FYI on the ASUS ZenFone2 battery charger   4 comments

ASUS ZenFone 2 Android Dual SIM smartphone
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Pssst…..My original review of the ZenFone 2 is at

ZenFone 2 review at Small Business Trends – click here


FYI: The following is just what I do. It’s not meant to be official advice. Use your own discretion if you’re buying the $299 ASUS ZenFone 2 and/or contacting them with your own questions/concerns

ASUS says not to be concerned if you feel the special charger is too warm. I did a 40-minute test and the hot temperature of the charger made me contact ASUS with a sense of urgency. I told them I wouldn’t charge the ZenFone2 overnight, unattended. They responded saying it’s intentional.

Although the battery charger does get hot (and ASUS is aware of this), if the product senses you’ve got a low battery, while the charger stays in the wall and your battery fills, the charger “knows” to draw less power, just not at first, if your battery’s low. So it’s the speed charging feature responsible for making the charger hot in the beginning.

Then after awhile you can actually touch the charger and it’ll feel normal. Again, the longer it stays in the wall, the more it knows to return to normal.

So, to see if what ASUS was saying was right, I did a 91-minute test and ASUS’s response proved accurate because after that test, I forgot about the test for a good hour after it was over – The good news is, the charger didn’t even feel warm. But do a 40-minute test like I did, on a low battery and you’ll probably notice the charger is hot to the touch.

So for me, all’s good in the hood. I think the phone will be a hit with people who travel. At $299 unlocked, dual SIM card slots, etc, well, where can you get that? For most, the ZenFone 2 will be a solid investment. I haven’t tried the camera or cam yet, but I will.

By the way, the speed charger is only given to you for free if you buy the $299 model of the ZenFone 2, not the lower-priced one.

Posted May 21, 2015 by Alex Yong in Uncategorized

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It’s about time: Google vows to fix the worst thing about its Chrome browser   Leave a comment

Originally posted on BGR:

Chrome is an awesome browser but it also has severe memory leak issues that can chew up resources on both your PC and your smartphone. KitGuru highlights some recent comments made by the Chrome for Android team during a Reddit AMA that show Google’s engineers are very much aware of Chrome’s memory leak problems and are vowing to fix it.

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Posted May 20, 2015 by Alex Yong in Uncategorized

Influencers: An Extension of our Creativity   1 comment

Originally posted on Havas Hivemind:

By Len Kendall, Director of Social Marketing, Havas Chicago

How are influencers disrupting the ad business? That’s the question I was tasked with answering last week during a panel at the iMedia Agency Summit.

There is both excitement and some trepidation across our industry when it comes to influencers, and it all comes down to one thing: they make content, just like us. And by the way, they also happen to be their very own distribution channels. If we’re candid about the situation, we as creative business people also make (most of) our revenue from creating stuff that frequently competes for attention with said influencers. That said, we have a very optimistic take on the matter. The opportunity of partnering with influencers far outweighs the “threat” of creatives being pushed out of the content creation process. Let’s explore why:

 1) The demand for content is extremely high. The…

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Eventbrite Now Available for All of   2 comments

Alex Yong:

Promoting an event? says “Take our new Eventbrite features for a spin!”

And if you’re self-hosted, note this too: Eventbrite announcement

Originally posted on News:

We’re excited to announce big updates to our Eventbrite integration: your events can now be displayed right on your site, no matter what theme you use!

Enjoy Eventbrite, regardless of theme

In 2013, we launched two Eventbrite themes to help you promote your events. Since then, we’ve gotten requests from users to extend that functionality more broadly on Today, we’ve rolled out our Eventbrite integration to all users, which means you are no longer limited to only using the Eventbrite themes to promote your events. You can now connect to Eventbrite from any theme to highlight your events. (The existing Eventbrite themes will still be available.)

Connect to Eventbrite using Publicize

Getting started is easy — your Eventbrite connection is located alongside your other Publicize accounts in Settings → Sharing. Once you connect to Eventbrite, your events will automatically display on a page of your choice, with links to detailed…

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Fuskers busted for allegedly stealing photos from Photobucket   Leave a comment

Originally posted on Naked Security:

Years before nude photos of celebrities flooded the internet in 2014’s Celebgate, commenters on 4chan and Reddit threads were offering to extract, in bulk, revealing photos from women’s private Photobucket accounts.

