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Best Android Phones (October 2014)

Now all the big mobile phone conferences are over with I thought I would run through the top Android phones of 2014.

It’s that time of the year when I am looking to upgrade my current Note 3 to a new phone with the latest specifications. Ok so yes I know the Note 3 is still a very competitive phone in terms of specifications even when compared to this years flagships.

This year when making my choice for the first time I came very close to not upgrading at all however I always pass my phone down to my girlfriend when I’m done with it and her Nexus 4 is in need of an upgrade.

Here are the top Android phones on late 2014

  • LG G3
    The LG flagship while released in between to 2 main launch seasons in the Android world came out kicking with some powerful hardware and was the first phone to ship with a high density quad HD screen. The G3 is a all around improvement based on the G2 and LG have made some massive steps in the right direction here with a much cleaner UI and keeping the look and feel a little closer to stock Android.
    Buy Online: Carphone Warehouse | Amazon UK | Amazon US
  • Samsung Galaxy S5
    As always Samsung are the first to show off their new flagship every year at their unpacked events. This year was no different with the new Galaxy S making small improvements over last years model
    Buy Online: Carphone Warehouse | Amazon UK | Amazon US
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4
    The successor to my current daily driver the Note 4 makes small improvements over the Note 3 but nothing that will blow you away as was the case with when they stunned the world the flagship last year
    Buy Online: Carphone Warehouse | Amazon US

Set Up Your Mac for Development in Minutes

It’s great to get a new computer, but it takes hours to actually get the thing set up so you can use it. If you’re a developer, Lapwing Laps has a guide to automate the whole process, including setting up special default settings.

Hacker’s Guide to Setting up Your Mac
Hackers obsess over automation. We want robots to do the grunt work so we can focus on the fun stuff. One area that’s ripe for automation that hasn’t seen much attention lately is setting up your computer

How Small is SSL as a Ranking Factor

A few months ago Google announced SSL would be a small ranking factor for searches but really just how small. Well the short answer is very small at the moment. However it is still a good idea to have SSL certificate for your site especially on any admin pages you use or on any page you take information from the user like your contact page or comments.

Firstly let me explain why having SSL is important. SSL not only protects your users but also you. Do you want to risk having your password sniffed when you login to finish that blog post at the local coffee shop. The same applies to your users do you really want them to submit sensitive information via you contact form with no in transit encryption to protect them.

Now yes I know I do not use SEO on this site however on my other sites that I do expect sensitive or private information to be sent to me I do have SSL certificates and I do force SSL on by default.

There is a draw back of forcing SSL on your users however and that is page load time. It takes time for your server to encrypt content and the user to decrypt it before it can be displayed. There is also the increased time in handshakes and swapping the keys for the encryption. Now for a small site with not a lot of traffic this extra time is hardly noticeable but once your site starts to grow this starts to take longer as your server comes under more load.

Now all this is nothing that can’t be solved by using intelligent caching of content and increasing the size of your server or clustering as your site grows. it is still something most shared (cheap) hosting is not designed to handle very well (for good shared hosting that is clustered and can handle this see my Media Temple review).

So the bottom line should you get an SSL certificate to boost your search rankings, no there are many more reasons to get an SSL and its always a good idea to have one.

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