Dragon Blogger Technology http://www.dragonblogger.com Gadgets, Video Games, Blogging Tips, Technology and Giveaways Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:00:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Top 5 Laptops for Less than $500 http://www.dragonblogger.com/top-5-laptops-less-500/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/top-5-laptops-less-500/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:00:30 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=45265 Modern society is experiencing an internet revolution and if you are not on the bandwagon, you are missing a lot. One way to easily get on board is by investing in a laptop. But wait, aren’t laptops very expensive? Affordably Working on Your Feet This is where most people go wrong because you can get [...]

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Modern society is experiencing an internet revolution and if you are not on the bandwagon, you are missing a lot. One way to easily get on board is by investing in a laptop. But wait, aren’t laptops very expensive?

Affordably Working on Your Feet

This is where most people go wrong because you can get an affordable laptop for less than $500. Imagine taking your work everywhere with you, cool isn’t it? The convenience and affordability of doing business on the move is just amazing.

1. HP 15-g080nr 15.6-inch Laptop

HP is renowned for producing sturdy and functional machines. The HP 15-g080nr is one such device. It provides enough power for both home and office users. The design is attractive with a semi-gloss black finish but more importantly, you will enjoy:

  • A6-6310 Quad core processor sufficient for daily computing tasks and well handling of graphics
  • 5.25 hour battery life and it has low consumption
  • 4GB of RAM DDR3L and 740GB 5400 rmp Hard Drive
  • Convenience features such as USB 3 and HDMI

At $319.99 at the time of this article, this is a good bargain to keep you in the office even when out.

2. Toshiba Satellite C55-B5200

 

The first thing that draws you to the C55-B5200 is the jet-black color. It is a jewel for everyone who requires optimal performance from a laptop. It features most of the other features of the C55 series but is also different and more resourceful. Some of its highlights are:

  • 750 GB hard drive / 6 GB RAM
  • Upgraded 4th Generation Intel Core i3-4005U processor
  • 15.6’’ inch LED back-lit TFT screen
  • Integrated HD 4400 graphics
  • Convenience features such as DVD writer, webcam among others

At $414.99 at the time of this article, this is a good deal considering Toshiba has a reputation as one of the top laptop brands in the world.

3. Acer E15 E5-571-56UQ

Over the last one decade, Acer has made its mark in computer device manufacturer. The E15 comes with a 4th generation Intel Core i5 Processor accompanied by 8GB of RAM. With a 1TB hard drive, you will be able to hold quite a sizeable media collection of files.

Playing videos on your Acer E15 should be a delight and the system integrated graphics will serve every gamer well. With a full-sized keyboard, your typing experience is enhanced and the 15.6 inch display makes working comfortable especially for best web design. At 5.5 pounds, it is easy to carry around. It comes at $411.

4. HP Pavilion 17-e118dx 17-inch Laptop

At $424, this is perhaps one of the best all-round laptops from HP. It might provide mid-range hardware to users but you will find it very versatile. Its AMD chip can handle multiple applications at the same time and graphics are a delight to behold powered by an AMD Radeon 7640G GPU. Here are other features:

  • 17.3’ LED HD display
  • 4GB memory and a 750 GB hard drive
  • Convenience features such as high-definition webcam; DVD and CD drive among others.

The HP Pavilion 17-e118dx is an affordable workhorse and you get a 17″ laptop for around $439.

5. Asus VivoBook V400CA-DB31T 14-inch Touchscreen

You cannot leave out Asus in any affordability list. The V400CA-DB31T offers a unique metal finish and a nice compact design. It offers you amazingly spacious hard drive at 24GB of SSD making the Windows startup and application load performance faster. Take a look at what more it offers:

  • Intel Core i3-2365M 1.4GHz processor.
  • 500GB hard drive plus 24GB SSD and 4GB memory
  • Super graphics powered by Intel HD 3000
  • Extras include Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI, Wi-Fi, Webcam, among others.

At $472, it is a mouth-watering deal and you get a touch screen which is rare in the under $500 price range.

Go on and grab one of these meticulously designed laptops without ruining your savings.

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Enter the #Lionsgate Horror Movie Giveaway http://www.dragonblogger.com/enter-lionsgate-horror-movie-giveaway/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/enter-lionsgate-horror-movie-giveaway/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:40:29 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=45349 Readers have a chance to enter to win a Digital Download code for The Blair Witch Project in this special #LionsgateHorror giveaway.  I remember when I first saw The Blair Witch Project in theaters seems like so long ago and had a great time with the horror/campiness of the film.  This is your chance  to re-watch [...]

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Readers have a chance to enter to win a Digital Download code for The Blair Witch Project in this special #LionsgateHorror giveaway.  I remember when I first saw The Blair Witch Project in theaters seems like so long ago and had a great time with the horror/campiness of the film.  This is your chance  to re-watch the film or see it for the first time as this film was really one of the first horror films too go viral by Internet standards back then.

