Wireless Wednesday–”The Apple Watch and New iPhones: Everything You Need to Know”

Happy #WirelessWednesday!! Since yesterday was the big Apple announcement, it only makes sense that we cover it today on our blog. Did you have a chance to watch it? If so, what did you think? If you missed out, fear not! We have everything you need to know here, thanks to this Mashable article. See the excerpts from the article pasted below and then let us know what you think!–

Apple‘s big event on Tuesday was jam-packed with new products: the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch.

The two new iPhones and Apple’s entry into the wearables market dominated much of CEO Tim Cook‘s keynote, but a number of new software features were also unveiled, including a new platform for mobile payments called Apple Pay.

Apple’s live stream of the event encountered technical difficulties throughout the afternoon, so in case you missed any of the news, we recapped everything you need to know.

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Both new iPhones, which will be available in gold, white and “space gray,” go on sale in the United States on Sept. 19; preorders begin on Friday.

The iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch “Retina HD” display and is nearly a millimeter thinner than its predecessor. It is powered by a new chip, the A8 processor, which Apple says is 50 times faster than the chip in the original iPhone. It also ships with an upgraded 8 MP rear-facing camera and 2.1 MP front-facing camera for better selfies.

The iPhone 6 will follow a similar pricing model as previous iPhones with the 16 GB model starting at $199 (with a two-year contract), but larger storage capacities will be cheaper than previous releases. The 64GB model will be available for $299 and the 128 GB will be $399. In addition to the U.S., the iPhone 6 will go on sale in the UK, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico and Singapore on Sept. 19, with more countries to follow soon. It will be available in 115 countries by the end of the year.

The iPhone 6 Plus, Apple’s first foray into phablet territory, will have a 5.5-inch display and Apple’s new A8 processor. It comes equipped with the same 8 MP rear and 2.1 MP front cameras as the iPhone 6. Unique to the 6 Plus, though, is optical image stabilization, an improvement over the digital stabilization of the iPhone 6.

The iPhone 6 Plus will also be available in 16 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB varieties, for $299, $399 and $499, respectively (with a two-year contract). It, too, will launch on Sept. 19 in the same countries as its smaller cousin.

Apple Watch

It’s not called the iWatch as we expected, but Apple did unveil its first wearable, the Apple Watch. Cook saved this bit of news for last and borrowed the late Steve Jobs‘ signature “One More Thing” catchphrase for the reveal.

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The Apple Watch must be used in conjunction with an iPhone and will be compatible with the iPhone 5, 5C and 5S in addition to the 6 and 6 Plus. It features a Retina display (protected by sapphire crystal in some models) and is filled with sensors that can track everything from your heart rate to daily activities and exercise. The display is a touchscreen, but the watch also comes equipped with a special “digital crown” that can be used for navigating around apps and also functions as a home button for the watch’s interface. Apple Watch is expected to go on sale in early 2015 and will begin at $349.

Well there you have a few highlights from the Apple event! What do you think? Are you going to be purchasing the iPhone 6 or 6+? What about an Apple Watch? Let us know in the comments section below!

If you’d like to read the entire article quoted above, click here.

Wilson Electronics Debuts Industry’s Most Powerful In-Vehicle Cell Signal Booster at CTIA 2014

LAS VEGAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Wilson Electronics, LLC (http://www.wilsonelectronics.com/), manufacturer of North America’s top-selling line of cellular signal boosters, will showcase its most powerful in-vehicle booster available to North American consumers at International CTIA Wireless 2014 in Las Vegas, Nev.

Whether on the go around town or headed out on a long road trip, smartphone and tablet users can feel safe, connected and in control because the MobileMaxx 3G provides increased reception range, fewer dropped calls, faster data downloads on 3G and improved battery life, by up to three hours, (about 20 percent) of additional talk time, for mobile devices.

Additionally, the MobileMaxx 3G signal booster gives smartphone and tablet users stronger cellular connections by operating with the maximum output power allowed under current regulations. This translates to stronger, more reliable connections at effective signal ranges up to 60 percent farther, as compared to alternative booster solutions.

“The MobileMaxx 3G and all Wilson Electronics cellular signal boosters are optimized to provide solid signals in home, office or vehicle applications in even the toughest signal environments,” said Laine Matthews, Wilson Electronics director of sales. “Having a strong and reliable cell phone connection is vital in today’s fast-paced world. Staying connected whether at home, in the office or on the road is made possible with Wilson signal boosters, including the MobileMaxx 3G.”

