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Are Smart Homes Making Us Lazy?

Smart home technology is seeing tremendous development day after day. All of the homes which had been built earlier are now being converted into smart homes. Day by day the tasks that seemed mundane to us are getting replaced by technology. Most of these technologies are being developed to make the life of humans convenient in more ways than one. Some of these technologies are being developed to minimise the use of natural resources such as water. A complete smart home is still a dream which is far fetched, but we can soon see something like that in our future. A fully functional smart home is the one in which the home appliances communicate with each other and they coherently complete all the mundane tasks of the house. Here, we will tell you about the appliances which are a part of the smart home and will see if they are making us lazier.

  1. Smart thermostat

 

All that you need to do with this appliance is program the temperature of the house just once. This temperature can be then adjusted throughout the day to maintain a constant temperature in the house and decrease or increase it depending upon you are sleeping or working or doing any other activity. You can decrease it while you leave for work and can increase it back once you are back home. This helps in reducing the amount of electricity consumption, which is in a way good for the environment. This appliance in no way makes the user lazier.

  1. Smart locks

Smart locks can be installed in he indoors of a house and can open or close according to the will of a person, just by using a smartphone. If a person goes to work and accidentally leaves her or his door open then she or he can very easily close it back with the help of her or his smartphone without needing to travel back to the house. This appliance might make the user a bit lazier as it can reduce the need for remembering to carry the keys with yourself wherever you go, but on the other side it will also keep your house safe as well as secure.

  1. Amazon Echo

If there’s one appliance for the smart home, which can make a person lazier, it’s probably this one. This is a smart speaker that can be placed anywhere in the house. The Amazon Echo can interact with all the smart devices which have been installed in your house. The best part about the Amazon Echo is that it is controlled by the voice of the user. With the help of his or her voice, the user can very easily do petty chores such as set alarms, mark calendar dates, play music, ask questions, etc. If used judiciously this appliance has got a wide variety of uses.

There is a possibility that the smart home with all its appliances can make a person lazy for sure. These gadgets are also pretty useful. Finally, …

Top Android Cell Phones

Top Android Cell Phones


Over the past few years Android Phones have been on the rise of the hottest phone around to have. With so much selection and phone specifications it could be hard to choose the best one. Here is the top 5 android phones that you should definitely check out.

HTC Droid Eris

The HTC Droid Eris runs a 1.5 platform and comes with a HTC sense interface, which is customizable. This phone is very modern looking and has a nice look to it. There is no QWERTY feature on this phone so if you are okay with typing everything straight onto the touch screen this is a great choice for you. The Droid Eris is very lightweight, just over 4 ounces, and can be comfortable carrying around in your shirt or pants pocket. Features include WiFi Capability, which is great for anybody, Bluetooth and over 1,000 apps to choose from. My favorite app for this phone is “Shazam”, it will analyze any song and tell you the name and artist. It still to this day amazes me. The HTC Droid Eris is retailed by Verizon Wireless for $469 or $179 with a 2 year contract. Buying online will save you another $100. So this phone has great features, looks cool and is only $79.

Motorola Devour

The Motorola Devour has been recently released by Verizon Wireless. It runs the android 1.6 platform and also has a Motoblur interface. The bright touchscreen interface is 3.1 inches wide and is Bluetooth compatible. There is also a featured QWERTY keyboard that can be used to dial phone numbers, text, and use the internet. The full retail price of the Devour from Verizon Wireless is $479.00 but if you purchase it with a 2 year contract it comes out to $249.99. Purchasing this phone online will also get you another $100 online discount. This phone is great for social networking site users such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace as all your accounts and e-mails can be streamed into one section of your phone. Real Time updates of all your linked pages is also a plus when using th3 Motorola Devour. The price of this phone is good for users who do not want to spend much money on a Droid phone but still love all the features included.

T-Mobile G1 with Google

The T-Mobile G1 is also known as the HTC Dream. This android phone was first released in late 2008 and is still popular to this day. The LCD touch screen glass looking display is clear and vibrant and it weighs just over 5 ounces. This smart phone also features a QWERTY keyboard and trackball, so choices of use is up to you. This phone is my favorite of all the android phones out there. I think it is very useful and I have always been obsessed with Google. The storage on the phone is great, coming with 1GB of memory but you are able to purchase memory cards with …

Metro PCS Cell Phone Service Review

Metro PCS Cell Phone Service Review


I recently switched cell phone providers thinking that Metro PCS would give me a better deal. I’ve seen Metro PCS posted on billboards and online advertisements stating that their cheapeast phone plan with unlimited local calling and text is only $30 a month. I figured I would try it out since it sounded like something that might fit my budget.

