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The Best Tips to Choose the Coolest Printer

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Choosing a printer for your office is often a heavy and difficult process. In addition, due to the lack of knowledge about which are the best features for your office, you can end up hiring a printer that does not meet the needs of your office or offers you services that are too complicated for you, when you only wanted to print 50 photocopies a month. This is the point where many people consider using a printing solutions service instead of printing with their own photocopier. This headache is going to end, today we present the best tips to choose a printer that suits your office.

Multi-functional

The first thing you should do is decide if you want a regular printer or a multi-functional printer (includes scanner). Each one has its own advantages, but the truth is that the versatility at the level of printing and document management that a multi-functional one will offer you is difficult to find in a regular printer. Normally, multi-functional devices are prepared to support a higher workload, which allows faster printing and a complete implementation of document management in your office. Do you only want to print? Or do you want new printing solutions to reduce the workload of your employees? The decision is yours, but we recommend a multi-functional printer in most cases.

Color or no color? Do not stay blank

For the choice of a color or black and white printing equipment, we must take into account a very simple factor; For whom are the printings intended? If we detect that all our printings and photocopies are destined to internal staff of our company, certainly with the black and white printing we have enough. On the other hand, if the copies made in the office are intended for customers, suppliers or other agents external to the company, we should definitely opt for a color print. But what happens if I make 50% in color and the other 50% in black and white? Well, for that you’ll be in the green if you just go for a colourful printer.

Document management a vital factor

The growing need of companies to digitize their processes has brought to life such important elements as document management. There are many printing services that offer a multitude of digital solutions to adapt to the needs of each client. Security and cost control, network device management, mobility and solutions in the cloud, are some of the solutions we propose to optimize internal processes within the company.

 

5 Reasons Why WordPress Is a Great Blogging Platform

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No matter if you are doing it as a professional or just for fun, blogging is a great way to get people interested in what you say and who you are. It lets you share your unique perspective on things, promote a brand, product or issue, and is a great way to connect with people. There are many different blogging sites available for you to choose from, and it seems like the possibilities are endless, but there is one site that stands out above the rest and that is WordPress, and here are 5 reasons why it is a great blogging platform for both amateurs and professional bloggers:

No hidden costs

One of the big things that often puts people off blogging platforms are the hidden costs. Often a blog site says it is free, but then you find out it is only for a limited time or you have to pay to post, but this is not the case with WordPress. With this site you can join for free, create your own personal blog name and page, and post as many blogs as you like without paying anything. There are also a lot of extra plugins and features that are available for free or as limited offers. You only need to be concerned about paying if you want to upgrade to a premium package or move to a self-hosted WordPress site (you pay only for the domain name and for the hosting itself), which offer a lot of customization features ion comparison with the free version.

A great looking blog

The many attractive looks available is one of the main reasons why this is such a great blogging platform. There is an excellent variety of over a hundred blog templates to choose from, allowing you to fully control the way you present yourself. With different images, colour schemes and styles, you are able to create a look that mirrors your blog and your personal taste. You also do not need to know anything about coding or website design to do it, as the easy-to-follow setup wizard lets you create a great looking blog in minutes, and the site’s built-in help will guide you through anything that you might have trouble with.

© istock.com, Rawpixel
© istock.com, Rawpixel

A secure and safe platform

Having a safe and secure blog platform is very important, especially in the modern age of malware and the many other malicious viruses that are floating around the web, just waiting to infect a vulnerable computer. This great blogging platform is completely safe, as well as secure. It protects you as a blogger from spam messages and those dreadful pop-up advertisements that are present on a lot of other free blogging sites. Being a safe platform also means that it attracts readers, and as a blogger you also have the option to hide, block and report commenters to give you even more peace-of-mind.

The ability to connect with commenters

The best blogs become popular not just because they post interesting and informative content, but also because they form a connection with their readers. This is done through the readers leaving comments on your blog posts, and you having the ability to give feedback and respond to their comments. With WordPress, you can fully interact and connect with your readers, as it allows you to easily respond to their comments and also follow their link back to their personal blog if they have one, allowing you to easily strengthen the connection you have with them.

