Mobile Camera Lens for Samsung Galaxy Phones

As a blogger, I always have a camera with me. It’s a necessary thing to lug around. I used to bring a huge DLSR with me, but its just too heavy. I only bring it now when I go on travel. For everyday use, I use a compact camera and my phone.

Right now I’m using an S3 and a Galaxy Note 2 and it does take superb photos. I wanted to take it to the next level though so I won’t really need to lug around a DLSR when I travel. So I’m on the hunt for a mobile camera lens. I’m only featuring mobile camera lenses for Samsung Galaxy phones because that’s what I use. I’ll do a post for iPhones soon.

And I was surprised, there are lots of affordable options out there. Here’s just some camera lens kit for Galaxy I saw and on my ‘to check out list’:

Generic 12x Metal Aluminum Mobile Camera Telephoto Lens for Samsung Galaxy S3 I9300 with TripodGeneric 12x Metal Aluminum Mobile Camera Telephoto Lens for Samsung Galaxy S3 I9300 with Tripod – very handy with the tripod.  Also very good price – around $16+

 

Camkix Universal 3 in 1 Camera Lens Kit for Smart phones (iphone, Galaxy, HTC, Motorola), Ipad, Ipod touch, Laptops / One Fish Eye Lens / One 2 in 1 Macro Lens and Wide Angle Lens / One Universal Clip / One Microfiber Carrying Bag with Camkix retail packaging(Silver)Camkix Universal 3 in 1 Camera Lens Kit for Smart phones – nice, affordable mobile phone lens kit. Includes Fish Eye Lens, Macro Lens, Wide-angle Lens.  Also compatible with lots of devices. priced around $14+

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New Clean Look

I just realized two things.

One. I love white, clean, minimal layouts. I find it easier on the eyes. And I’d like to think readers also find it easier to navigate and less stressful on the eyes.

and Two. I like revamping the site theme when my blogging mojo is down. And that’s how I’ve been feeling the past few weeks. I’ve been building and editing some other sites that I really didn’t have the energy to keep up with this blog. And to be honest, how a site look and feel really has a huge influence on how enthusiastic I am to  update it.

I know its weird, but not really as weird as if I start blabbering about apricot pits here, noh? So yes, I changed blog theme and went back to one of my favorite themes of all time. The site is sporting the Genesis Theme. The framework one, with just a few minor tweaks with text and images.

And I find it nice, very calming. Plus, it makes me want to blog. So more updates coming up!!

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Considering a Huawei Phone

For my mom that is.

I’m thinking of buying her a smartphone. And mind you, for a grandma she is techno savvy. She’s a gamer, on PC or in a console she can find her way. I think she is a much better gamer than me, and that’s one reason she gets along so well with my daughter. I suspect they talk all games every day.

Anyway, I’m thinking of getting her a smartphone so she can play games and also connect. It has to be big screened but nothing too pricey. She keeps a tight fist on her budget and would freak out if I spend a lot on something. Someone suggested a Huawei P1 Phone.

Huawei 4.3"smartphone P1 U9200 Black,1.5GHz Dual core,QHD Super AMOLED,Android4.0,8MP CameraHuawei 4.3″smartphone P1 U9200 Black,1.5GHz Dual core,QHD Super AMOLED,Android4.0,8MP Camera

We looked it up in the nearest shop here, and it looks nice. Although I find the colors a bit washed  but it looked great. Anyone with experience using this? Any reviews?

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Work and Exercise Blurbs

It’s been a month since my last update! Sorry, guys. I’ve been swamped with things to do both personal and work related.

And now I’m just trying to get back on my blogging backlog which has taken a backseat. You see, aside from blogging, my main work is really building websites and also graphic design. And sometimes those things could get seriously overwhelming.

But thankfully, I managed and now I’m focusing some attention and work on my blogs. A lot of them need work and I’m streamlining a bit and cutting back on blogs that aren’t doing that well. Of course, I’m keeping this one hahaha.

Anyway, I’m moving one last site to another host and I’m good to up the content posting a bit.

