Category Archives: Gadgets

A (Not So) Brief History of Computer-Like Gadgets

Right now, our society seems to be in a transitory state with electronic gadgets and how consumers use them. The main issue that people and markets seem to be back-and-forth on is the argument between form and function.

Computer-Like Gadgets

In the beginning, there were desktops. They were big and their monitors were also big and even more ugly. They sat on desks where people would work on them and get stuff done.

Many, many years later came laptops which were a lot smaller. They varied in size but could typically be compared to a long and wide textbook (though not a particularly thick textbook). At first people scoffed at the lack of power of laptops compared to desktops, but over time, performance grew to such an extent that many laptops could outperform desktops.

More importantly, people marveled over the portability of laptops. You could carry them in a bag to school or to your office at work or even on airplanes to different cities. While they could sometimes feel heavy (especially with a power cord and maybe a mouse included), they were the perfect solution for a portable office.

However, you couldn’t practically carry them everywhere without at least some pain and annoyance, so people began using handheld portable devices called PDAs. After a while, people got tired of carrying a phone and a PDA everywhere, so they combined the two. While they were at it, people also decided it would be nifty to add a camera and camcorder in and allow internet access so people could virtually do everything on one device that fits in their pocket. They eventually called this the smartphone.

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Let’s take a minute to look at the convenience, function, and flow of technological gadgets at this point in technology history (before the tablet and netbook). For your performance-intensive computing needs (video editing, music recording, image editing, and gaming), the most ideal choice is a desktop. It’s easy to maintain and has incredible performance potential.

If you need something portable and travel-friendly with these performance-intensive computing needs, you will have to invest in a high-end laptop. This is considerably more expensive, but it serves its niche. And of course the level of performance (and concurrently price) is based on your needs. Some people only need midrange laptops to optimally do their jobs.

For just a general calendar, planner, music player, GPS system, and off-hand internet researching device, people had smartphones. It wasn’t ideal at all for content creation (even with a slide-out keyboard) although it could get the job done in a crunch situation, and it also wasn’t the ideal screen size for a reader although it still served this purpose decently in a pinch.

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Then the computing market started to realize that many people did not need computers nearly as high-end as what was on the market. Additionally, these more basic, low-spec machines could be crafted in a much more portable size (compared to all other laptops) and sell for a cheaper price. These devices, known as netbooks, came into the market right in the midst of a recession so the timing was perfect.

Only a couple years after netbooks were introduced, Apple released its iPad and thus the tablet market was born. Several comparisons have been made between tablets and netbooks. They are similar in size although tablets are typically smaller and lighter. That being said, netbooks have more function than tablets due to operating systems. Tablets operate more like oversized phones (running apps rather than major software or programs) while netbooks behave more like laptops. Yet they both overlap in pricing and size.

So here we are at this awkward transitioning point between form and function. Tablets win in areas of form: They are lighter and have more screen space than most netbooks but their function is restricted almost exclusively to media consumption. Netbooks and laptops obviously win in function: content creation is much more of a reality (you have a physical keyboard) but their form leaves a lot to be desired.

Many experts and insiders say that one must give way to the other although the market is starting to see hybrids (tablets with keyboard attachments or slide-out keyboards). In terms of determining where you fit into the market, just try not to waste too much time reading the fanboy wars between different types of technology and brands.

About Author: This guest post is contributed by Lauren Bailey, who regularly writes for best online colleges. She welcomes your comments at her email Id: blauren99 @gmail.com.

Top iPhone Forums and Websites for Developers

iPhone developers One of the best things about the iPhone is Apple’s openness to accepting new apps from independent developers. But getting your app on the iPhone is competitive, so how is your app supposed to stand out from the crowd? By checking out these websites and forums, you can keep up with all the news, issues and opinions about the iPhone, so that you’re better prepared to design something that Apple decides it just needs to have.

