Foldable Phones Don’t Matter, 5G Does!

What do I think about foldable phones? I think foldable phones don’t matter! Foldable phones remind me of flip phones back in time, but now instead of flipping a phone in style, we can unfold a phone into a tablet. Since foldable phones are so expensive, I guess using the tablet and unfoldable phone I already have will be just fine!

Although foldable phones are not that important, the 5G technology that gets to debut on these foldable phones is really important! Since 5G allows communication over the air almost instantaneously, and so this could allow innovations in the Internet of Things sector to thrive big time.

One company right now is leading the pack in term of 5G is of course none other than the Chinese giant, Huawei. Right now, Huawei is getting a lot of heat from the United States. Huawei’s CFO Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of the founder of Huawei, is being under house arrest in Canada in the behest of the United States’ extradition agreement with Canada. Furthermore, the United States is increasingly persuading other countries to not use Huawei’s 5G technology.

5G can be really useful for whatever purposes that demand faster wireless communication. I may not know what purposes would demand 5G the most, but I do know that 5G will be great for commercial purposes such as the Internet of Things devices. Furthermore, 5G will accelerate the use of driverless cars and other automated vehicles.

5G can allow driverless cars to see each other instantaneously and also communicate with smart roads and highways instantaneously. 4G technology is definitely too slow and less reliable than 5G when it comes to deploying the technology on a massive scale to allow crucial transit system to work in a smarter way. So I think 5G will definitely be a game changer in wireless communication.

Anyhow, I guess it’s going to be expensive to build a massive backbone system that could support the 5G wireless system. It seems though, this isn’t the problem for Huawei. Huawei seems to be able to deploy 5G network for various platforms in China already! For an example, a 5G network is now already up and running for Qingdao Port in Eastern China.

China is leading the way to deploy 5G network not only in China but across the world. Huawei is at the forefront of this 5G expansion from China. I’m not sure why the United States is really scared about how China is leading in 5G, but my guess is that whoever leads the 5G network deployment across the world gets to call the shot for making a standard for 5G chipsets and much more. This means big money and market cornering.

Since 5G technology will change how wireless communication permeates throughout the global economy, new and old markets could churn out a lot of new money for the global economy. For an example, driverless cars will become more reliable, encouraging people to spend more money on driverless cars. Dumb cars without the support of 5G technology might get left behind, collecting dust somewhere while driverless cars sell like hotcakes.

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OnePlus One Personal Experience After Using It For 3 Days (Ultra HD)

Just adding a video on YouTube to describe how I felt personally about using OnePlus One after 3 days.  The video is shaky since I’d rarely ever used a smartphone for recording videos, and so I didn’t anticipate for the footage to be so shaky.  The footage I’d taken with OnePlus One is raw; meaning I didn’t use Photoshop or any other video quality enhancement feature to make the footage looks better.  I want the footage to be pristine  just like how it got captured without being edited, showing the real quality of the hardware that I used to capture the footage.  Nonetheless, since the video is way too shaky for normal viewing, and so I had to use a stabilizer feature which came with my video editing software to somewhat stabilize the shaky footage.  In the future, if I’m ever going to do another video recording session with a smartphone, I’ll definitely put more effort in anchoring myself so the footage won’t be too shaky.  Anyhow, check out the video right after the break.  Enjoy!!!

Got Windows 8.1’s Wi-Fi Connection Drop Issue? Belkin AC Dual-Band Wi-Fi USB Adapter Is Here To Fix It!

It’s surprisingly so surprising that even three months after Windows 8.1 got released, Wi-Fi connection drop is still a recurrent occurrence for desktop and laptop users alike.  I don’t know how large is this specific problem in exact number, but I had read many complaints of how Windows 8.1 would not work well with PC users’ Wi-Fi network interface card (NIC), both internal and external.  So, it’s not a surprise to see myself in the same boat as these folks.  I found out that my Asus desktop too had experienced Wi-Fi connection drop quite frequently.  Furthermore, couple times my Wi-Fi NIC actually had caused Blue Screen of Death and crashed Windows 8.1 completely.  Such problems had not really occurred when I was using Windows 8 (not 8.1).

