Saturday, January 12, 2019

Touring Tech Campuses in the Oakland Area

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Silicon Valley features the largest tech giants in the world, and many of these companies offer group tours to their campuses. Be it the famous Google campus or Facebook campus or computer history museum, group tours to these big tech campuses have always topped one's bucket list, when one is planning to have a tech tour in the Oakland area. Now, when you are planning a solo trip you can plan your trip in any which way possible. However, when you are planning a group tour, you need to be more specific, you should have a clear picture of your itinerary and also you should take care of the transportation bit. For instance, you can go for the Oakland charter tour bus rental. To make your job a tad bit easier, here are some of the things you should take care of while planning one such trip:

Plan Group Tour Transportation: 


Now, if you are a huge group, you should go for charter bus services. Though you can also book cabs, it might end up being a bit steep on your pocket. So to keep it simpler and easier, you should rent a charter bus. Oakland charter tour bus rental is one such option which would help you sort your transportation issues.

Highlights of your tech tour: 


Apple company story, computer history museum, Google merchandise store, Intel Museum, and Stanford University. These are some of the coveted destinations which one should cover while on a tour to Silicon Valley. If you are an Apple freak, make your way to the Apple store and get your hands on its latest products. If you are more into history and want to know about the history of computers, hit the computer history museum. Also, there's the Android Statute Garden, don't forget to cut a beautiful frame there. And how can you miss out on Stanford University when in Silicon Valley? Based in the heart of Silicon Valley, Stanford University is one of the leading research universities.

Itinerary: 


An itinerary is a must when you are going for a tech tour. There are certain pointers which you should remember. The best campus to start off your trip with is the Apple store. Post that, make your way to the Computer History Museum. Next comes the Google campus followed by the Facebook Thumbs up sign. Try to complete your trip by 5 pm in the evening. The Google campus and Facebook campus should be a part of your afternoon plan, somewhere around 2 pm.

Book Tours in Advance: 


There are many tech campuses which offer group tours. Now, if you intend to be a part of such tours, make sure you do your bookings in advance. The advantage of these tours being, you would be spared the extra effort you would have to put in had you organised a personal trip. Also, if you have your friends or relatives working at any of these tech giants, take their help to organize the trip. Things become a bit easier when you have a friend there, your trip turns out to be a more fulfilling one as there's someone to guide you and your group while you are on the tour.

Plan Distractions: 


To keep yourself charged, keep some distractions handy. Over here distraction means games or even music. Plug in your earphones to make your trip a fun-filled one.

These are some of the things which you should be sure about. A planned trip is always better than an unplanned one, especially when you are off for a group tech tour to Oakland's Silicon Valley. You can't afford to miss out on any of the tech giants.

Monday, January 7, 2019

How To Decide Between an Apple Watch and a Fitbit

Apple Watch
In the market for a good smart watch? But can’t decide between an Apple Watch or a Fitbit? If you are just going to look at price, then the Fitbit smart watch is the one for you. But if you’re looking above the bottom line then the decision becomes all the more complex. Both the Apple watch and the Fitbit are good smart watches but which is the one for you? The decision does not need to be as difficult. Here we look at what both watches have to offer and how all that works for you.

Let’s talk Price with the Apple Watch and Fitbit: 


Let’s begin first with price as many will look at this first when it comes to buying a good smart watch. Both these smart watches are not going to come cheap. The Apple watch will cost you nearly $400 plus an additional $100 if you want the connectivity to go along with it. Fitbit on the other hand will cost you $270, which is clearly the cheapest from both. So if price is your main criteria then the Fitbit smart watch will be the one for you.

If you’re going in for design: 


Both smart watches have a square face which could possibly be attributable to Apple setting the standard. If you’re one for different color wrist bands, then both come with their choice of color options. The cases of both these smart watches too, comes with their own colors so you can color coordinate the cases with the color of the bands.

The design side of the face of the watches is customizable. You can pick from different designs based on your preference of displaying stats more prominently to just seeing the time.

Biometrics with both the Apple watch and the Fitbit: 


This maybe a defining criteria for those looking for fitness tracking. The Fitbit smart watch comes with built in heart rate monitor, which it does continuously, sleep tracking and guided breathing sessions.

