Samsung Galaxy Note 10+

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+

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Well, after many happy years using only Sony phones, I dropped my beloved Sony and the touch screen stopped working, rendering it a paper weight.  Unfortunately my phone company or any other phone company here in Australia, no longer stocks Sony or I would have got the new Sony X1. I wasn’t in a position to buy the Sony X1 outright, so a little reluctantly, I decided to go with the Samsung Galaxy note 10+. I have had the phone for a few weeks now, and I must say I am impressed. It is their flagship phone and it shows.

What I Like

What I like, and there is a lot to like in my opinion. Once you have navigated all the options it has, and got it set up how you like (which I feel like I might be doing for some time to come) the phone is fantastic. It is no particular order

The S-Pen. Being able to write out quick notes, using normal handwriting on the screen is very cool. Then being able to set a location to that note or a time/date, is fantastic. For someone like me, who comes home from shopping and then realises I forgot the one thing I went there for, it’s perfect. I can write a shopping list and then set the supermarket location, and then next time I pop into the the supermarket, the list pops up. Brilliant.

I  can also write emails or phone numbers in a note, with my handwriting, and then add them to contacts or send an email or convert to text,  or even chat using hand writing!! The handwriting recognition is amazing, if it can even read my chicken scratchings lol

I doubt I’ll use the gestures functions much, but being able to trigger camera via S-pen is really cool and handy and will definitely get used. The S-Pen uses Bluetooth and has what Samsung call gestures, that do all sorts of great things and what it can do varies depending on the app you are using.  In camera mode, you can zoom in and out, for example, as well as take pics, using the button on the S-Pen as a remote trigger for the shutter.

I can also write notes on the screen when the phones display is off, without having to activate phone or open the notes app.
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So You Bought a 944

What Do I need to Do First?

First take a deep breath and let it soak in that you now own one of the greatest handling cars ever made. It is a car that was the benchmark for many other cars, like the RX7, because it was seen as the best of it kind at the time. The connection to the road is unlike most cars, and something most people have never experienced before, and it allows the driver to feel, in a more analogue way, the joy of driving, whether that is using momentum in a NA(normally aspirated) or having a blast in the turbo, which is still a very fast car despite it’s age(and can easily be modified to be even faster). So first thing is pull up a chair and just look at your gorgeous car.

First Things First

Some things should be done straight away, and if the car has no service history, some of these should be done before even turning over the motor, especially for cars that have been left sitting for many years. The engines in 944’s are what are known as an interference motor, and so if the timing belts break, the valves will hit the pistons and do expensive damage, and hence the importance of resisting the temptation to start her up and see what she will do. So first thing is to find out when belts were last replaced and if unknown, then replace them before trying to start the car. Most owners replace the water pump with every second belt change, as it is easier to do when the belts are off, so this should also be done at the same time if when it was last done is unknown.

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Is The Porsche Cayman GT4 the modern successor to the Porsche 944 Turbo ???

As my loyal readers know, I have owned a gorgeous Porsche 944 Turbo for over 5 years now. The reason I can afford it is because it was shunned by the Porsche “Purests” who at the time of it’s release often stated that it wasn’t a real Porsche, afterall it wasn’t rear engined, it was water cooled and it’s predecessor the 924(from which it evolved) was seen as a bitza, using parts from Audi, Mercedes, VW and of course Porsche. They over look the fact it was completely designed by Porsche. I would like to thank them because if they knew what I know, then the 944 turbo would have been way too expensive for me to be able to afford. God bless you, one and all 🙂

The 924 was originally designed by Porsche to replace the 914 and 914/6, which was a joint venture from Porsche and VW, and sold under both brands badges. VW decided at the last minute to pull out and go with their own designed Golf. Porsche decided to buy the rights back from VW and still release the car as a Porsche. The 944 replaced the 924 and used an all Porsche designed 2.5 litre engine, that was basically half of the engine used in the V8 928.

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Navdy Automotive Heads Up Display

Navdy Automotive Heads Up Display

This amazing bit of technology (the Navdy) looks like it really is bringing the future to our cars. The device allows you to do all sorts of things like texting, tweeting, make calls, see who is calling you, navigate, and much more, all while keeping your eyes on the road ahead. Pilots have been using this technology for years to make flying safer, and now it is coming to your car.

