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President Unlocks Our Phone Jail Cells

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You’re approaching the end of your cell phone contract and you’re someone who takes care of their technology. Your phone, once you remove the protective case is pretty much like new because you’ve taken all precautions to keep it safe. You’ve still got a great device in your hand, and it does all the things that you want it to do, the only problem is, your network carrier doesn’t and you’re stuck with a locked phone that you can only use if you re-new your existing contract. Well things may be changing…

President Obama To Sign Bill That Makes Cellphone Unlocking Legal
Back in 2013, there was a brief period in time in which unlocking your cellphone would be considered an illegal act. This is because a provision in the Digital Millenium Copyright Act had lapsed, although thankfully there are some in the government who worked swiftly to address that issue.

More flexibility and choice in today’s technology seems to be overwhelming for some if you’re not tech savvy. Unlocking phones being seen as something no longer frowned upon can only be a good thing. It means that those people who still have a healthy, happy cell at the end of their contract can shop around and look for something more competitive. Not everyone wants to upgrade their phone all the time. Many people are happy and familiar in the way that their existing device works, they just want to be able to obtain better value for money when the time comes from their carrier.

5 years in jail and half a million dollars! That’s certainly not a risk worth taking. However, people do take risks and it will be nice to finally think that the chance of being punished for a ‘crime’ that really should not be seen as one, and just a matter of consumer rights, is now being addressed and rectified.

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Apple 4k Desktop Whispers

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Over the past few months the 4K tv has been on everyone’s “wish list” despite the expense. Living in the highest definition, digital world, has been the appeal to consumers and Apple have made sure they have a shot at the market, reportedly working on a 4K desktop.

Apple Reportedly Preparing 4K Desktop And 12-Inch MacBook For October Release
We expect to see a lot of interesting new products from Apple this fall, primarily new iPhones and iPads. There’s been chatter about new Macs as well and a report published today claims that this October the company is going to release a 12-inch MacBook as well as a 4K desktop.

With the up and coming release of their new iPhone 6 and 12 inch MacBook, this addition to their products will surely keep Apple in the technology headlines, together with the holiday shopping appeal for its potential release in October. Now who wouldn’t want one of those for Christmas!

Apple’s Busy Year-End Could Include A Fitness Wearable, 12″ Retina MacBook … – TechCrunch
It makes sense, then, that Apple is also rumored to be introducing new 4K-capable desktop hardware at the same time, in the form of either an iMac or a standalone Thunderbolt display.

We don’t like to mention the ‘C’ word in July, but in the technology world it’s the topic of conversation. Obviously the holiday season is when the big bucks exchange hands. The ‘technology kings’ rub their hands together as they see the dollars roll in, but with the price tags attached to these devices, we need to, as consumers, start saving that money to acquire what we desire.

Here’s a bit of a throwback video from 1988, demonstrating up and coming technology.

Check out that laptop! It’s hard to digest just how far we have come with our technology. Not to mention the laptop. So is it to early to start perusing what’s available for the holiday season? Do you already have your eye on the latest up and coming release? December will be here before you know it, together with the latest shopping frenzy!

 

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Will Sony Be Doing Itself An Injustice?

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The iPhone 6 gossip is making the rounds again and the latest article to attract attention is all about the devices camera spec. Firstly, a speculated 13-megapixel sensor in comparison to the iPhone 5′s 8-megapixel, shows a promising sign of improvement for those keen to use their smartphone for photography. Here’s and article with a little more information:-

iPhone 6 Said to Feature Sony’s 13-Megapixel Exmor IMX220 Camera Sensor Apple’s iPhone 6 could feature Sony’s Exmor IMX220 camera sensor, according to a post on Chinese Sony enthusiast forum Digi-Wo (Google Translate, via G for Games). The Exmor IMX220 features a 13-megapixel, 1/2.3” sensor and can record videos in 1080p. The sensor would also be a sizable improvement over the camera currently in the iPhone 5s, which uses an 8-megapixel, 1/3.2” sensor.

With the advances in the iPhone camera technology will Sony do itself an injustice causing the iPhone to steal the Xperia Z3′s thunder?

Xperia Z3 Looks Like It’s Already Here! Has everyone been keeping an eye on the Sony Xperia Z3?  It seems that there are some leaked images making an appearance at the moment, together with speculation that the new model is going to make the Z2 outdated after just a matter of months of its release.

So how important is camera spec to consumers? What’s the difference between Android and iPhones? How can you decide what your next upgrade is going to be?

Personally, the camera is important to me when I purchase a new phone. Gone are the days when I took my compact camera out with me in my purse, enabling me to shoot should the opportunity arise. Having a great camera on my smartphone means I’m ready at all times and I have to say has produced some pretty great results.

Sony in particular are a favorite, and so both devices will be giving each other a run for their money in the ever changing smartphone wars.

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Are You in the ‘Land of Confusion’ with Tablets?

Are You in the ‘Land of Confusion’ with Tablets? appeared first on DiscountCell Reviews.

