We are always admiring technology and praising the amazing inventions we have right now. But like everything, it has a bad side too which we ignore most of the times. How different is texting someone from actually speaking on the phone? How dissimilar is meeting someone than just having a Facebook chat? Many times we are comfortable on texting rather than calling someone. Ever thought why is that so? Aren’t humans supposed to interact with one another with the strongest means of communication by meeting people face to face and exchanging thoughts and ideas? The medium of human interaction has changed considerably since the past few years. Let’s see to what level has this affected the human interaction.
If you happen to visit any college or university, you will find most of the people with their eyes stuck on screen literally even having their friends around. Checking mails and text messages was practiced alone in free time but now we are always inquisitive about these electronic messages, more alert towards our laptop or phone screens than aware of the people we have there at our place. Even if it’s a face to face meet-up after a long time, we still can’t rid of this habit. Doesn’t this make us slave of technology? We may have freedom of speech but more appropriately it should be called freedom of writing in text than delivering a speech.
The statistics of means of communicating with each other has drastically shifted from phone calls to texts. More accurately, we can say that telephone call is now a dying institution. The findings from UK relating to this topic is surprising. The research revealed that youngsters aging between 16-24s use text based applications a lot more than any calling apps. Face-to-face interactions are also a rare event as Facebook has invaded these meetings.
Developmental psychologists are emphasizing on this problem more as they are well-informed of the adverse effects of using these devices to communicate. They are more concerned about the kids using smartphones and laptops to communicate rather than having one-to-one chit-chat. This is not because children use tech gadgets frequently but because they start using such devices at a very early age when they are supposed to learn inter-personal skills not by face booking or texting but having a neat facet-to-face communication.
Moreover, this more and more text based interaction is ruining our surroundings. Human society is run on the basis of power. This is human nature to gain power and have more control on things. If we talk about our daily lives, we face such power struggles every day during texting conversation. We usually feel that the person who texts first is more attached and weak for the other person compared to the one who texts back in reply. The person starting the conversation has in a way lost a little power as the person to whom the text has been sent. But this doesn’t exist in the live face-to-face communication.
Texting and socializing on social networking sites is not wrong but using to this much extent is surely something harmful for our upcoming generations and society build up. No doubt the quality of human interaction has lost its essence due to lesser heart to heart conversations. If you feel that way, stop getting ruled by technology and do what empowers you rather than what weakens you.
Having so many latest smartphones around we do get confused about which one would be the best buy according to our needs. Some phones are great at taking good photos while others deliver good gaming performance. Some select the phones because of impressive design and functionality etc. but there is another class of users who like to opt. for a fastest phone. The phone which is at doing things quickly and efficiently. But how would we know that which smartphone is the fastest?
Well, looks like the most streamlined phones would try to be stunningly fast. We took four top most brands to get to the bottom line namely Apple, Samsung, HTC and LG. Firstly, the researchers tested these phones on the basis of processing speed. This was a wise decision as processor speed determines that how fast is the phone at opening apps, play games and videos, multi-task etc.
So which phone managed to stay ahead in this race? Any guesses? It’s the amazing iPhone 5S which passed all the benchmark tests scoring better than other phones in the competition. Yes, fellows this phone has completely left other streamlined phones far behind. The runners-up were LG’s G2 which stood 2nd and surprisingly Galaxy S4 came third.
This fact becomes even more interesting when we realized that Apple’s phone 5S has a dual-core processor while its rival Samsung Galaxy S4 features quad-core processor. Normally the phones featuring quad-core processors are believed to work faster than dual-cores. But iPhone 5S has proved our observations wrong. These results firmly indicated that number of cores is not the necessary indication of better performance.
The phones had to undergo the strict benchmarking tests using Greenbench software. This is the most reliable indicator of deciding the phone’s speed. Each phone was tagged with a score after passing through a particular test. The higher the phone’s score, the better and faster it is. Well no doubt that most of the top phones would work fantastic in every respect but iPhone S6 takes the edge over all these phones. A noticeable difference was seen in iPhone than other rival phones as it worked with visibly extra speed when videos were edited or worked on any power hungry app.
Brief Introduction of iPhone’s 5S Features and Specs:
The iPhone 5S comes with 4 inch display with the diamond cut aluminum body. This makes it so premium and solid. The camera is just outstanding with the 8 Mega-pixels. It also has a finger print reader that reads extremely fast. The apps launch and web pages load real quick. The 64-bit A7 chip delivers fast CPU and graphics performance. And the M7 motion coprocessor handles specific tasks to make iPhone 5s power proficient. iPhone 5s supports fast LTE bands you will find around the globe. Moreover, the battery life is quite good that lasts for 10 hours. You will find it expensive but you won’t regret investing on it. Well, iPhone 5S is certainly not the latest phone nowadays but surely the fastest!
LG G2 was one of those smartphones which literally shook the smartphone market. It kept the market captured for quite some time but as soon as LG felt the phone is losing its popularity, it launched the new version LG G3. With all the competitors focusing on the screen. LG was also bound to bring some dramatic changes in the screen of LG G3. Well not just screen but G3 also has some other groundbreaking features as well.
