Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Review

edgeWhen you pick you the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge for the very first time you immediately feel the difference. The Curved Edge is just cool to touch, after having used a standard flat screens mobile for years the round smooth edge is truly unique to the feel and touch. While the specifications of the phone itself are incredible I want to focus on my usability of the edge.

First and foremost Android users are going to have to retrain themselves. Instead of swiping to unlock the phone, you just click the home button and then via the edge quickly access the most important apps. I found myself over a couple of weeks customizing the edge menu to the point that it became my central launch point for the majority of important Apps I use on a regular basis. But I will be honest the first few days I kept unlocking the phone and going to the main menu but as I used the device more I found myself saving time bu launching apps from the edge with my thumb.

I loaded Ingress, Mail, Camera, Browser. Google App Folder on my first edge. I then added several apps on the other. By default the Sprint folks that provided the review unit had it loaded with an initial set of apps that indicated to me that they had put some thought into it.

Not only can you scroll the edge side to side they also have a drop menu see below that is loaded with some fun tools, tape measure, voice recorder, flashlight activator, stop watch, countdown times and a ruler.

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Overall Samsung has really outdone themselves.The 5.6 Quad + AMOLED Screen is simply breathtaking.  The images taken with the camera where equally great with a Front 3.7MP and Rear 16MP camera. The Automated F-Stops allow excellent images in dark areas as well. The phone comes with a stylus that is totally unique. They call it S Pen, its like magic you do not even need to touch the screen with it to track. The screen tracked the stylus perfectly, and I could click on hyperlinks from the built in clicker in the stylus. The specifications  of the device are detailed so be sure to review them on the Samsung site.

Here in Hawaii and in Las Vegas Data Speeds where terrific while on the Sprint Network, and calls to and from the device were clear. The phone has good noise isolation as I used the phone as my primary device during CES and callers could hear me fine over the show floor noise. Overall the Sprint Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is a phone that will have everyone wanting to look at the curved screen technology. I encourage you to take a few extra minutes when you visit a retail store to play with this phone.. The edge is beyond useful in getting to apps and functions quick.

 

 

Ford SYNC 3 at CES

Ford LogoIn the good old days, cars had heaters and radios. if you were lucky it might have had a cassette player. Getting directions involved winding down the window and asking a local. Today’s vehicles have zoned environmental controls, multi-source AV, GPS with maps and drive train telemetry to three decimal places. All this is fantastic but while you’re figuring out the way to San Jose, you don’t have your eyes on the road.

Ford wants its drivers and passengers to have a great journey but to get to their destination safely, and in an unprecedented move, Ford invited customers to their advanced car simulator in Dearborn to help design the next iteration of their infotainment system. With over 20,000 pieces of feedback, Ford developed SYNC 3 with safety and ease of use at the fore. Big touchpoints keep hands on the steering wheel longer and voice commands now produce what the driver wants rather than purely what is said.

Todd chats with Gary from Ford about the company’s approach to the latest iteration of Ford SYNC, which will be available on 2016 model cars.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast Network

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4K Streaming Is a Reality With MGO at CES

Mgo logoIt seems like only yesterday we were going crazy aver our new high-definition TV’s. “We’ll never need anything better than this!” we proclaimed in pure satisfaction. But time moves on and so does technology.

No doubt TPN and GNC followers are well aware of the arrival of 4K video. Marlo had a chat with Christophe Louvion, COO of MGO, a premium video-streaming service that specializes in 4k presentations. Louvion tells the story of how MGO was hoping to launch its 4K service at last year’s CES, but they weren’t quite ready to go live. They did manage a successful launch later in the year, however, and MGO’s streaming capabilities have only gotten better since.

Christophe also explains how MGO rebuilt the service after that failed launch, starting with the TV set and working all the way back to the content provider.

Interview by Marlo Anderson from The Tech Ranch.

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Perfect Your Swing With Babolat Play

Babolat PlayTo improve at any skill or game, it’s often practice, practice, practice but today’s technology can help point out the areas to work on. Babolat‘s rackets are world famous and used by some of the top tennis professionals and for tennis fans, Babolat have developed a connected tennis racket based on their AeroPro Drive to help them hone their game. Eva shows Todd the new racket, Babolat Play.

