Nov
23
2014
Microsoft Lumia
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Microsoft Lumia

 

 

Microsoft is launching its very first Lumia smartphone, with the tagline of “Microsoft is delivering the power of everyday mobile technology to everyone.” The giant’s new step marked the first time the company drops the Nokia name on its smartphones.

It seems Microsoft’s first Lumia is a low-end device targeted at the masses, but it’s not clear how Microsoft will name its first Lumia, but many say it’ll just continue Lumia 5xx series. In fact, the company could opt to ditch the number scheme that Nokia has used in the past.

The new smartphone will include a 5-inch display (540×960 pixels) with 1GB RAM, a 5-megapixel primary shooter, and 1.2GHz quad-core CPU Snapdragon processor. It has a forward-facing camera, something Nokia chose to cut from the recent low-end Lumia handsets.

The device will be powered by a 1,900 mAh battery and will be available in black, white, gray, blue, orange, blue and green colors.

The first images give us a good idea of how it will look. They also confirm the dual SIM support of the handset but it appears that 3G is only available on one of the slots and there’s no LTE at all. Either way, Microsoft Lumia is expected to be the first smartphone of its family to carry the Microsoft branding after the company officially got rid of the Nokia logos. we can see from the leaked images that the Microsoft name is clearly printed on the top of the phone. On the back, the company’s imprint is also visible.

The Lumia 5xx series have been by far the best selling Windows Phone handsets over the past few years so the mobile world’s excitement when rumors of a new member come up is easy to understand.

The first Microsoft branded Lumia model rumored to be unveiled on Tuesday, November 11 2014.

Microsoft will supposedly offer seven color variations for the Lumia 535. The unveiling will take place on Tuesday, at which time we should know more information such as pricing and availability

 

 

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Nov
22
2014

 

Microsoft Office for iPad and iPhone

In November 2014, Microsoft has refreshed Office apps for iPad and iPhone making more features of the core Office functionality free for users in its new versions. Microsoft has released updated versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps, which are now available in the Apple App Store. Word for iPhone (Excel for iPhone and PowerPoint for iPhone are available separately).

Before the release of the new versions, Office for iPad users could work with documents using PowerPoint. For these operations they were nor required to use Office 365 subscription. They could open, copy and paste documents or share them via attachments. However, to create new documents, edit and format their texts, as well as to save to OneDrive or SharePoint, users had to pay for an Office 365 subscription.

From now, Microsoft has made more of the core Office functionality free. Individual users are able to create and do more advanced editing of Office content without an Office 365 Home or Personal subscription.

Business users will still need an Office 365 to use Excel pivot tables, PowerPoint presenter mode and to customize around design and color. Besides, anyone who wants the unlimited OneDrive storage will still have to subscribe to Office 365 to get the storage.

For those users who subscribed because they only wanted to do core editing and didn’t want advanced editing and document creation, Microsoft now offers a pro-rated Office 365 refund. The new Office for iPad and Office for iPhone apps are available beginning in about 30 languages in 140 countries. The apps require an iPad or iPhone running iOS 7.0 or later.

Microsoft has also dismantled the Office Mobile hub experience and replaced it with new Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps for iPhone which have functional parity with the iPad versions, though the user interface is different.

On the iPhone, Microsoft has added a couple of new views meant to make navigating and editing Office documents easier. There’s a “Reflow” view for Word that eliminates the need for panning and scanning, and enlarges documents to fit on the phone screen. There’s a similar “Full Screen” view in Excel for iPhone (but these views won’t be part of the iPad Office apps).

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Nov
21
2014
Android Lollipop
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Android-lollipop.

Android 5.0 Lollipop is the Android mobile operating system developed by Google and released in November, 2014. One of the most prominent changes in the Lollipop release has been a redesigned user interface built around a responsive design language referred to as material design. Expanding upon the “card” motifs first seen in Google Now, it is a cleaner design with increased use of grid-based layouts, animations, transitions, padding, depth effects such as lighting and shadows.

Other changes include improvements to the notification system. These improvements allow notifications to be accessed from the lockscreen and to be displayed within other apps as banners across the top of the screen.

