Category Archives: Tablets

A Review on the Coby Kyros Tablet

Coby Kyros is an Android 2.3 tablet available in various online stores with prices starting at $79.99. It features a mini-HDMI output for HDTVs and other compatible devices, a 2.1 MP (mega pixel) camera with front facing shot capacity, and expandable memory storage through Micro SD (up to 32 GB).

coby kyros tablet 2013-12-26-1719

The Good Side

You won’t find a lot of tablet PCs with an 8-inch screen display. Most other tablets offer a screen size of 7 inches, which is the average size, or at maximum size of 10 inches. The screen size makes the Kyros unique. The widescreen display is available at an 800 x 480 WVGA resolution. The mini-HDMI output for audio-video connections is a type C which can support 1080p HD videos, audio, and images. There’s also a 3.5 output for headphones with a speaker (situated at the back) and a microphone already integrated within this Coby tablet so external devices are no longer necessary for voice and audio to work.

The internal storage provided is at 4 GB only but it can be expanded up to 32 GB through a micro SD. The Coby Kyros measures 4.8 x 0.5 x 7.5 inches and weighs 14.4 ounces. For a tablet, such a size and weight makes it easy to carry. It also fits bags and jacket pockets easily so you can bring it with you anywhere you go. This makes the Kyros perfect for everyone who is always on the go and surfs the web through public Wi-Fi connections on stores and shops. Aside from Wi-Fi, this tablet also supports hi-speed Internet connection through DSL and other platforms. This is something which other tablets cannot provide and can only do so when you upgrade and pay more.

Coby Kyros is also equipped with over a dozen applications. One of which includes the Aldiko e-book reader which allows you to download and read thousands of e-books for free. You can read on either a landscape or portrait view. The Kyros is able to automatically detect the position of the tablet and adjusts the reading view accordingly.

Another interesting app in the Coby Kyros is the AppsLib which enables you to browse through the AppsLib market and download as well as install apps of choice. This tablet also features other free applications including an alarm clock, calculator, a web browser, email, a music and video player which makes video streaming more convenient through the YouTube browser, and a gallery for images and videos.

Aside from the HDMI port, the Kyros is also built with a high speed USB 2.0 connection for data transfers and battery charging. It’s powered by a rechargeable battery made from lithium polymer.

When it comes to prices, this tablet can be listed amongst the most affordable devices of its kind. Prices start at $79.99 up to a maximum of $200 only.

The Bad Side

Despite affordability, the Kyros is lacking in a few ways. The display screen is overly resistive that you may have to force your way through the stylus (it’s included upon purchase of the device). It also lacks the sensitivity you need when you want to navigate the screen fast. Syncing your files with other devices then takes time. Speaking of time, the battery lasts for a maximum of 6 hours only. Lastly, this Coby model, despite being an Android device lacks a lot of features present in other Android devices including Google services.

Conclusion

You can look at the Coby Kyros in two ways for you to decide whether or not you will buy it: the affordability makes up for what it lacks or being affordable is not excusable for lacking features.

 

Technological Feats of the 21st Century

21st century technology
What have been some of the most significant technological feats of the 21st century so far? In terms of breaking down different areas of technology, some of the more impressive achievements in the field of science and engineering have included new medical devices, more portable tech, better transportation, robotics, and improved communications. These achievements can be viewed as a part of general trends for enhanced connections and expectations of technological change, from advanced routers and high speed networks available from Comms-Express, to the use of the Internet for multiple areas of everyday life.
Medical
Some of the more notable medical achievements in the 21st century to date have included artificial livers and hearts, with heart innovations particularly building on the practice of heart transplants. At the same time, scientists at the University of Washington have produced bionic contact lenses with the potential to superimpose data over the wearer’s eyes. Bionic hands with enhanced grips in all fingers have similarly provided indications of the future of medical technology, while devices like the EyeWriter have offered paraplegic patients a new opportunity to write.
Portability
The technology we use every day is becoming smaller and more portable. Some of the most significant technological feats of the past thirteen years have consequently included Apple’s iPod, iPhone and iPad designs, which have provided a way to adapt high speed computing to small entertainment and work devices. Moreover, miniature devices like Flip Mino video cameras and tiny GPS tags have made it easier for users to engage with the world through technology without having to worry about cumbersome devices.
 
