Thursday, December 3, 2015

The perfect collection of tech toys and gadgets no kid can resist!

Finding the perfect gift for your kid is always a challenge. With a plethora of options to choose from, you can easily get confused and make the wrong decision. Many factors must be considered when choosing the right toy or gadget for any kid. Is it suitable for her age? Does it match his personality and interests? Will the gadget contribute to his learning and growth in some way?

Here are some use geeky ideas that will serve your kids' educational needs while offering loads of fun and recreation:

Kids' Lab Kit

There are many options in lab kits to choose from. Your kids can team up to perform special tasks in the lab. The kits are designed to develop an early interest and curiosity for science in kids. You can also aid them in understanding the use of lab equipment. Make sure that you get a lab kit that is appropriate for your kid's age.


The Extreme Secret Formula lab kit from SmartLab Toys features an excellent design and build quality. The kids can perform a number of fizzling and glowing experiments with this lab toy. The kit includes measuring scoops, lids, test tubes, beakers, stickers and a formula book.


This is another very useful toy kit that contributes to your child's mental growth. They are required to apply mental reasoning to assemble the parts of this kit. You can also help them with the kit assembly when you unbox it for the first time.

The educational toy is modeled after a US Forest Service Fire Plane, which is commonly referred to as the Fire Boss. Spin the propeller of the assembled Lego plane or turn the flaps with a single push. It also comes with a joystick that moves an elevator up and down.

If your kid gets tired of playing with his very own Fire Boss, you can always surprise him by transforming the plane into a super-cool jet plane.


This DIY electronic circuit pack offers plenty of projects to work on. Build your child's foundation in tech and electronics with this training program. Suitable for kids above 8 years of age, the kit allows them to understand the basics of circuitry and build their own alarms, lightbulb switches and other circuits.


This DIY digital camera assembly kit is the perfect gift for kids who are passionate about photography. Help the kids in assembling the camera components to create a fully-functional camera. Your kid will understand the basics of how a digital camera works. Consult the instructional manual for the step-by-step assembly guide. The camera also comes with a screwdriver ,data cable, lanyard and 3D glasses.


If your kids are fond of the aquatic wonders and delights, then this aquascope is the perfect gift for them. Explore the underwater life without getting wet. Its built-in LED light will illumine the marine plants and life. It also comes with an 18-page journal and other scientific tools that can help your kids excel in the field. The aquascope offers up to 5x magnification with its underwater viewer.

Elite XBox One Wireless Controller: Overview

The XBox One Elite wireless controller offers a highly satisfying gaming experience personalized to the preferences of the gamer. The ability to remap your controller through the Elite app for XBox lends even more customization to this wireless controller.

Elite is costlier than the basic XBox One wireless controller. It requires batteries that need to be changed.

But it's still a high-value purchase if you can afford it. After all, the Elite XBox wireless controller is one of the most advanced gaming controllers that offers an unparalleled level of customization and comfort.

Design

The device fits perfectly in your hand, allowing you to easily access every component and button of the controller. It is also very comfortable to grip. When you press the buttons and pads, you can feel the quality of build.

In terms of design, it is one of the most sophisticated wireless controllers on the market. It is bulkier than the normal wireless controller for XBox. It seems like an advanced gadget resting in your hands. The body of the controller is coated with matte rubber surface with additional detailing around the grips. It comes with its own carrying case.

Customization Options

In addition to stellar, high-end design, it also comes loaded with a plethora of customizable buttons and features. You can personalize the D-pad, stainless steel analog sticks, triggers and more. Swap the three analog sticks in and out without any hassle. Personalize the two sets of sticks with concave tops according to your preferences. You also have the option to personalize the triggers on the rear of the controller.

The Elite XBox One controller also lets you remap the buttons and rear triggers through the free XBox Elite app.

The controller has the option of saving two custom profiles.

Windows 10 Compatible

Another great news is that the XBox One Elite wireless controller is also PC-compatible. You don't need to do any modifications on the controller before using it with Windows 10. The device comes with a USB stick and can be used with a PC right out of the box.

It also supports wireless PC connectivity, but you'll need the under $30 XBox wireless adapter.

Pros


  • PC and XBox One Compatible
  • Comfortable
  • Luxurious, high-end design
  • Powerful customization options
  • Four extra buttons

Cons

  • The controller is not rechargeable


Verdict

The XBox Elite wireless controller is an impressive device, best suited for gamers seeking an advanced gaming experience. The ability to enjoy the same gaming experience on PC is an added plus.

