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  • Title: Curved Smartphones
    Posted: October 28, 2013 at 1:10 pm
    Source: http://www.technologyfirst.org

    This is mind blowing, a curved cell phone screen. The LG G Flex has not yet been officially released but the G Flex is LG’s first device into the curved screen market going head-to-head with the Samsun Round. According to sources in the Android community, the LG G Flex is powered by a 2.26 GHZ quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with an Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB of RAM.

    LG’s specs are close the Samsung Round, but it looks like Samsung Round has a little more under the hood with a 2.3GHz MSM 8974 quad-core processor, 32GB of internal storage, 3GB RAM and up-to-64GB microSD card slot. The Round comes with a new feature called the “roll effect” allowing the user to roll the phone to activate a glance screen.

    A cured screen is innovative, but will a curved screen be accepted in other countries or will a curved screen be a fad? So far both phones are only available for the Korean markets. So if either phone pi   your interest you will have to wait get your hands on one.

     

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  • Title: 2013 Taste of IT
    Posted: October 24, 2013 at 3:27 pm
    Source: http://www.technologyfirst.org
  • Title: The Decline of the PC
    Posted: October 24, 2013 at 9:31 am
    Source: http://www.technologyfirst.org

    According to Gartner, desktop and notebook shipments are expected to reach an 11.2 percent decline from 2012 whereas tablets are expected to climb a whopping 53 percent this year to 184 million. Adding to this increase in sales is the price drop for smaller tablets. A recent survey by Gartner shows 47 percent of those surveyed own a tablet measuring eight inch or less. If things seem bleak for PCs, do not despair, there is a shimmer of hope, only a shimmer. Yes things are slowing down for the PC, but when you look at the following numbers it is not yet too terrible, but if tablet shipments continue climbing closer to the PC then the fate of the PC and notebook could be hanging ever precariously by their power cords.

    • 2013 desktop, notebook, and ultramobile shipments: 321.6 million units
    • 2013 tablet PC shipments: 184.4 million units
    • 2014 desktop, notebook, and ultramobile shipments: 321.4 million units
    • 2014 tablet PC shipments: 263.2 million units
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    • Title: Free Shipping Now Costs a Little More
      Posted: October 23, 2013 at 3:28 pm
      Source: http://www.technologyfirst.org

      Wait a minute; you now have to spend more on Amazon to get free shipping. What kind of world are we living in? Instead of spending $25.00 dollars to get free shipping, you now have to dig a little deeper and spend $35.00 dollars if you want free shipping. Is this a ploy to force shoppers to spend more so Amazon can increase revenues or simply to cover other cost Amazon wants to pass on to the consumer; I guess we may never know. Personally, I feel like this is bad news. I know it is only ten more dollars, but now it feels like I have to buy something extra I do not need or want to get free shipping. Amazon has not changed this minimum fee for more than a decade, I guess like everything else, the price must go up. 

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    • Title: Angry Birds Go!
      Posted: October 17, 2013 at 2:13 pm
      Source: http://www.technologyfirst.org

      You know you still play Angry Birds. You know you were excited when Angry Birds Star Wars II came out last month and you have spent countless hours getting three stars in all levels. Now that you have mastered the new Angry Birds Star Wars, what will you do with your time? Well, launching December 11th Rovio will be releasing Angry Birds Go!; a new twist to the series with the same Angry Birds characters you know and love.

      Angry Birds Go! has the appearance of Mario Cart with the powers of Angry Birds as well as special power ups to help you beat the competition. As a bonus, you can also upgrade your vehicles to propel you past your opponents.

      Do not worry, the free-to-play Angry Birds Go! will be available on all mobile device platforms. While you anxiously wait to download this soon-to-devour your time game, please see the following video.

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    • Title: 30 Glorious Channels on the Go for Android Owners
      Posted: October 17, 2013 at 10:49 am
      Source: http://www.technologyfirst.org

      Want to access 30 channels on your Android phone or tablet while on the go? Now you can thanks to Aereo. This great service only available to iPhone and iPad owners is making its way to Android devices October 22nd. Well, this service will be available if you are running Android 4.2 or higher. But hey, droid users can still celebrate because 30 channels on the go for a low rate of $8 a month for 20 hours of DVR or $12 a month for 60 hours of DVR storage is still much cheaper than some monthly cable services .

