Posted: November 13th, 2012 | Author: The Technoid | Filed under: Cult of Apple, iPhone 4, REBLOG, Smartphone | Tags: Accelerometer, Apple iPhone, Apple iPhone Keyboard, Cult of Apple, Florian Kräutli, iphone, smartphone | Comments Off on Prototype iPhone 4 Cardboard Keyboard
As the song says – well kind of – Some guys have all the fun! Ben Grubb is such a man, the Digital Life wunderkind gets bundles of superneat new gadgets thrown at him, from the big guys and the not-so-big guys.
This week he’s been tossed a neat little gadget for that device we refuse to cover – the iPhone – from one of the littler guys. A prototype app made for the iPhone 4 allows users to type on a keyboard made of paper using vibrations.
Created by Florian Kräutli, a university student in London, the “Vibrative” app makes use of the iPhone’s inbuilt accelerometer, reading vibrations as a finger taps a surface to work out which key is being pressed.
According to the Daily Mail, the software works out the approximate location of a strike on a paper keyboard by analysing the strength and frequency of tremors through the surface the iPhone is resting on :: Read Ben Grubb’s full article at Digital Life »»»»
Posted: October 10th, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Smartphone, Technoid Computer News | Tags: 3G Internet, 4G Interet, Australia, Australian Mobile Networks, Internet Service Provider, Mobile Internet Users, Mobile Wireless, Telstra | Comments Off on Australians Jump on Mobile Band Wagon
New figures from the ABS – Australian Bureau of Statistics – show that Aussies have significantly increased their mobile data downloads. The ABS stats show that around 6 million Australians are now using mobile wireless connections, an increase of almost 7 per cent in just six months.
In the three months between April and June, mobile users downloaded 6,610 terabytes of data, a 32 per cent increase in mobile downloads compared to the three months to the end of last year.
The ABS stats are based on figures from internet service providers, also show that the increase in desktop and laptop pc’s in the same period was up by 20 per cent.
Elise Davidson from the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network reckons the data isn’t surprising. However, she’s warned it is easy for mobile data spending to get out of control.
“Our advice is monitor what you’re using regularly, especially if you’re on a new plan or a new device,” Ms Davidson said. “It typically takes two or three months to figure out how much data you’re going to use. If you’re signing a new two-year contract, have a look at what you’ve used both in terms of calls texts and data in your previous contract and estimate really conservatively in the first instance.”
The ABS figures also show the number of internet subscribers in Australia rose by 10 per cent last financial year. There were 12 million subscribers, excluding mobile handset subscribers.
Posted: October 5th, 2012 | Author: Buster Cookson | Filed under: Samsung, Smartphone, Technoid Computer News | Tags: Apple iPhon, Apple iPhone 5, Galaxy Note, Samsung, SAMSUNG GALAXY SIII, Samsung Profit | Comments Off on Samsung Set For Record Profit, THANKS GSIII
Our favourite Korean consumer electronics behemoth, Samsung, looks set to post another record quarterly profit on the back of its latest offering the 4G Galaxy SIII smartphone and Galaxy Note tab/phone hybrid.
The company is forecasting a $AU7 billion September-quarter profit, off the back of $45 billion in 3 month sales. That profit forecast is slightly ahead of the average forecast by 16 analysts surveyed by Reuters. Samsung shares were up 0.3 per cent in early Korean trade, and are up almost 30 per cent so far this year.
Analysts say provisions for the $US1 billion payout to Apple for patent breaches, as well as increased competition from Apple’s iPhone 5 are likely to see Samsung’s profit tail off a little in the last quarter of the year to somewhere closer to $AU6 billion :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: September 8th, 2012 | Author: Verity Penfold | Filed under: Android, Apple vs Samsung, Cult of Apple, iPad, iPhone, Samsung, Smartphone, Standout, Technoid Computer News, Technoid Gadget News | Tags: apple, Apple and Samsung, Apple vs Samsung, Cult of Apple, Galaxy 10.1 Tablet PC, Galaxy S Smartphone, Samsung, Samsung Galaxy, Samsung Galaxy vs Apple iPad, Samsung Galaxy vs Apple iPhone | Comments Off on Samsung Slips Passed Apple on 4G
The war between Apple and Samsung over design and technology patents has cast Samsung as the underling, while Apple is painted as pushing at the edges of innovation. Ahh what a short sighted world we live in, I’d argue with such commentary, going so far as to say that most commentators have things wrong, very wrong.
