Monday, July 21, 2014

Samsung Galaxy S5 mini, Welcome to the Family

Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S5, has been basking in all its glory. Why wouldn’t it? It’s been hitting the headlines all too often. With all the staggering specs, and the design that is both undeniably engineering feat and a breakthrough, all tech savvy people and the lay alike would go banana. But at some point, did you think that it can be a lot to handle? Or perhaps maybe you almost loved every inch of it, yet just keeps hating it for one tiny bit—price.

But wait, for a smarty piece like that, wouldn't the price sound just reasonably fair? A-anyone? You’ve done your part waiting for the so-called next big thing (ehem, Samsung Galaxy S5); would it hurt to wait for another big thing… at least big at heart?

Save all your mini heart attacks for Samsung Galaxy S5’s cousin, the Samsung Galaxy S5 mini! This classic mini version would make you fall in love deeply, not only does it have almost all the specs you want from the S5, but it also comes cheaper—ideally! The S5 trimmed down a little, yet doesn’t compromise the mobile experience it offers? Who won’t be in shut-up-and-take-my-money mode? Well, thankfully, you won’t have to splurge every pretty penny you have just to experience the S5 greatness!

This compact 4.5-incher comes with the same dimpled design on the battery cover and also has the IP67 certification—promising that it would be dust and water-resistant like that of the S5. You can also recognize features like heart-rate monitor, fingerprint scanner, and it can also be associated with Samsung’s wearables.

As what is expected to a mini version phone, its resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels would be no match for the giant S5’s 1080 x 1920 resolution. But if you pull out your calculators and do the math—do it mentally if you will—then, a 326 ppi would totally be as good as that of iPhones.

It’s also equipped with a quad-core processor, but this time around, it’s only clocked at 1.4GHz that can actually suffice even if it’s lower than the 2.5GHz of S5. You can also enjoy its 8 MP and 2.1 MP back and front shooter respectively that are actually not pretty bad at all compared to S5’s 16 MP rear camera—half the value it may seem.

The S5 mini apparently only has 1.5GB of RAM and an internal storage of 16GB. But it supports microSD card, so expanding S5 mini’s storage would be a no biggie. Giant S5 is powered by a Li-Ion 2800 mAh battery—reasonable enough to power such great device—and having 2100 mAh battery for S5 mini would be forgivable.


Launching of this great mini is expected this early July starting in Russia, and then globally. The netizens are already speculating regarding its price, but the closest we got to reality is ranging from £250 to £399.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Fire Up Your Mobile Life with Amazon Fire Phone

Amazon has been trying to make name in the mobile world since they have launched their famous Amazon Kindle tablets. Now, it’s back for more and is even aiming for more mobile fans as it unveils its first-ever handset, the Amazon Fire Phone.

Amazon Fire Phone is not a household name yet, but with its premium specs, it will surely earn respect from smartphone users.

Find out what Amazon Fire Phone has in store for you.

Hardware:

This new kid on the block sports a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset. This is the same chipset that other famous Android smartphones use like Google Nexus 5, Sony Xperia Z1, LG G Flex, LG G Pro 2, Nokia Lumia 930 among others. This is matched with a Quad-core Krait 400 clocked at 2.2 GHz. It is also geared with 2GB of RAM for efficient multi-tasking pleasure.  

Software:

Amazon Fire Phone runs on Fire OS 3.5, an Android-based operating system that's customized for Amazon. This OS gives you a fluid user interface experience that you can really hope for a phone.

Camera and Memory:

Immortalizing your decisive moments also comes vividly with its camera. Its 13MP rear camera can also go head-to-head with other mobile phones’ shooter. It can also record 1080p HD videos. A selfie-lover? Well, this phone is gifted with a very good 2.1MP front camera that is perfect for self-portrait shots. You can easily store all your photos and other important files with no hassle as it comes in 32GB and 64GB variants. If that is not enough for you, you can always go for the unlimited cloud storage for your photos.

Network:

This newbie can never go bullied with its LTE-capable network. Connecting to the internet will be just another walk in the park. It also gives you better voice coverage through its wide UMTS and GSM bands. It is also Wi-Fi ready and supports NFC and Bluetooth.

Audio:

What’s more, this newborn genius also offers exceptional audio as it is powered with Dolby Digital. Now, it is just the phone for audiophiles.

Other Features:

It is also a 3D phone which uses four front cameras to track your head. This is called Dynamic Perspective. This is a custom-designed sensor system that responds to how you hold, view, and move your phone.

Another remarkable feature of the Amazon Fire Phone is the Firefly technology that instantly identifies printed texts so you can make calls, save new contacts and visit websites without typing. Isn’t it so amazing?

Amazon Fire Phone is here, will you get one?

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

What to expect with iOS 8

 September,  at first, it may not seem as something to look forward to, but mind you, September brings so much promise that people from around the world are so eager to get to. Rumour has it that the most awaited gadget of the year is set to be released in the month of September. The release of Apple iPhone 6 which is wrapped with so many leaks and rumours that no one is entirely sure which one to believe, and which one to take for granted. One thing is for sure though, coupled with the release of the Apple iPhone 6 is the release of its latest version of operating system, the iOS 8.

