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26 December 2013

Smart Control by LG

Very often, we watched many Sci-Fi movies and got ourselves inspired, wishing those technologies are available in practical use. "Seeing is believing". As much as what we can see it in our minds eyes, it does stir many Research & Development in various Electronics companies to make it into reality. Indeed, we are now living in a world where many advanced technologies in movies, now a reality.

"LG: Easy to Use, Easy to Connect & Easy to Connect"
are not mere words. LG really made electronics hardware easy for consumers to use without much hassle to learn difficult steps to make it work for them on a daily basis.

In the recent event I attended organised by LG in conjunction to their newly launched product "LG G Flex" here in Singapore, I am impressed with their mission to continually converging, bringing the needs of their customers and technology together to transform the way their users live, work and play.


LG’s brand slogan “Life’s Good” conveys a message that we are focus in enriching customers’ lives with our products and services. Over the years we have observed customers’ habits and design products that satisfy and keep up with their lifestyle. The modern and hectic lifestyle has made us more reliant on electronic gadgets, hence LG designed mobile communication products that will not only satisfy customer’s needs while on the move but also the interconnectivity within the gadget eco-system. We have incorporated Smart features within our TV and mobile phones such as NFC Tag On, Smart Share, Miracast and WiDi to harness technology to improve the way our customers can engage with their devices.   

Scott Jung, Managing Director, LG Electronics Singapore.

LG's Magic Remote
Earlier this year CES, LG's one of the obvious cool thing is using voice to search for content for your Smart TV instead of using screen keyboard or those pathetic number pads/keyboards to do your search. The redesigned Magic Remote device adopts enhanced language recognition capabilities that makes executing commands simple, natural, interactive and conversational thus complementing other control options -- voice, gesture, point and wheel. Together with the free LG TV Remote App for Android and iOS devices, smartphones and tablets can be used to control LG Smart TVs via a Wireless connection. Below video show just that, other than the remote used in the video presentation is outdated.





12 December 2013

First Impression: LG G Flex (Singapore)

 Frontal view of this LG G Flex may not differ from other smartphones but once you tilt it to the side, or when you put it flat down on the table, you will notice the slight curve. LG boast this G Flex is first ever curve/flexi smartphone in the market and World First flexible non-removable battery with 3,500 mAh. It is loaded with Android 4.2.2 which I hope by early next year they should get hold of Kit Kat (4.4). The Snapdragon 800 processor achieved 40% better performance than its predecessor Snapdragon 600 processor. 

Let's cut to the case, refer below for the specs:


Here it is, the world's first smartphone that is curved both in the inside and out with the first curved display and battery.



Why Curve?

The arc of the LG G Flex is said to be optimized for the shape of our faces and deliver improved audio quality, louder by 3 decibels, as compared to a normal straight phone. It offers a more reassuring grip, look more natural when talking with it and comfortable when pocketing it at the back of my jeans. With the large 6 inch plastic OLED display, imagine watching a movie in the theater screen usually designed with a curve and bring it now closer to your face. LG hope to bring the same effect of cinematic-like immersive viewing experience, very good for those of us watching Drama or Movies in it. 

Most durable?

I must say I am impressed with its capability to "self healing" when it suffered scratches by coins or keys in your pocket. LG used an elastic self healing coating on the surface of the black cover of the LG G Flex. Even if you happen to drop your phone, as compared to a conventional smartphones, the damage is minimize. Watch below to understand what I mean....

  

Of course! In a real world environment, you don't use a knife to scratch the surface, don't be crazy! 
At most, you sit on it or use hand to apply certain amount of pressure, it is still able to withstand and not give way. Try doing it on other normal straight phone, you might experience undesirable outcome. 

You can turn on the device either by pressing the "Power button on the Rear Key"
Overall, I'm kind of like the grip of the phone when typing it on the touch screen keyboard and watching video with it. However, I am not able to comment much about the battery life on a normal usage but I assume it should last you for one full day or more. LG sure is not loosing out in the competition where every technological companies out there are trying to outsmart each other. LG may already working on a smartphone that can bend totally or fold-able OLED?