Watch The Trailer, Learn More  and Enter the Giveaway

To enter the giveaway you need to do the following:

#1 – Use the Twitter or Facebook button at top of widget below and share the app/giveaway

#2 – Leave a comment with your Social Media Share URL and leave a comment about any of the movies (did you see all of them, any of them, was  any your favorite?)

 

For those who didn’t know, these are all #LionsgateHorror films being  featured.  If you are fan of Joss Whedon, and haven’t seen Cabin in The Woods yet, it is highly recommended.

Click on any of the movies below to be taken to their VUDU pages where you can watch them online or watch on your Internet  connected TV, Roku, Chromecast or other device.

You can also visit their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Blair-Witch-Project/180539511999269

You can also visit their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/existsmovie

 

Giveaway Rules: Each household is only eligible to win One (1) Digital Download code for The Blair Witch Project via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Giveaway open to the U.S. and Canada.  Giveaway ends on November 15th and winner will be contacted after that date.

Disclaimer: We were provided with one copy of The Blair Witch Project Digital Download to do with as we wish, and another copy to giveaway to one reader. All opinions are 100% mine and mine alone.

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Top 5 Web Design Software Titles http://www.dragonblogger.com/top-5-web-design-software-titles/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/top-5-web-design-software-titles/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:00:56 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=45249 The International Telecommunications Union projects 2.5 billion people to be online by end of 2014. Through your website, you can leverage on these numbers but this can only happen if you have a well-designed page. Well you are in luck because the website design world is buzzing with creative software to get the job done [...]

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The International Telecommunications Union projects 2.5 billion people to be online by end of 2014. Through your website, you can leverage on these numbers but this can only happen if you have a well-designed page.

Well you are in luck because the website design world is buzzing with creative software to get the job done by both professionals and amateurs.

Exploring the Crème de la Crème in Website Design Software

If you want your page optimized for the search engines and get high ROI, try one of these five design tools:

1. WebEasy Professional

Nobody said web design has to be rocket science and this is what the creators of webEasy Professional want to confirm. This is sufficient software for beginners, advanced users and even hobbyists website designers. It offers:

· Over 600 easy to use templates for customization

· Incredible graphic and image photo-editing tools including adjustable compressions, resize without distortion, image cropping, automatic resampling to mention but a few.

· Multimedia support including flash, animation, video among others.

In essence, you will need no HTML coding and programming training to create your website.

2. Adobe Dreamweaver CS6

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Offered under a traditional software license and released in 2012, this is another ingenious product from Adobe. It works perfectly well with HTML 5, which is of course a plus. It does an excellent job at integrating visual design tools. It makes it easier for learners with built-in templates including for mobile sites.

Dreamweaver CS6 does more than just HTML and you will be able to work on JavaScript, PHP and ASP. For extended usability, you will get multiple plug-ins available. In essence, this is a product suitable for both beginners and advanced web designers.

3. Xara Web Designer Premium

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If you have some knowledge in website design then XARA from Magix is your thing. For starters, it offers you amazing customization capabilities to create any website you want. With over 1,000 templates, you will not lack for an option that suits your page. It also allows you to build your site from scratch if you have some experience.

You have assurance of easy navigation is assured through the navigation assistant and you can seamlessly integrate videos and photos on your site by simply dragging and dropping. In terms of site graphics, you are in for a treat as you can create own web graphics to give it an interactive feel.

4. CoffeeCup HTML editor

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This comes handy for beginners and it offers all tools to build a functioning site. The free version lacks some things but the paid version has FTP support built-in. It offers you a web color scheme and uses HTML 5 and CSS 3.

As a beginner, you will enjoy the help feature and multiple templates offered. The cloud-based drive where you can even host your webpages is an innovative inclusion.

5. SiteSpinner Pro

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This software by Virtual Mechanics offers a solution for beginners as well as pros. It enables you to create mobile websites, spice up your page and supports HTML and DHTML. SiteSpinner also provides extensive support for output in SVG formats. You can easily design and preview pages and enables pixel precision WYSIWYG design. To export your pages, you can use relative or absolute linking which is convenient.

There are more software options out there to enable you create a fascinating website. Go for it today and revolutionize your business.

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Extra Life Video Game Marathon Comes to Indianapolis http://www.dragonblogger.com/extra-life-video-game-marathon-comes-indianapolis/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/extra-life-video-game-marathon-comes-indianapolis/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:07:36 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=45290 For those of you that remember last year Dragon Blogger took part in the Extra Life campaign to help raise money for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals all across the country. Well I’m at it again this year however I will be supporting my local Indianapolis Extra Life Guild to help raise money for Riley Hospital [...]

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For those of you that remember last year Dragon Blogger took part in the Extra Life campaign to help raise money for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals all across the country.

Well I’m at it again this year however I will be supporting my local Indianapolis Extra Life Guild to help raise money for Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.

How did I find out about Indianapolis having it’s very own Extra Life Guild you ask? Well it all starts with when I attended Awesome Con in Indy earlier this month.

When I was there I noticed a booth of people playing one of my favorite game’s Mike Tyson’s Punch Out for the NES.  Being a fan of old video games it immediately drew me in. I ended up realizing that the booth was for Extra Life and I ended up speaking with the ever so kind Oliver Wojtyna who filled me in on the Indianapolis Extra Life Guild and what they are all about.

