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  1. iPhone 6 release date and specifications

    January 14, 2014 by MickGraphi

    Apple is one of the few companies in the world that people swear by, and whose products are  liked and respected. Steve Jobs and his ideas become reality and the launch of the iPhone and the world of mobile communications has drastically changed. The company that produces practically only one phone model was able to provide for his iconic status and force competitors to compete with a wide range of products with a single phone. And while the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S4 participate in the battle of titans, the community gathered around the name of iPhone designed new Iphone 6. With the usual rumours starting to appear, we can start to build up a picture of what we can expect from the iPhone 6. Read more in the article that I foun for you.

    iPHONE 6 RELEASE DATE

    The short version is that nobody really knows when the iPhone 6 is coming out. A lot of guesses have been made, but they’re largely wrong. That said, here’s what we can work out with a bit of logical thinking.

    If Apple sticks to its usually release schedule, the iPhone 6 would follow a year after the iPhone 5S, which would mean that it would be out September 2014. However, with the iPhone 6 it feels more like something different and complementary, in some ways, to the iPhone 5S. In fact, we’d say that it was more like an addition to the line-up than a strict replacement of the iPhone 5S. We kind of see it replicating what Samsung has with the full-size Galaxy S4 and the samsung Galaxy S4 Mini,, with the exception that Apple’s small phone, the 5S, is still really powerful.

    If we had to be pushed on a date, we’d say that early this year, between March and May would make sense. This would give Apple enough distance from the iPhone 5S, and give it a chance to take the limelight away from Samsung, which will be looking to release its Galaxy S5 handset around the same time.

    The latest rumours point to a May 2014 launch of the iPhone 6 as the most likely. According to Digitimes and its supply chain sources, Apple is gearing up for a May launch of the new iPhone.

    It reported that the new iPhone will use a “20nm processor manufactured by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC)”, although the sources didn’t mention any other specifications. However, from all of the other rumours out there, we’ve managed to cobble together some of the expected specifications, including a larger screen.

    However, the phone may get released after that and, as we warned, there are many conflicting reports. First, Investors Biseiness Daily has reported on a market report by Susquehanna Financial Group analyst, Mehdi Hosseini.

    In Hosseini’s research, he reported that SanDisk is likely to be one of the prime beneficiaries of the iPhone 6, supplying flash memory to Apple. The site then reports that the iPhone is due to be launched in June or July 2014, with Hosseini reporting, “Although there is no color yet on the iPhone 6 specs, our recent checks in Taiwan and Korea suggest Apple has already begun negotiating with its memory suppliers to secure capacities.”

    SIZE

    ETNews has been reporting that the iPhone 6 will be the slimmest iPhone yet. In fact, at a reported 6mm thick, the iPhone 6 would shave 1.6mm off of the iPhone 5. It would also make the iPhone 6 half the thickness of the iPhone 3GS.

    Making the iPhone slimmer also raises the question, will it be called the iPhone 6 at all? When Apple made the iPad slimmer and smaller, it went with iPad Air. Plenty of people believe that the iPhone 6 could be the iPhone Air instead.

    It would make sense in a way, as Apple could continue to sell the iPhone 5S as the smaller screen version and have the iPhone Air as the slim, large-screen model.

    iPHONE 6 SCREEN

    The one thing that everyone seems to be able to agree on is that the iPhone 6 will have a larger screen than any other iOS smartphone before it. There’s a definite market for large-screen phones, as we’ve seen with the htc one, sony xperia Z and Samsung galaxy S4, so it makes sense for Apple to compete on screen size.

    The question that has to be answered is, how big will the screen be? Early rumours suggested that there would be a 4.8in screen, but more recent rumours have suggested that the iPhone 6 could have 5in screan.

    According to Japanese tech publication MacFun, the 5in screen will have a Full HD resolution of 1,920×1,080. From a certain point of view this makes a lot of sense, as there are already a lot of Full HD phones out there. However, we think that the resolution could be wrong, mostly because of the way that Apple works.

    Generally speaking Apple likes resolutions that scale easily from previous products, so it and developers know how apps will look on-screen. Full HD doesn’t do this from the existing iPhone or iPads. We think that Apple could quadruple the existing iPhone 5S’s screen resolution, giving an iPhone 6 with a resolution of 2,272×1,280 instead. We’ve covered why iPhone 6 won’t have a full HD screen in more detail.

    While Apple has not previously made a large-screen phone, upping the screen size for the iPhone 6 makes a lot of sense. It means it can compete with the large-screen phones from other manufacturers and keep the iPhone 5S as a smaller alternative, giving iPhone users more choice.

    iPHONE 6 TWO SCREEN SIZES

    Rumours that the iPhone 6 will come in two screen sizes simply won’t go away. The most recent information comes from leaked information from Foxconn executives (unnamed, of course), reported by BGR.

