Tuesday, July 25, 2017

How to Install Skype 4.3 in Ubuntu 15.04



















Canonical Partners repository finally adds support for Ubuntu 15.04. Here’s how to enable the repository and install Skype 4.3:

1. Enable Canonical Partners Repository













2. Refresh Package Cache

2. Install Skype
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install skype

Detailed Method

1. Enable Canonical Partners Repository:












The partner repository offer access to proprietary and closed-source software and are not enabled by default.

To enable it, launch Software & Updates from the Unity Dash, go to Other Software tab. Check the first two boxes which say “Canonical Partners” and “Canonical Partners(Source Code)”.

If for some reason, you don’t see them in the list, click Add button and add below lines one by one:

deb http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu vivid partner
deb-src http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu vivid partner

2. Install Skype

If you have Synaptic Package Manager installed (available in Software Center), you’re now able to search for and install skype after clicking reload in Synaptic.

If not, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run the commands below one by one to refresh system cache and install skype.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install skype skype-bin

Once installed, launch Skype from the Dash/Menu and enjoy!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

What to do if your AdSense application is Rejected?




What to do if your AdSense application is Rejected?

The answer is, Read the article “Things to Do Before Applying for Google AdSense”, make a checklist depending on the requirements, re-check your blog/website several times and RESUBMIT your application for AdSense. It will be wise to wait a month or two before you resubmit your application and in the meantime, get some unique and quality articles/posts on your blog. If possible, redesign it according to the points mentioned here.

Alternatives:
Alternatively, you can also look into these few alternatives to Google AdSense.


Infolinks is my alternative favorite and the leader in in-text advertising. It offers 70% revenue share even if you’re a newbie blogger. It is different from other advertising networks. There are no language requirements so you can display ads on your native language blogs. But Infolinks will not tolerate Content that violates IP rights; pornography; hate-related content and violent content.
You can use Infolink Wordpress Plugin to automate ads on your blog. Just install the plugin, activate it, go to Infolinks Control Panel and select types of ad and display locations – easy! You can make your choice between various types of ads as in text, in fold, in tag, in frame, in screen and in article. You can also place multiple type ads.



You can get your earnings via PayPal, wire, eCheck, Western Union, ACH, Payoneer (Sign up with Payoneer to get $25 signing bonus through this link).



BidVertiser is great Adsense alternative for new bloggers. Bidvertiser offers Banner ads, Text ads, Mobile Ads, Slider ads etc. You can also make money by promoting your customized toolbar. You can get your BitVertiser earnings with Paypal and Check.


3. Chitika:

Chitika, Inc. is a search-targeted advertising company. It is located in Westborough, Massachusetts, United States. The name Chitika means "in a snap" in Telugu language. Chitika gives you several distinct advertising options to choose from. These include display/text ad units, list units, and mobile ads. Though this doesn’t give you a whole lot of variety, it does provide the staples for a successful campaign.

Minimum payout Is $10 via Paypal & Check.

Well, these are my favorite alternatives to Google AdSense.




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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Things to Do Before Applying for Google AdSense



Google AdSense is a dream for every blogger.  Every blogger desires to apply for AdSense and make some good money from their blog. But getting approved in AdSense is not easy. Google AdSense is very strict when it comes to approving new application. Everyone is trying to trick AdSense to get approved so they have made the process very hard.

Google AdSense is one of the oldest networks to offer ad publishing and works at Pay Per Click (PPC) system and pays really good money. Google AdSense have millions of satisfied customers and publishers and AdSense pays on time without any hassle.  If you do our work in right way, without any dirty trick, AdSense is that where you can earn huge amounts of money and the sky is the limit!

Common reasons for Adsense application rejection

Insufficient or Unacceptable site content

Google pays a lot of attention to the content of the blog/website before accepting application of AdSense. If the content is poorly written and has grammatical mistakes Google will reject the application right away. To get accepted, your content must be unique and has to provide value to the users and readers of the blog. So the number one reason is the poorly written content on your blog.

Site/Blog Does Not Comply with Google AdSense Policies

Driving traffic through illegal sources, excessive use of keywords, poorly coded design, lack of unique and meaningful content, poor organic traffic etc. will result in rejection of your AdSense Application.

Poor Design of your blog

No one loves to go back to a website that is too poorly designed and have difficult navigation and that results you in loosing visitors.  You must have a good and neat design which comforts the eye and is beautiful in the look.

No Privacy Policy, About Us or Contact Us page

There are some pages which you must have before applying to Google AdSense if you want to get accepted. They are “About Us”, “Privacy Policy” and “Contact Us” pages. These pages give the impression that you are a professional and that you are working according to the Google policies. Keep in mind that having a privacy page is also one of the requirements for Google AdSense.


