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Are you going to the Melbourne Cup this year? If you aren’t, imagine for a second you are. What will you be doing as the horses race down the straight past your vantage point? Will you have your Smartphone or digital camera out ready to capture the moment, or will you be watching the race?
This Tuesday 100,000 people will be pack into Flemington Racecourse to watch the ‘Race That Stops A Nation’, the Melbourne Cup. People will be getting dressed up, enjoying a drink, socialising, having a bet and enjoying what is an amazing experience. One upon a time every single eye would have been glued to the race as horses and jockeys raced around the track. It’s safe to say a huge percentage of the crowd will have their Smartphone out at some stage, ready to take a photo or shoot video footage of the horses as they race past.
Why do we even call them Smartphones these days? I mean, how many of us actually use them as a phone? If you had to make a list of uses for your phone, where would ‘making a phone call’ actually rank for you? Today we use our phones for much more like checking emails, apps, listening to music, sending texts, surfing the net, the list goes on!
So with all that in mind, we’ve decided to pick our favourite phones in four categories – iOS (I wonder what phone will come out on top there), Android, Windows and a completely random category, best budget phone. So take a look at what we came up with and let us know if we’re crazy or bang on the money.
New indestructible phones coming in 2014!
Wait a minute, did you read that correctly? Yes, companies are about to introduce what they are calling unbreakable phones. Sure, if you drop a phone off the Eureka Tower, it won’t survive. However, these phones should prove more durable and long-lasting than phones with rigid screens. Mobile phones that don’t break are the technological innovation of the year for 2014, and phone manufacturers are scrambling frantically to move up their own release dates to schedule their own funerals. If phones don’t break, consumers don’t need to buy new phones every few years. Fortunately, marketers always manage to find ways to convince the public to upgrade their phones to take advantage of new capabilities, apps, designs and bragging rights of owning the latest electronic marvel.
Like children of divorcing parents, consumers wonder what to expect from the ongoing feud between Apple and Samsung. Many pundits claim that the case will slow innovation while others predict that competition in pricing and development will ultimately benefit consumers. Wish lists for technically savvy consumers include iPhones with larger screens, touchless interfaces, self-healing screens and HDTVs for people on-the-go.
Thought Nokia was dead? Thought Apple is the most popular phone around the world? Thought Blackberry was only used by suit wearing people in Washington? Think again.
Whilst you might have thought Apple would be the dominant player world wide, according to data from Global Stats it’s Samsung which holds 26.2 percent of the world’s market. Apple and Nokia come in a distant second at around 20% each.
We have noticed several people having issues with screen replacements particularly on iPhones with respect to touch input. All of these issues are on devices with iOS 7.X. These issues are not hardware related nor limited to the iPhones: A quick Google search will reveal similar issues with iPads and iPods.
It seems that these issues occur after the battery percentage drops below 20%. Some forums and pages will say it happens exclusively after either the 20% or the 9% battery life warning. The way to fix this is to try the following:
- Backup your iOS7 device
- Restart the device
- Reset the device
- Reset all settings
- Restore your backup
- Restore as a new device
Samsung has a few reasons to be peeved—about 1.05 billion of them. The U.S. district court awarded Apple $1.05 billion in damages in the high-profile lawsuit that has attracted great interest in the mobile technology industry. Essentially, Apple alleges that Samsung stole its ideas and infringed on its patents with the Galaxy tablet. Of course, legal appeals and an eventual settlement remain likely because Samsung is one of Apple’s chief suppliers of chips and components. Many pundits predict dire consequences for consumers from the court’s ruling, but Australians seem more amused by the feud.
Rumours of Samsung trolling Apple have taken on epic proportions due to the placement of aggressive full-page ads, the new iChanged advertising campaign that pokes fun at Apple users and videos that suggest that Apple products are outdated. Things reached a fever pitch when a well-crafted hoax suggested that Samsung had paid the award to Apple by sending 30 trucks loaded with $1.05 billion in U.S. five-cent coins. This totally fabricated story was picked up by many legitimate news agencies and pundits and will find its way to lists of the greatest hoaxes in history. If Samsung actually had paid its judgement in nickels, most consumers around the world would have delighted in a perfect example of justified trolling.
A quick comparison on what the new iPhone 5 range looks like compared with eachother, and its current top competitor the Samsung Galaxy S4.
Android, which provides the operating system for more than one billion smartphones and mobile devices, surprised the world by naming its latest 4.4 version upgrade KitKat in honour of the Hershey’s candy bar that is a favourite snack of coders. Pundits had expected that Google would use key lime pie as the next name in the alphabetic series of upgrades that are named after desserts and confections. The release, scheduled for October of 2013, will coincide with special candy-bar promotions in 19 countries including Australia. Specially branded Kit Kat bars will give consumers chances to win prizes such as Google Nexus 7 tablets and credits to spend in Google Play.
News surrounding Microsofts acquisition of Nokia’s phone division for a whopping $7.2 billion has been all over the news but what does it mean for the average user? What will change for the two and what do Microsoft have in stall for the brand?
What the acquisition means for Microsoft and Nokia
Understanding why Microsoft made the move we need to look at it is they get from purchasing Nokia:
- Nokia’s smartphone and mobile business – from the manufacturing to the assembly bits
- Nokia’s staff from the design team to the sales and operations team
- A shitload of patents (but not all of them)
- Nokia’s HERE map technology