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My review of the Roku 2 XD media streaming box

For Christmas my parents got me a Roku 2 XD media streaming box. This product has been amazing so far. For those of you who do not know what a media streaming box is it is a device that connects to the internet and allows you to stream music and movies from the internet directly to your TV. The Roku 2XD is capable of streaming 720P HD graphics with the use of an HDMI cable which is sold separately. The box comes preloaded with a couple really good apps such as Netflix, Pandora, Hulu Plus, and Amazon instant movies. Do note that some of these apps do require a subscription such as Netflix, and Hulu Plus. the Roku box was extremely easy to setup and it only took a couple minutes to activate. This media streaming box is a great value for music and movie lovers. However products such as the apple TV do have more features but in order to take advantage of those features you must have several Apple products such as an Ipad,Iphone,ECT. The layout of the Roku 2 XD is super simple and very easy to navigate and adding new channels is super easy through the channel store. It also comes with an infrared remote that is used to control the device. The range on the remote is awesome I have had no problems at all with it.  The price point of this media streaming box may shock you at $79.99 compared to the Apple TV 99 dollar price point. Another cool thing about Roku is that they have several models to choose from compared to the ONE option you have with the Apple TV. The Roku 2 XD is the middle option. Ever since I have activated the device it has been very hard for me to stop using it. I think this streaming player is perfect considering the price point and what I use it for. I would highly recommend that people at least think about adding this device to your life, I promise you will not be disappointed with the results or at least I wasn’t.


Would you ever own a media streaming box?

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Look at what the cloud is doing.

With the introduction of portable media and the cloud we have seen some pretty incredible stuff surface that most of us never thought could be possible. Probably the biggest thing thought of when thinking about that cloud is “c;loud storage”. Cloud storage has allowed us to be able to save a document and open it where ever we are when ever we need it. We also now have the ability to watch shows that have been recorded on our home DVR’s thanks to cloud technologies.This makes it impossible for people to miss out on their favorite shows. Now on to some of the newer things that were at one point in my life time would have been impossible to carry out. The first cool new thing that I would like to shine a light on is a thing called the nest thermostat. what could be so cool about a thermostat you ask, well maybe the fact that this thermostat is WIFI enabled meaning that you can change the temperature of your house straight from your Ipad or Iphone. As of right now the app only exists for IOS devices but in that it was a success and works properly I am sure there will be a multi-platform app released at some point. Another cool device is a camera known as the Dropcam. The Dropcam is a new surveillance device that can be placed just about any where you could imagine. The cool thing about this cam is that you can log into the camera any where you have an Internet connection and view what is going on. All of these new devices are becoming very popular in this day and age. As we can clearly see by looking at all of our new technologies the cloud is clearing shaping more new products beyond just computers, smart phones, and tablets.

What do you think about what the cloud has done to the world of technology? What is your favorite cloud product?

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The Samsung stratosphere 4G Android cell phone review (Verizon Wireless)

Earlier this month my mom received the new 4G LTE Samsung Stratosphere cell Android phone for her birthday. The Samsung Stratosphere runs on Verizon’s 4G LTE network. The Stratosphere runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread and has a single core 1 GHZ processor built in, and 4GB of internal storage as well as an additional 4 GB SD card installed right out of the box. When I turned on the phone for the first time I noticed that the 4 inch super AMOLED display looks absolutely incredible. The display is very nice and bright as well as super vivid. the only physical buttons on the phone are the screen lock power button and the volume rocker. reaction times on this device are very good and the sensitivity of the screen is very reasonable. The Stratosphere features Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface which is very user friendly. The call quality of this phone also deserves an honorable mention. Every sound came through crisp and very clear. Another cool feature of this phone is the slide out 5 row physical QWERTY keyboard. The layout of the keyboard is very good the keys are a really good size and they are spaced out very well. The phone Also features a 5 Megapixel rear facing camera the allows you to take clear photos. The phone also features a 1.3 Megapixel front facing camera for a nice vide communication experience. This phone paired with the 4G network that it runs on makes a great DUO. If I had to give my personal rating of this phone I would give it 4 out of 5 stars. Its features and speed are nice but for it being a new device on the 4G network I think it deserves a bit more than a 5 Megapixel rear camera. Overall I would say if you are looking to upgrade to a great 4G phone I would look no further than the Samsung Stratosphere from Verizon Wireless.

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Excitement for whats to come in the future

I was coming out of the movie theater the other day when I noticed a pole that looked kind of like a parking meter in front of a few cars. This got me curious as to what it was upon further inspection I noticed it was a car charging station for the new electric cars. Seeing this got me really excited for some reason. I dont know if it comes down to the fact that I love the idea of having an electric car or if its just the normal excitement I get when I discover new technology at work in the community I live in. what ever it is I like it a lot. I am most excited about seeing the acceptance of electric cars into every day life because it means we will have to use less and less gasoline as a country on a daily basis. Not only will this help the the owners of the electric cars but the owners of the gas cars as well, because this means that gas prices could fall because of the surplus gas that is not being used. So really electric cars area a win win for every one. I hope that we continue to see more and more electric cars make there way onto the market in the near future.


Do you like the idea of electric cars? Would you ever think about buying an electric car?

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