Friday, August 30, 2013

REVIEWS:The Amazon kindle fire hd 8.9

So, because the iPad at last gets a slightly slighter version, the Kindle Fire HD gets a slightly bigger one. 

Both versions are, basically, similar as the latest versions of the respective series. However, both are oddly sized additions to their respective families. The iPad Mini is 7.9″ therefore is not, strictly speaking, a 7 Inch tablet and, to not be defeated, this new Amazon kindle fire is 8.9 Inches so is consequently not, strictly talking, a 10-inch version of the (usually 7-Inch) Kindle Fire HD. 

Traditionally, tablet pc’s are available in 2 sizes, 10″ and 7 Inch, and both sizes have their advocates, just as much as both sides have advantages and drawbacks. I checked out this latest Kindle Fire in an attempt to find if bigger really is better… 

THE Specifications 

Perhaps I would have been better off comparing the Kindle Fire HD to a Google Nexus as an alternative. The Nexus 7 is, after all, really the only tablet in Kindle Fire’s price range that matches it for effectiveness, specs and reputation. 

Originally a 7″ tablet pc, the 10 Inch Nexus model was released to about as warm a welcome as George Costanza’s wig and sold pretty poorly from there. Actually, there are only around 680,000 Nexus 10 models presently in use, which looks bad, especially in comparison to the estimated 6.8 million Google nexus 7 tablet pc’s. 

Why is this? The Google nexus 10 was nearly as good a tablet the Google nexus 7 (and also the Google nexus 7 is an incredibly, excellent tablet). On the other hand, for some reason, it just didn’t cut the mustard. 

Perhaps it’s a size thing. Larger tablets simply are not as portable (or as inexpensive) as their smaller counterparts. Fundamentally, it seems that when people go big, they go iPad. 

Seemingly, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 is the same classy, cosmopolitan accessory as the regular Kindle Fire HD, however it’s just a little bit bigger this time around. This implies these have a similar duel WiFi antenna, the same astounding array of downloadable apps and content and also the same specially designed Dolby surround sound system. 


The 8.9 version + Kindle Fire HD is a great deal costlier than the 7 Inch model. For instance, I could buy a 7″ Kindle Fire HD (with free delivery, no less) from Amazon for £160, but the 8.9-Inch version, which is, barring some small modifications, the identical device, will set me back about £230. That is quite a bit to consider. 


Right now, I’ve talked (at great duration) regarding the Kindle Fire HD in various other places, so I will basically summarise here in an effort to save space and avoid repeating myself. 

The Kindle Fire HD is a masterwork of condensed computing; it offers a simple, likeable user interface, outstanding media playback and a fine array of applications to boot. The Kindle Fire HD is a wonderful all rounder that provides great value for money is a really sensible choice for that commuter, first-time buyer and/or the casual user. 

Skilled programmers may find the Fire HD restrictive (Amazon are notoriously heavy-handed about what you can and cannot install, for example) and its not on the level of an apple ipad or even a Surface when it comes to processing muscle. However, it is an outstanding product overall. 

The 8.9 Inch version differs in only the one, achingly obvious, way. 

The dimensions increase does benefit from a bigger display, which is a genuine boon to the visually impaired user, but beyond that, this indicates slightly superfluous. The increased size makes the Kindle Fire HD feel that rather more cumbersome and clumsy, whilst also making it less likely to fit on your bedside, or as snugly into a handbag or rucksack.

The disparity in size is not as harsh as a 10 Inch model would have been, but it’s definitely noticeable. #On the# one hand, it is nice to possess increased choices, but on the other… 


Fundamentally, the smaller size of the Kindle Fire HD is one of its main selling factors. Cheap and cheerful, the 7 Inch Kindle Fire HD was seemingly made for livening up boring train journeys, replacing the book on your nightstand and being a perfect journey companion on the last-minute holiday. Conversely, the 8.9 Inch version lacks the majority of those charms, whilst simultaneously also lacking the processing power of the 10″ tablet. 

This new Kindle Fire HD is still a excellent device, but the dimensions (along with the price) increase does not seem prone to cause it to many new friends. Do not get me wrong, I am a fan of the series, but I predict this one sharing the same fate to the Nexus 10.

