Sunday, October 13, 2013

Galaxy Round vs. iPhone 5S vs. Galaxy Note 3: Which gimmick is best?

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Maybe mobile device makers are running out of ideas. There's currently an arms race going on between companies as they race to be the first to do, well, pretty much anything. Samsung's Galaxy Note broke out an old accessory and made it new with the S Pen, the fanciest stylus we've ever seen; Apple equipped its iPhone 5S with a fingerprint sensor, turning your finger into your password; and now Samsung has unveiled its latest phone with a first: the Galaxy Round has a curved display. Why a curved display? Hmm ... why not? How do all these devices compare once you move past the gimmicks? We find out with a spec showdown.

iPhone 5S

Galaxy Note 3

Galaxy Round

You'll notice the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Round are very similar, as if the Round is just a Note 3 that someone sat on. The Round has a slightly smaller battery, likely because of the concave screen, but that saves it a bit of weight it won't have to carry. Other than that, it features the same camera on the front and back, the same processor, RAM, internal storage, and display size. The Note 3 does come with the S Pen, something the Round currently lacks. The iPhone lags behind in the screen, looking shrunken along side the two huge Samsung devices. But it keeps the pixel count up and competitive. Its internals appear to lag behind a bit, but the powerful A7 processor and M7 motion processor make up for the lower RAM and Apple optimizes its machines far better, so weaker specs go further.

Which special power do you want?
  • iPhone 5S Touch ID button: Apple's fingerprint sensor works really well. It doesn't do much except unlock your phone and let you pay for App Store purchases, but we imagine Apple will open it up down the line.
  • Galaxy Note 3 S Pen: Samsung has filled the Note 3 with so many pen-based gestures, you'll be hard-pressed to use it without the S Pen. The handwriting recognition is still slow, but the S Pen is the most accurate stylus on the market.
  • Galaxy Round: We can't think of a good reason why this exists. You can rock the phone to one side to show the time, but non-curved phones like the Moto X already have this feature (and it works better). We don't get it.

We're not sure what the price will be for the Galaxy Round - aside from an off-contract price of 1.09 million won ($1017) in South Korea - or when it will become available in the US or UK. What we do know is its a device you're going to want in your hand before you make a decision about it. It's going to be all about the feel with the curved screen. Playing around with all of these devices, especially with their unique gimmicks that aim to set them apart from competitors, will give you a better feeling for which is right for you.


Source: Digitaltrends

Sunday, October 6, 2013

OtterBox Commuter Series Wallet Arrives for iPhone 5s/5 and Galaxy S4

OtterBox is best known for making some of the most popular rugged 5s iphone cases otterbox commuter atrix for the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S4, and today they are adding to that line with a new OtterBox Commuter Series Wallet case.

The OtterBox Commuters Series Wallet case combines the protection of the popular Commuter series with a slot that holds up to three cards and one bill in a small slide out partition on the back of the case.

OtterBox boasts that this allows you to access your cards without flipping the case over like many other wallets and notes that the wallet compartment includes an audible click when opened and closed so you'll know your cards are securely tucked away.

Read: Best iPhone 5s Cases

OtterBox sells two models of the Commuter Series Wallet. The iPhone 5s and iPhone 5 model comes in black, white and grey and pink and light grey and fits both phones. Unlike the Defenders Series iPhone 5s case there is no need for a special version with a cutout for the Touch ID sensor. The Samsung Galaxy S4 Commuter Series Wallet is available in the same colors.

OtterBox sells the Commuter Series Wallet case for $44.95 for the iPhone 5s/5 and Galaxy S4 models with sales live on OtterBox currently.

OtterBox sent the iPhone 5s Commuter Series Wallet Case over and we've been using it today to get a feel for the new case option. The case is slightly thicker than the iPhone 5s Defender Series case we recently reviewed, but not too thick to use. The front of the case protects the edges of the device, and keeps any case parts away from the screen so it's easy to use the new iOS 7 gestures and the Touch ID on the iPhone 5s.

The case features a two piece design with a silicone inner and hard plastic outer shell. The only complaint about the back is that it is very slick and slides around much easier than a Defender case when on a hard surface. Flipping the phone face down solves this minor issue.

Three cards and one bill fit tightly in the wallet compartment, but removing them is easy enough to master. Three cards is the essential amount of space for most users as it can cover a ID, credit card and a debit card. While some users may have trouble slimming down to three cards every day, it will at least put your most used cards within reach. The wallet section opens easily and with a click. There is enough pressure that the wallet shouldn't open accidentally.

Read: Best Galaxy S4 Cases

The case covers the volume and power buttons with rubber covers for easy pressing and leaves the mute switch uncovered. The headphone and charging ports are covered with the soft inner layer and work with most headphones and charging cords.