The Apple watch on the other hand, not only tracks your heart rate but also comes with a wrist based ECG. The wrist based ECG checks your heart’s electrical signals and how it changes with the level of activity you undertake. You can also use this info by showing it to your doctor. Besides having most of the features similar to the Fitbit, the Apple watch also comes with built in accelerometers, which detects a fall when the user takes a tumble.

GPS on both watches: 


Both watches come with GPS tracking so you know where you’re going on those long morning jogs.

Workout Modes with both Smart Watches: 


Both watches go into various modes while you work out. For example the Fitbit smart watch goes into swim mode while you swim and gives you stats like number of laps, number of strokes and speed. While you run, the Fitbit watch gives other stats and detects when you stop. The Apple watch also does the same.

Both are good smart watches, but the Apple watch is clearly the better bet if you’re looking out for more features. But it does come with a hefty price tag too for all those features.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Tiny Solar Cells Embedded in CLOTHES Can Charge a Mobile Phone

Tiny Solar Cells

Tiny solar Cells in your Clothes could Charge your smartphone and Smartwatch!

Today the number of gadgets each individual has is a lot, to say the least and all those gadgets need to be charged too. Often the charging bit when it comes to gadgets becomes the tedious part. With people looking out for charging areas when out or running on low battery in areas where you won’t be able to get your device charged. So, to put an end to such problems, researchers at Nottingham Trent University have come up with a possible solution. This possible solution happens to be in the form of tiny solar cells that are incorporated into one’s clothes.

These so called tiny solar cells are the size of fleas, which are embedded into your clothes and generates electricity as you move about in town. They are encapsulated in resin that allows you to wash your clothes and do other normal stuff in them without damaging the tiny solar cells.

The Tiny Solar Cells: 


Researchers at Nottingham Trent University have developed tiny solar cells packed into resin. These tiny solar cells are woven into yarn which is then knitted into textiles.

The tech has been tested by researchers and found to have a very high success rate. These tiny solar cells were able to charge a smart phone and a Fitbit watch.

Dimensions of these Tiny Solar Cells: 


These tiny solar cells are as small as a size of a flea. They cannot be felt by the wearer and does not inhibit any movement when worn. To get to the specifications, these tiny solar cells measure 3 millimeters in length and 1.5 millimeters in width which makes them almost invisible to the naked eye.

The garments used to hold such solar cells are same for all intents and purposes as to any other normal garment worn.

The Big Help such Tiny Solar Cells Provide:

These tiny solar cells will provide a big help when it comes to looking for sockets from which to charge gadgets. Besides this they will also help in reducing carbon emissions and the huge demand that charging gadgets have on an electric grids.

As the number of people using gadgets increases as well as the number of gadgets in the market place too, there is a lot of pressure put on electric grids when it comes to charging these devices.

Power Generated by these Tiny Solar Cells: 


Up to 200 tiny solar cells can give a charge of 2.5 to 10 volts and anywhere up to 80 miliwatts in power. 200 solar cells would span up to 5cm by 5cm in dimensions. With 2,000 solar cells embedded into a fabric, researchers were able to demonstrate charging of a smartphone.

This could open up a lot of doorways of opportunity in charging devices, wearable tech and the way solar cells are embedded into all this. Not only will this novel way help in charging devices in an easier manner but will also help in reducing an individual’s carbon footprint as well.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Go Cable Free with this Belkin Apple Charge Dock

Belkin Apple Charge Dock
If you own an Apple watch and an iPhone and suffer from the malady of too many wires all over the place then this Belkin Apple charge dock is the one for you. It’s right what the doctor ordered or in this case Belkin. This charge dock comes with a single wire that charges up your iPhone and Apple Watch simultaneously, allowing you to bid adieu to too many cables on the nightstand.

With the 21st century we have benefited from gadgets like the iPhone and the Apple Watch but add to that the cables that are needed to charge them with and you’ve got a full nightmare on your hands with cables streaming this way and that. But with this Belkin Apple charge dock, all that is a thing of the past. With charging becoming a lot more orderly. So, now you can enjoy the benefits from using those gadgets without worrying about messy charging cables at all.

