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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Freya - The New Efficient App For Women Is On Kickstarter



Freya - The New Efficient App For Women Is On Kickstarter


The HedgeHog team is proud to present yet another app solution - a circular ovulation calendar that is both simple, efficient and aesthetic. Based on the popular calendar CircleTime, Freya tells you when is the best time to try to conceive or to use protection. It can also be used during pregnancy for counting the remaining time before the estimated due date.

The app, named after the Scandinavian goddess of love, sexuality, beauty and fertility - Freya offers a simple solution - without the countless irrelevant information you'll never require. Freya's mission is to be clear and effective.

We invite all who wish to see this app released as soon as possible, to assist the HedgeHog team with achieving their funding goal on the crowdfunding site Kickstarter. Participants have a unique opportunity to receive some genuine rewards made of natural and environmentally friendly materials. This is because sustainable development is one of the top priorities for the team and they wish to see all the natural beauty restored to the environment.

"The purpose of Freya is to provide a remarkable menstrual calendar for women which will be immensely appealing in both appearance as well as functionality", said Sabina Durini, Freya designer and member of the HedgeHog team.

The fundraising campaign will last for 30 days and the app will initially be developed for Apple iOS devices.

Project page: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hedgehog-si/freya-ovulation-calendar-simple-solution-for-every

Official website: http://www.newroundcalendar.com/freya.html

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Corsair Carbide Series Spec-01 Mid-Tower Chassis Review



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Corsair are a big name in the chassis market, offering some of the best premium gaming chassis on the market, such as their 750D, Air540, 900D and many, many more. The only problem with them is that they’re often out of a lot of people price range, so to not leave those on a more realistic budget out of the game, Corsair have created their new budget friendly Carbide Spec-01. The new chassis still promises all the major features you would hope to find in a decent gaming chassis, but at a much reduced price range. It’s true that most of us want a high-end, expensive chassis for our system build, but it’s the budget friendly models that most people end up buying, and with so many major manufacturers offering great products in the sub-£50 price bracket, Corsair are going to have to offer something unique to really stand out from the crowd.
The Spec-01 comes packed full of features that make it idea for a gaming system, with USB 3.0 support, room for mini ITX, Micro ATX and ATX motherboards, extra long graphics cards of up to 414mm, tall CPU coolers of up to 150mm, plenty of room for 5.25″, 3.5″ and 2.5″ drives, as well as room for radiators, extra fans and dust filters.
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A nice image of the chassis on the front of the box shows the general design. Specifications and dimensions are on the other sides of the packaging.
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In the box I found a small box of components that contained all the screws needed to fill your components, as well as a few cable ties to help keep things neat and tidy.
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Monday, July 28, 2014

The Technological Butterfly Effect: How the Smallest Inventions Have Lead to the Biggest Ideas

Picture a world without the airplane or the automobile. Try to imagine life where water was still hauled from community fountains and rugs were cleaned by beating them with a stick. Many of us can barely remember when long-distance correspondence took days, if not weeks. The complex and intricate technologies that made these things obsolete are often made up of very simple inventions that revolutionized how we carry out the simplest daily tasks.

The Transistor and Integrated Circuit



The development of the transistor in 1947 is considered one of the greatest innovations of the 20th century, and its invention was named an IEEE Milestone. It quickly replaced the bulky vacuum tubes that required considerably more space and energy, and it eventually aided in the development of miniaturization. The small semiconductor device is used to efficiently switch and/or amplify electronic signals. Essentially, the transistor has the ability to either act as an amplifier, using a small input signal to control a large output signal, or a switch, turning current on or off.



Photo by GFDL via Wikimedia Commons

While individual transistors can still be found and purchased, most are mass produced in what are called integrated circuits—which, along with other electronic components, form the electronic circuit that is found in nearly all technological components today.

