Google app market is definitely in a league above its Apple and Windows counterparts, considering the veritable and vast range of applications provided there for Android users.
There have many new apps that have come become famous such as AllCast by Koushik Dutta, which was introduced as a beta version. The app streams content from an Android device, Dropbox or Google Drive, to a device which has Chromecast-like features when hooked up to a Television.
The following are the best android apps for tablets and smartphones, and these a dedicated user would not want to miss.
The Action Launcher app has been updated to its version 2.0, bringing in some new changes. This amazing free app includes Android 4.4 theme elements and a full-screen Quickpage.
Cal-Calendar by Any.do
Cal by Any.do is actually a beautiful calendar app with umpteen features stuffed inside it. This app synchronizes with users’ contacts, social integration and other apps such as Google Calendar, Exchange, Outlook, Yahoo, iCloud and AOL.
The app can additionally find nearby restaurants and bars, besides keeping up with the schedules. Since this app is free to download, it is very much worth giving a shot.
Dead Trigger 2
Dead Trigger 2 game app, created by MADFINGER Games, it has recently got an update with Zombies and missions re-balanced for enhanced game-play and additional missions.
The app now also includes more sniper and helicopter missions in new and exciting African environments. Again, even this game app is free to download.
Field Trip app has also got an update that includes new features and an overhauled user interface. The new features include simpler settings, swiping cards, easy access of items on the bottom bar, and others.
Being free to download, this is an amazing app, perfect for keeping the user engaged while going in a trip somewhere.
BADLAND is another gaming app for Android users, it is famous for its number of levels, as it has 80 single player and 21 multiplayer challenging and competitive levels. This application also supports Cloud Save and Immersive mode, with more levels promised to come in the next update.
In the latest update, there are some screen resolution fixes for the smartphones and tablets. The app is also absolutely free to play.
So what are you waiting for? Download, install and enjoy the awesomeness of these best android apps for tablets and smartphones.Read more »
In the past, desktop vs laptop used to be the usual debate topic but today, it is tablet vs laptop debate that is more popular. Obviously, there are advantages and disadvantages for both. You can’t totally relay on a tablet for all your computing tasks. At some point of time, you would have to use a laptop or even a desktop. It is up to you to decide which one suits your needs best. However, I would like to discuss here a few advantages and disadvantages of both laptops and tablets.
Laptops – Advantages and disadvantages
A laptop consists of all that features of a desktop computer. It has a big screen. It has a full keyboard. It has a physical mouse. It is compatible with most of the external hardware peripherals such as printer, external keyboard, mouse and speaker. Typing is easier on a laptop as compared to a tablet. Similarly, many prefer laptops to watch videos or photos to tablets. Another interesting advantage of laptops over tablets is that it is more durable. When you use a tablet, you should always be conscious about not damaging or scratching its touchscreen. Well, when you use laptops, you do not have to worry about such things.
Coming to the disadvantages of laptops as compared to tablets, the first thing is the portability. While tablets are more portable and easy to use while travelling, laptops are not. You can use a tablet even while walking or standing in a crowded bus. But, when it comes to laptops, you will have to find a comfortable place to sit down to use it. An average laptop will weigh 3 to 7 pounds. Carrying them on a regular basis might even affect your health, causing back pain or shoulder pain.
Tablets have become very common these days and gaining huge popularity among the youth. What makes it popular is no doubt its portability. It is quite easy to carry around. Tablets are the most suitable device to read e-books. Most tablets have good inbuilt storage memory. So, you can store all your music, video or documents in it. Some tablets allow you to increase the storage capacity by adding external memory cards.
Nevertheless, tablets are more expensive than laptops. They are more vulnerable to serious damages than laptops. If the display of a tablet is damaged, you will have to pay more than half the device price to repair it.
Tablet vs laptop debate is sure to go on forever. Before you buy a laptop or a tablet, check your needs first and take the correct decision.Read more »
The end date of Windows Tech support for XP is good news for hackers and malware developers. Sources report that many hackers around the world are waiting for end date of Microsoft support for XP as then they would be able to exploit the security vulnerabilities in the XP systems.
Some new bugs have started to surface on Windows XP platform even before the end of Microsoft support. Lately, it was reported that XP is being targeted by a new bug, which would affect the ndproxy.sys driver in the XP operating systems. Systems infected with this bug will develop problems with the Telephony API. Experts at Sophos, the security vendor, have analysed the security threat and reported that “Even though EoP (Elevation of Privilege) holes aren’t directly exploitable by remote attackers, cybercriminals can combine an EoP with a conventional exploit, such as a drive-by malware attack against your browser or other content-rendering software.”
