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The Nokia E5 Combines Full E-Mail Integration With a Series of Multimedia and Social Networking

Nokia clearly know what they are doing when it comes to producing QWERTY smartphones. Previous E series phones like the E72 and E71 have been very popular among business folk; this is mostly down to the e-mail services and online aspects the phones offer. The Nokia E5 is no different; it combines full e-mail integration with a series of multimedia and social network features. There is a full web browser accompanied by high speed internet connections and a digital camera with a multimedia player and FM radio.

The device looks very handsome and very professional; the 2.36 inch screen has 320 x 240 pixels (QVGA) and has been installed horizontally which is ideal for web browsing and messaging. The E5 is available in a range of office friendly colours like White, Grey and Brown, but it also looks quite nice in the Black and Sky Blue variations. The classically designed keyboard is made up of very well sized keys, and they are all neatly lined up beneath the five-way Navi key which is the main navigation tool for the Symbian S60 phone. The Monoblock form factor gives rigidity and reliability to the feel and the smooth casing makes for a comfortable handling experience. As per usual Nokia have stuck to what they and there customers know best and used the Symbian S60 OS on the E5. The interface will be familiar to passionate Nokia fans, and will be easy t get used to for first timers. The main home screen is packed with information which can be customized to suite the user, the information is split into rows with your favourite contacts at the top, your e-mail, internet and social networking in the middle and a line of customizable widgets at the bottom. An in-house QuickOffice application lets users view Microsoft files and e-mail attachments on-screen. The E5 can even be entirely synched to a work or home computer, with access to documents, photos, the calendar and contacts.

Where messaging is concerned, the E5 is well covered. With support for Exchange and other business e-mail accounts this device is capable of receiving real time e-mails from work accounts. Up to 10 accounts can be handled at once with compatible providers including Hotmail, Gmail and Yahoo! Mail. For an alternative, users can also utilise the IM support offered by the E5; the dedicated client is attuned to handle live conversations via the likes of WindowsLive, GoogleTalk and Yahoo! Chat. Ovi offer there free services in the messaging field with Ovi Chat and Ovi Mail. The in-built browser allows users to access all the information and online services they could imagine over a super fast 3G or Wi Fi web connection. The phone can also receive Facebook and Twitter feeds and there is support for full SNS management with the dedicated application. Other Ovi services include there Ovi Maps, which when combined with the in-built A-GPS receiver will help with route planning and access to the Ovi Store and Ovi Music Store, combined they allow access to thousands of apps, themes and tunes to build a collection. Support for a 32GB microSD card is a welcome feature with a 2GB SD card coming as standard. A 5MP digital camera is enough for good quality still images and great video capture; it is accompanied by a LED flash with various settings and image editing tools. The music player will handle your favourite tracks, while the video player is calibrated to handle multiple codec’s. The 3.5mm AV jack can be located on the phones chassis and it will take most headphones.

The Nokia E5 is a professional phone for professional users. The look, the feel and the performance most of all point to the business population more tan anything else. The phone is app heavy and provides an in-depth smartphone experience, and though it lacks a little in the multimedia department, it shines in the online and messaging fields. The Nokia E5 is sensibly priced and very pocket friendly for the right customer.

HP ENVY 700-210xt Review – An Inexpensive Desktop That Offers Multimedia and Useful Applications

Are you looking for information on affordable computers? A good budget PC that offers a lot of value is the HP ENVY 700-210xt desktop. What it comes with is a lot of power, memory, storage, etc. HP has a reputation of being one of the best names in the computer industry, and this desktop is proof of the brand’s superiority.

One of the reasons why it’s a great PC is because it comes powered by a newest-generation processor. A quad-core i7 model by Intel Core is as powerful and fast as processors come. Combined with Intel high-definition graphics, it can run almost any program, game, document, etc.

The desktop also comes with a 1 TB hard drive. Not only is it a large hard drive, it’s also a fast one at 7200 RPM. This is more than enough storage space than anyone will ever need. No matter how many files you download, you won’t run out of room. If you do want extra storage, you can upgrade to 2 or 3 GB. There is also an option to add a solid state drive (256 GB) to the 700-210xt. If that isn’t enough, you can expand even more since there is room for a second hard drive.

The overall design of the tower is sophisticated. While nothing fancy, it does offer a modern look with a black, polished finish. A sliding panel covers the front-mounted ports in order to give the tower a clean look. On the top of the tower, there is a built-in connectivity pad. It allows for connectivity with devices and accessories.

Speaking of which, you can sync photos and files across this ENVY and devices such as your digital camera, mp3 player, external hard drive or flash drive, and so forth. The HP Connected Photo application allows you to create your own albums and share the photos with family and friends.

When it comes to audio, you can customize the sound system. Add a subwoofer and dual speakers to the audio setup. With the Beats Audio technology, you can enjoy your favorite music as it was meant to be heard.

The CyberLink Media Suite is another advantage of having this desktop. It comes with a set of useful multimedia applications that come in handy. These applications offer tools and utilities to help you with tasks such as video editing, document creation, audio enhancement, etc.

The HP ENVY 700-210xt obviously offers a lot of entertainment and productivity for its price. If you ever want to expand or upgrade, there is enough room for more hardware. You can easily build it up to meet your growing needs in coming years.

