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How iOS 7 can save you battery life

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Most smartphones today all have the necessary features. So battery life has become a big deciding factor for many people. After all what good are all these new features if the device is dead? Well now that iOS 7 has been out for almost 2 weeks. What does Apple’s new iOS have that might help save user’s valuable battery life. Apple has made some enhancements to Siri in iOS 7. The digital assistant can now do a lot more than in previous iOS versions. Siri can now turn things on and off including Bluetooth, Wifi and Cellular Data. It might not seem like a big deal to have your Wifi, Cellular Data and Bluetooth on all the time but the radios do use battery power. So why have them on consuming power especially at times when they are not in use. Now it would be a pretty daunting task to turn them on and off manually whenever you leave the house, office, or wherever else you have or don’t have wifi, need or don’t need bluetooth. But now with Siri, iOS 7 makes it easy and this is one way iOS 7 can save you battery life. The only thing …

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iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and iOS 7 what did we get

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On Tuesday of this week, Sept. 10th, Apple held their event. We speculated on what we would get and talked about the other questions that still remained to be answered. Well now we have our answers. The iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and iOS 7 were shown off so what did we get? Well we’re going to cover some of the details and also talk about some of the questions that are now created about where do they go form here. The video of the keynote is now available on the Apple site, go watch it. So to go through what we got to see at the keynote, there was the iPhone 5c (Android Free) The iPhone everyone thought was going to be cheap turned out to be “less expensive” instead. No one should have been surprised since Apple doesn’t do cheap and yet they were. When netbooks proliferated the computer landscape Apple did the MacBook Air. It was far from cheap but “less expensive” than a MacBook Pro. The iPhone 5c is the same. It is far from cheap but at $99 for a 16GB model on a 2 Year contract(US) it’s cheap enough that it becomes a throwaway phone. …

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WWDC 2013 Live Stream

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Today is the day, it is Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference or WWDC for short. The first keynote is at 10AM PT or 1PM ET and it will be viewed by MANY! If you want to join in on the keynote fun you can by catching the WWDC 2013 Live Stream provided by Apple. You can catch the live stream here but you wll need to be running Safari on a Mac or using an iDevice(iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch). The keynote is goign to cover things like the next iOS version coming, iOS 7. The new upcoming Mac OS, OS X 10.9, and any Apple device hardware refreshes. Like I said it will be watched by many so the live stream may be slow or un-responsive. Luckily many of the tech blogs will also be live blogging the event so it’s also a good idea to have their feed open too. Unfortunately all of the T3kd bloggers will be working so we will be unable to cover the event this year. However here are a few links to other blogs covering it, iMore and Engadget. If you have an Apple TV you can also catch Apple’s WWDC 2013 Live Stream …

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Google Fiber everywhere

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You have inevitably hear about Google Fiber by now. It has launched in Kansas City, will be expanding to Austin Texas and was announced to be heading to Provo Utah.  Google Fiber is using Google installed fiber optics to bring internet and TV service at Google says 100 times faster. The hope is that Google would eventually step into the ring as an Internet Service Provider(ISP) and bring Google Fiber nationwide. However many posts have been written about the enormous cost it would take and also the roadblocks and hurdles Google would face to take on such an endeavour. However there is a way that there could be Google Fiber everywhere. Well at least here in North America. The problem is just one word “Greed” but you’ll understand more about that when we get into it. It will take many billions of dollars to bring Google Fiber to all the cities in North America. A huge cost even for Google but if you think about what fiber and that 100 times faster internet means there is a way that it might happen. The recent talks of the new video game consoles Sony’s Playstation 4 and Microsoft’s XBox 720 or whatever …

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Intel Android Notebooks Confirmed

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Intel Android Notebooks are going to arrive soon; this news comes from a high ranking Intel executive. Previously we had rumors circulating that Intel would be moving its forces onto another OS, as a retaliation to Microsoft doling resources to ARM chips. There were several reports of Intel powered laptops which would run on Android. Dadi Perimutter, the Intel chief product officer was the bearer of the news and he spilled the beans while talking to CNET. Just last week CEO of Intel Paul Otellini mentioned that the chip manufacturer would be providing silicon to touchscreen PCs which will cost around $200, although the operating system was not mentioned by him. Today things got a little bit clearer, $200 laptop which runs on Windows 8 would have been a long shot as Microsoft charges a lot of money for its operating system. Even if they made one such budget Windows 8 device, either Microsoft would have to sacrifice its profits or the hardware would have been really lousy. With Android running the show, the $200 Intel Android Notebook makes a lot of sense. Google doesn’t charge anything for its OS, making it a natural choice for many manufacturers. “We have a good …

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Top Tablets for Kids

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PC tablets are very convenient for adults but they also serve as a great way to keep kids entertained and to teach them the importance of caring for their electronics. That being said, kids can be rough with their devices or just outright lose them so it’s important to take durability, cost, and content into account when looking over the top tablets for kids. Nabi 2 The Nabi 2 is one of the top tablets for kids because it’s big enough to prevent eye strain and has a rubber bumper that makes it virtually indestructable. There are 25 free games, 30 free educational books, and 50 child oriented songs preloaded on the tablet. The device runs on the Android Ice Cream Sandwich platform and is WiFi capable. The $149 price might deter some but it’s a very powerful piece for the cost. Kurio 7 The immediate thing that people notice with the Kurio 7 is the bright and colorful protective cover available in blue, green, or pink. On the inside is a deceptively powerful processor with a number of parental controls available. Parents can control web filtering, app management, and even a timer to determine when and how long a …

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Apple, don’t worry be happy

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If you didn’t know yet Apple will be releasing their 2nd Quarter results today, actually in just under 2 hours from now. It will be covered by many blogs, talked about and read into for days to come by bloggers and also by the idiots on Wall St. I’m sure. ArsTechnica will be live blogging it as well as many other tech sites so be sure not to miss the action @ 2PM PDT(5PM EDT) today. Now doom and gloom has been forecasted for Apple for a while now, mostly thanks to brilliant Wall St. analysts, so it’s nothing new. I’m here to tell you that as far as it goes with Apple, don’t worry be happy. If you listen to the analysts on Wall St. you would think Apple is going down in flames and probably be tempted to sell any shares you own. This would be a mistake because you get such ridiculous rumors like “Apple is looking to replace Tim Cook” or sentiments that the iPhone and iPad are not selling well. Meanwhile if you look at the numbers carriers like Verizon have activated 4 million iPhones in the last quarter. You would get better information about …

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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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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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Nexus 7 rehash to come in July with Snapdragon

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A new report from Reuters states that Google is prepping the next generation Nexus 7 which is likely to be released in July. Sources close to Reuters claim that the software giant is looking to further dominate the cheap tablet market and is aiming to crush the competition with the rehash if its beloved 7 inch tablet. Google is looking to sell as many as eight million Nexus 7 devices in the second half of the year. The report says that the Nexus 7 rehash will likely have a higher resolution screen, which is always a great addition. And the 7 inch tablet is going to shift towards Qualcomm this time around and will ship with a Snapdragon processor inside. The current Nexus 7 devices use Nvidia’s Tegra 3 processors. The jump from chip providers is due to the “power concerns” according to the report, by which we assume that the Nexus 7 is going for a longer battery life this time around. The manufacturer however, will still remain to be ASUS. The price of the next-gen Nexus 7 is unknown but we know that reason why the Nexus 7 was successful is because of its lucrative pricing. Google is …

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