Gadget Grave http://gadgetgrave.com Thu, 05 Mar 2015 14:00:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Apple iPad Pro or iPad Air Plus http://gadgetgrave.com/apple-ipad-pro-ipad-air-plus/ http://gadgetgrave.com/apple-ipad-pro-ipad-air-plus/#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 14:00:03 +0000 http://gadgetgrave.com/?p=5186 Apple has been working hard on its tablet sales, especially since their tablet sales have fallen four quarters in a row. What is new with the iPad? Well, there are rumors going around about a large 12.2” screen. What does this mean for the tablet industry? What are all the rumors saying? We will look at all the rumors in this one blog and let you read about all the rumors. I am unsure where Apple will take its new iPad but a 12.2 -inch iPad will be another addition to their long line of nice tablets.

 

It seems on November 28, 2014, rumors were met with leaked “Facts” about the upcoming newest iPad. The bigger iPad is rumored to be named either the iPad Pro or the iPad Plus. The leaked details includes a 12.2-inch LCD display and it would be roughly 12 x 9 x .28 inches but other rumors state that the display will be about 13 inches. Only time will tell about the size of the device.

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The rumor is that it will be called the iPad Air Plus. The possible processing chip in the device is said to be the A9. The iPad Air Plus or iPad Pro will have speakers on top of the device as well as on bottom. This will increase the sound quality of the iPad. It is rumored that the iPad Air Plus or iPad Pro will look like the iPad Air (hence the name) and iPad mini. The iPad Air Plus or iPad Pro is rumored to meet the demands for larger screens.

The rumored iPad Air Plus or iPad Pro is not really named yet, but the two choices are of course iPad Air Plus or iPad Pro. Writers are thinking that the name will be iPad plus, since there is the iPhone 6 Plus and Apple tends to keep the same theme throughout its products.

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The point that Apple wants to make with their tablets is to enter the world where tablets can be used as workstations.   At the moment, iPad tablets do not have the capability of doing more than one task at a time, it does not have the functionality of a laptop and it is a bit small to do any kind of work with the device for a long period of time. The rumor is that the iPad Air Plus or iPad Pro will propel the iPad tablets into this market, giving people the power, niceness of an iMac Air or even the new Windows Surface tablets (which are really small portable laptops).

The iPad Air Plus or iPad Pro has not been verified and all information are just rumors. Rumors have some truth to them but we will not know which rumors are real and which ones will go to the wayside.   With sales down for Apple tablets, Apple will be wanting to find a way to overcome this and become the number one tablet again and in a world where size is important, the bigger the screen, the better it will be to overtake the tablet market once again.

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http://www.phonearena.com/news/Giant-iPad-Air-Plus-design-details-leaked_id63328

http://www.macworld.co.uk/review/ipad/ipad-pro-or-ipad-plus-preview-3580947/

http://venturebeat.com/2014/11/28/apples-ipad-pro-may-launch-next-year-if-these-schematics-are-real/

 

 

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LinkNYC: New York City Free Wi-Fi http://gadgetgrave.com/linknyc-new-york-city-free-wi-fi/ http://gadgetgrave.com/linknyc-new-york-city-free-wi-fi/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 14:00:18 +0000 http://gadgetgrave.com/?p=6120 Public phone booths in one city are getting transformed. These symbols of times past will lose the telephone but gain something better, more useful- they will become wi-fi hotspots , charging stations and a place to make free wi-fi calls. New York City will become the first U.S. city to provide free Wi-Fi. New York City will transform of all its old public payphones to something more useful; they will place pylons that will have free Internet access. Once completed it will be the largest public Wi-Fi around. It will not be just any wi-fi but gigabit wi-fi. LinkNYC is being built by in partnership with CityBridge and the city government. CityBridge already has advertisers lined up to help support the free wi-fi and this is expected to generate 500 million dollars in revenue. Also, CityBridge has help with the building from Qualcomm, and Comark.   These partnerships will help New York City’s internet become 100 times faster than internet for the city government and twenty times faster than Internet in your home.   According to press releases, you will be able to download a high definition movie in about thirty seconds.

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Construction will begin in early 2015 and will take until the end of the year to get all the structures up and functioning. At the end of the building, there will be over 10,000 links that span throughout New York City and her boroughs. Turning the phone booths into interactive pylons is a great way to add to New York City. Each LinkNYC pylon will have advertising and a tablet. The tablet will allow someone to access public services, interactive maps and make free emergency and information calls. Also, there will be chargers to charge your cellphones and public service announcements will scroll. The pylons will be able to help with almost everything.

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If you are worried about signing into the largest free wi-fi system, do not worry, they have thought about that. LinkNYC will not only be the largest free wi-fi network, LinkNYC will be the largest free encrypted wi-fi network. CityBridge who heads the project is going to keep all money in the New York City area. CityBridge is getting a local company to build the pylons for the city plus will keep all other jobs local as well – from networking to maintenance adding around 150 jobs in the manufacturing, advertising and tech industries and around 650 support positions.

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LinkNYC is a great project for many reasons. Not only will those old phone booths become a forgotten memory, they will be replaced with something more useful. The pylons will add free Wi-Fi around the New York City area, giving everyone access to public information, give tourist interactive maps to help them navigate the city and will offer free encrypted Wi-Fi to span over the entire city and its boroughs.   Also, the project will add over 600 positions to theNew York City area thus boosting the economy in the area. Another great thing about the project is that it is free Wi-Fi. With LinkNYC becoming a reality, soon other big cities should follow suit. Not only offering the city free Wi-Fi but offering stimulating the economy, adding jobs and changing the face of relics of times long gone.

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Net Nanny http://gadgetgrave.com/net-nanny/ http://gadgetgrave.com/net-nanny/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:00:50 +0000 http://gadgetgrave.com/?p=6187 Net Nanny sounds pretty self-explanatory but what does it really do? What operating system does it run? Net Nanny is a program that you can download for a computer, Android or Apple device. Net Nanny has been around a long time for computers and has taken its programs to the smartphone/tablet arena to help parents have a piece of mind with the electronics children have today. Net Nanny can block based on content such as violence, sex or profanity. Each requires a Net Nanny account, which is free but the subscriptions cost money after a 14 -day trial. This blog will breakdown what Net Nanny does in Android and what it does in Apple as well as cost.

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First, Net Nanny is available on any Android device via the Google Play Store. The Net Nanny monitors activity, blocks inappropriate websites and content and you can limit apps. Parents have access to reports on the Net Nanny Console and it runs on Android 2.2 and up as well as on devices such as the Kindle Fire. The Net Nanny also allows remote access to configure and change settings, as the parent feels fit. Net Nanny can limit access as well as having profiles based on age that make configuration easier.   Employers to keep employees from visiting inappropriate sites by using Net Nanny and the App Manager lets parents/employers remote access to even uninstall apps. Some Cons are that if you do not save data, when updates are available it can wipe your data off the dashboard. Also, the monitoring software slows down Internet browsing and slow data transfer.

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Next, we will explore Net Nanny for Apple. Net Nanny for iOs has three defined safety settings, safe search enforcement, a profanity mask and browser settings to replace Safari. These settings include cut and paste, zoom, landscape mode, tabs and bookmarks as well as URL browsing history. Net Nanny can disable YouTube, iTunes and app purchases; this can prevent kids from re-downloading Safari or another browser that does not block content. Net Nanny for the Apple does not have as many features but does have more than Apple’s features. Apple allows you to disable Safari and other apps but does not have a way to prevent the reinstallation of apps (this can allow a browser and access to the Internet that is not filtered.).

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With Net Nanny, you have many options. If you are worried about your children and their access to the Internet, then Net Nanny is a great choice. Net Nanny is available on Windows, Android and all Apple products. This gives you the same platform across all devices. Net Nanny needs to add Xbox and PlayStation to it repertoire. There are some cons, like paying for each platform (Such as if you have a Windows laptop and an iPhone, you would buy both separately); this can get expensive if you have Apple devices as well as Android and Windows. Also, you would set up a Net Nanny account for each device. Soon, Net Nanny will have one “parental Control Room” account that will span across all settings and provide a one-stop place for all media types.

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Android Lollipop Security http://gadgetgrave.com/android-lollipop-security/ http://gadgetgrave.com/android-lollipop-security/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 18:49:33 +0000 http://gadgetgrave.com/?p=5706 Security has been a huge issue with the Android OS and there have been reports of malware showing up on Android Smartphones here recently and I have seen a few. These are not really all that bad, but if you visited some really shady sites and actually invited malware to install on your device that wouldn’t be good. Google has some built in protection already, by scanning apps on the Play Store in real time. Now with Android Lollipop coming out, there are more advanced security features to help keep your smart phone safe from malware.

Multi-layer security

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Android Lollipop will now come in a sandbox type of setup that allows apps to access only applicable and necessary data. There is even real time scanning on the Play Store and on your device. The security is really as foolproof as it can get. What this really means is that the system will look out for potentially harmful sites when you are using Chrome and supposed to keep them in check.

Android Lollipop will also feature SELinux, SElinux is a Security enhanced Linux Kernel, that implements access control security policies that is used by the Department of defense. It uses an under-the-hood scanning system that does its part at the operating system level. This makes dealing with any threat far easier and the monitoring is continuous without any let up. Android Lollipop will continue with the existing Google trend of maintaining Android pieces as standalone applications within the Play Store. This will enable automatic updates and quick access for users once it is done. There is also the new Webview which is a rendering engine used by Android applications to display Web content. This will ensure the administration of any security patches in a real time manner 365 days a year.

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The new SMART LOCK security FEATURE

Android Lollipop now has Smart Lock security implemented and that means you will no longer have to worry about leaving your device unlocked and risk that somebody might gain access to your data. It will work like the Trusted Bluetooth Motorola feature that is on some Moto devices. You will only need to set up a Bluetooth device like a smart watch or your car stereo as ‘trusted’. When you are near these, you will not to enter your pattern or PIN. When you are out of range, your device will automatically lock up. There is also an NFC option that is being implemented where in you can configure a particular NFC tag to function as a key to your device. This can be anything from a sticker, keychain or a NFC tag which then can be tapped on the back of your phone to bypass the lock screen.

