iYogi news: Telefonica, Firefox First Phone Launched
Firefox ends the anticipation of thousands of users with the launch of Telefonica, first Firebox Operating System based phone on Tuesday in Spain. iYogi news team finds that the Telefonica will begin selling the ZTE Open on Tuesday in Spain and it is going to be its first step in global rollout. The Firefox OS Phone will be available in all the carrier’s markets by the end of next year.
While launching the first ever phone based on Mozilla Firefox OS, the Mozilla officials said that the phone is targeted at first-time Smartphone users and therefore it is priced at a relatively lower price ($90). iYogi news team finds that the company is focusing on users who cannot afford expensive Smartphone and that the Telefonica will give them all the latest features at an affordable price.
Later at the launching ceremony, iYogi news team tried out the handset and finds that the basic user interface of Telefonica is quite similar to that of Android or Apple’s iPhone. The applications in the handset are arranged on a grid that can be scrolled left or right and the bottom of the main screen includes functions, like phone, calls, text messages, browser, and email.
iYogi news team finds Mozilla officials saying that they will be providing a brief introduction to the phone and presents an early chance to import Facebook contact and set up mail with the help of a user guide along with the handset. They also listed some of the pre-installed system apps on Firefox OS, which include camera app, photo gallery, calculator, address book, music player, video player, and an FM radio app.
iYogi news team finds that the phone will also include several third party apps, like Twitter, Facebook, Nokia Here maps, Wikipedia, Accu Weather, and a game called Poppit. To download the other apps, the Mozilla Firefox has listed ‘Firefox Marketplace.’ iYogi news team also noticed that the Telefonica don’t have the large, bright display, or speedy responses, but as entry-level handsets, it does well.
iYogi news: NETGEAR to launch low-priced Wi-Fi router
Are you looking for a low-priced Wi-Fi router? Well, NETGEAR announces the new R6100 Wi-Fi router to be launched soon at a price of $100. iYogi news team brings you the complete information on the subject.
The new R6100 wireless router to be launched by NETGEAR is equipped with only two transmitters and receivers and the same is capable of giving 802.11ac rate of 867 mbps. Also, it is packed with dual-band model and is capable of running a simultaneous 802.11n network with a maximum link rate of 300 mbps.
The iYogi news team finds that the company has decided to classify an AC1200 router by using slightly complicated math. They even told that the NETGEAR R6100 router will be outfitted with USB 2.0 port and it facilitates either printer or storage sharing. They also mentioned that the basic model of R6100 Wi-Fi router will include, four-port 10/100 Ethernet switch, however, the higher-end models will be having two USB ports and gigabit Ethernet switches.
The iYogi news team also finds that the NETGEAR will be using the NETGEAR Genie Software to make the R6100 easy to install and configure. It is being explored that the NETGEAR has used the Genie Software earlier for the PC, Mac, Android, iPhone, and iPad.
One more thing that makes NETGEAR R6100 appealing to iYogi news team is that the router is DLNA certified and it is going to provide a good network support to the entertainment devices around your home. Also, the people will be able to enjoy the streaming as well as gaming very smoothly. The NETGEAR’s press release also mentioned that the USB adapter of NETGEAR R6100 is currently compatible only with Windows and it cannot run with other operating systems.
The NETGEAR R6100 is presently unavailable, but it will soon be launched at a really affordable price.
iCoil to Keep Your Headphones Tangle-Free
Think about a device that could keep your headphone tangle-free and save you from the knotted mess. Well, the iCoil is been designed for the same purpose. iYogi brings you the latest news about iCoil, Colin Kent’s first Kickstarter project, which is a simple, circular plastic accessory that winds your headphone cable in two ways. You can extend and retract the iCoil according to your needs and put it in your bag, briefcase, small purse, laptop bag, etc. without creating any knotted mess inside your bag.
Most of the devices we use today depend on cords, whether they serve to transfer information or electricity, in such a case, iCoil completely eliminates the problem of cord tangling. Colin Kent mentioned in an interview that most of the cord winding devices available to consumers come with their own set of earbuds that cannot be swapped out for another pair. However the iCoil is not going to lend you in any kind of trouble.
iYogi news team also find him saying that these headphones are of poorer quality than those the user own. He also mentioned that the Bluetooth technology has expanded the scope of wireless headphones and it is because of this technology that wireless becomes widely available in the market. iCoil designed by Colin Kent is essentially universal as it allows people to use headphones of their choice. iYogi news team finds that iCoil has been launched recently but it has raised almost $11,000 from backers even before entering the local market.
iCoil is definitely going to save your time, if the next time you lose your iPod earbuds at the bottom of your gym bag. The iCoil is not going to affect your monthly budget either, as it is priced at a rather reasonable price. You just have to spend $11, and the tangle-free iCoil can be yours.
iYogi news- Xbox One owners to sell, share game, but not rent them
iYogi brings you the news on how Microsoft made it clear that the buyers of company’s Xbox One will be able to share and sell games but they cannot rent them. At the meeting held recently, the Microsoft officials told that the Microsoft’s cloud will oversee the transaction of buyers and now the user can sell or give away an older Xbox One game only to a pal who has been your Xbox Live ‘friends’ for more than 30 days. Not only this, but the game will be able to be transferred once.
Microsoft also tells that the users will be able to buy either a physical copy of an Xbox One game or an electronic copy on the date of game release. It also reveal that the users can automatically store a copy of their game via the cloud, which means a player can visit a friend’s house and logs in to play any game that he or she owns. iYogi also finds Microsoft officials saying that it’s unclear whether Xbox One owners will have to be logged in to every device of the house for complete home access, however the feature is locked to the owner’s IP address.
The good part is the Microsoft has allowed the user to grant ten family and friends to access the player’s Xbox One library. iYogi found Microsoft official saying that up to ten members of user family can log in and play from user’s shared game library on any Xbox One. Just like now, a family member can also play your copy of Forza Motorsport at a friend’s house and you and your family member can play any game from your shared library at a same time.
iYogi discovers that the Xbox One users can sell their games back to retailers without Microsoft charging any fees but it cannot give it on rentals or loan. This shows that Redbox and Gamefly cannot participate in Xbox One game rentals. Later in the meeting, Microsoft recommended the users to use mobile broadband connection or a wired Ethernet connection with a minimum speed of 1.5 Mbit/s.
On a concluding note, iYogi found Larry Hyrb, the director of programming for Xbox Live, saying that Xbox One gameplay is surely going to facilitate the users with its great gaming tools and ideal policies. It will allow the users to play offline for up to 24 hours on your primary console and one hour if you are logged on to a separate console through library. Also, offline gaming is not possible after the prescribed times until you re-establish a connection; however, you will be able to watch TV and enjoy Blu-ray and DVD movies.
iYogi shows how Xbox One will unite your living room
After months of rumor and speculations, the Xbox One is all set to take over your entire living room experience with help of updated version of Kinect sensor. The updated version of Xbox One will be available later this year, however no price is been announced as of now.
From whatever the launching event of Xbox One reveals, iYogi believes that the new console used in the product will definitely unify the living room and bring all the entertainment stuff like games, music, and movies at one place. At the launching event, Yusef Mehdi, Microsoft’s Senior Vice President of interactive entertainment, demonstrated the guests how to navigate the Xbox One using voice commands and the gesture control with the updated version. He showed how the users can instantly activate the Xbox One by using “Xbox On” and also demonstrated how Xbox will be able to differentiate the user’s voice and mechanically remember when and where the user last used the dashboard.
Amid the number of features been demonstrated during the launching event, iYogi finds that the Xbox One’s instant switching feature is the most useful one. Using this feature, the users can switch between functions with voice commands such as “Xbox go to music” and Xbox go to game.” Also, iYogi discovers that the introduction of live television streams into the Xbox One can easily allow users to switch to live TV via a prompt of “Xbox Live TV.”
The two other features of Xbox One that iYogi believes deserves an appreciation are Xbox One Snap mode to multitask between different apps and functions and Skype integration to video chat using network directly through Kinect Sensor. Apart from these, you can find that Xbox One is powered by an octa-core processor with 8GB of RAM, USB 3.0 ports, 500GB of hard drive storage, and Wi-Fi direct capabilities.
The updated Xbox One will provide a great gaming experience to the users and it will also store all their movies and games in addition to recording moments from gameplay to share with friends. The Xbox One would soon be powered by the new EA Sports Ignite engine and the gamers can quickly get their hands on the new FIFA, UFC, NBA Live, and Madden. Later in the event, Phil Spensor from Microsoft Studios shared that the company has more games in development. The speculation is that the moment Xbox One will hit the market, it had to compete with the consoles from Sony and Nintendo and have to prove its mettle against them.
Soon Jolla will bring its first Sailfish based smartphone
If you are tech lover who keeps on trying out new smartphones then this piece of information by iYogi can definitely benefit you. Jolla, which was founded by former Nokia employees, has announced its first smartphone with Sailfish OS on a 4.5-inch screen. Jolla is a LTE-smartphone, which is powered by a dual-core processor and has got an 8-megapixel camera. Jolla offers 16GB of integrated storage which can be expanded by using an SD card, as a result you can save all your important files, data, videos, etc very easily on Jolla.
iYogi finds that the Jolla smartphone has been designed to look like two thin slabs bonded together and the best part is that the user can change the color of the back slab with the help of snap-on covers. You can use your favorite color slab to make the Jolla Smartphone more stylish then it actually is. However, let’s not talk about the styling factor of Jolla smartphone because it’s actual reason of existing is the Sailfish operating system, which Jolla hopes can attract the user in long run. The Sailfish OS in Jolla will be able to run Android applications giving complete advantage to tech-savvy people to enjoy various applications in Jolla smartphone comfortably.
The Jolla smartphone will hit the market during the fourth quarter of the year and it would cost $510 including taxes in the EU. Well, it’s not just Sailfish operating system which is ready to rule the market, the Firefox OS, Ubuntu, and Tizen OS are also expected to launch their first phones this year. There is definitely going to be a tough competition for Jolla smartphone, however, on one point Jolla can definitely gain attention and that is because of its small and handy design. Jolla smartphone will be comfortable to use as it will not confuse you with complicated features and design.
Market is already dominated by Android and iOS, therefore it will be good to see if Jolla smartphone will be able to attract the users or not.
Experience Android ‘Laptop’ with launch of HP Slatebook x2
Get ready to experience the fun of using your favorite Android hybrid finally in the form of laptop. The HP Slatebook x2 is a 10.1-inch Android tablet that can be converted into a laptop by attaching it to its keyboard dock. The dock even has a touch pad that directs a mouse cursor. Hewlett Packard (HP) has done a great job by directly connecting the 10.1-inch tablet to the keyboard using a dock connector instead of a wireless facility that creates a mouse cursor on the screen.
