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Photography can be very expensive hobby in general, and we tend to focus on quite large price tag items. Camera and lenses are always top of mind for new purchase, but still there are many different accessories that can help you to improve your photography, that don’t cost so much, but can create so visible results.

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First is first, you have a nice 300mm lens, but all your photos came up blurry and out of focus, good stabilization is the key. In nature and outdoor environment you cant usually find a good stance so a good tripod or monopod is essential for the perfect shoot.
Z07-2 Portable Retractable Hand-held Digital Camera Monopod Unipod is quite a good choice for under $15.

When looking for a tripod or monopod look closely about the weight and portability, because you will have to carry that thing with you, and you don’t want another dead weight on you back, and you don’t want something that will prevent you to go throe dense woods.

Another good choice is this, specially if you have more heavier equipment  Manfrotto 680B Monopod 4-SCTN Manfroto is proven and trusted brand, and it can hold up to 22.00 lbs of equipment. But still its under the $100 price tag, and also you will not be broken backed with it around.

If you want a tripod, Amazon is offering cheep solution in their essential range for under $25, as it’s lightweight, it’s not designated to hold to much weight ether – no solution for big lens nor DSLR.

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If you are a bit more serious photographer, with a bit more serious equipment, you will have to go to more reliable solutions, such as Dolica GX600B200 Proline GX Series 60-Inch Aluminum Tripod and Ball Head Combo for DSLR. Made for heavy lifting, but still affordable.

 

 

Battery power, or the lack of batter power is one of the biggest smartphone problems today. Phones battery is designed to last up to one day, but if you tend to use phone a bit more, you will have to carry charger with you all the time. If you are using Androd phone, there are some apps that can help you in order to extend battery life during the day.

DU Battery Saver

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DU Batter Saver will help you to check the running state of battery with more details that Android OS native gives. So you will find the info how much time will be needed to charge battery to its full. Also app can scan the phone, and find the largest energy consumers, specially the background processes, killing that background apps will extend the battery time noticeably.


Android app on Google Play

Easy Battery Saver

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This app offers few modes to save energy, General Saving Mode owns the basic network control, screen control and sleep schedule to meet your normal battery saving needs. Intelligent Saving Mode manage the eight different controls and smart to save more battery than general saving mode. Super Power Saving Mode adjusts your phone’s standby time. You do not need to worry about whether your phone dies at crucial moment. Advanced Customized Mode offers you more personalized options to allow Easy Battery Saver to manage applications and adjust system settings to optimize your battery efficiency.

Android app on Google Play

Battery Doctor

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Battery doctor can kill all the applications that are overusing the battery power, whit’s build-in Task killer. Also it can kill the apps only when display is off, also it can predicts charging time. Also some special modes of charging in three stages. Also there is wireless/over the net/ or over the Bluetooth switch for controlling the phone. If you rooted you phone, the app will be able to utilize processor time and cut the power usage even more.

Android app on Google Play

If you are using some other solution for extending battery life on you Android, give us a hint in comments.

Here is a simple solution how to create en Apple iTunes account and Apple ID with out using a credit card number. Why? Because there are still some countries that do not officially has iTunes support, so they credit cards are not supported.

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  1. Download the latest version of the Apple iTunes software for your PC or Mac.
  2. Click on the iTunes logo in the upper right corner
  3. On the right side, find the “Top Free Apps” and chose which ever you want.
  4. Install the app, important thing is that the app is free.
  5. iTunes will ask you to provide Apple ID, find the Create Apple ID linkHT2534-CreateNew-en
  6. Enter your registration data, email, name etc, and confirm the password
  7. If you had selected a free app in the step 4. now you will have a big NONE button next to the credit card inforemove_cc_itunes
  8. Enter the remaining data and Create Apple ID
  9. Apple will congratulate you on successful registration

Now you can install all free apps from the Apple store on your iDevices.

 

THE BPEN – Sophisticated and Useful little buddy

News autor: Ivand 21.01.2014 Comments Off

My Bondi team just launches the Bpen project on Kickstarter.com and this unique, multi function and well design is one of those crowd funding projects you like to be a part of.

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During the day, most of us use an ordinary pen for our every day use and a touch pen for our Smartphone or Tablet.  From now on, we can use the B-Pen, 2 in 1. While the B-Pen is a regular pen with ink, – you just twist it and the ink tip comes out, at the other end of the B-pen, there is a special rubber tip for touch screens.

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Another special use of the B-Pen is as a Smartphone prop up. At its upper end, there’s a small plug that fits into all Smart phones, tablets headphone jack So, with or without the Smartphone case, you can place your Smartphone vertically or horizontally for watching Videos, making phone calls, even Skype calls hands free!

