With each passing day, it feels like we get to know the Nexus 6 a little better. Codenamed the Motorola Shamu, Google‘s rumoured next smartphone device is set to shake things up in the Nexus category by shipping a 5.9-inch monster of a phablet sometime in mid-October, which has so far gotten varied reactions. Regardless, the fact that the device is likely going to resemble its spiritual brother in the Moto X 2014 means that it is a very familiar device and means Nexus 6 renders that have been springing up, like the one above, are looking really quite accurate. These renders are courtesy of Sir Dave Kover who’s added the Nexus inscription on the back of the device that we have all been waiting to see.
While it’s not certain that the device will end up looking exactly like these renders, it’s a pretty good bet that overall the device will look like this – I’m a fan of the white myself. Behind that Quad HD, 5.9-inch display is a Snapdragon 805, 3GB RAM and a 13MP OIS camera, which all sounds very snazzy, but has us questioning whether the Nexus 6 is going to be as cheap as we’ve come to expect from a Nexus device. All conjecture of course, and we’ll be patiently waiting to find out some solid details whenever Google decides to divulge them
What do you think about these Nexus 6 renders? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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Businesses with significant IT use has to be able to stay in operation at all times, come what may. The one place where one can’t cut corners is the data center. Data centers are a second source of power, a place where a company stores its data offsite. Just like some people may have plenty of their own belongings and wines at home, while storing some of them at a storage center; businesses today need to have access to their own data while storing it with a colocator or data center.
A good colocator or data center should be one with the ability to keep operating even when there are power outages, disasters or other reliability challenges. One reason to not skimp on a data center is that the quality ones doubly secure customer data by having back-up generators that kick in when the regular service ceases. It may cost them more to have such generators, and they will pass this cost on to their customers.
Weather or other phenomenon that may cause an electrical black out or brown out are not just a remote possibility. They really happen, causing a company that skimps on their data center budget allocation to regret it.
It’s important to select a data center that has maintenance and risk management plans. Top-tier companies will have such plans, and be able to show them to you or detail how they work. It’s important that they also can articulate what they can do if an earthquake or something occurs. If there has already been a disaster in the area where the center is located, seek to know what type of service interruption they experienced, if any.
If they can’t demonstrate or detail how they handled such matters or plan to handle such matters in the future, keep looking. Don’t cut corners by contracting with a data center that hasn’t thought out and planned for contingencies.
Smoke Detection/Fire Suppression
In the event of a fire or smoke incident, a data center needs to have maximally working smoke detectors that alert to any smoke incident; along with fire suppression equipment that can put out any fire without damaging data equipment. You also want to know that they are sufficiently insured against loss. Failing to check into these matters could backfire. Seek to know and see what they have in place. Smoke detectors and other equipment should be visible. If you take a tour with a company that you are considering, and you don’t see such equipment, keep it moving. By all means, take the tour. Don’t take anyone’s word for anything.
Your data will be compromised if the data center gets too heated. HVAC cooling capacity is mandatory in such environments. Your data is an invaluable asset, so make sure the data center you select can protect it well through temperature control. This amounts to high-power density, and it must be top-notch.
Their Contract Caveats
Make certain that you understand the contract language. In particular, you need to ensure that they have provisions for penalizing themselves if they fail to meet their contractual promises. For example, what will they do in the event of a security breach?
Your data center should be so on top of things that they have this type of language in their contracts. After all, they are asking you to trust them to perform as promised.
If there are hours during the 24 hour block of time when the data center has no one on staff, you can almost predict that this is when problems will arise. You need to pay up, and contract with a center that has staff there 24/7, because that’s how long your data assets are in their care.
You want a data center with SAS-70 certification from a CPA. This certificate verifies that they have adequate control over technology and related data. You may have to pay more for it, but you want a data center with infrastructure and software that is SAS-70 compliant.
They say you get what you pay for. If you have a company worth its merits, you want it to have everything in place to protect and safeguard your data. Paying a rate that’s commensurate with what you really need will be an almost failsafe plan. Look at it this way, your assets mean a lot to you, so pay as if they carry this significant weight.
The year old 2013 LTE enabled Nexus 7 tablet already has Android 4.4.4 via an update that Google pushed out earlier this year. So don’t go getting all crazy over “it already had it.” In all actuality the 2013 LTE Nexus 7 didn’t have a stock factory image available. Yes, an OTA and a factory image are different. The factory image is the entire software package for the device and is usually used in instances where you flashed a bad ROM and borked your device. The factory image would ring it back to life, like magic. It is also very handy if you have gone so far down the rabbit hole that your best option is to start over from scratch.
