Dragon Blogger Technology http://www.dragonblogger.com Gadgets, Video Games, Blogging Tips, Technology and Giveaways Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:16:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Logitech G402 Hyperion Gaming Mouse Unveiled http://www.dragonblogger.com/logitech-g402-gaming-mouse/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/logitech-g402-gaming-mouse/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:13:30 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=43701 The Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury Offers First-of-its-Kind Fusion Engine; Delivers Unmatched Speed and Precision

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The Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury Offers First-of-its-Kind Fusion Engine; Delivers Unmatched Speed and Precision

NEWARK, Calif. — July 30, 2014 — Logitech (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI), a leading innovator of gaming peripherals, today introduced the fastest gaming mouse ever made, the Logitech® G402 Hyperion Fury™ Ultra-Fast FPS Gaming Mouse. The Hyperion Fury features Logitech’s exclusive Fusion Engine™ sensor technology that can reliably track over 500 inches per second (IPS) and Logitech’s exclusive Delta Zero™ sensor technology for unrivaled accuracy. image

“We took on the challenge of creating the world’s fastest mouse in service of FPS gamers, and after three years of intensive R&D we are proud to launch a mouse that only Logitech could develop,” said Ehtisham Rabbani, general manager of the Logitech gaming business. “The Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury is the fastest gaming mouse, bar none, and the best mouse for high-speed FPS gameplay. Its lightweight design, combined with the precision and capability of the Fusion Engine, lets you make fast, furious swipes and dominate the battlefield, proving once again that Science Wins!”

 

The Fusion Engine in Hyperion Fury, created by Logitech engineers, solves a problem many FPS players have: their mouse can’t track as fast as they can move. By combining state-of-the-art optical sensor technology with an accelerometer and gyroscope, the Fusion Engine provides unmatched tracking speed.

“Hyperion Fury is now the go-to in my hardware arsenal,” said Braxton “Swag” Pierce, a Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) champion for iBUYPOWER. “It’s the mouse I have been waiting for.”

Superior Tracking Speeds

A 32-bit on-board ARM processor powers the Fusion Engine in Hyperion Fury, allowing reliable and accurate tracking speeds exceeding 500 inches per second. In addition, lightweight materials and low-friction feet allow for high-speed moves, while offering the most comfortable feeling.

Unrivaled Accuracy and Precision

The Logitech exclusive Delta Zero technology ensures pinpoint accuracy for Hyperion Fury. Four DPI settings can be accessed in an instant, so you can shift down for pixel-perfect sniping or shift up for high-speed maneuvers, all with maximum precision. Using Logitech Gaming Software, you can add a fifth DPI setting and customize the experience to your liking. With DPI shifting, Hyperion Fury can go from 4000 DPI to 240 DPI in the blink of an eye, giving you the flexibility to thrive in the chaos of battle.

Customizable Settings

Hyperion Fury features eight programmable buttons that can be configured for anything – whether complex macros or single keystrokes – using Logitech Gaming Software. Your personal configuration can be saved to onboard memory for maximum speed and accessibility. And with a consistent 1-millisecond report rate, Hyperion Fury ensures all your commands are executed as quickly as possible.

Pricing and Availability

The Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury FPS Gaming Mouse is expected to be available in the U.S. and Europe beginning in August 2014, for a suggested retail price of $59.99. For more information please visit gaming.logitech.com or our blog.

About Logitech
Logitech is a world leader in products that connect people to the digital experiences they care about. Spanning multiple computing, communication and entertainment platforms, Logitech’s combined hardware and software enable or enhance digital navigation, music and video entertainment, gaming, social networking, audio and video communication over the Internet, video security and home-entertainment control. Founded in 1981, Logitech International is a Swiss public company listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (LOGN) and on the Nasdaq Global Select Market (LOGI).

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Bluestacks Android Emulator http://www.dragonblogger.com/bluestacks-android-emulator/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/bluestacks-android-emulator/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:00:29 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=43670 Bluestacks is an android emulation dream. It is easy to install, and easy to use. It emulates a generic android using Ice Cream Sandwich

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I have worked in and around many different types of computers. In the Navy, I used a magtape drive computer that was a step down from pen and paper. I later worked for a big computer company and after tat, taught computer class’s nation wide. I had the privilege of teaching 14,000 students in a 2 years period of time. Afterwards, I owned a small computer training and repair shop for a few years. I have owned C-64’s, Pc’s of various types, Amiga’s, and even Mac’s. I now have included the android to my collection. At any time, I have close to 15-20 computers or combinations of computers and game systems in the house. I look forward to more.

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When you want to play an android game, what do you do? Most would whip out their android phone or tablet and play away, but what if you do not own an android device, what do you do then? You do what I do and run an emulator.

When I first went out looking for an android emulator, I found maybe 3 that were really anything to look at. Out of the three, one was too complicated, the other to limited, but the last one was just right. It is this last one that I wish to talk to you about today.

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Standard Bluestacks installation

Bluestacks is an android emulation dream. It is easy to install, and easy to use. It emulates a generic android using Ice Cream Sandwich, setup and allows you to install games and applications with ease. In fact if you have an apk file downloaded, just double click on it and the player will start and automatically add the app to the players list and it is installed.

Now, there are some limitations. First of all if you are using your standard pc or mac computer, you will not be able to touch the screen or tilt it from side to side to play apps that use these features. There are some work round’s, but they are not as easy to use as touching the screen is. There are some apps that won’t work at all and some storage limitations.

You do get the use of your mouse, and keyboard which is great, but there are no multi-point touching available, and pinch and zoom is not easy. Joysticks are a life saver and integrate wonderfully with this emulator. I bought one around Christmas time and it works better in the emulator than on windows itself.

Not every application will work. I have run across many that simply will not function or whose function is not needed. Root access is not available and I could not find any rooting apps that would root this emulator at all from within, but don’t despair, because it is possible to run a rooted version.

On my desktop pc I was able to integrate my webcam into the emulator with no troubles, but on my Asus T-100 the built in camera did not work at all. I was not happy and searched online for a fix, but there simply is not one out there. I did just recently learn that if I plugged in a USB cam into the T-100 the cam worked flawlessly.

