7 Basic Apps to Look for in Google Glass

What is the next step developers can look forward to after mobile application development? Probably that would be something to deal with wearable computers that we are witnessing at the moment. The most prominent among them is the Google Glass. Google Glass has been born of the project Glass research and development venture, which provides…

What is the next step developers can look forward to after mobile application development? Probably that would be something to deal with wearable computers that we are witnessing at the moment. The most prominent among them is the Google Glass. Google Glass has been born of the project Glass research and development venture, which provides the same utility of a smart phone in a hands free format. The device is controlled through the voice commands given by the user. The search engine giant has come up with this device with the notification to make the virtual data much intimate with the user.

The most anticipated things about the device are the apps. What apps the device would have in store for us? This article would be dealing with some of the basic apps which are expected to be found in the device.

The Apps that drives the Google glass

The Google Glass can never be considered as a multi-purpose computer. Its architecture is built keeping Google products in mind. The Google glass is the ideal amalgamation of Google+, Google Search and the Gmail.

The more you can relate yourself with the Google ecosystem, the more user-friendly the glass would be for you. So let's have a look into the app that Google glass has for you through the following lines of the article.

“OK Glass” Launcher

After you wear your Google Glass, the first interface you would be coming across would be that of the “Okay Glass”. You will also find a clock on the same interface. Just say the two simple magic words “OK Glass” and your Google glass is good to go.

For the next command you will not have to say “Okay Glass” again. Just give the command and the glass would be doing the rest for you. Let's say, you want to send a message to me that is Sam Martins. Just say send a message to Sam Martins and the glass would search my name from your contacts if it is stored and send it to you. But beware of wrong commands. The glass has the tendency to pick up the words which are being said in the vicity and come up with something awful. So choose your words wisely.

Google Search

As it has already discussed that the Google Glass is based on the Google eco-system, Google Search comes up as the first option in the launcher. This version of the Google search prompts you to ask questions. After you ask for the Google glass to search for answers, it comes with results which are fundamentally wild cards. The glass delivers 6 results which are closely or similar to the words which are said by the user. You have to choose the right one for yourself.

The “Take a picture” app

You are wearing your Google Glass and you have an awe-inspiring view in front of you. You just have to speak the magic words- “Take a Picture”. Voila! The glass would do the exact thing for you. The whole process happens instantly without even flinching your eye or you being provided with any kind of previews. Whatever you would be seeing at the moment would be turned into a photograph and it would have been synched privately with your Google + profile.

You can also share it on variable Google based social networking portals such as Google+ friends, Google+ Circle as well as apps. You can transfer the photographs manually through USB cables. A word of advice, just try keeping the frame straight while you take the photograph.

Recording a Video

To start recording you have to press the camera button. The glass can record for only a short duration and that too too 10 seconds. After the process of capturing is done, the video can get stored in the Google + profile itself. These are very much sharable as the photographs itself.

Making a Call through Google Glass

If you have paired your Android phone with this contraption, you can make phone calls through Google glass easily. The inbuilt bone induction speakers and microphones are definitely going to spice up your conversations.

Google Now-ism

Google Now has been one of the groundbreaking developments which have come out of the Google labs. You will experience 'Google Now' based on your current position, web activities and your online behavior or whatever Google has gathered about you. There have been 25 cards which have been built for the Google Now application keeping the Glass in mind till now.

These are some of the apps which can definitely be expected to be pre-installed in Google Glass. Third Party application developers are hiring the drawing boards to come up with applications which can be adaptable to the Google Glass. We just have to wait for the auspicious moment when Google Glass comes out.

What’s Up With the Latest Mobile Apps?

With mobile application trends taking over the market, more and more people are using their smartphones to access to the internet, thus eradicating the use of personal computers. According to a recent study, using a smartphone for making phone calls is the fifth most popular use of the gadget. So, if you are among those,…

With mobile application trends taking over the market, more and more people are using their smartphones to access to the internet, thus eradicating the use of personal computers. According to a recent study, using a smartphone for making phone calls is the fifth most popular use of the gadget. So, if you are among those, who still think that mobile phones are all about making and receiving calls, then you definitely need to give it a second thought.

