Manage Your Home With a Smartphone

We used to relish in the glory of the remote control, but now our smartphones are the remote controls of our lives. We can operate many of our household appliances from our phone — and not just within our homes. Many apps today allow us to control appliances and electronics from remote locations, such as the airport, the office or the shopping mall. Here are some convenient ways to automate your home:

Smartphone
Smartphone

Smart Thermostat

Add a smart thermostat to your home to help increase convenience and energy efficiency. According to The Gadget Guy Column, the company called Hunter has produced a Universal Thermostat that’s compatible with the iPhone. This thermostat can sync to your Wi-Fi signal, allowing you to control the temperature from your iPhone. This means you don’t have to worry about forgetting to turn down the heat before you head out for a weekend getaway in the winter. You can simply adjust the temperature from your phone, and warm it up again before you head home.

The Samsung Zipel Oven

This technology is all the rage in Korea, according to Unwired View. The Samsung Zipel syncs up with your Android device to allow you to set your oven to the perfect temperature for whatever type of dish you want to make that night. This means you can start preheating before you head into traffic, ensuring that dinner time is as easy as possible.

The Xfinity TV App

Get the app from your local cable provider. Many cable providers, including Comcast, provide an app for phones and tablets that allow you to control your DVR settings and watch your favorite cable programs from your mobile device. The Xfinity TV app from Comcast allows users to watch the on-demand programming from mobile devices as well as set up DVR recording, so you don’t miss your favorite shows.

Music Apps

Purchase an app that allows you to control the music that’s played throughout every room in your home or office. One such app is the Sonos Controller app. This app is available for both Android and Apple devices. This allows you to play your favorite Motown hits while you’re cooking dinner, but let your children listen to their favorite tunes while they do their homework in the living room.

Home Security Apps

Keep an eye on your home while you’re away, whether just for the day or on an extended trip. According to Chris Writes, one of the most efficient home security apps is Home Watch, which is available from the App Store. Home security apps allow you to keep an eye on your home throughout the day, so you can rest easy knowing that everything is as it should be. These apps don’t necessarily have to be fancy in order to be effective — the goal is to keep you informed and increase the security level in your home.

Whether you have an iPhone and are devoted to the App Store, or you’ll defend your Android device to the death, you know that your smartphone has incredible capabilities. While you may use it most often to check email, Facebook and Twitter, it’s important to understand all of the different ways this tiny device can be used to help streamline your life. As www.securitycompanies.com points out, there are many wonderful ways to automate your home that allow you control and manage your household with the use of an easy and efficient app.

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Google Nexus 7 Features, Specs, Price and more

Google Nexus 7 Review and Features

It was sad that the new Google nexus 7 details has been revealed even before the keynote started all because Google was not good at keeping secret. With that leak, we have been able to get majority of the smartphone features and configurations to present to you in this post for your reading pleasure.

Google Nexus 7
Google Nexus 7 Tablet

The new Google nexus 7 comes with awesome features that pass my personal expectations! Apart from the rumors that many have been disseminating around all these while, the new device finally comes without new exciting and jaw-breaking features. Let us have a look at some of these awesome specifications.

The Google Nexus 7 processor:

quad core Tegra-3 processor

The device is proudly powered with quad-core Tegra 3 processor which consists of a 12 core GPU and a 1GB on board RAM. This feature will guarantee a clear performance on the device for the user – more gaming power for the phone user, which means the person, can easily download any kind of mobile games or social networking sites. Apart from that, it is supported by an in-built HDMI for connecting to your television set at any point in time for more media experience.

Operating System: Android Jelly Bean!

Android 4.1, Jelly Bean
Android 4.1( Jelly Bean)

This device is the first in history to power the new android operating system known as the android 4.1 jelly bean. It will also benefit from the recently released and polished project butter user interface technology that will make the OS performance smoother than any other previous versions. It is also the first android device in history to have Google chrome as the default browser – all time history making device :)

In this new device, there’s a big improvement in its camera capacity to the previous versions.

