Christmas Picks from Mekul

Christmas is coming up fast and you need to get these gifts sorted out. If you need to get these last minute gifts in. That’s where I come in. I’ll give you some gifts that I recommend to give to your friends or family. Most of the gifts will be based around tech, mostly Apple products. So without further ado lets get right into it.
iPad Air 2
iPad Air 2
Faster and thinner than its predecessor, the iPad Air, undoubtedly this is the best iPad that Apple has made. Equipped with Touch ID, a great 8 megapixel camera with awesome image processing. This also has a 9.7 inch display with a resolution of 2048×1536. It has an A8X which is 2.5 times faster graphic performance than the A7 chip and has 40% faster CPU and 2 gigabytes of RAM unlike its predecessor that had 1 gigabyte of RAM.
It’s not cheap, starting at A$619 dollars, this is great for people ranging from people who aren’t familiar familiar with tablets to people who love gaming.
Apple TV
Apple TV
Apple TV is Apple’s media device that plugs into your TV.  You can rent and buy movies and TV shows through your Apple ID, watch YouTube, view photos and videos from your iPhone or iPad, stream your screen to the TV, play some games through the Apple TV and so much more.
Apple TV costs A$109.
Sonos PLAY:1 or PLAY:3
Sonos PLAY:1 Sonos PLAY:3
Sonos has some of the best wireless speakers that you could put in your house. You control Sonos via your phone, tablet, computer. You can choose to play songs that you have downloaded in your music app or you can choose a music service like Spotify, Pandora, MOG and more like I have. The PLAY:1 is a small speaker that can fit into small spaces, in my house, it’s in the kitchen. Surprisingly, the PLAY:1 is quite loud. The PLAY:3 is more appropriate for your bedroom, lounge, or study.
You can buy a PLAY:1 for A$299 and the PLAY:3 for A$499. This includes a free 12 month membership by Deezer, which is a great music service.
iTunes Gift Card
Nothing beats a good old iTunes gift card. When redeemed, you can purchase apps, music, movies, TV shows (depending, naturally, on how much credit you have and how much the item is). You can give (or receive) a $5, $10, $20, $50 or $100 gift card. You can also electronically send any amount to an email regested with iTunes.
Microsoft Xbox One
Xbox One
Xbox One is a gaming console and is a great place for people to play a wide variety of games. I have one and it is awesome for playing games and the controller is awesome, it vibrates in different sections of the controller if you are in a game and something happens. You can also play and talk with your friends with Xbox Live but you have to pay another fee for that.
Buy Xbox One from here or other retailers as they might have better discounts.
That is all for my Christmas picks this year. I wish you a very happy Christmas. Thanks for reading. Mekul

The Best Photo and Movie Apps

Hey everyone! Mekul is back with another post and today I am going to talk about the best Photo apps for iPhone and iPad. So without further ado, let’s get started.

  • Snapseed
  • Probably the best photo app there is on the App Store. The simplicity to use it makes it even better. The options that you have to edit the photos are very good like brightness, frames, contrast, options are very good. The option of frames are broad. This app probably has a lot more features than a free photo app on the App Store. Download Snapseed now from the App Store.

  • PhotoToaster
  • PhotoToaster is a great app, especially when looking for professional filters, frames and FX. There is an FX Brush that allows you to brush in areas of focus and colour, and find that a cool feature. It also has unlimited undo’s which is great because many apps still don’t have that feature. This app is available for $3.99. Download Snapseed now from the App Store.

  • Photo Editor by Aviary
  • I might say that a photo editor is great at filters and frames, and brightness and all that jazz, but really this app is really worth checking out for some features like, red-eye removal, whitening teeth, effects, memes, stickers do drawing features. It is worth checking out and one of my favourites, this app is avaliable for free. Download Snapseed now from the App Store.

  • iMovie
  • Moving on to movies, this app is Apple’s simple video editing app (it isn’t as good as the computer version), it does the job well. This has slow/fast-mo features, trim and split in movie making. You can choose from some great trailers, or movie themes. iMovie is avaliable for $6.99. Download iMovie now from the App Store.

    Thanks for reading, sorry for not posting, see you later. Mekul

    The Best Gaming Computers recommended by Mekul

    Hello! Mekul is back with another post, which today I am writing about, the best Computers for Gaming! Now, all of these are not going to be cheap and cheerful, but the last one, I will try to give a cheep but relatively good for gaming.

    The Pacstar Gaming/Video Editing Pro 2014

    This computer has an excellent Intel Core i7-4770. It has 8GB RAM, a Samsung/Sandisk 120GB SSD SATA III for hard drive (though on the website, it says it also has a Toshiba/WD/SEAGATE 2TB, sounds better!). For a not well known brand, it actually sounds quite good since it has all those features, Windows 8.1, but you might want Windows 7. It will cost $1,499 and it is recommended by APC magazine.

    Link: Pacstar

    Mekul’s rating: 8/10. It would be good if you could downgrade to Windows 7.

