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Monday, March 14, 2016

List Of Best Technology Websites In The World


CNET is the one the best technology website for latest tech news. Their main topics includes latest tech new, gadget review, software downloads, appliances, phones, laptops, TV’s, tablets, camera, car tech and much more. All this you will find under one roof. Really CNET is an amazing website for latest tech. Also it also provide software downloads, that’s great.

2. TechCrunch

TechCrunch is one the best technology blogs in the world. It is founded by Michael Arrington. For latest gadgets and tech news, TechCrunch is an excellent blog for latest technology news. Also this site review new products launched in the market. It also cover many tech events and startups. Technology geeks must visit this site everyday.

3. Engadget

Engadget is a web magazine which covers many latest gadgets and tech news since 2004. There main topics include news, reviews, videos, podcasts and events. There review section is great. They review many products including mobile, computer, personal tech, home theater, cameras, gaming & networking device and much more.
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It is an ultimate tech blog for ever web user. Tech is main part of this blog. From technological updates to business, it covers many aspects of daily technology. Really you will loves this blog, if you visit there. Also it covers many upcoming next generation gadgets.

5. is also a website focused on technology content. It provides news related to new gadgets, autopia, reviews, science, entertainment, business, security, video series, and design. Also provides useful info about gaming.

6. Gizmodo

As the name suggests Gizmodo relates to Gizmos means gadgets. Gizmodo is a great website for gadget lovers. If you love to get info about latest gadget, then there is no better than Gizmodo. It features various latest and upcoming gadgets. It also provides news related to android, iOS and Windows OS. This website is like a paradise for gadget freaks.

7. Techradar

Techradar is all about technology. It is focused on tech news and various reviews. Topics of this website include review, phones, TV’s, camera, laptop, tablets, car tech and downloads. Review section is one the prominent section of this website. If search for review of any smartphone or tablet, techradar will be in top 10 search results.

8. Mashable

Mashable is one the most visited site for news, resource and various information. Pete Cashmore is the founder and CEO of Mashable. If you ask any tech geek, which website you visit daily, Mashable will among his top 10 list of most visited websites.

9. TheVerge

TheVerge is another excellent technology website. They provide content on topics like tech, science, culture, business, design, review, US & World and more. Many great products are reviewed at TheVerge.

10. Computerworld

Computerworld is one of the oldest technology website around there. They cover several topics related to technology. Topics include cloud computing, hardware, internet, networking, management, OS, data center, reviews, news, IT Jobs and many more.

11. Digital Trends

Digital Trends is another quality technology website. It is a best source of various technological updates. They provides various unbiased reviews of TV’s, cell phone, laptops and many other devices.

12. ExtremeTech

ExtremeTech as the name suggest that it is for technology fanboys. There main content is focused on computing, internet, mobile, electronics, gaming and much more. They do very deep analysis of various tech updates.

13. is another website focused mainly on technology. They are online since 1996.  They provides breaking tech news, review of hardware and software, computer buying guides. Must visit website for every geek

14. ZDNet

ZDNet is another popular tech website which covers breaking news, analysis, and research, latest IT trends, issues and events. They also provides free software downloads. They also covers Apple and Windows.

15. gHacks

When it comes to technology, gHacks is another name out there. It covers various interesting tech topics like Windows, Software, Best web browsers, android etc.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Best Free Online Photo Collage Makers

Photo collage is a piece of art created by combining photos. Digital photo collage eliminates the need of cutting and pasting printed photos, by using digital images to make a collage with software. It is extremely popular on Instagram and Facebook nowadays, as people can show multiple pictures in one image to make photos more meaningful & interesting. There are two distinctive types of collage: layout-based and shape-based collage.
BeFunky –
BeFunky is considered to be the best online photo editor tool and provides multiple options of photo processing, retouch and creating photo collage. With over 50 templates you can arrange your photos the way you love to be and let them stand out from crowd. BeFunky not only let you create photo collage but you can also add some cool effects, text and goodies. You can also use BeFunky on your mobile device as an app which is available on Android and iOS platforms. Editing photos using BeFunky is all fun and joy.

Fotor Photo Collage –
fotor photo collage
Fotor offers all sorts of photo editing tools, and photo collage is one of them. Their photo collage tool let you manage the collage style you want from Funky collage, photo stitching, montage and shape collage. It’s an easy to use online collage maker.

