While 2012 has been a decent year for the technology industry, it has not been without its share of blunders and failures. With any luck, 2013 will be a better year for the companies involved in these five worst tech snafus.
1. Maps for iOS take a wrong turn
Like any popular gadget, the release of the iPhone 5 had fans of the major smart phone platforms lining up on both sides of the fence. One of the touted features of the new phone was the iOS 6 version of Maps. In fact, Apple was so confident in the app that it removed any pre-installed mapping apps from their competitors from the device at launch.
Unfortunately, Maps was full of errors. Some of them were simply visual. However, in some cases, entire cities were missing, placed in the wrong country or improperly named. Other errors were potentially more dangerous, such as the improper address listing for Washington DC’s Dulles Airport reported by CNNMoney or the recent case of drivers in Australia ending up lost in the wilderness and having to be rescued.
2. Facebook’s IPO launch does a belly flop
From the start, Mark Zuckerberg was pumping up crowds of investors. ZDNet reported that over 1,000 Facebook employees would be millionaires after the company went public. Employees were planning to retire and even travel to space. Speculation ran rampant and insiders and industry investors were lining up for shares in the company.
Then the string of changes to valuation and risk assessment reports started flooding in. By the time of the IPO launch date, interest was waning and serious concerns surfaced. All of this was capped off with a $15 billion class action user tracking lawsuit on the day of the launch. A NASDAQ technical issue also prevented trading for nearly a half hour that day. In the end, the shares reached values that were just a fraction of the proposed price.
3. Hackers walking in a password wonderland
LinkedIn, Last.fm and eHarmony were all victims of security breaches this year. An estimated 6.4 passwords were leaked from LinkedIn alone. With the sheer amount of information transmitting over the Internet and being stored and analyzed on corporate servers, the need for proper data security is greater than ever.
Unfortunately for the companies involved, there were also concerns of improper securing of many of the password databases. In the end, all of the companies lost reputation and some users shifted to alternate platforms. Though there have been no firm numbers released on the financial impact on users who’s credentials were compromised, you can certainly bet that the incidents cost the companies a hefty sum.
4. RIM keeps the world waiting for Blackberry 10
Once a leader in business phones and an innovator in new cellular phone technologies, RIM has fallen behind both Apple and the Android competition. In the spring, as the financial state of the company condition continued to decline, they pushed out word of the new Blackberry 10.
With its new styling and similar feature set to current smartphones, it could help RIM reacquire a foothold in the mobile market. Unfortunately, it has now been delayed into the first quarter of 2013. This leaves the possibility of RIM’s disappearance, making the worst tech lists of 2013 higher than ever.
5. Windows 8 leaves many running for the door
Microsoft’s latest Windows offering is once again changing up the interface users have come to know and love. From the lack of a start menu to the touch-centric Metro UI, these changes are receiving less than stellar reviews from some users and industry professionals. Whether Windows 8 and the Surface tablet become late bloomers or simply flop remains to be seen in 2013.
With Christmas coming up in a few more days, I’m posting our last post for this series of tech gifts for Christmas articles – tech gifts for kids. But before I start listing down ideas for you, here are the other two posts in case you’ve missed them:
10 Tech Gifts for Men this Christmas
25 Must Have Tech Gifts for Women this Christmas
With that, let me now start listing down tech gifts all kids will surely love to have this Christmas!
There’s hardly anyone without a mobile phone these days; the same applies even to kids. As young as five years old or even younger, kids will love cell phones. In fact, they also need it. Think they can’t use it much? Try getting a touch screen smart phone with apps in Android or iOS and it discover how the little ones will tinker all over the phone playing games. But of course, they can do so much more than that if you teach them how to text or at least to answer and make calls during emergencies or even for daily chit chats over the phone.
If you believe that phones have limited screen size, then why not consider a tablet? You can be able to install more apps including those with musical, educational, and recreational themes. Kids will love listening to songs and watching their favorite videos. They can learn their ABCs, basic mathematics, and even drawing too.
It doesn’t necessarily have to be a game console especially if they’re too young to understand how it works; but gaming gadgets, particularly handheld ones such asPSP, Nintendo DS, game boy, iPod touch, and the like are also perfect gifts for your young techie loves. Just make sure to set the rules when it comes to play time, i.e. about 30 minutes to an hour daily and only after study time. In case you consider getting an actual console, why not add a few accessories for specific games such as a game guitar, dance revolution, and extra controls?
How about giving your kids their own room TV? They can’t watch most of the shows you do and neither will you appreciate what they view, so they will certainly be grateful for the liberty to watch at their own expense. Just make sure to block channels which are not appropriate for children and always set the rules when it comes to viewing time like how long is it allowed and when is it possible to do so.
No kid can resist DVDs or CDs especially if it’s a copy of their favorite artist’s album or movie. You can also buy compilation DVDs of TV show episodes they can watch over and over again.Dora, for one is irresistible for young girls of all ages while Ben 10 works wonders for young boys.
Either of the three will actually do as long as the purpose for purchasing the gadget is beneficial. Kids learn computers early on these days as most schools include computer subjects in their curriculum even before middle school. Your young ones can learn a lot faster with an actual computer to practice at home. Just place restrictions for Internet usage. Should you care to teach them, particularly for Facebook or other social network site membership, limit usage at child-friendly websites by applying parental control settings.
Animation and Digital Tools
Most adults still struggle through digital software, including Photoshop. But kids will find it a breeze tinkering with animation and digital tools. If they already have a computer, software like this will definitely unleash their creative side at an early age.
In relation to digital software, a digital camera is definitely worthy of this list. It doesn’t have to be a DSLR type. A simple flash and shoot variety will do. I’ve seen kids as young 3 take pictures through mobile phone cameras and digital cameras. Just teach them how to maneuver the device and navigate its interface and they’d be capturing amazing photos sooner than you think.
Digital Video Recorder
A handheld camcorder or video recorder is also another tech product kids will love. Let kids record videos of themselves, their friends, everyone at school, the rest of the family, relatives, of the places they go, and their personal experiences or thoughts. Jumpstart their love for motion picture early on; who knows, you might be nurturing a future film director at home?
Music Related Products
Tech applies to musical stuff too so you can also consider purchasing music related products such as microphones, karaoke, magic sing device, electric guitar, keyboard, drums, and so on. You can even setup a music studio or room for them at home if you don’t have any yet.
MP3 Players, Headphones and Speakers
These are yet another gift idea for music loving tech kids. Make their music experience complete by creating a playlist of their favorite songs and save it on a ready to go MP3 player. You may also give a gift of speakers for their computer or headphones for mobile phones and music player or gaming devices.
Digital Microscope or Telescope
Bring out the scientist or astronomist in your kid through a digital microscope or telescope. It doesn’t have to be a fancy one or as enormous as Hubbard’s. A starter set will actually do. With these, kids will definitely enjoy exploring various life forms including those which are microscopic in size. The telescope on the other hand will have them explore the skies, particularly at night when the moon and stars are most visible.
There are countless other gift ideas you can give children this Christmas. You can be as innovative as possible and think of gadgets or gizmos which match the child’s gender, age, and personal preference. But with this list in mind, you now at least have 12 of the best tech gifts for kids this Christmas.
Still in relation to our tech gifts for Christmas topic including the previous post on tech gifts for men, here’s our next list: tech gifts for women. This post will list some of the items you can offer as gifts to the techie women in your life this Christmas.
The new Wii Fit version still provides the same fitness and fun for everyone who wants to lose weight. This game will make women move into action. With it, you can see your actual movements onto the screen as if you’re really snowboarding down a mountain slope or walking down a tight rope.
Striiv is a personal trainer as small as the size of a car key you can easily slip into your purse, pocket, belt, or key chain. Games and challenges offered in the device will inspire women and even men to keep moving.
Still in connection with fitness, here’s another product women should include among their gadgets. The Fitbit Zip wireless activity tracker records data during exercise and physical activity including number of steps, distance reached, and amount of calories burned. Data collected is then synced to a computer or tablet. Aside from this model, you may also consider giving the Fitbit Ultra Wellness Monitor.
The goLITE BLU is yet another fitness, weight loss, and health gadget any woman would love. This product is Philips’ new advanced light therapy which will help you sleep better, increase your energy, and trim your carbs.
Do you believe this is possible? It is! Get a foldable bike for your city walking friends to make it easier for them to transport themselves from one place to another without the need for gas while sweating themselves out exercising on bike pedals.
This isn’t like any other ordinary chair massager. It serves as a bed rest too. With this product, women can enjoy the usual benefits of muscle relaxation and stimulation while resting comfortably in their own bed.
