Archive

Posts Tagged ‘Samsung’

Thekstategeek is new and improved. TECHTOIT.COM

January 29, 2011 Leave a comment

WE HAVE MOVED. Due to our unexpected success, we have changed domains and moved to a “big boy” server. If you reach this page via a search, or reference or anything really, then click the link below to take you to our new site – TECHTOIT.COM. New logo, new slogan, new look, new feel… it’s the real deal.

WOW THAT SOUNDS AWESOME! TAKE ME TO TECHTOIT.COM RIGHT NOW!

Advertisements

NFC powered mobile payments may be the future, and Apple is taking the lead

January 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Google and Samsung partnered up to release the world’s first NFC-enabled handset running the Android OS, the Nexus S. But, as anticipated, Apple has started to prepare their defenses. Bloomberg reports that NFC, or Near Field Communications will be embedded in Appple’s 5th generation of iPhone and their soon-to-be-announced iPad 2. This will allow these devices to be used as mobile payment terminals when they come within a certain distance of an NFC-powered register. Richard Doherty, director of consulting firm Envisioneering Group spoke with Bloomberg and told them that

The services are based on “Near-Field Communication,” a technology that can beam and receive information at a distance of up to 4 inches, due to be embedded in the next iteration of the iPhone for AT&T Inc. and the iPad 2, Doherty said. Both products are likely to be introduced this year, he said, citing engineers who are working on hardware for the Apple project.

The payment system would tie into your iTunes account, accessing your credit card information within the program’s database. Although at first this seems a bit scary, it’s a convenient method that a lot of consumers use on a regular basis. PayPal, eBay, Amazon, iTunes and other online-based shopping experiences tap into your bank account directly based on the information you input when signing up for accounts. However, who is to say that this technology could not be used in a negative manner. What if hackers stumble upon a method of using NFC to transfer funds from your mobile device tapped to your checking/savings account into an account of their own? Anyone passing by you in a busy place could sap money with a few seconds without you, or the thief ever making any awkward/obvious movements. Next-gen pick pockets could have a field day.

As for other uses of NFC technology, earlier rumors via TUAW and MacDailyNews, suggested that Apple has been working on NFC-enabled Mac computers as well. Apple would essentially morph your phone into “a passcode-protected electronic wallet or security passkey (like a SecureID fob) that would communicate via the short-range wireless technology to other compatible devices.” Your iPhone would transfer the personality of your home or work Mac to the NFC-compatible terminal. If hotel rooms and other public places adopted the use of this technology, no one would need to carry a MacBook around. Simply swipe your iPhone 5 in front of the supplied public-access Mac and poof. You now have your computer in front of you.  Once you walk away from the remote Mac, it reverts back to its initial personality, with all of your information disappearing from the Mac but securely stored on your iPhone, notes TUAW.

NFC technology was introduced to the public as a gamble on Google’s part, but may change the way we interact with objects on a daily basis in the coming years due to Apple. Come on Steve, we know Bill stole your thunder way back when, but is vengeance projected onto Google really necessary? I personally don’t mind. As I said in the iOS 4.3 article, I love this kind of competition. Let the games begin.

[Sources: TUAW, MobileMarketingWatch, MacDailyNews, Bloomberg]

Samsung Vibrant Gets Froyo

January 23, 2011 Leave a comment

After 7 months of waiting, a few broken promises, and a whole ton of controversy, Samsung released Froyo for the T-Mobile Vibrant. You may not have heard about the because it is not an OTA (Over The Air) update, but the link at the bottom of the page will get your Vibrant up to date and running smoother than ever.

The following statements were released by SamsungMobileUS and T-Mobile via twitter:

An official update was released on T-Mobiles blog as well. The blog also included a tutorial on how to update your phone via Samsung’s Kies Mini.

You can update your phone by going to the following link: Samsung Vibrant Froyo(2.2) Update

I personally own the Samsung Vibrant for T-Mobile and have been waiting for this update for quite some time now. The first couple boots after the update were very scary, the buttons were not working for a while, but after a few resets, everything started to click into place. The new features are very nice including: Wi-Fi calling, Wi-Fi Tethering, and a few updates that enhance the software. The update also came with some aesthetic changes, including new icons, a new search tray and colored settings icons. Battery life does seem to take little bit of a plunge with the update, and the initial start-up was a little intense, but the phone seems to be functioning much faster than ever and after three days has yet to freeze up on me.

