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Newly Redesigned Hangouts for iOS

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Google has released the newest version of its Hangouts app for iOS. Version 2.0 has a design that is more sleek over the older version.

Newly Redesigned Hangouts for iOS

Aside from revamp design, the new version is also capable of animated stickers and sending video message up to 10 seconds long.

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How to Merge PDF files using Preview

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How to Merge PDF files using Preview
What I like with Mac is it has almost every tool you need. A good example is merging PDF documents. In other platforms, you'll need to download 3rd party tools to do this but not in Mac. If you already a Mac user then you might already familiar with Preview app. It is a built-in application that can preview images and pdf files. With the sample app, you can merge pdf files easily just by following these steps.


  1. Open the first PDF file you want to merge with other pdf files.

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Samsung Galaxy S5: Disappointing Upgrade

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Samsung Galaxy S5: Disappointing Upgrade
I've been wanting to try Samsung Galaxy S series and I was looking forward for the official announcement of Galaxy S5 at MWC 2014. I was prepared to switch from LG to Samsung on my next upgrade until the official announcement happened. Although it has several interesting features such as waterproof, dust resistant, fingerscan, heart-rate detector and 16MP camera, I feel cheated when it didn't met most of my expectations. So what do S5 lack of? I can name three (3) now.


  1. Design. It is still plastic and it just look like S4. It was like an upgrade from iPhone 4 to iPhone 5 but more disappointing.
  2. Mediocre battery. A 2800mAh battery is not an improvement. I expect Samsung Galaxy S5 to surpass the mighty LG G2 3000mAh battery.
  3. Inferior Camera. Should I explain Z1's 20.7-megapixel camera?

These are my initial impressions about the announced specs and I might still retract my disliking over Samsung Galaxy S5 when I get my hands on it. For now, I'll hold on to my LG G2 and maybe wait for LG G3 official release.

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Review: Braven BRV-1, A ruggedized and water resistant bluetooth portable speaker

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I have a weakness with rugged and military look-alike gadgets. That was my first impression with BRAVEN BRV-1. Even I really have no plan back then to buy another portable speaker, Braven BRV-1 was able to touch the impulsive buyer in me. I ended up buying Braven BRV-1 and after a month of using it, I'm glad I did. The following are my honest review about it.

The Good

Design

Braven BRV-1 certainly looks and feels like a military grade gadget. It has soft rubber coating and its buttons are etched on the coating. The color combination is perfect (mine has black and orange on it) and the shape is like a small binocular. It has a simple grill in front where the speakers are located.



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App Review: Tsikot - Car Maintenance Tracker

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If you tap "About" in the tsikot's menu, you'll see the meaning of "Tsikot". It means "Car" in filipino language. This app is a simple tracking tool for car lovers or just plainly car owners. Here is my round down of what the app can do.

The home screen

From the home screen you can access the core functions like adding new car profile, logging new maintenance schedule and updating the car's odometer.



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Review: iPower GO+, It looks sturdy but it is not

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This is my first time to review a power bank or portable external battery for smart devices. Like I always mentioned in my other reviews, I only review products that I actually use. No gimmicks, no sponsors and no bullsh*t. Last december, I bought the iPower GO+ from a local store and after more than a month of use, here is my take on it.


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Add an iPhone or iPad Frame on any Screenshot or Image

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We are about to publish a press release for an iOS app. We decided to include some screenshots of the app to spice up the article. One of our collegue suggested to put the screenshots inside an iPhone image or frame so it would be more appealing. I have no time to use Photoshop so I looked for other ways to do it. The timing is perfect when I discovered about this iOS app called Screenshot - Frame Maker. Its usage is pretty straight forward and in 3 steps you can have your framed screenshot in seconds. Continue reading after the jump.

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