Vaughan: Complementing Digital Content

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One of the most pertinent works nowadays is digital marketing and SEO due to the exponential rise of internet usages in various handheld devices. Although concentration on the SEO techniques and digital marketing is recommended, anything that is too much results in having a negative effect on the business. The negative effect is because of inundation of the content, which may lead you to disconnect with the target demographic. Here, are some ways described which you could use for effectiveness in search engine optimization and make an assurance of a creating a good connection with potential customers.

Search Engine Optimization – How It Works Best:

Smarter and Better Use of Keywords

The basis for the optimization of any search engine is the creation of contents that gives a wide focus on innovative ideas. The use of good keywords assures good ranking of the website in a search engine. The downside is to give a keyword that is less concerned about the topic to give a human connection with the content. A fixation on the usage of keyword and search engine ranking might end up having a negative effect on the main purpose. When it comes to use of keywords, SEO Vaughan services today do what is always the best for their customers.

Freshness and Uniqueness of the Content

Search engines will give importance and be biased towards new content. This is because the search engine wants to give the best and freshest idea to the searcher regarding all about their internet queries. Hence, it is pertinent that the content is not only fresh but also about the recent happenings in that particular niche. This ensures the ever greenness of the content as well as offers assurance that the SEO requirements are met.

Consideration of Public Interest

Contents should stand strong and in line with the interested public’s requirement. Focusing on the good and demanding keywords and buzzwords is a very good SEO strategy for short-term work. On the other hand, if you are looking at a long term solution, then the creator needs to look into the common interest and also to have a look at what the target market segment look at when they come online.

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How do I get my broken iPhone screen fixed?

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While it is very common for all the phones to slip off from hands, iPhone is more likely to fall due to the slippery body and slim design. When iPhone falls, the screen usually breaks down because it is made up of glass. Also, the broken screen cannot be ignored even if your iPhone is working fine because the broken glass may have sharp edges that may cause injury. Therefore, repairing is necessary. While iPhone’s screen repairing is quite expensive, it is definitely cheaper than buying a new iPhone and so people decide getting it repaired. Some people buy tools and accessories and replace the screen themselves.

While this is possible, the risk is not worth taking. The glass screen and LCD are joined together which is, in fact, a good feature because there is no chance of dust getting in during the repair. A better option is to give the phone to a professional I actually used a local company called Tech Medics, this is because the screen and some of the internal components need to be removed carefully, cleaned and fitted back properly. Fitting the components back is very difficult and only skilled people can perform the task perfectly.

Even if you get your iPhone repaired from a professional shop, make them feel like you know how to check the phone after it is repaired. If you ask the following questions before handing over the iPhone, the shopkeeper will make sure he provides a quality service:

What is the testing process?

Once iPhone is repaired, it is very necessary to test all the functions properly because very often a repair could lead to another problem. Depending on the professionalism of the repairers, iPhone can either be tested by one or more experts for either a few hours or two to three days. If the iPhone is not properly tested before returning it to the owner, other problems may emerge after some time.

What quality of the screen will you use?

iPhone screens come in various qualities. If you are unaware, the shopkeeper might use a low-quality screen and charge a high price making you believe that he is using a good quality iPhone screen. A poor quality screen may not be easily recognized immediately but will show results later on. At times, people prefer cheap repairs and end up getting poor quality screens due to which their iPhone becomes useless after some time. Also, cheap screens usually do not fit properly on the screen and you can easily witness gaps.

Do they offer a warranty?

When repairers are confident about their work, they will offer a few weeks warranty so you can satisfactorily check your iPhone by using it as much as possible. This is because they know the work they have done is perfect and iPhone is properly tested. When repairer asks you to check it within a day, he has probably done something poorly with your iPhone that you may not be able to detect. Therefore, ask for the warranty before giving it for a repair.

These questions will make the repairers alert and you can get your perfect iPhone back by choosing the not-so-cheap repairing method.

