Archive for August 25, 2017

Urban Armor Gear’s Announces New Series Of Cases for Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 25, 2017 by itnerd

Urban Armor Gear has recently announced three new series of MIL-SPEC drop-tested cases specifically designed for the all-new Samsung Galaxy Note 8.

UAG’s cases are driven by minimalistic design and engineered for people on the move. Meeting U.S. Military drop-test standards, their slim—yet protective—designs allow active individuals to rest assured that their Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will be protected.

In addition to the protection capabilities, UAG’s new Galaxy Note 8 cases will be compatible with Samsung’s Infinity Display and wireless charging. Each case will also feature a port to accommodate the Note 8’s stylus.


Plasma Series Case for Samsung Galaxy Note 8


Available in: Ice, Ash, Cobalt, and Citron

MSRP: $39.95

  • Armor shell and impact-resistant soft core
  • Easy access to touchscreen and ports
  • Scratch-resistant skid pads and screen surround
  • Meets military drop-test standards (MIL STD 810G 516.6)


Monarch Series Case for Samsung Galaxy Note 8


Available in: Crimson and Black

MSRP: $59.95

  • Soft impact-resistant core and honeycomb traction grip
  • Protective screen surround
  • Top-grain leather and alloy metal hardware
  • Meets 2X Military drop-test standards (MIL STD 810G 516.6)


Plyo Series Case for Samsung Galaxy Note 8


Available in: Ice, Ash, and Crimson

MSRP: $39.95

  • Slim design- a dramatically thin, friction free, lint resistant design
  • Air soft corners for cushioning impact
  • Compatible with Samsung Pay and wireless charging
  • Meets military drop-test standards (MIL STD 810G 516.6)



Guest Post: Paragon Discusses How to Access Incompatible Files On Android TV

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 25, 2017 by itnerd

Movies, live sports, streaming apps, and games – Android TV delivers it all to your living room. Newer smart TV models from leading worldwide vendors such as Sony, Sharp, and Philips, as well as connected boxes like Nvidia Shield and Razer Forge TV have embraced the TV-centric flavor of Android OS. However, incompatibilities can create headaches for viewers. Video data is often saved using a variety of different file formats, and therefore can’t be properly displayed.

Kodi is a popular free and open source media player application, available for multiple operating systems and hardware platforms including televisions. The software allows users to play and view most videos, music, podcasts, and other digital media files from local and network storage media.

For users struggling to free up space on PCs and devices or to watch personal content, there is an alternative by storing files on external storage media, such as USB drives. Simply connect USB drives to the device and watch media files offline, without the need to connect to the network. This method is private, fast, easy, and takes no extra space! If you download video content to play from external storage on Android TV and want something easy to use, then Paragon USB Android is right for you.

Any media content stored on external storage file systems can be accessed and seamlessly viewed on your Android TV-supported display or device with the help of Paragon USB Android. The app can be used with any drive connected to the USB port of an Android TV screen or other Android device to resolve compatibility issues.

Paragon USB Android is the most convenient non-root method for transferring files between Android devices and Windows or Mac-formatted (i.e., exFAT, NTFS, FAT32 or HFS+) USB flash drives. Paragon Software’s cross-platform tools are based on the company’s Universal File System Driver (UFSD) technology and enable any device to communicate and share files regardless of its operating system. Specialists at Paragon Software Group have implemented the high-performance portable USB mass storage stack for any platform (Intel, ARM, MIPS, and others), so that UFSD can access USB drives via Android USB frameworks and deliver the highest data throughput rates possible without Kernel drivers.

Paragon USB Android allows Android TV users to watch HD and 4K video files from any USB storage device using Windows or macOS (NTFS, exFAT, HFS+, FAT32) file system formats directly on Android TV devices.

Android smartphone or tablet users can also use the Paragon app to free up space by uploading photos, videos, and documents stored on mobile devices to USB flash drives and view them later without compatibility problems on macOS or Windows PC.

How does Paragon USB Android work?

Paragon USB Android is a plugin for Total Commander, one of the most popular desktop file manager apps for Android. The plugin works in tandem with Total Commander and both apps are required to be installed on your Android device. In addition, you need to have a USB On-The-Go cable to connect flash drives to the device.

Follow 3 easy steps:

  1. Download Total Commander from Google Play.
  2. Download Paragon USB Android from Google Play.
  3. Connect a flash drive to the device via USB OTG.

How can you utilize the app in everyday life?

  • View files stored on USB flash drives on your smartphone or tablet;
  • Export photos and video files from the device to a thumb drive to free up space on a device’s internal storage;
  • Import photos, video files from a USB drive to mobile devices;
  • Watch videos and photos offline on mobile devices.

