Cherry Mobile M1
September 21, 2016
There are a lot of China-made phones out there but only a few of them make it to the US market.
One such brand is Cherry Mobile and it is a brand that is predominantly released in Asian countries.
Although that may be the case, you can order their mobile phones online and have it shipped to wherever you are in the world.
With that being said, I am going to talk about one of their newest flagship mobile phones, the Cherry Mobile M1.
The first thing I want to talk about is the build construction as well as the design. The Cherry Mobile M1 isn’t made with an all-metal chassis. Instead, it is made of polycarbonate plastic with an aluminum frame spanning the sides of the phone.
Although that may be the case, the aluminum frame and the brushed metal polish of the back cover still make it look like one of those really expensive phones.
At the top of the phone sits the lone 3.5mm headphone jack. On the right side, you will see the volume controls and the power button. It is interesting to note that the power button is situated below the volume rockers, so people with big hands might find the placement unappealing.
At the bottom of the phone, you will find the USB-Type C connector with fast charging capabilities as well. What I love about the USB-Type C connectors is that it is reversible, meaning, no matter which side you’ve plugged in, it will plug in without any hitch.
For the display, the Cherry Mobile M1 is equipped with a 5.5-inch IPS display panel that is capable of delivering Full HD resolution and has a pixel count of 401ppi.
I am surprised that the Cherry Mobile M1, which is considered to be a flagship phone by the company, doesn’t have a Quad-HD resolution screen. I think that is mainly because this phone is priced cheaper than other premium phones on the market.
Still, the IPS display panel makes up for it as it offers impressive color reproduction and excellent viewing from all angles.
The Cherry Mobile M1 also comes with the Android Marshmallow operating system right out of the box and the company has stated that it will have support for Android Nougat once the operating system comes out.
The performance package built into this mobile phone is quite impressive as well. It comes with the MediaTek Helio X20 chipset that has 10 individual cores! To be specific, it comes with two cores clocked at 2.3GHz, four cores clocked at 2.0GHz, and an additional four cores clocked at 1.4GHz.
Not only that but the Cherry Mobile M1 also comes equipped with the Mali-T880 MP4 GPU and a hefty 4GB of RAM.
The performance is buttery smooth and I got impressive scores after using benchmarking applications.
No lags and problems were seen on my end so I can definitely say that the performance pretty much makes up for the lack of thought in the design department.
And finally, the camera. The Cherry Mobile M1 comes with a Sony IMX230 21-megapixel sensor with the phase-detection autofocus.
The actual camera itself produces impressive shots even in low-light conditions (thanks to its LED light) but the phone’s camera app just drags down an almost impressive camera lens.
Still, it comes with an 8-megapixel front camera as well for those selfie aficionados (the front camera also has an LED flash as well).
All in all, the Cherry Mobile M1 is a pretty good phone but I do have to note that the lackluster design and the barebones camera app drags some of the phone’s appeal down. Still, this is a pretty good flagship phone that is priced a bit lower than other flagship phones.
All Upcoming Major Game Consoles Might Miss Their Target Release Window
August 16, 2016
There are a lot of things to be excited for come 2017. First off, Nintendo will be releasing their next major console, currently named “Nintendo NX”. Kimishima said that it is still just a tentative title for the game console and they will have the final name of the game console months before its release in March 2017.
At E3 2016 event, Sony also announced that they are currently working on an incremental upgrade to its Playstation 4 called the “Playstation Neo”. The Playstation Neo has improved graphics and memory and it can support 4K resolution videos as well.
Furthermore, the VR gaming experience will be further enhanced and the company said that it might release sometime later this year or next year.
And finally, Microsoft also announced at the E3 event that they will be releasing an incremental upgrade to its Xbox One called the “Xbox One S” which has a slimmer design and a 4K video playback capability this year.
On top of that, Microsoft is also working on Xbox One’s successor termed “Project Scorpio”. The Xbox Scorpio is set to be released in the fourth quarter of 2017.
