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Name: Ali Hassan
Location: Dubai (UAE)

 

 

Monday
Nov282016

iPhone 7 plus has a shameful battery life

Well, I never thought I'd say this but using the iPhone is just getting on my nerves when it comes to battery life! I genuinely think I have an issue with the battery on my iPhone 7 plus, I mean it doesn't explode or anything like other popular devices but the battery drain is crazy! If anyone from Apple ever sees this post can you please tell the self obsessed execs in the company to stop making stuff thinner and concentrate on user experience?!

Every god dam model does not need to be thin, its almost like Apple are telling us how their brains are in relation to the product thinness!. Ok to be fair I have the company email configured on my phone and I get a lot of emails via push, I have my Pebble watch paired up  as well so that also might drain the battery but these are nothing of out the ordinary devices or operations a modern day smart phone cant handle! I mean Apple can just pay more attention to its battery and just make it BIGGER! They claim to have done that but its still a shame!

Anyway I can go on ranting about it but Apple wont do anything and maybe they will make their iPhone 8 or whatever the hell they want to call their next iPHONE thinner! (Coz it just works! )

So for now I have disabled by push emails and changed it to fetch every 15 mins, I have disabled location services for most apps, disabled background refresh and modified the screen brightness a bit.

Anyway paying so much for a premium phone and still having to do this is just a disgrace! and BTW charging my phone takes ages as well, here are the time intervals I had captured while charging this god dam device!

So i had an overnight charge of 61% when I reached the office and that is when I began charging it directly plugged into the power source with an "original" charging cable and below are the times I got!
6:38 am-  61%
7:05 am-  74%
7:20 am-  81%
7:32 am-  85%
7:43 am-  87%
7:49 am-  89%
7:53 am-  92%
8:03 am-  95%
8:06 am-  96%
8:16 am-  98%

I don't know, maybe these are expected charging times that one would get because Apple does not want fast charging.They were too obsessed getting rid the head-phone jack in this model!

-Alstar 

Tuesday
Nov082016

Tim Cook is the new Steve Ballmer and how!

I guess Tim Cook had this one coming didn't he? I mean he really set himself up during the past few years. Lets get one thing straight, I am not going to compare him to how Steve managed and developed Apple because that is a redundant discussion.

So what has Tim done since he has taken over Apple, he sure has made a lot of money for Apple and increased profits but has he really taken care of the consumers? In my opinion NO!. He is a numbers guy and not a tech savy CEO, just like what Steve Ballmer was. He was a salesman trying to sell you products and we all know what happened to Microsoft in those days. Sure just like Tim, Steve B had Microsoft profitable but during his tenure Microsoft had no innovation what so ever and not a decent product to speak about just like what Tim is facing in today's Apple.

In my opinion

  • He has a failed Apple watch (No wonder they don't release the sales numbers to date)
  • The iphone lacks any sort of innovation (Even though I have the latest iphone 7!)
  • The latest 2016 Macbook Pro is just plain ridiculous (They should probably take out the PRO from the name)
  • The Macbook with that one single port is just high way robbery!

Don't get me wrong, I use to love Apple products and I still really want to but they are making it so difficult for me. Every update that they do to their product line turns out to be just plain disappointing.

On the other hand companies like Google and now Microsoft are innovating their guts out whereas Apple is obsessed with making their products thinner!, such a shame! So in conclusion all I have to say is that Tim Cook can and probably will make Apple a lot whole of money but sooner rather than later the loyalty of us consumers will run out and all Apple will be left with will be their good for nothing products and ofcourse dongle's!

-Alstar

Monday
Oct102016

15 second horror film challenge!!

Alright then, I have decided to take part in the 15 second horror film challenge which is an online event that happens every year. The idea is to make a short not more than 15 seconds and make it scary.

Now personally I don't think 15 seconds are enough to really scare anyone, however the idea is to intrigue because 15 seconds is sufficient to develop curiosity if done well and which is what i am hoping to achieve. So lets see how it goes, as I have to get this done by the 21st of this month.

The good thing is that I am almost done with it, just the last 3 seconds remain and after that I will submit my short and I really hope it gets accepted!!

Here is a sneak peak!

Monday
May232016

Should I?

OK then, I am in kind of a tech gadget dilemma at the moment. I am thinking of switching to andriod for my next Smartphone!!! I know I know .. I have hated the way android looks and feels and I have been pretty vocal about it, however I think I should try it at least once to have an informed opinion...

I just feel iOS and iphone in general is getting pretty boring at the moment and I really like the new Nexus 6p which Google has released in coordination with Huawei, it’s a really good piece of hardware but my only concern is the 5.7 inch form factor.

