Asus Memo Pad HD 7 review: Vivid screen barely outshines slow performance

The good: The Asus Memo Pad HD 7 rocks an impressively colorful screen, features a bevy of useful customization options, and comes in at a budget price.

The bad: Its performance is mediocre and the touch screen is sometimes unresponsive. The plastic build gives it a toy-like feel and it isn’t very comfortable to hold. The dull design lacks panache.

The bottom line: For those looking to save a buck, for its low price, the Asus Memo Pad HD 7 has a bevy of useful features, though there are better performing options out there.

With the Asus Memo Pad HD 7, you really get what you pay for. The HD 7 earns its low price with a lackluster design and sluggish performance. It’s not very comfortable to hold for long periods of time, and aside from being offered in a variety of different colors, lacks a coolness other tablets try hard to aspire to.

Its performance is meekly mediocre, and consistent lagging combined with a sometimes unresponsive touch screen make the tablet best suited for simple tasks like browsing and reading.

That said, the HD 7 is a refreshing upgrade from its predecessor and its best feature is the 7-inch IPS screen that displays an impressively wide range of colors which facilitate a visually richer experience than the original Nexus 7.

If you’re on a strict budget, the Asus Memo Pad is an inexpensive and functional small tablet, but if you can spare the change, a new Nexus 7 is the better choice.

Design
Even though the tablet shares similar dimensions with the Nexus 7, it’s nowhere near as sleek or comfortable in design. The tablet fits fine in one hand, even for people with smaller hands like me, yet, despite its light weight, the design doesn’t lend itself to comfortable holding over lengthy periods of time.

The back panel protrudes slightly, and the corners slightly dig into your palms when holding it in both hands, instead of the flush, smoothly curved edges of the original Nexus 7. I often found myself wanting to put the device down after using it for awhile — not because I was done using it — but because holding it became tiresome.

The Asus Memo Pad HD 7 comes in navy blue, white, hot pink, and lime green. The navy blue version is the only one that has a back with a matte finish. The dark shade of blue attracts a minimal amount of fingerprints that are only highly visible from certain angles. The back panel is smooth and comfortable to the touch but can be a bit slippery without a tight grip.

In comparison, the reflective plastic backsides of the other colors looks less chic, but its texture helps one grip the device significantly better than the matte finish does. I personally prefer a back panel with a grippier texture, like the Nexus 7 (2012), because it enhances my comfort level in a way that extends the amount of time I can hold the device.

Since they’re both made by Asus, the Memo Pad HD 7 and the Nexus 7 (2012) share similar design elements. The power button and volume rocker on the right edge look almost identical in shape, while the rear speakers are similarly located towards the bottom edge of the tablet.

The front of the tablet is typically simple, with an Asus logo on the bottom bezel and a front-facing camera on the top. There is no ambient light sensor, therefore no automatic brightness setting.

The Memo Pad HD 7’s headphone jack, microphone pinhole, and Micro-USB port are all located on the top edge, with the microSD expansion slot — which is expandable up to 32GB — around the corner on the left edge. There are no ports on the bottom edge, but the speaker sits on the bottom of the tablet’s back, keeping the 5-megapixel rear camera on top company.

Asus Application Suite
The tablet comes loaded with the Asus Application Suite and features apps that range from useful to creative. The simple additions include a calendar, to-do list, and file manager, and it comes with 16GB of Asus WebStorage cloud service for one year.

Some of the apps that are geared towards family use include App Locker, which allows you to put passwords on specific apps; Asus Artists, where you can create “paintings” or greeting cards; and Asus Story, which helps you organize your photos into albums, or as they call them, “stories.”

The tablet comes with Power Saver, a battery saving feature that comes in handy if you’re trying to squeeze the most out of a low battery.

The custom mode lets you pick the specific functions that the power-saving option affects. For example, you can set a low screen brightness for listening to music, a higher one for watching video, and no power-saving function for reading books. When enabled, it significantly helped extend the battery life when it was low and the highly customizable options.