If you are technology savvy and know pretty much all you need to know about tablets, then you may find this article a little basic. However, there are many people out there who are still in the ‘Land of Confusion’ when it comes to these devices. The basic concept has been grasped – what exactly a tablet is and what it does, and we’ll go as far as to say that the temptation is there to make a purchase, but where to start! First things first, let’s take a look at some comparisons.

2014 Tablet Comparison Guide

Not much has changed since the last time we compared the top tablets, but with Samsung’s second wave of 2014 high-end Galaxy Tabs hitting store shelves, why not see how the landscape has shifted? 

There are a number of factors to consider when purchasing a tablet. Size, weight, speed, price (of course) and even what color you want to make a statement with. From something bold and bright, to a device that’s standard in black or grey.

A useful guide for choosing a tablet. In particular, the suggestion about watching videos or visiting the store to check out the particular model you are interested in. You’re spending your precious money, so it’s important to do your research and make sure you buy the device that’s right for you. Check out the tablet accessories available too. You’ll discover a new passion for “technology shopping” with all the little add-ons that are available. Here’s one I find particularly appealing for those long road trips:-

Universal Tablet Headrest Mount Review
If you’ve ever taken a long road trip with kids, you know how long every unoccupied hour can be.  Fortunately, tablets and smartphones have made these trips easier by providing entertainment during long rides.

I don’t have kids, but I’m often a passenger, and a little entertainment on a 5 hour drive to the South would be welcomed with open arms.

Make purchasing your technology fun! Do your research, know your requirements and enjoy your new device and all it has to offer.

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Xperia Z3 Looks Like It’s Already Here!

Xperia Z3 Looks Like It’s Already Here! appeared first on DiscountCell Reviews.

Has everyone been keeping an eye on the Sony Xperia Z3?  It seems that there are some leaked images making an appearance at the moment, together with speculation that the new model is going to make the Z2 outdated after just a matter of months of its release.

With the HTC One and Galaxy S5 being the big phones that everyone seemed to be talking about, have Sony decided to have more frequent releases to try and keep in line with their competitors?

Is this our first look at the Sony Xperia Z3?

Sony has gone flagship mad lately, releasing a new one every six months or so, so it’s about time we caught a glimpse of the Sony Xperia Z3…and we might just have done that thanks to a leaked image.

With the iPhone 6 looming for release in October, could Sony beat Apple to it and release something that gets tongues wagging?

A great display of the capabilities of the new Z3 (not too keen on the techno music in the background though!) However, with it being on the ‘leak’ side of information, there’s still a lot of speculation and not too much fact! We’ll be watching this space to see what Sony have to say.

Android ‘L’ to Tantalize the Taste Buds!

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We’ve all been waiting with bated breath as to what the new Android ‘L’ operating system is going to offer. There have been rumors starting to arouse as to what exciting features just might be available. Here’s a great article with a little more insight:-

Android L preview comes tonight: 5 features we are most excited about
For the first time, Google has given us a glimpse of its next iteration of Android ahead of its release. On the first day of its developers conference, Google introduced ‘L release’ without giving it any specific name, and kickstarted the guessing game for which dessert the search giant pick will next.

My particular interest is drawn to the battery life. At the moment my Android phone drains the battery super fast and I feel as though I’m forever having to put the thing on charge! Luckily I have lying around a few additional cell phone chargers in various locations, one being my car, that I can plug into.

So what exactly does the ‘L’ stand for? There’s a lot of speculation out there and suggestions that are somewhat amusing. Here’s an entertaining article sharing a few of the ideas that are making the rumor rounds.

Google unveils Android L: And the L stands for…?
Finally, the next iteration of Android is here with a refreshing new look and some cool improvements. Google has introduced it as ‘L release’ without giving any specific name, and has kickstarted the guessing game for which dessert the search giant pick would pick next.

Reading that has certainly tantalized my taste buds for something sweet! I guess we are just going to have to wait for the announcement. I’m off to the candy store!

Less of the Bulk!

Less of the Bulk! appeared first on DiscountCell Reviews.

It looks as though the toughest of all tablets is about to hit the streets. Armed with its own robust casing and not just your standard tablet cover accessory, which are a ‘must’ when protecting your iPad or Galaxy Notebook. The Bobcat Tablet could be just the technology device you’re looking for, if you do a lot of work outdoors or in conditions where your tablet is subject to a knock or two.

Xplore Technologies launches the Bobcat tablet; a rugged Windows 8.1 tablet that measures 21 mm in thickness
If some of us want the lightest tablet on the market, there’s also some people who want a tablet designed to be used in extreme conditions, like workers on a site.

Sounds like the perfect device to take to the beach if you ask me, with its great functionality in extreme temperature conditions and dust and water protection. I don’t think it could quite withstand a dunk in the ocean, it might do, but for that price I don’t think I’d risk it!

Here’s another article with some more information on the Xplore Bobcat, and why it would be the perfect option for other environments (not just the beach), such as warehouses and places of manufacturing and distribution:-

Xplore Technologies Introduces Its Thinner, Lighter, Fully-Rugged Windows Tablet – SYS-CON Media (press release)
Xplore Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ: XPLR), manufacturer of fully-rugged and ultra-rugged tablets, has announced Bobcat—a fully-rugged Windows tablet boasting the most comprehensive standardized interfaces available.

