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Tech Tuesday: Anker

I decided to add this new feature in my blog called Tech Tuesday where I’ll share with you my most recent findings of technology gadgets or news within this field. I love how technology is advancing quickly and it won’t wait for us to catch up. With that, let’s get started on my first Tech Tuesday post.

The iPhone 5/5s battery life gets drained pretty quickly especially if you’re running a few applications at once. Even for the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, the battery life can diminish easily due to the new iOS.  I’m not sure how you feel, but I tend to feel uneasy when I realize my battery life is in the red zone! I used to carry my charger everywhere I went. As odd as it may sound, I would constantly be on the lookout for outlets at restaurants or at my friend’s house so I could charge my phone. I’m pretty sure that I wasn’t the only who did that! Well, at least hope not…

I guess I could have purchased a car charger but those can be expensive and inconvenient. I always got paranoid that my car battery would die from charging any phone because it actually happened to my friend once.

I got tired of worrying if my iPhone was going to make it alive after using the GPS on the road for an hour or so. I knew I had to do something about this epidemic issue. I somehow remembered awhile back meeting a blogger of I’m Not The Nanny and From Left to Write at V3 Digital Media Conference. On the side, she writes reviews on new cell phones that she receives every few weeks from AT&T. She told me how she owns a portable charger because some of the phones’ battery life weren’t that strong. Thanks to her, I decided to look into portable chargers!

Prior to my research, I had to lay out my expectations of what I wanted from this portable charger. One. In general, I charge my phone 2 to 3 times a day. I wanted a charger that could recharge my phone twice from 0% to 100%. Two. I wanted it to be small in size and light in weight so it’s convenient to carry around. Three. It had to be affordable! I didn’t want to spend more than $40 on the device.

After comparing brands and reading reviews, I decided to go with Anker 2nd Gen Astro 6400mAh External Battery. It met every single expectation I had. This can charge my iPhone 5s fully twice. It’s even faster to charge on this external device than plugging my phone to an outlet. It can easily fit in my smallest purse. Lastly, it went under my budget, costing $32.39.

One downside about this charger is that it takes about 4 hours to fully recharge the external battery itself. It sounds pretty long but if you just charge it overnight, then you’ll be good to go the next day. One of my favorite features about this charger is that once it’s fully charged, it will automatically stop itself from charging beyond 100%. This works the same for your iPhone or tablets where it will not be overcharged by the portable device compared to charging it from an outlet. When your device is overcharged, it will decrease the sustainability of it in the long run.

Also, this Anker device is convenient in so many ways. Sometimes you’re not on the road long enough to fully charge your phone from your car. With Anker, you can bring it along with you wherever you go while it’s being charged! Hence, it being portable.

My external charger at one point stopped working. I wasn’t able to recharge the device itself. So I called customer service and informed them of my issue. They responded that it could have been a production error. They professionally apologized and said that since it was under warranty for a year, they would ship a new one out to me. It arrived promptly and I was one happy customer again.

Even though I had to get a new one, I wouldn’t mind purchasing another product from Anker. Overall, I like the quality of the product I purchased and I valued their customer service!

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Fun Friday!

Exactly fifty years ago, The Beatles first came to the United States which forever changed the music history. In honor of their talent, success, and inspiration to us, here is one of my many favorite songs from them:

If you want to listen to their most popular songs, check them out here:

I hope their music uplifts your Friday!

To Label GMO Or Not To Label – That Is The Question

One of the controversial propositions out there to vote for on November 6th is Proposition 37. This proposition is focused on GMO which stands for Genetically Modified Organism. The main question about Prop 37 is: Should there be labeling of GMOs in the food we consume?

What’s GMO all about? Well, GMO basically means that the food we produce and eat are genetically altered. They are altered so that they have a longer shelf span or so that there’s higher level of vitamins. There are numerous reasons why they are altered but those are just a few examples. Because of GMO, this creates the food to be less organic due to its modifications.

Two main questions to ask yourself to determine where you stand on Prop 37 are:

  1. Do you care whether or not the food you eat has been altered and that it is not in its organic form due to GMO?
  2. As a taxpayer, are you willing to spend more to be informed through food labels that the food on the shelf has been genetically modified?

If you check out California’s Voter Information Guide online, it will lay out the facts on Proposition 37. Click on Voter’s Guide on Prop 37 under BlogRoll. Huffington Post has detailed information on Prop 37 that can help you determine how you should vote on Prop 37.  Click on Huffington Post: Propr 37 under Blogroll.

To label GMO or not to label. That is the question.

Presidential Debate: Fact or Fiction

The final round of the Presidential Debate on Foreign Policy was heated as expected. Some say that both candidates won equally, but others say that Obama certainly won. According to NBC News, “An energized President Barack Obama took control of the conversation during his final debate with Mitt Romney, while the former Massachusetts governor played it safe.” Romney probably played it safe due to his lack of experience in dealing with foreign policy. President Barack Obama has more insight of what has been going on with the US policies and relations with foreign countries because of the simple fact that he is the Commander in Chief. Therefore, he may have been better at steering the debate towards his version of what is the current truth on foreign policies.

NBCNews.com wrote: “Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory said that Obama seemed “determined to pick a fight” and Romney “surprisingly determined to avoid a fight, playing almost as if he was ahead, determined to sound more moderate, to disagree less with the president on foreign policy.” 

In Governor Romney’s case, it’s probably better to be safe than sorry.

After watching the 3 Presidential Debates and the Vice Presidential Debate, one of the biggest challenges a voter faces is the question, “Which candidate is telling the truth?” Watching the news or reading credible online resources will provide what is fact or fiction from the whole debate. If you go to abcnews.com, they provide you a thorough response of who is and isn’t telling the truth.

According to ABC 7 Los Angeles news, currently President Barrack Obama is in the lead.

There are 13 days left until Election Day. In the meantime, take the time to do your research on where you stand as a citizen. If you want to see change in your city, state, and in the country, then it starts with you taking the time to do the proper research to vote on whatever you believe. As cheesy as it may sound, Your Vote Counts.

If you already forgot, remember that Your Vote Counts. 

God bless America.