Now, with all of these exciting news, there is one analyst that thinks all of these gaming companies will miss their target release window.
Michael Pachter, Wedbush Securities Analyst, has been keen on major moves by certain gaming companies.
In fact, he has predicted some major moves by prominent gaming companies before and just recently, he made another prediction.
Pachter believes that all of the aforementioned gaming companies might release their target release dates for their upcoming game consoles.
One reason behind his prediction is that Sony and Nintendo’s upcoming game consoles were not shown in the E3 2016 event.
For those of you who do not know, the Nintendo NX was reported to be released in March 2017 with the Playstation Neo having a tentative release date (“Sooner or later” the company said).
Pachter said that since both Sony and Nintendo’s offering were not shown in the event, it might not be ready for release just yet. In fact, Pachter believes that the upcoming game consoles are still in the production phase, heck, even in the design stage as of this moment.
Pachter does say that if Nintendo is able to show the world what the Nintendo NX is this coming August or September of this year, they might be able to release the game console within their target window.
The Playstation Neo and the Xbox Scorpio, he said, might also miss their target release dates because of the same reason.
But, if Pachter’s predictions are true, it would mean that 2017 is a great year for gaming. I mean, look at the big picture; three of the major gaming companies will be releasing their new set of game consoles in the same year.
That would truly be grand indeed. But just remember, these are just predictions and should be taken with a grain of salt.
Batman Arkham Knight
May 1, 2016
Superhero games are a hit-or-miss. Sometimes they are good, sometimes they are bad. And sometimes, they are so amazingly fun in every way possible.
In today’s article, we are going to talk about a popular Superhero game that consistently ranks at the top of the gaming echelon. The game I am referring to is none other than the Batman Arkham Knight.
The Batman Arkham Knight is the third and last installment of the Batman Arkham series and it is just so amazingly good.
Although this game was released in multiple platforms (PC, Xbox One, and Playstation 4), we are only going to talk about the console versions as the PC version is loaded with bugs.
The story of the game revolves around Batman. After the death of the Joker, his greatest nemesis, Batman was longing for his enemy. After Joker’s death, the city of Gotham never felt safer, well, until one time the other Batman villains joined forces.
You see, the majority of the biggest crimes in Gotham was due, in part, of Joker’s plans. Without Joker menacing the city, it is up to the new (and old) villains to cause mayhem.
Because of the new threat of the villains, Batman created new technologies in order to combat their nefarious plans.
Anyway, Scarecrow has devised a new and dangerous fear toxin that will kill Gotham’s inhabitants by inducing a severe psychological shock. Scarecrow demands that the citizens of Gotham should evacuate the city immediately, leaving only Commissioner Gordon and the Gotham Police department behind.
Batman was quick to go to the scene, only to be shot by the fear toxin Scarecrow created. It was revealed in a flashback that Joker did a blood transfusion to Batman and four other people. The four other people are slowly showing signs of the Joker’s madness while Batman is already becoming more vulnerable as time passes.
During the course of the game, Joker will inhabit the mind of Batman and he keeps taunting him.
The Batman Arkham Knight introduces a lot of villains such as Mr. Freeze, Ra’s al Ghul, Harley Quinn, Bane, Scarecrow, and many others.
Scarecrow and Harley Quinn are the ones that give the best impact on the story, but do not discount the other villains. Some villains are introduced via the expansion packs as their stories are more robust.
The Batman Arkham Knight’s gameplay is also more streamlined now. You can still use Batman’s gadgets such as the Batarang, Grapnel gun, the countering system and many more. You can also use Batman’s cape to glide your way through the city. It is actually a very fun thing to do and it is a quick way to navigate through the entire city.
Let’s not forget about the Batmobile as the iconic vehicle is present in the game. The Batmobile can be summoned towards Batman’s location with a quick tap of a button. It can be used to speed through the streets of Gotham and it also has some devastating attacks in its disposal.
