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Samsung's Galaxy S4 Mini targets iPhone Buyers

Posted: By Lars J Larson

Samsung unveiled it's mini me of it's popular selling Galaxy S4 smartphone, the S4 Mini was introduced Thursday as an attempt to grab the buying share of people who like and demand smaller phones; mostly the iPhone market.

The S4 Mini will feature a 4.3- inch screen - still bigger than Apple's iPhone 5 - and an 8-mega-pixel rear-facing camera. Everything else is pretty much the same as the Galaxy S4 but just smaller. No real movement of technical advances with this phone.

Samsung did not announce a price or launch date for the phone, but professional guessers are estimating a $350 price tag without contract. If you think they are done with the Galaxy line, they are not as rumors suggest they will unveil more varieties of the S4 line at an upcoming mobile conference in London in June, both the Mini and S4 rumors are ahead of the wifely speculated low-priced iPhone that might hit the market later this summer. The Galaxy S4 became the fastest selling smartphone by hitting the 10 million-sale mark last week.

Smartphone users waste an hour a day

Posted: By Lars J Larson

In numbers just released from Experian Marking Services, the typical smart phone user uses their device for an average of 60 minutes per day. Those numbers are not totally shocking, actually I expected it to be more, but the one shocking statistic from this new research is that smart phone users spend the most time using the device for such a vintage thing, making phone calls, at 26% of the time. Who knew huh? Guess Snapchat can't compete yet with the gift of gab.

Obviously high on the list was checking email, social media and trading back and forth text messages. There was a slight difference between iPhone and Android users, iPhone users spent an hour and fifteen minutes more device time than an Android user. Also iPhone users used more social networking, photos, text and email. Android users spent more time talking on the phone and visiting websites. One thing that was left out and was surprising was the use of video on smartphones, which 98% of users seemed not to use on a daily basis. I find that shocking, then again maybe I am the only one with a daily Beyonce video fixation.

I also wonder what age gap was used with this study - as that was not listed - as teenagers have nicotine withdrawals if there are not at least at arms distance from their smart phone. Whatever we learned from this study is this...we as a society are becoming more and more addicted to our smart phone gadget. Now all we need is more Beyonce videos to watch.

Xbox One sneak peek take us one step closer to Skynet Takeover

Posted: By Lars J Larson

And you thought Google Glasses were creepy? The few details that were revealed this past week about the new Xbox One will jump start the search for John Connor to save us all from a Skynet meltdown.

Microsoft unveiled a sneak peek to the Xbox One, the entertainment console and all-in-one solution for playing games, watching TV and doing everything in between.

The one detail that has always been mind blowing – or mind melting – is Xbox's camera-based Kinect system. The eye scan and face recognition system is too creepy for most old school gamers who still spend hours shifting Tetris blocks or guide long Adrian Peterson runs on Madden. The Xbox One only improves this technology highlighting motion and voice detection, including the ability to recognize smiling or frowning faces to read your mood to gauging your heart rate to make sure you don’t have a heart attack while you turn white in fear that a computer can read your inner emotions.

Also rumored to be included is voice detection, a 60-degree field of view and a crystal clear 1080p video that can detect up to seven people in the room.

I know part of the new generation of gaming is all about connectivity, sharing and the focus of interactive play. But when you have a machine from Microsoft reading your heart rate and understanding your emotions to play a video game. What is next?

Call me old school, but I rather stick with the hit stick while I pretend the Golden Gophers have a successful football program and maybe on a slow weekend break out the Tanooki Suit and have Mario dodge some flying mushrooms. I know my video game actions will not break out a robot World War. Can you say the same for the new Xbox One? Just in case, some one should track down Sarah Conner’s storage locker.

The new HTC One: looks great but vacant personality

Posted: By Lars J Larson

You know that girl you had a crush on for years, extremely gorgeous and out of your league. Then you finally get drunk enough one night to talk to her and find out she’s dumb as a box of rocks. Damn.

That is the HTC One. It looks and sounds excellent, but the inside, not so great. But with that said, The HTC One is a perfect contender as one of the smartphones to make a run at the title this summer. Because let’s face it…everyone loves a dumb blonde.

It has the feel and a finish like an iPhone, introducing a new way to compete with the Apple standard. It combines the simple design of the iPhone but has the tools – Android powered – and specs to impress. The screen booms a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, the equivalent of a big screen television sitting in an empty Best Buy. HTC One also bumps once again with two speaker grilles located beneath the screen to enhance real stereo sound powered by Beats Audio. The visual clarity and crisp sound is perfect to blast that new Justin Timberlake or catch up on old episodes of Game of Thrones.

The actual feel of the phone would be familiar with iPhone users and is similar to the new BlackBerry Z10. Smooth, light and slick. The camera is touted with an “Ultrapixel” camera, but in reality all that means is that loaded with a 4MP sensor. Basically, better photos in low light settings. Nothing dramatically improved on this front. You won’t be Herb Ritz with this camera but get’s the job done to upload photos to Snapchat and Instagram.

The actual brains of the phone will be confusing for some for example; the interface of multiple “home” screens to launch applications. But it’s really unnecessary; all we need is one button to do the job. I know the Android has a major jealous and envy complex of its competitor and tries to make it smarter and more nerdy but the simple smartphone user won’t appreciate this. But’s not that big an issue once you get the hang of it.

April 18th is the shipping date in the United States and it’s already available in the UK and is already sold out on the T-Mobile carrier. AT&T, Sprint and Nextel all plan to carry the phone. Prices will be about $200 with a two-year contract. For those who want to change it up and try a new phone – besides the iPhone and the over marketed Galaxy – this might be the “One” you are waiting for.

Galaxy S4 details start to leak out…

Posted: By Lars J Larson

With the “big reveal” about a week away, rumors and details are starting to leak out about the Samsung S4.

First, Samsung likely will stick to a design aesthetic that has worked in the past, despite rivals opting to use metal and other premium-feeling materials. The much-debated “plastic-y” feel that bothers some Samsung users will be back for the S4. At a time when competitors are using glass, aluminum, and even higher quality plastics such as polycarbonate, Samsung has stuck to its guns with a thin, bendable plastic body. Samsung has argued that the plastic back cover, which feels light, is more durable than those of other smartphones because it's bendable and can better absorb physical impact.

Much more impressive than a plastic backing is reports that the Samsung S4 will have live eye recognition, being able to scroll down just by looking at the bottom of the screen. The New York Times suggests it could be related to Samsung's patent on Eye Scroll and Eye Pause. This seems to be a must have technology as the new Google Glasses also feature such functions.

