I recently found out a big group of students have been copy/pasting my reviews as their homework whenever they had an essay assignment. I won’t dig in much deeper, don’t want to get anyone in trouble but I do know a lot teachers read my blog. So just want to put this out there, always make sure students provide original content.
For teachers that are interested, Plagium.com does a great job at scanning documents and seeing whether it has been plagiarized or not.
I wrote about this shirt and the NASA heat regulation technology it uses a few weeks back, you can read more about it [here]. I’ve worn the shirt a few times and before talking about the heat technology it’s worth noting the fabric is very unique, the shirt is anti-odor and forever wrinkle-free. Feels great on skin.
As for the heat absorbing fabric, I did feel less heat walking outside when it was around 40 C but what I didn’t feel was the shirt releasing the heat when in a cold area to balance my body temperature, to me it did the important part of absorbing it. Maybe I need to try it more to really feel the difference, not sure.
What disappointed me was right after I wore it a few times with light duty some threads of the fabric started distorting, right now there are at least 3 distorted threads. The shirt was suppose to withstand heavy duty with no problems.
I haven’t spilled coffee or juice on my shirt but I found this video on YouTube of a guy that did. Any stain is easily removed by pouring water on the shirt and rubbing it for a couple of minutes with some soap. For those interested in buying one, the shirt comes in light blue and white.[Website]
I received the canvas package after placing an order I wrote about previously and the result was just like I was expecting. For those who haven’t read it, Snaprint is a service that basically prints what you upload on their website using a variety of sizes and ways to pick from. They offer either a canvas or a Polaroid.
The canvas above was 45cm by 30cm and costs KD 11 with one add-on which was black framing (+1 KD). The add-ons can be increasing frame size, mirroring the edge or having vertical/horizontal panels instead of one panel. The colors were great, really close to the original. I guess these are great for gifts. This shot I took with my canon but the Polaroids were from my instagram images.
The Polaroids were great but I did have one small remark. I put them next to an actual old school Polaroid and they were slightly smaller. The owner of Snaprint did point out this will be mentioned on the website. 10 Polaroids cost KD 5 while 20 Polaroids cost KD 9. It would be a great idea to have a huge wall filled with Polaroids in the living room or something.
I just updated the review page. Normally updates once a week with all the new reviews I posted. Next time you’re considering trying a new restaurant or buying an Android tablet you might want to check it out. Feel free to suggest places or gadgets you’re interested in or just use the contact page if you prefer a private approach.[Reviews]
You don’t just make a movie, then make another movie and decide to take scenes from the first movie and pretend it never happened. I saw Transformers 3 yesterday which I wasn’t very pleased with. I felt that they were milking the series, all they did to keep the viewers entertained was zoom on his blonde girlfriend who was half naked most of the time.
I was fortunate enough to have Viva Telecom lend me the Motorola Xoom for me to review. It was fun meddling with Honeycomb as I’ve never played with one before. The review will also compare the Xoom to the iPad since it’s currently the only comparable tablet. If interested, click here for the Viva tablet offer details. Now lets get geeky. The Android Honeycomb browser is alot like chrome. You get your tabs on the top instead of every page opening separately. Loading the page was pretty quick but that’s partly because of my WiFi connection. It’s a lot more comfortable browsing the net with a 10.1 inch screen rather than a mobile device, only felt the difference once I tried it.
The screen responsiveness isn’t as good as the iPad but it’s getting there. I read the honeycomb 3.1 update adds a lot of optimization and makes touch smoother. I tried updating but it told me I was up to date. The update is rolling out randomly within these weeks. The pinch to zoom wasn’t bad but it wasn’t amazing either. Google needs to work on this more.
The Android Market is way better than the mobile app. It’s so much easier to scroll applications. I loved the fact that I could see apps with Kuwaiti Dinars as the currency. There are currently only a couple hundred apps optimized for tablets so you don’t have the variety you have on a mobile device. This will be solved with time as tablet applications add up.