Smart Lock security will also work with the face unlock futility that has been totally revamped. It now works faster and is more reliable than it has been ever before. Google now assures us that the Smart Lock security feature will get upgraded through the Play Store and it will not have to wait for firmware upgrades or releases.

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DEVICE ENCRYPTION

All the new Android Lollipop devices will also prompt the user to enable encryption at the first power on so that all your future data gets automatically encrypted. This is now another security feature that will make your device threat and malware free. That being said, with these new features your android should be the safest it has ever been.

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Windows 10 http://gadgetgrave.com/windows-10/ http://gadgetgrave.com/windows-10/#comments Fri, 20 Feb 2015 14:00:35 +0000 http://gadgetgrave.com/?p=5865 It sure seems like once every few years Microsoft has a flop operating system and then a really good one. While I do like Windows 8.1, the majority of PC users are not super impressed with its UI and functionality. Windows 8.1 looked to capitalize on the capabilities of touch as well as nice visuals to begin easing into its new mission statement of carrying an experience across multiple devices (tablets, consoles, laptop’s etc…). While the idea is nice, most people miss the start menu and other basic functions of Windows, while even more still don’t know how to use 8.1. Microsoft obviously has to do something to address key issues plaguing users and causing many to hesitate to switch. Enter Windows 10.

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I am not a Microsoft fanboy by any means. I don’t like to take sides when it comes to a operating systems and I believe each one has a specific purpose that it works really well for. That being said the beginning stages of Windows 10 look very exciting and it seems as though Microsoft may be poised for a turnaround starting with a very simple move, the reincorporation of the start menu. Hardly anyone bought the Metro interface replacing the start menu and I will say it could be clunky at times. Windows 10 will bring back the start menu while adding the beloved live tiles to the classic feel. No more fidgety switching between screens.

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The day was going to come when Microsoft incorporated intelligent voice control into its operating system and it appears to be a major part of Windows 10. With the implementation of Cortana as your new personal dictating secretary, prepare to be either amused or amazed at the lack of or amazing performance by this little gadget. If voice control is perfected in Windows 10 (heck even if its just good) this will be an incredible step forward for the Windows operating system. The demo videos I have seen seem promising and Cortana is a top rated competitor regarded by many respectable judges as one of the best digital assistants to date. Like many things that this company undertakes though it will probably take time to perfect and there are privacy implications to consider as well. While everything you do online is monitored either way, now every appointment, contact, event, phone call or even text message  that you use Cortana to setup will likely go through some sort of server somewhere.

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UI adjustments will make Windows 10 quite a bit easier to stomach graphically as well. Microsoft is aiming at creating not a similar product, but a familiar reliability and broken-in feel for its new highly customizable operating system. It is the hope that Windows 10 will become the new standard for productivity and a well evolved touch/mouse and keyboard capable system. From the early reviews I have seen the OS seems to simply work and mesh better especially when multi-tasking as the you may now switch between modern apps on the desktop as well as have multiple virtual desktops running. While all of these things do look promising they are subject to change and it’s always hard to tell exactly how an operating system will do until its fresh and golden out of the oven. We will see, and we will also be here to help you make the transition when it arrives. Come see us and get your computer optimized or cleaned up today. We do computer repairs of all types so just give us a call.

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The 5 Most Dangerous Computer Viruses http://gadgetgrave.com/5-dangerous-computer-viruses/ http://gadgetgrave.com/5-dangerous-computer-viruses/#comments Fri, 20 Feb 2015 14:00:12 +0000 http://gadgetgrave.com/?p=5199 Could your computer already be infected?

In 2014 cybercrime has caused a great amount of cyber-security incidents. Two Anti-Virus Companies have put together estimates that lose billions each year! Symantec estimated that cybercrime victims worldwide lose around $360 billion each year, and a McAfee study has put cybercrime profits at $933 billion a year. It is estimated that there are more than 150,000 computer viruses in circulation and 148,000 computers infected daily. Here are some of the viruses you should be especially wary of.

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Zeroaccess

This is known as the max++ and Sirefef, this is a rootkit that is responsible for numerous botnets that spread throughout millions of Microsoft Windows systems since around 2009. This one is used to download other malware on an infected computer and to form a botnet that is mostly involved in Bitcoin mining and click fraud, while remaining hidden on a infected system. Computers involved in Bitcoin mining generate Bitcoins for their controller, while the Computers used for click fraud will simulate clicks on website advertisements that are paid for on a pay per click basis.

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This one is a Trojan targeting Microsoft Windows that was first documented around late 2010. It was originally deployed as an application called “HDD Defragmenter” hence the name “FakeSysdef” or “Fake System Defragmenter.”

The Win32/FakeSysdef disguises itself as one or more of an innocent program that purports to scan your computer for hardware failures related to system memory, hard drives and even system functionality as a whole. They will scan the computer, show false hardware issues, and then present a solution to fine-tune the system performance or clear any viruses. They will then ask the user for a payment in order to download the repair update and activate the program in order to repair these contrived hardware issues.

Zeus

This is a botnet that creates malware and its main use is to collect data, steal identities and bank information. Zeus is especially difficult to deal with because it is not just one botnet – it can create others to steal any data stored on your computer. This is primarily spread through what is called drive-by downloads and phishing schemes. This was first identified in 2007 when it was used to steal information from the United States Department of Transportation, it then became more widespread in 2009.

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Alureon or TDSS

The Alureon (also known as TDSS) is a Trojan and bootkit that is designed to amongst other things, steal data by intercepting a system’s network traffic and searching it for usernames, passwords and credit card data.

Computers will usually get infected by manually downloading and installing the Trojan software. Alureon has been known to be bundled with rogue security software the name changes but the deployment is the same. When the dropper is executed, it will first hijack the print spooler service (spoolsv.exe) and write a file system boot sector at the end of the disk and then changing the master boot record to execute this bootstrap routine. It will then infect any low level system drivers like those responsible for PATA operations (atapi.sys) to apply its rootkit. It also manipulates the Windows Registry and block access to Windows Task Manager and even the desktop, sometimes it will block access to Windows Update and attempt to disable some anti-virus software.

Cryptolocker

This one is a particularly nasty virus, it was first discovered in 2013, is a Trojan ransomware that targets computers running Microsoft Windows. The CryptoLocker attack can come from numerous sources, one is usually disguised as a legitimate email attachment.

When this is activated, the malware encrypts certain types of files on local and mounted network drives using RSA public-key cryptography, and the private key used to de-crypt it is stored only on the malware’s control servers.

Then the malware displays a message offering to decrypt the data if a payment (through either Bitcoin or a pre-paid voucher) is made by a specified deadline. If the deadline is not met it threatens to delete the private key If the deadline is not met. Then the malware will offer to decrypt data via a online service provided by the malware’s operators, for a significantly higher price in Bitcoin.

 

The Cryptolocker has been cracked and can be defeated, but there are new variants that are still emerging. Most of the newer viruses I have ran across are more or less varients of the 5 main ones. In some instances the computer is so infected that a complete OS install is necessary. So that being said please be careful with email attachments, and if it sounds to good to be true it is. Stay protected my friends.

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Generation Tech http://gadgetgrave.com/generation-tech/ http://gadgetgrave.com/generation-tech/#comments Tue, 17 Feb 2015 14:00:25 +0000 http://gadgetgrave.com/?p=5308 There is a rising need in the global economy for tech savvy consumers and workers alike. Never before have children been exposed to such a large amount of tech early in life. Generation Tech, as I will refer to them, is a new generation of people who will never know what a life without digital was. Children will never know what it’s like to not have wireless internet around every corner. Most children by the age of two will be able to operate a phone that many of us would have trouble with. Is this because technology is becoming easier to use, or is Generation Tech just adjusting to the environment of an ever changing digital age.

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Check out what some people are doing in NYC: www.nycgenerationtech.com

Stepping back just 20 years ago would be an unbelievable time for kids today. No personal computers, very limited internet which was more or less designed so that universities could share research (sounds a little like a useful Facebook). The internet has blazed a trail and raised a standard for global communication. Generation Tech will never know what it was like to have to write a letter to let someone across the globe know how you feel. With the rise of SMS and other internet based communication platforms, this generation may even see the complete decline of the phone as a primary source of communication.

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While it is impossible to know what the future holds for sure, we can say with confidence that it holds better tech. If there is any doubt about this, look at how amazing most of our smartphones are. Listed below are just a few tech items that our smartphones alone have replaced:

  • PDA
  • Video Camera
  • Watch
  • Cameras
  • Music players (CD’s, Walk-mans etc…)
  • Watches
  • Wallets
  • Laptops (While they are still nice to have)

The list could literally fill this entire page, and to think there are items as simple as calculators that didn’t make my short list. It isn’t the time to be scared of technology in the sense that for the most part it helps us do things more efficiently. Sure it’s nostalgic to take a bunch of pictures and just see which ones “came out the best” but for the average user this method kind of sucks. Generation Tech is spoiled to taking multiple shots and seeing a picture instantly on their smartphone. If you could go back in time 20 years with just your cell phone (and hopefully clothes) you would baffle the masses at such amazing technology.

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While Generation Tech is very tech savvy as the name implies, it’s really sort of up to us whether or not they are life savvy. The implementation of technology in our lives is gradual because there is so much gray. If there was ever a time that we need to focus our efforts towards making useful technology it is now. If you feel lost in this new speed of light tech movement, or just need to know how to surf the web without annoying pop-ups let us know. We have highly skilled technicians on staff that can provide you with a tech solution for your life.

