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256x256Road Dancer is a free map application, which provides offline worldwide turn-by-turn navigation, with voice guides, and supports different languages. 

 After launching the app, users will lead to the download screen, with more than 30 countries listed (more countries would be added later). What users need to do, is to download some map. After downloading, the map will be stored in your phone, the country will be in your pocket, no matter the phone is connected to network or not, the navigation could be opened. Now try it, and let it brings you the world!


The countries could be downloaded contain (More countries is constantly adding) :

Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Britain, Bulgaria, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Russia, San Marino, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, USA & Canada, Uruguay, Venezuela


 Features:

• Supports English, Portuguese, Spanish, more than 20 different languages, and languages can be switched

• Provides voice-guided turn-by-turn driving directions, with multiple voice prompts before turns and merges

• Supports a variety of ways to search: roads, city names, village names, points of interest classification, points of interest name, latitude and longitude, etc.

• Provides map mode switches between 3D and 2D

• Stroke simulator navigation, track record, track return trajectory query

• Provides optional multi-path plannings

• Unlimited amount of self-designated, DIY POI, POI ALERT


• A key to go home, to return to the parking

 

Source from: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sunavi.navi9

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Some people felt it was too big, but the Samsung Galaxy S3 has been selling steadily since it first hit the market back in May. Samsung sold 20 million Galaxy S3 handsets in its first 100 days and it has become the poster child for Google’s Android operating system. Several months down the line, the Galaxy S3 continues to surpass expectations in terms of sales, but no device is flawless.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the biggest Galaxy S3 problems. These are the most commonly seen complaints from people around the world, and in each case we’ll try to offer up a useful workaround or solution.

Problem: Random freezes

The Galaxy S3 keeps freezing randomly. A small number of users reported this problem last year, but it has been cropping up far more frequently in 2013. If you experience this problem with a brand new S3, you should be returning it to get a replacement. The bulk of issues being reported now relate to phones that people have had no problems with for months suddenly developing a random freezing habit. This seems likely to be a software problem and could be related to an Android update, possibly 4.1.2.

Workarounds: You can hold down the Power button and Restart or Power off and turn it on again. That seems to work for most people, but it won’t stop the problem from coming back. You can also pull the battery, but we don’t recommend that. You could also just wait, many people report that the issue fixes itself, but it may take 15 minutes or more and it can return at any time. Some people have reported a reduced frequency by turning off Wi-Fi or the mobile data connection, but that’s not convenient. You could try rolling back the software. Some people report success with this, but others say they have only reduced the frequency of freezing.

Solutions: There are only two solutions that people are reporting consistently. One is returning the device to Samsung for repair. In a number of cases a faulty motherboard is deemed to be the cause and replacing it results in perfect operation. If you’re under warranty this might be your best bet. That obviously points to a hardware problem, and yet other people have reported the problem just resolving itself when they ignored it, which would suggest a software problem. We’ll keep following this and post an update if another solution pops up.

Problem: Sudden Death Syndrome

This only affects some 16GB Galaxy S3 handsets and it’s related to your flash memory (eMMC) chip. If you encounter the problem then you’ll find that your S3 doesn’t switch on at all no matter what you do. If you’re worried about your device being affected, you can check if it is at risk with the eMMC Brickbug Check app.

Solution: If your phone is dead, go to Samsung Support and you should be able to get a replacement or get it fixed. Samsung has released a fix for this so as long as your phone has the latest firmware update then you shouldn’t need to worry.

Problem: Battery drain

Disappointing battery life is the Achilles heel of all smartphones, but some people have encountered a surprising battery drain on the Galaxy S3, even when the phone is not in use.

The international version of the Galaxy S3 has a flaw. The battery drain on standby issue is complicated by a miscalculation in the power profile which shows Cell standby eating a lot more power than it actually is. This doesn’t account for the drain it just means that the stats are wrong.

Some people with the U.S. and international versions have also reported an actual excessive battery drain on the Galaxy S3 when in standby. Having apps running in the background and features such as Wi-Fi, mobile data, Bluetooth, and push email turned on is obviously going to have an impact. If your Galaxy S3 is draining fast when not in use, then it can be tricky to find the culprit. It could be down your carrier or that you get poor service in your home; it could be Chrome; it could be email or LTE. Luckily there are some solutions you can try.

Solutions: If you have Chrome installed, fire it up and choose Settings > Developer tools and then uncheck Enable Tilt Scrolling.

 Some people have reported huge battery savings by turning off LTE in Settings > More settings > Mobile networks > Network mode. There’s a theory that if you don’t have LTE in your area, the battery drains faster because the phone keeps searching for it. Having Wi-Fi turned on all the time can actually help because it uses a lot less power than connecting to a mobile network, but you have to be in range of a Wi-Fi network or the search for a connection will have a similar draining effect.

Some people believe that Samsung’s preinstalled apps could eat a lot of battery life even if you’re not using them. Some users reported success after disabling their Samsung account and various Samsung apps. Go to Settings > Applications manager and choose the All tab then disable Samsung Account, Samsung Backup, Samsung Apps, Samsung Cloud Data Relay along with anything else on the list you don’t use. The disabled apps drop to the bottom of the All list so you can always enable them again if you encounter any problems.

Problem: Audio and microphone issues

It’s difficult to have a phone conversation when the other person can’t hear you clearly or you can’t hear them. Some early adopters reported issues with the Galaxy S3 microphone and found that signal strength was dropping immediately after calls. The speakerphone function hasn’t worked smoothly for some and a complete loss of audio has been reported in extreme cases. A firmware update was rolled out to fix this, so you shouldn’t be experiencing these issues anymore. If you are, then it may be down to a blockage, a setting, or even the noise reduction feature.

Solutions: Restarting the phone should temporarily resolve the issue, but that’s obviously not ideal so let’s try and find a permanent fix. Go to Settings > Accessibility and make sure Turn off all sounds is not checked to begin with. Now go to Settings > Sound and make sure your volume levels are correct and sound is turned on.

Hit Phone > Menu > Call settings > Additional settings and then uncheck Noise reduction. Some people have reported less echo and clearer calls with this turned off.

Take a look at the microphone hole on the bottom edge of your Galaxy S3. If it looks like there’s something stuck in there then that could be your issue. Be very careful when cleaning this. Try compressed air to blow it out first.

Problem: Overheating

Many users have reported problems with their Galaxy S3 overheating and sometimes even freezing or crashing as a result. The S3 is very thin with a big screen, a big battery, and a powerful set of internal components, so the more you use it, the hotter it will get. This generally only rears its head as an issue after prolonged gaming or if you do something else that’s graphically intensive. If your Galaxy S3 is getting very hot and crashing without intensive use, then you might have a hardware problem.

