Monday, August 26, 2013

How to play video games on a smart Television

Abiding its strategy of integrating basically everything into itself, the Smart TV also has a restricted choice of games, available as downloadable apps, for our playing delight.

Now, the times of downloading ‘Tekken Vs. Street Fighter’ or the modern ‘Resident Evil’ directly to your Smart tv are a long way away certainly, so you’ll yet need your PS3, Xbox or Wii for the time being. In addition, none of the games available (with the likely exemption of the massively addictive ‘Angry Birds’) will equal the gaming experience already available in your consoles, but that doesn’t signify that the selection of games available in your Smart TV are in any way limited. There are simulation games, puzzle games, card games and plenty more besides. Once again, Smart TV is making huge improvements to the tried and true area of TV (as anyone who ever enjoyed the old ‘Teletext’ games will attest).

Another much-maligned type of entertainment frequently patrolled by the ‘fun police’ is console games (see our first article for particulars). Which began with a simple mistake, one stating that video games were exclusively for kids.

Now, this was not initially accurate but it is not true nowadays, but there is a period where consoles and peripherals were principally geared towards children and young teenagers. Then obviously, the cultural watchdogs backlashed against gaming in much a similar way they did against movies in the 70’s, music by the 60’s and comic books by the 50’s.

For our General gamer knows implicitly that a number of games are created with adults at heart (these tend to be the ones that possess the title spelled out in blood, or the choices to disembowel hookers for extra points) whilst some are made for kids (its a hint if no one really tries to kill you over the sequence of the game and you may finish it in a matter of hours) just like movies, books and everything else you can imagine, most are catered for. The games you will find in your Smart TV are mostly pretty simple plus the great thing about downloadable apps is, if you have any difficulty whatsoever with lurid game content on offer, then simply do not download it.

Right then, let’s have a look at some of the games you can download on your Smart TV (NOTE: Please do be aware that not all games are similar with all models, therefore the games mentioned below are just a selection that I find fascinating. In case you’re after a specific game for your Smart TV, be sure you buy a TV that will be able to play it).

‘Texas Holdem’ is the poker sim that lets you play games of virtual poker, either alongside the computer or your friends. As far as I know, no actual money changes hands in TH, but you might want to double ensure before you bet your mortgage (even if you have a straight flush). One more game that is great fun to play with mates is ‘Dynamic Bowling’. DB is another simulation that allows you to, yep, you guessed it, go bowling. This game could be played alone or with friends. My advice would be to practice in the home and dazzle your pals by bowling an ideal game. ‘Bejewelled 2’ is a sequel to the trendy ‘Bejewelled’ a game title which has enthralled and addicted my own father for about 3 years now. Bejewelled (which I will not break down to initials for obvious reasons!) is addictive, stimulating, challenging and, above all, fun.

So here you go. I’m sure that, when the months and years go on, an incredible many other gaming apps will be added to the Smart TV’s options. Watch this space!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Review of the 8.9 inch kindle fire hd

So, as the apple ipad at last gets a completly smaller version, the Kindle Fire HD gets a rather bigger one.

Both models are, fundamentally, the same as the modern versions of their respective series. However, both are oddly sized additions for their respective families. The iPad Mini is 7.9 Inches therefore is not, accurately speaking, a 7 Inch pc tablet and, to not be defeated, this new Kindle Fire is 8.9″ and so is therefore not, strictly speaking, a ten-inch version of the (typically 7-Inch) Amazon kindle fire hd.

Traditionally, tablet pc’s come in 2 sizes, 10″ and 7″, and both dimensions have their advocates, just as much as both sides have advantages and disadvantages. I confirmed this latest Kindle Fire in an effort to discover if bigger really is better…

THE Specifications

Maybe I’d have been more happy comparing the Kindle Fire HD to a Google Nexus instead. The Nexus 7 is, after all, the one pc tablet in Kindle Fire’s price range that matches it for efficiency, specs and reputation.

Initially a 7 Inch tablet pc, the 10″ Nexus model was released to about as tepid a greeting as George Costanza’s wig and sold rather poorly from there. Actually, there are barely around 680,000 Google nexus 10 models presently in use, which looks terrible, especially in comparison to estimated 6.8 million Nexus 7 tablets.

