Top Android Tablets

There is an amazing number of new Android tablets paving their way in the market. With all these choices, consumers might be confounded when it comes to buying their new device. The list below depicts some of the best 8-inch Android tablets of this year.

Google Nexus 9
This is the first tablet that will be sold with Android 5.0 Lollipop straight out of the box. The 9 is the successor of the Nexus 7. It is known to be one of the toughest rivals to the iPad. This tablet is manufactured by HTC and its touchscreen comes in 8.9 inches. It comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The resolution is 1536 x 2048. The main factor that brings an edge to this tablet is the fact that it has been designed with particular consideration for the latest OS release.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S
The Galaxy Tab S comes in 2 versions, the 10.5 inches screen and the other one is 8.4 inches. The screen features the AMOLED technology and the tablet is quite lightweight and extremely slim. Features and performance are some of the key strengths of this tablet.

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2
This tablet has an 8-inch LCD screen. The resolution is of 1920 x 1200 and the density is at 283 ppi. The Wi-Fi version is quite lightweight at around 419g. The tablet comes with a quad-core processor and clocks at 1.33 GHz. It comprises of a 3GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. This is a good affordable tablet.

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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review

The Note Edge, very much like its predecessor, is a large thin phablet. The screen dimension is of 5.6 inch. Users will also be able to experience the Amoled Quad HD+ on this device. The highest HD resolution of its screen is 524 ppi. The size and weight do not differ much from the Note 4, only that the Note Edge is slightly longer, thinner and lighter by a few grams. Among the features of the Note Edge there are the heart sensor, fingerprint ID sensor and the popular S-Pen which can be slotted to the side.

Screen
The right side of the phablet’s screen curves around its side. This extension is not part of the main screen though. It constitutes of a second screen for other menus and alerts. The smaller screen has a resolution of 2560 x 160 px. The information featured on this screen can be customised.

Software & Processor
The Note Edge’s processor consists of a 2.7 GHz quad-core along with a 3GB RAM. For Operating System, quite surprisingly, rather than the most updated Android version, users will have the Android 4.4.4 KitKat. However, software upgrades might be on the way.

Compared to the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the Galaxy Note Edge does not offer much of an improvement. The main noticeable feature on the Note Edge is the curved alert panels found on its side. This feature, apart from being aesthetically pleasing, is also genuinely useful. The phablet still does not bear waterproof features, which might be a let-down for the price.

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Basic computer security mistakes you should avoid

Most Hackers are successful not because they have unknown methods of breaking into other computers, but because most end-users of computers and organizations make common and basic mistakes. Here are the most common mistakes everyone should avoid:

Updates

Updates to Microsoft and Apple products are free. All you need is internet access and a bit of time to download and install the updates. Most users ignore the update popup and continue to use the computer. Always update all your devices, apps, applications, operating systems, and computers.

Older versions

Another issue that is similar to the above is keeping older versions of the software. Most developers only maintain the latest version of the particular application. Most users keep older versions to avoid buying a newer version. Just remember that the older application could be a vector for an intrusion into your systems.

Downloads

Downloading random applications online is another threat. There are so many download sites that you need to ensure that any program you download is from a known developer. Also, when you download known applications, always do so from the official site. Third-party download sites often add Malware and Adware to downloads before making them available.

Piracy

In a recent study, security researchers found that almost 90% of pirated software came with Malware. The offending Malware was written into the applications, making it impossible to remove. Saving a few bucks by downloading a pirated applications might open your computer up to Malware and even Ransomware.

 

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The top four challengers for suppliers in E-commerce

Every supplier wants to expand so that the Increasing sales increases can power growth, which in turn leads to more expansion. However, as good as growth is for an organization, it is only a boon if the company prepares for some of the challenges that come with more retailers and buyers. Let’s look at some of the challenges suppliers face when adding new clients:

Multiple requirements from retailers

It is fair to say that no two retailers will have the same requirement. The processes, expectations, and requirements will vary from each client. The issue is bigger if you handle drop shipping, where different customers of different clients will each have different requirements. The operational and mental overhead is immense. The only way to get around the issue to have an understanding of their requirements in advance, so everyone is prepared.

Managing inventory

Maintain transparency of your inventory with your customers. With technology like EDI, orders come in every second and customers expect the items to ship out the same day. Update the client with your inventory and keep them in the loop for any changes. Also, take seasonal requirements and other trends into account when maintaining inventory.

Scaling

As soon as you establish a relationship with a new retailer, don’t expose your entire catalog. Present only a certain amount of your catalog and scale up the availability as you and the client become comfortable with the systems and processes. Failing to ramp up gradually can result in overwhelmed systems and staff.

Article by Act Data Services, Inc. 1-800-ACT-DATA. Concentrate all your orders in one place with asn software from Act Data.

