THRIVING IN A DIGITAL WORLD

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The whole world has considerably gone digital. Everything now involves information and communications technology; from social media to advertising to public relations to education to business – the list is endless. Everyone; partners, prospects and customers are embracing digital technologies. This can be attributed to some of the following reasons

  • Massive rise in connectivity and communication
  • Benefits of mobile devices
  • Convenience of cloud-based services
  • Consumers spend more time online
  • Easier & cheaper accessto information
  • Reduced cost of accomplishing more task

There is now a hustle/competition by producers and consumers to have the best digital devices to solve one problem or the other. It’s no more just about the technology involved but also about the efficiency it offers, in terms of durability, ease-of-carriage and so on.

But these benefits come with increasing threats.

We will deal with the issue of safety today – viruses, spywares, phishing attacks,malicious software, hackers… WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO YOU?2Digital trends evolve daily, so professionals and equally everyone are faced with challenges and opportunities.No one can afford to remain ignorant of these trends.

ANTIVIRUS

An anti-virus is a computer software used to prevent, detect and remove malicious software. Most antiviruses of today provide real-time/ automatic protection through regular scanning and monitoring of your system. It guards the system when any process is running.

There are a lot of good antiviruses like Norton, Bit-Defender, Kaspersky, …

Things To Look Out For When Choosing Antivirus

  1. False Positives/ False Alarm: When an anti-virus identifies a non-malicious file as malware. If it is configured to delete such file immediately, it may be difficult to recover it and also incur technical support costs.
  2. Unexpected Renewal Costs: In the license agreement of some antivirus, it is written that the subscription will be automatically renewed. So, once you don’t unsubscribe before the specified expiry date, the purchaser’s credit card will be automatically billed.
  3. The amount of resources it uses, i.e. how it slows done your systems
  4. Ease of use .i.e. Friendly user-interface
  5. Technical Support
  6. Efficiency in virus removal

P . S. In my honest opinion, Antivirus softwares are all the same and peoples taste differ. You need to update always. But the best is the one that takes the least possible memory and keep you safe.

Gbagaun

Good Morning 🙂
So Ermmm this space as been dry of posts for a long time
Well people we are back, better and we promise a lot new posts that you all can relate to 🙂

So today’s Post

We all know this Dictionary App —> Dictionary.com

Hehe Stop Hating... i am Awesome :)

Hehe Stop Hating… i am Awesome 🙂

Well yesterday I reloaded my Blackberry Os
And downloaded the App back Lo and Behold… There was an update of the App… Yay!!! And then I downloaded and 😦 I found out it was just a Web launcher which is just like googling the meaning of the “word u need to search for”…

What it does is that it takes u to a link where you can now search for the “word”

What happened to our cool and wonderful app 😦 so I checked throu the review and a lot of people were complaining about the upgrade

So I found a Link to the old Version and I decided to share as most pple may be having a problem with it also

Link to the Old Version of Dictionary.com —> rroyy.com/dictionary

But if you really want the upgrade then go to your BB Apps World 🙂

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Acer Aspire S5 Review

Hi people, welcome to today’s post. Today, I will be bringing to you a gadget review, a laptop review to be specific. I will be giving you the review of Acer Aspire S5. The Acer Aspire S5, aka the Aspire S5-391-9880 is an ultrabook…a sleek laptop, awesomely designed and beautifully created. 

I will be giving a little insight into the laptop…specs and pictures, and I hope I can convince you that it is a laptop you can work with, if you are a regular or a multimedia user or even a traveler (more). This gadget was displayed at the CES show earlier this year, and the results are as promised.

HARD DRIVE 250GB SSD
PROCESSOR 3rd Generation Intel Core i7 processor (IvyBridge)
MEMORY (RAM) 4GB DDR3 dual channel memory
GRAPHICS  Intel HD Graphics 4000
SCREEN SIZE 13.3-inch HD widescreen Cine Crystal LED-backlit display at 1366 x 768 pixel resolution
WEIGHT 1.35kg
PORTS USB 3.0, HDMI, Thunderbolt, all under a motorized dropdown tray
WEBCAM YES
BLUETOOTH YES (4.0)
BATTERY 2310 mAh battery (6.5 hours)
OS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

 I will be reviewing under 4 headings; Design, Components, Thunderbolt and Outlook.

Design

Like all ultrabooks, the Aspire S5 is designed to take up as little space in your bag as possible. You’ll appreciate that reduced size and weight if you’re dragging the S5 around all day. This is a gadget to take a close look at if you travel a lot. With most ultrabooks boasting extremely similar specs, the design and build quality is probably the most important thing for these little laptops to get right.

