Introducing the HTC Bolt

A blaze of lightning across the sky. A world-class sprinter dashing across the finish line. Stunning speed is thrilling, exhilarating and empowering – and like a lightning bolt or sprinter, speed was the inspiration for HTC, a leading innovator in mobile and virtual reality technology, to create HTC Bolt: the fastest Sprint smartphone. Built for the extraordinary Sprint LTE Plus network – with support for 3×20 MHz Carrier Aggregation thanks to the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X10 LTE modem – and available to purchase beginning today, HTC Bolt blazes with data speeds that leave the competition in the dust.

With HTC Bolt web browsing, file downloading, streaming video and music is smooth and vivid. Sharing photos and videos with friends seems to be almost instantaneous and online gaming races like never before.

Forged from glass and metal, HTC Bolt is a dramatic evolution of HTC’s “sculpted by light” design. It features a 5.5-inch Quad HD (2K) display and it is the first water-resistant aluminum unibody Android phone, along with more precise contours and a flatter back for sharper contrast that catches light beautifully. Bold, chamfered edges are carved out of Gunmetal or Glacier Silver metal to make the 3.7mm side cut look and feel slimmer than ever in your hand. HTC Bolt also introduces HTC BoomSound® Adaptive Audio earphones that tailor sound to your ears’ unique structure for a truly personal audio experience.

“The HTC 10 released earlier this year was the most advanced smartphone we’ve ever built, so we knew we had to raise the bar even higher for Sprint’s most advanced ever network,” said André Lönne, president of HTC America. “For HTC Bolt, we took everything that was so great about the HTC 10 and made it even better. We took the award-winning design and made it water-resistant. We took the awesome audio and made it more personal. And, of course, we took the wireless speed and supercharged it with Sprint, turning HTC Bolt into a smartphone unlike any you’ve ever experienced.”

HTC Bolt (PRNewsFoto/HTC)

HTC BoomSound® Adaptive Audio tuned to you

HTC Bolt features HTC BoomSound Adaptive Audio, which scans your ears and the ambient noise around you to adjust audio output to suit your personal hearing capabilities. Just plug in the USB Type C headphones (included) and, almost instantly, you’ll experience music and movies with thundering bass and pitch-perfect treble that sound clearer than you believed possible. In addition, Hi-Res audio delivers 24-bit sounds as you would hear it in the movie theater, nightclub or concert hall.

Sharper shots in a snap

Whether you’re in town or out hiking, incredible moments can happen when you least expect them, so HTC Bolt’s 16MP camera, supported by the Snapdragon processor, has OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) to reduce camera shake and capture sharp photographs and 4K video even in low light. With a quick camera launch time and an ultra-fast autofocus of 0.3s with Phase Detection Auto Focus, you’ll be sure to capture the perfect shot every time.

Selfies are great, too, with HTC Bolt. An 8MP front camera with Auto HDR means vivid details will bring out your smile and the environment behind you. Super-wide panorama mode lets you capture your whole family and an expansive background, and an integrated screen flash ensures shots look great in low light.

Power, convenience and customization

Running the latest Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, HTC Bolt offers all the powerful features you would expect from the latest flagship smartphone, including split-screen view, quicker multitasking, free unlimited photo storage with Google Photos™, and Google Duo™ video calling preloaded.

HTC Bolt’s built-in fingerprint sensor lets you unlock your phone at the touch of your finger – in as little as 0.2 seconds and lets you lock and unlock apps using Boost+. Even better, Boost+ also keeps your phone in top condition by cleaning up junk files and dynamically allocating resources like phone memory as required, ensuring your phone runs smoothly and efficiently.

HTC Freestyle Layout frees you from an on-screen grid and lets you customize your home screen. Drag icons, stickers and widgets anywhere, layer them, overlap them, group them and more. You can even link stickers to apps, or just get rid of on-screen icons entirely.

Power users can rejoice that all these features are supported by a powerful 3,200mAh battery, enough for up to a day or more use on a single charge. If you need to recharge quickly, HTC Bolt features Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 2.0 technology for fast charging. Load up on photos, videos, movies and games with the HTC Bolt’s 3GB RAM and 32GB storage space, expandable with optional SD cards for up to 2TB of space so your storage needs are covered now and far into the future.

