Republic EPAY - Republic Bank’s E-Commerce Merchant Payment Service

Photo courtesy Stephan De Roche/Webgold Designs

There has been talk for some time about the difficulty in accepting online payments into your local bank account. Locals have been using Paypal and other services to accept online payments. In April Republic bank launched EPAY. They have been  working on EPAY for more than a year now. The service is available to merchant customers and there are associated fees and charges. Hopefully we see more of this in the future and a lessening of the barriers and fees. I contacted Republic Bank to get more information and was provided with the attached FAQs on May 2nd 2016.

Samsung J1 Mini Review

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Good morning Trinidad and Tobago and the rest of the internet and welcome to my review of the Samsung J1 mini. What do you get in the box? You get a charger, quick start guide, phone with battery and a basic headphones.

Some specifications

  • 1.2 GHz Quad Core processor
  • 4" WVGA TFT screen
  • 5MP VGA camera
  • 8GB internal storage
  • 768MB RAM
  • 1500 mAh battery
  • Android 5.1.1

Some drawbacks : No [camera] flash, does not come with data cable, youtube playback is max 480p and no gorilla glass. Some strong points : Great price, good performance, great brand, nice screen and looks and feels good. Let's check out some game play. Let's check out youtube playback. Here are two photos taken with the J1 mini.

In summary, this is a great phone for the price. Great for anyone with a small budget. Gets you connected to the internet.

Thank you for watching. Peace, love and tech.

TechTT Update Video 1.0

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Introduction - I have been doing tech for a long time. I’ve been a blogger for some time. I thought it would be nice to do an update video where I can share some of my thinking.

Some advice - I am seeing more activity in the tech space in Trinidad and the region. My advice? Simple. Want to start a blog, youtube channel, group, forum, tech company, create an app, anything. Just do it. The internet and some time is all you need to start. Doesn’t matter what drives you. Passion, money, fame or views. Just do it.

Can do better - I think I am good at what I do but I can definitely do better. Promotion, networking, advertising and attracting sponsors is something I should work on. Socialising is outside my comfort zone but I try. I also need to invest in software and equipment. I would like to attend more events. Maybe something international.

Coding - In the last few years haven’t done enough coding. I would like to change this. My blog is suppose to be diverse and cover all of tech.

Some Statistics

  • More than 5 years of tech blogging
  • 665 blog posts
  • 645,000 blog views
  • 784 tech term definitions shared on twitter
  • 152 ICT vacancy newspaper clippings shared on twitter
  • Approaching 100 YouTube subscribers

YouTube Channel - This YouTube channel is an extension of my blog. Tech Remix Weekly is an experiment. I like that format. Look out for more and different content here. I’ll be experimenting a lot.

Random - I have been keeping up with my walking. Recently started experimenting with healthy food options. But I am going to the movies way less. I’ve only seen two movies this year. Not good.

Passion - Content creators are a great resource. You would appreciate how much you learn from what is posted to the internet. Somebody has to put the information out there. Information and knowledge sharing is shaping the world for the better. It’s in our hands. We get to chose what we share and consume. Tech is my passion and I am glad to be contributing in this way.

Guest Bloggers - Finally I would like to end by inviting you to be a guest blogger on the blog. Want to share some tech with my readers. No problem. Connect on social media or email me at

Thank you for viewing. Peace, love and tech.

S6 edge+ Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow Update

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I am reading that for a few days now others are getting update for their s6 edge+ also. It came as a surprise for me. I didn't expect it. Here are some new things that comes with this updated version of Android 6.0.1 marshmallow mixed with TouchWiz on the s6 edge+

  • The lock screen looks a bit different.
  • The settings and notifications pull down is now gray and white.
  • The power menu looks different.
  • There are changes to edge panel. I am seeing compass and ruler and torchlight among other things.
  • Doze mode is supposed to help save on battery.
  • Google Now On Tap is an option you can enable.
  • Granular app permissions allow you to control what apps have access to.
  • New animations like in the weather app.
  • The copy and paste menu is now a hover box.

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My Review of the Samsung S7

I have been using the S7 as my daily driver for the past eight days and this has been my experience. Here are some related posts in case you missed any.

There is a dual SIM model of the S7. My review unit did not have this option. If you are interested in this, ask before you buy and verify that it can work in your region. The SIM card tray is fragile and made me nervous that I might break it. Hopefully it would be a cheap and easily available replacement. I am seeing some good prices at the various shops. One popular local shop has the S7 for TT $5,100.

The screen is crisp and vibrant. The S7 and S6 have the same screen specs. The legibility and visibility of the screen under heavy sunlight holds up. The tapered and curved back sides make it easy to pick up and hold. Gorilla glass on the back and front protects from scratching. A new feature on the S7 is the always on display.

The call quality is good. The loud speaker quality is average and it was easy to block the speaker with my little finger when operating with one hand. I wonder if we would ever see Samsung ditch the physical front buttons to make way for stereo front facing speakers?

The camera on the S7 is a winner. All my test photos were taken in auto mode but there are different modes and features if you have the time or inclined to do so. The front facing camera uses an all white screen as flash. This is something new and useful. Video quality is clean, clear, crisp, sharp and colourful. Video audio suffers in windy conditions otherwise it is passable. The camera features fast auto-focus and OIS. If you are really into video it is worthwhile to invest in a video stabilizer gimbal and external audio. Here are two videos I created with the S7.

Battery life is good. You can expect to get a good day worth of usage with about 6 hours screen on time. I now own a battery pack and I would highly recommend one and not too much trouble to carry around. I will probably never see OTA TV and radio on a Samsung flagship but how about a dongle then? A more powerful phone, CPU and GPU means more heat. The S7 features a cooling system with a very thin thermal spreader. Some interesting stuff. Initially it was being touted as liquid cooling but I am reading that this is not the right term for this.

I read somewhere that Samsung Pay is coming to the region. This would be great news. Mobile payments and online payments is convenience we could do with. Touchwiz is the usual. Doesn't bother me but I do read the complaints. One thing that I would like to see is the app draw remain sorted. This should be an easy option to add.

In summary I would say that this is a great smartphone and worth the price. If you are looking to upgrade or this is your first smartphone I think you won't be disappointed. There is a ton of information out there. Do your research against what you are looking for and what you are willing to spend. My review is only intended as a guide and to give my views and experience. At the end of the day you get to decide. Most shops will allow you test out the phone on display. Make sure you ask about the warranty and what it covers and what service and repairs are available locally. Thank you and share your thoughts with us in the comments below.