Roku 2 XD Internet Streaming Device
Who says that the Roku is only for men? Women too can enjoy this Internet streaming device. With this device, you can stream Internet content directly to your TV screen. Surf the web, read emails, check your social network accounts, watch YouTube videos, and so much more.
3Gen eGo III Portable Hard Drive
A portable hard drive is a must have for all types of geeks, women included. With this Iomega variety, being geek is sleek with cool colors and designs such as a flaming red which is perfect for the festive holiday mood. You can also try other brands and models.
With this device, you can print full color images wirelessly everywhere you go and share it with friends, family, and everyone you are travelling with.
Aside from the mobile printer, why not include an image scanner? Don’t let James Bond have all the fun! With this pen, you can have a Bluetooth image scanner in a handy device.
The WorldPenScan is an ideal for your women friends, colleagues, and everyone else who is either learning a new language or is not native to your country. This device scans text in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese into computer readable text. With one scan, you can also easily translate text from one language to another.
Eddie Bauer Smart Mug
Who says mugs are plain and boring? The Eddie Bauer smart mug will prove otherwise. With this high tech product, your coffee can be on the go with you. Just bring it with you when driving, plug it onto a receiving port in your car, and enjoy espresso while on the way to work.
This one is for the bathroom, toothbrushes to be specific. It keeps toothbrushes clean and sanitized while offering your bathroom colorful display due to its vibrant colored designs.
This high tech air freshener is an eco-friendly product. It deodorizes the air by absorbing odor through the bamboo charcoal inside the box. Check out specialty stores online for this unique product.
Here’s another techie household item for women: the iRobot Roomba 790 vacuum cleaning robot offers a 3 stage patented cleaning process which cleans various types of surfaces including carpets, hardwood, tiles, and linoleum. It’s advanced cleaning head also automatically adjust to different types of surfaces.
Bring life to the party through the Ion portable USB turntable. It’s as small as a sandwich maker you can easily bring it with you anywhere you go. Just don’t forget the disks!
Here’s another one for music loving women. This technology teaches you how to play the piano by simply connecting your iPad, iPhone, and iTouch. Just download the free iTutor piano app online and watch the tutorial screen for easy piano playing keys.
This can be any women’s ultimate weapon for outdoor travel and adventure trips. This gadget can power cell phone charger, flashlights, and even sirens.
Pajamas Warming Pouch
It’s another must have for women on the go when it comes to traveling and adventure. It also works at home during winter chilly nights. It’s quite timely for the holiday chill. This pouch can keep your pajamas warm and cozy for 10 minutes through its thermal satin interior which heats the product at a temperature of 118º F.
This solar powered charger allows up to 20 minutes of talk time on your phone or 50 minutes of playing time on your music player when charged for an hour.
Here’s another charger worth noting about. This Duracell charger model allows users to charge two devices simultaneously.
You don’t have to turn the volume up just to be able to listen to your favorite music in the shower. With this gadget, women can listen to their playlist by wirelessly pairing this speaker with their iPhone, iPad, iTouch, and Android device via Bluetooth.
If she doesn’t have a reader yet, then this is definitely worth considering. If you’re looking for a specific brand, then any of the Amazon Kindle readers are recommended.
Aside from an ebook reader, you may also purchase a tablet as a gift this Christmas. The former will store thousands of ebooks downloadable for free while the latter is for everyday WiFi usage whenever an Internet hotspot is available. These include coffee shops, restaurants, gym, grocery, school, office, hospital, and even parking areas.
These accessories are ideal for computers and tablets. There are various brands you can choose from including one of the most purchased Logitech.
There you have it, 25 tech gifts for women you can consider giving this Christmas. I’m sure any woman would definitely love them!
In connection with the previous tech gifts for Christmas post, here’s another list you should definitely check if you are looking for tech gifts for men. Find the latest gadgets and gizmos with both general products and specific brand names. I guarantee that this list is not your ordinary tech gifts catalog, so read on.
The future of RC helicopters is available with this product now! With this gadget, men can enjoy the following features:
Here’s another game gadget of the future available today! Features listed below:
This handy device allows you to record notes on paper like any other ball pen but also enables you to record HD video with sound. What else to expect? Read on.
