Are you looking for a laptop that comes equipped with much advanced features? Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro is the best answer for the ones in search of power packed yet lightweight laptop.
By now, we all know how wonderful the Lenovo is doing with its Yoga series products. Lenovo’s yoga series laptops and Ultrabooks are known as powerful and multi-mode convertible machines in the world of smart gadgets. It went a step ahead and unveiled its latest product on the block – Yoga 3 Pro, which is considered a big change in the Yoga Series.
With Yoga 3 Pro, Lenovo has tried to bring up some changes with some design tweaks for a thinner, lighter and smart system. Yoga 3 Pro is considered as the biggest change in the Yoga series by Lenovo.
Built and Display
iYogi previews the latest Yoga 3 Pro from Lenovo and finds out that it is still following the chassis from a traditional clamshell laptop where its hinge folds back to a complete 360 degrees. But, the latest product from Lenovo does come with some difference and the first one lies in its hinges. The new hinge is the single mechanism running the full width of the system, instead of the typical two hinges – plastic or aluminum. The latest hinge incorporated in Yoga 3 Pro delivers the look and feel of a long section of watchband material and is designed using more than 800 individual pieces of steel and aluminum, which also includes six-point attachment.
Apart from boasting striking features, the latest product on the block is 17 percent thinner and 14 percent lighter than the last year’s Yoga 2 Pro. Yoga 3 Pro is certainly considered the thinnest Yoga by Lenovo with 12.8mm thick. The 13-inch Yoga 3 Pro is built using a better display than HD and thus, it boasts a native resolution of 3, 200x1, 800. This is definitely better than 1080p screens.
Software and Performance
The Lenovo Yoga 3 pro runs Windows 8.1, the latest Operating Systems from Microsoft. Powered by Intel’s latest Core M processor, Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro runs swiftly and efficiently without getting you stuck in between any process. The new line from Intel is very much different from the traditional Core i4, i5, i7 and is designed for tablets and laptops that desire for mainstream processing. Yoga 3 Pro comes with a good combination of Intel Core M Processor and upto 256 GB SSD storage, which eventually makes it a power packed product.
The latest Yoga 3 Pro from Lenovo is slated for the release in the end of October 2014 in stores of Best buy and of course, through Lenovo’s online store. The starting price for the Yoga 3 Pro is $1,349 in the US and €1,299 in Europe and £1,299 in the UK.
So, if you have been looking for a laptop that boasts highly advanced features, then Lenovo’s latest Yoga 3 Pro is the answer to your search.
The Sony’s new Z3 flagship, which was launched recently, is considered a big jump in terms of technology, in the competitive world of smartphones. Sony Xperia Z3 is very much similar to its predecessor Z2- be it looks or other specifications. iYogi reviews the latest flagship of Sony –Xperia Z3 and tries to find out how it is different from its predecessors.
Hardware and Design
The display of Sony Xperia Z3 is very much similar to Xperia Z2, which comes with 1 5.2-inch full HD Triluminos panel with X-Reality. The Z3 boasts solid hardware – 2.5GHz quad-core processor, which is definitely a win over the Z2, which has 2.3GHz quad-core processor. But, both the version from Sony come equipped with Snapdragon 801 chips.
The newest flagship has a much more premium look with matte-finish metal edges than its predecessors and the original Xperia Z. Its corners are made up of nylon in a way to avoid scratches and all. The buttons and ports are placed at the same place to that of Z2. They are still covered under the sealable caps to ensure they are waterproof. The nano SIM and a memory card slot is provided on the right side of the phone, and micro-USB is placed on its left side. In fact, the camera button is also placed at the right side of the phone.
The storage capacity in the latest Xperia model the same to Z2 with 3GB RAM and 16GB onboard storage. Whereas, it tops the chart by achieving slightly trimmed dimensions and a lighter weight – 152 grams than its 163-gram predecessor.
Display is one such area where you cannot defend Sony as it always comes with an improved version. The display of its latest Z3 is much better than that of Z1 and the original Z. The improved finish, upgraded display and the light weight has made it easy to say that Z3 is one of the nicest Xperia phones by Sony.
The Xperia Z3 and Z2 both the smartphones from Sony has a 20.7 –megapixel camera. Here also, Sony did not forget to include some improvement in its camera apart from megapixels, and so it came up with the biggest change on a hardware level with the wider 25mm lens. This surely means that now you can see a bigger picture and a get a big shot with each photo.