These are not complete features with your HP Slatebook x2, the advanced HP tablet offers an efficient battery life because of Nvidia’s powerhouse Tegra 4 processor been packed inside it. It also gives some nice shortcut keys for your favorite apps and a Google Now key to directly access Internet through your tablet. Also, you will be happy to know that HP Slatebook x2 now features a plastic chassis instead of brushed aluminum body like it used to have earlier. Coming to the in-built features of HP Slatebook x2, let us tell you that like many Windows 8 tablets, the HP Slatebook x2 includes a bright screen with 1,920 x 1,200 IPS display, 64 GB storage, full-sized keyboard dock, touch pad, front facing HD camera, rear-facing 2-megapixel camera, and microSD slot for expansion.
After closely examining the keyboard features of HP Slatebook x2, we find that it has full HDMI port, USB 2.0, an SD slot, and an audio port. Also, the slate’s speakers support DTS+ sound, which is good news for music lovers.
From whatever we can see, it seems that HP Slatebook x2 is going to provide you a promising Android ‘laptop’ experience. You will be able to experience the rich features and smart in-built properties of HP Slatebook x2 in August this year and your favorite Android tablet will cost you $479.99.
iYogi Reviews Viber 3.0
After successfully launching the mobile app, Viber recently introduced the messaging app on desktop. Viber 3.0 lets you make free calls from Mac or Windows PCs, which also includes the video call feature. Earlier it offers the mobile-only service but the Viber’s desktop programs were released in order to celebrate the 200 million user milestone of Viber.
A close look at the features
The Viber’s desktop version brings in the video call features, which is something Viber has offered for the first time. Some users are even comparing the Viber 3.0 with skype because of its unique video calling features but the calls in Viber 3.0 are restricted from desktop-to-desktop for the time being. The other attractive features of Viber 3.0 includes, messaging, chats, video messages, photo sharing, and video calls.
Performance verdict of Viber 3.0
The call quality of Viber 3.0 is pretty good and the video calling feature too is nice. The ability to switch live calls between devices is another wonderful feature of Viber 3.0. Through this feature, a user can transfer calls between mobile devices and the desktop but this is possible only when both the users have Viber 3.0 installed in their Smartphone.
However, there are certain restrictions with Viber 3.0, first the user cannot connect to desktop through phone, second the user can get incoming messages in all open apps but once we pick up the conversation on mobile, the desktop app stops automatically. Third the Viber 3.0 doesn’t have an option to add contacts through desktop app, instead the users relies on their Smartphone to add the contacts.
How to use Viber 3.0 on desktop
Activating Viber 3.0 on desktop is pretty easy. If you are a current Viber user, you simply have to enter your mobile number into the desktop app after which you will get an access code on your smartphone that you need to submit at the desktop app itself. Within few minutes of the action, you can get the Viber contacts on your desktop.
For the users who are new to the service, visit the Viber website and install Viber 3.0 on your phone first. Once the application is installed, you can set up Viber 3.0 in your PC as the same way mentioned above.
Install the latest version of Viber 3.0 and enjoy video call experience with your family and friends using your computer. If you are already a Viber user, feel comfortable to share your views with iYogi.
BitTorrent Sync – The safest way to sync files between computers
Looking for a safer option of file sharing than trusting the traditional cloud based storage services? Try BitTorrent Sync instead, a peer-to-peer service app that is powered by P2P technology. Introduced by developers in January, the app is now available for general public, starting today, with a number of new updates and features.
Sync allows you to share and sync folders across a network of computers, thus letting you readily share your data across multiple devices without any hassle. Though not on cloud, BitTorrent Sync is still a great way of syncing and sharing files between multiple computers and is in fact much more secure than other cloud-based file storage services like Dropbox or Mega. With Sync, files are transferred directly between the users, so your files do not get struck up or saved on some cloud server. For enhanced security, there's an option to create a Secret that expires after a day. The app runs on Windows, OS X, and Linux machines.
To add to its functionality, Sync also works on a local area network with absolutely no Internet connection or servers required – making it a smart choice for small business and home office users. It also incorporates equally competent privacy settings that include one-way sharing and the ability to set up limited time keys. File syncing is very fast and accurate and, once installed, the app just takes a couple of minutes to copy and transfer the files, thanks to BitTorrent's peer-to-peer system. It gives you to the power of sharing documents one-way only and also the ability to exclude certain documents that you do not want to share. Setting up and using BitTorrent Sync is also pretty robust.
However, it has some downsides too. Unlike other traditional cloud storage services, BitTorrent Sync does not offer additional storage capacity. Also, since Sync is a non-mobile app, it negates the anywhere access nature that other cloud-based services boast about. But with no unplanned downtime and no security holes, there is more than one reason to opt for BitTorrent Sync app.
So, what are you waiting for? Download BitTorrent Sync and give it a shot right away!
International Mobile Gaming Awards Announced the Best Games on iOS, Android, WP & Others
Here is one news iYogi flashes that avid game lovers cannot possibly resist! Especially if you are a mobile game addict and you are perpetually searching for the best games on your device, then you need this award winning games are what you need. The ninth International Mobile Gaming Awards Summit took place in San Francisco yesterday, on March 28, 2013 to honor and discern the best mobile games of different categories, on the basis of diverse parameters. The gaming award show has announced awards for games on all mobile platforms, from Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Windows 8 and BlackBerry 10.
iYogi lists the winners of International Mobile Gaming Awards
The Room won the award for Best Excellence in Visuals and People's Choice Award
The Room is a puzzle-solving mobile game on iPad and is available exclusively on iTunes App Store. The game is especially designed for iPad 2 and later versions, has won accolades from critics and players. This is a stor driven puzzle-solving game wherein every level stun players with striking lighting effects and life-like 3D graphics.
King's Candy Crush Saga won Best Social Game
Candy Crush Saga of King is designed to shun the thrill and graphics of Bedazzled. Candy Crush Saga is a cross-platform game is highly popular on all mobile platforms with more than 49 millions of active players across multiple platforms. "This serves as an inspiration for us to continue making our games better and better as we've really just emerged as a cross-platform games company and have many more great mobile and social games ahead of us," exclaimed Tommy Palm, Games Guru at King. The game is available in 14 languages and recorded 12 billion game plays on Facebook in every month.
Other winners include Fairway Solitaire winning Best Excellence in Gameplay, Spaceteam winning Best Excellence in Innovation, Dragonbox+ winning Best Serious game, Walking Dead: The Game won Best Excellence in Storytelling, Devil's Attorney won Jury's honorable mention, and Walking Dead: The Game won the Grand Prix award.
Canon EOS Rebel T5i: What Should You Expect From This Little Rebel?
Was it expected after Canon discontinued its former rebel snapper, Canon EOS Rebel T4i? Canon EOS Rebel T5i has recently debuted with another “Super lightweight” snapper EOS Rebel SL1. Canon has launched these two digital SLRs which are about to shrink weight and size of DSLR. Among these two, the EOS Rebel T5i is the flagship Digital SLR Camera model. The model does not differ much from the predecessor Canon EOS Rebel T4i. Several features of Rebel T4i have repeated in EOS Rebel T5i such as 18-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5 image processor. The T5i also includes a shooting range of 5 frames per second, a touch-responsive 3-inch flip-out Vari-angle LCD, and an an ISO range of 100-12,800. This latest Canon EOS Rebel T5i also revisits the body structure with 5.2 x 3.9 x 3.1 inches, however, the latter is a bit heavier than the predecessor.
(Canon EOS 700D / Rebel T5i - Image By: Canon)
With an extensive ISO range of 100–12800 (expandable to 25600 in H mode), Canon EOS Rebel T5i promises to deliver detailed and sharp image quality, even under poor lighting conditions. Canon EOS Rebel T5i also features a new Live View mode wherein the Hybrid CMOS AF will speed up shooting photos and videos. The Live View mode will also render accurate autofocus.
Another notable feature of Canon EOS Rebel T5i is Stepping Motor (STM) technology which will help users focus accurately on objects, even on those moving objects and will prevent blurring. With these features, Canon EOS Rebel T5i has some more innovative add-ons which will enable amateurs to professionals to experiment with various settings and filters and polish their photography skills as well as technicalities of photography. These features include seven Creative Filter options, Enhanced EOS Full HD Movie Mode, advanced shooting modes including HDR Backlight Control, Handheld Night Scene, and Multi- Shot Noise Reduction among others.
Lenovo launches Android-based tablets
If you are a Lenovo fan, here is good news for you. Lately at Mobile World Congress tradeshow 2013 held at Barcelona, Spain, Lenovo has rolled out three new tablets based on Android Jelly Bean 4.1- Lenovo A1000, Lenovo A3000, and Lenovo S6000. All of the new tablets are primarily made to match consumer needs for both multimedia performers and demanding gamers.
Here’s a quick review by iYogi on all the latest tablets launched by Lenovo at MWC 2013.
(Lenovo A3000 | Image credit: CNet)
Out of the three brand new tablets by Lenovo, the A1000 is a 7-inch tablet powered by 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and comes equipped with 16 GB of on-board storage, which can be further expanded to 32 GB with a micro-SD slot. The Lenovo A1000 also includes Dolby Digital Plus and front-facing speakers, perfect for the music lovers.
Alike A1000, Lenovo A3000 is a 7-inch tablet which is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core MTK processor. The best part is this latest tablet comes with optimized user experience for web browsing, video, games and social networking. It also features micro-SD card slot which can be used to expand memory up to 64GB. Also, there is an optional 3G HSPA+ connectivity included.
Last but not the least; the Lenovo S6000 is a 10.1-inch tablet perfect for customers who want a device that switches seamlessly from entertainment to social media. This tablet is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core MTK 8389/8125 processor. It includes 178-degree viewing angle and a microHDMI port. With 8 hours of battery life, S6000 allows you to continuously browse the Internet over Wi-Fi.
"Lenovo's latest Android tablet family is designed to meet the demands of a wide range of customers, particularly young, active users who are always on the go, and have adopted the seven-inch form factor as their own. With these latest additions to our tablet portfolio, we've created devices that address these customers' needs, as well as devices for more demanding gamers and multimedia users," said Chen Wenhui, vice president Lenovo and GM Mobile BU.
Thinking about the availability of Lenovo A1000, Lenovo A3000, and Lenovo S6000, all the new tablets will go on sale from Q2, 2013, globally.
HP Is Planning to Add NVIDIA Tegra 4 Powered Tablets to Android Wagon
Till now, HP has ventured into Windows-based devices. And now the PC manufacturer is reportedly readying to venture into the Android-based devices. Earlier HP has launched its tablet TouchPad, on a Palm-based platform and a Smartphone, Veer 4G which was based on webOS which fell flat in grabbing attention of mobile users and market share. After failing to carve a niche for its range of mobile devices, HP is adopting Android measures to claim its elusive share of success in mobile arena and take on its competitors. According to iYogi, HP is working on its Android-based tablet long before Thanksgiving of 2012.
HP is prepping up an Android-based tablet
According to iYogi, HP’s Android-based tablet will be the first tablet to pack in NVIDIA Tegra 4. NVIDIA has announced this latest Tegra 4 chip at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. However, since January, there were no updates of any mobile device to have super powerful NVIDIA Tegra 4. And now, according to sources of Verge reported a HP is exploring an NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor powered Android-based tablet and may be a Smartphone too.