Solution: The obvious solution is to take a break for a few minutes and let the phone cool down. If you’ve been running something for hours, then it will inevitably heat up. If it is heating up on standby or with low levels of usage, then you should contact the seller or carrier and check if the hardware is faulty. You should be able to get a replacement handset if they confirm the problem.

Problem: Wi-Fi dropping or not detecting

Are you having trouble connecting to Wi-Fi networks? Maybe your S3 is connecting fine, but then dropping the connection later? There have been plenty of reports of troublesome Wi-Fi and for some people this is a wider Android issue, while for others it could be related to the router. Fear not, there are some things you can try on your S3.

Solution: Turn your phone off and then back on. The mantra of the IT professional does work, but it’s obviously not a permanent fix. You should also go to Settings > Wi-Fi and hit the menu button again to choose Advanced and make sure that Keep Wi-Fi on during sleep is set to Always. Most people with this issue are reporting that an over-the-air update fixed it, so if you are still having problems it is likely to do with your router. You could try an app like Wifi Analyzer and see if you can identify the problem.

 Problem: Lag

When you buy a powerhouse like the Galaxy S3, you don’t expect any lag when you are navigating around. If you’re experiencing a slight delay when you hit the Home button or when you exit an app then it might be down to your settings. You should avoid using task killer apps and reboot your phone fairly regularly to clear memory.

Solution: Drag down the notifications bar at the top and switch off Power saving. It’s a useful feature for saving power, but it does introduce some slight lag. If your problem is related to the Home button, then S-Voice might be the culprit. Samsung has it set up so that a double tap on the Home button launches S-Voice, which can cause lag when you press the Home button. To get rid of it simply double tap the Home button to launch S-Voice and hit menu to access Settings and then uncheck Open via the home key.

The animations slow things down so you can always go into Settings > Developer options and change Window animation scale and Transition animation scale to .5x or even off.

Problem: Vibrating to music or audio

If you find that your Galaxy S3 is vibrating when you play music or when you use specific audio apps then you may well wonder why. Thankfully it’s an easy fix.

Solution: Go to Settings > Sound and make sure Auto haptic at the bottom is toggled off.

Problem: Copy and paste isn’t working

There have been quite a few reports of problems with the copy/paste feature on the S3. Some people are copying and then finding they have no option to paste and others are experiencing crashes when they try to paste copied text.

Solution: The solutions for this one are not ideal. You can factory reset the phone or you can root the device and clear the data from your clipboard. Sadly there’s no guarantee that the problem won’t return if you factory reset. Samsung is definitely aware of this issue, but it has not come up with a fix yet.

 Problem: Smart stay doesn’t work

The Smart stay feature is designed to ensure that the screen does not turn off when you are looking at it. You’ll find it in Settings > Display and you can tick to turn it on. You’ll see an eye icon pop up in the notification bar occasionally and the S3 will use the front-facing camera to check that you’re still looking at the screen. If you are looking at the screen, it stays on, if you aren’t then it dims and turns off. How often it checks depends on your Screen timeout setting. A lot of people find that this feature doesn’t work for them at all.

Solution: Your face has to be well lit so the camera can see it. If you are in the dark or in shadow it simply won’t detect you and the screen will turn off. This feature is neat, but it doesn’t work well yet.

Workaround: Change your Screen timeout so that it doesn’t turn off so quickly.

More S3 problems

If you are irritated by unwanted notifications, then check out our guide on how to turn off Android notifications. If you’re sick of waiting for the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update, then check with your carrier. The majority will push it out over the air, but some require you to physically connect your phone to your computer.

There are various other little Galaxy S3 issues and annoyances you might come across as you use the phone so please post a comment to share issues and any fixes you know of.

Source from: http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/galaxy-s3-problems-what-users-complain-about-the-most/#ixzz2NOAh3E7K 

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Apple sold 5 million iPhone 5 units in the first three days after release. Considering most of these buyers never saw, held or played with an iPhone 5 in person, that’s a big leap of faith. While we haven’t seen any flubs the scale of “Antennagate” this time around, there have been plenty of complaints about the new smartphone.

Let’s take a look at the most common gripes people seem to have. While not necessarily universal or even exceptional in the world of smartphones, these are the iPhone 5 problems that people have been complaining about the most online and around the world. Wherever possible, we’ll also let you know how you can work around these issues or fix them if you’re encountering them as well. 

Problem: Apple Maps

It’s no secret that Apple and Google are no longer exchanging Christmas cards. The “thermonuclear” war Steve Jobs initiated on the Android platform is far from over. With iOS 6 and the new iPhone 5, Apple stripped out the Google Maps app as the default and replaced it with its own Maps app. A flurry of stories in the days following release focused on mistakes and inaccuracies in Apple’s new navigation system.

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The data is inaccurate for many places, the app is buggy, and many core features of Google Maps that people had come to rely on simply don’t exist in Apple’s Maps app. The fuss in the press got so bad that Apple CEO Tim Cook actually apologized publicly, and promised the app would improve over time.

Workaround: There’s no way to fix the Maps app, and no telling how long it will take Apple to get it right, but in the meantime you can always turn to an alternative. Here’s a roundup of the best alternative map apps for iOS. We’ve been hearing that the Google Maps app for iOS 6 is just around the corner for a while now, but right now the only way to access it on your iPhone 5 is through the browser: Point it to maps.google.com.

Problem: Can’t connect to Wi-Fi

A number of people have reported issues with their iPhone 5 connecting to specific Wi-Fi networks. Sometimes it refuses to connect at all; sometimes it drops the connection. Some people report that even standing right next to the router with their iPhone 5 the signal strength is extremely low, but it works fine on other devices.

Workaround: You can always try holding down the Home button and the Lock button together for a few seconds until you see the Apple logo and the phone restarts, but this is unlikely to be a permanent fix.

Solution: Apple released the iOS 6.0.2 update specifically to fix the Wi-Fi issue, but it has persisted for a number of people. If you have the latest version of iOS and you are still experiencing Wi-Fi problems, you should go to an Apple Store or call support and see if you can get a replacement. A number of people have reported it as a suspected hardware issue and have been given replacement devices that didn’t have the same problem, although there hasn’t been any official recognition of a hardware issue.

Problem: Overheating and excessive battery drain

After the iOS 6.1 update rolled out, a number of user complaints regarding overheating and a fast draining battery surfaced. Some reports linked this to a problem with Microsoft Exchange 2010 that was supposed to be fixed in Apple’s iOS 6.1.2 update. However, some users are still reporting an excessive battery drain problem, even after the latest update.

Workaround: Go to Settings > MailContacts and Calendars > Fetch New Data and turn Push to Off and select Manually at the bottom of the screen. This means you’ll only get new emails when you actually fire up the email app, but it has solved the battery drain and overheating for some people while they wait for another software update from Apple.