    Dell Alienware Aurora R4

    If you know nothing about computers and I said ‘Alienware’, would you be scared? Well, you should be scared of the Intel Core i7-4820, with 16GB RAM, 1TB hard drive, Windows 7 Home Premium. An Alienware Standard Optical Mouse is included in the price, but for an extra $88, you can get a Alienware TactX mouse. To keep the CPU cool, the R4 uses liquid to keep it cool. What I like about it is that it comes with Windows 7 Home Premium and I know some people don’t like Windows 8. If you really want to you can get Windows 8.1. There is software designed for the R4 like customising the colour of the lights on the R4 and more. There are customisable options available on Dell’s website with the R4 like different models of the Core i7, chassis, graphics card, etc. The R4 starts at $1,998.99.

    Link: Alienware

    Mekul’s Rating: 10/10. If you are super serious about gaming, this is for you.

    iMac 27″ Desktop A Mac is not always considered a gaming computer, more well known as an all in one. Though, with a Core i5 4670, maybe you’ll think again. 8GB RAM, Nvidia GeForce GTX 775M. It is configurable to a 3.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 which if you are really serious about gaming, this is for you but the Core i5 is still great. It comes with OS X Mavericks with built in apps such as iWork and iLife. This is also family friendly and can be used for other things than gaming.

    Link: Apple

    Mekul’s Rating: 9/10. It is pretty cool and a wide screen is a pro.

    iBuypower Revolt A960 This is a very compact computer full with lots of goodies. 8GB RAM, AMD A10 6800k, Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 and a cool lighting system. According to PC Mag, it does well on on 3D games but no so well on Photoshop and CineBench, but hey, we are only looking at gaming here. As I said at the top, I’ll give you a cheap but reasonable gaming computer. Well, at Walmart, you can get it for $700!

    Link: Walmart

    Mekul’s Rating: 8/10.

    So that comes to the end of the post. More posts will be coming soon! Do not worry! Singing off, Mekul.

    Note: This was supposed to be a scheduled post, but it did not upload. Sorry about that!

    Twitter announces new profile layout

    Social media and micro-blogging site, Twitter has unveiled a revamped profile page to its 241 million users.

    It is starting to look a bit like a Facebook profile page. You can add a larger profile photo, customise your header image, pin your favourite tweets to the top, and more.

    Visitors to your page can also just view your tweets, tweets with photos/videos, and replies. There is also bigger photos and tweet positioning, filtered tweets and other good stuff allowing your visitors to learn everything you say is important about yourself.

    The layout of the new profiles are only available to a small amount of users but if you sign up to Twitter now you get the new layout.

    That’s it from me! Signing off, Mekul.

    Office for iPad has been released!

    Here is a surprise for Microsoft Office and iPad lovers. A press release is being hosted by Microsoft’s new chief executive in San Francisco this morning. The CEO said Office for iPad is being released today.

    Office for iPad requires Office 365 for editing features. The subscription will cost $6.99 a month, or $69.99 a year. If you don’t want the subscription, you can view documents, presentations, spreadsheets, but you can’t edit them. The subscription buys you access to Office 2013 apps for Mac, Windows and mobile. The apps include Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote and more.

    The apps will be native iPad apps which means they will be individual, native iPad apps. The apps will be released today, free of charge. Word, Excel and PowerPoint for iPad support standard Office files and integrates with Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud storage for syncing content across devices and platforms. Unfortunately, Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, etc. are not supported.

    Some screenshots from Engadget


    PowerPoint for iPad


    Excel for iPad


    Word for iPad with Editing Features

    It is now available on the App Store, links will be up, just click on the name of the app, Word, PowerPoint, Excel.

    That’s it for today’s post! Thanks for reading and I’ll post soon. Signing off, Mekul.

    iOS 7.1 has been released with new Siri, Touch ID improvements and CarPlay support.

    Hello! Mekul is back with an iOS update! Yes iOS 7.1 is out with CarPlay support, new Siri voices and improvements, Touch ID improvements and much more! It is now available to the public right now, but hold on! Just sit here for a few more minutes and I will tell you a bit more on what Apple has released!

    Jailbreaking and Downgrading

    So, in my last post, I said that an iOS 7.1 jailbreak would be unlikely because of what iH8sn0w tweeted.

    Now, he said that the iOS 7 kernel was patched in the beta of iOS 7.1. It doesn’t look like a jailbreak for iOS 7.1 is going to come out soon. MuscleNerd said on Twitter to stay away from iOS 7.1 if you are a jailbreaker though you can downgrade if you saved your SHSH blobs on your iPhone 4, but if you like to lose your jailbreak, plug in your iDevice into iTunes (evasi0n7 disables OTA by default) and update to iOS 7.1.

    Though we may see a jailbreak for iOS 7.1 because the evasi0n team says they have a few kernels up their sleeves…

    New Features

  • iOS 7.1 features CarPlay support.
  • Siri in iOS 7.1 lets you manually control when she listens by holding down the Home button while you speak and letting it go when you’re done.
  • Touch ID fingerprint reliability has been improved.
  • Camera app has a new ‘HDR Auto’ feature.
  • Photos & Camera tab in iOS Settings has a new ‘Upload Burst Photos’ option.
  • You can now use a new ‘Darken Colors’ option under the Increase Contrast section of the Accessibility tab.
  • The Phone app has a new-look dialer.
  • You can disable Parallax effect independently of other animations when setting up wallpaper.
  • iCloud Keychain is supported in additional countries.