I just finished my first audiobook. And it was an experience worth sharing:
I had been reading reviews and blog posts and tweets about Seth Godin’s newest book, Linchpin. Went to a couple of bookshops on my way to work/home; it wasn’t available. So I went to Amazon.com to order one. I was at Amazon after a long time, and was surprised to see the options available: Kindle (ebook download), hardcover, paperback, audio CD and audio download. Audio download looked like the fastest option so I checked it out. It took me to Audible.com – an Amazon company, where an audio download was being offered for just USD7.49 with a new membership! I signed up, paid the money, downloaded the book, and started listening to it right away! The benefits:
1. It’s fast. I was listening to the book after just a few clicks in few minutes.
2. It’s cheap. Book versions were USD13-25.
3. It’s convenient. I copied the file to my iPhone to listen during my commute to and from work.
4. It’s safe. A copy each on my computer, iPhone and backup is likely to last (damage-free) as long as I wish.
5. It takes no space. So less clutter. No worries about whether to keep, sell off, recycle or give-away.
6. It’s environment-friendly. No paper, ink, chemicals.
7. It’s comfortable. For someone who spends a lot of time in front of computers or books, this is a good break for the eyes. You can listen while standing, walking or lying down.
And the disadvantages:
1. You need technology – computer, Internet access, applications like iTunes, and power supply
2. You need a handheld device to maximize the use of audiobooks – iPhone, iPod or any other MP3 player
3. You need a credit card for online purchase
4. You can’t share. I love giving away my books to someone who might enjoy/benefit. Most audiobooks can’t be shared on multiple computers/accounts.
5. You can’t refer as easily. I like to go back to particular passages in my favorite books for inspiration/information/sharing. In audiobooks, you can fast-forward to chapters but it’s difficult to go to the exact passage you are looking for.
6. You can lose it easily – unless you have a good backup system.
7. You become anti-social. Your chances of interesting conversations with strangers greatly diminish if you go around with headphones in your ears.
On balance, I think it depends on your lifestyle, circumstances and even the kind of book you want to read. Please take a few minutes to share your views through comments: Have you tried an audiobook? If not, will you? What other pros and cons can you think of?
Source by Mush A Panjwani
Explaindio is creating a buzz among the video marketing experts. The software is renowned for its easy control panel, which can be operated through some simple clicks. The software can create some amazing videos from its theme pack as well as using some images from itself. Though, the video editing software will lack some advanced options and features as like timeline panel and on screen editing, people seem to like the software for its simplicity.
The software isn’t made for advanced video editing. However, it will produce some videos like professional ones. The software was very popular in 2015. It seems that Explaindio will continue its form in 2016 with some unique offers.
What is Explaindio?
Explaindio Video Creator is a video editing software, made for easy video editing. Andrew Darius, Nick LaPolla and Todd Gross are the founder of this software. The video editor will provide full marketing video with the help of kinetic animation text, cartoon Explainer, whiteboard sketches and many more options very easily within minutes. You don’t need to be a professional video editor to make videos from Explaindio. With the help of the features and files, you will be able to make unique videos from some simple clicks.
Features of Explaindio – what are the differences
The video creating software comes with some unique features to make professional-looking videos in some easy clicks. The combination of theme packs, call to action animation packs and a large image library with different essential images will let you create high-quality videos in simple ways. The different hand pack will help you to make whiteboard sketches for different purposes. Explaindio is said as one of the best pieces of easy video editing software for their simple and comfortable editing panel and vast help from the library. You don’t have to worry if you are not a professional video editor. With some simple learning, you will be able to make promotional videos from this video editing software
Comparing with VideoMakerFX and Easy Sketch Pro 2
If we talk about the easy video creating tools available in the market in 2016, Easy Sketch Pro 2 and VideoMakerFX will come first along with Explaindio video creator 2.0. these three software are renowned for their easy video creating capability. If we compare the features of these video editors, we will see some differences.
Easy Sketch Pro 2 and Video maker can’t import slides from the other software like Explaindio. VideoMakerFX also lacks the marketplace to buy theme and image packs like Explaindio. VideoMakerFX does not have the option to work on video. Explaindio also has the character creating option, which the other two editors don’t. Explaindio only lacks the sketch to video option, which is available with Easy Sketch Pro 2.
Is Explaindio Worth it?
The advantages of having the marketplace and capacity of importing slides from different video editing software make it very easy to work with Explaindio. The software is also offering trial packages with only 1 dollar to let the editor check this tool. You can experiment on the software for seven days with the trial Explaindio offer.
