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screen_collageIf you are an avid eBook reader like Techsnoop and use several sources, it can get very frustrating trying to find a particular book. Well along comes Calibre an eBook reader, manager and converter.  The Calibre application can read nearly any format of eBook and even convert from one format to another.  Read More…

The latest trend in marketing and social media is the rise of user multi-screening.   Tech Crunch says more customers are using several screens together for a richer information experience.  For instance, a customer may start looking up a product on their smartphone and continue the purchase on a PC or laptop.

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This is a tale of hubris run amok.  Apple has lost some of their glamour.

Massive patent lawsuits, manufacturing woes, public image hits, actual customer dissatisfaction and loss of focus have left the giant stumbling.  And now, their advertising is lame.  These commercials are not bad per se, but they lack the focus that creates genuine desire for a product.  They fail on selling the service aspect by depicting the potential customer as idiots.  But you judge.  Let us know what you think in the comments.

EVO Love

Techsnoop had the opportunity to get up close and personal with the HTC EVO 4G LTE recently.  The reviews don’t do this phone justice.

It can be argued that the original EVO kicked off the serious smartphone wars.  This phone was worthy competition that put Android on the playing field as a great OS.  Yahoo lists this as one of the best smartphones to buy and it truly is.

Weight; the new EVO is incredibly thin and light, but has a larger screen than the original.  This alone makes it worth changing if, like me, you still have the older model.  It is also very thin, but still feels like it will hold up over time.  Some of the recent thin smartphones seem like they will break if you hold them too tight.

Screen; the screen resolution is so crisp, you feel like you can walk into the picture.  The HTC Sense UI is intuitive and easy to use.  Navigation is speedy and multi-tasking is the whole point of this interface.

Camera; the 8MP camera on the original EVO spoiled me for all others.  The new EVO does not disappoint here.  An 8MP camera that takes HD video and allows rapid fire photo taking while in video mode is a game-changer.  This model also has built in photo filters that allow you to change angles without adding a lens.

Overall, all the things you loved about the original EVO are here on steroids.  Take a look from the Sprint launch event.  And of course, all this comes in an unlimited data package available only from Sprint.

There has been lots of buzz about the new Adobe releases, so Techsnoop will be presenting overviews and reviews of the most important features so you can decide if its time to upgrade.

This feature will become a favorite of everyone; editing video (camera phone anyone?) with Photoshop.

The HTC One X has been generating a lot of buzz, for great reasons.  Great screen, lots of enhanced features and a sleek look.  If you are considering this as an upgrade option, here it is;

Ok, admit it.  You are addicted to Angry Birds.  Whenever you have a free minute, or even under your desk at work, you’re not texting, you’re shooting birds at pigs with a slingshot.  You compete with friends and family to see who can get to the upper levels first and who has the high score.

I’m with you.  Yes, I resisted at first, thinking “shoot birds at pigs, really, I have better things to do”.  Turns out, I don’t.  And neither do millions of other people.  Angry Birds is a bona fide cultural hit across nations, languages and now possibly, planets.

Rovio has taken a simple game and made physics addicts out of over 700 million people.  And you thought physics didn’t have real life uses.

HTC One XIf you follow Techsnoop, you know how I’ve been whining about the lack of upgrade to the HTC EVO. The EVO was a phone that brought Android into head-to-head competition with the iPhone.  Size and features combined to create a great tech tool.  Lately Samsung has been swamping the market with great smartphones.  Well, HTC has apparently not been taking this sitting down.  Enter the HTC One X (working name).

I love large screen phones and great cameras.  If this is you, then check out the new HTC One X/Jet coming to Sprint (around June, 2012).  It has a 4.7-inch screen, 1280-by-720 Super LCD 2 screen, 1080p HD video, and the most important for me, an 8 megapixel camera.  Sorry, 5 megapixels doesn’t do it for me anymore.  For you musicphiles, the One X sports Beats Audio.  Other goodies; 16/32 GB storage, 1 GB RAM and a blazing fast dual core processor which has been compared favorably to current quad core processors.

To give it even more punch, HTC has added a feature that lets you stream video and other content wirelessly to your TV.  The TV dongle plug in is sold separately.  This takes couch potato multi-tasking to a whole new level.

The form factor is “candy bar” or the long, semi-square familiar shape we are accustomed to in smartphones.  The interface is touch screen with HTC Sense for improved response and of course, Ice Cream Sandwich is the OS.  Techlicious says that the camera will offer “an estimated 0.7-second shot time and a 0.2-second autofocus — and a F/2.0 lens that HTC says captures 40% more light than other smartphone cameras”.  PC Mag calls it “Android’s hero product of the year”.  And Laptop Mag has labeled it “Best Smartphone”.

The HTC One X is a worthy successor to the EVO.  Now, I have the unfortunate choice between the Samsung Note and the HTC One X, providing Sprint adds the Note to its lineup in time.  Fortunately, Samsung has added a Galaxy Note 10.1 inch tablet to its lineup, so I may just opt for both.  Gratefully accepting donations to the cause.

Galaxy NoteTechsnoop loves the new Galaxy Note.  The 5.3″ crystal clear screen is a thing of beauty.  While many are split over the size being too large for a phone, I have long become used to using either my bluetooth or speaker so holding the phone to my ear is a thing of the past.

Instead, why not get a gadget that can truly be an all purpose – tablet, pc and phone in one compact device.  And even though the screen is large, the Galaxy Note is slim enough and light enough that it is not cumbersome.

And it has some great apps and features.  The pen gives real usefulness for business functions and it creates handwriting to text and lets you capture screen images and make notes on them to send to friends and business contacts.

Bottom line; the way you use your phone should direct if you will find this device useful.  For those who are “ear chatters”, this will not work out.  But if you use your phone hands-free and need access to productivity apps, this might be your next big thing.

Well, AT&T has drawn first blood in the “unlimited” data usage wars.  They have started to slow down those they consider “heavy” data users.  FYI, some had used as little as 2.3 GB of data.  When users hit the arbitary target, they are slowed down for the remainder of their billing cycle to dial up speeds, making their “smart” phones useless.

Hey AT&T, talk to Netflix.  I am sure they can tell you how hard it is to win back customers after making an anti-customer business move.  Either upgrade your service lines to handle the traffic, or raise your prices.  Do not crush your customers who have paid for “unlimited” data plans with snail-pace service.  To heap insult to injury, when customers complain, they are told to switch to one of the “limited” data plans.  How in the heck is this an answer to the problem of unlimited service?  Tell the customer to do without or buy an even lower usage plan?

No one buys an iPhone or Galaxy class phone to use 2GB of data per month.  The entire point of a high-end smart phone is to have access to GPS, internet, streaming and other data heavy services.  Slamming a smartphone user with dial up speed service at 2GB is borderline fraud.  You basically have removed what the customer paid for.

Verizon just offers temporary slow downs based on the actual traffic in a given area.  When the lines clear, users are free to surf away.  This allows for peak usage slowdowns similar to cable and DSL internet usage.  Everyone knows there are peak periods just as there are rush hour traffic times.  If possible, customers avoid using the services during peak times.

If you want truly unlimited data service, Sprint is your only choice.  AT&T should consider if the stampede of customers leaving is worth it when placing restrictions on data usage.

Remember Netflix.

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