Archive for August, 2014

By August 29, 2014 Read More →

Excellent Ways to Speed Up Your Computer

59917_397977230306843_1517103048_n5Thanks to modern technology and the ability to access truly massive amounts of data, our computers are capable of feats that would have been unheard of only a decade ago. However, we must also remember that accessing the Internet and its terabytes of information will also rely heavily upon the speed of our computers. So, what are some sure-fire ways to boost our computing speeds with a minimal amount of effort? Let’s take a look at this question in a bit more detail.

 

Extra Memory

Do you find that your system seems to be running very slow? One of the reasons that this could be the case may be due to a lack of memory. In essence, we can think of storage capacity in the same way that we view a glass of water. Depending upon the size of the glass, there is only so much liquid that can be held. By increasing the memory of an operating system, we will likewise provide a greater storage capacity. This can help free up valuable hard drive space and increase overall speeds.

add-ram-laptop-2

Virus Scans

Another common reason that a computer is running slow could be due to the presence of a virus. This is especially the case if you have noticed a drastic drop in speed within a short period of time. If this is the case, there are many software packages which will scan your system and detect if any viruses are present. If this is indeed the case, removing the infected software will usually help increase the speed of your computer.

 security-featured

 

Incoming Information

Another aspect that we should keep in mind is that the speed of a computer is partially based upon the type of Internet connection that it employs. For example, dial-up technology was only able to handle what we would today refer to as rather limited amounts of data. On the contrary, modern communications methods such as fibre optic broadband and wireless technology have enabled systems to enjoy millions of bits of information per second. This will obviously have a direct effect on the apparent speed of any device.

 

Housekeeping

One of the easiest ways to speed up your operating system is to regularly discard any items of folders that are no longer being used. Of course, you can perform this manually (although it may take a bit of time). Another option is to choose to “defragment” a hard disk. This will help to eliminate any files which are corrupted or otherwise useless. A final step is to reset the entire system back to an earlier date when it was operating more efficiently. However, be certain to back up any important files before you choose this option!

These are some of the easiest ways to increase the operating speed of your computer. As these systems offer many user-friendly aspects, most steps can be carried out with little hassle. So, be prepared to enjoy light-speed Internet access and download times!

 

Posted in: Editorial
By August 28, 2014 Read More →

LG Teases us with LG G Watch R

LG G Watch R 2Following the June release of one of the first-to-market wearable devices powered by Android Wear™, LG Electronics (LG) is quickly expanding its wearable product offerings with the unveiling a new Android Wear device — the LG G Watch R at IFA 2014 in Berlin next week. The LG G Watch R will be the world’s first watch-style wearable device to feature a full circle Plastic OLED (P-OLED) display that utilises 100 percent of its circular display.

 

The most eye-catching feature of the LG G Watch R is its 1.3-inch full circle P-OLED display that produces stunning image clarity even under bright sunlight and superb clarity when viewed from any angle. Powered by a powerful 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, the LG G Watch R offers 4GB of storage, 512MB of RAM and a durable 410mAh battery. This Android Wear device will effortlessly run all compatible apps available in the Google Play Store and with an Ingress Protection Rating of IP67, the LG G Watch R is designed to run for up to 30 minutes in one metre of water.

 

With Android Wear™ at its core, the LG G Watch R delivers essential and relevant information exactly at the right time and place through voice recognition notifications. With a suite of LG health and fitness apps, users can also monitor their heartbeats with the support of the embedded photoplethysmography (PPG) sensor. And the smart notifications provide users with important reminders of missed calls and messages, upcoming meetings, events, and local weather forecasts.

 

With an artisanal elegance, the LG G Watch R boasts a refined aesthetic that is reminiscent of traditional timepieces. Replete with a circular watch face, this elegantly crafted Android wearable has classic curves encased in a strong, durable stainless steel frame and carries a suite of watch faces that are accessible with a simple touch of the display. Its interchangeable 22mm calf skin leather strap also complements its overall aesthetic, giving it an air of modern prestige.

 

“What we’ve noticed in the year of the wearable is that this is a category that can’t be compared to smartphones and tablets,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “Wearables are also accessories and consumers will want more than one to choose from. So we wanted to complement the modern design of the original G Watch with the classic look of the G Watch R. Customers can’t go wrong with either device.”

 

The LG G Watch R will be available in key markets early in the fourth quarter of 2014. Prices and details of availability will be announced locally at the time of launch. Visitors to IFA can see LG G Watch R up close in Hall 11.2 of Messe Berlin from September 5-10.