Things to do before applying for Adsense

1. Get some “High-Quality” Content:

It’s the number one thing you need to get approved by Google AdSense. Google loves the blog who are providing high-quality content. Your application will be reviewed by humans and you have to impress them to get approved by AdSense. Just think it as the interview of your dream job, you need to impress the boss guys first.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Limited-Time Offer: Kindle Paperwhite CDN$ 139.99 CDN$ 119.99 at Amazon Canada




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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

FALCON – RESPONSIVE WORDPRESS MAGAZINE THEME ONLY @ $49


Falcon - Responsive WordPress Magazine Theme

Falcon is a premium WordPress theme developed mainly for the magazines, news and blog websites. It has a clean and modern design with fully responsive layout. The theme is packed with lots of features like built in user rating system, optional animations, unlimited sidebars, 17 custom widgets, contact form with built in reCAPTCHA, powerful theme options page and a lot more.

The theme is highly flexible and incredibly easy to use. Its very easy to customize the theme. Both experienced developers and users with no programming background can customize this theme with minimal effort.
This theme is translation ready. We already prepare .pot file, you just need to translate it to .mo files. The theme package includes the demo content xml, which allows you to set up the theme demo with a few simple clicks.
FEATURES WORTH TO MENTION
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Sunday, August 9, 2015

8 awesome paid iPhone apps on sale for free right now

These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged.

AppBox Pro

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Normally $1.99
AppBox Pro turns your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad into a manager of personal data.
This powerful, sleek new version of AppBox Pro helps you easily create, browse, organize and edit your private information including new categories such as video and software licenses, events, shopping list, cycle calendar for women and more in minutes with just a few taps. AppBox Pro has been designed exclusively for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.
AppBox Pro 3.0 is updated with a stunning new design and improved performance. It is easier to use, faster and more efficient than ever!
Start with one of 20 well-designed apps for your expenses, loans, anniversaries, travel and more.
Choose from over 350 powerful functions. Just tap to add budgets, events or confidential information. Touch and drag your finger to reorder. And with recent optimizations, AppBox Pro is quicker and smoother than ever before.
Turn on iCloud so your personal data is kept up-to-date across platforms and automatically available on all your devices.
Get started
– Use the slide navigator to quickly select an app
– Customize your app using Theme colors
– Turn Passcode on to secure your valuable data
– Use Favorites to quickly navigate your commonly used apps
– Quickly and easily share your data via AirDrop, Mail, Messages, Twitter or Facebook
Intelligently create
– 19 fully customizable, built-in categories and templates to securely store bank information, credit cards, membership numbers, accounts, photos, video and more in Wallet
– 6 Customizable built-in calendars; count days from event dates and use slideshow in Days Counter
– Easily manage your budget and checklist in Expenses List
– Track periods for multiple women’s accounts; check the average and trends from charts in Ladies Calendar
Innovative conversion tools
– 167 currencies in Currency Converter
– Solar/Lunar Calendar Converter ~1901 to 2042
– Work with 53 languages and listen to 42 languages in Translator
– 17 categories & 358 units in Unit Converter
Discover
– Explore 98 countries’ holidays
– Enjoy the amazing background photos of different locations around the world
Advanced calculate
– Basic/Scientific Calculator
– Date Calculator
– Loan Calculator
– Percent Calculator
– Sales Price/Tax Calculator
– Tip Calculator
– Compare Unit Price
Powerful utilities
– Battery Status and Device Information
– Gorgeous new Clock including waves, flip and digital theme
– Use Magnifier with brightness, flashlight, invert or zoom and snap a picture of any object
– Use Mirror with flip horizontal, photo effects or zoom and snap a picture of your face
– LED Flashlight
– Random number generator









Money Tracker

money-tracker
Normally $4.99
Manage your Personal Finance (Income/Expense) Any Time, Any Where with Money Tracker. Download now!!
Take control of your personal finance and make your life simple and financial hassles free.
—————— Best Features ———————
√ Make your own categories of income and expenditure sources
√ Worldwide currency list: Manage all expense in your home currency
√ Interactive graphical charts of your expense and income for perfect forecasting
√ Easy & more realistic Bank accounts Setup with Account number & Branch Name
√ View and email Bank statement in PDF and HTML Format
√ Upcoming expense lets you know about where you would spend in future
√ Upcoming income tells the source of your future income
√ Add income/expense category by your preference
√ Built-in Catchy logos to use while making income/expense category
√ Professional Design with easy to use interface
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The aim of this app is to make it easy to manage and keep track of your income and expense and allows you to make a proper budget. So what are you waiting for, Download Money Tracker and enjoy financial peace in your life













