Google unveils Device Manager App for Android Devices
Google on December 11, 2013 released a Device Manager app for Android devices. Using the app, Android users will be able to manage and secure their mobile devices that include smartphones as well as tablets, by using another Android device.
Towards the closing of 2013, Dell has delighted the gadget lovers by launching its XPS 15 - a slim and light-weight notebook with the highest screen resolution (3200 x 1800 pixels) available to 15 inches devices. This sleek and thin Dell notebook promises a power packed performance with its 4th-gen Intel Core processor, 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD. The most upgraded version of Dell XPS 15 is available for $2,299, followed by one model of $1,899 and another of $1,499.
The productivity of the device gets heightened by many folds owing to its Nvidia GPU, Windows 8.1 OS and powerful speakers that also ad tons of entertainment value to the device.
HP Announces EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 Featuring Pressure-Sensitive Touchpad
HP on December 10, 2013 updated its line of EliteBook Folio ultrabooks with the announcement of its latest as well as thinnest addition to the family in form of the EliteBook Folio 1040 G1. The 14-inch laptop has been offered with a starting price of $1,299, measuring just 15.9 mm thin. It is also among the first to use Synaptics’ ForcePad technology that in fact is an alternative to the traditional touchpad with a button-less pressure sensitive surface.
Continued from our last post — Virus Encyclopedia vol. 2H
Backdoor.SDBot.DGBR is a low or medium-intensity backdoor malware that was first noticed on June 05, 2009. In its first attack, it affected thousand of PCs worldwide to make them suffer with huge loss of data and applications.
Empowered with a 2.4GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, the newly introduced Samsung ATIV Book 6 is another product in the gamut of mobile computing and gaming PCs. Offered with same configuration like that of Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Pro, the touchscreen notebook is priced at exactly half of the cost of MacBook Pro ($2,199.00). Because of the excellent audio, sleek and stylish design, vibrant touchscreen paired up with stunning color schemes and enhanced overall performance several experts consider the device to be an amazing replacement to the Retina devices. Priced at $1,099.00, the device is available for purchase and immediate shipment during December, 2013.
Google Releases Android 4.4.2 Update for the Nexus 4, 5, 7, and Nexus 10 Smartphones
Within weeks of the release of the 4.4.1 update rolling out with the Nexus 5 smartphones, Google has taken everyone by surprise by releasing the next Android KitKat update 4.4.2 for upcoming versions of the Nexus smartphones. The new Android 4.4.2 update will be rolled out for Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and nexus 10.
While working on MS Excel are you wasting your time and efforts doing the repetitive tasks? Then you must not be aware of the benefits of macros. Macro has been designed as a series of computing instructions that can be applied to your Excel as a command that will make your Excel experience less error-prone and less tedious.
If you need to perform certain tasks repeatedly on Microsoft Excel, then macros can be of real help to you. So, when you need to perform an operation, make complex calculations, etc. you can get it done promptly by using macros. These codes are created by developers and brought upon. It is always recommended to use macros digitally signed by a developer. So, you don’t need to learn the coding but you at least need to learn how to create a macro in MS Excel, how to run it and how to delete it.
Sony has recently launched its Sony VAIO Pro 11 and in one word in can be described as a light weight Ultrabook that is extremely easy to carry. It is just 1.9 pound, so you can imagine the portability convenience it will offer to the users. It’s a power-packed device with Intel’s latest fourth-generation Haswell CPU, 128GB SSD and 4GB RAM.
The user interface (UI) experience gets more promising with its 11.6-inch bright and colorful full HD touch screen that makes even the finest details visible and doubles the charisma of vibrant colors. Let’s check what more the device has to offer:
Grab the Dell Venue 8 Pro Tablet for Just $99 at the Microsoft Store on Monday
The euphoria of Black Friday and Cyber Monday is a matter of past now but the trend of customer friendly and money saving deals are still active in the market. The latest company to join the race of giving cheapest deals is the Microsoft, which has plans to provide twelve days of deals at its own store that seem to last till Christmas.
