Archive | April, 2014

Samsung’s Flagship Phone Gets Better

Posted on 30 April 2014

Samsung has been a strong competitor to Apple. The two smartphone giants have been battling it out to stake a claim to being the leading smartphone manufacturer in the world. To do so, they are under constant pressure to focus more on research and providing innovation to the consumers.

The Samsung Galaxy series has been a flagship product for the technological giant. It’s a global phenomenon with sales exceeding initial expectations. Similarly to the iPhone, they have adopted the trend of introducing new high-end phones each year with specifications and hardware that are better than before.

The new Samsung Galaxy S5 is one of those gadgets that are sure to gain your attention. It has a hardware that not only performs extraordinarily but also is applicable with the daily activities that you perform. The smartphone comes with design tweaks and hardware/software upgrades, like the fingerprint scanner and a heart rate monitor. It is also referred to as an over clocked version of the S4, making everything faster and smoother.

The devices come with Android 4.4 KitKat already preinstalled. It has an astounding 16-megapixel camera. The screen is a massive 5.1-inch 1080p HD AMOLED display with perfect screen pixel density. For clumsy individuals prone to dropping their phone here and there, this phone comes equipped with the necessary safety features. The phone is not only shockproof but it is also water-resistant and dustproof. Furthermore with a 2GB RAM and Quadcore Processor you can rest assured that you will never run out of power when using the apps and software you wish to enjoy.

The phone is available in two variations with the 32GB or 64GB with an option to add an additional 128GB memory using expandable memory cards. The variety of colors offered is diversified as has always been the case with Samsung.

Photo courtesy of Samsung.com

 

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Lenovo’s Tabletop PC Now Available For Less

Posted on 27 April 2014

Keeping in mind that the Lenovo Flex 20’s specifications are not extraordinary in any sense of the word, most people don’t consider it as a viable option for buying a tabletop PC. Yet, what they don’t realize is that it is among the most affordable portable tabletop PCs available on the market today. The 20-inch PC is battery-powered and has a long useful life, which further makes it worth the price. Here’s an overview of the features and specifications of this PC.

The initial configuration included an Intel i7 processor and cost around $900 but using an Intel i3 processor has brought down the price to $749. It comes equipped with 4GB RAM and a standard 500GB hard disk drive. However, the screen resolution, 1600 x 900, is comparatively lower than other options available on the market, but is the best for the price range.

It has benefitted from post-holiday sales which is not surprising as Lenovo has always been keen on providing value with an affordable price tag. The design is quite simple and standard like their other products but the finishing and use of aluminum to manufacture the PC gives it an expensive look. It also has a battery as mentioned before for short-term use without having it plugged in and a kickstand to allow for a better view.

Just like any PC, it comes with the usual support of software and ports for USB data access. But one should note that the options to upgrade the PC are rather limited. Once you get it, it will remain pretty much the same throughout its useful life. Considering that it is comparatively as good as any of its competitors, it’s a perfect investment for a product with value. If you want to buy an affordable tabletop PC, the Lenovo Flex 20 is your best option.

Photo courtesy of Lenovo.com

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Does Dr. Dre’s Beats Offering Something Better than the Original?

Posted on 22 April 2014

After Dr.Dre’s Beats had separated from Monster and ended its venture, consumers have been desperately waiting for the next version of its signature headphones. After quite some time, the reinvented headphones have finally hit the markets. It is something that is astounding as they are not only better but have superior design and sound.

The new Beats Studio is not only 13% lighter but also sturdier with emphasis on detailed sounds.  The design is flexible and can fit any head shape. They can easily be worn for a long duration. The color options available are red, white and black with soft cushioning, although they are made of plastic.

The headphones have no visible screws and can be broken down for portability. Apart from the regular carry case, it comes with a cord and an Apple-friendly remote and microphone to use with your phone. The Beat Acoustic Engine ensures that the there is no noise whatsoever which can shut out the rest of the world.

