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Creators of websites and applications more often than not term their creations as providing a rich and embellishing experience to the users. Though the design and overall look and feel, the captivating layouts and interactive nature of these creations may be called as a treat for the senses, the truth is that they are a treat only for eyes and ears and nothing more.
Coming out from mostly a glass panel and a speaker, online & digital media based entertainment has mostly to do with seeing and hearing. Thus it does not give the user a complete sense of a make-believe reality. Studies and experiments the world over has time and again proved that more than half of communication that humans are not verbal in nature. This has led to scientists increasingly trying to devise ways of being able to communicate through the other three senses namely taste, smell and touch.
The professor teaching pervasive computing at the City University of London, asked this question over an iPhone to a person standing on the other side of the room as to what does the person smell? The person at the other end replies back saying that the scent of melon is significant and it was coming out from a tiny instrument piece attached to the person’s iPhone and was actually triggered by the professor from the other end.
The professor agrees and tells that these instruments are selling more than 10000 units a month harbouring the era of bringing smell into the social communication platform. The technology itself is in the early part of its adoption curve though and the device that is responsible for the melon scent bears resemblance to an inkjet printer in that it contains a melon “smell sachet”. When the liquid in it responsible for the scent finishes you need to get another sachet as a replacement.
This is not something that is new technology though, since in 1999 there was a story running on the front cover of the famous wired magazine that talked about a company called Digiscents that had come up with a USB compatible personal scent synthesizer that worked on the computer called the iSmellDigiscents. When this technology was invented back then, it looked more of a marketing pitch but is contextual nowadays with all the smartphones with ultra-high processing power and superfast connection speed bringing in all sorts of possibilities on the forefront.
Professor Cheok, as he his famously known as, has got critical acclaim for his funny projects in the past like “hugging pyjamas” that can be worn as a suit and can be used to hug a person virtually and remotely. There are some other fun projects of his as well, like small haptic rings that can make someone else sense a squeeze on their ring if the other person squeezes theirs over the internet. This looks a lot like virtual handholding of sorts. Yet another project of his involves a device that consists of electrodes and triggers the taste receptors on tongue thus creating an artificial sense of taste in the brain.
There have also been certain advancements in mobile technology with respect to installation of apps on pc without android emulator for playing that favourite mobile game on your desktop PC. Some other projects along these lines are also being carried out in the National University of Singapore that are about creating a digital lollipop that makes the tongue artificially experience the taste of salt, sweet, bitter and sour things.
Online businesses are constantly trying to find new ways to drive qualified visitors to their websites. The goal of any business is to have targeted traffic visit their website, and eventually make a sale. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done because of all of the factors involved with getting traffic on the web. Although article marketing was very popular for some time, article directories are becoming less efficient as a means to getting traffic to your websites due to lower page rank factors. Although Google no longer values articles as much as they did before, they still value videos, especially YouTube videos, because they actually own this website. In this article, we will show you how to increase your overall business revenue, and also have a little fun, making videos that will help you increase your profits month after month.
When you buy YouTube views through your Adwords account, you are actually sending traffic to your videos that you have uploaded. In most cases, the videos that you create must create some interest with the visitors, prompting them to visit the websites that you are linking to in your description. If the videos are not invigorating, or even interesting, people will move on, costing you money. To spend your advertising budget wisely, especially when using YouTube to drive traffic, the videos that you make must relate to what you are selling and also be a little fun and memorable.
The best way to determine which video is actually the most profitable for your business is to make a variety of them, representing the different products and services that you have to offer. Instead of making something mundane, such as a picture of the product you are selling, you might want to add some music, multiple pictures, or use a product like Camtasia to create a screen capture video which will allow you to make a presentation. In essence, the video will be well done, and direct people toward your product or service in a fun filled way that they may actually want to share with others. By doing this, you will actually get more value for your ad spend on the video views because the people will be motivated to visit your website because of the quality of the videos that you create.
