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Top technology inventions that will revolutionize our lives in 2015

With a slew of new innovations in the tech world in 2015, the industry is showing no signs of slowing down. In fact, year after year, we are presented with the most revolutionary inventions that completely change the way we live in today. In this post, we want to highlight the top technological inventions that will shape our lives this year – wearables, OLED screens, 64-bit smartphones, and smart cars among others.

Consumer-owned digital health devices
It’s no secret that wearables will be on the rise this year, especially when most of the electronic and tech conventions are showcasing endless launches from smartwatches and wearable manufacturers. Wearables are the newest form of digital health technology that assists consumers in tracking their health in real-time. Currently, the top mobile manufacturers are also competing in the smartwatch arena, where brands such as Google, Samsung, Apple, and Sony are leading the pack.

Among the smartwatches today, the Samsung Gear S presents an innovative feature that we expect to see in the next wave of wearables. Said device, which we featured previously on our site, has the capability to be a standalone gadget that doesn’t require the need to be paired with a smartphone in order to perform mobile functions.

Aside from smartwatches, wearables also come in the form of fashion accessories, such as Google Glass with augmented reality, and clothes with health tracking sensors like the Ralph Lauren’s Smart Polo Shirt that many websites have covered in 2015. These devices are being tested to see if they will be able to assist field-based or remote workers, through ‘bring your own wearable’ (BYOW).

OLED curved screens
Organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays on televisions and mobile devices are the current craze in the tech world. In 2013, Samsung revealed the world’s first’ curved OLED TV, which provides panoramic wide view and high definition visuals. According to the company’s representatives, the 55-inch televisions offer a similar “IMAX feel” to watching. LG also announced their own curved 77-inch OLED TV early this year at the CES 2015.

Samsung expanded their OLED screens through to their smartphones, with the release of their new flagship device – the Galaxy S6 Edge. The handset has a 5.1-inch Quad HD Dual Curved display, which extends icons to the side panels of the device. Experts predicted that other gadgets will potentially adopt this technology very soon because of how well it has been received on the market.

PC-like 64-Bit Smartphones
Apart from adopting curved displays in their aesthetics, another feature that many smartphone producers are including on their latest handsets is the 64-bit chipset that is said to process mobile requests as fast as personal computers. The first to fully introduce the technology was Apple when they released their iPhone 5S. Recently, the company has ensured that their latest flagship smartphones, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, are also running the same power. Based on the data showed by O2, Apple upgraded the A7 chip of the iPhone 5S to an A8 chip on the iPhone 6 to provide faster processing with 50% more energy efficiency.

The rest of the mobile manufacturers, such as Samsung and LG, have also released their own set of smartphones with 64-bit chip to compete with Apple’s offering.

Smarter cars of the future
There will be a rise in the number of smart cars this year that have the ability to self-drive, lock and unlock via a mobile app, and those that can be located via a smartwatch’s GPS tracking. During CES 2015, we witnessed a number of automobile manufacturers and their high-tech cars that present the future of smart vehicles. Some of the top brands that joined the conference were Ford, BMW, Audi, and Mercedes.

However, top tech companies also revealed their own vehicles, with NVIDIA’s auto-pilot car computer that’s powered by the NVIDIA Tegra K1 chipset being one that garner much praise. There are also reports regarding Google’s upcoming driverless car, which will be called the Google Chauffeur. Last year, the search giant presented a prototype of a car without a steering wheel or pedals. It is reported that further testing on the car will commence in the San Francisco Bay Area later this year.

It’s inevitable that there is still a host of new tech inventions yet to be unveiled by some of the leading frontrunners mentioned in this article. And hopefully we’ll get a glimpse of these in some of the major conventions scheduled for 2015.

What other life-changing inventions do you expect to see in 2015?

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Review – Samsung Gear S Smartwatch

A latest trend in tech these days is smartwatches. Most of us wear a wristwatch anyway. So if the wristwatch you wear gave you more information than only current time and date, it would only mean more productivity and less dependency on your smartphone for every little thing. At least that’s the concept behind it and it seems to be working well with consumers as these smartwatches are selling like hot cakes and more and more vendors are entering this space.

So today I am going to review for you the latest smartwatch by Samsung, the Gear S.

Watch the video below for a quick overview of the features.

So, the Samsung smartwatch can be configured to forward any notifications you receive on your smartphone to the smartwatch. That way you will not have to reach for your phone to check messages etc. Of course you to have prioritize which notifications you want to receive on the smartwatch. I have 200+ apps on my smartphone, and if all of the notifications show up on my smartwatch then it’s counter productive. So I can configure only the most essential notifications to be forwarded to the watch.

The smartwatch can also act as fully functional phone, to make and receive phone calls.

You can use it to watch videos and pictures, though I am not sure how good the experience would be considering the limitation of screen size of the smartwatch, and the increasing screen size of the smartphones. I would probably stick to my smartphone for videos and pictures.

And lastly, there are tons of apps developed for smartwatches such as GPS navigation apps and fitness tracking apps, which takes the hassle of always looking at the smartphone screen away from the user, and takes advantage of the smartwatch always on your wrist.

So the question is, do you really need a smartwatch right now?

