How Technology Makes Us Human

Does technology make us more human? Some say yes! We’re going to look at some of the specific ways that tech actually makes us human. Others say that technology hampers humanity, but this just isn’t the case if you look at all the facts. Once you read out list, you’re going to start to look at the technological tools you use on a daily basis in a different way most likely.

How Technology Makes us More Human

Here’s a look at several specific ways that technology can make us more human.

Skills:
Whether it’s computers or the ability to print our thoughts and knowledge down on paper to pass them down to future generations, technology makes it possible to improve skills and become better humans.

Empowerment:
They have exoskeletons on the market that allow you to be able to lift large objects easily as well as walk longer distances. This technology has even been able to help the disabled move around, which is a big part of being human.

Communication:
Being a human is all about communication. The Internet makes our lives better by providing a more efficient and instantaneous means of communication these days. Without the Internet, the global economy wouldn’t be able to be a reality. Well, it wouldn’t be as easy as it is without the ‘net. Technology has allowed us to communicate a lot more, which is a big part of us being human.

Love:
Another big part of being human is the ability to love. Technology has helped many couples be able to live more full and fulfilling lives. And telephones and other technology makes it easier for us to find someone to love us no matter what. This would still happen without technology, but tech like the Internet has made it a lot easier.

War:
This is not a positive way that technology has helped mankind, but it has to be mentioned. Technology of weapons has come a long way over the years. It’s finally reached a point where we can destroy the entire planet. This has caused some people to look at the big picture – that humans need to learn how to get along if we’re going to survive.

A man I knew provided remote desktop services, and when I first saw the technology, I was amazed. There’s so much great technology out there these days. If you look at the list above, it’s easy to see why so many agree that technology is actually a part of humanity – something that has allowed us to come a long way in a short time. Without technology, we’d still be living in caves and scavenging for food around the planet. Leave us a comment if there’s one piece of technology that you couldn’t do without. Don’t worry, there’s probably  more than one piece of tech that makes your life easier so leave a list of everything you need to survive the modern world.

Author Bio:

Adam Prattler is working as a full time internet marketer and blogger. He has a dream of becoming world leader. Previously he was appointed as content manager at SIRJ accounts, IJKV tech and some other companies.

 

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How to take care of your flash memory

To minimise data loss and ensure the best results from your Flash storage device, follow these simple recommendations:

Replace or recharge batteries in devices after getting a low-battery warning

Battery discharge is one of the most common problems causing the loss of pictures or other data on Flash storage devices. If a battery dies in the middle of a write operation to the Flash storage device, not only can the file being written become corrupted, but the entire device may be damaged as well. For example, if the File Allocation Table (FAT) directory file update is incomplete and the FAT file is corrupted, some or all files on the Flash storage device may no longer be accessible.

However, it may be possible to repair the Flash storage device using commercially available disk recovery software. Even with these recovery programs, some data or files on the Flash storage device may still be lost, but the rest may be recoverable. To avoid these problems, carry a spare battery if possible or stop using a device when battery power gets very low.

Properly remove your Flash storage device from the host device

It is important to wait until all operations are completed before removing a Flash storage device from a digital camera or other host device. If the Flash storage device is removed during a write operation, for example, the Flash storage device may be corrupted and data loss may occur. Most digital cameras will show a blinking light during Flash write operations, so it is important to wait until all operations are completed.

For example on my PCs, to stop my DataTraveler’s USB connection I go through Windows (In Windows XP, use the “Safely Remove Hardware” icon in the system tray). For my DataTraveler Elite drives, i use MyTraveler’s Eject button. Computers often “cache” data into memory and may delay the write to USB Flash drives. As a rule of thumb, it is advisable to wait a minimum of two minutes after you finish writing data to a USB drive.

Properly store Flash cards in their plastic cases and close the cap on your USB drives.