      Another great feature of Aereo, you can access Aereo through your Roku box and watch on your flat screen. Not too bad if you ask me. If you are pinching pennies but still want to watch your favorite primetime show, then check out Aereo October 22nd

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    • Title: When the Internet was New
      Posted: October 1, 2013 at 9:39 am
      Source: http://www.technologyfirst.org

      I cannot say it any better than this.  Please see the following link for a flash back to 1994 http://techland.time.com/2013/09/29/everything-you-needed-to-know-about-the-internet-in-1994/ 

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    • Title: Yelp Reviews
      Posted: September 30, 2013 at 10:17 am
      Source: http://www.technologyfirst.org

      Do you use Yelp for restaurant and hotel reviews when traveling? If so, some of those reviews may not be truthful. According to studies, 20% of reviews are fraudulent. Most of these reviews are written by freelance writers from the Philippines, Bangladesh and Eastern Europe who receive between $1-10 for each review. This information may not be news to some of you, but if you do use Yelp while traveling, you might want to keep in mind some of the reviews you are reading may or may not be real. 

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    • Title: Switch off iPhone Tracking
      Posted: September 19, 2013 at 8:33 am
      Source: http://www.technologyfirst.org

      Who among the iPhone owners updated to iOS7 yesterday? If you did then you probably noticed the sleek new design the enhancements to the camera and the tracking systems to allow advertisers to capture personal data about you, to well, help sell you things you may or may not want; it that so bad?

      But for those of you who are security conscience or simply private, iOS 7 has made it very easy to disable this tracking systems known as IDFA or sometimes called IFA which stands for ID for Advertisers. To disable tracking go to settings, look for the privacy option and tap the section labeled advertising. This will bring up an option to “Limit Ad Tracking” you must switch this to on to limit ad tracking.

      Tracking is enabled by default if you updated to iOS 7 so be sure to check this option to disable tracking and keep your personal data out of the hands of advertisers. 

       

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    • Title: Third Party Support for XP
      Posted: September 12, 2013 at 10:31 am
      Source: http://www.technologyfirst.org

      Fans of XP, there might be a small sliver of light at the end of the no support XP tunnel. We all know the end for XP support from Microsoft is fast approaching April 2014. We also know what could happen if those essential security updates are not made. I know some of you still have applications you have not upgraded or upgraded your PCs. According to sources between 20 to 33 percent of PCs around the world have not yet upgraded to a current operating system. Are you a part of this 20 to 30 percent?

      So, what now? There is a solution. A third party, Arkoon Network Security has announced they are ready to take the reins and continue support for XP. They know some of you are holding out on those upgrades for a number of reasons. Regardless of your reasons, you like XP and it works for you and end of life by Microsoft will not deter Akroon from providing much needed support to help you maintain longevity of XP and to help thwart off cyber criminals with Akrron’s ExtendedXP (EXP) service. EXP will combine the best of their StormShield HIPS technology monitoring service to help... Read More

    • Title: Summary of iPhone 5S
      Posted: September 10, 2013 at 2:31 pm
      Source: http://www.technologyfirst.org

      Please see the following link for a summary of what you can expect from the iPhone 5S 

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    • Title: Apple Live Event
      Posted: September 10, 2013 at 1:17 pm
      Source: http://www.technologyfirst.org
    • Title: Cheaper iPhone on the horizon
      Posted: September 9, 2013 at 1:31 pm
      Source: http://www.technologyfirst.org

      With the unveiling of the new iPhone due tomorrow, one must ask, do I stay with my current carrier or do I switch and look for greener pastures since more than one carrier will now offer the iPhone.

      T-Mobile is one carrier now offering the iPhone and will be the first to sell the new iPhone upon initial release. According to sources, Apple will be introducing a less expensive model making the iPhone more affordable to the masses. Also, T-Mobile does not require a two year contract like other carriers. Even paying full price for a new iPhone, the freedom of not signing a two year contact should be a much welcome relief for those who have to sign contracts to use the most sacred of mobile devices. Both a less expensive iPhone and no contract should help T-Mobile attract new subscribers.

      I guess we will see what happens tomorrow and the days to come for not only what carrier will prevail in the war of subscribes, but also what tantalizing features the new iPhone will bestow us.

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    • Title: Samsung Galaxy Gear
      Posted: September 6, 2013 at 9:31 am
      Source: http://www.technologyfirst.org

      Now you can make calls on your watch just like James Bond, a super hero or from the year 2025. Thanks to Samsung’s Galaxy Gear making phone calls from your wrist is now becoming reality. Galaxy Gear is a smartwatch that can make calls, surf the web and take photos. The watch features a 1.63 inch screen and 1.9 inch megapixel camera. The watch weighs 74 grams, will be available in six colors, and is ultra-thin using OLED technology. The Galaxy Gear should reach the U.S. in October and sell for $299.

