Friday, December 27, 2013

Five key features of windows 8

1) Windows 8 is touch friendly, it has on-screen keyboard and handwriting recognition, the menus will appear as tiles which will be quicker and easier for a user to get access to a program.

2) It supports multiple monitors, if you connect two monitors then the start screen will appear on one monitor and the desktop will appear on the other. You can have two taskbar with different icons and can set different backgrounds too.


3)The old windows start menu has been changed you don’t get the windows iconic start menus instead of it you will get a start screen, on clicking the start  button in windows 8 it will take you back to the same touch menu tiles start screen, one that we see in Windows Phone 7s home screen.

4) Windows 8 has charms functionality, which gives you a quick access to several common features like search, sharing, the start screen, hardware device, and settings.

5)The most important features that windows 8 includes is Windows store, you can buy windows apps and a ecosystem for developers.It may also include some free apps.


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Thursday, December 26, 2013

How to Use Your iPhone as a Mouse and Keyboard

The iPhone can be turned into many things with the correct apps. Today, lets look at how you can use your iPhone as a wireless mouse and keyboard for your computer.

First, download the Touch Mouse app from the App Store.

Touch Mouse app on the App Store
Free Touch Mouse app for the iPhone from Logitech

In order for the Touch Mouse app to "talk" to your computer, you need to download and install the Logitech Touch Mouse server application.

Now, fire up your app and wait for the auto-discovery of your computer.

Logitech Touch Mouse app auto-detect computer
Touch Mouse app auto-detects the presence of computer with Logitech Touch Mouse Server installed

You can start using your iPhone as a mouse, complete with left, centre and right buttons. You can also bring up the keyboard and use it wirelessly on your computer.

Logitech Touch Mouse app
Logitech Touch Mouse app allows for both mouse and keyboard function on your  computer

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013


At exactly one week ago a go I posted how to remote control and conference your pc with a mobile phone installed with Teamvier application.

Today i thinks this very post is a bit different. or let me say it is the same only that you wont be need a third party programme or software to remote your MAc pc. All you need this time is a Mac Remote app for your Android phone or tablet is just the right tool were going to use to do the magic.

HOw it Works

Remoting your pc with app on mobile is nothing new and has never been anything more than installing a server side application that helps you to handle commands from a device which serves as a control to a remote computer.

The main thing you have to know here is, your MAC computer works over SSH. As a User, you just need to enable remote logins for your machine, and the app walks them through wizard as a guide.

With this, it enables media playback on your MAC computer using your androidIn a simple way, you will have a remote control in your hand, without needing to install additional programs on your computer.
You will be able to watch movies without getting off the couch!
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With this application you will be able to control the followings media players in an individually way
- itunes
- Iphoto
- Spotify
- Quicktime
- MplayerX
- Preview
- PowerPoint
Also you will be able to shutdown, suspend and adjust brightness and volume! Everything remotely!

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013


Reasons Your Iphone May fail to Connect To The Internet

In some occasion, you may encounter rare cases and issues sending or receiving messages, photos, or videos, and unable to connect to the internet. This may probably be as a result of your phones internet connection, or a problem with your wireless carrier or Internet service provider.

Most connections issues can be resolved by adhereing to the following:

Basic troubleshooting

  • Confirm you are using the right configuration settings with the right mobile Operator Sim or youre subscribed to a data plan of your choice
  • Restart your iPhone
    • Hold the On/Off button until "slide to power off" appears. Slide to power off your device. When it is off, press the On/Off button to turn it back on
      In iPhone Settings, Turn Airplane Mode ON then OFF
    • In iPhone Settings > General > Reset > tap [Reset Network Settings] (This will delete all your saved Wi-Fi passwords)
    • Upgrade or restore your iPhones iOS to the latest version for your device. See this article for instructions. 

    If you use an unlocked iPhone or a pre-paid SIM card, then you may need to adjust your phones APN settings for your SIM card. Please you can make use of this blogs search bar and search this blog for previous posts I have rendered on this.

    If your school or the corporate organisation where you work has Wi-Fi that has firewall restrictions in place, then you should contact your network administrator for help with accessing the internet Wi-Fi network.


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Monday, December 23, 2013


As part of activities that followed the 2013 BlackBerry Live 2013 annual conference today 15th of May, 2013 in Orlando, USA, was the announcement of the New BlackBerry Q5.

Features of the New BLACKBERRY Q5

The Features of the new Blackberry Q5 includes:

  • A 3.1-inch touchscreen
  • A classic physical QWERTY keyboards
  • An LCD unit of 720 x 720px unusual screen resolution of the same size as Blackberry Q10.
  • A dual-core 1.2Ghz CPU and 8GB worth of mass storage.
  • A microSD slot
  • Non-removable battery.

The new BlackBerry Q5 will be available in stores prior to the slated date for global distribution to various localities starting from JULY with selected markets in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia (including the Asia Pacific region), and Latin America. The New BB Q5 will be for sure available in black, white, red and pink colors for you to make your choice.

