Apr 16

How Google Plans to Shake Up Smartphone Market With 'Project Ara' Modular Phone -

[From Peter Arts] This is a great editorial and I wonder why nobody ever thought of this previously. “Google’s “Project Ara,” an affordable smartphone with swappable and customizable hardware, could be the next big thing to shake up the mobile market. Details of the phone were unveiled at the first Ara developer’s conference on Tuesday, when leader Paul Eremenko announced it would go on sale early next year and retail for about $50.” Read in full

Who is already using Google Glass? -

Who is already using Google Glass? “Doctor Steven Horng has credited the device with helping to save a patient’s life who was suffering a brain hemmorrhage. Dr Horng was able to instantly check the man’s medical history, who was allergic to a specific kind of blood pressure drug regularly issued to prevent bleeding, without having to leave him to leaf through papers.” Read in full

Samsung Gear 2 review: much improved, but that doesn't mean you should buy it -

[From Hans] You have been warned. “2013 was the year of the smartwatch. In promise, anyway — maybe not delivery. Of the many, many different, colorful and unusual timepieces that would populate our blogroll, it was perhaps Samsung’s Galaxy Gear that made the most headlines. Why? Partly because it was a new product from one of technology’s biggest players, and partly because it was just so bad.” Read in full

Google's Project Ara wants to revolutionize the smartphone industry within a year -

[From Hans] This looks really good, I look forward to seeing how this develops. “The night before Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) division was supposed to show off the one and only functional Project Ara prototype to a room full of eager developers, someone dropped the phone and broke the display. At any other product reveal, this worst-case scenario would be a nightmare come true.” Deets after the jump

Apple Joins other Tech Giants and Wireless Carriers in Smartphone Anti-Theft Initiative -

[From Hans] This is good to see. “A group of smartphone industry giants including Apple, Samsung, Google and Microsoft, signed onto a voluntary program which was spearheaded by the US wireless industry that looks to incorporate anti-theft technology into handsets by July 2015. Given the name “Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment,” the initiative was announced by the CTIA recently as a plan to stymie growth of smartphone thefts in the US.” Read in full.

iPad helps personnel manager.

[From Wendy Morris] I’m a personnel manager and I use my iPad to schedule interviews and make a note of questions that I wish to ask candidates. I also use the matrix system which helps me eliminate weaker candidates and helps me base a decision on criteria that I set.

Using my iPhone to learn Chinese.

[From Mike Wright] Hi Sammy I am learning Chinese so my iPhone comes in handy. The Chinese keyboard is very useful especially when I am sending messages to friends.

Apr 15

How to Check If Your Android Device Could Be Hacked via Heartbleed -

[From Peter Arts] If you use Android then you would be advised to read this editorial. “Heartbleed is causing heartache on hundreds of servers all over the internet, but security researchers have also warned that the bug could allow direct hacks of Android, too. Here’s how to check if your device is at risk.” Read in full.

Prototype, details of Amazon's smartphone leaks out -

[From Stephen Trew] Amazon phone 1st picture. “Today we’re getting our first look at what may well be Amazon’s first foray into the smartphone arena, courtesy of a scoop from BGR. What we see here is a prototype, BGR writes, and clearly shows some of the interesting hardware features. A series of cameras on the front of the 4.7-inch device are said to be of the infrared variety, used to track your face and eyes to change how things look on the display, giving a 3D effect without the usual 3D hangups.” Read in full.

Will you be getting Google Glass? -

So will you purchasing a pair of Google Glass today? “The Explorer Program is designed for people who want to get involved early and help shape the future of Glass. To discover new places, sometimes we need to leave the map behind. And that’s what Glass Explorers do. They are the first to make, to tinker, to create, to shape, and to share through Glass. We’re expanding little by little, and experimenting with different ways of bringing new Explorers into the program. If you’re a US resident with a US shipping address, over 18 years old, and are interested in joining, you can sign up below.” Deets after the jump.

A week through Google Glass -

Watch this, interesting and insightful. “The BBC’s Technology Correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones tried out Google Glass for a week, documenting his work and home life. Google Glass will go on sale to the US public on 15 April for a single day, the company has announced. Apart from the opening, every image and video in the footage was shot by Glass.”

Amazon will announce a smartphone by June, according to WSJ -

[From Stephen Trew] The long awaited Amazon phone may be coming soon. “Amazon will announce its own smartphone by June, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal. The device is expected to begin shipping a few months later in September. Amazon has reportedly been showcasing early prototypes to developers in San Francisco and Seattle in recent weeks. The Journal also corroborates previous reports that the upcoming phone will be capable of displaying 3D content without requiring users to wear special glasses.” Read in full

Another day at the laundromat.

 [From Antoine RJ WrightSo, here I am at the laundry mat and I am working on my google nexus 7 tablet while also trying to see what I can leverage from my nokia n 9 smartphone. Things are good at this point because all I’m doing is looking at an outline saved on my phone. And then I am using evernote, because there are some notes that need to get into my phone, but I am not going to use the internet to put it there yet.

Antoine RJ Wright is editor of Mobile Ministry Magazine

Effect Stack, An Acceptable Image Editor For OS X -

[From Stephen Trew] Mac owners take note. This looks like a great image editor for the price. “Effect Stack is an OS X image editor that costs just $10 and weighs in at 3.9MB. It’ll process any image your throw at it, including RAW files, and its gimmick is that you can stack effects (hence the name) and shift the layers of this stack to switch things up.” Read in full

Leaked Image Appears To Show iPhone 6 Front Panel -

[From Stephen Trew] Rumour time - looks credible. “A single image showing what appears to be a larger iPhone screen has shown up on Chinese microblogging website Weibo. The photo — posted by user jiezhixc on Tuesday — depicts what looks like a current generation iPhone 5s being held up as comparison, showing how significantly larger the iPhone 6 could potentially be.” Read in full.