Technology

  • Iphone 6 Rumors?

    Posted on February 18, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    Hello everyone, I hope you're doing well.

    For today's article I thought I'd share some Iphone (6) news. The article I'm referencing was published by Digital Trends (DT) on Feb 7th, 2014, but it seems to be one of fair speculation/fact. I will link the article HERE, but I will go into some of the details in which they are speculating on.

    (Please note that these photos are concept photos and they are provided by Digital Trends)

    The first rumor we can probably put to rest is the name. They mentioned that given the past history we can safely assume it will be iPhone 6, I'm putting my money there as well, but who's to say that they can't change it up.

    This next rumor is one that caught my attention, sapphire screens. from what I know do know about sapphire screens they are a little pricey, but they are extremely durable when compared to any other materials used for smart phone screens, they have a video showing just how awesome these screens are. Digital Trends (DT) noted that Apple and GT Advanced have a contract that could place sapphire screens on the new phone; in addition, the quantity involved would help lower the cost of sapphire overall. To further place this as fact rather than fiction, Apple's new Facility in Arizona is set to create more jobs and create new components, probably the new sapphire screens?

    I don't want to get hung up on talking about the screen, but DT brought up the possibility of having solar charging capability added on to the superman like screen. Real or not I think that's something that's worth mentioning.

    One rumor that has circulated is the possibility of a bigger screen size. Here is the concept art associated with this possible claim.

    I don't know how other users will perceive it, but some actually like that the iPhone sizes haven't changed over the years while others would prefer a larger screen. I'm not on one side or the other, but a bigger screen that uses a near indestructible screen with possibility of solar charging...I'll take it. (even without the solar charging).

    To get more details on this article please refer to this LINK that will take you to the original article posted by DT. I only highlighted some of the rumors, big ones though. Of course we'll have to wait for any official information till around may or June, so until then it's all smoke and mirrors (still fun to think about though).

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    (all photos and information were provided by Digital Trends)


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  • Showcase: Google Wallet

    Posted on February 5, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    Hello from Story Leather, I hope everyone is having a good week so far.

    Some of you remember that we talked a bit about Coin and their new take on the credit card. This time we figured we'd look at Google Wallet! We know that Google Wallet has been out for a while now, but I finally got around to ordering the card and downloading that app; so lets take a look.

     

    (Image provided by Android Guys)

    Google Wallet, for the most part, uses Near Field Communication (NFC) to do most transactions; however, Google has also provided the option for you to order a Google Wallet card and its free. This card compliments the app because not many places will have a machine that can readily use the NFC tech aside from some fast food chains and convenience stores. I wanted to note that the Google card won't work as a substitute for your debit card, in fact the Google card is linked to your Google Wallet, I will explain that feature a bit more when we go into the features and benefits. With the basics aside lets dive into all the features that make Google Wallet so unique.

     

     

    One of the first features we wanted to talk about is that Google Wallet can store multiple credit and debits cards on the app for easy access. The one drawback is that your stored cards can only be used with an NFC terminal, which most places have yet to adopt. Places that I have seen with NFC capability are fast food restaurants and most convenience stores which make things a bit faster and convenient.

    Another feature of Google Wallet is the debit card and the Google wallet account. Google wallet has it's own separate account aside from your stored credit and debit cards and you're able to transfer funds into to use on a daily basis. What's unique is that Google gives the option to have a debit card that is linked to your Wallet. This comes in handy in places that don't have an NFC terminal.

    One great benefit to using Google Wallet over your traditional card is that you're able to control you're spending. I find myself eating out quite a lot and I never really know how much I spend until its too late. Luckily with Google Wallet I just give myself a month or weekly allowance and once I use it up then that's it for the time being. It's a really helpful tool for those trying to save up as well. One would just deposit money into the Wallet account and let is accumulate until you hit your target.