Whatever new technology and functions the S4 has -- creepy or not -- we will know for sure on March 14th.

Huawei Announces Ascend P2 -- the fastest smartphone in the world

Posted: By Lars J Larson

Huawei, a Chinese tech company trying to make waves in an competitive US market, are boosting about having the “fastest smartphone in the world” and hopes that it’s flagship product can turn some heads.

The new phone, the Ascend P2, will have a 4.7 inch screen and has the ability to support faster download speeds than other phones, but it might be too ahead of it’s time as today’s wireless networks aren’t equipped to supply those speeds. Richard Yu, head of Huawei's consumer business group said the new phone can be programmed to display more than 100 different "themes," or looks. This is important because "ladies like flowers, colorful things," Yu said. The thousands of lady like flower designs still might not be enough for the Americans as it tries to compete with the iPhone and Galaxy stranglehold they have on the smartphone market.

Yu said it will be available in the April to June time frame for about $525 without a contract.

Despite selling very few phones in the U.S. Huawei Technologies was the world’s third largest seller of smartphones, after Samsung and Apple in the fourth quarter last year.

Apple and Android in arms -- or wrist -- race for smart watch

Posted: By Lars J Larson

Now you too can be Dick Tracy. Thinking about trading in that Rolex? Now might be the time. Rumors are abuzz over the current war between Apple and Android over the next "it" product in the smart phone industry. Except, it's not a smart phone. It's a smart watch.

Bloomberg reports that the brains at Cupertino have about 100 people working on a "smart watch" for Apple. If you are counting this makes the third Apple iWatch rumor in the last week, and if you follow Apple rumor history, this pretty much makes it true.

But Apple isn't the only company that wants you talking into their wrist; computerized wristwatches were one of the hot items shown off at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Simon Tian, an enterprising 18-year-old, and his team at Neptune have been working on a smartphone/watch combination that runs on Android software. The watch, called the Neptune Pine, is scheduled for release later this year. My guess is a late summer, early fall launch just in time for school and holiday shopping. Now all you need is a bright yellow coat and you are set to go. Madonna not included.

I see you! Polytron’s launches transparent smartphone prototype

Posted: By Lars J Larson

We have seen them in movies like Minority Report, Ironman and Avengers, but never thought the day would come. No, not the day of Tom Cruise and pre-crime or Robert Downey Jr. saving the world -- the day of the translucent touch screen smartphone and tablet.

Polytron Technologies, a Taiwanese company, has just developed the first working prototype of the see-through smartphone. The SD card, SIM card, microphone, and batteries aren’t translucent, but Polytron is planning on covering that panel with an opaque fixture, so as to leave the screen above translucent. Through the roof on the coolness meter, no phone has caused this much curiosity or wonder since Neo popped open the quick eject mobile phone in The Matrix. But wonder and curiosity is all you are going to get for now as this phone is still in prototype phase without a running software but Polytron plans to have software running on the unit by the end of the year, and possibly even have the device in production by then as well.

Demand for the working technology is already being patented and could be worth in the multi-billions, as sure this phone will be very popular with many of a crowd. No more ugly abstract wallpapers and screen savers. I'm sure some people in Cupertino are watching closely.

Playstation 4' Rumors Begin With Sony Announcing Event in February

Posted: By Lars J Larson

Big news out of Tokyo, Sony Corp will host it's first major Playstation event in two years, sparking a fire of rumors and speculation the Japanese electronics king is planning to unveil the long awaited PS4. The last time Sony hosted an event was in early 2011 for a prototype of its Vita console.

Sony declined to say whether it would release a new product at the meeting in New York on February 20. "We will be talking about the Playstation business," spokesman Masaki Tsukakoshi said on Friday.

It's been more than six years since Sony launched the PS3 home console, a longer gap between it and it's PS2 sibling, but since it's last console launch the games market has been transformed by the boom in smartphones and tablets and gamers have been spoiled with cheap or even free games. But strong titles like Madden, Call of Duty and GTA still make the home console very viable.

Sony and other console makers Nintendo Co Ltd and Microsoft Corp now have to contend with competition from hand-held devices made by Apple Inc, Samsung Electronics and others. Analysts expect that tablets and other mobile devices will match the power and graphics of today's games consoles within a few years. But they are forgetting one very important thing.

"I think gamers, and especially kids, will still want to play games the old fashion way. Huddled around a TV screen with friends or family, some food and drinks and lots of social fun.” says Seth Hammond, a manager at GameStop.

So call your friends, grab some Flaming Hot Cheetos and Cherry Pepsi because PS4 is near.

Hell Froze Over and BlackBerry Unveils 2 New Phones After Much Delay

Posted: By Lars J Larson

It's finally here! *** sound of crickets *** After years of delays and stalling RIM -- now BlackBerry -- finally officially joined the smartphone race with it's double release of the Q10 and Z10. The Q10 will have the classic physical keyboard, which made BlackBerry famous last decade while the fresh updated Z10 has only a touch-screen keyboard, like most smartphones on the market. The Q10 has a squarish screen measuring 3.1 inches diagonally. The Z10 will have a 4.2-inch screen for a cinematic experience; the back is textured so that it will be comfortable to hold. RIM redesigned the system to embrace the multimedia, apps and touch-screen experience prevalent today, but was too late to the party to catch up to smartphone giants like Apple and Android?




Most analysts consider a BlackBerry 10 success to be crucial for the company's long-term viability. So far on techie blogs and geek wires it's been getting favorable reviews. It does have some pretty neat features I’m sure Apple and Samsung will steal soon. Like the Balance feature, which allows two personas on the same device. No more business phone and personal phone, you can safely store information on the same phone without any interference. Other cool features include the BBM Screen Share and the BlackBerry Hub, which has direct access to Twitter and integrates LinkedIn.

While it is most certainly an impressive device, and it should be with all the time they had putting them together, most wonder if it's too little too late. But the past strong markets of BlackBerry like India and South America, haven't really jumped to Apple or Android yet and if BlackBerry can capitalize on it's once strong hold on those two countries alone, the wait will certainly be worth it to stock holders and people involved with the two new BlackBerry phones.

Two (screens) is better than one?

Posted: By Lars J Larson

One screen isn't enough for you; well a Japanese carrier might have solved your problem. NTT unveiled a new smartphone with two screens. Think of all the possibilities, this could take Instagraming and Tweeting to a new level.

Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo announced its spring lineup of new phones, and among them was the unusual Medias W by NEC, which has two 4.3-inch screens with 960 by 540 pixel resolutions each. The Medias W has the appearance of a regular phone, but with a quick flick, the back can flip to the front around a hinge on the right side of the phone to make one large display that is around the equivalent of a 5.6-inch screen. This will make multitasking much easier and using multiple apps at once easy like; cut and pasting, multimedia sharing, driving with Maps, sharing on social media sites and more.

Besides its dual screens, the Medias W has an 8-megapixel-rear camera and runs on a 1.5 GHz dual core processor and uses Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the second most recent version of the Google mobile operating system. The Medias W is slated for a mid-April release in Japan, but there's no word on whether it will make its way to the U.S.

NEC isn't the first company to experiment with dual screens, but so far other devices with similar features have not caught on. If the Medias W can become a hit, we may start seeing more phones with two or more folding screens in the future. Samsung and Apple are watching closely.

Review: Fosmon GYRE Series Revolving Leather Stand Case for Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0

Posted: By Lars J Larson

You now got the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 for the holidays and now you need a way to protect your new gift. You searched around online and in stores but everything is over priced and drab. Well, look no more. The new Fosmon GYRE Series Revolving Leather Stand Case is the perfect combination of low price and high quality.

First off the selection of colors is pretty hip with a selection of bright red, baby blue and a clean white. You mostly see just black and gray with most of these types of cases. It's good to see some color. The options to hold and view your tablet are also impressive, with Fosmons 360 option. The case holds your tablet snug and fit while rotating to a full 360 degrees, great to view at odd vantage points, like lying in bed or flying on a cramped plane. The case securely holds your tablet at all angles.

The construction of the case is top notch especially for the price. The case has a hard plastic interior molding while the inner side of the cover is made from soft suede material to keep your LCD screen safe. The exterior is made from synthetic leather and has creatively cut holes and access points to have full access to the features of your device with the case on. And with all this, the case still remains lightweight.

Overall, it's a great case for a great price. Sure you can spend more for name brand stuff with real leather, but why? This Fosmon case has all the extras and pluses you need to protect and use your tablet. Don't take it from me, look at all the positive feedback on Amazon and other e-commerce sites. Take it from them; the GYRE Series is worth the purchase.

Nielsen: Smartphone Royal Rumble To Rage In Brazil, Russia, India

Posted: By Lars J Larson

Who knew the huge potential of mega growth for the smartphone market, still lays dormant and untouched in some of the worlds most populated countries. But according to a new Nielsen report, 2013 and beyond will see a long overdue smart phone boom in the BRIC region. (Brazil, Russia, India, China) According to Nielsens findings, only in China are smartphones predominant, where they’re now owned by two-thirds of mobile subscribers, as of the first half of 2012.

However, in India, Russia and Brazil, users are only beginning to transition away from feature phones to newer, app-capable devices. With two major world sporting events -- the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia and 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil -- the two countries are trying to modernize itself in time for the world spotlight. Smartphones have become a must own for travel and getting and gathering information, which are common necessities in Olympic years.

India, feature phones account for 80 percent of the mobile market, Nielsen says, followed by Russa at 51 percent, and Brazil at 44 percent. In Brazil, there’s more of an even split between feature phones, smartphones (36 percent) and a third category Nielsen dubs “multimedia” phones (21 percent). These multimedia phones have a touchscreen and/or a QWERTY keypad, but no smartphone operating system installed. They’re basically a better feature phone, if you had to classify them one way or the other. Nielsen also listed Russia and China among the fastest-growing iOS and Android markets by active devices, and noted that China in particular, was on track to top the U.S. iOS/Android install base by Q1 of 2013.

China is an especially interesting one to watch at present, because even though smartphones are now topping feature phones among mobile users, which smartphone platform will become the dominant player there is a battle that’s still underway. Apple CEO Tim Cook has been busy on this front just this month, in fact, visiting China personally to meet with China Mobile Chairman Xi Guohua, likely discussing how to gain access to the carriers’ some 700 million subscribers. According to news reports of the visit, Cook remarked that the country would become Apple’s most important market in the “not too distant future.” This is great news for stockowners and people invested in the smart phone markets for the upcoming year.

Winners and Losers over the Holidays

Posted: By Lars J Larson

According to recent reports released from Chitika Insights the Holiday season was good...and bad for Apple.

As millions of people opened their gifts under the tree or fireplace and saw a brand new (insert electronic device here) instant joy followed by intense curiosity has influenced the new numbers. In the following days millions of users were playing and testing out their new devices and judging from those numbers Chitika has compiled data to bring you the winners and losers for this past holiday shopping season.


Tablet Winner: Kindle Fire HD - 3.03% Jump
The Kindle Fire HD tablet was the top-selling product on Amazon.com on Black Friday. The low cost of this tablet combined with the free test month of an Amazon Prime membership was too good to pass for most buyers and users. Everything associated with this product saw huge gains over and post holidays, from accessories to app purchases it was a buying frenzy to pimp out their new Kindle device.

Tablet Loser: Apple iPads (all) - Down -7.14%
Any kind of loss at Apple makes news as the nations most valuable company has millions of eyes and wallets interested on Apples financial success. As competitors finally caught up to the iPad, you had to realize the numbers were going to go down a little eventually. The Google Nexus, Amazon Kindle Fire HD and Samsung Galaxy Tablet all made a respectful run at the top, but Apple still holds a king size 79% share of the market even after the loss over the holiday.

Smartphone Winner: Apple iPhone 5 - 1.11% Jump
Even LeBron James, Gwen Stefani and Jessica Alba can't compete with the iPhone 5. Numerous smartphone makers made the celebrity push over the holidays to entice shoppers to shy away from the Apple product, and even though numbers went up -- especially for Samsung -- the boys at Cupertino came out on top over the Holiday shopping break. Even though it's just a small slice of improvement, in this competitive market of smart phones it's still a huge victory worth pouring out some champagne.

Smartphone Loser: HTC Droid DNA - 0.00% Ouch
HTC saw no share gain for its 5” Droid DNA. Nothing. Zilch. Nada. Fail. As it bombarded shoppers with commercials and magazine ads this season people just walked on by the Droid DNA and keep shopping. Santa Claus season is the biggest season for smartphone shopping and gains and to post no improvement is a huge "lets go back to the drawing board" for the heads at HTC.

Happy New Year! Apple already testing iPhone 6 and iOS7

Posted: By Lars J Larson

Not even a day into the new 2013 year and Apple rumors are abuzz.

