Monthly Archives: October 2015

China’s Huawei Makes Third Top Selling Smartphone Brand Global

“Mid-tier mobiles are indeed on the rise as seen on the market today. Following after Apple and Samsung, you may not be surprised if Huawei will overtake these giants in the near future.”



China’s Huawei Technologies made the top three global smartphone seller, trailing Samsung and Apple, according to the latest report by IDC.

According to IDC’s statement on Oct. 28, Huawei shipped 26.5 million units of smartphones in Q3 this year, up 60.9 percent from a year ago, pushing its market share to 7.5 percent to become the third top selling smartphone brand in the world.

Huawei focuses on mid-range to high-end devices and has reported stellar performances in China and Europe, but has relatively low market penetration in the U.S. The Chinese company recently worked with Google to develop the high-end Nexus 6P; the partnership was interpreted as a step in expanding the U.S. market for Huawei.

South Korea’s Samsung top the top ….



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Who is Pepper?

“Are you will to pay a thousand bucks for a companion? Well, we are not  just talking about humans here but we are talking the newest technological craze, Pepper Robot. Find out why these robots are sold out in the market.”


The latest creation from Aldebaran, Pepper is the first humanoid robot designed to live with humans. At the risk of disappointing you, he doesn’t clean, doesn’t cook and doesn’t have super powers… Pepper is a social robot able to converse with you, recognize and react to your emotions, move and live autonomously.

Engaging and friendly, Pepper is much more than a robot, he’s a companion able to communicate with you through the most intuitive interface we know: voice, touch and emotions.
Created for SoftBank Mobile—one of the largest mobile phone operators in Japan- Pepper is already greeting and interacting with customers in stores.

An emotional companion

To be a true social companion Pepper needs to be able to understand your emotions. If you burst out laughing, he will know you are in a good mood. If you frown, Pepper will understand that something is bothering you.

Pepper can translate what state you are in using his knowledge of universal emotions (joy, surprise, anger, doubt and sadness) and his ability to analyze your facial expression, body language and the words you use. He will guess your mood, and will even adapt to it. For example, he will try to cheer you up by playing your favorite song!

Pepper also can express emotions, and this is what makes him so cute! We can say he has a real personality conveyed by his body language, his funny gestures and his voice.



Peppers loves to talk with humans, he’s very curious about us! As you continue to interact with him Pepper will recognize you and learn new things about your tastes. Capable of both adaptation and self-improvement, he will soon be able to …


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Decorating a Guest Room

A guest bedroom is truly a useful extension of your property that makes it better for relatives and buddies to come from long distances to visit you. However, you might be contemplating how to commence having one or worry of the cost which you might need to pay in planning for it. Guest room is important if you don’t want your guests to irritatingly or awkwardly sleep on the couch or your family room. Decorating this room doesn’t necessarily need to be pricey. Once decorating a room, you should look into whether or not the room will be permanently a guest room or if you can convert the room into a guest room very easily. If you want to space for an workplace, then you could think about getting a futon, instead of a full bed, to be able to prop the futon up and offer yourself extra space in the room and not having to move large furnishings around.

To assist you in enhancing your guest room, below are some tips to keep into mind.

a)    Clean Out the Room. When it comes to which kind of pieces of furniture a room must have, it is important to clear out first of pointless things. After getting rid of the space, it is best to vacuum and clean the room so it can be measured and evaluated as a blank slate.


b)    The Basic Furniture. The bed in your guest room doesn’t have to be a four-poster, however the bed mattress ought to be comfortable. If you can’t afford to buy a high quality regular mattress, an air bed is an excellent option. It is also economical if you possibly could look into the other rooms on your property and find out if there are furniture like old beds that you could just restore and put in the guest room.

c)    Extra Storage Space. If you’re anticipating guests to stay in your guest room for an extended period of time, then you might look into having additional storage space especially for the guest room. The extra storage space could be a dresser or just some free space in the closet for empty hangers.

d)     Extra Linens. The closet must also have a backup set of sheets, duvets, and pillow cases, folded and waiting for use. Also you can place extra blankets and pillows in here. However make certain that there exists lots of space left over for hanging and organizing their wardrobe when they get there.

e)    Think of Neutral Décor. When enhancing a guest room, it is important that room is comfortable for anyone who will be staying there. With that being said, it should not be decorated like a kid’s room, nor should it be too frilly. A neutral decor, with natural and warm colors, will guarantee that any guest will certainly feel at ease staying there.

f)    Extra Amenities. If your home is setup for wireless, keep in mind to give them the password. Should there be things they have to learn about using items in the kitchen or laundry room or family room, give them clear instructions. You can also put some amenities such as alarm clock, bedside lamp, a small TV and books to read.

