15 Things to Look For When Buying a Tablet

A literal barrage of new model tablets has hit the market and more are coming. This overwhelming array of options doesn’t exactly help the average buyer to make the right choice. Tablets are for those who want something more than just a smart phone for their tasks, but don’t want to lug a laptop around. We’ll help you look for all the right things in a tablet to make your decision process a bit easier.
1. Display Size
The iPad, at nearly 10 inches weighing 1.6 lbs is considered bulky even with all this popularity. The Samsung Galaxy Tab and the Kindle Fire both have 7 inch screens. The tablet size you’re comfortable with depends on the size of your hands as well – if you have excessively small hands, an iPad might be difficult to manage for a long time. The bigger screen size will aid in giving a good exposure to BingoHouse.
2. Operating System
The OS must allow for multi-tasking, must not take up too much memory for internal processes and must be fast. Android, iOS and Windows 7 make for robust OS while Symbian and other OS are falling by the wayside.
3. multi-touch Interface
A multi-touch interface allows you to register more than one touch at a time. This speeds up the tablet considerably, since being able to register multiple touches requires a fast processor.
4. A Robust Library Of Applications
Check if the platform you choose provides a good set of applications for download. For example, the Google Android Marketplace has over 80,000 apps for its users, while iTunes has over three million apps for download.
5. Storage Space
If you’re one who loves to use multimedia, you need at least 16GB of space. There are the three flavors of iPad which 16, 32 and 64GB storage space. On the other hand, there’s the Dell Streak which has only 2 GB internal space but allows expansion via micro SD to 32GB.
6. Camera
If you plan to use your tablet for video conferencing and video chat, you need a camera, specifically a front-facing one. iPad 2 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab have both front and rear facing cameras, while the Kindle Fire has no camera at all.
7. Support For Adobe Flash
A number of websites still use Flash, so it’s better to get a tablet that supports Flash. Presently, Apple’s devices do not support Flash. If Flash is important to you, get an Android tablet.
8. Bundled Connectivity
Your chosen tablet should support at least Wi-Fi and Bluetooth options; great if you can get 3G and GPS support as well. For example, iPad comes in Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi plus 3G options as well.

9. Battery Life
The iPad works for 10 to 12 hours once you’ve charged it to the max. Samsung Galaxy Tab plays video for 7 straight hours, and allows for 10 hours of non-resource intensive work. Apple and Android will be your best options for long battery life.
10. Choice of Wi-Fi Or 3G
You’ll also need to decide whether your tablet should be 3G compatible or Wi-Fi compatible, or perhaps be able to support both, like the iPad 2. The flip side is that Wi-Fi only models are less expensive, but getting both connectivity options allows for greater flexibility.
11. Choice of Open Or Closed Source Platform
The advantage of an open-sourced platform such as Android is that you can enjoy greater flexibility and personalization. You’ll also be faced with surprises and changes. If you like constancy, go for a closed-sourced platform like the iOS.
12. Keyboard Options
Check if your tablet allows you to use a wired keyboard dock or a Bluetooth wireless keyboard as the iPad does. Android tablets offer several great onscreen keyboards such as Swype. Look for a tablet that includes USB port so you can dock your tablet and use a standard USB keyboard for intense content creation.
13. Voice Command Options
Another aspect to check out for intense content generation needs is voice command. iPad does not allow this unless you jailbreak the device. However, you can download the Vlingo voice control app for Android, or use Windows 7 or 8 tablets that come with built-in voice dictation functionality.
14. Price Factor
This is probably where all the pondering stops and the actual decision takes place. iPad’s pricing begins at $499 and goes up to $829 based on the configuration. Samsung Galaxy Tab will put you back by $600, while the Kindle Fire is $200. Check out different prices and compare what you get for the price before deciding on the right tablet.
15. Platform Compatibility
If you use more than one smart device, you’ll want a more or less consistent platform experience on all of them. It doesn’t make sense to work on iOS in an iPad if your smart phone is Android. You may also want to check carrier compatibility; using multiple carriers for different devices will be expensive and impractical.
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Shareaholic – Sharing Integrated With Browsing

ShareaholicRecently we discussed about Rockmelt, a web browser that integrates with your facebook and twitter accounts and makes sharing easy, but for those of you who are in pure love with their cute browsers and those who would like to adopt RockMelt only after there are no more bugs left, we have just found something great and interesting.

Sharaholic in action

Shareholic, the simplest way to share something online, might it be an article, or an image or the webpage you are working on with friends on digg, del.icio.us, facebook, friendfeed, Google bookmarks, magnolia, mixx, reddit, stumbleupon, tumblr, twitter and many more websites.