The LG G Flex is currently available for pre-order from SingTel, StarHub and M1. It will also be available from 21st December, at a recommended retail price of S$1088. If I am able to find a cheaper price, I will post it here!


28 October 2013

Benefits of eating eggs on a daily basis

I have always been a firm believer of eating eggs every day, not only it is cheap but it is a source of multi-minerals like OMEGA 3 and protein too. In any case, here's how the nutrition in an egg can be broken down:

Best Half Boiled Eggs served Ya Kun
A hen's egg of 60 gms consists of:

7.9 gms of protein
7.9 gms of fat
103kcl
36 mgs of calcium
132 mgs of phosphorous
1.26 mgs of iron

The topic of cholesterol has become very confusing. Dietary advice on the subject is often so far off that consumers actually hurt their health by trying to avoid cholesterol. The body needs to achieve a balance when it comes to cholesterol consumption. Fat from healthy sources is vital to the body, while fat from poor choices, such as margarine or foods fried in vegetable oil, are very dangerous. Eggs remain a beneficial source of healthy fat. Many nutrients, such as vitamin A, are better absorbed with fat, making eggs a very good source of vitamin A. Research has documented that eggs do not appear to promote heart disease risk.

The suggestion that eggs could be linked to cardiovascular disease was predicated on the belief that cholesterol caused the narrowing of arteries. Thus was born the hard limit of daily cholesterol intake. However, many experts have come to question this link. A 2009 report published in the British Nutrition Foundation's Nutrition Bulletin found that eggs have an insignificant effect on blood cholesterol. Athletes and bodybuilders tend to eat more eggs than the recommendations and yet have healthy hearts.

Cholesterol consumed in the diet contributes about a third of the cholesterol found in the blood; other factors such as smoking and weight gain have been shown to have more impact. Many dietitians now believe that a healthy level of lipids in the bloodstream is enough to maintain proper cardiovascular health. Saturated fat may actually be a larger contributor than eggs to cholesterol levels. A single egg contains a gram or two of saturated fat, so eggs are fine in moderate amounts, but you should avoid eating too many eggs because of possible consequences to the cardiovascular system. Generally this is not a problem. You would have to eat more than 10 eggs a day to consume too much saturated fat. However, you may want to monitor your egg consumption if you are also eating bacon, red meat, butter and other foods high in saturated fat.

Myth Busters: 

Myth: Eggs make you fat 
Truth: Eggs are a great food for weight loss

You may have heard that eating eggs will make you fat because 60 percent of the calories in eggs come from fat. However, eating fat doesn’t make you fat and eggs are a calorie-controlled food designed to maximize weight loss, not prevent it. One egg is only about 70 calories, with a great balance of 6 grams of protein and 5 grams of fat. The protein/fat combination of increases satiety hormones -- the ones that tell your brain you are full. The protein in eggs also causes your body to release the hormone glucagon, which encourages your body to release and use stored carbohydrates and fat.

To prove the point, compare eggs to rice cakes—a timeless “diet” food. Two rice cakes also contain 70 calories, but with no protein or fat. Those calories come from 14 grams of high glycemic, fat-cell stuffing, refined carbohydrates, which makes it a much less desirable choice.

Myth: Eggs raise your cholesterol 
Truth: Eggs don’t affect cholesterol levels

Reducing blood cholesterol levels has been a major public health mission for decades. It would make complete sense that if you wanted to decrease the amount of cholesterol in your bloodstream then you should reduce the amount of cholesterol you are eating. That’s why eggs have typically been touted as dangerous, as they contain approximately 200 mg per serving.

The problem: Dietary cholesterol doesn’t actually raise cholesterol as much as you might think. In fact, only 30 percent of people experience significant increases in cholesterol levels after following a diet high in cholesterol. Researchers from Harvard looked at the dietary habits of more than 100,000 people and concluded that daily egg consumption in healthy individuals didn’t increase risk of coronary heart disease. What’s more, a study from the University of Connecticut found that eating three eggs per day as part of a low carbohydrate regimen improved HDL -- the "good" cholesterol -- without any negative health effects.

