Posts in "Gadget & Devices"

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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Connecting Samsung Gear S2 with iPhone

Samsung Gear S2 can connect with iPhone… before the firmware update. Surprisingly, the earlier version of Gear S2’s firmware allows the device to connect and communicate with iPhone out of the box. Based on reports from passionate users on XDA Developers Forums, updating to later firmware version will break this functionality. Don’t ask me why the developers took this one step back.

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Geek Review: Motorola Moto E running Android Lollipop (5.0.2)

The Motorola Moto E is a fine piece of device for its price. $100 is average amount of money people used to spend to buy typical Nokia phone less than 5 years ago without caring about CPU, RAM, or camera capability as long as they can make calls and send out SMS. If you keep your thoughts simple, than you would realize how good deal it is. With the update to Lollipop, the experience will improve even further.

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