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matchstick mozilla Matchstick: Mozilla’s Firefox powered Chormecast alternative

Mozilla is expanding beyond its awesome Firefox browser and getting hands dirty in the suddenly hot streaming video business.

MatchStick HDMI streaming stick, which will sell for a limited time through Kickstarter at a starting price of $12 before it goes to retail. It’s final price of $25 sets its sights on the Chromecast, the $35 streaming dongle from the Google. Matchstick runs on Mozilla’s Firefox OS, the open source mobile operating system.

With over 17,000 backers and $470,000 in funding, it’s hard to call Matchstick anything but a success for Mozilla.

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“Due to Matchstick’s unique openness, we believe it will lead to a greater number of cool apps and lower price. These are tangible benefits a consumer will readily embrace,” Jack Chang, the US general manager of Matchstick.

“It’s better than Chromecast,” extols the promo video on the Kickstarter page, which humorously shows Matchstick testers getting thrown out of an Ikea furniture store for using the Ikea living room sets to test the Matchstick — and asks for money so they can “shoot a real commercial.”

Both the hardware and software for Matchstick are open-source. Matchstick is built on a dual-core Rockchip 3066 processor, has 4 gigabytes of onboard storage, 1 gigabyte of DDR3 memory, and supports Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n.

Mozilla seems genuinely interested in listening to what their users want, and plans to ensure the features everyone wants make it into the stick.

Motorola has launched its latest Droid-series smartphone, the Droid Turbo, exclusively on US mobile carrier Verizon. Verizon announced that the Droid Turbo smartphone by Motorola will be available starting October 30 from its online and retail stores. It comes in a choice of a durable “Ballistic Nylon” build, or a “metalized” Kevlar fiber build.

droid turbo The Motorola ‘Monster’ Droid Turbo with QHD Display

The display has the highest pixels density seen on any phone to date. It is the first ‘phone’ to ship with a Snapdragon 805 chipset running at full speed and only phablets have previously shipped with 3GB of RAM. The main attraction is the huge 3900mAh, larger than any phone has ever fitted.

The quick charging seen in other Motorola handsets has made it across as well with the company stating the Droid Turbo will get eight hours of usage from a 15 minute charge. It features a 5.2-inch QHD (1440×2560 pixels) display offering a pixel density of 565ppi, much higher than the 5.5-inch LG G3 at 534ppi and 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 4 at 515ppi. The screen also includes Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protective layer.

The Motorola Droid Turbo sports a 21-megapixel rear autofocus camera with f/2.0 aperture and dual-LED flash. The rear camera comes with features such as slow motion video; burst mode; auto HDR; Panorama, and tap to focus. Meanwhile, it can also record 4K videos at 24fps. It includes a 2-megapixel front camera.

iPhone 6 Wins the Race With its Close Competitors

Droid Turbo will ship with Android 4.4 KitKat rather than the impending Android 5.0 Lollipop, though Motorola does promise an upgrade to it and Verizon has allowed Motorola to keep Android relatively stock.

It will go on sale on 30 October and will be competitively priced at $199 and $249.99 for 32 and 64GB models respectively, both on two year contracts.

Apple carried forward design of iPad Air while designing iPhone 6. This is generally characterized by the curves on sides, corners and edges. Besides the larger 5.5 inch iPhone6 Plus Apple also unveiled iPhone 6. This is stylish 4.7 inch handset having faster A8 processor, 720p Retina HD display and NFC. Lots of improvements have been noticed compared to the previous models but new iPhones are facing tough competitions from the Android rivals such as Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8. We shall now compare iPhone6 with other similar phones to fully appreciate the proper characteristics of iPhone 6. Both these models have bigger screens, quad core processors and expandable memory.

untitled 182 iPhone 6 Wins the Race With its Close Competitors

With the introduction of iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch, Apple is likely to gain a lot as preorders are already breaking all records and hype that has been building before introduction of new iPhones will further assist. Apple does not function in isolation as there are many other companies trying to come up with their versions but competition is tough. With introduction of new iPhones, dust has since settled and companies are hoping that their phones will outperform the others. One wonders who will be left in the cold.  Finally the big screen smartphones with Apple Pay, mobile payment system, has been unveiled by Apple and you can buy one for yourself using Amazon India.

