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TeamViewer a tool with hidden costs

Posted by on Feb 8, 2014 in Reviews, Desktops & Laptops, Opinion & Ideas, Soft | Comments Off on TeamViewer a tool with hidden costs

Several years ago, I believe 2009, I purchased a license of TeamViewer 4, we were looking for a tool that would allow us to provide remote support to our customers without the hassle of opening firewall ports. So after testing several tools at that moment, we decided to go for TeamViewer.

The application has always been expensive for our taste as a small company, but all in all, you paid one time fee every year and a half or two and you would get a very good tool with all the updates. We kept on upgrading until version 8 which was working fine for us with exception for one thing.

In version 7 & 8 they introduced the possibility to support remotely Samsung devices. It was fantastic, because we would be able to see exactly what our customer was seeing on their phones on our own screen. This allowed us to connect and help them with their mobile requirements too. So we encouraged all our customers to get Samsung Android devices because they would benefit from us to provide them support. Hey! I even made my father purchase a Samsung Galaxy S3 so I could help him with his device remotely.

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Review: China dock for iPhone 5 & 5S compatible with a case

Posted by on Feb 5, 2014 in Reviews, Mobile & Tablets | Comments Off on Review: China dock for iPhone 5 & 5S compatible with a case

Some days ago, I wrote about how Apple is making their own docks for iPhone 5 and 5S incompatible with their own phones if the device is inside one of their own cases.

On that post I commented that I found a dock in China which seems to offer what I was searching for. Today I received it and I must say, ITS GREAT!

It comes beautifully packaged in a box with protective material. The quality is amazingly great, and it comes in Black or White.

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Apple iPhone 5 cases incompatible with docks, again

Posted by on Jan 15, 2014 in Reviews, Apple, Mobile & Tablets, Opinion & Ideas | Comments Off on Apple iPhone 5 cases incompatible with docks, again

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Apple is one of the most important technological companies in the world, they invest billions in research and development to bring us super cool, powerful and functional products. I have several of them actually and I really like them, yet, they fail to deliver a simple thing: A dock compatible with their own cases!

This is not the first time they make this mistake, (yes I am assuming its a mistake), in the past I remember having an iPhone 4S and having exactly the same problem, with their own bumper it was almost impossible to find a dock compatible with their device. I ended finding a dock in China that was available with a longer 30 pin connector that would allow me to use my case with it.

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Prezi, never again boring presentations

Posted by on Jan 11, 2014 in Reviews, Soft | Comments Off on Prezi, never again boring presentations

prezi_horizontalI recently started working in a new company, and I was asked to give a presentation about myself so that the rest of the team could know me better.

At first I didn’t know what to do, what to say, then I remembered about Prezi and ideas started to flow more, just because the tool would allow me to express myself differently.

Prezi is an amazing presentations application that can work online or offline (if you have the right plan) and would allow you to create astonishing good looking things. Forget about Powerpoint and how boring slide by slide could it be, with Prezi you get to present ideas and concepts with natural movement and flow.

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Get more of OS X Finder with TotalFinder app

Posted by on Jan 11, 2014 in Reviews, Apple, Soft | Comments Off on Get more of OS X Finder with TotalFinder app

tf-logoI am learning my way on the Apple world, till now the experience is positive, but there are some things that I miss from Windows.

Finder would be the equivalence to Windows Explorer in Windows, and you use it for everything related to file management too. But I was missing some specs that I really found useful in Windows and it was the right click context menu with the Cut, Copy and Paste option. For some reason Apple decided not to include the Cut command on a right click and limits you to use the Command X key combination to Cut some files and then paste them to another location.

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Retina MacBook Pro, how to manually switch video cards and save battery

Posted by on Jan 11, 2014 in Reviews, Apple, Guides & Help | Comments Off on Retina MacBook Pro, how to manually switch video cards and save battery

73486I purchased the latest MacBook Pro retina in November 2013, its the 15″ version which has two video cards on it, an Intel Iris and an Nvidia 750M if I recall correctly.
Its nice to have two video cards because you can do more graphic hungry stuff without having to use another computer, but there are times where you really need as much battery as possible, and you don’t want any application to trigger the power hungry Nvidia 750M.

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Problems with Wifi at Heathrow airport

Posted by on Dec 31, 2013 in Reviews, Guides & Help, Services | Comments Off on Problems with Wifi at Heathrow airport

heathrowSome days ago I started my holidays, and because I can’t really help myself not being improving processes during my trip, I decided to provide Arqiva the company behind the wifi service at Heathrow Terminal 5 with feedback about the strange behaviour of their service.

I connected 1 hour and a half for free to a network called “_Heathrow Wi-Fi”, after my free time was over I decided to purchase a 9 pounds plan for a 24 hours slot.

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My first days with the MacBook Pro Retina (late 2013)

Posted by on Nov 3, 2013 in Reviews, Desktops & Laptops, Apple | Comments Off on My first days with the MacBook Pro Retina (late 2013)

IMG_7203 (Copy)As you might have read some time ago I decided to switch to Mac, I`ve been a Windows user for 17 years now and I support them, configure and manage them for work. I wanted to have the experience of OS X on Apple hardware first hand and so I purchased a Mac Book Pro Retina 15″ which was announced in October 22nd Apple event and I received last Friday.

My first impressions are great, its an incredible well built machine. Its design is really beautiful and on the inside it seems to be very powerful. I opted for the Quad Core 2.6 Ghz. version with 16 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD drive. I am really happy till now although I didn’t have the opportunity to do much with it.

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WeChat offers cross platform video calls

Posted by on Sep 7, 2013 in Reviews, Apps, Opinion & Ideas | Comments Off on WeChat offers cross platform video calls

WeChatThese days I started to try WeChat, a free WhatsApp, Viber, Line, Hangouts alternative that adds a very useful feature Video Calls. Its like Facetime but also works cross platform so although its still a bit clunky, I think it has a good future. Or at least it does until a contender with a bigger user base gets the feature on board.

WeChat is developed by a company called Tencent in China and it is available for almost every existing mobile platform (Android, iPhone, Blackberry, Windows Phone & Symbian).

Between the features the app offers you can find Chat with History Backup, Video Call, Moments (to share pictures with your friends), Voice Chat (what was recently added by WhatsApp and I found very useful), WebClient (to talk with our friends we have on the mobile from any computer which is geat!), Look around (offers a way to connect with people nearby using also WeChat), and a cute feature called Drift Bottle (which allows you to place a message “in a bottle” and “leave it” floating, then anybody can pick it up  and see your message 🙂

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Review: EaseUS MobiSaver, Recover iOS data

Posted by on Jul 26, 2013 in Reviews, Guides & Help, Soft | 1 comment

EASEUS-logoThe people at EaseUS contacted me commenting about this new software they released, its called MobiSaver and they claim I was going to be able to recover almost any item from my iOS devices, and all for FREE. I know EaseUS since some years ago and I know they have very nice file recovery products, so I decided to check it out.

As you can see on EaseUS website, the software claims to be the “World’s first FREE iPhone, iPad & iPod touch data recovery software for home user”.  You can recover: lost SMS, Contacts, Call history, Notes, Calendar, Reminders, Photos and Videos etc. directly from iPhone 5/4S/4/3GS, iPad 2/1 and iPod touch 4.

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