CameXtra+HDR

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Normally $1.99
** For newest pictures and video for this app please use App Store app ***
• Third party app discovery apps have old pictures.
√ HDR photography for most difficult lightings.
• You can adjust the input pictures, such as fusion.
• You can save input pictures taken for HDR separately and load them later. When you open the photo library screen, tap on the title.
√ Manual controls over exposure, focus, white balance and colour tint, and many more.
√ Video recording with ability to pause.
• You can also merge your videos from the photo library.
When you open the photo library screen, tap on the title.
√ High resolution picture quality for preview, when in edit mode.
• You can see true pixel quality of a photo when you zoom, in edit mode.
√ It has an easy to use reality slider control which is not limited to the device width, let’s you easily select different values with a wider distance.
Othe Camera features :
• Wide distance slider control.
√ Timer with consequent number of shots and warning flash.
√ Camera burst mode captures up to 30 frames per second in 1920 x 1080 pixel.
• You can make collage photos out of your videos.
√ Stabilizer ( anti shake ).
√ All effects and editing functions are available in camera preview mode ( live ).
√ Flash modes and flash light.
√ Photography golden lines guides and level line.
√ Low battery consumption.
√ Zoom in camera view and when editing photos.
Other Editing features :
√ You can enhance quality of your videos and apply colour effects.
• Photo editing functions and colour effects are available from your device Photo app and Camera app.
√ Professionally designed artistic color effects.
√ Powerful shadows and brightness filters, which brightens dark areas.
√ On tap pictures enhancement based on many scene modes.
√ Enhance in details using shadows, brightness, contrast, hue, saturation, sharpness and vignette.
√ Depth of field and tilt shift. Plus black & white mode instead of blur.
√ Mono color effects and posterize.
√ Adding GPS information to pictures and view picture detail data.
√ Crop and rotate picture.
√ Quick and fast one place shoot and edit.
√ Very low battery consumption when editing pictures.
Sharing :
√ Instagram, Twitter, Facebook*, Flickr*, Email and many more.
* Facebook and Flickr sharing requires their relative apps be installed on your device.







LiquiPad

liquipad
Normally $0.99
LiquiPad is an addictive visual toy that turns the surface of your iPhone into several different virtual liquids that respond to and interact with your touches. As relaxing as it is entertaining, LiquiPad is also a non-demanding way to keep your mind visually stimulated while listening to music, audiobooks, the in-laws, etc. And, of course, it’s a great way to show off the incredible power of your iPhone. Use any of the 12 built-in themes, or use your own photo library for limitless possibilities.
Using LiquiPad couldn’t be simpler. Tap or slide your finger(s) across the screen to create and manipulate the waves.
Or, tap the gear icon in the lower left to open the settings menu.
LiquiPad must be seen in motion to be believed. There are numerous videos posted online. Search for ‘LiquiPad’ on YouTube.
Tip: If you would like to take a screenshot, you can do so by pressing the home and sleep buttons at the same time. The screen will flash, and the image is saved to your Photo Library.
FEATURES:
– Stunning high-resolution graphics take full advantage of iPhone 4’s Retina™ Display
– Intelligent, speed-sensitive multi touch support
– 12 Beautiful Themes, with infinite themes possible using your own Photo Library or the Camera
– Control over liquid density – make it act like Water, Oil, Syrup, or Gel
– Automatic Wave Generators, such as rain, for use as an animated photo display
– Optional Tilt mode using the iPhone’s accelerometer.
– Realistic Liquid sound effects




Simple Copy Paste

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Normally $1.99
Control your clipboard.
Copy and Paste easily.
Keep your clipboard synchronized with all your devices* with iCloud.
Just add the Clipboard widget to your Notification Center, copy a word or a text and look at the widget**.
The text or word will be available in Simple Copy Paste in all your devices*.
Simple Copy Paste does not contain Ads.
And also:
– Search bar;
– Reorder in alphabetical order or by date.
– No in-app purchases.
If you need more functions, you can buy Copy Paste Pro, that also has:
– Capitalize, uppercase, lowercase and other 3 functions directly from the widget;
– Rearrange buttons;
– Blacklist: Put on the Blacklist words or beginning of words(like 3 letters) that you don’t want to save.
*Devices with iOS 8 or superior using the same iCloud account and with iCloud Drive enabled.
**The text or word copied will only be available in the app if you open your Notification Center with the Clipboard widget enabled or open the main app after copy something.
****Be Careful with your sensitive data. The widgets are also available when the screen is locked.



StepIt

stepit
Normally $0.99
Tell your story with StepIt. Create directions, give advice, or tell a joke. Be cute, be informative, or be funny. Pick a background, upload your own image, or change colors. Once your finished, sharing your amazing StepIt with the world is only a tap away. Thousands have enjoyed creating beautiful StepIts; start creating yours today.
What you get with StepIt:
-Beautiful imagery: Add your personal touch using photos from your own library, or choose from a hand-picked selection from Pixabay.
-Change Colors: Change the colors that highlight your StepIt, and make your creation standout.
-Sharing Galore: Once your StepIt is finished, effortlessly share through countless sources.

