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Smartphones

A smartphone or smart phone is a mobile phone with an advanced mobile operating system that combines features of a personal computer operating system with other features useful for mobile or handheld use. They typically combine the features of a cell phone with those of other popular mobile devices, such as personal digital assistant (PDA), media player and GPS navigation unit. Most smartphones can access the Internet, have a touchscreen user interface, can run third-party apps, music players and are camera phones. Most Smartphones produced from 2012 onwards also have high-speed mobile broadband 4G LTE internet, motion sensors, and mobile payment mechanisms.

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Prep for the ITIL® Foundation Certification Exam
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How to use beacons to enhance in-event experience?

Beacons are tiny, smart objects that you can put in the event’s space without anybody noticing. They continuously transmit Bluetooth signals, which attendees’ smartphones can detect and follow, provided the right app is installed.

https://goo.gl/gd5y3Q 
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iPhone X is futuristic, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are unnecessary

Apple unveiled iPhone X, its first premium-tier phone, at an event in Cupertino, Calif., on Tuesday. Here is everything you want to learn about iPhone X (pronounced ‘10’ not ‘ex’) and iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. https://goo.gl/FejBrS

#mobileappdevelopment #mobileapp #iphone8
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by:Brian Matis
I agree that the iPhone X is much more futuristic and awesome than the 8, but the 8 is hardly unnecessary. It costs a decent amount less and is still a great smartphone! If Apple only sold the iPhone X, they'd be cutting out a lot of potential customers that aren't willing to spend that much.
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by:Brian Matis
Seems like it!
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by:Jackie Man
Will you buy it if Google Pixel 2 is more or less expensive than iPhone X?
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Phone Battery Life
Subject of the week | Describe past technologies you miss.
Here's something I miss: good battery life on my mobile phone. I remember my old Nokia cell phones and how I'd get to measure battery life in days. Those things could go a week straight with no charging needed! Whereas my iPhone pretty much needs to be charged nightly. Granted, I still think the extra capabilities are a good trade-off, but I keep hoping we can manage to get battery tech improved to the point where modern smartphones can have battery life comparable to older cell phones.

Think we'll get there, or will the demands of smartphone power usage keep increasing such that battery life continues to stay put?
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by:Brian Matis
My first was a Nokia and that thing could manage to go 5 days without a charge. It could even play Snake! Sure, I still wouldn't go back to that over my iPhone, but don't you think an iPhone with more than 2 days life would be nice? Imagine not having to take chargers with you for weekend trips!
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by:John Hurst
It would be nice for sure but it has never happened.

I can get by with just a USB cable because my ThinkPad now and the one before (spare) have always ON USB ports so I can carry a 45-watt AC adapter (tiny adapter) and charge both my laptop and phone.
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by:Kyle Santos
I usually don't stream videos unless I'm on wifi.  I did this a lot when I didn't have Verizon's Unlimited plan.  Old habits die hard I guess.  I like how this was phrased
But this plan led to more pressure on the network and increased costs. So the company had to do something to turn this great consumer-friendly idea into a viable business venture.
ohshi we messed up and now its costing us too much money!!!! Can we take this back!?  Oh yes, of course we can, we're Verizon and we tell everyone how it is like big cable companies.
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by:Anthony Pangilinan
The joke's on them. They took away my unlimited data years ago!
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Subject of the week | What software update developed in the past year were you the most excited about?

Pokemon Go v0.67.1 brought a lot of people back!
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by:Kyle Santos
Oh man, I hope they didn't lower it to 5mph.  I hadn't heard that on Silph Road yet.  Last I remember folks there were saying the speed cap was 11mph.  People who use bicycles for transportation were throwing a fit about the 11mph.  

It does a check every 2-5 minutes, and bases how far you go off of that.
Yes, exactly.  There was a glitch I ran into, and others confirmed it as well, that there is a way to incubate eggs in the time that the calculations are being made where all of a sudden the eggs would hatch (2.0km ones) without even being walked!  I think they eventually patched that.
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by:Doug Walton
I also have the problem where my connection switches between 3g and LTE so often that it's always getting disconnected and not registering the location changes as often as it should.  So half the time (or more) when it tries to do that location check it doesn't register any changes.  It seems to know where I am on the map, but it's losing its log of how far I've gone or something.

