The top 5 tech gadgets college students really want

Student tech devices

As summer winds down and college students ponder the return to classes, it’s time to consider what to bring to school this fall. No surprise, trendy tech gadgets often tops the list. CNBC has assembled a brief guide to the hottest choices.

However, buyer (that’s you, parents) beware: If you snatch up everything on this list, it could set you back some big bucks. To knock down the cost, always ask if you can get a student discount. Apple offers education pricing, Amazon Prime membership for students is half-price and the online giant is frequently offering deals. If you’re purchasing these items through a traditional electronics store, such as Best Buy or Radio Shack, check if they offer student discounts.

1. Wearable tech

Say goodbye to the old alarm clock. Students want an up-to-date way to keep track of classes, clubs, extracurricular activities and social events. Wearable tech, like the AppleWatch, can help you stay on top of your agenda with calendar alerts, reminders and email notifications — and it’s a lot more discreet to peek down at your watch in class than at your phone, which an eagle-eyed professor can spot a mile away. Meanwhile, a fitness tracker, like the Fitbit, can be a great way to fight off the “Freshmen Fifteen.” The Fitbit ranges from $60 to $250; the Apple Watch will set you back $250 to well over $1,000.

A runner wearing a Fitbit.

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A runner wearing a Fitbit.

2. Noise-canceling, wireless headphones

Noise-canceling headphones can help you study in a loud, crowded space or drown out that annoying roommate, who insists on playing the “Hamilton” soundtrack on repeat. Wireless headphones have also gained popularity ever since Apple ditched the headphone jack on the iPhone 7. Student-athletes can especially benefit from wireless earphones. No more having to hold your phone in your hand while jogging, or wear one of those uncomfortable and geeky-looking arm bands. And you don’t have to worry about ripping your earbuds out every time you do a crunch or a back squat. Some brands we like are Beats, JLab, Sennheiser, Bose and audio-technica. The average price range for wireless, noise-canceling headphones is $80 to $300 depending on sound quality.

A pair of Beats by Dr. Dre Solo wireless headphones sit on display next to a new iPhone 7 smartphone.

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A pair of Beats by Dr. Dre Solo wireless headphones sit on display next to a new iPhone 7 smartphone.

3. Wireless speakers

If you’re ever planning on hosting friends in your dorm or apartment, you need to be able to supply the music with a good speaker. Going wireless is a no-brainer because the speaker is portable and you don’t have to keep your phone or computer plugged into it. iHome, Logitech and JBL are all good options. Some JBL speakers are even waterproof — great for students in the South or California who frequent beach or pool parties. Wireless speakers range from $35 to $150.

JBL Pulse

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JBL Pulse

4. Portable phone charger

There’s nothing more annoying than running out of battery mid-text in a conversation. So consider buying a portable phone charger, or a phone case with a built-in charger. Moshi’s IonBank is a stylish option, with its faux “vegan” leather covering. You also can’t go wrong with RAVPower, Jackery or Anker. These portable chargers, starting at around $20, are among the cheapest gadgets on the list.

RavPower portable charger.

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RavPower portable charger.

5. TV streaming sticks

No cable? No problem. Cut the cord and stream your TV through a pocket-sized, plug-and-play streaming stick that connects to your TV. The Amazon Fire stick and the Roku streaming stick are widely considered to be the best options. But beware: These devices usually cannot connect to your computers, only a TV or monitor. If you’re having trouble watching live TV from your computer, just plug in your parents’ cable account information (completely legal) into any network’s site to watch live TV. The Amazon and Roku streaming sticks sell for $40.


Top 7 space saving gadgets

Top 7 space saving gadgets

One of the common issues faced by users is lack of space to place all their gadgets. Thankfully brands have taken notice and launched compact devices across categories. Karan Bajaj gives you a list of devices to consider if you are short on space.

HP Deskjet Ink Advantage 3700 Rs 5,999

This is the world’s smallest inkjet all-in-one printer. Weighing just 2.3kg, it is almost half the size in comparison with other available all-in-one printers. Even though it is compact in size, the Ink Advantage 3700 can print up to 15 A4 size colour pages per minute and scan at up to 1200dpi resolution. It also has built-in WiFi to print wirelessly from smartphonetablet.

Asus ZenScreen Rs 37,000

ZenScreen is a sleek and portable 15.6-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) monitor from Asus. It is 8mm slim, weighs 780 grams and comes with a foldable smart case that converts into a stand for it. For connectivity, it only has a single USB Type-c port and can be connected with any device with a type-c port -there is even support for connection via a USB type-A port via additional drivers.You can place it vertically or horizontally depending on requirements (it has auto-screen rotation).