Possible solutions: Some people have reported the issue solved itself after a hard reset. To perform a hard reset, hold down the Lock and Power buttons simultaneously for a few seconds until the iPhone restarts. You can also try deleting your Exchange account, restarting the device, and entering the details to create the Exchange account again. Beyond that, it looks like your only option is to wait for another iOS update. We’ll keep you posted.

Problem: Scratches on the body

Reports of the iPhone 5’s anodized aluminum casing getting scratched and scuffed very easily started to emerge quite quickly after the launch. A number of people found the coating was easily scratched off around the edges and chipped on the back panel, revealing the silver aluminum beneath. There were also reports of iPhone 5 units being scratched right out of the box.

Apple’s marketing boss, Phil Schiller, responded to an email from a complaining customer to say, “Any aluminum product may scratch or chip with use, exposing its natural silver color. That is normal.”

Workaround: Assuming your smartphone isn’t scratched on arrival then you should invest in a bumper or go shopping for iPhone 5 cases. If it does get scratched you could always polish off the coating to create a silver highlight around the edge or even laser engrave something on the back.

Problem: Purple glare on photos

The camera on the iPhone 5 is supposed to be the best yet, but many users have reported a strange purple glare. The effect seems to rear its ugly head when there is a strong edge or out-of-scene light source. The standard lens flare effect we’re all used to seems to have a purple hue when using the iPhone 5 camera. In direct comparisons with other cameras, such as that on the iPhone 4S, the difference is pretty clear.

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Workaround: Apple released a support document addressing this issue and suggested that, “Moving the camera slightly to change the position at which the bright light is entering the lens, or shielding the lens with your hand, should minimize or eliminate the effect.”

Problem: Light leakage

A few people reported that light was leaking out around the power connector on the white iPhone 5. It’s not really noticeable unless you are in low light or dark surroundings, but it is a flaw.

Solution: Show the offending iPhone 5 at an Apple store and they’ll replace it with a new one.

Problem: Rattling from inside

A number of people reported a rattling noise coming from inside their new iPhone 5 when lightly shaken. Apparently in the rush to meet demand some iPhone 5 units shipped with a battery that was not properly set.

Solution: Take your iPhone 5 to an Apple store and they’ll fix the loose battery or offer you a replacement.

Problem: Date and time bug

There have been several threads in the Apple and Verizon forums about a bug with the date and time incorrectly updating on the iPhone 5. Some users reported that the device was losing minutes, but others complained of it being hours out of sync and even changing the date by several days. The majority of complaints concern Verizon customers, although there are some complaints from Sprint customers as well. Many people have suggested it is related to the LTE network, but neither Apple nor Verizon was keen to take responsibility.

Solution: You can try switching the update from automatic to manual in Settings > General > Date & Time. Some people have suggested switching off LTE or resetting the phone, but there’s no definite fix. If you experience this problem then complain to your carrier. Some customers suffering from the problem have reported it magically vanishing so there’s a good chance that Verizon is working on it behind the scenes. Judging by reports of similar issues from people on Verizon with other phones it is likely not an Apple problem.

Problem: Screen flicker

Reports of an intermittent screen flicker on the iPhone 5 have also been pretty common. This glitch most frequently appears on the virtual keyboard in the App Store when users go to enter their password to purchase an app. It turns up as flickering lines across the bottom of the screen over the keyboard, but it’s relatively minor.

Solution: Wait for the next iOS update because it looks like a software glitch and will likely be fixed when Apple rolls out a platform update. There’s not really anything you can do about it in the meantime.

Problem: Unresponsive touchscreen

A few complaints have come in that the iPhone 5 touchscreen is randomly dropping touch input when a finger is dragged forwards and backwards diagonally across the display. Some people have even reported a completely unresponsive touchscreen or the screen going blank for a few seconds. There have also been complaints about the touchscreen registering touches when the user hasn’t touched that part of the display. While this doesn’t seem to be a widespread issue it is clearly a pretty extreme problem. There could be more than one issue here, some tests suggest the quick swipe failure is an iOS issue, but the more severe unresponsive or wrongly registering touches problems are likely to be hardware related.

Solution: If your problem is severe then take your iPhone 5 to an Apple store and show them the issue and you’ll get a replacement. You could try resetting or restoring your iPhone 5, but this is probably a hardware problem and you shouldn’t have any trouble getting a replacement. If you are experiencing the quick swipe problem then you may just need to wait for an iOS update.

Other problems

If you’ve encountered any other iPhone 5 problems or you want to volunteer some fixes then post a comment. With the severe problems we’ve suggested that you visit an Apple Store to get them resolved. That’s because this will always be the quickest way to find a fix or get a replacement phone. If you are unable to get to an Apple Store then contact customer support, but you can expect to be asked to run through troubleshooting steps and then have a bit of wait time before they’ll ship you a replacement.

Updated: 3-11-2013: Added issues with Wi-Fi connections and battery life problems to the list.

Article originally published 12-4-2012.

Source from: http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/iphone-5-problems-what-users-complain-about-the-most/

 

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The  Kindle Fire range has been a success story for Amazon, claiming 33 percent of the Android tablet market. It all started with the original Kindle Fire, but Amazon has upgraded and overhauled its Android offerings since then. The Kindle Fire HD comes in two sizes (with a 7-inch or an 8.9-inch screen) and it plugs you directly into Amazon’s world of content.

Feedback on the devices has been generally positive. You can find our thoughts on the smaller variety in our Kindle Fire HD review and the larger in our Kindle Fire HD 8.9 review. Even the most popular products have a downside and, beyond being limited to Amazon’s content offerings, there are a few Kindle Fire HD problems you may encounter. Below are solutions and workarounds to try and help you get past them.

Problem: Overheating

Some users have reported issues with the Kindle Fire HD overheating while playing games, watching movies, or surfing the Web. In extreme cases the overheating causes the tablet to shut down. You will probably find the problem is worse when you have a case on the device, so try removing it and check the difference. All tablets get warm in use, but if your Kindle Fire HD is getting uncomfortably hot or automatically shutting down when in use then you have a faulty piece of hardware.

Solution: You have to contact Amazon and get a replacement tablet.

Problem: Email is not working or not updating

A number of users have struggled to get their email accounts working correctly on the Kindle Fire HD. Several reports suggest that the email will work for a small period of time and then inexplicably stop working and others report that they cannot get it to work at all. This seems to be a common problem for Verizon and Comcast customers, but it has cropped up for people with other ISPs as well. This is possibly caused by a problem with the native email app on the Kindle Fire HD because some people have reported that installing a third-party app worked for them.

Workaround:

  1. Try a free third-party email app such as K-9 Mail or Kaiten Mail.
  2. Buy a third-party email app such as Enhanced Email.

Problem: It won’t start up or freezes during use

Some people encounter freezes when they are using the Kindle Fire HD and others report that the tablet won’t power on.

