byBradMoon06-29-201409:47 AM - edited 06-29-201409:47 AM
Sometimes two products work together so well that they mesh into an extension of one another and become that much better than either is on its own. Each might be pretty cool, but together, they becomes something special. That’s the case with Samsung’s Galaxy S5 smartphone and its Galaxy Fit fitness band. I had a week to try out these Samsung flagship devices and came away impressed with how well the two combine into what’s currently one of the best experiences out there for someone with an active, connected lifestyle.
During the past week, the world’s leading manufacturers of mobile electronics —smartphones, tablets and wearable technology— have been showcasing their latest products at Mobile World Congress 2014. MWC is the mobile industry’s equivalent to the Consumer Electronics Show and that means big names (Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg gave a keynote) along with big product reveals —like the Samsung Galaxy S5. Basically, If you want to know what to expect in the world of mobile for 2014, just look at what’s on display at Mobile World Congress. Our MWC 2014 wrap-up covers the big news from Barcelona.
The connected home and home automation are already proving to be major themes of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show—CES 2014. One of the pre-announcements released on Sunday was Belkin’s expanded line-up of WeMo connection options. Samsung is taking the connected home a big step further with its new Smart Home initiative, announced as part of CES 2014. The consumer electronics giant is already a major presence in many of the components involved in home automation, including smartphones, tablets, PCs, Smart TVs, wearable technology, LED lighting and air conditioning. The company has also been working on health and lifestyle apps for its mobile devices. With Smart Home, Samsung is using all of its expertise to build a platform —a single method for connecting, communicating and controlling home services, with support being extended to third party partners.
byBradMoon11-29-201308:18 PM - edited 11-30-201309:33 AM
Tablets may be getting much of the attention leading up to the holiday season, but all the top consumer electronics manufacturers have their flagship smartphones on shelves now too —it's a great time for comparison shoppers. Every year choosing the right phone gets more difficult as the devices get faster, more capable and more attractive than the generation before. We’ve gone from chunky phones with 2.5-inch displays, 1 MP cameras and basic texting capability to sleek devices sporting 5-inch displays crammed with as many pixels as a HDTV, along with photo and video capabilities that rival a digital camera, mobile web surfing faster than some home Internet connections and the ability to play console-grade video games. Throw in variables like customized interfaces, and choosing a smartphone is tougher than ever. To help you pick the right phone for your needs, we’ve put together a comparison of five of the most popular Android flagship smartphones.
The Samsung Experience is a new integration in many Best Buy locations nationwide. From the large TVs that adorn the massive lit wall to the ability to pick out and test out a new cell phone, laptop or tablet, this store-within-a-store makes identifying, and shopping for your favourite Samsung products that much easier. Come take a look at the new Samsung Experience, now available in almost 20 different locations across Canada.
Samsung received some pretty solid reviews on the Galaxy Note II when it was released last year and has reportedly sold around 30 million to date. The Galaxy Note 3 is the followup with a lot riding on it, and from the reviews that have been surfacing, it looks as though Samsung nailed it. There have been reports of potential speed benchmark shenanigans, but despite any attempts to make it seem better than it is, the Galaxy Note 3 is showing itself to be an incredibly powerful and well-designed device. Some sites are even calling it a contender as the best smartphone ever. Here are three of the key ways the Galaxy Note 3 is proving that it’s a big leap forward.
Want to start a raging argument in a room full of smartphone owners? The easy target would be to lob the Android vs. iOS grenade and watch the fireworks. That doesn’t let the Windows Phone and BlackBerry fans join the party, though. To be inclusive, here’s another subjective question: What’s the ideal size for a smartphone display? This one can easily break down along platform lines as well since Apple continues to hold the line on display size while everyone else seems to be on a ‘bigger is better” kick and in the meantime, phablets are growing in popularity. But the question is actually a fundamental one that has a real impact on a user’s relationship with their smartphone. The trend toward bigger displays may seem like one-upmanship, but at its heart it reflects the changing ways we interact with these mobile devices. The way you use your smartphone will go a long way toward determining your ideal display size and should be part of any buying decision.
