Here are some facts you should know about the Apple Watch. The watch comes out April 24 for $349.
How it works:
- It requires an iPhone 5 and newer with iOS 8.2
- With iOS 8.2 you have to download the Apple Watch app to your iPhone in order to download apps to your watch.
- Depending on how much you will use your watch, you will need to charge it every night.
What it does:
- Notifications and messages are now at your wrist so you can reply on your watch instead of digging out your phone.
- Pay things via Apple Pay
- Send friends your location
- You can also pick a watch face that’s fits your mood. For example Mickey Mouse or you can click Mickey’s face for more options.
- Your Apple watch will give you a little buzz when you have been sitting down for too long.
- There is going to be a three ring chart to keep track of your movement with calories burned, exercise and how much you stood. The goal is to complete all three rings each day.
- Apple watch will also have a built-in heart rate monitor and accelerometer along with GPS and Wi-Fi to measure the distance.
This watch will include a lot of other convenient apps and tasks to do all at your wrist. To get more information on the Apple Watch, click here.
At the Mobile World Congress Samsung, HTC, Sony and others have announced their brand new smartphones. Here are a few that were announced.
Samsung announced their Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. Samsung ditched the plastic to go with the metal look, which is a great idea. The Edge will have the curved edges and it is also a different route for Samsung. These should be released In April but no say on how much they will cost
The HTC one M9 is a 5- inch screen with Dolby speakers should be on the market for $650 with Best Buy that will be 32GB version for AT&T network.
Silent Circle Blackphone 2 should hit the market in July for about $630. It also has a 5-inch screen with a 32GB of memory. Don’t forget to look out for the Blackphone+ tablet that should also hit the market soon.
Microsoft Lumia 640 and 640XL, one will be coming in April, which will be the 640 and the 640XL will come out this month and both should range between $300. The Windows phone range around 5 and 5.7 inches.
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MWC is announcing 10 new tablets. Here is some little details about five of them and their release dates.
- Archos Magnus series
- Sony Xperia Z4
- Lenovo TAB 2
- Lenovo Ideapad MIIX 300
- Huawei MediaPad X2
The Archos Magnus has one of the largest storage capacity around. With a built in 128GB and also a microSD slot for another 128GB including a 10.1 inch screen. Another version has a built in 256GB also including a microSD slot for 128GB with a 9.4 inch screen. Both of these tablets will cost $350 and go on sale until April of 2015.
The slick, slim and elegant Sony Xperia Z4 is also at a 10.1 inch screen with a 3GB of RAM and LTE connectivity is said to go on sale sometime in the spring in the U.S. The European prices are ~$620 and if that price is accurate, the U.S. price should be around the same price range.
Lenovo TAB 2 is another with a screen size of 10.1 inch meant for gaming and media with Android 4.4.TAB 2 will go on sale in April as well. For the Wi-Fi only, it will be $200 and $280for the LTE.
Lenovo Ideapad is very similar to the TAB A8, in size. It is equipped with one year subscription to Office. Ideapad will be available in July and starting at $150.
Huawei MediaPad X2 went towards the smaller size in tablets with 7 inches. With Android 5.0 and a high end camera and 5000mAh battery. Unfortunately, no details on when it comes out nor the price so keep a look out for more details on when it comes out.
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Solid-state drives (SSDs) offer better performance than hard disk drives (HDDs) by some distance. But several myths prevent people from making the switch.
The most common misconception surrounds price. When making a direct comparison between similarly-sized SSDs and HDDs, SSDs appear to be considerably more expensive. However, this is not the case when comparing performance and energy consumption. While SSDs cost more on a per-unit basis, they work harder.
In addition, some organizations are concerned about the lifespan of SSDs. However, with no moving parts, an SSD is less likely to break down or become corrupted. In fact, the nature of solid-state storage makes depreciation more predictable, allowing businesses to plan for the full lifecycle of the device.
In a competitive jobs market, even the most qualified and experienced candidates can fail to secure the right positions. Today, your resume needs to do more than simply recount the places you have worked. You need to consider what makes you special and find your ‘wow’ factor.
What makes you the best person for the job? Are you faster? More diligent? Whatever the answer, find the confidence to state it plainly. Employers are looking for candidates who understand their own strengths and the value they bring to a business.
In addition, include details on the results and outcomes of your input. If your diligence allowed you to streamline processes around an IT department, how much money was saved? When writing a resume, you are selling yourself as an important asset to a business. So focus your attention on the return an employer could see from investing in your skills and talents.
It’s almost that time of year again when everybody is wondering what Apple will surprise us with. But as we get closer to the announcement of iOS9, there are several long-term issues that Apple should focus on fixing before they start adding new headline features.
First, the Health app needs significant improvement. While the app is designed as a database of health data, there is no reason that it should be so difficult to decipher without third-party apps. Adding labels to graphs and charts or suggesting the appropriate apps would help.
Second, Notification Center is a great idea with a poor implementation. As every app tries to get your attention by issuing a notification, some basic sorting and prioritizing becomes essential. VIP email and messages should appear at the top of the list, while reminders about recent Twitter discussions could probably be relegated.
Finally, Apple Maps still lacks the essential public transit information it needs to be successful. This has been an ongoing source of frustration since Maps was launched and, as new devices like Apple Watch are released, there is an even bigger burden to get this fixed, fast.
As organizations expand their use of cloud services, comparing performance can become a difficult, time-consuming process. To help, Google has announced a new open source framework for monitoring cloud application performance, called PerfKit.
The framework comes in two parts. PerfKit Benchmarker is the core system that tracks key metrics associated with performance, including latency, throughput, and overhead. Meanwhile, PerfKit Explorer is a visualization tool that includes several dashboards to help users track performance and make data more meaningful.
Released under the Apache 2.0 license, this new kit should make performance comparisons easier to make and, as cloud technology evolves, Google plans to develop PerfKit to meet changing requirements.
Known for its application containerization technology, Good Technology has been gradually moving into the mobile space. Now, the company is launching a cloud-based Management Suite for mobile devices across iOS, Android, and Samsung Knox operating systems.
The service, designed to reduce the burden on IT departments and make device management more manageable, includes several key features. Administrators can work with policies and configurations, conduct remote data wipes, and deploy a secure web browser and enterprise app store to users.
This simple yet effective feature set allows administrators to focus on key tasks. Meanwhile, without the extensive features of competing products, Good Technology is able to offer the service at a low $3 per user / per month price point.
In an era when huge amounts of data are created in short spaces of time, analytics engines need to keep up. Responding to this demand, Microsoft Research has developed a new streaming analytics engine, Trill.
According to a Microsoft blog post, Trill is capable of processing data at between two and four orders of magnitude faster than modern streaming engines. This makes it ideal for applications including social media analytics and processing data from live sensors.
Currently, Trill is being used to handle data from Bing Web Search advertising campaigns. Thanks to this innovative new engine, advertisers can see the results of their campaigns in just one hour – a fourth of the time it used to take for results to appear.
Continuing the process of matching features found in rival cloud services, Microsoft OneDrive has been updated to include a new Albums feature. This follows similar functionality that can be found in Google Drive and Dropbox.
Users can now organize their photos into albums from the OneDrive iOS app, with Android and Windows Phone versions to follow soon. Once images are grouped together, they are displayed in a carousel format designed to show off photos in a clear, uncluttered interface.
There are also plans to add new features to support photos, according to a OneDrive company blog post. These include automatic photo import for Windows 7 and Windows 8, and automatic tagging to group similar photos together.