Monthly Archives: November 2013

Qualcomm Smartwatch

When I was a child, I used to imagine that my watch could double as a phone and computer. I would dream of the day when the watch I was wearing would have a keyboard, music and access to the internet. My childhood dreams have come true; I have recently heard about an exciting piece of technology by Qualcomm: the Toq Smartwatch.

Released to the public in December, this watch has extraordinary capabilities. With no power switch, the watch is always awake. Its availability and convenience far exceed that of a smartphone. The watch uses a Mirasol display, a screen designed to use up little energy, lasting for multiple days on just one charge. What separates this watch from the other Smart Watches on the market is its battery life, using significantly less power with amazing results. Continue reading

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iOS 7 – “The next gen” for Apple products.

As of September 18th, 2013, Apple Inc. has released their next version of iOS software for all of their mobile Apple devices (iPod, iPhone and iPad). The immensely popular brand has warranted a high demand for innovative, new and refreshing experiences every time their products are used which is multiple times every day. After analyzing Apple’s dilemma and reviewing their work in the recent iOS 7 update, let us see if this software will make or brake the populous’ demand for the esteemed iPhone.

New Look

The first experience one has upon updating is the new look. For every previous iOS version, the look has not changed and has bored myself and, I am confident to say, most consumers. This has been an obvious necessity and has revitalized the way people see their phones. A cool addition to the new look is also an optical effect regarding a three dimensional atmosphere between the background homepage and the app icons. But looks do not last long. After long, people will renew their boredom and search for something that will ease the dull, repetitious cycle of using the same features of their device daily.

iOS 7 New Look

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Converting from SD to HD

So, you just upgraded to a new HD (high definition) television but you want to use you old media equipment? Not a problem, this blog will breakdown what you need and/or should do in this situation. Tape players: VHS-cassettehttp://subliminal2012.deviantart.com/art/VHS-PNG-305668502   If you have an old tape player it most likely uses composite AV(audio and video) which is a combination of three plugs that are RED, WHITE(Left and right audio) and YELLOW(video) or S-video(one cord). Most HD televisions still have the standard composite and S-video setup but they are slowly dying out in the movement from SD(standard definition) to HD. If your TV does not have either then you will need to either get rid of your tape player and search for one that fits your TV, or there is one alternative. A similar AV setup to Composite is Component, it consists of five different plugs (two for audio and three for video). Continue reading

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iPad Air review

The new iPad that came out this year looks better than ever. The main points laid out by Apple are that it is thinner and lighter. It is only.05 mm thinner than the older iPad 2 with a difference in weight of .3 pounds (135 g) which also isn’t a big leap, regarding it being call an iPad air, but that is just a matter of opinion.

Since the iPad Air has retina display, it has a massive 2048-by-1536 resolution, doubling the iPad 2, which only has a 1024-by-768. Other than these details, all the specs and features are very similar, if not the same as the iPad Mini, which has an A7 chip, the iSight camera, 1080p resolution and more. The iPad Mini goes for $100 less on all versions compared to the iPad air, despite the smaller size. So in conclusion, it is a smarter choice to spend your money on the iPad Mini, unless you want bigger screen.

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Google Chrome vs Internet Explorer

What is your preference? Google Chrome? Or Internet Explorer? Read along and then decide which is your favorite!

Google Chrome was released into the browser world on September 2nd, 2008. It is used on both mobile web browser platforms and standard, web browsers. On the other hand, the Internet Explorer project was first started in the year of 1994 and made its first debut on the web in mid August of 1995. Internet Explorer(IE) is constantly being updated with bug fixes along with constant releases of newer versions. Google Chrome(GC) is also updated regularly although it only has one downloadable version.
Google Chrome offers a more friendly user interface with ease of access buttons. A very useful button is the bookmarking button. This button is located to the right 0f where you enter in a URL for a website. The button makes it easy to bookmark websites. You click it once and then you have the ability to rename it and create a shortcut for it. You then, simply press “Done” and it is stored with the rest of your bookmarks. To access these bookmarks you can either press the settings button which is to the right of the book marking button. You then can select “bookmarks”. Although GC offers easy bookmarking, it lacks the ability to organize the bookmarked webpages. In Internet Explorer you can arrange your bookmarks in any way that you want and you can also create folders for bookmarks. The downside to IE is that bookmarking tends to be a more complicated process than that of GC.

Screen Shot 2014-01-09 at 1.28.04 PM  Also, another plus side to Google Chrome is that Chrome offers an “Incognito Window” option. This enables the user to browse the web without any cookies or browser history being logged. In other words, everything the user does will be invisible to the next user unless of course the user does not close out of the window. Internet Explorer does not offer a function like this.

Furthermore, Google Chrome offers the user the choice to create a google account. This account allows the user to sync all of their bookmarks and browsing history to any Google Chrome they sign in to, even if it is on a different device. This extends to mobile devices to desktops. The account syncs data ranging from google searches to even browsing history on youtube as well as recent youtube videos. Internet Explorer does not offer this function.

 

 

 

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Ruby Hashes

Hashes in Ruby are a helpful way to organize information. As can be seen in the screenshot below, I’ve created a new hash, named it example, and given it a couple keys and values to start. To create your own hash, just pick the name you want it to be called and set that equal to Hash.new. Since Ruby is case-sensitive, it’s important to remember to capitalize Hash.new. To set keys and values, use the format: hashname[“key”] = “value”. In my example hash, I’ve created the keys “cold” and “hot” and given them values of “pluto” and “sun” respectively.

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Next, you can get input from the user and add it to the hash as  a key or a value.

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The Basics of Google Drive Explained

There has been confusion regarding the difference between Google Drive and Google Docs. There is NO difference… They are exactly the same. Google Drive was previously called Google Docs.

Now I’ll explain some basics.

 

First, to access the Google Docs, when you’re on the Google Homepage, click, “Drive” on the upper navigation bar.

 

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Tumblr vs. WordPress

Bet you can’t guess who won.

WordPress is immediately impressive. It has a clean, organized look to it, and the posts resemble articles one might find in a professional news site. Its other features are also a plus. Multi tag searching is available, which makes it possible to easily find what you’re looking for. Additionally, there is a great deal of customization possible for those who want to decorate their blog to exact specifications. WordPress’ post creator offers an easy-to-use rich text editor and a bevy of possible tags. The fact that WordPress is mostly text posts is very convenient, because our posts will also be mainly text. Written posts are more common there than on Tumblr. They use pictures to give a bit of visual interest to the posts, but overall it is a collection of written articles. Continue reading

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