Android and openness is something we talk about all the time, but the recent developments in the industry point towards inherent flaws with this very premise. Be it from bloggers, political institutions or corporations, Android is seemingly not open enough. The “War on Openness” is ironically becoming an open war, where many players are increasing their stakes and scope to try and land a bigger hold - or at the very least, restrict Google’s - on what is the world’s...
LTE vs. WiMax, The Great Wireless Debate
For those who haven’t been following the debate of LTE vs WiMax network upgrades we are here to fill you in on what is going on in the latest of wireless networks.
This stands for Long Term Evolution and it is a network upgrade (and albeit a big one!).
Verizon has proposed theoretical speeds that could be up to 75Mbps down and 20Mbps up based on multiple sources. If speeds like these can be achieved, it would allow for broader development in areas such as HD Media Streaming and Data Intensive apps. So far this sounds great and it would require a new phone along with it, as current CDMA phones do not support LTE network protocols. Currently, Verizon and AT&T have confirmed LTE roll-outs (AT&T by 2011 and Verizon by end of Q4 2010). Moreover, Verizon confirmed this as of September 16th 2010, so we should expect LTE as part of Verizon’s network soon.
Why should I care?
For the average consumer you would see improvements such as less calls being dropped and faster download speeds over the air. The greater the speeds on the network, the more improvements in development and the more devices we will be able to see.
Is an acronym for Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access and is another candidate for many carrier’s future plans involving a network overhaul.
WiMax has the capabilities of providing portable network access across great areas such as the size of a city, and aside from mobile opportunities, it showcases features that would appeal to ISP’s such as an alternative to DSL and Broadband. WiMax is also cheaper than connections with comparable speeds such as fiber because of the cheaper implementation costs. Currently, WiMax networks do exist and are used for mobile broadband solutions in laptop wireless cards and similarly equipped devices.
Why should I care?
You would see such benefits as lower bills because of the cheaper implementation costs, and better coverage in cities due to WiMax’s large broadcasting capabilities.
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Smartphone cameras have advanced so tremendously over the past few years that they have almost completely replaced point and shoot digital cameras for the most of us. Furthermore, since our smartphones are always with us, the majority of us end up taking tons of photos throughout the lifespan of our devices. But what happens to all the old photos you take? Do you store them on an external hard-drive or keep them backed up to an online cloud service like Flickr? Let us know what your favorite way of storing old photos is and why.
Before the release of Android 5.0 Lollipop, the Holo Design guidelines served as the official reference for Android design, right from IceCream Sandwich to KitKat. However, updates to the guidelines were few and far between, leading to a lack of synchronization between Android design and current UI/UX trends. Google seems to have learned from their mistake the last time around, and earlier this week, a significant update was released for the Material Design guidelines, marking the second revision in less...