Giving Your Tablet A Keyboard

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For many users touch screen typing is an awkward rather frustrating activity. Thankfully there is a growing range of keyboards available for use with tablets on the market. Microsoft recently launched its new Surface tablet which comes complete with two choices of keyboards that also function as covers. Offering the keyboard as part of the deal, Microsoft’s newest creation is aiming to compete with Apple’s iPad for dominance in the tablet market. We’ve had a look at some of the keyboards that are available.

Logitech Tablet Keyboard for iPad

The Logitech Tablet Keyboard for iPad is arguably the best for available for iPad owners. It is a compact unit which can connect with your iPad, iPod touch and iPhone wirelessly via Bluetooth, offering you a good level of remote connectivity. The individual keys are not too small and there is a good level of responsiveness when in use which can sometimes be a problem when using wireless technology. It comes equipped with a solid carrying case for your keyboard which doubles as a stand for your tablet, giving added versatility.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Keyboard Dock

This is a comfortable soft touch keyboard that features an integrated charging and media dock. The tablet sits neatly in the dock and makes the galaxy tab much easier to navigate, improving the user experience. The keyboard has extra keys that are very responsive and allow you to access key features on your tablet without any difficulty. This keyboard is a solid choice for anyone wanting to improve the usability of their Galaxy Tablet. 

Kensington KeyFolio Keyboard

Kensington have produced a range of keyboard cases for both iPad and android tablets. Flexible and easy to set up, the combination of the case and the keyboard gives a lot of versatility whilst providing your tablet with a durable case that protects the tablet from the wear of daily use. This wireless enabled keyboard features a reliable rechargeable battery and spill proof keys for any minor accidents you might have whilst out and about!

Lenovo Tablet Keyboard

Lenovo’s latest computer/tablet hybrid functions as an ultrabook that can tranform into a touchscreen tablet. It attempts to give users the best of both worlds, with the functionality of a laptop and the portable convenience of a tablet.  The keyboard is only accessible when in its laptop form which will cause problems for those of us who do not enjoy using touchscreen typing for tablets. The general versatility of the whole hybrid product does make up for this however, as if you are totally against typing to the touchscreen all you need to do is flip the screen over and say hello to your laptop again!

Thanks to Les from the Snugg for this post. Les loves all things mobile and contributes to a number of tech blogs. Check out the latest iPad keyboards by The Snugg at Amazon.

Five New Apps that Are Taking 2013 By Storm

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Whether you’re an Android-owner, or if you gave into the iPhone craze, more applications are now available to anyone who owns a smart mobile device. In 2012, we have seen our share of new websites and apps that have revolutionized the consumer market, specifically through Apple App Store and Google Play.
This year, new apps that span demographics are being introduced to the playing field competing with new, updated versions of last year’s products. Here’s a list of five of the hottest apps that have taken the consumer market by storm:

Robinhood
Statistically, people over the age of 30 have a much higher probability to invest in different publicly shared companies due to the fact that they have more income and tend to have more knowledge and interest in the stock market. An app that was created by two Stanford grads is making investing a lot easier for people of all ages. Conceptualized in 2012 and brought into the public sector in early 2013, Robinhood was launched in order to place stock market wisdom into everyone’s pocket, turning Wall Street into an equal playing field.
The app works by providing a daily update of popular stocks. The user then has the option of adding these stocks to a “watch list”. The app tracks the rate of the stock as well as any news that is put out by the companies and media organizations in order to keep users informed of internal structuring. The app also allows users to recommend certain stocks to your friends and other users (this also works vice-versa) through the feed. If you want into the stock game, Robinhood allows anyone that uses it the convenience of informed and easy investing without the extra cost of hiring an stock advisor.

Kickstarter
Ready to enhance your fundraising efforts? Kickstarter, launched on Valentine’s Day of this year, has gained a lot of publicity after the efforts of actress Kristen Bell who used this app in order to raise funds for a possible “Veronica Mars” film. After a few days, the film was funded in it’s entirety, giving fans hope for a film and consumers exposure to what exactly Kickstarter does. Kickstarter is an app that allows users to post projects and get funded by other users.
The project could be as big as a film in the silver screen (as previously mentioned) or as small as a simple short-film production. The projects are ranked by popularity, giving users an idea of which projects are more likely to come into fruition. Whether you’re looking for someone to fund your project or you’re just looking to help someone in need, Kickstarter is the perfect app that can get the task done fast and effectively.

