Moto X review. 1 Week review of Moto X

I switched my wireless to $25 unlimited talk text and data plan and I got a Moto X with the plan. I Paid $299 for the phone but got $20 referral discount and a free google chromecast ($35 value) along with it. This makes it a super value deal. I have been playing around with the Moto X for sometime now and I absolutely love it. I had a samsung galaxy S3 before I got the Moto X. The Moto X is several times faster than the S3 and has very less bloatware. In my experience so far, the apps that Motorolla pre installed in the phone are super useful. I know that 1 weeek is too early to post  a very detailed review. But here are some of the things that I loved about the phone.

1. Moto X Hands free control.

The voice commands has improved leaps and bounds from the S3 era. The voice commands are processed faster and has very less error. I have a slang but still the Moto X was able to detect about 99% of the commands I did. I went through the official Moto X voice command list . But I soon discovered that we can really extend these commands. For example I had Google Music installed in my previous phone. I used the same gmail account to login to the new one and the phone automatically downloaded all the compatible apps to the new device from my old S3. Along with that the Google Music also got installed. I wanted to try out Google Music with the voice command, so I said “Ok Google Now, Play Google Music”. What happened next surprised me. Google music randomly created a playlist based on my previous use and started playing them one by one. And I have to say that all the songs which they predicted were much to my liking. I am still experimenting with it for setting reminders, setting alarms, adding calendar events, opening Pandora etc.

2. Moto X Design

I got a white version which is non customized. I like the ergonomic design and it feels a good fit in my hand. I can easily reach the four corners when held with one hand which makes it super easy while navigating webpages. The pattern on the back side and the small dip on the back makes it classy in my opinion. It does not feel cheap at all.

 

3. No bloatware

There are some apps which comes pre installed with the device but unlike Samsung which fills the new device with garbage apps, this one had very useful ones. I found the Motorola migrate, Connect and similar apps very useful. I have to admit that this is the first time I am using any pre installed apps.

 

4. Battery life

So far the battery life has been decent. Since I just got the phone I have been using it heavily. Even then, it comfortably lasts for a whole day. I haven’t put it yet on battery savings. One huge advantage of this device is that the builders took preserving battery as one of their main objectives while designing the product. That is why they have a separate processor for voice command accelerometer and several other less used features.

Not a major point but still worth mentioning is the way in which we can see the time when you just tilt the device. In my Galaxy S3, I had to push the power button to know the time. But if you just pick up the Moto X when it is in sleep mode, a small black and white display appears showing the time. I just have to move it a bit to activate it. This will also be instrumental in saving the battery live.

 

I have a few concerns that i found but they are minor ones.

I am used to navigating with S3, so the absense of the menu button is something I have to deal with. At times, I will be searching for the menu button to bring in some additional options while navigating through an app. So I have to tell myself that this is a different device and sure enough the same options will be available as a different gesture/inbuilt menu option.

Stay tuned for more reviews on the device and some accessory recommendations.

 

I am still alive.. Very much alive.

Long time since I posted something in this bolg or my other bolg (www.galaxytabusers.com). So why didn’t I post in “What I Learned Today”? Simply put, other priorities took up my time. I will try to be more regular.  I don’t want to guarantee anything and set your expectations. Whenever I have something to share, I would go ahead and post it here.

I am also planning to post some videos in my AndroidNovice youtube channel.

“Stream not found error” – Putlocker issue resolved

200 stream not found – Putlocker or Sockshare issue resolved.

I am posting after almost an year. Why now? Thought that this post would be useful for someone somewhere. For the past two days, I was getting this error “200 Stream not found” while trying to watch movies in sites like putlocker.com or sockshrare.com. After failed calls with my ISP and my Dell customer support (Who tried to charge me $249 for fixing the issue and I said no thanks), I finally got it resolved. For those who are not interested in reading the entire story, go to the last portion to find the resolution.

