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Top 10 Most Anticipated Gadgets of the Year 2013

Tuesday, April 9, 2013
posted by admin

It appears that, as technology evolves, everything will be possible in the world of technology. The year 2013 will be very exciting for all those who are passionate and curious about the IT and gadgets, developers and consumers alike.

So which products are consumers most eager to get their hands on? Here’s a list of the most anticipated gadgets of the year 2013.

10. Sony Xperia Z

This exciting new waterproof phone, the Xperia Z, seems to be on everyone’s lips these days. It can “survive” for up to 30 minutes underwater, comes with a stunning display, an incredible 13 MP camera and $G connectivity.

9. 4K televisions

If you thought HDTV was the latest trend, you couldn’t be more wrong. HDTV will soon be forgotten as 4K televisions make their way onto store shelves. This new technology offers four times the resolution currently available on HDTV displays. Of course, 4K televisions will be very expensive, but if you can afford bigger and better, why not go for it?

8. Basis band

While most health monitors rely on a pedometer to give you the information you need, the new Basis band heart-rate monitor doesn’t need to be strapped to your chest. It is a lot more practical, it comes with an accelerometer and it can monitor sweat levels too.

7. Oculus Rift

This new virtual reality head-mounted display offers a 110° field of view and transports you in a full 3D environment. The Oculus Rift was developed by Oculus VR, a company who raised $2.4 million from a Kickstarter campaign, and it seems to be the device that will change the way people experience gaming.

6. The Nest

Two former Apple employees have created a “learning thermostat”. It is a gadget that warms up your room and it’s already available in the US. This interesting new gadget called The Nest connects with your smartphone using wireless technology and it allows you to control the heating system in your home at all times. It even learns your habits and creates a custom heating or air-conditioning program on its own.

5. Augmented reality glasses-Google project glasses

Google and Vuzix have joined forces to create a pair of futuristic specs for people who can’t stay away from the Internet. Vuzix is in fact a headset that uses Bluetooth to connect to your phone and projects a small imagein front of your eyes, showing your text messages, emails, map directions and so much more.

4. The Amazon phone

Amazon fans will be pleased to know that the company has announced it will be launching its very own phone. While it won’t bring anything revolutionary in terms of hardware, the new Amazon phone is said to be designed to allow “integration between Amazon’s Appstore, Amazon MP3, Amazon Cloud Player and Kindle books”.

3. The Xbox 720

We haven’t heard much about Xbox for a while, so it was about time the company came up with something new. The Xbox 720 should be available this summer or autumn and it will bring gaming to a new level with 8GB of RAM, a quad-core processor, Blu-ray support, 3D gaming and a new device that lets you work with augmented reality glasses. The device will also include a feature that lets you record from live TV.

2. Apple iTV 

Here’s a field that Apple hasn’t entered yet: television. This is about to change starting October 2013, when the new Apple iTV will be launched. The list of features this new device will include is still a secret, but rumor has it Siri and iSight will be added to enable voice and face recognition.

1. IPhone 5S

Apple fans are already used to seeing each phone get an “S” update, right before the company moves on to a newer model. It is said that the new IPhone S will be launched in June 2013, along with features like super HD display and camera, improved battery life and near field communication.

With all the technology available starting this year and the research that scientists are currently doing, the future looks very promising. Technology is evolving and the many mobile devices available to us today are making sure that digital sollutions become part of our day-to-day lives.

Hotels, restaurants and caffés are chosing wirelss technologies in order to allow patrons to stay connected at high speeds. PurePages is investing in exactly these types of sollutions, which aim to improve the quality of services offered in hotels.

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Tips on creating a good website

Tuesday, April 24, 2012
posted by Laura

Designing and maintaining a good business website is no mean feat. At the same time, it is not all easy to strike a balance between design, aesthetics, marketing, usability and of course, your business needs.

But what is it that makes a good website good? What should you keep an eye on when developing a website for your business?

Read on, as we have put together a few guidelines to help you in this process.

  • The first thought should go to creating a compelling user/consumer experience.  Always keep your users in mind: what they need, the type of information they would be looking for. Ask what your visitors are trying to get done. Also, stating possible goals could help you establish the structure and the navigation in your website.
  •  Navigationis of prime importance in a website. It should be clean, prominent and easily accessible. Use names that are logical and easy to understand for different areas of your website. For example: contact information page should be named “Contact” or if your business is service provider, the area where these are listed should be named accordingly – “Services”. You might want to consider repeating important main or sidebar navigation links in the footer. Also, keep in mind mobile devices, especially smaller ones: be sure to set the click target large enough and avoid drop-down menus as they can become annoying.
  • Your message and what you provide should be clearly stated. To avoid confusion and visitors leaving your website, the site’s purpose should be immediately evident and clearly expressed. You can easily achieve this by means of design and of structuring content. Consider feature or tour pages as ways to give more information on your offerings.
  • Use visual cues like headlines and graphics to make design interesting and to help users navigate through the available information. Also, creating a bit of contrast will also enable visitors to find and focus on important content much easier.
  • Make sure the content available on your website is clearly structured and organized. Also, you need to decide what information is most likely to be of interest and relevant for your customers. For example if you own a hotel, potential customers will want to know what your rooms look like and what amenities are available.  It goes without saying that you need to include contact information, details as to how you or a business representative can be reached.
  • Keep an eye on readability. Use fonts that provide a good reading experience for your visitors, fonts that are easy to follow, in an appropriate weight and size and render well on screen.
  • Integrate links to your social media accounts such as Facebook, Linkedin or Twitter into your website. This will help you improve your digital footprint and it might give SEO a boost also. As social media is not going away soon, the time invested in maintaining a presence over multiple platforms is well worth it.

We hope that our suggestion will help you in creating a great website. We’d love to hear other suggestions or if you shared some of your experience here with us. Looking forward to your comments.

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