Myth: You should only eat egg whites 
Truth: Enjoy the entire egg -- yolk included

The "egg white only" movement was created out of the mass movement to remove as much cholesterol and fat from the American diet to fight heart disease and obesity. An egg white contains all protein -- 3.5 grams per egg; the rest of the nutrients, protein and fat are hiding in the yolk, which means the yellow is the most nutritious part. Egg yolks contain 240mg of leucine, the amino acid single-handedly responsible for flipping your genetic muscle-building switch .

But egg yolks are much more than just a muscle building nutrient. They also include choline -- essential for cell membrane function -- cholesterol, which serves as the molecular framework for multiple hormones in the body, vitamin A , vitamin D and vitamin E. You can also get eggs that come from chickens that were fed omega-3 rich feed, the omega-3s in their feed enriches the omega-3 fats in the yolk, giving you as much as also contain 150mg of the long chain omega-3 fat DHA . Enjoy the entire egg to take advantage of all the nutritional benefits

Below is a story from one of my friend who shared with me how eating eggs help him:

I started 9 months ago to get serious about my health, fat levels and vanity. 

1. Health – my health reports have always been glowing, with a few spots of high levels of AST/ALT GT in my liver readings. Due to those, my insurer refuses to cover liver related illnesses. For one year, 2012, I’ve stopped drinking anything alcoholic, but to no avail. Finally this year I started on a regiment of weight training. And coming from a background of good cholesterol levels, I am able to pop 4~6 eggs daily. By June, my liver readings were normal and what is even more amazing is that my cholesterol readings actually become even better than the previously already good readings. 

2. Fat levels – this is also another area I’m working hard on. My visceral fats read in at 11. After 6 months, it has dropped to 10. And my body fat from 25% to the now 22%. 

3. Vanity – of course now I’m able to fit my old clothes, and my shirt sizes dropped from M to S. And not to mention the disappearing tummy. Looking forward to breaking the above numbers again.
- Colin Quek

Sources: http://www.livestrong.com/article/556213-nutrition-debate-are-eggs-good-for-you/#ixzz2iMVBIejV

But in any case, please consult your doctor before you embark in any kind of diet such as this if you are not sure, especially if you already have pre-exisiting heart conditions or other health issues.

See this guy?!

https://www.facebook.com/maxphilisairepage
Below is what he eats for breakfast, 15 eggs and organic oatmeal I believe... phew!




23 October 2013

Congrats to BlackBerry for over 10 million BBM downloads!

BBM achieves top ranking in the App Store in over 75 countries within the first 24 hours
WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - October 22, 2013) - In just 24 hours BBM™ has been downloaded over 10 million times by Android™ and iPhone® users, one of the best single-day openings for a mobile app to date. BBM, the premier private social network from BlackBerry® (NASDAQ: BBRY)(TSX: BB), is available for free in the App Store(SM) and Google Play™ for immediate download.
BBM also quickly rose through the rankings on the App Store to be the number one free app in more than 75 countries in the first 24 hours, including the US, Canada, the UK, Indonesia and most of the Middle East. User ratings in both the App Store and Google Play are overwhelmingly positive, earning BBM 60,000 five-star reviews on Google Play from about 87,000 reviews.
"This has been an incredible launch for BBM across Android and iPhone devices. The mobile messaging market is full of opportunity for BBM. We intend to be the leading private social network for everyone who needs the immediate communication and collaboration of instant messaging combined with the privacy, control and reliability delivered through BBM," said Andrew Bocking, Executive Vice President, BBM at BlackBerry.
BBM users, old and new, are enjoying the following features:
  • BBM Chat - Enjoy real, immediate conversations with friends on Android, iPhone and BlackBerry smartphones. Not only does BBM let people know their message has been delivered and read, it also shows them when a contact is responding to a message.
  • More than chat - With BBM, customers can simply and instantly share files such as photos and voice notes. Multi-person chats are a great way to invite contacts to chat together.
  • Get in the Group - BBM Groups lets users invite up to 30 friends to chat together, as well as share photo albums, calendars and files.
  • Post Updates and stay in the know - BBM lets people post a personal message, profile picture and a current status, and lets contacts see statuses instantly in Updates.
  • Your unique PIN - Every BBM user has a unique PIN that maintains privacy, so users are not required to ever give out their phone number or email address to a new or casual contact.
Android and iPhone users will have access to BBM Voice and Video calling, as well as the new community building tool - BBM Channels - in the near future.
For more information on BBM, or to download BBM, please visit www.bbm.com. Follow @BBM on Twitter for the latest news and updates.

