Yootech LX6 Wireless Charger

I got the Google Pixel 5 recently and was excited to try wireless charging but I am not willing to fork out S$119 for the Google Pixel Stand. I tried out the Xiaomi 7.5W Wireless Charging Pad that I have and the Google Pixel 5 measured 700 mA charging speed on the Ampere app which is way too slow. I did a search and owners of previous Pixel phones have varying success with Yootech wireless chargers. Hence, I decided to try out the Yootech LX6 Metal Wireless Charger and I pleasantly surprised by that Ampere measured faster wireless charging on the Google Pixel 5 with the Yootech LX6 15W Metal Wireless Charger.

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USB-C to Audio adaptor that works with Google Pixel 5

It is getting common for phones not to have 3.5mm audio jacks nowadays. The Google Pixel 5 does not have one. Neither the Samsung S20 nor Apple iPhone 12. Bluetooth headphones and earpieces are great but wired ones are better in certain situations – audiophiles with their high quality music or somebody like me who just want to have a portable/ pocketable earpiece with microphone rather than a wireless one with a boom mic. To hook up to these wired earphones, you will need a USB-C to Audio adaptor or even a Lightning to Audio adaptor.

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Google Pixel 5 Review

Okay, let me do a hashtag first – #TeamPixel. This is my first mobile phone from Google – Pixel 5. The Google Pixel 5 is a 5G phone with 90Hz display, 128GB storage, 6GB RAM and IP68 dust/water resistance. Last but not the least, Google Pixel phones’s camera usually delivers astounding picture quality. I got the Google Pixel 5 (Sorta Sage) for £476.43 (~S$857) after offsetting my gift cards (£45) from Amazon (UK).

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QNAP TS-253D NAS Review

The QNAP TS-253D is a quad-core 2.5GbE two-bay NAS for professionals and prosumers requiring a localised backup as part of their comprehensive data backup strategy. Consumers can also practice good backup hygiene by backing up documents and memories (photos, videos, etc.) on their laptops and mobile phones to a local NAS like the TS-253D and an off-site backup in the Cloud. The TS-253D comes with an HDMI output so you can reminisce these digital memories on the TV. In this review, we will be looking at the QNAP TS-253D two-bay NAS that retails for S$609.99 on Lazada.

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Turning the Xiaomi Air Purifier 3H into a Fan

The Xiaomi Air Purifier 3H is an inexpensive air purifier that works great. My only complain about it is that the output (air) is not directional like the air purifiers I have from Samsung and Sharp which I prefer as I can direct the filtered air at location where there are more human activities/ presences. I happened to chance upon a contraption that turns the Xiaomi Air Purifier into a louver fan which channels filtered air to places I want it to be.

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Wistino 15.6-inch Portable IPS Monitor

Most people, including myself, have been working from home due to COVID-19. I am used to having two monitors at work and it is incredibly useful – one displaying research materials while the other with my report; or having a larger screen to work on presentation materials. Working-from-home means I am stuck with a single monitor and the target display mode (of my 27-inch iMac) don’t work well with all source device (i.e. Windows).

Instead of getting a desk-bound monitor, I bought the Wistino 15.6-inch portable IPS monitor from Lazada at S$169.20 (shipping inclusive). Aside from extending my computer’s desktop, it could also double up as a portable display if I ever need to bring my Nintendo Switch out for parties or gathering.

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59S UVC LED Steriliser Box S2

I think the COVID-19 has changed our lifestyles rather drastically. People are more conscious about personal hygiene – donning face masks, washing hands frequently and probably sanitising personal belongings like mobile phone and keys. I chose UVC irradiation to sterilise personal belongings as it is shown to be able to inactivate bacterias and viruses. Another plus point is that UVC irradiation seems to be be able to get into every nook and crannies of daily objects like keys, mobile phones and spectacles. I bought the 59S UVC LED Steriliser Box a couple of months back for S$86.30 off Lazada.

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Fixing the macOS 10.13.6 Security Update 2019-007 Black Screen

My iMac 27-inch (mid-2011) is still working well. For some unknown reason(s), I’ve been unable to apply the macOS 10.13.6 (High Sierra) Security Update 2019-007. It will simply “halt” during the reboot phase, leaving me with a black screen with cursor. The most irritating part is that I cannot uninstall nor (re)install the Security Update and it continues to halt my iMac at the black screen at every shutdown or reboot. I had to force shutdown by holding on the power button every single time until I came across a fix for failed Security Updates on Apple’s forum.

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