I decided to sign up for the $35 a month plan because it included unlimited long distance calling and texts. After taxes, it turns out to be about $43 a month. While first trying to activate my phone, the customer service was not very good. Apparently they had a problem with the computer system and they told me I had to go to a Metro PCS store to have it activated. I understand that problems can happen and I was very patient and courteous about it. 
I decided just to wait a couple hours and call back. The lady on the phone was very hard to understand because of her accent and I had difficulty understanding how to activate the phone. Finally, the computer systems were running so she was able to activate the phone.

After a week or so of using the phone, I noticed some defects. While I am texting to someone, it sometimes says “message failed”. Then there are times when I send a text message and the recipient will not receive the text message until the next day. It also messes up the times that the messages are sent. I called Metro PCS to explain the situation. I was hung up on several times in an attempt to speak to a human customer service representative. I spent about two hours on the phone trying to speak to someone. I called from both my house phone and my cell phone. Each time I called, I was hung up on. So, needless to say, the customer service is very poor.

After many attempts, I was able to reach a man who explained to me that I cannot return the phone because I had already used it for one hour of airtime. Well, if that is their policy, then fine. I did not complain to him. I barely could understand his accent. It makes it difficult when it’s hard to communicate.

After a few weeks of having this phone, I am realizing that I made a bad mistake by switching to Metro PCS. I do like that there is no contract and that your first month of service is free, but I’ve done research and have heard from other people that there are much better cell phone service providers out there that do not require a contract to sign up for their service.

Here is another negative thing about Metro PCS. You have a few options to pay your bill. One of the options is going to the store to pay directly. I went to the store to pay directly and they charged …

How to Unlock a Samsung Omnia II Phone

How to Unlock a Samsung Omnia II Phone


The Omnia II is a high-end smartphone developed by Samsung that is marketed as a competitor to other feature-rich phones, such as the Apple iPhone and the Motorola Droid. The Omnia II offers a wide array of features, such as an integrated MP3 player, microphone, quality camera, large touchscreen, and Bluetooth connectivity, and is available on several different carrier networks. Most carriers only offer an Omnia that has been flashed and locked to its own network, making it impossible to use it on a different network until the phone is unlocked. Fortunately, it is relatively simple to unlock the Samsung Omnia, and, once unlocked, you’ll be able to use it on any network that supports its GSM radio type.

Step 1: Open your Web browser via either your smartphone or your laptop and type “cellunlockcodes.com” into the URL field, then press “Enter.” This website contains hundreds of cell phone unlock codes that can be purchased, including the code for your Samsung Omnia II.

Step 2: Scroll down the page. Locate and click the “Unlock Your Samsung” link. Fill out the phone details for the unlocker. Choose your carrier from the first drop-down menu on the page, such as “AT&T;,” then wait for the page to automatically forward to the next item. Enter your personal information, including your payment info, into the field. Make sure your phone number and email address are correct, since you’ll need that information to receive the unlock code. Submit the form.

Step 3: Take the battery cover off the back of your phone, then remove the battery. You should see the SIM card, which is a little plastic card located within a slot. Take the SIM card out carefully, then replace the battery and battery cover. Turn your phone on. Open the dial pad as if you were making a phone call, and enter the code you received during Step 2. On most Omnia II phones, the code is: #7465625*638*#. Press “Call” as if you were placing a call. The Omnia will process the unlock code and unlock itself.…

How to Tether an Android Gingerbread Smartphone to a Laptop Via Bluetooth

How to Tether an Android Gingerbread Smartphone to a Laptop Via Bluetooth


As mobile carriers roll out more advanced mobile data networks, including the current 4G, which delivers wireless data Internet speeds comparable to cable broadband, many users are shirking their wired Internet connections and tethering their cell phones to their laptops instead. Tethering is the act of connecting a cell phone to a computer so that it functions as a modem. Once connected, you can then access the Internet on your laptop via your cell phone. While most tethering apps require the phone to be physically connected to the laptop via a USB cable, you can use a simple app to connect via Bluetooth instead, turning your Android smartphone into a Wi-Fi router.

