IT IS GOING TO BE OK.
LOOK AT THE BRIGHT SIDE.
The expert in anything was once a beginner.
A little consideration, a little thought for others makes all the difference.
Don’t lose hope. You never know what tomorrow will bring.
If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.
Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else. – Les Brown
Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. it means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections. – Unknown
Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs. – Farrah Gray
Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. – Joshua J. Marine
Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try. – Jack Canfield
Dont be afraid to stand for what you believe in, even if that means standing alone.. – Unknown
Forget all the reasons it won’t work and believe the one reason that it will. – Unknown
Go where you are celebrated – not tolerated. If they can’t see the real value of you, it’s time for a new start. – Unknown
Good things come to those who wait… greater things come to those who get off their ass and do anything to make it happen. – Unknown
Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, or worn. It is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace & gratitude. – Denis Waitley
I am thankful for all of those who said NO to me. It’s because of them I’m doing it myself. – Albert Einstein
I don’t regret the things I’ve done, I regret the things I didn’t do when I had the chance. – Unknown
In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure. – Bill Cosby
It’s hard to wait around for something you know might never happen; but its harder to give up when you know its everything you want. – Unknown
Just know, when you truly want success, you’ll never give up on it. No matter how bad the situation may get. – Unknown
Just remember there is someone out there that is more than happy with less than what you have. – Unknown
Life has two rules: #1 Never quit #2 Always remember rule # 1. – Unknown
Life is like photography. You need the negatives to develop. – Unknown
Life is short, live it. Love is rare, grab it. Anger is bad, dump it. Fear is awful, face it. Memories are sweet, cherish it. – Unknown
Love what you have. Need what you want. Accept what you receive. Give what you can. Always remember, what goes around, comes around… – Unknwon
No one is going to hand me success. I must go out & get it myself. That’s why I’m here. To dominate. To conquer. Both the world, and myself. – Unknown
Nobody ever wrote down a plan to be broke, fat, lazy, or stupid. Those things are what happen when you don’t have a plan. – Larry Winget
One of the most important keys to Success is having the discipline to do what you know you should do, even when you don’t feel like doing it. – Unknown
Rule #1 of life. Do what makes YOU happy. – Unknown
Self confidence is the most attractive quality a person can have. how can anyone see how awesome you are if you can’t see it yourself? – Unknown
The best revenge is massive success. – Frank Sinatra
The biggest failure you can have in life is making the mistake of never trying at all. – Unknown
The only thing that stands between you and your dream is the will to try and the belief that it is actually possible. – Joel Brown
The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. – Steve Jobs
The pain you feel today is the strength you feel tomorrow. For every challenge encountered there is opportunity for growth. – Unknown
Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending. – Carl Bard
Three things you cannot recover in life: the WORD after it’s said, the MOMENT after it’s missed and the TIME after it’s gone. Be Careful! – Unknown
Walk away from anything or anyone who takes away from your joy. Life is too short to put up with fools. – Unknown
We learn something from everyone who passes through our lives.. Some lessons are painful, some are painless.. but, all are priceless. – Unknown
When the past calls, let it go to voicemail, believe me, it has nothing new to say. – Unknown
When you say It’s hard, it actually means I’m not strong enough to fight for it. Stop saying its hard. Think positive! – Unknown
The Samsung Galaxy S4 comes packed with many new features such as facial movement tracker ‘Smart Scroll’ and ‘Smart Pause’ and ‘Air View’ gesture control. Xperia Z is no less of a competitor either. Sony has launched its Xperia Z and has market it as its premier flagship phone for 2013. Unveiled in January at CES 2013, the Xperia Z has what it takes to take on other names in the market. Sony has significantly revamped its hardware and software, when compared to earlier Xperia. It too has a few tricks in its bag to give a stiff fight to Galaxy S4, as it boasts of an exclusive technology of its own to show-off such as Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 display technology and Exmor RS image sensor.
