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Apple’s all new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C

Apple made history today, releasing two different iPhone models in one day. The 5S and the new 5C. Traditionally they have only released one new model per year, but this year marks the first year that they announced two new phones.

iPhone 5S

The iPhone 5S features ground breaking Touch ID fingerprint  sensor, and the new A7 Processor makes it the worlds first 64 bit smartphone. Here are more details about the 5S from Apple:

  • With iPhone 5s, getting into your phone is faster, easier, and even a little futuristic. Introducing Touch ID — a new fingerprint identity sensorPut your finger on the Home button, and just like that your iPhone unlocks.
  • A7 makes iPhone 5s the first 64-bit smartphone in the world — that’s desktop-class architecture in a superslim phone. And because iOS 7 was built specifically for 64-bit, it’s uniquely designed to take advantage of the A7 chip.
  • Also features a Co-Processor, the M7 which allows the phone to handle certain tasks without even engaging the A7 chip.
  • The 5S Camera features a “Larger sensor. Larger pixels. Larger aperture. It also includes Continuous burst mode, Slow-motion video and all new 2 tone flash for perfect lighting in all situations.

iPhone 5C

The iPhone 5C is a cheaper alternative, starting at $99. It is available in 5 different colors, and has a plastic case. Its other features include:

  • A6 processor.
  • 8MP iSight camera  with 4-inch Retina display.
  • Ultrafast LTE wireless.
  • According to Apple, iPhone 5c has the things that made iPhone 5 an amazing phone — and more, including iOS 7. All in a completely new design that feels great in your hand.

 

Read more about the new iPhones here.

ASUS Slated to Debut an Android Powered Smartphone in the US Next Year

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Although ASUS is a bit late to the smartphone game, it’s chairman Jonney Shih has announced that they will be releasing a smartphone in the US by sometime in 2014. It will more than likely be an Android powered device, and if it’s any better than the Padfone  Infinity, than it should also have some impressive hardware. The Padfone Infinity has a 13mp camera, a 5-inch 1080p display and a 1.7 GHz quad-core processor.

With stiff smartphone competition from their competitors such as Samsung and HTC, ASUS will have it’s hands full trying to release a product to top handsets such as the Galaxy S4. Only time will tell if their foray into the US market will be a hit, or a flop.

Get the whole story at Phonedog or AllthingsDigital.

21 New and Noteworthy Android Apps for 2013

The summer is upon us and soon it will be over. Pretty soon we’ll be thinking Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving and then…Christmas. If you’re looking to spice up your Android life with some new apps that are going to be big for the rest 2013 and into 2014, then you’ve come to right place.

Here’s our choices for the best apps that are sure to make a headlines in 2K13 and also make your Android life a lot easier and enjoyable!

1. IFTTT (FREE)ifttt for android new app

IFTTT is an innovative way to consume content, be alerted and keep every part of your online and social media presence completely up to date. For those that are familiar with creating rules in Microsoft Outlook, then the IFTTT “recipes” will be familiar. An example of one recipe would be “if I’m tagged on Facebook” then “send me an email”. Or, “if I check in on Foursquare” then “update my Facebook status”.

2. SnapText ($0.99)Because no one ever checks their email

Being able to create text templates to be used at the “snap” of a finger, SnapText makes it easier to do what we would have done in the first place. If you call a contact and they don’t answer then you’re most likely text them to find out “what’s up”, right? Well, with the SnapText templates you can immediately send a pre-formed, text template as soon as you kill the call.

3. Vine (FREE)

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Share your life in motion with the popular Vine program. Now in an Android app, Vine allows you to take 6 second bursts of your life and all that surrounds it to share on Twitter and with your friends. You’d be amazed at how much entertainment can be crammed into that short amount of time. For businesses, it’s a truly great way to connect with your clients on social media.

4. Burst Camera for Photoshop ($2.67)burst camera

New and already extremely popular amongst photo aficionados. Burst Camera for Photoshop allows you to take quick photo bursts with the shutter sound (which, let’s be honest, makes picture taking that much more cooler) and edit all of your photos. When taking “selfies” the app has a flashlight mode to get that lighting just right!