Another announcement that came from the todays keynote is that the BlackBerry 10.1 update is now ready to seed to the BlackBerry Z10 (later this month in the US). Dont also forget that as from today, Skype will be available to all Blackberry users who update their Z10s to v10.1.
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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Automatic Like In Facebook

Today i have one more trick for facebook users. It is about to automatic like your friend’s status without clicking on like.To know how is it possible you have to follow some simple steps..

Step 1: First of all you have login facebook using MOZILLA FIREFOX .
tep 2: Now Install Autolike add-on on your firefox.
Step 3: Restart it after doing second step.
tep 4 : Now open and just scroll down the page, you’ll see all the status are automatically

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Saturday, December 21, 2013

How to Install Chrome Extensions

Extensions extends the functionality of the Chrome browser, like bells and whistles if you will. You want to install Chrome extensions to augment and improve your browsing experience. So say you want to get know if there is new email in your Gmail inbox. You can install the Google Mail Checker. Heres how to do it.

Go to the Settings page and click on Extensions.

Extensions page under Settings in Chrome
Extensions page under Settings

Scroll down and click on Get more extensions

Get more extension for Chrome
Option to get more Chrome extension

Type in the name of the extension, search and click Add to Chrome

Search page for Chrome extension
Search extension and add it  to Chrome

You are done.

Message from Google Mail Checker that installation was successful
Google Mail Check extension added to Chrome

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Friday, December 20, 2013

new etisalat data plan for smartphones

The New Etisalt Data bundles for Smartphone Users May not be that flexible, but it leaves the subscribers with no choice of sticking to their favourite network for a superb browsing experience. from the table below, you can find the available plans you can choose from
Etisalat also gives 20kobo/secs to any subscriber of the below That is, you browse at a cheaper rate alongside a cheap databundle

smart data plans smart voice rate
(*with no access fees)
monthly cost
activation code
(sms to 8183)
activtion code

1,000 smarta *229*2*11#
500MB 2,000 smartb *229*2*22#
1.5GB 4,000 smartc *229*2*44#
3GB 6,500 smartd *229*2*33#
6GB 8,000 smarte *229*2*55#
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Thursday, December 19, 2013


Intel Wireless Drivers, Intel PROSet, and Intel My WiFi for Microsoft Windows 7


The below package for wifi conection solution contains Intel Wireless Drivers and Intel PROSet (Intel PROSet includes Intel "My WiFi" functionality) for the Intel Wireless LAN Adapters.

Your System requirements, Supported Devices and Features

Use the below instructions to bring back wireless conectivity to your Hp Computer Intel PRO/Wireless 3945 Network Connection Intel Wireless WiFi Link 4965 Intel WiFi Link 5300 Intel WiFi Link 5100 Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6200 Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300 Intel WiFi Link 1000 Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6250 Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6350

You can type "msinfo32" (type without quote) on your system to see more details about your computer

Operating Systems supported
Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise 32 Edition
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Basic 32 Edition
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 32 Edition
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 32 Edition
Microsoft Windows 7 Starter 32 Edition
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 32 Edition
Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise 64 Edition
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Basic 64 Edition
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Edition
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64 Edition
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Edition

Click here to Download Driver

Release details Released:2010-11-25
File name: sp51121.exe [1/1, 131.34M]
Version: 13.4
Microsoft Windows 7 (32-bit)
Microsoft Windows 7 (64-bit)
Installation Instructions
      1. Click the "Download" to start prompt download and save the file to any folder on your hard drive (or you can create a new folder where the downloaded file would be saved).
      2. Double-click the downloaded file and follow the or wizard on-screen instructions.
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    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

    Play with your photographs Photofunia

    After a long break I am back with a tutorial, this tutorial is about spicing up your photographs in a number of ways. Recently I have gone through a website called, it performs as its name
    says, yes it generates our photograph in a funny sense. But with the choice of appropriate effects it could even generate photographs that are so realistic that cant be guessed as an edited one. has more than one hundred various effects, each gives unique realistic textures to the images. It keeps the process in such a way that everyone can take the taste of it. Inspite of mess up processes it allows an user to perform all the editing in only two or three steps. So its very easy to use.

    Just visit the website and select any one of the effects from the bunch of effects that are available right there. After that browse a photograph from your system and upload that out. After that click on go button to generate the process which will produce an image with that selected effect.

    You can also download the photofunia application for your mobile devices. The download link is available on their website. One can also generate different types of cards there. You will be much clear after visiting the website. So do visit the website and keep spicing up your photographs. Thanks
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    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

    Will the absence of carrier support doom the HTC One

    In the news lately is the departure of several high level executives from HTC. It seems to highlight a problem with HTC. Last year, when HTC released its flagship One X, none of the countries three mobile carriers offered the HTC One X upon release. The two largest carriers, Smart Communications and Globe Telecom carried the Samsung Galaxy S III and later the iPhone 5 from the local release date. The third carrier, Sun Cellular would carry the Samsung Galaxy S III a few months after release. The HTC One X. Smart Communications eventually offered the HTC One X as part of its line-up several months after its release. 

    These year, it is a repeat of last years story. The countries two largest carriers, Smart Communications and Globe Telecom offered the Samsung Galaxy S4 for pre-order. Both held special activities on the Samsung Galaxy S4 launch date. In the month since it release, 10 million Galaxy S4 phones have been shipped, with a small fraction of that success being due to support from Smart Communications and Globe Telecom. 

