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Weekend of March 23rd, 2012

Dave and his team of tech geniuses are in the studio addressing your questions and comments. Got a question for our panel? Call us toll-free 1-800-899-INTO (4686) with any consumer electronics question, opinion, help another listener or tell us what your favorite app is and why. You can also participate via our FREE "Into Tomorrow" App (iOS/Android/Intel AppUp). Thank you for your participation!

 

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How often do you wake up feeling like you had the best sleep ever? Rob accepted the challenge of trying out a new sleep-tracking device that allegedly can help improve your sleep. Our tech historian Chris takes us back into yesterday on "This Week In Tech History," including the introduction of color TV.

Listeners & Guests on the show this week:

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HOUR 1:


Tech News & Commentary

 

Dani in San Francisco, California listening online asked: "If Apple won't put Siri on the new iPad because it needs an Internet connection, why would they put the voice dictation? Couldn't they have put Siri on it, too?"

 

We could spend all day trying to figure out why Apple does things the way they do. And to be honest, While Siri is very helpful to have on the phone, especially while you're driving... how often are you going to pull out your iPad while you're behind the wheel to try and look something up? (Hopefully never!) So, I'm sure they thought about those things when they were developing these products.

More people tend to use their phones to quickly look up where the closest restaurant is, or to get directions. You can see where Siri would come in handy for that. iPad users tend to sometimes use them as laptop replacements (to an extent) and being able to dictate an e-mail or search the web using voice commands can save a lot of time (and aggravation of trying to type on the touchscreen.)

In the end, no one outside of Apple knows why the iPad has Voice Dictation, but not Siri. We don't know the terms under which Apple acquired Siri (remember, they bought the company that made Siri -- they didn't invent it themselves). What we do know is that Siri connects to network servers specific to itself, to understand and process user interactions. Perhaps those servers would be overloaded by millions more iPad users? We already hear stories of Siri struggling to keep up at times. Perhaps Apple just wants to have some feature unique to their phones, not also shared by their tablets or computers? If we ever find out definitively what the reason is, we'll be sure and report it!

 

For more information, tune in to Hour 1 of our podcast.

 

 

 

 

Mike Gikas
Consumer Reports Feature with Mike Gikas

HTC recently unveiled its new One series line of ultra slim smart phones. Consumer Reports Senior Editor Mike Gikas had a chance to try them out and shares his thoughts with us.





 

 



The "Into Tomorrow" team discussed the latest apps that they have been playing with recently.

    For Android:

     

      Listener Kristin in Anchorage, Alaska -- listening on KBYR recommends: Draw Something, FREE

       

      Draw Something
      "Hi Dave! "Draw Something" is what my friends and I are all into now. Fun. A bit slow on updates, but it is good for a laugh."






      Examples:

      Draw Something - Elton
      Elton, by Rob's Sister


      Draw something - Javeline
      Javeline, by Rob



      Jack in Blackfoot, Idaho listens on 690AM KBLY and recommends: VOXER, FREE

      Voxer

      "Voxer lets you send instant audio, text, photo and location messages to one or a group of your friends. Your friends can listen to your message while you talk or check it out later. this works really well if your driving and you don't want to take your hands off the wheel to send a text message out. (push to talk) was very popular a few years back, maybe Voxer will be bringing that feature back to all mobile devices. It's also available for iPhones"


      For iOS:

       

      • Rob recommends: Tongue Twister Pro, $1.99
      Tongue Twister Pro "I was able to download it for free, during a promotional period. The app contains a ton of tongue twisters that will have you laughing (when you mess up the words). I started to use them as a way to avoid getting my tongue twisted while we record our ITTV videos. Chris taught me to say 'Unique. New York.' Now, I've moved on to tongue twisters to exercise my tongue and help my speech. Sometimes I ramble my words or stutter. I think it's a fun and productive app." -- Rob


      • Chris recommends: Smithsonian Channel for iPad, FREE
      Smithsonian Channel for iPad "Most people are familiar with the Smithsonian Institution - mostly for their collection of museums. A lot of people don't know that they also have their own TV network - the Smithsonian Channel. They have a lot of shows that go deep into the history, not only of our great nation, but of the world. Being a history buff, I love this app. This app offers a lot of full episodes and tons of clips from their programs. There is a place in the app where you choose keywords from subjects you are interested in, and it will build a custom playlist for you. Then you can sit back and watch hours of video. If you like a show, you can search for it on their channel guide to you can catch more episodes on TV - if you get the channel. Again, it's for the iPad, and it's free.'"