According to Reuters, Apple Inc. have started testing on a new iPhone 6 and a new version of its 7 software.

Application developers have already found references in their app usage logs to a new iPhone identifier, iPhone 6.1 running an iOS 7 operating system. The app requests are traced to an Internet address on Apples Cupertino campus, suggesting that the big brains at Apple are testing compatibility for some of the popular apps.

Looks like Apple is hard at work, as Samsung has swallowed up a big market share in the smart phone market. Apple shares were up 2.6 percent at $546.06 in premarket trading. The stock closed at $532.17 on the Nasdaq on Monday. Apple launched iPhone 5 in September and it has been reported that the new iPhone will be released in the middle of 2013.

T-Mobile takes a bite of the Apple

Posted: By Lars J Larson

Looks like Carly Foulkes might be riding that fast rocket of a bike to Cupertino next year. Deutsche Telekom today announced that its subsidiary T-Mobile USA is partnering with Apple to "bring products to market in 2013."

Little details or information was released about what products Apple and T-Mobile will collaborate on next year, but we are pretty sure iPhone will finally be carried on all major US carriers now that T-Mobile caved in. Until now, T-Mobile has been the odd man out amongst the major U.S. carriers. AT&T, Sprint and Verizon all offer the iPhone and iPad, while T-Mobile has been watching from the sideline.

Instead of offering the usual subsidy with a contract -- a model that can be a huge financial burden to carriers -- T-Mobile will sell the iPhone at full price. However, customers will be able to pay $99 down and $15 to $20 a month for 20 months to ease their wallet. As for T-Mobile's network, it should be able to handle the iPhone mainly because most of the T-Mobile iPhone users will be existing customers who switch over from Android smartphones.

The iPhone and Apple products fit right in on the upgraded network. T-Mobile expects to roll out its LTE network sometime next year and has plans to use equipment on its new network that will be compatible with LTE Release 10, allowing it to capitalize on features of LTE Advanced such as carrier aggregation, which bonds together disparate bands of spectrum into a single, larger channel.

T-Mobile will need more Catherine Zeta Jones to compete in 2013, but bringing Apple products on will be a nice financial addition.

Xbox 720 Release Slated For 2013 Holiday Season

Posted: By Lars J Larson

With the electronics and tech boom in full swing, we knew it was time for the gamers to step up with something new. Enter Microsoft and a rumored announcement that a new Xbox system will be released in the 2013 holiday season.

Now officially known as "Xbox 720" the new device is likely to be more powerful and faster and should feature a more in-depth Kinect integration in the gaming system. According to reports by the magazine Xbox World, cited by CNET, the next Xbox will debut with "Kinect 2.0" and a built-in Blu-ray drive; it may even support augmented reality glasses, 3D enhancements and new Cloud technology.

The 720 is just one of the few names that were being kicked around the office, other names include the Xbox Infinity, Xbox Loop or Durango. Not sure Dodge would be too pleased with that last suggestion. TechRadar says that a new Xbox 720 will retail for $299, expect a Thanksgiving release for the gaming device. Just in time for long lines.

iPhone 5, iPad Mini Release Dates For China

Posted: By Lars J Larson

Samsung worried? Apple today announced that the iPhone 5 and iPad mini will become available in China beginning this December. The announcement follows news that Apple’s latest iPhone had finally been approved for use on China Telecom’s network.

Wi-Fi-only versions Apple’s iPad mini and fourth-generation iPad will launch on December 7th and the iPhone 5 will become available the following week on December 14th. Apple’s latest iPad models are already available in 42 countries, and the iPhone 5 is currently available in 47.

Apple will sell the new iPads in China through its Apple Online Store and via select Apple Authorized Resellers. They will also be sold by reservation at the company’s retail stores. This will ensure inflated sales numbers of the new Apple products as China ranks tops in the world of consumer sales in tablets and cellular electronics.

Cozy Warm Touch

Posted: By Lars J Larson

Buuur. Winter is here in most parts of the world and the cold and snow is coming to a smart phone or tablet near you. How do you keep warm but yet have that touchscreen capability? Well the geniuses at GreatShield thought up the COZY. A glove that keeps you warm yet have access to the touch and point technology on your device.

Text, type, screen, point and take photos in these lightweight, soft and warm knitted gloves. They provide superb accuracy and precision while navigating your touch screen device. COZY series gloves are compatible with Smartphones, Tablets, Kindles and more.

They are available in black or pink with classic snowflake pattern. Guaranteed to match that ugly…I mean “nice” Christmas sweater Grandma gave you.

GET COZY HERE

Access to our Black Friday Deals!

Posted: By Lars J Larson

Who cares if it's Wednesday, we are giving you instant access to our Black Friday deals right now. Just don't tell our boss.

Instant access to save up to 70% off on popular products like Apple, Samsung, Motorola and more. Perfect stocking stuffers, perfect door gifts, and perfect Christmas party prizes. It's just perfect for the holidays. Also maybe stick around for our Cyber Monday deals. Have a great Thanksgiving weekend.

BLACK FRIDAY ACCESS HERE

GTA: Vice City Celebrates Birthday with December 6th Mobile Release

Posted: By Lars J Larson

One of the most popular games of all time is celebrating it's tenth anniversary this December, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and in full celebration mode Tommy Vercetti is coming to a iOS or Android phone near you.

Rockstar's Newswire promises high-resolution textures, updated character models and lighting effects, and more precise targeting and firing mechanics with customizable controls--which is good, since firefights were no great shakes on the original GTA III and could be even tougher to manage when it made the jump to touchscreens. Should be easier to jack that vintage Pinto.

Gamer and music geeks hope the soundtrack stays the same as Vice City had one of the best soundtracks in video game history; it was so good it re-launched a few careers from the game. The Pointer Sisters and Flock of Seagulls anyone?

Rockstar teases us with a new trailer for the 10th anniversary celebration in coming weeks, expected release date is December 6th and comes with a very reasonable price tag of $4.99.

Check out the list of supported mobile platforms for GTA: Vice City below.