22 October 2013

BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) Available for Download in iOS and Android

Congrats to BlackBerry Limted, in just 24 hours BBM™ has been downloaded over 10 million times by Android™ and iPhone® users, one of the best single-day openings for a mobile app to date. 

Finally, the day hath cometh! Below are the message from BlackBerry Limited to all those interested in downloading:

http://global.blackberry.com/bbm/en.html




BBM Roll Out Details:

Download BBM – the easiest way is to visit BBM.com from your Android or iPhone browser*


Once you install the app, open it, and enter your email address to hold your spot in line.


We will email you as soon as you reach the front of the line and can start using BBM.


If you are among the millions that took the time to sign up at BBM.com, you can start using BBM immediately without waiting in line.* 



If you didn’t sign up in advance, don’t worry – we are focused on moving millions of customers through the line as fast as possible.

Our team of developers and engineers has been working around the clock to bring you BBM – and make some upgrades while we’re at it – and some incredible work has been done. I look forward to sharing more of this with you here, on Inside BlackBerry, soon.

For updates on how quickly the line is moving you can follow @BBM on Twitter. I will be back tomorrow with another post to provide you with an update on the line-up and to share more detail about the work the team has done over the last several weeks.

Lastly, thank you for your patience. We know you’re excited (we are too!) and we look forward to having you join us on BBM.

After successful sign in...

Below is the email you should receive when it is your turn to sign in to activate your BBM:

Congratulations! 

simonng@xxx.com has reached the front of the line and has been granted immediate access to begin using BBM™ on Android™ or iPhone®.

Here's what to do:
    1.     Open BBM
            (If for some reason you’ve deleted BBM, visit BBM.com from your Android or iPhone browser to download it again)

    2.     If you are prompted to “Enter your email address to check if you can start using BBM”, enter the email address exactly as it appears above
            - or -
            if you are on the ‘We’re holding your spot in line’ page, click “I got the email”

    3.     Get started with BBM!

This message was sent by or on behalf of BlackBerry.© 2013 BlackBerry. BlackBerry, BBM™ and related trademarks, names and logos are the property of BlackBerry Limited and are registered and/or used in the U.S. and countries around the world. iPhone is a trademark of Apple Inc. Android is a trademark of Google Inc. 

Errors that surface when trying to sign in:



Bug spotted on the bottom left corner (After adding contact to my BBM)


Android and iPhone users will have access to BBM Voice and Video calling, as well as the new community building tool - BBM Channels - in the near future.

19 October 2013

Review on HTC Butterfly S


  • Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
  • 5-inch Super LCD 3 display / 1,920 x 1,080 pixels
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core 1.9GHz processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage
  • microSD support up to 64GB
  • HTC UltraPixel rear camera (without OIS as compared to HTC One)
  • 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera / wide angle lens 
  • 4G LTE
  • micro-SIM
  • 3,200mAh battery
  • Dimensions: 144.5 x 70.5 x 10.6mm
  • Weight: 160g

I have been using HTC Butterfly S for quite sometime now, almost 2 months or more... considering this being my first Android smartphone, I am pretty happy and satisfied with my experience. It is snappy, smooth and hardly give me any problem like hang as what most of my friends complain to me about Samsung Galaxy S4. Maybe it is just their units.

Why not HTC One?
1. Battery Capacity (One=2300 vs Butterfly S=3200)
2. Expandable Storage (Butterfly S=Up to 64GB)
3. Bigger Screen (One=4.7" vs Butterfly S=5")
4. Home Button available in HTC Butterfly S

No doubt HTC One was voted the best Android Phone in recent times if not the best this year 2013 in terms of design and photo quality it produced. Yet all the above factors led me to choose this instead and processor is slightly faster although OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) is omitted in Butterfly S and HTC One Max. Even without it, most of my images I had taken be it using front facing or rear camera are still fantastic. Coming from someone who uses BlackBerry 9900 and BlackBerry Z10, I am very satisfied with the image quality HTC Butterfly S produced! Period!


