When the going gets tough, most technology throws up its hands in defeat and wilts like a flower. The majority of gadgets on the market just aren’t built to face the drop-down, submerged-in-liquid realities of everyday life – just ask anybody who ever had to replace his smartphone after spilling just a few drips of soda on it.
You won’t find any of that wussy gear in this gallery.
In a very short time frame we’ve become constantly connected; always on and high speed, we need to be able to get our internet fix anytime, anywhere. Most of us are more than a little reliant on our Internet connections; it’s certainly not far from the truth to say that we take this access for granted. For example, how many of us would be horrified if we had to go back to a 56K modem? (To those of you who are currently rocking such a vintage connection speed, our condolences).
While there are many methods of getting a high-speed connection when you’re away from your home service, they all have their pros and cons. We’re going to break down some of the different devices and services that provide internet access across all fifty states, delivering that delicious online content you crave.
3D Map of the World Wide Web - image courtesy vlib.us
Now's not a particularly good time to be working for Nokia, not unless you can handle the stress of wondering if you'll still have a job once the company eliminates 12 percent of its workers. As part of a new strategy to "align its global workforce and consolidate site operations," Nokia said it plans to hand out about 7,000 pink slips, including laying off 3,000 staff and transferring 3,000 more to Accenture, which will take over Nokia's legacy Symbian software division.
News flash: Angry Birds is a huge hit. Alright, so maybe that isn't much of a news flash, but if you're curious as to just how popular it has become to fling birds at green pigs, castles, and other objects, then check this out. According to Rovio, Angry Birds has notched over 140 million downloads, which is higher than the population of Japan. And according to Rovio CEO Peter Vesterbacka, a big reason for the game's success is the iPhone.
Everyone knows that sequels are (almost) never as good as the original, but luckily this trend doesn't extend into the world of smartphone hardware. Hoping to drive this point home, Verizon on Tuesday announced the Droid Incredible 2 by HTC will start shipping April 28, 2011, which is tomorrow. It will be available in stores and online for $200 with a new two-year service agreement, but should you look to upgrade?
Looking for an Android phone that isn't like nearly every other one on the market? One that marches to the beat of its own drum? Then perhaps you've been waiting for Casio's new G'zOne Commando for Verizon Wireless. The Android-powered Commando is the latest entry to the rugged wireless category and is aimed in particular at workers who toil in hazardous environments, such as construction sites, warehouses, and factory floors.
At this point, it almost seems silly to bother with releasing a white iPhone 4 device, a strangely elusive color for Apple that, for one reason or another, hasn't yet made it to market. The earliest hint that Apple might be on the verge of releasing a white iPhone 4 was the release of a white iPad 2, seemingly suggesting that whatever issue Apple was having has now been sorted out. However, recent rumors suggest a release later this week.
AT&T recently filed a public interest statement with the FCC on its proposed T-Mobile acquisition, and in the process of doing so, comes out and says (in not so many words) that its network is ill equipped to handle Apple's iPhone, let alone the barrage of new smartphones and tablets on the horizon. Why would AT&T admit something like this? Let's have a look at the filing.
For those of you who celebrate the holiday, have a happy Easter going into the weekend. And whether you celebrate it or not, almost everyone is welcome to reduced pricing on HTC's Thunderbolt 4G smartphone for Verizon, courtesy of Amazon. The e-tailer has marked the Thunderbolt down from its usual selling price of $250 to $130, which is valid for new customers who sign a two-year service agreement. Existing customers hoping to upgrade have to fork over $200.
Brand loyalty is a funny thing. It's one of the reasons why AMD vs Intel, Nvidia vs AMD, and Windows vs Mac OS X (vs Linux) discussions tend to boil over almost from the get-go. Sometimes these discussions are inevitable, like when market research firm comScore recently posted figures showing Android destroying the competition, including Apple, in mobile market share. Were the numbers accurate? Do users really prefer Android over Apple? Business Insider set out to answer those questions and uncovered some animosity in the process.