There is no specific brand for this type of gadget but in general, pocket projectors can be used to project presentations, videos, and images from any compatible device towards any flat receiving surfaces such as walls. It’s ideal for business and family purposes during travel. With this gadget, men can enjoy the following features:
If you’re looking for a specific brand, you may start with the AAXA 50 Lumen HDMI 720p P3 Pico Pocket Projector. This product is compatible with numerous devices including laptops, smart phones, media players, game consoles, and more. It can be connected via various ports including HDMI, AV, and USB.
An outdoor wireless speaker is definitely among the best tech gifts you can give for the men in your life this Christmas. A specific brand is not necessary but there are features you should bear in mind when looking for this type of gadget. Some of which are as follows:
This is a must have for tablet users no matter what brand you own. It enables tablet owners to type wirelessly through a full QWERTY keyboard.
Here’s another Bluetooth keyboard worth your consideration. Here are the reasons why:
Another must have of the Bluetooth technology are wireless speakers. With this device, you can stream audio wirelessly by pairing it with any compatible device such as laptops, tablets, and smart phones. With it, you can experience crystal clear sound with full speakers even through such a small device. You can even use it to answer calls.
Besides the fact that a wireless TV headphone can let you watch and hear every detail of TV shows and movies, there are other features you will love about this type of tech gadget. Some of which include the following:
Here’s another headphone product you can consider as a gift for Christmas. Beats by Dr. Dre wireless bluetooth headphones allows you to enjoy the following features:
Any of these tech gifts for men this Christmas is sure to delight the hearts of the men in your life so start searching for these through local and online stores now.
Sheena Easton once sang “It’s Christmas all over the World” and collectively, British artist gathered together and called themselves Band Aid performed one of the most best-selling charity single entitled “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” In addition, Jackson 5 made a Motown hit through “Give Love on Christmas Day.” Now, put these words together and ask “It’s Christmas, Do You Know What to Give?” Indeed, when the gift giving season draws closer, we are sometimes clueless when it comes to what to give most especially if the person in mind is techie and you are considering wrapping tech gifts for Christmas.
Some people do prepare gifts equivalent to just the twelve days of Christmas as the traditional song would put it. But despite preparations in advance, when time comes, a lot of people are still confused on what gift to wrap especially when it comes to technology related items. It is really intimidating when we talk of advances. Why? If we are a computer idiot, we fear that a wireless mouse, smart phone, music player, and the like might not be appreciated by our friends who are into gaming gadgets or any of the latest when it comes to technology.
Nevertheless, you have to have suggestions. In relation to that, here are some few suggestions when it comes to techno gifts for Christmas:
The latest Sharp Smart 3D TV is a wonder. It is 90 inches wide and is Internet capable, wireless whether inside or out (you can even probably use a Logitech Universal Remote Harmony gadget), and all the features when it comes to the most advanced LCD/LED product category. If you have the money, and they have it too money, it is a welcome idea.
Now electric fans are so Third World but there is a certain type which is not so 3D world. Why don’t you consider the bladeless fan? Huh? Yes, there are air generating devices which doesn’t require blades to create air. Bladeless fans are the latest tech breakthrough with lots of benefits to offer. It is safer, easier to clean, and performs like any other ordinary electric fan in the market.
PIP LCD/LED TVs
Are you one of those who are working on the computer and watching TV at the same time? Stressful isn’t it? But with the latest technological advancement, you can now buy LCD/LED monitors with tuners. What does it mean? The latest models in this category offer the picture in picture (PIP) feature and at the same can be used as computer monitors. Thus, you do not have to look up and down and get dizzy just to perform computing works while watching your favorite TV show.
Now here’s the deal, you probably think that these types of phones will literally dig you into pocket holes. Nope! You will actually find lots of affordable brands and products which are Android friendly and totally Android. If you can wait for another Christmas season, you can surely buy cheaper Android phones. You will also be capable of buying more units to give as holiday presents for Christmas.
In the old days, different forms of entertainment are enjoyed separately. Currently, this is not the case. You can actually find gadgets which you can use to watch movies, read books, listen to music with, play games, and even remind you to wash your hair or sleep right now. Some of such gadgets can even help you find your way through an urban jungle. Mind you, these are not too expensive so you do not have to spend more money just to let your friends enjoy different forms of entertainment.
Daniel Craig’s latest James Bond movie “Skyfall” became the highest grossing film of that franchise. Surely, some of your friends will definitely want to own some of the gadgets used and displayed in the film. There’s no need to confirm if that friend of yours need the 007 badge, you can get one and maybe pair it with the latest in home appliance technology such as a fully automated washing machine complete with anti-bacterial mechanisms.
