Posts tagged with: iden
  • by | October 18, 2013 6:08 PM

    If you made it to the outtakes section of my recent video comparing the HTC One max and Galaxy Note 3, you'll know I currently have a head cold. That's no fun, but it beats some of the more potent biological hazards out there, like coliform contamination, or the horrifyingly-named Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Unfortunately, I'm still exposed to pathogens like these every single day, and so are you. And one of the leading nesting grounds of these bacteriological nightmares is -you guessed it- your trusty smartphone. Phone germs be nasty, people. This unfortunate truth ...

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  • by | June 3, 2013 7:29 AM

    It's probably safe to say that everyone reading this article either has a cell phone currently, or has had a cellular telephone at some time in the past. Many of you may be familiar with what an IMEI is. It's probably fair to say that even those who do know what an IMEI is, may not know what these little strings of numbers are actually used for. IMEI versus MEID IMEI stands for "International Mobile Station Equipment Identity" and is usually a 15-digit string of numbers which is considered to be "unique" (though there are limited cases where IMEIs may be re-used or even cloned).  IMEIs ...

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  • by | March 29, 2013 7:01 AM

    At the halfway mark of the last decade, the Motorola i930 was a beast. It packed a 180MHz processor, 32MB of RAM, a VGA camera, and Windows Mobile 2003 into a 167g casing more than 30mm thick. It was a hard-core, ruggedized device built at a time when rugged feature phones still commanded a premium, and durable smartphones were practically unheard-of. It also packed the fastest walkie-talkie in the industry, and a carrier label that, at the time of the phone's release in 2005, was among the most-respected brands in the United States: NEXTEL. The i930 wasn't all sunshine and polish, though: ...

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  • by | December 26, 2012 7:01 AM

    Back when voice communication was still king, phone calls weren’t the only game in town. Some carriers offered a service called “push-to-talk” - a two-way radio, or walkie-talkie-like solution, for when a phone call just wouldn’t do. In America, most carriers found little traction with PTT. The iDEN-based carrier Nextel -now part of Sprint- saw success for a few years offering dispatch service to its customers, at one time numbering around 20 million people. These days, that number has shrunk to below 5 million, but other carriers are still trying to pick the Nextel carcass clean. ...

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  • by | August 20, 2012 3:14 PM

    Picture this: you're lying in bed with your favorite tablet, catching up on the latest episode from the AMC series Hell On Wheels. You can substitute any TV show, movie, or YouTube series there, really, but Hell On Wheels is pretty amazing. Anyway, you're lying there, jaw agape at the realization that maybe the rapper Common can actually act, but you've got a problem. While the visuals are stunning on your 2012-edition iPad's Retina display, or passable on the lighter, slimmer Nexus 7's screen, you can't really hear anything. You reach to the volume toggle, hoping to avoid a repeat of ...

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  • by | May 29, 2012 8:35 AM

    Right now, I'm on a ferry, heading back home from a holiday weekend. My Samsung Galaxy Nexus sits on the duffel bag at my feet, providing a wireless hotspot for my Macbook (3G only out here on the open water; even Verizon Wireless has its limitations). It's also streaming an instrumental playlist of "writing music" to the bluetooth headphones on my head, and it beeps dutifully every few minutes, letting me know about a friend's Foursquare check-in or Facebook update, or some such. It does all this while maintaining a relatively small footprint, and presenting a fairly attractive ...

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