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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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My Top 5 Android Apps of the year

As we say goodbye to the year 2011 and hello to 2012 I would like to take a moment and spotlight the 5 Android apps that I used most through out this last year. The first app is called Words With Friends. For any of you that have played the game you know that it can be very very fun as well as very addicting. One of the things that I love most about Words With Friends is that you can play with all of your Facebook friends and twitter followers giving you a wide range of people to play with. The second app that I am going to spotlight is called ESPN Score Center. As a huge sports fan there have been several times over the past year where a big game is on and I don’t have access to a TV or Computer to catch up on all the scores, Well this app keeps you informed no matter where you have to be. The third app that I am gonna spot light is called Shop Savvy. With Shop Savvy you can always be sure you are getting the best deal on something just by simply using the camera on your device to scan the barcode. Once you have scanned the barcode it will show you all the stores in the area that have the item and what their price is for it. I like it because it does not take super long to scan the barcode and get your results plus it has saved me a ton of money over the past holiday season. The fourth app is known as Tango Video Caller. Tango Video Caller allows you to make video calls using the camera on your device. I like being able to have a way to see the faces of family and friends that live far away. Best part about this app is that its cross compatible between Android and IOS (Apple). If you are looking for a good way to stay connected with friends and family in a unique and fun way this is the app for you. Last but not least the fifth app is Called Shazam. Have you ever been listening to the radio and wonder what song is playing with shazam all you have to do is load the app and let it listen to the song, after a couple seconds of listening it will tell you what the name of the song is and who sings it. It will also save all the songs you use the app for so you can look them up later to buy them. With this app there is no time spent on google trying to figure out the name of the song which means more time for you to live life with your favorite music. All of these apps are great and very user friendly, and best of all they are all free apps in the android market meaning that you can share with me the joy of making these apps a part of your everyday life.

What is your favorite mobile app?

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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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Make easy payments on the GO

I was doing some reading about new Techie devices this morning when I stumbled upon a device known as the Go Watch. What is the Go Watch you ask? The Go Watch is a digital watch that has a contactless payment chip inside of it that acts as your credit card. When paying for something using the Go Watch all you have to do is wave your wrist in front of a scanner that will read all the credit card information and make the transaction. Also the Go Watch can store medical information as well. This means that if you are wearing the Go Watch and something was to happen to you paramedics could scan your watch and instantly know all the information they need to help save your life. I personally think that this is a very very cool device, But I also think it could lead to a lot of bad. In that all you have to do to buy something is wave your wrist in front of a scanner its gonna make buying things much much easier which could lead to more debt  if you are not careful.



What do you think about the Go Watch? is it a product that you would think about buying and using?

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My thoughts on Android

Now that I own two Android devices, I can officially say that I truly like their operating system. I feel that it’s got immense potential to really make an impact on the future. As we see more and more tablets come out, I think we will see Android continue to become a power-house mobile operating system.

Google first released Android on the original Droid cell phone in 2009. Since then, we have seen Android’s popularity sky-rocket. I would say it’s most famous for revolutionizing our society by introducing “Cloud Computing” (if you are unfamiliar with Cloud Computing, please read my article titled “What Is Cloud Storage?”).

As for my personal thoughts on Android, I love it. I think having my Android devices has made keeping up with friends and family easier. With it, I’m always kept up to date on breaking news, weather, and cool events going on around me. I feel like as time goes on we will see Android continue to grow, and I do believe that one day we will no longer have physical computers that we sit at, but rather some sort of mobile device to carry and use to accomplish all daily tasks.


What are your thoughts about Android? Do you own any kind of Android device?

My Thoughts On The Kindle “E-Reading Revolution”

The “E-Reading Revolution” has recently become a huge thing for me. When I finally broke down and signed up for a Kindle account, I downloaded the Kindle app on both my laptop and tablet. And after just a few months of using the Kindle E-Reading service, I have to say that I am very impressed with its many efficient features.
The main thing I like about Kindle is that you have access to thousands of books, magazines, and newspapers that you can download straight to your device from wherever you are. And the price ranges on the books span from completely free to about 12 dollars, making easy-reading quite affordable. They’ve also got something called an “E-Ink” display.. The E-Ink display makes the screen look exactly like you are reading a book, making the advantages multiply in number, as it is much easier on your eyes than a back-lit LCD display. The light does not create a glare or have any effect in the display at all. This means that if you want to read outside or in bright environments, you can feel free to do that.

I also like the fact that not all of the books in the Kindle store are long novels. There are some shorter books (known as novellas) that can be fun to read. But the best feature of E-Reading is that when you are done with a book, you can just delete in instead of having paperback books cluttering up shelves. This is also environmentally friendly because you can read all the books you want not have to worry about wasting paper.

Having different versions of the Kindle E-Reader is great, too; with one including solely WIFI— the other WIFI and 3G. The battery times on each are amazing, ranging from 2 weeks to 2 months depending on if you leave your WIFI on or not. But the final service that I thoroughly enjoy is Kindle’s textbook service for college students. This feature is great because it reduces the amount of weight a student has to carry, making for time saved and simpler supplies for classes.

All in all, I think the Kindle and the services that Kindle provides are VERY good. I see all-paperless reading in the future and, to be honest, I rather like that idea.

What do you think of the Kindle/Kindle service? Do you think it’s possible for a paperless future in reading?

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