The Technosaurus by Gregory Vaughn http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/technosaurus/ en-us Samsung Announces Flagship Galaxy S5 Smartphone http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/technosaurus/entry/57243 Samsung's next-generation flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5, was officially announced by the company at the Mobile World Congress trade show on Monday, and the handset will compete head-to-head with Apple's iPhone 5s by sporting its own fingerprint sensor. Samsung's response to Apple's Touch ID also sports a fingerprint scanner under the home button, allowing users to unlock their handset and access private data stored on the phone. Samsung has also partnered with PayPal to enable mobile... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 22:29:16 -0600 Gone Girl - Different This Time Around... http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/technosaurus/entry/55349 You clicked on this wondering why I'm blogging about a movie being filmed in Cape. You are wondering why I'm not writing about a smartphone or other gadget. You are wondering what a tech guy could have to say about a bestselling novel. Open your mind for a few minutes and let's talk about how technology is bringing people together for a pretty cool local event. I have to admit that having a major motion picture filmed in our community is exciting to me. Although I have not received a call... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 00:07:52 -0500 New Apple iPhone, Samsung Smart Watch, and More - New Fall Tech http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/technosaurus/entry/54738 Well the rush to release the newest, latest, and greatest technology on the planet for Fall has begun. The heavyweights in the tech world have taken off the gloves and started throwing new product punches at us. Apple has an event this week for what will be the announcement of the new iPhone (or iPhones plural). Samsung has released a slew of new mobile devices including a smart watch (text messages on your wrist?). Sony has new Ultra HD 4k TV models, plus the new Playstation 4 hitting... Mon, 09 Sep 2013 12:44:13 -0500 Back In BlackBerry http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/technosaurus/entry/53912 The fine folks at AT&T have once again supplied me with a new piece of hardware to put through its paces...The all new BlackBerry Z10. Being an iPhone user since 2007, I didn't take to the phone as quickly as thought I would, but honestly this phone wasn't made for me. It is BlackBerry's way to bring BlackBerry fans into a new modern age with hardware and software. The Goods: The BlackBerry Z10 arrives to a crowded smartphone market, crashing headlong into the iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S4... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 12:22:51 -0500 Hey Where Did He Go? http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/technosaurus/entry/53312 Hello Folks.... Get ready for some cool blogs coming your way soon...some of which seem to be missing after they were written! A review of Blackberry's new Z10 smartphone, AT&T LTE service coming to the Cape area, Google Glass and more. Don't change that dial, GV Tue, 28 May 2013 11:10:10 -0500 Automatic Link - Your Car and Smartphone Connected http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/technosaurus/entry/52173 A company called Automatic Labs has announced a new device that uses Apple's iPhone (and soon Android) to turn normal cars into smart devices that can save drivers time and money, plus keep you safe. It's now available for pre-order. The Automatic Link plugs into a car's on-board diagnostics (OBD) port, typically located under the left side of the dashboard near where the driver sits. The OBD port has been built into every car sold in the United States since 1996, and it allows for the... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 11:59:12 -0500 Apple, Samsung, and Others Offer To Help With "Fiscal Cliff" http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/technosaurus/entry/50763 When I read about this today, a little light bulb came on. These companies have billions of dollars in the bank, if they want to help out then let them! The US Government has all this extra unused spectrum (broadcast frequencies/ radio & TV waves)just sitting there...sell it or lease it! Check this out: A group of mobile device makers including Apple, Samsung and RIM, sent a letter to top Congressional leaders asking for the allotment of additional operating spectrum dedicated to... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 21:23:05 -0600 iPhone 5 is Here Part #3 http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/technosaurus/entry/49892 Well here it is part #3! I feel your enthusiasm through the computer screen as you wait for me to dazzle you with technology. OK, maybe that's a stretch, but now it's time to dive into iOS6. iOS6 is the latest operating system upgrade for Apple's mobile electronics devices (iPhone, iPod, and iPad). It works with most of the mobile devices Apple has released in the last couple years allowing older gadgets to get new features. The big stink around this release is the change from Google Maps... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 15:44:52 -0500 iPhone 5 is Here Part #2 http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/technosaurus/entry/49713 So today we pick up where we stopped...Apple's new dock connector on the iPhone 5. There has been much buzz about this change as Apple starts to move away from a dock connector standard that has been around for the biggest part of a decade. The 30 pin dock connector has been replaced by a much smaller 8 pin all digital connector that Apple calls "Lightning". This means that many devices that you "docked" your older iPhone with will not connect without a special adapter. (This will not work... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 16:06:48 -0500 iPhone 5 is Here Part #1 http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/technosaurus/entry/49677 Last month I gave you my new iPhone predictions...now the device is here; I have one in my hand, and have been using it for a few days. I will break the blog down into a couple parts to keep you from getting too bored with my techno-babble. Let's start with my predictions...I got 6 out of 8 correct. I missed the name and that Apple was going to get heavier into the case game with this device. You can check out my predictions blog here:... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 16:56:34 -0500 The New iPhone 5 http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/technosaurus/entry/49118 With all the rumors and predictions floating around about the new iPhone, I thought I would share my two cents. I was 100 percent spot on with my iPhone 4s predictions...let's see how I do this time. * First off, I don't think it will be called the iPhone 5. I think it will be simply called "The New iPhone" Apple has been headed this direction with product naming. The third generation iPad is just called The New iPad and not the iPad3. Plus this is actually the sixth iPhone to be released.... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 10:33:49 -0500 Windows 8 in October http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/technosaurus/entry/48678 Several sources have confirmed that Microsoft has selected a release date for Windows 8: October 26th. Steven Sinofsky (President of Microsoft's Windows division) made the announcement Wednesday at the company's annual sales meeting. The new version of the operating system will be sent to manufacturers next month, giving them plenty of time to prepare for general availability. This should be an interesting launch...stay tuned! Thu, 19 Jul 2012 09:42:27 -0500 Microsoft Surface - Is it too late to the game? http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/technosaurus/entry/48364 Microsoft announced last week their intent to make two new tablet computer devices branded "Surface" that will be released late in the year alongside its new Windows 8 operating system. Windows 8 is a departure from the traditional look and feel that millions around the world have used for years. (Check out my blog about Windows 8 from last fall.) The question at hand is will Microsoft be too late to the tablet computer game? The Apple iPad is certainly the king of the tablet computing world... Tue, 26 Jun 2012 16:45:26 -0500 Today In Tech History - April 10th http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/technosaurus/entry/47217 Technology hasn't always meant the latest smartphone or laptop...to the human race technology has arrived at different times and in different ways throughout our history. We have "invented" things that solved a problem, prevented a problem, or just down right made life easier. What you will find below is a perfect example. On April 10th, 1849 a patent was granted to a man named Walter Hunt from the state of New York. Patent #6281 was for a little device called the safety pin. This little... Tue, 10 Apr 2012 14:15:33 -0500 A 150th Battle Anniversary with a 68 Year Old Train and an iPhone App... http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/technosaurus/entry/47112 Union Pacific's #844 steam engine chugged through our area last Wednesday for the second time in a year. The train was in route to the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Shiloh in Arkansas, carrying over 300 Civil War reenactors and period cannons. The modern twist here is that I tracked the journey in real time from Wyoming to a maintenance stop in Scott City on my iPhone. Called "UP Steam", the free app from Union Pacific is available in Apple's App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch... Wed, 04 Apr 2012 00:59:57 -0500 The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/technosaurus/entry/46663 If you have been reading this blog for a while, then you have read my rambling about the rise of the tablet computer. With aisles of models to choose from at the local electronics store, it can be intimidating...maybe the next few paragraphs will help you out. The fine folks at AT&T sent me a Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 to test for a couple weeks. It is thin and light, with an 8.9" multi-touch display, front and rear cameras, dual core processor, and 4G LTE. Here in the Cape area we don't have... Mon, 05 Mar 2012 09:29:04 -0600 These ARE The Droids You're Looking For... http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/technosaurus/entry/46351 The number of smartphones available with the Android operating system is ever growing. Many folks just refer to them simple as "Droid phones" when there are dozens of models and makers out there. The folks at AT&T were kind enough to send me three Android phones over the last couple months to test and review. I must confess that I had previously written 3 separate reviews for these smartphones. After reading what I had wrote about each one, the decision was made by me not to post them...the... Wed, 15 Feb 2012 02:14:58 -0600 B Dubs May Go iPad Crazy http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/technosaurus/entry/46260 Sports Bar/Restaurant chain Buffalo Wild Wings is expanding a pilot program in which customers place orders for food and drinks via Apple's popular iPad right from their table. The iPads are being encased in sturdy cases from Hubworks. Tim Murphy (director of international business for Buffalo Wild Wings) confirmed the details in a chat with Computerworld saying they have already been tested at a Toronto location with 20 tablets, but will soon be in a Minneapolis restaurant. "Ultimately we are... Wed, 08 Feb 2012 18:37:01 -0600 2012 Is Going To Be The Year Of The... http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/technosaurus/entry/46115 You may have noticed a little gap in my tech blogging. Well fear not loyal readers, the technical one has returned! So now that the Holiday season has passed and 2012 is trucking along...let me share a few things with you that I view as growing trends this year: Tablets are going to continue to be HOT! Whether you plop down the bucks for an iPad, sleek Android tablet, Kindle Fire, or Nook you wouldn't be disappointed. With tax season in full swing, even companies like Turbo Tax are... Wed, 01 Feb 2012 01:27:19 -0600 The Text Message Turns 19 http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/technosaurus/entry/45103 Text messaging is a standard form of communication these days. Over 160 billion texts are sent each month in the US alone by mobile phone subscribers! This week it turned 19 years old. Text messaging was first used on December 3rd 1992, when Neil Papworth, a 22 year old test engineer for Sema Group UK, used a personal computer to send the text message "Merry Christmas" via the Vodafone network to the phone of Richard Jarvis. The technical term for a text is "SMS message". SMS stands for... 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