Ultrabooks

Quick Tips to Help You Choose an Ultrabook in 2016

Every other day we get up and hear a brand launching a new laptop but with a tag Ultrabook. So what is an Ultrabook exactly? Let’s find out.

The term Ultrabook is nothing more than pure marketing strategy by Intel which it is using for a new generation of portable PC’s empowered by its technology.

What is an Ultrabook

In Intel’s words, Ultrabooks are not just ultra slim and stylish which they are. But they also have “ultra capabilities” like having Intel’s Anti-theft security feature, enhanced battery power, instant-on with 5-second connectivity to Wi-Fi.

One can think of an Ultrabook drawing parallels from Apple’s MacBook Air. Its got more power than the regular netbook but not as much as a high-end laptop.

Ultrabook also has Core i3, i5 or i7 processor, super fast SSD storage with USB 3.0 connectivity features. Embedding security, graphics and video encoding and decoding will improve the battery life and the speed of operation.

Intel’s emphasis on Ultrabook’s light, thin and stylish design will not compromise with the cost. For now, the Ultrabook costs around $800, but that price will come down to around $500 with Intel putting pressure on the manufacturers to cut cost by the end of 2016.

Intel says its aggressive about Ultrabook and is confident that Ultrabooks will account for 48% of the market by the end of 2016. The Ultrabooks are already shipping with Skylake processors and by the end of September, we can expect Kaby Lake processors in the latest Ultrabooks.

So now that we have answered what is an ultrabook you might be wondering which Ultrabook should you get? Here our top pick from the Ultrabooks available in the market right now.

dell xps 13

1. Dell XPS 13 is one of the best ultrabooks you can buy today for around 900$. It ships with an Intel Core i5 – i7 processor, Intel HD Graphics 520 and beautiful HD 13.3 inch Screen. Can’t go wrong with this one.

surface book

2. The Surface Book is a breath of fresh air from Microsoft. They managed to pack in some of the highest performing components into a cool looking futuristic design. It comes with a 3,000 x 2,000 Pixel screen. The larger configurations ship with a dedicated Nvidia GPU as well. For about 1400$ you can order one from Amazon or stop by at a Microsoft store.

asus zenbook

3. Asus ZenBook UX305 is a great entry level ultrabook at a very attractive price point. It ships with Intel Core M3-6Y30 – M7-6Y75, Intel HD Graphics 515 a very nice HD screen and 256 GB of Solid State Drive which is pretty much the standard in ultrabooks these days. For about 700$ this is a great buy.

So there you go, our Top 3 picks for ultrabooks. I hope you found this article useful, please let me know if you have any questions in the comment section.

Office 2016

Here’s How MS Office 2016 Takes Care of Small Businesses

Microsoft Office 2016 is significantly better compared to its predecessor in many ways. Especially, when it comes to taking care of the needs of small businesses, the new software seems to have a knack.

Here, we briefly consider in what ways Microsoft Office 2016 makes the life of small business owners, as well as their employees, less stressful.

Data analysis made easier

In Microsoft Office 2016, Excel is tightly integrated with the cloud-based business intelligence software Power BI. In addition to crafting dashboards that are personalized, small business owners can generate useful interactive reports with the help of Power BI. Also, they can analyze data by uploading the same to could service like QuickBooks and Google Analytics. To help small business owners track their progress and notice any lag, Power BI can be accessed using apps suitable for Android, iOS, as well as Windows. Storage of 1GB, with a refresh rate of once per day, is provided free of cost. In case a business requires more than that, the Pro plan can be purchased by paying $9.99 every month against each user.

Real-time collaboration now possible

Almost every software claims to offer great ‘collaboration’ these days. Unfortunately, that proves to be just a claim in most cases, and nothing more. A survey by iFeeltech IT support company operating in Miami FL concluded that in the majority of instances, coworkers need to go through a lot of hassle to work simultaneously with a single presentation or office document even when they use latest solutions. However, Microsoft Office 2016 truly shows what the term ‘collaboration’ should mean. Working closely with Office 365, it saves and synchronizes any changes made to a PowerPoint, OneNote or Word file across all devices and users. In other words, it offers true real-time collaboration.

