The 5 Best Impact Drivers Currently On the Market

Anyone who is interested in DIY should have access to a variety of tools to help make their home crafting as efficient as possible to help bring to life the remodeling ideas they dream of. From rotary saws to electric drills, there are hundreds of devices designed to streamline the DIY process to cut potential hours off otherwise strenuous and frustrating tasks.

While electric drills and lawnmowers have long since become commonplace in many households, impact drivers are still a relatively rare tool to see, as many people consider their fairly high price point to not be worth the time and effort they save. But once you have one, it is almost impossible to go back to manual screwing. The incredible ease at which these machines can drive screws into all manner of material is almost mesmeric and turns what can be difficult and arduous work into an action that takes mere seconds to complete.

Though their higher price point is pretty much their only downside, it is enough that many people have no idea what to look for when they finally decide to take the plunge into DIY comfort. Luckily, people like myself have spent time looking into this and I can list what I consider to be the best impact drivers on the market today, to give you a better idea of what to look fo and a great starting place from which to find your perfect driver.

 

Milwaukee M12 Fuel Surge

The M12 Surge is undoubtedly the best driver designed for home use on the market today. It may be on the higher end price-wise, but this is absolutely reflected in its power and convenience. It has a noticeably compact design and relatively low weight for a driver of this quality making it far easier to use than many others on the market and is even designed to allow one-handed bit changes. All of this along with extremely easy-to-use speed changing without any impact on the driver’s effectiveness is genuinely impressive and it will be a tool that lasts for years of daily use.

 

Black + Decker 20v MAX

For those who want a hardy impact driver but don’t have a huge amount to spend or those who are still unconvinced by their utility, this Black + Decker kit is certainly the way to go. Costing ¼ the price of the Milwaukee, this driver is incredibly affordable for its power. It manages to get the job done extremely well without all the fancy parts of other drivers. It does lack pretty much all of the additional features of other drivers, but to those who won’t be regularly using one, it will more than get the job done even if it may take a little more effort than its competition. I also have a brushed motor, meaning its battery life is somewhat reduced, but those who need a budget tool will rarely find it to be a problem.

 

Makita 18v LXT 4-speed

Back in the high-end space, the Makita kit is an extremely durable and useable piece of kit. While it is aimed more at the contractor market, it is a viable choice for regular partakers of DIY who would like to make their life as easy as possible. It has even easier to use features and controls than the Milwaukee but comes as a heavier and bulkier unit to compensate for the considerable additional usability. They also have many functions that can be turned off to extend battery life and this model brings an end to the question “which Makita impact drivers are brushless?” as it boasts an incredible battery, largely thanks to being brushless.

 

Bosch 12-volt Max EC

Bosch has long been known for its innovative takes on established tools, and this impact driver is no different. It is easily one of the most compact units on the market, making it extremely versatile and easy to use by anyone looking to improve their DIY life. It does, however, have considerably less power in its motors than much of its competition, but this can easily be made up for with its advantages in-home use being outweighed by its more limited material uses.

 

Rigid 18-volt StealthForce

Finally, we have this wonderful Rigid piece. On paper, this driver may seem like a fair bog-standard tool, with most of its feature list being a bit weak for its price. This is because it is a far more specialized driver and is known for being the quietest of its type around. This can be especially useful when you are starting to work later and later in the day and will help in emergency situations all day, as it is leagues quieter than much of the opposition, making it the best choice for people who live in close proximity to here or those who hate the sound of machine-assisted DIY products.

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How Online Tech Reviewers Have Improved Product Quality

The online sales market has become a substantial industry for retailers to set up virtual stores and make a living, without the need to find a physical shop to sell from. The technology industry has been particularly affected by the increases in online shopping with more and more online startups being founded however, with this increase in online business, there has been more of a demand for online reviewers to provide information about products before you decide to make a purchase. With technology it is common to practice for a buyer to source reviews and information about an item before going through with buying it, this is because technology is normally quite a big investment that will need to last a few years before a replacement is considered.

 

The Reviews

Online tech reviewers not only help out the buyer in finding the correct item for them but it also provides solid feedback and critiques that can be used to make the business better. Any business relies on genuine customer feedback to build a profile and online representation of you and the services you offer, this feedback helps you to create a source of information for other prospective customers as well as providing you with the opportunity to develop and grow in terms of quality.

 

It can be easy to see negative feedback and have a bad reaction to it, especially if you are someone who has put a lot of effort into your business and its products. It is essential you have thick skin in the technology industry as it is so competitive and rather than trying to ignore critical reviews you should listen and try to improve on the feedback you get. This not only encourages the improvement of your products but, it also allows you to build a professional working reputation by showing you are willing to listen to critiques.

