If you’ve already stood in line at the Apple Store or were one of those who pre-ordered the new phone, you can probably skip this article. For the rest of us – here’s a short summary of the good and the not-so-good for the new iPhone.
Good: The camera is even better (most of us are already pretty wowed by the cameras in most smartphones these days.) The iPhone 5s has the same number of megapixels as the 5, but the pixels are larger, which should result in sharper images. The flash is better – it is supposed to result in truer tones than previous versions. The 5s also has a fingerprint sensor, which allows you to start apps without inputting a password. The new operating system (iOS 7) has some nice new features including AirDrop file transfers and the Android-like Control Center.
Not-so-good: If you are used to many of the Androids, the screen will seem small. The fingerprint sensor (at least for now) only works with Apple apps. The new Apple Operating System (iOS 7) is different – many have been heard to compare it to the Android interface. This could be good or bad, depending on your point of view.
In a genius marketing move Apple introduced a gold iPhone 5s. They are currently backordered and selling on Ebay for up to $1,300!
Who hasn’t lost their keys, wallet, etc.! The Tile is a small plastic square that can be stuck to any surface using adhesive. It also has a hole that can be used with a key chain. The Tile works using Bluetooth from an iPhone (the only phone supported initially) but takes advantage of crowd-sourcing to extend the range.
Here is a summary, for the whole story go to http://www.thetileapp.com.
- The Tile will be available in the winter of 2013/14 and is accepting preorders now for $18.95 each.
- When you need to find something, you use the app on your phone to select a specific Tile. You’ll see a display on your phone that will indicate distance, and you can also set off an audible signal from the Tile. This works for items that you lose that are close by – such as the keys in the couch!
- If any other user’s phone is located near your Tile “crowd sourcing” is used to let you know the location via a pin on the map view of your Tile. This works with anything that is near another Tile user’s phone, but is most useful when you are looking for something that is out of Bluetooth range.
- Tiles last about a year and then need to be replaced.
Intel has just introduced a new computer processor that can dramatically extend battery life – making it possible for you to make it through the day (or that trans-Atlantic flight!) without charging. Intel claims that these new processors, called the 4th Generation Core processors and code-named “Haswell”, can boost battery life by 50% while actually improving graphics performance.
When can you get one?
These PCs are available now, but they are first introduced in the higher-end laptops and then work their way down the food chain. We would expect that most PCs will have them by the fall of 2013.
How do I know if a PC has one?
The Intel processors are still Core i3, i5, and i7 processors, ranging from i3 (slowest) to i7 (fastest). This new processor will have a 4 following the “i7″ or “i5″, such as Core i7-4650U.
This article gives an excellent overview for those who want to know more.
Originally in June 2013 BE Eye
February, 2012: The following dates are totally unofficial but we think reasonable predictions for upcoming releases for new/updated Microsoft products:
Between Q32012 and early 2013
Windows Phone “Tango” and “Apollo”
Q2 and Q4 2012, respectively
You can read a more extensive summary here.
We also publish a monthly newsletter for the healthcare market and thought this article on iPads might be of general interest. We have many clients looking to use iPads in their corporate environments, and the warnings here are pretty much the same as they are for healthcare – make sure that the applications you are using have been adapted for iPads, otherwise you may end up unhappy with the results.
Read the article about iPads in Healthcare.
Microsoft opened their 14th Microsoft retail store in Tyson’s Corner Center on November 17. The festivities included Cal Ripken, Joe Jonas and lots of giveaways.
BEI will be hosting a Friends and Family Night on December 15. Get a personal tour of the store, relax and have a snack in the private theater space! We’ll have discount coupons for everyone and over 25 exciting raffle items.
Thursday, December 15
5 pm – 9 pm
Microsoft Store, Tyson’s Corner
TechRepublic came up with this list and we thought it was worth sharing – click here for all the details. The unofficial release date for Windows 8 is toward the end of 2012 – we’ll update this as we receive more specific information.
1: It’s designed for tablets and touch
2: Apps “share” data
3: The apps can be integrated into the OS
4: It offers ARM support
5: It beefs up security
6: App markets will benefit developers and users
7: System restore is easier
8: Cloud sync is everywhere
9: It offers simplified administration and configuration
10: System stability is improved
Major flooding during the monsoon season in Thailand have resulted in over 600 deaths, the destruction of entire towns, the loss of homes, farmland and industrial facilities. Certainly not the worst result of the flooding but one that directly impacts our business and our clients is the destruction of many factories (Western Digital, Toshiba, Nidec) that manufacture hard drives as well as component manufacturers (experts estimate that Nidec manufactures up to 80% of the small motors used in hard drives.) Dell has advised us to check with them when placing orders (particularly servers) as changing the hard drive specified in a server configuration can often impact the lead time for that server. We are working with our clients to minimize the impact of this shortage.
Run your Android Apps on your Windows Desktop with BlueStacks. This is an early release version but will be fun for the Android fans out there. You can see a demo of it here.
Microsoft has announced that they will be opening their 14th Microsoft retail store in Tyson’s Corner Center on November 17. The store features a theater that is available for meetings and seminars – BEI is hopeful of hosting a seminar soon after the store opens. The grand opening ceremony, at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17, will include the distribution of up to $1 million in software grants to local groups. You can vote on the store’s Facebook page to decide where the grants should go. Each vote will count toward a $20 donation. Potential recipients include the Foundation of Fairfax County Public Schools and the Children’s Science Center.