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Upcoming Smartphones to Check Out in 2013

Upcoming Smartphones to Check Out in 2013

It seems that 2013 will be giving us a lot of exciting smartphones! Here’s a list of some that we’ll be seeing this year:

Apple iPhone 5S

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    Apple will be back with the iPhone 5S, so for those who just bought the iPhone 5, don’t get in a tizzy because there’s no iPhone 6 this year. The iPhone 5S is expected to have a faster A6X processor, an amazing 15MP camera, and a longer battery life—those are the rumors thus far. So, why is this smartphone worth the wait? Well, despite the same old physical design, we just can’t get enough of the iPhone and it’ll be great to see all the new features when it arrives.

    HTC M7

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      A follow-up to the HTC One Series, the M7 is expected to have a 4.7-inch HD SoLux display with a 467 PPI pixel density. Rumored to run on Android 4.2, this new smartphone from HTC will also have the latest version of Sense, 5.0. It will have a quad-core Qualcomm processor and a 32GB internal storage capacity, and other rumored features include: 2GB of RAM, 4G network, 3G Network, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and other standard connectivity options. It is also expected to have a 13MP camera and a 2MP front camera for video chat.

      Samsung Galaxy S4

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        Of course, 2013 would be incomplete without a new addition to the Samsung Galaxy series. Last year, the Galaxy S3 became the bestselling smartphone in the market. The Galaxy S4 will definitely entice many consumers once it is released this year. It will have a 5-inch full HD display with an impressive 1920 by 1080 pixel resolution and a pixel density of 440 PPI. Rumor has it that it will be released in the first quarter. It will probably run on Google’s latest Android operating system; Jelly Bean.

        The Galaxy S4 is rumored to be powered by a 1.4 GHz Cortex A9 Processor and an ARM Mali-400MP quad-core GPU. Although it only comes with a 16GB storage capacity, it also has a microSD slot.

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        Why is this exciting? Well, Samsung already gave us the S3, which was phenomenal, and then the Note 2, which was better, thanks to its larger screen. This Korean company has given us amazing smartphones, so there’s no question that the S4 will be explosive. Besides, improving the already-great S3 is like heaven’s gift to techies.

        Blackberry Z10

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          Although there was a gradual decrease in the hype for a BlackBerry phone, it seems that Research In Motion is going to build it up again this January. No longer a rumor, this upcoming phone will be released on January 30. The first BlackBerry smartphone to run on the latest operating system for BlackBerrys, it has a 4.2-inch screen with a resolution of 1280 by 768 pixels that has a pixel density of 356 PPI. Its rear camera offers 8MP while the front one offers 2MP for video chat. Although it only comes with a 16GB storage capacity, it supports a microSD card, so that’s a huge plus. I’m pretty sure that BlackBerry fans, who have been waiting for new BlackBerry smartphones, are excited for the Z10.

          Conclusion

          This year seems to be full of promises as it is filled with smartphones that have innovative hardware and software. Other than the mentioned upcoming phones, Samsung has also developed the Youm, which is a flexible touchscreen.

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          11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

          In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

          Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

          In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

          Minimizing Tabs

          Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

          Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

          Incognito Mode

          Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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          1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
          2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
          3. Download extension New Incognito Window

          This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

          Save Webpages as PDF Files

          Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

          Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

          Open Recently-closed Tabs

          Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

          One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

          The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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          Solve Mathematical Problems

          Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

          For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

          Play Media Files

          Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

          In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

          Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

          With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

          Stay Focus(e)d

          Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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          Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

          With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

          This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

          Grammarly for Editing

          Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

          You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

          Loom

          There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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          There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

          With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

          Chrome Calendar Extension

          No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

          Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

          Final Thoughts

          Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

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