Landscaping Tools That You Need To Own

For an individual to save a significant amount on keeping his or her landscape, they need to make sure that they have the right tools and equipment. Though there truly are different landscape tools that a person will need determined upon the plants in the landscape, you must have the basics. For some types of gardening and landscaping there are particular tools required. Obtaining the correct tools is essential for any landscaper.


1)    Rake – A rake is the ideal tool for collecting dead leaves, grass cuttings, pine needles and other lawn debris. Rakes will be the most eco-friendly tools, because they don’t use gas like leaf blowers and are very quiet. Besides gathering leaves, rakes may be used to spread straw and mulch on huge beds. It’s an essential tool for your lawn as well as your flower, fruit or vegetable beds.

2)    Shovel – The most important landscaping tool of them all is the shovel. As a way to put in place plants you have to dig holes, which is where the shovel is most important. It is handy to get a full-size shovel as part of your tools but when you have only a patio garden or smaller area to work in you may only need a hand shovel. Shovels enables you to grow large plants such as trees or shrubs and could be used to make the small ridges when planting seeds.

3)    Wheelbarrow – When you’ve got a large area or extensive lawn then a wheelbarrow could save you time and effort and back pain. Wheelbarrows are the answer to transport leaves, stones, dirt along with other yard waste that you like to take out. Wheelbarrows will come in useful when you least expect it and could easily be kept when not in use. You possibly will not want it all the time however when you do, you will be happy it is in your landscaping tool set.

4)    Pruners plus shears – This tools are widely used to boost the appearance of woodsy plants plus bushes. They keep shrubs from intruding other locations, plus they boost the general wellness of your plants. They assist maintain a nice appearance, and once you have topiary concerns, they’re crucial to maintain a set form. You may get hand pruners, certain tools to help with the smaller-sized branches and are simpler to use, loppers in order to get larger branches that are far too large for pruners, as well pruning saws to help you on the hardest of tree branches.

5)    Watering Can – You will find places that garden hoses usually do not reach. Or maybe you do not actually have a garden hose. A watering can is absolutely essential for container plants and newly-planted plants. These guys require additional care including repeated watering. Always utilize a watering can with a breaker on the nozzle to ensure the water comes on the plants delicately.

These are merely the top five standard landscaping equipment you need to have for your backyard. As you become far more specialized you’ll be buying more certain tools as you require them.

Sewer Line Problems at Home

Just the mere thought of sewer line problems makes most householders cringe. Problems with a sewer line will not be free, particularly if don’t catch problems early on. For houses that happen to be served by a city sewer, the municipality will usually care for and maintain the line running ` the street. Nevertheless, upkeep of the line of which functions from the house to the street is practically always the responsibility of the homeowner.

Reasons that generate Sewer Line Problems

The first instinct of house owners whenever they stumble upon a slow moving drain is to pour plenty of harsh chemicals into the lines to open up or remove the clog. Although that could be a temporary solution, at the same time they could be causing even more damage with the chemicals themselves. Many sewer line repairs will have their root cause in blockage of the lines themselves. You should check its source so that the issue won’t take place again. Take a look at some few warning signs of sewer line issue.

Toilet Bowl Water Level

Every time a sewer line is clogged, there may be inconsistency in the water level of toilets. Should the water level in your toilet is unusually low, high, or perhaps differs every day, it’s to your best benefit to call a licensed plumber to assess your line.

Presence of Odd Sounds or Scents

If you notice a distinctly different sound, just like a gurgling, when water is draining from sinks, toilets or other drains, it could be time for you to bring in a professional to check the lines. Similarly, if you ever detect odd smells coming from drains, or in the yard, a sewer inspection must be done by a plumber as soon as possible.

Showers, Sinks and Tubs are Slow to Drain

One sewer line problem that you can notice are slow moving drains, sinks and toilets.Whilst observing the initial stages of slow moving drains can be difficult, a slow moving bathtub drain could be very showing of your septic problems. In short, if your drains and sinks are draining slowly, you’ve waste back up in your pipes and the problem will only worsen.

Unusual events when using plumbing fixtures

This can be a number of different things. When you flush the toilet and the bathtub backs up, that’s an unusual reaction. Another can be turning on the tap in the sink and discovering bubbles in the toilet, the toilet begins draining or the toilet water rises. Last but not least, if the washing machine is draining and any nearby fixtures backup or a toilet overflows, then you probably have a blockage somewhere.

Plumbing Emergency Advice and a Singapore Plumber Recommandation.

It is really hard to find a plumber whom you can trust. We are glad that we managed to find Uncle Swee from  whom helped us with the burst pipe and at the same time a choke that we have been having problem with for some time now.

Uncle Swee was very friendly and patient with us and the way he handled the whole affair showed how experience he is in this! I called back to the office after the work is done to commend him and according to his manager, it seems like i am not the only person that have been doing so.

