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The latest system update for Lenovo TB-8703F improves Play Store compatibility

12/16/2017 05:19:00 PM 1

Shortly after publishing my review of the Lenovo Tab3 8 Plus, I noticed that Google+ appeared as "not compatible with my device" on the Play Store.

Well, good news: a 29MB system update was released via OTA on 12/12/17, and it does resolve this problem.

There might be more fixes included but I didn't notice any obvious change.

After almost 3 weeks of regular use, the Lenovo TB8703F has confirmed to be a great value and this update just made it better.






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Looking back at some of the best gadgets from 2017

12/11/2017 04:50:00 PM 0
For a lazy and casual blogger like me, it's been a busy year with many interesting new gadgets to try.

Here's a short list of the best ones, most of which I still use daily.












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Looking for the Best Bluetooth Speaker...

12/07/2017 09:20:00 AM

A good Bluetooth speaker will let you share music with friends. The best will also be easy to carry, offer useful features like waterproofing or long Bluetooth ranges, and sound better than others. To find our top picks, we consulted audio experts, looked across audiophile sites and consumer reviews, and then we tested 10 highly regarded speakers for portability, durability, and sound...





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5 Gadgets That We Overpaid This Year

12/04/2017 11:52:00 AM
5 Gadgets That We Overpaid This Year
by Andrea Boffo

Gadgets are slowly becoming more and more a part of our daily lives. From smartphones to smart fridges, technology is slowly being integrated more into our daily routine. While gadgets may make our lives slightly easier, they do come at a cost.

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Lenovo Tab3 8 Plus: The re-boo(s)ted Android Tablet

11/28/2017 09:37:00 AM 2
The Lenovo Tab3 8 Plus (TB-8703F) is an 8" tablet powered by a Snapdragon 625 processor (as used in the Xiaomi Mi A1/5X).

It is one of the few tablets with reasonably recent specification in that format.





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5 Last Minute Gift Ideas Under 40€

11/15/2017 05:00:00 PM

It's already that time of the year, and in a few days we'll realize in panic that some people have been omitted in our End of Year shopping list.


Here's some last minute ideas that could get you sorted.




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The Rise of the Bezel-Less Phone

11/06/2017 10:29:00 AM 0
Author: Jeffrey Ulrich (Chinavasion.com)

Are you looking for an innovative Android phone? Smartphones have lacked creative design for a long time. The bezels are considered as a useless and ugly strip that taints the appearance of your phone. 2017 is the year of bezel-less phones as more manufacturers are getting on this bandwagon. As it was stated that smartphones were lacking innovation, famous brands made some changes. The most innovative design was a bezel-less phone. In this article, we have a closer look at the trend of bezel-less phones.
Have a look at the how the idea was brought to the market.
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E5 Portable Bluetooth Sound System (+ hidden feature)

10/19/2017 08:50:00 PM 2

The E5 portable bluetooth speaker from lightinthebox.com is an IPX4 waterproof stereo BT 4.2 speaker with speakerphone function for €33.73 





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Xiaomi Mi A1 review: This is the Android you are looking for!

10/15/2017 03:23:00 PM 0

Meet the MI A1: The MIUI-less MI 5X!
I would have been a Xiaomi owner for a long time if it wasn't for the MIUI interface.
Finally, Xiaomi offers a pure Stock Android experience out of the box.



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Xiaomi MIUI Noise Cancellation bug: still there!

10/07/2017 09:04:00 PM 3

Following my review of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A Prime, I had more  opportunities to record videos in noisier locations (concerts, award ceremony,...) and a nasty MIUI known bug surfaced, whereas sound recorded is ruined by the integrated noise cancelling microphone.



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Doogee BL7000: the Big Fat Phone!

10/01/2017 12:07:00 AM 0
The Doogee BL7000 is not just a BL5000 with a bigger battery.

With its distinctive metal frame and back leather-style design, its 13MP selfie camera, and huge battery, it clearly wants to play in the heavyweight category...





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Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A Prime: The schoolgirl selfie companion?

9/29/2017 03:49:00 PM 0
Xiaomi has just released the Redmi Note 5A priced below 140€.

We've seen earlier what Bluboo or Doogee could offer in that price range.

Can a major Chinese brand shake that low cost segment?

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Bluboo S1, the cheapest bezel-less smart phone?

9/04/2017 03:45:00 PM 3
The Bluboo S1 is one of the most affordable thin-bezel smartphone  equipped with a Octa Core MTK6757 processor and a dual camera.





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7 Small Screen Apps To Improve Your Big Screen Experience

8/15/2017 07:19:00 PM
Gone are the days when your TV viewing experience was as simple as getting a high end TV and home theatre system. With modern smartphones, you have a variety of tools within easy reach to enhance the experience. Applications can aid you in all manner of scenarios, whether it is making quality recommendations for the next TV show to binge or helping you set up your sound system to deliver on its maximum potential.
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Android Smartwatch review: LEMFO LES 1

7/26/2017 03:25:00 PM 1
The LEMFO LES 1 is one of the most complete Android Smart Watch available in its price range, with plenty of memory and a beautiful design.









