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The problem with buying gadgets is that they’re bound to be obsolete at some point. But, as Laptop Mag’s Avram Piltch explains, that point is way sooner for some things than others. Here are 10 gadgets you should avoid like the plague right now, however tempting they might seem:

They say patience is a virtue, but like temperance and chastity, it’s not much fun. Unfortunately, if you want to reach a state of true techstasy, you may need to repress your desire to buy a new gadget today and wait for the next version to come out.

To be fair, sometimes now is the best time to buy a particular device and sometimes you drop your phone into a public toilet and have to replace it right away. But when you buy that 3G phone a month before its hot new 4G replacement comes out, you might as well buy an “I’m with stupid” t-shirt for your friends to wear when you go out together.

Here are 10 products you’d be a fool to buy today.


The iPhone

If you have your heart set on purchasing a new iPhone, don’t do it yet. Every rumor points to the arrival of a much-improved product arriving by fall. We don’t know what exact specs the iPhone 5 will have. We don’t even know if it’ll be called the iPhone 5(my money’s on “the Brand Spanking New iPhone”), but we can be pretty certain it will have 4G LTE, a faster processor, a better camera, and a larger and sharper screen.

While four or five months may seem like a long time to wait, most iPhone owners are on two year phone contracts that usually won’t allow them to upgrade until after 20 months. Do you really want to spend 2013 being known as the loser who has to “take a grenade” with Siri’s older, slower moving sister while your friends cozy up to the new model?


Windows Tablets

Let’s face the facts. If you want to buy a Windows 7 tablet, you’re either a multitouch masochist or a sadistic CTO, looking to pinch-zoom in on employee suffering. Though Windows 7 runs all the applications you could ever want, its touch-unfriendly interface makes it really difficult to use with adult-sized fingers. Ever try tapping the X widget to close a window? You’ll need to stick your index finger in a pencil sharpener first, so you can make sure it’s thin enough.

Coming this fall, Windows 8 offers a very touch-friendly Metro UI and a host of touch-friendly apps on top of it. Even better, Windows 8 will run on ARM-based tablets, allowing for thinner, lighter and longer-lasting designs. A slew of new convertible notebooks that run Windows 8 will arrive in fall too. I can’t wait for the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga, which bends its hinge back 180 degrees to become a slate. Even Kanye West would sit in his seat long enough to wait for Windows 8.

 


Ultrabooks

The first generation of Ultrabooks — a new category of uberthin, fast-booting notebooks — arrived last fall with prominent entries from all the PC vendors. However, though notebooks like the ASUS Zenbook UX31 and Toshiba Portege Z835 have a lot going for them, a new generation of much-improved Ultrabookswill arrive this summer. These notebooks will sport Intel’s faster, more efficient 3rd generation Core Series processors (aka Ivy Bridge), and many will offer higher-resolution displays.

A couple of models stand out to us. The ASUS ZenBook Prime will offer a generous 1920 x 1080 screen that will let you watch HD movies at their native resolution, while viewing more of your favorite web pages and documents without scrolling. Meanwhile, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon could be the ultimate productivity notebook when it launches this summer. It will pack a gorgeous 14-inch, 1600 x 900 matte display into a .75-inch thick chassis that weighs just 3 pounds. Plus, you’ll get the industry’s best keyboard.

 


Sprint Phones

Sprint likes to call itself “the Now Network,” but it really should be named “the Promise Network,” because right now all it is selling is the promise of 4G LTE at some point in the future. The carrier recently announced that it is dumping its mediocre 4G WiMAX networkin favor of LTE on new handsets. That’s the right move long-term, but it leaves current Sprint customers in a bind.

The company is selling 4G LTE phones such as the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and LG Viper 4G LTE, but they’ll only get a 3G signal until Sprint launches its new network. The carrier plans to roll out LTE this summer to just six cities — Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City and San Antonio — with no ETA for other cities apart from 123 million people covered by the end of the year. Even if you live in one of the designated six markets, there’s no guarantee that Sprint’s implementation of LTE will be as fast as AT&T and Verizon’s; we just don’t know.

Whether you are already a Sprint customer or are just thinking of becoming one, you should wait to see how quickly the company’s version of LTE is coming to your area and whether it actually lives up to the hype. You don’t want to buy that Evo 4G LTE today, only to be stuck with 2007-era 3G speeds while your friends on Verizon and AT&T are cruising along at 4G.

