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Home Automation Gone Naughty

Amazon Echo: Home Automation Gone Naughty
Photo Credit: Amazon
One of the latest trend in gadgets in 2016 is home automation devices and Amazon is arguably leading the race in terms of sales with their own Amazon Echo and its smaller version Echo Dot. These devices can follow your voice command easily. Echo can do a lot of stuff for you like streaming music, tune in to the radio, read you a book, set the timer, or even order a pizza. For as low as $49.99, you'll have an smart voice assistant at your home. Convenient? Almost. The downside of Amazon Echo is that it sometimes can't understand what exactly you mean like this young boy in the video trying to ask Alexa (the voice assistant's name inside Amazon Echo) to play him his song.

A word of advice. Don't let your kids play alone with Alexa because she (it) might misunderstood them and Santa won't be happy.

Happy New Year!


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Huawei is taking the smartphone design to the next level

In my humble opinion, the best phone or phones of 2016 are not necessarily the best in design category. Yeah I'm talking about iPhone 7 which literally an untouched version of iPhone 6 and Google Pixel which safe to say an iPhone's look alike. Arguably both these phones, hands down, are the best phone your money can buy in terms of features and hardware but when it comes to external design, the award could have been given to Samsung Galaxy Note 7. Unfortunately, Note 7 exploded its way out from the competition which left us out with one-step less better S7 Edge and personally force me to switch from Note 7 to Sony Xperia Z. However the contest for the most prettiest smartphone isn't over yet because the Chinese manufacturer Huawei have something to say before the year ends. Behold, the Honor Magic smartphone.

Huawei is taking the smartphone design to the next level
Photo Credit: Huawei

Honor Magic is not just all about pretty face. Internally powered by a Kirin 950 which has 8 cores on board. The Honor Magic features a 5.09-inch 2K AMOLED curved screen. This phone is stylish and ergonomically designed with a 3D curved glass body.

“The Honor Magic encapsulates our commitment to cutting-edge innovation and technology,” said George Zhao, president of Honor. “Through this launch, we at Honor are telling our fans around the globe that we are genuinely committed to challenging ourselves and willing to disrupt the status quo to ultimately be able to bring the best mobile-internet experience to them.”

OK let the final contest begin. Until I got hold of this phone, I will reserve my final verdict for the prettiest among them all. For now, I just hope Apple, Samsung and Google can get their acts together and come back swinging with bigger improvements on their own smartphones.


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Omnicharge: The only portable power bank you'll ever need

Most of power banks today are designed for charging usb ready devices like smartphones and camera. For months, I've been looking for portable extra power supply to charge my macbook pro whenever I'm on the go and unfortunately I haven't encountered one until I stumbled upon Indiegogo, a like portal.
Omnicharge: The only portable power bank you'll ever need
Photo Credit: Indiegogo/Omnicharge
On that site, I was able to discover a lot of cool startups including the one I was looking for: a portable power bank that can charge almost any electronic device. Omnicharge power bank can also charge my macbook pro or any laptop for that matter because aside from two (2) usb fast charging ports, it also has AC/DC Power Outlet. It will come in two version, the Omnicharge PRO which has a capacity of 20,400mAh and 100W output power, and the Omnicharge Standard which has a lower load of 13,600mAh and 65W output. And thats not it, forgot to bring your cable? as long as your device supports Qi wireless charging then you are good to go in the PRO version. You might be thinking how long it would take for this powerbank to reload itself. Well the power bank itself can reach full charge in only 2-3 hours with Omnicharge charger.

With Omnicharge you can charge multiple devices simultaneously without worrying about overcharging because it comes with smart power management system that adapts to optimal power levels for each device. Shipping of this product will start in January 2017. You may want to pre-order now like what I did. You are not just saving more than 30% of its price, you'll also be one of the first owner of this great product.


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