 

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge? http://gadgetgrave.com/samsung-galaxy-s6/ http://gadgetgrave.com/samsung-galaxy-s6/#comments Sat, 14 Feb 2015 14:00:53 +0000 http://gadgetgrave.com/?p=6247 The Samsung line has improved and continues to improve. With the Samsung Galaxy S6 in smartphone’s near future, there are so may rumors surrounding the Samsung Galaxy S6. One that appeals to me is that the Samsung Galaxy S6 will have a rounded edge (maybe 2 rounded edges!) but there are not any 100% guarantees for the Samsung Galaxy S6 with rounded edges but I say YES PLEASE.
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It is no surprise that I LOVE Samsung and have bounced between the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Note 3 (I think I want the Note 4 or the Note Edge BUT I cannot decide because the rumors abound about the Galaxy S6!). A reliable source (SamMobile) reported that the Galaxy S6 will be the new flagship phone and that it is on display this week at the CES 2015– including the concept of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge! The Samsung Galaxy S6 (and edge) is only on display for select carriers and what is believed to be accessory makers.

Other updated rumors: www.slashgear.com/

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The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge will have the same possible features of the Samsung Galaxy S6 according to rumors. The rumors have the Galaxy S6 and Edge with a qHD Super AMOLED screen that is about 5”, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Edge will have Lollipop with of course TouchWiz. The rumors about the processor vary; some rumors say the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge will have the Exynose 7420 quad-core and other rumors have the Galaxy S6 Edge with the Snapdragon 810 processor. All rumors stated that the Samsung Galaxy S6 will come with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage. Do not worry if that is not enough, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge will have a microSD card slot that will allow up to 128 GB card for extra storage! This storage maybe needed as rumors have the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge with either a 20 MP camera or a 16 MP camera (I am hoping for the 20-MP so I can take pictures that I want to blow up). None of these are confirmed but the rumors abound point in this direction.

Rumors expect that the Samsung Galaxy S5 Edge will be announced in February of 2015, as the Galaxy S5 was announced at the same time – at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. All rumors should be answered by then.

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I will contemplate which phone I want to have, the Note 4, The Note 4 Edge or wait for the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. All phones are great and if the rumors hold true the Samsung Galaxy S Edge will be worth waiting for- so can I wait for it? The rumored specifications for the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge have me on the edge of my seat waiting to see if I need to wait for the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge will be a beautiful smartphone with AWESOME specifications- as long as the rumors hold true. So, start your research before you buy a smartphone and then try to decide if you are going to go for a GREAT smartphone now or just wait to see what is the next GREAT Samsung Galaxy device.

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The New Way To Eat Oreos http://gadgetgrave.com/new-way-eat-oreos/ http://gadgetgrave.com/new-way-eat-oreos/#comments Wed, 04 Feb 2015 14:00:35 +0000 http://gadgetgrave.com/?p=4320 Austin, Texas has a massive festival that brings together “bright minds in digital technology, health, film, gaming and more.  The festival is called:  the South by Southwest Festival.  At this year’s South by Southwest festival a great invention was revealed (if you love Oreos).  The machine debuted at the event’s “Oreo Trending Vending Lounge” – a space that delivers “deliciously hyper-personalized and customized snacks based on real-time data collection.”  (http://www.3ders.org/articles/20140308-oreo-uses-twitter-to-3d-print-custom-cookies-with-trending-flavors-at-sxsw.html).  The machine uses techniques similar to 3-D printer to make the cookie with a variety of colors and flavors that you choose.  The flavors include banana, birthday cake, lime, mint and seven other flavors. (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2578658/Custom-cookies-click-button-Oreo-vending-machine-uses-3D-printing-technology-create-personalized-treats.html).

The design group is Maya Design built the machine that boosts a touch screen and allows its customers to see how the custom cookies are built.

The cookie part- either chocolate or vanilla – is lifted up.  The machine then, squeezes orange frosting in a swirl pattern and then white cream is filled in the gaps.  After the filling is placed, then another cookie is placed on top.  The cookie is transferred to the bottom of the machine for the user to collect.

Bonin Bough, VP of Global Media and Consumer Engagement at the food company Mondelez International stated that the company is “revolutionizing the distribution process by creating the cookies in real time with experimental 3D printing technology,” and uses Twitter.

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It takes the cookie-building machine takes the machine under two minutes to accomplish and it was free for people attending the event.  I wish I had been at the event because this would be right up my alley!  Also, people trying the machine could eat Oreo cookies that were based on trending social conversations on Twitter.

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The total flavors were sixteen and you could choose from four different patterns:  bulls’-eye, pie shapes, stripes and swirls.  The machine knows the exact amount of cream to place on cookie – 6.8 grams. Also, you could color your crème to any shade you wanted.  The cookies would be individualized to the person making the cookie.  I could have eaten a bright blue birthday cake chocolate Oreo (sounds delicious) or a chocolate cookie with banana and strawberry crème tinted green.  The possibilities are endless.  Hopefully they will add more flavors to try.

The machines will be traveling all over the world while testing and fine-tuning the prototypes so that eventually the machines will be available across the world and hoping for a place near me.  The machine is going to be used to test flavors and to “steal all the attention from the South by Southwest festival.”  (http://www.3ders.org/articles/20140314-3d-printed-oreo-cookies-had-the-longest-line-at-sxsw.html).

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I do believe- since I love Oreo cookies- this is the best idea ever!  I hope the technology grows and soon there are will be an Oreo Vending Lounge in every mall, maybe even Walmart.  I cannot wait to taste these yummy treats!

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My Note 3 Experience http://gadgetgrave.com/note-3-experience/ http://gadgetgrave.com/note-3-experience/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:00:48 +0000 http://gadgetgrave.com/?p=4318 I tested a phone that – in the beginning – I thought it was too BIG to work as a cell phone.  As a matter of fact, it took a good few days before I was comfortable with the phone.  Other than its size, the phone was AMAZING!  It is beautifully designed, with great features that make it worth the buy.

Also Check Out: Note 3 Specs and Review 

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First and foremost- the phone’s battery life was the BEST ever!   I used the phone for five days and I charged it two times.  I charge my phone once a day (unless I am on it a lot, then it is more than just one charge.).    The stand by time is 420 hours and talk time is 21 hours (http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_note_3-5665.php).  The battery is quite large but the whole phone is large.

Secondly, the internal storage includes 16/32/64 GB with the device supporting up to a 64GB microSD card.  You should not run out of room with your phone.  Continuing with the internal aspects of this phone – it is fast (especially compared to my Galaxy SIII) and it should be.  The phone has a quad-core 2.3 GHz processor (http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_note_3-5665.php).

Another plus, the screen is beautiful.  The screen is a super AMOLED capacitive 5.7-inch screen with gorilla glass.  The screen displays beautifully but the cost to repair the screen is steep (protect your phone in a case).

The camera takes great pictures.  It is a 13 MP with autofocus.  Also, there is a dual-shot feature, simultaneous HD video and image recording as well as touch-focus, face and smile detection and image-stabilization (so your pictures are not blurry).  The front camera is not as spectacular at only 2 MP but still snaps good features.

If you have used Samsung smartphones, the phone is set up the same but with better features such as the S-pen.   The S-pen allows you to “cut and paste” pieces of pictures, messages and anything else you need to save.  Also, you can handwrite notes with the pen and draw.  The pen is a great addition and my favorite part of the phone (as well as my daughters).

 

 

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The Action Memo allows you to quickly “write” a phone number, lunch order, plus you can erase and rewrite.  The Scrapbooker allows you to cut information you want to save and organize the information.  There is also S-pen apps and games you can download.  It is a great asset to the phone (http://www.techradar.com/news/phone-and-communications/mobile-phones/the-new-s-pen-on-the-galaxy-note-3-all-you-need-to-know-1194273/2#articleContent.).

According to Cnet.com, the device is gorgeous – the “tour de force in juggernaut handset design.”  It is bold, blazingly fast and is incredibly sharp screen plus has an amazing battery life.   The negatives were the expense, its size and the faux-leather styling (http://www.cnet.com/products/samsung-galaxy-note-3/).

The engadget.com stated that the Note 3 remains unchallenged in its category with excellent battery life, brilliant display and the top performance make “it an excellent all-rounder for those wanting a bigger device.”  (http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/30/samsung-galaxy-note-3-review/).  Of course the cons are the same.  Expense and lacking high-end finishes.

All in all, this phone is one of best phones on the market and worth every penny (as long as you can past the size).  Go out and try it yourself – you will get hooked to the design, speed and beauty of the phone. (PS there are several colors to choose from:  White, Black, Pink, Merlot Red, Rose Gold Black, Rose Gold White).

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iPhone 6S Rumors http://gadgetgrave.com/iphone-6s-rumors/ http://gadgetgrave.com/iphone-6s-rumors/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:00:59 +0000 http://gadgetgrave.com/?p=5167 The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have been released and the talks of the iPhone 6S have been stirring since right before the release. What is Apple going to do to make the 6S better than 6 and/or 6 Plus? All are rumors and with rumors, some come true and some do not- like the Sapphire Glass rumor. Below are rumors about what may/may not happen with the newly expected iPhone 6S.

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First, rumor has it that Apple is looking at glassless 3-D features for the iPhone 6S. At the moment, the Apple iPhone 6 does not support any kind of 3D display but Apple has received a patent for what they call “ Interactive holographic display device.”   Apple could work on placing 3D technology in its iPhone 6S.

Also, Apple has not played the megapixel war but has increased quality throughout their phones through the lens capability of the cameras but this could be coming to an end.   Apple is planning a major update to its camera for the iPhone 6S . It is believed that the camera in the iPhone 6S will be the best yet. The picture quality is supposed to be just as good as a DSLR. It is supposed to be completed by a new two-lens system.   Also, it is rumored that the iPhone 6S will offer a 21-megapixel resolution but will not increase the size of the lens.

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Now, we will to get to the bones of the possible new iPhone 6S and look at the design. First, the iPhone 6S may have a beautiful all steel body style. This style look gorgeous and will be water resistant- which is an area other smartphones have gone but Apple has yet. The screen size should be around the same, even though the concept of the iPhone 6S shows a smaller screen- I do not believe Apple will decrease the screen size. Also, rumors show that the design of the iPhone 6S is based on the iWatch concept.

