There are a lot of things to consider when you are shopping for that laptop, the two most important specifications however are going to be your processor and your RAM. Here I am going to explain some of the fundamental features of both so you can make a better choice when buying a laptop for yourself.
Intel the world’s largest semi conductor maker has begun the process of transitioning into a quad core line of processors. Their range is branded as Core i3, i5 and i7. If you are hunting for a bargain then you could choose its older Core 2 models, but you would be better off sticking to its latest range.
You could also consider a processor from Intel rival AMD which has a compelling range of products branded as Turion II and Athlon II. If you are a budget shopper then these processes are well worth considering and will serve the purpose for most tasks. The big difference between processors made by AMD is they are simply not as fast as those made by Intel and they tend to act as a drain on battery life.
The most important task is working out exactly how much processing power you need. In general the Core i3 or i5 are suitable for most people. If however you do a lot of video editing then you are going to need a more powerful processor. Gamers in particular believe they need a powerful processor but in practice can actually get away with a slower chip.
Quad core chips still cost a lot and also tend to drain battery life quite quickly. You can identify a quad core chip by the Q denoted next to the machine’s model number. If you use your laptop as your main machine, and not taking it out on the road, or you are a gamer or video editor, the quad chip case becomes more compelling.
The decision over processor gets trickier when you are ordering a custom laptop from a manufacturer. You should as a rule avoid the most expensive chipsets on offer and go for the second or third least costliest chips. The increase in price is usually proportional to performance. You should not spend more than $150 upgrading a processor. If you are simply surfing the internet or word processing, even a dual core processor is more than adequate.
4GB RAM is the standard memory offered by most manufacturers even on low end laptops and that is really all you need. Starting prices for a laptop with 4GB RAM are just under $500. In the past manufacturers used to make consumers pay through the nose when they upgraded the memory whilst custom ordering. More recently, this practice seems to have changed, and only Apple really still does this.
If upgrading your memory to 4GB costs you less than $90, which is what it costs separately, then you should definitely upgrade. Upgrading beyond 4GB is going to be expensive, and the only real reason to do it is if you are video editing, and even then it’s still not absolutely necessary when you compare it against the expense. For a desktop, spending an additional $100 is no big deal, but for a laptop where it is going to cost you an additional $300 for 8GB, it’s simply not worth it unless your laptop is your primary video editing device. Read the rest of this entry »
The android platform has revolutionalized the technology world and this is very evident from the fact that the android based devices are now the most popular devices today. The sale of mobile devices which utilize the android platform has soared to a point where they will in the near future overtake the PC sales. The expansion of the mobile technology and industry and the astronomic rates of adoption have seen the industry attract hackers and scammers. The continuing rise in popularity of the android devices has seen a reminiscent rise in the numbers of malware identified on android.
This year alone there has been a surge in sales of the android smartphones and this has seen to it that more than 75% of smartphones shipped were android. Hence the android platform has been a favorite for developers since it is an open source platform. This privilege has also been exploited by the hackers in a bid to take advantage on unsuspecting users. Malware has been on a sharp rise and particularly in 2012; malware on android has increased more than six fold. This is according to reports from different security firms and experts. The biggest reason has to do with the ease with which malware writers are able to reach users on the internet in such a big way.
The surge in the number of malware seen on android does not imply that there have been no measures taken to deal with the menace. Google has been tightening the android security screw in a bid to ensure that all apps made available are free from infection. This has been done through the addition of a layer of security to the application store Google Play so as to scan the apps for malicious code and guarantee that apps provided on the store are secure. Away from this app platform, there have been the third party apps and these have been fueling the proliferation of malware on android. The third party apps are either provided free or at a fee and find common use with many different people for a myriad of reasons such as functionality, entertainment and other purposes.
The malware on android has confounded security experts who all report the big percentages in increases for every passing quarter. The malware is intended to achieve different functions for the people behind the development of a particular piece of malware. Many writers of the malware want to make gains from SMS sending from the android smartphones of unsuspecting public, steal data especially personal and sensitive data, make unauthorized payments, malicious and deliberate harm to the smartphone, damage privacy and consequently track activity with and on the smartphone, track web browsing sessions and finally to read and send your location among other form of malicious damage. Read the rest of this entry »
Most people still ask the same question over and over again: why do you need to have life insurance quotes services in your own life? Wouldn’t it be enough to just live the life carefully and pay nothing for the damages which have yet to befall? Then again, if you are being careful, how could you get into any accident leading to serious damages in your life?
At some point, there is truth in such opinion. However, life insurance is not all about paying. It is to put more protection to any of those unexpected damages! This is necessary since damage can be caused from two sides: yourself and others.
Let this illustration speaks for itself then. You have been driving all carefully safely from your home to your office. Accident is thus the very last thing appers on your mind. But from the other side of the road, someone has been driving all recklessly. Alas, for some bad luck, accident does happen aand the next thing you know you wake up to find yourself in some hospital room. Of course, you never want any of these to take place, but it does, anyway. So, the next question: who is going to pay for your unwanted and unprepared medical bills?