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Best Travel Applications For Your iPad and iPhone

When you are travelling especially abroad you would have come across times where you will need to find things quickly. During such times your online search engines may suddenly decide to play with you and show you country based choices and seldom need based. There isn’t much left for you to do then.

Therefore, it is better that you are prepared for anything and everything while you travel. You can always turn to some of the most reliable and useful travel applications that can be your face saving grace in a foreign country. Here is my handpicked list of iPad and iPhone applications that will help you make your travels a lot easier…

Useful App No.1 – TripIt
Why it is so – This app shows your updated travel itinerary that includes flight details, transportation timings, flight delays, confirmation numbers, etc. A handy travel app like this one can be very useful when travelling saving you the anxiety of such travel plans. This app also can be synced with your calendar hence giving you reminders and notifications of appointments and schedules. In short, this will serve you like an electronic diary and reminder service only that it can be carried and used anywhere you go.

Useful App No.2 – XE Currency
Why it is so – Travellers come across different market places all over the world and at times you will find that one special vendor offering you a ‘special deal’ that costs you just 500 francs for purse. You will be tempted to believe that it is a good bargain price but will be shocked to note that it is way more than what you will buy when you convert into your currency. XE Currency comes in handy in such situations where currency conversions can be done in a jiffy. This app can convert any major or minor currency all over the world based on the updated conversion rates.

Useful App No.3 – Hotel Tonight
Why it is so – Booking last minute hotel rooms can happen when you are a frequent traveller. You will find yourself on the streets not knowing where to go at times especially in larger and busier cities like New York, Chicago, London, Paris, Mumbai, Melbourne, Athens, Toronto, etc. The Hotel Tonight app is the ideal travel app for last minute hotel bookings. Also this offers info on hotels that give you the best rates. You can book a hotel through the app for less. E.g. The Helmsley Park Lane Hotel in New York City charges $700 per night but when you book through the app, you can get it for $300!

Useful App No.4 – Smarter Paris
Why it is so – It isn’t an easy task to find your way in a place with a different lingual. Paris is one of the most commonly visited place among tourists in the world and you may feel like a fish out of water if you do not know French. You may find it more difficult if you are asking for directions. Smarter Paris comes to the rescue of those who are visiting the City of Lights. This is an out and out Paris guide that provides you with tips and hints most suited to you. The highlight here is that this is offline! All info regarding routes, landmarks, restaurants, hotels, tourist locales, history of the place you are visiting, getaway spots, activities, info on monuments, and many more on Paris is offered through this app. A real pocket friend that helps you find your way in the streets of the French capital.

2015 Cloud Computing Predictions

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It is no news that cloud computing is fast gaining ground across the globe and many businesses today are moving towards it the Fast and Furious way! We know how it did in the past, but here is a look at the future of this fast evolving technology. Here are some predictions that will help in understanding the evolution of cloud computing in 2015…

Microsoft’s Cloud Revenues to Exceed On-site Sales
Imagine the day Microsoft’s cloud technology revenue surpassing its on-premises sales such Exchange, SQL Server, Windows Server, etc. Well, that is expected in the coming months and by the end of 2015 don’t be surprised when it happens. Thanks to Office 365 and Azure you will see Microsoft declaring a surge in their cloud revenues. With Sathya Nadella, Microsoft CEO, focussing on tapping the mobile cloud market, we will see this happening probably much sooner than the year-end!

Integration of On-premises Services and Multiple Cloud Services
The Application Programming Interface (API) and REST interface management solutions moving forward together, IT departments and service providers will be able to integrate on-site services and multiple cloud solutions.

A Red on Cloud Hacks
When technology moves forward there are bound to be hiccups along the way. Cloud hacks could become unavoidable no matter how much cloud services try their best to stick by their safety and security promise. In most cases though there is a possibility of the customer being the culprit. It could be a result of lack of training and poor compliance practice. “If cloud computing is not done the proper way, there is a good chance that end-user organisations can end-up accessing third party SaaS Services”, says Cloud London 365 spokesperson while referring to the downsides of cloud computing in the present day. This is also evident in the 2015 predictions issued by Forrester.