Meg Whitman, the CEO of HP, has announced that the company has plans to launch a Smartphone. However, Whitman has also cleared that the launch of such mobile device is not pegged anytime in 2013.
Apart from the report on adopting NVIDIA Tegra 4 technology, no other updates on hardware and software specifications of HP’s Android-based tablet are found. With this Android-based tablet, HP will expand its Google-based products that it started up with its first Google Chrome OS based HP Pavilion notebook.
Windows 8 security: What sets it apart
Windows 8 is said to be the most secure Microsoft OS to date, yet that does not mean that malware would not evolve to exploit it.
Microsoft has greatly improved the Windows 8 operating system’s ability to detect malware before it gets the chance to spread in your system. Windows 8 also makes it more difficult for people to install unknowingly any malware to start with.
Windows 8 that was just launched includes 2 key features that help detect malware that tries to run while Windows is booting up. Typically, hackers like to get their software running before the operating system is fully loaded in order to remain hidden from different antivirus applications.
Secure Boot and Early Launch Anti Malware
One of the dangerous and silent malware that opens a backdoor to cybercriminals is rootkits. To avoid detection, this malware will replace the code that is used to start a PC with itself and also disable the antivirus software.
To battle rootkits, Windows 8 comes with Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) instead of the -year-old BIOS firmware. The BIOS sets up communications between the operating system and computer hardware, before giving the control to the operating system.
UEFI makes loading of rootkits more difficult. It requires the initial boot up code be digitally signed with a certificate derived from a key in the UEFI firmware. This feature is called Secure Boot and it helps ensure that the code is from a reliable source.
“This is a big step in the right direction of ensuring that no malware can install itself,” said Wolfgang Kandek, chief technology officer of Qualys.
“Nearly all security products lack the ability to peer below the operating system to detect malware,” said Paul Henry, a computer forensics expert and vice president of VNet Security. “Perhaps these new capabilities from Microsoft in Windows 8 will bring about that needed capability.”
Another early detection feature in Windows 8 is the Early Launch Anti Malware (ELAM). ELAM helps improve security by allowing the antivirus vendors to run software while the operating system is still loading. Early loading gives the different antivirus brands a chance to get the software working before the malware is activated.
Security weak points in Windows 8
With so many security measures in place, does it mean that Windows 8 is safe from all online threats? Perhaps not. One security area that is not addressed in Windows 8 includes a better system to detect malware before the user installs it. This would happen, if a person was tricked into opening an email attachment with malware.
There is also a lot of buzz for the new version of Windows Defender in Windows 8. Windows Defender includes antivirus protection. Previously it lacked advanced features that are there in paid software, such as task scheduling, centralized management and reporting. But in Windows 8, Microsoft requires the vendors to provide a clean uninstall. That means no more leaving of files, drivers and registry entries among others. This should make installing and uninstalling antivirus software easy.
Windows 8 is definitely more secure and safe as compared to the previous operating systems. But it has just been launched. The small loopholes can create security issues in the future.
iYogi reviews Google Play’s app security filter Google Bouncer
A few months ago Google unveiled the presence of its service that scans app on its app store Google Play. The app filtering service that identifies malware apps before they got a chance to spread is named Google Bouncer.
In order to enhance the users’ experience, Google updated the app scanner by providing more secure access while downloading applications. The latest development begins scanning an app for known malware, spyware and Trojans the very moment it makes its entry in the Android app market.
While understanding the functioning of this app filtering service, the product review team of iYogi experienced that not only it analyzes an app but also stays on the watch for any activities that hint towards a misbehaving app. Google witnessed a 40 per cent drop in the number of potential malicious downloads. The Google Bouncer is a very important app filtering service as people have started migrating from desktop and laptop computers to smartphones and tablets. Secondly, there is a misconception among users that everything they download from an app store is safe.
According to Hiroshi Lockheimer, VP of Engineering, Android, “We actually run every application on Google’s cloud infrastructure and simulate how it will run on an Android device to look for hidden, malicious behavior. We also analyze new developer accounts to help prevent malicious and repeat-offending developers from coming back.”
As we all are aware that no platform has perfect security. Some new findings by security researchers have revealed a few chinks in the Bouncer armor. However, it would be too premature to completely stop downloading the app from Google Play. This finding will definitely prompt Google to make some changes in the hopes of preventing malware from defeating Bouncer’s capability of scrutinizing apps. iYogi reviews keep you updated and alert by bringing forth the latest reviews and happenings in the world of mobile technology.
iYogi reviews Bowers & Wilkins AirPlay compatible speakers
Bowers & Wilkins recently announced the release of its two new speakers A5 and A7. Both these wireless speakers are designed to work with Apple’s AirPlay technology, which enables them to achieve a standalone look without any dock or auxiliary cables. Bowers & Wilkins is a British company that has built up a remarkable reputation among the audio geeks.
The review team of iYogi could not resist itself from including these Bowers & Wilkins speakers into their weekly product reviews. The A5 and A7 speakers are so user-friendly that you can roam around your home with your iPhone or iPad and still listen to the music playing on these speakers. Of course, you should be within the range of Wi-Fi. The Bowers & Wilkins A5 and A7 speakers are not only beautiful in design, but they are powerful also.
The A7 model comes packed with five speakers in total: two one-inch tweeters, two three-inch mid-ranges, and a six-inch sub-woofer. All these speakers are powered by 100W of booming power. All these five speakers are encased in a big cabinet. The overall weight of Bowers & Wilkins A7 model is 12 pounds. Bowers & Wilkins claims that the speaker system uses an audiophile grade DAC capable of enhancing your audio to 96 kHz/24bit. As, configuring the settings of AirPlay speakers can often be a painful task, Bowers & Wilkins has an iPhone and desktop app to guide you through the process.
Bowers & Wilkins A5 model is a smaller AirPlay unit. This speaker unit has no sub-woofer, but it has slightly larger four-inch drivers. The company claims that the A5 “delivers a remarkably rich and detailed acoustic performance, with the kind of spacious, room-filling sound you’d expect from a much larger speaker.”
The Bowers & Wilkins A7 and A5 will hit the shelves in October. The A5 model will be available at US$499.99 and the A7 model will cost $799.99. Till then keep yourself updated with the features of such wonderful and latest gadgets by reading iYogi reviews.
10 awesome features that Android phones have but iPhone 5 soesn't
The much-awaited iPhone 5 was finally launched last month by Apple. No doubt, the new iDevice is sleeker and has an elegant design and user interface. But is it the best smartphone on the market? The iPhone 5 still lacks many useful features that are there in Android phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S III. Here’s our wish-list of 10 such features that we would like Apple to add to the iPhone to make it the smartest phone.
1. Find your way with Google Maps
Apple dropped Google Maps from iOS 6 and introduced its own app – Maps. So far, the application has been a disaster. Users reported glitches such as missing landmarks and the addition of altogether new places. Most Android phones come with Google Maps pre-installed or it can be downloaded from the Play Store. Google Maps is much more accurate than Apple’s Maps. Keeping business rivalry aside, Apple should have left customers to decide for themselves which mapping app they want to use. After all, the customer is the king.
2. Customize your phone’s interface
Are you bored of the default UI of your phone? Well, if you have an Android, you can change it with different home screen launchers. Many of the default features of Android can be swapped with third-party alternatives that are available on the Play Store. But this isn’t possible on the iPhone. The open source nature of Android makes it highly customizable. This is the biggest advantage that Android phones have over the iPhone. However, Android being an open source platform is also vulnerable to malware. You can always use a mobile security solution to keep away the malicious threats.
3. Interactive Widgets
If you like interactive widgets, Android has just the thing for you. Android supports widgets which give you a whole lot of information at a glance. Take your pick from widgets that give you access to the phone’s settings, apps, details about the battery life, weather information, and lots more. The widgets resize automatically according to the screen of your phone.
4. Use SD cards to expand the storage space
If you buy a 16GB iPhone 5 and soon run out of storage space, there’s no way you can add more memory. Of course, you can delete some files to make way for that extra bit of space. However, most Android phones use removable SD cards that you can easily upgrade.
5. Make payments on the go with NFC
How about making payments by just tapping your phone on a reader? Or instantly share files between phones by placing them back to back? Yes, it’s all possible on the latest Android phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S III with NFC (Near Field Communication). The iPhone 5 doesn’t support NFC, however, the Bump app offers the same functionality of file sharing as the S-Beam feature on the Galaxy S III.
6. Use the standard micro USB
Now Apple has come up with the mini Lightning connector that can be used only with the new iDevices. If you want to use your old connectors, an adaptor is required. Why doesn’t Apple just support the micro USB that’s a standard across the world? The old cables could then be used even if we upgrade to a new phone. This would also help to reduce the generation of e-waste. Android phones use the micro USB and it’s so much more convenient to use them with other devices.
7. Take notes with the stylus
Knowing that Steve Jobs hated the stylus, it’s not surprising that the iPhone doesn’t support pen input. But the stylus is back with a bang with the Android-based Samsung Note II. It’s much easier to quickly jot down notes using the stylus rather than typing on the keyboard. The stylus also offers many other cool features such as annotating images with text, making sketches, and converting hand-written notes into text.
8. Smart gesture applications
The Samsung Galaxy S III supports a set of really awesome palm gestures. Want to take a screenshot? Just swipe your palm over the screen to capture an image. And if you want to pause a video, place your palm over the screen. Shake your phone to update your Twitter feed or to refresh your inbox. Magical, isn’t it?
9. Turn over the phone to mute it
Don’t want to be disturbed by a call or a notification alert? Simply put your Galaxy S III face-down. This activates the silent mode in which all incoming calls and alerts will be muted. Of course, there’s a silent mode in the iPhone 5 as well but the feature is not as intuitive as the one in newer Android versions.
10. Removable battery
Most Android phones have a removable battery which isn’t the case in the iPhone. A removable battery gives you the option to use a spare one when you go on a long trip. It will help you use your phone longer without the need to charge it. Battery maintenance is also cheaper and it’s easier to replace a dead battery that needs to be replaced.
Do you like Android or the iPhone?
Which is your favorite phone? Is it an Android or the iPhone? Which features you like the most in your phone? Let us know in the comments.
Top ten In-Ear Monitors to listen music on the go
In-ear monitors (IEMs) are known and loved by commuters world-wide. When you just have to listen to music outside of your own home, IEMs save the day. Here is a list of the top ten.
1, JH Audio JH16 Pro ($1149)
From their inception, the IEMs produced by Jerry Harvey have been highly valued by the pro music industry. With his first IEMs designed for Van Halen (hand-crafted, and including a part from a pacemaker), JH continues to evolve and further his product. The JH16s are custom-molded to fit your exact ear-contours, so you need to have ear impressions taken beforehand. The 16 in the name refers to the total number of drivers – eight for each ear. This results in a symphony of frequency response – every element is neatly separated, defined, and made to shine. Were it not for the rather steep price, I’d buy these for the entire neighborhood.
