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Do You Commit These Mistakes With Your Dishwashers?

We have been with our dishwashers almost our entire life, and we have created practices in using these through the years. But did you know that some practices commonly used by many of us are incorrect? Are you one of those people that incorrectly use their dishwashers? Let’s find out by choosing between “x” and “✓” before each entry below.

[x] or [✓] Placing a pan full of left over food into the dishwasher

While dishwashers are for washing dishes, it does not mean that human participation in cleaning is totally removed. For example, in instances when chunks of foods are left on the plate, it is best to simply scrape these out of the plate using a spoon and toss into the trash. Why? Because not doing so would result to utensils covered in food bits after the cycle. These chunks could also clog the drain resulting to overflow that could get into the dishes. Now, where is the cleaning in that?

[x] or [✓] Putting all of the utensils in one round

Time is gold; we all know that. However, maximizing time by overcrowding the dishwasher could be harmful than helpful. Not only would the dishwasher not wash properly, there is also a huge chance of the utensils clanking together resulting to chipping or breaking. If your utensils do not have room to move, then you’re probably overcrowding.

[x] or [✓] Using dishwashing liquid

Whether we admit it or not, dishwashing liquids are still popular these days, yet just because both dishwashing liquids and dishwashers have “dish” and are used in “washing” mean that they should work hand-in-hand. Most dishwashing liquids bubble up, and this could make the dishwasher to overflow. And we all know that overflows lead to dirty dishes and a flooded floor.

[x] or [✓] Adding more detergent

When using the dishwasher, it does not follow that the more the detergent, the cleaner the plates. Using more detergent than needed could leave a film of detergent on the entire contents of the dishwasher. Who want to eat tasting soap? No one.

[x] or [✓] Removing items at the top rack

When standing up, the items at the top rack are more accessible, so some think of getting them first. Stop right there. There are times that utensils at the top, such as cups and bowls, collect pool of water during a cycle. Removing these could spill the pool of water onto the clean dishes below. So to avoid this, remove those at the bottom rack first.

[x] or [✓] Placing forks, spoons, and knives in their own compartments

Compartments are there for a reason, but placing spoons together could make them “nest” together making it difficult for the dishwasher’s water jets to reach the spoons’ surface and clean them. Thus, to ensure spoons are cleaned, consider exchanging between handle up and handle down.

[x] or [✓] Loading trays and cookie sheets in front

Large, flat items should always be on the side or back of the lower rack of the dishwasher and never in the front because if these cover the dispenser, the dishwasher might not be able to properly release the dishwashing detergent.

[x] or [✓] Ignoring the food trap

What’s a “food trap”? This is the dishwasher’s designated area often located under the spray arm and at the bottom of the dishwasher that catches the food remnants from each cycle. This needs to be checked and cleaned at least once a week to ensure the dishwasher’s proper run.

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So which got a check above? With these mistakes, let’s hope that your next dishwasher use would be mistake-free. Did I miss anything? Let me know by commenting! 🙂

What Are Hair Perfumes?

Whether you are traversing a busy schedule or not having the will to wash your hair, hair perfumes could easily be your best bud. Hair perfumes, from the words itself, are perfumes specifically made for our locks. “Hair fragrance in general lasts longer than regular perfume and they are designed to nourish and moisturize your hair without weighing it down,” said Roman Kusayev, a New York City-based stylist and salon owner. These are often used after an intense workout or after being in odorous places, such as bars filled with people who are smoking and restaurants with hotpots and grills, to mask the unwanted smell, like sweat or cigarettes, that lingers.

 

Kusayev says that it is best to spray hair perfume onto a brush instead of spraying it directly onto your hair. It is also possible to apply it to your hands and run through your hair to attain the fragrance in every hair strand. There’s also no issue if you’re using hair perfumes on wet hair except if you’re straight out of the shower; this is a no-no. For best results, Kusayev suggests using hair perfumes while air-drying. On the other hand, if you intend to blow-dry or straighten your hair, apply thermal-protection products first before using hair perfumes.

