Wednesday, November 20, 2019

The best TVs for 2019

The Best TV: Sony Master Series A9G

Why you should buy this: It doesn’t get better than this, folks.

Who it’s for: Absolutely anyone who can afford it.

Why we picked the Sony Master Series A9G 4K TV:

We can’t fault the Sony Master Series A9G. It’s a breath of fresh air in what feels like a stagnant market. Sony didn’t reinvent the wheel with this television, though: It’s a minor improvement to the Sony Master Series A9F. But that’s not a bad thing. The A9G is still one of the finest 4K TVs we’ve ever gazed at, so any refinement can only inch it closer to perfection — and that’s exactly what happened with the A9G.

Not only does the Master Series A9G feature the best 4K Ultra HD OLED screen we’ve ever had the pleasure of reviewing, it is also decked out with an innovative approach to audio that’s nothing short of fantastic. It’s called Acoustic Surface, and it works by sending sound waves through the display itself. This makes for a unique effect of voices and sound effects seemingly coming from their respective locations on the screen (left, right, or center).

“The LG Z9 88-inch 8K OLED may be the most impressive TV I’ve ever reviewed, but the Sony Master Series A9G has the best picture quality you can/should buy this year,” concluded our own Caleb Denison in our full review. Consider this testament to our claim that the A9G delivers the best viewing experience money can buy, with Sony’s incredible picture processing and impeccable HDR delivery inching it ahead of the fierce competition.

Plus, there’s Android TV running the show for instant access to a myriad of both on-demand and live streaming services, like Amazon Prime Video and Netflix. It’s also home to Google Assistant, which can be used to control both the television and other smart-connected devices, as well as Google Chromecast, which introduces the option to cast content from a computer, smartphone, or tablet directly to the television — no cables needed.

Here’s a look at some of the commands Assistant can execute:
  • “Play Orange Is the New Black on Netflix.”
  • “Switch over to HDMI 2.”
  • “Set the Nest Thermostat to 72 degrees.”
  • “Tell the Roomba to vacuum the living room.”
  • “Turn off after this episode of Friends.”

You can even ask it a slew of contextual questions, like:
  • “Who is Roger Moore?”
  • “What’s the weather like?
  • “Do I have any appointments tomorrow?”
  • “What time is sunset on Saturday?”

There’s no doubt you’ll pay a premium for the Sony Master Series A9G, but for those who absolutely must have the whoa of OLED and the brains of Google’s brilliant Android TV system, it’s a match made in TV heaven.

The Best Budget OLED TV: LG C9

Why you should buy this: It’s a cheaper all-rounder than the Sony Master Series A9G.

Who it’s for: Everyone wanting a Sony Master Series A9G, but can’t afford it.

Why we picked the LG C9:

Let’s start with the OLED screen. Its mix of vivid colors and obsidian-like black levels ensure it is second to only the Sony Master Series A9G in the contrast department. Fuse that with many of the latest HDR standards — including Dolby Vision, Hybrid Log-Gamma, and HDR10 — and the firm’s Alpha 9 Processor, which spins HD and Full HD content into a higher 4K Ultra HD resolution, and you have a 5-out-of-5-scoring 4K TV.

Powering the C9 is LG’s webOS smart software that’s home to several top-tier on-demand streaming services, including Amazon Prime Video, DirecTV, HBO Go, Hulu, and Netflix. That translates to a near-endless catalog of content, available at the click of a button or a mumble of a voice command. That’s right — the C9 has a virtual assistant (or rather, two of them) on board for tracking down content.

You have the choice of either Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, though the latter is the one you’re going to want to take advantage of. While both are more than capable of searching the internet for answers to questions, scanning through different streaming services to find material, and controlling various smart appliances, it’s Google’s offering that’s the smoother of the two on the LG C9.

