Author Archives: Luke Schaefer
A few year or so back now I got an Anker PowerCore Slim 5000 for customer review. I did a review on amazon but well it never showed up and now trying to add the review on Amazon is broken, thanks! But I still use this battery bank from time to time when I need to charge my phone while on the go. Lets first go over some of the specs and then I will give some of my opinions.
- Dimensions: 4.9 x 2.5 x 0.4in
- Weight: 126g/4.27oz
- Output: 5V, 2A max through a standard USB plug
- Input: 1A max through a micro USB plug
- Colors: Black, Blue, Red rubberized case
- Capacity: 5000mAh
- Charging Speed: Anker PowerIQ auto detect charging
- Charges: 1-2 cellphone charges based on what phone you have
- In the Box: Power Core Slim 5000, micro USB cable, travel pouch, quick start card
- Price $29.99
- Buy: Amazon
This battery pack I have used for some time, it seems to do a good job topping of a phone while you are not near a plug, it’s also light and thin so if you have to stick it in your pocket with your phone it is not restrictive. The size is good for at least charging most cell phones mostly or fully. I would like higher amps on the output but it’s ok because you can leave this connected while your moving easy enough. They like to show it pressed up next to an iPhone but it works with any phone, and you would need your own cable for an iPhone because it only comes with a short micro USB used for charging the pack or charging a devices. The travel pouch is a nice touch, I keep the cable and battery in it.
For the price of $30, good capacity, quality brand, and super slim design, I would say you should keep one of these in your bag even if you don’t run out of battery often. When I travel I do carry a larger Anker battery pack and 2-3 different Anker chargers but this one is a good always have option. The new colors are nice if you are into that too. Check out the photos and buy it on Amazon using the links.
As we all get more and more devices charging them becomes a problem of where do we put another wall plug, to answer this there are multi-port USB chargers, but just a normal charger wasn’t enough when I went looking. That’s when I found this new smart charger from Anker that has up to 40W of power to push your gadget. The good thing though is that it has a chip on each port that detects the proper amount of wattage to send and not to send so that your devices charges at the maximum speed but won’t burn it out.
After unboxing this little guy, with the smooth rubber to keep it from sliding off the table and minimal packaging I gave it a test. With my Samsung Galaxy Nexus I was able to charge 20% of my battery in about 20 minutes, which sounds about right for it to send it the proper amount of wattage to charge correctly. Later I plugged in my phone, a Nexus 7, and a pair of Bluetooth headphones and all charged just fine. With the 5 ports it should give you the flexibility to keep everything charged in one place and as fast as it was intended.
Check out the unboxing video and photos. You can get this charger on Amazon for around $26 as I did; Anker seems to sell primarily on though Amazon.
Product page: Anker 40W 5V / 8A 5-Port Family-Sized Desktop Charger
Have you ever tried to get a username on an email service but it was unavailable and you ended up with some lame name with a bunch of numbers at the end? Yahoo though so and has setup a program where they are releasing a bunch of inactive usernames on their site so people who want to use these names can. There are a few problems with this but if you really want to use Yahoo mail or had an account that you don’t use much on Yahoo you should check this out.
You can now enter up to five usernames to request and an existing email address and you may get the name in a month if you were the first to request it and then claim it. I would think they are also letting people who didn’t know that they were doing this to be able to reclaim usernames within this month if you haven’t logged in, in over a year. So get logging in and keep your names.
But if you want a new name go to wishlist.yahoo.com and put in some names to see if you can get something better. I did my name and my online name because I had to use an altered version of it even years ago when I signed up for a Yahoo account.
One thing to think about this, if you use an old account that you haven’t logged into for over a year and this account is a backup for other services this may open you up to having password resets sent to other people or scammers. While Yahoo says they have a fix for this by looking at the headers, all that sounds like is a bunch of garbage, because the headers don’t have any information to identify that the old account user was asking for a reset and not the new user.
My advice is to reactivate old accounts as soon as you can and log into all accounts on not only Yahoo but Hotmail, Google, AOL and others so you don’t lose your accounts. Then if you want a better name go to the wish list page and add some names and a current email address so you can try to get a name that is better for you. Also when you are looking at your accounts look for the backup email address and keep that to a current address that you check regularly so if you need to reset your password or scammer is trying to reset your account you will get notified and you can take steps to fix it. I think reusing usernames is nice but has major security problems along with an unfair action to people who may not use it all that much.