SONY Xperia Z
|Display Size||5.0 inches||4.99 Inches|
|Display Type||TFT capacitive touchscreen||Super AMOLED|
|Dimensions||139 x 71 x 7.9 mm||136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm (5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 in)|
|Sim Type||Micro Sim||Micro Sim|
|Resolution||1080 x 1920 pixels||1080 x 1920 pixels|
|Weight||146 grams||130 g (4.59 oz)|
|PPI (Pixels Per Inch)||441||441|
|LTE Band||LTE 800 / 850 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100, LTE (market dependent)|
|Shatter Proof, Scratch Resistant & Water Resistant||Yes, Water resistant up to 1 meter and 30 minutes||No|
|Internal Memory||16GB||16/32/64 GB storage|
|External SD Card Slot||Up to 32GB||Yes, up to 64GB|
|Rear Camera||13.1MP with 4128×3096 pixels, autofocus, LED flash||13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, LED flash. Dual Shot, Simultaneous HD video and image recording,|
|Front Camera||2.2 MP with 1080p@30fps||2MP with 1080p@30fps Recording|
|Chipset||Qualcomm MDM9215M / APQ8064||International version
|GPU||Adreno 320||International version
|Processor||Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait||International version
|Bluetooth||4.0 with A2DP||4.0 with A2DP|
|NFC / USB 2.0 with MHL Support||Yes /Yes||Yes|
|Wi Fi Standards||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot|
|Firmware||Android Jellybean 4.1.2 Upgradeable to Jellybean 4.2.2||Jellybean 4.2.2|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Ion 2330 mAh battery||2600 Mah Removable Battery|
|Colors||Black, White, Purple||White Frost, Black Mist|
Samsung and Apple are by far the two most successful companies in the highly competitive mobile market. These two companies are not only direct competitors in a number of markets, but they are also based on two different philosophies. As a direct consequence, each time a new iPhone or Galaxy S model is officially unveiled, one of the first things we all do, is compare the most recent versions in both lines.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 comes packed with many new features such as facial movement tracker ‘Smart Scroll’ and ‘Smart Pause’ and ‘Air View’ gesture control to name a few. iPhone 5 is no less of a competitor either.
|Specifications||Samsung Galaxy S4||Apple iPhone 5|
|Dimensions||136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9mm, 130g5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 inches, 4.59 oz||123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6mm, 112g4.9 x 2.3 x 0.3 inches, 4 oz|
|Display||5-inch, Super AMOLED1920 x 1080 Full HD, 441ppi||4-inch IPS LCD640 x 1136 pixels, 326 ppi|
|CPU and GPU||International version
|Apple A6dual-core,1300 MHzPowerVR SGX543MP3|
|Storage||16GB/32GB/64GBinternal microSD, up to 64GB||16/32/64 GBNon-expandable|
|Cameras||13 MP Rear; 2 MP Front-Facing1080p Rear; 1080p Front-FacingLED flash, autofocus, burst mode, Shot with Sound, Dual record, Smart Erase||8 MP Rear; 1.2 MP Front-Facing1080p Rear; 720p Front-FacingLED flash, autofocus, HDR, F2.4|
|Battery||2600mAh, removable||1440 mAh, non-removable8h talk time (3G)|
|Networks||GSM, UMTS, HSPA+/LTE||GSM, UMTS, CDMA HSPA+, LTE|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n acWi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, DLNA, NFC Bluetooth 4.0 A2DP microUSB, MHL 2, infrared A-GPS||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/nWi-Fi hotspot Bluetooth 4.0 A2DP Lightning connector A-GPS|
|Operating system||Android 4.2 TouchWiz UIAir View, Smart Scroll, Smart Pause,S Translate, Knox, S Drive||iOS 6.1|
- Galaxy S4 vs iPhone 5 vs. HTC One: Best Smartphone Screen Battle (gottabemobile.com)
- Post Galaxy S4 era: Apple iPhone 5S specs and features need total revamp (thenewstribe.com)
- Apple iPhone 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. HTC One X: The cameras (reviews.cnet.com)
- 10 Ways Samsung’s Galaxy S4 Is Better Than The iPhone 5 (AAPL) – San Francisco Chronicle (sfgate.com)
The Galaxy S4, the most anticipated smartphone of the year, is scheduled to be released at a big event on March 14th in New York City. Today Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9502 pictures have made an appearance online from Chinese forums. This photos look like the dual-SIM version for a Chinese carrier. According to these photos, Galaxy S4 will be having a 1080p display, 13 megapixels camera, 2GB RAM, 1.8GHz quad core processor and runs on Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean. So far the specifications look good enough. And as for the features in the software side, we have already seen confirmations of Samsung’s ‘Smart’ features that include: Smart Rotation, Smart Stay, Smart Pause and Smart Scroll.