A do-not-disturb feature is also added for notifications. Individual apps can display multiple cards in the recent menu, rather than only one entry per app; for example, a web browser can show all of its open tabs as individual cards.

Lollipop includes internal changes made to the platform, with the Android Runtime (ART) replacing Dalvik for improved application performance. ART is a cross-platform runtime which supports the x86, ARM, and MIPS architectures in both 32-bit and 64-bit environments. ART compiles apps upon installation, which are then run exclusively from the compiled version from then on. This technique removes the processing overhead associated with the JIT process, improving system performance.

Other changes improve and optimize battery usage, known as Project Volta. Among its changes are a battery saver mode, job scheduling APIs which can restrict certain tasks to only occur over Wi-Fi, and batching of tasks to reduce the overall amount of time that internal radios are active.

The new developer tool called “Battery Historian” tracks battery consumption by apps while in use. The Android Extension Pack APIs also provide graphics functions such as new shaders, aiming to provide PC-level graphics for 3D games on Android devices.

On November 3, 2014, Google made the Android Lollipop source code available, signifying that it had been released for general availability. Thus, manufacturers can now work on the 5.0 update for their devices.

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Nov
20
2014
Mobile payments
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Mobile-Payments

A couple of months ago, barely anyone knew anything about mobile payments. Nobody knew that it was quite possible to use a smartphone to pay for something at retail. Today, if you have an iPhone 6, you can pay with it, and customers can wirelessly pay for almost anything almost anywhere.The difference-maker that Apple has rolled out mobile payments with its iPhone 6 which is part of the world’s most lucrative mobile market (even if Android has zoomed past it in marketshare)Actually Android has had wireless mobile payments in the US since the launch of Google Wallet in 2011.

Nevertheless, it never caught on. It seems that this misfortune is due to a limited number of devices, the user interface and to the fact that Google and its retail partners haven’t done a good job of letting users know that they actually have the feature to pay for the merchandise using mobile payments.Besides, wireless companies such as Verizon and AT&T have limited Google Wallet in favor of their own mobile payment solutions. And as all of them have flopped even worse than Google Wallet, the time for the Apple iPhone 6 has come.(However, they say that Google Wallet mobile payments are quite popular in some countries, such as Kenya, where half of the world’s mobile payment transactions currently take place. About 80% of mobile phone customers in that country use mobile payments).

So the US mobile industry has been expecting Apple to get in the game for over two years. It’s easy to blame Apple for being a big, slow corporation that took way too long to make this happen, but we should remember that Apple had to get consensus from a bunch of bigger and even slower corporations, banks and retailers,  in order to launch a system.Finally, with the launch of Apple Pay, the company has pulled it off.

While Apple has done some admirable work in making mobile payments easy to use, it becomes obvious that the rest of the mobile industry, financial sector, and technology ecosystem need to take the cue to get its act together and make mobile payments the next big thing in mobile.No doubt, Google will make Google Wallet easier to use. Wireless carrier will get over themselves and stop holding back progress and innovation. They will focus on making for people easier to use mobile payment solution.

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Nov
19
2014
Apple Watch
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Apple Watch

They say Apple Watch is an incredibly accurate timepiece, one of the most accurate watches ever, a device that helps people stay on schedule, and a health and fitness companion.

Working with iPhone, Apple Watch continually checks against the definitive global time standard with the same precision found in GPS satellites. You never once have to set it yourself. If you move from one time zone to another, it automatically adjusts. When daylight saving time begins, Apple Watch changes to the new time.

Each watch comes with a range of watch faces you can change whenever you like. Besides, you can add specialized functions to most faces, and you can choose stopwatches, stock quotes, weather updates, and much more, as the opportunities for personalization are virtually endless.

In just a glance Apple Watch shows you who’s contacting you. It even gets your attention by tapping you. There are subtle audio cues, too, with different types of notifications having their own unique character.

With Apple Watch you can dictate a message or select from preset options, and Apple Watch will make suggestions based on the things you write most. Or you can skip words altogether by sharing one of our new animated emojis.

