Access Parental Controls From Anywhere with #app for #iphone and #android @linksys #wifi #router

Linksys WiFi smart router

Linksys today announced a whole new user interface, design layout, navigation experience, and new innovative features for its Linksys Smart Wi-Fi app. The newly designed app for Apple and Android smartphones provides a more intuitive layout with simple-to-navigate options that enable millions of Linksys Smart Wi-Fi users to simply monitor, manage and control their home networks while at home or away.

New and improved features launched today:
· New contemporary user interface
· New organization for simpler feature discovery and use
· Intelligent router offline notification (Initially available on EA9500 router)
· Easily share guest Wi-Fi name and password – tap and text or email
· Guest access now supports up to 50 guests
· Prioritize internet bandwidth to chosen devices
· Parental controls to block specific sites and internet access for selected devices on a schedule
· More device icons to associate with client devices
· Easily view how much external hard drive space is available

Parental controls for WiFi router
Parental controls for WiFi router

“Being first to market with a router app for managing and monitoring a home network, we wanted to continue to advance the software for a more intuitive approach to make it easier to use and find tools that will make managing and sharing a home network easier,” said Dan Albertson, Linksys senior product manager. “What separates good routers from great routers is the software. The Linksys Smart Wi-Fi app clearly differentiates its home router solutions by providing all the basic and advanced management and control features but also continues to add new features that leverage the intelligence of the home router.”

The app has been completely updated and redesigned, providing simple utility, such as looking up and sharing the wireless credentials for up to 50 guests with a few taps on a mobile device. The app will also enable users to change bandwidth prioritization quickly and easily on the fly, ensuring your bandwidth-sensitive video calls and gaming sessions never slow down.

In addition to dozens of new icons to assign to clients’ devices, the app shows how much hard drive space has been used and how much is still available on external hard drives connected to the router.

Parental Controls

Parents can block websites or shut off Wi-Fi entirely for individual devices. Parents can also set up a schedule for blocking access for each device (available in an app update coming later this year). These parental control features will aid in making sure children use the internet appropriately, providing parents with peace of mind that there is also an ample amount of homework time without the distraction of the internet.

Notifications

A home network is dynamic, and notifications can alert users and provide insight on changing conditions. The new router offline notification feature (initially supported with the Linksys EA9500 router) is the first notification feature available that will detect when the router has lost its connection to the internet for any reason, and alert users with a notification on a mobile device. This feature is useful when users are away from home and could be an early warning system for:
· Phone calls from upset household Internet users that the router went offline and there could be a potential issue with the internet connection.
· Ensuring access to critical wireless devices remotely, such as door locks, IP cameras and smart thermostats
· A potential problem with the users’ internet provider

Manage parental controls from your iPhone or Android mobile device
Manage parental controls from your iPhone or Android mobile device

Other Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Features

The main dashboard provides an immediate glimpse into the current status of the home network. It shows the current connection to the internet and the number of connected devices, as well as quick access to the wireless password and options to reset it or share it. Parental control options from the main dashboard make it easy and fast to change settings as well as the device prioritization features and external storage visibility.
· Devices
· Wi-Fi Network
· Guest Access
· Parental Controls
· Device Prioritization
· External Storage (if any external hard drives are plugged into the router)

Advanced settings

· Single Port Forwarding
· Port Range Forwarding
· Port Range Triggering
· MAC Filtering

 

Moto Z Mods: Transform Your #smartphone #tech #mobile #android #innovation

Motorola Moto Z

From the mid 1990s to the mid 2000s there was meaningful and frequent innovation in wireless. Motorola saw the creation of the first flip phone, the Moto RAZR, the first QWERTY smartphone, the first app ecosystem, and of course, the first touchscreen phone.

But, since then, innovation has stagnated and is often incremental at best. Small changes in display size or megapixels make headlines, yet marginally impact overall experience to the point that new smartphones have become predictable.

Moto Z: The world’s thinnest premium smartphone

Made from military aircraft-grade aluminum and stainless steel, the stunning new Moto Z is durable-yet-razor thin – just 5.2mm – and ultra-light with a 5.5” Quad HD AMOLED display. It’s also incredibly powerful packing a Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM 820 processor, 4GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage inside. You can get more space for pictures, videos and apps by adding a microSD card up to 2 TB.

