With our world today, it is getting harder to stay up to date with everything thats going on. Whether current events, local news, or international news, I personally am interested in it all. A new App I’ve recently discovered has made it so much easier. Today, for any news, all I have to do is look at my smartphone.
App of the Week: NewsShare
App of the Week
NewsShare is an App compatible with Apple products. In other words, the App works with your iPhone, iPod Touch, and your iPad. NewsShare is truly the ultimate news App. It provides news from all around the world, whether political, business, technology, sports, or entertainment. As soon as you download the App, and launch it, it detects the country you are in. Better yet, it then offers news from that specific country. So, if I want to find out what’s happing in Kuwait right now, all I have to do is look at my iPhone. The App is great for local and global news.
Everything that is happening around the world is now available. You don’t have to turn on the TV to find out what’s going on, or check your news websites on your laptop. NewsShare delivers the news straight to you! Download the App, and check it out yourself.
I’m not that much of a fan when it comes to smartphones, but I like to keep an eye out for them in case something nifty pops up. I just came across the LG Optimus G smartphone and I think someone over at LG may have been heavily influenced by the Transformers movies. Autobots, roll out?
Anyways, where was I? Oh, the phone. Let’s jump right into the specs:
- 4.7” True HD IPS Plus Display @1280 x 768 with Corning Gorilla Glass 2
- 1.5GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro Processor
- 2GB of RAM
- A whopping 13 Megapixel Full HD Camera
- 4G LTE (Aha! There you go!)
- 32GB of internal memory
- Android OS, v4.1.2 Jelly Bean
The hardware is quite high-end despite the Quad-Core processor – which can easily be beaten by the Octa-Core of another competitor phone. By the way, if the operating system is not optimized for a certain processor/architecture, then having a hexagon-octupus-deca-pentakill number of cores isn’t exactly efficient to begin with (I’m not an engineer). So, don’t worry, Quad-Core is fine these day.
Ok, now the best part. LG decided to go out of the box and introduce a new built-in suite of software called Optimus G UX interface. This is what it can do:
- Live zooming into a video while it is playing (Is that a fly on the wall?)
- Q-slide multitasking feature that allows you to launch 2 applications at once on the same screen and alternate between them by adjusting transparency. (This is awesome. Check the video below for details)
- Quick Memo allows you to write something on the screen regardless of what’s on it (You don’t have to launch a separate note app for this!)
- Dual Screen Dual Play lets you use your TV as an extra display for your phone.
- Voice-activated camera (You literally say “cheese” and it takes a shot, haha!)
Alright, I’m quite impressed with the Optimus G already; It has the performance and functionality that definitely makes it stand out from the other competitors. This is all more than enough for my use since I am not a smartphone person, but is it enough for you? What do you think of the phone? Let me know in the comment section below.
Discovering new music can be a bit difficult especially if you have an eccentric taste in music. Music streaming services are one of the best ways to discover new music and to widen your horizon, now we all know that there’s a handful of music streaming services out there, whether Apps or websites they’re countless. But the other day I was reading about particular one that’s not an App but a website called Noon Pacific. Noon Pacific simply is a music streaming service and a mailing list that you can sign up for to receive an awesome playlist every week.
There’s definitely something interesting about receiving a music playlist full of songs you probably never heard before. What I like about this service is the surprise factor, you’ll never know what you’re getting plus it’s the most effortless music streaming service, you just sign up and the music comes to you. Every Monday at noon you’ll receive a playlist of 10 tracks hosted by 8Tracks. This service is extremely fun and is reminiscent of the days when discovering music was exciting and a personal experience.
Another cool music streaming service that I stumbled upon is This Is My Jam, just pick a song you like and make it your “jam” for other users to see it, listen to it and like it. You can do the same as well; stream through their jams and even users will be suggested to you with similar taste in music. With This Is My Jam there’s always something new to listen to, you can even follow people that you enjoy their music and play them all in one playlist or you can just use the This Is My Jam Spotify app to explore even more music.