One obvious feature I like the most in HTC Butterfly S is Infrared, it come with the software where I can use my phone as a remote control for my Samsung TV, Philips Home Entertainment System and Singtel MIO Set up box set. Another words, I cleared my desk of all 3 remote controls and I use my Smartphone with ease to turn on all devices at simultaneously. I even configured it to turn on and off my KDK Wall-mounted fan! The only lacking device I didn't manage to configure is my Room Air Conditioner!



Another reason why I choose HTC phone other than popular Samsung S4 at the time of purchase is I prefer HTC Blinkfeed. Its interactive smooth social media feeds are welcoming, pretty much like using Flipboard.



"HTC BlinkFeed™ home screen displays all your favorite content so you don’t miss out on anything. Everyone’s needs and interests are uniquely individual. That’s why with HTC BlinkFeed™ you’re free to build your own personal home screen, populating it with the information and updates that you want. Plus, it’s constantly refreshed, every time you wake up your phone. So you can have your life at a glance, knowing that everything is up-to-date every time you do."

Unlike their flagship device HTC One, Butterfly S glossy nature do pick up a few fingerprints or smudges, unless like me, you use Silicon protector, else you won't notice it at all. It may be a little bit bigger than HTC One but still I can still easily slip it into my pocket and I don't feel it is bulky.

Also, how can I not mention BoomSound speakers at the front?! Each time I play a Youtube video or music tracks, most of my colleagues marvelled at the loudness and clarity. I don't even bother to use Bluetooth earpiece when driving 'cause I use its speaker instead. Loud enough to deliver. You will noticed from the picture below that 2 red lines are actually speakers. Most conventional smartphones design their speakers at the bottom but these front facing speakers should be the standard for all future smartphones!





17 October 2013

BlackBerry 10.2 features I am excited about..

There are already extensive features mentioned in  CrackBerry which you can also refer to it but I will only cover what matters to me as a nominal BlackBerry user.

LOCKED SCREEN NOTIFICATION
Preview on your locked screen like your reminders, social media feeds, emails or latest BBM chat.


PRIORITY HUB
Setting up the section to see what really matters to you. Configure whose contacts or conversation you want them to appear in this Priority Hub. There are available settings already in place to automatically shift them here but you can customize who or who not to appear.



ATTACHMENT VIEW
When you are in the BlackBerry Hub, you will notice there is Attachment view, this is the place where you can see all the attachments you received for all your email accounts, you can filter it by sorting it by sender, date, file name or type. There is also a quick search function you can use to narrow down exactly the name of the file.


ADAPTIVE SHARING MENU
Sharing your picture has never been easier when using BlackBerry with its ability to learn who or what app you usually use to share your picture, providing a shortcut right above the menu of apps you want to share to.



INSTANT PREVIEW AND REPLY
While you are doing your thing or surfing, new BBM message will drop down and you can tab the icon next to close to reply instantly without exiting your current app.



NEW COPY AND PASTE MENU
To me, this is the most important feature and massive improvement done for BlackBerry 10 OS. It is easier right now to copy and paste your texts from browser or emails. You can also opt to share it with any available app in the menu as well. To begin, you can just tap and hold it there for 1 seconds and you can drag the blue indicators left and right of the word to select your desired texts. The copy, paste and share menu will automatically pop up.



MULTIPLE ALARMS
I for one don't really need multiple alarms but perhaps some of you guys might need it just in case you hit dismiss. I never know when I will ever use it but still it is a bonus feature.

You can simply tap at the top right hand corner as shown below to add another alarm.


16 October 2013

Open Letter from BlackBerry

"You can continue to count on BlackBerry..."




To our valued customers, partners and fans,

You’ve no doubt seen the headlines about BlackBerry. You’re probably wondering what they mean for you as one of the tens of millions of users who count on BlackBerry every single day.

We have one important message for you:

You can continue to count on BlackBerry.

How do we know? We have substantial cash on hand and a balance sheet that is debt free.

We are restructuring with a goal to cut our expenses by 50 percent in order to run a very efficient, customer-oriented organization.

