Saturday, April 5, 2014

New Mid-Range Galaxy Tablets From Samsung Could Be Perfect For You!

Let it be known that tablets are taking over completely, if they haven't already. What used to be thought of as a luxury can now be found in almost any home, and to be honest, no one is really complaining. Obviously though, this didn't happen over night. There is a lot that has gone into making these devices more affordable and accessible. The biggest reason is obviously the price range has decreased. With so many other companies following suit from Apple's iPad, almost any tech company offers a multitude of different tablets for customers to choose from. Ever since the release of the iPad and it's many progressions, tablets are no longer a burden to get. Companies like Samsung are even offering tablet options for customers who may want something better than the bottom, but not too many bells and whistles at the same time.

Samsung has actually just released a new line of tablets for those of you who may be looking for a newer mid-range tablet. Perfect for those of us who may want to have our tablets do what we want them to do, as well as do a bit more.

The new Tab4 series could be perfect for that college student in need, or the business exec with the meeting next Friday.

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If we look under the hood to see whats making these mid-range tablets so "mid-range-y", we'll find some decent inner workings. A Quad-core 1.2GHz processing chip along with the Android 4.4 KitKat OS should guarantee that your new mid-level tablet works exactly how you need it to. Again, nothing to flashy, but definitely will get the job done. The tablets come standard with Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11n Wi-Fi capabilities as well so you'll be able to surf the web properly and have your video conference calls on your Bluetooth headset. For those concerned about the photo taking qualities, the new tablets will come with a 3MP rear camera and a 1.3 MP front facing camera. The screens aren't bad either, coming in at 1280x800 pixel resolution rate.

So far there are only 3 sizes for the Tab4 series as well. Samsung has released a 7 inch model, an 8 inch model, and a 10.1 inch model as well. You're given the choice of either black or white when going with your tablet. Aesthetically they look very clean, as you would expect from Samsung. It does seem a bit weird to have a model that is only 1 inch bigger than another when they all have the same specs. Not sure if that extra inch is really gonna mean anything in the long run other than the slightly larger screen. If you are going for a larger screen though, you may as well cut out the middle man all together and just go for the 10.1 inch model. Either way it's all up to the customer.

If Samsung is able to put the price tag at somewhere around $350, then you can bet that all of the other tablet competitors have something to be nervous about. Half of the time, the name is what raises the price of a device. However, if Samsung can give you a good quality device, with their name, and put it at a reasonable price, then they are showing that they can hang with the big dogs and possibly sway some customers over to their side.

If you aren't sure about the tablet though, it may be the best choice to rent before you buy and commit. At least this way, you can see what you may possibly want to throw you're money at later on.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Netgear N300 Trek Travel Router Keeps You Connected Like Never Before

One of the more overlooked devices that debuted at CES was the Netgear N300 Trek wireless router. It's a really small, USB powered device that lets you share a wired or wireless internet connection with several different devices at a time. You can also use it to boost a weak Wi-Fi signal.

Getting started with this little guy is pretty simple. You have to first choose which type of network you are connecting to, either wireless or wired, and then slide up the antenna. It comes configured with an SSID and a randomly generated password. Once you get everything together and open up the default web page for the device you can save a profile for the hotspot you're connecting to, then select the network you are connecting the router to, and then you'll be taken to the network's log in page.

Once you are all hooked up, you can connect as many devices as you'd like without having to log in again. You can connect all of your wireless devices, but you are not limited to wireless connections because it even comes with Ethernet ports for all of your wired devices.

This comes in super handy when staying in hotel rooms while you are traveling. First of all, most hotel rooms have very outdated technology. They aren't meant to handle our current multi-device lifestyle. Also, lots of hotel rooms make you pay for your internet connection per device you have. If you get your password that you paid for, just use this device and connect all your other devices to it. It's kind of cheating the system.

This is the perfect device for any business traveler. On top of it being perfect, it is almost a necessity at this point for anyone who needs to stay connected on the road to keep their life going.

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Friday, March 7, 2014

Azoi Releases Wello iPhone Case That Monitors User's Vitals

Personal health is (or at least should be) important to most people. Keeping yourself relatively healthy and keeping yourself in check can be difficult, especially if you are constantly on the go. However, thanks to a new case for the iPhone, all that is about to change.

Designed by Azoi this iPhone case, known as Wello, is designed to measure a plethora of vitals including blood pressure, electrocardiography (ECG), heart rate, blood oxygen, temperature and lung function. According to the company, the case will offer a high level of accuracy in an attempt to make users more aware of their health.

