Monthly Archives: July 2017

Amazon Launches New £50 and £80 Fire Tablets with Alexa Digital Assistant

Amazon just released two affordable tablets and this time with Alexa Digital Assistant. I’m not sure what’s the difference these two have from their past releases. But since this one is affordable, I might want to buy it. Check out this article and read the features of the tablets.

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Amazon has launched two new budget Fire tablets, with one costing just £50, and has brought its Alexa voice assistant to tablets in the UK.

The new thinner and lighter £50 Fire 7, which has an improved screen, longer battery life and more storage, hopes to continue the success of the previous Fire 7 tablet, which won plaudits for balancing low cost with features. At the same time, Amazon has launched a new version of its Fire HD 8 tablet, with similar improvements and a lower starting price of £80.

Kevin Keith, Amazon’s general manager for Fire tablets, said: “The Fire 7 for under £50 shocked a lot of folks, and became the bestselling tablet we ever built. We found most of the folks who buy our devices do so for entertainment, or what I like to call digital snacking: social media, light email, apps, games and music. So we’ve really focused on those areas.”

Both tablets now come with Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant in the UK – the same one available through the Fire TV set-top boxes and Amazon’s Echo devices – allowing users to get information, control smart-home devices and play media with voice commands.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/may/17/amazon-launches-fire-tablets-fire-7-hd-8-alexa-digital-assistant

 

Best Games of 2017: Splatoon 2, Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, and more

For those who are looking for the best and amazing games, check out this list of The Verge.  I just played Gravity Rush 2 the other day and I can’t get enough of it. Will probably try the others in the list.

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I am a sucker for end-of-year lists. They’re positive, celebratory, and useful. But too often, lists are backloaded with fall releases. A book published in January? A video game released in March? They’ll need luck and a good publicist to score best-of list slots come December.

I empathize with annual curators. Given the constant deluge of new titles, each arriving with their own noisy hype, it can be a struggle to remember a TV show or a film from 11 months ago. So this year, I’ve decided to keep a journal of my favorite video games, a public way to collect the year’s finest.

The format is inspired by Thrillist’s ongoing list of the year’s best movies. Critic Matt Patches only catalogs the stuff he can recommend 100 percent. “No mixed-bags,” he writes, “[or] interesting train-wrecks.” My list won’t be quite as definitive. I love train-wrecks; I live for mixed bags.

I’ll be updating my list as often as I can — hopefully I’ll have plenty of games to add. I’d love it if you joined me in this experiment. I’m opening the comments so you, dear reader, can share your favorite games as the year goes on.

Dates refer to when I began each game, and may not align with release dates. This is not a definitive list for The Verge. I am only adding games as I play them. If you feel something is missing, please recommend it in the comments.

Read more: https://www.theverge.com/2017/1/31/14438538/best-games-of-2017-ps4-xbox-one-pc-online-android-ios

 

Home Plumbing 101

There are some things that you must know about your home. Beside getting the latest gadgets, the electrical and plumbing system in your home is just about the most crucial aspect in your daily life. Below is an article i found on the web written by what i assume is a Singapore plumber on what to note for your plumbing work when doing your renovation.

Applying it to your home renovation can help you a lot in the future. Also to the owner of the site….nice site by the way 🙂

Plumbing 101: The Home Owner Guide to Good Plumbing Practice

 

Why Hire A Professional to Paint Your House

Anyone are able to apply paint, however, not everybody is able to apply it correctly. When things go wrong in a DIY home painting, it could cause a waste of funds, time and effort. It is always advised that whenever you’ve got the resources, consider hiring a pro painter to get it done.

More advantages in hiring a professional painter for the painting jobs in your house:

A qualified painter is a detailed and focus oriented person and endures any kind of situation. This is needed whenever you can find hard to reach areas to paint or perhaps an elevated area. Aside from the proper training and expertise, they’ve with them equipment and tools necessary to perform complicated and unsafe tasks.

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Pre-1978 homes paints tend to be the most common source of lead. Lead is a soft, bluish-gray metal that is definitely very poisonous to an person. Various cities and states have now the regulation to repaint and reconstruct home with these kind of paints for medical conditions. Thus, if you live in a home constructed in these years, consider getting a professional to take a look at and eventually paint the house.

Every very good job done can be due to good preparation. Exactly the same applies to painting. Without proper preparation work, the new paint will chip or show symptoms of destruction earlier than anticipated. Additionally, bothersome paint spillages can result from improper roller use, but you can avert these completely once a professional will do the work. And finally, you can depend on them to get rid of the waste and toxic materials after they finish off.

You may also expect to get the project finished quickly. Many people have tried painting rooms on their own, believing that it’ll be just a very simple weekend project. Yet, they will eventually realize that they could not get it done immediately and definitely will call for them to do it for a few more weeks. Painting companies will also complete the job without disturbing your daily life as much.