If you missed the overview in our close-up of the Sony Master Series A9G, here’s a look at some of the commands Assistant can handle:
  • “Play Breaking Bad on Netflix.”
  • “Switch over to HDMI 3.”
  • “Set the Nest Thermostat to 64 degrees.”
  • “Tell the Roomba to vacuum the kitchen.”
  • “Turn off after this episode of Dexter.”

You can also ask contextual questions, such as:
  • “Who is Steve McQueen”
  • “What’s the weather like today?
  • “Do I have any appointments tomorrow?”
  • “What time is sunset on Wednesday?”

The Best Budget TV: TCL 6-Series

Why you should buy this: It has a fantastic 4K screen and can tap into Roku’s endless collection of on-demand content.

Who it’s for: Anyone looking for a big screen on a budget.

Why we picked the 65-inch TCL 6-Series 4K TV:

TCL may not be a brand that immediately comes to mind when you think of great TVs, but at this point, it really should be. Its reputation for churning out sub-par slop is dead and buried, and it is now producing phenomenal affordable TVs that rival that of LG and Samsung, especially when you factor in value. One major reason for its success? A long-standing partnership with Roku that sees Roku OS bundled on all its latest TVs.

With that in mind, the TCL 6-Series is a must-have if you’re after a 4K TV that won’t break the bank. It’s bundled with the aforementioned Roku OS, has a crisp, clear 4K screen, and multi-format HDR. The result is a television that screams accurate color, dazzling detail, and fantastic contrast — regardless of whether you’re watching in native or upscaled 4K.

You won’t find smart software that’s better suited to cord-cutting than Roku OS. It’s home to the largest collection of live and on-demand content we’ve ever seen, pulling material from a seemingly never-ending mixture of mainstream and niche sources, like Amazon Prime Video, Crunchyroll, DirectTV, Hulu, Netflix, Rakuten TV, and Sling TV.

The TCL 6-Series is also decked out with Roku’s own voice control feature. There’s no option to search the web or control smart-connected appliances, but it does bundle all the commands that count. You can ask it to adjust the volume level, swap outputs, and search for a particular movie or show across all the content services you’ve linked. Neat, right?

Monday, November 11, 2019

WhatsApp For Android Gets Fingerprint Lock Feature Amidst Revelations Of NSO-led Hack

Amidst the revelation of WhatsApp being exploited to spy on over 1,400 individuals by the Israeli-based surveillance firm NSO Group, WhatsApp has released a new security feature for Android users. Fingerprint lock for Android has been long due and is now finally available for users worldwide using the Facebook-owned instant messaging platform.

Fingerprint authentication for Android users was first made available to beta users in August this year. After a couple of months of being in beta, it’s now available for users who aren’t on the beta channel too. So even if someone knows the passcode or pattern to your phone, your WhatsApp chats will still sit behind the prints of your finger.

To enable WhatsApp Fingerprint Lock, head over to Settings > Account > Privacy > Fingerprint lock. You can also choose when the fingerprint lock will be activated. You can set it to automatically lock immediately upon closing, after 1 minute, or after 30 minutes. This is handy in case you don’t want to constantly keep unlocking the app every time you quit it. There’s no secondary method to unlock your WhatsApp account (like a pin or a pattern) along with the fingerprint method.

Fingerprint lock has existed for all iPhone users since February this year. In fact, WhatsApp on iOS also supports a secondary biometric method which is not available for Android users right now. iPhone users, from iPhone X onwards, who have access to Face ID can also use it to unlock WhatsApp.

If you haven’t received the option to unlock WhatsApp with your fingerprint, simply head over to the Google Play Store and update your application to receive it. But since the feature is currently being rolled out, you might not get the update immediately.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Apploye 2019 Review - A best Employee Monitoring software for a productive workforce

It is important in the world of business today to know exactly what is happening in your office environment. Analyzing how to monitor employees is the best way to get this kind of information and with that detail, you will be able to manage your business.