OtterBox includes a self adhesive screen protector in the bundle which may offer some added protection from scratches. The OtterBox Commuter Series Wallet Case is not waterproof.


Source: Gottabemobile

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Cockeysville suspicious package turns out to be piece of wood

<doughp>Police are investigating a suspicious package reported in Cockeysville. (WJZ Video)

The Baltimore County police bomb squad was called to Cockeysville on Thursday for a suspicious package that turned out to be a block of wood with tape wrapped around it.

Officers were called at 10:55 a.m. to Wight Avenue, near York Road where the wood was found near a telephone pole, a police spokeswoman said. The roads were closed while police investigated, but they reopened around noon.

No one was injured.

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Source: Baltimoresun

Otterbox Introduces New iPhone 5/5s Case With Space for Credit Cards and Cash

Otterbox has introduced iPhone case/wallet combination, the Commuter Series Wallet. The $45 case includes space for 3 credit cards and a single dollar bill, while coming in black, white/grey and pink/grey color combinations.

The new case competes against other wallet cases like TwelveSouth's BookBook, as well as dozens of other wallet cases on the market.

- Multi-layer case guards against damage to your device
- Slimline design hides contents, keeping them safe and secure
- Self-adhering screen protector guards against scratches and scrapes to the glass display
- Access drawer holds up to three cards and one bill
- Audible click closure gives you peace of mind knowing your items are securely enclosed
- Access Wallet drawer contents without turning case over


The Commuter Series Wallet case, for the iPhone 5 and 5s iphone cases lifeproof echo, is available from Otterbox and other retailers for $45.
Source: Macrumors

Lunatik TAKTIK cases for iPhone 5s: Extreme peace of mind

Summary: Lunatik has issued updated versions of its ultra-protective, extreme lifestyle 5s iphone cases otterbox camo skin for the iPhone 5s.

Anyone who follows this blog knows that I am a huge fan of protective cases for mobile devices. Recently, I looked at OtterBox's latest Defender case designs for the iPhone 5s and 5c.

While I still believe that OtterBox is one of the better cases on the market, recent design changes in the product to accommodate the Touch ID sensor in the new iPhone 5s may have reduced the effectiveness of some of its protection.

So if you really want to add a little bit more fudge factor to your active lifestyle and increase your peace of mind when carrying these expensive devices, there's another solution on the market: The Lunatik TAKTIK.

Lunatik has two cases on the market to address active as well as extreme lifestyles. The TAKTIK Strike, for both iPhone 5s and iPhone 5, is a multi-layered, machine screw-sealed and thick "sarcophagus" enclosure for your mobile device.

The bezels are made out of an impact-resistant polymer, which is surrounded by a silicone, 9mm-thick impact truss, accompanied by PVD-coated steel hardware with aluminum port covers. This is a case designed to take the rigors of daily use and abuse and then some.

What I most like about the case is the tight fit from screwing the enclosure shut, as well as the high elevation of the bezel from the screen area, which is critical for protecting the screen from damage if it happens to fall flat towards the display area. At $60 for both the white or black versions, I happen to think the price is right for what you are getting, which is a lot of peace of mind for an otherwise fragile and slippery device.

Unlike the OtterBox Defender, the TAKTIK Strike does not have a permanent screen protector, but I don't think this is a major deficiency in the product's design.

For those of you with "extreme" lifestyles, there is the TAKTIK Extreme for the iPhone 5s and 5, which adds a secondary layer of Corning Gorilla Glass. This doubles the price of the case ($124) and it also, in the case of the 5s, completely covers the Touch ID sensor, leaving it usable as a home button only and thus requiring the traditional pin-code screen unlock and password entry for App Store purchases.

However, my guess is that anyone wanting to use this case on a 5s probably doesn't care about this issue.

Have you pre-ordered your TAKTIK Strike or Extreme for your iPhone 5s? Talk back and let me know.
Source: Zdnet

Monday, September 30, 2013

iPhone 5s vs iPhone 5c Comparison Smackdown - MobileTechReview


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Two iPhones released together: the times are a changin'. And that means you have to make a decision. Now for some of you, that will be easy: you either want the best that Apple has to offer or you're on a tight budget and don't need the fastest CPU or a fingerprint sensor. The iPhone 5s replaces the iPhone 5 while maintaining the same iconic and stunning metal design. The iPhone 5c reintroduces polycarbonate plastic (remember the iPhone through iPhone 3GS?) in a shape that's reminiscent of the iPhone 5. For those of you who are impatient: the iPhone 5s is the better smartphone. Why? It has a metal casing, a superior rear camera, Touch ID and a 2x faster processor. That makes sense, since you often get what you pay for. $100 sets the two apart, with the iPhone 5s starting at $199 on contract and the iPhone 5c selling for $99 (both are 16 gig models). But that doesn't make the iPhone 5c a poor phone; it's not. It's responsive, colorful and a breath of fresh design. It's an affordable way to get into the iPhone and iOS without having to buy an old model. Both ship with iOS 7, Apple's revamped mobile operating system and they share an updated and markedly improved front camera with larger pixels.

