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Mobile battery life could be getting better

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There have been countless posts about the new importance battery life plays as a deciding factor in mobile electronics. Most smartphones today do pretty much the same basics, equivalent of the point A to point B reference commonly used. So one of the biggest differentiator has become battery life, after all what good are all the features if you can’t use them? Well it seems that some new breakthroughs mean mobile battery life could be getting better eventually. There are some things that are being held back by the constraints of battery life.Take for example Siri, the digital personal assistant on Apple’s iOS devices. Currently the assistant has to be activated with a key press because having the device listen for audio ques would cause horrible battery life. This is just one example of a feature that could be made exponentially better if battery life was removed from the eqaution as a concern. Well then the new advancements that have been made at the University of Illinois could have a very big impact in that area. The article “Small in size, big on power” explains how the microbatteries offer phenominal power in their small size. The article explains that, The …

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T-Mobile’s “No Restriction” Plan Not What it Seems

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It hasn’t even been a month yet since T-Mobile announced their no contract plans that could be cancelled without any restrictions. T-Mobile offering brand new mobile technology at a massive discount without having a contract ended up being too good to be true after all. The original advertising made it seem like customers could sign up for a new T-Mobile line, pick up a new phone at a competitively discounted price, and then cancel their plan at any time. Unfortunately, that isn’t quite the case, and there is still a fee related to ending your plan before the first two years are up. Instead of having a high contract cancellation fee, people who cancel their T-Mobile plans will instead have to pay off a balance owed on the cost of their phone. Under these agreements, customers make roughly a $20 payment each month on their phone, and that continues as long as they have the phone. When cancelling a line, the customer would have to pay for the entire phone minus the original payment and however much they have paid for the phone since receiving it. T-Mobile was investigated by the Attorney General in Washington, who has ordered that T-Mobile …

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Don’t be a cheapskate when buying apps

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The race to the bottom in app pricing has been talked about a lot. People will always pay the least they have to whenever they can but just keep in mind “A cheap app isn’t always good and a good app isn’t always cheap”. But as consumers, customers we get so much more for the price we pay when we buy an app. So please don’t be a cheapskate when buying apps. I wrote a post sometime last year about just this topic and since it’s now gone that means I get to try to bring some attention to the issue again. Over at Macworld Lex Friedman (@lexfri) wrote a great post “A $5 app isn’t expensive” it’s a great read, check it out, there are many great points. I’m also going to talk about the same topic and will speak on some of the same points but with my own opinions and point of view. To start off with let’s look at what we get when we buy an app. If I buy an app I’m not only able to run it on my iPhone. I can run it on my iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad or iPad Mini, if …

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The Unforeseeable Future of Windows Phone

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The following is a guest post by David Ingram of My Social Agency. The smartphone market is possibly the most competitive in the world at the moment. However, for the most part it’s Apple and Samsung who are slugging it out for top position, with Samsung considerably in the lead right now. Microsoft was a somewhat late arrival to the smartphone revolution and it’s this that leaves the Windows Phone trailing. Add to this the lack of apps that are currently available for Windows Phone, when compared to Apple and Android, and it’s easy to see why it still hasn’t taken off to any great extent. Offer Windows Phone developers bribes Following on in the footsteps of RIM, which offered devs a $10,000 bonus if their app made it through the submissions process into the Blackberry app store, Microsoft has launched its own rewards program. They are offering $100 for all Windows 8 apps published between March 8th and June 30th, with devs able to submit up to 10 each. This may go some way to addressing the lack of apps, but only if developers play ball. However, much like with RIM, terms apply and devs can’t just submit any …

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40 years of mobile phones

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There have been quite a few posts on T3KD lately talking about the mobile industry. Where is it going, what new hardware is out, better battery life, etc. So I thought with all this talk about better battery life among other features we’d love to see. Why not take a look back since it’s now been 40 years since the first mobile phone call was made. A look back that might bring perspective on how far we’ve come and why we don’t have it so bad after all. So Gizmodo did a post on the 40th Anniversary of the first mobile call with a Yahoo post expanding even further on the information. They are both definitely worth a read and could possibly bring back some nostalgic feelings, if you were alive back then or older than 10 years old. I wont re-hash everything in the posts but instead highlight the important thing that struck me about how far we have come in the 40 years of mobile phones. I’ll also include a Motorola video that pretty much predicted the mobile phone trajectory in the future which is now our present! The first call was made by Martin Cooper, April 3rd …

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T-Mobile iPhone 5 Models, Pricing, and Contract Details