Have fun with the update and let us know what you think in the comments.

Categories: Android Tags: , , , ,

New member on the staff: ksugadgetguy

January 21, 2011 Leave a comment

You might have noticed that the latest article was written by someone either than myself. KSUGadgetGuy has joined the staff to help me cover more material in the small amount of time we have during our busy days. He also attends Kansas State University, as his name suggests, and is somewhat of an android/tablet aficionado. I, being an iPhone owner am more apt to cover Apple news, but our new writer is going to contribute more towards the Android news reel here on The Kstate Geek. Recently GadgetGuy has recently purchased an Archos 101 tablet and found himself consumed with their innovative use. Cell phone of choice: Samsung Vibrant.

You can follow him on Twitter at @ksugadgetguy, or email him with any questions or tips at ksugadgetguy@gmail.com. You can look forward to seeing him a lot more coming up.

Categories: News Tags: , , ,

Samsung Galaxy Player at CES 2011

December 27, 2010 Leave a comment

Samsung has confirmed that their iPod Touch competitor will be coming stateside next week at the CES 2011. Samsung says that the new dumbphone takes inspiration from their wildly successful Galaxy S series of smartphones spanning all US carriers. Samsung Hub informs us that the multi-media device will come sporting a 4-inch Super Clear LCD supporting up to a WVGA (800×480) resolution, a 1GHz CPU, a 3.2 megapixel camera on the back and a front-facing camera for video calls and HD video playback while running on Froyo (Android 2.2) overlaid by Samsung’s TouchWiz. This will give users access to both the Android Marketplace as well as all Samsung Apps. There’s also word that Samsung will be revealing 2 other Android players.

[Sources: Samsung Hub]

Android Update

December 26, 2010 Leave a comment

It seems that Android-based news is released by the hour, so here is a simple compilation of the most valid news releases in the past week 12/19 to today, 12/26 to help keep you up-to-date.

Software Updates

  • A moderator on the LG Forum made an official statement regarding the 2.2 Froyo upgrade: the LG Ally will receive the update in February.

Android Central reports that Verizon may be expecting to get Froyo on Samsung's Fascinate by year's end, supported by an internal specs comparison sheet

Samsung UK tweets:

We have good news for the festive season; 2.2 is now available for the Galaxy S on all networks.

  • Slashgear reports that Google is sending out emails revealing that the Google TV update that has been talked about over the last week is now ready for release including the following features:

1. Netflix – A totally revamped UI for Netflix on Google TV makes it easier to browse and watch movies and TV shows in Netflix’s streaming catalogue.
2. Dual View – Watch TV and the use the web how you want, now that you can resize your screens and move them around to your liking.
3. Remote Control App – Starting today you can use your Android phone as a TV remote. Even change the channel with your voice. Find ‘Google TV Remote’ in Android Market.
4. Movie Results – Find the movie you want to watch in the our new movie search results page. Finds movies that are on TV, the web, Netflix, and Amazon VOD.

  • Android Community reports that the first over the air update for the Nexus S was available just six days after its initial release that fixes various bugs and upgrades the Maps application
  • Phone Arena reports that the Epic 4G has gotten the Froyo update

 

Google’s Nexus Twitter account reassures Nexus One owners that 2.3 Gingerbread will be available over the air in the coming weeks
  • Slashgear reports Barnes & Noble’s NOOKcolor got a firmware update to 1.0.1 which includes improved wi-fi connectivity and browser experience as well as some minor bug fixes
  • Android Community reports that Vodafone’s HTC Wildfire now has Froyo update available

Handheld Releases

  • Android Police reports that the HTC EVO Shift 4G appeared in Best Buy’s system at a very reasonable $150 with contract and a hefty $550 without
  • Euro Droid reports the arrival of red and black models of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 to Virgin Mobile in January

Engadget reports that the Dell Venue was released in Hong Kong... soon to reach South Korean markets

Pantech has unveiled a new device called the Vega Express. The handheld will be packing DDR2 RAM... the same chips that go into laptops and desktop computers!