Windows 10 sure is Microsoft’s trump card and its master move comes in the form of the Edge browser. With complaint and issues marring its reputation, the Edge indeed comes as a boon thanks to latest specs such as bookmarking, annotated page sharing and mark ups. Of course, the Cortana is an add-on that changes the way virtual assistance works. Therefore, we finally have a Microsoft browser that can complete against the Chrome from Google, Safari from Apple, Opera and Firefox from Mozilla.
Major Issues Grapple The Browsers
These existing and “popular” browsers have had issues such as slow speed; update stack-ons, poor plug-in performances and battery life drain. Thus, Edge has entered the browser space at an ideal time. To begin with, there has been a benchmark test to compare Edge to Internet Explorer and Chrome that tested the trio on simple browsing usage on both low-end as well as high-end personal computers. We also got scoop into how well the battery fared on these browsers on both high-performance and low end laptops during video streaming online. Let’s not forget that the Windows 10 OS comes with a benchmark application performance that is at par with the Windows 8 OS while running apps or programs besides Web browsers.
Weighing The Benchmarks
For the performance tests for browsing, a Dell XPS 13 had been employed that comes with Intel Core i5 CPU of the latest generation. On the other end, a Microsoft Surface 3 had been used that comes with Intel Atom processor. There are a number of cross-platform as well as browser-oriented benchmarks you may run. The test from CNET included a selection of Peacemaker, octane test and Jetstream. Chrome, contrary to general expectations, did not fare well enough to rank as the best in these tests. While it still scores a sixer in terms of speed in these tests, it drains the battery to a large extent. Edge, surprisingly helped maintain a decent battery power level despite being average in terms of performance speed. Aligned to most expectations, the Internet Explorer still scored a duck and remained a poor third among the three in these benchmark runs.
What We Especially Loved About The Edge?
Once you open any new window or a tab, Edge brig you a collation of the top websites with a customized news feed. More so, the URL menu bar at the top asks users- “Where to next?” To remind you of the drab things with the Internet Explorer, the home page only allows you a bring grid of most visited websites at your end and a Bing-powered search toolbox. Good times are finally here for browsing addicts, thanks to the Edge!
Apple has launched the Mac Mini, which packs the Apple experience on a desktop for budget buyers. Interestingly, the specifications of this new offering are at par with the Retina MacBook Pro. Lets see how they compare against each other.
Good choice for budget buyers
Updated in 2014, Mac mini range of Apple is available in three configurations and supports some of the high-end features that every user might be looking for. The budget model priced at £549, Mac mini comes with Intel Iris Graphics, 1TB hard drive, 8GB memory and 2.6GHz processor. While the other Mac mini model, which is priced at £799 offers smooth performance with 2.8GHz processor, 1TB Fusion Drive, 8GB memory along with Intel Iris Graphics. This model is almost in par with the MacBook Pro model that is priced at £999 and comes with 2.7GHz processor, 128GB SSD, 8GB memory along with Intel Iris Graphics 6100.
Priced at £1,199, this MacBook Pro also has quite similar features. The device comes with 2.7GHz processor, 256GB SSD, 8GB memory as well as Intel Iris Graphics 6100.
The deaerest model in comparison is priced £1,399 and boasts of a better 2.9GHz processor, 512GB SSD, 8GB memory along with Intel Iris Graphics 6100. Though Mac mini has some shortcomings compared to MacBook Pro, Mac mini can be a good choice for people interested to get hassle free performance at a budget price.
Laptop users today prefer compact machines that offer great functionality. At the same time, they want it for a good price. Two recent releases seem to meet all these requirements–the Dell Inspiron 13 7347 and the Apple Macbook Pro with Retina Display 15-inch version. We compare both the laptops for their worth:
Dell Inspiron 13 7347 vs. Apple Macbook Pro with Retina Display (15-inch)
The latest Dell Inspiron is sturdy and slim so it works well as a business laptop. Easy to carry, it also works well for entertainment purposes. The edges have a curved appeal for a soft look. With a screen size of 13.3 inches and IPS touch screen grade, it is convenient to use for longer hours. This laptop has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.
Delving Into The Dell
The processor does not let you down with its Intel Haswell Core i5-4210U CPU and Intel HM87 chipset. As for video viewing, you can experience good clarity thanks to an integrated Intel 4400 HD build. With an 8 GB DDR3 memory inbuilt in the system and Seagate ST500LM000 500 GB SSHD grade storage, storing files and using them is easy. Finally, the two-in-one form factor and the HD webcam are show-stoppers on the Windows 8.1 OS backed laptop from Dell but we are more impressed with the Apple Macbook 15 inches.
