Best Smartphones of 2013

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1.) HTC One: Doesn't need much explanation. Great screen, speakers, performance. A well rounded phone for the begining of 2013 and even now. I'm also confident it prolonged HTC's demise a little.

2.) Galaxy S4: Great marketing and feature packed. The smartphone for the masses

3.) Moto X: Brought a smooth, iPhone like experience. Showed the world that Android doesn't need top of the line specs to perform great. Demonstrated that simple can be better. Reliable experience and a decent camera make this a great phone for the holidays. Android 4.4. already rolling out.

4.) Lumia 520/521: Hands down the best low end phone of 2013 and perhaps ever. Great performance, and decent features for a sub $100 unlocked handset. Great value and starter smartphone. Put WP8 on the map for the most part. And the App situation can only improve. If I were on an extreme budget or only needed the basics this would be the phone I would get.

5.) LG G2: Perhaps the most well rounded phone currently out. Great camera, screen, battery life and performance. LG can still put out a great product and are still relevant going into 2014.

6.) Galaxy Note 3: The most powerful smartphone out. Jam packed with features many will never use. S-pen improvements

7.) Nexus 5: Flagship specs at a midrange price. Pure Google experience and buttery smooth performance. Not as many compromises as the Nexus 4. Updates straight from Google. $349

8.) iPhone 5S: Nothing revolutionary but it took a solid smartphone and made it even better. One of the best cameras, imessage, and facetime make this a great phone for those with family invested in the Apple ecosystem. It's also a good phone by itself.

9.) Xperia Z1: Sony showed they had what it takes to make a decent flagship with the Xperia Z and made it even better with the Z1. Perhaps under looked but still a decent option with a great camera and processing package. The only drawback being the slightly washed out screen at an angle.

10.) Blacberry Z10: Controversial I know. After a long hiatus blackberry released a solid smartphone. It has all of the basics covered, and has been further refined by several OS updates. Can also run android apps. A good choice for any blackberry fans still out there. No matter how questionable their future may be.

Best Smartphones of 2013

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1.) HTC One: Doesn't need much explanation. Great screen, speakers, performance. A well rounded phone for the begining of 2013 and even now. I'm also confident it prolonged HTC's demise a little.

2.) Galaxy S4: Great marketing and feature packed. The smartphone for the masses

3.) Moto X: Brought a smooth, iPhone like experience. Showed the world that Android doesn't need top of the line specs to perform great. Demonstrated that simple can be better. Reliable experience and a decent camera make this a great phone for the holidays. Android 4.4. already rolling out.

4.) Lumia 520/521: Hands down the best low end phone of 2013 and perhaps ever. Great performance, and decent features for a sub $100 unlocked handset. Great value and starter smartphone. Put WP8 on the map for the most part. And the App situation can only improve. If I were on an extreme budget or only needed the basics this would be the phone I would get.

5.) LG G2: Perhaps the most well rounded phone currently out. Great camera, screen, battery life and performance. LG can still put out a great product and are still relevant going into 2014.

6.) Galaxy Note 3: The most powerful smartphone out. Jam packed with features many will never use. S-pen improvements

7.) Nexus 5: Flagship specs at a midrange price. Pure Google experience and buttery smooth performance. Not as many compromises as the Nexus 4. Updates straight from Google. $349

8.) iPhone 5S: Nothing revolutionary but it took a solid smartphone and made it even better. One of the best cameras, imessage, and facetime make this a great phone for those with family invested in the Apple ecosystem. It's also a good phone by itself.

9.) Xperia Z1: Sony showed they had what it takes to make a decent flagship with the Xperia Z and made it even better with the Z1. Perhaps under looked but still a decent option with a great camera and processing package. The only drawback being the slightly washed out screen at an angle.

10.) Blacberry Z10: Controversial I know. After a long hiatus blackberry released a solid smartphone. It has all of the basics covered, and has been further refined by several app updates. Can also run android apps. A good choice for any blackberry fans still out there. No matter how questionable their future may be. __________________

Slow Computer? Speed it up!

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Is your computer running a bit too slow? There is a variety of things you can do to tune and speed it up such as the following.

1.) Download Malware bytes and do a full scan. Its free and is some of the best Malware Removal Software out there. Malware can really slow down your computer and is unsafe. You can have your personal information stolen.

2.) If you have the AntiVirus software Norton or McAffee remove that, they do not do a very good job in my opinion and they (Especially norton) really bog down a system. Even decent ones. Instead download one of the Anti Viruses, Microsoft Security Essentials, Avast or Avira all are free and do a fantastic Job. If you want a paid Antivirus, ESET NOD 32 is a great option.

3.) Unninstall all unnessesary programs that you don't want or need. Such as Trial software.