LG G3’s metallic body was much talked about before its release, as the plastic body of G2 was one of the reason it didn’t succeeded in getting five stars. LG’s fans very anxiously waiting to hold the metallic phone in their hands but unfortunately when G3 was launched we found that it had a plastic body which was painted to give it a brushed metal look. Despite having a plastic body LG G3 looked better than most of the other phones placed on the shelf. The back plate is removable so you can replace the battery and add a micros SD card. G3 comes with 16 GB and 32 GB and all those who will be buying the 16GB model will definitely need a memory card to make use of all the great heavy apps.
Display is the factor that enables G3 to outshine all other smartphones of its kind. Coming loaded with the amazing 2K display it takes your user experience to the next level. The display is much brighter and even bigger than its competitor but still it somehow manages to fit in the same slim and stylish body. With 2560 x 1440 pixels adorning its IPS+ panel it lets you enjoy media at its peak. Talking of display how can we forget the pixel density of 534ppi which is higher than all other phones.
Driven by the powerful quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor running at 2.5GHz, it gives you all the speed and power you need to perform exceptionally well. In addition the perfect combination of 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage further improves the performance. With LG G3 web browsing is more fun with the 4G connectivity. The pages load with a speed you’ve never experienced before plus it is capable of handling HD content like an expert.
Unfortunately G3 is not good in battery as its predecessor was. Actually the real reason for unsatisfactory battery performance is that it packs in 3000mAh battery which is not suitable for a phone having 2K screen. While using it daily for Facebook, web surfing and YouTube viewing it gave us a round 15 hours on a single charge.
After G2 we were expecting a simply amazing phone from LG and luckily G3 has lived up to our expectations. By closely reviewing it all the features we have come to a decision that it is definitely much better than its predecessor in most of the things. The only thing in which G3 lacks behind is the battery, otherwise G3 is a phone we always wished to have.
We could never deny to the fact that smartphone apps have totally changed the way we live our life. With these innovative apps we get whole world right at the palm of our hand. And with the passage of time the influence of these apps on our day to day life has continued to increase. From cooking to travelling to office work, these apps are helping us in everything we can think of. Here is a list of those smartphone applications we certainly don’t want to live without.
Who doesn’t like music? The genres people prefer may differ but almost everyone like to listen music. There are some times when we enjoy a song in friend’s car or in the mall but don’t know its name. Finding such songs is just a breeze with Sound Hound. Hold your phone up to the speaker and simply hum the tune or sing the song as much as you remember and it will identify it. Once the song is identified you can download it, read its lyrics or share it.
Many of us don’t agree with it but planners have become a necessity as along as we want to complete the long list of tasks in a small day. Any.do is an amazing app which offers interactive visuals. Its innovative calendar and daily planner is ideal for keeping your professional as well as personal life organized.
WhatsApp is among some of the most liked messaging platform. It lets you send free messages across the world, and not just text messages you can send pictures, songs and videos all for free. Now you can even make calls with this superb app. The option of group messaging is ideal for talking to whole group of friends at once. The best thing about WhatsApp is it is easy to use with interactive interface.
Waze is the best app you can get for avoiding traffic jams and hassles. It pulls information from other Waze users so you can avoid crashes, obstacles and traffic jams. But still if you unfortunately get stuck in a traffic jam its amazing feature, traffic bar, gives you the countdown of how long it will take to clear up the road.
Smartphone these days have all our emails, contacts, saved passwords, credit card numbers and much more. In short all our personal and sensitive information is kept in our smartphones and tablets so it is important to keep them secured. There are plenty of hacking and data stealing apps available which makes your data vulnerable to hacking. You will not want to think of all the damage and crisis you’ll suffer from if someone steals this information. There are simple steps which will help you avoid such situations just act on them and make your devices more secured and protected.
- Password Protect Your Device
There are almost one third of smartphone users who go with the default swipe to unlock option and do not set a password for unlocking their home screen. If you keep your phone open to all it will attract intruders and hackers. Keep a password for screen and make sure password is difficult to guess. Latest smartphones also give the option of setting a pattern which is also good as patterns are difficult to imitate. And make sure you change your password after every few months because there might be someone who knows your password and use your cellphone when you are not around.
While installing a new app we don’t consider whether it is a trusted app or not. A dangerous app can do us more harm than we can think of, they can spread malware, infect the software and some can also steal your contact list. Google Play, Amazon Appstore, Apple iTunes and Microsoft’s Windows Store offer reliable apps but third party apps can contain malicious content. To avoid accidental installation of such apps android users can block such apps by going to security settings and unchecking the “unknown sources”.
In Android market and Apple app stores you can find a number of security apps. These apps automatically detect malicious content and codes and let you know when you are in danger. Such apps are perfect for protecting yourself from online fraud and phishing you can become victim of while downloading something. Installing these security apps should be the first thing to do when you get a new phone or tablet.
