The universe of smart home is growing fast and, according to various analysts, the market will peak next biennium computer. Yet consumers still do not seem to be properly informed on the vehicle, as confused about what smart home represents. In addition, this is reflected on the demand and the market itself: users chase the home security, forgetting but of energy efficiency.
The devices dedicated to smart home tangible manifestation of that ‘”Internet of things” of which we often speak, can cover many dissimilar areas of domestic life. From entertainment to fitness, through the desires in the kitchen, there is no device present or future that can not satisfy the imagination. Yet the battlefields and development seem to be only two that the safety of the dwelling, the leitmotif of many families and that of energy saving.
A study conducted by the Department of Energy US reveals how, within the smart home, the scope of the more promising is that of savings. With a home smart enough, apparently you can reduce costs in the bill by 10-20%, with a daily consumption of energy 17-40% less power without sacrificing the preferred device or an appliance. Still, at least within the confines stars and stripes, not the ability to save to guide consumers. Continue reading
HP has announced six new devices, five tablets and a hybrid 2-in-1, for business users. The most interesting of the lot are the HP Slate Pro 12 and Pro HP Slate 8 together based on Android 4.4 KitKat. Other new entries are HP Pro Tablet 10 EE (Windows 8.1), HP Slate Pro 10 EE (Android 4.4 KitKat), HP Pro Tablet 408 G1 (Windows 8.1) and x2 HP Elite 1011 G1 (Windows 8.1). The five tablets are by now on sale in the US, while the 2-in-1 will be obtainable later this month.
Looking at the two HP Slate will become aware of a clear resemblance to the HTC One. The shape of the frame, the colors, and the presence of the two front speakers are in fact famous features to users who bought smartphones Taiwanese company. The Slate Pro 12 has a 12.3-inch screen with resolution of 1600 × 1200 pixels and integrates a quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 at 2.3 GHz, 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of flash memory. The Slate Pro 8 , however, has a 7.9-inch display (2048 × 1536 pixels) protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4 and is also offered in 16 GB version. Continue reading
Sales under expectations of Galaxy S5 and contraction that has registered Samsung throughout 2014 would have pushed the South Korean to transform home note it is most winning range. It seems that the Samsung Galaxy S6 will be a smartphone unique and different, because in development from scratch, with a completely new vision. A turning point in many respects, partly out of necessity partly to put to use the research gained in the meantime the debut in stores could take place already in the first quarter of 2015, but the many rumors have already suggested a complete list of skin and functionality that should have.
Samsung calls Project Zero
Entries on Samsung Galaxy S6 indicate that changes and innovations for the occasion could be relevant even in design. The manufacturer would call internally Project Zero, a name that seems to confirm how the upcoming Galaxy S will represent a new beginning for the company. The greater demands are placed on the design, which must be substantially different from the predecessor. Continue reading
Storage space is hard to come by and manage for some, especially if you have an entire archive of photos taken with a heavily modded, highly tweaked, HDR-enabled, twelve megapixel camera that seems to be the standard for modern day smartphones. Pictures tend to have a file size larger than necessary, but worry no more. Image Optimizer is here.
Developer teknoraver developed Image Optimizer with one main purpose, which is to heighten image compression ratios and optimize pictures. With support for JPEG and PNG files so far, Image Optimizer allows you to reduce file size of images, while suffering minimal quality loss.
The application also allows users to optimize multiple images at once in a batch job. Image Optimizer also allow the flexibility to select the quality level of compression, and it has the option to skip certain images if compression level is lower than a user-defined threshold. The optimize function sets your pictures to the most suitable size, while retaining optimal image quality. Images can be organized by date, name, and size.
Image Optimizer is most useful for Android users who need to clear up some photo space, at the possible expense of some additional compression artifacts. Continue reading
If you have ever used a recent version of Ubuntu, you will no doubt be familiar with the Unity interface. Love it or hate it, Unity offers an incredibly quick and intuitive way to access your most commonly used applications from a launcher that appears on the left hand side of your screen. In a similar style, Swapps! (a new Android tweak) doesn’t attempt to completely replace the devices main launcher. What it does do, however, is offer a way of accessing all your applications from wherever you are without returning to the home screen.
Swapps! is the ultimate tool for multitasking on your android device. With a simple swipe action you can get to any other app you wish.
Swapps! launcher is always there, when you play, read or listen, you can always swipe and switch to another app.
Swapps! Active Panel is divided into 3 spaces:
* Starred – Your favorite apps will always be on top for quick access.
* Recent Used – the last recent applications that you used for quick switching between tasks.
* All Apps – Full app drawer!
* Swapps contains full app drawer just like in your home app
* ‘Recently Used’ panel contains 5 last apps you opened
* ‘Recently Used’ app’s background process can be closes by long press on the app
* ‘Starred’ panel holds up to 10 of your favorite apps
* Swapps! is accessible anytime, regardless of which application is currently running, using a simple swipe!
* Notification icon can be disabled or made transparent in the settings screen.
* Fully customizable swipe-area (Side, Width, Height)
* Doesn’t affect battery life!!! Continue reading