Docker Container Technology Will Stay Afloat Everywhere
Major public cloud providers already are supporting Docker, the open source container technology and more companies are expected to join the bandwagon. It will enable customers to easily build, move and manage applications on the cloud which will become a huge benefit for them. This will increase the popularity of Docker and more public cloud providers will be moving onto it.

Managing the Hybrid Cloud Will Become A Possibility
Many businesses today want the best of both worlds and hence are choosing Hybrid Cloud. The only disadvantage with this choice is that it makes cloud management a little complicated when compared to an entire public or private cloud choice. The nuances of this is expected to be made good and those hybrid users can rejoice as the year 2015 will see an increased portfolio of tools that will make hybrid cloud management easy.

Reduction in Cloud Storage Costs
The law of demand and supply in relation to price will apply here and with the demand for cloud computing being stable there has been a sudden surge of companies that offer cloud storage. This will affect cloud storage costs and will decrease it substantially. Though this is good news for the customers, this is not a very encouraging sign for the storage companies. It is recommended that the small timers move into eDiscovery, disaster recovery, business continuity services, and the likes.

In short, Cloud Computing is all set to enjoy a good ride with some minor bumps along the way in 2015. The predictions are out, but we have to wait till the end of the year to evaluate how right or wrong they were (fingers crossed).

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 – A PC In Tablet Clothing

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Tablets have been long lauded for becoming laptop replacements, yet not many have been able to live up to the expectations that the common man has when it comes to performance, speed and efficiency. Old timers still talk about how best their PCs are and how they are irreplaceable. Laptops do come close to it but Tablets?!

While I was pondering on that question, I was browsing the internet when I came across the much advertised and expected launch of Microsoft Surface Pro3. With a daring proclamation that this would be the laptop replacement that people are looking for, it caught my interest. I browsed through a number of sites like Engadget, Tech Radar, PC Pro, etc. to know what I can expect. I came across some interesting info and review in the Prosyn website (an IT Support company who also occasionally write about the London tech scene). It was mentioned that though clearly it is an attempt at creating a bridge between the laptop and the tablet, there are plenty of gaps that need to be filled in. Though the review was a bit sceptical, I found it to be fairly honest coming from one of the best IT support companies.

Luxury of Space
Being the experimental techie that I am, I placed an order just for the curiosity of understanding how this works and of course to help in my reviews. I received my order in mail and the first thing that struck me was the larger display. The Surface Pro 3 was definitely an improved version of Pro 2, with a 38% larger display and a breathtakingly crisp 2160 x 1440 pixel resolution. You got to be appreciative of the vertical real estate you have at your disposal which ensures a productive and more luxurious workspace which is more than handy especially while multitasking.

Behind the Scenes
If you are not one of those that give importance to looks, then you will be appreciative of the behind the scene upgrades. In spite of being physically larger in screen dimensions, there is an evident chopping of 0.23 inches in width and 0.24 pounds in weight when compared to the Pro 2. However there has been an upgrade of Core processors including the Core i7 in the line-up. The throughput time for the potential WiFi is increased thanks to the faster 802.11ac WiFi standard used.

Sleek and Trim
To be real honest, I have never been a fan of large and bulky objects. I felt the original Surface Pro was exactly that. This version though is trim, slim and sleek, making it alluring on first look.

Processor Options
It comes in a range of processor options i3, i5 and i7. The price depends on the processor you choose. For me, I always root for the i7. Speed is something that I love and there is no going back on that. For those who are looking for optimal speed, you can choose the other two.

Booting Time
It has a close to crazy booting time! It boots up real quick that when using it first I actually thought that I hadn’t shut it down! I think the improvised SSD technology has a lot to do with this.

Conclusion
Microsoft deserves a pat on the back for offering a product that hones in what buyers increasingly want – an uncomplicated spacious thin glass that makes work and play easy. Performance wise, we have to wait and see how it goes!

