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Friday, May 31, 2013
Gigabyte Launches BRIX Mini PC Quick Review

Gigabyte Launches BRIX Mini PC Quick Review

Gigabyte are the latest entry to the tiny pc race, and with a chassis size that measures in at just 29.9mm x 107.6mm x 114.4mm, it’s clear that Gigabyte are trying to take on the world that was created with the launch of the Intel NUC, fortunately they’ve decided to back up it’s tiny size with some not so tiny performance.

The BRIX PC from Gigabyte will still be sold like the NUC, as a barebone DIY kit that can be picked up in a range of configurations, these include Core i3, i5 and even an i7 processors, an mSATA slot is used for storage to keep size down to a minimum and it uses to SO-DIMM memory slots that can handle up to 16GB of RAM.

Small and compact, i7 CPU, SSD and 16GB ram doesn’t sound like it’s going to lack much performance then! It’s also well equipped with connectivity options and you can expect HDMI, mini DisplayPort, WiFi, 2 x USB 3.0.

It’s already sounding more powerful than the NUC, of course I would expect the price tag to match the high specifications, but unfortunately Gigabyte haven’t revealed that information just yet. Of course if you need something super compact and as powerful as possible then it’s not really about the price, it’s about getting the job done and it looks like Gigabytes BRIX is going to deliver on the latter.
Google Buys Makani Power - Kite Powered Energy

Google Buys Makani Power - Kite Powered Energy

Google has purchased Makani Power, a company it had been investing in from its inception. The US based company will be the latest addition to Google’s ever-growing research and development department. The price which Google has paid for buying Makani has not been revealed but it is rumored that Google is going to provide the resources the company needs for developing its existing and new projects. This is not the first time that Google has bankrolled Makani’s projects.


However, this time the difference is that Google now owns the company. Previously, Google had invested at least $15 million in the company to enable it to carry out its initial experiments. Among the exciting projects that enter Google’s domain following this deal is the kite-powered generator designed by Makani. It has been in development for quite some time at the company and they are preparing to test it in the near future. Google’s acquisition is bound to have been influenced by this project.

The project involves using turbines to generate powers that are mounted on top of wings or tethered kites. In the test itself, the turbines are going to be placed atop robot kites and the company will check whether the experiment delivers the results they are looking for. Already, Makani has carried out tests of its product using a smaller prototype, which generated around 30 kW of power. Their aim is to have kite-powered generators produce at least 600 kW power.

According to Makani, they want to make sure that the turbines are able to propel the turbines without requiring a person to maneuver the system. They are going to develop larger models of their product once the initial testing is over. The company also stated that it wants to price their project competitively, around the same price as charged by offshore wind farms.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Auto-Correct Fix Using Jelly Bean Keyboard

Samsung Galaxy S4 Auto-Correct Fix Using Jelly Bean Keyboard

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is a beautifully crafted smartphone and for the most part buyers have been pleased with Samsung’s new focus on software that can be used to interact with everyday life.

One area of concern for many users however has been the company’s implementation of auto-correct standards.

As a user types using the Galaxy S4 they are met with word suggestions that can break the flow of the users typing. On standard Google Android 4.2 Jelly Bean devices the auto-correct function is more well rounded and doesn’t affect the flow of a users typing.



Not happy about the current state of Samsung Galaxy S4 auto-correct a third-party developer is offering a way to receive better auto-correct support.

Android developer VLLWP has ported the Jelly Bean keyboard to the Galaxy S4 along with several improvements to the original design.

While there are various keyboard alternatives via the Google Play store the Jelly Bean Keyboard is free and offers the type of keyboard functionality we have come to expect from the stock version of Google Android Jelly Bean.

The keyboard features ads but only on the settings page. It also features various languages support, offers emoji icons, providers users with themes support and dives into advanced settings.

If you want even more out of your keyboard you can purchase the “Pro” version of the app which features no ads, more themes, better customization, more layout options, and gesture support.

Users can even add a row of numbers to the standard keyboard layout, a feature that is sorely missing on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Keyboard.

The Jelly Bean Keyboard Pro is modestly priced at $2.99.

Give the free version of the Jelly Bean Keyboard app a try and let us know what you think about the smartphone app.
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Android: How to Change the Google Account without a Hard Reset

Android: How to Change the Google Account without a Hard Reset

This is quite an old trick but it is very very useful trick for them who changes their google id from GOOGLE PLAY STORE  Again and again so if you want to switch your google account in GOOGLE PLAY and if you do not want to RESET PHONE SETTINGS then you can follow this tip to add or change google account from GOOGLE PLAY.


Instructions:(You must have a rooted Phone)

1)Download ES FILE EXPLORER or ROOT EXPLORER from Market
2)then go to INTERNALMEMORY/data/system/ and Delete Accounts.db file
3)Restart your phone and Done.
 

Comment if you face any problem 
I have used it a number of times..
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
10 Ways to Keep Hard Drives from Failing

10 Ways to Keep Hard Drives from Failing

Takeaway: with a little proactive care, you can extend hard drive life, squeezing more value from your company’s equipment investments, reducing user downtime, and preventing catastrophic loss of data.

Hardware prices have dropped considerably over the last decade, but it’s irresponsible not to care for the hardware installed on machines. This is especially true for hard drives. Hard drives are precious commodities that hold the data employees use to do their jobs, so they should be given the best of care. Inevitably, those drives will die. But you can take steps to prevent a premature hard disk death. Let’s examine 10 such steps to care for the health of your drives.


1,Run chkdsk

Hard disks are eventually going to contain errors. These errors can come in the shape of physical problems, software issues, partition table issues, and more. The Windows chkdsk program will attempt to handle any problems, such as bad sectors, lost clusters, cross-linked files, and/or directory errors. These errors can quickly lead to an unbootable drive, which will lead to downtime for the end user. The best way I have found to take advantage of chkdsk is to have it run at next boot with the command chkdsk X: /f where X is the drive you want to check. This command will inform you the disk is locked and will ask you if you want to run chkdsk the next time the system restarts. Select Y to allow this action.