Flash storage devices, while quite reliable, can be damaged when dropped on hard surfaces. When they are not in use, store Flash storage cards in their clear plastic cases. In addition, static electricity can also damage Flash storage devices. For example, on dry days, a person can generate enough static electricity to cause a spark while touching a doorknob or other metal objects (this is called electro-static discharge or ESD). My DataTraveler USB drive is designed to resist high levels of electro-static discharge; however, extreme levels of ESD may still cause damage.

Do not force Flash storage devices into connectors.

Flash card or USB Flash drive connectors are unidirectional. This means that the Flash storage device must be inserted in one direction only; if you cannot insert the drive or card, do not force it in. This will prevent damage to the Flash storage device or the socket.

Pack Flash storage devices into carry-on luggage if possible.

Tens of millions of Flash storage devices are in use worldwide and there have been no verifiable reports of Flash storage damage due to airport X-ray scanners.

A 2004 study by the International Imaging Industry Association (I3A) verified that today’s airport X-ray machines do not appear to be a risk to flash memory cards. When I bought my DataTraveler USB drives, Kingston recommended that they be treated just like unprocessed film and stored in carry-on luggage, as the passenger screening radiation levels are much lower than those used by newer luggage scanning machines.

Always make backups of your data

Having said all this, Flash storage devices are not infallible and can have their data damaged due to factors mentioned above. It is important to backup important information on multiple media or even print data on paper for long-term storage. Do not store important data solely on Flash storage devices.

About the Guest Author

Vishal Parekh is the Marketing Director of Kingston Technology India, the leading brand in memory modules and data storage. He has lead Kingston in India for more than seven years and has been a key architect of the company’s strategic vision. Being a strong believer of Relationship Management, he has successfully developed a healthy distribution network and channel. He has even managed roadshows in 300 cities in a calendar year with an objective to educate customer.

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A Quick look at the Gionee Elife E3

Gionee Mobile phones, though new to the Market, are making their presence known by introducing smartphones with the latest features at a price that is value for money. The Gionee Elife E3 mobile phone falls in the Rs 15000 segment of the smart phones and has a lot to offer.  Apart from the attractive price range, the phone is very appealing to the eye thanks to  its sleek looks  and curvy edges with various vibrant colors (Blue, Red, Pink, Black, White and Yellow).

Gionee Elife E3

What’s in the Box:

What's in the Box Gionee E3

The following are contained in the box of the Gionee Elife E3
1) The phone and its cover
2) One protective transparent plastic case which covers the rear part of the phone. This gives the phone a glossy finish but the quality of the plastic is very low. It is flimsy and is susceptible to cracking very quickly.
3) Phone battery.
4) Phone Charger with USB data cable.
5) One hands-free Headphones with mic.
6) Two complementary screen guards.
7) User Guide, Warranty card and contact list of service centers across the country.

Software and Hardware:

The Gionee Elife E3 is built with a Quad Core 1.2GHz Cortex A7 CPU. It has 1GB RAM and 16GB of storage space. You can add more storage with a micro SD card up to a maximum of 32GB.  The phone ships with Android v4.2 Jelly Bean. It also comes with a 4.7″ 720p touch screen display which is capable of HD playback.

The UI has been changed quite a bit compared to ‘stock’ or ‘vanilla’ android, and in no way resembles the UI on other phones at this price range. You get different icons and lock screen, which you can change by changing the theme. Unfortunately, there seems to be a limited set of themes available. Hopefully, in a future update, Gionee will add the ability to download more themes. It is fairly snappy with the occasional stutter.

The phone has three capacitive buttons up front: Menu, Home and Back. Long pressing the home button brings up the multitasking option. Switching between apps is fairly quick. There are stutters in terms of the animations once in a while, during the multitasking process. These are bugs that will hopefully be fixed with a firmware update.

Camera:

The primary camera on the Gionee Elife E3 is an 8.0 megapixel HD shooter, with a secondary 2.0 megapixel front facing camera. The primary camera can record HD video at 1080p.

Camera settings contain the following options:

  1. HDR
  2. Face detections
  3. Scene mode(Night, Party, Portrait, Landscape etc.)
  4. Continuous Shot upto 20 Pics
  5. Exposure
  6. Self Timer; Saturation, brightness, contrast, ISO and anti flicker settings.

