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Sep/13

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Best Utilities for iPhone

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.

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Aug/13

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Nokia Lumia Review

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.

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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?

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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.

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