Acer Spin 5

The Acer Spin 5 is an excellent laptop for its price. Starting at $700, the convertible 2-in-1 notebook overflows with useful features including a modern build, stylus pen, HD touchscreen, long-lasting battery and healthy range of ports.

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For everything that it offers, if it were any cheaper, it would be a no-brainer. As is, it is a great option for anyone interested in a solid middle-of-the-road laptop, but it’s also not likely to catch anyone’s eye or inspire great works of creativity. The new Acer Spin 5 models comes in 13- and 15-inch versions. New features include its all-metal build, the latest 8th-gen Intel Core processors, a sharper screen, improved stylus support and better keyboard.

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Having an installed space of 8GB, even though it is pretty less, it is actually worth it for just $700 and it even have the latest window  Windows 10 Home and a capacity of 256GB. It has a  built-in HD webcam, fingerprint sensor and microphone and, in terms of connectivity, it boasts Bluetooth and WiFi- connectivity (802.11ac). Want to know why you should consider buying the Acer Spin 5? It is well built and decently looking; good keyboard once you get used to it; excellent trackpad; decent screen if you keep it indoors; solid performance; long battery life; more affordable than the competition

On the contrary, it is a little heavy and have a shallow keyboard. Screen that is too dimmed and has only a microSD card-reader. For people who like peaceful surroundings, it has noisy fan and high operating temperatures on this test model

Why do you still buy it?

If you are looking for a Core U laptop with a compact case, convertible form-factor and an affordable price, then you absolutely have to check-out the Acer Spin 5, a device that is already available in stores and sells for $700 The Spin 5 is not without flaws, among them being a dim screen that is not going to do well outdoors and an moody fan, but it is also well built, performs well, types alright and packs a large battery, so the value you are getting for the buck is almost unbeatable by other convertibles available out there at the time of this post, a recipe Acer also follows with the Swift 3 we reviewed a couple of weeks ago.

Source:

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https://www.windowscentral.com/acers-spin-5-another-fresh-2-1-option-boasting-slim-profile-and-powerful-specs

 

Xcode 9 and Swift 4 programming language

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So, this is the image for how the Xcode app will look like. Unfortunately, Xcode can only be used on mac books and iMac. However, if you are a windows user and badly want to use Xcode and not want to pay the high price of getting a mac, Apple company has provided an alternative. They have created a simulator so that you can use the app on windows but you have to pay a cheap price. With all this said, lets dive in to the app!

Xcode is an app for iOS developers, it serve as a IDLE platform  for programmers to code using swift 4. Now, over here, there is an alternative which is that Xcode can also read Object-c which is another programming language. Back to the content, Xcode has an easy to use interface which reduces trouble during coding as Xcode has been made to help you finish of your code. Xcode also has templates like:

  1. Single view app
  2. game app
  3. AR app
  4. Document based app
  5. Master Detail app
  6. Page based app
  7. Tabbed app
  8. Sticker pack app
  9. iMessage app

Each of the templates are to help you in the coding part of the app that you are going to make. Now, after explaining the coding part, there is also the designing part where you have to create the user interface. The Apple company has make thing very simple for us programmers by giving us pre-made items which we just have to slap it right on to the user interface and do a little customisation. Like magic, your app will be almost done, you just need to press ctrl+mousepad and drag it to your code. After coding what function each button or switch or whatever does, only testing and debuging left to do. Congratulations, the app is ready and ready to put in the app store for people to download after you let Apple check through your app and paying the subscription for putting it up.

So, Xcode is an app meant for programmers of iOS apps and swift is the programming language used. Well now you know more about Xcode you can choose to learn and start coding an app.

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Nvidia Shield Tablet K1

Nvidia is mostly know for making graphic cards for PCs. But what if I told you the same people made a tablet just for gaming? I raise you the Nvidia Shield Tablet K1.

The K1 is the successor of the Nvidia Tablet and an improvement in several ways. Most notably by being cheaper and a whole lot more powerful. The K1 is coated with an anti-slip surface which works well, but in the process makes it a fingerprint magnet.  It boasts a 5MP front-facing camera and 2 speakers on the same side. They perform just fine, if not way better for a tablet. All the ports are located on it’s top which does makes it rather troublesome if you need to find the way to charge it or adjust the volume. The top side also houses the 3.5mm earphone jack. The ports include micro USB, mini HDMI out, and a microSD card slot capable of taking up to 128GB cards.

The Nvidia Shield should be able to, at the least, run Android 7.0 Nougat. Considering the Android 8.0 Oreo is out, there should be no surprise if buying one right now will come with that. A factory new Nvidia Shield basically comes with the stock Android preloaded, but Nvidia added some of their own applications. The Nvidia SHIELD Hub and Nvidia Dabbler. An app to enhance your gaming experience and a photo editor respectively.