GrooveMaker 2

groovemaker-2
Normally $9.99
GrooveMaker® 2 is the latest version of the revolutionary iPhone/iPad/iPod touch app designed for creating non-stop electronic, dance and hip-hop tracks in real-time. Now anyone can get results that sound like they were made by a professional DJ every time!
GrooveMaker 2 works with pre-arranged sets of loops (called “Songs”) that always sound good together. You can remix them in limitless ways with our patented “groove generator” technology.
In addition to its touchscreen interface, GrooveMaker 2 now supports a number of powerful new control options. The latest version introduces full support for iRig® Pads, IK’s powerful new ultra-portable pad controller. Plug your iRig Pads into your iOS device of choice and you’ll be able to take advantage of its custom GrooveMaker 2-specific modes — Groove Mode and Launch Mode — that let you control groove length, browse through loops, tweak effects, trigger Randomixes and a whole lot more. Alternatively, you can also enjoy touchless control with your iRing™ motion controller.
Select a Song and you’ll enter the Grid interface. Push the Randomix button, and you will see the building blocks of your groove appear and the music will start playing. You can change grooves with the Randomix function or literally “draw” new grooves directly on the grid. You can lock loops, solo and mute, change volume, pan and freely associate loops with each of the 8 available tracks.
Enhance your grooves with the Effects interface. You get 16 high quality effects: Filter, Delay, Flanger and more. You also get highly creative effects like Twist, Brake and Spin that can only be found on sophisticated professional DJ gear. You also have a Master section where you can add a finishing touch to your groove with a Compressor, an EQ and a Filter.
GrooveMaker Packs offer over 6,500 loops. They come grouped as “Song” packs that are each organized by categories such as bass drum, loop, bassline, pads and percussion. There are 100 collections available that feature styles like House, Dubstep, Hip-Hop, Techno, Trance, Electro, D’n’B, Reggae, Reggaeton and Rock. There are even artist packs from Ace of Skunk Anansie, Chris Domingo and Cool & Dre.
GrooveMaker 2 features:
• Intuitive interface
• 23 Packs available in 100 song collections including styles like EDM, Dubstep, House, Hip Hop, Techno, Trance, Electro, D’n’B, Reggae, Reggaeton and Rock plus artist packs (4 built-in Songs plus 23 packs available for in-app purchase)
• iRig® Pads support: select tracks, cue loops, control effects, change length, tweak effects, trigger Randomix and more with the fully customized native support of two GrooveMaker-specific MIDI maps
• iRing™ support: control effects, parts and Randomixes with the iRing motion controllers
• Matrix interface for simplified loop remixing by drawing
• Flexible management of the Randomix algorithm
• Single loop duration can be freely set
• Groove duration can be freely set from 1/2 bar to 8 bars with new 1/4 to 1/32 live loop functions on saved grooves
• 16 FX with automation and touch pad-like interface (10 Filter FX built-in plus 6 more available for in-app purchase)
• IMPORT functions allow you to easily import or record in your own audio files for use
• High quality time stretch for seamless tempo variation from 50% to 200% of the original BPM
• Real time recorder
• Master control with Compressor, EQ and Filter
• Share via Audio Copy, E-mail, Wi-Fi, FTP or SoundCloud
• Compatible with Audiobus, Inter-App Audio and X-Sync






Emoticon Builder

emoticon-builder
Normally $1.99
Build your own Emoji!
= Exciting options =
• Create your own custom emoji from tons of different styles and options
• Be the first to send your friends emoji they have never seen!
• Thousands of combinations to customize how you want it
= Easy to Use =
• Choose a face, eyes, mouth and accessories
• Choose where to send it (SMS, Twitter, Facebook, Email, Camera Roll)
• Paste image and add text
= Tell us what you want =
• We plan to constantly add new accessories based on your suggestions!







Source: Yahoo Tech







Saturday, August 8, 2015

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Acer unveils low-cost Windows 10 Cloudbooks as rival to Chromebook

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Acer unveils low-cost Windows 10 Cloudbooks as rival to Chromebook

Looking for an inexpensive laptop that runs Windows 10? Acer has a couple of new devices up its sleeve.
 
Announced Tuesday, Acer's Aspire One Cloudbook 11 and Aspire One Cloudbook 14 are cloud-oriented laptops geared toward people who don't mind limited storage and midrange hardware specs if that means they'll pay less money. Acer is calling them "cloudbooks" because they tap into the cloud: You get a one-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365, access to Microsoft's OneDrive to store and sync your files online, and use of Acer's own cloud-enabled apps.
 
Acer's new lapbooks are designed to rival Google Chromebooks, which are also set up as cloud-based laptops with limited onboard storage and are geared toward people comfortable using online services for work, education and other tasks. Chromebooks run Google's Chrome OS, while Acer's new Cloudbooks run Windows 10, which may feel more familiar to people accustomed to previous versions of Windows.
 
Acer itself sells Chromebooks, as do Asus, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo and Toshiba. So far, Chromebooks have been popular in the education market but have been slow to catch on in the business world, according to a May report from research firm Gartner. Many potential buyers remain unaware of what a Chromebook is and can do, according to Gartner. The challenge for Google is to increase understanding of a Chromebook, most notably outside the US, a challenge that Acer may also face with its new Cloudbooks. The Cloudbooks are geared toward students and general home users, an Acer spokeswoman said.
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Sporting an 11.6-inch screen, the Aspire One Cloudbook 11 starts at $169 and weighs in at 2.5 pounds. With its 14 inch-screen, the Aspire One Cloudbook 14 starts at $199 and weighs 3.5 pounds. Otherwise, the two are fairly similar.