Now for a bit of bad news, the newest version of the application has a bit of nag ware added to it: nothing evil just some limitations on installing outside apk files to the emulation. It does however allow for non-standard installations, such as putting the bulk of the installation on a different hard drive. Like any new development, there are costs involved and in this case, it is well worth the price.

They have a set top box called Gamepop available that would allow people to play android apps on their TV’s with only a small monthly fee. This is way cool if you ask me. I for one would love to play Angry Birds on a 50+ inch TV. Wow, give me chills thinking about it.

The standard Bluestacks installation will give you an android environment that will consist of about 2 gigs or storage on the phone and the rest of the remaining space for pictures and music. The interface is ok, but not pretty. There are mods out there that will add more storage space and some that will root the application and double the storage space available. Some will even go beyond that. Those that do give full root availability and give you the ability to add a custom launcher for a real tablet/ phone look and feel. I can only say that the programs out there that do the rooting can have some undesired side effects. I tired one out that put everything into Russian, and I had to install an apk that altered the root language. Others will limit abilities and disallow any updates from the original makers. Aside from that it is taking credit away from the original makers and putting it into the hands or hackers.

My current Bluestacks instillation

My current Bluestacks instillation

In the end it is up to you to decide. I for one love the program and believe that it is wonderful. I have spent many an hour playing with it on my desktop and also on my wonderful touch screen T-100 tablet from Asus. I can honestly say it is the best android emulator I have ever used and it does the emulation wonderfully.

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I have worked in and around many different types of computers. In the Navy, I used a magtape drive computer that was a step down from pen and paper. I later worked for a big computer company and after tat, taught computer class’s nation wide. I had the privilege of teaching 14,000 students in a 2 years period of time. Afterwards, I owned a small computer training and repair shop for a few years. I have owned C-64’s, Pc’s of various types, Amiga’s, and even Mac’s. I now have included the android to my collection. At any time, I have close to 15-20 computers or combinations of computers and game systems in the house. I look forward to more.

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Review of the Havit HV-F2015 Laptop Cooling Fan http://www.dragonblogger.com/review-of-the-havit-hv-f2015-laptop-cooling-fan/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/review-of-the-havit-hv-f2015-laptop-cooling-fan/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:00:15 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=43653 Overall it the Havit HV-F2015 Laptop Cooling Fan is a decent adjustable laptop cooling fan, but it could have benefited from adjustable fan speeds

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Recently Havit sent me the HV-F2015 Laptop Cooling Fan to review and I had a few days replacing my old laptop cooling fan with this one and came to the conclusion that this laptop cooling fan is decent for laptops 17” or under but works better if you want an adjustable laptop cooling fan instead of a slim one that simply sits under your laptop.

Check out my quick video review before you read on.

The Havit HV-F2015 Laptop Cooling fan has a larger central fan that is covered by a thin metal grill on the front, it only runs at 1 speed and constantly glows a dull blue which I didn’t mind but some people may not like the always on light output.  The fan moves a fair amount of air considering it only draws power from the laptop USB port, but I wish it had some switch to have a lower and faster speed ,I think for the size of the fan it could have been capable of producing even more air flow but I will say that this laptop cooling fan is VERY quiet and I could not hear it at all above the ambient noise in my office.

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When plugging your laptop into the Havit HV-F2015 Laptop Cooling fan the USB ports are inset and a tad difficult to reach, the cooling fan itself feels a little like flimsy plastic so as you flip it over and position it to get to the USB ports it feels a little clumsy.  The Havit HV-F2015 boasts having 2 USB Ports, but since you have to tie up one of the USB ports for your laptop to power the fan, it really only gives you 1 USB port you can use for other devices, so acts more like just a USB pass through than a USB hub if that is what you were after.

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While the HV-F2015 isn’t super slim so it actually lifts your laptop up quite a bit when it is in the flat position, it does do a good job with it’s standing positions able to hold the laptop at 3 different angles which make it ideal if you have your laptop at shoulder level or below on a desk and want to raise the screen as seen in my images below.  The only problem is while using the laptop in this position which is really great for the screen viewing, it makes the keys difficult to use without bending your wrists at  bad angle, so if you want to use this to raise the screen in this angle, it works best with a separate USB or wireless keyboard.

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Overall the Havit HV-F2015 Laptop Cooling Fan is a decent adjustable laptop cooling fan, but it could have benefited from adjustable fan speeds, giving easier access to the USB ports, having 2 actual USB ports you can use and for those who don’t want the LED backlight, a way to turn it off.

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Enter to Win the Lumsing Prophet Bluetooth Speaker http://www.dragonblogger.com/enter-to-win-the-lumsing-prophet-bluetooth-speaker/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/enter-to-win-the-lumsing-prophet-bluetooth-speaker/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=43640 Lumsing had sent us their Prophet Bluetooth Speaker to review a few weeks back and Ronald Smith from our team was extremely impressed with it

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Lumsing had sent us their Prophet Bluetooth Speaker to review a few weeks back and Ronald Smith from our team was extremely impressed with it, this Bluetooth speaker is shaped like a Disc and packs 2 5watt speakers for room filling sound while keeping a very small profile and footprint.

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Lumsing partnered with us to give the Dragon Blogger fans a chance to enter one of these Bluetooth speaker for yourself, all they want is the winner to provide an Amazon review of the product after they had a chance to use it as well.  Lumsing also makes a variety of products and we may look at doing more giveaways with them in the near future.

 

Enter to Win the Prophet Bluetooth Speaker by Lumsing

Lumsing Prophet Bluetooth Speaker Giveaway

The only required entry is to like Lumsing on Facebook, all other entries are optional but the more entries you complete the greater your odds of being chosen as the winner.  It is a random draw however, and good luck to all who enter.  Remember that the viral refer-a-friend has the potential to get you the most entries as you get entries everytime someone joins with your referral link.

Also, feel free to check out Ronald’s review of the Lumsing Prophet as well.

