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Five Things you’ll Love About the HTC Desire 820-From a Non-Mobile Phone Genius’ Perspective

By on Nov 20, 2014 in Cell Phones |

Alright, let me start this with a confession that I really am not that well-versed when it comes to mobile phone specifications. In other words, I am but a mere mobile phone user who in one way or the other may not even understand a handful of cell phone jargons should I come face to face with them. But tell you what; I know a good phone when I encounter one. For my birthday, a special person gave me HTC Desire 820 and honestly, I didn’t know what to do with it the first time I touched the phone. But little by little, with utmost carefulness, I began unwrapping the package and explored the best gift I have ever received for my birthday so far. Well, at first look, you may actually see the Desire 820 to be a mere one of those intimidating-looking smart phones that’s sleek on the outside but perfectly ordinary on the inside, but tell you what, it’s not. A few days of bonding with the gadget and I have discovered five things that makes the HTC Desire 820 one of a kind. It is stunning. To describe this phone as beautiful is an understatement. If I were to compare to a woman like me, this phone is one I would consider a head-turner, and yes, whenever I use this phone on public, some people actually turn their heads to check it out. With its metal body and equally attractive color designs, the phone exudes a strong yet sleek aura that can be compared to a successful woman, not to mention its slimness that is just so sexy. It is fast and efficient. As I mentioned earlier, I really am not that well-versed with mobile phone jargons but once I got curious what’s in Desire 820 that makes it really fast no matter how any apps I access at a tie or how different sites I am browsing , and I have found out that 820 actually has a very powerful process. Well, I don’t know what edge a Qualcomm Octa-Core 64-bit processor with integrated LTE modem has over other processors but comparing my HTC Desire 820 with my previous phone, my old phone is way, way slower. Two Awesome Cameras To tell you what, my Desire 820’s front camera can beat my old phone’s rear camera when it comes to photo stability and clarity. Equipped with a 13MP rear camera and an 8MP front camera, my HTC 820-taken photos have received a lot of praises whenever I upload them into my online networking accounts. In addition, with this phone I need not download apps to improve the images I took, rather, Desire 820 has this feature that automatically perks up     the photos taken. In addition, the camera is also capable of recording high definition videos-saving me from the stress of carrying around my heavy digital camera. Memory My Desire 820 has 16 gig of internal storage and 2 gig of RAM, and these are more than enough for the demands of my daily use. In addition, I have also found out that the memory can be expanded up to 128 GB, now that upgrade’s one thing to ask for my next birthday. But seriously, for a mobile phone to be assumed to be capable of maintaining its function despite having a heavy load of files stored in it simply means that the phone must really be powerful. It came free. I guess the most interesting part about me owning a Desire 820 is that I got it for free. But seriously, though the phone may belong among the ranks of mid to upper range prices, this phone’s worth all the investments. The writer loves to make reviews on gadgets which she herself was anxious to touch at first but eventually found herself in love...