Apple iOS Devices: iPad, iPhone 4, 4S & 5, iPod touch 4th & 5th Generation

Android Phones: Motorola Razr, Razr Maxx, Razr Maxx HD, Motorola Atrix, Motorola Photon, Motorola Droid Bionic, HTC Rezound, HTC One X, HTC One S, HTC Evo 3D, HTC Sensation, HTC Droid Incredible 2, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Samsung Nexus S, Samsung Galaxy Note 1 & 2, Samsung S2, Samsung Galaxy R, Sony Xperia Play, Sony Xperia S, P, T & TL, Sony Walkman Z Series Media Player, Samsung Galaxy S2, Samsung Galaxy S3, Google Nexus 4

Android Tablets: Acer Iconia, Asus Eee Pad Transformer, Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime, LG Optimus Pad, Medion Lifetab, Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 / 10.1, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, Sony Tablet S, Sony Tablet P, Toshiba Thrive, HTC Flyer, Google Nexus 7, Google Nexus 10

Fun stocking stuffers for the Holidays

Posted: By Lars J Larson

Stalking stuffers for the Holidays So you already bought the kids the "big" presents, but you forgot one thing? The stockings. Ah damn. Well you could always fill them with candy or underwear. But you have done that the last three years and the surprise of another pair of Fruit of a Loom doesn't pack the punch it used too. So why not gift something they can use and might actually want? Yes. Cell phone accessories. Let's take a look at some accessories that might brighten up their Christmas morning, everything from Snoopy for the kids to a high tech mapping system for your gun happy hunting husband. Put away the stale candy from Halloween and put the Thor underwear down and let's take a look at these items:

iLuv Snoopy Character Series Hardshell Case for Samsung Galaxy S III S3

Who doesn't love Snoopy and the cast of Peanuts? This protective case is a slim protective fit for the Samsung Galaxy SIII, and protects you from scratches, dust and dirt. With a bouncing Snoopy on the back how can you go wrong? Well I bet Charlie Brown could find a few ways. Shop iLuv Cases

Mophie Juice Pack Plus Case and Rechargable Battery fits Apple iPhone 4 / 4S (Outdoor Edition)

Perfect for the cranky old dad or grandpa in your family who refuses to upgrade to a 5S. He doesn't trust that "technology stuff" ya know? But he does trust a good weekend of hunting and fishing. With the Mophie Juice Pack Plus, his phone will stay charged while he surfs the thousands of maps available and GPS tracking for that perfect spot on the lake.
Shop Mophie Juice Outdoor Edition

Fosmon DURA S Series TPU Cases for Nokia Lumia 920

Windows 8 phones are making a splash, why not protect your phone with a splash of your own? This Fosmon DURA S Series case is the right combination of protection and style. Multiple colors to choose from.
Shop Fosmon DURA S Series Cases

Fosmon Vivid Micro USB Cable

Need to charge or connect a phone, mp3 player or camera, why not rock it fashionably. Sync your device with your computer to transfer music, videos and files with a sleek unique color that adds style and character to your cable. Who knew cables could be so cool? Mix and match fun, multiple colors available.
Shop Fosmon Vivid USB Cables

Windows Phone 8 Ads taps Jessica Alba and Gwen Stefani

Posted: By Lars J Larson

They aint no holla back girls, here come the celebrity endorsements. Just like we mentioned weeks ago about the new "cola war" between the phone tech giants, Windows is now stepping into the arena with the powers of Jessica Alba and Gwen Stefani.

Microsoft is trying to target the female demographic with it's two new ads; Jessica Albas ad targets mothers and their children and the ease of using a Windows Nokia Lumia 920 smart phone to entertain your kid with interactive games. While Gwen Stefani is focusing on the busy workingwoman and how the multi uses of a Windows 8X by HTC phone will ease your hectic life just a bit.

Overall, Microsoft is highlighting the usefulness and customization of its phones. Both features target high with women. But will these ads also speak to men? I mean it's no accident that they hired two of the hottest women in the game, beauty-wise and career wise.

Celebrity endorsements don't always equal sales, and sometimes can even bite back. Years back Jay-Z was used to promote the new line of HP laptops with a huge commercial campaign. But over and over again Sean Carter was seen (or busted) using Apple products. Oops. The incidents were embarrassing for Hewlett Packard.

I'm sure Jessica Alba and Gwen Stefani are happy with their new phones and they want to share in on that fun, and let's be honest, I'd rather see Alba and Stefani commercials ten times a night between basketball games and reality shows than Aaron Rogers hocking pizza and insurance.

Samsung and Apple who? Google Nexus 4 sold out in minutes

Posted: By Lars J Larson

Google’s new line of flagship Nexus phones sold out within minutes of going on sale. The LG produced Nexus 4 went on sale just after 8AM in the UK and minutes later was listed as “not available” on all online store carriers. Brick and mortar stores also saw a huge spike in morning traffic as many lined up around mobile phone stores to pick up the toy from Google.

The same happened hours later in the United States. All stock is gone, worldwide. Did Google underestimate the demand?

The price of the Nexus 4 is affordable and has all the bells and whistles of other top smartphones. The Nexus 4 sells for $299 for an 8 GB model and $349 for a 16 GB model; the device ships unlocked, so consumers can choose their carrier and plans independently. This is a big surprise as Apple, Samsung and BlackBerry have been hoarding all the smart phone news as of late. Google has not made an official statement clarifying when the phone will be back on sale.

Snap Crackle Ring? Tasty iPhone Treats

Posted: By Lars J Larson

You hear a snap, crackle and pop? No that's not a fancy ringtone, that might be your actual phone.

iPhone cases have seen a spectrum of designs; solid gold, Justin Bieber faces, penguins and so on. Why not food? For the price of $48 -- of 3,818 Yen at current exchange rate -- you can be the talk of the party or the first person that prepares for the apocalypse with an edible cell phone cover. Who needs batteries and water? The Survival Senbei iPhone 5 case is the genius (or craziness) of Japanese artist Mariko.

Hand crafted by the artist herself, she only produces three cases a day, so this adds to the limited edition and cool factor of the item for the Warhol's out there. The rice crispy case surrounds your phone like a technological marshmallow, protecting it from well...nothing. This is by the far the most sensitive and breakable case ever produced. But when it breaks, at least you have a snack to enjoy.

This is pure art and novelty at best, but think of the conversation starters this will produce. Just keep away from hungry belligerent drunks at bar closing time; they might confuse your phone for White Castle.

My Retina screen is bigger than yours! HTC competes with Apple

Posted: By Lars J Larson

They are starting to catch up? It was launched today in a New York City event that the HTC Droid DNA phone is blowing away Apple in the Retina display department. Great, you are wondering, so? Who cares? Well to phone geeks, that is a pretty big deal. For most people when they are buying a smartphone, the screen and display is the big issue and selling point.

