Mobile Phones &Software &the web by Guest Contributor on 13 Jul 2015

iTunes Streaming vs Spotify – How Do They Compare?

With the latest Apple Music service which is an update for iTunes, Apple has strolled into a crowded and competitive scene in the quest for dominance in the music streaming world, and it seems it is going to get its ass kicked. You cannot expect to win the dollars of the customers if you are releasing a half-assed service. Competing with the other competitors is a tough job, and releasing a lame product will always come back and bite you in the ass.

Apple has been a great competition in the industry so far with iTunes, which still cannot compare with Spotify. And even with the release of the Apple Music service it seems as if its programmers have lost any interest in competing. You just can’t release an unfinished job and expect for the customers to give their money and be happy with it. Maybe they should learn from the online casino industry, where you can find one of the healthiest competitions. For example, if sites like http://www.bonuswire.com don’t have the latest casino bonuses and no deposit casino codes, the customers will continue onto the next best site.

So, why should people bother with Apple Music when they can use Spotify for music streaming? The prices are similar, and the music catalog is almost the same, but people have reported many different bugs with Apple Music which will surely deter them from using it after the trial period.

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Mobile Phones by Wes Novack on 14 Feb 2015

Recycle your phone for cash with SellMyPhone.co.uk

The typical smartphone user these days is a fickle creature. With the breakneck pace of technological innovation occurring in the mobile space, it’s not uncommon for the average user to acquire a new smartphone every 2 years, if not, every single year.

With Google and Apple continually innovating, adding new features that change the ways in which we use our smartphones, and releasing new versions of the venerable Android and iOS operating systems, the demand for new devices puts us in a vicious cycle of never-ending phone upgrades.

But with these continuous refreshes, we leave behind the devices of yesteryear. Often passed off as a hand-me-down or tossed into a dark drawer, sometimes never to see the light of day again, there’s a better after-life to be considered for these poor abandoned phones. Recoup some cash by utilizing a phone recycling service.

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Entertainment &Hardware by Wes Novack on 20 Dec 2014

Unleash your inner photog with the Canon EOS Rebel T5i at Best Buy

Best Buy is the ultimate destination for the latest cameras to capture your holiday memories. The Canon EOS Rebel T5i is one of the best-selling DSLRs. This camera makes advanced photography easy and fun, and gives you exceptional image quality, along with a host of features to enhance your creative expression.
• Capture Hollywood caliber full HD video
• Continuous autofocus while taking HD video
• Features an 18.0-megapixel CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 5 image processor to ensure vivid, crystal-clear images.
• The 3″ vari-angle touch screen simplifies navigation.

Canon EOS Rebel T5i

Canon has been manufacturing high quality photography solutions for as long as I can remember. The Canon brand has gained well deserved prestige in the industry, by continually producing cutting edge photography and video equipment.

I’d love to get my hands on a Canon DSLR. Owning one of these bad boys will quickly catapult you into the ranks of aspiring professionals and advanced photographers. The myriad settings and the fine grained controls built into these cameras allows you to experiment, adjust, tinker and really delve into advanced photography techniques, which will help you step up your game in order to capture more stunning images.

Nowadays, these DSLR cameras are also fantastic tools for capturing stunning high definition video. I know many friends and colleagues who use these for filming skateboarding, snowboarding and all types of other activities. These Canon DSLRs produce crystal clear video quality that rivals, and many times bests, traditional high-end ‘camcorders’.

Save $150 on the Canon EOS Rebel T5i at Best Buy*. Visit Best Buy to learn more. *offer valid 12/7-12/20.

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Entertainment &Hardware by Wes Novack on 24 Nov 2014

The LG OLED TV at Best Buy is dazzling viewers

LG’s remarkable OLED TV technology is revolutionizing how we watch TV. We’ve all read about ‘virtual reality’ concepts in books, and seen it in movies and TV…

But what if the television in your living room looked so dramatically life-like and was so immersive that it transported you to new places? It’s time to forget virtual reality and check out the LG OLED TV at Best Buy. View REAL reality at its best, with unbelievable clarity in stunning OLED high definition.

LG OLED TV

I’m personally excited about LG’s OLED TV due to the technological advances and break-throughs that it brings along with it. Traditional LED TV’s used inorganic LED’s as their backlighting mechanism, but they still maintained the same old Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) architecture that we’ve been using in HDTV’s for years. OLED is a whole new animal, utilizing organic light emitting diodes that function as the pixels themselves, leading to much better contrast, color and every other aspect of picture quality. Traditional LED and LCD HDTV’s can’t come close to this picture quality!

Discover LG OLED TV – The Ultimate Display!

What is OLED TV?