Phone Showdown: LG G2 vs Samsung Galaxy S4

By on Sep 17, 2013 in Cell Phones |

If you grab a random person on the street and ask them to name the best Android phone they’ll probably tell you the Samsung Galaxy S4. Samsung’s flagship phone, released earlier this year, offers an incredible package of great specs, awesome software and amazing screen. Yet a more recent phone by Samsung’s lesser known South Korean neighbour, LG, is challenging the S4 for the top spot with their latest phone, the LG G2. We decided to put both devices to the test to see which is the best Android phone available right now. Phone screens are increasingly becoming one of the most important factors in choosing a new smartphone. While almost every display available in a high end phone will be significantly better than anything available even a year or two ago, there are still important differences between displays. One of the major factors is the screen size – phones are growing every year as customers want to be able to do more with their handheld devices. The LG G2 is slightly larger than the Samsung Galaxy S4 but by such a small amount – 5.2″ vs 5″ – that this doesn’t make a noticeable difference between the devices. The technology behind the displays in each phone is very different though – and leads to noticeably different screens. The Samsung device uses Super AMOLED while LG utilises LCD with IPS+. The gives the LG G2 a brighter screen and more accurate colours, but the S4 has far superior viewing angles and much better contrast (which is useful when using the phone in direct sunlight). Taking photos on our phones is something that we all do, most of us almost every day. Even those with DSLR cameras packed full of features and having amazing lenses will often use phone cameras instead because they offer a great combination of speed and portability. The LG G2 and Samsung Galaxy S4 at first glance are they similar when it comes to their cameras – they both use 13 megapixel chips. However beneath the identical headline camera tech spec there’s a range of differences. Image stabilisation is important to anyone taking photos while moving or in a rush, the optical image stabilisation in the LG isn’t available in the Samsung and puts the LG G2 into a clear lead. However, the S4 has slightly sharper photos in sample photo comparisons. The LG G2’s ability to shoot video at 1080p Full HD with 60 frames per second is double what the Galaxy S4 can achieve and really does make videos taken with this phone better. Overall it’s difficult to say which of the two phones is best for photography. When it comes to speed comparing the two is a little complicated by the fact that the S4 uses different specs in different markets, and even in the same country there’s often more than one version of the Galaxy S4 available. The best way of comparing the two phones therefore is using benchmark tests conducted on them to see how fast they can complete a series of tasks. In all the tests we’ve seen the LG G2 is a clear winner, thanks in part because new processors were available when it launched that Samsung didn’t have the option of using in the S4. Nevertheless both phones are significantly better than most other devices currently available so even if you opt for the slower S4 you’ll still be getting an incredibly powerful phone. There really is no outright winner here. Both of these devices are excellent, and no matter how you use your phone you’re likely to have no issues with either phone. The LG G2 does have a slight advantage when it comes to the display size and brightness, the phone’s design, the processor, video recording and battery life. However, the Samsung Galaxy S4 beats LG when it comes to display contrast, expandable storage, replaceable battery, thinness and being available in a dual-SIM version for those who regularly cross borders. We’d suggest that frequent travellers would be best opting for the S4 due to being able to replace the battery  which handy for long trips between charges and the dual-SIM, while those who prefer raw power should choose the LG...

Smartphones 101: Five Security Tips to Keep Your Phone Safe

By on Sep 16, 2013 in Cell Phones |

Smartphones make your life easier in more ways than you can imagine. You can make calls, save contacts, send emails, post updates to social networking sites, use multiple apps, maintain a music library and store an immense amount of data in various forms, all of it while on the move. However, with an advanced smartphone comes greater responsibility. It becomes as important to take care of the device in order to avoid losing it as it does to avoid losing the huge amount of data that is bound to leave you handicapped. If you don’t want to end up tearing your hair out after losing your smartphone, here are five security tips that you should follow to ensure the safety of your smartphone: 1. Always Keep Your Device Locked Although it is a practice most people tend to follow these days, it is important to remember to lock your device after every use. This ensures that even if your phone is stolen, your personal information stays safe. Also, it is important that you don’t give too many of your friends access to the password as this pretty much renders the practice useless. 2. Avoid Downloading Apps From Unverifiable Sources Though an application may seem to be interesting and really fun to have on your device, it is suggested that you only stick to platforms like Google Play or the iTunes store to download apps and avoid installing apps from the web as they could come with malicious viruses. You could also install mobile security applications that help provide virus protection, features to protect privacy and data and features that help you track your phone if you lose it. 3. Exercise Caution When Using Wi-Fi in Public Places Free Wi-Fi available in coffee shops and shopping centres is something many people want to make good use of but these networks are also something to be wary of. In the absence of a secure connection it is best to avoid checking your online banking, going online shopping or indulging in any form of web surfing that requires you to log in using your password. It is best to use Virtual Private Networks on your devices to ensure that your connections remain secure. 4. Keep the Device Regularly Updated Concerns related to security are usually taken care of by the device manufacturers, making your device less vulnerable when you first purchase it. However, it is also important for a smartphone user to regularly update and upgrade the device’s operating system and virus protection software to make sure that the protection is fully up to date against all threats and viruses. 5. Avoid Unfamiliar Numbers Though curiosity can get the better of most of us, it is advisable to altogether refrain from responding to calls or text messages from unknown numbers as there is a possibility that these messages could infect the device with malware.  The above tips should be of great help when it comes to making sure that hackers, malware or viruses do not compromise the safety of your device. However, aside from exercising control on the inflow and outflow of data into the smartphone, it is also important to ensure that you do not lose the device in the first place. A way of insuring against such losses is to opt for schemes such as Protect Your Bubble smartphone insurance that will help you cover losses. Having taken precautionary steps such as these, you can rest assured that your smartphone is here to stay and make life simpler for you! Laura Ginn had her smartphone compromised last year and since then has made a big effort to ensure others know about the problems that can occur.  She hopes the list above helps other smartphone users to keep their phones...

