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Mobile Phones With Mini Projectors

The technology has so far advanced by reaps and bounds and one area which has not been left behind is the computer industry that is associated with the mobile handset. The mobile innovations have become ceaseless and the advancement in technology has now resulted to the innovations of the mini projectors. If you want to realize a total change when you are travelling then you need to consider owning a mobile phone that comes with the mini projectors. Now you do not have to worry on how to carry 12 pound projector, the mini projectors are portable and can easily fit into your shirt pocket. These projectors come in form of small portable gadgets which can easily be plugged –in and out. The newly launched phone model which has come with this service is the Samsung brand.



It is quite important to consider the mobile phone company that offers these phones with mini projectors. This is done so as to consider the quality of the phone that you intend to purchase. The Layne N-70 has bin on the forefront in providing a wide range of features available in its mini projector. Apart from its great look this phone enables one to comfortably watch a movie without the hustle of connecting a variety of cables. Another feature which has greatly changed the entertainment industry based on these mini projectors is their capacity to carry a lot of data and the fact that when using the mobile phone camera the mini projector enables you derive a greater and higher resolution capacity. These phones have taken computer industry a notch higher as one is able to share pictures, music, movies as well as a wide range of confidential data to other individuals across the globe. For those who believe in sophistication and having the best and modest phones, the mobile phone with a mini projector is the best gadget for you.

Should E-Readers Be Worried?

Article by Kristin Danieli of Inter-Tech Overload

The growing popularity of Tablet PC’s and the continuous new introduction of different models to the market have E-Reader creators like Barnes and Noble and Amazon concerned about what kinds of sales forecasts they can expect in the coming quarters, and what kind of product life these little gadgets can expect. Luckily enough for E-reader producers, tablet PC’s are not threatening sales for like-text electronic devices as most market analysts might expect.


Electronic reading devices like the Barnes and Noble Nook and Amazon Kindle seem to be beating out their more feature-rich competitors on the simple grounds of easier readability thanks to their basic design. Other analysts believe it’s the price point that have caught a lot of consumers’ attention; listed at considerably less than a tablet, most consumers opt out of having more advanced features in a trade for the convenience of a hand held reading device that delivers the basics of what their looking for.

As E-reader prices continue to fall while affordable monthly subscription plans are on the rise, some market trend watchers are starting to suggest that eventually we could see E-readers put on the market for free; which is to say free after consumers sign up with a set rate and set time period subscription service. Wherever the E-reader trend is going, it does not seem to be in too much danger of being overrun by the tablet frenzy, which is getting considerable attention but the evidence of its existence is little or unsubstantiated at best. In any sense, the electronic reading device market won’t be disappearing anytime soon.

LED technologies in Brief

LCD TV’s require a backlight to illuminate the picture that is being shown. In normal LCD TV’s, this light is provided by fluorescent backlights called CCFL. Now, LED lights are being used instead of CCFL’s because they consume less power and enable manufacturers to come up with thinner models.



Edge lit (without local dimming) – This is what you generally get in the market. The LED’s in this type of TV are set around the edge of the screen. The center of the screen is illuminated with the help of “light guides”. The picture quality on this is the same as a normal LCD, but you will have certain problems like brighter edges and a dimmer center.

Full Array (without local dimming) – This model is rather rare and obviously a bit more expensive to make due to its component cost. Here LED’s are found everywhere behind the screen and not along the edges. This means that can be no dark spots like in the edge lit version. Picture quality is the same as a normal LCD TV.

Full Array (with local dimming) – This is the same as the previous model with one significant exception. Individual areas in the LED array can be brightened or dimmed as dictated by the signal. Due to the black levels can be far superior to those in normal LCD’s. However, it also leads to “blooming” (light spill) issues too. In spite of that, this remains the most desirable model to purchase.

Edge lit (with local dimming) – This model is still not perfect. It tries to do what the preceding type does, but rather unsuccessfully. Attempting to dim with edge lighting gives way to a lot of “blooming” issues. The best thing to do is to avoid this model.

Virtual reality on your mobile phone

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The problem with the introduction of new technology has always been the initial cost. 3D took a long time to spread in Cinemas, and just as long when it came to consumer TVs. The same will be true for a lot of today’s emerging technologies like 4K, HDR etc. The worry is that as soon as they become affordable, they will be eclipsed by the next one, making it obsolete. Fortunately, it looks like Virtual Reality might not face the same fate.