Also, since work keeps me tied to my desk and that means I’m sedentary most of the day I figured I need some exercise. I’ve been walking/running and also doing power yoga. Now I’m thinking of adding some PowerSports mix to keep me up. I’m also mulling about getting an exercise bike or maybe an elliptical right next to my desk. Something that won’t occupy much space and would remind me to get up every few minutes and exercise.

I like these two..

[amazon_link id=”B002CVU2HG” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Sunny Health & Fitness Pro Indoor Cycling Bike[/amazon_link]

[amazon_link id=”B002CVU2HG” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Sunny Health & Fitness Pro Indoor Cycling Bike[/amazon_link]

[amazon_link id=”B003ZVHK04″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Sunny SF-B1001 Indoor Cycling Bike[/amazon_link]

[amazon_link id=”B003ZVHK04″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Sunny SF-B1001 Indoor Cycling Bike[/amazon_link]

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Free Android Music Making Apps?

A year or two ago, Android didn’t have much in terms of music making apps. But now, the scene is changing. There are now loads of available music making apps, a lot of them paid. You can check this list for some of them – Best Android Music Making Apps in the World Today.

The reason I’m on the lookout for an Android music making app is that someone (my kiddo) is absolutely nutso about music. But she can be quite fickle too so I’d like her to try out free music making apps first before I plunge into buying paid apps. Buying lots of assorted paid apps isn’t easy as getting Cymbals & Gongs at WWBW, so if there are lite versions, I usually go for that first before buying the full version.

Free Android Music Making Apps

Here’s some free Android apps for making music you might wanna check out if you’re into music.

  • Caustic – a music creation tool inspired by rack-mount synthesizers / samplers rigs. Everything is real-time and optimized for mobile devices.
  • Androsynth – a full featured multi track audio composer. You can import audio files, slice them in samples and compose new music using those samples.
  • Musical Piano Free – A musical toolkit including instruments (grand piano, piano keyboard, drums), tools (metronome, pitch pipe), a game (piano practice), and more
  • Music Composition –  an excellent tool for music students, artists and singer song writers. Features  musical notation editor, Calculates the size of each measure and fills automatically, Change tempo, clef, key signature, time signature, keys and instruments, Playable with 128 different instruments (Piano, Organ, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bass, Violin, Cello, Trumpet, Drum and more)
  • Music Composer Lite –  a simple MIDI music creation app that lets you play improvisational piano and compose a music composition simply by sliding around the screen of your device.
  • Ensemble Composer –  ‘ The most full-featured and easiest to use music notation editing software for Android devices.’
  • Satan – or Signal Applications To Any Network is a fully fledged musical sequencer studio for your smartphone, or tablet device! Inspired by an old sound tracker of the past, SATAN takes music production in to the portable future.
  • Etherophone – Turn your phone into a musical instrument! Etherophone is a theremin synthesizer. Just touch the screen to play: vertical position determines pitch and horizontal position determines volume.

There will be more so watch out for my occasional android app roundup..

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Gorgeous Leather Camera Case

This is GORGEOUS!

Seriously. I shouldn’t have taken too long picking out my chic picks for gadgets. and now I’m in love. And I don’t even own aCanon PowerShot SX50 HS, so why am ogling this like mad?

Coz its beautiful!  I’m raving aboutMegaGear “Ever Ready” Protective Leather Camera Case, Bag for Canon PowerShot SX50 HS. This leather camera case is custom designed for the SX50 and made with high quality, durable PU leather.

MegaGear "Ever Ready" Protective Leather Camera Case, Bag for Canon PowerShot SX50 HS (Dark Brown)

Is it normal to want an accessory so much you end up buying the main product because of it? This beautiful leather camera case for Canon Powershot SX50 might just induce me to buy the camera. Lol.

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A Budget Canon Camcorder

I’ve been mulling over this buying decision for about two weeks already. I’ve been planning to buy a camcorder since last year but I always end up postponing it. Mind you, this is not exactly necessary, more like an indulgence. I’d like a camcorder to just record some moments and some of our travels. I don’t want or need a fancy one, just something that works and within my budget range of $200-$350.