Floating apps
One of the most interesting and useful features on the tablet is the floating menu. On the Android navigation bar, there’s a button to the left of the back button that activates the floating menu.

When activated, a small menu pops up above the navigation bar that contains a selection of floating apps that you can quickly access without having to close whatever app you’re currently using. Since the apps “float” on the screen, on top of whatever is already open, it’s almost like a multiwindow option, but they can only perform simple tasks and can’t compare to the multiwindow functions that the Microsoft Surface or some of the Samsung Galaxy tablets provide.

Floating apps are an easy way to multitask, and I liked the ability to use the browser while watching video, but not all streaming video services continue to play while a floating app is open. With the exception of a few floating apps, including the calculator and compass, Netflix did not let me use most of the floating apps while simultaneously watching video, although YouTube did.

Despite providing an easy way to multitask, the floating apps don’t have the same functionality as the fullscreen app and are limited in their capabilities; the YouTube app only shows recommended videos — you can’t search — and the Twitter app displays only one tweet at a time. There is a limited amount of floating apps, and although the floating menu is customizable, not all downloaded apps have the ability to be floating ones.

Speaker features
The Memo Pad HD 7 houses stereo speakers with Asus SonicMaster audio technology and Audio Wizard software. Although the speakers aren’t great, the number of specific audio settings are. The tablet allows you to manually adjust separate volume settings for app audio, notifications, and alarms.

Are Energy Drinks Good For You

Energy drinks are all the rage these days. They are advertised on television, they sponsor sports events and I have even seen them advertised on vehicles. And it seems like people are always looking for something that will pick them up. Since everybody is drinking these pick-me-up beverages, they must be good for you. The answer to the above question will depend who you ask.

What these drinks contain as ingredients varies, but the most common ingredients are vitamins, caffeine and sugar. Vitamins are a good thing and caffeine is not bad as long as you do not over do it. It is the sugar that is the problem and most of these drinks are loaded with it. And we in America love our sugar, but its negative aspects far outweigh any benefits that you may perceive it to have.

Now, if you have one of these drinks a day, you are not going to see major negative effects, but if you are trying to lose weight or otherwise trying to live a healthy lifestyle, these drinks are probably something that you should eliminate from your diet. They can contain as many as 200 calories or more and you have to decide if the benefits that you derive from drinking energy drinks are worth the excess calories.

You can actually get the same benefits from taking vitamins or drinking a cup of coffee without all of the extra calories. The best bang for your buck is to try to find a water flavoring that will meet your needs. There are many of these available today and water has no calories and adding flavoring usually has very few calories. You do have many choices today for energy drinks and they are not created equal. Only you can decide what it going to work best for you.

There are many new products on the market today and some of them do have value, but the majority of them do something that is better done naturally. If you are looking for energy, the best way to get it is to eat a balance diet. Limiting the amount of sugar, carbs and fat and increasing the fruits and vegetables in your diet is the best way that you can increase your energy. Exercising regularly is something else that is essential to energy. If you live unhealthy, there really isn’t a whole lot that will boost your energy for more than a short period of time.

Sony Launches Laptop Weighing 770 Gram

Computer manufacturers are competing to make the laptop with the smallest possible size and weight as possible. Sony did not want to miss the issuing Vaio laptop that they claim to be the lightest in the world.

Vaio laptop in question is a size 11-inch Vaio Pro which was launched to the market of Indonesia in Jakarta, Friday (05/07/2013), Sony Indonesian President Satoru Arai. In addition, Sony also launched a Pro-sized 13-inch Vaio, Sony Vaio laptop hybrid Duo 13-inch Vaio E Fit as part of their flagship line up for the summer of 2013.

With a weight of 770 grams, meaning Vaio Pro 11 is only slightly heavier than the iPad tablet. But it does not have the Vaio lightest touch screen capabilities. For Vaio Pro 11 which has a touch-screen capability, weighs a little heavier, which is 870 grams. Both are much lighter when compared with, for example, the Acer Aspire S7 11-inch or 11-inch MacBook Air which weighs about 1 kilogram.

