Tools Required to Install Android ICS on PCTool 1: Android ICS 4.0
Tool 2: A Compact Disc (CD) or A USB Device
What do you do after purchasing and receiving your brand new VLAN switch that is tailored for Malaysia’s UNIFI High Speed Broadband network?
Firstly, you need a compatible router to establish your LAN network to connect to UNIFI’s Internet gateway. If you already have something with you, go ahead and test it out by connecting it the TL-SL2210WEB as per the cabling diagram printed below.
If you do not have a router yet or your existing router’s PPPOE dialer is found to be incompatible with UNIFI, check out the TP-Link TL-WR1043ND or the Linksys CISCO E2500. These models have been tested and works with UNIFI Broadband.
For high performance routing with capabilities of supporting heavy download and upload traffic, consider wired routers like the TP-Link TL-R470T+ or TP-Link TL-R480T+. These semi-enterprise class routers are beefed up boxes with larger internal processors and memory to handle bigger amount of data packets without breaking down easily. Then pair them with dedicated wireless access points like the TP-Link TL-WA901ND if you need wireless connectivity.
To complete the installation of the new broadband equipment, you will need to have your UNIFI’s PPPOE user name and password ready. These information are required to be inserted into the WAN section of your new or existing routers. If you do not know where to locate your UNIFI user name and password, check out our previous post on this topic by clicking here.
Our multi-box solution are designed to handle UNIFI bandwidth more efficiently compared to stock UNIFI equipment that are provided to you. They are capable of preventing router box overheating and resource overloading, two of the major causes of poor broadband performance in any UNIFI High Speed broadband service.
If the above equipment design is overkill for your basic needs, you can also consider single box replacement from a popular brand; Asus. Some of the Asus all-in-one wireless routers that are compatible with UNIFI broadband includes the Asus RT-N13U, Asus RT-N16 and Asus RT-N56U.
Bloomberg says the next iPad (iPad 3) will sport a HD display, a faster processor, run on LTE and go on sale this March citing “three people familiar with the product”. The sources also claim that Apple’s manufacturing partners in China have started ramping up production of the new iPad this month to meet what Apple expects is a huge demand the new tablet and also to make up for the massive Lunar New Year exodus where factories in the country will halt production. Mass production for the new iPad started this month with factories running 24 hours a day, one of the Bloomberg sources said.
Bloomberg requested for comment from Apple on the matter but a spokeswoman said the company doesn’t comment on rumor and speculation.
The new iPad is expected to feature a high resolution display with pixels so small and packed in so tightly that it makes images appear like printed material. According to information found in the iOS 5 SDK, the new display could have a resolution of up to 2048×1536 pixels.
Assuming Apple will stick with the 9.7-inch screen form factor, that gives the display on the iPad 3 a pixel density of around 264ppi – well below the 300ppi threshold where Apple claims the naked eye is not able to discern individual pixels. In comparison, the Retina Display on the iPhone 4 and 4S pushes 326ppi.
The iPad 3 is expected to feature a slightly thicker case to accommodate the HD display and a larger battery. The larger battery is said meet the higher power requirements of LTE allowing Apple to make the iPad 3 its first LTE device. For countries outside of the US where LTE is not prevalent, users can expect the iPad 3 to deliver considerably better battery performance, possibly double that of the iPad 2.
In addition to the bigger battery and higher resolution display, the iPad 3 is said to feature a quad-core processor and possibly a new GPU as well. One of the Bloomberg sources said that the new processor will bring faster multitasking capabilities and allow video playback to happen instantaneously.
Apple rumours are a whole different animal altogether, there are so many flying around it get difficult to separate the truth from the fluff but when a credible news source comes in with information that is in line with some of the many rumours that has been going around, then you know something is up. This is going to be interesting.
Road accidents occurs everyday and we never know when is our time. Those who have been experienced road accidents might know what do’s and dont’s when such thing happen. You may be a meticulously careful motorist who has never needed to make a claim, but it pays to have an umbrella ready in case it rains, doesn’t it?
