iVIC: use your Android phone for car entertainment!

If you already have an Android smartphone and need to find a way to enjoy your music and movie files while you are on road, then iVIC is what you need.

iVIC stands for in Vehicle Infotainment Center, it is compatible with Android smartphones and it fits almost all Toyota and Lexus vehicles between 2006 and 2012.

iVIC allows you to access any app from your Android phone, to listen to your music collection, to use Google Maps while you are on road and to browse the Web, too. It also extends the functionality of your smartphone to the navigation screen, since it allows you to send texts from the Nav screen, but also to receive calls, with full access to your contact list.

What’s more, iVIC has great sound and HD video, making it your perfect companion on every road trip.

Here are the main features:

-HDMI input (Android OR Universal)
-Digital Video output to Navigation Screen (EDTV/HDTV 480p)
-Component Analog Audio/Video input (optional)
-Composite Analog Audio/Video input (optional)
-Camera Port [Analog Video input + Power] (optional)
-Customizable Menu
-USB input
-MP3, WAV, FLAC files playback from mass storage devices
-High-End Audio with Extremely Low level of Total Harmonic Distortion
-High-speed USB 2.0 Host interface
-Digital Audio processing
-Digital Video processing

If you are interested in buying it, you can check the website of VAIS Technology.

Half of teens addicted to their smartphones

We all love our smartphones and we use them even more day by day, but have we ever wondered how long can we live without them?

According to a survey conducted by TextPlus, half of the 600 teens between 13 and 17 that were asked are addicted to their smartphones. They replied that they cannot live withou their smartphones for more than a week, while 36% of them cannot even leave their phones for 10 minutes, without checking or any mails. We are not surprised that texting is the most popular use of the smartphone among them, despite the abundance of applications that you can find nowadays at your phone. This addiction to texting leads them in checking their smartphone all day long, with 52% of them using their smartphones everywhere, even in class. If class sounds an inappropriate place to use your smartphone, how about the 37% of them that uses their phones in the toilet, or the 20% of them that uses their phones in the church?

We cannot deny that we live in a digitalized world, with communication being increasingly dependent on our mobile devices. We all acknowledge the importance of having a smartphone to enhance communication with others. However, it’s very thin line between routine and addiction. There’s no problem in using your smartphone every day, but you’d better start worrying if you cannot even sleep without it by your side.

How long can you live without your smartphone then?

LG sold 5 million LTE smartphones

LG has announced a few days ago that they have already sold 5 million LTE smartphones and they definitely feel proud of it!

According to their press release, it was just a month ago when they had reached the milestone of 4 million sold LTE smartphones. Now, they are releasing another announcement, being optimistic about the future. The most popular LTE smartphone is Optimus LTE, having sold 2 million units, while Optimus Vu and Optimus LTE II are following with 500,000 sales. More specifically, Optimus LTE II is the first LTE smartphone with 2GB RAM and it has reached the 500,000 sales in just 70 days.

According to Jefferies & Company, LG is leading in LTE patents at a worldwide level, with a value of 8 billion dollars.

As Dr. Jong-seok Park, the CEO of LG Mobile Communications Company, notes:

“Sales of global LTE smartphones are expected to increase ten-fold this year from last year.”

 “With that in mind, we are planning to introduce an even more impressive LTE line-up in the next several months second to none.”

LG seems to have found a way to compete with the big names in the smartphone market and customers seem to like it. We just have to see the new LTE line-up then!

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Skyscrpr: ads for bloggers just got easier!

If you are a blogger and would like to gain profit from it, Skyscrpr is definitely for you!

Bloggers know that selling ads is not always an easy process, since they are used in focusing on writing, rather than marketing. If you are a business owner and planning out marketing strategy then first I recommend to check out comparing decals and window films. Skyscrpr was created to make your lives easier, since it is a dashboard that manages the ads on your blog, helping you get in contact with advertisers.

It allows you to create a new ad inventory in just a few seconds, with an easy drag and drop interface for your blog.


