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    by Published on April 12th, 2013 12:38
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    Overview : Ultimate Tablet Sleeve Protection. Safeguard your tablet with a properly fitted SleeveCase. Cushioned with high-grade neoprene and wrapped in a nearly indestructible ballistic nylon shell, the Tablet SleeveCase functions as a stylish stand-alone case or can be inserted into another bag. And no need to take your tablet out of its snug compartment when going through airport security—it's TSA Checkpoint Friendly. With its impact-resistant screen protecting insert and its scratch-free, screen cleaning Ultrasuede® lining, you're good to go. It's a slam dunk.

    Features :

    • Made of indestructible ballistic nylon shell
    • Stand-alone case or inserted inserted into another bag
    • Impact-resistant screen protecting insert
    • Ultrasuede neoprene interior lining
    • TSA checkpoint friendly

    Quality/Usability : For photographers, we need a way to show our portfolio to clients. Some still carry around a binder with printed images while others are going more towards the high-tech route and using tablets to show their work.

    As we transport our tablets or laptops to every location, we need a way to not only transport them but to make sure they don't get damaged. We do want to keep our devices as immaculate as possible so that it's presentable and not beat up. How you treat you items can also represent how well you maintain other items.

    Since I purchased an ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity, I needed a way to carry my tablet around. I do have a leather case but there's no strap or handle. I would have to carry it around like a textbook thus occupying my hand. I wanted to see how the Waterfield Designs Ultimate Tablet SleeveCase would protect and hold my tablet.

    The Ultimate Tablet SleeveCase is made of ballistic nylon shell that will help protect your screen from impacts to the front. It comes only in black. The flap has velcro on it to help close the flap and to prevent the tablet from falling out. The backside has a sleeve pocket that is big enough to hold cables, notepad or magazine sticking out (vertical).

    It's available in two trim styles: lead indium and leather trim. The lead indium has a silver and black checker board look to it. The leather trim is just that, leather and costs an additional $6. The strap that is at the bottom of the sleevecase has a purpose. When you're pulling out the tablet, rather than holding the case, you would have one hand on the device and the other on the strap. This will allow you to pull the case away. You can also carry the case from this end but it is not recommended.

    The flap cover is lined with Ultrasuede lining and is held closed with velcro.

    The interior is made of neoprene liner that helps protect the screen from impacts. Also on the inside is a Ultrasuede lining that cleans the screen when you insert and remove the tablet every time. It won't remove everything but small particles like dust or crumbs. It's a perfect fit for the tablet. The Ultimate Sleeve Case are designed for tablets only with no accessories such as cases or covers installed. I personally like cases on my electronic devices to give it that extra protection.

    If you want to add D-rings to the case, it would be an additional $5. The D-rings allows you to attach a shoulder strap if you ever need one. For $12, you get a Simple Strap Mini for the case and for $22, you get the Suspension Strap Mini (pictured above). If you have your own strap, you can use that instead of buying their own. Both the D-ring and strap are are well made and sturdy.

    The Ultimate Tablet Sleeve is available for the Google Nexus, ASUS Transformers, Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Nobles Nook,Apple iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Blackberry Playbook, Microsoft Surface, Motorola Xoom, Acer Iconia Tab and many more! If you're unsure of the size, Waterfield Designs has great customer service.

    Conclusion : Overall, the SFBags Waterfield Designs Tablet Ultimate SleeveCase is a perfect fit for your tablet. It protects your tablet and makes transporting it easier and more professional looking. The quality is top-notch and well made.

    Manufacturer: SFBags - Waterfield Designs
    Site: Buy from Waterfield Designs
    Price: $59.00-$87.00
    by Published on April 9th, 2013 22:37
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    New update to support display resolution and five-inch smartphones

    Windows Phone 8 will support 1080p resolution displays by the end of the year, according to a report.
    Speaking to The Verge, sources “familiar with Microsoft’s Windows Phone plans” said the computing giant would release a new update later this year enabling support for the resolution and new five-inch smartphones.