Smartphones and tablets often get stolen or sometimes we lose them by our own mistakes, in both the cases our tablets can get into wrong hands and our personal data can be stolen. To avoid this situation tracking apps are developed which let you track where your device is and also let you remotely delete your sensitive information. If you are using an iPhone then go to iCloud in settings and turn on “Find my iPhone.”
While waiting at airport on sitting alone in a coffee shop, we always look for public Wi- Fi to get ourselves busy. Where these public Wi-Fi are great for passing time or doing important work while on the move, these open Wi-Fi can also pose big security threat. Hackers use these public networks to access personal information like passwords, usernames, credit card details and much more.
Apple and Samsung, the two leading manufacturers of smartphones are in never ending race of bringing best on best for their customers. Where Apple offers newest technology, Samsung offers some amazing feature but in less price. Galaxy Note 4 and iPhone 6 are the two hottest phones of Apple and Samsung at the current point. Where both these phones have some qualities they also have some drawbacks. Apple claims that its devices are always better than Samsung’s devices, however there are few things which Note 4 can do but iPhone 6 can’t. Here have a look at it:
- Galaxy Note 4 With Its S Pen
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 was among those devices which introduced the ideal of phablet. After launch of Note 4 Apple announced its iPhone 6 Plus having same size. So its note’s size which makes it unique but it is the S Pen which comes along Note 4 which makes it superior to other such phablets. Though S Pen has remained a part of Note series but with Note 4 we get its revised and improved version. The new S Pen now comes with the support of more than 2,000 levels of pressure sensitivity. The S Pen lets you do a lot of things including faster navigation to smooth paper pen like writing experience. Once you get used to of S Pen, working with fingers seems much boring.
Well you can’t take out most from your smartphone unless you are satisfied with its battery life. However sometimes you are on long trips and don’t get a chance to recharge your phone, in this case if you own Galaxy Note 4 you don’t have to worry at all. It comes with a high capacity 3,220 mAh battery but if you still run out of it you can always replace it with another fully charged battery. All you have to do is pop open its back cover, take out the battery and replace it with a new one. Apple does not give you the option of removing or replacing your battery so you have to stick with its fixed battery.
Even though Galaxy Note 4 comes with spacious internal storage but still Samsung gives you the option of expanding your storage up to 128GB by means of a memory card. Movie lovers can now easily store their favourite movies in their smartphone. However iPhone 6 also comes with 128GB of storage but you have to pay a fortune for that.
With technology rapidly overtaking our lifestyle, we have now gadget and devices for everything. In this scientific era we are leading a life, we could only dream of just few decades ago. By using latest and modern tech, we have totally transformed our life. We now have laptop and tablets instead of old bulky desktop PCs, our big mobile phones have squeezed into slim and sleek smartphones, TVs have become smart TVs and performing computer like functions, and the list goes on. In this era where everything is modernizing itself, why should our homes stay behind? With appropriate gadgets and latest technology now we can turn our homes into smarthomes.
Today we have got all those innovations which enables us to transform our home into a smarthome that can clean itself, match your mood, talk to you, and controlled completely from the palm of your hand.
A Smartphone Can Make a Big Difference
Connected devices are becoming more and more common these days. These devices are the ultimate way of turning your old fashioned home into a high tech home. You have always wished for a device that could automatically play your favourite music when you start your dinner or make your hot tub ready when you enter your home, all these things are possible now because of devices that connect to internet. Almost all the latest devices can be fitted with a wi fi plug and can be connected to smartphones and you can turn them on or off using internet. Now you can fire up your coffee machines just by sitting in your bed or you can buy slow cookers that relay the status of your meal to your smartphone. You also get a complete peace of mind as you know which devices are on. If you leave your house in hurry and forgot to turn your iron off, don’t worry, just tap your mobile and turn off your iron.
The Enviable Smartlocks
Taking care of your house keys when you are on the go or out on a trip, can be a daunting task. So say goodbye to these old methods of home security and say hello to smart locks. These locks are installed in your front door and are controlled by your mobile. You can customize their settings to automatically unlock when you are near the door and you can give this access to anyone you want. No matter wherever you are in the world, you can now easily control your front door. Some of the smartlocks can also take pictures so you can know who is at the front door.
Vacuuming is one of those household chores which you always wanted to get rid of. In this present modern world, prevailed by technology, we have robots who can do all those chores which we don’t like to do. These little robotic vacuum cleaners can be programmed to do the cleaning and they can return to their changing station all by their selves. So go out and enjoy with your friends while this robot is cleaning up your house. And if you think it will not complete the task properly then you are wrong as they can sense dirt particles on the floor and clean it. If you are worrying that they will get jammed behind a chair or table or they’ll fall off the stairs, so top worrying because they have sensors which prevent these things to happen. Apart from cleaning you also get robotic solutions for lawn mowing or you could buy refrigerators which will tell you how many bears are left in the fridge and washing machines which can inform you how much time is left until the job is done.