The headphones feature rechargeable cells which you can easily recharge by plugging them into the USB port of your computer. This ensures you don’t have to replace the cells after every few weeks or so, depending on your use. One of the best features of the headphones is that the battery can be gauged by five LED battery lights indicate the battery life. You simply need to glance at the bars to judge how long the headphones would remain on for. For power consumption, it comes equipped with an auto power management system which shuts down the headphones when not in use.

There is certainly a huge development in the process of introducing the next Beats headphones. The emphasis on minute aspects shows that the makers are concerned with being innovative and provide the customers what they desire.

Photo courtesy of beats-by-dr-dre3.com

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Back to School Laptops by Toshiba

Posted on 17 April 2014

The advancements in technology have been rapid and quick. Having gadgets like a phone, tablet or a laptop is no more a luxury as it has become more of a necessity. Today, the world depends on technology and gadgets and therefore it is important that people adopt technology to keep pace with the rest of the world. The effect of technology can be felt and realized all around regardless of which field you are in.

Toshiba has been a pioneer in the field of electronics and gadgetry. Its aim to stay competitive has led to innovation and creativity in all of its products. The new concept of 4K screens is quite new and firms have been hesitating to implement and integrate them with the devices already being used.

Toshiba is the only technological giant that has recently integrated the concept of 4K into portable computing. The new Toshiba Satellite P55T has impressed many with its jaw dropping presentation. The laptop comes equipped with an Intel Core i7 4th Generation processor and an AMD Graphics Chip built in. The 15-inch screen is quite vivid and attractive in how it manages to present content. The design is not extraordinary however it is a high performance laptop.

Considering that the product is still in its beta testing stage and the company is experimenting with new ideas, the P55T is part of a line of back to school laptops that is certain to appeal to the masses. The objective is to refresh the product line with the new Satellite C series, L series, E series and S series.

The laptop price will range from anywhere between $329 and $698, depending on the class that the consumer wants to purchase. The ideas and plans of Toshiba seem promising as they not only plan to target niche markets but also wish to keep their lower ended products in check to make sure that they provide tough competition to their competitors.

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The PlayStation Update

Posted on 16 April 2014

Welcome to the first post of The PlayStation Update, a weekly feature that will inform you of the latest games, add-ons and avatars on the PS Store. Without further ado let’s get into the latest games, add-ons and other fun items that can be found on the PlayStation Store.

New for the PlayStation 4

  • Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn – the full game and collectors edition with some unique in-game items are available for $39.99 and $59.99 respectively
  • Trials Fusion – the full game and a digital deluxe edition that includes the season pass for $19.99 and $39.99 respectively. The game also has a demo that is out now.
  • Pure Chess Complete Bundle – a bundle that will include the full game and all DLC for $14.99 or $11.99 if you have PS Plus
  • Pure Chess – the full game for $7.99, as well as various DLC from $0.99 to $2.49 with discounts for PS Plus members
  • That Trivia Game – a trivia game with over 1000 up-to-date question for $9.99
  • Backgammon Blitz – a backgammon game out now on PS4, PS3 and PS Vita for $7.99. There is a demo out now, so check it out if backgammon strikes your fancy. It does not support cross-buy.
  • Various DLC for Dynasty Warriors 8 – they include base themes and BGM packs for $1.99 each. They support cross-buy across PS4, PS3 and PS Vita
  • Infamous: Second Son Official Soundtrack  – available for free on the PS Store

New for the PlayStation 3

  • Beyond Two Souls – months late the digital version of the latest title by acclaimed developer David Cage is out along with a demo, so that players can check out the game for themselves. The title is available at full price – $59.99.
  • EA Sports 2014 FIFA World Cup – the latest installment of the annual FIFA sports franchise is out and retails for $59.99
  • Cartoon Network Punch Time Explosion XL – remember all of your favorite Cartoon Network characters? Well now you can fight against 11 of the most iconic characters in this brawler. The title is available for $19.99.
  • Castle of Illusion: Sega Genesis Bundle – a limited-time bundle that will give players the chance to replay the original Castle of Illusion for the Sega Genesis and get a dynamic theme for $14.99 or free with PS Plus
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows – the latest game in the TMNT franchise is out now after previously being released on the Xbox 360 and PC. It is available for $14.99.
  • Hyper Crazy Climber – a PS one classic that has arrived as a cross-buy title on the PS3, PSP and PS Vita for $5.99
  • Various themes – from $1.99 to $3.99 each.
  • Various DLC for Rockband 2014 – from $2.99 to $7.99
  • Various costumes for Ragnarok Odyssey ACE – free of charge

