Mobile phones have replaced the pocket watch, the scientific calculator, the compact camera for most people. While the camera capabilities of mobile phones is improving at an exponential rate, users want features such as closer, further, wider. Solutions such as clip-on cameras that use your mobile phones as LCD monitors exist but are falling out of favour. While mobile phone makers ponder how to implement paper thin lenses that provide 10x zoom, interim solutions exist as clip-on lenses. These are cheap and simple with tall claims. Do they actually deliver? Do they work identically? Will they work on your phone? Read on to find out how they fared in my tests.
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If you have wondered if your 8 MP phone-camera images are suitable for magazines or how sharp your 16 MP DSLR images will look on a 6-feet wide poster, you need to understand the separation between MP and DPI. Plenty of misnomers and misinformation are leading to greater confusion among amateur photographers. Read on to clarify your doubts once for all and estimate print suitability of your images like a pro.
Ola Cabs, Taxi for Sure and Uber are the dominant private taxi cab operators in Hyderabad and have completely replaced operators such as Meru Genie, Yellow Cabs, Green cabs etc. However, the multitudes of service plans are confusing and it is hard to pin-point which operator and plan are ideal for a specific journey you have in mind. Article compares the service plans of the popular operators and lays out inferences that should help you save some money.
The Panasonic SC-HTB3GW-K Sound Bar is a Bluetooth-enable 20W RMS speaker designed to improve the audio-experience of LCD TVs. The sound-bar also features the ability to play from USB Pen Drive. While 20W RMS is pretty loud and a tall claim, sound-bars are saddled with small drivers and generally do not offer sound that is fulfilling. At just Rs. 2599/-, Panasonic has attempted to create a speaker that it hopes will stand apart and set the benchmark. Read on to discover if the sound-bar delivers on Panasonic’s promises.
WordPress Contact Form 7 (WPCF7) by Takayuki Miyoshi is one of the most popular WordPress plugins to create forms. It’s not easy to set-up but it is completely free and power-users can create forms in seconds. The post contains lists such as countries, states, country codes, etc. for Contact Form 7 to make it easy for you to generate the forms.
Powering components on a breadboard is always challenging. Solderless breadboard certainly make it easy but for elegance, you will need to invest in an expensive bench power supply. Trying to power a mass of sensors using the power-pins on a Raspberry Pi or Arduino board is not a good idea because of the limitations placed on maximum current draw that these boards apply.
A $1 Breadboard Power Supply module from China is an elegant drop-in solution. It supports 6.5V – 12V input and outputs stable 3.3 V and 5V over two rails up-to 700mA.
Last few months have been very exciting for those who want to move to a digital streaming media player and move away from the conventional set-top boxes. Apple fanbois have been going crazy about the impending launch of Apple TV 4. Roku fanbois have declared victory already. Google Nexus TV is and will probably remain a niche output of their R&D division. Amazon’s Fire TV is taking the technology of Nexus TV and making it practical. nVidia is joining the race as a me-too. Outside of USA, none of these boxes will ever achieve mass penetration. These markets are dominated by China-made Android Media Players. The article compares the Media Player devices by listing their prices vs. technical specifications.
The MXQ OTT Android Media Player features an Amlogic S805 Quad Code 1.5 GHz processor with 1 GB RAM and 8 GB Internal Storage. It is capable of decoding H.265 videos at 1080p. When compared to the MK809V and the M8H, it does seem to be straddling a middle position. Does it deliver middling performance or awesome bang for buck?
The Orange Pi Mini 2 features 4 USB 2.0 ports and promises sufficient performance for a Home NAS set-up. Though the board itself runs very hot may have a short-life without some active cooling, the USB Read – Write performance mattered a lot and hopefully it was not affected by any other parameter. I ran a bunch of disk read-write tests on USB Pen-Drives, USB Hard Disk Drives and Micro-SD Cards and tabulated their results. Read more to find out if the board is suitable for a Home NAS.
The electronic brains that have been converting my ordinary TV into a Smart TV, have undergone considerable churn. It has been an Intel Core i5-430M CPU based laptop, followed by an Intel Core i5-2430M CPU based laptop, followed by an Intel Core i3-4005U CPU based laptop, followed by a Raspberry Pi B+. Now it is an Amlogic S812 CPU based Android Media Player and I am sincerely hoping that the churn would come to a rest.
The M8H Android Media Player features Amlogic S812 CPU, 2GB RAM and 16GB Internal Storage and is capable of playing 4K videos encoded using H.265 Codec without breaking a sweat. It performs admirably well as a full-fledged HTPC replacement but rough edges exist. How does the device stand-up to rudimentary testing? Continue reading to find out.