The much-awaited iOS and Android version of Microsoft Office suite may be around the corner. Online reports speculate that the productivity suite may be available on the iOS and Android mobile platforms in the next year.

There may be some strings attached to this though, since it is generally presumed that the iOS and Android apps of the Office suite may not be fully functional, without having to subscribe to Microsoft’s own Office 365 cloud service.

Microsoft Mobile Office Applications

From a Verge report citing unnamed sources, the yet to be released Office apps may only provide their users with the option to view their Word, PowerPoint and Excel documents. Each user may have to subscribe to the Microsoft Office 365 service, in order to edit his or her documents on the go.

Though the Verge report did not state or include a price for the subscription, a Microsoft Office Home Premium product’s 365 subscription generally costs $99.99 per annum for five user licenses. The mobile version of the subscription may, however, not cost as much as this.

App Release Date

According to the Verge report, the iOS version of Microsoft Office may be released towards the end of February or in early March 2013, while the Android version may be released in the month of May 2013.

The first date correlates with some earlier online reports on the release of the mobile Office apps. This includes a Czech Republic Microsoft product manager revealing a release date of March 2013 for the apps, and a published photo by The Daily, supposedly claiming to be a photograph of the mobile Office application running on an iPad, both of which were refuted and/or denied by Microsoft.

Mobile Office Launch

There were some predictions, too, that Microsoft would launch a mobile Office product at its SharePoint conference in Las Vegas, based on the assumption that Microsoft may want to position its mobile Office app as an enterprise product.

Presently Android and iOS users may use Microsoft OneNote app for note-taking but will have to rely on other third party apps like QuickOffice and Documents To Go, to read and edit their Office documents.

As great as apps are for our day-today operations, having a smartphone or other device that is out of commission due to unforeseen accidents such as a cracked screen or water damage may render such a tool useless. If your device is in need of repair, seeking out a professional such as iFixYouri can be a solid recourse.

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The Quality of the HTC Droid DNA Display

On December 26, 2012, in News, smartphones, by Chris
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The first impressions of the HTC Droid DNA are actually very promising. The look of the screen alone can already be classified excellent. However, how does this phone fare from the other smartphones?

We compared the HTC Droid DNA with some of the current heavyweights of the smartphone industry.

 

 

 

HTC Droid DNA vs. the Competition

The first thing to compare with rival smartphones is the screen brightness. The HTC Droid DNA was placed beside four other phones including the iPhone, the Nexus 4, the HTC One X and the Galaxy S III. The results revealed that the iPhone produces the brightest screen among all the smartphones followed closely by the One X. Although the performance of the HTC Droid DNA is quite disappointing, the brightness is still enough to make the screen visible in daylight.

Color Quality and Screen Testing

When it comes to color, the Super LCD 2 of the One X still remains on top along with the iPhone 5. Although the Super LCD 3 of the Droid DNA produces a rather blue hue, it is still a lot better compared to the greenish shade of the Nexus 4. Aside from the pixel density, the Droid DNA provides clear images for users to appreciate, especially in a macro shot.

However, in summary, the Super LCD 3 of the Droid DNA is still inferior to the Super LCD 2 of the HTC One X. Although the former has a slight edge when it comes to the sharpness of the display, this still cannot make up to its poor color calibration and darker screen.

Ranking Smartphones

Although the HTC Droid DNA does not generally have a bad screen, it is still a step backwards compared to the other phones. Here is the ranking of the smartphones according to their display:

  1. HTC One X
  2. Apple iPhone 5
  3. HTC Droid DNA
  4. Google Nexus 4
  5. Samsung Galaxy S III

Note: Although all the aforementioned smartphones have their clear strengths and weaknesses, all are prone to unforeseen accidents such as water damage, cracked screens etc. If your smartphone is in need of repair, the experts at iFixYouri can certainly help.

Honorable Mentions

Aside from these five, there are two other smartphones that remain to be tested. These are the Nokia Lumia 920 and the Samsung Galaxy Note II. When it comes to brightness and color, the Lumia is classified as excellent. However, it is still a step behind the Droid DNA in terms of the resolution. The Lumia 920 is a lot sharper because of the thicker typeface; however, the size of the pixels is actually comparable. As for the Galaxy Note II, it is, as of the moment, at the bottom of the ranking.

