Life Just Keeps Getting Better

Simply by moving into the Treasure at Tampines condo with my cousin, I was able to change my entire life. I moved into the condo because I wanted to get out of my parents home and have a place to stay. I didn’t have enough money to move anywhere on my own, so I asked my cousin if he wanted to share an apartment with me, and he agreed. He was in a similar situation as he wanted to get out of his parents home and didn’t have the funds for solo living. While looking at the apartments, he came up with the idea of moving into a condo instead.

At first, I didn’t think that we could afford a condo, but he told me that he knew of a few places that had some great rates. I looked at his recommendations, and there was one that was just perfect for us.

Anniversary Dreams Turned into New Passion

Looking for a good piano teacher in Singapore isn’t always easy. However, knowing what you want really does help narrow down the options to someone who can help you really fast. For me, I was looking for someone to teach me the basics of piano playing and teach me how to play one song. I wasn’t looking to become the next Beethoven or anything like that. I just wanted to learn a song for my husband for our anniversary. The problem was no piano teacher just gave lessons to learn a song, or so I thought.

For our anniversary, I wanted to go the extra mile for my husband. He has always been there for me and I wanted to express how much I appreciated that. He had always loved a specific song and it had a wonderful piano medley in it and I wanted to learn that song to play for him for our anniversary. Sadly, no matter how many times I explained that to piano teachers, no one wanted to teach me just the basics and a song. Most wanted to charge for full lessons and teach me that way so I learn the song on my own.

A Simple Gift for Mom

My mother had a birthday last week, and I decided to get her customized socks as a present. As far as presents go, this was one of the most simple presents that I’ve gotten her, but it was also one of the most practical. I usually get her something high tech and expensive, like computers, phones, and tablets, but she has a hard time figuring out how to use any of that stuff. Even after reading the instructions and me helping her to use it, she still can’t really figure it out. I decided that it would be better to go with a more low tech solution.

The socks that I got for her had a special pattern on them that she really loved. She has shirts and things with this pattern on it, so I figured it would be cool for her to have socks with the pattern. Surprisingly, she didn’t have any socks with the pattern before I got her some. I figured she would have gotten some at some point, but she didn’t.

Hornets Were Trying to Take over the Neighborhood

We walk passed an old house every day. It has been up for sale for over a year now. The real estate company that is maintaining it for the owners who moved abroad does the bare minimum when it comes to lawn care and other needs. A big oak tree ended up being the perfect spot for a huge hornet’s nest. People were being attacked as they walked by at times. We decided to call pest control in Brooklyn to have it removed. I figured we would pay for it and bill the real estate company. Even if they did not pay, we would at least be safe on our walks.

In Brooklyn you might think of being mugged depending where you wander and when. You don’t think of being attacked by hornets in the area. However, wildlife takes up residence where it can.

Huawei P20 Pro Mobile Phone: Australian Release Date, Prices, and Specifications

Huawei has become one of the leading and top-selling smartphone brands in Australia. The brand has already impressed due to its high-end smartphone devices. Mate 10 is a great example of this, which has already impressed many customers due to its striking design and outstanding cameras.

In this article, you will get familiar with all the necessary details regarding Huawei P20 Pro prices in Australia, specifications, release date and availability.

Huawei P20 Pro Specifications

The Huawei P20 Pro offers iPhone X alike notch on the top of the device, which can be turned off luckily. So you can use the device screen according to your wish and style.

The phone is designed as a super-star in the smartphone industry, and it really performs like a powerful mobile phone device. Just like other flagships around, the Huawei P20 Pro is a bezel-less smartphone with a glass back that reflects amazing color patterns when the light directly meets the device.

Considering all the specifications, the most prominent and best-selling feature of this Huawei phone is related to its triple camera setup. According to the manufacturer, the Huawei P20 pro is going to showcase world’s first triple Leica camera with the maximum number of pixels count.

Not only this, you will get the 24MP large front-facing camera with AI and beautification features. With Huawei P20 Pro cameras, you will get the best quality and impressive picture results in any lighting condition.

The smartphone has already got DxOMark’s highest overall scores, so it is safe to say that it is one of the most advanced smartphone cameras you can get right now.