REVIEWS:The Amazon kindle fire hd 8.9

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Get a CP040 earpiece for the best price

Last time, we checked out an earpiece exclusively created to work with the GP340 2 way radio series. Now, we’ll be investigating the Motorola cp040 earpiece, an inexpensive and versatile little doohickey that is amazingly thrilling, but additionally does very little to break your bank account.

The Cp040 2-pin earpiece is much like the Motorola gp300 earpiece. It’s small, smart and inexpensive, however it also represents quite good value for money. EarpieceOnline lists this earpiece for about £11.50, but it’s a reasonably good deal for the price.

We will be candid, everything is pretty essential on that model, however the earpiece performs its function well and certainly won’t let anybody down.

The sound quality of the CP040 earpiece is superb indeed and also the PTT ‘push to talk’ utility is convenient and easy to use. As usual, the Motorola cp040 earpiece includes a sprung metal clip that attaches easily to most items of clothes (you may find it a problem if you’re planning on using it while dressed as the giant Sumo wrestler and competing on ‘Takeshi’s Castle’, but besides that…).

As on the motorola gp300 series, because it only includes a 2-pin plug, an adaptor block might be essential to be used with the GP320 and GP340 series of radios.

The ergonomic D-shaped earpiece itself is comfortable to wear and generally discreet. It can be easily used in either the left or right ear, depending on the user’s personal preference. The Cp040 2-pin earpiece fits most ear sizes, so if you happen to be Prince Charles or Martin Clunes (Editor’s Note: or my Uncle Paul), you shouldn’t have too many comfort problems, if any.

There is no Kevlar cable on this one, yet but it definitely is not one of the best model around. Still, this isn’t to state that the Motorola cp040 is really a inferior earpiece, not at all. It just is not the greatest.

Overall, the Motorola cp040 earpiece is functional, rather than showy. It does its job without frills (but additionally no temper tantrums). This is a fine, trustworthy product from a team that excels at making such products. It also offers great value for money, too.

Next episode: We’ve looked at some of those mid level models available, now its time to see what else is around. We’re disscussing James Bond stuff! (Well, you know, But if you are looking to find out more on this earpieces see

Get a CP040 earpiece for the best price

Friday, August 9, 2013

Will the next google nexus 7 be made by Motorola and not Asus?

This is the good title. Since Google owns Motorola, why did they associate with Asus so as to build their Nexus ranges?

The Nexus 7 in fact began life as a Asus ME370T (there is a catchy title if ever I saw one) and was in development by Asus for a sort of ‘no frills’ budget model tablet. The ME370T went through numerous incarnations, even being unveiled during at least one major expo. Then, all of a sudden, Asus stopped talking.

Reported by Sean Hollister of ‘The’ 

“I got the chance to ask Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang if he thought Nvidia’s $199 tablet program and Google’s $199 tablet program might compete. He saw through my bluff: He started saying something about not wanting to speak for Google… but then he paused, smiled, looked me right in the eye, and said: “I do hope their tablet is monumentally successful… because it will be great for Android.””

Certain enough, the ME370T was re-tooled and re-designed into the Google Nexus 7. “We can rebuild it, we have the technology”, or so at least one engineer said. Most likely.

From Hollister’s account, the Nexus 7 is by far the better tablet,

“Among other things, it has a brand-new motherboard, a revised Tegra 3 T30L chip, a laminated IPS display, and a revised, grippier textured rear casing. “While the base design and setup was completed in the 370T to meet a certain price point and option list, the efforts required to get that design to $199 meant going back to the drawing board and starting over on just about every aspect of the unit,” an Asus rep told us”.

Fundamentally, Google saw what Asus were creating and they wanted in. It is a pretty good example of Google’s executives thinking out the box. Another company may have gotten wind of Asus’ imminent device, ‘acquired’ certain schematics and improved upon them in order to compete with the Kindle Fire. By pooling their resources with Asus, Google were able to respond quickly to the competition, and do so in style.

Reported by Nirav Patel from the blog ‘’, it’s important to not forget the Nexus line has almost always been built using a partner. 

“Google Nexus is a line of mobile devices using the Android operating system, which is produced by Google in conjunction with an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partner (Samsung makes the Nexus 10, ASUS makes the Nexus 7, and LG makes the Nexus 4).  Nexus devices are designed by Google and available for purchase directly on Google’s Play Store, Nexus devices provide a reference and developer platform to Google’s Android engineers, who then develop the software for Nexus devices with the responsibility of releasing timely updates”.