    The HTC One? Well, it is reportedly coming to Globe Telecom something in the future. 

    Without local carrier support, the HTC One will not get the elite status needed to make it a success. If you look at the billboards on the streets, you see giant advertisements for the Apple iPhone 5, the BlackBerry Z10 and the Samsung Galaxy S4. The HTC One. Except for the hardcore HTC fan or techie, I dont think the regular consumer is aware of this phone. 

    In terms of status, only two brands are mentioned these days. To be cool, you need to have an iPhone or a Samsung. BlackBerry caters to a small niche market, but ownership comes with the respect that you a serious user. HTC has fallen a long way since the heady days of the HTC Wildfire, Desire and Desire HD. Back than owning an HTC was cool. Now owning a HTC One will be like a certificate of geekdom. 

    I know a fair number of people eagerly awaiting the HTC One. HTC still makes great hardware. But without carrier support, it will loose a fair amount of sales. More disastrous, is that  it hits the market quietly. Worse, HTC did not tap much of the local bloggers to cover its launch. A few bloggers got an early hands on last April, and a few were invited to HTC launch event two days ago. But really this is quiet launch with what looks to be a make or break phone for HTC. 

    HTC needs to learn, that it can no longer be Quietly Brilliant.

    If you have read the article all the way here, take the time to give the HTC One a look. It is a very nice phone.
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    Tuesday, December 3, 2013

    The Chinas ZTE launches Firefox phones in US Britain

    Chinas ZTE launches Firefox phones in US, Britain

    WASHINGTON — Chinese telecom giant ZTE announced plans Monday to sell a low-cost smartphone using the open source Firefox operating system in the United States and Britain.

    ZTE said its Open Firefox OS phone will be sold through eBay in the US for $79.99 and 59.99 pounds in Britain.

    The phone, unlocked to allow use on a variety of mobile networks, uses the open source Firefox operating platform from the nonprofit Mozilla Foundation, which is aiming to break the dominance of Googles Android and Apples iOS.

    "The global availability of the ZTE Open through eBay means that more consumers worldwide are now able, for the first time, to buy an affordable smartphone based entirely on open Web standards," the Chinese firm said in a statement.

    "The ZTE Open is powered by Firefox OS, which frees developers, operators and consumers from the constraints of existing closed ecosystems by using the Web as the platform for all functionality and applications."

    The statement said sales would begin "soon," without elaborating.
    ZTE vice president Dai Wenhong said the company "is devoted to providing more options for customers globally and enabling them to live better lives via advanced technology.

    The ZTE Open offers customers a smartphone experience at an incredible price point, making it ideal for cost conscious consumers or those looking to upgrade to a smartphone for the first time."

    The phone offered for US and British consumers is orange in color, while a blue version has been on sale in Spain and Venezuela and a black version in Colombia.

    In June, Taiwans Hon Hai Precision said it aims to hire up to 3,000 new employees to develop devices and software for Mozillas Firefox operating system.

    Hon Hai, better known by its trade name Foxconn and a major supplier to Apple, plans to produce five devices running on Firefox.

    The Firefox operating system uses applications on HTML5, a Web standard which operates across platforms, unlike those developed for specific systems such a Apples iOS or Google Android.
    Copyright © 2013 AFP. All rights reserved.
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    Monday, December 2, 2013

    Viber Now Has 100 Million Users

    VIber, the Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and instant messaging app for Android, BlackBerry, iOS and Windows Phone has broken the 100 million user barrier. Not bad at all, and pretty amazing considering the service has been around for less than two years. Now Viber is going to Symbian S40 feature phones as well as Bada OS too, which will expand it reach further. Right now, 1 in 7 of my contacts is on Viber. 

    Viber main rival in this arena is Skype. Vibers main advantage over Skype, even other instant messaging apps is that Viber was designed around the smartphone, while its competition started out on the the PC.

    VoIP and instant messaging apps rely on a dedicated user name or your email address. Viber being designed around the mobile phone uses your phone number as you user ID. Instead of having to manually add contacts to Viber, Viber scans your address book and finds all your contacts who are already on Viber. 

    Viber also has a small footprint. Unlike most VoIP or instant messaging apps that drain your battery life, VIber sits in your memory as a cached process. Meaning it is stored in the RAM and not running. When a push notification comes for a message or a call, Viber starts up quickly. In my experience, there is no discernible difference using Viber leaving turned on or off.

    And yes, you can turn it off, in the Android version. Even if you turn if off, it will start up push notification comes for a message or a call, though a fair bit slower.

    It is an amazing app. You should give it a try.
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    Sunday, December 1, 2013

    Leaked Nokia Lumia 820 including 4 3 inch Windows Phone

    An image of the Nokia Lumia 820 has been leaked by Twitter user evleaks. The 820 apparently has a 4.3-inch display, and if you squint youll make out "Carl Zeiss" on the camera lens, but not much more is known at this point. It looks though this is the mid-range "Arrow" handset we reported on last week, which is set to launch on AT&T and T-Mobile in the US. A variant codenamed Atlas is bound for Verizon later on. Nokia has a press event on September 5th where were expecting it to unveil the Lumia 820 alongside the just-leaked flagship, the Lumia 920 with PureView

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    Saturday, November 30, 2013

    Cherry Mobile to update the Flare to JellyBean

    The Cherry Mobile Flare wii be getting an update to JellyBean. I am impressed. Given with how "premium" brands  handle updates, I never expected a low cost phone like this would receive a software update.

