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What kind of mobile fanboy are you?

Posted by wicked April - 24 - 2016 - Sunday Comments Off
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In the tech industry we have all kinds of stereotypes. There are the casual users, the gamers, the workaholics and more. But one thing is for sure – we can all fall under the “fanboy” category if we aren’t careful.

What is a fanboy? Are you one? You very well may be. A fanboy, in short, is a brand loyalist of sorts. They are known for vigorously (and sometimes blindly) following specific brands, platforms or trends. Let’s look through some of the most popular fanboy kinds and see if you fit in.

Note: This article is meant for fun! Please don’t take it to heart. We all have our preferences; you may like Android, Google or any particular manufacturer. Maybe you even like Apple or Microsoft, and doesn’t necessarily mean you are a true fanboy. We aren’t saying you fit into any of these particular categories.

Before we get started, we’d like to bring your attention to our first mobile fanboy post from November 2014. Be sure to take a look at that poll to see where you folks stood two years ago!

The Google fanboy

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Google is a very important company nowadays. In fact, it is the 3rd most valuable company in the world, according to Forbes, with a value of about $65.6 billion. Not only that, but they happen to be all over the place. To some people Google IS the internet.

The tech company has the most popular browser, search engine and email service; not to mention the plethora of services that run our daily lives. There’s also Android, of course, as well as their many ongoing projects.

It’s only natural for people to be all about Google. But are you a fanboy? Are you going a bit overboard? Oh, and keep in mind Google fanboys are not to be mistaken by Android fanboys. Here are a few signs you may be a Google fanboy!

  • You will never even consider using OneDrive, Apple Music or any service that competes with Google. Bing? Screw that! You live by Google Drive, Photos, Chrome, Play Music, Android, etc. And it’s not only because these apps tend to already be on your devices (which also come from Google) – sometimes they are not and you still stick to them! You need live and breathe Google. I mean, come on. Very few of your friends give a darn about Hangouts, and you likely continue trying to get them to love it… or at least use it to talk to you.
  • In fact, even if you do happen to buy an iPhone, Windows Phone or whatever, you still try to stick to nothing but Google apps and services.
  • Do you have any Google swag? Oh boy. You are getting close to fanboy territory! These goodies may include branded mugs, shirts, hats, figurines, stickers, etc.
  • You get excited over everything Google. Like, you go and check what Google I/O attendees will get for free and you won’t.
  • You love all of Google’s projects. This makes sense when you consider most Google products are affordable, convenient and accessible, but sometimes you also support Google’s crazy ideas. You were probably into the Google Glass developer version, which many actually disliked. Google Cardboard? Got it! Hell, you probably even went for the Nexus Q and got it for free after the project was dropped! You may even have a Chromebook, as well as an Android Wear Watch and a Chromecast. You get the point.

Extreme cases:

  • Talking about Chromebooks: did you spend $1500 on a Chromebook Pixel? Umm… yeah. Gorgeous laptop!
  • Any tattoos? If you have any Google-related tattoos, things are getting a bit out of hand.
  • You may be considering naming your kids under Google personalities. Larry? Maybe Matias?
  • Your home/office/anything are decorated under Material Design standards… somehow.
  • You defend Google with all your might and can never accept they do anything wrong.
  • Under religion, on forms, you mark “other” and pencil Google in.

The Android fanboy

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Android fanboys are more common than the others; at least around here, for obvious reasons. Android is the most popular mobile OS in the world, with over 1.4 billion users as of  September 2015. They are bound to have some followers, including many of us.

But what makes an Android user a fanboy? Let’s take a look at the signs.