All in all, the Batman Arkham Knight game is a great one and it truly deserves to be in the top 10 best games of 2015.
Overcast 2 App for iOS
February 13, 2016
Podcast players were originally made available only on desktops and laptops. But, since mobile phones nowadays are packed with powerful hardware, app developers have created podcast players for mobile phones as well.
In this article, we are going to talk about the Overcast 2 App for iOS. This is one of the best podcast player apps for the iOS. In fact, this is one of the most feature-rich podcast player apps available on the App store.
So, what are the features of this amazing podcast player app? Here are just some of the highlights:
- Download podcasts for playing anytime, even when offline.
- Search and browse for new podcasts, plus get recommendations from Twitter.
- Create custom Playlists with smart filters and per-podcast priorities, and rearrange the list whenever you want.
- Receive optional push notifications when new episodes arrive.
- Subscribe to a podcast, or just add an episode: try new shows without committing.
- Download podcasts over cellular, set a sleep timer or use Voice Boost to enhance and normalize speech volume.
- Adjust playback speed, and use Smart Speed to pick up extra speed without distorting the conversation.
- Navigate with CarPlay. (On supported car radios.)
- Apple Watch app, Glance, and notifications
The Overcast 2 App for iOS is the second iteration of this podcast player app. The first version, albeit feature-rich, have some really bad limitations such as you have to download an entire podcast before you can play it, limited storage options, just to name a few.
In the new Overcast 2 App for iOS mobile phones, however, you now have the option to either save a podcast and play it offline or stream the podcast directly from the source. This is especially good for people who prefer either option. In fact, I love the ability to download podcasts whenever I go to long trips and I also want to have the ability to listen to different podcasts by using my WiFi connection.
If you use Twitter, you can also integrate the social media service to this Apple mobile phone app so you can get recommendations on which podcasts are popular and trending at the current time.
If you’re like me, I tend to download a lot of podcasts from different users and in different categories. The Overcast 2 App for iOS mobile phones allows you to create custom playlists and you can also set individual podcast priorities if you want.
This app also allows you to subscribe to different podcasts users so you can get notifications on their latest content whenever they are released.
There are some proprietary technologies that separate Overcast 2 from the rest of the podcast players available on the Apple App store. The first one is Smart Speed. It analyzes the podcast you’re currently listening to and it searches for silence or dead air. It then speeds up the podcast to eliminate any silence whatsoever. This means that you can get to the most important parts, thus, not wasting your time because of the buffers.
The second technology I love about this app is its convenient storage option. This option presents you with all of your downloaded podcasts and it shows you how much storage space they take up. With a limited storage space inherent in iPhones, this feature is a treat.
The Overcast 2 App for iOS is one of the best podcast players on the Apple App store. This app is free to download and if you wish to donate to the app developer, you can have that option as well. Seriously, if you love podcasts and you have an Apple mobile phone, then please do download this app.
Netgear R6300 Smart Wifi Router
January 12, 2016
In today’s modern and technological world, the need for internet connection has never been higher. Because of evolving internet technologies, routers should also step up and evolve in their features as well.
Today, we are going to take a look at the Netgear R6300 Smart Wifi Router. This router takes advantage of the new Wireless AC technology. The Netgear R6300 is a dual-band router that is able to speeds of up to 1750 mbps.
Here are the features of the Netgear R6300 Smart Wifi Router:
- Dual-Core 800 MHz processor delivers high-performance connectivity
- USB 3.0 port – Up to 10x faster USB hard drive access
- Beamforming+ – Faster, more reliable connections
- Two USB ports – Wirelessly access and share USB hard drive and printer
- Ultimate connectivity for dual band WiFi devices like iPad/iPhone5
The Netgear R6300 Smart Wifi Router comes equipped with a dual-core 800 MHz processor for high-performance and speed. Although, it is not the fastest dual-core chip around, it still does the job really well.
