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The Belkin Power Center will make sure meetings aren’t completely draining

Belkin Power Center

Our phones have become our lifeline. Through them we can make evening plans, work remotely, take calls, send messages, play games, listen to music, and so much more. Of course, we want to keep this powerhouse alive as long as possible. Sadly batteries in current phones don’t last nearly as long as they used to. If you get stuck in a meeting that seems particularly devoid of outlets, you may be in trouble.

Although you shouldn’t be playing games or texting amidst a meeting, your phone or tablet can be a great method to keep notes. You can immediately email what you’ve written if need be, or add in an event to your schedule. If you need to make sure your device or laptop is going to stay charged, and your meeting room doesn’t have a power strip available, you could always take it upon yourself to get something like the Belkin Conference Room Power Center. This weighs almost 3.5 pounds, so you don’t need to worry about it trying to scoot off the table if too many plugs are in one side.

There are 4 outlets, and eight 2.1A USB ports, meaning anyone in the room with you is going to be happy you’re there. No one wants to leave a meeting physically drained, only to find that their phone had the same experience. This is a $80-100 purchase that you should probably encourage your boss to make. If you don’t already have a proper setup for long meetings that is perfumes baratos.

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Belkin Power Center

 

Free Apps With Ads Impact Smartphone Performance, Battery Life: Study

Free mobile apps with ads drain your smartphone’s battery faster, cause it to run slower, and use more network data, scientists, including one of Indian-origin, have found.

When compared to apps without ads, the researchers found that apps with ads use an average of 16 percent more energy than apps without ads.

That lowers the battery life of a smartphone from 2.5 to 2.1 hours on average – or down to 1.7 hours at the high end of energy usage.

 

Free Apps With Ads

Free Apps With Ads

Researchers at the University of Southern California, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), and Queen’s University in Canada said that a phone’s Central Processing Unit (CPU) is like its brain – and ads eat up a lot of that brain power, slowing it down.

Apps with ads take up an average of 48 percent more CPU time – 22 percent more memory use and 56 percent greater CPU utilisation (the amount of time the CPU was used).

Since the ads themselves are content that has to be downloaded, apps with ads cause smartphones to use much more data – up to 100 percent more, in some cases.

On average, these apps use around 79 percent more network data.

Together, these frustrations and expenses led users to rate apps with ads lower – costing them an overall average of .003 stars on a five-star rating scale.

“In absolute terms, this is very low, but in the crowded and competitive world of apps it’s a huge difference. It can make the difference between your app getting downloaded or going unnoticed,” said William Halfond, co-corresponding author of the study at the University of Southern California.

 

Free Apps With Ads

Halfond along with Meiyappan Nagappan of RIT and other colleagues compared 21 top apps from the past year – culled from a list of 10,750 that had been in the top 400 of each of Google Play’s 30 categories from January to August of last year.

They then measured their effect on phones using analysis tools loaded onto aSamsung Galaxy S II smartphone.

Next, Halfond said he hopes to create models that will allow app developers to predict how well their products will be received by the public – both with and without ads.

Nokia 230 Dual SIM Internet-Enabled Feature Phone Launched at Rs. 3,869

Nokia 230 Dual SIM Internet-Enabled Feature Phone Launched at Rs. 3,869

Microsoft has unveiled the Nokia 230 Dual SIM feature phone in India. Priced at Rs. 3,869, the Internet-enabled feature phone is now available to buy via the company’s official store.

Unfortunately, there is still no word on the availability of the single-SIM Nokia 230 phone. Last month, Microsoft had promised that the Nokia 230 (and Nokia 230 Dual SIM) will be launching in India this month. Considering that the Microsoft’s official site lists the Nokia 230, we can expect the company to launch the model soon.

At the global launch, Microsoft had touted the Nokia 230 and Nokia 230 Dual SIM as ‘premium quality Internet-enabled feature phones.’ One of the biggest highlight of the Nokia 230 Dual SIM is that it sports a 2-megapixel front and rear cameras. Both cameras pack LED flash modules. Another notable feature of the Nokia 230 Dual SIM phones are they feature sandblasted aluminium cover.

Both the phones come with the Opera Store access where users can download one free Gameloft game every month for a year. This is however unclear whether the offer is applicable for Indian users as well. Last month, the company had confirmed that the store was available in select markets.

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Both the new phones come with the same set of specifications except that the Nokia 230 Dual SIM supports dual-SIM functionality. Both the handset support Micro-SIM cards, and both run Nokia Series 30+ OS. Other preloaded apps include Bing Search and Opera Mini browser as well as MSN Weather. The Nokia 230 Dual SIM features a 2.8-inch QVGA (240×320 pixels) LCD display. It supports expandable storage up to 32GB via microSD card. Connectivity options on the phone include GPRS/ EDGE, Bluetooth v3.0, Micro-USB, and a 3.5mm audio jack.