    Displays currently support by Windows Phone 8 include 720p, WVGA and WXGA.
    The new update, also known as general distribution release 3 for Windows Phone, will also provide support for new quad-core Qualcomm processors.
    The news comes as Microsoft looks to gain ground on Apple and Android, with devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S4 expected to adopt a 1080p display.

    by Published on April 5th, 2013 20:41
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    Nokia courted fashionistas back at Mobile World Congress with the Lumia 720, and it's ready to embrace them more fully now that the slim Windows Phone is rolling out to its first countries. We've already seen it launch in Australia and the UK, where it's available for free when subscribing to relatively frugal postpaid plans of either $29 AUD (on Virgin Mobile Australia) or £22 (on O2 UK); Brits can also spend £300 at O2 to use the phone on a pay-as-you-go basis. Other countries will get their units in short order, including Italy next week (for €349 off-contract) and Russia. As a reminder, it's not coming to the US in an official capacity: while the mid-tier device made a visit to the FCC, the absence of LTE largely precludes American carrier deals. Some of us will have to gaze on the Lumia 720 from afar as a result, but many of those craving the most stylish of Nokia smartphones can get some satisfaction very shortly.

    by Published on March 28th, 2013 22:39
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    Microsoft mobile OS still only holds around three per cent market share.
    While Windows Phone devices may only account for around three per cent market share, it was announced this week that smartphones on the Microsoft mobile OS outstripped iPhone in seven countries during Q4,Mashable has reported.
    The announcement was made via a blog post from Frank Shaw, Microsoft’s head of public relations.
    However, after The New York Times asked IDC – the research company that provided the data – which countries saw Windows Phone outsell iPhone, it emerged that one of the seven countries was, in fact, a group of smaller countries categorised as ‘the rest of central and Eastern Europe’.
    The other six countries proper were Argentina, India, Poland, Russia, South Africa and Ukraine.
    To contextualise the stats, IDC analyst Kevin Restivo pointed out that Windows Phone sold less than 100,000 units during Q4 2012 in Ukraine, South Africa and ‘the rest of central and eastern Europe’.
    He also noted that Windows Phone performs expecially well in nations that are renowned strongholds for Nokia.

    by Published on March 19th, 2013 22:51
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    O2 has announced that it will become the first operator in the UK to sell the Nokia Lumia 720 smartphone, Mobile News has reported.

    The UK operator also confirmed that it will have exclusivity over the red Nokia Lumia 720 handsets.
    Officially unveiled at MWC 2013 last month, the Nokia Lumia 720 is the slimmest Lumia device yet, measuring 9mm in width.
    It also features a 4.3-inch display and a 6.7-megapixel camera.
    The Lumia 720 will be available as of April, and will retail at around £215.

    by Published on March 19th, 2013 00:47
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    5. Apple iPhone,
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    Overview : Max Connect is a MicroUSB to HDMI MHL Adapter Improved Remote Control Protocol (RCP) that is compatible with Samsung Galaxy S2, HTC Evo 3D, HTC Evo 4G Tablet, HTC Sensation 4G, Sprint Epic 4G Touch, Galaxy Nexus and many more.

    Features :

    • MHL Adapter allows you to connect a MicroUSB (5 Pin) port to a HDMI (Type A) equipped device
    • Improved Remote Control Protocol (RCP) function to use with HDTV remote control to control videos on a mobile device
    • Designed for use with mobile devices featuring MHL technology. Make sure your phone is compatible before purchasing
    • Connect a MHL compatible device to an HDMI TV
    • Supports video resolutions up to 1080p and digital audio
    • Includes 50cm long cable and 170cm long HDMI cable for better control performance

    Quality/Usability : With camera and video improving on mobile devices, people are starting to use it more and more especially if you don't have your camera on you. But it's hard to show your friends and family pictures on your phone's screen. There's only so many people that can hover over your phone display. So why not display it on your TV?

    Rather than get the OEM Samsung MHL adapter, I opted to try a 3rd party device. XCM is well known in the video game accessories scene and I have reviewed many of their gaming accessories. The quality of their products are very well made for an aftermarket company. So I thought I would give their Max Connect MHL adapter a try.

    The XCM Max Connect MHL Adapter doesn't come with much. You get the MHL adapter and it comes with an HDMI cable. The only thing you have to supply yourself is the device (smartphone or tablet) and microUSB charger/cable.

    There isn't much to the MHL adapter. One end lets you plug in a HDMI cable. The other end has a wire with a microUSB cable and in the middle of the XCM Max Connect MHL adapter is a port for you to connect your microUSB charging cable into and to power the adapter.

    [/B]I own a Samsung Galaxy S3 which is MHL compatible and the hardware is slightly different from other devices. The S3 uses 11-pin microUSB rather than the usual 5-pin (newer devices will soon be using 11-pin). Since the smartphone is an 11-pin, it will not work with the MHL adapters. In order for me to get the Max Connect to work with the Galaxy S3, I had to buy a 5-pin to 11-pin adapter. These adapters cost only $2-$3 depending where you purchase from (no need to get fancy with brand name as they all do the same thing). This allowed me to convert the MHL adapters 5-pin microUSB into a 11-pin microUSB so that it would work with the Galaxy S3.

    Getting it all setup is fairly easy.