Source by Md Muniruzzaman
Presently, the number of mobile users has increased unlike before. It’s because of the growing technology and the lack of time tech-savvies are more into checking the apps on their smartphones more than the desktop websites on their PCs or laptops. Besides Android, Windows, BB etc, iOS has also made a cult of its own. The Apple product users have to depend on the iPhone apps that are built for the iOS exclusively.
Today, iPhone is the hottest and the most expensive mobile handsets for its sophisticated technology and impressive designs. The iOS apps have opened a new horizon in the eCommerce business. Gamers are also happy to get the support on their iPhone. The apps are now lucrative tools for launching new products, games and movies in the market going gaga over the fresh apps.
Here, a few steps are discussed that are usually followed by the people on the verge of developing iOS apps-
A Great Idea
The process of iOS/iPhone App development is complex, time-consuming, and expensive. Hence, if you are intending to develop such an app for the iPhone or Mac users, you need to have a mind blowing idea first. The app should be attractive, user-friendly, spiced up with all the ingredients to compete with the existing competitors in the market right now. It should be simple yet amazing and the flow of the pages should be smooth so that the users enjoy the 100% UI.
The first impression is the last impression! In the case of an iPhone app, there is no one ready to compromise. You have to strategize the designing and the content in such as way that the users don’t find a loophole to leave to lose interest in a few hours and delete it. Hence, you have to apply the master techniques and designers for the designing part and you need superb developers that can be trusted to do their job flawlessly.
Get the best team!
If you are not going to DIY the iOS/iPhone app development, then you need a master designer and a developer for accomplishing your idea of developing the app for the iPhone users. If it’s for a game or any eCommerce business- let the designer and the developer have a clear idea about the plan. Share each and every feature you want the app to be made. Transparency is required for the perfect execution of the plan flawlessly.
Make sure that if you are targeting 100% UI and UX then you need killer designs. Hence, look for an extremely talented and experienced designer that can also add more ideas in your idea so that together the app can be a huge success.
Get a developer available 24/7. Web developers have a 24/7 job and for the apps, you never know when the users face any glitch! Rather receiving negative comments, it’s suggested to keep an eye on the app so that you may not lose traffic and get more conversions.
These are some of the most effective steps of an iOS/iPhone app development process.
Source by Kumar Samar
We all wish our beloved Apple Macbooks could run as fast as they did when they were fresh out the box forever. Sadly, that’s not the case. The more you use a computer and begin to fill it with your data and clutter, they begin to get bogged down and performance takes a serious downturn.
Do not fear! There are plenty of ways you can turn this around and vastly improve the performance of your aging Macbook. Here are our top 5 tips for making your Macbook faster!
1. Clear the Clutter
Over time, you begin to accumulate hundreds, if not thousands of old files, applications, photos, videos and music. This data quickly begins to fill up the hard drive on your Macbook, greatly affecting its performance. Ask yourself – do you really need everything that’s currently sitting on your hard drive? Those old photos from that party years ago that everyone’s forgotten about by now? That 2 hour long video of your nephews fifth grade school play? That application you downloaded the free trial for and then never used? Increasing the available space on your Macbooks hard drive is one of the best ways to dramatically increase it’s performance.
2. Delete Unused Language Files
Many of the applications on your Macbook will include multiple language variants for users across the world. You’ll likely only need the variant of your native speaking language, yet those unused language files are still taking up valuable space on your Macbook. There are several methods you can get rid of these files, the easiest of which being with a free application called Monolingual. This simple app does one thing and one thing only – deletes the language files you don’t need. You can manually select the languages you wish to keep, and the app will get rid of the rest. Simple!
3. Clean Up Start-Up and Background Running Apps
When you install an application on your Macbook, how often do you take time to read everything in the instillation dialogue window before you click ‘Install’? I’m guessing never. You’d be surprised at what some applications are asking you to agree to when you click on that ‘Install’ button. Many of them ask you to agree to let them launch every time you turn your Macbook on, and just sit quietly and run in the background. This may not seem like a big deal, but they are using up valuable system resources when you don’t want them to. Hogging precious CPU and RAM capacity which could otherwise be used towards the task you’re working on. To clear out these unwanted startup applications, head over to your System Preferences > Users & Groups > Login Items. There you will be able to select the apps you actually want to launch on startup, and get rid of the apps you don’t.
4. Repair Disk Permissions
This is commonly debated, but repairing disk permissions can supposedly help your Macbook run more efficiently. Open Disk Utility from your Applications folder and click on “Repair Disk Permissions”.
