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8 Ways to Get Help with Ubuntu Linux

No matter what operating system you use, be it Windows, Mac OS, or Linux, you’re inevitably going to run into some problems. But, especially with Ubuntu Linux, there’s a wealth of information to help get you through your crisis. Below are eight ways to get help when you have a problem with Ubuntu.

1. Google By far the easiest, most common method of fixing any problem. Google will search most of the items listed below, including user guides, wikis, forums, and newsgroups. But it’s not always the easiest way to find the solution to an obscure problem, so here are some alternatives:

2. Ubuntuguide.org – The Ubuntu User Manual This User Guide covers all the major aspects of Ubuntu, from installation to video driver support. It’s a must-read for those new to Ubuntu, and especially for those just beginning in Linux. Roughly equivalent to the printed manual you’d get in a shrink-wrapped product, the guide comes in the form of a Wiki that can answer most of your basic questions.

3. Ubuntuforums.org – Help in 60 Seconds The Ubuntu Forums are a great place to go when you have a question not listed in the User Guide. But follow rule #1 and always Google first – chances are, someone has already answered your question and google has indexed it. People here are friendly, and help is quick; you’ll usually get a response within a few minutes. You will have to register, though, as with all forums.

4. IRC Channels – Help in 60 Seconds, Redux If you don’t feel like registering on Ubuntuforums, or if you just have a quick question and want some live-feedback, consider the Ubuntu IRC channel. Like the forums, people are friendly, knowledgeable, and courteous, and will do their best to answer your question. The easiest way to do this under Ubuntu is to install X-chat, and connect to the Ubuntu Servers (irc://irc.ubuntu.com); it will automatically take you into the #ubuntu channel, where you can get help quick. Most questions are answered here in just a few minutes time. Don’t forget to thank the people that help you!

5. Linux User Groups Linux User Groups, or LUGs, have been an important part of Linux support for a long time. A LUG is where users meet to discuss various topics, help each other out with problems, and eat pizza, coffee, and/or donuts. You can find a LUG near you on Google; lots of universities have them, also.

6. Application Documentation, Wikis, and Forums Most individual applications have their own documentation, including FAQ lists, troubleshooting sections, user manuals, and sometimes Wikis. This is always a good place to look if you’re having a specific problem with a specific application.

7. Ask the developer If you’re using a smaller, lesser-known application, there might not be very extensive documentation available; or worse, there might not be any documentation available at all. But most of the time, developers will put their email addresses, or some other way to contact them, on their project page – use it but don’t abuse it! Small open source developers want to know that their programs are being used and enjoyed by others, and they want to help out when they can; but don’t deluge them with an onslaught of questions that could have been solved by step number one – Google.

8. If all else fails – submit a bug report Not exactly an instant solution, but if you’re having a problem that doesn’t seem to have an answer, it won’t be fixed unless you let the developers know about it!

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5 things to look forward to in Ubuntu 10.10

Maverick Meerkat, the version of Ubuntu slated to be released later this year, brings with it several features and improvements that the Linux community has been eagerly looking forward to. I’ve taken a look at the blueprints for this next release, and picked out a few of the major items that Linux end-users will be interested in. Here are 5 things to look forward to in Ubuntu 10.10:

Software Center enhancements

A major focus of Ubuntu 10.10 is improving the software center, addressing many of the usability problems that have been sources of complaints in the past. Among these changes are:

Better Search

I’ve heard this complaint quite a bit, including in the comments of my article covering things new Linux users need to know. I had posted a screenshot of an application there, and someone tried to find it in the software center by searching for “Disk Analyzer”, which is what’s displayed in the title bar of the program. Unfortunately, no results were returned. In the next version of Ubuntu, the Software Center will show suggested results when you search for something that gets no hits.

Improved dependency display

Most users, even the more advanced members of the crowd, don’t particularly care about the package dependencies of a particular program. Managing that kind of information is trusted to the package management program, and there’s really no reason for a user to be presented with that data unless she asks. In the next version of the software manager, everything but the application itself will be hidden, with the option to show “Technical items” only when the user specifically requests it.

Add-on packages and media

Many packages offer “add-ons” which extend the feature-set or usability of the program. A good example of this is the Firefox browser, which today has several add-ons available in the Software Center, such as the Ubuntu extension. In the next version of the Software Center, add-ons will be much better organized.

