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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.

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Dell XPS Duo 12 Adds Its Name to the List of Windows 8 PC-Tablet Hybrids

October is getting closer and we now have a sudden rush of hybrid PC-Tablet computers that are designed to run Windows 8 but are also looking to be fairly unique in style. All the companies want to make a mark and instead of looking at the same old designs some are coming up with interesting looks. One of these machines with an interesting look is the Dell XPS Duo 12.

With all the power of an Intel powered PC and all the flexibility of a tablet Dell’s new Windows 8 option also comes with something fairly unique, a tablet screen that can actually be flipped all the way round. With the sudden rush of tablet PCs it definitely looks like the industry is moving towards getting us ready for the big Windows 8 release.

Build

As with other PC-Tablet machines that are being shown at the IFA 2012 this is not a thin tablet, which of course it can’t be with a keyboard hidden behind it. Typical of Dell though it’s rugged and nice looking and has a quality feel to it in whichever mode you have it in. The screen has a frame around it within which the tablet can be swivelled around so that the keyboard can fit behind it, this is of course different than the way Sony and other companies have chosen to hide the keyboard with the slide down function. The swivel action is smooth and not flimsy which is of course important.

Features

The XPS Duo 12 will come in two models, i7 and i5 (based on the power of the Intel chip) with the i7 of course being top of the range. The i7 has a performance level that is comparable to the MacBook Air which will of course be the main competitor for people caught up in the Apple vs PC war that will forever rage. Not much information is available yet on storage options but 256GB of SSD memory is known to be available which is fast and a nice size.

Screen

The screen is 10 inches in size and full HD. With the use of Gorrilla Glass the screen is nice and tough but fingerprints can be left when moving the screen back into PC mode, this will be an issue as this is something people will be doing a lot. The main novelty of course is the swivel action of the tablet screen itself which hopefully will be much more than a gimmick.

Performance

The PC will come as mentioned in i7 and i5 models and with full HD screen (which will be of course touchscreen) this is going to be a fast and powerful PC and tablet that will give the other competition a run for its money and this does include the MacBook Air, which is of course not a touchscreen system.

Verdict

Looking at both the XPS Duo 12 and the other tablet/PC hybrids that are being shown off the future is very bright for people interested in the Windows 8 release. It’s a strong performing laptop even without this new release and of course we will have to wait just to see how good Windows 8 can truly be. A lot still relies on Windows 8 to deliver the goods but it’s definitely the case that the hardware makers are stepping up to the plate where the XPS Duo 12 is concerned. No pricing has been given yet so we will have to also wait to see just how expensive this is going to be. The fact is though Microsoft Surface does look to have some pretty big competition coming its way and this will be one of the main competitors by the looks of it.

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Deciding if Playstation Plus is Really Worth It

As a gamer I’ve often asked myself a question about the Playstation 3, is it worth paying for a Playstation Plus account? To answer this I guess I would have to add some perspective to the argument. I’m a PC gamer at heart but also play many games on the Xbox, it’s easier to do and in some ways much simpler than having to mess with than a PC. I have a Playstation 3 but it’s often used as a Blu-ray player more than anything, with the occasional gaming session. When Playstation Plus first came out I bit the bullet and became an early adopter and actually enjoyed it.

The Plus account offers you free games and some nice little features such as auto updating to keep you interested. I’ve always found though that if you have more than one console you tend to look to just one of them for the games, and for me that has been the Xbox 360. In December Batman Arkham City is going to be one of the free games made available so I’ve joined Plus again, but the question is, is it worth it?

Is Playstation Plus Worth It

In my opinion other than the incentives you were given when the Plus network was first made available there was little need for Plus really, free games are nice but it offered little more. The fact was, and probably still is when money gets tight and you find you have to give some things up this type of thing will be the things you can lose without much pain. The fact is though, if you were to argue for it the pricing schedule makes it a very nice proposition still. At £11.99/$17.99 for just three months this is actually quite a good deal.

As this is not a review it’s an actual look on the worth of the deal for a Playstation 3 owner the most important thing is what does the user get out of it? The answer has to be the games. Without looking at the actual games on offer right now, the fact is this choice is getting better and better as Plus gets older. Recent additions such as PS Vita support has added to this, and as a Vita user you’ll get even more to offer. If you are a Playstation 3 user only though you have little use for this option. The fact is though at such a cheap price for three months, you are likely to be able to download quite a few free games and complete them before you have to question closing down the account.

So, the question was if it was worth it to pay extra for the Plus account? The question has to be what do you use your Playstation 3 for? If like me you use it more of a movie watching device then you have to question if you are going to even bother using the games that are made available to you. If you are willing to look at your gaming in a broader perspective though and have a desire to play more games and have them for free (while you pay the subscription price to Plus) then you may get quite a lot of usage from the account. The fact is though, other than the games there is little use for paying the extra money. If you were to compare it to the Xbox Live Gold incentives though? Then Playstation Plus is an obvious winner.