You can use the built-in speaker and microphone for quick chats, or transfer calls to your iPhone for longer conversations. You can also transfer calls from Apple Watch to your Bluetooth headset. You can also silence incoming calls by covering the device with your hand.

When you get mail, Apple Watch alerts you right away so you can read the message, flag it, mark it as read or unread, or move it to the Trash. You can also open the message on your iPhone, where you can type a lengthier response.

The Digital Touch features on Apple Watch give you fun, spontaneous ways to connect with other Apple Watch wearers, wrist to wrist. It is possible to use your finger to draw something quickly. Your friend on the other end can watch your drawing animate, then respond with a custom creation for you.

Apple Watch isn’t just a different location for your favorite apps. It’s an entirely different way to experience them. A time-saving feature called Glances condenses the most relevant information from each app into a form you can easily scan on the fly. And because Apple Watch can tap you on the wrist, you’ll be aware of notifications instantly.

 

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Nov
18
2014
Electronic markets
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electronic  market

One of the effects of the Internet is the ability to bring buyers and sellers together in a virtual space, that’s create electronic markets. These markets are commerce Web sites on the public Internet that allow buyers and suppliers to meet and trade with each other. These electronic markets are also known as online markets or e-hubs. They may also offer additional services, such as logistical services or payment. These markets may also support other activities, like sponsoring online discussions, providing research on customer demand, industry forecasts and so on. E-Markets offer sellers many opportunities to find the best price for the goods they’d like to sell and reduce transaction costs.

Many different market mechanisms are made available to e-Markets’s participants, and the market’s flexibility may thus be customized to serve any industry ‘s full supply chain. Actually, electronic markets present ideal structures for commercial exchange, because of the efficient attained by tightening and automating the relations between sellers and buyers of services and products.

In fact, every market, whether online or not, represents a complex assembly of buyers and suppliers united by intricate lines of power and dependency. And everyone must keep in mind that each market carries a built-in measure of inefficiency. E-Markets, however, minimize that inefficiency by tightening the relationships between a person who wants to sell his or her old device and buyer. E-Market promotes transparency and offers the closest approximation to a perfectly efficient trading system developed so far.

For an intelligent buyer, the more suppliers in an electronic market, the more purchase alternatives he offers, the more benefits he can extract. He search for the best value proposition and helps sellers avoid intermediaries and get the most of the devices they don’t need anymore, as well as any other merchandise, the seller is willing to sell.

The conclusion is thus very simple: If you’d like to sell your old smartphone, or notebook, you should choose an intelligent and reliable buyer, such as iGotoffer.com Website.

 

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Nov
17
2014

 

Maximize battery life and lifespan

Apple uses two terms “battery life” and “battery lifespan” to define the amount of time of a battery of a device. Indeed, battery life is the amount of time the device runs before it needs to be recharged, generally, a few hours.  “Battery lifespan” though is the total amount of time the battery lasts until it needs to be replaced, and this time is counted in years.

You can maximize both and you’ll get the most out of your Apple devices.

1.First at all, you should update you device as often as possible. Indeed, Apple software updates often include advanced energy-saving technologies, so always make sure your device is using the latest version of iOS or OS X.

2.Next, you should always keep the device away from extreme temperatures. All common electronic devices are designed to perform well in a wide range of temperatures, with 62° to 72° F as the ideal comfort zone. Even more, it is very important to avoid exposing the device to temperatures higher than 95° F. Higher temperature can permanently damage battery capacity. In this case, the battery won’t power your device as long on a given charge.

Storing and charging the device (MacBook, iPhone, iPad, iPod) in high temperatures will also damage it irreversibly. On the contrary, when using your device in a very cold environment, you’ll observe a decrease in battery life, but this condition is temporary. Once the battery’s temperature returns to its normal operating range, its performance will return to normal as well.

3. Charging your device when it’s inside certain styles of cases can affect battery capacity. If you notice that your device gets hot when you charge it, take it out of its case first.

