Playstation vs. Xbox 360

Games have always played an integral part of man’s childhood. It started with sticks and stones and with time evolved into powerful mind stimulating games that could be played indoors. Not all children are physically capable of playing all kinds of outdoor games which they fantasize of. With imagination comes invention and with that the birth of video games, where one can sit at home and experience everything outside it.

In 1949, Ralph Beer got an idea to build a kind of game set into a television. It was eighteen years later that many actually worked on the idea to turn it into a reality. Willy Higinbotham designed a kind of tennis game which could be played on an oscilloscope. From then on many people started developing similar kind of video games. But what mattered more than just the people inventing it were the companies manufacturing these video games. The original companies who started mass scale production of these video games are Atari (an American company and one of the first), Sega (which became very successful in the field), Magnavox (a Phillips company) and Nintendo (one of the leading video games manufacturer). Soon a new era of video game technology started off with the invention of the Video game consoles. A video game console is a dedicated electronic device designed to play video games where the output is basically through a monitor of some kind like a television or computer screen. The main input device is a controller (like joysticks, paddles, light guns, steering wheels etc.). Video game consoles started of around 1972 onwards like that of Magnavox Odyssey, Coleco Telstar etc. soon getting upgraded to cartridge based 8-bit console systems like Atari 2600, Intellivision, Vectrex etc. which later developed into 16-bit systems like the Sega Nomad, Supervision, Phillips CD-I etc.

Then came the 32/64- bit consoles like the Wonderswan Color, Nintendo 64DD, Apple Pippin etc leading to the modern era of hand-held PDA technology based video game consoles developed by companies like Microsoft (the Microsoft Xbox -2001), Sega (Sega Dreamcast) and Sony (The Play station). Then is the present technology of modern portable video game consoles with in-built hard drives of which the most popular are the Microsoft Xbox-360 and the Sony Play stations.

The Sony Play station 2 (a predecessor to the Play station 3 set to be released in spring 2006) was first released on March 4th, 2000 in Japan. Soon it had become one of the most popular products becoming the most selling video game console of the present generation selling over 900,000 units in the first week itself. It successfully competed against the then Dreamcast technology though its ability to play DVDs. Though the Sony Play station 2 had inferior graphics as compared to the Microsoft Xbox- 360 but it has a wide collection of different kinds of games pertaining to various genres. In 2002 Sony launched the PS2 online adapter to compete with the upcoming online consoles developed by Microsoft. In September 2004, with the launch of the best selling game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Sony released a new smaller PS2 also later manufacture of better versions which were slimmer. The basic features of the Sony PS2 includes its ability to read both CDs and DVDs, its support of PS1 memory cards, USB and IEEE 1394 expansion also replacing its earlier version Dual shock controller with Dual Shock 2 controller with upgraded shoulder and D-pad buttons also upgrading software allowing faster playback and finer textures and better graphics for the Play station games. The Sony Play station 2 also has the feature of online gaming using the Network adaptor built into the SP2. The Sony PS2 also has released a Linux operating system version along with an Ethernet adaptor and also a free YaBasic interpreter on the bundled demo disk which allows simple programs to be created for the PS2 by the end-user. Also a port of NetBSD project is made available in the PS2. Also mp3 and Divx movies and homebrew programs running in consoles with a modchip installed can be viewed on the Sony Play station 2. Additional controllers, modem, DVD remote control, memory cards, antenna cables, component video accessories, headsets etc. are made available as additional hardware in the SP2.

The Microsoft Xbox 360 is Microsoft’s latest video game console released in November 2005. This piece of modern technology game console is all set to compete other such consoles such as the Dreamcast and the Sony Play stations including the Sony Play station 3 due to be released in spring 2006. The Xbox 360 has features which include a hard drive, online gaming support, headset, a wireless controller, Ethernet cable. Its hardware is based on an IBM power PC- based CPU and also a graphics processing unit equipped with 512 MB of RAM and also uses DVD-ROM support for game software. It comes at a modest $399.99. It has the ability to support up to four wireless controllers with USB support just like the Sony Play station 2 though it has wireless technology and green LEDs. This console comes with a detachable external hard disk drive allowing storage of games, movies, videos and just about everything. Additional hardware includes audio and video cables for extra support, a rechargeable battery pack, memory units, and universal media remote via IR etc. The DVD-ROM also supports other formats like the CD-ROMs, MP3 etc. The Xbox 360 has a 7.95 GB of storage available on the DVD though the upcoming consoles like the Sony Play station 3 will use about 25 to 50 GB Blu-Ray Discs. The Xbox 360 is totally portable just like the PS2 weighing a mere 3.5 kg. The X-Box 360 also comes with Media Center Extender capability and also opens up facilities of custom music plugged in with mp3 players; ipods etc. through USBs and has the additional feature of backward compatibility. While each console is struggling to keep up the competition with the others in the market, the Sony Play station and Microsoft Xbox 360 have emerged as the leading sellers in the video game consoles market. Comparing both the products is nearly impossible owing to their unique features compete each other in their own way. With Sony all set to release the Play station 3 in 2006 the question is as to who will rule the gaming market of the future?