With light weight, the Sony still reluctant to sacrifice the ability of computing the two variants Vaio Pro 11’s. The fourth generation of Intel processors (which are named Haswell) claimed more energy efficient so as to save battery more than 50% when compared to the previous generation of Intel processors.

Though tiny, do not underestimate the power of this Vaio Pro 11. Material uni-direction carbon fiber wrapped her body is material that’s 50% lighter 25% stronger than aluminum. In addition, convenience Vaio Pro 11 to work in a long time is also optimal with standard-size keyboard design and a comfortable palm rest.

As a gadget aimed at mobile users, Vaio Duo 13 count battery life up to 15 hours after a single in-charge. In addition, the weight of the Vaio Duo 13 is only 1320 grams also make it light enough to carry anywhere.

Vaio Duo 13 comes with Triluminous display, high-resolution screen that was adopted from the Sony Bravia TV screen. In addition, to maximize his ability as a tablet, Vaio Duo 13 also comes with a stylus pen for writing, sketching, drawing even.

Other security features Vaio Duo 13 is the 8 MP camera that can take very sharp photos. Not only that, this camera can also function as a scanner, so that when a user photograph a document, the picture can be converted to PDF with ease.

Indonesian Sony Vaio series mentions that Pro 11 and 13 and the Vaio Duo 13 will be available in Indonesia on August 30 at a price of around Rp10-17 million for Vaio Pro 11 and 13 and Rp15-24 million for the Vaio Duo 13.

Sony’s latest laptop introduced for this summer is the Vaio Fit E. This 14-inch laptop and is intended for home users who want to enjoy the visual and audio capabilities ala Sony with a relatively affordable price.

Not vary much with Vaio Pro 11, Pro 13 Vaio also comes with a very light weight. Although a 2-inch screen is bigger, but the weight of the Vaio Pro 1060 only 13 grams, making it practically lighter than the 13 inch ultrabook output of other producers.

Vaio Duo with Bigger Size
In addition to introducing the lightest laptop, Sony in the same occasion also launched the second generation of hybrid Vaio Duo laptop with a screen size of 13 inches. According to Indonesian Sony Product Marketing Leo Marathon, Vaio Duo 13 has a body size similar to its predecessor, the Vaio Duo 11, but had a 2 inch larger screen.

Hedge funds eye a profit from European bank research retreat

As Europe’s big investment banks and brokerages scale back their research efforts, particularly towards small and mid-sized companies, some hedge funds and other specialist players spy an opportunity.

If the major players aren’t ferreting out investment ideas among Europe’s thousands of non blue-chip companies, figuring the effort is too costly and time-consuming at a time of cutbacks and rationalization, other participants see a chance to capitalize on the resultant gap in the market.

The hope? That less analysis and information flow has left the best investment ideas undiscovered, even in an era of data overload via everything from specialist investor websites to social media.

“If it’s shrinking, that research is going to be replaced by independent research firms and hedge funds, which are doing their own deep dive and explicitly investing behind their ideas,” said Soren Aandahl, head of research at activist investor Glaucus.

Data underlines the scale of research cutbacks among the big banks.

Four in every 10 European stocks tracked by analysts have seen a drop in coverage over the last two years, twice the number of firms recording a rise, Thomson Reuters figures show.

And calculations by Reuters based on year-end statements show Europe’s 30 largest banks by stock market value cut staff by 80,000 in 2013 alone – not all equity analysts of course but certainly that category was far from immune.

This has led to fewer eyes looking at some of the 9,000 listed companies in Europe, especially those with a smaller market capitalisation.

Some clients have noticed the difference.

“For many of the European mid-cap companies we cover, the breadth, depth and quality of the sell-side research (from banks and brokers) has declined,” said Moni Sternbach, head of European mid-cap investing at $6.5 billion hedge fund firm Cheyne Capital.

LUCRATIVE IDEA

Yet finding the right investment idea among overlooked small companies can still prove lucrative, as evidenced by events around Spanish wireless networks provider Gowex, a thinly analyzed company whose shares fell 60 percent after a firm called Gotham City Research issued a detailed report questioning its accounts.