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MagicJack is My Near Free VOIP Service http://www.dragonblogger.com/magicjack-is-my-near-free-voip-service/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/magicjack-is-my-near-free-voip-service/#comments Sat, 26 Jul 2014 14:00:46 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=43611 I do not have cell phone service. I have chosen not to have one mostly because I cannot afford the cost, and I do not like getting calls while I am out driving. Sometimes however, I need to make a call while I am out, and with pay phones almost nonexistent, what are you supposed [...]

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I have worked in and around many different types of computers. In the Navy, I used a magtape drive computer that was a step down from pen and paper. I later worked for a big computer company and after tat, taught computer class’s nation wide. I had the privilege of teaching 14,000 students in a 2 years period of time. Afterwards, I owned a small computer training and repair shop for a few years. I have owned C-64’s, Pc’s of various types, Amiga’s, and even Mac’s. I now have included the android to my collection. At any time, I have close to 15-20 computers or combinations of computers and game systems in the house. I look forward to more.

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I do not have cell phone service. I have chosen not to have one mostly because I cannot afford the cost, and I do not like getting calls while I am out driving. Sometimes however, I need to make a call while I am out, and with pay phones almost nonexistent, what are you supposed to do?

For me, free is always the option and with that, I turn to Magic Jack. I first heard about Magic Jack back when the fastest computer available, for home use, was a Pentium 100. I used 56k dial-up and I was not 100% impressed.

Original Magic Jack

Yes, it was the coolest thing around, but for the speeds I had to work with, most of the time, the conversations were full of echoes and distortions. But that has changed with the advances in technology.

Today’s Magic Jack is new and improved and more affordable than ever. They still have the home device but it comes in a slightly different package and is better suited for the high speed Internets we have today. As long as you have a minimum of 128k for both the device you use on your computer and for the android app, you are good to go.

So what does that mean? Well, it means you can stop at nearly any location that offers free WI-Fi across the country and make a call, and if you are traveling and carry along a portable hot spot, you’re all set as well. All calls inside the US and Canada are free. If you desire to make calls to other countries then you must purchase calling time from Magic Jack and then you’re free to make those calls as well. For a list of those rates, see this link.

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The app itself is easy. Once you install it to your phone you can sign up for a free phone number. This will then be assigned to your app under your registration and will stay with you. You can even set things up so that your Magic Jack calls at home can be forwarded to the app so you don’t have to miss important home phone calls when you’re out and about. The app can on my android device at least, be set to be the default phone app.

I have used both the home product and the android app. I have made many calls to my wife and kids using the app and with few exceptions have gotten great service. It is only when the internet speeds fall below the minimum needed for the app that the quality becomes unacceptable.

I also learned that for any of you who like me still own your original Magic Jack, the silver one, you will need to buy a new device if you want to use it on windows 8.1, and probably 8 as well. I was told it supports up to windows 7. Not too bad for a device made so long ago.

I have not tried any other VOIP software. When I tried Magic Jack, I did not see the need to look further. I must note that if you use the home product for your computer, the Magic Jack Go costs $59.00 for your first 12 months and then gets less expensive there after. The Magic Jack Plus is only $39.95 for the first 6 months and then it gets less expensive there after. The renewal cost is kind of up to you. You can opt for 1 month, or several years. Check here for prices. Now, for the best part. The phone application is always free unless you want to make a call outside of the free calling area.

They even have a Kindle Fire MagicApp so you can make free calls on your Kindle Fire HDX too!

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I have worked in and around many different types of computers. In the Navy, I used a magtape drive computer that was a step down from pen and paper. I later worked for a big computer company and after tat, taught computer class’s nation wide. I had the privilege of teaching 14,000 students in a 2 years period of time. Afterwards, I owned a small computer training and repair shop for a few years. I have owned C-64’s, Pc’s of various types, Amiga’s, and even Mac’s. I now have included the android to my collection. At any time, I have close to 15-20 computers or combinations of computers and game systems in the house. I look forward to more.

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Review of the Mocreo MOSOUND BASS Bluetooth Speaker http://www.dragonblogger.com/review-of-the-mocreo-mosound-bass-bluetooth-speaker/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/review-of-the-mocreo-mosound-bass-bluetooth-speaker/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:00:01 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=43629 The Mocreo MOSOUND BASS Speaker delivers on every front and is a powerful Bluetooth speaker that sounds and feels like a quality product.

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Working in the IT Industry for over 13 years and specializing in web based technologies. Dragon Blogger has unique insights and opinions to how the internet and web technology works. An Avid movie fan, video game fan and fan of trying anything and everything new.

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I had contacted Mocreo on Facebook recently because I saw an ad for their high end MOSOUND BASS Bluetooth speaker and I was curious if they would send us one to review, so we can showcase it to our readers and fans who are in the market. Sure enough, Mocreo delivered and I have to say the MOSOUND BASS Bluetooth speaker was a joy to review.  This premium speaker has a solid metal look, the gold one was sent to me but you can choose the silver if you prefer.  The speaker is fairly heavy and very solid, right from lifting the box I knew this wasn’t going to be like any other Bluetooth speaker I reviewed.

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See the Video Unboxing of the Mocreo MOSOUND BASS Bluetooth Speaker

Pairing the speaker is so simple that it wasn’t worth even showing, you simply have any Bluetooth device on and in listening mode, then turn the Mocreo Bluetooth Speaker on, if it doesn’t detect a device it is already paired with right away, it goes into pairing mode and the blue light starts blinking rapidly, within a moment you should see it come up as a Bluetooth device and select it to pair.  Once paired it will always come on and auto pair when another device is detecting, though I noticed if you have 2 Bluetooth devices at the same time paired with it and you turn the speaker on, it can’t tell which one to pair with and will often just pair with the first device to respond.  This is typically true with any Bluetooth device however, there is also no apparent way to force it into pairing mode if it detects it’s paired device, but you want it to search and pair with another device.  I had to turn off my Bluetooth on my AIO PC just so the speaker wouldn’t pair, to get it to go back into pairing mode to pick up the iPhone 5S.