2. Ultimate Ears 18 Pro in-ear headphones ($1350)
These behemoths of the IEM world have been compared to the Sennheiser HD800 (arguably the best headphones on the market). With the price topping the $1k mark, many would agree that the leap to the Sennheisers isn’t too far, but the portability is one factor that bulky headphones can never match. The Ultimate earphones are perfect for blocking out the entire world and listening for that audience-member’s gasp in the climax of a Brahms concerto, or the lazy buzz of a fly in the corner of a studio.
3. Shure SE535 ($549)
The SE535s are at the top of Shure’s range. Shure is renowned for their brilliant ergonomics, and have played an integral role in the evolution of in-ear monitors. With three drivers and an uncanny frequency response, these are IEMs that are going to truthfully present music as the artist intended. They fare mightily well when compared to higher-priced IEMs, but don’t hold back even one iota of sound quality despite this.
4. Shure SE215 ($129)
The SE125s are Shure’s entry-level offering. The classic Shure over-the-ear cable design makes for a great fit with little cable noise – the bass response is tight, and the highs are not the screech that so many IEMs provide. Good structural quality means that these IEMs are built to last. They punch well above their weight, giving you a solid bang for your buck.
5. Etymotic Research hf5 ($179)
Etymotic Research (founded by a well-respected audiologist and hearing-aid designer) is known for its incredibly accurate sound replication, as well as its use of interchangeable filters that can be mixed and matched to equalize the sound as you like it. Are the highs too piercing? Worry not. Just slip in a ‘grey’ filter and they’ll be reduced, but not dulled.
6. Westone 3 ($399)
Designed for performing musicians who need to hear nothing but their music in their ears, the Westone 3s provide an exceedingly comfortable and isolated listening experience. Westone’s name is foreign to most consumers, but becomes more frequently heard as you start listening to people who need to have performance-quality IEMs for the stage. They are a good buy, with no shortage of accessories upon purchase. 10 different pairs of tips and a leather pouch are just the beginning.
7. Phiaton PS 200 ($249)
With a striking appearance – resembling a fan turbine – these IEMs provide good sound and build quality with just enough flash to make people stare disconcertingly at your ears while you’re on the subway. The treble is bright but if you’re bothered by high frequencies, I recommend taking a look at another pair on this list. Nevertheless, the PS 200s provide an overall tone that one would expect from its price. It will not disappoint.
8. Spider Cable Realvoice In-Ear Monitor ($89.99)
Designed to accurately reproduce the human voice, these IEMs provide a delicate balance of warmth and articulation, while refraining from imparting a specific ‘color’ to the sound. The Spiders manage to pack each earphone with a quality that belies their price. A definite bargain.
9. Phonak Audéo Perfect Fit Earphone ($99 )
Using filters similar to that of the Etymotic hf5s, these headphones allow for a vastly customizable sound – a big difference when compared to the standard and unchangeable coloring that most headphones have. The name is honest – the comfort level of these IEMs is made immediately obvious to any listener. The sound quality is not staggering, but the customization offered allows for a much richer sound to be obtained with just a modicum of tweaking.
10. SoundMAGIC PL11 ($30)
With a price this low, you’d be excused for being more than a little wary. These IEMs perform above and beyond expectations, and offer unbeatable value for money. The sound quality is good, but can’t compare to the high-end IEMs listed above. For the price, though, they’re definitely worth considering.
iYogi Reviews the world’s smallest business PC: Lenovo ThinkCentre M72e
Unthinkably small, ThinkCentre M72e is a new business-oriented desktop from Lenovo, which is just about the size of a lunch box. Though diminutive, the desktop is quite a punch when it comes to technical specs and performance. Made-to-order for enterprise customers only, the desktop comes with a choice of latest Intel third generation Core Ivy Bridge processors. According to Lenovo, ThinkCentre M72e will be a perfect choice for office environment, where it can be easily hanged, hidden, or mounted. This will especially be invaluable for small offices, where space is a constraint. iYogi Reviews team decided to provide the first-hand review of this awesomely small desktop.
The ThinkCentre M72e boasts enterprise-level productivity, reliability, and manageability. The desktop has a small form factor, which is just 3-inches thick, and a new tiny form factor for maximum efficiency with optional battery backup. The device also offers the choice between plain old HDD and a new and exciting solid-state drive. The solid-state drive, combined with Lenovo's Enhanced Experience 3 for Windows 7, offers some impressive boot speeds, which is 30% faster than the normal. Apart from Intel Core an i5 processor, the desktop is also equipped with up to 16 GB RAM. While on the connectivity front, the desktop provides options for integrated graphics, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi. The iYogi Reviews team also noted that instead of optical drives, the desktop has five USB ports.
The new display is equally impressive. The 23-incher Lenovo ThinkVision LT2323z offers amazing visual quality due to the use of IPS panel. It also offers an unusual dual-screen mode, which offers the benefits of two monitors in one. The desktop also optimizes data security due to the presence of self-encryption drives to protect data on the hard disk drives during loss or theft and hardware password manager for central security management of self-encrypting drives.
So, at a price of $799, Lenovo ThinkCentre M72e is a powerful entry-level desktop that will appeal to many. iYogi Reviews keep you ablaze with recent happenings in the world of technology. To know more, keep yourself posted to iYogi Reviews!
7 Technologies We Could Do Without
Technological advances in the recent decades have thrust us into an era of vast, previously impossible opportunities. It’s an era of constant evolution; of never ending updates and inventions. As more of this new comes in, more old must go out. These are my suggestions on what to exterminate next.
1. Keypad cellphones
The only people who use keypad cellphones (as opposed to the other dying breed: the keyboard cellphones) are those who haven’t adapted to the changes in the way individuals communicate. These phones, while boasting an onslaught of “useful” features such as the tip calculator and the time zone converter, offer, in reality, little other than just voice calling. While some praise that simplicity, the rest of the world is no longer that simple.
2. The Compact Disk
The CD was a thing of the early 2000s, and only because they were sexier than their predecessors, the cassette tape (shiver). Then came iPods, or MP3 players in general, but just iPods if we’re being realistic. But CDs are still around, surprisingly, and so are CD players and so are CD stores. It doesn’t make much sense, especially when some laptops don’t even come with CD drives anymore. The thing just needs to die out already. People buy their games and music online now, not through a CD.
Other than successfully making you appear as a lunatic rambling to yourself or as a public menace of the corporate grade, depending on the age of the people you’re around, Bluetooth has had little impact. It’s a battery hog, its use is extremely limited, and there are far more efficient (and secure) ways to connect devices nowadays. As for the headsets, come on. Be normal. Put your phone to your head when you talk. Like normal people.
Communication has evolved, leaving SMS as the email of informal chat; clumsy and ugly. More advanced, up-to-date solutions include Apple’s recent iMessages or even Twitter’s DMs. And why not? In a world where everyone now has smart phones, not feature phones, everyone also has access to far more capable technologies, so why should we continue to use restrictive and outdated protocols when we could be working with far more convenient solutions?
5. QR codes
QR codes have taken the marketing industry by storm over the last two years. I’ve seen them everywhere, from billboards to business cards to menus to TV ads. They’re unarguably popular. I’ve never scanned one, though. I downloaded the app to scan them and was excited for about a day over it, but I never actually scanned one nor cared to. I’ve never seen anyone else scan one, for that matter, either. QR: All hype, no game.
6. Conventional cameras
With the rise of smart phones came the fall of cameras. The fancy stuff — those wide-lens DSLR cameras — those won’t suffer because professionals use those, not smart phones, but the standard camera will soon be gone. And I’m not mourning, either; smart phone cameras offer an instant means of sharing, while standard cameras require cords and a computer to share, and isn’t sharing the whole point?
7. Location-based apps
Foursquare and Gowalla shined bright at their debut but have since lost much momentum, and with good reason. Aside the fact that they’re just plain creepy, “checking in” at every place you arrive at is a waste of time and an extra hassle, and those who do it just for Mayorship are perceived as either unprioritized or narcissistic individuals by the rest of us. One should enjoy life, not sharing how much he enjoys life so much that he forgets to enjoy it.
10 reasons why you should not bin your old electronics
Apple has launched the iPhone 5 with a bigger screen, a better processor, and lots of cool features. If the pre-order figures of the phone are anything to go by, the company will sell millions of units in the next few months. But what will happen to the old phones that we already have? Well, if we dump our old phones in garbage, we’ll just add to the already huge amount of e-waste that’s getting piled up in the landfills. According to an e-waste survey conducted by iYogi, 28% of the respondents have junked their old PC at least once. This would have probably ended up in a landfill, which would cause environmental pollution.
In case you are looking to buy a new smartphone or any other electronic product such as a laptop or a tablet, don’t bin your old devices. Recycle them. Yes, that’s what you should do to dispose of your electronics in an environment friendly way. Here are 10 reasons why you should not throw away your old electronic products:
1. E-waste is hazardous to the environment
Most of the electronic devices we use contain hazardous materials such as lead, mercury, and cadmium. Each year, we dump around 384 million units of old electronics in the US alone. This accounts for over 2 million tons of e-waste in landfills across the country. Although, it is just 2 percent of the total landfill waste in the U.S., it contributes more than 70 percent of the toxic substances in the landfills. Exposure to these toxic materials through air, soil, drinking water, etc., can be dangerous to the health of humans and animals.
2. It’s illegal to dump e-waste
Many U.S. states such as California, Illinois, and New York have banned the dumping of computers and electronics in landfills. The states have designated recycling centers where you can give your devices for safe disposal. So, don’t throw away your old electronics in trash. Check for the recyclers in your region and e-recycle the right way.
3. E-waste is exported to the developing countries
A lot of e-waste that is generated is exported to developing countries. In the absence of proper recycling facilities in those areas, the e-waste pollutes the environment and affects human health. Global e-waste dumping is a matter of serious concern and laws have been passed to prohibit this practice. For example, the Basel Convention regulates the transfer of e-waste from the developed countries to the developing countries.
4. Old electronics can be reused by the needy
If your old PC or smartphone is in a working condition, donate it to a charitable organization. There are quite a few charitable institutions such as Computers With Causes that run computer donation programs in the United States. These organizations repair the devices and provide them to the needy.
5. Conserve natural resources
Recycling of e-waste ensures that materials such as copper, aluminum, and iron are recovered and reused. The raw materials can be used by the recyclers to manufacture various products. Thus, e-recycling helps to conserve the natural resources.
6. Save energy
Electronics recycling not only results in the conservation of natural resources, it also helps to save energy and reduce costs. It’s much more energy efficient to recycle the e-waste and recover the components as compared to the mining and processing of fresh materials. For example, the recycling of steel will consume 60% less energy than the production of fresh steel.
7. Recycling helps to create jobs
The e-recycling centers help to create jobs as lots of people are involved in refurbishing and recycling the old electronics. This reduces unemployment and provides a means to the poor people to earn money. So, think again the next time you dump your old PC.
