Monday, November 23, 2015

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Check out the new Harman Kardon AVR 1610S

Every year, several brands are releasing a new model on the receiver market. These new receivers are coming with a larger variety of features with the purpose to attract more and more clients. Now, it is Harman’s turn to release a new product.

So, this company has unveiled its latest product called Harman Kardon AVR 1610S, which promises to offer several features that will be useful for owners. - Copyright  new Harman Kardon AVR 1610S
To be added that this new product is more like an update to the company’s 2013 lineup. An interesting fact is that the company instead of offering a new name to its new product, it simply added an “S” to its name, more like an iPhone-style naming scheme.

Probably, users had low expectations when it comes to this update, knowing that fact that the company has added a simple “S” to its model name.

 However, on the contrary, this new model homes plenty of useful updates that will certainly attract a lot of eyes.

The new Harman Kardon AVR 1610S comes with features like five HDMI 2.0 ports and Spotify Connect, which is one of the most searched features when it comes to receivers. Moreover, the new model has also kept support for wireless Bluetooth streaming.

 So, the new receiver is available at the price of 400 dollars, which is a good price when it comes to a receiver that has so many features.

Unfortunately for users, the new Harman Kardon AVR 1610S doesn’t come with a Wi-Fi feature, but it has an Ethernet port.

As for home-theater playback, this new receiver is doing quite well, offering an incredible sound and creating a soundfield that will compete with any other device on the market.

This new receiver is also perfect when it comes to design, because customers who are searching for a minimalism design may find this receiver as being the perfect choice. Even if it looks like its predecessor, the new Harman Kardon AVR 1610S comes with some new tweaks and that is actually a good thing.

Compared with other brands and models, the new Harman Kardon AVR 1610S comes with only one button placed on the front panel.

This button will probably do what every client think it can do, adjust volume. As for remote, this one is not very user friendly, because it comes with small buttons and there are great chances for users to accidentally press the wrong buttons when using it.

Nowadays, users are searching for the highest level of technology and the best features when choosing a smart device, regardless of its type.

Without a doubt, the receivers market has grown in the past few years, while customer's demands and expectations have also increased.

The new Harman Kardon AVR 1610S is a device that will not disappoint users. However, it is interesting to find out what other new products will be launched on this segment of the market in the following period and which will become the primary choice among customers. 
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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

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Interesting facts about Google Chromecast (2015)

Google has released these days its new Chromecast. Probably, the main thing that will attract customers is its price.

The new Google Chromecast is available at the price of 35 dollars. This is a very affordable price considering the fact that users will have the opportunity to enjoy apps like Netflix or YouTube.

Nowadays, for plenty of people, their tablets or phones are part of their everyday life and they watch a large variety of videos via YouTube.

The new Chromecast is a great opportunity for them to stream these videos on a larger screen. However, at the price of 35 dollars, even those who already have the older version of Chromecast will be tempted to try out the new device.

Probably, the main upgrade that this device has suffered is its software. Google Chromecast comes with new browsing options, cross-app search and easier app discovery.

With this new update, Chromecast will be an interesting rival for Roku or other streamers on the market.

However, many people might not recommend this device as the primary source for streaming to the TV at home, but at this amount of money, it is worth a try. Probably, Google Chromecast will be highly recommended for traveling or temporary connections.

As for design, Google Chromecast is a small plastic puck with glossy and colorful front side. For now, this streamer is available in yellow, black and pink version.

Moreover, it has a short and flat capable coming out of one end, while at the other end it has an HDMI connector.

The new version also has a matte gray bottom side, which is magnetized, allowing the HDMI connector to stick to it.

However, even if it has an interesting colorful and glossy shell, most of the times, this streamer will be hidden behind the user’s TV. This interesting device is made out of electronics and antennas crammed into a circular puck that measures exactly two inches in diameter for Apple iPhone 6 or iPhone 6S.

So, how does it work? Well, after users will plug it and power up, they will have to turn on their TV input and install the Chromecast app from either Play Store or Apple’s App Store.

The installation is pain-free and after giving their Chromecast a name, for example “Bedroom,” or “Living Room,” they have to select a Wi-Fi network to use for streaming. Once it’s connected to the network, Google’s puck is ready to stream.

To stream an app, like Netflix or YouTube, users will have two options. The first option is by the traditional method: opening up the app from the phone, tapping the little icon. The second option is to find movies or TV shows and launch the required app, using the updated Chromecast app.

Besides Netflix, Pandora, YouTube and many others, users can also access Google Cast extension to display Web pages on the TV screen, including Google Docs, Facebook, Amazon Instant Video or Instagram.

This is an interesting feature that will put Google Chromecast in a leading position on the market. However, this device will not stream 4K videos like high-end streamers, but at the moment 4K is pretty rare.
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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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