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Chromecast Review

In 2014, the Chromecast, Google’s media streaming adapter, was the number one selling streaming gadget in the US. This was according to figures gathered by the NPD sales group. According to the report, content were streamed more than 1 billion times since the product was released in July 2013.

Chromecast is an affordable adapter that allows for media streaming and works through any HDMI television. The adapter basically turns the TV in an app-driven smart device when it is paired with a smartphone, computer or tablet. This product is designed to simplify the process of transferring digital content from mobile devices to TV screens.

The Chromecast comes in the form of a small dongle that can be plugged directly to a TV and which detects and connects to Wi-Fi networks. Then one only needs to choose what to watch from a connected device and Chromecast would stream the content and display it on the TV screen. The main product differentiation of Google’s Chromecast is that it does not feature any interface on its own. The product requires requests from connected devices to define what to stream.

Upon its launching, the Chromecast had surprised customers with the relatively low price. The product features a large array of compatible apps and services such as YouTube, Pandora, Netflix, Starz, HBO Go and Showtime. Some other local channels are available depending on the geographical location of the user.

Chromecast is mostly suited for Android and iOS devices, having little compatibility with Windows Phone 8 for example. Windows phone users have the option of the TubeCast app though.

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Top Android Tablets of 2015

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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The Apple Watch To Be Released In April 2015

Tim Cook, CEO of Apple has recently announced that shipping of the Apple Watch will begin as from April 2015. Following their recent sales success of the iPhone and market growth in China, the company is looking forward to the new product launch. Ever since the debut release of the iPad in 2010, the Apple Watch will be the first major new product launch. Tim Cook has announced that development of the product is progressing quickly and they are receiving positive responses from developers.

The imminent launch of the Apple Watch was announced in September last year. The company depicted the product their “most personal device ever”. Initially the approximate release time window of early 2015 was provided by Apple. Apple users and fans would not be able to get the product as from April of this year. Tim Cook has commented that the product completion is going as per plans. Apple usually separates a calendar year into 3 four-month windows comprising of early, middle and late. Therefore the release of the Apple Watch falls within the early time frame window.

Even though the date of the release was communicated, no indication of the actual price of the wearable device has been given. The only pricing indication so far is that the product will sell as from $349. The product will come in three styles; a regular model, a sport version and an ultra-premium model. The latter could be sold at higher rates, competing with luxury watch brands. More announcements from Apple can be expected in the months to come. Information on the price and battery life might be released.

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Hottest E-Readers Comparison

There are many e-readers on the market and these devices are often preferred by bookworms. Even though tablets and phones consisting of larger screens offer the possibility of reading on the go, readers might be disrupted by notifications from incoming emails and social network updates. The e-reader allows readers to focus on only one main activity: reading. The list below compares some of the hottest devices in the market.

Kindle Paperwhite (Wi-Fi)
Amazon has certainly perfected the art of coming up with affordable and convenient e-readers. The Kindle Paperwhite consists of a 6 inch touchscreen coming along with the sharp E Ink technology. The screen is very responsive making for a great swiping experience. Battery life lasts up to 2 months.

Kobo Aura H20
Kobo offers an array of about half a dozen of different devices. Kobo devices come with relatively more features and customizability compared to Amazon devices. The Aura H20 is a waterproof (it resists H20) and quite durable device. The screen is larger than the Paperwhite, about 6.8 inch. Kobo integrates with the Pocket software, enabling users to saves articles or pages to Pocket so that they are readable on Kobo.

Barnes & Noble Nook Glowlight
Barnes & Noble had started out in the e-readers market along with Amazon. Quite disappointingly, their lines of Nook products have not been refreshed and updated as often as the Kindle. The Nook Glowlight still remains a good affordable e-reader.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook
Even though tablets are not necessary convenient when you want to indulge in reading, this one might be convenient for reading emails or online contents. This tablet also has the features of regular ones.

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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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