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Sunday, November 23, 2014

My Nexus 5 Lollipop upgrade experience

Just a few day ago, my Nexus 5 has upgrade the long awaited Android version 5 Lollipop update and it change much of the way I was familiar with KitKat. It's a good and a bad thing actually. Here's my Lollipop on my Nexus 5.

The update was prompted over the air...I did set my choice to do so when connected to WiFi.

Here are some things I like and don't like and how I overcome some of the changes by personal preference...

After the full upgrade was done, I check out the Easter egg of this version that usually found in the Phone Setting > Android version by tabbing continuously at that area. It will appear a Lollipop that you can use your finger to move around the screen like you are licking it and it will soon direct you to a mini-game which work like Flappy bird but this time is lollipop as pipe and the bird was a Android.

I didn't play long as I am busy looking what is new.

One thing I like was the keyboard now have bigger key area. I is easier for me to use my fat thumb to type the wordings.

Now here are a few things I don't really like. First the phone contact now do not offer you to create new contact account on the device itself. By default all contact are now sync with Google.

The Gallery in Kitkat was removed in Lollipop. Instead they replace Google Photo for that. The first thing I did was select the Auto-Backup option  to be OFF. If you did not do that, all of your photo you have taken send to the cloud server as backup which I am not certain. The recent report that some celebrities in nude due to their photo stored in cloud was no longer secure.

Now that being said, it is too much trouble to go many clicks to see the photo on your device as how it was with Gallery Apps was suppose to be. To resolve that, go to Google play and download this Apps call Quickpic. That will offer allow you on how the application is like.

They have upgrade to the latest chrome and all the tab are separated. I personally prefer how it was and thank God there was a work around.first select the Setting...  

Then select the Merge Tabs and Apps.   

Finally I can get back the familiar tab display all in one app view .

I noticed that the battery seems to be improved but I still having teething issue in term of user experience as I was rather used to KitKat. Will update more on my experience.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Android Apps to Mosaic or Censor Photo

This is a part 2 of a App on Android I am using as the last app post on censor photo was quite out of date.

Today the Apps I am sharing is Pixelot which does nothing but censoring part of photo you took on your Android phone.

Now this Apps offer FREE but limited features but good enough for most user who want just somethings in their photo to be masked.

First it offers direct camera where you use camera to take a photo and straight away you can select which section you want to apply the Mosaic or you can go into gallery of your devices to select a picture to apply the masking.

Once you select a picture, you will see it in the layout

There are different Mosaic to choose from but for FREE version, only the square and that is good enough for basic.

Once you select the type, you can select how many pixel size of the Mosaic. If you need to censor more, you can select the bigger value. However in censorship, it is best to choose a good enough Mosaic size so you can retain more of the whole photo looks but do let people to make out some information.

Once you are ready, you can use your finger to draw out the part you want to censor. As you move your finger along, you can see there is a line following your finger path. Once it is in complete loop, that area within the loop would be Mosaic.

It would look like the following as I censored the barcode of the product. 

In cases you want to undo, you can only choose on Revert as it will reset to the original photo stage. If you like what you did, you can click on Save.

You can use more advance features if you decided to purchase the Apps. You may try it out for FREE.

You can get on Google play to get that Apps here

Do you find this useful?

Monday, November 10, 2014

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G is it better?

Tomorrow Xiaomi Singapore noon time sales will be releasing first time in Singapore Redmi Note 4G and they been doing video advertisement on how fast it is surfing the web with comparison with other model. It's good news right since the last Redmi Note was not even a 4G.

If you thought it was so, allow me to point to you some of the specs between the Redmi Note and Redmi Note 4G

Stating the obvious, 4G offer LTE which is faster surfing speed and the Wifi is offering Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac which is dual-band instead of the old RedNote Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n. Do note if you connecting to Wifi, the wireless router you are connection must offer the dual band if you want to maximized that feature.

For SD storage the Redmi Note 4G allow the maximum of 64GB. For camera or video fans, there isn't any difference for screens and the camera specifications as they are no upgrade on that.

As for battery, it remain the same capacity which is Li-Po 3200 mAh battery so they need not produce another battery maybe...

Now here's the parts that you may REALLY want to know

The old Redmi Note uses an Octa-core 1.4/1.7 GHz Cortex-A7 (8 processors) but the new Redmi Note 4G is running on Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A7 (4 processors). In plain English, the new Redmi Note 4G is using a slower processor and if you play games or some processor demanding app, you may notice some difference.

Another thing you may want to know is that the new Redmi Note 4G is no longer offering Dual sim which most Xiaomi user enjoyed. NO DUAL SIM!!

If now you would rather go for the old Redmi Note thinking it should be selling at SGD$199, I have bad news for you. As of the website today, Redmi Note cannot be found. This may mean Xiaomi Singapore will no longer selling the old model.

So if you were consider to get the old Redmi Note, now you may want to consider more to get the Redmi Note 4G as it's higher pricing with some of the upgrade.

