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10 gadgets that’ll help you relive the ’80s

Sean Fallon , Nerd Approved

If you stop and think about it, the progress we’ve made in technology over the last 20-some years has been staggering. It really wasn’t that long ago that we were all using landline phones and playing Atari games. Maybe things have moved a little too fast and you miss the days when you actually wrote things down and could hang up on a telemarketer with authority thanks to a thick rotary receiver.  If so, the following gadgets might make you feel a little nostalgic.

iCade

ThinkGeek

iCade 8-Bitty
The 8-Bitty is a follow up to the iCade arcade cabinet for the iPad, and brings retro NES-style D-Pad gaming to your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch and Android devices. Like it’s big brother, the 8-Bitty is compatible with all iCade game apps, which include the Atari Classics collection, Pac-Man, Super Mega Worm and more. Unfortunately, if your app constantly crashes blowing into the phone is unlikely to fix the problem like it did with those old cartridges. $24.99 (coming soon) - ThinkGeek via Nerd Approved

Retro Mac iPad cover Apple old-timers might recognize this iPad 2 cover as a facsimile of the original 128K Macintosh. It snaps on to the back of your tablet and includes cutouts for your camera and speakers. Apparently, the original retailed for $2,495 way back in 1984. So, in comparison, the Apple of today is (*gasp*) a real bargain. $36.99 - USBfever 

LEGO

Moleskine

LEGO Moleskine notebook
These days, whenever I write out something longer than my name with a pen the cursive feels awkward. So I’ve got to practice a few times before showtime on a birthday card. Still, part of me profoundly misses the simplicity of an old-fashioned paper notebook. Moleskine is proudly keeping up the tradition with quality construction and hip new themes like Star Wars and Lego. The Lego version will be released on March 1st for $21.95 with features like 240 lined pages and a real Lego plate embedded in the cover. $21.95 - Moleskine via Nerd Approved

Commodore 64 Keyboard PC
Commodore USA recently released updated versions of the Commodore 64 with specs that could include (depending on your configuration) a 2.2 GHz Intel Core i7 CPU, 8GB DDR3 memory, Intel HD Graphics, a 2TB hard drive and more. All units come with Ubuntu 10.10, but you can download the Commodore OS Vision Linux build demoed in the video above if you want a more authentic retro feel without sacrificing modern functionality. $349-$1499 - Commodore via CubicleBot

drinkman

Mustard

The Drinkman hip flask
The spirit of the cassette Walkman alive and well in the form of this novelty Drinkman hip flask. A word of caution though — it will be hard to to keep your drinking under wraps when you’re the guy people see carrying around a cassette Walkman in 2012. And no matter how much you wish it could, the Drinkman flask won’t rewind back to a point when you were sober. Available starting this May. Price TBA. - Mustard via That’s Nerdalicious

LomoKino
Granted, there are plenty of retro smartphone apps out there that are designed to give your videos a retro look, but the whole process is too easy. It just doesn’t feel like your taking retro videos. Enter the LomoKino smartphone holder. It allows you to shoot 35mm movies in analog and convert them to digital directly on your phone using a viewer attachment that you have to manually crank. With any luck someone will come out with an wooden box camera accessory complete with a hood so I don’t have to hassle with converting my daguerreotypes to digital anymore. $24.90 - Lomography

retro

ThinkGeek

Retro USB mouse
As far as I’m concerned, the entire concept of a computer mouse is obsolete, so the idea of buying a mouse that looks like it should be wearing big hair and a jean jacket seems completely ridiculous. On the plus side, this updated version is optical and connects via USB. $19.99 -ThinkGeek 

Keypad watch
If you thought a calculator watch was as nerdy back in the day, take a look at this new Click Keypad Watch. To find out the time, press any key. Lights embedded in the keys will illuminate one by one, revealing the hour then the minute. So, the illumination sequence 0, 9, 1, 5 would mean the time is 9:15. Not only that, the watch comes in hot, sexy colors like old PC beige. $99 - Watchismo via Fashionably Geek

retro

Etsy

Retro handset holster
Remember when people who carried cell phones were considered elitist? Well, d-baggery has come full circle with this Retro Handset Holster. If you thought wearing a belt holster for a normal cell phone was bad, try something that’s designed to hold one of those old-school receiver accessories that you plug into your cell phone. Of course, it could always be worse. $25 - Etsy via Fashionably Geek

Mario coin block lamp
This custom Super Mario coin block LED pendant lamp is touch sensitive, so you can punch it on and punch it off with each touch registering a classic coin sound from the game. Plus, every 8th hit is rewarded with a 1-UP. Man, it’s hard to believe that the original Super Mario Bros. came out almost 30 years ago. So this lamp kind of makes me feel old … but not “The Clapper” old. $74.99 - Etsy via Nerd Approved

Why your computer is becoming more like your phone

By Pete Cashmore, Special to CNN
updated 7:56 AM EST, Tue February 21, 2012 | Filed under: Mobile
A Macbook Air laptop, an iPad 2 and an iPhone sit on display in a store window.
A Macbook Air laptop, an iPad 2 and an iPhone sit on display in a store window.

