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Monthly Archives: February 2012

Facebook Reveals Aim of Challenging Apple’s Dominance in App Market

February 29, 2012 |

This week social media giant Facebook set out a clear and direct challenge to their largest rival, Apple, in a bid to move onwards and upwards in the mobile internet market. The two companies have been circling each other for a number of years now, with both showing massive growth in their own separate specialist areas, but occasionally treading on each other’s toes.
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New Front in Patent War as Yahoo Takes on Facebook

February 29, 2012 |

It has been revealed this week that Facebook is now facing legal claims by Yahoo over patent infringement, with Yahoo demanding that Facebook pay them licensing fees in order to use their technology. This is a new move by the struggling technology giant which has, in recent years, lost ground over the new players in the industry.

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Siri for iPhone 4S leads the way for voice recognition

February 27, 2012 |

Voice recognition is nothing new, but it has not really taken off in any special way until the recent development of the application Siri for the iPhone 4S. Siri really hits the spot and offers much more than any other voice recognition programmes have previously managed to achieve. Siri is more like having your very own personal assistant, but without the wage packet! It won’t just repeat what you say or expect specific words, it will converse with you in your own language. If it doesn’t understand what you say, it will be sure to let you know.

Siri was the application which really stood out on the iPhone 4S in October, and the popularity has increased ever since. It certainly made an impression at the CES 2012, which is where the technology world meets at Las Vegas. It works through the use of a dual-core A5 chip, and also utilises 3G and Wi-Fi to … Read More

4 Reasons Why the iPad Still Beats any Android Tablet

February 26, 2012 |

The year of 2011 brought forth the release of a number of Android Tablets. At CES, Google put forward its Honeycomb Android tablet edition to the anticipating crowds. Big components manufacturers went on to make fancy reports about their tablets with Honeycomb. Yet, the numbers speak for themselves, and Android tablet edition did not manage to out-sell the iPad as many had predicted.

In our opinion, this is due to four main factors:

Cost Efficiency

As Apple came up with the original iPad back in 2010, many experts sighed to study its cost tag of $500. Many analysts assumed that no one would care for purchasing such an expensive device just for browsing the web. However, the sales numbers spoke for themselves, and Apple’s tablet went on to become a huge success, showing the cost-efficiency ratio of the product was just right.

With the release of competing Android Honeycomb Tablets such as the Motorola Xoom, … Read More

Why doesn’t my Garage Door Opener open my Neighbor’s Garage, Too?

February 25, 2012 |

Most of us use a garage door opener several times a day and do not know how they work. You might be surprised as to how the modern garage door opener has changed over the last 50 years.

That being said, why does a garage door opener, which is identical to a neighbor’s, not open their garage door, too? We’ll get to that.  First, here’s a brief history of the garage door opener.

Garage door openers first became popular in the 1950s shortly after World War II. They used a small remote device that transferred a radio signal to the garage door receiver located inside the garage. When the radio signal frequencies matched, the door would open.

The remote system did not always work as intended. The garage door opener operated on a radio signal system that only had a limited number of signal frequencies to match. Why does that matter? Simply put, any garage … Read More

Rapid Fashion: 3D Printing Hits the Runway

February 23, 2012 |

It seems like every year that passes brings us closer to our society’s idealized version of the future. Imagine bringing an iPad to a box social in 1950; how many heart attacks do you think you’d cause? As time marches by, technology also creeps out of our offices and homes and into other sectors of our lives. One trend I’ve picked up on over the past few years is how tech fashion is being created and sold to denizens of an increasingly digital world.

Apple has helped popularize technology and elevate to it culturally iconic status with its timeless aesthetic design. As a result, we are starting to see technology play a larger role in the fashion world. The first time I can remember Apple being used effectively as gear was the old-school iPod Shuffle with the clip. A later iteration of the Shuffle was literally turned into a pretty fancy watch by an enterprising … Read More

Home Cinema in the Advance of Technology

February 23, 2012 |

A trip to the cinemas used to be the highlight of the month for me, as I would patiently queue up for my hot dog and fizzy drink before settling down to see the latest big movie. Going in the evening was especially atmospheric, although I do remember struggling to find my car in the darkened car park after midnight a couple of times.

The fact that I have stopped going to the cinema isn’t done to the lack of good films around these days. In fact, quite the opposite is true and I sometimes wish that I had ten pairs of eyes and unlimited leisure time in order to see them all.

