Sunday, July 20, 2014

LG G Watch With Google Wear

The hottest "real estates" that companies are after right now is not our pockets anymore. All tech companies are now gunning to win our wrist right now. The market for smartphones have neared saturation and it is only plausible to move on to the next "goldmine". Samsung has released their own smartwatch with lukewarm response. Motorola then announced a promising Moto 360 which runs on Android Wear. Now LG has stepped into the smartwatch arena with the advent of LG G Watch! So let's see if LG G Watch is worthy to be worn by us.

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Behold:  LG G Watch

Unlike (the earlier) Samsung, Pebble and Sony, LG G Watch makes its first walk on runway by leveraging Google Android Wear OS. Being developed by Big G, Android Wear will easily allow LG G Watch to appeal to all the other Android smartphone owners via Bluetooth (as long as you have Android 4.3 Jelly Bean or later). I won't say that the design is good. In fact it looks kind of too squarish for certain people and definitely bulky for those who are petite.

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Always-on display allows you to see everything at a glance.

However being big is a good thing because you'll be getting a huge display. You can easily read your emails and notifications on your the 1.65-inch screen of LG G Watch. Of course it will be a bit too small for you to view photos or web pages. You can of course adjust the display to show you the time, whether to have a digital face or analogue format-clock face. Moving on-it comes with a rubber strap which actually kinda downgrades its overall premium appeal. Fortunately it is equipped with standard 22mm spring pins so you can change to any style of straps that you like.

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Water and dust proof to suit your active lifestyle!

Under the hood, LG G Watch is powered by 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 and backed by 512MB of RAM which should be more adequate for your every day needs. There is also 4GB of storage for possible apps installation. LG G Watch is powered by 400mAh battery which might not be sufficient enough for heavy users but should last average users a couple of days. It comes with IP67 water and dustproofing. However to charge LG G Watch, the magnetic plate needs to be clipped onto the charging pins on the back (there are no exposed ports and no buttons on the G Watch) and connects to the mains via a standard micro USB connection.

Last but not leas, saying 'OK Google'  will get you into voice control mode and you can receive push notifications with Google Now-style cards to tell you about news, weather, emails or Facebook updates which I think is really cool. And the always-on display should make viewing of time and notifications a breeze. LG seems to be pushing very hard to get ahead of the competition with G Watch. So do you think this is the smartwatch for you? LG G Watch retails at US$229 and will start shipping on the 27th of July 2014.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Should I Accept Prudential Offer?

My Prudential Insurance agent just knocked on my door just now telling me a good news. He told me that I was selected to accept an offer to increase my premium and protection. Well...I believe I am not the only one right? I was selected because I did not make any claim so that's why I was offered this so-called "good deal". My original insurance premium from Prudential is an all-in-one plan (aka investment-linked), so by adding RM50 to my premium (to become RM250), I will be enjoying the following benefits:

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This is what my Insurance Agent had showed me.

Lifetime Limit: RM500ks to RM1.6 million.
Annual limit: RM50ks to RM80ks
Room & Board: RM100 to RM250
Co-insurance: 90% to 100% (Prudential will pay everything)

So what do you think folks? Is it really worth it-the RM50 increment? Of course half of the premium will be for investment. I am not really into insurance so that's why I don't know in detail about it.. Perhaps most of you have already been "upgraded"? I am really enticed to know that for RM250 per month my lifetime limit is increased to RM1.6 million. Is this a lot or all the other insurance companies are giving such benefits? And the co-insurance thingy! if I upgrade I do not need to pay the usual 10% anymore? I am wondering if this is the current trends with all the insurance companies in Malaysia? Can someone please fill me in?

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Tell me more about your Insurance it the same like mine?

