Keep Your Dreams Alive With Snooze

We all hate having to get up early in the morning to get on with our day. Your dream of the year is disturbed by a loud and obnoxious alarm coming from your iPhone. Sometimes you just want a few more minutes to try and relive that dream, but the built-in snooze button isn't exactly the biggest button on your phone. Fumbling around for it, you end up dropping it and creating a huge hassle for yourself in the morning. Your day hasn't even started and it's already off to a bad start. 

The creators over at Distil Union created an easy solution to solve all of that. Snooze, their alarm clock dock for your iPhone features a huge snooze button that you will have no problem giving the well-deserved smackdown for disrupting your precious sleep. Made from a flexible rubber material, the snooze button will mechanically transfer the force to your volume buttons, which puts your alarm to snooze. Docked on either high quality wood or aluminum, your iPhone will fit right in safely on top of your nightstand. You will be able to charge your iPhone through the night as well since the Snooze features a removable plug that will house your cable. 

Head on over to their pledge page on Kickstarter to help support a simple but genious innovation to your early morning woes. 

Best Way To Charge Your iPhone Is The Green Way

It's only half way through the day and your phone is dead. This seems to be a common problem for a lot of you heavy smartphone users  busy sending emails, checking your facebook, and playing Angry Birds. Lilliputian Systems has come up with a "green" alternative to charging your smartphone on-the-go. By incorporating fuel cells filled with butane in a compact case, you can now charge your iPhone 10-14 cycles with each replaceable fuel cell. 

This simple and environmentally friendly solution to your iPhone battery woes will be only available at your local Brookstone's and on their online store at this time. While each replaceable fuel cell only costs a couple of dollars, exact pricing and release dates have yet to be announced.

Samsung Releases Its Newest iPhone Competitor

Samsung revealed their Samsung Galaxy III today to a lot of anticipation. With the success of its predecessor, the Galaxy II, you can expect the bar to be set extremely high for the new and improved version. It seems that it has gained the approval of the masses and Samsung will once again challenge Apple's dominance in the market.

Sporting a crisp and clear 4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED display capable of 720 x 1280 resolution, it comes close to Apple's Retina Display. Taking advantage of this display is a 8MP camera capable of 1080p video recording and a 1.9MP front-facing camera capable of 720p. Opening up the internals of Samsung's superphone, you will find a quad-chip with 1GB of RAM that will improve its overall performance, providing you with a lag-free experience. The large 2100 mAh battery will allow you to spend much more time using the phone while you're on the move without having to worry about battery life. 

With all of these upgrades to hardware, the Galaxy III's software updates and tweaks to Android's Ice Cream Sandwich are just as thrilling. With innovative functions such as :

  • "Smart Stay, which uses the forward-facing camera to determine if you're looking at the phone. You can set time intervals from as little as 15 seconds, which result in a small flashing eye logo in the Android notification bar. If it recognises that your eyes aren't focused on the phone anymore, the screen dims.
  • Direct Call, which will auto-dial a contact if you have their contact details or a message open. By moving the phone to your ear, the proximity sensor; accelerometer and gyroscope all kick into use, and automatically dial the contact's number.
  • Smart Alert, which will make the phone vibrate in your hand and flash an LED if you pick the phone up after a missed call.
  • S Voice, which is a Siri-like voice recognition feature, that you can use to enquire about the weather; take a photo ("Hi Galaxy, please take a photo" to open the camera app, or "cheese" to snap it), and other tasks such as locking the phone, or controlling music. Each demand can be configured by the user.
  • Social Tag, which links photos of friends in your photo gallery to their Facebook or Google+ accounts, using facial recognition.
  • S Beam, which pairs other Galaxy S III phones (and only them, for now) via NFC, shares photos, videos, files or even albums of media over Wi-Fi. If your friend's S III doesn't have Wi-Fi enabled, S Beam will automatically turn that user's Wi-Fi on, and then off.
  • AllShare Cast, which pairs to TVs, laptops or tablets over Wi-Fi, mirroring whatever's on the S III. You can also use the S III as a game controller.
  • PopUp Play, which will literally pop a video out of its rendering it in a small thumbnail so you can continue watching while surfing the web or doing other functions on the phone. The thumbnail is movable around the display, even if it's pretty small."
  • Samsung definitely hopes to continue to dominate the Android market and to gain a stronger foothold in the overall smartphone market with its latest upgrade of the Galaxy line. With the new features and smoother user experience, the refined Galaxy III is set for US release this summer. 

Apple iPhone 4S Announced, All You Need To Know

Despite the rumors of a newly redesigned iPhone 5, Apple has announced today its next generation iPhone dubbed the iPhone 4S. Boasting the same exact exterior design as of the iPhone 4, but with all-new interior in terms of specs. The new iPhone 4S has a dual-core A5 processor that's twice as fast with a dual-core GPU that's seven times faster. Another big improvement over the iPhone 4 is a new back facing camera with a faster 8-megapixel illuminated CMOS sensor that lets 73% more light in for better low-light performance, a 5-glass element lens (one more than the iPhone 4), f/2.4 aperture and full 1080p HD video recording. What stays the same is the 3.5" Retina Display and the same old glass form factor.

iOS 5 brings many new features to the iPhone including Siri, an iPhone 4S exclusive intelligent voice assistant that lets you ask your iPhone 4S virtually anything, and it will do as you please. Things like setting an alarm, scheduling a meeting, sending messages, getting weather updates, search for great places to eat and so on. Siri will also put your voice into words for when you need to compose an email without having to type using dictation.

Apple has improved the metal antenna band on the iPhone 4S with a system that intelligently switches the antenna parts for better call quality and reception. Data speeds have also improved with HSPA support for 14.4Mbps download speeds, but it's still not as fast as HSPA+ and LTE. The iPhone 4S will be available for AT&T, Verizon and Sprint in both black and white in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB flavors for $199, $299 and $399, respectively. Pre-orders start on October 7 followed by the release and availability on October 14.

Nir Schneider