Gowex subsequently filed for bankruptcy.

Gotham City had said in its original report that it stood to benefit from a drop in Gowex shares, presumably by taking a “short” position by borrowing stock it then sold in the expectation of being able to buy it back cheaper.

U.S.-based Gotham may also have been taking advantage of Europe having been hit harder in equity research than other regions, given a steep fall in commissions paid to banks by fund managers and a subsequent focusing by banks on the large companies that are more likely to offer them other business.

That same pressure on resources has also seen the quality of research fall, some fund managers say, with some companies often only covered by a brief note when they release their results.

My Favorite Romance Authors

Liz Fielding is one of my top favourites. Her emotional feel good romances take you to a paradise that’s full of love and happiness. Her novel -The Best Man and the Bridesmaid- won the Best Traditional Romance Novel at Rita Awards, while -The Marriage Miracle- won the Best Contemporary Romance- at Rita Awards. Whether it is a traditional romance novel with white weddings or modern romances with hot affairs, Fielding never fails to win one’s hearts with her poignant romance love stories.

My next favourite romance author is Jacqueline Braid. Beautiful women, gorgeous guys, and steamy hot love scenes – you’ll not be able to put a Braid romance novel down till you have read the last line! I love her contemporary romance novels. With strong independent female protagonists and equally strong-willed super-rich men, her stories are compelling reads.

Another of my favourite romance authors is Sara Craven. From cute love stories to seductive romance stories, her novels cover a wide genre of romance. Whether I want to read a sweet romance story or a hot one, I just grab a Sara Craven!

Not just these three, there are many more romance authors that I totally love reading. I spend most of my monthly budget on romance novels! That used to be very hard on my pocket till I came across this amazing online bookstore, Diesel-ebooks. I found thousands of romance ebooks at such low prices! Now I no longer have to travel all the way to a book store to buy romance love stories written by my favourite romance authors. I just download romance ebooks from this web store. So, if you too are a bibliophile (just a fancy word for someone who loves reading books), especially a romance bibliophile, this is the best online store to buy romance ebooks at amazingly low prices.

Matcha Green Tea Benefits Both Physical And Mental Health

One of the matcha green tea benefits is the green tea itself. To be able to have all the matcha green tea benefits, one should drink the entire green tea leaf. This is a lesson known only in Japan centuries ago. Today, with the technology we have, the matcha green tea benefits are reaching all four sides of the world.

Amazing Matcha Green Tea Benefits Are Due To First Class Handling

Getting the real matcha green tea benefits means getting the first class, stone powdered form of the matcha green tea. Tea leaves of the matcha are grown in shade. They are wisely set. Tea leaves are selected by hands only by the elites. With this first class standards, we can be sure to get its benefits as a whole.

Facts Supporting the Matcha Green Tea benefits

Studies from ages ago have shown that the green tea can truly benefit us. Matcha green tea benefits include the following: lessening the cholesterol content in our body, even fighting off cancer cells. The green tea can protect our teeth and gums. It can also give us a clear mind unlike coffee that can cause us palpitations. The list of matcha green tea benefits just goes on without end.

A fact about the matcha green tea, that is still unknown to many, is that it has a very potent content compared to the old-style-brewed green tea. The reason for it having lots of benefits is due to consuming it entirely. This makes its effects more potent with even just a small portion of it. Matcha green tea has about seventy times more detoxifying agents than that of blueberries and oranges alike. The catechin found inside it is known today as the most potent and influential body system shield from all sorts of toxins known to man.

Drinking it everyday can give you about one hundred thirty seven times more of EGCG compared to drinking a regular tea. And that is just one of the matcha green tea benefits. However, we should not depend solely on the matcha green tea itself. There is always a limit to something. We should remember to keep our bodies fit through balanced diet and exercise.