If you want to store your device long term, two key factors will affect the overall health of your battery: the environmental temperature and the percentage of charge on the battery when it’s powered down for storage. To store the battery, thus, do not fully charge or fully discharge it. Charge it to around 50%. Remember that if you store a device when its battery is fully discharged, the battery could become incapable of holding a charge. Conversely, if you store the batter fully charged for an extended period of time, the battery may lose some capacity, leading to shorter battery life.

Depending on how long you store your device, it may be in a low-battery state when you remove it from long-term storage. After it’s removed from storage, it may require 20 minutes of charging with the original adapter before you can use it.

4. Adjust your screen brightness and use Wi-Fi. Dim the screen or turn on Auto-Brightness to extend battery life.  When you use your device to access data, a Wi-Fi connection uses less power than a cellular network, so keep Wi-Fi on at all times.

5. To improve battery life turn off the feature that allows apps to refresh in the background. Go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh and set the switch to Off. If the Mail app lists Background Activity, you can choose to fetch data manually or increase the fetch interval. Go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Fetch New Data.

6.  You can optimize your battery life by turning off Location Services for the app. Turn off in Settings > Privacy > Location Services.

7. If an app frequently wakes your display with notifications, you can turn off push notifications for the app in Settings > Notifications. Tap App and set Allow Notifications to Off.

8. The Energy Saver preference pane includes several settings that determine power levels for your MacBook. Your MacBook knows when it’s plugged in and runs accordingly. When using battery power, it dims the screen and uses other components sparingly. If you change this setting to maximize performance, your battery will drain more quickly.

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Nov
16
2014
Adding Music to iTunes
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Adding Music to iTunes

iTunes helps users import audio CDs, add digital audio and video content already on your computer. It also helps purchase new content from the iTunes Store. Adding music and other audio and video content to iTunes is easy and you can do it in few steps:

To add content from an audio CD, open iTunes and insert an audio CD into computer’s CD or DVD drive. If your computer is connected to the Internet, iTunes will automatically look up information for the CD such as song name, album and artist. This feature works with most commercially produced audio CDs. A dialog will appear asking if you would like to import the CD. If you want to import all songs from the CD into your iTunes library, click Yes. But if you don’t want to import all songs from the CD, click No, uncheck the checkbox next to the songs you don’t want to import, and then click the “Import CD” button. After this iTunes will show the progress of the import for each song selected.

Note that iTunes encodes content imported from audio CDs in AAC format at 128 kbps. This format provides high quality sound at small file sizes. If you prefer to encode content from audio CDs in MP3, WAV, AIFF, or Apple Lossless format, or you want to convert a song you’ve already imported to a different format, see article HT1550.

You can add audio files that are in AAC, MP3, WAV, AIFF, Apple Lossless, or Audible.com (.aa) format. If you have unprotected WMA content, iTunes for Windows can convert these files to one of these formats. You can also add video content in QuickTime or MPEG-4 format to iTunes. To learn how to add these files to iTunes follow the steps below.

If you set iTunes to “Copy files to the iTunes Music folder when adding to library,” it will copy all content that is added to the iTunes library to the iTunes Music folder. To adjust this setting or change the location of this folder, go to the Advanced tab in iTunes Preferences.

The iTunes Store has a large selection of music, movies, TV shows, applications, audiobooks, free podcasts, and more.

If iTunes is set to “Copy files to the iTunes Music folder when adding to library,” iTunes will copy all content that is added to the iTunes library to the iTunes Music folder. To adjust this setting or change the location of this folder, go to the Advanced tab in iTunes Preferences.

 

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Nov
15
2014
Boot Camp 5.1
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install Boot Camp

Boot Camp is software from Apple included with OS X so you can run compatible versions of Microsoft Windows on an Intel-based Mac. This sBoot Camp 5.1 includes support for Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit), Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (64-bit), Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit), Windows 8, Windows 8.1 (64-bit). However 32 bit-versions of Windows 7 and 7, as well as Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Enterprise versions of Windows 7 and Windows 8 are not supported by Boot Camp 5.1. Boot Camp does not support the installation of Windows onto a Mac using a Mac Pro RAID card or software RAID. Neither is supported installing Boot Camp on an external hard drive.

