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Almost a year has passed since the release of Windows 10, which means two things: First is an anniversary update including Cortana enhancements and an improvements for the Edge browser. The second is that the offer for free Windows 10 upgrade will end and the operating system...Read More
Mechanical keyboards were once a thing of the past. Vintage computers of previous decades used them but they are not commonly found in today’s technological climate, especially among portable devices. However, Razer is bringing it back in a sleek way. The Razer Mechanical Keyboard Case for the iPad Pro has made this old technology compatible with new gadgets to create a satisfying experience for the user.
Mechanical keyboards work by housing a switch under each individual key. When you press a button on the mechanical keyboard, the switch relays information to the computer. The individual switches are rather large and complicated pieces of machinery. For this reason, mechanical keyboards are usually big and bulky.
Compare that to the membrane keyboards that are more common in technology today. Each key covers rubber buttons and thin layers of plastic over an electrical circuit. Every time the key is pressed, the rubber button pushes through the plastic and makes contact with the electrical hardware underneath. This completes the circuit and sends the information to the computer. One advantage of this design is the size. Since they are simpler they can be much thinner than the mechanical type and are perfect for laptops and tablets.
The membrane design is not necessarily worse than the mechanical design – both offer benefits and drawbacks. However, the mechanical keyboards offer a better sensation while typing due to the increased resistance. They also take less work to operate since there are no layers of plastic you have to press through and the switch can register information even with a lighter press.
Applying Old-School Technology to New-School Devices
Cherry MX is the most well-known name in mechanical keyboard technology today, but Razer has recently entered the market creating products aimed toward gamers. According to Razer, they are focusing on taking technology of the ‘80s and reinventing it to meet the needs of today’s gamers. The original product of their reinvention was the Razer Black Widow, which was released in 2014 and met with positive reviews.
However, they didn’t want to stop there. Their next project attempted to make a mechanical keyboard specifically for tablets. No easy feat considering that tablet keyboards need to be remarkably thinner than traditional mechanical keyboards. In order to get the effect they wanted, they did a complete redesign of traditional mechanical keyboard technology, producing the same effect in a much smaller form.
The slimmer Razer Mechanical Keyboard Case still houses true mechanical technology. By redesigning the mechanics of the switch, they were able to fit them into thinner keys. The springs and crosspoints are placed differently in the smaller switch compared to their larger counterpart. Razer also incorporated some of the same technology used in chiclet keyboards to make it more fitting with the current keyboards on the market.
Razer Sharp Technology
The result is a low-key, slim, and more durable keyboard that has a satisfying click with every press. While other tablet keyboards have membrane systems that only simulate mechanical keyboards, the Razer keys have individual switches, true to the definition of a mechanical system. Each key also has a resistance force of 70g, same as a mechanical keyboard for a desktop. Individual LEDs light up the keys. Since this case is designed for the iPad Pro it has functional buttons that are specific for the iPad.
To compare it to what’s available on the market it’s helpful to use the Apple Smart Keyboard, which is probably the Razer’s biggest competition. They are both the same price at $170. The Razer is considerably thicker and heavier, since it does house mechanical technology. The design is sturdy and won’t warp, but the iPad frame and keyboard pieces don’t work as cleanly as Apple’s design. The angle between them makes it difficult to work from your lap.
The Razer charges with a USB port and it takes at least a couple hours to charge fully from empty. There is no physical connection between the case and the iPad, connecting instead with Bluetooth. Since both the iPad Pro and the Razer are quite large, it can be quite heavy to carry around.
In conclusion, although the Razer isn’t the perfect keyboard case it’s still an amazing feat of engineering and design. If you like the sound and feeling of typing on a mechanical keyboard this is the right case for you. If you want to make the iPad Pro your main technological tool, the Razer is the best way to give you the desktop feel in a smaller package.Read More
For an electric vehicle, batteries are the most expensive component. Tesla aims to manufacture more than 500, 000 cars per year by 2020 but it needs a whole lot of batteries so it could bring the cost down and rolls out a mass-market vehicle. Problem is, no battery makers have demonstrated the capacity to deliver affordable batteries at the rate that Tesla needs. So to make the dream come true, Tesla decided to build a battery factory. Hence, a colossal structure called the Gigafactory came into existence.
The Tesla Gigafactory is stated to be the world’s biggest lithium-ion battery factory which is still under construction in Sparks, Nevada. It is perceived to be capable of producing li-on batteries equivalent of the entire current world’s production.
The Gigafactory is believed to have cost $5 billion to construct. It was reported that Tesla spent $15 million on steel and another $16 million for its foundation. On the other hand, an estimated $5million was spent on fireproofing and $300,000 for its electrical infrastructure. Its construction began in Mid-May of 2014 but has become operational in the first quarter of 2016. It will take a few more years to complete the factory but Tesla wants the Gigafactory running by 2017. It is anticipated that by the year 2020, the Gigafactory will employ 6,500 workers.