No nonsense hassle free photo album generator

photo album generatorIf you’re looking for a simple hassle-free photo album generator for Windows then I recommend you take a look at Porta.

I have been using it for a few weeks now and I’m very impressed with it. It’s simple to use, fast and produces nice looking photo albums. Best of all – it’s free, although I’m sure the author wouldn’t mind a donation if you’re feeling generous :-)

You simply select the folder containing your photos, select a theme and that’s it. You also have the option to enter captions for each photos. The end result is impressive. You can then easily upload the photo album (which consists of an HTML page and a bunch of sub-folders containing the photo images) to your web site. People who visit your web site can then view the photos in a variety of formats, the one I really like is sandbox where you can get an overview of the entire photo album.

O2 Sim Card Competition Winners

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The recent competition I’ve been running to win free O2 sim cards has now ended.

Thanks to everyone who entered. I’ve sent emails to all the winners requesting your address details. Most people have now replied back. Your sim cards will be with you within 28 days. I’m waiting for a couple more replies so check your mailbox and spam folders in case you’ve missed my email.

Each sim card is worth £10. I hope you enjoy this small free gift :-)

Medion MDPPC 250 Pocket PC PDA Review

medion-box-contentsThis article reviews the Medion MDPPC 250 Pocket PC PDA with GPS Navigation. This device is at the budget end of the combined Pocket PC/Sat Nav market, so I was interested to see how it would compare to the more expensive HP iPAQ 5720 previously reviewed on this site.

This review will be split into two. This week I take a look at the Pocket PC and what is has to offer. Next week I will give an in depth report of the GPS navigation.
Box Contents
Inside the box you will find the following items:
Medion MDPPC 250
– Touch screen stylus
– Docking Station
– External GPS receiver
– Car kit – includes windscreen mount, holder and car charger
– Battery
– USB cable
– CD-ROM (includes Microsoft Outlook 2002 and ActiveSync software)
– Instruction Manual
Detailed Specifications

– Model ID: MDPPC 250
– Microsoft Windows Mobile 2003
– Pocket PC versions of Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, Reader, Internet Explorer and MSN Messenger
– Microsoft Windows Media Player 9 Series
– Medion Navigator 5 (on provided SD card)
– External GPS receiver: SiRF Star II
– Samsung S3C2410 300Mhz processor (ARM)
– 3.5” colour touch screen
– Display Pixels: 240 x 320
– ROM/RAM Size: 32 Mb / 64 Mb
– SD / MMC expansion slot
– Headphone jack
– Microphone/speaker

Setup

When the device is first switched on you are guided through a few initial setup screens to configure the PDA. Once this is done you can start using the device.

The PDA comes with a CD-ROM containing Microsoft ActiveSync and Microsoft Outlook. ActiveSync enables information on your PC to be synchronized with your PDA. This is information like your Outlook calendar, email inbox and contacts. You also have the option to create a shared folder on your PC which allows you to synchronize other documents between your PC and PDA, such as Word or Excel documents.

The whole setup process went smoothly. Once ActiveSync was installed it automatically transferred my Outlook calendar, email inbox and contacts over to the PDA.

The best place to start exploring the PDA is the ‘Today’ page, otherwise known as the Start screen. This is the page that is displayed when you switch on the device. It shows you at a glance the current date and time, your calendar appointments for the day, any unread email messages, and any tasks you have setup.

The Medion comes with an instruction manual which does a pretty good job of explaining the PDA side of things, but there is not enough documentation on how to use the Navigator satnav software/GPS.
Usability

Medion 250 Pocket PCYou can navigate around the Medion Pocket PC using either the provided stylus or by using the program buttons at the bottom of the screen.

These buttons provide access to the following commonly used functions:

– Start screen
– Email inbox
– Contacts
– Calendar

There is also a navigation pad which moves up, down, left and right. Pressing the centre of this pad confirms a selection. This navigation pad can be useful for navigating items like your email inbox. These buttons can be adapted to access other programs if you’re not happy with the defaults.

People who don’t like using a stylus on the touch screen will welcome these buttons. I found the stylus pretty easy to use and rarely used the buttons.