Favourable search engine ranking

Having a great search engine ranking is the most vital way of getting more traffic to your blog. Using great keywords and writing smart SEO content will help, but starting a blog on WordPress is a great way to get noticed. This blogging platform has a good reputation and gets a lot of traffic, and because of this, search engines such as Google, Bing, Yahoo and others, seek out the site to find search results. This means that by using this great blogging platform, it is more likely that you will be noticed and that your blog will end up getting a higher search engine result ranking than if you used a different blogging platform.

Enter the virtual reality with PS4 Project Morpheus

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Virtual reality is reaching new heights in theme entertainment, and Sony has shown us what is called Project Morpheus, a device for PlayStation 4 that was presented for the first time as part of the Game Developers Conference 2014. Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios, was responsible for making this major announcement, which shows  the course that Sony wants to continue  in as a digital entertainment company.

Project Morpheus
Project Morpheus

The industry has grown to create technological advances for demanding gamers and it’s a progress that most people would never expect or think it’s true.

The future is Project Morpheus
The future is Project Morpheus

These innovations focus on all the sensations of experienced and non-experienced players and set new limits to what we know as the true gaming experience. So, Sony has its future development based on virtual reality technology, hoping to become the future of gaming experiences.

morpheus side
morpheus side

Project Morpheus prototype is currently being evaluated from a range of Sony devices owners’, such as personal Viewer and PlayStation Move. The design of it was officially revealed and it looks great. Yoshida believes that Project Morpheus exploits the full potential of the PlayStation 4, thanks to its integration with the PlayStation Move and PlayStation Camera.

Project morpheus
Project morpheus

The reason for the introduction of this concept is that Sony GDC receive wants to important information from developers in order to give feedback of the process of creating this device. Project Morpheus will be available on the show floor of the 2014 Game Developers Conference.

By Nikos Kontorigas

The gadgets you should never drop

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Although the issue of robustness and resilience of our gadgets should be major, most users ignore it or even believe that a case will save them. Experience has shown that the main cause of the renewal of our devices is their destruction due to an accident. And the most common of these is the natural by mistake, drop. Recently, the insurance company SquareTrade Europe is dealing with insurance electronics decided to study their vulnerability.

The test deployment of devices from a certain height and then dip them in the water is not the most reliable methodology, but there seems to be unfair to one of the participants. Anyway the negative lead captured the Apple iPad mini with a score of 7.5. Second most vulnerable to accidents device with 7 points the Samsung Galaxy S4 and third the iPad Air. See the full list of the most vulnerable devices according to tests of SquareTrade Europe.

1. iPad Mini/7.5

iPad mini
iPad mini

2. Samsung Galaxy S4/7

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

3. iPad Air/6.5

iPad Air
iPad Air

4. Samsung Galaxy S3/6.5

Samsung Galaxy S3
Samsung Galaxy S3

5. iPhone 5C/6

iPhone 5C
iPhone 5C

 By Nicole P.

A pair of smart glasses allows partially sighted people to see clearly

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Researchers have developed smart glasses that improve the vision of people who see blurry images due to eye problems. Coming from Oxford University, they claim to have lenses that enhance the image of nearby people or objects, thus giving a clearer sense of space. At least this what the Royal National Institute for the Blind claims, featuring an important invention for millions of people.

Smart glasses
Smart glasses

A typical example is the 70-year-old, Lyn Oliver that since her 20s has been diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa and can’t really see well. The woman moves around along with the guide dog, Jess, like other 2 million people in England, who, according to the BBC, have partially lost their sight . However, the smart glasses come to make a difference in their lives because, thanks to custom 3D camera, the images are converted to cleaner and brighter versions.

Lyn using her pair of glasses
Lyn using her pair of glasses

More specifically, these images get processed by a computer and are instantly projected onto the lens, thereby making everyone in their users’ field of vision visible immediately. Anyone who wears these glasses will be able to identify the risks of the ground and not stumble often. In this way, they will become more independent and will move with greater ease. Those who tried it, they loved it and they can even see details on the faces or can take a look at their guide dog for the very first time, explains Dr. Stephen Hicks of the University of Oxford.