Dimensions and Specs

Nexus 7dimension

The good news is that the nexus 7 comes with a 198.5 x 120 x 10.45mm dimension and it is considerably better in weight than the iPad. Even, it is lighter than the amazon kindle fire. Its weigh just 340g!

Nexus 7 comes with 7-inch display, 1280v800 IPS display and it comes in two versions; 8GB and 16GB.

Nexus 7 dimensionsize
In it, there’s an integrated Wi-fi capacity but it has no 3G or 4G internet connectivity feature, but it comes with a front-facing camera and a longer lasting battery that Google claims can last for more than 8 hours of active use.

In absence in this device is micro SD card slot which makes it uneasy for people downloading or watching lots of videos.

The Nexus 7 tablet pack contains a microphone, NFC for Android Beam, Bluetooth, an accelerometer, GPS, magnetometer, and gyroscope.

Google Nexus 7 media glance

The nexus 7 comes gifted with limitless apps, videos, books and many more other awesome features that you will hardly see on other tablets like Kindle and iPad.

Google Nexus 7 release date and price

According to a report from TAL recently, it shows that the new nexus 7 will be released soon, July to be precise. The first phase will be available in these locations worldwide in US, UK and Australia but the date is unofficial yet.

In UK, the Nexus 7 will go for £159 for the 8GB version, while the 16GB model will go for £199. That price along with additional £15 worth of Google Play credit to spend. You can Pre-Order it for Google Play Store.

What do you think about the Google Nexus 7 android 4.1 jelly bean device? Do you think it is a great phone or you see something that you might not like? Please share your comments and I would be glad to respond to them.

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Top 13 Popular Android Phones of the year

The Android Phones are becoming popular day by day and we find there are a few models that have got all features that are being more popular. We need to check out a few models here and find a few features they have.

 13 popular android phones of the year

  • HTC One SThis ultra-modern design phone has got 4.3 inches display and a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels. It has got the famous HTC Imagesence in their camera and a built-in audio.
  • Samsung Galaxy NexusThis is another sleek and fast mobile with a glossy resolution and very black bezel body with the usual class of all Samsung phones. This has become a high quality model and very popular with the regular high-end mobile user.
  • T-Mobile MyTouch 4G Slide – The mobile has got best Camera and 4G network connecting facility, which makes it faster to use. The LCD screen is 3.7 inches and with superb resolution. The Android 2.3 is the operating system and it has a dual core processor and a super specification camera.
  • Motorola DROID RAZR MAXXThis phone is a good model and almost identical to Droid Razr in looks and with much better battery life for more talk time and back up. This has 4 G connectivity and a great winner in its looks.
  • Samsung Epic Touch 4GThis slim and fast speed mobile has got 4G connectivity and all the features and assurance of Samsung phones. This also has a 2 year contract with the company on warranty.
  • Motorola Droid Razr – The Razr has come back with the 4.3 inches display and thin body. The dual core processor and LTE connectivity is packed with a 2 year contract.
  • Motorola Droid Bionic – The full featured mobile with 4G connectivity and dual core processor works with a fast speed for you. This has got an assortment of features suitable for businessmen and is loaded with fun for your free time.
  • Samsung Galaxy S II (T – Mobile)T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Android Smartphone has got a big screen and it comes with a powerful processor. It has got NFC and 4G a support which makes it faster and you start synchronizing with the speed of the phone.
  • HTC Evo 3DThe dual core phone has got a 3D display and 4G connectivity. Its resolution is good for you to love the screen that comes up and it has sleek design.
  • HTC Sensation The phone has large screen and high resolution for your eyes and it assures HTC build quality and HTC Sense UI. The operating system is named as Android gingerbread. The phone has dual core processor and 768 MB of RAM.
  • Google Nexus S This is another phone that comes with an advantage over the other similar phones as it receives updates for Android phones. It has the Gingerbread OS 2.3 and does not have special UI, offering you 4 inches of LCD screen and a good resolution of the screen.
  • HTC ChaCha High user friendly keyboard and a dedicated key for logging to Facebook and a sense UI. The HTC special screen resolution and a sleek body make it a special phone.
  • HTC Wildfire SThe phone is another sleek body and high resolution from HTC.