2,Add a monitor

Plenty of applications out there will monitor the health of your drives. These monitors offer a host of features that run the gamut. In my opinion, one of the best choices is the Acronis Drive Monitor, a free tool that will monitor everything from hard drive temperature to percentage of free space (and everything in between). ADM can be set up to send out email alerts if something is amiss on the drive being monitored. Getting these alerts is a simple way to remain proactive in the fight against drive failure.


3,Separate OS install from user data

With the Linux operating system, I almost always separate the user’s home directories (~/) from the OS installation onto different drives. Doing this ensures the drive the OS is installed upon will enjoy less reading/writing because so much of the I/O will happen on the user’s home drive. Doing this will easily extend the life of the drive the OS is installed on, as well as allow you to transfer the user data easily should an OS drive fail.


4,Be careful about the surrounding environment

Although this seems like it should go without saying, it often doesn’t. On a daily basis, I see PCs stuck in tiny cabinets with zero circulation. Obviously, those machines always run hot, thus shortening the lifespan of the internal components. Instead of shoving those machines into tight, unventilated spaces, give them plenty of breathing room. If you must cram a machine into a tight space, at least give it ventilation and even add a fan to pull out that stale, warm air generated by the PC. There’s a reason why so much time and money have gone into PC cooling and why we have things like liquid cooling and powerful cooling systems for data centers.


5,Watch out for static

Here’s another issue that should go without saying. Static electricity is the enemy of computer components. When you handle them, make sure you ground yourself first. This is especially true in the winter months or in areas of drier air. If you seem to get shocked every time you touch something, that’s a good sign that you must use extra caution when handling those drives. This also goes for where you set those drives down. I have actually witnessed users placing drives on stereo speakers, TVs, and other appliances/devices that can give off an electromagnetic wave. Granted, most of these appliances have magnets that are not strong enough to erase a drive. But it’s a chance no one should take.


6,Defragment that drive

A fragmented drive is a drive being pushed to work harder than it should. All hard drives should be used in their most efficient states to avoid excess wear and tear. This includes defragmenting. To be on the safe side, set your PC(s) to automatically defrag on a weekly basis. This works to extend the life of your drive by keeping the file structure more compact, so the read heads are not moving as much or as often.


7,Go with a solid state drive

Solid state drives are, for all intents and purposes, just large flash drives, so they have no moving parts. Without moving parts, the life of the drive (as a whole) is naturally going to be longer than it would if the drive included read heads, platters, and bearings. Although these drives will cost more up front, they will save you money in the long run by offering a longer lifespan. That means less likelihood of drive failure, which will cause downtime as data is recovered and transferred.


8,Take advantage of power save

On nearly every OS, you can configure your hard drive to spin down after a given time. In some older iterations of operating systems, drives would spin 24/7 — which would drastically reduce the lifespan of a drive. By default, Windows 7 uses the Balanced Power Savings plan, which will turn off the hard drive after 20 minutes of inactivity. Even if you change that by a few minutes, you are adding life to your hard drive. Just make sure you don’t shrink that number to the point where your drive is going to sleep frequently throughout the day. If you are prone to take five- to 10-minute breaks often, consider lowering that time to no less than 15 minutes. When the drive goes to sleep, the drive is not spinning. When the drive is not spinning, entropy is not working on that drive as quickly.


9,Tighten those screws

Loose mounting screws (which secure the hard drive to the PC chassis) can cause excessive vibrations. Those vibrations can damage to the platters of a standard hard disk. If you hear vibrations coming from within your PC, open it and make sure the screws securing the drive to the mounting platform are tight. If they aren’t, tighten them. Keeping your hardware nice and tight will help extend the life of that hardware.


10,Back up

Eventually, that drive will fail. No matter how careful you are, no matter how many steps you take to prevent failure, the drive will, in the end, die a painful death. If you have solid backups, at least the transition from one drive to another will be painless. And by using a backup solution such as Acronis Universal Restore, you can transfer a machine image from one piece of hardware to another piece of hardware with very little issue.


Other suggestions?

Have you found any of the above steps to be especially helpful in extending the life of a hard drive? What other form of wisdom or magic keeps those disks from failing prematurely? Is there a brand you have found that lasts longer than others? Share your experiences with your fellow Aps Logo readers.
Monday, May 27, 2013
Build the Best Gaming Computer PC Under Rs 50,000 for 2013

Build the Best Gaming Computer PC Under Rs 50,000 for 2013

Thinking of building a gaming computer under Rs 50,000 but confused for what components to choose. Well you are at the right place, I will be listing and guiding you through the list of components or configuration of a gaming computer/PC under a price of Rs 50,000. This configuration will allow you to play games like Crysis , BioShock Infinite, Far Cry , Battlefield and such graphics intensive games at ultra high settings. This configuration will give you the best performance for the price you are paying.

Keep in mind that I won't be including hardware components like Monitors, Keyboards, Mouse, Speakers or UPS. The only thing that will be included in the list is the CPU components. This is the thing which will be the powerhouse of your build. You can choose the other hardware components of your choice or what your budget allows. If you already have those, thats better! So lets begin.