 

Moto Z has a high-resolution 13MP camera with optical image stabilization and laser autofocus, which help you take beautiful, true-to-life pictures in any light. The front-facing 5MP camera includes a wide-angle lens, which is great for fitting friends in the picture. And, with an extra flash on the front, everybody in the group looks their best—even in low light.

 

A water-repellant coating means rain, splashes or spills won’t get in your way. Tired of fumbling your phone to switch on and sign in? With the fingerprint reader, a touch is all you need to instantly wake up your phone. And with up to 30 hours of battery you can go all day and well into the night without needing to stop and recharge. You’ll get up to 8 hours of power in just 15 minutes with TurboPower.

 

Moto Mods: In a snap everything changes

With Moto Mods, you now have the ability to transform your Moto Z into exactly what you need it to be. Like an instant party maker with the JBL® SoundBoost. Or, grab some popcorn and turn your phone into a 70-inch movie projector with the Moto Insta-Share Projector. The Power Pack instantly adds up to 22 hours of life to your phone2 — and it comes in fashionable designs from partners like kate spade new york, TUMI and Incipio. You can also match your phone to your own personal style as often as you want with Style Shells. Choose from premium materials like real wood and leather, or pick out a patterned fabric. You can swap them whenever you like.

 

High-powered magnets connect Moto Mods to your phone so you can easily snap them together as your needs change. And since function never goes out of style, rest assured that the Moto Mods developed today are designed to work with future generations of Moto Z phones.

 

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Bring your ideas to life

Have a great idea for a Moto Mod? Not only are we working on more Moto Mods to add to the ecosystem, we’re also providing open architecture and the tools you need to bring your own idea to life. Through the new Moto Mods Developer Program, small developers to established enterprises will have the unprecedented opportunity to help build a complete ecosystem that maximizes innovation and redefines the future of mobile.

 

Need a little help with your Moto Mods idea?  The Lenovo Capital and Incubator Group (LCIG) will be setting aside seed equity funding to spur innovation on the Moto Mods platform. In addition, the LCIG has set aside $1,000,000 equity funding for the individual or company that creates the best Moto Mods prototype by March 31, 2017.

 

For more info about the Moto Mods Development Kit, the certification process and funding from the LCIG, visit developer.motorola.com.

 

Moto Z will be broadly available in Canada at various retailers this fall.

Android device performance lags behind iOS #smartphones #tablets #technology #pr

Samsung S6 smartphone

Android devices are no match for their iOS counterparts when it comes to device performance, according to the Q1 2016 State of Mobile Device Performance and Health report released today by Blancco Technology Group. Based on diagnostics tests run on millions of iOS and Android devices via the SmartChk platform, the report reveals a glaring disparity in failure rates for Android devices (44 percent) and iOS devices (25 percent) during the first quarter of 2016. What’s more – out of the 44 percent of Android devices that failed, the Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S5 and Lenovo K3 Note models had the highest failure rates.

These findings come off the heels of Kantar Worldpanel ComTech’s latest smartphone market share report, which shows that Android commanded the lion’s share of the mobile operating system (OS) market share for the three-month period ending February 29, 2016. In particular, Android saw considerable sales growth in various parts of the world, including the United States, Europe, China, Japan and Australia – leaving iOS, Windows and other operating systems in its dust.

“Android devices seem to be a contradiction in terms,” said Pat Clawson, CEO, Blancco Technology Group. “On the one hand, Android is the number one operating system in terms of global market share. But despite this advantage, Android device performance still lags behind iOS and tends to be plagued by high rates of crashing apps and app cache. With the launch of new smartphone models this year – such as Samsung S7, LG G5 and the rumored iPhone 7 – it will be interesting to see how Android device performance stacks up against iOS in the coming months.”

Key highlights from the Q1 2016 trend report include:

  • Out of the 25 percent of iOS devices that failed, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 5s models had the highest failure rates – at 25 percent and 17 percent, respectively.
  • While dual SIM emerged as a common source of performance issues in Europe and Asia, it was not prevalent in North America.
  • Crashing apps were detected on 74 percent of Android devices, while open/cached apps were found on 44 percent of Android devices.
  • A significant portion of the top 10 Android crashing apps in Q1 2016 were security-related, including Lookout, 360 Security, CM Security and AVG AntiVirus.
  • Device failure rates were significantly higher in Asia (55 percent) than in North America (27 percent) andEurope (35 percent).
  • ‘No Trouble Found’ returns were highest in North America (73 percent), whereas they were far lower inAsia (45 percent) and Europe (65 percent).

