Planning One Last Summer Vacation

Three of my buddies and I have been planning one last summer of fun before we graduate from college. Of course you get to have fun all the time when you are not an adult, but the problem is figuring out how to pay for a carefree summer vacation. Splitting the cost four ways is obviously necessary, but a beach house is not going to be cheap. We do not have to worry about stuff like Texas electricity rates however, because that is going to be the landlord’s problem. It is pretty obvious that he is going to pass that along to us however.

Apple iPhone 6 Plus Vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 4: The Big Screen Rivals

Apple iPhone 6 Plus Vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 4Since last week, bloggers and tech magazines all over the internet were in a flurry over the news of Apple announcing the release of the iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus, until Samsung poured cold water over this wildfire by releasing a handful of commercials that mocked Apple’s better-late-than-never brainwave of increasing screen size, and also their three-seasons-late smartwatch concept.

With the impending release of Samsung Galaxy Note 4, which, evidently, is the iPhone 6 Plus’s biggest rival, one cannot help but wonder which of these phablets (a portmanteau of ‘phone’ and ‘tablet’; an apt description of a gadget whose screen size, and functionality is in between a smartphone and a tablet) would prove to be a wiser choice?

A Summary of Specs and Features

Apple has packed a plethora of interesting features in their new smartphone model. While some of them seem to be lifted from successful previously-released models of their competitors, others are quite innovative, and even give the new iPhones an edge over their rivals. Right from unveiling a new operating system, and implementing improved processor architecture, to adapting a larger screen size, with previously unseen (in Apple iPhones) display characteristics, and offering more flexibility with the camera, the developers of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus seemed to have taken a step away from the tried-and-tested classics that one can identify iPhones with.

Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is nothing less than the flagship phone-tablet of recent times. From adopting successful attributes from the recently released Samsung Galaxy S5, like the heart rate monitor and fingerprint sensor, to improving the S Pen―a stylus that is a stereotypical prerequisite for any note-taking tablet or phone―in such a way that it feels a lot more like a real pen, and enhancing its capabilities as well, to camera enhancement, a more attractive design, better performance in comparison to its predecessors, and lots more. With having “Samsung Galaxy” and “Note” as part of its name being enough reasons to prefer this phablet over any other, being filled to the brim with attractive and useful features only increases its chances of being a best-seller when it releases.

Processor Architecture, Sensors, and Memory
Battery Life
Network and Connectivity
Operating System and Special Features

Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus
Samsung Galaxy Note 4

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phone The iPhone 6 Plus has a screen size of 5.5 inches, and a thickness of 7.1 mm, making it the first of its kind for Apple, and the thinnest phablet till date. It comes with a resolution of 1920×1080, and uses a display technology that Apple has christened Retina HD.
phone The Retina HD display comes with a full sRGB color standard, and improved contrast, color accuracy, and viewing angles. It achieves this by positioning the crystals of the LCD screen precisely by making use of UV light, and by using dual-domain pixels and a polarizer.
phone Also (a feature never seen before in iPhones), only the iPhone 6 Plus (not even the iPhone 6) allows one to view their home screen and many proprietary apps (for e.g., email, gallery, etc.) in the landscape mode.

phone The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 markets its display as Quad HD, a terminology for a resolution that is 4 times as vivid as HD. True to its claim, the 5.7-inch, 2560×1440 display has an incredible pixel density of 551 ppi, resulting in superior calibration of color and amazing contrast.
phone In addition to that, Samsung’s practice of using Super AMOLED screens gives one the benefit of truer blacks (the technology of AMOLED turns off the entire pixels to depict black color), and hence more lifelike colors, especially while using the camera or browsing online.

Processor Architecture, Sensors, and Memory

phone Not that the numbers on the new addition, the A8 chip, a dual-core CPU running at 1.38 GHZ which is built on second-generation 64-bit, are very impressive when compared to the performance leap of the A7 chip with respect to its predecessor, yet, the iPhone 6 Plus can boast of optimization of graphics and visual effects while playing games or viewing videos, with the help of a technology that Apple likes to call Metal.

phone The M8 coprocessor employs various sensors like an accelerometer, a compass, a gyroscope, and even a barometer, which, apart from helping the phone detect distance traveled, elevation, etc., and assisting the camera, and other inherent features in their performance, are integral to the iPhone’s health apps.
phone The iPhone 6 Plus comes with a 1GB RAM, and in variants having an internal storage capacity of 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB, the third one being another step for Apple out of its comfort zone, when it comes to phone memory. However, expandable memory still seems to be a taboo concept for Apple, and they have steered clear of offering that An unexpected twist; the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will be released in two variants, carrying two different processors, and the availability of each will depend on the market. One will be running the Exynos 5433, which is an octa-core processor, and runs at 1.9GHz, the other will be running the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chipset, a 2.7GHz quad-core processor.

phone The developers of the Galaxy Note 3 turned a lot of heads when they incorporated the Exynos 5420, a 1.3GHz octa-core processor. But soon, it became evident that eight cores could not be simultaneously engaged, rather, the technology enables better efficiency, and the interest in it wore off. But in the Exynos 5433, eight cores can indeed run together. Although in the Galaxy Note 4, it functions using a 32-bit architecture, which is pretty good in itself, this processor provides for operating the 64-bit architecture as well.
phone The Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 is a whole different story. Running at 2.7GHz is a clear improvement over its predecessor, which clocks at 2.3GHZ. The GPU, Adreno 420, performs better than the one used in Note 3, and the result is better graphics while playing games, clearer, easier-to-read text while browsing, and more options with photographs. The performance of the CPU, however, has not seen any major change.
phone Samsung has been marketing interesting, never-imagined-before sensors with all its smartphones and tablets in the past, right from the Air Gesture feature, to various sensors that work in collaboration with health-related apps. Although there are no new sensors exclusive to the Galaxy Note 4, the fingerprint reader and heart rate monitor that were recently introduced in the Galaxy S5, are going to be seen in this gadget as well.
phone Both the variants come with a 3GB RAM, and 32GB built-in memory. The Galaxy Note 4 allows for expandable memory up to 64GB.Camera

phone A far cry from the cameras proudly carried by contemporary smartphones, the iPhone 6 Plus perpetuates the tradition of the iPhone 5S, and comes with an 8 megapixel rear camera and a 1.2 megapixel front camera. Yet, the silver lining for Apple fans is that the inclusion of a number of camera sensors plays a substantial role in the improvement of the whole photography experience.
phone The rear camera, called the iSight camera, is bursting with enhancements, such as allowing for up to 43 megapixels in the Panorama mode, improved face detection, image stabilization; a feature that compensates for hand-shake, motion blur, and low light, and a better focusing capability.