Monday, November 30, 2015

It can be very frustrating to have a smartphone with a dead battery. If you're traveling somewhere, you could lose important phone contacts or addresses. You could also be using an app, such as Google Maps for getting directions to a particular location. If your phone battery dies, it will be more difficult to find your way. You will have to stop and get directions from people several times.

If you notice the battery on your Android phone running low, then here are some simple ways of preserving the power left in your phone.

Dim the phone by reducing its brightness


One of the first things you can do to enhance your battery life is to dim the screen. On many Android phones, you have the ability to swipe the top screen down to access the quick setting menu. If you see the brightness slider in the quick settings menu, use it to reduce the screen brightness. If you don't find the option to reduce screen brightness, tap "Settings." This will take you to the main settings. Go to "Display" and look for option to adjust brightness in this sub-menu. Reduce the slider to diminish the screen.

Close apps that are sucking most power


From your Settings menu, go to Battery. Your phone will display a list of apps that are draining your battery in descending order. Shut down any apps that you don't need.

Use a static, light background

If you have enabled a dynamic background, switch to a static one to reduce your smartphone's power consumption.

Turn on Power Saver Mode


Some Android smartphones have a Power Saver mode that automatically adjusts different phone settings for minimal battery usage.

Consider using Airplane Mode


If you're really looking for additional power saving, you can consider turning on Airplane mode, which will only give you limited access to your phone. You won't be able to access your phone network, but you will still be able to access data on your phone. You can still access the Internet but you will need a Wi-Fi device for connecting your phone to the Web.

Get a Power Backup Solution


If all else fails, there are a number of power backup solutions available for you. If your phone drains battery very quickly or if you are a heavy phone user, then it makes sense to invest in one of these solutions.

Invest in a Compatible Powerbank

You will find a variety of powerbanks that are compatible with Android phones. Get a reliable powerbank that gives you the backup you seek. It helps to read the reviews of the product before making the purchase. Check out some popular powerbank options on Amazon that are compatible with Android phone sets.

Extended Battery Phone Case

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Alpatronix - compatible with Samsung Galaxy 6S



Specialized Android smartphones come with an extended battery case for your phone. Alpatronix and Hyperion EA are top-rated Amazon suppliers of enhanced battery cases for different Android smartphones. Rechargeable battery phone cases have an appealing look and are quite affordable. Make sure that you get an option that is compatible with your phone.

-- Rizwan Qadir (rizwanq149@gmail.com) Tech Blogger

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For details, here is the complete story.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

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It's the new handheld 3DS XL gaming device from Nintendo. The gaming company has already impressed us with several irresistible offerings. It has dominated the gaming arena for several years. And even today, Nintendo enjoys a loyal following despite the presence of tough players, such as Sony and Microsoft.

Just four years after the release of the Nintendo 3DS, it gets a successor, the 3DS XL.

The 3DS XL gets new buttons and a secondary analog stick that is also built-in. It features improved facial tracking capability and faster processing speed.

Compared to previous models, the Nintendo 3DS XL gets some control-level changes. Two new buttons, ZL and ZR, find their places next to the shoulder L and R buttons. If you are switching from the former 3DS, you may find the positioning awkward. But in practice, the new buttons are absolutely easy to reach and use. They actually enhance the overall gaming experience.

You will also see a new analog stick, namely "c-stick." It is a small nub to the right and above Nintendo's signature A, B, X and Y buttons. The c-stick is another intelligent and thoughtful enhancement that improves the gaming experience on the 3DS XL compared to its predecessors.

The Nintendo 3DS XL opens doors to endless hours of fun-filled gaming moments. You will lose sense of time and space with this handheld device. The perfect gift for the winter holiday, you get access to some of the most exciting collection of games from Nintendo. Some popular games include the Zelda series, Smash Bros and Pokemon.

The 3D effects of the 3DS XL get some serious rethought and improvement. The camera gets new tracking features that allow it to sense the direction of your face and accordingly tilt the direction of 3D. You will certainly love the 3D features of this handheld console.

The overall build quality of the 3DS XL also gets some improvements. It feels more solid compared to the previous 3DS model.

Perhaps, the only thing that hasn't improved much is the battery. It desperately needs an improved battery to truly qualify as a portable gaming machine. While it gets some additional battery power that allows it to last up to 7 hours in some cases, there are still occasions when you are in need of even greater power backup.

Overall, the Nintendo 3DS XL is an excellent handheld gaming device with great improvements in design and 3D graphics that lead to a sensational gaming experience.


-- Rizwan Qadir (rizwanq149@gmail.com) Tech Blogger