Other notable features of the Netgear R6300 Smart Wifi Router are the (2) USB 3.0 ports. USB 3.0 ports deliver faster data transfer speeds for improved efficiency. You can plug in routers, printers, or storage media so that you can share those in your entire network.
This Router also has 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports and a WAN port. The Netgear R6300 Smart Wifi Router is considered a “Smart” router because it handles connections really well. It is able to take advantage of both bands simultaneously, and it will instantly connect you to the band which offers more speed at any time.
It also has advanced QoS technology which prioritizes certain types of packets according to your preferences. For example, you put a higher priority for games rather than downloading files, etc. All of this can be done on the Router’s GUI.
The signal of the Netgear R6300 Smart Wifi Router is also quite good because of its Beamforming+ technology. Basically, this enhances the range of the Router even further, even when the router doesn’t come with any external antennas.
This router has a glossy finish which can invite fingerprints, but it can be easily cleaned. It doesn’t have any physical buttons and there are LED indicators for things such as Power, the connection types, just to name a few.
It also comes with Parental controls and you can also block certain websites so that your kids won’t be able to access them.
As for the installation, it is actually quite easy because of the Netgear Genie. When you first fire up the router, it will redirect you to the Netgear Genie and basically, just follow all the on-screen instructions. The Netgear Genie app will streamline the process for you. Also, anything you would like to tweak on the router will be done on the App.
This is another great router from a very reputable company. If you want to have a solid router for your home, definitely consider the R6300 Smart Wifi Router. This router costs only $142.
TP-LINK Archer C7 Router
November 25, 2015
When you subscribe to an internet service, your ISP will supply the modem with Router capabilities. Although, this is already good in itself, you still need a reliable stand-alone router that can do a lot more.
Today, we’re going to discuss the TP-LINK Archer C7 router. This is not your ordinary router as it has features that will be greatly appreciated for casual users and gamers alike.
The TP-LINK Archer C7 is a dual-band, 802.11ac router that has 4 Gigabit LAN ports for increased performance and speed throughput. It has a glossy finish which is quite suave to look at. The Archer C7 also has 3 external antennas, which is a feature that only true gaming routers have. It’s a good thing TP-LINK included it on the Archer C7.
Here are the complete product specifications for the TP-LINK Archer C7:
- Wireless speeds up to 1750Mbps
- Support DD-WRT
- 3x 5dBi external antennas
- 3x Internal antennas
- 2x USB ports
- Guest network
- IP-Based bandwidth control
- Easy one-touch WPA
The Archer C7 Router supports the old 2.4GHz frequency as well as the 5GHz band. The external antennas are 5dBi antennas which makes sure that you get WiFi signals where you want them to be.
The router also comes with 2 USB ports so you can plug in external devices such as printers so that you can share them throughout the network.
If you want to separate guests from the home users, there is also an option for guest networks. The guest network profile is just limited to surfing the internet, keeping your important files safe from prying guests.
All objects have their own deadlines and they will wear out in time. TP-LINK knows this that is why they also include 3 additional external antennas! Most other routers do not have external antennas anymore, which I think is a downside. Having external antennas boost signal output, eliminating any possible dead spots in your home or office.
This is a budget router with a lot of features, so let’s look at some customer reviews and see if they like the product:
Nancy: “Definitely made a difference in extending the wifi signal throughout the house, as opposed to the two antenna models. We now get a good, more reliable signal on the second floor, while the router is in the basement.”
AJ: “All I can say about this router is “I LOVE IT”. After living with a good but, not great one for a couple years, I can now access the internet throughout my home with a good connection everywhere. No more lousy connections. Very nicely done.”
Thomas: “Really great router, my old one only gave me around 15 download speed while this one gives me 63 download speed, worth every penny.”