Stick PC Rs 7,299 onwards

Stick PC are available from iBall, Lenovo and even directly from Intel in India. They are direct HDMI dongles with basic hardware (Atom processor, 2GB RAM, 32GB storage) and preloaded Windows OS -ideal for users who want an occasional basic PC but do not want to invest in a large CPU monitor. The stick PC can be connected to any TVmonitor via HDMI and it has built-in WiFi to connect to the Internet.There is also a full-size USB port to connect dongle for wireless mouse and keyboard as well as microSD card slot for storage expansion.

Amazon Fire TV Stick Rs 3,999 onwards

The Fire Stick is an HDMI dongle style media streaming stick. It can be plugged to any screen (TVmonitor) with HDMI port ­ you just need to connect it to WiFi and it offers the user access to various streaming services including Amazon prime, HotStar, Netflix etc. There is a remote control included with voice control for ease of usage. This one device offers access to thousands of movies, TV series and other online content (some service require a paid subscription).

Mi Router 3c Rs 1,199

The recently launched WiFi router from Xiaomi has a tapered design which makes it sleek compared to routers we have seen from other brands up till now. The router has 4 antennas to provide superior range and 64MB RAM -this enables you to connect up to 64 devices simultaneously. The router supports WiFi n and comes with two Ethernet ports to connect devices via wire if required.You can setup and control the router easily via the Mi Home app.

Pocket Portable Pico Projector Rs 5,000 onwards

Pocket projectors are great for use in confined spaces. They can project image as large as 100-inches and do not require a lot of area to be placed. Most entry level projectors offer a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels or 800 x 480 pixels -this will not give you the best clarity, but will get the job done in a small size room.

Features vary depending on the brand you choose -you can get options of built-in battery, HDMI, MHL port, built-in speaker, WiFi, USB port etc.

Bluetooth speaker Rs 1,399 onwards

Wireless speakers have shrunk in size you can get Bluetooth speakers that fit on the palm of your hand and still deliver great audio.

There are plethora of options available to day to choose from and some of them are even rugged (shockproof and waterproof).

Almost all Bluetooth speakers have built-in battery that will last several hours. In addition, some speakers come with built-in microphones to receive voice calls while some even come with LED lighting.


Top San Jose Web Design Firm Awards Released for June 2017 by 10 Best Design

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Passionate and consistent awards organization 10 Best Design brings attention to web firms that are staffed by people with a drive for producing exceptional work. With the Best San Jose Web Design Firm List for June 2017, the organization highlights top-notch agencies on a list that garners respect and attention.

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10 Best Design recently presented the winners of its Best San Jose Web Design awards for June 2017. Rasteroids and Baunfire were among the honorees, along with Big Drop Inc.

The representatives of 10 Best Design are passionate about providing people with information and updates regarding which digital advertising firms can offer them excellent, effective services. As such, 10 Best Design is pleased to reveal its newest award category: Best Web Design Firm. This release provides a summary of the top San Jose Web design firms as well as several other digital firms that made the list.

Being one of the best web design firms, Big Drop Inc is the organization business owners should get in touch with when they realize that they’re in need of web design and development services that will increase their sphere of online influence. The professionals of this organization know which techniques to deploy for the purpose of making this happen, and one of them is responsive web design. The Big Drop Inc professionals utilize this strategy to ensure that the site is mobile-friendly, thereby ensuring that it can generate more traffic and sales. The Big Drop Inc reps also offer dynamic graphic design services that result in an incredibly innovative website that stands out from the cookie-cutter replicas that already exist in the online world.

Top web design agency Rasteroids Design is a community of dedicated, diligent site developers who thrive on helping business owners share their brand with online audiences in an interactive, engaging way. The techies of Rasteroids Design are passionate about maintaining a holistic approach to the web design and development process, and this means that they will optimize sites for all of the key components. Some of those components include mobile friendliness, functionality, engagement, and aesthetic appeal. Also note that the Rasteroids Design professionals maintain a client-centered outlook which ensures that the business owner’s specific interests and brand vision are always understood and respected.

Another top San Jose web design agency, BAUNFIRE is a community of sedulous, diligent digital marketing experts who operate in excellence so that the client can attain an exceptional return on investment (ROI). To ensure that the client’s website is absolutely incredible, the BAUNFIRE techies maintain an innovative approach that involves coming up with unique templates, backgrounds, colors and fonts. In addition to making the website aesthetically appealing, the BAUNFIRE representatives focus on optimizing sites for mobile friendliness, usability, and conversion.


Google Changes Algorithm, Scrubs Neo-Nazi Site Disputing Holocaust in Top Search

Image: The Google search page appears on a computer screen in Washington on Aug. 30, 2010.

Google is weeding out the hate after coming under fire for allowing a neo-Nazi site to appear as a top result when someone searches for whether the Holocaust happened.

As of Monday, users reported that they no longer saw a white supremacist site appear at the very top of the results, mixed in with sites for Jewish museums and ones that show the Holocaust was real.