While the Xbox 360 clearly has better graphics than the PS2, PS3 completely beats the Xbox when released with support of true 1080p displays though the Xbox HD media center extender clearly makes the Xbox 360 the master of digital media allowing external mp3 player connectivity for custom music while the PS3 has no feature as such. The Xbox is powered with a 3.2 GHz PowerPC with 3 dual-threaded processor cores while the PS3 has a 3.2 GHz Cell processor with 7 synergistic processor cores (not directly compared with the Xbox). While the clock speed of the Xbox is 500 MHz that of PS3 is 550 MHz. But the Xbox has video RAM of 512 MB RAM while PS3 comes with only 256 MB whereas the video memory bandwidth is almost the same. Then the Xbox comes with one 100 Mbps Ethernet port while the PS3 comes loaded with a 1 Gigabit Ethernet port. Cost wise the PS3 is aimed to hit the markets with a low price as compared to the Xbox 360 though it is expected that Microsoft would reduce their prices once PS3 is released to stay in the competition. So as far as graphics are concerned the Xbox comes loaded with ATI graphics core while the PS3 puts up a pretty decent competition with its NVIDIA graphics processor. Memory wise the Xbox beats the PS3 with its huge 512 MB of dedicated memory as compared to the PS3’s 256 MB of XDR memory. When it comes to the Networking part the Sony PS3 is all determined to maintain the top position with its built-in Ethernet adaptor which includes an 802.11 b/g wireless adaptor while the Xbox 360 includes only the adaptor while the wireless comes at an added extra price tag.

Overall it is nearly impossible to make a choice between these two fully loaded tech-gadgets of the Next Generation. Which of these will make it to the topmost position would only be decided once Sony releases its Play station 3 in 2006.



The Asus G1 is packed full of gaming features that will be suitable for the avid gamer looking for a notebook at an affordable price.

Usually portable gaming systems are typically rather bulky which can be less than ideal for gamers on the go. Acer has produced an extremely portable notebook with a great 15.4″ screen and a unique design to set it apart from the average notebook. Other high-end gaming notebooks are bulkier with 17″ screens and will set you back about $3000, while the Asus G1s is mid-sized and very reasonably priced at $1,799.

The G1s has many unique physical features with an overall attractive design. Measuring 14 inches wide, 11.2 inches deep, and 1.6 inches high, the physical measurements and 15.4-inch screen are pretty standard for any laptop however, the weight edges into the desktop replacement category weighing in at 7 pounds. Most laptops fall around 6 pounds making the G1s slightly heavier than a mid-sized laptop.

The Asus G1s laptops offer a unique design, which attracts people with its dashing looks alone. The chassis appears to be colored in a basic-black look but when examining closely a crosshatch pattern is revealed which adds some extra personality. There are metal rivets in the lid on the hinges adding an industrial look and bright green accents on the sides of the lid for some extra flavor. Between the mouse button sits a plastic eyeball logo colored in bright green, which is illuminated by a glowing green light.

The W, A, S and D keys (the main control keys for most PC games)are highlighted green which enhances the users experience. The 15.4-inch LCD display offers a 1,280×80 native resolution, which is, expected from a display this size while the 17″ gaming laptops they offer a higher native resolution (1,440×900). ASUS’s Splendid Video Intelligence Technology integrates different multimedia data sources to reduce noise and conversion rate for a vivid display. This technology allows for vivid images with better contrast, brightness, skin tone and color saturation for any video application. The Game and Night View Modes provide additional gaming features which enhance the image details of the picture. The 15.4″ screen lacks some of the resolution in comparison to the 17″ models, which might prevent someone from playing certain high-end games at higher resolutions.