Once it is finished and begins operating at 100% capacity, Tesla’s battery production will be “faster than bullets from a machine gun” and is expected to have a total operational space of about 13 million square feet. CEO Elon Musk in a conference call last year boasted, “Cells will be gong through like bullets from a machine gun. In fact, the exit rate cells will be faster than bullets.”
The Gigafactory’s construction has produced many benefits both local and global. It has provided construction jobs and is anticipated to offer work opportunities to 6,500 employees in order to operate the gargantuan facility. More so, it endeavors to give a solution to the battery cost problem through reducing the price of batteries by 30-50%. It was reported that the company could potentially triple the battery output of the Gigafactory. It could produce ~105 GWh of cells and ~150 GWh of battery packs which is thrice the total of lion batteries produced in the entire world.
Musk explains that Tesla’s batteries are the future, stating that li-on batteries will be a major source of power. He is very optimistic that the hard works and researches will someday pay off. That is no surprise at all, given that the company has invested billions of money to battery technology. Musk said in one of his interviews, “It’s taking economy of scale as far as we can possibly imagine, to a very extreme level.”Read More
If AdSense Ad income is consistently dropping over the previous year and you are burnt out on attempting each conceivable strategy to expand your site’s Ad income – changing Ad placements or attempting diverse Ad formats – and still not getting results then this implies that you are among many AdSense publishers who are confronting this issue every day. In order to improve your AdSense earnings, you need to optimize not only your blog, but your website’s ad slots, as well. This article will help you how to do just that.
How can I optimize my website’s ad slots?
One of the best way to optimize your ad placements is by utilizing a tool called Ezoic. This is significantly the best strategy to increase Adsense profit to up to 250%. Ezoic is an expert in Ad placement optimization. It works very well with Google Adsense and is considered its top partner. If you are using other networks, you don’t have to worry, Ezoic can work with virtually any ad network.
What can Ezoic do?
You are probably aware of the struggles in finding the best layouts and placements that can give you the optimum results. With hundreds of ads to choose from and thousands of layouts to test, it can take you a considerable amount of time to start earning profits. Ezoic does all these boring bits but in a faster and more efficient way. This tool automatically runs through every possible ad-to-placement combination in a span of days to weeks. Using Ezoic not saves you time, it ensures that your website has the optimal ad placement that guarantee an increase in revenue.
What are the benefits of Ezoic?
For starters, Ezoic works with any Ad Network; so, if you are not using Google Adsense, you can still use it. Next, the tool is absolutely free; you can have all the basic program to run without paying a single cent. You can also choose to pay a small amount for their premium services. Another great thing about Ezoic is that it has an easy to understand dashboard even for those who are not experts in split testing, plus there are account managers that are available 24/7 to assist you in every way. Lastly, Ezoic guarantees all of its users at least 50% increase in their revenue with an average of 140% and can even reach up to 250%. For more information, you can visit their website at http://www.ezoic.com.
Ezoic is the answer to every struggling webmaster and web marketer out there. It ensures that your page is optimized and that your visitors have the best experiences. The increase in adsense earnings may be too good to be real, but a number of websites have talked about their successes with Ezoic. One example is PhonesTipsAndsTricks.com. To read about their success, go to http://www.phonetipsandtricks.com/increase-adsense-earnings/.Read More
The time of super-fast wireless internet is almost here. Big Telecommunications Companies like Verizon and Sony Ericsson have openly expressed their plans for upgrading the current internet speed, 4G, to a much speedy 5G. This revelation have sparked excitement all over the world, and this article will tell you why.
Since the introduction of the first 1G network back in 1982, newer and faster versions have been introduced every 10 years. More than a decade have already passed since the 2002 release of 4G, and yet, there have been no definitive news of any upgrade. Speculations have been made about the expected improvements in wireless internet; is it ever going to come? Now, 5G network is coming and it’s just around the corner.
5G offers a faster internet speed that will cater to the growing popularity of watching videos through mobile phones. It will also be able to contest with fixed internet connection speeds that will be suitable for a variety of things, such as gaming and medical use. With the advent of technology, 5G can also be used to connect long distances. Practical use includes an operation by a surgeon halfway around the world or the ability for network-connected vehicles to communicate with its environment for a much efficient and safer use. However, since the network is still in its early stages, its full capabilities are yet to be known.
Although AT&T and Verizon have promised new models with 5G integration to be released next year, these are still in their pre-standard form. This means that the network is still experimental and not in its “final form.” The International Telecommunications Union is in the process of making a standardized specifications for 5G and is expected to be finalized by 2020. The new network could be radically different from the previous ones, judging by how much time have been put into this. Other networks have also expressed their plans on releasing their version of 5G but it might take them a while. Nevertheless, one thing is certain, we will see it in the near future.
The new 5G network could definitely change how we see mobile technology today. This could potentially increase the reach of mobile networks and extend the application of mobile devices in the physical world. Faster internet and wider network coverage gives a ton of possibilities. Not only will it increase telecommunication sales and improve their services, it will benefit the general consumer and hopefully enhance their daily living.Read More
Google started investing in undersea cables way back in 2008. By far, its biggest investment however is the company’s fourth undersea cable, worth 300 million dollars, which connects Japan to the American mainland.
