Tab 3 10 inch in white. The color breaks the Apple domination on white computing appliances, and looks great too. Amazon has a great price on it this Christmas, almost too low if you ask me. This one is loaded up too with:
Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS, 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Z2560 Processor, 16 GB Flash Memory, 1 GB RAM Memory, Store photos, videos, music, and more with up to 64GB of memory available through a microSD slot and 50GB of free Dropbox storage, Camera: 3MP rear-facing, 1.3MP front-facing, and Pre-loaded with free content including Hulu Plus membership, Google Play credit and Boingo Wi-Fi Access. Give a gift this christmas, or heck, GIFT YOURSELF! It’s all good!

Get it now: Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 (10.1-Inch, White)

Report: Samsung Ready to Move 100 Million Tablets in 2014

Posted by bbwa on November 18th, 2013

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This is one of those stories that really sort of makes you wonder, and at the same time can really boggle the mind. It was originally noted that Samsung expected to sell something like 40 million tablets in 2014. However, demand has been VERY strong in 2013, so much so that according to this report, they have updated their projections and confirmed supply chain sources for up to 100 million tablets in the next year.

This comes at the same time that the Samsung versus Apple case continues to fester, although some recent rulings in the US seem to be favoring Samsung, who may escape from all of this only a few million dollars lighter. Apple in the meantime seems to have no response to the overwhelming supplies of new products coming out of Samsung right now.

Android 4.4 KitKat Roll Out For Older Devices

Posted by bbwa on November 6th, 2013

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With the new Nexus 5 released with Android 4.4, aka Kit Kat on it, it’s only a matter of time before there is a roll out to some of the more recent Android devices. There are always a number of companies that are working on upgrades and updates. Samsung in particular is interested in this update, because they are working hard to update devices such as the Note II and similar to be compatible with their Gear watch and other possible devices in that family. The would at minimum need to make it to Android 4.3.1 to get the right support, and they could possibly go right to 4.4. Sony, LG, and Motorola are all reported to be working on 4.4 KitKat updates for their most recent products, and HTC has confirmed that they will be rolling out an update to the HTC One very soon.

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10

Posted by bbwa on November 4th, 2013

lenovo yoga tablet 10

Considering that Apple’s Ipad has at least a mind space grip on the tablet market, it’s not surprising to see companies trying to be a little different. Lenovo has been pretty good about interesting ideas, especially with it’s Yoga series. They have recently teased with their #betterway promotion, and the result is the new Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 (and the smaller 8). These feature a rounded area along one side that helps you hold onto the tablet more naturally, and also turns into either a angle typing support or a more vertical “watching” support so that you could watch a video with it on the table, as an example. It’s a pretty ingenious solution, and certainly makes this Android based tablet at least a little different from the crowd. There are a few good reviews, such as this one from Product Reviews Dot Net, and this one from PC Review in the UK. It’s safe to say that this device offers enough new and interesting to say that the tablet wars aren’t anywhere near settled.