Why the HTC Droid DNA Is A Cut Above the Rest

On December 21, 2012, in smartphones, by Chris

The HTC Droid DNA is one of the best smartphones in the market that is packed with a lot of impressive features. This device has a 5-inch Super LCD 3 screen and a 1920×1080 display. Its pixel density is 440 PPI, which is considered the highest pixel density on any type of mobile screen.

According to HTC, the Droid DNA has an enhanced viewing angle, which is up to 80 degrees. Its display is also a lot brighter and all types of blurring problems are already eliminated.

A Look at the Droid DNA

The Droid DNA is still considered a phone and not a tablet. It is slimmer than the Galaxy Note II and has similar footprint with the HTC One X. When it comes to performance, the Droid DNA has a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro Processor. It also has an 8MP camera, which opens up to f/2.0 and a 16GB built-in storage. This is also one of the few phones that support a wireless type of charging.

The DNA’s Only True Flaw

The only concern about this phone is the 2,020 mAh battery. This battery can definitely support most other types of phone; however, with the Droid’s massive screen, powerful processor, and LTE radio, this battery probably won’t be enough. The battery juice is a lot less compared to the 3,100 mAh of the Note II.

As for the camera software, the HTC Sense 4+ provides a lot of improvements. It has an enhanced gallery of photo maps, smile recognition, better HDR, and a wonderful cool countdown feature.  The phone’s Beats Audio also provides dual amplifiers. One is made for the external speaker and the other is for the headphones.

Standing Up To the Competition

The HTC’s Sense UI is also a lot simpler and more intuitive compared to the Touch Wiz of Samsung. It has the same guts with the Nexus 4, but comes with a better LTE and screen. This makes the HTC Droid DNA one of the best smartphones in the market.

It does look like the Note II however; the Droid DNA is easier to navigate. In fact, it is more comparable with the Galaxy S III since it has the same width, but a little taller. The screen of HTC is considered as the best among all the other products. It produces bright colors and pictures that are incredibly sharp. Its texts are also larger and easier to read compared to the iPhone 5.

If ever your HTC Droid DNA requires repair due to any unforeseen issues such as water damage or a cracked screen, rest assured that professionals such as iFixYouri are available for any and all smartphone repair needs.

Smartphones are wonderful gadgets, but as the latest, sleekest designs tend to be made of glossy and glassy materials, they can easily get damaged. All too often, someone’s favorite device gets dropped and becomes scratched, or worse. When this happens, users are often unsure of what to do. Do you need to replace the whole device or are you able to get your smartphone’s glass repaired?

Smartphone Glass Repair vs. Replacing

The world we live in encourages us to replace any device that goes wrong. It is becoming more and more popular to throw away broken or even scratched iPhones in order to replace them with new ones. The problem is that this can be a very expensive process. Having to buy a new smartphone when you drop your current one is an expensive habit that can cost you hundreds of dollars each time.

Benefits of Smartphone Glass Repairs

  1. Smartphone glass repair is a viable alternative to replacing your device.
  2. Repairing your iPhone instead of replacing it can save you a lot of money.
  3. The repair turnaround time can be very fast.
  4. Sending your device away to get repaired is easy and can be done via the internet.

Doing It Yourself

It is certainly possible to save yet more money by doing the repair yourself. However, there are a few potential problems with this. The main issue is that many modern devices are assembled so that user servicing is nearly impossible. Apple’s iPhone displays are connected to the glass as a single unit, so you cannot just replace one or the other. However, if you are technically-minded and have experience repairing similar devices yourself, then it is definitely an option. You can get dedicated repair kits for specific applications and save some money compared to sending your phone away.

Key Points

  • Do-it-yourself repairs require technical knowledge and great care.
  • You can save more money by using the DIY option.
  • Irreparable damage to the phone may result from a bad DIY repair attempt.
  • Sending your phone away to be repaired guarantees an expert service.
  • For most people, an expert repair job is the best solution by far.

Professional iPhone Repair Services

Smartphones are extremely sophisticated electronic devices. As a result, it is not surprising that the technology is very delicate. If your smartphone has unsightly scratches on the screen, poor touch sensitivity, odd colors or anything else, then it may need a smartphone glass repair service. The best thing about shipping your phone to be repaired by iFixYouri experts is that you can rest assured that your phone is being handled by professionals with years of experience.