Sunrise
Launched in Feb. 2013, Sunrise has been mentioned to be the best calendar app that you will ever use, possibly replacing the calendar you have in your iPhone or Android. When you download the app, you immediately get a torrent of feed added to your calendar, syncing with most social media networks in your mobile device so you never miss an interview or birthday. Not only is it efficient, but it’s clean and easy to understand providing a simple user interface. Try it out! It’s free and it will definitely make your life easier.

Digital Theater
Today, we have apps that play movies, TV shows and even concerts, but for the theater buff, there has not been anything that meets their needs, until now. Digital Theater is a revolutionary new app that allows people to see plays and musicals through the convenience of their own smart phone. Having a pay-for-play setting, similar to iTunes, users are able to stream their favorite performances. The app works best on WiFi networks, as most video streaming apps do, so be sure you have a reliable connection if you’re using one or look online for wireless internet deals. Although the app is not free, it is still an invaluable investment to theater junkies and to those who have not yet experienced the magic of the performing arts.

Qwiki
There has never been an easier way to create and build your own short movies! Introduced to the public in 2013, Qwiki has been ranked one of the most popular apps this year by Gizmodo. Essentially, Qwiki takes your photos and videos, selects the best ones and in a matter of a few edits, turns them into short movies. It’s the best way to make short videos after your vacation to Europe, your birthday party or even a wedding! It’s the best way to make something memorable for free!

As the year moves forward, new apps will be launched into Google Play and the App Store, so why not check them out through your mobile device? Keep in mind, however, that not all are apps are available in both devices as of yet, but be on the lookout!

Four Internet Service Features That Break The Mould Of Mediocrity

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When selecting an internet service provider, the usual main consideration is geography: which companies provide service in your area and which ones do not. Fortunately, the increasing role of technology not just in using the internet but in accessing it has allowed many providers to break free of the chains that once limited where they could operate. If you are seeking an internet service that doesn’t fit a cookie-cutter mould, then there are several options from which to choose. We have outlined four features for residential internet service that are cost-effective, technologically adept and flexible when it comes to what you expect in your home-based connection.

No Contracts

We all remember the days when signing up for a new internet connection meant committing to a 1 or 2-year contract in order to get a fair price on the service. Thankfully, costs associated with initiating and maintaining internet infrastructure have been in consistent free-fall, and you can now procure a solid internet connection for a very reasonable price. With it no longer being cost-prohibitive, we are actually seeing select companies beginning to offer service without contracts, with the main premise being that their level of service should be the reason for customer retention – not some scary contract.

Integrated Ad Blocking

Oh, the frustration of dealing with pop-ups and those intrusive web-based advertisements. It seems as if more and more people have abandoned traditional media in favour of internet-based solutions, the number and frequency of advertisements on the internet has only increased. This in turn has led to a counter-attack in the form of browser add-ons and software suites that block or minimise the occurrence of these ads. But what if your internet automatically did that for you? Several ISPs have been experimenting with ISP-based ad block programs, making sure the advertisements never appear in your browser in the first place.

Hotspots & Wireless Access

Just a few years ago, carrying the internet around in your pocket meant having a mobile phone that could just barely be used for browsing: most people used it for the simplest of tasks. Today, however, you can have access to full-fledged internet service thanks to the use of a wireless hotspot. With both prepaid and post-paid services available, the only strings attached these days are how often you need to charge your hotspot. Best of all, competition among providers has lowered the price of wireless internet access near to that of traditional internet, making it a great choice for those who live outside of high-speed areas or need a dedicated connection wherever they find themselves.

Web Hosting

With the concept of web-based businesses and blogs becoming more and more prevalent, an increasing amount of internet services now offer multiple forms of web hosting – whether that be unlimited email addresses, a set amount of web space or rapid transfer support (RTP). In past years, providing for these solutions would have been difficult, but the development of high speed networks and cloud-based computing these days has facilitated the ability for just about any internet service to offer these perks – but beware: not every internet service has made this great leap forward.

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This post was submitted by guest blogger Jake Moore. He works with Connexus, fast growing internet service providers based in Australia. When he is not working with networking equipment, Jake likes playing golf and cricket.