Apple Keeps The Dell Away
The resolution of the Apple Macbook Pro with Retina Display is mind blowing at 2,560 x 1,600 pixels on a 13.3-inch screen. The CPU keeps it going thanks to the 2.7GHz Intel Core i5-5257U processor. Performance is also enhanced with the 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,866MHz memory. Gaming or videos appear smooth thanks to the presence of 1,536 MB Intel HD Iris Graphics 6100. Presence of a unibody aluminum frame and the edge-to-edge glass display finally earns the Apple baby brownie points and threatens the success of the Dell competitor.
Apple Music is out in the market and is available at a subscription price of only $9.99 per month. One of the most anticipated releases of the year, Apple Music will still have to face tough market competition because of the many other streaming options available at cheaper prices. We compare it to the biggest competitor so it’s Spotify vs Apple Music today.
Spotify to give tough competition to Apple Music
While there are several music streaming options available in the market, Spotify is the prime competitor for Apple Music. Lets compare them both to understand. Firstly, both of them offer a-la-carte music streaming to users in high quality. Though the encoding format and bit rate are not the same, these can be used for streaming music even in low speed internet connections without experiencing interruptions.
The set-up of Apple Music and Spotify is not the same, but they both offer good music quality if played on the right device. Having been in the space for longer, Spotify enjoys some advantage when it comes to playing old melodies. After playing different genres of music on Spotify and Apple Music, we see that the former leads the way in many aspects.
However, we have to give it to Apple Music that it is just a few days old. It is also expected to entertain music lovers in a great way in the coming days.
Mid range shoppers of smartphones will now have to weigh Lenovo K3 Note against the newbie Elephone P8000. Given that price sensitivity is something connected to Indian markets, the budget wares set to arrive on July 8 and July 20 respectively will be priced at INR 9999(Lenovo K3 Note) and INR 12,999 ( Elephone P8000). As expected, Flipkart will be the flash sale retailer for online sales. Again, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 is one handset that belongs to the same price bandwidth and will be priced upwards INR 10,000.
Comparing Lenovo With Elephone
In terms of display, the Lenovo K3 Note and the Elephone P8000 flaunt a 5.5-incher display clubbed with FHD 1920x1080p resolution. Powering the Lenovo K3 Note to life is a Mediatek MT6752 Octa-core processor with 1.7GHz clock speed. Elephone P8000 is almost even with a MediaTek MT6753 as well. It will run on Android 5.0 Lollipop while the Lenovo K3 Note will come with Android 5.0.2 Lollipop.
As for storage, the Elephone P8000 is a winner against the Lenovo K3 Note with 16 GB in built storage and 3 GB RAM. Lenovo offers 16 GB internal storage with 2 GB RAM. The budget handset offer equivalent camera specs of 13 MP for the primary shutter and 5 MP for the secondary clicker. Take your pick before these release now.
Apple is rumored to scorch smartphone territory with the iPhone 7 but will it fare well against the upcoming Lumia 940 and Lumia 940 XL from Microsoft? From what we know, the iPhone 7 will be ultra slim as much as 0.2 mm sans a bezel. So for those who thought the iPhone 6 was slim, the successor will be sleek though about 10 per cent dimmer than the iPhone 6, according to DigiTimes.
The iPhone 7 Story
Perhaps this is a dampener but Apple might offer new chips for the backlight. As for the shutter story, the iPhone 7 welcome laced with a 12 MP clicker with RGWB specs with a great ability for quick focus, according to information 9to5Mac quoted from Feng.
The upcoming iPhone 7 will see a beefy A10 processor while we sniffed news that the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company is working on chips for the same, according to GforGame. Highlights of the supposed specs of the iPhone7 are Force Touch feature, construction of Bendgate-resilient grade and of course, the iOS 9.
The Lumia 940 Story
With so much on cards, Lumia 940 is a direct competitor that will come at 5.2-inches on the QHD resolution display. Beefy speeds are guranteed with hexa-core Snapdragon 808 chipset. Add to this, 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage thrown alongside 20 MP main camera, we already know what is the more powerful ware between the next iPhone ad the upcoming Lumia.