For years Apple had this market corned with it's beautiful Retina display, big and bright. While Apple was getting comfortable companies like HTC were producing high-resolution eye candy. HTC has always been known to flirt and dump tons of money and production into specs, and the Droid DNA is their new piece of candy.

All right, lets get to the numbers for the geeks. The HTC Retina screen is fully 5 inches, 1920X1080 at 440ppi -- compared to Apples current 1136X640 at 326ppi -- and is flying full of colors and action. If Apple wants to compete it might be a technical and engineering challenge for the kids at Cupertino. Apple would have to increase size of their display and in turn sacrifice battery life, and if you own an iPhone you know that battery life is not a common luxury.

But while HTC is building bigger and bulkier, Apple is focusing on lighter, cleaner and better. So Apple might be happy to take an L on this one and focus on everything else that makes them one of the top smart phone producers in the industry. There is a reason why HTC hasn't found itself on the top of the mountain with the flag in hand. But it's still impressive that HTC has built an amazing Retina display model for the ADHD users of smartphones that need huge displays to fill their so-called multi-multitasking actions. The HTC Droid DNA should be hitting the US shores in time for the holidays. Ritalin is not included with purchase.

BlackBerry 10 set to launch after the Holidays

Posted: By Lars J Larson

BlackBerry 10 finally gets a launch date. Research in Motion announced today that their new wonder gadget will be launched on January 30th, 2013, almost a month after Christmas, one of the biggest purchasing rushes for new phones.

So they ditch Santa Claus and hope that their new product will over power the consumer caution of buying after the holidays. Here’s the message that Thorsten Heins passed along in the release.

“In building BlackBerry 10, we set out to create a truly unique mobile computing experience that constantly adapts to your needs. Our team has been working tirelessly to bring our customers innovative features combined with a best in class browser, a rich application ecosystem, and cutting-edge multimedia capabilities. All of this will be integrated into a user experience – the BlackBerry Flow – that is unlike any smartphone on the market today,” said Thorsten Heins, President and CEO of Research In Motion. “Thanks to our strong partnerships with global carriers and a growing ecosystem of developers, we believe our customers will have the best experience possible with BlackBerry 10. We are looking forward to getting BlackBerry 10 in the hands of our customers around the world.”

Research in Motion also plans to launch other applications and products around the release of the BlackBerry 10. Even with the curious and questionable release date, many faithful BlackBerry users will be excited to finally get their hands on RIM’s smartphone and will be lining up that morning.

Let’s hope some of them saved up enough Best Buy gift cards over the holidays.

Don't Call It A Comeback: Apple Steps Up In Tablet Market

Posted: By Lars J Larson

Apple is taking a bite out of the competitive and popular tablet market.

Apple sold 3 million of its new iPad and iPad Mini during the new lineups' first weekend, double the number of Wi-Fi only new iPads sold on the launch weekend back in March, and majority of those sold the first weekend were the iPad Mini.

Many reviewers and critics are calling the iPad mini the best tablet Apple has released so far and most are calling it the best tablet on the market, even though many have criticized the lack of retina display on the iPad Mini, but rumors are the next release will include a retina display.

The big overall advantage Apple has over competitors in the tablet market is the millions of applications already available for download and ready to use. Windows and Android are still playing catch up in this department. Parents looking for games or teaching tools will favor the iPad and iPad Mini for this very reason.

But competitors like Amazon's Kindle Fire HD, have a huge advantage over Apple in two departments. Money and Movies, with the Kindle Fire HD the more penny pinching public sure welcome the $199 price tag compared to Apples cost of $329 for the cheapest iPad Mini. Also movie buffs will enjoy the Kindle Fire HD's ability to tap the Amazon movie universe and download millions of movies for a low monthly cost. This is a welcome bonus for constant travelers who are sick of watching in-flight movies that star Sarah Jessica Parker.

But overall Apple's iPad and iPad Mini are the big winners, it's winning so big that FoxConn, the Taiwanese manufacturer of Apple products is having trouble keeping up with production demands.

So if you have your new iPad already or are waiting for yours to ship, here are some must have accessories to show off your new gadget.

Fosmon DURA X and DURA S Series TPU Case for Apple iPad Mini

With a multitude of colors to chose, okay maybe not a multitude, but we got blue, purple, black and pink. What more do you need? This case will wrap snug around your iPad Mini and protect it from dust, bumps and scratches while adding a little flavor to your new best friend. Now you just have to decide what shape case you want.....

GreatShield Guardian Series TPU WAVE Case for Apple iPad Mini

Need a bodyguard for your new tablet, well we do recommend Kevin Costner, but he might be a little pricey. May we recommend one of the great products from GreatShield? The Guardian Series brings you safety, durability and style at an affordable cost. The absolute quality of GreatShield will be noticed right away as you Google Kevin Costner....

GreatShield VANTAGE Slim Series Folio Fabric Case for Apple iPad Mini

Another great product from GreatShield, the VANTAGE Slim Series, and this case features that sleek, ultra slim cover that's capable of absorbing shock while providing your device with maximum protection. This case is business up front and party in the back. Flip with multiple angles to work on business spreadsheets or flip around to surf YouTube and watch Ke$ha videos. The protective case makes it easy to protect from flying party cups and boring business board rooms.

iPhone To The Red Phone: Smart Phone Users Influence 2012 Election

Posted: By Lars J Larson

The Presidential election is less than a week away and according to mobile advertising network Mojiva, President Obama won’t have to worry about moving furniture out of the Oval Office anytime soon.

Android and iPhone users are more likely to vote for President Obama. In fact, 47% of smartphone users surveyed for the study identify themselves as Democrats, and only 28% as Republicans. Its bad enough Governor Romney is having trouble with the growing Latino and Asian population in the States but now Republicans are behind on the smartphone crowd too?

82% of smart phone junkies, four out of five averages, are expected to hit the polling booth and are better informed about the policies and stances of both political parties than non smart phone users. Poll numbers over the last few elections have been skewed as many researchers still use dial up numbers only. Many newspapers and major polls like Rasmussen do not figure cell phone numbers into their polling practices.

Another non surprising fact is that most smart phone users will monitor the election news, polls and coverage via their phones than network television, sad news for Anderson Cooper. But great news for cell phone carriers as AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile expect ginormous data usage Tuesday night. Hope your data bill is paid up.

As smart phones are becoming our new best companion, political parties are taking notice as more and more people are donating, polling and networking through the palm of their hand.