phone The iSight camera has also seen significant improvement in its video-shooting ability; the camera supports 1080p HD video-capture at 60 fps (frames per second), time-lapse videos, auto focus in videos too, and slow motion video-capture at 120 fps or 240 fps, but in 720p. One can also slow down prerecorded videos.
phone The price of reducing the overall thickness of the iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus, is paid by the camera; there is a lens-bulge at the back of the phone that loyal owners of previous iPhone models will find difficult to get used to.
phone The front camera, called the FaceTime camera, is also fitted with new sensors, because of which, it has improved face detection, HDR mode photography in 720p, and also, one can click pictures in burst mode (where around 10 images are clicked in a fraction of a second, enabling one to pick out the perfect photograph, and discard the rest).phone Why buy a digital camera when you can click such beautiful, crystal clear, and easily editable photographs (the proprietary photo-editing software on Samsung phones is also quite user-friendly) on your Samsung Galaxy Note 4 itself? The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 comes with a rear camera of a whooping 16 megapixels, and a 3.7 megapixels-front camera. Like icing on a cake, these cameras come with some very exciting features.
phone The 16 megapixels rear camera is a smart borrow from the Galaxy S5, seeing that it comes with a 16 megapixels camera sensor, that brings with it optical image stabilization (a feature which will totally wipe out the possibility of photos being ruined by motion blur, and the difficulty to keep one’s tablet or phone stable while clicking).

phone Additionally, the only drawback of the Galaxy S5’s camera also has a solution in the camera carried by the Galaxy Note 4; better low light performance. Other awesome camera features like Panorama mode, HDR mode, etc., are also possible with the Galaxy Note 4’s camera.
phone But the most anticipated feature of the Galaxy Note 4’s camera is the Wide Selfie option in the front camera. This feature essentially ensures that the entire group can manage to find their place in a selfie.Battery Life

phone A bigger phone, with a faster processor, generally implies a requirement of higher battery endurance; a domain that has been proven to be the Achilles heel of other leading smartphone brands, like Samsung and LG, in the past. However, Apple has a good track record in this case; complaints of depressing low battery life has never been common among iPhone owners, irrespective of the model.
phone In case of the iPhone 6 Plus too, the manufacturer’s endurance tests revealed the following statistics:

Audio Playback 80 hrs
HD Video Playback 14 hrs
Wi-Fi Browsing 12 hrs
LTE Browsing 12 hrs
3G Browsing 12 hrs
3G Talk 24 hrs
Standby 16 days (384 hrs)
phone However, Apple has left their main battery idiosyncrasy unchanged; the battery of the iPhone 6 Plus cannot be detached from the handset.

phone Pathetic battery performance tops our, and any other smartphone enthusiast’s list of reasons not to buy a phone that runs the Android operating system. But since the earlier days, a lot of work has gone into improving battery life and efficiency of newer smartphones. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 comes with a monstrous 3220 mAh battery.
phone Carrying with it a whole variety of power saving modes, including the Ultra Power Saving Mode (seen previously in the Galaxy S5), which grants 24 hrs more battery life when there is just 10% battery remaining.
phone Samsung has chosen to market the fact that the battery in the Galaxy Note 4 will have the ability to charge from 0 to 50% in 30 minutes itself, a process that would take almost double the time normally, and it can charge even faster in the Ultra Power Saving Mode.

Network and Connectivity

phone The Apple iPhone 6 Plus provides the most advanced support for LTE, (or 4G) in comparison to any other smartphone till date; there are around 20 LTE bands available. It allows a data rate of up to 150 mbps, and support is also provided for Voice over LTE (VoLTE).
phone The phone also supports Wi-Fi, standard 802.11ac, a technology 3 times as fast as its predecessor, standard 802.11n.

phone One can also make phone calls using one’s own phone number, over Wi-Fi (a very useful feature in a scenario where the network signal is poor, but Wi-Fi is available), and later smoothly transition into VoLTE.
phone The Apple iPhone 6 Plus also provides support for NFC and Bluetooth 4.0phone Both the Exynos, and the Snapdragon processors provide support for LTE (Snapdragon can even optimize LTE Category 6). What this means is that, if an LTE network is available, your Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will give you the best possible reception, and improved speed while browsing and streaming online data.

phone Connectivity is never an issue with Samsung Galaxy series smartphones; one can be assured that support for compatibility with the latest telecommunication standards will be provided. The Galaxy Note 4 is compatible with all standards of Wi-Fi including 802.11ac, NFC, Bluetooth 4.1, USB 2.0, and, as in other contemporary smartphones, an IR transmitter which can be used for universal remote control.Operating System and Special Features

phone The new iPhone launch also brings with it the worldwide release of the new operating system, iOS 8. While this fantastic new operating system resembles its forerunner, the iOS 7, with respect to the way it looks, it brings with it a host of new features.