The speaker lower and raise volume buttons don’t work just by tapping them lightly, you have to hold them for a half second or so until they beep and register the volume increase and decrease, this helps prevent you accidentally lowering the volume too slowly or quickly but makes increasing and decreasing volume a little slower than if you can just rapidly tap the volume buttons.  I actually found this to be a negative for me, and I would prefer simple quick taps to raise or lower volume, as a result if I don’t remember which volume level I left my Bluetooth speaker at, and I find my music blasting when it pairs, I have to use the volume buttons on the iPhone or PC, since holding the lower volume button on the Mocreo MOSOUND BASS takes too long to lower the volume when in an urgent situation to reduce volume.

Now I had tested the speaker for hours and I have to say that it is definitely suited toward music and music that tends to be bass heavy like electronica, metal, rock…etc.  The speaker has a tendency to put out bass so even lighter music like classical or audiobooks with a lot of high pitched readers can come out a little bassy, so it is designed for filling a room or a backyard with music.  The volume of the speaker can be so loud that it literally is deafening and in a 10×12 room you can’t hear anything, not even the sound of your own voice over the volume of the Bluetooth speaker as seen in this pairing video with my AIO PC using Spotify.

See my video sound test

In the default play mode this is the ideal speaker for listening to loud and deep tracks, but not ideal for high treble and audiobooks if you don’t want that buzzy bass harshness that surrounds a high pitches speakers voices as they finish sentences, it gives the impression of someone whose mouth is too close to the mic when they speak and I noticed this again when listening to stand up comedians on Spotify with the Mocreo MOSOUND BASS speaker.

Later on that evening I used the Mocreo MOSOUND Bass Bluetooth speaker as my primary speaker for watching TV shows in my bedroom, either streamed from iOS applications on iPad or from my Dell XPS AIO PC that I just take into the bedroom at night and watch TNT, USA Network or FX shows the day after they air.  We watched Falling Skies, Perception, The Last Ship, Major Crimes and Suits with the Mocreo MOSOUND BASS as part of this review period and I have to tell you, that I simply put my other Bluetooth speaker away in a bin and have switched to using the Mocreo Bluetooth Speaker as my ONLY Bluetooth speaker now as a result of this review.

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The next day I tested the speaker out as a Speaker phone with my iPhone 5S and it makes for a fantastic speakerphone, I was on a few hour long conference calls and voices were crystal clear and loud.  The microphone picked up my voice fine and it did a pretty good job of cancelling out background noise as well as it’s own speaker volume when using it as a speakerphone.  I had used the speaker for about 6 total hours without having to charge it, but instinctively I put it on the charge via the microUSB cable at the end of the day, so I can’t confirm if it can go the full 8 hours yet, but I can confirm it lasted 6 over 2 days without any indication of having low battery issues.

3D Surround Mode

I found out after the first few days that there was an undocumented feature of the Mocreo MOSOUND BASS Speaker where you can put it in 3D Surround mode, you do this by pressing the volume down and up buttons at the same time for about 1/2 a second, you will see the blinking blue light now shows a solid green light to indicate it is in 3D Surround Mode.  Now you will clearly hear voices and sound seem to emanate from around the speaker on both sides as well as the front, and this gives an aura of depth to whatever you are listening to.

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Again, the 3D Surround mode made music more crisp, at the expense of reducing the power of the Bass slightly, it was ideal for watching TV Shows or listening to stand up comedy or music that is instrumental, unplugged or more about the vocals.  In my opinion 3D Surround mode sounded better overall with everything I listened to than without 3D Surround Mode enabled, so leaving 3D Surround on is going to be my default going forward.

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THL’s T11 the Phabulous Phablet http://www.dragonblogger.com/thls-t11-the-phabulous-phablet/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/thls-t11-the-phabulous-phablet/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 02:10:12 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=43658 So take a look at the THL T11 on gearbest.com and let us know what you think! Would this phablet fit your needs?

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I have spent many years in the PC boutique name space as Product Development for Alienware and Dell through their acquisition and finally Velocity Micro. During these years I spent my time developing new products, technologies and configuration’s with companies such as Microsoft, Intel, AMD, NVIDIA, Asus and more. Gaming and new and old technologies are what drives my interests and passion.

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THL may not be a very well-known manufacturer but they are not one that you will want to overlook, unless you just like things because everyone else has them.  If you are not tied down to labels, then you will want to check out THL’s T11 3G Phablet sold in White or Black.

 

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The THL T11 phablet features some nice specs, check them out here.

Specifications

  • 5.0inch IPS HD 720 screen
  • 16GB ROM (Capacity upgradable through Micro SD slot, up to 32GB additional)
  • MTK6592W 1.7GHz Octa Core Cortex-A7 processor CPU (Yeah, 8 Core)
  • 2GB RAM
  • 802.11 b/g/n WIFI
  • Dual SIM support
  • Mali 450MP GPU
  • GSM+WCDMA network support
  • GSM Frequency 850/900/1800/1900MHZ
  • WCDMA Frequency 850/2100Mhz
  • 3G Support
  • Bluetooth
  • GPS
  • FM transmitter
  • Proximity Sensor (to sense if you are holding the phone to you face or using it as a tablet)
  • Light Sensor (To detect the light intensity of the environment and adjust screen brightness)
  • NFC (Near Field Communications: allows you to use your phone as a credit card or transfer any information as you enter)
  • Dual Cameras (One front and one rear)
  • Rear Camera 8.0MP with AF and flash light
  • Front Camera 5.0MP
  • Video Recording
  • TF Card slot (Micro SD up to 32GB)
  • Unlocked for Worldwide use

 

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Reading through the specs, I am sure you kept looking back to make sure I wrote that this is a cell phone too.  It’s a Phablet, this is what happens when a cell phone and a tablet hook up.  The nice thing is that even though these devices come from different walks of life and do things a little differently, it can speak multiple languages.  It supports Italian, English, Dutch, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian and German.  So it seems this device is a bit of a mutt in more than just one way.

You have the ability to watch all your movies in 3GP, AVI, MP4, RMVB, H.264 and H.263 formats and view your pictures in PNG, JPEG, GIF and BMP formats due to its 1280×720 HD screen and listen to those movies or songs in AMR, MP3 or WAV formats through its speakers or headphones through its 3.5mm audio out port.  So you don’t have to bother anyone while you watch movies or listen to songs while you are waiting at the doctors office or shop getting your car worked on.   While you are at it, since this can support Excel, Power point, and MS Word Office formats, TXT, and PDF’s, you can catch up on some reading and of course just about any Android game currently in existence.