The TP-LINK Archer C7 also comes with a 2-year Warranty, which is a solid deal as well. The Archer C7 costs only $90 which is quite a cheap price for great functionalities. If you’re looking for a solid router under $100, the TP-LINK Archer C7 will not disappoint.
Does HCG Really Help You Lose Weight?
September 1, 2015
HCG also goes by the name Human Chorionic Gonadotropin. This component has been a popular entity on the weight loss market for quite some time now. Some people claim that HCG injections really can help both men and women to lose weight in a meaningful way. Is there any truth to that?
This is a subject that has been around blogs, the media, and social networking sites for quite some time now. It seems as though everyone has an opinion on this subject. Opinions are fair enough. However, when it comes to HCG injections and weight loss, what you want to deal in are legitimate facts. To that end, you are going to be very intrigued by what HCG injections are capable of bringing to the table.
HCG Injections In The Weight Loss Market
HCG injections are perfectly safe. However, you certainly to follow all directions associated with their use. At the same time, you want to note that certain medical conditions (such as certain disease) can prevent you from being a suitable candidate for HCG injections. Barring that, HCG injections are suitable for both men and women. They have been proven to provide desirable results for a wide range of individuals.
HCG is a natural component in our health. It plays a role in healthy sperm count, metabolism, ovulation, and much more. HCG injections are designed to function as a booster of sorts to your current metabolism. The idea behind these injections is that when you adhere to a proper HCG injection schedule, you are going to be able to eat less. More to the point, you are going to be able to eat less, and you won’t feel the need to binge eat or snack. Therefore, if you combine HCG injections with a sensible diet, you are going to be absolutely amazed by how powerful the results are going to be. It stands to reason that you can expect to see results in hardly any time at all.
HCG injections for weight loss works to burn fat, while simultaneously making it possible to keep the muscle you currently have. While you shouldn’t exercise on this diet, you will still healthy results in a short period of time. Best of all is the fact that it is possible to take advantage of HCG injections in the comfort of your home. Provided you receive the proper instructions, you can use HCG injections without ever having to make a clinic appointment.
Spotting fake Beats
August 12, 2014
The market nowadays is filled with fake and imitation goods that it can be difficult to discern the real thing from the fakes. Imitation goods are so good at copying the original that so many of us are fooled into buying products that aren’t actually the originals.
There are tell-tale signs of fakes such as really cheap or discounted prices, sub-standard casings, misspelled words, different size, looks unprofessional, suspicious sellers, and tampered containers. However, there are Grade A imitation goods on the market that can look, feel, smell, and sound as good as the real thing. To avoid being scammed by these sellers, here are a few tips to ensuring that you get an original pair of Beats by Dr. Dre.
Get it from a trusted source. This is the safest and surest way to know that you’re getting a pair of genuine Beats. Visit the Beats website at www.beatsbydre.com, or get a pair at authorized dealers and resellers such as Apple, Walmart, Sears, Target, and Best Buy r43dsofficiel.com.
Here is a complete list of authorized Beats by Dr. Dre retailers: http://www.beatsbydre.com/support/buying/authorized-retailers.html.
Check the price. If you can’t order online and you’re nowhere near a Walmart, Apple, etc., or if you just want to buy your pair of Beats from somewhere else for whatever reason, then be mindful of the price. You can find the retail prices of each item on the Beats website, and if the price is too far from the original, then it is most definitely a fake. Be mindful of limited edition versions, as these are a bit more expensive, so you might mistake these as fakes when they’re in fact genuine!
Confirm the serial. If you’re buying a pair of second hand Beats, then make sure to check the serials, usually located on the bottom of the box. You can call Beats at 1-800-442-4000 for US residents and confirm if the serial given is authentic or not. Other users from around the world can also call Beats; the numbers can be found in the Contact Us page on their website.
To confirm the serial, you may have to tell them that you purchased the product from Walmart, Apple, or any big trusted reseller, and not from eBay or anywhere where it’s relatively easy to obtain a fake. They may not entertain you if you say you got it off eBay. Simply dictate to them the numbers found on the box and they’ll tell you if these are real or not.
