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Canon’s New, Smaller Than A Phone, 4.4″ IVY Rec Miniature Camera.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE. From ‘shop.usa.canon.com’.

When I got an e-mail from Canon, yesterday, telling me about this miniature (too BIG to be a real ‘spy’) camera, I thought they had gone bonkers. Everybody now has a camera on hand. But, I decided, out of some respect for Canon, to check it out.

It sure is small enough. No LCD display, no viewfinder. You look through the hole and shoot! Yes, with an APP you can control it with your phone. That to I defeats the purpose. It is waterproof etc. I can see possibilities BUT it is going to be ANOTHER thing to carry — in addition to your phone.

With this it is all about size. Nothing else. It is small. That is its only virtue.

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by Anura Guruge


BLU VIVO XI+ Impressive, Near Flawless Android 8.1+ Smartphone At A Budget Price.

by Anura Guruge

Click to access Amazon product page for this smartphone.

I got this BLU VIVO XI+ 6.2″ phone for Teischan (12) at Christmas to replace her aging ASUS phone. So far it has exceed all expectations. She, an Android veteran and highly demanding, can’t find any faults with it. And this from someone, who just 2-months ago, returned a 10″ Android Tablet after 40-minutes saying it wasn’t good enough!

I too have been impressed. It seems as good as my Google Pixel 2 — but it is at least $200 cheaper. In a way, however, I am not surprised. I nearly bought a BLU, over a Pixel 2, at Christmas 2017. I was blown away by the specs. In the end I only ended up getting the Pixel 2 because Google gave me (an old and trusted customer) an offer I could not refuse.

Connecting to ‘Consumer Cellular‘ using her old SIM card from the ASUS was beyond a breeze. We just had to insert the SIM. That was all! No settings, no calls. BANG. It wsa ready to go. Caught us both by surprise.

Transferring settings and APPs from her old phone to the BLU was easy, quick and straightforward. After the phone was charged all of the set-up took less than 15-minutes — and some of that was fiddling around trying to extract SIM cards. She, impatient at best, was happy. And I was happy, that she was happy.

Its performance and video display meets (and I think exceeded) her demand and there has been not a single complaint about this $320 phone. I am so relieved. I didn’t want to spend $500 on a phone and she did not want a refurbished one. So, from what I can see I managed to get her a Google Pixel 2 ilk phone at a budget price.

I think she has the option to download Android 9 but I haven’t pushed her towards doing so. She is happy with Android 8.1 and I don’t really see if 9 will give her much for now.

Bottom line. We are both very impressed and happy with this phone. Recommend it HIGHLY.

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by Anura Guruge

‘John Legend’ Shoots Entire ‘A Good Night’ Music Video Using Just A Google Pixel 2.

by Anura Guruge

The Music Video Shot Entirely On A Google Pixel 2.

Click image to access original. Google for more coverage.

It was, however, NOT shot handheld. They used a proper, professional jig and it shows.

I just happened to catch this on the 9am news this morning and was a bit chuffed. Hey, I have a Google Pixel 2 — which, as some of you know, I got myself last Christmas.

I use it 99.9% for still pictures — which has always been my preference.

Yes, I have shot a few videos with it and have been impressed with the quality.

I am in now way displeased with what it does in terms of stills. I bought it, after considerable research, because it appeared to have the best camera around — in December 2017. My decision has since been confirmed on the stills front — and this story affirms it on the video front. So, I am happy.

In the scheme of things it hasn’t given me much grief. It does what it is supposed to do, and some of the pictures it takes leaves me in awe. Invariably it the camera, not I.

Though we are ‘4-months’ down the road since I bought it — and that is, these days, a lifetime and more when it comes to technology — I still recommend it to folks who ask me about the camera on it, or the phone overall.

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by Anura Guruge

321 HDR+ Photos With Google Pixel 2 Before Fully-Charged Battery Died.

by Anura Guruge

I am not sure whether 321 pictures, on one-charge, is good or bad. It did catch me slightly off-guard.

I was not sure, at all, at all, as to what to expect. I had not seen any numbers in terms of photographs — just that you should be able to get through a ‘normal’ day on one charge.

This was my first smartphone so I had nothing to go by.

320, per charge, is par for the course for my Sony a7 II and Sony a6500. But, I carry extra batteries with me when using those cameras. Can’t do that with the Pixel 2 — though I just ordered one of those ‘battery-powered’ charging packs I can use to recharge the Pixel 2.

Other than taking these 321 pictures I did NOT use the Pixel 2 for anything else; i.e., making/receiving calls or using GPS.

I do tend to preview my images on a fairly regular basis as I take pictures. So, that would have drained some power too. I would expect that.

I was wearing my Fitbit Ionic activity tracker and that is supposed to sync with the Fitbit APP on the Pixel 2 on a fairly regular basis. I am not sure whether that was happening. I did not check. That would have contributed to some battery drain too.

So, this is just to give you a heads up and a point of reference.

321 HDR+ images on one charge — and my Pixel 2 is but 7-weeks old. So the battery can’t be too old.

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by Anura Guruge

Google Pixel 2 Best Smartphone For Stills Photographers — My Research Vindicated.

by Anura Guruge

Click image to access “DPReview.com” review of the Google Pixel 2.

My take on December 27, 2017, 2-days after I got my Google Pixel 2 for Christmas. Click image to access post.

I got myself a Google Pixel 2 for Christmas.

It was the first bona fide smartphone I have owned! I did NOT, however, get it as a phone. Mobile phones leave me cold. I got the Google Pixel 2 for the CAMERA. I am fed up of not being allowed to take my Sony a6500 into events when cell phones are permitted without question. So, I got the Pixel 2 as my compact camera.

As is my wont before buying any electronics I did a TON of research in November – December 2017 before settling on the Pixel 2. Wife wanted a new phone too but she chose the Samsung Galaxy S8 and she is happy with it. The S8 takes great pictures too and its rear display is superior to the Pixel 2.

I am happy with the Pixel 2. It is effortless to use. It is fallible — but that is to be expected. But, quite often it takes a picture that you have to admire.

So, I am happy. Overall phone works well. I have only placed about 4 calls with it total and answered 2. Nobody other than the wife has the number. That helps.

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by Anura Guruge

“Quell”, A TENS Unit You Wear On Your Calf, For Relieving Chronic Pain.

by Anura Guruge

Click on image to access the official “Quell Relief” Website.

In concept it appear to be somewhat similar to a wireless TENS unit such as the Aleve. A big difference is that it is a SMART unit in that you control with a smartphone APP and the APP will keep track of how you used the device, your sleep patterns etc. Like with most TENS units a typical session is 60-minutes long.

It works by trying to interfere with and block peripheral nerve pain signals before they get processed by the Central Nervous System (CNS). Since it is the CNS that, in the end, is responsible for generating all pain that you feel, IF you can stop the CNS getting pain signals from the peripheral nerves, you can, in theory, minimize the amount of pain generated by the CNS. By and large TENS units work — though they only alleviate pain for some periods of time. It is not a cure. At best a temporary respite from pain.

The Quell, like other TENS units, should work — at least to an extent. It is, however, about five times the cost of the Aleve and the crucial electrodes that you have to replace on a regular basis are expensive.

What I have not been able to determine as yet is whether a Quell really is more effective than say a Aleve — or whether it is all hype. Yes, the APP is unique for now — but the APP does not play any part in reducing chronic pain.

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by Anura Guruge