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Review: Google Chromecast

After using the Apple TV (ATV2) for many years, now is the time to try out a new gadget to connect to my TV. Google Chromecast was released on 24th July 2013. It is like a USB flashdrive (except that the port is a HDMI), measuring 7.2cm, which allows you to stream audio/video content via WIFI from the Internet or your local browser. You will then control the device either via your computer or your mobile devices be it  Android, iOS, Chrome for Mac, or Chrome for Windows.

Google Chromecast     Google Chromecast Back

Google Chromecast Inside     Chromecast Stick

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Amazon Solid-State Drive (SSD) Price Tracking

Wish to look for good deals on solid-state drives (SSD)? What is the cheapest price for SSD that I can get it for? What is the most value-for-money cost per gb of the SSD? What is the best value to size SSD to buy? I have received quite a number of mails from readers after a few reviews of SSD. Yes, I have now compiled some of the commonly purchased SSD in Amazon to answer your questions.

The prices are updated close to real-time, and you can grab the most value for money deals when you are ready to make a purchase! Enough of talking, let’s head to take a look at the SSD Price Checker. As requested by some, I have also included the breakdown of Cost per GB for the different drives.

SSDPriceChecker     SSDPrice

Root your LG Optimus F5 (LG-P875) Non Camera (Singapore)

As usual, it is time to root my phone after a full battery charge. Well, the purpose is to have full access to the phone. Below is the documented process of rooting the LG Optimus F5 (LG-P875) using motochopper. Kudos to the guys from xda-developers.

The rooting process provided below DOES NOT unlock your bootloader. Motochopper would work in the different operating systems (Windows, MAC, Linux). However, I am only going into the track for Windows.

** Disclaimer: Please note that your warranty for the phone may be voided by LG after rooting. Do it at your own risk. I shall bear no responsibilities should your phone brick due to any reason. Please ensure that you understand what you are going to do and why you are doing it before proceeding. Please ensure that your phone is left with at least 60% battery charge.

You will need the following files before you are able to root your phone.

  1. LG Optimus F5 (LG-P875) USB Drivers. Go to http://www.lg.com/sg/support/software-manuals and search for “LG875” as highlighted in red. Navigate to the “Software Update” tab below and download the drivers.
    F5 USB Driver Download
  2. Motochopper Root  Kit.

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Review: LG Optimus F5 Non-Camera (LG-P875)

After spending quite some effort to source for the LG Optimus F5 non-camera phone, lady luck finally smiled on me. I managed to grab hold of a few units for my friends and myself. This is the first non-camera phone that supports 4G/LTE (800MHz/1800MHz/2600MHz). The design is simple and sleek, and fits well in the hand. We shall first begin with the un-boxing process before we go into more details.

4 Sets of LG Optimus F5     LG Optimus F5 Box     F5 Box Side

The accessories that came along is pretty standard. It included a 2-pin charger, a micro-usb cable and a 3.5mm in-ear earpiece. Do check that your unit must come with the “Certificate of Camera Removal” card, as it is required to verify that the camera removal is performed by LG. The set is made in Korea. The bundled battery was rated at 2150mAh, and should have enough juice to last me a day based on my current usage pattern. The battery usage time varies for different people.

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Review: SanDisk Ultra® Plus Solid State Drive (128 GB)

Having already owned the SanDisk Extreme® Solid State Drive and been satisfied with the performance thus far, I decided to go for another SanDisk SSD to upgrade Annabelle’s laptop which is still running on the conventional 5400rpm hdd. This time round, it is the newly launched SanDisk Ultra® Plus SSD. As Annabelle is a light user, a 128GB SSD shall suffice her requirements.

The SanDisk Ultra® SSD is built using SanDisk’s own MLC nand and is based on Marvell’s SS889175 controller. It is compatible with SATA3 (6.0Gb/s) interfaces and is also backwards-compatible with SATA/SATA2 interfaces. Its built is at 7mm thick, and would fit into most ultrabook and laptop. For those who required a 9mm SSD, there is a 2mm spacer included too. The SSD is running at a low power consumption of 0.12w. Hopefully, this will increase Annabelle’s laptop operating hours while on battery. The SSD is backed by 3-year warranty limited warranty.

SanDisk Ultra Packaging     SanDisk SSDs

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