When it is about software, Sony has surely taken a jump from its previous flagship – Z2. In Xperia Z3, Sony has incorporated Android 4.4.4 (Sony –specific UI), which is the upgraded version from its predecessor Z2 - Android 4.4.2 (Sony –specific UI).
Sony has certainly tried to come up with the better product and hence, also decided to throw in a few handy custom features like – shortcuts on the multitasking screen and a recording option that you get on the long-press of the power button.
Performance and Battery Life
This is one such area which can be discussed in one sentence – Sony Xperia Z3 performs brilliantly and has a great battery life. The battery life and its capability is one such thing that can make you run for it. You can actually use the battery for two days constantly without facing any drainage issue.
Z3 delivers the optimum performance across the board with having the same silicon as its latest gen model. You will not get stuck while playing any game or accessing any app as it comes with such a fast performance delivering capability. Its calls are loud and clear and even if you have to listen to your favorite music album, you will not have to struggle with its sound system as it works awesome.
There isn’t any doubt that Sony did a good job with its Z1 and Z2 flagships, but with Z3 Sony has been brilliantly awesome. It came up with so many improvements and upgrades that really stands Xperia Z3 phone on top. So, if you have been looking for an Android phone that comes with a good battery life, then Sony Xperia Z3 can be your best bet.
The Lenovo N20p is a good alternative for ThinkPad Yoga 11e Chromebook as it is specifically designed for casual everyday commuting. It’s a slim ultraportable laptop, which is a simple clamshell for online use and adds much better keyboard and touchpad. The half-hybrid 300 degree hinge offers an additional flexibility to it, which might prove useful for presenting videos or slideshows.
The N20 is like many ultraportable laptops. The chassis narrows towards the front and help in making it thinner than it actually is. It is 0.7 inches thick and weighs around 2.8 pounds. It gives you online access to many web services via the Chrome browser and a handful of offline tools as well. However, you cannot download and install the traditional Windows.exe files on your Chromebook. This time the touchpad is wider than the most, which leaves you less room for vertical scrolling. But the two-finger swiping for scrolling down web pages and two-finger tapping for a right-click command works well on it. The 11.6-inches display is vibrant and has off-axis viewing angles.
This ultraportable laptop comes equipped with USB 3.0 as well as USB 2.0 ports. Moreover, it has 16GB of internal SSD storage, and a faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi. Powered with Intel Celeron, it is faster and easier-to-use than the other Chromebooks. But much of your experience will be based on the frequency with which you use online tools, most of which are pretty lightweight and easy to run. Moreover, the better-than-average keyboard and touchpad makes the interaction hassle-free. But this system works really well in terms of online video streaming.
At $330, it comes with an Intel Celeron processor, 2 GB of RAM and a 16 GB SSD. iYogi won’t call it the least expensive of the Chromebooks, but it’s also not the most-expensive one.
The newly-relaunched third Moto G phone Motorola Moto G 4G LTE is blessed with a better hardware and comes equipped with an advanced 8-megapixel camera. However, it’s still holding on to its position of being the faster phone for data as its data speeds top out at HSPA+. This quality makes it all the more affordable and you’ll find a graciously designed phone in your hand.
The curved backplate flaunting a Motorola dimple along with a frisky 1.2GHz quad-core chipset makes it a front-runner. The best in-hand feel because of the flat sides makes it a nice home for your index finger. You can choose from the fifteen available backplates for your own personal expression. With a 5.6 inches length and 2.8 inches width, this fits perfectly in to the gamut of today’s phones.
The dual speakers on the phone’s front give it an audio boost, especially when you’re using your phone to stream music and videos. The top portion houses the headset jack with a micro-USB charging port nestled on the bottom. Though, you need to peel away the back cover to access the microSD card and SIM card slots.
Loaded with an Android 4.4 KitKat, it runs cleanly. But it does slip a few apps into the experience, such as a safety alert, an automated assistant, a device manager and a program that’ll help you transfer items from your previous phone. All in all, the unlocked unit is refreshingly uncluttered.
