Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook

May 7, 2012 by  
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With impeccable attention to every detail, the XPS 13 Ultrabook™ combines premium materials and ultimate performance. It goes beyond beauty. Bonded Corning® Gorilla® Glass, machined aluminium and carbon fibre are incorporated to enhance the performance of this Ultrabook™. XPS 13 feels as good as it looks, thanks to a comfort-designed keyboard and a sleek, gesture-enabled glass touchpad.

Check out our review to see what makes the Dell XPS 13 ultrabook so amazing.

79% of UAE mobile users want to be found

May 7, 2012 by  
Filed under News

Press Release:

Location-based services (LBS) have topped the global league, as the mobile feature set to grow the most after world leading insights consultancy, TNS revealed more than 60 per cent of those that don’t yet use the service globally want to start. This is of even greater interest in the UAE where this figure stands at 79 per cent.

TNS’s annual Mobile Life study – which explores mobile use among 48,000 people in 58 countries – shows the majority of people around the world now recognise the value of sharing their location to benefit from a range of services.

The key findings, released as a set of interactive visualisations show that the services and apps people use vary considerably from region to region (Available at www.tnsglobal.com/mobilelife).

 

Location-based services move into the mainstream in the UAE

Almost one fifth of the world’s six billion mobile users are already using LBS, with more than three times this number – 62 per cent – aspiring to do so in the future. Navigation via GPS remains the most popular motivation behind the LBS uptake, which currently stands at 52 per cent in MENA.

There is also growing interest in more diverse activities, with 13 per cent of social network users ‘checking-in’ through platforms like Foursquare or Facebook Places, versus 11 per cent in 2011.

LBS users are increasingly using services to enrich their social lives, with one out of four people in the UAE using LBS to find friends nearby compared to one in five globally. Around a quarter use the technology to find restaurants and entertainment venues, while 19 per cent check public transport schedules and 8 per cent to book a taxi.

Savvy LBS users in the UAE have realised that there is something to be gained from sharing their locations with brands and retailers – with 11.5 per cent sharing their location in exchange for a deal or special offer; almost at par with the global average of 12.5 per cent.

Beyond current users of LBS, globally a third of people who already or would like to use mobile voucher schemes, highly rate receiving deals when they are nearby a store that they like.  One in five mobile users stated that they find mobile advertising interesting if it is offering them a deal near their current location.

Steve Hamilton-Clark, CEO of TNS MENA explained that location based services are finally ‘coming of age’.

“People are realising that sharing their location often offers some kind of reward in terms of a discount or deal. It is the combination of time and context – directing people towards a deal when they can easily redeem it. This unlocks a powerful tool for marketers to develop targeting approaches,” he said.

 

A complex map of global use

He noted that while the study has shown an increasing willingness to engage with LBS, there are also significant variations in people’s reasons for embracing the service across different markets.  Of all current LBS users, Latin Americans most use the feature to find friends, with 39 per cent stating it as the top reason to share their location, compared to 24 per cent in the UAE.

“There a regional variations on what prompts the desire to engage and these highlight the importance of having a targeted strategy when it comes to location based marketing.

“LBS offers marketers an unprecedented level of engagement and targeting, however it has to be done in line with how people in individual markets want to engage with brands to avoid being intrusive. Where brands get it right, we have seen significant rewards in terms of brand engagement, loyalty and sales,” Hamilton-Clark concluded.

Western Digital VelociRaptor 1TB Hard Drive

May 7, 2012 by  
Filed under Web News

The WD VelociRaptor 1TB hard drive comes with a 10,000 RPM spindle speed and a whopping 333GB per platter! How does it stack up against a growing slate of SSD’s and hybrid hard drives?

http://www.bjorn3d.com/articles/Western_Digital_VelociRaptor_1TB_Hard_Drive/2229.html

Verbatim 500GB USB 3.0 Store ‘n’ Go Portable Hard Drive Review

May 7, 2012 by  
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“The Verbatim 500GB USB 3.0 Store ‘n’ Go portable hard drive comes in a small and sleek package, yet manages to pack a significant punch for its size. With the market moving more and more into USB 3.0 it’s good to see drives that are already taking advantage of the technology. The USB 3.0 transfer speeds really managed to surprise me as this hard drive was hitting over 80MB/s on both read and write speeds in the benchmarks we ran…”

