If you are looking for a laptop for gaming, you are probably looking for a top of the line machine. It might be a new design or it may be a refresh of an old design. Whatever it is, it has to have a lot going for it. If you are on a budget but still want to get a gaming computer, you need to know which criteria to look at when making your choice. For a start, you will want a powerful processor and graphics card. Modern gamers will want a Core 2 Duo processor or greater with an AMD equivalent graphics card. Having these two important components will ensure that your game playing is smooth and that you won't be having to use system resources unnecessarily. There are two main types of laptops in use today. There are ultra-portable gaming laptops and full-sized ones. The ultra-portable laptops have processor power that is good for medium-term use. They tend to have larger screens and are lighter and more compact than their full-sized counterparts. They are perfect for those who want a laptop with all the performance of a desktop PC without having to buy and carry a lot of bags. However, they are not the most powerful machines on the market today. On the other hand, there are laptops designed to run at a higher resolution. These have increased graphical capabilities such as support for high definition resolutions. Many games now are being played using this higher resolution and many are now available at a high quality 1920x 1080p resolution. A new trend in high-resolution gaming is called "Stealth mode" where the game is played at a lower resolution and so the graphics are low resolution but with a much higher frame rate. Some of the latest gaming laptops have an integrated keyboard, which is quite useful. Although it lacks the full functionality of a good quality external keyboard, it is still very useful for quick keystrokes and access to the Windows operating system. However, sometimes the lack of an external keyboard makes for a weak point in some of the newer laptops. A powerful gaming laptop needs to have strong, long battery life. Fortunately, most of these machines come equipped with batteries that can last up to 10 hours or more. Laptops with extended battery life tend to be more expensive but also tend to have more features and more memory. It is worth spending the extra money to get long battery life. You never know when you might need that extra boost to get through a stressful mission. Which laptop is best for gaming? It all comes down to the individual. What works well for one person might not work as well for another. There are many variables that go into deciding what is the best gaming laptop. Gaming is a highly competitive market, so manufacturers try to differentiate their machines from each other by adding all kinds of cool add-ons. For example, the razor blade Stealth could be equipped with a quad-core processor and has tons of RAM. On the other hand, the Alienware Area 51m r2 might not have a powerful processor but has an amazing amount of RAM. So which one is it? If you are looking for a powerful gaming laptop with tons of RAM, then take a look at the Alienware Area 51m r2. On the other hand, if you want something that is affordable and easy to upgrade, then take a look at the quad-core i7 Processor of the Razer Blade Stealth.
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What makes Andriod phones so popular? Many people are quite surprised when they look at the popularity of Andriod phones. For a start, the price is much more affordable than many other types of phones in the same category, meaning that it makes great value for money for people who would otherwise be unable to afford a brand new mobile. Secondly, the feature set on these mobiles is simply outstanding - from the superb multi-touched dialing systems to the excellent video play facilities and the fantastic instant messaging features, the Andriod phone has it all. If you want to keep up to date with the latest in technological advancements, then you really cannot go past the Andriod range of phones. One of the key features that have helped to make Andriod phones so popular is the ease of use that they offer. There are so many different features available on these phones that you will find yourself using them several times every day. Andriod handsets also have a wide range of compatibility, so no matter which device you own, it should be able to work with it. This is very important as most people expect their cell phones to be completely compatible with the devices they own. Another key feature that people enjoy about Andriod phones is the range of accessories that they are compatible with. Most of the Andriod handsets can be completely updated with new software, which means that owners of the phones can get the most out of their devices. With this software, users can enjoy a number of different features, such as superior picture quality, increased functionality, and enhanced media features, to name but a few. In fact, many users are looking for additional software that can be downloaded onto their phones, which enables them to fully integrate their cell phones with their laptops, televisions, and other electronics. The final component that makes Andriod phones so popular is their price. Although they are not hugely expensive, they are far more affordable than competing devices from major manufacturers. Andriod phones are not only very easy to use, but they are also a far more convenient choice when compared with competing phones from other brands. Even if you have never had an opportunity to look at cell phones, you have probably seen commercials or advertisements for them, either in person or on television. In addition, you can also purchase Andriod phones online, which is convenient because you do not have to pay any additional fees to transfer your plan or make additional purchases. Many people who purchase these phones also like the fact that they have the option of purchasing additional accessories for their phones at the same time. For example, they can purchase a data card so that they can surf the Internet or watch movies on their televisions without having to use up the entire battery on their cell phone. Andriod handsets also have many unique features that you won't find anywhere else. For example, many have voice dialing, which allows a caller to simply press a button instead of hitting the touchpad and trying to locate the function. Many also include speakerphone and speakerphone functions, as well as numbers dialing features and GPS location features. Some of the latest models also include Bluetooth, which means that you will be able to send and receive phone calls over a smaller distance. Additionally, Andriod phones are much smaller and more streamlined than most cell phone models. You can hold them in your hand instead of cradling them in your pocket, and they usually include a larger display than most phones. This helps make the information that you see much clearer, and it also allows you to read messages and emails without looking at your mobile screen. Furthermore, most models come with the ability to download ring tones, which allow you to customize the sound of your phone so that it sounds familiar to you. The Andriod name has become synonymous with high quality, rugged reliability, and excellent customer service. While Andriod phones do cost more than other cell phones, many customers find that their new phones serve as a reliable, long-lasting part of their daily life. They enjoy the hundreds of features that Andriod phones offer and rarely take any type of maintenance or care into their aging. Andriod is not a brand for those who are in love with technology. People who purchase Androids are generally people who want the ability to customize their phones with features that are convenient for them. Whether they want to make or receive phone calls, send and receive emails, or access the Internet on their phones, they will find that their new phones will always be the best choice for them.