As a regular consumer, you may well take note that upon deciding to purchase a smartphone, there are two important things that you must consider before shedding some cash for a certain device: first, hardware and second, operating system. Once you’ve exhausted all your power in researching for all the amazing features of a smartphone, taking a peak on its OS should be the next in line. With the upcoming release of the iPhone 6, consumers are treated with not just a brand new hardware but an equally sensational operating system. This makes us ask, what should we expect with the iOS 8?

1.       Photos App
This improvement will benefit avid Apple users that own not only one but multiple Apple devices. If you have a Mac, an iPad, an iPod and an iPhone, you can store all your photos in all your Apple devices real time. Your treasured images will always be available whenever, wherever.

2.       Messaging
The iOS 8 promises to give messaging a new life by allowing you to send not just text messages but also voice recordings, and videos fast and convenient.

3.       User Interface
Also, an improved and more user-friendly user interface is expected for the upcoming iOS 8. Interactive notifications and convenient shortcuts are available. Multitasking will also be a piece of cake.

4.       Keyboard
The iOS 8 considers its upcoming keyboard to be the smartest keyboard ever, as it will not just be suggesting correct words and spelling, but also suggests the possible words to say to anyone you are sending your message. This allows the user to have fewer taps on the keyboard to type the message.

5.       Sharing Files
Family Sharing through iCloud will also be available in the iOS 8, making sharing files whether a new app or a new song or movie can be easily passed on to a maximum of six family members anytime you wish.

6.       iCloud
With the new and improved iCloud it will be easier to work on whichever device you opt to use and all your files will be readily available for you.


These are just some of the known features of the new iOS 8, however, there will be no reason to fret because the waiting and the anticipation will soon be over as both hardware and OS will be released in September 16. 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Better Android Smartphone: Samsung Galaxy S5 or Sony Xperia Z2?

Without a doubt, Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z2 are two of the most talked about Android smartphones this year 2014. Even more exciting is both of them are pulsing with quad-core processor. The blogosphere has been abuzzed with the two as both of these smartphones simultaneously flaunt their impeccable specs to show us who is better, and who deserves the limelight. But, which phone is really the one for you? Which phone would and should really win your heart? Let’s have an overview with their specs to know which phone excels in which areas, shall we?

At first glance…
Design and display always have the biggest impact. If it can’t catch your attention, then you’ll never know if it really is more than meets the eye. And so, at first glance, which one caught your eye now that both these phones are water and dust resistant? Starting with the Samsung Galaxy S5, its design somehow resembles to its predecessor Galaxy S4 together with Note 3. If you’ve been satisfied with the designs of the aforementioned phones, then perhaps you’ll get the hang of the S5’s design, iterative as it may seem minus the dimpled touch. Yes, it claims to be a waterproof phone, but only the bottom of the device is covered, in which the microSIM and microSD slots are hidden. Yet this removable panel makes it feel solid enough despite the heavy reliance on polycarbonate plastic. And it actually protects better against dust since it comes in IP67 rating compared to the IP58 of Z2.

Talk about the build and design of Sony Xperia Z2; glass and metal match up together, giving you that seamless block feeling. Now, you might think this gives it an edge against the S5, but wait till you get your hands on it. With a 5.78 x 2.89 x 0.32 dimension in inches, you’ll notice that this handset device is not that handy at all—rendering S5 more comfortable to hold than the Z2. Yet, the aesthetic appeal of Z2 beats that of S5; not to mention the premium, non-plastic feel it offers.

Which phone’s screen will get your eyes spoiled?
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is equipped with a 5.1inch screen, while Sony Xperia Z2 offers a 5.2-inch. Yet both have significantly different underlying technology. Samsung has 1080p Super AMOLED employed, while Sony Xperia Z2 has 1080p Live Colour LED tech. And for pixel density, they have 432ppi and 424ppi respectively. Yet despite the lower pixel density of S5, its screen still delivers brilliant brightness and vivid colours. And Sony doesn’t what to get left behind, so it focused more on punchy contrast and refinement of detail for great viewing angles even with off-axis viewing.

Which camera specs could capture your attention?
Samsung Galaxy S5 sports a 16MP shooter at the back, while Sony Xperia Z2 wants you to be impressed with its 20.7MP shooter.  S5 gives you a remarkable swift autofocus that helps to produce accurate colour and punchy contrast in good lighting. But the Z2 focused more at speed and producing stills with more detail. It even works better in low light conditions as it has more accurate exposure and punchier contrast. That being said, the score would likely be chalked up to that of Z2.

Which phone performs well?
The first specs mentioned are just the icing on the cake. But one of main selling points of these smartphone devices actually boils down to their performance. As mentioned earlier, both are equipped with quad-core processor. Only, Z2’s clocked at 2.3GHz, and S5’s at 2.5GHz. But as for the RAM, S5 is 1GB short compared to Z2’s 3GB RAM. Both exhibits blazingly fast performance, but still both have flaws. S5 occasionally stutters a bit while the Z2 gets warm quicker. As for the storage, Sony Xperia Z2 sports 16GB internal memory, while Samsung Galaxy S5 has either 16GB or 32GB. Both are also expandable to 128GB as they support microSD cards. So, which one is it?