These days, people spend more time using their android phones to browse internet, check mails, social networking, gaming, music and downloading mobile apps. With smart phones gaining popularity, many devices and brands have started penetrating in the market. According to a recent analysis, more than 1.8 million mobile apps have been downloaded more than 70 billion times and the number is continuously increasing. Some of the best-selling mobile apps in the year 2013 are:

Whats App Messenger: This is a simple, spontaneous and a fantastic alternative to sending text messages, which are chargeable. It allows people to send messages, share photos, audio files and videos. But the best part is that it is completely free. According to a recent report, India is the 3rd largest smartphone market after China and US that has downloaded maximum number of messaging applications. So, the Japanese messaging application provider is aiming to double its user base in India to 20 million by the year-end.

Imo Messenger: This free app supports everything from Facebook to Skype and people can link up to multiple accounts. Voice calls, multimedia files or even group messaging sessions, users have endless flexibility to use this multi-platform solution.

Tapatalk Forum App: If you wish to browse and post on forums without any hassles, then this is the right app. You can keep yourself updated with all the threads in the simple interface of Tapatalk by just paying a few bucks.

Dolphin Browser: This is a competitor of Chrome that offers Sonar, add-on support and gesture. With these in your mobile, you can search, navigate with voice commands, bookmark and even share. It offers more than 55 add-ons to choose from and is absolutely free.

Best Apps Market: If you're too confused about choosing the best apps in the market, then this is the right tool. This is free and allows you to organize your downloads with the help of handpicked lists and tools.

This is not it. There are plenty of other mobile apps like GasBuddy, Widegtsoid, iTriage Mobile Health, Chrome Beta, Pulse News and Swift Key 3 keyboard, which are available for free of cost and are absolutely mind-blowing.

Mobile Security Should Focus on Data, Not Devices

In previous posts I focused on cross-platform development using HTML5 to assure rich mobile user experience and holistic unified security analytics as a big data project. Between development and analysis, mobile security should focus on data not devices. A recent report by McAfee Labs cited banking malware and “backdoor” Trojans, which steal data from a…

In previous posts I focused on cross-platform development using HTML5 to assure rich mobile user experience and holistic unified security analytics as a big data project. Between development and analysis, mobile security should focus on data not devices.

A recent report by McAfee Labs cited banking malware and “backdoor” Trojans, which steal data from a device without the user's knowledge, as the most common threats during the second quarter of 2013. There were over 17,000 new strains of malware targeting Android devices during the three-month period, up 35% year-on-year. This was the highest growth rate since 2010. Meanwhile, mobile cloud traffic growth continues unabated. Cisco Systems projects this traffic will account for over 70% of total mobile traffic globally by 2016, up from 45% in 2011.

Companies in every sector are experiencing the explosion in mobile, social and cloud adoption. The conundrum for IT departments is that employees need seamless and remote access to enterprise information to enhance productivity and speed decision-making while resources, applications and data need to be safeguarded.

Employees are increasingly downloading third-party apps and access cloud services over the corporate network. In addition, an array of new cloud-based mobile software offers have cropped up aimed at non-technical users. These solutions provide easy-to-use tools that let users build and manage their own apps in the cloud without IT involvement. By circumventing IT, users can introduce myriad problems into the enterprise – from security breaches to unmanaged data flowing into and out of the organization, compromising GRC (governance, regulatory, compliance) mandates. CIOs are at risk of losing mobile application and content controls to business users.

Yet at the same time, more companies are implementing BYOD (bring your own device) programs. This puts pressure on CIOs to monitor, manage and govern the explosion of devices running on different operating systems with multiple versions and specifically developed mobile apps. BYOD brings its own risks, including security, data leakage and privacy concerns. The same tablet accessing the corporate network today may have been infected with malware as it accessed a website from an airport terminal yesterday. Or, while accessing corporate data from the road, the same user may have moved enterprise files to a cloud storage service such as iCloud or Dropbox.

Many firms have deployed Mobile Device Management (MDM). However, MDM is useful for company-owned devices only because employees are related to allow their devices to be managed by their employer's MDM solution. Moreover, as easy as it is to jailbreak devices, relying solely on device-level controls is fruitless.

Secure apps and data first

A successful enterprise mobility strategy places applications first, mapping their mission to the variety of use cases in the field. But mobile apps require greater management, control and security. Unlike with a browser, where the enterprise's application logic and data are stored in the data center, with mobile apps this intelligence is stored by the app on the device itself. Regardless of whether an organization's approach to mobility is company-issued devices or BYOD, the focus should be more on isolating and securing enterprise apps and data and less on locking down devices.