Actually with all the new phones and the sophisticated options plus their extravagant features like the Samsung S4,Nexus 4, Blackberry and the coming phone of Iphone that we all already start imagining how will probably looks like, all these generations and all the technology used made me wonder, and I was like, “OK what next ? how will be the phone of the future? ” In reality I heard about the transparent phone and it was 2 years ago, I took the news like a joke, but now I trust that it’s possible to create such phone, then after a while I read about the finger ring phone, a kind of a ring which you put over the thumb, to make a call we simply have to put our thumb near our ear and put the atrial near our mouth to use it as a mic ( we just mime the gesture of calling using only our hand) hope you got the thing! It’s like when we act like we are calling someone but only using our hand with the ring over your thumb. But last night I discovered something amazing, which is The Nokia morph-future phone.
The engineers of Nokia Research Center (NRC) in collaboration with the Cambridge Nanoscience Centre (United Kingdom), just launched an exhibition illustrating the potential of nanotechnology in the near future. Called the Morph, which does not yet exist, this mobile phone serves as a demonstrator for the incredible open perspectives. Ten years ago, If Nokia showed a device with the same properties and promotional would probably have passed for science fiction unrealistic object that will never be possible to have it in hand. But Nokia engineers and the Department of Engineering’s Nanoscience Group (University of Cambridge) seem confident, as they believe that and according to them such a device, should be achievable – and realized – in a few years.
Nokia Morph phones
At first glance, the specifications seem unattainable. Supposedly through nanotechnology, this device should be:
-Transparent, flexible, stretch while remaining resistant. To solve this difficult equation, protein fibrils are woven into a three-dimensional mesh to obtain a thin, resilient structure. It is exploiting the principles used by the spider to build its lead, and elasticity obtained allow the device to literally change shapes and configure itself to adapt to the task at hand . Folded, the phone would slide easily in the pocket and when unfolded, it would offer a keyboard and a consistent display. Therefore its biodegradable organic materials, allow a more environmentally friendly production and easy recycling.
-Able to clean itself, thereby reducing wear and prolonging its duration. In particular, we could easily cover the hydrophobic structures repelling water, dirt and fingerprints unfavorable.
-Able to benefit directly from solar energy, again, a surface treatment with absorbing solar energy devices (exploiting natural energy with respect of the environment). In addition, an efficient and smaller batteries based on nanotechnology, will be integrated.
-Equipped with nanosensors monitor watch and follow-up our environment, especially our health.
And that’s not all.
As you can watch the video to see further details,and one thing “be ready for the big discovery !”
If you are an iPhone use, and active on Twitter, then I have great news for you. The famous social network has launched a new app for all its users. An app, separate from Twitter, dedicated to music, and made for all its members. Ladies and Gentleman, I introduce Twitter Music.
Twitter Music was launched about a week ago to the Apple App Store. Basically, it is an app designed for members to find their favourite music. It locates all music based on the musicians or artists you are following on Twitter. I personally think that’s really cool. I mean, not only can you follow your favourite artist and stay up to date with all their news, but now you can also stay up to date with their latest music! With Twitter Music, you can even listen to music even on iTunes. Whether you want to hear a preview of the song, or purchase it Twitter Music is the app for you. Once you purchase the song, all you have to do is plug in your headphones, turn up the iPhone, and the music is yours!
Twitter Music Preview
Keep in mind that the app is only a week old. So, maybe not every single song you want is available. However, Twitter has promised to continuously update their music list for their users. The app is pretty cool, and I think its one of the best ideas Twitter has had in a while. It’s really a no-brainer if you’re a music lover. Download the app and see for yourself.
Gamers get excited! Nintendo is getting ready to release an all-new and improved Legend of Zelda game for the Nintendo 3DS. I don’t know about you but am extremely excited, since I am a 90’s kid and grew up playing Zelda on my old school Nintendo 64. For those who don’t know what Legend of Zelda is, it’s an action-adventure game series that was released for Super Nintendo in 1992.
It’s incredible how much games changed over the years and it’s exciting to see what will be changed in this game as well! Nintendo is currently working on the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past for 3DS and they are using the Hyrulian world and the same known overhead. But it will definitely be introduced to new technology for example Link will have the ability to turn into a 2D drawing and merge the handheld’s 3D screen to its gameplay. I am pretty sure that you’re ready to pre-order this game already, but be patient it’s still scheduled to be released this holiday season.
There’s more exciting news, Nintendo is planning to launch a great number of games for 3DS and Wii U soon and especially the remakes of the old popular games we love. The new and portable Yoshi’s Island is on the way, the 3DS new Mario Party and Mario Golf, also Mario and Luigi RPG series, Donkey Kong: March of the Minis and the remake of Donkey Kong Country Returns.