Another way to motivate visitors when you buy YouTube views is to tell people exactly what to do. For instance, if you are selling a particular service from your website, you might want to state all of the benefits of this service in the video itself. Then, tell the people to visit your website to get a special gift just for stopping by to see what you have to offer. Although your visitors are viewing your video because it may be what they are searching for, by telling them to take action, and visit your website, you will increase your chances of making additional sales.
Using these tactics for creating videos, especially when you buy YouTube views, you will spend your money much more wisely, and in the end, make more sales and profit for your efforts.
Sony’s VAIO Z Series was arguably the precursor to the ultrabook. Its light weight, slim profile, and premium aesthetics pushed the boundaries of laptop design.
But the Z Series was also one of the more expensive laptop lines on the market, with a price that started close to $2,000 for the 2011 model and quickly climbed when you added accessories like external docks and drives to improve graphics performance or handle optical discs. Here in the laptop landscape of 2013, where thin notebooks abound, a $2,000 premium PC that doesn’t do much more than your average $800 ultrabook is likely a pretty hard sell.
So rather than update the Z line, Sony opted for something a bit different. The new VAIO Pro, available in both 11.6- and 13.3-inch varieties, keeps the premium looks and materials of the Z Series, including a carbon-fiber chassis (with an aluminum wrist rest), while offering Intel’s latest CPUs and 1080p touch screens for Windows 8. We’ve already raved about the 1.9-pound VAIO Pro 11. Is the Pro 13 as good?
Short answer: Yes. The larger Pro is a very good-looking laptop that’s exceptionally light (2.34 pounds) and a pleasure to use, thanks to a good keyboard, surprisingly punchy speakers, and an extremely fast PCI Express solid-state drive not found in the Pro 11. And despite its svelte frame, battery life is surprisingly decent. We were able to eke out more than six hours’ use in our video rundown test.
Perhaps best of all, Sony has kept the price pretty reasonable. The entry-level Pro 13 we’re looking at here (model SVP13213CXB) is $1,249—no budget system, to be sure, but not prohibitively expensive like the Z Series of yesteryear.
We do have some minor quibbles with the VAIO Pro 13, like the fact that the hinge is a bit wobbly and the touch screen isn’t as slick (literally) as several we’ve swiped our fingers across recently. Also, the fan, which vents heat from the left side, kicks in frequently under heavy load, and is quite noticeable in a quiet room (though we wouldn’t call it loud).
If you’re looking for a very light laptop with premium internals and good battery life, the VAIO Pro 13 is the best we’ve seen—though it’s also one of the first Intel “Haswell”-based ultrabooks to make its way to our test bench. So those who don’t need a new laptop right now may want to wait a few months to see what other PC makers have to offer.
Still, while the Pro is certain to have plenty of competitors, there isn’t much missing here that we’d like to see in a premium-priced lightweight laptop. The VAIO Pro 13 just might be the flagship ultrabook of 2013.
Toshiba has expansion plans for its U.S. tablet offerings later this year as it explores more screen sizes and price points.
The company will introduce new Windows 8 and Android tablets at multiple price ranges in the United States, said Carl Pinto, vice president of marketing at Toshiba America Information Systems, during a Thursday press event in New York City.
The new tablets will represent a renewed effort by Toshiba to expand in the U.S. tablet market after a long silence.
One of the new tablets will be shown at the Google I/O show, Pinto said. The Google developer event will be held between May 15 through March 17 in San Francisco.
Pinto did not share specific details about the tablets and when they would be released. But he said that the company is willing to compete at prices as low as $199 and got to higher price points for better-equipped tablets.
A number of considerations will be taken into pricing the tablets, including the operating system and screen size, Pinto said. Toshiba will be entering a highly competitive market with companies like Amazon, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, Samsung, and many others offering low-cost Android tablets.
Right now Toshiba offers one tablet, the Excite 10 (shown above), which is priced at $350 and runs Google’s Android 4.1 OS.
Recent Toshiba tablet problems
Toshiba offers multiple tablets in different countries, and on Thursday announced a newWT310 tablet with Windows 8 and an Intel Core i5 processor in the U.K. But the company has had a rough history with tablets in the U.S. and some other European countries.