    According to this information, the iPhone 6 will ship in 4.7in and a phablet-sized 5.7in. This would be the first time that Apple has launched one mobile product in two sizes, but the company is apparently ready to make an exception this time around.

    We’re not entirely sure that we believe this one. We know that Apple was reportedly trying different screen sizes, but trying and releasing are two completely different things. With all of its existing mobile range, Apple has kept things simple by having just one screen size; complicating the line-up with two screen sizes doesn’t feel like the kind of thing that the company would do.

    Besides, Apple already has the smaller iPhone 5S, so we’d imagine that this will sit alongside the iPhone 6 as the smaller handset. We can’t completely rule out this rumour, but given by past form, we’d say that the iPhone 6 available in one screen size seems more likely.

    iPHONE 6 CAMERA

    For the iPhone 5S Apple upped the physical size of its 8-megapixel sensor, meaning that each pixel gets more light. In addition, it upgraded the lens from an f/2.4 model to an f/2.2 model, increasing low-light performance again. Combined with the A7 SoC, the camera has a couple of neat modes, including a 10fps burst mode that goes on until the phone’s memory is full, and a 120fps slow-motion mode.

    It would make sense if Apple was to use this sensor in the iPhone 6, although, given it’s a bigger phone, with more room inside for components, it could well up the pixel count, with a 12- or 13-megapixel on the cards.

    Apple may also be considering going in a completely different direction, particularly if a new patent is to be used. This suggests that the iPhone 6 could get a refocus-able lightfield camera.

    Reported by 9to5Mac, a patent has been granted to Apple for a lightfield camera, allowing people to refocus their shots after they’ve been taken.

    The technology works by capturing light fields, rather than a single 2D capture of the moment. The net result is that a photo is no longer a fixed capture, but one where you can select a part of the picture to completely refocus the image.

    We’ve already seen the technology in use with the lytro light field camera. It’s an interesting product, using software to let you choose the point of focus after the image has already been capture.

    iPHONE 6 STORAGE

    In terms of storage, 64GB has been the top model for a couple of years, and continues to be so for the iPhone 5S. We’re not expecting this to change for the iPhone 6, although we know that the Apple can make a 128GB model, thanks to the recent launch of a 128 Gb iPad 4.

    The new model doubled the maximum capacity of the previous high-end iPad (64GB). This update was said to be about increasing the variety of uses for the tablet, with Apple stating that more storage was good for large files for use in applications such as CAD and music production. It’s also a more useful amount of storage for photos and videos.

    iPHONE 6 PRICE

    Apple typically releases its new models at the same price as the old ones. If that holds out, then, and assuming that the 16GB model is dropped, we’d expect the 32GB model to cost £529, the 64GB model £599 and the 128GB model £699. However, if the company continues to sell the iPhone 5S, we could be in for some new pricing, with the iPhone 6 a premium model that sits above it, in which case all bets are off and we have no idea how much it will be.

    If Apple does decide to make an iPhone with a larger screen, there’s also a good chance prices will increase too. Susquehanna analyst Chris Caso, speaking to AllThingsD, predicted that there could be a $50 to $100 premium for a larger iPhone 6, compared to the 4in iPhone 5s.

    Although this goes against Apple’s tradition of keeping prices the same across generations, it’s not a rule the company is afraid to break every now and then. Last month’s iPad Mini with Retina display launch introduced a $70 premium over the entry level model, so a price hike isn’t out of the question.

     


  2. Smarty Ring

    December 16, 2013 by MickGraphi

    The technology is so advanced and progressing more and more! I suppose that you, like me, love to hear news about technological innovations. Here is some very interesting and crazy news about smarty ring! Have fun reading this text that I found for you!


    The Smarty Ring promises to do almost everything a smartwatch can do, but in a much smaller package. The Indiegogo concept, which has already met its funding goal, will pair with smartphones via Bluetooth and includes a wide range of notifications and controls.

    Made from surgical stainless steel, the ring is 13 mm wide and 4 mm thick. The device is waterproof and charges via magnetic induction. The 22 mAh battery provides about 24 hours of battery life, meaning it will need to be charged every day. Considering its size, that’s nothing to complain about. The Smarty Ring includes a monochrome LED screen that is bright enough for outdoor use. It displays the time and can also be used as a stopwatch or timer.

    Beyond the basics, the Smarty Watch can be used for notifications, including incoming and outgoing calls, alerts for text and email messages, and real-time updates from Facebook, Twitter, Hangouts, and Skype.

    The Smarty Ring can also be used to control a number of smartphone functions, using built-in buttons that let it interact with the notifications and perform set actions. For example, it can accept or reject incoming calls, make outgoing calls to preset numbers, trigger the camera, control music playback, and change the user’s profile.

