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Windows Phone users -- put down those cheeseburgers and pick up a Fitbit

Being a tech enthusiast is usually synonymous with being out of shape. Thinking back to the movie Revenge of the Nerds, it was clear that computer users were weaklings. As time marched on from the 80's, tech nerds went from simply being weak, to being fat too. Yes, we tech nerds like to sit in chairs and eat bad food. Of course, I'm generalizing; I am positive there are physically fit computer nerds. With that said, I ...
Full article at: BetaNews 2 hours ago

Logitech brings inexpensive H570e USB headset to the enterprise

When I go to the grocery store, nothing drives me crazier than people using the speakerphone function of their phone to talk with their partner. When I hear "honey, should I buy 1% or 2% milk?" and then listen to the discussion, it makes me nuts. It's like, I just want to throw their phone into the live lobster tank. Does no one have a sense of privacy and consideration anymore? This nonsense also happens in the workplace. It is not uncommon for ...
Full article at: BetaNews 10 hours ago, 11:49am CDT

Printworks gives Mac users a user-friendly, yet surprisingly powerful, design tool

Belight Software has released Printworks 1.0 for Mac. Launching with a discounted price of $29.99 (normally $49.99), the app is a fully fledged desktop publishing and design tool aimed at the home and small business market. The app’s main appeal is that it manages to wrap up all the core functionality required for designing a wide range of documents -- including flyers, newsletters and greetings cards -- in a user interface that’s simple to grasp and plac ...
Full article at: BetaNews 10 hours ago, 11:38am CDT

Convert web pages to PDF with wkhtmltopdf

It can often be useful to keep a local copy of a web page, and your browser’s "Save Page As" option is a good place to start. But typically this saves an HTML file and a separate folder with its resources, or an archive format like MHT, not so convenient if you’d like to share the document with others. Wkhtmltopdf is an open source tool which quickly converts HTML to PDF, ready for viewing just about anywhere. It’s written for the command line, but don’t ...
Full article at: BetaNews 10 hours ago, 11:34am CDT

SlimClip -- a minimal iPhone case with clip-on functionality [Review]

When I go for runs, my iPhone always comes with me, providing music and motivation through apps like Zombies, Run! Usually I just jam the device in my pocket, but that's not always possible, or practical. There are other ways to carry your phone with you, including using armbands, but SlimClip offers an alternative option. The plastic case has a thin flap on the back. You lift this up to slide the iPhone into the enclosure, and the flap doubles as a clip so you can attach the device to y ...
Full article at: BetaNews 12 hours ago, 9:24am CDT

One in four IT professionals aren't aware of virtual security options

Securing IT is essential for any modern business, but according to a new study carried out for security company Kaspersky Lab around one in four IT security experts have little or no understanding of the security options for virtual environments. Almost half of respondents (46 percent) said that virtual environments can be adequately protected by conventional security solutions and 36 percent believe that security concerns in virtual infrastructures are significantly lower than i ...
Full article at: BetaNews 13 hours ago, 8:19am CDT

Nokia X lineup gets new software update

Even though Microsoft is planning to downsize its Nokia X efforts (to the point where there will likely be no new device announced), the software giant is still supporting its Android lineup by rolling out a new software update. The update introduces the multitasking functionality from the Nokia X2 lineup, giving users the ability to easily switch and close running apps. It can be triggered by tapping on the App Switcher icon, after swiping down from the top of the ...
Full article at: BetaNews 14 hours ago, 7:25am CDT

The trick to making a great 'mobile first' app

There are now more than one million apps in the Apple app store but a study by Deloitte's showed that 80 percent of apps get less than 1,000 downloads each. If we assume (very, very conservatively) that those apps cost an average of $10,000 to develop -- that is at least $8 billion being wasted making apps no one uses. In reality, the cost is often over $100,000, which makes the wastage aroun ...
Full article at: BetaNews 16 hours ago, 5:59am CDT

Cortana embarrasses Siri in new Windows Phone ad

Even though Cortana shares some major design traits with Google Now, there is no denying that the new Windows Phone 8.1 personal assistant actually feels more like a Siri rival. That is due to their uncanny wittiness and human-like personality, two things that are just not there in Google's (clinical, albeit mighty powerful) offering. Cortana is gunning for Siri as the latter is a more talked-about personal ...
Full article at: BetaNews 16 hours ago, 5:22am CDT

Xbox One now available for pre-order in China

On Friday, China Telecom, the country's third biggest telecommunications company, said it would start selling the Xbox One in China from September, although no pricing details were revealed. Today Inc, China's second largest e-commerce company (by market share), confirmed it has started to accept pre-orders for the games console. According to Reuters, the pre-orders, which will run from July 28 to July 30, will be taken via Tencent Holdings' ...
Full article at: BetaNews 20 hours ago, 1:56am CDT

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