The Navdy is a very clever device displays all sorts of information from your Android or Apple phone. It allows you to talk to it and use gestures to control it and will have a range of apps it can work with, all designed for use while driving. Because the display projects an image that looks like it is 2 mteres in front of you, that means you don’t have to adjust your focus to veiw it.

The Navdy is going to be a much safer way to do many of these tasks while driving, and is major technological advancement compared to the basic Heads Up Displays (HUDs) currently on the market, that are either designed as speed displays or for Navigation. The added functionality and gesture control take this technology to the next level

PRE-ORDER and SAVE

The Navdy is available for pre-order at a significant saving over the normal price that people wil once it is released. You can pre-order by clicking here but don’t hesitate as this cheaper price is for a limited time.

Make sure you check out the video, even if you are not buying as it’s worth watching anyway

 

 

Ebay Find:- Orignal release FEIT kicks

Well a few weeks ago I was trawling ebay when I decided to search for my favourite brand of kicks *FEIT*. Much to my surprise there were a couple of kicks for sale and amazingly they were in my size and very cheap. When I saw the listing I noticed they were unworn, and new with tags. I promptly ordered both styles.

Now for those of you who don’t know the brand FEIT(pronounced fight), it was started back in 2005 by the Australian  brothers Josh and Tull Price. Tull had earlier haDSC_0001d a lot of success with a brand he started back in 1996 with a friend he went to school with Rodney Alder. That brand was Royal Elastics. They decided to replace laces with an elastic panel and by 2001 they were selling around 1 million kicks a year, in 35 countries. Although by any standards Royal Elastic was a massive success it didn’t represent what Tull was passionate about, and that was quality, craftsmanship, and sustainability.

FEIT was born out of a desire to produce high quality shoes using traditional methods and high quality materials. This meant the shoes would be built to last, offer incredible comfort, and be an antidote to the mass-produced low quality shoes that have dominated the market for some time. Now I am old enough to remember my parents getting shoes re-soled at the local cobbler.

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Macro Greens and Miracle Reds Super Foods

Macro Greens and Miracle Reds

I was watching an episode of The Doctors when one of the Doctors mentioned that just about the best thing you could do for your health was to drink a smoothy with Macro Greens in it. I decided to try some and bought some from a local website. I immediately noticed a difference and have been having it daily now for about 3 months now, and cannot recommend it highly enough.

I have increased energy levels, and generally feel a lot healthier. Before I tried it I wouldn’t have believed that one drink a day could have such a noticeable effect.. The Macro Greens nutrient rich super food is made by MacroLife Nutrients, and when I was looking for them I found out none of my local health food shops stocked them. I went online and found an Australian site that had them. They also had another product from the same company called Miracle Reds, which they call a cardio antioxidant super food.

I decided to order both and am glad I did if for no other reason than the Miracle Reds add a nice berry flavour to my smoothy, and no doubt are also contributing to my feeling of being healthier since taking them both daily.

I bought Macro Greens and Miracle Reds in 284.5gram(10 oz) containers, that hold about 30 servings, and although happy with the results, I was not happy with the cost of buying them this way. So I did a bit of googling and found that iherb.com had both Macro Greens and Miracle Reds in larger 90 serve  850gram (30oz) packs and at a much cheaper price than anywhere else I found. Shipping was very cheap too, as I was spending over the $60 threshold that gets free shipping in the US and much cheaper international shipping, iherb.com ended up being so much cheaper, that I was virtually getting the larger packs for only a few dollars more than the smaller packs from the local website

The Macro Greens and Miracle Reds arrived a lot quicker too. The local site took about 10 days but iherb.com got them to me in a few days, and with much cheaper shipping charges. I couldn’t be happier with the pricing and speedy delivery from iherb.com and would highly recommend their site for all you health food needs Click Here

IPTV on a SONY Bravia KDL46HX820

IPTV on a SONY Bravia KDL46HX820

Normally I go out and buy the stuff I review here, but this review is a little different. This time, the good people at Sony were incredibly generous, and loaned me a TV for a few weeks, to review the IPTV functionality (if I decided wanted too). The review is meant to be just about IPTV butI have to let you know about the TV too, as it was a fantastic piece of technology.

IPTV

I am guessing most people are thinking to themselves *what the heck is IPTV when it’s at home ?*  IPTV is just TV or Video content, that arrives via an internet stream, rather than over the air, like traditional *free to air* that we have had for years, arriving via an antenna on our roofs.