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Rumors have it that there are many features on the concept that will never happen. One is the demise of the Home Button. Apple would not get rid of the Home Button- especially since it is the fingerprint scanner for the security features of the phone. The iPhone 6S concept has an embedded sensor, and that the volume button and vibrate switch should be combined. We will see if Apple merges the two volume buttons into one like Android phones.

Rumors surround the up and coming iPhone devices. What will Apple place in its new iPhone 6S? Will the camera really get an upgrade? Only time will tell. Since the rumored iPhone 6S is supposed to be released sometime in spring/summer of 2015, we will not have to wait too long to see the new design. Will the iPhone 6S really rock our socks off? Only time will tell.

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3 Android Features Not on iPhone http://gadgetgrave.com/3-android-features-not-on-iphone/ http://gadgetgrave.com/3-android-features-not-on-iphone/#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:00:57 +0000 http://gadgetgrave.com/?p=5214 How often do we compare Android with iOS each and every time Google and/or Apple announce a new version of their OS, fans of both sides take to the internet to argue who did it first, or who did it better. Most of the time, the two operating systems do borrow or adapt popular features from one or the other but a lot of features, even popular ones, often do not make the transition. That’s where you see a lot of the differences between the two in terms of features. Both Google and Apple follow a certain philosophy when adding features to their mobile operating systems and there are some things that neither of the big two will adopt (voluntarily or otherwise) from the other, Here are the three awesome Android features that will never make it to iOS, at least in the near future

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Battery Management

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The main reason why Apple is unlikely to introduce a battery-monitoring feature like that in Android Lollipop does not have anything to do with its sales strategy. It is more than likely a PR move; can you imagine iOS users posting tons of screenshots of how poor their device’s battery is performing. Battery life is what Apple keeps boasting about improving with each new device it introduces. Users already complain about battery life, and this is something that happens on all devices, not just Apple. If Apple were to introduce an app that has an accurate way to measure battery performance it would open the barn door for a lot of complaints and screenshots floating all over social media like Facebook and Twitter. Bad PR as we know from the iCloud hack and BendGate is really hard to shake off.

Guest Accounts

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Apple only lets you add a single Apple account to multiple devices. That is more for parental control than it is for allowing more than one person to use a single device. You don’t normally share a phone but iOS runs on the iPad and is like a family computer, it can be shared, However, it’s unlikely to ever happen for one simple reason; sales. Allowing device sharing could impact sales of the iPad. Since the iPhone 6 is already cutting into iPad sales. I cannot imagine a world where an iPhone can replace an iPad, It all comes down to money and device sharing doesn’t help Apple much.

Google Camera App

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I’ve heard it everywhere; there is nothing like the Google Camera app. It is true the iPhone may boast a great camera and everything, but the camera app itself has just only got exposure adjustment but it still doesn’t hold a candle to the blur effect in Google Camera. There is nothing app wise for iOS that can even come close to it and it is hard to find anything for free. Google Camera is free, and it actually helps take great pictures. Now why isn’t this coming to iOS? It’s because Google will not give anything that great to iOS. Apple will probably develop something like it, or really close to it, or maybe not. Don’t get me wrong, Apple has a proven wonderful device, but these Android features just work PERIOD.

 

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Parental Monitoring Apps http://gadgetgrave.com/parental-monitoring-apps/ http://gadgetgrave.com/parental-monitoring-apps/#comments Wed, 24 Dec 2014 14:00:08 +0000 http://gadgetgrave.com/?p=6161 Worry about giving your child a smartphone? Worry that your teen is accessing inappropriate websites? Well, there are ways to monitor your children without taking their phone from them. How do you do this? How do you know things are not deleted? You download apps. Apps that will allow you, as a parent, to monitor your child’s websites, text messages, social media sites and app purchases exist and we will look at which ones work and which one don’t. I will also discuss which ones do what so you can make a decision on which app will work for you.

First, there is the ParentKit for iOS. When you open a ParentKit account, it will give you access to develop a profile. This profile is yours and from here, you assign different kids profiles and send them emails. From the email, you download and install. For smaller children, they will not see the app and will not be able to remove the app but teenagers may be able to delete but you can add a passcode to prevent this; and if they do figure out the passcode and delete- a flip phone is now their new best friend. With the app installed, you can monitor everything. This app gives you access to texts, apps, and allows monitoring and blocking of the Internet. This parental monitoring app will cost about $25 for 6 months (there is a free trial).   This app is a great buy for what it does. Check it out and see if it will work for you.

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Anotherparental monitoring app is Funamo. This app is for Android but is a great app to use. First, this app gives you complete parental monitoring of your child’s phone. There is a comprehensive list of things you can do. First, you can filter the Internet on any and all web browser. The Funamo has a patent pending on its web blocking technology. This blocks pornography web sites, allows safe browsing and this includes things like YouTube, Bing, Google and Yahoo search bars. Parental monitoring includes filtering by keywords and phrases that a parent specifies. Any pages with this keywords and phrases will be blocked. The fee is about $20 per service you use (one time fee). This is a great feature because you can pay for just the services you need.

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These two parental monitoring apps are great but there are limitations. First, each one is just specific to either Apple or Android and cannot cross operating systems. Next, both have a cost to it, neither expense is bad but you should research more to determine which one will fit your family needs.   Both do have at least 3 of out 4 stars.

For parental monitoring, there are plenty out there. The two parental monitoring apps listed in this blog are the top for Android and iOS. In the next blog, there will be parental monitoring apps that span across both iOS and Android. Be looking on ways to protect your children or to keep them from accessing inappropriate websites, music videos or downloading games.

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Snapdragon 810 http://gadgetgrave.com/snapdragon-810/ http://gadgetgrave.com/snapdragon-810/#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 14:00:07 +0000 http://gadgetgrave.com/?p=6139 Ok we are going to talk about a new chip coming out next year that is going to show up in the new devices coming out next year. The Snapdragon 810 will replace the current 805 that is currently in the 2014 flagships. We will look at the specs and what to expect from this chipset.

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Here is what is happening so far, Qualcomm is doing away with its “Krait” Architecture that it has used in the past since the Snapdragon S4 came out in 2012. It will now use the of the shelf designs from ARM, the 64-bit Cortex A57 and the Cortex A53. There will be a pair of 4 Cores in the Snapdragon 810 for a total of eight. ARM calls those the “big.LITTLE” this should make the Cortex A57 do the heavy processing and the Cortex A53 to do the lighter tasks to save on power usage. All eight cores n the Snapdragon 810 are capable of being active at the same time but there aren’t many apps that can handle it. Right now we don’t have any numbers on how well the Snapdragon 810 will perform but I am hoping the clock speeds and performance are up to par with previous chips.

On the Snapdragon 810 it’s 64 bit processor is more important than performance, with Apple dropping the A7 last year it wouldn’t seem that Qualcomm would drop its custom “Krait” architecture. I would expect the “Krait” comeback at some point in time assuming that they didn’t have 64-bit designs in development last year, and makes more sense in the short term scenario.

The Qualcom Snapdragon 810 will still use the Adreno GPUs for graphics. Qualcomm says the new Adreno 430 will be faster than the old 420, also consume less power! The Qualcomm Adreno will still work with the current API and the same resolution as its predecessor. The Snapdragon810 will support 4k screens as it becomes more common but the improvements will be minor and will be more than likely unnoticeable by the normal user.The Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 will compliment rather than replace the 5GHz

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The Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 will compliment rather than replace the 5GHz wifi for now instead of the new 802.11ad. The range is limited band has trouble passing through walls and other barriers. Finally the Snapdragon 810 will be Qualcomms first chip to be built on the new 20nm process down from the previous 28nm it has been using in the past. This according to TSMC will use 25 percent less power, and improve performance and keep power consumption low. The last feature to make note of is a kill switch that is implemented into the hardware. Legislators are already passing laws that will require all smartphones to support remote data wiping and locking to deter device theft and data theft. Android, iOS, and others already support this feature in software, but Qualcomm’s “Safeswitch” will add an extra layer of protection.

We can expect the Snapdragon 810 to show up in flagship phones and tablets early next year. We can expect flagships Samsung and HTC will be among the first to include it. We should be ready for some pretty powerful phones next year and I for one am very excited to see what come out!

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Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro http://gadgetgrave.com/lenovo-yoga-tablet-2-pro/ http://gadgetgrave.com/lenovo-yoga-tablet-2-pro/#comments Sat, 20 Dec 2014 14:00:17 +0000 http://gadgetgrave.com/?p=6129 The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro has been released and on the surface, this is the best thing since the invention of chocolate. The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro is a 13-inch tablet with a built-in projector. Yes, that is right, the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro has a built-in projector and it is slim and beautiful.

The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro comes with an Intel Atom Z3745 Bay Trail processor, 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal flash storage and it has a microSD card slot that you can expand the memory to 64 GB.   The rear camera is a bit lack luster with just a mere 8 megapixel and no flash. The front facing camera is not too shabby though with a 1.6 megapixel camera.  The Yoga Tablet 2 Pro comes with JBL 2.1 speakers and a 5W subwoofer.  The Yoga Tablet 2 Pro will come with KitKat installed as well.

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The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro is not going to be the fastest or best tablet on the market BUT it is slim with a built-in kickstand so that you can watch movies and videos without holding the device. The thing that makes this tablet one to consider buying is the projector feature.

There are some issues with the tablet though. First, Lenovo has its own version of Android. The Lenovo version of Android does not offer an   app drawer- so all your apps are on the screens. Also, there is a lot of bloatware on the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro. This tablet may be easier for Android newbies as it is easy to navigate due to the simplicity of the software and all the pre-loaded apps but those experienced with Android maybe a little turned off by the features.

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Do not overlook buying this tablet. Remember, it maybe a decent tablet but it is also a projector. The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro is great for those who need to do presentations- business or school. Also, the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro is great for those in college- you can watch movies and other shows from your tablet onto your wall. What is the projector like? Well, it is not in HD and it is a bit lack luster, with complaints that the picture is a bit dim BUT just remember, you could spend 300-400 bucks on a decent projector and still spend more money getting a decent tablet. The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro will dent your pocketbook by $400 or so. This make the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro a great buy!