The objective is to manage mobile apps at a granular level to address deployment, security, analytics, data synchronization, storage, version control, and the ability to remotely debug a problem on a mobile device, or wipe the enterprise's data clean if a device is lost or stolen or if the employee leaves the company.

To mitigate mobile security risks, enterprises should have their mobile traffic secured, not only to detect and block malicious transactions but also to manage sensitive corporate data. First, IT needs to have visibility into the mobile traffic traversing the enterprise network, especially as it pertains to data residing in or moving between users and corporate resources. Once visibility is established, IT must secure and control potentially malicious traffic. This includes detecting and blocking advanced threats through the mobile browsers, as well as application-specific threats such as malware to prevent sensitive data leaks.

These steps can be achieved through technologies most organizations have already deployed. Specifically, application delivery controllers (ADCs) and application performance monitoring (APM) software for end-to-end visibility, and secure web gateways (SWGs) with built-in data leak prevention (DLP), and next-generation security information and event management (SIEM) to detect and block malicious traffic. These can be deployed physically or essentially on-premise or as cloud-based solutions.

Mobile Application Management for better security and control

Complying these technologies is Mobile Application Management (MAM), which provides for the security of corporate data alone – independent of the personal settings and apps on the device. MAM solutions can be used to provision and control access to both internally-developed and approved third-party mobile apps.

With thevalence of cross-platform development, apps are no longer created using a container model, where functionality is configured up front, leaving no room to address security or data management issues. Today, mobile apps are “wrapped”, meaning that additional functionality is layered over the app's native capabilities as needed.

IT defines a set of business apps for users to access through the corporate app store via their personal device. The package includes an encrypted data file in which these approved apps hide, user authentication, selective wipe of locally-cached business data from the device and app-level VPN capabilities to provide comprehensive protection for different users and contexts. If a device is used for business, company policy should allow app downloads from a corporate app store only, instead of public cloud app stores like iTunes or Google Play (formerly Android Market). This should be completed by cloud access gateways that ensures transparent encryption of enterprise data stored in the cloud via sanctioned SaaS apps.

MAM provides IT with the insights and analysis to determine which apps are being downloaded, which employee groups are installing and using apps, how the apps are being used, and what devices employees have all without additional coding.

Conclusion

There is no silver bullet and organizations will need to use a combination of solutions to address enterprise mobile security. IT should collorate with functional and business unit heads to define policies, procedures and processes. This encompasses everything from who is eligible, how users will be authenticated, what policy and network access applications to them, whether the company will issue devices or support BYOD, which devices and operating systems will be supported, who is responsible for managing wireless costs and network operators and what the consequences of non-compliance are. Painstaking as this may be, it will result in lower costs and higher productivity while minimizing security and GRC risks.

The 10 Proven Best Free Mobile Messaging Apps

Developers the world over are constantly innovating. They design and develop messaging apps that let us stay connected conveniently to each other in this fast-paced modern world. Most of these apps require you to subscribe or pay to download and install. Quite a few number though are available absolutely free-of-charge. We are going to highlight,…

Developers the world over are constantly innovating. They design and develop messaging apps that let us stay connected conveniently to each other in this fast-paced modern world. Most of these apps require you to subscribe or pay to download and install. Quite a few number though are available absolutely free-of-charge.

We are going to highlight, and briefly explain, our selection of the top ten best free mobile messaging apps as of the year 2018. These apps generally allow users to make free voice and video calls, share instant messages, photos, and even text messages. We hope this will help you get started hassle-free. A selection of the 10 proven best free mobile messaging Apps.

# 1: WhatsApp

This is perhaps the king of mobile messaging apps. It was jointly developed by Brian Acton and Jan Kuom. The app was taken over by Facebook Inc. in February 2014. It currently boasts over 1.5 billion total users who are spread out in over 180 countries. It is also visited by 450 million users monthly and 315 million users daily.

The app basically lets users send each other instant messages, make video and voices calls, and send free text messages among other features. It does have a payment option which, at the moment, is limited to India alone. This is the WhatsApp Pay feature. All the transactions are processed by the Unified Payments Interface.

# 2: Facebook Messenger

Closely trailing WhatsApp is the Facebook Messenger. As the name suggests, it was indeed developed by and is owned by Facebook Incorporated. It boasts 1.4 billion active users as of December 2017. It is currently installed on 87.5% of all Android devices in circulation. It does have a payment option which is still in beta version at the moment.

