Differences Between the iPad Air and iPad 4

 

Every time a new piece of gizmo hits the market, tech lovers are itching to analyze it and see how it compares with its predecessor. It was no different with the iPad Air when it unveiled late last year to replace the iPad 4. There are quite a few differences between the iPad Air and iPad 4:

1. The All Important Design 

This is perhaps the area where these two differ most. The thinness and light weight of the new iPad are what earned it the name “Air”; it measures just 7.5mm thick, making it almost 2mm thinner than the iPad 4. It weighs in at 478g, a whole 184g lighter than iPad 4. Its area is also smaller (240 x 169.5mm as opposed to 241.2 x 185.7mm of the earlier version). Both tablets are housed in an ultra-light aluminum casing though the colors are different; the iPad Air arrives with either a black face and gray back panel or white face and silver back panel as opposed to a silver back and white or black face of iPad 4. Apple has retained the 9.7 inch display of the previous model so the bezel has been reduced in order to compensate for the more compact design of the iPad Air.

2. Hardware 

The iPad Air has a 64-bit 1.4 GHz dual core A7 processor running the show, which is an upgrade over its predecessor’s 32-bit 1.4 GHz dual core A6X processor. An M7 co-processor has also been introduced in the new version to reduce the main chip’s workload. Both have a 1 GB RAM. The front and back cameras are similar in both units in terms of pixels, but the lenses of the iPad Air are smaller. The Air’s battery is understandably smaller the iPad 4’s but still supports 10 hours of video and gaming. The storage hasn’t changed, coming with 16, 32, 64, and 128 GB options.

3. Operating

While the 4th generation iPad ran on iOS 6, the iPad Air runs on the more efficient iOS 7. iOS 7 is more powerful than iOS 6 with games and applications opening and running faster and more steadily. While the iPad 4 is upgradable to iOS 7, the Air isn’t capable of using iOS 6.

The iPad 4 was itself quite a formidable device and improving on it was a tough task. However Apple managed to do just that with the iPad Air. The design of the new tablet is undeniably the most important alteration that Apple made and it has proved quite popular with tech lovers. The tweaks in hardware and the operating systems also combine to give the iPad Air a slight edge in terms of performance over the iPad 4.

Top Rated External Battery Backups

 

mophieA lot of people depend on electronics like laptops, tablets, cell phones, and other mobile devices in their everyday life. Some people use them for work, some for school, and others for entertainment. The one thing all these people have in common is that the batteries in their electronic devices are always running out and need constant batteries.

External battery packs are used to charge your electronic devices on the go, without having to plug them into an electrical outlet. They are very handy whenever the battery of one of your devices dies and you don’t have anywhere to plug it in, or if you forgot to bring your charger with you.

Here is a list of some of the top rated external battery packs on the market.

Mophie Juice Pack Powerstation

This is a popular brand of extended battery packs that can charge most devices, and they have three different models. The 2500 mAh Powerstation mini is the smallest model they make, it costs $60 and is perfect for charging smartphones. The 4000 mAh Powerstation costs $80, and is more powerful than the mini. It is powerful enough to charge smartphones and tablets, but it won’t fully charge your tablets. The 6000 mAh Powerstation Duo is the most powerful Powerstation Mophie makes; it costs $100, and can fully charge your tablets. It can also charge two devices at the same time.

MonoPrice External Battery Packs

These lightweight external battery packs are powerful enough to charge your phone or tablet, the more powerful model, can charge up to two devices at a time. The MonoPrice battery packs are quite cheap compared to the rest of their competition which makes them one of the most popular brands of external battery packs. The cheapest one they sell is $8, while their most expensive is $29.

New Trent iCarrier

They started by making battery packs for apple products like the iPhone and iPad, they have expanded their service to include other brands now. These external battery packs arguably hold the longest charge; they can charge a phone a number of times before they need to be recharged, which make them worth the retail price of $70.

 Anker Astro Series (The E3, E4, and Pro)

These external battery packs might be the most popular on the market, they are very powerful devices that can charge all mobile devices and tablets, they can also charge netbooks and some small laptops. They can charge multiple devices at once, and give you the best value for your money. The E3 sells for $40, the E4, $47, and the pro costs $60.

If you are tired of your mobile device batteries running out on you at the most inconvenient times, you should look into purchasing one of these

The Top Rated Free Antivirus Software For 2014

 

Computer_VirusIf you don’t have antivirus protection for your computer, you are exposing it to a lot of viruses, and virus related software. The most common excuse used by people without virus protection is the pricing; a lot of people feel most antivirus software are overpriced. Instead of protecting their computers from harm, they take their chances without protection because they believe they only visit safe sites, and are not at risk of getting a virus. Unfortunately for them, their computers still gets infected with viruses.

The good news for people who don’t want to pay for antivirus software is that there are a lot of free antivirus software available now, some of which are very good. Here is a list of the top rated free antivirus software for 2014.

