I used to work at a video game store.
When customers were trying to decide which system to purchase, this is what I would tell them:
“Focus on the game library.”
I think the same can be said for smartphones and tablets. There are many apps that can be used on multiple devices–sometimes better and sometimes worse–but what can really separate the different OS’ are the exclusive apps. If you find that your favorite apps can only be found on a particular platform, that’s the direction you should probably go.
Take a look at how the number of apps compare from app store to app store:
It’s a well known fact: I’m immersed in Google.
Email, Google+, navigation, mobile computing… I depend a lot on Google. I’m the one the privacy purists point and shake their heads sadly at.
As far as smartphone choice has gone, I switched over from BlackBerry to Android somewhat reluctantly. I wasn’t going to switch carriers for the iPhone, and in any case, there were a couple of advantages that Android had over iOS for my usage.
The Android Market was not one of them.
Now, I had made do with BlackBerry’s slim offerings, so getting in on Android’s app selection was like Tim Robbin’s character finding water after escaping through “unimaginable filth” in Shawshank Redemption:
For the past two years, the blogosphere has been singing a dirge about the ever-approaching death of the former king of smartphones, Research in Motion. Back in the early 2000′s, before the juggernaut of the iPhone, the BlackBerry was the phone that you had to have. It had amazing features like e-mail and text messaging! It was like holding the future in your hand!
Of course, after the iPhone emerged in 2007 in all of its touch-based glory, the BlackBerry’s physical keyboard seemed more adorable and quaint than futuristic. Fast forward to 2012, Research in Motion’s stock was on a constant slide, layoffs were cutting deep, and there was a lot of leadership change. Many begin to believe that the blood was in the water, myself included.
Now, RIM has announced that its rebranding its company as “BlackBerry,” adopting the name of its once-great flagship product.
Lifechurch.tv is introducing another tool to assist believers all around the world develop relationships with God.
It’s called, BibleX.
Take a look:
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Phones have been called our lifelines to the world and for many people, they are the most personal things that we own. For those of you in ministry, smartphones are a great option because you always go to meetings early, the people you are meeting do not show up on time (if at all), and so you have a solid twenty minutes that you could be checking your email, sending teens a Facebook message, or going over your sermon one last time. For bloggers and business people, smartphones can give you an advantage of connecting with clients and viewers at all times, making them invaluable.
The long awaited devices from RIM, featuring its new BB10 now has a launch date: January 30th, 2013.
Tech lovers rejoice.
TIM has been the subject of plenty of conjecture in the past 24 months, and has seen its stock price dive due to tepid consumer response to its tablet foray and delays of BB10 OS, but the new devices may be just what it needs to challenge Apple, Google and Microsoft for a piece of the mobile pie.
The company had made efforts to woo developers, and is even coming out with a touchscreen device in addition to one with the iconic physical keyboard. So, it is melding some old with new and making a device that has a chance to appeal to enterprise chiefs and consumers (BB10 just earned critical FIPS badge, a key security certification that allows it to be used by US Government agencies).
I had an email conundrum: How could I get my mobile email to work the way I needed it to work?
I’m a Gmail vet, people. Way back when Yahoo and Homail — I’m sorry, Hotmail — started letting in more spam than real mail, I decided to give the new Google beta a try, and haven’t looked back since. When I finally paired what had become my primary email address with a BlackBerry, it was paradise, baby.
My 8320 handled my email in the mobile space: Through POP-tinted glasses.
I almost never checked my true Gmail box online; why would I? It was way cooler to send email with the “sent via BlackBerry” tag on it. With such advanced features like leaving email in the inbox, sent confirmation email and unified inbox, it was, uh, well… something.
So we all know that we should change our passwords regularly, don’t allow others to use our computer and never use an unprotected connection to send important information.
But do we actually put this into practice?
Here’s a look at young American professionals compared to some other countries when it comes to technology security:
It’s not a rhetorical question.
Could you live without your smartphone?
If you’ve answered yes, you’re in the minority. A whopping 65% of iPhone users answered this question with ‘no’ in a recent survey. And it’s not the only interesting statistic from this survey, as you can see in the infographic below.
The average iPhone users spends almost 15 hours a month playing games on his phone, which I thought wasn’t that bad actually – I’d expected that number to be higher. Another surprising find is that iPhone users tend to have a more positive outlook on life compared to Android and especially Blackberry users (but who can blame them after the huge Blackberry blackout a while ago!). More in line of expectations is the fact that people tend to get rid of other devices, like GPS and iPods after buying a smartphone.
You can read some more interesting facts here:
Last week’s Facebook Friday surveyed the adoption of Apple’s latest OS installment — Mountain Lion.
Take a look at the results and tell me what you think!
This week, we’re going to focus on mobile apps — no matter the OS.