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Creating the Perfect Home Cinema

by Jeremiah on July 19, 2013

There is nothing better than relaxing with a good film in the comfort of your own home. It doesn’t matter if you’re an action fanatic or rom com lover, as long you have a good quality cinema setup that’s all that matters. Having a good setup can seriously transform your viewing experience. Below is some advice that will put you well on your way to home cinema heaven.

If someone was to ask you what is the most important part of a home cinema setup? The chances are you would probably say the TV, but you would be wrong. The most important part of the home cinema setup is the seating. You can have the best TV in the world but watching it sat on a cardboard box wouldn’t be very enjoyable. It is therefore important to get some comfy seating to keep you cozy on those stay at home film days. It doesn’t matter if it’s a lazy boy with a fridge built in or a leather sofa, as long as its comfy and its works for you that’s all that matters.

To be far it wouldn’t be much of a home cinema system without a TV. Selecting a TV these days can be a bit of a tricky task with so many different options available. Some people may argue that size doesn’t matter, but it does, especially when choosing your TV. You are creating a home cinema system therefore the bigger the better. With the major advances in technology, TV’s are way more advanced and allow you to do more with them. This means you could have a TV with features such as internet access, 3D capability and social media integration. To be honest your TV choice all comes down to your personal requirements. It would be recommended to shop around and read as many reviews as possible to make sure what you are buying is quality.

TV’s do come with great sound quality these days, but a home cinema system would be the same without a good quality sound system. Having good surround sound will make you feel like you are in a real cinema. It helps to heighten the viewing experience and it can even make you feel as though you are in the film itself. It is always best to place the speakers around the room in order to get the full benefit of their capability. One great tip that people often miss is by using an AV amplifier & receivers available at Superfi. This is like the brains of your sound system and is responsible for delivering surround sound to the speakers. This really is a must have to complete your home cinema sound system.

A home cinema set up wouldn’t be complete without additional extras. This can come in many different forms such as games consoles, headphones, and IPod docks available at Superfi. Also you are going to need a good quality stand to hold all this valuable equipment. Don’t just settle on a cheap stand, you want a good quality one that can house multiple pieces of equipment. Having a good home cinema set up can really transform your viewing experience. Why pay to go to the cinema when you have the world’s greatest one in your very own home.

Your Child and eReaders

by Jeremiah on June 30, 2013

Parents are faced with more than what to name their babies, how to dress them, what school they should attend, and what to make for dinner. Thanks to new technology, the decision of whether or not to buy their child the newest gadgets on the market pervades their parenting choices daily. One of those new technological breakthroughs, the eReader for electronic books, can be a good choice for parents and children. Some people feel kids don’t need that type of technology at a young age, but a growing number of people see a need for it. There are many benefits to having an eReader for children.

Traveling Library
All parents know that bringing books along for your child on trips is important. With regular books you or your child can only carry so many at a time before you run out of room in your bag. With eBooks, though, you now have hundreds of titles right at your fingertips in a slim, compact, lightweight device. If our child becomes bored of one book they are reading, they can easily swap to another. They may finish one book, and can choose from another all in the same device without having to lug around a bunch of books.

Learning Features
One positive aspect to owning an eReader is that they interact with your child as they read. This is great for kids of all ages as it helps to build reading and reasoning skills. Children that are just learning to read can get help in sounding out words, they stay engaged, and the lights and sounds that accompany the stories are entertaining and teach hand-eye coordination. Older kids get the benefit of learning new things about books they love. For instance, the Diary of a Wimpy Kid eBook has been very popular and the eReader has a version that gives behind-the-scenes looks of the making of the movie. Plus, it tells your child more about the book and characters they love.

Teaches Computer Skills
Part of the learning features of eReaders is that they can teach computer skills, too, which is something your child will need to know. If your child is reading an eBook and he or she wants to know anything about the book, save a page, select an excerpt, or share something from the book, they will be learning computer skills each time they use these features.

It lasts
Any parent can testify that it won’t take long and regular books are pretty much done for thanks to slobber, torn pages, colorings in the book, and just simple wear and tear. Regular books are also hard to clean, so they can spread germs among younger kids that may put them in their mouths. If your child shares the book, you may never get it back. Lost and damaged books can be avoided by eReaders, which make it easy to read, re-read, and share books often.

There are benefits to buying your child an eReader. These devices are becoming quite popular, and some classrooms are even using them. They can teach computer skills, teach your child new things about old favorite books, and they last longer than paper books.

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Using the Wi-Fi system is by far the most popular way of surfing the internet. And why not when sitting at any place within the range of connection you can work with amazing speed. But what happens when you really do not have access to your internet, and you are on the move? Will you restrict yourself not using the internet anymore? All you need knowing how to use your cell phone as a hotspot and connecting it with your computer and travel smartly with your mobile gear. Following these steps you can turn your cell phone into a WiFi hotspot.

And if you are planning to buy new phone for better features and fast internet services, don’t dump your old phone in the trash can. Instead, recycle it to save resources and earn money for it. Many Organizations in the United States such as Pacebutler are at the leading edge of the cell phone recycling industry in America which buys consumer old phones and recycles it. You can read more to know about this veteran organization and its proven method for re-selling and recycling used cell phones.

