April 30, 2013 at 6:25 pm | Posted in Samsung | Leave a comment


The good: The Samsung Galaxy S4 has Android 4.2.2, a fantastic camera, a powerful quad-core processor, and software solutions for just about every scenario — including working as a TV/DVR remote. It’s also comfortable in hand and has NFC, a user-replaceable battery, and a microSD storage slot.

The bad: Its screen is dimmer than competitors’, its plastic design gives it a cheaper look than its rivals, and we found the Galaxy S4’s power button turned on at undesirable times. Not all camera modes work as promised, and a long list of software features can quickly overwhelm and confuse.

The bottom line: Its laundry list of features require time and effort to truly master, but the Galaxy S4 is the top choice for anyone looking for a big-screen, do-everything smartphone.



April 30, 2013 at 6:20 pm | Posted in Blackberry | Leave a comment


Let’s face it: BlackBerry 10 isn’t going to be for everyone. There are going to be people who have purchased a Z10 only to find out it’s not the device for them, and some people might find that they prefer the Q10, which launches soon.

As such, you’re going to want to securely wipe all of your information from the device. With just a few taps you’ll be able to secure your data, ensuring it doesn’t end up in the wrong hands.

  • Before wiping your device, it’s a good idea to use BlackBerry Link to back it up. Erasing your device is permanent, and should you need information from the device at a later time, you’re going to be thankful you made the backup.
  • Have a backup, right? Alright, then go ahead and launch the Settings app and tap on the “Security and Privacy” option.
  • Toward the bottom of the screen you’ll find “Security Wipe”; tap on it. You’ll need to type “blackberry” into the text field at the bottom before proceeding. This is BlackBerry’s way of keeping you from accidentally wiping your device. After entering the keyword and tapping on the Delete Data button, your device will begin resetting itself to its factory state.


April 13, 2013 at 5:54 pm | Posted in Samsung | Leave a comment


The good: The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is comfortable to hold and has the best-looking small tablet screen yet. Writing with the S Pen feels natural and is preferred over typing on a tablet screen. Storage can be expanded via microSD, and the Watch On feature has potential as a universal remote/video content hub.

The bad: The $399 price is a lot for a small tablet, no matter its features. It’s not as thin or as light as the iPad Mini, and some people won’t appreciate the highly saturated look of the OS. Also, its face buttons sometimes get in the way and there are occasional performance hangs.

The bottom line: The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is a stunning tablet with a truly useful stylus, but it’s not worth $400 unless you’re an artist or prefer pen input.


April 9, 2013 at 4:16 am | Posted in HTC | Leave a comment



The good: The HTC One flaunts a stunning metal design, powerful quad-core processor, and a beautiful 4.7-inch 1080p screen. It runs Android Jelly Bean, takes great pictures, and has a feature-packed camera app.

The bad: Sealed case design means no SD expansion slot or user replaceable battery. The BlinkFeed software can’t be completely removed. The phone isn’t available on Verizon.

The bottom line: A few quibbles notwithstanding, the powerhouse HTC One is a beautifully crafted, near-ideal smartphone.

As HTC’s new flagship smartphone, the HTC One is packed to the rafters with top-notch components and technologies including some of the latest processing gear Qualcomm can muster. In addition to being state of the art, the successor to 2012’s HTC One X is lovingly crafted from premium metals, leaving no doubt that the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer has placed considerable blood, sweat, and tears into this handset.

Like all other smartphones, the One isn’t perfect — it lacks both an SD Card slot for extra storage expansion and a removable battery. The camera isn’t quite as revolutionary as advertised. Android purists may not love HTC’s Sense UI skin, and the One’s non-removeable BlinkFeed news reader isn’t particularly welcome.

That said, I can easily say the HTC One is the fastest, most beautiful phone I’ve ever used. It should be at or near the top of the consideration list for anyone looking for a phone on Sprint, T-Mobile, or AT&T — where it will be going head-to-head with the Samsung Galaxy S4.


July 30, 2012 at 4:24 am | Posted in iPHONE | Leave a comment

Apple has been on a social networking kick lately, what with Twitter’s footings in iOS 5 and OS X Mountain Lion as well as Facebook’s upcoming presence in iOS 6. From what the New York Times hears, that fascination could become more of a fixation. The company has reportedly chatted with Twitter in past months about the possibility of investing money on the scale you’d normally expect from a later-stage venture capitalist: the newspaper is talking “hundreds of millions” of dollars based on Twitter being valued at more than $10 billion. Any such deal would be less about funding (Twitter purportedly has $600 million-plus in the bank) and more about getting cozy in a social world where Apple still has some learning to do. Apple might equally want to dissuade competitors from getting any ideas, we’d add. Neither side will comment, and the negotiations aren’t even supposed to be active at present. Regardless, that Apple might have even toyed with a social networking investment could represent a major change in tack for a company that’s not always known for playing well with others.


July 30, 2012 at 3:45 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

It’s probably one of the most horrific things that can happen to a smart phone user every day – a dead battery. You know; your phone makes that sound telling you that it’s about to go out and you have about 15 minutes to adhere to it’s cry before it goes completely dead!! Ugh!! It gets on all of our nerves right? RIGHT!

So, let’s talk about way to ease the dead/low battery syndrome that our phones take us through each and every day.

Turn the phone off. This will probably be the most effective and simple way of conserving your battery’s power. Why? This will help conserve energy and also charge your phone. If you don’t plan on answering the phone while you’re sleeping or after business hours, just turn it off. Do the same if you are in an area with no reception (such as a subway or remote area, since constantly searching for service depletes the battery fairly quickly.) Some phones have an automatic power save feature, but it takes about 30 minutes with no service to kick in. By then, much battery power has been used. If you don’t need to receive or make calls but are using a smartphone as a PDA, disable the phone functionality (flight mode).

Stop searching for a signal. When you are in an area with poor or no signal, your phone will constantly look for a better connection, and will use up all your power doing so. This is easily understood if you have ever forgotten to turn off your phone on a flight. The best way to ensure longer battery life is to make sure you have a great signal where you use your phone. If you don’t have a perfect signal, get a cell phone repeater which will amplify the signal to provide near perfect reception anywhere.

witch the vibrate function off on your phone, using just the ring tone. The vibrate function uses additional battery power. Keep the ring tone volume as low as possible.

Turn off your phone’s back light. The back light is what makes the phone easier to read in bright light or outside. However, the light also uses battery power. If you can get by without it, your battery will last longer. If you have to use the back light, many phones will let you set the amount of time to leave the back light on. Shorten that amount of time. Usually, one or two seconds will be sufficient. Some phones have an ambient light sensor, which can turn off the back light in bright conditions and enable it in darker ones.

Avoid using unnecessary features. If you know it will be a while before your phone’s next charge, don’t use the camera or connect to the Internet. Flash photography can drain your battery especially quickly.

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