OneConf: Sync your configuration between machines

OneConf will allow users to share their Ubuntu configurations between multiple machines. Realizing that people work on more than one computer, and taking a cue from browser sync features, OneConf will allow you to store your installed application list and those applications’ settings to the UbuntuOne service. You’ll then be able to migrate this list to another machine, or to use it as a configuration restore. It will support multiple configuration specifications, allowing you to keep separate lists for different types of machines (home vs. work; desktop vs. netbook, etc..).

Post-Release application delivery

Developers and users alike will look forward to the ability for new packages to be introduced to the distribution after it has been released. Although the process is not finalized, there will be a process by which developers can submit their packages for review and inclusion into the software repositories, even after a major release. This means that Ubuntu users will be able to receive new packages without upgrading or manually seeking them out, which is the case today.

Chromium as the default netbook browser

Ubuntu 10.10 aims to improve netbook support (using its Ubuntu Netbook Edition release), and part of this is a migration to the light-weight Chromium browser. Many Linux users are already familiar with Chromium, or its close Google-branded relative, Chrome, as a speedy alternative to Firefox.

Better touchscreen support

Touchscreen support is another area where 10.10 should show significant improvements. On the drawing-board for this release is to improve existing applications’ touch-friendlyness by tweaking GTK, icon settings, and other theme options. Additionally, support for gestures in Compiz may also be included. This is an area where you can expect to see improvements beyond the immediate future, as touchscreens become more common and Ubuntu moves to support this market. In the future, we’ll likely see further enhancements, such as the inclusion of a built-in on-screen keyboard.

What do you look forward to?

Do any of these features make you excited for Ubuntu 10.10? If so, which ones? And if not, what would you want to see in Ubuntu 10.10? Leave your opinions in the comment section below.

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31 Days to 3G iPhone – Day 31: A Case, Of Course!

After a year of waiting, tech jealousy, back and forth decisions, surreptitious fondling of floor models, and near theft of friend’s phones, my husband and I are finally taking the plunge and moving over to AT&T when our T-Mobile contract is up on August 31. Despite recent reports of cracks in the plastic, we each plan on getting a white 16GB iPhone 3G. To celebrate our upcoming iPhone Liberation Day, I will be making an iPhone-related post each day.

After I decided which iPhone I wanted to get (white or black really isn’t a hard choice!) the first thing I started thinking about was the kind of case I wanted for my phone. I know that the iPhone is very elegant on its own, but I’m being realistic here–not only am I a girl who likes to accessorize, but I’m a clumsy girl at that. If I’m plunking down $299 for a phone, I want it to be as well-protected as it can be without losing any style or usability. I know lots of people like carrying their iPhones naked, which is all well and good for them, but it just makes me too nervous.

My case requirements are as follows:

Must be a hard case or really, really good silicone case

Must include a screen protector or be screen protector friendly

Must completely cover all parts of the iPhone except for the screen

Must NOT include a belt clip

Must include a color choice I like

The first case on my radar is the Griffin Wave. I love the wave styling on the side that gives the case its name, and I like that it includes a screen protector too. It’s a hard case, which I really like, because I’ve grown very used to the Agent 18 Nano Shield I have my red iPod nano G3 in. Investigation into the Wave has produced some great reviews on the original iPhone model, all which lead me to believe I would really feel good about choosing this case for my 3G iPhone. I also think that the Wave is a great price–ony 24.95 for both a good case and a screen protector. That’s a value! And, of course, it comes in pink…I definitely like that!

Another case I want to check out is the Agent 18 Eco Shield. As I said, I’ve been really happy with the Agent 18 case that I have on my iPod nano–I put it on almost as soon as I got my nano, and while the case looks a little dinged up in places, my iPod is in pristine shape. A friend of mine is a huge fan of Agent 18 and he turned me on to their cases–I’m glad he did! The Eco Shield is also a hard case that covers most of the iPhone while still providing access to all the buttons and the screen. It features silicone pads for extra cushioning and a dock adapter so you can dock your phone without taking it out of the case. It doesn’t come with a screen protector, so that’d be extra. The Eco Shield runs at a very reasonable $29.95. It also comes in pink!

My friend Kathleen is really happy with the iSkin revo that she has for her 1st Gen iPhone. iSkin has come out with a version of the revo for the iPhone 3G–the revo2. It has a lot of great things going for it, like full silicone coverage, antimicrobial material, good screen protectors, and much more. Despite its list of impressive features, it is the one that I’m least sold on. It looks really rugged and not very sleek in all the pictures, and none of the color choices are jumping out at me. I’m also concerned that a silicone case may not be protective enough, or durable enough. The last silicone case I had for my PDA phone tore in quite a few places. I also hate how silicone cases pick up any lint or hair that is in the area–and I’m usually either covered in cat hair or shedding my own mane! I’ll give it a look, but I’m not sold on the revo2.