Just like PC’s today, games are taking advantage of multiple cores and being that Android can support multiple threads and this phablet sports an 8 core processor you are good to go.  Along with the CPU support, you will need a decent GPU and this phablet has that with the Mali-450 MP graphics processor.  This supports up to 16AA, OpenGL ES 1.1/2.0 and OpenVG 1.1 with Multi-Core scaling.  To power this beast, THL has included a 2300mAh battery.

 

Phablet 3

 

The phablet itself has dimensions of 5.7inches in length, 2.8inches in width and 0.3inch in depth and comes in at 0.15kg.  So it’s only a little bit bigger and heavier than most phones today, but it is a phablet so that may not be a bad thing for you, it wouldn’t bother me.

With the good, comes the bad.  Without the ability to see into tomorrow, there is no way to tell how bad this is.  This device comes with Android 4.2 but it seems THL does not allow you to update to newer versions of Android.  While currently it’s just a fairy tale, Android L is coming out and claims to fix many things, one of them being battery life with Project Volta and with that could probably squeeze out an extra 36% battery life.  I don’t know about you, I could use an extra 36% percent more battery life but again, it’s not out so we can’t say for sure.

So take a look at the THL T11 on gearbest.com and let us know what you think!  Would this phablet fit your needs?

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I have spent many years in the PC boutique name space as Product Development for Alienware and Dell through their acquisition and finally Velocity Micro. During these years I spent my time developing new products, technologies and configuration’s with companies such as Microsoft, Intel, AMD, NVIDIA, Asus and more. Gaming and new and old technologies are what drives my interests and passion.

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July Giveaways and Showcasing Some of Our Partners http://www.dragonblogger.com/july-giveaways-and-showcasing-some-of-our-partners/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/july-giveaways-and-showcasing-some-of-our-partners/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:00:26 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=43619 For this July Newsletter we focus on two companies which we have partnered with and showcasing their products and giveaway for readers.  The first is Havit and this technology company makes a range of PC and speaker accessory products.  They have been steadily supplying us with products to review and giveaway to our readers and [...]

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For this July Newsletter we focus on two companies which we have partnered with and showcasing their products and giveaway for readers.  The first is Havit and this technology company makes a range of PC and speaker accessory products.  They have been steadily supplying us with products to review and giveaway to our readers and I wanted to show them some appreciation by calling some attention out to them in the newsletter.  Right now, we have a Dual Driver Bluetooth Speaker that we are giving away from Havit, the 2nd one as they provide one for us to giveaway just a few weeks prior.

Enter the Havit Dual Driver Speaker Giveaway.

Also Like Havit on Facebook and let them know you are a DragonBlogger Fan and see what products they offer and let us know which ones you want us to giveaway next!

You can also check out Iggy’s review of the Havit HV-SK466BT Bluetooth Speaker he does a great video and written review of it.

RavPower also has been a partner for a while, and the offered up a 4 port USB Charging Station to our readers.  This is the ultimate charging device and with 1 A/C outlet you now can charge 2 Tablets and 2 Smartphones at the same time, this is perfect in my household where I have to charge 2 Kindle Fire HDX and 2 iPhone’s at the same time, and keeps all of your devices in one location for charging.  You just have to keep reminding family members to put their devices back on the charger when they no longer an using them, as I have to with my kids all the time.

Enter to Win a RavPower 4 Port USB Charger

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You can also check out Iggy’s review of the RavPower 4 Port USB Charger as well, he does a great written and video unboxing/review.

Finally we are forging relationships with new brands all the time, Lumsing and Etekcity are some of the newer brands to partner with us and I wanted to specifically call out that Etekcity is sending us more than half a dozen different products to review and many will be lined up for giveaways with the fans.  In addition, Lumsing already is in the works to have us offer some giveaways for the fans, and I want my fans to go ahead and start showing support by liking Lumsing and Etekcity on Facebook now, tell them you are a DragonBlogger fan and happy they partnered with us!

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In addition we soon will be launching a Facebook Flash Giveaway for some Amazon Credit, so only fans that follow on Facebook will see and be able to enter this one, as it won’t show up on the site or the newsletter.  We also plan on future giveaways exclusive to the YouTube channel to to help grow our presence in various social media platforms as well.

Some Reviews You May Have Missed

I want to showcase some reviews that have recently published that you may have missed, these include the extremely thorough review of the Deepcool Pangu V2 SW PC case which was done by Ronald Smith, you won’t find more product pictures in another review on the site!  You may also have noticed that we have covered some virtual currency mining articles as of late, courtesy of Ahmed one of our newest writers.  Check out his article on how to mine any coin using AMD GPU’s with the X13 Algorithm.  Last but not least Mitra takes a look at the alpha of the game Skara: The Blade Remains and while it is very much a work in progress, it has promise.

Do You Want To Review Products Too?

Calling other bloggers, I have more and more companies asking if I know other bloggers who are interested in doing product reviews, you don’t even have to run your own WordPress blog, these companies may be interested if you just have a decent YouTube, Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr following.  In some cases if you are very active Amazon reviewer and do video reviews you may be eligible.  If you want me to share your information with companies so that you may be contacted to get free products to review, please sign up for my Blogger Opportunity Sign Up Form and I will share your information so maybe you can get some cool sponsored opps or products to review too!  For the URL where you published a post on DragonBlogger, all you have to do is share one of our articles on your social media and put a link to the share.

This notice was part of the recent Newsletter, if you haven’t yet then sign up for the Newsletter so you won’t miss any future exclusive giveaways or first chances at prizes!
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How To Mine Any Coin Using AMD GPUs On Scrypt Algorithm http://www.dragonblogger.com/how-to-mine-any-coin-using-amd-gpus-on-scrypt-algorithm/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/how-to-mine-any-coin-using-amd-gpus-on-scrypt-algorithm/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:00:37 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=43559 Tutorial on how to set up a CGminer on mining a coin based on Scrypt algorithm for AMD graphics cards.