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The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro has a beautiful, sleek design, which fools you because it is a bit heavy. The Yoga Tablet 2 Pro offers good specifications and adds the bonus of a built-in kickstand as well as a projector. For work or play, the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro is worth a look. For novice Android users, it is easy to use and comes with many pre-installed apps. For those who love Android, the simple, striped down version of Android may be a struggle. The projector is a good feature. For those who do business presentations, no more need to hook up to a projector as you will have one. For those who want to watch movies from a tablet, push a button and you can watch on your wall. Go check out the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro- it will be worth the dough!

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Win a iPad Mini or a Xbox One http://gadgetgrave.com/win-ipad-mini-xbox-one/ http://gadgetgrave.com/win-ipad-mini-xbox-one/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:15:41 +0000 http://gadgetgrave.com/?p=6221 Enter to Win a Free iPad Mini or Xbox One – Your Choice! (Read and share!)

It’s simple! Like and Share the Facebook Post (http://on.fb.me/1sHuT8t) for your chance to win a iPad Mini or a Xbox One!

How to get your name in the drawing for a better chance to win? For every $25 you spend in the store, ask the sales associate assisting you to enter your ticket number for a chance to win a FREE iPad Mini or Xbox One – your choice!  The drawing will be held on the 2nd of January, 2015!  Entering the drawing only requires your name, phone number, and email address!  Like us on Facebook to keep track of our amazing deals coming at the first of the year!

The holiday seasons can be such a rush to find some of those perfect gifts for your loved ones.  Sometimes it is just as simple as getting some clothes, or as complicated as deciding which phone to purchase!  Gadget Grave has the best customer service in the area and is ready to meet all of your smartphone, tablet, and computer repair needs!  With the finest technicians in the area, we provide quality, same-day repair on most of the world’s newest portable technologies.  If we don’t have your part in stock, we will order it!  We also sell new and used devices that are backed with the most honest warranty in the area.

Merry Christmas from Gadget Grave, and Happy New Year!

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 tips http://gadgetgrave.com/samsung-galaxy-note-4-tips/ http://gadgetgrave.com/samsung-galaxy-note-4-tips/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:34:12 +0000 http://gadgetgrave.com/?p=6209 The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is not just a beautiful phone but it is one that has some great features. We will look at some tips to help you get the most out of your Note 4. Some are known, while others are not. I will discuss these tips and explain how to enable or disable the features.

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Don’t you hate when you are out and cannot charge your phone.   This happens to me all the time, especially when I work all day and then go to straight to a sporting event. Well, the Note 4 has a great feature. You can turn on Ultra Power Saving mode. This is a great tip because when you turn Ultra Power Saving on your Note 4, you can extend the battery life exponentially. You can access the Ultra Power Saving Mode 2 ways. First, you can go to Settings, Power Saving and then select Ultra Power Saving Mode. When you turn this on, it restricts the phone, does not allow apps to access the Internet. You can add apps or whatever you want to the power saving mode screen- if you need them. At about 50%, you can last 7 days in ultra power saving mode.

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Another tip is that you can take pictures with you volume keys. Since the Note 4 is large. Taking pictures can be a little difficult. Using the volume buttons to take pictures will make it easier. To do this, go to the camera app and select settings. When the setting menu is open, select advanced settings by pressing 3 little dots. There is a section labeled “The Volume Key.” You can select the take a photo, start a video or zoom with the volume keys.

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The next tip is in the same location!   It is all about how to work the camera settings on the Note 4. In the camera settings, you can adjust your picture and video quality. Also, you can enable HDR as well as image stabilization and a pleather of other settings to help you become a professional smartphone photographer.

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Lastly, another tip is to adjust the vibration on the Note 4. The Note 4 vibrator is strong enough to move the Note 4 off the table. You can adjust the vibration to match the level you need. Adjusting the vibration can help save the battery as well. To change the vibration settings, go to the settings and then select sound. From there, select vibration intensity to change the intensity or to turn off.

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There are so many more tips to personalize your phone. You can go to the Personalization in Settings and look at all the cool stuff there. Your Note 4 has a Guest Mode, you can backup and there is a blocking and private mode. Start looking at all the options available to you. The best tip I can give you is to explore your Note 4, test each of the features, play with settings and make it yours. The best part of owning an Android is that you can it exactly what you want it to be and exclusive to you.

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Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet http://gadgetgrave.com/sony-xperia-z3-tablet/ http://gadgetgrave.com/sony-xperia-z3-tablet/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:00:44 +0000 http://gadgetgrave.com/?p=6146 Sony has done it again. Sony has developed a great new tablet that will rival the iPad Mini and it is the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact.   The Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact will become the slimmest and lightest tablet to date. Sony has already developed the Xperia Z1 and Z2 that are large but the Xperia Z3 will have an 8-inch screen and weigh less than 10 ounces. Let’s look at the specifications of the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact.

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First, the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset that is a quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait processor plus an Adreno 330 graphics card. The Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact 16 GB internal storage and has a microSD slot that supports up to 128 GB microSD card. The Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact has 3 GB of RAM as well. The rear camera is 8.1 megapixels while the front is a 2.2 megapixel both video in 1080p at 30fps.

What is great about the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact? It is dust proof and water resistant up to 1 meter deep for 30 minutes! Yes, the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is waterproof! This is a great asset to have with children. But it gets better. The display is TFT LCD that has shatterproof glass and an oleophobic coating. This means that this screen should not break!

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The Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact still has some of the same features that Sony products are known for. The Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact can be used as a controller for the Playstation 4. Also, even though the camera is only 8 megapixels, there is software that adds to the camera’s value. The Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact combines an extremely thin base with a shatterproof and waterproof build. If this holds true than the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is not just the World’s thinnest and lightest tablet but it is the strongest.

Sony has not added the very best features into its Xperia Z3 Compact Tablet but it has added features that could be just as important. When shopping for a tablet, there are several factors to consider. First and foremost, who is it for? You do not want to get a tablet that is easily broken to a kid or a cheap tablet that will not run anything within a year or two- but one that can last through the test of times. The Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is one of be better tablets on the market.

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While there are tablets that have better features, there is not a tablet that is as thin as the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Tablet or as light as the Xperia Z3 Compact Tablet. Also, consider the fact that it is nearly indestructible. That means that you should not be able to crack it or get water in it- up to a point. Do not push these features too far as the water resistant is only for 30 minutes up to a meter deep and I have not seen anything that could not be cracked. Go and try out the Sony Xperia Tablet Compact- it is worth your time and your money.

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5 online Programming Resources for Beginners http://gadgetgrave.com/5-online-programming-resources-beginners/ http://gadgetgrave.com/5-online-programming-resources-beginners/#comments Fri, 12 Dec 2014 14:00:49 +0000 http://gadgetgrave.com/?p=6078 There is a point in time where everyone wants to learn program, especially when you’re a geek, nerd or whatever. People put those labels on us all the time. We are just technologically adept. But if you want to learn to code here are some sites to help. Whether you want to learn Java, HTML or CSS. Even if you don’t plan on being a developer these should be enough to wet your whistle. So lets get started!

Zach Sims is the co-founder of Codecademy says that learning code is easier for beginners especially if you’re under 18. The key to programming is “learn by doing”, start off easy and learn by repetition, there are many sites to help with your journey for programming.

 

  1. Scratch

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Scratch is a MIT project that has a graphical interface. It’s graphical processing language (“Scratch”) makes animated characters on the screen move. Scratch isn’t something you can build a website or a program with, but it does teach algorithmic thinking also the basic concepts of computer language, and it can smith out the transition to HTML and CSS for sure. This is also great for children to start with as it is fun and they learn from doing cool things.

 

  1. Code.org

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The mission with Code.org is to expand the number of students, with acess to the learning tools it has for programming languages. There are exercises available that are formatted lile games with drag-and-drop tiles, also users can see the code as they are building it during the many challenges and when they are done.

 

There is one where you can make Elsa from Frozen walk 90 pixels, turn left 90 degrees and walk back, just by typing “moveForward(90);turnRight(90);moveForward(90);” this in Javascript!

 

  1. Codecademy

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As soon as you sign up with Codecademy, you can learn to design your own website with CSS and HTM, and make your name animated by using Javascript. Codecademy helps by letting you write a line of code, and see what happens instantly, instead of having a instructor watch you. You will also benefit from being asked to build lnown websites like Etsy, with a program called Ruby on Rails.

 

  1. CS50

CS50, Harvard University’s intro to computer science course currently enrolls more that thousands of online students and more than 800 in-class. The syllabus includes general concepts and languages, and has videos and problem sets online to let students everywhere around the world follow along. This is not hands-on as some of the others but it is more traditional as in computer science, but you should check it out anyway.

 

  1. Treehouse Club

Ok Treehouse is not free, it costs $25 bucks for the basic plan and $49 bucks for the pro. If you are into a more in-depth learning environment with access to workshops and interviews this is for you. Treehouse has special tracks for web design and iOS development for those users have specific interests in mind for their programming education.

 

Ok, there you have it! This should get you started on programming. Remember to have fun, and don’t get frustrated. You will quickly learn to code and have another skill under your belt.

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Nokia N1 http://gadgetgrave.com/nokia-n1/ http://gadgetgrave.com/nokia-n1/#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 14:00:31 +0000 http://gadgetgrave.com/?p=5053 You may think that Nokia is completely owned by Microsoft but in fact, Nokia only sold its phone making division to Microsoft and is now hitting the tablet market. The Nokia N1 is coming soon to a store shelf near you and it is a nice tablet- if you have ever wanted an iPad Mini Android version.

Yes, Nokia is entering the tablet market and YES the Nokia N1 is set to be a great tablet with a nice design. Nokia’s N1 has improved the Apple iPad Mini design. The Nokia N1 has a slightly larger screen than the iPad Mini: 7.9-inches verses 7.87-inch. The Nokia weighs slightly less at 318g and is slightly thinner at 6.9mm verses 7.5mm.