PHOTO COLLAGE provides an easy photo collage tool with hundreds of templates and let you save image in various formats and sizes including Google Plus cover photo size, Facebook cover and Twitter cover photo as well. You can directly print, share or send created photo collage via email.

Photovisi –
photovisi online photo collage creator
Photovisi is an online photo collage creator tool where you can easily create your own photo collage from your photo collection by just selecting the template and uploading photos, save or directly share it online with your friends.

piZap –
piZap photo editor and photo collage creator
At piZap, you can create photo collage of almost any type with templates of different shapes, add photo filters, funny stickers, text, borders, frames, graffiti and paint photos using their basic paint options. It is quite easy to use simple tool of piZap web interface as well as Android and iOS apps on mobile devices.

Loupe Collage –
loupe collage maker
If you love shapes and symbols then Loupe Collage let you fill those shapes with your photos. Loupe Collage is a collage maker that create photo collages of different shapes, symbols and numbers of your choice. You can also draw your own desired shapes to make shape collage.

PhotoCat –
photocat online collage maker
PhotoCat provides simple and easy to use web interface to create some of the lovely photo collages by selecting template and using beautiful DIY backgrounds that make your photos look awesome. You can resize photos, rotate at any angle, add fading effect and arrange photos as desired.

Picture2Life –
picture2life collage maker
Picture2Life is a simple easy to use photo collage maker. You can use beautiful customizable templates, select them by category of kids, family, happy and love, add elements and text to photos to make them speak out. It provides various customizable tools to make every moment magical.

Kizoa –
Kizoa has some of the great collage templates to frame your beautiful moments in pictures. It has lots of background options for collage but lack in customization options. Kizoa offers different membership options for more features and besides photo collage tool Kizoa also offers slideshow maker and online photo editing features as well.

COLLAGE.COM is a professional online collage maker which let create your own photo collages. There’s whole lot of fun creating photo collage using automatic collage templates. Though all the collage makers listed above let you create photo collage, but COLLAGE.COM is more than that, it let you have blankets, canvases, coffee mugs, collage cards and more products with your own photo collage printed on to them which is of course is their paid service but creating digital photo collage is absolutely free.
Have fun with your photos by creating beautiful collages and spread joy and fun. Let us know your favorite collage maker website in comments.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Surface Book: Macbook Pro Alternative

Microsoft recently introduced a number of new Windows 10 devices butSurface Book is the one that hogged all the limelight and rightly so. The Surface Book is a 2-in-1 Windows laptop-tablet hybrid and it’s without any doubt Microsoft’s best hardware ever.
Microsoft compared Surface Book to Macbook Pro at the launch and we believe, Apple’s Macbook Pro finally has some great competition. Microsoft wants us to believe that Surface Book is the perfect alternative to the Macbook Pro. So, are those claims true? Does Microsoft finally manage to take on Apple? Let’s find out.

Surface Book Vs. Macbook Pro (Head to Head)

1. Design and Hardware

Surface Book

The Surface tablets and hybrids have always been lauded for their great designs and with Surface Book, Microsoft has one upped itself. The device features a machined magnesium body, which makes it look stunning. Then there’s the cool new “Dynamic Fulcrum”, which is Microsoft’s fancy name for the hinge that connects it to the keyboard. The one of a kind hinge looks modern and flexes the display as it bends. When the keyboard is flipped back to use the Surface Book as a tablet, the hinge elevates the display.
Microsoft Surface Book 5
Microsoft has stuffed in new technology in every department of Surface Book, the detachable keyboard and trackpad are no different. The new detachable Surface Book keyboard features backlit and deeper keys for silent & stable typing experience. Microsoft claims to bring a “perfect typing experience” with this keyboard. The trackpad is also pretty innovative. It’s a glass trackpad, which includes 5 points of touch sensitivity. Windows laptops have always failed to bring a quality trackpad, so it’s great to see Microsoft taking matters into own hands and bringing a high-quality trackpad with the Surface Book.
Surface Book measures 12.3 x 9.14 x 0.51 inches without the keyboard and 12.3 x 9.14 x 0.91 inches with the keyboard. The laptop weighs in at 3.34 pounds with the keyboard and it weighs 3.48 pounds with the optional Nvidia GeForce GPU.