 


MacBook Pros

If you have your heart set on an Apple MacBook Pro, tell your heart to go on without one for just a little longer. Everyone expects Apple to announce a new lineup of MacBook Pros in June and these new notebooks will reportedly weigh less, feature high-resolution “Retina” displays and provide USB 3.0 ports in addition to running Ivy Bridge CPUs. These notebooks will also be running Apple’s new OS X Mountain Lionsoftware, which brings more iPad-like functionality to Macs along with stronger security.

Unless a pack of rabid Windows fanboys breaks into your house and smashes your current MacBook Pro with a Metro-UI styled hammer, you can hold on for another few weeks. The Retina display, which should show more content on the screen at once, is reason enough to wait.

 


Android Tablets

Apple enthusiasts don’t have anything to wait for when it comes to tablets. The “new” iPad just came out in March and has an incredible, high-res screen paired with a powerful processor. However, if you want to consider an Android tablet, now is not the time to buy.

Though we’ve seen some speedy quad-core tablets like the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime, we’re still waiting for Android tablet makers to come out with screens that have higher than 1280 x 800 resolution. Both ASUS and Acer have announced 1920 x 1200 tablets, but neither one has hit the market yet. If you plunk down $500 on a tablet now, you’ll feel silly when the new HD models arrive within the next couple of months.

 


Smart TVs

Apple can play coy all it wants, but many industry insiders believe that the Cupertino company plans to launch its own TV later this year. There’s no question that the Apple TV will have deep iTunes integration, a gorgeous screen (Apple is known for that) and some kind of Siri-based voice control.

When it comes to launching new Smart TVs, Apple won’t be alone. LG recently showed off its G2 Smart TV, which uses the Google TV 2.0 interface, supports voice commands and comes with a gesture-controlled “Magic” remote. Lenovo just began shipping its Android 4.0- powered K55 Smart TV in China and it may come here at some point as well. If you wait, the additional competition from these new products will force down prices on existing Smart TVs as well.

 


Windows Phones

The Nokia Lumia 900 has a gorgeous design and the HTC Titan II has an awesome 16-MP camera. However, when it comes to specs, apps and basic multitasking, Windows Phones still lag behind their Android and iPhone counterparts.

With Windows Phone 8 due out this fall, Microsoft could finally start to close the feature gap with Apple and Google. According to some reports, the new mobile operating system will support higher resolution screens, dual-core CPUs, NFC payments and apps that can control other apps, a necessity for true multitasking.

Microsoft has issued some conflicting statements about whether current Windows Phones would get an OS upgrade so I wouldn’t count on the Lumia you buy today running Windows 8 tomorrow. If you’re attracted to Windows Phone, delay your purchase until fall. Otherwise, you’ll be living with a single-core, low-res handset for two years.

 


eReaders

There are several great eReader optionson the market right now, from the tablet-like Amazon Kindle Fire to the E Ink-powered Nook Simple Touch. However, as strong as the eReader offerings are today, they’re about to get much better. Barnes & Noble just released its Simple Touch with GlowLight and rumor has it that Amazon is set to release its own backlit E Ink-based Kindle this summer.

However, backlit E Ink is just the tip of this innovative ice berg. Expect Amazon to launch the second-generation Kindle Fire 2 this fall, complete with higher-res screen options and possibly larger form factors like 8.9 inches. Flush with investment money from Microsoft and not content to stand still, Barnes & Noble is sure to release a new Nook Tablet sometime later this year as well. We’d expect the next Nook to also have a higher resolution than 1024 x 600.

There’s also a persistent rumor that Amazon will release Kindles using color E Ink later this year. We just reviewed the color E Ink-powered Ectaco Jetbook Color so the technology is already out there. How bad would you feel if you bought an old-school grayscale Kindle today, only to see one with a backlight or a color screen come out within a few months?

 


BlackBerrys

Research in Motion, the company that makes Blackberry phones, seems to be stuck in a time warp, offering phones that have the best specs of 2009, including single-core 800-MHz CPUs, tiny 2.4-inch screens and an outmoded BlackBerry 7 OS. Fortunately, most people aren’t foolish enough to buy phones that you’d expect to find in the bargain bin at a garage sale rather than the shelf at a Verizon store.

RIM seems to understand the problem too as it plans to release an entirely new line of phones running its new BlackBerry 10 OS later this year. The new touch-friendly BlackBerry London phone, complete with a bigger screen and faster processor than we’ve seen on a BlackBerry before, should arrive by fall. If you must have a BlackBerry, this is the one to wait for.

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El iPhone, como muchos de los productos de Apple, es más que un dispositivo. Nadie puede dudar de los grandes hitos que se han logrado con este teléfono móvil. Pasará a la historia como el verdadero detonador de los smartphones. Sin embargo Google ha sido capaz de desarrollar un sistema operativo que justamente se fortalece en los aspectos en los que el iPhone es más débil.