 

 

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The Nokia N1 will have an IPS LCD screen that will be Quad HD as well as the Corning Gorilla Glass 3 plus an Intel Atom Z3580 Quad core 2.3 GHz processor. Also, the Nokia N1 comes with 32 GB of internal space and 2 GB of RAM. The storage that the Nokia N1 has is not too bad but it would be nice to have a microSD card slot to expand your memory, if you wanted. At least it is higher than some other models that have just 8 or 16 GB and not external storage options.

The rear camera on the Nokia N1 is just an 8 megapixel but it does have autofocus and geo-tagging. Also, you can video in 1080p HD. The front camera is a nice- at 5 megapixels. The 5 megapixel front camera is becoming the standard on tablets and smartphones and with the world of Selfies, having a good front camera is a bonus.

One thing the Nokia N1 has that is a first on tablets is the USB Type-C socket. The Nokia N1 will have a reversible USB ports. The technology is a great asset to the industry and will be quite useful.

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Another thing that will be a first on the Nokia N1 is Nokia’s Android launcher, Z Launcher as well as Google’s Lollipop. The Nokia Z Launcher has simplified the home screen with the way it displays apps and allows for you to completely customize your home screen.

Critics believe that the Nokia N1 will be a great competitor for the iPad Mini. The Nokia N1 was similar shape, size and even meets the hardware standards of Apple. The Nokia N1 is Android and a great tablet. The specifications are outstanding and the Nokia N1 will cause rival tablets to take a second look. The Nokia N1 will come in two different colors: Natural Aluminum and Lava Gray.

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What does the Nokia N1 bring to the tablet market? The Nokia N1 brings a great looking device, similar to the look of the iPad Mini. The Nokia N1 has a great processor, sufficient internal storage and a fair amount of RAM. A great thing about the Nokia N1 is that the tablet will have a 5-megapixel front facing camera for selfies or using Skype. The Nokia N1 was just announced and will release in China first- around February and will finally release in the United States soon.

I believe that the Nokia N1 will give tablet fans another great choice and decisions will become increasingly hard.

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Google X: Nano Pill to seek Cancer Cells and other diseases http://gadgetgrave.com/google-x-nano-pill-seek-cancer-cells-diseases/ http://gadgetgrave.com/google-x-nano-pill-seek-cancer-cells-diseases/#comments Mon, 08 Dec 2014 14:00:19 +0000 http://gadgetgrave.com/?p=4755 Google X announced that it is working on a Nano Pill that will seek out cancer cells as well as detect other diseases earlier than we do now. The Nano Pill will revolutionize the medical industry as we know it and possibly end deaths from cancer and other diseases.

 

Google X plans to use tiny elements that are coated in magnetized antibodies to catch the cancer cells before modern technology can detect the cancer. The elements will be programmed to distribute through the body and search for abnormal cells.   You will have a wearable device that calls the cells back to a destination and reports back if there is any abnormal cells that could be cancerous or possibly detect other diseases. http://techcrunch.com/2014/10/28/googlex-reveals-nano-pill-to-seek-out-cancerous-cells/

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The Nano Pill is like Kit from Knight Rider. The Nano Pill will drive around your body seeking your abnormal cells and reporting the results back to the device you wear.   Andrew Conrad, head of Life Sciences team at Google X stated that the way we detect cancer and other diseases now is like taking your car, after it breaks down, to get the oil changed.

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Once swallowed, the particles separate and travel through the body using antibodies. Google X will have the cells programed to search the body- and they will be able to focus on an area, such as prostate or breast for those with family history.   The Nano pill could emit a fluoresce so that the cells in question can be seen on an MRI well before it is a ball of cancer cells.

Google X has discussed the implications of the Nano Pill on the medical community. In the future, the Nano pill could end the need for lab work. One would just swallow the Nano Pill instead of having to give a urine sample or have blood drawn. The Nano particles would search out diseases and other issues; possible detect heart attack and strokes well before they happen.  http://www.slashgear.com/google-x-nano-pill-will-seek-cancer-cells-in-your-body-28352810/

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The Nano Pill is still in the beginning tests and has not been introduced into the medical community nor has the Nano Pill been tested. Google X is hoping to begin clinical trials in a few years.

 

The Nano Pill will produce fear in those who do not understand the technology. I am sure the technology could cause debates on the legality as well as moral value in having Nano particles within your body. I feel that the Nano Pill that Google X could save people’s lives and possibly end cancer deaths. The Nano Pill has the ability to catch cancer before it ever begins to overtake the body, end the cancer and allow a person to continue to live their lives – instead of months of chemotherapy, surgeries and then screens to make sure the cancer does not come back.

 

The Nano Pill will not only help the world of cancer detection, but the plan is to program the Nano Pill particles to look for signs of heart attacks, strokes and possibly find clots that will cause death before it is too late.

 

 

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Android Lollipop Tips and Tricks Part 3 http://gadgetgrave.com/android-lollipop-tips-tricks-part-three/ http://gadgetgrave.com/android-lollipop-tips-tricks-part-three/#comments Sat, 06 Dec 2014 14:00:40 +0000 http://gadgetgrave.com/?p=5050 OK folks here is part 3 of Android tips and tricks, enjoy!

Screen Pinning

 Also See: Android Lollipop Tips and Tricks Part 2

Your smartphone is full of personal information and sensitive data. It is difficult to let people use your phone without you being over their shoulder so they don’t look at your personal data. “Screen Pinning” is a feature that will let you lock your phone to only one app. Here is an example, someone asks to use your phone to make a call. You can “pin” the phone app so the person cant do anything else. To enable this feature got to Settings > Security > Screen Pinning. Open the app you want to pin, press the Overview button, scroll to the app and tap the blue thumb tack icon on the bottom right corner of the most recent app and there you go. To disable this when they are done unpin it by long pressing the back and overview buttons at the same time.

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See How Long Until You Are Fully Charged

One Android Lollipop tip is super simple. Have you ever wondered how long it will take for your phone to be fully charged? Well, now Android can tell you. When your device is charging the hours and minutes until fully charged are displayed at the bottom of the lock screen. Now you know how long until you can play more Flappy Lollipop.

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Customize Your Notifications

Android Lollipop now gives users control over all notifications now unlike before. All apps installed on your device can be configured to send a notification only when you want to see them. There are now 3 options available for each application: block, priority, and sensitive.

  1. Block– Will never show notifications from the application.
    2. Priority– Will show only notifications at the top of your list and only let them through when in Priority Mode.
    3. Sensitive – All Content will not be displayed on the lock screen notification

There are only two ways to adjust these settings. You have to long-press any notification and select the (i) icon to go to the settings for that application. Also if you don’t want to wait for the notification you can go to Settings > Sound & notification > App notifications.

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Restore to a Previous Android Device

Android Lollipop’s Setup Wizard has never been great I can attest to that. First you sign into your Google account, opt in or out on a few things and you’re on your way. Every so often all your previously downloaded apps would begin downloading from the Google Play Store, but sometimes they wouldn’t. The problem has It’s always been hit or miss, and there was no real sure fire way to actually manage what was being restored.

That has all been changed in Android Lollipop. There is a new option that will let you to restore to any previous Android device found in your Google account. It will restore all of your settings, wallpaper, and even launcher icon arrangement. Of course it also restores apps, but only the ones you choose. These cool new features are game changers for sure. Setting up your new phone will never be the same again.

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Android Lollipop Tips and Tricks Part 2 http://gadgetgrave.com/android-lollipop-tips-tricks-part-two/ http://gadgetgrave.com/android-lollipop-tips-tricks-part-two/#comments Thu, 04 Dec 2014 17:44:02 +0000 http://gadgetgrave.com/?p=5047 In part two of our Android Lollipop tips and tricks we will show more cool ways to show off this amazing lollipop treat.

New Search for Settings

 Also See: Android Lollipop Tips and Tricks Part 3

Android Lollipop has a lot of settings. If you love to customize everything about your phone this is really cool feature. However it can be a nightmare for average users to navigate. So here comes Google to the rescue, It has done a lot to make it easier to navigate the settings application, by revamping the search feature. When you go to the Settings app you will see a new magnifying glass search icon in the top right. It will appear on most pages in the Settings app. You can use it to find settings without going through each page to find what you want. The search results aren’t as robust as I’d like to see, but it does a darn good job at it.

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Smart Lock

It is always a good idea to have a little layer of security on your device. But the biggest problem with using a password or pattern lock is that it ends up slowing me down way more than anyone else. Android Lollipop has a new feature called “Smart Lock” it lets you tell your phone when it’s safe. Android Lollipop has three ways to make your phone trust you.

  1. Trusted devices– If you have any Bluetooth or NFC device it can be added here. When those devices are connected your lock screen security is disabled.
    2. Trusted face– This is Google’s better implementation of “Face Unlock.” After you scan your face it will look for you every time you unlock your device. If it recognizes you the lock screen security will be disabled.
    3. Trusted places – With this option you can see any location you’ve added to your Google account. You can also toggle these on or add a new place manually. When you are at those locations the lock screen security will be disabled.

With these three options Android Lollipop can make it so you don’t have to constantly enter passwords or patterns, also if your device is stolen or left somewhere it will know to lock others out. These options can be accessed in Settings > Security > Smart Lock.

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Hiding Sensitive Data

You can hide sensitive notifications. With all notifications now shown on the lock screen, anyone can read them even if you have a password or pattern lock on your screen. Now you can pick apps individually as sensitive, or you can let Android Lollipop do it for you.

Go to Settings > Sound & notification > When device is locked. There you’ll see 3 options to choose from “show all, hide sensitive content, and show none.” You will need to select the second option and hide sensitive content. Now when your app that you’ve marked as “Sensitive” displays a notification on the lock screen you will only see the app name and “contents hidden.” Sweet huh?