  • You love Android, particularly for its open nature. You consider it the best mobile OS in the world.
  • “What are the specs?” – Yes, we are obsessed with specs. Even if you do nothing but write emails and check social networks, you definitely want the biggest, baddest specs.
  • “Is the bootloader unlocked?” – Seriously? OK, so this is a justified question if you are into tinkering with your phone. But then there are those users who never really take advantage of the unlocked bootloader! It’s like they just want to know it’s unlocked to make sure everything is right with the world.
  • 16 GB? Are you crazy? Hell no, just spend the extra money for a “better phone”! (Then you never use more than 16 GB).
  • As Android fans, you likely love the platform, but aren’t scared to try apps and services from non-Google companies.
  • As Android fans, we all love to talk about how diverse the operating system is. Yes, you can make it look however you want, and manufacturers make great skins (sometimes), but you will always prefer vanilla/stock Android, as Google intends it to be. If you can’t have the stock version of Android, you will download the Google Now Launcher.
  • By the way, you likely own a Nexus device. But you also try to be a smart shopper and will go with another manufacturer if you find something that is worth your cash.
  • If you don’t own a Nexus phone, you can’t go a week, or sometimes a day, without wondering where the heck the latest update is. It doesn’t matter if it’s some minor update with no noticeable changes, you want it NOW!
  • Just like the Google fanboy, you probably own some Android related goodies. I mean, we have cases with the Android robot, Andy figurines, cookie jars, clothing and more. You name it – Android is everywhere.
  • You are making awesome-looking home screens all the time. This is cool, but it can get a bit annoying at times, especially if you are showing off a different one every single day.
  • You tend to get in arguments with carrier store representatives when they try to sell you or anyone an iPhone over an Android device.

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Extreme cases:

  • Do you have a tattoo of the Android robot anywhere in your body? I won’t deny it, those are cool and I love seeing them, but yeah… just a bit overboard.
  • No one can dare disagree with you, or they will be called “Apple fanboys”.
  • You are also always talking about how much you dislike Apple, as well as its fans. You may even resort to insults.
  • You can name every ROM, Android version and root app — but you can’t remember your birthday.
  • You believe Android is perfect as is, and that no other mobile operating system has any positive features or attributes. They all suck and there’s absolutely nothing Google could learn from its competition. Android is king. Long live the king!
  • Oh, and the one that happens to be the most annoying to me, especially: “The guy who reviewed this phone is a total Apple fanboy!”. How could I be an Apple fanboy and work for an Android-focused website? Remember our reviews are subjective, and not everything related to Android is awesome. Some things do suck, and just because we call things out it doesn’t me we are against the platform or suddenly become enemies. We just have to disagree sometimes.
  • An extreme Android fanboy will always hate iOS, or anything related to Apple. Apple is the devil.

The Apple fanboy

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Oh, the Apple fanboys. Everyone seems to have a special place in their hearts for them. It’s not a very nice spot, but it’s there. We told you earlier that Google was the 3rd most valuable company in the world; well, Apple is #1, so it’s bound to have some avid (or rabid) followers.

This one is all but guaranteed to cause some stir. We are talking about real Apple fanboys, not just mobile enthusiasts that get called Apple fanboys because they happen to have bought an iPhone. Let’s look into the symptoms.

  • You won’t touch Android or anything else. Apple is supreme and nothing beats it. End of discussion.
  • And if you do happen to play around with an Android device, there is no way you will ever accept Google’s OS has some cool things. Nope, it’s all dumb and cluttered.
  • You continue talking about Android fragmentation, years after the topic has been put to rest.
  • You don’t mind the restrictions placed on iOS. Apple knows best, after all.
  • You think Samsung is but a cheap copycat that took Apple’s ideas.
  • You find yourself saying things like: “I choose Apple because it just works. I want something simple, not just an OS for nerds”.
  • You have those Apple stickers all over your things. You know, the ones you get for free every time you buy a new Apple product.
  • You own a MacBook, an iPad, an iPhone, an Apple TV, an Apple Watch and are probably even looking into Apple’s rumored car.
  • You love Steve Jobs and often bring up the great things he did for this industry. In extreme cases, you may think he is some kind of deity. Hell, you may even start walking barefoot and eating nothing but carrots, just like he did at some point.
  • Oh, and you keep saying: “This would have never happened if Steve Jobs was still around!”.
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Extreme cases:

  • You keep calling other people fanboys, without realizing you are probably one too.
  • You think Android is but a cheap copy of iOS… somehow. And then you ignore Apple has taken many features from Android.
  • Oh, and when Apple releases features Android has had for years, you do nothing but praise them!
  • You think Android is for poor people, without considering plenty of Android devices cost as much as Apple products, if not more. These people think Apple products are not just tools, but also some kind of status symbol.
  • You seriously think Apple invented everything.
  • Do you have an Apple tattoo? Yeah….

The Samsung fanboy

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Out of every Android manufacturer out there, Samsung is the biggest and baddest. It’s Apple’s biggest competitor, so it also has some very fierce followers.

Have you ever heard of the Samsung Knights? I don’t now if they are still around, but they used to defend Samsung with sword and shield, facing any opponent that would dare question the company’s greatness and honor.

Are you a Samsung fanboy? Let’s look at the signs.