The Gear



The basic gear has been around for thousands of years, and its applications then were as diverse as they are in present times. In centuries past it was adapted for devices as simple as the windmill and as complex as the Antikythera Mechanism, the first known computer attributed to the Greeks of the 1st Century B.C. Today, gears vary drastically in size and function, ranging from the fragile miniature components of the standard analog wristwatch to the giant and complex gears used in enormous construction vehicles all over the world.



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Over the years, gear design and application has become more complex. Examples include the herringbone gear used in heavy machinery (because of its greater production of torque) and the harmonic drive, which is used in many robotic applications.

The O-Ring



The concept of using a small ring, usually made of rubber or plastic, to create a seal between two objects is extraordinarily simple, but its application has enabled the development of countless everyday technologies. According to Apple Rubber, a leading manufacturer of o-rings, the ability to return to its original shape time and time again is what makes the o-ring such an excellent seal.



Photo by GFDL. via Wikimedia Commons

The o-ring is used in everything from the standard vacuum to the Apollo shuttle, from the oxygen pump keeping newborn babies alive in the NICU to the faucet in the everybody's kitchen sink. Even Thomas Edison’s patent for the light bulb shows a round rubber ring designed to keep the air out of the bulb.

It has often been said to not sweat the small stuff, but time has shown that the small stuff is necessary for the big stuff to happen. Keep an eye on the small inventions and innovations that go unnoticed by most—someday, some pretty grand changes may be attributed to their creation.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Lenovo ThinkPad W540 Mobile Workstation Laptop Review



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The Lenovo ThinkPad W540 mobile workstation provides users with a feature rich load out and offers great performance and value for the professional on the go.

We find ourselves on the go more often now and need a powerful mobile laptop/workstation out in the field. Several vendors provide these, and they each have their own following. Lenovo went to the drawing board and assembled a mobile workstation with components that complement each other well, and then Lenovo installed them in a case made of a carbon-fiber-plastic composite material that is strong, lightweight, and has an excellent feel to it.

Let's look at the specifications for the W540.


Specifications


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Basing the system on the 4th Gen Intel Core i7-4800MQ mobile processor with 4 cores/8 threads gives the W540 a powerful CPU that also uses low power. The NVIDIA Quadro K2100M with 2GB of RAM increases performance in demanding applications and workloads.

The NVIDIA Quadro K2100M uses NVIDIA Optimus Technology that will automatically switch to discrete graphics when needed, and that extends battery life without sacrificing high performance. The W540 uses a 256GB SSD, which gives it fast response, quick boot times, and low power use.

Lenovo offers two battery choices: a six-cell (5.2Ah) or a nine-cell (9.21Ah) battery. Our review unit came with the larger capacity nine-cell battery.

The display on our W540 is a 15.5-inch 3K IPS (2880x1620) (300 NITS) with an optional X-Rite Integrated Color Calibrator color sensor. The W540 also comes equipped with stereo speakers and Dolby Home Theater.

For extra security, the W540 has a fingerprint scanner and Intel vPro Technology. Intel vPro Technology makes managing the W540 in an enterprise type setting more convenient. You have the ability to manage, protect, repair, or locate deployed laptops from anywhere in the world.


G5 Entertainment giving out free games

For one day only, July 26, G5 is giving away its successful strategy arcade game, Success Story, for Kindle Fire! Tomorrow, try your hand at running a fast food business absolutely FREE!

To succeed in Success Story, you need to get Mc Moo-Moos fast food chain out of trouble. The owner replaced all the staff with robots, but robots went out of control and almost destroyed the business. Now no one but you can prove that people work much better than robots. Slap together burgers for hungry customers, serve French fries and desserts, and keep the line moving! Work fast while the ingredients are still fresh. Choose the ones that will earn you more profit and complete combos to earn even more! Beat the bosses in the mini-games and turn this fast food business in the big city into your very own success story! The game is developed and published by G5 Entertainment.