8. Prevent information theft
Dumping your old computer in trash, makes it vulnerable to data theft. Criminals can restore the data that you had saved on the hard disk and use it for their benefit. The e-recyclers completely destroy the data before your device is reused. Thus, it helps in protecting confidential information from leaking.
9. Get tax benefits
You are entitled to tax benefits if you donate your old electronics to charitable organizations. Besides this, you also promote a noble cause by giving your devices to people who are in need of them. So, help save the environment and get tax deductions for your donations.
10. Earn discount coupons or gift cards
Many manufacturers buy back their old products and provide discount coupons in exchange for them. The fair market value of your device is evaluated and customers are provided discounts or gift cards. These discount coupons can be used to buy new products.
iYogi Reviews mobile web browser Chrome for Android™ by Google™
Google launched the Android version of its web browser Chrome after seeing its huge growth on the desktop platform. Chrome has surpassed all the PC web browsers due to its raw speed, minimalist look and background, and six-weekly updates. Not only Windows users, even Mac users have taken to the browser to explore the Internet on their desktop.
iYogi, which performs a weekly review of various recently launched products and technologies, decided to review Chrome browser’s success on Google’s most successful mobile phone platform Android this week. The other notable thing experienced by iYogi review team is that the mobile version of Chrome takes information from a Google user’s desktop Chrome, if they are signed in, and provides an experience that is very similar to the full desktop experience. Not only this, the tabs that are open on the desktop can be sent to and seen, if already open, on the mobile version. In other words, the user never loses his place on the web. In addition to the above features, Chrome for Android also brings a mobile version of the desktop ‘Incognito’ mode, which means browsing activities of the user are not stored in the history.
So, if you want to free yourself from the desk and surf the Internet while on the go, download the Chrome app on your Android-powered smartphone. The app is available free for download from Google Play erstwhile known as Android Market. iYogi Reviews keep on updating you regularly about such useful and wonderful developments in the world of Internet. So, keep yourself informed with the latest in web technology by reading iYogi Reviews.
How to turn your startup into mission control with Leftronic
Taking a leaf out from NASA mission control central, Pasadena based startup Leftronic is turning startups everywhere into space age hubs of business. At one point or the other, we’ve all been infatuated by the image of stern looking men peeking at large screens displaying streams of numbers and figures — and they do it at the stock exchange, they do it at space stations — so why can’t you do it for your startup?
It’s a metric-driven world
It’s common knowledge that most startups in the tech and online space operate around a key bunch of numbers, i.e. the core metrics around which the day to day performance and progress is tracked. For an online publishing company, this would probably mean page views and number of clicks. For an shopping website, it would be number of conversions and revenue.
At any rate, some of these metrics are going to be more important for you compared to others, your unique combination depending on how your operation works. Leftronic takes those most important metrics and displays them in one place — so as a business owner, you know exactly how you’re doing at one glance.
How the display systems work
It’s so simple that the new intern in office will have it up and running in a minute. Leftronic currently provides integration with 16 web services including Google Analytics, Google Adwords, Twitter, Facebook, MailChimp, and Salesforce; getting the data to be displayed is a matter of punching in your account details and selecting the widgets. Choosing templates and metrics is a drag and drop affair.
The look and feel of the display can be customized based on your preferences or branding, for instance; you could use the background of Mahogany wood with graphs and numbers displaying in the foreground in black. This data can be displayed on one screen or spread out across twenty screens, depending how much data you want displayed.
Pricing and final thoughts
For the standard offerings, pricing starts at $42 / month for two dashboards and goes up to $250 / month for up to twenty dashboards. Beyond that you have a white label solution where you get access to features like custom branding, client dashboards and client management systems. The concept is quite amazing, in fact, it’s a little surprising why no one thought of this yet — given the rate at which tech startups are springing up.
You could set up a customer facing display in the waiting room of your company, so that visitors can look at real time interaction your customers are having with you. Internally, individual departments could have their own dashboards; bringing a sense of transparency and urgency to the business. Or, you could even go space age and built a special silo with endless displays spread across tracking every breath your organization takes.
All in all, Leftronic is a right product at just the right time and it’s not hard to imagine these dashboards becoming a common practice.
15 jargon terms you need to stop putting on LinkedIn
You have to see to believe just how much effort some people put into creating a great Facebook profile. They enter their favorite books, games, musicians, role models, and every-other-thing-under-the-sun.
When it comes to LinkedIn though, only a handful get it right. And for every one person who does, there are ten others who screw it up. Here are 15 overused, copy-pasted and generally nonsensical things you need to stop putting in your LinkedIn profiles.
1. Motivated self-starter
This is neither a prize nor a skill. Every person is supposed to be self-motivated by default. As for the self-starter bit, you’re a human being, not a moving part of a four-cylinder internal combustion engine. Get your act together.
Usually found: Stalling on a cold, winter morning because of a malfunctioning carburetor.
Good for: Writing lame things on their LinkedIn profiles.
2. People’s person
“Look, if you want to make friends and find scrabble partners, don’t do it on company time — we have weekends for that,” is the bare truth that someone needs to tell these people, but they’re invariably the ones who process our salaries, so…
Usually found: Hanging upside down from the nearest water cooler…
Good for: Organizing children’s birthday parties.
3. Proactive team player
Wait, are you proactive? Or are you a team player? Those are two mutually exclusive things, you know? You can just be a team player, you can just be proactive too. A proactive team player sounds suspiciously like that annoying loudmouth in meetings who has to dominate all conversations.
Usually found: Hijacking meetings, conference calls and restroom conversations.
Good for: Your ignoring pleasure.
4. Creative problem solver
What if there is no problem? What is your gigantic, hyper-intelligent and insanely creative brain going to solve then? Creative people don’t make assumptions like the existence of a problem, and they definitely don’t walk around with a signboard saying, “creative” on their heads.
Usually found: Making power point presentations that smack of “originality”.
Good for: Helping your kids with Lego castle construction.
You have to be careful of this person. Chances are they were clinically diagnosed for obsessive compulsive disorder. And because they still have to keep their job, they use the word “perfectionist” as a mask to cover their dementia. Two words: Use caution.
Usually found: Arranging socks’ by color and hand towels by length.
Good for: Medical case studies and research on senile behavior.
6. Avid learner
If you’re so enthusiastic about learning, perhaps you should consider dragging your posterior back to college. Companies pay you to work, not learn. Well it’s great if you learn on-the-job. But that still doesn’t call for putting learner in your bio. And avid? No, no. You’re just a learner, okay?
Usually found: Stealing copies of popular mechanics and faking expertise.
Good for: Sunday evening pseudo-intellectual conversations.
7. Aspiring entrepreneur
After failing at almost everything that a person can try — our friend here stumbled upon a story like, “30 people who made it in life after 30″ and got inspired like a hyperactive squirrel on a double espresso shot. Voila! By now, the entrepreneurial spirit has now got them by the proverbial… never mind.
Usually found: Incessantly firing emails of breakthrough business models to much-harassed investors.
Good for: Snacking on smoked salmon and sipping Prosecco while reading Entrepreneur in Napa valley. (In their dreams.)
8. Solutions architect
They’re no architect! You know it and they know it. Facts are facts, architects are people who spend many years learning design, construction, illustration and mathematics in the hopes of some day being able to build a landmark — not a know-it-all, boardroom-occuppying doofus.
Usually found: Creating giant process flowcharts that no one reads, ever.
Good for: Solving insoluble problems, or at least trying really hard and not being able to.
Break for Hall of Fame: The guys who get it, somewhat
9. Strategic planner
As someone once said on Twitter, “You’re not a strategic planner, you’re just a monkey with an Internet connection.” Well, quite honestly, I have no idea what strategic planners do — one can only guess that right now, somewhere, someone is rethinking their career choices.
Usually found: Staring into their BlackBerry like it’s a wormhole that leads to another Universe.
Good for: Taking simple tasks and turning them into 1,000 page action plans with key deliverables and footnotes.
10. Detail oriented
Translation — nitpicker. More likely to fuss over how to do something right than actually getting down to doing it. At worse, they turn into micromanagers-slash-mythological dragons and breathe fire down the necks of their oppressed subordinates. Nothing good here, move on.
Usually found: Reading product labels at the grocery store, then trying to decode the bar code with their eyes at checkout.
Good for: Asking for the shrink’s number when you get tired of yours, they probably have a directory and recommendations.
11. Early adopter
The technology equivalent of the first-day-first-show movie buff. Their chief claim to fame is that they’re the first ones to use any newly launched web service or application, almost as if they’re just sitting there Googling news — clearly very busy people with no time on their hands whatsoever.
Usually found: Browsing Google.
Good for: Conducting cute, little technology quizzes as part of company employee initiatives.
12. Visionary leader
To cut a long story short — anyone who calls themselves a visionary leader is not one.
Usually found: Writing overtly pompous things about self.
Good for: Beats me. Really don’t know. Fighting medieval battles with archers and infantry?
13. Dynamic professional
Jeez. No. Just don’t do this.
Usually found: Needing a vocabulary.
Good for: Nothing.
14. Skilled negotiator
The stereotypical high school bully. By skill, they mean, “Loud.” And by negotiation, they mean being stubborn and unyielding. Upside is that you get a half Italian mafia running through the office for crisis situations. Downside? Salary negotiations with them will probably feel like extortion.
Usually found: Arguing with someone over whether US is a state, country or continent, and winning by brute force — no matter which stance they take.
Good for: Working as a make-shift bouncer at your favorite club for when the real bouncer is down with flu.
15. Key influencer
“Of what exactly, dear Sir? What are you a key influencer of?” Some people just don’t understand the meaning of context, do they? A hot dog seller could be a key influencer too — of the supply demand chain for bread and sausages in the neighborhood. So lame.
Usually found: Being completely vague and rudderless while still trying to seem like they mean business.
Good for: Picking locks with nothing but mind power
Instagram’s Demise and Why It’s Okay
Instagram has been an Apple fanboy’s favorite since its debut in October 2010. It not only showed the potential of the iOS platform for developers but also changed photography forever and even created an entirely new niche in social sharing. It comes without surprise, then, that its user base was heavily disturbed at its announcement to broaden itself to Android as well as iPhone users. Just imagine it – pictures from both Apple users and Android users sharing the same server space! A radical notion indeed (sarcasm intended), but it happened. Then Instagram was bought by the Internet titan Facebook, putting some users on their toes, and things got really scary when Facebook released its own photo sharing app that was most likely molded after Instagram.
So where’s the photo sharing app headed now? My best guess is likely the same as yours; slowly merging with Facebook’s native photo system, and then it will be liquidated. But is this a bad thing?
What Instagram brings to the table is already at the table. The only difference between IG and Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks is that Instagram is exclusively for photos, while other networks offer more ways to share (text and videos, for example). And while there’s no doubt that there definitely are some photographically talented users on Instagram and that the app did jump into our world with a splash, it’s something of a joke now. The network cliché. You open Instagram to see picture after picture of the same thing through different filters. Flowers and trees and whatnot. Besides, when mediums for communication and life sharing that support photos already exist, why should we create another network to manage and advertise when we could just use the Twitter handle we already own?