 

Key Specifications:

  • Chipset: 1.2GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400
  • Display: 1.3-inch P-OLED Display (320 x 320)
  • Memory: 4GB eMMC / 512MB RAM
  • Battery: 410mAh
  • Operating System: Android Wear™
    (compatible with smartphones running Android 4.3 and above)
  • Sensors: 9-Axis (Gyro/ Accelerometer/ Compass), Barometer, PPG
  • Colour: Black
  • Other: Dust and Water Resistant (IP67)
Posted in: Gadgets, News
By August 27, 2014 Read More →

EE announce the Samsung Galaxy Alpha

samsung-galaxy-alpha-2014EE have announced the Samsung Galaxy Alpha will be available to pre-order on the UK’s biggest and fastest 4G network from 28 August. 
 
 * The UK’s fastest 4G speeds
 * Inclusive roaming calls and texts in select international destinations*
 * 2 for 1 cinema tickets with EE Film
 * Exclusive discounts on EE’s superfast Fibre Broadband, so customers can enjoy blistering speeds in the home as well as on-the-move
 * Inclusive unlimited calls to 080 numbers*
 * Three months free Now TV, six months free Deezer and 12 months free access to fitness app Endomondo**
 
 
Nicola Shenton, Head of Device Portfolio at EE, said: “The Galaxy Alpha is perfectly suited to EE’s superfast 4G network. When combined with the UK’s fastest mobile speeds, the power of Samsung’s new octa-core processor provides a truly unforgettable mobile experience. Add innovative camera technology and HD streaming on a stunning AMOLED screen and you have a smartphone that demands the very best 4G connectivity.”
 
4G from EE is already available in 250 major towns and cities across the UK, as well as over 2,500 smaller towns and villages, covering 73% of the population. 
Posted in: News, Phones
By August 26, 2014 Read More →

4 Simple Steps to a More Ergonomically Friendly Workplace

shutterstock_182853062Back pain and other related symptoms are among the top 10 reasons workers visit a physician, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In many cases, this pain is a direct result of how we hold ourselves at our work stations. Referred to as ergonomic injuries, these typically include symptoms like discomfort or pain in the back, neck or shoulders; pain in the wrists or other parts of the body, tingling or numbness in the fingers or hands, and swelling and joint stiffness.

Whether you are  working, studying or have chosen opt for a microsoft e-learning course, then having the right workplace is essential.

As the University of California Riverside notes, these often-painful symptoms are the direct result of what are called ergonomic risk factors. These include things like sitting for a long time in an uncomfortable posture, straining the body, repetitive use of one part of the body, contact pressure, and exposure to vibration.

Fortunately, there are steps that business owners can take to help make the workplace as ergonomically friendly as possible. The following tips can help create a comfortable working environment that allows for maximum productivity along with a minimum of injuries:

Posted in: Editorial
By August 22, 2014 Read More →

HTC One (M8) for Windows

htc-one-m8-windows-designA few days ago HTC announced the latest itteration to the hugely popular and award-winning HTC One (M8) with their truly inspiringly named HTC One (M8) for Windows…

 

HTC offers Windows platform on flagship device, blends premium hardware with unique software experience

BELLEVUE, WA – August 19, 2014 –HTC, a global leader in innovation and design, today unveiled the HTC One® (M8) for Windows®, marking the first time an iconic flagship device offers multiple operating systems.

This new smartphone combines the stunning, award-winning design and experiences of the HTC One (M8) with the latest Windows Phone software on America’s largest and most reliable network. Verizon Wireless is the exclusive launch partner for the HTC One (M8) for Windows and it will be available in stores and online, with online sales beginning at noon EDT today and in stores tomorrow.

Unmistakably the One
The HTC One (M8) for Windows offers the same premium design of HTC’s award-winning HTC One (M8), which features an all-metal unibody design and an elegantly curved back to match the hand’s contours.

The unique experiences of the original HTC One (M8) have been brought to the Windows Phone version, including HTC BlinkFeed®, HTC BoomSound™, Duo Camera with UltraPixel™, Video Highlights, a 5MP wide-angle front-facing camera and support for the HTC Dot View™ case.

  • HTC BlinkFeed is uniquely integrated into the Live Tile layout and provides quick access to the content and social networks that matter most.
  • HTC BoomSound features dual front-facing speakers and a unique sound profile that deepens bass, enhances vocals and fine tunes track details for a rich, immersive listening experience. 
  • The signature HTC One Duo Camera with UltraPixel technology captures remarkable low-light images and offers a variety of after-effects for added artistic flair or humor.
  • Video Highlights offer consumers an easy and entertaining way to easily create mini-movies and animated picture reels set to music*.
  • A 5MP front-facing camera with wide-angle lens excels at taking personal pictures that let you capture more in the shot – more people, more scenery.
  • The uniquely designed HTC Dot View case provides consumers with instant phone access while the case is still closed. Users can answer calls, receive email & text notifications, check weather and more. And with the Dot View Case for the HTC One (M8) for Windows, personal digital assistant Cortana can help with reminders, queries and chit chat without having to open the case.

