Archive for December 11th, 2012

Top five accessories for the Google Nexus 10

In this article we’ll be looking at some of the best accessories on the market right now for the Google nexus 10 tablet. While we haven’t seen a massive flood of nexus 10 accessories yet, we’ve still got a good amount to chose from. Let’s get right into it!

5. MFX screen protector

Screen protectors are incredibly useful, particularly for well equipped tablets like the nexus 10. This mfx screen protector provides the basic functionality you’d expect, protecting the screen from scuffs and scratches, without breaking the bank. While normally I recommend going with the most well established brands, for screen protectors even the cheapest available can provide a significant advantage over no screen protector at all.

4. Cellular Line Crab Car Holder
This tablet sized car holder keeps your nexus 10 securely in place while you’re using it in the car. This means that whether you’re showing movies to your passengers in the back seat or satellite navigation for yourself, you’ll be able to safely and legally keep an eye on the tablet’s screen. The crab boasts expandable arms that will hold the nexus 10 with or without a case attached.

3. Avantree Dual USB Car Charger
Most car chargers on the market provide only 1 amp of power, which is enough for a smartphone but not a tablet like the nexus 10. This dual USB charger provides 2.1 amps in total, enough for full speed charging of the nexus 10 or two smartphones simultaneously.

2. SD Tablet Wear Stand and Type
This faux leather case isn’t the prettiest on the market, but it does provide the functionality you’ll want at a very competitive price. The case includes full protection of the tablet when it’s not in use, including complete coverage of the screen. It also includes an integrated stand, which props the tablet up for typing or media viewing.

1. Pad Pivot NST
This universal gallery stand is well suited for the nexus 10, and has proven invaluable for me over the past two weeks. The stand works in multiple ways, providing a slot for common orientations as well as a sticky ball joint mounting for less common ones. The pad pivot also works on your knee, with or without the detachable strap, which is ideal if you don’t have a surface in front of you.

Conclusion
So there we have it – five essential accessories for the Google nexus 10 tablet. I hope you find these suggestions useful – it’s a bit difficult to write an article like this as their aren’t as many options on the market as there are for iPad Mini accessories, but there’s definitely already enough to cover the most essentials and hopefully we’ll see more cool accessories in the future. Feel free to let me know what you think in the comments below. Thanks for reading!

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Online Marketplaces: The Future is Now

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The mail order catalog in its classic form is mostly dead, thanks to the internet. Given time and more technological advances, even retail outlets will soon be out of fashion as well. Nowadays, anything and everything can be purchased over cyberspace, and I think that’s a great thing.

What does this mean for city-dwelling humanity? The changes will seem small and inconsequential at first, but these alterations to their lifestyles will be cumulative, slowly transforming the way we do things. I’ll put on my futurist cap for this piece and put into words what I think will be inevitable for human society.

Conventional Retail Will Cease to Exist

It won’t be long until the large malls will be mostly service and entertainment centers, with retail being isolated to only perishable items like food or drink. Other minor consumable items like cigarettes will be dispensed via vending machines, as it is is not cost-effective to still have people sell these items directly.

There will still be offline places of trade and commerce, but as I mentioned above, it will be comprised of certain services that can’t exactly be delivered to your doorstep (premium spa treatments, dental work, etc.), and along with that, entertainment (live concerts and shows). To me, that’s a welcome development as malls and other places of business won’t be as cluttered and crowded. Just about every necessity can be shopped for in the comfort of your home, and you rarely ever go out for the purpose of errands.

Goods WIll be More Affordable

With more of the actual buying and selling happening online, the costs of the business will actually go down significantly. You won’t need as many people running the operations of a storefront or a retail outlet. Instead of an actual store with a handful of employees, you could just have one or two people running the website.

Costs from advertising via the conventional tri-media (print ads, radio, television) outlets won’t even be an issue, especially with the smaller entrepreneurs. Online advertising is considerably more affordable, and if you really do excel in your business, good word travels much faster over fibre optics.

It won’t matter if you’re actually operating from an old warehouse in a run-down area of the city (or in your parents’ basement); if your website is snazzy and navigable, you have a responsive customer support service, and you deliver on-time, it’ll be likely that you will do well.

Always Available

The internet does not sleep. Stores will always be open, and if one store does not have what you want to purchase, there are literally thousands of other places to look. The only current hindrance is that most delivery services don’t work round the clock (receiving and delivering, anyway), but I’m thinking that there will be companies that will raise the bar on this as well. Already, I’m already imagining small flying (hovering) delivery drones that can receive or deliver most small items…

The Future is Bright, and It’s Mostly Here

Many of the elements needed for this vision of online commerce to happen is already here. There are just a few pieces left to be filled in, and most of them have to do with logistics. Once those technical challenges are solved, we will have such a grand global symphony of goods being bought and sold over the electronic ether; capitalism super-streamlined!

About the Author

Stacey Thompson is a professional writer, marketer, entrepreneur, and a lover of weird little animals. She is based in San Diego, California, and works with many specialized online marketplaces such as Rock & Dirt, NextTruck Online, Trade-A-Plane, and Tradequip International.

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Adobe updates Photoshop and Illustrator for Retina Display

Adobe has updated Photoshop CS6 and Illustrator CS6 to support Retina displays.

This update should make plenty of designers and photo editors very happy.

The higher resolution of the screen means that all bitmapped application elements, including toolbars, buttons and application chrome need to be redrawn and recompiled for Retina displays. Retina support for Photoshop required the replacement of more than 2,500 icons and cursors. What’s more, supporting HiDPI screens presents its own set of challenges for applications that support bitmaps and vector content.

Today, Photoshop and Illustrator users will get the update.

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