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.

Tech Remix Weekly 003 - OCT 2014

Notice : TSTT working to resolve mobile issue

Update (15 OCT 2014) : TSTT has begun rebating the accounts of customers affected by Tuesday’s software issue however the company wishes to also express its appreciation for the understanding shown by customers and is offering FREE data to all prepaid customers from 1 P.M. to 12 Midnight Wednesday 15th October.

Yesterday a software issue affected some pre-paid customers’ credit balances and their ability to make calls and use data services. This was resolved bt mid-day yesterday and the company conducted an extensive audit of customers records to ensure that all affected customers could be identified.

The rebate process got underway at approximately 10 AM this morning and the company estimates that all customers will receive their rebates in less than 24 hours and the FREE access to data will be simultaneously available until midnight tonight.

TSTT wishes to again apologise to customers for the inconvenience and thank them for their patience. Work will continue with the company’s international vendor to review its system upgrade and maintenance procedures to minimize the risk of a re-occurrence.

Update (2:45 PM) : CUSTOMER NOTICE: TSTT wishes to advise that at approximately 12 noon, it completed repairs to a software issue which was affecting the credit balances of customers based on their use of data services. As a result of this, some customers were unable to make mobile calls or use mobile data services.

The company apologises to customers for the inconvenience and is giving all of its attention to ensuring that affected customers have the full airtime and data credits restored to their accounts in the shortest time possible.

TSTT wishes to advise that it is investigating an issue that is causing an incorrect charge to be registered against customers accounts when ever a data-related service is being used on a mobile device. As a consequence, customers' credits are being exhausted resulting in them being unable to make mobile calls or use mobile data.

The company's technical staff is working with the overseas billing service provider experts to identify the cause of the problem and resolve it in the shortest possible time.

TSTT wishes to also assure customers that it will make restitution of customer credits its prime focus once the cause of the issue has been addressed and sincerely regrets the inconvenience.