5. Floating Touch (FREE)floating touch

Some apps seem so simple that at first glance you may never know why you would need something like that. Floating touch is one of those apps. Basically, the app comes with a “floating” circular button that allows you easy access to system settings, memory cleaning, a lock screen button and a home button. The app comes in very handy when operating apps that hide the Android task bar by allowing you to quickly pop out of your current app and do other things.

6.  Android Volume Booster (FREE)
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Need a boost in volume to your music?  Maybe you’re walking along with some background noise and having trouble hearing the person you’re talking to.  Android Volume Booster gives your speakers and headphones the sound volume boost you need to make all your calls sound great.  Ever notice how some YouTube videos have differing levels of sound quality?  Well, this app puts a simple solution at work and makes everything sound powerful.

7. Droid Sky View (FREE)Droid Sky View

State of the art 3D technology and a high-speed GPS system, with Droid Sky View just point your Android camera at the sky and the app will tell you exactly what you’re looking at. Want to know what that star is called? Then Droid Sky view can tell you. This is a great app for dates and romantic evenings when you both are looking for something to reach for.

 

8.  Bill Minder ($4.99)bill-minder

Bill Minder is an app that brings all of your bills to your Android phone in a calendar app.  Using the Bill Minder calendar you’ll be able to track and take notice of which bills are coming up, which ones are past due and which bills you still have time to not worry about.  Bill Minder also helps you track your spending and budget with graphs and charts.  One of the best things about Bill Minder is that you and your family can share the apps database by syncing with each other, that way you’ll never have “I thought you paid it!”-confusion again.

9. VehicLogics ($0.99)vehiclogics

The newest car maintenance/tracker on the Android Market. VehicLogics allows you to track your car’s performance in real time with the aid of gauges, logs and graph data. Track your acceleration with the “0 to 60 MPH” tracker! VehicLogics connects to cars via Bluetooth and works on many makes and models.

10. Click UI ($1.29)click ui

This is a theme and wallpaper app that works in unison with Nova Launcher, Apex Launcher, GO Launcher Ex and others. However, that doesn’t mean that this is an app that isn’t worth the money. With Click UI you get 5 cool wallpapers and the ability to customize icon sizes for your home screen. HD looks really good on your phone and this will truly make your Android device stand out from the pack.

11. Next Launcher Theme UltraColor ($3.50)next launcher ultra color

Another personalization app comes in at number 11. The Next Launcher Ultra Color theme is like putting a 3D rainbow at your fingertips on your Android device. So far it’s been getting rave reviews on the Google Play review section with more than 80% of the ratings being 5 stars.

12.  Fonelink (FREE)fonelink text from pc

This app will make your life a lot easier almost instantly.  With Fonelink you can sync your browser with the Fonelink website and your phone. What does this do for you, you ask?  Well, how about sending and receiving text messages right from your PC? Imagine how easy it will be to converse on the PC with texts that you’d usually have to break stride, pick up your phone and respond to.  This makes you more productive (and possibly distracted!).  When it starts to get in the way, simple turn it off.

13. PDF Max ($2.99)pdf max

Here it is: the best, all-access, all-feature mobile access for PDF documents. Fast-rendering, fast-texting, text-to-speech…it’s all here in this powerful little app. If you use PDF often then you will be hard pressed to find another, better performing PDF app than this one!

14. A&E (FREE)A&E app

A&E finally gives us access to the network on our Android Mobile devices. Watch free episodes and get free, exclusive access to clips of upcoming episodes. The A&E app gives you access to all of the network’s greatest shows like Duck Dynasty, Pawn Stars and Storage Wars.

15. NFL.com Fantasy 2013 (FREE)nfl.com fantasy football app

The NFL and Fantasy Football leagues are still growing in popularity. Football has taken over as the national past-time and it seems there’s no holding the league back (except for a few legal issues with star players!). Our list here is just in time for Fantasy Football leagues to start getting into everyone’s minds. What better app to use for your team roster than the official NFL Fantasy app? Are you ready?

