Friday, August 19, 2016

10+ Tech Life Hacks

Here are some random tech life hacks that I've gathered from my experience with electronics and my dad's experiences as well. There could be more, but this is what I've listed down so far.

1. Use computer speakers to power up your China-made LCD or LED TV's garbled audio quality.

2. Use WiFi instead of mobile data when possible to save battery life.

3. If you're a passenger, only turn on your Pokemon GO when the traffic moves slowly. This is especially true if you want your steps to be counted for your incubated egg.

4. As much as possible, never purchase electronics online, unless it's a big and reliable brand with a nearby service center or reputable warranty guidelines.

5. Don't be fooled by "international brands". Some brands may sell "USA-brand" but it's just a name - dad says most of them have China parts, which are particularly flimsy most of the time, unless you buy something of a higher price.

6. If you have a vehicle battery that's faulty, you can use that for a home-based solar energy system.

7. If you just bought something, test it right away when you get home so you can avail the warranty right away and you'll be in good faith with the seller.

8. If the repair personnel gives you a high price for repairing your phone or gadget, look around instead - there may be cheaper phones around your vicinity at the same price of the repair, instead of getting your phone repaired.

9. Research on forums if you think your gadget's problems can be solved with just a few tweaks instead of going to a repair shop or service center right away.

10. Just like doctors, repairmen will always charge you with an inspecting fee because you used their knowledge base, so always ready your budget.

11. Don't buy, subscribe or commit to something you can't fully commit to. This includes online subscriptions, expensive gadgets, high-end vehicles and internet bills.

12. Use game emulators if you can't afford consoles.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Coincidences and Shakespeare: Imagine You & Me (Movie Review)

As a gift to my mom for her 56th birthday, this July 13, 2016 (which is exactly her birthday), I've decided to treat her and some family members to the much-anticipated movie of the year: "Imagine You & Me" starring AlDub, comprised of Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza (Yaya Dub).

Compared to their half-baked MMFF 2015 entry (that probably ended up like that due to time constraints), here's what I had to say about the movie (without spoiling, of course).

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

5 Big Problems with Pokemon Go (on Poor Countries like the Philippines)

Just last July 6, 2016, the much-awaited Pokemon Go mobile app was released. It's just like those Xperia Augmented Reality camera apps that are built-in with my phone - except it's Pokemon. Of course, since me and my friend (who is extremely knowledgeable with Pokemon) are currently in throwback mode with LeafGreen/FireRed and HeartGold/SoulSilver, we decided to check it out.

Because our country, the Philippines, don't have a good WiFi connection nor is the app even available to our country yet, here are some of the problems that I noticed, and what I would like our government, ISPs and Niatntic to do: