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iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C: The specs and differences between the two phones

clock September 13, 2013 18:37 by author Frank Ling

Now that the buzz has somewhat died down over the unveiling of Apple’s newest handsets, announced on September 10, some are wondering just what the specific details are on each model and how they differ from one another.

We’ll take a close up look at the iPhone C and iPhone 5S to see what they’re made of and how they differ from each other.

iPhone 5C
The iPhone 5C, long rumored to be in the works during the first half of 2013, is very close to the features various blog sites and news sites had been speculating on. This version sports the expected new colors in green, white, blue, pink and yellow. The phone's body is made out of polycarbonate plastic. More...

The iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C: New iPhones finally unveiled by Apple

clock September 10, 2013 17:20 by author Frank Ling

For diehard Apple fans the launch of the next iteration of the iPhone was highly anticipated, and today’s unveiling finally lifted the curtain where two new models were shown: the iPhone 5S and the iPhone C.

Are the new phones a welcome addition to the iPhone family? We don’t know yet, but we’ll show you what the details are on these new models and let you decide for yourself.

iPhone 5S
The rumors surrounding the iPhone 5S started virtually the day after the iPhone 5 was launched last year. But as Apple showed off its new iPhones to the eager press at Apple HQ in Cupertino, California today, there weren’t many surprises as the rumor mills correctly guessed most of the iPhone 5S’s features in the past months. More...

Apple teases with announcement of upcoming event: The latest buzz

clock September 4, 2013 17:17 by author Frank Ling

Virtually every news and blog site has been anticipating the announcement of Apple’s new iPhone. Recent rumors pointed to a September launch of the next iteration.

Several new media sources said today they had received invitations to come to Apple HQ on September 10 to hear an announcement that would “...brighten everyone’s day.”

Now that the cat is partially out of the bag, and a flurry of speculation is hitting the airwaves as to what Apple will unveil,  the rumors about a new iPhone 5S and several new “low-cost” iPhones are taking the lead. More...

Microsoft buys Nokia and saves the day...for now

clock September 3, 2013 16:41 by author Frank Ling

When Nokia decided to abandon its proprietary mobile phone operating system, Symbian, in 2011 and adopted the Windows platform instead, there was a lot of speculation on whether Nokia’s CEO, Stephen Elop, made the correct decision for his company or not.

Now, two years later, the writing on the wall seems to indicate that he made a questionable move; Nokia’s Windows phones have had a hard time in becoming a popular alternative to iPhones and Android phones in spite of intense advertising and generally good reviews from tech websites.

But the floundering phone manufacturer has found a hero that will save it from its inevitable demise—namely Microsoft. Nokia was purchased for $7 billion dollars and the future of Nokia, at least for now, seems safe.

The deal was announced by Microsoft on September 2 and is pending on Nokia shareholders accepting the deal. More...

Media players: Smartphone features without the high cost

clock August 30, 2013 09:00 by author Frank Ling

There are individuals who own a basic mobile phone for everyday use but don't want to upgrade to a smartphone because of all the fees and contracts associated with these devices. A typical smartphone with a two-year contract plus the monthly data fee charges can easily mount up to over $2,000 after the contract expires!

One solution for people who like the features of smartphones, but don't want to invest in one is to buy a media player. We'll investigage what media players are and what they can do.

What’s a media player?
Imagine a smartphone without the phone and you basically have a media player.

A media player can view, store, and stream videos; it can play MP3s and stream music; it can play virtually any game that its smartphone cousin can play; it can take photos and videos, and almost anything else that a smartphone can do, except of course, make calls. But even this can be worked around as we'll see later on. More...

Save money and pay less for phone cases and accessories

clock August 28, 2013 15:19 by author Frank Ling

You’ve just purchased a new mobile phone or tablet, and being the conscientious person you are your first thoughts are to make sure you protect your device by buying a good screen protector and case for it.

You visit your favorite big box department store, and you start to gasp as you experience sticker shock; a screen protector costs $12 to $20 for a little piece of transparent film, and silicone cases for your phone range from $15 to $40!

As you leave shaking your head in disbelief, you mutter to yourself, “There’s got to be a better way...”

There is, and we’ll show you how you can save significant amounts of money on your mobile device accessories. More...

Battery apps: Some can extend your battery life

clock August 23, 2013 09:15 by author Frank Ling

It’s happened to most of us; we’ve just charged our phones and the next day, the battery level is almost down to nothing, even though we hardly used it to make calls.

And woe is to anyone who forgets to charge their phone the night before; you’ll be cut off from your friends, associates, and family until the little bugger is charged up. You may even have a spare charger at work, but who hasn’t left their phone behind in a hurry to get home?

One cool solution to extend the battery life of your phone is to install one of the many battery status or battery saver apps that are out there for iOS and Android phones.

We’ll go over what they basically do and list a few of them for you to check out. More...

Get ready to trade in your iPhones for cash: Tips for getting top dollar

clock August 21, 2013 16:26 by author Frank Ling

If you’ve listened to the recent tech news for the past few months, you already know that a new iPhone is on the way. Most sources say the iPhone 5S will be unveiled on September 10.

