• Xip Blog

    Beautiful Email Marketing Templates (Campaign Monitor Review)

    Recently, I tried using Campaign Monitor Email Marketing system and the first thing that impressed me was their beautiful email marketing templates in multiple categories like Announcements, Newsletters, Deals & Offers, Events, Holidays, etc. The best thing is, all these templates can be customised to the user’s liking. Or one can start from scratch and build their own template – it’s good if you are conversant with design & html. If you know that most of your intended recipients will not be able to open html emails (due to organisation email policies, email client limitations, etc.) you can even choose to send your email in plain text! Since I had…

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  • Xip Blog

    Three Best 360-Degree Cameras for 2018 (My Choice)

    I did a lot of research on 360 Cameras. In fact, at a point, I wanted to buy a 360-Degree Camera (that shoots in all angles) instead of a regular camera. However, fortunately, I decided against that strategy as over-capture (selecting which angle footage you want to use) features are not yet mature enough and the final obtainable resolution (after you cut to just an angle) is low – in most consumer/prosumer 360 cameras. Besides, low-light performance is not comparable to regular cameras. However, the price point at which these cameras come make them an enticing accessory, along with entry-level drones. If you are into any form of serious videography,…

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  • Xip Blog

    OnePlus 6T Teaser Video (Fan Made)

    Here is a short teaser video I made for the highly anticipated release of the latest OnePlus mobile – OnePlus 6T., on Oct. 30, 2018 at New York & New Delhi. How do you like it? ūüėÄ And Remember: NO PHONE CAN BEAT ONE PLUS 6.¬† EXCEPT ONE PLUS 6T ūüôā

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  • Xip Blog

    3 Inexpensive Options for Slow Motion Video Recording

    When I say inexpensive, it’s relatively inexpensive – not your sub $200 category. Let’s admit – good cameras that can record butter smooth slow motion footage will cost you a lot of money. But that shouldn’t deter starters and enthusiasts as there are good options for slow motion video cameras nowadays in the sub $800 price range. If you want me to name just one camera that I would want to buy for slow motion recording, it would be the Sony RX100 Mark V that can record a whooping 960 fps for ultra smooth slow-motion. But the best option is also the priciest and this is no exception. There are…

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  • Xip Blog

    2018: Why the Panasonic FZ1000 Bridge Camera is Still the Best Option

    I’ll give you ten reasons why I think the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 is still the best bridge camera for personal or semi-professional video capture, even in 2018 – four years after it’s release. BTW, I bought one recently. The price is just right for it’s category, especially when compared to the much higher unjustifiably-priced cameras with similar specs from Sonys and Nikons. Large One Inch Sensor to capture more details, and better low light performance. 4K Video recording along with 1080p & 720p. 120fps slow motion (could’ve been more – but sufficient for regular usage) & Time Lapse photo/video. 3.5mm External Mic Jack – Very useful for vloggers, youtubers and…

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  • Xip Blog

    GoPro Hero 7 Black Action Camera – Better than the Best?

    GoPro, the most popular action camera maker has launched it’s latest and bestest (yet) action cam – GoPro Hero 7 Black. But, is it worth upgrading to this camera if you already own one of the GoPros? What if you don’t have an action camera – is this the best option to buy a new action camera in 2018? I would answer ‘Yes’ for the second question – GoPro definitely makes some of the best action cameras. GoPro Hero 7 is the latest; obviously you can expect it to be packed with the best features. If you are in the US, the aggressive pricing strategy is, I feel, easily justifies…

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    OnePlus 6T Launch Event on Oct. 30, 2018 (New Delhi & New York)

    So, word is out officially that the most anticipated flagship-killer OnePlus6T mobile phone launch has been scheduled on Oct. 30, 2018 at 8.30 P.M. IST (KDJW Stadium, New Delhi) and 11 A.M. EDT (Pier 36, New York). For the India launch, you can book the tickets from OnePlus6T Company Launch page here. If you can’t make it to New Delhi, you can watch the launch event on live stream from here. The attendees, the OnePlus team says, will receive exclusive gifts that justifies the cost of admission (yes, you need to pay for the entrance ticket to the event), go hands-on with the new device, check out the interactive displays…

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  • Xip Blog

    Customized Wedding Slideshows

    I have started a new venture, wowsuper.net where I create custom slideshow videos for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays and other special occasions. Have a look at the above-embedded video to see how photos and videos can be combined to create a beautiful slideshow video with effects, transitions, text, music, animation, motion graphics, etc. Free apps might be sufficient to create basic slideshows, but special occasions demand outstanding effects and professional effort – don’t you think? After all, people spend a lot of money to make their special day memorable. Why not spend a little more to share it with the world and on social networks in style? For this new venture,…