New for the PS Vita

  • Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars – a great RPG with dating sim elements for $39.99. There is a demo for this game that has been available for a while now.
  • Various DLC for Conception II – from free to $2.49
  • Ethan:Meteor Hunter – a unique puzzle game that makes your hunt meteors for $9.99 or $7.99 with PS Plus
  • Dead Nation PS Vita – the full game is available for $7.99 with an extra piece of DLC for $3.99
  • Little Big Planet PS Vita Comics Premium Level Kit – an add-on to Little Big Planet for $5.99
  • Killzone: Mercenary Botzone Soldier Training – DLC that add bots to Killzone for the first time all for $2.49
  • Various DLC for No Heroes Allowed: No Puzzles Either – DLC ranging from free content to $9.99 combo packs are available

 

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A Premium Feel with the Dell Venue 8 Pro

Posted on 14 April 2014

Dell has lately been unable to reach expectations but it has surprised the audiences with their latest devices targeting various niches. Their latest innovation with the Dell Venue Pro 8 has been able to prove their claim that they have cracked the code and made a perfectly balanced product. Keeping performance and design a top priority whilst offering a reasonable price to the consume that is not only affordable but quite unbelievable as well.

The tablet costs $299.99 and has managed to accomplish a great feat with the feel and design that has been provided keeping in mind that it is an inexpensive tablet. It runs on the Windows 8 operating system and has managed to correct those mistakes that are apparent in other devices in the same range.
The table is not only sharp but feels good. Using an Intel Atom processor not only has made it quick but it provides a flawless multitasking experience. Its battery life outdoes its competitors due to its effective battery management system.

The tablet not only feels great but can be operated with one hand. The ability to connect a keyboard makes it much more exciting to use. The portability that is offered to the consumers ensures that they can take care of their work on the go. It comes equipped with a 32GB SSD and a microSD slot where a memory card of up to 64GB can be installed. It also features a 5-megapixel camera in the back and a 1.2-megapixel front camera.

Comparisons with other brands have shown that this device is just as good as its expensive counterparts, in some cases even better. Hence, it is safe to say that being inexpensive does not mean that the Dell Venue 8 Pro has failed, but in fact has shown that quality and price can be balanced without any problems and with just resourceful planning.

Photo courtesy of Dell.com

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4 Upcoming Movies Worth Watching

Posted on 11 April 2014

This year, there is a lot hype and anticipation for some really good movies that will provide the audiences an experience beyond the stories they tell. 2014 has been surprising with the movies already released like Robocop, 300: Rise of an Empire and Captain America: Winter Soldier. Moviegoers have a lot of expectations and want much more than the usual. Keeping this in mind, here are 4 upcoming movies worth watching:

1. Godzilla
After the failure of the previous release in 1998, the Japanese legend was reduced to being a big lizard. To reinvent the concept, a lot of time has been invested in the production with great focus placed on the story and cast to ensure it is a perfect blend of entertainment and thrills.

2. X-Men: Days of Future Past
The franchise has always been loyal to the comics and the way the creators envisioned it to be. The movie guarantees an immersive story with complex action sequences and technology that will make the moviegoer wonder what is real and what isn’t. The movie explores the survival of the mutant species across time.

3. A Million Ways to Die in the West
From the director of Ted comes another promising release that is set to blow your mind. The movie is set in the Old West and involves respected celebrities like Liam Neeson, Charlize Theron and Amanda Seyfried with a comedic twist never attempted before.

4. Maleficent
Based on the classic book Sleeping Beauty, the movie is set to give the viewers an experience in the world of the one of the most iconic villains of all time. The story is told from Maleficent’s perspective.

The movies are set to be released in May 2014. With innovative stories and creative casts, it is reassuring to know that you can expect movies that are much more than just a way to kill time.

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