Democrats and Republicans are tied at 17% of smart phone users donating to campaigns through their smart phones and even though with the low numbers of Republican smart phone users, percentage wise Republicans lead 53% by researching their candidates and reaching out to potential voters via smart phone. I guess Democrats are too busy playing on Instragram.

Door knocking and handing out fliers are becoming outdated as sending text messages, social networking and downloading campaign applications are becoming the new grassroots way to reach and influence voters.

No matter whom you vote for and who wins on Tuesday, you can be sure that smart phones will be a much used medium as a way to the White House in 2016.

The New Cola War? Galaxy Note 2 Sales: Samsung Moves 3 Million in 1 Month

Posted: By Lars J Larson

Coke and Pepsi. Yankees and Red Sox. Samsung and Apple? Looks like Samsung is making its pitch to be the number one competitor with Apple in the smart phone market. Or is it the other way around, is Apple competing with Samsung?

Based on numbers announced today from South Korea, Samsung has sold over 3 million units of the Galaxy Note 2 in just over a month. Not to be confused with Samsung's flagship phone the Galaxy S3, the Note 2 has a bigger screen and includes a digital pen for note taking and interactive fun. It's more a hybrid of a tablet and phone.

The South Korean firm, which was the world's largest maker of smartphones in the July-September quarter, said it took 37 days for the oversize smartphone to reach the sales figure. Samsung is pinning its hope on the Note II and the S III to maintain its market lead during the crucial fourth-quarter holiday season, when a number of new gadgets are vying for attention from consumers in the crowded market.

Apple just launched its Apple iPad Mini in stores today to get a jump on holiday sales but has more direct competition from the popular Amazon Kindle Fire HD than from Samsung's Note 10.1 tablet. Apple and Samsung have already built a heated rivalry of court battles, patent issues and throwing sticks and stones.

In the long run consumers win in the end, as each tech giant tries to out smart-phone each other with updated technologies and flashier gadgets while keeping costs low to move units and appeal to more of a buying base.

Research firm IDC said Samsung topped the global smartphone market in the July-September third quarter with 56.3 million sales, more than double Apple's 26.9 million iPhone sales. The two companies controlled combined 46 percent of the global smartphone market, according to IDC.

Apple has years of experience in consumer battle. Apple took over the desktop and laptop computer market the last five years pretty much knocking out Windows and numerous PC giants off their feet. Does it have enough stamina to handle a phone war with Samsung?

The star power that was used during the cola wars is now spilling into the phone market as the well received LeBron James Galaxy ads were released last week and have been plastered all over television. No word yet if Apple will counter with Katy Perry or Will Smith advertising. Let's hope for another Cindy Crawford ad?

Let the battle begin.

BlackBerry Smartphone Currently Being Tested, Finally

Posted: By Lars J Larson

Better late than never? Six years after the official launch of the Apple iPhone and the launch of the official smartphone, BlackBerry maker Research in Motion will finally join the party.

The Canadian company announced Wednesday that its much-delayed smartphone are now being tested by 50 wireless carriers around the world. Tabbed as the BlackBerry 10, the smartphone has been critical to Research in Motion's survival as the mass exodus of consumers ditched the once hip BlackBerry for smartphones like the Apple iPhone, Samsung Galaxy and the numerous Nokia attempts.

At one time BlackBerry controlled a major slice of the cell phone market, popular with the business and government crowd, it was just recently announced that federal agencies are also moving away from the BlackBerry and converting to iPhones. Many think that was the kick in the pants RIM needed to push its long awaited smartphone launch.

Research in Motion was at one time Canada's most valuable company with a market value more than $80 billion in 2008, but the stock and image of the company has bottomed out since. The BlackBerry 10 is expected to be released during the first sales quarter next year.

Three Must-Own Items for the Hot-Selling Samsung Galaxy S3

Posted: By Lars J Larson

Riding high off huge sales and currently outselling the iPhone 5, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is one of the hottest phones to hit the market.

According to new figures released by the IDC market analytic firm, Samsung moved a staggering 56.3 million smartphone units during the third quarter of the year, giving the company a 31-percent share of the global smartphone market. Apple, by comparison, sold 26.9 million iPhones, giving a 15-percent market share for the fruit with a bite.

With Samsung on a current hot steak let's take a look at three must own accessories to plug up with your new popular Apple smashing smartphone.

GreatShield ORI-Style PU Leather Case

Get creative with this origami influenced leather case from GreatShield. Adjust the viewing angles for your entertainment needs for watching video, downloading music and viewing photos. The magnet structure installed within the case makes it a fun and easy fold and flip style that protects your phone but in a creative elegant way.

This case was constructed from smooth synthetic leather that keeps out the dirt and stains that devalue your phone, also has custom cut outs for access to your charging port and front and back camera. Plus it also has numerous colors available to choose from so you can match your personal style.

Samsung OEM Original MicroUSB Car Charger (700mAh)

The Samsung Galaxy S3 is known to have pretty good battery life, the phone will last about eight hours with heavy use including video and music. But you still need something to back you up when you are on the run. Why not a car charger?

The new Samsung Micro USB Car Charger is the answer. With its updated LED charging indicator with chip it will prevent overcharging your phone and ruining your battery. With an easy plug and charge, it fits right into your cars cigarette lighter for easy use.

Charge your phone on the go, besides you shouldn't be on your phone while you're driving anyway.

Fosmon Executive Leather Pouch Sleeve

The colorful cases not for you, need something more business like and professional?
Take a look at the executive leather pouch sleeve from Fosmon.

Slide your Galaxy S3 into the horizontal leather pouch to protect you from drops, bumps and sneaky business espionage. Magnetic closing flap and fixed belt clip and loop to keep your Galaxy on your hip and not on a floor of some limo or dirty cab.

The leather executive look that takes you seriously, you will feel like a one-percent-er!
Wall Street or Main Street this is the high quality case for you.

Four iPhone 5 Accessories You Need Out-Of-The-Box

Posted: By Lars J Larson

It's finally here.

You know by the now the infamous Apple iPhone 5 has hit the market and its hotter than ever, expected to move 50 million phones by the end of the fourth quarter sales calendar. The new sleek long design isn't much of change design wise but it changed just enough to launch in a bevy of new accessories that include cases, screen protectors and more for the popular Apple product. Its faithful followers will have a huge and fun selection of accessories to protect and glam up their new best friend. Here are just a few to get you started:

Legacy Series

A new demand and trend with most phone cases these days is the option of a kickstand. With more and more people using their phones for video and music entertainment, the kickstand is a must own feature on your case. The GreatShield Legacy Series installs that demand and adds safety and a clean functional design to cover your iPhone 5. With multiple color choices, blue, gray, black and red, you are sure to match something in your life and give your phone an added spark.

