Sunday, 24 July 2016

HP Releases Spectre 13 - World's Slimest Laptop

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Many laptop users are usually attracted to products with slick look and pleasing to touch. It is only the techies that quickly overlook the outward appearance and waste no time in requesting to know about the hardware and software capabilities of the system. Laptop and computer accessories manufacturer Hewlett Packard (HP) is known for releasing durable, high quality systems into the market. Apple on the other has a high reputation for slick-looking products. Just like Microsoft, HP has recently give the world a reason to opt less often for MacBooks from Apple by becoming more creative in terms of product appearance, features and this is manifested in the new HP Spectre 13 Laptop – The World’s Thinnest Laptop.

How HP was able to meander through the internal hardware architecture to make Spectre 13 as slim as it is and yet equip it with high end spec is worth researching into for curious engineering geeks like me. HP’s choice of the encasing metal is a brilliant combination of copper and black aluminum. This Laptop is not only beautiful but enhanced with a host of rare features as well as processor and memory capabilities. Below are some details of the major features and components. Of note is the video and audio technology that produces quality sounds for an enhanced multimedia experience.

Body: The Spectre 13 is encased in a carbon fiber aluminum material which makes it aesthetically pleasing and smooth to touch. This is complemented by a Corning Gorilla glassy display for the screen.

Cooling System: With an innovative and efficient cooling system that cannot be found in just any gadget, the operation of Intel Core i5/i7 processors in the system is as smooth as ever. The hyperbolic cooling system works by pulling in cool air into the internals of the PC, this then blown over all the processors every time thereby making it much less likely for the system to get overheated. Processor performance remain at its peak while all this happen.

Display: 13.3 inches diagonal Full High Definition (FHD) In-plane Switching (IPS) Ultra Wide View Angle (UWVA) BrightView Corning Gorilla Glass WLED-backlit (1920 x 1080).

Operating System (OS) Platform: Windows 10 Home 64, Windows 10 Pro 64.

Processor, Memory and Graphics: Intel Core i5-6200U (2.3GHz, up to 2.8 GHz, 3MB caches) + Intel HD Graphics 520 (with 8G memory).
8GB LPDDR3-1866 SDRAM (onboard).
Intel Core i7-6500U (2.5 GHz, up to 3.1 GHz, 4MB cache, 2 cores) + Intel HD Graphics 520 (with 8G memory).

Hard Drive: 256GB PCIe NVM M.2 SSD. 512GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD.

Power: The primary 4-cell 38 Wh Li-ion polymer battery is capable of powering the system for 9 hours.

Personalization: HP TrueVision HD Webcam with Dual Digital Microphone.

Networking: Intel 802.11ac (2 x 2) Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2 Combo.

Pointing Device: HP Image pad with multi-touch gesture support.

External I/O Ports: 1 USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type-C, HP USB Boost); 2 USB 3.1 Gen 2 (Type-C, HP USB Boost, Thunderbolt); 1 headphone/microphone combo.

Software Included: McAfee LiveSafe 30-day trial offer (Internet access required. First 30 days included. Subscription required for live updates afterwards).

Of note is the security and theft protection feature incorporated into the system. The McAfee LiveSafe Security Software trial version is available on the laptop, after which the user is expected to make at least yearly payments. Computrace LoJack for Laptops is the theft protection tool provided. Get the product at Amazon now!
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Thursday, 21 July 2016

Microsoft Surface Book - World's Best Windows PC

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Out there, there exist a diverse range of note PCs that are of great spec. To give the note books smart and slick look, manufacturers word hard to make them as slim as possible. Apple has made a notable reputation when it comes to delivering slick notebooks that are aesthetically pleasing. Apple's 13 inches MacBook has ruled the market for a long time. But it seems Microsoft is out to put an end to that reign as it releases a higher end notebook - Microsoft Surface Book.