phone Apple Pay allows one to make payments not only online, but also in a large number of actual stores, using one’s iPhone 6. It works using NFC, and Passbook (an app that can store credit/debit card details, and other physical ‘paper’ that you want to do away with carrying around, like your boarding pass, coupons, etc.). By hovering one’s phone over a particular icon which can be seen at checkout counters of all major stores and restaurants, and using TouchID to verify oneself, cashless, card-less payments can be made using the iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus.
phone TouchID, the feature we briefly mentioned above, is a new technology introduced by Apple to improve security and privacy. There are fingerprint sensors located below the Home Button in the iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus, and hence when one’s fingerprints are registered, merely touching the Home Button will allow the phone to recognize the user, and this can be used to unlock the phone, authenticate payments, and lots more.
phone Apple has also tried to venture into home automation and health. The iOS 8 has made it possible to use Siri to control your home’s thermostat, lights, and so on. Meanwhile, health and fitness apps not only collect data (like your heart rate), with the help of sensors, but can also directly communicate with your doctors and send your data to them.
phone The iOS 8 also brings a smarter keyboard, which learns as you type, and makes sending text messages, and emails, much easier.
phone The iOS 8 has many features that are at par with OS X Yosemite. This means integration across two platforms, and Apple has thoughtfully allowed for one to pick up on another device from the same place where one has left their task, with the help of Handoff and iCloud. One can even answer phone calls to their iPhone 6 Plus using their Mac, as long as they are on the same Wi-Fi network, and are connected using the same iCloud The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 does not have a sensational new operating system to look forward to, mainly because Android 4.4 and its subversions (KitKat) have been out and running for almost a year now, since the launch along with the Nexus 5 smartphone in 2013. Still, KitKat is an amazing operating system, and the Galaxy Note 4 by itself has certain specifications unique to it that do not have much to do with the operating system it runs.
phone The new Galaxy Note 4 phablet supports multi-tasking in a whole new way, allowing users to view more than one app at once in a multi-window, a split-window, or a pop-up format
phone One simply cannot write about the Galaxy Note 4 and fail to mention what truly makes it stand apart; the S Pen. This time around, the S Pen has can sense 2048 pressure levels, giving it double the sensitivity as that of the Galaxy Note 3. It can be used to do many imaginative things, like one can select and share text from any source, or use the Photo Note app that lets one put anything, be it analog, digital, handwritten, text, photography, together, and make changes on them.
phone Not only that, the improved S Pen looks and feels like a real pen, and the Galaxy Note 4 comes with a larger number of handwriting styles for the S Note app. The cherry on the top, this stylus can be used the way one uses the mouse on PCs, to select, click, drag-and-drop, and so on. This functionality is aided by the S Pen’s pressure-sensitivity enhancement.

Outlook for the Future

While the grueling face-off between two of this generation’s most popular smartphone-and-tablet-kingpins’ landmark launches may have left you completely dazed, you must remember that the base of any phone or tablet, or in our case, phablet, is its operating system, and that the iOS and Android operating systems are vastly different. The iOS is essentially designed to use native code, which means it has a better responsiveness, and also that it can run perfectly normally with a simpler processor, whereas the working of Android is more complex, and hence, it requires a lot more processing capacity. This can also explain why the biggest grievance of Android phone users, since time immemorial, has always been the battery drain. Yes, Android developers have been constantly working on it, and in their newer releases, the effect of this problem has reduced. One of the ways of achieving this has been the employment of more efficient, and faster processors. Hence one cannot judge a phone by its processor and speed, if it runs different operating systems.

When it comes to display, the resolution of the iPhone 6 Plus, although ideal for video-viewing, has been criticized, because at the moment, not too many apps in the App Store are optimized for 1080p viewing, and the iPhone 6 Plus’s scaling mechanism is not exactly up to the task. However, the outlook is good for app developers. Meanwhile, advocates of Apple have rightly pointed out, that increasing the pixel density in the Galaxy Note 4 is not going to make much of a difference to the naked eye, that has a limiting resolution of its own, and to which the density offered by this phablet’s predecessors were already beyond that limit. In return, Samsung fans congratulate iPhone aficionados on finally being able to look at their phone in landscape mode.

Merely considering the capability of the camera, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is light years ahead. While an outstanding camera is obviously desired, the camera provided in the iPhone 6 Plus is quite adequate for a satisfying experience, in fact, with all its add-ons, it is a huge improvement with respect to what iPhone cameras could do in the past. Anyway, the sole decision-making factor for which phone one should buy should never be the camera it carries.

Lastly, the network and connectivity support in both the phones is almost at par, and the true hero here is not actually the smartphone’s features itself, but the advancement in the underlying telecommunication technology. When it comes to software, both the iOS 8 and the Android 4.4 KitKat are superb in their own way; the features and benefits of each, are completely mind-blowing. The transition from cash to card-less that Apple wants to achieve, and the kind of integration into real life that the Samsung Galaxy provides, are milestones in the world of technology.

DSLR Accessories

DSLR AccessoriesDSLRs are fairly popular today, and don’t be surprised if you receive one this holiday season. Though these cameras are well-equipped with all the essential features, there are some accessories that can help you improve your photography skills. Even if you are an amateur and believe in point and shoot, you still would benefit with these add-ons that will help you click the perfect shot. From lens cleaning kits to protection lenses, this Buzzle article gives you different options to choose from. Apart from essential hardware, you should also have the latest editing software installed on your PC or laptop, which will further improve your photos. So, without further delay, here are the accessories that every photography enthusiast should possess.

* The accessories are mentioned in no particular order. Each one of these is equally important.

Extra Batteries

While traveling, you will definitely carry a battery charger along with you, but in situations where there is no provision of a charging point, you will need extra batteries. There are many cheap batteries available online; however, be careful while buying such batteries as they can damage your camera. It is advisable to purchase recommended spare batteries from the manufacturer or an authorized outlet.

Camera Bag

This one’s a no-brainer! When you buy a camera, you definitely buy a camera bag. This accessory is a must because the camera along with the lenses need protection from dust, dirt, and the weather. These are available in different styles like shoulder bag and backpack. If you haven’t got one yet, then this should be the first accessory that you should buy.