To fix this specific problem, the obvious answer would be installing a Wi-Fi NIC’s driver that would cooperate with and would not crash Windows 8.1.  Unfortunately, my Wi-Fi NIC’s brand has yet to release any driver which would be compatible to Windows 8.1.  With all typical tricks to help soothe the situation such as disabling desktop from automatically powering off Wi-Fi NIC to save power and so forth, but none of these tricks has had any luck so far.  I can’t use the ethernet connection for my Asus since it’s (Asus) not sitting near a router at all, and this very router has to be situated far away (from my Asus) as it also hosts ethernet connections for my other electronic devices.

Without a proper driver for Wi-Fi NIC, there aren’t that many solutions for going around this problem.  Of course, one can always downgrade a PC’s OS from Windows 8.1 to Windows 8, but I hate the idea of downgrading for various reasons.  One notable reason would be reinstalling software.  I went online and looked for an external Wi-Fi adapter which could be compatible to 802.11ac router and 802.11ac speed… and it must be USB 3.0 type of Wi-Fi adapter… and I found out that not that many of these external Wi-Fi USB 3.0 802.11ac adapters had good reputation with Windows 8.1 at all.  These newer Wi-Fi USB 3.0 802.11ac adapters are experiencing the Wi-Fi connection drop issue in Windows 8.1, too.  Thus I thought I would not be able to find a solution to my Asus’s Windows 8.1 Wi-Fi connection drop (a driver problem really).

I was wrong!  As I went about my business in Walmart the other day, I checked out their electronic section.  I saw the last Belkin AC Dual-Band Wi-F USB Adapter on one of the Walmart’s shelves, and I boldly bought it to see if this would solve my Asus’s Windows 8.1 Wi-Fi connection drop issue.  Of course, I thought to myself that I could always return the Belkin Wi-Fi adapter to Walmart if the darn thing wouldn’t work.  It was a right move, because Belkin AC Dual-Band Wi-Fi USB (3.0) Adapter (for 802.11ac) is working very well with my Asus.  I noticed that when I used this adapter in Windows 8 compatible mode, it would crash Windows 8.1 (as in Blue Screen of Death).  Nonetheless, it works quite well when you just use this adapter without applying Windows 8 compatible mode for this adapter’s driver even though this adapter’s driver is meant to be working with Windows 8 (and not with Windows 8.1).  How weird, right?  I’ve also noticed that this adapter does drop connection randomly (although quite infrequently), but it automatically reconnects to the router again.  The Asus’s original internal Wi-Fi NIC would not reconnect to the router under Windows 8.1 unless you had restarted the PC.

Belkin AC Dual-Band Wi-Fi USB (3.0) Adapter (for 802.11ac) is being advertised with the speed of up to 867 Megabits per second with 802.11ac router’s dual-band connection.  I guess this advertising up to 867 Mbps speed is for the download speed.  Personally, I think it’s fast, but I haven’t truly tested the download speed of this adapter out, therefore I cannot confirm how fast it’s.  Nonetheless, I have done a lot of uploading such as uploading large files to my own Network Attached Storage server (locally), and I’ve noticed that the upload speed I’ve experienced with this adapter is roughly around 168 Megabits per second (21 Megabytes per second) with 802.11ac router’s dual-band connection (i.e., 5.0 GHz).

One thing I know clearly though, this adapter does solve my Windows 8.1’s Wi-Fi constant connection drop issue and it does reconnect with the router if its infrequent Wi-Fi connection drop does ever occur.  I’m happy with it!  I’m hoping that Belkin will release a newer driver for this Wi-Fi adapter so it will be even more compatible with Windows 8.1, because the current latest driver for this adapter is meant to be working with Windows 8 (not 8.1).

