Monday, July 22, 2013
Author: Ken Scott
Apple Plans to Make It Big with Music Streaming Service

Apple has decided to focus on its music streaming service and revamp the way it sells mobile ads to assist businesses that are eager to connect with new customers when they play songs.

Sales staff and engineers at Apple's ad business, iAd, have been given charge of supporting this new service, which has been launched at the annual developer's conference of Apple. Sources close to the project have revealed that the music service won't be fully operational before the end of 2013. The launch of the music streaming service has coincided with the release of iOS 7 from Apple, which is an operating system to be used for mobile devices.

The Chief Executive Officer of Apple, Tim Cook, has been shifting the company’s approach to courting advertisers after being unable to get close to Google in the mobile ad market in the United States, which is pegged at more than $4-billion.

Apple is seeking to have big brands in its new streaming service, similar to the business model that is used by Pandora Media. This involves scaling back the company's role as the network which puts marketing messages in the software from the Apple App Store. Among companies in talks with Apple regarding their involvement in the music service is the Omnicom Group's OMD, which wants to secure the brands that will work on campaigns in the radio service. You can try Apple products by renting one from a computer rental service provider in your locality.

Thursday, July 11, 2013
Author: Ken Scott

Toshiba is planning to launch the Portege Z10t, its first Windows 8 hybrid PC mainly meant for business users. This laptop can also be bought in 32 and 64-bit Windows 7 operating systems, apart from the standard Windows 8 version.

The device is made for touch – it is a hybrid, which basically means that the screen can be replaced to work as an 11.6-inch touch screen tablet. Like Surface Pro, this device also comes with 2 digitizing pins, and the fingerprint resistant coating gives an almost paper-like feel to the screen. One of the pens is given in the box, while the other goes into a dedicated hole in the device.

The coating of the device also works to reduce glare, and the in-plane switching (IPS) LCD technology stalls the color and brightness from falling too much when viewing the screen from the sides. The screen can be easily pressed into the keypad dock, and can be removed only after sliding the release button and lifting the screen. This gives users another way of carrying the laptop by grabbing the screen. The device weighs just over 3 pounds.

The Portege Z10t comes with 4 GB of internal RAM memory, and works on core i5 or i7 processors from Intel with memory options of 128 MB and 256 MB. Also, an optional fingerprint scanner can be attached at the top portion of the screen. This device is priced at $1,499 and can be a bit on the pricey side. You can try other computers from Toshiba by hiring one from a computer rental agency in your locality.

Toshiba Unveils First Windows Hybrid PC
Monday, July 8, 2013
Author: Ken Scott
Is Samsung Lacking Innovation?

Samsung has been a mainstay in the technology industry for quite some time now. It has presently the largest base of mobile devices users with its Android devices. The Galaxy range of models has been successful throughout the world and Samsung seems to be gaining more ground with each new release.

The success of Android powered Samsung devices is nothing short of exponential. But the question here is whether Samsung can ever gain the cult status that Apple enjoys in markets around the world, and especially in the United States. Fitch Ratings, a global agency for rating companies, believes that Samsung hasn't reached the innovative status which Apple enjoys. What it means by innovative is the ability of a company to come up with a market or a product that hasn't been explored yet.

This may not sound very flattering for Samsung. But the point of the analysis is that Samsung still has a lot of room to grow. There are certain levels not reached by Samsung yet and Samsung can potentially grow a lot within new segments.

A big reason why Samsung hasn't reached that level is their complete reliance on Android for powering its devices. But it can be argued that Samsung's success is closely tied with that of Android. The mix of Android and Galaxy devices has shown phenomenal success throughout the world. But there are new devices lined up to be released by Samsung soon. The Tizen handset can potentially elevate the company’s status to an innovative firm. You can try products from Samsung by renting them out from any computer rental service in your area.

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Thursday, June 27, 2013
Author: Ken Scott
Kaspersky and NetApp Join Hands with Citrix

Kaspersky Lab, which is a security solutions expert, and NetApp, the networking and storage giant, made announcements recently that they would be working with Citrix Systems, which is a virtualization vendor. The announcement was made during the yearly Synergy conference.

Kaspersky announced that, in the near future, it would make available a virtualization security product, which is specifically designed for Citrix environments. The company has named this product Security for Virtualization-Light Agent, which would be launched in the fall. It is targeted at Citrix XenDesktop and Citrix XenServer. The product is designed to reduce the working load of the systems by transferring the security functions to a hypervisor layer.