There are various preset frames that one can use to add an artistic touch to the final picture.

  • Colour effects: Mono, Sepia, Negative, Aqua, Blackboard & whiteboard.
  • White Balance; Capture Actions (Ex. Touch Shot, Gesture Shot, Smile Shot)
  • Capture mode; (Panorama, MAV, Eraser, Best face, EV bracket shot etc.)

The camera interface isn’t the same set up that one sees with other OEMs like Xolo or Micromax. It looks quite nice and is very simple to use. You have easy access to settings and the toggles to the various modes.

 

 

The image quality isn’t the best out there, but it is very much usable for the average buyer who would probably just share them on Facebook. Just don’t expect print quality images. A word of advice: if you use the cover provided by Gionee, if the flash fires, it more or less ruins any night time photos, as the flash seems to reflect off the sides of the cover. Either cut a larger groove on the cover around the camera or get another cover.

Camera Samples:

Battery: 

The phone has an 1800 mAh battery, which is replacable. With usage involving GPS, Data, various apps and Music playback, the phone got me through the day (16 to 20 Hrs) when fully charged. For a phone of this caliber this is pretty decent. When using only the phone with no data, the phone obviously lasts longer. Of course, your mileage may vary, as battery usage will vary from person to person and each individuals usage. Unless you’re a heavy user or play a lot of games, the phone will get you through the day. 

Other Specs:

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General, 2G Network, 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

,3G Network, 900/2100 MHz
,SIM, Dual SIM

Phone Dimensions,Size, 137.4 x 68.4 x 7.9 mm
Data, “GPRS,EDGE, HSPA,WLAN, Bluetooth”,
Features, “Radio, Multi-media MP3, DTS Sound, GPS, Digital Compass, G-Sensor, Light-Sensor “,

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Conclusion:

In conclusion I find that the Gionee Elife E3 is a phone that offers you true value for money. There is an occasional lag that I find when I using the phone, but the overall experience is satisfactory. The gaming experience and quality of the HD screen watching movies is excellent. However the phone does need a better headset and the quality of sound when listening to music isn’t something that is a standout feature of this phone.

Note: This is a quick write up by an actual end user of the device, who now happens to have bought two more of the same device for other members of his family!

About the Guest Author:

IMG_20131029_195234My name is Ananth Karthik and I’m a sailor who sails the 7 seas. I’m not much of Gadget Aficionado but I do like to move with the times and do my best to keep up with fast moving technology.

The death of Google Reader, and its potential successors

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Google Reader is dead. After seven years of life and in the midst of steadily declining service, Google has pulled the plug on its RSS Reader, which will be fully discontinued at the beginning of June. Many of you will no doubt be disappointed by this, depending on your level of dependence on your RSS feed. But once you’ve managed to get over your initial panic attack, be advised that there are a number of highly functional alternatives to Google Reader to which you can quickly and easily relocate your subscriptions via Google Takeout. Here is a list of some of the possible successors to Google Reader’s throne.

NewsBlur

First up is NewsBlur, which offers a slick interface with a cohesive visual design, to make reading very easy on the eye. It is also mobile friendly, with apps for Android and iOS, for those of you who have already embraced new technology in the tablet vs laptop debate. For those of you into content curation, you can even use NewsBlur to start up your own “BlurBlog” to host and comment on posts to your RSS feed. The major, major downside to this option is that NewsBlur has currently suspended the creation of free accounts due to increased demand, meaning that those who want to take advantage will have to pay for a premium account. This, however, does allow for an unlimitedly large feed, and access to all the site’s features.

iOS Download

‎NewsBlur
‎NewsBlur
Developer: NewsBlur, Inc.
Price: Free+

Android Download

NewsBlur
NewsBlur
Developer: NewsBlur, Inc.
Price: Free+

Feedly

Next, we have Feedly, which is probably the most likely all-purpose alternative to be adopted en-masse by GR refugees. Feedly has the advantage of being freely available on major platform – web, iOS and Android. It also offers a minimalistic approach similar to GR, but with a few modernisations that will likely appeal immensely to those at the cutting edge. These features include a magazine-style viewing option, the ability to organise parts of your feed into specific folders with different pre-set viewing styles, and a surprising degree of customisability in terms of its overall look. Its biggest advantage is definitely its free and robust mobile apps, which are likely to dominate in a market where Google’s API has vanished, which makes it the perfect alternative for tablet and smartphone users, even if only as a temporary stopgap.