Type of Motor Insurance
Motor insurance are compulsory if you buy a motor vehicle, there are many type of motor insurance available, however, the common types are:
|Type of Motor Insurance|
|Third party cover||This policy insures you against claims for bodily injuries or deaths caused to other persons (known as the third party), as well as loss or damage to third party property caused by your vehicle.|
|Third party, fire and theft cover||This policy provides insurance against claims for third party bodily injury and death, third party property loss or damage, and loss or damage to your own vehicle due to accidental fire or theft.|
|Comprehensive cover||This policy provides the widest coverage, i.e. third party bodily injury and death, third party property loss or damage and loss or damage to your own vehicle due to accidental fire, theft or an accident.|
In this post, we share some info what you need to do if an accident occurs, in order to protect yourself. Firstly, you must stop your vehicle and exchange particulars with all the other people involved in the accident.
What you should do in the event of an accident/loss
Making a claim against an insurance company Accident claims
When you are involved in an accident, you may either make an own damage claim or a third party claim for the breakdown cover :
Own damage claim
Third party claim
|Private Use Vehicle|
|Up to 1500cc||RM30|
|Above 1500cc – 2000cc||RM40|
|Up to 1 ton||RM40|
|Above 1 – 2 tons||RM60|
|Above 2 tons||RM90|
|Other buses (stages/express)||RM180|
|Taxi/ Hire & drive||RM40|
|Up to 250cc||RM10|
Alternatively, you may also claim the cost of hiring a replacement vehicle of equivalent type and capacity for the recommended number of days of actual repair time as evidenced by a receipt from a licensed car rental company.
Principle of indemnity
The principle of indemnity is crucial in insurance. Based on this principle, the insurance cover will compensate your loss by putting you back to the same position you were in immediately before the loss. As you will be compensated only for the loss suffered, you cannot ‘profit’ from a motor insurance claim. Therefore, if your vehicle is more than five years old, betterment will apply.
Betterment occurs when in the course of repairing an accident-damaged vehicle, an old part is replaced with a new franchise part. In line with the principle of indemnity, you will have to bear the difference in costs as you are in a better position after the accident with the new franchise part. However, the application of betterment is at the discretion of your insurance company. Should your insurance company apply betterment, it will be in accordance with the standard scale of betterment adopted by the industry as follows :
|Age of Vehicles / Years||Max Rate (%)|
|Less than 5 years||0|
|10 years and above||40|
The world-famous, award-winning international business newspaper, Financial Times, have released their official client for Android. The app supports all the popular features that you get on the news network’s website, such as up-to-date region-based news, multimedia content (images/videos), updated stock market data analysis/stats including currency, commodities, bonds and lots more. While the app might prove to be helpful in fetching the network a few more loyal readers, it is surely going to be cherished by regular subscribers. If you’re a Premium subscriber, you can enjoy access to unlimited articles, the famous Lex column, and exclusive newsletters. Breakdown of content into separate tabs, each for a different news category, extended search option for news as well as quotes, the facility to access all data while offline, and the option to modify font size while reading articles account for a user-friendly and convenient reading experience.
For those who do not know, Financial Times is not necessarily meant for just business tycoons and economists. Instead, the app provides you with a dose of information pertaining to pretty much everything ranging from current affairs to lifestyle.
When launched for the very first time, the app downloads all the updated articles of the day to your device, and displays the Financial Times front page with the hour’s top news, videos and market data. Swiping up/down lets you scroll up and down the page whereas doing the same sideways switches between different categories. To view all categories, tap the three-lined icon at the top-right side of the screen. Each category has a number of subcategories to help you find exactly what you want in as little time as possible. From the app’s homescreen menu, you have the Sign in or subscribe button that lets registered users log in with their Financial Times credentials while new users can hit the Register button to sign up for a free account.
Tapping on a news story displays its details along with any multimedia content that it may contain. At the bottom of the page, you can find more stories relevant to the one that you’re currently reading.
Tap Menu > Preferences to enable the Auto Refresh option, specify sync time and frequency, set your region, or toggle the option to download content over Wi-Fi only.
Provided the app is still in beta, one can expect the final build to have a more polished interface, and a few extra features, such as a homescreen widget or a favorites list.
Financial Times is free on the Android Market and requires Android OS v2.2 or higher to run. Grab the app via the Market link or QR code provided below.
Somehow we had to publish this piece of information. Despite many blogs and forums with in-depth discussions about UNIFI broadband, there are still gross misconception of what is actually inside a typical UNIFI client premises equipment (or CPE) set up.