The MobileMaxx 3G and other Wilson Electronics cell signal booster models, including the DB Pro 4G indoor booster, which provides reliable cellular coverage – including 4G LTE – for an entire home, will be on display at CTIA in booth #1439 from September 9-11 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center.

The MobileMaxx 3G enhances multiple simultaneous connections, providing seamless cellular connectivity – including voice and 3G data – for multiple cellular devices inside a vehicle.

It works with all cellular devices and all cellular networks in the U.S. and Canada. Straightforward installation is required and can be completed with household tools.

The MobileMaxx 3G has an anticipated MSRP of $379.99 and will be available in Q4 of this year through Wilson Electronics resellers.

“Wireless Wednesday”–Samsung Announces Galaxy Note Edge Phablet

Happy Wednesday!

Today for “Wireless Wednesday” we’re looking at the new Note from Samsung, the Galaxy Note Edge! Last week, many of you said you were excited for this announcement. Well, here it is. What do you think? Is it everything you had hoped for?
Check out the excerpt from the @CNET article “With Galaxy Note Edge, Samsung returns to comfort zone: hardware” to learn more about this awesome phone–

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When Samsung wants to wow, it goes back to hardware.

The Korean electronics giant on Wednesday unveiled the Galaxy Note 4 phablet, the latest model of its phone-tablet hybrid with a 5.7-inch screen and stylus. It also showed off its new Gear S and Gear Circle wearables, which were announced last week, and demonstrated its Gear VR virtual reality headset, built in partnership with Facebook’s Oculus unit.

But it’s a new variant of the Note line, called the Galaxy Note Edge, that really offers something different for mainstream smartphone users. The phablet features a 5.6-inch display that curves around the side of the device — giving a sort of infinity pool effect. Users can see quick notifications, such as sports scores or trending items on Twitter, or click on app shortcuts, even while watching a movie on the main screen. In a world where all smartphones have started to look the same, the Galaxy Note Edge stands out.

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“We take risks,” Justin Denison, vice president of product and strategy for Samsung Telecommunications America, said in an interview with CNET. “We think the market will love it.”

It’s vital for Samsung to release a smartphone that gets the buzz going again. The company is the biggest handset vendor in the world, but it’s facing tougher competition both in cheap phones and in pricey devices. Makers of low-cost smartphones such as Xiaomi and Huawei are pressuring sales in the low end, and Apple’s high-end iPhone 5S continues to sell well despite being nearly a year old. Apple plans next week to introduce larger iPhones, which analysts say could pose an even bigger threat to Samsung’s business.

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Because Samsung builds components such as displays and chips in-house, it’s able to create new items from scratch for its upcoming devices. For the $200 Gear Fit wearable, released in April, engineers created a curved battery and curved display so the fitness band could form to the wrist. Few companies besides Samsung could do that — or introduce a phone with a wraparound display — without the help of a specialized component supplier.

 

Tech Tip

Today’s tech tip is from Matthew Woodward at streetdirectory.com. You can check it out in its original format here, or keep reading as it is pasted below!–

People often read into signal bars too deeply without knowing what they mean. How many times have you being unable to make a call due to lack of signal but your friends brag about their five bars! So what does all of this mean? Does it mean that the quality of your call will be clearer? Or does it mean you can only send text messages at the moment, we just don’t know!

There are lots of theories on what the signal bars actually mean, someone people believe they mean one thing while others think they mean another, but take these points into consideration-

There is no industry definition of what one or two bars mean.

A lot of phones only estimate signal quality when they are not in use and only measure it properly when you make a call, this is misleading.

Under the CDMA protocol (mainly used in North America) each bar represents how much of the current signal is usable

So nobody really knows what the signal bars mean, as manufacturers are not working to a standard, a signal bar on a Nokia handset may suggest there is full signal available, where as a Sony Ericsson may suggest there is full signal available but only a portion of it is usable.

This means although a Nokia may show 5 bars, and a Sony Ericsson is showing 1 bar, they could both represent the same signal strength.

Until a mobile industry standard is set that all manufacturers work to, we will never know what they truly mean! Ideally manufacturers will work together and provide some kind of standard, or to at least provide a definition of signal bars and there meaning. Maybe they could simplify the signal bars and just display what type of communication you can make at that instance, emergency services, text message, phone call, video call, 3g call or data for example.

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