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DIY magnetic charger for Kingwear, Lemfo, Domino smart watches and how to avoid buying the wrong cable

7/20/2017 03:47:00 PM 0
Within hours of receiving my first Android smart watch, I managed to loose its charger cable.
To add to the back luck, the replacement I ordered turned out to have a different pin out.
The information below should help to both avoid making the same mistake and otherwise turn the mistake into a compatible charger.


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Android Smartwatch review: DOMINO DM368 Plus

7/15/2017 10:56:00 AM 18
The Domino DM368 now has a Plus version, doubling the available memory to keep up with its rivals...




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Improving the sound quality of the Wanscam HW0046

6/12/2017 10:58:00 AM 8

I thought I'd share this simple solution I found to improve the audio quality of my Wanscam HW0046.

This solution may potentially apply to other IP cameras suffering from similar audio interference.




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ASUS routers RT-AC1200 and RT-AC1200GU

6/08/2017 10:45:00 AM 7

Asus routers are excellent but choosing a model can be tricky due to all the variants available.

If you don't want to invest in the ultimate beast, you can still get some great value for money in budget-friendly models like the RT-AC1200 and RT-AC1200GU once you know where and what to look for...







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Beelink GT1 Ultimate TV Android HD Box review

5/03/2017 12:09:00 PM 0
The Beelink GT1 has evolved into a Ultimate version which adds more storage and memory to an already very successful Android TV Box.





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Kodi: Quick fix for dark screen during playback

5/02/2017 04:55:00 PM 0

The TV Boxes based on the Amlogic S912 processor are becoming increasingly popular and so does its hardware acceleration issue affecting Kodi where the playback looks too dark and the brightness level cannot be adjusted.

Luckily there is a quite simple workaround.
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Are Fitness Trackers Accurate?

4/21/2017 07:21:00 PM
Author: Logan Strain
Once upon time, only athletes cared about their heart and metabolic rate during workouts. They had to go to scientists with a laboratory full of special equipment to see how well their body performed during strenuous exercise.But thanks to modern wearables like Fitbits, anyone can get the athlete treatment. Information like heart rate, calorie burn, steps taken, and hours slept per night can be collected through your device and displayed in a smartphone app.
That all sounds nice in theory. But can a device the size of a watch actually replace all the fancy medical equipment that athletes use? And if your fitness tracker isn’t perfectly accurate, how close does it get?
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RTSP hack for Xiaomi Mi Square (XiaoFang)

4/06/2017 04:52:00 PM 28
I reviewed the Xiaomi Mi Square aka XiaoFang recently and I regretted that this excellent IP Camera would only work with its dedicated app.

Well... this has changed thanks to some talented hackers...





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Calibrating a drifting MX3 Air Mouse

4/05/2017 04:07:00 PM 23
The MX3 Air mouse is a inexpensive 3-in-one (~10€) 2.4Ghz remote, keyboard and wireless mouse.

Its weakest point is the documentation and many users ignore that a calibration procedure exists to cure SDPS (Self-Drifting Pointer Syndrome)!



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Solution to disabled Bluetooth Call Audio

4/05/2017 03:31:00 PM 1


If you're on Android 7.0 Nougat and your car hand-free mode stopped working, just check this out...




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"Latitude" is back! (Real-Time Position Sharing on Google Maps )

4/02/2017 02:34:00 PM 1
It seems like an eternity since Google took the strange decision to discontinue Latitude in 2013.





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Keep your privacy under control on Windows 10

3/28/2017 05:00:00 PM 0

Many privacy threats come in the form of "services" claiming to make your life easier. There are actually so many potential data collectors on Windows 10 that it would take a dedicated app to control them all.
Well, a solution came up just to do that.
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HOMEDIA HM631GB 720P Onvif IP Camera review

FuriBee Q6 Action Camera review

What happens to Plex for Power PC NAS after DSM 6.1 upgrade?

3/06/2017 11:14:00 AM 1
The latest upgrade from Synology to DSM 6.1 will disable the Plex server.

This is how to resolve it.


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Wanscam HW0036: same as Digoo BB-M2 with same flaws

1/16/2017 12:28:00 PM 65

Following my recent uninspiring experience of Digoo BB-M2 and Veskys cameras, I had hopes that the new Wanscam HW0036 would be better, since it's part of the very good HW series.


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Xiaomi New Year's resolution is... 1920x1080 (MI Square Smart IP Camera review)

1/09/2017 10:16:00 AM 20
The MI Square Smart IP Camera (aka XiaoFang) was announced in November 2016 and is now shipping. Now I can see for myself what it's really made of.


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Veskys (and Digoo BB-M2) IP Cameras: ONVIF, PTZ, HD, IrCut, Night vision and... Web interface!

1/01/2017 03:00:00 PM 48
The Veskys "P2P WiFi IP Camera 1.0MP 720P" and Digoo BB-M2 are new PTZ IP cameras that recently appeared in the shops.
I decided to order both of them to see if they are really the same.



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