Cutting down data usage with Onavo

Recently we have grown a bond with our mobile phone. Constantly uploading photos from our phones , checking Twitter , replying to facebook comment. It has become a part of our life. Unfourtantely , these tiny devices do consume a lot of data if you have a lot of Internet-enabled applications. Recently applications such as WhatsApp are becoming popular among smartphone users with data plan as they find it is relatively cheaper. However they do not realize (or realized it too late) that it is consuming a lot of data.

There are providers (carriers) which offers Unlimited data plan and others which do offer limited data plan. In Malaysia for instance , we have three main providers which do offer data plans. Each with its own various pros and cons. For instance DiGi gives you “unlimited” data in a sense that once you have reached your limit – you can still get to enjoy your Internet without paying extra , however at a slower speed. Others like Maxis , would simply charge you per kilobyte once you’ve reached your allocated monthly quota.
What is the solution for these hard core users ? Cut down their usage on smartphone and move back to dumbphone. This is where Onavo kicks in (no its not Maria Ozawa , I know it sounds something like that famous Japanese porn star actress , but certainly its not) . Its an application for iPhone users (sorry Android users !) that allows data to be compressed , thus reducing mobile data usage by 80% (In other words if your data plan is 1GB , that means you could enjoy a whopping 2-3GB more out of your 1GB data plan) . Best of all it is currently , FREE
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Review : BlazingFiles

Well this is my review of the torrent service site BlazingFiles. (This is something like a sponsored review , not really sponsored in sense that I get paid when I write this review. I was given an account by folks @ blazing files and they want me to review completely). I promise to you , that I’ll be writing this review in my own view of point. Yes , if I don’t like certain aspects , I’ll criticize it as well !
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My New Genuis MediaCruiser 810

This is a mini-review of my newly bought keyboard , which happens to be a Genuis Media Cruiser 810
Well here is the story. At first I was using the Microsoft Wireless Optical 700 , yeah it was the cheapest Wireless Keyboard and Mouse set that I could get. It was only for RM 99 , thats cheap man for a wireless keyboard and mouse.  Anyhow i faced a problem , it was too hard to control using a wireless keyboard and mouse without a proper table. How would you expect to control or click something with mouse by using a normal mouse on a couch. Its not comfortable at all , and on top of that the range became a limiting factor , the Optical Keyboard 700 has a very minimal range and i wasn’t able to lean back on the couch and control it. Nevertheles , my search continued after I stumbled across this , Microsoft Media Center keyboard. Its meant for Media center , it has these cool media center keys such as record , play , puase , rewind , etc. Sounds nice , but one thing for sure is that it has a cool bulit-in pointer (aka a joystick) which makes it easier for me to navigate through menus and other things. I mean how sily would you look if you are using a normal mouse and a keyboard just like I before. Not to say its sily but its a bit annoying , especially when you’re trying to use the mouse to navigate through menus and other things !

The Media Cruiser
The Media Cruiser- It has a cool finishing and I love it

One nice thing I like about it is that it uses RF (Radio Frequency) and you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to configure this thing. It just works automagically , just plug it and play. It works out of the box with Windows Vista and I believe it does the same thing too for Windows XP Media Center Edition. As for the media center function it just works , hit the start Button and you have Windows Media Center. You can navigate through it , such as scrolling down through menus , watching live TV (ASTRO in this case) , watching recorded videos , watching downlaoded videos and even Internet TV as well. Overall its pretty good , I mean what more can you expect from this keyboard. The mouse isn’t prefect though its just like a joystick but its handy to navigate through menu and for use it to surf the Internet ! Here is another shot below
The price is RM 279. Yes its a bit pricey for a keyboard , what do you expect , its very hard to finish here in Malaysia and there aren’t many vendors that carry these sort of keyboard and HTPC is usually stereotyped by Malaysians as for the wealthy ones only !
Trendy keyboard matches my table !