In 2014, the company announced its partnership with six companies, including China Mobile International, KDDI, Singtel and China Telecom Global, to better link the two countries. Now, Google has just announced that that cable is going live.
The cable is a six-fiber pair and is believed to be the fastest and highest capacity cable that currently travels under the Pacific Ocean. It stretches about 5,600 miles and reaches out from Oregon to two points in Japan. Google claims that it can deliver a bandwidth of up to 90 Terabits per second, more than half of the total bandwidth available between the US coast and Asia last year.
10 terabits of the total capacity is reserved to maintain the connection between the two countries, which will enable a faster data transfer rate around the globe. Additionally, the same cable is extended from Japan to Taiwan, giving that country an initial 20 terabits of capacity.
The timing could not have been more perfect as Google announced, in March 2016, the launching of its Cloud Platform that caters to the East Asian public sometime this year. The new cable will help make sure that information and transfers are maintained at optimum bandwidth speed. It will also help certain areas in Japan that are most commonly struck by earthquakes to have a more resilient internet. “The cable utilizes Japanese landing facilities strategically located outside of tsunami zones to help prevent network outages when the region is facing the greatest need,” says Alan Chin-Lun Cheung of Google Submarine Networking Infrastructure.
Traditionally, cables are used to carry public internet traffic. Now, the recent trend is that large companies such as Facebook, Microsoft, and Google are utilizing these cables to transport their own data between centers. The cables enables them to bypass the Internet, thus faster speed. The news of Google’s undersea cable to Japan came out after two of the company’s top competitors, Facebook and Microsoft, announced their joint plan on building a 160 terabit undersea cable that travels across the Altantic Ocean, connecting Virginia and Spain.
Google plans on building more undersea cables in the future. This new revelations is an example of the new trend in which international undersea cables capacities are used mostly by private networks. It shows how much bandwidth these tech giants are devouring now.Read More
Almost a year has passed since the release of Windows 10, which means two things: First is an anniversary update including Cortana enhancements and an improvements for the Edge browser. The second is that the offer for free Windows 10 upgrade will end and the operating system will soon cost about USD$119.
It has been a strong and successful year for Microsoft with more than 350 million devices currently powered by their latest operating system. Although there have been complaints by some customers about how they are forced to upgrade to Windows 10, the OS has generally been welcomed by the general public.
The Anniversary update, scheduled for August 2, is said to include a many new features for the operating system. The following are just some of the great improvements and additions that are expected to come next month:
With the revelations of the anniversary update, the company is hoping that a large numbers of custumers will convert to Windows 10 before the free upgrade period ends. Microsoft aims to have more than a billion devices running on Windows 10 in the next two years.
But despite Microsoft’s developers and researchers efforts, consumers are still wary of the OS. The public is also more engaged on mobile and tablets rather than on PCs. This poses a great problem for the company’s one billion goal. However, Microsoft is set on developing their technology on a platform tuned in to enterprising rather than the general public.
Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella stated in an interview that “Microsoft is successfully transforming Windows into a service and creating the platform for a future that’s likely to be more about enterprise services, cloud and artificial intelligence than consumer computing.”Read More
Programming can be a lonely and exasperating activity. Creating a simple application can take hours upon hours of working in front of the computer, coding in a language mysterious to most, running it and then endlessly fixing the bugs.
It has however, become a highly important part of the present era. It has become the new construction upon which creators can build ideas using digital codes instead of physical things. Google researchers are now trying to make programming understandable, if not easy, with their Project Bloks.
Project Bloks is an on-going research project with the aim of creating a hardware platform that can help developers, researchers and designers to build physical programming for kids. The ultimate goal is to provide kids with a method in which they can develop their problem-solving skills, but in a fun way.
The system consists of “pucks”, “Base Boards” and “Brain Boards”. Pucks can be of any form that you can move and connect together. They can have a variety of commands such as Turn On or Off, Move Right, or Play Music. These pucks can be connected to a Base Board in which it (the board) will read the instructions through a sensor. And, these Base Boards can be connected together on a Brain Board which reads all of the instructions and then send them to connected devices via Bluetooth or WI-FI.
The pucks can be arranged on the boards in various ways giving you a variety of experiences. In the different kits, you can play around sensors and a map with different input and output in the Sensor Lab, such as turning on a light when temperatures go up. You can also compose music with Music Maker by utilizing different instruments which can be played through a speaker. Another thing you can do is to control toys or robots by putting together different codes.
This project is still at the workbench phase and is still undergoing tweaks and changes, however Google researchers are asking designers and developers to share ideas on providing new ways to teach kids and teens about computational thinking.
It is not yet clear on how this platform will be useful in the future as it is still in the early stages, however response to the project is very positive so far. Once functional, Project Bloks can enhance or reshape how kids play with toys in the future.Read More