The S5 boasts a magnesium-alloy casing and a brushed effect to add a dash of class. It looks slightly less like a MacBook Air than other ultrabooks we’ve seen, lathered as it is in a sultry black. Acer reckons the Aspire S5 is a wizard when it comes to handling power. That means it’ll resume in 1.5 seconds, ending the medieval nightmare of waiting tens of seconds for your laptop to return to an operational state.

If you fancy, you can also wake up the S5 with your smart phone using a tool called Acer Always Connect. This feature also collects social updates from Facebook, Twitter and Outlook and shows you them when the PC resumes.

The USB 3.0, HDMI and thunderbolt ports are hidden under a motorized drop down case that comes out at a touch of a button at the side of the keyboard. Cool yea?

Components

With an Intel COre i7 Ivy Bridge Processor, the S5 is powerful enough to handle multi-tasking without breaking a sweat. Storage comes courtesy of an SSD drive, which is faster than a traditional mechanical hard drive, and less likely to break should you drop your laptop.

Thunderbolt

Unusually, the Aspire S5 contains a Thunderbolt port, of the kind normally found on Apple computers like the MacBook Air or MacBook Pro. That allows for extremely speedy 20Gbps data transfer, though at the moment there aren’t many Thunderbolt accessories and they tend to be expensive.

Other ports include USB 3.0 and HDMI, all concealed within a hidden compartment below the Aspire S5’s hinge, which pops out when you press a button to the right of the keyboard.

Hiding the ports at the back makes the S5 look sleeker around the sides, but the individual slots are a little harder to reach as a result.

Outlook

The Thunderbolt port is a tempting feature, and the dimensions certainly make it highly portable. But with so many rival ultrabooks out there, the S5 will need to impress in our benchmark tests in order to stand out.

How alluring the S5 proves to be will also depend greatly on how expensive it is. We’d love to see it hitting the shelves with a lower price tag than other ultrabooks. Stay tuned for the full review.

You can get this laptop for a whooping N250,000.00..oops 😮

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In all, sumamrizing now, the Good 🙂  & the Bad 😦

Good: Ultra thin, very light, i Series processors, SSD, HDMI, USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt ports

Bad: Half size enter key, ports round the back could be annoying

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PC vs iPad

Good day people, today, I will be bringing you something interesting…It is a topic that most of us have actually discussed with peeps around us, and if not, you must have fought the thought in your minds.

Yes! An Apple iPad and a traditional PC, which would you prefer and your reasons. Personally, with gadgets, I can say initially, I am always fascinated about a particular gadget and after a while, I get tired of it. This I have confirmed using an iPad, but when I use an android tablet, I still have more to do…it makes me feel I am on a real PC 🙂

To be sincere, I do most of the stuffs I do on a PC, like writing e-mails, writing articles, “IM-ing” colleagues and friends, etc. While I can do all these on an iPad, every single one of them is more efficient to do on a normal computer. With a very good ultrabook, I can do all these and the device is just as portable and convenient as the iPad. I have tried to think and re-think when I would prefer an iPad over a PC. But….. *sigh*

PC vs iPad

I will be pointing out some instances where the iPad “rules” over a traditional PC.

1.       Meetings:

Many early iPad users were executives and business moguls. These set of people quickly discovered the iPad was the perfect device to use as they spend their whole day in meetings. Pulling up calendars, PDFs and other document is great. Even for smaller meetings, the iPad can work as a show-and-tell device that can replace a PowerPoint and a projector. The ease of using the iPad in this setting makes it a great device to use.

2.       Relaxing and getting things done simultaenously:

Comparing a television and a PC, analysts have tried to see how people watch TVs and use their PCs at the same time. They came out as the PC being a “lean-forward” device (for doing something active) and a TV being a “lean-back” device (for doing something more passive). People started doing both at a time, they position their PCs where they can watch the TVs at the same time, use their smartphones to send mails and chat. Well, when the iPad came out, this was a perfect reason to get it, as they can do all these things on the iPad without stress, still maintaining their positions.

3.       Air travels:

Imagine yourself in a plane and you have a laptop, let’s say a 15.6” laptop. How comfortable would you be if you try to fit the PC on the tray in front of you. The person next to you can see all you are doing on your computer and you will definitely bump elbows with him/her. Scrap that thought…….see this….an iPad, with its form factor and portability, you can keep what you are doing away from that nosy neighbor of yours. Also, think of battery life; if you are on an international flight. An iPad would definitely give you more output than a PC that would last between 1-3 hours.

