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Getting Loud with Boombot REX

Getting Loud with Boombot REX 0

Pals from Geekzen.com sent me a superbly cool gadget. I honestly didn’t know what the Boombot was all about till i tried using it for myself. We are on the move a lot and sometimes it doesn’t hurt to add a bit of music to the background. Like I must have music when I workout, but sometimes my little phone or my ipad isn’t loud enough. Till i met the Boombot Rex.

They come in a variety of colours and designs. The even have limited editions just like this one, called the Boombot Rex Tigerwood.

The Boombot Rex Tigerwood

In not too many words here  are some of the reasons why I think this ultraportable speaker is worth checking out:

  • Light weight
  • Water Resistent
  • Bluetooth / Wireless Control
  • You can also use it like a humongous phone bluetooth
  • Easy to charge, no need for batteries
  • Superbly loud
  • Awesome Bass
  • Reasonably priced

Here’s how the little fella works.

Connecting the Boombot Rex speakers to your smartphone, ipad, laptop is fairly easy. Just turn on  the Boombot speaker and make sure your bluetooth is switched on on your device. It’ll ask you to pair it with your Boombot and that’s it, your devices are connected and you can enjoy loud music.

This is how loud it got when I was using it to  feed me music during a workout.

 

What’s inside the box and the Boombot Rex LTD Series up close

The other thing I didn’t get to show in the video is the ability to use your Boombot as a bluetooth which you can speak to it too. Great especially when you are driving in the car… of course the only con is that your conversation won’t be private if you have company in the car. But overall I think this is a pretty neat gadget. Check it out if you can at www.geekzen.com :) 

Top 3 Video Apps for Samsung S4 0

The Samsung Galaxy S4 has a very neat video editor on it’s own.

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But I decided to try out a few other applications anyway. Among the ones I’ve found as reliable, convenient and fast to use with a number of features are the following.

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S-Health Is A Fab Health Monitor

S-Health Is A Fab Health Monitor 0

Last year when the S4 came out, with it was the launch of an application i was pretty excited about… the S-Health feature.

Since the Galaxy Note 3 launched along with the Galaxy Gear, the S-Health needed and update whereby you could sync with the Gear. For those who don’t have it no matter, S-Health is still a very handy feature.

I love how it monitors your physical activities for the day. I find that when I see a number like distance, it makes me  push more.

I’ve always been a big fan of tracking food and exercise when it comes to reaching a fitness or weight loss goal.  It was what worked for me all those years ago – I had a record of what I’d done in the weeks where I felt particularly good or saw some great progress, and if things weren’t going so well I had a record of what I’d done so I could look back over it and figure out perhaps where I was going wrong.

It has detailed stats about your food calorie intake.

I’ve enjoyed the food tracker aspect of the app. I don’t tend to count calories or track my progress regularly these days but on the occasions that I have, just to keep myself in check, it’s always been a bit of an eye opener.  Particularly when it comes to food consumption, it’s amazing how quickly it all adds up!  It does me no harm to either a) be reassured I’m on the right track or b) reinforce the need to be a bit more mindful…..most of the time I’m somewhere in between!

I adore how you can take pictures of your food, it gives you a clearer picture of what you’re putting inside your tum!

I’ll freely admit I didn’t pay close attention to the calories that S Health tracked on my behalf but I enjoyed using it as a visual food diary. If I ever wanted to keep track of how many calories I was consuming it would be incredibly useful. The database it pulls information from is quite extensive but you also have the option of adding your own food items and their values as well. It also keeps track of the calories you’ve burned through exercise that day and adjusts your calorie allowance accordingly. Saves you having to figure it out!

Checkout the app, it’ll definitely be a big hit for you if you want to get healthier or just monitor your lifestyle.

 

Best Photography Apps for Samsung S4 That I Use 0

I’m always on the hunt for applications that are convenient and powerful on my Samsung S4. I am particularly picky when it comes to my photography applications. The shots taken from the Samsung S4 are already pretty great on their own but no harm in giving a bit of enhancement, So here are a few of the applications that I use consistently and i think these are simply the best on my Android phone.

1. Pics Art – Photo Studio

I love this application mainly for two things the collage maker and the ability to put in fancy fonts where you want on your picture. Plus I have a thing for rounded corners on a collage.. please don’t ask why. I just find it cuter. You can get real creative with their fun stickers too..Here are some examples where I’ve used Picsart for my photos.