On the side of the device there is also a button for recording voice notes. Unlike the HP iPAQ 5720, there is no option to rotate the screen, but that is only a minor niggle.

The 300Mhz processor overall performed pretty well. Applications loaded quickly and I didn’t observe any sluggishness or undue delays whilst using the device.

Docking Cradle

The Medion comes with a docking cradle which was a welcome addition. The more expensive HP iPAQ 5720 which I reviewed recently had no docking cradle. The docking cradle is a bit fiddly to use at first, you need to press the PDA firmly into the docking cradle before a connection is made. After a few attempts you will soon find this straightforward.

The PDA does not draw any power from the USB cable so don’t rely on your PC to keep the PDA fully charged. If you intend to keep the PDA connected to your PC for long periods of time then you must keep the docking cradle power supply switched on. If you don’t do this then the batteries will drain rapidly, in around 6 or 7 hours.

Garmin Nuvi 660 Sat Nav Review

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The Nuvi 660 is positioned at the higher end of the Nuvi range and is aimed at people who like extra features like TMC, Bluetooth and an FM transmitter.

There is also the newer Garmin Nuvi 760 which is similarly priced to the Nuvi 660 but with an improved spec. This review will help you decide which system is for you.

Box Contents

This is what you get in the box.

Garmin Nuvi 660
Preloaded City Navigator® NT maps for UK and Europe or North America (full coverage)
Vehicle suction cup mount
FM traffic receiver with vehicle power cable
Dashboard disk
USB cable
Leather carry case
Quick start manual
CD Rom containing user manual
AC charger with interchangeable 2-pin and 3-pin configuration plug
Detailed Specifications

Unit dimensions: 4.9″W x 2.9″H x .9″D (12.4 x 7.4 x 2.3 cm)
Display size: 3.81″W x 2.25″H (9.7 x 5.7 cm); 4.3″ diag (10.9 cm)
Display resolution, widescreen: 480 x 272 pixels
Weight: 6.2 ounces (176 g)
Battery life: up to 7 hours
USB connector
SD Card Slot
Speed camera warnings out-of-the-box
Text to speech. Speaks road numbers as well as street names, e.g. “Turn left in 200 yards onto the A4” and “Turn right in 200 yards onto West Street”
MP3 player
Picture viewer
FM transmitter

First Thoughts

The Nuvi 660 looks similar to the other widescreen models in the Nuvi range. It has the same good looks and easy to use interface.

A USB cable and AC charger is included plus you get a leather carry case. It’s nice to finally see a Nuvi with all these items included, normally one item or the other is missing. The Nuvi 250W for example doesn’t include a USB cable and the Nuvi 770 doesn’t include an AC charger, which is all extra money to pay out for.

Garmin have included a quick reference guide which covers the basics you need to get started. The system I reviewed also included a CD-ROM containing the full user manual. The full user manual is also available to download from the Garmin web site but the CD-ROM version of the manual was a welcome touch.

GPS Receiver

The Nuvi 660 has an excellent GPS receiver, just like the other systems in the Nuvi range. A satellite signal was established within a couple of minutes. There is no need to stand outside to get a signal. You can get a signal indoors providing you are situated fairly close to a window.

I was amazed how strong the GPS receiver on this system is. Even standing 10 feet away from a window with the blinds closed it still managed a satellite signal. In terms of GPS reception it is the best Nuvi I’ve tested so far, outperforming the 250W and 770. This is probably due to the fact the Nuvi 660 supports WAAS/EGNOS which is covered later in this review.

The Nuvi 660 uses a flip-out GPS receiver which is a different approach to the 250W and 770 which both have built-in GPS receivers. There are plus and minus points to this approach.

Garmin Nuvi 660 GPS Receiver

On the plus side, as soon as the GPS receiver is folded away the GPS receiver is turned off. This is good if you want to conserve battery power. This is probably one of the reasons why the 660 has a 7 hour battery life compared to the 5 hours for the 250W and 770.