Linksys Wireless USB Adapter AC 1200 Dual Band (WUSB6300): Review
Empowered with the new 802.11ac technology, the Linksys Wireless USB dual band adapter AC 1200 has the potential to transfer data at the rates up to 900 Mbps. Manufactured with a clear focus on offering powerful networking experience, the device is ideally used for browsing, chatting, file sharing and playing online games.
Best 10 Free Facebook Games for Complete Fun and Excitement
Asking that ‘Are you on Facebook?’ is a stupid question because almost every one of us use Facebook as our prime platform for sharing our feelings, ideas, thoughts, pictures and many more. We often take pride in flaunting that we are part of a billion and still counting family of Facebook. Many of you might feel that you can’t live without Facebook as you spend long hours on it while chatting and sharing online stuff with your family, friends and relatives.
It is just not all about putting your friends in a list, as Facebook games add a lot more excitement to gaming experience at a social network. You can play with your friends and give tough challenges to them, but at the same time be aware of the Facebook scam apps that may harm your profile.
Choosing the best game from a database of more than a thousand games is not easy. So, choose the appropriate one according to your choice and preferences from the list mentioned below.
Spotify to Launch Free Mobile Music Streaming for Smartphone and Tablet Users
The online music streaming service provider Spotify, which has been so far providing free ad-supported music streaming service to computers only, plans to extend the service on future smartphones and tablets as well. Once the service comes into place, the owners of smartphones and tablets will also be benefitted with this free music streaming feature.
Useful Tips for Quick Data Filtering and Sorting in MS Excel 2013
Tired of finding a query from huge data sets by scrolling down the mouse again and again? Are you facing difficulties while finding data sets that fall in a particular data range? If yes, then must read this article as it will help you in discovering the useful tips that will not only save your time but also enhance your productivity. You might have already used a normal filter many times for doing basic filtering, but MS Excel 2013 is incorporated with many advanced filtering tools that narrow down your search results and bring out the desired results instantly.
Let us discuss some of the useful tips that can help you in quick data filtering and sorting while using MS Excel 2013.
Below mentioned are various tips with attached screenshots for filtering data in Excel 2013
i) Follow these steps to filter with ‘Search’
MS Excel 2013 is empowered with a strong search tool for data, which can display exact search results from different categories including the exact phrase, date, number, and any other text entry. In the below mentioned steps, filtering is applied on brand products from ‘Saris,’ enlisted in the entire equipment log of a company.
Step by step guide
Step1. Go to the ‘Data’ tab and click on the ‘Filter’ button. As soon as you click the button, all the headers of the cell in your spreadsheet will be provided with a drop-down arrow.
Step2. Now, click the drop-down arrow for the column ’C,’ because we need to extract data from ‘Equipment Detail’ column. You can choose the column according to your preferences and requirements.
Acer Releases 21.5-inch Aspire Z3-600 to Debut Into the Hybrid Tablet PCs Segment
The acceptance of large screen hybrid tablets has given major boost to the companies that are making tablet PCs. They are considered as a full-fledged PC with a battery within it, which is popularly known as tablet PCs. It is up to you whether you want to call it a desktop PC powered by battery or just a tablet PC but one thing is more than settled that these devices are peaking up popularity rapidly among the users.
Is iPhone 5C is a worth upgrade to your Samsung Galaxy S III
The beauty of gadgets especially that of a smartphone, is appealing in an ever green way. That is the reason, why most of us just can’t put an end to our craving for smartphones. We buy a new phone with much anticipation after analyzing all its pros and cons. But after one year or so, when newer phones with upgraded technology get launched, again we start desiring a new phone that promises latest technology and better features. And before we could realize, we end up scrolling different web pages to read about the newly launched phones or perhaps end up buying one.
HP Releases Three New Tablets With an Eye on the Holiday Shopping Season
Hewlett-Packard (HP) recently released three new Android-run tablets that would be powered by the latest Nvidia Tegra processor. The release includes two 7-inch tablets apart from an 8-incher, as well as the new 10-inch HP Slate10 HD with a dual-core Marvell chip within its belly. It is expected that these devices are launched mainly to target the holiday shopping season that begins with the Black Friday and stays till Christmas, New Year and even onwards.
