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Amazon’s Fire Phone Has Gone Down In Flames

clock October 29, 2014 14:06 by author Frank Ling

The third quarter business report last week for Amazon wasn’t looking too good as it admitted to its shareholders that its first entry into the smartphone arena was a dismal failure to the tune of a write down of $170 million, or a downgrade of the total worth of all its Fire Phone inventory.

In essence, the price of the Fire Phone has dropped from $199 to a paltry 99 cents on the website, and Amazon is stuck with over $80 million worth of the devices collecting dust in its warehouses. The phone is now so cheap that short of giving them away, there is hardly any interest in the phones at all.

So what happened and why did the fire go out on the Fire Phone? As we’ll see, it was a tragic combination of bad timing, a phone that didn’t capture the public’s imagination, a clunky operating system, and a heavy-handed approach to make the Fire Phone an overt sales tool for More...

An iPhone 6 Plus Crash Problem Most of Us Won’t Worry About

clock October 24, 2014 17:48 by author Frank Ling

The Apple Support Forum has had a hot topic going on it lately and it has to do with the iPhone 6 Plus model. Apparently some owners are reporting mysterious crashes that occur on their iPhones without them even doing a thing.

So far the thread has over 9,000 views and about 60 responses which go into detail about how the crashes occur. The bug seems to have centered on the 128GB iPhone 6 Plus, which costs $499 with a two-year contract. But most iPhone fans have opted for the less expensive and smaller iPhone 6, so that leaves most of us out of this problem.

But those who experience the crashes can’t be saved with a standard restore of a previous saved system image. Although they can do the restore, it doesn’t fix the crashes. So what could be the problem? More...

Some of the Best Unknown Mobile Games for Android

clock October 21, 2014 18:45 by author Frank Ling

Virtually everyone has either played or heard about the mobile games Candy Crush, Clash of Clans, Minecraft, Angry Birds, and Plants vs. Zombies (great name for a game).

But these mainstream games can often bury other developers’ games merely by their huge popularity and mass of users. But what about the lesser known titles; aren’t they worthy of the public’s time and attention too?

The following games may not jog your memory, mainly because they are relatively unknown, if not unknown altogether. But what these games offer is a few minutes of fun, enjoyment and relaxation, and oftentimes, they’re absolutely free. But of course free doesn’t always mean free, because of in-game app purchases.

But in spite of this, these are some of my favorite unknown games for Android, but as it is with lists of these sorts, YMMV. More...

Android L Officially Named Lollipop: Is It a Sweet OS?

clock October 18, 2014 07:00 by author Frank Ling

With each new Android operating system release, a new confectionary name is tagged with it. And if you know your Android stuff, you know these nicknames have been staged in alphabetical order. For Android L Android 5.0, Lollipop will be its new moniker.

It’s a cute name, but cute can only go so far and real world users of Android devices want their new operating systems to not only work smoothly, but offer features and performance  that is better than the last one.

The previous Kit Kat was a semi-success but not very well-liked because of all sorts of bugs related to premature power drain, inaccessibility to external SD cards, and a host of other glitches. With the release of Lollipop, will the bad memories of Kit Kat melt away? More...

Google Announces the Nexus 6 Smartphone, Nexus 9 Tablet, and Nexus Player

clock October 16, 2014 18:47 by author Frank Ling

The long awaited Nexus 6 Smartphone has been finally revealed by Google, but in addition to this, there were two other surprises: A new Nexus 9 tablet and an Android powered streaming TV top box that will act as a TV entertainment center feature the latest content and video gaming.

The good news for Android fans is that these new devices will all run on Android L, now also known as Android 5.0 Lollipop. The upgrade in operating system means more than 5,000 APIs (Application programming interface) that will make any Android app developer grin from ear-to-ear.

Lollipop will also be released for Nexus 4, 5, 7, and 10 Google hardware devices in the near future. But what everyone wants to know is what is the Nexus 6 all about? We’ll give you the data and specs, plus the lowdown on the Nexus Player and Nexus 9 tablet. More...

Off-Brand Smartphones: Good, Bad, or Ugly?

clock October 11, 2014 09:30 by author Frank Ling

It’s probably safe to say that many smartphone owners have thought about getting an off-brand phone. There are many reasons for considering this action such as lower prices, not having to wait for an upgrade with your wireless carrier, not being tied into a two-year contract, and being free to choose a new phone anytime you want.

But is buying one of these off-brand phones a good, bad, or ugly idea? What should you know about these phones and should you take a chance on them?

If you’re seriously thinking about taking the leap for a no-name phone, we’ll try to give you some info on what may be involved, the risks and the rewards, and the possibility of retuning them. More...

Clean Out Your Electronics Drawer and Recycle

clock October 9, 2014 18:21 by author Frank Ling

There’s a dark secret that every electronics fan keeps hidden away from prying eyes, inquisitive relatives, small children, and little animals. This secret place remains hidden in the shadowy recesses of a drawer that rarely sees the light of day, and rightly so.

In this virtual black hole lie discarded phones, calculators, retired USB cords, dusty AC adapters, discarded memory cards, used screen protectors and cases, old digital cameras, and a plethora of electronics that haven’t been used since the 90s.

Many times you’ve thought about just emptying the whole drawer into the dumpster or garbage can, but a little voice in your head prevents you from doing this each time and whispers, “Recycle. Don’t e-pollute.” Here’s what you can do to be a green citizen and even make a few bucks in the process. More...

iPad Air 2 May Be Revealed in October by Apple

clock October 4, 2014 13:00 by author Frank Ling

It’s that time of the year again when Apple does its dog and pony show to reveal new refreshes and upgrades of its devices. This time around industry prognosticators (fancy name for people who guess things) say that an October Apple event will unveil a new version of the iPad Air

The question is what will be different about this refresh, and will the upgrade really be necessary for those who have the present-gen version of the iPad Air?