Clawson concluded, “Our data’s value goes far beyond providing a glimpse into device performance issues and trends. By using our analytics dashboard and business intelligence, mobile network operators and OEMs can actually see real improvements to their business, such as a more efficient post-sales customer experience, increased foot traffic, upsell opportunities, fewer NTF returns and reduced customer churn. For enterprise businesses, our data can help get C-level buy in to implement diagnostics tools as a way to cut down on unnecessary IT/support desk workloads, manpower and costs.”

 

Zus – the smart car charger @nondainc #cool #tech for #cars #acura #honda #gm #ford #toyota #subaru #audi #mazda #nissan

Zus is a device for charging your smartphone quickly on the go. The vendor tagline calls it “the smart car charger” because it can be connected to your smartphone via an app which can be used to locate your vehicle using GPS technology. I’ve used the device and found the vendor’s claims hold true – the device and app do work in tandem to record your vehicle’s location. And the charging technology worked as claimed – my iPhone 6 charged in about 3.5 hours, which is much faster than other car chargers I’ve tried.

Where the GPS location technology would really come in handy is if you’re a travelling consultant or sales-person and frequently have to leave your vehicle for work related reasons. I could see this working particularly well if you’re in an unfamiliar or foreign city as a mobile worker. Another scenario where the location technology might assist is at a large sporting event, for example when you need to leave your vehicle in an enormous parking lot.

There’s an app for both Apple iOS and Android platforms. Additionally, the device is made from military grade materials and will continue to work well even on the hottest summer days when the interior of your vehicle gets extremely hot. The vendor claims the device will work up to 100 degrees Celsius –  however I haven’t had the chance to test that out here in Metro Vancouver this winter. The temperature hasn’t gone much above 10 degrees Celsius over the past few months.

If you’ve bought a Zus please let me know how its worked out for you and leave a comment below.

I would really appreciate it if you could like and share this post on the social networks so I can get the word out about my blog!

Thanks – Jay

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Win a gift from Guusto

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In March we told you about Guusto, an app that allows you to send gifts to family and friends. Now you’ll get a chance to win a gift and gift it to someone that you know.

How does Guusto work?

Guusto is an app that’s easy to download for iOS and Android and works like this. You choose the gift and its value and then send it via email or text message. You don’t need the app to receive the gift but simply open the link and choose any partner venue to redeem it.

Now here is your chance to win a gift from Guusto and send it to a friend of your choice. Just see the details of our contest below and find out how to enter and you could send a friend a gift. Note this contest is open to Vancouver and B.C. Residents only.

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Cell Clinic Vancouver lets you trade-in devices this Christmas

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To help families this Christmas, Cell Clinic is accepting trade-ins on broken/used mobile devices for cash at cellclinicnearly twice the value offered by major cell phone providers, and an extra 20 per cent to trade for in-store credit.

Gifts or cash will help families buy presents this Christmas. We are also encouraging people to use this offer to buy gifts and give directly to a charity of their choice such as YWCA Metro Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Food Bank, Salvation Army, Covenant House, Senior Services Society, BC SPCA, Vancouver Humane Society, Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre and Kocihta (helping Indigenous youth reach their career potential).

“We want to help charities and families that are in need,” said Alex Dechant, owner of Cell Clinic Ltd. “Many people don’t realize that old cell phones and tablets can be turned into cash or repaired Vs. purchasing a new one. Repairing a new mobile device can save consumers hundreds of dollars, reduce technology’s carbon footprint, and cut the need to buy a phone prior to the end of a cellular contract, or a long-term contract with a mobile provider”, said Dechant.

About Cell Clinic:

Cell Clinic provides people and corporations with a quick, affordable, and quality repair option in the heart of downtown Vancouver (935 Seymour) that will improve the functionality and life of their current cell phone and tablet. The store also offers gift certificates, refurbished mobile devices, and a variety of mobile accessories such as protection options, cases, Bluetooth speakers, headphones, chargers, etc.

Phantom Glass review

Phantom Glass

Phantom Glass has the answer to protecting your devices as its a tempered glass screen protector, created with Corning Gorilla Glass, to ensure maximum impact and scratch protection.

What is it?

at .2millimeters thin Phantom Glass features two unique coatings: a silicone nano-adhesion layer, which allows for easy installation while its oleophobic nano-coating that allows fingerprints to wipe off with ease.

Where can I get it?