Editor’s note: Pete Cashmore is founder and CEO of Mashable, a popular blog about tech news and digital culture. He writes regular columns about social media and tech for CNN.com.

(CNN) — Apple released Mountain Lion to developers last week, a new operating system that will make your desktop computer work more like your phone than ever before.

The trend is clear: The desktop operating system will merge with the mobile OS in the coming years. The question is: Why?

Let’s start with the trend itself. First off, Apple is integrating cloud services much more deeply in Mountain Lion than any previous operating system. That means your music, photos, calendars, contacts, emails and more can now stay in sync across your phone, tablet and Mac.

Apple has also unified your messages across your devices: The Message app (formerly iMessages) will replace iChat on the Mac.

Pete Cashmore is the founder and CEO of Mashable.com.
Pete Cashmore is the founder and CEO of Mashable.com.

That’s not all: Mountain Lion also gets a notification center that works just like the notifications you receive on your phone. Games Center is coming to the Mac as well, allowing you to play games against your friends who own iPhones and iPads.

Apps like Reminders, Notes and Contacts are also all getting desktop versions — and of course these sync with your mobile devices so your data is always up to date.

Most notable of all: Apple is now pushing software updates through the Mac App Store, hinting that the App Store may become the only way to get software on your Mac in the future.

So what are the advantages of your desktop computer merging with your phone’s functionality? And are there any downsides?

Simplicity

The main reason Apple wants to make Macs work like the iPhone and iPad is simple. Or rather, simplicity.

Despite decades of innovation and the invention of the graphical user interface, computers remain too confusing and complex for the majority of people.

While more powerful software with complex functionality will continue to exist for highly technical users, most consumers want a device that’s easy to use and intuitive.

The rise of the iPad and iPhone prove that there’s huge demand for such simplicity, and that desktops too will need to become more streamlined.

The downside of simplicity? Simple systems are often less “open” and provide less freedom to try new things: Tasks are either easy to complete (because the developers thought of that use case) or not possible at all.

Security

Mobile operating systems could potentially be more secure than their desktop counterparts. In particular, if Apple makes the App Store the only way to download apps to your Mac, it would become more difficult for users to install malware (since Apple manually approves every app in the store).

What’s more, mobile features like tracking the location of your devices or wiping them remotely will make consumer desktops more secure.

There are downsides to app stores, however.

Not only would devices become less open — the makers of operating systems become gatekeepers — but you could argue that Apple and its rivals simply want to force the use of app stores so that they make more money for themselves.

Syncing

Perhaps the most obvious benefit of making desktops work more like phones is unity between all your devices.

With a similar (or single) operating system on all your gadgets, syncing apps, contacts and calendars between them all becomes effortless.

There’s a downside for users, however: Competing operating systems tend not to work well together, and using one operating system across all devices means uses are “locked in” more than ever before.

So there you have it: Your desktop computer is becoming more and more like your phone — and in fact the line between the two will one day disappear.

If you think it’s just Apple’s devices that are headed toward a simpler operating system, however, you’d be mistaken — Apple is merely in the news because Mountain Lion became available to developers last week.

In fact, Microsoft’s Windows 8 takes its cues from Windows Phone, meaning that the two major desktop operating systems will mimic your mobile devices very soon.

Paperclips pose security threat to iPhones

By: Rosa Golijan/msnbc.com

Under the right — though easily arranged — circumstances, a simple paperclip could allow someone to circumvent your iPhone’s passcode and access your voicemail, contacts, recent call list, and other data.

The security flaw which allows this undesired access was first discovered by members of the iPhoneIslam team, a group known for occasionally figuring out sneaky ways to circumvent Apple’s security measures. The group posted a YouTube video to show how the flaw can be exploited and I have managed to easily duplicate the process on my own iPhone.

In order to take advantage of the security flaw, a sneaky individual would need to have a paper clip (or another tool which would allow him or her to open your iPhone’s SIM tray) and physical access to your device — which would have to be running iOS 5. There would also have to be a missed call notification visible on your home screen (which the snoop could arrange if he or she knows your phone number, of course).

As long as all of those conditions are met, all someone needs to do is pop out your iPhone’s SIM card, wait a few seconds, slip the SIM tray back in, and swipe his or her finger across the missed call just as the iPhone recognizes the SIM card again. (This may take a few attempts as the exploit fails if one swipes too soon or too late.)

Thanks to the way iOS 5 allows you to open apps directly from the home screen, swiping a finger across a missed call automatically dials that number even if the iPhone is locked. If you happen to try doing this just as a device is recognizing a SIM card and reconnecting to a cellular network, the call will fail — and the Phone app will be left open.

Suddenly there’s access to the device’s voicemail, contacts, recent call list, and the phone numbers marked “favorites.” Contacts can be edited, outgoing calls can be made, emails and text messages can be sent (though only by using the “share contact” feature), and plenty of trouble can be caused.

Apple

The only thing you can do to protect yourself from this trick — other than keeping a closer eye on your iPhone, of course — involves turning off missed call notifications, which is inconvenient. You can do so by heading into the device’s Settings menu, selecting Notifications, opening up the Phone notifications, and toggling off the “View in Lock Screen” option.

