Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Quitbit, a lighter way to put an end to your smoking

Trying or even planning to quit smoking is probably the hardest thing to do for smokers of all sorts. Either you’re an occasional or heavy chain-smoker, putting an end to your smoking habit may seem to be rather impossible at first. We’ve been handed down with plenty of smoking alternatives, like e-cigarettes, nicotine patches or gums but none of these seem to replace the sedation we get from smoking.

Luckily, a new smart device emerges from the technological realm. This device promises to turn our smoking sensations into a complete smoking cessation. The Quitbit smartlighter may just be the last lighter you’ll ever buy or better yet it’s the lighter you actually need to completely halt your smoking.

The Quitbit smartlighter was successfully funded from Kickstarter.com on June 11, 2014. The smartlighter project received a total of $55,287 worth of pledges and 657 backers to come along with it. For all of those who are wondering what’s so special about this lighter, well for starters, the Quitbit smartlighter is a non-butane-dependent lighter; instead it uses a heating coil to light up your cigarettes. It also has the capability to track down how many sticks you had per day and and also comes along with an app which you can install in your trusty partner, your smartphone.

So just how does tracking your sticks per day help you stop your habit of smoking? The answer is simple; it makes you conscious of how much you smoke per day. From the information the Quitbit lighter provided you with, you can now take control and limit the cigarettes you light per day and then from there on you may start constructing your “smoke-no-more” campaign and plan to slowly decrease the number of sticks you smoke until eventually you put an end to your smoking habit.

With the help of the Quitbit app, you will be able to know how much you’ve also saved from cutting down the sticks you had plus you’ll also be introduced into a support group wherein former smokers and planning-to-quit-smokers like you motivates you with inspirational messages to help you push through on your withdrawal stage. As we all know, the drug withdrawal stage is the most painful phase we have to go through after we quit smoking – this is also most likely to be the reason behind starting the bad habit all over again.

Currently, the Quitbit smartlighter is priced at $89. It’s kinda pricey for a lighter if you asked me; but just keep in mind of what it could do for you. I mean, where else will you be able to find a lighter that will help you stop yourself from smoking?

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Essential apps for your Sneaker Fever

The Sneaker game favours those who are always ready and prepared. As we all now, dope kicks are released almost every day. A lot of people who are immersed in the sneaker culture invest massive amount of time, dedication and not to mention their sweat and tears just to secure a pair. That statement is without exaggeration for sneakerheads like us. Just how important is it for us to be the first to know? Well, it’s pretty much the reason why we are in front of the line. A certain amount of heat can cause a big outrage just to secure a pair of sneaks. The most probable outcome of your incompetent preparation for this shoe event directs you towards the back of the line, and we all know this scenario often leads into a not-so-positive outcome.

To gather the information we need, particularly the release dates and other important details such as the reason behind the heat of the latest drops, can be found obviously in the brand manufacturer’s site, sneaker blogs, and trending news. All these are located in the World Wide Web. So, how do we get this imperative and vital information while we’re on-the-go or perhaps while we are at work or doing any of our agendas that would separate us from our laptops and computers? The answer is simple. We have our trusty smartphones and their ever-so-convenient apps to thank for. I’ve manage to collect the list of noteworthy apps which I personally think will play as a convenient tool for your “sole searching” activities and of course be a beneficial addition to fuel your sneaker fever.

1.       Unlaced by Urban Sensory

The app does not only offer you updated news and latest drops, but it also enables you to take a quick snapshot of the kicks you’re wearing. Moreover, it has a feature that lets you organize each of your dopest kicks by dates. This enables you to interchange between your collections, so you may showcase them and let them enjoy the limelight equally. This said feature is a smart and remarkable addition focusing on your sneaker management. I give this app an A+ for its smart features and cool-looking user-interface.

2.       J23 by Matt Berg

Did you know that Michael Jordan was fined by the NBA for wearing the Nike Air Jordan 1 because it does not match the on-court dress code? Learn the history behind every Jordan shoe with the J23 app. This app also features push notifications allowing you to have convenient updates on the upcoming Jordan releases. The Jordan Brand is, without a doubt, the most popular brand of sneakers for all the sneakerheads out there. Avid Jordan brand fans will definitely go crazy over this app.

3.       Adidas Originals

Embedded with groundbreaking technology, the 3D image recognition, users can simply take a photo of an Adidas Originals’ item and subsequently receive its closest matches and their available colourways. This app can also provide you with the directions to the nearest shoe store where your desired kicks are found and allow you to instantaneously post them to Facebook, so everyone you know can see your newly added additions to your Adidas collection. A definitely must have for the Adidas fans.

