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M.I.S.S. Techcessories – The Samsung Galaxy Round

More curves than Jessica Rabbit.

More curves than Jessica Rabbit.

Flat smartphones are so early 2013.  Introducing the Samsung Galaxy Round, the world’s first smartphone with a curved display.

The Galaxy Round features a slightly curved 5.7 inch Super AMOLED screen, which gives the phone a comfortable hand-grip feeling.  On the back of the phone there’s a 13 megapixel camera.  If the phone’s on a flat surface, you can simply tilt or roll it to the side and the phone will display any missed calls, text messages, remaining battery life, and more.  There are also one-hand operation features” that bring a number of settings to a preferred side of the screen.  Inside the Galaxy Round’s curved body lies a 2.3. GHz quad-core processor powering the phones Android 4.3 operating system, 3GB of RAM, and a 2800mAh battery.

The Galaxy Round is launching first in South Korea in a “Luxury Brown”, with an international release possibly taking place at a later date.  Stayed tuned!

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M.I.S.S. Techcessories – The Blackberry Z30

Blackberry Z30

Bigger is better

Forget about all the colorful new iPhones and Andorids for a second and feast your eyes on this: a brand spankin’ new CrackberryBlackberry.

The Blackberry Z30 is the official successor to last Spring’s Z10.  It’s larger than it’s predecessor, measuring in at 140.7mm x 72mm x 9.4 mm, and it features a bigger 5-inch, 1,280 x 720 Super AMOLED display with 295ppi pixel density.  On the back of the phone there’s an 8 megapixel camera capable of capturing 1080p video, and on the front there’s a 2 megapixel shooter that can shoot 720p.  Inside there’s a dual core 1.7GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro (paired with 2GB RAM) and an Adreno 320 GPU, not to mention a larger (and non-removable) battery, dual-band WiFi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and 4G LTE.  The phone also includes 16GB of internal storage, but that can be expanded via a microSD card slot.

There’s a few other things that make the Z30 a better overall phone than the model it’s replacing.  For one thing that phone is the first Blackberry sporting Blackberry OS 10.2.  Version 10.2 allows users to preview messages throughout the UI and lockscreen and reply to BBMs from whatever app you’re in.  It also ushers in the BB Priority Hub, a feature similar to Google’s Priority Inbox but more…Canadian.  It indexes your emails, texts, and BBms along with your social networking communications.  Other improvements include Natural Sound, audio enhancement for BBM voice and video chats, as well as a better antenna for improved reception in low signal areas and faster data.

Neither a price nor drop date for the Blackberry Z30 has been announced yet, but you can bet your bottom (probably even your top) dollar that it’ll be out in time for the holidays.

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M.I.S.S. Techcessories – Apple’s New iPhone 5s and 5c

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The iPhone 5c comes in an array of colors

Well butter my butt and call me a biscuit.  Apple released not one, but two new iPhone’s this year.

First up is the iPhone 5c.  It features a new, colorful, polycarbonate design that’s reinforced with a steel structure and the same 4-inch Retina display of its predecessor.  There’s also an 8 megapixel, backside-illuminated camera with a 5-element lens, and a new front-facing camera that’s supposed to be better at capturing images under low light.  Under the phone’s new candy colored exterior lays an A6 processor, dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi connectivity, Bluetooth 4.0, LTE, and, perhaps most important of all, a higher capacity battery.  The last thing you want to have to do is carry a charger with your 24/7 just to feed your texting and Angry Bird addictions.

The iPhone 5c comes in blue, white, pink, yellow, and green for $99 on a two-year contract for the 16GB version, or $199 for the 32GB.

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The iPhone 5s features a thumbprint ID system. Perfect for keeping your nosy boyfriend from snooping through your phone.

Remember how Apple dropped two phone’s this year?  The other would be the iPhone 5s, the true successor to the iPhone 5.  Like other iPhone’s bearing the “s” name, the 5s is an evolutionary leap over the phone that came before it.  It uses the same two-tone design and 4-inch Retina display as the 5, but the old home button has been replaced by a new one that can read your fingerprints.  This new feature is known as “Touch ID”, and it adds a new layer of security by removing the use of easily figured out passcodes.  Also seeing an upgrade is the rear camera.  It’s still 8 megapixels like the one on the original 5, but now it has a dual LED flash (one white, one amber) that makes low light pictures appear more natural, a larger f/2.2 aperture, and a 15 percent larger sensor.  Powering the iPhone 5s is Apple’s new A7 64-bit chip, the first 64-bit chip ever in a smartphone.  It makes the phone two times faster than the iPhone 5.  Graphics will see a boost due to the use of OpenGL ES 3.0, and a new motion coprocessor called the M7 will continuously monitor motion data to enable a new generation of health and fitness apps (like Nike+Move).  Also new to the iPhone 5s: gold.  In addition to black and white, you can now get an iPhone that would make 2000 Lil Wayne and the Cash Money crew jealous.

The 16GB iPhone 5S costs $199, while the 32GB version is $299 and the 64GB version is $399, all with a new two-year contract.

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M.I.S.S. Techcessories – LEGO x Belkin Builder Case for iPhone and iPod Touch

 

LEGO x Belkin

Takes customization your case to a whole new level

LEGO, purveyors of miniature plastic bricks that double as tools for creativity and tiny choking hazards, has linked up with Belkin on collection of cases for fifth-generation iPhones and iPod Touches.  Each case features a semi-flexible plastic frame that absorbs shocks from random spills, but what makes the case noteworthy is the official LEGO base plate on the back.  You can customize your case to your hearts content using LEGO’s iconic little bricks, with the only real limit being your own imagination.  You can grab your own LEGO Builder Case for either the iPhone 5 or the fifth-generation iPod Touch for $39.99 and $29.99 respectively at Belkin’s online store.

 

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M.I.S.S. Techcessories – Let’s Date Helps You Find Love From Your Phone

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Looking for a boo to spend the fall and winter with? Let’s Date could help make that happen.

The end of summer is officially upon us.  Now it’s cuffing season, that time of the year when the temperatures drop and you need someone to keep you warm.  What’s a single lady to do?  Roll up to the club with your freakum dress on? Dress up like Princess Leia in Return of the Jedi and hit up your local comic  book convention?  Put on your Easter whites and go to church?  Sure, you could do any of the above and land yourself a fine catch, but there’s an easier way to meet guys these days: Let’s Date, an iPhone app that hopes to match you with your future boo.

Let’s Date pulls relevant information from your Facebook profile (including your photo) and asks you some important questions like what’s your diet and sexual preferences (kinky).  After that, the service creates a dating card (read profile) and you’re free to go on the hunt for a potential love connection.  See someone repulsive, and you can tap “No Thanks” to keep things moving.  Or you can use your finger to eliminate those who wouldn’t make a good match by swiping a line across parts of their profile that make your stomach churn (who lights their own farts on fire?).  Keep crossing out qualities and photos you despise, and Let’s Date will present you with dating cards that better match what you’re looking for.

What happens when you finally find that dating card you’ve been looking for, anyway?  You tap “Let’s Date”, and the lucky guy in question gets a notification that someone picked him.  Your dating card will appear toward the front of his stack, and if he also likes what he sees he can hit “Let’s Date” and the two of you can start messaging each other.  The app will also suggest a public place for you to meet for your first date and nudge him to ask you out.  Assuming you go out with him, when your date’s over the app will ask you a series of questions to see how the date went and whether the guy is a good fit for other ladies should the two of you be incompatible.

Let’s Date is available now free from the iTunes App Store.  Sorry Android users.  You’ll have to continue looking for dates the hard way.

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