Its an add-on that creates a small shareaholic button either on your navigation menu or the address bar and every time you click it, it displays an organized menu which lets you choose the services to share upon. You can customize the menu either to just display your customized websites or to change their order. Sharing is simple and clean, the concerned dialog appears and you can now choose to proceed or not

Shareaholic is believed to influence general user activity on diffrent websites making sharing easier which will increase web traffic. It also keeps a track on how many times the web page you’re on has been dugg or saved to del.icio.us.

Click here to share us with shareaholic!

Increase Your Productivity By Clip-Cube

Whenever we think of completing any project or any assignment, we Google it. Then copy from multiple sources and intelligently paste it. To do all this, you spend a lot of time and to reduce your this time, we are offering a “free” tool to you, Clip-Cube. Also, if you’re trying to increase your productivity then you probably shouldn’t surf the web or play at a bingo online. Save that for when you’re off work.

Some important features of this application are :

  • Very small in size and free.
  • No installation required.
  • Records text for later use and allows viewing saved items and re-copying them to the clipboard.

Well the software is still under development and we can hope for some improvements in its coming versions.
For more details click here.

Maxthon Browser

logo  Maxthon is yet another browser which is basically aimed at developers of the Web 2.0 using windows hosting and other similar services. . Although it might not look very attractive at first look, yet it can perform a number of geek tasks that a web guru requires. Maxthon Browser is a powerful tabbed browser built for all users. Besides basic browsing functionality, Maxthon Browser provides a rich set of features to improve your surfing experience.
The main features which attracted me are :
You can add shortcuts of your programs in Maxthon, and start them with a single click.
You can even set programs to start and shutdown with Maxthon Browser.
Ad Hunter
Ad Hunter can efficiently clean up the web pages by stopping Popup Windows and removing Ad Content Blocks.
You can add content block to the filter with the “Block Page Content…” command in the Right-click Menu.

Web Sniffer
Web Sniffer can help you find the real URLs of FLV video file on those online video website.
You can also set which file types to sniff in the dialog.
Web Bar
This little toolbar provides a lots of small features that aid your browsing, and can be toggled on and off easily.
Open one or more website with only one key. It suits for lazy guys like me :p
You can set up the key and url list in Setup Center.
Screen Capture
Capture Full Screen, Selected Area, Selected Window and Page Content as an image.
You can set copy the image to Clipboard or save it as a file.
Add more features into Maxthon Browser with plugins.
You can even make some to share with your friends.
Filter Packs
Remove ads on a specified website or implement a special feature. The whole new Filter Pack system gives you the possibility of modifying web page source code.
Install Skins to change the look of your Maxthon Browser and make it different, or create one by yourself.
Maxthon Browser has Language Packs in 19 different languages, all made by our community users.
Let Maxthon speaks your own language.
To visit the homepage click here

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Create your Portable Application

thinapp I keep formatting my computer in every 2-3 weeks to keep the speed of my PC up, but the greatest disadvantage of this practice is that it causes me to install same essential softwares, every time I freshly install Windows on my PC. So, I found out a solution to my problem, which is use of Portable applications. Now I tend to use maximum number of portable applications, which reduces the time taken in installation, and hence make me more productive. I think its just my motherboard drivers which are not portable for me, but everything else is Portable.

It is very easy to create Portable version of any application using VMWare ThinInstall or VMWare ThinApp. I create independent software package using this and run them without installation. Other advantage is that, applications made by Thinapp does not require administrator privileges to run,  and it does not effect system files as well.
This application is very light weight, less than 6 MB setup and comes with 60 days evaluation period. So check out this application using download button, below

Portable CD Burners

CD Burners Days are gone when people used to carry huge software’s to burn the CDs . Small and handy software’s are the need of the hour today. A portable application (portable app) is a computer software program that runs from a removable storage device such as a CD-ROM drive, USB flash drive, flash card, or floppy disk. This post will provide you some of the portable CD burners that you can carry with you in any portable device because of their small size.

InfraRecoder :

InfraRecorder is a free CD/DVD burning solution for Microsoft Windows. It offers a wide range of powerful features; all through an easy to use application interface and Windows Explorer integration.

Active@ ISO Burner 2.0 :

Active@ ISO Burner 2.0 is a simple-to-use dialog-style software to burn CD/DVD/Blue Ray ISO images compatible with the ISO 9660 standard. Automated burning is also supported.

Burrrn :

Burrrn is a little tool for creating audio CDs with CD-Text from various audio files. Supported formats are: wav, mp3, mpc, ogg, aac, mp4, ape, flac, ofr, wv, tta, m3u, pls and fpl playlists and cue sheets. You can also burn EAC’s noncompliant image + cue sheets! Burrrn can read all types of tags from all these formats (including ape tags in mp3). Burrrn uses cdrdao.exe for burning.

