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Netflix is a service provider for on-demand internet streaming media in the United States, Canada and few other countries. So, whenever you want to watch your favorite movie, just logon to Netflix and enjoy the Netflix movie on your favorite screen like laptop or a projector. Netflix was established in 1997 in California and started its subscription-based digital distribution service in 1999, and by 2009, it had a collection of 100,000 titles of DVDs and offers a flat rate DVD-by-mail in the United States. Currently, Netflix has more than 20 million subscribers and planning to expand its services into the European and Latin America market.
Netflix is the biggest source of North American web traffic which accounts for more than 24 percent of aggregated traffic, as reported by Sandvine. It does not support playback on Linux PCs, but the Linux-based Roku devices and Android operating system which uses the Linux kernel are supported. Netflix offers its Internet video streaming (“Watch Instantly“) of selected titles to computers running Windows or Mac OS X and to compatible devices like Microsoft Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii and Sony PS3 console; Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, Android 2.2 and 2.3 devices, as well as Apple TV and Google TV.
HP TouchPad is a tablet computer designed and developed by one of the major information technology companies, ‘Hewlett-Packard’. HP launched this amazing gadget in July 2011 in some of the countries. Within two months, HP announced that no new hardware will be manufactured and the TouchPad tablet running webOS will be discontinued due to poor sales. After the announcement, the units of available models were sold within hours with substantial price reductions. In the USA, HP tablet was sold in $99 for the 16GB model and $149 for the 32GB model.
The HP TouchPad has the 9.7 inch, 1024×768 pixel, multi-touch capacitive touch screen with 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core APQ8060 processor and the device runs HP webOS. It also supports Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n and Bluetooth. With HP webOS, you can perform multiple tasks and seamlessly switch between multiple applications. On August 30, 2011, HP announced that they will make another production run of the TouchPad tablet. Now, just wait and see what will be the offered price of Touchpad tablet and will it get the better response than earlier.
Barnes and Noble’s ‘Nook e-Reader’ is a sleek and light weight e-Book reader with touch screen display, thus eliminating the need for many buttons which were presented in original nook. Nook e-Reader’s 6-inch display utilizes E Ink® Pearl technology, which is same as on the Amazon kindle 3G. With 7.5 ounces in weight, it is lighter than a paperback and still holds up to 1,000 books and newspapers with 2 GB internal memory and expandable up to 32 GB using microSD card. It also supports EPUB, PDF and Adobe DRM.
Nook also has an on-screen keyboard which appears whenever you need it. On the downside, Nook features only Wi-Fi connectivity while Kindle also offers 3G connectivity, but with a hefty price tag; you need to shell out some $50 more. With touch screen capabilities of Nook, it makes the navigation easier than Amazon’s kindle which has almost 40 buttons. So, if you do not like the touch screen, then you may opt for Kindle, otherwise Nook has a certain advantage over the current kindle.
So, which one you think will be more popular and win the battle – Amazon’s Kindle or ? Barnes and Noble’s Nook?
Know more about Nook from their official web page: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/u/nook-store/379002961/
To buy college textbooks you do not need to spend the full amount, as you can easily buy used college textbooks for cheap online and save enough money. There are various websites which sell college textbooks for cheap; you can easily search the textbook by providing title, author name or by providing ISBN. If you do not want to keep the textbook forever with you, it is always recommended to buy used textbook and save money. Online shopping giant, Amazon, offers a wide variety of both new and used textbooks at attractive rates. Due to advancement in technology and deep penetration of Internet, it is now easy and cost affordable for students to buy books and study.
Sell college textbooks
You can even sell your old and used textbooks on internet and Amazon. According to Amazon, “you can save up to 90% on used textbooks and up to 30% on new textbooks, then get up to 70% back when you sell textbooks back at Amazon“. So, when you are done with a book, you can easily sell it on Amazon and keep the cash or buy a new book.
iPhone and iPad lovers have one more reason to cheer. Now, you can use your iPhone, iPad or iPod as a projector to view movies on a big screen for home theater experience. Already, there are so many amazing applications to make ‘iPhone’ and ‘iPod Touch’ more useful and now even products are coming to make the user experience even better and make these products so useful. Play any movie or video on your phone and project it up to 70 inches wide. What’s more, plug in any other AV source or VGA input from your laptop and display that as well. The built-in battery even powers and recharges your iPhone while docked in the projector. All you need is to get a compact iPhone projector.