Using Android Phones

  1. Go to the PdaNet site and download specific software into your computer. This software will allow you get connected to your computer with your cell phone. Here, the Wi-Fi hotspot –the cell phone- will be connecting to the internet with a Bluetooth.
  2. Using your android device, go to the Settings—-> Wireless and network—>Bluetooth settings and then to “Bluetooth” so that your android is discovered. Now green check on the button beside the “Bluetooth” option. Now in your computer choose “Bluetooth” so that you may see it and go to the option “Dial up Network”. Enter any number like 123 for the dial-up number.
  3. Now get the app PdaNet on your computer from the android market. As soon as you run this on your device you will notice it in the app folder and this app will now allow your cell phone to be transformed as your hotspot.
  4. Go to the PdaNet app, choose the option “Enable Bluetooth DUN” and select “Yes”. Now follow the instructions that come up. Now your device has been recognized by your computer, and this is how you have access to the internet with your Bluetooth.
  5. Now for your internet connection the speed will be directly proportional to the network that you have on your android device. Edge or 4G is the best way to get connected because it offers a lot of signal strength and speed.

Using Blackberry Phones

  1. The very first step will be downloading the driver Blackberry Desktop on your computer. This will let the PdaNet software to run your Blackberry as a hotspot and connect with a Bluetooth.
  2. Go to options, select “Bluetooth” option in your Blackberry and now enable the features of Bluetooth. Choose “Options”, go down to where it shows “Dial up Networking” and then uncheck this option. Again go to the “Bluetooth” settings in your computer and now choose the option “Dial up networking”. Enter 123 when a window prompts for entering the number.
  3. Download this app called the PdaNet. Your BlackBerry must be on the Android 4.2 OS or advanced and now run the app on your device. After this select “Enable Bluetooth DUN.”
  4. Now go to the internet browser, and your speed of the internet will be same as your connection on the mobile.

Using an iPhone

  1. Go to the Windows menu (in case of Windows OS) on the systems preferences (in case you have a Mac OS) so that your Bluetooth may connect your mobile to the computer via internet.
  2. Choose “Internet Tethering” at the iPhone “Settings” option and follow the pop up messages that instruct. As soon as you have connected via Bluetooth you will see the option called “Now Discoverable.”
  3. Choose “Use Device as a Network Port” in the iPhone settings and now choose “Add a New Bluetooth Device” in the Bluetooth settings of your computer.
  4. Now go to the “Wireless iAP” icon and let the two devices get connected as soon as you are done the option-”Internet Tethering.”

iRobot to Demonstrate Ava 500 Later this Month

by Jeremiah on June 18, 2013

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As a tech geek, I find myself wondering what will be the new gadget to allow us to be more efficient in our lives. From business to play, it seems as if Apple and its competitors are constantly one upping each other in hopes to be the winner in a never ending battle of technocracy. I find myself getting excited over new technology only to quickly try and figure out how we can improve it.

iRobot has done just that with the announcement of the Ava 500. iRobot, best known for its autonomous Roomba vacuum, is making an attempt to change the way in which we communicate via video-conferencing. It seems as if they felt video-conferencing had too many limitations and there had to be a way to make it better. In the very near future, we will no longer be confined to a screen. Instead you will be able to embody a robot that allows you to stroll through a building to inspect things at close range.

iRobot formed an alliance with Cisco to create this device that will allow us to hold video conferences while remaining mobile. This device is equipped with the Cisco Telepresence EX60 telepresence system. With dimensions of 5’5 the iRobot is basically a two way screen.
With this new development you will no longer have to make a physical appearance to tour a building or observe, well, anything.

Features

  • Cisco Aironet 1600 Series wireless technology for communication
  • Wifi 3G or 4G Connectivity available
  • Advanced sensor that consists of laser, sonar as well as 2D and 3D imaging
  • Cliff sensors and contact bumpers
  • Voice, gesture and touch controls
  • Autonomous charge
  • Interface that is similar to the iPad
  • Open application programming
  • 360 degree movement capabilities
  • 21.5 inch HD screen

Pros

  • Autonomous mobility
  • Better audio and video
  • More reliable and secure than existing video-conferencing such as skype
  • Reduce business travel expenses

Con

At this point, the only con we can foresee is the cost. However, the price has yet to be listed so we are unsure of how negative that is actually going to be. What we tell you is its counterpart the RP-VITA which is used in the medical industry is a hefty $6,000 a month to lease. If the number is anywhere close to the RP-VITA, I really hope you have taken advantage of savings best interest rates on savings accounts. You may need that high yield account to keep afloat if you plan on making this type of purchase.

There are, of course, other options if you are a business owner who finds it difficult to conduct all of your business confined in one space. For example, if you have the best credit cards for small businesses to fund this extremely high tech computer you may find the minimal interest rate and lack of additional travel helps to balance the cost.

Even if you find this to be slightly ridiculous you have to admit that it is pretty cool. Stay tuned for more as the Ava 500 will be demonstrated at the InfoComm 2013 conference in Orlando, Florida later this month. It’s schedule release date is not exact but you can expect to see it sometime early in 2014.

ASUS RT-N12HP Wireless-N300 High-Power Router

by Johan on October 26, 2012

ASUS RT-N12HP Wireless-N300 High-Power Router

ASUS has unveiled the new RT-N12HP Wireless-N300 high-power router. The Wi-Fi router is equipped with a built-in signal amplifier, offering a true 300% increase in wireless transmit power over a standard 802.11n wireless router. The RT-N12HP features detachable 9dBi antennas, a user-friendly interface and supports up to four separate networks, with different bandwidth and access privileges. Unfortunately, there is no info on pricing or availability so far. [ASUS]