Lens Cleaning Kit

Your hi-tech advanced DSLR camera will be of no use, if you have a dirty lens or sensor. It is recommended that you always carry a basic cleaning kit that comprises a soft brush, a clean cloth and an air blower. There are special cleaning kits available for the sensor, but most manufacturers do not recommend cleaning it on your own.


The best way to get sharp and clear images, is to use a tripod. Generally, DSLR cameras, today, are on the heavier side, and this can lead to an unsteady hand, thus, hampering your photos. To add stability to your shots, this accessory is a must. Go for a tripod that can withstand 1.5 times the weight of your camera and the heaviest lens. I recommend you to buy a tripod that is suitable for your height and if it comes with an attached head, the tip of the head should align with your jaw. Since you will be carrying the tripod while you travel, opt for a telescopic or collapsible tripod, and check its size once you fold it.

Protective/UV Filter

Protection from atmospheric dust and dirt is a must while dealing with high-end cameras. Get yourself a UV or protection filter that not only protects your lens, but also reduces the bluish haze that is cast on your photos. A Haze-2A or UV17 UV filter cuts out most of the violet light in the image, and also reduces haze.

Polarizing Filter

While taking photographs of water bodies or glass surfaces, reflections are bound to be generated, thus, degrading the quality of the images. To avoid this, you can keep a polarizing filter as a backup. This filter not only reduces the reflections, but it also increases color saturation of the photos. A DSLR that has Autofocus will need a circular polarizing filter. Consider the diameter of your camera lens while buying a protective filter. There are a few other camera lens filters that prove to be useful for specific type of photography.

Remote Shutter Release

Remote triggering of the camera shutters prove helpful while shooting long-exposure shots, self-portraits or group shots (with yourself in frame). The product in the image given above is that of a cable remote shutter release. This accessory is helpful when the slightest of camera shakes can spoil the entire photo. Some remote releases work on infrared (IR) frequency, while others work on radio frequencies (RF). IR releases are line of sight, which work well only up to a certain distance, while the RF releases work through obstructions (walls, floors, etc.).

External Hard Drive

You have clicked the photos, and now want to store them. Get yourself a dedicated external hard drive, where you can safely dump all your precious photos, instead of storing it on your computer’s hard drive. Having a backup of your images means, you can retrieve images in case the original drive fails. Plus, you can carry your work everywhere you go, by taking this hard drive along, instead of carrying the entire laptop.

Memory Card Reader

Your DSLR will mostly come with a memory card where all your pictures are stored. To download these on your computer, you can follow the time-consuming process of connecting your camera to the computer via a USB cable, or you can get yourself a card reader. This will speed up the downloading process.

Speedlight Flash

In case a light reflector is too huge to carry, you can opt for a speedlight flash. These compact accessories can help by creating just the right amount of light needed to click a shot. In case of in-built flash, there are limitations to the amount of light generated. With these flashguns, the shortcomings of an in-built flash can be overcome. Lookout for the GN rating of the flashgun, this gives the maximum range of the device at any given aperture. A flashgun with GN 40 can shoot photos up to 10 meters at an aperture of f/4, and 5 meters with f/8. When buying a speedlight flash, make sure to buy one whose coverage matches or exceeds that of the lenses that you will use with it.

Neck Strap

Most neck straps that come along with the camera, don’t feel comfortable when you use them. Get yourself a neoprene and non-slip strap that feels comfortable on your neck, and is easy to take off whenever needed. This makes your heavy DSLR, feel lighter when hanging around your neck.

Zoom Lens

It is advisable to add an additional zoom lens to your kit, so as to get a better range than normal. Consider the type of shots you intend to click, and then calculate the maximum zoom that you would use. Buy a lens accordingly, instead of rushing for a lens with high optical zoom whose range you will never use to the fullest! Generally, you would have got a 18-55 mm lens with your DSLR, you can go in for a 55-200 mm lens that can capture fast-moving objects. However, if you don’t intend to use your camera for such purposes, you can opt for 40-150 mm lens which gives you enough zoom for capturing long shots like clicking a baseball match while siting in the stands.

White Balance Lens Cap

White balance feature is available on all cameras today. However, in most situations, the automatic balance is not good enough, and you may need to rework all the images. Save yourself this pain, by clicking pictures with a white balance lens cap on. This will create a perfect shot with proper lighting that will need no rework.

You can buy these accessories from online stores or visit company outlets. What are you guys waiting for? Go and grab these products to make your photography experience more fun and enriching.

Tablet PC Vs. Laptop

Tablet PC Vs. LaptopLaptops and tablets are different. Their functionality is different and so is their utility. There are people who consider a tablet to be the next best invention after wine and cheese, and then there are others who think of it as a frivolous waste of technology. Laptops and tablets may look similar, but are worlds apart. They are two different devices running two different systems.

A point-to-point comparison may yield no winner as such, but it will at least give you a fair idea of what is similar and different between the two. This will eventually affect your evaluation of your device requirement and your final decision as to what you will be opting for. Read the comparison below and choose wisely.

Physical Characteristics
Essentially, a one-piece computer device, a tablet is portable, lightweight, and can be operated by gesture control, viz. stylus, finger-touch, accelerated movements, etc. A tablet screen comes in sizes varying from 7 inches to 11 inches, with a resolution that varies from 1280×800 to 2560×1600. Input options are limited to touch gestures. Typing on a touch screen is not always as accurate, speedy, and easy as a keyboard though. Of course, there’s the option to connect external keyboard devices to a tablet, but that only ends up denting the wallet a fair amount.

A portable computer, heavier than a tablet and accompanied by an attached keypad, a laptop is truly a personal computer. Modern laptops come with gesture input functionality, although a traditional keypad at its base is still the most popular form factor. A laptop should be the first choice for users who will be typing heavily. A touchpad, used like a mouse is also available, putting the user in his ‘PC-comfort-zone’. A laptop screen comes in sizes varying from 11 inches to 17 inches, and a resolution that varies from 1280×800 to 1680×1050.

