For those mobile users out there savvy enough to have purchased the budget priced Motorola Moto G, because they were willing to overlook its name and less than glossy look for its high-end specs are about to benefit again. The Moto G has been slated to be the first non-Nexus handset to be upgraded to Android 4.4.3, KitKat. As the cheaper version of the Moto X (which is currently unavailable in the UK), the Moto G was launched in November for around £120. For those not familiar with the Moto G, Motorola was acquired by Google in 2012, and the Moto G was developed to provide a quality smartphone at a price everyone could afford. They promised smooth integration with Google as well, and this upgrade backs that promise.
Here is short breakdown of the Moto G:
Design – Though certainly not fancy, the Moto G is solidly built, and has a comfortable feel that betrays its ‘bargain’ status. It measures 129.9 mm x 65.9mm x 11.6mm, which doesn’t make it the smallest phone on the market, but it is a nice size. The default colour scheme is Black, but removable backplates and flip colors are available in six different colours. The front of the phone is dominated by its 4.5-inch, 720p HD screen. Above the screen is the speaker, the front camera lens and a notification LED. The buttons and jacks are well placed, and the phone should be easy for one handed operation by most users. The display comes in at an impressive 329 pixels per inch (ppi), and the brightness, contrast and color vibrancy are all excellent for a phone at this price.
Features – The Moto G is able to provide blazing performance, thanks to its 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC, including a 450 MHz Adreno 305 graphics processor and backed up by 1GB of RAM. Internal storage options are 8GB and 16GB, but unfortunately, there is no MicroSD slot for external expansion. However, you are given an extra 50GB of Google Drive space free for two years. For connectivity, it is also off the charts for a low priced handset, offering GSM/GPRS/EDGE/UMTS/HSPA+ (and CDMA in the US). Also available are Bluetooth, GPS and an FM radio and single-band Wi-Fi. Unfortunately, dual-band Wi-Fi, LTE and NFC are not supported. The camera is also somewhere the Moto G decided to cut corners a bit. The 5MP front camera and 1.3 MP back camera certainly take decent snaps, but they hardly compare to high-end smartphones.
Overall, you can see that the Moto G isn’t going to live up to the likes of the Nexus 4, HTC One or the iPhone, but it wasn’t intended to. When the Moto G was launched, CEO Dennis Woodside said, “Most people can’t afford a $500 or $600 smartphone. In fact, the average price of a smartphone is close to $200 – the problem is, the experience that smartphones in this class provides is really, really bad.” This, quite simply, is the problem that the Moto G was designed to conquer, and it fills the task well. By no means a top-of the line smartphone, it has modern-day technology at an affordable price; rather than passing off a three or four year-old flagship phone as a nice value phone. The latest upgrade to Android KitKat 4.4.3, before the HTC One, and long before the Galaxy S4 (Samsung may not upgrade to KitKat until the release of the S5), proves that this is no joke of a phone, and can compete with the big boys without giving your wallet a beating.
Farmers have a lot to think about. While some things are out of a farmer’s control, such as the weather, one important aspect of a farmer’s business is fully within their control. It’s their finances. Using accounting software made specifically for farms can help farmers gain control of their finances and profitability (Source: http://www.redwingsoftware.com/rwssn/home.aspx?page=308).
Production analysis can be measured by predefined quantities such as per bushel, per head, per box, per acre, or any unit tracked. Expenses can then be applied to multiple account levels, such as a fertilizer account with segments for blend, lime and nitrogen. Knowing your operation’s profitability by production center helps you understand what needs to be improved. You can then use this information to help make smart decisions for your operation.
Using ratio analysis helps you pinpoint areas of strength and weakness within your farming operation, so you can make changes accordingly and increase your profits. Ratio analysis takes data that is already within your accounting system, and allows you to see the data behind the indicators (Source: http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/econ2198). Trend information can then be graphed and analyzed for the time frame of your choice.