The company cancelled plans to release a Windows RT tablet and also a 13.3-inch Excite Android tablet. The company also pulled its Folio 100 tablet and cancelled two Thrive tablet models, including a buggy 10-inch model.
The company recently announced a new laptop called Kirabook, which has a groundbreaking design and a display that can show images at a resolution of 2560 by 1440 pixels.
When Windows 8 made nary a whimper during the holidays, commentators blamed both the OS’s controversial Metro interface and also Microsoft’s OEM partners, few of which had brought to market touch-oriented hardware suited to Win8′s changes. Devices such as the Surface Pro have since reached interested customers, but attractive Windows 8 options are still limited, and the OS’s overall adoption has remained stagnant.
With Friday’s announcement of two new laptop-tablet hybrids, Acer hopes to shake things up. The devices could address some of the late-2012 OEM criticisms, but with potentially superior alternatives on the horizon, and with Win8′s UI complaints still a factor, it’s not clear if now is an ideal time for Microsoft’s device partners to strike.
The Aspire R7, the less conventional of the new offerings, is a 15.6-inch laptop that converts into a plus-size tablet via what Acer calls an “Ezel” hinge. When in laptop mode, the hinge vaguely resembles the monitor support on the back of an iMac. That said, the Aspire R7 is much more adjustable than Apple’s all-in-one desktop, allowing the user to reposition the screen as needed. This feature could appeal to those frustrated by the Surface Pro’s kickstand, whose fixed design can result in awkward viewing angles. In tablet mode, meanwhile, the R7′s touchscreen, which boasts full-HD resolution, slides down over the keyboard. The R7 is a relatively hefty device, weighing 5.2 pounds and measuring 1.12 inches thick. The extra bulk helps accommodate three USB ports and an HDMI port, and the internals are run by either an i5 or i7 Intel processer. The hybrid will hit the market in mid-May at a price of $999.
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Acer also unveiled the Aspire P3. Available immediately, the $799 device boasts an 11-inch touchscreen with 1366 x 768-pixel resolution, up to 4 GB of RAM, 60 or 120 GB of SSD storage, and either an i3 or i5 Intel processor. Acer calls the device a convertible Ultrabook, but given that the P3 is a tablet that snaps into a keyboard case, it shares more DNA with the Surface Pro than with most of its Ultrabook brethren. Indeed, its specs and features closely match those of Microsoft’s much-hyped Win8 tablet, including an optional stylus.
Though most PC makers have taken a hit as tablets eat into sales of traditional PCs, Acer has absorbed more damage than most; according to IDC, the company’s Q1 shipments were down more than 30%, year-over-year. Given these struggles, Acer’s decision to swing for the fences with new form factors is a bold move that could inject life into the company’s sales.
Even so, Acer’s new computers — and, indeed, all current Win8 models – face challenges. The R7 and P3 might boast modern designs, but they still run the same version of Windows 8 that has polarized users since its launch last fall. They also rely on Intel’s aging Ivy Bridge Core technology, which is powerful, but limits both battery life and how thin and light a device can be.
Microsoft is currently readying Windows 8.1, an update that was previously codenamed Windows Blue and which is expected to address many of the OS’s most maligned UI quirks. Acer’s new products will be eligible to upgrade, but, given Windows 8′s stalled sales, it’s not clear if on-the-fence buyers will be persuaded until Win8.1′s features, or some other new enticements, have been confirmed.
Intel, meanwhile, will soon release new Core and Atom chips. The former set of processors, codenamed Haswell, is expected to endow current Ultrabooks, which generally get only four to six hours of battery life, with the tablet-like ability to run all day without a charge. The latter processor family, codenamed Bay Trail, will likely end up in both smartphones and also ultrathin, competitively priced 8-inch tablets. The lucrative mini-tablet market is growing fast, and Microsoft presumably hopes to make a splash by bringing a full OS experience to a market segment currently dominated by iOS and Android.