In development for 2 years, Phantom Glass is available Staples, Future Shop Best Buy in Canada starting this week. It is available for iPhones, iPads, Microsoft’s Surface, and Samsung devices. Vancouverites should also inquire at other stores where they buy their technology as the company was in Vancouver this week hitting up potential vendors.

The company is based in Markham, Ontario and we spoke with Richard Waters, one of the company’s founders about why this is a great buy for smartphone users and techies alike.

“Phantom Glass is super strong, easy to install, impact resistant and has a lifetime warranty. If and when you drop your phone its engineered to break in a way that is safe to the consumer. We stand behind what we have built and will continue to do so.”

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For me it’s given my iPhone 4s new life. Switching from the Ballistic case to a cover for the back and Phantom Glass on front, my phone is lighter and brighter. Phantom Glass is so clear and easy to look at that you hardly know it is there. It also cleans easily and has taken a few drops and falls very well.

Waters notes that “We intend to keep company going and build respected brand that’s a go to for consumers and techies alike. We plan maintain retail partnerships and further enhance those relationships rather than sell the company to the highest bidder.”

Keep your eyes peeled for Phantom Glass at your local tech retailer or big box store. If you have the chance to give it a try or put it on your phone do it. You will be glad you did.

HTC One (M8): The Ultimate Smartphone?

HTC One M8

Last year around this time I had the opportunity to review the HTC One and was in awe of this smartphone. It’s a gorgeous unit and now HTC is releasing the next generation M8 model. I’ve been reading some of the tweets about the HTC One today and found a number of sites pointing out that the units would be difficult to repair.

 

According to iFixit the original HTC One was the most difficult phone to repair for do-it-yourselfers period. The M8 model is a little easier and garnered just 2/10 in a repair review.  Now I understand there might be a niche group out there wanting to repair their own tech but focusing on this point is a little too much in my opinion. The majority of folks aren’t going to focus on the repairability factor where any phone is concerned; I would guess the main focus would be:

  • usability
  • design
  • features

This being said, the HTC One doesn’t disappoint. Launching in Gunmetal Gray with the all-new HTC Sense 6, the new HTC One (M8), boasts a high-quality metal unibody with a Smart Sensor Hub that anticipates your needs and uses Motion Launch controls to make everyday tasks easier. New Duo Camera technology delivers creative, professional-looking photos and amazing effects, and HTC BoomSound again sets new standards for audio quality on a smartphone.

Peter Chou, CEO, HTC said: “In 2013 we introduced the best smartphone in the world, but we never stopped challenging ourselves and the status quo in this category. As pioneers in mobile innovation, we continue to design and build devices that will dazzle, inspire and transform the smartphone industry. Today I’m proud to launch the most stunning, intuitive and advanced handset that the industry has seen to date, the new HTC One (M8).”

Phone Design

Achieving another breakthrough in design and quality with the new HTC One (M8), the phone’s body has been re-crafted to create an even more stunning yet approachable look. The beautiful, durable, high-quality metal unibody flows right up to the 5-inch, full HD (1080p) display, tapering to thinner edges, with softer curves for a smooth, more natural grip, while adding the benefit of removable storage accommodating up to a 128GB micro SD memory card for more content to share.

Supported by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with 2.3 GHz quad-core Krait CPUs and fully integrated 4G LTE, and running Android 4.4, Kit Kat, the latest version of the Android OS, the new HTC One (M8) features the all-new HTC Sense 6, available on the device and as an upgrade from the Google Play store. Completely redesigned with a cleaner, more striking visual style, HTC Sense 6 features bold, customizable color themes and delivers a more intuitive, personalized user experience. For those who prefer the stock Android experience, the HTC One (M8) Google Play edition will be available for pre-order beginning today and for purchase on the Google Play store in the coming weeks.

HTC One M8

Smartphone Imaging

The new HTC One (M8) brings a totally different dimension to mobile imaging by combining the world’s first smartphone with a Duo Camera that features HTC’s innovative HTC UltraPixel module, with a dual flash and full 1080p HD video recording. The new Duo Camera produces incredible images in all lighting conditions and rich, high-quality video. A 5-megapixel wide-angle front-facing camera also captures superior selfies with ease.

