Month: April 2017

Home Inspectors Using Devices with Built-In Cameras

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Many of today’s newest portable devices (phones/tablets) are equipped with a built-in camera. This makes it very easy to take pictures on the fly wherever you may be at. For home inspectors, it offers the potential to be able to use a single device for collecting inspection information, taking pictures, and adding the pictures directly into the report. Being able to do this can cut down on hours of extra work currently spent adding pictures into reports after the fact. However, just because your device has a built in camera does not mean it will give you what you need to take pictures for your reports.

Below are things to keep in mind when deciding whether or not a built-in camera will work for your inspections:

Camera Quality – Devices vary in the quality of their cameras with some offering 1-3 MP cameras, while others have up to 8 MP. It is also important to realize that not all cameras are created equal. The camera quality between two devices that both have a 5 MP camera can vary greatly. Lens quality also greatly impacts the overall quality of the camera.

Picture Quality – How do the pictures actually turn out? It is important to confirm that the pictures you take with a device not only look good when viewing them on the device, but also when looking at a larger version of them on a PC. It will be up to you to determine if the picture quality meets your standards.

Flash – Is there a flash? If not, what will you do when taking pictures in crawl spaces or in the attic? If there is a flash, is it good enough to let you take the pictures you need? Many devices do not include a built-in flash, while others do. The HTC Inspire (shown above) is an example of a device that does have built-in flash.

Backup Camera – As a device gets more use in the field, there is a greater chance of dropping it, breaking it, or possibly having the battery run low. If the device you are using for inspections and picture taking has an issue, how will you take pictures? It is recommended that you have a backup camera with you on your inspections.

Additional Features/Options to Consider

o Can you change the picture quality (increase decrease the resolution of pictures you are taking)?

o Can you adjust the camera when taking pictures in the low light settings you may encounter on an inspection?

o Is there a zoom? How good is the zoom?

o Is there an auto focus? How well does it work?

Here are a few things you can do to determine if a device’s built-in camera will meet your needs.

If you already own the device, then do a mock inspection on your house using the built in camera and see if you are able to take all of the pictures you would need.

If you don’t own the device, see if there is a local store that will let you put your hands on it and take a few pictures to see how they come out.

Read through online reviews to learn from device users how their experience has been with it.

Look at device specs and make sure that you are clear what they mean so that you are able to do accurate comparisons between devices.

Lg P920 Optimus 3d Gsm 3g Phone With Dual 5 Mp Camera

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The LG P920 Optimus 3D GSM Smartphone represents a breakthrough in 3D technology that allows users to take and share 3D imagery without glasses. The P920 Optimus was designed with two aims in mind 3D imagery and networking.

For example, the LG P920 has two 5MP camera lenses that take images from slightly different angles. If one looks at the physics of three-dimensional sight, the key factor is that your eyes are set up similarly in that each one sees a view whose angle is slightly different than its mate so that when your brain makes the adjustment, your vision has depth and becomes three dimensional. The same is true of the lenses on the LG P920. As noted, there is only a couple of degrees of difference between the independent images that each lens takes, however, when you overlay them, they become 3D.

The one drawback is that your viewing angle on the 4.3-inch high-resolution screen is limited to about 10 to 15 degrees off to one side. If one goes beyond that point, one loses the impression of 3D imagery. And, because the device is based on the Android operating system, it is closely tied to the Google network and social-networking sites based on the many apps available under Android (estimates are up to 200,000 now), so one can quickly find the app needed to download access to YouTube’s 3D network. Using this network, one can share the 3D images one has taken with this state-of-the-art smartphone or one can also share the streaming video one has taken.

The LG P920 includes autofocus and low-light capability due to its built-in LED flash. And since the device includes a built-in HDMI port, one can share 3D imagery with any DLNA-certified high-definition television or other system, such as a tablet or netbook PC.

The highly innovative LG P920 operates directly with AT&T’s and T-Mobile’s GSM network as it is a quad-band device, using the 850, 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz GSM WiFi networks offered. Also it recognizes 802.11 b/g/n WiFi networking. These are the standards you will find in most major metropolitan areas so it will recognize and work with public hotspot sites as well as with your older home networking routers that offer 802.11 b/g. The P920 Optimus is supposed to be compatible with WCDMA networking in the 900, 1700, 1900 and 2100 MHz bands through GPRS/Edge. CDMA networks are those offered by Verizon or Sprint.

Feature rich, the device is powered by lithium-ion batteries that drive a 1 GHz dual-core ARM Cortez A9 processor. It comes equipped with 8 GHz of memory standard, as well as 512 MB of RAM memory that is apparently dedicated cache. Since LG makes products that are built to “open” standards one can use any microSD memory card and expand the memory available to up o 32 GB, or more than enough for imagery, videos or simple emails and texting.

The LG P920 operates in 2G mode at a native high-definition resolution of 1080 pixels or in 3G mode at 720 pixel native resolution. It is, perhaps, one of the most capable smartphones on the market, offering not only a document viewer and editor, but also support for standard Flash and Java sites. This means one can access any website on the net. It also offers a MIDP emulator.