The test that Lyn Oliver had to go through using the glasses had positive results since she walked in the indoor market in Oxford with comfort and overcame every obstacle that was in front of her. I can see you! I’m standing here, talking and not thinking. With the glasses, I can find doors more easily, I can walk between tables or locate the stairs without help, said an excited Lyn to BBC.

Smart glasses
Smart glasses

However one of the glasses’ disadvantages is that the pair needs to be connected to laptop, but that is something that is expected to be overcome in the future. The same applies to their large size, since experts promise that they will be able to adapt them to normal size glasses, with their cost approaching the price of a mobile phone! By the end of the year, about 100 pairs of smart glasses will have been built, which will be given to blind and partially sighted people. If the procedure goes well, then the production number will increase over the next two years.

These glasses may not be able to give people the lost vision back, but they help them in the perception of space. In other words, the user is able to make the most of his existing sight, being able to distinguish additional details that will help them realize who or what lies ahead of him. Of course, they work equally well in low light conditions, to offer freedom and confidence during the night hours.

For more check: Smart clothes that guide blind people

By +Nikos Kontorigas

StoreDot | Recharging your smartphone’s battery in 30″

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A new type of charger has been created that can charge the battery of a smartphone within 30 seconds. This technological advancement belongs to StoreDot, a technology company based in Israel. It is a device that promises to recharge your phone with energy in a flash, even if you are traveling to exotic locations and do not have access to a power outlet! The miracle- charger was presented at the conference of Microsoft «Think Next Conference» in Tel Aviv, recharging at 100%  an empty battery of a Samsung S4 in just 26 seconds!

Full recharge in 26''
Full recharge in 26”

Researchers speak of a battery pack that will take the next step and advance using tiny magnets, the “nanodots“. However, the company explains that the product will not be available on the market before 2016,  since some changes are required on the size, as it has a similar size and  shape of a laptop charger. Of course, after being funded with 6,25 million dollars, the start-up firm is able to change the future of the charging proccess of smartphones, tablets, TVs or even biomedical devices.

StoreDot Ultra fast charger
StoreDot Ultra fast charger

The expected time needed to reduce its size is estimated to be a year, and  two years’ time is needed to have ongoing rates of energy and performance of the battery. To put it in an other way, it is expected to hit the market in three years, as a complete product, and all these according to dr. Doron Myersdorf, founder of StoreDot. It is worth mentioning that the charger uses biological semiconductors that are manufactured from natural organic elements, the peptides. Thus, the charger exploits the chains of amino acids and gives energy in less than a minute.

Natural organic elements
Natural organic elements

The interest shown about StoreDot was quite large as you need a period of 2 hours to fully recharge your device. It’s no use comparing it to the approx. 1 minute StoreDot needs! The estimated cost of the device, of course, is expected to be twice that of a classic phone charger. Well, things like this are worth paying for though!

Totally worth it!
Totally worth it!

By +Nikos Kontorigas

The interpersonal relations in the age of Facebook

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One of the many benefits that Facebook provides its users is that it allows them to connect with each other, in whatever part of the world. However, it seems that social media rather than make us more open and more social as humans, we are closed even more in ourselves, making us socially awkward and embarrassed. Researchers from Arizona studied the reactions of people who knew each other online, when they met up closer, face to face. The researchers found that during interpersonal meetings, participants were anxious. In search of Benedictine University in the city of Mesa, Arizona, involving 26 female students. The study leader Shannon Rauch measured the changes that occur in physiological arousal, using electrodes that record the galvanic skin response. The research team chose to use women in the experiment, because as mentioned women are more likely to be users of Facebook and also exhibit higher levels of social anxiety.

Relationships and facebook
Relationships and facebook

The researchers asked, in addition, all the participants to complete a specific questionnaire on which they measured their levels of social anxiety. He then broke them up into four groups and asked them to study and memorize the face of another student, in preparation for a test of facial recognition. The first group had to look at the face of another person through a profile on Facebook. The second team had to study the face of a person while he was in the same room with him. The third group showed pictures of people before the face to face encounter. The latter group did everything backwards: female students first encountered close others and then showed them their pictures on Facebook.