    The announcement was posted on Cherry Mobiles Facebook Page:

    Yes, the JB Update of FLARE is available starting June 1 via Cherry Mobile Centers NATIONWIDE! Present your warranty card and official receipt to validate your purchase. 
    Just remember to BACK UP all of your data before having the update. Cherry Mobile is not responsible for the loss of data of the owner.

    A big thumbs up to CM.
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    Friday, November 29, 2013

    Three Low Cost Ultrabooks to Consider

    An Ultrabook is slim Intel powered laptop with either SSD storage or an SSD cache drive to allow for instant wake from sleep. When the first models came out in the Philippine in October 2011, they cheaper Ultrabooks were priced at about Php45,000. Now, sixteen months later, Ultrabook prices have gone down by 30%, low enough to make them choices for the mainstream consumer.

    Acer Aspire S3-391-33214G52add - Php32,900

    A good place to start is Acers entry level Aspire S3. This 13.3-inch Ultrabook is just 0.68-inches at its thickest point and weighs in a just 3.1 pounds. An Intel Core i3-3217U processor and 4 GB of RAM should provide sufficient power for most users. The laptop also comes with Windows 8, a 500 GB hard drive, 20 GB SSD cache drive, an 2-in-1 card reader, USB 3.0, HDMI out and all the bells and whistles you expect from a current laptop. The battery is a 3280 mAh unit.

    Samsung Series 5 NP530U3C-A09PH - Php34,990

    An alternative option is the Samsung Series 5 NP530U3C-A09PH. This Ultrabook has specifications almost identical to the Acer Aspire S3-391. It comes with a large 24 GB SSD cache drive, and a 4-in-1 card reader and a full sized Gigabit LAN port. The battery is slightly a smaller 3060 mAh unit.

    Between this and the Acer Aspire S3-391, I would think look and feel would be the deciding factor.

    Asus Vivobook S400CA-CA006H - Php35,990

    Asus has something decidedly different to offer. Asus does not call it an Ultrabook, but with an Intel Core i3-3327U processor, a 500 GB hard drive with a 24 GB SSD cache drive, being just a tad over 0.8-inches in weight and weighing in at about 4-pounds I think we can classify this 14-inch laptop as a Ultrabook. The additional weight and thickness can be understood when you take into consideration the larger screen size, and the edge to edge glass used to protect the touchscreen.

    The touchscreen is probably what will decide if this is the one for you.

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    Thursday, November 28, 2013

    Cherry Mobile Titan Titanic Indeed

    Cherry Mobile already wowed us with their 4-inch Snapdragon phone for under Php4K, the Cherry Mobile Flare. But that is not all they are preparing for this month. Meet the Cherry Mobile Titan:

    OS: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
    Type: Dual-SIM, Dual-Standby
    Display: 5-inch capacitive display, WVGA (480 x 800) resolution
    Memory: 512MB RAM
    Storage: 4GB internal
 expandable via via microSD (up to 32 GB supported)
    Processor: 1GHz dual-core processor MediaTek MT6577
GPU: PowerVR SGX531

    Primary Camera: 5 megapixel camera with flash
Camera: VGA

    Connectivity: HSPA, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth 2.1
Features: GPS w/ aGPS support
Battery: 2350mAh

    Looking at the specs many will frown at the low 480 x 800 resolution paired with a 5-inch display... but this thing is priced at just Php6,499. For those who want a larger display to display larger texts, this is just fine. At the price, who can complain?

    This phone is massive, weighing in at a tad over 200 grams, and we would have like a bit more RAM... buy hey, its Php6,499.

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    Wednesday, November 27, 2013

    Apple i Pods

    Dear freinds you know about i pods ?I pods had been since their beginning in 2001, Apple iPods have been the product of choice for individuals who listen to digital music. Recently, Apple has branched out & allowed their iPods to display pics & play videos, but the music aspect of this digital media player is what lures hoards of people in to the Apple stores to buy an iPod.

    Its simple design and large memory capacity have been defining features since the first generation. Apple iPods have come a long way since their creation, but despite all of the technological advancement, the basic form and structure has remained very similar. The iPod motif has now been emblazoned on separate pieces of hardware, including the video iPod, the incredibly little iPod Nano and the entry level iPod Shuffle. Each version is a separate entity, but each fills a niche wanted by consumers.

    Starting with the iPod Shuffle, you have the lowest priced of all Apple iPods. It lacks an LCD screen and the famous touch wheel that gives you control over all of the other iPod products. In lieu you upload your play lists to the Shuffle and are given the choice to either listen to them in regular play mode or shuffle mode. The iPod Shuffle is available in sizes, gigabyte and half a gigabyte, meaning you can have up to hundred and fifty songs.

