Pleco – A must have for anybody travelling to China

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It’s been a while since my last blog post on this site, but I am finally back! Let’s get right into it then, shall we?!

I’m currently in Shanghai and have, early on, come to the realization that the majority of people here speak Chinese. I mean… what did I expect? Although, prior to arriving in Shanghai, I did think that there would be more English speakers. Anyways, what has really helped me in communicating and conversing with the locals has been Pleco! It’s an application for both iOS and Android and is regarded as one of the world’s best English-Chinese dictionaries. The one feature I really like about Pleco is the fact that I am able to use it even without a wifi or data connection. Everything is stored right in the app! This makes Pleco so handy as I don’t necessarily need to waste my 4G data on it – however cheap it might be!

Click here if you want to download the the free basic version of Pleco for iPhone / iPod Touch / iPad. You’re always able to add on more advanced features or dictionaries from inside of the app; however, the basic version of Pleco is a great starting point that will point you in the right direction. Wouldn’t it be great if you could point your camera at a few chinese characters and have an app, like Pleco, translate those characters into something that you might actually understand?! Pleco actually does this – it’s called OCR. The way it works is that you point your iPhone’s camera at some Chinese characters to instantly look up their meanings. You don’t even have to take a picture, the OCR scanner is built right into the application itself and once the camera recognizes the Chinese word, it will automatically start translating. I do believe this feature is an in-app purchase – and rightly so – but it may be worth it for somebody who’s staying in China for a longer period of time and would like to have a basic understanding of common words in their everyday life.

If you want to learn more about Pleco, click here to visit their website which will tell you everything you need to know about how to use the app and what is has to offer. Furthermore, I belive it also discusses the various prices of in-app purchases.

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Wappalyzer – A Tool That Identifies Technologies Used In Websites

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If you haven’t heard of Product Hunt, you’re missing out big time! Product Hunt, which was founded by Ryan Hoover, is an online website that shines light on the latest, geekiest products, mobile apps, websites, and more every day!

Wappalyzer, which was posted on May 3rd, has been voted the best product of the day with a total of 376 votes at the time of this writing. What does it do? Wappalyzer is a software – as a startup – that identifies technologies used to build a variety of websites. The fact that it comes as a browser extension makes it so much more valuable to the user – it’s easy to access. Furthermore, Wappalyzer detects content managment systems, eCommerce platforms, web servers, JavaScript frameworks, and even analytic tools just to name a few.

At the time of this writing, Wappalyzer has identified 745 technologies 6,957,299,416 times on 75,981,973 sites. Not only are these numbers very impressive, they continue to skyrocket every second.

On its landing page, Wappalyzer lists the leading technologies of several industry’s. For instance, the “Advertising Networks” industry’s leading technology is Google AdSense. The leading technology for the “Blog” industry, however, is WordPress. And last but not least, the leading technology for the “Maps” industry is Google Maps (a no-brainer :-)).

Wappalyzer allows you to download a browser extension with which you can do a limited number of things; however, it also allows you to pay for website lists which deliver valuable insights to software creators and marketeers.

iPad Mini Event: 5 Things To Expect From Apple’s Special Event

Tomorrow (Oct. 23, 2012)  is the day Apple is planning to hold a special event that will most likely only revolve around the new iPad Mini. There’s been an abundance of rumors about the new mini tablet and it’s supposedly to sport a 7.85-inch screen and give customers up to 24 different configurations to choose from. We’ve been informed that the iPad Mini could start retailing for as little as $249, making it one of the top competitors in the smaller tablet market, alongside the Google Nexus 7 and the Kindle Fire HD.

We expect Apple’s special event to mainly revolve around their new unveiling — the iPad Mini — however with occasional tangents here and there. We thought it might be a good idea to look at some of the things Apple will likely do at the Oct. 23 event. 