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10 Things to Expect from Microsoft’s Windows 10 Event

It’s a big day for Microsoft and its flagship Windows 10 software. After years of ridicule for a botched Windows 8 launch, this is Microsoft’s opportunity to show the consumer that it, er, means business. Much has been written about what we want and what we can expect from Microsoft’s big event. Some new rumors have come to light which have compelled me to build a more up-to-date list of anticipation. With no further ado, here are things I expect/want to see at Microsoft’s Windows 10 event, in order of likelihood.

A sleek new Windows 10 build –

This is an easy bet. With all of the leaks since Build 9879 was launched, it is fairly obvious that Microsoft is going to be taking a big step with its next Windows 10 build. Cortana integration, the new Spartan web browser, a revamped UX, and Continuum for switching between touch-first and traditional modes on hybrid devices should be the focal point of the event.

Windows 10 for Xbox details

– We’ve heard about Microsoft’s plans to unify the OS on all devices and form factors, including Xbox and Internet of Things. The announcement of developer sessions for Xbox means that we’ll be seeing how Windows 10 affects app development on that platform.

Windows 10 mobile Preview

– I wasn’t so convinced about this until a few weeks ago, but even Microsoft is giving us the old nod and wink nowadays with regards to its mobile platform. The appearance of a Preview app, similar to that for PC users, means that a mobile Windows 10 test is not far away.

Office for Windows 10 mobile

– It’s been a long time coming, but it looks like we’ll be seeing touch-first versions of Office for Windows, focused on the smartphone and tablet form factors. Everything we’ve heard indicates that these’ll be the “flagship” touch versions of Office, with more features than their iOS and Android counterparts. With Microsoft’s newfound propensity to give fans an early look at its software, I would also expect news about a Preview initiative.

Substantial Xbox Announcements for PC Gamers

– So this is a little unlikely, given Microsoft’s past transgressions with Games for Windows Live and underbaked Xbox apps on Windows 8. However, with Satya Nadella now pushing the multiplatform angle, would we see more of that with Microsoft’s games? Are we going to be able to watch our friends play on their Xbox from our Surface? What about getting complimentary versions of the same games on your PC if they’re registered to your Xbox Live account? Halo: Master Chief Collection for the long-suffering Halo: Combat Evolved fans? Microsoft knows that a huge factor for Windows’ popularity is its ubiquity with PC gamers, so watch this space as they try to tighten that grip.

Complimentary Windows 10 final gold version for testers

– Just a rumor that I’ve seen repeated several times recently. It would be a nice gesture for those who risked messing around with a potentially unstable early product, but it would raise questions about final pricing. Is Windows 10 going to have a price tag and what would that mean for its adoption curve?

Lumia 1330

– Although this is billed as a “Windows” event, there are chances of hardware showing up, too. Third party OEMs would surely have some presence. The most likely announcement that Microsoft would make is a Lumia 1330 phablet. Its predecessor, the 1320, was fairly popular in some Asian territories due to its large screen and low price. If Microsoft is going to be demonstrating Windows 10 mobile, having a new device to demonstrate it on would make sense.

Lumia 1030/940/1530

– Windows Phone fans have been begging for a new flagship to rally around for nearly a year now and Microsoft would be wise to heed their wishes. I’m not too optimistic that we’ll be seeing a new hero device at this event, but any rumblings would go far in assuaging the hardcore’s concerns.

Surface Pro 4

– CES played host to some impressive design advancements in the PC hardware space. When Microsoft first launched Surface Pro 3 just under a year ago, it was cutting edge. Now, it’s losing a little of its luster with new edge to edge displays and sleeker form factors coming from other OEMs. Launching a thinner Surface with an even larger screen (due to narrower bezels) before Apple does the same with its MacBook Air could be a powerful psychological victory for the premium side of the PC market. It would also be the ideal platform to showcase the Continuum feature onstage.

Some sort of smartphone/laptop hybrid

– A very late rumor that has little going for it. Something targeted at business users, this smartphone/laptop hybrid is apparently early in development at Microsoft’s hardware labs. Is this a continuation of the Surface line or even the successor to Microsoft’s Lumia flagship devices? Would probably be the biggest talking point if this rumor does come to fruition.