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Hi, I'm Ahmed Kazim and I've been a gaming freak since like 7-8. I'm also a geek-o-nerd who keeps looking around for latest development in hardware/tech/gadget industries so expect some quick news from me. I'm also interested in anime (Japanese animation) and can't stand a day without music and gaming.

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Okay so here we are again with another mining tutorial. And this time we are going to cover the most famous algorithm, Scrypt. I bet you’ve heard the names of Dogecoin, Litecoin, Vericoin (which we covered a few days ago), they are all based on Scrypt algorithm. And as we mentioned in our previous article, you will be needing another miner for Scrypt rather than SGminer, though the process follows the same trend, so head over to this article and have a brief look at what you’ll be doing, or just follow the steps to get your miner running.

Download And Extract The Miner:

For Scrypt, you are going to need the CGminer 3.7.2 (sounds same to SGminer right?), which is the latest Scrypt supported CGminer. By latest Scrypt supported i meant that there are more versions of CGminer till like 4.4 but they don’t support Scrypt algorithm and 3.7.2 is the last one that supports Scrypt algorithm. So get yourself a copy of miner either from here, or any other source.

Once you’ve got the miner, it’ll be in a .rar or .zip or similar compressed file format, so extract it somewhere on your HDD, no installation needed.

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Creating The .Bat File:
Once you’ve got the miner, we need to create a .bat file that will execute the miner with our preferred set of commands. For that purpose, open up windows application, Notepad and save these commands as a “whatever.bat” file.

setx GPU_MAX_ALLOC_PERCENT 100
setx GPU_USE_SYNC_OBJECTS 1
cgminer –scrypt -o stratum+tcp://pool_url:port -u weblogin.worker -p password

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We will be replacing the set of commands later on, and remember to use “all files” in type while saving the .bat file. If you’ve read our previous mining articles, you might have noticed the difference between the initial commands.

Mining On Dedicated Pool Without Weblogin:
This time we are going to try something different. We are going to mine on a dedicated pool which doesn’t even need you to register. One might then think how will the pool identify you and send you your coins? Well instead of your logins, your wallet address will do the work. For demonstration purpose we are going to use vericoin as the coin and http://pool.vericoin.info/ for the pool. You can either generate your preferred coin’s wallet/deposit address on any online exchange or simply download your preferred coin’s wallet and a wallet address will be generated for you.

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Setting Up Your Miner:
Once you’ve got the wallet address for your coin (by any means), we need to edit the whatever.bat file we created earlier.

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So the pool’s url along with coin’s port goes in the place of pool_url:port and my wallet address goes in place of weblogin:worker and password as defined on the pool’s getting started page changes to “x”.

Prepare For Launch!
Once the whatever.bat have been edited, your miner is all set for the first launch, so go ahead and double-click on the .bat file and see what happens.

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So this time the GPU temperature as directed by the Yellow Arrow seems quite high, well quite a lot high. And it’s been always like that with the Scrypt algorithm, the numbers marked by Orange Arrow is the power generated by your GPU which also seems quite low for the temperature it produces. The thing is it depends on the block reward, the higher the block reward, the more chances of getting coins on low shares/hashrate, and similarly the lower the block reward of a coin is, the lower the coins you will get upon your hashrate. So it’s different for all the coins/algorithm, where the hashrate may and should differ.
The Red Arrow here direct towards the share rate or rather you can say work done by your miner which have been rejected or been orphaned and last but not least the Light Green Arrow, which i don’t know the name of, but if it goes higher than 0, then there is an issue with your CFG, however you shouldn’t see it go beyond 0, if you haven’t used a tweaked CFG. It’s like a safety measurement, telling you about the compatibility of your CFG with your hardware and stuff.

Checking Worker Stats:
Well once you see that the miner is up, running and mining, does it mean that your worker/miner is connected to the pool and mining coin for your given address? To check that head over to the pool’s official website and search for a tab named “Worker stats/Workers/Miners” or something similar. YOu will see a huge list of addresses, their hashrates/shares/coins etc, search your address among the list by pressing Ctrl+F, if you see your address in the list, all is good or otherwise something is wrong in your CFG.

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It can take up to a few minutes for your address to show up in the list, so be patient.

And this is how you set up a CGminer on mining a coin based on Scrypt algorithm. It doesn’t mean you have to join a dedicated pool which doesn’t need you to register, there are still dedicated pools which require you to register there. It is upon you to decide which way to go, but keep in mind, that all mining setups follow almost the same trend, only a few things may differ. Be sure to take a look at the below notes and share this information with your friends having AMD GPU who want to try out some experiments on mining.

Notes:
CGminer above 3.7.2 doesn’t support Scrypt algorithm.
You can find out what to mine, as for the time, using some profitability calculator such as the one found at http://whatmine.com/
There are still quite a few tweaking commands that can be added in the .bat file, such as –temp-target, –temp-cutoff, –failover, –auto-fan, etc. Explaining all of these commands would just make the article long enough that it would become too long and boring to read. Basically, this article was written to give an idea on how to set up a miner and join pools, you can search the CFGs for your GPU online, or ask on forums, and replace/add them in your .bat file as you see fit, for the best performance.
Overclocking/Underclocking is a major factor that also affects mining performance, and once again, you can search in a search engine for/ask on forums about the best clock settings for your GPU on specified algorithms.
The performance gained, in the resulting image, was obtained by a further-tweaked CFG, but it doesn’t mean that the miner won’t run with the base cfg as provided above.
Original cfg:
setx GPU_MAX_ALLOC_PERCENT 100
setx GPU_USE_SYNC_OBJECTS 1
cgminer –scrypt -o stratum+tcp://pool.vericoin.info:7777 -u VEEDExiCKfnTpeaPFSE2PtkHJgkwADQw7p -p x -I 13 -g 2 -w 256 –thread-concurrency 10240 –gpu-engine 1080 –gpu-memclock 1500 –temp-target 76 –temp-overheat 85 –temp-cutoff 87 –gpu-fan 65-80
Most of the miner works best with old AMD Catalyst drivers like 13.12, doesn’t mean they won’t run with the newest, but are best tweaked by the developers for older versions.
There are dedicated hardware for mining also, called ASIC which are far better than GPUs, but not all algorithm have ASIC and it affects the coins profitability as well.