 

Technology as an industry relies on new developments being unique and standing out against the other retailers on the market, to do this a strong customer rapport is vital in getting a wide range of feedback to help make improvements. Something else to consider is that the functionality of your product and how many uses it is capable of fulfilling are what sells, the technology aims to help make life that little bit easier and using online tech reviewers who are knowledgeable of the industry can help you find out if you have achieved that, or if there is still room for upgrades.

Streaming

Streaming platform- Youtube has been used for reviewing products for many years now including a whole range of technology from phones to home speaker systems. Online reviewers have grown in popularity and are a useful tool for anyone looking to buy a new piece of tech. As the reviews are done in a video format you get to see the product, find out what it can do, and then make a decision of whether you will make the purchase. Online tech reviewers have become very popular recently, resulting in them having very large client bases, you can even buy real youtube views from companies like themarketingheaven.com. With tech review channels having thousands upon thousands of views on every video, there has been more pressure for technology companies to produce high quality and innovative products. The influence of online platforms as a form of advertising is unlike any other marketing strategy, the internet allows businesses to reach a large number of people with little effort, so the pressure to impress online technology reviewers has meant the quality of the tech products on the market has improved significantly.

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How a Local Tech Firm helped Rebuild a Community

When you think of Tech Firms, I guarantee your first thought is large cooperate entities that seek to improve their bottom line, innovate their newest products, and advance the technology race. With our world becoming swamped in ever-changing tech, it is easy to assume these tech firms are disconnected from the real-world issues. But this couldn’t be further from the truth.

A small community, informally called Kawana Island, in the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, was faced with an issue that plagues a lot of Australia. Internet issues. These issues went further than simple downtime, it was impairing the livelihood of people working from home, starting up new businesses. It can be a crippling issue when you are looking for business IT support for your business and come up against a roadblock like this. Not to mention those simply hoping to keep in touch with others around the world.

History

To understand this issue we must look at why Australia has such notoriously terrible internet issues. It is a mix of historical lack of foresight and a shady plot of corporate control. The first issue goes all the way back to the introduction of phone lines in Australia. Famously the country set up all their connection lines using copper, which worked great for the time. But the issue is, now with fiberoptic, it is much less useful and in fact weaker than other alternatives. This compounded to mean download and upload speeds for the country as a whole are a lot weaker than other countries, and this itself gets weaker or stronger depending on the region of Australia.

Secondly, there was the issue of corporate plotting. Initially, the introduction of these internet services and managing was handled by a government body, in its early days. All the different internet providers had to follow the rules set out by legislation. But there was a shift in government. The people in the know, and running the companies, managed to get permission for the companies to go private and dictate their own rules for providing internet to its customers.

This means that customers are very limited in their options for internet services. The companies found themselves with the power to freely gouge their customers into paying higher prices for internet services that were weaker than cheaper alternatives in different countries. All of these compounds to create massive issues the country over.

 

Kawana

The small suburb of Parrearra, know as Kawana island, is where this all takes place. Being a suburb, and particularly one surrounded by water, Kawnw has been suffering from internet issues for years. Download speeds are beyond slow, communication to the outside is patchy and those trying to start up a business were faced with countless roadblocks on the path to success. The residents mostly made up of people who immigrated from England and America, also had an issue with allowing these people to get online to communicate with those they miss.

But that is where the small tech firm, Tech-Lite, stepped in. The firm was founded by a group of tech savants from Queensland who met during their school years. The idea came to them to try to tackle the issues that plague the residents of Queensland, and eventually, Australia. But to really start, they aimed small and looked at Kawana Island.

 

The Community

Tech-Lite decided to first approach the issues from a human standpoint. They began by canvassing the locals and organizing a meet and greet. Their plan was to get the issues straight from the local’s mouths. By doing this their thinking was that they could focus their design and programming on the stuff that is important to those around them. During this stage, they didn’t sell anything to the people but rather used this as an opportunity to get people talking to each other and find out their issues were similar and they weren’t alone.

But they didn’t expect what happened after. Once they had done their preliminary research, they went to the drawing board and began working on their newest innovation. Their plan was simple, creating a booster program and device that increases the download and upload of speed for people in troubled areas. They approached service providers and showed how this device might possible cut costs for both the providers and the customers.

They received significant push back from the major service providers who didn’t believe in the product or the idea. This seemed like a finishing roadblock that would be the end of Tech-Lite and the continuation of the issues on Kawana Island.

But they soon found this wasn’t the case at all. The residents of the island had banded together and launched an online campaign to raise awareness and funds for tech-lite. Once they shared their own stories of the issues they were facing and how nice it was to have a company looking out for them, people were quick to relate their own experiences and jump on board showing their support with both kind words and by opening their wallets to the cause.

While Tech-lite is still working to get everything done and dusted, this story is a fantastic example of how tech firms can work together with people and bring the wondrous advancements we have made with tech and use them to a better life for the average citizens. Nature and technology need not be separate, and Tech-lite is a great example of the unification of people and technology.