4.       eBay

Having trouble finding a good deal? Or do you simply have a hard time looking for your desired kicks? Solve both these dilemmas with the eBay app. Locate good deals from a wide network of trusted sellers from around the globe, or simply put your own kicks up for sale. You might not know it yet, but what you’re looking for may be a simple tap away from this app.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

A Luxury Statement Piece for a Smartphone

Who says a smartphone can’t be both a luxury statement piece and a worthy partner? The latest masterpiece from the world renowned luxury smartphone manufacturer, Vertu, embodies the existence of a gadget bestowed with both class and superior functionalities. Although priced at a staggering USD 11,300 or almost 6, 650 British Sterling, the Vertu Signature Touch may have what it takes to convince you to burn a large amount of your cash for a rather pricey but unmatchable smartphone experience.

Let’s have a rundown of its pros and cons for us to have a quick preview of Vertu’s prided masterpiece.

Good points

·         Design and Durability

The Vertu Signature Touch is composed of high-class materials to pull off a very luxurious and classy finish. Some of these high-class elements include a ruby crystal as a physical button, a virtually scratchproof sapphire glass, hand-fed calf leather and Grade 5 titanium. The Grade 5 titanium is a material commonly seen on race cars and spacecrafts. With that being said, you are assured to have an elegant-looking yet highly-durable smartphone.

·         Performance and Specs

In collaboration with Bang & Olufsen and Dolby Digital Surround Sound for its audioware, this luxury smartphone turns your conventional media listening experience into literally and without exaggeration, greater heights. If that does not get you amazed, Vertu also collaborated with Hasselblad for an unmatchable and unrivaled mobile photography on its 13MP rear camera. And on top of all that, the Vertu Signature Touch is equipped with a powerful Quad Core processor that works hand-in-hand with 2GB of RAM. This combination brings forth massive amount of computing power, enabling you to take on all your mobile activities in a high-speed manner.

·         Luxurious and High-class Perks

This is where the Vertu Signature Touch greatly separates itself from all the budget friendly smartphones. The luxurious perks may be the ones responsible for its rather pricey price tag. Where else will you be able to find a smartphone that gives off complimentary tickets to exclusive or members only invites? Also, what other smartphone can give you dedicated 24-hour worldwide assistance? The Vertu Concierge, Vertu Life and the Certainty service features are, without a doubt, this smartphone’s biggest assets. To be teased and tempted to enjoy luxury? You just won’t pass that up, right?


·        Pricing

The single but most important aspect to look at when choosing a smartphone is pricing, and for Vertu Signature Touch this is its weakest point. Priced at a staggering and highly astounding $11,300, Vertu’s masterpiece seems to sound quite intimidating rather than to sound tempting. Although packed with nearly everything that you could ever wish for, this amazing smartphone is still an impractical item to buy. Knowing technology is still at a fast-paced growth; The Vertu Signature Touch’s high-end specs will eventually become insufficient for our tomorrow’s technological demands. When that time comes it will pretty much be a mere jewelry or perhaps just an accessory to portray the standards of your living.

The Vertu Signature Touch is, without a doubt, an impractical item to purchase unless you really got that much cash to burn and willing to pay a lot to enjoy a high-class mobile lifestyle. Don’t get me wrong, this smartphone looks amazing in both design and performance. but But if you’re primarily planning to buy a smartphone and plan to use it as a convenient tool to boost your productivity rather than a jewelry or statement piece, then this item is not what you should affix your eyes on. There are a lot of smartphones out in the market today with lesser digits on their price tags and as equally exceptional in terms of performance. What would you rather have for a partner? A trusty and reliable smartphone with lesser cost? O or a very pricey jewelry-phone?

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

When will the Android Lollipop Pop?

What the rumor mill is churning out these days especially in the world of mobile technology might probably pique everyone’s curiosity. Or, let’s just drop the sense of uncertainty in that statement. Case in point is what the famed Android OS is prepping for its army of tech-geeks and ordinary mobile users alike, both with oodles of enthusiasm and anticipation. Even only a few months after it released the indubitably most-celebrated and highly-patronized Android KitKat, an even more exciting monster OS rumored to be the Android Lollipop is set to stand front and center of the mobile arena. Although the details about the next generation Android operating system are still unconfirmed, we’ve got some juicy info about how the OS will give all that you need and so much more.

Picking up from where KitKat left off.
Who could resist the chocolatey goodness of Android 4.4 KitKat? The revamped interface it offers, the radical changes it made to satisfy our techie taste buds and the tasty features it brings forth to the last bite. Each feature of the Android 4.4 KitKat made all the taps, swipes, and toggles all powerful and easy-peasy, giving us nothing but indeed a break from all the fading, menial mobile activities. Yet again, it’s rumored that Android will offer another sweet treat for us to crave. Should we bite into this sweet treat or should we take a break? And so, almost all—if not everyone—anticipated the sweet release of yet another Android OS to indulge our techie sweet tooth. Following the alphabetical order of the sweets, the platform starts with letter L. Rumor mills couldn’t take a break either, giving us interesting options such as Android Lemon Meringue Pie, Android Lamington, Android Ladoo (a ball-shaped Indian sweet), Android Layer Cake, and Android Ladyfingers. Oh, did I forget something? Yes, of course, the most talked about Android Lollipop.

