Category Archives: Smartphones
Lumia 928 Elevates Verizon’s Windows Phone 8 Offerings
It’s been a long time coming, but Nokia is finally bringing a high end smartphone to Verizon. That’s right, folks: the much-rumored, often hoped-for Nokia Lumia 928 is official and it’s coming to Verizon in just a few days. On May 16th the doors open and, for just $99, Verizon customers will be able to get their hands on Nokia’s latest.
The big question is, of course, what makes this thing so special, and why do we care about what might be just a mild revamp of a 6 month old AT&T phone, the Lumia 920? Head on past the jump for the straight skinny and find out!
Chase Mobile – Quick Deposit, Voice Commands, and More!
I’ve always been rather impressed with how Chase tends to keep pace with technology. When QuickDeposit first came out for iOS, we eagerly set a signed check on the dining room table and snapped away, with mixed results. So, when the Chase Mobile for Windows 8 app came out, I was optimistic, but not expecting much. Boy, was I surprised at how much better it’s gotten!
Nvidia’s sees your Quad Core Graphics and says “Yeah? Here’s 68 more, bitches!”
So you thought your new Nexus 10 or iPad 4 was the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world, right? That your dual core tablet or smartphone, or A6-this, Exynos-that was the end-all, be-all of hot shit? Well, Nvidia’s just dropped a brick in your lap, and it’s called the Tegra 4 mobile processor. It makes your iPad 4 look like a joke. It strangles your Nexus 7, 10 or otherwise, and it does it all with a song in its low-energy core, a swanky games console wrapped around its shoulders and a sure bet that 2013′s mobile phones and tablets are going to take a big, fiery dump on everything you just got for Christmas. Follow me past the break for specs and thoughts on Nvidia’s new groundbreaking Tegra 4 processor!
HTC 8X – A Great Phone Running Windows 8
I caved. I got a smartphone. After years of being a regular phone user, plus having an iPod Touch for those times when I wanted to check my e-mail without booting up my computer, I gave in to the shiny lights of Black Friday deals and upgraded to an HTC 8X, which runs Windows 8. And I’m never looking back…
I received an interesting email this morning, with a message from Intuit regarding their Quickbooks GoPayment app support for Windows Phone. Normally this isn’t something I’d bother blogging about, but this is something that goes well outside the normal email for a service provider to send to its customers. The long and short of it is this: Intuit is actively encouraging users to abandon the Windows Phone platform in favor of Android and iOS. Yes, you read that correctly. In spite of the very new launch of Windows Phone 8, which offers more than adequate support for everything an Intuit app and card reader could possibly need, the company has not only pulled its existing Windows Phone 7 app from the store but is actually telling users to leave the platform for competing OS’s. This kind of behavior from a major app vendor is unusual and, quite frankly, unacceptable, but hopefully it’ll mean that Square, PayPal or one of the other processing merchants will step up to the plate and address the market that Intuit apparently doesn’t care to.
For the full details, plus a workaround, and where you can write to complain, hit the break!
Google Brings Nexus 7 and 10 Tablets, Android 4.2. Oh, and the Nexus 4 Smartphone
Google announced via its blog this morning that on November 13th they will release the Nexus 4 Smartphone, updated variants of the Nexus 7 Tablet, and Nexus 10 Tablet. All will be running Android 4.2, Jelly Bean, this time touted as “a different flavor”. With the Nexus 10, Google brings the fight to Apple, with a tablet that’s cheaper and offers better specs than the iPad. Dig into the deets after the break!
News on the BlackBerry 10
Earlier this week, Research in Motion held their BlackBerry Jam conference to highlight information about BlackBerry 10. Originally scheduled to be released this year, BB10 has been pushed to early 2013. We learned about new phones and business features coming with BlackBerry 10, as well as new apps which will support the upcoming OS. Head on past the break for the full skinny!
Kid’s Corner – Separate Area for Kids on your Windows 8 Phone!
As reported by The Verge, the new Windows 8 phones will include a separate start screen specifically designed for your children’s apps. The Kid’s Corner, previously known as the Kid’s Zone, gives kids a place to play with their own apps, music, games, and videos, without being able to get into all the “adult stuff.” This is a huge improvement over current smartphone/tablet operating systems that don’t allow for separate users. iOS allows you to create folders where you can separate out your kid’s apps, but as any parent knows, this isn’t a big help. My daughter may start in “her” section of my iPod touch, but she still has full access to everything else, including clicking on ads, ending up at the apple store, and attempting to purchase something. Luckily my installations require a password first – I’ve had friends that were not so lucky.
More on how to set up the Kid’s Corner after the jump.
NOKIA Unveils the Lumia 820 and 920, Bitch-slaps iPhone Specs
Who will offer the Flagship 920, or the mid model 820?
These phones put most other smart phones to shame and make the iPhone look like a prehistoric brick.
The Android OS has an uncertain future , between Apple’s lawsuit against Samsung, with more rumored to be on the way against other Android phone manufacturers. This could ultimately lead to a show down between Apple and Google, not in the marketplace where such a battle belongs, but in the courtroom. I think ultimately Apple will lose, at least on some of the more idiotic patents, but it will definitely slow down if not cripple the fast-moving innovation of the Android OS. It will be interesting in the meantime to see who decides to offer Nokia’s latest phones. T-Mobile? AT&T? Verizon? Sprint? No definitive news has arrived yet, except that Sprint appears, as usual, to be scratching their collective balls rather than making any decisive moves. Follow me on past the break for more discussion of Microsoft and Nokia’s new flagship!
iPhone 5 is rumored to be launched on September 12th
Media outlets received a message from Apple to an invitation-only event on September 12th. The event is set to begin at 10 am PT. Given the picture above, with the “5″ barely hidden, we can only assume that Apple is going to release the iPhone 5. iMore and other outlets have been hinting at this launch, and predict that the phones will hit stores on September 21st.