And the Verdict is…
Both phones are inarguably impressive and have an edge over the other. Depending on what area, both phones excel as they are able to pull it off. Yet, this time Samsung gets the crown. Yes, Z2 may have all those ah-mazing specs, but a lot of people would actually find S5 easier to use because of its hand-friendlier design. But if you have bigger hands to hold Z2, then you might as well enjoy all the specs it offers. But don’t just dwindle your choices down to these two as there are still lots of choices out in the market.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Top tips for saving battery juice on the Samsung Galaxy S5

The newest flagship of Samsung smartphones was already out in the market a month ago. Well, as everyone expected, it’s bigger, better, and tougher – it’s the new Samsung Galaxy S5. And if you’re one of the privileged individuals who got the hottest Samsung Galaxy S5, congratulations! Of course, you can do almost anything you wanted – surf the internet at a lightning speed, take breathtaking photos, play HD videos and games, and even use it outdoor without worries for it is dust-proof and water-proof. But the bad news is that, just like any other Smartphones, it doesn’t come with a whopping battery to get you going as long as you want. Yes, it is powered by a decent 2,800mAH battery, but it's a powerful mobile monster too, that could use all the juices in just a matter of hours.

Fortunately, there are few things that you can do to extend your fun and bond with your precious Samsung Galaxy S5. Feel free to follow these tips and save the battery life of your Samsung Galaxy S5:

        Turn down the display brightness
A bright display will drain your battery quickly because its huge display pushes millions of pixels. Take time to manually adjust  the brightness of your screen instead of setting it in auto mode. Auto mode will automatically adjust your screen’s brightness according to your condition through its sensors. This means that your Samsung Galaxy S5 uses the sensors all the time, it will drain your battery juice rapidly. It may even leave your display at a level that is too bright for your environment. You may set your display brightness that is acceptable for your eyes.

         Turn off Wi-Fi and cellular function when not in use
If it is on, it is in constant search for Wi-Fi networks, its 3G function can also murder the battery life. If you have a bad connection too, get off it and you’ll save the juices for your battery.

          Limit your display timeout as short as possible
The moment you stop touching your phone’s screen, the timer will start, telling the phone when to turn off the display. The longer it stays on, especially if you’re not using it, the more battery juice it uses. Try setting it at 15 seconds and you’ll be surprised at how much it saves on your battery life.

          Use smartwatch for notifications
Of course, you will spend extra dollars, but a smartwatch can lengthen the life of your battery because you don’t have to peek at your phone’s display all the time.

         Get your phone in Ultra-power saving mode
This enables you to get the most out of your battery by limiting the apps that you can use like Phone, Messages and Internet with additional apps like Calculator, ChatOn, clock, Facebook, and Voice Recorder.

        Kill background apps that are not in use
Apps running in the background can steal your battery juice, so make sure that you kill them if you’re done with them. However, if there are apps stuck in the background, you can try rebooting your phone, this should kill all those ghosts in the machine.


Enjoy your new Samsung Galaxy S5 longer by saving your battery juice!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Samsung Galaxy S5 VS Apple iPhone 6: Smartphones battle it out


We love comparing. Finding out what is new, what is trending, what is the best, what makes it the best.  This generation wherein everything’s digital, we keep our hands only on the latest, the hottest, simply the best of the best smartphone. Now joining us in this round by round match are the two biggest brands of mobile devices. Samsung’s pride and current flagship the Galaxy S5 versus the rumoured (yet highly popular) Apple iPhone 6. Who beats out the other?

Round 1: At first glance

On the right corner, wearing sleeker curves and metal frames, weighing in just 145 g. The slimmer, the stronger, Samsung’s champion—the Galaxy S5. On the other side of the ring, wearing thinner bezels and chassis (perhaps the thinnest to date), lighter than its predecessor, it’s none other than Apple’s rumoured iPhone 6. Let’s go into details, both have astonishing processors with Galaxy S5’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor and Android Kitkat OS and iPhone 6’s new A8 chip processor and Apple iOS8; however, Apple iPhone 6 stayed with 1 GB RAM wherein Samsung started producing smartphones with 2 GB RAM ages ago. The iPhone 6 is rumoured to be released with 128GB capacity while the Galaxy S5’s 32 GB internal memory comes in short, although you can boost it up with an external microSD (which is a bit of a bother though).

Round 2: Standout Features

More rumours on iPhone 6 include making it water resistant and equipping it with features for health and fitness, oh wait, don’t we already have that in Samsung Galaxy S5? At least Apple is focusing on a more secured digital payment via TouchID sensor, wait what? Galaxy S5 has that already? With rumour mills overflowing about Apple’s new iPhone, smartphone enthusiasts hope Apple will unveil the iPhone 6 with newer and more innovative features which (most importantly) does not require breaking a lot of money jars.