    The next step up is the iPod Nano. This is the smallest of the actual Apple iPods. It contains a full color LCD screen which can be used to navigate through songs or display photographs. It is available in black or white and comes in a variety of memory sizes all above gigabyte. As an added bonus, it contains the new version of the iPod operating technique, giving you powers historicall the past bestowed only to Mac computers. At around a quarter of an inch thick and an ounce and a half in weight it is ideal for taking to the gym.

    Finally, they have the granddaddy of all of the Apple iPods  the fifth generation video iPod. This iPod has a giant full color screen to show songs, pics, tv shows, movies and video podcasts. Clocking in between thirty and sixty gigabytes, you can store songs and videos on this iPod to last you through a flight around the globe.
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    Tuesday, November 26, 2013

    Samsung Series 9 NP900X3D A03PH 13 inch Macbook Air Zenbook Killer

    When talk comes around to reasonable priced low cost 13-inch Ultrabooks these days, the discussion often centers around the Apples MacBook Air and Asus Zenbook. Samsung wants to break into that party, with its Samsung Series 9 NP900X3D. 

    The Samsung Series 9 NP900X3D comes in a sleek all metal body which is just 2.49 pounds in weight and 0.52 mm thin. This makes it 0.5 pounds lighter and 0.15 mm thinner than its Apple and Asus competitors. Priced at Php52,900 with a 128 GB SSD, it also shaves a bit off the price, being priced Php3,000 lower than the comparably speced MacBook Air. The price includes a Windows 8 license.

    The display is a 13.3-inch, 400nit display with a high resolution 1600 x 900 resolution making it a bit sharper than Apples 13-inch MacBook Air. The display is also Anti-Reflective which provides better legibility outdoors. The display is not a touchscreen display though.

    Inside, you have a sufficiently powerful Intel Core i5 3317U processor with 4 GB of RAM. The package has everything you expect with a Micro-HDMI port, a 3-in-1 card reader and USB 3.0. I do not have any information on battery life yet. 

    The thinner aspect of this laptop does not appeal to me too much. But the 2.49 pound weight does. It tips the scales at the same weight as an 11.6-inch MacBook Air. This certainly makes the Samsung Series 9 NP900X3D worthy of a long look if you are looking to buy a 13-inch ultraportable.

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    Monday, November 25, 2013

    Watering Plant with Arduino

    Plants liven up any space by adding a sense of airiness and life. That is – of course – when you don’t forget to water them, and they shrivel up and die. I am very bad at remembering to water plants. That is why I built this self-watering plant to do it for me. Using a soil sensor, and an Arduino-controlled water pump, I have created a system that will never forget to do it.

    Making A Self-Watering Plant with Arduino
    Instead of remembering to water my plants when the soil goes dry, I only have to remember to once and a while refill the water reservoir. In this way, I have decreased my obligation to these plants and put it off to a much later date. Perhaps further iterations of this device can be connected to a rain barrel so that I won’t even have to worry about refilling my reservoir, and the entire system can be fully automated.
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    Sunday, November 24, 2013

    Samsung Galaxy S4 Group Play

    Let me explain how this feature simply works and was updated: device group leader acts as a Wi-Fi access point that connects all the other devices. The most improvements made to the Galaxy S3 are the following: at previous version from Galaxy S Series all devices had to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network. This improvement comes in the context in which for all big companies the main concern is to making the device more easy to use.

    Friendly interface of the smartphones can be seen even in the way in which this group play is activated, with a single click on the phone.

    Samsung Galaxy S4 Group Play
    All connected devices will recognize this access point in a similar way as any other wireless network, starting the group play, this new amazing smartphone automatically scan all other smartphones that it can establish network connection with for inclusion in a group play.

    After having been added in such a group play, you have at hand a list of diversified information about materials that you can share. Also, the group has options for sorting by categories such materials that are shared so easily through this feature, making it easier and more useful to use.
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    Saturday, November 23, 2013

    Lenovo S880 Dual SIM Galaxy Note Challenger

    Samsungs Galaxy Note, the phone that straddles the line of being a tablet, is a smashing success. With more than 10 million units sold, other manufacturers are entering into the "Phablet" arena.  Lenovo is fielding a low end entry into this arena, the 5-inch Lenovo S880.

    The Lenovo S880 has a 5-inch capacitive touchscreen with a WVGA (800 x 480) resolution. If you like sharp displays, this is not the one for you. A WVGA resolution is still decent at 5-inches. This is a larger device, measuring 142.0 x 78.0 x 9.9 milimeters.

    Inside is the 1GHz MediaTek MT6575 processor we see in most dual SIM phones these days. And, yes this Phablet is a dual SIM device. Supporting the 1 GHz processor is 512MB RAM. Not exactly a powerhouse device, but it will get you by. Internal storage 4 GB of which 1.85 GB is user available.  A MicroSD card slot is provided so you can expand memory.  The 2250 mAh battery will be sufficient to get you for a day.

    The other specifications are as expected. Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, as an operating system. HSPA connectivity, with WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS. The cameras are nothing spectacular, a 5-megapixel autofocus camera with no flash, and a VGA front camera.