Belkin Apple charge Dock is one sturdy Charging Dock: 


The Belkin Apple charge dock comes with a sturdy and not- so- easy- to- slip- off- base. This means that you can tap away while the iPhone is charging without worrying about the Dock and the phone going down.

Not only that, the fit of the iPhone and the Apple watch into the Belkin Apple charge dock is so secure, leaving no shift room, making the whole device feel sturdy and safe.

The lightning connector with some well thought of features makes it easier to use the Belkin Apple charge dock. The lightning tip moves backwards and forwards making it easy for you to slip your iPhone onto the charging dock easily and securely. There is even a dial on the back of the dock that allows you to choose just how much you’d like it to protrude from the base allowing the Belkin Apple charge dock to fit an iPhone with any case on it.

A Single cable to meet all your charging needs: 


The Belkin Apple charge dock comes with a single AC cable making charging not only simpler but which also means that you won’t have to use the charging cable that Apple provides with the Apple Watch. Making that cable a backup one that you can keep in the office.

The Belkin Apple charge dock is also a fast gadget when it comes to charging both the iPhone and the Apple Watch simultaneously.

Simplistic design all the way: 


The Belkin Apple charge dock isn’t something of modern art. It’s simple, innocuous design is perhaps its most defining feature. It does not feel that it is getting in your way and blends seamlessly with your work space or any space for that matter. Its space grey color adds to that unobstructive look that it has going on.

The design of the Belkin Apple charge dock is such that it has a space for the iPhone and another small space at the side for the Apple watch.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Samsung Foldable Smartphone Revealed to Developers

Samsung Foldable Smartphone

Samsung to Launch its First Folding Smartphone


Samsung recently unveiled news of its first folding smartphone but no one got up and personal with the device. From afar spectators got to see what probably is a first of its kind. Samsung plans on releasing their new folding smartphone somewhere next year. This event was a chance for developers to start with making apps that are folding- smartphone- compatible. This folding Smartphone could be Smasung’s saving grace as their profits have shown a drop in their mobile division.

It could also signal a start for Apple customers to move on from their products and switch on to Samsung.

Will the Foldable Smartphone be really worth it? 


With Foldable Smartphones you get the screen of a tablet in the size of a gadget that can fit into your pocket. But is the size of the Foldable screen really worth it given it enormous retail price?

The prototype showed off at the Samsung event measured 7.3inches diagonally or 18.5cms if you prefer.

Up close the foldable smartphone resembled an extremely thick phone but as mentioned earlier no one was allowed to touch it.

But will this be the only Foldable Gadget? 


Apparently several Android manufacturers are well on their way to making many foldable devices all set to release somewhere next year.

There were already talks that Samsung planned on releasing their new smartphone device next year but whether that will be the much awaited foldable smartphone is a big question mark.

Google at the Foldable smartphone Event: 


Also present at the foldable smartphone event was Google who also promised to bring more features compatible with the foldable Smartphone.

Samsung too is all set to start mass production of their latest foldable smartphone release in the coming months.

Developers to make Foldable Smartphone Compatible Apps in the coming months:

This event was a chance for app developers worldwide to start making apps that will be compatible with the new foldable smartphone. The fact that Google was present too suggests that this new foldable smartphone will be taken seriously at least in the app department.

Customers may be another matter…

Like any company, Samsung too wants their foldable smartphone to be a hit. But analysts are not so sure this will be possible.

According to analysts, shoppers may find the gadget a little too thick to like using it. The second negative factor is that the foldable smartphone ain’t going to come cheap. This factor coupled with the previous one will make the foldable smartphone a little less successful than initially anticipated.
Samsung has a big task on its hands:

Given all the negatives, Samsung will have to show people that the phone is not just a gimmick but will in fact increase their productivity. Although the foldable smartphone may have its charm in the shape of an increased phone screen size, the initial wow factor may slowly dwindle once people realize that the foldable smartphone is not really worth the price.

By the looks of it Samsung has invested a lot in its foldable smartphone by making a lot of investments by way of new manufacturing processes and machines.