“Understanding which pages on the web best answer a query is a challenging problem and we don’t always get it right,” said a Google spokesperson, who did not explicitly mention the controversy.

Google has recently “made improvements” to its algorithm that will instead surface “more high-quality, credible content on the web,” the spokesperson told NBC News, noting that the search algorithm will continue to be tweaked over time.

This latest change occurred after a report that the Breman Museum, a Jewish heritage museum in Atlanta, was relying on an advertising grant from Google to pay to have its site appear higher in Holocaust denial search results in order to combat the presence of a white supremacist site. The cost of the grant amounted to up to $2 per click to divert users to the museum’s site, a museum official told The Guardian.

It’s not the first time Google has altered its search algorithm, which uses different factors to determine which pages rank higher in the results — a trusted enough method to propel the site to become the biggest and most influential search engine in the world.

In 2010, Google said it changed its algorithm after a New York Times report found that an online eyeglass business was taking advantage of bad reviews that garnered it a high ranking, in turn giving it more business. Google at the time was hush-hush about how it changed its algorithm, saying it wanted to continue to make it hard for “bad actors” to find a loophole.

Google’s technology was changed again after people spoke out about how typing in “are Jews evil” in the autocorrect function resulted in offensive terms. Also, when people searched “who runs Hollywood?” the result, “Jews,” was scrubbed last year. Google said its algorithm incorrectly gave “authority” to a site that suggested so because it was linked to over and over again.

But Heidi Beirich, intelligence project director for the Southern Poverty Law Center, said Tuesday that Google has a long way to go to “clean up its act.” While searching for “did the Holocaust happen?” no longer shows one white supremacist site at the top, searching for “is the Holocaust real?” still provides a site up high that claims it’s a hoax.

Beirich said the center met with Google earlier this year after they were alarmed to find a site about Martin Luther King Jr. was actually a front for white supremacist ideology.

“Facebook is getting slaughtered on the fake news front, but in many ways, this Google problem is more insidious,” Beirich told NBC News. “People might assume that what they’re getting is vetted, and that certainly is not the case.”

She suggested that Google not deal with these issues as one-off controversies but, instead, put together a task force that looks at the systemic problem of hate speech online.

“You can go down a rabbit hole of hate because they’re going to keep providing it to you,” Beirich said.

Jessie Daniels, a sociology professor at Hunter College in New York specializing on racism online, said search engine companies are not under any obligation to give people unfettered results that uphold false and racist beliefs.

She added that the spread of birtherism, which falsely claimed President Barack Obama was not born in the United States, was allowed to thrive online because of the propping up of certain search results.

“Google doesn’t have to make the secret sauce of its algorithm public to make changes,” Daniels said. “They can certainly say if your site promulgates hatred against an entire group of people … we’re not going to serve it up to users.”



[Source:- NBC]

Techworld Daily Bytes – 01 December 2015 – Top malware attacks 2015 – Skype for business – interview tips

Today’s Techworld Daily Bytes we explore the top malware attacks 2015, Skype for business and top interview tips for IT pros. Plus: new updates from Office 2016 and how to write the perfect blog post.

Also, take our ‘who said that?’ quiz to find out if you can match the tech quote with the right person.

Here is the best of the web this week. Send your Techworld Daily Bytes tips [email protected]



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Techworld Daily Bytes – 01 December 2015 – Top malware attacks 2015 – Skype for business – interview tips

Today’s Techworld Daily Bytes we explore the top malware attacks 2015, Skype for business and top interview tips for IT pros. Plus: new updates from Office 2016 and how to write the perfect blog post.

Also, take our ‘who said that?’ quiz to find out if you can match the tech quote with the right person.

Here is the best of the web this week. Send your Techworld Daily Bytes tips [email protected]

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NBA Scores the Top U.S. Brand on Social Last Week


For the week of February 22, 2016 – February 28, 2016, U.S. brands captured 1.4 billion likes, shares, comments and retweets on content published on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Powered by Shareablee data, the top U.S. brands across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for each respective industry is shown in the ranking below. NBA (Sports) was the top overall brand in the ranking with nearly 25 million total actions, capturing 15% more engagement than National Geographic (Media Publisher) with 21.8 million social actions. Video accounted for 17% of NBA’s social posts and drove 39% of the sports league’s overall social actions, with Instagram videos featuring Golden State Warriors point guard Steph Curry and his consistent three-pointers scoring its top posts overall. Of the top performing brands, Citi (Financial Services) saw the highest growth in social engagement over the previous week with a 976% increase in social actions. This growth was driven by Citi’s new Postcards Q&A blog series featuring Citi Country Officers around the world, starting with Ecuador. National Geographic scored the highest actions per post, led by Instagram photos of sharks, orangutans and the Grand Canyon.


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