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Choosing the Right Technology for Kids

Today, we live in a digital world that’s supported majorly with technology and while technology has changed our world, it also plays an important role in our child’s developmental milestones. Thanks to the latest trends in the field of educational based technology, kids are now getting up close and personal with technology daily, at homes and at school.

But is there really a need to of making technology available only at a particular age? Not really, as technology also plays a very positive and vital role while a child is growing. Today with an introduction of smartphones and other mobile devices like tablet PCs and tablets, we have quicker and comfortable access to the internet at any time and any place. This makes it a must have for kids too, as they help promote and share knowledge and information that’s related to child’s day to day activities along with school based education.

What to buy?

There’s a whole wide range of electronic toys and devices available in the market, that are great portable devices to teach your little ones. But deciding what to buy is difficult at times. But we as parents have a fair idea on what might suit our child and what products may excite him to learn. Remember, each child develops differently and would have their own learning milestones. So don’t push too hard and do keep in mind the following guidelines while buying these products:

Pre-Nursery: 0-3 Years

It’s an ideal age to introduce them to a variety of sounds and lots of colorful stuff. Look for products that feature sounds, are good to touch and feel and most importantly are ‘play friendly’ in terms of safety measures.

You can buy a stuffed toy that makes a sound, music rattles to make him giggle, something that lights up like a room monitor that glows and pick up books that have bright pictures and sounds too. All these would help a child learn the ’cause and effect’ and learn via touch and feel. These will keep the child occupied for a little longer and will open a world of possibilities too.

Prep 2-5 years

At this age, a child needs to hear interesting sounds, see lots of movement around and touch and feel the stuff. This is indeed the most inquisitive age for our little explorers, so be very cautious on what you are gifting them. Encourage them to play with action figures that make sounds and are movable, interactive story books, electronic playsets and talking animals make creative buys.

To increase their learning, gradually introduce them to your smartphone that has a wide range of easily downloadable kid’s applications for listening to rhymes or learning numbers, learning shapes & colors. Read them stories that are interesting and show them the moving images to keep them enthralled and entertained. Try creating learning with a theme, so that kids learn faster. Visit a Zoo and ask them to identify the animals!

+5 and above:

Once the kids are 5, it’s different to keep a track on what technology they are getting exposed to. At this age, they’ll no longer be interested to play with electronic toys or e-readers and would in time, reach out to the internet and play video games or other handheld games that have enhanced features like 3-dimensional effects.

So try to introduce them to a leap frog or similar educational electronics and let them choose what they need to explore. Make sure they are involved in physical activities too.

Screen time too needs to be fixed, as the bright images of the computer screen can affect their sensitive eyes. Don’t let them get into a habit of only sitting on the computer. Change your passwords regularly. Offer kids other interesting things to indulge in. Reward or surprise them with gifts.

Please make sure to be around the child whenever they are on the laptop and keep a track what they are watching or reading. Let them keep experimenting independently with new things. Help them search for educational websites and other interactive games. Kids can also read and learn about science experiments and increase their knowledge bank.

While the technology is a boon, remember it is crucial for a kid to keep active in an environment where he is physically active. So opt for outdoor activities and let them explore the natural space. Do praise them in all that they do and inculcate their interest in technology and keep them exploring this amazing world.

Each child is different and with a whole wide range of electronic toys and devices available in the market, there are times when we as parents can’t figure out what to buy and when is the ideal time to introduce them to new technology. These guidelines would help you make a better decision.

Security Problem and Solution of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)

Introduction

BYOD or Bring your Own device refers to the policy of permitting employees to bring personally owned mobile devices (laptops, tablets, and smart phones) to their workplace, and to use those devices to access privileged company information and applications. The phenomenon is commonly referred to as IT consumerization. The term is also used to describe the same practice applied to students using personally owned devices in education settings.

The term BYOD was introduced in 2009 by Intel when they noticed the tendency of using own mobile devices among the employees in their corporate work.

Importance of BYOD

Due to the rapid increase of mobile devices it is assumed that within next five years the total number of devices will be around 10 billion that means 1.5 devices per head. As the personal mobile devices are integrated part of our lives, employees want to use their own devices in personal as well as corporate purpose also.