The point I’m making is simple. Our world is saturated enough with social media, and that needs to change – it needs to be reduced – and Instagram is totally expendable. Facebook, though they’ll probably royally screw it up, should learn from Instagram and liquidate it. Twitter should do (or perhaps already has done) the same.
And who will be upset? I may be wrong in this calculation, but the core Instagram users are already pissed off and abandoning the application as it is. Open it to Android users? We all remember the uproar that it caused. Bought by Facebook? It doesn’t take an expert to know how cliché and pathetic the pictures will become once the merging of those two networks begins. No. The original core of Instagram already knows the app is a sinking ship. It’s “darling of the app store” hype is over at the least. And in a world where one’s attention and time is already spent scattered amongst countless networks when all of it could be simplified and centralized, the disappearance of Instagram, an app with nothing greatly unique to offer, is likely not a bad thing.
This, of course, is all speculation. There have been no reports of Instagram shutting down anytime soon or even for that matter merging with Facebook. That said, common sense should suffice as support for my speculating.
15 amazing things you didn’t know you could do with Android
What’s the best thing about Android? It lets you tweak around and customize your phone in endless ways because it’s an open source operating system. Open source means that users and developers around the world are actively engaged in making the device their own. Along the way, people have created some pretty mind boggling applications and have found amazing new ways in which to use this device.
Here are some of those applications and things.
1. Kick someone out from the WiFi network
Sick and tired of someone sucking off all the bandwidth in a shared wireless connection? This app was made for you. Though it’s a bit notorious and hence not available available in Google Play, so you’ll be installing it at your own risk. All you need to do is join the network with this app installed on your phone and kick off any user you would like to in the same subnet. The blocking works till the phone is connected and the service is running.
2. Wear your phone around your wrist (almost)
The SmartWatch by Sony is the perfect partner for your Android and is probably the coolest gadget you can get for that kind of money. It comes with an OLED screen and straps of various colors. With an operating range of about 10 meters, connectivity with your phone should not be a trouble unless you’re Yeti and your hands are 30 meters away from your face. Allows you to read message, accept or reject calls and even stay updated via social networks.
3. Instantly measure your heart rate
Need to quickly measure your heart rate without buying clunky Bluetooth monitors? Just install this app and place your finger on your phone camera, it senses the minute difference in skin color caused by blood passing through the capillaries and returns the heart rate. Though you can’t really use it whileyou’re exercising. It’s still a great app if you need to keep track of your heart rate.
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4. Continually erase your content on Facebook
We all know what a privacy munching monster Facebook is, and though there are steps you can take to ensure to keep your data secure — there’s still endless amounts of it left for Facebook to run its slimy algorithms on. If you’re the kind of person who likes to keep a low profile and doesn’t want ad networks hunting you around every corner of the Internet, you’re going to love Exfoliate.
Once you install it and set your preferences, it will automatically delete your old data on Facebook as you go along, keeping your digital traces clean.
5. Send data from your browser to your Android
This nifty little app lets you send almost anything you see in your browser to your Android. Websites blocked at work? Possible NSFW link? A mobile number you need to dial? Just right click, send it to your phone and let it handle the rest. All you need to do is install the app on your phone and get the extension for Chrome.
Get the app Get the Chrome extension
6. Turn your Android into a computer
Inside every dual or multi-core Android phone, there’s a computer waiting to be unleashed. In what is the possibly the most ultimate app of all, you can now run Ubuntu right off your Android phone; all you need is a display. As for Ubuntu, it’s the most popular free desktop operating system in the world with about 20 million users. It features a slick user interface and you can do almost everything with it that you can with a Windows or a Mac (well, almost). So what are you waiting for? Go free your Droid!
Get Ubuntu for Android
7. Turn your Android into a multi-tool kit
If you’ve ever needed to measure the distance between walls or the height of an object beyond your reach, this is the app for you. It’s a paid app but it more than justifies its price. It includes a compass, a measuring tool, a metal detector, a tool to find angles and slopes, a sound level meter, a vibrometer, and a flashlight. New tools like a speed gun and a magnifier are in the offing.
Other than the fact that this app is actually loaded with practical tools, it’s just off the charts on the awesome scale.
Get Smart Tools
8. Make your Android remember where you parked your car
It sucks when you can’t find where you parked your car, doesn’t it? Sometimes we end up spending hours hunting for it in never ending rows and columns of parked cars. With Carr Matey, you’re never going to have to worry about it ever again. With a compass, map and walking directions to your car at your disposal, you’re only as far from it as you are. And it comes with a really cool pirate theme, ARRR!
Get Carr Matey
9. Study stars and constellations
Whether you’re just a astrophysics enthusiast or a bored person staring at the night sky, your Android has something to make the experience more fun for you. The Sky Map is a free, open source app by Google which allows you to point your phone towards the sky and know exactly what you’re looking at — planets, stars, constellations, and even meteor showers.
If you’re looking for something even better, Star Chart app even tells you facts about the things you’re looking at and displays a 3D model of the Universe.
Get Google Sky Maps Get Star Chart
10. Remote control almost everything
If you’re the sort of person who likes the idea of controlling everything at your fingertips, you’re going to love this app. Though there are a lot of specialized remotes available for Android like the iTunes remote, the All In One Remote is the only app that kind of does everything. You can use it to hook up to a Windows, Mac or Linux machine via WiFi or Bluetooth and from thereon, your desktop is in your palms.
Control the volume, change tracks, switch PowerPoint slides, use it as a gaming controller, or even type from your phone and use it as a mouse. You will need to do a one time install of its service on your desktop though. But really, the best showoff app, ever.
Get All In One Remote
11. Manage your Android from your browser
We’ve covered how you can control your computer from your Android earlier, now you can work it the other way around too. AirDroid is a free app that enables you to wirelessly manage your Android from your favorite browser. Manage every aspect of your phone from apps to photos contacts to music without ever having to pick it up. The latest update features drag and drop support, making things a breeze.
12. Wirelessly print documents from your Android
That’s right, no need to send your emails with attachments to print documents. If you have a WiFi enabled printer, just install this app and send a command for printing any document from any application in your Android. With support for 2800 printers, this simple and straightforward app makes printing your Instragram pictures and emails a simple affair.
13. Setup a home video surveillance system
Worried about what’s happening at home while you’re away? Need to set up the next Fort Knox to hide away your billions? It’s all possible with dropcam. You will need to buy the camera from their website and then download their Android app. It’s more than just a passive camera though, there’s night vision, a two-way audio interface for communication, motion detection, and the ability to play back recorded video.
Get the app Get the camera
14. Look through the obvious in your surroundings
Bring the power of augmented reality in your hands and view the details behind the world that you walk around in with the Layar app. You get about 3,000 layers to choose from, where each layer adds a data set of information to your screen when viewing the surroundings with your camera. For instance, there’s a layer for discovering Twitter users in your vicinity, there’s another one to check restaurants nearby. You get the idea.
15. Make your Android your personal training coach
There are endless fitness apps available for Android now — helping your manage everything from your diet schedule to teaching you Yoga. Browsing though the fitness section on Google Play will help you choose the best for you. The two worth mentioning here are Noom CardioTrainer, a free app that logs your progress as you exercise, also comes in a premium version. The other is the Editor’s pick at Google Play called Endomondo Personal Trainer.
Get CardioTrainer Get Endomondo Personal Trainer
11 future technologies that never arrived
Anyone who grew up in the 90s would have heard the tales; how the dawn of the new millennium would herald the widespread use of devices that took you inside cyberspace, or how we’d all have computer enhanced bracers that could do everything and more. Heck, even our soldiers were going to become cyborgs armed with exoskeletons!
Well, it’s 2012 now. Our last year of existence according to the Mayans. There are neither any flying cars around nor any robots doing our bidding. Ladies and gentlemen, we’ve been had.
1. Virtual reality goggles
>> The claim
Anyone here ever watched The Real Adventures of Johnny Quest? Remember those cool head pieces the shows cast would wear, the one that projected a sweet energy beam across the eyes and warped them into cyber space? Hanna Barbara’s adventurers weren’t the only ones tossing the idea around. Whether you were a part of the television, gaming or even military industries, everyone was thinking of cyberspace, and how one day we would actually walk within its digital halls by simply wearing a pair of funky shades.
>> The reality
While gaming and graphics tech has certainly evolved to a quite frankly terrifying level, we still do not have the virtual reality that everyone thought we would. While we do have 3D goggles and other headsets claiming to be VR glasses, fact of the matter is we still rely on the humble monitor and television screen to get a peak inside a digital world. [Note: Google Glasses, if you were wondering, works on the principles of augmented reality and not virtual reality.]
2. Wearable computers
>> The claim
Countless sci-fi novels and shows depicted their respective cast as wearing a wristwatch or bracer that was in fact a computer. These computers aided the characters in everything from communication to weather prediction, and even blowing up other people (don’t be shy, that ability is something you always dreamed of having, admit it). Often times the bracer would have an inbuilt projector and even remote vehicle piloting app (more on that later).
>> The reality
Wearable computers as a concept seemed to die down some time between 2000 and now. Google’s Glass project does kind of fit in here, but frankly, it’s over ten years late, and still only in early prototype mode. US military forces have some cool eyepieces too, but even those aren’t the game changers that were predicted, nor are they the standard of human existence.
3. Remote controlled vehicles
>> The claim
Tomorrow Never Dies featured a scene where everyone’s favorite spy used his cell phone to drive a car past a mob of angry gunmen. The idea of piloting a car – or even an aircraft – via a remote device was floating around for a quite a while, and it really does seem awesome, doesn’t it? After all, we have been using the old fashioned steering wheel for way too long at this point. It’s time for a change, right?
>> The reality
For whatever reason, remote controlled vehicles are not the norm. The US military does currently use them for piloting drone aircraft, but that tech is still seen as something of a mystery. Forget the fact that few other militaries in the world have such things, remote controlled vehicles are practically unheard of in the civilian sector, let alone vehicles that can seat passengers. We’re still sitting behind an obnoxious wheel device like the cave men we claim to be evolved from.
4. Laser guns
>> The claim
If you don’t understand the claim by simply reading the title, I don’t even want to talk to you anymore…
>> The reality
Deadly death ray guns simply do not exist yet. Even the most advanced military powers of the world are still throwing metal at their targets.
5. Artificial intelligence
>> The claim
In the future, computers will be capable of thinking autonomously, either within certain bounds or as completely free synthetic life forms. Most of our technology will be run by such AI, and we’ll even have such dramatic situations as computers trying to be human or, on the other end of the spectrum, trying their best to ‘terminate’ us all.
Speaking of termination, fun fact; the original Terminator specified that by the year 1997, such an artificial intelligence would in fact come into existence. Harlon Ellison’s “I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream” was less specific about the time, but suggested it would be around the era of the Cold War.
