Posted: December 27th, 2013 | Author: Marcus Dangerfield | Filed under: Amazon, Android, Cult of Apple, Facebook, Google, Hardware, Smartphone, Social Media, Standout, Tablet, Technoid Computer News | Tags: android, Apple App Store, chrome, Glass, Google, Google 2013, Google Glass Explorers, Google Mobile, Google Play, Google Stock, Google Zeitgeist | Comments Off on Top Five Reasons it was Good to be Google in 2013
2013 marked Google’s 15th anniversary, however the search giant that is Google showed zero complacency, exuding none of the fanfare of previous world-dominating tech monoliths, indeed for many the landmark celebration went completely unnoticed.
For Google 2013 was simply another year, steaming on to solidified its place at the center of almost every arena in internet economy.
In the quadrangle of the internet age, sidled up with Apple, Facebook and Amazon, Google is the only one to have competed in all arenas including: retail, hardware, television, social networking and search. Although it performed better in some arenas – wink wink, Plus Google – it’s a hardship to write-off Google from any of them.
Google’s 2013 success was the result of a largish range of new product releases, acquisitions and long term project coming to fruition. From Google Glass, Chromecast, Play,Moto X and all the way back to it’s roots, search.
The one thing Google hasn’t done is remained still. We’ve rounded up some of Google’s most important moments of this past year, moments that contributed to the giants exponential tech-rise :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: December 1st, 2013 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Android, Apple, Microsoft, Tablet, Technoid Computer News, Technoid Gadget News | Tags: android, iOS, Microsoft, Microsoft Mobile Computing, Surface, tablet, Windows 8, Windows 8 RT | Comments Off on Windows to Kill-off RT Tablet OS
Microsoft’s head of Devices, Julie Larson-Green has caused a stir in the tablet market, unofficially announcing that the Tech-behemoth would only be running with two – of three – operating systems for mobile devices.
Microsoft currently runs Windows Phone, RT and Windows 8 on tablets and phones. Punters are betting large on RT being the odd OS out.
RT was developed solely to take advantage of ARMs 32-bit architecture, giving devices like Surface super thinness and power efficiency. RT is a cutdown version of Windows 8, sitting smack in the middle of Phone and 8, with more functionality than Phone but less functionality of 8.
Devices currently running Windows RT have a selection of scaled back, bundled programs – MS Office 2013 – however, it’s inherently incompatible with previous versions of Windows. Punters it seems are flexing their purchasing power, choosing full-blown Windows 8 rather than the OEM only RT as their tablet OS :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: October 24th, 2012 | Author: The Technoid | Filed under: Android, Google, Hack!, ONLINE SECURITY | Tags: android, Google, Google Android, Google Apps, Hack, Hacked, Online Security | Comments Off on Android Apps Leaking Bank Details
Tens of millions of people around the world are using vulnerable Android apps that are leaking personal data, including bank account information and webcam access, according to new research. The study tested the 13,500 most popular free apps from the Google Play Store and found that 1074 – almost 10 per cent – used incorrect or inadequate coding. Researchers at the Leibniz University of Hannover and the Philipps University of Marburg, both in Germany, tried to hack a sample of 100 of the vulnerable apps. They were able to exploit almost half the apps, of which there are at least 39.5 million users worldwide, according to the Google Play Store :: Read the full article at Digital Life »»»»
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: April 9th, 2012 | Author: The Technoid | Filed under: Android, Apple, iPhone, Samsung, Technoid Gadget News, Übergadget | Tags: Apple iPhone, Google Android, Phablet, Samsung, Samsung Galaxy Note, Samsung Phablet, Tablet PC | Comments Off on Samsung Phablet: The Galaxy Note Set to Sell 10 Million Units in 2012
Reuters Jeremy Wagstaff describes it as “a piece of toast” it’s wearing labels like “a device for elephants and a throwback to the good old brick of the 1980s” Snickering aside, Samsung has sold 5 million Galaxy Note phone/tablets and plans on selling 10 million units this year.
Galaxy Note is much more than a freak hit! Tech-consumer, design experts and gadget analysts reckon the surprise success of the “phablet” marks a much deeper shift in the fast-paced world of mobile devices. Launched in late November 2011, the Samsung Galaxy Note is a standout product. The most obvious thing about the Note is its size. Its 5.3 inch screen is almost as wide as the iPhone’s screen is long.
…then there’s the stylus. Apple’s co-founder, the late great Steve Jobs famously ridiculed the idea of using a pen to interact with a screen, Samsung however has embraced pointy ended accoutrements, they’ve partnered with Japan’s übercool Wacom, the market leader in digital pen technology, to come up with something less clunky than, well chunky!? Granted the stylus or s-pen is still kind of chunkyish, try writing or sketching with your finger!! Read the full article »»»»
Posted: March 31st, 2012 | Author: Marcus Dangerfield | Filed under: Android, Apple, Smartphone, Technoid Gadget News | Tags: Blackberry, iPad, iphone, Research In Motion, RIM | Comments Off on BlackBerry-RIM Concedes Defeat
Research In Motion – maker of BlackBerry – has suggested it will exit many consumer markets to focus on its business customers as the company swings to a loss.
New chief executive Thorsten Heins said via a conference call with market analysts that the company planned to “refocus on the enterprise business” and would not rule out a sale of the company, saying he would be open to hearing purchase offers.
RIM is losing the battle on the consumer front, the dominance of Apple’s iPhones and iPads as well as an onslaught of competitively priced Android and now Windows powered devices onto the smartphone market has left RIM clearly on in the outer.
“We plan to refocus on the enterprise business and capitalise on our leading position in this segment,” Mr Heins said. “We believe that BlackBerry cannot succeed if we tried to be everybody’s darling and all things to all people. Therefore, we plan to build on our strength to go after targeted consumer segments.” Read the full article »»»»
Posted: February 27th, 2012 | Author: Marcus Dangerfield | Filed under: Android, Technoid Gadget News | Tags: Apple Microsoft, Cloud Computing, Dropbox, Google, Google Android, Picture Upload, Storage | Comments Off on Dropbox Photo Upload
Our most favorite cloud app – Dropbox – has unveiled a new photo uploading feature for Android smartphones, potentially sharpening its competition with Google, Apple, and a host of other companies battling to rule the burgeoning market for online storage solutions. With a single click, the feature will allow users to wirelessly upload high-resolution pictures straight from their smartphones onto the virtual “cloud,” where the files can be accessed from any computer or mobile device. Dropbox only offers users storage space – the service will not provide any photo editing or manipulation features, like those provided by Google’s Picasa program.
Instead, CEO Drew Houston said, the company hopes that third-party developers will step in and do precisely that. Houston said the new development represented a small but significant step toward cultivating a thriving “ecosystem” around the Dropbox platform. In the case of photos, for example, the company will encourage independent developers to write programs to touch up photos. “Facebook tied your friends and your social graph into this ecosystem that offered all these services,” Houston said. “We envision similar things with Dropbox.” He added: “It’s a major theme for us going forward this year.” Read the full article »»»»