VideoBlocks Gives Video Editors, Designers another Option

VideoBlocks' Stock Video Footage Gives Video Editors, Designers another Option

Usefulness
Functionality
Price

Summary


VideoBlocks is good resource for all things stock footage. Use it to access studio-quality videos, templates and backgrounds for your advertisements.

VideoBlocks is a stock video footage media company that allows you to pay an annual subscription for unlimited access to its catalog of audio clips, images and of course videos. You can as well consider it an ultimate resource for all stock footage. The platform gives you access to studio quality templates, backgrounds, videos and more – all in one place.

How it Works

VideoBlocks is a subscription service. Signing up is easy, just click the Sign Up Today button and you will be presented with a short form to fill. The website boasts over 115,000 high quality video clips, animations, and motion backgrounds. You can immediately start downloading whatever pleases you from their “unlimited library.” The unlimited library is easy to access. Just click on the infinity symbol on the upper left corner of the preview file.

VideoBlocks also offers you a chance to purchase content at discounted rates from third party contributors. While the content is available in their marketplace, 100 percent of the proceeds from the purchase go directly to the owner of the content.

VideoBlocks Enterprise

For businesses looking for unlimited downloads, VideoBlocks Enterprise might be the answer. This part of the businesses is seemingly crafted to offer businesses professional-quality, unlimited creative content. What’s even more interesting is that unlimited number of users can use the platform at the same time. You and your team can also seamlessly share progress via IP authentication and API access.

VideoBlocks also has an education dedicated area called VideoBlocks Education. This part of the platform offers colleges and universities with the digital resources that students need to meet the Association of College and Research Libraries’ 21st-century digital literacy standards. It also gives students and faculties a quick, easy and reliable way to assess, select and ethically incorporate creative photos and video content into their projects.

Pricing

A monthly subscription will set you back $79. They also offer a six month subscription of $89 and an annual subscription of $149. You can always confirm the plan you are under by clicking the Billing & Subscription account tab.

Conclusion

One thing that makes VideoBlocks really attractive is the fact that you can download unlimited photos and videos for no additional costs other than your subscription cost. They also have a really rich marketplace that you can procure additional content at a discounted price. This is generally a good platform for businesses that are looking for professional videos to use for their adverts.

Image: Video Blocks

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VideoBlocks Gives Video Editors, Designers another Option

VideoBlocks' Stock Video Footage Gives Video Editors, Designers another Option

Usefulness
Functionality
Price

Summary


VideoBlocks is good resource for all things stock footage. Use it to access studio-quality videos, templates and backgrounds for your advertisements.

VideoBlocks is a stock video footage media company that allows you to pay an annual subscription for unlimited access to its catalog of audio clips, images and of course videos. You can as well consider it an ultimate resource for all stock footage. The platform gives you access to studio quality templates, backgrounds, videos and more – all in one place.

How it Works

VideoBlocks is a subscription service. Signing up is easy, just click the Sign Up Today button and you will be presented with a short form to fill. The website boasts over 115,000 high quality video clips, animations, and motion backgrounds. You can immediately start downloading whatever pleases you from their “unlimited library.” The unlimited library is easy to access. Just click on the infinity symbol on the upper left corner of the preview file.

VideoBlocks also offers you a chance to purchase content at discounted rates from third party contributors. While the content is available in their marketplace, 100 percent of the proceeds from the purchase go directly to the owner of the content.

VideoBlocks Enterprise

For businesses looking for unlimited downloads, VideoBlocks Enterprise might be the answer. This part of the businesses is seemingly crafted to offer businesses professional-quality, unlimited creative content. What’s even more interesting is that unlimited number of users can use the platform at the same time. You and your team can also seamlessly share progress via IP authentication and API access.

VideoBlocks also has an education dedicated area called VideoBlocks Education. This part of the platform offers colleges and universities with the digital resources that students need to meet the Association of College and Research Libraries’ 21st-century digital literacy standards. It also gives students and faculties a quick, easy and reliable way to assess, select and ethically incorporate creative photos and video content into their projects.

Pricing

A monthly subscription will set you back $79. They also offer a six month subscription of $89 and an annual subscription of $149. You can always confirm the plan you are under by clicking the Billing & Subscription account tab.

Conclusion

One thing that makes VideoBlocks really attractive is the fact that you can download unlimited photos and videos for no additional costs other than your subscription cost. They also have a really rich marketplace that you can procure additional content at a discounted price. This is generally a good platform for businesses that are looking for professional videos to use for their adverts.

Image: Video Blocks

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Panasonic Eluga Icon Review: Another Low-Cost 4G Option

Panasonic Eluga Icon Review: Another Low-Cost 4G Option

Panasonic Eluga Icon Review: Another Low-Cost 4G Option
Airtel’s aggressive marketing strategy for 4G has spurred handset makers to pump out new, 4G-compatible phones in rather quick succession. The latest launch is the Panasonic Eluga Icon which supports 4G and features a sizeable battery, which is always welcome.

