July 19, 2010

Getting Tech-Savvy with Pixels

Camera phones flooding the cell-phone market have not only become the latest style fad, these days a camera in your phone in an indispensable feature, as the resolution of the camera increasingly becomes a status symbol. Quite unsurprisingly then, with the advent of technology and growing demand for advanced gadgets, the camera in the cell-phone has now begun to challenge and surpass digital cameras, providing equal and sometimes better clarity, resolution and other features.
The launch of phones like NokiaN8, and the most celebrated phone of the year Apple iPhone, has set a high standard for the camera phones. With stunning models and astonishing camera features, the average customer looking out for a mobile phone with a camera is helplessly, and quite understandably, spoilt for choice.
The Apple iPhone Camera
Apple iPhone, particularly has been creating uproars for the camera-lovers. Being acclaimed as one of the best camera phone, it has a 5 megapixel camera, and as astonishing LED Light feature which helps a great deal in case the surrounding light is dim. Adding to this a video-recorder which possesses the feature to record in high definition at a rate of 30 frames per second, the camera is just the fantastic treat for those with a fetish for quick snaps and videos. However, what makes the camera of the Apple iPhone completely stand apart from other phones is the touch-to-focus feature, which is artificial intelligence at its best, by providing the user with an easy-to-follow method by touching to modify focus and colour contrast.
Bluetooth Headset and how to choose one
Another gadget that has enormously gained popularity both for its chic style and functionality is the Bluetooth Headsets. Essentially, these headsets are wireless, provide the user with the ability to talk while driving or doing an important chore without using the handset (mobile phone), and are hence of much utility. Apart from the basic features of picking up and hanging calls, these headsets nowadays encompass various other options like redialling the last number, and even connecting the web.
High-tech Features
Many models like the Voyage Pro by Plaintronics are advanced up to the level that they have features to reduce the static noise due to the wind, while others, for instance, Sound ID 400, offer basic functionalities like dual-microphone noise cancellation.
Multipoint technology is now being used in many of these headsets, which allows the user to simultaneously connect to two separate mobile phones. Discovery 975 by Plaintronics provides this feature.
Making a good choice
The primary concern, clearly, is the sound quality, which matters the most to the buyer. With a plethora of options available, it is hard to decide which Bluetooth headset to choose. Factors like how much one would use it, its simplicity, weight, cost and questions like whether it can be worn with glasses, are the control buttons not too complicated can be asked in the course of making a correct choice.

The Future of Advertising: Webcast your message

What is Webcasting?
Simply explained, a webcast is a media file, which is broadcasted over the internet to various listeners or viewers. Leveraging the streaming media technology, which enables a provider to present his video or audio media over the internet, webcasting is the being called the next big thing in the advertisement industry.
The primary requirement in webcasting involved is the right software which converts the source file, or your video into the streaming format, so that it can be webcasted to viewers of the world via the Internet. Webcasting typically involves promotion of the sales or advertising videos and audios, which is why the net is buzzing with online services and companies, for instance, webcasting.com, which provides webcasting services.
Efficient Webcasting—the Know-how
However, there are some tips which the webcasting team should remember before going live. Since errors during the live session might be embarrassing or difficult to handle, the video must be thoroughly edited and viewed several times. To ensure that the videos actually reach the target people, the firewalls which might block these videos must be taken care of. Moreover, it would be convenient for the viewer if a large video is chopped into disparate parts, so that only the relevant version can be seen, thereby respecting the viewer’s time.
RSS Podcasting and Web-feeds: The Online Age
What is podcasting?
A podcast is basically a series of audio or video files that are released over the internet in the form of episodes. It is different from webcasting in the sense that podcasted files are not delivered to the user by broadcasting or streaming them. Broadly speaking, the data in a podcast is transferred by creating and managing a list of all the content related to a specific topic with the distributor. A user or a customer has to use a pod-catcher, which is special software, which enables him to go through the web feed, check if there is any new content, and download the content.
The meaning of RSS
RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. The term syndication used is to convey the idea that the provider has syndicated the data. In the usual scenario, a user subscribes to this syndicated data. The terms RSS feed and Web feeds are used interchangeably. RSS podcasting is the latest fad in the online age.
Many websites these days used web-feeds, like azcentral.com, with the RSS podcasting becoming suddenly and immensely popular after the launch of iPod. The subscription these sites are usually through iTunes, which is the most popularly used pod-catcher for downloading new or updated podcasts.