Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Five affordable tablets with calling feature

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Tablets are not a niche segment anymore. What once started out as a second screen is now a device that is a must-buy for most users. This is mostly due to the added functionality a tablet comes with, in that it can double as a communication device on the go. Most tablets now come with a SIM card slot that allows users to add a SIM and access Internet using cellular networks. While tablets are a dime a dozen, here are a few 3G-enabled tablets that stand out from the rest: 

top five tablets
Affordable Tablets

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 T211

Samsung has decided to go with the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” policy with the Galaxy Tab 3. The tablet features a similar design and has hardware that has not changed much from the Tab 2. The Tab 3 T211 comes with a 7-inch screen, and does come with narrower bezels than its earlier offering. In terms of hardware, the tablet does quite well with a 1.2 GHz dual-core CPU, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB ROM with a micro-SD slot that can extend memory to 32 GB , a 3MP camera at the back and a 1.3MP shooter at the front along with a 4,000 mAh battery. 

The T211 is a 3G tablet, and users can install a SIM card to access Internet on the go. If you are near a Wi-Fi network, the Tab 3 211 allows you to connect to 2.4 GHz as well as 5 GHz wireless networks, which is an added advantage. Although there is nothing that is groundbreaking on the device, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 price in India is just Rs. 15,392, which means that it will sell very well. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is a little outdated, but there is nothing that you’re missing out on. 

Asus Fonepad

Asus is a relative newcomer to the tablet segment, but has managed to establish a foothold quite well. The Fonepad is a great tablet, and one of the best that is available in this segment. The 7-inch offering comes with a 720p HD screen, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB ROM, micro-SD card slot, a 3.15 MP camera at the back and a 1.2 MP camera at the front along with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The tablet also has a 4,270 mAh battery, and the single SIM card slot is of the GSM variety. 

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One of the distinguishing features on the tablet is the inclusion of a 1.2 GHz Intel Atom Z2420 processor, which makes it very fast. Intel is set to announce its next-generation Bay Trail processors next year, but for now the current Atom series is fast enough to suit users’ needs, and is available for just Rs. 13,100. 

Lenovo IdeaTab A3000

Lenovo is enjoying a great year that has seen it overtake traditional notebook vendors like Dell. Its move to go global is also working out very well for the brand, as its mobile and tablet offerings are well-received by users in India and elsewhere. The IdeaTab A3000 is the third tablet launched in India, and comes with great features. The tablet is one of a few that comes with dual-SIM functionality (GSM + GSM), and that means that you can use two different mobile networks while on the go. 

Other hardware features include a 7-inch screen (1024 x 600 pixels), 1 GB RAM, 16 GB ROM, 1.2 GHz quad-core processor and a 5 megapixel camera at the back along with a measly 0.3 megapixel shooter at the front. It does have Wi-Fi connectivity, internal codecs for the latest audio and video file formats, and a 3,500 mAh battery that is claimed to last for 8 hours of continuous internet browsing. The IdeaTab A300 is available for Rs. 12,975 in India.

Micromax Canvas Tab P650

Micromax has released a lot of tablets under the FunBook moniker, but it looks like the largest Indian manufacturer is looking to consolidate offerings under a single line. The Canvas Tab is the first such tablet, and comes with hardware that is decent. It may not be the fastest or the best tablet on this list, but Micromax is counting on its loyal user base and strong advertising efforts to push sales of this tablet further. The tablet is available in India for Rs. 13,000. 

The Micromax Canvas Tab comes with an 8-inch screen with a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB ROM of which 12 GB is available to the user, 5 megapixel camera at the back with a 2 megapixels camera at the front and runs on Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean. The 1.2 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6589 processor makes sure that the tablet can handle any intensive tasks you throw at it. Also available is Wi-Fi, 3G and Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity.

XOLO QC800

Xolo is also getting into the tablet market, and the QC800 is a testament to how far the Indian manufacturer has come in a year. The tablet features identical hardware to the Micromax Tab, but comes with a Qualcomm 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 8225Q CPU than the MediaTek one used in Micromax’s offering. The front camera is also very low and is an area Xolo could’ve worked at. That being said, the tablet is on offer for just Rs. 11,500 which is less than what other tablets in this segment cost.

Author's Bio: Harish Jonnalagadda is a market analyst at MySmartPrice.  An avid reader, he is usually found reading Sci-Fi novels in his free time. He is also a fanatic gamer and a huge fan of the Assassin's Creed franchise.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

How to create free eBook download system with download counter and analytics for your blog or website?