 

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[UPDATE: CHANGES] Apple releases iOS 5 beta 3 to developers

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iOS 5 beta 3 released to developers by Apple

Apple has seeded iOS 5 beta 3 for registered developers. The build number of iOS 5 beta 3 is 9A5259f. In addition to this, a new iTunes 10.5 beta has been released, too, for Mac OS X by Apple.

You should remain tuned for the updates. The beta is being installed on our mobile gadget by us right now.

Updates

Here, are the changes that we’ve found in this version:

  1. Now the user can enable as well as disable the location services from the initial setup itself.
  2. The user has got the choice to enable or disable the system services which are going to have the location services.
  3. You can now know which version has been installed by you from the software update.
  4. Voice Roaming has been added.
  5. In the Safari settings, the users have got back the option to clear cookies as well as data.
  6. In the Safari preferences, the user will get a new and advanced menu.
  7. The iTunes wifi sync has got a new name.
  8. If we look from an initial standpoint, we’ll see that the entire beta version has just got way snappier. There were a large number of bugs that have been addressed as well as fixed, and the performance has also been improved.
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Google’s new record, 1 billion visitors in May

1 Billion Visitors for May: Another record by Google

1 Billion Visitors for May: Another record by Google

If the data of ComScore is to be believed, Google has smashed its earlier record and made a new one. The data says that there have been one billion unique visitors and that too from all around the globe on the popular search engine in May. This is a spike of 8.4 % from what was experienced in May, last year.

In May of 2010, there are 931 million unique visitors on this popular search engine in comparison to May in 2011, when this number had crossed the 1 Billion mark.

A distant second place was scored by Microsoft, which witnessed 905 million unique visitors. The third and fourth positions were respectively held by Facebook and Yahoo. While Facebook witnessed 714 million visitors, Yahoo witnessed 689 million visitors. Facebook took the lead over Yahoo last year, but now it seems that we’re going to see this trend continue shortly.

ComScore has also mentioned that the game is not entirely about visitors, as advertising is the primary source from which these companies make money. Advertisers on the internet care about how much time people have spent on a particular ad instead of how many people have visited the ad, what kind of gadget they use to browse, and this is the area where Google and Microsoft lose their advantage.

Users of Facebook have recorded the most amount of time on the website with near about 250 million minutes in May. 204 million minutes and 200 million minutes are the time recorded by users of Microsoft and Google, respectively.

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Hey Genius, Are You Ready to Change the World?

Technology evolves at an astonishing pace and it’s anyone’s guess what’s around the next bend. With the rapid developments of the past few decades, it’s a given that the technology on the horizon will drastically change the world as we know it.

The Rise or Fall of the Internet

In 2002, only 569 million people used the Internet. By 2012, there were 2.27 billion users. Over the same time period, the total number of websites blossomed from only 3 million to 555 million. This has led many to speculate over what the next ten years will hold.

Scenarios tend to fall into two categories. In the first, the Internet continues to grow as a collaborative user-driven resource that remains available to all through services such as Clearwire internet plans. In the second, the Internet becomes restricted by corporations or governments, limiting access. Fractionalized networks and barriers to entry demolish the Internet as we know it today. If the second scenario comes true there will be a revolution of people looking to bypass web filters  and access the internet freedom that we currently have.

New Hope for Patients Using Prosthesis

Artificial limbs controlled by the mind are increasing in their accuracy and abilities. In 2003, a man who had lost both his arms received the first bionic limb controlled by targeted muscle reinnervation through a nerve-muscle graft. In 2012, a man used a bionic leg to climb the 2,100 steps to the top of the Willis Tower in Chicago.

Paralyzed patients are benefitting as well. A Pittsburgh woman has been able to master the use of a robotic arm with only her own brain power. In the future, prostheses may even send temperature and textile sensations to patients.

Seamlessly Integrated Technology

Thanks to cloud computing, the next trend for technology is seamless integration across platforms. Begin your project on your work computer and continue it on your tablet during the commute home. Smartphones, tablets, computers, and other forms of emerging technology already offer some integration, but this trend will only grow.

Instead of storing information directly on your device, cloud computing will store it safely elsewhere. This protects users from loss of data due to system failures within their own devices. It also makes it easier than ever to upgrade to a new device without losing anything.

The Home of the Future

The home of the future as we envision it today will continue to take mobile technology and apps to new heights. You’ll be able to control everything from the lights to the locks from your tablet or smart phone. Technology is in the works to give you an immense level of control over every part of the home, from setting sprinklers to run by the weather to telling your alarm not to go off until the coffee pot finishes.

The technology for many types of home integration already exists. It’s simply a matter of putting it all together and making it available to the public en masse. Expect the home of the future to do all the thinking and most of the work so you don’t have to.

With genius developments like these, technology has the potential to infiltrate every aspect of human life at an astonishing pace, offering more benefits than ever.

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