Tablets use light hardware components and hence are battery-efficient. A tablet’s battery assembly may not be as powerful as a laptop’s, but its usage is enough to carry it slightly beyond 6-7 hours.

Although a laptop’s battery assembly is more powerful than that of a tablet’s, its overall efficiency does not go beyond 4 hours (even lesser in some cases). This is because laptops carry heavy hardware that uses the battery far more intensely.

Tablets are built for low-utility usage. They consist of a low-power processor and deliver decent performance for tasks like web browsing, playing movies and music, etc. More complicated tasks like heavy games, multitasking, graphics, etc., slow down the device considerably. Tablets are the most inappropriate devices to run loaded programming and computing tasks.

A laptop’s processor is a full-fledged, high-performance processor. It can not only handle heavy tasks, but also multitask 2 or 3 heavy tasks at the same time. Laptops also deliver better and more efficient performance.

Tablets are typically used for light tasks such as browsing, playing small games, playing music, etc. That a tablet can be controlled by your own hand gives a more personal feel to the operating experience. However, the small and static screen is a disadvantage. Multiple people cannot see the screen at the same time. This, indeed is the essence of a tablet, but sharing something quickly with people around you need not always be a Bluetooth operation. A tablet’s bar-form shape means that a user has to adjust his position according to the screen. A tablet cannot be used as a stand-alone device since it cannot deliver on all tasks.

A laptop is strong and sturdy and hence heavier to carry around, but it still is portable and that counts. Its powerful hardware assembly allows for heavy-duty operations to be carried off with ease and speed. Everything you do on a PC is possible on a laptop; only, it is more personal. A laptop’s screen can be tilted to the user’s advantage. The keyboard and keypad allow relatively easy navigation as compared to a tablet. A laptop can be a user’s standalone device.

Tablets are fancy devices and carry fancy price tags with them. If fancy tasks is what you are buying a device for, this is your device. The price of a tablet averages around $500.

Laptop prices are flexible. Depending upon your need, laptop prices range from around $300-$1500.

Tablets are limited by their ability to function. While it is lighter and more portable than a laptop, if performance is your criteria, tablets are a disappointment. If light use coupled with longer battery life is what you are looking for, tablets make a great buy.

A laptop is a system in itself. If you are looking for a replacement to your old computer, a laptop is your best bet.

Choosing which of these two to buy could be an overwhelming decision to make . Both come with their pros and cons. It depends on what you really need to have. There are also hybrid tablet PCs available in the market today, which are basically tablet PCs, but you can attach a keyboard and mouse to them, and use them in a vertical position just as you would use a traditional laptop. These devices are worth a look, but they are more on the expensive side, so one would have to take into account that as well.

Quality and Individual Educational Training

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It is also to be noted that the student needs to become enrolled as the world class education is not an issue at all once the enrollment has been completed. For VU, what matters the most is the satisfaction of the students as well as the quality of education that is being provided. It is to be noted that we believe that you are the sole reason for our existence and, therefore, satisfying you in every possible manner is something that we do. Contacting and enrolling with VU means that you want to get the best in terms of quality and the education that is being provided. It is also one of the best ways to ensure that the education, is being delivered is top notch.

At VU, the service excellent team has also been created. This team is responsible for all kinds of service related monitoring and report the issues if any. VU is an online hub state of the art education and we want to keep it this way, forever. Also at VU, the instructors are constantly involved in discussions, this leads from student issues to the related subject topics. Our instructors are highly capable of getting the desired results and it is all due to the fact that they are chosen carefully. With the approach to get the best and state of the art education at your doorstep VU is working constantly to improve the student experience.

We are also working to ensure that the overall quality of the online education system is also increased in the best possible manner. Learning with VU means that you are with the best institute in the industry and, therefore, you will receive a high quality education that is not available elsewhere. Contact our customer support team now in case of any ambiguities and queries you might have.

In the wake of advancement in science and technology new online learning methodologies are being developed. It is for the same reason that VU is also implementing constant changes in the online learning environment. It is being done to ensure that the best outcome with respect to the career progress is achieved. Joining VU means that you get a leap in your career that will definitely lead you to the best position that you have always desired. With the best and the most advanced system in place you get the quality of education that is top in this world. Join VU and get the success that you deserve.

How to Make the Most of Your Dorm Space in College

The issue of how to make the most of your college dorm space is similar in a way to the issue of how to spend your money while you’re in college. Solving these problems is made both simpler and more difficult because there in no money in your wallet, and no space in your dorm.

While in college you don’t have a lot of complicated financial decisions to make, mostly because you are, sadly, broke. Likewise, you don’t have a lot of complicated design issues with your dorm because you don’t actually have room to do anything in there.

But it also means that if you want your dorm to be a pleasurable place to live, you are going to have to get extra creative.

Living in a dorm has its benefits and its drawbacks. But it is something that every college student has to go through — unless you want to go to USC online instead — and you will come out on the other side of it a better person and roommate, and with a new perspective on every place you live for the rest of your life. Now matter how awful any apartment or house you rent is, it will never be as bad as your dorm.

But until you make it to the other side, there is still the matter of trying to turn lemons into lemonade, and make your dorm not just livable, but actually enjoyable. Start by following this guide to maximizing the space in your college dorm.

Store Smart

Living in a dorm means that your life must be pretty streamlined. You don’t have room for a lot of clothes, you probably don’t have pots and pans since you don’t have a kitchen, and your bathroom supplies are all in a little bag that you carry down the hall to shower. But you will still need to have some possessions I’m sure, so it is important to store them in the least invasive way possible. If you can store everything you own under your bed or in your closet, boom, you just freed up about as much space as you can without throwing away all of your clothes.