This messaging app enables two Facebook users to chat, exchange files and photos, make video calls, and even send each other text messages. It does not require the subscribers to share their telephone contacts as each user logs in with his Facebook username.

# 3: WeChat

WeChat stands apart from the top messaging apps in that it originates from the most illegally location – China. By the close of the year 2017, it had around 963 million monthly active users. It is basically a social chatting tool that lets its users chat freely with their friends. It also has a friend-finder tool which enables you to track the location of your contacts via the GPRS functionality.

It does support a range of payment options. These include Native In-App Payments, QR Code, Quick Pay, and In-App Web-Based. Because of this, it brings along the benefit of utmost convenience to its users.

# 4: Telegram

This Russian-developed instant messaging app is cloud-based. This simply means that it stores all the conversations, files, and data in a cloud. It thereafter avails this data to its users regardless of their precise locations on the globe. It grants its users the ability to send instant messages, exchange photos, files, videos, audio, and stickers.

At the moment, it has 180 million active users globally. The app has variants that are compatible with various operating systems and platforms. Among these are iOS, Android, MacOS, Windows Phone, Linux, and Windows NT.

It also has a payment option. This option basically acts as an intermediary between the end user-payer, the bot developer, and their preferred payment platform.

# 5: Snapchat

In sharp contrast to other mobile messaging apps, Snapchat is multimedia. This simply means that it handles and transfers files of various formats and types. It lets users chat instantly, share files and photos, and hold live video conferencing, among others.

It had a whooping 187 million daily users as of the end of 2017. It is also available in 22 languages ​​and is primarily popular among North American and European teens.

Other than sending each other messages, the app also allows users to send money to one another. The money is dismissed by use of Square Cash's email payment platform.

# 6: Line

Unlike most other mobile messaging apps that are restricted to mobile devices, Line accommodates multiple electronics. It can work well via cellphones, personal computers, laptops, tablets, and smartphones. It is free-of-charge and commands an active user base of about 217 million people. It is mainly restricted to Asia though.

With this app, users can chat; make conference voice and video calls, exchange photos and stickers, and even play games! It does have a payment platform called LINE Pay. This provides a secure and trustworthy payment service.

# 7: KIK

Developed by the Canadian company, KIK Interactive, this software is a freeware instant messaging mobile app. It is available free-of-charge via the iOS and Android operating systems. It is also free to operate as it utilizes your smartphone's data plan or the Wi-Fi connectivity to send and receive mobile web pages, instant messages, videos, photos, and sketches.

In the year-ended 2017, it had 300 million active users. It is especially popular among US teens. The app launched its own digital currency called Kin. With this currency, users will be able to earn and buy items from inside the app.

# 8: IMO

IMO supports and works well alongside other big instant messaging names like Yahoo !, AIM, Google Talk, Facebook Chat, and MSN Messenger. It basically lets you chat instantly with all your contacts in the aforementioned social networking sites. This saves you a great deal of time and effort as it absolves you from the need to log in to those sites separately.

Other than sending and receiving instant messages, the app also lets users make and receive video and voice calls, for free! At the end of 2017, the app had been downloaded 500 million times especially by the younger range of teenagers.

# 9: Viber

Founded in 2003, this social chatting app bears several similarities with most other mobile messaging apps. It is cross-platform in that it can work well across multiple operating systems and platforms. Examples of these are iOS, Microsoft Windows, Android, Linux, and MacOS. It had a whooping 980 million registered users worldwide as of the year-ended 2017.

Apart from merely chatting, the app also enables its users to make phone calls to each other, absolutely free! Other than that, it also enables users to exchange media – like images and video records. It has no payment platform of its own.

# 10: Kakaotalk

Closing our list of the top mobile messaging apps is this free mobile instant messaging application for smartphones. With a pretty small user base of just about 49.7 million10, this app is mainly limited to South Korea and much of Asia. It does have a bright future though as more and more people are anticipated to download it in the future.

The app is loaded with free text and free call features. It also works well across multiple platforms as MacOS, Bada OS, Android OS, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, Windows, and Nokia Asha.

It also comes along with KakaoPay which basically allows users to pay for certain products online using their KakaoTalk account. It also allows users to securely transfer money to their relevant bank account from their Kakaotalk chat. They do this without necessarily using any of their authentication certificate or one-time-password (OTP).

