Jlab Audio has released the next generation of Epic Bluetooth earbuds , Epic2. It really excites me after hearing the news.There are 3 colours to choose from , Black , Blue/Grey , Teal/Grey . Although i would like a White colour version which previously have it, but for the need to discern between the first generation of Epic and Epic2 , that's why i opt for Blue/Grey.

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Smartwatches have been gaining a lot of momentum lately with a couple of announcement and release for these past few months. Let's take a brief look at what are the current release of the round smartwatches and the upcoming ones.

1. Samsung Galaxy Gear S2

Samsung Galaxy Gear S2 has been recently announced and released in October. Probably the best watch which has been released by Samsung with its round design and the uniqueness of the rotating bezel. It is based on Tizen OS ,though has limitation of number of apps compared to Android Wear(AW) but it could be more energy saving compared to AW. Moreover, Samsung has become the lead of the IOT industry which would unlock the potential of this OS possibly near future.

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Aiwatch k8 is a smartwatch which is produced by the same company , Goophone that is famous for its Apple clone phone. Even till now, there are cloning the latest Apple Watch and Moto 360 watch.

This watch has caught my attention due to its similar design to Apple Watch and yet own Android OS inside of it. Just i have decided to purchase another device to store my additional SIM card, this watch has WCDMA capability that fits right into my list. Nit picky for little things those dual SIM phone has to offer today, i have decided to go for this watch. 

The specifications are as follows:-

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With the upcoming public release of Windows 10 soon, Microsoft is giving away freebies...(in ebooks) . Same as the previous years, they provide a large collections of ebooks for free ranging from Programming, CRM to Windows, Office ,SQL and many more..with newly addition Windows 10. Grab your copy now.. :)

The books caters for both IT professionals and end-user. A lot of steps by steps guide for end-user for those using Microsoft software. Please click here for more info. Enjoy!

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Just recently, I have bought a  Sandisk Usb Dual Drive 3.0 OTG (64GB) which is an updated version from the previous USB 2.0. As this is my first purchase of OTG flashdrive, i am quite satisfied with it. It is a plug-and-play device (automatically detected with supported phone). This devices comes with three different capacity - 16GB, 32GB and 64GB with 5 years warranty. This flashdrive uses a sliding mechanism to swith between the USB(PC,tablet) and micro-USB (for phone).

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There are going to be a lot of upcoming phones in 2015 but I am going to highlight two of the smartphones that has caught my attention, PuzzlePhone and Yotaphone 2. 

Puzzlephone , a Project Ara which is initiated by Google in hope to produce an open hardware platform that could cater to 6 billion smartphones users. As the mobile platform advances too fast, the user might face some difficulty when upgrading their phone. Do they need to buy a new phone just to upgrade parts of the phone? If this is a success, it would totally change the future  direction of the production of mobile phones.

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On 15 Jan 2015, Xiaomi has announced their flagship phones for 2015:- Mi Note and Mi Note Pro as you can see from the pictures  above. Do not be confused with the Redmi series (1s and Note). Mi Notes are categorized under high-end phones. Many of us will wonder why there is a shift of focus on their market shares? Ain't the product they announced should be cheap which probably costs less than $300 as many of my friends would ask the same question.

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I have just received this product for the last few days. I was doubtful about this product at first but to trust in Jlab Audio brand which has gained a lot of recognition from media and critics. All these time, although I have my Backbeat Go 2  as my workout companion, I am still looking for a better Bluetooth earpiece that can satisfy the thirst for the battery power. Backbeat Go 2 can only last about 3-4 hours or lesser if continuously play music plus answering some calls. After browsing some webs ,I found this Bluetooth earpiece that meets my needs which was just released somewhere around November 2014.Not many reviews have been given for this piece of item.

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Microsoft has released an online tool - Office Sway ,which initially release as an invitation-only that resembles the Microsoft Powerpoint . Office Sway offers more stylish and cool templates that makes your works more accomplished. Whether you would like it to be a documentary , travel diary, blog type or magazine style. For now it is still in beta phase, as more templates will be added in the future. Pictures and videos can be added directly from your Onedrive, Facebook, Youtube or other sources which makes it a plus point for this web tool.

 

Please take a look at the sample that i have made it 

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Virtual Reality (VR)  has become a trend especially in the gaming today. For those of you who doesnt know what VR is, it is a simulated environment whereby it creates an immersive 3d experience for the user. VR has gained massive attention since Oculus Rift started their crowdfunding service in Kickstarter in 2012 which is later bought by Facebook. In fact, a lot of replicas seems to surface in China (e.g ANTVR, Depth-VR ) 

Even some big companies like Sony and Lenovo has started to introduce their own VR Headset. All this headset cost at least around $300 and it's not a small sum of money . And this is where the Google Cardboard comes in, which costs less than $10 .

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EZcast is a wireless display dongle that uses Miracast technology and Chromecast is a wireless display dongle developed by Google. Let me gives you a brief comparison between these two.

 

EZcast can be bought at $20 while Google Chromecast is priced at $35. Actually EZcast uses it own app that support multiple types of connection, not limiting to Miracast only. Other than Miracast , it supports DLNA, Airplay, Wifi Direct (WiDi) and screen mirroing. The one that i have tested is Vsmart v5ii which uses the EZcast . USing its own Ezcast app, it supports resolution up to 1920 x 1080 at 30Hz. Chromecast has the same support too but a lot of people complain about the instability when it's at that resolution. Both of the dongles updates regularly which is a great news for the consumers. Let's take a look at a comparison chart below:-

  

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I just received Truffol strap last week and is impressed with the strap that is nicely wrapped in the box and it comes with a screwdriver.

 

 

I have made some picture comparison between the original steel strap and Truffol strap. The Truffol strap slims down the 22mm the Pebble watch case to 20mm in the middle. Compared to the original Pebble steel strap, the Truffol strap is quite even throughout the width of the whole strap. The butterfly clasp of the strap makes it easier to unlock it but just a little bit hard to close it . As for the design wise, the link between the Truffol strap suits me. (feels more manly compared to the finer and smaller links of the original).

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