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Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Android Wear First Look: Samsung and LG Put Alerts on Your Wrist

Android Wear is here. When Google first unveiled its wearable platform in May, the products looked impressive, but they hadn't been seen in the wild. At Google I/O 2014, the first Android Wear devices, the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live, are out and proud.
The G Watch and Gear Live are very similar. Before they're officially on sale, the samples here at the show will only run in "retail" mode, meaning they only show sample notifications from Android Wear. At least they're interactive — you can swipe and tap on them, but I couldn't dive that deep
The watch faces are slightly different — the Gear Live has hints of silver trim while the G Watch goes with basic black — but they both have the same rectangular shape, and the screens are virtually the same size (a 1.65-inch square for the G Watch and 1.63-inch for the Gear Live).
The screens may be the same size, and even look the same, but there's different tech under the hood. Samsung's is a SuperAMOLED screen, like the company's phones, and LG opted for an IPS (in-plane switching) LCD. Both looked great to me.
Android Wear is a different take on the smartwatch than we've seen so far. It's almost entirely focused on notifications — which is a good thing — with different kinds of alerts showing up as Google Now-style "cards" that you can scroll through, up and down.
Swiping to the side lets you perform other actions, depending on the card. For example, the weather card shows you current conditions, but a swipe will show you the forecast. Swiping a Hangout message will let you reply.
Android Wear's whole card paradigm is a stark contrast to other smartwatches like the Samsung Gear 2 and Sony Smartwatch 2, which tend to favor traditional app icons to activate certain functions. Android Wear makes more sense for a small screen — it's easier to gesture than to precisely tap on a tiny icon — but I suspect finding specific features might be more challenging.
Both of the smartwatches are listening to you. Say "O.K., Google," and the watch will accept verbal commands. Set reminders, reply to messages and more. The speech recognition is about as good as Google Glass, which is to say great. When I told the G Watch to remind me to pick up my dry cleaning, it got everything right except the time. Not bad.
Apart from the minor differences in design and the displays, the G Watch and Gear Live provide a near-identical experience. That's probably because they were both in the in-store retail mode, but also because Android Wear is brand new and neither brand has had a chance to really crack it open much yet. I expect the interfaces to add more variety and differentiators as time goes on.
As for Android Wear itself, Google is on the right track by centering it around notifications. I would say 90% of the purpose of a smartwatch is to provide convenient, "glanceable" updates. LG and Samsung appear laser-focused on that purpose — there's virtually no mention of things like fitness or music playback.
As long as the alerts are useful, in context, and not annoying, Google's smartwatch platform will have a bright future. We'll reserve judgment until we can use the watches out of demo mode, but Android Wear adds some needed brains to the category.
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    Samsung Gear Live

    The Samsung Gear Live is one of the first devices to run Android Wear, Google's new smartwatch platform.
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    LG G Watch

    The LG G Watch is very similar to the Gear Live, although it uses different screen technology -- LCD instead of AMOLED.
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    Paired With Phone

    The two watches aren't standalone devices; they need to be paired with a smartphone.
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    Notification Hub

    Android Wear is all about bringing glanceable notifications to your wrist. Here's a message from Google Hangouts.
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    Actions

    Swiping to the side of a notification reveals more information or actions you can take.
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    Weather

    In the case of a weather app, swiping to the left shows the forecast.
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    Compared With Sony Smartwatch 2

    Here's how the weather looks different on an Android Wear device vs. the Sony Smartwatch 2, which uses more of a traditional weather app.
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    Voice Activation

    Say "O.K., Google," and an Android Wear device will take voice commands, such as setting a reminder.
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    G Watch Backside

    The back of the G Watch shows the metal connects where you charge it.
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    Gear Live Backside

    The back of the Gear Live reveals the heart-rate monitor -- a staple of Samsung smartwatches.
Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments.

