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The Next Wave for the Wristwatch

[From Stephen Trew] Good article in the NYT on what your wrist may wear in the near future. “Cellphones have already muscled onto watches’ turf as a time-telling tool. Now, some of the biggest technology companies are eyeing your wrist, too. Companies like Apple, Nike and Sony, along with dozens of start-ups, hope to strap a device on your wrist. It is quite a disruption for the wristwatch, which has not actually been around all that long. Though said to have been invented in 1868 by the Swiss watchmaker Patek Philippe, it didn’t really catch on until after World War I. Before that, people carried watches in their pockets or on chains.”

More iPhone 5 pictures emerge.

 [From Hans] More iPhone 5 pictures emerge. “The parts don’t appear to be particularly revealing. We’ve seen similar componentsbefore with the exception of a close look at the new iPhone’s LCD screen.  The new screen is said to have increased to 4” in diagonal (up from 3.5”) while preserving the same pixel density as the current iPhone design. This would provide apps with additional screen space to fill. UBreakiFix also provided a zoomed in photo of the top area with serial numbers and LCD connector. ”

What’s Really Going On With Apple’s New Dock Connector

 [From Hans] I found this an interesting editorial, a more detailed look at the rumoured Apple iPhone dock connector. “The iPhone in your pocket right now communicates with other devices—most notably your computer—with a 30-pin connector. It’s been there forever; too long, in fact. Its size has become a limiting factor, taking up valuable space that could go towards thinner, lighter gadgets. In all likelihood, Apple is changing things up.”

Google is cutting Motorola staff.

 [From Hans] Google is cutting Motorola staff. “When Google acquired Motorola Mobility in May for $12.5 billion, many assumed the search company was only interested in patents. Now, though, it’s slashing 20 percent of Moto’s staff—and planning to have it concentrate on fewer, better phones. The New York Times reports that Google’s influence saw an announcement at Motorola on Sunday which will see the company close a third of its 94 global offices, and shed at least 20 percent of its entire workforce. One-third of those 4,000 jobs will be lost in the United States.”

Following the Olympics on my iPhone and iPad

 [From Mark Sweeney, Walsall] Sammy the UK did a sterling job with the Olympics, I’m very proud to be British. The BBC should be applauded for the great app they provided. I was kept up to speed with all the results, live text on the events and I watched SuperSaturday live from my iPhone even though I wasn’t at home. Well done BBC, you ensured I could follow the Olympics on my iPhone and iPad and for that you deserve Gold!!

Child proof iPhone

[From M Moore] My baby was playing with my iPhone, she somehow had gotten hold of it, you know what children are like. I had a scare when she dropped it from her chair onto my slate floor, I panicked. I thought the screen would be cracked. It fell to the floor face down, I turned it over and fully the screen was fine, no cracks. I was either lucky or the iPhone is childproof. Have a great week Sammie.

I really don’t know what I would without my iPhone!

[From John Austin] I really don’t know what I would without my iPhone! I’m sad to say that it has my whole life on stored on it. From contacts and address book to emails and notes, taking photographs is also a passion and I have some great images stored on my iPhone. I also record voice memos that act as reminders and I can email them to friends as messages.

Jailbreaking my phone has made me love my iPhone even more

 [From Cemar] Jailbreaking my phone has made me love my iPhone even more. There are some fantastic apps and utilities that I can use, developers have put a lot of effort and energy into enhancing the phone. iOS totally rocks and I’m thankful for my iPhone. 

Morning use of my iPhone

[From Nicholas Whittaker] I just woke up in a great mood listening to Coldplay on my iPhone, playing a quick game of Angry Birds and responding to emails from my parents. Have a great day Sammie from Australia.

New Galaxy Note coming soon, possibly before the new iPhone.

New Galaxy Note coming soon, possibly before the new iPhone. “Samsung wants to get the jump on the iPhone 5 by releasing a new version of its phone-tablet hybrid, the Samsung Galaxy Note, on August 29, according to a Reuters report. This will be two days before the consumer electronics show IFA in Berlin, where Samsung has a large presence. Samsung, the world’s largest mobile phone manufacturer, has been in a brutal war with arch-rival Apple. Both companies have been suing and countersuing across the world, but the latest battle will be happening outside the courtroom.”

Keep telling us how you use your mobile device

this site is based on your mobile device user stories. Keep your awesome user thoughts coming in. Share with the rest of our PalmAddict readers how you are using your mobile devices whether it be for business or pleasure, it can be an iPhone, iPad, Android smartphone, whatever phone you use, send your story in and I’ll post them on the site. PalmAddict is built around your stories and has been for over 13 years so please keep them coming. Send them to us at

Not liking the Nexus 7

[From Curtis Mistica] Curiosity got the best of me and I bought a Nexus 7. Sorry to say it guys but I hate it and I took it back, it felt cheap and not as responsive as the iPad. Yes I’m going back to using my iPad 3G.

From Blackberry to Samsung Galaxy

[From Marc Peterman] Hi Sammy, I hope you are doing well. Congratulations with palmaddict you have a great site. My mom just got herself a samsung galaxy, it’s a big step up for her, she doesn’t even know how to use her blackberry bold & now she’s using android. She likes the large screen and is and loves the colors. I’ll let you know how she gets on.

How Samsung phones were used in the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony

Good video on how Samsung phones were used in the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony last night. “This year’s spectacular Olympic Games Opening Ceremony featured the GALAXY Note and GALAXY S III. Martin Green, Head of Ceremonies for the London 2012 Olympic Games talks about the key roles that the Samsung devices played in the Opening Ceremony.”

Strong Demand for Smartphones in Second Quarter Continues to Drive the Worldwide Mobile Phone Market, According to IDC

 [From Ramon T. LlamasThe worldwide mobile phone market grew 1% year over year in the second quarter of 2012 (2Q12), as Samsung and Apple shipped almost half of the world’s smartphones. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, vendors shipped 406.0 million units in 2Q12 compared to 401.8 million units in the second quarter of 2011.

Samsung and Apple have more than doubled their combined market share over the past two years, which has created more distance between the companies and the competition. “Samsung and Apple have quickly become the global smartphone heavyweights though both employ somewhat different approaches to the market,” said Kevin Restivo, senior research analyst with IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. “Samsung employs a ‘shotgun’ strategy wherein many models are created that cover a wide range of market segments. Apple, in contrast, offers a small number of high-profile models. While both companies have expanded their geographic presence in pursuit of market share, the two companies will inevitably come into greater conflict as both try to generate additional gains.”

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