Thursday, October 18, 2012

A Short History of the Music Evolution

A Short History of the Music Evolution

Music had begun even way before civilizations existed. During the Medieval period, only those with royal pedigree and who belonged to the upper class had the privilege of listening to music through their own musicians, whom they could summon at their beck and call. Meanwhile, the peasants also yearned to have access to this; therefore after countless revolutions all over the world, anyone was fortunate enough to hear songs through street musicians, lounge brass bands, and even through vinyl spun on gramophones.

In the early 80’s, during the rage of MTV, “teased” hairdos, shoulder pads, and neon getups, people used to listen to Michael Jackson, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, and those iconic artists through cassette tapes played on humongous stereos known as “Boom Boxes.” And in the early 90’s or what was known as the “Grunge era” (all thanks to grunge band Nirvana’s front man, Kurt Cobain), teens became more rebellious which led them to even have the tendency to complain about everything, such as lugging stuff that’s heavy. This then led scientists to cook up something much lighter and more compact for adolescents to “carry their music”; thus, the birth of the “Walkman.”

The Walkman (created by the Japanese tech juggernaut, Sony); became so popular that it became one of the most iconic gadgets in that era. People from all walks of life, from teens listening to grunge bands to adults tuning in to romantic ballads, toted their Walkmans to school, to work, and even to the grocery store. This gadget was so handy and affordable that the sales of cassettes of bands and solo singers shot through the roof.

But years after the new millennium, electronics companies came up with something fresh and new; thus, the birth of the “CD player.” CDs, which were known to have the ability to store more songs, became the perfect alternative to the once-popular cassette tapes and since Walkmans did not have the ability to play these, the CD player then became the “ultimate and hipper” replacement. Techies and wannabe-techies alike stormed the shelves when this new gadget was launched.

Yet people began to demand more innovation in portable music players. Listeners complained that these CDs were too fragile and some even cost much more than the old bar-shaped cassette. As a result of this mild uprising, IT forms raced to cook up another “technological wonder” that could satisfy the insatiable craving of music-lovers; hence, the birth of the “MP3 players.” These MP3 players were then offered in a wide range of sizes, colors, and storage capabilities. Some could even be as small as a USB stick, and some could store up to a thousand songs. And since these players did not require people to tote along their music collection of CDs, it was the most practical replacement for the older music players- both the Walkman and the CD player.

As MP3 players started to enter the market, Apple CEO Steve Jobs (the genius behind the now popular MacBook, iPads, and iPhones) felt that there should be a more worthy portable music player that could be as iconic as the old ones; something with a name that everyone would know and would never forget. With this in mind, his company then concocted what we all now as the iconic “iPod.” This miniscule and portable device came like a “tsunami” over the whole music scene, whether local or international. And since both musicians and music-lovers are very much satisfied, it seems that the iPod is here to stay for a very long time.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Microsoft’s Unnamed Savior?

Isn’t the Windows Phone 8 Enough?

In just a few weeks, the newly-packaged mobile Windows OS will hit the stores. But just like whenever a company introduces a new gizmo, is it okay to say that the Windows Phone 7 is now dead? Not so fast, sages! It is true that WP8 is now Microsoft’s current flagship smartphone- ready to vie for the consumer’s attention in the marketplace; but it doesn’t render its older sibling useless. According to the pundits, WP7 may still be a key player in helping MS to gain a sizeable amount of market share in the fierce smartphone industry. 

But how much can it gobble up while Android and iOS are still on the loose?

As a matter of fact, it’s difficult to foresee things above the chaotic landscape of technology. The arena is super deceptive, and is quite unpredictable. Some analysts say that smartphones running on WP7 will still fare really well despite the presence of WP8. The assumption rests on the prediction that consumers nowadays will upgrade to cheaply-priced smartphones with high end features. 

According to Tech Crunch:
“In this scenario, the rise of Windows Phone is not about shiny high-end WP8 smartphones persuading buyers to ditch Android or iOS — but rather budget devices being sold by the truckload to mobile users in emerging markets.” 