Gaming devices are really expensive especially the MOMO drivers but hey, KC and The Sunshine Band sang “Baby, Give It Up.” Yes, give up the wrong lifestyle and share more beneficial and enjoyable tricks instead.
So, when you want to consider what tech gifts for Christmas are ideal for your dearly beloved ones, fear no more. Even simple home appliances like an oven toaster can be a delight for a tech savvy person. How about a small home appliance such as a coffee maker, a bacon fryer, and an oven toaster rolled into one? That will still surprise them for sure.
You do not have to be a tech-idiot when you want to give the latest in technology, much more sing “Ayo Technology.” It’s better to say, “Last Christmas you gave your heart, but if you give laptops and tablets, make sure they come from the heart.”
Good news for all you Nokia lovers out there – the Finnish mobile company has launched its Nokia Lumia 920 phone. This launch came in at a crucial time, where the world of smartphones is undergoing some changes.
Not so long ago, we heard about Samsung losing an epic “battle of patents” against Apple, which can have serious implications on the sales of Android smartphones around the world (Samsung being one of the chief suppliers of Android based smartphones). Also, the iPhone 5 which had just been released is already selling very well.
This means Nokia Lumia faces a tough battle on its hands. However, one look at its impressive features and functionality and you know that it has what it takes to fight it out; its innovative features and functions are impressive and will work in its favor.
Let us go through some of the features of Nokia Lumia 920 and see if it can challenge bigwigs like Apple’s iPhone and Android devices or not.
Nokia Lumia 920: A Hands-On Review Of Its Features
Nokia Lumia 920 is a Windows 8 based smartphone and is available in eye-catchy, vibrant colors such as pink and yellow. Although it looks similar to Nokia N9, Lumia 800 and Lumia 900 series of phones, its polycarbonate body consists of ceramic buttons which are scratch-resistant and it also has dual speakers placed at the bottom.
Memory: Lumia 920 has an internal memory of 1 GB and mass memory of up to 32 GB. It also provides 7GB of memory in SkyDrive.
Processor: Lumia 920 has dual-core 1.5 Ghz Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 processor which makes the device perform faster. This means that apps like games, utility, and multimedia will run smoothly on your Lumia 920 smartphone.
PureMotion HD+ Display: Another important feature from Nokia’s kitty is the 4.5” PureMotion HD+ display on the Lumia 920. It has a … wait for it…stunning resolution of 1280×768 and a ppi of 332. Nokia claims that this display is one of the world’s brightest, fastest and makes all the graphics, text and similar content come alive (it reminds me of Retina Display of iPhone 4S and the revolutionary screen of the new iPad). The screen is slightly curved as well, which makes it look all the more amazing.
A Stunning Camera: Nokia has done a great job with the main camera on Lumia 920. The device comes with an 8.7 megapixels PureView camera with Carl Zeiss Tessar lens. Its prominent features are – touch focus, geo-tagging, landscape orientation and auto and manual white balance amongst others. It is due to these features that you can capture detailed, blur-free and bright photos and videos.
Say hello to wireless charging, since Lumia 920 uses ‘Qi’, which is an emerging standard for wireless charging. So this means that you can charge your Lumia 920 smartphone’s battery without plugging it or using USB based charging. This is its USP, since this feature is not available in any other smartphone device yet. Additionally, Nokia is offering a number of energy-efficient wireless chargers, which come in all kinds of shapes, sizes and colors to match your device. You can even borrow your friend’s wireless Qi based charger and charge your phone using it as well.
Other Prominent Features:
Use Nokia City Lens: Take a walk around your city just by looking at the camera viewfinder of Lumia 920. It is no less than an interactive map, which lets you discover various places in the city at your own pace.
Sync Your Important Files With SkyDrive: Use the SkyDrive Cloud service to store all your apps, documents, multimedia or any other files by syncing your devices together.
Groove With Free Music Streaming: Those whose love for music never seems to end can rejoice with Nokia Music. Now they can stream and download unlimited music and that too free of cost. Simply tap the latest tracks, create your own channels or simply listen to your favorite music using this feature.