First timers are usually baffled as to why traditional cable routers with PPPoE does not work with UNIFI broadband, a service that uses PPPoE encapsulation similar its DSL sibling; Streamyx. Well, not that it doesn’t. There’s a just another layer in UNIFI’s high speed broadband network; a layer called VLAN.
Inside UNIFI physical lines that are laid into our homes, bandwidth is tunneled in a virtual LAN (VLAN) and separated before they are routed to our computer devices. UNIFI Broadband is a true triple play service, i.e. we get all three; data, voice and video services piped to us through a single channel high speed plastic fiber cable (FTTH) or vDSL. Hence the reason why VLAN networking is in the design from day one.
FTTH is deployed on landed properties like terrace houses and bungalows while vDSL being similar to traditional ADSL services like Streamyx, is used in deployments for high rise buildings where the laying of fresh fiber cables is no practical option.
The first component in a UNIFI Client Premises Equipment is either the Fiber BTU or vDSL modem. This device bridges raw network back to the nearest UNIFI Point-Of-Presence (POP). With a physical connection established between our homes and a UNIFI POP, the next immediate thing we have to do is to segregate the bandwidth and video tunnels by deploying any smart switch with IEEE802.1q VLAN tagging capability. Yes, any smart, managed switch can be used as long as they support the 802.1q networking standard.
The stock wireless router provided by UNIFI is an all-in-one device with VLAN, routing, firewall and wireless broadcast functions.
In the stock router provided by UNIFI, typically the D-Link DIR-615 wireless router, a standard D-Link wireless routing platform has been adopted and modified to include 802.1q VLAN tagging inside the same box. For this reason, UNIFI users will encounter the common scenario where only UNIFI routers appears to work in a UNIFI network and other commercially available routers apparently don’t. Again, it is not true that other wireless routers don’t work. It is just that they have not been essentially modified like the stock DIR-615, before the virtual tunnels in UNIFI’s VLAN-ed network can be traced by your router. Unless you have a VLAN switch or a virtual VLAN function inside a routing hardware like the D-Link DIR-615, this cannot be accomplished.
We have many questions posed to us, asking whether the TP-Link TL-SL2210WEB smart switch sold at our techSTORE can be placed after the router. No, you can’t. And it is due to the technical fact that VLAN tagging has to be done before the routing stage and not after. Also, there is no reason for home users to implement VLAN in a private network. Practical usages for VLAN are in aggressive networking environments where there are hundreds of users in the network and VLAN tagging is implemented in order to prevent problematic computers from affecting other computers or bringing down the availability of the entire network altogether.
TP-Link’s TL-SL2210WEB is a favourite component deployed by many UNIFI subscribers in their quest for better networking performance and equipment.
After you have segregated the respective VLANs data and IPTV, you can then focus on what routers is suitable for your usage. Choose all-in-one wireless routers (like the TP-Link TL-WR1043ND) if you have less than 5 users at home and where download and uploading activities are minimal.
For slightly heavier users, consider the combination of dedicated boxes like the TP-Link TL-R470T+ wired router and TP-Link TL-WA801ND wireless access point. By dividing the routing function and wireless infrastructure into two separate hardware, bandwidth performance will certainly become more efficient and faster.
Obviously it cost more to have a multi-hardware solution but the benefits are pretty significant. For example, users will immediately notice considerable speed performance even with one or more computers downloading files, while other users are hardly affected when doing web browsing or reading emails. Hardcore gamers too will benefit from lesser lag because the wired router can handle far much more data packet transfers than the stock equipment provided by UNIFI.
Simply put, purchasing a networking solution for your home is like buying shampoo. You can either choose between 2-in-one, all-in-one or you can pick the shampoo, conditioner and treatment in separate bottles. Experience tells us that the more bottles we buy, the better justice it does to our hair.
For full router replacement kits, check out our parent category link by clicking here.
Recently, I received a Gogopal Q5.0 GPS navigator for review. (Don’t confuse it with “PAPAGO!”) Read on for the detail review, specs, photos and video.
gogopal Q5.0 gps navigator package content
The gogopal Q5.0 came in a square box package. Inside the box contains:
Everything you need for a GPS navigator is included in the box. Don’t need to buy optional item.
The Gogopal Q5.0 GPS navigator has 5-inch touch screen display with 480×272 resolution. It is slim (12mm thick only) and has a sleek design with round edges.