5. Shut Down More Often
Your Macbook, like you and me, needs to rest sometimes in order to perform at it’s best. Your Mac also has a few tools that it uses automatically to help maintain itself. Some of these tools only run during shutdown and startup so get into the habit of turning your computer all the way off every now and then to allow these tools to do their work. It’s also a great way of extending the life of the internal battery in your Macbook.
Still not getting enough of a performance boost? It may simply mean that your Macbook needs a RAM upgrade. Please note however that not all Macbook variants allow users to upgrade the internal RAM themselves. A quick Google of the specific model of your Macbook followed by the words “RAM upgrade” will give you an answer right away. Typically these RAM upgrades are fairly inexpensive, and can keep your Macbook running smoothly for years to come.
Computers perform at their best when they are clean and have room to breath. Consider this next time you use your Macbook.
Source by Sam Thomas
Wireless Technology Will Make Our Life Simpler than We Predicted
Modern technologies have more wonders than people could think it would have. Wireless technology is one of these wonders. This technology is not only changed our communication system but also our life style. A recent research has showed that more than 80% of total people of the world use the help of wireless technology and most of them use wireless devices at least one time in everyday. People use wireless devices so much in their daily life so they can’t even think that is a wireless device. Wireless technology is become the part of our daily life. We can’t spend a single day without using any wireless device.
Modern communication was started by the use of telephone lines and at the starting time it was used only for sending news people even believe the news over AP wire but where they can’t go then they waited for the news over air which comes by wireless devices. When the radio had invented the idea of sending news by wire had become useless even this system also destroy the uses of telegraph or telephone lines. Now the era of wireless technology, people only use the telephone lines for formal communications and the use of telegraph is demolished by the use of wireless fax or like these machines.
The former computer networking was based on wire connections but now the modern computer networking is based on wireless connections. So, why you use a wire connection instead of wireless connection? Why you sit on your chair to communicate with others instead of communicating anyone from anywhere with any wireless device. You can think the cost of wireless device is higher than fixed connections but the actual cost is little more than fixed connection cost and the cost of wireless connections is going down and the day is not so long when you can easily buy a wireless connection.
The Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access or WiMAX is the latest invention of wireless technology and the use of this system is become higher than we thought before. A WiMAX network can easily reach 30 miles where the usual wireless connections can reach only a few meters. This technology will change the view of wireless technology and I believe it will provide you the advantage which you can hardly think about. Bluetooth is another invention of wireless technology. This technology becomes popular by its use in the mobile phones. This technology now has various uses. You can find Bluetooth keyboard, mouse or DVD players in the market which will help you to reduce the use of wires.
Our life will be easier with the help of wireless technology. We can do most of our works from anywhere only with the use of wireless devices. I don’t think that it will only make our life easier but our lives will be smooth and lovely with this technology.
Source by Ben C Carroll
Are you facing error -69, in your iPod? You have no backup of your data and your data is in the verge of loss. You need iPod recovery software to recover your music in such a case.
iPod is an excellent discovery of Apple that has completely revolutionized the way music lovers go for music. This slim and compact device has large memory capacity to store large number of audio and video files basically the music files. With a head phone attached to it, the device allows privacy in listening of the music. Today, you can carry the device to any place an any time in your pocket. iTunes is a proprietary digital media player application that manages the content of the iPod and is also used to play and organize digital music and video files. However, when you try to sync files to any iPod in iTunes on a Windows based computer, many times you encounter -69 error message that reads:
“Attempting to copy to the disk failed. An unknown error occurred (-69)”
Consider a practical situation wherein, you had some music in your iPod. You have iTunes on your Windows based system and you have synchronized the iPod with your iTunes. After synchronization, you have cut, pasted the music from your iTunes to your iPod. But while trying to transfer the music, you find the error message defined above. Now you do not have the music file either in the iTunes nor in the iPhone.
This error occurs when iTunes tries to send files to your iPod, but a file becomes unusable due to corruption in it.
To resolve the problem discussed above, perform the following steps after updating the latest version of iTune:
1. Right-click on your iPod icon in the iTunes Source panel, and choose Sync Songs from the shortcut menu
2. The name of the problematic file appears on the display at the top of the iTune windows while iPod is being updated. Remove the file from the list of music to be synchronized to your iPod
3. Select the iPod in the iTunes Source pane
4. Click the Summary tab.
5. Select the “Sync only checked songs and videos” checkbox
6. Select the required item under Library in the sidebar and find the corrupt file in the list
7. Deselect the checkbox next to the file name
However, if the above procedure fails to solve your problem, you need iPod recovery software in order to recover the file lost in the process discussed above.
iPod Recovery software is a ‘Do-It-Yourself’ utility that allows the users an easy, 3-Step recovery process. It supports the audio files that include MOV, VVI, WAV, MIDI, OGG, AIFF, MP4, RPS, ASF, WMA, WMV, AU, MP3.
