New Razer Blade Pro

The Razer Blade Pro

The Razer Blade Pro is a gaming laptop series from Razer. As opposed to the 14-inch standard Razer Blade, this new gaming laptop offers a 17.3-inch display with improved graphics and display resolution. It still retains some of the features that were present in last year’s model, such as Intel Core i7 4700HQ processor.

Razer Blade Pro: Features

It has an Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M display that offers an improved graphic display compared to last year’s model. Nvidia also offers some additional features in its 800M series, which includes Battery Boost and ShadowPlay.

ShadowPlay allows for automatic footage capturing during gameplay without affecting the performance of the game. This feature is especially useful for gamers who are obsessed with sharing screen captures of their favorite gaming actions. Battery Boost allows for steady performance of games at 30 frames per second, though it can be adjusted to suit the gamer’s preference.

This gaming laptop is powered by an Intel Core I7 processor and 16GB of DDR3/1600 memory, which has doubled that of last year. It comes with several storage options, including 128, 256 or a 512-GB SSD. 3 USB 3.0 ports are fitted on the left of this PC as well. Other ports include a combo headphone/microphone port, HDMI port and an Ethernet port. Wireless options include Bluetooth 4.0 and an 802.11 ac Wi-Fi adapter.

Performance

In terms of performance, many competitors deliver a more superior performance than the Blade Pro though it manages to exceed the 60 frames per second requirement that is desired by most gamers. However, playing too heavy of a game may affect performance.

Battery Life

The New Razer Blade Pro offers a decent battery life, which exceeds 3 hours during game play. While many other gaming laptops deliver similar results, they are thicker and heavier than the Blade Pro, which boasts itself as the lightest and thinnest gaming laptop in the world. For this key reason, this version, distinguishes itself as the most viable gaming laptop for gamers with frequent traveling needs.

Keyboard

It has a backlit keyboard that offers standard features. It comes with modified scissor switches with have been designed by Razer themselves. It also hosts the N-key rollover that allows multiple keys to be held down without affecting PC performance.

SwitchBlade

The SwitchBlade is a low-resolution touchscreen display found to the right of the keyboard. It’s a feature that is missing on the standard Razer Blade and allows gamers to enjoy chats, watch videos and browse social media sites on the miniscreen while playing their favorite games on the main screen.

Razer has certainly set a new standard in mobile gaming and even though not all aspects of the laptop are cutting-edge, it remains a force to be reckoned with

Top 3 Instagram Photo Editing Apps of 2014

Being thrust into hard times managing your photo editing on Instagram has been a common problem for several account holders. This social media platform is your one stop destination to add selfies, build photo libraries, and share them on other social media channels including Facebook and Twitter. All you need to do is to get the right photo editing tool/app to organize your photos. Following are top three Instagram Photo Editing Apps that have become widely popular in the past few months.

1. Square FX

Cropping can be a real problem for many images while uploading and fitting them on the square frame on Instagram. The Square FX app can be used to prevent cropping, refit or resize the images as per choice and requirement. You can perform a number of functions with the Square FX app including:

• Changing frames, styles or colors
• Instant photo selection and placing on the frames to prevent cropping
• Save images in the photo library
• Perform functions including flipping, rotating or scaling images
• Select a background from a range of options including gradient, color and pattern to induce amazing look and effects
• The new version comes with a bug fixing feature
• Upgrade to the premium services to enjoy additional features of the app

The iTunes account holders can download this app free of cost to use the basic features. This app is built for iOS devices.

2. VSCO Cam + VSCO Grid

The VSCO Cam + VSCO Grid are available for majority of the iOS and Android 4.0 version empowered devices. This minimalist platform is suitable for creating, publishing and displaying the photography skills. The VSCO is the most exquisite platform that allows the integration and interaction between the photographers and the interested takers. In a world where images express more than texts, you can hardly find a platform that allows the power of sharing to the photographers from across the globe. VSCO Cam + VSCO Grid features and facilities are:

• Instead of Instagram filters use the VSCO preset photo-filters
• Color edit the photographs for an enhanced look before uploading on Instagram
• Compatible for using on iOS and Android based devices
• Get to know about the most astonishingly talented photographers from across the globe through VSCO journals
• Explore the gallery of pictures and pick your favorite ones
• A lot many featured tools and presets are available on the VSCO Cam Store

3. Snapseed

Snapseed app is largely developed for the iOS platform to perform several functions with your photos on Apple devices. Here are some important features of this app:

• Tweak all your photos on the iPhone and iPad
• Edit your images to change the contrasts, brightness, sharpness and saturation using the loupe tool
• Bestow a retro style to your pictures using the professional black and white filters
• Apart from Instagram, this app allows you to share an image or a selfie on other sites including Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, etc.

The tags are very important to be attached to all your images on the social media profiles including Instagram. Whether it is your business profile or a personal social sharing account, you would always want to attach details of the images. Your brand and product line gains maximized customer response through them. The hashtags on the other hand are important for the optimum visibility of your Instagram profile on the search engine. The Instagram photo editing apps allow you to perform these tasks easily.

A Simple Introduction to Cloud Computing

In the past several years, a new information technology has become the latest buzz word among business and computer professionals. That technology is called “cloud computing”. This article will explore the definition of this concept, and give you a basic idea about how to get started using this technology. You are most likely, already using some form of cloud-based computing in your daily activities.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology defines cloud computing as the following:

“Cloud computing is a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction. This cloud model is composed of five essential characteristics, three service models, and four deployment models”.

To clarify the definition, consider the following. Almost everyone has a Google Account. Included in your Google Account is Google Drive. This is a cloud-based service that allows you to create, edit and store documents, spreadsheets, forms, and other kinds of media, that were once restricted to your desktop machine. After you’ve created your documents, you can share them with others, and you can access them from any internet-connected device.