Why is this? The Google nexus 10 was nearly as good a pc tablet the Asus nexus 7 (and also the Nexus 7 is an incredibly, excellent tablet). Though, for some reason, it just didn’t cut the mustard.

Perhaps it is a size thing. Bigger tablet pc’s basically are not as portable (or as inexpensive) as their smaller counterparts. Essentially, it seems that when people go big, they go iPad.

Supposedly, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 is identical classy, multinational accessory as the regular Kindle Fire HD, however it’s just a little bit bigger this time about. This means these have a similar duel WiFi antenna, the same astounding array of downloadable apps and content and also the same specifically designed Dolby surround sound system.


The 8.9 version + Kindle Fire HD is a great deal more expensive than the 7″ model. For example, I can buy a 7″ Kindle Fire HD (with free delivery, no less) from Amazon for £160, but the 8.9-Inch version, that’s, barring a few minor modifications, the same tablet, will set me back about £230. That’s quite a bit to think about.


Right now, I have talked (at great duration) about the Kindle Fire HD in various other places, so I will basically summarise here so as to save space and get out of repeating myself.

The Kindle Fire HD is really a stunning success of condensed computing; it offers an easy, likeable user interface, excellent media playback with a fine array of apps to boot. The Kindle Fire HD is an excellent all rounder that offers great value for money is a really sensible choice for that commuter, first-time buyer and/or the casual consumer.

Skilled programmers will probably find the Fire HD restrictive (Amazon are notoriously heavy-handed about what you can and can’t install, for instance) and its not on the level of an iPad or a Surface in terms of processing muscle. Though, it’s an excellent product overall.

The 8.9 Inch version differs in only the one, achingly obvious, way.

The size increase does benefit from a larger display, which is a genuine boon to the visually impaired user, but further than that, it seems slightly superfluous. The increased size makes the Kindle Fire HD feel that much more cumbersome and clumsy, whilst also making it less prone to fit on your bedside, or as snugly into a handbag or rucksack.

The difference in size is not as harsh as the 10 Inch model would have been, but it is certainly noticeable. #On the# one hand, it is nice to have increased options, but on the other…


Fundamentally, the smaller size of the Kindle Fire HD is among its major selling factors. Cheap and cheerful, the 7 Inch Kindle Fire HD was seemingly made for livening up monotonous train journeys, replacing the book on your nightstand and being a perfect journey companion on the last-minute getaway. Conversely, the 8.9 Inch version lacks most of those charms, whilst simultaneously also wanting the processing muscle of the 10″ pc tablet.

This new Kindle Fire HD is still a exceptional tablet, but the size (along with the cost) increase does not seem likely to cause it to many new friends. Don’t get me wrong, I am a fan of the series, but I foresee this one sharing the same fate to the Nexus 10.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Why is the Google nexus 7 built by Asus and not Google owned, Motorola?

This is the good question. Since Google owns Motorola, why did they associate with Asus in order to construct their Nexus series?

The Nexus 7 in reality began life as a Asus ME370T (there’s a memorable title if ever I saw one) and was in development by Asus for a sort of ‘no frills’ budget model tablet. The ME370T went through quite a few incarnations, even being unveiled during at least 1 major fair. Then, unexpectedly, Asus finished talking.

According to Sean Hollister of ‘The’

“I got the chance to ask Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang if he thought Nvidia’s $199 tablet program and Google’s $199 tablet program might compete. He saw through my bluff: He started saying something about not wanting to speak for Google… but then he paused, smiled, looked me right in the eye, and said: “I do hope their tablet is monumentally successful… because it will be great for Android.””

Sure enough, the ME370T was re-tooled and re-designed into the Nexus 7. “We are able to rebuild it, we possess the technology”, or so at least one engineer said. Probably.

From Hollister’s account, the Nexus 7 is by far the greater device,

“Among other things, it has a brand-new motherboard, a revised Tegra 3 T30L chip, a laminated IPS display, and a revised, grippier textured rear casing. “While the base design and setup was completed in the 370T to meet a certain price point and option list, the efforts required to get that design to $199 meant going back to the drawing board and starting over on just about every aspect of the unit,” an Asus rep told us”.

