Review Samsung Galaxy Tab A6 7.0 Inch 2016 (SM-T285)

Does it still relevant gadget in 2020? Yes, at least for me. Some I do & don't like about this tablet:

Yes, I do like:
  • The compact size (It's only 7 inch instead of 8 inch of latest Samsung Tablet)
  • Modern bezel design
  • The battery! (4.000 mAh and it could stand for 2 days)
  • 2Mpx front camera quite good for video meeting
No, I don't like:
  • 1.5GB RAM & 8GB ROM (big issue)
  • Lollipop is the latest Android OS (No more official update from Samsung since then)
  • No FHD screen
And here is the complete video review (in Bahasa):

So I recommend this Samsung Galaxy Tab A6 7.0 Inch 2016 (SM-T285) for parents to support their children online class session instead of buying another (overprice) laptop/notebook comparing to this tablet. Have a good day!

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The Battle of 2020 Smart Assistant

Bixby is 1 year old younger than Google Assistant (GA), that's why she loose in this battle today on 2020. The battle contains 20 "hard level" questions consists of 4 What's, 4 Who's, 3 Where's, 3 When's, 4 How's, also 2 of Math & Statistic. Click the video below to watch the fight...

It looks like that Bixby doesn't have her "capsule" on location information instead of GA with Google Maps right on his hands, literally.

And the Artificial Intelligence (AI) fight still continue, this time Cortana vs Google Assistant on Windows 10 right here below, just click to watch the video - Anyway, sorry for the echo on first scene.

In conclusion, congratulation to Google Assistant as the winner. While the round up is Cortana and Bixby at the third. Anyway, thank your for watching & leave your comment below. Don't forget to subscribe to this channel, share & like the video if you love. And see you on my upcoming video. Bye...

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Samsung M31 (Unboxing)

The M31 is the latest Samsung smartphone flagship for MegaMonster's "trilogy" which is:
  • MegaCamera (64Mpx)
  • MegaDisplay (6.4" sAMOLED)
  • MegaBattery (6.000 mAh)

What inside the box is so... minimalist, as you only found the handset, power charger & cables, SIM ejector and manual book. That's it! I guess that Samsung released a new slogan for this: BYOCH (Bring Your Own Cover and Headset).

The detailed specification as follow:
  • Prosesor CPU Speed 2.3GHz, 1.7GHz Octa-Core 
  • Display Size (Main_Display) 162.1mm (6.4" full rectangle) / 157.6mm (6.2" rounded corners) 2340 x 1080 (FHD+) Super AMOLED 16M 
  • Rear Camera - Resolution (Multiple) 64.0 MP (F1.8) + 8.0 MP (F2.2) + 5.0 MP (F2.2) + 5.0 MP (F2.4) Flash Auto Focus (No OIS) Digital Zoom up to 8x UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) @30fps (Slow Motion 240fps @HD) 
  • Front Camera - Resolution 32.0 MP (F2.0) No Flash No Auto Focus No OIS 
  • Memory RAM 6 GB ROM 128 GB MicroSD (Up to 512GB) 
  • Network Dual-SIM (4FF) Nano-SIM (SIM + SIM 2 + MicroSD) Infra (2G GSM, 3G WCDMA, 4G LTE FDD, 4G LTE TDD), 2G GSM (GSM850, GSM900, DCS1800, PCS1900), 3G UMTS (B1(2100), B2(1900), B4(AWS), B5(850), B8(900)), 4G FDD LTE (B1(2100), B2(1900), B3(1800), B4(AWS), B5(850), B7(2600), B8(900), B12(700), B13(700), B17(700), B20(800), B26(850), B28(700), B66(AWS-3)), 4G TDD LTE (B38(2600), B40(2300), B41(2500)) 
  • Connectivity No ANT+, USB Type-C, USB 2.0, GPS, Glonass, Beidou, Galileo, 3.5mm Stereo Earjack, No MHL, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4+5GHz, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth v5.0 (LE up to 2 Mbps), No NFC, Smart Switch (PC version) 
  • OS Android 
  • Sensors Accelerometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Light Sensor, Virtual Proximity Sensing 
  • Dimension (HxWxD, mm) 159.2 x 75.1 x 8.9, 191gr 
  • Battery 6000 mAh 
  • Audio dan Video No Stereo Support, Video Playing Format (MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM), UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) @60fps, Audio Playing Format (MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA) 
  • Service No Samsung Dex Support, No Mobile TV, Gear Support (Galaxy Buds, Galaxy Fit, Galaxy Fit e, Galaxy Watch, Galaxy Watch Active, Galaxy Watch Active2, Gear Fit, Gear Fit2, Gear Fit2 Pro, Gear Sport, Gear1, Gear2, Gear2 Neo, Gear S, Gear S2, Gear S3, Gear IconX, Gear IconX (2018))