Either way we only have a few days to go before the unveiling and all rumours will be put to rest when Samsung officially announces the Galaxy S4 at their THE NEXT GALAXY event in New York, USA on 14th March. The event can be watched live on YouTube at 7pm US EDT (10am Friday March 15 AEDT).
The rumors of next generation iPad and iPhone are already starting to pick up steam. According to the latest report from iLounge, the iPhone 5S is said to enter mass production in July. Notably, the report includes code names and release timeframes.
• The iPad mini, as heavily claimed before, is said to be upgraded with a Retina display by October. This release timeframe would match that of the rumored fifth-generation iPad with iPad mini design elements. The Retina iPad mini is said to be codenamed J85, while the fifth-generation iPad is reportedly known as J72. The new iPad mini is also said to retain the first generation design.
• The iPhone 5S is said to include a faster processor and possibly a new Sony 13 megapixel camera sensor. iLounge previously reported that the iPhone 5S would include an improved rear LED flash. The current iPhone 5S prototypes have N51 and N53 code names, according to the report. An iPhone 5S, as the name implies, would have an identical or similar design to the current iPhone 5.
Separate rumors have already pointed to Apple releasing a new iPhone this year with a design similar to that of the iPhone 5. These other reports have also said that this new iPhone may include a fingerprint scanner. That scanner would likely be based off of the Authentec technology that Apple agreed to acquire last summer. Apple is also rumored to be launching a cheaper, plastic iPhone this year to assist in breaking through to emerging markets.
Since there aren’t officially available specifications for Galaxy S4 we report some possible ones. The Samsung Galaxy S4 specs will include a Exynos 5 Octa processor with eight cores, 2GB of RAM and a PowerVR SGX-544MP3 at 533MHz GPU. This chip set will be faster than the one found in the Nexus 10 and will be made on a 28nm process. The Samsung Exynos 5 Octa is a chip that was announced at CES 2013 on January 10 2013. The Exynos 5 Octa is built on Samsung’s 28nm process (5000X thinner than a human hair) features four ARM Cortex A15 cores (1.7GHz) and four Cortex A7 cores (1.2GHz). Technically, the Samsung Exynos 5 Octa features 8 cores as its name indicates. However, only four cores can be active at any given time.
- 4X ARM Cortex A15 cores at 1.8GHz
- 4X ARM Cortez A7 cores at 1.2GHz
- 28nm Samsung manufacturing process
- Graphics: PowerVR SGX-544MP3 at 533MHz
The Galaxy S4 might also include a 1080p 4.99-inch Super AMOLED display.
Samsung is expected to unveil these new screens at the Consumer Electronics Show set to take place in the beginning of next year.
The company has already begun producing these new displays that have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 with a pixel density of more than 441ppi. This is twice as many pixels as Apple’s Retina display found on the iPhone.
|General||2G Network||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900|
|3G Network||HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100|
|Announced||Exp. announcement 2013, Q1|
|Status||Rumored Release Date May 2013.|
|Display||Type||Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.0 inches (~441 ppi pixel density)|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 3|
|- TouchWiz UI|
|Sound||Alert types||Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones|
|Memory||Card slot||microSD, up to 64 GB|
|Internal||16 GB storage, 2 GB RAM|
|Speed||HSDPA, 42.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v4.0 with A2DP, EDR|
|USB||Yes, microUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB On-the-go|
|Camera||Primary||13 MP, autofocus, LED flash|
|Features||Simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization, HDR|
|Features||OS||Android OS, v4.2 (Jelly Bean)|
|Chipset||Exynos 5 Octa processor with eight cores|
|GPU||PowerVR SGX-544MP3 at 533MHz|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer|
|Browser||HTML5, Adobe Flash|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS|
|Java||Yes, via Java MIDP emulator|
|Colors||Titanium Gray, Sapphire Black|
|- S-Voice natural language commands and dictation|
|- Smart Stay eye tracking|
|- Dropbox (50 GB storage)|
|- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
|- TV-out (via MHL A/V link)|
|- SNS integration|
|- MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264/H.263 player|
|- MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3/FLAC player|
|- Image/video editor|
|- Document viewer (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)|
|- Google Search, Maps, Gmail,|
|YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa|
|- Voice memo/dial/commands|
|- Predictive text input (Swype)|
|Battery||Standard battery, Li-Ion|
We will continue to update this article with the latest specifications leaks and rumours as they break.