Processor
Intel Core i5-3470 
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Graphics Card
Sapphire AMD/ATI HD 7870 HDMI OC Edition 2GB GDDR5
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Hard Disk 
Seagate Barracuda 1TB Desktop Internal Hard Drive (ST31000524AS)
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Motherboard
 ASRock B75M
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RAM 
Corsair Vengeance DDR3 8 GB (1 x 8 GB) PC RAM (CMZ8GX3M1A1600C10)
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SMPS or Power Supply Unit 
Corsair VS 550 550 Watt PSU
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Optical Drive 
Samsung SH-224BB DVD Burner Internal Optical Drive
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So here we have the best possible configuration for a gaming PC under Rs 50,000. We have a quad-core i5 processor which can boost its clock speed of 3.6 GHz and give you all the processing power you want. Next you have a motherboard which supports USB 3.0 and also allows you to install a SSD drive for future upgrade. We also have a Sapphire AMD/ATI HD 7870 graphics card which has onboard 2 GB GDDR5 memory and a GPU clock speed of 1050 MHz. You should also be aware that its an OC edition which means you can overclock it if you want. Since the GPU requires a power supply of 500 watts we chose the Corsair VS 550 which provides you a power of 550 watts which shall be more that enough for our build. For memory intensive applications we included a Corsair Vengeance DDR3 8 GB PC RAM. This will give you great performance in gaming and will also prove to be useful if you use image editing softwares like Photoshop or video editing softwares like After Effects. Share the post on Facebook with your friends and families or anybody who needs this. Do you have any questions or want to share any thoughts on the build? Feel free to do so by leaving a comment in the comments sections below.
Saturday, May 25, 2013
How to Become a Publisher on BuySellAds

How to Become a Publisher on BuySellAds

BuySellAds.com is based in Boston, Massachusetts and is an online advertising network. If a person wants to make money from their blog by selling ad space on his/her blog/website, then BuySellAds.com is one of the best available options out there. This is an online advertising network which brings together online advertisers and publishers, thus enabling them to find the best possible rendezvous keeping each other’s ads and budgets in mind.
If somebody wishes to add his/her blog to the BuySellAds publisher directory, then all that they need to do is register on the BuySellAds.com website for a free account. After a publisher manages to create an account, he is provided with a form where they can enter the details about their blogs. Once the ad space has been purchased by advertisers, BuySellAds.com provides the publishers with all the necessary and required HTML code that is to be inserted into their blog’s template in order to display the ads on their blogs. When a publisher finishes submitting his/her blog to BuySellAds.com it then appears in the publisher directory. 
The advertisers look for sites where they want to place their ads by scanning the publisher directory. Through BuySellAds.com, the advertisers are able to purchase space on any blog directly. And the BuySellAds.com publishers need not accept payments from individual advertisers separately. The bloggers set a flat fee for the ads which are purchased in thirty day increments. A BuySellAds.com publisher can request for a cash out and get his/her earnings once his/her respective account balance reaches a minimum amount of $50.

There are quite a few advantages for a publisher (blogger) if he/she selects BuySellAds.com to sell advertising space on their blogs. The publisher just needs to set up his/her blog listing in the publisher directory and paste the HTML code provided by the website into their blog in a proper manner. Once this is done, the rest of the thing is managed by BuySellAds.com authority. 


The BuySellAds.com publishers can set up their account in such a manner that either the ads are automatically approved or approved manually by them. This provides the publishers with a greater control over the types of ads that they wish to display on their blog. Another added advantage of this website is that the website’s custom administrative software programs manages all payment processes so that the publishers need not to be bothered about the payment transactions. 

This website is an excellent option for the small blogs and start ups as it puts forward these blogs in front of a much wider and larger audience of advertisers which is unlikely for them to reach out to on their own. It is essential for the publishers to set their advertising rates at an optimum level in order to attract the advertisers towards their blog(s). This website also offers its publishers the flexibility as far as the type and the amount of advertising space is concerned.

The only drawback of this website which most publishers complain about is that the website takes away a certain percentage of the earnings from the publishers in return for the services they provide. Although publishers have to share a portion of their earnings but BuySellAds.com still helps them earn a good amount of money from blogging.
The Top 6 Ways to Accept Online Payments

The Top 6 Ways to Accept Online Payments

If you want to do business online, you need to find an easy and straightforward way of processing credit cards and other types of payment so that people can actually pay for the products or services they want to buy from you. Here are the best ways to do that.


1. Merchant Accounts

 
Set up a merchant account with your bank (or the bank that will offer you the best rates). This, unfortunately, can be a time-consuming process. There are credit and background checks involved; you need to tell your bank what you’re selling and how much of it you think you will sell.

On the other hand, once the fees have been deducted, the money you make from your sales will be deposited directly into your account. You don’t have to wait for a third party to process it.


2. PayPal

 
PayPal is probably the easiest online payment merchant to work with. It is definitely the most popular, and that means that it is one of the most trusted. The great thing about PayPal is that you can take payments from anybody. You don’t have to go through any sort of background or credit checks. You can start accepting payments within minutes of setting up the account.

PayPal also offers a debit card that is linked directly to your account so that you can use the money you earn as soon as it is paid to you. You don’t have to wait for it to be transferred to your bank (unless you want to).

3. Sell Through a Third Party

 
This is a fancy way of saying that you should sell your products through a service like Amazon. The store takes on the responsibility of processing the payments. You just wait for the money to be sent to you.

This is a good choice because when you sell through a third party, you get to have that third party’s reputation backing up your products. You’ll also benefit from whatever traffic they bring in for products that relate to yours so you stand to sell more of your own stuff. At the same time, actually getting your money can take a while, and they don’t accept all products into their ranks.

4. ACH Payment Processing (eCheck)

 
ACH Payment processing allows you to accept money directly from someone’s bank account without requiring a credit card. You simply need the information on the check that they would have written to you. The process is overseen by the National Automated Clearing House Association, and they will allow you to use the money you bring in for a variety of purposes (including direct deposits into your bank account).

The easiest way to take these kinds of payments is to set up the account with your own bank—it saves the time of having to be approved for and open an account somewhere else.


5. Mobile Payment Processors

 
Even if your business isn’t web-based, you can accept payments online thanks to mobile payment merchants. The best example of this is Square, which has become incredibly popular over the last couple of years. You register for an account with a mobile payment processor, get the card reader and plug it in to your smart phone or computer, and viola! You can accept payments.

