Awaiting The iPhone 6

Awaiting The iPhone 6
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If there’s one phone that every Tom, Dick, Harry and Jane would lust after, it’s definitely the iPhone. And no thanks to the rumored design overhaul that the iPhone 6 has gone through, it is now making waves through the tech industry.

The other iPhone releases were mostly hype, and while some would quip that the phone design itself is disappointing, not to mention that the iPhone has had almost zero design changes since the iPhone 4, the fact remains that it is still THE phone that most consumers would want to nestle in their pockets. In fact, the iPhone is possible the single phone model that has managed to run at least two other phone companies to the ground. No thanks to the iPhone, Blackberry is on the verge of folding up, and Nokia is fast losing relevance.

iPhone 6 2There are some naysayers, however: MarketWatch says that “A supersize iPhone is a big risk for Apple,” while Bloomberg Businessweek notes that “The iPad Continues to Struggle, and a New iPhone Could Make It Worse.” There are ripples in the tech industry that it was folly for how Apple Orders 70-80 Million New iPhones. But the fact that Apple Sold 35.2 Million iPhones In Just 3 Months is an undeniable, unbeatable indicator of the phone’s success.

We should expect the iPhone 6 to launch on September 12th or September 19th. The world awaits with bated breath.

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Your eBook Reader Options

Your eBook Reader Options
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Reading is possibly the most useful pastime that one can have. Reading opens minds and allows a person to acquire knowledge. While you can read blogs (like Brosix’s Blog, yay!), there is something more satisfying about reading a book. In reading a full book, one can happily say, at the end of it, that they’ve finished something worthwhile.

And nowadays, there are so many options for reading books. One can go the traditional way, by reading paper books, or one can go for reading electronic books via any of the different avenues to read: through a browser, through an eBook reader, or through a generic tablet running iOS or Android.

The only question is, what, then, should you choose for yourself, when it comes to reading books through an electronic device?

eBook Readers 4If you want a versatile device that you can convert to a workhorse anytime, choose a multi-mode device. With tech companies increasingly churning out convertible devices, you can choose to read from a tablet that converts into a laptop.

  • Pros: The device itself is versatile and has varied uses.
  • Cons: The device’s versatility may be its liability. If you prefer a device dedicated for reading, this isn’t an option for you.

If you want an all-around multimedia device that doesn’t necessarily convert into a workhorse: Amazon Kindle was the pioneer in e-Readers, but they eventually diversified the Kindle line to include the Kindle Fire, which was more tablet than e-Reader. You have a whole slew of devices to choose from, including: Android phablets (4.7” to 6” phones), Android tablets (7in to 10in devices, from companies like Samsung), the Apple iPad Mini at 7”, as well as the iPad Air, at 9.7.” These devices will offer the ultimate reading and multimedia experience. So when you’re bored reading, you can switch to watching a movie, or playing games.

  • Pros: This will be an all-in-one device without a keyboard attachment.
  • Cons: Some people may find that the multimedia mode is a little too distracting. Other users who have children may find that their kids borrow their e-Readers and use these more than they do. Bummer.

If you want a dedicated eBook Reader and you don’t really want the bells and whistles. This is when you get a good ole trusty Kindle Paperwhite, which is your basic eBook reader, without the multimedia capabilities. You get your books, in highly readable e-Ink, and you can read anywhere, even under bright sunlight.

  • Pros: Your kids won’t want to borrow this eBook Reader, because all it will have are books. No games, no videos, no colored browser. Just books, a black-and-white e-Ink screen, and even your online browsing is in black and white. The perfect way to deter kids from taking over your device. This will be your go-to device when all you want to do is to curl up with the latest novel from your favorite author and escape.
  • Cons: Just as your kids will be deterred from having multimedia fun from your eBook Reader, you, too, may find the e-Ink and the black-and-white look absolutely boring. But if you remember that you purchased that book primarily and solely for reading, you’d be able to put in a whole lot of hours reading novel after novel or book after book, using your trusty Paperwhite eBook Reader.