These are a few of the Android phones available in the market that you can check out and understand the features before finding the one that is to be yours.

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HTC Surround vs Samsung Focus

HTC Surround and Samsung Focus are both premium Windows smart phones with windows 7 operating system for phones. Samsung Focus is lighter and slightly bigger out of the two phones. At first glance, both the phones look similar, except that the Samsung Focus is simply mesmerizing and too tempting to have.

HTC Surround vs Samsung Focus
HTC Surround vs Samsung Focus

The design of the Samsung Focus is such that the side of the phone is raised up to the level of the screen so even if your phone falls down, there is at least some protection available to it. At the same time this also and makes nice place for the dust to settle in. The Focus will need more care. All LCD or Amoled phones because of the super glassy and shiny screen show finger prints after a while and need cleaning. This of course is a no biggie for people who are constantly using their phones, in fact aren’t we all!

Screen and Tactile Response

The HTC Surround phone has a Non-AMOLED screen, and still manages to look good. That is, till you get the Samsung Focus out of the box. The Super-AMOLED screen steals the show. With the Super-AMOLED screen, the HTC black looks duskier than the Samsung Black. Although both phones use the same operating system, there is definitely a difference in the response to the touch. The Focus has been designed such that the need to double taps has been reduced. The response to single tap is also better with Focus, even with low battery.

The design of both phones is such that buttons on the side of the phone are well spaced and accidental touch will be fewer. The ones on the Surround are raised a little and are easier to use. In fact not only these buttons, the HTC has all buttons like the volume rocker more distinguishable.

Sound and Picture

HTC Surround has a better sound quality because of the better speakers, built right into the phone. These speakers will slide out and you will have stereo when you are watching a video, or a movie. This feature is very important when you are trying to replace your TV with the phone, but do we really do that? Also, HTC Surround and the Samsung Focus both come with a 5 megapixel camera, but only the HTC comes with a dual LED flash, compared to single LED flash on the Focus. This shows in the pictures you click.

Generally, the speakers will use up the battery faster; you will definitely need it if you use the slide out speaker often. Thankfully, with the HTC Surround, you won’t need to charge the batteries again and again. HTC Surround has a better battery life compared to the Samsung. The HTC scores if you are into sound (without the earphones), music and pictures.

All in All

There are other small differences with big impact. Voice dialing is a very useful feature; sadly it isn’t available in the HTC Surround. The phones are both good, and the choice you make should depend on the feature you care about the most. However, we give the thumbs up to the Samsung Focus.

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4 iPhone Apps For Learning & Performing Yoga

How many of you want to be fit and how many of you actually turn on DVDs or any internet video to learn the proper practicing of yoga. Well if you really want to be fit and don’t want to waste money by buying DVDs or by hiring personal trainer for yoga practice then here 4 top iPhone apps for learning and performing yoga.

1. Office Harmony

officeharmony iphone app
officeharmony iphone app

Performing yoga help you to relieve the stress which you gain by working for longer hours, this app allows you to perform yoga in 6 different poses with the help of instructional videos and which you can easily perform during the office break. There are also 4 meditation techniques which help you to regain the strength of your brain. It’s a worthy app which you can buy in USD 1.99.

2. Yogaworkout

Yogaworkout iphone app
Yogaworkout iphone app

YogaWorkout is complete designed to help you plan and organize your workout in several flows. You can mix and match the various poses and also on the based of difficulty level you are being given photo instructions to perform the steps in proper way. This app for iPhone cost you USD 1.99 and believe me it is worthy to pay this small amount for your fitness.