In short, Acer’s new models are relatively attractive at present, and they could be attractive options for buyers who need to make an immediate purchase. They could also be outdated in only a few months, however. Given the R7 and P3′s respective prices, it might be worthwhile to wait.
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Windows 8 continues to take baby steps in the market. A big part of the problem, according to statistics, is its older siblings, Windows 7 and Windows XP.
It’s a trend that continued in April. Use of Windows 8 for desktops reached 3.8 percent last month, up from 3.2 percent in March, according to the latest data from Net Applications. It’s already acknowledged that Windows 8 adoption is lower than that of Windows Vista, based on adoption rates four months out from each OSes’ launch. Not even analyst and consulting firm Gartner Inc. expected such a market response in its early assessment of Windows 8. Microsoft launched Windows 8 about six months ago in October.
Microsoft is mostly facing competition from itself in the desktop OS market. Windows 7 led the desktop OS market in April with 44.7 percent use. Meanwhile, Windows XP held second place at 38.3 percent desktop OS use, per Net Applications’ data.
Microsoft can’t seem to shake users off Windows XP, which is a near 12-year-old OS that will lose security patch support in less than a year from now. The April Windows XP use rate of 38.3 percent is down by less than one percentage point from Net Applications’ March 39 percent estimate.
Some industry observers see such numbers as indicating a stall in Windows XP’s downward decline. A perusal of OS use trends compiled by StatCounter does suggest that there was a period between January and March where the Windows XP decline had flattened out a bit. However, StatCounter showed Windows XP resuming its plummeting trajectory in April with 21.6 percent use, which is a much lower estimate than Net Applications’ 38.3 percent estimate.
StatCounter has a different approach to measuring OS use compared with Net Applications, and its numbers vary accordingly. StatCounter reported Windows 7 use leading at 54 percent in April compared with Net Applications’ 44.7 percent use. Windows 8 use in April was at 4.7 percent per StatCounter, representing a higher figure than Net Application’s 3.8 percent estimate for Windows 8.
Either way it gets measured, the slow adoption of Windows 8 is being interpreted as a “failure” for Microsoft. Analysts such as IDC have suggested that the current down-trending economy is not to blame for the poor showing of Windows 8. Early on, there were shortages of touch-screens for Windows 8 devices hitting the market, which may have dampened sales somewhat, according to the research and consulting firm.
Microsoft has responded to the dampened uptake of Windows 8 with oblique plans for an OS update called “Windows Blue” or “Windows 8.1,” but the details have been inadequately described. It is cutting the price of Windows 8 to its original equipment manufacturers partners. It’s also promised to respond with the introduction of smaller form factors running Windows 8, possibly tapping the new Intel Haswell and Bay Trail chipsets that are expected to arrive in the second half of this year. Lower priced Windows 8 devices, such as $200 notebooks driven by Bay Trail chips, have been promised by Intel.
Such Windows 8 devices running the new Intel chips could make a first appearance next month at Microsoft’s Build developer conference, scheduled for June 26. That’s where Microsoft plans to talk more about Windows Blue.
NEW YORK: TAIWANESE COMPUTER FIRM Acer unveiled what it claims is the first hybrid and convertible touchscreen ultrabook laptop at an event in New York on Friday, called the Acer Aspire P3.
Promoted by Acer as a hybrid and a convertible in one, the notebook can transform into a tablet via its “chiclet” keyboard, which allows the display to either fold back onto itself, or completely detach from the keyboard altogether.
Touting an 11.6in HD touchscreen display with in-plane switching (IPS) technology, the Acer Aspire P3 is ideal for movie playback, Acer boasted, due to the display’s wide 170-degree viewing angles.
Measuring 19.8mm thick and weighing 1.39kg, the Acer Aspire P3 is powered by either an Intel i3 or i5 Core processor and features a 60GB or 120GB SSD drive. Acer didn’t mention what size memory the Aspire P3 will have, but we do know it will run the Windows 8 operating system.
