The Galaxy Note 4: Three Things I Want to See

Samsung is set to unveil the Galaxy Note 4 on September 3 at IFA in Berlin, Germany. It seems that the Galaxy Note devices are always some of the most hyped unveilings each year, thanks to Samsung’s ability to throw in the latest and greatest hardware/software additions unlike any other OEM.

There are already a lot of great rumored specs for the Galaxy Note 4, so making it better with a few things I would like to see is actually quite difficult. So far, the Galaxy Note 4 is rumored to come equipped with a 5.7″ QHD display, Snapdragon 805 processor, 4GB of RAM, 16MP rear-facing camera, and all of the other top of the line goodies you would expect from a flagship device.

How do you make a device with all of that better?  (more…)

Samsung Announces Level Box Mini Bluetooth Speaker, Kind of Like a Jambox

Samsung added to their line of Level audio products this morning with the announcement of the new Level Box Mini. As the name suggests, this is indeed the smaller version of their previously announced Level Box.

The Box Mini is Bluetooth speaker that offers users “a smart, seamless user experience combined with Samsung’s iconic design and premium sound technology.” The body of the speaker is “metallic,” sports a large 55mm stereo speaker and a passive radiator, which is “optimized to deliver a premium-quality sound that is powerful, crisp and balanced.” You could use it for conference calls or consume media, just like any other Bluetooth speaker. Devices are paired to it via NFC.  (more…)

Mailbox Opens Public Beta for Mac Users, Brings Drafts and Snooze to Desktops

If you have been rocking the official Mailbox app for Android, and also use a Mac computer, then you will be happy to learn that a public beta is now available for you to use on your desktop or laptop.

While it is your basic email client, just as you would see on iOS and Android, a couple new features are included which work not only on the desktop, but on your smartphone as well.  (more…)

Simple, the Online Bank, Pushes Major Update to iOS and Android Apps

Simple, a startup banking service based right here in Portland, Oregon, pushed a major update out to the iOS and Android versions of its app this morning. Version 2.0, aimed at simplifying a member’s mobile experience, brings a ton of new features that will probably help persuade even more people to switch from their traditional bank to this completely online experience.  (more…)

RootMetrics Ranks Verizon “Overwhelming” Leader in the US for Performance

RootMetrics pushed out the first of their 2014 semi-annual performance reports for the wireless industry late last night, showing Verizon as the overall winner once again. The report looks at five areas (data performance, call performance, text performance, reliability, and speed), four of which Verizon topped the charts on, including the overall category.  (more…)