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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Three drawbacks of the new Pixel 2

Google took the wraps off its new Pixel 2 phone lineup last week. The phones have what the best Android camera and maybe the best smartphone camera on the market today. The problem lies in choosing between the Pixels and the competition. Here are some of the drawbacks of the new Pixel phones.

Camera

The first drawback is that the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL have the same camera. It is good to provide the same technology and capabilities across the two models. However, there should have been more differentiation between the Pixel 2 and the XL. As it stands, all you get for $200 extra is a bigger screen and battery.

Headphone Jack

Like Apple, LeEco, and Lenovo, Google removed the headphone jack from the Pixel 2. Google does provide an alternative to the AirPod but does not address what happens when you want to charge your phone and listen to music at the same time. It is a pain point for iPhone users and Google should have addressed that as part of the presentation.

Bezels

The screen on the Pixel 2 XL is not as impressive as some of its peers. The screen is not edge-to-edge as some of the others. Also, to make room for the dual speakers, there is a larger forehead and chin. The screen itself is amazing with vibrant colors and proper blacks. However, if you want an edge-to-edge screen or a bigger screen for the form factor, then you will want either the iPhone X or the Note 8.

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Amazon’s future drone network

It has been several years since we first saw the Amazon drone video. Thanks to regulatory issues and safety testing, it might still be a few years before drone package delivery is an option for most people. However, there are also some hurdles that Amazon and others will need to deal with before it is practical to use drones for deliveries. We now see a clearer picture of how Amazon expects to deal with those issues with some recent patent filings.

The biggest hurdle when using drones is a limit to the maximum distance between the point where the drone launches and the destination. Regulators will require line of sight from the launch and destination points. Such short distances will require a very expensive network of launch sites, especially in urban areas.

According to recent patents filings by Amazon, they have several possible solutions to these problems.

The first is a “beehive” like structure that will act a multi-level fulfillment center in populated areas. Drones will come and go from this structure. Amazon’s fulfillment warehouses are huge and require large amounts of land. With the “beehive” Amazon can build them vertically, and they will require a very small footprint.

Another option is a series of mobile delivery systems which will launch, service, and even repair drones. The patent filing includes an image that looks like a shipping container with an opening on the top. The second container contains replacement batteries for the drones. Amazon proposed a similar idea, with the exception that the entire operation was on an airship.

Amazon looks set for future where most deliveries will be by drones.

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2017: The best upcoming gadgets

Every year we see an influx of new gadgets, but gadget geeks have an especially good year to look forward to in 2017.

iPhone 8

This year we will see the launch of the 10th anniversary iPhone. According to rumors and leaks, we know that Apple is overhauling the design of the phone. It also appears that the cutting edge phone will be a new third model. Observers expect the lineup to look like this: iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and the all new iPhone 8 Pro. The iPhone Pro will get a sticker price of about $1200 to match its premium feature-set, which includes an OLED screen.

Surface Phone

In a recent interview, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said that Microsoft is working on the “ultimate mobile device.” Since the surface line already includes a laptop, desktop, and tablet form-factor devices, the logical conclusion is that Microsoft is working on a smartphone. Microsoft has hinted at a launch of a new product in 2017, and although there are no leaks or other rumors, it is possible that we might get a Surface phone with Windows 10 this year.

HTC Vive 2

When HTC launched the HTC Vive in 2016 and talked about a focus on VR products and services, a lot of journalists and fans were skeptical. However, the Vive VR system found a following and sales have been brisk. For its follow-up, HTC will go wireless, removing one of the biggest complaints of the original device.

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The Primary Benefits of Having a Network Operations Center

Summary: NOCs can provide a wide array of functionalities and services that can improve your business overall.

When your business utilizes network management from a managed services provider, you’re likely to experience a high level of efficiency, profit, and production.

Normally, companies will tend to use the break/fix model to handle IT maintenance when any problems arise. However, the downside to this can increase overall downtime, decrease productivity, and increase overhead costs.

On the other hand, when you co-source your IT needs to a managed services provider, the NOC design center tends to identify and resolve the issue at any time of the day – whether it’s three or even five in the morning. Customers do not have to worry about any issues being unresolved, which in turn, increase the overall level of efficiency of your business – which can drastically improve profits.

The NOC

A NOC, or Network Operations Center, is a centralized location that houses IT engineers and technicians. These specialists will monitor and manage any client’s network and make the appropriate changes when needed. If there is a problem that occurs, they can instantly detect what’ going on and resolve it before the client is even aware that a problem came up in the first place. This is one of the primary benefits of having a 24/7 NOC – it’s not only a proactive model that overlooks every network, but it can also increase a company’s profit, efficiency, and productivity.

In search of a cost-efficient network operations center? Call the experts at Constant Technologies, Inc. today to get started.

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Everything Google announced at I/O

Here is a list of everything that Google announced at the I/O keynote:

2 billion – CEO Sundar Pichai took the stage to announce that there are two billion active Android users. Some other numbers he gave: 800 million users on Google Drive, 500 million users on Google Photos with 1.2 billion photos uploaded daily.

AI – Artificial Intelligence and machine learning are big parts of Google’s every day activities. This year the conference promoted the AI angle even more, with some of news products like Google Lens only possible with machine learning.

TPU – Google developed its own processors for machine learning. The new second generation TPU’s (tensor processing units) can deliver up to 18- teraflops of performance.

Google Assistant – The assistant is now on at least a 100 million devices and is now more conversational than ever before. There is also support for typed queries for instances where audio output is not appropriate.

iPhone – The Google Assistant is now available for iPhone users, with a widget to make invoking the assistant easier.

Google Home – The team outlined the new features coming to Google Home: Proactive assistant, hands-free calling, entertainment and responses on TV.

Google Photos – The popular photo storage and sharing service got two new headline features. The first suggests sharing based on facial recognition and the other is a print service for photo books.

YouTube – YouTube got a single feature at the keynote, adding 360 degree video support to the TV app.

Android – The rest of the announcements were all related to Android. The first was the announcement of the new O developer preview, and then the low-end Android Go announcement.

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ASUS announces Tango-poweredZenFone AR

At a pre-Computex keynote, ASUS announced the launch of its Tango-powered phone the ZenFone AR. The news does not come as a surprise as Google mentioned the existence of the new Tango phone at its I/O developer conference.

Tango is a version of Android for Augmented Reality. There are special sensors in the phone that can detect the space around the phone and build a 3D map of the room. Using the cameras and sensors, the phone knows where it is inside a pre-mapped building. Augmented reality has the potential to be the next big thing, and with Tango Google is positioned to take the lead in the space.

The first demonstration of Tango was navigating from outside a building inside to a specific location in a restaurant. The directions overlaid navigation arrows all the way through a building to the specific seat that the user marked. There are many other applications of the tech, such as adding potential new furniture to your room or replacing your existing pantry with a new one.

There are over 100 apps for the Tango platform, from companies like BMW, Lowe’s, etc. As many as 50 of them work with the ZenFone AR, and more support will come as developers update apps to the latest version of Android.

The ZenFone AR comes with 8GB of RAM and an optimized Snapdragon 821 processor which allows the apps to run far more smoothly than they have before. Between Tango and Lens, Google is in a strong position should AR become mainstream.

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