    [Is Samsung's Galaxy Round ahead of the curve -- or a wrong turn? Read Samsung's Curved Smartphone Falls Flat.]

    According to the developers, the Smarty Ring can be used to track your smartphone, alerting you when your phone is more than 30 meters away. This can prevent Smarty Ring wearers from forgetting their devices and could possibly even prevent thefts. A wearer can also use the ring to find his or her phone by sending an alert, even if the phone is set to silent mode.

    The Smarty Ring is compatible with Android smartphones and the iPhone, as long as the phone has Bluetooth 4.0 on board. There’s a dedicated application that will let smartphone owners set up and control the functions of the Smarty Ring. For example, the app will let users set time zones and adjust the clock, adjust the LED brightness, adjust the beeper volume, and assign buttons to control speed-dial numbers.

    All these features are found on most of today’s smartwatches, such as the Galaxy Gear from Samsung, the Pebble, and the Smart Watch 2 from Sony. Putting them in a smaller package might appeal to some users.

    The developers have reached their initial funding goal but are still accepting investors. The basic Smarty Ring costs $100, but the $175 option offers the best value, as it includes more features. The developers of the Smarty Ring are targeting a delivery date of April 2014.

    It’s an ambitious project, and whether or not it will appeal to tech-savvy users is a big question. The Smarty Ring pushes the envelope in terms of exactly what defines a wearable device and what we expect it to do. What do you think? Would you wear a smart ring instead of a smartwatch?

    Consumerization 1.0 was “We don’t need IT.” Today we need IT to bridge the gap between consumer and business tech. Also in the Consumerization 2.0 issue of InformationWeek: Stop worrying about the role of the CIO. 


  3. Apple iPhone 5C price, release date and where to buy

    November 3, 2013 by MickGraphi

    The updated iPhone 5S is a continuation of the fifth series officially the most stable smartphones on market, while 5C is cheaper version which the company is trying to get closer to a wider group of users. Actually, this is a great news because now all of you iPhone lovers can buy the newest model for affordable price. In this model I especially love wide range of colors which makes it so cheerful and sweet. Look for more in this useful article that I found for you.

    THE IPHONE 5C is Apple’s first stab at ‘mid-range’, having launched thehandset as an ‘affordable’ alternative to its flagship iPhone 5S.

    While it’s not as cheap as most had expected, the iPhone 5C also boasts better specifications than many expected, featuring the same 4in Retina display as the iPhone 5, Apple’s dual-core A6 chip and an improved battery life that promises 10 hours of talk time and 250 hours on standby.

    Apple iPhone 5C with iOS 7

    Of course, the real talking point is that the iPhone 5C will be available in multiple colours, hence the “C”, with the firm set to make the handset available in white, blue, yellow, pink and green.

    For those looking to pick up the handset, below is everything you need to know about the iPhone 5C’s price, release date and where to buy. For those after the more expensive model, check out our iPhone 5S price, release date and where to buy roundup.

    Apple
    Apple has started taking pre-orders for the iPhone 5C before the phone starts shipping on 20 September.

    Speculation has suggested that the iPhone 5C would cost around £300 at launch, but Applehas revealed otherwise.The 16GB iPhone 5C costs £469 upfront, and the 32GB model £549.

    EE
    EE’s iPhone 5C pre-orders are go, with the operatoroffering tariffs between £26 and £51, with the upfront cost for the colourful handset ranging between £189.99 and £9.99.

    The best deal seems to be a £41 24 month tariff, which comes with a £39.99 upfront cost, unlimited texts, unlimited minutes and 2GB of data each month. However, for an extra fiver a month and a lower £9.99 upfront cost, this can be bumped to 10GB of data per month. EE is also offering the phone on non-4G tariffs with Orange and T-Mobile.

    There are two tariffs available – £32 and £37 – and these both come with an upfront cost. On T-Mobile, these upfront costs are £89.99 and £49.99, and on Orange these are cheaper at £69.99 and £29.99.

    O2
    4G newbie O2, perhaps unsurprisingly, has also announced that it will offer the iPhone 5C on its 4G network, and the handset is available to pre-order now.

    For those not bothered about 4G, the iPhone 5C will be available on O2′s 3G network for £29.99 when picked up with a 24 month £32 contract. If you want 4G, you’ll have to hand over £99.99 upfront and sign up to a £42contract.

    Three
    Three has also revealed its iPhone 5C tariffs, and although these don’t include 4G, buyers will be upgraded to its LTE network for free once it rolls out later this year. The network has three different iPhone 5C tariffs on offer – £37, £39 and £41 – which each have a £49 upfront cost and come with unlimited monthly data. The 32GB model is slightly more expensive.

    Vodafone
    4G newbie Vodafone has started taking pre-orders for the iPhone 5C. The cheapest option will cost you £42 a month, while the most expensive is priced at £62. The £42 tariff comes with a £20 upfront cost, althoughVodafone is offering £20 credit if ordered online, and comes with 6GB of monthly 4G data.