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1. The unveiling of Apple’s iPad Mini

There is an extremely strong chance of the iPad Mini being unveiled at Apple’s Oct. 23 event. If all the rumors are correct, the device will sport a 7.85-inch screen and the lightning adapter. Besides four storage options, three connectivity services and two colors, it’ll come in 24 flavors to choose from. — It would be great if Apple were to offer more variety in colors!

2.  A Mac Mini

When was the last time Apple updated their Mac Mini? It has  been quite a while and if the rumors are true, Apple will end up launching a new version of the computer. However, the Mac Mini isn’t the only device in store for an update, as Apple are also looking at updating their Mac Mini servers.

3. The ubiquitous iPad sales statistics

As with every other Apple event, Apple takes pride in showing off their sales and success. It is to be expected that Tim Cook, or one of his colleagues, will take the time to boast about the amount of iPad sales Apple has to this point in time. Apple seem to enjoy a little bit of boasting now and then, however, it is proven to work — it has us running to the stores to purchase their latest product!

4. A starting price of $249

The latest rumors claim that Apple might start the iPad Mini model at $249.  That price would guarantee a customer an 8GB model with Wi-Fi-only connectivity. Too show a comparison, Apple’s current iPad starts at $499. The Wi-Fi only model might not appeal to the majority of customers, however, for the price it’s an excellent buy!

5. 4G LTE support

Apple might go as far as setting a new standard in their newly entered market. There have been rumors regarding 4G LTE support for the iPad Mini. Apple would definitely be one step ahead their competitors if they decided to integrate this into their new device — no doubt. However, small tablets typically only support Wi-Fi so it will be exciting to see what Apple has decided to do.

A Cheap Upgrade To Windows 8!

 

It looks as like Microsoft have set out to make it as easy as possible for everyone to upgrade to Windows 8. If your PC runs any of the following: Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7, you will be entitled to a download that will upgrade your system to Windows 8 Pro for just $39.99 in 131 markets! To make life even easier, you’ll be able to  add Windows Media Center for free through the “add features” option within Windows 8 Pro after you finish the upgrade.

When you use Windows.com to purchase the upgrade to Windows 8 Pro, the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant makes upgrading very simple by walking you through the upgrade process step-by-step from purchase to download and then of course installation.

The Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant will check to make sure your PC is ready for Windows 8. It will also provides a report in order to let you know if there’s anything you may want to address prior to the upgrade or after. Don’t worry, you will be able to bring along with you your old Windows settings. Personal files, apps, pictures, videos, and so on will be transferred onto Windows 8 at your discretion. You will also have the option of starting fresh without any of your previous settings.

However, a packaged DVD version of the upgrade to Windows 8 Pro will be available for $69.99 during this promotion.

Customers Report Receiving Shipment Notifications for New iPad

Customers are reporting having received shipment notifications from Apple for pre-orders of the third-generation iPad, also known as “The New iPad,” with delivery scheduled for March 16 which happens to be the official release date. AppleInsider reader Chris D’Aurora submitted a screenshot of an alleged shipment notification from Apple for a pre-order placed on Wednesday.

“We’re happy to let you know that the items below are on their way to you,” the notification read.

The device is a 16GB black iPad + Wi-Fi. The package was reportedly shipped through Federal Express and was listed as on track for delivery on March 16. Engadget reports that several of its readers have received shipping references as well. Some of them have also received UPS tracking numbers indicating the iPads are shipping from China.

Apple unveiled its third-generation iPad on Wednesday at the Yerba Buena Center for Arts in San Francisco. The new tablet features a Retina Display, optional 4G LTE, a faster processor and a 5-megapixel camera. It will launch first in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Switzerland, UK and the US Virgin Islands on Friday, March 16.

The third-generation iPad launch could be significantly larger than its predecessor’s launch, last year, which landed in the U.S. first before going international two weeks later. U.S. pre-orders for the iPad appear to be going strong so far, as some models of the device are no longer available for launch day delivery. The white 16GB and 64GB Wi-Fi + 4G AT&T iPad models are currently listed as shipping by March 19.