Conclusion

Mobile apps for Android and iOS are indeed here to stay. Moreover, they also play a crucial role in enhancing how we connect to and share with people all around us. You just can not afford to overlook them at all; not when you own a smartphone.

For this reason, you have to make every effort to download and install at least one of the free mobile messaging apps. The 10 best free mobile messaging apps we have identified and reviewed above will usually give you the much-needed starting point.

Choosing Among Native, Web and Hybrid Apps – What’s the Difference?

2018 marks the 10th anniversary of the app ecosystem that we recognize today. It is estimated that there are 12 million mobile app developers worldwide. As smart phones become more affordable, apps have also become ubiquitous. Android leads the pack with almost 6 million developers creating apps for the Playstore while almost 3 million are…

2018 marks the 10th anniversary of the app ecosystem that we recognize today. It is estimated that there are 12 million mobile app developers worldwide. As smart phones become more affordable, apps have also become ubiquitous. Android leads the pack with almost 6 million developers creating apps for the Playstore while almost 3 million are focusing on the Apple App store.

Many small businesses are still relevant to embrace mobile. They have already invested on a website and are satisfied with the current amount of traffic. But because of the tectonic shift in the digital space, failing to adapt to a mobile market may not only mean missed opportunities, but can also spell the future demise of their business.

To stay competitive, you must keep abreast of your customer online preferences and behavior. Apps can play a major role in improving customer engagement, facilitating payments, fostering loyalty and boosting the bottom line. When deciding to create an app for your business, there are three main approaches to consider: native, web, or hybrid approach. Each has its own benefits depending on your business objectives and resources. Here is a lowdown on these different types of app:

Native Apps

Native apps are quicker and more responsive. They are referred to as “native” since they were made for a specific platform such as Apple iOS or Android. They are made using the Software Development Kits (SDK) for a certain framework, hardware platform or operating system. Since they are optimized to the device's operating system, they can have full access to the gadget's capabilities including the camera, mic, GPS, etc. without dealing with complexity of native plugins. It can also store data that can be accessed offline. Because of the better responsiveness, it is best for graphical applications, HD games, and intensive animation applications. Since native apps are more stable and reliable, users report a better user experience and spend more time utilizing them other types of apps.

One drawback is that each platform requires the development of apps using a specific coding language. This leads different skill sets from app development team which can add to the cost. Each app store also has their own approval and publication process that can cause delays to the release of the app.

Web Apps

Web apps are basically websites that are configured to have the look and feel of real apps provided the device has a web browser. To “install” them, the user simply creates shortcuts to their home screen. They are run by a browser and usually written in cross-platform technologies such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, which are common coding languages. Because they are cross-platform ready, you do not need a team of developers that are well-versed in the Apple iOS or Android platforms. This makes creating them significantly less expensive. Compared to native apps, web apps also easier to distribute. You have more freedom in designing them and are not bound by the rules imposed by Google or Apple. They are more convenient to maintain and update especially when you want to keep adding novel features

However, they require internet access and the quality of their performance are dependent om the wifi speed or strength of the cell signal. They also have limited graphic ability and low device integration. They can not access certain phones features such as the mic or camera. Touch gestures are not always responsive and can have a noticeable “lag”, which can affect negatively affect user experience.

Hybrid Apps

Hybrid apps combine beneficial features of the native app and web app technologies. The objective of creating a hybrid app is to provide the experience of native app while keeping the simplicity of a web app. Some developers choose hybrid apps to conveniently integrate device features such as GPS, camera or push notifications. Since hybrid apps can be distributed through app stores, they have the added benefit of accessing the customer base of Apple and Google's platforms. Because they are still essentially web apps, they are cheaper to develop but may require experts that have more specialized knowledge of the different interfaces and features of the phone. They also still fall short when it comes to a native app's polished look and feel, graphical abilities and responsiveness.

Similarities and Differences of iPhone 5S

Looks are deceiving in this case, though. Under the hood, the iPhone 5S has a number of major improvements-especially to its camera-that make it a must-have purchase for some. For others, though, what the iPhone 5S has to offer makes it an optional upgrade. Some elements of the iPhone 5S are the same as were…

Looks are deceiving in this case, though. Under the hood, the iPhone 5S has a number of major improvements-especially to its camera-that make it a must-have purchase for some. For others, though, what the iPhone 5S has to offer makes it an optional upgrade.