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Quick Flashlight Finally

The days of having to install flashlight apps from the Play store are over. Android Lollipop has added a Flashlight toggle to the Quick Settings. To access the Flashlight toggle you can swipe down from the top of the display with two fingers (or pull down on the notification shade) and tap “Flashlight.” Your LED flash should immediately turn on.

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Android Lollipop Tips and Tricks Part 1 http://gadgetgrave.com/android-lollipop-tips-tricks-part-one/ http://gadgetgrave.com/android-lollipop-tips-tricks-part-one/#comments Tue, 02 Dec 2014 14:00:58 +0000 http://gadgetgrave.com/?p=5034 If you are lucky enough to get Android Lollipop 5.0 on your device, you are more than likely overwhelmed by all the new features. I am bringing you a three part series to show you some tips and tricks to get you started. So lets get this show on the road.

 Also See: Android Lollipop Tips and Tricks Part 2

New Battery Saver

One of the awesome new features in Android Lollipop is battery saver mode. With Battery saver it can help you squeeze out extra time when you really need it. When this is enabled it will reduce your device’s performance, it turns off vibrations, and blocks most of your background data. Android Lollipops Battery saver can be turned on manually or set it to automatically kick on when your battery is at 15% or 5%. You will know when it is working when the status and navigation bars turn orange-red. To set up battery saver go to Settings > Battery > tap the menu button.

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Do Not Disturb

I’ve already talked about Priority mode notifications, but Android Lollipop also has a “Do Not Disturb” mode. The iPhone has had this for a long time (even a dedicated physical button), but now Android Lollipop has implemented this cool feature. Do Not Disturb is like silent mode on steroids.

When you press the volume buttons you will see the option for NONE. That is what we’re calling “Do Not Disturb.” When you are in this mode you will not be disturbed or interrupted by anything. Even alarms will not get through this mode. Like Priority mode you can set it indefinitely or for a few hours at a time. Cool huh?

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Who Gets Priority

Android Lollipop can set apps as “priority.” This puts notifications for those apps at the top of the list, but it also allows those apps to get through when you’re in Priority Mode. You can also choose what people you would like to get through in Priority Mode.

Go to Settings > Sound & notification > Interruptions. in the section titled “Priority Interruptions” you can choose who will get through Priority Mode. You can also choose calls/messages from anyone! starred contacts, or only people in your contacts. This is great for those instances you really don’t want to be bothered, but still want to be in touch.

If you are unfamiliar, Priority Mode is a new way to allow only alarms and certain notifications to bother you. By pressing the volume buttons and choosing PRIORITY you can enable it.

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Play Flappy Lollipop

Did you know all Android releases come with an Easter egg in the settings. Sometimes it is a simple splash screen with some interactive features, but this year they put in a full Android-themed Flappy Bird clone. Here’s how to get to the game:

  1. Go to Settings > About phone/tablet > tap “Android version” 5 times quickly
  2. Tap the lollipop a couple of times > long-press > tap once more

Have fun! And don’t throw your phone!

 

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Nokia’s Z Launcher http://gadgetgrave.com/nokias-z-launcher/ http://gadgetgrave.com/nokias-z-launcher/#comments Sun, 30 Nov 2014 14:00:58 +0000 http://gadgetgrave.com/?p=5058 Nokia may have sold its smartphone division but Nokia is continually developing new tablets and items such as apps. Nokia has released the Launcher Beta version and to say the least- it is interesting and could be a great addition to your smartphone. The Z Launcher had around 10,000 testers and when the beta was released to all android users, the Z Launcher was downloaded 100,000 times and Nokia had to temporarily stop new users. What is the fuss all about? Lets find out.

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What is the Z launcher? The Z launcher is Nokia’s first Android app that is another “Home Screen.” The Z Launcher though is much more than just another home screen but offers you so much more. The Z launcher will change everything about home screens in smartphones. If you have a Samsung smartphone- you are probably using TouchWiz. Touchwiz is Samsung’s way of setting up and running Android and you can change this by installing home screen apps such as Z Launcher.

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I downloaded the Z launcher onto my Galaxy S5. The first thing, after the Z Launcher was installed, the Z launcher did was pull up my most used apps and contacts onto my home screen. If you know me, you know that this – to me- is a downfall. I do not like anything on my home screen and that is my favorite part about my Android: the ability to have all apps in the app drawer. Do not get me wrong, the Z Launcher is laid out beautifully and is great for anyone who like icons on their home screen.

The Z launcher offers a tutorial on how to use the Z Launcher. It is quite easy. When I want to call or text my son, all I have to do is start writing his name. When I write on the screen with my finger- S it immediately pulls up the top six apps and contacts. I can select my son from the list of items. This feature is awesome and it beats finding his name in my contacts, recent call list or within my text message app.nokia-z-launcher-gadget-grave

Another feature of the Z Launcher is that the Z Launcher is intuitive.   What does this mean? It means that your home screen is ever changing. The Z Launcher learns what you do the most with your smartphone and uses this information to customize your home screen. If you call/text the same people over and over again, these people will be on your home screen as well as any apps you use on a regular basis. The Z Launcher will place other apps and contacts that you do not use at the end of the list but do not worry- if you need them, all you have to do is start writing the name on the screen and it will come up.

I do like many of the features of the Z Launcher but it will not be for me unless I can remove everything off my home screen. For those who have icons and widgets on your home screen, the Z Launcher will be one that will be great for your smartphone! Go try the Z Launcher, it will not let you down.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 http://gadgetgrave.com/samsung-galaxy-s5/ http://gadgetgrave.com/samsung-galaxy-s5/#comments Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:00:30 +0000 http://gadgetgrave.com/?p=4334 I pondered the thought of getting the Galaxy S5 or the Note III and in the end picked the Galaxy S5.  Why you ask?  Well…one is that the Galaxy S5 is a tad bit smaller and I have LOVED this phone since I started playing with my phone.  Let me tell you, the phone is sleek, fast and beautiful.

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What makes the phone so awesome?  Well first, the style is great, thin, large – but not too large- and smooth running.  The device loads pages quickly and seamlessly.  It has great features (some I did not think I would use) such as the fingerprint scanner, heart rate sensor and the Samsung account functions.

 

The display is 5.1 inches with 1080p HD AMOLED display that boasts an “extremely high pixel density screen.  The phone is water-resistant, dust-resistant, NFC and a 16 MP high-resolution camera.  (http://www.phonearena.com/phones/Samsung-Galaxy-S5_id8202).

 

The camera has autofocus, phase detection autofocus, touch to focus as well as manual focus and high dynamic mode (HDR) as well as image stabilization.  The pictures are great as well as the “beauty” feature.  I use my camera at work all the time and love the picture quality.  (http://www.phonearena.com/phones/Samsung-Galaxy-S5_id8202)

 

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A great part about this phone is that with the 3.0 USB and the 2 AMP block, my phone is fully charged from less than 3% to 100% within two hours; that is the fastest charging ever and the battery lasts about a day and a half with a lot of usage (not that matters with a 2 hour charge time).   (http://www.cnet.com/products/samsung-galaxy-s5/specs/)

 

Another addition to the device that no one talks about is the security features.  You can sign up for a Samsung account and then setup the phone to be “locked” (like iCloud).  Basically, the only way to use the device- even factory reset, is to re-sign into your Samsung account.  You can find your phone, lock it down and send a text, allow the phone to dial one number- a number you choose- by yourself, erase the device as well as make it ring as loud as possible, no matter the status of the sound.  These features make this phone not worth stealing!  It can’t be used or sold.

 

The phone has an Easy Mode.  This mode has large icons and allows you to place favorite apps, people and other important information right at your fingertips.  This is great for older people who like the ease of an iPhone but wants a bigger screen.

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This phone is beautiful with some great features and worth the money.  It takes less than 2 hours to charge from less than 5% and the battery lasts anywhere from the usually 8-10 hours to well over 36 hours- depending on use and settings.  If you are in the market for a new Android- then this is the device for you!

 

With the improvements made to the Galaxy line-up,  I cannot wait for the next device to come out, until then, I will continue to use my Galaxy S5 because I love this phone and its features!

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Large Phone http://gadgetgrave.com/large-phone/ http://gadgetgrave.com/large-phone/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:00:08 +0000 http://gadgetgrave.com/?p=4312 With many large phones in the market, it leaves one to wonder what is the best “phablet (phone +tablet) out on the market.   The most popular brands include Sony, Nokia and Samsung- with Samsung giving you 2 choices!

Up first- is Sony.  Sony phones have not penetrated the market like other phones- but their Sony Xperia Z Ultra.  This phone is water resistant for up to one meter, and is dust proof.  The display is a 6.4-inch screen made with shatter proof and scratch-resistant glass.  Also, it has 10-finger multi-touch.  This phone has an 8MP camera with a 2MP front camera.  This phone is a great buy for those who tend to be hard on phones.  (http://www.gsmarena.com/sony_xperia_z_ultra-5540.php).  This phone has 3-color choices- black, white and purple.  The internal storage is 16GB with the option to expand to 64GB with the micro SD slot.  (http://www.sonymobile.com/us/products/phones/xperia-z-ultra/specifications/#tabs).

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Up next, we have the Nokia Lumia 1520.  This phone has a 6-inch screen with scratch resistant glass.  The Lumia has a Windows 8 – but with the new updated App store, this phone is great especially for those who love to take pictures with their phone!  The back camera is 20 MP!  This camera is amazing.  The front camera is only 1.2MP, which is lack luster.  (http://www.phonearena.com/phones/Nokia-Lumia-1520_id8109).  The phone is beautifully made in yellow, red, white and black.  The phone is PVC free, made of recycled metals and free of nickel on the surface.   This device comes with either 16GB or 32GB internal memory with the ability to expand to 64GB with the micro SD card slot.  Also, there is 7GB of cloud storage.   (http://www.nokia.com/us-en/phones/phone/lumia1520/specifications/).  If you like Windows 8- this phone is a great find!