Putlocer videos not streaming

Here is the original issue. Till day before yesterday, I was a happy man watching movies / TV shows for free from sites like putlocker and Sockshare. But for the past two days there was some problem. When I click on any movie link, it opens up the player page. When I click the play button, it just shows me the loading circular animation forever. When I try to refresh the page, I get an error ” 200 Stream not found” followed by some long URL. I was surprised to note that this issue was not there in my other laptop which uses the same service provider. Thus began my quest for solving the mystery.

By the way you can watch hundreds of HD movies for free Videos on Amazon when you sign up for the 30 day trial. You can set a reminder to cancel the membership on 29th day and they will not charge you a dime. But the fact is that, there is great value in subscribing to amazon prime (Free Movies, Free Mp3, Free 2 day shipping are just some of the many benefits). I get my monies worth just through the tons of money I save through 2 day shipping and watching TV/Movie online.

Failed attempts to resolve the streaming issue

1. Tried a different browser. It didn’t work – so clearly not a browser issue.

2. Checked the flash version. Flash is latest, so not that either

3. Restarted the router – No luck.

4. Cleared the cache and browsing history – Nada.

5. I even went to the extent of thinking that my ISP is blocking the streaming service as I am watching too many movies – Yes that’s me for you.

6. Called Dell customer service- They said there are 4 issues in my computer including the streaming issue and they can fix it for $249. I said “No Thanks”

Resolution

Eventhough Dell tried to steal my money, there was one important input which I got from there. They said there was a virus in my system called Sendori. So I went through the current tasks which are running and found that there is a task called Sendori which looked suspicious. On closer look, I found that there is a program installed in my system with the same name (which I had no clue how it got there). So I researched about it a little bit and found that it is actually an adware which will redirect your searches or website URLs. Suppose if you type some search term in our browser (not a complete URL)  in something, Sendori will take you directly to another site. This will happen occasionally only and hard to notice. So I guessed this software was redirecting my streaming URL and because of that the browser was getting “stream not found” error.

Uninstalling the Sendori virus

I tried to uninstall this directly from program files but it was not allowing me to do that. So I had to start the task manager (Ctrl + Alt + Delete and then Task manager) and find the list of currently running programs (second tab). From there, I found Sendori and disabled it by right clicking the activity.  After that I was able to uninstall the program. and Voila, The sockshare and putlocker links again started working. I also noticed a big improvement in performance after uninstalling this virus.

In general, you might be facing the same issue because of some other adware which redirects your URL (Trust me, there are a bunch of them these days). They will not be detected by even the best antivirus program (I use malware bytes). So, scan for your taskmanger activities and see whether there is anything suspicious, disable it and open a new browser window to play the putlocker video. If it is working, then you have the culprit. So there it is, That is how you resolve the “Stream not found error” in putlocker or sockshare or any other video sites which gives you this problem. Hope this helped.

Juice recipes. The best juice recipe books

 

Best books written on Juice recipes.

Congratulations on deciding to taking a positive action to improve the health of you and your family. It is not easy to put a price on your health but this article is an attempt to review the best juice recipe sources available.

The Big Book of Juices: More Than 400 Natural Blends for Health and Vitality Every Day

This book is so popular that it is temporarily out of stock. With some 405 recipes for fruit and vegetable juices, smoothies, and quenchers, this newly updated and expanded edition of Natalie Savona’s essential kitchen guide to juicing now offers health-conscious readers even more. A clever indexing system sorts the juices by key ingredients, by nutrients, and by health benefits. Plus, a simple five-star system rates the effectiveness of the drinks in boosting energy and detoxifying the body, as well as potential benefits for the immune system, digestion, and even skin quality.

Here is a review – In the past few months I’ve read quite a few books on juicing. “The Big Book of Juices” is one of the most creative books I’ve seen so far. The fruit and vegetable blends are especially delicious. Who would have thought that grapefruit would go so well with carrots and celery. I’ve also never seen anyone blend broccoli with pears. Yet these all seem to work well. I especially enjoyed making the juice with passionfruit, orange juice and seltzer.