Essentially, Google saw what Asus were creating and so they wanted in. It is a very good case of Google’s executives thinking out the box. Another corporation might have gotten wind of Asus’ upcoming device, ‘acquired’ certain schematics and improved upon them in order to compete with the Kindle Fire. By pooling their resources with Asus, Google were able to respond swiftly to competition, and do so in style.

According to Nirav Patel from the site ‘’, it is important not to forget that the Nexus line has nearly consistantly been built using a partner.

“Google Nexus is a line of mobile devices using the Android operating system, which is produced by Google in conjunction with an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partner (Samsung makes the Nexus 10, ASUS makes the Nexus 7, and LG makes the Nexus 4).  Nexus devices are designed by Google and available for purchase directly on Google’s Play Store, Nexus devices provide a reference and developer platform to Google’s Android engineers, who then develop the software for Nexus devices with the responsibility of releasing timely updates”.

By functioning with this fashion, I imagine that Google can maximize possible earnings, whilst at the same time minimizing probable risk. With Motorola, not only would there not of been time to combat the Kindle Fire, there would have been a potential loss if the (possibly rushed) product showed to become unpopular. What’s more that, Motorola already has its own brand of tablet pc’s (and company characteristics partnered in that), with the ‘Xoom’ family.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

the apple ipad 3, iPad 4, iPad Mini Abrupt Departure Hints apple ipad 5, apple ipad mini 2 Release Time Abrupt departure of apple ipads and apple ipad minis displays a imminent statement of updated editions

Editors Note – Apple CEO has lately said in 2013 they are going to be offering new products, but he has used a similar rhetoric for the last few years. In 2012 he offered us mind-blowing products plus a prolific product roll-out, but all we saw was a updated iphone, ipad and also the apple ipad mini, mind-blowing or not? This short article states that sites are by now selling out of iphones and ipads, ready for the new range of products, but is this factual?

Apple’s next generation of tablets iPad 5 and ipad Mini 2 is rumoured to be released sooner than later.

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook recently confirmed that no new Apple products will be released before fall 2013. However, the sudden disappearance of previous iPads tells consumers otherwise.

The iPad with Retina Display and iPad Mini suddenly disappeared in some retailers. One major retailer is now sold out of about half its iPad 4 configurations, with the iPad mini vanishing nearly as swiftly. Another is doing better but is also gradually marking more current iPad models as “out of stock” as the month goes on.

Early this month, several websites reported that Apple and retailers offered great discounts on the current iPad models. According to rumours, almost 30 percent being slashed off the price of iPad’s and iPad mini’s, the clearance sale by the retail giants on tablet’s third anniversary is a clear cut indication that Apple is all set to hit the market with a new and updated iPad for the customers.

The price cuts hinted at a move by Apple to clear out inventory ahead of the iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2 launch, and the subsequent sell-outs of those same models all but confirm it. If the price cuts had merely been to catch up on inventory of laggard selling models, they would not have sold out. This means Apple’s authorized price cuts were meant to clear out the inventory of retiring the iPad 4 in favor of newly introduced models.

Consumers can still purchase the previous models of iPad. In Amazon, iPad 4 is still being sold for around $500-$800.

According to reports, iPad Mini 2 will feature a screen with a resolution of 2048 x 1536. This is almost four times the resolution of the present iPad Mini and is equal to the fourth generation iPad which was released along with the iPad Mini last year.  AU Optronics has been rumoured to be making displays for the iPad Mini 2. Other specs include a more powerful dual core A7 processor and a 7.9 inch screen. It will also feature a 10-hour battery life, a FaceTime HD camera, and an iSight camera with 1080 pixels HD video recording. Apple is also trying to reduce the thickness of the iPad Mini 2 by using the Sharp’s IGZO (indium gallium zinc oxide) technology in its screens.

The iPad 5, on the other hand, is rumoured to have no bezels, and the whole form factor has been made sleeker. Horowitz believes this design indicates that Apple will be calling on Sharp’s IGZO screen technology. Sharp, however, according to Horowitz, has been struggling to deliver components on time, which will play a key role in the release of the next iPad.