Using Multimedia to Create Presentations for the Web

Multimedia Presentations

How can multimedia be used to create immersive presentations on a web site?

To be truly immersive, the content offered on a web page or application should offer the viewer as comprehensive an experience as possible, supplying many kinds of stimulating and engaging ‘windows’ into the subject being discussed.

The viewer should find either that their impulse to ‘find out more’ is anticipated and satisfied at every possible turn, ideally with more content that is integrated into the page, or that their attention is so completely held by the content (immersed in the experience) that they wish to linger a while longer learning about the subject.

If the subject happens to be you and your business, then you are well on the way to converting a viewer into a customer.

Multimedia in Education

Many education web sites and resources make full use of multimedia. Flash applications, often involving interactivity in various forms such as questionnaires, educational games etc. are ideally suited to educational projects and can be valuable learning aids. Where educational multimedia is concerned, it is vital that the content is appropriate to the level of the viewer, and usability considerations are paramount, especially for younger audiences.

Usually there are a clearly defined set of learning objectives guiding projects of this kind, successful results are obtained when the planning and execution of multimedia content follow these constraints.

Various types of multimedia content can be incorporated onto a web page, some examples include:

Audio

Although audio can contribute hugely to the immersive experience, creating an ambience or conveying information in one of the most direct and accessible ways possible, it can also have drawbacks when used on a web page. There can be a negative reaction to audio in situations where it intrudes or interferes with other audio (music perhaps) that the user is playing on their machine, or conversely where a quiet environment is required / enforced – for example in a workplace etc. The simple answer to this is to always alert the user to the option of sound, avoid activating audio automatically, and offer a prominent control to switch the audio off. It should be mentioned that where audio is intrinsic to other media then its presence is more readily accepted (and anticipated) therefore the caveats above are less important.

Video Presentations

Video content itself can consist of a variety of formats – live action footage, single person presentations, 3D animations and live action/3D composite sequences. All these types of video can be incorporated on the page as discrete elements, or themselves embedded into Flash movies (see below). The inclusion of video can be a very powerful immersive element when well produced – it is well known that YouTube is a phenomenally successful platform with huge audience figures in many cases translating into significant web site traffic for content producers. It is also true that generally we are all very visually sophisticated and professional audio-video content is a fantastic way of conveying quality and professionalism for your company.

VR (360) Panoramas

VR panoramas are often used in virtual tour applications, being an excellent way of ‘putting the viewer in the picture’. A photograph, or series of photographs, is digitally ‘stitched’ together and processed by software to produce a seamless, user driven 360 degree panorama that can be viewed from any angle. VR stands for virtual reality, and while there are other forms of VR (mainly employing simplified 3D models that can be manoeuvred around using a mouse), the single node photographic type of VR is the most visually immersive. Several nodes or hotspots can be linked together so that a viewer can journey from one to another – an example of this is Google Street View, where the user can virtually ‘travel’ along various routes, at each stage being able to pan around and zoom in and out. Again, VR Panoramas can be incorporated into flash presentations.

Flash animations

Flash is experiencing something of a decline currently, with the rising popularity of Apple devices which do not natively support the Flash plug-in, however it still has its uses and can most definitely have a place in your multimedia strategy when alternative options are included. There are many pros and cons (including the above) when it comes to flash – in fact it is possible that more has been written about flash’s usefulness (not to mention usability) on the web, than most other forms of multimedia. Various benefits include the possibility of delivering complicated animations and interactions very ‘cheaply’ in terms of file size, the ability to visually control elements very precisely on a web page, the ability to incorporate nearly all other types of content for a truly immersive multimedia experience. Disadvantages include stability issues – some users find Flash a burden on their computer resources, in some cases poor usability issues (easily addressed by proper planning and design), as well as the main issue mentioned above – lack of support on iOS devices. Again, it should be stressed that with properly implemented fallbacks it is possible to (nearly) get the best of both worlds.

Flash presentations

Mentioned separately here to distinguish the fact that flash can be used to deliver rich interactive experiences with a high degree of user input as well as highly optimised linear animations. Commonly, a flash presentation could include many of the multimedia types listed here, embedded in a custom interface allowing all the content to be accessed and enjoyed seamlessly. Also worth noting is the fact that much of the work involved in producing a flash interactive presentation can be leveraged in production of CD-ROM and DVD applications.

Slideshows

Photo slideshows can be a great way to involve your viewers in simple, stress free browsing. Where the images are of high quality and the presentation allows the images to scale up to a decent size, users can spend fair amount of time exploring the content – flicking through snaps is a time-honoured pastime for many people. Images should be well shot and have emotional impact, to be avoided are images (especially from image libraries) which lack authenticity and which people may sense are not telling a true story about you and your business.

Web cameras

Although not suitable for every occasion, web cameras certainly have their place in some situations – in education for example, perhaps a natural history site with a page dedicated to monitoring nesting sites, or perhaps a business trading on location where live feeds can add to the attractiveness of the offer.

Dynamic content

With the integration possible now between 3rd party applications and one’s own web site, there are almost endless possibilities for business owners willing to really experiment with web site multimedia. A basic example would be the use of custom mapping using Google tools, allowing the creation of personalised maps of events, activities, premises etc. Live data can be incorporated using Twitter feeds etc. This really is an area where you first think about what you want to do – then find a way of doing it!