Here is the quick rundown of the Huawei P20 Pro mobile phone specs:

Display: 6.1-Inch OLED FHD+
Resolution: 1080×2240 Pixels
Aspect Ratio: 18:9
Pixels Density: 408ppi
Protection: IP67
Dimensions: 155 x 73.9 x 7.8 mm
Processor Chipset: Kirin 970
Speed: 1.8GHz Octa-core
RAM: 6GB
Storage: 128GB
Rear Camera: 40MP+20MP+8MP
Front-Facing Camera: 24MP
Operating System: Android 8.1 Oreo
Battery: 4000mAh Li-Po (Non-removable)
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.2
Sensors: Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope
Available Colors: Black, Twilight
Weight: 180 grams
Price: 1099AUD
Huawei P20 Pro Availability regarding Australian Market

The Huawei P20 Pro release date in Australia is set for 18 May 2018. After this, you will be able to pick one from JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman, Mobileciti, and few other major retailers in Australia.

Huawei P20 Pro Prices in Australia

The great flagship device from Huawei is available to purchase at AU$1099 outright on Mobileciti, JB Hi-Fi, and Harvey Norman. That price tag makes it a very competitive alternative to Apple and Samsung flagship devices. And when you consider the device with the recommended Australian retailers, you will surely get some amazing discounts and deals too. Compare mobile phone prices from the best price comparison tool in Australia, and make your purchasing even more affordable.

How Artificial Intelligence AI Will Attract Android Users

Android is another platform that Google has focused upon and their efforts are clearly visible – Android occupies more than 87.9 % market share. With the latest Android P right around the corner, it seems like a good time to take the best of both worlds – Machine Learning and Android and showcase why Android is more than likely to beat its competitors using Google’s mammoth like intelligence prowess and why AI will attract everyday users as well as developers.

Here are a few reasons why.

Google Assistant

Google announced its virtual helper back in May of 2016 during its annual conference, Google I/O. Google described it as a “conversational assistant” and hoped that it would provide “an ambient experience that extends across devices”. And the feedback received has been mostly positive.

Of course, Google isn’t alone in making an attempt at lending a software hand to its users. In fact, it isn’t even the first – Apple released a beta version of Siri with its iPhone 4S almost a decade ago, October 2011. To say that software such as Siri has come a long way in these 7 years would be a gross understatement. It seems like every tech giant is releasing their own assistants every other week. While the more prominent ones are Microsoft’s Cortana, Amazon’s Alexa, Samsung’s Bixby, Google’s Assistant, and Apple’s Siri, nearly every review from professional testers reveals the one that manages to swing almost everything they throw at them. And that’s the Google Assistant.

It has proven its mettle countless number of times in tasks ranging from speech recognition and contextual understanding to providing concise yet verbose information to any queries the user may make.

Some would say it’s years ahead of other virtual assistants although and advancements like the Duplex is just confirming this.

AI Powered Apps

Tech giants are recognising the importance of incorporating machine learning into their products and as our systems keep getting more powerful and people generate more data than ever, it’s no wonder why they do so. This is evident from companies adopting and promoting intelligent computations.

Apple has been urging developers to utilize it’s relatively new CoreML framework that can be used to train machine learning models for developing apps for iOS. It’s too early to make a judgement on this step by Apple, but it’s quite safe to say that the red fruit iPhone manufacturer is late to the party.

Google released an open source framework called Tensorflow back in 2015 after it was tested and developed internally for more than 4 years. It has since gained the badge of industry standard and is one of the most active repository on GitHub. It was developed with developers in mind and has multiple ports for different operating systems and supports multiple programming languages as well so a developer feels right at home.

Tensorflow Lite is Google’s aim at having native support for it’s deep learning models in Android phones. Apps such as Gmail are already putting this into use by featuring something called “Smart Replies” that basically just try to understand the situation and context on an email received and will display a few options that might make for a good reply to the mentioned. Another famous app is Photos by Google that uses deep learning, a popular form of machine learning, to recognize people from pictures stored on the smartphone and suggest possible options such as sharing them with the person themselves or create an entirely new album for them.

Long story short, Google has already starting rolling apps like Translate, Assistant, Photos, Gmail, etc and has made the necessary tools for developers to do the same with their own. Which brings us to the next topic –

Extremely Well Developer Support

Google has always been a loved one by developers. Besides offering great opportunities such as GSOC, it has released open source libraries such as scikit-learn and TensorFlow that have been hugely popular and successful within the developer community.