By functioning in this fashion, I imagine that Google can make best use of possible earnings, whilst at the same time minimizing probable risk. With Motorola, not only would there not of been time to combat the Kindle Fire, there would of been a potential loss if the (possibly rushed) product proved to become unpopular. What’s more that, Motorola already has its own brand of tablet pc’s (and company characteristics partnered in that), with the ‘Xoom’ family.

Will the next google nexus 7 be made by Motorola and not Asus?

Thursday, August 8, 2013

The Eventual PKD Medicine

What it is:

PKD stands for Polycystic Kidney Disease, it is a illness which effects some 12.5 million people worldwide. PKD is amongst the most common life-threatening genetic diseases in the world. Somebody that has PKD will grow kidney cysts gradually all through their life, affected organs can, after 40-50 years, reach the dimensions of footballs. It goes without saying that they can be a supply of severe ache and, eventually, affected kidneys will yield to renal catastrophe, regardless of what. Eventually, a kidney transplant could be the only way to save the patient.

For a few years, patients with PKD went undiagnosed plus the condition claimed a great many lives without ever being properly recognized. Now, however, it is an internationally recognized ailment and sufferers are carefully monitored from an early age.

In November of 2012, doctors in the KU kidney institute in Kansas, USA, developed a drug called tolvaptan. The medicine was found to slow the growth of cysts as well as lessening the damaged kidney use, this was a much-needed step in the right direction, but it is not a treatment.

This year, things has been looking up even more. Scientists functioning at Massachusetts For the General Hospital were in fact able to grow a viable rat kidney and transplant it into a living animal. In addition of that, Dr. Xiaogang Li of the KU Kidney institute recently revealed that vitamin B3 can slow the expansion of cysts; actually, his team was able to completely restore kidney function in test mice with PKD. Now that is advancement.

Why we want it:

Because 12.5 million citizens around the planet are suffering with a inherited, life threatening illness, also, infants with PKD are being born every single day. A cure is required and it’s needed now.

When can we expect it?

A bona-fide treatment may yet be decades away, but when regular vitamin shots can be utilized to control the illness itself, allowing patients to live longer, healthier lives, then I would say that we were certainly on the right path.

Drugs that manage the illness might be obtainable very soon, however. Large-scale Human trials have confirmed that vitamin B3 is trustworthy for widespread use. Which means it must be there for patients all over the world comparatively soon.

Doctors eventually hope to be able to manage PKD within the womb, stopping the disease before it begins. That may, efficiently, constitute a treatment. Such expertise is likely a decade (or more) away, but we are getting there.

Cool Factor: 5/5

Remember that scene in ‘Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home’ where the crew of that Enterprise travel back in time to that mid 1980’s and Doc McCoy encounters an elderly Woman who wants kidney dialysis. Exploding in disbelief, the good doctor cries “what’s this, the dark ages!?” before giving the Woman a pill that promptly grows her a brand new kidney, much to her delight. That’s where we could be within a couple of decades – ‘Star Trek’ tech. What is cooler than that?

Joining the NHS organ donor list is the way you can help this example, today. 

The Eventual PKD Medicine

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

William and Kate have a baby boy, 4th in line for the throne

At 4.24 PM on monday, Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton gave delivery to a baby son weighing 8lbs 6oz. The birth was officially announced to the public at 8.30PM.

The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, was there at the birth, which doctor’s described as “textbook”.

Huge crowds gathered out of Buckingham Palace all day in anticipation of the excellent news. When the announcement finally came that the newborn had been carefully delivered, the people cheered in approval.

There has also been a continuous media attendance outside the palace and the hospital all day, covering the events to the rest of the globe.

Queen Elizabeth II and her Companion Prince Phillip are said to be “delighted by the news” while Prince Charles has made a short statement that he was “enormously proud and happy to be a grandfather for the first time” he also said that he was looking onward to seeing the baby soon.

The Duchess will remain in hospital overnight, but is said to be doing well.

The new baby boy is the 3rd in line for the throne, following his grandfather Prince Charles and his father Prince William. Should the line of succession go on as anticipated, the boy will turn out to be the 43rd monarch since William The Conqueror.