We present you all a collection of 10 awesome live wallpapers to light up the Christmas feel this festive season…a collection of some fabulous Christmas wallpapers with falling snow flakes and light balls….
Sorry Apple, you guys have a great device in the iPhone 5 but it’s certainly not the world’s thinnest smartphone. While the 7.6mm thick body sounds incredibly thin and sexy, we’ve already found three Android smartphones that come in thinner.
- Oppo Finder (6.65mm)
- ZTE Athena (6.2mm)
- Huawei Ascend P1 (6.68mm)
We’re going to go out on a limb here and say that there will be thinner devices over the next few months. That said, we’re pretty darn sure that a lot of you would happily add a few millimeters to your phone’s backside if it provided some added talk-time and standby.
Motorola, to their credit, has found a way to marry the two mindsets in the Droid Razr Maxx HD. With a 3300mAh battery and more than one full day of usage promised, the Verizon handset still comes in at an incredibly thin 9.3mm body.
Building a website may seem like a small part of your business development, but it shouldn’t be. It’s often the first thing people notice about your company.
Finding a Web designer was one of the easiest parts of starting Altruette. We posted an ad on Craigslist–which seemed like the most unprofessional thing to do at the time–but within days we had dozens of applicants for the job. We just happened to visit a company called Mars Design first, and it was mainly because it was conveniently located near another meeting we had that day. We were immediately impressed with their work, and they were willing to work with our budget.
We realize now that it could have been a serious disaster. Building a site is expensive, and for small businesses like ours, it requires a big percentage of your budget. But we lucked out. We’ve talked with countless entrepreneurs who have struggled to build their own site or have overpaid for a site that they’ve ended up hating.
And for a company without a brick-and-mortar storefront, the look, feel, and functionality of our website is extremely important. The site serves as our only window for the world to see in, and our content must serve as our sales team.
The easy part was finding Mars Design. Figuring out the next steps wasn’t as simple. Fortunately Marshall Cohen, Mars’s founder and creative director, guided us through the process. So we figured we’d team up with Mars–which we still work closely with–and create a plan of action that any start-up preparing to build a consumer site might find useful. Here’s what we learned along the way–and what any business that’s just starting out should consider before building its site.
Choose your team.
Not all studios are the same. Again, we lucked out on the Web developer front, but we haven’t always been so fortunate with vendors. Now we try to meet or interview three companies before we hire a new vendor. So do your homework. Studios come in all sizes and have different specialties. Check their portfolios and ask for references. Look for consistency among their work and a good sense of style. Do they have a specialty such as e-commerce or nonprofit? How big is the team that will be working on your project?
Figure out your budget.
First and foremost, refuse the urge to just find the cheapest quote. We went with a team approach–Mars Design has both designers and developers. We know one-person shops that can do both, but we liked the team at Mars. “The two–design and development–are separate specialties,” Cohen warns. “Because technology changes so rapidly, it’s nearly impossible for any one person to keep up and offer an all-around quality solution.”
And there are other things your studio should consider when designing and developing your site, such as ongoing search-engine optimization and online marketing. Make sure you know what you’re getting. It’s not uncommon to need a couple of revisions to your designs before you’re happy with them. Ask how many revisions are offered as part of the contract. Working with a small team has a lot of benefits. You’ll get the best of both worlds–individuals that specialize in different areas and at lower rates than the bigger studios offer–because it won’t have the overhead costs of a larger firm. And you’ll often get more personalized service, which is one of the things we love about Mars Design.