At Rs. 12,399 on Amazon, this phone aims to compete with the Lenovo K3 Note (Review | Pictures), Redmi Note 4G (Review | Pictures) and even the Motorola Moto G (Gen 3) (Review). Panasonic boasts of heavy software optimisations and a long battery life in the Eluga Icon. How this actually translates in the real world is what we’re about to find out.
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Look and Feel
The Panasonic Eluga Icon measures 7.95mm in depth and weighs around 147g, which are both respectable. The slate-coloured phone (also available in gold) looks good without being flashy thanks to the matte finish. This also helps it be a bit resistant to scratches or minor dings from everyday use. The phone does get a bit slippery, however, and there isn’t much in terms of grip on the sides either.

The fit and finish of the chassis is quite excellent. Edges are smooth and beveled at places making the phone comfortable to hold. The power button and volume rocker are placed mid-way on the right so it’s easier to reach when you hold it. The ElugaIcon is a dual-SIM phone which accepts Micro-SIMs through slots placed on either sides of the unit. Rather than needing a pin to eject them, there are flaps which can be popped open by simply pressing down on a nub. Around the back, we have the 13-megapixel camera module along with the single-LED flash. The camera module bulges a bit which can cause unwanted scratches over time. There’s a mono speaker grille down at the bottom. The headphone socket and Micro -USB port take their usual spots at the top and bottom respectively.
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The Eluga Icon features capacitive buttons on the front which unfortunately, aren’t backlit. They are responsive enough but you’ll have to guess your way in the dark. The display is a 5.5-inch OGS HD IPS panel. Even though the pixel density tops out at 267ppi, it’s never really an issue. The display is vibrant with good brightness levels and good colour reproduction. The auto brightness function isn’t the most intelligent though as the display is always a bit dimmer than it should be with it on. We also found legibility under direct sunlight to be quite poor as the display gets washed out quite badly.

Panasonic bundles the phone with a charger, data cable, headset and screen protector. We didn’t get the headset with our review unit but the charger and cable were decently built.
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Specifications and Software
The Eluga Icon is powered by a 64-bit MediaTek MT6752 SoC with eight ARM Cortex-A53 cores. We have the Mali-T760 on the GPU front, as well as 2GB of system RAM. Other specifications include 16GB of storage that’s expandable by 32GB, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, FM Radio, and USB OTG. The MediaTek SoC also has an embedded 4G LTE modem which supports band 40 for India. The 3500mAh battery is one of the highlights of the phone, for a rated 19hrs of talk time.

The software is where things get a bit disappointing. For starters, you get Android KitKat 4.4.4 out-of-the-box and there’s no mention on Panasonic’s website about a future upgrade to Lollipop. Panasonic has also heavily skinned KitKat with their ICON UI. This is a bit unnecessary, to be honest, and not the most user-friendly. Thankfully, apps do come pre-organised in folders so it’s not too difficult finding them. Apart from the usual suspects, Panasonic also bundles some apps that you might actually use, including a file manager, Truecaller, Saavn, Clean Master, Paytm, WPS Office and Amazon.
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The lockscreen has shortcuts to the dialler, messaging app and camera. You also put a host of customisable toggle switches in the notification shade. The settings app reveals more cusomisations to the OS. First up is HotKnot, which is MediaTek’s answer to NFC transfer. Of course this only works if the other phone supports HotKnot as well. Gesture Play lets you open apps by tracing letters on the screen, even when it’s off. Smart iSense is a gesture-based implementation which does things such as automatically answering a call when you lift the phone to your ear, or sifting through your images when you swipe your hand over the screen – essentially everything you’ve seen in Samsung’s offerings in the past.
Performance
The interface is quick with no discernible lag creeping in. The screen is responsive but there are times when it intermittently fails to register touches, which we noticed happened while trying to capture a shot.
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Coming to some performance numbers, we got 39,879 points in AnTuTu and 17,792 in Quadrant, which are both good. Graphics performance was pretty good as well for a mid-range phone, as 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme gave us 5,842 points while GFXBench gave us 22fps. Overall, the Icon packs in enough horsepower for most 3D games and apps.

The video and audio player plays most popular formats well enough. Since the display is very reflective, watching videos in the daytime can be a challenge. Even with Full HD videos and games, the phone only got a bit warm but never uncomfortably hot. High-bitrate videos and taxing games such as Angry Birds 2 and Rayman Jungle Run played without a hitch. The volume from the speaker is also quite good for a mono speaker.
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We have an 8-megapixel snapper up front and a 13-megapixel module around the back. The latter manages to capture pictures that look decent when viewed on the phone, but zooming in reveals another story. Landscape shots lack detail and sharpness, while colours seem noticeably oversaturated in macros. Night shots aren’t too great either as there’s a lot of noise which creeps into the scene. The camera is simply unable to focus on a subject very well in the dark, even with the flash.