    Virgin Media
    Mobile operator Virgin Media is a bit late to the game, but has finally revealed that it will be selling the iPhone 5C from 22 November. There’s no details on pricing just yet.

    Carphone Warehouse
    UK retailer Carphone Warehouse has kicked off its iPhone 5C pre-orders, and has undercut networks’ direct pricing.

    The best deal is a £32 a month O2 tariff, which comes with a free iPhone 5C, 600 minutes, unlimited texts and 750MB of data.


  4. Try out Free instagram followers iPhone app today!

    October 26, 2013 by MickGraphi

    Instagram

    Social media websites have over the years changed not only how most people connect with those they hold dear, but also offer a platform for efficient marketing of products or services. It is hardly shocking to witness more and more firms venture to embrace this fast-growing trend, which underscores its attribute as an efficient online marketing strategy.

    Instagram happens to be one of the most popular social media sites, which is primarily centred on the posting of images that are relevant to an individual’s targeted audience. On the other hand, many individuals are also turning to mobile devices like smartphones and tablets to access such social media websites.

    Should you be one of such individuals, procuring an excellent Free instagram followers iPhone app can place you on the highroad to comprehensively manage your instagram account. Naturally, most Instagram users are extremely interested in determining just exactly who is following them, who has ceased following them or even just ascertaining just how actively involved their audience really is.

    Instagram followers iPhone app can play a vital role in aiding its user to obtain critical data concerning the images you post. Not mentioning informing them of just how these photos are being received on instagram. With such comprehensive data, instagram users can be in a good position to find out just what strategies they need to integrate to widen their targeted audience. While also identifying which kind of photos pique your followers interest, and reap the other many benefits that come with this social media site.

    Instagram followers iPhone app can also effortlessly provide more extensive statistics, that it extracts from your account. These include finding out your posting rate, or even the average times your images are liked. To cap it up this application gives you unmatched and reliable info regarding your close followers (those that might be near you). Your secret admirers (individuals that have liked your images, but don’t follow you. Instagram users that have stopped following you or even those that don’t follow you back. Or info pertaining to your top followers ( users that like your photos and comment on them the most.

    What’s more, regardless of whether you might be utilizing the iPhone 4 or 5, an excellent instagram followers iPhone app can be effortlessly scaled to work on both. Like expected, this app naturally possesses an enhanced user experience, and comes with easy to use and navigate interfaces. It can also automatically update the information on your instagram account whenever a user signs in, before comparing with the last data that was on his/her app.

    It also facilitates for convenient refreshing of the stats on your instagram account and seamless operations even on the iPhone 5. It is, thus, vital should you be wishing to obtain success in your online social media marketing efforts, to obtain the invaluable instagram followers iPhone app. This can rapidly earn you more followers and likes for your images, while also enabling you to streamline your marketing strategies. Which will no doubt result in sensitizing your objectives, and invariably boosting your sales volume.


  5. Nokia Lumia 1520 hands-on review

    October 23, 2013 by MickGraphi

    If you love smartphones and follow trends than you surely heard about new Nokia Lumia 1520 hands-on. Nokia used to have the best phones, but lately I am a little disappointed because of some softwares etc., but I don’t want to bother you about that because that’s not a subject here. Point is that newest Nokia is arrived and if you are fan of Nokia like I used to be, wanna to share informations that I found about and to help if you have any doubts about this phone. Here is the article.

    ABU DHABI: FINNISH PHONE MAKER Nokia’s Lumia 1520 is a departure from Lumia devices of old.

    Featuring a 6in HD 1080p display, the Lumia 1520 is both the largest and highest resolution Nokia Lumia devices to date, and it sees the Finnish phone maker looking to challenge Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 and the HTC One Max in the phablet arena.

    Of course, unlike Samsung’s and HTC’s respective devices, the Nokia Lumia 1520 runs Windows Phone 8 rather than Android, and the news of Instagram’s arrival was met with whoops and cheers from the Nokia World crowd. However, Windows Phone is still a far way behind Android and iOS when it comes to apps on offer, so it remains to be seen whether the device will manage to win over those after a large screened smartphone.

    Design and build
    The Lumia 1520 looks like a typical Nokia device. Set to launch in four different colours – black, white, red and yellow – the handset features a polycarbonate casing similar to that of the Nokia Lumia 920 handset, but at 8.7mm thick the Finnish firm’s latest device is substantially thinner.

    Nokia Lumia 1520 in red

    The design of the handset is head-turning, especially the red model, but much like Nokia’s Lumia 2520tablet, it can be hard to grasp comfortably due to the glossy nature of the plastic, especially in the baking Abu Dhabi heat. However, it’s substantially more comfortable to hold than the clunky HTC One Max, and with a weight of 209g it shouldn’t be too uncomfortable to use over long periods.