The case has multiple built-in sensors that are easy to trigger. All you have to do is simply hold the case near your body for a few moments as key bodily functions are recorded. The gathered information then passes to the Wello app on your smartphone where it will be interpreted, measured and displayed all on your phone. In addition to that, the case can also talk to pedometers, sleep trackers and other fitness devices to incorporate additional data.

As of right now Azoi has only designed the case for the iPhone. The Wello case fits the iPhone 5, 5S and 4S and communicates to the phone via Bluetooth. According to Azoi, Wello is compatible with other iOS devices as well as Android phones running KitKat and equipped with Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). If you're confused about how a case designed for the iPhone fits an Android device Azoi has an answer. The case can be equipped with a special attachment that would adhere to Wello making it fit.

Devices like the Wello are becoming increasingly popular. Products like the Fitbit Force, Jawbone Up, and Nike+ FuelBand are all wearable gadgets that monitor health and fitness and are capable of syncing with your smartphone. However, the Wello is the only device that doesn't make you buy an extra accessory, though the case is not as convenient as a wearable device and is also more expensive.

The device is currently available for preorder in the US, Canada, Europe, China and other regions with the device set to ship in the Fall of 2014 though the case still needs approval from the FDA before it can be released in the US.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Apple Launches iOS In The Car

As of March 2014, Apple has finally announced its 'iOS in the car' project that has been rumored about for quite a few years. The project goes by the name of Apple CarPlay.

Apple CarPlay is a system that wires your iPhone apps with your car's digital system allowing you to have easier access to control all of your phone while traveling. The basic idea of CarPlay is allowing you to use your iPhone functions like maps, receiving phone calls, and incoming texts more easily. No more glancing down at your cellphone while at the wheel trying to read directions. Everything will be controlled by Siri so you won't have to take your hands off the wheel. Only the iPhone 5S, 5C and the iPhone 5 will be compatible along with all new iPhones that will be soon to come.

CarPlay allows you to use your iPhone's messaging by reading your text messages aloud, play your iTunes music and navigate more efficiently using Apple Maps through a better display screen. It's safer, easier and more convenient while driving. CarPlay already has many confirmed apps which feature, Beat Radio, Spotify, iHeartRadio and Stitcher. Many more options will become available in time as we see this new technology arise later this year.

The only down side to all this is that CarPlay is not a driverless system! You can not command Siri to drive you home.

CarPlay will be used three ways; through Siri, using a touchscreen built into your car or using the car's physical buttons and/or controls. Currently, there are no cars with CarPlay on the road at this time, but they are hitting the streets later this year with models from Honda, Jaguar, Kia and Volvo, including many more companies that have already committed to supporting the CarPlay platform.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Keeping Your Data Safe During Travel

Usually, when you are on the road traveling, the last thing you are going to think of is keeping your data secure. But either way, the data contained within your mobile devices is extremely vulnerable to security breaches whether you're thinking about it or not. When you connect to Wi-Fi hot spots while you're at the airport and dealing with important business over unsecure wireless connections, you are actually taking a pretty big risk. There are a few things that you should always keep in mind while you are working on the go in order to make sure that you and your information stays as safe as possible.

1. Make Sure Your Passwords Are Strong

I would hope that this would go without saying. We get it pushed down our throats all the time, and now even when you sign up for something it requires you to create a strong password. But surprisingly enough, "12345678" is still one of the most commonly used passwords of all time. There is actually very efficient password cracking software out there that uses the 1,000 most common passwords, and it is proven to crack 8 percent of users passwords. You should always make sure you have at least an 8 character password that includes one uppercase letter and one number. Those type of passwords are hard for programs to crack.

2. Unencrypted Connections Are Sketchy. Treat Them As Such.

Free Wi-Fi at fast food places or coffee shops seems like a good idea. It's free, and it convenient. Although you should always keep in mind that public connections don't require a password or authentication. This means that they are open for anyone to access them, even hackers. If a connection requires a password or some type of authentication, that means that it is encrypted and generally at least a little bit more safe.

3. Just Because You Pay For A Connection Doesn't Make It Secure

Just because a place charges you money to connect to their internet does not mean that it's secure. They don't care about you or your information, they are just happy you gave them money. After that, everything else is your problem. It's hard to tell how safe any connection is unless it's your own, so just make sure that you use caution when you have to do this.

4. Use Software To Locate Your Device

Mobile Device Management software is used to locate your device in case it gets stolen. In the event that something does happen to your device, you can log into your account with a computer or a different device and delete everything on your lost phone. You can also generally track it via GPS and get a good idea of where it is at. Apple products like the iPhone come standard with this type of software, and it is an absolute life saver. Most other manufacturers at least offer something like this, and if not, there are lots of third party apps that to do exact same thing just as good.