On the minus side, it does make the 660 more bulky to setup in the car, as you need to allow a bit more room for the flip out GPS receiver so that it doesn’t touch the windscreen.

In addition the flip out GPS receiver makes the Nuvi 660 more difficult to hold in pedestrian mode. When testing the Nuvi 770 in pedestrian mode I could keep the 770 inside the leather carry case whilst walking around. The flip out GPS receiver on the 660 makes this impossible and I feel you’re more likely to drop the 660 with the GPS receiver opened.

Maps

The Nuvi 660 includes full coverage of either the UK and Europe or North America depending on where you buy the unit. Like all other sat nav systems in the Nuvi range the map data is very detailed and covers individual street level detail. I tried browsing the maps around several European countries and found the level of detail to be excellent.

Navigation

Planning routes by the fastest time or shortest distance are supported, plus there is also an ‘Off Road’ profile which enables you to navigate from one place to another without regards for roads.

There are options to plan journeys using other vehicles such as lorry (truck), bus, emergency vehicle, taxi and pedestrian. A bus profile for example would allow the Nuvi to select bus lanes when planning routes, whilst pedestrian mode would allow you to walk the wrong way down a one-way street.

The routing profiles offered by the Nuvi 660 is an improvement over the 250W and 770 which only offer the basic automobile, bicycle and pedestrian modes.

First Thoughts

The Nuvi 660 looks similar to the other widescreen models in the Nuvi range. It has the same good looks and easy to use interface.

A USB cable and AC charger is included plus you get a leather carry case. It’s nice to finally see a Nuvi with all these items included, normally one item or the other is missing. The Nuvi 250W for example doesn’t include a USB cable and the Nuvi 770 doesn’t include an AC charger, which is all extra money to pay out for.

Garmin have included a quick reference guide which covers the basics you need to get started. The system I reviewed also included a CD-ROM containing the full user manual. The full user manual is also available to download from the Garmin web site but the CD-ROM version of the manual was a welcome touch.

GPS Receiver

The Nuvi 660 has an excellent GPS receiver, just like the other systems in the Nuvi range. A satellite signal was established within a couple of minutes. There is no need to stand outside to get a signal. You can get a signal indoors providing you are situated fairly close to a window.

I was amazed how strong the GPS receiver on this system is. Even standing 10 feet away from a window with the blinds closed it still managed a satellite signal. In terms of GPS reception it is the best Nuvi I’ve tested so far, outperforming the 250W and 770. This is probably due to the fact the Nuvi 660 supports WAAS/EGNOS which is covered later in this review.

The Nuvi 660 uses a flip-out GPS receiver which is a different approach to the 250W and 770 which both have built-in GPS receivers. There are plus and minus points to this approach.

Garmin Nuvi 660 GPS Receiver

On the plus side, as soon as the GPS receiver is folded away the GPS receiver is turned off. This is good if you want to conserve battery power. This is probably one of the reasons why the 660 has a 7 hour battery life compared to the 5 hours for the 250W and 770.

On the minus side, it does make the 660 more bulky to setup in the car, as you need to allow a bit more room for the flip out GPS receiver so that it doesn’t touch the windscreen.

In addition the flip out GPS receiver makes the Nuvi 660 more difficult to hold in pedestrian mode. When testing the Nuvi 770 in pedestrian mode I could keep the 770 inside the leather carry case whilst walking around. The flip out GPS receiver on the 660 makes this impossible and I feel you’re more likely to drop the 660 with the GPS receiver opened.

Maps

The Nuvi 660 includes full coverage of either the UK and Europe or North America depending on where you buy the unit. Like all other sat nav systems in the Nuvi range the map data is very detailed and covers individual street level detail. I tried browsing the maps around several European countries and found the level of detail to be excellent.

Navigation

Planning routes by the fastest time or shortest distance are supported, plus there is also an ‘Off Road’ profile which enables you to navigate from one place to another without regards for roads.