Boot Camp 4 supports 64-bit and 32-bit versions of Windows 7, but this depends on users’s Mac model.

MacBook Air (Mid 2011 and later), MacBook Pro (Mid 2012 and later, including Retina models), Mac mini (Mid 2011 and later), and iMac (Late 2012) can install downloaded (ISO) versions of Windows 7 and 8. To determine if your Mac supports this feature, you may go choose Utilities at Ho menu option and once there open Boot Camp Assistant. Now, if you click Continue and then you see a “Create a Windows 7 or later install disk” checkbox, it means that your Mac supports the use of downloaded (ISO) install images.

The computers that come with a Fusion Drive also support Boot Camp, and you can use the Boot Camp Assistant to create a Windows partition and install Boot Camp.

When Boot Camp Assistant creates a new partition for Microsoft Windows, it does not erase your existing Mac OS X partition or any of your OS X software.

If you see a black screen with white text that says “No Boot Disk Attached” when you turn on your Mac, this message means that the Windows partition cannot start up, usually because of an issue with the drive formatting. The Boot Camp Setup Assistant creates the Boot Camp partition, but the Windows installer must format it to make it “bootable”. To resolve this start up to OS X and run the Boot Camp Setup Assistant again. Then remove the Boot Camp partition and re-create it. Now install Windows again, this time using Windows to format the partition.

The Boot Camp 5.1 software includes the following Mac drivers for Windows: Apple Bluetooth, Apple Keyboard Support, Apple Remote Driver, Apple Trackpad, Atheros 802.11 Wireless, ATI Graphics, Boot Camp control panel for Microsoft Windows, Boot Camp System Task Notification item (System Tray), Broadcom Wireless, Intel Chipset Software, Intel Integrated Graphics, iSight Camera, Marvel Yukon Ethernet, nVidia Graphics, Cirrus Logic Audio, Realtek Audio, SigmaTel Audio, Startup Disk control panel for Microsoft Windows, Thunderbolt, USB 3.

Finally, keep in mind that Apple provides phone-based assistance for Boot Camp 5 for ninety days after the purchase of an eligible Apple product. You can extend this period by purchasing an AppleCare Protection Plan. Apple does not provide technical phone support for installing, using, or recovering Microsoft Windows.

 

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Nov
14
2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reading Kindle books on iPad

Can you read Kindle books on your iPad? Yes, you can read Kindle books on iOS devices using the Amazon Kindle app. This app also allows the user to read newspapers, magazines, textbooks and PDF files. Besides, the Kindle app automatically syncs the last page the user reads across all his devices. It allows user to buy books directly from the Kindle store (even more, the iPad user can read the first chapter of a book for free before he decides to purchase it). The Kindle iOS app will automatically save the last page the user has read in a book across all his devices, but he can bookmark a special page by just tapping the icon in the upper right hand corner so it turns blue.

The Kindle app is free to download. It requires iOS 6.0 or later. It’s compatible with iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

When you read an e-book using Kindle app, you can change the font style, size and the brightness on the Kindle app for the iPad. It`s also possible to change the color of paper (background), line spacing and margin size. You ca do it by tapping the Aa icon on the top of the display while using the Kindle iOS app for the iPad. Meanwhile, iPhone users can tap the middle of their display to bring up the menu box. They tap then the Aa to access the same settings.

To highlight text on the Amazon Kindle app for the iPad, the user does it in the same way he highlights any text on an iOS device. That’s just tapping and holding the first letter of the text he wants to highlight until the bubble appears. Then the user drags his finger across the display of his device to the last word you wants to highlight and lifts his finger to finish.  You can tap inside the highlighted area to bring up a tool bar to change the highlight color, or tap the yellow X to delete the highlight.

To take notes while reading a book using the Kindle app on the iPad just tap the text on the display until the bubble appears. Highlight the text you want to comment on. Once the text is highlighted just tap the highlighted area to bring up the tool bar. Tap the paper and pen icon in the tool bar and type using the onscreen keyboard. The rectangle icon with arrow allows the user to share the highlighted text on Facebook or Twitter.

 

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