Round 3: Your necessities

A perfect smartphone must have the following: a high-quality display, a superb camera, and a long-lasting battery to juice up these wonderful features. Samsung Galaxy S5 has a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen display with 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution while Apple is devising a 4.7-inch 1280 x 720 pixel resolution display (with a lot of chitchats on the side) made out of Sapphire and, wait for this, embedded solar panels to keep your battery at full level all day long. In terms of which has the better camera, Apple iPhone 6’s camera can go two extremes, one where it plays safe with an 8MP camera along its same old features or one where it goes “Lytro”. Who doesn’t want a smartphone with the greatest after-shot focus feature? Samsung Galaxy S5 has its own version called Selective Focus topped with a superfast 0.3 second capture and HDR Live option. Lastly, with all the amazing features and huge quality displays eating up all your battery, who stays up on the ring? The iPhone 6 may unveil groundbreaking technology by adding solar panels inside its Sapphire display but a lot of buzzes say it will stay between the1,700 mAh to 2,000 mAh range which is immensely low compared to Samsung Galaxy S5’s 2,800 mAh battery.

In this never-ending battle of which is the best smartphone, Samsung and Apple are indeed the ultimate rivals. After three rounds of spec to spec, feature-blowing match, which one won your vote?


Sunday, May 4, 2014

Photo-enhancing camera lenses for smartphones

We, as humans, seem to have this insatiable hunger for progress and advancement. This is how the word innovation became essential into each of our lives. We tend to strive to be the best, make the best and have the best things we can grasp on. We can actually see innovation taking place each and every day of our lives, making our lives easier, better and far more advanced than the usual, transforming those who are a creature of habit into completely and exactly the opposite.

 The only thing we can do to preserve the moment is to remember it for the rest of our lives and immortalize them as photos. But we don’t always have the luxury of having a Digital Single Lens Reflex camera (DSLR) hanging around our necks to capture certain moments for these moments seem to come at random timing. So what’s the best thing to capture your precious, priceless and treasured photo? What else than your trusty and reliable smartphone.


Well, of course the image quality is not as good as what the DSLR camera could have delivered. Still, with its pocket-friendly build and portability, your smartphone is the next best thing to have rather than having a bulky and heavy DSLR camera. Recently, we are flooded with photo editing apps to aid our needs for having the perfect photo, but if these apps still do not suffice or satisfy you, the attachable camera lenses come barging in to cater to your needs. Here are some attachable camera lenses that top the list of attachable smartphone accessories out in the market today:


Photojojo Lens Set


Simply snap on these lenses on your smartphone’s camera lens and watch them work their magic on your photos. Each lens has its own featured effect to add more drama and creativity on your photos.


Easy-Macro Universal Smartphone Lens



Probably the most budget-friendly amongst all the attachable camera lenses. The Easy-Macro lens is compatible on all mobile devices and pulls off a very seamless feel and is highly portable. It is said to promise you 4x magnification and razor-sharp close-up images.


iPro Lens System


Customize your smartphone with this stylish case that features not just a trendy-looking design but offers to enhance the quality of your captured images. It comes with various lenses. Each lens features different effect that may just take your breath away. With the iPro lens system you’ll be capable of taking wider shots and exemplary close-up images.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Can the Samsung Galaxy S5 Beat the HTC One M8?

Technological sphere can’t help but compare these two smart pieces. Could the Samsung Galaxy S5 beat the HTC One M8, or is it the other way around? Which between these phones do you think is smarter than the other? There’s no other way to find out than to get hold of the two and differentiate the spots from stripes! If you are keen enough to notice, the blogosphere mostly boasts about the bits of HTC One M8 against that of Samsung Galaxy S5. But now, let’s see what the Samsung Galaxy S5 can flaunt in all its glory to show us that it, too, deserves the limelight.

#1: The Sturdier Build
The first thing to look at before you unravel all the bits underneath these high-end gizmos is their build. Of course, the brushed metal finish, premium aluminum design of the HTC One M8 makes it indeed an eye-candy that goes along with its natural curves for a comfortable fit on your hands. But as you see, the Samsung Galaxy S5 can also do better. The Samsung Galaxy S5 beats that of HTC One M8’s build as the former is IP67 certified, which means it’s not just dustproof, but it’s also waterproof. IP67 is the degree of protection provided against the intrusion, dust, accidental contact, and water. Would you rather be more on the aesthetics and compromise your phone’s durability?

#2: The Better Camera
If you’re a kind of person who is a sucker for snagging out photos and the most talked about “selfie,” then I bet you’d be putting your money on the Samsung Galaxy S5 than that of the HTC One M8. The S5’s camera is superfast that it can incredibly snap a photo in just 0.3s. Also, it boasts a 16MP camera to play around with accurate colours and good contrast. How is the 4MP sensor of HTC One M8 any match with that of Samsung Galaxy S5 then? Of course HTC One M8’s camera has a second sensor and lens, and a second flash to capture depth information that is actually great, but we can all agree that Samsung Galaxy S5’s camera works better by all accounts.

#3: The Security
Now, the Samsung Galaxy S5 has an inclusion of fingerprint scanner, which evidently is one of what the HTC One M8 has been lacking. If you are storing crucial information on your gadget, then it pays to be more vigilant on where you store them. In this way, only an authorized person can have access with your private files, and you’ll have the privacy which everyone rightfully deserves.