But what makes the Nvidia Shield miles ahead of other competitors is its Tegra K1 mobile superchip ,that basically out-performs more or less every other smartphone and tablet in the market. Since Nvidia mostly makes graphic cards, it is to no surprise that the Shield comes with a GeForce card. One can expect features like HDR lighting, tessellation and more. With so much power and performance, the battery life must be short right? Well, not really but kinda. If you were to use the Shield for browsing, 10 hours should be about how long it will last. While gaming, the batter life is 5 hours.

The Shield Controller is a must-have add-on for those who plan to procure the Nvidia Shield. Costing 80 SGD, the controller is sold separately from the Shield. It is also lighter than its predecessor and utilises Wifi Direct to interact with the Tablet, giving it two times the response speed. Using Wifi Direct means more bandwidth, which not only allows the aforementioned, but you can plug in a 3.5 mm headphone and connect up to 4 other controllers. Other unique features of the controller include capacitive touch buttons for Android’s home, back, and play buttons. Nvidia cut the price of the Shield, but at the same time, removed some add-ons some may require. The casualties of the price cut includes the micro-usb and the power brick. This may be a hindrance to those who travel frequently, but 40SGD should cover up the lack of material.

In the end, if you need a high end gaming machine for mobile games, most of which are not good, the Nvidia Shield Tablet is a good choice. Even if gaming in not your calling, the artistic side of the Tablet is still robust. For about 270SGD (without add-ons), this investment would be a wise choice  for those who game or draw.

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JBL Link 20

 

 

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This speaker model can be linked to other models and high definition sound, is waterproof and is wifi/bluetooth connected. But it takes a long time to start up and there are some interruptions when the volume is too high. It is considered the best wifi speaker at such a price. Google Assistant is very open, making almost all devices to work very well with it. Companies also make their own speakers to compete with other major companies like Google and Amazon.

Anyways, there are a lot of apps that can control Chromecast with just a single touch of a button. The speaker is even better, with bluetooth, offering more apps/devices to connect to the speaker. Link 20, as compared to link 10 is much better. It has twice the battery life of Link 10 and has higher definition sound for an extra $50 only. The Link 20 has buttons on top and 2 microphones. But it takes 10-2o seconds to connect to wifi / bluetooth. You also have to open the cover of the speaker’s charging port, which is very troublesome, especially for people that uses the speaker very often. Microphones also help and lets you command it with your mouth only.

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It reacts by lighting up and showing you its battery life.But when music is loud, you will have to speak a bit louder to let it hear you. Google Assistant does a lot of functions like telling you the weather. It is also good at answering questions as it is connected to the search engine of Google. Google Assistant will grow bigger and bigger in time.

I feel that the JBL Link 20 is a cheap and good speaker which does many different functions. Though, it takes a long time to start up, it produces high defintion sounds and are effective in doing commands deployed. Hence, I think that people should buy it.

Credits:

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/jbl-link-20-smart-portable-bluetooth-speaker-with-the-google-assistant-built-in-black/6086202.p?skuId=6086202

https://www.wired.com/review/review-jbl-link-speakers-with-google-assistant/

iPhone 8 Plus

The iPhone 8 Plus introduces an all‑new glass design, the fantastic dual-lens camera shoots better than ever with improved portrait mode. The world’s most popular camera, now even better. The most powerful and smartest chip ever in a smartphone. Wireless charging that’s truly effortless. And augmented reality experiences never before possible. iPhone 8. A new generation of iPhone.

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Though it a step below the iPhone X, but its powerful performance, still-excellent cameras, and roomy, standard-shaped screen which maximizes all existing iPhone apps and includes a few iPad-like features not available on the X. The iPhone 8 Plus also have  True Tone screen and that same superfast A11 Bionic processor you’ll find in the X. True Tone is in most of Apple’s iPad and it works a lot like the white-balance-compensating system found in the iPhone’s camera flash, allowing the iPad or iPhone screen to determine just the right percentage and intensity and temperature of white light you need. The idea behind the whole concept is that whites tend to look different under different light, but with True Tone enabled, the iPad can shift how the display looks no matter the lighting. With this, i can say that Apple’s iPhone is upgrading with iPad’s functions, giving Apple users a better experience with iPhone.

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Why 8 Plus and not 8? The 8 Plus is worth the premium over the 8 to get the dual cameras, larger display, and a battery life that still beats out the iPhone X. Though looking old-fashioned as Apple’s model of iPhones still look alike, the iPhone 8 Plus is really powerful with a fast running processor and even, perhaps, it is one that people would prefer over iPhone X.

