The new flagship iPhones and Samsung Galaxy devices are fast, bring the latest version of the OS and state of the art features. Unfortunately, these top-end phones also carry flagship level prices. For the majority of people, these phones are too expensive and do not justify the cost. The good news is that thanks to Android, there are phones that are both affordable and fast. Here is what to look for in a new budget-friendly phone:

Processor

Unless you buy a used iPhone, every other phone uses some version of the Qualcomm Snapdragon. The latest version is the 835. The new chip relegates last year’s already fast 820 chip to second tier phones. Both the 820 and the 810 are more than sufficient for most people’s needs.

Memory

Memory is one spec where people might have issues with what comes with the phone. The lowest spec phones come with 16GB of built-in storage. Fortunately, most Android phones have SD-Card slots for expansion. SD-Cards are much cheaper than buying phones with more storage.

Camera

The camera is the area where the newest phones have the biggest advantage. Mobile camera technology is progressing rapidly, especially on the software side. For the advanced post processing to work, the phone needs the latest processors. However, when the new Google Pixel is released, there should be a price drop of the original model, making one of the best mobile cameras more affordable.

These are the three main areas that should affect your choice of smartphone. There are others like OS updates, but such features are mostly exclusive to top-end phones.


A question that has been asked about Twitter over the years is whether it is a technology or media company. The answer, in not being so simple, is simply a variation of both – according to Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter.

He explains further, in saying, “I think of us as a technology company because I think the future of the company is in building on an extensible platform that allows third-party developers and companies to add value to Twitter in a way that is accretive to Twitter and is accretive to our users. I don’t need to be or want to be in the content business.”

To support his statement, he also mentioned that is not in the content business because instead of having reporters or a newsroom, almost half of Twitter’s employees [1300 in number] are engineers who are working on building the technology around which Twitter runs on while also continuously creating new features for its users.

In fact, he also wishes to encourage companies and developers to build products and tools inside the Twitter platform – instead of creating external Twitter apps.

Speaking of new features, Twitter as a whole, is also evolving into something different by experimenting with media-like products some of which NASCAR and Olympics-branded pages. Twitter currently also has employees that help V.I.Ts such as athletes, media outlets, politicians and celebrities to use its features well. Thanks to this content available by V.I.Ts, “engagement rates on ads” are also great as opposed to traditional Web ads.

Yet even though Costolo still maintains the fact that Twitter has and always been a communication platform, experts think that these ‘experiments’ being conducted make Twitter more of a media company.


An integral part of the startup process for both a helicopter and an airplane is a starting unit. This aircraft maintenance equipment piece plays a crucial role in supplying critical power needed to be able to start the initial sequence. Its portability and amount of power that it generates makes it one of the most important tools to have in an airport.

Battery Types

Portable power units range when it comes to the amount of volts it produces. Some of the more common devices will have between 24 volts to 28 volts. In certain cases, a helicopter starting unit will work in tandem with another independent unit to get a larger craft up and running. This is due to the internal structure’s high demand for a large amount of power.

Lithium or Lead-Acid?

There are two common battery types that are continuously used in the aviation industry today. One of them is lithium, a battery that offers a significantly longer life than a standard lead-acid battery. It’s smaller in size and there isn’t any sulfation that one has to worry about. The other is a lead-acid battery, which is one of the standards in the industry because of the high dedicated voltage that it supplies to an aircraft. Ultimately, it all comes down to personal preference when choosing a starting unit. They both provide their own advantages and disadvantages but they do share one thing in common, and that’s maintaining the high standard of portable power to aircrafts that people ride today.

 


Summary: Open office layouts are trendy but that might be for good reason. There are a number of advantages to using this layout over a traditional office setup.

When your company sets out to create things people will be interested in purchasing, you need to go back to the source: the employees who work for you. Since your employees will likely spend the majority of their workday in the office, which is why it would be wise to carefully design and decorate the work environment.

Over the past decade you have probably heard about companies radically changing how they approach their workplaces, in hopes of boosting productivity and driving profits. Perhaps one of the ideas that has gained the most popularity in different offices throughout the office is the concept of an “open office.” Open office layouts have started to replace cubicles and individual offices but is making the switch worth it? There are a number of pros that could make the open office a reasonable approach to how you and your employees work each day.

Serendipitous Moments

One benefit of an open office layout is the possibility of serendipitous moments taking place. When you are working in your own office with the door closed, the chances of you interacting with someone or hearing what your coworkers are up to are quite low. When you work alongside your coworkers, there is a chance that you will get to talk with employees with different backgrounds or from different departments.

You can learn from these conversations and this level of communication can increase collaboration. This can also make it easier to speak people higher up who you otherwise would rarely interact with. All of this can help establish a stronger sense of community that could currently be lacking from your workplace.

Flexible Layout

Another advantage of using an open office layout is how flexible it is. You can easily place your employees at tables in an open space and, if you ever need to rearrange the room, you can do so with ease. As your company expands and you bring more people in, you can move furniture or people around to accommodate.

If you ever needed to expand your working space or rearrange the layout in a more traditional office, you would need to purchase more offices or even move to a larger building to fit everything and everyone.

This flexibility is good for strengthening the workplace and helping people meet one another but it also offers up some financial advantages. Not having any walls and being able to reformat the layout of the office can save you a lot of money on construction or rental expenses.


2017 is the third consecutive year that LG reports that its top of the line phone is not selling well. This year LG places the blame on “weaker than expected premium smartphone sales and increase in component costs.” Last year, the G5 was to blame for a “weak quarter” and in 2015 the G4 sales “fell short of expectations.” All attempts by LG to break into the premium smartphone market are failing.

As a company, LG is doing okay and does not rely on smartphone sales. The company has three divisions: Home Entertainment, Home Appliances, and Automotive components that are all doing well. In fact, LG has never made a profit on its smartphones and still hasn’t given up.

LG saw Samsung as its primary competitor and built the G6 to beat the S8 to the market. It was the decision to use the year-old Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, that was the downfall of the G6. By going for an older processor, LG thought it has a three week lead over the S8, however, by the time the phone was available in the US, Samsung was accepting pre-orders for the S8.

Most reviews say that the S8 is just a better-built version of the G6. By trying to beat the S8 to market, LG sacrificed using the latest processor, ending up with a phone that cost as much as the S8 but was a generation behind in CPU.