How to Choose the Right Macro Security Level in MS Excel?
Those who use Microsoft Excel, know the importance of macros that make repetitive tasks easier in an Excel workbook. Created using Visual Basic for applications (VBA), macros are very helpful while working on Excel, but there is something called macros viruses of which you should be aware of. These look like macros as these viruses are also created by using the macro programming language. These viruses can hamper the functioning of a computer significantly. To avoid the threats of macros viruses, it is important to maintain effective security measures by setting the right macro security level in Microsoft Excel.
Viruses created using macro programming language exploit the real power of VBA macros and cause adverse effects on your system and data files by attacking those as a virus. The foremost defense that can mitigate the possible threats is the usage of macro security along with antivirus software.
Relying on antivirus is not enough as viruses get upgraded very quickly, and there are majority of chances that the antivirus that you have installed on your system won’t be able to recognize such latest threats. So, you need to ramp up your PC security against macros viruses. Security levels in Microsoft Excel macro can strengthen the security against these viruses.
The security levels are like check gates that decide which of the Macros must get the permission to run on your PC. In Microsoft Excel there are four security levels:
By choosing the right security level, you can best fight against the Macro viruses. To choose your Macro security level in MS Excel you need to navigate to the following:
Tools>Options>Security tab and finally hit on ‘Macro Security’ button to get the dialogue box where you can choose your Macro security level, but before that it is important for you to know which level to choose.
Read below to learn:
When to Use Low Macro Security?
Select low macro security level only if you are very sure that your active virus scanner is full proof and capable of detecting the Macro viruses. However, Microsoft doesn’t recommend choosing low security level because antivirus often fails to recognize the newly launched viruses. Rest, if you can ensure that you will personally check the safety of the files, then only go for the low security level.
When to Use Medium Macro Security?
The medium level security is kind of manually enabled security. On choosing the medium level, whenever you will open a workbook containing macros, you will be prompted with a dialog box that will ask if you want to enable macros. The dialog box will have the following options:
“Click Disable Macros to open the workbook but prevent the macros from being run.”
“Click Enable Macros to open the workbook and allow the macros to run in the workbook.”
“Click More Info if you need help making your decision.”
“Close the Security Warning dialog box to prevent the workbook from being opened at all.”
So, here you have to manually select whether to ‘Enable Macros’ or ‘Disable Macros.’ So, you can go choosing medium security level only when you know that you are the only person using your computer and you are sure and confident that you will click “Disable Macros” on receiving an unexpected file.
Microsoft recommends not using ‘Medium’ setting on a regular basis and never to use it, if you share your computer with other users.
5 Leading Android Apps of This Week for Smartphones and Tablets
Bought a new Android smartphone or tablets? Congratulations! You have bought a great phone and now you can have that wonderful Android experience at which the whole world is going gaga over. Whatever might be your reasons of selecting an Android phone, but one very obvious reason must have been your interest of Android apps. Yes, Android apps have played an important role in making these phones popular worldwide.
As you must be very excited to run some interesting games and apps on your newly bought phone, so it’s very sure that you won’t make any delay in exploring the Google Play to find out some best apps. But hold on, before you get lost among thousands of apps in the Google Play, have a look on the following five leading Android apps that are creating buzz.
Dayframe (Android Photo Frame)
Dayframe is basically a combination of screen saver, photo browser, and photo slideshow application. When you will use the app, it will pull photos from social networks like Flickr, Picasa, Facebook, Instagram, etc., and then weave those into a stream that will run over your Android screen when you are not using the phone. Means, you can get a very creative screen saver, where the images will keep changing through transition from one to another image. To believe on users’ online reviews, this app is pretty simple to use and offers high level of customization facility.
As mentioned, this app offers high customization options, means as per your interest and choice you can decide which of the images will slide over your screen. You can customize the app to pull your own personal photos or can direct it to pull photos from even different categories. So, the idea is when you are not using the phone you can have a wonderful slide show of images, that will definitely delight you anytime and anywhere.
