Andru Edwards is the CEO of Gear Live Media, a weblog publishing company which contains some of the most popular technology and pop culture blogs on the Web, including it's flagship blog, Gear Live. Through his passion for both writing and the subject matter, Andru took his blogs from a part-time hobby to a full-time successful company. Andru and his blogs have been quoted in USA Today, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Seattle Times, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, KOMO 4 News, Q13 News, KING 5 News, and NPR, among others. Additionally, Andru hosts the award-winning tech video shows Bleeding Edge TV, and Unboxing Live. Gear Live Media is also the host of the biannual Seattle Mind Camp event - a self-organizing, digitally minded, entrepreneur-driven, overnight Seattle confab which brings together the areas most creative, passionate, and smartest people.
Tech news roundup: APPLE IPAD AIR: Apple stole headlines the past week with a big announcement they were saving for the 22nd of October. By now you’ve already heard of the unveiling of the iPad Air, or as I like to call it, the iPad 5. They’ve just released an advertisement featuring Bryan Cranston you can watch it below on their website. Youtube link will follow once they finally upload it there: http://www.apple.com/ipad-air/videos/#video-ad REPAIRING YOUR SURFACE 2 IS IMPOSSIBLE Microsoft’s surface has been a tough sell to consumers and to businesses that aren’t Microsoft. While they haven’t exactly scored big, they’re not doing any favors through construction either. iFixit has conducted a teardown of Microsoft’s working tablet, and the results are astonishing. http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Microsoft+Surface+Pro+2+Teardown/18604/1 In short: Three different screwdrivers, All torx3,4,5 head A heat gun or high powered blow dryer to heat the glue Over 90 screws were found inside the machine, and everything else was glued into the case, including the screen. However the information on the inside of the machine was also quite the surprise: Intel Core i5-4200U Processor Novatek NT96132QG Marvell Avastar 88W8797 Integrated 2x2 WLAN/Bluetooth/FM Single-Chip SoC Winbond 25Q128FVSQ Serial Flash presumably the next generation of the previous 25Q64FV Texas Instruments TPS51367 Integrated FET Converter with Ultra-Low Quiescent Winbond 25X05CL Serial Flash Nothing that you couldn’t find through a detailed spec sheet, but there are some rather powerful tech glued inside the case. For hardware geeks however, this received a scathing 1/10 review for repairability. Only one other device has received such a low score, that would be the HTC One. DUALSHOCK 3 ON XPERIA PHONES This should make gamers happier. The Dual Shock 3 controller can now be paired with the Xperia Z line of phones and phablets. They’ve also announced some games like Terrortown, Modern Combat 4, and Respawnables. Also in Sony Xperia news; Sony is set to unveil the Xperia Z1 S, a mini version of the Z1, still sporting a quad core Snapdragon 800 chipset, sure to outperform every other mini smartphone on the market. Also rumored to make an appearance, is the Xperia Z1 Taichi; which supposedly has an 8 core CPU. Have any interesting tech news that you want to share? Post it down in the comments section below.
Conor Musgrave is a photographer based in Seattle Washington specializing in Abstract, Urban, Landscape Photography and Fine Art Prints. “I began photography in earnest in early 2012. Taking photos had never been a struggle for me; I love trying to capture the beauty in a spontaneous moment. The fear of sharing them with the rest of the world was a struggle so I decided, every day for a consecutive 365 days, I would contribute something new. I started working initially with just my iPhone. I progressed in my photography and shifted to my first DSLR. Now 18 months later it has become a significant focus in my life and I hope to continue to share my adventures and the moments I encounter with the rest of the world.” I am always looking for great new places to display my photos so if you have any tips, shoot me an e-mail! Like my Facebook page to keep up with my latest work. https://www.Facebook.com/MusgravePhotography I like Pocomaru’s ingenious accessories that let you personalize your iPhone / Laptop and even the bag you carry your camera in to match your own unique style.
GSM arena is a website that promotes and does a ggreat job of being a definitive site for mobile reviews, and all sorts of geekery. The staff is headed up by gadget enthusiasts, and they’ve also been known to provide some increasingly deep reviews based on personal preference, and backing up claims with tech programs for further verification. One such subject, is the topic of cameras on everybody’s smart phone. In the past few weeks, we’ve covered a number of releases from the bigger phone giants, Samsung, HTC, Sony, Apple, and Nokia. Now that they’ve all released their newest and greatest devices, GSM has finally decided to do a real grudge match testing the ability of each of their defining features, their camera sensor. Their current test is a little on the light side, but in time, they will release their full test values, We’ll keep you updated. For now GSM Arena has released these preliminary photos which give a good comparison for each of these phones. Source: http://blog.gsmarena.com/shootout-teaser-6-best-smartphone-cameras-go-head-to-head/
Dr. Wang completed his medical studies at the Fourth Medical University, Xian, China and served as an attending physician specializing in pulmonary & critical care. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee and become board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in 2008. He is the recipient of various awards, including the National Institute of Health Fellowship in 2004.Dr. Wang is an active participant in difference research and clinical translation programs in the United States and China. He is currently president of JKW Medical Group, PLLC . He is active medical staff of Overlake Medical Center.In addition to serving his community as a doctor, he is current president of Washington Asian Healthcare Professional Association (WAHPA). "I love Pocomaru, because its very professional style and minimalist design with multi functions!"