The Duo Camera incorporates a special depth sensor, in addition to the main HTC UltraPixel™ module, for a range of artistic effects and tools that allow more creativity with images than ever before. Using the depth sensor to capture detailed depth information from a scene, the Duo Camera can create professional-looking portraits — alter the focus of an image after the photo has been taken with UFocus, or make the photo’s subject stand out in a more impactful way by altering the background with creative effects using Foregrounder. Other tools include Seasons animations to add seasonal flavor to the image, Copy & Paste to insert family and friends into an entirely different photo, and Dimension Plus, which presents a unique perspective by changing the image angle with a simple screen tilt.

This advanced camera technology also works behind-the-scenes, capturing images right from launch so that when the shutter is activated, the sharpest possible image is instantly displayed. The camera autofocus operates at a speed of 300 milliseconds, producing beautifully crisp images of split-second action. When the flash is required, the intelligent LED Dual Flash automatically selects the exact color tone and light intensity for more natural skin tones and a professional-looking shot.

With so much scope to create exciting imagery, HTC’s Gallery organization also has been a priority for the designers of HTC Sense, who developed Image Match, a visual search tool that intuitively moves all photos from a particular subject into one album.

Finally, the new HTC One (M8) also has an integrated Slow Motion mode, which enables high-definition video capture in slow motion to produce unique effects in the final version. When editing, action can be slowed at critical points for emphasis – perfect for adding drama or highlighting a special moment.

 

Cloud Services

In 2014, HTC’s unique Zoe feature will evolve into a cloud-based service, enabling Zoe Video uploads for all to see, along with the ability to invite friends and family to add their own photos, videos and music to the original Zoe video. Incredible highlight reels of classic moments are even better when the creation is shared. The new Zoe app will be available for download through Google Play this summer.

 

Gesture Controlled Shortcuts

With the introduction of HTC Sense 6, the new HTC One (M8) boasts capabilities that give the product a sixth sense. For example, Motion Launch™ is immediately able to detect its position and movement, thanks to built-in motion sensors that allow interaction with the phone without turning on the screen. A simple swipe will activate the device, Auto Answer allows calls to be answered without touching the screen simply by putting the phone to the ear – a handy tool if the phone rings while gardening or washing dishes – and a double tap turns the lock screen on and off.

 

Case Protection

An outstanding smartphone deserves a smart case that protects and extends its innovative design and industry-leading functionality. Optimized by HTC Sense 6, the new HTC Dot View phone case protects the screen, while displaying notifications and interactions in a retro, dot-matrix style.

Taking that sixth-sense functionality one step further, Motion Launch is extended to the HTC’s new Dot View case – simply double tapping to turn on the phone, in addition to checking the time, weather, new texts, emails and calls – all without touching or revealing the screen.

HTC Dot View Case

Power Saving Mode

The innovation continues as HTC changes the way people use their phone battery. With the original HTC One (M7), HTC optimized power consumption to get the most out of the phone. The new HTC One (M8) takes battery optimization to a whole new level making the battery power last 40 percent longer. While normal power saving mode delivers a great experience, the HTC One (M8) features an Extreme Power Saving mode that makes the battery last even longer. Fully charged, it will deliver 14 days’ worth of battery power, while allowing calls, texts and emails – perfect for travel. Activated either manually or automatically, Extreme Power Saving mode delivers 60 hours of extra standby time at 20 percent power, 30 hours at 10 percent power and 15 hours at 5 percent power. Whether out late at night or hiking in the mountains, running out of battery power is no longer a worry.

 

BoomSound Audio

The new HTC One (M8) again takes the smartphone audio experience to new heights. The latest HTC BoomSound technology creates an immersive, powerful, crystal-clear sound with rich tones from bass through to treble. Delivering sound that is 25 percent louder than the HTC One (M7), without compromising quality, the new HTC One (M8) has dual frontal stereo speakers with a new amplifier, redesigned speaker chambers and a tailored audio profile for a truly high-definition experience.

 

BlinkFeed News on your Home Screen

HTC BlinkFeed is now more intuitive, with continuous scrolling for a fluid browsing experience, adaptable tiles and a new layout that presents articles in a clean, easy-to-read way. With the introduction of a new SDK that allows partners to integrate their own content, users can more easily find and subscribe to new media sources, in addition to instantly creating custom feeds on any topic. Whether sports, movies or shopping are a favorite interest, this feature ensures delivery of the most useful and relevant information. With News Bundles that bring all articles and tweets on the same topic together for easy reading and more than 1000+ content partners now clearly categorized on one page, following the most interesting news couldn’t be simpler.

