Nikon is back in the Android camera game after the disastrous S800c, which launched in late 2012 and suffered from bad software, poor performance and terrible app support.
The time has finally arrived for Samsung as its latest flagship has hit retail stores across the world, including Canada. The Galaxy S5 is available on several carriers today — Rogers, Bell, TELUS, WIND, Eastlink, Videotron, Virgin and SaskTel – and depending on the carrier the GS5 is priced between $229.99 on a 2-year contract and $730 no-term.
When Samsung announced the Galaxy S5, they declared it to be a “refined experience” from the previous models as it sported an improved design, specs and features that includes an improved camera, built-in heart rate monitor and IP67 rated that makes it waterproof and dust resistant.
The LTE-enabled GS5 runs Android OS 4.4.2 KitKat, has a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display (1920×1080, 432ppi), a 2.5 Ghz quad-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, Bell’s MobileTV service, 16GB of storage, 2800 mAh battery and comes in Charcoal Black and Shimmery White.
Our review will be posted shortly… but in the meantime enter our Galaxy S5 giveaway here.
This is a big one. The Galaxy S5 is Samsung’s newest flagship Android and Bell has graciously handed one over to us to giveaway!
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This contest closes on April 18th. Good luck to all who enter!
As news broke this Monday of the Heartbleed bug, citizens of the Internet have been scrambling to discover just how many of their favourite sites and services may have been compromised. If you haven’t yet heard, the Heartbleed bug is a vulnerability in the OpenSSL cryptographic library which allows for the exposure of sensitive account information like passwords and credit card numbers. OpenSSL is used by the vast majority of websites on the Internet, which means that a large number of the apps currently sitting on your smartphone were compromised as well.
A quick rundown of the affected site list at Mashable is pretty damning: Facebook, Twitter, Google, and Dropbox to name a few. While it won’t do anything to protect against previously lost data, as the vulnerability has been around for nearly two years, your best bet is to change the password for any web service affected. However, as password manager service LastPass notes, changing your password before these sites update their SSL certificates won’t help.
To that end, they’ve created a handy tool for checking the status of each affected web site. Check it out here.
Amazon has announced its acquisition of digital comics and graphics novel platform, comiXology, for an undisclosed sum.
The platform, which supports Android, iOS, Kindle Fire and Windows tablets, sells digital content from 75 publishers, including Marvel and DC Comics, and has proven to be very popular with comics veterans and novices alike.
It’s unclear whether Amazon will change the company’s business model in any way — it currently sells titles a la carte and by subscription — or how it will integrate comiXology into the company’s own Kindle publishing business, but co-founder and CEO, David Steinberger, said, “Working together, we look to accelerate a new age for comic books and graphic novels.”
Last year, Google built a “Verify Apps” feature into Android that scans apps for m alware upon installation.
While that process, which has been used 4 billion times according to the company, has successfully prevented infection from countless malicious apps, it doesn’t go far enough; code can be remotely changed after installation, making it relatively easy for m alware vendors to counteract Google’s defences. (more…)
Every new flagship has a limited shelf life and it seems the gap between launch and obsolescence are shortening. This time around, according to an internal Bell doc, the Sony Xperia Z1 has been given its ‘End of Life’ status. (more…)
One of the best RSS services across the web got a boost on Android this week it began offering a beta program.
Newsblur, which rose to prominence after the death of Google Reader, has been steadily adding support for iOS and Android on top of its feature-filled web interface, and the backend continues to be one of the fastest around. While the iOS app is coded by the service’s creator, Samuel Clay, the Android version is developed by another team, and has fallen behind in terms of features. (more…)
With each passing bit of information Google releases ahead of its Ara Developers Conference next week, we get more and more excited by the possibilities of a modular smartphone. Yesterday, Google released a Module Developers Kit to provide manufacturers the necessary information to start building the modular parts that will comprise Project Ara’s ecosystem.
Ara MDK v0.10 is obviously in an unfinished state, but has been released ahead of the conference to solicit feedback. For now, the MDK comprises reference guidelines for all possible Ara phone sizes and module arrangements, as well as key specifications for common modules like cameras, and processors. Because Project Ara phones will run Android, little is mentioned about Ara apps, except that they won’t significantly differ from their traditional smartphone counterparts.
Those looking to attend the Ara Developers Conference should hurry, as registration ends today. Those that can’t wait should take a look at the extended Project Ara technology demo given during the LAUNCH conference, which contained additional information on the marketplace Google is hoping to build to help developers sell their modules.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is officially launching tomorrow and Bell has quickly put together a draw that might bring people into the store. We can’t foresee a lineup, but those Raptors fans out there you might want to waltz down the Toronto Eaton Centre Bell Store (upper level) at 10:00am for a chance to win Raptors tickets, including a playoff game at the ACC. Bell noted on Facebook that they’ll be handing out a total of 5 pairs of tickets.
Bell and Rogers partnered up late 2011 to take a 75% stake in Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE), who owns the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors and Toronto FC sports teams. Majority of the involvement has surfaced in the form of branding their wireless products plus streaming content to mobile devices.