Possible solutions:

  1. Try rebooting the device by holding down the power button for 20 seconds and then tap the power button to turn it back on.
  2. Try holding down the power button for 20 seconds and when the device is completely off plug in the charger, then hit the power button again to turn the device on. If you think the battery might be dead then leave it to charge for an hour before you try turning it back on.

Problem: Device won’t charge

Various battery-related problems have been raised by Kindle Fire HD owners. Issues range from a complete refusal to charge, to a partial charge, to a very slow charge. There are a few things you can double check and try before contacting Amazon. Remember that charging with Amazon’s cable and the optional charger should take four hours, while charging it using the USB plug on your computer will take 13.5 hours.

Possible solutions:

  1. Hold down the power button for 20 seconds to power off and then try plugging in the charger.
  2. Make sure you are using the cable that you got with your Kindle Fire HD. If you didn’t buy the Amazon Kindle PowerFast for Accelerated Charging which costs an extra $20 then you need to check the rating on the charger you are using. A full charge should take 4 hours using the Amazon charger and cable. Many other device chargers will work just as well, here’s an example from PowerGen that’s only $10 (although if you use the dual charging feature it will charge more slowly). If you are using another charger with a lower rating then it will work, but it might take a lot longer and it can cause synchronization problems with the battery monitor so it might not display accurately how much power the battery has left.
  3. Try the charger with another device to make sure it is working.
  4. If the charging light doesn’t come on (it should be orange when charging and green when charged), try pushing the cable in more or gently moving it. Some Kindle Fire HDs have loose ports and if that’s the case you’ll want to contact Amazon and get a replacement.

Problem: It won’t connect to Wi-Fi

There are all sorts of reasons that your Kindle Fire HD won’t connect to a Wi-Fi network. If you find that you can’t connect to Wi-Fi then there are a couple of simple things worth trying. Make sure you don’t have Airplane Mode on and that you do have Wi-Fi on via the notifications bar More > Wireless.

Possible solutions:

  1. Try holding the power button for a second and when “Do you want to shut down your Kindle?“ pops up tap “Shut Down”. Turn off your router. Now turn both of them back on again.
  2. Try rebooting the device by holding down the power button for 20 seconds and then tap the power button to turn it back on.
  3. Before you start, make sure your Kindle Fire HD is fully charged. Reset the Kindle Fire HD to factory settings by pulling down the notifications bar and then tap More > My Account > Deregister and read the text then tap Deregister to confirm. Bring the notifications bar down again and hit More > Device > Reset to Factory Defaults, read the text and tap Erase Everything. You’ll have to set up your Wi-Fi network again from scratch.

If you still can’t connect it might be because your router is unsupported or you have the router set to the wrong channel. It is best to refer to your ISP and check what else you can try.

More Kindle Fire HD problems

That’s it for now. If you have any other Kindle Fire HD problems or solutions, please post a comment and share them. Remember that you can access some help on the device itself by dragging down the notifications bar and tapping More > Help & Feedback.

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The decision to enter the tiny tablet market may have been something of a reverse for Apple, but the resulting iPad Mini has certainly gone down well with consumers. Millions of Minis have been sold already and we can reasonably expect Apple to sell millions more. With any new device there are always some complaints and issues. In this article, we explore some of the gripes and look at the most common iPad Mini problems with a view to supplying you with workable solutions.

If you’ve got spare cash burning a hole in your pocket, but you need some persuading, then check out our iPad Mini review and find out if we think it’s worth splashing out on. You may also be interested in our iPad Mini accessories roundup, or our list of the best iPad Mini cases and covers.

You’ll find there are a lot of similarities between the iPad Mini and its bigger brothers in the line, so rather than cover the same ground, we’ll direct you to our iPad Problems roundup for more of the most common issues and fixes.

Problem: Display isn’t great

The biggest gripe about the iPad Mini seems to be the quality of the display. It doesn’t sport Apple’s famous Retina display and the pixel density is a bit of a step back for the line-up. It still has a 1024×768 pixel display which matches the iPad 2, and it looks better because it’s on a smaller screen, but keen observers will see pixels. It’s most noticeable for text and it’s something that might not strike newcomers, but will definitely be noticed by anyone with an iPhone 5.

Solution: There’s no solution for this other than waiting for the next generation iPad Mini, which we expect will offer a significantly improved resolution. If you’re concerned then check it out before you buy.

Problem: Auto-brightness is not working

Many users have reported problems with auto-brightness on the iPad Mini. This has cropped up as an occasional problem for the iPhone and larger iPad as well. If you go to an area with bright light, the screen brightness should increase automatically quite quickly. If you go to a dark or dim room, it should gradually decrease in brightness. To start with go to Settings > Brightness & Wallpaper and make sure auto-brightness is on.

Possible solutions:

  1. Turn auto-brightness off. Press and hold the Power button and the Home button until you see the Apple logo. Turn auto-brightness on again.
  2. You could also try setting auto-brightness to your desired position in a low-lit area when you first turn it on by dragging it to the right level of brightness. You should find it now brightens when you go into a well-lit area, but returns to the lower level when you go back into a darker environment.

Problem: Experiencing Slowdown, freezing, or random restarts

There are a couple of possible causes for this kind of behavior, but in the majority of cases you can solve it by doing a reset. Just hold down the Power button and the Home button simultaneously for 10 seconds. You’ll know it worked when you see the Apple logo. There’s also a chance that the problem is being caused by a lack of system memory, or a problem app. Restarting will clear out the offending app and wipe the active RAM.

Possible solutions:

  1. Go to Settings > General > Usage to try and identify the culprit. You can then close or uninstall any app that is causing problems.
  2. You can also hit the Home button twice and then tap and hold an icon until they begin to shake. The minus sign will close active apps. When you’re done just tap the Home button twice again. You can also use three fingers to pull this menu up or down from the bottom of the screen.
  3. If the issue keeps returning and you can identify a specific app that seems to be hogging system resources, uninstall it. If you’re not sure which app is responsible, try uninstalling them one at a time until the problem stops.

Problem: Microphone is not working

A number of users have reported that their iPad Mini microphone isn’t working during FaceTime calls, when using Skype, or with another service. The first thing to do is try a couple of different services to make sure it isn’t app related. Assuming your cover or case isn’t blocking the microphone, there are a couple of other solutions worth trying. It’s probably worth starting with the standard reset – hold down the Power and Home buttons together for 10 seconds. No joy? Let’s try something else.

Possible solutions:

  1. Your microphone might just be blocked. Maybe a bit of dust got in there. Try using a vacuum cleaner or some compressed air to unblock it.
  2. If that doesn’t help, your best bet is to take it into an Apple Store. If there’s a fault then you can get a replacement.

Problem: Headphones are not working

Some people have reported that when they plug headphones into their iPad Mini there is no sound. Assuming you are getting sound through the speakers normally, but it doesn’t work with the headphones, there are a couple of things to try. You should check in Settings > Sounds and make sure your volume is at a reasonable level first.

