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Microsoft’s Bing for Android offers its own contextual search feature right now

You might remember the Google Now on Tap feature that is coming with Android Marshmallow (still feels funny to type that). With this feature, you don’t have to leave the page you’re on to get more information from Google Now. For example, let’s say that you open an email on Inbox from your pal Joey who wants to take you to a restaurant you’ve never heard of. A long press on the home button will activate Google Now and you will see a card related to the eatery. The feature takes advantage of Google’s Knowledge Graph that helps connect people, places and things.

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Nimbus for SoundCloud is an enticing app to discover new music right on your phone

SoundCloud is a popular online audio distribution that enables its users to upload, record, promote, and share their originally-created sounds. According to the company’s data, the service attracts more than 175 million unique monthly listeners while content creators upload about 12 hours worth of audio every minute.

While SoundCloud has an official app for iOS and Android since a while, a Windows app has been missing from their portfolio. But of course, like always, the Windows developer community has pitched in. Nimbus for SoundCloud is another client that attempts to offer a unique music experience.

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IT Business Products : Mobile CPU Roadmap: Picking the Right Intel Chip

Intel’s Core family of chips has the right stuff for laptop users, from the Core i3 all the way up to the deluxe Core i7. Choosing the right laptop means knowing your mobile CPUs. We’ll explore the key features of Intel’s mobile chips to help you find the best one for your needs.

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Processor speed has peaked in recent years, but core counts, power-saving features, and built-in functionality have continued to climb. And with the industry emphasizing power consumption and performance per watt, mobile CPUs are where much of the most significant innovation is happening these days. As these CPUs have proliferated, deciding which one is right for you can be confusing.

Case in point: Intel’s Core family of processors, with an alphabet soup of names like i3-350M, i3-330UM, i5-520UM, and i7-720QM. Confusing? Yes. But fortunately, there’s some logic behind the numbers. Let’s simplify matters by looking at what all Core Mobile Chips (CPUs) have in common.

Things All CPUs Have in Common

All of the chips mentioned above come with multiple Hyperthreaded CPU cores that can run at least four simultaneous threads. All of them carry Intel’s Smartcache technology that allocates cache to each CPU core as needed. And every Core chip carries Enhanced Speedstep technology that lets the CPU clock- or power-down areas of the chip to save juice.

Ultra-low Voltage

Some of Intel’s chips go even further in saving power, shipping with clock speeds of around 1.2GHz, compared to the 2GHz-plus you’ll find in normal laptop CPUs. These chips–identified by a U in their processor number–each draw less than 18 watts. You’ll find at least one of them in each of the Core mobile families, and if you’re more concerned with battery life than pure performance, one of these Ultra Low Power chips makes a great choice.

Turbo Boost

While CPU manufacturers have concentrated on multiple cores and parallel processing, software vendors have been slower to make the jump. So while your CPU may be capable of performing four to eight simultaneous tasks, the software you’re running may still be focused on just one.

Enter Intel’s Turbo Boost. This speed-boosting technology detects such situations and ratchets down the clock speed on the core that’s not doing anything, while bumping it up on the core that’s doing all the work. By doing that, Turbo Boosted chips can run a single-threaded load much faster while drawing the same amount of power (and putting out the same amount of heat).

Intel HD Graphics and Clear Video HD

Graphics processing can be one of the biggest power draws in a mobile system, especially in systems with dedicated graphics chips. Intel addressed this by moving HD graphics and video processing onto the CPU itself. While Intel’s integrated graphics aren’t recommended for serious gaming, they can accelerate streaming video and even handle decoding for Blu-ray and other HD video.

Trusted Execution

The ever-expanding danger of viruses and other malware requires hardware as well as software solutions. Intel’s Trusted Execution Technology allows applications to run in their own protected space where code from other software can’t touch them.

So which specific chip is right for you? Here’s a look at Intel’s Core mobile families and how they break down:

Core i3

Chips in Intel’s least expensive mobile processor family run at lower clock speeds, carry a smaller 3MB cache, and lack features such as Turbo Boost and Trusted Execution. Found in machines starting at around $600, Core i3 chips are a good choice if you’re more concerned with value than performance. Such machines also make good alternatives to netbooks. You’ll give up some portability, but gain a substantial chunk of performance, often for about the same price.

Core i5

Move up to Intel’s midrange mobile line, and you’ll gain faster clock speeds, Trusted Execution, and access to Turbo Boost. That makes Core i5 chips well-suited to mainstream business computing, and a good choice in machines costing around $1000 or so.

Core i7

Intel’s highest-end mobile chips incorporate all the features listed above, and boost cache sizes to 4MB. This line carries the fastest clock speeds among Intel’s mobile chips, and even allows you to trade a bit of clock speed for a pair of additional CPU cores. The i7-720QM and 820QM chips come with 6MB and 8MB of cache, respectively and each carry four Hyperthreaded cores. Those high-end chips are meant to be paired with dedicated graphics processing, so they omit Intel’s integrated graphics.