Bitdefender Antivirus Plus

This has one of the best antivirus technologies available on Windows, it secures all your online transactions, while quietly working to stop all e-threats, it also keeps your social media privacy safe, and can prevent device theft by allowing you to locate and lock any of your connected devices remotely. It also prevents hackers from accessing your personal information by opening your financial transactions in a separate and secure browser. If you are impressed with the free 30 day trial, you can purchase the full version for $39.95

Norton Internet Security 2014

Norton Internet Security is one of the most recognized antivirus brands in the world, and one of the best. The latest version of Norton doesn’t disappoint, it provides protection from identity theft, viruses, online scams, hackers, and malware. This version of Norton can be installed on three computers, which can be used to protect all the computers in your home. It also has parental controls so you can block your kids or from visiting certain websites. After the expiration of the 30 day trial, you can purchase it for $69.99.

AVG AntiVirus 2014

AVG provides a top quality antivirus program for FREE; it provides security for your private files both online and on your PC. The new version is an improvement on last year’s version which was already impressive; it has a file shredder that permanently deletes your confidential files, so you don’t have to worry about hackers getting their hands on your personal information. It also has a smart scanning technology that allows it to perform scans on your computer faster and make sure it doesn’t perform scans and other tasks when your computer is busy. AVG provides free apps to protect your mobile devices and tablets too.

Avast Free Antivirus 2014

This is the best of the free antivirus programs, its layout is very easy to navigate compared to some of the other antivirus software. It not only scans and protects your computer from viruses and malware; it is also a security manager, which means it is always working to protect your computer from viruses by tracking security statistics, and providing pop up notifiers alerting you to security news. It also has a built-in do not track technology, which prevents third-party websites from tracking your online movements for advertisement purposes.

The best thing about Avast is that it is 100 percent free, which means it isn’t a trial version and you don’t have to pay anything.

With these free antivirus software available for everybody to download, there is no excuse to leave your computer unprotected.

How to Buy Aged Domain Names

 

Buying an aged domain can make it easier to rank in Google. It’s not necessarily about how old the domain name is, exactly. It’s about the way buying an aged domain lets you assume some of the site’s authority. The trick is acquiring an aged domain that has significant PageRank or an extensive, quality back link profile.

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The domain does not have to be relevant to your niche of choice, though it can help. You don’t necessarily want to be 301 redirecting the new domain name to your existing page — though that might give you rapid trust and some link equity, it’s usually better to re-establish old domains. To promote your existing domain, create content on the re-established domains that’s specific to your niche.

GoDaddy Auctions are a good place to pick up aged domains. You can go through the listings there and pick out some that look attractive, then use any number of dozens of free and paid tools for checking them out. ExpiredDomains.net, the SEOMAstering Fake Page Rank Check Tool, MajesticSEO, OpenSiteExplorer, and Ahrefs will give you a through picture of the domain name’s provenance.

It’s important to check out the link history of any domain before you buy. Why? Otherwise, you might end up with something that has a seedy, sordid past. In fact, it’s better to get a domain with an established, diverse, and above all clean backlink profile. PageRank isn’t nearly as important. The free version of MajesticSEO works wonders here — check for over-optimized anchor text as well as suspiciously low trust.

Same goes for checking for fake PageRank. Some people sell domains and use a 301 or 302 redirect to point to other high-PageRank sites… plus a custom script that only does that redirect if the visitor is Google. In other words, you visit the page and Google toolbar or your PR checker displays the PR of the popular site, while your browser sees the page on the “faked PageRank” site.

The other thing to watch out for sits with nasty pasts. This shows up in MajesticSEO as a discrepancy between Citation Flow and Trust Flow. A domain name that has many thousands of backlinks but a very low Trust Flow has probably been used for something shady… which you want to avoid.

How to Register a Domain Name

 

If you are planning to put up a website, one of the steps you must take at the beginning is to register your domain name. A domain name is the unique name that will be used to identify your website like “yourbrand.com”, “yourcompany.com” or “yourorganization.org”. First we’ll take a quick look at the importance of domain registration, and then we’ll briefly discuss how to register a domain name.

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A domain name is very important for the following reasons:

* Credibility. If you are a business owner, your domain name will help you to build trust and credibility with your prospects and customers. In fact, nowadays, very few customers will be willing to transact business with a company that has no domain name.

* Flexibility. Your domain name goes with you when you need to change your web host. Your customers will still be able to gain access to your site regardless of the hosting company you use. This gives you the freedom to change hosts or hosting plans when the need arises.

* Effective Branding. A company domain name enhances branding. It also makes it easier for your clients and prospects to find you online. In fact, if you are able to register your domain name early enough, people can find you easily by simply typing your product or brand in the address bar of their browsers.

To obtain a domain name, you need to register your desired name with the ICANN database, which is currently responsible for keeping track of domain names worldwide. You usually do this with the help of a domain registrar. They usually register domains for an annual fee of between $US10 to $US40.

There are other ways to register a domain name. For instance, you could choose to register it through a web hosting company. But if you are just establishing your online presence, you should start with a domain registrar. This is because domain names, that will effectively describe your products and services, can be taken up quickly by your competitors. Hence, before you decide on a hosting plan, you should take immediate steps to secure your domain name after you have gone through the steps outlined below.

