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The Best Time to Sell Your iPhone 5 is Now

clock August 27, 2014 18:38 by author Frank Ling

When you see rumors about the new upcoming iPhone slowing down it can only mean one thing; the imminent launch of the device is near. Faithful iPhone fans are starting to count their pennies and dig into their sofas for loose change to get as much cash together as possible in order to upgrade to the iPhone 6.

Others are taking a more pragmatic route and will simply trade them in for cash towards their next iPhone. But the longer you wait, the more the trade in prices will drop, so to get top dollar, the time is ripe to sell it now.

So just how do you go about it, and what can you expect to get for your used iPhone 5? We’ll take a short tour and show you the ins and outs of how do it and how to pick a buyer. More...



Garmin Fēnix 2 Sports Smartwatch Is Your Personal Trainer

clock August 21, 2014 09:58 by author Frank Ling

If you are serious about running, biking, swimming, hiking, skiing, or just about any other sport, you can count on Garmin’s new sports training watch to keep track of all your vital signs, the distance you’ve traveled, crunch the numbers on how you are performing, and much more.

But even if you’re not so serious about these sports but would like to track your daily progress, the Fēnix 2 Running watch can be a very valuable element in making sure you’re improving and progressing in keeping in shape.

So what does this latest sports training watch do and what can you expect from it? As we will find out, although it looks like a typical digital sports watch, the features packed into this electronics device is impressive, if not a bit intimidating. More...



HTC One Now Available for Windows Phone 8.1 OS

clock August 19, 2014 16:12 by author Frank Ling

Before all you loyal Android OS fans start to shutter and shake, the switch to Windows isn’t a permanent one, but an option that will allow consumers to select between the standard Android system and Windows Phone 8.1 OS.

Now that a collective sigh of relief has been heard from everyone out there, the question is probably being asked, “Why a windows version of HTC’s flagship smartphone?” There is a lot of speculation but the main reason probably has to do with expanding HTC’s consumer base to allow it to bring in more business.

What does the Windows OS mean for fans of Microsoft products? And even more important will the HTC One M8 be dumbed down in any way under the Windows Phone operating system? More...



New Samsung Galaxy Alpha Smartphone Comes in a Metal Frame

clock August 15, 2014 14:32 by author Frank Ling

If there is one common criticism of higher end Samsung Galaxy phones such as the S4 and S5, it is the feel of cheap plastic that encases these phones. For some this is a non-issue, but for others it is a constant annoyance.

In September this will all change as Samsung will release the Galaxy Alpha smartphone to the world and yes ladies and gentlemen, it will sport an entirely metal frame.

While this is a welcome step for Samsung, apart from its new metal feature, will the phone be worth picking up, so to speak? What features will it have and which users are Samsung aiming this product at? More...



Acer Chromebook 13 Offers a Staggering 13 Hours of Battery Life

clock August 14, 2014 13:33 by author Frank Ling

If you wanted an HD Chromebook your choices were restricted to the only game in town—Samsung’s Chromebook 2. But there’s a new kid on the block that not only promises just as much power and features, this new Chromebook will also give you a whopping 13 hour battery life.

This new contender to the Chromebook wars is from Acer and its new product is named appropriately, the Chromebook 13.

Is this new laptop worth the purchase price and how does it stack up to similar products in its class? As we’ll find out, the Chromebook 13 is a lucky number and provides a lot of bang for your hard earned bucks. More...



Sprint and T Mobile Merger Is Canned: Sprint Axes CEO

clock August 9, 2014 20:06 by author Frank Ling

It seems that T-Mobile is turning out to be the bridesmaid but never the bride as far as merging is concerned. The first suitor to arrive at the doorstep was AT&T in 2011. It courted the company, brought flowers and candy, and things seemed to be on track for the eventual e-wedding.

The FCC and the Department of Justice proved to be the monkey wrench that finally shut the door on the wireless carrier conjunction. Why? Evidently the government agencies felt the merger wouldn’t be in the best interests of consumers and would drive prices up and eliminate fair competition.

In light of the first failed attempt by AT&T at the merger, a new character entered the aisle this year, Sprint, but even with high hopes of sealing the deal with T-Mobile, it too faced the prospect of running into gobs of government hurdles and red tape to push the union through. After further consideration and reflection Sprint finally said last week, “Forgetaboutit.” More...



Hot New LG G3 Smartphone Is Getting Lots of Attention

clock August 6, 2014 19:06 by author Frank Ling

LG’s G3 smartphone has been getting a lot of coverage in the press and with potential buyers. Some say that this new offering from LG may give Samsung and Apple a serious run for their money.

So what’s so great about the G3 and what makes it such a favorite for a lot of people? We’ll take a peek under the hood of this new phone and give you the unaltered facts.

Is LG’s G3 going to be a Galaxy 4 killer? Some people think so, but we’ll let you decide on this matter. More...