Posted By: Pawan Lubana on Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Samsung Galaxy S5 and New Gear Devices Now Available Globally

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Samsung's new flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5, today goes on sale in 125 countries, including the U.S. It also becomes available in Europe, Middle East, Latin America and most markets in Asia.
The company's trio of fitness devices — Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit — also become available today.
Launched during this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is a powerful device, with a 5.1-inch screen, a quad-core, 2.5GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, 16/32GB of storage and a 16-megapixel camera. It's waterproof and dustproof, and comes with a fingerprint scanner and a heart-rate monitor.
In the U.S., you can get it at every major carrier, including AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile, for the price of $199 with a two-year contract.
The Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo are the company's new, sleeker and lighter smartwatches, the biggest difference between the two being plastic (instead of metal) case and the lack of camera on the Neo. The Gear Fit is a smaller, leaner fitness wearable with a 1.85-inch Super AMOLED curved touchscreen. All three devices are water-resistant, and come with a heart-rate monitor.
Check out our reviews of the Galaxy S5, the Gear 2 and the Gear Fit.
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Posted By: Pawan Lubana on Saturday, 12 April 2014

You're Not Going to Deform Your Spine by Texting Too Much

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Constant texting can be dangerous — whether it's behind the wheel or crossing the street. But it turns out that perennial claims that texting is having an adverse, and potentially lethal, impact on people's posture may be overstated.
For years, stories have appeared online warning about the bodily harm associated with compulsively bending one's neck downward to look at their phone. Many of these articles cite warnings from the United Chiropractic Association, which says that frequent texting can result in hyperkyphosis - a severe curvature of the spine that leads to increased mortality rates.
But recently, Harriet Hall of the blog Science-Based Medicine refuted the claims of the UCA. Though hyperkyphosis can do very real harm — particularly in the elderly — Hall argues that the link between this pronounced form of spinal disfiguration and texting has not been conclusively proven.
First, a quick crash course in chiropractic medicine. Kyphosis is a condition involving an "exaggeration of the natural curvature of the spine." This malady becomes hyperkyphosis when this bend exceeds 45 degrees.
A recent Telegraph article positing the spinal dangers of texting notes that hyperkyphosis has been shown to increase mortality rates by 1.44 times. That's roughly the same increase in the likelihood of death caused by obesity.
"Chiropractors have said a lot of silly things, but this ranks right up there among the silliest," Hall writes. "They are just making stuff up and using scaremongering as a practice-building technique."
Hall, a former family physician and Air Force flight surgeon who has written prolifically to debunk bad medical advice, says the idea that cellphone use could lead to irreparable spine damage is akin to the old wives tale that crossing one's eyes can become a permanent condition.
Like most myths, there is a kernel of truth to this one, Hall says. Texting can lead to a mild form of kyphosis, so mild in fact that it's what you or I might call mere slouching. And although slouching can cause some temporary muscle pain, it's certainly not life threatening or irreversible.
The more severe hyperkyphosis condition (which would manifest itself like the Hunchback of Notre Dame), is usually caused by more dramatic factors. It's often found in older people, particularly women, as a result of osteoporosis causing actual deterioration of vertebrae. In younger people, it's usually the result of some kind of physical accident or birth defect.
"Remember when Mom told you not to cross your eyes because they might get stuck and stay that way permanently?" Hall writes. "Of course that can't really happen; and no amount of hunching over a cellphone is going to produce a permanent hyperkyphosis either."
So to put things in perspective, when it comes to cellphone use, you should be much more wary of the impact it has on your ability to pay attention rather than your posture. Though it's still a relatively rare occurrence, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission found that in 2011, more than 1,150 pedestrians went to the emergency room as a result of injuries they suffered while texting and walking. And recently, researchers at Cohen Children's Medical Center in New York found that fatalities related to texting while driving have eclipsed drunk driving deaths among teens.