MedTube: a Medical Video Archive

By on May 20, 2013 in Cell Phones |

Do you remember the first job you had, probably as a teenager? Since you had no education or experience that an employer might find useful, you likely had to take a low-level, minimum-wage job that required no expertise. You may have worked in a fast food restaurant, taking orders and flipping burgers on a grill, or perhaps you got a job at a retail store, folding sweaters and making sales. If you were a little less lucky, you might have wound up working for a telemarketer (shudder). But even in these jobs, which are commonly described as being so easy that a monkey could do them, you had to undergo some training. Do you recall how long it took you to learn to use a cash register, or to remember which toppings went on the Whopper? Although you probably only underwent a few days of training at most, it likely took you a lot longer to get comfortable with the demands of the position. So when you consider what goes into becoming a doctor, as opposed to prepping food at a restaurant, you can see why so many years of schooling and clinical training are required. That said, there is such a vast amount of knowledge required in order to function as a medical professional that it should be no surprise that healthcare workers must frequently refer back to source materials in order to recall the nuances of lessons learned. And thanks to a handy little app for the iPhone and iPad, they can now do so with the help of video content. MedTube, which is free to download, provides a multimedia library of medical videos that includes actual surgical procedure, along with a slate of other resources like animations, presentations, lectures, podcasts, case reports, and all kinds of other materials for healthcare professionals to peruse. And the best part is that it’s completely free of charge. The app itself is simple enough to use, whether you’re looking for something specific or merely poking around. The first step is to select a broad category, such as dentistry, gastroenterology, pathology, or surgery, just to name a few. Then you’ll discover a slew of subheadings to choose from, after which you’ll be taken to a listing of pertinent video content for your selection. If you want information on a hernia, for example, you’ll find tons of video content, including not only footage of treatments and procedures to correct specific types of hernia, but also lectures about the condition and potential therapies. With a wide range of categories and a growing library that currently numbers at over 11,000 videos, you’re sure to find something useful. The content itself is provided by a wide range of reputable sources, including doctors, medical groups, and universities all over the world. And before any video is introduced into the archive it must be screened and approved by a team of doctors and specialists. Each video therefor has educational value, and users can reasonably expect that they will not find materials that contain questionable content (such as controversial procedures or technologies). Whether you are a nurse, a medical doctor, or a specialist; whether you own private practice, work in the ER, or operate a Los Angeles pain management facility; this application was made by healthcare professionals for healthcare professionals. So use it to refresh your memory or learn something new every day. MedTube is on demand, medical TV for any healthcare professional that wants to provide the best possible service to their...