  • Plastic was fantastic. No one could convince you there was an issue with Samsung’s design when everyone kept saying it felt cheap. But you also welcomed their change to metal and glass, and couldn’t stop glorifying it.
  • You only buy Samsung phones. Anything else is second rate. Other Android devices may be cool and all, but Samsung is king.
  • You actually like TouchWiz. You liked it before, when everyone was complaining about it, and you like it now that it has improved. At the very least you really enjoy all the added features it comes with.
  • You keep using Samsung’s apps. Even the ones no one cares about!
  • You keep talking about how Samsung is one of the main players in Android and the tech industry. It’s also a main reason why Android continues to stay alive.
  • There is no way you will ever actually believe Samsung copied anything from Apple!
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Extreme cases: 

  • You think Samsung IS Android. All other manufacturers just suck, right?
  • You have a tendency to call people Apple fanboys just because they disagree with you in some ways.
  • Samsung can do no wrong. Period.
  • To you, Samsung is more important than Android. This means that if Samsung does make a switch to Tizen, you will definitely go with them. In fact, you probably already own a Tizen-powered wearable or something.
  • You seem to hate Apple fanboys more than any other group. They are your enemies, your rivals, your nemeses.

The wearable and IoT fanboy

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This is a new breed of fanboys. Wearables, smart products and IoT devices boomed recently, and people are going nuts over them. Some more than others, but we definitely have some fanboys here.

  • These guys own a smartwatch. And they love it. They can’t stop using it.
  • In fact, some refuse to use their phone even if it’s easy to reach. And they keep going out of their way to show off the cool stuff they can do with them.
  • Some will go as far as playing games and typing with their smart watches. That’s not the way these things work, guys.
  • You probably have smart lights somewhere around your home.
  • You may never even drink coffee, but the idea of a smart coffee machine that automatically starts every morning sounds amazing. Now you are considering taking up a new coffee habit.
  • You own one of those cool speakers you can interact with, like the Amazon Echo.
  • You own an odd type of wearable. Like one of those pendants, or Google Glass.
  • Do you have a smart lock? One that you can operate with an app? I will accept those are dope, though.
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Extreme cases:

  • You use more than one wearable at a time. It could be a smartwatch and an activity tracker. Maybe even two smartwatches (or more). I have seen it, guys. This is not something I am making up.
  • You will do everything with your smart products. Even when it’s not necessary. If you are standing next to the light switch, you will pull out your phone and use that to turn the lights one.
  • NFC payments? Of course! You may even use your watch or tablet for that.
  • You keep considering buying a new car just to get Android Auto, if you didn’t already. At the very least you will go for one of those standalone units.
  • And you are also thinking about how to justify spending massive amounts of money on making your house smart.
  • How about self-driving cars? I am actually guilty of this one. I am dreaming of a future when I will never have to actually operate a car. I want to be able to go to a bar and have my car go park itself, then tell it to come pick me up when I am ready to sleep. Which, by the way, I could also do on my way home.

Don’t be a fanboy!

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There is nothing wrong with being a fan of Android, Google, Apple, Samsung, Microsoft or anything else. Yes, you can even love BlackBerry! The trick here is that you don’t want to be a stereotypical fanboy. You can have a preference, but blindly following is not good. We must recognize competition is good.

Hopefully the reason why you prefer a brand or platform over another is because they have proven to be the best choice for your specific needs. Maybe another brand or OS will be better suited for you in the future, and there is nothing wrong with that (even if you leave Android, our beloved mobile OS).

At the end of the day, we all use our devices to improve our lives. It’s a matter of preference, and diversity is a beautiful thing. But if you had to choose, which fanboy group would you rather be identified with? Where do you feel you belong more? I would say I would fall somewhere between the Google and Android fanboy groups. And I am also getting close to being a wearable/IoT fanboy.

Apple’s new iPad Pro has a True Tone display claimed as new, but is it really?

Posted by wicked April - 5 - 2016 - Tuesday Comments Off

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During the company’s keynote held on March 21, Apple unveiled new hardware including the iPhone SE and iPad Pro 9.7.

There’s just something off about that new iPad Pro.

The smaller iPad Pro 9.7 combines the portability and lightweight of the iPad Air 2 with the fastest hardware internals and features of the iPad Pro that launched last year.

