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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Google Assistant rolls out to all recent Android devices

Article written by Menlo Software

Google unveiled its new conversational assistant last year during the launch of its new Pixel phone. At the time, the assistant was launched as an exclusive to the Pixel, Home and its chat app Allo. Now Google is making the assistant available to anyone with an Android 6 or Android 7 based smartphone.

Most industry watchers did not expect the Google Assistant to be made publicly available to phones from other vendors so quickly. It was meant as a unique selling proposition for its Pixel line of smartphones. However, due in large part to the sudden increase in devices with Amazon’s Alexa, Google has been forced to change plans.

At CES 2017, Vendors announced Alexa support for smartphones, refrigerators, home appliances and even cars. The sudden spate of Alexa announcements caught everyone, including Google off-guard. These announcements meant that unless Google Assistant were made available, Alexa would be everywhere. Also, Alexa is open to third party developers. As a result, it has thousands of skills that users can apply to the device.

However, it is still not too late for Google.  It can push an update that activates the assistant on the Google application overnight. By leveraging its presence on Android, it can add more than a hundred million devices to its user base overnight. It would not be surprising to see several hundred million users by the end of the year.

This does pose a problem for its Pixel 2 smartphone, which will not have the assistant as an exclusive to boost sales.

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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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Tesla Model S is now the third fastest car in the world with new 100 kwh battery

Article written by Expert Fortran

Good news for new and existing owners of the Tesla Model S. As the company announced on Tuesday, there is a new 100 kwh battery pack upgrade that will make the Model S the third fastest car in the world.

The car can now accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 2.5 seconds in its famous Ludicrous speed mode says the company, rather than 2.8 seconds thanks to a new, but long-rumored 100-kilowatt battery that will also let the car travel farther, up to 315 miles, on a single charge. The Model X will take 2.9 seconds to go from 0-60 with the new battery pack.

The range issue has been one of the biggest obstacles and this will solve one of the biggest problems for people considering the switch to a Tesla.

“Range anxiety has long been one of the biggest obstacles for the adoption of electric cars,” said Jessica Caldwell, executive director of industry analysis at Edmunds.

Existing owners of the Model S and X will be able to pay an upgrade fee of $20,000 to get the  100 kwh battery upgrade. Owners awaiting delivery will have a smaller $10,000 fee have the upgrade before delivery.

The Model S P100D will start at $134,500, and the Model X 100D will start at $135,500.

Tesla said in its statement that upcoming Model 3 sedan vehicles, expected to sell for $35,000, will have the 100-kilowatt battery.

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How to start setting up a voice controlled home

Article written by Technology Innovations

The issue with the current crop of smart home products is that very few of them work together. Every manufacturer has a vision of the Internet of things that is usually incompatible with a competitor. What’s worse is when a company is acquired, and their product line is removed with little notice. This is why it’s a good idea to assemble home automation equipment that is as cheap as possible and has some connectivity to others. This way the investment is limited. Let’s look at how we can set up a voice controlled home satisfying that criteria:

The first step is to get a voice interface. There are only two real choices here: the Amazon Echo and Google Home. When looking at the Echo, choose either the Echo Dot or the main Echo device. Both of these will work with the majority of home automation gear.

The next step is to set up control of lighting, air conditioners, etc. There are two approaches here, control the bulbs or control the switches. In a home with more than one occupant, it is wiser to go the switch route to prevent confusion.  There are several affordable solutions by Asian tech companies to control switches and IR devices.

The third is to establish control from the voice interface. This is the tricky part. Most of the above devices required an Android device or third party software to act a bridge. Look for guides on support for these platforms before purchasing.

That is all you need to get started. From this point, all you need to do is find other elements of the home to control and see what hardware is required.

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Identifying the “Critical” in Mission Critical

Summary: Critical components imply pieces that a business cannot live with. The same goes for command centers.

 

It’s quite puzzling to define whether a mission critical operations center is essentially critical in today’s evolving business world. Now, plenty of owners have their opinions based on their industry, and it may be true that it does vary from company to company. However, when identifying what’s truly critical for a business is a better way to break the argument down.

 

Misidentification

 

When department managers or business units are asked what functionalities are most important to them in a command center, they’ll typically respond with their most important operations. However, this is not true. The bread and butter behind critical operation lies in the actual integrated system that’s used to support the business, as opposed to the systems and components involved.

 

Don’t mistake this for slander in regards to the technological equipment utilized. They’re just as important as the center itself. However, this article discussed critical components that make the center what it is.

 

Downtime

 

It’s important for a facility manager to address certain areas that they cannot live with – certain areas where operations cannot be disrupted, or the success of the company will be jeopardized. The manager can simply assume that every operation that’s ongoing is considered critical. But, is it really? For instance, one of the most overlooked components is the emergency generator. Without one, a glitch in the power grid could cause the entire company to lose thousands of dollars by the minute.

 

Facility managers must be able to identify and comprehend what aspects of the command center are critical. Only then will they be able to improve the center’s overall ability to provide situational awareness and efficiency to a business without sacrificing anything in the long run.

 

Blog submitted by Constant Technologies, Inc.: Every command center requires equipment like LED video walls, operations center desks, and more. Let ConstantTech.com provide you with insight on how to create the perfect mission critical operations center.

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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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