The HTC One (M8) for Windows is also covered by HTC Advantage™, which provides the industry’s only free cracked screen replacement program, along with a commitment to support timely software updates.**

“Consumers love the HTC One (M8) and today’s introduction extends that enthusiasm to new audiences hungry for choice in their mobile experience,” said Jason Mackenzie, president of HTC Americas. “HTC fills a gap in the market for unique devices that put a premium on form and function. Microsoft shares our vision, and that’s why we committed to bringing the Windows Phone platform to the
HTC One (M8).”

HTC One Plus a New OS Experience
Under the hood is Windows Phone 8.1 Update, which incorporates a host of meaningful innovations:

  • Cortana, Windows Phone’s truly personal digital assistant, makes her HTC debut in this phone. Adept at searching for sushi and setting calendar appointments, Cortana also offers the ability to proactively warn you when it’s time to leave for your next appointment or remind you to pick up milk on the way home.
  • Action Center provides one swipe access to all your recent notifications and messages, as well as programmable quick settings.
  • Apps Corner sandboxes apps and folders into a protected area of the phone.
    • Small business owners can use their HTC One (M8) for Windows as a point of sale device without making personal information available.
    • Users can separate personal and professional information, creating distinct experiences for work and pleasure in a single device.
  • Windows Phone takes on the chores of battery, data and storage management, and keying in passwords for known Wi-Fi networks, allowing users more time to explore the phone’s innovative functionality that truly puts consumer needs first.

“The HTC One (M8) for Windows is true to the flagship product’s award-winning design and unique experience while also taking the best of what Windows Phone has to offer,” said Darren Laybourn, corporate vice president of engineering for Microsoft. “We succeeded in offering customers the best of both our worlds with this phone.”

Availability
The HTC One (M8) for Windows is available beginning at noon EDT today, exclusively through Verizon Wireless online for a promotional price of $99.99 with a new two-year contract for a limited time or $29.99 per month on Verizon Edge, and available in stores tomorrow. Additionally, Microsoft Stores will sell the device with Verizon Wireless service and a special offer for a free HTC Dot View Case and screen protector for $25. The retro styling of HTC Dot View, HTC’s intuitive and eye-catching case that shows calls and alerts through a protective shell, is available as an accessory for the HTC One (M8) for Windows.

 

 

 

 

HTC One (M8) for Windows specification:

  • Size

    146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm

  • CPU Speed

    Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 801, 2.3 GHz, quad-core CPUs

  • Memory1

    Total storage: 32GB, available capacity varies
    RAM: 2GB
    Expansion card slot supports microSD™ memory card for up to 128GB additional storage (card not included)

  • Sensors

    • Accelerometer
    • Proximity sensor
    • Ambient light sensor
    • Gyro sensor
  • Camera

    Duo camera
    Primary camera: HTC UltraPixel™ camera , BSI sensor, pixel size 2.0 um, sensor size 1/3”, f/2.0, 28mm lens
    HTC ImageChip 2. 1080p Full HD video recording
    Secondary camera: capture depth information

    Front camera
    5MP, BSI sensor, wide angle lens. with HDR capability, 1080p Full HD video recording
    Photo Edit with UFocus™, Dimension Plus™, Seasons, Foregrounder, Image match

  • AC Adapter

    Voltage range/frequency: 100 ~ 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz
    DC output: 5 V and 1.5 A

  • Weight

    160g

  • Platform Windows

    Windows® Phone 8.1

  • Network2

    2G/2.5G – GSM/GPRS/EDGE:

    • 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

    3G – WCDMA:

    • 850/900/1900/2100 MHz with HSPA+ up to 14.4 Mbps

    CDMA:

    • 800/1900

    4G – LTE:

    • Bands 3,4,7,13
  • Connectivity

    • 3.5 mm stereo audio jack
    • NFC
    • Bluetooth® 4.0 with aptX™ enabled
    • Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5 GHz)
    • micro-USB 2.0 port
    • Support consumer infrared remote control
  • Multimedia

    Audio supported formats:
    Playback: .aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma (Windows Media Audio 10)
    Recording: .aac

    Video supported formats:
    Playback:.3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv (Windows Media Video 10), .avi (MP4 ASP and MP3)
    Recording: .mp4

  • Display

    5.0 inch, Full HD 1080p

  • SIM Card Type

    nano SIM

  • GPS

    • Internal GPS antenna + GLONASS
    • Digital Compass
  • Sound Enhancement

    HTC BoomSound™
    Dual front-facing stereo speakers with built-in amplifiers
    Sense Voice

  • Battery3

    Embedded rechargeable Li-polymer battery
    Capacity: 2600 mAh
    Talk time:
    Up to 22 hours for 3G
    Standby time:
    Up to 528 hours for 3G

Posted in: News, Phones
Tags:
By August 18, 2014 Read More →

Acer Liquid E3 Unboxing

vlcsnap-2014-08-14-12h48m00s13Acer have sent over their dual sim Liquid E3 low end smartphone. This Android powered phone features a great amount of power and genuinely impressive styling.

