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LifeProof Nuud for iPhone 5/5S Revie

IMG_9201LifeProof is known for their protective cases. As the name suggests, their cases are water, dirt, snow, and shock proof (up to a certain point). While trading protection for bulkiness, this case can be used for everyday use or on occasion when your life needs it. The Nuud provides screenless technology, which leaves the screen bare unlike their Fre case variant, which comes with a built-in screen protector. The Nuud case comes in a few different color combinations.  The Nuud retails for $89.99 on their website (link), but can be found on Amazon for less (link), and was provided for review.

Starting off with some specifications, the Nuud is waterproof up to 6.6’ or 2 m for one hour fully submerged, dirt proof to seal the phone inside the case so no dust or dirt particles can enter the case, snow proof to keep out melting snow and ice, and able to withstand drops from 6.6’ or 2 m.

The Nuud case provides some nice grip to hold the phone. The added bulk to the iPhone does not take away from comfortably holding the phone in one hand. The Nuud is a two-piece case and takes some work to put the case on the phone and to take it off. The lightning port must be unlatched and the headphone port has to be unscrewed before taking the case apart. But, these two factors protect the ports from the elements such as water.

The front portion has clear seals for the front-face camera, sensor, home button, etc. The clear seals do not interfere with the camera or sensors, and the touch id still works somewhat. The home button is hindered by a piece of the Nuud case so at time the touch id may not recognize one’s fingerprint.

The screen is left bare and a built-in screen protector is not included. The outline of the case around the iPhone’s screen makes it hard to pull down the notification center and pull up the quick toggles. This makes it hard to quickly get to things such as the Wi-Fi toggle. LifeProof strongly suggest removing any screen protectors on the iPhone prior to using the Nuud as they are not responsible if any water gets into the iPhone. A specially designed screen protector, compatible with the Nuud, is included for those that want to cover the screen exposed. The Nuud case needs to be tight against the phone as water can get on the iPhone screen that is exposed, but the case blocks it from getting onto the rest of the phone.

A dummy plastic phone is provided for you to test the waterproofness of the case. I would recommend taking apart the case and reassembling the case with the plastic phone and then summering it in water to see if you can assembling it right to avoid any incidents with your actual phone.

The back piece of the case is clear to show off the color of the iPhone.

A threaded headphone jack adapter is provided, as it needs to be tightened against the case to keep water out. This can be a hassle because it may be easy to lose the adapter or carry it around to use. But, at the price of waterproofing the iPhone, it is a necessity.

The case is nice to have for going to the beach or camping. Because of the bulkiness of the case, I only use it on occasion, but have seen people who use it as an everyday case and love it. I used the case while camping at the beach and it worked great. The sand did not get into my iPhone, but needed to be dusted off of the camera clear seals and home button seal. Also, it was great at keeping the few specks of water that got on the screen out of the case.

The phone was never fully submerged in the water so I cannot verify the effectiveness of the case, because I left my screen protector on the phone, which is not recommended, so I was not willing to put my phone in the water.

Overall, the LifeProof held up well against the elements I faced. Although the bulkiness and few other problems take away from me using the case everyday, it is a nice case to have for those moments when you need it the most. I would recommend this case to those looking for the ultimate protection for what life throws at you.

 

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Anytime, Anyplace, Any Where – With Cloud Computing

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Wouldn’t it be great if you could work at anytime from any place in the world using any device? Oh what’s that? It’s already possible?

Yes thanks to cloud computing, businesses can now operate at any time of day or night from anywhere in the world. What’s even better is that their emails, data and software can be accessed using any device, from desktop computers and laptops to mobiles, digital tablets and even PDAs. This revolutionary technology is vastly transforming the workplace by changing how and when we work.

Proporta Barbour Hard Shell Case for iPhone 5/5s

IMG_8736The Barbour hard shell or snap-on case comes in a few different colors. Currently, Proporta has the case in brown in stock. The case retails for $33.95 USD on their website (link) and was sent out for review.

The olive green color and quilt- like design looks nice. It is a simple design, but is still sophisticated and classy.

The case adds minimal bulk, but as a drawback it provides little protection. There is scratch protection for the back of the iPhone, but the front is fully exposed. All of the buttons are accessible so most of your 3.5 mm jacks and lightning cables will work without removing the case. The camera cutout is large enough so there is no interference with the camera or the flash. The case is flush with the front of the iPhone so there is no lay on the table design.

Overall, the case is great as a snap-on because of the minimal bulk, but for those who are accident-prone, this may not be the case for you as it provides little protection.

 

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6 Must Do Things for SEO Optimization on Bing

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Bing and Yahoo are now getting increasing attention from some parts of the world. They have 25% market share. Over the next several months further integration will occur over sharing their and further integration search functions.

If you have ignored the growing importance of Bing, you are doing wrong. Now it is the time to start looking at how to optimize website for Bing.  This post will let you know how to index occurs with Bing.

