Inbox by Google launches as Invite Only Beta

I was casually perusing my feedly feeds when I bounce up this article about Inbox. It immediately caught my attention. Inbox is a mobile and web app that sits on Gmail and is aimed at making it easier for you to manage your email. You can pin emails. You can snooze emails to be reminded later. All items is now called DONE. It sports a cheerful material design. Labels functionality is replaced by bundles. You can add reminders to an email thread. I am not seeing the ability to delete one message from a thread, this is sometimes useful. I love it and the tried and tested invite system is going to provide a lot of buzz and excitement in the tech space. I will tweet as soon as I get any invites. You can request your invite and learn more about Inbox from - Thanks again to Yilei and Arthur for the invites.

Samsung Note 4 World Tour (Trinidad) featuring Gear S, Tab S and Galaxy Alpha

Today Samsung held their Note 4 launch to introduce us to the Note 4 and other devices that will go on sale come November 1st at their Experience store in Gulf City mall. The launch took place at the ritzy Hyatt (Port of Spain waterfront) boardroom. Samsung remains the only OEM in the mobile and device space that does launches in Trinidad and Tobago. As a small island tech blogger I appreciate this very much.

When I make device recommendations to folks I ask them questions like what is the purpose of the purchase and what is their budget. I base my recommendations firstly on devices and brands that I have had much experience with and then what I have read. I currently own the S4, Gear Fit and Level On headphones. Samsung gets my recommendation. I will follow up this blog post with another, an in-dept thoughts and first impressions on the various devices.

For now enjoy the usual photo story from the launch event. Share and comment and help the blog post reach as many persons as possible.

Samsung's Key Account Manager, Kenneth Moore, goes through the features of the Note 4

Note 4 and Gear S

Galaxy Alpha

Guests got to hold, feel and experience the different devices

Press Kit

Mark Lyndersay gets hands on

Token of appreciation

Loved how this lighting fixture looked


Moms decided she was wearing Divali today

Selfie outside the Hyatt

Perfect Caribbean weather

This beautiful flower was asking to be photographed

Watching Apple Event Livestreams On Windows

One of the problems with Apple livestreams is that they are usually restricted to the Apple ecosystem. You will see the following message below the stream - Live streaming video requires Safari 5.1.10 or later on OS X v10.6.8 or later; Safari on iOS 6.0 or later. Live streaming via Apple TV requires second- or third-generation Apple TV with software 6.2 or later.

When you Google you will see that it is possible to watch these streams using VLC. You can wait around for someone to post the URL that you open with VLC or you could determine it for yourself. Here are the steps I followed to get the stream running in VLC on Windows 10.

I then get a player with controls but it does not play. I downloaded Quicktime and I installed it. I tried it in IE but still no go. No problem since I was planning to use VLC anyways.

  • Right click on the player and select Copy Video URL
  • Open that URL (with a .mov extension) in another tab
  • And you will be asked to save it
  • Open that file with VLC and voila

Android 5.0 Lollipop and new Nexus devices

Today Google pulled the covers off the next Nexus devices. The Motorola Nexus 6, the HTC Nexus 9 and the Nexus Player. The Nexus 6 and 9 will be running Android 5.0 Lollipop. Together with the new devices and new OS is the new tag line "be together. not the same." The Nexus phone traditionally was a budget phone but is now priced at a premium. Also a lot of persons have voiced that they would have preferred a smaller screen for the Nexus 6.

Android Lollipop features the new material UI design - A bold, colorful, and responsive UI design for consistent, intuitive experiences across all your devices. This new version comes with notification, security, battery, performance and other improvements. It runs the ART runtime and has support for 64 bit processors.

The Nexus 6 sports a 5.96-inch Quad HD display and dual front-facing speakers that provide excellent stereo sound. The rear camera is 13 MP with LED flash and optical image stabilisation. A large 3220 mAh battery enables you to go longer and charge quicker. Charging is lightning fast when you use the Turbo Charger, letting you quickly boost your battery life by up to 6 hours with only 15 minutes of charge. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 - Quad Core processor and 3 GB RAM gives you a lot of performance. 32 GB version costs US$649 and 64 GB version costs US$699.

According to Google the Nexus 9 is designed for movers and makers. Some keys specs are 8.9-inch IPS LCD TFT screen, front-facing stereo speakers, complete with HTC’s BoomSound technology, NVIDIA Tegra K1 - 64 bit; Dual Denver CPUs at 2.3 GHz, 2GB LPDDR3 memory and 6700 mAh battery. Pricing as follows - 16GB $399, 32GB $479, 32GB + LTE $599.