This is the fun part and will impact your brand well beyond your site. Study other websites and take notes on what you like about them. “Pay attention to details like style, layout, navigation, functionality, color, logo, etc,” Cohen says. The sites you love might not be in the same industry, but don’t discount them. This exercise will also help you nail down your overall branding–things such as logo and colors–if you haven’t already done so. But be sure to review as many competitors as you can to make sure you differentiate your brand. “Also make sure you take time to navigate through these other websites to figure out what you like or dislike about the experience,” Marshall suggests. Do you find it confusing? Is it user friendly? Is the information clear and concise?
Define your goals.
You need short- and long-term goals so that a studio can build your site with your company’s growth in mind. Think about how things may change over time. Early on Cohen asked if we wanted PayPal or a seamless checkout. We hadn’t thought much about it until he pointed it out. Cohen suggested we use what’s called a merchant account instead of PayPal. He made it clear that PayPal is easier and less expensive but that we would be happier with a seamless merchant account instead. We decided we wanted our site to be as professional looking as possible from the moment we launched and followed Cohen’s advice.
Other questions he says you should ask yourself include: Who will manage the website content to keep it fresh? Will you be doing this yourself or having an employee handle it, or would you rather not get involved and have your design team handle it? We do a little of both. If the changes are significant, we hire Mars to do it. If it’s a simple edit to the site, we can usually handle it on our own. Who will manage shipping? Will your products be shipped through a fulfillment house? If so, your website will need to integrate with the fulfillment center’s system. For us, connecting our site to our fulfillment center was our biggest technical hurdle. It required a lot of back and forth, but it now operates seamlessly.
Build a site map with your Web team.
Building a site map is important. “It’s like a family tree–it shows the relation of pages and information within a website. Pages are typically organized in hierarchical fashion,” Cohen says. Your Web design team can help you build the site map and determine which pages are necessary. However, it’s very helpful to start looking at other websites to see how information is presented. Is it broken down into small, digestible pieces? Are those pieces on individual pages or separate pages?
Define your target.
The goal of your site is to reach your target demographic and communicate with them in a language they speak. You need to know your customers so well that your website answers any questions they might have and makes it easy to buy what you’re selling. To help you do that, here is a list of questions to ask yourself and your team:
- Who is your target audience?
- How old are they? Are they men, women, children, or a combination?
- What key information does this audience need? What inspires them? What influences their decision-making process?
- Where do they live? Will they be visiting your site during work or at home? (We always hate when we open up a site with annoying music. It’s fine if customers shop while at home, but it will drive them away fast if they’re visiting while at work.)
- What do they expect when they visit a company site like yours?
- How are they using the site? Are they Web savvy, or are they just beginning to use the Web for online business? What might scare them off?
Choose a memorable domain.
Finding a memorable domain that’s available is nearly impossible these days. We spent months trying to figure out what name best represented the brand we were building. We were obsessed with finding a single word that spoke for the brand, and we weren’t happy until we found it. It was such an unexpectedly tough process that we think it requires a future column of its own.
At the end of the day, working with your Web team will require a lot of give and take. But when it comes to anything technical, heed your Web developer’s warning. Cohen told us early on not to hit a certain button when we were on the back end of our site. A few days after we launched, we decided to post a new blog. It was Thanksgiving morning. When one of us (we won’t name names!) couldn’t get the blog to publish, we hit that button. The site disappeared from the Web instantly. Cohen was forced to get on his computer and get to work. He got the site back up, and we learned our lesson. And we had one more person to be thankful for that day.
The latest version of the Play Store is no longer 3.7.11 – say hello to v3.7.13. I haven’t found anything different from 3.7.11 just yet – it likely only contains bug fixes. There’s no reason to lag behind, however, so if you’re running a Play Store with a version lower than 3.7.13, jump right to the download mirrors below. Before you do that, let me point out a few things.
Upon playing with the Store further, I did discover a new feature compared to v3.5.19 that I didn’t mention last time – inline app links in search suggestions. Take a look at searching in 3.5.19 (on the left) and 3.7.13 (on the right) – direct app links are now mixed in with suggested spellings. A subtle change, but if I can save a few clicks here and there and get to results faster, why not?
If you missed the 3.7.11 post, I’ll mention this feature again as well – you can now set your preferred sharing method (long-press on the new field to the right of the share dropdown). I set mine to Gmail so that I can quickly share new apps with the team. Neat.