     

     

     

     

    One last feature we wanted to show off, because there're are way to many to go through in one round, are the offers you can get from using Google Wallet. In the app there's a section that lists special offers for food, clothing, and many other services. This includes special deals or discounts that are redeemable upon check out. This eliminates the need to carry around coupon clippings or printed email offers! This helps me quite a bit because I am able to search for any offers in my area instead of clipping coupons and going to one specific place.

    Overall Google Wallet is an amazing app that makes saving, paying and shopping much easier; as it says on the website; "Shop, Save, and Pay with your Phone." I don't think it gets much simpler than that.

     

     

    For more info on Google Wallet you can visit their website, www.google.com/wallet, or if you have a question you can visit their FAQ and see if someone already asked it for you. I hope everyone enjoyed this mini review of the Google Wallet and for more stories please visit our blog, Facebook, and Twitter.

    I hope everyone has a great week and I'll be finding other cool stuff to show you soon!
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    This post was posted in Technology, Showcase, News, The Weekly Story and was tagged with technology, cell phone case, cell phone, Facebook, Twitter, Google, blogging, blog, shopping, moto x, tech, googel wallet, saving, motorolla

  • Showcase: Typo Keyboard

    Posted on January 30, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    Hello from all of us at Story Leather, we hope this week is shaping up very nicely everyone.

    Today I thought I might talk about something that I think is pretty cool, the Typo Keyboard. Over the past month we've received a lot of orders asking that we make a phone case holster that can hold the Typo Keyboard, so one of our guys thought; "wow that's quite a few orders, we should check it out". Of course by the time I checked it out the pre-orders were sold out, so I'm in line as it were, but I thought I'd take a look and highlight some of the key features of the Typo Keyboard. Before I get into my thoughts, here is a video from Typo that gives a quick glimpse of their product.

    TYPO PRODUCTS - iPhone Keyboard Case from Typo on Vimeo.

     One of the first things I immediately liked was the design. From seeing the video and pictures it doesn't add much to the bulk. Another highlight of the design is that it gives back the full view of the screen. I've seen other keyboard attachments in the past, but it requires that the keyboard be placed right over the digital keyboard. Pretty sure that defeats the purpose of using a keyboard that will always take up half the screen. With Typo, it allows for a full view of the screen while the device is attached; I think that's pretty unique. Overall, the keyboard keeps the slim sleek design that iPhone users have come to appreciate while keeping the product functionality.

    (Image provided by whatsupmarkets.com)

    A second feature that was worth mentioning is the dedicated battery they built into the Typo. I originally thought that it would use the iPhone's battery, but Typo has an independent battery pack to keep from draining the phones battery. From the FAQ, they have said that the keyboard would require charging every 7-14 days depending on use, not shabby since texting takes up a majority of my time as it is. Included in the package of course are all the USB charging cables and because it uses a standard micro USB charging cable you won't have to fret if you happen to misplace that cable.

    (Image provided by theverge.com)

    One last detail I wanted to highlight is that the backlight on the keyboard. I know that doesn't seem like it should be something to get excited over, but it's one of those details that when overlooked becomes a problem. So I for one am glad that this detail was not overlooked.

    In summary, Typo Keyboard looks like to does everything as promised: provides a platform for faster typing, minimizes typing errors, simplistic design that doesn't add bulk, allows full use of the screen, dedicated battery, and a backlit keyboard. These are just some of the details I was able to glean on from other sources. I'm hoping that once I get my hands on one I can get a better look and feel as to how the Typo Keyboard works.

    (Image provided by digitaltrends.com)

    This is just one person's view of the Typo, of course others have been able to get their hands on it, like pcmag.com. Once the new pre-orders are available then I'll have to make sure that I get in line for one. As of now the current price listing for a Typo Keyboard is $99 and current pre-orders are sold out. For more info on their product you can visit their website.

    Thank you for taking some time to look at Typo and we will be bring you more gadget reviews soon!

