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Google Plus Photo Importer
When migrating to Google+ from another social network, the task of transferring countless online photo albums can be a lengthy process. Google Plus Photo Importer uses cloud-to-cloud technology to pull photos from Facebook, among other online services, and import them straight into a Google+ account. Quick and easy, this app can save you plenty of time and groundwork and the process is easy to manage, quick and effective. The only downside is that this app is on the pricey side.
Live Lock Screen For iOS 5
This app turns your iPhone’s lock screen into a basic image slideshow. You can set parameters, such as which images are displayed, frequency and you can even designate a backing track from your iTunes Library. It’s a good item for brightening up your lock screen, but seeing as most of us rarely stare at the screen when our phone isn’t in use raises questions about the need for such an app, especially when you have to pay for it. A good idea, but a slightly superfluous one.
RemoteSound – Using the iOS device as PC Speaker
If you want to listen to music on your PC in another room wirelessly, you can stream it to your iPhone via this app by downloading a PC client first. It’s quick and it works perfectly over Wi-Fi, so if you can’t bare to be parted from your digital music collection then this app will ensure that it can stay with you, even if you’re in a completely different room to your PC provider. We recommend trying the free ‘Lite’ version first, though.
Slide To Do
Slide To Do is a simple task manager that enables you to create chore lists with various descriptions and icons, then map the entire list to your iPhone’s home screen, so you’ll hopefully never forget an important entry again. The only downside is that you can’t set alarms for entries, which sends this app plummeting down the pecking order considerably when you consider that your free iOS 5 Reminders app prvides alerts and is a lot more intuitive and easy to set up than this one. Hard to recommend.
TaskFlow – Visual Tasks & Checklists
This is a solid task manager app at a modest price. Set alarms, schedule dates, and more. The layout is clean and creating tasks is simple, yet you can create intricate schedules with ease. Again we beg the question – why buy this when your free iOS 5 Reminders app provides all of the task management tools you need? If you have tried Apple’s freebie and need the additional functions that this one provides though, then it works fantastically well.
With the arrival of the Lumia 720, Nokia has what could be described as a full house of Windows Phone 8-based Lumia mobiles covering a range of prices, screen size and capabilities. To recap in case you’ve missed anything in recent months, the Lumia rang of Windows Phone 8-toting handsets comprises the Lumia 520, 620, 720, 820 and 920. Oh, and there’s also the Lumia 900, 800, 510 and 610. That’s nine Windows Phone 8 handsets in the current Nokia rang. With price tag of
If you want to confuse the average prospective purchaser there is no better way than to offer them too much choice, and when you combine lots of products into three different line ( the ’00′,’10′,’20′ series ) then you’re heading for trouble. At lowest available discounted price on
Shopclues( no coupon required) and Snapdeal ( No Coupon required ) Nokia Lumia 720 is real steal. discount Add in how the handset names don’t actually mirror value for money and you might really have a problem. For example, I thought the Lumia 520 was a lot better value than the more expensive 620.
Certainly, there’s nothing middle-of-the-road about the Lumia 720’s design. The rubberized polycarbonate shell is distinctively Lumia and high quality. The backplate is very tough, I couldn’t significantly bend or bow this phone in my hands. The rubbery finish is good for grip. The backplate wraps around the four sides of the phone adding toughness to the edges and corners. If it’s robust and tough you are after, then the Nokia Lumia 720 has that nailed. Oh, and that Nokia trademark of making its Lumia rang available in a variety of colours is here too. As well as black and white there are blue, red and an amazing canary yellow option too.
The backplate is fixed-it doesn’t come off to let you get at the battery. Your micro-SIM goes into a caddy on the top of the chassis. The right edge is very familiar, with its Lumia-esque volume rocker, power button and camera button. They’re coloured the same as the surroundings so they blend in, and are slightly raised so they are easy to find by touch alone.
The Lumia 720 has a relatively large screen at 4.3 inches, and it is sharp, bright and clear.The IPS technology mean colours are vibrant and Nokia’s own ClearBlack technology plays its part in providing good screen readability too.
The screen resolution is relatively low at 800 x 480 pixels, but as I’ve noted in the past the Windows Phone user interface is friendly to lower resolutions. It is when you break out of the cage and go onto the web, or start reading emails that the lower resolution grates. Zooming and scrolling are required more than they’d be on higher resolution screen.
The screen, incidentally, is one of those that is glove-friendly. As the summer month rock in that might not matter, but come winter it could be a feature to please.
Looking under the hood, the specifications are about what you might expect for a mid-range handset. The Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 is a dual-core model and runs at 1GHz. It is supported by just 512MB or RAM and this means the Lumia 720 doesn’t fly under the fingers as I might have liked it to. But then again it isn’t a juddering disaster either. It does the job.
To end this judgement, I’d suggest the phone for purchase, and for a place to purchase it at, is no other than snap deal.com as they offer the lowest of prices.
We’re getting to that time of year where the big technology players start to launch their new flagship products in the run up to Christmas where sales can literally go through the roof.
There’s events taking place throughout August and September both Apple, Samsung and HTC and we’ve taken some inspiration from these forthcoming events to round up five bits of technology we think will be on your Christmas 2013 wishlist. Some of them are already confirmed whilst others are mere whispers.