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Updated hardware specs aren’t the only upgrades Apple brought to the new iPad Pro. Apple also slipped in a short demo of a new software feature coming to the iPad Pro. True Tone technology is new for Apple, making its first-ever debut on the iPad Pro. Apple described it as ‘a first of its kind display’ that it’s calling ‘Pro display.’ Its Oxide TFT display has better contrast, higher brightness, and is less reflective than older iPad models. However, what we really want to focus on is the technology built-in called True Tone.

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Apple’s True Tone display measures the color temperature of incoming ambient light and adjusts to match the current conditions. Apple said that this technology is a “breakthrough, that has never appeared on any other device before.” Can you think of a similar technology? I have, and it’s called Samsung Adaptive Display. Samsung showcased a new display mode called Adaptive Display a few years ago. So is Apple’s True Tone display actually new? Nope.

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Not everyone has heard of Samsung’s Adaptive Display. The technology can actually be found even on current Samsung devices; you just have to dig a little deep to find it. Samsung’s Adaptive Display even comes activated by default on most of those devices. It can be found by going into your device’s settings under Display and then Screen mode.

In the menu there are several display modes than can be enabled. Depending on the age of your Samsung device, you may see options like Adaptive Display, AMOLED Cinema, AMOLED Photo, and Basic. Adaptive Display is the most popular mode, hence why it’s at the top. The technology optimizes the contrast, saturation, and sharpness of your display automatically to adjust to surrounding conditions. In other words, it’s essentially the same thing as Apple’s newly announced True Tone display that comes on the iPad Pro 9.7.

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Even though the technology may be hard to spot at times, it can be easily noticed when switching between screen modes. Clicking on AMOLED Cinema will alter your display to include a smaller range of colors. AMOLED Photo works similarly and Basic will lower contrast to make colors look less vibrant and more flat.

Adaptive Display will adapt your device’s screen to ensure the best experience possible. On the other hand, Apple’s True Tone display uses two four-channel ambient light sensors that measure both brightness and color temperature. This is then used to make your device’s colors either warmer or cooler. Both methods are similar in the way they collect information and change the screen based on that information. The purpose and function are essentially the same.

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Now that both Samsung and Apple each have a screen mode like this of their own, it should only be a matter of time before other manufacturers jump on the train. However, from our point of view, screens have gotten quite impressive enough by themselves, making this not a must have feature and more or less just a nice addition to have. The technology is undoubtedly innovative and cool, we just don’t see it as one that’ll swing someone’s decision on what and what not to buy.

Whether Apple knew about Samsung’s Adaptive Display or not, the answer will remain unheard. From a consumer’s perspective, we want the best products. And in order for that to happen, tech manufacturers must look at each other and compete with one another. This pushes innovation and marketing, ultimately resulting in better products and services for all.

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Google is building its own keyboard for iPhone

Posted by wicked March - 23 - 2016 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Google has been working on a mobile keyboard for iPhone and iPad behind the scenes “for months”, a report from The Verge claims.

According to the technology site, Google’s third-party keyboard for iOS has been used by employees internally, with the software offering up gesture-based typing commands amongst other features.

The mystery keyboard is yet to be mentioned by Google in any official capacity, and it’s still unclear whether or not the group will go on to release the tool in full. Just how similar to Google’s stock keyboard on Android (seen below) the new release will be also remains to be seen.

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The Verge’s Casey Newton mentions that Google’s keyboard flaunts a number of tricks that set it apart from the stock iOS keyboard. Apparently, the keyboard has buttons specifically dealing with pictures and GIF searches, which is something that Apple’s own keyboard can’t offer. Admittedly, having quick access to GIFs has proven mighty popular in the past, particularly over on Facebook’s Messenger mobile app.

Google is hoping that it’s keyboard project will encourage iOS users to perform Google searches on their phones and tablets. There’s certainly a void to fill, considering many iOS fans aren’t too happy with the limited selection of third-party keyboards available at the moment.

We’ll be interested to see whether or not Google decides to push on with the keyboard and release it publicly.

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Apple iPad Tstand – for Netflix watchers and recipe readers

Posted by Tom November - 16 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

The Tstand for iPad is a neat stand for Apple’s tablet, which puts it up and in the perfect position for watching shows, reading recipes while cooking, following instructional videos and more.

 

Originally a Kickstarter project, the Tstand is now a proper thing.
It uses a foldable clamshell design that adjusts to users’ optimal viewing angles and will alleviate achy arms and cricked necks.

 

The Tstand is out now and costs US$37.

