TouchPlow: Uber for Snow Plows

10 Feb

TouchPlow WebsiteIf you live in Canada like I do, you probably hate clearing your laneway as much as I do. TouchPlow is the solution to that problem!

I have to admit that this week I let my laziness get the best of me and by Saturday, my laneway was covered in ice and so using my snowblower wasn’t going to work too well for me. This is where TouchPlow came into play.

As the title of this post states; TouchPlow is the Uber for snow plowing!

TouchPlow is super simple. Create an account, add an address, describe your laneway, and book a plow. They offer varying prices depending on the size of your laneway, whether or not you want them to clear your walkway, and how fast you want them to show up and plow your laneway.

When the job is done the plow operator has to provide proof of the job being completed, and you are notified by the app that your laneway has been plowed. You also get to leave feedback for the operator which is reviewed by a real person within a couple of business days.

I am super satisfied with how the job was completed and how fast it was done! I ordered the 4-12 hour service, and it was done within 2 hours! Incredible!

Thought it was worth sharing! Check out the images below for how it works!

Android Download | iOS Download

Thoughts on the Asus Zenfone 3

17 Nov

I’ve been using the Asus Zenfone 3 as my daily driver for about a week now, and wanted to lay down some initial thoughts and impressions about this phone because Christmas is coming and I truly think this device is something any mobile phone fan would love.

Tech Specs

  • Dual SIM Card Slots
  • 5.5 Inch Capacitive Super IPS+ Display
  • Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625
  • 64GB of Internal Memory
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 16MP Camera with Phase Detection and Optical Image Stabilization
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • USB-C with Fast Charging

The Camera (Photos)

The Camera (Videos)

Network Speeds (WIFI and LTE)

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Screen Shots

Final Thoughts

After some strong consideration, I have actually decided to sell my Pixel and stick with the Zenfone 3. It’s a perfect phone for me that offers the features I want at a crazy attractive price point, and performs well without any stutter or lag.

Motorola Moto X Play

24 Sep

moto-x-play-blackThe Moto X Play is this years new Motorola Moto X device at least here in Canada. It has impressive specs, expandable storage, and the latest flavor of Android.

All that being said, my personal experience with the Moto X Play has been rather frustrating.

The Purchase

I headed over to my local Telus store and bought my new Motorola Moto X Play outright and raced to get home and play with it.

The Return

All was well for the first few days before I bothered to put a MicroSD card in it to expand the storage. This is where the problem began and persists.

The first device I purchased had a non-functioning MicroSD card reader. I promptly exchanged it for another new device which when tested, was working as expected.

Testing MicroSD Cards

Now for anyone who knows me knows that I swap my sim into multiple devices that I like to use from time to time. This is when I noticed that anytime the SD card had to be read by the device, it would tell me that the card was corrupted and needed to be formatted.

In order to eliminate any doubt around the quality of my MicroSD card, I made sure to try the same thing with multiple different brands and sizes of memory cards. Same issue with each and every card.

The Discovery

I determined that the issue with the Moto X Play memory card reader is that if the card is not perfectly in the little tray, the reader decides that the card is corrupt. The fact that the SD card is on the back side of the SIM tray makes the method of installing a MicroSD card properly nearly impossible. Why not just have a slot on the side Motorola? Why attach it to the sim tray in a way that doesn’t even ensure the card is in place properly and leaves enough wiggle room for the card to move around in the phone once inserted.

I really like the Motorola Moto X, but have lost enough photos and videos from my memory cards to give up on it. Going to stick with my OnePlus Two until that hot new Android powered Blackberry slider comes out.

OnePlus One: Two Months Later

17 Feb

OnePlusOneThe OnePlus One is easily one of the most affordable Android devices available today and still blows away any competition it has in the Android space. It features a very close to stock Android experience along with a lot of convenience features.

At $299 for the 16GB model and an extra $50 for the 64GB model, this device is a steal and definitely worth every penny.

The Spec Sheet

  • QUALCOMM© SNAPDRAGON™ 801 PROCESSOR
  • 3GB of LP-DDR3 RAM running at 1866MHz
  • 13 MEGAPIXEL SONY EXMOR IMX214
  • 5 MEGAPIXEL FRONT FACING CAMERA
  • 3100 MAH BATTERY WITH ALL DAY BATTERY LIFE
  • Wi-Fi 2.4/5GHz 802.11 b/g/n/ac
  • NFC SUPPORT
  • BLUETOOTH 4.0

Just because the OnePlus One is affordable doesn’t mean it is lacking in any of the feature departments. In fact, this is the very best Android device that money can buy and has one of the best cameras I have ever seen on an Android device.

Some Demo Photos

 

Overall Satisfaction Rating

Overall this device has been the most impressive Android device I’ve ever owned and I am quite happy that I made the purchase.

Long Time Coming

25 Sep

iphone6-gray-select-2014I feel like this post is long overdue and a lot of friends and family have been making fun of the fact that I said a bunch of stuff about the iPhone 6 (that I still believe to be true) but still ended up buying one. So maybe it is time to go into a bit more detail as to why I bought an iPhone again even after saying things like they are made for idiots.

Let me take you back to 2007. Apple was readying the launch of their revolutionary new device that was going to change the way people communicated forever. I was 22 at the time and was rocking my awesome Blackberry 7290 which at the time was what I thought to be THE smartphone for me.

Then I watched the Apple keynote on their new baby. I was blown away! A full real web  browser?! HTML email?! Why the hell was I using this junky Blackberry when this new phone was like a computer in my pocket! Needless to say I was incredibly disappointed that it was an AT&T exclusive, and it wasn’t available in Canada until a little known hacker by the alias of GeoHot came up with a way to be able to use the new iPhone with any network! Again my 22 year old heart nearly burst!

I’m not sure of the timeline but about a week or so after the iPhone had finally been unlocked, my brother and I drove down to Watertown and bought a couple. We unlocked them and got them going on Rogers and I couldn’t have been happier with my new shiny. Since that day, I’ve always been a fan of the innovation Apple brought to the mobile device space (much like RIM used to) and then like every great mobile device company, Apple stopped innovating and started iterating just like RIM was already doing before Apple knocked them out of their seats!

You see I’m a massive fan of technology. What I’m not a fan of is a company that has a huge hit, and then becomes complacent to the point where they stop innovating and start churning out the same device every 6 months with  “1 EXTRA MEGAPIXEL!” or  “2 TIMES THE PIXELS!”. Stuff like that pisses me off, and anyone who knows me knows that I speak my mind. So I may say stuff about Apple, RIM, Nokia, etc. but it’s because I’ve grown up using devices from all of these giants that it saddens and sometimes angers me to see that there is some exec making decisions that effectively destroys the future of some of the biggest tech giants in the world!

TLDR: I love technology. Lack of innovation pisses me off. Complacency pisses me off. I’m using an iPhone now because I like the new design, and haven’t had one since the 5C which was poop IMO.