Thursday, 27 December 2012

5 Tools to Help You Keep All Your Devices Connected


Mobile devices make it easier for you to manage the information you need wherever you are. However, if you store information on your smart phone, you may find yourself in a bind when you only have your laptop and you can't access it.

Fortunately, there are many tools that can help you sync your devices or to access one from the other so that you always have all the information you need, no matter where you are and no matter which device you are using. Here are 5 tools that can help you keep all your devices connected:

Install this program on your devices, and access the information from any of them. This creates a virtual desktop, allowing you to get files and manage programs. You get 100 GB of space for only $3.99 per month, and you can try the service for free.

Sync all your devices quickly by putting all your folders and files in one place. You don't have to worry about missing any information because you left it on another device Plans start at $4.99 per month for 30 GB and go up to $24.99 per month for 250 GB.

Sync your mail, contacts, calendar and desktop programs with this free tool from Google. You can use it with a mobile device, a desktop program or gmail offline. It's especially handy for anyone who uses a lot of Google products
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Dropbox is a leading cloud-storage service that allows you to access important files, photos and videos anywhere. You can also share your information with authorized users. The basic service is free, but you can upgrade to a paid membership for additional storage.

Remember everything and make it available to any device. This note-sharing tool allows you to save ideas, photos, websites you like and more and save them to a web-based account. The service is free, and it's a great way to sync your data and to get better organized.
What tools do you use to keep your devices synced and to ensure access wherever you are? Share your picks in the comments!

Tara Spenser is currently the resident writer for workingcapital.org, where she researches the most affordable cash advances for business available. In her spare time, she enjoys blogging, swimming and being a mom. 

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Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Reasons Students Need an Ultrabook

Ultrabooks are extremely thin and light laptop computers. In fact, according to the specifications they are supposed to be less than 0.71 inches thick if their displays measure less than 14 inches. They are also supposed to be able to handle almost all of the same tasks as a standard notebook. Being this thin and light makes them extremely portable but also comes with the minor limitation of not having an onboard optical drive; fortunately, those are not absolutely necessary these days.

The concept of the Ultrabook is less of a technical specification than it is a marketing term coined by Intel to categorize certain computers featuring its technology. This Intel Technology includes the Core i3, i5 and i7 processors. These ultra-thin ultrabooks are primarily Windows computers the dimensions of which could be compared to Apple’s MacBook Air.

How Ultrabooks can Help Students

These days much of the work done in high schools and universities requires the student to have a fast computer, preferably one that they can carry around with them easily. Computers are essential for note-taking and research purposes and depending on the course the student is taking, it may be needed for the work itself. They help students to do all their tasks more efficiently.

There are many important factors that go into the consideration for a student notebook. The computer will need to be able to run the software needed for the course, it will also need to be easily portable without presenting a burden to the student. As they are built with portability in mind but are still powerful devices, Ultrabooks are better for the average student than any other style of notebook.

Other benefits of Ultrabooks

• They can easily fit within a backpack or purse along with other study-related items, with little additional weight. As students walk from class to class, the weight they have to carry in backpacks can become a problem. Ultrabooks provide ample computing power but in a lighter package. Often weighing under three pounds.

• They offer long battery life for those who often find themselves away from electrical outlets. Students can work on the go for longer stretches as Ultrabooks tend to have decent-to-excellent battery duration. Most Ultrabooks can last between five and eight hours on battery power alone.

 • Touchscreens are available on many models, particularly those powered by Windows 8, so that the student can have all the convenience of a tablet without losing the keyboard.

 • To qualify for Ultrabook status, a notebook will need a blazing fast wake up time. These computers must be able to wake up in seven seconds or less. To accomplish this, many of the more expensive models operate on solid state memory alone rather than be hindered by a traditional hard drive, just like Apple computers.

 • There are security features built into the Intel processors that power these machines. Each processor has identification technology allowing it to be remotely shut down, preventing the theft of any confidential information stored on it if the computer is stolen.

Students considering a notebook purchase that will take them through most (if not all) of their school career should be able to accomplish all they need to accomplish with the use of an Ultrabook. These computers should remove a lot of the technology-related stress factors that come with standard notebooks.