3. Mindbody Yoga 3.0

Mindbody Yoga3.0 iphone app
Mindbody Yoga3.0 iphone app

It is another interesting app which helps you to find the yoga instructor near by you and to search for the affordable yoga classes in the search distance radius. You will be returned the list of available classes around your locality and can easily join the most affordable and best yoga classes as per your requirement. It’s a free app which you can download it from iTunes.

4. Yoga free

Yogafree iphone app
Yogafree iphone app

Yoga free is a free iPhone app which comes with 200 poses and yoga classes and it offers the quickest recipe to perform various yoga posses in easy steps. Each pose is embedded with voice notes and there is also options video in case you need to see how it is actually done. It’s a pretty user-friendly app and is quite easy to use on your iPhone.

So get yourself a personal trainer on your iPhone and become fit at affordable cost with these fabulous iPhone apps.

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Useful iPhone apps for your Business

The use of iPhone has been increasing all over the world the last 3 years, for both leisure and communication. However, there are also various applications that will help you manage your business using this famous device. People have expanded the use of iPhone from a mere mobile phone to various other functions and it is now time to explore its importance and usefulness when it comes to everyday business; besides, business also requires cutting edge technology in order to thrive in what you do. You just need to explore the loads of available applications online in order maximize its use to a multifunctional tool in the convenience of your palm, which will save you time and money.

 Useful iphone business apps
iPhone Business Apps

Various businessmen have already used iPhone in their business undertakings and it has been on the top in the JD Power’s Satisfaction Ranks for Business Smartphones. It has been my personal assistant since I started my Mixbook coupons blog. It is believed that the main reason successful businessmen use the Apple’s phone and other gadgets is that they are outstanding devices which connect them with the world in a unique manner, when they are constantly on the move. Nevertheless, here are the top useful apps I have figured out you could use for your business especially while you are on the go:

Top useful iPhone apps for your business

Zoho

Zoho is a comprehensive suite of web-based applications that you can use for small business. Having Zoho in your iPhone literally allows you to bring your office wherever you go.

iPhone sync

iPhone sync allows you to connect it to your computer. You can also have your iPhone be supported by Microsoft Outlook, which can provide you email systems wherever you are.

Task applications

Although iPhone do not support any Task applications, it has its built-in create to do lists. The 43 Actions app also allows you to have updates on Twitter or your email to check who communicates with you.

43 Actions is an advanced organizer from  which you can create mobile to-do list. It’s designed specifically to let you manage your daily life on the go, using the always-on internet access in your iPhone.

Charts

Charts is a special application on your phone that you can use to create and manage your charts.

Skype

Do video calling, instant messaging, Group video calling  to any one from Skype for free. You can also have an online number for you business purpose.

Also read: Top 10 Things You Can Do with Skype

Keypoint

Keypoint is another app that you can use in viewing and sharing your presentations to other people. This is a great way for you to discuss things while you are on the go.

Mac Office 2008

This allows you to work on your documents while on the go. You can also export your slides in PowerPoint to your Smartphone using Mac Office 2008.

Shoeboxed Receipt Tracker

Shoeboxed is the easiest way to keep track of receipts and generate expense reports.

Harvest

An iPhone version of Harvest allows you to enter your expenses and track your time. It also provides other applications.

  1. Taking notes
  2. When you want to take notes using your cell, you can use various apps such as RemoteNote, Evernote, GlueyNotes and Thumb Jot. You can also use the standard feature of iPhone in taking notes.
  3. Google Maps
  4. Google maps on your iPhone are a good way to get directions and assist you in traveling. This is especially useful when you are out of town or out of the country due to business conferences.
  5. Google Docs
  6. You can also have Google docs in your iPhone in order for you to access your documents wherever you are.
  7. WiFi Directory

You can also access WiFi directory in your iPhone when you need the web especially when you are out of town. When traveling internationally, it can also provide you the WiFi spots in a certain country.

iPhone camera

The camera that comes in your iPhone is not just meant for you to capture your pictures. Like Mixbook and Pinnacle software. It can also be used to take shot of your stocks, receipts and others. You can also use your phone when in business meetings as long as recording is allowed.