Key Features:
* 10 different restaurants
* 12 burger components in more than 140 burger recipes
* 7 mini-games and 10 boss characters
* 5 amazing bonus devices
* 14 special dishes in Success Story

Friday, July 25, 2014

Crowdfunding - A Good Summary for newbies in this industry

With Kickstarter being so successful and revolutionising the way startups raise cash from potential investors, there is no doubt that venture capitalist would face new competition for venture funding. It has created a situation whereby inventors turn to Kickstarter to fund their innovative project rather than a venture capitalist whereby they set high targets and impose hefty penalties should targets not be met.

For those people who are new to this industry, here is a very good infographic on the entire crowdfunding industry as a whole. Check out the awesome work done by Choice Loans.co.uk

The Ultimate Guide to Crowdfunding
View Interactive Version (via Choice Loans).


Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Value of Cleaning a Firearm

Anyone who owns a firearm understands the value of cleaning them regularly, especially if they get used often. The discharge of the bullet leaves behind gunpowder residue and buildup in the barrel that, if not cleaned, can damage the firearm itself. The residue can even be explosive, putting the owner in danger. While traditional cleaning methods are effective, some people simply don't have the time and would rather leave cleaning up to an automated process.
Luckily for them, that is entirely possible. Ultrasonic cleaning systems use sound to break the build up and residue loose, causing it to fall effortlessly from the gun. Not only do these systems help to clean the inside of a firearm, but also the outside – any built up grime on the handle and grip will be blown away, as well.

After the weapon has undergone treatment, the owner will still be responsible for shaking out any residue that hasn't fallen free. You will also need to lubricate the weapon properly and store it, but that takes far less time than a standard cleaning does. Taking the time to learn how to properly care for a firearm will not only extend its lifespan, but also increase its value; firearm enthusiasts love nothing more than a well kept piece. If you're busy and strapped for time, consider investing in an ultrasonic cleaning system to save yourself time. A quick wipe down after using a firearm can go a long way towards making it easier to keep clean, as well.

Monday, July 21, 2014

BitFenix Shadow Mid-Tower Chassis Review



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Lately, BitFenix has been trying to keep us busy with a full on assault of new cases that they have released over the past month or so. Most of the designs are similar in nature to what we will be reviewing today. The chassis we are here to review today is a simpler setup; it is a chassis for builders, or even beginners who just don't want to throw a bunch of money into a chassis. We all know there is plenty of need for these types of cases, either to keep overall costs down to pass on to your customers, or for those who feel that spending over $50 for a case is like trying to pull teeth from a bird.

We have seen many of these cost-effective mid-tower designs over the years, but in our minds, it has always sort of been a back and forth between what BitFenix was doing, and what NZXT had to offer. Both have the same basic concept of offering air flow options, only shipping with a fan or two at most. At the same time, they also try to offer things like wire management, tool-free mechanisms, and even color coordinated wires with the traditional black on black theme that most of these cases come in.

The thing is, BitFenix has always tried to offer things using a much different approach to aesthetics than its competition, and this latest sample fits all of the molds we expect from both this class of cases, and what we know from BitFenix in the past.

Join us as we take a break from the huge, and fully appointed monster towers that we usually deliver, and take a step back to appreciate the more economical side of case design. The reason we have you here today is to look at the BitFenix Shadow mid-tower chassis. While this chassis does fall into the below $100 price range, lately we have seen some really stellar designs that we can get in this form factor, and even at some really great prices. So, while this market is always open for more competition, the bar is set mighty high, and we will see soon enough if this chassis from BitFenix should come out of the dark and be seen, or if it should just lurk in the shadows and be forgotten.

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While the BitFenix Shadow is made of steel and ABS plastic just like most other chassis, the external aesthetics are pretty plain. To dress things up a bit, the front offers an angled front door that receives a rubberized coating; and along with a few small vents to either side of it, there is a logo placed low on the front door. As for the rest of the chassis that is easily visible, it is just flat expanses of steel that have a textured black finish applied inside and out. Inside of its more compact dimensions, this mid-tower is still designed to fit Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, and ATX motherboards.

