Skype Introduces iOS Video Calls

Posted in News by Reed Barthold on December 31, 2010 No Comments yet

As expected, Skype recently pushed out an updated version of its iOS app that brings two-way video calling to the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The new version, 3.0 is available on the App Store but only enables users with iPhone 4′s, iPhone 3GS’, and iPod Touch 4G’s to proceed with the two way video calling. All other devices such as the iPad and iPod touch 3G can only receive video of course, because they do not have cameras. Much like FaceTime, for all iOS devices with a camera, Skype allows calls from the desktop to any mobile device. Another feature the new Skype 3.0 boasts is the option to call over 3G, putting pressure on Apple and AT&T’s FaceTime, which can only work over WIFI areas. The new iOS Skype app certainly is a giant leap for the company, and soon, a competitor for what seemed to be a revolutionary feature, FaceTime. Skype has yet to release the video calling update to their app on other mobile devices. Check out the video Skype created to demonstrate the new calling.

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Microsoft Finally a Competitor?

Posted in News by Reed Barthold on December 24, 2010 No Comments yet

With Microsoft’s recent opening of about 10 new stores, and the almost exact copy of the apple store employees. (If you are not sure what i’m talking about, just Google, “Microsoft Store employees” and then “Apple Store Employees”). Aside from the store competition, Microsoft and Apple have been competing to gain the highest amount of sales per new product. Recently Apple released the iPad, and a few months later the Microsoft Kinect was launched.

“The adoption rate of the iPad was celebrated as the fastest ever in electronics history. Now, less than a year after the tablet’s launch, Microsoft has usurped that distinction with Kinect.” (Huffington Post Tech) Within its first 25 days of launch the Kinect sold 2.5 million units, the iPad sold 3 million units in the first 80 days, more than three times longer than it took the Kinect to sell almost the same amount.

The Kinect had Black Friday on its side as Microsoft said they gained most of their sales from that single day. And Microsoft’s Kinect which sells for around $140 without the console, is around half as expensive as Apple’s iPad, which starts at $500. “The two are also very different devices, one a gaming accessory to be used in the home, the other a portable tablet computer. More…

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What’s in store for Cyber Monday?

Posted in News by Reed Barthold on November 28, 2010 1 Comment

Cyber Monday is tomorrow, what will you get? For starters, Cyber Monday is the Black Friday equivalent, just for those who do not like going out on Friday with the crowds. In this article you will find the best sites to find the BEST deals. Also, you can find the top 5 Cyber Monday categories, according to www.cybermonday.fm

Amazon, the super sell and buy site is unveiling great deals on some great electronics. Because Amazon is strictly an online site, this is their Black Friday! If you are looking for a place to start come Monday, Amazon is the place to be!

Walmart is probably the number one store that people rushed to last Friday, and it will be one of the top sites people sign on to tomorrow to get their fair share of deals. Walmart has a larger variety than Amazon, from electronics to apparel. For example, a Viore 24″ Class LED-LCD 1080p 60Hz HDTV, LED24VF60 is only $199! More…

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Hard Shell iPhone Case – Thin Guard

Posted in Reviews by Alec Morgana on November 25, 2010 1 Comment

Yes again we’ve got a review for Logiix! This time we’re reviewing the Thin Guard hard plastic shell case for the iPhone 3G and 3GS. It’s very thin, light, smooth and professional. It’s more of a decorative case however, it doesn’t give much protection around the front of your phone. For the everyday user that likes to slip it in and out of their pocket easily without sticky silicone and bulk, this is for you! The shell has been nicely cut out to fit around the switches, ports, speakers etc. to give you full access while it’s in the case. The one thing I didn’t like is the fact that it is quite difficult to remove, there must be some trick to it that Logiix has not included in the instructions! If you have super human strength don’t worry, you’ll be able to get it off very easily. Overall, the case is very stylish and can really add to your already beautiful iPhone while also providing protection on the back of your device from scratches etc. when you set it down. The other thing I liked about the case is that it’s very strong, other shell cases simply snap and break after a few times of taking it on and off. I’ve bent it in just about every way and it’s still fully intact! For most people the removal difficulties is not an issue, usually you wouldn’t take your case off too often. Watch our full video review. What have your experiences been like with hard shell cases? Leave your comments.

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Twitter Starts Posting More Ads!

Posted in News by Reed Barthold on November 15, 2010 No Comments yet

Recently Twitter, the social networking giant, started to post “Promoted Tweets” into user’s feeds. Adding ads to message streams is a big move for Twitter, and it remains to be seen whether users will take to the Promoted Tweets. In a blog post Twitter stated, “As with Promoted Tweets in search, we will display Promoted Tweets in the timeline when they are relevant. Similar to our Promoted Account recommendations, we use several signals to determine a Promoted Tweet’s relevance to a user, including the public list of whom they follow. We will expand the roll out only when we feel we’re delivering a high-quality user experience.” Twitter hopes to put ads on the feed that will appeal to the user, hoping to have success with their new project. HootSuite, a third party Twitter client, has teamed up with Twitter for this promotion. According to the site Ad Age, Virgin, Red Bull, and Starbucks are among the first brands to pay for the new service. Twitter has created a pretty simply, yet unique social networking website, we have to let them make money some way. What are your thoughts about this? Do you like Twitters idea? Be sure to tell us your thoughts in a comment.

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