Motorola Moto G

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Smartphones have prove themselves almost as important as water is to our survival on a day to day basis. I cannot for once imagine if I leave home without a tech gadget. Worse, if it was my phone, I would drive back miles to retrieve it. Trust me, how can one possibly leave their door without their phone. Its insane. Ok, I’m sure you get the picture. As much I emphasis the significance of the phone, the huge attention and monetary values we invested in it comes naturally. A lot of us might not consider other brands apart from the current likes of the Apple iPhones or Samsung Notes. The reality is that we actually have a lot more on the table that is available for our selection. And they are no less inferior than your iconic iPhones or Samsung Note 3s. Introducing the Motorola Moto G. Look, I need to be honest, I was looking for a rather cheap phone but yet just as good as the iPhone. As much as I preach my devotion to Apple, I was hunting for a cheaper alternative to substitute as a work phone and I chanced upon the Moto G.

Some might even helm the Motorola Moto G as the new evolution of market-altering smartphone. Why is that so? It comes at a rather affordable price but packed with dynamite specs that makes it so competitive in the current smartphone landscape in Asia. 

“Don’t let the price fool you, this is a well-built phone”

When you price an item at a low cost, humans don’t desire it like they actually want it. We have weird tastes. True enough a good phone that comes with a cheaper tag sounds extremely fishy. Here’s some stuffs to consider if your planning to purchase the Moto G:

• Motorola is currently owned by Google. Which means it gives great user interaction and technology.
• Moto G currently uses Android 4.3 Jelly Bean but will soon be using the new 4.4 KitKat pre-installed. Talking about being stable? Nice.
• Motorola Protect gives you similar if not better features like your Find My iPhone service. When linked to your Google account, allows you own the thief by remotely locating the device, locking the screen and changing passwords.
• Motorola Assist silences your phone, goes into meeting mode or sleeping mode for your own pre-set desires.
• Motorola Migrate allows for a much easier transfer of data from your old phone to the Moto G.
• It also puts iPhone’s well acclaimed Retina Display to shame with it’s screen pixel density of 329ppi, 4.5-inch touchscreen packed with a 1280 x 720 pixel display screen. Waaadaa!
• Of course, the Moto G comes equipped in Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 400, running at 1.2GHz with a 1GB RAM.
• I think the coolest feature is getting our freedom from the charger BACK. The Moto G is able to multi task a number of apps and features simultaneously without much battery drainage. Absolutely necessary!

Taken from DigitalTrends:

Highs

  • An absolute bargain at $180 unconnected
  • Stock Android 4.3 Jelly Bean/Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Fast, capable processor
  • 4.5-inch, 720p screen is just about perfect
  • Excellent battery life

Lows

  • The camera is basic
  • A choice of 8GB or 16GB of memory
  • No removable battery
  • External speaker has to be cranked up to hear

Please go check this phone out.

Venice

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Check this out. Google Street View just created a new feat. What’s available now is the virtual tour of Venice with the help of their Street View Trekker technology. I have never been Venice and it has always been on one of my to go places for the longest time. With the Street View technology, it is now possible. Taken by a team of backpackers, they took great effort in making sure that enough materials were taken to make this an awesome experience. What’s even more amazing was that they also made efforts to map out all the attractions and you can now see interesting spots where you can spot the first Jewish Ghetto or even the Devil’s Bridge in Torcello island. If you are into Venice, do check out the technology.

Taxi without a driver

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If you have watched the recent movie, “The Internship”, starring Vince Vaugh and Owen Wilson, this wouldn’t seem so much of a new phenomenon to you. In the movie, Vince who casts as Billy Mahon, an enthusiastic sales man who lost his job, had took on an internship at Google. He was seen trying to flag a car driving pass both him and Nick Campbell (Owen Wilson) as they struts across the Google campus. Only to realize there wasn’t a driver, much to both their dismay. Well, seems like what we see in the movie is true. Google is reportedly designing and developing new technology that basically allows vehicles to drive without a driver. So far, these self-driving cars are developed from existing cars. But it is rumored that Google is actually planning to work on developing new vehicles. Google is planning to design and bulid these cars as “robo-taxis”. These taxis would be deployed to different cities in the world to help companies launch robo-taxi fleets in. The plan is to have a real human driver present in the initial phase to ensure the safety of the vehicle and eventually let it be automated.

