Samsung Gear S3 release makes the older S2 a great holiday gift

2016 has been a very difficult year for Samsung and a frustrating one for its customers. I shared my disappointment in Samsung decision to make the S7 Edge larger than its older sibling, the S6 Edge. Then we witnessed the biggest product blunder of the decade in consumer electronics industry with Galaxy Note 7.  To complete the updates of their flagship… Continue reading

Intel NUC as Plex Media Player Client: Setup Guide

The Intel NUC has been around for a while and considered as one of the best kit to build an HTPC. Before models with Brasswell and Sky Lake chipsets however, I always considered it as a big investment because you would need to grab one with i3, i5, or i7 processors to be sure it would be able to handle all media formats. Plus you probably need to make some additional spending on Windows 8/10 for the operating system.

That perception have now changed with the HEVC hardware accelerated encoding support in the newer chipset generations. Plus the release of Plex Media Player* last year with Embedded Platform app.

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Swans HiVi M50W unboxing and early impressions

Less than a year after started using Logitech Z200 speakers for my desktop setup, I was hit with an upgrade bug. When I bought them, I did not intend it for serious music listening, just to give a decent sound from the speaker-less Mac mini. I used to prefer using headphones while working, but unexpectedly I craved to listen over (good) speakers over the cans. The Z200 served their purpose, but not enough to truly enjoy the music from my playlists. I had been eyeing on the highly regarded AudioEngine A2+, but I just knew I would be wanting more bass. Then I discovered about the Swans HiVi M50W 2.1 multimedia speakers.

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Shopify PageSpeed Score: Pushing the limits on Bluelounge website

In order to improve the site’s SEO even further, Bluelounge requested to improve their Shopify site’s PageSpeed score to above 90/100 on both Desktop and Mobile. These are my notes to achieve 95/100 PageSpeed score on an e-commerce site. The steps explained here may not be applicable to all Shopify powered sites, but hopefully you will be able to pick up a point or two.

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Non-marketing e-commerce checklist

After setting up the most important element: a running e-commerce site, business owners are typically focused on the marketing to attract customers into the website and eventually make it generate some revenue. An understandable strategy, as the the whole idea of creating the website is to make profit from the transactions. But usually first-time customer acquisition cost is higher than the profit generated from the first purchase. To ultimately get them to come back and order more items from your online store which probably costs much less is by giving them a great shopping experience.

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