Our BBC World Challenge recognition was like the week-end film makers getting the Oscar nomination. It was a global spotlight on the strange idea weekend stories can come in cartons and precision machine parts can be made in the backyard of any mud hut. For the world's poorest farmers, efficiency is the ladder to prosperity and we try to make our machines the first step on that ladder. For Full Belly, the nomination was the first step to the possibility of making this happen around the world. We were very honored.
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We’ve seen only a few companies take the necessary risks to get ahead in the tablet market, Asus decides to step in as they released the Eee Pad Transformer earlier this year. It is by far the most versatile tablet product available. The main aim of Asus (as far as we can speculate), is to give consumers a product that can replace notebook computers and slim portable laptops; and the Asus Eee Pad Transformer does just that.
A first look at the Transformer will tell you that all tablets do resemble the iPad. It has a bezel on all the sides that are about 1” from the edges to the screen but has a bronze-brown finish at the sides and on the black plate. The back is made out of plastic that has been embossed, and the texture significantly improves grip. The Transformer is, indeed, aesthetically pleasing and the bronze-brown colour scheme makes it look elegantly classy.
The one thing that makes the Asus Transformer a notch above the others is its keyboard attachment, which is also of the same finish as the tablet itself. The keyboard dock features full-keys at the size of the regular notebook computer keyboard setup. Not only does the keyboard dock improve typing significantly, but it also gives a significant boost in battery life and connectivity. The dock provides extra power with the additional batteries it has onboard, doubling the typical battery life of the tablet from 8 hours to 16 hours. This is one of the things that make the Transformer worth considering.
Software-wise, however, there comes one downside in the Asus Transformer. The default media player does not provide flexible codec support; it can only play H.264, H.263 and MP4 formats. One can see this as a bit of a blunder on Asus’ side, but that is what third party applications are for. We will see a quick fix for this, not by Asus however, but by different application developers who would rescue the Transformer from this problem.
Hardware on the Transformer is very competitive. It has the Nvidia Tegra 2 processor which the Galaxy Tab and Motorola Xoom already have, and 1GB of RAM. It does have another surprise up its sleeve; it has a microSD Card slot! Now you can expand the memory for your device very significantly without having to pay $100 extra. One thing that might be of concern to others though is that it lacks 3G connectivity in present models so far.
The Transformer is competitive in every respect, and by every, it means that it costs less than everything else out there. You can get your hands on the Asus Eee Pad Transformer for $399 for the tablet alone, and $150 more for the keyboard docking station.
The main idea of launching IdeaPad series from Lenovo was to appeal customers. The Z370 is certainly one of those appealing laptops having a pleasant outlook with a peacock blue case. It has a 13.3-inch display with large stereo speakers. It is also very much affordable being an all purpose laptop as far its price goes. It is configured with a 2.3 GHz Intel Core i5 CPU, Intel integrated HD 3000 graphics, 4GB of RAM, a 500 GB hard drive with 5400 rpm which is a little slow as compared to other portables and a 64-bit version of Windows 7 Home Premium and is available at as low as $629. That’s a little price as compared to the current rates for top rating models, but those models have much better specs with high performance with most of them having a 15-inch display. Most of the laptops like the Z370 having 13.3-inch display fall into the ultraportable category but this machine due to its thickness of 1.4 inches and weight around 4.7 pounds, it does not falls into the same category.
The IdeaPad Z370 is not recommended for serious gaming as the results were not good even with integrated Intel graphics but it should remain a major concern for the users when keeping its price in mind. Laptops that are highly recommended for games also have high prices. The battery time is also just average. It Z370’s six cell lithium ion battery lasts for about 5 hours and 13 minutes approximately which again when compared with its price, it sounds reasonable.
The Z370 is an ideal machine for multimedia performances. As mentioned earlier, it has built in stereo speakers located on the top of the keyboard on both corners producing a crisp and loud sound in this price range. Watching YouTube music videos or a film on the built in DVD recordable drive would be a pleasure. The sound quality also helps in video calls and a built in 2-mega pixel camera does a fantastic job of capturing images. The widescreen LED looks good. It provides substantial off-axis viewing from one side to another. It has a keyboard with no back light, but the keys are beautifully sculpted with a beautiful matte surface. It has a joystick and a touchpad which is surely very responsive and concise and gives a smooth feeling as compared to other models.
The Z370 comes with a standard IdeaPad software bundle which includes useful apps and utilities. It offers the same hardware, i.e. three USB 2.0 ports, VGA and HDMI ports, a five-in-one card reader and separate headphone and microphone jacks. It has an external Wi-Fi switch which is a nice feature for travellers and also a Bluetooth support.
Overall the IdeaPad Z370 seems to be an excellent option for passengers and those with a small budget. It suits to those who don’t have a substantial business or computing needs and would like to have a laptop that does well with movies and music.
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As compared with headsets which connect to your cell phone, iPod or personal computer with wires, a Wireless Bluetooth headset is much more convenient. You’re going to quickly understand that Bluetooth headphones come in a variety of styles. You’ll want to figure out what you want to use your Bluetooth headphones for before you decide which style would fit you best. It’s important that the earphones that you pick are comfortable to put on and will match your lifestyle.
There are currently three main styles of Bluetooth headphones. Regardless of what method you end up picking, they are going to incorporate a microphone most likely. With the included microphone, you can use the headphones with a mobile phone to make calls.
The behind the neck style is made up of 2 ear buds that are joined using a rigid strap which is worn at the back of the neck. The neckband is low profile, attaches each of the ear buds and contributes structure and support to help secure them in your ears. This style is designed for doing exercises, for example training with weights, or running on a treadmill. Because ear buds supply some isolation from outside noises, the tunes or voices can be easily heard even in somewhat noisy environments. You can get noise elimination in some behind the neck products. Another function of several types is switches or control keys to operate sound level, audio track choice plus more.
If you have ever encountered old fashioned headsets, then you already know what the next design of Bluetooth headsets is like. The headband in this style goes over the top of your head. Having two ear cups, one on each side, this method encompasses the ears. As the ear cups go over your ears, this type is superb for audio isolation.
The ear cup style makes enjoying audio tracks an absolute delight. This kind of earphones compliments nicely with a high fidelity home music system. Furthermore, it operates very well with portable tunes players.
With perfectly cushioned ear cups, superb sound quality and particularly long battery life, this type are well-liked for longer stretches of music listening.
The last guy we shall explain would be the ear bud type. To keep the ear buds connected, this style uses a small pod-like device that is wired to the ear buds. The pod is the wireless receiver and transmitter. The seed part also includes the battery pack. Because of their convenience, the ear bud design of headsets became quite popular. The headset will permit your telephone calls to interrupt your audio listening, and once the phone call comes to an end, the audio tracks begin again automatically.
Keep in mind that comfort is important in your selection of earphones. Go with a design that you are going to enjoy. Every single company can provide many unique styles. At this point is 1 product that you certainly should take a look at Motorola S10-HD.