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Crash, Bang Boom! Mozilla Firefox 35 makes a Splash with New and Amazing Features

Mozilla has released its Firefox 35 web browser, which brings with it some pretty neat enhancements. The latest version of Firefox makes it easier for its users to post a link to a webpage to other services such as Twitter or Facebook. It also makes it much easier to send emails and use video calling options.

All the new features of Mozilla Firefox 35 makes it even look a bit bloated as compared to other web browser services such as Chrome or Yahoo. For instance, users who have already updated their browsers to Firefox 35 will immediately notice the new toolbar which is exploding with features this time around.

Amongst some of the features of Firefox 35 is the WebRTC feature, which enables users to make free video calls, while Firefox version’s 33 and 34 also included the feature, the Firefox 35 makes it easier than ever before by simplifying the whole process down to clicking the “Start a conversation” icon. The new feature provides the user with alerts whenever someone wants to join them while they are browsing the web. By eliminating the need for having to download any software or app, the Mozilla Firefox 35 has made is easier for users to keep in touch with other people via free voice and video calls.

While Mozilla plans to add more features to this service, like a screen sharing option and collaboration during video calls, the new features that have been added to Firefox 35 are more than enough when it comes to global communication.

With the latest Firefox browser, Mozilla also plans to launch its Firefox Marketplace feature to Windows, Linux and Mac. They are doing this by providing apps for the service to users who wish to use them on platforms other than Android or the Firefox OS. The new update also features some of the usual suspects one would expect from a major browser. Twitter, Facebook Google+ and Tumblr are all now available from a single site, which makes sharing content over the web easier than ever before. That being said, users will still need to activate the social networks of their choice via Mozilla’s Share Activation Page. Mozilla has also enhanced its authentication to encrypted connections, and has improved on its responsiveness to dynamic styling in the latest Firefox 35 browser. Other features also include built in support for MP4 on Mac OS X Snow Leopard, tiled rendering for OS X, an improved image resizing performance and added CSS filters that are enabled by default.

Firefox 35 has been designed for Mac, Linux, Windows and Android users and can be downloaded from Firefox.com.

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Copying troubles for Linux festival – Letter to NZ Herald from our CEO demands retraction.

Over recent days our business has been inundated with unwanted feedback on a NZ Herald article that at best, was less than flattering and at worst vulgar and personally threatening to our innocent team. Sadly it reflects an inability to communicate the facts clearly and deadline pressures for your freelance journalists to submit an article.Your article is factually incorrect with respect to the reason we declined to replicate Mr McKee’s CDs. We wrote to him to ’withdraw our quotation and offer’ citing that ’Software Images is unwilling to be dragged into any public debate with your organisation or others’. Also, it was ’a commercial decision of Software Images, so that our team can retain focus on our business activities not public debates.’

Personally I am unwilling to make a decision on behalf of a client under journalistic pressure. The feedback that has since been directed to our staff and our business has been mostly disgusting and a sad reflection of the improper power of the press and the internet. Sadly, rather than altering the decision, it has in fact reinforced it. A popular IT industry website today notes ’… this is pretty much only going to help our cause. We couldn’t ask for better advertising (both the NZ Herald, and Slashdot).’ So it seems that the NZ Herald is prepared to damage the good reputation of our business to advertise the interests of others; rather than accurately report.

Therefore; I suggest the NZ Herald should print a correction and this letter. Furthermore there are basically two commercial issues that any reputable CD replicator faces;

Respect for Intellectual Property (IP): Software Images places a high value on our clients IP (music or software), we have indeed turned down work in the past where ownership/copyright/IP, whatever term you want to use, is to our knowledge in question. This probably differs from many replicators who may just rest on their disclaimer, or just turn a blind eye. Software Images will always try to protect and respect others IP as we hope people will respect ours. In this case we were still gathering information about the SCO v IBM litigation, when pressured for a story by the reporter concerned. However, the fact that we were aware of it, our company we will err heavily on the side of caution until we are presented with sufficient data to make a decision.

Existing relationships: Software Images is a Microsoft Certified Partner, and has earned a quality relationship with Microsoft NZ. The relationship goes past the point of customer/supplier of CDs and packaging. We have developed and implemented systems that serve our clients at a strategic level. This involves the exchange of creativity, ideas, and of course Intellectual Property. We believe there can be a conflict of interest for us to supply the same kind of high level services to Eaden. We have a non-compete clause in our service level Agreement with Microsoft which we respect. It had no bearing on our decision.

At all times or decisions were commercial ones, placing a high value on IP and protecting existing relationships. It is unfortunate this has been perceived as Software Images attacking Linux, which is simply untrue. It is also both surprising and hurtful the kind emails that have been received by members of staff. Software Images employs a wide range of ages and cultures, and some of the correspondence we have received has caused unnecessary hurt and offence to good people. This does the Linux community no favours.

I feel that this is a gross breach of journalistic integrity. I would like to discuss this further with a responsible senior editorial staff. I’d like to direct you to some of the emails and damaging website postings that you article generated against our business and more importantly, our crew.