 

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Oliver, who is the head of Public Relations for the Indianapolis Guild, told me his reason for being a part of Extra Life which is quite personal as his son, Liam was diagnosed with a rare neurological condition that with the help of Riley Hospital was able to find a treatment for his son’s condition. Oliver felt that he owes it to Riley for helping his son and Oliver is able to encourage others to give back to the kids by way of getting others to join in his quest to help the kids at Riley.

Extra Life helps bring video games to children all across the country by using the donations received to help make these kids lives much better while in a very stressful time of their life.

The Indianapolis Extra Life Guild is holding an event on October 25th at the eBash store in Indianapolis. For $25 you can come and play video games for 24 straight hours starting at 9AM on the 25th and ending on 9AM the 26th. Food will be provided to all of those who come. Money raised will go to Riley Hospital for Children. Also even if you cannot come you can still send donations to the following link:

 

http://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.team&teamID=14859

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Enter to Win a Dragon Touch K7 Tablet with Case http://www.dragonblogger.com/enter-win-dragon-touch-k7-tablet-case/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/enter-win-dragon-touch-k7-tablet-case/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:00:17 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=45287 Enter for your chance to win the Dragon Touch K7 Android Tablet with Leather Case.

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Our good friends over at Tablet Express continue to reward Dragon Blogger fans with a chance to enter to win new Android tablet models, in this giveaway they are showcasing their new Dragon Touch K7 Android tablet which was just reviewed by Byron over the past few weeks.  The Dragon Touch K7 Android Tablet is a budget Android tablet designed to be the perfect size for kids or for use as a secondary tablet in the home.  It is priced so competitively you can buy two or three of them for the price of a more expensive Android tablet.

The Winner will also get to pick the case they want to win with the tablet, so click on the link in the giveaway widget description to see the 4 color options and one of the entries is for you to tell Tablet Express which color case you want if you win.  (You can change your mind if you are chosen as winner).

Enter to Win a Dragon Touch K7 Android Tablet

Dragon Touch K7 Giveaway

Any questions you have about the tablet, feel free to ask them and Byron from our team will try to answer.  Note that his kids love the tablet and you can read his full review of the Dragon Touch K7 Android Tablet if you want more details and his experience with it.

You can also watch his unboxing and video review as well below.

 

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The Top 5 eReaders on the Market http://www.dragonblogger.com/top-5-ereaders-market/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/top-5-ereaders-market/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:00:14 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=45199 Ever since eReaders were first introduced to the public, they have taken the world by storm. There are numerous options to choose from, which can cause a bit of confusion when it comes to choosing the one that best meets your needs and wants. For this reason, we decided to undertake the task of researching [...]

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Ever since eReaders were first introduced to the public, they have taken the world by storm. There are numerous options to choose from, which can cause a bit of confusion when it comes to choosing the one that best meets your needs and wants. For this reason, we decided to undertake the task of researching the top 5 eReaders on the market (read below).

The Top 5 eReaders on the Market

NOOK GlowLight

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This device is one of Barnes & Noble’s best reading experiences yet. It has more optimized fonts and crisper text than past models. Its innovative E Ink display will make you think how you lived so many years without it. This eReader lets you find anything that you are looking for, at a rapid pace. With this device, you’ll be able to obtain immediate access to op lists, curated collections, and recommendations from Barnes and Noble’s experts. In addition, you’ll be able to choose from over three million book titles that are available on the Nook Store. This eReader’s notable features are its weight of 6.2 ounces, eye-appealing shell design, perfect lit pages, free cloud storage, book lending features, book borrowing features, parental controls, ad free experience, and many other things as well. Since there are a handful of discounts going on Amazon right now, this is the perfect time to purchase this unit, as you can save a lot of your hard earned money.

Check It Out on Amazon!

NOOK Simple Touch

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Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch eReader is ultra-portable, ultra-light, has an easy to manage 6 inch touchscreen, provides clear reading, and has one of the longest battery lives that you will find in an eReader, as you can read as much as you want for two months straight by just charging it one time. How great is that? With this eReader, you can have access to over 2 million titles, which include newspapers, magazines, and books, of course. Don’t have money to splurge on reading material? Don’t worry! Believe it or not, a lot of titles are completely free to attain. On this device, you’ll be able to easily highlight passages, look up any word that you want, adjust font size, and may other things as well. The NOOK Simple Touch model features the latest E Ink Pearl technology; therefore, you can assure that your reading experience will be top-notch every time you opt to utilize it.

Check it out here on Amazon.

Kindle 6″

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When you want nothing but simplicity, the compact Kindle 6″ is your best bet. What makes this eReader prominent on the market is its touchscreen display, as it reads like real paper. Even if you are in bright sunlight, there will be no screen glares. It includes exclusive features such as Word Wise, Vocabulary Builder, Kindle FreeTime, Goodreads integration, and many other fantastic features. This eReader is lighter than a paperback and is able to hold thousands of your favorite books. In addition, pages can turn 20% faster than with other models, has a battery that can last a couple of weeks, can download books in less than 60 seconds, and has a grand book selection titles that cost less than $4.99 USD. It is a pretty compact eReader to handle; therefore, it is perfect for those individuals who are always on the go and for people don’t like to handle devices that are heavy.