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

What applications can be found on the typical Smart TV

Harking back to days of GCSE science, I tend to think of the term ‘application’ usually meaning ‘practical usage’ as a particularly annoying section of these seemingly countless worksheets we had to fill out, just so we might set fire to a bit. The ‘application’ part was the bit where you needed to say what (if any) real world, useful value your experiments had, which, because it seems, was not usually a great deal in my case. I recall a classmate rather nastily drenched a spider in hydrochloric acid once, but I doubted, even at age fifteen and three quarters, that it would turn into a popular form of pest control.

As Led Zeppelin have been telling us since the 70′s, you understand sometimes words have double meanings. In the case of software design and programming, there’s also quite a lot of words that have now been co-opted to be able to denote something, usually only somewhat similar, to what the word actually means. So, applications, or ‘apps’ as we hip, swinging cats refer to them, don’t have anything whatsoever to do with GCSE science and everything to do with innovative consumer tech.

An app is basically a computer program designed to aid the parent device carry out a specific purpose. Apps are like little programs that were initially planned for portable devices like iPods, Smartphones and Pc tablets. Apps range from the sublime, (such like the app that can track migratory whales in real time or the one which shows you the exact position of all the stars and heavenly bodies from any place on the earth) to the totally stupid, but amusing anyways (the app where it is possible to punch a cartoon cat in the face, Angry Birds). Apple consumers alone have access to over 60,000 downloadable applications, most of them are totally free to use.

Smart TV, obviously, has its own set of downloadable apps. I should indicate now that these are not as esoteric as the wide-ranging apps available for the phone or Tablet, yet. So far Smart TV’s list of apps is a typically practical one. Here’s a look at some of the applications you’ll manage to acquire for your Smart TV (NOTE: Different applications are licensed to various manufacturers – so if you’re specifically after a TV because of its apps, it pays to try and do your homework, that is, in its own way, a bit like GCSE science).

Netflix – The extension of the online film rental company (and proud sponsor of our iFanboy comic book discussion show, I hasten to add) can be an app which supplies you the choice to stream ‘rented’ movies over the Web for a small cover fee.

Amazon – From Amazon, you can download content. So when you’d rather buy a movie or Television show, you are able to simply click the link and it’ll be sent straight to your hard drive. It is cheaper than buying discs and much easier to store.

BBC iPlayer – It is a little version of the iPlayer site; there is also a BBC News and sports application.

Youtube – You will also find other video sites available as apps. Dailymotion and Vimeo are now properly accessible from your TV.

Along with these applications, you’ll find Sports applications that’ll record every game and apps for specific channels, making them accessible as individual networks as opposed to part of a cable/satellite package.

Whichever applications you need, be sure they do what you think they do and these are available for that TV you select, before you buy. That way you will avoid disappointment.

Monday, August 5, 2013

What radios do they employ in sea ports

Approximately 1.6 million individuals are used within the international shipping industry. These folks grade, protect, manage, transport, import or export the 8 billion tons of cargo that is shipped every year. Put basically, shipping everything international is an enormous endeavour and, in this day and age, we do it a lot.

The world shipping companies are undergoing a period of substantial growth, with revenues rapidly improving. The emergence of new economies in the market for inexpensively manufactured goods has aided this growth period for the shipping business. Furthermore, the Web has provided today’s consumers access to products and markets within the furthest corners of the world. This might have negatively affected high street shops and shopping centres, but it is a substantial reason in the growth of that shipping business.

Seaports, then, are (as they’ve constantly been) hotbeds of global trade and activity. Port terminal operations are complicated and need an increased degree of administration, as well as a dependable and practical workforce. That is where 2 way radios come in.

Clear communications, health and safety, legal protocols with a high level of security are just a few of our specialist necessities of that modern seaport. Personnel need swift and easy access to management and vice versa. Within the world of shipping, time really is money. As such, you actually cannot put a price about the level of clear, instantaneous communication supplied by modern two way radios.

Seaport radios are sometimes fixed with an analogue/digital diverse mode, which enables the user to connect with any analogue two way radio they may encounter. This is especially useful in the world of shipping. It also allows today’s seaport worker to make the most of the best of digital, without sacrificing reliability.

As anybody who’s ever been at sea or lived close to the ocean will let you know, weather on or around the sea are not always perfect, actually, sometimes they could get quite challenging. Do not worry though; seaport 2 way radios are tough too. Manufactured to be tough in all weathers, the two way radios used in the shipping business can stand a myriad of wear and tear and still go back for work the following day (very similar to the seaport workers themselves).