It’s known as fusking: using a program to automate the collection of photo file from a website, a task made easy by obvious naming conventions, such as 1.jpg, 2.jpg, etc.

As BuzzFeed’s Katie Notopoulos wrote back in 2012, a privacy hole in Photobucket – an online photo service – had made it simple to figure out URLs that would enable fuskers to get guest access to see such private images.

In fact, that hole had been open for at least 5 years when she wrote about it.

It’s probably safe to assume it was open for at least two more years after that, given that two US men have been arrested for offering a…

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Posted May 13, 2015 by Alex Yong in Uncategorized

Bite-sized audio for social media! Users of the Clammr app call it “audio Instagram”   Leave a comment

Parviz Parvizi is the co-founder of Clammr

You can connect with Parviz on Twitter @ClammrApp (click here)
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Hi Parviz. Good to meet you. One thing I can say right off the bat about audio is: I’ve totally wished for audio in Twitter!! :)

Parviz Parvizi: Hi Alex, looks like I’ve run into a kindred spirit! We’d love to hear what you think of clammr if you have a chance to play around with it on iOS. If you search twitter for @clammrapp, you’ll be able to find the clammrs that people are posting there (every clammr is an open object — natively playable in twitter/fb and also in embeddable widgets).

If you’re android, I put together a rough tumblr that will give you a rough idea of the Clammr listening experience for newsy PR-type content: The tumbler widgets don’t capture the social and collaborative creation/curation that are at the heart of Clammr, though.

Why did you choose 18 seconds? I’m surprised Twitter hasn’t realized audio shorts in tweets could be a good way for people to expand on thoughts which are currently forced into 140 characters.

Parviz Parvizi: I actually go into the background on how we landed at the 18 second cap for Clammr in Harry Hawk’s podcast episode (click here We wanted clammrs to be long enough to be able to capture a complete thought or entertainment nugget, but not so long that when people inevitably get duds they get turned off on the whole experience. So, we triangulated to 18:
– psychological research tells us the human working memory and attention span is 7-9 seconds
– translating a 140 character tweet into audio at 150 words per minute is ~10 seconds
– we tried 12 seconds in early beta, but found that it was a bit too short — people rushed a bit when speaking; musicians told us it was too short for a musical phrase; and some listeners felt they needed a bit more time to process mentally since the clammrs come in a stream
– so, we read out and recorded a set of nyt articles and clocked how long it took for a listener to get the main point (not just the topic); that came in at 18 seconds or less, so we landed there

Worth noting that every clammr can expand into longer content with a “hear more” button. Also, clammrs are natively embeddable into twitter/fb — when users create them, they can simultaneously post to those places. Do a search for #clammr or @clammrapp on Twitter to get a feel for some of the activity

:) Thank you! Good info!

Clammr’s YouTube channel

How to get the most out of Clammr

Link to download Clammr on iOS


Posted May 12, 2015 by Alex Yong in Uncategorized

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Nasdaq plans to implement the blockchain, Bitcoin’s underlying technology   Leave a comment

Alex Yong:

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Originally posted on PandoDaily:


Bitcoin has an image problem. The currency has been plagued by controversy almost since its debut, whether it stems from Bitcoin’s use on illegal markets or the hundreds of millions of dollars that disappeared with a popular exchange.

But that doesn’t mean bitcoin and its underlying technology, the blockchain — a method of storing data that makes it easy to track information without having to trust whomever is providing it — is a lost cause. Nasdaq wants to prove that by using blockchain technology, first in its Private Market platform and, if all goes well, later in its stock marketplace.

If all that sounds like a bunch of tech jargon, Here’s how Business Insider explains the basic mechanisms behind the blockchain:

[M]embers of the network collectively contribute processing power from their computers to maintain bitcoin’s integrity. And every time a transaction is made, a record of it is sent out…

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Posted May 12, 2015 by Alex Yong in Uncategorized

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