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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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Amazon planning premium Alex speaker with a large screen

According to Mark Gurman, Amazon is developing a premium Echo like speaker with a screen. This is an effort to expand its lineup of Alexa enabled devices in order to capitalize on its surprise success.

According to people who are familiar with the matter, the screen will be approximate seven inches. It will also be a departure from the typical cylindrical shape of the current lineup of devices. Just like the Echo, the primary interface will be voice driven and will respond to the current set of commands.

The screen is expected to be introduced in order to provide access to content such as weather forecasts, calendars, and news etc. The screen and speaker will be at an angle so the screen will be visible when close by. The device will be powered by a modified version of Fire OS. It is also likely that the screen itself will be touch capable. There are no plans to change the current lineup and the new screen-based version will come at a higher price point.

This is another volley from Amazon in the growing battle by tech companies to own the living room. The Echo’s success was a surprise to everyone, including Amazon. Now there is a scramble from everyone to get a voice controlled device to the market. At the moment the market leader is Amazon. We are yet to see the market impact of the new entrant Google Home.

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Differentiating Physical Vapor Deposition from Chemical Vapor Deposition

PVD and CVD are both reliable techniques utilized in various industries today.

Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) and Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) are two types of deposition techniques that are used to create very thin film layers of a material of choice onto a substrate. Mainly used in the semiconductor production industry, where thin layers are prevalent, both techniques have been making their way into any other industries as well like optics, solar panels, and others. This article will showcase the main differences between the two are the processes that they employ.

As their names imply, PVD utilizes physical forces to deposit while CVD uses chemical reactions. Regardless of the process, both of these techniques produce a thin film in the end.

Physical Vapor Deposition

During the PVD coating process, a source material is gasified through the process of evaporation, the application of electric power, lasers, and other techniques. This evaporated material will then condense onto the substrate, therefore creating the thin film. No chemical reactions occur throughout the process.

Chemical Vapor Deposition

CVD on other hand, uses a source material that is not as pure due to it being mixed with a volatile precursor material. This mixture is then injected within a chamber containing the substrate, where the deposition process occurs, similar to PVD thermal evaporation. Once the mixture adheres to the substrate, the precursor will then decompose, leaving behind a layer of the source material in the substrate. After this, the product is then removed from the chamber through gas flow. This process can also accelerated through the use of plasma, heat, and other processes.


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Different uses for portable air conditioning

Written by Movincool

Portable air conditioners are self-contained units that are quick to set up and install. They can be used for events or emergencies. Anywhere that requires some form of spot cooling. Here are a few examples of different use cases:

Outdoor events

Outdoor events like weddings and concerts are perfect uses for a spot cooler. Outdoor wedding marquees can be cooled on hot summer days and opened out in the evening. Concert and event back-end equipment and crews will need cooling while the event is run. Even what people assume to be impossible to cool events can usually be covered using one or many portable air conditioners.

Server rooms

These installations can be permanent or temporary for emergencies. Some server room designs are based on enclosed clusters of racks facing each other. These enclosures are perfect for portable air conditioners. In other designs, a portable unit can be brought in when there is a failure of the central air conditioner and system uptime has to be maintained. There have been times when multiple portable units have been used to cool an entire server farm while the main unit is under maintenance.

Workshops

Another good use case is for cooling industrial workplaces. Factories and other facilities sometimes cannot afford to cool an entire structure. In those cases, portable cooling can be used to cool areas where staff will be concentrated. This allows economical cooling while maintaining the high productivity levels that come with cooler workspaces.

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How to Understand Aviation Starting Units’ Voltage Ranges

Written by: Start Pac

Summary: Starting units are powerful aviation tools that can provide additional power when needed.

When it comes to selecting the right type of battery packs for your aircraft, aircraft start units are the ideal solution when it comes to the majority of models. With an enhanced design, it can immediately start an aircraft ranging from a small commercial plane to a major business airplane. These starting units are powerful, durable, and efficient for use. Here is a brief overview on what you need to know when it comes to choosing the right starting unit for your plane.

How to Find a Starting Unit

When finding a portable power supply for your aircraft, the first thing that you’ll need to know is that it comes in a range of voltages (12V, 24V, and 28V). It’s not only important that you choose the right one, but you need to consider what you are going to use the starting unit for. Do you need it solely for emergency purposes, or will you be using it multiple times throughout the day? By figuring this out, you’ll be able to narrow down which unit will work best with your lifestyle.

Discussing the Voltage of Starting Units

This is only the first step, you’ll also need to understand the various voltages. It’s highly recommended that you speak to a specialist in the department that you are purchasing from to ensure that it’ll function correctly with your aircraft. Although this piece of aircraft maintenance equipment is enough for an aircraft, there are certain cases where additional power is needed. Speak with a specialist in regards to this.

For small aircraft, the voltage requirement that you’ll need is 12V. There are various sizes and models, however the larger sizes are normally for larger aircrafts. Standard DC powered aircraft require 24V DC to start up. Most of the designs have a 24V battery within, therefore it requires a 24V unit to start. Now, when it comes to these units, you have choices. You can purchase a portable unit, or you can have one that is attached to a large trolley cart. 28V units are also available – although many of these are sole with the purpose of having peace of mind, as most aircraft will start up with a 24V current. However, there are a few aircraft models that are volt sensitive and will require a 28V unit to start. Discuss this with an expert beforehand so you won’t have any difficulties when using it.

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Netflix now allows downloads

In a surprise announcement by Netflix, a much-requested feature has finally been enabled: the ability to download TV shows and movies for offline viewing. In some respects, it is surprising that it took so long for this to become a reality. There are, however, some limits.

The first is that it is limited to certain shows only. For the moment this covers almost all of Netflix’s own originals and some others. For example, shows like Orange is the New Black, Narcos and The Crown are available right now. According to Netflix, we can expect the catalog of offline capable shows to grow as the licensing deals are negotiated.

Another limitation is that it is only possible on smartphone and tablets. For the moment, it cannot be done on desktop computers or even TV compatible systems.

In order to download a show, navigate to the episode list of the show. Supported shows will have a download symbol to the left of the play button. Clicking on this will start the immediate download of that episode and will be enabled for offline playback.

With Netflix expected to produce nearly 50 shows per year for the next two years, the catalog of offline capable shows will grow. In order to avoid losing the licensing revenue from Netflix, it is also quite plausible that other networks will also allow some of their shows to be downloadable.

Netflix will be rolling out the latest version of its app which is required to download offline capable shows.

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The items you will need for a connected home

The smart home, or what can be more accurately described as a connected home is the next big thing coming out of Silicon Valley. Setting up your own smart home is not very difficult. There are many competing brands and standards, but for the most part, they are somewhat interoperable. Here is everything you will need for a connected home:

The first and primary device will be a hub, it could the Smart Things hub by Samsung or the Amazon Echo, either way a single point of control will be needed. For items that do not have compatibility look for IFTTT support to bridge the gap.

The next item will be a light bulb. There are Wi-Fi or Bluetooth bulbs that can be controlled by the hub. Alternatively, there are remote controlled switches that do not require connected bulbs. It is also more cost effective.

The next two items will be for security. The two are a connected front door lock and a bunch of door/window sensors. Use the sensors to check any windows or sliding windows for when they open and close. The front door lock will allow you to enter your home with a code or from the app and record the coming and going.

For enhanced security, setup cameras around the house. The cameras can be triggered on any activity picked up with the door/window sensors. Motion sensors, remote plug controls, IR controllers, Thermostats and smoke detectors are just a few more parts of your home that you can bring online.

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