  Both come with Windows 10 Home edition, along with Office 365 Personal and up to 1 terabyte of OneDrive space. Also part of the package are Acer's cloud-focused abApps -- abPhoto, abMusic, abDocs and abFiles -- all of which let you sync your files and documents with your smartphones or tablets via the cloud.
 
The basic hardware specs aren't high end but are certainly adequate given the low prices for both laptops. The Cloudbooks are outfitted with a 1.6GHz Intel Celeron N3050 dual-core processor with Turbo Boost Technology up to 2.16GHz, 2GB of memory and a 16:9 LED-backlit display with a resolution of 1,366x768 pixels.
 
You can increase the onboard storage via eMMC flash memory cards. The Aspire One Cloudbook 11 is available with 16GB/32GB eMMC configurations, while the Cloudbook 14 is available in 32GB/64GB eMMC configurations. Battery life is rated at up to seven hours for the Cloudbook 11 and up to six hours for the Cloudbook 14.
 
Both machines also come with dual digital microphones with enhanced digital signal processing (DSP) so online phone calls and chats with Microsoft's Cortana voice assistant are clear. Both feature the latest wireless standard, 802.11ac Wi-Fi. Further, the laptops pack in full-sized ports for HDMI, USB 3.0, USB 2.0, and SD cards. A full-sizedchiclet keyboard and large touchpad are designed to ease the experience of typing and tapping your way around Windows 10. Both come with a 640x480-pixel webcam.
 
The Aspire One Cloudbook 11 will be available in North America in August with prices starting at $169. The Aspire One Cloudbook 14 will launch in North America in September or October, depending on the model, starting at $199. The Cloudbooks will also launch in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, with the Cloudbook 11 available in September starting at 269 euros and the Cloudbook 14 in October with starting at 299 euros.

 

Source: cNet

Best eBook Readers of 2015


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Number 1: Kindle Voyage

Kindle Voyage
Pros
The Kindle Voyage has a full HD e-ink display that is great for magazines, newspapers and comic books.
Cons
The 3G and ad-free versions cost close to $300.
 
Amazon consistently produces the best eBook readers available. The new Kindle Voyage continues this trend of innovation with its glass HD touchscreen and adaptive front lighting. There are several improvements to the Kindle line of eReaders, including touchpad page turns and excellent software improvements. With the launch of the Voyage, Amazon will introduce family sharing, which means you and a family member will be able to download each other's purchases.
The base version of the eReader costs close to $200. If you want to remove the advertisements or access Amazon's free 3G data, you'll have to spend an extra $90. Also, for as many years as eBook readers have been available, it's odd that Amazon hasn't adapted a color e-ink screen. Still, of all the eBook readers available, the Kindle Voyage is the best.

 

Number 2: NOOK GlowLight

NOOK GlowLight
Pros
The NOOK GlowLight offers easy access to millions of eBooks through the Barnes & Noble store.
Cons
The screen resolution isn't as high as other top eReaders.
 
The latest NOOK from Barnes & Noble doubles the storage capacity of its predecessor and presents more-than-adequate front lighting, making the NOOK GlowLight an ideal and convenient eBook reader. You can easily find and buy books in the online store, and the many features make it a great choice for any book lover. Its screen resolution isn't as great as other eReaders, but it does have a front-lit touchscreen that allows you to easily navigate the device and read in day or night. The GlowLight can store about 2,000 books in its 6.2-ounce body and let you read for up to eight weeks on a single charge.

 

Number 3: Kobo Aura H2O

Kobo Aura H2O
 
Pros
The Kobo Aura H2O is waterproof, so you don't have to worry about taking it to the beach or pool.
Cons
This eReader does not support audiobooks.
 
Whether reading a paper book or an eReader, water has always been the greatest threat to your books. Fortunately, the new Kobo Aura H2O is a durable eBook reader with excellent waterproofing and a wide range of excellent features. Its 6.8-inch touchscreen is easy on the eyes, thanks to its high resolution and front lighting. It also has the capability to store up to 2,000 eBooks, and if you should happen to fill up the device, you can add an SD card for even more storage space. The Aura H2O does not support audiobooks, even though they are available on the Kobo store. The Kobo bookstore is a bit cumbersome to use, especially directly from the eReader. Still, because of its durability and excellent screen resolution.

 

Number 4: Kindle Paperwhite

Kindle Paperwhite
 
Pros
The Kindle Paperwhite has a front-lit touchscreen.
Cons
There is no way to listen to audiobooks on the device.
 