If you wonder if hair perfumes are effective, then allow Sachajuan’s co-founder Sacha Mitic explain and prove this using science. Mitic says, “Using a fragrance in the hair is better for distribution than spraying it on your body. Hair has a far bigger surface than the body. If you compare the total surface of hair that is 20 centimeters long, it is 6 square meters (about 65 feet) compared to the skin that is only 1.5 square meters (about 16 square feet.) There is far more surface to work against odor, but also to distribute the scent to the surroundings. Maybe we should ask the question why are we using fragrance on the skin…”

Hair perfumes could be divided into three types: light, medium, and heavy. Light-scented hair perfumes, such as Fekkai Hair Fragrance Mist in Rose Fraîche, have a light scent. These are best when masking the odor of simple sweat or dry shampoo. Most light-scented hair perfumes have powdery and floral scents, but of course there are still a variety of options you can choose from depending on your preferences. Next, the medium-scented hair perfumes are not too light and not too strong. A good example of this is Sachajuan Protective Hair Perfume. Not only is this brand smelling fresh and musky, this is promising UV-protection, moisture, shine and static reducing qualities. Lastly, heavy-scented hair perfumes are known for having bold scents. These do more than just linger; they announce your arrival or presence into the room. Because of its strength, it is best to plan your use of heavy-scented hair perfumes matching it with your regular perfume that will not contradict its scent but rather compliment it. Byredo Mojave Ghost Hair Perfume is one of the heavy-scented hair perfumes in the market.

Do these ideas make you know hair perfumes better? Let us know in the comments section!

Motorola’s Relases 2015-2016

Despite the growing list of players in the field of mobile phones, Motorola is still in the ring, releasing units after units. In this list, let’s take a look at Motorola’s top four released units from 2015 onwards.

 

Moto X Play

While not exactly top of its line, Moto X Play plays just fine considering its cost. Released last August 2015, this unit is said to be the slightly lesser-spec’d version of the Moto X. It has a 5.5” display at 1080p, runs Android 5.1.1 on a Snapdragon 615 processor, and comes in either 16- or 32-GM flavors, which could be expanded. One of this smartphone’s big hit is its 21-megapixel camera, and its battery can last up to 26 hours (talk time). Many have said that for the most part, Moto X Play offers almost the similar experience one can get on the Moto X Style but without the price tag.

Moto X Force / Droid Turbo 2

Moto X Force / Droid Turbo 2 is the product of Motorola and Verizon’s latest collaboration. In the United States, the mobile is named “Droid Turbo 2,” but in the other parts of the world, this is called “Moto X Force.”

Released just three months after Moto X Play, this smartphone has 5.2″ QHD AMOLED display and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The unit is powered by 2.7GHz quad-core Krait, 450 CPU, and 420 GPU supported by Snapdragon 805 chipset and 3GB of RAM that runs Android 4.4.4 KitKat with stock UI. The rear camera has 21MP with dual-LED flash while the front facing one has 2MP. Its built-in memory could be 32 GB or 64 GB, and its battery has 3900mAh.

Some of its special features are the gesture controls via built-in IR sensor, voice control and active notifications, and active noise cancellation with four microphones. But the most compelling feature would be its shatterproof display. As a matter of fact, during its launch, the smartphones were thrown onto the floor just to prove its shatterproof capability!

Moto G4 and G4 Plus

2016’s second quarter was filled with Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus release, which continues Motorola’s great line of budget phones that still delivers performance wise.

The G4 and G4 Plus run Android Marshmallow 6.0 and feature a 5.5” Full HD display and a Snapdragon 617 processor.

However, only G4 Plus has fingerprint sensor. Also, the Moto G4 base model comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB storage, while the G4 Plus is available in two models: one having 2GB of RAM and 16GB storage, and the other one offering 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage. Both phones come in black or white.

Moto Z and Moto Z Force Droid Edition

Two months after releasing Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus, Motorola brings its own take on a modular design with the Moto Z and Moto Z Force.

The Z family uses removable back plates, which is called Moto Mods, and this adds more functionality. Motorola’s take on a modular system looks to be a fresh approach. With this, the baseline Moto Z can turn into a battery beast or a mini home stereo just by switching the back plate.

Both smartphones have 5.5” display running Android OS, v6.0.1 (Marshmallow) supported by Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820, Quad-core (2×2.15 GHz Kryo & 2×1.6 GHz Kryo), Adreno 530, and 4 GB RAM. The unit could have 32 or 64 GB.

While Moto Z Force Droid Edition has the Shatterproof capability, the Moto Z is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4. Also, Moto Z Force Droid Edition’s camera has whooping 21MP, but Moto Z’s only has 13MP. Moto Z Force Droid Edition also has a bigger battery (3500 mAh battery) than Moto Z (2600 mAh battery).

Both come in Black/Gray, Black/Rose Gold, Black/Gold, White.

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With these releases, Motorola continues to take up arms with the other smartphone producers, and while most of its products are cheaper than its counterparts, these still deliver considerably good performance.

 

 

Top 8 Mid Range Smartphones

In this era of technology, it’s proven that smartphones are central for many to function. And while it is always said to aim for the best, there are times that midrange routes are better because these allow the users to gain a variety of functions at a cost much lower than that of the high-end models. Deciding to get a midrange phone is one thing, but selecting the one that’s best for you is another. As more would do, picking the best mid-tier smartphone means evaluating features, functions, and costs to find that best buy for you. For this post, let’s focus on these named best 8 smartphones and their size, OS, CPU, resolution, camera, and battery life.