 

How To Video Chat On Android with Tango

On October 17, 2012, in iPhone Repair, by Chris


With smartphones, it is possible to video chat with people around the world, from anywhere in the world. Initially, the video chat feature was only available to those with a home computer. Nowadays, if you have an android OS enabled phone, there are many apps that allow you to make a video call.

For instance, Tango is a good example of a voice and video chat app that you may want to consider. This is an excellent app that allows you to call and watch your friends on the screen of your smartphone device.

Installing the Tango App

First, you’ll need a working phone.  If you’ve got an Android phone that is not behaving properly or is physically damaged, iFixYouri’s expert technicians will fix your Android phone properly and efficiently.

Video chatting through Android cannot be achieved if you do not have the supporting app to help you use the feature. You will need to visit the respective website dealer through your phone and locate the Tango apps from the list. The app is free and comes in different formats, including android phone.

Tap the icon of the app and give it time to download in your phone. Normally, the process takes some few minutes and after that you are done.

Getting Started with Tango

Once the app has been installed into your phone, you’ll be asked to create a Tango account, which is necessary to use the chat feature.

Once you are done, the app will proceed by linking all your mobile phone contacts stored in your device. Unfortunately, to enjoy a video chat session with any of your friends, they must also have a Tango account.  Fortunately, the app and service are free.

Invite Your Friends

If you notice your friends have a phone that can support this app, this is the time to ask as many as you can to open an account with Tango. This can be done quickly and easily, thanks to the “invite” tab which comes with the app once installed in the phone.

Making a Video Call

After convincing your friends to install the app in their phones, you can now make that important call. Simply choose the name of the person you want to call, tap on the name and your device will link to their phone, provided they have a Tango account. The app will prompt you to start a video chat after asking you to turn on your camera.

If you have a phone that has a front-facing camera, you will be able to see the video of your caller from the other end. However, if your device only has a back-facing camera, do not worry since tango also supports such phones.

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The Top Windows Smartphones

On October 17, 2012, in smartphones, by Chris

windows-phone-ifixyouriAt a point in time, Apple was the undisputed leader in the smartphone niche in the absence of any substantial competition. However, with the emergence of Android and more recently, Windows Phone, things have changed quite a bit. These new mobile operating systems have received both critical acclaim and popular acceptance. Microsoft was the most recent software giant to enter the mobile OS niche with the introduction of the Windows smartphone.

The Best Windows Phone Brands

In the short span of time since its release, the software has made quite a stir in the mobile market. Just like Android, the Windows OS is available in smartphones of different brands. Based on their performance and features, the following is a list of some of the best Windows smartphones:

1. Nokia Lumia 900

Nokia’s flagship phone, Nokia Lumia 900 is being touted as the best Windows smartphone available in the market as of now. To begin with, it comes with a high resolution 4.3 inch AMOLED screen, a 1.4 GHz Qualcomm processor, 512 MB RAM and 16 GB internal storage.

As with all phones powered by the Windows OS, it has many pre-installed apps like Microsoft Office, Xbox, OneNote etc. At the same time, it also has apps exclusive to Nokia like CNN, ESPN, Creative Studio etc. All said done, the Nokia Lumia 900 is an ideal combination of spectacular configuration and impressive apps. Significantly, the other smartphones in the Lumia range (i.e. Lumia 800 and Lumia 710) have also received largely positive reviews.

2. HTC Radar 4G

Let’s start with the basic configurations: the HTC Radar runs on Windows 7.5 Mango and is powered by a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor. In addition to this, it has 512 MB RAM and 8 GB internal storage. The screen size is 3.8 inches which makes it very comfortable to hold. The solid technical specifications are supplemented by a sleek and smooth design, making the HTC Radar quite a strong contender in the Windows phone market.

3. Samsung Focus Flash

When it comes to technical specifications, there isn’t a lot separating the Samsung Focus Flash from HTC Radar 4G. Just like the HTC Phone, this smartphone boasts of Windows 7.5 Mango, 512 RAM and 8 GB internal memory. It does have a better processor which clocks in at 1.4 GHz. In terms of looks and design, the Samsung Focus Flash stands out with its sharp edges and geometrical feel.On the flip side, the battery life is strikingly low, even for a smartphone. Additionally, the 5 megapixel camera might disappoint some photography enthusiasts.