    Display
    Unlike with most Nokia smartphones, the display is the real talking point. Measuring 6in, the screen on the Lumia 1520 is the largest to grace a Lumia smartphone to date, with the firm’s largest smartphone display measuring just 4.7in.

    While that might lead some to believe that display quality could be compromised, it’s also the first Nokia phone to feature an HD 1080p display, thanks to the latest version of Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system, with the phone boasting a pixel density of 367ppi, higher than the 326ppi of the iPhone 5S. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the screen looks great, and colours are noticeably more vivid and sharp than on Nokia’s previous HD 720p devices.

    nokia-lumia-1520-displa

    It’s not all about resolution, though. Nokia has also coated the screen with its custom Clearblack technology, which it claims makes for better viewing angles and improved outdoor visibility compared to rival handsets.

    We sized up the Lumia 1520′s screen against that of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, checking it out in a number of lighting situations. The Lumia 1520 outperformed its large screened rival in outdoor visibility, both thanks to Nokia’s Clearblack technology and the handset’s auto-adjusting screen brightness.

    As for size, the screen doesn’t feel too big, unlike that of the HTC One Max. Nokia has made good use of the screen space, even giving the Live Tile homescreen an additional column, whereas the large screen on the One Max smartphone felt somewhat unused and unnecessary. The Lumia 1520 could manage to lure business customers too, with Microsoft’s Office suitescaling to fit the handset’s large display.

    Operating system and performance
    The Lumia 1520 runs Windows Phone 8, and Nokia has provided the phone with its usual slew of custom applications and features, which puts the phone maker ahead of rival Windows Phone OEMs.

    While Windows Phone famously lacks in the app department compared to its iOS and Android competitors, Nokia had some big news at Nokia World – that Instagram and Vine will be coming to the operating system in the coming weeks. This is great news for both Microsoft and customers alike, and we have heard many people say they’d consider switching to Windows Phone were it not for the lack of Instagram. Unfortunately, the photography app is not yet available in the Windows Store so we were unable to test it, but it will likely be ready in time for our full review.

    Another new development in the app department is Nokia’s new Cameraapplication, which sees the firm merging its previous Pro and Smart camera apps. This makes taking images much easier than on the Nokia Lumia 1020, for example, and with the horde of both professional and automatic features, the phone feels ahead of the competition when it comes to imaging.

    Nokia Beamer is another new app, and again sees the Finnish phone maker looking to win over business customers, with the feature allowing users to share their screen with another phone, a Nokia Lumia 2520 or a PC computer. This is coupled with the usual Microsoft Office suite, and there’s also 7GB of cloud storage onboard.

    So while Windows Phone might still be lacking in the apps department, it is quickly catching up, and Nokia is well ahead of the game when it comes to rival Windows Phone makers.

    Cameras
    Nokia has equipped the Lumia 1520 with a decent camera. There’s a 20MP sensor on the rear of the phone, which while not quite on a par with the Lumia 1020′s chunky 41MP sensor, comes with a dual-LED flashCarl Zeiss optics and built-in optical image stablisation.

    Nokia Lumia 1520 has a 20MP camera

    We have yet to test the camera fully, but first impressions are good. Image quality is what you’d expect from a Lumia smartphone, and the host of onboard features means the camera interface is much more advanced, and fun, than that found on rival smartphones.

    First impressions
    While opening impressions have been fairly positive, there is one downside – the handset will be priced at $749 in the US.

    While no UK pricing details have yet been announced, this is a sign that the phone will be expensive, and we can’t help but think that Nokia might have priced itself out of the market.

    However, for those after a large screened smartphone, the Lumia 1520 is among the best, and outperforms the HTC One Max and Samsung Galaxy Note 3 when it comes to screen quality. The only major hurdle that buyers have to climb is the fact that the phone runs Windows Phone 8, but with Instagram set to arrive in time for the phone’s release, Microsoft likely will win a few new customers.


  6. How Much Faster Is the iPhone 5s Compared to iPhone 5?

    September 30, 2013 by MickGraphi

    For those who are not aware, the iPhone 5s is the first iPhone where Steve Jobs did not work. Many wondered how Apple will continue without him. To me, they quite well.But, let’s change the subject, whether the iPhone 5s faster than the iPhone 5? I’d like to tell you first hand but unfortunately I do not have one of those phones. So I found this article about our subject, you can read it if you want.