Check it out on Amazon!

Kindle Voyage

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This particular eReader is the next generation of paper-white display. It contains reimagined page turns, new adaptive front light, highest contrast, highest-resolution, and Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + free 3G. This eReader is designed for those individuals who love reading. It is the thinnest Kindle ever! Its 300 ppi display reads more like a printed page, and its battery is able to last for weeks. This device is just 7.6mm; therefore, it is easy to hold in one hand for reading sessions that are long. In addition, this eReader lets you look up definitions instantly, share library with family, squeeze in that last chapter, share with friends on Goodreads, expanded x-ray for books, enhances your vocabulary, adjust your text size, learn more about a book before you read it, in-line footnotes, adjust your text size, and even lets you translate passages, instantly. This device is available for pre-order, as it will be officially released on October 21st.

Check it out on Amazon

 

Kindle Paperwhite

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This device is the second generation of the popular Kindle Paperwhite. This eReader contains a handful of wonderful features that are being the talk of the town for their innovation such as better response to touch input, no usage restrictions, improved LED illumination, E Ink Carta display technology, processors that are 25% faster to allow pages to turn at rapid pace, and many other unique features that can only be found on this eReader. It is the perfect high-tech model for individuals who are always multitasking and on the go, as they can browse through the content of any book in a matter of a couple of seconds. It is quite easy to use! It has Kindle Unlimited integrated into it so that you can read as much as you desire. You’ll be able to choose from over 600,000 tiles and numbers of audiobook, which will keep you entertained for life.

Check it out on Amazon!

Bottom line, an eReader has one advantage over a standard Android tablet for people who really want the main purpose to read digital books and that is the absolutely stunning white paper like background which allows them to read in full sunlight which is almost impossible to do with Android tablet LCD screens.

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Kinivo BTX450 Bluetooth Speaker Giveaway http://www.dragonblogger.com/kinivo-btx450-bluetooth-speaker-giveaway/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/kinivo-btx450-bluetooth-speaker-giveaway/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:00:45 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=45285 Enter to win a Kinivo BTX450 Bluetooth Speaker

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The Kinivo BTX450 Bluetooth Speaker is by far one of the best Bluetooth speakers I have ever reviewed, it performs better than speakers costing twice as much in some cases and is the ultimate Bluetooth speaker if you like watching movies or TV shows on your tablet but want room filling sound, or if you want to fill a room with music while playing it from your Smartphone.

We are giving away a Kinivo BTX450 Bluetooth Speaker to one lucky reader!
Kinivo BTX450 Bluetooth Speaker Giveaway

Enter for your chance to win, all entries are optional and the more entries you have the better your odds of winning. Note that there is only free shipping to U.S. only, but you are welcome to enter from anywhere we can ship to, and go to http://ircalc.usps.gov/ to get shipping rates to decide if you want to enter and see if the shipping cost is worth it if you live outside the U.S.

You can also read my full review of the BTX450 Bluetooth Speaker from Kinivo if you want more details about it too!

 

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Using MessageHub to Manage Social Conversations http://www.dragonblogger.com/using-messagehub-manage-social-conversations/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/using-messagehub-manage-social-conversations/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:00:49 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=45227 So recently I have started testing the MessageHub application as an iOS application (which you can find on iTunes here) to help manage social media communications across multiple networks in one place. At the time of testing and reviewing this app Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn were the only applications support for integration. I am quite [...]

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So recently I have started testing the MessageHub application as an iOS application (which you can find on iTunes here) to help manage social media communications across multiple networks in one place. At the time of testing and reviewing this app Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn were the only applications support for integration. I am quite familiar with social media management tools which I won’t name, so I went into reviewing and testing MessageHub with a lot of experience in managing multiple accounts on various social media platforms and within a few minutes knowing right off the bat this app would appeal to those who have a very finite number of social media accounts and a smaller number of friends and followers on those accounts.

MessageHub is free, so you can feel free to test it out and try it for yourself by downloading it from the iTunes Apps store. When you install the app you will be greeted with the main screen where you connect your first of several social media accounts. I did Facebook and Twitter for purposes of this app showcase and review.

MessageHub of course lets you also tie in email for conversations as well as your social media accounts as you can see from the account add screen.

When MessageHub first adds your social media accounts it tries to recommend Favorites based on who you most recently and frequently interacted with. This is a fairly good feature, but you can see the “Unknown” are fanpages that I communicated with as my personal Facebook profile, so the app clearly needs to be updated to better be able to handle Fanpages on Facebook if you are someone who communicates with fanpages often.

[image] In fact, the MessageHub app is designed for personal profiles and personal conversation completely, it has no integration with any Facebook fanpages at this time, and this would be a feature that I need, as I get a lot of messages on my Facebook fanpages that I wish I could track in the same centralized location, but this is more specific of a use case for online entrepreneurs and bloggers rather than the casual user audience that the app is targeting.