1. The Google Nexus 7 2nd Generation
Google took the tablet world by storm last year with their Asus manufactured Nexus 7 and look set to go one better this year with their upgraded 2nd generation model that’s packed with great features.
The tablet was released in the US on July 30th and looks to be hitting shelves across the globe by mid September.
This isn’t just a minor upgrade either, they’ve changed the design considerably, fitting a rear facing 5 mega pixel camera and according to www.contractphoneswithfreegifts.com the screen is a reported 1,920 x 1,200 pixel display which makes it the best quality screen available even more so than the latest iPad and considerably more than iPad mini.
2. The iPhone 5S with Finger Print Sensor
No technology post is complete these days without the mention of at least one Apple product and it looks like Apple will be releasing the iPhone 5S in September.
Apple has a history of underwhelming changes when it comes to their “S” models being mere software upgrades but it looks like they’re going above and beyond this year to claw back market share and launching the iPhone 5S with a finger print scanner to unlock the phone.
This technology is brand new, and has never featured on a smart phone which is going to make this phone incredibly popular. It’s almost James Bond like and will surely be one of this years, and nexts must have gadgets.
It will also feature the newly designed iOS 7 which means it’s going to be a real upgrade from the iPhone 5 which is still less than a year old.
3. The Nokia Lumia 6″ Phablet
Nokia has been overshadowed by Apple and Samsung in recent times but they’ve caused a storm after the front panel of a their new Lumia Phablet was leaked online earlier this month.
Phablets are growing in popularity by the day with more and more smartphone manufacturers rushing to capitalise and at 6″ this Nokia Lumia would be one of the biggest phones on the market.
It would also be one of the first phablets to use Windows 8 which makes it quite a unique phone and something that could prove very popular.
No release date for the Lumia phablet is confirmed yet but should Nokia be able to get this onto the shelves before the end of the year we could be witnessing a new best seller.
4. A New 13″ iPad
Not to be outdone by other manufacturers it looks like Apple are upping their game in the tablet market by planning to release a much larger version of the iPad.
The Wall Street Journal reported earlier in July that the Cupertino based firm were testing both larger versions of the iPad and iPhone to counteract the growing threat that Samsung is posing to Apple’s dominance.
It’s not confirmed if it will be released this year, or if ever, but a 13″ iPad would make it the same size as a MacBook which is a huge increase from the current 9.7″ iPad.
Is it 13″ too big for a tablet? It’s difficult to say currently as this is a completely new device but it could be a viable replacement for a laptop and yet again makes Apple an innovator in the market place.
5. The Samsung Galaxy Note III
Samsung are never far away when it comes to new releases and coming on September 4th at an event in Berlin will the new Samsung Galaxy Note III.
We all know how popular the Galaxy Note II to was so this one looks set to replicate that and then some.
Why will this be so popular in Q4 2013? Well it’s going to be the first phone that featured a 3GB ram chip making it a step ahead of the competition who are currently all running off 2GB chips.
Not only that the Note III will make use of LTE Advanced which whilst not rolled out worldwide is available in the far east and in trial areas and is much much quicker than 4G, running at 150mbps.
Which tech are you hoping to get your hands on in Quarter 4 2013? Have you been holding out in anticipation for a new device?
While both of these mobile phones are excellent and either would make a good choice, each one has unique features that would likely appeal to a variety of users. Personal preferences for these features will likely be the deciding factor when one chooses between these two excellent mobile phone models. Don’t forget your Samsung Galaxy S4 cases from Ace Case as the dimensions are different from the Galaxy S3.
Both phones have large AMOLED display screens with HD capabilities. The Note has a 5.5-inch screen while the S4 has a 5-inch screen. For many users bigger is better and those who like to use the mobile home for games apps or to view videos might find the Note’s larger screen to be a big plus.
The Note operates a bit more like a tablet than the S4 does and it is great for those who want some of the capabilities of a tablet but do not want to have to carry around a device that will not fit in the pocket. The S4 continues to be more like one of the top smartphones and while the two do have several shared features the feel of a tablet can be quite appealing.
Both are touchscreen devices but the Note comes with a stylus called the S-pen that is awesome for writing or drawing and is fun to use for manipulating photos, adding captions or even doodling. The Note also has an e-reader feature for those who lie to have their reading materials at their fingertips. The S-Pen also has the ability to hover and still work, a feature Samsung has added to its phones that users really seem to like.
Typing in text onscreen can be a bit easier to do with one hand, especially for a smaller person or a person with smaller hands with the S4. The screen is just large enough on the Note for one-handed typing to be uncomfortable for many users. If one handed convenience is important to you that S4 is definitely a better choice.
If you can get an S4 with the 1.9 GHz processor you will have one fast smartphone. This model outperforms most smartphones, including the tablet-like Note when it comes to processing speed. The S4 will rival the very top of the line smartphones for fast processing and sheer power. While the Note is no slouch, it is simply not going to stand up to the S4 when it comes to this trait.
The Note is all about productivity and multitasking, even allowing two apps to run at once on the same screen in different little windows. It is great for those who lie widgets that keep them informed at a glance. The S4 is all about creativity, video-making, picture taking, and fun apps that run quickly and efficiently.
Which of these models is the best for you will depend largely upon what it is you need your phone to do besides make calls, which both of these smartphones do quite well. Which phone seems best to you? Leave a comment below and let us know.