Archive | March, 2013

Don’t want to roam anymore!

29 Mar

Photo 14-03-13 3 44 55 PMTired to pay the big bucks to your mobile operator when you are traveling abroad and roaming ?
I am too, it’s too expensive and I am always scared when my phone bill lands home.

Here’s a solution that I use for some months now, and it works.

1. I bought an unlock iPhone 5 (it’s more expensive than buying a bundle with a subscription but at the end of the day you put whatever subscription you want instead of paying for the fancy expensive iPhone subscription, and if you do the math you’ll it’s less expensive).

2. Then in each country, I buy a prepaid card (with data, local SMS and voice).
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Usually the prepaid card comes with a free app where I can monitor my consumption and reload my subscription when needed.

So now I can use my iPhone like home (checking my Facebook, updating my twitter account, finding my way with GoogleMaps, …) and this will all be included in my new local prepaid subscription.

BUT, because there’s always a but …
What about the phone calls to my home number ?
Easy, you just need to forward the calls from your home number to your new local prepaid number.
. To do so, go to “Settings“,
. “Phone
. and “Call Forward“, toggle it on and type your prepaid telephone number.
Don’t forget to contact your local telecom operator before flying away  to ask the price for the vocals being forwarded while you are abroad.

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Second but …
What about the texts sent to my home number while I’m using my foreign prepaid card ?
Either you have an iPad or Mountain Lion on your Mac, if not sorry but no texts for you sorry.
I have an iPad, so the texts are directed to my iPad. And I am able to answer them from your iPad.
. Go to “Settings
. “Messages“, then in the “Send/Receive” you’ll see your home number, tap it and in the field “You can be reached by iMessage at” pick your email address.

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Now you can spend yours telecom savings on travel around the world!

Did you Back anyone today ?

28 Mar

Photo 28-03-13 9 35 13 AMI did!
I just backed a Project on Kickstarter this morning.
. Kickstarer is the first platform in the world for the crowd funding
. The CrowdFunding is the financing of projects thanks to a group of individuals

Why did I back a Project ? Because I wanted to help someone reach its goal and produce their invention and also because the product is great.

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The project is called Thermodo. It is a keyring thermometer that you plug into the jack of your iPhone to give the temperature wherever you are.
I took the Pledge $39 which gives me the right to receive a “Premium anodized Thermodo“. It should be delivered in August 2013.
By the way I’m Backer#7090th (Backer#1879 for the Premium package)! The campaign for Thermodo will end on April 9th.

What do you think about CrowdFunding ? Did you back a Project yet or do you plan to ?

PS: a big review about the CrowdFunding is in preparation 😉

Follow @thermodo

Soft reset of your iPhone

26 Mar

Your iPhone is behaving weirdly, apps non responding, phone slow … Basically you want to throw it away ? Before dumping your phone, did you try to “soft reset” your iPhone ? No ? Try it and it might help you.
Be aware that the soft reset doesn’t delete any content, it will just clear your iPhone memory and restart from a clean slate.
20130326-104800.jpgYou need 2 fingers to soft reset your phone: 1 on the home button and 1 on the sleep button and you keep pushing both until you see a black screen … Keep pushing until you see the apple on the black background … Now you can rest your fingers. You just soft-reset your iPhone.
At the appleStore, they told me to do it at least once a week.

PS: it works for the iPad too 😉

Yes! I can cook! At least stuff I like …

23 Mar

Photo 23-03-13 7 14 33 PMI discovered ginger one day when I came back from Dubai. In the plane, I ate a bad bites and was sick when I landed home.
As I love japanese food, I went to my favourite restaurant and my friend said “you need to eat ginger, it will help you get better” and I started to discover ginger.

For Christmas, a Chinese friend offered me candied ginger (first time ever I ate it) and it was sooosooo good that I decided to browse online to find a recipe and cook proudly my very own candied ginger!

That’s what I did 2 weeks ago and now I’m ready to fine tune the recipe and to share it with you.

Candied ginger
1/ peel the ginger with a spoon (better than a knife and your fingers will thank you)
2/ cut the ginger in slices (thin or thicker, you to choose)
3/ cover the slices of ginger with water and bring to boil and drain. You can repeat this 2 or 3 times to decrease the spiciness of the ginger

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4/ add 1/4 cup of drain water (I prefer this than water from the tap), and the same weight of sugar cane as the weight of the ginger and let it cook and reduce on a small flame
5/ when cooked, separate the petals to dry. Either on a metal gill or on a silicone mat.
6/ dry it in the oven 210C degrees during 10 minutes (either on a metal rack or on a silicone sheet) and roll the ginger petals in a crystallised white sugar

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I tried to reduce the sugar added (to make it kinda light) and I cut the ginger in thin slices. I’m torn between thin or thicker slices … Will try thicker slices next time.
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Good to know.
Ginger is good for
. bad digestion,
. nausea and motion sickness,
. it lowers cholesterol,
. decreases arthritis pain,
. works as an antiseptic, expectorant, . fights headache,
. it’s good for blood circulation, …

Knowing all that you still don’t eat ginger ???

Because your ears are not round !

21 Mar

Photo 15-03-13 12 25 13 PMWhen I bought my iPhone 5 it came in a sweet box with the brand new ApplePhoto 15-03-13 12 31 12 PM (HDR) earphones.
The ones made for your ears … And because they are not round the earplug is not round anymore (that’s what they said in the ad).
Sounds like a nice marketing idea. Actually the earphone fits well in your ears, but I had to get used to it.

The great thing about the apple earphones is that there are always hidden functions that you will never use or you will discover by accident. To speed up the process, I decided to bring you up to speed in no time, read what follows.
Photo 15-03-13 12 24 23 PM (HDR)1. If you are using your earphones to have phone conversations
. For an incoming call, 1xtap the center button to answer
. While done, 1xtap to hang up
. To send a call you don’t want to answer to the voice mail, long press the center button
. While already engaged in a phonecall, 1xtap the center button to switch to the new call

2. If you are using your earphones to listen to music
. To fast-forward a song, tap the center button twice and long-press on the second tap
. To rewind a song, 3xtap + 1 long-press on the third tap
. To skip a song, 2xtap
. To go to the previous song, 3xtap
. To stop or launch the music, 1xtap

3. If you are taking pictures
You can use the up or down button to take pictures

4. If you want to talk to Siri, long press the center button (for 4s and 5 users)

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