So let's see I am still waiting for the iphone 7 which comes out this fall and also the next Nexus which might release this fall as well... maybe Nexus 7p??, only time can tell. If the iphone7 isn’t what I expect in all likely hood I will move over to Android but I am pretty sure I will go for a Nexus phone because its directly from Google and that way I would be set for updates regularly...

-Alstar

Monday
May162016

Uploaded!

Ok, so late last night I managed to get the final shot done and finished my last edit. Its now up on youtube for the world to see and enjoy (hopefully).

I am so glad at the moment!

-Alstar

Wednesday
May112016

Finally done!!

This took a long time coming, never thought I'd take this long to shoot a 4 minute short but in all fairness we only had time on weekends and sometimes we missed certain days as well. So putting all that in perspective I think its alright. Not that the entire world was waiting for me to complete it (I really wish it did though!).

So anyways, like I said I have finished all the shots and now I have to sit down and put it all together in editing, which is really critical and hopefully it should'nt take too much time. Last night I designed my posted for the short in after effects and it came out pretty good, it really made me happy!

Let's see if I can get it out next weekend on the internet, until then the wait continues....

-Alstar

Thursday
Apr142016

Making a new short....

Its been almost close to 3 years since I made my last short and that is why I am super excited about the current one that I am shooting. I haven't shot or even attempted to do anything during this period and I need to get into the movie mode! I haven't forgotten the process of making a short but somehow this time it seems like a daunting  task maybe coz its been quite a while.

Currently I am only able to shoot on weekends because of time contraints and the fact I am generally never happy with my shots and I redo them so very often adds to be delay! So its like 30% complete and I still have quite a bit to shoot and I am hoping I get it done soon.

It's again a horror genre, somehow I cant think about making anything else so lets see how it pans out. Also for the first time I am using a full frame camera to shoot and I am only using the 50mm cannon lens for the entire movie.

I am guessing in a couple of weeks I should be done with all the shooting and then the editing and the sound design will come in which honestly is a litter easier than the actual shoot (at-least in my opinion). 

-Alstar

Sunday
Jan242016

Pebble Time Round - Impressions and Review

Just got my Pebble time round in the mail and the wait has finally ended! So this is my initial impressions on the watch and what I feel about it and what I like and don't. Since its been a couple of days now I have been using the watch so I would say this is like an initial impressions review.

Alright the moment you un-box the watch and hold it you realize how thin and light it is which is kind of OK if you ask me because I am not a great believer in things being thin just for the sake of you know just being thin. If you ask me I wouldn't mind this watch being a little heavier but that's just me I guess. Another design factor you cannot miss are those huge bezels! Now though they look good I just cannot understand the decision behind having them that big, I mean have the bezel I don't mind but don't go over-board with it. (To me this is a design flaw) 

The leather strap feels good, I have the 20mm Nutback model with a brown strap and it feels alright hopefully it wont die on me in the next few months but that's to be seen. Another aspect I had quite a hard time getting use to besides the "bezels" was the e-paper display technology  that the watch has, coming from devices which are bright and vibrant this does seem a little under whelming but the whole idea behind that was to save battery life and make it last for 2 days I guess? but still I am not completely sold on the display but with time I will get use to it since its not bad to start off, its just different.

The watch charges in a giffy! I mean you can get a full charge in about 15-20 minutes, which is awesome. Since these are my initial days with the watch and the kid inside me wants to explore it and try and figure out all the settings, I had to charge it multiple times in a day but I guess that's because I was using it so much to check notifications and also I have all the settings to the maximum (Backlight "ON", Ambient sensor "ON" , Motion Enabled "On" and Intensity "Blinding") which does drain the battery pretty quick but as I get more use to the watch in the coming weeks I can tweak it and since I wont be reaching out to it all the time I may get a 2 day battery life (hopefully).

The good part is  that I get all my notifications from my iphone which I have configured and that is why I got this device in the first place. I specifically wanted a smart watch which does the basic stuff right which is to notify me. It doesn't bother me at all that I cannot respond to notifications but that is how I want it to be.(I find people texting away from their watches a bit silly and its just too much technology going on!!) and also I am glad that its NOT a touch screen which makes the experience a bit retro in my opinion and gives it that old school feel!

So all in all I am fairly satisfied with the Pebble time round, it does what it says and yes its the thinnest smart watch out there but it has its flaws with the engineering part of it namely the e-paper display and the bezels. The e-paper display is not a flaw as such like I said it does take getting use to since its not as vibrant and crisp but the watch has nice animations!!

Pebble Time Round

Good

Does not look like a smart watch

Sleek and a simplistic design

Good build quality

Catchy animations

Bad

Bezels are a bit too much

E-paper display might not be for everyone

Limited functionality on iOS (at the moment)

 -Alstar