The system has a standard set of connections, including four USB 2.0 jacks, a mini FireWire jack, a PC Card slot, media card reader, headphone, microphone and line-in audio jacks, and VGA, DVI, and S-Video outputs for hooking up an external monitor. There’s no ExpressCard slot, but there is a tiny OLED display right above the keyboard that displays the current time. Standard media transport controls sits along the front edge of the system.

Networking connections include a modem and 10/100 Ethernet jacks with an integrated 802.11a/b/g wireless. Included in the box is a sleek carrying case and a gaming mouse. The built-in webcam sports 1.3 megapixels and sits on top of the screen for conferencing communication where gamers can now see and talk to teammates or opponents around the world!

The G1s boasts many attractive features such as a fast processor, sufficient memory, and the second-best NVIDIA video card available. They have also included eSATA and HDMI, two technologies which are not present in most mainstream laptops. The eSATA technology allows for an external hard-drive that operates at full speed. For those of you who prefer Windows XP over Windows Vista, Asus has Windows XP drivers available through the Asus website.The Asus GS1 notebook is no slacker when it comes to battery life which has been tested to run for more than 3 and a half hours. The enduring battery life adds to the portability factor allowing for longer gaming periods while on the go.

With all these features, physical and internal, the Asus G1s is quite the package. The bottom line is that the GS1 is a quality gaming notebook for a very resonable price. It is not the most technologically advanced gaming system on the market but you will have to shell out about $3000 for high-end gaming laptops. Overall, the Asus G1s is an advanced gaming system which offers great performance at a reasonable price.

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Memory Cards Complete Guide

Ever wondered what are these tiny chips? Confused by the names?
We are here to help you.

This article is about the various memory components available in the market for mobile phones.

Memory Stick

MS Memory Stick is a removable flash memory card format, launched by Sony in October 1998, and is also used in general to describe the whole family of Memory Sticks. This family includes the Memory Stick Pro, a revision that allows greater maximum storage capacity and faster file transfers speeds, and Memory Stick Duo, a small-form-factor version of the Memory Stick.

50.0 x 21.5 x 2.8 mm

Memory Stick Duo

MS Duo

31.0 × 20.0 × 1.6 mm

The Memory Stick Duo, which is slightly smaller than the competitive Secure Digital format, was developed in response to Sony's need for a smaller flash memory card for pocket-sized digital cameras and cell phones, as well as Sony's PSP. Memory Stick Duos are available in all the same variants as their larger cousins ​​(normal ones limited to 128 MB, larger Pro Sticks, with and without High Speed ​​mode), and a simple adapter (often sold together with the Memory Stick Duo) allows a Duo to be used in any device that can accept their larger cousins.

Memory Stick Micro M2

15.0 x 12.5 x 1.2 mm

Sony announced a new Memory Stick format on 30 September 2005. The new Memory Stick M2 ("micro") measures 15 x 12.5 x 1.2 mm and could theoretically have 32GB in the future. Maximum transfer speed is 160MB / s. It will come with an adapter, much like the Duo Sticks, to ensure compatibility with current Pro devices.

Multi Media Card


32 x 24 x 1.5 mm

The MMC card or MultiMediaCard was introduced in 1997 by SanDisk Corporation and Siemens AG. At that point the MMC card was the smallest memory card, about the size of a postage stamp, in the market based on flash memory technology. The MMC card is very similar to the Secure Digital Memory Card, actually the SD Memory Card is based on the MMC card. They have almost the same form factor the only differences are that the SD Memory Cards are slightly thicker and they have a write protection switch.

Since the MMC card had slow transfer speed, 2.5 MB / sec, in comparison to other memory cards, mostly compared to SD Memory Card, a new high performance version of the MMC card was introduced in 2005 by the name MMCplus. The MMCplus has today the highest, up to 52 MB / sec, theoretical data transfer speed in the whole memory card industry.

The MultiMediaCard Association announced that by the end of 2005 the secureMMC application will only be available for the MMCplus and MMCmobile memory cards. The SecureMMC is a copyright protection application that features DRM, Digital Rights Management, and VPN, Virtual Private Network, capabilities.

Reduced Size Multi Media Card


16 x 24 x 1.5 mm

MMCmobile (RS-MMC)

RS-MMC, Reduced Size MultiMediaCard, was introduced in 2003 by the MultiMediaCard Association (MMCA) as the second form factor memory card in the MultiMediaCard family. The RS-MMC is a smaller version of the standard MMC card, approximately half in size, and was specifically designed to be used by mobile phones and other small portable devices.

