General technology-related stories
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
Its worth noting that I use a Huawei Ascend II running Android™ Gingerbread 2.3 OS, so not all of these tips will apply if you are not.
Don’t Stop Here
I’d love it if you only read my blog, but you really have to read what others have written about Android phones to get a better picture of what you can do. Also, I’m new to the Android, that’s why I’m writing this post because it will help me get to know Android better!
If you are new to Android try these searches in your favorite search engine(s):
new android tips and hints
beginner android tips and hints
Consider an Extra Battery & Chargers
You’ll need one sooner or later, why not have a battery for work and home? Have a charger for your car, home and work. Either way you can charge your battery or replace it if it starts to die.
More tips for newbies and Android beginners soon to follow!
If you have the Huawei Ascend II android phone, you might need to remove the back to change a battery or remove or upgrade the microSD card. Regardless, you will need to know how to access the SD mini card to remove it.
The Huawei Acsend II comes with a 4GB microSD card, and 3GB are dedicated to music. Keep in mind whatever microSD you use
you will lose those 3GB for music and a small amount of space will be used by the Android OS, as with any operating system.
NOTE: If you buy a new Huawei Ascend II it will come with a 4GB SDMicro that is hard-wired to give you 1GB of storage and save the other 3GB for music. If you put your own MicroSD card in that is not made by/for this phone, you will get the entire space minus a small amount for the Android OS.