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iPhone 6 and iPHone 6 Plus

Apple introduces the Apple Watch, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Apple today announced its biggest news in awhile. The iPhone line is being updated with bigger screens; Apple’s introduced its own smartphone-using payment system; and Apple’s introduced its own smartwatch. My thoughts on all of these are below. iPhone 6 and 6 Plus The two new iPhones are the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The iPhone 6 comes with a 4.7-inch screen, while the 6 Plus comes with a 5.5-inch screen. Both phones have the usual expected spec bumps all around—faster processors, improved cameras (including options that’ll…

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Blackberry will *not* be undersold…or sold period?

In a surprise bit of news today came word that Blackberry’s impending sale reported in September has fallen through. Instead, Blackberry plans to raise $1 billion while letting go its now-former CEO Thorsten Heins, replacing him with interim CEO John S. Chen. The stock market apparently didn’t like this news, as Blackberry’s value declined today by 16%. Chen claims Blackberry will stay in the smartphone making game, but given the Blackberry Z10 didn’t do so well (and was much hyped as their biggest hope), I’m…

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Google (finally) releases the Nexus 5

On Halloween, Google officially released the Nexus 5, its successor to the previous Nexus 4 smartphone. Much of the information’s been leaked by now, so not much announced was actually a surprise (beyond maybe the price). A full list of the specs are available in this Engadget article. Overall, despite costing $50 more than the base Nexus 4 model, the Nexus 5 does offer some improvements. Of particular interest: The often-fragile (or so online reports claim) glass back of the Nexus 4 has been replaced…

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Anthony sees the iPhone 5S and 5C in person

The Apple Store, decorated for the iPhone 5S/5C releaseOn Saturday, I went to the Apple Store to see for myself the iPhone 5S and 5C in person. The Apple Store I went to (as the photos here show) have been decorated for the big iPhone debut: As for the iPhones themselves, I only have brief thoughts to offer. For a more in-depth review, try Engadget’s reviews of the 5S and 5C. Both phones felt comfortable and sturdy, even though the 5C felt (of course) like plastic. The 5S felt faster than the 5C,…

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Thoughts on the iPhone 5C and 5S

Last week, Apple announced its new line of iPhones. Replacing the iPhone 5 will be two models: the low-end 5C and the higher-end 5S. The 5C is mostly a slightly spec-bumped iPhone 5 made out of plastic and steel materials; it also will come in multiple colors (as shown in this post’s picture). Meanwhile, the 5S comes in gold, silver, and “space gray” colors, and is made of aluminum material. The 5S also comes with a stronger chip—a 64-bit processor. Apple will also discontinue the…

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We’ve got a company for sale, Blackberry company for sale…

Blackberry (formerly Rhythm In Motion), the Canadian company that was the dominant name in cell phones/smartphones for most of the 2000s, has announced it’s putting itself up for sale. The Guardian notes the company’s share has fallen from 50% in 2009 to currently under 3%. Meanwhile, the much-hyped Blackberry Z10 smartphone that was supposed to save the company has pretty much fizzled out. Maybe they should’ve taken Mashable’s advice and revised their weird Super Bowl ad campaign. Either way, it’s a sad time for a…

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The Nexus 4 experience three months later

Several months back, I bought the Nexus 4 smartphone, which I spent much time pondering whether it’d be worth buying. My main concern was the various reports about the phone’s back glass cracking. While I posted an initial review, I thought I’d offer an update on how the phone’s going so far. T-Mobile plan I signed up with the $30/month T-Mobile plan, advertised on their website. The plan comes with 100 minutes plus 5GB of data. Data with T-Mobile works fine for me, even at…

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Five years ago on Anthony’s Notes: July 2008

In order to take a nostalgic look back down memory lane, I thought I’d take a look at what I was writing about five years ago this month… The Seattle Supersonics became the Oklahoma City Thunder Original post: http://www.anthonynotes.com/2008/07/04/ball-on-the-third-of-july-or-sooner-state-or-later/ The Seattle Supersonics announced (after not getting their new stadium) that they’d move to Oklahoma City, to become the Oklahoma City Thunder. Since that time, of course, the Thunder have done fairly well in their new Sooner State home. Meanwhile, Seattle in recent years has tried…

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A new MacBook for “FoxTrot,” plus a history of Apple tech in the strip

Bill Amend’s comic strip “FoxTrot,” as part of keeping up with evolving technology (and the nature of the strip’s sliding timeline), usually shows the Fox family upgrading their computer every several years or so. Being a Mac fan, Amend also shows the Fox family always using a Mac, or in newer strips, an “iFruit.” An upgrade might’ve happened again today: while Roger in an October 2012 strip mentioned a laptop, as of today’s strip, it’s confirmed that the Fox family now have a MacBook (or…

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10 pieces of tech I no longer use (and what’s replaced them)

For fun, here’s a list of ten pieces of technology that I once used, but are now obsolete for my purposes. I’ll also list why said tech is obsolete, and what’s replaced it. 1. Landline telephone Replaced by: cell phone Landline phones are something I grew up with, of course. Cell phones as a kid were something only owned by the very wealthy; see the 1987 movie “Wall Street” for an example. After college, I had a landline house phone (corded, then eventually cordless). My…

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