You get a few scene modes like Face Beauty, PIP (which uses the front camera as well), HDR, Filters and Fix Me. The latter lets you adjust the contrast, brightness and ISO settings manually, however, the implementation could have been a lot simpler and the sliders don’t change orientation to landscape mode, which is inconvenient.
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Coming to one of the highlights of the phone, the 3,500mAh battery will easily get you through an entire day and maybe a bit more if you activate the power saver modes. In our video loop test, we clocked a battery life of 10 hours and 12 minutes, which is good, but we expected more considering it’s only a 720p display.

Verdict
The Panasonic Eluga Icon is good budget 4G option with pleasing aesthetics and solid build quality. There’s isn’t anything in particular that really stands out apart from this, though. The price also could have been a little lower considering there are better options with similar features already in the market. Other misses are the fact that it comes with KitKat, and rather than sticking with the stock interface, they’ve gone ahead and overhauled it a bit too much for our liking.
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Mi Notebook Air May Remind You of Another Computer — But Cheaper

Mi Notebook Air, the New Xiaomi Laptop, May Remind You of Another Computer -- But Cheaper

The founder and CEO of Xiaomi, Lei Jun, doesn’t like to be compared to Steve Jobs, but the latest product from the company, the Mi Notebook Air will do very little to convince people otherwise. You don’t have to have a degree from Stanford in computer science to see the similarities with Apple’s Macbook Air, right down to a portion of the name. That said, the Mi Notebooks are a worthy challenger for the computers coming out of Cupertino.

Who is Xiaomi?

Just in case you haven’t heard of Xiaomi, the Chinese company was founded in 2010 by Jun, and its rise to the smartphone leader board has been remarkable.  In just five short years, the company has become the fifth largest smartphone maker, selling close to 71 million units in 2015.

In addition to the phones, the company has a range of other products, including tablets, personal transports, drones, healthcare monitors, cloud services and more.

First Xiaomi Laptop: The Mi Notebook Air

The first ever laptop line by Xiaomi was a big surprise when it was announced at a recent press event in Beijing. And the company didn’t disappoint when it introduced two notebooks, a 13.3″ and a 12.5″ version. So here is a basic comparison between the Xiaomi and Apple Air notebooks.

The 13.3″ Mi Notebook Air

The 13.3″ Mi notebook is 14.8mm (0.58 inches) thick and weighs in at 1.28kg or 2.82 pounds, which makes it slightly thinner and lighter than the Apple version. The real differentiator is the discrete Nvidia Geforce 940MX graphics card and 256GB SSD storage that come standard on the Xiaomi. Not having to share the memory to process games and graphic intensive applications means the Mi notebook is going to work well for gamers and designers.

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The processor is an Intel 2.3GHz Core i5-6200U (Turbo up to 2.7GHz), with 8GB of DDR4 RAM and a 9.5 hour battery life, according to the company. These are all great features for a flagship PC, but what is more impressive is the price, which comes in at less than the 11″ Macbook Air at $750.

The 13″ inch MacBook Air has many different configurations, but the one that currently has the $999.00 price tag on the company’s site has the following specs. It comes in a little bigger than the Mi Note at 17mm (0.66 inches) thick and weighing in at 1.35kg (2.9 pounds). The processor is a 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor (Turbo up to 2.7GHz), with 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of flash storage.

The 12.5″ Mi Notebook Air

The 12.5″ Mi notebook is slimmer and weighs less, coming in at 12.9mm (0.5 inches) and 1.07kg (2.3 pounds). The specs also come down considerably, which is not surprising since it is more than $200 cheaper.

The processor is an Intel Core M3 CPU and it includes 4GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD, one USB 3.0 port and an HDMI port. The battery life is much better on this version, which lets you enjoy two additional hours compared to the 13″ model. You get all this for $520, not bad when you compare it to the 11″ Macbook air.

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The 11″ Macbook air is thicker at 17mm or 0.66 inches and weighs almost the same at 1.08kg. However, the Mac has a better processor with the Intel Core i5 and more options as to how you can configure your device. The standard version includes 4GB of RAM, 128GB SSD storage, and 9 hours of battery life. The latest available price for these specs from Apple is $899, which is $379 more expensive than the Xiaomi.

The Price Difference for Small Businesses

Small businesses are always on the lookout for affordable technology, and Xiaomi makes a great case to merit a second or even a third look at what it is offering. Price differences of $249 and $379 are considerable and may be enough to sway many owners to make the change. But it is important to remember Apple has carved out a niche market for creative types who will almost always go for the Macbook, and there is nothing Xiaomi or anyone else can do about that.

Both the Mi Notebook and Macbook have great specs, but Apple gives you more configuration options. Since this is the first offering from Xiaomi, it is limited, but if the company takes the same route for its notebooks as it did its smartphones, it won’t be long before it makes more options available for its customers.

Though there’s no knowing when Xiami will offer this notebook for sale outside China, those determined enough can doubtless find a way to get it. The question is, would this device be an asset to your business?

Image: Xiaomi

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