Other than that, this little security issue is similar to the iPad 2 security flaw which allowed someone to unlock the device with a simple fridge magnet — it’s something which will have to be resolved on Apple’s end, with an iOS update.

Street Bump app detects potholes, tells city officials

Street Bump app detects potholes, tells city officials

By John D. Sutter, CNN

(CNN) - Here’s the problem with the whole Gov 2.0 movement: People are lazy.

Plenty of apps – SeeClickFix among them – allow diligent, digitally minded citizens to snap photos of potholes and send them to city hall. But that takes effort and, let’s be honest, it’s not something many people will follow through with.

Further, the pothole data that comes from these apps can be haphazard and, by definition, is subjective. One person’s pothole could be another’s divot.

Perhaps the digital sensors in smartphones can do a better job all by themselves.

That’s the idea behind Street Bump, an Android app piloted by the City of Boston. The app, which should be available to the public this summer, makes the smartphone’s accelerometer do the job of sensing potholes. If you’re driving and you hit a pothole while the app is loaded, Street Bump pairs up data about the size of the bump with a GPS coordinate – and sends that to a city database.

The hope, said Nigel Jacob, co-chair of the mayor’s office of New Urban Mechanics, which is managing this project, is that Boston and other cities soon will have a “real-time” map of road conditions, allowing them to catch potholes – “pre-potholes,” as the city says – earlier and to prioritize road repairs more broadly.

Ultimately, that will save the city money, he said. (For the curious, the city does have enough money to fix the potholes it finds with this app, he said. I’d wondered if ignorance might be bliss.)

The app initially was developed and tested last year. But it didn’t work. Jacob and his co-chair, Chris Osgood, drove cars around the city – their sights set on hitting potholes (Once, they popped a tire). Their Android phones registered the bumps, but the data was a mess. Potholes showed up as indistinguishable from railroad tracks and other normal driving obstacles. Further, if they moved the phone – taking it out of a pocket or tossing it up on the dash – its accelerometer registered similar bumps, too. Street Bump found plenty of bumps. But who knows how many were potholes.

Discouraged by the muddy data, the city decided to launch a global challenge in partnership with a group called InnoCentive. Liberty Mutual donated $25,000 in prize money for the group or groups that could use equations to distinguish between a pothole-y bump and all those other run-of-the-road vibrations.

Three winners were announced, and the city is working to implement their algorithmic solutions now.

Ed Aboufadel, chair of the math department at Grand Valley State University (and who has an awesome picture of himself dressed up as Neo from “The Matrix”), worked on the project with undergraduate students. In an e-mail, he said the app shows promise but that it isn’t able to perfectly detect potholes using the algorithms he helped develop:

For our method, we could detect practically all the potholes in the test data that was provided by the City of Boston, but we also found some “false positives” – railroad crossings, speed bumps, and the like.

Smartphone accelerometers are also inconsistent, which makes the data difficult to analyze. He said:

An issue with this method of data collection is that the sensors on smartphones are not as sophisticated as ones that engineers might use in research and other projects, so you have to do your best with the data. For instance, with the version of the Street Bump app from last summer, data was recorded 3-5 times per second, as opposed to 300 times per second with more sophisticated equipment.

Another problem, according to Jacob and Osgood, from the city, is that the app drains a phone’s battery life quickly – as fast as a couple of hours in some cases.

They’d planned for drivers to keep the app running in the background all the time, but they’ve since decided app users should only turn the program on when they’re going on a drive. This serves three functions: One, they won’t kill their batteries; two, they’ll realize they’re “volunteering” their phone’s time, and may feel good about that; and three, they’ll know when the city is aware of their GPS location. Phone data is anonymous, they said, but privacy could be a concern – as it almost always is with location-aware services.

Despite all these obstacles, the city is confident developers will be able to work out the kinks in time for this summer’s release. The code behind the app and the algorithms used to analyze it will be released as open source, so cities around the world can pick this up if they’d like. An iPhone version may be in the works, too.

Revolution of the Tablet Computers

By Dr. Satwant Kaur, Master Solutions Architect, HP, imageSource magazine

The new wave of PC tablets is replacing computers as computing devices.  They are in many cases, replacing cell phones as a means of broader telecommunications.  They are replacing information sources such as newspapers and books and PDAs, besides smartphones, as a means of remote access to various emails, contacts, calendars, productivity tools and even social networking uses with their larger screens and better interfaces.

NEXT GENERATION TABLETS

The mobile devices of the past decade did bring both computing power and pad-and-pen convenience together.  But, they have been heavier and sometimes needed a stylus.  Now, in lieu of the heavier laptop, Tablets are smaller, portable and easier to place in a purse or briefcase, or carry as is.  Size does matter.

Basically, these next-generation Tablets are portable devices that combine the functions of a cell phone and a computer.  Tablets offer mobile capabilities beyond those of traditional computers, such as touch screens, “instant-on” capability, augmented reality, movement-sensing and location-aware applications.  Tablets are also attractive as highly portable and general-purpose front ends.