Another, interesting thing about the app is the facility to customize the timings of the image stream, means the slide show will run only when you want it. So, you don’t have to worry that you are in a very important meeting and your phone is acting as a disturbing element showing flashy images. You set the timer and accordingly Dayframe app will get activated. So at the bottom line, this app is all about making your device interesting even when you are not using it, and most importantly it’s a free app.
Apple Acquires Social-media Analytics Firm Topsy Labs: Reports
According to industry reports, Apple has acquired Topsy Labs, a company that develops tools for analyzing tweets and Twitter traffic. Reportedly, Apple has struck this deal by paying more than $200 million.
Bored of giving your daughter a drawing book or a set of color pencils on her birthday? Is your son demanding an exciting educational gadget this holiday season which is not falling in your budget? If yes, then surprise your kids with the one from the amazing gift options enlisted below. Gifts are something that should offer an enjoyable experience to the receivers but today, parents need an advanced array of gifts, which can also educate their kids.
In this article, you will read about the 5 educational tech gifts for your kid in 2013:
The wait for the biggest sale of the year 2013 is over, since the Black Friday madness fever is back! It is expected that all of you might have prepared yourself with a huge shopping list of discounted gadgets. Many of you will be visiting Walmart stores for grabbing all the exciting stuff for which you have been waiting for so long. If you’ve never been to this popular shopping carnival, then try it this time as you can get everything under one roof ranging from cell phones, tablets and hardcore tech gadgets to apparels, household items and ornaments.
Walmart has introduced the ‘one-hour guarantee’ event this season, which will offer amazing discounts on several products during that particular one-hour period. Remember the product guarantee offered for three popular products last year? The retailer has increased this value to 21 products this year. Buyers should not wait for Black Friday as the sale is no longer restricted to Friday only. The first ‘one-hour guarantee’ event will be in the stores from 6 to 7 PM on Thanksgiving Day and the rest is scheduled for Friday.
In this article, you will read about the 5 best Walmart tech deals offered on Black Friday 2013:
Dell Plans to Launch 24-inch 4K UHD Monitor With 3840 x 2160 Screen Resolution: Reports
Dell plans to introduce a 24-inch 4K monitor shortly, as per the information updated on the company’s website. The monitor that will be labeled as UP2414Q will measure 24-inches and feature 3840 x 2160 pixels with 183.58 pixels per inch.
5 Leading action cameras for your adventure loving girlfriend
Glad to have an adventure loving girlfriend, who always stay on her toes to join you for some adventure like trekking, mountaineering, wildlife safari etc? Well, if your girlfriend is a great adventure partner of yours, why don’t you please her with an interesting gift to boast her adventurous spirit? On this note what can be a better option than action cameras. While one sets out for a trip, cameras are most required to capture the live fun moments. So, if you and your girlfriend is a sporty adventure loving duo, who often set out for some thrill, then your girlfriend deserve owning an action camera. With Christmas heading close, you have the reason as well as the purpose of buying an amazing action camera for your girlfriend. So if you want to gift your girlfriend something that can please her most by getting smile on her face, then go through this article to know more about some leading action cameras.
Check out the following list of action cameras to get a good gift for your action packed girlfriend:
Microsoft starts off early with Black Friday deals for Surface and Touch PCs
If you have been waiting for the Black Friday deals from Microsoft then the time has come as Microsoft offers high discounts on its products even before the Black Friday begins on November 29, 2013. Apart from Microsoft, a lot of other retailers in the U.S. have also offered deals for the day to lure consumers.
Handy tips to set up your new Apple iPad Air/Mini iPad
Can’t wait any longer to get started off with your newly bought iPad Air or iPad Mini? You don’t have to actually. Even if it’s your first iPad or your first experience with iOS altogether, still you can quickly get your device set to experience its features. You don’t have to wait for a friend or other tech savvy person to guide you through the initial set up process. Just perform the steps mentioned underneath to get your new iPad operative and start downloading apps, take photos, play games or do other interesting things that this awesome apple device of yours is capable of.