When it comes to eBook readers, Amazon's Kindle line has become synonymous with the product category. The Kindle family owns significant market share in the eReader space, and even its mid-range Paperwhite is better than most flagship eBook readers. The base model is extremely affordable, but for an additional fee, you can also enjoy free 3G data and no ads.
The name Paperwhite stems from the eReader's unique e-ink screen. The 212 pixels per inch look amazing on a white screen as opposed to the grayscale typical of most eBook readers. The result is sharper text that is easier to read and more closely replicates paper books.
The display also yields high readability in any environment. Most notably, you can comfortably read the Paperwhite in bright sunlight without any glare, which is one of the biggest advantages to using a dedicated eBook reader over a tablet or smartphone. The screen is front lit, which means LED lights along the edge of the display shine down onto the digital page, not from the back of the screen like many other eBook readers and tablets do.
The Paperwhite does not have any tactile buttons. Instead, all controls are mapped to parts of the touchscreen, which you can adjust to your liking. By default, the top part of the screen hides the menu controls, and tapping that area will show all available choices.
Perhaps the only real drawback we can find with this device is its lack of support for audiobooks. With no headphone jack, listening to audiobooks simply isn't an option.
This isn't the lightest eReader we reviewed, but it still scores high marks for portability. The device weighs just over 7 ounces and is thinner than a pencil. The rubber casing is comfortable and easy to hold, and the wide variety of covers help protect the device.
The Paperwhite's impressive battery life further augments its overall portability. You won't be tethered to an outlet with this device, which boasts nearly an eight-week battery life. It connects to the internet via Wi-Fi, and when online, the Whispersync feature will download purchases and upload bookmarks across all Kindle devices. If you need to access the bookstore outside of your home network, you can pay extra for a device with free 3G data. You can also pay for an ad-free version of the Paperwhite.
There are a handful of extra features and reading-specific apps built into the eReader. The most useful feature the Paperwhite offers is automatic syncing across all of your devices. When you start reading a book on your Kindle, the Whispersync automatically synchronizes your last page location across all of your devices that have the Kindle app. For serious readers, the Paperwhite also allows you to add margin notes, create bookmarks and highlight text. There's even a built-in dictionary you can use to look up words without losing your place.

 

Number 5: Kobo Aura

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Pros
The Kobo Aura can store around 2,000 eBooks.
Cons
The touch controls are sporadic and sluggish.
 
The Kobo Aura is yet another eBook reader that is largely unknown to the book-loving masses. That could all change soon though, as the Aura proves to be an impressive piece of hardware that handily contends with the major players in the eReader sphere. The device isn’t without a few glaring limitations, but overall, it is worth a serious look, particularly if you haven't yet bought a dedicated eReader.
The first thing you’re likely to notice about the Aura is its smooth display; the screen is completely flush with the surrounding bezel. On the backside, the device is coated in a gripable rubber-like material that enables a firm but comfortable hold. Aside from logos, not much physically distinguishes eBook readers these days, but the Aura is notably elegant and sleek.
If the aesthetics don’t impress you, the readability of this device certainly will. The integrated edge lighting of the Kobo Aura is among the best we’ve seen and permits easy reading in any environment. Additionally, its resolution of 212 pixels per inch is higher than most of the other digital readers in our lineup. This means the text appears crisp and dark, without the soft edges or slight blurring you may see on a lower-resolution eBook reader.
Another standout feature of the Aura is its portability. When you compare eBook readers, this one is definitely among the lighter and smaller reading devices on the market. It also boasts much more local storage than eReaders of comparable size: a whopping 4GB that can hold approximately 3,000 titles. If you are a heavy reader who wishes to carry your entire library with you, the Aura has expandable memory. It’s hard to imagine needing more space than what is already included, but the option to expand is definitely nice.
The Kobo Aura is an impressive eBook reader, but the device has a few limitations that are hard to ignore. In our testing, touch responsiveness was slightly inconsistent. Every once in a while, page turns seemed sluggish, and it took a few seconds for page swipes to register.
There’s also the issue of the Kobo eBook store. Of all the eBook systems, Kobo is the weakest. Its selection isn’t as vast, and we found some titles to be more expensive than competitors. Oddly, the eReader doesn’t support periodicals. The Kobo Aura also costs quite a bit more than other leading digital readers, so for the price, we’d expect access to more reading material, including newspaper and magazine subscriptions.

 

Number 6: Kobo Glo

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Pros
The Kobo Glo's screen resolution matches the Kindle Paperwhite and Nook GlowLight.
Cons
This eReader's battery lasts half as long as other digital readers.
 