Even Android, being open source, offers a lot of flexibility for developers and so, naturally, developers will be much more focused towards building scalable, optimized apps for this platform.
Google wants more and more people to enter this field of machine and has made efforts to do so. One such instance is it’s Machine Learning Crash Course. It’s a from scratch course aimed at developers with almost no previous experience in the field of AI. It guides the user from basic linear algebra concepts to state of the art convolutional neural networks.

Android developers were given attention with the announcement of Tensorflow Lite that is an ecosystem for the said platform. It works smoothly with the official Android IDE, Android Studio to develop apps with the same level of consistency as before.

Google Duplex

Google didn’t fail to make the jaws of visitors and the viewers of its developer conference for 2018 drop to the ground in pure awe. It showcased something the developers at Google had been hard at work at, named Google Duplex.

It’s an extension of the already powerful Google Assistant that helps the user get through his / her day by making appointments or bookings for services such as ordering food from a store that doesn’t have an online presence or fixing a haircut from a salon for the user.

It was presented by Sundar Pichai, leaving the audience clapping their hands away. And why wouldn’t they? They witnessed an age-old test called the Turing Test that was supposed to be almost a decade away from being solved, annihilated albeit in a very specific manner.

Google s Android Oreo Was Announced Sometime Back – What Sets It Apart From Its Predecessors

So you must have started seeing Oreo in many devices as Google expands its rollout. The most popular devices to carry Oreo are Google Pixel, Pixel C or Google Pixel XL and Xiaomi. Many companies like Huawei, Samsung, Motorola, Sony, HMD Global etc have been confirmed to support the update later this year. The company announced Project Treble (for those who don’t have Google-branded phone) to ensure that Android Oreo update comes to many more devices than previous operating system.

Coming to the features and functionality –Here is what all you can do with when the new update arrives?

Smart text selection
The text selection feature in Android Oreo is going to ‘Rock’ — as the OS will know to select all the text, when you try to copy and address. Smart text selection feature has the ability to tap on the selected text.
This feature makes it easier and quicker to use the device. If it is an address, it will begin direction there. And if it is a phone number, you can dial the number directly from the screen.

Video Multi-tasking
This is not entirely a new feature, but can be said as an advanced version of existing multi-tasking feature. The picture-in-picture feature of Android Oreo allows users to switch from one screen to the other easily.
For example – if you are watching Netflix, and you suddenly remember an email you forgot to send, you can keep Netflix on small window and send email at the same time. This feature is great on large and medium screen phones.

You will be able to pop a video screen out of its application into a small panel on screen, allowing you to use the phone while keeping an eye on the action. You will surely appreciate the greater versatility and multi-tasking benefits offered by this OS.

Notifications
Android Oreo allows the notification dots to appear above the apps that have pending notifications. This feature was not enabled in previous versions, making it difficult to view new notifications. You can carry out with a single tap on the dot to get contextual menu actions.
Google introduced notification dots to apps in Android Oreo, allowing users to quickly see what is happening without the need to open the app. You can simply swipe the notification bar and get details about the notifications you have. This feature is similar to Apple’s 3D Touch enabled bubble pop-ups. A long press on the small colored circle on the top rich of the app icon will pop-up the display and show more information.

Autofill
Users need not to go through the pain of typing information each and every time, as the ‘Autofill’ feature in Android Oreo fills the information automatically. The information is filled by the OS automatically from the app or web.
Remembering the long passwords is hard. However, it is to stay safe when you are online. The previous version of Android OS allowed you to use a number of weird workarounds to help you copy and fill in your account details.

The new version Android Oreo allows apps to register, as the autofill providers within the system log you in. All you need to do is pick autofill provider in any language and input settings. Android will request login details form the app whenever you need.

Adaptive app icons
Google is encouraging its users to interact more with app icons through this new update. It is providing developers with tools to make the interactions a bit fun and engaging.
The app icons could come alive when the users interact with them or scroll through homepage screens. It’s potentially a new feature and we are more interested on what developers can do with it.

Great speed and performance
According to Google, Android Oreo will load the apps and boot the device at double the speed of Android Nougat, resulting in slicker operation. Google’s done with a whole load of work under the good to make faster iteration of its mobile platform. This enhancement will likely to improve the performance of even the cheap devices.
Google also limits the frequency of location updates in background for better health of the system. It is twice faster than the previous generation with faster boot. App developers will love this feature.