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    This post was posted in Technology, Showcase, Promotion and was tagged with Apple, iPhone, BlackBerry, smart phone, phone case, leather, Facebook, leather case, iPhone 5, custom case, iPhone 5S

  • Story Leather Innovation Review

    Posted on January 9, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    Hello from everyone here at Story Leather. We hope that everyone had a fun and safe New Years following Christmas.

    In keeping with the New Year we wanted add something new to our blog, our very first innovation review. This is where we will try to find something new that is an upcoming invention and give you some of our thoughts on the product. Or it could be something that's already out and it hasn't caught our eye yet.

    This week we wanted to look at Coin, a new way to integrate all your credit cards into one. Here's a video that they recently released detailing Coin and its many features and benefits.

    From what they've shown us on the video it seems like this could solve a lot of issues with giant wallets bursting due to the amount of credit cards or other nick knacks that we have. This also helps with those using wallet phone cases with only one or two slots. Although the Coin card itself can only store 8 cards at a time, the app itself is said to store an unlimited amount of cards ranging from credit, debit, gift, and even reward cards.

    This is an closer look at the Coin. As you can see its the same size as a credit card and it has a display window to show the current card in use.

    Of course there are plenty of other questions people might have about Coin which can be found on their Q & A, but we thought we could address the more pertinent ones. One of the big that we had, and many other might have had, is about their security. On a very simple basis the Coin card uses a blue tooth emitter that pairs itself with your mobile device. Should you go to far it will send an alert to your phone and disable certain functions of the card as well. In the event that it is stolen or if the card is away from your mobile device for too long the card will automatically be disabled, the timing can be adjusted. What if you lose your phone you ask, well its actually paired to the account and not the phone so all you would have to do is get the app and sign into your account.

    We can honestly go on and on about how amazing this product is and we can ask just as many questions, but the last one might have to be about the battery life. They've said that the coin itself is the same size as a credit card with a battery life of 2 years! pretty impressive when you consider how thin that battery must be. The one major drawback is that because of the design and size you would have to buy a new coin when the current on runs out of battery, but we think that 2 years is pretty impressive considering you are issued a new card every 3.

    Overall this product could be something that helps the wallet clutter situation. As of this moment the coin is open for pre-order for early adopters at $50. The normal price estimated for Coin is $100. If you want to get a closer look at Coin then visit their website to learn more. You can also take a look at Gizmodo's review as well.

    As a reminder, we wanted to let everyone know that with every custom order we will include a handcrafted leather keychain pouch. We want to thank you for being a part of our first Innovation review and as always Tell Us Your Story.

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    This post was posted in Technology, Showcase, News and was tagged with technology, cell phone case, cell phone, credit card, News, high tech, tech, coin, innovative, invention

  • Jumping on the E-Reader Wagon

    Posted on December 19, 2013 by Jennifer Bryant

    Do you currently have an e-reader? There seems to be 2 camps of bibliophiles out there: those who loathe e-readers and only want to purchase real paper books, and those who swear by their e-reader. But as time goes by, those in the "real paper book" camp seem to be slowly changing their tune. Sales of e-readers and e-books have grown exponentially, and are expected to continue to do so.

    If you haven't jumped on the e-reader wagon yet, we've listed a few of the options below. But the real question is, why should you? For many, e-readers are more cost efficient (e-books tend to be cheaper than paper books, and go on sale more often). But e-readers can also be more convenient. Instead of packing 5 paper books for your vacation and pushing your checked bag over it's weight limit, you can slip an e-reader in your carry-on and bring thousands of titles with you. And with the newer readers, you can read comfortably in the dark without straining your eyes, making it so much easier to finish that page-turner without disrupting your partner with a bedside lamp.

    Our favorite e-readers are:

    Kindle Paperwhite - Amazon's second generation Paperwhite is a step up from the standard Kindle but is still solely an e-reader (unlike the Kindle Fire). The lighting is amazing, the pages flip quickly, and the battery lasts for weeks. It's available with wi-fi or 3G, and with or without special offers. The cheapest Paperwhite is $119 - you must connect to wi-fi to download books and you will see special offers on your screen, but these offers will not disrupt your reading experience. The most expensive is $209 and comes with Amazon's 3G service (no monthly fee) and no special offers.