5 Ways Websites Allow You to Streamline Your Life from a Computer

On an average day, 83 percent of women spend 2.6 hours on household activities. Meanwhile, 65 percent of men did about 2.1 hours of similar activities, reports the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Regardless of how much time you spend on cleaning, cooking and on household chores, it’s time that could be spent doing something more enjoyable than cleaning out gutters. Now a days you can find almost any service online via web, of course for that every services needs a good website and design to offer this, they can outsource that  with website design Perth by The Web Shop. There are ways to make your day-to-day easier, with options to outsource other kind of tasks completely. Here are five chores and tasks you can streamline today to free up more time in your schedule:

1. Meal and food delivery services

Planning, preparing and eating food consumes much of our day that could be spent with loved ones or finishing up work. Use a meal or food delivery service that can cut back on the time spent at the grocery store and in the kitchen. In larger cities like New York and San Francisco, Fresh Direct delivers right to your door and even sells prepared meals.

But even if you live in a small area, meal service is possible. Try a site like Plated.com to get pre-packaged ingredients shipped right to you. You make the meal fresh with the supplies that are already measured out and ready to go. It’s a fun and easy way to make new meals without the legwork of recipe planning and shopping at custom sign shop.

2. Household goods delivery

Groceries and food aren’t the only items that can be easily delivered to your door to streamline your life. Amazon’s subscription service can send out orders of paper towels, diapers, soda, toothbrushes, household cleaners and dozens of other non-perishable items at a discount. Best of all, once you set-up the order, it comes at the same time every month or in any duration you choose until you cancel.

3. Online Education

Everyone from homeschoolers to college students, or even those just looking to pick-up a new skill, can take online classes. Sites like Udemy.com offer courses on everything from learning website coding to learning a new language. OpenSesame works similarly to Udemy and offers classes on business writing to preparing yourself for court.

There are sites for just about anything you need to learn. Sites like Driving-Tests.org can save time for both kids and Mom and Dad. Teenagers can take online driving tests to prep for their exams without the need to hassle their parents to help study for their tests. By the time parents need to hit the open road with their teen for a practice drive, half the work has already been done.

4. Virtual Assistants

Outsourcing your office work to virtual assistants isn’t a new idea. But you can also outsource your tedious personal tasks with ease. Sites like Fancy Hands can help book travel, sit on the phone with customer service to weed through prompts and waiting times and research return policies. Use a site like TaskRabbit to hire someone to come assemble furniture, return an item to the store or take your junk to storage.

5. Transportation

Cars are quickly becoming optional in a world where Uber, Sidecar and Lyft can be instantly scheduled through a website or smartphone app. A driver appears at your door within minutes, ready to take you to work, the airport, grocery store or anywhere else you need to go. In some cities, you can schedule a car with a carseat or luxury vehicle for a fun night out or business meeting.

Now, regardless of whether you do these tasks or outsource them, that choice has become much easier to make. Thanks technology! Well… when you’re not dealing with the bugs that is.

The Evolution of Handheld Gaming

For a long time, handheld gaming was seen as the little brother to its console counterparts, but with the rise of popularity in smartphone gaming that may not be the case much longer. A recent report by AppLift provides data that estimates smartphone gaming will be a $14 billion industry by 2016, with an estimated yearly growth of almost 20 percent. The power of handheld games has multiplied exponentially over the last 30 years and we’ve come so far that it is hard to believe. Here is a look at the history of handheld gaming, from its earliest history to the present.

The Dawn of Portable Gaming

The first portable video games were beyond primitive. Geek.com reports the first portable video game ever designed was 1977’s Auto Race, a LED handheld that had a measly 512 bytes of memory. LED handhelds were the first portable video games, with thrilling titles such as Basketball, Baseball, and Football. In 1979, primitive handhelds such as these were eclipsed by Milton-Bradley’s Microvision system, a cartridge-based handheld that featured multiple titles. This gave rise to the legendary Nintendo Game & Watch system, which featured LCD screens and single-title handhelds that doubled as alarm clocks. The basic LCD screen concept was copied by countless developers around the world, and companies such as Tiger developed and released LCD games based on the Game & Watch technology well into the 90’s.