When you do add people as favorites, MessageHub prompts you if you want to notify them that you added them as favorites and presumably sends them a message to download and install the app for themselves. This I avoided doing, so “No Thanks” here for my testing.

You can go into settings anytime with MessageHub and add additional accounts if you didn’t include them all and you can setup new favorites, in a rare feature you can actually open support and send direct feedback to MessageHub with the Contact Customer Care, which which is a rare feature to see inside of an iOS mobile app.

So in the MessageHub app I found Facebook conversations to most beneficial to manage but also odd in how it manages them, I never saw any Twitter Direct Messages or Replies show up in Conversations, so I think only email and Facebook show up under conversations, though I didn’t test LinkedIn here. With the Conversations it doesn’t just pull in messages, but apparently anytime you @reply someone in a post it pulls it into the consolidated conversations for that user. So even messages in a Private Facebook group I was in, where I was talking with Ahmed showed up along with my direct messages to him. The odd thing is, when you reply next in the conversation it only goes directly to the person who was listed in that conversation. So it is kind of odd how you can see conversations and your favorites/contacts in Conversations but can only reply to them directly not in the thread where they were called into. So you can’t use this app for any conversations in Facebook groups, it is designed for direct conversations (messages) with users.

The home feed which is called the Everyone tab is basically a consolidation of your home feed from all connected accounts, this is fine if you run small social networks, and at first it integrated my Facebook and worked well. You also get reshare options and can send a message from one platform to one of your other social media platforms with ease.

This quickly went out of control however once it indexed my Twitter account where I follow THOUSANDS of people. Once this happened my Everyone tab became useless and constantly updating with only a handful of visible updates a time from my constantly updating Twitter stream. The app desperately needs to allow you to build a view for @reply only, and/or leverage a Twitter list instead of using your Twitter home feed.

Creating and sending messages across your platforms is fairly easy and acts like drafting an email on your mobile device. The TO: is basically the social media network you want to broadcast on and you click the X symbol to minimize the list and get to the compose part.

By default MessageHub will want to sign your message with Via MessageHub, and it connects to your Facebook account and posts as MyLife.com.

The same message goes out on Twitter at the same time.

This was the version of the MessageHub app that I was using.

So in summary, I found the MessageHub application to be a starter app and primarily useful for those who have casual social media conversations with a small number of friends in their network. It doesn’t appeal to the business blogger or small business owner who manages Facebook fanpages yet due to it’s lack of Fanpage support. The app also doesn’t support Google Plus or Google Plus Business pages yet, and this functionality could be useful as well to tie in. MessageHub also only lets you manage a single Twitter or Facebook account connected, and I manage 8 Twitter accounts and 5 Facebook Fanpages. So this app again is really more about just communicating with close friends, and ideal for smaller social networks based on my initial review and testing. It is significantly more convenient than having to open the Twitter, Facebook, Facebook Messaging apps separately and does the basic job of 5 conversation apps in one if you also connect LinkedIn and Email.

Again, feel free to try MessageHub for free and see if it helps save you some time and keep all your social media communication and more importantly conversations in one place.

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Top 6 WordPress Plugins for Optimizing Images http://www.dragonblogger.com/top-6-wordpress-plugins-optimizing-images/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/top-6-wordpress-plugins-optimizing-images/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:00:11 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=45253 Wordpress plugins that help with optimizing images so that your page load times can be better which can help SEO.

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WordPress is by all means one of the most versatile content management systems around. If you are running a blog or website, on this CMS you can even get better image resolution through plug-ins.

WordPress reckons over 409 million people are using blogs and 61.8 million posts are created every month. Clearly, you can gain much by making images on your web page more enhanced using plug-ins. These tools extend the functionality of your page in terms of images.  One common element with most of the plugins is around Optimizing Images which means compressing them without losing noticeable image quality so that your images are smaller file sizes and allow for your blog post or page to load faster because the images are compressed more efficiently.

As they say, it all starts with knowing what is hot in the industry and these are as listed below:

1. Image Elevator

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Image Elevator not only allows you to simply cut and paste images from your screen clipboard right into your WordPress post editor, but also dynamically compresses uploaded images you cut and paste into your WordPress posts on the fly as it uploads them to your WordPress media repository.  You can set the size limit, such as compressing all images that are 75k and larger in size, or even compress images that are 10k in size or larger.  It also lets you default the size of images when you copy/paste them into your WordPress post editor and the premium version of Image Elevator is one of the most recommended plugins we can make on this site.

You can read our full review of Image Elevator Here: http://www.dragonblogger.com/image-elevator-premium-wordpress-plugin/

2. Widgets Controller

This is the paramount tool to manage your page widgets. With a few mouse clicks, you will be able to hide or show widgets depending on the one you want to use at one particular time. It is ideal or beginners because no PHP knowledge is required.

Widgets Controller is easy to install and maintain and enables you to manage posts and pages by section of category services. Another crucial feature is the 404 page facility, check all and uncheck all capability among other benefits.