 

Fitness Features

With the new HTC One (M8), it’s easier than ever to get healthy and stay motivated by combining its power-saving sensor hub with the preloaded Fitbit app. Alternatively, the phone can be used with one of Fitbit’s range of trackers6 to access advanced features such as sleep tracking and smart alarm or to capture data when exercising without the phone. Set fitness goals and see achievements brought straight to the HTC BlinkFeed home screen with no additional effort. Fitbit is the top downloaded app for connected fitness devices on the Google Play store.

 

HTC TV

The only remote anyone will ever need has been redesigned on the new HTC One (M8) to provide an interactive second screen. Integrated official Facebook and Twitter streams enable real-time conversations and the ability to follow fan commentary about programs online and in social circles. HTC Sense TV now also brings live sports statistics for the 10 most popular sports in the world, with sports fans able to access the latest scores, match statistics and get live updates from games that can’t be missed while watching another game on the main TV screen.

 

“This extensive range of enhancements shows that we put consumers at the center of everything we do, which is why our customers can be confident they are getting the best smartphone of 2014,” said Jason Mackenzie, president of HTC Americas. “With our focus on delivering a premium experience to consumers and the tremendous support from our partners, I’m thrilled that we can make the HTC One (M8) available for purchase today across North America and ensure that HTC will help protect that investment long after their purchase with HTC Advantage.”

 

 

Customer Support

HTC Advantage enables unmatched support for the HTC One family of smartphones – HTC One (M8), HTC One, HTC One mini and HTC One max – by working to solve the challenges of today’s mobile lifestyle. The program is available at no extra charge and features a free, one-time cracked screen replacement within the first six months of ownership, a commitment to future software innovation and content storage and backup solutions that consumers need in today’s digital world.

In addition to the latest software updates from Android, HTC will continue to drive innovative experiences on the HTC One family of smartphones by delivering HTC Sense 6 applications through Google Play, which provides consumers with richer features when available, rather than waiting for the next major OS update. HTC Sense 6 will be available for all 2013 HTC One products – HTC One (M7), HTC One mini and HTC One max – in the U.S. and Canada later this spring.

 

North America Availability

The new HTC One (M8) will be sold through more than 230 operators around the globe in Gunmetal Gray, Glacial Silver and Amber Gold. Colour availability varies by carrier.

In North America, the HTC One (M8) is available online today through major wireless carriers and retailers including Amazon, Appalachian Wireless, AT&T, Best Buy, Bluegrass Cellular, Car Toys, Cellcom, Chat Mobility, Cincinnati Bell Wireless, Costco, Military Exchange, Net10 Wireless, Pioneer Cellular, RadioShack, Sprint, Verizon Wireless and Walmart in the United States, and Best Buy, Bell, Future Shop, Rogers, SaskTel, T-Booth, TELUS, Wind and Wireless Wave in Canada. Starting in April, it will also be available to purchase online and in retail through T-Mobile, and broad in-store availability across the majority of partners begins on April 10.

 

For more information about the HTC One (M8), please visit http://www.htc.com.

 

For press materials and images of the HTC One (M8) please visit: http://www.htc.com/us/about/newsroom/press-kit/htc-one-m8/

 

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About HTC

Founded in 1997, HTC Corporation (HTC) is the creator of many award-winning mobile devices and industry firsts. By putting people at the center of everything it does, HTC pushes the boundaries of design and technology to create innovative and personal experiences for consumers around the globe. HTC’s portfolio includes smartphones and tablets powered by the HTC Sense® user experience. HTC is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE: 2498). For more information, please visit http://www.htc.com.

 

LG G Watch being developed in collaboration with Google

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LG Electronics (LG) is working together with Google on LG G Watch powered by Android Wear, which extends the Android platform to wearables. LG G Watch will be compatible with a wide range of Android smartphones and will present relevant information to users just when they need it or whenever they say “OK Google” to ask questions or get stuff done. As one of Google’s lead partners in this effort, LG is planning to introduce its first watch powered by Android Wear in the second quarter of 2014.

The LG G Watch powered by Android Wear will present a low barrier to entry for developers and offer the best Google experience for users. LG engineers worked closely with Google from the initial stages of development to ensure that the LG G Watch worked perfectly with Android Wear. This is LG’s fourth device developed in close collaboration with Google following the Nexus 4, Nexus 5 and the LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition.