In summary, if you have Windows 8.1’s Wi-Fi connection drop issue with a Wi-Fi NIC when using desktop or laptop, you might want to give Belkin AC Dual-Band Wi-Fi USB adapter a try.  The model for this adapter is F9L1109 version 1.  You can find the adapter’s driver on Belkin’s official website.  When you open the adapter’s box for the first time, you see that it got a CD which carries the firmware/driver for the adapter, don’t use it.  Just go to Belkin’s official website and download the latest driver for F9L1109 version 1.  Alternatively, you can use DriverMax to upgrade this adapter’s driver to the latest driver.  DriverMax’s latest Belkin USB Adapter driver isn’t working at all for Belkin AC Dual-Band Wi-Fi USB Adapter.  So, don’t use DriverMax for upgrading this adapter’s latest driver.  Stick with going to Belkin’s official website and download the latest driver for F9L1109 version 1 model.  It’s odd though, usually DriverMax does have the best and correct drivers for many computer hardware components and gadgets.

Easily Upgrade ASUS Desktop’s BIOS With ASUS Software Manager

Have you purchased an ASUS desktop lately?  In case an ASUS desktop’s model you have does work with ASUS manager software, then you’re in luck.  I’ve found out that it’s very easy for you to upgrade your ASUS’s desktop BIOS with ASUS manager software.  Basically, you can visit ASUS’s official website, download the latest BIOS, use ASUS manager software to locate the BIOS you had downloaded, and just let the ASUS manager upgrades the BIOS.  Of course, just make sure you don’t turn off your ASUS desktop or play with it during the BIOS upgrade, because your system can become very unstable if you do such things.

Just a caution, you should not upgrade your ASUS desktop’s BIOS or any computer BIOS unless you have a very good reason to.  It’s not wise to mess with a BIOS, because you are doing some major change to your computer system and you’re taking a great risk of breaking your system big time.  Nonetheless, it’s a given when your computer system isn’t functioning as it supposes to be, maybe the latest BIOS is the antidote to your system’s sickness.  Also, make sure you does download the original BIOS and make a backup of it on an external hard drive or a thumb drive just in case that the new/latest BIOS might be a worser problem than the original BIOS.  Some computer manufacturers may not allow you to download the original BIOS but only the latest or near latest BIOS, then you are taking a great risk in upgrading your BIOS, hence you might not be able to make a rollback to the original BIOS.

Since Windows 8.1 came out, some ASUS models might experience driver problems.  For an example, 8821AE (802.11ac) wireless network card is the wireless NIC for my ASUS desktop/PC, but it got a really bad attitude for Windows 8.1.  Instead of working correctly, it would cause Blue Screen of Death on Windows 8.1 and slow down the flow of network traffic that got streamed.  Even right after I had upgraded the 8821AE wireless NIC to its latest driver, the problem persisted.  Only right after I used ASUS manager software to easily upgrade the BIOS to the latest BIOS that the latest driver for 8821AE wireless NIC would function correctly.  Now, I could stream movies and transfer data at 802.11ac, real world, data rate (i.e., not at a marketing or lab measure rate) without a problem.  So, in case you got an ASUS desktop/PC and experiencing Windows 8.1 driver problems, you might want to consider of upgrading the drivers to the latest drivers first before thinking of an even more drastic action such as upgrading the BIOS.

Awesome Sony SBH50 Bluetooth Headset (Using NFC Technology) Will Set You Free From Your Phablet, Somewhat…

A stereo Bluetooth headset.