Possible solutions:

  1. That reset could ride to the rescue again. Many users report that holding down the Power button and the Home button until the Apple logo comes up, which should take around 10 seconds, is enough to fix the issue.
  2. Try the headphones in another device to ensure that they are working.

More iPad Mini problems

If you’re experiencing iPad Mini Wi-Fi problems, it won’t charge, or your iTunes won’t recognize it, then we have some suggested solutions in our iPad problems roundup. That’s it for the iPad Mini problems roundup. Feel free to post questions and other issues that you have encountered. Please do also post solutions whenever you discover them.

Read more: http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/ipad-mini-problems/#ixzz2Moo3NcVR 

 

 

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The new released HTC One

HTC just announced its latest flagship phone on Tuesday In New York City. The supersized HTC One (known as M7 before releasing) will battle other devices with HTC Sense, the unique UltraPixel camera, Beats Audio and superior configurations. Whether it's able to translate its strategy to sale will take some time to know for sure, but there are enough unique features on board this phone to make things interesting.

 

Android and HTC Sense 5

While the HTC One will be running Android 4.1.2 as Android 4.2.2 is beginning to be released, HTC believes its new and improved Sense skin will make all the difference that the small jump in the operating system cannot.

Sense 5 comes with some HTC standards like the time and weather widget on the lock screen, but has quite a few notable differences from previous versions. It's first big feature is BlinkFeed, which makes the homescreen have a bit of a Flipboard style, and show all the social network updates, news and new messages on the main screen. Hence, users do not need to switch back and forth to read all information and contents. And according to the feature, HTC also announced that they already have more than 1400 partners, ESPN is the largest one.

Another feature that is in place with the help of Sense 5 is Sense TV, which makes use of HTC One's infrared sensor to turn your phone into a remote control for your television.

 

Camera with Ultrapixels

UltreaPixel

UltraPixel, as opposed to the megapixel, is that it uses larger individual pixels to improve low-light performance and reduce noise in the images by capturing more light - 300 percent more, to be exact. The camera itself clocks in at just 4 megapixel, which is deceivingly low because of the Ultrapixel feature. Because it has less pixels it can fit 2.0 micron pixels, which is more than you see on the average 8-megapixel camera or even the higher 13-megapixels offerings out there. And the phone uses the wide-angle lens, which enables it to have a broader perspective than other phones.

Also featured on the camera is the HTC Zoe. The feature will automatically record 5 pictures before you pressing the shutter, and 15 pictures in 3 seconds after taking the picture, so you can browse to pick which is best. Moreover, it will automatically integrate pictures in the 3 seconds and record into a video, and also it supports to clip, add transitions and share your artwork to social networks..

 

Comparison with iPhone 5, Galaxy S III and Lumia 920

HTC has made big efforts to join the ranks of smartphone legend. Let's take a look at the tech specifications and comparison with other smartphones. One thing needs to notice that, the 4MP rear camera is based on the UltraPixel technology, if you just consider the number is too low to believe, then please scroll up to read the paragraph "Camera with UltraPixel".

htc one compare with iphone 5, galaxy s3, and lumia 920

Pricing and Availability

The HTC One will be available in 80 different countries and on 185 carriers. The device will become available in March of this year. While no official date is set, it will launch after March 15.

Carriers in the U.S. that will have the HTC One available include AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. All four major UK carriers - O2, EE, Vodafone and Three – and all four Canadian carriers - Rogers, Bell, Telus, and Virgin Mobile – will carry the device as well.

HTC has announced that it will offer $100 off to anyone who pre-orders the handset and agrees to trade in his or her current device in exchange for the HTC One.

A few hours after the conference ended, HTC One has commenced pre-sales on Britain's leading online seller Clove. According to Clove booking page, HTC One pre-sale price including tax is 510 pounds.

 

Tips If You Want to Have a HTC One:

If you have a HTC One, you may want to convert your iTunes movies and music to your new device, you can use the iTunes Movies to HTC Converter and iTunes Music to HTC Converter to remove iTunes DRM protection, and import medias to your new superior device. [More]

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It’s not clear how many Nexus 4 smartphones have actually been sold, but if the shortages are anything to go by, the demand has taken Google and LG by surprise. If you’ve managed to lay your hands on this stock Android powerhouse then you’ll be on the hunt for some handy Nexus 4 tips and maybe the odd trick. We’ve got a few suggestions to get you started.

Anyone still on the fence should check out our Nexus 4 review. It’s a great phone at a competitive price, but there are inevitably a few Nexus 4 problems that have cropped up for some users. To get you started here’s a quick guide on how to take a screenshot on the Nexus 4. Since the Nexus 4 ships with stock Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean), a lot of these tips should work for any Android device running the same version.

How to clear Notifications

The three lines icon at the top of the Notifications screen allows you to clear all notifications with a single tap. You can also swipe notifications off to the right to remove them. Some notifications can be expanded and closed again by using the pinch to zoom gesture. If you encounter a notification that won’t swipe away then you’ll need to load up the relevant app and change your notification preferences in the settings menu of the app.

How to access Quick Settings

You can access Quick Settings from the usual Notifications screen which can be dragged down from the top of the display, but there’s also a quick access method. Instead of dragging the notifications down with one finger, try two fingers and you’ll get straight into the Quick Settings menu where you can tweak Brightness, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a few other bits and pieces.

How to use Gesture Typing (Swype)

If you’re a fan of the Swype alternative keyboard then you’ll be pleased that Google has added Gesture typing in Android 4.2 which means you can drag your finger from letter to letter to type and lift it to create a space. To enable it go to Settings > Language & input then tap the settings icon next to the Android keyboard and tick Enable gesture typing.

How to get extra storage

If the lack of a microSD card slot really grinds your gears and you don’t have enough storage on your Nexus 4, the answer is in the cloud. You’ve got Google Drive, DropBox, Box, SkyDrive, SugarSync … the list goes on. These services all offer free storage in varying amounts and they each have different limitations. Since the Nexus 4 is a Google device it makes a lot of sense to start with Google Drive.

Don’t forget that you can automatically backup photos to Google+ via the Settings menu in the Google+ app. You can also store and stream up to 20,000 songs in Google Music. You might even use YouTube to back up your videos. That should free up some space.

How to enable Lock screen widgets

Swipe to the right from the lock screen and you can add various widgets like Calendar, Digital clock, Gmail, or Messaging. Just tap the “+” sign to add a widget. This saves you from having to unlock your Nexus 4 every time you want to peek at the latest incoming text or email. You can add up to five lock screen widgets from apps that support this option. You can also swipe left from the lock screen to launch the camera in a hurry.

You’ll still need to enter your usual password or pattern to read a full email or to reply, but you can see the sender, subject, and first line, so it’s useful for deciding whether it’s worth unlocking. Some people may still feel this is a bit of a security risk.

