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Samsung Galaxy S III Launch In April?

Reports show that the successor to the wildly popular Samsung Galaxy S II, the Galaxy III will be launched in April. Also it will be the first Galaxy-branded smartphone to run Samsung’s custom interface on top of 4.0 Gingerbread.

Anticipating the release, here are some specs about this beast of a phone:

  • 1.5 GHz quad-core Exynos processor
  • 8 Megapixel rear camera, 2 Megapixel front camera
  • 4.8 in 1080p HD display
  • 4G LTE
  • Android 4.0 Gingerbread

Stay tuned for the latest details!

SOPA & PIPA: What’s The Deal?

The Bill in Effect

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Piracy! Media companies all around the world are trying their very best to try and battle piracy from users. With not much success, SOPA: The Stop Online Piracy Act (House of Reps) and PIPA: Protect IP Act (Senate) come into play. These bills were passed to focus on the websites and sources on the Internet that infringe copyright material. For example, websites like The Pirate Bay allow users to download content that is not authorized from the companies themselves.

Reactions were plenty, with Barack Obama being one of the supporters of the legislation. However there were plenty of outcries in the media against the bills, including many senators opting against it this week. For example, Senator Roy Blunt said on Facebook: “the Protect IP Act is flawed as it stands today, and I cannot support it moving forward.”

For everyone, this basically means the government has the right to block any web content that they see is “committing or facilitation” copyright infringement. Whatever they say goes, and that can cause a lot of commotion. One example is Megaupload, which already has been pulled down. (R.I.P :/)

What do you readers think about these bills? Is this the future as we know it?

Apple Education Event is Tomorrow! Digital Textbooks?

Apple’s education event in New York City will be tomorrow, January 19 at 10am Eastern time. According to Bloomberg sources, Apple’s main focus of the event will be a set of tools that will “make it easier to publish interactive textbooks and other digital educational content.” They also said Apple’s main market is for K-12 students.

I do like the idea of digital textbooks. Personally for me I have about $400 to pay for my textbooks this semester. If Apple can publish the same textbooks in digital form for about half the price then Apple may have a winner. Imagine having acces to all your textbooks in a sleek and lightweight iPad. I do also have my regrets. There’s still nothing better than a hard copy.

What do you think about the idea of digital textbooks?

Fate of Blackberry Smart Phones?

Blackberry BBX powered Colt

Blackberries were considered as the “Smart Phone” before the launch of the Original iPhone in 2007. As more intuitive devices arrived, iPhone 3G, T-Mobile G1 and Palm Pre. Market Share of Blackberry Smartphone started free falling like no other. RIM was scrabbling trying to gain attraction and developer attention from the Storm 1 and 2 and Torch 9800. RIM’s smart phone sales sank to less than 10% for the first time, behind, Apple Inc, Samsung and HTC. Now the real question is, Can RIM save themselves?

In my opinion I do not see RIM coming back, they are definitely gonna stay in the game but no where near where there were 3-5 years ago. This past summer RIM Launched their Blackberry 7 Family (Bold 9900/30, Torch 9810, Torch 9850/60). Even though they are great devices, Blackberries just do not appeal to the average consumer any longer. Of course there will always be Blackberries users, most of them business users. But you can not deny that Blackberries have the best physical keyboards on the market and emailing on Blackberries can not be matched. So what’s the future for RIM?

RIM will abandon their Blackberry 7 operating system and introduce their BBX(QNX) operating System which is found on their Blackberry Playbook.BBX will support Android Applications and all new multitasking Gestures. RIM has delayed their launch to Q2 2012, which is really disappointing. RIM needs to bring these phones to market ASAP. Android Phones are being released every week and iPhones are selling like hotcakes, Nokia plans to invade the US in 2012 with wave of Windows Phone 7 Devices. RIM definitely needs to step it up with new hardware and intuitive software.

Android: Too Fast Too Furious?

 

 

The beauty of Android, customization and personal choice. Whatever we want on our phones, we are able to do. The possibilities are limitless, which was one of the reasons that prompted me to switch from my AT&T iPhone 4, to a Verizon Droid Bionic (hefty ETF included). Being that the Bionic was a beast of a phone, I thought the decision was valid and serve me well. I thought too soon, as the Droid RAZR and Galaxy Nexus were suprisingly launched the next couple of days. That led me to ask a question, is Android coming out with devices way too quickly?

Many people do prefer the open, highly customizable Android software over the tight ecosystem that Apple does have, but it comes at a price. Literally, as soon as a new Android phone is released, plenty more are announced. Personally, I prefer to have the latest and greatest, and it is very discouraging to see my new shiny device will be obsolete in a mere matter of months.

For example, the Droid Bionic was announced back in January, along with the Motorola Atrix at CES, but just arrived on U.S shelves in September. In Android time, that is a lifetime for a device. Now, phones like the Droid RAZR, has vastly improved hardware and software specs that just make me want to blow my Bionic into tiny little pieces.

Should companies slow down? I think that would be smart. Customers do want to have personal choice, but not at their own cost. With every hard owned dollar going towards each purchase, they want to make sure their devices will still be worth it and kept updated. If Android does a good job of still supporting the devices with updates (They have a bad rep for that), this should not be a problem. However, if this increases at a rapid rate, I can see Android turning into a monster that can’t be stopped.