With an industry as crucial to global trade as shipping is, the world needs a trusted and established technology to help run things smoothly. That’s why they use radio systems and that’s why they perhaps always will.

What are the ways of using your Smart TV for surfing the internet?

Right now, as in the very instant you read this, I am sure that somebody, anywhere around across the greater landscapes that make up planet Earth, is having a discussion about what they like best: Television on the Internet.

It is a noteworthy query, actually. The principle disparity between the 2 (as both are largely sedentary, involving gazing at a display for an extended time frame) is that internet browsing is an energetic (or preferably, interactive) activity, whereas TV is really a passive one.

Within the 1990’s, a group of self-appointed cultural watchdogs took it upon themselves to fabricate a variety of pseudoscientific factors that Television, a passive, largely entertaining activity enjoyed by billions around the globe, was an entirely terrible and destructive thing. The only ‘evidence’ even remotely convincing they might provide you with was that frequent exposure to open sex and violence at the young age can warp a child’s conception of our world (like we could not have figured that out for ourselves) and sitting too near to the display knackers your eyes.

Naturally, if a parent lets television bring up their child, the kid will develop to be a moron, but if ever the parent has made this decision of their own preference; it stands to reason that the child was genetically predisposed to moronism in the 1st place.

During the mid 2000s, the exact same band of watchdogs took it upon themselves to disclose just the level of damaging stuff there’s about the Internet. Like we didn’t previously know. Even going as much as to say that children’s active participation in internet gaming could warp a child’s (already fragile from too much TV, you realize) perception of the world. Now, while a number of us let out an frustrated cry of ‘What exactly can people do that’s both beneficial and not boring enough to execute you instantly!’ whilst thinking at what point parental accountability would turn out to be an element on this oh-so tedious ‘debate’, the Television and computer manufacturers did something unprecedented: they developed a TV that lets you browse the Internet.

Somewhere in the last decade roughly, the straightforward family telly became re-fashioned as the ‘entertainment centre’ that’s a part of your living room dedicated to leisure, where the only possibility of tension is unintentionally channel surfing over to the News during the advertisements of Star Trek or finally getting the bill for the blasted thing.

The Smart Television in fact allows you to visit cyberspace, in real time, like you’d do on your laptop. You can download applications, social network (which is a posh way of saying ‘check your Facebook’), watch you tube your friends have uploaded and catch the selective web-only programmes which are putting Television writing, acting and directing within the reach of the common man. Yes, your Television has become both active and passive. The choice is yours. That’s the thing about TV, and maybe the point that our moral guardians find so detestable, TV always gives you a choice, even when that choice to switch it off and go for a walk every once in a while.

So, to go back to our initial scene, our person who can not determine between the two, now does not need to, as he or she can do both, from the same place. Smart TV has advanced the tv into a strong, all encompassing multimedia tool and, for the next five items in this series; I’ll be giving you information on the practical applications and far-reaching usefulness of this newest home entertainment innovation. Stay tuned.

Netbook, Tablet or Laptop? – Which is Best?

This actually depends on what you wish out of your computer.

All advised, however, I am going to have to state a laptop might be still the best all-rounder, though I can’t claim how long it’ll stay that way.

As I answer this question, there’s a little red netbook sitting in my kitchen near the microwave, I have it to view internet shows while I’m baking or washing up (Kevin Smith’s ‘Fatman on Batman’ podcast is my present favorite). I’ve used a netbook for a couple of years now and I have found it to be OK. The problem using the netbook is that it tends being slow and not possess a huge quantity of memory or processing muscle. Netbooks were made as bargin, portable alternatives to laptops and, in that sense, they have done fine.

Certainly, tablet pc’s are fine things and the technology is increasing rapidly. Actually, that’s a bit of an issue, really. If you purchase a top of the range tablet pc today, you’re only more likely to receive a year or two out of it before the tech is rendered ‘old hat’ by the relentless march of technical progress.

Furthermore, tablet pc’s suffer from the insufficient memory and a great deal of tablets also possess a comparatively short battery life. On a high-end tablet pc is probably better than a netbook and is definitely the most transportable of the 3, but it’ll not match up to a laptop regarding processing strength, or range of use.