Android Download

Feedly - Smarter News Reader
Feedly - Smarter News Reader
Developer: Feedly Team
Price: Free+

iOS Download

‎Feedly - Smart News Reader
‎Feedly - Smart News Reader

Flipboard

Flipboard is another contender in this space, which is available on the iOS and Android platforms. A web version is missing here though. It offers a simplified way to navigate through your social and news feeds by just flipping through the items. Even though the mobile experience is good, Flipboard works exceptionally well on tablets with big colourful cover images. You can choose curated topics to subscribe to as well as as individual feeds. Flipboard is also offering a way to migrate your existing Google Reader feeds to their platform.

Android Download

iOS Download

‎Flipboard
‎Flipboard
Developer: Flipboard Inc.
Price: Free

The Old Reader

A definite one-to-watch comes in the form of The Old Reader. Styling itself “the ultimate social RSS reader”, the Old Reader was created to replicate the style and features of the older version of Google Reader, meaning it is likely to feel very familiar to diehard GR users who have been using the product for a long time. It offers a robust replacement, allowing for a complete RSS experience with highly functional social elements. It is, however, hampered by its present lack of mobile and tablet apps, which may hamstring it at this early stage and prevent it from picking up a huge number of those in the RSS wilderness – at least right now. The Old Reader is still only in a beta stage, and it is definitely worth keeping an eye on its development; once it emerges in its final form, it may offer an experience akin to a much improved version of Google Reader, as its design philosophy suggests.

Others?

Beyond these more promising alternatives, a number of smaller players exist. These include NetNewsWire (a dependable if visually outdated Mac-only app which will currently undergo major redesign in the near future), Pulse (an independent platform which is now offering features to speed the import of your Google Reader subscriptions which also boasts companion mobile apps) and the NetVibes site (which isn’t an RSS reader at all, but a social dashboard utility that can do the job of an RSS reader and is both free and highly functional in its implementation). And this is just the beginning. Far from Google Reader’s shutdown signalling the end for RSS, this much beloved platform will likely see much expansion and innovation over the coming months. Google Reader, much beloved as it was, had essentially created a situation in which developers were actively being discouraged from making their own RSS back end, which means that several reader apps are now going to be left worryingly adrift unless they can adapt fast. With this monolithic force now gone, developers will be forced to innovate to set themselves apart from the crowd. The future will probably still be dominated by larger and already existing forces, but we can expect much more diversification in terms of smaller specialist apps for more niche markets.

About Author

Joanna Stevenson studied Computer Science in London, and currently works in digital consulting. She enjoys writing tech articles in her free time and aspires to be an intrepid tech and gaming enthusiast

 

First time Mover from iPhone to Android? Here are some tips

Switching from iPhone to Android is complicated if you don’t know few basic facts. If you are ready to make the switch, start by buying a high-end Android phone which has at least more than 4.3 inch screen, 1.2 GHz dual core processor, and high resolution screen display. Once you have purchased the device, here are few things to follow for making the switch.

1.Optimize Home Screen

Unlike the iPhone where you have to stick to some default icons set to the home screen, you can pay around a lot with Android. Here, you can download and install your favorite apps and set them as home screen icons and swipe them as well. Android features  ‘widgets’ as well as Application shortcuts on it’s home screen, so you can get updates from the apps without actually opening up the app. Getting to know Android will take some time and to make it easier for you, I suggest getting familiar with the Home and Menu buttons. Most of the activities on any Android device are centered on these buttons.