Conclusion

With all these explanations, is the iPad really sending traditional PCs into the caves? I would say NO!!! Though the iPad has given remarkable inpact in the gadget world tripling expectatiions in just over 2 years of its roll out, traditional PCs are also selling worldwide in great numbers.

Over the next couple of years, I am sure it would be interesting to watch whether Intel’s approach with its ultrabook/tablet combos, Microsoft with Windows 8 and Android tablet makers with  its transformer line would be able to gain transaction against the iPad with devices that try to combine the best of both worlds from a tablet and a PC.

My opinion…I still prefer my traditional PC. They rock!!! \=D/ What about you?

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#Pc Clinic Abuja Edition

It’s a First of it’s Kind at Abuja City Nigeria Africa… and it’s Brought to You by DaShawn Ent 🙂

Dashawn’s  PC Clinic is holding in Abuja on the 5th of May, 2012. City Park, off Ahmadu Bello Way, Wuse II, Abuja. Features will include FREE antivirus updates FOR  laptops, iphones, blackberry…Also FREE  3D High-Definition Games to play live @ the venue , Free Laptop Troubleshooting and Many More Freebies |  Sales and Repairs.

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Buying your new PC

The main thing to think about when buying a laptop is what you are going to be using it for. It does not make sense to buy a laptop of more than N350k that could teleport you to that place of your fantasy when all you need to do is some word processing and play some music.

In computing, there are types of users, depending on what you do with your PC.

  1. Regular
  2. Multimedia
  3. Traveler
  4. Gamer

Almost all laptops nowadays come with inbuilt wireless technology, hard drive and sound card, the difference between the thousands of models you will find are really little. I will be taking these divisions one after the other, so you will see where you fall in and get yourself informed next time you want to get that next computer. While the prices of the computers speak a lot about them, there is no harm to shop around.

1.       Regular 

Well, yes…the regular person who just surfs the web, watch movies, listen to music….picking a few of the plenty “little” things he/she does, this is your category. Most people in this group don’t know exactly what they want; in fact the interesting thing is that they have the “bar”, but at the end, they are pushed by the sales person to spend a lot more to get something more sophisticated.

–          Pricing: Don’t pay so much for this kind of computer, let’s say about 90-95k (naira) for a notebook, and as low as 60k (naira) for a netbook. Either of them will satisfy you.

–          Memory: You can do with 1GB ram or 2GB to have a smooth experience.

–          Graphics: Well…trust me, for the little things you want to do, all you need is an integrated (shared) graphics. It shares memory with the operating system.

Err….don’t expect playing any HD games….but you can do a lot of  solitaire and zuma!!!

2.       Multimedia

If you do some photo editing or video editing, and you are building a career out of it, this is where you fall. These files are in large sixes and take lots of space.

–          Memory: This should be taken into good consideration. You will need 4GB of RAM. This should be ok

–          Graphics: For video and photo editing, you will need a dedicated graphics card memory in the range of 128MB and 1GB.

–          Processor: You will need to go for a computer with a high processing power. Think of one of the i-series for Intel and their AMD equivalents.

3.       Traveler

Here you need something light in weight and small in size. Nowadays, there are notebooks and netbooks with batteries that can provide plenty hours of battery life after charging.

–          Weight: You will ensure you have an extremely light laptop to ease your movement. Let’s say weight of about 2kg or less.

–          Battery Life: there are laptops of 8 hours battery around; even some of 12 hours are surfacing around. You will need to get a laptop that can offer you a considerable amount of hours while discharging.

–          Size: Let’s simply say screen size. 12”, 13”…..the smaller it gets the better for you. If you are a regular user but you travel a lot, a netbook will be preferable.

–          Hard drive: All you need is a hard drive size of about 160GB

In addition, you can consider a tablet as it can do all your computing needs. Think of the Android based or the Apple Ipad. All you need to do is to install the right apps that you need, and of course, it is portable.

4.       Gamer

There a few ones that will fall in this category, if you do, I won’t be sentimental about it….game machines are very expensive and there is no way around it. You will need high specifications and they don’t come cheap.

–          Size: You will need a large screen…don’t call it “portable” coz they aren’t portable. It could be thick….deal with it…just know that you’ve got the goods.

–          Processor: You will need a quadcore processor, also known as a chip with 4 processors running. This is ideal and it is becoming really common in most gaming machines.

–          Graphics: You will need a fully dedicated HD graphics to experience the best graphics a game has to offer. Nothing less than 1GB graphics dedicated memory is ideal.

–          Memory: Go for the highest…4GB, 6GB, and 8GB

I hope i have been able to help you streamline the list of the computers you are thinking of buying, and i really hope you can make a good choice after reading this post.

