Wednesday, September 30, 2015

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JBL Flip 3, a new portable speaker

This new JBL Bluetooth speaker is the third portable speaker that the company has released on the market. The new portable speaker comes with more features, including splashproof design and an improved battery life.

The company claims that the battery can go up to 10 hours of use, while the price remains the same as the previous model, 100 dollars. As we know from other portable speakers, JBL also plays any audio content from a Bluetooth-enabled source, like tablet, smartphone or a recent computer.

The new JBL Flip 3 is available in seven colors and like the previous model, this speaker can stand up vertically or can lay out horizontally. However, users should know that if they use the speaker in vertical mode, one of the bass ports will be covered and so, the device will not perform at its maximum capacities.

For a full sound experience it is recommended to use it in horizontal mode. JBL Flip 3 weights approximately 15.0 ounces, which is perfect for traveling, ensuring mobility. Unfortunately, there is no carrying case included in the package, but the speaker seems pretty durable, so there will be no problem transporting it around depending on the user's needs.

When it comes to use, customers should know that the answer/end button doubles as a pause/play button, but will also offer users the possibility to skip tracks forward and back. They just need to double tap to skip the track forward or triple tap to skip back.

This is quite useful for users to know, as otherwise they might think that this speaker doesn’t come with a pause/play button. Probably JBL has built a multifunctional button just to save space on the speaker’s layout.

To be added that the new JBL Flip 3 comes with a built-in noise and echo cancelling speakerphone and also users can wirelessly link multiple JBL speakers together to amplify the sound. Moreover, this portable speaker houses Bluetooth 4.1 technology and the company claims that the streaming range can go up to 33 feet.

Even if it’s a good idea to pair a couple of these JBL speakers for a great performance, a single Flip 3 will also do its job. This new portable speaker offers a good sound experience and plays very loud due to its small size. The new JBL Flip 3 delivers 2x8 watts of sound, compared with the original model that has 2x5 watts and Flip 2 2x6 watts. Well, this update will certainly make the difference.

As for competition, customers could also get at the same price the UE Roll, which comes with totally waterproof features and also delivers a good sound. However, the UE Roll is designed more for outdoor experiences and has a flatter design.

The best way to use the new JBL Flip 3 is at approximately 10 feet away, with the volume set at 75 percent. JBL Flip 3 will be a strong competitor on the portable speaker market, despite the fact that several brands have launched devices that come with unique features and amazing designs.

However, JBL and its Flip line have always been in top five.
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Nextbit is trying something new with its Robin Phone

Nextbit is known as being a kickstarter phone company that tries to take a share on the smartphone market. This time, Nextbit is trying a new experiment with its new Robin phone, an Android device that will start to ship in January 2016.

However, instead of trying to extend the internal storage or to come with a faster processor, Nextbit is coming with something new on the market: a type of online serverwhere users can store all their overflow photos or apps.

The new cloud will offer users 100GB of total storage, plus the 32GB that they will receive on the phone.

This means that owners will have enough space to save their photos, apps, movies or music. However, there are many other brands that offer the same possibility, like Dropbox, Google Photos and Microsoft OneDrive. So, what is different compared with these other phone makers?

Well, Nextbit comes with a new built-in method that will allow users not to sign up for services. If the company’s sky’s-the-limit approach will solve the storage problem, Nextbit will have a huge success on the market.

Other brands will be forced to produce and sell phones with larger storage options to compete with this device. If unlimited content will work, Robin will not have to worry about potential criticism of not having an expandable microSD card slot or a larger onboard storage.

So, how does the unlimited storage work? When users are out of local space, the phone will automatically remove the asset and save it to the cloud, and this way free up the internal storage.

Owners will not have to worry about their content because Nexbit declared that they will hardly know the transaction has happened. Users will be able to immediately retrieve their content when they need it.

So, when looking up on the phone for an old photo and video, users will see the thumbnail in a lighter gray and they just need to tap it and wait for a couple of moments for the content to be download again on the phone.