For online purchases, you can contact the seller and ask him/her to send you a photo of the serial on the bottom of the box and confirm this with the company.
Comfort and quality. Fakes generally are made from cheaper materials and have builds that are not so great. They are typically less comfortable as they have less padding, and are not as flexible as authentic Beats by Dr. Dre headphones. Fake Beat by Dr. Dre Pros, Executives, and Mixrs will typically have a stiff pair of ear cups and will be harder to rotate/move around as opposed to the real pair. Fakes will also tend to grip your head a bit more and will generally just be uncomfortable.
Sound quality. If you already have a pair of Beats but you’re not sure if they’re authentic, then you can tell by listening to the quality of the music coming out of the headphones. Beats typically have a strong bass output, so if your pair doesn’t have an emphasized bass, then you may have a defective pair or you may have a pair of fakes. You can contact Beats and have them fixed if your serial is legit, or you can ask the seller to refund them if they’re fakes, or report the seller to whatever platform you got them from.
Other signs that your Beats might be fake are weak sound, sound only coming out of one ear cup, and distorted sound. It might be good to visit an authorized dealer to try out a pair of Beats so you can compare the sound qualities of your pair and an authentic pair.
As much as possible, buy your products from authorized dealers or from the company itself. If you prefer buying second hand, then try to verify your product as soon as you can to ensure the quality and authenticity of your product.
HCG Drops – the truth
July 10, 2011
The HCG diet can be a harmful one. Perhaps the first red flag should be the fact that these drops or injections come from a hormone that is emitted by the urine of pregnant women. It is alarming to hear weight loss can be feigned by these drastic and unsafe methods, but it’s true. The FDA does not condone this method due to the sheer fact that there is no proof this method works to reduce weight. The hormone, called human chorionic gonadotrophin, are not only ineffective, but the died requires that a dangerously low-calorie intake is required when using this drug. To further expand upon the meaning of low-calorie, some of the diets even require as low an intake as 500 calories a day.
The hormone supposedly is expected to stabilize metabolism and suppress appetite. The calim is that up to 30 pounds can be lost on this diet. This hormone has been approved for some fertility treatments, but certainly not for weight loss. The hormone is purely a hoax and has been marketed as a magic pill. The weightloss certainly comes from the dangerously low 500 calorie intake requirement and definitely not from the hormone itself Nintendo r4-3ds.
This hormone has been used since the 1950s as a weight loss supplement. It supposedly alerts the brain to produce fat burning hormones in the pituitary gland. Some of the side effects of this diet include nausea and constipation. People choose to ingest HCG by injection or orally. On the Doctor Oz Show, for example, and handful of people swear by this diet, and a handful don’t. Many doctors are prescribing this hormone with dangerously low diets. The idea behind the weightloss and the allowing of such low diets to be consumed by their patients is that the diet allows for fat cells to be consumed while the appetite is suppressed. A typical diet would include coffee for breakfast, with no sugar or creamer, an apple as a snack, a piece of chicken and a lettuce leaf, a bowl of berries snack, and some protein and a vegetable for dinner. The average weight loss would be about a poud a day and in total about 4o pouds in 40 days. To some people, this diet works like a charm, to others, it is a recipe for disaster. Dr. Oz noted that he was amazed by it because so much medical dogma can cloud thinking when reports of people who saw results from the diet were increasing everday. Overall, it is a personal choice but diets should really be regulately in a healthy and sustainable manner. The low calorie intake is justified by the excess fat cells that will be used from the person’s body to sufficiently feed them for the day. Although most doctor’s don’t recommend this low of an intake, this diet does require this regime. It is quite obvious the the HCG is probably more helpful in suppressing appetite so that one does not consume much more food than the 500 calories, which must account for the bulk of the weight loss.