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Financially, Things Are Not Getting Better For Most

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A disturbing statistic was reported at the end of the year. It seems that the number of middle class families still struggling financially has not improved. Things are generally not getting better for most middle wage earners.

This trough has continued since the financial disaster of 2008/2009. As reported, the number of persons  filing bankruptcy has stayed at these historically high rates consistently.

filingIt is possible that the lag in the housing recovery is what is causing this crisis to be extended. There has not been an employment resurgence or a re-elevation in the real estate market. Therefore, many hopeful distressed individuals simply can’t afford to keep living hand to mouth and have decided to start fresh by declaring chapter 7 or chapter 13 bankruptcy.

If this is something you are considering I would suggest you get all your options laid out in front of you. Bankruptcy is not something to be rushed into, or should be taken with a cavalier attitude. In most areas you can find a law firm that specializes in this area and arrange for a bankruptcy lawyer free consultation

Let’s hope that the job picture recovers and housing prices start to make a steady, continuous rebound. A lot of people have their retirement and savings tied up in their homes. The fact that many mortgage holders are now underwater makes it impossible for them to think about retirement. Delaying retirement of  the older working generation reduces the opportunities for young workers in this tight jobs economy.

To learn more about your options, consumer proposals and the details of various types of bankruptcy you can visit this site: smartbankruptcyguide.com

Tip: Your Upgrade to Android KitKat is a Good Move

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kitkatAndroid upgrades is constantly met with extreme reactions – excitement and doubts. While people are giddily waiting for their mobile platform to improve the concern on the impact of the upgrade to their mobile units is always there, too.

However, when it came to android 4.4 KitKat, users were completely psyched to find out that the update is finally released. It came at a very strategic tome when the ios 7 was making a noise on its own, as well.

Proving all our fears wrong, KitKat is undoubtedly meant to make every user’s experience more convenient than ever. However, it may take a little getting used to in order to appreciate the changes.

One of our favorite features of Android 4.4 KitKat is the new lock screen. Apart from the capability of the device to know display an art work, we can also navigate music through the lock screen alone. Yes, you can now seek, stop, or pause your music without unlocking the device. Now that’s certainly handy!

usingandroidThe common concern on the possibility poor performance of an Android unit after the upgrade is immediately addressed by KitKat’s improved memory management. This may not be one of the most obvious improvements with the OS but android 4.4 is actually compatible with devices running on minimum of 512mb memory. This means that even less sophisticated gadgets can still perform faster, specifically in terms of multi-tasking. Similarly new android devices such as Nexus 5 and Moto G are expected to run exceptionally fast with KitKat.

Finally, the best giveaway from Android 4.4 is its highly improved and extremely accurate search function. With Google Now fully integrated in the OS it’s like the your Android phone really knows you too well. This search function, located at the top right of your gadgets, puts into consideration your location, your recent activities, and even previous data stored. It makes any Android gadget a full pledged personal data assistant. For instance, we tried searching for cafes, and the first result was the cafe which was only 30 meters from where we were. Other suggestions included the other cafe places we have checked in to month back, and other new recommendations nearby.

With all these improvements at hand, what else do you want Android to come up with in the next upgrade?

iPad Air Gets Mixed Reactions from Netizens

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ipadairApple’s newest full-sized tablet barely made the usual roar that its predecessor did. On the contrary, the most talked about aspect about the new tablet is the rather cold reception of the iPad users during its official launch date last November 1. Several Apple stores from all parts of the world noted significantly shorter lines for the iPad Air tablet, compared to the launching of iPad mini and iPhone 5c and 5s. Some outlets even expected bigger crowd, considering that Apple did not allow any pre-order for the latest tablet.

iPad air is the fifth installment of the full-sized Apple tablets, which first entered the market in 2010. In retains the classic 9.7-inch size, but only weighs 1 pound, making it the lightest and thinnest full-sized tablet to date. Apart from the improved external features, this new iPad is also equipped with the latest A7 processor of Apple, known to be the fastest so far.
Less than a week since the launching of the tablet, we have already gathered a bunch of interesting and diverse reactions on iPad air online.

Why people love it

Majority of the people who were eagerly waiting for the release of iPad Air are already users of either iPad 1 or iPad 2. Most of these stuck with their almost 9-inch tablets despite the massive success of iPad mini. Some people just need wider screen, and the forerunners of iPad air gave exactly just that. But, people were looking forward to iPad Air because of the promise of better mobility given the lightness of the tablet. That is besides the faster processor that comes with iPad Air. For some people, the improvements in iPad Air is beyond aesthetics, and it’s definitely a good catch for those who want to get their hands on the newest A7 processor of Apple. iPad Air is simply the most awaited upgrade for the tablets enthusiasts.