The new Robin will run the latest 6.0 Marshmallow version from Android and it will come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, 3GB of RAM, 2,680mAh battery with quick-charge capabilities and Bluetooth 4.0 LE. The starting price will be 350 dollars. Since the new phone is yet to hit the market, it is yet to see how this storage option will work and how it will be received by customers.

Some analysts have claimed that such a feature will be a huge success and numerous companies will try to explore the concept and bring something new to customers. The technology world is evolving so rapidly that tech companies need to release something new and impressive constantly, to be able to gain share of the market or stay in customers' preferences. At the moment, the smartphone market is dominated by Apple and Samsung, but depending on how other companies manage this, the two could even be overpassed.
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The UE Boom 2 comes with some Great Improvements

The original UE Boom has been considered the best portable Bluetooth speaker on the market. Now, the company has released UE Boom 2, which comes at the price of 200 dollars. Like many other Bluetooth speakers, UE Boom 2 also allows users to stream audio from almost any tablet, smartphone and operating system.

If we look closely, we will realize that the design has been changed a bit, meaning that the new Bluetooth speaker looks approximately the same as the previous model. Well, the company has declared that the real changes have been made on the inside.

The new UE Boom 2 comes in six color options and also has a tighter weave on the fabric model, making it more resistant and durable. Moreover, the flap that covers the ports is better integrated compared with the previous model.

To be added that probably the most significant change is the degree of waterproofing. If the previous model was water resistant, the new UE Boom 2 is fully waterproof, meaning that it has IPX7. This means that UE Boom 2 will resist more than 30 minutes to 1.5 meters deep. Moreover, the company declared that there is no problem if users will forget to close the flap that covers the audio input and USB charging port, because no water will get inside.

To be mentioned that UE has also redesigned the driver, meaning that the speaker will deliver a better sound compared with the original model, plus it plays 25 percent louder at its top volume. However, like all other speakers, UE Boom 2 will probably distort a bit at higher volumes, but users will certainly be impressed with how loud the speaker can play at higher volume, despite its small size. To be mentioned that the driver is heavier and the new UE Boom 2 will weight 548 grams, a few grams more than the previous model.

Another interesting thing is that UE has added gesture controls to the new Bluetooth speaker. This means that users can tap the top of the device to pause their music and can double-tap to skip a track forward. Another feature is the ability to update the device’s firmware over the air via UE’s new app.

This means that users will not have to connect the speaker to a computer to update the firmware. Moreover, users will also be able to turn the speaker on and off via the app, instead of pressing the power button located at the top.

UE Boom 2 also gives users the opportunity to wirelessly link another UE speaker and in the future they will be allowed to join up to 10 UE speakers. This means that owners can choose a left speaker and a right speaker for stereo experience.

The battery is rated at approximately 15 hours at moderate volume, being approximately the same as the previous model’s strong battery life. The company declared that users can get up to 100 feet range, but in a direct line with no obstructions.
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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

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Why Microsoft Office 2016 is better?

Going back in time, there are approximately three years since Microsoft has done a major update to its Office product. Well, it looks like it has finally brought a better and modern version of Microsoft Office.

This new version is called Office 2016 and is available on both PC and Mac. This is the version that comes with collaboration and sharing tools that can be compared with Google Docs. To be added that Google Docs has had these features for years.

Now, users can finally work with other people on a spreadsheet, presentation or a document, in real time. This means that users can see what other people are editing and what changes they have made.

Moreover, Microsoft has also added integrations with its video-calling app Skype and search engine Bing. These new features are welcomed and it looks like Office is continuing the tradition of bringing special extra features for its users, while its competitors don’t.

To be mentioned that in the past few years, Microsoft Office has been challenged by many other cheaper or free alternatives, so this new Office 2016 is a big deal for the company. Well, this bring us to the big question: Can the new updates bring back the old users who switched to the apps that Apple and Google have?

There will be no definitive answer to this question, because all of these programs have pluses and minuses. However, it looks like Office 2016 comes with some interesting features that will probably attract some of the old users.

