In 10 years, what will a nostalgic phone look like?

In 10 years, what will a nostalgic phone look like?

In 10 years, what will a nostalgic phone look like?

There still seems to be a bit of a market for nostalgia products these days, including in the phone industry. HMD Global’s recent revamp of the classic Nokia 3310 is a prime example, and there’s also this year’s BlackBerry KEYone handset for what remains of the physical keyboard phanatic crowd. While some see these phones as little more than nostalgic cash grabs, these phones exist to cater to those who still prefer to use pieces of now, arguably, obsolete technology.

Some of us old timers have already experienced the end to plenty of mobile technologies which, at the time, it would have been impossible to fathom doing without. Tactile keys and physical keyboards are now viewed with quaint nostalgia, and accompanying ideas like T9 text prediction are all but forgotten. Trackpads, clamshell designs, and even week long battery life are looked back on fondly, but are features happily sacrificed to superior and more convenient technologies – like the touch panel, screen real-estate for videos, and superior processing power.

Read More

Newly announced DC Comics streaming video service may be going too far

Newly announced DC Comics streaming video service may be going too far

Newly announced DC Comics streaming video service may be going too far

Ok, this is getting to be a bit much. In the quest to jump on the current bandwagon of streaming media, it looks like we may be about to reach a tipping point where there will be too many subscription services to go around. Sooner or later, there will be a mass exodus and only a few of these services will be left standing.

I’m writing this opinion up because today, I saw that Warner Bros has announced its plans to launch a DC Comics-branded “Direct-to-Consumer Digital Service” sometime in 2018. It will include original content, including a live-action TV series, “Titans”, based on the long-running team of younger superhero characters.

Read More

What is the Internet of Things? 

What is the Internet of Things? 

What is the Internet of Things? 

The Internet as we know it is going to change. Today it is a global network which connects people. We use desktops, laptops, tablets, and phones to communicate with each other. Often the information we send around goes via servers which run web sites, email software, etc. Broadly speaking this means that the Internet is made up of people, client devices, and servers.

A whole new category of actors is being added to the Internet. These new participants aren’t people and have been unglamorously named as “things,” hence the term “Internet of Things.”

Read More

Why doesn’t Google sell its hardware and services in more markets?

Why doesn’t Google sell its hardware and services in more markets?

Why doesn’t Google sell its hardware and services in more markets?

The launch of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL is, without a doubt, a huge event for Google. Through it, the company is showing the world that it can design a smartphone with features rivaling those of the best Android smartphones and, perhaps more importantly, the iPhone.

However, one important factor may prevent the Pixel 2 models, and indeed most of the company’s hardware products, from being huge sales successes. That’s because Google only sells them in a handful of markets. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are currently only available in six countries and territories from its Google Store site: Australia; Canada; Germany; Puerto Rico; the United Kingdom; and of course the United States. The phones will also be sold in India, via Flipkart, with pre-orders beginning on October 26 (Google has also chosen to make Verizon the “exclusive” carrier for the Pixel 2 in the US, but that’s really a different issue).

Read More

Why doesn’t Google sell its hardware and services in more markets?

Why doesn’t Google sell its hardware and services in more markets?

Why doesn’t Google sell its hardware and services in more markets?

The launch of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL is, without a doubt, a huge event for Google. Through it, the company is showing the world that it can design a smartphone with features rivaling those of the best Android smartphones and, perhaps more importantly, the iPhone.

However, one important factor may prevent the Pixel 2 models, and indeed most of the company’s hardware products, from being huge sales successes. That’s because Google only sells them in a handful of markets. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are currently only available in six countries and territories from its Google Store site: Australia; Canada; Germany; Puerto Rico; the United Kingdom; and of course the United States. The phones will also be sold in India, via Flipkart, with pre-orders beginning on October 26 (Google has also chosen to make Verizon the “exclusive” carrier for the Pixel 2 in the US, but that’s really a different issue).

Read More

Why doesn’t Google sell its hardware and services in more markets?

Why doesn’t Google sell its hardware and services in more markets?

Why doesn’t Google sell its hardware and services in more markets?

The launch of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL is, without a doubt, a huge event for Google. Through it, the company is showing the world that it can design a smartphone with features rivaling those of the best Android smartphones and, perhaps more importantly, the iPhone.

However, one important factor may prevent the Pixel 2 models, and indeed most of the company’s hardware products, from being huge sales successes. That’s because Google only sells them in a handful of markets. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are currently only available in six countries and territories from its Google Store site: Australia; Canada; Germany; Puerto Rico; the United Kingdom; and of course the United States. The phones will also be sold in India, via Flipkart, with pre-orders beginning on October 26 (Google has also chosen to make Verizon the “exclusive” carrier for the Pixel 2 in the US, but that’s really a different issue).

Read More

Nubia Z17 hands-on: the $410 flagship from China

Nubia Z17 hands-on: the $410 flagship from China

Nubia Z17 hands-on: the $410 flagship from China

You’re not going to find it on sale anytime soon in the U.S., but that’s not stopping us from getting our first hands-on look at Nubia’s latest flagship phone, the Z17. Available for purchase in China right now, the Nubia Z17 was officially announced as the company’s flagship for 2017 back in June. Sporting some top-notch specs and a premium design that makes it formidable against the competition, the Z17 benefits from having a slightly lower price point than some competing flagships out there.

The first thing that strikes us about the Z17 is its premium design

Read More

Is TouchWiz on the Galaxy S8 the best Android skin?

Is TouchWiz on the Galaxy S8 the best Android skin?

Is TouchWiz on the Galaxy S8 the best Android skin?

For most smartphone enthusiasts over the past few years, there was always one interface that seemed to polarise users like no other. Samsung may have had excellent hardware but its software failed to match it, until now that is. No longer called TouchWiz – it’s now officially known as the Samsung Experience – here’s why the software on the Galaxy S8 shows that patience really can pay off.

In previous generations of the Galaxy S line, software was always considered to be Samsung’s biggest downfall. The company first used the TouchWiz moniker way back with the original Galaxy S, but seemingly dropped any mention of it on the Galaxy S2. The lack of an official alternative however meant that the name TouchWiz stuck, and with it came the unwitting connotation of a poor software experience.

Read More

Nubia Z17 hands-on: the $410 flagship from China

Nubia Z17 hands-on: the $410 flagship from China

Nubia Z17 hands-on: the $410 flagship from China

You’re not going to find it on sale anytime soon in the U.S., but that’s not stopping us from getting our first hands-on look at Nubia’s latest flagship phone, the Z17. Available for purchase in China right now, the Nubia Z17 was officially announced as the company’s flagship for 2017 back in June. Sporting some top-notch specs and a premium design that makes it formidable against the competition, the Z17 benefits from having a slightly lower price point than some competing flagships out there.

The first thing that strikes us about the Z17 is its premium design

Read More

Is TouchWiz on the Galaxy S8 the best Android skin?

Is TouchWiz on the Galaxy S8 the best Android skin?

Is TouchWiz on the Galaxy S8 the best Android skin?

For most smartphone enthusiasts over the past few years, there was always one interface that seemed to polarise users like no other. Samsung may have had excellent hardware but its software failed to match it, until now that is. No longer called TouchWiz – it’s now officially known as the Samsung Experience – here’s why the software on the Galaxy S8 shows that patience really can pay off.

In previous generations of the Galaxy S line, software was always considered to be Samsung’s biggest downfall. The company first used the TouchWiz moniker way back with the original Galaxy S, but seemingly dropped any mention of it on the Galaxy S2. The lack of an official alternative however meant that the name TouchWiz stuck, and with it came the unwitting connotation of a poor software experience.

Read More