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February Blogs

 

2/14/18 Six U.S Intelligence Agencies Just Advised Against Using Huawei Tech

Officials from intelligence committees including the CIA, the FBI and the NSA has expressed distrust of Chinese technology giant Huawei, who has been trying to secure a foothold in the American wireless mobile device industry. FBI Director Chris Wray has been quoted as saying intelligence agencies are “deeply concerned about the risks of allowing any company or entity that is beholden to foreign governments that don’t share our values to gain positions of power inside our telecommunications networks,” and that allowing it could open the US to the possibility of “undetected espionage.”

Huawei recently failed at securing a partnership with AT&T with the intention of selling its Mate 10 Pro smartphone in the United States, citing “unique challenges.” A spokesperson for Huawei said that the company plans to release new products in the US all the same. Considering the CEO of Huawei followed up with a scathing attack on mobile phone carriers in the US, claiming they were “depriving consumers of choice.” Huawei recently overtook Apple as the second largest smartphone producer behind Samsung.

The US has been suspicious of Huawei for some time. The company was founded by a former engineer of the People’s Liberation Army of China, and has criticized by US politicians as an arm of the Chinese government. The United States government currently refuses to allow Huawei to bid on government contracts and is considering banning all government workers from using Huawei, along with Chinese run ZTE technology altogether due to security concerns.

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2/13/18 The Next Big Thing: The Samsung Galaxy S9

The launch of the Galaxy S9 at the Mobile World Conference is just a few weeks away, and the buzz around its official release is already substantial. The S9 is expected to be the response to Apple’s iPhone X, whose release last year sent shockwave throughout the mobile tech community. Thanks to a few inadvertent leaks, and endless speculation online, people have some idea of what the Samsung Galaxy S9 is going to be.

For one thing, it’s going to be expensive.  South Korea’s ETNews is placing the price of the S9 at a range of 950,000 to one million won, which is between $875-$950 USD. That’s a fairly impressive price point; especially when considering the Impact Apple’s $1000 USD price point is believed to have played in the iPhone X’s relatively weak sales over the 2017 holiday season.

Design wise, not much has changed from the Galaxy S8, which was a slick, sleek, rather sexy phone. Evan Blass of Venture Beats dropped images of the brand new Samsung product on January 9th, and the world…shrugged. There really is no appreciable visual difference between the two wireless mobile devices. But in this particular case, that’s really not a bad thing. The design of Samsungs Galaxy line has always been one of its strongest selling points. When it comes to this device, it’s what’s under the hood that’s going to tell the tale.

For one thing a switch up in where the fingerprint sensor is located, it’s now positioned just under the rear camera. This immediately makes the phone easier to wield and use. In terms of display, the Galaxy S8 featured a swanky Quad HD screen and this is what is expected to be the case with the S9 as well. The 2K display is pretty hot in and of itself, but there are rumors that Samsung is going all in with an actual 4K display in both the 5.8” Galaxy S9 and 6.1” Galaxy S9 Plus. This would make sense considering that Samsung’s Gear VR technology is set to go head to head with Apple’s anticipated push to dominate the augmented reality market.

Either way that kind of visual muscle, combined with an anticipated “ludicrous speed” fast Snapdragon 845 processor, is going to need a pretty strong power source. This could be where the monkey meets the wrench. There seems to be no indication that all that visual and processing speed moxie is going to be paired with a next generation battery to keep it all moving. It appears the same battery tech that drove the S8 will return for the S9. While still an improvement over the Note 7, this could be a major stumble for Samsung despite the more efficient Snapdragon 845 chipset.

The chatter around Samsung’s new camera configuration is also to be noted, with rumors of dual rear cameras, low light technology, and improvements on its iris and facial scanning tech, to allow it to go up against Apple’s FaceID tech. Still, in terms of camera perks there’s really not a lot of buzz in terms of what the Galaxy S9 will be bringing to the table here. Rumors of slow motion video have been floating around.

So what have we learned? Not much really, because all of this is speculation and will be until February 25th. Expect the Samsung Galaxy S9 to be on shelves around the latter part of March.

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2/6/18 Product Review: Google Pixel XL

Since the release of the original iPhone, cell phone manufacturers the world over have been looking for a way to steal some of that thunder. Samsung has certainly done okay, but the tech giant is not without its detractors. For some people, neither Apple nor Samsung is particularly palatable. What does one do when the two biggest cell phone manufacturers in the world just don’t do it for you? There are a lot of companies that would like to answer to question. Google in particular has been working toward capturing a slice of a market by dominated by two tech giants.

The history of Google and cell phone technology is longer than most people are aware of. After buying Android, Inc in 2006, Google was looking for a way to compete with the dominance of Blackberry. At the time, the “Crackberry” phenomenon was in full swing, with people with sleeping with their mobile devices under their pillows, lest they miss a random message. When Steve Jobs released the iPhone in 2007, it put the brakes on everything Android had been working on. Google had been invested in top secret research and development for over two years, but after the release of Apple’s game breaking device, engineers had to start again from step one.

Fast forward eleven years, and it appears Google has finally found a way to compete. The Google Pixel XL may in fact be that phone. This phone is a workhorse, like the smaller, more affordable model before it. The new Android 7.0 Nougat operating system is lightning fast and streamlined to make access vastly more intuitive and functional. In addition, its natural integration with Google’s burgeoning Daydream View VR headset will position it perfectly to take on Apple’s push toward augmented reality in its iOS technology. With its sleek design, vivid display, a camera that can at least compete with Apple’s new FaceID tech, and Google Assistant, the Pixel XL is the current phone to beat.

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