A flexible notebook that can be easily converted to a tablet and supports touch and the use of stylus as an added means of input, Microsoft Surface Book is easy to twist through hinges called Dynamic Fulcrum which makes it easy to assume any desired position. This book's hardware is highly optimized and capable of handling highly graphical applications like 3D games. Thanks to the powerful internal components such as the processors and graphic adapters. Below are some of the book's features.
Processor and Memory: 2.4 GHz Intel Core i5-6300U CPU and 8GB of RAM.
Graphics: Intel High Definition graphics 530; Nvidia GeForce graphics.
Display: 13.5 inch, 3000 x 2000 PixelSense Display.
Storage: 256GB PCI express 3.0 Solid State Drive (SSD).
Connectivity: 802.11ac 2 x 2 multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO) Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 LE.
Camera: Windows 8 megapixel (MP) rear facing auto-focus camera (1080pHD), 5MP front-facing Hello face-authentication camera (1080pHD).
Dimensions and Weight: This phone weighs 3.48 pounds and the dimensions are as follows; 12.3 x 9.14 x 0.51 - 0.90 (W x D x H).
Power: Surface book is powered by a battery that can last for 8 hours of optimal use. This is yet to be confirmed.
Cost: From 1,349 dollars. Buy at Amazon.

Though the book is costly, there are features it possess that makes it better than Apple's book in terms of display, weight, camera, and processor. Also, there are some things present in Microsoft's book that are not found in Apple MacBook. These are Stylus, Bio-metric login, Touchscreen and Voice activation. This is the major reason why Surface Book is currently regarded as the most powerful PC from Windows.

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Tuesday, 19 July 2016

3 RAD Tools for Android and iOS Preferred by Many Developers

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The desire to develop software with little or no code has continued to grow in the mind of software developers, especially the upcoming ones. To complement this, many software development tools have been released and improved upon over the years. For web based software, Content Management Systems (CMS) have made life very easy for non-coders and lazy programmers. Mobile applications have gained rapid popularity over the past decade as more smart phones reach the hands of more people around the globe. Android applications started to take over the mobile apps market as soon as Google released the Operating System (OS). 
The iOS platform has also being accepted by a reasonable number of people globally. Initially, programming tools that exist to build these apps require some coding but software developers can now use more sophisticated tools that have simplified the coding processing or require no coding at all. Am going to introduce 3 tools for Rapid Application Development (RAD) of Android and iOS applications. These tools have been putting smile to the faces of developers, thanks to some dedicated groups of programming geeks.

Buzztouch: This tool allows you to create apps without coding, after which you can still download the source code. According to a user, Buzztouch is web-based RAD software that gives you the option to stay in touch with its server after accessing the code automatically written for you or keep the code under your control. It has been a mystery how the little crew at Buzztouch are managing to deliver even without charging users exorbitant fees for monthly maintenance.

Telerik Icenium: One of the most recently released RAD tool for building iOS and Android apps. It is an integrated cloud environment that allows development using browsers. Another interesting fact about Icenium is that applications tend to be lightweight after development, which means they are only few megabytes in size and this makes them run faster and easy to download after launching. After testing an app he built with Icenium, a friend recently said: “This software is the latest bomb. I fell in love with it in no time as it is fast and easy to use. I really enjoy working with it”. Some other programmers wish there can be extensions of Icenium for other IDE they are very familiar with. This shows the extent to which preference for the RAD tool has gone.

Socialize AppMakr: Like many other RAD software for mobile apps, it is meant for non-coders and targeted at iOS and Android. A unique thing about Socialize AppMakr is that it features a social network basically aimed at connecting its users (developers) together and solving issues. Maybe that’s why the word “Socialize” is part of the tool’s name. Help forums are also available to help address various problems that may be encountered. A downside to the use of the tool is that trivial updates take long time (weeks or sometimes months). Also, the free version of the tool now automatically put ads in free apps. This is believed to be a way to force users to embrace the premium, fee-based service. So far many developers have claimed that it is easy to use and that support staffs are always at their rescue whenever they experience any technical hitch.
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Sunday, 17 July 2016

How to Make Money Online with your Twitter Account.

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Twitter is the most popular social network after Facebook known for micro blogging. It is also used as an online avenue to promote products and services. However, many twitter users are hobbyists and fun seekers who visit the website to while away time, see trending updates, and connect with new people. They are unaware of the fact that they can earn passive income with their account. If you fall under this category of twitter users I want you to finish reading this post carefully so that you'll realize you may have been missing some opportunity.