What are your favorite apps? Let us know!

 

For more information, tune in to Hour 1 of our podcast.

 


Guest in this hour:


David Gewirtz
, Columnist – ZDNet

With the release of a new iPad, many still question if it's worth buying it or not. Our next guest is going to share some of his "16 reasons NOT to buy a new iPad (including 7 that haven't changed from earlier iPads)."

 


 

 

Tom in Shreveport, Louisiana listening on 710 KEEL asked: "What about the new AT&T Note? That kind of hybrid between a notebook and a tablet. Is that good and is it going to last? What would be the benefit to owning one of those? And what about the Apple - will it ever play the Flash player?"

 

As with all phones and tablets whether or not you'll like the Galaxy Note is up to you, but it's a tough sell. People complain about 7-inch tablets being too small to be more useful than smartphones as it is. This thing has a 5-inch screen, but then again, it's too big to comfortably carry around.

The difference in screen sizes doesn't really make it much more useful than any other phone with a big screen. And while the little stylus pen and the ability to add notes to documents and pictures with it is cool, it may not be cool enough to choose it over other phones or tablets that have other features, many of which you might get more use out of. On the positive side, it's a 4G LTE phone, it has a good camera that can record 1080p video and a crisp and obviously big screen.

Ultimately, if you like the big screen, the phone's for you. If you don't, it's not. The Note will probably stay as a niche phone, more than a mass appeal one like the Galaxy S line.

About Apple and Flash, no, you won't see Apple using Flash... but you won't see anyone else using Flash either soon.

Adobe discontinued Flash support for mobile platforms and they seem to be starting to focus on HTML5 products. The truth is that Steve Jobs was right about flash, it's a very inefficient battery hog and it doesn't play all that nice with mobile devices, so the transition to HTML5 should be good for end users, but the time in between will have Apple users deprived from using "the full web".

Remember also that the Samsung Galaxy Note isn't the first 5-inch phone-tablet hybrid. The Dell Streak 5 struggled to find customers, eventually being replaced by the Dell Streak 7 with its larger screen size. Samsung also has a history of building products without any clearly established market for them, and sometimes that's turned out okay. The original Samsung Galaxy Tab stood out from the iPad because it had a smaller screen, and today we accept that there are 7-inch tablets and there are 10-inch tablets (or sizes close enough to those for government work).

Because the Galaxy Note runs Android and is built by Samsung, there isn't really a danger in buying one. You'll be able to get apps for it, and its warranty service will be honored. Will it spawn apps aimed at its pen interface or in-between screen size? Hard to say. But if it appeals to you, then buy one! And then let us know how you like it!

 

For more information, tune in to Hour 1 of our podcast.

 

Listener Dave asked: "Is there a wireless IP Camera available that doesn't require computer for a wired setup? For example, I am traveling without a computer and stay in a hotel room that has public Wi-Fi, I'd like to be able to take out my wireless camera (programmed with my FTP info, or email info) and just plug it in and have it start sending images.

It seems every camera requires wired setup with a computer at that location? How come none of them will work by themselves on a free public Wi-Fi without a computer?"

 

It doesn't work that way because in order for the camera to access a wireless network, free or otherwise, it needs to be configured to connect to that particular wi-fi network. Every camera is a little different. However, they all generally need to be configured via a computer on the same network as the camera.

On a computer, it's easy to just click on the name of a network and have it connect. It's not so simple for these cameras. You need to be able to go into a setup menu and tell the camera which wi-fi network to look for, and input any network keys, if it's a secured network. Once you do that and the configuration is saved on the camera, you can usually unplug the network cable and use the WiFi.

You mentioned trying to use it at a hotel, while you are traveling. A lot of hotels (and public hotspots) require you to log into the wi-fi by clicking something in your browser, even if it's a free network. Sometimes all you need to do is click an "accept" button and then you are connected. Unfortunately, in these cases, you won't be able to use these cameras, as the camera, obviously, has no way of clicking any buttons.

There's also the issue of adapting your network to your camera, a lot of cameras require that you forward a port to them so you can access them remotely, you won't have access to the settings of a hotel router, so you won't be able to forward any ports or change their configuration in any way, in fact, even the hotel might not have access to the router if they're using a third party to maintain their network.