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DOOGEE Voyager DG300 under $100

The market these days is flooded with numerous options from different Android smartphone manufacturers from China, but a brand that has gained popularity in the recent times is Doogee. This brand stands out for its quality and functions .The most important features which people keep in mind while buying a cell phone are the features that are available on a particular model. Their latest offering DOOGEE DG300 is an Android 4.2 3G Smartphone with 5.0 inch QHD IPS Screen MTK6572 Dual Core 1.3GHz GPS 4GB ROM. Definitely a handy device that will never let you down. With the price tag of just $99, it provides a 5.0 inch screen which is indeed a comfortable size for viewing videos and playing games. This phone is genuinely top class and all the important aspects of the phone are discussed in detail hereunder:

The design of the Doogee Voyager DG300 is elegant with curved corners. The front of the phone is black and on the top there is the front facing camera along with the earpiece speaker grill. The back cover is like an envelope covering the rest of the phone (even the edges) and the power and volume keys are part of the back cover. The headphone jack is on the top with the micro USB port. On the right side there is the power button while the left side has volume controls. On the whole, the device has been using ultra narrow bezel ultra-thin design, in a very aesthetic way which makes it highly attractive.

The Doogee Voyager DG300 uses MTK6572 Dual Core processor with Android 4.2 OS that enables easy surfing online along with enjoying games. One can even browse the Internet and complete the assignments. Overall the phone performs well and there was no lags or annoying pauses and was immensely smooth while operating, like most Android devices.

The lithium battery in the Voyager DG300 is a 2500mAh unit which supports quick charge and the optimization of low-power system. It offers 12 hours of talk time and 24 hours of standby time. The device has a good battery backup with 4 hours of video playback time.

The Doogee Voyager DG300 has a 5 Megapixel rear camera, excellent to take bright and clear photo, featuring superfine pixel spacing. There is an option for flashlight and auto focus, up to 2560 x 1920 pixels resolution and supports full screen capturing. The front camera is 2 Mega pixel with smart beauty camera and is more useful or suitable for self-photo-shot. The pictures taken by the camera are impressive especially if you take the price factor into consideration.

This Voyager is a 3G budget phone and has all the connectivity options you would expect. There is Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth 2.0, 2G GSM and 3G. The device has dual SIM option and the 3G frequency and would easily work in most places around the world.

The Doogee Voyager DG300 runs on Android 4.2 and is loaded with Play Store, Calculator, E-mail, Gmail, Clock, Calendar, Gallery, Music, Sound Recorder, Browser, Video Player, File manager, FM Radio, Navigation, ToDo, and so on. With Google Play pre-installed, one has full access to all Google’s apps including Gmail, YouTube and Google Keyboard etc.

The price is the most lucrative feature of Doogee Voyager DG300 with a dual-core processor, 4GB ROM memory, 5.0 inch QHD IPS Screen with Stunning picture quality, fresh vision, superfine pixel spacing that brings to you the colourful world for just $99.

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Does The Innovation Extremely Matter?

Does the innovation extremely matter in this day and age? Essentially PC frameworks simply work today, PDAs work anyplace now and with our cell phones we are getting the majority of our office interchanges now while we are all over the place. So does the innovation make a difference? All the data coursing through the internet, through the wireless transmissions, down the copper, does it make a difference how it gets to its goal?

For the entrepreneur who is endeavoring to split into a developing business sector with an achievement item, the appropriate response possibly a plain old – NO. As an entrepreneur myself, when I need to make a telephone call for instance, I just get the handset and expect a dial tone. Dial my ten or eleven digits and hit up a discussion with my gathering at the opposite end. How my voice enters the telephone framework and turns out the ear piece at the opposite end isn’t imperative to me. The insight going over the innovation is what makes a difference. At last, the satisfaction of the required and wanted assignment is what is important. “The innovation itself is required to help and upgrade the satisfaction procedure,” states Zak McKracken, an Oversaw Administrations expert in Australia.

Proprietors of private companies are swinging to highlights and advantages over the real innovation. We find that an advantage of telecommuting to make up for lost time with remaining details when it is advantageous is an incredible pitching highlight to rising innovations like SSL VPN, where convenience and security are essential necessities to the general advantage of working remotely. In any case, the innovation needs a huge dimension of “convenience” appended to it. Independent companies don’t need confused advances that numerous private company IT experts accept is important to legitimately anchor a system for remote access, for instance. The innovation should be straightforward and compelling or the entrepreneur will never put resources into it.

