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Saturday, 21 June 2014

Convert Your Simple TV into a Smart TV - Easy and Inexpensive than buying a Smart TV

Convert Your Simple TV into a Smart TV - Easy and Inexpensive than buying a Smart TV.

Rather than buying costly Smart TV, it is now possible to convert your existing TV into Smart TV just by spending few thousand rupees only.
These palm sized devices are capable of streaming videos, pictures, music from your smartphone, PC or tablet to your TV screen easily provided if you have a Wi-Fi router set up at your home. Here are few companies who have introduced such devices.

Google Chromecast

Google Chromecast
Google Chromecast
Google Chromcast looks like a USB pen drive and it’s easy to use. Just plug the device into HDMI port of your TV. The device has a microUSB port which needs to be connected to another USB port to power itself. Then select HDMI option and follow the instructions how to connect to Wi-Fi network. Then install the Chromecast app on your smartphone, tablet or PC and run the app and follow the instructions to connect the device to the adapter. Once the process is completed, you are ready to stream all the content from your smartphone, tablet or PC to your TV. Other free apps like EZCast, LocalCast and RealPlayer Cloud also allows you to media content from your tablet or smartphone. It is available on eBay and Amazon for around Rs. 3,000 INR.

Apple TV

  
Apple TV
Apple TV
Apple TV is specifically designed to stream videos, photos and other media content from iOS or Android devices. To work with Apple TV, first you need to install app like Plex, PlayTo or Apple TV AirPlay Media Player on your smartphone or tablet. You can subscribe to different channels, buy or rent movies on iTunes via this player but it doesn’t allow you to store anything on it. Also it doesn’t have USB port either that means you cannot watch movies from your pen drive. It is available for around Rs. 7,500 INR on Amazon and eBay. Read more

Box size media players

 
Amkette FlashTV HD
Amkette FlashTV HD
Google Chromecast and Apple TV both doesn’t allow you to store any content, meaning it doesn’t come with any internal memory or expandable memory slot to store anything. The other option is to go for a set-top box media player. It is easy to work with set-top box as all you need is HDMI port on your TV and an active internet connection at your home. These box media players comes with USB ports- which supports USB pen drives and external hard disks and also it has SD card slot to view your content store on your SD card. Some of these boxes also allow you to have access to web applications- YouTube, Flickr and TuneIn, web browsers and android apps on Google Play ( provided if box is android based ).
Some of the box media players are Amkette EvoTV series, 1 TB WD TV Live Hub, Amkette FlashTV HD (Android based box) and iOmega ScreenPlay DX HD. All these boxes range from Rs. 2,000 to Rs. 10,000 INR.

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Apple iOS 8 – A Revolution in Mobile Operating System

Apple iOS 8 – A Revolution in Mobile Operating System

Apple new iOS 8 is said to be the world’s most advanced operating system and biggest release ever for developers as well as their users. This new operating system includes many new features like now you can see every photo you capture on your all devices, can add your voice in text message, more keyboard choices and with fitness and health apps you can now communicate with your doctor or trainer easily.

Apple iOS 8
Apple iOS 8

Photo App

With new photo app, now you can easily find your favorite photos residing in your iCloud on all of your devices. Also you can now edit your photos with in-built photo editing tool and make them available to all of your devices automatically and consistently using iCloud Photo Library.

Apple iOS 8 - Photo App
Apple iOS 8 - Photo App

Messages

Messages App has been enhanced like never before. With new Messages app now you can send your voice, video and location to your friends and family to keep up with them.

Apple iOS 8 - Messages
Apple iOS 8 - Messages

Keyboard

New enhanced Keyboard suggests you contextually appropriate words for fast typing of message like assuming what you are going to type next. Also it recognizes whether you are in Email App or Messages based on the tone you are using.

Apple iOS 8 - New Keyboard
Apple iOS 8 - New Keyboard

Connected Devices

If you are using multiple Apple devices then you can start work on any Apple Device and can end on any Apple Device. You can also now receive calls on Mac or iPad and even send Messages from any Apple device.

Apple iOS 8 - Connected Devices
Apple iOS 8 - Connected Devices

Health and Fitness App

With new Health and Fitness App now you can have easy access to your health data. Developers have created a new App called HealthKit which allows all the health and other fitness apps to work together for you and provide you with all the required data.

Apple iOS 8 - Health and Fitness App
Apple iOS 8 - Health and Fitness App

iOS 8 will be compatible with iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPod Touch 5th generation, iPad 2, iPad with retina display, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad mini with retina display. There are many more other features added to iOS 8. The best way to know them is to use them.