The Great Canadian Road Trip: Part 7 – Day 3 In Gros Morne

Posted in Commentary with tags , on August 25, 2017 by itnerd

Our adventures continues in Gros Morne National Park. But before we got to that, my wife needed to do some laundry as she was running out of clothes. So a quick search of Apple Maps lead us to this place that was 11 minutes away from our hotel:


Here we got a full dose of Newfoundland hospitality. An older gentleman (Matthew I presume) helped us to start a load of laundry and even supplied us with liquid detergent. He then offered to keep an eye on our clothing while we looked around. Alternately, we could use his WiFi. We chose to do the former. Here’s some of the scenery taken with the Nikon COOLPIX W300 camera:

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Here’s a travel tip from my wife:

If you are up for a walk down a very steep road called Farnells Lane you can check out the Historic Train Site and Museum while you wait for your laundry to finish:

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By the time we returned to the laundry, my wife’s clothes were done. Now if I were thinking, I would have done some clothes as well. But I wasn’t thinking. Thus I would have to do some laundry a couple of days later. In any case, after a quick pit stop here for coffee (which by the way has some great coffee and tea):

DSCN0303.jpgWe returned to hotel to drop off the clothes and then headed out to the park for some more hiking. After a one hour drive inside the park, we got to the Tablelands which is an area of the park where you can see what the Earth’s mantle looks like. So, we got a guided tour from a Parks Canada guide of the first few kilometers of the trail:


Then she turned us loose to see these sorts of sights:

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It’s a pretty barren place where not a whole lot grows. But it is very cool and you can hike up to the top of the Tablelands if you want. But there are no marked trails to get there. Thus consider it to be at your own risk.

By the way, this is the amount of ground that we covered today:

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Our next stop from there was dinner at a place called The Black Spruce which is inside Neddies Harbour Inn:


Now my wife was insistent on going to this place despite the fact that it was a long way inside the park in the middle of nowhere. And I had problems understanding what the big deal was about this place. Not to mention why we needed reservations seeing as this place was in the middle of nowhere. Well, since my wife is the foodie around here, I’ll let you hear it from her:

One of the highlights for me was our reservation at the award wining restaurant called The Black Spruce which offers fine dining that prides itself on its impeccable service. Everything here is made from scratch using local produce and comes out of the kitchen of Chef Jason Lynch and co-chef Joy Newman. My darling husband and IT Nerd that he is could not understand why one needs a reservation when we are driving to a restaurant that is literally located in the middle of nowhere. Well, he was truly befuddled when we arrived and saw all the cars in the full parking lot. The reason one makes this trek to this “middle of nowhere” restaurant situated in one of the most beautiful places on earth is the food. I noticed the herb garden on the side of the restaurant and noticed the pots of basil growing inside the restaurant. The restaurant is filled with stunning artwork and one enjoys faces the mountainview on one side of the restaurant and the charming town on the other side. I am just sorry that lobster season is over for Newfoundland. However hubby and I made do with their housemade pasta with brown butter sauce and roasted cherry tomato and I had seafood crepe served with asparagus and roasted cherry tomatoes. For dessert hubby ordered their steamed chocolate pudding for hubby and panna cotta served with blueberry compote and the Bakeapple dessert wine from a local winery called Auk Island Winery in Twillingate, NL.

After dinner, I managed to get these pictures of Neddies Harbour:

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From there it was a long and dark drive back to Corner Brook. One thing that I should mention is that the roads in the park are twisty at times as well as narrow. You have to be on your toes at all times as a moment of inattention can result in a crash. That goes double for when it is dark.

Top Tip: Make sure that whenever you see a gas station, you fill up if you are below half a tank. The reason being is that gas stations are few and far between both inside the park and outside it as well, plus cellular coverage is sketchy at best. Thus you don’t want to run out fuel and be stuck someplace where help isn’t readily available.

Tomorrow is our second and last bike ride in the park. This one will be in the northern half of the park and won’t be as hilly as our first ride in the park. Stay tuned!



Microsoft Stops Forcing OS Updates Down Users Throats…. In Germany

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 25, 2017 by itnerd

A frequent reader pointed me towards this article on Betanews where after a lengthy legal battle, Microsoft will stop their rather craptastic practice of force downloading an OS onto a users computer:

After a lengthy battle with Germany’s Baden-Würtenberg consumer rights center, Microsoft made the announcement to avoid the continuation of legal action. A press release on the Baden-Würtenberg website reveals that Microsoft has announced it will no longer download operating system files to users’ computers without their permission

That’s great for German users. And I hope this is something that sparks other countries to force Microsoft to do the same thing. I say that because Since Windows 10 came out, I’ve gotten call after call to fix a computer that was upgraded without their permission. Not to mention the fact that this practice likely sent a lot of Windows users running to the Apple Store to buy a Mac because they were that ticked off. In my opinion, Microsoft would be best served by stopping this practice worldwide ASAP. They’d be better off by doing so.