Friday, June 27, 2014

Mini Garden Suggestions [PICS]

Property prices are burgeoning and to be able to buy a huge house with an even enormous space for gardening and landscape is virtually impossible even for the so-called middle-income people, let alone the not so well-to do. Amidst all hustle and bustle of our modern life, we do want to be basked in lush greenery, don't we? But not all of us can afford such luxury-a luxuriant green lung right in our own home; That is why we can instead invest in a mini garden. It's green and beautiful at the same time. Most importantly your mini garden does not need a lot of spaces. :)

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What do you think folks? Which is your favourite mini garden? Don't you think all of them look really beautiful? Honestly I don't have the slightest idea on how to build my very own mini garden. On papers (or based on these pictures), these mini gardens do look easy to prune right? Anyone of you have any idea on how to build a mini garden? Or do you have more beautiful mini gardens photos to share with me? :)

Sunday, June 22, 2014

How Many Hours Of Sleep Is Enough?

This is the question that has been ringing in both my ears for decades...almost 3 I reckon, but it has become boisterously loud lately. Being a father who plays with my two babies after work whenever I can, plus struggling to make ends meet for my Master assignments...all these bombardments have caused me to wonder how many hours of sleep do I really need. Do I really need the recommended 7 or 8 hours of sleep for adults? Or even less than that? Can I just make do with 6 hours of sleep...or maybe 5? How about 4 hours? If I only need little sleep, I could spend more time with my family when they are awake and do my work while they are asleep. So how many hours of sleep should I have?

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Of course biologically speaking, we need sleep for our own physical health and mental well-being. When we sleep or so-called at deep rest, our body will be able to be "recharged". That is when we allow our body to do proper detoxification which of course is vital to lengthen our very life. So does it mean if we don't sleep or do not have enough sleep, our lifespan will be shortened? Is there any research or studies to prove that this is true?

Age groupRecommended amount of sleep
Infants9-10 hours at night, plus 3 or more hours of naps
Toddlers9-10 hours at night, plus 2-3 hours of naps
School-age children9-11 hours
Adults7-8 hours
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If only I were like him...

Honestly, I do envy the fabricated Edward (the drop-dead gorgeous vampire) in Twilight because he doesn't need any sleep at all. I do want to age gracefully and grow old with my wife but can I do so without having little or no sleep at all? Shockingly there are these so-called select few living among us that really do not need sleep at all. Behold: Thai Ngoc-a 64 years old Vietnamese who have not been sleeping for 33 years! Goodness! He was blessed with this inhumane ability after a sickness in the 70's. And he is perfectly healthy despite not needing any sleep for 3 whopping decades!

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But when I don't have enough sleep...I have to drink a lot of coffee...

Many prominent people through history have claimed to need less sleep-Michelangelo, Napoleon and Thomas Edison. All of them only needed 4 hours of sleep. Hmm...makes me wonder...if they do not need much I? However if I were to compare myself with these legends who are sleepless elites, I might be in for a lot of trouble (read: 10 surprising effects about sleep loss). Perhaps I only need 5 hours of sleep instead? Haha :D So folks...any idea how many hours of sleep do we really do need? How many hours of sleep do you guys need?

Do let me know

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

10 Things You Didn't Know Your Smartphone Could Do

Now with your smartphone you can do everything! Millions of apps are already available for you to choose which can do amazing things making your life easier and more fun. There are many of them which you are already familiar with but also some other apps that maybe you don't even know they exist. Here you will find many interesting things you didn't know your smartphone could do. Most of these Android applications are available both for Android phones and iPhones

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1. Scanner
Things are so much easier when you have a virtual scanner always with you. Now with using only your smartphone you can scan almost everything you want. Start scanning your check to be deposited, a barcode in the store to see the price, keep track of your tax receipts or a business card at work. For doing this there are so many apps you can directly download from your smartphone. These apps are for specific activities so first make sure to know what do you need to scan and then download the relevant app for that.

Applications: TurboScan; ScannerPro; Genius Scan; CamScanner Free; Prizmo; WorldCard

2. Universal Remote Control
With so many electronic devices we have at home it is complicated keeping track of each one of them and all the remotes that control them. To solve all this confusion people started using the Universal Remote. That was the best solution until now! You can use your smartphone as a Universal Remote just by adding a simple infrared device to your smartphone and downloading the relevant application. Now don't be surprised if you come home and see your Dad or Mom pointing their smartphones to some electronic device.