The new Redmi Note 4G will be selling at SGD$229. Good luck for tomorrow purchase if you want it.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Xiaomi 16000mAh Mi power bank Coming

Power bank is never enough and Xiaomi did something right to offer good and affordable power bank. In fact Power Banks was always a hot seller in their weekly sales that gone within 1 minutes in Singapore sales.

Current Xiaomi offers 5,200mAh and 10,400mAh capacities and if you think it is still not enough due to a longer hour on the road, here comes the 16,000mAh!

On 11th November, Xiaomi at China end will be introducing the 16,000mAH at 99 CNY on 11 November 2014 but will sell at regular pricing at 129 CNY around SGD $28.00 after that.

The 16,000mAh Power Bank take on a silm width but add on the length which make it better when place in pocket I suppose. This will offer more power hungry user to get it.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

FIFA 15 Ultimate Team

Beside FIFA 15 was released on PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC, Wii, PS Vita and Nintendo 3DS, those mobile user like Apple, Android and even Windows Phone were not left out!

The games begin with FIFA 15 Ultimate Team on mobile is now live on App StoreGoogle Play and Windows Phone Store for FREE!

Some of the features includes:
  • Quick Simulation – Control the mentality, effort, and approach of your entire team in a managerial experience during a Quick Simulation match.
  • Matches of the Week – Choose your favorite club and live out their real world schedule by playing their next match; or play some of the biggest match-ups from around the world.
  • Controller Support – FIFA 15 Ultimate Team is playable using certain game controllers designed to work with select mobile devices. Controller support brings an even richer gameplay experience on-the-go.
  • Casual and Classic Control – Players can choose from Casual controls of Classic with all new through-ball and tactical dribbling options that will appeal to twitch gameplay fans. 

You may read more Here 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

My Visit to Computex Taipei 2014

I didn't really plan to visit Computex Taipei 2014 but since I was in Taipei and I am just able to get a few hours of free time, I decided to pop by.

I only manage to go for the last day as it is the only day open to the general public but you have to purchase a ticket to go in. The ticket was price as 200 TWD which I find it is pretty fair for a tourist like me. At least with such ticket sales, it will cut down lot of crowds. Something Singapore should learn from.

For such event, the local companies has spent quite a huge sum of money for their booth for branding. Here are some I find it is attractive and good in visual like EpicGear.

Taiwan famous MLB or graphic card maker MSI.

Gaming Tt...

And the biggest booth and moving LED design ASUS.

There was one of the booth named Taiwan Excellence that force of featuring Taiwan made products.

Most are lifestyle product like this EnGenius WiFi media port.

Also this cool glass CPU casing.

Taiwan product BenQ 2GF digital camera is quite good too.

For IT show like this, what matter is presentation and marketing. The secret of such success would be Cars...

And I mean really nice cars for presentations...

Another winning formulas...pretty model..

Model who can talk about the specs of your products...

Or more loads of Pretty models...

You need them to do some dancing...

Brand your products and trust me most are very much professional in doing the PR.

Know how to pose with your brands...

and products....

Talk to the visitor and tell them about the specs of the products...

Also pose for the camera man which likely to be visitor as well.

Each of the models or show girl will able to push the interest of your product further...

Freebies like food and drinks are good way to get visitor interested.

You can get the model who would host free prizes for the games....

And the respond when do it right will be quite a number...

Taiwan is basically more on the hardware manufacturer...

And they are quite well known for the quality of their products.

And it is good to see what Taiwan can have to offer in time to come. If only I have more time to look thru and not be so rushed. :)

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Monopod Selfie Review

I have been considering to get a Monopod for better Selfie for sometime. Sometime it is quite difficult to hand someone my camera or mobile phone to take some shot that I wanted to be in. And so I did.

I got a Monopod and a mobile phone adapter as there are all available over any online seller with reasonable pricing.

The mobile phone holder operate as a spring to hold the mobile phone into position.

Just make sure when you clip it on, it will not rest on any buttons and it should be fine.

The Monopod when folded is around 200mm but when fully extended it is around 1000mm. You can adjust any length between that depending on which angle you want to shoot.

This Monopod allow you to screw into any standard camera base. Just make sure your camera is not those which are too heavy like DSLR. For mobile phone, it should be fine.

Once tighten the screw, you can adjust any angle you wanted which much depending if you are using the front or back camera of your mobile phone.

Most of cause would choose the front camera which one can see from the screen how it would turn out to be. The disadvantage is most mobile phone have lesser quality and function compare to the back camera....

Here is a shot of myself when I fully extend the monopod. You can see the angle is quite wide. The bad thing is that you can see the monopod which I am holding on to. 

With training, user will learn to master it which for me need to do more selfie training.

You can set a timing function on your mobile phone or get a remote control for that. I would be doing a review later on the remote for this to add on.

Meanwhile do consider if you need a Selfie as if you have a big group, you want to take everyone in it, it's a good tool to have.

Feel free to comment and add on if this Monopod works for you.