Some elements of the iPhone 5S are the same as were present on the iPhone 5. You'll find the same 4-inch Retina Display screen, the same form factor, and the same weight (3.95 ounces). There are some noticeable differences as well (more on the most significant ones in the next two sections). The battery offers about 20% more talk and web browsing time, according to Apple. There are also three color options rather than the traditional two: slate, gray, and gold.

Since the iPhone 5 was already a great phone, carrying over many features and similarities is a valuable foundation from which the 5S begins. Its major new features, though, are what position it at the cutting edge.

Features for Now: The Camera and Touch ID

These new features break down into two categories: those that are used now and those that will mature in the future.

Perhaps the most headline-grabbing feature of the 5S is Touch ID, the fingerprint scanner built into the Home button that allows you to unlock your phone with the touch of your finger. This should also provide greater security than a simple passcode, since cracking it requires access to a fingerprint.

Setting up Touch ID is simple and using it is much faster than unlocking via a passcode. It can also be used to enter your iTunes Store or App Store passwords without having to type them. It's not hard to imagine this being extended to other kinds of mobile commerce-and how simple and relatively secure (though certainly not ironclad) that will make it.

The second major addition comes in the camera. At first glance, the 5S's camera may appear to be the same as what's offered by the 5C and 5: 8 megapixel stills and 1080p HD video. Those are the 5S's specs, but those do not nearly tell the whole story of the 5S's camera.

There are a number of more subt features that lead the 5S to be able to take substantially better photos and videos than its predecessors. The camera on the 5S takes photos composed of larger pixels, and the back camera has two flashes, rather than one. These two changes result in higher fidelity images and more natural color. When viewing photos of the same scene taken on the 5S and 5C, the 5S's photos are noticeably more accurate and more appealing.

Beyond simply the quality improvements, the camera also has a pair of functional changes that move the iPhone closer to being able to replace even professional cameras (though it's not quite there yet). First, the 5S offers a burst mode that allows you to take up to 10 photos per second by simply tapping and holding the camera button. This option specifically makes the 5S valuable in photography action, something earlier iPhones-which had to take photos one at a time-could struggle with.

Second, the video recording feature is substantially upgraded thanks to the ability to record slow motion video. Standard video is captured at 30 frames / second, but the 5S can record at 120 frames / second, allowing for detailed, ethereal video images that seem almost magical. Expect to start seeing these slow-motion videos all over YouTube and other video-sharing sites soon.

For the average user, these improvements may be nice-to-haves; for photographers, they're likely to be essential.

Features for the Future: Processors

The second set of new features in the 5S are present now, but will become more useful in the future.

The first such feature is the Apple A7 processor at the heart of the phone. The A7 is the first 64-bit chip to power a smartphone. When a processor is 64-bit, it's able to address more data in a single chunk than 32-bit versions. This is not to say that it's twice as fast (it's not; in my testing the 5S is about 10% faster than the 5C or 5 in most uses), but rather that it can offer more processor power to intensive tasks. But there are two drawbacks: software needs to be written to take advantage of the 64-bit chip, and the phone needs more memory.

As of now, most iOS apps are not 64-bit. The iOS and some key Apple apps are now 64-bit, but until all apps are updated, you will not see the improvements consistently. Additionally, 64-bit chips are best when used with devices with 4GB or more of memory. The iPhone 5S has 1GB of memory, so it can not access the full power of the 5S's processor.

The other feature that will come into greater use as third parties adapt to it is a second processor: the M7 motion co-processor. This processor is dedicated to handling data that comes from the iPhone's motion and activity-related sensors: the compass, gyroscope, and accelerometer. The M7 will allow apps to derive more useful data and apply it to more-advanced apps. This, of course, will not be possible until apps add support for the M7, but when they do, the 5S will become an even more useful device for physical interaction.

The Bottom Line

The iPhone 5S is a great phone. It's fast, powerful, sleek, and packs in a number of compiling new features. If you're due for an upgrade from your phone company, this is the phone to get. If you're a photographer, I suspect that there's no other smartphone that comes close to what the 5S offers.

If getting the 5S would require an early upgrade fee (such as buying the device at full price, which is about $ 300 more than the subsidized price), you've got a harder choice. There are great new features here, but they may not be great enough to justify that price. If you've got to pay $ 500 or more for the 5S, and you can do so, you may want to wait for next year's iPhone 6, which will likely deliver more new features and cost you less at the same time.