Preparing your account 
This is not a get rich quick strategy but a way to earn extra income for those who are ready to work towards it. If you're a twitter users with a lot of followers and reasonable engagement, then you'll start making money in no time. This is because lots of followers and engagement implies that you don't just have a lot of people following you but wield some level of influence. Engagement entails responses (likes, clicks on links, expanding to see details) to your tweets. It is important because it is a major determinant factor of your klout score. For example a twitter user with 5000 followers and an average of 5 engagements per tweet will have a low klout score compared to another user with only 500 followers and an average of 100 engagements per tweet. Engagement go a long way in determining how much can earn with your twitter. So if you aspire to make some reasonable amount from your account, work towards engaging your followers as you build or grow your twitter network by post relevant tweets that target your kind of audience.

Twitter money making strategies
After growing a base of followers that, post tweets that is related to your niche and target audience. This will make them always interested in your tweets and as a result respond by liking, retweeting or clicking links on the tweets. As you work on this register on networks that can connect you with advertisers as soon as you have about 500 followers and average of 10 engagements. This is not a fixed requirement but what I recommend if you expect some connections from reasonable brands. There are many online twitter-money-making networks online but chose to stick with Sponsored Tweets. This is because sponsored tweets give you the opportunity to connect with top brands. The companies that intend to use tweeters for advertisement are given access to twitter stream of registered users and compensate those chosen. On sponsored tweets, you can increase the possibility of getting bids and direct offers by upgrading to the plans where you pay monthly. The free plans has some limitations like 5 number of bids per month and so on. Other similar sites like Paid Per Tweet exist and can be a second option if you don't like Sponsored Tweets.

Apart from using sites that connect you with advertisers you can accept direct offers if you influence is so much. For example if you have about a 100 thousand followers with high engagement, you approach companies and get paid. The higher the influence you wield on twitter, the higher the cost of your promotional tweets. This is why celebrities are using twitter and other social networks to make lots of money. Having creating a large fan base, celebrities find it easy to grow followers and engage them. I read on a blog that Kim Kardashian earn thousands of dollars for a single tweet. Money making is not meant for celebrities only, so why not turn that time you spend on tweeter into some money.

Affiliate marketing is another way of earning through twitter where you get commission for every sales of products of services made through your tweets. Check out online programs like iTunes Affiliate and Groupon Affiliate. As business man, you can use your account to promote your products or services. You can connect with other users with the same range of followers like you to exchange tweets, that is post tweets about each others business.
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Sunday, 10 July 2016

Access to 80,000 Amazon Login Details Claimed by Hacker 0x2Taylor

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Amazon, world's largest online store may be under cyber attack as a hacker known as 0x2Taylor recently claimed to have compromise the integrity of one its servers. The server in question is said to host over 80,000 usernames and passwords. 0x2Taylor made this known after authorities at Amazon refused to heed his warnings about flaws in its hosting machines. He is the person credited with the data breach suffered by a police department in his country.

The hacker proved that the flaw exist after Amazon failed to pay the sum of 700 dollars he asked for so that the vulnerabilities will not be disclosed to the public. He twitted several times about it but the online business mogul was said to have paid no attention to it, afterwards he got impatient and let out the information to the globe. 0x2Taylor also stressed that he's no more interested in offering any help to the company in terms of security and satisfied with the damage he caused so far. He successfully uploaded the database of personal info like emails, passwords, zip codes, phone numbers, street and other system related info like user-agent, Last Login IP address, and proxy IP to a storage service known as Mega cloud. He believed Amazon is not serious about spending much on security.

Sometime after 0x2Taylor's claim, Amazon did a reset of a large number of user's passwords with the excuse that they were not stored correctly. Although there is no proof that the info was leaked to the masses, the severity of the breach was established. It is expected that the incident will make Amazon pay more attention to its security department and take necessary steps to prevent this type of attack from happening again in the future as some of the data 0x2Taylor got access to were confidential.
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Friday, 8 July 2016

Opt for OnePlus 3 and Save Money

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Newly released smart phones usually include more functionality than older ones and as a result cost more. However, sometimes the only major difference between two consecutive models of smart phones from different manufacturers is brand name. It is observed that the so-called new or enhanced features don’t really add up when they are properly scrutinized. For example, it is not really clear Apple’s iPhone 6S and Samsung Galaxy S7 are both very costly phones with a host of similar advanced smart functionalities, yet there is a difference of about 50 dollar in their cost (Galaxy S7 costing more). 50 dollar in Nigerian Naira is about 12 thousand; this is what some people earn as salary. It has also been discovered that some smart phones from not-so-popular manufacturers cost much less and provide users with almost the same level of service with those from well-known brands like Apple and Samsung. A good example is the latest smartphone from OnePlus. OnePlus 3 is the latest from the Chinese manufacturer that has been releasing affordable but talk-of-the-market smart phones. Though it cost about 50 percent lesser, it is found to be in the same category with other higher end phones. 