      It does seem like a step into future being able to make a phone call from your watch. What concerns me is the making calls option. I am hearing different things about this option. One the Galaxy Gear will pair to your tablets and smartphones running Google’s Android software and two, the Galaxy Gear will only pair with a Galaxy Note 3.

      Hopefully you can pair the Galaxy Gear with more than just a Galaxy Note 3 otherwise what are owners of the Galaxy S 3 and S 4 supposed to do? And let’s not forget about the other devices running Android. Maybe owners of other Android devices would... Read More

    • Title: iOS 7
      Posted: September 6, 2013 at 8:28 am
      Source: http://www.technologyfirst.org

      I found this video about iOS 7 and wanted to share with everyone.  Hope you enjoy  http://usat.ly/19iidMD

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    • Title: Apple Trade-in Program
      Posted: September 4, 2013 at 8:40 am
      Source: http://www.technologyfirst.org

      Is it time once again for a new iPhone? But wait, you still have last year’s iPhone 5 and there is nothing wrong with it. Hmmm, what to do? I mean, you really want the new iPhone; who doesn’t. But, all the money you spent on the iPhone 5. Well, fellow upgraders, you can rejoice. Apple is initiating an iPhone trade-in program so you can get some of that money back on last year’s model.

      The program is designed so all you have to do is bring your still in good condition iPhone into an Apple retail store for a rigorous assessment by a store employee. Once your iPhone passes inspection, value for your old phone is determined by many factors such as color, cosmetic, and other damages as well as the model of your iPhone. The convenience is getting cash or a gift card while at the store and then purchasing a shiny new latest model iPhone. Or the alternative, mailing your old iPhone to Apple or some other trade-in site and then having to wait for what can feel like an eternity for the cash to buy a new iPhone. 

       

       

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    • Title: Sync Your Files Securely
      Posted: August 27, 2013 at 8:00 am
      Source: http://www.technologyfirst.org

      Do you want to take control of your files? Do you want to have your files synced and accessible on every device you own? Do you also want your files to be your files, and not sit on someone else’s server. Well, now you can with a Raspberry Pi and BitTorrent Sync.

      Create your own Dropbox to sync your files securely without the cloud. Never again will you have to worry about losing your files to the cloud. Keep your files sync and secure on your own machines.

      For more details…

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    • Title: The Weather Channel Knows What You Need
      Posted: August 20, 2013 at 1:35 pm
      Source: http://www.technologyfirst.org

      Are you worried your or mobile device might be too smart or perhaps know what you are thinking? Well, if probably does. And now, The Weather Channel knows what you are thinking based on current weather conditions.

      If you have The Weather Channel app installed on your mobile device and you use the app to check the weather for the day, you might be surprised to find an ad for an item that just happens to correspond with the day’s weather; is it magic or does The Weather Channel actually know what you are thinking?

      To answer the question, it is a combination of marketing and years of accumulated data. It has been known for years the weather does influence what consumers will buy and now with the data gained from mobile devices, allows marketers to market a wider range of consumer products thus enabling not just The weather Channel to know what you are thinking, but more importantly companies wishing to sell you their products. 

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    • Title: Back to School Must Haves
      Posted: August 13, 2013 at 2:07 pm
      Source: http://www.technologyfirst.org

      It is that time again. What time? Time for a new school year to begin. Have you followed the checklist sent by the school and purchased all the supplies for the year? But, what about the tech back to school items? How will your child save their digital files? Secure their laptop, or study on the go. Here is a list of 12 tech must haves to go along with the other list of school supplies:

      1. 1.USB Flashdrive: To store all or your valuable data as well as transporting projects to work on them at home
      2. 2.Laptop Lock: Make sure to keep that expensive laptop safe from people with sticky fingers
      3. 3.Calculator: It is always good to double check your math
      4. 4.MP3 Player: When you need to unwind in-between class or hear your favorite song to motivate you before class
      5. 5.Noise Canceling Headphones: Friends are great, but sometimes you need to cancel them out to collect your thoughts
      6. 6.Wacom Bamboo Tablet: What is paper and pen? For the art major or creative type who only works digitally, now they can sketch directly to their PC
      7. 7.Earbuds: Why? Because you carry enough stuff and earbuds are small taking up very little space in that already crowded back pack
      8. 8.Echo... Read More
    • Title: How to Become a Technology Innovator
      Posted: August 8, 2013 at 1:36 pm
      Source: http://www.technologyfirst.org

      Meredith Perry is the founder of Ubeam a company that hopes to bring wireless charging to your cellphone and other wireless devices.  In this TED talk she explains her journey to become a technology innovator including overcoming obstacles - mainly the experts!  

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