Display

The iPhone 5s, 5c and the older iPhone 5 use the same 4" Retina Display with 1136 x 640 resolution, 500 nits brightness and an 800:1 contrast ratio.

Winner: Tie

Rear Camera

The iPhone 5 had one of the better cameras on the market in 2012, and the iPhone 5c uses the same camera. That's not a bad thing because it still takes remarkably good photos and 1080p video with a minimum of fuss. It has a backside illuminated sensor, HDR and an LED flash.

The iPhone 5s uses larger pixels in the sensor for better low light shots and improved color rendition. It has a 120 FPS slo-mo feature. The resolution stays the same as the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c: 8 megapixels. Apple introduced the True Tone dual LED flash on the iPhone 5s, with one white and one amber LED for better color balance when using the flash. Low light photos definitely are better and night shots show detail where the iPhone 5c renders blacks and grays.

Winner: iPhone 5s


Design and Ergonomics

There's plastic, and there's plastic. For example, Nokia's higher end Lumia phones look stunning in polycarbonate. Though Samsung makes some lovely Galaxy and Note smartphones, their thin plastics with a high gloss shine don't scream quality. Apple went with quality, and the iPhone 5c, available in 4 bright colors and white, look simply great. The 5c is nearly an ounce heavier than the 5s since the polycarbonate is thick and strong, and there's a steel frame inside. It doesn't flex, it hasn't scuffed yet and it's very good looking. It's also slippery since the finish is glossy, though it resists fingerprints.

The iPhone 5s, like the 5 is a stunning piece of industrial art. The aluminum casing, finely machined buttons and glass insets make it one of the best looking and feeling phones on the market. Though this is somewhat a matter of personal preference (colors vs. metal), the iPhone 5s gets the point for quality materials and superb workmanship.

Winner: iPhone 5s


Horsepower and Performance

Again, the more expensive phone wins since the iPhone 5s' new Apple A7 dual core CPU with quad core PowerVR graphics is twice as fast as the iPhone 5c. The 5c uses the same A6 dual core CPU found in the iPhone 5, and it has a 3 core PowerVR graphics chip. That said, have you ever felt the iPhone 5 was slow? Unlikely. It's super quick and responsive and the same is true of the iPhone 5c. The iPhone 5s' new A7 chip is for those who want the best and for gamers who want guaranteed fluid 3D gameplay in next year's games.

Benchmarks

Geekbench 3

3DMark Ice Storm Extreme

Sunspider JavaScript Test

iPhone 5s

1363/2404

9951

422

iPhone 5c

692/1245

3306

713

iPhone 5

691/1289

N/A

901

Winner: iPhone 5s

No surprise: the iPhone 5s nearly all the points, except one: affordability. Though neither is cheap (especially at full retail), the $99 iPhone 5c is a great deal on contract for those who want a good iPhone now and don't want to spend $200 or more on contract for a phone. For those who want the best Apple has to offer and can afford it, the iPhone 5s is it.

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iPhone 5c Specs:

Display: Retina Display: 4" capacitive IPS multi-touch display running at 1136 x 640 resolution, 326ppi, 800:1 contrast ratio, 500 cd/m2 max brightness. Supports both portrait and landscape modes via accelerometer. Has ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, compass and gyroscope. Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating.

Battery: 1510 mAh Lithium Ion rechargeable. Battery is not user replaceable. Claimed talk time on 3G: up to 10 hours. Claimed standby: up to 250 hours.

Performance: Apple dual core A6 1.3GHz CPU (ARM compatible, custom Apple design). 3 core PowerVR SGX 543MP3 GPU.

Size: 4.90 x 2.33 x 0.35 inches. Weight: 4.65 ounces.

Phone: Available in GSM and CDMA versions, all with LTE 4G. Unlocked model available for use with any GSM carrier.

Camera: Rear (main) camera: 8.0 MP with 1.5 micron pixels, BSI sensor, f/2.4 five element lens and LED flash. Can shoot video at 1080p, 30fps. Has front-facing 1.2MP 720p camera with BSI sensor and face detection that can be used with Facetime video calls and Skype among others.

