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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Microsoft Surface Tablet: All You Need to Know


At a press event in Los Angeles on Monday, Microsoft pulled a rabbit out of the hat by announcing their own tablet line, Microsoft Surface. 
Although mystery invitations were sent out weeks before the event, nobody had a clue as to what the press event was going to be all about. The market was buzzing with rumours about the Microsoft event, which was eventually put to rest when the Surface Tablet was unveiled.


While unveiling the Microsoft Surface, Steve Ballmer touched upon the history of Microsoft products. The unveiling was followed by a description about the hardware of the Surface by Microsoft's Steven Sinofsky.


Microsoft Surface will be launched in two variants, Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro. Windows RT version will be powered by an ARM Chipset, whereas the Windows Pro will get Intel’s latest Ivy Bridge chips of 22nm running on Windows 8.


The Windows RT version is just 9.3 mm thick, weighs around 676 gm and will have a 10.6 inch ClearType HD Display. Microsoft has also included MicroSD card slot and USB 2.0 in this version. It will also include a built-in kickstand and it will be the first tablet with a PVD (Physical Vapour Deposited) magnesium casing. The Windows RT version will further be available in two variants – 32GB and 64GB.

The Windows 8 Pro version is an Intel based tablet from Microsoft, which will run on Windows 8. It will be 13.5 mm thick, 903 gm weight and will also have USB 3.0 support. This version will also include magnesium casing with kickstand, and will offer consumers the storage option of 64GB and 128GB. The version will have 10.6 inch Clear Type Full HD Display and will also get digital ink support.


With both versions of the tablet, Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro, consumers will get an option to choose from two new types of covers, which will also act like a keyboard. Also introduced by Microsoft at the event was a new breed of tablet covers – Touch Keyboard cover and Type keyboard cover. While they are tablet covers, they will also fulfill the need of a keyboard while using the tablet. These covers will come in five different colours.
The latest product from Microsoft stands a good chance of finding favour with consumers since Microsoft Surface is not just a tablet, but a full-fledged PC. These tablets are capable of running programs. One can use Visual Studio or Photoshop in Microsoft Surface which is definitely not possible with the iPad or with Android.

So what do you think about the new Microsoft tablets? Will they work? Will you buy them? Share your thoughts with us.


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Friday, June 15, 2012

Karbonn A9...The Perfect Mobile


Having 3.8 inch touchscreen and 5MP primary camera features, Karbonn A9 price in India is Rs. 9,199 at online stores like Flipkart. Karbonn A9 price is aimed to make it affordable to mid range price sensitive consumers. Karbonn A9 features 1GHz processor to ensure high performance and dual SIM which will enable users to save on their mobile bills. Karbonn A9 specifications are almost same as Karbonn A7 which is another upcoming mobile from Karbonn.


Karbonn A9 Features

Karbonn A9 price is well justified for its good quality features. Karbonn A9 features 5MP primary camera with dual LED flash which is rare to be seen in this price. Karbonn A9 camera will not only offer good quality images in day time but also equally efficient in night time. Karbonn A9 has 3.8 inch capacitive touch screen which will add new dimension to viewing experience. It is powered with 1GHz processor and built of Android 2.3.6 operating system which are quite fascinating to be seen on a mid range price mobile.
  • SIM: dual SIM
  • Network: GSM 2G, 3G
  • 3G enabled
  • Screen size: 3.8 inch
  • Screen quality: capacitive touch screen
  • Screen resolution: NA
  • Form: bar
  • Design: Slider
  • Primary camera: 5MP
  • Video recording
  • Camera features: dual LED flash
  • OS: Android Gingerbread (v2.3.6)
  • Processor: 1GHz
  • RAM: 512 MB
  • Inbuilt memory: 512 MB
  • Expandable memory: 32GB with microSD card
  • Connectivity features
    • GPRS
    • EDGE
    • Wi-Fi
    • 3G

Karbonn A9 Specifications

Karbonn A9 specifications include FM Radio for entertainment, inbuilt games like Siri type to keep users entertainment in their free time. It will have Facebook, Twitter and other popular sites for social networking. Karbonn A9 is going to be available in white color light weigh body with highly attractive design. Karbonn A9 features 1620 mAh battery with capacity to provide talk time up to 8 hours which is sufficient for a full working day.
  • Social networking: Facebook, Twitter
  • Games
  • FM Radio
  • Audio player
  • Music player
  • Audio jack 3.5mm
  • Light weight
  • Sleek design
  • Dimensions: NA
  • Battery type: 1620 mAh
  • Battery support: up to 8 hours
  • Battery stand by time: 3 weeks
  • Call recording
  • Call forwarding
  • Calendar
  • Document viewer
  • Push mail

Karbonn A9 Competitors

Karbonn A9 price at Rs. 9,199 will find good competition in Indian market from mid range price dual SIM mobiles like Black color model Micromax A73 at price of Rs. 7,550, iBall Andi 2 at price of Rs. 7,199 and Black & Grey mobile Spice Mi-350n at price of Rs. 7,710.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

How to Automate IP Switch in Different Network


Do you have different Wi-Fi or LAN connection settings at your home and office? Do you tend to change DNS settings often while browsing the internet? If you do have to configure your network connection settings on a regular basis, it should be safe to assume that doing it manually each time isn’t convenient.
Opening the IP configuration windows take their own sweet time and then configuring all those IP and DNS address manually again and again can get really annoying. Today I will make life simple for all my friends who need to change their network card configuration often enough.
NetSetMan is a simple Windows freeware that saves your frequently used network adapter connection details and then changes it automatically for you on the click of a mouse button. So let’s see how it’s done.