The speakerphone’s fidelity is excellent and it also features voice memo capability, as well as voice commands and dialing. Or, if you are into texting or emailing, you can load the right app and a QWERTY-style keypad will appear that is quite easy to use on the touchscreen, although the keys are too small for true touch-typing. Most Android keyboard apps include predictive keying so they do help speed texting by completing common words for you.

All of this capability comes in a package that is 2.7 inches wide by 0.47 inches thick and 5.1 inches long and which weighs 5.92 ounces. It is lightweight and offers up to 13 hours of talk time in 2G mode and 9 hours in 3G mode. Standby time is 450 with from the lithium-ion battery pack.

Coby Kyros Mid 1025 Is A New 10 Inch Tablet

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Suitable now, you will find four of those tablets which will already be pre-ordered at the Amazon website. The costs are definitely beneficial starting at $173 up to $260. the 4 tablets will be shipped starting the 15th of March. The Coby Kyros MID 1025 is their leading of the line tablet offering and it is screen is at 10.1 inches with a capacitive touch. The resolution is 1024×600 pixels. The rest on the lineup are 7 to 8 inch models with resistive touchscreens. Let us take a look at the various Coby offerings that you can already pre-order.
The Coby Kyros MID 7025 has a 7 inch screen. It has a resolution of 800×480 and utilizes the resistive touchscreen. The [processor that employed is the ARM Cortex A8 having a speed of 1GHz. This tablet uses Google 2.3. other functions of the MID 7025 are the Wi Fi, speakers, mic, USB Port and a headphone jack. It is possible to do a 1080p playback because this model has an HDMI port. Storage-wise, this model has not that much with 4GB as well as the battery is three.7 Volts 4000mAh. This can fare at $172.99
The next one is the Coby Kyros MID 7026. essentially, this model has the same specs as with the MID 7025. the only distinction is that the screen ration of this model is 4:3 it has an 800×600 pixel resolution and it still has the resistive touch screen. This model has ARM Cortex A8 for the processor, Wi Fi, headphone jack, mic, HDMI also USB ports, 4GB of storage and lastly, a speaker. Like the 7025, the 7026 uses the Google Android 2.three. It will also fare at $172.99.
The Coby Kyros MID 8025 has a a lot bigger display at 8 inches. Likewise, the resolution is still the very same at 800×600 with resistive display. It uses the A8 processor and a storage capacity is 4GB. Basically, it has the goodies of the 7 inch models; only, this one is actually a lot bigger. The battery was also increased considering that it has additional power requirement for the screen. The price of the 8025 is at $190.99.
The Coby Kyros Mid 1025 perhaps a bit a lot more costly compared to the others at the cost of $259.99 but you really get far more value out of your funds compared to the other offerings. The screen is considerably bigger at 10.1 inches. The screen resolution is at 1024×600. Unlike the other tablets, this one uses capacitive touch screen. The other specs are rather much the exact same as with the smaller tablets like the processor, OS, ports and several others.
Overall, for the cost, you’d not compare this to leading of the line tablets. They can absolutely fit in to people who are budget conscious and if you are someone who likes to root the tablets to put far more functionality to it, the Coby tablets might be a great alternative for you.

The Exponential Growth Of Android App Market

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Ever since Android entered the SmartPhone OS industry with the release of T-Mobile G1 it got the attention of many handset makers like Motorola, Sony Ericsson and Samsung. Slowly Android was adopted and welcomed by the entire Smart phone industry which led to it acquiring notable market share within the first year of its release.

The Recent report shows that in Quarter 2 the 2010 Android handsets and tablets sales rose 886-percent from last year. This is an alarming figure and breaks all records pertaining to any other SmartPhone OS growth. The smart phone market grew by 64% annually worldwide in Q2 2010. Despite a period of turbulent PR, initial shipments of the iPhone 4 were predictably strong and contributed to Apples 61% growth and worldwide market share of 13% for the quarter. A survey by Canalys showed a globally consistent data and has shown constant rise immaterial of the country. HTC, Motorola, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and LG are the primary mobile handsets who have adopted the Android which led to the remarkable growth of 886% in Q2 2010.

The probable reason for this trend may be because of few cheap Android Smart-phones. Also on an average about 8000 Apps are being added to the Android market place. This shows the immense competition the Android has got among developers and growth and prosperity is all we should expect for the Android Market.

Also the Android Market is supposed to hit the 1,00,000 apps mark. Android has made many iPhone application developers take up cross platform development and infact many developers have made the shift because of the flexibility and rising demand for Android Application Developers.

By 2013, smart phones will grow to represent over 27% of shipments worldwide, with the proportion in some developed markets in Western Europe surpassing 60% and 48% in North America. If Google’s Android keep showing this steady growth and it attracts further Android Application Developers then it could be the No 1 position holder in the mobile OS industry.

All You Need To Know Tablet Ebook Readers And Dedicated Readers

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New tablet ebook readers have been introduced into the market with more versatility, and convenience. They allow the user access to more than just reading books, magazines, and blogs. So how do they stack up so far against dedicated ebook reading devices? Lets find out.