Tablet PC’s comes with a touchscreen as a primary input device, and running a modified desktop OS, such as Windows 8, or a modified smartphone OS, such as Android.

Tablets can also give access to the files stored on a user’s home PC, from their Tablet, over cellular or Wi-Fi networks.

FEATURES OF NEXT-GEN TABLETS

Tablets PCs are full computers running a desktop-like operating system, but in a smaller Tablet format.  Today’s Tablets serve multiple functions such as for the e-book reader, Internet devices, and TVs.  It is a computer without a keyboard.  And you can run many of your business functions from them.

Tablets Have Specialized OS. Examples Include.

  • Android Tablets have Google’s open-source Android operating system, such as Honeycomb which is dedicated Tablet operating system.
  • Kindle Fire and NOOK Tablets have an operating system called Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0, as well as quad-core processors and high resolution screens.
  • Microsoft Windows 8 operating system is a touch-friendly, no keyboard or mouse, necessary interface that was designed from the ground up to run on Tablet computers
  • Tablets not following the personal computer (PC) tradition use operating systems in smartphones.

LIST OF THE NEXT-GEN TABLETS

Tablet PC is a portable personal computer equipped with a touchscreen as a primary input device, and running a full-fledged desktop OS.

Tablets are ideal devices for users who need mobile computing, find the cell phone, and PDA is too small, and like the virtual keyboard operations of a flat touch screen.

Next-Gen Tablets Include:

  • Samsung 5.3-inch Galaxy Note has stylus-sporting Android Tablet
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 with Android Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Windows Tablets are ARM-based tablets running a pre-build of Windows 8 as well as ARM architecture
  • Lenovo IdeaPad S2 Hybrid Tablet is a 10 inch tablet that converts into a laptop when snapped into its keyboard/dock; weighs 1.27 pounds
  • Vizio Tablet comes with 10 inch screen and runs Android Ice Cream Cone
  • Asus has Hi-Res Display for Transformer Table on Android Tablet w/10 inch display
  • Acer’s Inconia Tab A200 Tablet comes with Android 4.0 – Ice Cream Sandwich
  • iPad 4 with iOS operating system will be thinner, lighter, faster processor, retina screen, Suri and possible face recognition.
  • Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble’s Nook Tablet have way to read and watch content from Amazon; the Nook is an excellent e-reader
  • Samsung Sliding PC7 Series has a sliding screen.  It’s a tablet with Intel Atom hardware.  It’s sliding screen allows it to be used a laptop or slate tablet when the screen is locked.
  • Lenovo X61 in slate mode
  • Tablet PCs which run Microsoft Windows are Acer, Lenovo Group, and Toshiba.

Features of Next-Gen Tablets

  • Tablets are finger driven and most frequently use capacitive touch screens with multi-touch and other natural interface features
  • Flash memory solid-slate storage devices.  Tablets can have storage drives or on-board flash memory.  Solid-slate memory is often preferable due to better resistance to damage during movement
  • “Instant on” warm-boot times
  • Standard external USB and Bluetooth keyboards
  • Unix-like OS, such as Darwin, Linux or QNX
  • 3G mobile telephony capabilities.  Wireless or Wi-FI connectivity is used for communication between tablets.  Bluetooth is used for connecting peripherals and communicating with local devices in place of a wired USB connection
  • ARM architecture processor provides battery life
  • “App Stores,” provide centralized catalogs of software and allow simple “one click” on-device software purchasing, installation & updates
  • Handwriting recognition with stylus
  • Touchscreen hardware – multi-touch capacitive touchscreens
  • Multi-touch capabilities can recognize multiple simultaneous finger touches, allowing for enhanced manipulation of on-screen objects
  • System architecture for Tablets includes both x86 and ARM architecture
  • Lighter weight, lower power models
  • Function similarly to dedicated reading devices like the Amazon Kindle
  • Multi-touch makes navigation easy as well as image manipulation
  • It is more natural to use a finger on a screen to select objects rather than a mouse or touchpad
  • Capacitive contact screens can sense even light finger on the screen
  • Multi-touch abilities can recognize multiple simultaneous finger touches, allowing for enhanced, manipulation of on-screen objects
  • Screen-size:  Although large screen sizes are more convenient, they add weight to Tablet PCs and need more power, and hence shorter battery life.  The 12″ form factor is optimal for the power, size and weight considerations needed for portability
  • New Tablet computers have non-Wintel, mobile operating systems, and have a different interface instead of the traditional desktop OS.

Bottom line?  Tablets offer mobile capabilities beyond those of those smartphones and PDAs and portability, size and convenience over traditional computers, even laptops.  Watch them continue to evolve and become commonplace in business use as well as personal use.

 

Apple iPhone 5 Features, Release Date And Price

Apple iPhone 5 Features, Release Date And Price

As the iPhone 5 is on the verge of being released, and with all the speculations spreading on the Internet, people are anticipating and desperately waiting for the announcement of the Apple iPhone 5 release date, which is now expected to happen in Summer 2012. Many fans and current Apple iPhone consumers are wondering what groundbreaking features Apple will add to the new iPhone 5.