Check it out for more detail about this on my YouTube channel (available only in Bahasa).

What better and much value for money? M31 or A51 or M21? Or second-hand of Galaxy Note9?

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Quick Complete of Tutorial Repair, Re-Install & Optimizing Driver in HP Stream 8 Windows Tablet

I think I never found a wonderful value for money of branded Windows tablet PC after having Hewlett Packard (HP) Stream 8 since 2015. For anyone who doesn't know yet what kind of hardware devices & features inside, you can read below:
  • Intel Atom Z3735G 1.3GHz (Quad Core Processor)
  • RAM 1GB DDR3
  • eMMC 32GB
  • MicroSD 32GB (max)
  • Battery 4000mAh
  • 802.11 b/g/n
  • SIM 3G
  • IPS 8" TouchScreen
  • 5MP Rear Camera
  • 2MP Front Camera
  • Accelerometer
  • GPS + SAR Sensor
  • Windows 8.1 pre-installed
  • 32 bit Architecture
  • Intel HD Graphic
  • 3.5mm Audio
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Bluetooth Keyboard + Mouse operation simultaneously
 Along with it, this tablet has been re-installed 3 times:
  1. Have been tried to install Windows 10 for couple days, but it was too lag.
  2. Downgrade to Windows 8.1 for couple years
  3. Re-install to Windows 8.1 when I realized that there's corrupted driver files after doing VGA driver update manually. Tried to repair first with no luck & it failed to boot somehow.
So then I archived the processes in 3 separate videos (in Bahasa) & a silent review after 5 years using it. Hope you enjoy it.

#1. Repair

#2. Re-install

#3. Driver Optimization

Please subscribe, share & like if you love the video. Thank you for passing by & reading this blog.

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Super Swipe Feature from BB10

Good bye sand clock! And greeting for BB10, a new baby born OS for future Blackberry embryo. As tons news from internet what inside in BB10, actually there's also tons features needed to improve this OS. But before they continue to make a really mature model in upcoming versions, let end-user learn and decide how they experience for the UI as what I called as super swipe device in baby OS - the BB10.

The important thing that user need to compromised is the UI swipe tips and trick, since there's no back button or common navigation found on it as others devices. So here I made this short guidance for user that new to BB10 device; Z10, Q10, A5 or any of touchscreen BlackBerry device which using BB10 or later as it OS.

The Home Screen
This is how you'll move around the home screen on your BB10 device. You can get to your messages in the BlackBerry hub by swiping from left to right.

Get back to all your apps by swiping from right to left. Swipe left or right to find apps on the home screen. Or by simply choosing screen number from bottom  of the display.

To get out of any app, touch the bottom edge of the glass and slide your finger up.

Swiping up will bring you to your recent apps on the home screen. That's how to navigate you BB10 device.

Going Home
The most important gesture for your BB10 device is waking up and unlock it by touching the bottom edge of the glass and sliding your finger up.

The same gesture will get you out of an app. Touch the bottom edge of the glass and slide your finger up.

Remember: Sliding up from bottom edge of the glass will take you to the home screen again.

Showing Options
These will show you how to access the top menu on your BB10 device. While on the home screen, you can get to device settings by touching the top edge of the glass and sliding your finger down.