Dual Voltage Reduced Size Multi Media Card


16 x 24 x 1.5 mm

In 2005 the Dual Voltage (DV) RS-MMC was introduced. It is basically the same card like the standard RS-MMC but operates with dual voltage, 1.8V and 3.3V, leading to lower power consumption which contributes to longer lasting battery life for the host devices. The DV RS-MMC and the RS-MMC are fully compatible with each other but still some mobile phones, mostly from Nokia, only operate with 1.8V cards. We recommend to always buy the Dual Voltage RS-MMC for being sure your memory card will function with the electronic device.

MMCmicro Card


12 x 14 x 1.1 mm

The MMCmicro, formerly known as S-CARD introduced by Samsung, was adopted and introduced in 2005 by the MultiMediaCard Association (MMCA) as the third form factor memory card in the MultiMediaCard family. MMCmicro is the smallest, about the size of a fingernail, memory card in the MultiMediaCard family and among the smallest in the world. It was specifically designed for being used in mobile phones and other small portable devices.

The MMCmicro memory card is available with an adapter, MMCplus. This makes it not only compatible to all MMC and MMCplus slots but also all SD Memory Card slots. It is important to keep in mind that music stored on MultiMediaCards my not being able to play back when inserted into a SD Memory Card slot due to the copyright protection features supported by the SD slots.

Since the MMCmicro is the latest memory card to be developed and introduced to the market it is not that compatible to many mobile phones and electronic devices yet. Still it is expected to be one of the memory card formats that will dominate in the mobile phone industry among the frontrunner microSD and the under development Memory Stick Micro.

Secure Digital Card


32 x 24 x 2.1 mm

The SD Memory Card or Secure Digital was introduced in 2001 by SanDisk Corporation, Matsushita (Panasonic) and Toshiba. The SD Memory Card was based on the MultiMediaCard, MMC, memory card standard and has almost the same form factor, the size of a postage stamp, the only differences are that the SD memory card is slightly thicker and has a write protection switch. Since MMC cards are thinner than SD Memory Cards they can be used in all SD Memory Card slots but not vice versa.

The SD Memory Card is today the most common used memory card. It can be found in most digital cameras, PDAs and in many other electronic devices. The SD Memory Card slots can be used for more than flash memory cards. The SDIO, Secure Digital In & Out, is the general name for the many expansion modules that can be found in the SD Memory Card's form factor. SDIO modules can be inserted in the slot and be used for other functions like Bluetooth adapters, GPS receivers, digital cameras, TV tuners, etc

MiniSD Card


21.5 x 20 x 1.4 mm

The miniSD was introduced in 2003 by SanDisk Corporation in cooperation with Matsushita (Panasonic) and Toshiba. Later in that year the miniSD format was adapted by the SD Card Association as the second form factor memory card in the Secure Digital family. MiniSD is a smaller version of the SD memory Card format, about 60% smaller in volume, and offers the same benefits as the SD Memory Card expect of the writing protection switch.

MiniSD was designed specifically to be used in small portable electronic devices like digital cameras and mobile phones. But since all miniSD memory cards always come with a SD Memory Card adapter, they are compatible to all SD Memory Card slots and theby provide compatibility with the rapidly growing number of SD Memory Card compatible devices in the market.

MiniSD was the second, after SD Memory Card, memory card to be adapted by the SD Card Association, which today consists of three members. In 2005 the microSD was introduced as the third, and smallest, member of the Secure Digital family.

MicroSD Card also known as Transflash


11 x 15 x 1 mm

RashFlash, formerly known as T-Flash, was introduced by SanDisk Corporation in 2004 as the world's smallest memory card, approximately the size of a fingernail. TransFlash was specifically designed for being used in mobile phones. Motorola was the first mobile phone manufacturer to adapt the TransFlash memory card standard.

In the 3rd quarter of 2005 TransFlash was adapted by the SD Card Association as the third form factor memory card in the Secure Digital family, after SD Memory Card and miniSD. After the adoption, TransFlash changed name to microSD. The microSD has exactly the same dimensions and specifications as the TransFlash and therefore both memory cards are completely compatible to each other.

Today the microSD is the most common used memory card in mobile phones and the SD Card Association's objective is to make microSD a de facto memory card standard for all mobile phones. All TransFlash and microSD cards always come with a SD Memory Card adapter, which makes them compatible with all SD Memory Card slots. The microSD is about 10% in size compared to SD Memory Card and about 30% compared to miniSD.

