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Watch out for the new WiFi standard 802.11ac

wifi Watch out for the new WiFi standard 802.11acJust like the internet, WiFi is a utility that we have come, not only to rely on, but to actually expect to be available when we need it in various places we visit. WiFi has become more prominent in our lives because of the popularity of various mobile devices that now allow us to access the internet wherever we are. WiFi has also practically replaced wired networks at home since it is easier to set up and allows multiple devices to connect to it. More →

Research Reveals Siri Only Used For Limited Number of Tasks

apple siri Research Reveals Siri Only Used For Limited Number of TasksIt’s been six months since the release of the iPhone 4S. The newest generation of Apple’s insanely popular smartphone came with a truly wonderful feature. Siri was the virtual assistant that captured the imagination of the Apple faithful. Apple boasted that it will be a game changer, but has it?

According to research conducted by Parks Associates among 482 iPhone 4S owners, it was discovered that 87 percent of the owners used Siri at least once a month. Among those questioned, slightly over half said they were very satisfied with the way Siri worked. Around 20 percent of the respondents said they are not as enthusiastic about Siri but still find that they are satisfied with it. About nine percent said they were unsatisfied with Siri. More →

RIM to release Blackberry 10 Prototype in May Event

blackberry 10 logo RIM to release Blackberry 10 Prototype in May EventResearch in Motion is working overtime to try and regain the ground it lost over the last few months with many corporate clients jumping ship to other smartphones. The company has announced that it will be releasing the newest version of their OS, Blackberry 10. The company plans to release 2,000 prototype phones, which will be given to select developers who will attend the Blackberry 10 Jam conference set for May this year in Orlando, Florida. More →

Lost Phones in the US in 2011 Pegged at $30B

Mobile phones Lost Phones in the US in 2011 Pegged at $30B Losing a phone is something a lot of people have experienced. We’ve either gone through this experience or heard of others going losing their phones. Losing a phone is a very inconvenient thing to go through – most people don’t back up their phone details so the loss of data can be quite catastrophic.

According to new industry report by mobile security company Lookout, the average US mobile phone user loses a phone every year. The report was based on an analysis done on 15 million mobile phone users. About $30 billion worth of mobile phones were lost last year. More →

Zynga Buys Draw Something Developer For $200M

draw something Zynga Buys Draw Something Developer For $200MDraw Something has been a runaway success since it became available for iOS and Android smartphone and tablet users. It has generated the kind of interest and rabid following that Words with Friends generated before.

Zynga, the creators of Words with Friends and other hit games (and arguably the top social gaming developer in the world), knows a hit when it sees it, so instead of developing a Draw Something clone to compete with the hit app, they made the best move they can make – buy the developer of Draw Something. More →

Nokia Files Patent for Vibrating Tattoo

 Nokia Files Patent for Vibrating TattooNokia recently filed a new patent application for a new technology that is so far out there in terms of concept.

The new patent, which was reported by Unwired View, is about a new way of informing mobile phone users through a new kind of technology – vibrating tattoos. The patent Nokia filed involves the use of some kind of ferromagnetic material that can either be sprayed or stamped directly to the skin. This is then linked to a mobile device. The ferromagnetic material can detect a magnetic field and react by vibrating. The patent was filed last week with the US Patent and Trademark Office. More →

Research Reveals Free Apps Drain Batteries Faster

battery 460x460 Research Reveals Free Apps Drain Batteries FasterI got my iPad 2 and Samsung Galaxy Tab just a few weeks apart from each other. Being my first real hands-on experience with both iOS and Android, I got understandably app crazy. I downloaded a bunch of apps for both systems and also bought a number of paid apps. I quickly realized that despite the premium associated with buying an app, it does have its benefits – better support, additional features, and no annoying ads. Now researchers have discovered one other thing that will make you look at this free/paid app debate – free apps will drain your device’s battery much faster.   More →

Rumored Google Tablet Could be Out By May

google tablet 460x331 Rumored Google Tablet Could be Out By MayA Google tablet has been a persistent rumor for many months now and the fact that it’s not dying means there’s a certain truth to these rumors.

New information that has come out about the Google tablet comes from an article that appears in Android and Me. According to the article, a source from a supply chain company that operates from the United States shared that a 7-inch tablet could probably be in the market by May and this tablet will have a winner of a price at $149. That is priced even lower than the Amazon Kindle Fire, which is priced at $199. More →

NPD Reports Rise in 4G Device Sales for 4Q 2011

4g NPD Reports Rise in 4G Device Sales for 4Q 2011The market research company NPD recently released the findings of a study it made regarding the sales of 4G devices in the market. The study revealed that the sales of 4G devices grew during the fourth quarter of 2011 compared to sales posted during the fourth quarter of 2010.

NPD reported that about 35 percent of smartphones that have been sold during 2011 4Q period were equipped with 4G capabilities. NPD clarified however that 22 percent of the smartphones sold for the period also includes devices that connects with HSPA+, which is not considered a true 4G technology like WiMax or LTE. More →

London Subways to Get Mobile Internet Access In Time for 2012 Olympics

wifi subway London Subways to Get Mobile Internet Access In Time for 2012 OlympicsPeople now expect mobile internet access whenever they go out. Many countries now offer free internet to commuters. But London, which is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, still doesn’t have internet access in its world famous subway system. But this may change soon. More →