Apple’s September 10th Event – Opinions

So, this morning was Apple’s highly anticipated and majorly hyped iPhone event. We all knew what they were going to launch, even they knew that we knew what they were going to launch. That being said there were some things that did not seem to appear in the rumor mill and some things that were highly inaccurate and disappointing.

Let’s start it off with the iPhone 5C. We presumed this was coming for almost two years now, and it’s just like we expected. Exactly like the iPhone 5 but made of plastic, or as Jonny Ive calls it “Unapologetic plastic”. I wouldn’t know how it feels until I get to hold it for myself but considering it’s an Apple product it should feel premium nonetheless. They also  showed off this case that looks like a preschool kid took a hole puncher to a normal silicon case. Some may like it, I do not. Aside from that the only difference with the 5C and the 5 is a slightly larger battery and a better front facing camera. This brings up the question, would you rather get a 5 for a lower price or get a 5C? I know I would rather get the 5 as it feels more premium (I presume) as compared to the 5C, however in America where most people rely on a contract based system it makes more sense to get the 5C since the 5 has been discontinued officially. You also have to take this from Apple’s standpoint, the 5C is cheaper to make than the 5 and would be a newer product so it would obviously sell better than last years model. Also, the 5C is intended to be sold to people that have never owned iPhone’s before. Consumers would be more attracted to picking up a newer but now “mid-ranged” handset rather than an older model, no matter the specifications, that’s just the way our brain works. But fore some of us, where we buy phones off contract and prepaid, it makes more sense to pick up the iPhone 5 since it most probably will be the same price of the 5C when it launches here and the 5 is aluminium and therefore more premium, as I’ve mentioned. One thing that really upsets me about the 5C is that it’s still an ‘On-Contract’ phone.  For months we heard that Apple was going to stick out it’s middle finger to the carriers and release the phone of contract for a price of approx. $329 pre-paid, which would have made this one of the most sought after phones in history, purely due to it’s ready availability and no requirement to commit to a 2 year contract.

 

Moving on we have the iPhone 5S. Now a lot of people are disappointed at the lack of innovation with this model but you come to expect that with the S model phones. In fact the 5S is a bigger jump from the 5 as compared to the 4S from the 4. That being said there isn’t really much to talk about here. There’s the fingerprint scanner which is just as gimmicky and unrequired as Siri, although I could see a  lot of people using that for the App Store downloads. I hate having to put in my password every single time and the finger print could be really useful for that and not much else. It all depends on developer support. They also have a new A7 chip with 64bit architecture, which in my opinion is major overkill and not even needed on a phone, I would understand putting it on the iPad (better performance for vide.o and photo editing apps) but other than that I’m not too sure about it. Who knows, it could increase performance and we might end up giving up the ‘number of cores race’ in favour for better architecture. The one feature that I actually care about in the 5S is the new flash they have going on. It’s a flash with every colour temperature, which means that instead of just bursting a light like normal it will choose the intensity and colour of the light to flash according to the subject, this would make your snaps from that night at the club a little less icky and really complement skin tones. I don’t really use flash much so I wouldn’t use this feature but I guess it would be nice to have sometimes.

That was bascially all that was important from Apple’s event, iOS 7 will begin rollout on September 18th and they spoke about other minor things that no one cares about. No iWatch, No TV, no new iPad. What do you think? Will that be sometime next year or in October? Do you want to pick up either one of the new iPhones? I personally would not given how much I love android and there’s not much in iOS that can really pull me away from that but it’s still always fun to play with new technology.

Until next time folks!

Best Of Windows 8 Hardware – Tablets / Convertibles

With Windows 8 being launched today, a whole slew of devices or computers were launched over the past year to complement it. here’s a list of my favourite tablets, with a list on desktops and laptops coming soon.

1. Dell XPS Duo 12

pros: innovative design, good specifications, ultrabook like form factor

cons: expensive ($1,200) (still cheaper than certain macbook air’s and better IMO)

2. HP Envy x2

pros: looks like a laptop but is also a tablet, brilliant battery life

cons: still unsure for now, will update if any are found

3. Asus Vivo Tab

Just as you expect it to be, comes in RT and Normal variants.

4. Samsung ATIV Smart PC

comes with an S-Pen for galaxy note like functionality!