XD-Picture Card


20 x 25 x 1.7 mm

The xD-Picture Card was introduced in 2002 by Fuji Film and Olympus as a replacement to the older SmartMedia Card. It is produced exclusively by Toshiba and can be found branded only under the name of Fuji Film and Olympus.

The xD-Picture Card format was developed to be used in digital cameras and is more or less only used in Fuji Film and Olympus digital cameras. Like SmartMedia Card, the xD-Picture Card does not incorporate a controller chip which allows it to have a small form factor but at the same time making it dependent to the host device's controller chip.


3 Types of Car Power Inverters

A car power inverter is built to perform the function of an AC/DC inverter. It conveniently plugs into the cigarette lighter outlet to give a reliable power source while away from home. The inverter has a variety of sockets including a USB port to accept most standard items of electronic equipment. This means it is possible to charge power tools, games consoles, cell phones, or laptops when camping or similar.

There are a wide range of car power inverter units with a choice of outlets. They can vary with the type and number of outlets, as well as the voltage that can be handled.

Here is an overview of the different types of car power inverter:


The most cost-effective option is the single outlet inverter. They are built with a single 3-pronged outlet to accept one electronic item. The current capacity can vary between 150 watts and 200 watts. A useful benefit of this unit is its compact size, which makes it really easy to use and store. Also, the ability to power only one device at a time means there is a low risk of overloading the system. But, the single use option means the all-round use is limited and not a practical choice when multiple devices are in need of charging. If it is necessary to charge several devices, the inverter will be in use for a long time, which can put a strain on the vehicle battery.


The Multiple outlet inverters are a lot more expensive and larger than the single outlet units. Most are built to power two devices, although there are some that have up to three and include a higher wattage capacity. This type of inverter is great on a campsite when it is necessary to power a DVD player and television at the same time. When using the multiple outlet inverters it is essential to make sure the electronic items do not exceed the accepted capacity limit of the inverter. If it does go above the maximum limit the devices may not perform correctly or simply not work at all.


There are certain inverters that include one or more USB ports. This is often in conjunction with the 3-pronged outlets. Easy access to USB power is practical to charge a wide range of devices like tablet PCs, smart phones, or other gadgets powered via a USB cable. Similar to the multiple outlet inverters it is important to avoid charging devices that will exceed the maximum current rating.


An Overview Of The Nokia E7

The new Nokia E7 follows on from the successful N8, giving consumers a similar specification phone but also benefitting from a larger screen as well as a physical Qwerty keypad.

The E7 is a superb messaging device, whether it is for accessing e mails or composing SMS text messages. The unit can handle up to ten individual e mail caccounts with many of the major service providers covered, as well as also offering a secure connection to a Microsoft exchange server. The physical keypad on this model makes writing messages a simple affair, and will appeal to anybody who spends considerable time messaging. The keys have a rubber finish and feel well laid out. The keyboard is located on a slider mechanism behind the screen, and this design feels robust and well built. An alternative virtual keypad is built into the screen, and this works equally as well, especially for quicker messages where there is no need to deploy the main keyboard. Connectivity wise, the E7 is armed with a wide array of options to ensure you can always stay in touch. Whilst at home, or indeed anywhere that you can access a WiFi network, the unit benefits from Wireless LAN, with all three recognised speeds supported. On the move, the 3G network offers the fastest data exchange rate, and even if you are not in a suitable area, EDGE and GPRS ensure that you are never without a link to the world around you.

The Nokia E7 is undoubtedly a great looking handset. The large display dominates the front of the phone, with just a single Home button located centrally beneath it. The majority of the phones housing is constructed from anodised aluminium, making the phone feel high end, as well as adding extra points in the durability department. At 123.7 x 62.5 x 13.6mm, the overall dimensions are very similar to those found on the N8, despite the additional features found on this new model. These features include the excellent quality AMOLED screen, which now measures a great 4 inches. The touchscreen is capacitive, meaning it is very responsive to touch. With a proximity sensor and accelerometer built in, the handset automatically rotates the screen when necessary and locks the keypad during calls, preventing accidental button presses during your conversation.

The Nokia E7 offers the superb functionality we have come to expect from modern smartphones, with the added bonus of the physical keypad, which will attract a different breed of consumer to this impressive new model.


Motorola U9 – A Trendy Phone

The first impression of any mobile phone is the looks that it carries. The mobile phone world has undergone a major change in a past few years. At present, mobile phones are not only a tool to communicate but have much more added to make it a complete package of features and applications. These gadgets have to be aesthetically alluring and beautiful for the customer to pick it from a cluster of mobile phones. Every phone needs to have a special feature to convince and appeal the consumers to buy it. Of course, the brand name also plays a major role. The brand has to be credible and trusted by the customers to choose it. In this world of tough competition, every mobile manufacturing company has to be technologically advanced and updated with new features. The mobile phones have become status symbol for the people. The personality of the user is defined by the handset they is using.