This is a completely different paradigm from the older method of installing and using software on a desktop machine (or laptop), and only being able to access your data on that particular machine.

Another example is the Dropbox service. At this website, you can download a desktop component that will allow you to sync your desktop documents with your Dropbox account. You can then send links to your stored documents, photos, etc., to family members, business associates, or whoever. Again, instead of the local machine being the monolithic storage system, storage of documents is shared on a server that provides ubiquitous access across all devices.

Of course, cloud-computing is more complicated than presented here, in that we need to include the fact that there are three service models, and four deployment models (which we will discuss in a future article), as noted in the NIST definition. But, if you use Google Drive, or Dropbox, or other online services like these, you are, in-fact using cloud-based computing. Nothing too complicated, right?

Another important aspect of cloud-based computing is that it is device independent. In other words, I can access my data from a desktop computer, a laptop, a tablet, or a cell phone. No special software is needed because the entire transaction is displayed in a web-browser. As long as you can connect to the internet with Google Chrome, Firefox, or some other browser/client, you can use cloud-based computing systems successfully.

Just a bit of history…

When programmers and systems analysts drew diagrams of proposed or existing networks, the internet/intranet was always depicted as a “cloud”. This was prevalent long before the advent of modern-day cloud computing, and is probably where the term got it’s humble start.

In future articles in this series, we will examine cloud-computing, and its components in more detail, including the five essential characteristics, three service models, and the four deployment models.

Check out our website for more interesting and informative information about Linux in general, and cloud computing specifically.

iOS VS Android – Which Is Better?

With both these operating systems ruling over the modern technical era, it is very difficult to conclude which one is better, iOS or Android. It is certainly a personal preference of users, but still to get more comprehensive on the debate, it is better to compare the facilities provided by these operating systems. However, the facilities provided by Apple and Google will vary in their own criteria. Apple applications definitely signify a very innovative turning point in the world of technology, but Google has mastered the fact with equal excellence.

With the introduction of these two operating systems, a revolutionary change has taken place in the world of technology. With over billions of users worldwide, almost equal number of tech-savvy users are using both Apple’s OS and Android nowadays. However, it will be wrong to judge the performance of both the operating systems in terms of outlook because more surprises are there inside.

Offerings and Consecutive Positions of iOS and Android

Every iPhone lover, who craves for a new introductory offer in the series, must be keeping a watch on promotional tactics of this tech-giant. Of course, it can be said that this tech-giant invented something that users had been waiting for long time. The latest operating system is something innovative, which was probably imaginary before its outcast. Apple Inc. is the king of applications, as it regularly brings new apps, which tech-lovers simply love. The functions, the speed and design of iPhone are overwhelming and coin appreciation from all the admirers of technology. However, in addition to all these aspects, there remains a competitor- Google, which comes with equally advanced applications that equally awestruck the users.

Reports count that Apple makes more profit than Google; but the number of Android users is much more than Apple, with a rise of over a million quantities per day, according to average estimation. However, still Apple Inc. is no less proficient than its contender Google Inc.

The reason that users prefer the applications of Google to that of the Apple is probably because their apps are paid, whereas that of its competitor are free (most of them). It is also to be noted that users who possess both iPhone and a Android-Smartphone uses the latter more. Still when it comes to apps, they reveal their iPhone. This is probably because of the difference in quality of applications offered by these two giants in the world of technology. It seems that though Google made its applications free, users are more inclined towards quality in this context rather than quantity. However, obviously, Android apps are not useless, as they serve every essential purpose and are extremely user-friendly, but Apple seems to focus more on uniqueness.

Competition Levels Between the Two

Competition between iOS and Android is indirect, but not so between their manufacturers. You can observe that the two are trying to grab and create a space to take over each other. When Apple reigned in smartphone technology, Google offered a stiff competition with its invention of Android. When Google reigned as a search engine, Apple is set to offer a tough competition with its invention of Siri, which is said to emerge as a swift location locator, with several features of Google’s map, but more precise and to-the-point. It is known to almost every tech enthusiast that Apple Inc. had filed a case against the widest Android-model manufacturer Samsung for using their technology and designs in manufacturing Android models.

However, users are only to consider their personal preference of usages of both and one that abides by his/her specific requirements.

Know More About Sound Recorder Mac

Do you wish to record anything from your app, save audio from a website, record a voice through the mic on your Mac? This can be performed through the screen capture software from Movavi, which is a simple recorder for videos and sound recorder Mac. This would help you to capture all video formats and audio formats on your Mac which includes live audio streaming, internet based audio players, calls you make online and radio.

Steps for recording with sound recorder Mac:

You can enjoy recording audio in just 4 simple steps.

  1. Download the file: When you wish to record audio on your Mac, the first thing is to download the file to install it on your device. This would take few minutes time and after that you can begin to record audio on the Mac.
  2. Set the recording parameters: Open the screen capture and click the recording source list to expand it. If you wish to record program alerts or songs from internet, choose the system sound. If you wish built in microphone. If you are planning to record a video clip along with audio, you have to adjust the screen’s blue frame to fit it to your video’s size or choose a size from the list of capture area.
  3. Begin sound recorder Mac: Click REC program and begin the audio recording program and hit stop when it is over. You can check the preview window by playing the video clip.
  4. Save the files: Your video clip would be saved in H.264 format. When you require a different video format or wish to make an audio clip on a standalone type, you can change the output format. Now click the covert to option to view the formats of popular videos.

Now the files that you recorded would be available in the required format and you can use it for the purpose you wish.