Thursday, August 26, 2010

Barclays Golf Tournament Starts FedEx Cup Playoffs

Barclays golf headlines are around Tiger Woods this morning. Yet the Barclays golf tournament has more than Woods involved, as the results will determine next week's tournament field.
 Now that the FedEx Cup playoffs have begun again, the PGA is hoping to have a thrilling race over the next month. After a year of golfers accumulating points, they now get to fight for their lives over the next four weeks. Although the Barclays golf tournament has Woods stealing the headlines today, he still needs to keep going if he wants to play next week.


Golf In Canada A HistoryOut of the Rough: Booze, Birdies and a Driving Ambition: The Story of Barclay Howard Golf World, September 7, 2009-Heath Slocum-Barclays Playoff Winner & College Golf Preview.How I Play Golf

Traffic Jam In China

Although offtopic, have you seen the massive Traffic Jam in China? A traffic jam that lasted an entire 9 days! Post say that the Chinese have already come up with a solution for future traffic jams, and that is by constructing buses cars can ride under. The traffic jam in China caused major problems in terms of delivery of goods. Let's hope a similar traffic jam does not occur.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Cool applications for your Android phone!

Today, we'll take a look at some applications for your Android phone.

First, there's Skype. The famous caller program that started on the PC is now available for your Android device. Call your friends, use your Skype contacts! Download here

A general upgrade to your phone is the Launcher Pro. It replaces your home screen, and features advanced functionality. Download here

And how about a fruit smoothie? Are you out of ideas on what you should make? Try our fruit smoothie generator, here

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Monday, August 23, 2010

Top tip: Memory card optimization

Since we last discussed memory cards for your Android, I'll give away another tip: once the card is set up the way you want it (apps2sd, all your music and videos on it), plug it into your computer using a memory card reader. Now, run a Defragmentation program, and defragment the memory card. While this may take a long time, the added speed is surely worth it.

This method can be applied to any device with a memory card or HDD, so feel free to use it on your iPod, iPhone or other such device.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Top tip: Memory cards

Kingston 4 GB microSDHC Class 4 Flash Memory Card SDC4/4GBSanDisk 16 GB Class 2 microSDHC Flash Memory Card SDSDQ-016G (Bulk Packaging)SanDisk 8GB microSDHC (SDSDQ-8192) Memory Card w/Adapter (Bulk Package)

Almost every Android phone features a memory card slot - usually in the MicroSD format. A memory card is useful for all sorts of things - storing pictures and music, as well as e-books. On a rooted phone, you can even store your applications on the SD-card.

There are two main parameters to every micro-SD card:
1) It's size
2) It's speed

For both of these, the general rule is, the bigger the better. Of course, price always rises exponentially when you get to the largest and fastest cards, therefore it makes sense to invest somewhere "in-between".

Some top pics are the Kingston 4GB card, Class 4, which can be bought here. The card is class 4, which means it is plenty fast for most users, like those wanting to store pictures. However, for those running apps2sd, you may want to consider a Class 6 card, like the Transcend 8 GB microSDHC Class 6 Flash Memory Card, which is not only larger, but faster too.

Now, I'm sure that among you, there will be users that want the absolute best. Coming in at a whopping $93.63, the Kingston 16 GB Class 10 will fill your every need. My opinion: wait it out, these class 10 cards are bound to go down in price soon. Or, if you're fine with 4GB, get this.

Sandisk is another popular brand, you can get their 16GB, 8GB, 4GB or even 2GB (should you be so inclined) cards.

Nowadays, most computers come with integrated card readers - which should make your life easier, as access to data on the card is often quicker this way. If you have an older PC, you may want to consider investing in a multi card reader, like this or this.

To summarize , I would suggest you buy at least a Class 4 card with a total capacity of not less than 4GB. Usually, 2GB Class 2 cards come with phones (HTC, SE), so this is a nice step up, without breaking the bank. If your phone is rooted and you are using apps2sd, definitely go for at least a 4GB class 6 card.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Cases for the Samsung Galaxy S

One of the most popular phones recently is the Samsung Galaxy S. It has a similar format to Apple's iPhone, uses all the latest technologies (1GHz processor, Super AMOLED LCD, 5 MPx camera, 8GB storage), and best of all - runs on Android. While HTC seem to be getting all the hype for Android phones, the Samsung should not be overlooked.

To protect your investment, it is always a good idea to buy some sort of case.

First, let's take a look at the available screen protectors:

ZAGG invisibleSHIELD for Samsung Galaxy S i9000 (Screen)The Zagg invisible shield is definitely a product not to miss out on. The quality foil lasts longer than most other average foils, and will not add distortion to your phone's screen, like some cheaper foils. Speaking of which, you can get a generic reusable sceen protector, which only costs $2.00 - if price is your main concern. Don't expect it to last too long though, and the screen may not look as pretty either.

If you're looking for full body protection in the form of film, try the Zagg Invisible Shield Full body (maximum version) here

When it comes to cases, there are several options. You can try fitting an iPhone case, for example. Popular ones are the Incipio ORION Sleeve Case for iPhone 3G, 3GS (comes in several colors) or JKase Premium White Leather Sleeve Case for Apple iPhone 4 / 4G - both retailing for about $15.00. Fitment isn't guaranteed - that's why I've included both a 3G and 4G case - try and see which one you have better luck with.

Amzer Silicone Skin Jelly Case for Samsung Vibrant T959 - BlackSpecific cases for the Samsung are for example the Amzer Silicone Skin, or a TPU case. Either way, if you're not in a  hurry, I recommend you buy a screen protector first, see how it suits you, and if need be, go for a bigger case. Don't forget, a screen protector is invisible when applied correctly, but a case always adds to the external dimensions of the device.