Google is generally pretty fast to upload factory images of the Nexus line shortly after launch or after an OTA starts rolling out. In the case of the N7 LTE device, it took a number of months longer than usual. I assume it was related tot he device being LTE enabled. Licensing agreements and all that legal stuff. Bounce on over to the Google Developers Nexus Image page to get the file at your leisure.
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In coming weeks Google will be put another notch in their belt on their quest to enrich and simplify lives for educators and students. In an effort to continue helping students have use and access to the tools the need Google will be making a pretty significant change to their education suite of services with the introduction of Drive for Education.
As it sits right now Google Apps for Education customers, which includes students, are given 30GB of free online Drive storage for their papers, photos, slides, projects and everything else. They have the option to spend a small amount, $5 a month, to move up to 100GB of storage at anytime. That is about to change to completely unlimited storage for free. There is more of course:
Drive for Education will be available to all Google Apps for Education customers at no charge and will include:
- Unlimited storage: No more worrying about how much space you have left or about which user needs more gigabytes. Drive for Education supports individual files up to 5TB in size and will be available in coming weeks.
- Vault: Google Apps Vault, our solution for search and discovery for compliance needs, will be coming free to all Apps for Education users by the end of the year.
- Enhanced Auditing: Reporting and auditing tools and an Audit API easily let you see the activity of a file, are also on the way.
Combine this with another recent offering of being able to “borrow a Chromebook” and you have quite the suit of tools available to get your homework and projects done.
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Just the other day AT&T announced that they are offering up double data for the same price on their Mobile Share Value plans.Their promotion runs through October 31st for new and existing customers. Not to be out done, Sprint has announced a similar deal for their customers that starts today and runs through October 31st as well.
The double data promo will take your 32GB, 40GB, and 60GB shared packages and doubles them. Well mostly. The 32GB package only jumps to 60GB instead of 64GB. The others jump to 80GB and 120GB. Sprint is also going to extend the offer to business customers starting October 3rd. To top off the promotion Sprint is also going to be waiving the line access charge per-line through 2015. Not that 3 months is a heck of a lot of time, but it still saves a little more money until after the new year.
“This is yet another example of Sprint standing behind its commitment to offer the best value in wireless,” said Marcelo Claure, Sprint CEO.
As I mentioned before, you have through October 31st to take advantage of the double data deal. Sprint won’t just “put it on your account’ you will need to swing into a store or give them a call to sign-up. Once you have gotten things rolling they say you will be able to keep it as is until you change your plan or alter the data offering. In a nutshell, get it now and don’t ever make a change to your account again.
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Part of the Google movement to keep themselves out of potential trouble, and to make life better for consumers, was to start putting price ranges on app that offered in-app purchases. That change is set to start taking effect today and Google has delivered on it. At least to some degree.
Any app that is listed as offering in-app purchase will now show you the per item price or price range. It will be listed in the bottom after you click the “read more” button. In the instances above you can see the two are pretty broad, ranging from $0.99 to $99.99. Where apps that offer a single in-app purchase will list that price as a per-item with out the price range. The addition doesn’t go into any details on what you are able to buy though. In most cases in-app purchases are geared towards in-game currency to buy other items, levels or mods. Where as some are to remove ads, unlock the full version of the app or additional features. You would still need to install the app to find out what the price tags refer too. It is still nice to see a little bit of transparency and warning as to what you might be getting yourself into.
The changes are appearing on the mobile version of the Play Store, but I am not seeing them on the desktop version as of yet. I assume it is rolling out and will make its way there in due time. I certainly hope this is just a first step and that there will be more drilled down information in tow soon. Like, exactly what you will be buying, is it a bag of gems or access to 30 new levels? Mainstream users are pretty smart and we tend to know what to expect, but new users could find themselves confused or distance themselves from great apps simply because it looks like it will cost a ton of money to use it.
Was this first step the right step? Are you even more off put when you see an app with in-app purchases and then see the price ranges listed?
Side note: You can see developer addresses are starting to make their appearance as well.
Via Android Police
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The world is full of music streaming services. Some of the big names include Pandora, Google Play Music All Access, iHeartRadio, Phapsody, Slacker and Spotify. Each has its following and each has its own special little thing about it from price tag, to number of available tracks, to locale. Today Spotify has increased its to finally include our neighbors to the north, Canada.