UPDATE: The most recent rumors indicate that the iPhone 5 will have a 4+ inch display, possibly made by Korean giant LG. However rumors of a teardrop-shaped device have been shelved after a Foxconn employee in China revealed that samples so far are symmetrical in thickness. (Foxconn is the company that currently manufactures the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 for Apple.) The same source reveals that neither of the samples have the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S forms, and that neither of the devices seen so far are the final versions. This employee has however failed to indicate any concrete features that are set to appear in this next generation of iPhone.

This article summarizes the various features and specifications that are expected to sport the device.

iPhone 5 Features

Although Apple does not reveal the exact specifications and features until the device is officially unveiled, we could dictate some of the main features that are expected. However, rumor of the new iPhone 5 features, in terms of both hardware and software upgrades, will definitely entice any smartphone buyer.

The upcoming phone is expected to sport the Apple’s latest and greatest A5 processor chip, iCloud service, higher-resolution camera, and a 4+ inch screen size. Here are some of the most anticipated iPhone 5 features:

iOS 5

Apple announced iOS 5.0 and its features during the WWDC 2011 keynote address on June 6, 2011. The user interface is based on the concept of direct manipulation, using multi-touch gestures. It is expected to come with more than 200 new features that will include improved Notification System, News Stand and iMessage.

iMessage is an application that is developed to compete with Blackberry Messenger. The app will allow iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad users to communicate (much like a chat service) with each other. The iMessage feature has been integrated into the SMS/MMS application used originally on the iPhone models.

iPhone 5

iCloud

The iPhone5 is expected to have the iCloud service.

Apple’s iPhone 5 is expected to feature the new iCloud service for wireless remote access of music from all computers and mobile devices.

The iPhone5 will automatically sync with the iCloud which will allow users to store photos, apps, calendars and documents without having them to store in the phone’s memory. Apple is also looking to tie up with top music label companies to license songs for the iCloud service.

However, rumors state that Apple might release a low-cost “iCloud iPhone” alongside the iPhone 5. It could be named the “iPhone Mini”

“The iPhone Mini (or iPhone Nano, or whatever) could have significantly less storage than a typical iPhone. Most likely 8 gigabytes of storage – the same as the lowest end iPhones right now. Apple won’t prevent users from storing their own content, because that would be crazy. But since it has a small amount of memory, Apple will likely push the ability to stream media via MobileMe as well.”

A5 Processor to power the iPhone5

Apple A5 Processor to power iPhone 5
iPhone 5 will house the A5 as the main processor, which technically is the same chip that currently powers the iPad 2. The A5 contains a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU with NEON SIMD accelerator and a dual core PowerVR SGX543MP2 GPU, which means that the iPhone5 can do twice the work at once. The processor speed will be somewhere between 1.2 to 1.5 GHz, with probably a 1GB RAM.

The processor upgrade is done not just to increase the processing speed of the phone, but also to compete with the newly launched Samsung Galaxy S II.

The A5 chip might effectively increase the power use, however, it is said that the chip has “got a dynamic power management”, which can lower the [speed] depending on the workload, and thus efficiently make use of the power.

iPhone 5 to Sport a Better Camera

The iPhone 4 sports a 5 megapixel camera, so I’m expecting that the iPhone 5 will have a rear-facing 8MP dual-LED flash camera. However, this isn’t really “awesome”, since most of the high-end Android smartphones come with an 8MP camera. Along with that, the iPhone 5 is expected to have a front-facing camera for video chatting.
iPhone FeaturesAccording to sources, Apple has filed several patent applications relating to 3D picture capturing to the US Patent and Trademark Office later in March. This indicates that the iPhone 5 might feature a 3D camera. The filing indicates that the device will be capable of capturing, processing and rendering 3D images with dual-camera hardware.

Another interesting feature is that the iPhone 5 will be capable of taking pictures in Panorama. It will work similarly to the ’360 Panorama’ application in the App Store. It will let you take pictures in a sequence as you move the camera from one side to another, which in the end will effortlessly stitch the images together to create a panorama.

Additionally, if Apple really wants to keep up with the competition to Android, then it might consider improving upon the video resolution to a full 1080p HD recording. Currently iPhone 4 has a 720p video capture at 30 frames per second.

Display and Resolution

There hasn’t been a better screen resolution since the release of the iPhone 4. Currently the iPhone 4 has a 3.5 inches screen size, and sources indicate that Apple might stay locked with the current size. But a few other sources (including a recent rumor from a Foxconn employee in China) say that Apple is planning to increase the screen size to 4+ inch with higher screen resolution.

However, the iPhone 5 could be slightly wider and thinner. The dimensions are calculated to be: 4.33″ x 2.36″ and .27″ thickness at the top and .21″ at the bottom, whereas the dimensions of iPhone 4 are: 4.5″ x 2.31″ x .37″

Other iPhone5 Features

Here are some of the other features that we can expect from the iPhone 5:

Other iPhone 5 Features

  • Face Recognition Security
  • 4G/LTE support *
  • A new, sleeker body design
  • OLED screen
  • Scratch proof and shatter proof screen
  • Wireless sync with iTunes
  • Extended battery life
  • Flash support
  • SIM-less phone **
  • Physical keyboard
  • Increased RAM (from 512MB to 1GB)
  • New multi-tasking look
  • HD audio
  • Built-in GPS

(*) According the AT&T documents leaked by LulzSec, the Apple iPhone 5 will offer 4G and will be LTE (Long Term Evolution) network compatible. LTE is a project of the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), and is the latest standard in the mobile network technology.