Microsoft has packed a 1200mAh battery in the handset that is claimed to deliver up to 23 hours of talk time and up to 22 days of standby time (dual-SIM model). The Nokia 230 Dual SIM measures 124.6×53.4×10.9mm, and weighs 92 grams. The Nokia 230 Dual SIM will both be available in glossy Black and White colours.

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Nokia 230 Dual SIM

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God of War III Remastered Review: Great for Newcomers, but Not Worth Revisiting

God of War III Remastered Review: Great for Newcomers, but Not Worth Revisiting

God of War is an exploration of Greek myths, wrapped around a cool, action-packed video game that has been incredibly popular, with different instalments on the PS2, PS3, and now, a remastered version on the PS4.

In God of War, you control Kratos – a rage filled Spartan hellbent on getting revenge on the Gods who have wronged him – by killing off the entire pantheon. The first game was so popular that it spawned a series that includes seven games across the PS2, PS3, PlayStation Portable (PSP), feature phones, and PS Vita. Barring the mobile version that was in 2D, every game in the series sported gorgeous 3D graphics complete with gory combat.

While a new entry for the PS4 is pretty much inevitable, for now PS4 owners can check out God of War III remastered. It’s accessible to newcomers so you don’t need to have played any God of War games before this to enjoy the game or follow the story.

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Without spoiling much, you’ll be hacking and slashing your way against hordes of foes. These range from shambling corpses, to minotaurs, to the Gods themselves. Some of the enemies you will face include Poseidon, Hades, and Zeus. Along the way you’ll earn a bunch of power-ups, complete puzzles, indulge in glorious action sequences, and exact the vengeance Kratos has desired since 2005.

The game truly shines in combat. It lacks the depth of its contemporaries like Devil May Cry and Bayonetta, but it remains extremely enjoyable. Here, combat makes you to feel like a raging lunatic rather than a stylish, calculating combatant, and that is what the character Kratos is all about.

At lower difficulties you can simply button mash your way to victory in most battles. If you decide to ramp up the challenge, be prepared to think a lot harder. Moves at your disposal range from grabbing an enemy soldier’s skull and pummelling it into other opponents, to summoning spear throwing Spartans, and there’s enough variety to keep things from going stale. But it isn’t without problems.

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For one there is the prevalence of Quick Time Events (QTEs), particularly for boss battles. These sequences require you to press buttons as the prompts show up on screen, which takes you out of the gameplay mechanics that have been established so far, and instead turns an enjoyable game into a semi-interactive movie clip. These mechanics also feel a little worse on the PS4, and we found ourselves missing the more sturdy PS3 controllers.

Throw in camera angles that feel a restrictive and serve to annoy you during some of the platforming sections and you’d wish there was a little more work put into this remaster.

Although the game preserves the flaws of the original, it deserves praise for the way in which it makes use of the extra power of the PS4. Like The Last of Us, this game also shows smoother gameplay on the newer console. It was a visual treat on the PS3, and looks even better now.

Graphical enhancements and smoothness aside, the game features a photo mode, allowing you to to share screenshots with friends. Though it’s not mentioned at the back of the box, it also has Remote Play – the ability to play the game on a PS Vita as well, which works with no fuss.

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Clocking in at around 10 hours, God of War III is worth buying if you’ve never experienced the series before, but there is not much value added, and old fans have little reason to return to this title.

We played God of War III Remastered on the PS4. It’s available on the PS4 for Rs. 2,750.

Pros

  • Looks good
  • Plays well
  • Easy entry point for newcomers

Cons

  • Not much value for fans
  • QTEs feel tougher on the Dual Shock 4

Rating (out of 10): 8

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Battle of the bulge – Micromax A100 vs Spice Mi-500 vs iBall Andi 5c

Battle of the bulge - Micromax A100 vs Spice Mi-500 vs iBall Andi 5c

A world where mobile phones are getting bigger and tablets are getting smaller has seen the rise of a new category of devices. At first considered Frankensteins of the mobile computing world, phablets became cool with Samsung Galaxy Note’s success.
Recently, we’ve seen a bunch of new devices trying to make a mark by appealing to those looking for large screen devices, minus the stylus. We look at three such devices that attempt to woo the budget-conscious – the iBall Andi 5c, Micromax Superfone Canvas A100 and Spice Stellar Horizon Mi-500.


Build/ Design
The Micromax A100 is a clear winner in this department. The curves of the A100 fit well in hand, thanks, no doubt, to the slightly smaller profile compared to the other two devices. While none of the three devices scream “cheap plastic” (the Spice comes the closest), the overall finish of the Micromax ensures it stands out from the rest.
The Micromax A 100, like the iBall Andi, has the power button on the right, which makes it rather convenient to use for a large handset. We didn’t find the top placement of the power button on the Spice particularly handy, given the length of the device. The Spice handset has the volume rocker on the right, another odd choice, compared to the Micromax and the iBall Andi, which have it on the left. All three devices come with a Micro-USB port – the Micromax has it at the bottom, while the other two at the top, next to the audio jack.