These are no doubt challenging times for us and we don’t underestimate the situation or ignore the challenges. We are making the difficult changes necessary to strengthen BlackBerry.

One thing we will never change is our commitment to those of you who helped build BlackBerry into the most trusted tool for the world’s business professional.

And speaking of those dramatic headlines, it’s important that we set the record straight on a few things.

Best in class productivity tool.

We have completely revamped our device portfolio this year with the launch of BlackBerry 10. We have four BlackBerry 10 devices – two all touch and two hybrid (touch and QWERTY) – and all are running the third update of our new platform. If what you care about most is getting things done – taking care of your business – we have the best range of devices for you. And we continue to offer the best mobile typing experience – no ifs, ands or buts about it.

Best in class security.

Governments all over the world, global corporations and businesses that simply cannot compromise on security choose and trust BlackBerry. Security is our heritage, and the industry recognizes that BlackBerry is the most secure when it comes to the device, server and, of course, our global data network. Have no doubt that you can continue to trust us to keep your communication safe and private.

Best in class enterprise mobility management.

We changed with the market, embracing BYOD because we understand that as iOS and Android devices become common in the workplace, businesses still need to manage all of these different platforms seamlessly and securely.

This is not a trivial task. While there are a number of startup companies that make bold claims, BlackBerry has more software engineers and the most resources dedicated to developing the most innovative solutions to address this complex challenge.

And our customers know it. Over the past quarter, our BlackBerry® Enterprise Service 10 server base grew from 19,000 to more than 25,000. Corporate clients are committed to deploying and testing the latest enterprise technology from BlackBerry. We are committed to evolving with our customers. That will never change.

Best in class mobile social network.

We are bringing the most engaging mobile messaging platform to all, with our BBM launch for Android and iPhone.

There are already around six million customers pre-registered to be notified of our roll out. This number is growing every day, and speaks to the tremendous opportunity we have to expand BBM beyond BlackBerry smartphones to make it the world’s largest mobile social network.

Yes, there is a lot of competition out there and we know that BlackBerry is not for everyone. That’s OK. You have always known that BlackBerry is different, that BlackBerry can set you apart. Countless world-changing decisions have been finalized, deals closed and critical communications made via BlackBerry. And for many of you that created a bond, a connection that goes back more than a decade.

We believe in BlackBerry – our people, our technology and our ability to adapt. More importantly, we believe in you. We focus every day on what it takes to make sure that you can take care of business.

You trust your BlackBerry to deliver your most important messages, so trust us when we deliver one of our own: You can continue to count on us.

Sincerely,

The BlackBerry Team

Review on Logitech UE Boombox & UE Mobile Boombox


Boombox? That is exactly what Logitech is trying to recall the experience but in a much richer audio experience and perhaps even lighter. When I first tested it in the office, many of my colleagues were simply amazed by the loudness and its sound quality it produce, not compromising on bass without subwoofer and utilizing Bluetooth Technology to bring your favorite EDM (Electronics Dance Music) enjoyable on this baby! Good for me when I use it when I was in the private gym or outdoor BBQ with friends!


I like the fact on one side, their volume control "+" and "-" cannot missed and easy to press. The handle are easy to carry and imitate just like the old school boombox, walking with it looking cool! Even if you plan to use it like your Desktop speaker, it offer a power adapter to keep it charge without any messy audio cable  to tidy up. The ease of use connecting it with my laptop, mobile phones and iPad are so convenient once you paired it. 

Let's get technical! 
This baby is build with 2 x 0.5" Tweeters, 2 x 3" Woofers and 4 x 5/8" Passive Radiators. Able to pair up to 8 Bluetooth enabled devices and connect up to 3 devices at the same time. Mobile range of play up to 15 meters. 

Even his younger brother, Logitech UE Mobile Boombox which is much smaller and portable is able to deliver the loudness, at least for a small room, use for audio conferencing or like me, I use it when I shower in the toilet.


You can use microUSB cable to charge this bluetooth speaker and it has up to 10 hours of battery life. Just like his big brother, it is able to pair up to 8 Bluetooth enabled device but can only connect up to 2 devices at the same time. Mobile range is 15 meters too! If somehow you want to connect this speaker to iPod, you can connect it via 3.5mm audio output.