(**) According to International Business Times, it is rumoured that the iPhone 5 will feature a new SIM-less design with 2 to 3 internal antennas for CDMA and GSM compatibility, which will make it a “worldphone”.

The above mentioned features are some of the improvements that we can expect from Apple. However, we cannot assure you that they can be true, but most of the upgrades are more likely to be utilized.

Apple definitely wants to fight back against Android smartphone makers like HTC and Samsung, and perhaps it is why the new iPhone 5 will host some of the outstanding features.



iPhone 5 Launch Date

Apple follows a tradition to launch new devices in their summer Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), but that didn’t happen this year.

However, BGR reported that an AT&T Vice President has confirmed to several employees that the iPhone 5 that boasts a stronger chip for processing data and a more advanced camera is scheduled to be launched in early October. Additionally, the VP communicated the following to a group of managers: “Expect things to get really, really busy in the next 35-50 days, so prepare your teams accordingly.”

We can expect the announcement of the iPhone 5 later this year, possibly at the 2012 edition of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), which is likely to take place in June 2012. The Apple iPhone 5 release date would then be set for a few months later.

The iPhone 4 has proven to be one of the most successful smartphones of all time with selling over 1.7 million devices in just three days of availability, and iPhone 4S sales hit the roof with more than 600,000 units sold on the first day. We are expecting that the iPhone 5 will certainly replicate this success, and one thing is for sure – the sales of iPhone 5 will definitely boom and we can expect a huge number of people lined up at Apple stores when the device is available for sale.


iPhone 5 Price

At this stage no official price has been unveiled but we expect the iPhone 5 to be the same price than the iPhone 4S when it was released. We will update this section as soon as we have more information on that topic.

What do you think of iPhone 5? Will you buy it? When do you think the Apple iPhone 5 release date will be announced? What additional iPhone 5 features are you expecting? Please let us know by leaving your comments below. If you want to read our review of the iPhone 4S, please click this link: iPhone 4S

3 Real Reasons for Social Media


By Corey Smith, Dealer Marketing Systems, imageSource magazine Feb 2012

Many small and medium-sized business owners don’t know where to start with social media, and wonder if there is real value in running a social media campaign for their business.  Let me assure you, there is tremendous networking and branding value in this initiative, and at little cost, as long as you realize that social media’s primary purpose is about being effectively social – and it’s through that social aspect that “word-of-mouth” is empowered.

Too often, business owners complain about the use of social media.  There are many reasons they think social media is “bad” such as:

“I don’t want people knowing what I am doing.”

“I can’t mix personal and business.”

“I don’t understand why anyone would want to hear what I have to say.”

“None of my contacts are on social media.”

“Can’t I just pick up the phone or email?”

Not wanting to participate in social media to some degree shows a level of shortsightedness because it means that we/you aren’t willing to look at the uses of social media from an objective or realistic point of view.

Let’s first look at the statistics of social media so that we can put a framework around the 3 big reasons for social media.  Certainly, we could write many more data points, but I think you’ll get the idea from these five.

  • 96% of Americans use Facebook (Business Insider)
  • 46 million American check social media profiles daily (Edison Research)
  • 50% of Small Business Owners report gaining new customers through Social Media (Mediabistro)
  • 51% of Facebook Users and 64% of Twitter users are more likely to buy from the brands they follow (Mediabistro)
  • Of Small Business Owners decision makers that use social media, 86% use Facebook, 41% use LinkedIn & 33% use Twitter (Zoomerang)

Even with these stats, the reality is there are three primary reasons why businesses need to seriously consider social media as a part of their overall marketing strategy.  Failing to understand these three critical aspects will cause you to miss out on spectacular marketing opportunities for your business.

SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION

When other websites link to your website, you get a vote for your credibility and relevance.  It has been a long-standing tactic for search engine optimizers to generate in-bound links to their websites to help build search engine credibility.  In fact, spammers love this tactic as they can often get many links in comments on other people’s blogs and websites.

When you post a link in your social media channels, your link becomes another in-bound link to your website.  If those in your network share that link, it means that you have even more in-bound links.

However, link building is not the only benefit.  Social media posts (profiles, articles, etc.) are indexed in the search engines (assuming your privacy settings don’t prevent them).  Many times, your social media profiles and status updates (tweets) will even appear above your website in the search engines… which will then have a chance of driving traffic to you.

But, don’t forget, search engine optimization does not mean you’ll get traffic.

TRAFFIC GENERATION

                When I started my latest blog, I had no rankings in the search engines.  In the beginning, Google had no idea that my new blog even existed.  Long before the search engines took notice, I was able to garner a fair amount of traffic.  I was able to gain this traffic through posts to my social networks.