The back 5 megapixel camera was impressive, it included a dual-flash. You get to zoom up to 8x. The flower on the bottom right was at around 3x. You also get a handful of filters you can add to your images before taking the shot. Although it’s pretty awkward walking around taking photos with a tablet it will be part of the norm soon.
I was taking the kids this Friday to the mini market to fill their tummy’s with unhealthy shiny edible candy. So I decided to test the video quality by stalking the cashier. The back camera shoots at 1280 x 720 which in other words is 720p HD. While the front facing camera shoots at 640 x 480. The quality difference between the two cameras is clearly visible.
Something not available in iOS devices that Android prides itself with is widgets. They are items you place on your homescreen that you interact with. Tons of widgets are also availabe in the Android market each doing a different task. On the image above you can see a clock widget, YouTube widget, calender widget and some more.
The YouTube application user interface was wonderful, they really managed to use every pixel of the 10.1 inch screen efficiently. The home page shows all the most viewed, most discussed videos. I’m not sure but I think the YouTube application comes preloaded with the tablet. If not, you just need to connect to internet and download it off the Android Market.
The tablet can play all the way up to full 1080p video’s if they were properly encoded with baseline H.264. I would however recommend 720p and lower to drain less battery and increase fps. The tablet I reviewed came with a preloaded Limitless trailer that looked beautiful and played smoothly.
I also got a docking station with the tablet. Although Xoom has some pretty decent speakers this would be a good decision to purchase if your an avid movie watcher. There’s also an optional docking keyboard in case your the type that can’t live without a keyboard, like myself. The dock helps the tablet stand comfortably since it doesn’t have a kickstand.
Overall the Xoom was a bit buggy but that should be fixed with the Honeycomb 3.1 update. Google have really outdone themselves with this operating system. I really wanted to see more tablet optimized applications but this will come through time. There is massive potential, specially since the tablet market is booming and the competition keeps expanding. If you have any questions feel free to ask away.
If there was anything I have grown to crave in my lifetime from watching western based movies it would be noodles in a box. It is as if every movie has a scene where they chill with boxes of Chinese noodles. I’m not sure why they’re so famous worldwide but I always wanted to try one.
Sadly, I looked everywhere in Kuwait but couldn’t find any restaurants offering what I wanted. That is until I tried Enjoy, a place I reviewed a few days ago. Not only was it what I was looking for but it also tasted good.
Bare in mind this review is from a beginners perspective. I’m not that advanced when it comes to DSLR camera’s so I’ll be reviewing the camera as whole as oppose to going through every tiny advanced feature. So far I am very pleased with it’s performance. I love the fact that it has a new option called “feature guide”, which gives you a brief description of what every setting on the camera does.
The price tag for this camera is $899(250KD) which includes a standard canon lens as well, buying the camera alone will be $100 cheaper. The box includes 3 booklets that teach beginners how to take pictures professionally, it was really helpful. Here are the list of items that come inside the box:
EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Type II Lens
USB Interface Cable
Digital Solution Disk
Manual + Booklets
The lens take a huge role in photography. There are specific lenses used for taking macro shots, wide shots and so forth. For starters I’m sticking with this lens that initially came with the camera itself. Most of my pictures will probably be focused on food reviews but with this camera I can finally do much more than that.
One of my favourite features with the T3i/600D is the adjustable screen. My cousin owns a T2i/550D with a fixed screen and his only regret was not having this feature. It’s really helpful when you want to take close ups and can’t look at the screen given your location. So you can just pull it out and rotate it to your liking. Note that the screen isn’t detachable.
Here are some photo’s I have taken through out the week. I tried to take close ups to long range shots to give you a better understanding of the camera’s capabilities. All pictures were shot in compressed JPEG 18 megapixels format. The file of each photo is around 4-6MB. If you want to shoot RAW shots with no compression they would go upto 25MB per photo.
If you have any questions feel free to ask away. Also, if you want to request one of the photo’s in it’s original resolution you can do that as well. To do so, just go to the contact page and fill it up.