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Lastly are the two Samsung devices.  Both devices have a beautiful design- which is similar to all the newer Galaxy S devices (beginning with the Galaxy SIII).  The first is the Samsung Galaxy Mega.  The screen is 6.3 inches.  It is not resistant to scratches but does have a “super clear LCD.”  The camera is 8MP and the front-facing camera is 1.9MP.  The processor is not too bad and it contains 16GB of internal memory expandable with SD card slot up to as high as 64GB.  The phone is popular with individuals wanting a nice less expensive phablet.   (http://www.phonearena.com/phones/Samsung-Galaxy-Mega-6.3_id7805

).    Some benefits is mulit-window and split/tablet view- allowing multitasking.

(http://www.samsung.com/latin_en/consumer/mobile-phones/mobile-phones/smartphone/GT-I9200ZKATTT-features).

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The second Samsung phablet is the Note 3.  The Note 3 is a slightly smaller screen- 5.7-inch but is a HD super AMOLED screen.  The camera is 13MP with a 2MP front camera.  The processor is better than the Mega.  (http://www.phonearena.com/phones/Samsung-Galaxy-Note-3_id7984).  The color choices for the Note 3 include:  black, white, red, pink and gold.  The device is has 32GB internal memory with SD card slot – expandable up 64GB.  (http://www.samsung.com/global/microsite/galaxynote3-gear/spec.html).

 

With the most known phablets listed- one may not know what phone to choose but it is easy.  If you want a budget friendly large screen phone- then the Samsung Mega is the phone for you.  If you want a phablet that will (hopefully) last through all the drops, swims in the toilet- then the Sony Xperia Z Ultra is the phone for you.  For the best pictures-  Nokia Lumia 1520 is the phone for you.  Lastly, for a good overall phone that is not too big, has a good camera and is nice- Samsung Note 3 is for you.

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Assassins Creed Pirates http://gadgetgrave.com/assassins-creed-pirates/ http://gadgetgrave.com/assassins-creed-pirates/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:00:14 +0000 http://gadgetgrave.com/?p=4330 The new game by Ubisoft successfully captures the imagination of the Assassins Creed Pirates series on a new format braving the open seas as an up and coming pirate. This series has never ceased to amaze and has gone a step further by making a fantastic iOS game that’s free to play. The gameplay is fluid on my iPhone 5 and there aren’t any loading sequences that last over a few seconds. The graphics do not disappoint and are elaborately designed to match each scenario you find yourself in. Whether your navigating the open sea under the virtual stars or sailing in to battle against a massive man of war the developers seem to have an answer for each situation.

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The game is divided up by level maps that are groups of islands. The map can be quite big so you must attack ships protecting fast travel locations to get around quickly. Otherwise you have two modes of travel, by guiding the ship with your finger on the island map, or actually navigating from the deck of the ship which is much slower but really awesome looking. I was able to level up to 21 in a very short amount of time and reach the Grand Bahamas a very large map with big rewards.

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The more treasure and supplies you collect the more crew members and perks you can add or even buy more ships! The game is about being a pirate and you will find plenty of opportunities to do so. There is also a unique fishing and dicey whaling hunting interface in the game. While the main mission is an exclamation point on the map there are many other eye catching side missions to run that will gain you great fortune. As I mentioned earlier, leveling up is easy. I obtained level 21 only playing about 3 hrs total over the course of about 3 weeks. There are many in-app purchases that can speed this along as well, but I’m a pretty cheap gamer.

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In battle you switch between two different modes of defense during a turn based exchange. The enemy either begins by blasting its full array of cannons in various directions that you must dodge, or attempts to sink you by throwing barrels that must be finger-slashed without hitting explosive crates next to them in a fruit ninja-esque moment of the game. Battle interface for other vessels varies based on what kind of side mission you’re on. I must admit blasting the evil slaving ships into the deep is quite satisfying as the offer no defense. Encountering anomalies while navigating from the deck is a regular as well. You will see many opportunities to grab treasure chests and drowning sailors at sea. 

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This game is one of the most impressive I’ve seen to play without devoting a whole lot of time to it. Assassins Creed Pirates    has added to its already marvelous portfolio with an unlikely smartphone game. If you have an iOS or Android device I highly recommend you check this game out. The game is designed with history in mind and inspires with its impressive graphics and gameplay. Pirates is well worth a try!

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Android Problem http://gadgetgrave.com/android-problem/ http://gadgetgrave.com/android-problem/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 14:00:09 +0000 http://gadgetgrave.com/?p=4741   Android problem 1.

Stop using data when abroad.

One option is an app called APNd on/off from Google play. This turns off your data connections from a widget on your home screen. This method is way easier than going through your settings.

 

Android problem 2.

My phone has frozen

Usually a soft reset will solve this issue. There is an app from the play store that will do this for you. Fast Reboot is an app that simulates a soft reset and closes all running processes with one tap of your finger.

 

Android problem 3.

Why can I download any app from the play store?

The problem is some apps are made for certain resolutions that your phone cannot handle. And there are apps that are not made for your particular phone or tablet. The higher end devices tend to support more apps by default. But fear not there are plenty of apps that are capable of running cross platforms.

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Android problem 4.

My WiFi doesn’t stay connected.

Here is the fix, go to Wireless & networks / WiFi settings and press the menu key. Choose ‘Advanced’ and change the sleep policy to ‘Never’. This will usually solve most problems for a majority of the people who have these issues.

 

Android problem 5.

Why is my phone/tablet running out of memory?

There are so many reasons this is happening. The usual is the cache gets full, that’s where the apps data is stored. I have used App Cache Cleaner with excellent results. The   other option is to remove apps that you are no longer using, or move them to your SDCard.

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Android problem 6.

How do I see how much data I am using?

There is a setting that all android phones have to check your data. Go to settings/and Data usage there you will find the amount of data you are using and actually set data limits. Even turn it off if you must.

 

Android problems 7.

Keyboard problems?

There is an app for that! There are actually quite a few. There is even one built into newer devices. The apps are Slideit and Swiftkey, the let you use your finger to slide across your keyboard and with the help of autocorrect spells the word out for you.

 

Android problem 8.

Why is my SDCard not working?

Sometimes these cards can get corrupt. The most effected solution is to try and format the card on a PC. Using Explorer in Window you can right click the SDCard and chose to format to fat32. This seems to work better than using your phone.

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Android problem 9.

I can’t see my screen in the sunlight.

There is a way to take care of this. You could use an anti-glare screen protector on the screen. What is sad is there is really no way to actually remedy this problem. I have turn up the brightness has helped me under certain circumstances.

 

Android problem 10.

Why are games running slow on my device?

Well first some of the budget phones have sower processors and graphics chips. The only solution is to test the device out before buy it because some phones are better than others and specs are not the end all on how it will play a game.

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App Cache Cleaner

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Swiftkey

 

 

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Maxwest Gravity 5.5 and Gravity 6 http://gadgetgrave.com/maxwest-gravity-5-5-gravity-6/ http://gadgetgrave.com/maxwest-gravity-5-5-gravity-6/#comments Sat, 15 Nov 2014 14:00:56 +0000 http://gadgetgrave.com/?p=4391 Maxwest smartphones are a great alternative to spending a lot of money for an unlocked smartphone.  Maxwest was established in 2001.  It is an upcoming brand of phones that are affordable and sleek.

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We carry the Maxwest Gravity 5.5 and 6.  Both are phablet devices that are beautifully made.

Maxwest  Gravity 5.5 was released in June of 2014.  The Maxwest Gravity 5.5 has a 5.5” LCD capacitive touchscreen, dual SIM card slots and can be used on any GSM network!  The device has a quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex- A7, a 13 MP camera and a 2 MP front facing camera.  The device comes with KitKat installed.  (http://www.gsmarena.com/maxwest_gravity_5_5-6417.php).

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The Maxwest Gravity 5.5 offers Google Search, Maps and Talk as well as Gmail, YouTube and Picasa.  It comes in Black, White, Blue, Red and Yellow.  (http://maxwesttelecom.com/index.php/products/phones/gravity-5-5.html).

There is a small downfall for the Maxwest Gravity 5.5.  The internal memory of this device is only 4 GB.  That is not a lot of room, but you can add up to a 32 GB microSD card.  So even though there is not much internal storage, you can always add more so it should not be an issue.

The phone is quite fast and the display is great.  The phone is definitely for anyone who wants a large screen phone without the price.

The Maxwest Gravity 6 is similar to its little brother.  The device has a 6-inch screen that is a IPS LCD capacitive 16M colors.  It is beautiful and contains 3D features so that you can play 3D games.  It has a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor and only 4 GB of internal storage.  There is a microSD card slot that expands the memory up to 32 GB so the lack of internal storage should not matter.  The device, also, has dual SIM card slot and is unlocked so that it can be used on any GSM network.  (http://stuffkey.com/maxwest-gravity-6-full-specifications-features-price/)

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The Maxwest Gravity 6 has a 13 MP rear-facing camera as well as a 2 MP front-facing with stability.  The Maxwest 6 has the newest version of Andriod- KitKat and contains all the features of android.

The Maxwest Gravity 5.5 and 6  are user-friendly and beautifully designed.  The Maxwest Gravity 5.5 and Maxwest Gravity 6  are a great addition to the phablet world and are a great value.  All their phones are factory unlocked which means each device can be used in any country.  (http://maxwesttelecom.com/index.php/products/phones/gravity-6.html).

The Maxwest Gravity 6 comes in three colors:  Black, White and Pink.  (http://maxwesttelecom.com/index.php/products/phones/gravity-6.html).

Another downfall for the Maxwest Gravity 5.5 and 6 is the lack of accessories.  There are a few cases and each new phone comes with a small case.  If you are not a heavy dropper, then there should be no problem for you.  Also, as with all new phones, parts are not as readily available.

A big reason to buy and use these phones is that they are brand new and comes with a one-year warranty.  (As with all warranty devices, warranty covers any issues not caused by end-user damage).

If you are looking for a phablet without the phablet price, come check out the Maxwest Gravity series.  They are a great phone for the money.

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