Via tablet-news

Overcast podcast player for iOS unlocks all features to go 100% free

Posted by Tom October - 12 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

The best podcast player for iOS has gone completely free.

Timing couldn’t be better, as iOS 9 adopters look elsewhere for a podcast player following big changes to Apple’s native one.

Overcast has long been a favourite but used to require paying to upgrade for features such as downloading over 3/4G.

Now all the features are automatically unlocked but for those wanting to say thank you, you can pay a small amount to the developer through the options menu in the app.

Overcast’s handy features include 30 second skips to cut out ads and intros, as well as a smart quick play feature that detects and removes silences.

Via engadget

Apple iPad Pro and iPad Mini 4 officially announced – what you need to know

Posted by wicked September - 9 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off
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After much speculation, Apple has officially announced the iPad Pro. This really isn’t a followup to the iPad Air 2, rather a larger version that puts focus on productivity. Apple says this is the “most advanced iPad ever”, so let’s take a look to see what it’s all about.

iPad Pro specs and features

On paper, the new iPad Pro is quite the attractive device. It boasts a 12.9-inch Retina display that features a total of almost 5.6 million pixels in all. Under the hood, it features Apple’s newly-announced A9X chip, which is the company’s third-generation 64-bit processor. Apple says it’s about 1.8 times faster than the previous A8X chip, and should deliver users “desktop-class performance”. There’s no mention on the battery size, but Apple says it boasts 10-hour battery life, which will definitely be enough to get you through a full day of use.

The iPad Pro features a four-speaker audio system that offers three times the audio volume as the iPad Air 2. It boasts an 8MP rear-facing iSight camera, as well.

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Perhaps the most interesting news in this announcement is the addition of a new accessory called the Apple Pencil (yes, really). The Pencil is battery-powered stylus that features a Lightning connector on the end for charging. When using the Pencil, the iPad Pro will increase the amount of scanning on the surface to improve accuracy. The new stylus has sensitivity sensors so you can press lightly for thinner strokes or harder for thicker strokes.

Apple also announced a new Smart Keyboard accessory that can connect to the iPad Pro via three small connectors on the side of the device.

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Towards the end of the big announcement, Apple also unveiled the iPad Mini 4. The company says it features the “power of the iPad Air 2” in a smaller size, but no other details were given regarding the new tablet, oddly enough. The iPad Mini 4 will be available in November for $399.

iPad Pro pricing and availability

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The new iPad Pro will be available in Gold, Silver and Space Gray color options for $799 for the 32GB Wi-Fi model, $949 for the 128GB Wi-Fi model and $1,079 for the 128GB model with Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity. The Apple Pencil is available for $99, and the new Smart Keyboard for $169. All of these new products will be available in November, and unfortunately it doesn’t look like Apple is bundling any of the new accessories with the iPad Pro.

Wrap up

So, what are your thoughts? I know, I know, we’re an Android-focused website. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy other products! Are you impressed with Apple’s announcements? Be sure to tell us what you think in the comment section below!

There is an Apple event today at 10AM Pacific. Because of said event, and our constant need for snark, we will be live chatting the happenings as we always do.

A couple of weeks back, as Apple was inviting the press to this September extravaganza, we told you to prepare for sensationalism. You should probably prepare for more than that. Let’s be honest here, sensationalism is only the beginning of what will undoubtedly be an embarrassing display of “THIS IS AMAZING.” You should prepare for finger tips to be permanently lacking blood (Force Touch), even awesomer iPad photo shoots (nothing like 12-inch tablet photos!), and charts with misleading information. So many charts. 

The live chat is embedded below. Apple will also live stream the entire event, though. You can watch it here. Unfortunately, you have to do so through an Apple device or in Safari. Ugh, I know, Safari.

10AM Pacific (1PM Eastern). Ready?

Live Chat: Apple’s September 2015 iPhone 6s, Apple TV, Sirified, iPad Pro, iOS 9er, El Capitan All the Things Event! is a post from: Droid Life

Final Fantasy 7 hits iOS, Android could be next

Posted by wicked August - 20 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off
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For many of us E3 2015 ended when Square Enix took the stage and announced Final Fantasy 7 was finally getting that HD remake we have been begging for many years. The same remake we were told time and again would never come. Nothing was going to beat this announcement! That still stands true for Final Fantasy 7 fans, but we did get another surprise from the RPG king – the original Final Fantasy 7 game was set to come to mobile.