The Second Wave

It wasn’t until 1989 that the tide shifted for portable games. 1989 saw the release of the Nintendo Game Boy as well as its lesser known competitor, the Atari Lynx. The Lynx is a sad story of what may have been – the handheld system featured multiplayer support, was capable of 3D graphics, and outclassed its competitors in terms of power. According to Atari Age, it possessed two 16-bit processors, making it nearly 4 times as powerful as the Nintendo Game Boy. Lynx’s downfall came from the fact that Atari simply couldn’t convince programmers to develop games for the console, and within a few years the Nintendo Game Boy dominated the market. The Game Boy sold millions of units in its lifespan, greatly outpacing competitors such as the Game Gear; according to numbers released by Nintendo, the Game Boy family of consoles sold more than 118 million units and more than 500 million games.

Catching Up

Nintendo dominated the handheld market with the Game Boy family of games for years, and it wasn’t until the arrival of the Playstation Portable in 2004 that it had anything to worry about. The PSP was the most powerful handheld platform on the market up to then, but in 2003 cell-phone manufacturer Nokia released a handheld of its own, the N-Gage. Something of a historical novelty, the N-Gage was a combination cell-phone and game console that, in its own way, predicted the era of smartphone games. While it’s unlikely anyone foresaw the era of free games online, Nokia saw the potential to combine two technologies long before any competitor. But for playing this online games you need good internet at home to download them and then take them everywhere wit you, that’s why more and more people is now getting the best internet routers and learning more about it at places like factschronicle.com ultimate buying guide and reviews for users.

Today, the realm of handheld gaming lays firmly in smartphones and similar devices, and we may very well be at the end of the era of dedicated handheld consoles. While tech titan Sony has hinted at the release of a new handheld console soon, the truth is that the age of the app allows indie game developers the freedom to release their game on the market without the aid of the giants of the industry. This shift in the way games can be released may mirror the death of the Atari Lynx back in the 80’s, as developers choose the app marketplace over handheld console exclusivity.

Cloud Computing: What It Was and What it Has Become

The phrase “follow the cloud” started popping up about ten years ago. Even though cloud computing technically started in the sixties, it didn’t really float (pun intended) until around fifteen years ago, when Google opened its doors, says Salesforce. And in the past few years, it has become the way to store and share files (at the very least), and now experts agree that it’s changing the whole computer industry.

2009: Questions and Doubts

Five years ago, Amazon and Google were the big kids on the block while other companies were slowly testing the waters. Skeptics doubted the cloud. Gartner asked: How can you upload as much data as you want to and pay as you go? Won’t the cloud just run out of room, thereby making it more expensive in the long run?

That wasn’t all businesses were worried about, however. Congress wanted to slow the Internet down, not speed it up “in case of war.”

Techtangerine posed a long list of questions including: What if your company was completely dependent on the cloud for its daily activities and the Internet was shut down? And your ISP—what if your ISP doesn’t want you using that enormous amount of bandwidth? And what about personal computers?

And what about privacy? Anybody could get into your files, not just hackers. For instance, Amazon (not telling anyone) deleted e-texts off of users’ Kindles in July of 2009. What if the Kindles had stored everything in the cloud? Nobody would have even known about it.

And what about the people that are pushing for the cloud? Companies are saying they are saving tons of money. Big businesses are showing everybody how to cut costs. Doesn’t it seem like a scam?

The Search engine optimisation company introduced cloud computing by renting storage to websites and businesses on huge computer servers. In April of 2010, Amazon had some technical problems that ended up causing companies like Hootsuite and Quora to completely crash and Reddit went into emergency read-only status. But some companies were unaffected, so no one knows the exact number of people and businesses that were affected. The experts said it was just a failed network connection.

Amazon was supposed to have everybody in individual groups so that if one went down, the others would stay up. But skeptics pointed to that day in April as being yet another suspicious problem about the cloud.

2014: What Do You Need?

The Internet hasn’t shut down, and the cloud hasn’t run out of room. The cloud has evolved into a huge virtual entity that we all use, and will be using more of.

There is the public and the private cloud. The public cloud is for the user that just needs a little storage, a few apps and very little else. The private cloud is for big enterprises that need complete control, tons of storage and better-than-great security. And there are people and businesses in the middle that the cloud is learning to adapt to. Yes, that’s right, the cloud is adapting to them, explains Enventis.