As part of the improvements upon its predecessors like OnePlus 2, OnePlus 3 comes equipped with 16MP rear camera and an 8MP front camera for quality selfies. Pictures are often distorted when taken by shaky hands. To counter this, there is a mechanism provided in the rear camera to stabilize such images. There is also a mode called manual mode which makes it possible to do such things as; fine-tune photos, focus adjustment, ISO, and so on. Other notable features of this phone include:
1.    Display: High-definition 1080P AMOLED display which is at par with iPhone 6S Plus display.
2.    Space: 64GB storage space. This is two times the storage capability of Samsung Galaxy S7.
3.    Speed: 6GB of RAM, 3 times what iPhone 6S Plus ships with. It also has a 2.2 GHz Snapdragon on-board processor to effectively execute processor-intensive applications and games.
4.    Charging: Comes with a charging system called “dash” which allows 60 percent charging in 30 minutes.

Though OnePlus 3 can boast of competitive features, there are some demerits associated with its use compare to other phones in the same category. For example it gets hot easily, has not-so-sturdy case, the new VR headset looks like that of Samsung but lack all its features. These are not-so-serious issues as many of them are also popular with new set of phones. If you’re looking forward to buying the latest high end Android-powered smart phone out there and still save some money, OnePlus 3 is highly recommended. Imagine what the money you save from buying a OnePlus 3 that goes for about 400 dollars instead of iPhone 6S that costs around 700 dollars.
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Thursday, 7 July 2016

Google Pixel C - First Android Tablet Built by Google

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Apple smart products are perceived by many to be the best. As a result it will not be a surprise to know that gadget lovers see Apple iPad as the best tablet that exist. This may be due to the popularity of Apple products globally or the fact that there few companies competing with Apple when it comes to producing quality tablets. Talking about tablets that run Android OS platform, Google can boast of the best tablet contrary to what the general public may believe.

It is widely accepted by tech world that Google Pixel C tablet is currently one of the best available tablet. This is the first Android device totally built by Google in terms of both hardware and software. It was announced October 2015 and released 2015, December weighing 517 grams with multi-touch capability. Advanced hardware technologies (top-end hardware) are incorporated into this device and it runs on the latest software. This is the reason why it is regarded as the most advanced tablet ever. Below are some of the key features of the tablet that prove its superiority over others:
1.    10.2 inch In-Plane (IPS) Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) Quad HD 2560 X 1800 pixels screen at 308 Pixels Per Inch (PPI). Quad HD is four times the definition of classic HD.
2.    NVIDIA Maxwell Graphics Processing Unit (GPU).
3.    Chipset – NVIDIA Tegra X1.
4.    Sound – Stereo speakers, 3.5mm jack. Vibrations; MP3, Wave ringtones. Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic.
5.    1.9GHz Quadcore NVIDIA Tegra X1 CPU.
6.    8 Mega Pixel (MP) camera, 2MP Front Facing Camera.
7.    3GB RAM, 32/64GB ROM.
8.    Support for stylus.
9.    Communications – Wifi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wifi direct, hotspot. Bluetooth; v4.1, A2DP.
10.    Android OS version 6.0.1 (Marshmallow)
11.    Detachable Bluetooth keyboard that also functions as a cover.
12.    USB 3.0 & USB Type-C ports.
13.     Non-removable 34.2 Wh battery – Can power the tablet for 12 hours of optimal use.
14.     Google Pixel C can be bought for 560 dollars on Amazon.