Relationships and facebook
Relationships and facebook

The researchers found that those who had looked the pictures on Facebook first and then met up close the other participants showed increased levels of anxiety. This, according to experts, is because many looked the other profiles on Facebook have time to compare themselves with the person you met. And this may, for example, causes feelings of inferiority. The researchers findings agree with previous studies which suggest that those who are characterized by social anxiety tend to prefer the web of interpersonal interactions. However, as stated in a report, researchers recognize the fact that psychological stimulation caused people may be associated not only with negative emotions and positive. The same claim that an internet acquaintance, followed by meeting face to face, could lead to positive stimulation, highlighting the need for further studies on this.

Relationships and facebook
Relationships and facebook

By Nicole P.

The future of PC graphics

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Microsoft introduced a new version of the graphics API DirectX, confirming its compatibility with Xbox One and devices running Windows Phone. The announcement of DirectX 12 was part of the Game Developers Conference 2014 in San Francisco, while presented the first samples as a tech demo of Forza Motorsport 5 in a PC card NVIDIA GeForce Titan Black. The next version of Direct3D will be redesigned to be faster and more efficient than ever, and will fully exploit modern architektiniki the GPU, without burdening the CPU.

DirectX
DirectX
DirectX
DirectX
DirectX
DirectX

The Direct3D 12 does not apply, however, only the high end gaming PC’s and other platforms and devices Microsoft, from phones and tablets to laptops and desktops and of course the Xbox One. Further details were not given for how to achieve compatibility, but company officials insisted enough on it. Soon developers will be able to work with the new API, but the final version of DirectX 12 will be available to the public along with the games of the holiday season of 2015. NVIDIA announced that it has indeed already supplied with drivers and specific kits more than 15 developers.

By Nicole P.

Gadgets that could save the planet

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The world urgently needs to reconsider its energy policy and move away from fossil fuels and head to renewable energy before 2050, warned the UN Intergovernmental Panel for climate change. Moreover, according to the World Bank, 20% of the world’s population has access to electricity, with most of them in Africa and Asia. At the same time, in the developed world, the cost of energy has increased too much and consumers are looking for ways to reduce their bills. Some designers and manufacturers, as the CNBC, have started to respond to this challenge and present products that leverage the power of the sun. See some examples below:

Solar laptop

Samsung was one of the first major companies that have turned to solar energy in the NC215S netbook in 2011. Since then many manufacturers like the Canadian company WeWi revealed then Sol laptop with the promise that it would take just two hours of sunlight to fill the battery for 10 hours.

Solar laptop
Solar laptop

According to the company’s managing director, David Snir who spoke to CNBC, the product is available from late April in many markets, and the company advised distributors that the cost will not exceed 500 dollars.

Solar smartphones

Once again the champion Samsung announced in 2009 the creation of the model Blue Earth, a mobile phone that runs on solar energy. For Daniel Gleeson, analyst at the IHS, the solar energy will be the «next big trend» in the market of smart mobile. At present, the demand is for larger screens and 4G.

Solar smartphones
Solar smartphones

iPad solar cover

The solar cases, which help to charge the tablets are sold already for many devices from the Amazon Kindle SolarFocus by Solar Keyboard Folio Case for the iPad Logitech.

iPad solar cover
iPad solar cover

And if sunlight is not enough, the cover KudoSolar iPad, constructed from photovoltaic ink can use also the interior light. The manufacturer estimates that the average user will need to recharge the tablet every 10 days.

Solar Impulse

The Solar Impulsion is the only aircraft of infinite strength, able to fly day and night without fuel, based entirely on solar energy. The first solar flight around the world is scheduled to take place in early 2015 with the Solar Impulsion 2, presented on April 9, 2014.

Solar Impulse
Solar Impulse

In 2010, the first model was able to fly for 26 hours without interruption during the night. Later on they had many different test flights in Europe, Morocco and the USA.

By Nicole P.