Macbook Pro

Macbook Pro has featured same design for past few versions but we still love it. Apple has made some great upgrades under the hood and the company has also added some new technologies like Force Touch.
Talking about the hardware, Macbook Pro features an aluminium unibody design, which screams premium. Along with the design, Macbook Pro has always been loved for its portability. It is sheer genius on Apple’s front to pack such powerful hardware in such a compact build.
Macbook Pro 2015 Design
Macbook Pro has also been known to feature the best keyboard and the lovely glass trackpad. The latest trackpad now incorporates Force Touch, which responds to different force pressures. It allows Apple to bring contextual menus and phase out the need of a right click. The new Force Touch trackpad also allows various other tricks like pressure sensitive drawing and more.
The Macbook Pro measures 12.35 x 8.6 x 0.7 inches and weighs in at 3.48 pounds.


Overall, we believe that Surface Book has the upper hand here. The higher resolution PixelSense display along with innovative “Dynamic Fulcrum” and the detachable keyboard has surely won us over.

2. Display: PixelSense vs Retina

Surface Book

Microsoft Surface Book 3
Microsoft has used a 13.5-inch optically bonded display on Surface Book, which packs in a massive resolution of 3000 x 2000 pixels making up for 6 million pixels in the display and pixel density of 267 ppi. Microsoft  is also using its PixelSense technology, which makes sure display is equally responsive to human touch and Surface Pen. The company is also using its own custom display chip to bring the “best pen and touch experience”. There’s also Gorilla Glass 3 for scratch resistance.

Macbook Pro

Macbook Pro features a 13.3-inch LED-backlit IPS Retina display at a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels, which makes up for pixel density of 227 ppi. The 15.4-inch Macbook Pro has a 2880 x 1800 pixel display at 220 ppi. The 13-inch model packs in over 4 million pixels while the 15-inch model packs over 5 million pixels. Since it’s a Retina display, we can be sure that there won’t be any pixelated texts or fuzzy pictures.
Macbook Pro Display
There are plenty of things to love in the Macbook Pro display. The display is color accurate and vibrant, which is pleasing to the eyes. It has great contrast ratio, which results in deep blacks and cleaner whites. Talking about the viewing angles on display, it is unmatched.


Surface Book wins here hands down, as it features a touchscreen display along with a resolution higher than even the 15.4-inch Macbook Pro. Along with that, Surface Book gets brownie points for its PixelSense technology.

3. Performance

Surface Book

Microsoft Surface Book is aimed as a Macbook Pro alternative and the high-end specs confirm that. Surface Book comes with the latest 6th generation Intel Core i5 and i7 “Skylake” processor, which brings a lot of performance as well as battery improvements. Moreover, Surface Book is equipped with 8 or 16 GB DDR5 RAM, which means faster multitasking. According to Microsoft, Surface Book is twice as fast as Macbook Pro. The laptop has integrated Intel graphics but you can opt for an optional Nvidia GeForce GPU, which should boost your gaming performance, video editing and other graphics intensive tasks.
Macbook Pro Surface Book
On the storage front, Surface Book is equipped with up to 1 TB of PCIe-based SSD (Solid state drive) storage. The starting model features a 128 GB PCIe-based SSD. The usage of SSDs should result in faster data transfers, durability, power efficiency and more.

Macbook Pro

Macbook Pro is no slouch when it comes to performance. The Apple laptop is powered by 4th gen Intel “Haswell” Core i5 and i7 processors, which feature Intel’s Turbo Boost technology to up the clock speed for CPU intensive tasks. The laptop features 8 or 16 GB of DDR3 RAM and it comes with integrated Intel Iris graphics for your gaming and video needs.
The Macbook Pro comes in 128, 256 and 512 GB PCIe-based SSD storage options.


Surface Book features a newer generation Intel processor and faster RAM, which gives the Windows 10 laptop an edge.

4. Battery Performance

Surface Book

Microsoft hasn’t revealed the battery capacity of Surface Book but it claims around 12 hours of video playback. If those claims are indeed true, Surface Book’s battery performance will be on par with the likes of Macbook Air, which arguably has the best battery performance among notebooks. Reportedly, Surface Book’s battery is distributed between the tablet and detachable keyboard, so you will get less battery performance while using just the tablet.

