The Financial Risk to Launching

To many gamers, 3D seems like a gimmick – but if the general entertainment market moves towards 3D, it would be foolish for consoles to not at least be 3D capable. Currently, the only next generation console looking for release in the near future is Nintendo’s offering. As with the Wii, it doesn’t appear that Nintendo are directly competing with either Microsoft or Sony – looking instead to solidify their position with the more casual audience with the Wii U. This infographic by ladbrokesgames.com  details some of the interesting aspects of Sony’s financial motivations in the technological arms-race that is console development.

Of particular interest are the rumours of an always-on approach to DRM (or the ability to use purchased games on a single console) – effectively killing the used games market. Interestingly, Ubisoft (pioneers, for good or bad of “working exactly as intended” always-on DRM) were recently seen to be backing down from such an approach because of the image problem it had created for the company. Do you think such a move would be terrible PR for Sony, or good financial sense? Do you think 3d offers an enriched experience, or wish it would quit circling the drain and just die already?

Another feature that is not only not going to be added, but will actually be removed, is the Audience noise-cancelling processor chip. The firm said that Apple instead has decided to return to in house audio, a move which might quite likely seek to give the tyrannical company even more control over its products and cut costs.

There’s even talk that the iPhone 5 might not arrive with EU compatible 4G support in October. This is perfectly possible, seeing as their major markets (the UK and Germany) don’t currently have sufficient 4G coverage to make it worthwhile. Were people’s expectations too high, or are Apple losing their shine? We can’t be sure until we know for definite what will be launched on the 15th September. In the meantime, here’s a video that supposedly demonstrates the iPhone 5 booting up. Most people think it’s fake but I like to think it isn’t.

Know The latest iPhone

It’s iPhone season again, just in case you hadn’t noticed. We’ve been bombarded by hundreds of supposed leaks, photos, videos, rumours and educated guesses. All of these have been promising additions, changes, new features and the like, but it seems in recent days like the rumours have been going in the opposite direction.

Let’s take a sample. First, after months of speculation, it seems that Apple has finally chosen not to include NFC in their new iPhone 5. There was a wide assumption that they would do so, seeing as Passbook e-wallet functionality has been baked into the new iOS 6 software. It’s a feature that the iPhone’s main rivals include as standard. The choice not to include it seems like a regressive step. The technology is certainly ready even if the customers aren’t. It isn’t even prohibitively expensive, so they can’t claim it’s to do with keeping costs down. Heck, even the BlackBerry Curves now have NFC contactless payments built in.

On the world’s most anticipated (and probably most expensive) smartphone it seems like an unusual move to create the software and then fail to implement the hardware. That means it will be another year before we see iPhone 5 NFC technology, putting them two years behind BlackBerry and Samsung in the contactless payment wars. If this kind of technology takes off, and it really could do with the push from EE, Vodafone and O2, then Apple will be at a major disadvantage in the feature stakes.

It’s possible that Apple are just being cautious. Uptake and usage is not high (from both merchants and consumers) so to add it as standard might not make sense. There could be NFC models in certain countries where uptake has proven to be higher. We’ve only seen one phone broken down in Asia, so we don’t know if this is the EU or American version. Another reason they may not have implemented it is over security concerns raised at the Black Hat conference over summer. Charlie Harris demonstrated a method for NFC linking a phone’s browser to an infected web page without the user’s consent. This can be done even if the phone is in someone’s pocket and locked. Scary stuff.

Another feature that is not only not going to be added, but will actually be removed, is the Audience noise-cancelling processor chip. The firm said that Apple instead has decided to return to in house audio, a move which might quite likely seek to give the tyrannical company even more control over its products and cut costs.

Apps for Businessman

Android apps are mobile software designed to run on android operating system which has become the most popular platform in tablets and other mobile devices. Since the introduction of android platform hosted by Google, more than 350,000 android apps have been made available and easy to download from Google Play online store.
Majority of android apps offer a businessman platform to address his/her business issues professionally. Here is a list of 5 Android Apps for businessman.

