$20 Strip Light vs $200 Strip Light – Philips Hue

This video and article will compare a $20 Strip Light vs $200 Strip Light.
The two Strip Lights I am going to compare today are the Philips Hue, which needs a network bridge and a generic $20 Strip Light. The later you can get off Amazon or eBay.
So the starting price for the generic strip lighting is $20 and the Philips Hue range will be around $200. This will depend on which country you are from.
If we take a look at the $20 strip light first. The box contains the RGB Control Box. This control box allows us to power the strip lighting and it also allows us to use the infrared remote control to change the colour of the LED strip.

The remote control is a nice feature as it allows you to start using the strip light straight away without the need to download an app on your phone. What if you don’t have a phone? 🙂 However on the Philips Hue range you need to have a phone and a phone app to be able to customise the lighting.

Depending on your lighting needs this can be a hassle. I know personally it was much easier for me to pick up a remote press two buttons for my background video lighting. But for the Philips Hue I would have to pick up my phone open my phone press on the app.

The other big issue I found was that the Philips Hue app didn’t have allot of functionality and rather to get great app features you would have to pay a 3rd party fee for a better app with more functions. Personally I found this annoying for what I needed the strip light to do. But if you have a big light show production with many lights I can see how having 1 phone with an app would be very handy comparing it to maybe five or 10 different remotes.

Another benefit of the Philips Hue range over the Generic range is the quality. The Philips strip come wrapped in protective plastic and would be less likely to brake. Where as the generic brand doesn’t have this protective cover and could break.

Light Strip
Light Strips side by side with the Philips phone app and Generic remote control.

Lastly the quality of the colour thrown out by the Philips brand is much brighter and I have been told it throws out a True colour.

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How to sync Samsung Phone contacts to your Google Account

How to sync Samsung Phone contacts to your Google Account

This video & article will show you How to sync Samsung Phone contacts to your Google Account.

If you ever wanted to back up your contacts on your sync Samsung Phone contacts to Google, then this article should help with achieving that.
The first step is to create a contact. You probably already have contacts so I will skip this step.

Next click your 3 little dots in the top right hand corner of the screen and click manage contacts.

Samsung Phone Contacts

With the option move contacts from phone, this is the button you want to use, but if you don’t have this option make sure you have added your Google account set under accounts section of your phone.
For the next step you will need to select the Google account that you want to send your contacts too. So select the correct account.

To sync the contacts, make sure you go into your Settings > Cloud and accounts > Accounts > Select your Google account then Sync accounts.

And tap the Sync contacts menu. This should then sync all your Samsung phone contacts to the Gmail account.

Google Contacts

Once this is done go into your Gmail account and check to see if the contacts have shown up in the contacts section of your account. If you don’t have them there simply go back through the steps see if you missed anything. Once this is done you should be pretty stress free about losing your phone and the contacts on the phone.

Other videos that might be of interest are:
How to make your Phone Number private on Samsung
A quick video to show you how to hide your phone number on a Samsung.
iOS 12, Is it faster? Benchmark & Features
A good videon for the iOS fans who want to find out if the latest iOS 12 is actually faster.

How to make your Phone Number private on Samsung

How to make your Phone Number private on Samsung

This video & article will show you How to make your Phone Number private on a Samsung phone. The phone used In this video is the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.

Every now and then you will need to make phone calls from your phone where you don’t want the person you are calling to know the number you are calling from. I made this video for privacy reasons if you wish to hide your number you can follow this guide. Just be aware some people might think your hidden number is a sales call so they might not answer when you want them too.

So what happens when you setup your phone and make a call what does the other person see?

On a Samsung phone it should look something like the picture below.
phone number private

On a iPhone is should look something like the picture below.
phone number private iphone

So to do this go to your phone icon and you will have 3 little dots in the top right hand corner. Tap on those 3 dots and then tap on Settings.
Scroll down to where it says more settings. Next you should have show my caller ID, tap on that. Simply select Hide number.
Any outgoing calls that you make should be hidden from the person you are calling.

The next thing you need to do is to test your hidden number before you call out with the phone. The last thing you want to do is not turn on the Phone Number private and give away your number. Test it to a friends phone or a family member and you should be good to go.

If you want more information on How to make your Phone Number private on Samsung you can check out the official Samsung website here.

Transfer data Android to Android 2018

Transfer data Android to Android 2018

This video will show you how to transfer data Android to Android 2018. This is helpful if you want to transfer files such as music, clips, photos, messages and contacts from Android to Android in 2018 using the Samsung Smart Switch software.
In this video we transfer data from Oppo R11 to Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.

Head over to the Google Play store and download a copy of the Smart Switch app, play.google.com. Once this is downloaded to your old android device start the app on both phones.

transfer data android

Make sure both phones are added to the same wireless network wifi, if they are on different networks this wont work. Then you will want to select receive on the new device.
You should then see an option of iPhone, Android, Blackberry and Windows phone. Simply select which phone you want to Transfer data from.
In this video I select Android. You should then get a pop up on your old device asking if you want to accept the invitation from your new phone. Just tap Accept.
After this you should get a summary of all the data that is ready to be transferred to your new phone.
You can select the check boxes to add or removed anything you don’t need.
For example I pressed the cog icon and removed some old app that I no longer wanted on my new phone.

Once you have selected what data you need, just hit send. Next on your new phone you will need to select receive. Time it takes to move the data across will depend on how much data you have. Make sure you have a full charge of battery on both phones is you have allot of data to copy.

For more info on the Smart Switch software check out the Samsung website here.