Google news

Having Google news on your phone also allows you to have access on the latest business news even when you are away.
Aside from these, there are more iPhone applications that can help you in your business. So instead of buying a regular business phone, you can take advantage of iPhone and what it has to offer.

Must read: 46 Tips for the Business iPhone User

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How to choose a good Microphone?

The use of a microphone is clearly not limited to the stage for performances. Its use varies not only for the performing artists but also extensively for the media and entertainment sector for broadcasting. Be it a radio station or a news room, it is essential to know how to choose a good microphone. Ranging from hand held mics to condenser mics to lapel mics, the use and requirement differ in different scenarios.

Microphone is not used for only stage performances but it has lot more of application too. So, before buying a microphone certain things must be considered. The features like size brand cost etc. must be considered.

Types of microphones and Their uses

As it is an expensive piece of gadgetry, being aware of choosing a good microphone becomes all the more important. For the use of the media industry, all three variants mentioned above are essential. Hand held mics are used for location coverage and reporting and it is important for them to be padded and of good quality so as to handle external noises and vibrations. For a studio setting however, lapel mics and condenser mics are extensively utilized. It becomes a high priority to know how to choose a good microphone in such cases as they produce high-fidelity sound reproduction barring the unwanted noise and vibrations. On the other hand, microphones also have extensive usage in the recording studios, where the condenser mics again come into consideration, and for live stage shows, where ‘hand held mics’ are most popularly used. Hand held mics are available in wired and wireless variants.

How to choose a good microphone?

Apart from size, cost, brand, etc. we have directionality, frequency, impedance and handling noise must be taken into considered. Under directional pattern, it is better to use a less directional mic in position close to the sound source than to be further away using a hypercardioid. It must be kept in mind that the frequency must be appropriate. As a rule of thumb flat response patterns are best but most of the time tailored response is better. For impedance, it is always better to have low impedance than high impedance. It must be remembered that it work by converting sound waves into electrical signals. So, the diaphragm must be protected.

History and Producers of Microphones

Over the years manufacturers like Shure and Sennheiser have dominated the industry and continue to be the ultimate choice for anybody unsure on how to choose a microphone. For beginners and professionals alike, these companies offer a wide range of microphones as per the user’s requirement and use. A person may opt for a cheaper option in offerings from Philips or Panasonic or Shure’s expensive line, but the art of choosing a good microphone at the end of the day continues to be a highly technical one. So, it is better to take guideline from a technical expert or an engineer before choosing a microphone. To get best microphone it is important to take advice from one who have bought and a reliable shop or distributor.

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Top 5 best selling Smartphones in market for 2011

Smartphone, a mobile phone which apart from calling and texting enables to send email and can edit office documents as well. It is not a phone any more, if asked it has marked its position as a basic necessity of people in these times after food, cloth and shelter. Every company is launching its android products with exclusive features and they are selling it at competitive prices to make good deal out of it. Dell, Sony Ericson, Samsung, HTC, Nokia, Blackberry, Google and Apple are playing hard to get in this race. In the year of 2011, some of the best-selling android mobile phones are as follows:

Top 5 best selling Smartphones 2011 in market

#1 Apple iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S

#2 Blackberry Bold 3G 9900

#3 Samsung Galaxy S2

#4 HTC Incredible S

#5 Nokia E7

Apple-iPhone-4s

Apple iPhone 4 is known for its stylish, slim and sleek body. Its IPS display technology and retina display makes it unique form other mobile phones. It has 16GB/32 gigabytes storage capacity within it. It also has 5 mega pixel high-resolution camera plus VGA front camera. Apart from Bluetooth and Wi-Fi facilities it also consists of 3G connectivity which is suitable for WCDMA network.