The stunning design of LG OLED TV is only 0.21″ thick at its thinnest point. Picture quality is spectacular, with Infinite Contrast that ranges from the most blazing whites to the deepest blacks. And, LG’s exclusive 4 Color Pixel technology delivers bright, vibrant colors. Learn more here: LGOLEDatBestbuy.com

Your first kiss. A baby’s first steps. The majesty of a desert sunset. Some things in life defy all explanation and must be experienced to be believed. Such is the case with LG’s latest display technology. With deeper and richer colors, stunning contrast and ingeniously curved screens, it is unlike any technology you’ve ever seen, and it delivers a picture that exceeds your wildest imagination.

LG 55EC9300 SKU# 7846019 – OLED TV

· Infinite contrast ratio and stunning color – delivers more natural, lifelike viewing.

· 4 Color Pixel technology enhances color range and accuracy.

· Super thin design (consider how to show visually)

· Find content faster with webOS

Head on over to Best Buy, because you have to see LG’s OLED TV to believe it. If you want in on this beauty, Best Buy is offering this pinnacle of TV technology at the everyday price of $3499.99 (save $500).

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Blu-ray &Entertainment &Hardware by Steven Kippel on 09 Sep 2014

Coming soon: 4K Blu-ray Discs

Coming soon: 4K Blu-ray Discs

BluRayThe Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) have announced an updated Blu-ray Disc standard that will include 4K Ultra-HD (UHD) content. The update will allow for UHD content to be used on 50GB, 66GB and 100GB discs. The content will support up to 60 frames per second, will feature High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) compression technology and both high-dynamic range and wider color gamut. The first players should be available as early as spring 2015, with 4K Blu-ray Discs available as quickly Christmas 2015.

With the prices of UHDTVs falling to near parity with Full HD (1080p) sets, and video components supporting the new HDMI 2.0 spec and HEVC codec, the only next step is providing the sources. Currently, 4k video is supplied through limited means. For example: certain UHDTVs from Samsung can stream 4k video from Netflix. A few high-end services provide first-run movies in 4k (at steep prices), and Sony has a proprietary 4k movie store with limited options from Sony Pictures.

Victor Matsuda, global promotions chair for the BDA and VP of Sony Corp.’s Blu-ray group, argues physical discs are still the best way to consume media. “I think it’s very much in line with what we’ve experienced in the past: Packaged media offers a very controlled, stable, known environment, that’s fundamentally an advantage, compared to streaming services. The more information you’re trying to stream, it becomes more of a challenge for Internet-based services.

“One of the advantages Blu-ray and packaged-media formats have is having its own, enclosed, stable environment. We don’t have to worry about … how big the pipeline is from the service provider, whether your monthly data plan is going to affected by the 4K products rolling out.”

Blu-ray Disc sales have surged recently to account for over 30% of the retail disc market. This market, as a whole, has been shrinking, but internet service providers have also been clamping down on bandwidth utilization, making physical discs attractive to some more than others.

Random by Wes Novack on 08 Sep 2014

Jury Rights Day: Know your rights as a Juror

September 5th was Jury Rights Day! For the past month, we’ve been donating the banner ad space at the top of our site to help spread awareness on this important topic.

The Fully Informed Jury Association’s mission is to…

“educate Americans regarding their full powers as jurors, including their ability to rely on personal conscience, to judge the merit of the law and its application, and to nullify bad law, when necessary for justice, by finding for the defendant.”

“The Fully Informed Jury Association(FIJA)is a nonpartisan public policy research and education organization located in Helena, Montana. FIJA focuses on issues involving the role of the jury in our justice system and the preservation of the full function of the jury as the final arbiter in our courts of law. The FIJA mission is to inform all Americans about their rights, powers and responsibilities when serving as trial jurors. FIJA works to restore the political function of the jury as the final check and balance on our American system of government.”

Judges and lawyers will NOT inform you of your full rights as a juror. You have the right to deliver a verdict of NOT GUILTY if you believe a law is unjust. This is particularly useful for prosecutions where there actually were no victims. No victim, no crime! You have the right to vote not guilty when you feel it is appropriate.

Please learn more at FIJA.org.

Entertainment &Hardware &Online Video by Steven Kippel on 21 Aug 2014

Roku TV now available for pre-order

Roku TV now available for pre-order

Roku has beaten Apple to the punch, as it were, by incorporating their streaming software platform into a consumer flat panel television using their own brand badge. The long rumored “Apple TV” that’s actually a TV hasn’t seen the light of day, but the Roku TV is here. Chinese TV manufacturers Hisense and TCL have announced they are now taking pre-orders for the Roku TV.

There are many devices out now that have incorporated support for the Roku Stick, including Blu-ray Disc players, front projectors, televisions, and A/V receivers, but these TVs include the Roku software built in as part of the television’s operating system. In fact, there isn’t an Input button on the remote, and sources are selected from the Roku menu. Additionally, the TV can be controlled using a Roku remote control app.

The TCL Roku TVs are available in a 40-inch, 48-inch, and 55-inch (all 1080p). The pre-orders are available from Amazon starting at $329 for the 40″ size, and a proposed shipping date of 2 to 3 weeks.

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