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TECH TIMES

Published:Monday | August 11, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Written and compiled by Kareem LaTouche and Stephanie Lyew

Tech word/term of the week:

LED TV


LCD vs LED

A device, for example, a television may say it is LCD/LED, which describes the hardware that controls the lighting and display quality. LCD means 'Liquid Crystal Display' and LED is 'Light-Emitting Diode'. The LCD is a super-thin display used in laptops or any flat panel monitor, even portable video-game devices. The image created on a LCD is produced by an electrically reactive substance between electrodes that changes the colour of the substance with the increased or decreased current. LCDs work on a basis of blocking light, unlike LEDs.

Modern LED technology

LEDs, on the other hand, are electronic devices that emit light when electric current is passed through the circuit. Modern LED technology has the ability to create a varied amount of colours, including red, blue, green and white lights. These lights are energy-efficient and a series of small LEDs create a large display. Some televisions have been advertised as LCD/LED, which only means it is a liquid crystal display with few light-emitting diodes behind the display for backlights.

However, LEDs are replacing LCDs in similar devices because of the quality of brightness and use of less energy, which means cost-savings.

Apps this Week for Android, Apple and windows

Big Oven for Android

Big Oven is a recipe library for Android users. The application provides the platform with over 250,000 recipes that can be easily found by entering keywords or a main ingredient. Users may enter names of leftover items in their refrigerators and Big Oven system support will suggest recipes or create recipes that can incorporate the leftovers. Add notes to any recipe favourite and store it to the phone. The app also comes with a shopping list notepad and meal planner calendar.

Yummly for Apple (iPhone)

Think of a collection of all digital and online recipes and you are thinking of Yummly. The Yummly Recipes and Grocery Shopping List has made it easier to search for every recipe online from cooking site and blog favourites such as AllRecipes.com, Food52 and Steamy Kitchen. However, the grocery shopping list feature needs to be revised although users have the option to sync shopping lists from any Apple device with the app on the iPhone. Yummly allows users to make recipe filters, in addition to the existing filters, based on taste preferences and remove recipes from search lists with food items that cause allergic reactions.

Epicurious for Windows

The Epicurious has been rated 4/5 stars by 310 user reviews. The application is an on-the-go kitchen companion; giving offline access to food and drink recipes that are explored by theme and skill level such as grilled mains, gluten-free, summer desserts, picnic ideas, family reunion and main course salads. Food lovers that have Windows phones will have access to over 30,000 recipes and each has an ingredient list with the option to check off the items as they are used in the kitchen to avoid making repeats. This also means an easy-to-use cooking or specific recipe shopping list. The user interface is simple with an easy-to-read preparation instructions similar to step-by-step cookbooks.

Tech poll of the week

Which do you prefer, laptop or desktop?

Laptop - 67%

Desktop - 33%