Today’s guest post is by Courtney Lee, a blogger from California who enjoys spending her free time writing helpful articles on her ultra-thin ultrabook for her fellow tech enthusiasts.
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Monday, 17 December 2012

Top Features of the Best Smartphones

Smartphones are everywhere--which is surprising given the fact that they are all fairly expensive. Nevertheless, they are everywhere, so the question begs, what can you expect from a Smartphone. One thing you can expect with a Smartphone is a high-ticket price. They are crammed with technology--most of which is un-used by most people. Not every Smartphone has all of the features listed on this article, but most of the best Smartphones do. So if you are looking for the best Smartphones then you should expect some of these top features.
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Design
Many of them have a very generously sized screen. Many have a great image resolution and display qualities that are years ahead of the mini-TV’s we used to buy just 15 years ago. The good ones are designed so that they will not slip from your hands, so that they are easy to use and so that you can easily carry them on your person.

Multimedia
The best ones are going to have a camera that is at least 5 megapixels, and most of them are going to have a zoom feature. Many of the good ones will also have some form of photo editing software installed. The best Smartphones are going to have the ability to view more than one image type, and more than one movie file type. Their viewing platform will also be a modern one that has few/no bugs.

Call Features and sound quality
The best Smartphones will have high quality speakers with a very clear sound. They will also have a very high quality microphone that will be able to pick up a multitude of noises from a large distance away. Most will have call waiting, hold, three-way and voice dialing features.

Battery life
Most modern Smartphones will have a battery life that is far longer than a tablet device. With moderate use--at Smartphone should last over two days and up to four days. You should expect at eight hours of power when using it solidly for those eight hours.

Memory
You should not expect as much memory as with a tablet device, but the best Smartphones will have a lot of random access memory (RAM) and a lot of hard drive memory, so that you may store lots of movies, apps and songs onto it. It should have lots more memory than regular phones.

Internet
Some of the best Smartphones now have 4G, so keep a look out for that.

Accessory ports
Smartphones are supposed to have accessory ports. The best ones will allow you to plug sophisticated accessories into your Smartphone.

Apps
All Smartphones may use apps, but the best Smartphones will be able to handle large and sophisticated apps. They will be able to run computer games and large programs without slowing down or freezing.

Pre installed functions 
There are apps for things like calculators, but the best Smartphones are going to come with these sorts of things already installed. They are going to have tools and functions that are very useful in real life, so that you do not need to install them yourself. You should research into what sort of virus checkers your Smartphone comes with. The best Smartphones will come with some sort of virus and malware protection.

Durability
Smartphones are not the most rugged technology on the market, but the good ones are shock proof and are harder to damage. The cheaper and poorly built Smartphones will break easily, especially if they are put under any force, where as the best Smartphones will need to be mistreated before they break.

Build 
It is true that some of the best Smartphones are not the most well built, but as a rule, the best Smartphones are usually well built. For example, the new Samsung Galaxy Tab looks a little plastic and does not look well built (even though it is one of the best Smartphones), but most of the best Smartphones are well built.

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Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Microsoft Surface Tablet 8

The release of the Microsoft Surface tablet in October brought a wave of mixed feelings about the software company's foray into the tablet world. With so many other companies vying for the top position, and armed with powerful devices, many felt that Microsoft was coming up short with the Surface tablet.
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It wasn't even so much about what the tablet itself contained, but rather the operating system that it was running off of WindowsRT  is the ARM version of the Windows OS, and thought it specifically designed for special devices such as tablets, many felt that the limitations were outdoing the advantages. Overall, the perspective of Windows RT is that it was unnecessary and somewhat inferior to the developments with in the tech industry, even from Microsoft themselves.

With that, the Microsoft Surface tablet featuring the Windows 8 operating system will be released towards the beginning of January of 2013. This newer, fresher version of Surface is already winning over the minds of those that have had the opportunity to use and review it.

If you've grown jaded by all of the talk that tends to surround the Apple iPad and the Google Nexus tablets, perhaps take some time to see what the Microsoft Surface tablet could be offering, and how it will greatly outdo its Windows RT predecessor.

Bigger Drive. Bigger Space.

One of the most noteworthy features that will arrive on the Windows 8 version is a doubling in both the drive capacity, as well as the space. This means that from the RT version that features 32GB and 2GB of memory, the Windows 8 Pro version will be rolling with 64GB (to start) and 4GB of memory. There will also be an option to get a 128GB tablet for $100 more than the 64 (a point I will get to later).

The increase in memory is thanks to the built-in Intel Core i5 processor, which is upgraded from the Nvidia Tegra 3 processor that existed in the Surface RT.

Screen Resolution

While the resolution on the Surface RT was 1,366X768, this will be improved with Surface Windows 8 at 1,920x1,080. The screen size of 10.6 inches will remain the same, so what you'll be getting is a significantly improved resolution.