Transportation
Important feats from the world of transportation have included the rapid development of electric cars, with models becoming more agile and capable of handling longer distances on a single charge. Other inventions that, while notable, haven’t quite achieved their predicted success include the Segway and its balancing technology. Maglev trains have also demonstrated the impact of magnetically levitating trains, while hybrid vehicles have gradually improved the appeal of green cars.
Robotics
The past decade has seen improvements in terms of robotics, from experiments at the start of the 2000’s with robotic pets, through to medical devices like the CyberKnife, and the Mars Exploration Rover. Honda have also produced their own ASIMO robots, suggesting a future where it’ll be more likely that artificial intelligence will be as much about friendship as carrying out essential tasks that humans are unable to.
Communications
With faster and faster broadband connections and mobile Internet, the 2000’s was arguably a decade when our expectations of the net became more sophisticated. Key inventions, to this end, have included social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter, as well as better fiber optic cabling and other networking technologies capable of delivering high speed Internet lines. Developments in 3G and 4G mobile web also mean that it’s relatively straightforward to connect to the Internet, wherever you are.
Author Bio
Rosette blogs about the latest technology news from around the world. She recommends exploring the advanced networking technologies available through Comms-Express. She also blogs on developments in robotics.

iOS7 Turn On and Turn Off

iOS7

If you’re still one of those who have not updated your Apple handheld device with the new iOS7, this post will help you decide whether the update turns you on or turns you off.

12 Turn On Reasons

So what’s new with iOS7? What makes it different from previous operating systems, particularly iOS6? These will definitely turn you on!

  1. Control Center. This feature offers you access to controls and apps in seconds.
  2. AirDrop. It’s a smart way to share files and lets you drop all types of files easily. The gadget performs tasks needed to share the file including utilizing WiFi and Bluetooth. No setup required.
  3. Today. It’s a new feature of the Notification Center which provides a summary of everything you need to know today including the weather, birthdays, and more.
  4. All and Missed. This view (still on the Notification Center) reminds you of stuffs you haven’t attended to such as missed calls, shared files, and so on.
  5. Multitasking. It’s new and improved and empowers you to perform various tasks on your device all at the same time.
  6. Intelligent updates. Automatic updates are processed during power efficient moments so your device isn’t drained of battery.
  7. Graphic Rich. Check out the uber zooming capability which may literally make you feel sick, in a good way that is.
  8. iTunes Radio (US only). It plays radio stations based on your preferred music genre. Keep on listening to automatically tune the player according to your music preference.
  9. Find My iPhone. It won’t be your phones keeper but this will at least make it more difficult for anyone else other than you to use or sell your device.
  10. Coming soon – iCloud Keychain and iOS in the Car. The former saves login information while the latter keeps you focused when driving once the phone had been connected and integrated with your vehicle’s dashboard.
  11. Hidden Features. Scour the web for various hidden or secret features available on this OS.
  12. Improved features for camera, photos including iCloud photo sharing, Safari, Siri (now searches Wikipedia and Twitter), App Store (new kids section and the Apps Near Me feature that shows apps relevant to your location), and features for business and developers.

The iOS7 is compatible with the iPad 2, iPad retina display, iPad mini, iPod touch 5th gen, and the iPhone (4, 4s, 5, and the new models 5s and 5c).

Major Turn Offs

Despite amazing features, the iOS7 also comes with major turn offs. One of which include a very slow update, your phone might end up battery dead before it’s completed, not to mention error messages. Speaking of dead, some users in forums claim that the update had rendered their iPhone literally dead where it won’t hold a charge no matter what charger is used until the phone is completely drained of battery and powers off for good.

Among other complaints as featured on ZDNet includes lag time, lesser sensitivity to touch, inconsistent keyboard, Siri’s hoarse voice, unappealing color scheme, too enlarged notification panel, and more.

Turn On or Turn Off?

So based on the features and issues listed above, are you turned on or turned off by the iOS7?