Compared to other eReaders, Kobo probably isn't a name that most people recognize. The Canadian company is a smaller manufacturer of e-ink devices, but with its wide variety of digital readers, Kobo has something for everyone. The Kobo Glo is a front-lit eBook reader with many of the features that you find in devices like the Kindle Paperwhite and the Nook GlowLight, but it does not have the same level of simplicity and functionality of those devices.
Illumination is clearly the next frontier for cutting-edge eReaders, and Kobo wasted no time capitalizing on this growing trend with the Glo digital reader. The device is outfitted with Kobo's proprietary ComfortLight, which uniformly distributes ambient light across the screen. The Glo’s lighting is right on par with other leading front-lit readers, though the company claims the uniformity of the lighting transcends that of its competitors. We didn’t notice that much of a difference between the competing devices in that regard, but the Kobo Glo undeniably delivers an impressive reading experience. The light is remarkably even, with no irregular blemishes or bright spots, which makes the device completely readable in any environment. The screen also has a high contrast ratio – among the highest of any eReader we reviewed – that renders ultra-sharp text. We particularly like that turning the light on and off is as simple as pressing a button at the top of the eReader.
The only minor drawback in terms of readability is the Glo's minimum brightness; it’s a little too bright for the lowest setting, which might bother some people.
Like most dedicated eBook readers, the Kobo Glo was built for portability. Its small, featherweight design is ideal for long reading sessions at home or on the go. Additionally, integrated Wi-Fi enables you to connect to any wireless network to download new books. From a design perspective, the Glo is highly aesthetic, with an attractive chassis that’s available in four colors.
Perhaps the biggest difference between the Kobo Glo and other well-known eBook readers is its shorter battery life. The Glo’s battery can last approximately one month, assuming roughly 30 minutes of use each day. While it’s not probable that you’d go longer than 30 days without the ability to recharge, it is nearly half of what some other competing devices offer.
Kobo isn’t particularly known for its eBook store. However, you can instantly connect to it on your Kobo device and download new books. The eBooks are more expensive than the competition and, not surprisingly, Kobo’s selection isn’t quite as vast as big-name retailers, particularly when it comes to periodicals. Beyond that, you can sign up for 14-day trial subscriptions to magazines and newspapers but cannot purchase single issues.
The device has an approximate book capacity of 1,000 titles, which is typical of dedicated eReaders. For the rare bibliophile who fears that capacity simply won’t suffice, the device offers expandable memory up to 32GB.
If a highly customizable eReader and reading experience are important to you, the Kobo Glo is an excellent option to consider. The reader offers all of the basic features we look for in stand-alone eBook readers, including adjustable fonts, bookmarking and automatic eBook syncing across all of your devices.
Some of the unique reading features available on the Glo include Kobo Picks and Reading Life. Kobo Picks makes recommendations for books based on your past selections and preferences. Reading Life connects to your Facebook and Twitter accounts, so you can share what you’re reading, notes you’ve taken, and favorite quotes or passages. Kobo is definitely ahead of the curve in terms of social features on an eBook reader.

 

Number 7: Kindle

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Pros
The Kindle has a touchscreen display.
Cons
The screen resolution is only 800 x 600.
 
The old versions of the Kindle were always affordable, but their design was ages apart from the current trend in mobile devices. Fortunately, the new Kindle has some big improvements without the higher price. Its controls and features are similar to the Voyage and Paperwhite, so if you're curious about eBooks, the new Kindle is a low-cost entry.
When compared to the Fire tablets, the Kindle does not offer nearly as much content. It is great for eBooks, magazines, newspapers and even comics, but its low-resolution screen doesn't do justice to images. It has a low-functionality web browser, so you cannot stream movies, play games or listen to audiobooks.
Although the new Kindle has a touchscreen display, its resolution hasn't improved. It still has a 6-inch screen, with only 800 x 600 resolution. Also, the battery has not improved with this new design, though with a 28-day charge, it is still far better than the Fire tablets.
While its flaws are evident, they also keep the price low. For those who've never used an eReader, the low-priced Kindle is a great point of entry. The charm of eReaders is the focus on reading. You don't have to worry about distracting apps or games. If you like the simplicity of the dedicated eBook reader platform, you can upgrade to something with more features, like a Voyage, with your next purchase.

 

Number 8: ECTACO jetBook Color 2

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Pros
The ECTACO jetBook Color 2 has a full-color e-ink screen.
Cons
You don't have access to an online bookstore.
 
The ECTACO jetBook Color 2 is hardly your garden-variety eBook reader. Originally designed for educational markets, the device is the first dedicated eReader with a color e-ink screen. ECTACO deserves credit for such an ambitious and uncharted effort, but the color screen fails to impress for an eReading device, particularly considering the hefty price tag.
The 9.7-inch screen is a no-glare, front-lit display, offering readability in virtually any environment. Add to that the color-enabled screen, and the jetBook Color 2 delivers a unique reading experience that sets it apart from its monochromatic counterparts. Unfortunately, the color screen isn’t that impressive and doesn’t justify the price that rivals a high-end LCD tablet. The colors appear dull, and the background is noticeably gray. This is simply a flaw of e-ink technology and its inability to render high-contrast colors.
Another issue with the jetBook Color 2 is that it is the least portable device in our eReader reviews. It weighs roughly a pound and a half, so most people will find it takes two hands to comfortably hold the device. The device also doesn’t have its own eBookstore, so you’ll have to download non-proprietary eBook files on your own.
Despite its drawbacks, the ECTACO eBook reader delivers some unique and appealing features, particularly for students and other educational readers. Aside from its ability to display picture books in color and highlight text, the eReader comes preloaded with dictionaries, a vocabulary builder, a graphing calculator and comprehensive file support. Additionally, it supports audiobooks and has a text-to-speech feature that will read content aloud to you. Multi-language support also makes it a good option for international or multilingual readers. Considering these features and others, there’s no denying that the jetBook Color 2 can be a useful device. But the leisure reader certainly won't get the most enjoyment out of it.