Let’s just have a brief look on its close competitors:

Samsung Galaxy Alpha: This smartphone has metal frame on sides. Its back is even now made of plastic. It gives the impression of being classier than Galaxy S5. However it’s back even now is made of plastic and it mostly looks similar to Galaxy S5.

Sony Xperia Z3: The design of new Sony smartphone is similar to that of the predecessors Xperia Z, Z1 and Z2 and is pocketable easily because of its much smaller size. Though the glass back appears the same, the metal frame is less pronounced on the sides.

HTC One (M8): This smartphone has a brushed metal finish on back panel and has speakers in front. This has chamfered edges and rounded corners and buttons are below the screen. There is prominent secondary camera at the back situated little above primary camera.

Nokia Lumia 930: Top end smartphone of Microsoft has metal rim on its sides and is quite comfortable in hand like the rivals. Its back is made of plastic. This is available in black, white, green and orange.

Competition from Apple will hurt HTC, LG and others who have already been struggling against iPhone5S for a year. Consumers are likely to go more for the new Apple smartphone and make full use of Snapdeal coupon codes for good discounts.

Also Read: Everything Apple announced that you care about

So where exactly does Apple 6 have the edge?

Metal versus plastic

Aluminum craftsmanship is preferred by Apple whereas LG G3 sticks to lighter plastic construction for phone housing.

Screen resolution

Like LGG3, iPhone 6 Plus has 5.5 inch display but uses 1080p resolution display because of which its pixel density is much lower.

Camera

Megapixel war is on among the handset makers pushing up number of pixels. Apple has managed to keep megapixels steady for rear camera and 1.2 for front camera.

So now that you know where Apple 6 stands viz-a-viz its competitors you can also check out the latest deals on CouponDekho and make good savings.

Sure, using internet on our daily lives is fun but one must be responsible on how to handle online interaction. It is not all about fun and gathering information because there is a potential danger when you do not know how to manage your life online. Most especially the kids today, they need to be protected from people online who has the intention of harming them. Internet can take over and control the kids without proper guidance.

onlinesafety504x275 9 Internet Precautionary Measures for the Young Ones

So, parents you must takesafetyprecautiononyourkidsonlinepresence:

SPEND MORE TIME WITH THE KIDS. This one is basic. Parents should always be present in any way they can. Spending quality time with the kids would mean less time for using the web. You can do fun and outdoor activities like visiting museums or just taking them to a park then have dinner.

TALK WITH THEM. Yes, this is important too. Ask them about their activities, both in school and online. Know what they want and things that annoy them. In this way, you can gauge how you are going to interact with them. Parents should also ask about the kids’ problems in school or something that bothers them, so that they can create a plan to help them.

WARN THEM NOT TO SHARE INFORMATION. What are these information? Basically, their names, school, age, phone number or even home address. Tell them that they must not send a picture to someone whom they just met. It’s also the same on posting anything online. Tell the kids that they should not post any personal information like the address and mobile number.

CONTROL PRIVACY SETTING. Yes, you also must tell the kids that as much as possible, keep their social media account on private setting. Or they could just choose the people they want to share information with like their real friends.

REMIND THEM TO PROTECT THEIR PASSWORD. Tell them that they MUST NOT divulge to anyone their social media account passwords.

GIVE ADVICE ON SELECTING FRIENDS. Online presence can gain a lot of friend requests, but the kids should filter who they are going to accept. Tell the kids not be befriended with people they don’t know personally.

LIMIT THEM ON USING THE WEB. Limit the kids on using the internet. Allot a designated time when they can surf the web, do research and interact with friends. You can successfully do this by placing the computer in a central place inside the house and post a schedule to remind them.

TELL THEM TO USE AN APPROPRIATE PHOTO. Only post a decent photo so that online people will automatically give respect and kids can avoid bullying or something like that.