NetApp announced Citrix solutions for cloud services, mobile collaboration, application and desktop visualization. The company opined that cloud computing and mobile work-styles are transforming IT and business structure. It further said that there was a need for data to be available all the time to enable disruption-free functioning and better storage efficiency. This is the reason NetApp is collaborating with Citrix.

The vice-president Patrick Rogers who deals with NetApp’s data center platform said Citrix and NetApp share a common vision to provide an easily deployable architecture for transitioning enterprises to hybrid and private clouds. The product would enable organizations to support a highly mobile workforce with an infrastructure that is cloud-ready. With technologies like these, people can just pick up a device from a computer rental store and connect to the already available cloud infrastructure at any time.

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Friday, June 21, 2013
Author: Ken Scott
AMD and MSI Unveil New Products

AMD, in January 2013, had launched the Radeon 8000M HD series of graphic cards that have been received well by audiences looking for better graphics in their systems. The company has again unveiled a new product this year, and this time it is the 8900M series. This series is inspired by the Graphics Core Next architecture from AMD for the desktop replacement-category gaming notebooks.

The 8900M series is a big jump from the 8800M series of cards. The flagship product in the 8900M series – the 8970M – has double the stream processors’ power at 1280 than that of the previous series. Also, the clock speed has been hiked to 850 MHz from 725 MHz and the memory speed has also been bumped a bit to 1.2 GHz. The final effect of this is a 12-54% increase in the game performance than the current champion of mobile speed, NVIDIA's GTX 680M. The 8970M also gives 4 times the computing power in OpenCL. You can easily power up to 4K in a single screen, and also handle up to 6 different screens when provided with enough ports, with the 8970M.

The 8970M will be released in the GX70 laptops from MSI. This laptop is a 17.3 inch successor to the GX60, and clearly the graphics are the centerpiece of this new laptop. This product is priced at $1,100, and is a fair deal for people who double their laptop as their primary PC for high-resolution gaming. The GX70 can be tried out by renting it from any computer rental service in your area.

Friday, June 7, 2013
Author: Ken Scott
Windows Blue Update Announced with Improved Features

Microsoft has recently announced the release of Windows Phone Blue, as an update to WP8 (Windows Phone 8). Last month, they gave a few online tech bloggers the chance have a hands-on session with the upcoming OS. The main features of this are the small sized Live Tiles that are similar to the ones in WP8, new built-in applications and UI features. With this update, Microsoft looks to be taking up a strategy that involves smaller but more frequent updates to their Windows OS, instead of drastic changes.

The new OS comes with improvements in popular features such as Snap View, allowing side-by-side viewing of up to four apps, that each shares an equal screen area. You are allowed to view more elements, such as application information panels and network connections, on the Windows 8 standard interface, rather than on the desktop. New apps like sound recorder, calculator, movie making application, and Alarms have been preloaded in this new version of the OS. They have also increased the depth of SkyDrive integration that now allows you to place your backups directly on the cloud, and also for auto-uploading your videos and photos.

The changes that have been made in Windows Blue seem to make the promising suggestion that Microsoft is slowly moving a move, away from their traditional desktop interface to the new tiled interface. This can only be good as with Windows 8, it was very problematic to frequently jump from the new innovative interface to the standard desktop. This often seemed to spoil the experience, of what looked like a new and bold direction in interface design, which Microsoft had taken.

While Windows Blue will take time to reach the market and be available at your local computer rentals service, the number of Windows 8 systems is gradually and steadily increasing in the marketplace.

Monday, June 3, 2013
Author: Ken Scott

Samsung's new Ultra Touch Series 5 is an Ultrabook that, on a quick glance, will give you an assurance that this device is packed with all the features that you could ask for. However, in trying to do everything, the laptop has overstretched itself a bit for the price.

Considering its Ultrabook status, it is definitely light and thin, and the 13.3-inch multi-touch screen allows you to browse the Windows 8 interface and play all the touch games that it offers. There is plenty of storage space on its 500 GB hard drive, and the additional 24 GB of SSD space allows for a faster booting time. There is enough processing power provided, with the help of the 6 GB RAM and the Core i3 Intel processor, in order to run all the demanding apps. There is also a good set of connectivity options, which includes an Ethernet socket and a USB 3.0 port.