Best Buy Says Tablet Sales Are Taking a Beating

clock August 1, 2014 16:58 by author Frank Ling

It wasn’t too long ago that electronics industry boffins were declaring that the PC was dead and how the almighty tablet would take its place. And it did seem that way according to the sales numbers at that time, but Best Buy says those days are over now.

Best Buy CEO, Hubert Joly, said that tablet sales were “crashing,” with the unexpected rise and demand for PCs, especially laptops.

How could this reversal of fortune happened, and what does this mean for the future of tablets and the once shaky PC industry? More...



The iWatch May Actually be Named iTime

clock July 30, 2014 19:29 by author Frank Ling

The iPod, iTouch, iPad, and of course, the iPhone are the brand names of Apple’s highly successful products, and the prefix of the “i” precedes each new portable electronics line.

The press has already dubbed the new smartwatch from Apple as the iWatch, for obvious reasons. But it seems strange that the mention of the iWatch, by name from the company that is developing it, rarely if ever refers to it as the iWatch.

Apple is scurrying to lock down the trademark name of iWatch in different countries, but it appears that it has already been taken by other companies. And in the United States, the moniker is owned by a company named, appropriately enough, OMG. More...



Is Amazon Developing Its Own Google Glass-Type Eyewear?

clock July 24, 2014 07:00 by author Frank Ling

There was once a time when Amazon only sold books online. Now it is the world’s largest online store where you can buy just about anything. But Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, had higher goals for the company.

He charged his engineering staff to produce e-readers, tablets, and smartphones. But is there something else up Bezos’ sleeve? If recent events mean anything at all, Amazon may be planning on making its own version of computerized eyewear.

No announcement has been made of course, but a major mover and shaker in the development of Google Glass recently jumped ship and entered the port of Amazon. Is there an Amazon “Kindle Glass” coming in the future? More...



Nvidia Introduces the Shield 8-inch Gaming Tablet for Android

clock July 22, 2014 16:09 by author Frank Ling

Imagine playing games such as Half-Life 2, Plants vs. Zombies, or Minecraft on a specialized 8-inch tablet devoted to Android and PC gaming. If this is something that you have been hoping for, the waiting has ended with the Nvida Shield gaming tablet.

Last year Nvidia released its first gaming Shield device, which was comprised of a game controller directly attached to a 5-inch display screen. With the introduction of the Shield tablet, the controller-display combo has been renamed the Shield Portable.

The Shield tablet, however, offers some impressive features, PC game streaming ability, and other goodies that may lure some of the Android faithful into purchasing one. So let’s find out what makes the Shield tablet tick. More...



“New” Phone Maker Offers Super Inexpensive Alternatives

clock July 18, 2014 18:58 by author Frank Ling

Which cell phone maker has sold over 10 million units in over 40 countries and has only been around for less than 6 years? Which cell phone maker offers genuine unlocked phones for under $50?

Which cell phone manufacturer offers a high-end unlocked dual SIM capable android phone that is competitive with the “big boys” and costs less than $200?

The answer is BLU Products. This new kid on the block started manufacturing good, solid, inexpensive unlocked mobile phones since 2009 and hasn’t looked back. Who is Blu and are they the world’s best unknown phone manufacturer? More...



Larger iPhone 6 May be Delayed Due to Production Problems

clock July 16, 2014 19:05 by author Frank Ling

With all eyes on the coming launch of the iPhone 6, most news sources believe that the event will encompass a double launch of two versions of Apple’s new smartphones.

The smaller display version is on track for a September reveal, but the larger 5.5-inch display model may be running into production problems, and as a result could be headed for a delayed launch.

Rumors about broken launch times have plagued each new iPhone virtually every year, but as time comes up for the launch date, Apple somehow always meets its deadlines. Will this year signify a late launch for Apple’s 5.5-inch iPhone 6? More...



“Secret” eBay Apple Store Selling Unlocked iPhone 5s Cheap

clock July 11, 2014 06:08 by author Frank Ling

OK, we know. If this eBay store was really a secret, than how do we know about it? That’s a point well taken. But according to sharp-eyed eBay shoppers, a store that mysteriously showed up in May is offering big discounts for refurbished, unlocked iPhone 5s.

The prices are even lower than refurb units found on Apple’s own website and are discounted about $200 less on certain models. The refurb iPhone 5s come in 16,32, and 64GB configurations.

Should you give the “Factory-Certified” store a try? If you’ve been waiting to buy an iPhone 5 at a reasonable price with a one-year factory warranty, and you’re not planning to buy an iPhone 6, then the answer is probably “yes” for you. More...



Samsung’s Virtual Reality Headset Coming in September?

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

VR headsets have been commercially available since the early 1990s and are used for training and simulation, for medical applications regarding surgery, and of course for video gaming.

Rumors are circulating that Samsung is gearing up for an official reveal of its VR headset in September at the IFA consumer electronics show held in Berlin, Germany.

Competition may be heating up in this area as Sony and Facebook are reportedly working on their own versions of VR headsets. The electronics industry is searching for its next big seller. Will Samsung’s “Gear VR” be that product? More...



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