Skeptics had doubts about the storage capabilities, but no more, with the usage of virtual data rooms there is an infinite amount of storage available, so if you need unlimited storage, you can have it. If you need one gig of data, you can have that, too. It’s all about your needs.

So what do you really need from the cloud? Well, again, it depends on your circumstances. What kind of apps do you use? What kind of platform are you on? How large of a company are you? How much money do you have? What do you have planned for the future? There are cloud storage companies that will take care of any needs, and the prices are inexpensive—you just have to shop around. Services like Top 10 Cloud Storage were designed to help individuals and businesses decide what type of cloud service they need by comparing prices, space, services and customer reviews, just how phoenix web design was created to help those who don’t know much about marketing.

After all the debate over the last five years, there is no more backing up your data on CDs. You are no longer limited to 750 megabytes—a mere drop in the space bucket compared to what the cloud can store. Now, people like photographers and music enthusiasts can have all the space they need for their media, and never fear of losing it.

So, just as the experts predicted, the cloud has completely changed our computer lives forever.

Siri Versus Cortana: The Ultimate AI Battle

There’s a new personal assistant in town by the name of Cortana. This friendly AI bot lives in your Windows Phone and helps manage your everyday life. Some of you may know Cortana from the Halo video game series, but the Cortana on your Windows phone, like the Nokia Lumia 521 or the Nokia Lumia 635, won’t be relaying tactical information to you. Instead, she’ll schedule appointments, set up reminders and even recommend restaurants in your area.

So you’re probably wondering what happened to Siri and who is better? The answer depends on what kind of personal assistant you prefer.

Siri: The First of Her Kind

Apple fans have grown to love Siri. They find her professional tone endearing and her response to life’s toughest questions simple yet brilliant. Furthermore, Siri is different from traditional voice-recognition software because she understands natural speech, according to Apple. The more you use Siri, the better she comprehends your accent and other voice quirks.

Before Cortana it was difficult to compare Siri to other AI programs because she really was the first of her kind. Now that Siri has a rival, it’s easier to see the AI’s shortcomings. Let’s face it, Siri is much better when it comes to career-oriented tasks such as reminding you of an upcoming office meeting or sending an email to a coworker.

To put it simply, Siri thrives on helping you get that next promotion or raise. When asked, “Who are you?” Siri responds with a no-nonsense answer of “I’m Siri. But enough about me . . . how can I help you?” She’s just not interested in having a conversation. If you want a personal assistant that understands punctuation when composing a message by voice or something that can send an email or start a call, then Siri is your best bet.

Cortana: The New Girl on the Block

Cortana, on the other hand, is best for users that want a personal assistant for their everyday lives. A comical Microsoft commercial illustrates what Cortana can do what Siri can’t. For instance, Cortana can remind you to call a friend when you get home or help you recall what you need from the grocery store. In addition, a TechRadar comparison shows how sluggish Siri is compared to Cortana. This AI also is more likely to strike up a conversation, says Engadget, which adds the human quality that Siri lacks.

Unlike Siri, Cortana won’t be part of the operating system. Instead, she will be a downloadable app on the Windows Phone 8.1, says ZDNet. Microsoft has been working on Cortana since 2011 and hopes that she will be the beginning of responsive PCs. Imagine a world where you can prompt your computer via voice command to print a report or fax a document. According to ZDNet, Microsoft is definitely working towards this revolutionary technology.

If you’re still having trouble deciding between Siri and Cortana, consider Gizmodo’s description of the new AI: “Cortana is powered by Bing and is a mix of Google Now’s prediction powers injected with some Siri-like personality, and she has a lovely voice.” If you’re a sucker for soft-spoken female voices and want a witty digital personal assistant that can help you juggle your social life, then Cortana is the AI for you.

iOS & Android Mobile Device Management with Panda Security

Bracknell, December 2013

Panda Security, The Cloud Security Company, today announced the introduction of significant enhancements and new features to Panda Cloud Systems Management (PCSM), the company’s remote management and monitoring solution designed to help IT departments and service providers manage, monitor and support all types of devices on their computer networks.

In addition to enabling organizations to perform network audits, monitor computers and remotely control, deploy and update software, PCSM now incorporates Mobile Device Management (MDM) capabilities to control all types of mobile devices in the workplace centrally and easily.