Well, in my opinion, smartwatch technology is still in its infancy. It’s going through rapid evolution and new features are coming with every iteration. So unless you like to try out new things, it’s better to wait until a more mature and polished product is released. Although the current features are useful, they are not something you cannot live without. And it will not significantly improve your life. They are more like added conveniences. So again, it’s worth waiting for 3rd or 4th generation smartwatch by Samsung or any other manufacturer. Rather than buying something right now and watching it getting obsolete within an year.

Your thoughts are most welcome in the comments section.

Review – Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Galaxy Note 4 is the latest generation of Samsung’s smart phone with a huge screen, a crossover between a smartphone and tablet, also known as phablet.

General Overview and Comments

The Note 4 has a screen size of whopping 5.7 inches. This huge screen size on a smartphone adds a lot of value when doing every day tasks, at the same time enhancing the experience of browsing the web, or watching videos. I used the device for a month and it was a pleasure to use it every day. You can’t deny the advantages of a big screen with a high resolution. The screen real estate is always a good thing.

On the flip side, handling such a big phone can be challenging to some. I keep my phone in my pocket, so I realized that while the phone fits in most side and back pockets, I couldn’t ignore the extra bulk in my clothes resulted due to the size of the device. I hardly got used to it after one month of using it. And if I am walking with the phone in my hand, it is very easy to drop it accidentally if my hand touches my body or something else. A carrying case is a must for this phone to avoid damages due to drops and bumps.

Taking Notes with S-Pen

The phone comes with a stylus called as S-Pen. This gives additional power to the user to use the phone as a note taking device. You can use the S-Pen as a traditional writing instrument, such as a fountain pen, pencil, ball point pen, or a calligraphy pen. You can completely configure how you want the S-Pen to behave while taking handwritten notes. This is great for people who like to write with hand instead of typing on a keyboard. For me it felt a bit unusual to write on glass, but I guess frequent use would make that feeling go away.

You can also use the S-Pen to draw sketches, or create other forms of artwork. My wife loved it as she is into arts and was impressed by the capabilities of the phone to just take out the S-Pen and compose something while on the move. No need to look for paper.

Capture Information using S-Pen

Another great feature of S-Pen is that you can use it to clip any piece of information from any app, and then convert it to different formats for further processing. Please watch the above video for this feature in action. This can come in really handy when you want to bring different pieces of data from different sources together at one place. Or you can annotate any screen and share with someone for further action.

Final Thoughts

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is an awesome device. It gives you a lot of power to do things efficiently. Not only in terms of screen size, but also due to the additional features offered by the S-Pen. Currently no other devices offers the same features as Galaxy Note 4 by Samsung.

In my opinion though, the real power of this device is the S-Pen. There are several phablets in the market but none of them come with a stylus. So if you are thinking about purchasing Note 4 then you should really try to incorporate the S-Pen in your daily usage and get the most out of it. Only then you will be using the phone to its true potential. Without the S-Pen this is just another big screen phone. So if you don’t care about the stylus then you are better off getting another phablet that doesn’t cost as much.

First Looks – Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

I was invited by Samsung to take first look at their newly launched Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. You can watch the video of S6 Edge above. I have covered the Edge screen feature of the phone. The curved screen on both sides is stunningly beautiful and the full metal body is winner.

My only disappointment is that the edge screen features can only be viewed on one side of the screen. It would have been cooler if both edges could be configured with different types of notifications. But that’s just me.

Enjoy the video and hopefully I will do a detailed review of the phone soon.

6 Online Tools To Simplify Your Life (Outside Work)

In the old days, a simple mantra of “phone-keys-wallet” would be enough to ensure that you weren’t forgetting anything essential as you left the house for the day.

Today, our smartphones are capable of making life so much simpler on the go. There is an app for everything.  Helpling, the first global online platform for cleaning services, understands the need to simplify. We have researched some of the most useful online tools that you must have to make your life easier, organised and more manageable.

1. Nike+ Training Club – start on the road to fitness without ever having to enter a gym. This app has a countless number of exercises that you can tailor to your own fitness goals. Watch the inspirational ladies on the screen do it first, then just follow their lead! No equipment required, completely flexible timings, and best of all, it’s free!

2. PicLab- how many times can you reuse the same Instagram filters before just losing the inspiration for photography? PicLab allows you to add beautiful typography, apply stunning filters and photo effects. People will soon be asking you for your secret behind such aesthetically pleasing pictures!

3. LinkedIn Pulse – stay up to date with your industry’s latest news with LinkedIn’s new side app, Pulse. It shows you all the articles from your feed in a clean, non-distracting way. Remain on top of all the professional scoop with a coffee in one hand and your phone in the other.

4. Namshi – when are you expected to find the time to go shopping between meetings, deadlines and friends who want to have brunch? But clothes do wear out, making Namshi such an important app. Search for exactly what you want, send in your order, and have it delivered to your doorstep, ready to wear at the next dinner party.

5. Day One – this journaling app allows you to record life as you live it. From once-in-a-lifetime events to everyday moments. Day One’s elegant interface makes journaling a simple pleasure.

6. 30/30 – A simple task manager that allows you to divide your day into tasks allocating time to complete each task. You can track your progress and use your time efficiently.

These online tools cover everything from planning your training sessions to organizing your day. But if you are looking to create more time to yourself, why not head to www.helpling.ae to book your home cleaning service. Helpling’s mission is to give people more free time so they get to enjoy the other things in life.