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Can the LG Optimus 4X HD boost the firm’s sales?

By on Apr 10, 2012 in Android |

Could LG’s Optimus 4X HD transform the firm’s fortunes? The Korean company has predicted a mobile comeback for itself and believes focussing on the high end side of the market, selling the quad core in the UK and focussing on LTE devices in the US will help them reach their target of over 80 million sales in 2012. LG has taken a big gamble in the direction is has moved in in terms of its handsets on sale this year. It has pitched itself at the pricier end of the market showcasing 3D devices along with its new quad core 4X device., The 4X HD has a 4.7 inch screen with a 1280 x 729 pixel resolution. Screen and the quality of the image on the screen has always been a major selling point of LG devices and this is no exception with many consumers likely to buy the handset because of the crisp clean image. The screen, inevitably, takes up most of the front of the device with the rest of the handset black and razor thin. There are three touch buttons underneath the display. Running Ice Cream Sandwich these buttons aren’t actually integral but many other designers have opted to keep them as well. The device runs with the quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor and has 1 GB of RAM. LG wants to shift 80 million handsets in 2012. It predicts almost half, 35 million of these, will be smartphones. These clearly are worldwide figures but LG is faced with a battle that shows its total volume sales falling year on year. Last year the firm shipped 88 million handsets, the year before 116 million. The price of its devices and its profits however are increasing. Rather on focussing on variety, therefore, the firm is opting for value and margin, so offering more luxury high end products in the same way Motorola has and Sony, rather than like HTC and Samsung in opting for a range of devices to fit every price point. Earlier this year Samsung said its aim to provide a device for a range of budgets would be its key to selling over 100 million handsets worldwide this year. A boss at LG says instead they believe focusing on high end models will be key to turning round the company that is, they say, still in transition. In the smartphone market the firm faces real competition from the HTC One X which launched at the same time at Mobile World Congress. Both devices have a remarkably similar specification in terms of screen size and camera. Both are also powered by the same processing chip. HTC comes with a strong and popular brand in the UK so it will be up to consumers to device which device they prefer. Will LG’s gamble payoff? Offering a range of devices to suit each price point has been a popular strategy from several manufacturers, although really only Samsung and HTC properly fulfil it. It help extends brand and is a good way of building profit. If LG was the only manufacturer offering a quad core they might have more opportunity to shore up a strong position in the smartphone market, the fact they have stiff competition from HTC might make it harder. Plus later this quarter it is likely that Samsung’s S3 device will launch, which will also be a quad core. LG will have to take on some of the biggest smartphones brands in the UK if they are to achieve their aim for this...

What Can You Really Do with an Android Spy App?

By on Feb 4, 2012 in Android |

Few of us have any practical experience using something like an Android Spy App because the technology was once reserved for intelligence agents and police agencies.  But now thanks to the explosion of Android and other versions of cell phone spyware, the average person can finally take advantage of this incredible technological breakthrough.  Although the overall functionality will depend on the particular Android Spy App you install, here are just a few of the activities you can look forward to after installing: Listening to Actual Phone CallsMost versions of cell phone spyware will secretly record all incoming and outgoing calls on a monitored device.  To avoid listening to every single call, most of the advanced Android spy apps also include a Call Details feature so you can see who called first and then decide whether or not to listen to the actual recording. Reviewing All IM’s, Texts, Pictures, Emails, and VideoCutting edge cell phone spyware is capable of monitoring and recording all communications sent or received.  Yes, that means that you can use an iPhone or Android Spy App to view every Instant Message, Text, Email, or any communications on the monitored smart phone. Eavesdrop on Smart Phone SurroundingsEven when someone isn’t “using” their smart phone, cell phone spyware can still be used to gather information.  Advanced versions of Android Spy Apps will allow you to login into your user account and activate the microphone on the monitored device so you can hear the surroundings.  See Where People Take Their Cell PhoneEver wonder where a loved one is really going each day?  Most versions of cell phone spyware include Location Monitoring that can track smart phone movements via GPS.  Just be careful when buying because some applications don’t track movements when traditional GPS fails, like when a subject enters a building, etc. Learn What Websites Are Being Visited Each DayA person’s web browsing history can tell you a lot about them and that is why many Android Spy Apps include a surveillance tool to track Internet activity.  A log of all website url’s visited with the smart phone is created and sent to the user account for later review and analysis. Concluding ThoughtsWhen you know how to leverage the surveillance tools properly, cell phone spyware can monitor and record all activities on a smart phone.  For the most effective monitoring, be sure to look for cutting edge Android Spy Apps with the following features: Call Recording IM & Text Log Email, Video, and Picture Log Surround Recording Internet History Contact Details Location Tracking Unfortunately, not all cell phone spyware is created equal so you will need to do a little research before buying to ensure the application has tools necessary to monitor all smart phone activities. Author Bio: Jane has been telling readers how to keep track of what matters most. Her work in cell phone spyware has a large audience and continues to grow each day. Jane’s most recent discovery is Android Spy app which is increasingly gaining the interest of many a reader. This article was written by a guest author. Would you like to write for...

