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Samsung Galaxy Mini

AFTER using a Samsung Galaxy for quite some time, switching to other devices is quite a change. The Galaxy is an incredibly large device. If you have small hands, holding and using the device every day might be a little tricky and uncomfortable.

It seems Samsung has recognized this issue and decided to do something about it. After months of rumours and speculation, it was confirmed on Samsung's official blog last week the company will be releasing a Galaxy Mini.

The Mini is supposed to be a more compact and less-pricey version of the very successful Samsung Galaxy S4.

The Mini will be sporting a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display and run on a 1.7GHz dual-core processor. The device will also have 1.5 GB of RAM and 8 GB of storage. In regards to cameras, the device will have two -- a front (1.9 mega-pixel camera) and rear-facing camera (8-mega-pixel). The device will use the Android 4.2.2 operating system.

I must admit, Samsung has whipped together quite an awesome mini-device. Although the large-and-in-charge Galaxy S4 is their flagship device, I foresee the Mini will be quite popular. I hate the regular-sized iPad but adore the iPad Mini. I think there is something attractive about small, compact tech products: consumers really dig usability.

Kim Dotcom

IF you have never heard of Kim Dotcom, you should stop reading this article right now and proceed to the Internet to find out more about this online rebel. Kim is the founder and CEO of Megaupload, which was taken down due to a huge Internet piracy case and scandal. Kim is a little bit of a badass. He is super rich, has a supermodel girlfriend, lives in a huge mansion in New Zealand and drives an all-black Rolls Royce and a Mercedes-Benz that have licence plates that read, respectively, Dotcom and God. Kim is one of those guys you either love or hate. I think he is a pretty cool guy. He was arrested last year after authorities accused him of running a digital-piracy service. A SWAT team took his mansion by storm and seized all of his data and computers. They also froze all of his assets and arrested him. Until this week, Dotcom had no access to any of his documents, hard drives and computers.

Dotcom has been stirring up quite the online buzz because, as he is fighting his case, he is sharing all of the information via social media. He preaches that America and Hollywood are ruining the Internet and aren't giving us as humans the online freedoms we deserve.

This week, he was granted access to all of his files, data and computers. He celebrated the small victory on Twitter. He has a hearing slated for August. As an Internet guy myself, I am very excited to see if he will win or not. If I were a betting man, I would say Dotcom is going to weasel his way out of this one.

Apple Smart Watch

WITH all the buzz about Google Glass, everybody is waiting to see what Apple is going to do. The CEO of Apple, Tim Cook, has ensured investors they are working on game-changing technology. It seems Apple hasn't come out with anything revolutionary in the past couple of years. Cook has not revealed what Apple is working on; however, it is rumored they are working on creating a piece of wearable technology.

Now, it doesn't seem likely Apple would totally copy Google and create glasses. It is believed Apple will be releasing a high-tech watch. The technology-watch space hasn't been explored all that much. It is assumed the watch will sync to your iPhone and you will be able to view texts, missed calls, emails, tweets, etc., all via your wrist.

I think Apple creating a non-expensive watch would be a huge hit. Everyone wants to buy cool new technology and something you can wear every day that would assist you with your day-to-day tasks would be awesome. What do you think Apple is working on? Send me an email: or tweet me @thedavidbell.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 2, 2013 ??65521

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