3. Fancy Gallery

To give your page that unique touch, you can use this plug-in because it offers myriad layout variations. It makes control and customization of your photos a delight as you can add albums and even embed variety of media including images, photos, videos to mention but a few. It offers:

· User-friendly AJAX support administration

· Easy use by creating galleries by dropping images a

· Allows multiple image download.

· Different widgets such as single album display, create list of album links among others

· HTML generator to use galleries on other websites

Clearly you can create a fascinating page using this easy to install Fancy Gallery plug-in.

4. Hammy

It is time to optimize your page images using this ingenious plug-in. Images of varying sizes are generated based on your content size. In essence it not only enhances images but also speeds your page.

A page visitor will receive the most appropriate images for a better viewing experience especially on mobile. Hammy will help you give mobile users a better experience and leverage on their huge numbers. It is used by top web design gurus who appreciate the importance of images in captivating users.

5. Imsanity

With everyone optimizing on images you might have problems with resizing of bulk images on your page. Imsanity resizes uploaded images if they are larger than the maximum size you have set. Users on the page will still be able to view the image in larger than standard size.

It also helps free up disc space by bulk resizing previously uploaded images. You can also convert BMP files to JPEG for easier resizing but this is optional.

6. CW Image Optimizer

This is another apt plug-in that ensures images on your page can be reduced without loss in quality. It ensures that your page will loader faster and you will also get faster backups due to smaller file sizes. CW Image Optimizer saves you bandwidth which is obviously costly.

Though similar to Yahoo’s Smush.it, your files will not upload to a third party as it utilizes Linux littleutilis image tools. If you want users to enjoy super-fast speeds on your page, this is the best plug-in to download now.

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Tablet Express Dragon Touch K7 Tablet Review http://www.dragonblogger.com/dragontouch-k7-review/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/dragontouch-k7-review/#comments Sun, 19 Oct 2014 14:00:04 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=45040 The Dragon Touch K7 Android tablet makes a great kid friendly tablet and is priced very well, it is budget friendly and recommended.

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I had the chance to review the Dragon Touch 7 inch Quad Core IPS Screen Android Tablet, which is currently on Amazon for $69.99 making it a really well priced budget Android tablet.

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First, watch the Unboxing Video of the Dragon Touch K7

Specs:

  • 7 inch IPS screen, 178 degree viewing angle, 1024 by 600 resolution
  • 1 gig DDR3 RAm
  • 8 gig of NAND Flash
  • 2.0 MP front and rear camera.
  • In the box:
  • 7 inch Tablet
  • Power Cord
  • Micro USB Cord
  • Manual/Instruction book.

Right out of the box I can feel the tablet and that it is not too heavy, nor too light.  The Dragon Touch K7 doesn’t feel flimsy holding it in one or two hands and the back does feel like a sticky/rubbery plastic but still mostly solid.

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Once I had the tablet out of the box I did need to charge it up to then start using it.  Once I had it fully charged I turned it on and waiting for it to boot.  The start time was decent, nothing causing any impatience.  First look shows a pretty standard Android home screen.  Initially I didn’t setup my Google Account and as with most Android tablets the basics were there.  One thing I did notice was the tablet was already rooted with a custom ROM added from Xiang.  Nothing drastic or crazy.  Seemed to run just as well as vanilla Android.

The system without adding anything ran pretty well.  Screens travel quickly back and forth when sliding them with your finger or opening and closing apps on the Dragon Touch K7.

I then added some games and Android apps and played with them.  I also gave the tablet to each of my three kids over a weeks time.  At one point during the week we had to come up with a fair rotation so each of my kids could get their chance to play with it.  A little surprising to me being they all have their own Nexus 7 tablets.  In watching them and talking to them I discovered the smaller form factor fit my kids better than the Nexus 7.  I heard no complaints about games not running well or choppy video at all.  I would have had there been issues. It is just how my kids are when it comes to tablets or other electronics.

So this little tablet may not have the horse power of others out there but in my house it had kid power and for $69.99 on Amazon I could buy three of these for roughly the same price as one of their Nexus 7 tablets.  I tried a couple other budget conscious tablets but they ultimately failed us in some way or fashion.  Usually due to them not playing the games or viewing the videos without choppiness.  That is why they now have Nexus tablets.  I think knowing what I know now and how kids can be with electronics I would have happily bought this tablet, had it been around, and maybe even a back up one or two if they broke one.

So for me I think this might be a little lacking for a geek or a heavy tablet user but for kids, a light tablet user, a tablet for traveling this tablet will meet those needs.

Here is also a complete video review you can watch!

 

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5 Top Selling Laptops on Amazon http://www.dragonblogger.com/5-top-selling-laptops-amazon/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/5-top-selling-laptops-amazon/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 14:00:40 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=45150 Laptop computers still remain an important part of computer market for consumers. These powerful mobile devices can be used like a tablet and still have the power of a desktop PC. There are many brands and types of laptops but the following models that have been listed here are among the best on the market. [...]