The best thing about accepting payments this way is that many of the different mobile payment processors will also allow you to accept checks—you just scan in the check and you’re done! Some will even have code in place that will allow you to track cash transactions.

These are the five best ways to accept payments online. The method you choose is going to depend upon what kind of business you are running and where you are running it. Good luck!
Thursday, May 23, 2013
5 Crazy Offline Tips For Your Blog Promotion

5 Crazy Offline Tips For Your Blog Promotion

Most of the bloggers share you  the online ways like using social sites, forums  etc for  your  blog promotion. Here I want to share you some offline ways for your blog  promotion.  I don’t  guarantee you will get tons of visitors in a day using  these ways. But some what these methods will increase  your blog visitors.
So let’s start.


 1. Street Wall

This is the effective way for your blog promotion. How to do,I will tell you. First make a simple poster with your blog URL and appealing title and description. Then find the street where daily lots of people walks. Stick that poster on the wall of the street. Its obvious many people will see that poster. If you have given effective title and description on your poster then without doubt they will check your blog URL when they reach home. If your blog has good content then they will be your regular visitors.

2. Public Toilet

Yes, public toilet is another good place for your blog promotion. I have seen in our country’s public toilet people are writing different thing on the toilet wall. So you can also make use of it. Leave your blog URL on the wall of public toilet. Some curious guys may check your blog URL to know more about your blog.

3. Mouth Promotion

Another good way for your blog promotion. Tell something good about your blog to your friends and encourage them to visit the blog. Also you can try this method to strange people (They may think you have become crazy, that you are sharing something to strange people but that’s not a big deal because you are already crazy in blogging J ).To clear their curiousness they will surely check your blog.

4. Use Cyber

Visit the different cyber station and try to set your blog as the homepage in the browser of every computer. Because daily lots of people use the cyber station computers. When they open the browser, automatically they will land to your blog homepage. If they found your blog interesting and helpful then they will never mind to visit back your blog next time.

5. Newspaper Ads:

If you are able to spend some cash for your blog then Newspaper ads can be the good way for your blog promotion. Select the Newspaper that has lots of readers and subscribers. Make your blog ads interesting like and give the ads to run on the Newspaper and see the changes.

These are some of the offline ways for your blog promotion to increase your blog traffic. If have some other ways then please share with us on Comment box.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
HTC Android Smartphones and Tablets

HTC Android Smartphones and Tablets

A Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer, HTC has produced a large number of Android phones including the Droid Incredible, HTC Sensation and HTC Evo, as well as Android tablets like the HTC Flyer and HTC Jetstream.

In addition to manufacturing handsets and tablets, HTC customizes the Android operating system on their devices by using their HTC Sense user interface.

HTC was the first company to build a Nexus device. Released on January 5, 2010, the Nexus One was a flagship Google phone that utilized a version of Android that was not loaded with the HTC's Sense interface. 


HISTORY

HTC was founded in 1997 by Cher Wang, HT Cho, and Peter Chou. Initially a manufacturer of notebook computers, HTC began designing some of the world's first touch and wireless hand-held devices in 1998. The company has a rich heritage of many "firsts", including creating the first Microsoft-powered smartphone (2002) and the first Microsoft 3G phone (2005). Their first major product was made in 2000 and was one of the world's first touch screen smartphones. The Palm Treo 650 and the iPAQ were created by HTC. They started producing 3G-capable phones in early 2005 and made the world's first Android phone in 2008, the HTC Dream (also marketed as the T-Mobile G1). It was first released in the United States for pre-order through T-Mobile USA on September 23, 2008, and became available in U.S. T-Mobile stores on October 22, 2008.The G1 was available in the UK several days after its USA launch, and has since been introduced in many countries including Australia and Singapore. In 2009, the company launched the HTC Sense interface for the platform with the HTC Hero.
In March 2010, Apple Inc. filed a complaint with the US International Trade Commission claiming infringement of 20 of its patents covering aspects of the iPhone user interface and hardware. HTC disagreed with Apple's actions and reiterated its commitment to creating innovative smartphones.HTC also filed a complaint against Apple for infringing on 5 of its patents and sought to ban Apple products imported into the US from manufacturing facilities in Asia. Apple expanded its original complaint by adding two more patents.
In June 2010, the company launched the HTC Evo 4G, the first 4G-capable phone in the United States.In July 2010, HTC announced it would begin selling smartphones in China under its own brand name in a partnership with China Mobile. In 2010, HTC sold over 24.6 million handsets, up 111% over 2009.
HTC was named the "Device Manufacturer of the Year" for 2011 by the GSMA at the Mobile World Congress on 16 February 2011. In April 2011, the company's market value surpassed that of Nokia to become the third largest smartphone maker in the world, behind only Apple and Samsung.
On July 6, 2011 it was announced that HTC would buy VIA Technologies' stake in S3 Graphics, thus becoming the majority owner of S3. On August 6 2011, HTC acquired Dashwire for $18.5M. In August 2011, HTC confirmed that HTC will be entering a strategic partnership with Beats Electronics by acquiring 51 percent of Beat's shares.
In the 2011 Best Global Brands rankings released by Interbrand, HTC was listed at #98 and valued at $3.6 billion.
Based on researcher Canalys, in Q3 2011 HTC Corporation became the largest smartphone vendor in the U.S. by 24 percent, ahead of Samsung's 21 percent, Apple by 20 percent and Blackberry just 9 percent. HTC Corporation made different models for each operator.