No More Cinema for Me

No, I stopped making my monthly trips to the local cinema simply because I don’t have to anymore. Ever since I discovered the quality home cinema options which are around now I have no longer felt the … Read More

Reasons for Availing and The Services Offered By An Online Marketing Firm

February 23, 2012 |

Marketing is an evolving process, it started as door-to-door marketing, then came the era of radio ads, which gave birth to TV ads and roadside billboards. Now is the era of online marketing, with billions of internet users worldwide, it has become a dire necessity of business, to use internet as a platform for capturing and retaining the customers.

To gain the maximum from the web marketing efforts, business use the services of an online marketing company. A business can easily find a lot of web marketers in the market that claim to provide the best results; however, only few of them achieve what they commit.

The lines below give a detail of why a business might require the services of an internet-marketing firm, and through which strategies a firm would help the business achieve its online marketing objectives.

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The iPhone is the Best Selling Smartphone Throughout Q4 2011

February 21, 2012 |

There has been some debate recently about whether the drop in sale of the latest Smartphone models produced by major manufacturers like Nokia, HTC and LG meant that the bottom might be dropping out of the durable Smartphone market. However new figures have indicated that this, the most recession-proof of industries, is not in decline, it is simply that more copies of the Apple iPhone are being purchased instead of those of these major rival companies.

The report by Gartner, which examined sales figures for Smartphones during Q4 2011, showed that the total number of Smartphones sold during this period reached an astonishing 149 million – representing a rise of 47 percent on the sales figures for the same period in the previous year – and clearly indicating that their has been no decline in public enthusiasm for Smartphones. However, what the figures released by Gartner have indicated is that a major chunk of this … Read More

5 Must Have Gadgets for Mobile Computer Techs

February 17, 2012 |

With technology integrated into our daily lives, mobile computer technicians are growing in abundance. Everyone who knows technology and how to repair it has at one point been called by friends, family, or even acquaintances to help repair their computers and gadgets. If you are choosing to take this service and make an income through freelance computer repair, there are a few things you may need to help succeed. For those up and coming mobile computer techs, here are 5 gadgets you must have.



When you decide to take on a mobile business as a repair tech, you need to have all of your software with you. The best way to accomplish this is to have a dedicated laptop for your repair jobs. This will assure you have a working computer while repairing the broken ones. Any software or information you will need can be stored and accessed on your laptop.


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The Future of Printing Technology

February 17, 2012 |

Do you remember those giant, wheezing printer toners which we used to use in offices a few years back? To be fair I had completely forgotten about then until I recently made a trip across to South America.

Across there is seems that most offices don’t have their own copier, so there are lots of little shops where you can go in get your papers copied. I was amazed to see so many of these shops and wondered who on Earth kept them in business, as I for one had never felt the urge to get papers photocopied in a shop.

My opinion changed though when I was told by the migration office that I needed to fill in a form for my new visa, photocopy it three times and then basically get three copies of every single piece of paper which I owned. I finally entered into one of these copy shops and it was … Read More

How Can A Website Become Google Friendly and Achieve Higher Ranking?

February 17, 2012 |

The term ‘Google friendly website’ is very dynamic in nature, and ever evolving. There was a time when Google friendly website meant, a website, which Google could scrap and rank in its search engine. However, now a Google friendly website is one that ranks high in Google results and does not lose its ranking suddenly.

The phenomena of Google friendly website has been under debate among the internet marketing services providers for a long time. There is no general rule or criteria of achieving so, because Google does not leak the information of its algorithm. The lines below give a few of the ways in which you can understand a Google friendly website and with the application of these concepts your website can become one also.

1. Useful:

The first and primary thing that is going to differentiate your website, and make it Google … Read More

Parental Controls: Balance Independence & Safety

February 16, 2012 |

As parents of Web-surfing children, we face a much more complex challenge than the one that TV posed to our own parents. TV provided a one-way media stream that was easy to control and monitor. Thanks to the Internet, today’s children are connecting to each other and strangers daily. Windows 7 provides some basic tools to help you keep your child safe when using your computer.

Basic Controls

Win7’s built-in controls let you set three important restrictions: the programs your child can use, the games your child can play, and the amount of time (and the time during the day) that your child can use the computer.

To control these settings, click Start, Control Panel, and then click Set Up Parental Controls For Any User under User Accounts And Family Safety. Choose your child’s user account (or click Create A New User Account to make one on the spot) and then choose On, Enforce Current … Read More