The Mango Health App Rewards You for Staying Healthy

By on Apr 27, 2013 in Cell Phones |

Have you taken your medication today? All over the world, people are trying their best to get healthy and stay that way. Gym memberships are growing, health-oriented diets are becoming increasingly common, and millions of people are kicking their old unhealthy habits in favor of a more active lifestyle. However, one lingering problem is the average American’s failure to follow prescribed medication regimens. Mango health seeks to solve this problem with their new mobile app. Experts estimate that up to 50% of Americans who are prescribed medication fail to take their medicine regularly, and this problem has serious implications. Aside from putting the health of individual patients at risk, this failure to follow doctors’ orders costs the health care system billions of dollars every year. The Mango Health organization, started by former game developers, has introduced a health-oriented mobile app that they believe will help people stick to their medication regimens and stay healthy. Mango Health’s app works by turning the medication routine into a game. It employs a sleek, colorful interface for easy interaction, and makes the old chore of taking medicine into a fun activity. The app is also highly informative and educational, as it provides important information about medicine interactions. Users won’t have to worry about the negative effects of combining their medications, which is especially helpful for any patient on a regimen of multiple daily doses. Timed daily reminders give the users personalized notifications whenever they’re due for a daily dose, making it easier than ever to stay on top of a medication routine. Best of all, Mango Health offers its users a reward system to keep them motivated. Users can earn points every day by taking their medication on time and logging their doses in the app. As they accumulate points, users can start to earn rewards like gift cards and charity donations. This is a great way to keep users engaged and loyal to the app while they keep up with their medication regimens. It also allows Mango Health to offer their app free of charge. Brand integration and partnership with businesses serves as advertising that keeps the cost of the app down for users everywhere. Health and fitness apps are becoming more popular every day as people all over the world grow increasingly concerned about their health. Several popular apps already help mobile users keep track of their daily diet foods, generate new workout ideas, and track progress in exercise regimens. Several currently available mobile apps have attempted to solve the medication regimen problem, but none have been as forward-thinking as Mango Health. While other apps have tackled the problem in unique ways, Mango brings a light-hearted sense of fun into the situation, and that should help patients everywhere stay motivated and stick to their prescribed medicine routines. With a successful background in gaming and over a million dollars in raised funds for development of their app, Mango Health is well equipped to tackle this important issue. Their new health game could be very effective in solving the medication problem, and experts everywhere are optimistic about its...

Voice Activated CheapAir App Lets You Speak Your Flight Searches

By on Apr 7, 2013 in Cell Phones |

When you are on your way out of town and you’re running through the airport to catch your flight, although you probably notice the other people who are doing the same, chances are, you haven’t really thought about just how many individuals are sharing the airwaves with you. Well, you might be surprised that several studies indicate that close to two million people are flying on an airplane, somewhere in the world, on a daily basis. This means there are a lot of people who had to spend a fair amount of time either on the phone with a travel agent or airline customer service assistance, or online on a flight-related website so that they could schedule their travel plans. If you’ve ever had to do any of these things, then you know that sometimes it can be more frustrating to communicate the kind of flight that need. Luckily, Cheap Air, a very popular online travel agency, may have provided you with a bit of much needed travel planning relief. It was recently announced that they have invented an app; one that is truly unique in the sense that there is currently no another app that is like it in the marketplace. That’s because what it does is provide iPhone and iPad app users with the convenience of being able to search for their flights by speaking their requests into their devices rather than typing them out. That’s right, this particular app is voice-activated. How it works is the talk-to-search app uses what is known as semantic language technology. This allows users of the app to state what kind of flight they are looking for and then once it processes the information, the app then displays flight options that are available based upon the request. Not only that, but it also alerts its users of more detailed flight information including whether or not there is Wi-Fi on the airplane or if there are personal monitors or live television available as well. According to the chief executive of CheapAir, Jeff Klee, this is a kind of app that has been a long time coming because when people are in the midst of hustle and bustle of life, it can be quite time consuming to try and schedule a flight. Now, it’s much easier to multitask because they don’t have to wait to get still enough to type out what they need. They can simply say it into their iPhone (or other Apple device). Although users of the app will still be afforded the option of being able to type their requests into their search parameters, the makers of the talk-to-search app are pretty confident that it will be only a matter of time before it will be one of the more popular apps around, especially for avid travelers and business commuters. So, the next time that you’re looking to book a flight or you’re sitting in airport parking at MCO (or an airport closer to your home), why not save some time and use Cheap Air’s new app? In the amount of time that it takes for you to type your search out, by talking instead, you can have a few upcoming flights scheduled easily. If Cheap Air and it’s new app has its way,...