Source by Roland Spence III
When comparing no contract and no credit check cell phone plans, it is easy to get bogged down because there are so many different variables to consider. Not only are there a few handfuls of different service providers to choose from, there is also a myriad of different wireless plans and cell phones to become familiar with before taking the plunge. When reviewing plans and phones, one should consider monthly rates, data packages, smartphone availability, customer reviews and service map coverage. There is a movement happening in the wireless market, and the big cell phone companies are not the benefactors.
There is a clear trend emerging in the wireless cell phone plan world, people are gravitating toward no contract plans more every day. These plans are able to offer the consumer significant savings over the big three of Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile. Many people are moving toward these services to save big money and to have the piece of mind that they can switch their service when they see fit, instead of being locked into a 2 year contract. Take a look below to see 3 of the top prepaid, no contract, no credit check plans.
Here are some of the best no contract, no credit check plans to date:
1. Boost Mobile Android Month to Month Unlimited Plan – Boost offers a no contract wireless plan. With this plan, customers have the option to receive unlimited data, talk and text for around $55 per month. There are smartphones available for use with this wireless service, but they require the use of the android OS. The Samsung line of mobile cell phones work quite well with boost, which are among the top of the line phones. Boost has a decent service coverage map that will allow the use of high speed data networks in broad geographic areas.
2. Straight Talk Unlimited – Straight talk is another great no contract service that starts around $45 per month. This is an individual prepaid wireless plan that also offers unlimited data, talk, and text. One cool thing about straight talk is that you are allowed the luxury of bringing your own device to the service. If you have a sweet new iPhone 5, you can transfer your phone to this service. The coverage area is manageable, and the data networks are plentiful.
3. Flash Wireless – All Communications Networking (ACN) is the largest direct seller of telecommunication services in the world, and they have recently launched their version of a truly unlimited wireless service plan. With no contracts and no credit checks, Flash Wireless leases cell tower service from Verizon and Sprint in order to keep their rates competitive. Starting at $47 per month, customers can take advantage of extremely reliable and unlimited data, talk and text. This company is unique in that they offer customers an avenue to get paid for referring other people to the service, and they also offer a program that will allow customers to get their mobile cell phone service absolutely free!
As prepaid wireless plans continue to trend higher amongst consumers, there will undoubtedly be more and more competition entering the market, and we will surely see the prices plummet and the technology skyrocket. These top 3 wireless providers are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to finding a great no contract cell phone plan, and there will surely be many more players entering the game in the years to come. The best prepaid mobile cell phone plans are here, and they keep getting better.
Source by David Book
Anyone who owns electronic gadgets will tell you that accidents can happen very easily. A SmartPhone owner will have the same sentiments. If you want to take good care of your unit, then there are certain things and situations that you need to be cautious of:
Some of the ways a SmartPhone can get scratches are by dropping it or leaving it in your bag with other objects such as keys. Although scratches may not always affect how your phone operates, it definitely ruins its exterior and screen. You can avoid scratches by getting a case and screen protector for your phone.
2. Water damage
Many people have accidentally ruined their SmartPhones because of water damage. They may have spilled a glass of water on it or gotten it wet in the rain. To avoid this, you simply need to be extra careful. Never leave your SmartPhone on a table where there are liquids. You may also want to purchase a waterproof phone case or pouch for your phone in case it rains or you’re going on a boat ride.
When your SmartPhone falls to the ground, it could possibly break. Many people have ruined their phones by leaving it in their laps when driving and forgetting about it when getting out of the car. You can purchase a lanyard for your phone so that it never drops because it is safely hanging from your neck.
4. Short battery life
Many owners of SmartPhones overcharge their batteries. In order to avoid a short battery life, never leave your phone charging overnight. Make sure to unplug the unit once it is fully charged. Also, try to maximize the battery life by charging your SmartPhone only when the battery is completely dead.
Many SmartPhones are ruined because of viruses. One way to avoid viruses is by turning off the Bluetooth on your unit. Many owners aren’t careful when accepting files sent over Bluetooth and simply accept whatever is sent their way. Make sure to only accept files from people you know.