Posted By: Pawan Lubana on

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Tesla Drivers' In-Dash Web Browsing Habits Revealed

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The race is on to snag the attention of drivers via new Internet-enabled dashboard touchscreens, but metrics on exactly how popular this new browsing experience might be have largely been a mystery, until now.
Quantcast has released numbers from a study conducted over a 30-day period designed to give us some insight into the in-dash usage habits of Tesla owners.
The study, which gleaned stats from 100 million digital destinations over a 30-day period between Feb. 24 and March 23, offers a rough sketch of what the average Tesla owner's in-dash usage looks like.
"This data is based on websites using Quantcast Measure for their audience measurement," a Quantcast spokesperson told Mashable. "The Tesla browser has an identifier called a user agent, similar to a Chrome or Firefox browser. We looked at all visits to measured websites from the Tesla browser."

Predictably, usage of the 17-inch in-dash touchscreen peaks during typical commuting times, in this case, 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and 4:30pm to 7:30 p.m., respectively
Within the news vertical, the study found that 26%, or roughly half of the news consumption views, were devoted to local news sites, a possible shot in the arm to beleaguered local news ventures like Patch.
Quantcast's study also found that 13% of the news consumed was financial in nature. Interestingly, the study also found that the conservative news aggregation site the DrudgeReport accounted for 10% of overall web browsing traffic.
This can be taken in a couple of ways, depending on how you parse the data. Either it means that Tesla owners, generally affluent at this point, lean conservative, or it could just be attributed to the quick loading, bare-bones design of the DrudgeReport website.
Tesla usage map
Another interesting data point from the study reveals how usage of the Tesla tracks across the U.S. According to Quantcast's data, California is the leading source of browser views at 66%, followed by Georgia at 9%, Texas at 8% and New York and Illinois at 5% each.
What's most interesting about Quantcast's data is that it exists at all. There are numerous laws on the books in various U.S. states prohibiting the use of television screens in cars while driving. So, yes, a touchscreen tablet-style dashboard isn't a television, but it could be reasonably argued that it might be just as distracting during web browsing sessions.
In California, the state with the most web browsing activity, according to the study, the law states:
However, the law makes exceptions for windshield and dashboard-mounted GPS devices and "systems designed to prevent the driver from viewing them." But neither of those exceptions describes the kind of in-dash touchscreen used in the Tesla.
In the next most popular web content viewing state in the study, Georgia, no such restriction exists. But in all the other states listed in the study, including Texas, Illinois, Washington, Ohio, New York, Washington, D.C., the laws regarding screens in cars are largely similar to those in California — no distracting screens allowed while driving.
Although the Tesla's dashboard screen does not have the ability to display web video, on Tesla'sown user forums, some owners of the vehicle openly admit that the vehicle's in-dash screen can indeed be distracting.
In response to the growing use of media-rich mobile devices, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released voluntary guidelines last year. The agency's guidelines recommend that vehicles be "stopped and in park" during situations involving "the display of certain types of text, including text messages, web pages, social media content."
Of course, the dashboard computer industry is still so young that we're likely to see even more guidelines crop up in the coming years. For now, we can only hope that the stats from Quantcast's study represent instances in which the vehicles were in park.
And while Quantcast's study is limited in size and duration, it nevertheless offers a hitherto unseen peek into how these new screens (including Apple's CarPlay and Ford's Sync) will really be used.
Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments.

Posted By: Pawan Lubana on Thursday, 3 April 2014

Monday, 31 March 2014

Could the Next-Gen iPhone Look Like This?

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A designer has taken a sketch of the alleged iPhone 6 design specs that leaked last week, and turned it into a full-blown concept photo to highlight what the next generation Apple smartphone might look like.
Alleged schematics of a 4.7-inch and 5.7-inch iPhone 6 were first published in the Japanese Mac magazine, MacFan. Those images were then republished in the Japanese Mac blog Mac Otakara and on MacRumors.
The schematics show off a thinner, slimmer iPhone that matches some of the design languages showcased in the iPad Air. The schematics dictate that the iPhone 6 — also referred to as the iPhone Air — would be 7.1mm thick, compared to the 7.6mm thick iPhone 5S. Its edges are also slightly curved, and instead of two buttons for adjusting the volume (the "+" and "-" functions), it will be baked into just one button.
French tech website Nowhereelse.fr asked a designer to create a mockup of the iPhone 6 to help better visualize the dimensions.
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A concept photo of what the iPhone 6 could look like. 
For fun, the designer also took a little artist license, and reintroduced the glass backing that was removed, replacing it with aluminum for the iPhone 5. Other features include matte metal edges and an edge-to-edge display.
Although we won't know for sure what the iPhone 6 will look like until it makes its debut — most likely in September — we're digging the sleeker look shown in the concept photos.