Steps to Register a Domain Name

Select a Domain Registrar

Choose a reliable domain registrar that can register your domain for you and protect your personal and financial information. Do a quick search online and read the ratings of different registrars. Many registrars also perform dual roles as hosts. But at this point, you should focus on the quality of their domain registration service. Compare the fees and customer ratings of a few top registrars before you make your final choice.

Create an Optimized Domain Name

An optimized domain name is a name that can be easily remembered by your target audience. It should also be a name that will be optimized for major search engines like Google. You can use Google webmaster tools to do some research on search terms or keywords that are related to your brand or services when you are choosing your domain names. Make sure you put down several alternative names. This will enable you to proceed quickly if you discover that the first name is no longer available. Choose shorter names that sound professional and avoid using names of establish brands that can bring about copyright violations.

Select a Suitable Top Level Domain

A top level domain (TLD) is the part of the domain name that comes after the dot. The most popular TLDs are .com and .net. Non-profit organizations also use .org. You can also choose a country specific TLD such as .co.uk for the United Kingdom and .ca for Canada. Even though the most popular TLDs cost more than the others, customers are more likely to associate them with your domain name. So it is safer to go with .com or .net.

Check for Availability

The domain registrar will give you an opportunity to check for the availability of any domain name that you want to register. If the domain name is not available, the information about the owner of the domain will be displayed (as long as it is available for public viewing). You could make an attempt to buy your desired domain from the current owner. Or, you could proceed to register other alternative domain names that are still available.

Supply All Required Information

Next, you should fill out the online forms presented to you by the domain registrar. It is very important for you to put in accurate information and keep a record of what you filled in while doing the registration. At this point, you may also decide to make some information private (for an extra fee). This will prevent anyone, who uses the whois.com website to check the information attached to a domain, from viewing your contact information.

Pay for the Domain

Finally, you should pay for domain using PayPal or a credit card. Currently, these are the main options available for paying for domain registration. You can also indicate if you want to pay for more than one year or if you want your domain registration to be renewed automatically so that your domain does not expire and get sold to someone else.

That was a brief discussion on how to register a domain name. Before you leave, review the article again and bookmark it for future reference.

.com vs .org vs .net – What Domain Name Extension to Choose

 

When you make the decision to build a website for your business, one major factor you’re going to pay attention to are your SEO practices. You need to think about search engine optimization from the beginning and this starts with choosing your domain name. IN addition to deciding upon the name you are going to use, you need to think about your domain name extension. Which one is the best? Is one domain name more likely to move your sight up the ranks quicker than another one? Today we are going to take a look at .com vs. .org vs. .net and help you figure out which domain name extension to choose.

What’s so Important About 3 Little Letters

Do those pesky little letters at the end of your domain name really affect your page rank? There really is no set answer, but .com domain names do tend to see higher rankings overall. This may be due to the fact that most of your web traffic will automatically type .com instead of .net or .org resulting in higher traffic for .com websites. The world of internet marketing and e-commerce is makes us the baby boomer of this new age and quite frankly, most of the good .com domain names are already taken. With that said, if your domain name is already taken, what do you do? You really have to take a look and figure out .com vs. .org vs. .net – which one is preferred?

Mother May I Please have a .Com extension

Let’s take a look at the Granddaddy of domain name extensions, .com. When deciding which domain name extension to use, .com is the first choice for website creators everywhere. The extension was actually meant for commercial websites, thus the .com, but at this time most every type of website you can imagine will use .com if possible. It’s not enough to have a .com domain name extension. You need to be sure to compliment your prized extension with a targeted keyword. If you’re selling used cars, you will want to have used cars in your domain name. There are a lot of people out there selling used cars and you’re not likely to match your target keyword to a .com domain name extension. If you’ve tried several varieties of your keyword and still can’t get a match it may be time to move on to a .net extension.

Network or .Net Domain Name Extensions

While choosing a .net domain name extension right away is not the best practice, it is your next best option. That keyword you have been trying to match in the .com world just may be available if you change your domain name extension choice to .net. There are all sorts of fancy tricks to try to make your domain name fit a .com, but best practice would be to transfer your exact keyword to a .net first. The beloved brother of .com, your .net domain name extension is short for Network and was originally reserved for businesses that operated exclusively online. When it comes to deciding which extension to choose, .com vs. .org vs. .net, obviously .com wins, but .net has a good chance at ranking high as well.

What’s All This Other Stuff?

There are many other domain name extension to choose from and the numbers are growing every day. You can find .info, .us, .biz, and more, but the best thing to do is to try to stick to the big three. When it comes to the big three .com vs. .org vs. .net, you will find that .org domain name extensions also perform quite well. This domain extension was originally meant for charitable organizations and retains a large part of that stigma to this day. When you’re at your wits end, the .org domain name extension just might save the day.

The Big Domain Name Extension Picture

Does it really matter which domain name extension you choose? When deciding .com vs. .org vs. .net, which one is preferred? Think about what you do online. What’s the first extension you add to a business name? The most likely reason that a .com domain name extension is preferred over .net or .org is traffic. If you look at the big picture, the preferred domain name extension is .com. I can’t say whether or not this has anything to do with Penguins, Pandas, or shiny grey dolphins, but it is what it is.