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  • News

    Monthly Computer Networking/IT Industry Updates (Oct. ’17)

    #1.¬†Cisco Announces Agreement to Acquire BroadSoft, a company specialized in calling, collaboration and contact center solutions for approx. $1.9 Billion USD. More… #2. Cisco announces the introduction of Cisco MDS 9132T 32 Port 32-Gbps Fibre Channel Switch with¬†SAN Telemetry Streaming on Cisco MDS 9700 32G Module. More… #3.¬†Cisco and Google announce New Hybrid Cloud Solution enabling Apps to Span On-Premises Environments and Google Cloud Platform. More… #4. HPe Aruba to introduce¬†Aruba IntroSpect Standard and Advanced editions to add to their Aruba Introspect UEBA (User and Entity Behavioral Analytics) security portfolio. More… #5.¬†Extreme Networks to Acquire Data Center Business from Brocade. More… #6.¬†Amazon introduces Cloud Cam‚ÄĒAn Intelligent Security Camera that Works…

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  • Network Security

    How to Identify and Prevent Web Scraping Bots?

    What are Web Scraping Bots? There are computer programs that automatically visit a website and copy information like content, price, etc. on some/all web pages and pass it on to its owners. These are web scraping bots and this data collected by them may be used to gain difficult-to-create content without much efforts or give stealers a competitive advantage. Besides, these ‘bad’ bots drain the server/connection resources of the websites they visit. What are some of the techniques used to identify and prevent Web Scraping Bots?¬† It is possible to analyze the IP addresses requesting access to a web page to find out if they are genuine readers or bots.…

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    HoiChoi: The App for Bengali Entertainment Programmes

    SVF, Eastern India’s prominent Entertainment company, has launched HoiChoi – the Digital Platform (Website, Mobile App) exclusively for Bengali audio/video content like web serials, movies, music, etc. HoiChoi is currently being launched with a strong content portfolio of exclusive & original web series, more than 500 Bengali movies & more than 1000 Bengali songs (will be added shortly). This is a subscription-based entertainment service and the introductory plans are given below – 3 Months – Rs. 149/- 6 Months – Rs. 249/- 12 Months – Rs. 399/- International rates are different and prices are subject to change anytime.¬† Advantages of HoiChoi Digital Platform:¬† One of the largest collection of Bengali…

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  • News

    Monthly Computer Networking & IT Industry Updates (Sep. 2017)

    #1. Extreme Networks introduces two new switches –¬† VSP 8600, an innovative small 7RU form factor core chassis with over 21 Tbps of switching capacity. The other is the VSP 8404C, a 2RU modular core form factor with four pluggable slots. More… #2.¬†Mitel Completes Acquisition of ShoreTel. More… #3.¬†Arista Introduces Any Cloud Platform for Hybrid Cloud Networking to provide consistent functionality across multi-cloud environments. More… #4. Post acquisition,¬†Intronis MSP Solutions has now been rebranded as Barracuda MSP. More… #5. Dell introduces¬†DSS 9000 integrated rack unit with compute, storage, networking, power, cooling and open management in a pre-integrated rack scalable up to 96 nodes with Intel¬ģ Xeon¬ģ Scalable processors and built…

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  • Applications

    Online Forms: User Uploading Files/Attachments (Google Forms)

    If you want an online form in which you want to enable the user (form submitter) to upload attachments like images, videos, etc. then Google Forms is a good option. However, the free version of Google Forms doesn’t support file attachments. This Upload File feature is¬†supported only for G-Suite Basic (and advanced) users, which requires you to purchase at least one G-Suite user account. Once you have a G-Suite account, login to the associated Google account and then go to forms.google.com.¬†There are limitations to allowing users to upload attachments directly through Google Forms, which will be discussed below. First, you create a new form. Then click the ‘+’ button on…

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  • News

    Monthly Computer Networking/IT Industry Updates

    #1. Cisco announces intent to acquire Sunnyvale-based Springpath for the latter’s distributed file system for hyperconvergence¬†that enables server-based storage systems. More… #2. Juniper Networks Contrail Security helps protect applications running in multiple heterogeneous cloud environments. More… #3. Lumina Networks enters the SDN market by introducing Lumina SDN controller based on OpenDayLight, Lumina Flow Manager, and Lumina Zero Touch Installer. More… #4. AWS introduces Amazon Macie, a security service that helps customers to classify the sensitivity of their data on Amazon S3, monitor & report on risks and anomalous access. More…¬†AWS Glue, an ETL¬†service that automates the preparation of data for analytics, to be available to all customers. More… #5. Riverbed…

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