Divide the Room

Probably the most maddening thing about living in a dorm is that it is all one room. You are living with random strangers who you may or may not like, and the only way to get any separation from them is to leave your home. That is why it is a great idea to figure out a way to divide the room into sections. Even if it is just one corner of the room, or a curtain that hangs down across your bed, it will make your dorm feel bigger and more private.

Make it Smell Nice

Living in a place that always smells bad is miserable. Finding any way to add a relaxing, positive smell into your dorm room will make it a much more pleasant place to spend your freshman year.

Best Security Gadgets for your Safety!

chinavasionSecurity is a highly sensitive issue that has gained importance over the past few years majorly. It is very important for the society around us to be safe and secure. For this purpose a lot of security gadgets have come up for the protection of the civilization. The outdoor security light is designed to send out a dazzling glaze whenever it is activated by its passive infrared sensors. Since I had a very shady doorway to my entrance I got one of these. It is a great addition for anyone who has dark hallways and it will always help you find your keys at night.

Sometimes people prefer using dummy cameras. This is far cheaper than a CCTV camera yet very effective. Dummy cameras can still be an effective deterrent to troublemakers. It keeps the thieves and other dacoits at bay. They get easily caught with the help of dummy cameras. A dummy camera is made from a real camera housing containing a genuine camera body and lens. The model bears up to close scrutiny.

My neighbor recently got the barking dog alarm. Recently her house was robbed while they were asleep at night. The barking dog alarm is to create the Rottweiler effect but definitely without the bite marks. Once the alarm is triggered it gives out an effervescent sound of a guard dog that sends the burglars scarpering. It has a 360 degree radar detector and is effective even through the walls.

CCTV cameras are devices that should be fit in every nook and corner of a housing society, mall, as well as stations. The closed-circuit television also known as video surveillance is the use of video cameras that transmits a signal to a specific place, on a limited set of monitors. It is very different from broadcast television. In a broadcast television the signal is not openly transmitted though it may employ point to point, point to multipoint or mesh wireless links. CCTV cameras are these days found in almost all building complexes.

In industrial plants, CCTV equipment maybe used to observe the processing system from a central control room. These systems may operate continuously or only till the point that is required to monitor a particular event. These cameras help prevent a lot of crimes. They may also be used to scan goods, select goods, and introduce price and quantity. They can be used for input and output of operators in the system while entering passwords. In major situations such as implementation of certain operations, such as financial statements or operations with cash, these cameras can be put to good use.

For my car I thought of getting a Car DVR installed. This gadget is most commonly fit with the Bluetooth technology that is activated once the ignition runs and the process of recording begins. The gadget is very important for the surveillance of the car. Everything recorded by the gadget is saved automatically. Hence as long as it has sufficient storage all your data will be safe. It is very handy since the recorded evidence can also be used to claim insurance if needed.

Rose Li
Unit 2807, 28/F, Peninsula Tower, 538 Castle Peak Road, Kowloon
Hong Kong

Hard Reset an iPhone

Is your Apple iPhone locking up and freezing up, all of a sudden? Then you need to know how to soft or hard reset an iPhone. Since its launch in 2007, Apple iPhone sales have been constantly rising, making it one of the most popular smart phones ever. With the latest launch of iPhone 4S, there is renewed interest in the Apple device. Although it is one of the most advanced smart phones to be launched in recent times, it has its share of problems. When too many applications are loaded simultaneously, at times, the iPhone screen freezes and becomes unresponsive. What can you do in such circumstances? You need to know how to deal with iPhone problems. Like the Ctrl + Alt + Delete option for Windows OS, which lets you solve the deadlock caused by some application, there is a soft or hard reset option for an iPhone that can restore its functioning to normality.

As an iPhone user, you need to know how to hard reset it. This may save you a lot of aggravation or delay, that may be caused otherwise. Let me make it clear that hard resetting an iPhone is extremely simple and you can finish it within a matter of minutes. In the following lines, first we will look at the procedure to soft reset an iPhone 3G, iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S, followed by simple instructions on how to hard reset it to factory settings.

How to Soft Reset an iPhone?

To simply deal with an iOS freeze, caused by a program, that is not responding, press and hold on the home button for some time to restore functioning to normality. Soft reset is rebooting the Apple iOS through software settings. To soft reset the iPhone you need to do the following.

Locate the Sleep/Wake button on the iPhone.
Press it and keep holding it for a while, till you see the appearance of a red slider.
Drag down the slider. This will switch off the iPhone. Then again press and hold the sleep/wake button, till you see the Apple logo appear. With that, your iPhone will be soft reset and your screen freeze problem will go away.

How to Carry out a Simple Hard Reset on an iPhone?

You should go for a hard reset to factory settings, only if the soft reset doesn’t work. To carry out a simple hard reset, do the following.

Locate the home button, at the bottom of the screen and the sleep/wake button at the top right position, on the iPhone.
Press the home and sleep/wake buttons simultaneously and hold them till the iPhone is rebooted. This should restore functionality back to normal.

How to Hard Reset an iPhone to Factory Settings?

For a hard reset to factory settings, you will need the iTunes software installed on your PC or Mac, along with a USB data cable. You need an Internet connection on your Mac. Here’s how to go about it.

Connect the iPhone with your Mac or PC, using the data cable and open the iTunes program.
If your iOS software is old, upgrade it to the latest version first.
Sync all your personal data and back up all your photos, videos and songs using iTunes. A part of it should happen automatically, as you connect your iPhone with iTunes.
Next, locate the summary tab in iTunes and click on the ‘Restore’ button provided there.
Once you click on ‘Restore’, a window asking whether you want to back up your data, will pop up. If you haven’t backed up data already, let iTunes do it for you. Then begin the ‘Restore’ process.
The reset to factory settings will take some time. Firstly, the iPhone will reboot. Once rebooted, you will receive an ‘iPhone Activated’ message, followed by a ‘Set up your phone’ message. This confirms the hard reset to factory settings. All that remains to be done is choosing the backup date, from which you want to restore your phone. With that selected, your data will be restored back to the phone.