Connectivity: It is NFC enabled and consists of LTE, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
These are some of the prominent features and functions provided by Nokia Lumia 920 phone – the first in the lineup of Windows 8 smartphones. From what I have listed, the phone surely looks impressive and has the potential to offer stiff competition to smartphone giants like Apple and Samsung. But will it manage to make a mark in the market? Only time will tell.
Just as expected, the Apple iPhone 5 new features make it a rich electronic gadget welcomed by millions of people as indicated in the latest sales figures reported by Apple. Prior to the launch, a lot of buzz was created to generate curiosity and speculations on this phone’s ability to topple competition. Anywhere around the world, the excitement was visible, and people are lining up to own this latest product from Apple. (See related previous post – iPhone Rumors, News, and Updates) Now, it is time to discuss reasons why people want it.
iPhone 5 Features
By now, you have seen this gadget and you must have already drawn your own ideas as to why you need to have it. Looking at it and handling it in your own palm, you know that the phone speaks of countless attractions. It is loaded with new features that will mesmerize you and you won’t keep your hands away from it and tinker it. What does this new phone speaks of?
1. Loaded. One of the most interesting and enticing features of this product is the latest update on the Siri software. Previous version owners of iPhones know that this is a voice recognition software. The updated version does the following: understands your questions better and updates your social network activities including updating your tweets. . Other brands have their own voice recognition device but are inferior compared with the updated Siri.
2. Larger. No, we are not talking about size here. But rather, we are pointing out features that were escalated to larger specifications of capacities. It is installed with A6 Apple processor which was reported to work twice as fast than the older processors. Camera is now at 8 mega pixel which delivers more outstanding pictures. More importantly, you can generate more effects and filters to your pictures. Another pull feature is the 4G Long Term Evaluation Service. With this, some users swear that connections are better and they can access wide capacity websites through this new iPhone 5.
3. Longer. While the device appears to be taller, battery performance is of great importance. It offers longer battery life allowing you with 225 hours stand by time and talking hours of up to eight hours. Surely, that is a lot of time allowed for you to perform wonderful things with your latest electronic accessory.
4. Lighter. Here’s the dimension: weight is 112 grams that is less than one eight of a kilo, its 4.9 inches tall, 2.3 inches in terms of width, and 3 inches if you talk about depth. The figures speak that this device is definitely lighter and thinner; thus, it offers a good feel when you grasp it into your palms. This is because it is made mostly with aluminum and titanium elements instead of glass, which only covers the front and bottom parts of the gadget.
5. Libidos. You just can’t get enough from this gadget. It will encourage you more to use it because you can watch movies that are 1080p high definition quality, better graphics and faster interactions; thus, you will have better gaming experience. The screen dimension is at 4.5 inches, allowing you greater panoramic views and integrated Facebook application makes you constantly connected within the network. These are just some of the reasons why this iPhone 5 wants you to go livid and experience better use of new and updated applications and features.
6. Luxurious. Given all the other L descriptions and a price of $199, surely it is as luxurious as you want it to be. The latest product is definitely second to none and exceeds a lot of expectations. The voice recognition alone is superior to other voice recognition devices used by other brands. The use of aluminum and titanium makes the whole appearance shiny and new always.
Last Words on iPhone 5 New Features
While some android phones may have equal or better applications and features, this product stands out as one of the best things which ever came out in the market and electronic consumers are just too happy that they have additional better options when it comes to Android phones. The Apple iPhone 5 new features showed an excellent job of integrating top of the line applications with this latest addition in the list of hit products.
If you are one of those millions of people who just recently bought a new iPad whether the latest one or the older models, you are surely deluged with thousands of available free apps for your new electronic gadget. It is mindboggling indeed when there are several hundreds and you can’t have it all since your new iPad can only accommodate as much as the memory can hold. It is essential that you must know the top 20 free apps for iPad for your consideration.
Bejewelled is a classic game and it is a free application for your iPad. It might not give you great moments of thrill and excitement like other sophisticated paid games, but definitely, this free game application can ease out boredom while in between flights or on the road in a bus.
Air Hockey is another free game app for iPad with following features: play with a live player, play wireless in the same room, or play with the computer as your opponent. It’s another great game to indulge with during your idle time.
Flipboard is a sophisticated free app for iPad which is ideal if you numerous social networking accounts or RSS feeds and arranged all of these in a magazine type layout. You will not worry about flipping and clicking on several browsers to see your latest updates.