    Nook GlowLight - Barnes and Noble's e-reader isn't quite as popular as Amazon's, though this was the first e-reader on the market with built-in lighting. The Nook is lighter than the Kindle, and has more available storage as well. The Nook is a tad slower than the Kindle though, so keep that in mind if you're a speed reader. There are no options for the GlowLight - one will set you back $119. No worrying about special offers or 3G. This is just a standard e-reader. Barnes and Noble is keeping it simple.

    Kobu Glo - This e-reader is the only real competition for the Kindle and Nook, as far as strictly e-readers go. The Glo is lightweight, Wi-Fi enabled, allows for expanded memory (like the Nook used to) and is compatible with EPUB files (most e-readers are not). However, the book selection is much smaller than Amazon or Barnes and Noble, and third-party purchases or loans require tethering to a PC. Not to mention the Glo is a little more costly than the other two at $129.99. However, the Glo is available in multiple colors. So if that's something you care about, Glo is the way to go

    Of course, there are a wide variety of tablets that support Kindle and Nook apps, as well as other e-book apps. But if you're looking for a no-nonsense e-reader, these are your best options. Which one do you prefer?


    This post was posted in Technology and was tagged with Amazon, Kindle, E-reader, kindle Paperwhite, nook, nook glowlight, kobu Glo, Barnes and Noble

  • Two Million Accounts Hacked - Was Yours?

    Posted on December 5, 2013 by Jennifer Bryant

    It's being reported that hackers have stolen usernames and passwords of almost two million accounts at major sites like Facebook, Google, Twitter, and others. How? Apparently through a keylogging software maliciously installed on many computers around the world. This virus captured the login information for these key websites, like Facebook, Google, Yahoo, Twitter, ADP, and LinkedIn.

    Facebook and Twitter have announced they reset passwords for all compromised users, but the other sites have yet to comment. If you think your account may have been compromised, play it safe and change your password now! But more importantly, if you think your computer could be infected, make sure your antivirus software is up-to-date and download the latest information for your preferred Internet site (Firefox, Chrome, etc).

    So was your account hacked?


    This post was posted in Technology and was tagged with Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo

  • Top Holiday Gifts for Gamers

    Posted on December 3, 2013 by Jennifer Bryant

    This holiday season there are two top holiday gifts for the gamers in your life. The PlayStation 4 and the XBox One.

    The PlayStation 4 has top-of-the-line graphics and simple interface. The controller is amazing, and it is a full $100 cheaper than the Xbox One. However, PS3 games are not compatible with the PS4, meaning your collection of games is worthless. (Though there may be a possibility for retro gaming in the future though a game-streaming service). Plus there is a serious lack of game options at this point. The PS4 is also unable to play media and doesn't not have DLNA compatibility, making it less desirable than the PS3 was.

    The Xbox One is unlike the PS4 in that it is designed to integrate live TV, controlling your cable (or satellite) box, TV, and receiver. While that is great in theory, the application leaves a bit to be desired at this point. Voice commands are spotty, the dashboard is confusing, and there isn't a full DVR integration. Plus an Xbox Live Gold membership fee is required to use nearly every cool feature. However, like the PS4, graphics in the Xbox One are much higher quality than previous models.

    So which one should you buy? Well, unless your loved one is a serious gamer, it may be best to wait for some improvements before making the $399 (PS4) or $499 (Xbox 4) splurge. 


    This post was posted in Technology and was tagged with games, XBox, PS4, Xbox One, PlayStation, PlayStation 4, gamers

  • Buying Something Through Instagram?