#4: The More Convenient
If you have a tiptop phone with all those staggering features and specs, but don’t know how to operate it, then every bit of it will be downright useless. At the end of the day, the convenience with these neat devices is what we are all after. Now, the Samsung Galaxy S5 has the right to boast with its childproof features, removable battery, and with the new Ultra Power Saving Mode. In a nutshell, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is much more user-friendly than that of HTC One M8.

So, which phone do you think has the right to boast? Let us hear your thoughts below.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The Rumors about the iPhone 6 in Its Stage of Contemplation

Every press release triggers a commotion across the globe bringing out excitement and a bit of anxiety, but nothing is more heart-stopping than the announcement of the Cupertino-based tech company Apple of its iPhone lineup. It’s a fact that the iPhone is the most successful smartphone model to date. The company as a whole may not top the charts in the number of sales, but its products among others have by far the highest smartphone penetration rate due to their uniqueness and exclusivity. And so, now that speculations have been circulating in regard to the details surrounding the makings of the iPhone 6, it takes a leap of faith to find out what to believe in. This is what we know about it.

 It is said that Apple will be releasing two variants of iPhone 6, same as what it did with the successor of the iPhone 5. One is going to sport a 4.7-inch display while the other is expected to be bigger with its 5.5-inch screen. This upgrade is simply a must because Apple needs to adapt to the phablet domination to secure its place in the competition. As for its release date, September 2014 would be the most plausible time, considering the release of both the iPhone 5s and 5c that was scheduled on the Fall of 2013.

Both variants will be installed with a sapphire crystal screen, similar to the material used by Vertu smartphones, which is virtually resistant to scratches. On the other hand, there are sources indicating that Apple will be stepping into the flexible display territory, like with the LG G Flex and Samsung Galaxy Round. On another note, either both models or just the more expensive variant will be powered by a faster and more efficient A8 chip, which packs in more power than its already powerful predecessor.

In terms of design, the iPhone 6 is said to adopt a thinner chassis and a bezel-free display with an edge-to-edge design. With the much more slender LED backlight from 0.6mm to 0.4mm, the internal components can be spread out, allowing a slicker design to take place. It is most likely that Apple will be continuing the Touch ID feature for its future smartphones, considering the huge sum of money it invested on the said technology. To be on par with the features of the upcoming flagship phone of Samsung, Apple is said to focus on health-related applications like the Healthbook app, which will track various data points including blood pressure, hydration, heart rate, and other stats like glucose levels. This will perhaps be available on the rumored iOS 8 release.

It really is no surprise that rumors about the next generation flagship phone of Apple has surfaced just a few months after the iPhone 5s and 5c were made available on the market. The popularity of the iPhone has reached epic proportions, and this has served a motivating factor for Apple to deliver to the expectations of its clientele. Soon enough, we can be able to tell apart facts from fiction when more credible information are revealed as the release date of the most awaited smartphone arrives.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Noteworthy Apps That Take Care of Your Lists

If you have so much on your plate, then it’s absolutely crucial to start the day by enlisting all the things you need to accomplish throughout the day according to priority. And to get the job well done, you must be vigilant to manage your time. So, might as well, set aside your slack-time and hustle while you bustle.

But at times, having notes with you can be somewhat handful—and having the traditional notes also cannot guarantee that you can actually accomplish everything you've enlisted especially if you have to manually warn yourself to finish such activity on time. Seems like it’s not a handy-dandy notebook after all, eh? Or you could at least tie a thread on your fingers to remind you that there’s something that needs to be accomplished. Now, why did I tie this thread again? Let me ask you a question: which is handier, a notebook or your smartphone? Everybody’s money would definitely be on the latter as almost everyone couldn't get off their houses without their smartphones being stapled in their pockets—that of which I found myself guilty of. That being said, perhaps the pre-installed note app on your phone would suffice, right? You can say that, but actually, there are far more things apps can do. While the pre-installed note app only lets you scribble out a few things, these note apps I’m about to feature can actually get you all covered. So, prep yourself to ditch your traditional notepads and hit the list below:

#1: Google Keep
If you’re looking for a viable note-keeper app, then you can keep Google Keep app for yourself! Wait, what? Simply put, Google Keep app is at your service. This app is great as you can quickly jot down the ideas popping straight from your mind, and it helps you be reminded at exactly the right place and time. With this app, you can pretty much create a checklist, record voice reminders, or snag a photo to make remembering much easier. You can use color-codes as well so you’d be able to find which is which. Let me give you a simple tip: use the yellow color on the things you really need to be reminded of since of all colors, color yellow most likely helps you to remember something. That is why, most pencils, post-its, pads and paper, and hazard signs are painted yellow. [Free on Android]

