Do your homework before buying a new smartphone this Black Friday

The clock is ticking down to Black Friday, the official kickoff of the holiday shopping season. Granted, the definition of “Friday” has been blurred as retailers continue to leapfrog each other to be first to offer unbeatable holiday deals, but sometime this week you should be able to find some excellent deals on a new smartphone if you’re in the market.

Some people go into a smartphone purchase knowing what they want. They know up front that they want the new iPhone, or the latest Samsung Galaxy S model. However, most people aren’t that dedicated to one platform and are open to buying whichever device meets their needs and seems like the best deal. For those people, the survey data from FixYa will come in handy as a shopping guide.

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The FixYa report is not a comprehensive list of available smartphones, but it does compare the relative pros and cons of four of the leading handsets. FixYa, a Q&A site where users can go to help each other identify and troubleshoot issues, compiled data on the iPhone 5s, Motorola Moto X, Samsung Galaxy S4, and HTC One from nearly 14,000 problem impressions submitted on its site to determine the most common problems reported for each device.

The number one issue reported for the Samsung Galaxy S4 is overheating, which makes up a quarter of the problems reported for the smartphone. As vendors cram more processing power and technology into these pocket-sized devices, it’s somewhat inevitable that they’re going to get warmer, but the reason it seems to be more of an issue for the Galaxy S4 is probably related to the plastic case. Battery drain and issues reading the display tied as a close second behind the overheating issue.

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from TechHive http://www.techhive.com/article/2067008/do-your-homework-before-buying-a-new-smartphone-this-black-friday.html#tk.rss_all

Best practices for building cross-platform mobile apps

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Michael Thomas is the Principal Development Lead for SkyDrive, Microsoft’s personal cloud storage service. In his role, Michael is responsible for many facets of product development, including planning, technical investigations, quality assurance and execution. … Keep reading →

from The Next Web http://thenextweb.com/dd/2013/11/26/best-practices-building-cross-platform-mobile-apps/

T-Mobile and AT&T went head-to-head on Twitter over a customer… T-Mobile won

Conversations like this one are what makes Twitter an amazing service. If you considered switching your mobile operator in the past, you might chat with friends or family about it… Keep reading →

from The Next Web http://thenextweb.com/shareables/2013/11/27/t-mobile-and-att-went-head-to-head-on-twitter-over-a-customer-t-mobile-won/

Stunts: 25 People Got Tattoos in Exchange for Free Pizza for Life

Would you be willing to trade having a branded pizza tattoo on your body forever to be able to get free pizza for life? Well, plenty of people in Houston would. The Pi Pizza Truck celebrated its second anniversary…

from Eater National http://eater.com/archives/2013/11/26/pizza-fans-get-tattoos-in-exchange-for-free-slices-for-life.php

Social Media Tips for Your Next Tradeshow

Getting ready to head to another tradeshow? This time take advantage of social media platforms in preparation for your next show. By leveraging social media you will be able to engage in the conversation leading up to your next show. Let’s face it you spend a lot of money to go to these shows so…

from Social Articles | Business 2 Community http://www.business2community.com/social-media/social-media-tips-next-tradeshow-0695187

Matt Cutts: Use the Link Disavow Tool Even if Your Site Hasn’t Been Penalized

If you’ve identified any suspicious or low-quality backlinks you believe might result Google taking a manual action, Matt Cutts recommends disavowing those links. This is a different stance on the disavow tool than Google has previously taken.

from Search Engine Watch – Latest http://searchenginewatch.com/article/2309486/Matt-Cutts-Use-the-Link-Disavow-Tool-Even-if-Your-Site-Hasnt-Been-Penalized