Wednesday, 23 September 2015

You Can Now Earn Money Taking Selfies — Time To Brush Up On Your Duck Faces, Fake Smiles, And Rock On Signs

I've been taking "selfies" for more than a decade. Back in 2005, we just called them photos, except we pointed the camera at ourselves instead of the world, and we felt a small but appropriate surge of vanity doing so. It was just fun. Then selfies became a thing, and now you can't take a photo of yourself without feeling like a self-centered 12 year old teenager bragging about his/her latest hairdo on Instagram. It's impossible to walk down the streets of some cities without seeing someone trying to lend you a selfie stick for a few bucks, or to go to a restaurant or pub without seeing a group of friends taking selfies together, or really to engage in any activity without having someone suggest taking a selfie... because selfie or it didn't happen, amirite?
While having dinner last month at a local restaurant, I swear the woman sitting on the table next to me took more selfies than breaths of air. I wish this app was available then, because I could have walked up to her and suggested it. At least she'd have made a couple of bucks from her efforts. So what's Pay Your Selfie? Well, it's a service that pays for your selfies. Think of it as Google Opinion Rewards for selfies. You see a series of missions or tasks, each with its own payout between $0.20 and $1. You upload the corresponding selfie to the service and get paid. There's no additional fee for prettier or more original selfies, you'll always get paid the same as everyone else using the service. Once you have accumulated over $20, you can ask for a check to be mailed to you.

Saturday, 12 September 2015

A Deep Dive Into Google Photos: Not Your Grandma's Photo Album

At Google IO this past June we saw the launch of many new products from Google, including Android M, Android Pay, and Project Brillo. The tech giant also launched Google Photos as its own service, which was previously tied down to Google+. Today we're going to dive into every corner of Google Photos and my experiences with it over the last few months.

Intro & tests

Over the last eight years I have used iPhoto, Aperture, Lightroom, and Photos on Mac to organize my photos. While each worked for a period of time, I never truly felt like my photos were properly organized. All of the pictures I have taken over the last three or so years of having an Android phone were backed up to Google+ Photos. I would sometimes upload photos taken on a point-and-shoot to my Windows desktop, and sometimes I would upload to my Mac. Most of my GoPro pictures have spent a long time sitting on an external hard drive. I have increasingly spent less time organizing pictures. Partly due to laziness, and partly because I knew I would never get all my pictures properly organized into one library. I have been wanting to organize them, sort them, do something with them for a long time but haven't had a chance. So I decided to take all of my pictures from all of their separate locations and put them into Google Photos.
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Assistant, Photos, Albums

Saturday, 5 September 2015

Failed Potential: The Note5 XDA Review

Failed Potential: The Note5 XDA Review

The Note5 is one of the most highly anticipated devices of the year, and after mountains of hype behind its release, Samsung’s Next Big Thing is finally here. Opting for a new design, updated internals and some sacrifices, this new phone is sure to turn some heads..
… but at the same time, turn away a big part of the Note’s following.
In this review, we’ll take an in-depth dive into the Note5. Rather than listing specs and talking about how the experience felt, this feature attempts to provide a thorough look with contents relevant to our reader base. At XDA, our reviews are not meant to tell a user whether a phone is worth buying or not — instead, we try to lend you the phone through our words and help you come to the decision by yourself. Before getting started, let’s get the specification sheet out of the way:
Android Version:5.1.1 LollipopModel Name:Note5 (SM-N920T)
Dimensions:153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm
(6.03 x 3.00 x 0.30 in)
Screen size
& screen ratio:
5.7 inches ~75.9% screen-to-body
Primary Camera:16MP, OIS, F1.9Secondary Camera:5MP, F1.9
Screen Type & Resolution:AMOLED, 1440 x 2560, 515 ppiChipset:Exynos 7420, 64-bit
Internal Storage:UFS 2.0
CPU:2.1 GHz Cortex-A57 x4
1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 x4
Card Slot:NoneGPU:Mali-T760MP8
RAM:4GBBattery:Li-Po 3,000mAh


  • Design, Build Quality
  • Software UI & Features
  • Performance
    • CPU & System
    • GPU & Gaming
  • Storage and Memory
  • Display
  • Camera
  • Audio
  • Battery Life and Charging
  • Thoughts on Development
  • Conclusion & Final Thoughts


The Note5’s design is, upfront, the biggest change you will find over last year’s model, and perhaps the biggest diversion Samsung phones have had year-after-year. The Note 3 marked the point where the Notes split from the S line in terms of design language, but here, Samsung opted to abandon the executive leather motif for their now tried-and-true S6 look. The result is nothing short of stunning, and while this part of the review can be said to be mostly subjective, there are some things I believe need to be pointed out as they do alter the user experience.