With the introduction of these new features, Panda Cloud Systems Management further increases costs savings and simplifies IT processes significantly for customers.

“Thanks to PCSM’s new MDM feature, IT departments and service providers can now manage all mobile devices (laptops, tablets and smartphones), whether in the office or on the road, centrally from a single Web console accessible anytime, anywhere. In short, with this new functionality, IT administrators will be able to generate consolidated reports of all devices on their network, including smartphones, easily and quickly,” said Manuel Santamaría, Product Manager Director at Panda Security.

Mobile Device Management

The mobility of today’s workforce and the wide variety of mobile device platforms available make control and management significantly more difficult. Panda Cloud Systems Management helps companies address this challenge with its new MDM feature. This tool allows administrators to centrally manage all of their Windows, Mac & Linux laptops, desktops and servers, as well as Android and iOS tablets and smartphones, whether they are in the office or on the road, anywhere and anytime.

PCSM MDM also enables organizations to monitor the status of mobile devices. With PCSM, IT departments will know which computers are online/offline and their location. They will also have complete visibility into the hardware and software installed on their devices, system information and system changes. As for security and control, they will be able to enforce password policies, lock devices remotely, and perform a remote factory reset of the device, erasing all personal and confidential information stored on it in case of loss or theft. All this, plus the ability to generate consolidated reports showing the status of all devices on the network, including smartphones, simply and effectively.

Protecting Confidential Information On Mobile Devices

One of the major challenges that companies face today is how to prevent loss of confidential information in case of loss or theft of a mobile device. The increasing mobility of employees in corporate environments has extended the use of tablets, smartphones and laptop computers for handling all sorts of internal documentation. The loss or theft of one of these devices represents a serious breach of the company’s security and may expose valuable confidential information.

Panda Cloud Systems Management MDM helps organizations find and recover missing mobile devices, obtaining their coordinates and showing the devices’ location on a map. Additionally, it allows them to lock mobile devices remotely or restore them to their factory settings, preventing access to documentation, emails, phonebook contacts and any other type of confidential information. All these new features add to those already present in previous versions, including the ability to perform network audits, manage files, monitor systems, provide remote support and generate reports.

More information about Panda Cloud Systems Management here http://www.pandasecurity.com/uk/enterprise/solutions/cloud-systems-management/

About Panda Security
Founded in 1990, Panda Security is the world’s leading provider of cloud-based security solutions, with products available in more than 23 languages and millions of users located in 195 countries around the world. Panda Security was the first IT security company to harness the power of cloud computing with its Collective Intelligence technology. This innovative security model can automatically analyze and classify thousands of new malware samples every day, guaranteeing corporate customers and home users the most effective protection against Internet threats with minimum impact on system performance. Panda Security has 56 offices throughout the globe with US headquarters in Florida and European headquarters in Spain
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Enhanced technology for DIY projects

Self-sufficient living is often impractical in today’s society, but there are still ways to increase your independence and self-reliance in some aspects of life. For example, why pay someone else to do what you can do yourself with a handful of power tools and a free weekend? Thanks to updates in tool design and smartphone technology, doing it yourself may be easier now than ever before.

Smartphone apps to help with construction

Handy smartphone apps can help you make calculations like a pro. The Carpenter’s Helper app, for example, is easier to use than standard construction calculators and allows for the calculation of pitch, rise and run.

DIY collaboration and sharing

Learning from other DIY-ers is a great way to expand your creativity and avoid pitfalls. NestPix is a mobile application designed to connect home improvement buffs with like-minded individuals around the world. The app allows users to
showcase their home projects through photo galleries that can be shared across other social media. Users can track the progress of their own projects and the projects of others, trading ideas, advice and inspiration along the way.

Unprecedented accuracy in general construction

Any home construction of the past was bound to feature slight inaccuracies in measurements, joint fits and other features that diminished the efficiency of the home without posing a safety risk. Tiny cracks or gaps, for example, could lead to extra heat loss in the home. But new advances in tools and other construction technology are making it possible for extremely accurate cuts to be made on the job site. This unprecedented accuracy carries a number of benefits – most notably, a reduction in errors that waste time and money.