The power button is at the top. A stylus pen is hidden at the lower right corner. At the left side, there are mini USB port, MicroSD slot, headphone minijack, and COM port.
You charge and transfer data using the mini USB port. I have no idea what the COM port use for, it is not mentioned in the manual.
In-car cradle has a strong suction cup to mount gogopal firmly on the car windscreen. The cradle also latch the device very tight and not easy to unlatch.
Gogopal GPS menu
After turn on Gogopal GPS navigator, you need to tap on the “Navigation” button to launch the GPS navigator software, Speednavi SQ. The main screen is simple, 3 big icon: Map, Destinations, Settings.
A “system” menu at the upper right corner allows you to set volume level, check GPS status and system info.
Gogopal GPS search nearby
There are couple of ways to search for a destination using Gogopal. You can search by POI (Point Of Interest) name, Address, Postal Code (Singapore only), Nearby POI, POI category, enter coordinate, and more.
gogopal GPS virtual keyboard
When tapping (use your finger or included stylus) the virtual keyboard for searching, it will grey out the alphabet that’s not available, and displays number of results in bracket. It is handy to fine tune your search, find the next alphabet of your destination search. If too many results, you can narrow down the results by City and Category.
Gogopal gps address search
According to my past experience, searching destination by address often returns no result and useless. Surprisingly, Gogopal’s address search – WORKS! You simply enter destination’s street name and it will return matched streets in database for you to select the correct one (if same street name found in different states).
Gogopal also searches house number so that you get the exact location of the house on a long street. House number search is limited by its map database though.
After setting destination, you will get the map layout but the navigation will not start until you tap on the “Destn” button on the map. That’s a bit confusing. Also, you can also set the location as a “Way Point”, a point on the map where you want to pass through.
Gogopal GPS signal searching is fast, often locking my car position in less than 1 minute while recalculating new route takes 2-3 seconds.
Gogopal GPS 3d map
Gogopal comes with 3D map with 3D buildings which make navigation easier, and easy to locate nearby landmarks. As far as I tested, the included map is quite updated and they actively update the map as well.
Your gogopal comes with a 1-year free map update period. You can purchase 1 more year of map updates for only RM45 after the free update period has expired.
Gogopal GPS navigation display is very informative, including the current street, next exit, next 2 turns, estimated time to destination, distance to destination, etc.
Instead of “estimated time to destination”, I would prefer it to shows “estimated time to “reach destination”, so that know what time I will reach destination at one glance.
Gogopal GPS lane infomation
I love the split window for Junction Zoom and Lane information features. “Junction Zoom” it gives a clear view of the path ahead to help you make the correct turn. “Lane Information” tells you the correct lanes for the next turn or maneuver. No more wrong turning with these helpful features!
When you are on highway, gogopal helpfully shows the rest areas and highway exits along your route. Don’t want to use highway or want a toll-free route? You can change route setting right on the map display.
I have been annoyed by Garmin’s speed limit speech alert. Gogopal use “beep” for speed alert instead, which is much less annoying. There’s option to turn off speed limit too.
Gogopal comes with 9 language voice guidance system: English, Chinese, Malay, Cantonese, Japanese, Korean, Thai and Vietnamese. The user interface can also be changed to 11 languages Chinese, Malay, Japanese, Korean, Indonesian, Thai, Vietnamese, Spanish and French to suit your needs.
In the GPS navigation setting, the volume only has 5 level setting. Changing single volume level will make the volume too soft. What I do is setting the volume to maximum in navigation app but adjust the Windows CE system volume.
The Gogopal Q5.0 GPS navigator runs Windows CE 6.0. When turn on, you see 6 menu icons: navigation, player, tools, system, games, and nav.setup.
Navigation will launch the GPS navigator software.
The “Player” is a media player that allows you to play music, video, ebook, photo and flash.
Under “Tools” are: note, calculator, calendar.
The “Games” has 8 simple games: tetris, snake, chess, gobang, reversi, boxman, linlink, duiduipeng. The system settings include volume, backlight, laungae, etc.
Nav.setup allows you to setup path for navigation software.
Here is the demo video showing gogopal GPS navigator 3D simulation:
I like Gogopal Q5.0 GPS Navigator, the 3D map and split window view are very useful! I would recommend it to friends who need a easy-to-use in-car GPS navigator under RM500.
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