It is a well-known fact that any model from MacBook series does not comes cheap. Even for the cheapest MacBook you will have to shell out a minimum of $899 which is a steep price for a laptop.
Which one is better?
If you are looking for high performance machine to fulfill your entertainment and work needs Apple Mac Book Pro is the perfect product for you.The laptop looks quite handsome on the first instance as it is aesthetically built with all the right curves.
With all aluminum chassis, the idea pad is undoubtedly one of the best-looking laptops in the market. With an option to choose between 13.3 inch and 15.6 inch screen, MacBook Pro is highly portable and weighs around 1.2 kilograms.
What experts say?
According to Laptop magazine, the best pick amongst MacBook series is MacBook Air (13 Inch). MacBook’s offer high-end performance and Apple Mac Book Air 13 is no exception. The latest generation Intel Pentium core I 5 processing unit offers seamless performance so that you can run multiple tasks at the same time.
This laptop not only offers seamless multitasking but also provides a great battery life making it a perfect option for working professionals. But when it comes to portability, MacBook (12-Inch) leads the other models due to its small size and low weight. It weighs just 2 pounds which makes it extremely portable. The 13- inch MacBook air offers the best battery life in the series. On normal usage, the laptop can last for more than 12 hours which is truly exceptional.
Android M has finally managed to gain a fair number of fans but with the arrival of iOS 9 last Monday, the platform could lose few admirers thanks to the Apple onslaught. Here are the best of what each of these platforms have to offer:
Google has included the much awaited kill-switch feature in this Android 5.1 version and this also finds place on Android M. In addition, Android M will also incorporate smart home-related tech via Nest software. Enhanced OS interactions with smartwatches will also find place on Android M. Android Auto software will be the pivotal point on the platform, according to a Reuters report.
Stability issues from the iOS 8 will see fixation on the iOS 9. An all new application, Home is anticipated on the latest iOS variant. This will be seen as a control point for third-party products. The overall look of iOS 9 comes all new and revamped, complete with the San Francisco font as well. This font was seen on the Apple Watch earlier. Another app called Transit on iOS 9 will make public transport based city navigation a piece of cake.
It is tough to pick a platform between Android M and iOS 9 since both come laced with latest features that can change the way we use our smartphones.
The world had gone gaga over the release of MacBook Air but since the 13-incher MacBook Pro with Retina display came our way, the biggest Air loyalists have been in fix.
The latest variant starts at $1,300 but with sassy speed, sexy screen and superb stamina, the Pro is worth every bit of the pennies invested.
The Retina display of 2560×1600-pixel makes the text and images super crisp. When you begin to handle the Force Touch track pad, you can actually redefine what true interaction feels like.
The MacBook Pro also houses a latest build of solid-state drive and a powerful processor. So the multi-tab handling experience is not stretchy at all. With great battery that lasts about 10 hours for usual web surfing makes the Pro a way better buy than the Air. Only that the Air is way more portable and comes sans metal coating on the edges.
Lenovo has made a name for itself thanks to its awesome laptop variants that have taken the world by storm. If you are on a buying spree then it could get tough choosing amongthe Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2, ThinkPad Helix (2nd gen) and freshly launched Lenovo Think Pad 10.
When it comes to display, the Yoga Tablet 2 comes with 10.1-incher IPS LED LCD display vested with touch and 1920× 1200px resolution. As for ThinkPad Helix (2nd gen) you can get hands on an 11.6-incher display vested with multi touch and 1,920×1,080px resolution. ThinkPad 10 is a 10.1-incher with 1920×1200px resolution.
Expect great multitasking and gaming on the Yoga Tablet 2 thanks to its 1.3 GHz Intel Atom Z3745 processor and 2 GB RAM. 2.00 GHz Intel Core M-5Y10c processor with 4 GB RAM lends beef to the ThinkPad Helix while ThinkPad 10 is laced with Intel Atom Z8500 chip.
As for the OS, Yoga Tablet 2 comes with Android 4.4 KitKat as well as Windows 8.1 with Bing. The ThinkPad Helix comes with Windows 8.1 OS while ThinkPad 10 will feature Windows 10 post retail launch.
The Yoga Tablet 2 comes at $249.99 on Android and $369.99 for Windows against the $999.99 of Lenovo ThinkPad Helix. As for Lenovo ThinkPad 10 be prepped to shell out a cool $549.… Read the rest