Should you need a plumber, you can consider uncle swee from or call them at 62804615.

In the meantime i realize there are some pretty good advice on how you can locate the main shut off for the water supply on their website (how i wished i had saw this earlier). Below is the link and there are pictorial guides on the pages for you to follow:

“What you can do while waiting for our emergency plumber to attend to your case?

1. If the problem is because of a leaking or burst piper, one of the very first thing you could do while waiting for a plumber to arrive is to isolate the water supply to your affected area. The easiest way is to do so is to always follow the pipe starting from the point of leak towards the exterior of your home.

Credits: What to do in a plumbing emergency

Also for the choke, we kinda of like the way the company deals with it where payment is made only after the choke is cleared. Uncle swee also poured a full pail of water down the drain in front of us to demostrate how clear the choke has been cleared!

Payment and process For chokes

The plumber would arrive at your place to assess the choke. After assessment, the price is given Only after the price is agreed would the work commence. After the drain is cleared, payment is collected. You can check to ensure the work is done properly before making the payment.

Credits: Singapore Choke Clearing Service

Overall i give a 4 out of 5 stars. Definately recommanding them to my friends and familys.


The first 8K TV will go on sale soon for over $130,000

“In today’s technology, nothing is impossible! If you’ve got the cash, would you buy it?”


Sharp has demonstrated Super Hi-Vision 8K displays before (as seen above during CES 2015), but today in Japan it announced an 85-inch version is going on sale October 30th. Dubbed the LV-85001, it’s a monitor (it has a tuner so you could call it a TV, but that can’t actually receive 8K video) for professional use only, mostly since there aren’t really any broadcasts or content to watch in 8K. Coming in at 16 times the resolution of 1080p screens, the 7,680 x 4,320 pixel LCD panel uses Sharp’s IGZO technology. To actually watch any 8K video, you’ll need to plug into all four of its HDMI inputs at once just to have enough bandwidth. If you’re interested (and why wouldn’t you be, even though there’s almost nothing to watch), just contact Sharp’s business-to-business sales unit, and bring along a check for 16,000,000 yen, or about $133,034 US.

Of course, it’s not actually time to throw your 4K (or if you’re really old-school, 1080p) HDTV aside. Ultra HD Blu-ray movies in 4K are still just around the corner, and actually delivering 8K video is still a few years away. Testing out broadcasts is one thing professionals can actually do with this …


New 21.5-inch Apple iMac announced with 4K display for $1,499

“Thin is beautiful! Who can even resist this beauty?”


Apple’s smaller iMac is finally going 4K. The 21.5-inch iMac is being updated today with a faster processor, faster RAM, and improved graphics. But the most compelling update is the new option of a 4K display. It’s a huge improvement over the old 1080p display, making the iMac’s entire screen look sharp and vibrant.

In fact, the iMac’s screen actually looks more vibrant than ever. Apple is using a new display tech on the 4K model that it says can show 25 percent more colors — primarily reds, greens, and yellows. That means colors should be stronger and more accurate. It’s not the kind of thing that lets you look at the display once and see how much better it is — although, the 4K will do that on its own — but it’ll very likely make whatever you’re streaming off of Netflix all the more mesmerizing. The improved color reproduction is also coming to a refresh of the 27-inch 5K iMac.

The 21.5-inch iMac is also getting a much-needed spec refresh. The line hasn’t really been updated in over two years, and today it’s taking the step up to Intel’s Broadwell processors. That may not sound very exciting — Broadwell is technically one generation old — but these are actually relatively new processors, having only made it out of Intel’s factories in June. And while Skylake is out there, Skylake chips with Iris Pro graphics aren’t, and that’s probably the reason why the iMac is seeing what seems to be a delayed upgrade. Apple’s cheapest iMac includes a 1.6GHz dual-core i5, while the 4K version begins with a 3.1GHz quad-core i5 — you’ll probably want to upgrade.

The processors upgrades mean that the higher-end iMac models also include Iris Pro graphics, which should be particularly useful for pushing around the 4K machine’s extra pixels. RAM has also been improved across the board from 8GB of 1600MHz LPDDR3 to 8GB of 1867GHz LPDDR3, upgradeable to 16GB. This update also adds Thunderbolt 2 and a larger storage option.

While Apple has changed basically all of the key features on the inside, the iMac’s external hardware is the same as it has been. It’s still impressively slim and stylish. The black bezels around the display are starting to feel large when compared to, say, the MacBook, but they aren’t really something you notice when there’s a large 4K screen taking up most of your vision.

That said, there will be a few visual differences around the new iMac: Apple is updating its standalone keyboard, trackpad, and mouse, with the former two getting design overhauls. The keyboard and mouse come with the iMac by default, and you’ll be able to opt for the (much more expensive) new trackpad.