The addition of Canada marks the 58th member to join the Spotify family. Users to the north will have the same access to over 20 million tracks on any device on their fully licensed free tier. If you rock out on mobile you get to shuffle through a variety of things where as tablets and desktops allow you to listen to anything you want. Kick it up with Sptify Premium for $10 CAD and gains the ability to download the tunes, gain full on-demand access, ditch the occasional ads and get it all in the highest quality they offer.
Feel free to pick up the free app and set up your free account to give it a whirl. Once you do, be sure to check out the O Canada! playlist that they created just for the Canadians.
There is this wonderful thing out there called the internet. It allows everyone all over the world to find something wrong somewhere with something and allows everyone everywhere to compare notes and complain in unison. Regardless if an issue is an isolated instance to a few thousand, something more serious or just a feature that someone doesn’t like, we all get to hear about it. The last few days have been all about the iPhone 6 and the bending issues that Apple is facing. Samsung isn’t in the clear when it comes to controversy either, however not to the degree of Apple. The new Samsung Galaxy Note 4 seems to have a rather annoying gap between the body and the metal frame of the device. The gap is apparently big enough to slide a business card in.
Where the whole thing gets a bit comical, at least to me, and this is beyond the point that this is even a problem, is that Samsung put the information about the gap in the Note 4 user manuals troubleshooting section.
A small gap appears around the outside of the device case
This gap is a necessary manufacturing feature and some minor rocking or vibration of parts may occur.
Over time, friction between parts may cause this gap to expand slightly.
So, there is a small gap between the body and the metal frame of the device around the whole thing. Probably a bit worrying is the vibrations of parts and the gap expanding being the biggest potential issues of the whole thing. Samsung doesn’t go into detail any more than that unfortunately. I would wager that the gap serves a purpose like keeping the glass from acquiring too much pressure on the sides causing it to shatter, which does happen in hot and cold temperatures since metal and plastic do expand and contract. None the less, it is something that is noted and that could cause potential issues for end-users in the future.
Since the Note 4 isn’t readily available world-wide, we will have to wait and see just how off-putting it is a bit longer. Hopefully Samsung will push out an explanation before hand though.
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Samsung has the money, the resources and the R&D to try things that break the traditional conventions of what we all perceive as a normal. We can toss out the words gimmick, innovation or just plain stupid all we want when it comes to a device, product or feature. In the end, it still comes down to personal preference, need and desire for something new and different. The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is one o those devices that is just …. different. It won’t appeal to everyone, it won’t sell into the billions (I don’t think anyways), but it will offer up something different that is aimed at being useful instead of just gimmick. To help plead their case on this Samsung has put together an infograph that offers up five of the biggest features that the Note Edge brings to the table.
This certainly isn’t Samsung’s first rodeo with a second screen on the same device experience. Anyone remember the Samsung Continuum? It brought a second screen at the bottom of your primary screen and offered up quick glances at notifications and other things. It was a cool idea, just poorly executed. Then again, that was back in the Android 2.2 Froyo days. Back then Android and Samsung were still working on a direction. I am particularly interested int he Note Edge. The approach seems feasible and usable in a variety of situations and real world uses. While many of the features are achievable on any Android device, the placement of them on a curved edged that bends down the edge of the device makes them a bit more practical. I can already see the ruler coming in handy often. I am looking forward to seeing if other apps get adapted for the Edges smaller screen or not.
What are your thoughts? Are you aiming your sights on a Note 4 or giving the Note Edge some serious thought?
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Given the success of the OnePlus One, we always expected OnePlus would have been working on a successor to that device. Sure enough, Carl Pei of OnePlus today confirmed during their Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) that they are indeed already working on a follow-up, called the OnePlus 2, and expects it to be released sometime in Q2 or Q3 2015. Pei also suggests that the device will be running Android L as he thinks “Android L would be standard” by then. Perhaps the most interesting thing that was said during the AMA was that they are at least considering different sizes for their next device. While they obviously stopped short of saying they wouldn’t go for a phablet again, at least we know they are listening.
The OnePlus One is probably one of the best value phones of 2014, challenging even the aging Nexus 5 for that crown, bettering it with a Snapdragon 801 procesoor as well as other specs that put the device on par with many of the best devices at the time. If there was only downfall of the device, it was the invite system that OnePlus instituted to limit wasted inventory on their end, but created some pretty unsightly supply issues for desperate customers who wanted a piece of their wonderful hardware. We hope they’ve learned their lesson on their maiden device and we can’t wait to see what’s next in store.
What do you think about the OnePlus 2 being on its way? Let us know your thoughts.
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