I was running long distances (1-3 miles) in a straight line and barely getting 1k before I stopped playing.
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Subject of the week | What are your favorite smartphone apps?
Well, the Experts Exchange app, of course! But I may be a bit biased ;-)

If I factor out that bias, then my favorite iOS apps—in no particular order—are:
  • Music
  • Podcasts
  • Maps
  • Messages (I vastly prefer a text to a phone call.)
  • Runkeeper (For tracking my running. I've tried many different running apps, but settled in on this one as my favorite. Has a lot of great features and excellent Apple Watch support.)
  • Flipboard (News aggregator with some really nice UI.)
  • Snapseed (Photo editing)
  • Flickr (Photography community)
  • Mint (Money management)
  • Kindle (For eBooks. I generally prefer using this on my iPad, but I'll occasionally use it on my iPhone too if I don't have the iPad with me.)
  • Flixster (Movie showtimes)
  • Hue (For controlling the Phillips Hue smart lightbulbs in my house)
  • Facebook (The app I love to hate. Great for staying in touch with friends, but often risks wasting too much time.)
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by:Juana Villa
I haven't heard about Snapseed. I will take a look at it.

Thumbsup for Mint!!
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What are your favorite smartphone apps?

Calendar, Gmail, Google Drive, SNote, and Etsy. Basically, all the practical apps that keep me organized and on top of things. I was using a sleep app to monitor my cycles, but I've decided to just stop sleeping.
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by:Brian Matis
I was using a sleep app to monitor my cycles, but I've decided to just stop sleeping.
Ha! I know the feeling! I've started using the "Bedtime" feature in iOS's built-in Clock app to remind me to go to bed though, otherwise... yeah... I have a definite tendency to want to stay up too late. I wish I could stop sleeping, but it's never worked out too well ;-)
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by:Jackie Man
My favourite apps are changing regularly as I try many apps on a daily basis.

My current favourite apps are as follows:

1. Dynasty Warriors: Unleashed by NEXON Company
https://itunes.apple.com/hk/app/dynasty-warriors-unleashed/id1131126249?mt=8

2. 虾米音乐-听见不同 作者是 Hangzhou Miusike Network Technology,Inc.
https://itunes.apple.com/cn/app/%E8%99%BE%E7%B1%B3%E9%9F%B3%E4%B9%90-%E5%90%AC%E8%A7%81%E4%B8%8D%E5%90%8C/id595594905?mt=8

3. Inbox by Gmail by Google, Inc.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/inbox-by-gmail/id905060486?mt=8

4. Google Play Books - Books & Comics by Google, Inc.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/google-play-books-books-comics/id400989007?mt=8

I am an average user apart from being an IT Helpdesk. Making a work life balance is important to take a relief from our stressful life.
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Vote for the Most Valuable Expert
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I believe that technology is a tool to improve our lives. Therefore, the apps I use bring something positive into my life. My favorite app is Headspace <3 It is a guided meditation app. I love it because it brings mindfulness and peace into my life. In case you are not familiar with meditation, I added a nice short video that explains how to manage our emotions through meditation. My second favorite app is Instagram because I can edit all my pictures easily and I LOVE seeing nature pictures from around the world.
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by:Daniella Barion
I agree with you technology helps a lot and make life easier.   I consider a big gain the banks apps, it's a dream not to go to the bank and do all transactions online. I love the apps that help people to be in touch and closer with no fee: Facetime, Skype, Whats app.  When you live away from your family and friends, these apps make a big difference.  Thanks for the suggestion on Headspace. I will try it.
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by:Juana Villa
I also like Whats App. I totally agree with you! When family and friends are far away Whats App is very helpful.
About the financial apps, I love Mint. Thanks to this app I keep track of my debit & credit accounts. So, it is very easy to manage my money and financial goals.
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I was just reading Andrew Leniart's entertaining tale of dealing with a client's network connection issue. (Go check it out... I'll wait...)
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Ok, cool, now that you've read it, I'm sure it's something many of you have encountered—user says that they restarted something, but clearly they didn't. Made me think that in the current era where smartphones with cameras are so ubiquitous, a way to verify that the device in question actually had power would be to have the client take a photo of it and send that to you. Then you could know if A.) they were looking at the right device and B.) the power lights were really on.