How To Find The Cheapest Android Tablets?

The advent of advanced mobile operating systems like Apple's iOS and Google's Android has transformed the world of cellular phones. Apple, being a proprietary organization, manufactures high-end smart phones and tablets for affluent customers. They have limited devices in circulation and therefore cater to a select range of customers. On the other hand, Android is…

The advent of advanced mobile operating systems like Apple's iOS and Google's Android has transformed the world of cellular phones. Apple, being a proprietary organization, manufactures high-end smart phones and tablets for affluent customers. They have limited devices in circulation and therefore cater to a select range of customers. On the other hand, Android is an open source technology, which makes it easier for any handset manufacturer to use it on their devices.

Apart from established handset makers like Samsung, HTC and Motorola, there are several local manufacturers that produce smartphones and tablets based on the Android platform. This makes it easy to find low-cost tablets as well. However, in the quest to find the cheapest Android tablet, we must also ensure that it fits the minimum criteria for a decent tablet PC. Here are some specifications that you should check before you pay for your Android tablet:

a. Screen size: Android tablets come in different sizes. In general, tablets have a diagonal length in the range of 7-inch to 10-inch. A 7 inch android tablet is best for you in case you wish to carry it in your hand most of the time. On the other end, if you intend to keep it in your bag or your coat pocket, you could also opt for a 10 inch tablet.

b. Android version: Google keeps updating its Android software stack time to time, and while the cheapest Android tablets may not have the latest version, it should not run on an outdated version as well. Currently, the latest version available in the market is 4.3, and there before you should ensure that your tablet PC runs at least least Android 4.0 or 4.1.

c. Processing speed: Tablets are provided to be used for multi-tasking purposes, which is why they need to have a decent processing speed. Currently, dual-core and quad-core processors are being provided with mid-range tablets, and therefore one should consider them to be the benchmark. Moreover, the device should provide a minimum internal memory of 512 MB so as to handle apps downloaded from the Android Play store.

d. Battery backup: Since tablet PCs are likely to keep running all the time, a good battery backup is a highly desired feature. Even the cheapest Android tablets provide a 2000 mAh Li-ion battery, which is why one should never settle for anything lower.

e. Sensors and Connectors: A good tablet should also provide A-GPS support along with connectors for USB and micro SD devices.

Top Four Apps For Your Android Tablet PC

The launch of tablets has ushered in a new era in the world of mobile computing. The last decade saw mobile phones getting redefined as Apple and Google's Android launched smartphones that can perform most activities one expect from a computer. Just as experts were debating whether smartphones could possibly replace personal computers and laptops,…

The launch of tablets has ushered in a new era in the world of mobile computing. The last decade saw mobile phones getting redefined as Apple and Google's Android launched smartphones that can perform most activities one expect from a computer. Just as experts were debating whether smartphones could possibly replace personal computers and laptops, the technology market witnessed the launch of a larger mobile device, known as tablet PC. Although Apple's iPad is a pioneer in the tablet domain, Android is slowly gaining momentum, largely due to its huge collection of apps, and its adaptation of free and open source philosophy. Here, we take a look at the top four Android apps that works even with a cheap tablet PC.

a. Flipboard: The immensely popular feed reader provides an intuitive display that looks and feels like a magazine. The app is designed specifically for tablets, and the large screen is a perfect fit for the type of content it provides. Flipboard lets you view content from your favorite online sources in the form of a magazine. Moreover, you can also subscribe to magazines put together by other users. Similarly, if you feel that your personal magazine is worth a share, it can be published online for other readers to enjoy.

b. Google Hangouts: Google has been betting big on its social networking platform, Google+. Hangouts is an integral part of the Google+ system as it merges all of Google's messaging too. This app allows you to text chat with your online Galkalk friends, and effortlessly switch to a video chat if you feel like. The superior HD quality of the video chats is something that makes it stand apart from the other apps.

c. Instagram: The photography-themed social networking website has gained prominence in the World Wide Web for its awesome functionalities. Instagram provides several image editing features to enhance or stylize your photos and then share it with your friends through several social networking sites. Although it is now a Facebook service, the originality of the app is intact, which makes it a great app for your tablet.

d. Skype: This app lets you make voice free and video calls through VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol). This is a must-have app for your new android tablet, as Skype fits perfectly for the tablet's large screen and a front-facing camera. Expensive international calls are no more a deteriorating factor, as you can talk to your family and friends using this Android app.