     

    The answer is (in real life usage speed tests): not much faster.  The guys over at EverythingApplePro on YouTube put together this great “speed test” video where they compared every iPhone made to date against each other.  I should note this is not an extensive benchmark test, but you can get a good feel for the speed of basic functionality on each iPhone.  You can check it out below:

    A quick recap of some of the things we learned from the video:

    • The speed bump from the 3G/3GS to the 4 is huge. You can really tell during the web browsing tests. While this is no doubt due to the improved hardware, it’s also likely due to software changes in Safari on the newer OS (with the 3GS losing support for upgrades after iOS 6.1.3, and the 3G losing support way back at 4.2.1).
    • If you’re running iOS 7 on an iPhone 4, you’re not crazy: it really does take forever to boot up.
    • It’s not just you, iOS 7 also takes a surprisingly long time to shut down.
    • When you compare the iPhone 5s to the iPhone 5, there is barely any difference in speed (at least that you will notice for basic tasks). However, while differences in day-to-day activities are not really noticeable right now, as more intensive things (like 3D gaming) and other apps start to take advantage of the 5s’ 64-bit processor we will likely start seeing more noticeable speed jumps.

  7. iPhone 5C hands-on reviev

    September 22, 2013 by MickGraphi

    I used iPhone 5 yesterday and I am not delighted. The wow effect is absent. He is thinner, lighter, has a larger screen, but that’s basically it. Really leaves an impression of deja vu (of ip4/4s ). Think that for that is responsible of IOS that has really become boring.Hardware is really good, but the software is problematic, and Apple need to work on it.Judge for yourself by reading the article below, but read little between lines.

    Although the iPhone 5C is widely considered an “affordable” iPhone, Applehas not actually claimed it as such, and the handset’s £469 price along with its specifications also seem to suggest otherwise. Instead, the firm is marketing this as a “colourful” iPhone, hence the “C” in its name, with the handset available in white, yellow, pink, blue and green.

    Design
    The main talking point of the iPhone 5C is, of course, its design. We got our hands on the green model, and were immediately impressed by the feel of the device, which again argues against the chatter that this is supposed to be a ‘budget’ device.

    The rear of the iPhone 5C is constructed from a single piece of polycarbonate plastic, which curves around to protect the edges of the device. We think that it will do a pretty good job of protecting the phone too, as despite being made of plastic, it feels sturdy and rugged enough.

    iPhone 5C green

    This is echoed in the iPhone 5C’s size and weight. The phone is a little heavier than its predecessor at 132g, and slightly chunkier at 8.97mm thick. While some might argue that this is a bad thing, the increase in weight gives the iPhone 5C a sturdy feel, while the slight increase in size means that it sits nice and comfortably in the palm of the hand.

    Our only real gripe with the plastic casing is that it offers little grip. It’s less angular than the iPhone 5 it succeeds, and coupled with the glossy material, this can make it tricky to get a firm grip. We’d perhaps have preferred ifApple had opted to use a rubberised polycarbonate material, such as that found on the Nokia Lumia 1020 handset.

    Display
    If you needed proof that the iPhone 5S is not a ‘cheap’ device, look no further than its 4in 1136×640 Retina display. This is the same screen as is found on the more expensive iPhone 5S, and it’s unlikely to disappoint.

    iPhone 5C green iOS 7 Control Center

    Apple’s Retina display is known for being one of the sharpest and most vibrant on the mobile market today, and despite being introduced with last year’s iPhone 5, it still stacks up well against the displays on the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One.

    We’ll admit it though; we’d have liked it if Apple had designed its latest smartphone lineup with a slightly larger screen, as the phone feels small compared to its closest rival devices.

    Software and performance
    The iPhone 5C runs the iOS 7 mobile operating system that Apple rolled out to older iDevices earlier this week. By default, Apple has set the background colour to match the casing of the iPhone 5C, but we promptly changed this for a different wallpaper, as we found that the greenness slightly overbearing.

    Beyond that, we have few complaints. As we pointed out in our full iOS 7 review, the overhaul breathes life into Apple’s otherwise ageing mobileoperating system and makes it exciting again. Albeit lagging behind Android, it also introduces features such as the Control Centre, which make the iPhone feel a lot more functional.

    As for performance, the iPhone 5C packs Apple’s A6 processor, and we’ve noticed no lag or speed issues just yet.

    Camera
    Unfortunately, the iPhone 5C doesn’t boast the same camera as Apple’s new flagship iPhone 5S handset, sticking instead with the 8MP snapper found on the last generation iPhone 5. We like the iPhone 5′s camera, although this is one area where we think Apple struggles to match its rivals such as the Nokia Lumia 1020 or the Sony Xperia Z1 smartphone, with images often appearing over-saturated.

    While image quality isn’t on a par with some other smartphone camera offerings, the inclusion of iOS 7 has sharpened the interface. It also means that users are able to snap photos while recording video, and that Instagramstyle features can be added to pictures from the Camera app.

     


  8. How to Make Facebook (Really) Work for You

    September 6, 2013 by MickGraphi

    Marketing is a very important part of any business. Without a good commercial demand is low.Luckily today we have so many ways to advertise ours company or product or whatever we want. Sometimes even for free. Read about how to use Facebook for marketing in article below.