If you love your Android phone, a number of quality applications now made available for it will make you love it even more. (And if you don't love your phone, maybe with these apps, you will finally grow to appreciate it!) So which Android applications should you get? Here is the list of the best Android apps you should not be missing out on.
- Qik allows you to upload live video footage from your phone to the Web (or another phone) so that you can broadcast your kid's big game to his grandparents or your baby's birth to her soldier-on-duty dad, all in real-time! What is more, you can automatically save your videos wirelessly in an archive, as well as automatically upload them to Facebook, YouTube, and all your other social networks (if that is what you told Qik to do in its settings). Video sharing has never been easier!
- Remote Web Desktop allows you to use your computer to type into your phone, set your phone's wallpaper, send text messages, and transfer files between your computer and phone, all through a USB or Wi-Fi connection (and your computer's large touch-type keyboard). No more pressing on tiny little buttons!
- Seek Droid. If you are paranoid about losing your phone, you will want to install Seek Droid right now. This nifty little app lets you locate your phone, lock it up, wipe its memory clean, and check for recent calls - all from a remote location, using your Web browser! It won't completely keep your phone from getting lost, but it will keep your greatest worries at bay when that sad thing happens
- Awesome Drop. If you would like to transfer files from your computer to your phone but do not want to use a USB cable, use Awesome Drop! Just install the app on your phone and start dragging your files from your computer to dropbox. The files will automatically sync to your phone! No wires, no email, and no account sign-up!
- CamCard Lite is a good app if you frequently come home with a pocket full of business cards you need to transcribe. With CamCard, you can say good-bye to that tedious task, just take a picture of the card with your phone's camera, and - voila! - CamCard enters the names and numbers into your phones address book
- Astrid, also known as Android's Simple Task Recording Dashboard, makes it simple to keep running to-do lists and organize your life within the phone. Not only does this application make it easy to list out tasks, but it also makes it simple to tick them off, search for specific tasks, mark them according to priority, arrange them according to different criteria (alphabetically, last modified, by the due date, by importance), and set alarms and reminders
- Weather Channel gives accurate reports of current weather conditions, including temperature, wind chill factor, UV index, and visibility. If you want hourly, 36-hour, or even 10-day forecasts, this app can give that to you too. It's not just like having your own weatherman at home - it's better!
- Flight Control is an entertaining game that starts out very simply: all you have to do is use your finger to draw a flight path for incoming planes to land on the correct landing strip. However, as the game progresses, the difficulty level increases as more planes come in all at the same time. This app may not sound very useful, but we found it great for killing time
- Endomondo Sports Tracker allows you to track your running or cycling times and distances using GPS. The especially great part about this app is that it is also linked to the Endomondo Web site, where you can compare your times against others. This is a great app to have if you are the type of person who likes to have healthy competition to keep motivated when working out
- Moon Maps is interesting if not a very useful app. Similar to Google Earth, except for the venue, Moon Maps lets you fly, pan, and zoom all around the lunar landscape, giving you an up-close-and-personal tour of the Apollo landing sites, lunar crates, and the dark side of the moon
The iPhone has been Apple's flagship product since its inception in early 2007. Having spent around 150 million dollars, filing more than 200 patent applications, and purchasing for a measly 1 million dollars, one wouldn't expect it to be anything less. Since then it has taken the world by storm with record sales not just for the device itself by also with Apple's innovative App Store. Over the past few years the iPhone has undergone significant changes, evolving into the technological feat it is today. There have been a total of 4 models released since 2007, the original iPhone, the iPhone 3G, the iPhone 3GS, and the iPhone 4. The first iPhone was a revolution in itself since it came with the novelty of a touch screen. No phone at the time had the capability of swiping a toggle button on or off or pinching an image to zoom in and out. The general population of phones was cluttered with buttons that took too much space and were prone to mechanical damage. The iPhone on the other hand didn't have those pesky buttons. Consequently, it had a larger screen compared to other phones, increasing its appeal. The following year Apple released the iPhone 3G. Coming in slightly thicker than its predecessor, it was a huge jump in terms of features. It included a GPS component, an accelerometer, a proximity sensor, and an ambient light sensor; thus paving the way for creating applications with limitless potential. The main feature upgrade, however, was its support for 3G telecommunications, hence its name. This provided users with increased bandwidth enabling more media-intensive applications. Aesthetically, the iPhone 