There are options to plan journeys using other vehicles such as lorry (truck), bus, emergency vehicle, taxi and pedestrian. A bus profile for example would allow the Nuvi to select bus lanes when planning routes, whilst pedestrian mode would allow you to walk the wrong way down a one-way street.

The routing profiles offered by the Nuvi 660 is an improvement over the 250W and 770 which only offer the basic automobile, bicycle and pedestrian modes.

Garmin Nuvi 660

You can specify an address using the following options:

Address – you can enter either a post code (full 7 digit postcode entry is supported), or you can enter the city and street name manually. One irritating feature is that you need to select the country every time you enter an address. If you only ever use the Nuvi 660 in a single country then this will get annoying after a while.
Go home – if you have saved a home address then you can navigate to that address.
Point of Interest (POI) – you can navigate to the following POI categories: food, fuel, bank/ATM, lodging, shopping, parking, entertainment, recreation, attractions, community, hospitals, transit and auto services. You can also spell the POI name if it does not fit into one of these categories. Once you select a POI category such as food you can then choose a sub-category such as Asian, Chinese, Fast Food, etc. You can search for POI either near your current location, a different city, along your current route or your destination. This is useful if you want to find a fuel outlet or restaurant along your current journey for example.
Recently Found – the Nuvi 660 stores a list of recent destinations which you can navigate to again.
Favourites – these are a list of destinations which you have saved as a favourite. These could be things like the location of friends and family for example.
Intersections – this screen allows you to enter two road names and then navigate to the point where those two roads intersect.
Cities – if you just want to navigate to a city without entering a specific address then use this screen. By default the Nuvi will list cities closest to your current location and you select one from the list. Alternatively you can spell the name of a city if it is further afield.
Browse Map – you can browse the map and zoom in and out. Once you have found a location you tap the screen and navigate to that location.
Co-ordinates – you can also navigate to a set of co-ordinates. You have the option to use a variety of co-ordinate formats
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Cygnett Unison i-X5 iPod Speakers Review

SpeakerThis review looks at the Cygnett Unison i-X5 iPod speakers and docking station. We’ve been looking to buy a set of iPod speakers for some time now and finally opted for these. We bought the black speakers, but they are also available in red and white.

Box Contents

This is what you get in the box.

2 i-X5 speakers (left and right)
iPod dock for charging and syncing with iTunes
iPod inserts for docking cradle
Remote control
USB cable for connecting the docking cradle to your PC
Power cable for speakers
Power cable for docking cradle
1.5 metre S-Video cable
5 metre audio cable (6.5mm)
5 metre audio cable for iPod dock (3.5mm)
Sticky foam pad feet for speakers
User manual
The technical specifications are as follows:

Size: 270mm (H) x 176.5mm (W) x 197mm (D)
Weight: 10kg
Built-in 5 inch subwoofer
Tweeter 1 inch
Amplification: 70W
First Impressions

Our first impressions of the speakers were very good. The built quality was very good and the high-gloss finish gave the speakers a lovely shiny appearance.

The left speaker has a built-in amplifier, power switch, volume control, headphone jack, 6.5mm jack output, auxiliary left and right RCA line input, vent port and blue LED power indicator. The right speaker has an audio connection to join with the left speaker.
The dock consists of one USB port, DC in, audio line-out connection and S-Video port on the rear, a remote control receiver on the front and a set of volume buttons on the top.
Setup

Setup was very straightforward. The dock is plugged into a power socket using the power cable. The 3.5mm audio cable connects the iPod dock to the Aux In port on the left speaker. The Jack output on each speaker is then connected together using the 6.5mm audio cable.

A variety of dock inserts are provided depending on your make and model of iPod. Slot the appropriate insert into the dock and then you’re ready to attach the iPod. You can optionally use the USB cable to connect the iPod dock to your PC and sync with iTunes.

If you want to connect the speakers to a computer sound card or other audio device then a left and right RCA line input is provided on the back of the left speaker.

Setup took us around 10 minutes. If you intend to view videos from your iPod then you will need to connect the provided S-Video cable from the dock to your TV.