Macbook Pro

According to Apple, 13-inch Macbook Pro lasts up to 10 hours while surfing the web constantly and it gives 12 hours of iTunes film playback. The 15.4-inch Macbook Pro also gives a good battery performance, with 9 hours of web surfing and 9 hours of video playback. According to various reviews, the Apple laptop lives up to the claim and battery life is around 10 hours when surfing the web continuously over WiFi.


Both the laptops offer similar battery life, so it all depends on your choice. It’s important to note here that Surface Book has its battery distributed to the tablet and keyboard, so if you want that great battery performance, you will need to keep the keyboard attached at all times.

5. Pricing

Surface Book

Microsoft’s Surface Book is already up for pre-order in the U.S, Canada and Australia. The starting price of the Surface Book in the U.S. and Canada is $1,499 and in Australia is AU $2,299. The device will go on sale in the U.S. and Canada starting October 26, while Australian sales will start on November 12. You can pre-order Surface Book from the Microsoft Store.
The Redmond giant hasn’t revealed the pricing or availability details for any other countries yet.

Macbook Pro

Apple Macbook Pro’s starting model is priced at $1,299 and it’s available in most of the countries around the globe. You can also get a better price at various third party retailers. You can get the 13.3-inch Macbook Pro for around $1,200 at Amazon.

Surface Book Features that trumps Macbook Pro

  • Rear Camera and a better front-facing Camera

The Surface Book features an 8 MP autofocus rear camera, which is capable of 1080p video recording. That’s not all, as the laptop-tablet hybrid also packs in a decent 5 MP front-facing HD camera, which should be great for Skype and selfies of course.
  • Biometric Authentication

Thanks to the “Windows Hello” feature, Surface Book comes with support for Biometric authentication. While the Surface Pro 4 comes with a new ‘type cover’ that features a fingerprint scanner, Surface Book comes with an Iris Scanner. Surface Book features Windows Hello Beta, which scans your eye through the front-facing camera and gets you logged in quickly and securely.
  • Detachable Keyboard

Microsoft Surface Book 2
We have already mentioned about Detachable keyboard but this is what makes Surface Book unique against Macbook Pro. Thanks to the detachable keyboard, Surface Book can be used as a tablet as well.
  • Surface Pen

Surface Pen
We loved Surface Pen when it was introduced and we are glad that Surface Book supports it. It has also been upgraded with an year of battery life, 1024 pressure sensitivity degrees and a new G5 processor. Add to that, PixelSense display and we have a real winner, when it comes to pen usage.
  • New Surface Dock

Microsoft introduced a new Surface Dock, which is a lot smaller compared to the massive offerings from Microsoft previously. Surface Dock allows users to turn their Surface into a full fledged desktop computer and if that’s your need, the new Surface Dock should please you. The new Surface Dock is compatible with Surface Book, Surface Pro 4 and Pro 3. It comes with four USB 3.0 ports, an ethernet port, a couple of miniDisplay ports with 4K display support and an audio out connection.

Surface Book vs Macbook Pro (Specs Table)

 Surface BookMacbook Pro
Dimensions12.3 x 9.14 x 0.51-0.91 in12.35 x 8.62 x .71 in
Weight3.34 pounds3.48 pounds
Display13.5-inch Pixel Sense display13.3-inch Retina Display
Resolution3000 x 2000 pixels2560 x 1600 pixels
Pixel Density267 ppi227 ppi
Processor6th Gen Core i5 or i74th gen Core i5
RAM8 or 16 GB DDR 58 or 16 GB DDR 3
Storage128, 256, 512 GB or 1 TB SSD128, 256, 512 GB SSD
Rear Camera8 MPNo
Front Camera5 MP720p
Biometric AuthenticationYesNo
PriceStarts $1499Starts $1299


We do believe that Surface Book is a great alternative to Macbook Pro but there are some limitations that are part of Microsoft’s laptop. The Surface Book price starts at $1,499, which is around $200 more than what Macbook Pro’s starting version costs. Other than that, it all boils down to your choice of the ecosystem. Windows hasn’t necessarily been known as the most efficient operating system but Windows 10 has certainly improved things. If you are into the Apple ecosystem, you would prefer Macbook Pro and likewise if you are using Microsoft products then you should definitely give Surface Book a try. Microsoft will not be able to match the Macbook sales any time soon but we surely laud Microsoft’s effort with the Surface Book.
Do you prefer Surface Book or Macbook Pro? Which one would you buy? Sound off in the comments section below, as we love to hear from you.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