Great power to Google Assistant
The new OS Android OS gives additional powers to Google Assistant making it a lot more useful. Google Assistant will be open to developers, who can leverage it within their applications. This means, it can be used inside the application, serving to bolster the usability of applications in long run.
This sort of innovation is needed, if it is to become indispensable. Google ensures that Assistant grows and evolves beyond smart devices.

Play more with new emoji
There is no doubt that emoji are firmly enriched in our day to day life. They have got their own movie for crying out loud. Google committed itself to the latest additions of the ever expanding emoji family in Android Oreo.
When it comes to presenting the users with fresh emoji, Google falls behind Apple. The inclusion of latest expressions will likely delight the Homeland Generation. You can find more than 60 new emoji. The best this is Google is going to redesign the entire emoji catalogue. So, keep out for fresh new look when Android Oreo lands on your device.

Save Battery life
The main focus of Android Oreo is battery life, speed and security with great control over the apps. Google is moving slowing in the direction of its rival Apple’s iOS with great restrictions on what all you can do with app. The restrictions places on background apps reduce the performance demand on device, speeding up the operation. This means all the devices will see more battery life once Android Oreo is installed.
Google says that Android Oreo is much smarter when it comes to let apps run in background, reducing the amount of power and money they use. This leaves more of the battery to use in tasks that you use regularly.

Keyboard navigation
The biggest improvement in Android Oreo is the keyboard navigation. Users are allowed to navigate easily with a more reliable and predictable model for “arrow” and “tab” navigation. This feature helps both end users and developers.
Besides the above, Wi-Fi awareness is the new feature in Android Oreo that allow Wi-Fi devices to talk to each other via an ad hoc local network. Google is set to add Sony’s LDAC codec to improve low-latency audio. You can also see a few improvements to the camera app. Google is reworking on the camera app, offering a new double-tap feature to quickly get 50% zoom. Android app developers believe these new features will be a game changer for them.

Finally, no Android OS would be complete without Easter egg. However, the one we see in Android Oreo isn’t the most impressive one we have seen till date. Go to settings and tap System -> About Phone. You will see big Android O. Tap it repeatedly to get an octopus.

I Am Doing Really Well with My New Girlfriend

I have been really enjoying this girl that I met a couple of weeks ago. She is really different from any other girl that I have met. The big thing is money, because you usually expect that the girl is going to let you pick up every check that comes near the two of you. At any rate I took her out to the place that I used to work at when I was in college, the place that happens to have the best Italian in San Diego and they charge you like that. She insisted upon picking up the check and was really confused when she saw it. They only charged us for a bottle of wine, half of which I recorked and took home.

11 Tips to Boost Your Android Phone’s Battery Life

Top-notch Android smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8) are powerful, but unfortunately, they don’t have endless battery life. In fact, many Android phone users would be happy to make it through a single day, hoping that a nightly recharge is sufficient.

Sadly, it sometimes isn’t. A number of factors have conspired to reduce gadget endurance over the past several years. Thinner designs with less room for batteries, larger and brighter screens, faster quad-core processors, more software that runs in the background, and power-hungry GPS radios all share responsibility. The move from 3G to 4G networks a few years ago-particularly of the LTE variety-has also taken its toll.

But there’s much more to poor battery life results than that. Fortunately, there’s plenty you can do to stem the flow of juice from your Android device. To write this article, I used a Google Nexus 5, as it’s running the latest version of Android 4.4 KitKat with no extra interface enhancements, but these tips should apply across just about any Android phone. Try these tips to extend your handset’s battery life:

1. See what’s sucking the most juice. Navigate to Settings > Battery to see an organized breakdown of what’s consuming your phone’s battery. Applications and features will display in a descending list of battery hogs. If you see an application you barely use or a feature you never use, you’ll want to uninstall the app or turn off the feature.

2. Reduce email, Twitter, and Facebook polling. Set your various messaging apps to “manual” for the polling or refresh frequency, just as a test, and you’ll instantly extend your device’s battery life by a significant amount. Once you see what a difference that makes, try re-enabling just the most important ones, and possibly reducing their polling frequency in the process.