When one consider all the features listed above and compare this high end tablet to other quality tabs like the iPad Air 2, it surely stands out. Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 is the closest match to it. Google Pixel C is durable, run programs faster, and has more battery life than many tablets that exist before it. Even with its ruggedness, it still look sleek with a nice look and feel. It is however worth noting that Google Pixel C is no match for the tablets Surface Pro 3 and 4 from Microsoft.
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How to Remove Wow Slider Watermark on WordPress Slider

Wow slider helps you to create slide shows for your websites. The free version gives you all the access but there is something that differentiates the free version from the purchased one. When you finish creating the slide shows, a link appears at the bottom right corner of it called watermark. This is not desirable and there have been many posts that provide a way to get around this. Wow slider is available in form of a plugin on WordPress and the same thing applies as regards the link that appears. However, because wow slide shows are implemented on WordPress in a different way called WordPress Slider, there’s hardly been any post that talks about removing the link to wow slider website on WordPress wow slide shows.

On non-WordPress sites, the watermark on wow slider slide shows are removed by editing the wowslider.js javascript file in the engine folder. This is one of the files created after publishing the slide show. However this files change and are placed in different folders when the slide show is published as a WordPress slider. When the slide show is published as a WordPress slider, the files are zipped and placed in the folder you specified. To remove the wow slider link, do the following:
1.    Locate the zipped file and unzip it.
2.    Open the folder you just unzipped and locate the install folder.
3.    Look for script.js javascript file and open using any editor of your choice. I recommend Dreamweaver for this tutorial.
4.    When the file is opened press the key combination Ctrl + F and type “contextmenu” in the search box without the quote.
5.    Followed by this is “function(c){return false}).show()”. This is the function that displays the wow slider link. All you have to do is change this to “function(c){return false}).hide()”.

Now that is for the code part. While creating the slide show, wow slider free version always tag the slide images with the watermark. This has to be removed. To do this:
1.    Locate and open the images folder.
2.    Locate the folder containing the original images you use when creating the slide show.
3.    Rename the images with the exactly the same name of those in the image folder you opened.
4.    Replace all the images in the image folder with the original images you just renamed.
5.    Zip the wow slider files again and upload to WordPress. You will discover that the watermark is not shown when the slide show display in your browser.

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Saturday, 2 July 2016

How to Maximize Your Credit to Get Data and Call Bonus Worth Five Times Your Recharge on Airtel Get Started Package

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The present economic crisis in the country is felt by everyone, even the elites. Nigerians are looking for ways to maximally utilize their earnings. One of such is to make call and browse the internet at cheaper rates. There is good news for Airtel subscribers. Just like other mobile networks like MTN and Glo, Airtel is trying to gain more customers. The good news is that you can get five times the amount you recharge as bonus to call other Airtel subscribers. In addition to this, the subscriber will get data bonus for internet connectivity worth almost his/her recharge. How to do this will be discussed shortly.

The first thing to do is to get you an Airtel “Get Started” Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) card. Try to register the SIM card at any nearby Airtel outlet. Afterwards recharge your new line by dialing *555*PIN#. Yes this is the recharge code for MTN credit cards but should not be confused with Airtel normal recharge code *126*PIN#. The MTN-like code is used for a special purpose on Airtel – to enjoy the offer introduced earlier. 

After recharging, you’ll immediately get a message notifying you that you’ve been credited with five times what you recharge to call Airtel subscribers as well as data bonus while the normal credit you load to call any network remains intact. The call and data bonuses are only valid for seven days. To check status or balance on this package, dial *556# and you’ll see a detailed report on all data and call balance. Once again *556# is used on MTN to check account balance but used for a different purpose here and is not a replacement for Airtel’s normal code for checking account balance which is *123# (MTN code for data purchase).  Another way to check only data balance of your Airtel bonus on the “Get Started” package is to dial *140# after which you’ll receive a text message. The message displays your normal data balance, Android data balance, and bonus data balance as well as validity periods.

This is how it works: If for instance you purchase Airtel recharge card of 500 naira with pin 74673888879302. Dial *555*74673888879302# and you’ll get 2500 naira bonus for Airtel to Airtel calls as well as 500MB data bonus. The codes used for recharge on this package are different from the classic Airtel codes. For instance if you still want to buy data after the bonus on this package you’ll dial *141# while normally it should be *143*PIN#. Only few people are currently aware of this offer and I advise you grab it.
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