TELL THEM TO THINK BEFORE THEY CLICK. A lot of people are being judged based on what they post online. So, tell the kids that they must think twice or even thrice before sharing information, commenting on articles, debating with online users or even reading blogs.

Remember, prevention is better than cure. So, take this precautionary measures seriously for your kids’ safety.

About the Writer:

This lady believes that writing is a great invention for communication. Ellen Summerhills is dividing her time on academic activities while doing research for bestessays.com to help her financially. She likes movies, outdoor activities and coffee.

Microsoft gave the first look at its Windows 10 operating system recently, a major release that will span all hardware from PCs to phones and try to recover the Windows 8 loss.

Windows 10 and not Windows 9

The natural name would have been Windows 9, but Microsoft is eager to suggest a break with the past. “We’re not building an incremental product,” said Terry Myerson, head of Microsoft’s Operating Systems Group.

Will run on every device

Microsoft demonstrated only the desktop version, but Windows 10 will be for tablets, smartphones and embedded products, too.

“It will run on the broadest types of devices ever, from the smallest ‘Internet of things’ device to enterprise data centers worldwide,” Myerson said. “Some of these devices have 4-inch screens, and some will have 80-inch screens. And some don’t have any screen at all.”

And yes there is a start menu

They tried to combine the familiarity of Windows 7 with the modern interface of Windows 8. That means the new start menu is divided into 2 parts: On the left, apps are displayed in the familiar Windows 7 style, while on the right windows 8 stylized live tiles. The start menu is customizable, so you can resize the tiles and move them around.

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Multiple desktops

Windows 10 has a feature like that lets you zoom out and see everything that’s open on a PC, then select any app to enter it. You can also navigate through several virtual desktop displays at the bottom of the screen.

Command Prompt just got better

Microsoft made an unusual point of specifying that Ctrl-V would work inside the command prompt. Alongwith, click the Experimental tab and there are several other new features you can enable.

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Cortana might be Coming to the Desktop

Microsoft has been working on its voice assistant called Cortana that’s allegedly supposed to appear in Windows 10 before its released.

The OS will launch around the middle of next year, after Microsoft’s Build conference.But, you can try Windows Technical Preview right now. But take care while installing it.

Bonus – Lazy Programming might be the reason for windows 10 not 9

Someone (probably developer team member) posted this recently.

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micromax android one Micromax Canvas A1 Android One Review : Superior experienceIn keeping with the trend in emerging markets like India, Google’s R&D work on Android One assists the hardware and software to mingle without hitches. And the best, you won’t have to wait for Micromax to give you Android L since the Android One tag will take matters into its own hands and deliver updates to end users directly.

The Micromax Canvas A1 boasts of a sophisticated, posh appearance even though the phone is made of plastic material. It is stylish and has an attractive design to suit people of different age groups.

Equipped with a 4.5 inch FWVGA IPS display but no Gorilla Glass here.The display looks bright, is clear even under sunlight and running on stock Android makes it a delight to browse through.

As budget handsets go, the A1 sets a high benchmark for performance, surpassing the Moto E quite comfortably. It is pure stock UI where you get the Android experience that Google wants you to. The model runs on an decent 1.3 GHz Mediatek quad core processor and 1 GB of RAM.

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The 5 MP autofocus rear camera is also great for the price tag. To please the selfie lovers, a 2 megapixel front-facing camera has also been covered.

The Canvas A1 lasted us 18 hours from 100 percent to 2 percent including over 4 hours of screen on time with a mix of gaming, phone calls, text and IMs, and a long session of browsing and surfing.

It comes with latest android 4.4.4 with a price tag of just Rs 6,499 which available on Amazon.

Round 2 in Android One will have new phones hitting market by December-end.

Micromax Canvas A1 Quick Specs

- Android v4.4.4 KitKat OS
- 4.5-inch FWVGA IPS touchscreen
- 1.3GHz quad core MediaTek chip
- 1GB RAM, 4GB ROM, 32GB expandability
- 2MP and 5MP cameras
- Dual SIM support
- 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth
- 1700mAh battery

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