You will be able to overview the ad sales through a real-time visual dashboard.


Advertisers will be able to purchase ads for your site through automated media kits.


What’s more important, is that it doesn’t matter whether you are an amateur or a professional blogger, since Skyscrpr still manages your ads and provides you with stats for each ad.

Skyscrpr is compatible with WordPress, Tumblr, Squarespace, Blogger and it seems very easy to use. In addition, it helps bloggers in the whole process of the ad, from placing it to your blog, until the payment by the advertiser.

If you are interested then, just visist skyscrpr.com and try it. It’s free and as we can guess, it’s going to be the future of ad sales in blogging!

What do you know about the Olympics? (infographic)

Olympic Games are back once again and the world seems to revolve around them. Everyone talks about them on social media and we all discuss the world records. We know some athletes and we might watch some popular sports, but what do we really know about the meaning of Olympics?

It cannot be denied that the Olympics in London are the most social games ever. The effect of social media as a way to comment the games, while watching them, has created a new way to watch the games, spreading the news throughout the world in just a few seconds. The Internet has turned us into experts, since we can answer everything with the use of an online help. How do we answer though when we have to answer without any help about the games?

Lab42 conducted a market research about what Americans know about the Olympics. Some questions were quite easy, while others needed more thought. Before checking the infographic, do you know who Michael Phelps is? Do you know whether there is an orange ring in the Olympic Rings? What does Olympiad mean?

Start googling, in case you are asked at a future research then! Since then, enjoy Olympics on TV and keep commenting through social media!

Instagram benefited by Facebook acquisition

It’s been almost 4 months since the day that Facebook bought Instagram and many things have changed for both of them.

Facebook has been on the stock market, risking a lot, in order to gain even more, with everything that such a move entails. Their users are almost 1 billion now and it is still dominant in social networks. Intagram has been more popular than ever, skyrocketing their fame with the acquisition from Facebook, reaching a much wider audience. Although Instagram was already a well known application, the collaboration with Facebook enabled them to gain more fans. According to their new blog post, they have reached 80 million users, in comparison with the 30 million users they had back before the deal with Facebook or the launching of the app in the Android smartphones.

In more detail, they stated:

“We’re excited to announce that the Instagram community has grown to over 80 million registered users who have shared nearly 4 billion photos! Since we launched Instagram in October 2010, we’ve expanded from one platform to two, bringing Instagram to Android users as well as iOS users. As the community has grown, we’ve seen people sharing photos from all around the world, from South Korea to Bolivia, and even underwater!”

Although the Android application affected significantly these increased numbers, Facebook should still feel responsible for the hype they created over Isntagram.

When you are reading about an application that is bought for 1 billion dollars, you definitely want to see what the fuss is about.

As it seems, Instagram did make a good decision about the collaboration with Facebook. Don’t you agree?

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Nexus 7 tablet by Google gets sold-out on pre-sale!

Google seems to be satisfied until now with the pre-sales of the Nexus 7 tablet, which makes them create its first commercial.

In the video “Nexus 7: camping” we see a father and son moment in the woods, being accompanied of course by a Nexus 7 tablet. One might say that the commercial is not anything special. Other might notice that it manages to show our addiction to technology. Others even take this addiction for granted , since the anticipation for the Nexus 7 tablet is already high.

According to a recent post by Google, shipments of the 16GB Nexus 7 tablet will be delayed, due to its high demand. Many eshops that were accepting pre-sale orders are already out of stock for the 16GB version, which is sold for 249$, although you can still pre-order the 8GB version, for only 199$.

Even though we are not yet sure of the impressions on the Nexus 7 tablet and whether it will be a successful tablet, in terms of performance, Google seems to have achieved the first goal, making the customers pre-ordering it like crazy.

What about you? Are you considering buying it? Should we trust Google and order it?

Image source: guardian.co.uk

Facebook changing notifications?