Where do you get to see people living longer than most? In Japan, where most are green tea drinkers, have the highest population of people who live longer than usual. Monks there are very well focused on meditation that can last up to twelve hours a day. The reason for this is may be because of the matcha green tea benefits they get from drinking it daily.

Solar keyboard charges laptop battery in both natural and indoor light

This week marked an amazing fusion of solar and computer technological advancements as two companies announced the release of solar-powered keyboards.

The two products, however, are very different. Logitech announced on Monday the release of its K750 wireless solar keyboard that charges up inside or out in natural or ambient light.

AU Optronics on Wednesday announced the imminent release of its fully-integrated solar laptop keyboard.

“The two products are different ideas and applications,” Katie Chen, AUO corporate communications representative from Taiwan, wrote in an e-mail interview. “The AUO solution combines touch panel and solar module, with much larger surface area to absorb sunlight. People can carry the solar notebook anywhere they like, at anytime.”

The AUO keyboard does look like a solar sheet with the outline of a keyboard imprinted on it, according to reports.

While it will perform best in sunlight, the AUO keyboard, like Logitechs, will charge up in ambient light indoors as well, according to reports.

One advantage the AUO keyboard boasts over Logitechs, however, is its ability to charge the laptop computer.

“The solar power is the backup battery to replace a part of power,” Chen writes. “But in the future, the charging efficiency will increase depending on different solar cell materials.”

This innovation could be the first in an evolutionary chain leading to a fully solar-powered laptop, Chen suggests.

AUO has partnered with SunPower, the largest manufacturer of traditional photovoltaic solar panels in the United States.

The companies announced last month that they had achieved high efficiency in the solar cells produced at their newest plant, nearly 23 percent.

AUO produces computers, televisions and solar panels. This is one of the first integrations of the companys efforts to hit the commercial market.

“AUO pursues green energy and carbon reduction as a green-service provider,” Chen writes. “The company is already working as a vertical integrator in the PV industry for solar energy solutions. Therefore, we keep a bright eye on designing and creating innovative green products.”

The solar-powered keyboard and laptop are not yet available on the consumer market, but will be displayed at the FPD International in Chiba, Japan next week.

Buying Art From San Diego Art Gallery Online

In order to make your online art buying from San Diego art gallery happy, you have to follow certain instructions. They are discussed here.

Buying any art piece from San Diego art gallery online allows you to avoid all the condescending salesperson. You get the chance to view the art from your own perspective without any disturbance. Imagine the joy of leisurely look at the painting without anyone around you to disturb. Buying online can turn to be a tricky task though. You have to be vigilant about the website you choose to shop from.

Things you need to be careful while shopping from online San Diego art gallery:

You wish you buy a picture from San Diego art gallery for a specific space. Be it for your home or for your office you have to keep the setting in mind. You can go for casual theme for home but you have to be formal for your office.

When you are buying any painting or picture to gift someone else, keep the person’s taste in mind. Choose color combinations that will make the person happy.

Measuring the space is utmost important. There are several dimensions that need to be worked upon. While gifting you need to go for size that can go well with any space.

When you are looking at the piece on the Internet, look for its largest size. It will help you to understand whether the piece will fit into your free space or not.

Also after the size you need to check on the resolution of the painting. Try to see the piece in the highest resolution on the Internet.

Check for the artist of the piece. See if the online gallery has biography of the artist. Once you like a particular art work; there are chances that you might like the artist’s other pieces as well.

There are two options in photographs, for fine art pictures. The pieces would be either unframed or framed. See if you are comfortable in buying unframed ones. It is because the unframed pieces of art are easier to ship and are cheaper too.

You should ask how the art piece would be home delivered to you. Also you need to know about the turn around time of the delivery.

Learn about the return policy of online San Diego art gallery. Art will always be a personal choice. Sometimes people wish to see the art piece personally. See if the online gallery has the policy of money back on returning the picture.

Online shopping can leave you with a happy face and satisfactory shopping experience. However you have to take all the necessary steps for such experience.