The move in the SMB counseling network needs to change. As Dave Sobel of Advance Innovations in Washington, DC states, “I move esteem, not innovation”. This is the thing that entrepreneurs are searching for in the present solid economy. Be that as it may, organizations today are as yet careful on where they will contribute their innovation dollars. They require an answer that gives all that they require, it must be moderate and it has “to work superior to anticipated,” says Amy Babinchak of Harbor PC Administrations, a Microsoft MVP in Security. Arrangements need esteem: be loaded with advantages and give the entrepreneur an instrument to help them in playing out their assignments and administrations and to be aggressive in the commercial center. Private ventures don’t have interminable IT spending plans, so they have to accomplish more with less. They require dependable arrangements that work, without paying through the eye for IT bolster administrations.

Entrepreneurs today are excessively bustling attempting to remain a stage in front of their opposition to stress over PC frameworks. The individuals who do concentrate endeavors on their frameworks may need to reconsider their business when they understand that they simply squandered an entire year setting up a server and workstations as opposed to concentrating on their item offering to the market. Entrepreneurs who endeavor to do their very own innovation wind up in a snare since they center such a great amount of exertion around their very own frameworks that they lose the point of view of their genuine business work.

IT Specialists have been lecturing in their networks “that they ought to wind up confided in consultants to their clients,” states Doug Geary of GearyTech in Toronto. “When you end up in that position, you will discover the brand/kind of your proposals is for the most part insignificant.” This is valid notwithstanding the contention of numerous IT advisors. To an entrepreneur, it doesn’t make a difference if a server has SATA, SCSI or SAS drives, they simply should have the capacity to store their data safely, dependability and in particular with zero downtime. We see numerous innovation centered advisors putting all their consideration on the particulars of a server for instance, “the Smash is this quick, the drives turn a 15,000 RPM, and Attack 5 implies this.” Doesn’t make a difference! Could the server you are prescribing meet their objectives? In the event that the appropriate response is indeed, you have carried out your responsibility.

Where does the innovation make a difference at that point? It is important to the IT specialist who is taking a shot at working out the arrangement. It makes a difference to the general population that need to help it. It doesn’t generally make a difference to the entrepreneur. They need to have somebody who is dependable, reliable and most vital accessible when they require that group or individual to deal with it. The present entrepreneur puts a ton of trust in IT organizations to furnish them with an answer that will address their issues and afterward they should have the capacity to help it, and on the off chance that they are not around not far off for reasons unknown, another person needs to venture in and bolster it without modifying or experiencing a huge expectation to learn and adapt.

The genuine innovation just issues to the IT organization. They are the ones that need to learn it all around, they are the ones that need to remain in front of the innovation bend and can educate their customers when new arrangements are accessible to make the entrepreneur’s life simpler as well as increasingly productive.

So what is essential to the entrepreneur? It simply needs to work, when they require it, generally. Advantages to their business are vital and highlights and “pleasant to haves” round it out. Entrepreneurs like standard, surely understood arrangements. They need what their friends have in light of the fact that they saw it at the exercise center, lunch or out on the fairway. When they request it, it is on the grounds that they saw their companions with it, and perhaps it is an answer that permits his/her companion to telecommute three evenings per week or go to a school occasion and still have data from the business coming to them when they are far from the workplace. It isn’t the activity of the IT advisor to demoralize the innovation, it is the activity of the expert to grasp it and give it. Commonly I see business go somewhere else essentially on the grounds that the organization was not well prepared to adjust to the customer’s changing necessities or ask for, and the contender could

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Does the Apple Watch live up to your expectations?

Since late 2013 the internet has been full of rumors and speculation on the next “Big thing” from Apple. In September 2014 we finally saw an official announcement on the watch. There were plenty of pictures and a very nice video introduction, but additional details were scarce, especially price and launch date. Now we have all that information, but does the watch live up the rumor and hype of what we were expecting? Without a doubt, the Apple Watch will sell faster than ice water in the desert but will it justify those sales figures?

Price and Availability.

From Apple’s recent event, we learned pre-orders will begin on April 10th and will begin shipping on April 24th. The cost will begin at $349 and well…. It’ll just go up from there depending on the model, screen size, and band options. Three collections are available: The Apple Watch Sport, the Apple Watch, and the Apple Watch Edition. All three collections offer both 38mm and 42mm case sizes, but the materials of the case vary along with the band options.

Apple Watch Sport (Left in above photo)

This model is the entry level Apple Watch. The case is made of anodized aluminum that comes in both space gay and silver and match most closely to the case materials of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The display is protected by an ion-treated glass, also similar to the iPhone 6. The band is made of a rubberized plastic and comes in a variety of colors. If the plastic band doesn’t suit your tastes, you can always opt to buy an additional band of a different material. The Apple Watch Sport is $349 for the 38mm and $399 for the 42mm models.