Kindle is definitely a must for those who love to read. This free app for iPad makes reading from your gadget feels like natural reading.
TV Guide is a big help when you want to know local schedules of your favorite TV shows in different places that you travel throughout the US. You will not surely miss an episode of your well loved TV shows through this free application.
Netflix is a free app for iPad but you have to subscribe to it in order to enjoy lots of movies and TV shows. With this app, queuing your favorite movies is no longer a problem. You can watch movies to your heart’s delight.
Pandora radio application is one of the top 20 free apps for iPad downloaded by countless electronic gadget enthusiasts. It is your own personal radio that lets you stream music according to your preferences. Just load the name of the song, artist, or composers and Pandora will make a radio station for you that will stream music related to your preferences.
Bloomberg for iPad is dependable if you want to know the latest business events and trends. You have access to information about the stock market, economic statistics, business updates and financial matters. Anything that is there with Bloomberg and relevant to your business are yours to read and analyze.
Contact Capture is a free business application for your iPad that lets you store contacts from your emails, messages, documents, and web pages minus the typing, cutting, and pasting. The application captures these contacts easily and you can browse them immediately by simply highlighting.
CNN for iPad is a recommended reference for latest news around the world. You can watch the latest breaking news, current videos, or view pictures with slide shows. With this application, you are no longer clueless with what is happening around you and the rest of the world.
Merriam Webster or Dictionary.com apps are definitely included among the top 20 free apps for iPad. With a lot of reading material stored and accessed through your gadgets, expect that you will encounter new words very often and these free apps come in handy when you want to know the meaning behind new words you have discovered.
The Weather Channel or AccuWeather should not be forgotten as you do not want to have rain in your parade. This app informs you of up to the minute weather updates including warnings, clocks, and radars.
Dropbox fixes the problem with file storage. With this application, you can access your files and documents whenever you are on the go.
Simplenote helps you with text editing and at same time store your docs both in your iPad and in the “cloud.” Thus, you can easily retrieve it and continue working from where you stopped with your documents.
Ebay and Amazon Windowshop for iPad are excellent shopping applications, especially if you want to window shop online and see the latest offers and products.
Facebook – there is no need to elaborate why it belongs to top 20 free apps for Ipad. If you are a Facebook addict who wants to be updated and connected with your friends in the network always, then this definitely a must have for you.
Twitter is also in the list. Chances are, if you have a Facebook, you must also maintain a Twitter account and the same goes with your friends.
With these top 20 free apps for iPad, you are on to a good start tinkering and familiarizing your latest electronic gadgets. If you want better applications, you can move on to paid applications to let you enjoy and appreciate how useful your iPad is.
When you talk about free apps for my tablet, there are actually several of these, however, only quite a number of these applications are really useful and enhance my connectivity, my everyday life, and my performance at work. Some of the other applications are just in use out of boredom. The list below consists of totally helpful apps and I will tell you why.
Kindle For Tablet: Top Free Apps for My Tablet under the Hobby Category
As a voracious reader, it is very convenient on my part that I no longer have to buy books, bring it along during my travels, and stack them after I am done reading it. I am so glad that Kindle for tablet is available as I can easily access hundreds of thousands of fiction and non-fiction books and devour these during my spare time without adding hassle to my baggage. In addition, ebooks are cheaper compared to physical books that you buy from book shops.
Top Free Apps for My Tablet under the Professional Performance Category
The succeeding apps score high when it comes to enabling me to deliver excellent performance relevant to my job and career as a sales person:
The reason why this application ranks very high in my list of top free apps for my tablet is functionality. As a sales professional, it is very important to establish the identity of the customer and that he or she is existent. With this application, locating and finding addresses that these customers provided give me with evidence that I can transact business with them. In addition, geography was my favorite subject when I was younger and Google Earth helps me update my knowledge on everything about geography.
Whenever I have the time to read news bits and updates, I always start with the sports page. I am into tennis, golf, basketball, and racing. With this application, I get to know the latest in every sports edition and season or who wins a specific game. I also learn the latest stats for me to know if my favorite players and teams are on the right track to winning. Of course, it helps when it comes to betting as well, to be honest about it.
During the height of the “Occupy Movement” in several places around the world, I was so ecstatic that I can follow updates about it. Since this application was installed, I always log on every day to read about the latest news around the world. This is definitely one of the top free apps for my tablet. All news that I read always helps me with my sales breaker aspect during consultative selling skill method with my clients.