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Hi, I'm Ahmed Kazim and I've been a gaming freak since like 7-8. I'm also a geek-o-nerd who keeps looking around for latest development in hardware/tech/gadget industries so expect some quick news from me. I'm also interested in anime (Japanese animation) and can't stand a day without music and gaming.

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Havit HV-H2073D Headset Review http://www.dragonblogger.com/havit-hv-h2073d-headset-review/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/havit-hv-h2073d-headset-review/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:00:59 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=43573 All-in-all the Havit HV-H2073D Headset is something I would only recommend if you are in a pinch and need a decent headset to use

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What's up! I'm Brian Alford and I reside just outside of Indianapolis, Indiana. I am very passionate about video games and I also am the host of a video game podcast. I love to write and enjoy entertaining people

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The headset market is quite competitive these days and gamers have a wide selection of companies to choose from when it comes to finding the right type of headset that is just for them. Havit is a company who not only makes dozens of other peripherals, but they that also makes headsets for gamers and the great news is that their products fit your budget when you are in a pinch and looking for one. The HV-H2073D is one of those headsets that has a bit of a classic feel to it when it comes to looks and design and it will stand out in numerous ways. First off what I like about this headset is the look itself. The design kinda reminds me of those old Adidas basketball shoes that are making a come back. With such a cool shade of blue it gives it that almost retro look which is something that really caught my eye when I first saw it. SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES   Now let’s talk about how this headset performs. The sound is rather crystal clear and I am able to hear music and my friends voices just fine. The microphone is rather short and you really cannot adjust it at all unlike other headset microphones where you can bend them to your heart’s desire, the HV-H2073D doesn’t allow for very much movement at all and not to mention it isn’t very long of a microphone either. However, don’t let the size of the microphone fool you as it picks up sound quite nicely as when testing it the microphone does a great job of picking up only your voice and not a lot of background noise which for such a small microphone is rather impressive. SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES   One thing that might be a turn-off on the headset is the cord. Havit designed the cord for this particular device to be 6mm in diameter. My guess is to make sure that the cord isn’t damaged and is durable, but it does make the overall appearance of the headset seem rather bulky. The cushion of the headphones very pleasant and not at all disturbing to the ear. However, my biggest problem with these headphones is that no matter how many times I adjusted them they seemed a bit too tight as if they have a bit too much of a bend. Adjusting them too much made them too loose and adjusting them smaller ended up putting to much pressure on my head which was quite uncomfortable so maybe it’s just me. All-in-all the Havit HV-H2073D Headset is something I would only recommend if you are in a pinch and need a decent headset to use but I wouldn’t recommend these if you plan on making these the headset you will be using very often for long gaming sessions as these can be quite uncomfortable after a long period of time.

  • 40mm Hi-Fi speaker, High power handling for tracking sessions
  • Closed-back cushioned earcup design creates an outstanding seal for maximum isolation
  • Perfect for Chatting, Skype, Gaming & Listening to Music
  • Adjustable headband and lightweight design for maximum comfort
  • Ideal for both mobile sources and computers

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Things to Consider When Choosing Triple Play Bundles http://www.dragonblogger.com/things-to-consider-when-choosing-triple-play-bundles/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/things-to-consider-when-choosing-triple-play-bundles/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:15:34 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=43615 Benefits and Disadvantages of triple play bundling your TV, Broadband and Telephone services.

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The demand for Triple Play bundles – the inclusion of TV/ Video-on-Demand/ high-speed broadband internet and telephony – is growing at a rapid pace when it comes to entertainment. Most cable companies offer Triple Play bundles; more companies and telecoms plan to introduce Triple Play services in the near future.

Using Triple Play bundles over a la carte services isn’t just a simple decision for service providers of choosing a mode of operation that results in more revenue; such bundles allow for pricing that benefits companies and their customers in other ways. Also, such combined packages can provide customers a better overall experience with the services included inside the bundle.

Apart from the advantage of better pricing, Triple Play bundles also offer the following benefits:

Potential Advantages

Simple to administer

You can cobble a number of services together from different service providers, but then you forgo the benefits of choosing a single service provider – a major one being fewer headaches. When you have issues with cable TV, telephone, or internet, every minute you spend on administration is a minute wasted that could have been utilized for other productive activities such as work or business.

This means you don’t have to wear multiple hats or call multiple service providers – there are quantifiable benefits of streamlining your administrative activities. Moreover, it’s more efficient when you’re enjoying a relationship with a single company: it is easier to manage billing, and less overall complexity.

Scalability

It’s not just the simple administration you want to consider; your additional demands need to be taken into account too. At various instances, as your household consumption grows, or you welcome more members into the family, you may want to extend your Triple Play bundle with new services, greater bandwidth, or more channels.

The more service providers you deal with, the more daunting it can be to expand and upgrade. The right service provider will help you scale TV channels, internet speed and telephone bandwidth without putting unnecessary obstacles in your path.

Faster set up

Slow implementation speed is one of the bottlenecks that can have a negative impact on your entertainment service experience. The more time you have to spend scoping out and scrutinizing services from different providers, the longer it will take to set up a service.

By choosing Triple Play, you only deal with one provider – everything is simple, and you often gain convenience to upgrade or request changes at any time.

Meanwhile some of the benefits may not be benefits or you could end up with some disadvantages too that you should consider, these include:

Potential Disadvantages

Who Uses a Telephone?

Often the best bundling rates include Telephone, Internet, Video, but Telephone by itself is fairly expensive and if you are like me who don’t have a home phone and don’t really want or need a land line, then this cost negates some of the benefit of the bundle as you are getting something you didn’t really need or want so the benefits of the bundle aren’t as clear.

Contracts

Be careful there often is a contract annual or 2 year involved to get the best rates in a bundle, and if you wind up in a contract you can pay some pretty expensive fee’s to break your contract early if you are unhappy.  Sometimes the best name in one offering isn’t the best in another offering as well, so always read the fine print and know if you can get out of it and switch if you are unhappy.