Apple Watch (Center in above photo)

Pricing and options of this collection become a bit more varied. The case is made of polished stainless steel or space black stainless steel, and the display is protected by a sapphire crystal. There’s the choice of three different leather bands, a stainless steel link bracelet, a stainless steel Milanese loop, and a band made from high-performance fluoroelastomer. Price ranges from $549 to $1049 for the 38mm model, and $599 to $1099 for the 42mm model.

Apple Watch Edition (Right in above photo)

This is the luxury model, the “Rolex” of the Apple world. The case is made of a high strength 18-karat gold available in yellow or rose, with a number of matching band options. This will be available in limited quantities to start, and for good reason. Pricing starts at $10,000. Yes, you read that right.

For these prices, what can it do?

First thing first, the Apple Watch requires an iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6 or 6 plus, running iOS 8 or higher. The Apple Watch syncs to the iPhone with wireless 802.11b/g or Bluetooth. Much of the watch’s functionality comes from its connection to the iPhone and only very few features can run standalone. Based on details seen from the WatchKit, many of the watch apps are small front-end interfaces that connect to an app on the phone and pull their information from that primary app. Keep this in mind if looking to purchase an Apple Watch.

The Apple Watch combines features of many other smart watches and fitness tracking bands already available on the market and marries together fitness tracking, notifications, voice-activated controls, and swipe-to-glance features. In short, the Apple Watch keeps you connected to your phone, displays text and phone notifications along with app notifications, acts like a mini iPod, a fitness tracker, and will help to replace your wallet with Apple Pay using Near Field Communication. Apple has also shown the device can act as a digital key to open a smart lock on your home’s front door. Through additional apps, you could control home automation equipment, such as a smart thermostat, from the watch using your iPhone’s wireless connection. It can also control your Apple TV.

The Apple Watch offers native calendar, maps, and reminder integration right out of the box. This gives you glances for upcoming meetings, along with the ability to accept meeting invites directly from the watch. Notifications tell you when to head to your next appointment, and the native maps provide navigation with a full visual overview of where to head. The watch face is customizable with 11 preset displays, and the Glances can give customized information based on what’s important to you.

The display not only allows for touching, tapping, and swipe gestures, but is also pressure sensitive meaning it can tell the different between a light tap and a hard push. A “Click and hold” fold can be built into apps to provide additional functionality over gestures and voice commands. Apple’s “Taptic” feedback engine is also another way of getting information from the Watch, such as which direction to turn at an intersection when walking. In addition to the other forms of input, the Watch makes use of a Digital Crown that combines a “Home” button and a scroll wheel. The Digital Crown can be used to scroll through contacts, zoom in on maps, and other numerous functions. Below the Digital Crown is another button used to bring up favorite friends and contacts.

Fitness Tracking

Using 4 sapphire lenses on the back of the Apple Watch, heart rate is measured with a combination of infrared and led technology. This promises to be more accurate than other wrist-worn optical devices. Not only does the heart-rate tracking work during workouts, but your heart rate is automatically monitored every ten minutes, and synced to a hub app on the iPhone. The iPhone is also used with the Watch for GPS and barometer-based elevation readings.

The Apple Watch comes built in with 2 fitness tracking apps. One tracks your normal daily activity through measuring three metrics: estimated caloric burn, moderate exercise, and time spent standing. The other app tracks dedicated workouts, even activities like cycling. Some research shows that getting up for even 10 minutes every hour has a huge health benefit, and the Apple Watch holds to this by displaying reminders every so often to remind you to get up and move if you’ve been sitting too long. It’s rated IPX7 for water resistance, meaning you can wear it daily and not worry if you get caught in the rain or get sweaty while working out, but it isn’t meant to be used when showering or swimming.

Battery

As with any portable electronics, battery life becomes a huge factor. Some reports state the Apple Watch will provide 4-6 hours of Battery life under heavy use, but Apple states you’ll be able to get 18 hours (or in their words “All day”) battery life with “average” use. This makes it a little difficult to get sleep pattern information for fitness tracking since most likely the watch will be charging at night, but should allow you get all your notifications during the day and track your workout. Charging is performed with a MagSafe inductive connector that magnetically attaches to the bottom of the watch.