Tablet Readers: Rising Up to Take Their Place at the Forefront

With tablet readers, youve got more access to more features. The android platform is the emerging major contender able to mimic what any reader and tablet can do,and with more apps coming out by the day, the possibilities are limitless. It certainly is no fun to buy a newly released electronic device today that pretty much only does one thing, and versatility in tablet readers is always welcomed, as well as becoming more expected.

So what can tablet readers do? They can do everything laptops and desktop computers can do. Well, at least thats where things are clearly headed, if theyre not already there. Anyways, how about play music youve either downloaded from a service or mp3s youve uploaded on your own? The Pocketbook IQ 701 is one such emerging example which can perform as a music player, and thats just the beginning. It has lots more features which further distance it apart from single-use ebook readers by a wide margin, given that it has access to the app store for Android.

Always a handy feature to have, media players are becoming the norm on tablets (the Nook Color comes to mind). This advantage marks the growing demands consumers are placing on tablets to do more and more, so it will be interesting to see how the manufacturers address this one as far as playing multimedia.

Ebook Readers: Falling by the Wayside Fast

Dedicated ebook readers are for people who read a lot of print media, and dont really care for anything else, or they may already have a device or netbook that already does what an ebook reader can never do. As for advantages? The list is dwindling. Yes, some single-use ereaders can play some games and surf the web, but they pale in comparison to tablets and laptops.

People who want a dedicated reader are going to miss the features they so easily access on other devices, but they will be able to read their favorite titles with the greatest of ease, because thats simply what ereaders do they clearly display the pages of a traditionally printed book or magazine, and they do it very well.

The iPad is arguably the most popular among tablets and dedicated ebook reading devices (and laptops too). It set the standard in ease of use and holds countless possibilities given the considerable number of apps available for it. The iPad bears mentioning here simply because it can perform as both a tablet and as a standard reader. With a range in price from $500 to over $830, it is the priciest of the models touched on here.

The comparison of traditional ebook readers to tablets are almost now becoming a no-brainer when it comes to deciding one over the other. Unless you really read a large amount of books, youre probably better off with the tablets coming out pretty frequently now. Youll get more for your money and youll be happier for it too.

Amadeus Consulting Discusses HPs webOS and its Impact on Custom App Developers

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Will there be a Potential Market for App Developers?

When Microsoft launched Windows Phone 7 late last year, it came with only a very small app store. For developers with the foresight and ambition to be in the app store on launch day, there was a very large payout. Not only was there very little competition at the beginning, but they retained their “most popular” status for quite some time which kept them ahead of new apps.

Apples iPhone app store and its Mac app store also saw the same thing during the initial launch, and those that got there early often made big money with simple apps and retained their top positions for long periods of time even after superior apps appeared on the market.

Of course with Googles Android 2.0 and 3.0, we saw the same thing there too, and Amazons Android market (which just launched this week) seems positioned for a possible repeat as well. From a developer point of view, this places a lot of trust in platforms ability to attract a consumer market. HPs promise of quickly integrating this into a desktop market provides some incentive of a long term strategy.

However it is obvious from an app design point of view that an app running on the desktop must be different from a mobile version simply because of the interface options. HP has promised to aid with this by making easy integration of multiple input sources (multi-touch, mouse, keyboard), but developers will still need to adapt accordingly. Even so, it sounds promising.

Have an app idea for webOS app? Or even an iPhone, Android or Windows Phone 7 app? Our custom app development team has developed dozens successful apps for businesses, entrepreneurs and startup companies around the world, and wed love to help you develop your idea too.

Learn Android Programming, Make Money – Myth Or Reality

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Most successful Android developers have migrated to the Android Market after their success on the App Store, although there are many developers who have directly started to first develop on Android. Android development is easier to jump on to given the fact that it is Java based platform and that developers do not have to purchase an expensive Android or a separate Mac OS and also pay yearly SDK license fees to Apple. The approval process and distribution of Apps via the online Android Market is also more “friendly” than the App Store.

The problems are, veterans won’t share their techniques and many won’t offer help to newbies who want to get in the game and learn how to program Android Apps. Understandably so, as they do not want to create unwanted competition. To make matters worse, there is a shortage of well structured online Android development tutorials and resources that guide you step by step.

Real tutors who stand besides you and make sure you don’t give up due to frustration are almost non-existent. Here we review some of the available resources for Android tutorials and Android courses, and we also briefly cover their pros and cons… and highly recommending one resource for those who prefer to learn from home via online video and real tutors who guide you through the live Android interactive training program.

The problem all beginners face is finding a single well structured resource online that can take them through the who process step by step – without any frustrations that can quickly have the best of people lose their way and enthusiasm along the path. Although, there exists Android development content from bloggers, portals and a couple of universities – the problem is that, most of these Android tutorials are either not available in full in-depth format or are just not organized properly, and completely lack any valuable student-teacher interaction. Below are details of the top online resources that help candidates to get started in Android Programming.

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