October 20, 2017

First Look at my #watchonlychallenge

In the spirit of the new LTE Apple Watch, I decided to create a challenge for myself to use only my Apple Watch for about 10 hours. I own a series 1 Apple Watch and I wanted to see the limits I could push it. Because I have a series 1 watch I kept my phone on my pocket to remain tethered to my watch. This is my initial review for my #watchonlychallenge.

Here it is, day one with my Apple Watch only for the day.





I started my challenge walking from my car to my office building. Before getting out of the car I wanted to listed to some tunes on the way to my office. Turned on my bluetooth Jaybird Freedom's and as normal it connects to my phone. So I navigate on my watch to start some music and then I get this message.

For some reason if I start a song from the watch it forces me to play it from the watch thus, I have to connect my headphones to the watch directly. After connecting my headphones to my watch I started my stroll.



After starting my day at work came the real test. I get many emails that are essentially a task list for me so depending on the urgency or situation I have to react differently with each situation. My watch helps me filter when to react. However, I have found that when certain emails needed attention in that moment I naturally pulled out my phone and started typing away (and I cursed myself each time I realized it).

It's lunch time now. I'm heading back to my car. Today I didn't have to pay 1/2 a mile away so it's a short walk and nice warm weather. I played more jams on the way but I couldn't see what was playing in bright daylight 🤔 (series 2 & 3 have brighter displays for this reason).


The afternoon was a repeat of the morning. It wasn't very exciting but here's why:


  • The #watchonlychallenge just turned into keep your phone on your pocket challenge. Instead of using my watch and phone I found myself just doing things I could do on my watch on my computer instead. I'd make sure to answer emails there, I answered text messages on my computer, etc. 
  • This challenge helped me realize how slow apps were to open on my watch. I constantly found myself looking at my calendar using the Outlook app but it took forever. Using the modular watch face with the Outlook up next widget helped me stay on track.
  • I wrote out a few messages on my watch...it wasn't fun....at all. I did some voice to text too. I had to repeat a few statements but I believe this is due to Watch OS 4 being so new...I didn't have this problem in the past. 
  • I expected phenomenal battery life from not using my phone. However, battery life remained the same on my phone. I was using iOS 11.0.2 on my iPhone where battery life was horrendous anyways.


This was a first look. I'll try it again soon. I think 3 days would be a sufficient amount of time.

I can't help but wonder if this experience would be better on a series 3....with my phone of course 😊.



-Shante'

March 10, 2017

The New Age of Spam

The New Age of Spam



When we think about soliciting online we refer to the term "spam" (no no, not the processed goop in a can). Spam can be something we want or something we don't want. Most of the time it's something we don't want because it's the guy tapping you on the should that says, "do you want to buy this?" You say, "no" and then he says, "Ok, do you want to buy it now?"



In the technical world spam used to be littered in our email boxes. Though that still happens today many email filtering systems have developed to all together prevent spam from coming directly into your inbox. Later advertisements began to show on websites...and then obnoxious advertisements displayed on websites. Thus, pop up blockers and ad blockers were created. So when one way doesn't work you find another! That is what marketers have begun to do. They have found other technical mediums that we use to place those advertisements in front of us. Here are 3 most recent ways they have managed to do that.

Apple Calendar Invites MacRumors
Apple Working to Put a Stop to iCloud Calendar Spam
"...many iCloud users have been the target of spam that's delivered in the form of an unsolicited Calendar event invitation, and now Apple is working on a way to stop it."

"Because iCloud calendar invites are sent to an iCloud calendar automatically by default and there's no easy way to ignore them, there's no clear way to stop the spam."

"Image via OS X Daily Declining, accepting, or choosing "Maybe" on an incoming iCloud invite lets an iCloud email address is valid, so until Apple can put a stop to the spam, there are two fixes."

"Both iOS users that use the default Calendar app and those who use third-party calendar apps like Fantastical are affected by the spam issue, which appears to be fairly widespread.."


 via Aaron Blog



Google Drive - iMore
Does Google simply not give a $#!+ about Docs spam?

"Recently, Google users began receiving spam in the form of shared Docs folders."

"Google Docs spam continues, and apparently there's no way to stop it."

"Also raise a fuss about Google Docs being spammed as well, and don't stop until you get Google's statement and reassurance that they're working on it, and you start seeing solutions."


via iMore

Windows One Drive - PC Magazine
OneDrive Ads Appear in Windows File Explorer

"The bad news is that the reason it's so easy is because Microsoft appears to be inserting OneDrive advertisements directly into the Windows 10 File Explorer windows."

"The ads tout OneDrive's $6.99-per-month, 1TB storage subscription and appear just below the menu bar in Windows Explorer windows, ExtremeTech notes."

"One Reddit poster who has a current Office 365 subscription noted that the OneDrive ads still appeared."

"As ExtremeTech notes, the OneDrive ads are not the first time Microsoft has touted its additional services in various places throughout the Windows operating system."

via Hot Hardware

Shante'

December 24, 2015

Last Minute Christmas Gifts You Can Get Right Now

Here we are again, CHRISTMAS EVE. Oh how all of the children love you and all of the adults go frantic. Today people are picking up a few more last minute gifts and some are doing ALL of their shopping (shame on you). Christmas can be a great holiday to spend time with friends and family but for some it is a sick game of give me gifts or be shunned and who wants that? What ever your reason I can say that this year I’ve done 90% of my Christmas shopping in one store, Best Buy. Here are last minute Christmas gifts you can get in stores RIGHT NOW. 