In the current economic model, when a company wants their employees to be more productive, BYOD is a useful and attractive option and will increase the productivity on a large scale if it safely used.

Survey Reports on BYOD

There are lots of surveys have been done by all the big IT companies as BYOD is playing a very important role in the market.

· 75% of employees in high-growth markets such as Brazil and Russia and 44% in developed markets already using their own technology at work.
· 95% of employees stating they use at least one personal device for work.
· 44% of job seekers view an organization more positively if it supports their device.
· IBM says that 82% of employees think that smartphones play a critical role in business.

Security Problem With BYOD

1. Security of data: As the employees carry the important data with them in a flash drive or laptop outside the company. So if the employees are not trustable, it is possible that they will supply the details to other company. Now this is not a technical issue. So it cannot be solved in that way.

2. Lost and stolen devices: Millions of cell phones and smartphones are lost or stolen every year. It is thought that approximately 22% of the total number of mobile devices produced will be lost or stolen during their lifetime, and over 50% of these will never be recovered. Most devices are stolen for the value of the hardware on the second-hand market; however, a growing amount of lost and stolen phones have their content accessed by someone other than their owners. This highlights the importance of basic security features such as password protection, encryption and robust procedures to wipe the device once lost.

3. Unknown Mobile App download: Almost every app takes some permission from the owner to access some features or hardware to run properly. But it is seen that there are millions of apps from unknown or un-trustable develops who misuse the permissions and information taken from mobile or tablet. It is observed that sometimes a simple torch application takes permission to read contacts or SD card etc. These apps are simply fishy. If the personal mobile phones which are used in offices contains these types of applications, it may cause a huge data loss.

4. Malware download: Almost every organization uses legal licensed operating system, software in PC or Laptop. But maximum users depend on the free software or the cracked or pirated version of the software in their personal devices. This kind of pirated softwares are generally developed by hackers to gain the access of our computer. Not only that, these customized softwares are undetectable by antivirus, it also damage and destroy the operating systems. The risk becomes high as they also use pirated antivirus which cannot update its own database.

5. Other network connection: The devices of companies are only can be used in the office network which is generally protected by good and original software and hardware firewall and the network is also monitored by some network security experts continuously but in the case of BYOD all the devices are used in public places and home. These networks are not at all secure and hackers can hack the laptops or mobile easily when they connect to these networks.

6. Enabling Security features of OS: The most popular OS on the planet are Windows, Linux and MAC. Three of them have lots of inbuilt security features which we have to manually activate. The firewall also can be customized to get maximum protection. In any office, these tasks are performed by experts in every computer. But most of the employees don’t know the activation process and they use the default settings which activates only 25% of the overall security provided by the OS Company.

7. Less use of encryption: Employees generally do not use encryption to protect their data. As a result, if devices are lost or somehow hackers manage to gain the access of PC or mobile they can easily read and use the data. But if they use proper encryption, they can protect the secret information of their organization.

Secure Your Device

There are lots of steps that can be taken to protect all these devices.

1. Cyber Security Education: The main and most important step is spreading cyber security education among the employees and awareness about securities. Most of the people are careless about security and they don’t know the basic things about security and what they should do and they should not. That is why they sometimes click on some malicious link sent by unknown people or download from unsecure websites.

2. Using Licensed software: Using licensed software is an important step to BYOD security. As most of free software are developed by bad people it is a better practice to use original OS and software.

3. Using security software: Employees can use SANDBOX to run fishy software to protect a system from malware. They should also use the original updated version of good antivirus to get the basic security.

4. Using VPN: Using virtual private network is a very good step to communicate through a secure channel.

5. Customize firewall and Other Security: Employees should contact security experts to enable maximum security and activate all features of firewall.

6. Avoiding public Internet connection: It is better to avoid public open wifi and insecure network to access internet for the safety of data of the organization.

7. Using Encryption: Employees should use proper encryption before storing their data and sending through the internet so that man-in-middle attack cannot occur.