The chiclet keyboard built into the cover is full sized “so customers can comfortably use it for productivity tasks such as writing documents, and creating spreadsheet”, Acer said. It also comes with an optional stylus if touching the screen with your fingers seems a bit too alien.
Acer also said that the Aspire P3 features a “long battery life”, but failed to mention exactly how long this wil be. Let’s hope it’s beefier than the one in theAspire S7 ultrabook, which we reviewed to find that delivered three hours in general use.
The Aspire P3 will be available in the UK from today starting at £599.
At the New York event today, Acer also launched its Star Trek notebook, the Aspire R7, which has a full HD touchscreen display that can be flipped, rotated and twisted into different positions to offer four modes of use. Check back soon for our hands on review.
Acer continued to promote its “duality” tagline as part of the announcement, saying that users are looking to use both touch and type with hardware to optimise the computing experience.
One of the best, but most underrated new features in Windows 8 is a mechanism that makes the reinstallation process relatively quick and completely painless.
There was a time when it seemed that almost every article about addressing problems in Windows suggested reinstalling Windows from scratch. Even today there are some problems that are easiest to fix by reinstalling Windows. The problem is that historically, reinstallation has been a time-consuming process. Depending on how the operating system is being reinstalled, there might also be a lot of work to do after the reinstallation, such as installing applications and rejoining the computer to a domain.
There are actually two different ways to reinstall Windows 8 (aside from applying a system image or breaking out the installation DVD and running Setup). You can perform a Refresh or a Reset. It is extremely important to understand the difference between the two operations before you attempt either one.
Resetting a PC is a way of removing the old operating system and starting completely from scratch. Resetting a PC functions similarly to formatting the hard disk. Everything is removed, including any personal data.
If you select a reset, you will see a warning message telling you that all of your personal files and apps will be removed and that Windows will be reset to its defaults. The thing that makes this process really interesting is the fact that after you click Next, Windows will ask you if you want to erase data quickly or thoroughly. Removing data thoroughly obviously takes longer, but it makes data much more difficult to recover.
The other option is to refresh the PC. When you refresh your PC, any apps from the Windows Store will be automatically reinstalled, but desktop apps will be removed. Windows will place a list of the apps that have been removed on the PCs desktop. The refresh process will not remove data that is stored on the PC.
As you can see, there are two good methods for reinstalling Windows 8. Sometimes though, you may not need to do anything quite that drastic. The vast majority of the Windows reinstallations that I have performed over the last few years were due to the fact that Internet Explorer had been damaged beyond repair by malware. However, Microsoft has given us a way to reset Internet Explorer without having to reinstall Windows.
In many cases, you will probably be able to return Windows to a functional state just by resetting Internet Explorer. When more drastic action is required, however, Microsoft provides some easy ways to reinstall the operating system. Obviously, this is not reason alone to migrate to Windows 8, but it is one of those small additions to an operating system that add up to make the decision to migrate an easier one.
In the past 20 years, the Microsoft Windows operating system has accumulated old code libraries that brought it to the size it has today, 2.5 GB and about 50 million lines of code (Windows Vista). These old code libraries consume resources and are often the targets of security exploits. The best way to avoid such problems, is to start from scratch, which is close to what Microsoft plans to do with Windows Vienna. Windows Vienna will represent the start of a different generation of operating systems, bringing in new concepts and support for new types of hardware, along with a better security and a modular approach, which will allow future versions of Windows to be built more easily on Windows Vienna’s engine.
It is also likely that the future success of Microsoft’s products will be strongly decided by the success of the new generation operating system.
NeoWin.com writes about how Windows Blackcomb changed its name to Windows Vienna. Windows Vienna (formerly Blackcomb) is the successor of the Windows Vista operating system.
NeoWin.com writes about how Windows Blackcomb changed its name to Windows Vienna. Windows Vienna (formerly Blackcomb) is the successor of the Windows Vista operating system. The new codename was not officially confirmed by Microsoft, however Robert Scoble confirmed the rumour in a Channel9 topic.