 

For more information, tune in to Hour 1 of our podcast.

 

Victor in Buffalo, Missouri listens to the podcast asked: "I'm wondering if these Wi-Fi antennas would work on a PS3 next door, if they will pick up he Wi-Fi Signal. Also, on that KidsTech ... The MicroViewer is gonna make a great birthday present for my grandkids!"

 

WiFi antennas like the C.Crane Super WiFi USB antenna won't work with the PS3. There are some guides online that show how to crack open the PS3 and install different components that supposedly help the reception.

Having said that, if you need to improve the signal where the PlayStation is, your best bet is probably to set up a wireless access point to act as a repeater and boost the signal. If you do that the area where the PS3 is should get better WiFi coverage and you won't need to make any changes to the guts of a very expensive electronic device.

If you don't want to connect a second wireless access point, which would involve pulling an network cable to the new location, you can look at a wireless network range extender. Newegg.com sells a wide range of these devices costing anywhere from $50 to $100. We don't have enough experience with specific models to offer a recommendation, but that's what those Newegg.com product reviews are all about. Look 'em over and figure out which one sounds good.

These extenders do not require a network connection themselves, they're simply repeating the Wi-Fi signal on the common frequencies.

 

For more information, tune in to Hour 1 of our podcast.

 

HOUR 2:

 

Tech News & Commentary

 

Philip in Clarksville, Tennessee listening on WTN 99.7 FM asked: "When I turn my computer on, I'll be on it for a while. It would freeze. Just started doing it in the last month. There's no rhyme or reason to it. Sometimes it'll do it as soon as I turn it on. The only way I can do anything is to turn it all the way off and fire it back up. What can I look for that would cause that?"

 

It's going to be tough for you to find the answer without some trial and error. If your computer is freezing up at random, it could be a faulty RAM module, it could be your motherboard, it could even be your hard drive, or a problem with your operating system. You may need to take it to a professional to have it checked, but if you want to give it a shot, you can run some hardware diagnostic software, like HWiNFO, or even some software diagnostics like System Mechanic.

Your best bet will mostly likely be a professional though, if you don't know what you're doing tracking down random problems like that can be very frustrating and time consuming.

If you'd like to try a little home diagnosing, though, I'd say the clue might be in the fact that it runs for a while before freezing up. Offhand, that sounds like a thermal problem. How hot does this system get, and how well ventilated is it? Try removing the cover and running it with a fan blowing into the case to improve cooling. Does that let it run without freezing? Does it run longer without freezing?

If it does seem to be thermal, the usual suspects there are power supply or chips on the main board. The processor is very heat sensitive, but it will usually slow down dramatically before it simply shuts off. The main chipset on your main board will also usually have a small cooling fan on it to help dispel heat. Perhaps that has stopped or is dirty?

You might benefit from a tune up. Check all the fans to make certain they're working and moving lots of air. Clean out all the dust. (Be sure to use a vacuum cleaner with suction or a compressed air product designed for cleaning electronics! If you just blow on it yourself, or use some other kind of air compressor, you can introduce moisture into places it shouldn't go. Safe for electronics, that's what you want to see.)

Don't neglect software, either. Run a good software tool like CCleaner or System Mechanic to dump junk files and clean your registry. Update your hardware drivers: video, sound, and printer. Make sure you have all available Windows, Flash, and Java updates applied. Everything runs better with some spring cleaning!

 

For more information, tune in to Hour 2 of our podcast.

 



This Week in Tech History Host: Chris Graveline

 

"This Week in Tech History" Weekly Feature with Chris Graveline.

 

 

 


 

 

Joe in Coconut Grove, Florida listens to the podcast - calling in via the app asked: "What's your take on quantum computing and will it ever take off for consumers?"

 

It likely will, very far off into the future. Right now quantum computers are theoretical at every level, let alone at consumer level, but recently IBM has had some success with research which brings quantum computer a small step closer to reality, having said that it will not happen for a long time.

Think probably decades for the computers to even exist, probably much longer for them to reach consumers. Then again, by then we may be back to mainframe architectures and big quantum computer might give processing power to all of you cloud devices for a fee... who knows?


For more information, tune in to Hour 2 of our podcast.

 

 

Listener Titus asked: "What are your thoughts on iPad 3? Does it beat Galaxy Tab?"