Surface with Windows 8 Will Be More Compatible

Since the Windows 8 Pro version will be running with the now-standard Windows 8 operating system, it will be able to run more like a notebook than a tablet. You can run more software programs that would not have been possible with the ARM processor that was on RT. This to me, is probably the biggest selling point between the two.

The Price

Now this is where you might start to cringe, because the 64GB version of Windows 8 Pro is running at $899, and the 128GB version will be going for $999. At the beginning price, you'll be looking at a doubling from the RT version which sells for $499. This is quite a bit of money to throw down for a tablet, and now you might begin to understand why the word “Pro” is in the name.

Realize what you are getting when the two are compared, and it might start making a bit more sense. Generally, you have to be quite the Windows 8 fan to invest in such a heavy product, but you'll certainly be rolling with something unique.

Author Bio - Ezra Melino is the primary writer for a tech blog known as DX3, a blog that covers the latest in technology and science.

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Monday, 10 December 2012

Tips and Techniques to Use 3D CAD Animation Technology

3D CAD animation software are generally more advanced than your average 2D/3D CAD software for they provide 3D animators with extensive tools to accomplish basic 2D and 3D models,  advanced mechanical models, animating the models and creating video renderings of these models. Which makes your average 3D animation technology an all round tool for modeling, creating story boards and animation videos but mastering this user interfaces can be quite difficult due to its extensive abilities and steep learning curve.



This article would be providing simple tips in using 3D CAD animation software for beginners to help you avoid the mistakes that occur when learning by yourself. These tips cut across all the major animation software available for commercial use and as the saying goes, learning any particular 3D user interface gives you the basic knowledge for learning all.
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Tips for 3D Character Animations
Character animation which also stands for object modeling can be done using different techniques such as;
·         Polygon modeling
·         Nurbs modeling
·         Use of Sub division surfaces and
·         Mapping UVS
It is important to note that all the above techniques can be used to model any animation character but some are tailored to suit some character design types more than the next technique and your technique choice should depend on the method you can quickly master before moving to the others.
·         Get acquainted with the user interface:- The first step to learning a 3D CAD animation user interface is getting acquainted with the tools and menus on the workspace. Avoid the disorderly approach by getting a specialized tutorial (video or text) document to put you through the paces. Most 3D animation software also provides users with in depth tutorials to help their consumers master their user interfaces.
·         Learn to Customize/arrange your tool set:- The tool range of your average CAD software is vast and trying to use them without a proper understanding, clutters your workspace and reduces your productivity therefore, customize your frequently used tools according to the number of times you use them in a format that allows you fold the tool menu and pop them back out when needed.
·         Start with Basic Shapes:- All animation lecturers and basic tutorials harp on the importance of starting small or with the basics therefore curb your enthusiasm and master the basics of polygon modeling by following your tutorials and trying out different ideas or shapes as they pop up in your minds eye. With this procedure, you would be able to learn faster and build basic 3D walkthough animations on your own.
·         Enable the creative Interactive feature:- This is a feature that shows you all the parameters, tool types and dimensions been used on a work surface. The creative interactive feature allows you make changes dimension and positional changes to your minute components of your character without having to use the extension tools to adjust your dimensions. You can also make color changes to your character through the creative interaction menu.
·         Modifying a character:- The different methods of modifying your character are; through the face, vertices and edge. Picking the method of modifying your character largely depends on the surface you are working on therefore for large characters with little surfaces; choose the face feature to edit them while for smaller faces with a lot of vertices you should use the vertex feature while characters with edges should be modified with the edge feature.
·         Choosing between shading or wire frame while editing:- Most beginners face the problem of choosing between working on shaded characters or on a models wire frame while editing but this should not be the case for while both have their merits, carrying out simple edits or the grouping of different components should be done on a shaded character while more advanced edits and modifications should be done with the characters wire frame.
Finally, the fact still remains that the more you practice the better you become at creating characters with 3D CADanimation technology therefore, get your animation software, download the video tutorials and dive straight into animation and with dedication and much practice you would become a professional 3D animator.

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Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Major Changes in the Windows 8 UI

Introduction

Windows 8 is the latest version of Microsoft's Windows operating system. Introduced in September 2011 and released for general availability in October 2012, Windows 8 has a number of key differences to Windows 7 and earlier versions of Windows. The most immediately obvious changes affect the UI; Windows 8 has a new interface that's been significantly altered.


In Touch

The new Windows 8 interface was created with touchscreen device compatibility in mind. This means that users will be able to control Windows 8 applications using gestures. Although Windows 7 did provide support for touch, this was limited. Windows 8 attempts to rectify this, providing an interface that's intended to be as easy to use with touchscreen technology as with a traditional keyboard and mouse.