Fast-forward a couple months and we find ourselves welcoming the most iconic Final Fantasy title to the mobile realms. The only bad news is it is not out for Android yet. Final Fantasy 7 has only been released for iOS so far. Why is this news piece even here? Well, for the same reason we even told you about this during the announcement. While the Android release hasn’t been 100% confirmed, Square Enix has been exceptional at bringing all its main titles to Android. Especially the ones which will make good money… and Final Fantasy 7 definitely will. 

By the way, we don’t only say that because the game will sell like hot pancakes. This title is also significantly expensive! Final Fantasy 7 is priced at a whopping $19.99 on iTunes, a cost that is higher than Square Enix’s already unreasonable $15-$17 price points. They know many of us will pay that cash, though. That’s where they get us!

If you don’t know Final Fantasy 7 by now? You really have some catching up to do. This game influenced a whole generation and boomed the Final Fantasy franchise success to the skies. So far up even the lifestream couldn’t stop it. It happens to be my personal favorite game of all times, and I know many of you are with me on that one. This is why I am worried about how you will feel about the next bit of news.

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First and foremost, let me apologize about the words I typed last time I wrote about Final Fantasy 7. I told you this would be the same Final Fantasy 7 title we saw in 1997, ported and unadulterated; I was wrong. Square Enix changed one thing… one thing that may ruin your whole gaming experience.

The game comes with integrated cheating functionality. For starters, there will be an option to level up all your characters and give them max stats. But then why would you even want random battles? Don’t you worry, you can turn those off too!

To be honest, this shocked me more than when I saw Sephiroth’s Masamune pierce through you-know-who (actually… not really, but you get me). The battle system and leveling up is such an important part of Final Fantasy titles! Their level of difficulty and time consumption are what drives us to push through these challenges and spend months playing a single game. Why would you take that away from us?

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I understand that the story line is also a huge part of Final Fantasy 7. Furthermore, many of us have beat the game plenty times, so skipping through that whole grinding process may be a viable option. I just feel like the experience will be ruined for all new players. But then again, is this release even aimed at first-timers? It just upsets me that it’s now so easy to ruin the experience.

But hey, tell us your own thoughts on this release! Do you agree with me on the whole cheat pandemonium? Hopefully an Android release is around the corner. Not seeing Final Fantasy 7 hit our devices would be something else to rant about.

Alright, now you can go download the game on your iPad or iPhone, if you want!

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IK Multimedia has the power: iRig PowerBridge charges as you play

Posted by Tom July - 20 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

The latest innovation from IK Multimedia is the iRig PowerBridge – a device that acts as a musical interface for instruments and tablets/phones but now adds power to keep devices alive.

The original iRig has been a relatively affordable, quick and easy solution for using the likes of guitars and basses with tablets and phones for recording and effects. With the PowerBridge attached, the Lightning Port or 30-pin adapter of iPads, iPhones and iPods receive power to ensure they don’t cut out during the eight-minute of your killer improvised solo.

AS it’s powered, it now also offers support for 1/4-inch phantom power mic inputs and MIDI inputs, both of which need a power source to work.

It’s out now for $69.99.

Via sonicstate

Samsung applies for patent of phablet-netbook combo device

Posted by wicked May - 26 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Samsung, fresh from its revitalized conquering of the smartphone world through the Samsung Galaxy S6, seems again ready to take on the world. On its sights now is the enterprise segment of devices, currently dominated by Apple’s iPad. Samsung may be planning to shake up that market a bit with a new idea for a device – a netbook which has a dock for a phablet, dual OS, dual purpose.

The idea is this, that a phablet – say a Galaxy Note device – will naturally run Android while on smartphone mode. When it docks with the netbook frame, the phablet switches to Windows OS – maybe even Windows 10 – and the phablet shall serve as the main processing unit for the netbook frame, even serving as the touchpad of the netbook in one configuration.

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Now this will entail a few things. First, that the phablet’s specs will be robust enough to run dual OS. Second, that Samsung and Microsoft will get along and run with this. But if you’ve noticed, they already have – beginning with Microsoft apps being featured in the Samsung Galaxy S6. On the hardware side, we might be beginning to see processors and chipsets that are quite capable of this as well.

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What Samsung is planning, is to leverage on a physical keyboard and possibly a better screen on the netbook shell, something that the Apple iPad can’t beat. Apple may actually be resolving that with a new partnership with IBM, and so we see Samsung teaming up with Microsoft at around the same time. Strap in folks, this one is going to get interesting.

VIA: Patently Mobile

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