    Suggested retail price of all this isPhp14,999, and it is available in the market for a low as Php14,000 with an official warranty. I think the price come a bit close to a 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 2.0 P3100  a 7-inch tablet with full voice, SMS and HSPA functionality which can now be had for as low as Php15,990. It has 1024 x 600 display, a dual core processor, 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage.

    Comparing the two is like comparing apples and oranges. There is a big difference in size between a 5-inch device and a 7-inch device. The comparison illustrates that the Lenovo S880 is not a great value for money option, on the other hand it really has no direct competition.    

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    Friday, November 22, 2013

    Asus Memo Pad US 149 tablet

    Following the US$150 Acer Iconia B1 tablet which is priced to penetrate a new segments of the market, Asus has also announced its own low cost tablet which will sell for US$149.

    The Asus MeMo Pad will come with a 7-inch, 1024 x 600 resolution display, 1GHz Cortex A9 processor  on a VIA WM8950 chipset (now that a blast from the past). The tablet features a Mali-400 graphics chip, 1GB of RAM and 8 GB internal storage with microSD card slot and WiFi connectivity. The operating system is Android 4.1, Jelly Bean. 

    Dont expect to see this soon though. The MeMo Pad is expected to ship in the second quarter of this year.

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    Thursday, November 21, 2013

    Enable Smart Rotate and Smart Stay on any Android

    When Samsung launched its Galaxy S3 last summer it included a lot of new features to the Android operating system on its new flagship. The two most impressive feature, in my opinion was Smart Stay. 

    Android phones turn off the screen after a period of inactivity, usually a period of 30 to 2 minutes, which can be set in the settings. The shorter the period you set, the more you conserve battery life. When you are reading a web page or ebook, the screen turn off because you do not interact with the phone often enough.

    Smart Stay improves on this system by using the front camera to detect whether you are looking at the phone or not. For so long as it detects that your eyes are still looking at the display, it keeps the display lit. Once it detects that you are no longer looking at the screen, it turns the display off. 

    When Samsung launched the Galaxy Note 2, it added a new Smart feature, Smart Rotate. Smart Rotate uses the front camera instead of the accelerometer to rotate the screen. This is useful when using your smartphone while laying down on a bed or sofa. Turn sideways, and the screen rotates putting whatever you were reading is at 90 degrees from where it needs to be. 

    Smart Rotate uses the front camera to decide when to rotate by looking at the orientation your face and than and then match the orientation of the screen accordingly, instead of relying on gravity.

    Good Mood Droid brings these two features to less fortunate smartphones. The GMD Smart Rotate app is available free on Google Play and will bring Samsung Smart Rotate functionality to any Android phone with a front facing camera. A paid version unlocks the ability to use Smart Stay for just US$1.99.

    GMD Smart Rotate adds some cool functionality too, allowing you force apps that normally do not rotate to do so, and set per app rotation preferences. 

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    Wednesday, November 20, 2013

    Lenovo P700i Dual SIM Dual Core

    Lenovo phones have slowly been getting the attention of Filipino consumers. The low cost, but decently speced Lenovo A60 comes to mind. But the breakthrough phone for Lenovo is the P700. Priced at around 10K with a 4-inch high resolution display (800 x 480), dual SIM capability and long battery life thanks to a larger 2500 mAh battery was enough to convince the buyer to make a buy decision.

    Lenovo just released an updated version of their P700, the Lenovo P700i. Basically, it has everything you liked in the P700, but replaces the old 1 GHz single core processor, with a 1 GHz dual core processor. 

    Suggested retail price remains the same, at Php10,990

    Lenovo P700i Quick specs:

    Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich
    Dual SIM, Dual Standby

    • SIM 1 - 3G/HSDPA 
    • SIM 2 = 2G

    4-inch (800x480) IPS display
    125.6 x 64. 8x 12.8mm (size)
    4GB of internal storage, expandable up to 32GB via microSD card
    512MB of RAM
    1GHz dual-core MT6577 processor
    PowerVR SGX531 GPU
    5.0 Megapixel with Auto Focus
    Secondary (front) VGA Camera
    WiFi with Hot Spot function
    GPS with AGPS support, Gravity Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Light Sensor
    FM Radio
    2500 mAh Battery Capacity

    162g (weight)

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    Tuesday, November 19, 2013

    Still Camera Comparison Google Nexus 4 HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4

    Smartphones these days are getting to the point where everything is fast and capable enough. While buying a more expensive smartphone brings improvement in speed and display quality, these things are getting to the point that the average user cannot tell the difference all that much.

    The average used wont notice the difference between the Qualcomm S4 Pro on a Google Nexus 7 and the fast Qualcomm S600 on the HTC One. The HTC has the sharpest resolution of any phone with a 4.7-inch display with a staggering 1080 x 1920 resolution. In every day use,many users may not notice the difference between the HTC One and its Full HD display and the 4.7-inch HD display (768 x 1280) display of the Nexus 4.

    So while we pony up more cash for the fastest phones and the sharpest displays, more and more, the phones other features are becoming more important. Personally, the one thing I appreciate most about newer phones is better and better cameras. I no longer buy a compact digital camera, as a secondary camera to a DSLR (or DSLT).

    GSM Arena has an excellent tool to compare phone camera image quality and looking for a replacement for my current phone it is a useful tool for making a buy option. The tool can compare up to three phones at a time. 

