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.

Important: 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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Celebrating 10 Years of & Automattic   Leave a comment

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Quite a market share! Congrats WordPress/Automattic. “24 percent of websites on the internet now use WordPress to power their sites” -Mark Armstrong

Originally posted on News:

This year marks the 10th birthday of and our parent company, Automattic. We are proud to have served this community of millions: from writers, photographers, artists, and small and large publishers, to business owners and entrepreneurs.

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Posted June 26, 2015 by Alex Yong in Uncategorized

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Getting familiar with Periscope on Android   1 comment

This will be the first year the world has had a summer with Periscope!

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The hearts floating upward on the screen are pretty much like “likes” on Facebook, well, sort of. They’re given by viewers. From what I understand, the hearts are credited to your profile and the more hearts you have on your profile, the better your chances of appearing up top whenever you broadcast. In theory, the closer you are to the top, the more views you’ll get because folks aren’t into scrolling down too far. Someone correct me if I’m wrong.
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And of course questions and typos to make you smile
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The number in the bottom right corner indicates how many viewers are in the room, but I’ve noticed it’s not always 100% accurate.
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Further reading: (click here) “Periscope isn’t merely social. It delivers the interaction craved by social media users, yet is used by the actual media outlets….Periscope could make huge waves. The sister app to Twitter may become media’s microscope into all things newsworthy.” – Source: USAtoday
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Images: From my Android image gallery. Credit Techmania411/Alex Yong if you need to use them on your site.

Posted June 23, 2015 by Alex Yong in Uncategorized

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Customs VS Pre-builts VS All-in-one VS Laptop: PC Forms Battle Royale   4 comments

Originally posted on Metanophilia:

Deciding which form of computers to go for has always been one of the biggest questions for a PC user, and is also a question I’d like to give my opinion on as fast as possible. Thus, today I decided to write this blog post to discuss the pros and cons of each form, in my point of view.

Custom PCs – Personal Powerhouses

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Custom PCs are the top choice for any serious computer user, since it’s very personal, often offers you better specs for lower prices, and it also has a lot of room for customization and upgrade. However, there are certain things that will still drive users away from custom PCs.


  • It’s unique and personal: Once you build a custom PC, it’s entirely yours and there’s nothing like it. You’ll know it in and out, and you can name it, decorate it, etc. however you want. Most…

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Posted June 23, 2015 by Alex Yong in Uncategorized

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FCC votes to use cell phone taxes to help the poor access broadband Internet   Leave a comment

Originally posted on Streaming-TV:

One of the programs under the USF, known as “Lifeline,” has historically helped the millions of Americans who qualify for Food Stamps and Medicaid pay for their cell phone services, receiving $9.25 a month in subsidies. But with the growing popularity, and indeed necessity, of the Internet, lawmakers are now extending Lifeline’s services to broadband as well. – Lulu Chang, Digital Trends

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Posted June 20, 2015 by Alex Yong in Uncategorized

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The Comedy Store livestreams 17 stand-up comedians on   Leave a comment

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Brody Stevens and Matt Braunger at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles

Screenshots via: my mobile device (Samsung Galaxy Note 4 ‘phablet’)
This Periscope livestream was so popular that because of capacity it wasn’t that easy to comment. You can see the announcement tweet below

Skype for Web now supports instant messaging on Chromebooks   Leave a comment

Posted June 15, 2015 by Alex Yong in Uncategorized

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Step. Turn. Pose. (Analyze. Sell.) Repeat.   Leave a comment

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Photo credit: Cloth, a mobile social wardrobe management app.

via Fortune

Originally posted on Fortune:

Before Joe Shartzer flowed a sea of sundresses in every color of the rainbow.

Jean jackets and ballet flats. Houndstooth coats and derby shoes with aquamarine soles.

Leather, pleather, denim, and lace.

Bobs, braids, bald spots, and man buns.

Shartzer paced the stage, paused, and faced his stylish audience to pose a question: “Who here has been shopping, picked up an item, saw the price, and dropped it and walked away?” He peered past the stage lights and saw braceleted and bejeweled hands shoot into the air. “This is a horrible experience,” he said, nodding. “And it happens far too often.”

There’s a better way to shop, Shartzer concluded. And just as important, retailers need to address the $80 billion in “suboptimal revenue”—a term he says refers to sales that occur without a clear sense of the underlying reasons. Why did a shopper buy that sheath dress? Was she really…

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Posted June 15, 2015 by Alex Yong in Uncategorized

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