The cost of smartphones on average, it's no secret, has generally been tumbling around the world in the last couple of years. With many OEMs scrambling to cram specification sheets at lower and lower prices, competition in the low end of the smartphone segment is hotter than ever. This isn't always how it was, though - nor how it necessarily is in every country. Here in the good old US of A, for example, good cheap smartphones still remain a relative rarity aside from Motorola's Moto G and Moto E. This is a result of market conditions created by American cell phone carriers, who subsidize or finance (JUMP!, Next, Edge, etc.) the cost of devices in order to offset the sticker shock of, say, a nearly $1000 iPhone. While the iPhone remains the single most popular model of smartphone in America, Samsung's Galaxy S series and, increasingly, LG's G phones are also seemingly big sellers. None of these devices retail for less than $500 off contract. Google's own Nexus 6 costs $650, a dramatic … [Read more...] about [Weekend Poll] How Much Do You Expect To Pay For Your Next Smartphone?
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My colleague Mary Jo Foley has her ear to the ground in Redmond, and when it comes to Windows 7 she's hearing ... nothing. Under new Windows boss Steven Sinofsky, she notes, the information lockdown is nearly airtight, and some customers are starting to complain: I’m hearing increasing dissatisfaction from Microsoft customers, testers and other sources typically in the insider track that Microsoft still hasn’t shared any Windows 7 information. The silence is deafening — and disconcerting — they say.... [T]he worry is that Microsoft is moving full-steam-ahead to build a Windows 7 that won’t have a whole lot of input from outsiders. After the compatibility and marketing nightmares that have plagued Vista, one would think Microsoft might be interested in letting its users have more sway on what they really want from a new version of Windows. For what it's worth, I'm hearing almost nothing about Windows 7, either. My usual official and unofficial … [Read more...] about How much do you need to know about Windows 7 today?
Microsoft just turned 36 years old (as of April 5). That's a long time, in tech years. A lot has happened to the company, its customers, its partners and its competitors over those three-plus decades. How well do you think you really know Microsoft? Take our quick quiz and match your wits against other Microsoft watchers. Instructions: Click on your answer and then see how many others agree with you. Then click to see the answer and the next question. [poll id="43"] The correct answer is... » Who at Microsoft made this infamous statement: "Linux is a cancer." Answer is B. CEO Steve Ballmer said it in 2002. [poll id="47"] The correct answer is... » What was the estimated percentage of Windows users still running Windows XP in October 2010, ten years after the product debuted? Answer is D. Net Applications said in October 2010 the percentage was 60. Data cited by Mozilla early this year claimed the number to be 55 percent, citing Netmarketshare as the … [Read more...] about Quiz: How well do you know your Microsoft Empire?
posted on 23 Nov 2015, 09:16 30 1. TyrionLannister (unregistered) Two years is optimal time for me. As you really get meaningful upgrades in that time. 1 year or less gives too minimal upgrades to go for. posted on 23 Nov 2015, 09:27 8 7. Hexa-core (banned) (Posts: 2131; Member since: 11 Aug 2015) The Lannister has spoken, all hail! +1 posted on 23 Nov 2015, 10:39 5 37. techandbeers (banned) (Posts: 110; Member since: 02 Nov 2015) He's 100% right. Look at the Nexus 5! posted on 23 Nov 2015, 11:39 5 47. Bm888 (Posts: 516; Member since: 06 Jul 2015) Yes, two years it is, still rocking my note 4, wch many flagships of 2015 didn't beat yet a 2014, even productivity lovers.. Think it's better than note 5...Waiting for Wat Note 6 brings... posted on 23 Nov 2015, 12:06 0 51. rubyonrails3 (Posts: 340; Member since: 01 Oct 2014) Yes you are right, also buying too many smartphones in single year removes the excitement of next for long.. I bought every … [Read more...] about Comments for : How often do you buy a new smartphone?
posted on 22 Dec 2014, 03:23 2 1. Aploine (Posts: 437; Member since: 24 Oct 2013) #! Any good Chrismas theme? posted on 22 Dec 2014, 03:46 12 2. Planterz (Posts: 2116; Member since: 30 Apr 2012) How far do I go? posted on 22 Dec 2014, 04:58 0 10. Mittal (Posts: 494; Member since: 14 Dec 2011) showoff :P posted on 22 Dec 2014, 05:04 3 11. Planterz (Posts: 2116; Member since: 30 Apr 2012) If only I knew how to code and create (or at least modify) things myself. I can only use what others much smarter than I have created. 39. shayan (Posts: 159; Member since: 09 Sep 2010) Try android kitchen for start. you can cook your own roms based on others sources. posted on 22 Dec 2014, 12:04 4 25. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011) lolololololololololololololololol posted on 22 Dec 2014, 12:51 1 26. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008) They will never understand unless they take the plunge and do it … [Read more...] about Comments for : Poll: Android customization – how far do you go?