July 4, 2015

Be Together. Not the Same. Part 2

About 4 months ago I posted an article as to why I am going to purchase the iPhone. After a lot of thinking I have decided that I am sticking it out with Android and here's why.

3 Reasons Why I Am Staying With Android

1. Customization Not everyone needs it or cares about it but I do. Whether I am changing something everyday or once a year I know I have the ability to change it. My lifestyle is based around always doing the same thing differently. It's not always necessary but it keeps my phone new and exciting so I don't grow bored of it (which can happen VERY quickly for me).




2. Hardware Options I have a tendency to stick with certain manufacturers but sometimes I venture out into something different. I enjoy the various options I have among different companies that can provide various qualities, designs, and price. Competition is healthy ;)  .



3. Community If I left Android this is something I would miss the most. I enjoy the Android community in general but there is no other community like my Google+ community. Topics about Android can range from apps, news, new devices, reviews, and app development. All of these people get together and discuss their liking and dislike for Android features.





The iPhone is a great device but I just don't think it's for me. This guy says it best....except he's defending iPhone.


-Shansheezy



March 27, 2015

Cord Over Wireless Charging



Tuesday night you could find me in a Verizon Wireless store playing with a wireless charger while deciding if I NEED one or not. My first thought was will I sit my phone down long enough to let it charge? 

March 3, 2015

Be Together. Not the Same. Part 1






I have been a dedicated Android user since 2009. I have always enjoyed the capabilities it possessed such as the open environment. My Android screams hack me, manipulate me, do cool stuff with me' and I say yeah, Yeah, YEAH! I got into the hype at times and in others I had to stop and think wait, isn't that what they sold us last year but in a different she'll with new fancy hardware numbers? Sometimes I feel like I keep getting led on to promises that just don't happen and honestly I'm getting tired of it.


My friends I have a confession to make: I am considering buying an Apple phone to be my primary device. 

Let's talk about how I've come to this conclusion. 

My boyfriend made some very convincing statements about why I should leave Android and come to iOS. Some of the reasons he said why I should leave were that I'm always complaining about my phone and some of its technical glitches, the lack of actually receiving phone calls when someone calls my phone, battery life, etc. I have thought about these things but I have not recently considered leaving the OS because of it. In the end he said something I think we should all remind ourselves, "a phone should phone". When I think about all of the things my phone can do I always have to give exceptions because certain things don't work as well in certain situations. I really enjoy Android and the new discoveries and innovation especially from our app developers. Also this isn't the 1st phone I have had these problems on.

Since iOS 8 and the iPhone 6 I have been applauding Apple from a distance. I say they stole this and we stole that but in the end we all need something that works well for us. People surrounding me have become more and more important which requires me to be available to them when they need to get in contact with me. I will continue to review and compare iOS to Android but here are a few things I have applauded Apple for recently that has grown my interest in the iPhone:



Bigger screen
Ability to drop the screen down to be able to reach the top corners with one hand (blew my mind)
The ability to share with other apps (I Need to be able to share with Pocket like on Android)
Beautifully crafted iPhone 6
Stability
Battery life
Good performance (even though the specs are MUCH lower than Android so I guess their chipset is da bomb
The ability to now select more than one email at a time
Camera



I have not completely given up on Android but hopefully if I decide to make this departure it will be to leave Android as it is so that when I return it will have grown and matured.

Details developing ;)

Leave me any comments or feedback below.

-Shansheezy


December 10, 2014

3 Things You Never Thought a Smart Watch Could Do!

In anticipation of the soon to be world wide smart watch hype, I decided to get a Pebble Watch just to get an idea what it was like to have my phone notify me of things on my wrist. Instead I learned much more than that! No the Pebble watch is not anything like the new Android Wear watches or the anticipated Apple Watch coming out next year but these tips should easily apply to any other smart watch.

Here are 3 things I never thought a smart watch could do

1. Save You Battery Life on Your Phone



While using Pebble Watch I found that I saved a lot more battery life on my Galaxy S4 than a normal. After noticing this I concluded the reason was that I turned on my screen much less than I used to. Before I owned a Pebble watch I would have a habit of turning my screen on just to see if I had any new notifications. I guess you can say I have a case of notification anxiety! hehehe 












2. Keep You Focused


As I mentioned above, my case of notification anxiety had a residual effect on my ability to remember tasks and stay on track with even the simplest things. Many times turning on my phone lead to me viewing gossip blogs and social networks when my intention was simply to send an email or check my calendar. Our phones have become more of a distraction rather than tools to help us in our daily lives. 



3. Keep You Informed

The Pebble Watch has the ability to alert you of various notifications that come to your phone such as phone calls, emails, text messages, etc. The watch gives a quick glance at telling you what's going on around you briefly so you know to follow up on it now or later. For me it comes in handy when I'm at work and I receive an email from a user in distress that needs help urgently. I can quickly get an idea of if I need to attend to this issue right now or if it's priority can be rerouted depending on what's on my schedule.

Do you have a smart watch? What other tips do you think should be on this list?

-Shansheezy