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Posted: 09/8/2013 1:00 AM | Comments: 0

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Farewell.

For the past three years, I've written articles on technology, social media and entrepreneurship in this column -- and I've loved every minute of it. I'm sad to say this is my last week writing for the Winnipeg Free Press. I've had an awesome time emailing back and forth with some of you who read and write to me. I enjoyed letting you guys know what laptop I think you should get or what apps you should download for your children's iPads. I will still be contributing to the Free Press from time to time and will always be tweeting like crazy on my Twitter account (@thedavidbell). One of my favourite things about writing for the Free Press was having my articles published online and having you guys hate on me. It didn't happen too often, but from time to time you guys murdered me in the comments. My favourite things to write about were iPhone rumours, because everyone had a big opinion on whether I was right or not. I also really enjoyed it when you guys participated in the hashtags on Twitter that I implemented. It's been such a great experience, and I look forward to continuing to cover technology and social media on other platforms. To let you in on some insider info, a policy with the Winnipeg Free Press is that freelancers cannot plug their own ventures. Since it's my last column, I thought I'd give you the lowdown on what I'm up to. First and foremost, I'm running I/BX, a full-service ad agency. We have a team of seven now and are working with some pretty big clientele. Second, I'm a partner of the iOS app Musi. It's one of the hottest music streaming apps out there right now and we have more than 100,000 users. We are in the process of launching our new version -- I hope you download it. Other than that, I'm just getting into Grade 12 and I'm enjoying it so much (facetious). Anyway, thanks for all the love over the years. If you want to keep up with me, you can hit me on Twitter!

New iPhone rumour update

The last couple of weeks, I've heard some new iPhone rumours I'd like to share. First, I 100 per cent guarantee there will be two iPhones. There will be a metal one that is the flagship device, and then there will be a cheaper device that will be known as the iPhone 5C (the C stands for colour). I think it's genius that Apple is making a cheaper device -- it makes the company appeal to a much wider demographic. I also think it's pretty cool that it is making the cheaper phones in colour. I predict the flagship device will come in three colours: black, champagne, and traditional silver. The one thing I think Apple is doing wrong is not releasing the flagship with a larger screen. Samsung is killing it right now because people actually like having access to a bigger screen. Try reading a web page on an iPhone vs. a Galaxy S3 -- there is absolutely no comparison. The event Apple is holding to announce the new iPhone is on Sept. 10. If you'd like to watch the keynote, follow live coverage on TheVerge.com. If you have any more questions on the new iPhone 5, send me an email: db@thedavidbell.com

Samsung beat Apple to the watch party

Samsung has announced its smartwatch after anticipating Apple was working on a device and wanting to beat them to the market. After reading on what the smartwatch is, it's nothing special at all. The first mistake Samsung made was it made an incredibly crappy display. It's also chunky and clunky. It also expects people to buy it at $300. I mean, that isn't ridiculous, but I think Samsung would move the product faster if it priced it in the $180 range. Most everyone on the Internet has been pooping on Samsung's watch, and I have to agree. I believe wearable technology is the way of the future, but Samsung came out with a really bad first effort. The display should've been much sharper and the device overall should've looked sexier. Now that Apple has seen this, I think they are going to hit the drawing board again and absolutely destroy Samsung.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 8, 2013 ??65521

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