Setting up and following a budget is another way to make a difference in the profitability of your farm. A budget helps you gain control of your finances and gives you the tools needed to project future cash flow, and helps you manage your assets and liabilities. Using a budget allows you to help answer “what-if” scenarios, such as expanding a crop, purchasing new equipment, buying more land, etc. Simply put, implementing a budget for your farm can provide smart decision making for your operation, which can lead to increased profits.
Take control of the things you can as a farmer. Financial management should not be left to chance. Use financial tools made specifically for farms, and you will be on your way to increased profitability.
Link building is an important part of running a successful website. During the early days of the web, search engines relied on links as a way to gauge the popularity and importance of websites. Today, the major search engines have more sophisticated, and accurate, ways to decide which websites should appear at the top of the search results, but that doesn’t mean link building is not important. Many of your visitors will find your website through links, and being associated with other high quality websites is valuable for brand building and SEO. These tips will help you to learn link building techniques that work.
Build Links for The Right Reasons
Before you solicit a link from any website, think about why you want it. If the only reason you’re looking for a link is because you want to increase the number of incoming links you have, don’t waste your time. The only links you should be chasing are ones from websites that belong in your niche. A good link adds value to your site, and to the site that is linking to you. Do you really think that the other webmaster’s visitors will be interested in your content?
Give Webmasters a Reason to Link to You
Bloggers that run high quality websites get a huge number of link requests every day. If you want them to take the time to answer your questions then you need to make your request stand out. An email that simply says “please link to me” is likely to get deleted without a second thought. Before you send out a link request, think about whether you would respond to a similar request. If you wouldn’t, don’t send that email. Try to come up with a compelling reason to link to your site. Offer something of value (a discount, ebook, or infographic), because you’re getting something of value in return (a link).
Ditch Those Metrics
Traditional link building wisdom says that you shouldn’t waste your time with sites that have a poor Alexa rank, low Page Rank or low Domain Authority. In this case, traditional wisdom is wrong. Metrics are easy to manipulate, and many low quality sites have good looking metrics. In contrast, many high quality sites have poor metrics because the webmasters that run them don’t care about getting a number on a tool bar to move in the right direction. Use your own mind to judge whether you want to work with a particular website.
Don’t make the mistake of going on a link building spree once every few months and building a huge number of links in a short space of time. Google may erroneously (or correctly!) identify those links as spam. Instead, try to spend a few minutes each week on link building. A steady trickle of high quality links is better for your brand and for SEO.
Treat Link Building Like Networking
Remember that there are real people behind those websites that you’re working with. Treat those people with respect. Thank them for their time if they answer your emails, even if they say no to linking to you at the moment. Become a part of the community in your niche, and you’ll find link building efforts get easier and easier.
Oranum is a global spiritual community known throughout the world for helping people find the guidance they are searching for with the help of talented psychics. Often times, people look for answers to burning questions about their love life or possibly their careers. They help those in need by connecting people with psychics 24 hours a day. With the world rapidly depending on social media such as Facebook and technology used in smart phones, they have adapted to the current trends and times and used this technology to help its members.
The android Oranum App, which you can find in Google play, is one way their technology reaches its members. By simply downloading the free app, members can begin using its various features. Such features include saving a favorite psychic list, and receiving notifications for when your favorite psychics are online. The app offers 24/7 support for live chat, phone or email. This app is very important to those who travel daily and are in need of guidance. An app like this, on a mobile device, helps give them the option of contacting a psychic or even simply reading their horoscope when they are not able to access a home computer.
Some members may desire spiritual healing, a tarot reading or a palm reading. For some members, the option of a video chat reading is very important in these categories. One of the great aspects of a live video chat reading is being able to see the psychic. The member also has the option of having their chosen psychic see them as well. They might choose to just leave sound on so the psychic may hear their voice but not see them in video. However, some members may decide just to type their thoughts and feelings instead of directly speaking to a psychic through voice chat. To learn how to use these features, users can watch the video tutorials available at Oranum youtube channel.