In my opinion:

The iPhone 8 Plus has all of the same basic features as the new iPhone 8, except for its larger size, slightly better battery life (in our everyday real-life use) and better cameras. I would also prefer a more hand-friendly iPhone X as of my palm size to carry the phone around. I would say iPhone 8 Plus  would be a phone for people that would carry and use their phone around all the time or photographers who would want a light and portable good camera.

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Design:

For iPhone 8 Plus, Apple used stronger aluminum body accents, steel reinforcement inside and metal highlights around the camera lens. There are only three colors this time: white with silver highlights, glossy black and space gray, and a blush pink-like gold.

Source:

https://www.popsci.com/iphone-8-plus-camera-review

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Vivo V7+

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The Vivo V7+ is a mid range phone not meant for gaming but instead for taking selfies.

Details

The Vivo V7+ has a full metal body, a 6 inch display but with 1440 x 720 pixel resolution. Powered with an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor, it has a 4GB RAM with 64GB of on-board storage. It has a 24-megapixel front camera with LED flash and a Face Beauty Mode which allows you to smoothen out your face but may cause it to look too plastic.

The Vivo V7+ in general would be good if you are looking to take many picture with your phone but not really good for gaming if you are looking for good graphics and fast loading speeds. The LED flash also acts as a fill light if you ever find yourself wanting to take a picture in a low-light condition.

In my opinion, I would not buy this phone as I do not take much pictures and my phone is mainly used to check messages and play games. Hence, I would be getting a phone with a better processor and better display over the camera function.

The Vivo V7+ comes just under SGD$490

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Acer Spin 5

 

The improved Acer Spin 5 model comes in at 13 and 15 inch versions, so you can choose which model you would like to purchase. Acer included some new features like the eighth-gen Intel Core processors, a clearer screen, better stylus support and a better keyboard for people typing. The model is quite stylish and the metal build is glistening while being solid as a rock. The bad thing is, that the labtop is slightly heavier weighing at 3.31 pounds. 13 inch convertibles from Samsung and Hp weigh 2.5 pounds which is quite a big difference if you ask me.

The Acer Spin 5 comes with a stylus that is great for taking notes and drawing but unfortunately, there is no place for owners to store their stylus on the labtop. Even though the Acer Spin 5 is not made specifically for watching videos/shows, it can be used as your TV alternative whenever you want to use it. Its clear and bright screen displays bright colors with wide-viewing angles and the speakers, which are located above the keyboard, are impressively loud. Audio quality will suffer at maximum volume and distortions, but lowering it will help avoid it.

The specs of the screen contains 13.3-inch IPS screen, 1920×108-pixel resolution with a 16:9 screen ratio. There is also a special mode, called the tent mode which is made especially for watching videos or shows in a tight space. When watching, the labtop’s hinges are sturdy and holds its position firmly. The down side is that the speakers face the opposite direction of the screen which directs the sound away from the viewer. Even though, the nuisance is small it is noticeable.

The good side about the Acer Spin 5 is that it has a useful convertible design with a sturdy and current build. It has a solid keyboard, stylus support, surprisingly loud speakers and long battery life. The only bad side is that its quite heavy. Other than that, it has a pretty good price and i would get this computer for work as it seems really good. The price that it is starting at is $700.

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Original Prusa i3 mk3 3D printer by Josef Prusa

3D Printer :Original Prusa i3 mk3 by Josef Prusa

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This printer is the newest version of the first printer that Josef Prusa made and has lots of new improvements to the first two version. Some of the improvements that are added is the filament sensor, Power Panic, Trinamic2130 drivers with layer shift detection, faster and silent printing,New Y axis, Bondtech extruder, Magnetic MK52 Heatbed, Powder coated PEI spring steel print sheet. I will elaborate on the improvements and explain what they can do.

Filament sensor

It is a laser type sensor which can not only detect the presence of the filament, but can also detect its movement. This allows the printer to pause the printing and ask the user to add a new spool of filament if it is running out. Enables the detection of stuck filament and get the user to cold pull to clean the nozzle. Having the filament sensor adds a new feature called filament auto loading, which when a new filament is inserted, it detects it, offer a preheat before loading it into the hot-end and finally, printing the object at the users count.

Power Panic

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Power Panic is a new feature that allows full recovery from a complete loss of power and is done without the use of batteries. This is made possible by the printer shutting down the components responsible for heating its printing-bed and extruder, this process enables the printer to have enough power in the capacitor to save the position and park the printer-head and printing-nozzle away from the printout. This is so as not to destroy the printout, reduce the wastage of plastic when there is a power trip and continue printing when the power comes back.