2. Syncing Apps

One of the major drawbacks you will come across during the switch is app incompatibility. Android and iPhone apps are completely incompatible. Therefore, you will lose access to all apps once you switch. You have to download and install them again. So note down the installed apps and re-install them. However, some app developers offer an iPhone and Android version of the same app and if the user data is stored on their servers or the cloud, you will not lose important data.

3. Gmail is Compulsory

Like the new Nokia Lumia series makes Microsoft Outlook email account essential to sync all data, you need to use a Gmail account to use Android. The primary Gmail account will be used to store data and hold your account details including payment methods for paying for apps you’ll buy on Google Play App store. Nevertheless, if you still wish to access emails from non-Gmail accounts, you can do that via IMAP, POP3 or Microsoft Exchange setting. Before switching, finalize the Gmail account you wish to use. Ensure no one else uses it. Lastly, you have to use the same Exchange system to transfer contacts and calendar notes from iPhone to Android.

4. Media Transfer

To transfer pictures, music files and videos, you need to transfer them to your PC via USB connection. Mac users can use the Image Capture tool to backup images. Once done, remove the iPhone device from PC, connect the Android device and transfer all the files. If the device runs on ICS or above, install the Android File Transfer Utility on the Mac to transfer media files. Further, you will also find that the device does not sync with iTunes; therefore, your alternatives would be to use Google Play or Amazon Cloud Player.

5. Transferring SMS and Voice Mail

You can use iSMS2Droid tool to transfer your Text messages from iPhone to your new Android phone. The steps are not too straight forward, but here’s a  link to instructions on how to go about this.

Transferring voice mails is a bit more time consuming. The easiest way is to transfer the voicemails to the forwarding them to your Google mail account and then accessing them on the Android device.

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6. Battery Life

Even though Android is really enjoying popularity, its drawback is its battery life. Some high-end devices do have better battery life but they are not affordable for everyone. Hence, if you want to save on battery, I recommend you to switch off 4G, Wi-Fi and GPS when not in use. If you are not using social media accounts, disable them. You can enable them again with just a tap.

7. Android App Store

After the switch, say bye-bye to Apple app store. The Android device will use Google Play as its default app market. You can still search, download and install from alternate marketplaces if you enable the option, but it is risky and you should install virus protection software before downloading from other app stores.
Making the switch from iPhone to Android will take some time but don’t you worry. Just follow the above pointers.

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Author Bio:

Sanjeev Kumar is very passionate to write about latest technology like iPhone, Android and Windows Phone. He is the part of Indianprice.com – a product discovery and price comparison website that provides a great way to find best prices of products across multiple shopping. Also, indianprice.com a great destination to read news and reviews about latest gadgets and technologies.

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Nomad Travel App For Android Travel Enthusiasts

Nomad Travel App - location detailsI was introduced to Nomad by a friend and ever since being the travel enthusiast that I am, hooked on to it! The travel app is released as a beta version which provides information about places to travel around Bangalore. According to Mink 7, the app developers, they plan to open the platform to users so that they can crowd-source new location content from travel enthusiasts using their app.

What I love about the app is its easy-to-use navigation, pleasing design and colours, beautiful pictures, well thought of filters, glitch free operation, a link to maps & driving directions and above all the range of places covered! And to think I’d seen most places around!

What prompted the app developers to spend time and build this app? Harsha M.V. from Mink 7 has the answer to that, “Being an Travel enthusiast and foodie we travel far and wide in search for adventure and food. Having run a 8750+ Bakasura community for close to two years. We are looking to exploring food outside the city as well – resulting in weekend trips to places like Mysore, Mangalore, Udupi, Ambur for food. We wanted a handy source to help us plan our trip and found that the existing solutions are incomplete and are more of hobby projects. So we went ahead and build our solution which turned out to be very helpful for our friends and family as well. Having Experience in Product Development and particularly User Experience and Design we were sure we can stand out from day one.