  • Apple Developer Connection: Developer.Apple.com is the official Apple Mac and iPhone website just for developers. Find submission information, technical resources and other important information you’ll need before sending in your app.
  • TalkiPhone.com: On this website, you’ll find iPhone news and forums all about software, hacking tips, bugs, new tools and apps, and more. You’ll learn about apps that are huge successes and which ideas have tanked.
  • everythingiCafe: This Apple community and blog supports a forum with threads about new phone releases, modifications, hacks, app ideas, software, and more.
  • iPhoneDeveloperTips.com: Here you’ll find tips from real iPhone developers. The editor of the site has personally designed the following apps: Snoop Doog, Bikini.com Supermodel Party, KT the Astrologer, iFishNet, iHuntNet, and IBC Mobile banking.
  • iPhoneDevSummit.com: The iPhone Developer Summit is a web space for sharing information about iPhone development and the annual developer conference.
  • The Apple Blog: Head to The Apple Blog for product reviews, Apple news, and information that can help you pinpoint the brand’s next move.
  • MacRumors: Forums: If you want to know the latest in underground iPhone news, visit this forum regularly. You may find out about bugs, tips for submitting apps, and more.
  • iPhone Dev SDK: This online community is all about iPhone developers. Get news and announcements, tools to help you with your app, networking support, and more.
  • iPhone World: iPhone World is all about iPhones: the website has a download section, store, reviews, wallpapers, and hacks page. Developers get news and insight into iPhone issues and problems that can inspire new app ideas.
  • iCodeBlog: This blog has tips and information for iPhone programmers. You’ll find tutorials, a forum, and more.

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Crunchpad by TechCrunch a Web Tablet for $300

TechCrunch’s Michael Arrington touch-screen tablet for Web will be revealed end of this July. The device will not have a hard drive or keyboard and it will boot directly into the browser with a Linux-based operating system and a WebKit-based browser. The Crunchpad will cost less than $300.

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Other features are:16 millimeters thick with a screen of at least 12 inches that is flush with the aluminum case, comes in different colors, support Flash and run on Intel Atom chipset.

Another Adsense Optimization Webinar

Another Adsense Optimaztion Webinar Another Google Adsense Optimization Webinar will be held tomorrow. Discussions related to optimization of ads will be there. It is recommended to join the event and register for the same as soon as possible.

Herein I’m disclosing the details of the webinar.

Google Adsense Optimization Webinar

Date: Thursday May 7, 2009 | Friday May8 , 2009 (Indian Standard Time)
Time: 6:30 pm PDT (GMT -07:00) | 7:00 AM Indian Standard Time (GMT +5.30)
Registration: https://googleonline.webex.com/googleonline/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=366085742

As you all are aware that they cannot accommodate more that first 500 entries, so register as soon as possible, I’ve done my job, and I think that this webinar will be helpful for you too.

Analyze the Speed and Condition of Your USB Flash Drive

Analyze Flash Drive Speed

 

Here are two free sofwares that helps you in analyzing your Flash Drive so that you can make a choice easily. Also it reports you about the drive’s condition so that you get the idea whether you can upload your precious data in the drive or not.

Check Flash: With Check Flash you can test, manage and format your USB flash drive. You can also check read-write errors probably known as bad sectors in HDD’s by running read-write cycle on your USB flash drive.

It cannot resolve the problem, but will report you so that you can place your important data anywhere else.

Check Flash

Download Check Flash.

HD Speed: HD Speed is a small sized(80KB) software that can be used to analyze the speed of data transfer on your hard disks, CD/DVD ROMS and Of Course USB flash drives. This program is compatible with Windows 2000, XP and Vista.

Just as Check Flash, the tool doesn’t require any installation and can be run with a single click

HD Speed 

Download HD Speed.

Other Tools with same Job.

Crystal Disk Mark: Crystal Disk Mark is another disk benchmarking tool that can double up as a USB flash drive speed tester. The screen is simple and gives readouts according to the type of tests performed.

HD Tune: HD Tune comes up with two different versions, PRO(Paid) and Free. No need to mention that some of the liked  features will be available only in PRO version.