Tag Archive: Tablets


FBI Not Happy With Apple & Google’s Encryption Policy

 

 

 

 

” Users might have praised the technology companies for efforts to encrypt their latest devices that would prevent law enforcement agencies’ hands on users’ private data, but the FBI is not at all happy with Apple and Google right now.
 
  The Federal Bureau of Investigation director, James Comey, said Thursday he was “very concerned” over Apple and Google using stronger or full encryption in their Smartphones and Tablets that makes it impossible for law enforcement to collar criminals.
  According to Comey, the Silicon Valley tech giants are “marketing something expressly to allow people to place themselves above the law.”

There will come a day – well it comes every day in this business – when it will matter a great, great deal to the lives of people of all kinds that we be able to with judicial authorization gain access to a kidnapper’s or a terrorist or a criminal’s device,” Comey told reporters.

I just want to make sure we have a good conversation in this country before that day comes. I’d hate to have people look at me and say, ‘Well how come you can’t save this kid,’ ‘How come you can’t do this thing.’” “

Hacker News

 … Without Getting Screwed

 

 

 

 

 

 

” One of the best ways to save a little money is to buy stuff used—whether we’re talking computers, smartphones, or even cars. Buying used comes with a bit of extra responsibility, though. Here are some guides on how to avoid getting screwed, no matter what you’re buying.

  We’ve shared a ton of tips for selling your old junk online, but what about when you’re buying? That’s a little trickier, since you not only want a good deal, but you also want a product that’s working, reliable, and in good condition. Here are some of the guides and tips we’ve featured over the years on buying used stuff.”

 

 

Here’s the dope on used car buying

 

 

” There’s a lot of debate over whether buying a used car is better than buying new, but we won’t get into that here—this pros and cons list at Car and Driver should help you out. However, if you are set on buying a used car, we’ll leave it to our friends at Jalopnik to help you avoid getting screwed. Their advice? Inspect the owner, not just the car, and have your own mechanic look at it. Most importantly, do some serious research on the model you’re looking at. Forums are a great resource. That way, you know its pain points, what a fair price is, and repair costs (which is so often ignored). Check out their guide for more.

  Those aren’t the only items you can buy used, of course, but they are some of the most common—and some of the ones that really require your due diligence. No matter what you’re buying, don’t be afraid to walk away if you don’t trust the seller—and if you can, buy locally so you can do your inspection in person. Good luck!”

 

 

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These Maps Show That Android Is For People With Less Money

 

iPhone vs Android

The Northeastern US

 

 

” This map showing the locations of 280 million individual posts on Twitter shows a depressing divide in America: Tweets coming from Manhattan tend to come from iPhones. Tweets coming from Newark, N.J., tend to come from Android phones.

  If you live in the New York metro area, you don’t need to be told that Manhattan is where the region’s rich people live, and the poor live in Newark. Manhattan’s median income is $67,000 a year. Newark’s is $17,000, according to U.S. Census data.”

 

 

 

Newark-Manhattan

 

 

” The rich, it seems, use iPhones while the poor tweet from Androids.

  The map was created by Mapbox, which markets beautiful mapping software. You can use it to zero in on your ZIP code and see how your neighborhood breaks down.

  Mobile traffic data to e-commerce sites bears this out. Every quarter, a mobile market research company called Monetate publishes data on mobile shoppers and how much they spend online. On almost every metric, Apple users come out ahead as spenders. Here’s the data for Q4 2013:

 

Share of visits to e-commerce sites from tablets

  • iPad: 87%
  • Android: 11%

Average order value from tablets

  • iPad: $155
  • Android: $110

Share of visits to e-commerce sites from phones

  • iPhone: 60%
  • Android: 39% “

 

 

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Amazon Debuts Kindle Fire HDX 7- And 8.9-Inch Tablets

 

Amazon debuts Kindle Fire HDX 7 and 89inch tablets, we go handson

 

” The slate, like its predecessor, comes in 7- and 8.9-inch configurations — this time out sporting much higher resolutions, at 323 ppi (1,920 x 1,200) and 339 ppi (2,560 x 1,600), respectively. Compare that to 221 and 254 ppi for their predecessors and 264 ppi on the iPad 3; quite brilliant in conference room lighting. For by-the-pool readers, there’s also a dynamic image contrast feature, which one exec pulled out a flashlight to demo. The feature works by shifting the display’s contrast, rather than brightness, to compensate for external changes in lighting. It’s still not the perfect outdoor reading device some are hoping for, but, well, that’s part of the reason the company’s keeping its Kindle reader line around, after all.

These guys are quick, too. Both versions feature a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor and double the RAM of the last version at 2GB. Put it next to 2012’s model and you’ll note a difference, even with something as simple as flipping through icons on the home screen or opening up a record. The difference in gaming is far, far more pronounced. 

Both versions are available now for pre-order. The 7-incher will run you $229 when it starts shipping October 18th. The 8.9-inch version, meanwhile, isn’t set to ship until November 7th. That one will run you $379. Add $100 to either, and you’ll get 4G LTE through either AT&T or, for the first time, Verizon.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When Will Our Mobile Devices Get to Work?

 

 

 

” You’re about to head out on long business trip or extended working “vacation.” The question is, do you bring a smartphone, your laptop, or a tablet? 

For many people, the answer is all three. The phone is for answering calls, checking email, and sneaking Angry Birds; the tablet is for streaming videos; and the laptop is for all things truly work. But will lugging around a computer always be necessary?

The most important innovation for mobile productivity might be speech technology. Apps such as Ask Ziggy and Siri already handle spoken requests like “find me a hotel in San Francisco” or “remind me to call my wife in the morning,” and there are programs such as Nuance that let users dictate entire documents by voice. These kinds of programs have been around for years, but have improved greatly of late and require little training. ”