Apart from these, other Windows smartphones like HTC Titan and HTC Surround have also managed to impress with their overall performance. One must remember that Windows OS was launched not very long ago and has made terrific progress since then. While the market has already seen some great Windows smartphones like the Nokia Lumia 900, there is reason enough to believe that the best is yet to come.

If you get your hands on one of these new models, and an accident occurs where the phone stops working properly, you can get the device repaired at iFixYouri.  The repair company is experienced in every smartphone model on the market, and can get your Windows Phone working again.

A Broken Cell Phone Means a Disrupted Life

On October 16, 2012, in smartphones, by Chris

cell-phone-smartphoneText messaging, mobile internet and electronic mail on the go — it is difficult, and even impossible for some people, to imagine life without these technological advances. For some individuals, being without their mobile phones and smartphones makes them feel uneasy and uncomfortable. Mobile technology has not just influenced society, it’s defined it. And a broken cell phone can mean an interrupted life.

 

Attitude towards Mobile Use

An outstanding 84% of users worldwide said that they could not go a single day without having their mobile devices on hand.  So when the mobile device breaks, it needs to be fixed ASAP, or life gets seriously disrupted.  At iFixYouri, we know how important the devices can be in your life, and getting your smartphone repaired quickly and properly is the #1 goal.

Mobile Phone Use and Relationships

Texting has become the avenue for flirting and for asking a person out on a date. Surprisingly, the convenience and ease of texting has pushed some 24% of texters to coordinate or even commit adultery.

Mothers and fathers feel that their wireless devices have enabled them to become better parents. They also believe that, although gadgets may be a source of distraction for their kids, there are more benefits for their children in learning about technology.

Government and Politics

Mobile technology enables a person to check out the latest news at any time, at any place. As a result, citizens all over the world, particularly in United States and China, have become better informed about current events and news.

Business, Commerce and Economy

People agree that wireless mobile technology has strengthened the economy and accountability of the government and of government officials. With this technology, individuals are able to work even when they are away from the office.

Indubitably, the mobile phone has replaced money to be the object one must never leave home without.

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radiation-cell-phoneOne of the concerns of cell phone users is whether they are exposed to unhealthy amounts of radiation when using cell phones.

A number of countries have started looking at the dangers linked with cellphone radiation and have started setting standards for the usage of the phones. Some countries ban the use of these phones in public places like trains.

Some medical experts believe that radiation from cell phones is more dangerous than cigarette smoke, because of the wider use of these appliances; however, there is not scientific consensus about how much danger a cell phone can actually cause.  The amount of cell phone use could be a factor, as well as using a physically-damaged cell phone that needs repair.

The Dangers Involved

The operation of cell phones involves using electromagnetic radiation from the microwave region in this spectrum. This radiation is absorbed by the human body and thus users of cell phones are constantly exposed to such radiation. The amount of radiation that is emitted by a cellphone will depend on its model. Such radiation is measured as a Specific Absorption Rate, and safe levels are those below 1.6. W/kg of body weight.

Such radiation is also emitted by cellular towers that dot most city landscapes and are also found all over the country. It is said that such radiation has the possibility of being carcinogenic.

Factors Affecting Risk

  • Radiation from cellphones can vary depending on where the antenna is placed. Handsets that have these antennas very close to the ear piece are more damaging. It is best to use air tube headsets in order to reduce the radiation.
  • Phones should be switched off when not in use.
  • It is best to limit the use of cellphones by children, as they are more vulnerable to such radiation.

When you are overexposed to this form of electromagnetic field radiation, you will notice tingling and burning sensations in the head, hands and face, and probably some pain. You may feel very tired, be subject to fits of absentmindedness and find it difficult to sleep. While yet not really proved, scientists feel such radiation can cause cancers, tumors and tissue damage.

Protection

There are a number of ways that can help to protect a person from radiation caused by cellphones or cellular towers.

It is possible to protect a home completely from outside electromagnetic radiation with the use of specific ‘net’-like devices. There are also accessories that can change the position of the antenna so that radiation is kept away from the head. It is not possible to block all radiation that emanates from a cellphone, as this will prevent it from working.

There are certain proprietary products available that will prevent the radiation getting through to sensitive parts of the body. These protection devices are attached to the ear piece and prevent most of the radiation, over 90 percent, from entering the head. The percentage of blocking can also depend on the model of the phone. There are also radiation free headsets available that can block all radiation.

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