General technology-related stories
This is my one of my Android phone user reviews, on the Samsung Galaxy S3. SCH-R530C is the model number associated with the Galaxy S3 for Cricket Wireless, U.S. Cellular and MetroPCS.
I bought my Galaxy SIII about 6 months ago at Cricket, so this isn’t one of my “first impressions” reviews, I’ve been using this phone daily for a while. Also, although this is a ‘Cricket phone’ this info will apply to Galaxy S3s using pother wireless carriers as well since this review is not Cricket-centric.
I would give the S3 an 8.5 out of 10 rating. It was easy to switch over from my previous Android phone, only has a minor annoyance or two, is filled with features but you are not overwhelmed with trying to get to know all of them. Also, for the difference in price I personally would buy an S3 over an S4. As a Cricket user I pay more for these phones than a customer of a carrier with monthly contracts & fees. The S4 has a slightly larger screen, higher resolution, and some cooler features. The two phones aren’t very different from one another.
As Android phones do, it has a great selection of pre-installed Google and non-Google apps. I love being able to jump right from Google Maps to Google Navigation for GPS directions by pushing once on the screen – besides making phone calls, texting and email that is one of the major benefits of owning this phone – along with its design/look, flexibility, etc, etc. There’s a lot more I like about this phone More >
I saw the article “Human rights experts, activists push for ban on ‘killer robots’” on Bing News/Windows 8 news app today and although its a good subject to consider, its sort of a moot point so far as I am concerned. Why? First off, the US still considers itself, IMO, as a major policing force in the world. This means that the US and likely close allies would be at the opposite end of any foolish enough to actually field automated weapons of war. That’s my opinion and is based on NO research whatsoever. Also, I do not believe any nation that is capable of developing – or rather attempting to develop – fully autonomous weapons capable of killing people would actually use any such weapons in the field. Unless you are talking about dropping said machines far behind enemy lines and in the case that said nation a) does not care about US-lead retribution and b) does not care about civilian casualties.
More Opinion on Fully Automated Robotics
See, here’s the thing. Although I can obviously see that we have developed “robots” that operate on Mars, as well as many advanced “robots” I don’t think there are any nations or groups that have the intelligence enough to develop an “autonomous robot” for war. We can make systems to turn on lights when someone enters a room, and we can certainly develop machines that can recognize someone approaching and automatically open a door as well. However, in each case human intervention in different forms is required. More >
This page has video of Felix Baumgartner’s record-breaking, supersonic jump. More later, for now check out the video of his jump and landing in NewMexico!
Here is a slightly biased, but simple and honest review of the ZTE Engage made during the first week of ownership. Beofre this phone I had a Huawei Mercury that I was very happy with, but I dropped it and cracked the screen. This first week with the Engage Android phone has me leaning toward replacing the damaged screen and returning the Engage (see, there’s the bias I was talking about).
Simple Reivew ZTE Engage Android Phone
I’m not really going to say much here, just drop some links for Boeing Videos to watch, these are really cool.
I keep forgetting drones (also called UAVs, unmanned aerial vehicles) are a reality. Texas made news last year when one of its Police Departments unveiled plans use UAVs to fight crime. Then I saw videos on Youtube about the ARDone by Parrot. Just tonight, I ran into an ad and found out that Boeing had gone in a different direction from these when I ran into a video about the The Phantom Eye – video at the bottom of this post.
I also saw several other cool Boeing videos and shared them below.
787: Game-Changing Innovation
NOTE: You will probably incur additional monthly charge by using your phone as a Wi-Fi hotspot or for USB tethering. See MyCricket.com or ask your local retailer for details.
Back in January 2012 PCMag.com posted a review on the Huawei Mercury saying:
There’s no Wi-Fi hotspot mode…
That may have been true at the time, but since I am typing this post on my Kindle Fire, using my Mercury as a hotspot, I assure you if your phone and Cricket plan are new enough you can.
Ok, time to post this so I can switch back to my PC.
So if you are toting your laptop or netbook around and don’t want the hassle of looking for a Wi-Fi hotspot, the Huawei Mercury is a great alternative so long as you don’t need to use the apps on the phone while its working as a hotspot. Also, you should know what you are doing More >
Well, here we are with another Huawei smartphone, the Huawei Mercury. Last week I did a video on how to open the back cover of the Huawei Ascend II. If you are interested, I believe Huawei is pronounced “wah-way” or “hwa-way”. If you know which pronunciation is right for sure, please comment.
I think the engineers at Huawei are either trying to protect the MicroSD in their smartphones or maybe they just have a really good sense of humor. At any rate, the back of your Huawei Mercury has a little sticker on the back, and if you feel like staring at it to figure out what it means you’ll see that the phone’s back comes of by prying open the plastic case by pulling down on a small notch below the Home button, while holding up on the case by the camera lens near the top.
But if you are on the Internet and you found this, you either gave up on the sticker or didn’t see it. In any case its almost useless anyway and the user guide isn’t too much help either. Here’s avideo I hope is useful.
Remove Back Cover on the Huawei Mercury
Remove the Huawei Mercury’s back cover to change the battery or microSD card
If you have any questions or comments feel free to hit me up in the comments section below.
I grabbed some Phillips SHE2650 Extra Bass Stereo Earbuds from a local pharmacy today and paid about $15 with tax. You can get them cheaper online, and you will, of course, have to wait for shipping. Since I bought my Android phone recently, I’ve been looking for earbuds recently and actually bought a pair of “Premium Quality Earbuds” and returned them the very next day. However, I like these Philips earbuds.
These stereo earbuds are good quality and have good sound, but I’m not so sure they stack up against their more expensive counterparts, belonging in the $5 to $10 price range (online) and competing well there. They do need to be “aimed” down the ear canal for best sound since they will move around and you will not get the best sound unless you adjust them properly. Movement will result in a shifting of the earbuds since they don’t go into the ear canal itself but rest at its outer edge, which actually aids in comfort. So, every now and then you will have to re-align them.
If you’ve got a budget these earbuds are not a bad buy, but they will not out-perform their more expensive (and more newly designed) cousins from Philips.
MY RATING: 2.5 of 5 (average)
Made By Philips USA)
Air Vents generate dynamic bass
MP3, CD, iPod, iPhone
Earphones storage case
3.5mm chrome-plated plug
Freq. Range: 12 to 22,000 Hz
Sensitivity: 106 dB
Impedance: 16 Ohm
Maximum Power Input: 50 mW
Ear cushions improve wearing comfort
Bass: 3 out of 5 rating
Treble: 3 out of 5 rating
Comfort: 3.5 out of 5 rating