 
HTC Android Smartphones:

    HTC One
    HTC One X
    HTC One S
    HTC One V
    HTC DNA
    HTC Evo 4G
    HTC EVO Shift 4G
    HTC EVO 3D
    Droid Incredible
    Droid Incredible 2
    Droid Incredible 4G
    HTC Amaze
    HTC Thunderbolt
    HTC Rezound
    HTC Sensation
    HTC Sensation XE
    HTC Sensation XL
    Inspire 4G
    HTC Merge
    Google Nexus One
    myTouch 4G
    myTouch 4G Slide
    myTouch 3G
    myTouch 3G Slide
    Holiday
    HTC Aria
    HTC ChaCha
    HTC Desire
    HTC Desire s
    HTC Droid Eris
    HTC Hero
    HTC Legend
    HTC Rhyme
    HTC Salsa
    HTC Wildfire S
    G1
    G2
    Hero S
    Wildfire S
    HTC Vivid

HTC Android Tablets:

    HTC Flyer
    HTC Jetstream

Samsung Galaxy S4 Quick Review

Samsung Galaxy S4 Quick Review

If the HTC One was a glimpse of Android's promising future of thoughtfully crafted hardware paired with elegantly designed software, the Samsung Galaxy S4 represents its poorly conceived and shoddily constructed past. Like countless Android handsets before it, the Galaxy S4 is spec and feature-rich, but limited by its cheap, flimsy hardware and unnecessarily bloated suite of proprietary software. It's not a bad phone — in fact, there's plenty to like — it simply lacks the level of polish and consideration found in a growing number of its competitors.
At first glance, the Galaxy S4 appears to be near-identical to the Galaxy S III, and even upon closer inspection, the variations may be tough to notice. Both are constructed almost entirely of plastic and despite a screensize increase from 4.8-inches to 5-inches, the Galaxy S4 is only slightly bigger thanks to its slimmer bezel. Instead of rounded edges and accents, the Galaxy S4 uses flat surfaces and straight, faux-metallic trim, giving it a more modern look. But any perception of the Galaxy S4 being a premium device is lost the moment you touch it. At 4.6 ounces, it's light, which in most cases would seem like a positive quality, but when combined with its thin plastic casing, makes the S4 feel almost like a toy. What's worse, it's coated in a high-gloss finish, which feels slippery in your hand and gathers dirt and smudges easily.

With devices from Apple, HTC, and Nokia brandishing anodized aluminum and ceramic casing, the Galaxy S4 looks cheap and unimaginative.
But despite its lackluster industrial design, Samsung never skimps on specs and the Galaxy S4 comes loaded with some of the advanced components on the market. While the processor type will vary by region and model, versions sold in the U.S. come equipped with a 1.9GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600-series CPU with 2GB of RAM. In benchmark testing, it delivered performance gains of 22% over the HTC One and outpaced even tablets like the Nexus 10. The 5-inch display is a gorgeous 1080p Super AMOLED panel with a pixel density of 441ppi — just shy of the HTC One's 468ppi screen — but boasting some of the brightest, most colorful visuals you can find on a smartphone. One of the drawbacks of Super AMOLED, of course, is that colors can appear oversaturated at times, but ultimately it's a matter of preference. Despite all of its high-end specs, however, the Galaxy S4's battery life is exceptional, making it through a day's use without having to recharge — even with rigorous data consumption.

The S4's highlight feature, however, is its camera. While the front-facing camera is expectedly mediocre, the rear-facing 13-megapixel camera is by far the best of any smartphone I've used. It produces images with an incredible level of detail and fantastic color balance. Like most mobile cameras, it struggles with low-light conditions and can be slow to focus, but in most other settings it performs exceptionally. Samsung has also bundled in a suite of photo modes that not only enhance photos for night, portraits, and HDR, but also new enhanced features, like dual-shot which captures images from both the front and rear cameras for a picture-in-picture composite. There's also modes like Best Face, which takes five frames and allows users to find and meld those with the best expressions for a perfect shot. Best Photo acts similarly but instead of combining multiple frames, allows users to capture several images instantaneously and pick the best. Sound & Shot allows you to record a few seconds of audio with your photo, which is fun for novelty, but not especially useful.

But the Galaxy S4 also uses its cameras for more than just photography and video recording. Utilizing the front and rear cameras along with other sensors, the Galaxy S4 is capable of detecting a user's face and certain hand motions to control apps. Smart Pause, for instance, automatically pauses a video whenever the user looks away from the screen. Air View and Air Gesture scroll through windows with just a wave of the hand or preview an item by hovering your finger over the screen. But as futuristic and cool as these features might sound, they don't quite work as well as one would hope. The face and gesture detection tools only work with certain apps, and there's often a delay between your motions and what appears on screen. When you wave your hand, the on-screen action lags behind and in most cases scrolls too far. Smart Pause struggles to keep track of the user and only really works when you look at the screen dead-on and turn your head sharply. All incremental motions and angles in between cause issues.

The biggest problem with the face and gesture-detecting software, however, is that it's attempting to solve issues that don't really exist. As a handheld device, the Galaxy S4 is most commonly resting in your palm, where a quick flick or tap of the thumb is the fastest and most precise input method. Is waving your hand or tilting your head really a better way to scroll? In all but a small array of use cases, probably not.

Similar issues carry over to Samsung's array of pre-installed apps. As part of Samsung's efforts to market the Galaxy S4 as a "Life Companion," it has developed a collection of baked-in software to track your exercise and diet, share media with other Galaxy users, offer translation services while traveling, and maximize productivity. S Health acts as a pedometer, calorie counter, and exercise tracker, while S Voice is Samsung's Siri-style voice assistant. S Translator allows you to convert written and spoken words into a select number of languages and Group Play pairs multiple Galaxy devices together to share media, photos, and more. There are also other Galaxy series staples like S Memo and Multi Window, providing hand-drawn notes and the capacity to run two app windows simultaneously in a splitscreen mode. Like the HTC One, the Galaxy S4 comes with a built-in IR blaster for control of your home entertainment center.
While each is great for bulletpoints on marketing materials, their utility, performance, and quality varies drastically. S Health offers an impressive range of functions for tracking your daily activity and diet, it lacks the powerful food and exercise data found in popular third-party apps, like Nike+ and MyFitnessPal. S Translator is also limited to only select supported languages, whereas other apps available on Google Play are more robust. My favorite of the pre-installed software is OpticalReader, which can digitize text that's captured in a photo, translate it, or even read it aloud, but even it is only useful for very specific scenarios.