There are few simple annoyances that you’ll come across while using its camera. Like there’s no auto focus. You can tap the screen and take a picture, but you won’t be able to drag a focal frame around or refocus by tapping on another area. Image quality is satisfactory. Here, we’d say it’s not that good as the colors are not as rich as the real-world tones. However, the video quality is good at 720p HD camera resolution. The microphone is particularly quite sensitive, picking up even the ambient audio from few feet away. The 2-megapixel front camera isn’t that great, but its soft-focus is better anyway.
Its 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor and a 450 MHz Adreno 305 GPU achieve midrange in speed and quality test. Globally, it comes with 8GB and 16GB variants, but both storage options can be inflated by 32GB through an SD card. With 1 GB of RAM and battery life of 2070mAh, it’s a long-lasting performer and is here to stay.
Samsung previous launched the compact versions of its flagship products Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4 phones, so the launch of Galaxy S5 Mini was well anticipated beforehand. The S5 Mini has the same rubber design, which is waterproof along with a vivid .5-inch screen and a decent camera.
Loaded with a 1.4 GHz quad-core processor and an 8-megapixel camera, S5 Mini carries a 4G LTE, finger print and heart rate sensor and runs the older Android 4.4.2 KitKat software. Being 131 mm long and 65 mm wide, it’s far smaller than its brother and is also quite comfortable to use in one hand, which would otherwise have been a struggle on S5.
There’s a removable back panel that provides access to the microSD card slot along with a removable battery. The in-built memory storage is expandable up to 16 GB. There’s also no flap over the micro-USB port on the bottom to cover it. S5 Mini is akin to its brother in terms of its waterproof feature. It can remain submerged in water of up to 1 meter for around 30 minutes without experiencing any harm.
The Android 4.4.2 KitKat has a Private mode, which enables you to protect your files and folders using a password and a fingerprint scanner, both built in to the home button on the front. But don’t rely on the fingerprint scanner much as it has been found that sometimes it fails to recognize the print.
Above all, the camera is simple a watered-down version of S5. It uses an 8-megapixel image sensor and it does achieve good results using that. The camera allows you to take the manual control of settings such as white balance, exposure, and ISO speed along with the usual lineup of image filters. Moreover, there are other shooting options too on board such as panorama and burst. But it does not provide live HDR view unlike its big brother, S5. But, all in all, the camera performs decently.
Last but not the least; Mini comes with a decent price tag of $450 on Amazon in the US, offering it on contract as well.
And this one is a sure-hot potboiler just like you watch in Hollywood flicks!
One fine day, when you are least expecting a call from a government agency, let alone be it from the Internal Revenue Service, you indeed get a call and when you receive it, this is what you get to hear…
Now that you are reading it here, you will find that such calls are dubious in nature and isn’t worthy of taking seriously. However, had it been you on the receiver, it wouldn’t probably take the caller much time to convince you. It is of course human nature and the belief that we are smart enough not to get fooled by any Tom, Dick and Harry.
Here’s everything about this social engineering-cum-phone fraud that you ought to know.
What is the IRS Scam?
This is nothing but a bogus call by deceivers who ‘claim’ to be from the ‘IRS’ or the ‘Police Headquarters’. The caller can further notify you that there is an impending tax and that you will be penalized for the same. You would also be told of specific ways in which you could pay the tax at the earliest and thereby prevent arrest and further legal action. The idea is to scare you and thereby force you into paying up.
What to do if you receive such a call?
You should quintessentially be alert at all times to avoid getting trapped. Even if you have missed paying tax, there would be ways to do it and clear up the mess; believing anyone on the phone and paying up without cross checking can be fatal.
If you get a call from such an agency, do make sure to call back and cross check if indeed someone from the office attempted to contact you and whether your name is featuring in the defaulter’s list for sure. With easy methods available to manipulate technology, don’t be surprised if the caller id on your phone flashed the legit IRS number! Call back and be sure.
Another best practice is to try finding out more information about the missed deadline, tax, etc, from the caller. If it isn’t authentic, chances are they wouldn’t be interested in letting you take over – they would get angry and even disconnect the call.
Also, no government agency would suggest and insist on specific payment modes to pay the bill. If your caller is doing this, it should be a clear hint for you to understand the situation and thereafter take charge.