Time Limited Offers

This happens with any new service but also with bundles, you will pay a great low monthly rate for your first year or 6 months and then it can skyrocket, ask what your normal monthly bill will be after the promotional plan ends and see if it still is something that fits your budget.

Top Triple Play service providers

The following companies offer the best Triple Play bundled services in the market:

AT&T:the company offers Triple Play and Triple Services packages alongside its U-verse bundles, which allows consumers to take advantage of premium services. Further, promo codes still exist for AT&T U-verse bundles and Triple Play services.

Verizon: Verizon offers Triple Play bundles along with a free VISA gift card which further reduces the price of the entire package. The bundle includes FiOS internet, which is the most advanced technology available, while promotions make FiOS phone, internet, and TV less expensive.

XFINITY Triple Play from Comcast: This bundle is one of the fastest ways to fulfill all your entertainment needs. You get video-on-demand, free WiFi home devices and best call clarity from XFINITY Voice technology.

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Backup Solutions for your Crashed Hard Drive http://www.dragonblogger.com/backup-solutions-for-your-crashed-hard-drive/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/backup-solutions-for-your-crashed-hard-drive/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:00:15 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=43549 Some software to backup your data so you don't have a situation where all is lost from losing your PC data.

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Imagine this: you’ve worked very hard to prepare a presentation for your boss and it’s going good. You have a cup of coffee at your side to keep you awake. Accidentally, you spill some of the hot drink on your laptop and the next thing you know is that ‘all is lost’. It will get you fuming, right? And you end up regretting the fact that, ‘why didn’t I backup my data?’


All wouldn’t have lost in vain if you had backed up your data in the first place.
In this age of technology, data management has become a necessity. Backing up data is undoubtedly an important task in all platforms, be it for smartphones, laptops/PCs or tablets. With data being so critical to our work, if we lack any contingency plan to backup data, we’re in for a really big disaster at some point in the future.


Luckily, we have a wide range of tools at our disposal, some are freeware and some are paid solutions.

AOEMI Backupper


AOEMI Backupper is free to use and has a very intuitive interface. It is very simple to use so that the user doesn’t have a hard time while backing up data. It provides the user the flexibility of backing up the whole, or backing up individual folders/files, disk and partition backups. The AOEMI Backupper has a very straightforward interface. Therefore, whether you have experience in backing up data or not, you will find AOEMI Backupper very easy. With a single click you can create an image of the folder or file that is going to be backed up so as to create a restore point for the future. Scheduled Backup is one of the many new features. It provides the user the feasibility of scheduling backups. You can also make a boot able USB drive with the help of AOEMI Backupper. It also provides you the ability to encrypt or compress your backup data.

 Backup Maker

This Windows only backup software offers extremely simple wizard-driven backup to a variety of local media and remote hosts. It also very easy to use and gives you flexibility to automate your scheduled backup. Within an instant, your valuable data is converted to a zip format and transferred to a hard drive, USB flash drive or directly to a CD/DVD. It also has a very easy guide to creating a scheduled backup. It also empowers you to either overwrite the current saved data as a whole or incrementally as the files are added, replaced or altered. Restoration is just as simple with point and click dumping of your data from the backup to the previous location. It also offers encryption up to 256bits (AES). It is a freeware.

www.backupmaker.com

 

OneDrive (Cloud Backup)



Now we come to the latest mode of backing up data, OneDrive. It provides us with the option of backing up data on the cloud. Formerly it’s name was SkyDrive. You can store any kind of file in the service, including photos, video, and documents, and then access them from any of your Windows PCs or mobile devices. The service organizes your files by type for you, so it’s easy to find what you need. OneDrive offers free storage of 7 GB with the added flexibility of gaining 3 GB extra space if you enable camera backup option on your smartphone or tablet application. Refer OneDrive to a friend and both of you will receive +500 MB (10 friend will give you up to 5 GB). The total space is now 15 GB, which is quite sufficient enough for HD videos, pictures and etc. The file size restriction is about 2 GB. Those who use Windows 8 and 8.1 have OneDrive built into their operating systems. However, anyone can download it from the web, may it be Android, iOS, Windows Phone or PC platforms. You also have the ability to synchronise data between all of the above mentioned platforms. Paid solutions start from 2$/month for 100 GB and 4$/month for 200 GB, apart from the free space size.

https://onedrive.live.com/about/en-us/download/

 

Copy



A solution provided by one of the well-reknowned security network, Barracuda. Copy is another one among the many in the line of cloud storage. It allocates 15 GB of free space with the flexibility of backing up data between a number of platforms via your Windows PC, Mac OS X, Linux and the feasibility of syncing data across Android and iOS devices. For high security purposes, it also provides different layers of encryption which includes AES 256bit. Copy offers features like secure sharing, source validation and identity verification, which makes sure the content is only seen by the people you desire. Copy also gives a bang for your buck as its pricing is very competitive, although the file size limit is relatively low.

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Dropbox



One of the earliest and the most popular cloud storage services around. It mostly praised for its elegant and clean design, but it also offers seamless integration on a number of platforms. You can store any kind of file in Dropbox, by either uploading to the Web site or adding it with the desktop apps. Those apps live in your file system so that you can easily move files from your computer to the cloud and vice versa by dragging and dropping them into your Dropbox folder. It’s easy to use interface and sharing features makes it stand out from its competitors. Dropbox gives its users plenty of opportunities to get extra storage up to 2 GB you to get when you sign up. If you participate in the quick Getting Started tutorial, you get 250 MB. Turn on the automatic photo upload feature on any of the mobile apps to get 3 GB of extra space (you can get only 3 GB total, not per device). You can earn 500 MB for each friend you refer to Dropbox who actually signs up for the service, up to 16 GB total, or 32 referrals. Dropbox’s greatest advantage on others is that it works equally well on PCs and Macs, Android and iOS. The service is so simple and elegantly designed, that it’s easy for anyone to master. Its desktop applications seamlessly blend with your computer’s file system. It offers AES 256bit and two layer verification for added security.

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