But whereas downloadable apps allow you to install and uninstall based on your needs, Samsung's software is impossible to remove without rooting and consumes precious storage space. All told, Samsung's software takes up nearly half of the 16GB capacity, leaving little room for media and other apps. Overall storage can be expanded via microSD and select carriers have begun offering 32GB models, but it's still less than ideal to have valuable storage space wasted on apps you don't use.


The Verdict
The Galaxy S4 is an ambitious smartphone with powerful specs and a laundry list of features. But in its pursuit of creating the "everything" device, Samsung has neglected crucial areas, like build quality and software polish. If you're in the market for a smartphone, the Galaxy S4 isn't a terrible choice, but for your several hundred dollar investment, you deserve better.


Specifications

DISPLAY     Size     4.99 inches (12.67 cm)
Technology     Super AMOLED, 16M colors
Resolution     FHD ie. 1080 X 1920 pixels @ 441 ppi
Type     Capacitive, Multitouch
Protection     Corning Gorilla Glass 3
EXTERIOR     Dimensions     136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm
Weight     130 gm
Sensors     Proximity & Ambient Light Sensors, IR remote & temperature sensor
Colors     Black Mist, White Frost
PROCESSINGPOWER     Processor     1.6 GHz quad-core Cortex-A15 & 1.2 GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 (India)/ 1.9 GHz Krait 300 [depending on the region]
Chipset     Exynos 5 Octa 5410 (India)/ Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro [depending on the region]
GPU     PowerVR SGX 544MP (India)/ Adreno 320 [depending on the region]
MEMORY     System Memory     2 GB of LPDDR3 RAM
Internal Storage     16 GB (India)/ 32 GB / 64 GB
Expansion     microSD, up to 64 GB
SOFTWARE     OS     Android v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
User Interface     TouchWiz UI
CONNECTIVITY     SIM     Micro SIM, single slot
Operatingfrequencies     GSM – 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHzUMTS – 850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHzLTE – 800, 900, 1800, 2600 MHz
GPRS     Yes
EDGE     Yes
3G     42 MBPS HSDPA, 5.76 MBPS HSUPA
4G     LTE Cat 3 [100 MBPS downloading, 50 MBPS uploading]
Wi-Fi     Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac[HT80], DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct
GPS     Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
Bluetooth     v4.0 [BLE]
USB     microUSB (MHL) v2.0, USB Host
NFC     Yes
CAMERA     Primary     13 megapixels
Secondary     2 megapixels
Video     Up to 1080p @30 fps (Primary), 1080p @30 fps (Secondary)
Flash     Single LED
Features    

    Drama Shot [take more than 100 shots in 4 seconds]
    Erase mode
    Cinema Shot
    Zero shutter lag
    BSI sensor for better low light photography

OTHERFEATURES    

    S-voice drive
    Optical Reader
    Adapt Display
    Glove friendly display glass
    Group Play
    Dual video call
    Air gesture [navigate without touching the display]
    S Health
    Air View [using fingers]
    S Translator
    Group Play
    Samsung Knox
    Samsung Home Sync [1 TB]
    Smart Scroll
    Control TV & play games with the integrated IR Remote
    Other sensors: Accelerometer, RGB light, Digital compass, Gyro, Barometer, Temperature & humidity sensor

PRICE     Approx. 38,990 Rs ~ 720 USD



Friday, May 17, 2013
Google Launched new Unified Messaging Sevice “Hangouts” for Android,iOS and Chrome

Google Launched new Unified Messaging Sevice “Hangouts” for Android,iOS and Chrome

Google has launched Hangouts, a new unified messaging service that replaces numerous Google messaging service such as Google Talk, Google Voice and Google+ hangouts.  Like iMessage from Apple, Google’s this new service will include all instant messaging capabilities like chat, Voice call and Video call. And the much-anticipated SMS integration will be coming to Google Hangouts soon.

Hangouts will be available on the most major platforms including iOS, Android and Chrome (Web).

What is Hangouts? 

Hangouts is a new standalone application that bring conversations to life with photos, emoji, and even group video calls for free.
In this new Hangouts, Group conversations are better than ever. You can send HD Photos and emoji and messages anytime in the Hangout to friends even if they are online right now.

Also, just click the video icon to add your friend to Hangout Video call when you are text chatting with them easily. You can add up to 10 friends to single hangout session. Video call apps let you watch YouTube videos together, capture a special family moment with a photo, collaborate remotely through Google Drive and much more.



The best feature of this Hangouts is the Cross platform support. Don’t have to left anyone when you arrange Hangout, You can connect with your friends even if they are in the different platforms like computer, Android, iOS. It is all possible in this new unified “Hangouts” messaging service.

All conversations are stored and can be accessed via any platforms using hangouts history. For example, if you are chatting with your Android phone with your family, those messages can be accessed when you login from the computer and vice versa. Also, you have the option to delete those history.

Google’s Vic Gundrota said on stage today at Google I/O 2013,

“Of course we give you the ability to delete those things. But having the ability so save those conversations, I think is delightful and amazing.”
The best Features of Hangouts

Hangouts stay in sync across devices so you can start or continue them anywhere.

    1,Choose from hundreds of emoji to help you make your point
    2,See what you talked about in the past, including shared photos and your video call history.
    3,Get notifications just once. Once you see an alert, you won’t see repeats on your computer or other Android devices.
    4,View collections of photos shared from each of your Hangouts.
     5,Snooze notifications at times when you’d prefer to be undisturbed by alerts.