    1. Connect the HDMI cable into the MHL adapter and your TV.
    2. Connect the microUSB charging cable into the MHL adapter.
    3. Connect the other end of the microUSB charging cable to a power source (wall or laptop).
    4. Connect the MHL adapter into the microUSB port on your device. This is the same port that you would normally use to charge your device.
    5. Select the appropriate HDMI Port on your TV (consult your TV owner's manual).
    6. The TV screen will display what is on your phone.

    NOTE: Please ensure that your device has MHL capabilities.

    Since it is connected to a microUSB charging cable and power source, it will also charge your device. No need to worry about your phone running out of battery.

    Here are some samples of what it would look like on your HDTV. The HDTV display is a 55" Samsung LED.

    Phone Home Screen:

    YouTube and Google Maps:

    Video Player (The Walking Dead):

    I can now watch videos on a bigger screen whether it's videos that I loaded to my phone or videos that I have recorded on my phone.

    Picture Gallery:

    If I have guest over, we no longer have to pass the phone around or huddle around a phone. We can now view all the images we want on a big screen and comfortably.

    Web Browser (Google Chrome):

    You really wouldn't want to view the web from your phone if you're home and have access to a tablet, laptop or desktop but this is just to show what you can do and how it would look.

    Games (Candy Crush):

    Yes, we can play our games on a bigger screen but we would still need to take a look at our phone so we can see where we're pressing. But it's cool though.

    Pretty much whatever is displayed on your device is displayed on your TV. You can now watch videos, view pictures, browse the web and play games all on a bigger screen at resolutions of up to 1080p. The color and clarity of the output is very good. It also depends the quality of your HDTV and its settings. The refresh rate is pretty smooth as well. The pictures above doesn't do its justice.

    Conclusion : Overall, the XCM Max Connect MHL MicroUSB to HDMI Adapter Cable displays whatever is on your device on to your TV. The Official Samsung MHL adapter with 5-pin to 11-pin adapter costs $40 retail without HDMI cable. Even if you have to go out and buy a 5-pin to 11-pin adapter, it's still cheaper. It may not cost much but I liked the fact that they included an HDMI ...
    by Published on February 28th, 2013 23:12
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    eBay is as close as it comes to a genuine Aladdin's cave, and we've seen plenty of ancient rarities, prototypes, sci-fi weaponry, and the odd killer robot go under its gavel. One of the latest artifacts of interest comes from eBay's Netherlands site, which is hosting an auction for a Windows Phone prototype slider known to her friends as Julie (or Jolie, depending on where you look in the listing) from the now defunct Sony Ericsson partnership. The phone that never wasfrom the company that is no longer is allegedly one of only seven units made, and is touted as having an 8-megapixel shooter and 16 gigs of storage. Some digging through the XDA Developers' forum suggests the handset's old Windows Phone 7 ROM is basically non-functional, so don't expect to plug in your SIM and stroll out the door with a useable device. If that doesn't put you off, however, there's no exorbitant entry price, and bids remain sensible, for now. Head to the listing below for more pictures and to get in on the action, but bear in mind the only shipping options are for Europe. Nothing a PM with an outrageous offer won't rectify, surely.
    Update: The seller has been in contact to let us know that international shipping is now available, and while the WP7 ROM running on the handset is by no means a final build, there are no issues with voice calling, the camera or Bluetooth.

    by Published on December 18th, 2012 14:29
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    2. Android News,
    3. Xperia Play News,
    4. Apple iPhone,
    5. Windows Phone

    A new Ofcom report reveals that the UK has taken over Japan as the world leader in mobile use.
    Consumers are downloading more data on their mobiles and tablets than any other major nation, with 16 per cent of all website traffic in the UK coming from mobile devices.
    Internet shopping is also more popular in the UK than any other country, reports Ofcom. UK consumers have now broken the £1,000-a-year spend barrier on internet shopping.
    by Published on November 21st, 2012 23:35
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    If you have any gadget junkies in your life, there's a good chance they're craving a new smartphone. Whether you're on a tight budget or have a fat wallet, simply look to our surefire list of the best and most unique mobile devices to place under the tree. But enough with the chatter... let's start shopping!