 

Yes, it beats the Galaxy Tab. The Tab does 720p video, whereas the iPad does 1080p, the Galaxy Tab has a 3MP still camera, the iPad does 5MP, the pixel density on the new iPad is better, in fact it's almost twice as much and the resolution is 2048 x 1536, which is much higher than the Galaxy Tab's 1280 x 800, the Galaxy Tab has a dual core processor, the iPad has a quad core processor.

And then there are the other things that were already true for the older iPads, far more apps, a generally easier user interface, and the price is the same for both tablets. If you're looking at buying one of those, we'd suggest going for the iPad.

In fact, right now where we stand today, it's probably safe to say that the new iPad is the best tablet ever made. That's a bold statement, but it's one that every expert who has reviewed the new iPad seems to agree with. The only potential problem seems to be heat related -- the new iPad does run warm, so if you're looking for something that's comfortable to hold in your lap while reading a book, you might prefer a smaller, cooler device like a Kindle Fire. But pound-for-pound, right now, the iPad is king of the hill again (this month).

The iPad didn't catch everyone by surprise. Most of its specs were anticipated months before it came out. We'll see iPad competitors showing up very soon with similar specs. So if you're in the "anyone but Apple" camp, you'll be able to look for new models soon. If you just want the best tablet money can buy today, however, that's easy. Like we said -- iPad.


For more information, tune in to Hour 2 of our podcast.

 

 


Guest in this hour:


Dave Vigil
, President – Snaptracs

What if your pet were to run away? Would you be able to find them easily? Find out how modern technology can help us track our beloved animals.

 


 

 

 

Product Spotlight Host: Rob Almanza

 



 



PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT with Rob: Zeo Sleep Manager

How often do you wake up feeling like you had the best sleep ever? If that's the case everyday for you, we're jealous! Rob accepted the challenge of trying out a new sleep-tracking device that allegedly can help improve your sleep. c

 

Zeo Sleep Manager


Features:

- Wireless. You don't have to connect it to your computer with a USB cable like other products to sync and view your sleep data.

- Zeo connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth, and works in conjunction with the Zeo app, overnight.

- The app also wirelessly syncs your sleep data with your Zeo profile online, where you can find more resources to help improve your sleep, including a coaching program.

- Once you have the Zeo headband paired with your phone, you launch the app and hit "Track Sleep". The app logs how long you you're in Deep … REM … or Light sleep during the night. It also tracks how long you're awake overnight. It then gives you a score of your "sleep quality," which will help you determine what you need to change, to improve your sleep.

- "Smart Awake" Alarm that gently wakes you at the optimal point in your sleep cycle. You can set a 20 or 30-minute wake window. This theoretically helps you get up feeling refreshed

- The headband isn't the most comfy accessory to sleep with. You can adjust the fit, but Rob didn't enjoy sleeping with it. And, it often came off while he slept.

- The sensors can eventually wear off and will stop functioning properly. You can replace them, for as little as $20 and they recommend replacing the Strap and sensor after 90 days of use.

- The Zeo sleep management mobile system is compatible with most iOS and Android devices. The entire kit costs just under $100.

 

 

Gil in Plattsburg, New York listening on WWCR Shortwave asked: "I'm considering a Verizon 3G iPad. Will Verizon continue to support 3G even though 4G LTE is being introduced and implemented? How long will Verizon support 3G? Keep up the good work!"


We asked Verizon directly, and they said:

"The short answer is yes. Verizon has spent tens of billions of dollars building out the nation's largest and most reliable 3G network that provides high-speed -- although not as fast as 4G -- and powerful wireless broadband services. Verizon continues to enhance this 3G network, even as 4G is rapidly rolled out across the country (more than 200 markets and 260 million PoPs already) and will support 3G for many years to come."


For more information, tune in to Hour 2 of our podcast.

 

Chris' Diet Face

Chris couldn't have any of the donuts Mark brought to the studio...

 

HOUR 3:

Tech News & Commentary

 

Amanda in Davie, Florida listens to the podcast asked: "Will we ever have true 4G speeds?"


We technically already do, if you can access them. LTE networks are truly fast, faster than some home broadband even, and likely to get a lot faster than they are now. LTE stands for Long Term Evolution, and that's the idea behind the standard, right now, the theoretical speeds of LTE are around 100 mbit/s, the real speeds are much lower, but you can get real world speeds of 20 mbits/s.