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Laptop computers still remain an important part of computer market for consumers. These powerful mobile devices can be used like a tablet and still have the power of a desktop PC. There are many brands and types of laptops but the following models that have been listed here are among the best on the market. Here is a look at the top 5 laptops that are available on Amazon.

Apple MacBook Pro 13.3 with Retina Display

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The Apple MacBook Pro 13.3 MGX72LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop with Retina Display is considered one of the best on the market. What makes this particular laptop unit so appealing is its unique display screen that is so crisp and clear that it’s almost hard to tell that it’s just an image on a monitor.

This Macbook is outfitted with a 13.3-inch screen with a whopping 2560 x 1600 resolution. This particular unit has a 2.6 GHz processor and 8 GB DDR3L. Users will have 128 GB of storage space for saving games, music and videos. The Apple iOS system is used to power this machine and it uses a Lithium Polymer (LiPo) battery which is strong enough to power the laptop for about 6 hours. The MacBook Pro 13.3 weights in at 3.5 pounds and this makes it a fairly lightweight portable device. Consumers can expect to pay about $1199 for this unit.

Check it Out Here on Amazon.

Asus Zenbook Touchscreen Laptop

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Consumers will be amazed by the ASUS Zenbook UX303LN-DB71T 13.3″ Quad-HD Display Touchscreen Laptop. This unit has a steel like finish that looks very sophisticated and high class. The Zenbook is equipped with a powerful screen resolution that boasts of 3200×1800 pixels. It has a 2 GHz processor, 12 GB DDR3L SDRAM and a 256 GB HD. These are some powerful specs for a laptop model and this is why the Zenbook is such a strong competitor in the electronics computer market.

Users will have power, speed and finesse all at their fingertips. Gamers will love using this machine to compete against opponents online and families can use this laptop model to replace their desktop models in the home. Windows 8.1 is the OS that is used on this device and the unit uses a Lithium ion battery which last for about 5 hours on a single charge. This computer costs $1299 and is definitely worth the price.

Check it out on Amazon Here!

MSI Apache Pro-012 17.3-Inch Laptop

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The MSI GE70 Apache Pro-012 17.3-Inch Laptop might not be a familiar brand to most consumers. However, what it lacks in brand recognition it makes up for in performance. First off this unit is priced at $1299. The cost should not hinder consumers from buying this product since its performance more than justifies this expense.

The MSI Apache has a huge 17.3-inch screen with a 1920×1080 resolution. Users will have 3.2 GHz of power for running software and for watching movies. There is 12 GB DDR3L SDRAM and 1024 GB HD which is more than enough room for storing a miniature DVD collection on this laptop. Some Android games can even be played on this system with the use of an Android emulator.

The Apache might weigh in at 6 pounds and be a bit on the heavy side. The extra wieght is necessary because this unit is outfitted with a lot of powerful functions, computer gadgets and features. The Windows 8.1 OS system is installed on the Apache and it uses a lithium batter which provides a 6 hour charge.

Check it out on Amazon Here!

Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon 14-Inch Touchscreen Ultrabook

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The Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon 14-Inch Touchscreen Ultrabook offers consumers 9 hours of battery life and a 2.1 GHz processor. Users will also have 8 GB DDR3L SDRAM and 256 MB flash_memory_solid_state for storing data. The touchscreen feature allows users to use apps and play games from the Microsoft Store.

Leveno’s Thinkpad X1 Carbon is infused with Windows 8.1 OS and it has a sleek design. The unit only weighs 1 pound which makes it extremely portable. People can take this machine with them to school, on trips and to a local coffee shop and not have to worry about straining their arms or back just to carry and use it. The Leveno Thinkpad is priced at $1475 and this piece of technology delivers.

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Alienware ALW17 Gaming Laptop

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When it comes to laptop models Alienware makes some of the best systems on the market. the Alienware ALW17-5312sLV 17.3-Inch Gaming Laptop is a high performance machine that has been exclusively designed for people who like to compete online. This unit provides power, stability and fast motion which are essential technical elements for gaming online.

The ALW17 comes with a powerful 2.5 GHz processor, 8 GB DDR3L SDRAm and 1 TB of HD. The 17.3-inch screen is large and very clear. The resolution for this model is 1920×1080 pixels. The unit has Windows 7 home premium and it boasts a 2048 MB graphics card which makes it more than great for playing a variety of fast paced games. The lithium battery provides up to 6 hours of game play. The ALW17 weighs about 15. This unit is extremely heavy for a portable laptop system. Regardless of its weight, people can still take it around to different locations if they do not mind the workout that it will give them. The ALW17 is priced at 1649 and is considered one of the best laptops for the money. All of these laptop models are available for purchase on Amazon.com.

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Arctic Z2 Pro Dual Monitor Arm Review http://www.dragonblogger.com/arctic-z2-pro-dual-monitor-arm-review/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/arctic-z2-pro-dual-monitor-arm-review/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:00:08 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=45178 The Arctic Z2 Pro Dual Monitor Arm will help you hold monitors sized 13 inch to 27 inch side by side and free up desktop space while providing 4 USB ports.

