We all have those embarrassing tech moments. You know, the ones where we think we know more about technology than we do, and it winds up getting us in trouble. Whether you’re gaming online all night and accidentally text a cheat to your arch nemesis instead of your best friend, or delete a document you desperately needed for work, knowing how to undo some embarrassing moments could be a life saver. [Read more…]
There is a war going on that people either know about or don’t. The war between Android users and iPhone users. Though no actual warfare is involved, both parties tend to be rather outspoken about which they prefer. Reality is, iPhone is great and iCloud is a nice bonus for that, but many geeks prefer Android because of how much you can customize it. But if iPhone users have iCloud, what options do Android users have if they need large memory storage?
Introducing IDrive. A simple idea that is pretty much set to change everything for Android users.
Your iPhone 6 is designed to be more than a text message receptacle or device for accessing business apps. As many of you probably already know, it’s a sophisticated gaming system in the palm of your hand!
However, with thousands of sub-par games in the App Store, how do you possibly know which ones are worth downloading? Let’s take a look at 6 free iOS games you need to download today.
Download These 6 Games Pronto
Thankfully the new iPhone six is bigger, better, and more powerful, meaning you don’t have to pick and choose which apps to download. Go ahead and grab all of these games as soon as possible:
If you’re looking to showcase the incredible graphics and visual capabilities of your iPhone 6, Vainglory is one of the best places to start. The game largely consists of three-on-three team battles where gamers work with other online players to destroy the opponent’s crystal base. While it may sound like any other combat game, it’s the challenge of collaborating with other players that makes it so intriguing. Vainglory is ideal for people who enjoy tactical and strategic fighting games.
Instead of visually stunning (the gameplay reminds you of something you would have played on your old Nintendo 64), this game is just plain addicting. Your character is a lumberjack and you’re asked to chop trees, avoid branches, and hone your skills. There are eight different characters and four unique environments. The appeal of this game is the fact that you can pick it up, play for two minutes, and then move on with your day.
For fans of classic puzzle games like Bejeweled and Flow, Two Dots will be familiar and enjoyable. The goal is to trace lines between colored dots in order to make them disappear. Much like Flow, your moves are limited and you only have a certain number of lives before having to start over. Do be warned, however, this game frequently asks for your money in order to maintain your progress.
Clash of Clans
As one of the most successful apps of all time, Clash of Clans is obviously addicting and fun. The goal is to build a strong village, attack other villages, and improve your armies, buildings, and amenities in an effort to reign supreme. In the beginning, upgrades only take minutes and the game is very fast paced, but things slow down on the backend. Once you get past the first few levels, upgrades can take days or even weeks.
This game is so fast paced and easy to learn that you can easily waste an hour without even realizing it. The game has beautiful graphics, challenging new courses, and plenty of objectives to retain your focus for quite some time. The beauty of this game is that adults, children, and people of all ages can quickly catch on and play.
Fans of the critically acclaimed show, The Walking Dead, will find Dead Trigger 2 exciting and engaging. It’s a classic first-person shooter and is filled with much of the humor you would expect. The game is easy to learn, yet hard to master.
Kicking Your Productivity to the Curb
After downloading these games, all you’ll need to worry about is spending too much of your time attacking barbarian villages, taking down enemy turrets, and chopping down giant trees. However, you can deal with those issues later. For now, download these games and discover what all the fuss is about.
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Smartphones are now everywhere, permeating all levels of society. People have seen the light, and are no longer satisfied with simple communications. Instead, smartphones with larger screens, fast internet access and a range of apps and supporting technologies have swept across the world, and continue to find growing markets in both developing and emerging territories. The major manufacturers are engaged in an innovation war, with each trying to get the edge on the other to snatch precious market share. It is to be expected that there will be many more generations of smartphone device to come, with all the major players and perhaps some new ones getting in on the action. But what features might you expect from the next generation of smartphone devices?
The next generation of smartphones are certain to boast even larger screens than at present. Screens are only increasing in size, and obviously this has a limit. But consumers should expect the next generation of phones to be much more spacious for touch-based applications. This will also be met with screens that are pressure sensitive, and much more advanced in the levels of interaction they provide with the user. This opens the door to a range of new applications and uses, exciting tech fans and industry analysts alike in equal measure. Knowing how to use Verizon Wireless coupons at this stage is also helpful, so you can take advantage of the latest models.
At the same time, processing power will continue to increase across these devices, making them much more robust than in previous generations. Smartphones will be able to do more, and much more quickly, in addition to having more storage space and better Internet connections. This means they will become much more usable, with the potential for the humble smartphone to become even more central to personal and working lives. We are already seeing these kinds of developments in current releases, and extending these effects by just a couple of more steps could spell further dramatic changes to the way we interact with these types of devices.
