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Samsung Mobile Devices Are Getting Smaller With Introduction Of The Galaxy S4 Mini

May 30th, 2013 - By Tonya Garcia
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Samsung has officially confirmed the coming of the Galaxy S4 Mini after a leak earlier this month indicated that the mobile device was on the way. The smartphone follows in the footsteps of the Galaxy S3, which also shrunk into the Galaxy S3 Mini last year.

“Indeed, Samsung’s overall smartphone strategy is about producing scores of iterations at various price points and screen sizes in order to saturate the market with as much of its hardware as possible,” says TechCrunch. The site says it’s hard pressed to find an major differences between the Mini and the original S4 except size, which isn’t exactly small. Just smaller than the original, which approaches tablet proportions.

The launch will take place on June 20 in London. The Wall Street Journal says it’s one of a few launches that will happen at this big unveiling. There was a big event at New York’s Radio City Music Hall to launch the first S4 just a few months ago. That first device has been selling well, with 10 million of them shipped in April. So the company is doing a good job of chipping away at Apple’s lead in the device market. There’s no word yet on the price for this new mini.

But seriously, we report all the time on new mobile devices. Who’s actually looking for a new one at this point? I’m in need of a new one, but I have a two-year-old BlackBerry. Who has an iPhone or a Galaxy (or an HTC or a Lumia, etc.) that’s looking for something new already?

New Tablet Alert! The Samsung 7-Inch Tablet, The Galaxy Tab 3, Has Landed

April 29th, 2013 - By Tonya Garcia
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via Samsung

Samsung has introduced its new tablet, the Galaxy Tab 3, which had been rumored since January. It’s an Android tablet (the third in the brand’s line) with a 1.2GHz processor. The WiFi version will be available in May and a 3G version in June. Engadget has more about the specs of the device.

The Next Web doesn’t exactly rave about the device, saying it’s “serviceable” for posts to Twitter and Instagram and calls the hardware “low-end.” While the price of the device hasn’t been revealed as yet, it’s expected to be less expensive than the $400 Galaxy Note 8.0. The device is a competitor to the Google Nexus 7 and the iPad Mini.

Let us know what you think if you’ve tested it out.

There’s An App For That: Top 15 Health And Wellness Must-Have Apps

March 29th, 2013 - By Kelly Franklin
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Most of us feel off track without our cell phones constantly connected to us, so it only makes sense to keep healthy living apps on your mobile device to keep you on track with your wellness goals. There are countless health and wellness apps — many of them free– for you to choose from whether you have an iPhone, Android, etc.  With so little time on your schedule, it’s a lifesaver to be able to access apps for a quick workout or to log your food intake for the day. So check this app list below to see which you should download next to make your life simpler.

Tech Talk: BlackBerry’s Trying to Hang In There, Introduces BlackBerry World

January 21st, 2013 - By Tonya Garcia
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Eric Reed/AP Images for BlackBerry

Eric Reed/AP Images for BlackBerry

Oh you BlackBerry… Trying so hard but still in so much trouble.

Research in Motion has renamed its app store BlackBerry World, dropping the App from between the two words. According to Mashable, it’s a rebranding by the company that seeks to acknowledge the music and video content that it will offer with the new BlackBerry 10 mobile platform that’s just days from launch.

According to ZDNet, the BlackBerry 10 aims to bring “excitement” back to the mobile world, with “leaked” images showing a new interface with a new design. The video in the story (it’s in German with a few subtitles) talks up some of the things that the speaker says are improvements upon the iPhone, but it looks a lot like the iPhone as well. The advancements will likely convince those that are still fans of the BlackBerry to upgrade. But the key to regaining market share will be convincing those that have moved on to Android or Apple devices to switch.

Perhaps conceding that it has done better in the area of software than design, there’s word that RIM might be willing to license the software to devices produced by other companies.

“But before doing anything drastic, [RIM CEO Thorsten] Heins said, the company will wait to see how the company’s own devices running BlackBerry 10 perform in the market,” reports the Los Angeles Times. Are you interested in the new BlackBerry 10 device? Would you be more interested if the insides of the BlackBerry were in another device?

