CES 2013 is finally here guys! This is one of the few tech expos where OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) can show off their latest and greatest creations. Last year, at CES 2012, Sony showcased the Xperia S and Xperia Ion, Lenovo touted a windows phone they were working on, the Samsung Galaxy Note was unveiled, Corning showed off the strength of Gorilla Glass 2, Qualcomm showcased their lightning fast S4 chip (which is now in the HTC Droid DNA), Nvidia touted the processing power of their Tegra 3 processor, a number of manufacturers showed off Ultrabooks, and Samsung released Super OLED televisions. Almost all of those devices had revolutionary technological advancements that are now features we take for granted. No doubt the devices this year will be bigger, faster, and stronger than ever before.
If you’re open to all genres of music, then you should definitely check out the Kollection. They update their growing list of amazing songs almost every day and actively support up and coming artists. I discovered Madeon’s hit single ‘Finale’ through the Kollection and it’s become so popular it is now in the Fifa 13 Soundtrack. Click the picture to check them out.
Edit: I forgot to mention that almost every song they post is given away as a free download – courtesy of the music artists.
Facebook gave you the option to delete any photo that you uploaded, but, those photos floated around in Facebook’s database until until a guy working there accidentally came across it and permanently deleted it AFTER looking at the photo you wanted to delete. Facebook announced their new system which is supposed to fix this issue. They say that all photos will automatically be deleted thirty days after you say ‘Delete Photo’, so it won’t be floating in the database forever. This is good news because people didn’t know what Facebook did with those photos.
The above image is a picture of what the iPhone 5 body is expected to look like. It looks fantastic, so, there’s no doubt that it will become a huge success for Apple. Rumors that the iPhone 5 will be $800 dollars have taken twitter by storm. The twitter topics “#800dollarsforaniPhone” and “iPhone 5 $800″ have stayed on the trending page for a few days now. Some people tweet funny stuff such as “#800DollarsForAnIphone it better be able to download food!” or “It better turn into a jet when I put it into airplane mode.” Most people find this price outrageous, especially since the iPhone 4S costs $399 (subsidized) and around $600 unlocked. Apparently Tim Cook hinted at a hefty $800 price tag, which probably applies to the unlocked version. Even if the carrier-locked version is subsidized, it’ll probably cost significantly more that the predecessors. Also, the 30-pin connector on the bottom of all the previous iDevice iterations has been replaced by a 15-pin connector to make room for a headphone jack on the bottom of the device instead of the top. That means that all iHomes and third-party accessories (including your iSkin) will be rendered useless unless you use an older iDevice. Apple must have a lot of enhancements in store if they tout a price tag that high. It’s mostly rumors for now, but we’ll have full details once the device releases.
To recap the specs (some confirmed and some rumors):
4-inch screen (made by Sharp). This is only 0.5 inches bigger than before, but 4 inch screens have been in the android ecosystem forever; it’s almost industry standard now.
NFC (Near Fields Communication). This is a little chip embedded into the battery that allows you to pay at a store by holding your phone over a scanner (around 4 inches away) instead of swiping your card. Money is transferred electronically and it’s the same technology used for Google Wallet.
LTE (Long Term Evolution 4G). This is the same 4G system that Verizon has in place for quite a while now. If Apple is going to compete with the competing smartphones, then they have to upgrade the chip from 3G to 4G.When you see ads for android phones that can utilize 4G speeds, this is the technology they’re talking about. It’s coming to iPhone, so you can load up pages with lightning speed (300 mbps). Unfortunately, most carries use HSPA+ instead of LTE, so only Verizon customers will be able to utilize the new chip unless you live in specific areas.
A6 Dual-Core Chipset. This is completely rumored, but probably true. Most android phones are dual-core these days, and multiple phones (Samsung and HTC) are going to be coming out with quad-core chips by the end of the year. This can prove a problem to Apple because Samsung and HTC are their biggest competitors, Samsung has more market share than Apple and Samsung’s profits have skyrocketed due to the SGS III. Apple does a fantastic job at optimizing hardware and software for battery life and performance, which android is not, so they may even out in the end.
Scientists have just discovered how to store a 30-character password in your subconscious. A computer generates a random code using the letters S,D,F,J, and K. Then it makes it into a guitar hero game…without the music. As the dots on the top of the screen come to the dots on the bottom, you press the corresponding key. To mix it up, they added extra characters that are not in the password. You repeat this process six times (each time the extra characters are different). Over time, your brain will know which letters are in the password and which ones are extra letters without you consciously knowing that you’re remembering it. Using this technique, you can’t be coerced into giving a password because you consciously don’t know it. It’s in the part of the mind that can store information but can’t be tapped by the conscious part of your brain. Crazy stuff. Check out the source for a deeper explanation.
When testers were playing around with the developer version of iOS 6, attempts to use facetime resulted in a popup message prompting the user to contact AT&T to enable the new feature. They spoke out, saying they are working closely with Apple on the new developer build of iOS 6 and that they would share more information with customers as it becomes available. (They never denied making consumers pay extra for the service). The new iPhone is rumored to include a 4G radio (which is standard in all android phones now), so people don’t have to worry about not having enough bandwidth. Apple announced that carrier charges may apply and that it will require either an iPhone 4S or a 3rd generation iPad. It seems Ma Bell has big plans for the future.