Posted By: Pawan Lubana on Monday, 31 March 2014

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

The Top 10 Android Apps of 2013

  • Duolingo

    1. Duolingo

    Duolingo works to add interactivity and customized lesson planning to the language learning experience by rewarding users when they achieve goals, giving incentive to return for more lessons -- something your high school's Intermediate Spanish course never did.
    Duolingo gives users the opportunity to learn English, Spanish, French, German, Italian and Portuguese. You don't have to worry about being charged for the service any time soon, either. Co-creator Luis von Ahn told USA Today, "We're fundamentalists on the belief that we should not charge for language education."
    Price: Free
    IMAGE: DUOLINGO
  • 2. Pocket Casts

    A one-stop shop for organizing your podcasts, Pocket Casts allows you to listen to, download and sync your podcasts all from one device. Audio playback is customizable, allowing you to adjust playback speed to whatever you're comfortable with. The "featured" and "popular" menus also help with podcast discovery.
    Price: $3.99
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  • 3. Evernote

    Evernote, which has become more of a leviathan of productivity than just an app, received several updates in 2013, including a customizable home screen and image and PDF markup. With Evernote, you can take notes or photos, keep reminders, record audio and tag all of it to make it easily searchable. It's so vast, getting started may seem too daunting to some. We recommend our beginner's guide.
    VIDEO: YOUTUBE, EVERNOTEVIDEOS
  • Pixlr

    4. Pixlr Express

    A powerful, customizable photo editor that's more than just filters, Pixlr Express comes packed with the ability to color-correct, blur or layer images and stickers on top of one another. Just taking up 7.2 M of memory, Pixlr Express is more than worth the small amount of space it'll take up on your SD card.
    Price: Free
    IMAGE: PIXLR
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    5. Nova Launcher

    With the release of iOS 7, Apple raised the bar for home screen design in 2013. For Android, Nova Launcher reaches the same bar. Fully customizable, performance-oriented and with a prime version at just $4, Nova Launcher is a great download for any android user.
    Price: $4
    IMAGE: NOVA LAUNCHER
  • 6. doubleTwist

    Aside from being a great tool to sync your music between your Mac or PC and your Android device, doubleTwist is a powerful media player, enabling you to play multiple audio files, watch videos, stream radio and listen to podcasts. It certainly doesn't hurt that doubleTwist's album cover-centric design is beautiful to look at as well.
    Price:
    VIDEO: YOUTUBE, DOUBLETWISTMEDIA
  • Reddit

    7. Reddit is fun

    Reddit is fun is our preferred way of browsing and using Reddit on our Android devices. Easy to navigate, the app more closely resembles the web experience of Reddit than other popular apps -- which seem to be more focused on browsing rather than posting or commenting. Frequently updated with bug fixes and small updates, you can count on Reddit is fun to continue improving with time.
    Price: Free
    IMAGE: REDDIT IS FUN
  • Feedly

    8. Feedly

    Now that our dear Google Reader has moved on from this world, we require a new RSS curation tool to fill our article-consuming needs -- and Feedly fits the bill. The app's design is heavily image focused, giving a reading experience closer to how we use the web than most news aggregation tools. Offering easy sharing tools and integration with Evernote, Instapaper and Pocket, Feedly is a fluid, fast moving hulk of a news app.
    Price
    IMAGE: FEEDLY
  • Sleepbot

    9. Sleepbot

    Whether you choose to use Sleepbot as a simple time log or a dedicated and powerful sleep tracker is up to you, but both options offer a rewarding experience for anyone looking to improve his or her sleeping habits. Sleepbot tracks your movement and noise levels, greeting you with a quiet alarm in the morning at your lightest level of sleep.
    Price: Free
    IMAGE: SLEEPBOT
  • Aereo