The interface on the website offers new and returning members the option of viewing different psychics. Some psychics will even offera free reading in their video chat. This helps members gain knowledge on how readings work and what to expect from specific psychics. All psychics are different in their personalities and sometimes their way of doing readings will differ from one another. By viewing them in the video chats on their screens, members can identify who they best relate to. This process allowsmembersto select a psychic that best fits their needs and in turn, help find the guidance they are looking for in life.
Their video chat can help people all over the world who speak various languages get in contact with a psychic who speaks their native tongue. Many psychic experts speak languages such as French, German, Croatian and Holland. Therefore, some who are not native to the English language should not have to worry about finding a psychic who will be able to communicate with them because they offer numerous psychics speaking many languages.This spiritual community stays up to date with cutting edge technology so people from around the world can benefit from a psychic reading.
Google is acknowledged as the biggest search engine. In fact, it owns two more search engines, Google and YouTube. For quiet a sometime Google search was their bread and butter. No doubt they will strive to continue this business in the foreseeable future, but there is something more. According to financial results (2013), their earnings were in excess of 14 billion, one would say that they are doing quite well, but Google won’t stop here and it is pretty obvious.
In the year 2011, Google launched its new operating system Chrome OS. It was warmly accepted by many, and the other laughed at it. It’s a fact that Chromebooks didn’t fare well in their first year, and Google didn’t expect it too. In 2012, the trend continued. People didn’t believe that a laptop had to be connected to the internet to work effectively. Despite of the fact that laptops are connected to the internet on a dedicated basis. As a result of this skepticism, Google Chromebooks accounted for just 1% of the notebook market.
Believers of Chromebooks were scorned. In the midst of this failure, something else happened like Microsoft launched Windows 8. Immediately, everyone’s attention was drawn from Chrome to Microsoft- the recent innovation. Unfortunately, Windows 8 was not heartily welcomed by the masses, and its sales lagged. In a meanwhile, Google reinvented their strategy and started offering Chromebooks on free of cost basis to both local and international students at affordable rates. No one knew exactly how Chromebooks were doing in 2013, until NPD reported that they have approximately 21% share in the notebook market. The increase in sales is stupendous and is expected to increase.
Devices (announced, not yet released) like LG all in one Chrome PC, showcases the different facets of the Operating System, and there is no doubt notebook sales will continue to rise. According to the latest report the laptops are consuming sales of Macbooks.
Chromecast- New Leap by Google Strategists
The chromebooks were not only pieces of Chrome affiliated hardware; another thing that entered in the scene was the Chromecast. It was a surprise announced by Google Chrome head Sundar Pichai. This allowed users of Android and Ios to share the content with televisions. Google always wanted to enter into a living room, and this innovation made it to do so. Needless to say, it also entered into hearts of individual.
The speculation is rife that in December this year, several new apps will be added in Chromecast line up. Further, Google promised to build their way at times to come. Now, Google wants to enter in new domain-television. We are all keen to see what benefits are in store for consumers.
If anyone didn’t know about the Chrome operating system or was unable to recognize the name of Chrome before 2013, then they probably know it now. This year has proven to be a good year for Google camp, and it is speculated that they will strive to do so in future also.
In a nutshell, technology market has undergone a paradigm shift and Google has been part of it.
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The Samsung S4 release in a short time is one of the most anticipated and talked about cell phone releases ever. Technology enthusiasts, Samsung fans, those who enjoy portable video, and those who want a convenient and well thought out camera are all likely to be interested in the latest model in the Samsung flagship Galaxy line.
For those excited about a specific feature or who just cannot wait to get the latest model of the newest technology on the market, this much anticipated release cannot come soon enough. Waiting is never easy and when a product as touted and as advanced as the Galaxy S4 is on its way, the waiting can seem so difficult.
The Techie Stuff
The S4 is going to have some great new technology built into it that will impress those who love the technology end of cell phones. The faster CPU at 1. GHz and the 2GB of Ram are sure to impress in the world of cell phones.