    Using the tool I compared the average 8 MP shooter on the Nexus 4, with the improved 13 MP camera on the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the 4 MP Ultra Pixel camera on the HTC One.

    Scaling the pictures down to match the test resolution of the HTC One as 3 MP, which is something you are likely to do when uploading images to the Internet or sending them by mail, the 4 MP camera on the HTC One looks disappointing, while 13 MP camera on the Galaxy S4 produced the best result.

    The results are the same on the ISO 122333 Chart. The 13 MP camera on the Samsung Galaxy S4 seems to have the best low light capabilities, in addition to providing the sharpest images.

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    Monday, November 18, 2013

    HPs Sleekbooks

    Thin and light is not what is used to be. A year after the first Ultrabooks launched, thin and light is now mainstream. This is best demonstrated by HP Sleekbook line. A Sleekbook is a name HP coined for laptops which are Ultrabook like, but do not meet Ultrabook specifications. Meaning it does not have an SSD or hybrid drive, or it is not power by an Intel processor. HP has launched a whole gaggle of 14-inch Sleekbooks in the Philippines. 

    These Sleekbooks are powered by a series of processors ranging from a lowly AMD E2-1800 priced at Php22,990 to a fairly powerful Core i5-3317U at Php37,990, with several other offerings between these two price points. These price ranges represent the bulk of laptop sales in this country.

    HP is hoping that it can lure you to buy one of its Sleekbooks with their low prices, slim 0.8-inch profiles and light 4-pounds in weight. 

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    Sunday, November 17, 2013

    Baldurs Gate for the iPad now available

    It has been a long time since I played computer games. After almost a decade of  I did some gaming again when I got my first Android Phone. Still in two years, I have downloaded all of 11 games, 7 of which were purchases. Of these 11, I only played one this year. 

     Most games I have installed have seen less than five hours of use. Only Angry Birds, Robo Defense and Symphony of Eternity have seen countless hours of use. Symphony of Eternity was the last game I bought, and I have been contemplating buying another title from KEMCO GAMES.

    But there is one game, even a long time retired gamer like me is looking forward too: Baldurs Gate: Enhanced Edition. I played Baldurs Gate, Icewind and Neverwinters Nights a decade ago. Neverwinter Nights, and its expansion packs, being the last PC Game I played. 

    Baldurs Gate was awesome. It is the best Dungeons & Dragons franchise translation to the PC, and if I could have one PC Game brought back today, it would be the one. Baldurs Gate Enhanced Edition contains the original Baldurs Gate campaign and the Tales of the Sword Coast expansion. 

    The game now available for iPad now, with an Android version promised but no updated ETA announced. The game costs a reasonable US$9.99 and is a 1.7 GB download.

    It does not look like the it will ported to phones. Given the UI design on the iPad, it would seem to be a tablet only game. Might make the purchase of an iPad mini really worthwhile.

    You can buy Baldurs Gate Enhanced Edition at iTunes. 
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    Saturday, November 16, 2013

    Once upon a time there was only Windows and Office

    Once upon a time, if you wanted a low cost laptop there was only Windows. A few laptops with a Linux based operating system would also be sold, or the more techie buyers could buy a laptop with DOS on board, and install their favorite Linux distribution. But for the most part, if you wanted a low cost laptop, you had only Windows. 

    Things have changed a lot in the past four years.

    iOS. Most laptop buyers really did not need a laptop. Roughly half of a laptops bulk is due to the keyboard. So Apple yanked out the keyboard, used the smartphone operating system and came out with the iPad. Those in the past who would buy a netbook, which were decidedly poor in terms of build quality can get a very nice Apple iPad with a premium aluminum and glass finish starting at Php15,990.

    Some would argue that a netbook is better, since it has a keyboard and can run Windows apps.

    Anyone who used the keyboard a lot would eventually buy a real laptop. Typing on those small low quality keyboards netbooks came with was never very comfortable. I know. I owned two, replacing the first with a second model which promised a better keyboard, than I junked the netbook altogether realizing that that frame was simply to small to create a great keyboard. In addition, Apple iPads, can also be equipped with keyboards. 

    As for Windows software. Most people wont miss it with over 300,000 iPad apps... which cost less than Windows apps.

    Android. Google has followed Apple into the tablet arena, and these days you can find fast tablets with HD displays starting at Php3,990. 

    Mac OS X. Many of us still need a laptop. While all Macbooks are premium products, Macbooks are cheaper than ever. The 11.6-inch Macbook Air starts at Php46,990. That is the lowest price for a Macbook ever. However instead of a white plastic MacBook that screams entry level, the cheapest MacBook today is a the most portable MacBook Air, which many would select even if they had a larger budget.

    While looking at making the transition from Windows to Mac OS X, you may want to take a look at iWorks too. It is a lot cheaper than MS Office.

    Chrome OS. Chrome OS devices have yet to land in the Philippines, so it is not a good choice for the consumer. But if you are one of the growing number of companies or entities migrating to Google Apps, importing a large number of these low cost laptops, starting at US$199 might be worth the effort.