    10. Aereo

    Straight out of The Jetsons, the Aereo app -- currently in public beta -- allows you to access your cloud DVR on your Android device, meaning you can watch your favorite television shows on your morning commute (assuming you use public transportation, of course-- Mashable does not condone driving under the influence of Breaking Bad). You can tune into your local channels and save up to 20 hours of television in the cloud.
    Price: Free app; after free trial, subscription is $8 per month.
    Note: Aereo is currently available only in select metropolitan areas.
    IMAGE: AEREO
  • With the release of new operating system KitKat and the announcement that it hit both one billion activations and 50 billion app downloads, it's clear that 2013 has been a year of great news forAndroid.
    In the past 12 months, we've seen the release of some truly remarkable new apps on Google Play, while some old standards got a much-needed revisiting. Here, we list our picks for the top Android apps of the calendar year.
  • Our top choices for 2013 include a leviathan of productivity, a new breed of news reader and a sleep tracker. Check out these apps in the gallery above, and see if they're fit for a download

Posted By: Pawan Lubana on Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Court Rules Against iPhone Ban in South Korea

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A judge in South Korea on Thursday rejected a lawsuit filed by Samsung claiming Apple infringed on its smartphone patents.
Samsung, which sought $95,000 in damages and an iPhone ban in its home country of South Korea, accused Apple of violating three patents related to mobile messaging technology featured in the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5. The court dismissed the lawsuit, ruling they can be developed using existing technologies, according to the New York Times.
“We are disappointed by the court’s decision,” Samsung said in a statement. “As Apple has continued to infringe our patented mobile technologies, we will continue to take the measures necessary to protect our intellectual property rights.”
This is the latest back-and-forth legal battle between the two companies. Last year in South Korea, a judge ruled in favor of Samsung on a case related to patent infringement, but last month, a U.S. court ordered Samsung to pay Apple $290 million in related infringement damages of its own.
Even the Obama administration got involved in August on a proposed ban of Apple products, vetoing a United States International Trade Commission decision that was initially viewed as an unexpected patent battle victory for Samsung.
“We are glad the Korean court joined others around the world in standing up for real innovation and rejecting Samsung’s ridiculous claims,” Apple said in a statement on Thursday.

Posted By: Pawan Lubana on Thursday, 12 December 2013

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Mobile Internet Subscriptions to Triple by 2019

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If it seems like everyone around you is constantly glued to their smartphones, you haven't seen anything yet. According to Ericsson's 2013 mobility report, the number of global mobile Internet subscriptions will triple by 2019.
In 2013, the number of mobile subscriptions around the world clocks in at 2.2 billion. Six years from now, that number is set to reach 6.4 billion.
Statista's chart shows the growth in subscriptions of smartphones, mobile PCs, tablets and mobile routers.


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Posted By: Pawan Lubana on Saturday, 23 November 2013

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Inside the Most High-Tech Cab in New York: Car Force One

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Sometimes you think you’ve seen everything in tech. Other times, everything in tech gets packed into a car for the ultimate in luxury. If you ever wanted to play on a PlayStation 4, watch cable TV, finish some work on a full-size keyboard, print photos and/or enjoy a beer as strobe lights pulsate around you on your way to work in a clean, comfy cab, take a ride in Car Force One.
A ride fit for a president, Car Force One is a luxury car service that chauffeurs you around the New York area in the most teched-out car in the world. And the truckload of amenities are at no additional cost.
According to Car Force One founder and CEO Ishai, the company’s priority is customer satisfaction. "My company is not about the car, it's about the service. It's for the clients," said Ishai, who declined to divulge his last name
Ishai has been a cab driver since July 2009 and modified the cars himself with a team of helpers. He first started with a sedan, but these days he drives a 2011 Chevrolet SUV that's tricked out with gadgets and amenities such as an Xbox 360 (which he's upgrading to a PlayStation 4 when it comes out), a 23-inch Samsung HD monitor, Blu-ray player, live cable TV with premium channels, 4G Internet, three mobile printers and more.
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"I believe it's the most equipped car in the world, the most luxurious car," Ishai said.
He built the vehicle to provide three major services: convenience and comfort, multi-media entertainment and a fully equipped mobile office. Here's an exhaustive list of features in Car Force One, which is not complete because Ishai is constantly adding new things to his car.