Audio: Built in speaker, mic and 3.5mm standard stereo headphone jack.

GPS: GPS with GLONASS and digital compass.

Networking: Integrated WiFi 802.11b/g/n (dual band 2.4GHz and 5GHz) and Bluetooth 4.0.

Software: iOS 7 operating system and core applications. Siri, iCloud, Apple Maps, Safari web browser, email, threaded text/MMS messaging, Stocks, Apple Maps, iTunes, App Store, Phone, Clock, Calculator, Photos, Camera, Voice Memos, Reminders, Contacts, Calendar, Notes, Compass and Settings. iLife and iWork suites are included as a free download from the App Store.

Expansion Slot: None.

Storage: Available in 16 and 32 gig capacities.

In the Box: iPhone, charger, Lightning USB cable and EarPod headphones with inline mic.

iPhone 5s Specs:

Display: Retina Display: 4" capacitive IPS multi-touch display running at 1136 x 640 resolution, 326ppi, 800 to 1 contrast ratio, 500 cd/m2 max brightness. Supports both portrait and landscape modes via accelerometer. Has ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, compass and gyroscope. Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating.

Battery: 1560 mAh Lithium Ion rechargeable. Battery is not user replaceable. Claimed talk time on 3G: up to 10 hours. Claimed standby: up to 250 hours.

Performance: Apple dual core A7 1.3GHz CPU (ARM compatible, custom Apple design). Multi-core PowerVR SGX graphics.

Size: 4.87 x 2.31 x 0.30 inches. Weight: 3.95 ounces.

Phone: Available in GSM and CDMA versions, all with LTE 4G.

Camera: Rear (main) camera: 8.0 MP with 1.5 micron pixels, BSI sensor, 5 element lens, digital image stabilization and True Tone LED flash. Can shoot video at 1080p, 30fps and slo-mo video at 720p/120 fps. Has front-facing 1.2MP 720p camera with BSI sensor and face detection that can be used with Facetime video calls and Skype among others.

Audio: Built in speaker, mic and 3.5mm standard stereo headphone jack.

GPS: GPS with GLONASS and digital compass. Has M7 motion coprocessor.

Networking: Integrated WiFi 802.11b/g/n (dual band 2.4GHz and 5GHz) and Bluetooth 4.0.

Software: iOS 7 operating system and core applications. Siri, iCloud, Apple Maps, Safari web browser, email, threaded text/MMS messaging, Stocks, Apple Maps, iTunes, App Store, Phone, Clock, Calculator, Photos, Camera, Voice Memos, Reminders, Contacts, Calendar, Notes, Compass and Settings. iLife and iWork suites are included as a free download from the App Store.

Expansion Slot: None.

Storage: Available in 16, 32 and 64 gig capacities.

In the Box: iPhone, charger, Lightning USB cable and EarPod headphones with inline mic.


Source: Mobiletechreview

Saturday, September 28, 2013

AXIS Introduces Camera Companion 2.10 - HispanicBusiness.com

Axis Communications announced version 2.10 of the AXIS Camera Companion software, a digital surveillance solution for installations of 16 cameras or less.

The new version of the free software client offers additional features to improve usability, mobile viewing and storage options, and will be on display from Sept. 24-26 in Chicago at ASIS International in Axis' booth #1034.

According to a release, AXIS Camera Companion 2.10 includes support for 360 degrees overview recording with de-warped views when zooming into the image. This allows users to take advantage of the benefits from Axis' 360 degrees fixed dome HDTV cameras, providing great overview and scene details with only one camera.

While most AXIS Camera Companion solutions record video directly to SD-cards inside Axis network cameras, the new release also includes support for easier integration of network-attached storage (NAS) when increased storage capacity is needed. A set-up wizard makes it possible to integrate any NAS device on the market and, for further simplicity, Axis has included automatic configuration in the software client for select NAS products.

"Usability is a key feature of AXIS Camera Companion, and the latest version provides end-customers with more capabilities to fully leverage the benefits of IP video for their small surveillance systems," said Fredrik Nilsson, general manager, Axis Communications, Inc. "While small systems have traditionally been limited to analog CCTV, the market is now moving to digital networked technology thanks to the new concept of having the intelligent network cameras be the recorder, providing HDTV quality, 360 degrees surveillance and truly scalable solutions with AXIS Camera Companion 2.10."

Unlike traditional surveillance installations, AXIS Camera Companion does not require a central recording device - such as a digital video recorder (DVR), network video recorder (NVR) or even a computer - to run. All video can be recorded onto a standard SD- card in each camera, and the cameras keep recording even if the network fails. The cameras can be powered over the network, eliminating the need for separate power cables.

More information:

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Source: Hispanicbusiness