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Google Nexus 5 Small & Large Version Leaks


Google Nexus comes in two flavors with the smaller LG version weighing in at 5.2-inches and the more powerful Huawei version at 5.7-inches. A South Korean publication announced the LG Nexus 5 will release on 29 September but gave no details on the Huawei Nexus.

The LG Nexus 5 is to sport: Snapdragon 808 | 3GB of RAM | 16/32GB versions | 5.2-inch Full HD display | USB Type-C | 2,700 mAh battery | Black, White & Blue colors | 12.3MP main camera and 8MP front-facing camera. It appears the Brazilian version may come with dual-SIM card slots. LG Nexus 5 design leaks video.

The Huawei Nexus 5 is to sport: Snapdragon 810 | 64GB of onboard storage | 5.7-inch display | front-facing speakers | fingerprint scanner.

Other than size separating the two is also price which appears similar to those of 2013 and range from $300 to $400. In 2013 they were $349 for the 16GB version and $399 for the 32GB.

Read Article (Scott Adam Gordon | | 09/01/2015)

Anything can change prior actual launch but this information appears to be sound, for the moment.

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Digital Inequality Consequences in Society


Digital inequalities broadly defined in terms of people’s internet usage, skills & self-perceptions, are as important as traditional measures of inequality in which we are all too familiar: gender, race and class. When these digital inequalities combine with familiar terms –they make them worse by carrying over “pre-existing differences” into the online environment.

Led by Michael J. Stern of the University of Chicago, authors of this article note that “Those who function better in the digital realm and participate more fully in digitally mediated social life enjoy advantages over their digitally disadvantaged counterparts –a key linkage which social science is only beginning to grasp.”

Without a doubt, rather than decreasing, forms of digital exclusion are increasing. Stern and his colleagues observed “As the internet seamlessly integrates itself in everyday routines, forms of inequality themselves mutate.”

This article actually shows how “digital disparities” can effect normal functions of daily life; finding work, building businesses, shopping, accessing health care, learning, socializing, even replying to surveys.

As an example of how current life is more challenging for those not “wired” or confident online, the authors cite the roll-out of Obamacare in the United States. Even though the website was intended as the primary source of program information, design issues made it difficult to navigate for people with slow connections or smartphone. During its first week just 1% of millions of people that visited managed to register.

Their research clearly shows that being on the wrong side of the ‘digital gap’ can have significant effects on one’s life course and trajectory.”

Read Article (Taylor & Francis | | 04/09/2015)

In reading this article’s review one could also conclude that Stern’s “digitally disadvantaged counterparts,” did grasped this disparity quite some time ago. Also note that ‘Age’ was left out of the inequality terms though very much a part of that list.

Anyone hoping to bridge this digital gap will require the knowledge, skills and ability to access technology.

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Microsoft Lumia 1030 Leak Verifies Existence


Expectations for a Lumia 1020 successor have been in the rumor mill for over a year and now we have a leak that verifies the successor exists, at least. The leak occurred soon after a report that Microsoft stopped working on a Lumia 1030 code named McLaren which shattered the hopes of Lumia fans.

Leaked images are believed to be the front panel of the Lumia 1030. Obviously not proof, but you can clearly see “Lumia 1030” written and the glass and the source of the image is supposedly a ‘trusted source’. Using image enhancement the Microsoft Logo was noticed in the top left and Verizon logo in the top right.

As far as specifications go nothing is provided, but Microsoft has been hard at work on a 50MP Camera which would be the center-piece of whatever succeeded the 1020. So the mystery of the Lumia 1030 continues with a possible fall release.

Read Article (Robert Nazarian | | 07/01/2015)

The 2015 Mobile World Congress was held in March and many expected to see the 1030 or at least see Microsoft’s camera unveiled, but coverage of the event seems to be spotty for some reason and reporting has come up short. We therefore must assume there was no unveiling at all.

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Sony Xperia Z4 – Literally Too Hot To Handle


The Z4 (US & Japan) or Z3+ in other parts of the world, was released 11 June in Japan, 26 June in the UK but wasn’t viewed as an improvement over the previous Z3 version. Adding to this un-impressed introduction was an over-heating problem of the processor during camera usage. According to Sony the overheating is due to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, the soon to be released Z5 will come with a new Snapdragon 820.

Sony is to hold a press conference prior to Berlin’s IFA 2015 show 2 Sept where the Z5 is expected to make an appearance, its unknown if the Z3 over-heating problem prompted this appearance or not. After un-impressive upgrades to their last flagship phones, the Z5 is expected to impress with a strong showing that is much needed.

In addition to the processor update the Z5 will have 4GB of RAM, 4500mAh battery and main camera to be Sony’s latest 23Mp Exmor RS IMX230 CMOS sensor, which will support 4K video recording and HDR capabilities.

Bolstering an impressive Z5 launch it’s rumored that Sony will be introducing three Z5 models at the IFA, in addition to the Z5 standard is a compact & ultra.

Read Article (Shu On Kwok | | 08/15/2015)

Surprising that Sony did not detect and correct the heating problem prior to launch, very out-of-character but the lack-luster updates leading up to this was an indicator.

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Albuquerque ‘Teeniors’ Teach Seniors Tech


No matter what your age, learning mobile technology and all the tricks can take some time. But this new startup company is helping seniors with their devices by engaging tech-savvy teens. Teeniors was founded by Trish Lopez and she says “There is nothing else like this in New Mexico, it’s a fun job for teens. They love the work. The seniors love it and we’ve gotten nothing but five star reviews so far.”

At the Bear Canyon Senior Center on Thursday, the “Seniors with Smartphones” event took place. Teeniors co-founder Taylor Chavez and a number of teens helped seniors learn everything from basics to tricks on the devices. “Just the ‘ah ha!’ moments are the best,” Chavez said.

Ronald Bentz, who got a smartphone tutorial from a teen said “basically, I wanted a phone with a good camera on it so I wouldn’t have to carry a phone and a camera. I think it’s very helpful. It’s a great service.”

Trish Lopez’s team was first place at the “Startup Women’s Weekend” event in New Mexico this year and later received $20,000 investment from ABQid Business Accelerator, an entrepreneurial training program funded by the City of Albuquerque.

Teeniors is planning to charge $20 per session and the teens that help earn $10 per hour as the business takes off. Watch Teeniors Video

Read Article (Aaron Drawhorn | | 08/06/2015)

This is great! Here is an example of a Win! Win! In some situations humans have a choice to evolve or not, we also have a choice to assist others in that process.

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