Wednesday, August 14, 2013

New & Noteworthy Inventions from CES 2013

CES being the ultimate event for geeks and tech enthusiasts alike normally raises high expectations from the respective parties. The 2103 version of the biggest tech event was packed with plenty of exciting new introductions showcased by well over 3,250 exhibitors. At the conclusion of the six day event, some of the momentous products included;

Nvidia Project Shield

In the gaming department, Nvidia unleashed quite a kicker when it launched Project Shield. Most of the fans who were hoping for a simple unveiling of the Tegra 4 processor got treated to a dedicated gaming device to rock the chip. The android-based handheld was a rather odd product from the graphic card company but seemingly appropriate for hardcore gamers. The dual bootable Shield can play both high-end PC and android games wirelessly on a modest 5-inch screen. As much as the device does not wow in looks, it appropriately addresses the idea of portable gaming. All in all, the console is the only one of its kind and quite an innovative release. 

Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon PC

This was Lenovo’s idea of bridging the gap between AIO PCs and tablets. The IdeaCentre Horizon is a large-screen desktop PC that can also be laid flat and used as a tablet. The massive 27-inch tablet unleashes a new user interface when in a horizontal position (table mode) which adequately supports interactions from multiple users. The concept here is that people get to share graphics, read content and play games round a table when the Horizon PC is in its flat position. On the other hand, when in desktop mode’, its Aura UI is replaced by Windows 8 transforming the devices into a normal PC. That being said, it is a handy media browser enhanced with a built-in battery and can serve you well at home. 


OLED display technology presented at the event proved that screens could be formless yet still fully-functional. The technology allows for development bendable and paper-thin screens for both TV’s and phones. LG and Samsung had the most promising prototypes which pointed towards an imminent product release. The talk of the show however, was Samsung’s Youm which stood out as an unusually attractive concept phone. The Windows Phone 8 running smartphone had a pliable screen which the company’s president used to show numerous interactive ways of using it while twisted or bent. This is great innovation aimed at reinventing the phone as it is.  

Oculus Rift

The Oculus Rift got the light of day at this year’s CES as a revolutionary virtual reality headset. The headset showcased a new aspect in the three dimensional world where players get fully immersed into their new surroundings. This is achieved by isolation of each eye so that images are counterbalanced to the respective eye. The headset also lets you explore the 3D world through its instantly responsive head tracking feature. Even though 3D is in itself exciting, the extent to which Oculus Rift immerses you right into the game makes it arguably the most fascinating piece of tech at the show. 
These inventions are not only worth mentioning for the fact that they were unexpected but due to the ground-breaking ideas behind them that may just dictate the future as we know it.  

Is Smartphone GPS the Future of Navigation?

Most people who traverse big cities as well as suburb dwellers have little reason to argue that navigation services are highly essential. For you to get through the mazes of buildings and meshed roads, you need a good navigation system to guide you to your destination. Even so, the future of standalone and in-car GPS systems, which seem to be losing ground to smartphones, may be apprehending. Polls carried out by TeleNav show that more than half of PND (Personal Navigation Device) users have some sort of complaint about their mapping device. 

It is evident that most of the inaccuracy and delay issues that plague the PNDs result from inconsistency of updates or lack proper support. This is in contrast to GPS enabled smartphones which get real time updates over and above numerous more merits. So how does the latter navigation system compare to the in-car option? 

Carrier Support
One area where smartphone GPS really standouts over in-car and other personal navigation devices is in terms of connectivity. Mobile phones are typically connected to service provider networks that push real-time updates to the respective GPS applications. This implies that phone GPS systems are not only more reliable but also significantly feature-laden than in-car systems. The provision of current and more detailed listings through wireless connectivity, in addition to map-based social networking and speedy traffic rerouting has defined smartphones as the better option. 

Affordability of Services

Most of the additional updates pushed to smartphones do not cost a dime, all content updates on standalone devices like the TomTom and Garmin have to be paid for. Even with these updates, most of the in-car units have still been found to provide wrong directions and incorrect addresses to business listings. This is rather appalling considering the fact that you can get free lifetime smartphone GPS support from companies like Nokia with almost zero probability of flawed navigation. More so, smartphones are becoming more affordable with numerous low-end devices with full Google Maps support, ranging below $100. 


You may argue that smartphones do not offer the same ease-of use provided by dedicated navigation devices but that is a topic suited for debate. The fact that in-car systems have much larger screens in comparison to the average phone touch screen could be an advantage in favor of the former. This however does not take into consideration the emergence of tablets and phablets which have large, high resolution screens considerably fitting for arms-length viewing. Furthermore, phones can also be mounted just as expediently as PNDs although the mount may have to be purchased separately. 