It has a fairly standard build for a Samsung product and has a good finish and fit. The only issue is the slight amount of flexibility on the lid. The keyboard has a brilliant and comfortable layout. The trackpad is also very responsive and is perfect in size. The laptop can also boast of some good performance, although it does not seem to be as fast as similar devices. The screen has a standard 1366x768 resolution, and has a very responsive touch screen. The only flaw you can find on this device is the battery life, which is much lesser than you would hope from a machine like this.

This device is excellent for home use and some work use, and will most probably be available soon at your local computer rentals agency. The Ultra Touch is an excellent device that only falls a little short of completeness, but is still a very good option for home use.

Is Samsung's Ultra Touch a laptop for Everyone?
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Author: Ken Scott
Microsoft Faces Uphill Task in Improving PC Sales

With sales of computers falling steadily in the recent years, Microsoft faces an uphill task of publicizing its Windows 8 devices, while competing with other established players such as Apple. Microsoft had a lot of hopes in improving PC sales with the release of Windows 8, but the worldwide fall in sales of personal computers have continued to show low returns for Microsoft.

Tablets and smart phone devices have penetrated the market for electronic devices to the extent that their sales far outnumber those of PCs. The downward trend of PC sales has continued with a 14% decline during the first quarter of 2013. Microsoft is planning to spend more than $10 billion in research and development of cloud computing and mobility.

Microsoft Windows is turning out to be a zero revenue growth business for Microsoft. As such, it has become necessary for Microsoft to release products that capture the imagination of users and help increase device sales for the company.

On the other end of the spectrum, Apple is continuing its strong market presence with steady sales of its Mac OS based devices. According to latest reports, Apple is planning to upgrade all the major Mac devices such as Mac Air and MacBook Pro with software upgrades and to lower price tags.

As the competition heats up with other players like Lenovo, Acer, and ASUS joining the fray, it is becoming increasingly difficult for Microsoft to gain the stronghold once again, which it held for close to two decades. You can try any Windows 8 powered device by renting it through computer rental services, to check the OS for yourself and decide about its merits.

Monday, May 13, 2013
Author: Ken Scott

ASUS is planning to release its much-anticipated Transformer Book TX300 in the near future. This comes after a series of successful models from ASUS that have re-established its position as a good computer maker. Apart from Transformer Book, ASUS is also releasing a host of computers aimed at the low-priced and high-performance computer categories. The innovative products from ASUS have always caught the eye of the computer industry.

All the latest computers from ASUS are powered by the Windows 8 OS and offer a dynamic user experience. The computers are incorporated with powerful hard drives and RAMs that make them among the best computers in the market today.

The planned Transformer Book will be a cross between tablets and laptops. This 13-inch notebook will have a powerful processor from Intel, with the display adjusted, so that it can be detached and replaced as and when required. The notebook will come with a sufficient memory of 320 GB or 500 GB.

ASUS also released a new desktop this month that follows its latest endeavors in building high performance and low priced desktop models. The CM1735-US005S comes with all the standard features of a desktop and is priced at just $400.

ASUS has also recently released the Padfone Infinity in the US. Known for its exceptional hybrid products, the Padfone from ASUS is built to be a compromise between a phone and a pad. This product is being received well by users all. You can even look for computer rentals to use a computer before buying it.

New Releases by ASUS
Monday, May 6, 2013
Author: Ken Scott

Microsoft's Windows 8 was initially targeted mostly at larger tablets and desktops, including their own RT and Surface machines. But Peter Klein, Microsoft's CFO, has stated that they are planning to bring the operating system to the small devices market.

Rumors have spread that the company would enable their OEM partners to run the Windows 8 OS on smaller tablets too. When talking to the media, Klein has only confirmed the involvement of the OEM partners and hasn’t mentioned whether or not Microsoft is planning the launch of a smaller version of their Surface tablet. But it can be assumed that something of that sort is in the works.

Klein has also mentioned that the software giant is working towards improving and expanding the experience for all Windows 8 machines in multiple price markets, even the lower price machines. Earlier, the CEO of Intel, Paul Otellini, had also mentioned that they wanted to ensure Windows 8 devices could be built by the OEM companies for less than 200 US dollars. This will enable even small computer rental services to provide Windows 8 devices that will help make the OS available to a larger group of users.

Klein has also acknowledged the fact that transitioning users to Windows 8 is not as easy as it was with other operating systems, due to the upheaval in the visual environment as well as the integration of touch. But that the company is excited about new opportunities that it will provide.

Microsoft CFO Hints at Windows 8 Being Used for Smaller Devices