One of the hottest product categories at the moment is smartwatches. Consumer electronics giants from Google to Apple are expected to release their take on these wearable high tech gadgets, while Samsung just unveiled its own version, the Galaxy Gear. Meanwhile, Sony has been offering its own Android-powered wristwatch (the Sony SmartWatch) for several years and GPS manufacturers like Garmin are offering sports-focused takes on the genre including running or golf watches. The hype started with January’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and has continued to build as rumors about the iWatch hit the web. While 2013 and 2014 look to be the years where smartwatches become the “must-have” gadget for technology fans, it’s worth looking not just forward —at what we expect the devices to offer— but also back, at their origins with devices like Casio’s calculator watches.
Samsung just wrapped up its Unpack event at IFA 2013 in Berlin and along with refreshed versions of its Galaxy Note “phablet” and Note 10.1 tablet —the Galaxy Note 3 and Note 10.1 (2014 Edition), respectively— the company unveiled one of the most eagerly anticipated gadgets of the year. The Galaxy Gear Smartwatch is real and we’re hoping to see it in Canada in the October timeframe.
You’re heading back to school, clutching your favourite mobile device. Maybe it’s an iPad Mini, an iPhone 5, Galaxy S4, Lumia 900 or a Z10. Whatever the device, you can make the most of your high tech investment by downloading free apps for your Android, iPhone or BlackBerry. Productivity, gaming —even cheap food— we’ve got you covered with this list of the best free apps for students.
There are some exciting changes coming to the Samsung Galaxy S4 family that should make it even more popular. In the next few months we can expect a software upgrade to fix a memory problem, a lower priced mini-S4 phone and an S4 Active that can handle the great outdoors.
byhootie05-22-201310:01 AM - edited 05-26-201310:48 AM
The smartphone has become quite the ubiquitous device – most people have one and if they don’t, they are thinking about getting one. In fact smartphones and tablets are becoming the device of choice – in 2010 the number of shipments of smartphones and tablets for the first time in history exceeded the number of computers and notebooks delivered. In 2013 the number of smartphones and tablets willfor the first time exceed the installed base of computers and notebooks. You can do so much more with a smartphone than ever before, the only problem is the screen is so small. Well, did you know you could use your big flat screen HDTV as your smartphone display?
My mom is pretty cool and likes to be up on the latest devices. But more importantly, she likes to be organized. And now that she’s a grandmother of three, life is full of so many important events and memorable moments that she’ll love the S Planner to help her keep track of birthdays, events and appointments. She can even handwrite notes directly in her calendar, or scribble her thoughts down with the natural feel of a pen.
on 03-31-201310:04 AM - last edited on 04-01-201310:37 AM by BBYLaura
Smartphones have evolved from a specialized business tool for checking e-mail to a must-have device that does everything from web browsing to casual gaming, watching movies, listing to music taking photos —and checking e-mail. In the process these mobile gadgets have evolved from small, no-nonsense, souped up cell phones to pocketable computers where style is also an important feature. In the meantime, they’ve grown, with 2013 models featuring 5-inch HD displays while packing the processing power of high end laptop computers from only a few years ago. How and why are smartphones getting so brawny and how far can they go?
When your pocketbook can’t match your desires, it’s nice to have an option like the Samsung Galaxy Ace II x. This is a well rounded smartphone offering you some of the Galaxy mojo without eating up your budget.
Simple and sleek in design and a wee-bit bulkier at 10.5mm thickness, it still delivers good audio, decent web browsing and an excellent camera.
Enjoy all the new options with Windows 8 on a bigger and brighter 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED screen with 1280 x 720p resolution (standard screen is 4.5 inches). The Samsung ATIV S Windows Phone 8 has a very responsive touch screen making it easy to pinch and zoom in on tiles or click into a Bing search. Windows Phone 8 Live Tiles look exceptionally crisp on this sharp display.