 

Acer Liquid E3 specification:

  • Mediatek MT6589 Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7
  • 4 GB ROM
  • +.03.
  • 1 GB RAM
  • GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 for both SIM 1 & 2
  • 136 x 68 x 9 mm (5.35 x 2.68 x 0.35 in)
  • 134 g
  • microSD, up to 32 GB
  • 13 MP, 4160 x 3120 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
  • 2 MP, LED flash
  • IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 720 x 1280 pixels, 4.7 inches

 

Posted in: Phones, Videos/Unboxings
By August 16, 2014 Read More →

4G Quad Core for £60 from Gearbest

1406826577626-P-1902461Gearbest.com are offering the Landvo L200G for a mere £63. This 4G device is one of the first phones running the MT6290 ARMv7 Quad core, 1.3GHz processor. Coupled with a 5.0 inch QHD IPS display this is a bargain if ever there was one. The only downside is the 4GB Rom onboard, however for this price its hard to complain.

Main Features:

  • 4G: FDD-LTE, 1800MHz, 2600MHz
  • 3G: WCDMA 850MHz, WCDMA 900MHz, WCDMA 1900MHz, WCDMA 2100MHz
  • 2G: GSM 850MHz, GSM 900MHz, GSM 1800MHz, GSM 1900MHz
  • OS: Android 4.4
  • CPU: MTK6582 ARMv7 Quad core, 1.3GHz
  • 1GB RAM + 4GB ROM
  • 5 inch IPS Display for razor sharp images
  • Support Gravity/Light/Proximity Sensing System
  • FM/MP3/MP4/Bluetooth/GPS Function Supported

 

You can find out more over on their Facebook page, including opportunities of win gear.
Posted in: News, Phones
By August 15, 2014 Read More →

Acer Liquid S2 Unboxing

vlcsnap-2014-08-14-13h43m18s174Acer have provided us with a red Acer S2, the phablet to end all phablets. Alongside the older Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Quad-core 2.2 this 6.0″ device is juxtaposed by it’s Nano Sim card slot!

Acer Liquid S2 sepcification:

  • GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, HSDPA 900 / 2100, LTE 800 / 1800 / 2600
  • IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 1080 x 1920 pixels, 6.0 inches
  • 16 GB ROM
  • 2 GB RAM
  • microSD, up to 128 GB
  • Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 Quad-core 2.2 GHz Krait 400
  • 13 MP, 4160 x 3120 pixels, autofocus, LED ring flash, 2160p@24fps, 1080p@60fps
  • 2 MP, 1080p@30fps

 

Posted in: Phones, Videos/Unboxings
By August 13, 2014 Read More →

Nexus 6 specs spotted?

AtutuIt looks like some specs of the Nexus 6 alongside its Motorola Shamu codename have been spotted under the benchmarking app AnTuTu. AnTuTu’s database contains the listing for a device called “Google shamu” sporting a Qualcomm  Snapdragon 805 chipset with a quad-core Krait 450 processor working at 2,65GHz, 3GB of RAM and the Adreno 420 GPU. We also see a 5.2″ QHD (1,440 x 2,560 pixel) display. The camera weighs in at 13Megapixel alongside a 2.1MP front facing camera. 

Pretty beefy specs and something worth getting excited over. However, this could just be a list of speculated specifications, or place holder details for an upcoming announcement. 

Posted in: Phones, Rumours
By August 12, 2014 Read More →

Navdy HUD for your windscreen

woman_driving_sideHere’s something you don’t see everyday. A midway convergence of you in car Satnav and Google Glass. Navdy is a piece of hardware that sits atop of your steering column and projects a head up display (HUD) onto you windscreen if assist with relevant drivers information. We have see it in the movies, The Living Daylights in particular springs to mind however I am certain Navdy are not exploring a laser guided missile system. 

navdy_front_directions

 

The box looks cute, if a little tacky and will become a bit of a security risk if left in the car however, as a first generation device this could be a fun and handy addition for the road warrior. The HUD sits at an impressive 5.1″ wide and it fully transparent. A high quality projector displays an image on the screen and an IR camera makes for touchless gesture control. The Navdy uses an accelerometer, e-compass, ambient light sensor to assist in navigating you around alongside an internal speaker and microphone with noise canceling DSP for interaction. The Navdy runs on a Dual core processor and manages the latest Android 4.4 operating system.

So if you are excited by the offerings put forward by Google and Apple for in car systems but are not interested in actually changing your car solely for that reason then the Navdy may provide a distraction as the market is established.  The Navdy is currently available for pre-order at $299, down from $499 and ships early 2015.

Posted in: Gadgets, News