Even now after the rankings in my personal blog are growing, and people are seeing my blog more often in search engines, I can look back and analyze my traffic and see a direct correlation of traffic due to posts in social media.  When I post a link to my blog, depending on what time of day and how compelling my message is, I can see a reasonably consistent amount of new traffic.  If the post on my blog is particularly compelling, then I can see that number double or even triple because of the sharing of other people within my network.

Remember that just because you get traffic, it does not mean you are going to make a sale.

RELATIONSHIP BUILDING

                As I mentioned before, social media’s primary purpose is to be social.  However, it’s more than just the social aspect.  It’s about actively fostering relationships with new people.

I think it’s laughable when I hear the comment that, “None of my friends are on social media.”  To presuppose that only people you know are the only people you should connect with on social media is a major fallacy in the way social media is intended.  Virtually all social networks that have been built, including Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn were founded on the idea that you can connect with people whom you’ve ever met before.

The hallmark of social media for business is that you can create and build new relationships.  Whether it’s LinkedIn, Twitter, or Facebook, you have an opportunity to build new relationships with people that you don’t already know.

THE CATCH?

                There is a catch to all this.  While it’s great that you can gain a stronger presence in the search engines and you can garner new traffic to your website, there is a requirement.

That requirement is that you have strong relationships.  Google, Bing, etc. understand the influence of your network.  The stronger the influence, the more weight they will give to your posts.  The more people you influence, the more traffic you will generate.

You can also destroy your influence by posting only links to your website and never providing any value.  No matter how many people follow/friend you, if you are always asking them to do something (go to a link) and never return anything (information, engagement, humor, etc.) they will begin to ignore you.  That will negatively impact your search engine optimization and traffic.

So, the moral is…. Be social.

Why Pinterest is 2012′s hottest website

By Pete Cashmore, Special to CNN, www.cnn.com
Tue February 7, 2012 | Filed under: Web
Pinterest, the web-based
Pinterest, the web-based “pinboard”, which launched almost two years ago, barely got a mention until 6 months ago.

 

Pete Cashmore is founder and CEO of Mashable, a popular blog about tech news and digital culture. He writes regular columns about social media and tech for CNN.com.

(CNN) — Pinterest is the breakout social network of 2012, but even technology addicts could be excused for missing its rise to success.

The web-based “pinboard,” which launched almost two years ago, barely got a mention on Silicon Valley news sites until six months ago, when early adopters suddenly realized that a site with millions of monthly users had sprung up almost unnoticed by the tech press.

That’s because Pinterest didn’t take the usual route of Web-based startups: romancing early adopters and technology journalists before attempting to “cross the chasm” to mainstream adoption. Instead, Pinterest grew a devoted base of users — most of them female — who enjoy “pinning” items they find around the Web. While clothing, home decor and recipes dominate the site, inspirational quotes and humor are also popular topics for users to add to their pinboards.

Pete Cashmore is the founder and CEO of Mashable.com.
Pete Cashmore is the founder and CEO of Mashable.com.

How successful is Pinterest? Unique visitors to the site grew 400% from September to December 2011, and just last week one study showed that Pinterest drives more visitors to third-party websites than Google+, YouTube and LinkedIn combined.

Demographics are surely a large part of Pinterest’s success: While technology’s early adopters have sprung upon other interest-driven networks like Quora, these sites now suffer from a form of “cumulative disadvantage” in which mainstream users are put off by how tech-centric they’ve become.

Why all the interest in Pinterest?

Delicious, a bookmarking service that hit it big during the “Web 2.0″ era, relaunched recently with a Pinterest-like interface, but has failed to attract the same audience. Canv.as, meanwhile, is a similar pinboard concept, but caters mainly to those who keep up with the latest Web memes and inside jokes. Pinterest, by contrast, provides no barrier to entry for anyone looking to bookmark, share and comment on images and ideas from around the Web.

There’s more to Pinterest than its unique audience, however. If you’d mapped out the evolution of social sharing online a few years ago, you might have predicted that something like Pinterest would emerge. As tech entrepreneur Elad Gil insightfully explained in an article on his blog last month, sharing on the Web has been following three parallel trends.

The first is that sharing involves less effort over time.

The second is that social sites are becoming more visual over time.

And the third is that “people-centric” recommendations are being augmented by “topic-centric” networks — which is to say that while Facebook lets you explore the Web through information shared by friends, newer social networks organize content by topics of interest. Some in the technology industry call this the “interest graph.”

Social networks began with blogging tools like Blogger and WordPress, where you had to write an entire blog post to express yourself. Then along came Twitter and Facebook, and a simple status update was all that was required to share a thought on the Web. These sites then discovered even simpler ways to share: “retweeting” the updates of others and “Liking” Web pages on Facebook.

Tumblr, now one of the biggest blogging platforms, also fits the trend: Not only is it largely used to share images, but “reblogging” the posts of others is a primary activity on the site.

As for the trend toward organizing content by both topics and the stuff your friends enjoy, you only need to look as far last year’s hit news app: Flipboard, which turns the news into a more visual experience on your iPad, personalizing your experience by highlighting links shared by your online connections and topics you find interesting.