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As a blogger or a webmaster, there are quite good amount of chances that you want to make files available for download. It can be eBook, PDF, a word file (doc or docx), a presentation, etc. But especially to give your readers "free ebook download" opportunity.

It is not a big task for bloggers who have access to professional blogging/CMS platforms like WordPress. But not for users who publish with Google Blogger. Even if you are using WordPress self-hosted, you can apply this method to cut down your bandwidth usage.

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Share link to get download link

Free eBook Download System

Upload your file/eBook to any cloud storage of your choice (it must support public downloading). Lets say dropbox.

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  1. Upload your eBook to dropbox.
  2. Click on Share link button.
  3. On the next page, a download link is available as a download button.
  4. Right click on the download button and copy the link.
traffic sources chart for free eBook download system
Referral Sources

Download Counter and Analytics

The next thing needed is a counter, that counts the number of times the link was clicked. With that, it will be even better if you can track from where the file was downloaded, from where the users came, how many eBook downloads occurred, from which operating system and from which browser. To do so-
  1. Go to goo.gl, a URL shortener by Google.
  2. Sign in using your Google Account credentials.
  3. Place the download link copied in step 4 (previous section).
  4. Click on shorten URL button.
  5. Now, you have your shortened URL which will be saved in your goo.gl account.
  6. Place this shortened URL on your blogs homepage or anywhere else like twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, etc.
Author's Bio: Shubhashish Shukla (follow him) is the person behind Sector Techno (twitter, facebook), a technology blog. An always learning web developer.

Monday, 21 October 2013

Cheaper alternative to laptops- Stylish HP Chromebook 11

| Monday, October 21, 2013 | | Be first to comment!

Since their inception in mid-2011, there have been plenty of Chromebooks launched, ranging from the ridiculously overpriced Google Pixel to Acer’s 200$ C7. Although, none of them has really managed to set the market alight. In a bid to impress critics and users alike, HP has teamed up with Google for its latest offering, the HP Chromebook 11. Let’s see what HP’s new Chromebook brings to the table. 

DESIGN

Weighing in at a little over 2.3 pounds, the Chromebook 11 has a sleek and attractive design with a glossy finish. The corners are softly rounded and it comes in two colour variants: white and black. You can also take your pick of four accent colours for the back lid: red, green, blue and yellow. The Chromebook has a chiclet style keyboard which is comfortable for typing. The laptop feels solid and smooth, and the design might remind you of Macbook’s now discontinued plastic variant. Having said that, the Chrombook 11 is an eye catching device and feels sturdier than most other Chromebooks in the same price range. 

SCREEN

The 11.6 incher sports an IPS display, with a resolution of 1366x768. The screen looks crisp, bright and sharp and the colours look gorgeous. The IPS screen also offers excellent viewing angles. There is no touch screen but the Chromebook 11 definitely has one of the better screens in the budget Chromebook market. 

HARDWARE, CONNECTIVITY and STORAGE

Under the hood, the laptop runs on a dual-core Samsung Exynos 2520 processor with 2GB of RAM and 16 GB of SSD memory. There is no fan under the hood, which isn’t surprising as things aren’t expected to get particularly hot with the Samsung processor. There’s an interesting addition of a standard microUSB charging port, which means you can charge your phone and laptop with the same charger but the absence of an HDMI port and SD slot might irk some people. Connectivity options include 2 USB ports, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and an optional Micro-SIM slot for the 4G/LTE variant. 

SOFTWARE and BATTERY

Like all other Chromebooks, this laptop runs on Google’s cloud based Chrome OS. Cloud storage means all your data is backed up on a remote cloud storage and while you can always lose your Chromebook, you’re never going to lose your data. The laptop comes with 100 GB of Google Drive cloud storage, free for 2 years. Google claims that the Chromebook can give upto 6 hours of active usage on a single charge, not bad Google. 

CAMERA and AUDIO

Nothing extraordinary on the imaging front, as the Chromebook comes with a standard VGA web camera. The laptop contains no visible vents and thus the speaker vents are moved below the keyboard. Google claims its new speaker vents give “sound ported up through the keyboard”, it remains to be seen how much difference that makes in the real world. 

VERDICT

In terms of design and build quality, the Chromebook 11 is perhaps the sexiest and most sturdy laptop in its price range. The device comes with a nippy processor and a decent screen. If you can live with the limitations of the Chrome OS, HP’s Chromebook 11 is a solid option at the pricing of 279.99$, and definitely one to consider.

Author's Bio: The article is written by Sanjay Kumar Negi, working at 91Mobiles.com. Follow him on Google Plus.