    Microsoft, and its Windows and Office products, are still a force to be reckoned with, but it is no longer the near monopoly it used to be. What is nice is that the new order was not created by EU restrictions or anti-monopoly laws, but by innovation, smart supply chain management (here is one to you, Tim Cook) and the free market.

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    Friday, November 15, 2013

    HTC Windows Phone 8S

    In addition to the new HTC Windows Phone flagship, the 8X, HTC has announced a new mid-level offering, the HTC Windows Phone 8S. Before going into the specifications, I would like to talk about the design. Like the HTC Windows Phone 8X, the 8S does not look like a HTC. It also look like it is designed with younger users in mind coming in a variety of bright colors. Well, I will say it. It looks like a Nokia.

    The phone has a 4-inch display, a decent size. Three years ago, 4-inch was considered big. Today is is decidedly mid-sized and I do expect that the 4-inch display will be the new standard size from mid-level smartphones, a slight move up from the older 3.7 to 4-inch displays. The 4-inch display has a 480 x 800 resolution, 4 GB of storage expandable via a MicroSD card, a 5 MP camera, a 1 GHz dual core 28 nm Qualcom krait processor and 512 MB of RAM, HSDPA connectivity and of course, Beats Audio.

    Nothing exciting for the enthusiast, although this phone is not targeted at them. I expect this phone to come out at the Php15,000 or so price range, which basically means it will have no direct competitor in the Windows Phone 8 line-up, and looks like it will be the cheapest Windows Phone 8 handset, for now at least.

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    Thursday, November 14, 2013

    Another HTC One a k a the M7 Image Leaks

    The Unwired View has another leaked image of HTC M7, which will be reportedly called the HTC One. The new shows the same design as the one posted a few days ago by evileaks on Twitter. 

    HTC has confirmed that the phone will come with a new minimalistic Sense 5 interface. The image shows edge to edge glass. The large grills at the top and bottom indicate front facing speakers. The phone also has a odd two button layout, making me guess the HTC logo is also a button.

    We do know for sure that the phone will have a 4.7-inch Full HD display, which will give it the sharpest display of any smartphone in the world. The new phone will quad core Qualcomm Krait processor inside and have new Ultrapixel camera technology,

    HTC will be announcing its new for 2013 flagship in just three days so we will find out for sure shortly if this is the real thing. HTC has a lot riding on this phone. Samsung is expected to launch the Samsung Galaxy S IV on April 15, 2013. The 60 million Samsung Galaxy S IIIs has reportedly been shipped, and Samsung is preparing to manufacture 100 million Samsung Galaxy S IVs. HTC hopes to throw a monkey wrench an scuttle Samsungs Galaxy S IV ambitions. More importantly, the HTC One could be the phone to bring HTC back to the heady days on 2011, or could break the company. 

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    Wednesday, November 13, 2013

    New The Circles A Gorgeous Round Icon Theme for iPhone iPad

    There is a whole lot of themes available for the iPhone and iPad on the Cydia repository. Unfortunately most of them are actually darn ugly – like really ugly. I don’t know what people are thinking when they pay for these awful themes. As always though, there is one or two which deserve a lot of attention due to the amount of time, effort and craftsmanship put into them. One of my all time favourite Cydia themes is TheCircles.


    However if you’re looking for a free theme which has pixel perfect icon designs, Circles is for you. Jackie Tran (only if his surname was Chan) from Prague, Czech Republic, has released what I personally think is the best free theme available for the iPhone and iPad.

    It’s perfectly made for both the iPhone and iPad retina displays with the iPhone icons in the size of 114×114 and the iPad icons in the size of 144×144. The amount of detail put into each icon is really incredible – even the shadows behind the icons are adjusted to make it look like they’re floating on the screen.

    I’ve never been a fan of iOS’ default over-glossy icon design and have always favored matt-like icons – Circles provides this matt look. All default iOS app icons have been changed, including some major apps from the App Store, such as Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and many more. Icons for apps which haven’t been customized still get the circles look by cutting all icons literally into circles.

    It’s very hit and miss though because obviously not all app icons will look great cut into circles. If you want to be creative, Jackie even provides the PSD for you to create your own icons so you can get them pixel perfect. Seriously, if you’re looking for the perfect free icon theme for your retina iPhone or iPad – this is it.

    Download  TheCircles iPhone & iPad Theme
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    Tuesday, November 12, 2013

    Storage Battery Solutions for Energy Harvesting Applications

    Ambient light, thermal gradients, vibration/motion, or electromagnetic radiation can be harvested to power electronic devices. At the same time, all energy-harvesting-based systems need energy storage for times when the energy cannot be harvested (e.g., at night for solar-powered systems). Rechargeable batteries ‒ known as “secondary” cells to differentiate them from “primary” or single-use cells ‒ are usually specified for this task. This article will examine the various secondary cell technologies available to energy harvesting system designers looking for a cost-effective and powerful battery solution.
    Storage Battery Solutions for Energy Harvesting Applications
    Primary and secondary batteries contain the same basic structure of a cathode, an anode, an electrolyte for moving charge between the terminals, and a means to separate them. Secondary cells are distinguished by the type of rechargeable chemistry employed, such as nickel-cadmium or lithium-polymer, or solid-state thin film.
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