>> The reality
Video games still display amazing feats of stupidity on the part of their villains’ behavior during a play session, while actual AI – that is, intelligence not based on scripted behavior – is yet to be fully realized. Occasionally we’ll read about a university or research group boasting about how their computer is learning and adapting to some basic situations, but we are still very, very, very far away from making SkyNet (which for a chance, is probably a good thing…).
6. Robots will do all the work
>> The claim
Somewhat related to point 5, but less about actual intelligence and more about how we’d all have robots bringing us martinis and doing all the stuff we’d rather not do.
>> The reality
It’s currently a massive achievement for a research group to get a robot to even walk, let alone clean our glasses and shine our shoes. Let’s not even talk about “fight our wars”. To be fair, most of our factories (well, in the west at least) are mechanized with machines that run on some basic (scripted) AI, but we haven’t seen many practical bipedal bots yet.
7. Solar power will replace fossil fuel
>> The claim
Exactly what it says; solar power was slated to be the energy of the future, with more or less everything running on some form or the other of it. The Sun was supposed to be all of humanities’ personal power plant!
>> The reality
Look outside your window and count how many cars are running on solar power.
Okay, that one’s mean, so let’s make it easier; look around your house and count how many devices run on solar power. If you can list – with photographic proof – even five such things in your home, my next article will come with a tribute video to you.
8. Hovering cars
>> The claim
Wheeled vehicles will be phased out in favor of cars that hover. Most aircrafts will be VTOL’s (Vertical Take Off and Landing). We’ll even have hover boards that replace skateboards!
>> The reality
Again, look outside. No, this one does not come with a special prize for those of you who can find something to the contrary (because current day hover crafts just don’t fit the bill).
9. Colonies in spaaaaaace!!!
>> The claim
Humanity will have outposts on the Moon, Mars, and a bunch of other planets. Space travel will be as routine as airplane travel.
>> The reality
Simply landing on the moon is still an amazing accomplishment, and space travel remains an expensive and very dangerous endeavor. We haven’t even landed on Mars, let alone established a colony on its surface (no, rovers do not count).
>> The claim
In the future, we will have access to backpacks that let us soar into the sky!
>> The reality
Besides the fact that a jetpack is a bit of a flawed idea in itself, there haven’t even been any signs of a variation there of.
11. Exoskeletons and powered armor
>> The claim
We will either pilot giant robots or wear mechanized suits that let us accomplish superhuman feats like lifting heavy objects, flying and more. Soldiers will wear powered armor that can resist even direct missile hits and helmets that have lag and distortion free video and audio feeds, as well as complex targeting systems.
>> The reality
A wireless exoskeleton is still a long way from showing up in any practical form. For the moment, Iron Man continues to exist exclusively in movies and comics.
Powered armor is also nowhere to be seen, though we do have helmets and eyepieces that can be used for video feeds and targeting solutions.
Basically, so sum everything up, everyone was right, reality really sucks.
Microsoft accepts Android smoked Windows Phone
Smoked by Windows Phone Challenge is Microsoft’s marketing gimmick to promote its mobile operating system Windows Phone. But the campaign has back lashed on the company thanks to the power of the Internet as a medium to raise one’s voice against malpractices.
It all started with computer engineering student Sahas Katta’s participation in the Smoked by Windows Phone Challenge at a Microsoft Store in Santa Clara. To win the Challenge, participants are required to complete a task faster than a Windows Phone on their own smart phone. It was Sahas’ Android-based Samsung Galaxy Nexus up against a Windows Phone.
Sahas Katta was asked to display the weather of two different cities on his phone. According to Sahas, he won the contest as his Galaxy Nexus displayed the required info faster than a Windows Phone. But the Microsoft Store officials claimed that he had to show weather from two different states and Sahas was denied the prize of a special edition laptop and a Windows Phone.
Sahas posted his story in a blog on Skatter Tech which resulted in the public criticism of Microsoft Store officials who were handling the contest. To set things right, Windows Phone evangelist Ben Rudolph apologized on Twitter and offered Sahas the prize he deserved.
Sahas picked up the prize of a $1,049 Hunger Games Special Edition HP Folio 13 Ultrabook and a Nokia Lumia 800 phone from the Microsoft Store. He then announced that he will auction both the prizes on eBay and donate the proceeds to a charity. Maybe there are several other people who were not declared the winners on some pretext or other by the organizers of Smoked by Windows Phone Challenge. This incident highlights the need to monitor such campaigns so that people are not fooled by companies.
Top 7 ways to protect yourself from Phishing
Top 7 ways to protect yourself from Phishing
According to Wiktionary, Phishing is an “act of sending email that falsely claims to be from a legitimate organization. This is usually combined with a threat or request for information: for example, that an account will close, a balance is due, or information is missing from an account. The email will ask the recipient to supply confidential information, such as bank account details, PINs or passwords; these details are then used by the owners of the website to conduct fraud.”
So, if you have received e-mails with the similar messages as the ones below then consider those e-mails as phishing attacks:
“We suspect an unauthorized transaction on your account. To ensure that your account is not compromised, please click the link below and confirm your identity.”
“During our regular verification of accounts, we couldn’t verify your information. Please click here to update and verify your information.”
Some of the startling facts published in the Phishing Activity Trends Report for the second half of 2011 by the Anti-Phishing Working Group are as follows:
- Trojan malware has continued to proliferate, becoming the dominant technology of choice for e-criminals.
- During the second half of 2011, phishing attacks increased as the holiday season approached. There were 23 percent more phishing attacks than in the first half of 2011.
- Financial Services continued to be the most targeted industry sector in the second half of 2011.
- During the six month period, most phishing-based Trojans were hosted in the USA.
- Some 39 percent of the world’s PCs are infected with malware of some type. Chinese PCs are infected more frequently than anywhere in the world, while Europe has the lowest infection rate.
The ground reality is that we cannot completely escape from these phishing attacks but we can take the following logical steps to reduce its potential of harming us:
1. Do not click on links within e-mails
Never open or click any link within an e-mail if you are not sure of its source or sender. It is possible that the text we see as a hyperlink may not be the same as the one which we get on clicking that link.
Directly type the URL of that link in the Address Bar or call the company to confirm their e-mail.
2. Look for ‘https’ on the site that asks your personal information
‘https’ represents security. So, before you enter your personal or financial information on a site, check for ‘https’ in the beginning of the URL or the locked padlock on the Internet browser’s status bar. Absence of ‘https’ is a definite hint that the website is not secure.
3. Do not work on the Internet without antivirus software
Antivirus software protects your computer against various threats like Trojans and worm attacks.
Always update the antivirus definitions of your security software.
4. Enhance security with an anti-spyware software and personal firewall
Spam filters or software reduces the number of unwanted e-mails in your mailbox while a firewall makes your PC invisible on the Internet. An effective anti-spyware prevents annoying pop-up ads that come when you download some music, files or documents.
Advisable: If you have a broadband connection, you must use a firewall as it blocks communication from all unknown sources.
5. Always keep your Operating System and Browser updated
Computer hackers are always on the lookout to exploit vulnerabilities in the operating system or a browser.
Advisable: Use patches as and when they are released by software vendors to close the loose holes in the system that hackers can exploit. You can also subscribe to their automatic updating feature.
6. Give a quick review to your credit card and bank statements
Reviewing your financial statements will help you to figure out any unauthorized financial charges. You can then timely follow-up with the relevant company. A delay in the receipt of these statements by a couple of days at your mailing address also calls for your attention.
7. Knowledge is Power
Keep yourself updated with the latest happenings in the field of computer security. According to FraudWatch International, “Internet Fraud methods are evolving at a rapid rate. Consumers need to be aware they are vulnerable as fraudsters are persuasive and convincing; many victims thought they were too smart to be scammed. Consumers should educate themselves on Internet Fraud, the trends and continual changes in fraudulent methods used.”
Advisable: You can bookmark our website for the latest updates in the field of Internet security or can speak to iYogi Certified Technicians for an expert advice.
How to use a DSLR to promote your business and drive sales
It’s no secret people love videos. Internet users turn to them every day for entertainment, information, tutorials, and more. So many people are searching specifically for them that YouTube is now the second most popular search engine in the world, and with the huge numbers of consumers hungry for more videos, you better believe small businesses have taken notice of this marketing oasis.
This medium has become so important it is estimated businesses will spend $1.5 billion in 2012 on internet video.
Video production, small businesses, and DSLR cameras
Besides the popularity of videos, perhaps the other biggest thing driving the trend is the low cost of video production, which benefits both producers and the business that use their services. Professional quality results are attainable with relatively inexpensive DSLR cameras, and video sharing sites are free. If motivated, producers can film, edit, and upload a video in as little as a day.
Also encouraging the rise are the ever growing video production companies eager to supply businesses with their own professional-quality video, and with over 70 million web pages on the net, these companies have a large market to cover and are not likely to slow down any time soon.
The trend of businesses turning to video ads is unprecedented when you consider less than a decade ago the only real way of getting a “commercial” seen was on TV — something out of reach for most businesses. Now, even the smallest, local company can become a household name virtually overnight if its video happens to go viral.
Despite the low cost and availability, small businesses are sticking with online videos because they work. The internet opens up a whole new world of marketing opportunities, including SEO, social media, websites, etc., and when combined with videos, businesses can see definite results in their bottom line.
Local video marketing
As great as online videos are, they are even more effective when targeted at a local audience. Although the internet can provide you with a global market, most small business owners do much better by trying to standout in their own area first. Fortunately, this is easier to do since there is a lot less competition in a local arena as opposed to the whole internet.
Also working in favor of local video ads are the search engine’s tendency (especially Google’s) to provide searchers with local, relevant results. So, when someone makes a query related to a certain industry, Google will provide a list of related, local businesses in the search results. Included in the list are, of course, videos — and remember, many people automatically gravitate towards those.
Thus, posting a video and optimizing it for a local audience gives you a huge advantage in gaining visibility in search results.
So, you know videos are popular and a growing marketing trend, but are they really worth the effort for your business? Absolutely! Specifically, a quality video advertisement can provide your business with:
- Cheap exposure – A few years ago, the only real hope of implementing video production as part of your marketing plan was by relying on expensive TV commercials. But, with YouTube and other video sharing websites, you can post a video for free and reach unlimited people.
- Socialization – Videos go hand-in-hand with social networking (another awesome marketing tool). If you can get people sharing and talking about your videos, you can reach a whole new audience, and if the video is really great, it might even go viral.
- Drives traffic to your site – Even if internet users find you on YouTube, if they like what they see, they can follow links back to your site where they can follow your call to action.
- Boosts conversions – Your video essentially acts as a salesman who works non-stop and never says the wrong thing. If your video is engaging and inspiring, viewers will be primed for conversion before even getting to your website.
- Sets you apart from the competition – Although many small businesses are embracing video production, there are still a bunch more that are not. Having a quality, professional looking video will help distinguish you from the competition and make you appear cutting edge.
- And more!