#2: Evernote
And I know that if I will not mention this, you will not forgive me—ever! As rated by New York Times, Evernote was included in the ‘Top 10 Must-Have Apps’. Ever wondered who would be your best pal on remembering things? Be always reminded now by your best ever pal we call Evernote. Using this easy-to-use app, you can actually improve your productivity and save the ideas popping from your head in a jiffy. It doesn’t just let you take notes, but it can also let you capture photos, create to-do lists, and enter a voice note. One of the key features of Evernote is that it works with Evernote Business so you can capture, browse, search, and share Business Notes and Business Notebooks straight from your smartphone and tablet. Won’t this be your great buddy ever? [Free on Android]

#3: Todoist: To-Do List, Task List
Another app that could boost your productivity is the Todoist: To-Do List, Task List. Like the previously mentioned Note apps, it helps you manage your tasks and break them down into smaller ones so you can accomplish each and every task in just a fraction of time. This app also has an inclusion of features like due dates, recurring dates, sub-tasks, task priorities, and colored projects. Can the regular note app do that? Got another page to flip? You can get the Premium account to fully access all its features! [Free on Android]


With a handy-dandy smartphone loaded with the right apps, you can already accomplish so much! You may abuse your phone’s styluses, but don’t you worry as they have replacement parts. So, aren’t these note apps noteworthy enough to ditch your traditional notepads? Try them now!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Wouldn’t You Ditch Your iPad’s Old Apps with These Ones?

The first thing you’ll mostly likely do with your shining, shimmering, self-luminous rectangular gadget we call iPad is to (ab)use its storage capacity—that’s if you’re anything like me. Some people might prefer looking for iPad accessories first rather than having a spin with iPad apps, though. But as they say, apps are the lifeblood of these blank canvasses, so you’d likely end up choosing apps meandering over the cloud sooner or later.

Before, I load my device with apps that look interesting. But then again, the amusement I get from these seemingly entertaining apps don’t last all the way through as they lack the oomph factor I’ve been always looking for—and yes, what we all are after for. The list of must-have iPad apps had already been published, but I guess it wouldn't hurt to add some apps on the list that could get your iPad’s old apps ditched. Let’s hit the list below, shall we?

 #1: GoodNotes Free – Notes & PDF

You already have your own default note app on your iPad, why the need for another note app? If you think critically like me, you’d probably be asking the same question. It’s actually pretty easy to jot down something in just a few taps using the preinstalled note app. But hey, GoodNotes Free – Notes & PDF app actually does more than that. This app allows you not just to write with your own handwriting, but also make a doodle—or practically anything you do on your notebook (except folding or tearing the pages). It’s more like a real notebook, but only virtual and doesn’t need a pen. And don’t you forget that the app has a tail on its name saying, “Notes & PDF.” This actually means that you can open PDFs using this app and highlight all the important things on the file. And yes, you can also scribble out some notes right then and there. [Free on iOS]

#2: AccuWeather – Weather for Life for iPad

 Now, if you want to stay abreast with the weather, then AccuWeather – Weather for Life for iPad app is a  must-have. Of course, most events depend on the weather conditions. If you are planning for something special, being watchful of the weather conditions is highly advisable. You need not worry since this app shows no technicalities and jargons. It is made pretty simple and easy to use to give you the most accurate weather information there is. That’s what the name stands for—Accurate Weather. Aside from weather forecasts, it also has features like giving weather alerts via push notifications, allergen specifics that could possibly affect your outdoor activities, humidity, wind speed, visibility, and the list goes on. You can also easily navigate as this app is associated with Apple Maps. [Free on iOS]


#3: Fayve – Watch Movies & TV on Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, VUDU, Hulu, Xfinity, Redbox, Crackle and more

What a title indeed. That’s because this Fayve app—to call it shortly as it should be—can do so much to your favor. On a typical TV, it’s always hard to catch up on your favorite show unless you keep yourself tuned in your channel and know the time they are scheduled to be played. Well, that’s only for one channel. Do you know what you are missing on the other channels? With Fayve app, you can discover movies & TV shows on services all at once. In this way, you won’t have to miss a single clip that you‘ve always wanted to watch (except when you only have limited time). At least you can stay abreast on what’s ahead when talking about movies and you’ll always have something to look forward to. Moreover, this app suggests movies and TV shows basing from your in-app ratings and Facebook likes. Now, you get to save a fraction of time when searching for a movie that suits your taste. All thanks to Fayve! [Free on iOS]

So, let me ask you once more. Wouldn’t you ditch your iPad’s old apps with these ones? Try them now!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Apps You Shouldn’t Miss for Your Smartphones and Tablets [Android]

Over the years, we find the gadgets that could cater to our needs. And after that, we eventually find the apps that could help us get through with our day-to-day activities. We may change our handsets for whatever reason—at best, for an upgrade; at worse, getting broken or pilfered—but there’s one thing that almost always remains: the apps that we can’t live without.