Convenience/Comfort

  • Chargers for iPhone 4, 4s, 5, 5c, 5s, Samsung and BlackBerry phones on every side/seat
  • Remote controls throughout car to adjust lighting on/off and dimming
  • Phone holders near charging cables on sides of car
  • Mobile "bathroom," as a client called it, side dock with: Victoria's Secret lotions and colognes, hand sanitizers, Wet Ones to go and Kleenex to go
  • 3 coolers (2 for now) that serve as mini-bars, offering cold drinks such as: bottled water, orange juice, apple juice, Diet Coke, Sprite, Coors Light and Plans to add fruit salad cups
  • Mobile baby station with: bottle warmer, baby wipes warmer and paper towels
  • 2 full-size umbrellas, adding 2 smaller ones
  • Infant and toddler car seats and boosters
  • First-aid kit, emergency seat belt cutter, window breaker, fire extinguisher
  • Multimedia Entertainment

  • 23-inch full HD 1920 x 1080p monitor that’s hooked up for 5 different uses: Internet, Blu-ray movies, live cable TV, gaming console and pictures and videos from SD card reader
  • Gaming console (Xbox 360 for now, he has already ordered PS4)
  • Live cable TV (Time Warner) with premium channels such as Disney and HBO
  • 2 headrest monitors hooked up to Blu-ray player
  • More than 200 titles of Blu- ray movies in a 2TB hard drive, an additional 30 titles for kids
  • Up-to-date magazines and newspapers
  • Mobile Office

  • Fully functioning laptop hooked up to 23-inch monitor, wireless keyboard and mouse
  • 4G Wi-Fi that clients can connect to on their own devices
  • 3 mobile printers: 4 x 6 photo printer, an all-in-one scanner/printer, an HP OfficeJet printer
  • Adjustable table as a writing surface that holds the keyboard and mouse
  • SD card reader for memory card file transfer
  • Reservations with Car Force One start at $45 for a journey from the Upper West Side to Wall Street, and shorter distances cost a minimum of $35. In comparison, the same ride (UWS to Wall Street) in a yellow cab will set you back some $30 in moderate traffic, including a 20% tip. Ishai says he imposes a minimum fee for reservations because of the commitment he makes and the opportunity cost involved. “If another job comes up for $500, I will turn it down,” he said. He has offered better rates for regulars and sometimes even gives them free rides for short distances.
    Don’t expect to call Car Force One tonight and get a ride tomorrow morning, though. Due to a tight schedule, Ishai says the company would prefer people make reservations as far ahead as possible. He receives bookings for March in as early as June the year before, and most of his clients hire him for airport and business pickups. You can access CarForceOne’s website with the username “carforceone” and the password “president” to make reservations and open an account for 15% off posted rates.
    Ishai says he can’t wait to get started on his next car and has already bought tickets to go to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January. He intends to get the latest and greatest tech for his car, including:
  • Appropriately-sized 4K or 3D (without glasses) monitor
  • Wireless phone charging dock
  • Karaoke machine
  • Heated and cool cup holders
  • Mousepad that can be used on lap
  • But it's not the tech features that keep people coming back to Car Force One. Ishai says he asks repeat customers why they choose to return to him over other luxury car services. They tell him it is his reliability that they prize the most, followed by his friendly personality. "Many of my clients confide in me," he said. But for first-timers, the amazing features of Car Force One are the biggest draw. After all, it's not every day that you get to ride like a president.