Wall Street’s reaction to the new iPad has been positive overall. Several analysts view the accelerated international roll out as a potential sign of an upside to iPad shipments this quarter.

Thank You Steve, For Everything


On October 5th, 2011, former Apple CEO and Chairman Steve Jobs passed away at the age of 56. This was such a sad and shocking day for the World, for Jobs had inspired millions around the World with his innovative and slick products. Steve was a one-of-a-kind, he will not be replaced within this century. Steve had been battling pancreatic cancer since 2004. It’s disappeared and reappeared throughout the years. Unfortunately it got the better of him on October 5th, as he died surrounded by his family and friends. The Apple Board of Directors, yesterday, released a statement saying:

We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today. Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve. His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts.

Over the years Steve as revolutionized the technology industry. He has brought so many new kinds of technologies to this planet, that otherwise might not even be here today. Look around your room… I bet you there’s at least one Apple product near you. It’s quite amazing and extraordinary how a man like Jobs has affected our living space, our favorite music, our favorite movies, and our favorite devices. Where would we be without this important man? Nobody knows; and thank god that this man founded Apple. I remember one of the first videos that I watched, regarding Steve Jobs, on YouTube, was his Stanford University Commencement Speech which took place in 2005.  Here’s one of the most powerful quote’s that you will ever read:

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma–which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. – Steve Jobs

We are extremely saddened by the death of a great technology mogul, and wanted to write our own message to him. This is our message to Steve Jobs & his family:

We are all shocked and stunned by the death of a hero. Steve was a one-of-a-kind technology mogul, he can’t be replaced. Not only was Steve one of the most successful CEO’s of all time, he inspired the World with his extraordinary and special products. He will be missed greatly, and our condolences go out to Steve’s family, his friends, his relatives, and his company.

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FIFA 11 Released for iPhone, iPod Touch, & iPad. Is it really worth $4.99?

If you are a Soccer Fan & have checked out the FIFA 2010 South Africa World Cup Application, you should definitely consider looking at the new FIFA 11 application created by EA Sports. It was released September 30, 2010 with a price of $4.99 It’s definitely a cheaper way to go than purchasing FIFA 11 for a console. 🙂

iPhone Screenshot 5If you own an Iphone 4 or an iPod Touch 4th Generation, FIFA 11 is made to maximize the Retina Display. In other words, the quality of the graphics are fantastic! Now you can also swipe a player to make an attacking run, which wasn’t available to do in the other FIFA games, such as FIFA 10 & FIFA 09. If you have a favourite team & want to be able to play it against opponents, don’t worry, there are 500+ Teams to choose from. This is a feature which, I think, will attract an abundance of FIFA lovers! EA Sports did another great job on the stadium environments. They look beautiful! They put exact detail into the stadiums, fields, lights, sky, and way more!

Yet, there are some differences in opinions of the game. The users that have already downloaded the game via the 2nd Generation iPod claim that FIFA 11 won’t work, or works extremely slow. This isn’t a good reputation for EA Sports, & this hasn’t happened the first time either. At the moment, FIFA 11 is compatible with the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod Touch (3rd generation), iPod Touch (4th generation) and iPad. They all require IOS 3.0 or later. With today’s technology EA Sports should be able to create versions for people that haven’t got the iPod Touch 4th Generation or 3rd.

With this being said, I don’t think FIFA 11 for the iPhone, iPod Touch, & iPad will ever be a hit without them changing some serious things. EA Sports should listen to their users, why do we have a Rating system? For the company to look at what the users like & don’t like. I give FIFA 11 a solid 2.5/5.

You may download FIFA 11 here!  You may also be interested in following EA Mobile on Twitter. Become a Fan of EA Mobile on Facebook!

Are you interested in purchasing FIFA 11? Are you going to wait for EA Sports to make FIFA 11 compatible for the 2nd Generation? Discuss this topic in the comments.