Think it'd work? You ever try anything like that? Oh, and if you've got a similar SysAdmin tale, be sure to go comment on that same post!
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Typing on mobile: some thoughts

I was thinking the other day about smartphones and how I often don't like to type on them. I'm just so used to typing on full-size keyboards, that typing on mobile is like swimming in molasses. And it's really a shame, because in so many other ways, my iPhone is incredibly convenient.

But then, I thought about how speech to text these days is pretty decent, and perhaps the best approach would be to just use Siri for dictation instead of trying to type. I've held off on such things, because I'm old enough (and had enough bad experiences with flaky computer dictation long ago) that psychologically, it feels really weird to talk to a computer.

But in this case, my computer is a phone.

And that means: I feel weird talking to a phone.

Which is kind of weird, don't you think?

What about you? Do you type on your smartphone a lot? Or do you use Siri/Cortana/Google for dictation? Does talking to your phone feel weird or is it totally normal for you?
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Stacy: I'm curious... Why do you hate talk to text?
Not speaking for Stacy, but I too get frustrated with 'Siri' sometimes, especially so if I'm driving and try to initiate a hands free call to some of my contacts. I tend to drive with my windows fully down almost all year round so I guess the ambient noise probably doesn't help, but it can be incredibly frustrating when two out of three calls tend to work perfectly!

A typical example goes something like this..
1. Hey Siri, call Tom Smith, office..  "Calling, Tom Smith.. office"   Tick! - Successful call
2. Hey Siri, call Bob Jones, mobile.. "Calling Bob Jones.. mobile"  Tick! - Successful call
3. Hey Siri, call Jennifer Clayton, office..  "Calling John Mechanic, office.."  Huh?!?!

Might take two or three attempts before she finally gets it right and I've had to explain myself a few times when not paying much attention to Siri's answers (which most times I'm not) and the call goes through to someone I had no intention of calling.

One amusing time she wrongly called my dental surgery and I ended up making an appointment for a routine checkup during the call. Turned out I needed a filling so that call ended up costing me about $150.00!! lol..

I'm sure others must have also experienced this phenomenon as well? :)
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by:Stacy Richard
One reason of not liking talk to text if you ever been on the end of the message that has not been read over before sending is really confusing and can cause some problems.

Second reason just listening to someone use talk to text is simply annoying to me. I don't want to hear the conversation you are having.

This is just my opinion.
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Internet Device Security
Here is a favourite article of mine with a lesson on internet device security. This also applies to information about you stored on other people's devices.
http://it.toolbox.com/blogs/securitymonkey/how-your-naked-pictures-ended-up-on-the-internet-53185
(Better yet, don't let anyone take naked pictures of you.)
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by:Christ Harold
Really Nice article . Thanks For Sharing the Link
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by:Lucas Bishop
desktop apps on a mobile device and not the other way around

Aren't we heading into the realm of apps not being so device centric? ie. Adobe Creative Cloud, Google Apps, Office 365, etc
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by:Brandon Lyon
That is one direction. Personally I want offline access to non-webapps developed with a desktop UI in mind. I dream of having a VM webserver running in my pocket which I can cast to any screen and input devices I want. It would be nice if that were also my phone so I wouldn't have to carry multiple devices. Right now I still need at least two devices for that. I am getting a new GPD Pocket netbook I can carry around with me but I will have to use my phone for calls and internet access. If I could get a 6" phone that does (allthethings) then I wouldn't need two devices. I briefly debated getting the Gemini PDA but that is a bit smaller than I want and is coming from an unknown company with no track record.
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Speaking of emoji...

Android's Emoji Problem:
http://blog.emojipedia.org/androids-emoji-problem/
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Smartphones

A smartphone or smart phone is a mobile phone with an advanced mobile operating system that combines features of a personal computer operating system with other features useful for mobile or handheld use. They typically combine the features of a cell phone with those of other popular mobile devices, such as personal digital assistant (PDA), media player and GPS navigation unit. Most smartphones can access the Internet, have a touchscreen user interface, can run third-party apps, music players and are camera phones. Most Smartphones produced from 2012 onwards also have high-speed mobile broadband 4G LTE internet, motion sensors, and mobile payment mechanisms.