Storage

The Apple Watch comes with 8GB of internal storage, and currently no options for additional storage space. This makes some sense considering the constant need for an iPhone that will have at least 16GB of storage on board. Of the 8GB internal storage, users will be limited to 2GB of songs stored on the Watch, and 75MB for photos. These songs and pictures can then be listened to or viewed without being paired to a phone, and can be synced to the Watch through the companion app on iPhones running iOS 8.2 or later. The remaining storage space is reserved for the Apple Watch’s operation system, along with app files and other resources. While the Watch does not have a headphone jack for listening to music it can pair to a set of Bluetooth headphones. Who would want a headphone cord going from your wrist to your ears anyway?

Personal Thoughts

I like the design. While it is similar in look to other smart watches out there, it just looks more polished. In a way it reminds me of the 6th generation iPod Nano, only curved. I’m intrigued by the different input types available, along with the constant connectivity to the iPhone. Living in a larger city, I like the thought of Taptic feedback to point me in the direction I should be walking while downtown. I think it would be very useful for someone always on the go, and who is constantly checking their phone for notifications. I could be at work and leave my phone to charge on my desk, while still being able to view my calendar and other notifications away from my desk. I could leave my phone in the center console of my car and still get directions via navigation on my wrist.

However, the price point does not excite me. I always joke about having “Champagne and caviar tastes” on a “Beer and chips budget”. I don’t see the point in the luxury Apple Watch Edition, but with my tastes and preferences I would want the stainless steel Apple Watch with the steel link band. I’m sure that would put me closer to the $1K end of that collection’s price range. I just can’t justify spending that kind of money for the Apple Watch. I detest rubberized plastic bands, or I would possibly consider the Apple Watch Sport, but paying $399 (of course I want the 42mm display) for a watch with a plastic band is too much for me. Being that it’s an Apple product, I doubt we will see much in the way of a price reduction in the future, at least not until the Apple Watch 2 comes out. Maybe then I’ll reconsider.

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Do we really need QHD screens on our smartphones?

This year has begun with the fever of QHD resolution screens and next thing seems to be almost mandatory for high ranges of manufacturers to incorporate it on their terminals, looking that this resolution becomes a standard as was already the HD and Full HD. At the time we considered the Full HD was overkilling but eventually saw that it was certainly perfect in that time.And the same thing is now going with this new resolution.

Although smaller manufacturers used them first and LG first decided from the “big manufacturers” to use this technology with not very good results and making the LG G3 was not that big step up from its predecessor the LG G2 . Obviously to see that LG had already taken the big risk, Samsung could not be left behind and gave us a taste of this QHD screens with their Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A that was unique from the Korean powerhouse. The culmination came with which today is considered the best screen on a smartphone and is nothing more that incorporates in the Galaxy Note 4 . Despite how great it is, do we really need the QHD in our terminals? In my opinion I think not. And although it has its advantages, the disadvantages of these screens with this resolution seem to be greater than the positives.

Disadvantages of QHD Screens

The first thing that comes to the mind when thinking this screens on a terminal is the energy consumption. Behold one of the main disadvantages hit with the QHD screens representing the autonomy of the terminals . Although continue to be refined and most likely in the future may not be any problem of this kind,no doubt but having such resolution and pixel density in such “small” screen is a problem. In addition we must add that the batteries have not evolved and opt to incorporate a quick charge as we have seen that has happened this year. Obviously processors are able to move such a resolution, but as many pixels that should be removed, no doubt that the battery will suffer.

Just look at the example of Motorola Droid Turbo. With this massive battery that account should overcome and much other teams, but we have seen in the reviews that it barely reaches the whole day, obviously the QHD screen that incorporates not help the cause. Now imagine the same terminal with Full HD panel? No doubt that autonomy would help much farther.The technology should have helped us to move forward instead this is dragging us backwards.Don’t you think so?

Maybe this is not a big disadvantage as such because as I mentioned earlier,the evolution of processors is crazy. They are perfectly capable of moving these types of resolution but we have seen the performance that these can have using a lower resolution as Full HD. Sample is the Xperia Z3 Compact, with only one HD display and less RAM,it presents a stunning performance and battery life to envy, sometimes gets to surpass its older brother. Moving all those pixels, you can reach having lag in the system even though it has enough power.

As I said in the beginning in the start of the article that there is also many advantages like the pixel density of QHD screens gives us stunning picture quality,amazing details which really need to be appreciated but this screens need to solve the lacking to become a overall product or I don’t think we need this if they can’t be more efficient.

Do you think we really need screens with this resolution in our smartphones?