1. Google Drive
Take charge of your businesses’ productivity using this android app. It gives you storage of up to 5 gigabytes encouraging you to save everything including your businesses’ documents in any format. These files are available offline hence accessible without the need of a mobile data bundle. Google drive can take a photo of printed text and converting it to a Google document and sync files with your PC.

2. Dolphin Browser HD
This is another powerful web browser for your android giving a businessman quality and fast access to the internet. It offers a multi-tab functionality letting you open more than one webpages in several tabs. Switching between these tabs is much easier making this browser look like the usual home desktop browsers. Products’ blogs can be uploaded to your business site using this app. It also offers businessman an opportunity to post links and blogs about their products for the purpose of online marketing. Other features include multi-touch zooming, bookmarking, versatile add-ons and optional mobile view.

3. Cam-Scanner
This app turns your android phone into a fax machine and a document scanner. It gives you the ability to scan multiple pages of a document including receipts, business and membership cards, books and magazines, bills and other relevant business documents deemed important. Documents scanned using Cam-Scanner can be faxed via the internet. Some of such documents can be merged into using this app to save on space and enhance accessibility.

4. Olive office Premium
This android app is the same as MS Office used on home desktop computers. With this app you can create, edit, save or delete office files such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint Slides describing your products and services as a businessman. Blogs to be posted on your website can be generated using this app without the need of a home desktop computer. This is a premium version app and is therefore completely different from any other. Olive office premium helps you keep track of your documents on your android phone with full MS office support.

5. PicsArt Photo Studio Pro
This is probably the only free camera app in the market that has more functions and photo effects than any other photo editing app. It comes with a PicIn network support feature through which as a businessman can edit and upload his products’ images to his/her business website. Sharing of images is possible through the PicIn plugin network and other social networks like Twitter and Facebook. In addition to this great feature, the app has filters such as cartoonizer and sketcher that allow users to make drawings and animations of your products and business easily.

EBook Creation Software

The social web is entirely changing the way that authors are publishing and readers are reading books. But all of this change is creating an overwhelming decision for writers who are looking to create and publish ebooks. There are innumerable software programs and apps available that authors can choose from. It can be overwhelming to figure out which software is the best.

Here are some considerations for writers who are just beginning their research into the best services to fit their needs.

Price – all too often price is the deciding factor in any purchase. The cost of some of the available ebook software can run high, but if you’ve figured out how many copies of your book will sell, the price may be agreeable. However, for aspiring or first time writers, cost may be prohibitive; in this case, look for a free solution – there are lots of them out there.

Learning curve – a lot of the older software available demands that the author is quite technically savvy. As new software and apps are developed, the process is made easier and becomes more streamlined. Even if the author is comfortable with HTML, maybe they feel that the time they could spend formatting the book could be better spent editing and working on PR. When publishing boils down to a one-person process, every minute is precious

Customizable – how much control do you want over the design of the book? Some software have fairly stringent templates that you must stick to. Others let you design your own cover page, use unconventional layout design, etc.  Do you want to include other media like audio, video and images? Each platform offers different functionality so it’s a good idea to run through a checklist of what you need and what each one offers.

Publication channels – does the software or app you’re using offer a database of other ebooks that their users have created? Is it popular? Do they promote new books through social media, press releases or other channels? If it’s important to you, look for software or apps that have a vibrant online presence and following.

Compatibility – depending on the platform or software you’re using, you may or may not be able to publish your books everywhere you like. Some will only produce your work in an Epub format. Others offer a range, including EPub, iBook, or others that are compatible with online sellers. Deciding on a marketing plan for your book first is a good way to gauge what formats you’ll need to have available. Generally, the more widely available your book is the more publicity and sales you’ll receive.

Recommendations from writing communities – try joining any of the numerous writers’ and publishers’ forums and communities. There are writers of all backgrounds, genres and experiences there who can answer your questions and offer useful tips. These sites usually have a handful of good moderators who will monitor the sites’ activities and make sure that the information being presented is fair and unbiased. They’ll often have a page of tried-and-true resources that you know you can trust. Just don’t forget to do your due diligence!