List of Locations in Nomad Travel AppAbout opening their travel app to other locations and how they plan on getting location information, Harsha said, “Food and Travel is something most of the masses love to indulge in and we are sure that crowd sourcing the content wont be hard. We are trying to figure out the most effective way to do the same. Once our Platform will go live and we will be a global app not just other parts of India. We see that France, US, Spain, China are the most visited Countries in the world year on year.

While its not perfect yet, it certainly can get there soon and with that belief here are a few additions I can think of, introduce ratings by users (provisions to include user comments/photos), include more filters (user rating, kid friendly, elderly friendly/wheelchair access, best time to visit with a month-wise selection choice) and provide more information (hotels/lodges, public transport, food).

Also, having travelled around a bit, I see a few key places are missing and it would be a good idea to add them right away – Bannerghatta national park, Mysore, Bylakuppe monastery, Chitradurga fort, Puttaparthi, Chikmagalur, Mangalore & around, Pondicherry, Coimbatore, Mahabalipuram, Kodaikanal, Pattadkal, Badami, Mantralaya, Karwar, Udupi and Srirangapatna.

All said, its going to be my one stop solution for a quite a few weekends from now…long drives here I come! Thank you Nomad for making it more interesting & easier to travel around namma Bengaluru.

Strongly recommend this to every Bengaluru local/ visitor – a MUST HAVE :)

Download Link:

Nomad - Weekend Getaway
Nomad - Weekend Getaway
Developer: Mink 7
Price: Free

Screenshots From Nomad Travel App:

Author Bio:

“Oormila is a self confessed gadget freak with an eye for photography and the adage that bigger is always better”. Follow her on LinkedIn.

Mobile apps for Lawyers (iPhone and iPad apps)

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Lawyers are the kind of professionals that are always low on time and high on demand. They need to sort out a lot their work on the go, keeping deadlines, creating documents and researching cases simultaneously. Meanwhile, they also need to keep a track of the standard laws and the amendments being made in them from time to time. Arranging client details in order and managing research material becomes quite a messy work. In regards with these issues, lawyers can resort to the use of various smartphone applications available in the market these days. Almost all of us now use smartphones, so this list here of all the top mobile applications for lawyers can be pretty useful.

1. Black’s Law Dictionary

Lawyers have to use a lot of books and reference materials constantly to look up a lot of articles, laws and legal issues. Carrying all this stuff everywhere is of course impossible, but it is darned much essential for every lawyer looking to make a mark. This is where the Black’s Law Dictionary mobile application comes in extremely handy. With technologies aid, lawyers can now have this supremely exhaustive and comprehensive piece of Thomson Reuters reference guide with them at all times.

2. Evernote

Evernote is undoubtedly the best mobile application out there for effective and efficient note taking without much fuss or delay. For people who want to organize, store and sync their data on the mobile (especially Lawyers who need their legal documents and research well organized), this application is a boon. Even though, it requires you to pay a monthly charge for the subscription for its full advantage, it is undeniably well worth it.

‎Evernote
‎Evernote
Developer: Evernote
Price: Free+

3. Dropbox

Dropbox is easily one of the “must-have” applications on your mobile – for the sole reason that you can access any of your files on the cloud from anywhere, on your mobile. Any important files, documents or research papers can be uploaded on the Dropbox cloud and then accessed from anywhere on your mobile. This reduces the risk of losing the files from your database as well as helps you share these files and documents with anyone using Dropbox extremely easily.

‎Dropbox
‎Dropbox
Developer: Dropbox, Inc.
Price: Free+

4. LawRD

This is the most essential mobile application for lawyers as well as law firms in regards with the Financial Management goes in the legal terms. LawRD essentially helps you estimate and measure the Return on Investment with immense proficiency. It provides you with a timesheet to keep records of your expenses, has detailed billing sheets to help you bill your clients on time and lets you know the profitability and productivity of a case instantly. A definite must.