I’ve been looking up different camcorders and I have these two picks earmarked. The main thing now is deciding which one I want to buy.

[amazon_link id=”B0012SCVWO” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Canon FS100 Flash Memory Camcorder with 48x Advanced Zoom (Blue)[/amazon_link] [amazon_link id=”B0012SCVWO” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Canon FS100 Flash Memory Camcorder with 48x Advanced Zoom[/amazon_link]

 

[amazon_link id=”B006UMMP2I” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Canon Vixia HF R300 Full HD Flash Memory Camcorder with 51x Advanced Zoom[/amazon_link] [amazon_link id=”B006UMMP2I” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Canon Vixia HF R300 Full HD Flash Memory Camcorder with 51x Advanced Zoom[/amazon_link]

 

The main difference between the two is the price point and of course the more pricey one has more added features. I’m thinking this over, if I need the features or not. Otherwise, I would like to go for the first option. What do you think? Which one would you pick if it were you making the purchase decision.

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Top Rated iPad Cases & Sleeves

This post is really for my sister (and those who share similar fates with her hahahaha). She is forever changing and changing her iPad cases and sleeves. I guess she uses it so often that she has to buy several of them at a time. She goes through it like its just some sort of toy.

I told her I’ll check out the top rated ones from Amazon, perhaps its high time she purchases one that would last long on her iPad.

Bear Motion Luxury 100 Percent Genuine Top Layer Buffalo Hide Vintage Leather Case for iPad 2 / iPad 3/ the new iPad / iPad 4 (the lastest version) -Vintage BrownBear Motion Luxury 100 Percent Genuine Top Layer Buffalo Hide Vintage Leather Case for iPad 2 / iPad 3/ the new iPad / iPad 4 -Vintage Brown

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More Alternatives to Adsense

A year ago, one of my sites got the dreaded Google Adsense suspension saying it cannot display ads because I’m showing copyrighted content. Which totally bummed me because that site is where I share my graphic design work for digital scrapbookers. Everything was made from scratch. I guess that pissed me enough to not bother appealing that ‘verdict’.

Alternatives to Google Adsense

So I searched for alternatives to Adsense. And yes there are plenty and some very good ones at that. I ‘m listing it out here. I’m leaving out CPC networks already mentioned in most listings for alternatives to Adsense, but instead I’m sharing some not so known ones but performing very well.

  • Media.net – Yahoo’s answer to Adsense. Serves contextual ads and works really great for a lot of website owners. Its somehow stricter when it comes to approving sites, but its worth the hassle. 
  • Burst Media – offers CPM advertising from brand advertisers.
  • Pulsepoint –  ad-exchange program where you set the price.
  • Lijit – an ad network helping ‘publishers engage and understand their readers’
  • RivitMedia – a highly specialized ad network for crafting and DIY specialists.

I personally only have limited experience to Media.net which is really good. But for the other ad networks listed, I’m all set to try it out since I’ve heard positive things about it as well. The thing with blogging and monetizing blogs, it really helps to diversify and try different ad networks that fits right to your niche.

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Android Homescreens: Teal & Rust

I love the color deep dark orange, maybe we can call it rust. It reminds me of an old grungy guitar. I guess I was hanging out online  and one guitar color caught my eye on that particular shop. Deep dark orange almost bordering on brown. And from that I got inspired to create something ‘rust’ and orange-y for a tablet.

This was actually designed for a Nexus 7 Tablet. All made with UCCW, Nova Launcher, icon pack from Truely Clean Icons by FFRA on Deviantart and Missed It! App.

It’s a 3-page set up with one main homescreen, 2nd screen is for favorite apps and the 3rd screen for ‘office’ apps.

I shared this on mycolorscreen but as much as I’d like to share the files, I accidentally deleted it. My bad, but perhaps when I’ve got the time,I’ll try to recreate it.

If you’re in mycolorscreen, check out my screens (PurpleMochi), and please zoom if you like them.

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