Sunday, 13 October 2013

How to opt out of Google's shared endorsement?

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Google has announced an update in its terms of services, which will be enforced on 11th of November 2013. 

What is shared endorsement?

As the word suggest endorsement simply means a recommendation of a product in an advertisement. After these new Google terms of services will go live, search results will start to use your Google Plus profile's public data to recommend a product in advertisements.

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A number of users are angry about this new release as Google will now use your face (profile picture) and name in advertisement. But generally speaking that is not a thing to dislike as Google will only use your public data to recommend products and services to other users.
Google Plus Settings shared endorsement
Settings Google Plus

How to opt in or out of Google's shared endorsement?

Google still lets its user decide whether they can use your profile picture and name, that is, you can always opt in or out of the Google shared endorsement.
  1. Login into your Google Plus.
  2. Go to "Settings" page from sidebar navigator.
  3. Click 'Edit' link under Shared Endorsements (shared endorsement setting).
  4. On the next page that opens up you can un-check and click Save.
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Opt in or out of shared endorsement

Author's Bio: Shubhashish Shukla (follow him) is the person behind Sector Techno (twitter, facebook), a technology blog. An always learning web developer.

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Sony Xperia Z1 Price in India and Specifications

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After a brief break in the mobile market, Sony is back with its brand new invention in the range of Xperia. The company is targeting the smartphone savvy generation to hold a firm ground in this world. The brand is playing with the people's imagination by introducing the creativity in the designs, imaginations and display technologies. Sony Xperia Z1 price range in India has not been able to surge the popularity of the brand. This is one of the good looking phones which one can consider buying for sure. The combination of glass and metal has increased its feature more. Here is a brief description about the model to help the consumers understand and educate about the specifications about this model.

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Sony Xperia Z1

General Introduction

Irrespective of the price range, Sony is the most lovable brand among the younger generation in India. To serve the thirst of the crazy followers Sony has the introduced the revolution in the world of smartphone by launching Sony Xperia z1 mobiles on September, 2013. It is a 144.4 X 73.9 X 8.5 dimensional phone which weighs around 169 grams. Presently three colors of black, white and purple are available in the market. The range of the thickness stands at 8.5cm. It has a single slot for SIMs.

Detailed information

Z1 is the premium range provided by Sony in the area of Xperia. The launch of the latest Sony Xperia model has imported the opportunity to tag it as the best android phone for its unbeatable specifications. It is a big phone with a slightly higher dimension. The device is one of the best kinds of water-resistant mobile device to serve the thirst of the smartphone crazy people. The organization has brought an exceptional dust-proof feature to combat in the world of advanced technology. The phone is able to survive for 30 minutes less than 1mm deep water level. Additional feature of the camera button can allow individuals to take photos and capture a video under the water.

Specifications

This Xperia phone is adorned with full HD 5.00 inch screen display, 2.26GHz superfast processor with 2GB RAM built by Qualcomm MSM8974. Sony aimed to serve sharper images with an accurate color production. To protect the screen from any damages, they have added scratch-proof screen protector covering on the front side of the phone. It will provide the definite benefit to the display against keys and loose changes. This has an internal storage capacity of 16GB. Available option is maximization up to 64GB. Rear camera is 20.7 megapixels and the front camera is with 2 megapixels with flash. The phone holds the highest resolution of 1080X1920pixels. This is running on the latest version of Android 4.2 Jelly bean system. The device is running on the system Quad-core Snapdragon 800. The battery has the capacity of 3000mAH mostly.

Price range

Sony Xperia mobile price is not beyond the bound of the mobile lovers. Followers do not care about the price range. All they want is some special features which cannot be served by other companies. The price range is very much affordable to the people devoted to this brand. There are different kinds of Sony Xperia Z1 review are being posted online by the critics and gadget lovers. Some are positive, and some are negatives. Buyer must consider there points before choosing the device to purchase.

People with the urge to buy a specification based mobile are apt for this device. Do not hesitate to consider this model to buy for its high ranged spec. Buy Xperia Z1 and enjoy the features which you may never have experienced before. 


Author's Bio: Alisha Singh work with naaptol.com. naaptol is a online shopping website that helps users to find the best price for Mobile phones including Sony Xperia Z1 Price in India, Laptops, Cameras and lots more.

Monday, 7 October 2013

Comparing SEO Strategies for Twitter and Facebook

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Although Facebook and Twitter are both considered social media sites, the two have their differences. With Facebook, you create your own personal account complete with a profile (listing as much or as little information about yourself as you want). You can also include pictures, videos and anything else you want. Twitter also requires you to set up a profile along with any pictures and/or information about yourself. Both sites let you communicate with others who are also members of these networks, but the way you communicate is where some of the differences lie. 

