What to look for while buying an e-Book reader
Aug09

What to look for while buying an e-Book reader

Even if you are not gadgets’ fanatic you must be aware of the wave called e-Book reader cresting the market with potential customers and new device entries every other week. It isn’t something new, but surprisingly enough it has been on the earth for quite a good number of years. Back in 2007 Amazon Kindle(d) the need for a dedicated digital reader to fire the trend today. If you don’t own it still then this short guide may help you to decide on one pretty soon. The most sought after features If you are an ardent reader then this device is bound to find a place in your bag. Yes, you guessed it right. The size of an e-Book reader does matter. The lighter and thinner the better it is for you to carry around anywhere. The most appealing feature of these devices is its crisp, paper-like e-Ink display. If you care for your eyes, and you read for long stretches then stick to an e-Ink display than an LCD one. Headaches and strenuous eyes will be a history for you. With an LCD screen you can’t even think of reading in bright sunlight, but the electronic ink display reads best in bright day-light. Just remember to carry a small light if you are a nocturnal reader. The third most appreciated aspect is the battery life of an e-Book reader. The ones using e-Ink display tend to conserve power, thus providing the reader with battery juice lasting for around a month. Additional features that you need to decide on Do you think an e-Book reader should have an MP3 player? I think it is foolish to have one when there are dedicated MP3 players to soothe your hearing taste. The first generation Kindle had 2GB of storage for 1500 books. Can somebody still read more books in a lifetime? Larger storage capacity is unnecessary unless somebody wants to use it as a storage device! It is necessary for you to check out if the e-Book reader sports text highlighting, notes taking and bookmarking of pages. Such trivial functionalities prove extremely handy while traveling. Attributes such as address book, calendar, a to-do list, and robotic voice reading out text are superficial for an e-Book reader. Now-a-days with an iPhone or Blackberry by your side you really don’t expect an e-Book reader, of all, to have such characteristics. Definitely, an e-Book reader must be ambidextrous, having an accelerometer, wireless enabled, and easy to use. With Amazon, Sony, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Ectaco (thinnest and least priced jetBook Mini), and of course Apple (iPad, which I don’t consider as an e-Book reader) touting...

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Buying an MP3 Player? Don’t mistake overlooking some key features
Jul08

Buying an MP3 Player? Don’t mistake overlooking some key features

I was excited to listen to my first MP3 music player. I kept it on even while sleeping on the first night. Next day morning I carried it to the gym. Whether jogging or traveling my MP3 Player was an inseparable part of my life for a week. And then suddenly it stopped working while I was on a workout! It was a shock for both of us. I never cared to know the device before and after buying it unless losing it to mishandling. Sharing with you a few facts may help you make wise choices while buying one for yourself. Buy an MP3 Player suiting your lifestyle Believe it or not, but the truth is that MP3 Player needs to be bought to adapt your lifestyle and not the other way round. Keep these few key features in mind before purchasing: Storage medium The MP3 Players are available with two types of storage medium – hard-drive based and flash based. The hard-drive players offer most storage space, tend to be larger in size, and at the same time they are prone to damage as hard disks are fragile. You need to avoid jumping around with it! The flash based players are more durable, smaller in size and lighter which makes them ideal for travelling or workouts. Storage capacity If you are a music aficionado, and you love to carry a wide variety of music collection then hard-drive based player is best for you. It can accommodate nearly 20,000 songs for you with the maximum storage capacity of around 80GB. If music is just to keep you company everywhere then you can opt for a flash-based player which offers nearly 2000 tunes with a storage capacity of 8GB. Battery life MP3 music players generally use rechargeable batteries. If you buy a hard-drive based device then be aware of its power inefficiency. Due to movable parts such devices consume more battery. If you happen to view video then the battery life reduces even further. On the other hand, flash-based devices are energy-efficient and are capable of supporting 20 to 50 hours of battery life. Check out some more features to get the best deal The interface of your digital audio device should be easier to understand and faster to operate to enable faster loading of music on the device. Always buy a player with maximum capacity and one with FM tuner to offer your ears a wider variety of music. Be careful to note whether maximum file formats are supported by the MP3 Player of your choice. Also, it should be software/hardware compatible to sync with your PC without much...

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Is Apple’s Magic Mouse a more preferred pointing device!
Jun26

Is Apple’s Magic Mouse a more preferred pointing device!