“The opportunity to work with Google on LG G Watch was the perfect chance for LG to really pull out all stops in both design and engineering,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “With the LG G Watch, LG is continuing the milestones we’ve set in wearables following in the footsteps of the world’s first 3G Touch Watch Phone in 2009 and the Prada Link in 2008. We’re confident that a well-designed device has the potential to take the smart wearable market by storm.”

LG G watch“With wearables, we’ve only just begun to scratch the surface of what’s possible,” said Sundar Pichai, Senior Vice President of Android, Chrome & Apps at Google. “The potential in this space is exciting which is why we’re thrilled to work together with partners like LG to bring Android Wear devices to market.”

Additional details of the LG G Watch powered by Android Wear, including hardware specifications, will be announced in the coming months.

Android and Android Wear are trademarks of Google, Inc.

 

About LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company
LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company is an innovator and trend leader in the global mobile communications industry. LG is driving the evolution of mobile forward with its highly competitive core technologies in the areas of display, battery and camera optics and strategic partnerships with noted industry leaders. LG’s consumer-centric products — including the flagship premium G Series models — incorporate unique, ergonomic designs and intuitive UX features that enhance the user experience. The company remains committed to leading consumers into the era of convergence, maximizing inter-device connectivity between smartphones, tablets and a wide range of home and portable electronics products. For more information, please visit www.LG.com.

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Leef Bridge offers great USB features for computers and Android smartphones

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leef bridgeIf you’ve ever wondered how to get files off your smartphone and you don’t want to plug it into your computer to remove them like I do then the Leef Bridge is the answer for you.

I received the Leef Bridge a few months back and used it while demoing the Galaxy Note 8. It features a micro USB connector and a full-size USB connector that access the same memory so you can grab and move content, photos, videos, music and documents to and from any compatible device. It worked very well for me but you’ll need file management software as well and ASTRO’s File Manager is the one to download.

System Requirements

The Leef Bridge will work on the following types of operating systems:

Android Jelly Bean OS 4.1 or higher
Windows® 8
Windows® 7
Windows® XP (SP3)
Windows Vista® (SP1, SP2)
Windows 2000®
Linux Kernal 2.6 or later
Apple® Mac OS X or later

It will not however work on iOS devices.

Device Specifications

The Leef Bridge is black and comes in 16 GB, 32, and 64 GB sizes. It operates as a USB 2.0 or USB 2.0 High-Speed device and comes with a 5-year limited warranty. It also allows for Direct playback of videos and music when it’s plugged in and does not need to be on a network nor is a battery required.

My only complaint as I mentioned above was that it won’t work with my iPhone and iPad. It does work with my MacBook pro but since I am primarily an Apple user I’m left in the dark a bit. I wasn’t able to find out whether the Leef Bridge will be available for iOS devices as of yet but it would be nice if it was.

 

Galaxy Note 8 is a great tablet and more

Galaxy Note 8In the smartphone and tablet wars Apple and Samsung have duked it out for a while now and the Galaxy Note 8 from Samsung shows the company is serious about winning this battle. With its immediate competitor being the iPad Mini, the Galaxy Note 8 matches the mini stride for stride and easily compliments other devices you may have in your household.

As an iOS user I’m always curious to see what is available in the Android space and the Galaxy Note 8 like the Galaxy S4 is impressive in every facet. My tablet had a SIM Card with LTE capability which made this device that much better because i could surf the web, watch Netflix and YouTube and use apps without being dependent on wireless. It was also nice to be able to make calls from the tablet as well although it was a bit awkward considering the size of the Galaxy Note 8.

Galaxy Note 8 Hardware and OS Specifications

The Galaxy Note 8 comes with an impressive list of specifications and hardware and of course all that the Android ecosystem has to offer. This includes:

    • Android Jelly bean 4.1
    • Android Ecosystem including Samsung Apps, Readers, Music, Game, Video, Hub
    • UI / Web Browser including Android + Samsung Android Browser and Chrome Browser
    • Chipset CP XMM 6262 AP Exynos 4412 (1.6 GHz x 4)
    • Memory 2GB (RAM) and 16 or 32GB options for hard drive space. You can also add a microSD (up to 64GB)
    • Camera / Flash 5MP AF + 1.3MP
    • Dimensions 210.8 x 135.9 x 7.95 mm
    • Weight 345g (3G/LTE) / 340g (WiFi)
    • Display 203.1 mm (8″) WXGA (1280 x 800, 189ppi) TFT

It was a bit surprising that the Galaxy Note 8 doesn’t have the latest Android OS on it and I did not try to upgrade it to the latest.