 

2. Photowonder 

This application, I mainly use…. because of the beautification feature. Yes I admit I do remove some pigmentations and I smoothen my skin at times and I do make my eyes bigger.. cause I want to look like a cute doll. It does help that it adds on eyeliner for you too and reduce your eyebags! It also has collage and the basic editing features but this is mainly for the skin enhancer.

3. Snapseed 

One of my favourite editing applications. It gives you full control on the brightness, ambiance, contrast, shadows and a lot of other things. Cropping and straightening is no issue. You can make it look grungy or like a water painting. This application is mainly all about colour and texture enhancement. The editing process if just something you have to experience yourself when you use it. Cause you’ll just go wow!! Here are a few examples that really impressed how nice my Samsung S4 shots turned out.

 

 

Playing With Notes On The Note 3

Playing With Notes On The Note 3 0

One thing I truly enjoy with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3… is taking notes!

You can take notes at any point on your screen and anytime on your screen. Even when you are going through a video or an url. Just snap anything and you can edit it into a jpg or copy the text.

Writing with a stylus is real friendly too, check this out. It’s my actual messy handwriting. The other cool part is that you would think that your palm would effect the screen where you write and you won’t be able to use the stylus properly right. Nope. There’s a button that will order your screen to only recognise the stylus and not a touch.

And now lemme show you what I’ve drawn on the note itself. Love this!

Give it a try if you haven’t already. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3, will surely make you feel very playful.

5 Reasons to Love the Note 3

5 Reasons to Love the Note 3 0

Got my hands recently on the Samsung Note 3 and without getting to technical, I gotta show you the things that I really enjoy about the Note 3.

1. The big big screen!

Note 3 delivers in spades: its 5.7-inch Full HD Super AMOLED screen is impressively bigger than that of its predecessors. Plus, it’s the highest-quality screen ever fitted to a GALAXY Note device, using the unsurpassed Super AMOLED technology, and can run Full HD for startlingly crisp and clear video playback.

You’ll also see a notable jump in clarity when using the GALAXY Note 3 for reading text, generating artworks and editing photos.

 

2. Top-quality physical design

While the GALAXY Note 3 preserves its predecessors’ general outward appearance, it does so with an extra dash of classiness and tactile quality.

One of the first things you notice when you get your hands on a Note 3 for the first time is the soft-touch, textured back cover, with its delicate stitching.

There’s a slight serration on the side, which puts you in mind of physical notebooks – deliberately, since one of the GALAXY Note 3′s many abilities is to operate beautifully as a notebook with which to document your life.

There are also new colour options – Jet Black, Classic White and Blush Pink, to be precise – and there will be loads of interchangeable back covers available for it.

GALAXY Note 3

 

3. S Pen grows up

The S Pen has also been uprated hugely for the new model. For example, by clicking its button when you hover it over the screen, you can now launch the Note 3′s Air Command, which gives you instant access to five key functions: Action Memo, Scrapbooker, Screen Write, S Finder and Pen Window.

Those contain countless innovations, including the ability to open up new windows on screen by simply drawing boxes, or searching for something across all the types of content.

GALAXY Note 3

4. Multi-task like never before

One of the biggest features which elevates the GALAXY Note 3 above mere mobile phones is the ability to multi-task – a function made practical, of course, by the extra screen real estate.

So it should come as no surprise to learn that Samsung has improved the GALAXY Note 3′s multi-tasking abilities. Multi Window lets you toggle between apps without closing windows or having to open new pages.

Now you can also use two of the same apps at the same time, so you might want to have two chats on the go, with two ChatON windows open simultaneously, or have two Internet windows open allowing you to view two seperate websites on the one screen.

Plus, a Drag and Drop mode lets you pull content such as text or images from one window to another. In other words, the GALAXY Note 3 boasts full multi-tasking, on a par with what you would expect from a PC or laptop.

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5. Anti-theft protection

On top of Samsung KNOX, the GALAXY Note 3 comes with a new security feature called Find My Mobile, which lets you disable the device in the event of it being stolen or lost.

Samsung KNOX itself makes it much more difficult to hack a stolen GALAXY Note 3, and Samsung has beefed up the user authentication too, which makes it very difficult for any stolen GALAXY Note 3 to be reset to its factory settings.

And of course, as the name suggests, Find My Mobile lets you track the whereabouts of your GALAXY Note 3, should it fall into the wrong hands.

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