When thinking of Apple, we all think of high-end units, but did you know that they also have a midrange iPhone? Yes, and that is the Apple iPhone 5c.

Compared to the other midrange smartphones, this is relatively small having a 4-inch touchscreen display with a 336-pixel-per-inch resolution. It operates under Apple’s iOS and Dual-core 1.3 GHz Swift and has a built-in storage of 16, 32, and 64 GB.

Its front-facing iSight 1.2MP camera features autofocus and tap-to-focus for making video calls and 720p HD recording. With 30 frames per second, 1080p HD recording and 8MP stills, the rear camera offers better quality. It also features LED flash, tap to focus, and autofocus for taking clear photos.

This midrange smartphone includes most of the features of the standard iPhone, such as FaceTime and Siri.

A main difference from the higher-tier iPhones would be its body, which is made of plastic. While others say this doesn’t offer the same resilience as the standard Apple aluminum frame, this offers more color and style options, as this comes in blue, green, yellow, pink and white.

Its battery life sits at 250 hours when not in use, 10 hours when used in calls, and 40 hours when used for music.

Best features: colorful options, smooth OS, and decent battery life

 

With its 5.63 x 2.78 x 0.38-inch case, HTC Desire 610 is large, but it only has a 4.7-inch screen, which has 234 pixels per inch for a resolution of 540 by 960 pixels. This is also an Android unit operating using the KitKat version powered by Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7.

It only has 8GB of internal storage, but this could be expanded up to 128GB.

Its built-in cameras consist of a 1.3MP secondary camera, and an 8MP primary camera for taking photos and videos. The camera records in 1080p HD, features an LED flash, has geotagging, auto flash, and high-dynamic range. Unlike most of the midrange smartphones, HTC Desire 610’s camera can shoot simultaneous photos and video.

Standby battery life for this unit is up to 650 hours while talk time battery life is up to 16 hours.

Best features: great performance, excellent gallery, and range of connectivity options

 

Third in line is Huawei P8lite. This comes in 5.63 x 2.78 x 0.30 inches operating under Android OS, v5.0.2 (Lollipop), which is upgradable to v6.0 (Marshmallow) powered by Octa-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53. Its internal memory sits at 16 GB but can be expanded up to 256 GB with the help of a micro SD.

Its cameras are both powerful having 13 MP for rear and 5MP for front equipped with 27mm, autofocus, and LED flash. These also feature geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, panorama, and HDR. When taking videos, enjoy its 1080p@30fps, which could be viewed through its 720 x 1280 pixels display.

Its battery time lasts up to 380 hours if on standby and up to 11 hours when being used.

Best features: quick camera access and good battery life

 

Next, we have the Microsoft Lumia 650. This 5.59 x 2.79 x 0.27 inches has 720 x 1280 pixels that operates under Microsoft Windows 10 driven by Quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7. Its internal memory is up to 16 GB, but this can still be expanded up to 256 GB using a micro SD.

This unit takes photos using 8 MP for rear camera and 5MP for the front-facing one. Equally, videos can be taken at 720p@30fps. Its camera is also equipped with f/2.2, 28mm, autofocus, LED flash, and 1/4″ sensor size.

When used for calling, the battery life lasts for 16 hours, but when in standby, the unit could stay for a very long time—624 hours.

Best features: great screen, good camera, and low price

 

Fifth in the list is the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua. Similarly to most smartphones, this comes in 5.73 x 2.86 x 0.29 in. Its OS is Android OS, v5.0.1 (Lollipop), which just like the Huawei P8lite is upgradable to v6.0.1 (Marshmallow), which works through Octa-core (4×1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.0 GHz Cortex-A53).

The unit could come with 8GB or 16GB internal memory that you can also expand to 256 via microSD. Furnished with f/2.0, autofocus and LED flash, its primary camera that has 13 MP can take good photos while its 5 MP secondary camera will give you nice selfies.

It is also capable of geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR, and panorama. And if you’re into vlogging, maximize this unit through its 1080p@30fps (rear) and 720 (front). Its screen resolution sits at 720 x 1280 pixels. Playing music could be done using this unit for 64 hours, talking could be done for 12 hours, but when not in use, expect the unit to last up to 685 hours.