Get Started with your new iPad Air/ Retina iPad Mini
Apple releases iOS 7.1 for developers featuring UI tweaks and better speed
Apple on November 19, 2013 released a beta version of iOS 7.1 to developers with lot many changes and improvements. While the updated OS focuses on bug fixes, it also has incorporated minor cosmetic improvements including better UI and enhanced speed.
The release note from Apple indicates certain technical upgrades, but analysts also expect a few improvements to the user interface.
Do you use your laptops very often for watching latest movies and listening to newly released music albums? Do you believe that a device with optimal screen resolution and excellent audio quality makes gaming experience more exciting? If yes, then you must gather as much information as you can before making a purchasing decision in favor of any gadget.
Screen resolution, processor incorporated in the device and its speed, internal as well as external storage capacity, temperature capabilities, A/V quality and others are the factors that need to be considered while making a laptop purchase.
In this article, we will focus on highlighting the best 5 laptops of 2013 that fits compatible to all the parameters mentioned above:
Mozilla revamps Firefox’s look featuring improved user interface (UI) and better speed
Mozilla on November 18, 2013 introduced Australis, the improved UI of its Firefox browser that has been designed to be faster and easier to use. The updated browser will also be highly compatible for smartphones and tablets that seem to be future of computing.
Offered with an innovative hinge design and around nine hours of extended battery life, the new Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 14 is a low-cost hybrid laptop launched under the well-known Yoga series. Introduced at a starting price of $479, the laptop-tablet combo is a solution to all consumers who cannot afford expensive notebooks. The device features a 300-degree hinge, which has been incorporated to adjust your device into Notebook Mode and Stand Mode during long working hours.
Microsoft and Google take initiative to restrict online child pornography
Google and Microsoft have joined together to modify their search algorithms that deal with terms associated with photos and videos that contain child sex abuse. The unrelenting growth in the propagation of photos and videos containing child pornography on the Internet has made these two web giant to a take the big step of modifying the algorithm of search engines.
Retina iPad Mini vs. Google Nexus 7: Does Apple prevail?
In the world of Mini Tablets, Google Nexus 7 (2nd generation) has definitely made a strong stand by pleasing the gadgets freaks with its high tech features. Now, the newly launched Apple iPad Mini 2 with retina display has also entered the race to give a tough competition to the strong established market of Google Nexus 7.
Microsoft to end support for Windows XP on April 08, 2014
Windows XP, which is one of the most successful operating systems (OS) offered by Microsoft will stop getting support from the company after April 08, 2014. This move of Microsoft may push many companies and home PC users to upgrade their OS as no technical support will be provided from Microsoft beyond the stipulated date.
Google Nexus 5: Is it really the smartphone leader today?
How many of you have delayed your plans of buying a new smartphone because you were waiting for Nexus 5? For all those of you, the good news is finally on floor that Nexus 5 has got launched. But be a smart buyer and judge this much awaited flagship phone of Google on every possible aspect before you actually go spending dollars for it.
Well, there is lot about Nexus 5 to review but quickly it is suffice to say that it was worth waiting for the phone. It is a sturdily built phone that brings to its users a perfect combination of best of Android experience and high tech specifications at a price of approx $350. Nexus 5 is the first phone to run on latest the Android 4.4 - kitkat.
Facebook unveils revamped Messenger app for iOS, Android mobile devices
Globally famous social networking website Facebook on November 13, 2013 released an improved and updated iOS Messenger app and also announced that the its Android version would become after two weeks as presently it is going through limited testing.
Android goes past 80% market share and Windows Phone keeps up the growth momentum: IDC
The Android mobile operating system (OS) from Google creates another success story by reaching 80% market share leaving rivals behind. With the shipping of 211.6 million smartphones, in the third quarter of 2013, the Google OS accounted for 81% of all shipments for this period.
For offering optimal protection to numerous PCs installed at your small scale office, Kaspersky has introduced its new Kaspersky Small Office Security edition. Exclusively designed for small businesses, the product is offered at a starting cost of $419.95 that is capable of handling security threats on 5 Users and 1 File Server for a complete year. Empowered with world-class security features, the security software possesses a multi-layered protection that not only defends your business against the latest viruses and malware but also keeps your PCs up and running.