5. iJuror

Jury is considered to be an extremely vital cog in the judicial system today, and iJuror is one of those rare applications which lets you observe and choose the perfect jury members. It gives you effective methods of monitoring potential jurors while enabling you to take due notes at the same time. It has features to make sharing your thoughts and opinions with other lawyers too. It does come with a cost of $19.99, but then it’s a darned good investment to make.

iJuror
iJuror
Developer: Scott Falbo
Price: 16,99 €+

6. Fastcase

When it won the American Association of Law Libraries New Product of the Year Award, you knew that Fastcase was undoubtedly the mobile application everybody had praised and revered. Also, if you have used the desktop version of this wonderful application, getting it on mobile would only make better sense. It is essentially a web-based legal research application that lets you sort and customize the search results according to your needs and necessities. This one should be in every list of top mobile apps for lawyers.

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Android invades the Home – In an Oven Actually

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The Consumer Electronics Show is no stranger to surprises. This year’s haul includes the proliferation of Google’s Android mobile OS making the leap in to everyday equipment. From an oven running Android 4.0.2 to rice cookers and refrigerators, home automation via the internet looks to be the new techie trend. All this hits the news at the same time as a brand new Android tablet by Lenovo, the IdeaTab, raises the bar for what we expect of thin and light products. Let’s take a look at how the ecosystem is meant to work together.

Davor’s Android-powered oven was the definitive centrepoint for Android-powered home automation gear. A 30-inch built-in oven combined with an Android companion app lets you pick your meal from a recipe card, and have the oven adjust its timings and temperatures instantly.

Described by PCMag as a “game changer for novice chefs”, the companion app allows you to pick and choose types of food (even allowing for weight and density), desired consistencies and the time you’re planning on being at table. If there’s a problem, the app will inform you instantly. A luxury steal at $4,499.

Chinese consumer goods manufacturer Hisense brought their own angle on Android-powered home automation to this year’s CES. Packing both a fridge and air conditioner, Hisense were one of many home automation enterprises pushing the energy-saving potential of fully integrated smart gear. LG are pushing a washer, dryer and smart fridge on the same platform.

All of this centralised automation equipment comes just as top-end manufacturers are introducing automation management devices. Lenovo pushed out the K900 smartphone, the world’s first Intel Clover Trail+ device, with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. It’s smaller, thinner and lighter than its predecessor – the K800 – which might just make it perfectly-suited to carrying around at all times to control virtually anything in the home. LG’s washer will even let you know your laundry’s done if you’re out.

As Phil Nickinson, editor for Android Central, makes clear: 2013 is only just beginning. CES is exciting, glitzy and impressive, but it’s only the start of the year. This year, then, looks to be the year of home automation. Android, with its wide developer community, broad device compatibility and low-cost development framework, seems to be the OS of choice in creating the Internet of Things. What do we think we’ll be seeing later down the line?

About the Guest Author:

This article is written by Louise Miller. Louise graduated from LSE in 2011 with an MA in engineering and is now working as a freelance web designer. She loves blogging about tech and social media in her free time, especially all things Android.

Top 5 Android Apps For Entrepreneurs

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Using an Android device and searching for business apps can ease your tight schedule to make your work easy and reduce strain. The Android market is filled with many business apps. So, we are giving you some useful business apps that support you.

File manager: This application allows you to customize or arrange your folder, files and desktop. This app has three sets of images and solves multiple issues. Users who find this app should have prior knowledge and then should go for this app.

Quick Office Pro: This helps people who constantly use Excel, Word, and power point. By using this app, users can edit and open documents, spread sheets and presentations. We can use PDF file as well. We can resize, delete and move using this app. You can also store your files on cloud storage.

Divide: Bring your own gadgets to the organizations in a secure way by splitting work into personal and office sections. Dividing the work into encrypted form on gadget devices allows business people to access their contact, emails and so on.
IT professional maintains data control and security; Data can be erased in the absence of the employee. Other employees can’t access your personal data; it can be accessed by the mobile owner .This application is available for free.

Divide Android App

Google Drive: Using this app, we can store documents, photos and videos. We can access and share from one place. You can upload files directly on Google drive from your gadget and you can share it with your friends.

Business people can use this app especially for presentations, office documents and PDF files. This app allows users to store upto 5GB.When we are sharing our documents, other people can also edit the file on real time. This app is completely free to download.