Get Hangouts for Android, iOS, and Chrome
Bye Paypal! Now Send Money as an email from Gmail by Google

Bye Paypal! Now Send Money as an email from Gmail by Google

At Google I/O conference , they announced that Now Gmail users can send money from Gmail as an attachment to anyone for free. For that, Google has integrating their Google wallet service to Gmail. Before now, Google wallet has been only used in the mobile phone to pay for purchases.

Google Wallet web service integration with Gmail allows you to send money quickly to your friends and family directly within Gmail. Even If the receiver don’t have the Gmail address, you can send money from Gmail securely. You can use this service for free to make payments, if your bank Accounts attached to Google Wallet or if you have a balance in Google wallet. Low fees apply to send money using your linked credit or debit card.



How to Send Payments from Gmail

This Google wallet service is integrated in the Gmail attachment options. That is you can attach money in your email like attaching images and files in your message.

To send money, hover over the attachment paperclip, then click the $ icon to attach money to your message, enter the amount you wish to send, and then press send. It is pretty much easy and safe.

For now, this feature can be only used in Desktop. And the email transactions only work in US. If you wan to use Google wallet from your mobile or tablet, Go to http://wallet.google.com to access this service. And setup the Google wallet account. Setting up the Wallet service is pretty simple. Just accept the terms, and enter your credit or debit card details and finish the setup. Google will show you your personal address from Google Account, If you want to add a new address, you can change it in the setup process.

Google also announced that, this feature will be available for all US Gmail users in coming months who are over 18 years old. You can also get earlier access to this feature, if you have received money from Google Wallet Gmail service.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
How to Make Money with Protypers Review

How to Make Money with Protypers Review

EARN OVER $200 US DOLLARS A MONTH

Welcome Back, Nice to see you again, I found a this program recently on the web that promised to give you the Online Business opportunity (Data Entry) for FREE, Earn up to $200 USD per month?? Is it True?

Let's SEE...

What is ProTypers ??

ProTypers is a conglomerate of data entry specialists. We work primarily on converting scanned documents from image-to-text for institutions in North America and Europe. We also offer our services to Neural Network Text Imaging developers and provide CAPTCHA decoding for the visually impaired (blind).


 We’re currently hiring data entry personnel from all over the world. The only requirement to work for us is to have a computer, an internet connection and the ability to type over 30 Words per Minute. You decide when to work and for how long. The faster you type, the more money you earn.
ProTypers.com is ideal for:
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    - Mothers that stay at home.
    - Parents that need a second job.
    - Students.
    - People in between jobs.

How much you earn depends on how much you work. Our top typers earn between $100 and $250 each month! Our Rates start from $0.50 for each 1000 words typed and can go as high as up to $1.5 for each 1000 words typed. We Pay through Debit Cards, Bank Checks, Paypal, Webmoney, Liberty Reserve and Western Union.

How Do I Earn Money?

In ProTypers.com, the money you make will depend on how much you work and at what time you work. The amount of money that you earn will depend on Rates. A Rate will show you the amount of money you will earn if you type in 1000 images. For example: If you have a Rate of $0.90 for 1000 images, then you will earn $0.90 when you type in 1000 images. The Rates will be changing every hour. You can check the rate for every hour of the day in the “Solve Images” and the “Statistics” page. The rate for the current hour will be highlighted.

How To Earn More Money ?

This is the most tricky part, the way that they promised to let you earn over $200USD Monthly, is to refer others, which need to give a lot of effort to archive it...
Here you will earn 10% commission of the people that you invite to work in ProTypers. You will simply need to provide them with an affiliate link and they will be counted as one of your referrals. 


Let us Calculate it :

If you earn about $0.50 per day

- 0.5 x 30 = $15

You will earn $15 per month

If you refer 10 people to join, & you earn 10% of their total earnings.

- 0.5 x 30 = $15
- 0.5 x 10% x 10 = $15

You will earn roughly $30 per month

How about you refers 50 people to join??

- 0.5 x 30 = $15
- 0.5 x 10% x 10 = $15
- 0.5 x 10% x 40 = $60

$15 + $15 + $60 = $90 USD
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You will earn $90 per month

And this is definitely a long-term business to invest in, check it out
If you are interested, Click Here
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
How I moved my Blogger Blog to WordPress

How I moved my Blogger Blog to WordPress

As promised, I am letting you all know how I moved from Blogger to WordPress, and what I did to make the move as painless as possible! So without further adieu…

Moving from Blogger to WordPress: A Step by Step Guide

 (These instructions assume you have your own domain already. If you don’t own a domain name you can purchase one when you purchase hosting. You can also skip step 4.)

Step 1: Purchase hosting.

I purchased hosting from SiteGround for my new WordPress blog. Although you can purchase hosting at whichever host provider you prefer. I chose SiteGround because I already have an account with them, and they have been good to me! Plus they have a one-click WordPress installation. No uploading files through your FTP Manager, no creating document roots, no complicated instructions at all. I just had to click install, change a few simple settings and it was done for me! How convenient is that?! You can view Siteground’s installation tutorial here to see just how easy it is! I would also recommend GoDaddy as well. I have previously used GoDaddy’s hosting service and didn’t find it too terribly difficult to navigate.


Step 2: Install WordPress.

Once you have secured hosting, I recommend installing WordPress on your site at this point. Don’t worry this WILL NOT effect your current blog. It will still be visible on Blogger until you redirect your domain to your new blog. (I recommend doing this now because once the redirect is processed your WordPress site will be seen by visitors versus a landing page from the host provider.)


Step 3: Export your Blogger content.

From your Blogger Dashboard, click “Settings” >> Click “Other” >> Click “Export Blog” >> Click “Download Blog

Again, don’t worry this WILL NOT delete your blog or your content. It simply downloads all your content (posts, comments and pages) into a file for safe keeping should something go wrong while importing to WordPress.

