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Articles Archive for Author Sarah Branny

Samsung Hercules To Be Released In Late September

If apple is now rumored to release the iPhone 5 in September, Samsung is also rumored to release super powerful smartphone which is called Samsung Hercules. It’s rumored to be the toughest competitor of the iPhone 5.

If the latest reports are accurate, we might be seeing the Samsung Hercules land over on T-Mobile this September. If the HTC Sensation or the recently troubled G2x dual-core phones aren’t what you desire maybe the Hercules will be, it has great specs to back it up.

Microsoft Gives Green Light To Hack Your Windows Phone

Microsoft has traditionally not been too friendly with people messing around with its products but they have recently changed their position, at least when it comes to their mobile phones. Microsoft has given its users the “all okay” when it comes to loading Mango on Windows Mobile devices, but warned that doing so would void the warranty.

This is great news for people who still have Windows Mobile phones. Although Windows Mobile looks nice, it’s prone to freezing and glitching and causes its consumers a royal nightmare. Getting the green light to port directly to Mango may be the end of frustrations for many.

Yahoo Mail Is Harvesting Your Emails

Yahoo e-mail users are outrageous about Yahoo’s new Terms and Conditions that now gives them the right to snoop in on people’s e-mails. What makes matters even worse is that this same rule applies to e-mails that are sent to Yahoo users.

Yahoo claims that the new changes are being implemented to better understand behavioral advertising and improve their search filters, but Yahoo users aren’t too pleased with the change in service.

Tiny Camera That Could Revolutionize Surgery

A microscopic ‘pinhead’ camera has been developed that costs pennies to make and could have a host of applications, from surgery to robotics.

The device is small enough to fit on the head of a pin and contains no lenses or moving parts. It is created from pieces of silicon doped to make them sensitive to light at different angles.

Get Your Droid 3 From Verizon Today!

Verizon quietly rolled out their Droid 3 today, so if you’ve been waiting to upgrade your Droid device, now’s the time to do so. You can grab yours today at Verizon’s site. You can grab it today for $199 with a two-year contract or if you want to upgrade your device and you don’t qualify for an upgrade, you can shell out $460.

I know it’s been a while since we’ve covered the Droid 3, but just to refresh your memory, it contains a dual core 1GHz processor, and an 8MP camera for all you amateur photographers out there.

BlueAnt Brings The Embrace To Audiophiles

BlueAnt, a company that produces Bluetooth-based headsets for mobile devices, is now offering the Embrace. The Embrace is your traditional pair of over-the-ear headphones with an integrated microphone and control mechanism that is designed to be used for all gadgets.

The Embrace is the first wired product of the company, which kind of makes you wonder if they are testing to see whether the sales are greater for wired products. Perhaps this scare comes from the incidence of tumors in relation to wireless products.

eBay Inc. Acquires Zong

eBay said this morning that it is acquiring Zong, a venture-backed mobile payments provider, for about $240 million in cash.

Zong works with more than 250 mobile network operators worldwide, offering localised payment services on a user’s mobile phone or PC through their carrier billing. Consumers have to enter their mobile phone numbers and then, in a matter of seconds, Zong verifies that number and clears the payment on the customer’s existing wireless service account.

MacBook Air Gets 19nm NAND Flash Upgrade

If you’re one of the billions of Apple fans, you’ll be happy to hear that the new MacBook Airs are getting Toshiba 19nm NAND Flash memory chips. The news was spilled recently when Asian components manufacturers had revealed the flash memory chips will come in the new MacBook Air.

Thanks to shrinking technologies, the new 19nm process would would offer data transfer speeds as fast as 400MB per second, using a Toggle DDR2.0 interface. Toshiba, having recently unveiled multi-level cell memory, are seen as pioneers in the industry.

Twitter Acquires Social Startup, Backtype

Twitter announced today that it has acquired a San Francisco startup called Backtype. The company helps publishers measure the impact of their social media use, and although the deal is quite interesting, financial details were not mentioned.

Twitter states that the acquisition would help them create tools for their publishing partners. Fortunately for BackType, they will not have to relocate further than an in-city move, as both companies are based in San Francisco.

Google Launches Prizes Site

Last year Google acquired Slide, a company best known for its 3rd-party Facebook apps and photo sharing software. It was also founded by PayPal co-founder Max Levchin. Now it seems Slide is reappearing in a different guise running the new website Prizes.org.

Prizes.org is a social contest website wherein users can create contests for problems that need solutions. They can post some questions or tasks, and the person who can give the best answer will win a cash price.