One thing that separates SONY’s IPTV from many other IPTV offerings from other brands, is the depth  of the content. Many brands of TV have IPTV functionality, but when you dig below the funky interface, there is little content. That’s a bit like having a great audio system but not having any music.

It’s very clear Sony have gone to  a lot of trouble to not only provide first rate IPTV functionality, but also to secure a lot of content. When I reviewed the TV I had access to well over 20 channels of IPTV content, and that list is growing all the time, with SONY planning to add more and more channels over time.

One of the great uses of IPTV is to provide catch up TV services(this is when a TV station makes programs that have already been aired, available to be streamed via the internet). I made use of these several times. When faced with typical Melbourne bad weather day, instead of being stuck with just Daytime TV to watch, I was able to stream some great Documentary’s, I had missed when they were broadcast on free to air TV in the weeks prior.

Now these same catch up TV services are often available directly on your computer, but SONY has done deals with the TV channels to get a higher quality streams, from different servers, that look great even on a massive 46″ TV, like SONY had loaned to me. These same services, when watched a on a small laptop screen, can often only be viewed in a small 3″ window, as going full screen can make them unwatchable.

SONY also has IPTV channels for everything from dining, travel, fashion, movie previews, to how to channels and even a wiggles channel for the kids. Some of these have a lot of content while some are a bit thin, but no doubt these will be added too, over time.

SONY also has what’s known as Video on demand services too. So when you want to watch a movie, instead of jumping in the car and heading to the video store, you simply select it from the screen(you can even preview it), and watch it in HD(high definition) or SD(standard definition). The HD movies are perfect but an SD movie I watch had  a little noise. It wasn’t a problem, and was perfectly watchable, but IMO it is worth paying the extra for the HD version.

THE TV

Well the first thing I have to say about this TV is WOW! This 200Hz LED/LCD TV has a stunning picture. The colours are incredibly faithful with really deep blacks and fantastic contrast. This TV uses SONY’s Opti-contrast LCD panel, and it is the one used in all their high end TV’s, and it is a clear step up from their entry level TV’s.

The TV has built in wi-fi, which is really handy for most people, to access not only IPTV content but also to the pictures, and video’s on you PC’s, on the same network. The technology behind this is called DLNA. DLNA is just a way for lots of devices to be able to share media across a network. These can be everything from TV’s, PC’s, audio systems, to HDD’s or mobile phones.

The TV is a 200Hz model, and although I am not convinced anyone can see any difference over 100Hz (unless you use a test disc), it certainly can’t do any harm. The TV is also 3D, and although many people aren’t that excited by 3D, the fact movie makers like Scorsese and Speilberg are now making 3D movies, suggests to me, it is here to stay. The TV even comes with 2 pairs of 3D glasses.

If you are after a great TV then the HX820 is hard to go past, just in picture quality alone. The IPTV in this and most SONY TV’s is just icing on the cake, and really does give you a few more options of content to watch. IPTV clearly isn’t designed to replace free to air or cable TV but is a great adjunct to the services we already have, and well worth the effort SONY has clearly put into making it a success.

I could go into the technical features of the TV like local dimming etc but the great thing about this TV, is that you just need to look at the picture to see how good it really is. You don’t need to be an expert.

Oakley Jupiter MotoGP Special Edition

Oakley Jupiter MotoGP Special Edition

Oakley MotoGP Jupiter Sunglasses are listed on the Oakley AOakley MotoGP Sunglassesustralia site as coming soon but when I clicked the  Add to Cart button, I went straight to the checkout, and sure enough the awesome sunglasses arrived a few days later. These are available from amazon Click here
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Cool New Oakley Jupiter Sunglasses

Cool New Oakley Jupiter Sunglasses

I just picked up a pair of Oakley Jupiter Iridium Sunglasses with clear frames and Violet Iridium lenses. These are wicked cool sunnies. I got mine from the OPSM  outlet in Rundle Mall Adelaide. My RACV road side assistance

Oakley Jupiter Iridium Sunglasses
Oakley Jupiter Iridium Sunglasses

membership scored me 20% off. Win!
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Super Cool Feit Superclean Elk Shoes

Super Cool Feit Superclean Elk Shoes

Superclean Elk Blue

I was so happy and so impressed with my first pair of FEIT shoes(Moc Mid Black), that when I saw these super cool shoes at FEIT’s online store, I decided a second pair would be nice. These Supercleans came in a wide range of colours, and all the colours looked great, but I decided on the blue. Life is too short not to own a pair of blue suede shoes at least once.

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