Mobile world Congress 2014

last week is a one of the highlights in mobile smartphone atleast this year. Most are hyped with the new devices coming in for different manufacturers. Seeing one by one get unveiled during MWC2014, I was highly anticipating the new galaxy s5 because of the discussion over the net that the s5 will come 2 version, one with a premium look and feel. Spec wise would be all new, and some new innovation such as the finger scanner similar to the iPhone 5s. We'll that does not look what we all expected even on the rest of the blogosphere. Why Samsung...all new name but same all built? That is most of what the tech has been saying and even ranting about the new S5. All I can say is that Samsung did not wow us with the new release of the s5 even you would say that the features are improved. I say that never expect something cause sometimes it may disappoint when you or most of us been looking forward to Samsung. 

What am eying now is the all new Sony Xperia z2 and the Nokia x android phone. At least Nokia did not disappoint its android fans in bringing Nokia to android phone at least in a midrange category. For now my eyes are in the z2 and looking forward to see reviews on the device especially the battery has been bump up to 3200mwah. Improved screen, still great design. Something to look forward to the coming weeks.

Blackberry is interesting as well since they are bringing back the the classic trackpad and belt belly to its new q20 smartphone. Something to look forward to blackberry this year.  

Htc was not ready to unveil its new smartphone flagship the all new htc one. But I kindly doubt if they will be able to wow the tech community with its new flagship phone. Hopefully they will get back to the game since they won the smartphone of the year 2013 so probably seeing samsung followers disappointment over the s5, there is a chance to grab that market to HTC camp. Time will only tell when on march25 unveiling the all new htc one.

Whatever the next coming weeks be to this devices sure it's worth observing them and see another round of battles who's the next big thing. Oh where is apple?.. 

 

Weekends should be like these

Work life can be stressful at times and there are ways to cool it off. One of it was finding time to go out with friends. So last weekend, my friends got out to the streets. What was a fine Saturday night out turn out to be a street party. While we were heading to out destination, we notice a mini concert and a public eating. Curiosity seat in and we found out that that day our country is celebrating the 60 years of diplomatic ties with Germany. It was a street party some sort of a October fest. They were serving beers and sausages From that moment on we got ourselves a good deal of the day and one of a kind beer tasting. 

We bought ourselves with sausages and tasted 2 kinds of beer brands. Those beers was good and noticeable about the malt. You can really taste it. Differentiating it with our local brand, its as the same but its something about the malt that I did find it so great taste. Although we did not get ourselves drunk for the night instead off spending the time to catch up and this was only a bonus added to our day. This is one of kind weekend for me. 

iPhone 5s Simplism Case

In the days when am using a android phone, usually one or 2 cases I bought for the phone. It's that because my android phone is plastic which a case is not that a necessity. These is not the case for my iOS device.  In the past 3 months, I have gotten 4 iPhone cases purchases. Because it's either for good protection and style. It's a bit uncommon for my iPhone to sweat when I take it out of my pocket. That is the reason I opted now to have a flip case to cover the screen of my iPhone.  So far I have been using the simplism iPhone case. I like the notebook/wallet style. Compared to the Moshi overture case, I like the simplism iPhone case because it's sizable to my phone and pocket. It does also function as a landscape stand for viewing. 2 in 1 purpose of this case.

The Moshi overture case is good but I find it very I find it not pocket able. Between the 2, Simplism case has a different orientation in opening the case instead of opening to the left its the other way around. But a few days using it, you can get use to it. Nothing to be concern. Its just you have to get used to. Another thing to watch out for is that its leather and I guess in the next few months, I might encounter color degradation and dust. Not to cause an alarm but something to watch out. 

The real test is if my phone screen will continue to show off sweat. This I have to test in real life scenarios For now I enjoy the case with my iPhone 5s. 


Beats Music Streaming

Beats the maker of superb and high quality headsets recently announce their online music streaming service. Its open for IOS, android and soon to Windows phone users. Currently they don't have the webservice but am hoping they will open it soon. Unlike any other music streaming service like Spotify, Rdio and Pandora, what makes Beats music stand out is their music selection base on your genre's. I was literally surprise how the music where delivered to your listening pleasure. It gives what you wanted to hear. And that is a winner for me. 

Installing the app on my smartphone is simple with minimalist feel. I really like the black background of the UI. signing in was a breeze and immediately greeted with the list of genres you want to listen. After that the music keeps filing in with the songs you wanted to hear. No commercial, just pure music to your delight. 

Also you can show or share what you are listening to your friends in Facebook and in twitter. I hope to see more social apps like Google plus to be included. Commonly Facebook and twitter are the default. Also I did find that you can also skip unlimited track and even play the previous song on your playlist. With that you don't need to  search again the song. 

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I know there may be some things that need to be iron out by Beats music but for a user like me entering to a world of music streaming service is worth to try. Its a sense of a new look and feel and the curation that it brings. 

Weekend 2014

Although I miss the Christmas 2013, holiday break. I am now using my weekend for the month of Jan. 2014 to be more productive not on my office work but in the house. I am constantly fixing my room to be more work and play environment looking. Just the feeling of where I can spend the time to extend my work only a few hours and all play the whole day.

I also want to post some of my desk work, my tools to help me achieve my workflows and some of the stuffs that has been untouched for years. Perhaps logging this would give me new perspective how I see things.  But for now I'll enjoy my weekend.