I have finally gotten the parts to do some major revamp on my computer rig. It has been a long time coming and 2014 marks the year for a semi-major upgrade for my rig. For those familiar with the custom PC building scene, a PC usually doesn’t remain the same throughout the years as compared to say a game console (PS4, Xbox One etc). A PC can constantly be upgraded and modified to keep up to date to the latest tech and performance. I have been doing some upgrades here and there during the past few years, mainly changing my graphics card. I’m glad that the second-hand tech market in Singapore is rather busy, allowing one to buy and sell parts pretty easily. That’s how I get the money to do the upgrades. Sell the old, buy the “new”.
With the introduction of any new product comes the making of a new parody. The internet has always been doing this to almost everything. Apple’s iPhone is no stranger to such videos and infact is quite the popular topic for aspiring comedians, writers and videographers. The iPhone 5S and 5C have been introduced to us for almost a week already and the number of parodies made is absolutely astonishing. Here is a list of some of the more popular and funnier ones.
Modularity has its advantages and benefits. Put in what you want and take out what you don’t need. Work on specific components and parts instead of the system as a whole. A PC benefits from “modularity” in the sense that you can simply upgrade certain components say the graphics card and keep the whole system intact without doing a wholesale overhaul. This time around Dave Hakkens is bringing this system into phones. Called Phonebloks, Dave is promoting the concept of modular design to phones, allowing people to simply change parts instead of the whole phone. He explains it in a video right after the jump.
I’ve recently bought a Chinese Android phone with two things in mind. I needed an upgrade from my Galaxy S1 and I wanted to try out a Made in China Android phone. I did mention a review coming up and yes it is indeed coming up and will be finished once I’ve decided that I’ve used enough of the phone to come up with a review and conclusion. While I am jotting down my thoughts as I used the phone extensively, I fiddled around with the idea of coming out with a dedicated site to these Chinese mobile devices.
I’ve been eyeing those Made in China Android phones for quite some time already. In the past, most of these Chinese phones are termed as “scam” and pure rubbish “imitations”. Indeed, they were horrible mainly because of the disgusting software that powers the phone. Hardware and software comes hand in hand. And for the phone to clap, it requires both hands. With the introduction of the Android OS, Chinese phones have become much better. It has gotten to the point where it can even compete with the more legit premium brands like Samsung, HTC etc.
Did you know that there are other smart phone OSes besides Google’s Android, Apple’s iOS and Microsoft’s Windows? Mozilla’s Firefox OS is one of the up and coming mobile OS. Together with that, we have the Ubuntu OS for phones. Introducing Ubuntu Edge, a phone that’s not a phone. With the ability to dual boot both Ubuntu phone OS and android, the Ubuntu Edge can also act as a fully functional Ubuntu desktop PC. A phone? Nah, a mobile device rather. Read on for the introductory video.
Nowadays, devices use USB ports as their main source of external power. To charge a phone, external battery or wireless headset, you would often find yourself fiddling with a charging cable with a USB port on one end. With that said, USB ports are not readily available should you not have a computer with you. In addition, if the device does not come with a wall adapter, you can practically kiss that device goodbye when its battery runs out. Here is a cheap alternative and tip for you people that have such a worry.