HTC One Max : Boom(sound) to the Max!

by +Gene C


The HTC One is arguably of one the most speculated and some would say, anticipated mobile devices this quarter as it marks the Taiwanese firms’ first foray into the phablet market with the 5.9” screened device with commenters viewing it as a competitor to the likes of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3, and Sony’s Xperia Z Ultra, among others.



The One Max bears many similarities to its smaller sibling, the HTC One, touting an impressive array of features which include BoomSound, the Ultrapixel camera, full unibody aluminum casing, HTC Zoe + video highlights, an IR blaster and Blinkfeed. The standout features besides the 5.9” 1080p SuperLCD3 screen are of course the fingerprint scanner on the back of the device, a 3300mAh non-removable Lithium Polymer battery and microSD card slot (accessed by removing the aluminium back). The three pogo pins on the back of the device are meant to be used by accessories like the Power Flip case for the One Max (more on that later). Another change in layout from the One is the Max's power button has been shifted to the right side of the device under the volume rocker, while the left side contains the release switch for the removable rear cover to allow access to the micro sim tray & microSD card slot.

Astute observers will note that the Beats Audio branding is conspicuously absent from the One Max’s photos, and it is indeed not a feature on this device. Though it is my understanding that despite recent corporate re-alignments aside, HTC’s partnership with Beats Audio remains for the foreseeable future and it will continue to be offered on selected HTC devices in time to come. Some early feedback seems to suggest that the larger speakers on this device actually produces better sound amplitude due to the physically larger speakers.  Also absent is the Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) on the ultrapixel camera, which for unknown reasons (to keep costs down, perhaps?) was excluded on the Max.



While the One Max will come in 16 Gb & 32 Gb variants, the international markets will get the 16Gb version. Though the One Max sports a similar S600 1.7Ghz quad core processor and 2 Gb RAM like on the One, which on paper seems inferior to competing products, the One Max offers the same smooth, lag-free experience as the One does on Sense 5. It could also be said that with the update to Android 4.3, the superior software optimization means that the One Max is able to run as good (if not better) than the competition as it does not need the S800 processor or additional RAM.



In fact, the paring of the S600 and the battery, according to an internal tester (who shall remain unnamed), does produce a very respectable battery life as the large battery in the One Max really seems to live up to its “Max” moniker in that under regular usage with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS on during the day, it had lasted nearly 55 hours in between charges, and this was while it wasn't running on power saver mode either. Rather impressive stats and what makes things even more interesting is the One Max’s power flip case (on the right) which has an in-built 1210mAh battery which is used to charge the One Max without adding much heft to the 10.29mm thick device.

The fingerprint scanner, which would be the most obvious addition to the Max, is used not only to unlock the device, but also to fire up apps, where a user can program the swiping (Up or down) of 2-3 different fingers to launch up to 3 different apps.

NFC,  Bluetooth 4.0, Wifi N, LTE support as well as the usual array of sensors come as standard as expected from a device belonging to the One family. DLNA support is also present as is MHL via the micro USB port connector.

Sense 5.5

The One Max will be the first HTC device to ship with the latest update to Sense, Sense 5.5, straight out of the box, running on Android 4.3.  While it is supposed to be more efficient running on the lastest version of Android, it also brings some new features to the One Max, namely:



Dual capture mode in the camera app – a Picture in picture mode which utilizes both rear and front facing cameras in one shot for the traveler who need to take scenic selfies.

Blinkfeed -  Allows for Google+ feed & composing, RSS feed support, a ‘Read later’ mode and a menu interface that appears when you swipe right on blinkfeed. There is also the option to turn off blinkfeed entirely from permanently occupying a panel.



HTC Scribble – seems to be an added functionality for making notes, lists, making cards, sharing photos and so on, with a number of customisable templates included which can be saved to Google Drive or saves a image files.

Video highlights – Users will get to choose to add audio files on their devices as the soundtrack and tweak the length of highlight clips with 12 themes to choose from.

These are just some of the improvements coming with Sense 5.5 in addition to greater customization of the quick settings pull-down grid.