Facebook was always known for its tendency never to rest, testing new features, almost every week. And this week is not an exception.

Facebook seems to be experimenting this time with notifications and the way they appear. Facebook developers seem to be concerned that notifications are easily ignored by users and that is why they are testing on some people the pop-up notifications. Since the existing notifications fade out by the time they appear, the new pop-up notifications stay on the homepage for about five seconds, allowing you to notice them at your own pace..

This means of course that they might become even more annoying, especially for those that receive a lot of notifications. They might be useful for some, though, even if we don’t have to be happy or unhappy with it yet, since we might not even see it on our homepages. Facebook is known to be testing various things, which do not always end to our homepages. And judging on this idea, I wouldn’t be surprised if it never reached our homepages.

Would you like to have such pop-up notifications on your Facebook then?

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Instagram coming to the web?

Instagram has been a very popular photo sharing app lately, with millions of users installing it on their iPhones and recently on their Android smartphones.

Its acquisition by Facebook for 1 billion dollars some months ago proves that it is a concept that is expected to become bigger in the future, possibly in the near one. According to TechCrunch, Instagram is testing on its expansion to the web, by making the necessary experiments on its webpage.

If you check its web page now, there are not much you can do. However, there is a page that leads to an error 404 page, which means that they are into a testing phase. They seem to be aware of the size of their power and that is why they are looking for ways to enlarge it through the web.

Kevin Systrom, the co-founder of Instagram, mentioned in his interview in Time Magazine about a possible web presence:

“We are fully sold on the fact that if we’re going to do big, meaningful stuff we need to take on networks. We believe mobile is that.

…You can’t take a desktop experience and shove it into a 3-by-4-in screen. It’s a very different behavior pattern. It’s a very different browse pattern. People interact with their phones very differently than they do with their PCs and I think that when you design from the ground up with mobile in mind, you create a very different product than going the other way.”

Until they do expand their online presence, you can check the website called “Webstagram” which does exactly the same job that Instagram plans to do on the Web.

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Twitter search gets better than ever!

Twitter has decided to improve its searching results, by adding some features that will be very helpful for its users.

First of all, they introduced through a blog post the ‘autocomplete search‘ and also the ‘people you follow’ feature. This means that when you start searching, Twitter suggests you possible results, but also allows you to search through your followers’ tweets.

What’s more, they added spelling corrections, related suggestions and also the feature of finding results from both the real name and the username of each follower.

In more detail, as Twitter wrote:

We’re constantly working to make Twitter search the simplest way to discover what’s happening in real time. To that end, today we’re introducing search autocomplete and ‘People you follow’ search results to twitter.com. In addition to recent improvements like related query suggestions, spelling corrections and more relevant search results, these updates make it even easier to immediately get closer to the things you care about.

Search autocomplete shows you the most likely terms for your query as you enter it — especially useful if you’re trying to follow the hashtag for an event or you’re looking for a certain Twitter account. You can select your query from the drop-down menu even before you finish typing it.

After you enter your search, you’ll find the most relevant Tweets, articles, accounts, images and videos for your query. We’ve also made several other improvements to make your search experience better.

  • Spelling corrections: If you misspell a term, we’ll automatically show results for your intended query.
  • Related suggestions: If you search for a topic for which people use multiple terms, we will provide relevant suggestions for terms where the majority of that conversation is happening on Twitter.
  • Results with real names and usernames: When you search for a name like ‘Jeremy Lin,’ you’ll see results mentioning that person’s real name and their Twitter account username.
  • Results from people you follow: In addition to seeing ‘All’ or ‘Top’ Tweets for your search, you can also now see Tweets about a given topic from only the people you follow when you select the ‘People you follow’ view. Viewing Tweets about a topic from just the people you follow is a great way to find useful information and join the conversation.

These updates make searching easier on twitter.com, and related search suggestions, search autocomplete and spelling corrections are also available on Twitter for iPhone and Twitter for Android.

Do you like these additions?

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