    Posted on November 26, 2013 by Jennifer Bryant

    If you haven't experienced it, it might sound crazy. But buying and selling items on Instagram is becoming more and more common! From living room rugs to fleece lined leggings, you can buy almost anything on Instagram these days. Some are small pop-up shops while others are actual boutiques, but all make it quick and easy to shop while perusing your friends photos.

    One such boutique is Southern and Simply Classic, a daughter/mom owned boutique that touts affordable women's and accessories. They post pictures of the items available, and ordering an item from them is as simple as leaving the email address associated with your PayPal account in a comment! They then send an invoice to you, and once it's been paid they sent the item straight to you. It's really as simple as that.

     

    But it's not just boutiques. Every day people are using the app as a way to buy and sell products. Called "closet shops" or "pop-up shops", these accounts are similar to the boutiques; they provide images of the items up for sale in their feed and you simply leave your information in a comment to purchase. Of course, on one-of-a-kind items there can be a bit of a battle as to who gets there first, and if the first person doesn't pay the invoice fast enough...but other than those issues, this seems like a pretty easy way for us regular Joes to make a little extra dough clearing out our closets. Unlike eBay, there are no fees for this. You can sell as little or as much as you want!

    Have you purchased anything off Instagram? We've tried it a few times and have to admit, it's pretty convenient!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


    This post was posted in Fashion, Technology and was tagged with fashion, Instagram, gifts, shopping, clothes, second-hand, thrift, eBay

  • We Flipped for the JBL Flip

    Posted on November 21, 2013 by Jennifer Bryant

    We think one of the top holiday gifts this season will be a Bluetooth speaker. Since even elementary students have iPhones these days, every one can enjoy the convience of a Bluetooth speaker.

    There are lots of options, but we love the JBL Flip. Coming in under $100, it's a great buy. It's portable, rechargeable, has speakerphone capability and incredible sound quality, and works as a wireless speaker with pretty much any smartphone or tablet. So it can work with your kid's iPhone or your Samsung Galaxy S3.

    With a total system power of 10W, it provides powerful sound efficiently. It even has a built-in bass port that enables it to deliver enhanced bass performance. It has an integrated microphone and call-answer button, making it simple and quick to take calls. The built-in lithium-ion battery offers up to 5 hours of audio playback, and the headphone output offers the ability to listen to music privately.

    The Flip can be used horizontally or vertically, making it easy to listen to music, watch video, or even Facetime. It has a great volume for the size, and comes with it's own carrying case. Available in a variety of colors, we think the Flip is a great Christmas present - for you or your friends :)


    This post was posted in Technology and was tagged with iPad, iPhone, tablet, Samsung, iPod, Samsung Galaxy S3, bluetooth, flip, bluetooth speaker

  • iPhone 5C for only $79?

    Posted on September 20, 2013 by Jennifer Bryant

    Want an iPhone 5C for only $79? It can happen! Walmart announced they will be selling the 16GB iPhone 5C for $20 off retail price. And more than that, they will also be selling the 16GB iPhone 5S for $189! Both prices require a two-year contract, of course. But this is quite a deal for the latest Apple devices.

    Both phones go on sale today. But if you until tomorrow (Saturday, September 21) you could save even more by trading in your current phone!

    Want to save more money? If you don't care about having the very newest version, you could snag a new 16GB iPhone 5 for $79, and both the 8GB and 16GB iPhone 4S is only 97 cents. Walmart will even pay you with a $100 gift card if you want an iPhone 4! (Of course, all these prices rely on a 2 year agreement with a carrier, so don't get too excited.)

    What if you don't live near a Walmart? Target has announced they will match Walmart's price for the iPhone 5C, as well as providing an additional 5% off for consumers who use their Target REDcard for the purchase.

    So if you plan on buying a new iPhone this weekend, you have lots of choices. Where are you going to go?


    This post was posted in Technology and was tagged with Apple, Mac, iphone 4s, iPhone 4, iOS, iPhone 5, Target, iPhone 5S, Walmart, iPhone 5C

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