On the inside you will find three 5.25" bays, followed by seven bays for 3.5" drives, oriented front to back. On the floor inside of the HDD rack, there are holes to screw down a single 2.5" drive. The cooling system consists of a 120mm fan in the front, and another in the rear of the chassis. The chassis also offers optional locations to place an additional 120mm fan in the front, or in the floor. Also, if for some reason you feel the need, the rear fan can be replaced with a 92mm fan.

Switching gears again, the chart takes us to the seven expansion slots, then off to the top of the chassis to discuss the front I/O panel. The chart then goes on to discuss the PSU size, the SofTouch treatment, LEDs, dust filters, and the tool-free mechanisms on all of the bays.

Looking around all of the usual places, we find the Shadow has decent availability, and appears at many different e-tailers. We also see that the pricing is pretty level, no matter where you locate this mid-tower chassis; all of the pricing we saw was on the mark of $79.99 U.S. dollars. While it doesn't take huge leaps and bounds to fill out eighty dollars' worth of casing, when it comes down to cost versus return, it is a limiting factor to some extent. Considering what many $50 cases have to offer, and what newer $100 designs bring these days, we will see soon enough if this chassis is worth the cost, and just how well it stacks up to the rest of the cases in this price range.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Kickstarter Film Fest. Your House.

 
Kickstarter Film Fest - free and open to the public
Kickstarter Film Fest 2014.
Now playing at your house.
That's right: you can join us for the fourth annual Kickstarter Film Fest without even leaving your couch. This year, we've made the whole program — a two-hour mix of scenes from our favorite Kickstarter-funded films — available online. So if you can't make it to our screenings in Brooklyn, London, or Los Angeles, you can still pop some popcorn and watch from anywhere you like, all summer long.
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Friday, July 18, 2014

Swich wireless charger

Where style meets functionality. This is the new wireless charger that has got the sleek design that you would demand for. Check out their Kickstarter campaign.

Swich is a sophisticated wireless charger for smartphones. A mobile accessory made from sustainable materials.




Qi Standard manufacturers are Blackberry,  WP, Samsung, Nokia, HTC, LG Electronics, Sony, Blackberry, Motorola Mobility, Asus, Huawei... If you have doubts that your phone is Qi compatible, check the latest list of Qi enabled phones.

Disaster Recovery and the Cloud



Your business runs on data. Customer contacts, vendor and supplier accounts, contracts, invoices, project management, employee records, sales tax history are the pulse of your company’s financial and operational health. Stop and think for a moment what you would do if any one of these data points was inaccessible due to fire, flood or other server disruption.

Many Ways Data Can Be Lost



Companies can lose vital business data and systems through many avenues including physical damage to buildings and equipment by fire, flood, tornado or earthquake, damage or breakdown of equipment or systems, utility outage and absenteeism of essential employees. Theft, computer virus and malicious activity such as hacking also cause data loss or interruption.

The Small Business Administration reports that inadequate internal controls routinely result in the loss of critical business information and data. Internal controls and external factors can all pose risks to your vital business data and must be diligently monitored and managed for business continuity.

Conventional vs. Cloud Disaster Recovery



Online Tech president and chief operating officer Mike Klein says conventional data disaster recovery poses problems due to delays, time-consuming recovery processes, expense and high error rates that can cost your company a lot in terms of operations, customers and revenues. To be fully effective, conventional recovery methods must be thoroughly tested and regularly updated to truly protect data.

Conversely, cloud disaster recovery planning involves digitizing the entire business data operations including server, operating system, applications and data into a single software bundle. This makes the data available for recovery more quickly and cost-effectively than conventional recovery methods.

Benefits of Cloud Computing









  •     Encrypted Email Management: Email communications and operations are prime candidates to move to the cloud because a lot of sensitive business communication is done this way. Moving communications to the cloud means your emails, even those on customers’ devices, are securely encrypted and protected from unauthorized access.
     






  •     Better Security: Cloud storage removes the possibility of losing data operations from disaster at your physical location. If there’s a fire or flood in your office, your data won’t be lost from damaged or destroyed servers.
     