Facebook messages can be a lot more private than those on Twitter although you can still post a more public message on Facebook if you want. The way you post your messages is also different. Another difference is how both these sites affect search engine optimization—SEO—with regards to Google which is the largest search engine in the world. 

Who is more popular—Facebook or Twitter?

Facebook is the winner when it comes to the amount of followers. As huge as Twitter is around the world, it still does not have nearly as big of an audience as Facebook. But do not assume that this affects who has the greatest SEO power. Google looks at both social media sites as equals when it comes to SEO. Sure, you can use one for SEO purposes more than the other, but there is no difference in the way this works. The bottom line is that if you are looking to use SEO, you will need support from members of both Facebook and Twitter. 

Blog promotion—Facebook or Twitter?

Facebook may have the upper hand when it comes to blog promotion and SEO. Facebook allows you to share your blog post with an attached link that members can simply click on and visit. If members decide to share your link with others, search engines will notice this. Unfortunately, Twitter does not have this type of tool so it loses its edge when it comes to reaching a large audience. 

However, Twitter comes out ahead in terms of blog promotion because you can use something called micro blogging. While this may sound a bit much, you can continually nag people via Twitter to read your blog. You may lose a few annoyed followers, but you would lose a lot more on Facebook from the constant pestering to read your blog. The other advantage with Twitter is that people are already following you and what you have to say so they are a more inclined to read your blog. 

Website promotion—Facebook or Twitter?

Facebook has the benefit of letting you add posts that are large, contain images or videos, or have their own links. You can only micro blog on Twitter which means you are limited when it comes to methods of promotion. Facebook definitely offers more of an advantage when it comes to SEO promotion. It allows you to add links, “like” something, share something and re-share something. It also gets people talking about whatever it is you are promoting. All of these affect SEO. With Twitter, the only things possible are tweeting, re-tweeting and linking which have less of an effect on SEO

Most engaging—Facebook or Twitter?

This may be a matter of taste and preference. For those who like to read micro blogs, Twitter would be the more engaging of the two. But in terms of SEO, how will you know which SEO effectors are the best options for your blog or website? The answer may be in the links. Any link from a Facebook or Twitter profile is going to have some sort of an SEO effect. By no means will it be as great as a link from a website, but it still has some SEO benefit. Neither one is stronger, though. Thirty re-tweets with your link on Twitter is no better or different than thirty “likes” on Facebook for your blog.

Final thoughts

To find the best SEO benefits from these social media sites, try testing them on your social media profiles. You will definitely get advantages from both—it is just a matter of figuring out how to use them to their fullest SEO potential. 

Author’s Bio: My name is Sonia Jackson. I write for site http://www.cool-essays.com that provides well-written and quality essays and research papers for college and university students.

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Google Analytics Application for Android devices- Analytics at your fingertips

| Tuesday, October 01, 2013 | | Be first to comment!

Google's Analytical tool's newer version is live at Google Play store. Though the newer version is available only for Android 4.0 and up, but the new application is loaded with a lot of features.

The new version is exactly a minor version of the Google Analytics, as it offers almost all the features that are required to do active analytical watch. 

Monitors available

  1. Overview
  2. Real Time Traffic Tracking - The new version of Google Analytics app also have Real Time analytics. Therefore, now you can track real time visits to your website/blog.
  3. View audience based on language, location, new vs returning, browser, network, mobile overview, mobile devices.
  4. Traffic Sources- all traffic, direct traffic, search overview, organic search, paid search, social.
  5. Content- all pages, landing pages, exit pages, site speed, top events.
  6. Conversions- overview and goal URLs.
Below is the image of the sources which provides details in visualized format (graph) with percentage as well as numeric data from various countries and territories. In the screen shot below the data collected is from 98 countries.

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Sources Overview: Google Analytics
Easy navigation for accessing and moving through the data and accounts very easily. Switching between different accounting profiles is now a work of seconds. Open the list using the drop down menu, in this case where it is written 'Sector Techno' (refer to image below).


You can also change Chart Granulariy, see your data in daily, weekly or monthly basis. With all of these features, Google Analytics app for Android is complete app to monitor your websites traffic on the go.

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Choose Granularity
Author's Bio: Shubhashish Shukla (follow him) is the person behind Sector Techno (twitter, facebook), a technology blog. An always learning web developer.