Archive | July, 2013

2013’s Apple’s MacBook Air

Posted on 30 July 2013

There has been a lot of similarity in MacBook Air’s designs across all generations, but people often tend to forget that they’re dealing with Apple. Although the later generation MacBook Air may not look different from its precursors, the company is surely keeping the latest generation MacBook Air updated on the inside.

The 2013 version of the MacBook Air 13-inch was launched last month. As usual, it is sleek and, of course, a treat for the eyes. However, it is exactly the same as last year’s MacBook Air 13, at least on the outside though it is slightly tweaked on the inside.

The new MacBook Air features a 1.3 GHz Intel Core i5-4250U processor and is paired with an Intel HD5000 Graphics Processing Unit. This is a downgrade in comparison to the MacBook Air launched last year, which had a 1.8 GHz Core i5-3427U. However, the processing speed will be more or less the same because the Haswell CPU used in the 2013 model is more efficient than the Ivy Bridge used in the previous one.

Besides the processor, there is a new feature in the MacBook Air this year. The MacBook has faster storage as compared to last year’s SATA IISSD’s because this year the MacBook air has a faster SATA III SSD. This boosts the performance from 3 Gbps to a staggering 6 Gbps. The snappier storage speed in theory should compensate for the relatively slower processor speed.

The most important upgrade that really gets the MacBook Air going is the battery life. The 2013 MacBook Air provides an astounding 12 hours more battery life. For heavy use, this number would drop quite a bit, but you’ll still get a lot more battery life out of the latest MacBook Air.

Aside from these minor performance tweaks, there is no significant upgrade to the latest MacBook Air. It still lacks a retina display, a touchscreen, an optical drive and an Ethernet port which may turn out as a deal breaker. Still, you’ll be getting a lot of features considering that you’ll have to pay $100 to make it your own.

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Discover the PlayStation 4

Posted on 29 July 2013

Whether you’re a hardcore gamer or like playing video games occasionally, you must have your eyes set on the new PlayStation. This next generation gaming console is called the PlayStation 4 and Sony plans to launch it before the holidays. So, if you are a die-hard PlayStation fan, you can include it on your holiday shopping list and have yourself a happy new year!

The Price
The price of the new console is pretty much the same price Sony charged for the PlayStation 3. The price for the new console at launch is going to be $399 in the U.S, which is $100 less than the Xbox One. Sony has always been known for its competitive pricing and has made it quite clear with the prices that it wants everyone to get a taste of the new technology and not just devoted fans.

The Design
The PS4 design has one amazing aspect to it: you can either put it down vertically if you have less space or you can keep it horizontally. This is something new for the PlayStation brand. In addition, the actual design is rather attractive. It has a black two-toned and a blue band running down the side, making it look much like a PS2 on steroids. Then again, it has a unique feel to it like no other console by Sony or any other manufacturer.

The Specifications
The PS4 comes with an eight-core X86 AMG Jaguar CPU, an AMD Radeon 1.84-teraflop graphics engine, GDDR5 8GB RAM, 500GB Hard Drive, the usual Blue-Ray Drive, 3 USB ports, an Ethernet, HDMI, optical audio and analog AV output. In addition, it also has Bluetooth 2.1 and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n.

The most important part of any game console is what it’s packing under the hood or the hardware specs, and the PS4 definitely comes packing, so much that no other existing console comes even remotely close.

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Quickly Type on Your Handheld Device With a Virtual Keyboard

Posted on 26 July 2013

At some point, everyone faces the problem of an overcrowded workstation or a cramped computer desk at home. In addition, most smartphone and tablet users often have to carry a small keyboard with them in case they need to type something which requires speed and accuracy. This is because it is really difficult to type 50 words per minute accurately on a tablet or a smartphone unless you use a physical keyboard.

What if you could combine the convenience of a physical keyboard along with portability? The resulting device is a virtual keyboard device. It is a small, cube-like device which uses projection technology and emits a laser projected QWERTY keyboard on any flat surface. To ensure your comfort, the projected keyboard’s size is the same as a regular laptop keyboard.

The device is a little bigger than a regular matchbox and the keyboard and mouse appear as illuminated projections. An optical sensor detects finger movement and knows which key you are pressing or where you are moving the mouse. The best part is that it doesn’t require any particular surface type. You can operate it on just about any surface, as long as it is flat.

Another advantage is that it is wireless. It uses Bluetooth technology and can pair with any type of Operating System, be it iOS, Windows, Mac, or Android. Of course it lacks the feel of a regular keyboard and it will take some getting used to, but it does make a clicking sound every time you press a key, so you can hear yourself typing.

You can even tidy up your home or office computer desk by adding this tiny device. Imagine the amount of workspace you can save! You must be wondering how big of a bump this device is going to put in your wallet. Well, this device only costs $115 on Amazon, so it’s worth the money you spend and the convenience you get.

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Top Five Upcoming 2013 Gadgets

Posted on 22 July 2013

Gadgets are developed and released thick and fast. While some are predictably popular, others turn out to be surprise successes. A fair few even provide valuable insight into what the customers of today want. Keeping that in mind, here is an overview of the top 5 gadgets that will hit the markets in 2013.

1. Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus
Samsung has been trying to compete with Apple’s Mac Book for quite some time. The first in their series of products to take it down was their Series 9 laptop. A high quality laptop with a solid battery life, the Series 9 was a notable product offering. This time, Samsung has taken the competition up a notch with their ATIV Book 9 Plus. With a Windows 8 Touch Screen Operation, a longer battery life and ultra high resolution screen, this may just be the product to dethrone the Mac Book.