While in an app, the same action will show you options specifig to that app.

Remember: Sliding down from the top edge of the glass can reveal more.

Here's an easy way to peek at your notifications and jump to your messages on the BlackBerry Hub. You can check your notifications by touching the bottom edge of the glass and slowly sliding your finger up.

Or jump straight to the BlackBerry Hub. Touch the bottom edge of the glass then slide up and to the right.

Now you know how to check your notifications and messages.

Virtual Keyboard
The tips on how to use the keyboard is the power of BB10 devices. When you start typing, a prediction will appear above the next letter of the word. To select that word, simply swipe your finger up from that letter.

Swiping down on the keyboard will display number and symbols.

To delete a word, swipe across the keyboard from right to left.

To hide the keyboard, press and hold the space-bar.

You can also swipe down on the keyboard with two fingers to hide it.

Another Trick
To restart BlackBerry Hub, simply swipe from the right top edge of the glass and diagonally slide to the left until the center of the screen and do it for 5 times.

Others trick is the same with others touchscreen device, such as internet browser, pictures app or PDF reader. If they apply to that app, you can use content gestures to let you directly manipulate content just like zooming in or out, peeking or scrolling.

Anyway, Good bye sand clock!

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Blackberry Email Setup

This is an old-school wizard, but if anyone of you that still newbie with Blackberry, here's a clue about how-to setting up a Google Apps custom domain email account in Blackberry. I'm sorry I don't have such a great article this month but this one is special for you :). Anyway, for god sake what you need is (1) a Blackberry device and (2) a running-well Google Apps based email also (3) an active Blackberry service connection.

Fire up your Blackberry and pointing out to Email Account icon under Setup Wizard menu.

Select Internet Email Account type for you Google Apps email.

Click Set up another email account button.

Choose Gmail:

Assumed that you have a domain and want to make an email account with, so type out that both user account and password in the screen then finished with Continue button.

The wizard has now completed. The screen will provide you a little advanced  setting such as signature and others type settings.

Click Continue button and wait until all email services is being activated.

And voila! Your email setup has been completed. It's an easy way, folks...

If you want to continue to Google Talk Instant Messenger Setup, press Continue button. Otherwise, you can exit from wizard screen and back to Home by clicking Return to Setup button.

Happy using your new email from Blackberry :)

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Vehicle Self Diagnostic System

Did you know that Volkswagen introduces the first on-board computer system with scanning capability in their fuel injected Type 3 models in 1969? In IT world, this is what it called as embedded system. The purposed was to monitoring how the car engine reactions to fuel widely. But it was only for limited consumers such as repair technicians or official automotive garages.

Recently, the OBD system has been standardized and used for several automotive companies. The Electronic Control Unit (ECU) plays an important role for this vehicle diagnostic interface. Let say, that this ECU is a processor in a CPU. ECU as logger and read any sensor that available on each vehicle. Some of major indicators are displayed in vehicle dashboard, such as speed, RPM state, fuel condition, engine temperature, etc. Nowadays, this self diagnostic system - as known as On Board Diagnostic (OBD) system - are open to end users - at least with kits and software. So what we can't see from dashboard, we can see from this OBD scanner - from it's connector that supplied from vehicle.

The OBD system now evolving to digital communication port and using Bluetooth stack to provide real-time data for various vehicle sub-system. So we can use various digital devices as OBD log reader, such as laptop, mobile phone, gadgets, etc. As much as OBD software reader available for some operating system (Windows, Linux, Mac OS), DashCommand for iOS Apple and Torque for Android based gadget, on this current article I reviewed about OBD software reader for Symbian and Windows Mobile (Pocket PC) based (legacy :) gadget. But first, provide an ELM 327 interface (with Bluetooth), a car with OBD II compliant (I used my 2010 Picanto Cosmo - KIA Morning) and Symbian or Windows Mobile (Pocket PC) - I particularly using Nokia E7 and HP iPAQ Pocket PC. Make sure that your ELM 327 is in good condition by plugged-in to OBD connector in your vehicle and do some pairing from your Symbian or Pocket PC gadget.