Your choice of device for reading eBooks definitely depends on what you want out of the device. We’ve presented the choices to you, and we’ve outlined their pros and cons. We hope you’ll be able to make the best eReader purchase that suits you and your lifestyle. And if you want to make the device your own, with none of your kids pawing at it and wishing for an early inheritance, we’ve outlined your options too. Enjoy!

 

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5 Music Social Networks For Your Auditory Pleasure

5 Music Social Networks For Your Auditory Pleasure
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Last week, we gave you a list of great music apps that let you download offline content. Though, if you’re not a fan of Premium subscriptions and mainstream music, there are music communities that feature user-generated content. You can listen to, and even download audio content from these platforms. What’s more is that there is a social networking feature to these apps.

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SoundCloud. SoundCloud was engineered as a composition-collaboration platform. It allows users to download up to 100 songs, as well as upload 120 minutes (2 hours) of audio to their profiles. A $38 annual subscription will unlock the capacity to upload up to 4 hours worth of content, while a $130 annual subscription allows a user to upload unlimited content. As you can see, the Premium accounts are targeted for content creators. For those who just want to listen to other people’s content, then the Free account might suffice. SoundCloud is great for music lovers who want to discover work by unsigned artists. Originally created in Stockholm, Sweden, its headquarters are now in Berlin, Germany.

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Last.fm. Last.fm is more of a music discovery service. Its feature, called “scrobbling,” allows a user to find similar music to the ones he already has in his collection. It is more of a social network for music. The Premium service, which costs $3.00 a month, removes ads and allows you to see who viewed your profile. This comes in handy when you want to connect with other people who like the same kind of music that you do. The Premium account also gives the user a 30% discount from Last.fm merchandise, as well as early access to the Last.fm Labs, which are new features being introduced to the app. Last.fm was built in the United Kingdom.

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There are other music apps that are available online. There is Jango, which is more of a random player for music similar to the music that you’ll initially choose, or NoAdRadio, which is similar to Jango. These, on the other hand, are great alternatives to Pandora, which is locked to the United States, Australia, and New Zealand only.

If you want to listen to music, there is no need to pirate MP3 or AAC files. There is also no need to rip dozens of CDs, just to fill up your music collection. We’ve given you this great list of music streaming options, and last week, we gave you options for premium music downloads. Enjoy listening to your music finds!

 

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Three Music Apps That Let You Stream Music Offline

Three Music Apps That Let You Stream Music Offline
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Music: It’s a form of entertainment that you can use while you work, or you can enjoy with rapt, focused attention. It’s one of those things that make life worthwhile. And while it’s always easy to just grab albums off of iTunes, Amazon, or buy them off a record store shelf, there are times when it’s just not practical to buy an album, realize you don’t really like it, apply for a refund, then rinse-repeat. There are days when it’s just so nice to be able to stream music, listen to them, and if you really want to, download and keep them. While you can always listen to Internet radio, sometimes Internet radio just can’t cut it. You need something you can listen to, offline. You need something you can control better, in terms of playing the music you want. You need something more robust.

These apps that combine both music streaming and offline music functionalities:

Spotify. Spotify is possibly the most popular of these services. You can build your own playlists, share them with friends, and even keep offline versions of the tracks you choose. The Free mobile/app versions will only allow you to listen to music on “Shuffle” mode when on a mobile device, so if you want to have greater control over the music you listen to, you may want to subscribe to the Premium service, which costs $9.99 monthly. Spotify was founded in Stockholm, Sweden.

Deezer. Deezer is very similar to Spotify, but its interface is more straightforward. The mobile/app version is free only on a trial basis, under the Premium+ account. The Premium+ account’s trial period is good for 15 days. Thereafter, it will cost $9.99 per month. The free accounts will only give unlimited music streaming access from your desktop browser. Deezer was created in Paris, France.

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Rdio. Rdio operates the same way as both Deezer and Spotify, and the Premium account also costs $9.99. One major difference is that it has a Family account that costs $17.99 for 2 unlimited subscriptions, then for each Family member added, a 50% off discount is applied. The Family account is good for up to 5 subscribers. Rdio was created by Skype founders Niklas Zennström, from Järfälla, Sweden, and Janus Friis, from Denmark.