8. Mobile phone safety: It is recommended not to download any unknown app into mobile and use some safety app to detect the fishy and insecure application.

Conclusion

By leveraging industry leading practices, integrating a thoughtful BYOD policy and adopting strategies that are flexible and scalable, organizations will be better equipped to deal with incoming (sometimes unforeseen) challenges to their security infrastructure posed by the use of employees’ own devices. The introduction of appropriate procedures and regular testing will help organizations become smarter and make their employees more aware of the challenges that the use of personal devices pose for the entire enterprise.

The last thing is that an organization’s first and last defense against security breach is its own employees. Training employees on good security practices offer the most bang for the buck. It is the best and beautiful way to increase productivity using BYOD.

No Such Thing As a Free App?

How many apps do you have on your smartphone?

According to Nielsen, the average Android or iPhone user accesses about 27 applications on their device each month, spending on average over an hour a day with these apps.

You were probably happy to download many of these helpful apps to your phone, especially those you could place there for free. But did you realize there may be a hidden cost to these new-found utilities? And that cost could be your privacy.

Most of the popular mobile apps collect a variety of personal data from users, including information about your location, your address book contacts and your calendar, according to a survey by business security company Appthority, and a new investigative report by The Wall Street Journal.

How does this process work?

Unique serial numbers are embedded into your mobile phone, called UDIDs.
Appthority explains, “Access to UDIDs is a concern because with a unique device identifier, developers can correlate user behavior across multiple apps (even if they have different usernames and passwords for each of the apps) and then match them to a unique user. While Apple has prohibited iOS developers from using UDIDs as a means to track and identify users, Appthority discovered that the new rule is only enforced on devices which are running the latest version of iOS.”

“Paid iOS apps surprisingly collect more data and share that information with more third parties than Android paid apps, making iOS slightly more risky than Android,” says Appthortiy. “On the whole, free apps remain the most risky category, exhibiting the greatest number of risky behaviors across both platforms.”

What kinds of information do your apps collect?

User location is tracked by 82 percent of the top Android free apps and 49 percent of the top Android paid apps track, as well as by 50 percent of the top iOS free apps and 24 percent of the top iOS paid apps.

Address book information is accessed by 30 percent of the top Android free apps and 14 percent of the top Android paid apps, along with 26 percent of the top iOS free apps and 8 percent of the top iOS paid apps.

Personal details such as age and sex are also harvested by many of the top apps.
“You might not expect a flashlight app or a calculator to track your location,” says Bill Snyder, a San Francisco technology and business journalist, “but many do,”
But why do apps do this?

“One of the main reasons app developers initiate app tracking is to generate supplementary revenue by sharing app user data with advertising networks and analytics companies. In some cases, particularly with free apps, developers are paid based on the amount of data they collect and share about users,” says Appthority.

App developers even transmit full address books. Why? One reason is to expand their customer base.

How do consumers feel about this?

According to a poll by The Wall Street Journal which asked, “Do you think apps should tell you when they collect and send information about the mobile device?”

67.9% said ‘Yes, every time.”

23.2% said, “Yes, but only when I first install the app.”

But have you ever had an application tell you that it is collecting and sending information to its developer about you?

What kinds of information are my apps collecting about me?

The Wall Street Journal analyzed the data collected and shared by 101 popular apps on iPhone and Android phones (including the Journal’s own iPhone app).

For example, according to The Wall Street Journal report, here are the kinds of information that are tracked by two popular apps I have on my iPhone (which you may also have downloaded to your smartphone):

ESPN ScoreCenter – username, password, location and phone ID are being sent to the app owner.

The Weather Channel – location and phone ID are being sent to third parties.

Do We Give Thanks To Mobile Phones Or We Curb It Down?

Pleasure or Punishment

Do we give thanks to the mobile phone for blessing us with technology or we curse it because it has distanced us from our families? It has done both actually. Since the advent of 21st century the technology has also turned new and given us unimaginable things that we didn’t even think of in the 1990’s. But look now. Today, the iPhone 6, the tablets, the Smartphone, the laptops and palm tops and what not have made things so easy. We can book our movie tickets, download huge 4 hours movies and documentaries, learn hard mathematical equations, download recipes and eat delicious food and what not. Mobile has done everything that we humans are not capable to do it by our own physical hands. And what’s ironic it is us-the human brains that have invented this piece of technology. But is it is really giving us what we wished for?