How to set up security

If you’re worried about prying eyes then make sure to set up some security. You can set password, PIN, pattern, or face unlock via Settings > Lock screen > Screen lock. You should also install a security app. We recommend trying avast! Mobile Security or Lookout Security & Antivirus (both free). These apps offer a range of malware protection and tools to help you find your Nexus 4 if it ever gets stolen or lost.

You might also consider setting up owner information on the lock screen. You can do this in Settings > Security > Owner info and then check the box next to Show owner info on lock screen. That way if you lose your phone and someone finds it they might just get in touch.

How to manage your apps

To start, you might want to disable some of the apps that came preinstalled on your Nexus 4. If you know you won’t use them then it gets them out of the way and removes the icon from your home screen. To do this go to Settings > Apps and then scroll to the All tab and choose the app you want to get rid of. Tapping Disable will do the job and you’ll find it listed at the bottom of the All tab should you ever want to enable it again.

If you just want to clear some space, you can organize your apps into folders by pressing and holding an app icon and then dragging it on top of another app icon. Tap the folder name to change it.

You can prevent app shortcuts from being created in the first place by going to the Google Play app and selecting Settings then unchecking the box next to Auto-add widgets.

If you want some ideas about what to download, check out our best Android apps and best Android games roundups.

Help Google understand you – voice commands and contacts

If you’ve been excited to use Google Now or Google Voice Search only to find that it doesn’t understand you, or that it returns the wrong contact, you can do something about it. If you have duplicate names for contacts then you can always edit the contact and add a nickname. Let’s say you know three girls called Amy, but one is your sister. Put sister in the nickname field and when you say “call sister” there’s no more conflict.

You’ll also find an option in the contact to add the Phonetic name. This is great for unusual names and allows you to spell the name exactly how it sounds, so if you’re using voice dialing there’s a better chance it will work correctly.

How to sync bookmarks and search

Android is now using Chrome as the default browser and this means that you can sync your desktop bookmarks and search history automatically across multiple devices. As long as you sign in to Chrome and use the same Google account on all of your devices then sync should be automatic. You can find specific options in Chrome on your desktop or laptop via the Settings menu > Advanced sync settings.

How to avoid going over data limits

There’s a handy built-in feature in Android that allows you to set data alerts and limits so that you don’t incur any overage charges. Go to Settings >Data usage and check the box next to Set mobile data limit. You can also scroll down and see exactly how much data each app on your Nexus 4 has been using.

More Nexus 4 tips and tricks

You can always read the Nexus 4 Guidebook to find more handy tips for your Nexus 4. If you have a good trick or a basic tip that you want to share then please post a comment.

source from: http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/nexus-4-helpful-tips-tricks-guide/

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Valentine's Day is getting closer, have you already settled your plan? Will you choose to watch a movie? If so, would you choose to watch a movie in the cinema, or light some candle, make a dinner and watch a movie with your lover in the coach?

No matter what you are planning for your Valentine's Day, here are the top 10 romance movies for the day from iTunes; it may help you make the day more memorable.


Movie: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel1. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (PG-13)

An acclaimed cast lights up this witty romantic comedy from the director of Shakespeare in Love. When seven cash-strapped Brits journey to a retirement resort in India, friendship and romance blossom as they touch each other's hearts in the most unexpected ways. In the end, they will all discover that life and love can begin again when you embrace today and let go of the past.



Movie: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2
2. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 (PG-13)

In the fifth and final chapter of The Twilight Saga, the birth of Bella and Edward's child ignites forces that threaten to destroy them all. The Cullens must enlist the help of distant friends and former enemies, including Jacob's wolf pack, as tensions build toward all-out war in the thrilling conclusion to the epic phenomenon.



I Love You, Man
3. I Love You, Man (R)

In this wildly funny hit comedy, Paul Rudd (KNOCKED UP) gets engaged to the girl of his dreams but has not a single guy friend to be his Best Man until he meets the ultimate dude, Jason Segal (FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL). Rudd and Segal's "bro-mance" takes male-bonding to hilarious new heights that keep you laughing until the unforgettable last frame.



Movie: Hello I Must Be Going
4. Hello I Must Be Going (R)

An affair with a 19-year old actor (GIRLS' Christopher Abbott) helps reinvigorate life for thirty-something Amy (TWO AND A HALF MEN'S Melanie Lynskey) after she moves home to her parents' house following her divorce, in this humorous take on modern relationships.





Movie: Forgetting Sarah Marshall5. Forgetting Sarah Marshall (R)

From the guys that brought you The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up, comes "One of the funniest, damn movies I've ever seen!" (Richard Roeper, At the Movies with Ebert & Roeper). Peter (Jason Segel) is a struggling musician who finds his world turned upside down when his TV celebrity girlfriend, Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell), dumps him for a tragically hip rock star. It's the hysterically funny look at how far one man will go to forget a girl – and all the fun he finds along the way!


Movie: The Hunger Games6. The Hunger Games (PG-13)

Based on the best-selling books by Suzanne Collins, THE HUNGER GAMES is the first film in the franchise. Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen volunteers in her younger sister's place and must rely upon her sharp instincts when she's pitted against highly trained Tributes who have prepared their entire lives. If she's ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.


Movie: The Notebook7. The Notebook (PG-13)

As teenagers, Allie (Rachel McAdams) and Noah (Ryan Gosling) begin a whirlwind courtship that soon blossoms into tender intimacy. The young couple is quickly separated by Allie's upper-class parents who insist that Noah isn't right for her. Several years pass, and when they meet again, their passion is rekindled, forcing Allie to choose between her soulmate and class order. This beautiful tale has a particularly special meaning to an older gentleman (James Garner) who regularly reads the timeless love story to his aging companion (Gena Rowlands). Based on the best-selling novel by Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook is at once heartwarming and heartbreaking and will capture you in its sweeping and emotional force.



Movie: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen8. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (PG-13)

Ewan McGregor (Beginners) and Emily Blunt (The Adjustment Bureau) star alongside Oscar©-nominee Kristin Scott Thomas (I've Loved You So Long) and Amr Waked (Syriana) in this extraordinary, beguiling tale of fly-fishing and political spinning, of unexpected heroism and late-blooming love and of an attempt to prove the impossible, possible. Directed by Oscar©-nominee Lasse Hallström (Chocolat) and written by Oscar©-winner Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire), this feature film is based on Paul Torday's acclaimed novel about a scientist who looks to fulfills a sheikh's dream of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to his homeland in Yemen. It is produced by Paul Webster (The Motorcycle Diaries) and executive produced by Jamie Laurenson, Stephen Garrett, Paula Jalfon, Zygi Kamasa and Guy Avshalom.