When you are constantly moving around different places, you always wish that when you retire to your hotel room, there will be interesting stuff with cable channels. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. With Netflix, there is no need to worry about what to watch before going to sleep as you have a variety of options to choose from. You don’t have to see schedules of programs and wait for the program to view it. This is really one of top free apps for my tablet as I can watch my favorite TV show and movies at my own pace and time.
Initially, this application was only available on iPad and found its way for tablets. I know some people will say that I really take the word “angry” literally as to the reason why this is included in the list of top free apps for my tablet. This is my anger management release every time I feel that my blood starts to boil and I need to relax. I redirect my negative energy towards this game and I always achieve high scores through rechanneling of focus.
Amazon App Store for Tablets
As a salesperson, market study is part of the job. With this application, I discover the latest deals on competing products. I receive alerts on how current deals provided by Amazon will impact my dealers and distributors. Before my clients even complain that the prices we offer are higher, I am able to anticipate market issues and deal with client problems reasonably through this application.
These are the top free apps for my tablet which empower me to effectively perform my professional duties and at the same time offer me productive moments during my spare time. These applications might be free but the benefits I gain every time I access these are totally priceless; in fact, these top free apps for my tablet have given me additional financial rewards as the apps empower me.
Of course, your mobile phones should be a smart phone in order for you to enjoy the benefits of best free apps for mobile phones that are exploding in the Internet or in computer and electronic shops. Non-smart phones have limited capabilities and are not compatible to receive free apps. By this time, most of those who own non-smart phones have already upgraded their mobile phones to higher or more premium models. As such, they might need help on what free apps they should load into their cellphones. Here are some suggestions:
Platform determination and best free apps for mobile phones
You just cannot download and install best free apps for mobile phones randomly. It will be a waste of time as very applications have platform compatibility issues. Thus, you have to check the platform. What are these? Here are some of the most common mobile platforms in the market.
1. Android – This operating system or platform is not limited with mobile phones but with tablets as well. If your mobile phone uses this operating system, it is interesting to note that over 50% of the total number of mobile phones have this OS installed.
2. Blackberry – This platform is noted for easy maneuver and was initially intended for business.
3. iOS – Exclusive from Apple and works with iPhone, iPad, and other Apple devices.
4. Symbian OS – This is used by most major brands for cellphones like Nokia, Samsung, Sharp, and Sony just to name a few examples.
5. Windows Phone – This is perfect when you want to integrate Windows applications to your smartphones and non-Windows apps as well.
When you know the platform, you will have a fair idea on the best free apps for mobile phones that you can install or download to your phone.
Function definition and best free apps for mobile phones
When you search for the best free apps for mobile phones, you will see several lists and each list often carry unique and applications. On top of that, you will also see numerous lists of undiscovered free apps for mobile phones. Scary isn’t it? The choices can challenge you and considering the fact that your mobile device can only accommodate a limited number of applications because of capacity and capability, not to mention specs and platform consideration.
Therefore, you have to define what kind of applications you want in terms of functionality when it comes to the personal and professional aspect of your life. Why is this so? So that you can prioritize more important applications such as saving documents and encoding, business tools and applications, news and social networking applications, and lifestyle applications. What is the use of installing 50 games and applications if you only play two games frequently? Why do you have to download Pandora radio when you prefer to watch movies and TV shows? I’m sure you get the idea.
Download Integrity and Best free apps for mobile phones
There are lots of online sites which offer free download on best free apps for mobile phones. The question is, are they reliable? Thus, you have to ensure that you only download from reliable sites; ones which do not have integrity issues. These are sites that are virus free so that your phone will be functional at all times and your profile and identity will not be hijacked. It is really a hazard when you download best free apps for mobile phones online. So it’s still better if you visit your mobile service provider or your mobile manufacturer service center whether online or offline and ask for free apps. This way, you are assured that your mobile phones are relatively virus free.
Mobile Features and Specifications and Best Free Apps for Mobile Phones
Lastly, before you download and install these free applications for mobile phones, check compatibility issues first. Some gaming applications, free business tools, and other free apps have their own compatibility and limitations. It only works when the features and specifications of your mobile phones are compatible with the free apps that you want.
In general, these free applications are not really universal in terms of access and usage. Review your mobile gadget first as suggested in this article before you download the best free apps for mobile phones that you want to see in your cellphone.