What the cynics say

Some reviews however claim that iPad Air offers nothing revolutionary. By this, people tend to compare the improvement from iPhone 3G to iPhone 4, or iPhone 5 to iPhone 5s. With this, they believe that iPad Air do not have the same value for money as the other gadget versions that Apple has released this year. These unmet expectations likewise prompted some avid tablet users to explore other powerful tablets in the market such as Google Nexus 5 and Samsung Galaxy Note 3. For loyal Apple users, buzz on the release of the iPad mini 2 with Retina display is widely circulating online, with Apple execs announcing its release within the month.

What do you think of iPad Air? Could this finally be the right tablet for you?

Apple iPhone 5S

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The new Apple iPhone 5s, where S means “same” brings along faster, new camera and a clever fingerprint reader. But is it enough of an upgrade? The iPhone 5S: a phone that looks like the iPhone 5, but goes so much more under the hood. Is that going to be enough to impress the consumers?

 

Apple obviously is known of this change, be it the unibody of the HTC One, or the new fight into low-light cameras or the need for a strong processor as a headline to shout about. And to be fair, it’s addressed these needs to some degree or other on the new iPhone 5S.

 

The design of this new iPhone is almost same to the previous one. theres not much really new here that’s going to help you work out if the person sitting next to you on the train is rocking a new phone.

 

But on the other hand that’s not necessarily a bad thing either; just because it’s not an unique design, this doesn’t make the iPhone 5S any less premium. It’s still a great phone to hold, coming with great things like the all-aluminium-and-glass chassis. Great no?

 

Apple has launched the new iPhone with not one, but two, chips that will help it become one of the most powerful phones in the market. The A7 and M7 chip are the new and big thing.

 

So to say that this is the best iPhone yet is pointless, as of course it was going to be. But the combination of iOS 7 freshen things up with a powerful core and great camera mean that this phone should be considered on its own advantagets, and while the high price will continue to put many off, anyone already addicted to the iPhone bandwagon, or even if they’re just on the fence, will find a lot of joy in a phone that’s a lot more than the new update.

BB 9720 – A Review

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Blackberry is back in the arena with a huge bang – the Blackberry 9720. With its splendid design and sensational display 9720 is swaying away swaying people off. Blackberry 9720 was announced in August for its potential customers. It runs on the older BlackBerry 7.1 OS rather than the new and sleek BB10 OS. It is totally affordable and appealing for those looking for an amazing yet budget-friendly phone. BB 9720 has an internal memory of 512 MB a micro SD card up to 32 GB can be inserted. BlackBerry 9720 has Micro-SIM Card Slots and will support all GSM based networks. The display and design of BB are extremely fashionable and elite. It has a 2.8 inch display screen with the perfect and shapely typical BB curves and the standard qwerty keyboard. The phone weighs 120g along with the battery. In blackberry 9720, there is a dedicated and sensitive Volume Lock Power. It is available in different shades – black, white, purple, blue and pure pink. BlackBerry has improved the display with IPS LCD Capacitive touch screen capable to display 16M Colors with a multi touch. It also supports display orientation sensor which helps you to rotate screen in any view angle feasible for you. The rear camera is 5 MP with LED flash, geo tagging and image stabilization feature. It has a stereo FM radio with RDS. It has a li-ion 1450 mAh battery which has splendid battery timing up to 432 hrs and a talk time up to 7 hr and a music play up to 30 hr.

Unveiling The HTC Desire 500

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If you are looking for an Android smart phone which is both exquisite as well as economical then your search ends here. HTC has recently announced yet another smart phone, named HTC Desire 500. HTC has surprised its users with Desire 500 as it is a mid-range smart phone with great specs and features. This dual sim phone will support Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS and it will be powered with the Quad-core Qualcomm Cortex A-5. Desire 500 is leaked to be a very stylish and trendy smart phone. It will have a display screen of 4.3 inches; just perfect for a smart phone to sit comfortably in our palm. It also has Adreno 203 GPU and an 1800 mAh battery. Desire 500 will be very frothy in weight only 123g. It has only 4 GB internal memory and supports memory card up to 64 GB. It will come with the virtuoso HTC sense Ul 5.0, the sounds will be boosted. It has Wlan, Bluetooth, Infrared port and USB. iHTC Desire 500 will be coming with a splendid, high quality primary camera of 8 MP with auto focus and LED flash light. The camera features geo tagging and smile and face detection. It will also be having a stereo FM radio with RDS. It will be an impressive model for those who adore to live-stream and multitask. The design is of a rounded rectangle, no sharp edges thankfully. The handset will come in only two colors Lacquer Black and Glacier Blue.

Is Android becoming the Windows of the mobile world when it comes to malware?

