Day1 : Dlink Router Test: Beginning of a wifi journey

Before I start testing the D-Link Router DIR-865L, I thought it will be a good idea to explain the layout of my current home network. Im an average user with the 100mbps fiber plan, using the Huawei router. I’m testing out the router primarily from an apple Eco system view point. Currently, my home network is also being monitored by an organization called Samknows via a TPLink bridge. You may refer to the diagram of my home setup

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1) Mac mini as a home theater to watch steaming movies directly from the Internet as well as from a NAS. Downloading movies, media and music. (LAN cable)
2) iMac late 2012 more for working on remote and local 3D files uploading and surfing (Wifi)
3) MacBook Pro for basic surfing and downloading for mix work and play. (Wifi)
4) Mobile devices like iphone5 and iPad for light games, ebook downloads and surfing (Wifi)
5) NAS System for the family to access common files and media (LAN Cable)
6) other family members with android and windows system.(Wifi)

Results of my home network performance from Samknows for the past 1 year
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These results are used primarily to monitor my ISP speeds. I am planning to use these results to compare how much more data is lost through both router performance. If you have any better ideas on how to compare router performance, please comment below. I am very new to this test and might require some suggestions.

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What does it mean for Spotify to land in Asia pacific?

Spotify is a great internet music service that is available in more than 20 countries. Singapore and Malaysia is one of the latest countries to join Spotify. Unlike iTunes, you can preview the entire song FOC! The music collection is huge to cater for Asian genre as well. Unlike traditional radio, you can skip songs, and like or unlike songs, which will help Spotify play more of the kinds of songs you like. You can share song via social network and watch what your other friends are playing. However, if you ever decide to cancel your paid subscription, you return all the songs you’ve rented back to the library, leaving you with nothing after whatever you’ve paid.

With the introduction of Spotify it might help in lowering the piracy rate. Full length music can easily be found in this “ginormous” library. Please be gracious Singaporeans/Asians and try this service for a month or 2. $9.90 SGD per month is cheaper than the same service in Europe or US Spotify. Imagine paying $9.90 for the ease of playing millions of songs in all your devices. I dont think they limit on the number of devices.

The layout is easy to navigate especially if you use iTunes.  The clean interface works well with the following additional functions that I love:

1) Follow Me
2) Facebook and twitter integration with sharing function
3) Radio
4) Extract Local Library
5) Sync to devices
6) App Finder
I simply have enjoyed every single moment of music with Spotify. Its simple and FREE! Try it now. I will post more as i get familiar with the functions

Insider scoop of Galaxy S4 right here in Singapore

This is my 1st time attending a Trade and Media Event and of course Im excited! Im so glad to have been invited to events like this one. Once I reached the venue Im pleasantly welcomed by Galaxy S4 banners, which lead me to the main event hall. You can guess from the photos where this event might be held An awesome setting for an awesome phone.

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We reached early, so we managed to watch the short rehearsals by the lovely Samsung girls who were holding the designer Samsung covers while wearing Ashley Hisham fashion line. I do hope I can get one of those designer covers that have the mysterious colors of the solar system. Feels like holding the entire galaxy in the palm of your hands. Anyway, the official smartcovers by Samsung are as attractive with a range of color palette to choose from.

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Samsung then explains their S4 tagline of “Life Companion” which is broadly categorized into Fun, , Relationship , Life Task and Life Care. All these categories encompass the features in my previous post. This time, I manage to try it for myself.
The camera features truly blow me away. The drama shot will be useful as it combine a series of photos into one. This will be useful to document a certain procedure or a series of event. Imagine capturing a stunt bike in action. You can capture every single move so that you can create a tutorial.

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This is how one of the gorgeous Samsung ladies manipulate camera functions to edit videos within 30 secs.

Motions and gestures also work very well with S4. I guess this will be nothing new to Samsung Note users, but Im impress with how intuitive these gestures were. No lags and no learning curve.
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Air view makes your fingers work like an S-pen. Works wonders especially for ladies with long finger nails.
I have to say that tilt scroll and eye tracking requires a bit of practice. This is how I did for the very 1st time trying tilt scroll without anyone’s help.  Bear in mind that I am also holding a camera. Have to apologize for the jerky motion. I did much better with my 2nd and 3rd try. You may need you to face the sensor towards your eye for Eye Tracking.  Once you get the hang of it, scrolling works like magic.  Im wearing spectacles and eye tracking still works fine.There are still lots to talk about this phone, but you can get your hands on it by 27 April! That will be the official launch date.
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Before this event, I have the impression that Samsung might have overhype S4 and Im afraid that it might not fulfill its promises. I guess I was wrong, I can see myself using most of the features in different situations. My concerns about this phone are well answered by the booth ladies.  Special thanks to that German Samsung lady who manage to answer all my tough questions.  Miss ya! LOL.

How useful is Samsung S4 for business purpose?

I travel for my business – is this a good phone?

Security
Security and management will be the utmost importance if you are using it for business.

I believe S4 will be a good phone to use for business travel, as it will be the 1st Samsung device to come equipped with its security application, Knox. Your corporate email, documents and business contacts are safely protected and separated from personal apps similar to Blackberry Balance system. Knox also come equipped with all the productivity apps with its own dedicated business apps, which you can expand via its app store.

This is a great solution if you would like to use one phone for both business and personal duties, but don’t want to fret about the inherent risk of mixing the two.

Business card function
On a lighter note, S4 comes with an option to automatically put a copy of details from a photograph of a business card into the phone’s contacts database or call a number in the business card. At least this function will allow you to store all the business card with you wherever you go.

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Since you travel a lot, Samsung promised an instant translation between 10 different languages for certain applications, as well as a separate translation application on the device. The best thing is that you might not need to use data as most of the common words and phrases are inbuilt. This function might be useful to get yourself around the cities without trying to use sign language.

Will i have problem with my bill to access emails and do internet surfing when I travel?

Like all smartphones , you can customize with your telco the different roaming plans. Starhub is having a promo for selected destination. If you often travel to these destinations you might want to take up a similar plan. I believe its quite cheap. http://www.starhub.com/content/mobile/roaming.html

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I personally like to call up the telco and ask for their advice regarding best roaming plans before travelling.

If you don’t want to risk an expensive bill you can activate Roam Manager (free) or Data Cap at $100.

My last resort will be using Prepaid card if you don’t travel that often.