GOOGLE’S ALREADY CONSIDERED THE BEST CITIES FOR A ROBO-TAXI FLEET

While Google do have plans to develop commercial vehicles into these self-driving vehicles, their current cars are modified Toyota which cost up to $150,000 for one. And that is quite a hefty amount to begin with. Google is looking to keep costs low. For now, these technologies remains the products from Google X, the semi-secret and innovative tech lab of Google.

Google Map Graphics

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“Google Maps’ receives a very good interpretation of it’s visual aesthetics from a graphical perspective depict through the eyes of New York-based graphic designer Matt Delbridge. Comprises of a collection of promotional prints, these graphical illustrations is a great way to show Google maps’ iconic aesthetics with the use of clever incorporation of Google maps’ graphics. You see how the artist place the iconic red pin on the graphics, making it sync with the context of the subject header. These interesting graphic prints tap on popular locations. In fact, you can see how Tokyo was represented with a bowl of ramen. Interesting yet visually engaging. Sometimes it is through very fundamental graphic elements that we derive simple messages. A very creative ad campaign by Google Maps.

Moto X

Two tech giants tag team to bring us an awesome invention. A great deal of rumors and hearsay lead us to believe the highly anticipated invention would be revolutionary. One that would eventually replace your maid, your PC or your minimalistic designed phone(you know what I mean). The first phone Motorola co-designed with Google. As we all know, consumers these days are changing their appetite gearing towards more perceived value for their money. People are starting to ask, “What is it in for me to pony my dollars for this metal device?” It’s either going to make it or break it. The actual selling point is the versatility in the customization properties of the Moto X. Some of the coolest features includes the phone’s Touchless Controls, which taps into Google Now to answer or execute actions on your behalf. Now, thats Siri hands-free. Voice recognition and hands free features also allows the Moto X to work better than your maid. It literally means you could yell at it and it would execute an action for you immediately. No delays nor hard feelings. To level the competition, Active Display shows you the time and recent notifications every single time your phone moves. Cool feature. With the fact that Google has now taken over Motorola, the interface design is tightly knitted to the look and feel of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The phone boosts extremely awesome specs as well.

It has:
a 1280 x 720 pixel AMOLED screen.
2GB Ram
a 10 mega-pixel camera
16GB internal storage
X8 Chipset
Snapdragon S4 Pro dual-core processor
Quad-core GPU
Language Processor
“Contextual computing” processor

Totally mind-blowing hardware specs there. The ultimate user experience is boosted with the ability to customize your phone in 2,000 different combinations! I am really looking forward to seeing this phone hit the shelves in Singapore. Check out the videos as well as more of it below.

Moto X – Quick Capture

Moto X – Always Ready

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Check out my resume

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When it comes to job hunting, the first thing to the door is your resume. And like they say, the first impression counts. I still remember I once had a bottle of fresh milk delivered to my agency’s doorstep with a tag loosely knotted onto one of the bottles. The label reads, “freshly milked creative juice”. As much as I have to agree that it does caught our attention, I wouldn’t consider this creepy approach a healthy attention. Still nonetheless, it is important to create impact and that would inevitably score you some brownie points. In order to make that distinction, New Jersey-based advertising executive Chris Liu had his resume all jazzed up looking like a google search page. What you see is a results page with a list of search results displaying all his information. Looking just like Google’s page layout means communicating that same level of familiarism to his prospective employers. A rather creative approach to the traditional way of sending resumes.