blackberry-bold

Blackberry was earlier popular in business class society only but now days everyone from school to college prefer blackberry to give a funky corporate look to their persona. Blackberry curve was more popular in crowd due to its cost-effective properties but soon Blackberry Bold series has failed all the records with their new 3G mobile smart phones. Fast internet, fast downloading and better connectivity are the three amazing features. Blackberry Bold 3G 9900 has 128 mega byte RAM and enough memory to save anything. Its comfortable keyboard style handset makes it more popular and different.

Samsung-galaxy-S-2

Samsung has recently launched its range of Galaxy range with Galaxy Y, Galaxy Ace and S1, S2. These days Samsung Galaxy S2 is quite popular due to its android OS v2.3 software. This Rs. 28,000 mobile set is famous for its exclusive features and applications. It has 1 GB RAM and dual camera with 8 mega pixel high-resolution rear camera.

HTC-Incredible-S

HTC incredible S has innovative and smart handset is far more different than that of other Smartphone. Its uni body designs, bullet and scratch proof covering, amazing mix match color schemes and brawny feel makes it desirable. It has all the facilities one is looking for from WiFi to 3G and incredible motion camera capability. Other HTC models including RHYME, SALSA, EXPLORER etc…are also making a good profit in the market but incredible S is considered the best-selling product for HTC Company in the year 2011.

Nokia-E7

Nokia always been in number one position is somehow lacking when it comes to android Smartphone. No doubt its better storage capacity, unique handset design and durability always makes it a good decision. Nokia E7 with rest of the E series is very popular among people these days due to its Symbian ^3 operating system for better service.

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Gift your wife a most expensive Diamond encrusted iPhone 4

Making your wife happy should be on top of your priority list and you need to show that rather than just saying it aloud. There are a zillion ways to make her feel special, but bear one thing in mind, with all the little expressions of love there must be something unique that will leave her shocked beyond words. There are many ways to go about it but I feel that best way to go about it presently is to gift your wife with the most expensive diamond encrusted iPhone 4. Here’s more on the idea.

iPhone 4 Diamond Queen edition

The handset has been aptly named as the Diamond Queen edition as it truly looks royal and is sure to make your wife feel the same. This handset is piece of art mingled with the latest technology. The design of the handset is the same of the standard iPhone4 just that there is a lot of bling that has been added to the body of the handset.

Diamonds encrusted in the iPhone 4

This version of the handset has diamonds encrusted in the rim of the handset and each diamond is a 7.8 carat diamond. There are three bands of these diamonds all along the rim of the handset. This is not all as there are diamonds that are encrusted in the apple logo that is present on the rear side of the handset as well.

Capacity of the handset

This is the 32 GB version of the handset and the part that I loved most about this handset is that it is a factory unlocked model, so it can be used anywhere in the world. This handset comes along with a special case that is made of Ostrich foot. I don’t think it can get any better than this, except that I wish there was some discount code on the handset like the discount code for Wewood or for that matter the diamonds USA discount code. But that’s just wishful thinking as there is no such deal available.

Price of the diamond encrusted iPhone 4

This diamond encrusted iPhone 4 has been priced at £18,995 and yes, it is worth every penny and the elation that your wife experiences when she opens her sparkling gift. Don’t forget to tell her that there are only 50 pieces of this little wonder available in the world and hers is one of them.

If you are in a mood to spend some more then get her some diamonds too and this time you can make use of the diamonds USA discount code or get her a Wewood watch with the help of the discount code for Wewood. Make sure that she gets to know that you got a good deal on the diamonds and that will make her happier. I believe that if you gift your wife the most expensive diamond encrusted iPhone 4, you are sure to become the most invaluable person in her life.

Alternative you can buy iPhone Diamond Skin Cover Case if you can’t afford diamond encrusted iPhone 4.

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