Core i7 machines start around $1200, and are capable of replacing most desktop machines. More expensive Core i7 laptops with dedicated graphics can tackle high-performance applications such as HD video editing or high-end image processing.

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IT Business Products : Which is Right for You: Netbook or Notebook?

Netbooks are ultra-light, ultra-affordable, and easy to carry. Notebooks are full-sized, full-performance—and full-priced. Here’s what you’ll need to know to make the savviest and most cost-effective choice.

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Light vs. Ultralight

Both styles of PC are designed for easy travel, yet there’s a notable difference between the lighter-than-air netbooks and the more substantial notebooks.

Netbooks

Netbooks are all about computing on the move. Weighing less than three pounds, with screens that are 12 inches or smaller, a netbook can be tossed easily into a backpack or purse, or even carried comfortably in one hand.  If you lug your machine around all day long, that’s a major consideration.

Netbooks are leaner, and better suited to web-based usage, as they rarely have a CD or DVD drive. Their processors make them both energy-efficient and power-conscious, but that also means they’re designed to run fewer programs simultaneously.

If you have a web-driven lifestyle, such as blogging for work or pleasure, netbooks are a sleek way to go. Less hardware means less power drain, so netbooks have a longer battery life, lasting up to twelve hours without a charge. If an ultra-light machine can handle your needs, it’s definitely the better choice.

Notebooks

Notebooks are more substantial, with larger keyboards and screens, built-in DVD drives, and more computing strength. With a weight starting at about five pounds, notebooks are built with the heft to edit massive video files, create graphics, or manage large music libraries. Keep in mind that more tech muscle requires more human muscle (to carry) and electric muscle (to power).

The larger hard drive of a notebook delivers power and speed, capable of storing huge amounts of content while easily running multiple data-heavy programs. If your priority is strength over convenience, then notebooks are the best.

LCD vs. Battery Life

There’s a clear trade-off between the size of the LCD screen and the length of battery life. If a large screen is your main priority, notebooks are for you. Just remember that increased screen size has a corresponding battery drain, too.

Power vs. Convenience: The Choice Is Yours

Are you creating content or consuming it?  If you need a machine that offers “heavy lifting” in terms of performance, you need a notebook. If your lifestyle allows you to travel lightly, then netbooks are the best choice for you.

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The PhoneArena 2015 census: What brand phone are you using right now?

Almost exactly 9 months ago, we asked our readers to participate in the first of its kind PhoneArena census, and share information about their current smartphone. Many thousands of you — 11,169, to be exact — took up our call and voted. Now, with the end of 2015 finally getting within sight, we thought it makes sense to go for another count. This time around, however, we decided to ask two additional questions pertaining to your purchase — carrier (if US resident) and phone class. 

So, without any further ado, what’s hiding in your pocket right …

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Eat right, sleep tight

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Many working adults have troubling falling asleep, while others find it difficult to stay asleep.  According to the CDC, 42 million American workers do not get the recommended seven to nine hours of shut-eye per night.

When you sleep well, you wake up feeling refreshed and alert. Sleep, or lack thereof, affects how you look, feel, and more importantly, the way you perform during the day. The amount of sleep you get each night can have a major impact on your overall quality of life.

During the four stages of sleep, your body recoups from the various daily activities by relaxing muscles, growing and repairing tissues, restoring energy, and releasing hormones, such as: Growth hormone, essential for growth and development, including muscle development. Sleep can help you thrive by contributing to a healthy immune system.

Here are a few foods that may get you closer to dream land.

  1. Fish- Salmon, halibut, and tuna can boast vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin, which helps control your sleep and wake cycles.
  2. Whole Grains- Bulgur, barley and other whole grains are rich in magnesium. Not consuming enough magnesium may make it difficult to stay asleep, according to the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine.
  3. Bananas- Bananas, are rich in potassium and are also a good source of Vitamin B6.
  4. Walnuts- Walnuts are a good source of tryptophan, a sleep-enhancing amino acid that helps make serotonin and melatonin.
  5. Lettuce- Lettuce contains lactucarium, which has sedative properties and affects the brain similarly to opium. Therefore, having a salad for dinner could speed up your bedtime.

 

The article provided is for information purposes only. Please consult with your professional health care provider as to whether this information can benefit you.

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Was Tupac right? A look back at the midterm elections

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And although it seems heaven sent, we ain’t ready to see a black President”- Tupac Shakur, from Changes

Sharing the sentiments of most blue folks living in red states, the results of the recent midterm elections felt like a body blow to progressive ideals. This is true especially here in Georgia, a state that more than a few had predicted to go purple this year. In the days following the political blood bath, pundits, analysts, and political scientists have been quick to offer their explanations and synopses of what happened. After all the smoke cleared and every possible speculation had been made, two things became very clear about the midterm election: (1) Democrats were unable to turn out the Obama electorate and (2) Democrats shed white voters in huge numbers. The remaining question is “why?” Many experts cite the sputtering economy as the culprit. Others blame President Obama’s cool demeanor and his alleged lack of interest in truly engaging House and Senate Republicans. Very few are willing to even consider the role that the President’s race might have played in the results for fear of being labeled racist or being accused of playing the race card. So I’ll take one for the team and consider the possibility that Obama’s blackness has some influence in our politics and how we vote (or don’t vote).