Motorola is a Canada based company with its branches all over the world. It has been leading in the field of telecommunications industry for many years now. The company has a very successful history to look back to and the products by this company are still winning great appreciations. They have a collection of lavish, classy, sophisticated and well-designed phones. The company is trusted because of its outstanding quality and excellent service. Motorola has all kinds of phones to suit all needs, from very basic phones to extraordinary ones; it is a master of all. The diverse collection has phone to suit every lifestyle. The handsets produced by Motorola are technologically advanced taking care of the quality of the phone and good battery backup. The latest phones by this company have massive storage capacities and amazing sound quality. The company makes sure that the user enjoys the experience of using a mobile phone.

This article is a discussion and full analyses on the Motorola U9. This is a new alluring phone by Motorola with a lustrous body. The phone is popularly associated with style and elegance. This extremely attractive and appealing phone has all the necessary features one can ask for. It has a well built and long lasting body. The phone comes in royal black and red colour which gives a rich look to the user’s personality. This eye catching phone has a tough body which comes in a clamshell model. It is a multimedia focused phone with 2G functionalities.

The Motorola U9 has an incredibly wide TFT display screen of 2 inches with 256K colours and a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels. It has touch sensitive music keys and a digital display on the flap. This device supports both Polyphonic as well as MP3 ring tones. The dimensions of the phone are 90 x 48.6 x 16.4 mm. The weight of the phone is like the weight of a feather. It weighs only 87.5 grams.

This gadget has an internal memory of 25 MB which is sufficient to store a lot of data like music, images, documents, and more. The memory can also be increased if required with the help of a microSD (TransFlash) memory card create the desired space. This mobile device also has the basic connectivity options like GPRS, EDGE, Bluetooth and USB. This feature helps in sharing and sending files from one phone to the other. The phone also helps the user to transfer files from the computer to the phone and vice versa.

The Motorola U9 also has an outstanding 2 Mega Pixels camera to capture tremendous pictures. This mobile phone uses Standard battery, Li-Ion to give an amazing battery backup. It delivers continuous talk time of 7 hours and upto 350 hours of standby.


iDROID Royal V7 Review – Experience Oblivion

Most elegantly manufactured and most compact in respect of tangibility is a maniac device Royal V7 by iDROID USA. Heavily loaded with smart chipsets, 1.3 Quad Core Ghz processor increments its usability as well as promptness whether you are playing games or managing your data. Equipped with 1GB RAM, it never lets you stop on the go or disrupts your Skype calls.

Among other so many competitive and distinctive features, that distinguish it from contemporary devices, is its thinness. It is remarkably sleek and can slide in your jeans yet you will feel as if you are carrying nothing.

A sharp and keen eye of 13 mega pixels makes it all the time desirable. The day light image quality is just amazing but dim-light snapshots might sometimes require some post-processing and it will be as brightened up as a day light image.

Cameras usually produce best results in day light but a poor lighting condition is where some of the advanced features of iDROID Royal V7 will prove to be fairly handy and beneficial. Though not equipped with xenon flash but hardly can a difference be noticed between results of a xenon and Royal V7 flash as the latter is amazing too, so you are not going to need xenon at all. This makes iDROID Royal V7 the best Android phone as it is economical as well. Its LED flash really gives a feel of xenon. The presence of latter on a mobile does not necessarily mean a more powerful flash performance. Dependence of power of xenon flash on the size of condenser is a big con. You will find V7, on the contrary, incomparably handier.

Competitiveness of Royal V7 is a great boon that is unmatchable. Video recording at 1080p is one of the opulent amenities you will observe in this cheap Android phone.