Other rumors indicate that there will also be a new line of affordable (read: cheaper) iPhones in Apple’s back pocket too. Regardless, the certainty is that there will be at least one new iPhone coming this year.

If you are planning on trading in your old device for the latest Apple über phone, there are a few things that you can do to get the most value for your trade-in. More...

Nokia’s new Lumia 1020 Windows smartphone: Super-camera included

clock August 16, 2013 14:19 by author Frank Ling

The latest flagship smartphone from Nokia was released recently and if a picture is worth a thousand words, there may be millions of them inside the Lumia 1020—it has a 41-megapixel camera.

This astonishing accomplishment is sure to draw in customers who are looking for the ultimate in a camera phone that will allow them to edit virtually any portion of an image in order to enlarge it, and still keep the quality up. But the big question is: Is it worth it?

We’ll go over the specs of this phone and see who may be interested in it. More...

Prepaid phone service plans: Are they right for you?

clock August 14, 2013 18:08 by author Frank Ling

Let’s face it, monthly wireless carrier bills can be a bit shocking. What you thought you were paying for is usually crammed with extra charges related to government fees, 911 fees, special taxes, and other tag-along costs not explained when you first signed up.

Added to this dilemma of expensive wireless bills is the two-year contract and mandatory data plans you must purchase with your cell phone. You may have paid “only” $200 for your Super Duper smartphone, but did you know that you’re really repaying the entire cost of it ($600-$700) over the life of your two-year contract and data plan?

There are certain reasons why it may be a good idea to switch over to a prepaid phone plan, and we’ll point out what they are, and who may benefit from them. More...

Popular cell phone myths: True or not?

clock August 9, 2013 17:17 by author Frank Ling

Urban legends have been around the Internet for decades and virtually every topic has been included in these tales. But some are so realistic that it is often hard to distinguish between what is fact and what is fiction.

Cell phones have been the object of some of these urban legends and interestingly enough, some of them are actually based upon truth.

Here are some of the most popular ones from around the Web; we’ll explore which ones are accurate and which ones are not.

Worldwide emergency number 112
According to this information, if you are in any part of the world and need emergency assistance, all you have to do is dial 112 from your cell phone. More...

Motorola unleashes new phones for smartphone fans

clock August 7, 2013 18:28 by author Frank Ling

Motorola’s brand of smartphones has been perennial favorites of electronics fans around the world, and new models were announced in the past few weeks to keep their customers and new comers happy. We’ll explore the new models and go over the highlights of each one.

Moto X
According to Rick Osterloh, Motorola Senior Vice President of Product Management, his company came to the realization that the smartphones of today weren’t all that great:

"We started to think about smartphones, and the main thing we realized was they weren't very smart. We see a lack of innovation because we think there is a lack of imagination."

To answer this problem, Motorola has announced the Moto X, a fully customizable smartphone that can be configured right down to the smallest details regarding the color of the volume buttons, the case color, and the case’s outer border; there are over 2,000 color combinations. More...

The iPhone 5S and iPhone 6: The latest rumors and buzz

clock August 1, 2013 19:08 by author Frank Ling

As the end of the year approaches, the related buzz and anticipation for new iPhones from Apple increase exponentially. But this year’s rumors are not as clear as previous years because of some of the confusion resulting from mixed reports on whether the next iPhone will be an iPhone 5S or iPhone 6.

In some instances on the Internet, the terms iPhone 5S and iPhone 6 are sometimes used interchangeably or referred to as the same thing. No wonder there is some misunderstanding out there.

We’ll try to break down the various rumors and set things straight as best as possible and find out just what the next new iPhone is. More...

Google launches its new Nexus 7 tablet: Specs and info

clock July 30, 2013 14:03 by author Frank Ling

Many considered the previous Nexus 7 to be the finest of all Android powered 7-inch tablets. But on Wednesday, July 24, Google upped the stakes and unveiled its newest iteration of the Nexus 7, and by the looks of it, the new model has surpassed the old one with superior speed, performance, and graphics.

What’s inside?
For starters there’s a new 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core CPU, and Adreno 320 graphics. Internal memory has been boosted to 2GB of RAM, while the internal storage is 16GB for the basic model.

Google says its new tablet will be able to provide 9 hours of video playback in HD and 10 hours of surfing on the web. Another new addition is a wireless charging mode. More...

Major wireless carriers now offer early phone upgrades but read the fine print

clock July 25, 2013 17:03 by author Frank Ling

Up to now, customers of the major wireless carriers had to wait two-years before they were eligible for upgrading to a new phone.

But T-Mobile started the idea of giving its customers the option of upgrading faster with its “Jump” program, and was followed closely by AT&T’s early upgrade plan named “Next.” Then Verizon unveiled its version called “Edge.”

With so much hype about upgrading early from all these companies, which one is the best and what should you know about these plans. What does the fine print say about these deals? We’ll go over each one and give an overview and quick analysis on Jump, Next, and Edge. More...

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