Summary

In short, The HTC One Max is in some ways, a much larger HTC One, while maintaining the pedigree of its predecessor, also tries to differentiate itself with features like the fingerprint scanner, larger screen and functionality,  while stretching to become HTC’s hopeful answer to the likes of the Galaxy Note 3, and Xperia Ultra. Only time will tell, if the One Max will go on to build on the success story of the One & One mini that came before it.

08 October 2013

How to Find Your Lost or Stolen Android Phone? Using Android Device Manager...

Step by Step Guide on How to Set Up your Android Phone in the event you misplace or lose it: 


1. Navigate your Android Mobile Phone where you locate your Google Folder. Look out for this icon "Google Settings"


2. Once you are inside the Google Settings, simply tap on "Android Device Manager" and select "Allow remote lock and factory reset:. This will allow you to lock your phone and even wipe your phone to secure your data from being stolen. Click Activate to confirm the action and you are done!


3. To confirm the above steps are done properly and to test, go to  https://www.google.com/android/devicemanager

From here you can select "Ring" to locate your misplaced phone, "Lock" it with a new password if it is not locked. "Erase" to securely wipe your data to prevent your personal information from being compromised.

You are advised to change your email password and all other apps like Facebook or Twitter etc.



22 August 2013

Evernote offering FREE 1 year Premium Subscription to StarHub Mobile Customers



Good news for those of us using Evernote and to existing or potential StarHub Mobile customers, they will be offering free 1 year Evernote Premium Subscription (valued at S$58) and for those of you already a Premium subscriber, it will top up your existing subscription with additional one year for FREE! 

To begin, please proceed to here: http://evernote.starhub.com/evernote/





Read below for their press release:

Evernote pursues growth in Southeast Asia beginning with StarHub

Strategic partnership fuels Evernote’s global expansion efforts

Singapore, 22 August 2013 – Evernote, the company helping people to remember everything, announces plans to expand its footprint in Asia-Pacific, especially in Southeast Asia, where users have grown to more than two million. As a first step, Evernote is strategically partnering Singapore info-communications provider StarHub, to kick-start the discovery of new areas of growth between two companies.

Through this collaboration, Evernote and StarHub will offer a complimentary one-year Evernote Premium subscription (valued at S$58) to all re-contracting and new StarHub Mobile post-paid customers. As an added benefit, these customers will enjoy a partner-exclusive feature, video notes, which allows them to shoot and upload videos quickly and easily, all within the Evernote app. The offer begins today and is valid till 21 August 2014. Eligible customers who are Evernote Premium users can make use of this offer to extend their subscription by an additional year.

Of Evernote’s existing 66 million users worldwide, over 400,000 are based in Singapore, making Singapore one of Evernote’s most successful markets in terms of market penetration. In Singapore, StarHub has a mobile customer base of 2.249 million in total.

“StarHub is one of most innovative telcos in the region, and we are thrilled to enter this partnership with them,” said Mr Ken Gullicksen, Chief Operating Officer, Evernote. “By giving subscribers the ability to ubiquitously capture, access, and discover everything that’s important to them, this partnership will chart the course for evolving mobile experiences for a new generation of consumers in Singapore. Southeast Asia is highly important for us, especially with the explosive growth in the online population here that has overtaken the rest of the world.”

Ken Gullicksen, Chief Operating Officer, Evernote

“Recognising that tech-savvy consumers rely heavily on digital services to stay organised on-the-go, we are pleased to partner Evernote, offering our customers a powerful platform to easily maintain round-the-clock access to their memories. We believe this collaboration with Evernote will create many opportunities for us to bring greater value to our customers in innovative ways,” said Mr Stephen Lee, Head of i3 (Innovation, Investment, Incubation), StarHub. “In order to grow our business successfully, we will continue to forge strategic partnerships with market-leading companies, including innovative over-the-top players, which matter to us and our customers.”

Evernote users can take notes, clip websites, snap articles, create to-do lists and record audio across their mobile devices and computers. Evernote Premium users will enjoy a higher upload storage capacity, faster and more robust note search, offline availability of their notes and more note sharing options. Notably, they will have full access to the premium features in Evernote’s family of products, including Evernote Food, Evernote Hello, Skitch and Penultimate.


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