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Upcoming Smartphones to Check Out in 2013

Upcoming Smartphones to Check Out in 2013

It seems that 2013 will be giving us a lot of exciting smartphones! Here’s a list of some that we’ll be seeing this year:

Apple iPhone 5S

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    Apple will be back with the iPhone 5S, so for those who just bought the iPhone 5, don’t get in a tizzy because there’s no iPhone 6 this year. The iPhone 5S is expected to have a faster A6X processor, an amazing 15MP camera, and a longer battery life—those are the rumors thus far. So, why is this smartphone worth the wait? Well, despite the same old physical design, we just can’t get enough of the iPhone and it’ll be great to see all the new features when it arrives.

    HTC M7

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      A follow-up to the HTC One Series, the M7 is expected to have a 4.7-inch HD SoLux display with a 467 PPI pixel density. Rumored to run on Android 4.2, this new smartphone from HTC will also have the latest version of Sense, 5.0. It will have a quad-core Qualcomm processor and a 32GB internal storage capacity, and other rumored features include: 2GB of RAM, 4G network, 3G Network, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and other standard connectivity options. It is also expected to have a 13MP camera and a 2MP front camera for video chat.

      Samsung Galaxy S4

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        Of course, 2013 would be incomplete without a new addition to the Samsung Galaxy series. Last year, the Galaxy S3 became the bestselling smartphone in the market. The Galaxy S4 will definitely entice many consumers once it is released this year. It will have a 5-inch full HD display with an impressive 1920 by 1080 pixel resolution and a pixel density of 440 PPI. Rumor has it that it will be released in the first quarter. It will probably run on Google’s latest Android operating system; Jelly Bean.

        The Galaxy S4 is rumored to be powered by a 1.4 GHz Cortex A9 Processor and an ARM Mali-400MP quad-core GPU. Although it only comes with a 16GB storage capacity, it also has a microSD slot.

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        Why is this exciting? Well, Samsung already gave us the S3, which was phenomenal, and then the Note 2, which was better, thanks to its larger screen. This Korean company has given us amazing smartphones, so there’s no question that the S4 will be explosive. Besides, improving the already-great S3 is like heaven’s gift to techies.

        Blackberry Z10

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          Although there was a gradual decrease in the hype for a BlackBerry phone, it seems that Research In Motion is going to build it up again this January. No longer a rumor, this upcoming phone will be released on January 30. The first BlackBerry smartphone to run on the latest operating system for BlackBerrys, it has a 4.2-inch screen with a resolution of 1280 by 768 pixels that has a pixel density of 356 PPI. Its rear camera offers 8MP while the front one offers 2MP for video chat. Although it only comes with a 16GB storage capacity, it supports a microSD card, so that’s a huge plus. I’m pretty sure that BlackBerry fans, who have been waiting for new BlackBerry smartphones, are excited for the Z10.

          Conclusion

          This year seems to be full of promises as it is filled with smartphones that have innovative hardware and software. Other than the mentioned upcoming phones, Samsung has also developed the Youm, which is a flexible touchscreen.

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          11 Brain Training Apps to Train Your Mind and Improve Memory

          11 Brain Training Apps to Train Your Mind and Improve Memory

          Whether at work or at school, people these days are under tremendous pressure to perform, perform and perform! Stress and pressure can have adverse affects on the well-being of a person, and need to be controlled.

          Now, this doesn’t mean you make a dash to your nearest therapist. There are a number of wonderful and smart apps that you can use on your phone. These brain training apps have been scientifically designed to target specific areas of the human mind and control harmful emotions such as anxiety, as well as to improve memory and sharpness of the brain.

          Here are 11 iPhone apps that you will not only enjoy but also find useful in keeping your mental health balanced at all times.

          1. Lumosity

          This app consists of games that focus on improving the user’s memory, problem-solving capability, attention span, and thinking. There are three games in each session, and they challenge the brain by changing every time. The user has to complete the games while playing against a clock.

          Free of trial. $15 per month for the full version.

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            2. Fit Brains Trainer

            This brain training app has 10 sets of games that work on different areas of the brain and improve memory as well as concentration. A user is required to finish a particular task from each category on a daily basis and the app tracks the progress by a color coded graph.

            Free.

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              3. CogniFit Brain Fitness

              Developed with the help of neuroscientists, this fun app improves a person’s cognitive abilities, which includes memory and concentration. The progress made by the user over a period of time can be tracked. Users can also play challenge rounds with their friends. The app also modifies the difficulty level to suit the profile of the user and provide recommendations based on the results. Spending 20–30 minutes a few times every week can give measurable improvement in the performance of a user.

              First four games free, then $13 a month.

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                4. Brain Fitness Pro

                The makers of this app claim that it can improve the IQ of a user, and improve intelligence and memory. The app is fun and is user friendly, and 30 minutes a day can fetch you results in less than three weeks.

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                Buy for $3.99.

                5. Happify

                If nothing else makes you happy in life, this app will. Well, this is what the developers claim at least. This app comes loaded with lots of quizzes, polls and gratitude journals, which work on the fundamentals of positive psychology. The app also helps to control stress and emotions to make you feel better.

                Free to use.

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                  6. Clockwork Brain

                  You will like the little gold robot that comes in every time to explain the next game you are going to play. While the games are not much different to those offered in apps such as Luminosity, the look and feel reminds me of a workshop from old times.

                  Free.

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                    7. ReliefLink

                    Initially created as an app for suicide prevention, it has found its use as a great app for tracking the mood of the user by taking measure of all things relevant to the user’s mental health. In case the user experiences high emotional stress, the app has a coping mechanism that includes voice-recorded mindfulness, exercises and music for relaxation. There is also a map that informs the user of the nearest therapist and medical facilities for mental health treatment.

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                      8. Eidetic

                      Eidetic is a memory enhancement app and uses a ‘spaced repetition’ technique to help users memorize information such as important phone numbers, words, credit card details or passwords. It also notifies you when it’s time to take a test to see what you remember, so that you retain information in your long-term memory.

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                        9. Braingle

                        Braingle helps to maintain the sharpness of the brain and improve the reasoning ability of a person through riddles and optical illusions. It is different from other brain training apps that employ memory and reaction based tests. You can also compete with your friends and family members in figuring out the fun riddles.

                        Free.

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                          10. Not The Hole Story

                          If you have a penchant for solving hard riddles, then this app is a must-have for you. Filled with exclusive riddles along with a simple-to-use interface, the app gives you riddles that you have to solve through a book. You will be given hints along the way, and when you give up, the answers will be revealed. This app will encourage you to broaden your thinking and put your mind to a challenging test.

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                          Free.

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                            11. Personal Zen

                            This fun brain training app follows the journey of two animated characters who travel through a field of grass. Personal Zen is a nice app meant for reducing anxiety and trains the brain to focus on the positive aspects. The developer’s advice is to use the app for 10 minutes a day to see the best results.

                            Free.

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