Apps and Operability

As I mention in my video review apps are found on Google’s Play Store and I had no issues getting whatever apps I wanted to install. I usually try to install as many apps as I can that I use on my iOS devices when reviewing another OS. The Galaxy Note 8 with Android passed the test easily.

In terms of operability, I found this tablet easy to use and navigate. I’ll admit that it isn’t as smooth as my iOS devices as the iOS interface seems a bit more intuitive and user-friendly.

All in all I give the Galaxy Note 8 two thumbs up. A great piece of hardware that’s sure to impress current Samsung users and those looking for something in the tablet space.

LG G2: The latest flagship LG smartphone is a winner

LG G2

What can you do with one finger? According to a recent survey conducted for LG Electronics Canada, Canadians can do a lot—press snooze, hail a cab, twirl their hair, the list goes on, but for 55 per cent of Canadians controlling their smartphone with one finger is important. Beginning this fall, LG is making that possible with its latest LG flagship smartphone, the LG G2.

“LG was listening to consumers when they designed the LG G2,” said Geoffrey McMurdo, Vice President, Mobile Communications, LG Electronics Canada. “The unique Rear Key concept came from the realization that the larger phones became, the more difficult it became to access the side keys. Now, with the LG G2, Canadians can more easily control their device including adjusting the volume, take pictures, craft a memo and so much more – all with just one finger.”

We’ve included some specs about the LG G2 here for your convenience.

phone | Width : 3.00, Height : 5.91, Breadth : 0.37
Type
Smart Phone
Color
Black / White
CPU Speed
2.26GHz Quad core
CPU Type
Snapdragon 800
Display
1920×1080 Full HD IPS Display, 5.2″
RAM
2GB LPDDR3 800MHz
ROM
32GB
Network*
CDMA (1x / EVDO Rev.A)
2G (GSM / EDGE)
3G (HSPA+42Mbps / HSPA+21Mbps)
LTE (SVLTE, CSFB, CA, VoLTE, RCS, MIMO)
Dimensions**
138.5 (L) x 70.9 (W) x 8.9 (D)
Battery**
3,000mAh / Embedded Li-Polymer
Audio
24bit x 192kHz Hi-Fi Sound
Camera
13MP OIS (Optical Image Stabilizer)
8x Digital zoom
Sapphire Crystal Glass Lens
Multi-point AF (9 Points)
Full HD 60fps Recording/Playback

LG continues to listen and wants to hear what Canadians can do with just one finger. To celebrate the upcoming LG G2 launch, LG is challenging Canadians to warm up their index finger with the LG G2 One Finger Challenge. Each day for four weeks, Canadians can tell LG what they can do with one finger for a chance to win prizes, including the LG G2 before it’s available in stores. Visit www.facebook.com/LGCanada for details on the contest.

LG G2
LG G2

Experience LG G2
In addition to the LG G2 One Finger Challenge, LG is travelling across the country to introduce the LG G2 to Canadians and giving them the chance to warm up their index finger and experience the new LG G2. Visit www.lgg2.ca or www.facebook.com/LGCanada to learn more.

About the Survey
From August 9th to August 12th, 2013, an online survey was conducted among 1499 Canadian adults, who are Angus Reid Forum panelists. The margin of error—which measures sampling variability—is +/- 2.4%, 19 times out of 20. The results have been statistically weighted according to age, gender, region, and in Quebec, language Census data to ensure a representative sample. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.

About LG Electronics Canada
LG Canada is comprised of five business units – Mobile Communications, Home Appliance, Home Entertainment, Business Solutions and Commercial Air Conditioning. The company has offices in Toronto and Vancouver. LG Canada is focused on delivering award-winning products known for blending style and technology. These innovative products include cell phones, flat screen TVs, laptop computers and home appliances. For more information please visit www.LG.com.

About LG Electronics, Inc.
LG Electronics, Inc. (KSE: 066570.KS) is a global leader and technology innovator in consumer electronics, mobile communications and home appliances. With 117 operations around the world, LG achieved global sales of USD 49 billion (KRW 54.26 trillion) in 2011. LG is comprised of four business units – Home Entertainment, Mobile Communications, Home Appliance, and Air Conditioning & Energy Solution – and is one of the world’s leading producers of flat panel TVs, mobile devices, air conditioners, washing machines and refrigerators. For more news and information on LG Electronics, please visit www.LGnewsroom.com.

SOURCE LG Electronics Canada