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Review: The Decal Guru

The Decal Guru is an e-commerce shop for buying good and awesome decals for your iPhone, iPad and Mac Book but you can also use it for your laptop. It provides the best and largest collection of decals on the web. All the decals are cut from high-quality Oracal 631 Series exhibition calendered vinyl that is made with a removable residue-free adhesive. I got a Michael Jackson (Mac Book) decal from them. Shipping in United States takes 4-7 days and shipping internationally takes 3-4 weeks. They provide many types of decals. You can also choose decals of your favourite color and preffered sizes. The decals are very easy to apply. They look really nice when you apply them on your gadgets. They simply add to the glory of your gadget and make it look more cool. Most of the decals are of 12.99 USD.  You can also purchase gift certificates and send them to your family and friends. They provide refund if you get incorrect or defective item. Every month they give away one free decal to their Facebook fans.  You can also design your own decal by sending them a picture at info@theappletailor.com.

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Amazon launches Kindle store in India

SAN FRANCISCO: US e-commerce giant Amazon on Wednesday launched its Kindle Store in India, claiming to have the largest selection of any e-bookstore in the country.

The India Kindle Store offers over one million e-books, priced in Indian rupees, including 70 of the top selling editions.

“We are proud to launch this new Kindle store for Indian customers, offering Kindle book purchases in rupees and the ability to buy and read the work of many great Indian authors,” said Russ Grandinetti, vice president of Kindle content for Amazon.

The Kindle reader will be sold exclusively in Croma stores across India at an introductory price of Rs 6,999 (around $125).

“Kindle is the bestselling e-reader in the world and has revolutionized the way people read,” said Ajit Joshi, chief executive and managing director of Croma.

Customers may also download and read books on the iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, Mac, PC, and Android-based devices.

The India Kindle Store features new releases, best sellers and other works from a range of Indian authors, including Chetan Bhagat, Ashwin Sanghi, Ravinder Singh and Amish Tripathi.

Some exclusive Kindle books will be available and over one million classics can be downloaded for free.

Amazon also launched Kindle Direct Publishing for independent authors and publishers in India, allowing them to make their books available to customers worldwide on Kindle devices and reading apps.

Authors and publishers in India will be able to set prices specific for India and receive royalty payments in rupees.

Amazon has a number of Kindle stores for customers around the world in addition to its US store.

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Mac vs. PCs – How much have they sold in 2012?

First of all, this comparison is not for showing a particular brand in the limelight nor does it have something to do with pointing out the performance of a particular company. I have used both the machines and I should confess that I was equally satisfied. People responsible for today’s innovation put in a lot of brain and soul to come up with a technology and this post is to mainly realize how much their efforts have reached the people intact.

To begin with, there are two types of computers we use; the one which runs on Microsoft’s windows and the one which runs on Apple’s Macintosh OS (I like to call it Mac). Now, both of these tech giants have revolutionized the way we compute today, to a great extent and both have their own loyal fan following. But, the question is “which one has more?”

It all started here:

Windows:

Microsoft released its first graphical user interface version of windows named Windows 1.0 along with MS-DOS on 20th November 1985. It later released a series of Operating systems under the names – Windows 2.0, 2.1X, 3.0/1, 95, 98, ME, Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.

Mac:

Initially referred to as System software, the original Macintosh was first released in 1981, and went on to be renamed as Mac OS. Some of the notable releases include Classic Mac OS and the latest OS X. It also released its own Mac powered laptops named Mac Book. The latest one (Mac Book Pro) is powered with a Retina Display and offers stunning visual quality.

Now coming to the distinction,

According to a recent report, over 78 % of the computers in the world have their operating system as Windows (be it any version), while, over 3.5% computers are found running with Mac. The recent research by Asymco reveals Microsoft reaching the zenith of sales in the year 2004 (it sold 50 times the number of Macs) and on the contrary, the 4th quarter of 2011 recorded the worst downfall of sales for both Mac and PCs (probably due to the advent of Smartphone and tablets).It is difficult to anticipate and conclude the number of sales this year as both (Windows and Mac) are ready to release their trump cards – Windows 8 and Mac OS X Mountain Lion.

To conclude, we are now in a transition phase where tablets and Smartphones are silently creeping ahead of desktops and laptops due to their equivalent features and functions. But, with Windows 8 and Mac OS X Mountain lion waiting to be set free, there lies certain hope somewhere and who knows, the sales of computers might eventually get back on track as well. What do you think?

This is a guest post by Jena Branch. She is a writer from Buycox.com and writes more about digital cable and high speed internet. To get more information, click here.

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Computer Diagnostics for Your Mac

Diagnostics software can help you identify problems or potential problems with your Mac. Such packages allow you to test your system, memory, software and even the external hardware attached to your computer.

One of the most common problems occurs when your Mac is low on resources, whether it be RAM or disk space. These are common conditions that can result in your Mac running slowly.

The best way to resolve the former issue is to purchase more RAM, if possible, and for the latter issue you should clear up some space on your hard drive, if it is starting to get full. You may also wish to consider defragmenting the hard disk.

Different diagnostic software programs for the Mac will offer different features. Drive Genius 3 by Prosoft Engineering, Inc. focuses on maintenance of the hard drive, allowing you to reformat it, defragment it, repartition it, monitor it, clone it, repair it and obtain information on it.

TechTool Pro by Micromat, Inc. promises to run a complete diagnostics check of your Mac with what it calls a SMART test of your hard drive to detect impending drive failure, a RAM test, analysis of disk directories and more. These programs offer a wide range of tests providing full diagnostics and covering a wide range of software and hardware issues.

