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Alternative Web Browsers

Chances are you’re probably using Firefox, Chrome, Safari or (hopefully not) Internet Explorer; and you’ve probably been using it for a while. Well here at Tech Talk & Reviews we’re mostly using Firefox.
It worked fantastically for a long time; until it crashed that is. We had no choice but to switch our main browser on the desktop we typically use to edit and such to something other than Firefox.
Sure we could have chose a “well-known” browser such as Chrome or Safari.

We decided to take the opportunity to experiment with a few browsers; here’s what we found.

 

Great Alternative Web Browsers 

1. Opera

This is the browser we’re currently using full time. So far (the passed 2-3 months of using it) we’ve experienced very little problems. The occasional freeze up but it quickly adjusts. It’s actually crashed 1 time! That’s all!
Opera is of course- FREE so  don’t hesitate to try it out for yourself; and get the unique yet familiar functioning light-weight browser from Opera.

Check it out | http://www.opera.com

 

 

2. Maxthon

Maxthon provides an entirely new- cloud browsing experience to the user. Allowing multiple elements of your daily use to be integrated with nearly every device you might use. It’s widely compatible with most systems so install shouldn’t be a problem. Oh yeah, it’s FREE as well. Definitely a cool option to try something new. Check out Maxthon-The Cloud Browser.

Check it out | http://www.maxthon.com

 

 

3. Midori

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Midori is a light-weight, fast, and free web browser; default web browser of Elementary OS ( we’ll talk about that later) and is actually a very well-coded program. Definitely functions greats, little to no problems and installed on the fly. Very light and quick to use; response time is great. FREE obviously; check out Midori .

Check it out | http://www.midori-browser.org

 

Those are all the main ones we tested; feel free to comment with any ones you want to see a mention (possible full-post) on.

 

Apple’s Healthbook. What Is It?

There are many speculations and rumors of all the apps to be featured on Apple’s next release of iOS 8. And one thing rose many rumors dealing with the many possibilities iOS 8 may hold. One of these rumors dealt with a new app from Apple called Healthbook. And it is exactly what it sounds like; a health centered app. And this means, in short; it’s a health and fitness type of layout, dealing with multiple variations stats including the likes of blood pressure, physical activity, heart rate, hydration, nutrition, blood sugar, sleep, respiratory rate, oxygen saturation and weight.

Photo Credit: Mac Rumors

Photo Credit: Mac Rumors

One of the most noted features regarding Healthbook is the fact it can track blood pressure, and the 2013 statistics from the American Diabetes Association said “approximately 26 million individuals in the United States have diabetes. 1.9 million people in the U.S. are diagnosed each year, and one in three adults will have diabetes by 2050 if the current trend continues.”

So the very concept of this app can provide promise for those affected and those who are trying to lead healthier lifestyles with a very accessible option to keep record of your stats.

 

The release date of this app have not been released yet but we presume that it will most likely make its debut at Apple’s mid-2014 WDC. We’re sure iOS 8 will as well; but there are no sure-fire ways to tell. All we can do is wait. Wait and scatter through the ever growing web of rumors regarding the latest of Apple’s releases.

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Logitech Ultrathin All-In-One Bluetooth Keyboard for iPad

Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard for iPadLogitech Ultrathin All-In-One Bluetooth Keyboard for iPad

We’ve been using this keyboard for the iPad Mini and iPad 3 for just under 6 months or so and this far can’t say we’ve had a single complaint. For what this keyboard aims to represent and achieve we have to say Logitech outdone themselves this time.

 

The first thing we want to point out is the white and aluminum color (available in 3 colors) of our model; the aluminum itself feels durable in hand and of steady make. Overall in terms of design and feel we have to admit it’s a sleek keyboard to cover your iPad; partly because the looks but also because it doubles as a cover. With a magnetic flap on the top of the device; it allows the aluminum from your iPad to magnetize and cover your iPad’s screen.

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Another notable feature of this unit is the battery life. This thing lasts an insane amount of time; bluntly speaking from someone who used it for long periods of time for weeks on end, I must say that the battery life is unmatched by other brands in this area. Especially considering the fact it lasts up to 6 Months on a single charge! For someone using this for; blogging/school work/ work it’s a definite solution to constantly charging up your keyboard every other night…which can be a pain.

As mentioned in the title this model is bluetooth with a range capability of 10 meters. Yet another great feature with this model. The keys themselves have a very sturdy and weighted build; while still maintaining an ease of use alongside. The “floating” keys style this keyboard provides give the user a like-feel experience to that of typing on an Apple Keyboard. It’s loaded with tons of hotkeys specially for the iPad (or iOS operating system in general) so it makes the overall experience feel comfortable and easy to use.

Of course no device is perfect in all matters so we must admit there are a few “cons” to using this device for its intended purposes (a keyboard as well as a cover) For example the aluminum covering the entire back plate is very easy to scuff and scratch. Of course we expected as much because aluminum itself is easy to scratch so this shouldn’t be an exception. Other than that we have enjoyed using it; a great solution for those wanting to get a good sturdy device boasting great battery life. Plus the fact it’s affordable.

 

http://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/ultrathin-keyboard-cover

 

iOS 8 & iPhone 6

iPhone 6

 

It won’t be long now until Apple releases some type of idea or rumor about the company’s upcoming gadgets and gizmos. So we took it upon ourselves to go out and find some true meaning to some of the various rumors floating around on the web lately. One of those being the Split Keyboard, this confuses loads of common users to even the most experienced of users. A Split Keyboard? On an iDevice? What is this?

Well it isn’t at all what one might expect; especially when comparing the possible features of the newest iPhone to the likes of some of the gadgets already on the market; Galaxy Gear etc… So we must point out an obvious… THERE ISN’T ACTUALLY A SPLIT KEYBOARD INCLUDED; instead the onscreen keyboard is “easier-use” as one might have heard it called a time or two.

And one of the other much speculated rumors of the iPhone 6 is in regard to screen size. Now, we know what you’re all thinking, a .25593” addition to the screen… And although we can’t say for sure the exact size of the iPhone 6’s screen; we can confidentially say that it will be a retina display (obviously) with an upgraded touch interface (how the phone behaves upon gestures and movement) In regards to what the screen size WILL be is unknown, all we can do is wait for that.

 

iOS 8

 

It’s been only months since Apple unveiled it’s newest release in the iOS line and needless to say, it turned some heads. So many, that people began to vigorously pick out the bugs and litter the internet with it’s many faults.. Unfortunately the news of the flaws of iOS 7 hit the internet harder than the actual release in many ways. Don’t completely turn your back on iOS, we’ve dug into the deepest parts of various sources to find some pretty awesome information about the next release iOS 8. As mentioned above; one of these is this crazy “Split Keyboard” everyone is hearing about.

This, is no more than just an easier term to describe the upcoming features of the onscreen keyboard. For the iPad; the keyboard will be broken into 2 spaces on the left and right side of the screen allowing users to better type long sentences as well as make it all around easier for use. Here at Tech Talk & Review, being owners of the iPad, we can vogue for the useability of this feature.

Split Keyboard

Along with many unreleased news about the upcoming iOS release, we have heard that it will be built accordingly to handling a bigger and more responsive display. This could open up avenues for all sorts of rumors and features that iOS could have. We’ll post back when more news arises regarding iPhone 6 & iOS 8