So gamers get your gear on this year will be full of new and improved games to get addicted to!
Breakfast is the important meal of the day! It’s the meal that starts our day, and gives us energy to power through. Nutritionists swear by it! I guarantee you, it’s the first question they’ll ask you. I know what you’re going to say, I don’t have time, or I don’t know how to. Good news is the recipe is easy, and doesn’t require any kitchen appliance out of the ordinary. Just make sure your refrigerator is packed, your oven is ready, and your appliances are out.
Recipe of the Week- How to Make Nutella Pancakes with Strawberries
Recipe of the Week
Pancake Batter: 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoon white sugar, 1 1/4 cup milk, 1 egg
2-3 tablespoons Nutella
Fresh strawberries (sliced)
Pure maple syrup (optional)
Powdered sugar (optional)
In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Make a well in the center, and pour in the milk, egg, and melted butter. Mix until smooth
Add the Nutella to the batter, and whisk to combine
Spray the griddle pan with cooking spray. Place over medium high heat. When pan is hot, add 1/4 cup of batter to pan. When bubbles appear around edges, flip the pancake. Continue cooking on other side.
Continue until you have desired amount of pancakes.
Serve with strawberries and add any additional garnish you prefer.
There you have it! How to make Nutella Pancakes can’t be easier.
I like to stand next to the Ac in the corridors at work especially after coming back from a break. The cold air that blows my hair makes me feel refreshed and yes it is wrong to do that of course but it feels good, doesn’t it? You somehow become addicted to this machine that generates cold air in sunny hot days but the question is how does it work?
I’m going to tell you how air conditioners convert hot air to cold air. It all starts with Physics, a general rule to be specific which is liquid and gas conversion cycle. Heat is absorbed in the process while converting liquid to gas and this is the basic idea of air conditioners. In a closed system made of coil, special chemicals are evaporated and condensed over and over in a cycle taking advantage of this law to generate cool air . Now the cycle starts with refrigerants that convert in low temperatures inside the coils, warm air is directed over those coils through a fan and heat is absorbed by the refrigerants while changing from liquid to gas making the coils cold then a fan blows air into the coils which ends in coming out as cold air.
The process does not end here as the refrigerant gas should be converted back to liquid to complete the cycle, this happens through a compressor that cools gas by putting it first under high pressure and then evacuating the extra heat that is produced with another fan and condenser coils, the gas then cools and changes to liquid to start the process again and that is how it works.
Now that you know how air conditioners work, how can you maintain it ? well simply turn it off and disconnect the power when not using it. You should also clean the coils if possible with detergents designed for this purpose and don’t forget to clean the filter as well.
Imagine your personal know-it-all! Someone who knows everything, about everything. The know-it-all I’m introducing today is not someone, it is an app. It is an app that has information about everything from home décor to sports.
App of the Week: Fancy
App of the Week
Fancy is an app designed for your smartphone and tablet. It’s available for your iPhone, iPad, all Android phones, and even Windowsphones. Fancy is truly you’re all-in-one app. Whether looking for a particular good, or certain travel destination, Fancy is your guide. You can do it all from this app, from discovering to collecting to even purchasing. You can browse through multiple categories including Men, Women, Kids, Pets, Home Décor, Art, Food, Travel, and Sports. Select from these categories and more, and learn everything about them. Better yet, Fancy allows you to take photos, include them in your catalog, and get updates on all your favourites. With this app, nothing is hard to find, or hard to get. It is all within your reach.
Do what I do! Download Fancy, and use it to learn about your favorite topics. I use it for shopping, and to learn about the hottest travel destinations.
Wow, the last time I saw the Leap Motion was when it was still in development and it’s already being launched worldwide! For those of you who thought the laser keyboard was cool, you should check this out. I was having a conversation with my colleague about motion-tracking and I asked myself, whatever happened to the Leap Motion? Did it become a reality?
What? Haven’t you heard of the Leap Motion? Well, It’s sort of like the Microsoft Kinect Sensor – based on it actually- but much more accurate and can be used to control PCs! The device consists of 2 depth-sensing cameras that track hand/pen gestures. I don’t want to spoil it for you, just watch the video below and brace yourself because your jaw is about to drop.
Hello? Helloooo? Are you there? Was that too much awesomeness for you to handle? Don’t forget, let me know what you think in the comments section below!