 

Number 9: Onyx Boox M96

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Pros
You can download multiple popular reading apps, including Kindle.
Cons
The interface is difficult to use, especially if you’ve downloaded several eBooks.
 
Most eBook readers send you to a single digital storefront, and you have to hope the books and magazines you want are available for a good price. The Onyx Boox M96 is an Android eReader, which means you can download a variety of reading apps, rather than using the built-in reader. If you like a particular store, you can download the reading app affiliated with that store and use it to purchase and read books. This freedom also allows you to download third-party eBooks that may not be on a major digital storefront. Unfortunately, the M96 is plagued with a poor design and a difficult user interface. While this eReader gives you access to the most variety, it's more cumbersome to use is priced much higher than most other eBook readers we reviewed.
The Onyx Boox M96 has a huge screen at 9.7 inches, but its resolution is not as great as other eReaders. Also, it lacks a front-lit screen, so you cannot read in the dark. The device itself is surprisingly hefty for its relatively small size. At less than half an inch thick and under 10 inches long, it looks small, but it weighs over a pound, more than most other eBook readers.
The best aspect of the M96 is its open platform. With its Android 4.0 operating system, you can download multiple reading apps, which then give you access to digital storefronts. For example, you can download the Kindle reading app and then buy eBooks from Amazon’s bookstore. The eReader comes with 4GB of storage space, allowing you to download about 3,500 books.
Unfortunately, if you download and store several books, you’ll quickly learn that navigating the menus and finding books is a pain. The interface is clunky, and most of the apps do not work properly with the M96’s unique design. Even though there are buttons to move forward and backward, if you are reading a book through the Kindle app, you can only turn pages with the included stylus. In addition to the disappointing interface, the battery lasts half as long as other eBook readers. You can read for roughly two weeks with the Wi-Fi turned off, compared to the standard 30-day battery life we’ve become used to.







































































Google Chromebooks

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The Chromebooks are a new, faster computer that starts in seconds, and offers thousands of apps. It has built-in virus protection, and backs up your stuff in the cloud.

FOR WHAT MATTERS MOST

Chromebooks are easy to use, have virus protection built-in, and keep going with a long-life battery, so you can, too. 
 

 

For peace of mind

Chromebooks are automatically kept up to date, so you’ll always have the latest virus protection, along with the latest features like Voice Search. Best of all, your Chromebook won’t slow down over time.
 
 

FOR BEING READY WHEN YOU ARE

No setup needed, just log in with your Google account. No long load times, just flip it open and get busy doing anything other than waiting. And with a long-life battery, you can leave your charger at home.

For picking up where you left off

Chromebooks stay synced with your Android phones & tablets, and everywhere you're signed in with your Google account - so your stuff stays with you, even when your laptop doesn't.
 
 

For sharing easily

Switching between accounts is a snap, so you can easily share your Chromebook without anyone else messing with your stuff.
 
 

FOR WORK AND FOR PLAY

Chromebooks give you the best of Google. Gmail, Maps, Docs and pics safely stored in the cloud, so a laptop spill really is just a laptop spill.

“Get more done and worry less.” That’s what teachers, businesses, and everyday people have told us they can do, thanks to Chromebooks. Since we introduced them four years ago, Chromebooks have made computers faster, simpler, and more secure, while eliminating everyday hassles like waiting for your computer to boot up, having to constantly charge it, and remembering to install software updates. And a lot of people love them—Chromebooks were the best selling laptops on Amazon last holiday season, and teachers and students made them the #1 device in schools last year.
 
Quality and affordability
You shouldn't have to choose between a computer that performs well and one that you can afford. Today we're introducing two new devices that meet both criteria: the Haier Chromebook 11 (available at Amazon) and the Hisense Chromebook (available at Walmart). These new Chromebooks are fast, lightweight, have long-life batteries and are available for pre-order today for $149.
They join new partners like TRUE, XOLO, and Nexian and our existing range of Chrome devices —ranging from 11.6” Chromebooks for $199 to 15” Chromebooks for $499 rolling out over the next few months from partners like Acer, AOPEN, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo and LG.

Chromebook: For Everyone, Everywhere

A Chromebook you’ll flip for
We’re also excited about the ASUS Chromebook Flip. A premium, all-metal convertible, it’s ultra-portable—just 15mm thin and weighing less than two pounds. The Chromebook Flip has a great keyboard and a touch screen for immersive experiences like gaming and educational apps. It will be available later this spring for $249.

A little bit more...
This summer, ASUS will launch a new type of Chrome device: the Chromebit. Smaller than a candy bar, the Chromebit is a full computer that will be available for less than $100. By simply plugging this device into any display, you can turn it into a computer. It’s the perfect upgrade for an existing desktop and will be really useful for schools and businesses.

So whether you’re looking for a smaller Chrome device that packs a big punch or a laptop that can do back bends, there’s a Chromebook for you...and for everyone else, too.



by Katie Roberts-Hoffman, Engineer and ARM Wrestler / Google Blog












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