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Lior which is the BPen inventor explain

“When I got the first B-Pen prototype, I was excited to see that it actually held my Smartphone so I could use it hands free, but then I realized that at the end of the day, when  using my tablet, I had to hold it with my hands or to place it on my lap. I was constantly looking for a solution that would make my tablet use easier and more convenient. When I first tried to use the B-Pen as a tablet supporter, I realized that in order to keep it stable I have to make a stand for the B-Pen. After a few experiments, I got the perfect stand. Hi tech design, clear and heavy enough to keep the pen steady”.

 

From Russia with love – first Russian smartphone launched by the end of the last year. Yota Devices signs the latest player on the smartphone market.

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First YotaPhone, by the Russian start-up company Yota, has battery capacity just about 18000 mAh,  but inspite that, Yota claims that YotaPhone has autonomy over 50 hours in reading mode. While in airplane mode, with networks switched of, it can last over 85 hours.

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Main reason for this type of autonomy lays in the LCD screen used on the device, actually two LCD screens used. First LCD is quite similar to the all others screens that can be found on other smartphones, and second is made on eInk technology, similar to the old Kindle readers. So if you want to extend the battery life, all you have to do is to use other eInk screen.

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Analysts are still quite reserved in predicting the future of Russian YotaPhone, specially when we take the retail price in consideration 19.900 Russian rubles (about 443 euros).

What to expect from iPhone 6?

apple rumors autor: Ivand 20.01.2014 Comments Off

iPhone 5S is still hot on the shelves, but we have rumors about the next version iPhone all around the place, whispers about design change and new screen sizes.

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If Apple is going to stick to the newly adopted lifetime of the devices, we can expect new iPhone 6 on the market in September 2014. Larger diagonal screen, from four inches now to five, is what most of us expect. If that rumor is true, Apple will be able to jump in to the battle with Samsung, LG and HTC which all have flagship devices in this diagonal range Keep reading →

Universal online mannequin

News promoted autor: Ivand 18.01.2014 Comments Off

XL, L, S… one of the biggest problems in clothes online shopping, sizes. Standardized but varies from manufacturer to manufacturer from season to season. In the end you are unable to know will your new shirt will fit you and most important how will it fit you. In the end one of the every four items are returned, due to a poor fit.

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Solution comes from Tartu, Estonia, where robotics section of the University of Tartu, presented a Robotic mannequin able to change its shape according to your exact dimensions.

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Adidas, Hugo Boss among many others recognized the opportunity in lowering number of return shipments due to the poor fit and rise profits and user satisfaction, and start shipping their new clothes lines to the studio in Estonia, where Fits.me staff dress a mannequin and then change over couple thousands combinations of hip width, chest diameter, arm length and waist size. All combinations are photographed, and stored in the database. So when you go to the Adidas.com entering your body size, and you can see particular item, on your body shape.

3d rendering was the previous solution for this issue, but as Fits.me claims, their system is much more accurate and natural.

Meet Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite

News autor: Ivand 17.01.2014 Comments Off

Cheaper version of the Galaxy Tab 3 tablet can be even more appealing with expensive Pro line of Samsung tablets. Galaxy Tab 3 Live is smaller more portable but again cheaper version of Samsung tablets.

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Galaxy Tab 3 Lite has double core processor running on 1.2GHz with 1 GB of RAM and 8GB of storage space, with option to expand with microSD cards. LCD 7 inch diagonal screen with just 1024×600 pixels and back camera is enough for… so 2Mpix is hard enough for anything useful today. Maybe just for the video calls. In the case, in 290 grams, there is a place for 3600 mAh battery capable to power the device up to eight hours of video reproduction.

Current version of Galaxy Tab 3 is in $200 price range, and Galaxy Tab 3 Lite, should be even cheaper even though officially we don’t have any information about the price.

Bigger are getting bigger, and small are sharing crumples, Apple and Samsung are getting even larger share of the smartphone US market.

 

Two top manufacturers are holding over 68% of the US smartphone market, as we can see in the recent study from NPD Group. Apple with it’s new iPhone 5S and 5C line recorded the largest rise and got 42% in the Q4, growth in more then 7%. Ant the Korean company market share rose to the 26% of the market share in the Q4.

If they won, someone have to lose, and one of the biggest losers in last year was, BlackBerry company, which lost two thirds of it’s US market share. Losing row is not finished with BlackBerry, Motorola and HTC were two other losers, with LG the only other top handset manufacturer to see some year-over-year gains.

 

How to charge your iPhone faster

How2s iphone promoted autor: Ivand 15.01.2014 Comments Off

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You had probably end up too many times with almost depleted battery and leaving the house in short time. Here are the couple of tips how to charge your battery faster. Keep reading →