6. Heat Exposure
Heat exposure is one way to ruin the battery or receiver of your SmartPhone. Never leave it fully exposed to the sun, such as in your car seat on a really hot day or even on your beach towel as you go for a swim in the ocean. Always keep your phone shielded from the heat-such as in your bag or in your pocket.
When you’re at the beach, the last thing on your mind is probably sand getting into your SmartPhone. Unfortunately, sand can get in your phone and ruin it in the process. Be cautious of sand and salt water the next time you go to the beach, because these two things can corrode the insides of your SmartPhone.
Source by John C Arkinn
Mobile phones are almost reaching the point of necessity. In such scenario lifestyle features in mobile phones are also mounting. The most hyped about specification a mobile phone has flaunted is the camera feature. This feature has been explored and has risen with greater additions and superior technology. Though with these advancements is the camera mobile phone worth the hype? There are quiet a few advantages to a camera phone but there is also a flipside to it.
The pros of a camera mobile phone depend upon your usage or work. For journalists it is a boon as one could capture photos instantly and send it across in case it is to be sent up on live. Video conferencing in camera mobile phones is useful for the corporate people for business conferencing.
Photography enthusiasts can use camera phones to capture whatever they feel like, anywhere anytime. It isn’t possible to carry around your digital camera and hence the mobile phone camera helps you arrest the moment you find amusing. Be it a party or friends meet up, you can use your camera phone to capture your moments of joy without bothering to carry around the extra baggage of your camera.
There are some flipsides to your mobile phone camera, it isn’t of a good quality compared to a digital camera and hence lacks clarity. The high quality camera mobile phones come with lofty price tag and even sending across the images from your phone is a costly affair.
Phone cameras have been accused of misuse, indecent representation and unauthorized usage. Many religious places deny usage of camera but mobile phone cameras are used hurting the religious sentiments of devotees. Many a times photos are clicked without the permission of the person and this has been a major concern.
Most of the mobile phone cameras lack flash facility which restricts shooting times tremendously and favors specific lighting conditions. The latest mobile phones offer superior camera capabilities boasting up to 5 megapixels, flash, zoom, video recording and finer quality lens. With such imaging features it is too good to resist such an integrated device. However, they are pricey and the cheap ones with camera do not offer desirable quality. Camera phones have also been a style statement for many and mobile shops in India are banking on this feature for their sales. A camera could be handy option; you never know when you would have to use it. With the growing additions into this technology taking good pictures has become easy.
Source by Pooja Lapasia
Mobile phones come in different designs and shades. The year 2015 offered different designs of smartphones. Look ahead for the year 2016 for the best smartphone. From screen resolution to the battery, every aspect of the mobile phone is analysed. The year 2016 promised to deliver a hand full of smartphones for the customers.
The 5 best smartphones in 2016 are
1. iPhone 7
2. LG G5
3. Microsoft Surface Phone
4. OnePlus 3
5. Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
Apple has not made any announcement regarding the release date. But iPhone 7 will be a new smartphone which will not follow the own beaten path. The release date is assumed to be September 2016.
iPhone 7 is sure to hold changes in the design with eSim, water proof technology and D shaped headphone. New iPhone 7 will be faster with 2 GB RAM, A10 processor and M10 co-processor.
The LG G5 will be released by spring 2016 and it is not too long since we had seen the release of LG G4 in 2015.
LG G5 has huge battery capacity which is 4000 mAh. The users will be able to remove the battery to charge it wirelessly.
Microsoft Surface Phone
The Microsoft VP, Panoy was seen working on the prototype of the model before the release date is announced. The smartphone is expected to release by 2016.
The physical features of the phone are S-Pen, USB-C, 5.5 inches AMOLED display, 4GB RAM, 64 and 128 GB storage, 64 bit Intel processor and 8Mp front and 21 Mp rear cameras.
OnePlus 2 was released in the year 2015 along with OnePlus X. The rumours are out about the release of OnePlus 3.
OnePlus 3 might come up with Iris-scanner but there is no signs of fingerprint-scanner. There is a chip – Snapdragon 820, Qualcomm 3.0 and Adreno 530 that supports graphics.
Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
There was rumours about the Samsung S6 Edge; and S7 is not away from it. Samsung never sticks to the laurels and in March 2016 the product is to be discussed in the World Mobile Congress.
In S6, Samsung did not use Qualcomm but used Exynos. Samsung now has began to test Snapdragon 820. In addition, the details are that Samsung will use Andreno 530 LP-DDR4 Ram and 4GB or as much as 6GB RAM.
Source by Prashanth Raveendran