Nexus 10 Review

Latest news – When google developed the nexus 7, they shook the tablet marketplace wholly. They did not have any main rivals, but the nexus 10 was dropped into one of the saturated marketplaces around, so this evaluation of the tablet pc was something we had to distribute.

The bigger brother of the Nexus 7, and aptly named because of the size of the screen, we have the Nexus 10 review.

 

Introduction

When it comes to anything Google Nexus, the reviewing process is kind of a tough prospect. The temptation to produce a two-word review (“its great”) is almost too tough to resist. However, the saving grace is that the Nexus is so great that you can talk about it pretty much endlessly as well. Continue reading

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The Empire Strikes Yet again: Disney Shuts LucsArts, Lays Off Workers

Disney have shut down the LucasArts game studio, abruptly cancelling all forthcoming games and laying off all employees, it was reported in the last few days.

 

Disney will however use the LucasArts name to license games, however the studio won’t be working on any new titles and all existing products have been scrapped.

 

The multimedia entertainment business, which obtained LucasArts, along with the film company Lucasfilm in 2012 for $4.05 Billion, informed the staff of their verdict this morning. The move is expected to force roughly a hundred and fifty workers into unemployment. Continue reading

Kindle Fire HD Review

Latest news – With more than a few different variations of a kindle previously, and building its name as the greatest e book reader, taking thousands and 1000s of books with you. But this representation was plagiarized by every tablet pc about the market and improved upon, so. The kindle is now using a full HD colour screen, with apps and games, mirroring competition and using the android Platform. This provides you an idea of what you can be expecting Continue reading

Can you still get the primary kindle?

On first hearing the Kindle I was initially very doubtful. I adore books, I like to read them and, although it might be very pretentious of me, I like to have books. As well as this, being a student, I have come to understand that I hate reading off of a screen. I’d much rather spend cash on printing off a piece of writing that I would like, than read it straight off of the screen. With this in mind, it is possible to understand why I used to be sceptical of the Kindle. Not only does it not let me have the book I’m reading in its real physical form, it also means I have to read from a screen! Continue reading

How is a Nexus 7 for reading PDf’s?

The Google Nexus (AKA Asus Nexus 7) is a popular and big selling tablet. A recent study, made public in February of this year, estimates that around 4.8 million Asus Nexus 7 units have been sold so far, with sales figures creeping up to around the ‘million a month’ mark.

 

The latest Nexus has been positively received by reviewers and customers alike. Reviews have praised everything from its well-designed hardware (“the build quality is on par with Apple”, said Techradar’s James Rogerson in January, before describing the tablet as “astounding value for money”) to its Quad-Core 1.2 GHz processor and full GB of RAM, a pairing described in action by Wired.com’s Dave Oliver as a powerful combination that seems very quick off the mark in use. Flicking between apps is seamless and swift, as is web browsing and movie watching”. Continue reading

What is trunked two way radio?

Editors note – If you might have ever used a walkie talkie you will appreciate the technology, you push a button and talk into the radio, you depress the push button and you recieve a communication back, more likely you’ve worked with a conventional system, but to extend the area of the communications or to tap into a mobile phone style structure you will need a trunked system.

Put simply, where a conventional system is limited by the number of users calling on its capacity at the same time, a trunked system allows you to create virtually unlimited users groups and provides the most efficient use of the radio frequencies and channels allocated to a system.

When you place a call on a trunked system, a channel is allocated to all participants, once the call is completed, the channel is returned to the pool for other users. This sharing of the channel capacity increases the availability of the system to all radio users, maximising availability, especially important at times of peak utilisation.

A trunked radio system is configured on the basis that with any given number of users, not all of them will require channel access at the same time, so fewer individual radio channels are required, providing a number of benefits including savings in the cost of channel licences, the ability to accommodate  more users and user groups, the flexibility to configure access between user groups, increased security against eavesdropping and not least, increased availability of the system at all times.

How does a trunked two-way radio system work?

Where conventional two-way radio communications take place on one frequency a trunked system employs multiple frequencies and is able to scan all the frequencies used in the network to prioritise and allocate availability.

A database lies at the heart of a trunked radio system where it controls access to talk groups and the rules applied to individual users and groups at all times. Typically, at least one frequency will be assigned as a control channel to manage the hand-portable or mobile in-vehicle radios telling them which frequency to monitor for incoming and outgoing transmissions.

When a user makes a call by depressing the Push-To-Talk (PTT) button on their handset, the control channel will automatically find and allocate a free channel and send a message to the radio units involved in the talk group instructing them to change to the free channel. This means a conversation can take place via any available channel rather having to wait for a particular channel to be available.

The control channel is a vital instrument in the seamless management of a trunked radio system, ensuring seamless operation in all situations. It can be used to transmit small data messages between radios even if all other channels are occupied and it provides pre-emptive call handling to ensure radio access in case of emergencies.

When renewing your analogue trunked radio system or upgrading to a digital trunked system, you should specify it to include a dedicated control channel which offers better resilience and the ability to send messages even in the event of equipment failure.

What equipment is required for a trunked digital two-way radio system?

In its most basic form, a digital trunked radio system will comprise of:

– A PC (system manager) to manage and configure the systems’ software and network operation (this is only required for configuration).

– An Ethernet Switch link to a base station repeater.

– Base Units (Up to 30 in per site).

– An antenna system to provide radio coverage.

– Hand portable walkie-talkie and/or in-vehicle mobile units deployed in the field.

Systems requiring more channels (more user groups) will feature additional base units/repeaters or where increased range is required, for example in a regional, national or international network, the system manager could be fixed to an IP connection to link up to 48 digital trunked sites together for wide area roaming and calling capabilities. There are many companies specialising in the design and installation of bespoke private digital two-way radio networks,

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Its Not the Size…Its whether or Not You Can use it on a Train…

So, the apple ipad now comes in a handy, travel-sized 7″ tablet form. Yeah, that’s right. The world’s most recognized 10″ pc tablet has finally downsized. But rather than a permanent change, this shift has really just doubled Apple’s market clout.

 

Up until 2012, only 2 things blighted the iPad as a product:

 

1)         They are bloody expensive.

2)         They are bloody big.

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