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Top Tech Stories of the Week – September 16th, 2018

September 16th, 2018 No comments
  • Fortnite is destroying marriages – Hot Air | Link
  • Amazon probing employees leaking data for bribes – CNET | Link
  • Elon Musk’s SpaceX to name first passenger for round-the-moon flight | Link
  • SpaceX Will Fly a Japanese Billionaire (and Artists, Too!) Around the Moon in 2023 | Link
  • Man Who Uploaded Deadpool to Facebook May Get Six Months in Prison | Link
  • Facebook sued over allegations of gender bias in male-targeted job ads – Technology – The Guardian – Link
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Top Tech Stories of the Week – September 9th, 2018

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  • Air Force is looking into Elon Musk’s pot smoking: Source | Link
  • Alibaba’s Jack Ma, China’s Richest Man, to Retire From Company He Co-Founded – The New York Time | Link
  • Netflix, Hulu and Amazon win numerous creative Emmy awards | Link
  • Plex is shutting down its personal cloud streaming service | Link
  • Dr Disrespect ends stream after gunfire strikes his house, says family is safe – PC Gamer | Link
  • Verizon launching its 5G home internet service on October 1st – Android and Me | Link
  • Apple raised the price of its best phone by $330, and no one cares – It took two years to go from $770 to $1,100 | Link
  • Google teases three Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL color options | Link
  • Razer Phone 2 invites arrive for Oct. 10 debut – CNET | Link
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Top Tech Stories of the Week – September 2nd, 2018

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  • Amazon hits $1 trillion market value milestone only weeks after Apple – SlashGear | Link
  • NASA launches $1 million competition for Mars project | Link
  • Brazil’s National Museum: A museum is gone and might never return – CNN Style | Link
  • Google celebrates a decade of Google Chrome, launches major redesign – Ars Technica | Link
  • Bernie Sanders introduces the BEZOS Act slamming Amazon low wages | Link
  • Google Introduces New Search Engine for Finding Datasets – Search Engine Journal | Link
  • Facebook to build first Asian data center in Singapore – Tech In Asia | Link
  • BMW will release its in-car voice-controlled assistant next year | Link
  • British Airways hacking: Customers cancel credit cards as airline defends handling of ‘sophisticated’ cyber attack | Link
  • Google Likely to Announce New Pixel 3 Smartphone on Oct. 9 | Link
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Top Tech Stories of the Week – August 26th, 2018

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  • Elon Musk abandons plan to take Tesla private | Link
  • YouTube Gets Digital Wellbeing Tools Which Shows Time Spent Watching Videos and More | Link
  • Amazon Responds to Bernie Sanders’ Comments Over Poor Work Conditions – Fortune | Link
  • Google’s new Wear OS: Here’s everything that’s new for smartwatches – Business Insider | Link
  • Google Assistant goes bilingual to answer in the languages you use | Link
  • Apple Buys Augmented-Reality Display Startup Akonia Holographics – Bloomberg | Link
  • Artificial Intelligence Nails Predictions of Earthquake Aftershocks – Scientific American | Link
  • Google reportedly confirms there won’t be a ‘Pixel Watch’ this year – 9to5Google | Link
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Top Tech Stories of the Week – August 19th, 2018

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  • Amazon is ready to take on Apple and Spotify in streaming – Digital – Ad Age | Link
  • Netflix testing ads for its own content in between episodes on ad-free service – 9to5Mac | Link
  • Big Leaks Reveal Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2080 Ti And 2080 – Forbes | Link
  • Apple Wipes Thousands of Gambling Apps After China Backlash – Bloomberg | Link
  • Nvidia announces GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, RTX 2080, and RTX 2070 – The Tech Report | Link
  • HTC Vive Wireless Adapter will cost $300, launch in September – CNET  | Link
  • Google Assistant will now find you ‘good news’ – Search Engine Land | Link
  • Xiaomi posts bumper profits in first earnings report since IPO | Link
  • Google Fit Revamp, Ready For Pixel Watch, Targets Apple Watch Series 4 | Link
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Aramex Shop And Ship vs DHL EasyShop vs Posta Plus MyBox – Who’s the fastest?

August 14th, 2018 No comments

I buy a lot of things online and mostly overseas using different shipping forwarders from different countries. Each one of them has their own pros and cons.

So one day I decided to find out who’s faster and cheaper and here’s my findings on a shipment I’ve made on Amazon.com on the same day, and to be delivered at the same day to DHL, Aramex, and PostaPlus.

