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Note 3 Rumors

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Just as the excitement from WWDC dies down, rumors of the Note 3 are on the rise. The Galaxy Note which was deemed to become a failure took the mobile world by storm and created its own category: the phablet. Now in its 3rd iteration the Note 3 has some stiff competition in the phablet market. We’ve gathered all the rumors on the Note 3 to see if its got what it takes to take down the competition.

Release Date

  • The Note has traditionally been released in August and we don’t see why they would interrupt the release cycle in 2013

Display

  • Its being projected that the Note 3 will increase from a 5.5 inch screen to a 5.9 inch screen.
  • The display should get a bump as well to full 1080p HD

Hardware

  • Even though Samsung has been hinting at a major overhaul of the design of its products its not suspected to go into full effect until next year. Possibly the S5? Though unconfirmed the Note 3 will most likely follow closely to the design of the S4
  • Its rumored that the Note 3 will slim down slightly from 9.4mm to 8mm.

CPU

  • The S4 runs on a Snapdragon 600 so its expected that it’ll run on at least the 600 or possibly be announced with the new Snapdragon 800

GPU

  • The S4 incorporates the PowerVR SGX 544MP3 to power its graphics. With the larger screen of the Note 3 we can expect either the same GPU or a possibly the next iteration of the Power VR SGX.

RAM

  • 2GB has become standard in Galaxy devices. Its possible we could see an increase of memory but 2GB seems to be sufficient at the current state.

Camera

  • The Note 3 will adopt the same 13MP camera as the S4

Misc

  • Being that its called the Note, even with the new “Air” functionality, the S-Pen will still be included with the Note 3.
  • The Note will adopt all the new features that was introduced with the S4.
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A Life Without The Internet

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Can you imagine life without the internet? Paul Miller, a senior editor at The Verge, made the decision to disconnect from the internet for an entire year because he felt he was losing himself to the never-ending web. On May 1st 2012 Paul Miller officially began his year long internet fast. A year later Paul Miller has come back to the internet to share what a life is like being disconnected from the internet in an ever-connected world. Was he able to “find” himself again? Did life take on a new meaning once he was forced to interact with individuals on a human level?

In the beginning Paul Miller did enjoy life away from the connected world. He went out and “lived” life and met with people face to face. He was able to rid himself of his distractions and prioritize his life. But as time went on he found himself finding other non-connected ways to distract himself. The blossoming social life faded away and he would spend days alone in his apartment. What Paul Miller ultimately realized is that life is the result of the  choices you make. It doesn’t matter whether you’re connected or not. If you choose to be disconnected from the world you can do so without disconnecting from the internet. He came to realize that as distracting as the internet can be, since the rest of the world is connected, being connected to the internet was better than not. Technology may distract us but it also lets us connect in a way never available before to man. Its our decision whether or not to use it responsibly.

Thank you Paul Miller and welcome back to the internet.

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[Video] This Is How Google Glass Really Works

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This infographic by artist Martin Missfeldt depicts how Google GLASS works on a fundamental level. While some may be disappointed that its not as “complex” as they had imagined, we must not forget that there is still so much to GLASS that we do not know. Once GLASS becomes more widely available the potential and possibilities could be endless. Until then you can opt to use our GLAS instead!

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Which Carrier is Offering the Best Deals for the HTC One?

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Today AT&T and Sprint both confirmed that they would begin taking pre-orders on April 4th and 5th respectively with the actual release of the HTC One on April 19th. T-Mobile which will also be carrying the HTC One has yet to announce when they will begin taking pre-orders but it can be assumed it’ll be roughly around the same time as the other carriers.

Even with the release of the Xperia Z and the Galaxy S4 right around the corner, the HTC One is holding its ground amongst stiff competition.To set themselves apart carriers are offering specials to entice new customers. We’ve gathered all the specials to make it easier for you to decide which carrier is offering the best deal for you.

 

AT&T

AT&T has nabbed exclusive rights to the 64GB version of the HTC One. SInce the HTC One does not offer expandable storage this might be your deciding factor. AT&T is also throwing in a HTC Media Link HD wireless HDMI adaptor which will allow you to share content from phone to your television. The 32GB option goes for $200 and the 64GB option goes for $300 with a new 2 year contract

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Sprint

According to a Phandroid  leaked ad from Radioshack, Sprint will be offering a $50 Google Play gift card with the purchase of the HTC One. $50 can go a long way when it comes to apps.

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T-Mobile

Even though T-Mobile hasn’t announced a pre-order date, they’re offering a free HTC One Car Kit when you purchase the 32GB HTC One for $99 down and choose one of their Un-carrier plans.

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Last but not least HTC itself is offering a $100 Visa gift card if you register with them by this THURSDAY and send in your old phone. If you’re even considering picking up the HTC One then go register now.

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Regardless of which carrier you choose, we’ve got your HTC One covered with our GLAS.t Slim Screen ProtectorUltra Crystal Screen Protector, and the Ultra Thin Air Case!.

