Sprint is going to have an event soon, as said in the latest podcast we had at ZL Studios. And we talked about how the HTC One X could come to Sprint in that event. Well, now there are more rumors on what else could come.
The Sprint Galaxy Nexus we know is coming to Sprint at some time….
There wasn’t a whole lot of tech news today. This happened to be one of the biggest stories, which was actually just a rumor that started on Sunday.
Canada Ditches The Penny, Will The United States Follow?
What do you have in your pocket? Chances are you have a phone, and a wallet. Inside the wallet you probably have your driver’s license, a credit card, and maybe some cash, maybe some change.
A lot of people don’t carry around change especially the penny since you really can’t buy a whole lot with a penny anymore. Think about it, you’d have to have 100 pennies to purchase something that costs $1. Pennies are hard to count, and are also heavy. They are also at least in the United States more expensive to make than they are worth.
The United States hasn’t yet gotten rid of the penny but today Canada announced plans to halt the productions of pennies this year since they claim the penny is a “burden to the economy.” It costs 1.6 cents to make a penny which is worth 1 cent in Canada, once the penny is gone Canada will save $11 million each year.
Sweden, New Zealand, Mexico, Australia, Israel, Brazil, and others have already decided to get rid of the penny. This year Canada is joining the crowd. Those countries haven’t really had a whole lot of issues with the removal of the penny. The United States is still currently thinking about getting rid of the penny but they haven’t come to a conclusion.
Personally I think the United States should get rid of the penny making the base unit for our currency five cents. Over time more and more people have transitioned away from physical currency to things like credit cards and checks. Over the next few years we’ll be seeing smartphones that support NFC payments which is yet another way for people to pay for things.
Do you think the United States should drop the penny?
I didn’t publish anything on here or at ZL Studios on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, or Saturday of last week which is pretty rare for me. I’ve been publishing things daily on ZL Studios for a few years now.
You might have been wondering why I haven’t published much over the past week. I wasn’t feeling very good. I was however able to publish a few posts on Sunday and the somewhat usual four today.
I have some interesting posts planned for the next few weeks including a review of the Galaxy Note and the Nokia Lumia 710.
Along with the Instagram Android application launch there was something called Homeless Hotspots at SXSW this past week.
The idea of Homeless Hotspots is to help homeless people get some more money and something to do. At SXSW many homeless people were given a Verizon 4G LTE MiFi hotspot that could be connected to only after you donated a specific amount of money to the Homeless Hotspot. The suggested amount is $2 for every 15 minutes that you use the hotspot.
There has been a lot of controversy behind Homeless People but in the end I think it’s a good idea. It helps people understand that there are many homeless people out there in the world, and in the process the homeless people get some extra money. Now that extra money probably won’t give them a home or anything like that, but it does help more and more people become aware of the homeless population.
Do you think that Homeless Hotspots are a good idea?
BGR recently got a report on their hands, and it looks like there is a 4G iPhone coming later this year. This is very likely since Verizon and AT&T are demanding all of their phones be 4G. The only think that is a problem is the fact that Sprint lacks that 4G LTE data.
The next iPhone is…
In other words BGR stated the obvious. Of course the iPhone will support 4G LTE, and by the end of this year Sprint will have some sort of network to support it.
The big question here is whether the next iPhone will be called the new iPhone or the iPhone 5.
Windows 8's New AMD Drivers Don't Work With Windows 8
I installed Windows 8 on my primary desktop computer last night and all has been good so far. But I’ve had one issue, for some reason or another the new AMD drivers for the AMD Radeon HD 6870 don’t work with Minecraft.
I rolled back to the older AMD Windows 7 drivers and Minecraft ran without any issues. So if you’re experiencing a similar issue to me with AMD Windows 8 drivers I’d try going back to the old Windows 7 drivers while AMD works to fix the issue.
Here at MWC, there are quad-core devices. But there is a problem. LTE can not be on a phone with a Tegra 3 processor. Which dumbs down the One X phone, which had an amazing spec sheet at MWC.
The One X had a Tegra 3 processor inside it, but you won’t get that Tegra 3 processor in your phone…
This is a pretty big issue that could lead to the failure of the Tegra 3 chip in smartphones. However there is still a way to get 4G LTE with Tegra 3 if you use some special hardware for the LTE, or at least that’s what I’m hearing.
I think Tegra 3 will be best for tablets. Smartphones are better off with the Snapdragon S4 chips which will probably eventually be quad core just like Tegra 3.
Samsung we expect to be doing well when making tablets. But Samsung’s executive Hankil Yoon has said that Samsung is not doing that well in the tablet market. As CNET reports, there is not much information on this.
Yoon says that Samsung is not doing well, which could be because HP sold…
I think the cost is the biggest factor when it comes to people not getting a non-iPad. Since really people think of the iPad as the standard tablet and unless they are getting a great deal ($200 Kindle Fire, $100 TouchPad.) I wrote more on this on ZL Studios.