posted on 13 Nov 2015, 09:01 0 6. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4611; Member since: 07 Mar 2012) I don't use auto...i play with manual settings mostly if i have the time. posted on 13 Nov 2015, 09:02 1 7. Acer_Predator (unregistered) You see ppl and here it is everybody when new phone release or is coming up posted on 13 Nov 2015, 13:16 0 17. DoggyDangerous (Posts: 1028; Member since: 28 Aug 2015) I need a great auto mode. Usually I don't have time to play around with manual functions. I need great auto mode like Samsung flagships and less mega pixels to keep the jpeg size smaller, without the loss in quality. 20. Acer_Predator (unregistered) dat is difficult to achieve.. posted on 14 Nov 2015, 08:15 0 23. rsiders (Posts: 1350; Member since: 17 Nov 2011) Nice images. Is it true manual where you can set shutter speed and manual focus or kind of the same setup available on most Sony phones? posted on 14 Nov 2015, 09:15 0 24. itsjustJOH (Posts: 232; … [Read more...] about Comments for : How often do you use the extra modes and settings of your phone’s camera app?
posted on 05 Nov 2015, 08:47 4 1. qolamreza (Posts: 52; Member since: 01 Jul 2015) I charge it a few times a day (nexus 5) posted on 05 Nov 2015, 09:00 3 6. VJo003 (Posts: 360; Member since: 11 Mar 2012) Android 6.0 has helped my Nexus 5 a lot posted on 06 Nov 2015, 00:54 0 107. vincelongman (Posts: 5285; Member since: 10 Feb 2013) 6.0 + Greenify is amazing (for Nexus 5 standards lol) posted on 05 Nov 2015, 10:12 6 33. sgodsell (Posts: 5840; Member since: 16 Mar 2013) Wow, your Nexus 5 has joined the iPhone wall huggers club. posted on 05 Nov 2015, 10:44 5 43. Jimrod (Posts: 1575; Member since: 22 Sep 2014) Weird, I charge my iPhone 6 at around 7am and I finish the day with 30-50% yet my friend with a Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and similar usage usually has to charge again by around 7pm. 48. phonegeek1212 (Posts: 56; Member since: 14 Aug 2015) People charging after 3 days or so...Are you using Smartphones??? 86. bvalde09 (Posts: 191; Member … [Read more...] about Comments for : How often do you usually have to charge your phone?
It’s no secret that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were two of the most popular Halloween costumes this year.But how much do you resemble either of the presidential candidates for the 2016 election cycle, without the use of fake tan or pantsuits? Ntechlab, the company behind one of the world’s most accurate facial recognition systems, want to give you a way of finding out.“FaceElections 2016 is a project designed to give everyone the opportunity to compare their face to the faces of the two main presidential candidates in America,” Ntechlab co-founder Alexander Kabakov told Digital Trends. “We’ve got maybe the best algorithm in the world for facial recognition, and we thought it would be interesting to voters to be able to see the degree of similarity they share, expressed as a number.”Ntechlab’s FindFace system made waves last year when its beat one developed by Google for University of Washington’s Megaface Championship 2015. At … [Read more...] about Facial-recognition algorithm will tell you if you look more like Clinton or Trump
The first cell phone I ever purchased was the original Motorola Razr. I actually resisted the cell phone revolution until 2004 when Motorola’s super-thin phone lured me in, but I was already in my late twenties by then. These days, no one waits until they’re on the brink of 30 years old to get a phone. Cell phones and smartphones are becoming a must-have item on every kid’s wish list. It’s not about making phone calls; it’s about having a camera, audio player, gaming device, web browser, and the ability to access social media and send texts.Mobile phones are an important invention for the human race. They have definitely changed the way the world communicates and they will continue to do so. Most of us own some kind of mobile phone. According to The World Bank‘s fairly conservative estimate, 75 percent of the world’s population has access to a mobile phone. So how old should a child reach — what milestone — before its … [Read more...] about How old should you have to be to own a smartphone?
In an era of constant likes and shares, where is the privacy line drawn? Are you someone who worries about being watched as you purchase an item online? Or do you consider loss of privacy the price you pay for having the world at your fingertips.Forrester recently released a report that reveals the characteristics of users and the factors that go into how much – or how little – each category of user shares. “We frequently hear that Millennials don’t care about privacy — just look at everything they share on social media! But this ignores the fact that Millennials actually manage their online identities quite aggressively.""While it may appear that they overshare online, they use privacy settings, ephemeral messaging, and browser plug-ins to control who sees what about them. This is exactly how most of us behave in the physical world: Our willingness to share personal information with specific people changes depending on our relationship with … [Read more...] about What privacy profile do you fit?