Some common tests that diagnostic software runs are tests of your Mac’s audio circuits, casche, clock, components, file structure, Internet, and checks of the correct operation of your Mac’s mathematical processing hardware and software routines. Other tests include tests of the PRAM, processor, RAM, ROM, hard drive surface integrity, VRAM and even tests of external components such as scanners.

The software will offer you the choice of diagnostic tests to run. The full system scan will run through your entire Mac hard drive and display any problems that it might find. If it can fix them, it will give you the option to do so.

There are some problems that diagnostic software will not be able to help you with, however. These include hardware failures such as hard drive crashes. Diagnostic software may be able to report such issues to you, but complete hard drive failures often occur suddenly and with very little, if any, warning.

This is why maintaining a good backup strategy is essential. In the case of serious hard drive issues, you will need to take your Mac into an Apple Store or other qualified service center.

Normally, your Mac will run fine, and if it fails to do so, your instincts will usually tell you whether the problem lies with hardware or with a particular software program you are using. In addition, diagnostic software cannot find certain problems, such as corrupted files or software conflicts, but it can sometimes narrow down the options and rule out certain possibilities.

However, for those times in which you are not quite sure where the problem may lie and you don’t even know where to begin with troubleshooting, running a diagnostic software package can be a good way to find and prevent problems with your Mac.

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Grand Theft Auto: Vice City as a Commodore 64 game

If you haven’t finished GTA: Vice City yet, you don’t want to watch this C64 demake because it totally ruins the ending. Then again, if you haven’t finished Vice City yet, you’re the biggest procrastinator we’ve ever met and maybe it’s time you caught up to the rest of the world.

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Apple releases ‘Mountain Lion’ Mac software

SAN FRANCISCO: Apple Inc released the latest version of the operating software for its MacIntosh computers on Wednesday, touting new features such as better integration with the “iCloud” Internet storage service and gaming.

The “Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion” was released a day after Apple reported disappointing results that hammered its shares.

Mountain Lion, first unveiled in June during Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference, is available as an upgrade from the previous two operating systems — Lion and Snow Leopard — for $19.99. Macs purchased on or after June 11 will receive a free upgrade, the company said.

The update includes more than 200 new features, including integration with iCloud, desktop versions of Messages and Game Center, a new Notification Center, according to a press release.

A future update for the new operating system will bring Facebook directly onto the Mac, the company said.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops makes a run at Mac this fall

While Treyarch is hard at work on Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 for this year, its previous game is getting ready to hit the Mac. A Mac port of the hugely popular FPS is currently underway at Texas-based Aspyr Media. You may recall Aspyr’s previous efforts porting Windows games to Apple’s platform, including 2007’s Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare . System specs for Black Ops aren’t known right now, but we can’t imagine they’ll be much different from Modern Warfare’s requirements .

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Acer says no plans to launch non-tablet devices on ARM

TAIPEI: Taiwan’s Acer Inc said on Monday it would remain closer to U.S. chipmaker Intel , even though Microsoft also embraces rival ARM for its new Windows 8 operating system. The world’s No.4 PC vendor has given an upbeat outlook for the second half after delivering a quarterly net profit that lagged market expectations in April, betting on the launch of Microsoft’s new Windows system and more slimline ultrabook computers.

The company is recovering from two consecutive quarters of losses in April to September last year and a management shake-up.

Acer said on Monday, ahead of the opening of Taiwan’s annual Computex trade fair, that it would formally launch new ultrabook and tablet designs after Microsoft puts its new windows system in the market, expected in the fourth quarter, with the first shipments starting in August and volume shipment commencing in September.

The first wave of Windows 8 products will be using Intel chips, while ARM-based designs will not be in market until 2-4 months later, expected in the first quarter.

“Finally the couple (Windows and Intel) recover their relationship,” Acer Chairman J.T. Wang told reporters at a small group interview. “We are more familiar with the Windows ecosystem, our supply chain is also mainly in the Window ecosystem.”

Wang said Acer has no plans so far to launch non-tablet devices using ARM designs.

“According to engineer studies, unless we go into ARM 64-bit, otherwise performance is still not so great,” he said. “ARM is a newcomer, young and attractive but it takes some time.”

Acer is showcasing new tablet computer models in slate and convertible design – or with and without conventional keyboards – based on the Windows 8 system at Computex this year, as well as two touch ultrabooks, which use aluminium metallic casings which enable cost competitiveness, and come in 12mm thickness.

“I have never been so supportive to Microsoft,” Wang told a news conference earlier on Monday. “We have a good opportunity to grow again after the Windows 8 launch. Acer is fully committed to deliver a full line of Windows 8 products.”

Acer said prices for these new gadgets would be announced after the launch of Windows 8. But in a powerpoint at the presentation it said the touch ultrabook would range from $1,799, significantly higher than the below $1,000 non-touch ones currently in the market.

Ultrabooks are an ultra-thin notebook PC that is similar to Apple Inc’s Macbook Air and offers some of the technological chic of the iPad and other tablets.

But some investors are concerned that the expensive components used in ultrabooks, such as solid-state drives, make them too pricey for many consumers.

In April, Acer lowered its ultrabook shipment contribution forecast for 2012 to 12-20 percent from 25-35 percent, but still saw its ultrabook shipments in the second quarter would double from the first quarter and they would keep growing for the rest of the year, with four new models planned.

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