5 Signs Your Hard Drive Lifetime is Ending & What To Do

Every one of us owns precious files like personal documents, photos, videos, or audio files, and we typically store them on hard drives. Few people realize that most electronic storage devices, including hard drives, have a rather limited lifetime when compared to the ancient ways of storing information, such as stone, papyrus, paper, or old school records. The average lifetime of a stationary hard drive today is around 5 – 10 years, depending on the type and manufacturer, and it rapidly declines if the drive is subject to strong variations in temperature, humidity, and motion as in not being stationary.
Since a majority of people today own laptops and external hard drives, which get dragged around quite a bit, a realistic hard drive lifetime is probably around 3 – 5 years. This is an extremely short time to reliably store important data. In the best of cases, hard drives fail gradually, giving you the chance to react, get a copy of your data, and replace the storage device before facing a fatal failure. There are a host of signs that hint to a gradual failure of your hard drive. If you are unsure how much life is left on your hard drive, read this article to find out what signs may reveal an approaching failure.

1. Slowing Down Computer, Frequent Freezes, Blue Screen Of Death

These are very unspecific signs that can be caused by a million different things. However, regardless of what the issue behind these symptoms is, it is recommended that you immediately make a backup. If these problems occur after a fresh installations or in Windows Safe Mode, it is almost certain that it is due to bad hardware, and possibly a failing hard drive.
failing hard drive

2. Corrupted Data

If you’re beginning to find files that fail to open and are corrupted even though they saved without errors or if files suddenly disappear, you should get worried. While again this could be due to a multitude of issues, it is also a typical sign for a gradual hard drive failure.
hard drive failure

3. Accumulation Of Bad Sectors

Bad sectors are areas of the hard drive that do not maintain data integrity. They are automatically masked by the operating system and thus hard to identify, especially if large amounts of the disk are currently in use. If you actually run into bad sectors, however, that certainly is a bad sign.
You can run a manual disk check to identify errors that Windows has not spotted, yet. In Windows 7, go to > Start > Computer and right-click on the disk or partition you wish to check. Select > Properties, in the window that opens switch to the >Tools tab and click > Check now… In the Checking Disk window place a checkmark next to > Automatically fix file system errors and > Scan for an attempt recovery of bad sectors.
hard drive failure
Windows will also check for bad sectors, when you perform a full format or chkdsk command. See this article – The Difference Between Windows Full Format & Quick Format [Technology Explained].

4. Strange Sounds

When you hear strange noises coming from your hard drive, it may be too late already. A repetitive sound also known as the click of death is caused by the head as it is trying to write data and recovers from errors in doing so. Grinding or screeching noises indicate that parts of the hardware, for example the bearings or spindle motor, are failing.

5. S.M.A.R.T. Data

There are tools that aim to predict hard drive failure by reading the S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology) data that is recorded by the operating system. Unfortunately, like most other methods listed above, S.M.A.R.T. is notoriously unreliable in predicting hard drive failure and the catastrophe will often happen before the warning of S.M.A.R.T. kicks in. If you have a working hard drive, however, and would like to have a look at its S.M.A.R.T. data, check out this article – 4 Tools To Predict and Prevent Hard Drive Failure
hard drive failure

I Think My Hard Drive Is Failing, What Shall I Do?

So you are worried that a hard drive failure is just around the corner? The truth is, even if you are not worried, it is! The only thing you can do is always keep backups of your data on a second hard drive. The likelihood that both drives will fail simultaneously are very rare. An exception would be natural disasters like floods or fires. For these cases, I recommend to keep a copy of your most important data in a different physical location, for example at work or with a friend, or possibly on a remote server, for example by using an online backup solution.
failing hard drive
For more information how to back up data, read my PDF manual Stuff Happens: The Backup & Restore Guide.


Do not rely on signs or software to tell you whether you have a failing hard drive. It is more likely than not that it will fail unexpectedly and without any warning signs whatsoever. Rather than trying to forecast something that is even less predictable than the weather, you should rely on backups.
What is your worst hardware failure nightmare, did it ever happen to you, and did you actually lose any data?

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