While the 90s and early 2000s saw the spread of computers, home PCs and the growing popularity of the laptop, it seems that the current decade is all about the handheld device revolution.

Tablets and Smartphones are now more popular than ever before and with hardware becoming cheaper and cheaper with each passing day and technological advances making gadgets smarter, sleeker and more multifunctional.

But with the growing use of handheld devices comes the threat of malware and virus attacks and industry experts along with recent surveys suggest that it is the Android platform that is at the greatest risk.

The fact that some believe Android is going the route of Windows is believable as just like Windows, Android mobiles and tablets have a large user base.

Latest figures suggest that 60 percent of the smartphone market share belongs to the Android mobile with iOS owning 23 percent of the market. And greater number of devices simply means a greater chance for malware to spread and increased number of targets for hackers. The ‘open source’ nature of Android, which has made it so very popular is also one of the biggest reasons why it is more open to attacks.

Those using Android mobiles usually install a third-party app that is not provided by any trusted ‘app store’ as it is in the case of Apple users or those few who use Windows mobiles. This automatically opens up a great opportunity for hackers to spread malware by alluring users with apps that either simply spread viruses or access far more information than they need to. Multi-functional Trojans that steal data, backdoors giving complete control of user gadgets and third-party apps that secretly obtain data have grown from 5000 in Q1 of 2012 to 15,000 in the Q2!

While the likes of Simplitec could help us counter such threats effectively when it comes to the Windows PC platform, similar comprehensive anti-virus protection units from trusted software sources could also eliminate many of the threats posed by Android malware. Apart from having a anti-virus suite, the other simple thing you could do is stay away from suspicious third-party apps that come from lesser known publishers.

Five advantages of Virtual PBX for mobile users and business firms

Virtual PBX or Hosted PBX has plenty of advantages for not juts small and big businesses, but also for mobile users all across the globe.

With new services and even specially crafted apps now available on the Android mobile platform, it is a good time to look at all the big advantages that Virtual PBX brings and the many benefits it offers for businesses both big and small and for Android users across the platform.

  • Virtual PBX is a system that is blessed with exceptional call handling features like virtual receptionist, intelligent call routing, call queue management, voicemail transcription and automatic call distribution, which help streamline and organize all your personal and corporate needs.
  • One of the biggest benefits being offered by Virtual PBX is simply the cot-effectiveness of the entire set up. Since no individual, firm or corporate house actually needs to own and install any expensive equipment, there is no great expenditure in the form of infrastructure to access the service.
  • Greater productivity is assured with technicians and professionals setting up the system in place which suits your own individual needs. This way, you are assured of the best services without wasting any of your own time on installation and with constant technical assistance, you will not have to waste your time in sorting out any disturbances in the service.
  • Greater business opportunity is one of the biggest reasons why more and more individuals are turning towards Virtual PBX. You can simply filter out all the unnecessary calls that you receive through the day and only take the ones that help in taking your business interests forward. This is simply the best way to do away with interruptions.
  • Apart from the cost reduction due to lack of supporting infrastructure, for individual Android users, there is the great incentive of cutting down on telephone bills, since calls made over IP are a lot cheaper and cost-effective. The Virtual PBX apps available on your Android app store should help you in this regard.

Motorola Razr i Gets Free Norton Security for UK Users

While having some sort of antivirus for our laptops and PCs is mandatory and a thing we take for granted, it seems like the trend has not yet caught on in case of smartphones. That is especially a concern in an ‘open source’ platform like Android and as you think about buying the new Motorola Razr i, it is one thing you will not have to worry way too much.

Online retailer Clove is offering Norton for antivirus software, if you buy the new Motorola Razr i SIM free during its limited-time offer. You will get the £30 Norton Mobile Security pack absolutely free with the Razr i and that goes along with the large array of features already offered by the latest slim phone from Motorola.

The selling points of the Razr i include the large 4.3-inch edge-to-edge display with Corning Gorilla Glass for scratch protection that goes along with its sleek form that comes with a water repellent nano-coating covering, a 2GHz dual core Intel Medfield Processor, an 8-megapizel camera for the shutter bugs and Android Ice Cream Sandwich on the inside from Google.

The SIM free version of the Razr I at Clove is priced at £342 including the VAT and if you do wish to pocket this android device, then you can at least be relieved that you have the necessary security against malware and viruses in the form of the mobile security offered by Norton.

And for those still wondering, there will be a 4.1 Jelly Bean update rolled out sometime down the line, which will further improve the Razr i experience.

With 5GB of in-built memory and a microSD slot that allows you to expand further with ease, the mobile is definitely worth a look if you love both Android and Motorola. And if you do not have the £342 to shell out, then you can look at the various plans also available that will allow you to bring home the Razr i for  a lot less.