For starters, Microsoft has included the Smart Lookup feature, a new research tool that is powered by Microsoft’s own search engine, Bing. This means that users just need to right click on a word and Bing will deliver them more information, without leaving Word, PowerPoint or Excel. All the information that they need will pop up in a window placed on the right side.

Another interesting feature is the built-in Skype calling. Hoping for a better collaboration, Microsoft has included Skype for Business to Word, Excel and PowerPoint. The new Share menu will allow users to see who has access to that file and if they will hover over a name, it will pop-up a menu with quick links to start a voice or video call or just send a message. The voice or video call will open without needing to leave Office or starting the Skype app on the computer.

There are plenty other interesting features that Microsoft has integrated to its new Office 2016, which might make it quite interesting for numerous customers. Microsoft is well known to be looking for ways and opportunities to make its products more desirable in the eye of customers, of course, with the purpose to increase its overall success.

Microsoft has struggled for quite some time to remain on the top of users' preferences and the famous company still has a lot to work on to achieve that. Maybe, Office 2016, along with its newly released Windows 10, will represent two important steps on that direction for the famous company.
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Monday, September 28, 2015

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Oppo Reveals its New R7 Smartphone

For starters, the new Oppo R7 was declared to be the successor of the famous Oppo R5. However, this new Oppo R7 comes with a beautiful and attractive design and it looks like it kept the R5's metal look.

To be added that Oppo R7 comes with a larger design and it is thicker and more polished compared with its predecessor. If the company had some serious problems with the camera app in the past, it seems that they solved this issue with the new R7 and now the camera app launches pretty quickly and smooth.
Oppo New R7 Smartphone

Customers can find the new Oppo R7 on the Chinese manufacturer's online store, being available at the price of 400 dollars. Many people will consider that this price is pretty expensive, having under consideration the fact that it is a device with some midrange specs.

Probably, they will go for some cheaper models, including the Xiaomi MI Note or One Plus 2. However, one thing is sure and this is that the new Oppo R7 looks pretty great, coming with a metal band around the sides where it also houses Micro-USB and jack ports.

Probably, users will not love the feeling of a metal edge digging into their palm, but despite that, the phone feels pretty comfortable in hand and it can be operated with only one hand.

Its 5-inch AMOLED display comes with a full-HD 1,920x1,080-pixel resolution, while the rear is an aluminum-magnesium alloy, giving the device a more luxurious feel.

Moreover, the 13-megapixel camera is situated at the top left. As we are used to, Oppo phones are coming with physical touch-sensitive menu keys and the new R7 is not an exception.

Users will find the power button located on the left side, while the volume rocker is on the right side. Finally, the dual-SIM slots are situated above the volume keys, while the microSD SIM slot doubles up as a microSD card slot, supporting up to 128GB of external storage.

To be mentioned that the new device comes with 1.5GHz octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor from Qualcomm, accompanied by 3GB or RAM and 16GB of internal storage.

These are not the most impressive specs, but how it was mentioned before, the new Oppo R7 is not a high-end phone. However, with this hardware, users will be able to run games and many other resource-intensive apps.

The battery found on the device is a 2,320mAh battery, which is a little small, but it has fast-charging technology. The Chinese manufacturer claims that users will get 75 percent battery life in approximately 30 minutes.

Moreover, the phone also comes with 4G support and runs the older KitKat version of Android. To be added that the device uses Oppo's Android-based Color OS.

Well, this means that users will not see pretty much from KitKat, because the company has customized their launcher, including gesture controls. Yes, owners can turn on the music by swiping two fingers downwards, while the screen is off or activate the camera by drawing an O.
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Sunday, September 27, 2015

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Interesting facts about Motorola Moto X Play

Over the past few years, Motorola has released some interesting devices, including its new smartphones. Some of these smartphones include Moto X, which was a huge hit on the smartphone market, being one of the most appreciated handsets.

Now, Motorola has released another phone, called Moto X Play. This new 5.5-inch phone comes with a full HD display, an interesting processor, a spectacular 21-megapixel camera and a pure Android Lollipop that was not modified, like other companies have done.

However, probably the most interesting and attractive feature is its splash-proof body that protects the device from water entering its internals, in case of water accidents.