A stereo Bluetooth headset. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After watching the commercial on Sony SBH50 Bluetooth headset (using NFC tech), I have to say I’m drooling for one.  Sure, the price tag of whatever is never a pleasant thing, but me me me see what a beautiful way to relinquish that cumbersome smartphone.  When it comes to a smartphone, some people like it big like a tablet so they can call it as a phablet.  I do like to have a phablet moment too, but there are times that I just want to be free from a phablet (i.e., smartphone with big screen) completely.  I can see that Sony SBH50 Bluetooth headset is definitely going to set some people free from a phablet (somewhat… as NFC has a wireless range limit), and hopefully this thing will be just as awesome as how it’s being advertised.  Check out Sony SBH50 Bluetooth headset (using NFC tech) video right after the break, and you will see what I mean as this little gorgeous player does a lot more than just being NFC poster whatever.

Source:  http://www.engadget.com/2013/05/13/sony-sbh50-bluetooth-headset/ (link)

What About Straight Talk Wireless? Unlimited Talk, Data, Text, 411? For Real?

TracFone Wireless

TracFone Wireless (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I don’t know about you, but I do feel owning a smart phone is very expensive.  Nonetheless, at the moment I can handle a smart phone expense.  If I ever get to the point of saying screw this, I guess I have Straight Talk Wireless to back me up.  Yep, I had no idea that there is such a wireless service such as Straight Talk Wireless, but I had found out about it from a friend.  In reality, I bet he had heard about this on the Internet or from another friend too, because he told me he is thinking about wanting to try this service out.  Anyway, it seems too good to be true as he told me that Straight Talk Wireless service is unlimited.  Unlimited?  It seems Straight Talk Wireless service advertises that you only have to pay $45 a month to have an unlimited wireless service which encompasses talk, data, text, 411, and more.  The cool thing is that there is no contract for any of their services.  OK, so I got interested and wanted to know more.  As I dug deeper, I found out that Straight Talk Wireless allows you to use any GSM compatible smart phone with their services as long the smart phone is unlocked.  This means you can totally buy just the SIM card from Straight Talk Wireless to get going.  At the moment, Straight Talk Wireless SIM card costs $14.99.

Too good to be true?  Not to be naive, I decidedly that I should dig even deeper into knowing more about Straight Talk Wireless.  I found out that technically, Straight Talk Wireless is unlimited, but as one of the videos I will post near the end of this blog post testifies that as users use up their 3G speed data worth around 2GB to 2.5GB, Straight Talk Wireless will throttle the users data speed to 2G speed.  So, with 2G speed, you can’t really stream videos and so on from the Internet, but you can still technically surf the web, check email, read news, and so on.  So, technically, it’s unlimited, but the catch is that you can’t go over 2GB or 2.5GB data worth for 3G speed.  I’m not exactly sure it would be 2GB or 2.5GB data worth of 3G speed being used up before Straight Talk Wireless would begin the throttling.

In summary, I have never ever used Straight Talk Wireless before, and I probably may not be able to try out Straight Talk Wireless for some time to come.  Why?  I had already pre-ordered iPhone 5 and signed up with another 2 year contract with AT&T.  If I had known about Straight Talk Wireless before I pre-ordered iPhone 5, I think I would have done it differently.  One example might be that I would probably wait for iPhone 5 to hit retail stores and buy the unlocked model of iPhone 5, and in this way I might be able to try out Straight Talk Wireless unlimited with a new favorite phone.  Then, I would know if it’s true that Straight Talk Wireless actually provides a great wireless service which comes with no contract wireless service (encompassing talk, data, text, 411, and more for only $45/month).  Since I have never had tried out Straight Talk Wireless service personally, I can’t really recommend it to you.  I’m still wondering how good is Straight Talk Wireless in terms of talk signal strength and data speed.  I guess, there is one assurance that Straight Talk Wireless can be resilient against wireless competition pressure from big wireless providers such as AT&T, because Straight Talk Wireless was launched by the partnership of Walmart and TracFone.  I don’t know how big TracFone is, but I do know Walmart has a lot of muscle in term of spending power.  This means, don’t expect to see Straight Talk Wireless to fold its business easily!

Source:  http://www.mobileburn.com/news.jsp?Id=8051