Android está definiendo algunos aspectos del negocio. Hasta hace poco casi nadie se preocupaba por el sistema operativo de su móvil, lo importante era el fabricante, Google ha sido capaz de introducir el concepto en la mente de muchos consumidores, y además ha posicionado el suyo como el mejor.

andriod iphone comparativa samsung htc apple sony ericcson lgHa sido tan fuerte el impulso del iPhone y de Android que los hasta hace muy poco gigantes invencibles como Microsoft y Nokia, han tenido que unirse. ¿Quién se podía imaginar hace dos o tres años que ninguno de los teléfonos más deseados del mercado sería un Nokia? De cualquier forma esta unión promete bastante: hay un grupo muy grande de consumidores que seguirá confiando en ambos, por lo que este proyecto parece una buena idea y será muy interesante ver cómo se posicionan.

BlackBerry, por otro lado, tiene el sector de los teléfonos para ejecutivos bastante asegurado y en los mercados latinoamericanos está muy establecido. Sin embargo este mundo cambia en un abrir y cerrar de ojos y el hecho de que Android esté disponible para cualquier fabricante y que parece  ser que Apple está dispuesta a contraatacar con un iPhone pequeño, puede significar una amenaza para la firma que puso de moda los mails en el móvil.

Pero sin duda los grandes combatientes son Apple y Google, cada uno tiene puntos fuertes y débiles, el público está expectante.

El mejor smartphone

En la lucha por dispositivos vendidos, Android ganará sin ninguna duda; cada vez son más los fabricantes que, cansados de intentar vencer lo invencible, han decidido ‘pasarse’ (algunos tímidamente) al sistema operativo móvil de Google, con lo que seguramente un gran número de usuarios comprarán un teléfono que ejecuta Android sin saberlo.

Pero a pesar de que muchos analistas insistan, la batalla no está ahí. La batalla está en la trascendencia, en el largo plazo: los fabricantes que hoy están con Android mañana pueden estar con Windows Phone, es la ley del mercado.

iPhone y Android luchan por ser el mejor, el más deseado, y en este apartado Google también cuenta con el apoyo de algunos fabricantes como Sony-Ericsson, HTC o Samsung (quizás LG se una pronto) que tienen intención de producir el mejor móvil y no el más vendido. Pero Apple tiene la ventaja de ser el primero, la gran virtud de ser el icono.

Esta competencia por ser el mejor en lugar de intentar ganar en el número de unidades vendidas, no se debe a un falso romanticismo; se trata de dos formas diferentes de hacer negocio.

Dos tipos de público, ¿quién se atreve a definirlos?

andriod iphone comparativa samsung htc apple sony ericcson lgQuizás lo más interesante para entender la ideología tecnológica que hay detrás de los usuarios de uno y de otro, sea pedirles que utilicen, precisamente, el dispsitivo contrario al de su preferencia: cuando los amantes del iPhone se topan con las dificultades de la no estandarización de las aplicaciones para Android la frase que suelen decir es “esto nunca pasaría con un iPhone”, mientras que cuando los seguidores de Android se ven limitados por las reglas iPhone aseguran que “esto sí se podría hacer con un Android”.

Nexus S, iPhone 4, HTC Desire, Xperia Play, son los nombres a los que muchos usuarios que buscan un smartphone se enfrentan hoy en día -quizás pronto tengamos que incluir un Nokia con Windows Phone a este listado-, y dentro de pocos meses los modelos serán otros. La batalla tal vez no termine con un claro ganador, quizás surja un nuevo competidor que derrote a ambos, las posibilidades son infinitas.

iPhone vs Android, batalla de Marketing

En realidad, el campo de batalla abarca más frentes, no podemos olvidarnos del iPad y de Honeycomb, por ejemplo. Es una batalla de dos compañías que compiten en muchos y diferentes sectores, con ‘filosofías’ que apelan a públicos diferentes. Y estas ‘filosofías’ seguramente definen muchas características de los productos de cada una. Pero la fuerza real de ambas se encuentra en el Marketing, en la gran capacidad que tienen de comunicar una idea a sus consumidores, y lograr que éstos la repitan.

Source: Edgar Camelo (ReadWriteWeb.es)

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Probablemente sea la noticia del año, sobre todo si la nueva estrategia que ha decidido emprender Nokia surte con éxito. La finlandesa ha anunciado hoy mismo a través de una nota de prensa que se une con Microsoft para encarar un nuevo ciclo y remontar en su cruzada dentro del sector de la telefonía móvil. De esta manera, Nokia ya ha anunciado su intención de dedicarse especialmente a la unidad de Dispositivos Inteligentes con el sistema operativo Windows Phone como principal soporte de aquí en adelante.