Step 1: Turn on your Android smartphone and tap the “Google Play” icon, which is the new replacement for the previous “Marketplace” icon. This will open the Google Play (Marketplace) store. Tap the button with the picture of a magnifying glass located in the top right-side of the screen. Type “PDANet” into the search field, then tap the magnifying glass button again to find the app.

Step 2: Tap the “PDANet” listing when it appears in the search results. Once the app’s page opens, tap “Download.” PDANet is free for the first 14 days, at which point you must pay for the app. You’ll receive a notification at the top of your smartphone when the app has downloaded and been installed.

Step 3: Open the list of applications on your phone and select “PDANet.” The app will open. Tap “Turn on Bluetooth DUN.” If Bluetooth is currently disabled on your phone, the app will prompt you to enable it. Once Bluetooth is enabled, PDANet will attempt to connect with your Bluetooth-enabled laptop for 120 seconds.

Step 4: Click the “Wireless Networks” icon on the bottom right-side of the Windows taskbar on your computer. Select “Dial-Up” connection. You will have to set up the connection for the first time. Select your wireless carrier and enter your phone number into the appropriate text fields when prompted, then click “Connect.” The computer will dial into the phone as if it were a dial-up modem. Once dialed in, you will be connected to the Internet n your computer via your smartphone’s data connection and Bluetooth. 

How to Tether an Android Gingerbread Smartphone to a Laptop Via Bluetooth

As mobile carriers roll out more advanced mobile data networks, including the current 4G, which delivers wireless data Internet speeds comparable to cable broadband, many users are shirking their wired Internet connections and tethering their cell phones to their laptops instead. Tethering is the act of connecting a cell phone to a computer so that it functions as a modem. Once connected, you can then access the Internet on your laptop via your cell phone. While most tethering apps require the phone to be physically connected to the laptop via a USB cable, you can use a simple app …

Top 5 Android OS Smartphones

Top 5 Android OS Smartphones


In the smartphone market consumers have four main options in terms of OS, Android, BlackBerry, Apple, and Palm. With smartphones becoming more advanced with every new release, Android based phones are prime choices for tech junkies and anyone looking for a mobile computing device. Our writer looked at the top Android phones on each major carrier (AT&T;, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile) and complied this list based on the very based Android OS phones available. Each phone will receive a brief overview as to why it made our list and to which carrier it is sold on.

1. Sprint HTC EVO 4G (Sprint)

According to the Sprint website the HTC EVO 4G is set for release on June 4, 2010 and will feature some of the most advanced features yet on a smartphone. The EVO made our list due to its incredible internet speeds (think mobile broadband) on the 4G network, thus making it the fastest smartphone available. The 4.3″ touch screen is perfect for large viewing capabilities and features quick key buttons on the bottom of the phone, but are small enough not to obstruct the touch screen area. Other notable features include an 8.0 mega-pixel digital camera, Android 2.1 OS, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, microSD slot (up to 32GB), and access to the Android apps store. Skype users will enjoy the front facing 1.3MP digital camera for chatting on the go. This device is practically a netbook, but much smaller and convenient.

2. DROID INCREDIBLE by HTC (Verizon)

When the original DROID was released, I was stunned by how easy it was to use, the touch screen was incredibly accurate, and the available apps blew me away. Think of the DROID INCREDIBLE as a supped up version of the DROID, with many new features and sleeker build. The INCREDIBLE has many attractive features for any mobile professional and internet user, such as, 1 Ghz Snapdragon processor with 8GB internet memory (can be expanded with microSD cards), Android 2.1 OS, 3.7″ 480×800 touch screen, 8MP digital camera with video capture, and access to the Android marketplace.

3. DROID (Verizon)

My first impression when using the DROID for the first time was how easy it was to grasp for a beginner to Android based phones. The touch screen is very responsive and accurate, and the slide our QWERTY keyboard makes sending messages and internet searching very easy. My favorite features include the bright 3.7″ touch screen with a 480×854 display, 5MP digital camera, upgradeable OS, and overall ease of use. The only feature that is lacking is the digital camera as newer phones are starting to feature phones with 8+MP camera, but the 5MP camera on this phone is adequate for high quality photos and video capture.

4. Motorola CLIQ XT (T-Mobile)

The Motorola CLIQ XT with MOTOBLUR is arguably the best Android phone on the T-Mobile network. The MOTOBLUR feature is excellent; it allows all your favorite social networking sites to update instantaneously from the home …