Reinventing plumbing

Indoor plumbing may have been around in Roman times, but it finally appears to be undergoing a makeover. In an effort to end the use of costly copper used in indoor plumbing, new plumbing technology has led to tubing water supply systems that run seamlessly through walls similar to how electric wiring is installed. The big challenge ahead of this modern plumbing solution is ensuring that local building codes are updated to account for these improved plumbing systems.

High-efficiency kitchen features

There may be no part of the home undergoing as much visible tech-driven change as the kitchen. Kitchen appliances are leading the way by several measures as high-efficiency appliances cut down on energy costs and appliances increasingly offer Wi-Fi capabilities. The wireless signals allow appliances to be connected to smart phone applications, giving you the power to view the functions of an appliance at any given time. If you’re thinking about a DIY kitchen remodel, consider incorporating some of the latest smart technology. Some people consider DIY projects a hobby, while others think they’re a chore. In either case, new technology can make the details much easier to handle and more impressive in the end. Technology is gradually reducing the margin of error faced by amateur as well as professional home improvement buffs, making self-sufficient projects more enjoyable.

 

Jessica enjoys home-improvement projects and is working on completing a built-in bookcase for her living room. In her spare time, she enjoys blogging on behalf of presitigious brands like Sears.

Generation Z, the Smartphone, and Travel

Generation X and Generation Y, as they have been labeled, know what they are all about. They use technology for what it’s worth, but what about Generation Z? Certainly, to coin a label phrase, this generation is up and coming.

They are the generation that doesn’t know or remember a time without computers, smartphones, tablets, and MP3 players. They don’t know what a music CD is, nor do they care. They work and play entirely on their electronic smart devices and will also likely schedule all of their travel plans in the same fashion.

While everyone else has the ability to use their smart devices like Generation Z, most don’t. If they did, the whole scenario for trip-planning with smartphones would look something like the following.

Disney World by (Smart) Phone

Aiden and Alethia decide to organize a trip with some of their friends to Disney World. They use Facebook and Twitter to announce their plans and send out an open invite for anyone to come along. Text messaging back and forth on their smartphones, the pair draws in six other friends who plan to join them if the price is right. The first thing they look into is travel medical insurance because, as college students, their parents’ plans cover them at home but are limited abroad. None of their group wants to think about getting hurt on vacation in one of the happiest places on earth, but travel insurance and health insurance away from home are very important. One of their friends is a foreign exchange student who also has to look into international travel medical insurance. They all use their smartphones, as they are part of Generation Z, to look up the key words necessary to find affordable travel medical insurance. Alethia discovers an article that talks about the apps available to the group that will point them in the right direction for their needs. Everyone has travel insurance? Yes? “Okay,” say the texts; let’s move on!

Making It Happen With Apps

Once downloaded onto their phones everyone is in sync and uses the additional apps Alethia found in her searches and text message or Twitter to keep up the lines of communication. A favorite site for consulting is VisitOrlando, where the young adults of Generation Z go to plan their trip to Disney World. They are all thrilled to find on this site the discount attraction tickets they want and the booking for rooms they need close to the famed amusement park. Aidan decides to cross reference the Orlando site with Trip It, a trip app on his phone, to see if the group can save any money in getting there or while they are there. He conveys this info to his friends through text messages and Twitter again, so the whole group is still synced and on the same page.

They make the discovery that for the dates they want to travel, Southwest Airlines is the cheapest. They visit several discount travel sites online, and then use Facetime and Skype to talk about the other air fare possibilities. The group books their flight dates and they pay for their trip up front, securing all the tickets, lodging and flight plans together through the apps Trip It and Flight Track Pro on their smart phones and the “visit Orlando” site. Joyfully connected through technology, the eight friends look forward to their departure to the Magical World of Disney.

And That Is How It Goes

Generation Z has just taken their trip without calling anyone or consulting an actual book. While some of Generation Y and Generation X already do this, this will be the norm for the next generation. All you’ll need is a smartphone and a sense of adventure.

About the author: Jessica is interested in technology and social media. She loves her smartphone and finding new ways to use it.

Consume Media Or Create It?

I was just reading over an article titled ‘Play games and consume media or build websites and make money?‘ and it got me thinking…

Recently a new book came out which discusses how teenagers are getting the wrong types of messages from games, and they are having an effect on the way that children grow up and communicate. This can also be said for social networking sites. Good, bad, or otherwise it is still having a great effect that you may not be aware of.