Notice that whatever happens, the apps you installed on your previous trusty smartphones and tablets are still loaded to the new ones. That’s because you find them essential that no matter what, you’re going to free up some space just to have them installed once and for all. Did you now have your own list? Now, I’d be glad to share mine in order for you to try them. See the list of apps you shouldn't live without below:
  
#1: Kii Keyboard

We all know that typing on our gadgets’ screen—especially on tablets—is not an easy thing. We have to get used to tapping the right keys, or else we’ll abuse the backspace ceaselessly. Flat out; it’s a bummer, especially if we are used to typing with our thumbs. Do you somehow envy the iPad Air’s splitting keyboard? Good thing there’s a key for Android tablets to make all typing on keyboard easy-peasy. The Kii Keyboard app can actually split your tablets virtual keyboard in two. It has the same features of a normal Android keyboard like Swype and prediction, and you can also dress your keyboard with themes to your liking as it supports Go Keyboard. [Free on Android]

#2: Google Drive

Yes, Android phones are being loved because their tendency to expand through their microSD slot, but let’s face it. Sharing would be a lot easier if we could just access it from the cloud. We can use our phones and tablets as a flash drive as we connect a USB data cable for sharing, but sharing wirelessly is unarguably better. Not to mention I remember one time when I have to almost tear our house apart looking for a cable. And so, let’s make use of Google’s another brainchild: the Google Drive. Not only you can store your files on the cloud, but you can also access them anytime, anywhere. Do you want to access a file later but you won’t be able to connect to the cloud? Well, you can actually make a file available offline so you can view it. And that’s not all. You can also edit the file right off the bat with collaborators. Fill in the free 15 GB space if you can! [Free on Android]


#3: Tablified Market – Tablet Apps

Having a tablet is great. The wider the screen, the more convenience it brings. But if you can’t get a good app worthy of the screen, then what good is it now? That is why you’re going to need Tablified Market app installed on your tablet. This app narrows down and organizes the list of apps compatible to your device so you won’t have to wonder if it fits your tablet or not. [Free on Android]


So, aren't these apps worthy to be included on your apps-shouldn't-live-without list? Download them now and start tapping away!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Best Android Apps for Music Downloads

What do you do to stay in tuned with whatever you are doing? You simply plug your mobile earphones in, nod your head, thump your feet, and listen to the music as it gets you back to the beat. Listening to music is actually a sea shanty for most of us as we go along with our chores and stuff. Evidently, it turns as a rhythmic work song designed to increase productivity. And for most, it actually evokes emotions even just within the first twenty seconds of the song. It can also be our voice when we can’t just utter a word because of the inflicted pain.

Music has played a great role in our lives—not just on our music players, radios, mp3s, or smartphones. As we listen to it, we learn to face the music beat by beat (if you may pardon the pun). And so, where do you get most of your tracks? Shared by a friend? Downloaded? Here in this article, I have enlisted the best free music download apps for Android in order for you to find your kind of music. Drum roll, please… let’s hit the list below:

 #1: Music Maniac App     
Asking if you are a certified music maniac is outright unnecessary, since you wouldn’t read all the way down if you aren’t. Did I get that right? And so, to feed you audiophiles from craving to feel the melody and the rhythm of the music around you, here’s Music Maniac telling you the search is over! Oh, wait. Actually, you’re going to search your type of music (preferred song) in an extensive database of CC Licensed songs—so, searching doesn’t stop there evidently. The search results also provide full information in order for you to find and identify which song you are really referring. And that’s from the artists, albums, and the Album-Art to every bit and piece of the song. All the downloaded files will then be stored on the Music Maniac folder that can be found on your SD-card or external storage. We do have to bear in mind, though, that the folks behind Music Maniac are not the ones who maintain their database, thus we might find non CC Licensed songs on the search results. Nonetheless, it’s a great app to start with as this app is also free.

 #2: Moobo Music Player App
Are you looking for a music downloading app that does more than that? Hit the play button with Moobo Music Player. Not only does it provide a neat interface for playing your tracks, but it also supports cloud service, and lets you download free music from the cloud. There is an inclusion of 18 kinds of skins, 3 desk widgets to choose from, and has a powerful equalizer to satisfy your love for music. You can play several formats of your tracks like MP3, MP2, MP1, OGG, WAV, AIFF, MIDI, AAC, AAC+, 3GP, XM, IT, S3M, MOD, MTM, UMX, MO3, MP4, M4A, and OTA. There you go. I’ve enlisted them all for you to know what formats of songs it can play. Moreover, if you want to nail down the lyrics of your new favorite song, this app automatically scans lyrics file for you. This Android app is free of cost as well. What’s not to like?

 #3: vMusic – free music in videos App
Now, if you think that hearing music don’t do too much for you, you always have a choice to watch the music video. You can also choose vMusic – free music in videos app to do the work for you. Search whatever genre of music you like, be it classical, jazz, hip hop, pop, or rock. You’ll definitely love how powerful their database is as it is integrated with Vimeo—the main source that feeds this app. If you install this app, then you will have nothing to lose except a few of your phone’s storage space. So, what are you waiting for? Get this app that is actually free of charge, too!

Now, you know where to get the songs you love. Have fun rocking!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

What Has My Mobile Phone Turned Me Into?