The couple have not yet announced a name for their new child. However, in accordance with tradition, they first will present a list of selected names to The Queen before officially announcing their choice. Traditionally, this will allow the reigning monarch to endorse or reject of the selected name.

Disapproval has occurred rarely throughout the past, notably with the birth of Princess Margaret (who was initially to be named ‘Ann’) in 1930.

Though, Royal specialists say that Queen Elizabeth is more “down to earth” than some of her predecessors have been and that she is not possible to interfere in the christening process. The protocol is being overseen mostly as a procedure and gesture of esteem on the part of the Royal duo.

There has been a lot of speculation as to what the child’s name will be, but William and Kate are expected to make a official statement soon.


William and Kate have a baby boy, 4th in line for the throne

What apps are available on the mainstream Smart TV

Harking back to the days of GCSE science, I tend to think of the term ‘application’ generally meaning ‘practical usage’ as the exceptionally irritating section of the seemingly countless worksheets we had to fill out, just so we might set fire to a bit. The ‘application’ part was the bit where you needed to say what (if any) real world, useful value your experiments had, which, because it turns out, was not usually a great deal in my case. I remember a classmate pretty maliciously soaking a spider in hydrochloric acid once, but I doubted, even at age 15 and 3 quarters, that it could become a popular form of pest control.

As Led Zeppelin have been telling us since the 1970’s, you understand sometimes words have double meanings. In the case of software design and programming, there are also a great deal of words that have now been co-opted in order to denote something, typically only partially alike, to what the word actually means. So, applications, or ‘apps’ as we hip, swinging cats refer to them, have nothing at all to do with GCSE science and everything to do with innovative consumer tech.

An app is largely a computer program designed to help the parent device carry out a unique function. Apps are like mini programs that were initially planned for portable devices like iPods, Smartphones and Tablet PCs. Apps range from the sublime, (such as the app that can track migratory whales in real time or the one that shows you the exact position of all the stars and heavenly bodies from anywhere in the world) to the utterly stupid, but fun anyways (the app where it is possible to punch a cartoon cat in the face, Angry Birds). Apple customers alone have access to on 60,000 downloadable apps, the majority of which are completely free to use.

Smart TV, obviously, has its individual set of downloadable apps. I should indicate now that these are not as esoteric as the wide-ranging applications available for your phone or Pc tablet, yet. Thus far Smart TV’s list of apps can be a typically practical one. Here is a look at some of these apps you’ll be capable of acquire for the Smart TV (NOTE: Different apps are accredited to different companies – so when you’re distinctively after a TV for its apps, it pays to try and do your homework, that is, in its own way, somewhat like GCSE science).

Netflix – The extension of the on line film rental company (and proud sponsor of our iFanboy comic book conversation show, I hasten to add) is an app which supplies you the choice to stream ‘rented’ films over the Web for a little cover charge.

Amazon – From Amazon, you are able to download content. So when you’d rather buy a film or TV show, you can simply click on the link and it’ll be sent straight to the hard drive. It’s cheaper than purchasing discs and much easier to store.

BBC iPlayer – It is a small version of the iPlayer site; there’s also a BBC News and sports app.

Youtube – You’ll also discover other video sites accessible as apps. Dailymotion and Vimeo have become properly accessible from the television. 

Along with these applications, you will find Sports apps that’ll video every game and apps for specific channels, making them accessible as individual networks versus part of a cable/satellite package.

Whichever applications you want, be sure they are doing what you think they do and these are available for the TV you choose, before you purchase. That way you will avoid disappointment.  

What apps are available on the mainstream Smart TV

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Will the typical headphones hurt my ears in the long run?

In reality the answer is yes, earphones can be very damaging for your ears. 

A team with the University of Leicester lately proved that sound louder than one hundred ten intensity cause harm to some particular sort nerve cell covering, which in return can cause tinnitus (basically a buzzing or whining within the ears – and here’s my opinion that it simply made things sound ‘a bit tinny’) and even temporary deafness in a few cases. 