16. VarageSale (FREE)varagesale android app

No stress. No pushers. No mass, wholesale marketers. VarageSale is a community based marketplace where users can buy and sell their wares and goods without a whole of business mumbo-jumbo. It’s a mobile garage sale on your Android device. It’s fun and allows people to steer clear of the mammoth eBay and Amazon apps if they want to shop or sell.

17. Tinder (FREE)Tinder

Tinder is a hot, new social dating app that is clean and responsible. The network will tell you who likes you nearby and give you the chance to meet real people looking for mature, responsible relationships. This isn’t a “hook-up” app. This is for the real dater. The ability to chat within the app brings like minded people together immediately.

18. Free Movies Online (FREE)free movies online

The concept is finally here from a private Android app developer! The ability to download and watch free movies on my tablet or phone? Yes, please! Great for the bored airport dweller, train or bus traveler, or even to catch a few scenes while you’re in the dentist’s waiting room. Browse by category and title or even bookmark a movie you want explore later on!

19. Sketch + Paint + Draw Pad PRO (FREE)sketch paint draw pad pro

It is amazing to see some of the art that talented people can create on a tablet or smart phone. Sketch + paint + draw Pad Pro is good for any level; from the master painter to the hobbyist who just likes to sketch a little bit here and there. You have a large choice of pencils and paintbrushes, use a vast amount of colors and then share your creations with your friends.

2o.  Signal Booster (FREE)signalbooster

Simple app with a big reward.  Ever have an issue getting a good signal on your Android phone?  How about being just a little too far away from your access point to have a good WiFi signal…especially while downloading files?  Signal Booster can help your phone boos 2G, 3G and WiFi signals so that you never have to have bad reception again.  Text and call without worry from now on!

21. Facebook Photo Save (FREE)facebook photo save

I love to find photos and images on Facebook that I’d love to save and place in other places on the web for others to see. What I absolutely HATE doing is actually trying to download those photos to my phone, then go and look for what folder they were downloaded to and figure out how to share them. It’s a long and overly-complicated process. Well, Facebook Photo save fixes that whole fiasco. You can save the photos to your mobile storage or SD card.

New Technology Turns any Surface into a Touchscreen

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This amazing new technology allows you to do just that, turn any surface, including your hand, into a touchscreen device. It’s called Omnitouch, and it is reportedly similar to the technology used in Microsoft’s Kinect.

Supposedly Omnitouch uses a compact pico-projector and a shoulder mounted depth camera. This device also proved to be nearly as accurate as conventional touchscreen devices. Omnitouch is currently working on miniaturizing the shoulder mounted gear down to the size of a matchbook!

 

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17 Amazingly Useful Android Apps You Should Already Have Installed on Your Phone in 2013

In the days when the Android Market was new, a list of “best” or “need to have” apps would be hard to come by.  Android was so far behind Apple’s app store that it seemed an insurmountable road to climb in order to compete.

Well, Android sprinted from the starting line and today things are looking much different. There is a vast ocean of options for Android apps on Google Play, allowing you to make your phone or tablet do everything you need it to do and more.

Here’s our list of  some of the most amazingly useful Android apps that you’ll want on your device.  These are the apps that you’ll find you need more often than you don’t.  These apps may not have all the glitz and glamour of some other apps on Google Play, but when it’s crunch time; when you need to send a lighting fast text message,  get some quick info,  jot down some notes or just get some plain silence,  then these are your most useful Android apps!

What’s the best thing about our list? Most of them are free!  Take a look and tell us what you think at the bottom by leaving a comment.

1. Snaptext ($0.99)snaptext android text-voicemail app

 SnapText is a real convenient app to have if you do a lot of text follow-ups to unanswered calls. We’re in the habit of needing instant gratification. When we call someone and they don’t answer, the first thing we do is text them to see what’s up. With Snaptext you are able to create a list of your very own follow up texts that you usually send all the time anyway. “Where are you?”, “Are you alright?” and “I’m making dinner…don’t eat!” are now easily sent at the snap of a finger! Send the entire text message without even typing it out. (more…)

Nexus 5 Specs Leaked? Looks like Android 5.0 is Right Around the Corner!