Internet radio apps abound, and while streaming is great, it’s always nice to have your music with you, even when you’re offline. Now you know the three major options for offline listening. There are other platforms that offer a different kind of music experience. Those allow collaboration, and social networking is heavily integrated in those platforms. We’ll share those with you next time.

But if all you’re really after is the ability to listen to your music without paying a fortune for each album, these three subscriptions are your best bet. Remember that an album costs $9.99, the same amount you pay for a month’s worth of access to unlimited content. So if you think about it, if you only had $9.99 to spend on music every month, one option gives you just one album every month, while the music subscription options gives you access to millions of albums, every single month.

It’s a great way to try music, and if you change your mind about it, remove it from your device. If you like it, we bet you’ll be listening to those tracks every day, as you go on your daily jog, as you work, and even as you commute.

Much as we love Pandora and Live365, Internet radio just can’t do that. So choose from any of these apps and take your music with you, wherever you go.

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The Best Websites And Apps For Dog Lovers

The Best Websites And Apps For Dog Lovers
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Dog owners could be the most passionate about their pets. Some really enthusiastic dog owners not only mind the basic needs and veterinary care for their canine pals, they also go to such lengths as grooming the dogs and then registering them in dog shows. Given this keen interest and care for their pets, wouldn’t it be great if dog owners had access to apps and websites to know how they can take better care of their furry friends, too?

Here are some of our favorites:

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Dogster. A comprehensive website covering everything from dog care and down to dog issues such as rescuing homeless dogs, this website is not only packed with information, the content is also well-written and very enjoyable to read. We love that it has a deeply compassionate philosophy driving the website’s production. Read for very real stories about dogs, going beyond the usual information about dog breeds. Perfect for dog lovers and dog owners.

For a list of other websites and blogs that may prove essential for dog lovers to read, read Alfie’s Blog’s “Best dog blogs, ever.”

Here are a few other websites that will give you helpful information about your furry friends:

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PAWS. Beyond just plain loving your canine furballs, surely, you also feel for the rest of their kind. If you want to be more aware of, and even be involved in the causes that surround dogs and other furry friends.

If you want to find out the lives of dogs who were abandoned by their previous owners, as well as how they are rescued and nursed back to a vibrant life, check out these YouTube Channels:

As for apps, here are three lists of apps that will prove useful and might become mainstays in a dog owner’s smartphone:

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One’s passion for their beloved furballs can be compatible with technology. With these apps and websites, you can learn more about, and help track the maintenance of your canine best friends. Check out these apps and websites today!

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The Ultra-Mobile Lifestyle

The Ultra-Mobile Lifestyle
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In the age of connectivity, it is so much easier to work from anywhere in the world. Whether you’re working from a coffee shop in your hometown, or you’re planning to travel in Southeast Asia, technology has created a way for us to work from just about anywhere.

In North America, almost all coffee shops, malls and airports are equipped with a WiFi hotspot. With 3G, WiMax and LTE technology, a subscriber can also go online from anywhere with a 3G or LTE signal, and at fast speeds, too.

If you’re planning to travel abroad, whether to Asia or Europe, here’s how you could ensure that you’ll stay online:

  • Invest in a phone or a device with LTE connectivity. When a device is already optimized for LTE, it can also handle 3G when LTE is not available. Your phone can be used for tethering, so you can have your own portable WiFi hotspot wherever you go.
  • Check the LTE and 3G bands in the countries you’re traveling to. Make sure that your device is configured for those cellular bands as well.

With an open-line, quad-band device, you will be able to access 3G and LTE internet services from wherever in the world. Just research on how these connectivity technologies work in the area you are headed for, and you’ll be able to travel and work seamlessly. Enjoy your vacation!

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Brosix’s Stefan Chekanov At TuxCon 2014

Brosix’s Stefan Chekanov At TuxCon 2014
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Tux, that adorable penguin who represents Linux, was front and center as TuxCon’s official mascot in the TuxCon International Fair held in Plovdiv, Bulgaria on June 28-29, 2014, Tux represented everything open source and mobile, including the future of computing and embedded devices.