Can you still recall how life was back then even before cell phones have become a part of everybody’s life? If you are at least on your early 20’s just like me, then you definitely had experienced life without a cell phone. So, how was it? I suppose if I let you choose between the lives now and back then, you would probably prefer this digital age. Well, I can’t blame you; even I, personally, find the 21st century better than what I was used to. However, with life become easy yet seldom complex with the aid of technology, some things have turned ugly. Take these for example:



Meeting a friend? 
Before, all we have to do is set the who, what, where, when, time—and why—of meetups, and it’s done. It’s actually very simple. But now, as technology gets us more connected to each other conveniently, people have become disrespectful of someone else’s time.



Memorizing phone numbers? 
Ah, this one gets me. I remember when I was small; I used to memorize the 7-digit phone numbers of my family, relatives, and friends. I never needed a pen and paper just to jot down those numbers for safekeeping. Everything was stored in my brain. But today, why memorize when all you have to do is pull up the number of that someone from the address book of your handheld device? Life may have been easy, but in turn, we became...dumb.


Stranded and need a ride?
Although communication is not a tap away on your smartphone kind of way in the past, there are absolutely a number of ways for you to contact your family and friends if you need something. But now, people just seem to step on other’s boundaries just to get what they need/want.



Called someone but didn't pick up? 
Malicious thoughts are not so common back then. Whenever we attempt to keep in touch with someone through the line, we keep our composure and optimism, thinking that the person we are contacting is probably just busy or whatnot. But it’s not the case these days. People tend to feel ignored and hurt whenever someone hasn't texted back or a call was not answered.

While waiting... 
I’m certain that a lot of people are guilty on this, not to mention you and me. Socializing comes out naturally before mobile phones came into the picture. It was easier back then to form personal connections. But now, whenever you see people waiting in a certain place, they’re all busy texting, playing games, shopping in online mobile stores, liking, tweeting, or whatsoever.


That’s quite something, huh? And you’re pretty much aware that this isn't surprising at all. Well, together with the benefits that mobile phones have provided us, come its drawbacks. I guess we have to live with it. But you know what, my real intention here is to make these known to you so that you yourself can at least try to get your act together and lay off the bad effects of your mobile phone use.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

A Brand New Year Suggests More Expectations from Apple

Apple iDevices
Tech companies derive their success from innovation. Whenever there’s something new, people flock towards it, thus, contributing to the overall fame of the company which is credited for coming up with that brainchild worthy of praises. On the other hand, if the so-called innovation is something indicative of a lackluster attribute, it will certainly cause a series of demoralizing remarks. Simply, this is how tech companies reach the top; they should be able to come up with the X factor feature that has the potential of dominating the tech sphere.

All along, analysts and lay mobile consumers thought that 2013 is a terrible year for Apple, but just before the year had ended, Apple has vindicated itself from its alleged mediocre performance pronounced by its critics. And as the transition from the post-Steve Jobs era has reached its completion, we can very well say that Apple is able to manage in continually being a worthy competitor in the consumer electronic industry. However, Apple’s future is still uncertain. It needs to display a brand new development that can surprise or meet the expectations of the market it targets. And speaking of expectations, these are what we (almost) would like from Apple for the year 2014.
  • An iPhone with a bigger display. Just weeks after the release of the latest flagship smartphone of Apple, people were not able to contain their disappointment on its display size. The whole time, prospective consumers sought for a phablet-like device from Apple as a tactic to cope up with the growing market for smartphones with a diagonal display of 5 inches or more. But Apple kept it the way it was used to; it announced the 5s to be as big as its predecessor. As of now, there have been speculations circulating in the open about a bigger iPhone. Hopefully, it will appear in the iPhone 6.
  • The iPad Pro. Studies on the tablet shipments all across the globe show that there will be a decline on the growth of the industry until the year 2017. In addition, this trend will materialize because the demand for 7-inch tablets will be eradicated completely because of the introduction of phablets into the tech market. But as it turns out, experts believe that bigger tablets can be able to spark a brand new interest for mobile computing using a touchscreen slate device. And so, Apple must be able to satisfy this growing demand, for Samsung is already close to the full-blast production of its very own 12-inch Galaxy Note.
  • Better Apple Maps. When we hear about mapping services, the first thing that comes into our mind is the Google Maps. Because it possesses a bunch of breakthrough features, it is usually downloaded into a number of gadgets, including iDevices. But why did Apple hire a team of people with mapping expertise if it will just settle for the Apple maps as it is right now. The company must make use of its resources wisely. The year 2014 must be the year when Apple will debut a newly-improved mapping service that can topple down Google Maps.
  • The Mac OS newer, fresher look. Apple may be laudable in terms of hardware and software design, but at some point, it missed a spot with the Mac operating system. Consumers expect uniformity between the Mac OS and the iOS come the year 2014. Apple’s design language should be consistent with all of its releases so that it can strengthen its identity even further.
The truth of the matter is, it’s hard to tell whether a step undertaken by a company will prove to be phenomenal or not. But with all these, Apple CEO Tim Cook said, “We continue to be very confident in Apple’s future, and we see significant opportunities ahead of us in both current product categories and new ones.” He adds, “We have a lot to look forward to in 2014, including some big plans that we think customers are going to love.” Let’s just hope that those big plans consist of our expectations of the company that once made tech fantasies become a reality.