  •     Less Equipment: Cloud storage saves money on computing equipment by eliminating the need for more servers. CDW, a technology product and service provider, reports that 35 percent of small businesses move to the cloud for improved backup and disaster recovery while 43 percent move to replace aging hardware.
     






  •     Easier Upgrades: Another benefit of digitization is economy of scale. Simpleview Inc. director of network operations Sean Smith says their 60 virtual servers enable them to more quickly and economically upgrade memory and processing power. They also provide customer services security with less space and operational expense than if they used an equivalent amount of hardware.
     


    Businesses have a lot to consider when choosing a cloud storage provider between security, price, space and other needs. Top 10 Cloud Storage provides reviews and comparisons of various cloud storage companies such as DropBox. They share the pros, cons, editor reviews and customer reviews on each service so that you can choose the right service for your business.

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

    Microsoft Reclusa Review (Powered by Razer)

                                                                                                                                                  

    Microsoft Reclusa Gaming keyboard Review

    Introduction
    Microsoft has partnered with Razer to come up with a gaming keyboard following their first partnership, the Habu. This time it seems Microsoft has packed in a whole chunk of juicy features that made the Reclusa a strong contender in the world of gaming peripherals. Microsoft is a giant itself in the revolution of how computers work and Razer is a giant in the field of gaming peripherals. When this two tech giants stand together, it seems that the ultimate baby is born. Can the Reclusa stand up to the strong giants in the gaming world like products from Razer itself? Let’s take a look and find out.

    First Look



    The packaging of the Reclusa looks very typical like how Microsoft has always packaged their stuff, revolving around red and black. It does not stand out much in terms of packaging, and if one were to step into a shop, he might not be able to differentiate the Reclusa from the other Microsoft keyboards. Taking a closer look, the bottom right hand corner of the box has a space dedicated to Razer, with a Razer logo and the “ingredients” that Razer has contributed to the Reclusa. Descriptions of the keyboard are all over the box, and when you turn to the back, it shows a full picture of the Reclusa, with additional features that were not already mentioned on the top of the box. As you open up the box you will be greeted by Reclusa and the CDs and instruction manuals at the reverse of the box flap. The wrist rest sits on top of the keyboard, separated by a cardboard flap.




    The Reclusa is rounded at the sides, a pretty unusual choice by Microsoft because the more conventional and cool edges that you see on gaming keyboards are absent from the Reclusa. But by doing so, it portrayed a more comfortable look which may be what Microsoft wanted. The fonts on the Reclusa also look a bit more round which make the whole visual of the keyboard soft and warm.




    Flipping the Reclusa to the back will reveal a very unique design. A smart cable winder with its USB cable nicely tucked inside. I would say this is a great choice made by Microsoft as it would mean better cable management and your desktop will not look like a spaghetti mess after you add in all your other wires. There is also a pair of keyboard legs that props the keyboard up to a comfortable height for typing. However, there is no rubber on the feet of the legs which could be a bit slippery if used on a surface with little friction like glass. It could slip and get out of place in the heat of a gaming session which was quite a turn off for me.


    When you attach the wrist rest, the Reclusa immediately requires about 20% more space on your desktop, so if you have limited desk space, you might want to remove the wrist rest. The wrist rest however, is a great plus to comfort, because the soft spongy material made typing on the Reclusa feel comfortable, although I wished it was a bit bigger to cover the whole of my palms as the lower part of my palm is sitting on the edge of the wrist rest.




    At the top left and right corners of the Reclusa, there are 2 USB 2.0 Hubs which are gold plated that are pretty useful, but falls short on expectation. We will touch on the USB hubs later.


    Also at the top corners of the Reclusa, you will see two very interesting jog dials. This is something new that garnered my attention when I first got it. The right dial is by default set to control the volume whereas the left dial has no default actions which could later be set by the Razer software.



    The sides of the keyboard are also adorned with 10 programmable buttons, 5 on each side, which could individually be assigned to different actions or macros using the Razer software. They are individually marked, so you will know which default action is being assigned to the key.