Just like Apple only brought 5K to its top-of-the-line 27-inch iMac last year, the company is only offering 4K as an option on its most expensive 21.5-inch machine. It’ll start at $1,499, while 1080p models will continue to start at $1,099. It’s a big jump, but there’s also a big power and quality difference between the two tiers. In a brief test of the 4K model, the actual performance seemed like nothing to write home about — the display, however, should be enough to distract you during any unexpected load times. All models are shipping today.

Photography by Sean O’Kane.

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Types of Dining Tables


It’s well known that dining tables appear in several shapes, size and materials. Possibly a few of us may often acquire the ones that are appealing without taking into consideration other factors. Below we will try to go over the common types of dining tables and their attributes so you’re able to decide what’s ideal for your own home.\

A.    Round and octagonal tables

These types of tables are really easy to sit at as there are no legs getting in the way – only a single pedestal at the center. They have got a great usefulness since they’re so versatile therefore it is considered the best choice for a dining table. Contrary to the rectangular tables, they remove the hierarchy or “head of the table” distinction by letting everybody to face each other equally.

If you need to seat four, then the table which has a forty inches diameter is the perfect size. If, however, you require seats for 5 to 6 people, then search for a round table that has a circumference of at least forty eight inches, however more is certainly fine. Always check the circumference before getting one.

B.    Rectangular and oval tables

These are generally good for big rooms which happen to be longer and narrow. The items are usually intended for 6-12 people and due to this, they are perfect for people with large families or those who loves occasions usually. The tables can also be suitable for dinner parties where the host can sit at the top of the table while others sit by the sides.

C.    Drop-leaf and expandable tables

A drop-leaf table is a table which has a fixed section in the middle and a hinged section (leaf) on either side that may be folded down (dropped). These tables are made of a number of woods from Cherry to Walnut, to Maple or Mahogany. Dependent upon the style or drop leaf or gate leg tables, the leaves differ from coming almost down to the floor to only coming down a bit.

If you live in a town house or an condo with a small space, your best option should be the drop leaf due to its space-saving functions. It’s easy to choose what is ideal for your space. Start with measuring the room so that you will find out what size table will perfectly fit. After that determine the quantity of individuals, maximum you must provide. Through this, you are able to determine what size of table and how many chairs you have to buy. Drop leaf tables can be purchased in many different measurements.

D.    Square tables

About eight guests can seat in these types. Not like round or octagonal units that allow several guests to seat in them, seating in square tables is usually constrained. This is due to you can’t really sit at the corners since the supports of the edges usually block the legroom of the person seated at the corner.

Before getting a dining table, you need studied the areas of your household and put into concerns the style, space and family preference. You have to select the best one that will be suit your lifestyle.

4 Questions to Answer When Buying Water Heaters

Water heater is an appliance that will last for a number of years. This is the reason we actually don’t put much attention on it. In case the water heater fails or does not work anymore, then it’s time for you to get a a different one. But first you should know things that you need to put into consideration prior to buying the replacement.


What size do you need?

The water heater with right size will make sure that it will meet the family’s hot water needs and also to ensure that no energy will be squandered. You need to know the peak demand, tested in gallons per hour (gph). Then consider tank water heaters on the same gph grounds to check the number of gallons of storage should fulfill this demand. The water heater capacity typically depends upon the family size. For a family of 3, the average requirement is 50-60 while for a family of 6-7, it could normally requires 80 to 100 gallons.

What type of power?

There is a lot of selections when you purchase a water heater. You can buy gas, electric, solar and atmospheric water heaters widely available in the market. Every one of these types has distinctions in relation to performance and price. For recovery rate and performance, electric water heaters have an edge in recovery rate therefore it is good for large families. But if you desire to be more economical and environment-friendly, choose gas or solar water heaters instead.

Where will it be installed?

It is a frequent situation that replacement water heaters are positioned on the same location of the outdated one. Yet, you should decide the height and width to be sure enough space exists for installation since there may be adjustments on the size or capacity of your water heater. For instance, in case your hot water use rises so you must upgrade to a larger tank size, it could be important to run plumbing to a different area so the new, larger unit will fit. Whatever it could be, it is still advised to let a professional plumber determine the correct spot.

What type or model would it be?

Tank style water heaters have been in existence for several years and still one of the most common choices. A tank style water heater retains a stable supply of hot water from a convenient up to speed holding tank thus giving easy, speedy, reliable access to hot water. While alternatively, tankless water heaters provide heated water on-demand rather than retaining a preheated reserve. This “tankless” style can conserve approximately 30 percent on energy as it doesn’t have to maintain a holding tank full of hot water 24 / 7.

These tips are just to provide you with the fundamental information on water heater types and features. But, if you happen to still end up baffled and unclear on some selections, it’s best that you get in touch with plumbing company to help you every step of the way. Through them, you can ensure that the project will be done appropriately.