3 Must Have Daily IPhone Apps

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Smart Phone applications are a must these days, you can play games, read the news, watch video and browse social media with ease and not have to wait for websites to load. Most applications are designed and created to solve a problem and provide a unique experience for a user. There is an app for everything you can think of and if you cant find it build it you might make some money. With the way the world is moving more online the app that are already out there are improving on a daily basis. It is great to see governments giving grants to get these company set up and launched.

Tempster

This application can be quite helpful if you want to try new places for dinner or maybe for a quick lunch. The Tempster app will get your location and show you what restaurants have deals on. You can sort the app by food type and filter out things you don’t like. It allows you to take advantage of the deals that are on nearby you and by clicking that you are in the restaurant the deal can be immediately applied to your bill. It is a more instant take on a daily deals website but without having to pay money up front and not printing off pieces of paper.

Google Translate

This might be one of the more traditional apps on the list but this translation service has improved immensely since it began. I remember using Google translates and the sentences or phrase you would get out of it would not make any sense in your desired language. However Google have really perfected this translation app and it allows users to translate from most languages to another language. It is very helpful when you are on holiday or live in a country that you only know certain elements of the native language.

This app works by you typing in a phrase into the translation bar and clicking translate. After this the app will give you the sentence in your desired language and it can say it for you. You can also use the siri function on iPhones to speak your sentence into the translation bar.

Waze – GPS Traffic Navigation Application

Waze is one of the best Free Apps in it’s class and I would use it every day driving to work and home again as it gives you an accurate reflection of the traffic on your route home. Not only is the traffic noticed by GPS a user can also leave up a notice to say that a car has broken down or how bad the traffic is. It is nearly like a social media app in itself and it allows users to warn other users of hazards or speed cameras on the road.

Apart from providing you with accurate up today information on traffic volumes it has another great feature of route guidance. The GPS Navigation element is top class and always includes new roads that Google maps would not have included.

5 of the Best Android Apps

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If there is one thing you can be thankful when it comes to Android, they have some of the most interesting apps and thanks mainly to Google’s lax policies about what apps can and cannot do to your device, they seem to be a whole lot more useful. Now finding these apps isn’t easy, and when you have to search through nearly half a million apps to find the one you want, that can be hard. So here are five new or updated apps from April 2013 that we think you’ll like.

  • Sketchbook Ink:
    Designed for Android tablets of at least 7” screens or bigger, Sketchbook Ink focuses not really on sketching, but inking your sketches and so far, some of the things we have seen from it is incredible to say the least. It’s not the perfect sketching app and it definitely will not replace the versatility of paper, pen and ink, but it comes real close.
  • Rosetta Course:
    It took a while to come to Android, but Rosetta Stone is finally on Android in the form of Rosetta Course. With this app, Rosetta brings “the award winning Rosetta Stone language-learning method to Android devices.” With the app you can take your learning on the go. You can learn to speak any language supported by Rosetta Stone by listening and reading. There is the speech recognition feature that helps you fine tune your pronunciation as well as interactive activities that takes the bore out of learning.
  • Everything.me Launcher (Beta):
    There are hundreds of launchers for Android and honestly, the majority of them are crap. But this one strikes us as cool. The launcher is based on the idea of your phone changing to match your ever changing life such as interests, uses and location. The launcher will customize it based on your interests, your usage, such as the different apps you use the most. It even comes with smart folders to help you organize your apps and content. It is even location aware which, an extremely good added benefit is.
  • 4 Pics 1 Word:
    The object of the game is extremely simple. You are given four photos and you have to find the common theme between all four photos. For instance, you may be given a photo of a man cutting peppers, a logger chopping wood, a baker slicing bread and a machine slicing cheese. Of course the common theme between those will be cutting. But not everyone is that easy. The game is fun and provides loads of innocent fun.
  • Facebook:
    Other than recently going native on Android, Facebook has added a great new feature to the Android Facebook App. You can now, chat with your friends without exiting out of what you were doing. Thanks to chat bubbles, you can chat with people while commenting on a photo or reading one of your friends depressing posts. They have also streamlined the news feed, tweaked user profiles and made other minor UI adjustments.e

About Author:

Billy is a technology enthusiast and writes on IT, software development and software services. He admires Charles Phillips for his contribution to the tech industry.

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