The Babolat Play racket looks like an ordinary racket on the outside but with sensors integrated into the handle, players now have access to a pile of information – power level, impact position on the racket head, type and number of strokes (forehand, backhand, serve, overhead smash), top spin or back spin, all provided through a smartphone app for both Apple and Android. The racket can be taken on court for six hours between charges and over 150 hours of performance information can be recorded between downloads, which can be either via USB or Bluetooth.

The Babolat Play racket will be on sale in March for $349.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast Network.

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Unleash the AirDog (at CES)

AirDogWith the advances in drone technology, it’s easy to fly most drones these days. To fly a drone well and record video at the same time still takes a great deal of skill. It’s especially difficult if you are the pilot, cinematographer and star all at the same time. If this is your problem, then the AirDog is the solution. Todd cries, “Havoc” and lets slip the AirDogs of war.

The AirDog drone has two unique selling points. First, it folds up to fit into a backpack and second, it can follow its owner from the air, filming the action. The owner wears a wristband somewhat reminiscent of Jack Harkness which lets the drone track the owner’s position. Various parameters can be set to adjust how the AirDog positions itself relative to the owner, such as height and distance. Seriously cool.

The AirDog will be available later in the year for $1,500 but pre-orders are open for a little under $1,300. You’ll also need to get yourself a GoPro camera.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast Network.

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Kodak IM5 Smartphone Demo at CES

Kodak logoNew technology can be great but sometimes, it’s filled with so many options that it can also be difficult to really understand how it works. That’s the problem Kodak is hoping to solve with its new IM5 smartphone.

Todd talked to Lindsay Higgins from Kodak about the IM5. Lindsay explained that the device was designed with Baby Boomers in mind. She described the IM5 as an affordable camera phone that’s easy to operate, with simple features for browsing and sharing photos.

The IM5 runs Android 4.42 and it uses a 13 megapixel back camera and a 5 megapixel front camera. The base model includes 8 gigabytes of storage, with models that go up to 32 gigabytes. The IM5 also allows for dual SIM cards, so it’ll easily travel between different countries.

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Whoosh All-Natural Screen Cleaner Demo at CES

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Smartphones, tablets. We use these devices constantly. But rarely do we stop and take a moment to give them a good cleaning. Ever wonder just how much bacteria and other gross stuff collects on the screen of your favorite touchscreens? Yeah, you probably don’t want to know. But the makers of Whoosh, an all-natural, chemical-free cleaning product are here to tell you.

Ryan Mack of Whoosh tested Todd’s phone to see just how much bad stuff was living on its screen. And the results (as you might expect) aren’t good!

Whoosh is available at most national retailers, including Target and the Apple Store. It’s also available online at Amazon or direct from the Whoosh website.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast Network.

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Robot Underpants: 01.21.15 (185) “This Week in Space”

Baron Mat “Langley” Luschek, “Starman” Michael Gaines and Kathy Hopkins bring you the only things you’ll ever need to know.. from the past week, including: Star Wars news, Star Trek news, Space news, and more!

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Atmel Brings IoT and Innovative Car Products to CES

Atmel logoAtmel is a Silicon Valley company that specializes in semiconductors, specifically microcontroller, touch, wireless, security and automotive products . Atmel brought many of its new concepts to CES 2015.

Marlo talks to Atmel Senior Vice President and General Manager of Automotive, Aerospace and Memory Business Units Rob Valiton about the company and what they were showcasing at the show.

  • The “Powered by Atmel” zone showcased the company’s core products including semiconductors and microcontrollers. This zone gave convention goers a chance to see how Atmel’s products are being used by its customers.
  • The smart living/IoT zone was all about connected devices.
  • The automotive zone showed off Atmel’s offerings for the car, including its AvantCar system. AvantCar features a curved touchscreen that give drivers and passengers individual access to apps.
  • Atmel’s maker zone demonstrated ways to use Atmel’s products within your own designs.

As consumers we often forget that great companies out there provide many of the internal components that allow incredible innovation by the OEM’s

Interview by Marlo Anderson from The Tech Ranch.

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