ASUS Serves Up Android Ice Cream Sandwich On The Transformer Prime

By on Nov 29, 2011 in Android |

This ASUS tablet is a powerful example of what the near future holds in the mobile realm. ASUS has packed some heavy firepower in a battery powered tablet that will use the new Android operating system to deliver digital happiness. Read on to find out more on this upcoming tablet here in this informative article. Basics Of The Upcoming ASUS TabletASUS is not messing around with innovative ideas, they are in charge. The new Transformer Prime is the chosen vessel to display not a dual core or tri core chip. This supertablet has a quad core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor. The screen is a lively 10.1 inches of digital real estate. The tablet can come with a connectable keyboard that makes the Prime a delectable performer. The Prime Screen Is Fully EquippedThe ASUS Transformer Prime tablet is equipped with a screen that is just a tad bit larger than the iPad. The same IPS technology that is used on the iPad is also on the Prime. But ASUS goes a step further and gave the screen “Super” IPS. This makes it much easier to view the screen from high angles. The display is protected by “Gorilla Glass”, a Corning invention which is two to three times tougher than regular glass. Resolution is 1280 by 800 pixels. The Tegra 3 Processor Is A BeastThe star of the ASUS Transformer Prime is the Tegra 3 processor. This is a “System On A Chip” ( SOC ) that has five ARM Cortex A9 cores, not four. Nevertheless, it is called a “quad core” chip. It is said to be five times faster than the previous Tegra 2 chip. The fifth CPU is to be used in standby mode. With all this power available one might think that the battery is drained quickly. Not so with the Prime. With the tablet alone, the 22 watt-hour battery will last for 12 hours. If the screen is also connected to the keyboard, that will add another six hours to the use. The keyboard has its own battery installed. The Prime Keyboard Transforms The TabletSpeaking of the keyboard, it has a slot for a MicroSD card and USB connector. This will make it a very useful mobile tool for those who need the extra touch of a manual keyboard with the conveniences of a laptop. The operating system is going to be the last release of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich. The Transformer Prime comes in two colors, Champagne Gold and Amethyst Gray. The tablet will be available next month for $499 dollars. Do you want more information on the author? Besides writing article on technology, Denis is also fond of everything related to motorvehicles and contribute to the site cashfortrucks.com where you can get some details on sell car. This article was written by a guest author. Would you like to write for...

5 Educative Gadgets For Children

By on Sep 15, 2011 in Android |

For the past decades, technology has been rapidly integrated into our daily lives. Thanks to technology, learning has become more fun and effective. This is especially true when it comes to a child’s education. Today, a kid does not have to be taught to by a teacher to learn, because there are many gadgets that are out in the market today that can help assist a child in his education. Here are 5 educative gadgets for children that you can try to invest on. 1. Computers Everybody knows that computers are very helpful. They are made for the purpose of making life easier and more fun. Although there have been many issues about computers and the Internet, it cannot be denied that these gadgets have really helped in the progression of the society. In the educational sector, computers have really made a difference. It makes learning more interactive, fun and much easier. However, when you give your child his own computer, be sure to keep him monitored and always ensure that he only visits wholesome sites. Computers are best given to children who are in their adolescent years. For little kids, there are those toy laptops that you can buy. 2. Kindles and e-Book readers e-Book readers are one of the latest gadgets that have surfaced today. They are perfect gifts for children. Kindles allow lots of books to be stored in this tiny gadget. Whether it is for school reference, fiction or non-fiction books, Kindles and other e-Book readers get the job well done. For those little kids, there is also the VTech V.Reader that can be used when reading bedtime stories with cute animations. 3. VTech MobiGo VTech MobiGo is one of the most popular educational gadgets for kids. This device is actually a handheld game console that comes in colorful casing. Instead of serving as a mobile phone, the VTech MobiGo can be used in playing educational games that can help a child learn about the basics such as alphabets, counting, colors and shapes and a whole lot more. 4. Playskool Alphie For a 2-in-1 super gadget, there are robot educators such as the famous Playskool Alphie robot. Children love robots so using them to educate your children can be a lot easier than having them sit down and read a book. This particular robot, Playskool Alphie, has a lot of features that include vocabulary, numerical and other logical lessons that your children can learn while having fun. 5. Brian the Brain Aside from Playskool Alphie, another very cool educational robot toy that you can give to children is Brian the Brain. If Playskool Alphie have its own lessons programmed, Brian the Brain is programmed to answer questions of your little children. Brian the Brain has a whole encyclopedia installed in its system. Whether your child just randomly ask educational questions, or he needs to answer a homework, he can just talk to Brian the Brain and he will get the answers to his questions. These are just some of the coolest educational toys out there. Note that, with great features come high prices. Nevertheless, though these gadgets may be a bit expensive, they are definitely worth your money. This guest post was provided by Danny who likes to play with the latest Android tablet apps on his ASUS Eee Pad. Would you like to write for...