In the article it mentioned about gaming becoming a drug of sorts for not only the players, but also for the game developers. Multimedia is constantly pulling our attention away from something to entertain us, and while that may be beneficial in some cases, it could also deter us from making the best use of our time.

What are your thoughts regarding this?

A Guest Post by: http://youngwebbuilder.com/

Sony Smart Watch: See Calls, Texts, & Apps like your smartphone!

Android is not just for smartphones or tablets anymore. Sony has managed to reveal an extravagant Smart Watch, which has android powers and brings now the apps and features of a smartphone in your wrist. This device promises to be on the list of great geek gifts!

This smart watch has touch screen with a 1.3 inch OLED display and is placed on a black wrist band. The product has Bluetooth enabled on it. This smart watch is capable of retrieving all emails, SMS’s, Facebook and Twitter updates from almost all Android 2.1 and above smart phones.

Paul Hamnett, heading the customer unity for Sony Mobiles in North America, promised that this Smart Watch by Sony is merely the beginning of the wave of smart extras to be launched by Sony, which will completely change the experience of each and every smartphone user. For the time being, there are not many Smart Extras available, but those that are already present in the market include small and mild functional buttons like add ons, headsets and “Smart dock”.

DESIGN

It measures 1.42 x 1.42 inches with a weight of about half ounce and has a 1.3 inch of OLED display. The smart watch is overall square-shaped and has a high resemblance to 6th generation of iPad Nano by Apple. The general smart watch is attached to a black rubber band but there are different colour wrist bands available at $20 each. The gadget also has a clip to assist in attaching the watch to any apparel or belts.

FEATURES

The smart watch vibrates and posts updates on-screen, according to the events or incoming texts or calls as and when received. The vibrate feature of the phone is very useful as it helps us to avoid the phone calls that we miss when our phone is not in our hands. This smart watch is like a mini remote of your smartphone and when connected via Bluetooth, it can help you regulate your basic phone activities when you’re at a go and cannot access the phone directly. The team of Sony has named this wearable device as a “remote information centre”.

APPLICATIONS

As said by the officials of Sony, this device is compatible with android apps of music, social network updates and workouts that are available in a 1.3 inch touch screen display, like Sony’s personalized music player, tic tac toe, etc. There are numerous apps available for this smart watch which can be found at Google play online store. There is a variety of apps, including apps for displaying particular events in order of their occurrence, for messaging, Gmail, Calendar event set reminders, tracing your smartphone and battery power. For Sony android smart phones, there is an app available to connect onto the corporate e-mail and also for diverse call handling functions. There is one “prime app”, which commands over a set of application programmes, which controls the functions that the watch is supposed to carry. Like for example, in order to access the weather updates, you need to put in a weather application programme. The Vfinder app allows you to use the camera of the smartphone as a live video feed. This is one of the most amazing features of the smartphone, as it gives you a feel of owning a James Bond-like gadget. The Twitter app is not much of a use and can be quite distracting as it sends an alert of all updates including those minute ones which are not of importance. The confusing gesture system will definitely enable an accident tweet at least once before you can fully analyse it’s working.

PROS

  • The design which is small square shaped sleek.
  • Integration of Facebook and Twitter
  • Shows information at a glance
  • It’s wearable and that makes it handy
  • Battery life is decent

CONS

  • The confined number of apps
  • The display quality is average and makes it difficult to read when outdoors
  • It is not compatible with other operating systems, except Android

BOTTOMLINE

Though the information from your Smartphone is at an arm’s distance, the versatility of the device is not commendable. It’s reviewed that the phone is paralyzed without the support of a Smartphone and until you synchronize your phone with the device, it is not capable of even stating the time. This Smart Watch is not even that smart, the thickness of the gadget is more than those of your normal wrist watches. The good news lies here that the phone makes it lucid and user-friendly to use this watch and they contemporize their data to the phone freely and without any extra intervention and its uniqueness can trigger the sales. Overall, this touch friendly Smart Watch is a pretty decent buy for all the gadget freaks who are seeking the functions which this watch promises to perform by being a companion to your Smartphone.

About the author: Alia Haley is a blogger by profession. She loves writing on technology and autos. Beside this she is fond of cars and fancy accessories. Recently an article on styleguru attracted her attention. These days she is busy in writing an article on bornrich.