With everyday and constant use of your phone it's important to keep it safe from drops, bumps, cracks, dirt and dust. The Legacy is built with a two piece hybrid system, durable tough hard plastic covers over a rubberized inner shell, offering the tops in protection and durability.

Carefully designed holes cut out for added function and ease, make this a must own case this season for your iPhone 5, the perfect blend of entertainment and protection.

iSlide

Simple. Yet elegant. The GreatShield iSlide is a bright colorful hard case for the iPhone 5. With a wide range of colors, you are sure to find the color that best represents your personal color palette. But this isn't just all style, it's got some substance as well with its rubberized coating and durable plastic design it will be sure to protect your phone from all the fail moments in your life.

The iSlide gets its name from the clever design of the bottom of the case sliding off to connect to multimedia options, dock charging and other necessities without removing the entire case. The inner part of the case hosts rubberized coating and guardrails that holds the phone with a firm grip to protect from shocks and falls but yet easy to remove and replace. The outer shell is a Polycarbonate hard case with a sleek and simple design making it easy to fit in your pocket, purse or bag without getting stuck or caught on any fabric.

Fans love the choice of colors and the easy functionality of the case, not too flashy but not plain Jane either. Perfect balance.

Guardian UV Series

I guess you can say this is the little-brother of the iSlide, with a few similarities but just different enough to have its own personality. The Guardian UV Series for the iPhone 5 from GreatShield is a high quality slide one case that protects your communication investment with the style of bright colors and durable protection.

Just like the iSlide, the UV Series also has the slick smooth Polycarbonate hard case shell that is light weight and protects you from nature's fury and humans accidents. It's not bulky or overbearing, just a light touch of protection and color for your phone.

Radiant Series

Just a little more bounce to the ounce, with an added comfort of rubber on the edges of the ultra slim case the GreatShield Radiant Series Ultra Slim Case for the iPhone 5 is absolute in style and protection.

The clear case shows off your precious new iPhone 5 while the color rubber bumpers on the edge add a dash of color and ultimate grip and durability. No losses of functionality here as all the needed portals are accessible while the volume controls are protected and useful under a hybrid combination to protect from dust and scratches.

The Radiant Series is a clean crisp alternative to keep your phone safe and stylish.

Top 5 Scariest Phones Ever Produced (So Far...)

Posted: By Lars J Larson

Halloween is around the corner and it's that time of year where everything is scary and ugly is popular, but not even Stephen King could make these "scary" phones cool or culturally significant. We take a look at the scariest cell phones ever to hit the market, be afraid... be very afraid.

#5: Nokia 3600

This groundbreaking phone was the first cell phone with an integrated camera delivered to North America. But that's where the acclaim stopped. It was also one of the most confusing, as the circular keypad was a nightmare just to make a simple phone call and the sleek design looked more like a lady's electronic razor than a cell phone. Nokia wasn't responsible for the numerous 3600's dropped in bath water while women tried to shave their legs.

#4: RIM BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9981

BlackBerry tried to corner the black card market and turned to the help of Porsche to design its elegant glamorous phone. For the price tag of $1700 this phone was more Volvo than Carrera with its sharp corners and boxy metal look. With celebrity endorsers like Lance Armstrong not even drug enhancements could save this phone from an expensive death.

#3: Motorola Flipout

The name is pretty right on because after holding and maneuvering this phone you might break into uncontrollable seizures. Motorola's attempt at a smart phone flirts and high jacks a famous Apple product with its colors and simplistic design but someone forget to let Motorola in on the secret that smart phones don't usually include QWERTY keyboards that flip open. Oops.

#2: F88 Wrist Phone

Some things should stay in movies and cartoons, what works for Inspector Gadget and Dick Tracy doesn't work for all of us. For just over the scary price of 1K you too can be the jerk off who is talking with his wrist jammed in his ear. This wristwatch crammed with a cell phone, color display and a 3 megapixel camera was overloaded onto a heavy wristband that even Dr. Claw would consider too heavy to lift.

#1: Nokia 7600

The teardrop design of this phone made you want to cry. Functionally, you had to use two hands for every action on this Nokia, which made it impossible to text and drive. One plus is that you could change out face-plate colors of the case to match the bruises and cuts on your face after getting beat up outside the nightclub for using this phone in public. Aimed at the "fashion" side of the market, this phone was more electronic birth control than Vogue and Milan Fashion Week. Cindy Crawford disapproves.

GreatShield Grayon Chalkee Stylus

Posted: By Lars J Larson

GreatShield launches a new toy for the booming tablet market, perfect for kids and parents, the GreatShield Grayon Chalkee Series, the kid friendly capacitive Stylus. The series includes two fun and bright colors, blue and pink, and is the entertaining way for your kids to stay interactive and safe on your expensive touch screen tablet.

Gone are the days of messy markers and kids eating crayons, the Chalkee is the perfect and safe alternative for your kid to stay active and learn. The stylus is extra sturdy, easy to handle and has a durable soft rubber tip which helps to prevent scratches, fingerprints and other damage to your touch screen device. Works with all programs, games and applications including the popular Draw Something and Disney PIXEL'D apps.

Children like it because they are playing with a thick colorful playful pen, not some boring business pen and parents like it because the kids are not drawing sunshines and stick figures on the living room wall.

In a survey of 2,000 parents who owned an app-capable device and found that 75% share them with their children; 56% said they had downloaded an app at the request of their kids; and 37% considered apps to be an "integral" part of their family life. There are hundreds of developers making apps for kids, from games and story books to math and of course interactive art and drawing functions.

Computer Tablets are now well established as pass-on devices, with an increasing number of apps available for children of all ages.

Other products on the market like the Homade iCrayon for kids, is a smaller and less durable product and the design is more flawed and favors toward the iPhone and iPad market while the Chalkee and its jumbo size is easier to handle, easy to keep track and pack away and works on multiple tablets and phones, including the Nexus, Note and of course iPad.

The Chalkee is making a name for itself in the electronic toy market and is becoming a favorite among parents, teachers and kids with its bright design, ease of use and solid reputation as a quality product.

So take a fun easy step towards your child's future with these fun Chalkees from GreatShield. Make education fun; learn to: write, draw, click and color with the GreatShield Grayon Chalkee Stylus.