Let us discuss some of the major features of this product in detail:
Lenovo launches Windows 8 based IdeaPad Flex: The 14-Inch Dual-Mode Hybrid Laptop
It seems Lenovo, the Chinese PC maker is on a spree of launching laptops, smartphones and tablets and this time it has made another addition to the laptop lineup, by launching the all new IdeaPad Flex. This is a 14-inch dual-mode hybrid laptop run by the latest Windows 8 OS.
Best 5 Windows 8 tablets for this Christmas Shopping Season
Have you ever thought that how will you manage if you are in an urgent need of sending an email but don’t have a system in your reach? What will you do, if you are at a distant place and your client is waiting to get connected online for a video conferencing? In such a messy situation, tablet can turn out to be an amazing help, as it helps you perform all such functions with quite ease and convenience. The outstanding portability convenience of tablets is making them popular than even notebooks and ultrabooks. Often termed as a ‘Portable PC,’ the tablets nowadays come with hi-speed processors and thinner form factor to make themselves an ideal device during travel when you are away from work stations.
Microsoft has recently released its new OS Windows 8.1 and you can choose the best tablet equipped with the same out of these top five options:
Apple plans to launch iPhone with large and curved screens and new sensors: Reports
It is rumored that Apple Inc has plans to design and develop new iPhones with larger and curved displays as well as enhanced sensors with the capability to detect different levels of pressure. Apple might have planned to launch these new iPhones because of the mounting competition from rivals such as Samsung and others.
The trend of carrying tablet PC is gaining momentum with every day passing. Slates are increasingly being accepted at the secondary/alternative computing device after laptops or desktops. Because of the amazing portability convenience, tablets today are becoming omnipresent and used by users across the class be they students, retired personnel or professionals.
For mobile devices including smartphones and tablets, utility apps - native as well as third party, play an important role in letting users derive better enjoyment and convenience. These apps pertain to gaming, multimedia and entertainment, information and lifestyle.
So if you are carrying Amazon’s Kindle Fire HDX or slightly older Kindle Fire tablet then we can tell you about some really useful apps that can enhance the pleasure of the device across various walks of life. Interestingly, if you are using your Kindle Fire device for media consumption and entertainment, then these apps would turn out to be a boon for you as they can multiply the productivity and entertainment with larger quotients.
In this article you will get first hand information about 5 such useful and important apps for your Kindle Fire HDX and Kindle Fire:
Dell makes $500 Venue 11 Pro Windows tablet ready for sale in the US
After several rounds of rumors and mysteries related to the US release of the Dell Venue 11 Pro, now the tablet is finally available in the US. The company has started taking orders for all its three models. The tablets are to be shipped in December 2013.
The latest addition in the Android OS is the KitKat – Android 4.4 version. Recently Google has unveiled this software at a media event that also speaks about its updated features. This latest version of OS is made available to the developer community whereas other device makers will receive it next year. Until then let us find out what this latest OS is all about.
Samsung aims to become no. 1 tablet maker by replacing Apple Inc
After becoming number one in the smartphone sector, now the Korean electronics major Samsung Electronics Co. aims to become the number one in tablets as well. If it really happens then it will be replacing Apple Inc, which is currently holding the top position as the leading tablet maker in the world followed by others.
Samsung Group mulling to unveil Galaxy S5 smartphone in January 2014: Reports
Reports originating from various corners of the mobile device industry are suggesting that the Samsung Group is all set to unveil the new Galaxy S5 in January 2014 and it will hit the stores by February.
The rapidly growing trend of tablets has marred the prospects of typical laptops as consumers nowadays prefer to carry a tablet because of its amazing portability and computing convenience. But the fact can’t be ruled out that still there is a group of users that prefers to have a device with more power and functionality than a tablet and less cost and complexity than a full fledged PC.
Android mobile operating system (OS) has taken the world of smartphone by storm, as majority of the smartphones today are run by Android. But we should also not forget the bitter fact that Android OS are the most vulnerable application which is exposed to quickly evolving versions of malware. It is considered as the least secure OS that requires appropriate security safeguards.