    On the cheap


    As luck would have it, one of our favorite smartphones of the year is currently an outright steal. The HTC One X for AT&T combines excellent performance, a fantastic camera and one of the best displays on the market into one stunning handset. We've little doubt that any gadget fan in your life will love the One X, which is set to get even better with an upgrade to Android 4.1. The same is true for its alter ego on Sprint, the EVO 4G LTE, which features much of what we love from the One X and adds to it a dedicated camera button, a larger battery, removable storage and a handy kickstand.
    Key specs: 4.7-inch HD (1,280 x 720) S-LCD 2 display, 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4, 8-MP rear / 1.3-MP front cameras, 16GB built-in storage, Android 4.0.
    Price: $0.01 (AT&T) or $20 (Sprint) at Amazon Wireless


    Motorola Droid RAZR M

    The Droid RAZR M is an outright budget superstar. The phone boasts a speedy dual-core processor, dependable battery life and a fantastic still camera. Yes, it sports a sub-premium qHD display and the video camera is lackluster, but for the price this is an incredibly well-rounded smartphone.
    Price: $0.01 (Verizon) at Amazon Wireless

    Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G

    Don't expect it to go toe to toe with our other budget contenders, but the Galaxy S Blaze 4G is an excellent value for T-Mobile customers. The phone offers robust performance, long battery life and excellent call quality. It also features a truly respectable camera.
    Price: $20 (T-Mobile) from Wirefly



    While most of us prefer HTC's high-end offerings at AT&T and Sprint, the Galaxy S III is an excellent smartphone in its own right. It also has the distinct advantage of being available for all of the major national carriers. The Galaxy S III boasts a spacious and beautiful display, an excellent camera, fantastic performance and solid battery life. Needless to say, it's certain to make any gadget lover giddy. Better yet, like the One X, the Galaxy S III is set to receive an upgrade to Jelly Bean in the near future.
    Key specs: 4.8-inch HD (1,280 x 720) Super AMOLED display, 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4, 8-MP rear / 2-MP front cameras, 16GB or 32GB built-in storage, Android 4.0.
    Price: $40 (Sprint), $100 (AT&T) or $60 (Verizon) at Amazon Wireless; $200 (T-Mobile) from Wirefly


    Motorola Droid RAZR HD

    One of the most anticipated smartphones to debut this season is the Droid RAZR HD for Verizon Wireless. The device is a huge improvement over the original Droid RAZR, with excellent performance, a higher-res display and gobs of battery life.
    Price: $150 at Amazon Wireless

    Nokia Lumia 920

    The Lumia 920 deserves special consideration for the shutterbug in your life, with a floating lens and sensor that bring unparalleled image stabilization and low-light performance. If the carrier is a deal-breaker, we're also big fans of the HTC 8X (on AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon).
    Price: $70 at Amazon Wireless

    Money's no object

    IPHONE 5

    If you're looking to make this holiday season truly memorable for someone, the iPhone 5 is your go-to device. Available for AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and a number of regional carriers, Cupertino's latest ranks among the most sought-after smartphones of the year. It boasts snappy performance, a top-notch display, commendable battery life and an excellent camera -- all wrapped in a truly beautiful enclosure. If you're really willing to splurge, be sure to grab either the 32GB or 64GB model, which will allow your loved ones to fill their phones to the brim with their favorite movies, music and photos.
    Key specs: 4-inch Retina (1,136 x 640) IPS display, 1.3GHz dual-core A6 processor, 8-MP rear / 1.2-MP front cameras, 16GB / 32GB / 64GB built-in storage, iOS 6.
    Price: $199 (16GB), $299 (32GB) or $399 (64GB) from Apple


    Samsung Galaxy Note II

    With its wicked-fast quad-core processor, the Note II is among the leaders of the pack in terms of sheer performance. It also boasts a beautiful and spacious HD display and an amazing camera. And then there's the S Pen, which lets you quickly jot down notes and annotate photos.
    Price: $230 (Sprint), $250 (AT&T) at Amazon Wireless; $280 (Verizon), $300 (T-Mobile) at Wirefly

    Nexus 4

    For a pure Android experience, the Nexus 4 is tops. The unlocked phone's display and camera are miles ahead of the Galaxy Nexus. It costs a bit more than what you'd typically find on contract, but carriers like T-Mobile or Simple Mobile offer pricing incentives for bringing your own handset.
    Price: $299 (8GB) or $349 (16GB) fromGoogle

    by Published on November 5th, 2012 18:11
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    2. Windows Phone

    A Microsoft branded smartphone could well be in the pipeline, after a report in the Wall Street Journal suggested that the company is currently testing a new handset design with component suppliers in Asia.
    While Microsoft has thus far declined to comment on the rumours, a source cited in the report stated that the smartphone has a screen size of four inches, which is in the same range as top smartphones from Apple, Samsung, HTC and Motorola.
    However, according to the report, officials at component suppliers did indicate that the Microsoft smartphone may not go into mass production.
    Should Microsoft introduce a smartphone for commercial production, the company would move closer to the Apple business model, designing both the software and hardware for each of its marquee devices.

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