It looks as though we have come a long way with the rugged tablet. Check out this example that was used in 2009:-

Technology has advanced well in such a short space of time. Not only are devices faster and more efficient, they are more robust with less of the bulk. This isn’t the first rugged tablet from Xplore, it’s a design to compliment their existing tablet series. Watch this space!

 

 

 

There’s No Cell Phone on the Menu!

There’s No Cell Phone on the Menu! appeared first on DiscountCell Reviews.

The age of the smartphone has provided us with amazing technology, communication and innovation. We can talk to people all over the world, carry out our day to day business activities on the move and be constantly available. However, is that such a good thing?  Should we always be ‘eyes down’, faces glowing from the light of our iPhones and other handheld devices? There’s a time and a place where communication should only be with the immediate people around us, at the dinner table is the perfect example.

When Is It OK to Check a Smartphone at the Dinner Table?
Smartphones are clearly (sadly?) a significant part of modern life, so it’s probably helpful to create some rules for their use at restaurants and other mealtime occasions. Here’s a proposal for 21st-century dinnertime phone protocol

 

An entertaining and light hearted perspective on the frustrations of smartphone use at mealtimes. We all do it, we are all guilty of taking that quick glance when we should be engaging in family time at the table, a catch up with friends or even at a formal event.

Some obvious points of courtesy explained in the above video, that with this day and age, some people just seem to forget.

If you’re at a restaurant, then set your voicemail. You can pick up any messages once you’ve finished dining, and even make your return calls on your way home using a bluetooth headset or car kit.

Boost, Davis Flip Cell Phone Etiquette – MediaPost Communications
For all the concerns about appropriate cell phone etiquette in today’s society, perhaps there are indeed times when it’s more appropriate to check one’s phone rather than engaging with the people around you.

Next time you are sitting at the table and feel the urge to check your phone, just stop for one second and think about whether right at that moment it is really necessary. Enjoy the moment and the time you are spent with others. There’s no cell phone on the menu.

Amazon Fire Phone Ignites a Spark!

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Today is the day that Amazon shows the world that its technology is not just about tablets. Its very first smartphone called the Amazon Fire Phone is making an appearance. Looking as though it could be pretty snazzy and start breathing down the necks of the big dogs such as HTC, Apple and Samsung.

Amazon unveils Fire Phone with eye-tracking tech
Building upon its wide expertise in the tablet space, Amazon has unveiled its first smartphone today. So yes, all those rumors were true after all. It’s called the Amazon Fire Phone and its main selling points are bound to be Amazon’s reach in terms of content services, as well as the unique 3D UI dubbed Dynamic Perspective.

It seems a little on the pricey side, but do all the incentives such as Amazon Prime subscription make up for it?

The 3D camera effect sounds interesting and we are yet to see this on other devices (as far as I am aware). It’s so clever! With the ability to scan almost anything and buy it from Amazon. What a way to make money!

FireFly: Amazon’s Fire Phone Can Identify Almost Anything – Gizmodo
Amazon’s new Fire Phone had to be about getting people to buy stuff from Amazon, right? Of course. Enter Firefly, which turns the Fire Phone into a sort of universal object scanner that’ll recognize books, DVDs, or jars of Nutella, and help you buy them – from Amazon!

So will Amazon be the next threat to take over the technology world, or will the competitors within the smartphone industry come up with something even more spectacular? Has the Amazon Fire ignited a spark?

 

Avoid A Sand Infested Device!

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Do you remember the days when you would take a trip to the beach, taking your paperback book, mp3 player and usually a camera to capture some memories of the day? Did you ensure that your electronic devices were stored safely to avoid any damage from water or sand? We made that extra effort didn’t we? These days we tend to have a device about our person, each and every day that can perform all of these tasks. We can read a book, listen to our favorite music or snap the kids building a sand castle all through the magic of our cell phones. However, are we so used to just carrying them around now, that we don’t think ahead about protecting them where conditions that are a little different from everyday life could cause long lasting damage.

How to make sure your iPhone is ready for the beach
Smart devices like the iPhone have become a part of our every day life that we can no longer live without. We take them with us everywhere we go, even to places where electronic devices were not designed to be.

Some great tips, and a reminder that it’s not only the water and sand, but the heat from the sun too, that could give your cell phone or tablet a bit of a meltdown! The article states that you shouldn’t charge your device at the beach, however, this young lady seems to have other ideas.

It’s probably best just to use the juice in your battery that you have, and then find something else to do. Perhaps watch the world go by through your sunglasses.

If you do want to protect your devices (and it’s highly recommended that you do so), check out a  waterproof jacket for your tablet and keep it safe from the sea. There are many cell phone and tablet accessories that will keep your electronic best friend happy and content, and your day at the beach an enjoyable one, without the stress of finding that sand infested, water damaged screen when you get home.