Choosing The Best Browser For Your Tablet PC

Tablet PCs are considered to be the hybrid of a smartphone and a laptop for several reasons. Like smartphones, most tablets provide a SIM card support that allows you to make calls and send text messages through your network carrier. On the other hand, its large screen makes it useful for most computing purposes. A…

Tablet PCs are considered to be the hybrid of a smartphone and a laptop for several reasons. Like smartphones, most tablets provide a SIM card support that allows you to make calls and send text messages through your network carrier. On the other hand, its large screen makes it useful for most computing purposes. A 10 inch tablet can easily replace most netbooks that are of the same screen size. Tablets are extensely used to browse the Internet, create and view documents, watch movies, play games and every other functionality that one gets in a personal computer. With Internet browsing being a major part of a tablet's usage, it is important to have the best browsers installed on your device.

a. Google Chrome: The latest versions of Android tablets have Google Chrome pre-installed on the device. It is almost an exact replica of its desktop version and provides synchronization features that help you juggle bookmarks, browsing history and other features between all your devices. Being a Google product, it needs you to sign in with your Gmail ID, which makes it easier to share information across different Chrome browsers signed in with the same user ID.

b. Boat Browser: The look and design of the Boat browser is quite similar to that of Google Chrome. However, what goes for it is that Boat is generally faster than Chrome and can handle several tabs without any performance degradation. There are several features offered in the “Settings” section, which makes it extremely customizable.

c. Opera for Mobile: Opera was one of the first web browsers that offered an optimized application specifically for smartphones and tablets. The app works extremely fast, even with the cheapest Android tablet. The browser sports a minimalistic design, which makes it easy to use for people who are new to the Android ecosystem. The Opera download manager is worth a mention as users can easily start, stop or pause a download request.

d. Dolphin Browser: Apart from offering a clean interface, the unique selling point of this browser is that it allows users to share a page directly on Facebook. Moreover, website content can be redefined as Evernote notes by direct transferring it to your Evernote account.

Web browsers for Android tablets have progressed substantively in the last few years. Most of these popular browsers dynamically change the display style of a webpage, based on the screen size of the android tablet. The future of web browsing is even more exciting as these browsers are trying to integrate other popular apps and websites within the product itself.

The Most Popular Uses Of A Tablet PC

Tablet PCs provide most features that a computer or a laptop offers. Additionally, one can also use the calling and text messaging facilities on a tablet, which gives it an edge over the bulkier laptops. Gradually, more and more people are preferring tablets as a mobile computer when they are traveling. In spite of its…

Tablet PCs provide most features that a computer or a laptop offers. Additionally, one can also use the calling and text messaging facilities on a tablet, which gives it an edge over the bulkier laptops. Gradually, more and more people are preferring tablets as a mobile computer when they are traveling. In spite of its several obvious advantages, tablet PCs have not penetrated the market as experts have predicted. This is mainly because most people have not been able to find out the perfect use for them. Here, we take a look at how students, business professionals and others are using the tablet PC.

a. Accessing e-mails and documents: Even the cheapest tablets provide an in-built e-mail client, which can be configured to read your mails. This is a great functionality, considering that the system notifies you whenever there is a new mail, thereby eliminating situations where you skip a particular important mail. Additionally, there are several free and paid office suites available on the app store, which can be used to access your important documents on the go.

b. Entertainment purposes: The large screen size of a tablet PC makes it a great device to play games, read books or watch movies. It is perfect for students and young professionals who would want to carry their personal computer with them wherever they go. Apart from the large screen and the superior display quality, tablet PCs provide ample storage space required to stack up as many movies, books or games as you want. Moreover, it is a lot easier to carry when compared to a laptop, and you do not need to take a separate bag for the device.

c. Video chatting: Most laptops for sale have a front-facing camera, which makes it an ideal device for video communication. Apps like Skype and Google Hangouts provide free video calling facility through the Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP). For business professionals, it is the best way to attend important meetings even when they are traveling. Moreover, the high phone bills for international calls are now a thing of the past, since the video calling apps use the Internet data packs for communicating.

d. Social networking: Today's generating is completely hooked into social networking websites like Facebook and Twitter. With a tablet PC, you can be connected to your social circle all the time. Moreover, image processing apps let users enhance your images on the go, so that they can be shared instantly with their friends.