Let’s be clear, the primary virtual reality systems on the market, the Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR, HTC Vive etc. are all expensive. The Oculus requires an expensive gaming PC and so does the HTC. The PlayStation VR is more affordable but requires a PlayStation.

It looks like the VR revolution won’t be driven by any of those companies. They will get market share and have fantastic games, but it won’t be the sort of system that will have mass adoption. Instead, the device that will is the mobile phone.

The Samsung Gear VR and Google’s Cardboard (which you can buy from any online shopping website) opened the door for mass market VR. Some of the best experiences in VR are on the Gear VR platform. Google just launched their own VR platform for Android called Daydream. The Google Pixel is the only phone that supports the standard but more phones are expected with support and additional headsets. The chances are high that Daydream will enjoy stronger adoption thanks to the fact that is open to all manufacturers.

Regardless, smartphone penetration will mean that anyone who goes into a shop for a new phone will be able to buy a cheap add-on that will enable VR. This, in turn, will drive content creation as there is a potentially large market creating a positive feedback loop and almost ensure its success.


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That Time Curb Your Enthusiasm Gave a Shout Out to Zankou Chicken

Curb Your Enthusiasm skewered all sorts of pop culture references, humorous situations and improve comedy among well-known celebrities. It also gave a nod to one of LA’s most well-known and legendary eating establishments: Zankou Chicken.

Of course, the show couldn’t come right out and say it was Zankou. Still, the signs were there. The trademark yellow shirts, the delicious chicken (which the show called “Palestinian Chicken”).

Larry David, star of the show, ends up at a restaurant called “Al-Abbas”. Food critic Jonathon Gold immediately caught on that this was not just some fake establishment. The chicken, with its gold-roasted skin and roasted juiciness is basically a carbon copy of the famous LA restaurant with roots in both Lebanon and Armenia.

For those who have been to a Zankou location, the feel is almost unmistakable. The clerks even have similar shirts. While the episode was shot on location at a restaurant called Sunnin in Westwood, the inspiration is unmistakable for those native to LA. Although there was no garlic sauce, the look and feel of the chicken was unmistakable.

Zankou came to America in the 1980s, where its first location was opened in Hollywood. The Iskendarian family decided to share family secret recipes for their garlic sauce and chicken that were first made popular in Beirut, Lebanon. Since, the business has bloomed. The owners of Zankou hope one day to have one in every major American city on the map, an admirable goal for such delicious cuisine.

Perhaps Zankou could live up to Larry David’s proclamation that the chicken was so good “it could end the conflict in the Middle East.”

Google self-driving car hits a bus

One of Google’s self driving test cars has hit a bus, in what is probably the first collision caused by the search giant’s test cars. To date all collisions so far have either been caused by other vehicles or by people driving the cars. The party to blame has still not been determined and Google will meet with the California DMV.

In a statement, Google said:

“We clearly bear some responsibility, because if our car hadn’t moved, there wouldn’t have been a collision. That said, our test driver believed the bus was going to slow or stop to allow us to merge into the traffic, and that there would be sufficient space to do that.”

Google releases a report with details of its self driving car tests every month. The report read:

“The Google AV [autonomous vehicle] test driver saw the bus approaching in the left side mirror but believed the bus would stop or slow to allow the Google AV to continue,” the report read.

“Approximately three seconds later, as the Google AV was re-entering the centre of the lane it made contact with the side of the bus.

“The Google AV was operating in autonomous mode and travelling at less than two mph, and the bus was travelling at about 15mph at the time of contact.”

Google has also refined its algorithm after the incident:

“From now on, our cars will more deeply understand that buses (and other large vehicles) are less likely to yield to us than other types of vehicles, and we hope to handle situations like this more gracefully in the future.”

Were the DMV to find the self driving car at fault for the collision, it would be a massive setback for the program just after the NTSB ruled that it would consider the self driving computer the same as a human driver.

Google paid Apple $1 Billion for its search bar

Apple received approximately a billion dollars from its rival in 2014 to maintain the search bar on the iPhone.The Oracle attorney who disclosed details of the Google-Apple agreement at last week’s court hearing, said a Google employee questioned during pretrial information said that “at one point in time the revenue share was 34 percent.”

It is unclear if the percentage is the Apple or Google’s cut of the earnings. The assumption is that the 34 percent is in fact Apples.