The instructions for hard and soft reset provided above, apply equally to iPhone 3G, iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. I reiterate that a hard reset to factory settings is going to restore everything about your iPhone back to the condition which existed when you bought it first. It is going to forget all that it has remembered and stored for you. It’s flash drive memory and internal stored memory is going to be wiped out to nothingness. That’s why, you have to make sure that you back up all your data and personal information, before you decide to go ahead with it. Sometimes a soft reset can do the job for you. Follow all the instructions on resetting an iPhone clearly and understand them before implementing!

Save iPhone Contacts

The iPhone has proven to be a revolutionary device, that along with its cellular capabilities, has emerged as a successful device for entertainment purposes as well. The iPhone can be used as an iPod, a video player, an Internet communication tool, and as a camera as well. And with Apple refreshing their line-up every year, things are only getting better.

The only problem with a new iPhone every year is the question of moving your data to the new device. Luckily, this is not an altogether difficult task, and there are multiple ways of doing the same. The most important thing when you upgrade your iPhone to a newer model, is the need of your contacts, or your address book, on your new phone, without which you are severely debilitated. In the following paragraphs, we tell all you need to know about transferring contacts to and from the Apple iPhone.

Saving Contacts on Your iPhone

As in any other mobile phone or PDA, the iPhone also has an address book tagged with the name ‘Contacts’. The Contacts icon is located on the second page of the main menu of the iPhone, for which you will need to slide your finger to the left on the screen. To save a contact to your address book, click on the ‘Contacts’ icon, and when it opens, tap the ‘+’ option situated at the top of the screen and to the right of ‘All Contacts’. Doing so will let you access the ‘New Contact’ page which consists of white spaces to add contact details.

You can tap on any field you want to enter data in and view the virtual keyboard. You will also find optional fields to enter details such as email addresses, mailing addresses, and website addresses of a contact. Once all details are entered in the required fields, you will have to tap the ‘Done’ option located at the upper right of the page. This will save the contact in your address book, and you can find it later from the aforementioned ‘Contacts’ app on the second screen. This was how to save contacts on your phone itself.

Exporting Contacts from Your iPhone

Even though the iPhone is an exceptionally robust and stable device, at times, it too may suffer from a plethora of problems. In such cases, securing the data on your phone, especially the contacts, becomes very important. Your phone may crash, or you may have to restore it, and this will cause you to lose all your data on the phone. To save your contacts, you will have to export them to another program, or sync them, so that in case you need to recover them, it becomes possible.

There are many ways to do this, and here we give you some of the more popular and easy ways of backing up your contacts.

Saving your iPhone Contacts to a Mac or PC

This is the most basic way of saving your contacts from your iPhone. This method will save the contacts on your computer. This can be a good option if you have just one iPhone in the house, as multiple iPhone will just mess up your contacts.

Make sure you have the latest version of iTunes installed.

Connect your iPhone to the computer using the USB cable that came with your phone.

When your phone is connected, iTunes should open automatically. If it does not, locate iTunes and open it manually.

Once iTunes is open, you should be able to see your iPhone in the left pane of the software. Click on the name of your phone.

Once you click on your phone, the right pane will offer you a few options; choose the INFO tab at the top of the screen.

Once in the info tab, you can choose how to sync your contacts; choose ‘Sync Contacts With’ for Windows machines, and ‘Sync Contacts’ or ‘Sync Address Book Contacts’ for Macintosh machines.

Click on apply in the bottom right corner of the screen. Your contacts will sync with either Microsoft Outlook (Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8), Windows Address Book (Windows XP), Windows Contacts (Windows Vista, 7, and 8), Address Book (Mac OS X v10.7 and earlier), Contacts (Mac OS X v10.8), Microsoft Entourage, or Microsoft Outlook for Mac.

Note that you can choose the program you want your contacts to sync to in step 6.

If you think that going through all these steps as cumbersome, then there are certain apps available in the App Store that can do this for you with the click of a single button.

Saving your iPhone Contacts to Gmail

Saving your contacts to Gmail can be a very good option, as then you are not dependent on any program or app to restore your contacts. Almost every phone has an option to add a Gmail account and sync your contact information. This is one of the best methods to keep your contacts safe. To save your contacts to your Gmail account, so you can sync them via exchange or Gmail, follow these steps.

Make sure you have the latest version of iTunes installed.

Connect your phone to the computer using the USB cable that came with your phone.

When your phone is connected, iTunes should open automatically. If it does not, locate iTunes and open it manually.

Once iTunes is open, you should be able to see your iPhone in the left pane of the software. Click on the name of your phone.

Once you click on your phone, the right pane will show you a few options; look for the INFO tab at the top of the screen, and click on it.

Once in the info tab, you can choose how to sync your contacts; choose ‘Sync Contacts With’ for Windows machines, and ‘Sync Contacts’ or ‘Sync Address Book Contacts’ for Macintosh machines.

Make a note of the program you are syncing your contacts to. If you are using a Windows machine, then choose Microsoft Outlook, and if you are using a Mac then choose Address Book.

Once the contacts have synced, go to Outlook or Address Book, and using the export option, export the contacts as a .CSV file. Save this file to your desktop.

Now, open your Gmail account. Click on contacts, which will be in the left pane.

Once the page opens, click on ‘More’ and then on ‘Import’.

In the box that pops up, choose ‘Browse’, and select the .CSV file you saved in step 8. Click open.

Wait for the file to load. Once completed, you will have successfully saved your contacts to your Gmail account.

Once your contacts have been synced or saved to your Gmail account, recovering them on your iPhone is a simple matter of adding your Gmail account, and selecting the ‘Sync Contacts’ option.

How to Save iPhone Contacts to iCloud

If your iPhone is running iOS 5 or later, then you have the option to save your contacts to Apple’s cloud service, called iCloud. This is, by far, the easiest option to save your contacts, but people might not be comfortable with their personal data being online.