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The announcement earlier this week stunned a lot of people:  the T-mobile iPhone 5 will be available soon — for cheap — without a contract!  that’s right, in a news conference earlier this week the carrier that’s struggling to turn itself around and take on the Big Boys like AT&T made some huge announcements. First, they said the T-Mobile LTE network is in testing in 9 cities across the country.  Then they announced that they’d be getting rid of their restrictive 2-year contracts and opening up a host of new plans to new people.  Then they announced that the T-Mobile iPhone 5 is a real thing and will be available (without a contract) for just $100 (upfront). T-Mobile iPhone 5 Pricing Scheme The announcement caused quite a stir and a lot of outlets struggled to get more details out of the company. Well, they’ve cleared the air a little bit and let their T-Mobile iPhone 5 pricing scheme out in the wild. Of course the $100 offer is for “qualified” persons (meaning you have to have good credit) but that doesn’t disqualify those with bad credit from getting the phone altogether — they’ll just have to pay more. So, the $100 down plan means you’ll …

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Law Enforcement to Mandate Carriers Store Text Messages?

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In a disturbing Big Brother kinda of turn of events, law enforcement officials are banding together to pass legislation that would mandate all cellular carriers to store text messages.  the move would keep those texts on file for an indefinite amount of time for the sole purpose of making them available to law enforcement during criminal investigations.  It may sound okay at first but the safety and security of stored text messages alone is a whole messy can of worms.  Add to that the fact that nobody could be absolutely positive about how these agencies would be using these stored texts and you have a very controversial issue indeed. Bill Would Instruct Carriers to Store Text Message Incriminating or Otherwise CNET uncovered the request from “a constellation of law enforcement groups” that included those in several major cities across the United States. Word is that the Major Cities Chiefs Police Association, the National District Attorneys’ Association, and the National Sheriff’s Association are the three main leads behind this proposed legislation. The legality of asking carriers to store text messages will definitely be called into question but with testimony in hand leaders from these agencies have been repeatedly proposing this move to …

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T-Mobile LTE Testing in Multiple Cities (Finally)

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After years of passing of an inferior cellular network as 4G, T-Mobile LTE is finally right around the corner.  the news comes just weeks after a comprehensive third-party 4G network speed test discovered that T-Mobile was lagging behind all of the other nationwide carriers as far as speed was concerned (like light years behind).  The carrier currently only offers a HPSA+ network which it markets as 4G (but it’s really not). Is T-Mobile LTE Testing Coming to Your Town? The T-Mobile LTE testing is in isolated cities across the mop (and then not in the totality of any given city) but you could be (or maybe already are) benefitting from the necessary speed boost. Testing markets include: Denver Las Vegas Kansas City New Orleans New York San Diego San Jose Seattle As OpenSignal notes, these T-Mobile LTE testing sites will likely be the first cities in which the service is available when it goes full blast. T-Mobile LTE announcement Keep in mind, this is a test, only a test, but after years in development it looks like T-Mobile is very close to making the leap to offering an actual 4G LTE network. There is another hitch though.  Because T-Mobile LTE is, for all intents and …

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AT&T Ramps Up LTE Data Offerings

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AT&T has upped the per-GB ante, and started offering a whole new tier of data to their ever hungry consumers. “Our expanded Mobile Share plans make it even easier for business customers to choose a data option that’s right for them,” said Joe Lueckenhoff, AT&T Senior Vice President of Business Product Management, “whether it’s a large business wanting to better connect with employees, or a small business owner needing a data-only plan.” He calls the plans “deal for businesses, as well as consumers who need more data”, but forgets to add the part where you’d need to be making about 6 times the national average income just to afford a monthly cell phone bill. With carriers like Sprint, T-Mobile, and MetroPCS all offering substantially cheaper, unlimited 4G plans alongside a bevy of incredible smartphone options to choose from, it won’t be long before the two premiosos of the industry (AT&T and Verizon) will have to re-evaluate their stranglehold on the 700 MHz spectrum. Not that I think it would matter when you’re already paying half a grand a month just for data, but don’t expect to get out of the standard “$30 per smartphone” fee either. It seems that even when …

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NYFi Revives the Payphone (In New York City at Least)

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It turns out that the payphone is not obsolete – according to public officials in New York City at least. They held a competition to bring new thinking in on the problem of public communications and the clear winner was a jazzy new “payphone” service that provides WiFi called NYFi (ironic, I know). The NYFi kiosks are designed to provide free Wi-fi to passersby and project alternating advertisements to the general public. NYFi Catches the People’s Eye The Reinvent Payphones design challenge was geared toward the public vote and NYFi clear winner (via Facebook) but that doesn’t mean that the service will ever see the light of day. No doubt there will “official” and officious studies and such that may effectively kill or delay the service indefinitely. However, it is a cool idea and even if New York doesn’t adopt it a more forward-thinking berg just might. The NYFi kiosks were designed to come in two sizes. A large commercial version would be placed in high traffic areas such as midtown and a smaller version (that’s less obtrusive to the eye) would be placed in residential and historic areas of the city that are trying desperately to hold on to …

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