5. Dell XPS 10

How to speed up your PC, and prep it for Windows 8!

first of all, Happy Windows 8 day everybody! it’s a great day today is it not? I for one am super excited for Windows 8, I may be a bit speculative of it tho which is why I shall only install it on my laptop and then once I’m comfortable with it I shall install it on my pc. Over the past couple of months my laptops been giving me a hell load of problems, it’s a great laptop no doubt, great specs, 8GB of RAM and it’s still slow as hell. So I downloaded some software, cleaned up some stuff and voila, it’s ready for Windows 8. First I’ll be taking you through the things to do to speed up your PC, then I shall tell you about the methods of updating from windows xp, vista and 7 to windows 8 and finally an alternative for the lazy people.

1. Speed up Your PC!

one disadvantages with PC’s is the amount of clutter you end up installing over the years, the amount of temp files that are stored and cache files, all of this collect over time and slow down your computer quite a bit. The worst part is that windows doesn’t let you easily access these files and even when you access them you can’t tell the difference from the important ones and the unimportant ones. That’s why you should download CCleaner. With one click of a button it deletes all the unnecessary temp and cache files and really helps in increasing you’re computers speed and performance, it cleaned up 13GB space for me! There are many softwares you could use for uninstalling software but in my opinion the built in one for windows works fine, but if you don’t like that then CCleaner has one as well which works quite well. Another thing you should do is browse through your files for unnecessary junk that’s taking up space on your pc, this really helps free up some valuable hard drive space. Once again doing this manually works great but if you want to do it in a “prettier” way I suggest you download DiskSpaceFan. [Sources: LifeHacker]. Some people say that with windows 7 you don’t need to worry about defragmenting your hard drive (google defragmentation if you don’t get it) but I still feel that it does increase performance. My favourite tool for this is Auslogics Disk Defrag  This concludes my guide for speeding up ypu’re pc, now windows 8 time!

2. Different Upgrade options

There are two types of Windows 8 (normal and Pro) and they’re not really that different. Pro just adds various options for businesses and power users, if you don’t know what a power user is then chances are you aren’t one and the normal version of Windows 8 should be fine for you. If you’re on windows 7 pro or ultimate then you have to update to windows 8 pro. Any other Windows 7 types have the option of upgrading to Windows 8 or Windows 8 pro. Upgrading to windows 8 from windows 7 is a breeze, just click upgrade and all you’re apps, settings and data(files you’ve stored on your hard drive like documents, movies, songs) will be automatically transferred for you, no hassle. If you’re upgrading from windows Vista to 8 then only you’re settings and data will be moved. From XP to 8 only data and nothing else will be moved. One thing to note is that to upgrade from Vista you have to update to SP1 first and from xp you have to update to SP3 first. This can be done from within windows and don’t worry, it’s free. Chances are it automatically updated for you already so you may be good to go. To check just go into Control Panel, System and Security, System and see what it says next to Operating System.

3. Easy yet Hard yet Easy way Out

Do a fresh install. A fresh install is when you get the windows disc and empty you’re hard drive and install from scratch, giving you the feeling that you’ve just bought a new PC. I used to be a big fan of fresh installs, I used to love doing them. I never minded backing up all my data and software and stuff and starting from scratch everytime, it was actually quite fun. The reason I called this easy is because there’s no need to clean your cache and stuff, since you start from scratch, there’s no nonsense stored on the pc, thus letting it perform to it’s full potential. Doing this will even give you bause speeds on 1GB of RAM… for a while.

Fall TV Pickups: What I’ll Be Watching

When Fall is here, new tv shows are thankfully here as well. A lot of new shows have been picked-up and from that lot, I’ve taken the ones which I’ll most likely be watching and split them into 3 categories: For Sure, On the Fence, and Let’s see how the first episode goes. The first category includes the shows I’ll definitely be watching. The second category for shows which look very promising but I’m not too sure it’s my cup of tea but it might be for you. The last and final category for shows that look okay, sort of like a wildcard – the trailers don’t stand out that much but maybe a full episode would make me come on board, who knows. I’ve included links to trailers/previews for the shows that have been released them so check em’ out.

For Sure

Arrow (The CW) (Extended Preview)

Based on DC comics superhero Green Arrow, Stephen Amell plays Oliver Queen –  the billionaire playboy that was presumed dead until now. Katie Cassidy plays his love interest, and Paul Blackthorne plays her father the detective that wants to arrest the new vigilante in Starling City.