    Posted By: Pawan Lubana on Wednesday, 13 November 2013

    Friday, 1 November 2013

    iPad Air vs. Every Other iPad Ever Made


    In the battle for speediest tablet, there can be only one victor. In our side-by-side tests of every single full-sized iPad generation ever made, not surprisingly, the Apple iPad Air makes a strong case for supremacy.
    Since Apple introduced the iPad in 2010, it's been continually upping the ante on its processor. The very first iPad featured a custom-built A4 mobile CPU, which ran at 1 GHz. The iPad 2 got an upgrade to the more powerful A5 chip. It, too, was clocked at 1 GHz.
    But, as with all Apple's ARM-based chips, the performance was more than the sum of its Hertz.
    When the iPad 3 came along, it included a huge graphic performance boost, thanks to the A5x chip. The A6, which arrived with the iPhone 5, added performance and new digital photography chops to the phone and the iPad 4, which arrived in November of 2012.
    This year brought the A7 chip and a new set of iPhones and iPads. The 1 lb., .29 inch iPad Air not only looks and feels different, it performs differently too.
    To see the real-world changes wrought by Apple's component updates across the five generations of iPad, we put them all in one room and performed a series of simple, illustrative tests. The iPad Air is on the far right. Next to it is the iPad 4 Retina, followed by the iPad 3, then the iPad 2 and, finally, the heftier iPad 1.
    Caution: watching this video may lead to standing in line for the iPad Air line at your local Apple store Friday.
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      Holding the Apple iPad Air

      Apple's iPad Air takes the tablets design to a new level of portability. At just one pound and 0.29 inch thick, the tablet is light enough to hold with just your fingertips.
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      iPad Air Box

      The only notable thing about the iPad Air box is that it's smaller than any full-size iPad box that's come before it.
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      iPad Air side view

      As you can see, the lock switch and volume buttons are still on the side.
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      iPad Air Back

      Aside from the "space gray" aluminum, there's nothing remarkable about the back of the iPad Air. You can see the iSight camera in the upper left corner.
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      iPad Air's iSight Camera

      This is pretty much the same camera you'll find on the previous iPad and on the iPhone 5C.
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      iPad Air Top Edge

      The top edge features the 3.5mm audio jack, microphone opening and the power/sleep button.
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      iPad Air Speakers and Lighting Port

      Another look at that very thin edge.
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      iPad Air Bottom Edge

      You'll find the speakers and Lightning port on the bottom edge of the iPad Air.
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      iPad Air in Smart Case

      The new iPad Air fits snugly into the leather Smart Case.
    • Ipadair-bottom-view-with-isight-camera

      iPad Air Bottom View

      Another look at the bottom of the iPad Air.
    • Ipadair-next-to-ipad-retina-detail

      iPad Air Slims Down

      Compared with previous iPads, the iPad Air (left) is also considerably thinner.
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      A Smaller iPad

      The iPad Air is considerably smaller than the iPad 4 (bottom).
    • Ipad-retina-ipad-air-ipad-mini

      iPads of All Shapes and Sizes

      At the bottom is an iPad 4. In the middle is the much smaller iPad Air (with the same size screen). On top is the iPad Mini (Gen 1).
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      iPad Air is Thin and Light

      It's fun to hold it like this, but not particularly useful.
    • Ipadair-in%2520new-ipad-air-home%2520screen

      iPad Air in New Smart Case

      If you've seen iOS 7 before, then the home screen is quite familiar. Even if you haven't, it still looks just like an iPad.
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      New iPad Air Smart Case

      The new Smart Case is leather and fits the iPad Air perfectly. It's easy to put on and a bit tricky to take off. It also doubles as a stand. It lists for $79.
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      Smart Case Rear View

      The case features an opening for the camera, speakers and Lightning port. Other buttons are covered, but still entirely usable.
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      iPad Air in Smart Case Beside Smart Cover

      Don't want to cover the iPad Air's shiny back? Try the smart cover. It costs $39.
    • Ipadair-with-ipad-mini-on-top-size-difference-2

      iPad Air With iPad Mini on Top

      They share many of the same specs, but the iPad Air is considerably larger than the iPad Mini.

    Posted By: Pawan Lubana on Friday, 1 November 2013

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