Enroll At A Reputed Culinary School To Become A Successful Professional Chef

Becoming a professional chef is not as easy as it appears. It requires creativity, innovation, understanding how flavors complement each other, as well as extensive physical training. This path isnt easy; it involves long hours, physical labor and heavy competition. You need to acquire skills that include manual dexterity, a great sense of taste and smell, and most importantly good time management skills. To be the top god in the kitchen, chefs must have good leadership skills and business skills as well.

If you have a desire to work as a chef, you can develop and hone your skills by enrolling to reputed that helps you kick start your career in the culinary arts. The culinary world has undergone a drastic change is almost unrecognizable as it was a decade back. Simply learning how to cook is not enough anymore. Culinary schools and courses train you to manage a kitchen and your restaurant and design creative dishes. By exposing you to certain elements, you can gain invaluable techniques and skills to pursue your dream of becoming a professional chef.

To become a professional chef you can get training at various institutes or at a . These schools train students in menu planning, determination of portion size, foot cost control. Purchasing food supplies, selection of food, restaurant sanitation, public health rules, apart from teaching them how to broil, roast, saut, chop and cook delicious dishes. A chef is a serious profession that is extremely demanding chefs should be able to withstand high stress and pressure that is commonly associated with the job. They also provide expert training and experience cooking with well-known chefs, which provide guidance that helps you adapt to any restaurant, catering service in the world.

For a rewarding career in culinary arts, the best course of action is to enroll at such respectable institutes and the best chef school. A certificate from such schools makes a great impression on potential employees and the best part is that these schools equip students with the know-how on how to run and manage their own restaurants or catering service. Their curriculum include classic French culinary techniques, how to identify quality food products, sauce and stock preparation, knife skills and facts about seasonings. It also involves training in various styles of cooking from Mediterranean and Latin American to Asian and Regional American. They teach important subjects that are extremely useful in the kitchen such as Palate development and kitchen management. You can browse the internet to find about the best culinary program that are offered by professional chefs, and successfully pursue your dream of becoming a popular and a professional chef.

Set Fashion Trend For Kids At Baby Accessories Boutique

Clothes change with the change in fashion. There is always a new design that is much trendy and beautiful than the previous one. Fashion is something that is never static and it keeps on changing with time. There are many stores and boutiques that come up with all the latest designer clothes for both babies and adults. Though this is a known fact that fashion is specifically for adults but with changing times even kids are more aware and conscious about their looks. Keeping in mind the growing demand of baby clothes and accessories there are many baby accessories boutiques that have lined up some quality and designer baby clothing. Dressing up a little baby girl in designer tutus and matching headbands makes her look like an angel and gives a special kind of happiness and comfort to the parents.

When we talk of baby clothing and accessories it is not just limited to basic dresses or one or two baby accessories but it refers to the range of baby clothes that are high on fashion ranging from tutu skirts for girls, leg warmers for babies, leggings to a variety of baby headbands, hats and other hair accessories that can add charm to the babies look. Every baby boutiques has some of the best stuff available for the toddlers”There are clothes for both boys and girls. There are many baby clothes style websites that help you to have a look on the latest style and designs. Every change may it be in fashion, designs or other sale offer is shown up in the website itself. We can say that comparatively there are more options available for baby girls as compared to the boys when it comes to the variety in clothing. There are cute hair accessories that can be bought for them and made to put it up to match with their clothes. Parents take extra interest in dressing up their baby in different type of designer clothes and make them look unique and adorable compared to others. Some of the most popular of all the hair accessories are the headbands that are counted as one of the important hair accessories for baby girls. Whenever a baby is made to wear a headband matching to their dress they look much more adorable and lovely.

There are many designer hats that can also be termed as an accessory as it is worn by toddlers most commonly. Hats are specially designed for both boys and girls”.Different colorful hats add up to the cuteness of your toddler. With winters coming on hats are much more in demand as it not just add to the fashion but also help in keeping the baby warm. With the increase in the demand many baby boutiques have special offers for the customers and different discounts on baby products. I think it is the right time of year to get some really good baby clothing and accessories for your little ones.

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