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Welcome to Tech Solutions Blog! This blog will cover the technology, gadgets, events and cool toys that have affected me in some way. I will also give recommendations on the products that I have actually used.


The Kindle Fire HDX Display and audio

As mentioned earlier, Amazon gets points for moving the Fire’s speakers up top, where the sound has much less chance of getting muffled. Like before, the sound is helped along by Dolby Digital Plus, though, as you’d imagine, you’re not going to get theater-quality output on speakers this size. They get surprisingly loud and will work in a bind, but the sound is still a bit tinny, and turns muddy when things start to get loud. If you’ve got a Bluetooth speaker, now’s the time to use it.

The display is another story. Amazon once again upped its game, this time upgrading from 1,280 x 800 at 216 pixels per inch to 1,920 x 1,200 at 323 ppi, matching the Nexus 7’s display pixel for pixel and leaving the iPad mini’s 1,024 x 768, 163-ppi screen in the dust. Indeed, it’s a beautiful thing to behold, and it makes us seriously consider upgrading our Breaking Bad digital collection to the HDX format. If we’re going to relive the trauma, we would want to view Walt’s meth in the true blue that only perfect color accuracy can provide. In outdoor use, the dynamic image contrast helps as well, utilizing the built-in ambient light sensor to adjust the contrast of the display on a pixel-by-pixel basis, rather than just changing the display brightness. The effect is generally subtle, and you won’t often see it kick into action. In a demo, an Amazon rep shone a “sunlight” flashlight on the sensor indoors, and the result was immediate and impressive. So you can do that at home, if you really want to see a dramatic transformation.

The New Galaxy S4 Benchmarks

We’re testing the quad-core version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 here - which means that when it comes to benchmarking it’s not as strong as it could be, as the octa-core version, which we’ve yet to test, looks to be smashing up the speed charts.

As you can see, with all three tests the S4 is shown to be an incredibly strong device, although it’s matched in many ways with the HTC One, which shows that both brands have got their act together when it comes to bringing out an industry-leading smartphone.


Samsung Galaxy S4 review


Samsung Galaxy S4 review


Samsung Galaxy S4 review

4 Tips Help You Save Money With Coupons

 Tip # 1  - Many grocery items remain on sale for much longer than a week, giving you plenty of time to match them with coupons or even do a little stocking up without coupons.  So check the sale dates (they are usually located right on the shelf sale tag) to decide whether you need to purchase the items this week, or if they can wait. 

 Tip # 2  - Waiting to purchase these items that are on extended sale will also help you avoid over-stockpiling and keep your weekly grocery budget in check.  And, by postponing the purchase you may find that you don’t even need the items that are on sale!

 Tip # 3  - Groceries are not the only items that have coupons!  Carefully look through those department store inserts in your Sunday newspapers and you’re likely to find some great offers, especially during the holiday season. This past week we received 2 coupons for a $10 ToysRus gift card (with a $75 purchase), a $10 JCPenney men’s wear coupon (with a $50 purchase), a $5 coupon for Bed Bath & Beyond (with a $15 purchase), a $10 coupon for Belk (with a $10 purchase), and a 50% off coupon for any one regular priced item at Michael’s craft store! 

 Tip # 4  - Holiday sales are great for using up coupons and picking up extra items for your local food bank or a neighbor who’s in need.  If you don’t have a local food bank you can contact your area churches, Rescue Mission, Salvation Army or the American Red Cross, any of these non-profit organizations can give you more information on how you can help and what grocery items are needed the most.

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Samsung Galaxy S III review: Good - but not perfect

At least two heads turned when I received my Samsung Galaxy S III recently. How could they not when I loudly exclaimed — alright, practically squealed — that “it’s here, it’s here.” Those same two heads shook, an hour later, as their owners watched me hurl obscenities at the gadget.

"You were supposed to be perfect! Why aren’t you perfect, you stupid …"

Don’t get me wrong, I had high expectations for the Galaxy S III — and the smartphone met most of them. But what it failed to do is provide the perfection I craved, a reason to abandon my trusted iPhone 4S and finally switch to Android. It’s just too rough around the edges (metaphorically speaking, of course, as its actual edges are flawlessly curved).

The Galaxy S III is easy on the eyes with its big, bright screen, smooth corners, and almost frighteningly slender body. It’s powerful and speedy. It has a camera decent enough to make a basic point-and-shoot unnecessary. It’s battery will get you through a day. And boy-oh-boy, many of Samsung’s tweaks make Android look oh-so-appealing.

That’s the big picture, of course. The details — the devil’s always in those, isn’t he? — are where the Samsung Galaxy S III struggles to amaze. 

Samsung Galaxy S III

When the folks of Samsung first showed off the device, they pushed its “natural interaction” front and center. This was supposed to be a phone that can listen, watch and respond in ways never experience before. Unfortunately the features which should make all that happen are unpolished.

The Galaxy S III is supposed to recognize whether you are looking at it or not, and appropriately maintain comfortable screen brightness levels. Either my eyes somehow elude all detection or the phone was trying to tell me to take a break from staring at it — because it refused to keep the screen from dimming at times.

S Voice is a feature which is basically a counterpart to Apple’s Siri. It is a personal assistant of sorts and supposed to recognize natural language. Unfortunately it’s often unresponsive and prone to mangling commands, even if they are the simple ones provided as examples. (And don’t even think about asking a Galaxy S III whether you’ll need an umbrella in Tampa, Florida on Friday. Such a complex question, which is quickly answered by Siri, baffles the Samsung device.)

The Galaxy S III cleverly starts dialing a contact if you open his or her details then lift the phone to your ear. I quickly became enamored with this small but incredibly useful feature. Unfortunately it sometimes takes the device a moment or two to recognize that it’s being held against my ear — and I could definitely have manually placed the call by that point.

Are you noticing the pattern? The Galaxy S III is a solid phone. It has all the basics covered well, but it disappoints when it comes to the features that should have pushed it over the top. It’s a sleek rocket ship adorned with rusty bells and whistles.

Samsung Galaxy S III

So what’s the verdict? Well, if you’re an iPhone-obsessed individual like yours truly, stick with your beloved iOS device — because the Galaxy S III won’t impress you as much as you’d want it to. But if you’re already an Android smartphone user and looking for an upgrade? Jog, don’t walk, to the nearest store. Just because I don’t think the Galaxy S III tears away the label of “best smartphone on the market right now” away from the iPhone 4S doesn’t mean that it’s not the best Android device at the moment.

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