With built-in stereo speakers and rechargeable battery, your Projector will be the life of the party. This projector will feature a 640×480 resolution, and will throw a much larger image in any decent area, leaving not only you but others around to see the latest episode of your favorite drama series. It is like having a ‘cinema in your pocket’, but without the sticky floors and the lack of leg-room, with a maximum projection of 70 inches you feel like you have fallen into a very comfortable multiplex.
What are Netbooks
Netbooks are the mini version of laptops. These are inexpensive, small and light-weight, thus easy to handle. The initial use of netbooks began in the late 2007 when Asus introduced the Asus Eee PC. However, by late 2008; netbooks became quite popular and now shares an equal market space with laptops. In the short period since their appearance, netbooks have grown in size and features, now converging with new smaller, lighter notebooks.
Basic Specifications of Netbooks
Netbooks are best suited for general computing and net surfing, basically meant to be connected with friends and loved-ones. You can also listen to songs, play videos and share your photos online. Most netbooks in the market today support Wi-Fi and can also be used on mobile telephone networks. Some also include Ethernet and/or modem ports, for broadband or dial-up Internet access respectively.
Netbooks are now available with good enough storage capacity of 160GB with up to 12” display size. Battery life of netbook is considered to be better than traditional laptops. Most netbooks also come up with a camera. Netbooks are now available with good enough storage capacity of 160GB with up to 12” display size. Battery life of netbook is considered to be better than traditional laptops.
Netbooks are also available in many colorful designs to attract the user, but netbooks are basically meant for general or basic computing only. If you want to run heavy applications, then netbook is not a suitable choice for you. Though, netbooks are still in the phase of development, more and more improvements can be expected in the years to come to make this gadget more robust in terms of speed and security.
India is all set to manufacture Tablet PC, which will be a low cost computing-cum-access device. The expected price of the model is going to be around $35. The union minister for Human Resource Development, Mr. Kapil Sibal told that price may further get reduced to $20 and eventually to around $10.
He also states the primary aim is to provide these low cost devices to students and teachers of all colleges and universities, which will enable them to gain access to high-quality digital content. This concept is a combined effort of group of professors/experts at IISc, Bangalore, IIT Kanpur, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Madras and IIT Bombay.
The development efforts are still on, and various refinements and enhancements are being tested to reduce the cost without affecting the quality of the device. The device is expected to be made available to students in 2011. It is a single unit system with a touch screen and a built in keyboard along with 2GB RAM, Wi-Fi connectivity, USB port and powered by a 2-watt system to suit poor power supply areas.
The minimum functionalities expected are:
• Internet browsing
• Wireless communication
• Multimedia content viewer
• Unzip tool for unzipping zip files
If India will successfully ship this computing device at the price mentioned, it will be really tough for Apple and other tablet PC makers to compete in India, which could be world’s cheapest laptop.
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Recently, search-engine giant, Google shows off the prototype of its first notebook based on Chrome Operating System. Google Chrome OSChrome OS is based on the open-source Chromium OS. Chrome laptops are designed to promote web-centric computing, where users will use online applications instead of downloading software on to their computers. Google will ensure users to get a faster, simpler and more secure experience without all the headaches of ordinary computers. It stores all data in the cloud, so even if you lost your notebook, you will never lose your data. Simply use another chrome OS powered laptop and access your data as before.
To provide various online apps, Google already opened a web store which sells more than 500 games, news and other software applications to simplify the consumer’s life. Google claims to have more than 120 million users who are already using its Chrome Internet browser. Google is planning to sell this awesome Chrome OS powered computers in large numbers to give a tough competition. Find below the main features of Chrome notebooks:
• Boots-up in about 10 seconds
• Instantly resumes from sleep mode
• Supports Adobe Flash
• Documents are stored safely in the cloud
• Integrated Wi-Fi and 3G network for easy web access
• Uses advanced technology to help prevent malware and viruses from accessing your data
• Upgrades itself automatically with the latest features and fixes
• Amazing apps for almost everything
This amazing Google notebook surely will give a tough competition to Microsoft and Apple. Google has already launched Chromebook and tied up with several hardware manufacturers like Samsung and Acer among others.