Tech Talk: Flexible Mobile Phones Could Be Here Next Year

November 30th, 2012 - By Tonya Garcia
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Afraid to drop your phone down a flight of steps? Worried that something inside your bag is going to crack your cell’s screen? Soon, these concerns could be a thing of the past.

Scientists are hard at work on a mobile phone that’s flexible, literally able to bend and twist to avoid calamity. Samsung, Nokia, Sharp, and LG are just some of the company with phones in the works.

According to the BBC (which also has images), the technology — e-ink — is already available in things like the first Amazon Kindle. But then, the surrounding casing had to be stiff. Companies have also been unable to find a way to mass produce these bendable items.

Products made with the new flexible material will be replacing glass and other hard materials with plastic. Samsung is treating the issue with special urgency, pushing to make items available in 2013. However, The Wall Street Journal wasn’t able to determine whether these are items that will be sold to the masses or just commercially. But, according to the paper, “Samsung hopes it will be first to bring the product to the market.”

Would you buy one?

Digital Lockdown: Protect Yourself From Cybercrime

September 10th, 2012 - By Ann Brown
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Cybercrime is up. In fact, according to the annual Norton Cybercrime Report, cybercrime cost consumers more than $20.7 billion during the past year and 71 million Americans were victims in the last 12 months.

“Cybercriminals are changing their tactics to target fast-growing mobile platforms and social networks where consumers are less aware of security risks,” says Marian Merritt, Norton Internet Safety Advocate in a press statement.

The latest victims were millions of Apple users, which could affect iPhone and iPad owners. Reports CNet, “An online hacker group associated with Anonymous claims to have posted 1 million Apple Unique Device Identifiers (UDIDs) by breaching FBI security… In all, AntiSec claims to have obtained more than 12 million UDIDs, including user names, addresses, and notification tokens from a laptop used by a FBI agent.”

If you have an iPhone, WECT offers steps to take to check your device.
•    Plug your device into your computer.
•    Open iTunes.
•    Click on the device name on the left hand side of the screen. This will bring up information about your device on the right.
•    Click “Serial number.” This will change it to “Identifier: UDID.”
•    Enter the first five numbers of your UDID here. If it comes up red, read the rest of the numbers and see if they match yours. If they do, your device information was released and you should change your iTunes password to make sure your information is safe.

Cybercrime can attack almost any of your digital devices. You need to be especially vigilant on social media networks, says Toi Barnhardt, associate publisher of Women of Color in Technology and Business, but there are ways to help guard your accounts from hackers. Barnhardt advises:

•    Change your password.  Make your password “strong” using symbols and upper and lower case letters.

•    NEVER give apps permission to access your Facebook account. It’s not worth it…ever. Never sign-in or register to websites using Facebook or Twitter’s “connect” buttons.

•    Be cautious of the Facebook friend requests you approve. Some of those accounts have only one goal and that’s to spam you. Also never click on suspicious links. They are ALWAYS spam links. They can sometimes clone your account and post as you so your friends think the spam is coming from you.

•    And most importantly: Go into your Facebook account and elect to use the “https” secure account.

If you are a victim of cybercrime, you need to take immediate action says Barnhardt.

•    On your PC: Download a free anti-virus program called Avast. When you install Avast, it will automatically reboot your computer and do what’s called a “Boot-time Scan” to capture and eliminate all the viruses and corrupted files before they “turn on” and start further infecting your computer.

•    On you cell phone, install a free app called LookOut. It will routinely perform virus scans on your cell phone and protect it from malicious activity. If you lose your phone or if it’s stolen, LookOut will also turn on its tracking device and email you its location. Plus, it will automatically turn on its camera (even if the person who stole you phone powers your phone off) and snap pictures for you and emails those pictures to you so you can see its surroundings… hopefully getting a pic of the thief.

For  cybercrime prevention tips, check National Cyber Security Division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

*Update: Turns out that Apple hacking was a hoax, but that doesn’t diminish the importance or the threat.