The Trend 

According to In-Stat and Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), there is high likelihood that the expensive standalone devices will be replaced by GPS-enabled handsets. This evidenced by the increasing consumer uptake of smartphones and the boost due immeasurable benefits of phone-based navigation. More so, phone manufacturers are upping their game by releasing high-end flagship device pre-loaded with navigation apps to take advantage of built-in GPS radios and A-GPS support. Respective providers have also expressed interest in hand-held devices citing that they can provide more content at a much lower cost. 
By taking all these into consideration, it will be easier for you to weigh which option is the worthiest thus make the right choice in purchasing your next GPS navigation device. 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Nexus 7 - Completely renewed, reconstructed.

Hello Guys, Wasee promised to write a few articles once in a while, so
here is one. As you know, earlier this year I received a cool gift
from my client Ron Buster, a great Nexus 7 tab. And Google, just a few
days ago released a updated version of Nexus 7. Along with the new
Nexus 7 this summer, came the most unanticipated android version ever.
Android 4.3.0 was officially released on the Nexus 7 of Summer, 2013.
Seriously, for me it was a huge disappointment. From last year I was
expecting to see the newer face of Android, the revolutionary Key Lime
Pie, the 5th anniversary of Android. In full honesty, Android 4.3 is
not at all an improvement over Android 4.2.2 on my old Nexus 7 and I
highly thought its any different in the Nexus 7 released few days ago.
Above the hood, the only thing worth mentioning in Android 4.3 is
extended parental control on child accounts.

Now parents can lock in app purchasing, play store, web browsers and

specific apps showing up on their minors user account. Honestly, its
not exactly very useful, because right now, very few apps allows
Android to lock in app purchasing. To use the extended parental
control, you will need to wait for the update of almost all your apps.
They also added a enhanced Bluetooth 4.0 function so that you can
connect to previous uncontrollable wireless device. Its all the old
nexus users get from android 4.3
But, in the New Nexus Google just ultra super charged the older
version. With 2 GB Ram, a 1.5 GB quad core processor and 1980×1200
pixel 7 inch display, it is the sharpest display ever. Plus, they
added a 5 Mega pixel back camera which is not very useful though.
Actually the New Nexus 7 is a huge development over the existing Nexus
7 in terms of almost everything. You might even go and read the
official Google nexus 7 page or order one now.

Let's kick some BUTT with Tips Of Tech

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Cloud Computing: Data Privacy in the Cloud

To say that data privacy is critical to today's businesses would be an understatement. Technological advances are driving the rapid shift to cloud computing, and with this shift comes a need for stringent security. End users are more concerned that ever about personal privacy, and with the large volumes of personal data that are being collected, they have a right to be. Large corporations and cloud hosting companies alike have an important responsibility to protect their data. 

Obeying the Law of the Land

Legal constraints complicate the process of securing data. Privacy laws limit what kinds of data can be collected stored and who can access it, especially when it comes to data about specific people. Employers collecting information about their employees and healthcare providers storing patient data are two examples of sensitive, personal data that are heavily regulated by law. This means that not only can a corporation risk losing valuable data when a database is accessed, it could also be in violation of the law.

Concerns about data privacy and security affect both cloud hosting companies and their clients. On the cloud hosting side, privacy laws have to be taken very seriously. Many cloud hosting companies have data centers in multiple countries, which may mean they have several sets of laws to abide by. They must be sure that they comply with all laws, and in some cases data can only be stored in certain data centers so they don’t violate local laws.

Choosing a Private Data Host

Clients of cloud hosts also have a responsibility to choose a host wisely. They should do everything in their power to make sure the host they choose complies with the law. They also have a responsibility to notify their data hosts of the type of data they will be storing, so any relevant laws and procedures can be followed.

It can be tempting for hosting companies to sell data. While they usually promise to keep data private, there are still legal things they can do with that data. This means clients should read the fine print carefully and know what the host can and can't do with their data. Selling personal contact information about employees, for example, could be very profitable, but most client companies wouldn't agree to their host doing that. There are sneakier things they can do however. While they might not be able to directly sell the data they host, they might be able to sell metadata, or data about the data. This means that they don't directly sell the names of a corporation's employees, but they can sell information about how many employees they have, how often employees access the data, and other relevant information. This metadata has limited uses, but it could be of interest to a company's competitors. 

Looking Forward to the Future

Cloud hosting is still new, and many companies either recently started using these services or will start soon. It may take several years for appropriate standards of data privacy to be established. Smart cloud hosts will use this time to build a good reputation as secure and reliable hosts, and in the future the distinction between trustworthy and scam-laden data hosts will hopefully be clearer.

Using a dedicated hosting server may be the most secure option, as you have more control over that than a shared server. In general, the more control you have over your data, the safer it will be. If you're unsure of your host's privacy policy, review it with them. Make sure you are familiar with the full terms of service, and ask for changes where you feel it is appropriate. If you host is unwilling to grant you the privacy your data needs, then you may want to consider switching data hosts.

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