The standard though, calls for evolutionary changes to the service, upgrading it to 150 mbits/s, then 300 mbits/s and, theoretically, eventually topping out at what's called LTE Advanced with speeds of 1 gbit/s for stationary users, and up to 100 mbit/s for mobile users. Now, this is way down the line, we don't even have a full LTE network working yet. Verizon is ahead of the competition right now and still deploying in new markets, and every step of the way will take a long time, but as for you question, yes, we will have true 4G speeds, if you don't have them around you yet, Verizon and AT&T should get there ahead of everyone else.

Now, if by "true" 4G, you are referring to the ITU-R (International Telecommunications Union-Radio communications sector) standards set in 2008, those require peak transmission speeds of 100 megabits per second for high mobility communications, like those from a moving car or train, and 1 gigabit per second for low mobility communications, like pedestrians or someone seated in a coffee shop.

We're still a long way from seeing that. It's a nice standard and it's one we will probably see met and exceeded in our lifetimes, but the infrastructure on the other side of the 4G connections simply isn't robust enough to have everyone surfing in the Starbucks using 1 gigabit of bandwidth.

However fast 4G is today, remember that it's a "last mile" technology. It connects the user to the cloud. How fast data moves within that cloud is also very important, and that needs to be far enough ahead of the last mile technology to be able to handle all the traffic. We older folks can remember when the first high speed Internet connections started becoming available to the general consumer, back in the 1990s, and how network providers like Comcast or AT&T had to scramble to upgrade their central offices.

All that being said, 4G LTE is very, very fast. We love our 4G LTE phones here at the Advanced Media Network. Well, at least Mark and Dave do. Rob and Chris use iPhones, which only have that iPhoney "fake 4G."


For more information, tune in to Hour 3 of our podcast.

 

 

Into Gaming Update Host: Mark Lautenschlager


"Into Gaming Update” Weekly Feature with Mark Lautenschlager

 

 

 

 


 

Tim in Bellville, Michigan listens on the app asked: "I am on Sprint. When will the Samsung Galaxy Note be coming to Sprint? Or WILL it be coming to Sprint? If anyone would know, it would be you, Dave."

 

We don't officially know anything, but rumors are that Sprint will not have the Galaxy Note under that name, but that they will have it and it will be called the Galaxy Journal. Now, that is unconfirmed, and since we don't officially know it's happening, we also don't officially know when, or what guts it's going to come with, they may roll it out as a 3G phone, a WiMax phone or even an LTE phone, since Sprint wants to transition to LTE.

So, we don't officially know anything yet, but the rumors we hear indicate that you'll have a Galaxy Note by the name of Galaxy Journal, available on Sprint in the future. Now, whether you should want to buy a device that is basically an uncomfortably small tablet to use and an uncomfortably big phone to carry... that's another issue.


For more information, tune in to Hour 3 of our podcast.

 

Luis in Miami Lakes, Florida listening online asked: "I am a huge fan of music, and over the years I have amassed a huge collection (over 3000 CD's). My wife and I started the painstaking task of uploading all of our music onto our hard drive, and archiving the collection. Do you know of any hardware/software interface that could help us in speeding this process up with out manually having to archive it ourselves. Not a big iTunes fan either, and was really looking for a way to do the transfer 'in bulk', with the ability to arrange it later."

 

There are options available to automate the process, but you won't want to use them. Ripstation, for example has a "cheap" consumer version that will automatically grab your CDs from a pile, put them in the drive, and rip them, but their version of "cheap" is $1400.

The rest of the automated options are about as expensive, and they even go higher than that, they're clearly meant for professional operations. There are also services that will take your CDs and rip them for you, but the cost of shipping 3000 CDs alone will make that extremely expensive for you, and the services are not cheap either, you're talking about more than a dollar per CD.

To be honest, your best bet might be either to pay a couple of high school kids to start putting a dent on your collection, or to just do the ones you listen to the most, and the rip the other ones as needed, at least you'll slowly go through them and it won't be a horribly repetitive task that will never seem to end.


For more information, tune in to Hour 3 of our podcast.

 

Kenneth Listening via the Into Tomorrow Android app asked: I have downloaded some free apps on my new Samsung Galaxy S2. Some of them just show up right away in my applications menu, such as the BBC news. But other apps that I have downloaded, like moving wallpapers and a retro clock do not show up anywhere. They are not in my applications menu and although they are LISTED under my settings>applications, I have no option anywhere to start the app running, or add the app to anything on my phone. I have been looking online to no avail and it's really starting to annoy me!"