Article URL: http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1919/1/

Corsair Vengeance M90 Mouse Review

May 7, 2012 by  
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Link: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Corsair-Vengeance-M90-Mouse-Review/1543

Here is a snippet:
“After testing most of the products within the Vengeance brand from Corsair, we finally put our hands on the M90 mouse. So far, we’ve tested the combo mouse/keyboard for FPS games, the M60 and K60, and the K90 keyboard for RPGs and strategy games. The M90 mouse is a perfect match for the K90 keyboard. Featuring 15 programmable buttons, the peripheral reaches 5,700 dpi of resolution. The user can create six profiles stored in the internal memory and 50 profiles that can be saved in the PC. Let’s take a look at its physical characteristics and then test the mouse.”

Cmstorm Trigger mechanical gaming keyboard review

May 7, 2012 by  
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Today we are going to review the Trigger mechanical gaming keyboard from Cm Storm that is part of the Coolermaster gaming division. The Trigger that we got is equipped with Cherry MX black switches so it’s not as loud as the other keyboards on the market; but the question is how comfortable this keyboard is to type on and game on. So lets find out!

Link: http://rbmods.com/cmstorm-trigger-mechanical-gaming-keyboard-review/

Sandberg USB 3.0 HDD Cloner Review

May 7, 2012 by  
Filed under Web News

External HDD Docking Stations may not be perfect (occasional issues with USB 3.0 models) and are certainly not as fast as an internal SATA III connection but regardless of these two they are also without doubt some of the most convenient accessories for computers ever manufactured. Of course ever since the first USB 2.0 HDD docking stations made their appearance a few years ago many new features have been added from Firewire, eSATA and USB 3.0 connectivity up to dual HDD docking stations with (select few solutions) or without RAID0/1 modes. However some manufacturers choose to walk another path and so Sandberg just released their second HDD Cloner and as expected we have been playing with it for the past week.

Article Link: http://www.nikktech.com/main/articles/peripherals/231-sandberg-usb-3-0-hdd-cloner

Sandberg USB 3.0 HDD Cloner Review

May 7, 2012 by  
Filed under Web News

External HDD Docking Stations may not be perfect (occasional issues with USB 3.0 models) and are certainly not as fast as an internal SATA III connection but regardless of these two they are also without doubt some of the most convenient accessories for computers ever manufactured. Of course ever since the first USB 2.0 HDD docking stations made their appearance a few years ago many new features have been added from Firewire, eSATA and USB 3.0 connectivity up to dual HDD docking stations with (select few solutions) or without RAID0/1 modes. However some manufacturers choose to walk another path and so Sandberg just released their second HDD Cloner and as expected we have been playing with it for the past week.

Article Link: http://www.nikktech.com/main/articles/peripherals/231-sandberg-usb-3-0-hdd-cloner

Hama 90 Colt Syscase Camera Bag Review

May 7, 2012 by  
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“So I’m back with another camera case for review from our friends at Love Cases. This time they’ve sent me the Colt Syscase from Hama that can be used for a small DSLR or SLR style camera or it can be used for a compact camera and have some room left over for other stuff. It’s a camera case so it’s padded and it comes with a nice little pocket so you can take extra memory cards or batteries with you. ”

Main site link: http://www.dragonsteelmods.com

Intel DZ77GA-70K Motherboard Benchmark Tests

May 7, 2012 by  
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I’ve sometimes thought that Intel tries too hard with its enthusiast level motherboards. The Extreme series, which is what Intel seeds reviewers with when new CPUs are introduced, tend to “shout” with prominent skull logos, POST code readouts, POST sequence LEDs, and other bling, but in my experience they fall down badly on features and performance. So you can understand that I wasn’t expecting too much from the DZ77GA-70K motherboard. But I was in for a surprise.

http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=915&Itemid=69

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