Considerations When Getting a Professional Help

Make sure to deal with state-licensed painting companies only. Painting companies will differ significantly with regards to cost, so get at least three offers. Also secure references out of every single bidder and evaluate prior work in person. Make certain you are getting a company which has workers’ compensation and liability insurance policies. Once you’ve picked a professional painting contractor, make sure that all project objectives come in writing. Remember to study the contract before you sign it to ensure you avoid being surprised by disguised fees later on.

Do not forget that reliable companies will normally not ask for more than 10% of the total project price as downpayment. Don’t complete the final payment unless you are satisfied with the job.

Anybody can apply paint, but not all can perform a great job.

 

Chimney Cleaning Basics

Regular chimney cleaning is essential for maintaining the fireplace in a great condition. Cleaning is performed to eliminate soot and creosote which is highly combustible and dangerous. Chimney cleaning might be a little challenging but with basic cleaning tips, someone could do it without having to hire a professional.

Cleaning starts off with gathering the mandatory materials and tools. Some of the tools necessary for an efficient chimney sweep consist of gloves, a chimney brush, a ladder, dust mask, a rope, flash light and protective goggles. Ahead of purchasing a chimney brush, you need to study the inner part of a chimney liner so that you purchase the correct size.

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Initially, before starting with ‘Top-To-Bottom’ method, ensure that the fireplace has been turn off from a long time. The nearby area must have become cold and the chimney too should have reached the normal temperature. Now get on the roof-top with a ladder or any other convenient way, cover your nose and head well with a mask and a cap correspondingly. Connect extension rods to the chimney sized brush and put the brush down from the chimney top. So, go cleaning the chimney from top to bottom. Take help of a vacuum cleaner too. It is a extensively accepted and preferred approach to cleaning.

Weight method is additionally a top to bottom like method of chimney cleaning in which, the activity is performed from the top of the chimney with usage of a weight attached to the rope that also connects to the chimney brush. The weight needs to be a lot more than 20lb for quality chimney cleaning. The chimney brush is pumped down and up with the aid of rope in the chimney. This technique is repeated till the liners of the chimney are cleaned properly.

Other method involving utilization of the rod is whereby a chimney brush attached to a rod is placed from the bottom rather than the roof. This may however not be effective since it is difficult to seal the kitchen area. Soot will as a result spread all over the area.

The Duel line Method is the another method for which you will need two people. A rope (and pull ring for holding onto if you like) is attached to both ends of the brush. Each person takes turns pulling the rope, in order to work the brush down and up to scrub the walls of the chimney.

Wood plays a main part in chimney cleaning, as the type of wood you use to burn determines on how much cleaning needs to be done. Green, wet wood are usually the one that produces more soot if compared to dry ones. Hence, when it comes to lowering smoke emitted make use of dryer wood

Preventative maintenance happens to be the best way. You can save from the expensive expense of making maintenance when damage has been done. In addition that, regular chimney cleaning cannot only save money but it could also protect your investment and the lives of individuals living in your house.

 

Top 10 Best Bluetooth Speakers in 2017 Reviews

There are lots of bluetooth speakers that are out in the market these days. To help you narrow your options, you can check this list of the best bluetooth speakers as of year 2017.

Tablets and smart phones are really awesome gadgets that can provide you with so many exciting features. The most attractive aspect is that they can be easily fit into your pocket or purse without any hassles. It is not possible for these small gadgets to produce excellent sound. If you are someone who loves to have great audio then you can think about buying Bluetooth audio that can be used for connecting with your gadgets and listen to whatever you want in better quality and in the level of the sound that you want. Below are the Top 10 Best Bluetooth Speakers:

10. Beats Pill XL

This is the Bluetooth speaker that can be used by those people who love bass. This is the Bluetooth speaker that has got the capability of providing with awesome audio performance. These are the speakers that can be easily portable. These are really speakers awesome for versatile playback options. There is built-in speakerphone available with this Bluetooth speaker. These Bluetooth speakers can be used for charging external devices. It is but an overpriced option.

9. TDK Life On Record A33 Wireless

This is the speaker that has got almost the same price of any of the best speakers that you can get from the market. This is the kind of the speaker that has got features for protecting itself from adverse weather conditions. These speakers are particularly designed for outdoors. This is the one that you need to consider when you are someone who stays outside for a long time. This is the one that can be used both for music and phone calls. The audio quality available with it is also great. There is a subwoofer and also dual drivers available with it. It is possible for you to get battery life of 6 hours but the volume and sound potential is great.

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Read more: https://top10perfect.com/best-bluetooth-speakers

 

Nintendo’s New 2DS XL is The Closest You’ll Ever Get to a ‘3DS XL Lite’

Nintendo never runs out of idea when it comes to gaming. No wonder they are on top of their respective field. They are introducing a new portable gaming console in the 3DS family. For gamers out there, you wouldn’t dare to miss this gadget!

When most of us think about Nintendo hardware, we think about the gimmick. The motion controls of the Wii, the second screen of the Nintendo DS, the stereoscopic visuals of the 3DS and the duality of the Nintendo Switch. These innovations define Nintendo’s brand — but it’s not the only hallmark of Nintendo hardware.