Typically, to make the conversation sound authentic, you may also subsequently receive an e-mail from the said agency. And this may prompt you in trusting the caller and thereby land yourself in soup. So, the easiest and the surest way to deal with this would be to connect to the particular agency and get the matter sorted.
Facts and Figures
So, the situation is actually pretty scary and you could be the next victim unless you are watchful and take proper steps to come out of it. Try out the preventive measures shared here and at all times keep these numbers handy:
1-800-829-1040 for IRS
1-800-366-4484 Treasury Department
Even with its increasing reputation, Windows Phone has remained a distant name for many Smartphones. But its unique style has managed to pull out a large fan base of followers and so far, they’ve remained its valuable user for the past two years.
The new HTC one M8 has lately launched a handset with Windows 8.1 OS. A familiar Android Phone, HTC has got a brand new makeover after the launch and success of HTC Windows Phone 8X in 2012. This phone is now available at a promotional price of $100 in US, exclusively on Verizon with a two-year contract. It is also available at $30 if you want to switch to Verizon Edge. So far, there has been no price or availability for UK and Australia.
Loaded with Windows 8.1.1, it has 1,920 x 1,080-pixel 5-inch OLED display, a dual-lens rear camera, front-facing ‘BoomSound’ stereo speakers, completed with a sleek aluminum construction. Along with these, it has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 32 GB of storage, 2 GB of RAM, a microSD card slot, NFC, 802.11 ac dual-bands Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. Apart from that, it is also the first Windows Phone to offer support for Verizon messages (Verizon-specific phone).
The Windows Phone 8.1.1 comes pre-installed in to this, having all the improvements of Windows 8.1. This phone is an outcome of Microsoft’s approach to HTC a year ago to build a Windows-oriented version of HTC one.
It also has the HTC’s own camera app that works with the two-lens multi-focus Duo Camera and can take adjustable focus and depth-of-field photos. Around 90-95% of Android HTC One M8’s camera app functions have been carried over in Windows version of the phone.
Windows Phone is really an aesthetic fit to HTC One M8. It has open up a pool of opportunities for the other phone-manufacturing companies to make it over to Windows Phone.
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is the thinnest Intel Core i-series device and is much lighter than the previous two versions. This model is specifically optimized to include a digital pen. Its thinner body is coupled with a 12-inch higher-resolution screen and a much-developed design, which might give you a feeling of using a primary PC device. Given to the aforesaid things, it can easily become a true laptop replacement for people.
This new system is so designed so as to run on ultra-low voltage Core i3 or i5 CPUs and at times on Core i7 CPUs too. It also comes equipped with an adjustable kickstand, which can be attuned to any angle from 22 degrees to 150 degrees, enabling the easy tilting of the screen. The magnetic hinge, which is provided, helps in raising the back edge of the keyboard to a better angle to enable an easy and natural typing. So, it won’t be wrong to say that this time Microsoft has seriously considered the ergonomics while designing the Microsoft Surface Pro 3.
The Windows logo button has shifted to the shorter edges of the whole framework. Reason being that the new keyboard covers the area where the Windows button was located in the previous versions. Not only this, the new placement of the button also enables the user to hold the device upright and use it in the portrait mode. A little downfall is that this time the keyboard cover is not included in the price range of the device.
The Surface Pro 3 does not have a pen/stylus holding loop so you’ve to keep it separate. This pen works in the variety of apps. One Note is the best example. If you’ve cloud-service properly set up on your Microsoft device, your one note files can easily sync in to your other devices such as your phone. You just need to click on the Pen’s top to open the One Note app. Your notes will automatically get saved even if your surface is asleep.
Being a thin body, it still has a full size USB 3.0 port, microSD card reader, a mini display port, 5-megapixel and 1080p HD front and rear-facing cameras. It also has stereo speakers with Dolby audio-enhanced sound. Besides, it has SSD storage ranging from 64GB to 512GB; 4GB to 8GB of memory; 802.11ac Wi-Fi; and TPM 2.0 for the enterprise security purpose.
There is a win-win situation for Surface Pro 3 in terms of battery life as it ran for 7 hours and 28 minutes in the video playback battery draining test unlike its predecessors, which fell short slightly behind. So, with the Surface Pro 3, starting at $799 for an Intel Core i3 CPU and a 64GB SSD, we can see that this time Microsoft has taken a big leap to make it your coffee-shop companion.