Step 4: Redirect your domain.

You need to update your “Nameservers” for your domain in order to redirect your domain to your new WordPress site. I purchased my domain through Blogger so I will give instructions here on how to update your “Nameservers” if you purchased your domain through Blogger.

You will need to access the cPanel for your domain, to do that you need to go to:

http://google.com/a/cpanel/yourdomain.com


Changing “yourdomain.com” to your own domain. You will be directed to log into Google Apps. If you do not have an administrator account set up, it usually defaults to bloggeradmin@yourdomain.com. If for some reason you cannot log in, follow the steps to recovery your log in information, which will be sent to the email address used when you purchased your domain.

Now that you are logged in, click the “Domain Settings” Tab >> Click “Domain Names” >> Click “Advanced DNS Settings

Here you will be given your log in information to change your DNS Settings. Domains purchased through Blogger are usually through GoDaddy or Enom.

Click “Sign in to DNS console“, and use the information provided to log in so you can update your “Nameservers”. I am not sure how the Enom console is set up, but for GoDaddy you need to click “Set Nameservers“.

You will need the Nameservers for your hosting provider. Usually this information can be found in the sidebar of your hosting account’s cPanel. Nameservers will vary from host provider to host provider, but the SiteGround Nameservers look like this:

NS1.SITEGROUND205.COM
NS2.SITEGROUND205.COM

Make sure you select “I have specific nameservers for my domain.” You just need to delete the Nameservers that currently exist, and replace them with the Nameservers for your host provider, then click “OK“. Congrats! Your nameservers have been updated. Propagation can take anywhere from 2 hours to 48 hours, while usually NOT that long, just be patient for the redirect to process.


Step 5: Import your content.

Once the redirect is processed and you can see your new WordPress site when visiting your URL, you are ready to import your content! There are TWO ways to do this, and I will give you the instructions for both. They are equally simple but either way has it’s “cons“.

Use the Blogger Importer. You can use the Blogger Importer by clicking “Tools” on your WordPress Admin Sidebar >> Click “Import” >> Click “Blogger“. Note: If you use the Blogger Importer you will need to be logged into the Google Account in which you manage your Blogger blog.

You will be asked to install the Blogger Importer plugin before proceeding. So go ahead and install the plugin and then return to the Import section.

Once you run the Blogger Importer, you will be prompted to grant WordPress access to your Google Account. You will need to grant access so the Importer can import your content. After granting access you will be redirected to a page listing your blog, the number of posts and the number of comments to be imported. Click “Import“. If you manage more than one Blogger blog under your Google Account, make sure you import the correct one!

Depending on how much content you have, will depend on the length of time it takes to import.


CONS OF USING THE BLOGGER IMPORTER:

#The Blogger Importer does not handle Blogger Static Pages. So if you have Static Pages on your Blogger blog, you will need to manually create them again, in WordPress. This could be as easy as copying and pasting from your Blogger Pages to your new WordPress Pages.

#The Blogger Importer removes the formatting for ALL of your posts, making your nice, neat paragraphs one big paragraph.

PROS OF USING THE BLOGGER IMPORTER:

#Quick and easy.

# All of your Blogger labels are uploaded automatically as Categories.

→ Convert your Blogger file into a compatible WordPress file.


Trust me it is A LOT easier than it sounds… There’s an App for that! You can use this Blogger to WordPress Conversion Utility, and all you need to do is upload your Blogger file that you obtained in Step 3, and the Conversion Utility will convert and download a WordPress compatible file for you!

Then you would use the WordPress Importer (instead of the Blogger Importer) to upload your new file to WordPress.

CONS OF CONVERTING YOUR FILE AND USING THE WORDPRESS IMPORTER:

#Your Blogger labels do not upload  as Categories and all posts are left “Uncategorized”.

#The WordPress Importer deletes formatting on SOME of your posts, versus the Blogger Importer, which removes formatting on ALL your posts.

PROS OF USING THE WORDPRESS IMPORTER:

#Quick and easy.


#Converting your file, and uploading keeps your pages in tact. So it will import your Blogger static pages!

So as you can see both options are simple, but the real decision is: do you want to create all new static pages for your site, OR do you want to re-categorize all your posts? I am a stickler for formatting, I like nice clean breaks, justified text and organized paragraphs, so I chose the latter. I thought it would be easier to re-categorize all my posts versus re-formatting them all! (I did have to re-format some but not all, and I am sure there are some that I missed, but I will get to it eventually!) I used a Bulk Category Creator, to create categories for all the labels I had over at Blogger. I just copied all of my labels and pasted them in the plugin, and voila! I used the Quick Edit feature on each post from the “All Posts” screen to re-add the posts’ categories. It was a lot of work, but better than having to re-format all my posts!

CONGRATS you are done with your move from Blogger to WordPress! Here are some other things to consider:

→ Design. You can peruse the internet for free WordPress themes, or you can purchase premium themes like Genesis Framework and Child Themes from StudioPress, or The Thesis Theme from DIY Themes. If you aren’t savvy with coding or just can’t seem to find a theme you like, you can hire a professional like me to create custom design for you!

→ Feeds. You will need to update your feeds such as your RSS feed, your email subscription feed, Networked Blogs, etc. After all, you will want all of your loyal followers and readers to come with you! …and those GFC Followers, they won’t miss too much, you will still appear in their Google Reader (if you already had a domain – if you had a blogspot domain, I am not sure, but I don’t think you will. {sad face}

→ Sidebar. Unfortunately, you don’t get to “bring” your Blogger sidebar with you to your new WordPress blog, so you will want to add all of your sidebar goodies from your Blogger blog to your new WordPress blog.

I think that’s all folks! My perfectly imperfect Blogger to WordPress Step by Step Guide. I hope you enjoyed and that this assists you in completing your own Blogger to WordPress Migration!

Cheers!

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