Go to ‘Settings’ on your iPhone, and from there navigate to the iCloud option.

Once you click on the iCloud option, you will be taken to a screen where your iCloud account and options to sync will be shown.

Depending on the settings of your phone, you will have to slide the option for Contacts to the ON position.

If this is the first time you are setting up iCloud, then the iCloud option will turn on. If you have already performed a backup, or have contacts in your iCloud account, then you will see a popup that asks to merge the contacts. Click on the merge option.

Return to your contacts app, and refresh the contacts you see there. That’s all. Your contacts have been successfully merged or saved to your iClould account.

You may have to register for the iClould service if you have never used it before. Just follow the prompts on the screen of your phone to get it set up.

Transferring Contacts from Another SIM Card

Those searching for information on saving iPhone contacts to the SIM card should note that the device does not store contact data directly on the SIM card. However, if you have a SIM from another mobile phone and want to transfer its contact details to your iPhone, you can do so by following a few steps.

Take out the SIM from the iPhone and insert the SIM with the contact information to be saved.

Tap the ‘Settings’ icon and then access the ‘Mail, Contacts, Calendars’ option.

In the contacts section of the list, select ‘Import SIM Contacts’, after which the SIM contacts would be saved onto the iPhone memory.

Note that if the SIM you are importing contacts from was used in an iPhone previously, there are very little chances of the SIM having any contacts. If you have always used your SIM in an iPhone, then you will not be able to import any contacts using this option.

These are a few of the easiest and most popular ways to save your iPhone contacts. In order to keep your contact details secure, make sure you periodically do a data backup of the iPhone on your computer. A data backup automatically saves your contacts to your machine, but it is not in a machine readable format. To read contacts or any data saved in such a manner properly, you will need to restore it to an iPhone.

Retrieve Deleted Text Messages on iPhone

Handed your phone to your little nephew, and when you got it back all your messages were gone? Had a lovers tiff and deleted all his messages; now that you guys have patched up you want to read all those beautiful messages again, but have no clue how to get them back? Well, not all hope is lost. Given below are some easy methods to retrieve the deleted messages on your iPhone, without breaking a sweat. Do keep in mind though, these aren’t foolproof methods, and there could be chances that you may not be able to retrieve all your messages. You could choose one of the following methods depending on whether your messages are from before, or after your last sync with iTunes.

To retrieve messages received before your last sync with iTunes

Connect your iPhone to the computer, and launch iTunes. (Do not let iTunes sync with your phone automatically!)
Follow this path –
Summary > Backups > This computer > Restore from Backup …
Alternatively, you could right-click on the phone icon in iTunes, and select Restore Backup …

NOTE: Restoring your phone will delete all existing data on your phone, and replace it with data that was last backed up on iTunes.

That should restore all your messages from the last time you synced your phone with iTunes.

To retrieve messages received after your last sync with iTunes

Connect your phone to the computer, and launch iTunes (Do not let iTunes sync with your phone automatically!)
Follow this path –
Summary > Backups > Backup Now
Once the backup is created, follow this path –
Summary > Backups > This computer > Restore from Backup…
Alternatively, you could right-click on the phone icon in iTunes, and select Restore Backup …

This should help you recover the messages that were deleted after the last scheduled backup.

If you have an iCloud account, you could restore your data from it too, provided you haven’t synced with iCloud after you deleted your messages.

There also are a lot of ease-to-use software that can help you with recovering your lost messages. Some of these software are mentioned below –

SIM Card Data Recovery software
Tansee iPhone Transfer SMS
DiskAid for Mac or Windows (for jailbroken phones)
iPhone Backup Extractor for Mac
Tenorshare iPhone Data Recovery
Wondershare Data Recovery for Mac

So good luck, and hope you retrieve your messages. And for those guys who accidentally deleted the message of their crush, and don’t have their number, don’t worry, she’ll call! Cheers.

Iphone insurance- Compressive cover for your expensive gadget

Technology is changing everyday and because of changing the technology a large number of people want to experience new things. In addition use of an Iphone is in lot of demand. Not only because of changing technology indeed Iphone is one of the greatest alternate to communicate or to stay connected with the outer world. From an old man to the cutie college girl, you will hardly find any person without a mobile phone in their hand. Nowadays, they are coming in good look and with advanced as well as innovative and sophisticated features that help an individual to perform the day-to-day tasks in an easy way. But sometimes we have had an accident that result in damage of our expensive Iphone and have a damage of your Iphone can be not only stressful and disappointing even an inconvenience also because today an mobile become the multi tasking device as well and it plays an important role in everyones life. In fact, now mobile are playing much bigger role than before due to rapid advancement both in e-connectivity and technology.

Indeed you cant afford to loss or damage your gadget therefore Iphone insurance can be the best option for you as there are a large number of hazards like broken in an accident, stolen, iphone robbery is obvious possibility because of its cost. But you dont have to worry as there are various insurance policies available with a compressive cover and it is always a better choice to get your iphone insured from.

In order to assured you about the safety of your gadget and your money as well. Iphone insurance is able to deal with the claims more speedily reducing the impact on you as the insurance company promise to pay you or replace your iphone within a short period of time in some cases it takes 48 hours only under predefined circumstances.

Though prices and quality of accessories do vary from gadget to gadget and similarly the insurance policies are also varying in amount. There are plenty of options out there if you want to get insured your iphone and want be free of any worry about your gadget.

Furthermore, with competition going to the peak in almost all industries, not only service providers offer free mobile insurance along phones and there are various insurance policies available with a compressive cover. Nowadays a large number of online mobile shops also let your mobile phone insured. So be sure and spend a few minutes online to look for the best deal with the best quality and let your Iphone insured. It will surely a better choice to stay away from the all the worry as it will help protect from drops, shocks or impacts, as well as adding a personalized aspect to your gadget.