HD Display, Motorola Droid Turbo, Processors, QHD Screens, RAM, Samsung, Smartphones

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Discounts On Android Phones At Amazon Wireless

Smartphones are certainly among the most amazing gizmos we have today. They have not only simplified our day-to-day tasks, but have also provided us a great way to get entertained. And, when we talk about smartphones, we usually mean Android based phones. Quite definitely, Android has managed to grab a big piece of the market share and the graph is still on the rise. There are plenty of aspects that make Android smartphones so popular among the consumers, particularly with the younger generation. Owing to its growing demands, several providers have made their entry into the business. Amazon Wireless is one such reliable name that provides cheap Android phones to the customers around the world.

What it is all about?

Amazon Wireless is an e-commerce website that provides all kinds of smartphones and service plans as well. It means that do not have to step out of your home to visit stores. Right from your home, you can check out the range of available Android phones. The cheap phones on Amazon wireless are the best deals you can come across. Amazon Wireless offers several types of discount coupons on most of the Android phones. You can definitely expect the bestselling Android phones in the list provided by Amazon, such as HTC Droid Incredible 2, HTC Inspire 4G, Samsung Droid Charge, HTC Freestyle Phone, Motorola Atrix 4G, HTC EVO 4G, Samsung Infuse 4G, LG Octane, HTC EVO 3D, HTC Thunderbolt, and many more.

 

Discounts available at Amazon Wireless

The types of offers available at Amazon Wireless are much more interesting than what is offered by the other providers. On Friday, Amazon Wireless comes up with special discount coupons and schemes that can really make you excited. The sale can start from as low as $0.01! So, you can certainly make an assumption of the other such offers. Moreover, Amazon Wireless provides free shipping in most of the regions and does not even levy tax as well (in some states). At Amazon Wireless, you can certainly expect to get the best carriers in the world, such as AT&T, Verizon, T Mobile, Sprint, etc. The Android phones offered by Amazon Wireless come with two years of agreement with the carrier.

So, if you are looking to buy cheap Android phone, the Amazon Wireless is exactly the place where you need to be. Before signing the contract, make sure that you have understood each and every term of the contract.

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Different Types Of Online Alarming Systems For Extra Security Services

Whenever people tend to talk about the home security systems, then alarm is the most eminent point for you to deal with. The traditional burglar alarms were previously quite useful but nowadays, you need something extra for the best and most eminent security services for your home, when you are not around or during night. The field of modern technological advancement has increased to a great extent and there are various options, available under the alarm zone. There is some integrated security systems associated with pain and simple alarms, in order to get hold of the best possible option. Thus, you can also have more control over the safety measures, related with the control of your possessions and of the loved ones, as well.

Some reliable options for you to go

If you are a die hard fan of the traditional method, you can try and go for the traditional burglar alarms, which are associated with some of the best methods. Nowadays, the plain and simple burglar alarms are well coordinated with glass break detectors and also window and door open sensors. Some of the other options, which you might have to deal with are motion sensors, panic buttons, control panels and there are various other features, which you might have to deal with. In case a burglar is planning to enter your place by smashing your windows or doors, the alarm is going to know in the first place.

Gas alarms are other options

Apart from the burglar alarms, the modernized version of gas alarms can also be availed. These are also stated a fire or smoke alarms and these are associate with home and official surroundings, as well. Here, the fire alarms are associated with the carbon monoxide gas detectors, which are mostly used in order to ensure protection for 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, none-stop. This can be easily done by incorporating another additional monitoring product along with the previous product, for the betterment of the clients.

Environment alarms are eco-friendly option

If you want, you can also try and go for the eco friendly alarms, which will be manufactured without even harming the environment, even a single portion. The main aim of the alarms is to prevent the costly damage, which is caused for leaking water pipes or any sort of freezing temperature areas, surrounding your home. This is not a well known product, but the popularity level is increasing at a fast pace. The areas, which are flood threatened, can easily be safeguarded with the help of this alarming system. Therefore, this product is mostly used in order to get rid of any of the natural disasters, as well and can save thousands of lives, at a single go.

Driveway alarms can also help you

There are some special alarms, designed for the driveway areas, which can also be availed from leading online stores or home security manufacturing units. Anyone, who is planning to pass through the driveway of your place, will get caught in your alarm. It does not mean that the stranger needs to come with any vehicle. Even if he walks in your driveway, the alarm will go off. For installing the home security systems, you have to be extra careful about the products and also the places, from where you are planning to buy those.

Trying to get the best one

You need to try and get hold of the best product, available form leading online stores, which are associated with this field for more than a decade now. You can try and check the credentials of the company, to know if the product is suitable for you or not.