3G has a modified back with a shiny plastic sleek look replacing the outdated plastic black and metallic hybrid. This change was meant to increase the strength of the GSM signal. One downside of the phone was its significant degradation in performance when running iOS 4. To fix that, the user needed to revert back to iOS 3 which was a mean feat in itself! And when you thought it couldn't get any better, in 2009, Apple decided to unleash the next iteration of the smartphone, the iPhone 3GS. Armed with a faster processor and support for faster 3G speeds, the iPhone 3GS was like flicking the sports mode switch on the iPhone 3G. It was smoother and responded a lot snappier than its precursor when running iOS 4. To supplement these improvements, it also doubled the RAM, increased the camera resolution, added native video recording support, doubled the storage space, and employed a fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating on the touch screen. The most recent model of the phone is the iPhone 4. Released mid-2010, it is significantly thinner than the 3GS. This hardly made any sense since it came equipped with double the RAM, a faster A4 processor, a higher resolution camera with 720p video recording and a flash, a three-axis gyro, a front-facing camera, and an additional microphone at the top of the device for noise cancellation. But as you know with technology, everything gets smaller and thus allows more things to fit in tighter places. One noticeable improvement of the phone is the incorporation of Apple's Retina Display. It has a spectacular 960 by 640 resolution making it the highest resolution screen for any phone out in the market today. The body of the phone was also redesigned to take a flattering look and the screen reinforced with aluminosilicate glass. It is also framed by a stainless steel structure that acts as the antenna. Early adopters found there were signal strength issues when holding the phone a certain way.
The battle continues... Things are about to get very messy in the ongoing battle for processing chip dominance between AMD and Intel. For years, Intel has held the high ground, beating off attack after attack from AMD and holding its own in a marketplace that changes chips every half hour. Intel has always been the big name, the big player, and the 'go-to guys' for everything Core i3, i5, and i7 orientated. But all of that could be about to change if AMD's talks with giant corporations Apple are successful. Intel has been the sole provider of microprocessors for the iconic Apple Notebook and its desktop PCs since 2006 when Apple parted company with PowerPC. AMD's representatives have recently been spotted leaving meetings with members of Apple's top people - and according to hearsay, it's been smiles all round. The meetings have led to Apple starting to take a long, hard look at AMD processors in their research labs as a precursor to the chips being incorporated into some of Apple's up and coming projects. Rumour is that Apple is particularly interested in AMD's workstation and notebook CPUs. So why is Apple talking to the enemy (as far as Intel is concerned)? It may have a lot to do with the problems that Apple has encountered with Intel processors. Not only were there accusations that the Intel chips slowed the page refresh time for the notebook, but the Intel chipset designs have hindered Apple's plans to continue their partnership with Nvidia to develop a standardized chipset for use with Intel processors across the full range of Apple products. A shortage of the new Core family of chips also delayed the release of the latest version of the MacBook series, which didn't help matters. The result of this has been that Apple has been forced to use the less capable Intel integrated graphics chip inside the new MacBook Pro instead of the more capable Nvidia product. AMD - up and coming and a potential threat to Intel's dominance The deal with Apple could undermine Intel's dominance of the marketplace. As a result of Apple's discussions with AMD, more manufacturers are now taking a second look not only at what AMD offers already but also their plans for future research and development. Admittedly, it could all be a case of corporate maneuvering on Apple's part to see what Intel step up with as an alternative. But no matter what the reasons, the real winners down the line will be the consumer. Competition, particularly in the technology world, leads to leaps forward in development. New ideas and concepts are the product of debate and competition as each tries to outmaneuver the other. AMD may lack the performance and efficiency of the Intel processor, but their acquisition of ATI gives them the edge over their rivals when it comes to GPU technology. Because Apple is focusing on improving its graphics package (name one graphic designer who doesn't use a MacBook), the smart money is on a merger between Apple and AMD, allowing Apple to push forward with the Nvidia plan. But rest assured - Intel isn't just going to sit back and let it happen without a fight. It could all come down to numbers - which is going to profit Apple most; stick with their current partnership or change to a new one with AMD? The most likely probability is that Apple, recently announced as financially bigger than the monolithic Microsoft and therefore a major influence in the direction of the microprocessing marketplace, will most likely end up working with both AMD and Intel. As the old saying goes, those who are at the forefront of microprocessing and graphics capability are living in interesting times...