Another attractive thing that can easily make customers choose this device is the price. The new Motorola comes at the price of 435 dollars, which is an affordable price, considering its features and hardware.

Motorola Moto X Play
This fact makes the new Moto X Play sit in the middle of Motorola's new lineup of handsets. To be added that at the bottom of the list is Moto G, which is well known to be the most affordable phone from Motorola.

If customers are wondering why it is called Play, this is because it has a skin made from rubberized plastic and all kind of light colors, instead of being made from wood and leather paneling, like the higher-end X Style.

However, despite being made from plastic, this phone gives the feeling that it is well built and it will suit perfectly into a jacket pocket. For the moment, there are only two colors available on the market for this phone, and those are black and grey.

However, customers could try out Motorola's Moto Maker online tool, because they can customize their phone from approximately 14 different colors for the back panel and more than 6 colors for the metal accents. This is a great opportunity for them to have a unique phone and some of their favorite colors on their devices.

Moreover, the resistance to water feature is another great way for Motorola to attract clients. The new Moto X Play was not designed to be fully submersible, meaning that clients could not take the phone while swimming.

However, this phone is fully protected if users will accidently spill drinks or drop it into the bath tub. It cannot be compared with other phones, like Sony Xperia Z5 that is fully submersible, but it is a peace of mind for all customers to know that the phone can be protected from water splashes.

The new Moto X Play is 148mm long and 75mm wide, but it's not as chunky as it sounds. Weighing 169 grams, this phone fits perfectly into hand and it is very comfortable to use.

The 5.5-inch display has a full HD resolution, more exactly 1,920x1,080-pixels. It runs with Google's Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, which is the pure version of Android.

Under the hood, users will find a 1.7GHz octa-core processor and 2GB of RAM, being the perfect combination for games, like Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, among many other.
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Saturday, September 26, 2015

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Amazon has launched Fire TV

Among the two interesting tablets it launched, Fire HD 8 and 10, Amazon has also made another release and it is called Fire TV. This means that Amazon is trying to get into customers' living rooms with a new 4K-streaming device, but also with a new version of the Fire TV Stick that comes packed with a voice remote, for voice controls.

To be mentioned that these devices look practically the same with the previous models, but the giant retailer declared that the big changes had happened on the inside. This means that the new Fire TV and Fire TV Stick come with some serious software tricks and improved hardware.

Well, the question that every customer is asking now is if this new device will we be equal to or even better than Google Chromecast or Apple TV.

For starters, the new Amazon Fire TV is available for pre-orders and costs 100 dollars. As it was mentioned before, this new box looks identical with the previous model, meaning that it is a small and simple black box that carries the Amazon logo up and some ports on the back. However, customers should not let the design decide, because the real deal is hidden under the chase.

The company declared that this box comes with a quad-core MediaTek CPU and will have approximately 75 percent more processing power than the previous model.

Moreover, Amazon Fire TV features a microSD card slot that supports up to 12GB cards and an 8GB of onboard storage, Dolby Audio, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Moreover, the ports situated on the back are composed of a power jack, Ethernet jack, an HDMI port, a USB port and a microSD card slot.

However, the main attraction on this box is the 4K streaming. This means if the owner has a 4K-capable TV, he will be able to use the glorious ultra-high-definition content.

To be added that both Netflix and Amazon Prime Video have content at the ready. Moreover, the Fire TV offers voice controls, meaning that users could talk with their personal assistant, Alexa. Users just need to press the microphone button and ask whatever they want, for example check the weather, sport scores or their favorite music. Alexa could also play movies or find a particular episode of a TV show, but this feature will be available only starting with the next year.

Well, the Amazon Fire TV seems to be a really interesting device, but its success might be influenced by what its competitors will bring. This segment of the market draws a lot of competition, even more so, as after years of waiting, Apple has finally decided to update its Apple TV.

Customers have waited for long for this update and Apple expects the new device to receive a huge interest on the market and even get supremacy. In this context, it is yet to find out what customers will choose and if the Amazon device will be better than what its competitors have to offer on the market.
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