Reported by medical medical news, that reported on the University’s findings, the myelin sheath may be a kind of outside layer that covers the nerve cells that attach the ears with the brain. Any sound over 100 decibels begins to wear away this outside layer, meaning the indicators will finally stop getting to the brain. Given time, the myelin sheath will usually (but not at all times) cure itself and reform, resulting in the damage only being brief. Still, it’s something to think about. 

As for more lasting damage, well, the facts have been startling. Reported by TIME magazine’s Laura Blue,  

“Hearing loss is more common than ever before. About 16% of American adults have an impaired ability to hear speech, and more than 30% of Americans over age 20 — an estimated 55 million people — have lost some high-frequency hearing”. 

These shocking stats were proposed within the ‘Archives of Internal Medicine’ journal and firstly published in 2008. Following this publication, Blue interviewed Brian Fligor, who was, at the time, the director of diagnostic audiology at Children’s Hospital Boston. In the interview, Fligor stated, 

“If you’re using the earbuds that come with an iPod and you turn the volume up to about 90% of maximum and you listen a total of two hours a day, five days a week, our best estimates are that the people who have more sensitive ears will develop a rather significant degree of hearing loss — on the order of 40 decibels (dB). That means the quietest sounds audible are 40 dB loud. Now, this is high-pitched hearing loss, so a person can still hear sounds and understand most speech. The impact is going to be most clearly noted when the background-noise level goes up, when you have to focus on what someone is saying. Then it can really start to impair your ability to communicate”. 

Thus, the title now becomes, what can you do to lower the danger? 

Sam Costello of suggests turning down the amount, which is reasonably evident, really. However, (s)he also suggests accessing the ‘volume control’ on your iPod or mp3 player and decreasing the highest volume setting (synch it to the pc for further such options), and also listening for shorter periods of time and switching from earbuds to ‘above the ear’ headset. Earbuds are the most hazardous headset type, in fact. 

Just for the record, the average Us iPod can create about a hundred and fifteen decibels, which is reminiscent of attending a fairly loud rock concert (although not only a Motorhead gig obviously – now that is a group which just about guarantees total deafness for at least a few days afterwards, trust me). 

However, the excellent news is that even if you’re inside the EU, your iPod is restricted to 100db highest output by law. Although you’re still at risk if you turn the volume all the way up and listen to all of it day long, that danger is considerably less on our side of the pond. 

Will the typical headphones hurt my ears in the long run?

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Nelson Mandela Celebrates ninety fifth Birthday in Hospital

Nelson Mandela has marked his 95th birthday. The former South African President, still critically unwell following a chronic lung infection, is claimed to be making progress towards a steady condition.

Present South African President Jacob Zuma is claimed to be “encouraged” by Mr. Mandela’s progress. “I’m able to say ‘happy birthday’ and he was able to smile,” said Mr. Zuma in a testimony.

Mandela’s birthday is also Worldwide Mandela Day, one day declared by the U.N in honour of the Man’s assistance to racial equality, as well as to South Africa and also the world.

South African artiste Paul Blomkamp will unveil a large painting of Mandela in New York’s Times Square and various commemorative live shows shall be happening in Melbourne, Australia.

In Africa, school children might be singing a synchronised rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ for our Leader, while President Zuma will oversee the donation of houses to poor families in the Pretoria area. In Johannesburg, residents and well wishers shall be forming a Human chain that is likely to stretch from the Fashion District all the way to the heart of that city.

Meanwhile, volunteers around the planet (including British Capitalist Richard Branson) will contribute sixty seven minutes to charitable action or community service, in order to mark Mr. Mandela’s sixty seven years of public service (some time which incorporates his prison sentence, as well as his time as the lawyer, an activist and South Africa’s first black President).

Mr. Mandela’s daughter Zindzi was quoted as saying that her father was making “remarkable development” reporting that he has been viewing hospital TV with headsets on. “We anticipate having him back at home soon” she said.

Mandela’s wife, Graca Machel has said she is “less anxious” about his physical condition than before. Nowadays also marks the couple’s fifteenth wedding anniversary.

Mr. Mandela is usually communicating together with his eyes and hands, but guests often say again that he’s smiling a lot also.

Following a gift-giving ceremony with the Mamelodi Township, Mandela’s relatives will share a special birthday lunch with him. The family have prepared ninety five cupcakes in the honour.

Nelson Mandela Celebrates ninety fifth Birthday in Hospital