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BLACKBERRY OS 7.1

For blackberry fans and lovers, it seems the year 2012 is about to get better as Research in Motion have really set things in motion by showcasing their new operating system at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The devices that are capable of running the 7.1 OS are Blackberry Bold 9900/9930, Blackberry Torch 9850/9860 /9810 and Curve 9360/9350/9370.

The OS has great features and it is a good way to revive the interest we have in RIM. The Canadian company also released an OS update for the blackberry playbook which is the 2.0. Their features are as follows:

1.   Mobile Hotspot

Mobile Hotspot which can be equally called a mobile Wi-Fi, which can be described as the art of creating a wireless network with a mobile device. The 7.1 update comes with this interesting feature. Imagine yourself in an airport or a place where you can’t have internet access through a Wi-Fi hotspot, you can easily turn on your blackberry Smartphone and create a hotspot under the “manage connections” menu. You can also share this between 5 Wi-Fi devices at the same time. We believe this is a good step as they prepare to compete with other operating systems like Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS.

2.   Blackberry Tag

This feature enables effortless ‘tap to share” exchanges of multimedia content and contact information between friends. Users can share contact information, documents, URLs, photos and other multimedia content by simply tapping heir blackberry Smartphone together. Blackberry Tag will also enable friends to instantly add one another as contacts on Blackberry messenger. This feature takes advantage of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology included recently in the recently launched in the Blackberry Bold 9900/9930 and Blackberry Curve 9350/9360/9370 Smartphone, and they will be the first Smartphone that will support Blackberry Tag.

3.   Wi-Fi Calling

This feature will no doubt be a great step which could enable calls just with connecting to a wireless network. A leaved version of the ROM before now actually shows that calls can be made to any mobile network via any wireless connection with internet connection. Just maybe there could be a Skype capability to this feature. We love Skype, don’t we?

4.   FM Radio

Great! That is what comes to my mind when I think about this feature. This is a big step actually to making your blackberry more personal than it already is. The FM circuitry is already built into the Curve 9360 Smartphone. The feature will make use of an app included in the OS to allow users to check out their favorite FM channels and the service will not require a data plan or data services.

The devices that are capable with the 7.1 OS have certain hardware additions and experience, which are:

  1. Liquid Graphics Technology: With smoother and fluid graphics, there is a faster and more responsive Blackberry experience. Thanks to a powerful graphics processor and blazing-fast CPU, Liquid graphics delivers instant responsive times, smoother rendering and fluid animations combined with stunning graphical display. The new Curve series does not possess this feature.
  2. A fast Blackberry Browser which will give an experience of seamless panning and zooming, better web-based video and gaming. With page load times 40% faster than Blackberry 6, HTML5 video support and industry-leading JavaScript performance, you can browse the web or check out newly posted videos on social site, e.g. Facebook with ease.
  3. Voice- activated universal search, which can be used to search for files, emails, contacts, music and more- all without typing a thing. It will search everything on your blackberry and even search the web. There is also an auto suggest feature which makes you find what you are searching for, even when you don’t know you want it. It filters local search results and suggested BING web search with each key stroke.
  4. Also, you can enjoy pre-installed apps and series like blackberry protect, blackberry balance, documents to go, social feeds, music storefront and Blackberry Messenger.

Also unveiled at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is the Blackberry Playbook OS 2.0 which finally adds native email, contacts and calendar applications. The email app offer an array of text formatting options, allowing you to bold, italicize, create bullet points, as well as change your font type, colour and size. The calendar app is said to be standard, but there is good news heard about the cross-app integration. The calendar also syncs with popular services by Google, AOL, Yahoo, Hotmail and Microsoft Exchange.

The latest revision home screen allows you to group applications into folders or place your most used applications on a dock. There is also a “reading view” mode in the browser, a feature mostly associated with Apple’s desktop and mobile safari browsers, as well as an improved version of Blackberry Bridge, which has a remote control function that allows you to type, navigate and perform gestures on a Playbook using a Blackberry Smartphone.

There is also a rumour about the Playbook running android apps. The developer preview released actually confirms this as the playbook has to be registered before an online loading of the 2.0 OS.

The new update has already started with a push to carry it out over the next few weeks. So if you have any of the devices capable of the update, get it upgraded!

WINDOWS 8 TABLET BATTLE

Tablets have been the “in thing” for the past months and we can promise you that there will be improvement in this aspect in the bid to overcome the use of personal computers in form of notebooks and netbooks, but as of now, millions of PCs are still shipped all over the world. As many of us that have had the opportunity to have used a tablet can attest to the fact that we still have to go back to our laptops to do certain things. Different companies have been heading in this direction, as we see examples in Apple, Samsung, and Google.