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The Ultimate Unlimited Plan

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Yesterday was a big day for the mobile world as T-Mobile introduced a business model to shake up the standard contract method used by the big 4. Calling it the Simple Choice “Uncarrier” plan, customers are no longer tied down by 2 year contracts for a subsidized phone price which is usually $200. Instead customers who choose to purchase a new phone have the option to make $20 monthly payments for 24 months after an initial $100 down payment or buy the phone outright. Not only has T-Mobile rid the contract model but they’ve also greatly simplified the plans available. Everyone starts off with a $50 unlimited talk and text plan and can choose between a $10 2GB data option, or a $20 unlimited data option. At this point T-Mobile has nothing to lose and much to gain by experimenting with different schemes to bring customers back to T-Mobile.

So how much money will you really be saving if you decide to switch to T-Mobile’s new Simple Choice plan? Now without taking into account coverage (since it varies from area to area), necessity, and throttling we’re going to be comparing the costs of brand new phones on UNLIMITED plans provided by the big 4.

T-Mobile

We’ll start with the star of the show. T-Mobile Starts at $50 for unlimited talk and text and another $20 for unlimited data. Adding in the down payment of $100 and $20 a month for the phone, the total cost of the first month will come out to $190 w/o taxes and fees. Over a span of 23 months at $90 the total cost for 24 months comes out to $2,260.

AT&T

AT&T’s unlimited talk comes in at a whopping $70. Add another $20 for unlimited texts and we’re already at $90. Now here’s the tricky part. AT&T doesn’t offer a unlimited data plan (unless you grandfathered in) so the mid and top tier options are 3GB for $30 and 5GB for $50. For comparison sake even if it’s a bit excessive for the average user we’ll be going with the 5GB option. Calculate in the typical $200 for a new phone and your first months costs come in at $340 w/o taxes and fees. Over a span of 23 months at $140/month, the total cost for 24 months comes out to $3,560.

Verizon

While offering an unlimited talk and text option for $90, Verizon does not offer an unlimited data plan. The highest data option for an individual is 10GB for $80. Adding in the initial $200 for the phone, we’re looking at $370 w/o taxes and fees. Over a span of 23 months at $170/month, the total cost for 24 months comes out to $4,280. Wow.

Sprint

Sprint makes it easy by offering an all unlimited plan for $110. Lets tack on the initial $200 for the phone and we’re looking at $310 for the first month. Over the span of 23 months at $110/month, the total cost for 24 months comes out to $2,840.

Even though this isn’t the most “fair” comparison you can see even at these extreme set-ups T-Mobile comes out to be the cheapest individual “unlimited” option. If you were to already own a smartphone, then the 2 year cost for T-Mobile would drop to $1,680 which is must cheaper than any other options out there. It’s nice to see that T-Mobile is willing to take a risk and try something new because in the end we the consumers are seeing the benefits. How successful T-Mobiles new approach may very well shape the future of the cellular industry. It’s exciting to see how things will turn out.

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Rumor Round-Up

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As we’re barely into 2013, rumors of upcoming devices are already swirling. From all the talk going around it looks like 2013 could be a very big year for many different players. Today we’re rounding up all the rumors flying around to make sense of it all.

Apple: There has been a lot of press on Apple lately due to a drop in its stock prices. Certain analysts have projected that their best days are behind them. It doesn’t help that recent cuts in iPhone production only add to the rumor.

Another rumor that has been gaining traction is that an iPad and iPad mini refresh is due in March. The iPad line was updated in November so this rumor should be taken with a grain of salt but with the competition ramping up, Apple may choose to shorten their release cycle.

Samsung: Even though the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 are still in high demand, rumors of the inevitable Galaxy S4 have emerged. Riding on the success of its predecessors, the S4 is rumored to be a 4.99′ inch screen device powered by one of Samsung’s newly announced processors. The addition of a curved screen/edge of the likes that was shown off at CES is also possible.

RIM: While rumors are unconfirmed, the recent specification and picture leaks of the Z10 (pictured below) are almost guaranteed. The specification lists a 4.2-inch hd display with a 1,280 x 768 resolution, 16GB of internal storage, 2GB of RAM, 8 megapixel rear camera, 2 megapixel front-facing camera, NFC, LTE and an 1,800 mAh battery.  With RIM having steadily lost market share, a lot is riding on the Z10 to revitalize a dying brand.

HTC: After a difficlut quarter HTC is ready to make a comeback with a new flagship device dubbed as the M7. Supposed it will have a 4.7 inch HD display and a 1.7GHz quad-core processor. Details are still vague on the M7.

This is only the beginning of 2013 and we already have a lot of exciting news to look forward to. With the Mobile World Congress and E3 yet to come, 2013 is turning out to be a very gadget filled year. Once you do get your hands on these awesome devices, make sure to keep them unique and protected by checking out our site at www.spigen.com for the latest and greatest mobile accessories! 

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Facebook Media Event- Graph Search

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As of 10am PST, Facebook is holding a mysterious press event to unveil “something they’ve been working on”. What does Facebook have in store for its users? Its been under a lot of criticism lately due to privacy issues and aesthetic changes and in need of some positive press. Is facebook trying to redeem themselves? Is there a new layout? Stay tuned to find out more!

Edit* Facebook introduces Graph Search. Basically a search engine that searches facebook data!