Bump: To use this app we need two smart phone owners because it’s easy and quick to transfer data. Before transferring the data, users need to confirm that they want to share the data. This app can be used on networking events because it easy to share mails. They can become friends on Facebook and it is completely free to download.

Adobe Reader: To share PDF files on an android device, user’s use this app. Users can access and manage PDF files. We can fill application forms online and sign electronically. You can store all your PDF files on cloud. You can edit files using this app like strike through, underline, highlight, add text, and comment.

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Top 5 Windows 8 tablets – A new dawn for the Post-PC Age

Microsoft Trusts its Competitors with its Future – A new dawn for the Post-PC Age

Windows 8 tablet PCs will shortly be hitting the shelves. So, which is model is going to blow the market away? The prices are out, so let the game commence! Here are our top 5. Keep an eye out for a desktop touting as a tablet.

Microsoft’s Surface
Microsoft’s Surface tablet PC completely changes the way we think about keyboards…kinda

1. Microsoft Surface. A beautiful piece of kit, the Surface is Microsoft’s best attempt at revolutionizing the tablet so far. With a magnesium chassis, a ClearType HD display and an awesome fold-out reimagining of that most archaic of peripherals, the keyboard, Microsoft may have played a blinder. Reviews are positive, and pricing seems competitive, starting at $599 for the basic 32GB model. Unlike Apple’s iPad, the Surface has upgradeable memory —you can whack an SD card in the back and boost your memory straight out. Brilliant.

The HP Envy x2 is pretty, but somehow familiar

2. HP Envy x2. The first hybrid tablet-cum-ultrabook device on our list, the HP Envy x2 is clearly designed to provoke a deadly sin in all who behold it. With a massive 64GB starting SSD, HP’s sleek new machine has been accused of copying the Apple MacBook Air, with its brushed aluminium shell and rounded corners. The Envy x2 looks like a strong competitor: boasting Beats Audio speakers, NFC support and a gorgeous IPS display. There’s always the fear, though, that HP may fall foul of the Cupertino patent machine. One for a wait-and-see approach.

Lenovo’s ThinkPad is designed with business and travel in mind

3. Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2. Showcasing Intel’s signature tablet PC processor, the Atom Clover Trail, Lenovo’s ThinkPad has met with critical acclaim. It’s solidly built, spec-ed up to the rim, and includes a full version of Office 2013 at launch. Though the price tag puts it at the upper end of the category, it would not be paying over the odds for this extremely powerful tablet

The Vivo Tab RT is a mere 10.6” across

4. Asus Vivo Tab RT. We’ve not yet mentioned a Windows RT tablet PC in this run-down, but here’s one worth the mention. The little brother to the Asus Vivo Tab, the Vivo Tab RT features a fairly standard hybrid ultrabook detachable keyboard, an Nvidia Tegra 3 graphics chip and a Super IPS+ panel with a resolution of 1366×768, just tipping it into the ‘HD Ready’ category. And, because, it’s ARM-powered and running RT, the Vivo Tab RT comes bundled with Office 2013. Priced to sell at $599.99
This is one of the most interesting Windows RT machines to watch. Its success or failure may well be depend on Microsoft’s ability to acquire a mobile ecosystem full of customers.

The VAIO Tap 20 can be angled to virtually any inclination you want

5. Sony VAIO Tap 20. Perhaps unimpressed with the competition’s attempts to combine tablet and laptop into hybrid ultrabooks, Sony have instead tried to create and all-in-one desktop computer in a single touch-screen device. It’s got a cool stand – there’s something you don’t hear often in computer reviews – and it is a big old piece of kit that could easily serve as a family media hub. The 1TB hard drive it packs is, therefore, to be expected. But, is its lack of mobility stuck just a little too far in the past?


Author Bio:

This article is written by Louise Miller. Louise graduated from LSE in 2011 with an MA in engineering and is now working as a freelance web designer. She loves blogging about tech and social media in her free time, especially all things Android.