The most important thing to remember about using video production as a marketing tool is it has to be relevant to the viewers. No one wants to watch a boring advertisement that speaks AT people instead of TO them. Keep it interesting, fun, and inspiring to really connect with viewers.
Can you do it yourself?
As mentioned, DSLR cameras are relatively inexpensive, which means they are now more accessible than ever to the average consumer. And besides making it possible for nearly everyone to take great still photos, newer DSLRs are also capable of filming HD quality video.
In fact, with the proper sound and stabilization equipment and a fair amount of practice, it is possible to produce videos that look as good, or better, than those made with professional-level video cameras.
Of course, these cameras aren’t magic and it still takes a decent amount of talent to create a superior video, but if you are thinking about DIY video production, you should seriously consider a DSLR.
Why use a DSLR over a (semi) professional video camera?
When there are so many dedicated camcorders on the market, it’s natural to wonder why you’d bother using a DSLR to shoot video, but they actually have several advantages, including:
- Cost – You can get a decent DSLR setup for around $7,500. On the other hand, professional video options (with similar results) will run you two or three times that amount.
- Small – DSLRs are relatively small, easily taken just about anywhere, and operable by one person. Traditional video equipment requires a crew of people, lights, large shoulder cameras, and a host of other accessories.
- Does double duty – With a DSLR you can shoot high-quality stills or video, so you get more for your money.
- Shallow depth of field (DoF) – DSLRs have a shallower depth of field than camcorders, which allows viewers to focus on the subject while the background stays out of focus (a very common practice in cinematography).
- Good image sensors – DSLRs are full-frame or cropped sensor, which is much bigger than the maximum 2/3-inch professional camera sensor.
- Variety of lenses - There are all sorts of lenses available that allow unlimited creativity and shooting methods with a DSLR.
Editing DSLR video with windows live movie maker
If using a PC, you probably already have Windows Live Movie Maker (WLMM) on your computer, which makes it a natural choice as a video editing program. Yes, there are more expensive programs with more features, but if you’re just starting out, WLMM is a good tool for learning and practicing the basics of editing.
Depending on your brand of camera, it may record video in one or more formats, including AVI, MOV, and MTS. Currently, WLMM accepts AVI and MOV formats, but sometimes users still have difficulty getting their files to load. If this is the case, or if your camera’s files are not a type WLMM accepts, you will have to use conversion software to convert your files to an acceptable format, such as WMV (Windows Media Video).
Once you have your video in WLMM, you can trim it, combine it with another video, speed it up or slow it down, incorporate still shots, add music, and more. Essentially, it provides everything a beginner might need.
When your film is complete, you can publish it to the web straight from Windows Live Movie Maker. Simply choose where you’d like to publish your video, such as Facebook or YouTube, and the program will do the work for you.
Yes, Windows Live Movie Maker has its annoyances (particularly the format issue) and is very, very simplistic; however, it’s free and it’s an easy way to dip your toe into the editing waters without spending any money. Start by making short films for your friends and family as this is a great way to get practice without the pressure of creating something “respectable” for your business.
If you don’t already have Windows Live Movie Maker, you can download it for free on your Windows 7 computer by going to the Microsoft website.
Editing DSLR video with Final Cut Pro X
Once you become more experienced at video editing, you’ll likely want to move up to a more robust editing program, and for Mac users, Final Cut Pro X (FCP X) is a favorite among professionals and hobbyists.
Like most Apple products, Final Cut Pro X is very proprietary in nature and only accepts QuickTime compatible video formats. But, the good news is it does work with the H.264 video codec, which is used by most DSLR cameras. This means you can transfer your files or access them straight from your SD card without bothering with any conversions. Every camera is different though, so always check to make sure your files and codecs are acceptable before buying the program (it costs $300).
If you’ve been using a basic program and are itching to add some professional elements to your films, you’ll love everything you can do with FCP X. It has a ton of features (more than can be mentioned in this post), but some of the most notable ones are:
- Multicam editing – For adding multiple video angles.
- Chroma keying – Allows you to adjust color, edge, and light.
- Magnetic timeline – Automatically eliminates gaps and tracks clips.
- Auditions – Makes it easy to quickly try out different versions of the same clip.
- Merged clips – This feature is especially useful for those using DSLR cameras because it allows you to take multiple video and audio clips, combine them into a compound clip, and synchronize them based on audio.
- Improved performance – Includes 64-bit architecture, high-quality rendering, and broadcast monitoring.
- Intuitive organization – Instead of looking through file bins, you can easily find what you’re looking for by using keywords, filmstrip views, smart collections, groups, and more.
- Rolling shutter fix – As any DSLR user knows, swinging your camera back and forth causes your video to bend. FCP X fixes that problem automatically.
It’s true, when Apple released the Final Cut Pro X, many were upset about the loss of “professional” functionality as compared to previous versions. However, with features like auto-audio sync, color-matching, and shot-stabilization,you won’t find many DSLR videographers complaining since it seems Apple designed the new program with them in mind.
Whether you plan to hire a company to create your online videos or do it yourself, a quality video can definitely add value to your marketing campaign and boost awareness of your brand. And if you’re looking for the most cost-effective, yet professional quality results, a DSLR camera and associated equipment is your best option.
Top Gaming Apps for your iPad
Are you one of those gaming buffs who find it hard to give a rest to your iPad? Here is a list of some of the best gaming apps that will blow off your mind.
Angry Birds Space HD
With such a mind blowing history of its predecessor, no wonder Rovio came up with the space version of this game. Brush up all your Physics basics before you put hands on this game. Yes, Angry Birds Space has been smartly developed to give you a true feeling of space. With smart gravity techniques and levels, this game is a must buy for all the iPad users.
Fruit Ninja HD
After being a best-seller with iPhone, Fruit Ninja has finally been launched for the iPads too. All you need to do is swipe your fingers to slice and chop the fruits. Armed with extra sharp blades and juicier fruits, this game will surely catch your attention. The more you chop, the better your score, unless you chop a bomb and end the game.
Real Racing HD
The craze for a sporty car and thrill to out run all can never be a stale experience. The game Real Racing surely banks on this. True to its name, you have the option to choose between six gaming modes. The cars are amped up with fine detailing along with 3D sound effects; you can almost feel like steering through forest, sea side or deserts. You will surely love your iPad more when you win a Real Racing game.
Plants vs. Zombies HD
One of the most addictive games of its genre, Plants vs. Zombies will make you do all that is needed to stay away from the Zombies. Your defense is your plants like mushrooms, peas, sunflower and other vegetables, which can save you from those cannibals. You need to plant those seeds at locations that will prevent the Zombies from eating your house and save your brain. Also, the high-definition visuals are good to look at and enough to keep you going on.
If you are a fan of classic board game, Scrabble for iPad v1.15.71 will surely win your heart. Not only this current version brushes up you vocabulary skills like a regular scrabble game, it makes you smarter. The iPad version is more realistic. Featuring 25 levels, this game also helps you connect to your friends via Facebook. Moreover, it feels much better than the real board game as you don’t have to struggle with the tiles or sit as long as the game continues. You can just take your game wherever you go, with your iPad.
The above games explain their worth for every penny. In case you face any issue while playing games on your iPad or on any other devices, you can speak to our tech experts at iYogi. iYogi Certified Technicians provide online tech support for all your computing queries. In case you want to know about the best gaming configuration on your iPad or on your PC, you can give a call to iYogi Experts, who are available 24x7.
Twitter outshines its competitors to set new records during Euro2012 finals
It might seem silly to some, but services that allow people to regularly blog about their regular lives have immensely become popular and this has been time and again proved by the social networking sites, the latest being the Twitter.
Sunday's European Championship finals not only marked the victory of Spain over Italy, it also saw how proudly a social networking giant marked its victory over others by setting a new sports-related record for itself and for the rest of the world to look up to. Twitter, on Sunday, set a new on the social networking site when its tweeples fired off more than 15,000 tweets per second when Spain made its fourth goal in the finals.
With 16.5 million tweets worldwide during the finals, Twitter said that they have recorded an overall global traffic of 15,358 tweets per second when Spain defeated Italy by 4-0.
“Commentators, fans and athletes around the world supported their teams in song, in face paint and in tweets'' throughout the Euro 2012, Twitter said in a blog.
With more and more people joining this microblogging site to connect to the rest of the world, new "tweet per second" records are constantly being set. A record of 12,233 tweets per second was recorded during the final three minutes of the Super Bowl in February 2012. Earlier, during the Women's World Cup final match in 2011, a new twitter record was set that saw 7,196 tweets per second, which included 13 tweets from President Barack Obama itself.
And now, with Olympic Games being around the corner, the world awaits to see more and more new records on these social networking sites.
11 future technologies that never arrived
Anyone who grew up in the 90s would have heard the tales; how the dawn of the new millennium would herald the widespread use of devices that took you inside cyberspace, or how we’d all have computer enhanced bracers that could do everything and more. Heck, even our soldiers were going to become cyborgs armed with exoskeletons!
Well, it’s 2012 now. Our last year of existence according to the Mayans. There are neither any flying cars around nor any robots doing our bidding. Ladies and gentlemen, we’ve been had.
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10 Tips on Keeping Kids Safe While Sharing Videos Online
With a lot of barbecue parties, family vacations, pool-side parties and other outdoor activities happening this summer, you could be busy in shooting and sharing lots of photos and videos. After all, the fun of shooting videos doubles when we share those with our folks, relatives and friends. And here come a few serious alerts: are you sharing videos safely online? Are you sure that you are not attracting online predators towards your kids by sharing family videos online? After all, we need to be careful to maintain our privacy and safety online while uploading and sharing video content over YouTube, Vimeo etc., video sharing sites. So, what are the main factors to keep in mind to post and share videos on the Internet? If you have not figured out yet, then take a look at the following tips on safe online video sharing.
Educate kids about safety concerns of sharing video online
Nowadays, kids are quite tech literate that they can handle technicalities of shooting videos using Smartphone camera, kid friendly video shooter and cameras or your point and shoot or DSLR. They are also capable of posting and promoting those videos online through various video sharing sites and social networking sites. Hence, it is imperative to educate and alert of privacy issues and safety threats that may arise from sharing videos online.
Introduce your kids to kid-safe and family friendly video sharing sites and networks
There are many websites and video sharing social networks that are developed to cater to the safety concerns involved in sharing kids’ videos online. As a parent, you can sign up or register with these sitesm read privacy policies and approve your kids to share their videos online. Many of these sites provide username and passwords to sign-in and share videos through these sites only to parents to gove them ultimate parental control over their kids’ online video sharing. Familiarize your kids to child-safe and family-friendly video sharing sites like Kidvideos.com, KidzVuz, Yomod.com, Kidzbop.com and TurboNick.
Along with keeping these sites and safety issues in mind, I would also recommend you to check out top 10 safety tips on video sharing provided by ConnectSafely.org. Keep these safety tips on sharing videos from experts handy to ensure that you are adhering to safety rules and are better able to protect your kids from child predators while sharing videos online.