Stephen Amell’s abs and kick ass fighting scenes with arrows being shot perfectly make this very entertaining. He’s rich by day, and helpful by night. Add some drama into that and what you get is an awesome new show.

666 Park Avenue (ABC)

Cast:  Dave Annable (Brother & Sisters), Rachael Taylor (Grey’s Anatomy), Robert Buckley (One Tree Hill), Mercedes Masohn (The Finder), Vanessa Williams (Desperate Housewives), Terry O’Quinn (Lost)

Dave Annable and Rachael Taylor become managers of the apartment building owned byTerry O’Quinn (main antagonist) and Vanessa Williams. The show focuses on the tenants and how the new managers uncover the mysteries of this building, including its demonic forces.

I can’t really ignore a stellar cast like that, it was the first thing that drew me to this show. I will be thoroughly freaked out because supernatural drama and horror is not exactly my genre, but I’m pretty intrigued about this apartment building.

Partners (CBS)

Cast: Michael Urie (Ugly Betty), David Krumholtz (Numbers), Sophia Bush (One Tree Hill), and Brandon Routh (Chuck)

FROM THE CREATORS OF WILL & GRACE, Max Mutchnick and David Kohan brings you something that will totally remind you of Will & Grace – and I say that as a good thing. I loved Will & Grace, and this is Verion 2.0 for me.

Louis (Michael Uri) and Joe (David Krumholtz) are BFF’s and partners in their architecture business. Sophia Bush plays Joe’s fiance, and Brandon Routh plays Louis’ boyfriend.

The Goodwin Games (Fox)

Cast: Becki Newton (Ugly Betty), Scott Foley (Felicity), and Jake Lacy (Better With You)

FROM THE CREATORS OF HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, Carter Bays and Craig Thomas alongside Chris Harris bring you The Goodwin Games – a show about 3 estranged siblings who come together when their rich father dies. Who’s going to get the inheritance? Whoever wins the games, of course. But that’s not entirely the point, the games are supposed to bring them closer together, duh.

It’s such a cute little family show intertwined with flashbacks of their childhood memories and hilarious personalities.

The Mindy Project (Fox)

This comedy centres around Mindy played by Mindy Kaling (The Office), the OB/GYN trying to get her personal life on track. Trailer is hilarious, I can’t wait!

Go On (NBC) (Extra clip) – reminds me of community a bit

Matthew Perry (Friends) plays Ryan King, the sportscaster who joins a support group to help deal with the loss of his wife.

Reminds me of Community a bit in the sense that he and his support group will become a family soon. Besides that, I am a bit worried that Go On will suffer the same fate Mr. Sunshine did.

On the Fence

The Carrie Diaries (The CW)

Sex & The City Fans, this is for you! AnnaSophia Robb plays the young Carrie Bradshaw as we follow her life and learn how she turned into…adult Carrie Bradshaw. Sounds fun, and people are pretty interested to see 1980’s fashion.

Elementary (CBS)

Modern day take on Sherlock Holmes. Jonny Lee Miller (Eli Stone) plays Holmes while Lucy Liu (Southland) portrays Watson.

Revolution (NBC)

J.J. Abrams serves as one of the executive producers on Revolution. It focuses a future without electricity. With power-hungry warlords everywhere, the show centres on the Matheson family who may hold the key to reverse the effects that happened 15 years ago.

The Following (Fox)

The Following revolves around blue-eyed man Kevin Bacon, an FBI agent forced out of retirement to catch a psycho serial killer (James Purefoy).

The Mob Doctor (Fox)

Due to a family debt to the mob, Grace Devlin (Jordana Spiro) has no choice but to be their doctor. It’s dangerous and wrong, but they’ll probably kill her brother if she doesn’t follow through, thus major conflict arises.

Last Resort (ABC)

A navy team forced to survive on their own when their country turns on them. Definitely check this trailer out, this show is really something.

Let’s see how the first episode goes

Chicago Fire (NBC)

Jesse Spencer (House) and Taylor Kinney (The Vampire Diaries) play the two macho firefighters at odds with each other after their fellow firefighter dies. Other than that, the show follows the Chicago fire department as they fight fires.

Do No Harm (NBC)

Following the Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde complex, Steven Pasquale is a neurosurgeon who struggles to fight his dangerous alter ego.