All-Town Story

For the techno freaks this is a good option. They can’t live without these precious assets for even a single minute. Look at the college and school going teens, every single one would have earphones plugged in or are messaging on the social sites to their so-called bosom friends. But are they really close to them? Just think about it. You are sitting on a dinner table with family; everybody is talking with each other. But, the person with cell-phone is not talking. He is chatting and that too with his never seen friend. This will make the parents angry and they will speak stern with the kids who in turn will make the kids angry and rebellious. The whole thing will lead to nowhere.

What We Need To Do

You are well-aware of the cyber bullying cases and illicit messages on group sms-chat. You child befriends some friend of a friend, and he/she may not be good for him. They might bully or harass him/her if the child doesn’t listen to their demands. These mobile-hackers spare no one. They make small kids, teens and even senior adults the victim of their heinous world. This is why the child-care and teen-help organizations are constantly asking and requesting the parents to keep a controlled-check on the usage of the mobile phone by their kids. If necessary, keep a parental lock or a password or print out the list of your child’s friend list. Whenever they are not around, surf the history of their laptop and see whether they are browsing any illicit pages or talking with someone who is a lurking danger. I am not asking you to pry or making a mistrust- that’s not the point. The point is- you need to keep your child safe at every moment of his/her life. Young girls and boys will get lost in this world of technology which shows bright technical colors. We cannot stop the advent but at least we can control it.

What we can do for our children to save them from being a techno-slave? We have to love them, make them understand in their own words that this piece of technology is meant for information, hard-work and a bit of entertainment. Make them your up-lifters and not destroyers.

Top 10 Must-Have Features of the Best Smartphone

Many consumers demand different things from smartphone makers but getting everything is not easy. There are some features that are less important than others and here we are talking about the must-have features of a good smartphone. When one is going to purchase a smartphone, it is an important decision and one should make sure that the essential features are a part of that phone.

1. Platform

When it comes to best smartphone platforms, there are three wide choices: Apple’s iOS, Google’s Android, and Microsoft’s Windows Phone. Android and iOS are the most popular ones and Windows Phone is slowly trying to grab a remarkable share in the market. iOS is used on every iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It is simple to use and learn and has enough features to make you productive and satisfied. New and innovative apps make their debuts at this platform on regular basis. Android is rapidly taking over the mobile landscape. This open source platform appeals to massive smartphones ranging from small, three-inch devices to massive smartphones with screens well over six inches in sizes. As developed by Google, it offers the best integration with Google’s services such as Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Contacts, Google Drive, Google Hangouts and many more.

2. Hardware

One of the biggest Android’s strengths is the vast variety of hardware. The powerful android phones have massive screens. Virtual keyboards have come a long way in terms of accuracy and speed. It comes with predictive features, making the lack of hardware keyboard a non-issue for most people. Many of the best smartphone available today feature virtual keyboard.

3. Appealing Design

The most appealing feature of a smartphone is its design. The smartphone should be good-looking and decently built. This is a subjective matter and may vary from person to person but essentially, is an important factor. The phone should be well-built and look good. A good mobile phone must be light weight and small. When trying to purchase next mobile phone, you should make sure that it can easily put into your pocket without much trouble. It should be very portable so that it’s not easy for your cell phone to get lost.

4. Good Battery

The best smartphone also have a good battery. Phones with stronger batteries can last days and battery is a very essential feature one looks in for a smartphones. As more people complain about the battery drainage problem, it is important to take this factor into consideration prior to making the purchase. You should read out online reviews to get an insight about the durability of phone’s battery. The best smartphones have quality battery management system.

5. A Better User Experience

Another quality of the best smartphone is it’s ease of use. It should not take me hours to locate my camera or gallery. The overall experience of using a smartphone should be well optimized or bug free. It should also contain quality applications and a firmware version to make it easy for users to use external files.