Summary

In summary, this 3D printer is what all designers dream of, with absolutely no chance of having fail prints and high end technology sensors / parts. In my opinion, this is a must have 3D Printer and I highly recommend you to buy it.

Source for the 3D printer:

https://www.prusaprinters.org/original-prusa-i3-mk3-bloody-smart/

iRobot Roomba 880

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iRobot Roomba 880

Behold, the little helper bot sent to save you from dusty floors, the Roomba 880. With whole new features than it’s predecessors, it helps clean the floors.

Features

The Roomba 880 comes equipped with a new AeroForce cleaning system, bristle-free extractors that rotate inward toward each another to speed up airflow and increase suction. Along with that, the strong vacuum and increased battery life from the new XLife battery.

The Roomba also has various lights to indicate different thing, like a light to show when the battery is full, empty, when the bin is full and when the Roomba gets stuck.

It also has a Dirt Detect feature helps the Roomba to locate the grime and dirt on the ground to clean, so just in case it misses a spot, it can solve the issue itself.

The robot comes with a removable bin, left and right wheel, debris extractors, and a spinning side brush.  Beside the vacuum itself, you also get a Home Base, or dock, two Virtual Wall/Lighthouse sensors with four C batteries included, an extra HEPA filter, and a remote control with two AA

batteries included.

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iRobot Roomba with accessories

Functionality

The Roomba can switch between spot clean mode and regular clean mode, so you can set it to clean a certain troublesome spot or just the whole area.

Being a Roomba and all, the experience is pretty hands-off, the 880 model allows you to set schedules of when to start cleaning, stop cleaning, where to clean and where not to clean.

The Roomba can be remotely controlled, using the aforementioned remote control, allowing a user to interact more with the robot when necessary.

The Roomba 880 can sense the duration it requires to clean a room, going back to its charging port after it thinks it’s done with the cleaning. unfortunately, its hard to predict how long it might take the Robot to clear the area out of the box.

Accessories 

Virtual Walls: They act as invisible barriers, stopping the Roomba from going to places it should not be going. The Virtual Walls can also be converted into Lighthouses, allowing the Roomba to clean room after room without losing its way back to the charging dock.

Home Base: The charger that provides power to the Roomba, the main base of operation that the Roomba go to when it needs to recharge.

Remote Control: Allows the user to control the Roomba.

Pros

If you need a helping hand to assist you with cleaning around the house, the ability to schedule the timings, new improved vacuum system and extra accessories make this an excellent choice.

Cons

The issue with pet hair filling the bin up too fast and pet hair being a little troublesome, and the fact it costs S$1,298.00 are the only down sides.

Summary

The iRobot Roomba is an amazing helper to assist you in clean your floor, with added accessories to make it more efficient and useful.

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Injustice 2

Injustice 2 is NetherRealm Studios’ game for 2017. Being a game depicting one of the many alternate universes under DC Comics, the series itself also has a comic series showing and explaining everything that happened within this alternate timeline. You can read them up HERE or watch someone explain it HERE.

The game is the successor to Injustice : Gods Among Us, released in 2013. As a sequel, the game itself has many improvements of the first game, most notably: a faster movement speed for characters, environmental intractables that can be blocked, moves to evade or end combos early. As a Netherrealm Studios (NRS) game, the gameplay itself is refined for a fighting game, with similar aspect to Mortal Kombat’s ‘juggling’ combat style where repeated attacks to the opponent in whilst in the air will initiate a combo.

Similar to Mortal Kombat, the game features a somewhat long campaign mode for you to play. Unlike other modern NRS games, this game allows different paths to choose from, with 2 different endings. Borrowing the idea of Living Towers from Mortal Kombat X, Injustice 2 has a similar system that goes all out on what you can do. The Multiverse has different ‘Earths’ one can choose to play. They are limited time only and a new one will pop up once one of the ‘Earths’ expires. But don’t worry, they will reappear sometime soon.

The biggest change would be the fact that there is a gear system. It allows players to fine tune their favourite fighters to gain an edge over AI fighters in the Multiverse. This also affects public multiplayer matches, where fine tuned fighters with a mix of competent players will make them extremely deadly. Different special moves are also added to add flavor and different combos for different players. Said new special moves are disabled in the competitive playlists for the sake a balancing.

The game includes 39 playable fighters, 10 of which are DLCs. Certain fighters have premium skins which changes them to another version of the same fighter. For example, for the Flash, his premier skin allows you to play as the Reverse Flash.

For the base game alone, most prices ranges between 55SGD to 90SGD. The other versions will cost more, some at around 120SGD and the most pricey one at 145SGD. If you are a DC fan or a fighting game fan, this game is no doubt a very good choice.

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