Meanwhile, report indicates that Microsoft is receiving flak, for its indifferent attitude to address the bug issues even though XP is supposed to receive Windows Tech Support till April this year. Even after two months since the bug was reported, the tech giant has done nothing to address the issue. Experts warn that the issue could become worse unless it is addressed at the earliest. The bug is said to affect all editions of Windows XP including Server 2003.
Experts at Sophos add that “An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full administrative rights,” he said that this kernel mode “is like being an administrator’s administrator”.
Despite Microsoft’s efforts to persuade the XP users to migrate to the latest Windows operating systems, only a few of the XP users have reacted to their call. The latest report indicates that XP accounts for 20 percent of the total Windows market share. Although the tech giant is right in its decision to stop extended support after ten years, it will be greatly appreciated if it takes some user-friendly decisions considering the huge number of XP users spread across the world.
Experts have advised the XP users to avoid online activities as much as possible considering the possibilities of bug or malware attacks after the expiry of Windows Tech support. For more information about the XP product support life cycle, visit the Microsoft Windows website online.Read more »
With the official tech support for Windows XP ending this summer, numerous users are on the hunt for an alternative operating system, which would offer them the same services and performance that XP offered. It is found that in the pursuit for another platform, users strongly compare the features of Windows 7 vs Windows 8.
Though both the Windows 7 and Windows 8 operating systems are the best of their kinds, yet as they are members of the same community, there is a tough competition among the platforms for the top spot. Experts say that the most convenient way to determine the efficiency and performance of an operating system is by assessing its memory consumption.
The minimum RAM requirement for both Windows 7 and Windows 8 is 1 GB. To compare the memory consumption in Windows 7 vs Windows 8, both the platforms have to be installed on the same machine, rebooted multiple times, and then left idle for some time. This will show the memory usage of both the platforms on the same basic system configuration.
When compared as per the stated criteria on a netbook, it is found that Windows 7 uses approximately 404 MB memory, where Windows 8 consumes around 281 MB when kept idle. It is interesting to note that Windows 8 clean installation also contains an advanced Windows Defender utility, which when initiated for the first time, integrates complete anti-malware functionality, and helps to deduct memory and resources usage. This feature is not included on a clean installation of Windows 7, and thus, adding the software can help in reducing memory and resource consumption a bit.
Apart from the potent anti-malware software optimized for low memory usage, some of the services that utilized hefty system resources in the previous Windows versions have been cut short in Windows 8. Some services are grouped under manual start, where some are sorted under always running and start on demand categories. Thus, this trigger start of services in Windows 8 makes a service to start, perform its work, stay around to check for further tasks, and stop automatically, if no additional job is assigned to it.
Services like Plug and Play, Windows Update, and user-mode driver framework are such trigger-started features in Windows 8, where the same services are always running in Windows 7. Windows 8 also employs the Memory combining technique to evaluate the RAM content during normal running, find the duplicated contents, and free up the surplus entries when the process is finished.
Therefore, it is clear that when comparing Windows 7 vs Windows 8 memory and system resource consumption, all such added features help the modern platform run low on assets but faster than previous editions. However, it is advised to consult with technical experts and discover more details about the platforms before making the move.Read more »
According to the recent sources, Google has planned to modify Play Store and make it more user-friendly, especially among tablet users. The latest modifications are set to enable them to easily find applications while they’re on the site, which is now specifically tailored for their device.
Reportedly there are going to be lots of changes in Google Play Store. One of the main new features is the Designed for Tablets section, which would appear at the top of the screen. Here, tablet users would be able to look for suitable apps and games compatible to their devices. This section highlights apps and games that look good on tablets. Another option is the Designed for Phones option, which would enable the non-tablet users to select good apps for android phones. Such categorization is beneficial – the user can know before downloading, what app wouldn’t give the best experience on their device.
It can be clearly stated that Google, with such a modification of Play Store, is providing users more tools to select apps and games for their tablets running on the Android OS. And it is also clear that this sudden move by the firm is aimed to provide stiff competition to Apple’s iTunes App Store that has been gaining mass popularity in the recent times. Apple had initially devised the idea of optimizing thousands of applications in the iTunes App Store for the iPad, resulting in the increase in sales of these tablets. With the release of the iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina Display last month, Apple has openly challenged Google, putting to shame the way many existing Android apps are performing on tablets.
According to Google, these sophisticatedly good apps for Android, developed to run exclusively on tablets, would provide more opportunities for the developers to get more engagement from users, ultimately resulting in the increase in overall business sales. Google stated, “Developers who invest the time to meet the criteria are seeing great results.”
With the latest additions to Play Store, it is quite sure that Google is planning to expand their business and provide competition to its counterparts such as Apple and Microsoft. However, how far this would be successful is yet to be seen.Read more »