Pac’s Prophetic Eye

The late nineties was a remarkable time to enter adulthood, especially for poor African-American youth. We survived the LA riots and the stark, racially divisive reaction to the infamous O.J. Simpson verdict. For the generation that came of age during the Crack Era, race still mattered. While many of us were inspired by our predecessors who made their mark during the Civil Rights Movement, we were equally dismayed by the sense of abandonment that many of us experienced as the result of the harsh judgment levied upon us by those same older warriors.

Enter Tupac Shakur, the voice of a restless and rambling generation. Like so many generational icons before him, Shakur poignantly and poetically captured the angst and frustration of his comrades. He did so in the song Changes, quoted at the beginning of this piece. Originally penned in 1992, the late rapper not only cautioned us about the implications of electing a Black president, he also railed against police brutality and systemic poverty. Reminiscent of the great Marvin Gaye, many years after his death, Tupac’s words are as relevant now as they were in 1992.

It Did Seem Heaven Sent

Fast forward to 2008. It was one of those rare events in a lifetime where you remember exactly where you were and what you were doing when it happened. I was in Savannah, Georgia enjoying my own boss’s victory party when the polls in California finally closed. Then they called it. Amazingly, the United States had elected our first African-American president. It was a historic moment indeed.

Because I worked in politics, I wasn’t immediately swept into the euphoric belief that having a Black president signaled the end of all racism. But I must admit that it did feel good to be a part of history and to imagine, for a moment, that we were just inches away from realizing Dr. King’s dream. That honeymoon ended before it ever began. Straight away, Republican operatives sprang into action with their ultimate goal to make President Obama a one-term president. Of course, that plan didn’t work. The Obama electorate, generally made up of young people, single females, and minorities, turned out again in 2012 to re-elect Barack Obama. For many folks, this solidified the idea that minorities were truly electable to the highest office in the land. And all is well with the world…

“I voted for Barack Obama twice and still got tear gassed”

This was the response of a Ferguson, Missouri protester when he was asked to comment on the effectiveness of political action during a town hall meeting that was held nearly a month after the shooting death of Michael Brown. The protester was young and African-American and his sentiments were quite indicative of the frustrations of a good number of Obama voters.

The election of Obama was critically miscalculated by two specific theories. The first theory, often adopted by Obama supporters, states that some palpable improvement would be experienced in African-American and minority communities as a direct result of having an African-American president. The second theory states that the mere election (and re-election) of a Black president signifies the end of racism and the necessity for programs and laws designed to protect minorities from discrimination. The problem with the first theory is that it totally misunderstands the role and power of the president. No president prior to Obama (except for possibly Abraham Lincoln) or after him will ever have the power to change people’s lives overnight. It’s not how our democracy works. Your vote is always more effective the closer it is to home. So while your vote for Obama may not have kept you from getting tear gassed, your vote for your council member or police chief had more potential to make the difference. The second theory, often adopted by Obama opponents, is wilder than the first. It would have us believe that one election can overturn centuries of systematic discrimination and degradation. It’s more than just a stretch; it’s insane.

On November 4, 2014 these two theories collided with billions of campaign dollars, a slowly recovering economy, a fear-driven conservative base, and an uninspired liberal base. The result was a Republican takeover at nearly all levels of government. At some point, Barack Obama ceased being a politician and became a superhero in the eyes of many. He was expected to do the impossible. After six years in office, some have discovered what many of us knew all along—at the end of the day, the President (no matter who he or she may be) is just a mere mortal like the rest of us. This left a lot of people despondent and disappointed, so they just weren’t motivated to vote. Brother Shakur may have been on to something.

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The Essential Android Security Features You Should Enable Right Now

Your phone is probably the most personal device you own. You carry it with you at all times, and it can access a large chunk of your most sensitive data. Here’s how to keep it secure using just the basic […]

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ATMs on the target of the hackers right now!

The ATM hack is getting more sophisticated in which the hackers are injecting some extremely obnoxious malware into the machine. The two Ukrainian men are arrested from the Macau and have the similar charges of stealing the $100,000 from the seven ATM machines. The device is a rigid green circuit board, which can be put into the card slot; the board is four to five times the length of the ATM card. Read More….

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ATMs on the target of the hackers right now!

The ATM hack is getting more sophisticated in which the hackers are injecting some extremely obnoxious malware into the machine. The two Ukrainian men are arrested from the Macau and have the similar charges of stealing the $100,000 from the seven ATM machines. The device is a rigid green circuit board, which can be put into the card slot; the board is four to five times the length of the ATM card. Read More….

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