OptimusGPro-Press-02-900-75It is finally arriving everyone, the Nexus 5 running Android 5.0! We have all been at the edge of our seats biting our nails, and waiting to see what is to follow the popular LG Nexus 4 flagship phone from Google.

The Nexus 5 will be a variant of the LG G2 with the main difference being Android 5.0. The G2 is expected to launch running Android 4.2.2. The Nexus 5 will be powered by a 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and either 2GB or 3GB of RAM. Pair that with a 13MP camera and an impressive 5.2-inch Full HD (1920×1080) IPS LCD display, and the Nexus 5 is likely to be a game changer. Did I mention it also makes phone calls?

Needless to say the success of the LG Nexus 4 was mostly due to it’s pure Android experience. With the Nexus 5 set to make it’s appearance later this year, these specs are sure to make some Android users go nuts. We have yet to see what the phone will actually look like, but we can tell from the G2, that we are in for a treat.

Read more about the Nexus 5 here.

The New 6″ HTC One MAX

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Small, medium, or large? Smartphone that is. With the success of large smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy Note and Note 2, HTC feels they too can capitalize on the growing demand for both larger and smaller versions of their smartphones.

With Samsung releasing mini versions like the S3 Mini,  and phablets  like the Galaxy Note 2, it is clear to  HTC that size does matter. The New HTC One Max is a 6″ version of the HTC One. Not much is known about this device at this point, but it is rumored to have a 2.3GHZ Snapdragon processor with either 32GB or 64GB of internal memory.

I think it is safe to assume it will look similar to the HTC one. Another rumor says that HTC will add an HTC Mini to the family; giving us all the option to choose the size that’s right for you.

Read the full story here.

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Sony Xperia’s Rumored ‘Honami’ Handset Features a 20.7MP Camera

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If rumors are true, then handset makers like HTC and Samsung may have their work cut out for them. Rumors have it, the new Sony handset known as “Honami” will sport an 800-series Snapdragon quad-core processor clocked at 2.2GHZ. It is said to be paired with 2GB of ram, a 5″ Triluminous display for a full HD 1080p experience, NFC, LTE capability, and wait for it; a 20.7 MP ExmorRS sensor. You heard right. This is the same size sensor used in the new Galaxy Camera.

With 16GB of internal storage and expandable capabilities, this new phone may put it’s competitors on it’s toes. Who will win? Apparently the fight will break out later this year.

To read more about the Sony Xperia “Honami” click here.

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The Blackberry A10 Leaked – Is Blackberry Going Down Swinging?

A10 Image by CrackBerry forum member nereuszeer

BlackBerry’s last “major” handset was nothing short of a flop. With competition from devices like the iPhone 5, the HTC One, the Galaxy S4, and the Nexus 4, BlackBerry has failed to grab the attention of consumers with their previous flagship phone, the Z10. Things are not looking good for this one time smartphone king, which is now struggling to survive against the likes of iOS and Android powered devices.

Latest rumors have it that they will be hitting the market with yet another flagship device later this year known as the BlackBerry A10. With rather impressive specs, like a 1.7 GHZ Snapdragon S4 processor and 2GB of ram, the BlackBerry A10 still falls short in some categories. The A10 is rumored to come with a 720p display and an 8MP camera; and looks a lot like a knock-off of the HTC one.

With manufacturers like Sony and Nokia putting all their hardware chips on the table with 20MP  and 40MP cameras respectively, it looks like BlackBerry might be forced to fold yet another hand.

Read more about the Blackberry A10 here.

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Weak Sales Push Blackberry Z10 Price Down to $49

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The Blackberry Z10 debuted to a lackluster opening, apparently followed by sluggish sales. Carriers have slashed the prices for the Z10 just months after its launch. Down to just $49 for the refurbished version, and a brand new one for only $99. This comes after their tablet venture didn’t do so well either. You might, or might not remember the Blackberry Playbook.

You can find the Blackberry Z10 on sale at Best Buy or Amazon.  Read more about this story here.

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