This means that the budget phones like the Nokia Lumia 920 will do the power lifting rather than the cooler and more powerful Lumia 920. 

Robert Cozza of Gartner says:

“Nokia needs the volume. Because for them revenue coming from hardware is key so at the moment with [their legacy OS] Symbian declining very rapidly, the lower end of Android is eating into what Symbian used to cover so they need something there.

“Nokia tried with the [Lumia] 610 in part but it’s not gone that low [in price] yet, and I think that by the end of 2013 they will have to grow the portfolio and include more mid-tier devices — and I think they could do it with Microsoft.”

“Obviously Microsoft and Nokia have a kind of special relationship — Microsoft will have to be ready to allow Nokia to work on the overall device in order to reach those price points but our assumption has been driven by the fact that we believe that that can happen. In some of these emerging markets smartphone applications are not really a key consideration — it’s just to make and put into the market a device with an OS that can scale down to those prices.”

Cozza strongly believes that the WP7 will stay in the game without eclipsing the popularity of WP8 and whatever phone that will succeed its lineage. As long as the WP8 remains a high-end phone and doesn’t show any signs of scaling down, WP7 will always be a healthy alternative. 

Final questions: Can Microsoft achieve the goal that it is foreseeing? Is the WP7 still the savior of Microsoft and Nokia? Until then, let’s see what will happen. For more Technology News and Blogs visit

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Legit and Kickin’ :

Legit and Kickin’ :

The internet is huge. It has many things and can do most of what we can’t. It has become our digital self, always thriving for progress and change. It has become our alter ego. Since the internet is a mimic of our own, the internet has transformed itself into a society colored by culture, filled with trade and commerce, and thriving to become a cyber-metropolis. The beauty the internet possesses is its diversity and openness. However, just like life, the bad elements continue to lurk in between the dark spaces of the internet. Caused by humans themselves, the best way to light up the dark corners is to get away from it. 

Everyone uses computers now. Whether we communicate or buy things, we always prefer doing it online. Well, no one can blame people nowadays because doing so can cut down time and expenses. You don’t have to pay for transportation and you don’t have to go the extra mile to prepare to buy things. You can even get a degree online in the convenience of your home. However, other people just want to pull others down by badmouthing and backstabbing. Others are swindlers and frauds. What was intended to reduce burdens became a burden itself. So, as consumers, we should always watch our step. This includes websites like Even though they are a legitimate and credible website, others just want to pull it down.

CashforSmartphones is a website that caters to customers interested in selling their smartphones to get fast cash. The site has been on the internet since 2002. They have transacted with thousands of happy customers who trusted them and relied on the fact that they would be reaping benefits from their old phones. To sprinkle on a little credibility, CashforSmartphones is a TRUSTe and VeriSign certified website. Meaning, the site has conducted transactions that are legitimate, secured, and safe. It makes information confidentiality top priority. It also offers irresistible prices that will keep your wallets full. They even include free shipping and a free box so you don’t have to worry about sending the package back to them. That’s why CashforSmartphones is part of the prestigious list of smartphone buyers like Gazelle and NextWorth. They are fast, reliable, and easy.

Doubts are truly inevitable. Even though the process is clean and true, there will always be shades of fear to question what already is. Don’t worry because it is part of being human. If you want to take a step further, why don’t you try the process for yourself? This will help you shed some light on the dark corners of doubt.  If you don’t have a smartphone to sell, you can see many testimonials present on the website. Listen to what they have to say. They might have encountered the same scenario you are facing. This way, you get to have first-hand experience with seller turned satisfied customer.

If you happen to have a smartphone just sitting in a corner, why don’t you try to sell it at It’s legitimate, safe, and credible and they have high security and discretion. If you have more questions, call their toll free line 1-888-821-1143 7AM to 4PM PST every Monday – Friday.