6. Screen Size and Resolution

With a plethora of smartphones flooding the market, it is essential to consider the factors that are most comfortable to you. Today, there are so many big phones (phablets) available in the market and you should make sure that the smartphone you buy is comfortable to hold and relatively light weight. Larger screen enables one to see much more and is ideal for elderly and those with vision problems. Screen resolution is the amount of pixels in the screen and when buying a phone, makes sure the display has a resolution of 1280 by 720 or higher. Now, one needs to make the choice for LCD and AMOLED screens. LCD screens have a slight advantage over AMOLED due to accuracy and brightness. Colors are not always accurate in AMOLED displays.

7. Camera

These days, camera is one of the most cherished features. As the craze for pictures and selfies is on the high, the need to choose the right camera phone is becoming increasingly important. To choose the right camera, it is not sufficient to look at the megapixels. You can look at online reviews of the phone’s camera and view sample photos taken with the phone’s camera. You should look at sample videos of the smartphones as well.

8. Software Features

In addition to hardware features, one needs to consider software features as well. The newest and latest phones should have the latest and productive features. Online reviews provide detailed information about software as well. Check out the video demonstrations of the features and watch how these features work. You should access your needs and make sure that they benefit you and make you more productive.

9. Memory and Processing Power

Owing to the increasing competition, manufacturers are stuffing more and more memory and processing cores into the smartphones. Flagship phones have 2-3 GB RAM, Quad Core Snapdragon 600 or 800 Processor, while Midrange Phone specs are 1-2 GB RAM and Dual Core Snap S4 Pro Processor. The device should offer good value for money and provide a satisfactory experience. It should have enough features to do your necessary tasks.

10. Accessories

Last not but the least, here comes accessories. They really enhance the functionality of mobile phone. Flagship smartphones typically offer more support and have a great variety of cases, screen covers, stylus pens and many more. On the other hand, mid range devices are also good choices when you want to save money and by good accessories.

Conclusion:

With so many features to look around, almost every phone falls short in one area or the other. You should determine your budgets, the features you want and then shortlist the phones. Online reviews ease your task of finding the best smartphone. As the reviews are unbiased and trustworthy, they help you land to the smartphone of your choice. To get the best android phones, you really need to do some researching before spending your valuable money. Be sure to consider above features while making the purchase.

Valuable Innovations in the World of Smartphone Cases

In realizing the dream of creating smartphone cases that support healthy lives and happy families, there is a constant need for innovation. Matchless dedication to originality and meticulous care in design and production are only the beginning. The smartphone industry is rising steadily in emerging markets, and along with it certain producers of smartphone accessories are providing excellence and value. Clever innovations enhance ergonomic design, validate protective qualities, and invite personal expression.

Designing for Delightful Lifestyles

More and more, we find ourselves connecting to the internet while living active lifestyles, through mobile devices and smartphones that we carry with us all the time. Designers today have to consider the fine details and impacts of living in this fast moving world. Especially in the design of smartphone cases, sophisticated and clever innovations are being introduced by talented people.

Advancing the Green Revolution

In line with newer ways of thinking about reducing human effects on our environment and managing natural resources in our world, certain producers are innovating with greener technologies in their manufacturing processes. Considerations about the materials used in production are vital if we are to protect our world for future generations.

Intrinsic Elements of Smartphone Cases

Innovation is constantly in motion. At the forefront are innovative companies that are focused on turning possibilities into realities. Sustainable growth is possible through using urethanes for making smartphone cases rather than other plastics. Composed of the four most common elements in the world, urethanes contain fewer toxins and may be recycled.

Smartphone Cases help Define our Taste

Smart mobile devices are being selected by increasingly discerning buyers for their particular qualities. Smartphone cases can instantly enhance an owner’s experience of their smartphone. Smartphones and their accessories have to meet high standards of personal taste before becoming part of our everyday lives. Where once we made choices of accessory based mainly on fashion outfits and special occasions, we now also make choices based on eco-friendly production processes and proof a product is authentic.