     

    As most of us know by now, today’s marketing has changed. Gone are the days of traditional marketing tactics, as social media has changed the way businesses are connecting with people and generating new customers. It’s pretty much safe to say that social media marketing is here to stay. If you’re not convinced, here are some statistics from Hubspot:

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    74% of all marketers say that Facebook is important to their lead generation

    - On Facebook, brand posts get half their reach within 30 minutes of posting

    - Companies that generate over 1,000 Facebook likes also receive nearly 1,400 website visits per day

    52% of all marketers found a customer through Facebook in 2013

    Clearly, Facebook (as well as other social media outlets) is an integral part of marketing and lead generation. So how do you make it work for you? What strategies and types of content work? What software available is best for your needs?

    In order to make it work, the best thing to do is set a strategy and goals. Obvious perhaps, but not always done by marketers. Before that, be sure to have a fully operational, fast-loading website, an effectively targeted email marketing program, and a well developed Facebook page. Then set goals – a realistic number of new likes each month, the amount of posts per week, what you want to talk about and share, etc. – that you know you and your team can work toward each week. And don’t forget to research your audience as well as your competition, and learn from each.

    When it comes to the actual Facebook content, you’ve probably heard this a thousand times but, please, for heavens sake, stay away from 100 percent, blatant self-promotion. You want to engage. You know that already, but are you doing it? Here are some ways to: Have polls, ask questions, run contests, encourage user-contributed content. In a nutshell, you want to engage and then establish your company as a thought leader. Present facts, links, and stories that show you know your stuff. Consider starting a blog that keeps these same ideas in mind, and direct your Facebook fans to your blog. But remember, if you do start a blog, you’ll have to plan and resource for it. A blog with one post a week is essentially useless.

    Finally, if you want some outside help, there are plenty of software programs available. The hardest part might be choosing what’s right for you, and what’s reputable. Wildfire is one of the most popular, and since Google makes it, we can trust it’s not a scam (we think!)

    Other popular ones include FACEDOMINATORheyo and North Social. Do your research, compare prices, and decide which seems to be the best fit for you.

    Remember: The brands with the best social media marketing make it look simple, but it’s not – it never is. However, one you get it going, it can be one of the best ways to help your business grow.


  9. Nokia Lumia 625 review

    September 3, 2013 by MickGraphi

    Earlier we used one mobile phone as long as it is in function and change them when is broken or very old. This days we change our phones every now and then, and we have so many choices.But how to pick up a right model? How to choose a real good quality? Personal I think that Nokia was a great choice. Of course, there is a lot of different models and designs so I give you one article about new Nokia Lumia 625 in hope that would  help you to even a little easier decided and to see what is new in mobile world.

    Product Nokia Lumia 625
    Specifications 4.7in 480×800 resolution IPS LCD touchscreen, dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm MSM8930 Snapdragon processor, 512MB RAM, 8GB internal storage expandable up to 64GB via microSD card, 5MP rear-facing camera, VGA front-facing camera, 2G GSM, 3G HSDPA, 4G LTE, 1x microUSB port, headphone jack, Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system, 133x72x9.2mm, 159g
    Price £200

    FINNISH PHONE MAKER Nokia’s Lumia 625 is the firm’s latest affordable Windows Phone smartphone, as it looks to continue the success of theNokia Lumia 520 handset.

    Costing around £200, the Lumia 625 targets the same market as the Nokia Lumia 620 released earlier this year, but comes with the added perks of a larger 4.7in display and 4G connectivity. Nokia lists the phone as being the cheapest ever 4G handset.

    However, with Nokia already having plugged every price point in the UK market, many have come to question whether these additional perks will be enough to entice new users to Windows Phone 8 or persuade those already using it to upgrade.

    Design and build
    Visually, the Nokia Lumia 625 looks like a cross between the firm’s Lumia 720 and Lumia 520 models. The Lumia 625 features the same rounded corners as the Lumia 720 and a detachable plastic cover system like that of the Lumia 520.

    Nokia Lumia 625 three-quarter

    We found that the Nokia Lumia 625 felt far more like the Nokia Lumia 520 than the higher-end Nokia Lumia 720, despite its larger 133x72x9.2mm size. This is because the plastic backplate has the same slightly cheap feeling matte finish as the Nokia Lumia 520.

    Considering the Nokia Lumia 625′s affordable £200 price, this isn’t too much of a problem, though it does make the phone seem slightly dull compared to other Nokia Windows Phones, which feature vibrant designs and many novel design touches.

    The slightly cheap feeling isn’t helped by the Nokia Lumia 625′s 159g weight, which makes it feel slightly dense compared to the 128g of the similarly sized Nokia Lumia 720.