Some of the key features include:

· 13MP Auto-focus Primary; (Selfie) Secondary Camera: 5 MP

· Optional dual sim

· 5.5 inches QHD OGS IPS Multi-Touch with Wakeup and Air gestures

· Height 156mm, Width 76.8mm, Thickness 6.9mm’

· Android 4.4 Kitkat (Upgradable to Lollypop 5.0)

·1.3 Ghz Quad core chipsets

· 8 GB of built-in storage and SD card extendable up to 64 GB

· 2050 mAh battery with rapid charging in minutes

· 3G 4G Data Capable, Wi-Fi, Blue Tooth, GPS

·145 g

Video quality is very sharp with tons of detail. Narrowest fields of the view can be viewed that creates a major difference. No tiny details ever get missed while recording and you get a feeling like you are viewing something actually in front of you. As regards snapshots’ dim light results, post processing is never as heavy as on other myriad of devices. Offering brightness exposure ranging from -3 to +3, it offers 6 color effects and huge no of scenic modes which include auto, night, sunset, party, portrait, theatre, beach, snow, stead show, fireworks, sports, candle light. It is an unlocked smartphone with high specifications optimized for both, entertainment as well as business oriented usage. In nut shell, it is not a smartphone; rather it is a phone cum tablet which will make you fall oblivious.


RV Spring Preparation Checklist

Your RV has been sitting idle over the winter. Now the early signs of spring are here and it’s time to take it out of storage and prepare the coach and chassis for this years camping season. If you’re like me, you want to have some type of logical sequence to follow rather then haphazardly checking the unit out. I made a simple checklist to use so that nothing is overlooked. I prefer to do the majority of spring preparation myself. If you’re more comfortable having someone else do it you can schedule an appointment with a reputable RV service center to have it done.

* Depending on how your unit was winterized it will need to be de-winterized. If you used non-toxic RV antifreeze you need to run fresh water through the entire system until all traces of antifreeze are gone. To remove it from the 12-volt water pump add water to the fresh water-holding tank, turn the pump on and open all water faucets. When the antifreeze is out of the system turn the pump off and take the water heater out of the by-pass mode (if applicable). Re-install any water filter cartridges you removed for storage.

* At this point I like to sanitize the water system. Make sure all of the drains are closed and drain plugs are installed. Take a quarter cup of household bleach for every fifteen gallons of water your fresh water tank holds. Mix the bleach with water into a one-gallon container and pour it into the fresh water holding tank. Fill the fresh water holding tank completely full of water. Turn the water pump on and open all faucets, run water until you smell the bleach. Close the faucets and let it sit for at least twelve hours. Drain all of the water and re-fill the tank with fresh water. Turn the pump on and open all faucets until you no longer smell bleach. It may be necessary to repeat this process to eliminate all signs of the bleach.

* With the water system under pressure inspect for water leaks. Check the operation of the toilet.

* Wash the unit thoroughly. This is a good time to inspect the roof and body seams, and window sealants for cracking that would allow water to get in. Consult a dealer for sealants compatible with these materials.

* Inspect the operation of the awning and clean the awning fabric as required.

* Inspect the tires for signs of dry rot. Inflate all tires to the recommended COLD tire pressure.

* Lubricate all hinges and locks with spray lubricant.

* Remove any tape or protective covering you may have put over LP gas vents to keep insects and rodents out. Check any mousetraps you may have put out. Open all doors and compartments and check for rodent intrusion and water damage.

* Inspect and clean the interior.

* Plug in any appliances that you unplugged for storage and replace any dry cell batteries you may have removed. This is a good time to put new batteries in items like smoke alarms.

* Test the operation of the carbon monoxide alarm, LP gas leak detector and smoke alarm.

* Check the fire extinguisher. Be sure it is fully charged.

* Reset any breakers you may have turned off. If you removed any fuses for storage re-install them.

* Clean or replace air conditioner filters if it wasn’t done prior to storage and remove any covers that were put over air conditioners.

* Open vents and windows and air the unit out.

* If you removed the coach and chassis batteries for storage install them. Whether they were removed or not check the electrolyte levels, clean the terminals and clamps, and check the charge level in all batteries. Recharge batteries as necessary.

* Check the operation of the electric steps if applicable. Lubricate step mechanism.

* Test the operation of the hydraulic jacks if applicable. Check hydraulic fluid level.

* Test the operation of the back up camera and monitor if applicable.

* If you didn’t change the oil and filters in the generator prior to storage this is a good time to do it. Inspect the generator exhaust system for damage prior to starting. Start and run the generator for two hours with at least a half rated load on it. Consult the generators owner manual for load ratings.

* Turn the generator off and plug the unit into shore power. Turn the refrigerator on in the electric mode. Allow sufficient time to cool and check for proper operation.

* Check all 12-volt interior lights and accessories.

* Test the monitor panel for proper operation.

* Check the operation of slide outs if applicable.

* Check the remaining 120-volt appliances for proper operation.

* Test the Ground Fault Interrupter (GFI) for proper operation.