Protecting and Serving our Families

Daily life can be hazardous to our smartphones. We carry them in pockets, purses, briefcases and often simply in one hand while we are doing something else. Smartphone cases with excellent grip are immediately useful in serving to prevent damage that can occur at any moment. Leaders in design vigorously innovate, molding for example a shock-absorbing honeycomb pattern in the urethane that reduces heat conduction and cushions impact most efficiently.

Expressing our Individual Style

Ergonomic design decisions made by innovative designers are helping to reduce weight and volume, increase grip and improve the antishock qualities of smartphone cases. Smartphones are well protected through the use of flexible yet robust and eco-friendly materials. And we are increasingly delighted with finding fantastic ways to express ourselves personally through a wide range of exciting colors and useful design variations.

Easy Steps to Backup iPhone Pictures

If you are an iPhone user then you already know that its camera functionality is something to swear by. Taking pictures and shooting videos is more fun with this Apple smartphone. It is like never enough for you and you keep hoarding it on your Camera roll, then comes a time when everything seems to be overflowing. At this time, you need a backup to store your videos and your pictures elsewhere. Through this article, you will learn three easy ways to store your iPhone pictures.

Using iCloud

The first thing that you need to remember when it comes to iCloud backup is that it helps you get rid of clutter from your iPhone. You can easily store your pictures on iCloud and the best part is that you can take a backup at anytime. Using the Wi-Fi network, it is possible that you can easily initiate the process of backup to iCloud. However, you need to remember to enable the option of My Photo Stream within each picture that is stored in your Camera Roll. This way all the pictures will be uploaded to iCloud and it would be automatically available in Photo Stream.

First you need to enable the My Photo Stream to create backup of pictures on iCloud: Settings-> iCloud->Photos-> Enable My Photo Stream

• After taking pictures you need to connect to Wi-Fi so that your new pictures are immediately backed up in iCloud

• The iCloud pictures will appear in Photo Stream

Here, you need to remember that the pictures that are there in iCloud cannot be transferred to your system however, you can view them in your iPhone or your iPhoto or your iPad. Another thing is that Photo Stream only offers you with the advantage of keeping recent 1000 pictures. These pictures are stored in iCloud for duration of 30 days. For more than 1000 pictures you will need to synchronize them to iTunes.
Using iTunes

If you are wondering that you need more than what you have for taking backup with iTunes then you are wrong. Taking backup with iTunes is relatively hassle-free and would only require a system, iPhone and USB cable, here is how it is possible:

• Hook up your iPhone using USB cable

• Launch iTunes

• Go to Device-> Backups-> This computer-> Backup now

You need to remember one thing that when you are taking backup with iTunes you do not have the choice of selectively taking a backup. Additionally, you can only view your pictures after restoring them to your iPhone. To restore pictures form iTunes backup, you can utilize a program like PhoneRescue.

If you have selectively taken backup of your iPhone pictures then you can easily transfer them to your desktop. All the pictures stored on your iPhone can be sent to your desktop.

Taking Backup to Desktop

It hardly matters which system you are using as your desktop because there are means of transferring your pictures that are lying in the Camera Roll of your iPhone. Even if you are using Windows system you can use the AutoPlay or Windows Explorer. For Mac there are other options like iPhoto, Image Capture, Aperture, and Preview.

One thing that you need to understand here is that you can create a backup of Camera Roll images only. This means that Photo Stream pictures are out of question including My Albums and Photo Library. However, using a tool that will help manage iPhone will give you desired results like iMobie AnyTrans, Here is how it is possible:

• Download and install iMobie AnyTrans program to your desktop system

• Using USB cable connect your iPhone to it

• Launch AnyTrans program and go to Photos to choose the pictures that are already in your device and select the pictures-> choose Mac/ PC option

No matter what mode you are using if you are not able to go through the process of transferring your pictures from your iPhone or your Photo Stream to desktop or iCloud then you can seek expert technical help in this matter. An expert will help you create the backup proficiently without any hassle if you are not able to do it yourself.