2. HTC One Google Play Edition
The metallic body and sleek design of the HTC One Google Play Edition is visually appealing. In addition, the hardware and other components added to this phone are topnotch. It may be pricey, but it sure is popular. Oh, and it carries the latest version of Android Jelly Bean, making it updateable for numerous versions to come.

3. Mac OS x 10.9 Mavericks
Mac Os x 10.9 Mavericks is quite simple to use while being attractive to look at. It is releasing this fall and comes with a host of features including Apple Maps, Finder Tabs, iBooks and of course, the latest iOS.

4. Panasonic TC- PST60 Series
Given its amazing picture quality, it’s surprising to learn that this television from Panasonic is quite easy on the pocket. With breathtaking shadow detail, top of the line picture quality and enhanced room performance, this is bound to be one of the leading TVs on the market soon.

5. Google Nexus 10
The Nexus 10 is Android’s answer to the iPad. With a wonderfully sharp screen, this lightweight and durable gadget will carry the fastest processor ever used in an Android tablet.

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Top 4 Security Gadgets

Posted on 19 July 2013

Security is a major concern for any person. Whether you’re traveling abroad for education or vacation, leaving the home empty and unguarded is not a practical option, particularly if you live in an area where crime is high. At the same time, you have to protect your luggage as well. The great news is that there are many products on the market that can help you protect the stuff you take with you as well as your belongings at home. Let’s look at the top 4 security gadgets you can use.

1. Pacsafe StuffSafe
The StuffSafe is a waterproof bag which can easily accommodate the things you need to take with you on your trip. Mesh fabric on the outside makes StuffSafe virtually impenetrable and you can be sure that your items are going to remain safe throughout your trip. You can lock the bag easily when in transit, making it even more convenient for you.

2. Life Lock
Securing your home is much trickier than taking care of the things you have taken along. This is where the Life Lock comes in hand. Without using any tools whatsoever, you can lock up your home. There are no keys or passwords to unlock it. This makes it nearly impossible to break open. What’s more, it comes with a built-in torch along with an LCD clock, so you can easily use it in the dark.

3. Kensington Proximo
Your smartphone may very well be the most valuable item you take with you on a trip, not just because of its price but also the fact that it may contain some important data. With Kensington Proximo, you can ensure that your smartphone remains safe and does not get stolen. With a sensor tag to locate your smartphone, you can easily track and find it.

4. UCam24/7 IP Camera
Connected to your router, the UCam 24/7 IP cameras can be operated using apps on your smartphone. This way, you can keep an eye on your home when you are away. There are multiple features including motion detection, night vision and notifications in case of unusual occurrences.

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Nuance's Biometric Voice Tech Improves by 50%: No Need for PINs and Passwords Anymore

Posted on 18 July 2013

Why bear the hassle of PINs and passwords that you end up forgetting when you can authenticate a passphrase with your voice? This question is the driving force behind the next generation of Nuance’s voice biometric technology, which has improved by almost 50% over its predecessor as claimed by the company. In addition, better fraud detection features have made the technology more secure and safe for use.

According to Nuance, its voice biometric technology is up to 99.6%. Prior to this, Nuance’s claim to fame has been their Dragon Naturally Speaking software, but it’s steadily making a name for itself as a voice powered service enabler for mobile devices. The voice dictation in Android and Apple’s Siri Virtual Assistant are powered by technology created and developed by Nuance.

Using the voice biometric technology, a phrase spoken aloud can replace a PIN or password for websites, mobile apps and call centers. For consumers, it provides quicker access to your services without the need to remember a password. Nuance has also stated that reliable user authentication results in cost savings and enhanced customer satisfaction.

Better accuracy as a result naturally leads to a wider adoption of the voice biometric technology by Nuance. It took the company a decade to reach 10 million voice prints, but it has managed to triple that number in the last two years.

Multiple tactics are used by Nuance to ensure that its voice authentication protocol is safe and secure. This includes the detection of unauthorized attempts at recording your passphrase. This way, you can check whether someone is trying to intrude. Also, the technology is capable of detecting changes in the voice of the speaker during interaction. All these tactics and features ensure Nuance is able to detect suspicious behavior right away.

Among the clientele of Nuance are companies like T-Mobile and Turk Cell with many international companies also being interested in adopting and using their biometric voice technology.


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Microsoft Xbox One Overview

Posted on 17 July 2013

If you have the slightest interest in video games, you most likely would know that the next version of Microsoft’s Xbox One is going to be released in November. Still, if you want to learn more about it, read on.

The Price
You can take the Xbox One home for $499 once it hits the stores. The price alone makes it clear that Microsoft is targeting the devoted, hardcore Xbox fans with this new console. The good news is that the new Xbox One comes with loads of accessories for Kinect. Sony’s new PlayStation 4 may be priced cheaper, but you have to pay extra for the accessories.

The Design
The Xbox One is a visual treat with its sleek black design. The size of the device makes it look more like AV equipment than a gaming console. The changes in design don’t end there as you get new spruced up versions of the Kinect controller and unit. Without a doubt, the Xbox One will fit right in with your home entertainment system and not look out of place at all. As far as the weight is concerned, the Xbox One is lighter than the previous 360s.

The New Kinect
The Kinect has been upgraded for the Xbox One to make it more accurate. Along with the usual features, the Kinect brings with it a 1080p camera, Skype and enhanced rotational movement mapping. According to Microsoft, the Xbox One has been designed to ‘read your heartbeat’. The controller has been tweaked to make it similar to the Move Wand that comes with Sony’s PlayStation. Probably the best piece of news regarding the Xbox One is that you don’t need to be connected to the internet at all times to play the games. You can easily download the game to the console or use a disc to play your favorite games. You only need to have the internet on while the initial setup is being done.

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