As we all know about the buzz of windows 8 coming out, we have had our hands on the developer preview and I just have to say that I am impressed with Microsoft. I believe they are on the right track in competing in the market.

Microsoft will be integrating the windows 8 operating system into tablets to give the same experience of windows 8. To be candid, Microsoft faces a huge task in competing with Apple and Samsung. No matter the court tussle going on between the pair, it doesn’t deter them to a point that Microsoft will take over the market. We have listed some competition Microsoft will be facing this year.

 1.   Apple

What apple has done in the tablet market leaves other tablet manufacturers trying to catch up. Steve Jobs has actually left a legacy which will always be a lesson to other aspiring makers like Microsoft. The ipad leads the way any day, any time in terms of stability, durability and efficiency. With the new services to be introduced soon, e.g. integration of iTunes and the tablet version of Photoshop, these services will be something Microsoft has to beat.

Though most users complain about the ipad being too rigid, I think apple has done a fine job in their tablet market. Their sales figures can attest to that. With Apple planning on a release of the ipad 3, I think Microsoft’s focus should be trying to compete with the next tablet apple is going to release and not, use the ipad 2 a yardstick.

 2.   Android

Google still has a long way in replicating its success in smart phones with android tablets, but the release of Honeycomb 3.2 made an impact. There is also the release of the Ice Cream Sandwich, 4.0, which is a greater improvement. Android tablets are in many sizes, with keyboard that slides out from the bottom of the screen and active digitized pen which can be used for writing and drawing on the screen. Android also has thousands of apps available in the “android market”, making the tablet experience more fun and exciting. As I said earlier, you can’t do all with these tablets, but with an efficient web browser, you can do a large portion of your task with a battery that can last a full day. Windows 8 tablets will have to do a lot more, especially in the aspect of battery life. I want to believe that if windows can have access to great apps, and can boast of a good battery for their tablet, they can compete in the market.

3.   Blackberry

It is no news that Blackberry had a huge drop in sales and their tablet, the Playbook hasn’t made so much impression as the ipad, even the android tablets have overcome the Blackberry Playbook. Research shows that Rim and Microsoft have a similar plan for their upcoming operating systems. They promise tablets running on ARM processors, with hardware graphics acceleration that promises impressive gaming, a unified operating system allowing developers to more easily target both tablets and phones, offering HTML5 for browsing and applications and a new 3D framework with fluid and cool animation effects.

Overall, they have done a pretty good job. I love the new change. But, there is still room for improvement.

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ANDROID PROS AND CONS

Android is a linux based operating system that was developed by Android Inc. in 2005 and was bought over by the software giant Google, who launched it in the year 2007. Ever since, it has grown into a phenomenon.

PROS

1.   Open Source Software

Android OS is open source software which makes it available for different developers to be able to improve and work on the available source codes released by Google. This is the main reason why we have different third party companies, e.g. Samsung, ASUS, Dell, etc. tweak the OS released by Google to their own taste and like.

2.   Apps

For anything to be done there is an application for it.  Be it in the productivity section, entertainment, sports, etc. Till date, there are about 40, 000 apps in android market, and all have been downloaded up to about 10 billion times. This can be compared to the Apple Appstore, which has lots and lots of applications also.

3.   Hardware

Many gadget giants like Samsung, HTC, Motorola and the likes have all delved into the android OS scenery, tweaking the operating system to suite all their different mobile devices. Some even made them into tablets for everyday use. The introduction of android OS has helped give flexibility and options to buyers and geeks, in choosing any gadget that will suit their needs and styles. All the OS needs is for the hardware to meet its minimum requirements.

4.  Software

Android OS beats any other mobile OS in this aspect as there is an issue of multitasking. Android OS can multitask in a way that most mobile operating systems can’t. There is also an added advantage of the OS being able to sync mails, messages, etc once the device is connected to a computer.

CONS

1.   Hardware Limitation

From experience, I have seen android OS freezing, just because there is a limitation on the hardware of the device it is being run. The memory needed by the OS sometimes exceeds the memory available on the device. This is quite annoying, but a good device from one of the device giants, have gone under quality tests and hence, might not experience the freezing.

2.  Poor Battery

Android devices have turned out to be worse than blackberry devices in the area of battery. Google and other third party companies are looking really into this situation. Hopefully, it will be done soon.

With this laid out points, I think you will be able to make a decision on android devices. Till today, most people still prefer android devices. You can also join the band.