Five Apps to Aid in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

By on Jun 7, 2011 in Android |

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) includes any type of communication that is not oral. Gestures, facial expressions, recognizable symbols, and other visual communication methods work for people who have trouble with creating understandable speech. The Android operating system has created some new high-tech tools to aid therapists who are teaching people to use AAC. These tools provide images and photos that can be paired with digital or naturally recorded voices. The apps can aid a speech therapist in working on expressive communication skills with AAC patients of all ages. Patients can also use the Android apps to practice between therapy sessions so they can make faster progress. 1. Tap to Talk This application pairs pictures with voice output. Several internet locations offer updates for the image library, so parents and speech therapists can make adjustments without using the Android device directly. This app is good for working with people who have limited word output at a rate of two or three words at a time. Therapists can use it to help with expressive communication because it allows you to record natural voices rather than forcing you to rely on the digital voice that comes with the app. 2. ICOON: Global Picture Dictionary ICOON was originally designed to aid travelers, but it has become very useful for therapy situations with people who need to rely on AAC for communication. The app contains a dictionary of 500 images of everyday objects and symbols. There is no sound or voice element, it is strictly pictures. It is a good app for patients who need to pair words with symbols or pictures. 3. AAC Speech Buddy This app lets you create speech sets through an online site and then download them to an Android device. It is a great tool for therapists because it allows them to customize the speech sets depending on the patient’s specific needs. The app has access to more than 2000 images that the user can combine in speech sets. 4. Voice4u The Voice4u app comes pre-loaded with more than 150 easily recognizable icons. Users can create custom icons as well. The app utilizes a clear, expressive voice to help therapists work with patients on their own expression when they speak. Therapists or patients can add photos and their own sounds to create a more personal learning experience. This app works with autistic individuals in mind, so it has a simple interface that is engaging and easy to use. 5. Alexicom Alexicom is a web-based AAC service that allows users to create hundreds of different kinds of pages they can download to their Android devices. These communication pages include voice matches for the pictures and symbols, which can help people who have trouble communicating, express their needs when they are in public. Therapists can set up specific communication pages in advance so that they can save time during speech therapy sessions because the Android device will already contain the pages the therapist wanted to work on. Jessica Bosari writes for TherapistSchools.com, a site dedicated the therapy students and helping them learn about group therapy salaries and careers. Would you like to write for...

Android Malware – Find Out About Google’s Android OS Malware Attack

By on Mar 7, 2011 in Android | 3 comments

Google’s Android operating system has been under attack recently from malware programs that are installed on your system using different applications. The applications that contained the malware were used to take information from your system, such as the IMEI/IMSI device specific code (A number designed to be unique to your device to help identify it.) and the version of the Android operating system you are using. This may not sound like much of a problem, however it could mean that these malware programs may end up taking more of your personal information held on the phone, and send it to different hackers across the world. Newer versions of Android (From version 2.2.2 and above.) have patches that are immune to the malware bug. The problem is for people who haven’t updated their systems are at possible risk of falling victim to the bug. Google are currently readying a patch for download, which will make the older versions of Android safe against the malware application. It is up to the mobile phone carriers to make this security update available and known to their customers, and also up to the customer downloading and installing the patch. Google is also using a kill switch system, which is designed to uninstall malware and other vicious applications from infected handsets with the knowledge of the user. According to Google’s blog, emails have been sent out to various users, informing them of the malware threat and what steps Google are taking to prevent any further damage done. In keeping in line with prevention being the best cure, Google are also going to put security measures on their Android Market. It is hoped these measures will make it harder, if not impossible, for dodgy application developers to put harmful apps up and available for consumers and Android users. Google are keeping quiet about these security measures, and no information was given about what possibilities there are, or what plans are being put into place. With the patch update being available, the last hurdle to securing the users of Google’s Android OS is the mobile operators and carriers, as some may be slower to make this update available to their users. This is out of Google’s control, as these versions of Android are decentralized from their access. It is lucky that no damage has been done yet, and Google hope to keep this from spreading too far, and infecting too many...