Unfortunately, I just found a single OBD software for Symbian. OBDScope is an OBD diagnostic software built for Symbian OS platform.

After a simple pairing via Bluetooth (mine with Nokia E7), you can found that OBDScope has been connected to OBD II interface.

It has quite complete 27 gauges available to use.

There are:

Calculated Load
Engine Coolant Temperature
Short Term Fuel Trim B1
Long Term Fuel Trim B1
Intake Manifold Pressure
Engine RPM
Vehicle Speed
Timing Advance
Intake Air Temperature
Absolute Throttle Position
O2 Sensor B1S1
O2 Sensor B1S2
Time Since Engine Start
Distance with MIL
Commanded Evaporative Purge
# Of Warm-ups Since DTCs Cleared
Distance Since DTCs Cleared
Catalyst Temperature B1S1
Absolute Load Value
Commanded Equivalence Ratio
Relative Throttle Position
Ambient Air Temperature
Momentary Fuel Economy
Fuel System
OBD Port Voltage
GPS Speed

We can attach the gadget to any space available from dashboard and simply monitoring any gauges while the vehicle is running.

The most I like from OBDScope software is it CSV logging capability. So we can analyze later from Excel and define anything what's happened while we're on board.

There're some OBD software available on Windows Mobile market, but I found a simple software to use. It called as OBDKey. OBDKey also support for Windows OS and Palm legacy gadget.

There's no big difference between Torque, DashCommand, OBDScope and OBDKey. It's only a graphical interface to mention the gauges. DashView is an intuitive display for OBDKey, a similar display to Torque (in Android or iOS Apple based gadget)

Who does not know Torque? It's a big player in OBD software that runs on Android (or DashCommand in iOS). But, if we still have a legacy gadget and are not willing to buy Android or iPhone for OBD scanner software, why we don't try to optimize device we have? This above article is dedicated to you who have Nokia or Pocket PC device and want to make it as a OBD II scanner for your own vehicle. Thank's for reading and have a nice OBD monitoring!

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Phone with TV Function or TV with Phone Function?

For some reasons, I was too attracted with this such of gadget: a hand phone with analog TV technology equipped. At first, I don’t even had a dream to buy a new cell phone again since I already has. But, I though it’s too worthless for me to have an iPod or something else similar multimedia gadgets with it’s near same price because they offering just the same old features: MP3 or MP4 with FM radio functionality. So, I decided to try pick this one TV with phone kit replacing my old multimedia box.

A month ago, I just found 2 alternative brand name of it around me such as Hi-Tech H38 & MyG 678. Both supplied with analog TV feature in addition with its standard multimedia entertainment like 2 MPx camera, MP3, MP4, radio FM functionality, Bluetooth, touch screen feature & 256MB external miniSD storage. The Hi-Tech H38 has an odd keypad layout with its black dominant color surrounding to the case. Anyway, I prefer to buy MyG 678 product since it has a standard phone keypad layout with its elegance shiny silver color case.

After using it for couple weeks, I concluded that my MyG succeed impressing me out of the box (even it comes from China product). The battery life is more longer than I expected before (however there are 2 batteries in box package included). The GSM frequency also strength to receive from it’s internal antenna, it was a test & I didn’t use the GSM function to communicate from this cell phone. The LCD displayed more brightly than my PDA. The speaker comes out more loud & clear to produce audio out from the FM radio & multimedia player.

Sending or receiving files from the phone are easy with Bluetooth, anyway there are also data cables available with the USB connection. I don’t know about the Bluetooth stack used by, but it’s paired fine from my PDA & my Travelmate. The built-in TV receiver signal also good. It can stored 20 channels & displayed out more clear than my TV, even with 2.5” display LCD available. The things I don’t too much like was it’s tiny hard pressed keypad, maybe it’s a compensation of the mini form factor where they can’t plugged in more toning down to soften the pad. Overall, I like it very much enjoying the multimedia from it, especially the television features.

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