Today, a behemoth was reborn. The Samsung Note II is the newest contender in the mobile device world and it is making waves. The Note II is the result of a marriage between a smartphone and a tablet. As of late, Samsung has been developing products that are legitimate contenders to other dominant mobile device manufacturers (cough, cough…Apple). Let’s take a moment to compare the two.
I’ll start off with the big boy. The Note II’s sheer size is its defining characteristic. With a 5.5 inch screen, even a person suffering from the most extreme case of sausage fingers will find this phone a little on the large side. Despite this, there are some definite benefits to having a phone this size. Since it gives you all the functionality of a tablet with the portability of a cell phone, you get the best of both worlds.
byShelaghM10-12-201210:12 AM - edited 10-12-201210:13 AM
There’s a lot of buzz around Samsung’s GALAXY Note II. Although the unveiling is still shrouded in mystery, we do know that theSamsung GALAXY Note IIis going to offer a 5.5-inch HD display, quad-core processor, 4G LTE data speeds, two cameras, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Over the last year a surge of new and innovative Android-supported mobile devices have been brought to the market; and as a result of this, we’re starting to see an increase in the number of applications available to Android users. Linksys, well known for their high quality Wi-Fi routers, has just released a series of apps that give families more options for controlling and monitoring their household’s wireless activity and Internet consumption. After taking the new apps for a test run, I’m confident to say that Linksys is the router of choice for any family on the Android network.
As summer winds down you may be worried about getting your children back into listening and learning mode. With that in mind, it just might be time to ease their brains back into school mode. Why not pull out the Android tablet and have some fun with my top picks for education apps on Android?
I was with a friend last weekend that has a summer hobby of searching out yard and garage sales and searching for hidden treasures. I love seeing the look on her face when she comes across tableware she’s collecting, a piece of furniture she can re-purpose or even a good book to be rescued. It’s the same look when I discover the latest WiFi enabled gadget, a fun new App for my smartphone, or the latest accessories for my tablet; different strokes for different folks.
There’s no questioning that mobile devices have become an essential component for communicating with each other and the world at large. When was the last time that you were in a city park, on public transit, sitting around the boardroom table or in a restaurant without seeing someone texting, posting onFacebook, sending a tweet or pinning on Pinterest? But when does it all become too much?
on 07-23-201208:13 AM - last edited on 02-19-201303:56 PM by BBYJorge
Believe it or not, someone in this wonderful world of ours has decided to deem July as Hot Dog month, more specifically July 23rd is Hot Dog Day. I for one am a big fan of summer afternoons spent with a hot dog or two, or three. I’ve decided to support and National Hot Dog Month and Day this year with a list of must have hot dog Apps.
Many would argue that when camping, you must leave technology behind you. But, I say…why deny yourself of the things that bring you pleasure? I just returned from a weeklong camping trip. And while I disconnected for the most part, you could still catch me soaking up the rays by the lake while I was checking my Samsung Galaxy SIII from time to time. Last summer I tried a weekend away at a campsite with friends without my tablet and smartphone and felt naked the entire time. One can commune with nature and appreciate its simplicity and beauty with their smartphone in hand – trust me I’ve proven it.
There’s nothing more mouthwatering then the savory smells from your neighbour’s BBQ. Those smoky aromas wafting over into your yard are usually all it takes for you to dust off your own BBQ and spark up the grill. Sadly for those of us whose grilling skills are not at par, our neighbour’s cuisine seems just that much more delectable. What we hope to be a delicious dish can easily become a charred, tough piece of meat that ends up smoking out everyone on the block. Humph.
It’s a good time to be an Android user! If you’re a current Android user, or contemplating the benefits of switching to a mobile device that is supported by Android, take a look at the new Google Play menu option on the Google homepage.
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