Google attorney objected to the disclosure:

“That percentage just stated, that should be sealed,” lawyer Robert Van Nest said, according to the transcript. “We are talking hypotheticals here. That’s not a publicly known number.”

The judge presiding over the hearing refused both Apple and Google’s requests to suppress the sensitive information in the court transcripts.

“The specific financial terms of Google’s agreement with Apple are highly sensitive to both Google and Apple,” Google said in its Jan. 20 filing. “Both Apple and Google have always treated this information as extremely confidential.”

While there was no surprise at the both the fact that google pays Apple. The fact that it was a percentage was. It would be more likely that the employee in question was misquoted and that the billion dollars is infact a flat fee. A percentage is unlikely given that there is no possibility of Apple verifying any number Google presents.

The Importance of Installing Windows Updates

Are you one of the many people who ignore the popup about available windows updates? You should not. Windows updates are issued every Tuesday by Microsoft and are available to download shortly afterward. Urgent updates are pushed as soon as they are available. These patches, and the urgent ones even more so are important for several reasons, here are some of them:


A lot of windows updates are focused around system security. They fix vulnerabilities discovered in windows that hackers or malware can exploit. These fixes are not limited to windows itself, but to the components and software that comes bundled with it, like Internet Explorer. There are also updates pushed to the certificates that authenticate sites on the internet, these too come through windows updates.


There are also updates that will improve the performance of your computer. In some cases these fix issues that cause slowdowns. Keeping up to date means getting the most out of your system in terms of performance.

Additional Features

In addition, new features and upgrades to existing software by Microsoft will also be pushed through Windows update. Take Microsoft Office for example. Other than regular security and stability updates, new features are pushed through windows updates. A good example is Skype for Business ,which was included in Office as Lync. It has seen some major feature additions through these updates.

Keep your computer and the information on it safe by keeping windows up to date. It may take a bit of your time and a couple of restarts, but the benefits are worth it.

4 Components To Protect Your Windows PC

Modern day criminals know that the internet is where the money is and which is where they spend their time. Which means that us honest people have to be twice as careful.

It should be obvious that protecting your information online is far more complex than keeping your bag close or even locking your door.

Here are 4 important components of protecting your Windows PC:

1: Antivirus

Make sure whenever Windows in running, it should run an up-to-date antivirus program. This program will run in the background and block not only viruses but all types of malware too. You can find the best option by looking up AVTest.

autsch2: Another opinion malware scanner

This is recommended because even the best antivirus program can miss an attack from time to time. So, it’s best advised to scan your PC with another program that will scan only when you tell it to. Use Malwarebytes Anti-malware.

3: Firewall

Much like an antivirus, this program will also run in the background at all times too. Yet its function is to control the traffic between the internet and your PC. Of course, Windows offers a decent firewall but you have to ensure that it has been turned on. For this, type ‘firewall’ while selecting Windows Firewall in Control Panel. Also, in the left pane, turn Windows on or off.

4: Updates

Ensure that Windows 7 or 8 stays updated. So, look for or launch Windows Update. Now, click Change settings in the left pane. If Install Windows automatically (recommended) isn’t selected, then ensure it is turned on. For Windows 10, search for windows updates while selecting Windows Updates. Now scroll down to the bottom of the window and select Advanced options. Now, make sure Automatic (recommended).

Three Photographers Each Touched by Marilyn Monroe

By Phineas Upham

Marilyn Monroe was at a level of stardom that is hard for most people to grasp today. The closest comparison might be someone like Kim Kardashian, but only in level of recognition. Marilyn Monroe was a personality people wanted to be around and she was almost universally loved and revered. She seemed to have presence, like a superhero or amythic figure, that few since or before possessed.

During her brief time on this planet, she touched many lives, but three photographers in particular changed completely after they’d met her.

Bert Stern

Stern dropped out of high school at 16 to get a job at Look Magazine. He worked his way from those humble beginnings to the art director position at Flair. There, he learned the art of photography but never truly embraced it until the 2,500 photo set of Marilyn Monroe he shot for Vogue. A three-day photo shoot would become his most well-known work and spawn a book called The Last Sitting.

George Barris

Barris is known as the last photographer to capture Monroe on film before her death. The two met on the set of the 1954 movie The Seven Year Itch. His iconic shoot on Santa Monica Beach in 1962, and then again in the Hollywood Hills, which would become known as “The Last Photos” marked the last times that anyone would capture the visage of Marilyn Monroe on film.