Movie: Valentine's Day (2010)9. Valentine's Day (2010) (PG-13)

Seen through the eyes of a multigenerational cast of characters, "Valentine's Day" threads its way through a variety of relationships--from first dates to longtime commitments, from young crushes to old flames, and from perpetual singles to unrequited loves. To tell the interconnecting stories, the film brings together one of the largest all-star ensembles ever assembled in one film.



Movie: Step Up Revolution10. Step Up Revolution (PG-13)

Step Up: Revolution is the next installment in the worldwide smash Step Up franchise, which sets the dancing against the vibrant backdrop of Miami. Emily (Kathryn McCormick) arrives in Miami with aspirations of becoming a professional dancer and soon falls in love with Sean (Ryan Guzman), a young man who leads a dance crew in elaborate, cutting-edge flash mobs, called "The Mob". When a wealthy businessman threatens to develop The Mob's historic neighborhood and displace thousands of people, Emily must band together with Sean and The Mob to turn their performance art into protest art, and risk losing their dreams to fight for a greater cause.




What are "PG-13" and "R"?

US Film Rating SystemThe PG-13 and R are ratings from the US film-rating system. The Motion Picture Association of America's film-rating system is used in the U.S. and its territories to rate a film's thematic and content suitability for certain audiences.

The ratings used from the late 1990s to this day are:

Rated G: General Audiences – All Ages Admitted.

Rated PG: Parental Guidance Suggested – Some Material May Not be Suitable for Children. Such films may contain only mild violence, language, drug references, brief nudity and/or implied or inferred sexual activity.

Rated PG-13: Parents Strongly Cautioned – Some Material May be Inappropriate for Children Under 13. Such films may contain moderate violence, some suggestive material and nudity, some sexual situations, brief strong language and/or soft drug use.

Rated R: Restricted – Under 17 Requires Accompanying Parent or Adult Guardian. Such films may contain rough and/or persistent violence and suggestive material, hard language and horror, crude sexual content, sexually oriented nudity, and/or hard drug use.

Rated NC-17: No One 17 and Under Admitted. Such films may contain brutality/pervasive strong graphic violence, explicit sexual content, sexual assault, extreme horror and/or crude indecent language.




Tips for Movies and Videos:

• To rip DRM protection from iTunes purchases and rentals, you can look at the iTunes DRM Removal, hence, you just need to rent the movies to watch, and then you can keep the iTunes movies forever.

• To download iTunes Trailers, with Firefox Browser, download the add-on DownloadHelper. When the video starts to play, its icon will spin and which means the video is available for downloading. [More]

• To record iTunes Trailers and Netflix movies, Tune4mac Video recorder and converter is recomended, it could record video with audio, and users could detect screen area manually.

• To edit iTunes videos, you can refer to how to import iTunes videos into iMovie or FCP for further edit.

• To burn iTunes videos into DVD, you can look at tutorial of how to.

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BlackBerry 10 has been Unveiled with Z10 and Q10

Research In Motion is no longer known as "RIM". Now, RIM is officially known as "BlackBerry". Using the tagline, "One brand, one promise," CEO Thorsten Heins said, "We have transformed ourselves in and out." Along with the words, BlackBerry 10 OS has fully unveiled in Wednesday, and the new Z10 and Q10 phones will run it.

BlackBerry 10 OS

It is the new operating system developed by BlackBerry. The new operating system promises an excellent keyboard, a super-fast web browser, easy one-thumb controls, the ability to keep your work phone and personal phone separate on the same device using Balance, plus 70,000 applications, plus movies and music available inside the BlackBerry World store at launch. Additionally, we were treated to a demonstration of BBM Video, where a BlackBerry Messenger conversation was instantly turned into a video call, plus the a screen sharing session showed BBM Video's versatility. BlackBerry Remember, an all-encompassing personal organizer was shown, as was the camera's clever time-shift feature. BlackBerry 10 will operate in exactly the same way on both the Z10 and the Q10 and there will be no difference in features either.

Difference between Z10 and Q10

Compare with Z10 and Q10

Z10, as BlackBerry's first full-size touch phone, it boasts a 4.2-inch touchscreen with a 1280 x 720 pixel packed with 355 pixels-per-inch, shockingly similar to the top phones on the market such as the Lumia 920Galaxy S3 or iPhone 5.

Q10, which looks exactly like the traditional QWERTY BlackBerry phone, was a must-have piece of hardware for the firm. The full-sized QWERTY keyboard distinguished between the Q10 and any other phone. Since the keyboard is big, the screen is only 3.1 inches. It has a 720 x 720 resolution and packs in 328 pixels-per-inch.

Early reports indicate the Q10 shares the same dual-core, 1.5GHz processor and 2GB of RAM as the Z10. And the key difference would be: The Q10 is for fans of traditional Blackberry fans that prefer a hard keyboard; The Z10 has the sharper, larger screen that's used as a touchscreen.

Comparison with iPhone 5, Galaxy S III and Lumia 920

Backed by a BlackBerry 10 operating system, the Z10 has many specifications that match with its rivals. Here is a look at how Z10 stacks up against the other three smartphones in terms of tech specifications.


  BlackBerry Z10 Apple iPhone 5 Samsung Galaxy S3 Nokia Lumia 920
Product BlackBerry Z10 Apple iPhone 5 Samsung Galaxy S3 Nokia Lumia 920

Operating System

BlackBerry OS 10 iOS 6.0.1 Android 4.0 with TouchWiz UI Windows Phone 8

Screen

4.2-inch LCD 4.0-inch LCD 4.8-inch
Super AMOLED

4.5-inch
PureMotion HD+ IPS

Resolution

1280 x 768 1,136 × 640 1,280 × 720 1280 x 768
Processor 1.5GHz, Dual-core Dual-core A6X Dual-core Snapdragon S4 (US) 1.5GHz, quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro
RAM 2GB 1GB 2GB 1GB
Storage 16GB + micro SD 16 / 32 /64GB 16 / 32GB + micro SD 32GB
SD Slot YES
(up to 32GB)
NO YES NO
Front Camera 2.0 Mefapixels 1.2 Megapixels 1.9 Megapixels 1.2 Megapixels
Rear Camera 8 Mefapixels
8 Mefapixels 8 Mefapixels 8.7 Megapixels
Connectivity 4G LTE, HSPA+ Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, HSPA+ Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, HSPA+ Wi-Fi, 3G (WCDMA), 4G LTE
Bluetooth 4.0 4.0 4.0 4.0
Battery 1800mAh 1440mAh
2100mAh 2000mAh
Talk Time 10 hours (3G) 8 hours 8 hours 17 hours (2G)
10 hours (3G)
Standby Time 312 hours 225 hours 225 hours 400 hours
Port USB 2.0 high speed port, Micro HDMI Lightning 8-pin connector Micro USB Micro USB, Wireless
Size 130 x 66 x 9.3 (mm) 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 (mm) 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 (mm) 130.3 x 70.8 x 10.7 (mm)
Weight 138g 112g 133g 185g
Price $200 with a two-year contract in Verizon
$150 with a three-year contract
$200+
$200+
$200+
Status February 5th in Canada Available Available Available

Tips If You Want to Have a Blackberry 10:

If you have a Blackberry 10, you may want to convert your iTunes movies and music to your new device, you can use the iTunes Movies to BlackBerry Converter and iTunes Music to BlackBerry converter to remove iTunes DRM protection, and import media to Blackberry 10.[More]

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BlackBerry 10 OS was fully unveiled today along with the Z10 and Q10 phones that will run it. To help you sort out all the details, we’ve gathered the pertinent facts together in one, handy place. If you need to know about BB 10, this is your place.