Guys with Kids (NBC)

A story about 30-year old “kids” with kids of their own.

Emily Owens M.D. (The CW)

Mammie Gummer comes to grips with the fact that her new adult life is just like high school all over again. Justin Hartley stars as her crush.

With a slew of new entertainment heading our way, it’s no wonder why Fall is my favorite season. Post your thoughts in the comments below on which show you’re more excited for.

TechnoCastle re-design and new Author!

Wassup geek’s?

Snazzyham here with another random update. So I’ve decided to completely re-design the technocastle youtube to make it more proffesional. This includes adding an Intro/Outro and a watermark to all the video’s as well as adding a new better looking logo and channel design, look out for this in the coming weeks.

Another thing technocastle related to look forward for is a new podcast that A friend and I are starting that will be distributed under the snazzyham industries name. I’ll tell you more soon.

The final bit of news we have today is the awesomest bit of news. As you know the TechnoCastle family is ever expanding and we have a new Editor! So please welcome aboard Prithvi Vasandani, he has potential to become a great writer and achieve his dream for getting a proficiency award in english ;). You can also check out his personal blog and follow him on the twitterverse @p_vasandani.

cheerio,

SnazzyHam

Scandal Premiere: Politics is not my genre, but…

…SHONDA RHIMES IS!

What a great new show brought to you by the genius that is Shonda Rhimes. Credit is given where credit is due because it’s important to note that this is Shonda Rhimes’ first go at a drama that is not medical related.

Politics is the name of the game in this show, and it doesn’t seem boring over here (re: the title of the show). The show follows Olivia Pope and her team of “gladiators in suits”. They are litigators, lawyers, and a tech guy – basically a super team for the law. Olivia left her job working for Mr. President to start-up her own thing where their aim to serve the client. They don’t work for the government, they are a private company and that comes with some pretty awesome advantages. They don’t work on search warrants and things like that…oh no, they go “let me into the crime scene or I’m going to tell your wife about that stripper”. Ya know what that is? that is BAD-ASS.

It’s probably why I enjoyed it so much. It’s fast-paced, has a cool transition noise between scenes, and knows how become personal under all the mess that is solving something. As the pilot has taught us, they are a crisis management team – that means sleep is not an option and time is of the essence.

It’s an exciting new show, and right on the first episode you’ll see familiar faces from Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice. Politics aside, the drama is already so juicy – I’m talking Mr. President loving someone who is not his wife juicy. It’s good, you guys (I’m not spoiling anything, just go watch it okay).

Olivia Pope is a fixer. She’s like superman, and with that comparison, I’m going to go on to say that this group of people are like the real and law version of the Justice League of America. And the word REAL applies because Olivia Pope is “partially based on former George H.W. Bush administration press aide Judy Smith.”

I can’t wait till the next episode, because Shonda Rhimes promises so much more.

100th post!

<p>I would like to start of this post by saying thank you! Thank you to all the technocastle supporters who have been following us since we started this blog, almost a year back, I think. </p>

<p>so the point of this entire blog post is to keep you informed on what we have in store for us in the future. First of all, please welcome our newest writer for the blog, Paras Punjabi! Paras will be working on music related posts and anything else that tickles his fancy. Nisha is now Administrator of the blog and will continue to post awesome stuff about movies and tv as per usual. And as for me? well you’ll be seeing less posts from me, but way way more video’s so stay tuned to our youtube channel for those video’s (technocastle69). Also I’ve been paying more attention to photography so check out snazzyham on flickr for those. Once again, thanks for all your support folks. 😀 </p>

The New iPad

As you’ve probably already heard, there’s a new iPad, big whoop! 

Last night at Apple’s Media event, they announced the 3rd generation of the Apple TV and the 3rd iPad, dubbed just the new iPad. The only difference in the apple tv was 1080p, which doesn’t really make it a worthwhile upgrade. A new User Interface was also shown, but updates to the current generation of apple tv’s has already begun rolling out. If you were following my twitter, then you would know that I didn’t really give a shit. It launches march 16th at $99. 

On to the iPad, nothing that great besides the resolution. Yup, that’s right, 2048-by-1536-pixel resolution at 264 pixels per inch (ppi), that’s more than HD, imagine watching ‘The Social Network’ on that. Other upgrades include a 5 megapixel iSight camera, similar to that of the iphone 4S, Quad Core Graphics on a Dual Core chip, Siri dictation(android ripoff) and 4GLTE, which has speeds of up to 74mbps, USA and Canada only. Also, it’s thicker and heavier than the iPad2, and its just called the iPad, no 3 or HD.  Launches March 16th starting at $499. Pre order from now. 