Cloud security enhanced

It is not just customer databases or financial systems that contain valuable data and attract hackers. Nowadays, many mobile devices and cloud-based services contain a lot of sensitive data, too. Microsoft Office 2016 employs measures to make data safe across all kinds of devices. It lets small business owners secure their data using not just password, but also biometric authentication. To prevent data loss and enhance protection, the new version of MS Office makes use of multifactor authentication. It makes unauthorized copying or pasting of sensitive data pretty much impossible.

Although we have only taken into account the advantages ensured to small businesses by MS Office 2016, and the new software offers many good things to individuals and large corporations, too.

industrial-3d-printer

How to Harness the Power of 3D Printing Technology.

Whether you’re slightly into tech, or you simply live and breathe everything geek, you will love 3D printing. If you’re not already aware of it, 3D printing, or rapid prototyping, will blow your mind. If you are already aware of it, then you will probably agree that it’s one of the most amazing forms of technology out there.

3D printing tech has been around for a while now but only in the last few years has it come to widespread public attention. Developed in the 80s, it was soon incorporated into a prototyping process to become what is now known as “rapid prototyping.”

Today rapid prototyping plays a vital role in manufacturing, allowing product development teams to create highly accurate prototypes in just a few hours; hence the ‘rapid.’ It is also used in many industries including; automotive, aerospace, architecture and medicine.

Recent technological advances mean that, for the first time, 3D printing is ‘affordable’ at the consumer level. Some personal 3D printers now cost around the same as a top of the range laptop. So, how does it work?

3D printers, guided by computer-aided design models, lay down tiny layers, one on top of the other. These layers gradually build up to form objects. It is that simple. And the nature of the process is such that extremely intricate objects can be created in a single printing session.

The only thing holding 3D printing back is the materials that can be used. Currently, 3D manufacturing is limited to rubbers and plastics of varying colors and hardness. Metals can also be used, but this is less widespread than plastics and rubbers, which are very popular for rapid prototyping.

Who Uses it? In short; everyone. The fact that almost any shape or object, no matter how complex, can be created on a 3D printer means that it is useful to almost every major industry.

As mentioned above the medical, aerospace, automotive and defense industries have all found uses for rapid prototyping and 3D printing tech. Some of the most impressive uses include the printing of medical implants such as an entire lower jaw, the use of a 3D printer to create a working rifle, and prosthetic limbs.

Almost every day there is a new story about how 3D printing or rapid prototyping has changed the way things are done. Why it’s Perfect for Geeks What makes 3D printing so perfect for geeks is that it allows you, for the first time, to take part in every single stage of a complex design/manufacture process.

Most 3D printers that are available to consumers come with CAD software which means you can create whatever your imagination allows using the software.

You can then use your design to create the object in your home while you wait. People who have their 3D printers have used them to create everything from computer parts to toys.

What’s geekier than using CAD software to design a 3D model then printing it on your 3D printer? Not at lot. Aside from what has already been achieved by industry and the geek appeal, the potential of personal 3D printing is huge.

It is thought that in the not so distant future, replacement parts for appliances and household items will be downloaded and printed in minutes, solving the problem without calling out an expert or ordering in a part.

This isn’t unrealistic, and it would truly revolutionize the way we live. There is even a team at the University of Glasgow working on a method using 3D printing to create personalized medication.

If this process becomes viable on a large scale, then it will change healthcare forever. One thing is for sure; advanced 3D printers are no longer restricted exclusively to rapid prototyping uses – the possibilities are endless.

3D printing is truly incredible. Its versatility means that it is appealing to most manufacturing based industries, the medical sector, and consumers. It is certainly set to become more prevalent over the next few years and will start affecting the way we live day to day.