The iPad Versus the Android Tablet

So you want to buy an Android tablet for the first time, possibly for yourself, a friend or a family member. Confusing stuff isn’t it? There are so many different Android tablets out there at the minute that it is darn right challenging for the first time buyer regardless of their age, whether they are the excited teenagers loving the latest technology or the 60+ year old granny who is as curious as she ever was. This information will help assist you in making the decision.

Tablets are great for replacing an old laptop, pottering around the house with or just plain having a laugh and playing some games on. Below is a quick guide that will help you on how to best choose the right one for you.

1.) Figure out what you need it for

Do you need a tablet for watching movies on? Typing business documents? Playing games? Reading e-books and articles? Does your new tablet need to have a keyboard with it? Does it need a front camera on it to Skype your favourite cousin that went abroad? Think of all of these options when going to buy your new tablet and write them down so you know exactly what you want it for.

2.) Features you’ll want with the tablet

Screen size: You will need to decide on this first. If the tablet is for a child then a 7″ tablet is perfect. That’s not to say that an adult won’t like a 7″ tablet, it’s really down to individual preferences. A 10″ tablet is just a bit too big to hold for long periods of time, so we recommend at best if you want a bigger screen to go for a 9.7″ tablet, perfect for typing up documents on, and gives a bigger viewing angle for watching movies. The 8″ tablet would be the most practical size to go for, as it is in between the other sizes, and fits better in your hands.

High screen resolution: Definitely go for a high screen resolution on your tablet. It makes for much better viewing. If you opt for a 7″ tablet do not pick one that has a resolution below 1024 x 600 pixels. For anything over a 7″ screen size don’t go for a resolution below 1024 x 768 pixels. And for a 9.7″ don’t go below 2048 x 1536 pixels because the graphics on the tablet will just look too stretched due to the bigger screen. The majority of tablets worth splashing money out on should have these screen resolutions. They ensure that you as our customers get the best experience possible out of your new tablet.

Dual-Core: The type core processor that is in an Android tablet will determine the speed of it. The type processors that come with Android tablets are single core, dual core and quad core. You would be far better off to go for a tablet that has at least a dual core processor (although for a child a single core processor should suffice). Quad core is really the best option to go for as all quad core tablets are the quickest and most efficient to use.

Wi-Fi or 3G: If you opt for choosing a 3G tablet then it will cost you far more than if you just go for the Wi-Fi enabled ones. There is free Wi-Fi pretty much everywhere these days so why pay for the 3G when you don’t have to? Also, most Wi-Fi enabled tablets have a 3G support system which means that you can connect a modem in through the tablet via the USB port, thus giving your tablet the 3G ability.

Android Operating System: There have been many different operating systems that Android tablets have used throughout the years. Don’t go for anything below Android 4.0, called Ice Cream Sandwhich, and Android 4.1 known as Jelly Bean. Strange names yes we know! We would advise to only go for the more recent one, that being Jelly Bean (4.2 and up is best) as it is a slightly more advanced operating system.

Ports: The more ports on your tablet the better. Make sure it at least has a Micro SD card slot, (this allows for expandable memory) and a USB port. Also good to have is a HDMI port. The HDMI is great as it allows you to hook up your tablet to a HDMI television, enabling you to watch a movie downloaded on your tablet, straight from your T.V. Bluetooth is also another good option for your tablet to have.

3.) Enjoy your tablet!

Tablets have become so popular as of late that nearly everyone wants one. We are lucky to be living in this amazing day and age with the technology that exists in our lives. After all, a tablet a few years ago was used to reduce a headache, a tweet was what woke you up at 6 in the morning by that same bird that just never shuts up, and if someone said that they were going to write on your wall, well, you probably would have thought they needed help! So enjoy what is up for grabs, and hopefully the above info and guidelines will have eased and guided you through the decision making process of buying your very first, brand new Android tablet.

Samsung Unveils Its Galaxy S5 Mobile Phone With The Latest Android Lollipop

With the introduction of Android Lollipop, a mad scramble has already began with manufacturers rushing to update their existing phones to the latest version of operating system brought out by Google. It was a plodding affair, as the latest version of android mobile operating system came into existence with its redesigned user interface. Some other changes include accessing notifications from the lock-screen that is displayed as banners within applications. There were also some internal changes done to the platform that resulted in improvement in application performance and also optimizing battery usage.