What Features To Look for in Workflow Software Systems

If you are running a business, then it is important to associate yourself with excellent BPM workflow software systems that will enable you to deliver better services to your customers. Now, there are many companies that vouch for their software systems. However, you cannot trust on all of them. If you seek, the best, then it is necessary to look into the system’s basic possibilities.

Systems like Comindware will enable you to execute them in a lucid manner. Flexibility and better configurability are some of the key points of their solutions. The software systems also feature tracker system that is also enabled and integrated with MS SharePoint and MS Outlook. They are easily available in both on-premise and Cloud deployment.

Native Union Switch Speaker Review

IMG_8303The Native Union Switch is a portable bluetooth speaker that offers some big sound. It is a versatile device that does more than just playing music. It comes in a variety of different colors and the standard colors retail for $149.99 on their website (link) or view it on Amazon, where it is currently priced at $75 (link). The Switch bluetooth speaker was sent out for review.

The speaker is larger than some of the portable speakers on the market so it is less travel-friendly than some speakers but makes up for it in features. The speaker allows users to make conference calls, charge one’s device while using the speaker, play music in two different positions, and has a volume dial to adjust sound.

The Switch has four different ports which include the auxiliary port, the phone port (for conference calls), micro USB in for charging the speaker, and USB out for charging one’s device. Included with the speaker is a braided aux cord and micro USB cord that are the same color as the speaker. The braided cords are an added bonus because they do not fray as easily and do not tangle as easily than the conventional cords.

The volume dial is great for adjusting the sound of music or calls to the perfect level because it is precise and easy to turn. There is a feedback sound when the full volume is reached indicated that it has reached the maximum output of sound. Inside of the volume dial is the multipurpose button for turning off/on the speaker, putting it into pairing mode, playing and pausing music, and answering and hanging up calls. The LED next to the volume dial indicates what mode the speaker is in so in pairing mode, the speaker will alternate between white and red flashes. On the opposite end of the volume dial, on the speaker, is the LED indicator that shows the battery percentage left on the speaker.

The battery life on the Switch is impressive. I usually only have to charge it once every few weeks. I use the device about every few days for a couple of hours on average.

Build quality is great on the Switch. It is made of a soft touch plastic with a matte finish so it does not pick up fingerprints or scratch easily. The speaker looks sleek and fits nicely in any room.

The Switch can be used in the horizontal or vertical position and offers the same sound in either position. This is a unique feature of the speaker so if the user has limited space, the speaker can be used in the vertical position.

The sound quality is clear on the device. It fills a small or medium room well. The sound on the speaker carries well. The bass on the device has a nice thump to it. The highs, mids, and lows are present. There is also some good treble. The speaker is also great for adding some surrounds sound to a movies, videos, etc.

Overall, the speaker offers a nice alternative to the speaker on one’s device.  It packs a loud punch in the sound department and offers some extra dimensions of sound that may not be available on one’s laptop, phone, or mp3 player. I would recommend this speaker to those looking for a bluetooth speaker that has good sound quality and many other features.

 

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My Macbook Case Review

IMG_8336My Macbook Case offers many options for protecting one’s Macbook. They have many color options to choose from including pink, purple, blue, and more. The Macbook pro 13″ with Retina display case currently retails for $34.98 on their website (link). The Macbook case was sent out for review.

The case is build with quality material because it has not had an issue even when I have bumped it against multiple surfaces. Also, the finish on the case is fantastic as every little detail, such as the apple cutout and curved cuts on the sides with the ports, is included in the case. The case is a soft touch plastic case and comes in two pieces. All of their cases are see thru so adding a decal to the Macbook works well. The case has a matte finish so although it is a fingerprint magnet, they do not appear on the case as easily as a glossy finish would.

The bottom piece does not reach all four corners of the Macbook for functionality reasons (see video). Rather the case exchanges some protection for the ability to open the top of the Macbook (the screen) all the way. Some other cases limit the angles that the Macbook screen can open to because the top and bottom piece of the cases will conflict, but that problem does not occur here.

The case is flush against the Mac and does not add to much bulk. It is a thin case but offers a lot of protection as I have bumped the Mac against multiple surfaces with no problems with the computer or case. The bottom of the case has four small foam pads that elevate the Macbook from the surface for ventilation, keeps the case from scratching the surface, and keeps the laptop from sliding around. The cutouts on the bottom of the case also reduce the added weight of the case and provide more ventilation.

There are two small things about the case that are specific, but should be mentioned. The left corner of the computer closest to the trackpad sometimes does not stay flush with the case, but can be pushed back into place easily (see video). Also, it is not easily noticeable so there are not too many complaints about that. Secondly, when I first got the case, the bottom piece was a bit rough on my wrists but have since smoothen out so there are no more problems with that (see video).

Overall, the case does a great job of protecting the Macbook while adding minimal bulk. The different color options allow one to personalize the Macbook and make it unique. Also, the ability to see a decal through the case adds even more options for customizing one’s laptop. I would recommend this to people who are looking for a case that offer protection, minimal bulk, and has the ability to see decals through the Macbook.

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