The addition of expanded touch support is an important feature of Windows 8, as the new OS will be rolled out on Microsoft's various tablet PCs and other touch-enabled devices. User reports indicate that the touch functionality is well-realized and has been successfully integrated into the OS.

Farewell to Aero

The move away from Microsoft's Aero glass-style interface brings a major change to the look and feel of Windows 8. In 2003, when Aero was introduced, translucent "glass" effects were hugely popular; this style was led to a great degree by Apple. By 2009, when Windows 7 was released, the Aero effect had been added to almost every element of the Windows UI. Aero was fairly popular with users, many of whom appreciated its light, airy feel.

While visually appealing, however, Aero proved deleteriously inefficient and power-hungry. The rounded shapes, layers of translucent color, faux-reflections and highlights demanded significantly more electricity to process than simple flat color. While perfectly appropriate for a desktop-oriented operating system, Aero was found to take a heavy toll on the battery life of mobile devices. For this reason, Aero has been scrapped in favor of a crisp, Metro-style interface using squared corners and flat colors to reduce processing power and conserve battery life.

Start Screen

Instead of booting to the familiar Desktop with the Start button in the left-hand corner, Windows 8 takes the user to a new Start Screen. Live tiles allow you to launch applications and if you're using an application that requires it, you'll be taken to the Desktop. You can also access the Desktop by clicking the Desktop tile in the Start screen. Here you'll find the recycling bin and other desktop items.

The Metro-style live tiles are rectangular blocks on the screen. They are colored according to the application they are associated with. You'll see tiles for the Control Panel, for Internet Explorer and for other commonly-used applications and programs. If you can't immediately see the application you want, you can access more tiles by scrolling across the screen.

Charms

A major innovation for Windows 8 is the introduction of what Microsoft is terming "Charms". Charms are accessed by moving the mouse to the right-hand margin of the screen; or, on a touchscreen device, by sweeping a finger from the right to the left. The Charms allow you to access important Windows functions.

One of the Charms lets you access the Start Screen; you can also bring this up by using the physical Windows 8 button or key. The Charms are contextual, offering different options depending on what application you are currently using when you access them. Other Charms include:

- Search, which lets you looks for programs, files and folders on your computer;

- Settings, which allows you to adjust settings such as the sound volume and monitor brightness, as well as tell your device when to hibernate and which battery power plan to use;

- Devices, which enables you to connect to and interact with other devices;

- Share, which facilitates the sharing of documents, images and other material.

The Share Charm is particularly interesting: accessed from within a social networking application, such as Facebook on a Web browser, Share can allow you to share a file using that application more easily. The Share Charm is one way in which Windows 8 emphasizes social applications, networking and interactivity over traditional computer use.

Search and Social

The Search menu is also accessible via the main Start Screen. A search box opens and you can find what you're looking for by typing a term into the box.

As with other Windows 8 functionality, the Search function is contextual: if you're currently using a word processing application such as Microsoft Word, for example, Search will attempt to find text documents. If you're currently browsing a social network, Windows 8's Search function makes it easy to find people by typing a name into the text field.

It's worth noting here that Windows 8 supports several widely-used social networking platforms natively, making them very easy to launch and use. These include Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin. The Windows 8 interface makes it simple to check for updates to all your social networking feeds.

Conclusion

Windows 8 represents a radical departure from traditional desktop computing. Some adopters may initially feel rather "at sea" with the new interface; however, user reports indicate that after a period of adjustment, it's reasonably easy to master. Tablet and touchscreen device users in particular will find the UI accessible and intuitive. As computing expands beyond the desktop, new approaches will be needed; Windows 8, while not perfect, is a step towards a new kind of computing.

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Sony Xperia Sola Android Mobile Phone Review & Price


Sony is coming up with its new mobile Sony Xperia Sola in the market. Sony Xperia Sola Android Mobile Phone has a number of amazing features making it one of the best mobiles from Sony. 

This smartphone is not available right now in the market, but, it will be available very soon. It is expected to come in the month of April-may this year. Sony Xperia Sola Android Mobile Phone price is estimated to be $350 in USA, and around INR 20,000 in India. The price of this phone is pretty attractive as it is an Android phone with several features making it worth of its price.
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Display: You will find a number of key features in this Android smartphone from Sony. In terms of dimensions, the set measures 116x59x9.9 mm. It has a remarkable 3.7 inch touch screen on its front with 480x854 resolutions. This resolution is less than what is offered by flagship Xperia S. However, as a budgeted handset in Xperia series, it is very impressive with its display quality and responsiveness. It has very responsive screen, and attractive display with several beautiful colors.