Amok :

AmoK CD/DVD Burning is for all those people who think burning programs such as Nero or WinOnCD are too overloaded with functionality that no one needs. AmoK CD/DVD Burning does not have a media center, wave editor, cover designer and cannot create videos. AmoK CD/DVD Burning burns CDs and DVDs and offers all options you need – nor more and not less.

BurnCDCC™ :

This utility is used to burn an ISO file to a CD/DVD/BD disc. Many new systems come with a limited CD/DVD software package that lacks the ability to burn ISO files.

Wherever You Go, Carry Your PC With You (But How??)

You will be quite amazed to view the heading but how can you actually carry your PC with you. This post will give you the easiest way to install almost every application on your USB 2.0 storage device, such as iPods, USB flash drives, portable hard drives, USB-enabled cell phones, and USB-enabled digital cameras. MojoPac turns any USB 2.0 into a portable computing environment. MojoPac is a software virtulization product that supports popular applications such as Firefox and Microsoft Office, and it is also high performance enough to run popular PC Games such as World of Warcraft and Half-Life 2.
The best part of MojoPac is that  you can’t access the host PC’s disks while you are in MojoPac space, but while you’re in the host PC you can write to your MojoPac drive easily.
To initially setup the MojoPac device, the user runs the installer and selects a USB device attached to the system. Once MojoPac is installed, it creates an executable in the root of that device along with an autorun file that gives the user the option of starting the MojoPac environment automatically when the device is plugged in. Once this application is started, a new Windows Desktop (with its own wallpaper, icons, shell, etc.) is started up in the virtualized MojoPac environment. Any application that runs inside this environment runs off the USB device without affecting the filesystem of the host. A user installs most applications (including Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, Firefox) on the portable storage device by simply running the installer inside this environment. The user can switch between the host environment and the MojoPac environment by using the MojoBar at the top of the screen. Once the user is done with the applications, they just exit out of MojoPac and eject the USB device.
Now the things why I am a fan of MOJOPAC are :

  • For the gamers, it’s quite like a boon. They can carry their games wherever they go and they don’t need to install each time on every computer.
  • Your portable device will now be password protected.
  • It can carry a lot of applications like gtalk, yahoo messengers, adobe photoshop etc. for you.

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Most Portable Ubuntu

You might have heard about various version of Linux going portable in Pen Drives, CD Rom or DVD drives, and all this booting live on your system and giving a full experience of Linux even without installing it. But have you heard of Linux running live in your computer, along with Windows. Just like Hackintosh works to run Mac inside Windows powered computer.

There is a release of Ubuntu by Claudio César Sánchez Tejeda which can be used inside windows just like a virtual OS inside a given OS. This release is of about 440MB in size and takes upto 1GB on extracting. You can download this Free Operating System from Sourceforge.net. For documentation and relase notes visit here.

Reduce your Typing Effort by Using Texter

Texter is an AutoHot key script made by LifeHacker.com. It is a very great tool for all bloggers and also good to try out for some of the people, who feels lazy about typing. You can get the download link and more details about how to use this software at LifeHacker website.
From here you can get its source code as well as an installation package.

I’ve made a short video on how to add a string to Texter, you can see that here.

As a blogger, it is very usefull for me to create a list of HTML codes or permalinks to automatically get prased whenevr I’ll type their corresponding abbrevations.
Links : Product Homepage | Using Texter | Installation File | Portable Texter

Top 10 Portable Applications That You Must Have

Today in this post I will give you a list of top 10 portable applications that are free.A portable application is one that can be used in a portable device like a pendrive.You can download all of them by clicking on their names.So without wasting any of your time, I provide you with the list:

  1. Mozilla Firefox: Certainly Mozilla is the best web browser. So you can download it and use that on your portable device.
  2. VLC Player: This player can play almost all sorts of video formats.Actual size of 16 Mb but you can get it here at very less size.
  3. WinRar: Anywhere you go,you are really independent to extract files if you have this utility.
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  5. Foxit Reader An alternative to adobe reader so that you can view all your pdf files.
  6. Winamp A music addict will know about the usefulness of this utility.
  7. OpenOffice To do all your MS Office work ,you should have this.
  8. FS Capture to edit the photos or to take screenshots, this is an awesome utility with a file size of only 1 Mb
  9. utorrent This one is for all torrent freaks.
  10. Miranda This is an IM client.Carry it if you want to chat with all of your friends.
  11. NVU To work with HTML , you ought to have this.
Now, what I think is that I have covered all the best softwares from each field and provided a handy, portable solutions to each of them. Readers comments are invited so that any further improvement can be made.