Bite the candy or bite your tongue?
Of course, associated with the platform’s sweet treat name is its version. Since Android Lollipop is likely the codename for the much-anticipated Android OS, it’s logical to have an upgraded version code. But would it be the version Android 4.5 or Android 5.0? If your money is on the latter, then take my advice, don’t go sour-graping because that is somewhat unlikely. Android 5.0 would be less likely on the cards since the code itself denotes a promise that it would be a big update—in which the company is not ready yet.

What does the allegedly Android 4.5 Lollipop offer?
Since there haven’t been a ratified set of features of the speculated Android platform, rumor has it that the design or interface would be much flatter and cleaner. This new Android style is actually referred to as ‘Moonshine’. The interface was gradually revamped, and one of which is flattening and simplification of Google’s online icons. If you’re a Google+ app user, you’ll also notice the gray navbar and the menu background shading are changed to bright red to match up with the Google+ logo in line with the to-be-released Android 4.5. What’s more is that you will miss the trusty home button since there would now be onscreen navigation buttons. Rumor has it that the new Google button will have a minor hexagonal makeover, and the familiar back button will also not leave its side.

The Android 4.5 Lollipop’s surprise center
What we all have been waiting to taste is the surprise center of the Android 4.5 Lollipop. According to Android Police, the Android 4.5 is known internally as Hera—reportedly centered around the unification of Android and Chrome having a Chromium build design to run on Android. Also, you’ll get to abuse the multi-tasking feature of your gadget, since 4.5 update shows off apps as interactive HTML 5-powered windows. That being said, you can venture your way to replying an email while on the multitasking window without having to fully enter the main app. Powerful surprise center indeed. The integration of HTML 5 makes the Android 4.5 Lollipop more exciting, and I can’t stress this enough, worth the wait.

Unwrapping the candy
Adding up to this juicy-licious Android 4.5 Lollipop update for the time being is its ‘Ok Google’ integration, now with a bigger scope. The rumor mill has given us the bits and bites of this sweet edible, but when would it really roll? Better stop biting your lip, because Google will be unwrapping the Lollipop candy by this late June, which is 25 June precisely. Google has always been unstoppable; what do you think would be the next sweet edible?

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Future of Smartwatches

2014 will be the year of smartwatches or more popularly termed now as “wearables”. Giant brands like Apple, Samsung, Sony, and LG have been focusing on the creation of the ultimate wearable. Then comes Android Wear, Google’s latest breakthrough which is basically a very ambitious operating system for smartwatches. Some concepts include the incorporation of popular Google apps like Google Map and Google Now, as well as the ability to reply to your messages via voice command, well how cool is that?

A quick rundown of Android Wear concepts are (brace yourselves) health and fitness features which tells you how many calories you burned while on your way to work, QR codes which are basically everywhere, voice command anything as if you have your pc or remote control with you, and loads more. With this innovative operating system, many companies are preparing their own line of wearables to be Android Wear-ready. Good for them! Here is a list of wearables you might want to put on your wrists:

Samsung’s Simband
Samsung is now taking a different path—a medically inclined one. Simband is Samsung’s new smartwatch equipped with all the sensors you have in your list plus more. These sensors are focused on monitoring your health and fitness, so it is safe to say this wearable is not meant for everyone who aims for a smartwatch that is more than monitoring health and fitness. Features include measuring your heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure (awesome!), temperature, ECG (more awesome!), blood chemical levels, your eating and exercise habits, and body fat percentage.  This little device is like your personal medical assistant right on your wrist! The great thing about the Simband is its modular construction in which developers can devise new sensors for who-knows what purpose. Exciting, isn’t it?

Motorola’s Moto 360
With a rumour release this summer, many say it will be explosive. Moto 360 is yet another wearable to watch for. Custom made from OLED display to conserve battery and prolong its performance while a lot of reports say it’ll be covered in Sapphire glass—expensive and elegant just like that. If this is true, we will be having one of the toughest displays, even four times stronger than Gorilla Glass.

LG G Watch and Sony SmartWatch 2
LG and Sony have already produced their versions of wearables. Both have outstanding features you wish are in just one smartwatch. The LG Watch has this always-on display for the lazy you. No more pressing the wake-up button to check the time or notifications. The Sony SmartWatch 2 however, screens phone alerts, is Gmail ready, and shows call info in real time, all in a one water-resistant piece of equipment. That’s how you put the cherry on top.

Pebble Smartwatch
The great thing about the Pebble wearable is its broad compatibility conquering both iOS and Android devices. It is also waterproof and features a lot of apps you can get your restless fingers on. Running via Bluetooth connection, it is one tempting smartwatch to wear.

Get ready for Apple’s iWatch

Apple has been rumoured (a lot of times) to produce its own smartwatch, but as the unveiling of the latest iPhone 6 becomes inevitable, many of us believe and desperately hope it will be true this time.