Today, Fairfax Financial, a company based out of Toronto, Ontario, made an offer to purchase the Blackberry brand for a total of $4.7 Billion or, $9 a share. Only 5 years ago, the share price had reached a peak of over $140 in 2008. Blackberry retains the right to continue to consider other offers, but they only have until early November before they must sign the deal with Fairfax Financial. Blackberry started out with the name Research in Motion back in 1984, founded by Mike Lazaridis. He was inspired by the phrase “poetry in motion” which was used in a newspaper article describing a football game. RIM’s first release was the Inter@ctive Pager 950 in 1998. It worked on the 950 cell-phone band, and was primarily used as a 2-way pager, and wireless email access point. It wasn’t until the year 1999 that RIM created the first ever, Blackberry device; a pager called the Blackberry 850. It was one of the first devices that could receive push email from a Microsoft Exchange Server, and worked seamlessly with RIM’s BlackBerry Enterprise Server. This co-operative technology use would eventually bring the rise of the business Blackberry, like the BlackBerry 957 in April of 2000. It wasn’t until they began to implement their own encryption service, that the Blackberry found its true calling, as a tool for business and the government. Riding it’s success in the corporate and business environment, they released their first phone that targeted the consumer market, the BlackBerry Pearl 8100 to widespread success and adoption. This would lead to the BB Curve 8300 and the Bold 9000. By 2007, the BlackBerry line was the dominant smartphone on the market, until Fall of that year, when Apple released its long rumored iPhone 1. In response to the release of the supposed “BlackBerry killer” RIM then released the new BlackBerry Storm, which featured a new touchscreen on the Verizon network. Despite the earlier criticisms, BlackBerry was still on top, reaching to 21 million users by 2010 in America alone. However, trends change very quickly, and in a very short 2 years, BlackBerry saw its active subscribers population dwindle to 9 million, while the two juggernauts, Apple and Android took over the pockets of people around the world. After years of shrinking market share and adoption of the new devices, Research in Motion had renamed themselves BlackBerry, and also released the new BlackBerry Z10 and Q10. With a completely new touch-based design, and a new applications environment that played with cross-platform Android applications, it was sure to be a big hit. It may be too soon to declare whether or not the Z10 series of BB phones is a hit. There was certainly positive reaction to its release, but the damage done by Android and iOS is evident that BlackBerry has quite a struggle ahead of it. Just prior to the release of the Z10, BlackBerry reported a loss of over $1.235 Billion dollars, its first in over 9 years of operation. So what will this sale mean for the future of BlackBerry? Will the new strategic change have an impact on the market? Or will BlackBerry disappear from the consumer landscape, and find its way within the high walls of the corporate world. Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Say hello to iPhone 5S the world’s first 64-bit Mobile Phone. As promised. Apple finally unveiled their newest iteration of the iPhone. The iPhone 5S. After months of speculation , all the hype, and leaked phone images from dubious sources from around the world (Read: China) were proven correct. The iPhone 5S is set to be released alongside the cheaper, plasticky, iPhone 5C, which will replace the current manufacturing line of the existing iPhone 5. Set fo release on the 20th of September. The 5S features the new A7 processor, and will release with the new iOS7. It also comes with the M7 graphics chip and a new camera and fingerprint sensor for transferring of critical information including purchases, and even unlocking your screen. Pricing in the USA will be 6GB at $199, 32GB at $299, 64GB at $399, all on contract. It will be simultaneously released in 9 countries, including China. The iPhone 5C contains the same capabilities of the original iPhone 5, and also comes with a 4” display, and a hard-coated polycarbonate design. It is steel reinforced and has a multi-band antenna. It will come in 5 colors: Green, White, Blue, Pink, and Yellow. Speaking of colors, the iPhone 5S will no longer be released in black. The new options are Silver, Gold and Slate Gray. iPhones will be available for pre-order this Friday. Here’s the full spec sheet of the new iPhone 5S: Processor: the new, faster 64-bit A7 chip with one billion transistors Speed: up to twice as fast Graphics processor: Apple M7 chip, with twice the graphics performance Colors: silver, gold, and “space gray” … no more black! Battery life: 10 hours LTE browsing, 250 hours standby, 40 hours of music Camera: new 5-element Apple-designed lens with a 15 percent larger light sensor, auto-image stabilization, burst mode, and 120 frames-per-second slow-motion options Fingerprint sensor: a feature Apple calls Touch ID, so you never have to use a passcode again to access your mobile phone … and yes, you can buy stuff with it Pricing: 16GB at $199, 32GB at $299, 64GB at $399, all on contract Timing: available on Sept. 20 for nine countries, including China
Privacy In the wake of Edward Snowden’s revelation of NSA’s Prism project, the biggest buzzword on everybody’s mind is Privacy. There’s no real need to discern how important privacy is to everybody, it makes you feel safe and secure. Enter, the “OFF Pocket” phone sleeve accessory. It shields your phone from all incoming and outgoing transmission waves, including GPS tracking, encasing your phone in an effective metal sheath. This project was created by people who were concerned about the privacy that modern life is afforded us. The biggest culprit within everybody’s possession is the very popular smart phone. With data always being transmitted, personal information being shared around by corporations, and governments, nothing is truly secure, even when you’re not using your own phone. The solution behind their ideas was the create a magnetically sealed pouch that repels all transmission data in and out. The creators were also the brains behind the anti-paparazzi bag which counters a quick camera flash with its own built inside the bag itself. The designers also have their own line of “stealth wear” that claims to keep a user free from being caught by a wayward UAV surveillance drone. Their off-pocket project completed only a few months ago, and it appears that many attitudes have changed upon revelation of many invasions of personal privacy for many people throughout the world. Clearly, there will be a burgeoning market on the rise where it will be products that are based on privacy. What do you think? Is it time that the consumers fought back with the purchase of this anti surveillance wear? Or is this a little bit too much paranoia?