Yes this site has been quiet for some time, but it was going in the wrong direction of what I was trying to take it in. I did lose interest because of how the posts and what the posts were about. Also I started going to University and lots of my time was taken up by going to classes and normal family life. But with how I have classes setup next semester I hope to spend time on this site.
So expect some updates, and a different way of posting content, not so much a facts list and more of a “here are my feeling about xyz” with some facts listed that matter. More changes may come also, so we’re back to posting.
The developers of the popular Linux distribution Ubuntu have showed off an Android based phone OS with no JavaVM running on a Galaxy Nexus phone today. From first look it’s got some slick things that make the UI different from normal Android like swiping from edges to open menus and information, kind of stealing this from how Windows 8 works. From hands on videos it is very slow and things lag when opening. Of course this a early release but it’s nothing impressive.
On the website they show a block with app icons and just say “Go make us apps” using HTML5/Native, but lots of those like Gmail and YouTube would never make it to this OS natively just look at the large number of full on Android devices that don’t get support for Google Apps. So its very misleading to people thinking this would be cool to have because somehow it’s going to be more open then Android.
The one think I ask is what is the point, right now the big 3 are Android, iOS, and BlackBerry, with BlackBerry slowly dying away and Windows Phone not even something that anyone is looking at. This sounds like a lot of extra resources that could be put into making Android better, or making Ubuntu work better on the desktop. There is also Ubuntu TV but don’t expect much from that ether, their may be money in these markets but trying to do your own thing won’t work out or you will get people who get one of these devices and wonder why they can’t get the apps there friends on Android have.
Check out some photos to see what it looks like but don’t hold your breath for this becoming more than a waste of our time. If any new phone OS had any chance other than Android and iOS it would be Windows Phone just because they have the money to lose. And as we have seen from other Phone OS’s such as WebOS and even Windows Phone, just because you are different or have some special features it all comes down to getting things working together and getting lots of phones running it.
If this sounds harsh, it’s just true that you shouldn’t expect much to come from this.
Happy New Year, in the coming months of 2013 there will be a large amount of new tech news with CES13 coming up when big tech companies try to sell suppliers there new products they will make available this year. This brings new tablets, tvs, computers, phones, and lots of other gadgets.
Hope you have a good year, and Tek4.Me will be here to bring you tech news that is useful, while getting things back up and going now that the holidays are over. Were working to get more content every day.
Facebook announced the new Android app that runs in native code and not as a HTML5 web based app that it used to. By doing this it should run much faster and give them the ability to add more features that are part of the Android API. The app should load faster and run much smoother, I noticed that once images were loaded on my Galaxy Nexus scrolling thorough the time line was much easier. Also the images are loaded as you view them in the time line so they open right away and can be zoomed, liked or commented on right away without that annoying loading spinner. Also if you load a friend’s time line you should see a speed improvement.
I got it as an auto update when I got on WiFi but if you don’t have that on go get the update from the Play Store and you should be happy with the speed improvements of using native code.
A new update for WordPress is out version 3.5, with this update the main thing is the new Media Manager. While that isn’t the only new thing, they have added a new responsive and clean-looking theme called Twenty Twelve, there is also an update to the dashboard that includes high-resolution icons and other elements for people with Retina displays or high-resolution screens, finally they updated things to work better on touch devices and refined controls to make things easier.
The Media Manager is much easier to use letting you drag and drop images and media around to order them into galleries or add captions. You can also just drag a set of images into the manager to upload them and select the images you want to insert into a gallery or just an image into a post. Also when working with posts the post editor has been update and looks nicer yet no new functionality was added.
If you have a WordPress site there is no reason not to keep it updated, and with the new Media Manger it will help you or your users’ happier when working with images. Check out the video below.
One quick note, I was having problems getting the new Media Manager to open in older posts and even in this posts, seems like there may be something still not working just right to open up the manager. But I like the update just wish there wasn’t the problem with opening the manager.
Looks like Verizon is still at its “were not blocking Google Wallet but you can’t use it because we are blocking it” tricks again. Looks like a letter sent to the FCC about it shows they are still blocking it because they say it uses a “secure element” in the device. This sounds funny because when Google Wallet came out they said it was insecure and they didn’t want it for that reason, now they are saying sorry it’s too secure and you can’t use it.
But what this boils down to, Verizon is building their own mobile payments system and will most likely be using the same “secure element” in the phone and made so you can’t uninstall it unless you root and rip it out. I have Google Wallet on my rooted Galaxy Nexus and it works just fine, of course it says it’s not a supported device being a Verizon phone and rooted. Too bad Google doesn’t just make it available on the Play Store and disregard the block Verizon is putting on it.