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Have We Found the Samsung Galaxy S II?

New images from South Korea listing specs of a new LTE phone named “Celox”, have just surfaced.  No word has been said when the handset will hit the market but it is expected soon.

The “Celox” has a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 16GB of internal memory (expandable to 32GB), and runs on Android’s Gingerbread operating system.  The phone also has a 4.5 inch touch screen display, a 8 megapixel rear facing camera and a 2 megapixel front facing camera.

This is all that we know of so far but hopefully more information will be leaked soon.

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Verizon Wireless Customers Look Out

If you are a customer of Verizon’s land line phone, internet, or television, then it might be safe to say to expect some sort of problems in the very near future.

Earlier today, some 45,000 Verizon employees went on strike anywhere from Washington to Massachusetts because of a failed contract between Verizon and their employees.  The contract would have included health care coverage, work rules, and pensions.  The two groups involved in the strike are The Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).  Strikers have stated that they will continue until an agreement is met.

If you are a customer of Verizon’s wireless plan, you have nothing to worry about.  It is the customers of Verizon’s land line phone and internet service that might encounter problems.

Check out the full story on SlashGear

Control Your DSLR Camera With Your Smartphone

That’s right, if you own a Canon EOS camera, then you now have a new way to take pictures.  It used to be that you had to use the EOS utility on your computer to do “live view” shooting but now, all you need is an Android powered smartphone (sorry iPhone users) equipped with a new app from Chainfire called, DSLR Controller.

The app is just about what you think it would be.  When turned on, it turns your Android device into an external live view monitor.  Some other features allow you to tweak exposure, shutter speed, aperture, focus, zoom, flash, and much more.  The app gives you complete control over everything your camera does and you don’t even have to be next to it!

Right now, the app is in beta so there are still some things that need to be fixed.  Such as the app being only available on certain smartphones or how the live streaming at 15 frames per second.

Either way, this app seems great.  When it comes out of beta i’m assuming many people will find great use of it.

iPhone 5 Competition

A recent document that has been leaked online suggests that Verizon will be coming out with a new phone that in the future (September) will give the upcoming iPhone 5 competition.

The phone is rumored to be called the HTC Vigor and in a post I made earlier this week, it says that the launch date will be on September 29th.  It is said that the Vigor will be the replacement of the HTC Thunderbolt jam packed with features to bring in more customers to the LTE market.

Verizon Wireless has not admitted to the existence of the Vigor so not many specs are known right now.  One of the main features about the phone to get excited about is the brand new 1.5GHz dual-core processor (most, if not all, smartphones right now have a 1GHz processor or less).   Also people have speculation that the camera on this phone will be somewhere at 8 or above megapixels.  Reason being is that since the Vigor is going to be a second generation Thunderbolt, the camera must be a little bit upgraded.  On top of this, the phone will be running on Android’s latest operating system, Android 2.3 commonly known as Gingerbread.

Android over iOS

Quick update

Another state has just been added to the long list of Android dominance over iOS and Blackberry.  The state is both Apple’s and Android’s home state of California that Android recently “took over”.

As seen in a map here, Android has become the “go to” smartphone operating system in the south and southwest part of the United States while iOS is preferred in the Midwestern part.

Low on Cash?

Do you want a new 4G smartphone with all the newest specs but don’t have the money to buy a phone like the Droid or iPhone?  The new 4G smartphone from Sprint just may be your solution.

The phone, the Conquer, is built by Samsung and on Sprint’s network.  The Conquer has all of the “bells and whistles” that a normal smartphone user would look for including a 3.5 inch display, 320×480 resolution, 4G network, as well as running on Android’s Gingerbread software (Android 2.3).  Did I mention that the phone is only $99?  Yes, this is true making the Conquer the cheapest 4G Android 2.3 run phone on the market.

Besides all of this, the Conquer also has a 3.5 megapixel camera, 1GHz snapdragon processor, and a 2GB SD card.  Couple other interesting features is including a front facing camera and also having mobile Wi-Fi hotspot functionality.

This new smartphone from Sprint seems to be a great deal.  With all of these features and a $99 price tag, what’s not to like?

FBI Makes an App

In America, a child goes missing on average about every 40 seconds.  It was because of this statistic that the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced the launch of their first smartphone app (only available on the iPhone for now), called Child ID.

The main function of the app is that it allows parents to enter in information such as height, and weight as well as upload photos about their child.  This way, if for whatever reason, the child goes missing, the parents can show police the app and it will be able to give a full report on what the child looks like.

Besides entering information about your child, the app also gives tips on keeping your children safe as well as what to do when you find out that your child went missing.

Now putting information and photos of your children on an app may seem dangerous or scary but the FBI stresses that they do not in any way store the information you enter in until they themselves decide to send anything to the authorities.

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New T-Mobile Sidekick

Earlier last week, T-Mobile confirmed that they will relaunch their Iconic Sidekick gadget but this time running on the Android operation system.  The device will also be running on T-Mobile’s 4G network which will hopefully be available in more places when it’s released.

Not much else is known about the phone yet, all we know is that it will be released sometime early this year.

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Lenovo steps into the ring with the iPad

Earlier this evening at CES, Lenovo showed off their first compter tablet, the LePad.  The LePad will start off in China being sold anywhere from $399 to $449.  Bringing the tablet to the U.S. is still unsure but there is talk that if they decide to, the LePad will be able to connect to the Android market.

The tablet itself looks pretty good. It has a 10.1 inch screen and runs Android 2.2 OS.  It will run on a 1.2 GHz processor making it very quick and easy to use.

Not much is known yet but Lenovo also stated that they will be creating more tablet devices later this year to be released in the U.S. so it looks like there is already a lot to look forward to this year, tablets tablets and more tablets.