Probably the most important part of the entire keynote, Tim Cook ended with “We’re only just beginning” and stated there was much more to come in 2012, so here’s what I think. 

1. iPhone 5

yes, the smallest part of the revolution, it’s definitely what they start off with, and its surely coming

2.New iPod’s hopefully

Have I mentioned how much I hate the current gen Nano? well it’s shit. Super shit. The 4th gen was still the best, ever. 

3. iTV

No, not the apple TV, an actual TV with apple tv features in it, and hopefully, retina display!

4. Complete Re-vamp of the Mac line up.

Yes, newly redesigned Macbook Airs, Pros and iMacs. And my dream? Touch Screen with retina display and Siri. 

5. Mac OS 11

Probably what they are gonna end this year with, the new iteration of the Mac Operating System, it’s time to say goodbye to the MAC OS X name, it’s  had a long and full life, adn if windows is revamping, it’s time they try to keep up. 

Will I be buying the new iPad? No. Will I be buying the iPad 2 now that it’s $400? maybe. But I most probably will be buying a tablet this year for movies and youtube. I most probably will be getting the BB PlayBook though, cause it’s cheap 😀

New Phone Time?

Is that phone in your pocket rotting? is it time for an upgrade? can’t decide which phone to use, because of the dastardly large number of new phones releasing each week? well you’ve come to the right place, cause I got the perfect guide for you!

instead of making this a top 5 phones thing like I usually do, I’ll split this guide into priorities and what you need out of a phone, such as simplicity, power or nerd-gasmic experiences. that’s right, I made my own word, nerdgasmic.

Let’s start with the most thought about factor for teens and the working adult:

Communication 

BlackBerry Bold 9900

yes, it’s a blackberry. no, I’m not high. With a 1.2GHz processor coupled with Liquid Display hardware acceleration, a 2.8″ HVGA capacitive touchscreen display and the best keyboard on earth, the blackberry bold 9900 takes the no. 1 spot for communication. why? well because blackberries are excellent communication tools, with the best email integration, BBM, and heavy social network integration, BlackBerries are excellent devices for keeping in touch with your friends, families or co-workers. sure the apps aren’t that great, but honestly who needs apps? well everyone but still, you probably have a tablet or media device for those… Other than apps, the only limitation I have found on this phone is the terrible 1300mAh battery that juices this device.

WOW- Factor

Apple iPhone 4S

Sure it looks exactly like the 4 and many were disappointed with this release of the iPhone, even I was at first but it’s really starting to grow on me now. I loved the design of the 4 and was glad to see them stick with it, although I do wish they had gone with a 4″ Display. Other than that it sports very welcome updates such as a dual core processor and bumped up camera, this phone is perfect for the every day user, with its amazing ecosystem of apps, integration with your life and for the love of God, Siri! This phone is perfect for the every day user.

NERD APPEAL

Google Galaxy Nexus

That’s right, everything about this phone screams AWESOME to nerds like me, possibly the only real Android phone (read here for why) The 1.2 GHz dual core processor, 1GB of RAM, Android 4.0 and that brilliant 4.65″ Super AMOLED HD 720p display, that’s right, 720p!! it’s like having a theater in your pocket! this phone should be crowned king o’ the geeks!

All Rounder 

Nokia Lumia 800

Yes, know what you must be thinking, didn’t nokia die? well no, and yes this is the best phone out there right now, according to me. Other than the completely sexy unibody polycarbonate design (look at how sexy it is) The Nokia Lumia 800 is one amazing phone. Packed with a 1.4GHz Qualcomm chip, 16Gigs of memory, An 8 Megapixel camera, 3.7″ clearblack AMOLED and windows phone mango, this is the real deal. The focal point of this phone is the OS, windows phone 7.5 is a brilliant blend of easy to use software and beauty. It has a minimalistic feel to it, so you feel elegant and classy when using it. Best of all it’s practical, it does everything you need it to, and makes day to day living just a tad more elegant. To know more about windows phone and it’s awesomeness, check out the youtube vids. One things for sure, when I go to university, I’m definitely getting myself a windows phone.