Milton Greene

Greene and Monroe were so close that he actually opened his home to her in Connecticut. He photographed her for “the Black Sitting”, one of the most memorable collections of her that exist today. Together, they collaborated on over 53 sessions, and Greene helped her create Marilyn Monroe Productions in an effort to reclaim her career.

Phineas Upham is an investor from NYC and SF. You may contact Phin on his Phineas Upham website or LinkedIn page.

How to Add Tabs to File Explorer in Windows

Even if adding tabs to Windows Explorer has been one of the most popular features that have been requested for, Microsoft still hasn’t delivered.

But you don’t have to wait for them to deliver – you can use the Clover 3 extension which works on all versions of Windows. Yes, even Windows 10 too.

Why tabs, you might ask?

If you need to open another File Explorer window, you don’t have to open a new window altogether. Best part: If you do want a second window, then all you have to do is open a tab and separate the two until you have two separate windows.

autschBut there’s a downsides to using Clover on Windows 10, at least. For starters, Clover 3 will change the File Explorer’s menus. Both the Home and Share options will disappear while the Computer menu option will be added from Windows 8.

Not surprisingly, when you do open File Explorer, you will find a Clover icon instead of a File Explorer icon in the taskbar.

Apart from this, Clover will automatically open a new window which will display the “This PC” view instead of Quick Access which is how it is in Windows 10. No need to panic – Quick Access is still there, of course.

So, if you’re fine with these issues, then Clover 3 can be a great option to get tabs in File Explorer. In order to download it, visit You will have to extract the ZIP folder and run the .exe file as you would any other any other program made for Windows.

After this, open File Explorer and you should find the ability to use tabs.

How to open Google Drive files in Office directly

When Office 2013 was rolled out by Microsoft, there was a promise made that it would be deeply integrated with the cloud.

Of course, this only applied to Microsoft services such as OneDrive but not for Google Drive or even Dropbox.

So, Google, in seeking to fix this problem, released its plugin that works with literally every version of Office and as far back as 2007. This includes the upcoming Office 2016 too.

With this plugin, you can open Google Drive in Office just as you would OneDrive.

autschHere’s how the plugin works with Office 2013:

Download and install Google Drive for Office as you would any other program.

Now open any Office program (like Word). It will prompt you to sign into your Google account. Once you do this, Google Drive will appear in the ‘Open’ dashboard for Office 2013 programs.

If you want to open a document, then just click the storage service’s icon. A pop-up window will open up and you can be editing the document immediately as soon as you hit ‘Select’.

This is only if it is in Office file format, of course.

One decent tweak that you can try using is clicking on Google Drive> Settings and selecting ‘Microsoft Office files only’. Click ‘Close’.

The reason for this is it makes no sense to see files in the Google Drive format as you cannot open with Office anyways.

The plugin also adds basic features in the Office Ribbon namely save to and open a Drive document, share, rename, move among others.

As for Dropbox, they’re yet to release a similar plugin just as Google has. There is a third-party script that solve this. Look for a tutorial by How To Geek for this.

How to Use Dropbox’s New Bookmarks Feature

Accessing your bookmarks can be a serious problem especially if you switch between Chrome, Safari and even Internet Explorer. Of course, there are alternatives such as Delicious and Evernote but now there’s a new one.

Yes, you can drag-and-drop bookmarks into the DropBox web app. Or even drop them into File Explorer on your desktop.

Here’s how you use DropBox to create a wealth of bookmarks that you can use in the future. Of course, you can drop URLs anywhere in your Dropbox account but let’s focus on adding them into one folder.

autschFirst, you create a folder in Dropbox called Bookmarks or whatever name you would like. Next, you find the bookmark that you want to drop into the folder created. In order to collect the URL, you’ll have to find an icon to the left of your Chrome or Firefox browser.

In Chrome it is a piece of paper with a folded corner. In Firefox, you will see a globe. Of course, if you’re on a HTTPS connection, then you will see a green lock icon.

Also, it must be pointed out that Microsoft Edge – the new browser for Windows 10 – or even Internet Explorer does not support this Dropbox feature of dragging and dropping links. This could change for Edge in the weeks to come as Microsoft continues to roll out changes.

Once you click that link, then you can drag it into the browser tab and then drop the link into the Bookmarks folder.

Of course, until now, Dropbox hasn’t released a tool that can help you to export bookmarks from a particular browser but this should work just as well.

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