    Despite this, we found the Nokia Lumia 625 to be a solid device, like many other Nokia devices. While the white chassis we used was prone to picking up dirt marks, we found it tough enough to survive the odd drop and accidental bump.


  10. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F Review for PlayStation 3 (PS3)

    August 29, 2013 by MickGraphi

    Hatsune Miku is a pop sensation. Even if you don’t like that sort of games, I am sure that you heard of her. She is everywhere including series of Toyota commercials that you probable see this days. People, especially teenage girls are her big fans! That’s going so far that there is organised a real concert with live musician and hologram of Hatsune Miku who sings and dance and people in audience going crazy for this. I must admit,it’s a little bit fun!
    Her fame is far reaching, and now her tendrils are spreading further than ever thanks to Sega’s release of Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F on the PS3. Read more about Hatsune phenomenon in article below.Have fun!

     

     

     

     

    The Hatsune Miku: Project Diva series began on the PSP in 2009, with a game that could easily have been dubbed a crazy experiment. Sega and Crypton Future Media dumped a few of the Hatsune Miku Vocaloid songs on a PSP UMD, along with an editor that would allow players to create their own videos and tracks, and it exploded. It turned into a series, and now the PS3 version of the latest installment, Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F, is getting a stateside release.

    Which is for the best. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F is the fullest installment in the series. The main draw is the rhythm-based music game, which has 38 songs, but the Miku Room and Edit Mode offer a bit of extra flavor for those who’ve gotten drawn into Miku’s song and dance.

    The bulk of any Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F experience will be spent going through the included tracks. If a player is familiar with any Harmonix or Pentavision rhythm games, they’ll take to Project Diva F easily. A video will play in the background while Miku, or one of the other Vocaloids, sings. Songs are available in four difficulty levels: Beginner, Normal, Hard, and Extreme, with up to ten stars showing just how taxing a song is. (A 10-star song will blow your mind.)

    As a Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F song plays, indicators will appear on screen. Ones shaped like the action button must be pressed once icons line up. If a colored arrow appears, it means the up, left, right, or down button should be hit at the same time as the corresponding action button. Star notes also appear, and they are triggered by waggling the analog stick forward and back, as though strumming a guitar. The goal is, of course, to hit as many notes with perfect timing as possible in order to earn a high score and Diva Points, which can be spent in an in-game shop on new Modules (costumes), items, and furniture for the Vocaloids.

    Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F Screenshot

    The thing is, Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F on the PS3 pales in comparison to the Vita incarnation when it comes to the control scheme. Those who haven’t played both games will never know what they’re missing, but as someone who has, I can’t help preferring the Vita control scheme. The basic methods are the same, with the action and directional buttons being used for standard note indicators. The only difference is the touch screen is rubbed for star indicators. Yet, somehow, the Vita’s version feels more accurate. I can get a Great rating on the Extreme difficulty of “ODDS&ENDS,” a 7.5-star song, in Project Diva F on my Vita, but on the PS3, I found myself struggling to complete “Remote Controller,” a 6.5-star difficulty song, on Hard. It was humbling, to be sure.

    It’s almost like I had to relearn how to play Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F. When I was playing, it felt as though there was some minor timing discrepancy in the PS3 version absent in the handheld game. Mainly, it felt like my TV wasn’t keeping up with the game. It is possible to adjust the settings to compensate for this, but I got into the groove after a few songs and was back on my way to diva stardom without making any changes. However, I’m almost afraid to return to the Vita version of the game, as now my muscle memory is set to the PS3 Project Diva instead.

    I have to admit, though, I do prefer using the analog stick to “strum” along toHatsune Miku: Project Diva F’s Star notes. Scratching along to them on the Vita’s touchscreen always left me scrambling to reach the notes in time, and it feels more natural to hit Star notes with the analog stick on the PS3.

    Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F Screenshot

    I also believe Sega did Vocaloid fans a disservice with the Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F localization. The only thing the company did was translate the various menus, song titles, and module/item names. When one of the 38 included Vocaloid songs is playing, the lyrics scroll along the bottom of the screen. Sega translated none of these into English. It only translated the songs from Katakana, Hirigana, and Kanji into Romanji. It’s disappointing, especially since most of the people playing will have no idea what is being said. People won’t be paying attention to subtitles as they’re playing through an actual song, of course, but it would have been beneficial for times when people chose to just watch the video of a song play on-screen. I’m sure it saved Sega quite a bit of money, but the extra effort would have been appreciated.

    Still, Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F easily surpasses its little Vita sister in two respects: the audio and visual quality. The character models and environments are far more detailed in the PS3 version. The characters’ faces are also far more expressive and realistic. Put together, the videos are striking and, sometimes, even distracting. The sound quality for the songs is lovely as well. The lyrics to Megurine Luka’s “Dye” are more discernable than they are in the Vita installment, which is a testament to the improvement and clarity of the audio.