* Turn the refrigerator off, leave the doors open and allow sufficient time for it to get to room temperature so it can be checked in the gas mode.

* Before I use the LP gas system I have a leak test and gas operating pressure test preformed. A qualified technician with the proper equipment should do these tests.

* After this is accomplished turn the LP gas valve on and check the operation of all LP gas appliances. Be sure the water heater is full of water before testing the water heater. If a gas appliance is not operating properly have it inspected by a qualified technician. Insects are attracted to the odorant added to LP gas and build nests that can affect the appliance from operating properly.

* If your unit was in long-term storage and you didn’t change the engine oil and filter prior to storage this would be a good time to do it.

* Check all fluid levels in transmission, power steering, engine coolant, engine oil, windshield washer and brakes. Consult vehicle owners manual.

* Start the engine and check for proper readings on all gauges. Check for proper operation of dash air conditioner.

* Perform a complete chassis lubrication if it wasn’t done prior to storage.

* Check the condition of windshield wiper blades and replace them if necessary.

* Check the operation of all chassis lights.

* Make sure the vehicle emissions/inspection sticker is up to date.

* In addition to this if you have a pop-up or travel trailer the wheel bearings and brakes (if equipped) should be inspected at least once annually. Inspect any canvas for dry rot and tears; inspect all hitch work and the coupler for damage. Inspect the breakaway switch and pigtail for proper operation.

Happy Camping ,


Copyright 2006 by Mark J. Polk owner of RV Education 101


Text to Screen – A Very Clever Use of Technology

I was at my friend's hotel bar the other night and had the usual great time dancing to the live bands they have playing 7 days a week. This is a special bar with a very interesting business model – because in fact it hosts a television show that highlights up and coming new bands with interviews of the band members and several of their songs played on TV where the bands can demonstrate their talent to a Live "studio" audience. The business model is interesting because rather than have a music studio as a major expense, my friend has a revenue making bar which he uses to make his television program.

The TV program may only be shown on the public network which is notorious for having low ratings, but it certainly does have a strong following with the bar-patrons and the fans of the different bands and the TV ratings for my friends music show has been Steadily growing even though the total network is relatively flat.

Having a few quiet ales with my friend, he explained how he built up the "brand loyalty" for both the bands and his TV show. And it was here where I saw a very fast way to use technology to grow a business and loyalty with its customer base. The technology is called "Text to Screen" and it is where people send text messages on their phones – which we all know everyone has at least one mobile phone, and the messages can be shown on television and on the web.

My friend uses "text to screen" within his hotel for the audience to vote on songs that they favor and for them to request songs to be played. And he also promotes it on his television show for competitions and viewer ratings of the different bands. The collective results of sometimes hundreds of incoming text messages get tallied up in real-time and shown both on the TV screen and the Internet, so there is a real-time interaction with the audience. I'm very impressed with this clever use of technology.


Install a Car Tracking System Yourself

There are many reasons why one might want to install a car tracking system. Apart from the usual tracking purposes, it can also be used as an anti-theft device. It can also be used to monitor a particular driver and his driving habits. GPS devices have many professional purposes as well. In businesses like cargo delivery, car rental or ambulance service, these devices are indispensable.

Whatever might the purpose be, these devices work flawlessly and are actually easy to install as well. Once installed, these devices work with the global positioning system so they can deliver real-time location of the vehicle always. The direction of movement, the speed and of course, the location can be known remotely. The technology has reached such heights that these devices can also tell of the time spent halting at different locations. One can even opt for geo-fencing where the alarm will be activated once the car ventures outside the predefined route. All these data can also be stored in a central database for future reference.

Coming to the installing of such devices to your car, first thing you need is to find a power source for those. There are two ways to provide power to these devices. One can use dedicated batteries to power it, or one can also feed it from the battery of the car. If you want the second option, you need to go to a professional. However, if using dedicated power source, it is very easy to install and anyone can do it. You need to buy the device, and also a magnet-proof and weather-proof case to house it.

Now power the device using the battery cell and put the active device into the case. Put the case somewhere where it will not be seen easily. Next step is to test the device.

Once you have put the case into a safe and hidden area of the car, take the car out and drive for a while. Note the location, the speed, the direction and the halt timings manually. After the drive, check if the case is safe and secure where you put it. Now use the computer and check the data collected by the device. Compare it against your manual notes. If everything matches, you have successfully installed a GPS device yourself. If not, you better consult a professional. Also, keep a note about the battery so you don’t run out of power.