The Samsung Note 7 made its appearance this week and on board was a spiffy new security measure – the iris scanner. Biometrics are pushing the boundaries of security today, and adding biometric security to a flagship phone targeted toward business is a smart strong move. Which is why Samsung added a fingerprint sensor two years ago. So, Samsung is no stranger to biometric security, and has a pretty good biometric security feature already in place, so what’s with the iris scanner?
Adding a second layer of security like this is expensive on a phone that is already just under $100 [...]
The next big thing is here, again, and we’re left to bask in the aftermath of Samsung’s second device announcement. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is here, and with it comes some interesting new features, but also an inflated price tag. Don’t get me wrong, the Note 7 is less than $100 more on AT&T than the S7 Edge (a.k.a. Galaxy Note 7 beta), so even a little bit more can be a lot on this phone.S Pen is smarter
The S Pen is getting smarter which is pretty cool. Arguably the center of the Galaxy Note experience is this S Pen, so the pressure is on to continue to get the most out [...]
Seeing as how Motorola is kicking off the “no headphone jack” bandwagon, it seemed only appropriate that we cover its answer to the jackless phone – a Bluetooth headset. Motorola recently launched its Verve line of Bluetooth headphones and we wanted to take one set for a test run. We’ve been testing the Verve Ones+ for about a week and here is what we’ve found.
Once upon a time, a company called Motorola developed a Bluetooth earpiece called the Hint. The Verve Ones+ seem to be the next evolution of that device. These Bluetooth earbuds are tiny, and truly wireless. They also [...]
A couple of life events recently just reminded me of a life lesson that bears repeating every once in a while. It’s a reminder to step back and watch life, rather than trying to record life. In short, put down the camera and stop missing out. Allow me to explain.Dancing through life
A couple of months back, my daughter had a dance recital. Now, let’s be clear – this is not Dance Moms. The typical park district run dance recital has very few subtle layers. There’s “incredibly bad, but incredibly cute, so who really cares?” [...]
We live in interesting times in mobile these days. Almost everything your smartphone does is mimicked by something else, other than your smartphone. We’re talking about smartwatches, tablets – although those are a bit too easy – and even heads up displays. Everything that your smartphone tells you can be told to you by something else on you or that you’re carrying around with you. Which begs the question – what devices would we need to basically replace your smartphone? Come along with me on this little thought experiment and let’s see if we can come up with something, or somethings as [...]
Way back in 2013, in my first article with Pocketnow, I talked about how Microsoft could climb to the lofty heights of 10% market share. One of the ways I suggested was to advertise and I cited Microsoft’s already-widespread campaign of product placement. Indeed, since that time and going up to this season finale of Hawaii Five-0, Microsoft has been the phone of choice for Alex O’Loughlin, Grace Park, and their law-enforcing (and sometimes law-breaking) compatriots. So Microsoft must be doing well, huh?
Well, I guess that is the difference between enjoying the Windows [...]
Conferences like Google I/O and WWDC always give me a sense of mixed feelings. Because we’re all about to see some really neat new things for the platforms – even if they’re not “new” new – and that’s a really great thing. But then, we’re all about see a lot of interesting features that may not work so well, at least for several months anyway. Oh sure, you can have those features if you want them, but they’ll be in beta which is frankly a scary concept.
Now, for those of us that have a few different devices, this isn’t really a big deal. I mean I can throw Android N onto my [...]
I’m still stuck on that Lenovo event, you know? The Moto Z and the Phab2 Pro are pretty cool regardless of some questionable decisions on exclusivity. But what I keep fixating on are the things that Lenovo didn’t release/announce for our mobile pleasure. Last week, I talked about shoes. Now, let’s talk about bracelets.
In one of the more ballsy displays that I recall seeing, Lenovo showed off two concept mobile devices that it has been working on. The phone/bracelet was called the CPlus and the folding tablet o’ the cat video was called the Folio (Palm peeps holla!). Both of [...]
Whelp. The Moto Z has gone and done it. No longer will our smartphones be plagued by a 3.5mm hole forcing our phones to thicknesses exceeding a whopping six millimeters. Because we don’t need no portly devices, right? Thank goodness someone has stepped up and gotten rid of that unsightly hole in the top or bottom of our phones. Seriously though, I wrote a couple of weeks ago about how USB Type-C may have come a bit too soon for the public, and since it’s now replacing decades old hardware, I thought it might be time to take a look at it again.
Someone needs to remind OEMs that [...]
WWDC’s keynote has come and gone, and with it, we have seen a glimpse of Apple’s plans for the future. Not surprisingly, Apple’s plans are rather Apple-centric. I know what you’re thinking. “Duh, it’s Apple’s conference,” but what I found very interesting was that of all the updates, all the new features, all the new apps we saw, there was nary a mention of Android and the 85% of the world that it owns/that owns it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting that Apple should be promoting the competition at its own keynote, but when you stop and consider what Microsoft and Google have [...]