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The iBall Andi is the only device that comes with a physical home button, flanked on either side by capacitive touch Menu and Back buttons. The Spice goes all capacitive touch with same button options, whereas the Micromax A100 goes the all-virtual route, with Back, Home and Recent Apps button appearing at the bottom of the screen at all times (except when you play full-screen video). Picking any one of the three based on style of buttons is down to personal preference.
At 168 grams the Micromax A100 is no featherweight, but comfortably lighter than its two competitors. Overall, it’s our pick in this section.
Winner: Micromax A100


Hardware/ Performance
The Spice Mi-500 packs a dual-core 1GHz processor that gives it a clear advantage over the other two phones that are powered by single-core processors. The benchmarks as well as day-to-day usage observations were in line with this fact.
While none of the phones suffer from any lag during typical operations, the Spice does a great job of handling everything thrown at it. Though all three phones ship with 512MB RAM, the Spice Mi-500 required fewer reloads of the page when going back to a tab while having multiple tabs open. The Spice is also faster at loading heavy web pages. The touch performance of all three phones is at par.
All three phones are dual-SIM standby, which of course means while you are making a call on one number, the other will appear unreachable.
Winner: Spice Stellar Horizon Mi-500


Display
The Spice and the iBall handsets feature identical 12.7-cms displays with WVGA resolution (480×800). Micromax chose to cram in a few more vertical pixels, going with a FWVGA 480×854 12.5-cm display, a resolution seen in some of the recent Xperia smartphones, amongst others.


The extra pixels ensure that the A100 can boast of a 16:9 display (great for watching videos), compared to 4:3 resolutions that the other two offer. Further, since the A100 comes with virtual buttons, the extra vertical pixels ensure that the effective available pixels (480×782) aren’t reduced considerably.


As far as display quality and colour reproduction are concerned, the Micromax A100 fares the best. Images appear sharp and crisp (but not artificially so), and the viewing angles are pretty good. The iBall Andi display is next in line by doing an average job on all fronts. The Spice Mi-500 is let down badly by a poor display – the colours appear washed-up and viewing angles are extremely limited.
Winner: Micromax A100
Software
All three handsets come with pretty much stock Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, though Spice has applied a few tweaks of its own. Each handset comes with a few bundled apps as well, but nothing’s that likely to influence your buying decision one-way or the other.


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Camera
All three phones come with identical 5-megapixel rear shooters with autofocus and LED flash but the performance is visibly different. While the Spice and the Micromax cameras do a pretty decent job, the iBall Andi camera is a disappointment.
The Spice beats the Micromax in colour reproduction and image quality outdoors, while the Micromax just about edges the Spice under low-light conditions (both with, and without flash).
However, there’s a flaw with the Micromax A100 camera. All images clicked with the phone in landscape mode appear upside down. Of course that’s easily fixable by rotating the images, but it’s a big annoyance no doubt – not everyone’s familiar with batch-editing tools for photographs, and we can imagine poor souls having to rotate each image manually. Thankfully, the bug is limited to images only, since videos appeared upright, no matter how the phone is held.
Strangely, Micromax refused to acknowledge the problem- even though there are multiple reports of this problem out there – and tried to pass it off as a “bug with ICS”!
Winner: Spice Stellar Horizon Mi-500


Battery
Big screen need big batteries, and all three phones deliver, with the smallest battery in the lot being the Micromax, that has a 2,000mAh one. However, it does a good job of keeping up with the Spice that has a 2,400mAh battery, and both the phones had pretty similar battery usage patterns in day-to-day tasks. The iBall Andi guzzled up its 2,300mAh battery faster than the other two.
Tie: Spice Stellar Horizon Mi-500 and Micromax A100


Verdict
If you’ve made it this far, it would be pretty clear that it’s between the Spice Stellar Horizon Mi-500 and the Micromax A100 for the overall winner. While the Spice performs better and has a slightly better camera, the Micromax is better looking; a more natural fit in the hand and has a better display. There’s nothing to choose between the two as far as the software and the battery life are concerned.
Let’s throw the prices into the mix. The Spice Stellar Horizon Mi-500 retails for Rs. 12,499 while the Micromax A100 is available for Rs. 9,799. So is it worth spending 2700 rupees extra to get a phone that offers a better multi-tasking experience but an average display? If you can afford it and find that the Spice handset snuggles into your hand, go for it.
If you prefer something that’s lighter on the pocket, as well as your hand, has a better display and don’t mind a little bit of a performance hit, pick up the Micromax A100. If you do, also get IrfanView for Windows or an Automator action on Mac to flip those inverted camera photographs in a batch – until Micromax wakes up and fixes the problem.

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