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The Basics of Integrating a Command Center for Your Business

Are you looking into a command center for your organization? Well, you’re one of the many owners that’s making a wise decision. For one, command centers can provide your company with unprecedented security measures and a global eye that can survey any segment of your business with relative ease. Here are some steps that’ll help you get started.

 

How Much is too Much?

 

First off, you’ll want to consider how much you want to invest into your command center. As great as it would be to have a high-tech network operations center video wall integrated, you want to ask yourself if it’s worth it. Is your company that large in scale that it requires a full-fledged operating center that’s staffed with dozens of specialists? If not, you could easily have a much smaller center that can work on LED video wall displays and a few employees running the show.

 

Work With an Experienced Contractor

 

Another priority that you’ll have to consider is finding the right contractor that’ll create your command center from the ground up. Companies like ConstantTech.com and other A/V integrators are highly recommended due to their knowledge and years of experience. Speaking of which, experience in the field is one of the primary aspects of the hiring process. Don’t consider contractors that do not have a solid track record. Doing so may result in a loss when it comes to your investment as well as a huge headache to add to it.

 

Final Thoughts

 

Whether you’re a large company or a smaller business, having a command center that operates completely on its own can be a huge benefit for you. With so many companies integrating these centers into their business plans, it’s no wonder they’re taking off so quickly. Just remember to keep an eye out on your initial investment so you don’t allocate a significant amount that’s worth more than you can afford.

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How to access content blocked on your network

As the recent crisis in Sri Lanka revealed, a country or authority can block any content at will. Even if censorship does not exist in your country, there might come a time when the courts or legal authority authorize the blocking of a site or online service for commercial or copyright issues. Fortunately, there are a few ways that we can get around blocks of that nature:

VPN

The most common and obvious solution is to get a VPN service that connects you to the network in another country. There are hundreds of VPN services and applications that allow you to connect to their nodes in various countries. The paid services are better as some of the free VPN hosts are possible scams and security concerns.

Proxy

A cheaper, and less obvious method is to use one of the many web traffic proxies online. A proxy uses a computer in another location to fetch your web requests. The only issue is that proxy services will not allow you to use other services like streaming, and downloads. You can also set up your own proxy server, but you will need to pay for a virtual private server online.

DNS

Another common issue is that networks block traffic to certain domains by hijacking DNS requests. Getting around this is a little harder because it involves one of two options: 1) set up and run your own DNS server, or 2) set manual entries for the sites that you want to access in your host’s file.

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Samsung Galaxy S9: What we know so far

With just one month to go before Samsung unveils the new Galaxy S9 at the Mobile World Congress, the leaks are coming in thick and fast. Here is what we know so far:

Price

The news does not look so good in pricing terms. Thanks to Apple, other manufacturers are getting comfortable increasing flagship phone prices. The S9 will sell for between 950,000 won and 999,000 Won in Korea, which equates to about $895 to $935, which is about $100 more than the S8.

Updates

The rumor mill says that although Samsung will headline a few new features on the S9, the phone itself will sport very little new tech. Instead, we are looking at a minor year-on-year upgrade and won’t see anything that resembles an iPhone X style jump.

Camera

One of the key new features according to rumors will be a super-slow-mo camera. The S9+ will probably get dual lenses to differentiate the plus model from the standard S9. Reports say that the camera will record video at 1080p with frame rates as high as 480 frames per second.

Biometrics

Another new feature is the biometric authentication on the phone. It is likely that Samsung will include both a facial scanner and a fingerprint scanner. We do not know if the phone will support under screen fingerprint scanning.

There is no doubt that the S9 will sell well, even as an incremental update, but Samsung will need to start showing proper differentiation if it intends to increase its share of the market.

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The best laptops for battery life

There are several features and specs that people base their decision on when buying a laptop. There is the processor speed, graphics cards, screen size, and other upgrades. However, nothing is more important than battery life. Thanks to recent advances in battery technology and power efficiency, the minimum benchmark is at least ten hours of battery life on a full charge. The models below have battery life well more than the minimum.

Lenovo ThinkPad T470

The Lenovo ThinkPad T470 comes with an optional extended battery that takes the laptop to a staggering 17 hours and 25 minutes. The battery life is not the only thing great about the laptop. You get a best-in-class keyboard, fast SSD and durable chassis. The only drawbacks are a screen that lacks brightness and anaemic speakers.

Lenovo ThinkPad X270

The second best laptop regarding battery life is another ThinkPad. Again, you get a good keyboard, swappable battery and unlike the above, a better screen. However, you need to select the correct battery options to get the 13 hours and 51 minutes of battery life. The three cell batteries provide mediocre battery life.

Dell XPS 13

The Dell XPS 13 clocks in with approximately 13 hours and 49 minutes of battery life. The XPS 13 is one of the best allround laptops you can buy today and that includes great battery life. The XPS 13 has an amazing display, good Wi-Fi and is very light. The only drawback is odd placement on the webcam.

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