4.) Download and run CCleaner. It will remove all uneeded and temporary files that over time slow down your computer. After that is complete, run the registry scan and fix all the issues that it comes up with. After that click on Tools, click on startup and disable or delete the Startup programs that are not essetial to windows or your everyday computing. Startup programs slow down your computers loading time and it is best to have as few of those running as possible.

5.) Run the disk defragmenter in system tools uner the acessories folder in the start menu. You can also download Dfraggler and use that to defragment your harddrive.

6.) Run Windows update and install any critical or important updates

7.) Update your drivers

8.) If none of the following worked, there is a possibilty that a.) something is wrong with your hardware or b.) your computer is too old and either needs to be upgraded or you need a new one.

9.) As a last attempt to get things running back to normal, back up your data and reinstall windows.

If you have any questions PM me.

Windows 8 home screen

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Well there seems to be some complaints and confusion about the new Windows 8 home screen, so I'm gonna try my best to straighten things out.

First and foremost, Its optional, as it should be. The majority of PC users use their computer for 3 things, Web, email and Photos, and with the new Start Screen, its much easier to access these things. Why deal with the traditional desktop interface when the majority of people rarely use anything other than their web browser?

Also, from what I'm hearing, based on what kind of system you have, Touchscreen, tablet, Desktop etc. the Homescreen will automatically default to whichever layout is appropriate for the system. For example, If you have a desktop and you install windows 8 onto it, you will get the traditional desktop we're all used to, If you have a Touchscreen or tablet, you'll automatically get the Tile (Windows phone 7 like) Homescreen instead. Seems pretty straighforward. The powerusers and gamers can still use the classic desktop while Joe average can stick to the simple interface so he can access his email and web browser without having to deal with anything else.

Hope this straightens things out.

New SkyDrive

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Hey guys, I encourage you to go check out the revamped, streamlined and all new Windows Live Skydrive. Its actually usable now and not a slow, clunky POS that it once was

Ban them I say!

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Well I've decided to stray away from my usual tech related posts to bring up an issue that I think needs to be taken care of with the US government and that is, the minting of Pennies and $1 Bills. Lets start with pennies. 90% of consumers don't spend them, they are usually recieved as change and placed in a jar or exchanged for larger denomination coins. It costs 2 cents to make a penny so the government is losing money making something that we already have Billions and Billions of (seriously) and that nobody actually spends. There are no practical uses for them and most modern vending machines don't even accept them. I don't know It Just seems stupid to me. What do you think? Next its $1 Bills. They have an average lifespan of 18 months in circulation, cost 47 cents to print (versus only 16 cents to mint a dollar coin) and they don't jam up vending machines. Why can't the government just ditch the dollar bill and move to Dollar coins? It would save the government billions a year and other (and dare I say) more civilized nations have already ditched the dollar bill equivelent and moved to dollar coinage such and Japan, Russia and Canada. When Canada made the change, the government said that savings were 10x more than intitial estimates. Dollar Coins last on average 30 years in circulation compared to just 18 months with dollar bills, cost 3x less to make and saves the government (and taxpayers) Billions a year. (and after the government nearly shut down 2 weeks ago, it would seem it would be wise to save all the cash they can without laying off government employes and cutting benefits from the Military) What are your guys' thoughts on this? Do you agree. Disagree? Comment below. Lets talk about it.

What we know so far.

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A lot of information about microsofts next flagship OS has been leaking around on the internet the past few weeks. Some surprising. Some underwhelming. Here's what we know so far.

The first Windows 8 build has leaked on the internet. Its the very early Milestone 1 build that was completed back in. September of 2010 and predates the build that was shown off at CES in January. There appears to be no major features and this build looks quite boring to be honest.

A public beta is almost certainly going to be slated for sometime Q3.

Its possible windows aero will use software rendering instead of hardware rendering for lower end systems. Its not quite clear yet whether or not higher end machines with deticated graphics will be able to take advantage of hardware acceleration. I'm almost certain it will though.

An App Marketplace is iminent.

Smartscreen filter will be built into windows instead of just internet explorer.

The will be a new windows aero feature called "Aero Auto Colorization" What it does is change the color of the aero glass to match the color of your desktop background. Not a major feature but it adds a nice tough.

Windows will include a build in PDF Reader

The will be a lighter version of IE called Internet Explorer immersive. Its essentially a striped down browser that does nothing but browse the web. The interface is much like Windows Phone 7 and this feature appears to be aimed at tablet devices due to the fact that it only runs in 640x480 and its striped functionality.

New welcome screen. It looks almost Identical to the Windows Phone 7 lockscreen and is quite attractive I must say.

More to come. Stay Tuned...

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