 

blackberry-10-cap-graphic 

 Research in Motion has announced the release of BlackBerry 10 and two smartphones, the Z10 and Q10 during a live streamed, global event. There has been a lot of information released today, so here’s our quick guide covering all you need to know about BlackBerry 10.

 


It’s not RIM anymore, it’s just BlackBerry


BlackBerry 10 isn’t just a re-invention of an operating system. To show its commitment to change, Research in Motion (RIM) has changed its name. Now, RIM is officially known as “BlackBerry.” Using the tagline, “One brand, one promise,” CEO Thorsten Heins said, “We have transformed ourselves in and out.” That’s quite a promise, so does BlackBerry 10 live up to its introduction?



BlackBerry Z10


You may feel as if you already know the Z10, as it has been leaked so extensively. This is BlackBerry’s full touch phone and it boasts a 4.2-inch touchscreen with a 1280 x 720 pixel resolution, a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 16GB of internal memory and an 8-megapixel camera. It also has 2GB of RAM, a microSD card slot, NFC and Bluetooth 4.0. At 9.3mm thick it’s not the slimmest smartphone available, and at 138 grams it’s not the lightest either. See how the Z10 compares to the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S3 here.

The Z10 is compatible with 4G LTE networks all over the world, and will be offered in black and white color schemes, although the latter will be exclusive to Verizon in the U.S. and Phones4U in the UK.

Read our full hands-on impressions of the BlackBerry Z10.

 


BlackBerry Q10


BlackBerry 10 Z10 and Q10 shots

RIM (or “BlackBerry”) couldn’t get away with ditching the traditional QWERTY BlackBerry phone, which according to Thorsten Heins, was a must-have piece of hardware for the firm. Not much is known about the technical specification of the phone yet, only that it has a 3.1-inch touchscreen, a 720 x 720 pixel resolution and a glass-weave back panel, which is supposedly lighter and stronger than plastic. Early reports indicate the Q10 shares the same dual-core, 1.5GHz processor and 2GB of RAM as the Z10. Unlike the Z10, its availability hasn’t been announced; however, during the Q&A session after the BB 10 launch event ended, it was revealed the U.S. should see the phone in April. See how the Q10 compares to older BB phones here.

Read our full hands-on impressions of the BlackBerry Q10.

 


BlackBerry 10


BlackBerry 10 the software is what BlackBerry the firm is pinning its future hopes on, and like the Z10, it has been previewed, tested and leaked until there was almost nothing left to reveal at the launch event. However, it was good to see it up and running in its final version on stage and the smooth, gesture controlled user interface is sure to have won it many fans.

The new operating system promises an excellent keyboard, a super-fast web browser, easy one-thumb controls, the ability to keep your work phone and personal phone separate on the same device using Balance, plus 70,000 applications, plus movies and music available inside the BlackBerry World store at launch.


BlackBerry 10 Hub

In addition to all this, we were treated to a demonstration of BBM Video, where a BlackBerry Messenger conversation was instantly turned into a video call, plus the a screen sharing session showed BBM Video’s versatility. BlackBerry Remember, an all-encompassing personal organizer was shown, as was the camera’s clever time-shift feature. BlackBerry 10 will operate in exactly the same way on both the Z10 and the Q10 and there will be no difference in features either.

 


The Competition


Despite BlackBerry not acknowledging the iPhone exists, it does and it’s very much BB 10’s competition, as is every top-end Android smartphone from the Samsung Galaxy S3 to the HTC One X+. What’s more, BlackBerry has said it will be updating BB 10 hardware every 12 to 15 months, so the phones we’ve seen today will be with us until at least this time next year.

Under normal circumstances, this isn’t a big problem, but in-between now and then we’re almost certainly going to get a new iPhone, the Galaxy S4 and the new HTC M7, plus new Windows Phones. The same can be said on the software front, as Android 5.0 and iOS 7 are on the cards for later in 2013. BlackBerry 10 needs to be very good indeed if it’s to stay fresh in amongst all this new hardware.

If anyone should be looking over their shoulders it’s Microsoft, as BlackBerry 10’s ability to appeal to both business and personal users – through features like Balance – could be the level of versatility needed to attract those who don’t want to get involved with Apple or Google.

BlackBerry’s understated Q10 could be its a dark horse, a device which really doesn’t have any competition, as the QWERTY Android phones that do exist aren’t worth buying. If the firm is right, and there really is still demand for this form factor, the Q10 could be a winner for BlackBerry.

 


Should you put your money down?


This is a tough one, as BlackBerry 10 is completely new and comes from a manufacturer that despite appearances, is still on the brink of having to sell off parts of the business to survive. Hardcore BlackBerry fans won’t care though, and those wanting something different should take a look.

Potential buyers in the U.S. won’t need to make a decision yet, as the phones are still at least a month away from going on sale. It’s a different story in Canada and the UK, as they’ll both get to buy the BlackBerry Z10 over the coming week. UK network O2 is offering a slightly reduced tariff on the Z10 for the first two weeks – from £42 per month down to £36 – making it a good choice. In Canada, Telus, Bell, and Virgin are all pushing the Z10 for $150 with a frightening three-year contract, which could have the unfortunate effect of prompting anyone wavering to look elsewhere.

Adopting BlackBerry 10 at this early stage is more of a risk than choosing Android or iOS as your mobile ecosystem, but could be seen as comparable to adopting Windows Phone. More than any before it, BlackBerry 10 is a try-before-you-buy OS, but there’s a good chance it could turn out to be what you’re after. Exactly how many people will think this way remains the big question.



Read more: http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/blackberry-10-the-z10-and-the-q10-what-you-need-to-know/

 

 

Tips If You Want to Have a Blackberry 10:


If you have a Blackberry 10, you may want to convert your iTunes movies and music to your new device, you can use the iTunes Movies to Devices Converter and iTunes Music to Devices converter to remove iTunes DRM protection, and import media to Blackberry 10.

 

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  • : Carmen about Software
  • Carmen about Software
  • : The blog is most about software, mac software, video software, and most about how to use them. Most of the articles are written by myself, and others are all footnoted with the sources. Hope it could be helpful.
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