    Plugging the Reclusa into your PC will bring it to life with its Blue LED backlights. The LED lighting cannot be turned off, so one may wonder about the lifespan of the backlight. It does however, feel soft and warm, just sufficient to allow you to see the keys in the dark, but not to the point it blinds you.

    Test Run

    I typed an essay using the Reclusa in order to get a good feel of how the key presses feel like. The keys have a very soft feel to them and it does not offer that much of a tactile feedback that gamers seek. The keys are very easy to press and each key actuate effortlessly. However, I felt that the keys were registered too easily, and some mistakes that would normally not be picked up by other keyboards were all picked up by the Reclusa. It is not a bad thing, however the sensitivity would mean that there could be more errors in the heat of a game where gamers don’t usually pay much attention to accuracy on the keyboard itself.
    The placing of the macro keys however, was very good as there was adequate space between the keys and the programmable keys which could be reached with your left pinkie without stretching too much. The 2 keys that are separated on the side of the keyboard on the other hand, required more effort to press before it could be registered. There is a click sound to signify that the key has been registered. The 5 keys that are on the right hand side of the Reclusa takes on the function of media control with the media keys set as default to the individual keys.
    The keys are very silent, which makes it a great companion for late night gaming, with little or no noise produced. I would think the soft keys are the main contributing factor. I have my reserves towards the sensitive keys, but at the same time, they are so quiet that it makes gaming at night more possible as compared to a mechanical keyboard which might possibly wake your whole family up in the middle of the night because of the loud and noisy “clicking” sound produced by the keys.
    Overall, I felt that it was comfortable typing on the Reclusa with the wrist rest and soft keys, but however it was too sensitive for my liking. But that said, some would prefer sensitive keys as it would cause lesser strain on the fingers for longer gaming hours.


    USB Hub
    The USB Hub was a plus to me initially; however I was quite disappointed with the performance. The hub was incapable of handling power hungry devices like hard disks or phone. The best it could do with was a thumb drive and the transfer speed was slower than a direct connection to the PC ports. I would think the USB hub is a novelty rather than functionality as it wasn’t really able to support its intended tasks. On one instance, I plugged in 2 devices to the hub and it caused a force shutdown on my PC as it could not supply enough power to power the 2 devices.


    Software
    The software is powered by Razer and in this department, it was really quite well done up. It was easy to understand and I could set up macros for my game in under five minutes. You’re able to set delays in the macros too. The software itself is pretty self-explainable, and it allows you to set an action or command to the 10 programmable keys and the 2 jog dials. It does not allow you to turn off the LED lighting on the keyboard.




    Technical Specifications
    • Features ambient backlighting and two built-in gold-plated USB ports
    • 12 custom-programmable buttons, including two 360 degree jog-dials and two bumper buttons
    • Comes with detachable wrist rest
    • Smart cabling system allows you to stow away USB cable when not in use
    • Hyper-response gaming key action for maximum response with minimal latency
    Pros
    • 2 golden plated USB 2.0 Hubs
    • Keyboard has back lighting
    • 2 jog dials that could be assigned to different actions
    • Razer’s Hyper-response technology
    • Detachable wrist rest
    • Ample of programmable buttons
    • Razer configuration software
    Cons
    • Quite bulky
    • Keys does not feel as tactile as compared to other gaming keyboards
    Verdict
    The Reclusa is a gaming keyboard that retails at around $100. It packs a lot of juice and features that gamers require. The blue LED lighting is every gamer’s fantasy as it looks pretty cool in the dark, exuding a futuristic look. The overall round shape of the Reclusa looks warm and comfortable. However, the key press are not as tactile as other gaming class keyboards, which might be a big turn off for gamers who like that kind of realistic feel of each key giving the right amount of feedback. It is however, a good keyboard for everyday and office usage as you can type on it for long hours without feeling the strain. In terms of gaming, I would only place this as an entry-level gaming keyboard.