It was Samsung Galaxy S5 that got the latest android operating system in the U.S. that was sold at Verizon. The update was announced by the carrier, explaining the new look and features of the software. The update is to be rolled out to all the S5 owners, and that means owners have to hit the refresh button repeatedly for the update to get installed in their device. The new software is about 1 GB in size and it is available as an over-the-air update.

The Lollipop update is also slowly being received throughout Europe by Galaxy S5 owners, and it is closely followed by the remaining U.S. phones. The release of the new firmware will depend on the speed of approval by the networks. Although not available to most users in Europe, the update will soon hit the Galaxy S4 handsets.

The multinational conglomerate unveiled the latest Smartphone phone with a slim body which is seen as an attempt to retain its undisputed global Smartphone position.

Galaxy S5 Electric Blue Front

There is good news for Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge owners as the latest Android 5.0 operating system for the phones have already began to be available. It may take several months for the over-the-air update to complete, but once things work out well, there could be a wider release before time. It is to ensure that everything is running smoothly and correctly that software updates are send out in stages by manufacturers.

In Australia, many Galaxy Note Edge owners have spotted the software available for download on their phones through an over-the-air update. Hence, for owners of these mobiles in Australia, check out the availability of software update to see if it has arrived yet.

Samsung has given a visual makeover of its own Android user interface to bring it at par with the Material Design of Google that came into effect with 5.0 Lollipop, and also a slew of new features.

How Do You Find the Best Tablet?

You can be a proud smart phone owner but as tech enthusiasts put it, owning just a smart phone isn’t enough today. In fact, if truth be told, you need to understand that technology today has changed a fair bit in the last few decades. The pleasure and experience you can derive from electronic gadgets today wasn’t possible before.

So, what else should you own besides owning a smart phone?

Have you thought of owning a tablet? Yes a tablet can be amazing. You can do a multitude of tasks on a tablet. Be it watching movies or just listening to music, everything is possible on a tablet. What’s more, you can even play your favorite games. If you buy an iPad or an Android tablet, you can play the best of games including Fifa and Grand Theft Auto, two of the most popular games for any gamer.

So, why do you need tablets?

Tablets offer touch screen option for you and in effect a new way to play and experience games. In fact, tablets have bigger screen sizes than smart phones. Although smart phones are coming in 5 inch plus screen sizes these days, the truth is that a 7-inch tablet looks far better and comfortable to hold than a 5 inch smart phone. The reason is simple, you do not want to talk to others with a 5.5-inch smart phone – it looks odd and weird and no matter how many of 5 inch plus smart phones companies introduce into the market, this fact will not change.

Tablets, on the other hand, are easy to hold and make things simpler. You can carry it conveniently and it won’t be a burden on you as well. More, if you are looking for the best 7 inch tablet, there are some other factors to consider too.

Which operating system do you need to have?

One of the primary considerations is to understand which type of operating system would you like. Apple has its own iOS while the Android operating system is the most popular. If your tablet runs on the Android OS, you can get access to thousands and thousands of apps and games to play with.

What are the features of the tablet?

A tablet is a pure entertainment device that can help you with your work needs as well, including checking mails, browsing the internet, downloading files and creating new documents. However, you need to look at the features of your tablet to understand how good it is. The first thing to do is to look at the processor power. The other thing to look at is the RAM and also the camera. A good tablet needs to have at least a 3-mega-pixel camera today. Of course, a good quality camera will translate to better pictures and it’s always nice to be able to click great pictures with your tablet.

What else do you need to know?

If you are looking for the best 7 inch tablets at a cheap price, you should go for Android tablets. The reason is simple. Android tablets are more budget friendly and you will definitely like them. What’s more, you can choose tablets of different sizes too, from a 6 inch one to a one that measures nearly 10 inches. Of course, when you do buy a tablet, do not forget to buy a cover to protect it. In fact, buying a screen guard and a cover for your tablet is absolutely essential to protect it from scratches. You do not want the surface of your tablet to be scratched, do you?

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