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by George Heymann

Goin’ mobile

Believe it: Smartphones about to get even smarter

by George Heymann | @techeadlines

Special to the Chieftain

There are now more than 100 million smartphone users in the United States, according to the latest comScore report.

But even as smartphone use increases, the devices are undergoing dramatic — and speedy —evolution. Here’s a look at several prominent mobile trends that are emerging:

  • Smartphones are featuring ever-faster processors, Dual-core processors once reserved for the latest super phones are now standard fare on many smartphones. By the end of 2012, manufacturers will need to include a quad-core processor to be considered a high-end mobile device.
  • Large, high-resolution touchscreens are also in high demand on the latest smartphones and tablets. Not long ago, a 4-inch screen on a smartphone was considered large; today, 4-inch-plus screens are fairly common, with a couple of models topping 5 inches and featuring high-resolution, 1280 x 800 pixel displays. Read the rest of this entry »
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No more worries about being lost in translation

by George Heymann

The Pueblo Chieftain

Google has come one step closer to the “sci-fi fantasy” of creating a universal translator with the most recent update to Google Translate for Android.

The latest version of the software has been updated to translate between 14 languages. This year, Google first introduced an experimental feature called conversation mode, which enabled you to translate speech back and forth between English and Spanish. This was expanded last week to include Brazilian, Portuguese, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Polish, Russian and Turkish.

Using Google translate is pretty simple: Select the languages you want translated and then speak into your phone’s microphone and the application will display the translation in the language you pre-selected from the drop-down menu of available languages. You can optionally select Enter Conversation Mode and you will receive both a written and spoken translation of what is said. In conversation mode, the translations work in both directions, enabling you to converse with someone in a language that you don’t understand.

Our story on Google Translate is featured in Todays Pueblo Chieftain click for the rest of the story

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In-home movie, game options abound

Array of services growing for on-demand entertainment.

by George Heymann

techeadlines@gmail.com

Want to check out that new flick or the latest video game? Besides a trip to the theater, watching movies available from your local cable/satellite provider or buying the latest hot video game, there are number of good options to consider.

Netflix offers a mail subscription DVD and Blu-ray disc rental service as well as video streaming via the Internet.

Netflix streaming options are numerous: the firm supports computers, all of the major mobile platforms including Android and iOS, a variety of game consoles, practically all of the dedicated streaming devices as well as many popular Blu-ray players and TVs.

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Now ear this

By GEORGE HEYMANN | THE PUEBLO CHIEFTAIN 

For music lovers, listening options abound

For music aficionados, there has never been a better time than the present to explore and discover new

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artists and music. A large number of music titles are now available for digital download or streaming to a number of devices over myriad digital services and the numbers are growing every day.

These services fall into three basic categories: Internet radio stations like Pandora and Slacker radio; social music subscription services like Rdio and Spotify; and music cloud storage/music stores like the Amazon MP3, Google Music Beta and Apple’s iCloud music service.

For those of you who missed our take here on the digital music scene on Technology-Headlines, our story is featured in the Lifestyle section of Todays Pueblo Chieftain. Please click here for the rest of the story.

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Comcast set to offer $9.95 per month budget internet service for eligible low income families

by George Heymann

techeadlines@gmail.com

Comcast will be officially launching a budget $10 per month internet service for eligible low-income families in Colorado September 21.

The broadband experiment was designed by Comcast to tackle three primary barriers to broadband adoption as identified by its internal research. The lack of understanding of how the internet is relevant or useful, the cost of a home computer and the cost of internet service.

Comcast’s “Internet Essentials” program successfully addresses all three issues. The program offers residential Internet service for $9.95 per month (plus applicable taxes) with no installation or modem rental fees. It provides a voucher to optionally purchase a low-cost computer for $149.99 plus applicable taxes as well as access to digital literacy training programs.

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Time is nigh for smartphone security boost

by George Heymann

techeadlines@gmail.com

Mobile security software soon will be essential for smartphone users.
It’s unfortunate but the time is rapidly approaching where installing some type of mobile security software will be essential to the operation of a smartphone. Several recent security breaches — including attacks on Sony,
Citibank and Discover — have security and malware on the radar for many consumers.

Hacking risk increases as devices proliferate

On the mobile side, Google has had to remove dozens of malware applications that were introduced to the Android Market. iOS has been affected to a lesser degree but hasn’t been immune from malware.
Security experts Stonesoft and McAfee both are forecasting that sophisticated malware attacks to iOS will increase as mobile continues to grow and additional attention is focused on popular smartphones.
I’m troubled that many of the pitfalls that users must guard against on the desktop will also be hurdles to overcome in mobile. It’s puzzling to me why many of these very creative, talented individuals don’t apply their considerable skills to something beneficial to the user community and ultimately more profitable for themselves

This story featured in the business section of  todays Pueblo Chieftain click to read more.

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