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Losing a smart phone like an iPhone, BlackBerry or a Samsung Galaxy S can be a gut wrenching feeling. First there’s the information on the phone you worry about, including all of your contacts and your emails/text messages and then of course the reality that you need to come up with $500 or more to get connected all over again. If that’s where you are as you read this, sorry!!! So let’s separate fact from fiction when it comes to losing your phone.
First off, I have to admit that my position on tablet computers has changed somewhat over the last year . This was largely a result of reading my first e-book, on the iPhone of all things. Sure it was a great book and that was the catalyst, but more importantly, it changed my perspective on the utility of tablet computers and given that experience, I wanted to share that perspective with you.
Tablets are small lightweight portable devices for surfing the web, checking email, staying organized, listening to music and using apps.
So what are the advantages of a tablet computer at this stage: Read the rest of this entry »
If you are wondering what SOPA is then you probably haven’t visited Wikipedia today, which is blacked out today in protest. But SOPA is a bill which the US congress wanted to pass and it stands for Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). It sounds harmless enough, after all we all want to stop piracy…don’t we! While we are against piracy we certainly aren’t against FREE SPEECH and SOPA takes it too far suggesting a China like authoritarian rule where record labels and cable companies have the power to shut down website because of alleged piracy acts, no matter how small the piracy act is….it may be as simple as you uploading a video of you and your family at a family bar-b-que with Lady Gaga playing in the background. You may be in violation and your website may be shut down.
Still not convinced, here are 5 reasons why SOPA needs to die…
With CES 2012 just weeks away we are already looking ahead on what’s to come in 2012. This year’s show is scheduled for January 10 to 13 in Las Vegas to be closely followed by February’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
Competition in the smartphone sector will remain cutthroat in 2012, as vendors look to improve performance using LTE (Long Term Evolution), high-resolution screens, quad-core processors and GPUs (graphics processing unit). Read the rest of this entry »
My revealing visit to the US?
For years I’ve been hearing how much more competitive the US market is than in Canada. So imagine my surprise to find that maybe that is not the case anymore. You will be surprised at what I learned from my visit to the big apple a few days ago….
For months TELUS has been kicking some serious ass on our network, yet still, prior to the very last quarter, Rogers has been consistently holding that top spot, but finally the metrics are starting to make more sense. From our vantage point, Telus has been the most aggressive wireless carrier in 2011 and with the lion’s share of proposals being created by clients in Ontario they are trampling on Bell’s and Roger’s turf, so a real competitive assault maybe in the works, so stay tuned. But what other insights can we share… Read the rest of this entry »
It seems that the smartphone OS world is settling on 2 players – Apple iOS, and Google Android (possibly Windows Phone OS in the long run – only because Microsoft has deep pockets and can stay the road). Almost every other OS has fallen down. Symbian from Nokia is dying, webOS from HP failed, BlackBerry is failing and will likely adopt Android, so why in light of this push Bada now? Read the rest of this entry »
Apple led the way for the sixth consecutive time in the bi-annual Wireless Smartphone satisfaction study by JD Power and Associates. While it is no surprise that Apple led in both 2011 survey’s (Volume 1 and 2) what is interesting is the movement of the other manufacturers up and down customer’s satisfaction ratings. You might be surprised at who is climbing the ladder!
LTE cell phones coming to Canada
There is alot of buzz about LTE (Long Term Evolution) which is considered the true “4G” technology, and reason is justified, imagine download speeds of 100 Mbps+, coupled with an all ip based architecture (both voice and data) . In the US, Verizon launched its LTE network and has been actively promoting it. Here in Canada, Rogers announced its LTE network in Ottawa in July with expansion to Toronto before year end.
Cell phone Wifi on Skype to drop your costs
Skype has launched Skype Wifi a service which connects mobile devices, cell phones and laptops to over 1 million WiFi hotspots around the world. This service allows regular Skype subscribers to pay on a per use basis while traveling. Currently the cell phone app is only available on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices, but I suspect it will be on Android soon as well.
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