The time it took to forward and deliver a parcel to home from USA

All shipments are light, and less than 0.5 kg (~1 lb). For PostaPlus and DHL you would need to consolidate the shipment before it begins the forwarding process. On both cases I’ve consolidated the shipments as soon as I’ve received the email notification about the reception of the shipments.

Shipment CourierDate Delivered To CourierDate Record Created by CourierDate DeliveredShipment Weight (by courier)Paid To Courier
No. of Days
DHL Easy Shop2 August 20182 August 20185 August 20180.12 kg5.53 KWD3
Aramex Shop & Ship (Flex)2 August 20183 August 20189 August 20181.05 lbs (Should be ~0.9!!)4.35 KWD7
PostaPlus MyBox2 August 20182 August 201811 August 20180.1 kg3.3 KWD9

So basically the higher you pay the faster it gets delivered generally.

There could be many factors that affect shipment speed and without knowing them all, making a very brief comparison might not give you the best idea of what’s gong on. But anyhow this will give you a rough idea with the included tracking information included on the links.

Just need to clarify that’s my experience and your experience could be different.

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Top Tech Stories of the Week – August 12th, 2018

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  • NASA Launches Daring Solar Probe Mission to Kiss the Sun – Space.com | Link
  • Machine Learning Can Identify the Authors of Anonymous Code – WIRED | Link
  • Intel 9th Gen CPUs Rumored for October Launch | Link
  • This Woman Had a Contact Stuck in Her Eye for 28 Years—and She Had No Idea | Link
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Top Tech Stories of the Week – August 5th, 2018

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  • Defense Department bans geolocation features on tech devices due to security risk – ABC News | Link
  • Anki’s Vector is a robot companion that fits in the palm of your hand | VentureBeat | Link
  • Magic Leap details what its mixed reality OS will look like – TechCrunch | Link
  • PUBG developer admits PUBG is broken with ‘Fix PUBG’ campaign – The Verge | Link
  • Samsung Galaxy Home smart speaker announced – Business Insider | Link
  • Samsung Galaxy Watch Unveiled: Here’s Everything You Need To Know | Link 
  • Sony unveils translucent PS4 Pro 500 Million Limited Edition to celebrate sales – CNET | Link
  • New Zealand to Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags – Time | Link
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Top Tech Stories of the Week – July 30th, 2018

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  • Blue Microphones sells to Logitech for $117 million – Engadget | Link
  • Google maps: All for safety: Google Maps location sharing now adds phone’s battery life – The Economic Times | Link
  • Google Maps now shows a globe instead of a flat Earth when you zoom out – 9to5Google | Link
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Mini-Project: Power Samsung SmartThings Motion Sensor From Wall Power

July 29th, 2018 No comments

If you’re a heavy smart home user, you might find that  you change batteries regularly for your motion sensors and remote devices. Sometimes changing it too often which costs a lot of money and it’s a lot to deal with. It uses the CR2477 battery which is hard to come by and if you find one, it’s expensive for what it provides.  So I decided connect the Samsung SmartThings Motion Sensor (F-IRM-US-2) to the household electricity. Just FYI this motion sensor is located at the dressing room to turn on the lights when there’s motion in the room, and then turns the light off when there’s no motion.

So the RC2477 battery provides 3V power to the sensor, so I started looking for a 3V wall power socket and I found this. You can get any wall power socket as long as it provides 3V of DC current for your device. I’m not worried about the current as they’ll always provide more than what I need. In fact, in the future I’m planning to use that same socket for second motion sensor using a 3-Way connector.

Now I need a low-profile way to connect the wires to the motion sensor and I know exactly where I can get it. I got this flat wire from SuperBrightLEDs. I also need two connectors, one to connect the wire to the wall socket, and a pigtail connector to connect the wire to the motion sensor at the other end. For the wall socket connector make sure you get the correct size of the barrel bullet, 5.5×2.1mm in my case.

I’ve ended up gluing the motion sensor to the pigtail connector using a hot glue gun. I’ve decided not to solder just in case I needed to go back using the battery in the future. Just make sure you’re using the right polarity (+ve, -ve) when connecting the wires.

This project was completed six months ago, and since then I’ve been using the motion sensor that way with zero problems.

Motion Sensor Positioning

This is where my motion sensor is located

 

Flat wires barely visible

 

Wires glued to the motion sensor

Wires glued to the motion sensor

 

SuperBrightLEDs Pigtail Connector

Pigtail Connector

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