3. Turn unnecessary hardware radios off. It’s great that today’s phones have LTE, NFC, GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth, but do you really need all five activated 24 hours per day? Android keeps location-based apps resident in the background, and the constant drain on your battery will become noticeable, fast. If your phone has a power control widget, you can use it to quickly turn on/off GPS (the largest power drain), NFC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and LTE. On stock Android, swipe down to bring up the Notification bar, and then tap the icon on the top right corner.

4. Use the extra power saving mode if you have it. The aforementioned Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8) both have Ultra Power Saving and Extreme Power Saving modes, respectively, that limits the phone to texting, phone calls, Web browsing, and Facebook. This can squeeze extra hours or even a day of standby time out of just a few remaining percentage points of battery.

5. Trim apps running in the background. From Settings > Apps, swipe to the left; you’ll see a list of apps that are currently running. Tap on each one to see what they’re for; you can stop any apps that you don’t need running in the background all of the time.

6. Dump unnecessary home screen widgets and live wallpaper. Just because they’re sitting on the home screen, seemingly inactive, doesn’t mean they’re not consuming power. This goes for widgets that poll status updates in the background, as well as ones that just sit there but look pretty and animated-not to mention animated live wallpaper. (But don’t dump everything, as part of what makes Android great are the home screen customizations; just remove the ones you don’t use.)

7. Turn down the brightness and turn off Automatic Brightness. It’s probably obvious at this point, but you’ll be surprised by how much this one alone helps to improve battery life.

8. Update your apps. Applications often get updated to use less battery power, so you should make sure your apps are up to date. Even if you configured the phone for automatic updates, some apps still require that you manually install updates. Check for app updates in Google Play by hitting the menu key and going to My Apps.

9. Keep an eye on signal strength. If you’re in an area with poor cellular coverage, the phone will work harder to latch onto a strong-enough signal. This has an adverse effect on battery life. There’s not much you can do about this one, but keep in mind that this could be the culprit behind a seemingly weak battery; it’s worth popping the phone into Airplane mode if you don’t need data or voice calls.

10. Check the reviews. We conduct battery life tests on every single Android phone we review. Unsurprisingly, the results vary widely between handsets, even on the same network. When choosing a phone, make sure that real-world talk time is sufficient. You can’t go by what the manufacturer says; we see variances on the order of several hours of usage in both directions on a regular basis.

11. Buy a battery case or larger extended battery. Battery cases combine a hardware enclosure, which protects your phone, with an extended battery that can double your phone’s endurance.

3 Reasons Why Micromax Mobile Phones Are Rising In Popularity

When looking to buy a mobile phone, it is very normal to be skeptical about your choice, especially considering that there are so many brands and so many models to consider. Micromax is a brand that is quickly gaining in popularity and some places like India it is already giving the big names like Samsung a run for its money. Even if its functionality and quality may not match other top brands, it offers features very similar to them with android creating a level playing field. But how exactly has Micromax managed to hit the market with a bang and rise in popularity so fast?

1. Micromax targets budget consumers

It may not seem like much for shoppers who love high end phones that are priced, but in many areas across the world price does matter even if it means compromising on quality a little bit. Most of the phones under this brand are cheap and very affordable making it possible for budget consumers to own and enjoy smartphones. Smartphones have taken over and everyone wants to own one and through brands like this one, owning a smartphone without spending too much on it has become a reality for many.

2. It offers a huge range of phones

Unlike top brands that take considerably longer to introduce a new phone model or series in the market, Micromax has managed to introduce new phones every few weeks or every few months. It therefore has easily managed to make very good offers especially for young shoppers who love changing phones and upgrading to funkier ones. The pricing has made even easier for such shoppers to buy the latest Micromax phones without winking. The huge range of phones means there is a phone for every kind of user and at the end of the day every need is satisfied making a huge difference for the company.

3. The phones are very affordable

The low prices of mobile phones under this brand could be because it sources for its parts from China. The truth is that the phone factories in China have made it possible for manufacturers to get cheap resources and has eliminated the need to set up manufacturing factories that can be very expensive. The phone company with the help of the factories need not spend lots of effort and time designing and testing out the phones. It only makes specifications and the phones are made quick and easy. This of course translates into the low pricing of the phones which has worked greatly to the advantage of Micromax.

If you have been considering getting a Micromax mobile phone, now you know some of the reasons why it is a popular brand today. You Of course will need to look at the features of the phone you are about to buy and its downsides so you can select a phone that will work for your needs. When you know what matters to you, it is very possible to get a cheap phone that serves all your needs.