Taking a cursory glance around the room, will you be able to tell who is working? Who is surfing the web, chatting online or playing online games? If you know how to monitor your staff, you will have all of the answers to these questions, plus a wealth more of detail.

A successful manager needs to make everything in control. On this occasion, it will be essential for managers to know whether the staffs are in good condition.

What Apploye software helps?

Apploye software can help you to monitor the activity of the employees which also includes keeping a record of the duration and name about those unfolding programs, tracking the addresses and screenshot of the websites. Also, it can track all the outdoor staff’s location to make sure when and where they are working.

What are the features of Apploye?

Online timesheet

Track your employee’s work status and the time spend in your organization

Employee scheduling

Powerful scheduling enables you to schedule your staff working days, holidays and plans their shifts accordingly in just a few clicks.

Projects and tasks

This feature allows you to track the projects and tasks based on time. Assign a project manager to monitor the projects and oversee them.

Employee monitoring

You can also monitor the project progress visually with random screenshots for a productive project.

Productivity level

The software also allows you to increase the productivity level and lessen the time spent on monitoring the employees individually.

Apps and URL tracking

Get the complete overview of your employees’ apps with URL visits

GPS Location tracker

You are also allowed to track your employees’ location and attendance with Apploye app. It includes a GPS tracker to make sure where and when they are working.

Managing field services

Schedule outdoor staff for given tasks, dispatch them, track time and monitor the progress in real-time.

Avail your free 14 days trial version now!

What are the benefits of using Apploye software of my organization? Do I need one?

When you install the Apploye software in your company, you will get loads of benefits like;

Getting total access to all of the systems, which create a transparent working environment

If offer you the power to control the actions for the betterment of your company. If you note that any of your staff have made any fault, you can immediately make the changes.

It does not matter where your staff is working and which time zone they are working in, you still be able to track them with the help of GPS tracker with Apploye app.

Such software will not just help you with the improvement and correction of work, but it also will lessen the workload falls on administration. The software offers you the right trace of the work hours of your staff, which will lead to structured payroll management.

Every step you take with the software will lead you to enhanced profitability and productivity.

If you are looking to have such monitoring software in your company then why don’t you opt for Apploye? This software is crafted for an organization’s need for monitoring and surveilling the staff.

It can record desktop activities in real-time. Apart from other technically advanced results and features, the tool is also very easy to use and download. Also, you get a mobile version, so track and monitor your employees on the go.

Tell us more about the GPS tracking

  • Easily accessible feature GPS location tracker offers;
  • Ability to track outdoor staff location and their whereabouts
  • Track their working hours and attendance hassle-free
  • Reassures about your employee’s progress level who work remotely.
  • The GPS tracker is available for both iOS and Android devices.

Usually, employee monitoring software is very hard to use, but this not the case. Let’s see how to Sign up.

  • Click the Sign-up button and fill the details required.
  • You will get a confirmation mail to the given mail id.
  • Now click the “Verify the account”
  • Now fill the details used while creating the account to log in.
  • You will now see two options “Add organization and Join organization”
  • Click either one if you are the owner or manager of the organization then click add organization. Click join the organization if you are an employee
  • The Apploye software is available for both Windows and Mac versions. There is also a mobile app version to monitor your organization on the go.

Technical details of Apploye

Devices Supported

  • Windows
  • Mac
  • Linux
  • Android

Pricing plan

  • Unmonitored - $3 Per month/Per user
  • Monitored - $6 Per month/Per user
  • Enterprise – Get a Quote

An employee monitoring software or service helps you realize savings in money and time. No longer will project managers have to use up hours manually preparing work schedules. Filling up spreadsheets, or dealing with budget constraints – all these can be done in just half the time or even less with employee tracking software like Apploye.

Tracking and monitoring your staff help them to understand your business processes and it also helps you to tweak the needed areas. It also allows the manager to offer relevant feedback to staff, whether it be negative or positive. Overall, companies can utilize Apploye software to experience enhances employee engagement and business growth.

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