Forgotten PIN Passcode Pattern on Samsung

Forgotten PIN Passcode Pattern on Samsung

This video will show you how to do a factory reset when you have Forgotten PIN Passcode Pattern on Samsung. The phone used In this video is the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.

In this video I will show you how to Unlock Samsung Phone if have Forgotten PIN Passcode or Pattern.
Ok guys so we have all done it, we have just setup a password or pin code on our Samsung device and we can’t remember what it was.

Forgotten PIN Passcode

The unlock method I am about to show you is called factory reset and it will remove the Password Pattern or PIN Code, but the down side is it will also wipe the data on the phone. Remember that a PIN or password is setup to protect the data on the phone in case you lose the phone. So I suggest to try to remember the passcode or pin first.

A tip that can help you remember is, put the phone down for 30 mins and don’t think about it. Come back to the phone and try your Pattern or PIN again. Sometimes your muscle memory will just do the code automatically without thinking about it. Its worked for me before.

Ok the next thing I need to mention is FRP Lock, Factory reset protection.
FRP lock locks your device with the Google account that you used on your phone. So if you dont know your Google account then I suggest trying to remember if first as you will be asked to enter it after we do the factory reset. To find the Google account you can go to settings and accounts.

Wipe data factory reset

Ok lets get started with the Factory reset.

Simultaneously press and hold the power button + volume up button + home key until the Samsung logo appears, then release only the power button. Release the volume up button and home key when the recovery screen appears. From the Android system recovery screen, select wipe data/factory reset.

See my video on Forgotten Passcode on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

Transfer data from iPhone to Oppo with iCloud

Transfer data from iPhone to Oppo with iCloud

This video will show you how to Transfer data from iPhone to Oppo. In this video we transfer the iPhone 5S data to a Oppo R11 via iCloud.

This video will work with any iOS device so iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Make sure both your phones are connected to WIFI because we will be using the WIFI connection to upload download the data to iCloud.
Next sign into iCloud with your Apple Id on your iPhone and then move the slider bars to choose what data you want to upload to iCloud. Remember that this data will be the same data that you download to your new phone.

Transfer data from iPhone to Oppo

TIP: Turn off find my iPhone and any passcodes or security features that you might have on your iPhone iOS device. If you have an older version of iOS older than 11.4 you wont have messages available to backup. So just upgrade your iOS version your device.
Tap on iCloud backup, make sure it is turned on. Then tap back up now.

If you want to check what data you have uploaded to iCloud then you can check this by going into a web browser on a normal computer and go to www.icloud.com
On your Oppo phone go into the Tools menu > backup and restore and tap on clone phone menu. If you don’t have this option use the download link below.
Again you will need to use the data transfer software Clone Phone software to get the data from iCloud to the Oppo phone. You can get that free software on this link here.
And you will need to make sure this version is up to date. If it is not up to date then you wont have the iPhone iOS option. Follow the video for more info.
I hope this helps out.

Transfer data from Android to Oppo

Transfer data from Android to Oppo

In this video I show you how to transfer all of the following data from Android to Oppo mobile phone.
As soon as you get a new phone you will need to copy across Videos, Music, Pictures, Documents. It can be tricky moving data from Android to Oppo mobile phone because the phones are made by different companies.
To start this process you will need to go into the Tools menu on the Oppo phone and go to backup and restore. Next you will need to press update. This then creates the tool called Clone Phone. This is the tool we will use to move the data between the two phones.

Clone phone will then have two options.
New phone or Old phone.

Android to Oppo

Next you will need to download the Clone phone app on your Samsung or Android phone if it is not on there by default. To do this you can use this link.
http://i.clonephone.coloros.com/download
Put the link above in your phones web browser and download it. Once you have downloaded the app go into your setting and allow it to work on your Android phone. It will need permissions to do this.
Once the Clone phone app is allowed and installed open it up. Press start cloning. It should come up with a QR reader. Scan the barcode of your Oppo phone.
It should say connecting and then the two phones should connect.
If you have issues connecting the two phones make sure you turn off security features like passcode or screen lock.
Press the Start Cloning button to start moving all your data across.

Pretty straight forward not much more to know. Its complicated if you don’t know how to do this so I hope my video will really help.
Apps and their data, Contacts, Messages and call logs should also copy across with this process.

OPPO R11s Unboxing & Firstlook

OPPO R11s Unboxing & Firstlook

This video & article will show you the OPPO R11s Unboxing & firstlook. If you are looking to buy a cell phone this is a great place to start. The OPPO R11s is the latest phone to come from the Chinese manufacturer OPPO. After going over the specs of the OPPO phone it seems to be about as good as the older Samsung Galaxy S7 edge. However the OPPO R11s doesn’t have the capability’s to do 3D like the Samsung can with the Samsung Gear. If you are not bothered with the 3D side of things and are after the latest model of phone then the OPPO is for you. However for $100 less you can get a Samsung Galaxy S7 with more function. So its hard to make a concrete decision here.
Will you notice the little if any difference in speed between the two devices. If you are using an iPhone or Samsung Phone and you are looking to switch to an OPPO make sure you take a look at the phone first. The OPPO has its own look and feel that are different from the other phones on the market and you might decided that you simply can’t handle the change.

Otherwise value for money the OPPO is a good phone if you don’t want to spend $1000 to $1400s on a phone.

OPPO R11s Phone

If you can get past things like the mining USB charging port being backwards and having to press the side button to get into the phone then the OPPO R11s is definitely worth a look. Would I go as far as to reocmmened this phone to my friend or family over the Samsung or iPhone models? Maybe not. But at least there is new fresh competition with these devices around. Maybe Apple and other manufactures need to take their existing phone line ups to the next level and start innovating again.