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Innovation Watch: Samsung Galaxy S5

Our feature for today could actually fall under the Product Review category but since it got a feature that many, if not all, consumers are looking for.. it might as well be discussed for its Innovation, and it’s no other than the Samsung Galaxy S5.

Unveiled just about last week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the S5 is “water” and dust resistant. Yes, it is.. and though it’s not yet water-proof, certainly it’s a big leap towards what we really need.

See, many manufacturers are just simply enlarging their screens with little to no progress towards flexibility where water is involved..

..oh yeah, the trend also includes some biometrics like heart rate and things like that. But know what, though the S5 also has this feature, the youth especially would not care so much about it (unless you’re real sickly or old) compared to mapping and its built-in camera.

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And speaking of cameras, the Galaxy S5 has equipped itself of a 16-megapixel cam. Hmm… with this upgrade, we can now say goodbye to digital cameras. Oh!

In the end, a smartphone would not be “complete” if its security is common – what with all the theft and hacking going on?! And for Samsung Galaxy S5, they now also have this “fingerprint” reading feature..

..with one swipe, you can unlock and gain access to your phone and its most secured data.

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Innovation Watch: pCell

Did you know that Artemis Networks has come up with a technological advancement that would make mobile data connectivity (like video streaming) run seamless and.. faster than it is today?

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Steve Perlman

Well, yes.. Steve Perlman has developed what he calls pCell or “personal cell” technology. And this network equipment could actually draw a signal that is unique in itself for devices that connects to the transmitter, and thus, taking full advantage of the bandwidth.

See, one major problem with our connections (shared mobile bandwidth) today is that when there are so many users – congestion makes connectivity jam up. But with this technology, we could now experience faster and uninterrupted mobile data – even with a ton of users as these pWave radios are small enough to be placed just about anywhere. So.. is it goodbye dead spots as well?

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Oh, just think of what Perlman told the Business Week, “…it’s like the wireless equivalent of fiber-optic cables. ”

Hmm…

At any rate, exciting as it may seem, the question would now be.. when would this pCell technology be available for the rest of the world, and “without technical problems” at that? Yes, it’d be set out in the U.S. before the year ends; but sadly, many countries (especially in their provinces) are just left too far behind.. even for as simple as the 3G.

Gaming Review: Flappy Bird – R.I.P.(?)

It’s been several days now since the phenomenal Flappy Bird was removed from Apple and Google Play.. and what do you know?

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The bird is still alive not just in millions of phones and tablets but in the heads of many as well.

Hmm… pretty amazing, huh? When you think about it, the game is just too simple to get addicted to yet how come many has even gone to extremes as a reaction to the pull out from Apple and Google store?

For one, you could have the game’s installer through Bluetooth, right? So why threaten or even buy mobiles with preinstalled Flappy Birds? Relax.

Well anyway, when one tries playing it.. clearly, a steady hand or finger is the key – what with a single missed tap and the game’s over?! And this is what, in fact,  makes it challenging. After 3 “game overs” or so, you just find yourself pushing harder to overcome those pipes. Oh?!wpid-FlappyBird.jpg

And so, despite the potential income for the Vietnamese game developer, we understand the decision of Nguyen Ha Dong to delete his creation.

Still, aren’t video games naturally addictive? It’s just a matter of appeal that the game has – graphics, challenges or what – that connects it with those hungry gamers.

For now, it’s game over for Flappy Bird.. and may you bring peace to your fans the world over.

Product Review: Nokia Lumia 1520

Nokia is trying to bounce back by getting bigger in mobiles. Yup, as you know the Nokia Lumia 1520 has a 6-inch display and hmm… pretty big for a regular pocket. But why go big when small seems to be the way to go?

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It’s a phablet not just a smartphone that’s why.

Ah, so are they trying to conquer the world of phablets? Seems to be. At any rate, let’s go through some notable factors on this interesting creation by Nokia.

First, though the size is the first thing that you’d notice with the Lumia 1520 – it’s its value and what comes with the size that matters more.

This means a bigger working area for you. Then again, does bigger mean better? Well, whether you’re a student doing school work, or a professional carrying out company projects – yes. But would you be willing to bring it in a bag instead of putting it in your more reachable pocket? If that’s the case, wouldn’t it be better then to just use a “separated” laptop and smartphone instead?

The next critical factor about Lumia 1520 is its 3400 mAh battery. Oh, it could actually last for more than a day with numerous texts and phone calls to boot. Even so, most consumers would certainly want even a 48-hour battery if possible, instead of having to constantly charge which just gives owners that hassle.

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Lastly, Lumia’s camera has addressed what many smartphones have not including that of its predecessors – which is the camera’s “shutter lag.” See, even if Lumia 1020’s camera comes with 41-megapixels, the value of fixing the “shutter lag” is far more crucial especially to those who value real time photography.

On the other hand, the “firsts” that were installed in Lumia 1520 is basically about speed; but then, what is speed if the operating system is a bit faulty? This is something Lumia 1520 has to address if it were to be a truly “top-of-the-mind” phablet.

App Review: Whoscall

And the winner is… well, you know who. Who else but “Whoscall”! Whoscall?

whoscall3Whoscall is an application designed to determine the origin of calls and text messages regardless if the caller’s number is on your phone book or not. Also, Whoscall helps you block callers you do not want to talk to.

Oh, that’s nice. But wait, what is this “winner” thing all about?

Hmm… it’s all actually about last year’s winner for Google’s Best Application. LINE Corporation in partnership with developer Gogolook utilizes databases of over 600 million numbers taken from the Yellow Pages among others.

But then, good as it gets, there’s still much room for improvement.

One. It is said that the offline databases are only available in Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and the U.S.. This means many of those who would want to install this application would not be able to maximize its capability because of this limitation – besides, we can’t always be online, you know.

Two. Many have been complaining that Whoscall does not work with certain phone brands such as Lenovo. If this is the case, what’s the use of the application then?whoscall4

Three. One of its system requirements says that the “use of battery conservation apps may cause performance issues.” Well, then we won’t be able to take “conservation measures” if we use this application?! Some trade-in, eh?

Lastly, numbers in our phone book would not be “automatically” collected by LINE Whoscall service. Key word: automatically. This means, it would be stored – eventually. So, what about our conversations?

With all these privacy violations nowadays, should we just develop some kind of “Morse code” to be used within our contacts? Hopefully, things gets fixed before another round of problems ring our phones.

How’s the Sun been?

Guess telecom companies should not give any sort of misleading claims or promos especially when they do not have a stable signal – for they could face many consequences from losing customers to legal suits.

As for what happened to SUN Cellular

See? Connection problems...
See? Connection problems…
Okay, but they're trying...
Okay, but they’re trying…

Despite the flaw, SUN is a good provider. They try to fix problems; but the problem is.. signals still need fixing. And.. they lack, at least, one more phone brand on their list – Alcatel.

The next page includes Blackberry and iPhone...
Basically a good procedure except…

Notice the last photo? Most known phones are listed but no Alcatel

The next page includes Blackberry and iPhone...
The next page includes Blackberry and iPhone…

…although FB Zero has now been working every now and then. Still..