In the #TuxCon, there were speakers from Bulgaria, Turkey and Greece, including Brosix’s own Stefan Chekanov.

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Stefan presented Brosix’s growth from being a purely desktop communication platform, and how the team overcame the challenges that they faced in porting the app to mobile.

As Stefan Chekanov stated on his own blog:

“My subject was ‘Mobile applications that communicate.’ I shared the experience we gained while we expanded from desktop to mobile. Our main product Brosix started as a communication application for Windows (desktop-only). Later we added Mac and Linux — all desktop operating systems. When we decided to add mobiles Android and iOS, we reached a new world, where old principles and techniques did not work the way we expected. Later we created another mobile application that communicates — GuestVista. In the time-frame I had, I tried to share all of our experience and to give ideas the audience to consider when they plan and build their mobile applications that communicate.”

Stefan’s presentation hopefully gave the TuxCon delegates something to think about, especially if they were thinking of creating their own communications platforms. Brosix is happy to share its learnings and innovations, giving back knowledge where it belongs — in the community.

TuxCon Audience

The future is bright in the evolution of computing, whether software or hardware. With Embedded Devices upon us, integrating into cars, fridges, industry control devices, and more, Open Source is definitely a crucial part of the growing tech landscape. And BroSix is only happy to contribute to that growth.

Excited for next year’s TuxCon, Stefan is quoted as sayinin a TuxCon interview, “Just surprise me.”

Cheers to a successful TuxCon 2014, and from all of us at Brosix: See you again next year!

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Three “Deceptively Simple” Games To Kill Time With

Three “Deceptively Simple” Games To Kill Time With
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One of the most inconvenient places to be caught in is in a queue. Who relishes needing to wait for 20 or 30 minutes just to get a burger, right? And most especially, not when absolutely famished. But long lines, just like a really bad traffic jam, are a fact of life. You have a choice either to give up what you’re lining up for, or just hang in there until you get what you need.

A great way to survive an extra-long queue is through fiddling with your smartphone. On the rather long wait, you may think of texting, taking a call, or firing out emails. But even though those sound like good things to do, you could face any of these scenarios:

All of your friends are busy, so no one may want to reply to your texts.

Taking a call could get loud, and will irritate everyone else lining up with you.

Emailing clients, subordinates, or bosses is something you already do throughout the day. Chances are, that’s what you will be doing when you get back from this burger break. You really should try to take it easy a little. Even if it means just getting a breather while waiting for your turn.

And so, when you take out your smartphone, make sure you won’t be texting, taking a call or emailing people regarding work. If it’s your only time to breathe on a workday, take out your smartphone to play games!

Here are three games you can play while waiting in line:

 Games 1 - 4 Pics 1 Word 24 Pics 1 Word. This addictive thing is deceptively simple: Guess the word from the 4 pictures on the grid. What’s “simple” is how you play it. What’s “deceptive” is thinking that this simple game will be easy to put down. This game will compel you to keep playing simply because it rocks to get a word right and then level up. Imagine being a guinea pig driven to keep pushing a button because a treat comes out when you do. Winning the words keeps you going, and don’t ever underestimate the addictive nature of this game.

Games 2 - Omicron 3Omicron. “Tap That Color.” That silky-smooth lady’s voice says at the start of the game. And all you really need to do is to tap all the octagons that are of the same color as the one shown at the start of every level. Just like 4 Pics 1 Word, this game is just as deceptively simple. It’s actually tricky to tap all the same-color octagons in a set, as the tiles change every second. There is a time-crunch element aside from the need-to-tap-the-right-color element. Squelch the yells of frustration, as they may fight to rise out of your voice box every few frames or so.

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Bejeweled. PopCap Games perfected the Match 3 game way before everyone else, and Bejeweled is a classic. While Bejeweled Blitz is more of a minute-long time-crunch game, Bejeweled HD has other modes. A rather entertaining mode is the Diamond Mine, where you have to match the gems so you could “clear” the “soil” and the stage and get more play time. The pressure may kill you, but it’ll keep you glued to the game for hours on end. Bejeweled HD also has other game modes, which will keep you from getting bored with a “simple Match 3 game.”