If you have gone through the last post on Apple Magic Trackpad here then you may have some idea what Apple’s Magic Mouse could be. It has been long since it was launched, but I thought it a good idea to talk about it in relation with the last post. Apple is an expert at creating aesthetically appealing products, but when it comes to functionality of its mice then it isn’t able to convince too many people! Mighty Mouse has been an example in the case and Magic Mouse too seems to follow the same path. Magic Mouse is pretty similar to Magic Trackpad functionally In saying so I mean that this mouse is all about gestures as it is multi-touch, button-less and wireless like the Apple trackpad. The mouse has no visible buttons and its surface behaves as a single button without even the scroll button. It enables you to: Click or double-click Swipe with two fingers Scroll vertically or at 360degree Zoom the screen (hold down Control key on the keyboard and scroll on the mouse subsequently) It has an ambidextrous design that makes it comfortable to work with even by the southpaws. The mouse has left and right button preference which can be changed according to your requirement in the System Preferences. This pointing device also features momentum scrolling where your gesture speed decides the scrolling speed. The Magic Mouse connects to your Mac desktop computer through Bluetooth technology even from and up-to a distance of 33 feet. It detects periods of inactivity and conserves energy of its two AA battery. There is a battery on/off switch too at the back. Where does the problem lie! The mouse has been designed such that it is difficult to grip it! If you can’t hold and move the mouse properly then the entire idea behind it gets defeated. The rectangular shaped peripheral is too low to adjust in your palm and enable free finger movement. Apple’s device is difficult to keep stable while swiping with two fingers too! Moreover, there are fewer options available for customizing the buttons which make it clumsy to operate, at times. As it is many people prefer trackpads to mice because the latter needs more space and it keeps rubbing against other things on the desk. Did I forget to mention that Apple’s Magic Mouse ships for free with iMac? Well, so the choice is yours. I would rather go for the Magic Trackpad which provides better functionality and ease of use than Apple’s other pointing...

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Apple’s Magic Trackpad – a stylish accessory for Mac desktop
Jun18

Apple’s Magic Trackpad – a stylish accessory for Mac desktop

How do you think can you complement your Mac desktop computer and Apple Wireless Keyboard at the best? Apple has come out with a stylish answer in the form of Magic Trackpad. It not only matches the brushed aluminum finish of the keyboard, and the wireless aspect of it, but also sits firm at the same angle on the desk next to your Mac. Read on to know its exclusivity. How is this pointing device different? ‘Multiple gestures’ is the keyword. Yes, this is a multi-touch trackpad that allows you to control the entire screen with ease on the basis of a full set of gestures. Use one finger to click Use your two fingers to scroll Swipe with three fingers Four fingers enable switching between applications Moreover, you have the liberty to disable or enable the gestures according to your liking by visiting the System Preferences! Actions such as inertial scrolling enhance your web experience, and you can swipe through pages as if you were reading a book. How does the trackpad function? This 13cm sq trackpad is 80% bigger than a MacBook Pro trackpad. The entire Magic Trackpad is a large button. You can click or double-click anywhere. You get more space to exercise scrolling, three-finger swiping, pinching to zoom, and rotating with your fingertips. Apple’s new pointing device works using Bluetooth technology and connects securely to your Mac even from a distance of 33 feet. This trackpad is capable of detecting periods of inactivity thus, conserves battery. As it is a wireless device, so it requires two AA batteries to serve your Mac. This touch-friendly trackpad is a class apart with a wear-resistant glass surface ready to replace that tradition mouse. Although artists and gamers may not find it really all that helpful, but those who hate working with a mouse, especially the lefties, can breathe in easy with the advent of a large sized wireless buttonless multi-touch trackpad. It is yet to be seen if Windows’ users can use Apple Magic Trackpad which has been exclusively designed for Mac desktop. It is also yet to be analyzed if such a device can replace the other pointing device-mouse. Amidst all such speculations, one thing is clear that Apple has come out with a neat piece of artistic design which is equally equipped with admirable functionality. Now you can have some fun with your Mac desktop too when the attached peripherals are the wireless keyboard and...

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Logitech HD Pro Webcam C910 Surpasses Embedded Webcams
Jun11

Logitech HD Pro Webcam C910 Surpasses Embedded Webcams

Are you still stuck with an embedded webcam that is just capable of showing your face to the person on the other end while chatting? Gone are the days when we used to prop up a small round webcam on our desktop or laptop to see the distanced loved ones. Logitech has introduced HD Pro Webcam C920 which features video calling and video recording at high-definition, thus bridging the distance between you and your family and friends. Although Logitech unveiled a gamut of four webcams, C920 has the most comprehensive set of features as detailed below: Physical Attributes Logitech offers you with HD 720p video calling and Full HD 1080p video recording. The enhanced video chatting is a never before experience for the IM enthusiasts. Amazingly thin, at 25 millimeters deep, C910 offers a trendy look to your computer with its attractive design. This webcam presents crystal-clear studio audio with two microphones and an auto-focusing Carl Zeiss Tessar lens. Logitech Fluid Crystal technology ensures crystal-clear images with rich and true-to-life colors, and smooth and fluid motion videos. Logitech Vid HD HD webcam is ineffective without appropriate software that can broadcast live video in HD. Logitech Vid HD enables you to make HD video call. It is simple, easy, fast and convenient to use Vid HD with Logitech HD webcam which is included with Logitech webcams. You can also download this software for free from the official Logitech website. The pairing of Logitech HD webcam and Vid HD makes high-definition video calling, recording and sharing a dream come true. One-Click Upload Social networking has become an indispensable part of our lives today. In the midst of busy schedules you can still connect to those about whom you care through video exchanges.  Whether it is snapping 10 mp still photos or recording videos, Logitech HD webcam C910 provides you with the one-click feature of uploading them to Facebook or YouTube. Moreover, you can fine-tune your collection with the included Magix, a photo and video editor. Added Features C920 is able to capture enough light even in scantly lit rooms to make the image viewable. The HD webcam is compatible with all known Instant Messengers and video-calling clients. All of the Logitech webcams are Skype certified. You can bin away your traditional webcam and open a new world to video chatting with Logitech HD Pro Webcam...

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