 

Retro Clock Widget is a home screen clock and date widget for Android based on the classic mechanical flipping clock. It functions as shortcuts to Alarm and Calendar. What you need to do is Long press empty space on the home screen. Then Select Widgets, and finally Select Retro Clock or Retro Date.

Remember a widget displays an application's most important or timely information at a glance, on a user's Home screen. For future reference, next time when you download the app it should tell you in the description whether what you are downloading is an app or a Widget. that way you can save some time looking around your phone for something you just downloaded.


For more information, tune in to Hour 3 of our podcast.

 

Nikki, listening on KNRC Denver, Colorado asked: "Hey guys, I'm looking to get a new DSLR camera. I was looking at a Nikon D3100 or Canon Rebel T3. I don't need it for anything professional, I just want it for personal use, something that I can take good quality pictures and some mid level photography. On Amazon the nikon is only $10 more so I want to know which one is more worth buying. A simple user interface would be a bonus."

 

Both cameras are great DSLRs. You're really not gonna find very much difference in the overall quality of the pictures. However, the Nikon D3100 has a few more features such as 2 more AF points, Full HD vs HD video with better options, one stop high ISO limit and a slightly larger LCD screen, and for $10 dollars more that just might be worth it.

It's a good thing to keep in mind what your comfortable with. We recommend going to your local tech store (like a Best Buy) and ask to see the cameras in person. We find it helpful to try it out and take a few pictures in the store see what feels better for you. Everyone has there own personal preference and you might be well served by giving both cameras a try.


For more information, tune in to Hour 3 of our podcast.

 

 

IFA History Feature

"IFA History Feature” brought to you by Messe-Berlin

Magnetic recording has a long history. It began early in 1925 with the invention of the electro-acoustic recording method. In 1926 the Austrian engineer Fritz Fleumer who was working in Dresden, Germany received a patent for a steel powdered paper tape, the grandfather of all tapes. As this technology wasn't market ready, in 1929, Dr. Curt Stille built a machine with a steel tape. It was used by the BBC from 1930 on for magnetic recording of sound, but it was very complicated and not very reliable. The Internationale Funkaustellung, or IFA has been the birthplace of many recording technologies since that time.

 

That's this week's IFA Update brought to you by Messe-Berlin. Be sure to visit IFA-Berlin.com.


 

Mitch in Greenwich, Connecticut listens on WGCH 1490 AM asked: "Laptops: Is it okay to keep them on 24/7? I've kept my desktop on with no problems."


Laptops are just smaller computers. If they're properly ventilated and can regulate their temperature to a safe level, they should be ok to run for extended periods of time.

Desktops have fewer ventilation issues because no one really rests them on a bed or on top of a fluffily pillow. As long as you don't do that with your laptop and you sit them on tables where they can have as much air as they need, running through their fans, it should be fine.

If you are worried about temps, you can purchase a notebook cooler. We recommend the active ones (active models have fans, passive models do not) and we suggest getting one made from metal that's designed to dissipate the heat. Mark has used the Zalman Notebook Cooler brand for years, with great success.

 

Tune in to Hour 3 of our podcast for more details.

 

Rao in Shreveport, Louisiana listening on 710 KEEL asked: "Hi Dave! As the camera in the iPhone is an app, can they make a Web App for the camera in the Cloud, and we can use it with a good lens on a any cloud computer? Also they can make it as best as possible & keep improving it? So that we may not have to wait for the next phone model to be released to get a better camera capacity?"


Unfortunately, that won't work. You can access a camera via a web app, that part is no problem (except for needing a good internet connection at all times you want to take a picture), and the makers of the software could add some basic features over time but, unfortunately, for a camera to get better image quality it needs newer and better components.

Basically, the lens and the sensor change with every camera, and they have nothing to do with software, they are physical pieces inside the phone that need to be used to capture better images.

Your question is basically the same as asking "if iPhones on AT&T are now 4G phones, why doesn't my phone company make my phone a 4G phone"... because iPhones are 3G phones with a 4G logo ... the internal parts that are needed to connect to a real 4G network are simply not there. Your phone's manufacturer could show you a nice "12 megapixels" setting on your 2 megapixel phone's screen, but the hardware needed to take a 12 megapixel picture is just not there.

 

Tune in to Hour 3 of our podcast for more details.

 

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