Applications: Griffin Beacon; iRule; RedEye; Zmart; Power A.

3. Car Remote
You can use your smartphone not only as a Universal Remote but, even as a car remote. Forget your keys because now you don't need them for starting your car! For this you would need first to buy a hardware from Viper which is compatible with most vehicles. After downloading that app, later you can start your car, lock and unlock the doors, set the panic alarm etc. Now you can leave your keys at home, but before that make sure your smartphone is fully charged!

Applications: Viper SmartStart; SmartStart; Zipcar

4. Smart measures
You can measure almost everything starting from your heart rate, number of steps, hours of sleep and more than that: recording your snore! If your mom, flatmate, husband or wife snores but they don't accept the fact, the Night Recorder will give you the proofs you want.

Using your smartphone you can even track your sleeping habits and hours. Are you thinking you don't have enough sleep? Do you sleep too much? It is your phone now telling you how many hours did/should you sleep. Another app will keep track of all the steps you take during the day and how active you are. You can later generate these reports and feedback on your activity levels. Your smartphone is now your personal adviser helping you track everything and stay healthy.

Using your smartphone camera monitor you can count your beats per minute (BPM). We don't know how accurate this app is, but it is really cool. You can measure your heartbeat while thinking about your soulmate and share it with him/her on social networks.

Applications: Instant Heart Rate; SleepBot; FitBit One; SnoreClock

5. Identify
With your smartphone things are easier to be identified. If you are traveling somewhere and you see a picture in a museum, a place, an object or anything interesting you can just scan it using apps such as Google Goggles and then this app will take care of searching in Google and giving you more details about that. You can also use this app to translate text from one language to another making it much more useful. There are also other apps which are able to identify the song you are listening to. If you really like a song but you don't know or remember the title of that song, you can just record a small part of it, and let the app do the rest.

Applications: Google Goggles; Shazam; Soundhound; musiXmatch

6. Track your kids
Let's accept it! No one wants to be tracked and kept under surveillance. But this app is very useful for parents and family members specially in such places where going around is not safe. This app gives peace specially to parents and give them comfort as they know where they kids are, or if they arrived safely in their destination. This app is also very good and important to track your phone in case you lost it or it was stolen.

Applications: Find My iPhone; Verizon Family Locator; Where's My Droid; Cerberus

7. Stop phone calls
This app is for avoiding embarrassing phone calls. Did you ever think on calling your ex-boyfriend or your boss telling him what you really think of him? Well, thinking is fine, unless you are drunk and you really do it. If you don't want to lose your job, you better install an app in your smartphone that lock you out of your phone contacts or just some of them. You can unlock the contacts only if you pass a sobriety test.

Applications: Designated Dialer; Smart AppLock

8. Mail a postcard
What if you are on holiday and you want to send pictures to your family as a postcard? Now this can be done only with smartphone and without the need to go anywhere to send it. With only an app you just take a snapshot and transform into a genuine paper postcard that will be mailed to the recipient you want. It is also possible to add a message there. The sending will be realized via U.S postal service and even though the app itself is free, you need to pay for the mailing depending on the destination.

Applications: Postcard on the Run; shoot it!; Postcard Star; Postino

9. Use as Mouse and Keyboard
Now you can even use your smartphone as a mouse and keyboard. The app lets you control your computer by only using your smartphone as a remote mouse and keyboard. To make it work you don't only need to download the application but also to install a special client software on your computer. You can just wave your smartphone in the air and see how the mouse pointer moves in the screen of your computer.

Applications: Mobile Mouse Pro; AndroMouse

10. Detect Speed Traps
Do you need an assistant while you are driving? You don't need any extra equipment but only using your smartphone you can save yourself from the speeding tickets. This app is really interesting because it relies on information gathered from millions of people using this app. Using this massive database you will get mobile alerts about upcoming speed traps, hidden cameras or any other signals. You can check the map continuously and drive according to that.

Applications: Trapster



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