Nov 20 2014

Review: WonderFox HD Video Converter Pro 7.5

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If you find yourself in a situation where you need an HD video converter software program, you can stop when you get to WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory. Several weeks ago, I was lucky enough to get onto a website that gave me a free version of WonderFox DVD Video Converter. The user interface for that software was dead simple and WonderFox has continued with that user interface with their HD Video Converter.

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Nov 18 2014

Review: eM Client v6 – Organized and Robust

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I did a review of eM client back in 2012 for the release of version 5. Version 6 has been released and eM client is one of the most robust email clients that’s freely available on the Internet. It’s been referred to as the Microsoft Outlook killer. The user interface of eM client looks very similar to Microsoft Outlook and he has a lot of the similar functions, but it also has some additional features that Microsoft Outlook doesn’t support.

While a majority of people have compromised on the standards of an email client, eM client has embraced the importance of handling email, organizing it, but also keeping track of calendar events and personal tasks; it’s a personal information manager in one package. People who are serious about their communications and organization lean on applications like eM client help them organize and keep things on track.

Web interfaces are still seriously behind on capability. Web interfaces are functional, but they’re not fluid, they’re not natural and they’re not robust. eM client is an application serious about managing your communications, events and tasks in making it easy for you to get things done.

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Nov 10 2014

Eweat EW902 Android TV – Review – Pt2

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This is part two of an overview/review of the Eweat EW902 Android TV media box.  To be honest with the readers of this post, I have never dealt with and Android TV device before. I had reached out to Eweat in curiosity over there EW902 unit that was going to be coming out because I was impressed by the specifications and the abilities of the unit.

Eweat was very generous in offering the unit as a demo. When Eweat provided the demo unit, they confirmed that this was an early production version of the EW902, but they would let me take a look at it and make some evaluations.

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Nov 10 2014

Review: RT-MWK08 USB Mini-Keyboard Remote


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 Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been trying to complete a review for the Eweat EW902, Android TV box, but I’ve been holding off on doing the second part of that review until I received a different remote. The stock remote that comes with the Eweat Android TV box that they sent me was not what I would consider user-friendly.

It make more sense to have a more capable remote than what they provided me. I had never purchased in Android TV remote before, so I wasn’t quite sure what I would be looking for, but I do have a much better idea now.

Just to get a better idea of the capabilities and some of the things that I should be looking forward to in the future, I purchased a mini wireless keyboard and mouse combo. Essentially it’s an Android TV remote, with a keyboard and touchpad. It’s compatible with several different operating systems, but I purchased this one strictly for the Android TV box.

The remote I purchased was from eBay, it was roughly $15, with free shipping.The model number is RT-MWK08

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Nov 07 2014

Streaming TV Apps from ABC, CBS and NBC – FAIL


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Over the past couple of days, I’ve been testing the EW902 from Eweat; it’s an Android TV device. Testing the Android TV device has got me into testing a lot of streaming services. Streaming services that are not normally available through Roku. Admittedly, I had not used the big three American broadcasters streaming services on android before. The streaming services that I was trying to use were from ABC, NBC and CBS.

With cable companies reporting declines in cable subscriptions from their customers and increases in broadband subscriptions, it starts making you wonder what efforts these major broadcasters are putting into the streaming services. You’ll be surprised to find that they’re not putting a lot of effort into convincing customers that streaming content is the way to go. Moreover, it looks like the three big broadcasters are trying to make streaming content a joke to potential customers.

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Nov 05 2014

Expect Microsoft to claim victory for Windows 8


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Windows 8 has been the Titanic of our day when it pertains to Microsoft operating systems. It was and still is a monster-ably deformed release of an operating system. It was Microsoft’s knee jerk reaction to not having a stake in the mobile market. Some how they thought that everyone was going to have touch screens and drive flying cars to work.

From there, they decided to tech everything up, change the layout of the operating system again, remove the Start button and have everyone boot in to the start menu; all this for fun.

The adoption of Windows 8 hasn’t been a staggering windfall, but as with each release of Windows operating system, Microsoft claims victory once the other operating system is no longer sold on new PC’s. Why? Because the adoption numbers of Windows 8 start going up. Microsoft can claim that Windows 8 is now beloved by all because they are no longer including Windows 7 on new PC’s.

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Nov 03 2014

Will your Smart TV support 4k playback? Probably not.

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I was doing some video playback testing with a new Android TV box the other day and I got hit with a reality check on 4k; those 4k video files are going to take a lot of CPU/GPU power to res out that Ultra HD video for everyone to enjoy.

If you take in to account that the Smart TV’s you bought a few years ago were using the top of the line, or bare minimum CPU to be called a Smart TV; you can bet that your current Smart TV can’t handle the CPU and GPU requirements for 4k playback.

The issue is that there’s a new video codec in town. It’s going to be the backbone of 4k and probably 8k Ultra HD TV as well.As customers you’re going to have to start understanding things like codecs, HEVC and CPU/GPU specifications if you want to make an educated purchase.

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Oct 31 2014

Roku Adds Google Play – Fails To Impress


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I guess what most people would consider good news today is that Roku now has Google Play. Google/YouTube has been putting itself in a position now for streaming content directly to customers, but unfortunately Google Play hasn’t done anything differently to make themselves stand out over any other streaming service.

Besides the fact that Google Play now has a presence on Roku, there’s nothing special about the service. It looks almost identical to any other streaming services available on Roku. The biggest letdown of Google Play is that it’s doing exactly the same pricing scheme is everybody else. Everybody and every TV show which you want to watch as a price associated with it.

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Oct 28 2014

Eweat EW902 Android TV – First Impressions – Pt1

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Recently, I was given the opportunity to do a review on a new Android TV device from Eweat the EW902. I was doing searches for Android TV devices and I came across some really good specifications for what I would consider some nice hardware specifications.

The EW902 is still early production and Eweat seems to still be working on some fine details with the unit. But about two weeks ago, I received my Eweat EW902 Android TV device.

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Oct 27 2014

Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13: Compatibility Troubles?

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Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13 was recently released and Nuance is very proud to say that with each new release of speech recognition software it gets better with its accuracy and the performance increases. Nuance routinely refers to Dragon NaturallySpeaking as being able to be at least 3x more productive by using their speech recognition software.

As a user of Dragon NaturallySpeaking for the last 10 years, I can say without a doubt that using speech recognition software is an absolute benefit to creating emails, doing documentation, taking notes and any other task that requires people to write large amounts of information. With the latest release of version 13 Nuances speech recognition software, the latest release offers the greatest amount of accurate recognition of speech that can be offered to the general public.

Historically, I have used Dragon NaturallySpeaking and just about every application I can think of. It’s been immensely productive and it’s one of the must-have applications from my toolbox— until version 13.

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