After years of using a PC Tower sitting on the ground, I got tired of climbing under the desk each time I needed to unplug the ethernet or disconnect the monitor.
Switching to an all in one computer was one of the best thing I ever did. It makes growing older so much easier. At the same time you learn to select the specifications that you want and live with it for a few years, not having to get in there and fiddle with drives and wires etc, sometimes you just want something that just works. Get in do what you need and get out.
Something like the HP all in one computer shown here is also ultra portable since it is made of lightweight polycarbonate housing. Something like this works well for the gamers who would like to attend LAN parties and not worry about all the cables and monitors etc.
The Wired article listed above goes into much more discussions as well as the pros and cons of an all in one PC.
If you were like me and was skeptical about when you would use mobile payments and how would it work then you’re in luck because I tried it out.
Do I need to tell the cashier that I’m going to use a phone to pay? What do I do when I am asked for my payments?
Not to worry I was also in the same boat recently after I forgot my wallet with my cards at home last Sunday while out shopping for home repair supply at a local hardware store.
Half way through shopping as I reached down (as with old habits) to check my pocket for my wallet ( I check from time to time to make sure it is still there after being pick pocketed once), I couldn’t feel my wallet there. Then that sinking feeling stepped in, yes that same feeling we all get when we are missing something expect to be there.
Of course with a cart full of stuff I need, what do I do now? Drive all the way home to get this wallet and come back?
Nope! I remembered I had a mobile payment setup on my device (phone), next question is – now does this place accept my form of mobile payment? That’s when I started looking around for that familiar sign, the one that shows “Tap to Pay accepted here”.
Yes, I’m in luck, they do accept contactless payment. So I decided that I will give this a try. So as I gathered my things up and proceeded to the checkout. The cashier checked my items out and was ready for the payment.
I discretely tapped my device on the payment terminal, it asked for my fingerprint and two seconds there was a receipt in my hands. This form of payment worked flawlessly. Even better than I expected.
Keep in mind this is not the first time I have used the tap to pay feature, I have used it before but mainly on soda machines that I knew accepted it and wanted to test it out. This was the first time I was in a bind and had no other form of payment and it saved my ass.
What is contactless payment?
Many might ask, what is this “Contactless Payment/Tap to Pay”. In a nutshell most major phone manufacturer has what is called NFC (Near Filed Communication) built into their device, which is basically a small chip that emits a low frequency output that could only be used if both the terminals are really close and touching (tap). Tapping the device on the payment terminal will initiate the payment.
The device (Phone) will have an application which has all of your credit or debit cards store in it, as you tap to initiate the payment. This automatically launches that application to choose the card you want to pay with. Then continue the payment process as normal. Now not all of the different options work pretty much the same way. Some might have a default card stored etc, so results may vary.
Who has contactless payment?
Currently this tech is being developed and worked on by the major tech companies such as Google whose contactless option is called Google Wallet.
Like with the others, with this service you have to make sure it is setup correctly to make payments.
There is also the option of ApplePay, developed by the Apple company. While Google wallet has been around a while, Apple is the new comer to the game with their form of mobile payment. ApplePay works in the same way the Google wallet system works. Look for the logo to tap to pay.
While this may be the future of payment, there are may other options out there that is being toyed with, the Walmart corporation current has formed an alliance to start another payment option which is currently under development.
There is also PayPal mobile, which is a little more complicated in the way you use it. Typically the places that offer PayPal as an option will have you type in a username or an email to access PayPal at their terminal, after which PayPal will send you a code to your mobile device to complete the payment option.
PayPal is not offered in many places.
There are many, many other forms of mobile payment available which will take a lot of time to get into. I suggest looking into them for more education on how it works.
But for now, I suggest if you have a device that support NFC and Tap to Pay/Contactless payment. Take that jump and plunge right in and give it a shot. Set it up and forget about it, then like me, the one time you really need it.
Decisions! Decisions! Recently we have had a series of unfortunate events happen, but its part of life. I shall not digress into what happened but what comes next.
I am now left with the decision of what speakers I should get to replace my older, broken computer speakers.
The speakers that will be replaced was bought some 5-6 years ago, and up to the unfortunate end of its life performed excellently.
The speaker is the Klipsch Pro Media 2.1. Am I allowed to say that I LOVE these freaking speakers. They sound amazing.
The bass is tight, mids is clear as if you’re actually sitting right there in the front row of a concert. The highs are amazing, it reproduces the sounds of instruments in amazing details. With all of these combined, it makes for some excellent sound with a wide range of music genre.
The design is a great combination of both high quality plastics for knobs and controls, and wood for the enclosures. This combination allow for a pleasing blend with the rest of the computer equipment.
Now that the fanboy description of an awesome speaker is over and done with, I have to get to the real issue at hand.
With the location of my computers being moved into a smaller more cramped space, I need to reduce the size of the accessories I use. Thus the speakers is the first on the chopping block. I cannot replace the dead Klipsch with another of the same type (even though I would like to). I have to get something smaller, and this is where the headache starts.
Over the past weeks I have been looking at a wide array of speakers, this includes bookshelf speakers and studio monitors.
I am quite big on the quality (accuracy) of the music not so much in the quantity (loudness), and I am also on a budget. Looking for something between the price of $85 to $200, with that in mind I decided on the BOSE Companion 2- Series 3 as the replacement. But, there is always a but, I have never heard these speakers play before. After hours and hours of reading reviews and videos. It looks like everyone who own these speakers are very impressed with the quality of sound coming from these little speakers.
This post is actually a plead for help, I am asking for any of the readers who has had first hand experience with these speakers give me a personal no biased review of what they think of these little bad boys.
I think i have my mind set on these speakers, and will further look to see where I can find somewhere that have them in stock to I can actually hear what they sound like before I commit to this one.
I get this question at least two to three times weekly. Friends that are casual users of mobile device, whether it is a tablet, phone or Android on the TV, or believe it or not even the Apple users ask this question.
In short the answer is really NO you don’t! These devices basically for the most part look out for themselves and monitor in the background.
But if you consider yourself one who venture outside of the approved application store to do what is called, “side loading” of applications where you would basically download an application from a third party website and load it on your device I would recommend having a look at some kind of protection for you device.
This goes for even the Apple users of Mac OS X on your iMacs or MacBooks. Currently, there is no need for or any antivirus protection available for the iOS devices (iPad, iPhone or iPods). This is due to the fact that Apple has a team of people that inspect each and every application that is on the iOS app store.
That said, remember no one is immune to some kind of exploit. It can affect all devices from Apple to Android to Windows.
Follow the link below to Android central for more information on ways to protect your Android device.