While you need a juicer for most of the recipes there are also some recipes for your blender. If you are feeling adventurous you might enjoy making a spicy drink made from chai tea, peaches, vanilla and yogurt. Most of the smoothie recipes use yogurt. The only thing you have to do first is to juice some of the fruit before you add it to the blender with the yogurt. Other fruits like mango and papaya are better just added to the blender as they don’t juice as well. Specific instructions are not given on each recipe so you have to read the instructions at the start of the book and at the start of each chapter. Instead of instructions the author just gives a few sentences to inspire you to make the drink. This works well for individuals who have already been juicing for a few months but is not as helpful for someone new to juicing. From my own experience I learned to peel most fruits, especially citrus fruits. You will also want to peel mangoes, pineapple and papaya.

The last section in the book contains some recipes using sparkling mineral water. There are also some recipes for teas made with fresh herbs. There is an interesting tea made with licorice and mint. If you are looking for something to calm you at the end of the day there is a tea made with lemongrass, cardamom, orange zest, chamomile and mint. Unlike the other recipes, instructions are given for most of the recipes in the “Thirst Quenchers” section.

The recipes using lime sorbet are perfect for the summer if you don’t mind a little sugar with your fruit drinks. For the most part all the drinks are sweetened with the natural fruit juice combinations. Quite a few of the drinks are flavored with ginger. You can always add a packet of stevia which is a natural sweetener.

This is a book you will use day after day! The pictures of the juices are beautiful and you might be intrigued by all the different shaped glasses the author found to display the juices in. If you have been juicing at least a few months then you will love this book. If you are just starting your juicing journey, try a few of the books listed at the end of this review – they were very helpful to me when I started juicing.

The Juiceman’s Power of Juicing: 

The author of this book needs no introduction. Jay Kordich was born in 1923 just outside San Diego, California. He grew up in the shadow of his hard working father who was a fisherman and captain of his own fishing boat. Jay learned early on the value of a hard day’s work. He also grew and developed the muscles that would serve him well as a football player at the University of Southern California.

In 1948 at the age of 25, Jay was diagnosed with a serious illness and was told he may not have long to live. After reviewing all the treatments available, he left California and traveled to New York City to see Dr. Max Gerson who was treating terminally ill patients with fresh raw juices and healthy cleansing diets. Jay became his patient and immediately began a regimen of large doses of raw carrot/apple juice. It wasn’t long before Jay’s health was restored and the direction of his life was changed forever.

From a star athlete to surviving a life-threatening illness, all by the age of 26, Jay soon decided he wanted to spread the word of fresh juices and eating a healthy diet. For the next 40 years Jay took his message to anyone who would listen, from county fairs to large department stores to seaside juicing shops. It was his passion to teach everyone he could reach how to be healthy through the power of fresh juices.

Here is a review — This is a nice, straight forward juicing book that offers some “extras.” It’s simple, but it has an extensive array of recipes and leaves no stone unturned.

There’s a section on produce that tells the reader what each item is good for (which vitamins and minerals it contains) and how to buy and store them.

The “Juiceman” also includes a crash course in all the nutrients we need to be healthy, WHAT we need them for, and in which juices we can find them in.

At the end of the book, the author includes a Q&A section and tips and points on how to make juicing an integral part of your life and what to eat to compliment a diet chock full of fresh juices.

All in all, this is a great book. It may not appeal to some who are in search of something a little more fancy, with a more complex layout. But, everything considered, it’s a sure bet.

Gmail tips: Awesome Gmail trick that no one told you before.

My latest book called Gmail Superman – Gmail Tips and Tricks – is running on promotional sale at Amazon. Do check it out and leave your valuable comments. You can read it in a PC/Mac or Kindle/iPhone/Android Phone/Tablet.

 

Gmail is an awesome internet tool. Anyone who uses gmail JUST to send and receive mails should be shot at sight because they are insulting the enormous potential of gmail. It is so flexible and full of features that you will never go to any other email provider once you see gmail’s full features.

I have been using gmail ever since Google launched it. My good friend Afzal send me an invite and those days invites were hard to come by. Years went by and Google continued to add piles of features one after the other.  But the feature which I am going to explain, surprised many of my friends and colleagues when I explained it. They didn’t know that they could do all these things with gmail. So without further delay, lets dive in to my favorite feature.