Having these games on your smartphone will come in handy, especially if you have some time to kill. It’ll keep you happy and preoccupied, while killing some time.

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Google Chrome Moving To Open Source For PDF Rendering With The PDFium Project

Google Chrome Moving To Open Source For PDF Rendering With The PDFium Project
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Google wants to change the way its browsers process the Portable Document Format, also known as the PDF file. As of now, Google Chrome uses a mix of proprietary and closed-source elements to process PDF files. It is now moving into a fully Open Source platform, using Foxit PDF‘s technology to achieve its needs. The project, called PDFium, is currently on Google Code, opening the process to the Open Source community. They are also working to match the Open Source process with the Chromium and the Chromium OS projects, which are Open-Source versions of the Google Chrome browser and the Chrome OS. Google wants to make the process as Open-Source friendly as possible.

According to tech pundits, Google seems to have no commercial interests at stake for the move. This project is likely to be geared towards moving their products away from commercial, closed-source and proprietary code, and onto a paradigm that’s more friendly to collaborative development. Moves that will certainly please the developer and Open Source communities.

A move that is highly in line with Google’s other pursuits. The Android mobile platform is purely Open-Source, and PDFium Project only reinforces that cause.

Sources:

Google Open Sources PDF Rendering

Foxit PDF Technology Chosen For Google Open-Source

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Google Glass And All Things Google

Google Glass And All Things Google
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Google. We’re all fascinated about it. From being just one of the search engines we use to find things on, it’s now infiltrated most of our lives. Email, the cloud, and now, it’s capitalizing on bleeding-edge technology with wearable tech, drones, and more. Here’s a collection of newsbits which are all about Google.

Where It All Started: Nikola Tesla And The Inventor’s Life. The heart and soul of Google, Lawrence Edward “Larry” Page, is a tech dynamo, with ideas for inventions all around. But did you know that his inspiration for being a profitable inventor came from the life story of Nikola Tesla? That and other details of how Google came to be, on the story below.

Read On: The Story Of How Larry Page Got Forced From The Top Of Google And Came Back A Decade Later

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Google GlassGoogle Glass Lets You Be Your Own Broadcast Star. If you’ve ever fancied becoming an anchor for a famous news program, then Google Glass may let you come close: It now has a tie-in with Livestream LLC, the company behind video-sharing website Livestream, which lets users broadcast straight from their Google Glasses.

Read On: Now Google Glass Can Turn You Into A Live Broadcast

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Google Glass Bumps Up The RAM. You can never have too much RAM, can you. And neither can Google Glass. Google Glass is aiming for a smoother user experience, and it’s getting a bump in the specs, via a 2x upgrade in RAM.

Read On: Google Doubles The RAM In Glass To 2GB, Just In Time For Brits To Buy

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Google Takes On GoDaddy And Namecheap. First, it was taking over your ISP with Google Fibr. Now, it’s taking on the domain registration industry. Where will Google stop? Your guess is as good as mine. Or maybe, the first story may well clue us all in.

Read On: Google Wants To Sell Domain Names, Google Is Getting Into Domains. Should GoDaddy Worry?

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Verizon Cuts Off Google Chromebook Pixel Users’ LTE Access A Year Early, Google Responds With $150 VISA Gift Cards. Google’s premium Chromebook offering, the Pixel, used to come with a 2-Year LTE plan with Verizon. However, Verizon must have realized how costly a 2-year free plan may be and ends up cutting off the Google Chromebook Pixel users at the one-year mark. Google responds to this move by compensating the consumers with a $150 gift card they could use to pay for LTE, or whatever else they fancy.

Read On: Google Offers $150 Gift Card For Chromebook Pixel Data Shutoff

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From Google Glass, and now, domains, it looks like there’s no stopping Google, indeed. And it looks like Larry Page is on his way to realizing his dream of becoming the quintessential, self-sustaining inventor.

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