Google Chromecast

There is so much talk about the new Google Chromecast. Check out this new ad from Google for the Chromecast. The ad has already gotten more than a million views on youtube. It basically showcases the usability and functions of the Chromecast device. The main feature of this HDMI device is its ability to allow you to broadcast content from any of your devices. Be it Mobile, Tablet, Laptops or even your Desktops, straight into your TV. Simply amazing! The way I see it, this device’s pretty much packed a bomb of fun and entertainment for the family. Definitely a blast of an experience!

Google Nexus 7

There has been a lot of hype lately since Google announced their newer version of their flagship tablet, the Nexus 7. We see the recent launch of tv commercials as well as published articles. Turns out that Google’s second version of the device is looking right set to exceed expectations of its predecessor set. It already has the newest version of Android, 4.3 Jelly Bean installed, not to mention, the looks to kill as well. You can see from this promotional video how the little boy survives from one phase in life to another with the help of his little digital buddy. It can be argued that humans are getting more dependent on digital devices, but the aid of technology is one that would improve and innovate our daily lives. Already we are seeing how a mom could interact with her son and how the tablet could help the boy complete his goal of public speaking. Well, for a start the device seems very promising. Now, how would the  Google Nexus 7 perform when you compare it with it’s competitiors on the market right now? Pitting against the likes of Apple’s iPad Mini or Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 3 7.0? Check out the table below for a nice illustration of specs and compare for the one which might best suit you.

iPad Mini

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Galaxy Tab 3 (7-inch)

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Nexus 7

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Size 7.9 x 5.3 x 0.3 (in) 7.4 x 4.37 x 0.39 (in) 7.9 x 4.5 x 0.3 (in)
Weight 11 oz 11 oz 11 oz
Screen 7.9-inch LCD 7-inch LCD 7-inch LCD
Resolution 1024×768 pixels 1024×600 pixels 1920×1200 pixels
OS iOS 6 Android 4.2 with TouchWiz UI Android 4.3
Storage 16GB 8GB 16/32GB
SD Card Slot No Yes No
Processor Dual-core A5 1.2GHz dual-core 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro
RAM 512MB 1GB 2GB
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, 4G LTE Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, 4G LTE, NFC
Camera Front 1.2MP, Rear 5MP Front 1.3MP, Rear 3MP Front 2.1MP, Rear 5MP
Bluetooth Yes, version 4.0 Yes, version 4.0 Yes, version 4.0
Battery 4,440mAh 4,000mAh 4,000mAh
Charger Lightning connector Micro USB Micro USB
Marketplace Apple App Store Google Play Store Google Play Store
Price $330+ $200+ $230+
Availability Verizon, AT&T, Sprint N/A AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon

Travel made easy

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With the help of technology, man has achieved greater heights in their discovery of the world. So many things that were deem impossible is made palatable through technology. Now, we can even travel across Japan from North Hokkaido to Southern Kyushu. The entire journey is about 1500 miles long and if you were to travel by car, that would be at least 30 hours of non-stop driving. No one would possibly want to do that even if you had a choice. Design engineering firm takram have invented a way to allow us to travel across the island by sitting at our desk. And the best thing is, they could do it in less than an hour. The total time require would be about 15mins.

You see, with Google Street View, it is now possible to see or view most of Japan. They realized that most of Japan had now been photographed by Google’s Street View. With the use of Hyperlapse, an open source coding program, they manage to create short animations using frames from Street View. Thus, the team managed to create a program that captures all the frames and piece it up together by animating the entire route from the Northern to the Southern part of Japan. I reckon this is yet another new way of travel. Check out these cool videos.


From Northern to Southern Hokkaido (10 min)


From Northern Honshu to Tokyo (10 min)


From Tokyo to Osaka (15 min)


From Osaka to the Southern tip of Honshu (10 min)


From Northern to Southern Kyushu (9 min)