Earlier this week Nokia announced it would sell off its mobile devices division to Microsoft, taking a bold step forward for both companies. Nokia was founded in the year 1865, as a paper mill company. It started its manufacturing company in southwestern Finland, when Finland was still under the rule of the Russian Empire. It didn’t receive the name Nokia until in 1871, when Frederik Idestam, the founder, and a friend, Leo Mechelin, decided to name it after the city where it was founded. Towards the end of the 19th century, Nokia eventually expanded into electricity generation as part of its business activities. In 1898, Eduard Polon, originally of Finnish Rubber Works, was actually incorporated into Nokia, as Polon decided rather than continue to use their current name, he decided to use the name Nokia as part of its product brand. Finnish Cable Works, producer of telephone, telephone, and telegraph cables, would follow soon after in similar fashion. Despite the three companies were jointly owned and managed as three separate parts of one larger company, its official birth as Nokia corporation happened in 1967, and then it started its trek towards world domination. By then the company had also been making car and bicycle tires, footwear, communications cables, televisions, personal computers, electricity generation machinery, robotics, capacitors, and military equipment. Many of these departments still survive to this day, but they’ve since separated themselves from the original Nokia corporation, and been founded back into their original separate company names, namely Nokian Footwear, and Nokian Tyres. Nokia’s mobile phone technology didn’t start until 1971, after they founded their own network. With all the costs associated with setting up new lines, and cell towers, they launched their first phone, the Mobira Cityman 900, used exclusively on the Nokia run and operated NMT-900 network. It retailed for around $4,560 and weighed 28 oz. It wasn’t until the year 1987, when Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev was pictured using a Mobira cityman making a call from Helsinki to Moscow, that the phone would reach mainstream exposure. This event eventually gave the phone the nickname of the “Gorba”. Until 1992, after helping the creation of the GSM standard, Nokia was hitting into financial struggles with its other divisions and businesses. Nokia finally became a 100% telecommunications based company, selling off or closing its other divisions, and by 1998 it became the world’s largest mobile phone manufacturer. A title it would hold for 14 consecutive years. Between 1996 and 2001, Nokia’s turnover increased from 6.5 billion to 31 billion euros. By the year 2000, Nokia was enjoying a wave of success, and innovation, which brought about some of the most bizarre telephone creations ever conceived. From the butterfly themed 6800, the N-Gage, and the strange stylings of the 7600 (briefly followed by the 7610), Nokia saw a period of rapid product development and creation, most spectacular of which was the 7280 often called the Lipstick Phone. The Verge has put together a very extensive article featuring all of these models. Despite their impracticality, many of these models are still eye-turning. As time passed over, and the market switched towards smartphones, Nokia joined in on the fight with their Simbian3 line of phones. Its direct competitor, the iPhone 3GS, saw good competition, but Nokia’s OS, Symbian, had market share continually drop from 52.4% to 46.1%. iOS and Android’s rise to dominance was clearly in the future as they saw their market share rise, almost doubling year after year. By 2010, Nokia was the only user of the once-dominating Symbian OS, as Samsung and Sony Ericsson switched to the Android platform. The last Symbian powered device, would be the N8. Nokia’s last completely internally designed phone. February 11th ,2011 Stephen Elop, made the announcement to partner with Microsoft and all their phones would switch to the Windows environment forever. On September 2, 2013, Nokia agreed to sell Nokia’s mobile devices division for $7.13 Billion USD. Putting Stephen Elop back at the Microsoft board table. So there you have it. Over 100 years of company history, have come down to this. While Nokia certainly enjoyed a grand wave of success, they couldn’t make up for the next generation of smart phones that are now so ubiquitous, that people are now owning up to 2 devices per person. What do you think about Nokia’s acquisition by Microsoft? Is this a good thing for both companies? Are you still switching to Android of iOS, what made you switch from Nokia? Let us know in the comments below.
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