Perhaps one of the main gripes with the smartphones of today is battery power, with some models already outpacing their battery capacity in terms of the resources they demand. As batteries continue to grow in efficiency and capacity, it looks certain that the smartphones of tomorrow will enjoy a longer lifespan between charges. This will only serve to make newer phones more reliable, as batteries become more resilient to the pressures of heavy day-to-day use.
Smartphones are becoming an increasingly central part of each of our lives, both for work and pleasure for a large number of people worldwide. A generation of children are now being brought up on smartphones, in the same way the previous generation were raised with the Internet. There is no telling what the future might hold for communications technology more broadly, but what does look certain is that smartphones are here to stay, and consistently getting better. As each new generation is unveiled, the pressure to innovate and imagine is becoming ever greater, leading to increasingly impressive results with each new wave. With a more smartphone-reliant future looking a certainty, only time will tell what the future might hold.
Back in July this year, an interesting post appeared on Microsoft’s small business support website. In it, Microsoft Xbox MVP Marques Lyon wrote that the Xbox One is an “entirely justifiable” business expense for small companies. The post, which was widely reported by leading media outlets such as Forbes, went on to say that “The Xbox One, priced at $499, is an affordable option for small business owners, as there are many features built into the console that could help it rival even the most modest of video conferencing and networking platforms … With the processing power, snap mode, and connection to a large screen that the Xbox One has, this device is capable of going from the ‘break room’ to the ‘board room’
iOS and Android can’t lay claim to very many AAA games, but this one definitely qualifies. Horn is from the creator of The Dark Meadow, and it looks spectacular. [Read more…]
What’s your current wallpaper on the computer/laptop? How about your iPad/tablet? Your phone?
No matter what some people might say, being able to change and customize wallpapers is something that adds color to life. Yeah, that might be an exaggeration, but have you tried Windows 7 Starter? I have known people to hate it simply because the wallpaper cannot be changed!
Now what if you could use Instagram photos to make high quality wallpapers for all your devices? Yes, there is a web service for that!
It’s actually something that you might be familiar with already. Some time ago, we featured a web service called InstaCover, which allows you to tap into Instagram to create customized Facebook timeline cover photos.
Insta-WP is basically the same concept, except that the sizes are for wallpapers. Upon visiting the site, you can immediately give it a run without having to register or log in. You will see this panel, which gives you a lot of options regarding the size of the wallpaper you want to create.
Below it, there are even more options. You can choose to use photos only from your Instagram account. Obviously, this requires that you enter your Instagram ID. If you want a more diverse source, though, you do not need to enter your ID.
You can choose photos based on categories or tags. Other parameters include the sizes of the images to be included in the collage and whether you want rounded corners or not.
So I tried creating a wallpaper for my iPad. I guess it is no surprise that I used tags such as “gameofthrones” and “TARDIS”.
For the iPhone, I used “ironman”.
I did not enter my Instagram ID simply because I do not have too many photos in there, and definitely not of Iron Man, the TARDIS, and Game of Thrones. I wish I did, though! (RDJ, where art thou?)
Admittedly, there are some photos in the mix that I would rather not see. The concept is pretty cool, though, and I am sure with a little tweaking and narrowing down, the mix of images would be better. Give it a spin?
I have never been big on high tech cameras that can do wonders for one’s photos. I am more of the point and shoot kind of person, and as long as the photos turn out decently – not blurry for the most part – I am usually satisfied. Recently, though, I have been having issues with the camera of the iPhone 4. Whenever I use the flash in a low light setting, the entire picture has this reddish cast all over. It’s like a red filter has been used!
Speaking of the iPhone camera, I am pretty sure that there is a good number of people out there who see it as a nifty tool. Jayvee has even written a post about an underwater case for the iPhone 4S (for when you go diving, of course).
How about “hacking” your iPhone camera so that you can make it function somehow like a microscope, and take macro pictures?
That’s what Alex Wild did with his water droplet experiment. ((Alex Wild’s Photography)) It is so simple that you would probably think, “Now why didn’t I think of that?”
The trick? Place a droplet of water on your iPhone’s camera lens. Turn it over carefully so that the water droplet hangs down. This will serve as a magnifier and result in macro pictures such as the following.
I honestly like the photos, while I find it hard to believe they were taken with an iPhone camera (it’s just me, really). What I find rather silly is Alex’s own comment about his technique: “Water is not generally good for cell phone electronics, so be careful when applying the droplet.” Duh!
If you want to try your hand at what Alex calls “iPhone water-graphs”, you know what to do. Sure, try it at home, but don’t blame anyone if your phone stops working at some point and your warranty becomes void because of moisture damage.