For specialized uses, gaming and just about everything else, a laptop is still your best choice. Although they may be bulky and awkward compared to either netbooks or tablets, the processing strength of a good laptop easily matches a desktop computer and also a top-end laptop is, fundamentally, a portable workspace.

Case in point, my colleague is a contract animator and, by definition, he has to spend countless hours functioning at his computer. However, his macbook pro is possible for him to journey around and stay with mates without ever missing just one deadline. For professional purposes, a laptop is, so far, invincible.

Having said that, tablets are coming up fast. If all you are after is a media player plus a simple communications device, then a tablet pc is going to be cheaper and way more realistic than a laptop.

As I said at the beginning, it will depend on what you’re searching for.

Matt Egan at PC, (a useful source of information on this subject) states,

“In technology, you get what you pay for… most of the time. Right now, however, a certain class of cheap tablets are genuine bargains. Consider this: for the £450 price of a fairly basic 15in Dell or Lenovo laptop you could buy three Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HD or Nook HD (comparison review) tablets. So that makes tablets the cheaper option, right? Not quite. The Kindle Fire HD and Nook HD tablets are pure consumption devices. They are great for watching, listening and reading. But you can’t do much with them in terms of productivity”.

 For a simple way to check your emails and watch films whilst traveling, get yourself a pc tablet. For a portable desktop, obtain yourself a laptop, it’s that straightforward. Netbooks are fine if you prefer a conventional Computer setup to a more phone-like charms of a pc tablet.

That’s about it, actually.

Prospective Cure for PKD

What it is:

PKD stands for Polycystic Kidney Disease, it’s a illness which effects some 12.5 million people worldwide. PKD is among the commonest life-threatening genetic diseases in the world. Somebody that has PKD will spread kidney cysts slowly throughout their existence, affected organs can, after 40-50 years, reach the dimensions of footballs. It goes without saying that they can be a source of acute hurt and, sooner or later, affected kidneys will surrender to renal disappointment, regardless of what. Ultimately, a kidney transplant may be the only way to save the patient.

For a few years, sufferers of PKD went undiagnosed plus the condition claimed a great the number of lives without ever being appropriately recognized. Now, however, it is an internationally known illness and sufferers are carefully monitored from an early age.

In November of ’12, doctors at the KU kidney institute in Kansas, USA, developed a drug called tolvaptan. The medicine was discovered to slow the expansion of cysts and also lessening the lack of kidney function, this was a much-needed step in the right direction, but it is not a treatment.

For this year, things has been looking up even further. Scientists working at Massachusetts For the General Hospital were in fact able to improve a viable rat kidney and transplant it into a living animal. Furthermore to that, Dr. Xiaogang Li of the KU Kidney institute recently discovered that vitamin B3 can slow the expansion of cysts; in reality, his team was able to entirely restore kidney use in test mice with PKD. Now that’s advancement.

Why we want it:

Because 12.5 million people around the world are suffering with a inherited, life threatening ailment, also, infants with PKD are being born every single day. A cure is required and it is required now.

When can we expect it?

A bona-fide cure may yet be decades away, but if standard vitamin shots can be used to control the disease itself, allowing patients to survive longer, healthier lives, then I would say that we were absolutely on the right path.

Drugs that control the illness can be obtainable very soon, though. Large-scale Human being trials have hinted that vitamin B3 is safe for widespread use. This means that it might be there for patients all over the world moderately soon.

Doctors finally hope to be able to treat PKD within the womb, stopping the disease before it starts. That would, effectively, represent a treatment. Such technology is probably 10 years (or more) away, but we are getting there.

Cool Factor: 5/5

Do not forget that scene in ‘Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home’ where the crew of that Enterprise travel back in time to the mid 1980’s and Doc McCoy encounters an elderly Woman who needs kidney dialysis. Exploding in skepticism, the good doctor cries “what is this, the dark ages!?” before giving the Woman a pill that promptly grows her a new kidney, much to her delight. That is where we could be within a few decades – ‘Star Trek’ tech. What could be cooler than that?

Joining the NHS organ donor list is the way you may help this situation, today.