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

How To Keep Your Android Device Clean And Fast

There are plenty of reasons why you should make sure to clean out your Android device periodically. When you have tons of apps installed, a lot of them have routines that run constantly and can take away from the performance of your phone. What is even worse than that is the fact that some of them continuously access the internet. This can be a big problem if you do not have unlimited data, which most of us do not.

On top of that, expandable storage on smartphones is becoming more rare with every new smartphone launch. So having all of these old apps and all of their data is taking up useful storage space that you could be using for something... useful.

If your cell phone is suffering from a lack of storage and/or slow performance, then you should take advantage of this article and figure out how to identify and remove the useless things that are taking up all of the precious space on your device.

Store Your Media Elsewhere

All of your media doesn't have to travel with you in your pocket for the rest of your life. Let's face it, you're never going to look at most of it ever again, even if you don't want to delete it. So, if your phone storage is getting low, offload your media to a PC.

if you open your device's settings, you can see a graph that shows all of the storage in use and the available space you have left. You can look at this to determine where you should start freeing up space. Pay attention to the pictures and videos section. These take up a lot of space, and they make the most sense to store on your computer instead of your phone.

To do this, open the settings option under "Storage" on the device. Touch USB connection on an Android KitKat device and then connect as Media Device. Then plug in a USB cable from the device to your PC and let the drivers automatically install on the PC. After that, all you have to do is use Windows Explorer to browse through all of your phone's files and drag them on to your computer into any folder that you would like them to be saved under. After they have been successfully removed from the device, just delete them off the phone. You can even reverse this to put them back on your device later if you want to.

Organization

 You can also get a couple different organization apps and third party screen locks, like Cover Lock Screen. Some screen lock apps are useful if you have tons of app launch icons on your home screen. They can even learn which apps you use, when you use them, and from where, and then deliver them as you need them. This is pretty successful in cutting down on date usage.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Best Travel Apps From 2013

If you have a smartphone or a tablet then you already know how flooded the app market is. Sometimes it can feel impossible to sift through everything and find an app that is even worth the time that it takes to download. We all have those select few apps that we have been using for years, but sometimes you just have to wonder if there is anything else out there that might be better. Unfortunately, this past year didn't give birth to any game changers, but there are in fact a few new apps that could give you a breath of fresh air and help you out in your business travels.

1. Hipmunk

This app has really set the bar in searching for hotels and flights because of it's unrivaled sorting ability. Hipmunk lets you search for flights by class off service and also access your past queries. You can get really in depth and pick your flight based off of travel time, price, or just by airline. You can also choose the "Agony" option and it will show you the flight with the least amount of travel time possible. The hotel search is great as well and can be narrowed down to specific neighborhoods. All of the search results are very easy to read and follow with it's nice looking color coded charts. It will also show you popular places in different areas like restaurants or stores. You can narrow your search by choosing different options like business, kid friendly, luxury, or romantic.

2. Refresh

This app lets you get your creep on. Basically, it shows you all of the available data about a person that you are getting ready to meet. This could be a potential new employee that you are about to interview, someone you may be considering working for, or even just someone you're thinking about taking on a date. It uses various social media profiles of the person that you search to gather most of the useful information that you may need and puts it in one place for you. They claim that the purpose of the app is to eliminate the grueling pain of awkward small talk when meeting someone for the first time, but you can choose to do with it what you will. I think it's a neat idea for job interviews.

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3. Viber

Viber is an absolutely fantastic app for the traveling business person who finds themselves in a place where they don't have very good cell service, your mobile plan doesn't cover roaming, or your plan isn't unlimited. Basically, this app lets you make phone calls and send text messages for free as long as you have a Wi-Fi connection. Most people probably think that Skype would be the best for this, but when you make a call or send a text with Viber, it uses your existing phone number. On top of that, syncing all of your existing contacts with the app is probably the easiest thing in the world.

4. MyCityWay

This app gives you a very quick description of any city that you may want to know more about. You can choose categories for dining, pharmacies, weather, local news, and public transit. This is the perfect app for when you are traveling and end up staying in a city that you aren't familiar with. I would recommend that you download it instead of skipping over it because the name makes it sound dumb

5. Taxi Magic

This is one of the easiest ways to get a cab. It works in 60 U.S. cities and provides you with immediate pickups, fare estimates, and you can even make reservations to be picked up at a later time or date. You can also track your taxi to find out where its at so that you can be inside until the moment it arrives. Possibly the best part is that you can pay ahead of time via credit card and get a receipt emailed to you. Doesn't get much easier than that, right?