The fact that the screen is bigger but the phone is lighter and thinner make this a bit of an engineering marvel, just a bit, but that is sometimes all we need to be impressed. The fact that the memory on this phone is expandable to another full 64 GB by using a MicroSD card is also impressive, the more we can store the more we have at our fingertips.
Fans of Samsung Phones
For those who want to brag about how awesome their Samsung Galaxies have been, for those who do not like the competition for one reason or another, or for those who simply got hooked when the first Galaxy was released, the latest in the Samsung line is a must have.
Sometimes it really is just about loving a product or a product line and wanting to show ones loyalty and other time it is simply having the latest in a line of products you admire and having the bragging rights that go with owning a fine product, either way this new release date cannot come fast enough.
A Movie and Video Watcher’s Dream
For those who watch a lot of video on their cell phone the 5 inch Samsung Galaxy S4 screen is a real plus. Not only is it bigger, it is also clearer and brighter. With better resolution than other cell phones and an easy to sue interface that makes watching videos a simple task, those who want a portable system that can do it all will be waiting anxiously for this phone. Don’t forget to protect your device with the full body invisible shield for Samsung Galaxy S4.
A Great Camera
A year or two ago a 13mp camera in a cell phone would seem an impossible dream. Well, dreams really do come true with the Galaxy S4. The camera has great features, snaps excellent, clear, sharp images and even takes great video. The front facing camera allows the photographer to take a picture in both directions simultaneously so that he or she can be in the picture as well.
Of course, this is more or less a picture in picture feature, but it is much better than never being in a vacation photo or family shot again simply because you are the photographer.
All in all there are many reasons that the Samsung Galaxy S4 is a highly anticipated cell phone, rightfully so as it is advanced, full of great features, and well, it is a Samsung Galxay!
This article was written by Tim Mars who write for Ace Case, a retail giant that deal in Ace Armour iPhone 5S invisible screen protectors and other mobile phone and tablet accessories.
Motorola’s Xoom 2 arrives at a point where Apple’s iPad (first- or second-generation…) still dominates the tablet market. The original Xoom was the first tablet to arrive with Android Honeycomb, an OS dedicated to the tablet form. In the months since we gave it a middling review, plenty more tablets arrived, faster, thinner, and more longevous (like the Galaxy Tab 10.1).
So what now? Well, Motorola has recast its Xoom: it’s made it faster, slimmer and lighter.
They’ve beefed up the disappointing screen found on the original, it’s now a Gorilla Glass-coated IPS screen that promises 178-degree viewing angles. But Motorola has also cut more corners than the four you see before you — ones that it hopes customers won’t miss. Read more
Archos were making “tablets” before the majority of manufacturers had even considered it. It had large screen devices before the birth of the iPad and before Android even existed. Of course they were called portable media players in those days, and it was a slightly messy business involving software packs and docks.
But can experience in portable media devices give Archos the edge they need in this competitive market? Can their blend of affordability and media handling result in a package with universal appeal?
Beginning with design, as we so often do, doesn’t get the G9 Archos tablet off to the strongest start. The choice of plastics reminds you that this has been designed to a price point and although there are some interesting twists, it doesn’t really manage to stand apart from other budget tablets. Read more
When HTC entered the tablet game, it did so in reverse course. Where other manufacturers were jostling for elbow room in a 10-inch form factored world, the company opted for smaller, more familiar battleground, eschewing the rough-hewn Honeycomb OS for a Gingerbread-baked Sense overlay on the Flyer. Naturally, the time for that mini-slate to shine has come and gone. In its stead, we’re treated to a flagship of sorts — HTC’s first 10-incher and AT&T’s inaugural 4G LTE slate. Android 3.1 makes an appearance here, as does Sense 1.1 for tablets, but is the skinned experience really any different from the custom UX we’ve all come to love or hate on phones? Can the added Scribe pen functionality, repurposed here from its 7-inch brother, transform the Jetstream from third pillar offering to an always-on, on-the-go assistant? And will those newly hatched 700MHz speeds convince you to cough up for that weighty $700 price tag? Follow along past the break to see how it fared. Read more