While Samsung may have a little eggroll on it’s face over claims of plagiarism, the Korean consumer electronics behemoth is definitely no slouch on the technology front, winning the much more important war on patent innovations, particularly when it comes to 4G and it’s application in the mobile device wars.
4G isn’t so much a new technology but a better use of existing technologies, Samsung has been working on 4G since 2005 and has pretty much perfected it’s use in mobile devices. The higher and more responsive – up to 10 x 3G – bandwidth of 4G is well suited to tablets and smartphones.
In Australia, Telstra has the largest geographic coverage in 4G and has been upgrading mobile cell towers to 4G since 2010, with a consumer roll-out from late in 2011. The benefits of running mobile devices on 4G are real, the simultaneous speed is pretty outstanding :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: June 5th, 2012 | Author: Marcus Dangerfield | Filed under: Samsung, Smartphone | Tags: Australia, Galaxy S, Galaxy S Smartphone, Galaxy SIII, Samsung, SAMSUNG GALAXY SIII, Telstra | Comments Off on UPDATE: Samsung Galaxy SIII
UPDATE: Samsungs Galaxy SIII Hits Australia
Samsung has been playing cat and mouse with tech-writers – over the Galaxy SIII – for several months, finally unveiling the device late last month at a press conference in what was probably one of the worst kept secrets in the tech industry.
Reviewers have only had a quick glance at the new gadget, but early thoughts determined after some quick time with the SIII suggest it may very well be an Apple beater?
Samsung Electronics has finally launched its new flagship Galaxy S III smartphone in Australia – late last week – pipping Apple to the launch of its next generation iPhone 5, rumoured to be unveiled later this year. The new Galaxy, launched at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre alongside an orchestra and a bunch of celebrities. SIII sports a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display and comes with the latest Android – Ice Cream Sandwich – operating system :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: May 30th, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Google, LG, Samsung, Smartphone, UPDATED! | Tags: Galaxy Note, Google Nexus, LG 5 Inch 1080p Screen, LG Electronics, LG Smartphone, Samsung's 5.3 Inch AMOLED Screen | Comments Off on LG Reveals 5 Inch 1080p FULL HD Smartphone Display
The consumer electronics behemoth that is LG Electronics has revealed an impressive new smartphone display that is expected to be housed in the company’s new smartphones in the second half of this year.
The panel is a 5 incher, features a super impressive pixel density of 440ppi, with an aspect ratio of 16:9. The display is capable of displaying true 1080p HD content.
This impressive new display seriously trumps Apple’s retina display, as well as Samsung’s 5.3 inch AMOLED 1280 x 800/285ppi/720p screens currently in phones like the Galaxy Note in terms of size versus pixel density output – the Galaxy Note camera records via 1080p – the screen unfortunately is only 720p.
The new LG 5 inch display uses the company’s AH-IPS – Advanced High Performance In-Plane Switching – technology, which the company claims delivers improved color accuracy, increased resolution, PPI, and much improved light transmission for lower power consumption compared to standard IPS displays :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: May 12th, 2012 | Author: Marcus Dangerfield | Filed under: Smartphone, Technoid Computer News | Tags: Android Smartphone, Google Android, Motorola ATRIX 4G, Ubuntu, Ubuntu Desktop Computer, Ubuntu for Android | Comments Off on Ubuntu for Android: Turns Your Phone Into a Full Ubuntu Desktop Computer
Smartphones and the technology that powers them continue to evolve at an incredible rate. Year after year, phones have continued to close the power gap that separates them with their traditional PC counterparts.
Taking advantage of the latest in mobile processors, Canonical is set to release Ubuntu for Android. The OS effectively turns your phone into a full Ubuntu desktop computer when docked and connected to a monitor, meaning the day your smartphone could act as your primary computer is drawing nearer.
Ubuntu sits alongside the standard Android operating system, as they share the same Linux kernel. Similar to the Motorola ATRIX 4G that becomes the engine for a desktop or laptop PC when slotted into an external dock, docking your Ubuntu for Android device with a USB HDMI dock will see it automatically boot into Ubuntu.
Then it’s just a matter of connecting a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse and you’ve got fully functional desktop environment.
From what’s been shown so far, the experience looks to be seamless and responsive, Ubuntu is very lightweight after all, and it seems that today’s standard dual core phone can handle the OS with ease :: Read the full Gizmag article »»»»