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So it took me a while to do this review because I knew it would require cleaning up my desk and completely redoing most of the top of my desk, but once done you will see how much extra desk room I managed to get from using the Arctic Z2 Pro Dual Monitor Arm to hold my monitors above my desk instead of using the default monitor stands and in one case an extra stand to raise a monitor higher.

First let me introduce you to the cluttered mess that was my desk with dual 24″ monitors side by side on their original stands.

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Then you can see the unboxing video as I take out the Arctic Z2 Pro from the box, which is quite heavy and solid.

Now, before I go into the review I want to point out some things, the first is that I don’t have 2 identical monitors which is highly recommended if you are using any monitor mount to hold monitors side by side.  Even if you are using the same size as in my case 24″ monitors, because they aren’t the same models they have different heights and widgets and depths which make them slightly awkward being side by side.  So note, that my final result would be so much better even had I had 2 identical 24″ monitors.

The first thing I noticed going into my installation of the Arctic Z2 Pro with my monitors is that not all VESA compliant monitors are equal and both monitors had problems with the mounting heads right off the bat.  The heads were just a little too big for the square VESA mounting inset on the Dell monitors which made me a little worried at first.

arctic z2 pro (3) arctic z2 pro (2)But, Arctic has you covered, they provide a few different types of spacers to help compensate if you run into this problem, I wound up having to use the largest spacers the provided and they worked like a charm raising the mount so it was well above the square VESA inset.  You can see with the spacers the mounting brackets for the Arctic Z2 Pro worked perfectly.arctic z2 pro (4)

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After you install the mounting brackets on the back of the monitors, you then attach the monitor to the arms and the main pole which you should have already attached to your desk.  The only thing of interest to note here is you will need to use the Allen wrench to tighten quite a bit, by default the head where the ball allows you to rotate and tilt the monitor was too lose and the monitor would just keep slipping and pointing down.  Tightening was a cinch and solved the problem immediately though if you have your monitors and bracket behind your desk while it is against a wall you could put yourself in some awkward positions to try and reach the heads to tighten them, which I had to stand on my desk to do, so it is better to tighten them up a bit ahead of time rather than after you put the monitor on like I did.

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I got one monitor on and I realized early on that I was going to have a bit of trouble with the Arctic Z2 Pro with my desk configuration.

arctic z2 pro (7) See I have a corner desk, it has a very large surface area but it is essentially like a square going flush with the corner of the room, the Arctic Z2 Pro is designed to be for a rectangle desk or any desk that isn’t directly in the corner of the room if you have 2 monitors, because though it has fantastic angles and tilts, the arm length is just a little too short for me to get the perfect angles to accommodate the corner of my wall and desk.

arctic z2 pro (11) So you can see I ran into an overlap issue with the 2 monitors not quite having enough room to distance themselves to be side by side, because my  corner desk was right up against the wall which left too little room for the monitors to stretch out without crushing against the wall and window.  I did some slight desk adjustment and turned the monitors completely  vertical (LOVE how you can rotate the monitors a full 90 degrees in either direction.  And after some struggling, I did manage to get them side by side as best as I could so that they were virtually neck and neck.

Note, I have 2 completely different monitor models, the Dell 2405FPW and Dell 2407WFP so they are not the same size or same thickness and this is the best they will look together.  They  aren’t for the same computer, one is for my  work laptop the other is for my home computer, so I don’t split the same computer screen across 2 monitors.  This would look so much better if you had 2 identical monitor models I assure you.arctic z2 pro (1) You can see with that 1 pole and the stand, just how much desk room I cleared up in front of the monitor (ignore the speaker wire, I hadn’t moved it yet).  To help show it more obviously here is a before and after picture of my  2 monitors before the Arctic Z2 Pro Monitor Arm and after using the Arctic Z2 Pro Monitor Arm.

cleanedupI actually  did free up a lot of room and the monitors were positioned well, these would be even better if I had a rectangle desk that wasn’t in a corner, which I will be working out of next year when I move.

Now, the Arctic Z2 Monitor Arm doesn’t just hold your monitors, it also includes a 4 port USB 3.0 hub as part of the base of the arm mount. This gives you easy access to 4 more USB ports which is of great benefit putting them right front and center on your desk so you don’t have to reach over to your computer case, or have your limits if using a laptop with only 2 or 3 USB ports.

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Now the Arctic Z2 Pro Monitor Arm is powered and needs to be for the USB 3.0 hub to work, but oddly  enough it isn’t capable of delivering 2.1A power output to charge tablets, it can charge a 1A device like a smartphone, external battery…etc.  But if you plug an iPad or Android tablet into the Arctic Z2 Pro you will get a “not charging” as the USB hub will bridge a connection to the PC but cannot charge 2.1A devices like a full USB 3.0 port on the computer can.

Still I use it mostly for plugging in my camera to dump pics, keeping my USB mic plugged in or doing quick transfers.  USB file transfers from a USB Drive were on par with using the direct USB 2 or USB 3 ports and I saw no speed transfer difference overall the Arctic Z2 Pro is highly recommended to anyone who has a need for a dual monitor arm mount.

 

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