Memory: This mobile phone offers 8 GB internal storage to the users so that they can store their favorite’s music tracks, photos, apps, videos, and other stuffs they like. For further storage, the handset has a micro SD slot just like a majority of other Android phones that are capable of accommodating up to 32 GB memory card. This provides you a cost effective option of gaining crucial further storage.

Connectivity: Just like other phones from Xperia, the Sony Xperia Sola also offers several options of connectivity, especially when it is the matter of getting connected through internet. It has HSDPA connection that can make use of 3G coverage for gaining internet connection. Moreover, it has special Wi-Fi connection that can help you to connect with local wireless network of your place.

Battery: The handset takes zero data fees and consume very less battery. This is a very significant feature of this Android phone as problem of battery consumption is the most common problem among several Android smartphones available in the market. DLNA of this handset offers you the facility of wirelessly streaming several contents like videos, music tracks, and photos to a device, which is compatible.

Camera: Sony Xperia Sola is known as very innovative device when it comes to camera of the phone. It has five MP resolutions improving the quality of the photo. It offers other features like smile and face detection, touch focus, 3D sweep panoramic photos, and image stabilization. The user can take high definition photos with the camera of this handset.

Android phone: Sony Xperia Sola has Android operating system that allows the user to do several things from the internet. It allows the users to download applications from Google play, which makes the phone as most advanced Android phone. It has dual core processor of 1 GHz, which clearly removes the performance issues of this smartphone.
Sony Xperia Sola Android Mobile Phone is a very good all rounder serving several features to the users. The price of this handset too is very attractive making it a great phone to the users.

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Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Acer Aspire V3-571

The Acer Aspire V3-571 is one of the best laptops that can be obtained with very limited budget. In the past, we used to assume that buying anything for less than £500 is to put up with a lackluster screen, little performance, and dire input devices. However, the  Acer Aspire V3-571 laptop has clearly shown that price doesn’t always equate with limited aspirations.
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In terms of the design, the V3-571 is not a total success, and the color combination of black and grey is not that pleasing. The casing is sleek and slender, which makes it pretty easy to carry around. The weight of this device is 2.6kg. The two-button trackpad has been perfectly combined with the casing, which works effectively. While many laptops suffer from inconsistent and rough trackpads, it is not the case with Acer’s trackpads. It also provides enough room to navigate.

The Acer’s keyboard has been designed especially for the laptops. It is a joy to type on the Scrabble-tile keyboard. Though some of the keys are small and hard to hit properly, the number and letter keys are proportioned suitably. You can have a high level of accuracy with this keyboard. The screen has the top resolution of 1366 x 768. It has an adequate color palette. Working with photos in Acer is quite interesting as the details levels are amazing. It is an easy laptop to work with notable clarity. The viewing angles are also superb.

The Acer Aspire V3 comes with an i5 processor – an Intel Core i5-2450M of 2.5GHz. This processor is known for providing strong performance. The 6GB of DDR3 RAM is sufficient to perform any activities without any problem. This is remarkably fast for a £500 model. The storage capacity of this laptop is 500GB which is sufficient for many users. 

The Acer may not be the suitable choice for gamers. The Intel HD 3000 graphics controller is usable but underwhelming. So, this device is not so good for playing games. However, the enhanced model of V3-571 comes with discrete graphics and might be the proper device for the game lovers.

The Dolby Sound System throws high quality audio. Connectors and ports are straightforward. One of the ports among the three is USB 3.0. You also get HDMI and VGA external output, the memory-card drive covers SD cards and xD-Picture as well as the MemoryStick. 

The wired network users are taken care by a gigabit port. The standard Matshita UJ8B0AW is the built-in DVD. It can burn up to the speed of 8x. On top of the screen there is an Acer Crystal Eye HD webcam. The Aspire comes with the 64-bit version of Windows 7 Home Premium. Useful Acer utilities and Microsoft Office Starter are some of the software offered in this device.

The battery of the Acer Aspire V3-571 lasts for approximately 5 hours and 18 minutes, which is just sufficient. Seeing all the features, we can say that it is a perfect laptop. The price is also pretty reasonable. So, we can say that it is one of the best laptops to purchase.

Author Bio: Scott Garcia loves to share his knowledge regarding latest technologies to his audiences. Read more of his articles if you want to know about  latest mobile phones in US
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