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Fog Computing is Booming and it Changes Everything in IoT

November 16, 2017

Name a market worth $18 billion in a few years with a 500% growth rate that almost no one knows about. If you guessed Fog Computing then well, that's because my readers tend to be above-average in their tech knowledge. 

For those of you who are new, here is a refresher on what the term represents. It is basically the idea of edge-computing as it relates to IoT devices.

Apple Responds to Our iPhone X Wireless Charging Complaint in One Day

November 14, 2017

Pictek Fast QI Wireless Charging Pad Review

November 13, 2017

When we received our iPhone X, we knew we had to try out the wireless charging feature of the new device. The iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X models are the first iOS devices to support wireless charging using the Qi standard we told you about some years back.



To that end we were sent a Pictek Fast QI Wireless Charging Pad for review. This charger is slim and light. You have to use your own power block/USB port as one is not included.



The first thing we tested was if we could use the charger with the magnetic plate on the back of our phone used to mount the phone on our desk and car vent.

Sadly, the metal plate blocks charging.









Dongles: The iPhone Weakness Samsung Begins to Exploit

November 6, 2017

Apple used to abuse Microsoft in its Mac Versus PC ads. They hired a chubby Bill Gates looking actor John Hodgeman to represent the PC while they hired the hip, cool and young Justin Long to represent the Mac.

One of the most compelling ads focused on the lengths PC users needed to go to to connect a camera to their systems.



The ad below shows the PC having a camera literally duct taped to their head.



Frankly it was embarrassing to use a PC after seeing these ads.

Apple however has unwittingly made itself a target of the same type of attack ad.

The minimalist designs Apple releases are gorgeous but they drastically reduce functionality. The Mac laptops and iPhones have this problem - thanks to reduced ports for things like headphones.

Users need multiple adapters if they want to use a 3.5 headphone with their iOS phone.

See the screen shots and video below Samsung is using to take on Apple. If they were to take the dongle concept and really focus on it in TV ads, it could put a dent in the Apple halo.





























Galaxy S8 Outdoes iPhone X in Freeze Test

November 6, 2017

The screen test below shows what happens when you put two of the top smartphones on the market - the Samsung Galaxy S8 and iPhone X in water and then freeze them overnight.

Two frozen phones - which one will survive?





The Samsung is unscathed but the iPhone X loses its Face ID ability, its screen doesn't work properly and it seems to have lost its data.

Wait, what happened to all my data?




Even worse - the entire battery of the iPhone gets used up while the Samsung still has about 40% left.

Most likely, a gap opened up in the iPhone during its blowtorch melting causing water to get it. This in turn seems to have led to a short circuit or even more than one.

The iPhone X green screen of death - apparently competition with Microsoft BSOD is fiercer than we thought. 




Bottom line: The Samsung Galaxy S8 is an absolute champ in this test - iPhone X users should avoid leaving their phones in water in the freezer overnight.

The video below shows the freeze test comparison in full:























This iPhone X Feature Makes it Worth $1,000

November 4, 2017

You're driving in the car, come to a red light and decide to check e-mail. You double click the home button to open the mail app, delete a few emails and then look up after you hear the horn of the car behind you to see a green light. As you place the phone back in its holder, you begin to accelerate through the intersection.

Suddenly, you remember, you want to open the GPS app as you pass the intersection and proceed to the entrance ramp of the highway or freeway. You think about hard pressing the left of the screen and swiping to another app but you realize the phone holder is not so secure.

Senet LoRaWAN IoT Network Has Great Start on Global Ambitions

November 2, 2017

We estimate LPWAN connectivity could power half of the world’s IoT devices in the next five years. With range of more than ten miles and devices running on a single battery for a decade, we expect sensors and other IoT devices to be widely distributed. In addition, mass-production will reduce prices, meaning even greater distribution in virtually every industry.

Certainly, LoRa is a strong contender in the LPWAN space – the ecosystem is growing at a staggering pace.

We Were Right: Missing iPhone 8 Customers are Buying an iPhone X

October 27, 2017

We explained quite clearly that the difference in pricing between an iPhone 8 and iPhone X - especially when looked at from a monthly perspective would be around $4.

When other outlets claimed the sky was falling on Apple as there were few iPhone 8 lines and and the $1,000 price point for the iPhone X would be a deal-killer, we once again explained that people are not buying an 8, they are buying a X.

We were right.

Customers already have to wait 4-5 weeks to get an iPhone X.

We do want to point out that the iPhone X suppliers are reported to have problems with the FaceID yield and Apple was said to allow less accurate sensors in order to meet demand.

We also know it is been difficult for the press and analysts to accurately predict the size of Apple's phone inventory at launch.

The bottom line as we see it is the iPhone X will be an upgrade super-cycle device and once in the wild, the demand will only grow.

This will likely be the most sought-after iPhone ever.

Now, if the rumored iPhone X Plus - a 6.5 inch device ever becomes reality, we know we would be ecstatic. It might not become a mainstream smartphone/phablet but it would allow Apple to compete effectively for its customers who have Android screen-envy.



















FCC: Soon You Can Port Any Number

October 24, 2017


Wireless porting is taken for granted but local telco and VoIP porting can be troublesome. According to the FCC:

Nationwide number portability would benefit consumers and competition in many ways.  It would level the playing field for small wireless providers, which often can’t port in a number originating from a location where they lack facilities.  It would eliminate disparities that make wireline and VoIP porting more limited than wireless porting.  




Dialpad Debuts New Gmail Add-on in G Suite Marketplace

October 24, 2017

Dialpad spun out of Google for all practical purposes and still uses the Google cloud or GCP so its a natural application to be part of the new G Suite marketplace.

What does this new partnership mean to Dialpad customers? Simple... They can now access their communications - text and voice from within their email client. Specifically, when you are emailing on an Android device or desktop browser, you will see a drawer to the right allowing calls to be placed or texting to be initiated.

Once activated, the Dialpad Add-on enables users to message, call, view history or save a new contact from within Gmail. 



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