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Lo cierto es que la compañía finlandesa ha decidido seguir apoyando MeeGo como sistema operativo, con la intención de integrarlo en algunos terminales de última generación. Lo que es bien evidente y cierto, es que en un futuro no muy lejano aparecerán los primeros teléfonos móviles con Windows Phone, un sistema operativo que fue lanzado en octubre de 2010 para competir con las plataformas más exitosas. Nos referimos a Symbian, Android y iOs, principalmente.

Por si esto fuera poco, la compañía ha decidido reestructurar las divisiones de Nokia. A partir del 1 de abril, Nokia cambiará la estructura, diferenciando claramente dos divisiones: la de Dispositivos Inteligentes y la de Móviles. La primera y más importante estará liderada por Jo Harlow y trabajará en los nuevos smartphones con Symbian, con terminales MeeGo y con Operaciones Estratégicas de Negocio.

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Niklas Savander se encargará de la división de Mercados, mientras que el resto de departamentos también cambiarán de líderes. Algunos de los nombres que ya han trascendido de forma oficial podemos contar a Mary McDowell (Móviles), Tero Ojanpera (Experiencia, Servicios y Desarrollo), Larry Kaplan (NAVTEQ), Rich Green (Oficina CTO), Marko Ahtisaari (Diseño), Timo Ihamuotila (Oficina CFO), Kai Oistamo (Desarrollo Corporativo), Esko Aho (Relaciones Corporativas y Responsabilidad), Juha Akras (Recursos Humanos) y Louise Pentland (Legal y Propiedad Intelectual).

Con todos estos cambios, conviene quedarse con la idea de que Nokia y Microsoft pretenden unir esfuerzos para crear una nueva colección de teléfonos o ecosistema móvil global, tal y como ha bautizado este proyecto la propia finlandesa. De momento, la compañía ya ha indicado que Windows Phone podría convertirse en el sistema operativo oficial de los principales smartphones de Nokia.

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Portland-based mobile services platform Urban Airship recently released the results of its year-end survey, which asked hundreds of developers about their current efforts and future plans, in order to measure trends in the mobile application development space.

According to the developers’ answers, there were some surprising findings. For example, iOS development is expected to drop slightly in to 2011, from 99.5% to 90%, while Android increases from 44% to 74%. Another interesting stat regarding in-app purchases showed a huge jump in developer usage – from 8% in 2010 to 31% in 2011.

Development Platforms

The survey involved 318 mobile application developers, only half of whom use Urban Airship’s mobile platform. Not surprisingly, out of 219 responses, there was a clear developer preference for both the iOS (99.5%) and Android (43.8%) platforms this year. BlackBerry (11.0%), meanwhile, was a distant third.

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But when looking at the developers’ 2011 plans, things began to change. Out of 221 responses, 90% said they would be developing for iOS, 73.8% said Android, and both BlackBerry and Windows Phone 7 saw major increases, at 22.2% and 24.4%, respectively.

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App Revenue Sources

Another change from 2010 to 2011 is the shift in app revenue sources. In 2010, the majority of revenue (47%) came from downloads of paid apps. The rest of the revenue was generated by ads (11%), in-app purchases (8%) and upgrades (0.3%). 33.3% of developers surveyed reported they did not monetize their app.

However, in 2011, the revenue generated by downloads will decrease, although it will still be largest source at 38%. Other methods including ads (17%), in-app purchases (31%) and upgrades (2%) will increase. Only 13% of developers reported they would not monetize their apps.

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Downloads are also used as a measure of an app’s success, according to 64% of developers. Others measure success by app usage (60%), revenue earned (44%), app store ranking (34%) and the un-install rate (4%).

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Other data in the report looks at Urban Airship’s platform specifically, asking developers if they used push notifications now, and what they wanted to see the company offer in 2011.

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Desde el blog de Twitter anuncian el lanzamiento de alertas de @mentions, una forma de saber cuándo hablan de ti o de tu marca en Twitter aunque no estemos frente a la web en ese momento.

Permite recibir avisos, de momento vía SMS y iPhone (función incluida en su última versión), cada vez que nuestro nombre o empresa es mencionada por alguien a quien seguimos. Ya están trabajando en la versión para Android y Windows Phone.

Para activar estas alertas, tenemos que ir a twitter.com/devices y seleccionar la opción “Text message notifications”.

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