Pinterest checks all the boxes: It’s a visual social network that organizes images by topic and lets you reshare with just one click.

So will we see a thousand Pinterest clones bloom, or will the site’s stellar growth continue despite others jumping on the trend? I’d say success is assured for Pinterest. Thanks to the “network effects” of these sites — you join because your friends are already there — it’ll becoming increasingly hard to compete with the new king, or perhaps queen, of social bookmarking.

Apple iPad 3 Features And Release Date

The Apple iPad is one of the best-selling tablets in the world, and the iPad 3 is one of the most anticipated devices from Apple this year. This article explains you about the new features that are to be included in the iPad 3.

In a nutshell, the Apple iPad3 will feature a new, thinner and sleeker design, down nearly 20 percent in size compared to the iPad 2. It will also support full touchscreen HD display with a screen resolution of 2048 x 1536.

Apart from that, the iPad 3 will have a lighter battery, reducing the weight of the tablet. However, the battery is reported to cost 20 to 30 percent more than the current iPad’s battery, and will also have a longer battery life.

It is also expected that the iPad 3 will have a wireless charging technology, which will be able to charge the battery and transfer data wirelessly.

iPad 3 Features

iPad 3 Features

Let’s now take a look at all the features in depth:

A6 Processor

The current Apple iPad 2 has a 900MHz dual-core ARM Cortext-A9 processor, Apple A5 chipset and PowerVr SGX543MP2 GPU. This certainly made the Apple iPad 2 a powerful tablet and a main competitor in the world of tablets. Now Apple is aiming to make the competition tougher by sporting an A6 Quad-core Processor in the iPad 3. This would make the iPad 3 as powerful as any high-end desktop.

According to Linley Group senior analyst Kevin Krewell, “We expect the A6 will be a quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 design, which would be competitive with next year’s best mobile processors. In 2012, Nvidia will offer a quad-core Cortex-A9 processor, and Qualcomm will have the aforementioned MSM8960, a dual-core A15-class processor operating at 1.7GHz. Fabricating Apple’s A6 in 28nm (instead of the 40nm process Nvidia is using for its quad-core part) will reduce both die cost and power, yielding a much better product.”

iOS 5

The iPad 3 will come with the latest iOS 5, which will host the multi-touch gesture technology. However, analyst and tech enthusiasts predict that Apple would introduce OS X Lion for the tablet, since it will be powered by a quad-core processor.

This will also include multitasking features, such as notifications, task-finishing, app-switching, location and background sound.

3D Feature and New Retina Display

Apple enthusiast expected the Retina Display feature on Apple iPad 2; however, Apple has been working majorly for an improved version of it to include it in the iPad 3. The iPhone 4 currently supports the Retina Display with a screen resolution of 960 x 640. Apple explains Retina Display as: “Developing pixels a mere 78 micrometers wide, Apple engineers were able to pack four times the number of pixels into the same 3.5-inch (diagonal) screen found on earlier iPhone models. The resulting pixel density of iPhone 4 – 326 pixels per inch – makes text and graphics look smooth and continuous at any size.”

With the Retina Display feature, the screen resolution of the iPad3 will be 2048 x 1536 pixels. However, it is said that the third version of the tablet is delayed due to Retina Display issues, and Apple is expected to ship the tablet in early 2012.

There are speculations that the tablet will display the 3D view. Although it’s too early to expect features like 3D display, devices like the LG Optimus can record videos in 3D, and output the same through HDMI.

iPad 3 Features Continued:

Cloud Computing

Apple announced its Cloud services during the WWDC 2011, and will definitely include the iCloud technology both in the iPhone 5 and iPad 3. With iCloud users can store photos, apps, calendars and access songs on iTunes without having them to store in the phone’s memory.

Camera

The iPad 3 will come with an improved camera, since the previous version of the table didn’t seem impressive enough. Unlike the iPad 2, the new tablet will come with LED flash to support the camera. It is expected to have a 5MP camera with 1080p or 720p video recording quality of 60 frames per second. The technology made by OmniVision will help reduce the size of the table by 20 percent.

Fingerprint Proof

Apple has already been granted patents on this technology, and is working real hard to make the iPad3 fingerprint proof. The touch screen will be coated with oleophobic materials, which will reduce the oil and fingerprints on the screen.


Apple iPad 3 Release Date

There isn’t any official word from Apple on when the iPad 3 will be released; however, rumors indicate that it will be announced sometime early next year. Reports state the trial production is likely to start this October. One of the major reasons why the launch of the device has delayed is due to the Retina Display technology. It is also said that it could be delayed because of legal issues with one of Apple’s main supplier, Samsung.

The price and availability of the iPad 3 is still unknown. Please make sure that you keep visiting this page to stay updated.

Apple iPad 3 Price

Though the tablet promises quite a lot of new and exciting features, rumors indicate that it could be priced at a very high range. However, with the competition kicking in, I expect that the iPad 3 will be set at a reasonable price. Nevertheless, are you going to buy the new iPad 3? And what other iPad 3 features are you expecting? Let us know by adding your views below.