So what can we expect to see and will these latest upgrades be enough to get Apple fans excited and ready to buy? Let’s put it this way, if Apple released tin cans with the Apple logo on them, they would sell out very quickly. With that snide remark out of the way, let’s find out more about the new iPad Air 2. More...

The Latest Buzz on the Upcoming Nexus 6 Smartphone

clock October 3, 2014 14:12 by author Frank Ling

Google’s next Nexus phone will be a monster because it’ll sport a huge 6-inch display, putting it in the Twilight Zone where big phones are as big as small tablets. It’s rumored that the Nexus 6 will also be running the soon to be released Android L, the latest and greatest Android OS.

Google phones typically sell online at the Google Play Store, but this time around the Nexus 6 may be passed onto mainstream wireless carriers such as Verizon and others. Verizon has had a spotty record in supporting Nexus devices and has only carried two Nexus products in the last three years.

But what else is known (guessed) about the Nexus 6 smartphone? One of the biggest speculations about the phone is how much will it cost and will you have to take out a second mortgage to pay for it. This and other details inquiring minds want to know. We’ll dish out what we know so far about this smartphone. More...

Apple Aimed Originally for an Apple Watch Launch in 2014

clock September 26, 2014 07:06 by author Frank Ling

Two weeks ago all eyes and ears were pointed towards Apple in its long awaited announcement of its iPhone 6. But also highly expected was the reveal of the iWatch, which was rechristened the Apple Watch, due to trademark issues here in the United States.

But what wasn’t expected was the release date for the Apple Watch; most industry watchers predicted it would arrive by the end of 2014. But this didn’t happen and Apple announced the nebulous launch date of “sometime in early 2015.”

But up until the official news conference held for the Apple Watch and iPhone 6, even Apple employees were given the hint that the device would be available this year. So what happened and why did Apple delay the launch of the wearable device? More...

New iOS 8.01 Update for iPhone 6 Will Break It

clock September 24, 2014 15:34 by author Frank Ling

It’s a bit surprising if not downright disappointing that Apple released its iOS 8.01 update today with major bugs, which disables certain functions for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Not since the major snafu with the release of the Apple’s Maps App in 2012, where images and the locations of certain areas were either horribly distorted or mislabeled, has the company experienced such a PR embarrassment, not to mention irate customers.

Shortly after the Maps fumble that year, the executive in charge of software was let go. But apparently whoever replaced him will have to answer to this latest problem. So what happens if you upgrade from iOS 8 to iOS 8.01? More...

Amazon Unleashes New 6-inch Fire HD Tablet for $99

clock September 19, 2014 17:54 by author Frank Ling

Although the majority of tech news has centered on the launch of the iPhone 6 models and the long expected Apple Watch, another big event took place earlier this week without much fanfare, fireworks, or noise. It was the arrival of 5 “new” Amazon products.

These include two Kindle e-readers and three new Kindle Fire tablets. But the biggest buzz will certainly fall on the new Fire HD 6 tablet. This new device will cross the barrier into a new class of devices that can be called micro-tablets. They’ll have all the functionality of their bigger cousins, but offer a form factor resembling "phablets" such as the Galaxy Note series.

Will anyone bite for a small 6-inch display screen, or has Amazon missed the mark? We’ll take a look at the specs and features of this new Amazon tablet so you can make up your mind. More...

The Woz Loves the iPhone 6 and is Dropping Android

clock September 18, 2014 19:19 by author Frank Ling

For a long time Android fans have derided the small, dinky screens on iPhones and pointed to the superiority of their larger displays. Now that the iPhone 6 has been revealed, this chasm of screen sizes has not only narrowed, but has been bridged.

How important is this? For long-time Android fans, this may mean an important paradigm shift where small screen-size is no longer a deterrent in switching to an iPhone. This was unheard of as recently as last year, but with the advent of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, this may be an important game changer.

So just how important is it? Steve Wozniak thinks the iPhone 6 is so great that he’s getting rid of all of his Android phones—that’s how important. More...

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Preorders Flood Apple

clock September 12, 2014 18:41 by author Frank Ling

In what many see as the biggest iPhone launch in Apple’s history, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are in very scarce supplies and the Apple website broke down on several occasions due to the mad rush by iPhone fans to get their preorders in today.

Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, predicted that the two bigger display iPhone 6s will be “the mother of all upgrades” and would entice Android users to jump ship and switch to the iOS platform. Perhaps, but we wouldn’t bet on that Timmy.

The iPhone rush seems to be in full swing and people are pushing on the virtual gates of Apple online stores, and physical Apple Stores to get a chance to get their iPhone 6s by September. More...

Apple Unveils the iPhone 6 and the Apple Watch

clock September 9, 2014 15:59 by author Frank Ling

Today, in front of an expectant crowd of reporters, industry watchers, and the Apple faithful, Tim Cook took center stage to announce to the world:

                      “Today, we are launching the biggest advancement in the history of iPhone.”

Now whether Cook’s statement is fact or hyperbole will soon be proven as the first iPhone 6s start to roll out from Apple Stores across the nation and around the world. But what else is new aside from the larger display screens? We’ll take a look at the specs of the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6s and see just what makes these iPhones the “biggest advancement in the history of iPhone.”

The long awaited iWatch, now officially dubbed the Apple Watch, raised a few eyebrows because of its styling, and features. And in fact, there isn’t just one Apple Watch, but three different versions to custom suit the needs of users. We’ll find out more about this too. More...

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