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The company is as much of a house of iteration as it is innovation, particularly when it comes to portable gaming. Almost every one of its handheld consoles — from the original GameBoy to the Nintendo DS — has been revised, retooled and released in a new form. Nintendo has made five versions of its original 3DS hardware, and it’s about to release one more: The New Nintendo 2DS XL.

  • Pros
    Plays ever 3DS game on the market
    More comfortable controls than previous model
    Easy access to external storage
  • Cons
    Shorter battery life than the New 3DS XL
    Uncomfortably short stylus
    Speakers are just okay

Read more: https://www.engadget.com/2017/07/14/new-nintendo-2ds-xl-review

 

High-Def Camera Maker Red Announces 3D Smartphone

Wow! Technology really upgrades fast. This good news will surely shake the world of smartphone. Red will make it as a trend  and I  guess within 5 years or probably less than that, all smartphone will have a 3D camera.

The Hydrogen One Media Machine has a 5.7-in “retina-riveting” holographic display, runs Google’s Android OS and incorporates a new high-speed data bus and an “ever-expanding modular component system.”

What the company called “nanotechnology” will allow the smartphone to seamlessly switch between traditional 2D content, holographic multiview content, 3D content and interacting games, which can be viewed in both landscape and portrait modes.

“Wearable displays not spoken here,” the company stated in a press release. “It is no longer necessary to carry (or charge) another device to enjoy multi-dimensional content.”

Red said it has also created its own file type, called “Hydrogen 4-View content.” Like Apple’s iCloud service, video and photos will automatically be stored via the company’s Red Channel, which also users to stream holographic games and movies.

Read more: http://www.computerworld.com/article/3206585/mobile-wireless/high-def-camera-maker-red-announces-3d-smartphone.html

Nokia 3310 Luxury ‘Putin-Trump Summit’ Edition Launched at $2,468

I think the biggest news that really hit the politics this half-month of the year was the handshake of Putin and Trump that was caught in the camera. So if you are a fan of these two powerful men, better get your hand on this limited edition of Nokia 3310.

Nokia 3310 (2017) has been one of the most popular phones that came out this year and it seems like the feature phone has now received a luxury treatment as well. The ‘Putin-Trump Summit’ edition of the revamped Nokia 3310, which has been created in honour of the meeting between the president of the US and Russia at G20 international forum, is now available for purchase at a premium price of around $2,468 (roughly Rs. 1.6 lakhs).

The Nokia 3310 Putin-Trump Summit edition has been created by Russian phone customiser Caviar and comes with all the standard features offered by the regular variant but has a luxurious leather casing that has stripes of ‘Black Velvet’, as pointed out in a report by Neowin. With its name, it would obviously be a shame if the phone did not come with a gold plated circular emblem with Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in it, and the phone doesn’t disappoint.

The case is made up of tempered titanium of VT-23 grade and the coating is a damask steel pattern. If you are thinking that there hasn’t been much thought put into the product, you are wrong. Caviar says that the emblem shows both Donald Trump and Putin looking in the same direction, which shows the common desire for progress in Russian-American relations from both the world leaders.

Read more: http://gadgets.ndtv.com/mobiles/news/nokia-3310-putin-trump-summit-edition-price-gold-leather

 

Buy the Best Dishwasher With Every Budget

Dishwashers are a modern convenience that many of us are very used to. Homes, condos and many flats nowadays have one as a basic appliance, similar to a stove and freezer. Similar to any appliance, although, they don’t really last eternally. If it is time to obtain or replace a dishwasher, spend some time to research the many choices that are available. Along with expenses ranging from a few hundred to over a thousand dollars, choose wisely to be sure you get the appliance that best fits your requirements.

Here are set of components that you have to put in mind when buying a dishwasher.

Size

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Look at the size of the dishwasher you’ll need. A family of two requires a more compact dishwasher than a family of six. Even though you have sufficient dishes to let a family of two to wait over a week to run the dishwasher, it is probably an awful idea to buy a larger model.

Noise
Almost all modern units have been created for noiseless operation. As a general guide, about 50 db or lower is generally held to be a suitable noise level.

Interior
Dishwashers come with an adjustable rack that can be adjusted down and up depending on your requirement. These features surely help much once you prepare for a enormous crowd plus they can comfortably fit in large bowls and odd shaped dishes.

Functions
Timer delay is very useful function for picking the optimum time to run a load. You’d also want a dishwasher with a half load function. This function lets you tell the dishwasher to clean a lesser load only in the top tray.

Budget
Your budget will actually determine the functions that you can have for dishwasher. Quite often, the ones that are costly includes more advanced systems as well as energy saving features that will absolutely cut back money in the long term. Which means you have to be prepared in shelling out a large amount if you wish to have a quality one. In addition look for the warranty terms that comes with the product to protect yourself from extra cost for repairs.

Dishwashers can cost a little or a lot, and can give you a few solutions or many. You want yours to satisfy your household needs and never hurt your wallet. Conduct some research and shop carefully.