Download and install NetSetMan to get started. When you launch the application, you will notice that it provides six sets of profiles that you can configure. To start the configuration, click on Set 1 and select the network you would like to configure.

Now provide all the details you would like to configure in the card, like the IP details, DNS details and other advanced options. All the changes will be automatically saved in the app.
 
If you would like to change settings of more than a single network card when you activate a particular set, click on the plus button next to the card selection dropdown control. A new window configuration window will be added to the particular set and you can configure the settings for a different data card you would like to change with the particular set. Please do not create conflicts while configuring the data cards for a particular set.

You can set 6 different profiles at a time using the tool and in each set you can configure your entire data card. You can rename the sets so that it becomes easy to refer them while switching. To rename a particular set, right-click on it and select Rename for the menu.

There are certain advanced options you can configure within the app, which frankly speaking I have no idea about. So try them out on your own. Finally, when you are done with the configuration, click on the profile you want to activate and click on the Activate button.

The app will then start the process and automatically change all the settings of the network cards configured in the set. You may also change the settings using the app icon in the system tray from the right-click menu.

Conclusion

If you have to change the connection preferences of your network cards frequently, you will definitely find NetSetMan amazing. The ability to set multiple cards on the same profile makes it the best from the rest.



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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Lets WATCH…Sony Smartwatch



If you thought Android was meant only for smart phones or tablets, think again. It’s open source nature has helped it transcend a variety of devices, small or big. The latest addition to the list being  Sony’s nifty Smart Watch which is supposed to be the perfect companion to your existing Sony Xperia device. It has Android on top of it but is merely a smartphone remote.
This smart watch has touch screen with a 1.3 inch, 139ppi OLED display and a clip which you can place on a largely comfortable silicone wrist band. It connects to the smartphone via bluetooth. This smart watch is capable of retrieving all emails, SMS’s, Facebook and Twitter updates from certain apps on your Android 2.1 to 2.3 phone. ICS users have reported patchy functionality.

Design
It measures 1.42 x 1.42 inches with a weight of about half an ounce.  It also has a large, sturdy looking clip to assist in attaching the watch to any apparel or belts. I have to admit, it does resemble the 6th generation Apple iPod Nano. The device comes with one strap and you can get more straps at an eye-watering $20.

As A Watch
A watch is meant to tell you time whenever you look at it and this one fails miserably at that part. You have to unlock the device like you would any Android device, just to get the time. But this is what is necessary to conserve battery and make the device functional.

As a smartphone assistant
The smart watch vibrates and posts updates on screen according to the events or incoming texts or calls as and when received. This smart watch is like a mini remote of your Smartphone and when connected via Bluetooth can help you regulate your basic phone activities when you’re at a go and cannot access the phone directly. The vibrate feature of the phone is particularly useful in tending to the calls you’d have otherwise missed out.
But for anything significant, you will have to reach out for your smartphone.

Applications
Sony has developed a LiveWire app framework that communicates with external devices and not just watches. It’ll be interesting to see what comes out of this. The device is compatible with certain music, social networking and fitness apps. There are apps that display particular events in order of their occurrence, for messaging, Gmail, set reminders, tracing your Smartphone and battery power. For Sony smart phones, there is an app available to connect onto the corporate e-mail and also for diverse call handling functions.

There is one “prime app” which commands over a set of application programs, which controls what function the watch is supposed to carry. Like for example, in order to access the weather updates you need to put in a weather application programme. The Vfinder app allows you to use the camera of the smartphone as a live video feed. The twitter app is not much of a use and can be quite distracting as it sends an alert of all updates including those minute ones which are not of importance. The confusing gesture system will definitely enable an accident tweet atleast once before you get used to it.

PROS
Slick design
Decent Social Integration
Comfortable
Decent Battery Life

CONS
Limited Apps
Average Display
Bad Watch

BOTTOMLINE

Though the information from your Smartphone is at an arm’s distance but the versatility of the device is questionable. It’s useless without a Smartphone and until you synchronize your phone with the device it is not capable of even stating the time. This Smart Watch is not even that smart, the thickness of the gadget is more than those of your normal wrist watches. The good news lies here that the phone makes it lucid and user friendly to use this watch and they synchronize their data to the phone freely. 

Overall this touch friendly Smart Watch is a pretty decent buy for all those who have to have the latest technology. This is a good to have product, definitely not a must have.

This is a guest post by Alia Haley who is a blogger by profession. She loves writing on technology and autos. Beside this, she is fond of cars and fancy accessories.
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