Best features: great waterproof design, clear screen, and very good battery life

Included in the list is the budding smartphone brand- Asus ZenFone 2. This flagship phablet model launched with Android 5.0 Lollipop running Asus’s custom Zen UI and has a 5.5″ Full HD (1920×1080) IPS display. The phone operates using Android OS, v5.0 (Lollipop), upgradable to v6.0 (Marshmallow). Depending on the unit model, this can be powered by Quad-core 2.3 GHz (4 GB RAM model) or Quad-core 1.8 GHz (2 GB RAM model). It has 16, 32, 64 GB of internal storage that can be expanded to 256 GB.

While it has its own line of smartphones for taking selfies, Asus ZenFone 2 also has potent lenses that have 13 MP (rear) and 5 MP (front), which features /2.0, autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama, and HDR. Taking videos would also be nice with its 1080p@30fps (rear) and f/2.0 (front). And viewing these would be pleasing through its 1080 x 1920 pixels screen display. Lastly, the unit’s battery can last up to 7 hours when continuously used for web browsing.

Best features: spacious display, lots of RAM, two SIM card slots, full of customization options

Chinese brands are also present in our list with Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 as its representative! This Asian brand is 5.91 x 2.99 x 0.34 in size, has 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution, and is powered by Hexa-core (4×1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 & 2×1.8 GHz Cortex-A72).

The unit uses Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop) with 16 and 32 GB internal memory expandable to 256 GB and has 1080 x 1920 pixels for screen resolution.

A bit advanced from its counterparts, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 has 16 MP primary camera. Its second camera, on the other hand, has 5 MP, and video taking is at 1080p@30fps (rear) and1080p (secondary).

In one testing of the unit’s battery life, its results showed that Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 can lasts up to 32 hours when used in calls, 15 hours when used in web surfing, and 17 hours when used in video playback.

Best features: Superb power, impressive camera, and good battery life

 

Last but definitely not the least in our list is Korean’s very own Samsung Galaxy J7. Released last March, this 5.97 x 2.99 x 0.31 in with 720 x 1280 pixels operates using Android OS, v6.0.1 (Marshmallow) ran by Octa-core (4×1.6 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.0 GHz Cortex-A53) or Octa-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53 depending on the unit model.

Capable of f/1.9, 28mm, autofocus, and LED flash is its 13 MP rear camera. Selfies are also welcome with Samsung Galaxy J7’s secondary camera’s 5 MP equipped with LED flash. Like Huawei P8lite, Sony Xperia M4 Aqua Asus ZenFone 2, and Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, video taking in this unit is done through its 1080p@30fps (rear). Its resolution is at 720 x 1280 pixels.

The battery life when used in calls could last up to 23 hours while when used for music could last up to 96 hours.

Best features: camera resolution, fast performance, and design

 

So, given these smartphones’ size, OS, CPU, resolution, camera, and battery life, which do you think suits you best? Share it with us in the comment section!

Note 7 Recall

Samsung have officially released a statement recalling all of the Galaxy Note 7 sold and stopping sales of the said unit due to battery issues.

Getting products recalled is one of the most stressful things that could ever happen to consumers. Not only are they left with no gadget to use, processing the recall could also take its toll from the paper works to follow ups.

The very first issue that surfaced about the Note 7 was its fast cracking screen, but this did not trigger the recall. What did was a more pressing glitch– igniting and/or exploding batteries. In their website, Samsung released this statement in line with the recall:

Samsung is committed to producing the highest quality products and we take every incident report from our valued customers very seriously. In response to recently reported cases of the new Galaxy Note7, we conducted a thorough investigation and found a battery cell issue.

To date (as of September 1) there have been 35 cases that have been reported globally and we are currently conducting a thorough inspection with our suppliers to identify possible affected batteries in the market. However, because our customers’ safety is an absolute priority at Samsung, we have stopped sales of the Galaxy Note7.

For customers who already have Galaxy Note7 devices, we will voluntarily replace their current device with a new one over the coming weeks.

We acknowledge the inconvenience this may cause in the market but this is to ensure that Samsung continues to deliver the highest quality products to our customers. We are working closely with our partners to ensure the replacement experience is as convenient and efficient as possible.

Another unname source speaking to Yonhap News stated, “Products installed with the problematic battery account for less than 0.1 percent of the entire volume sold. The problem can be simply resolved by changing the battery, but we’ll come up with convincing measures for our consumers.” However, considering the extent of the issue, which could lead to fire or explosions, Samsung decided that recalling would be the best option. On the other hand, units sold in China are exempted from the recall because these units reportedly used a different battery.

The recall is essentially asking Note 7 users to surrender their unit to where they bought it. More help are provided through Samsung’s Live Chat (http://livechat.support.samsung.com/Customer_new/).

Samsung has been on the steady rise with its Samsung S7 and S7 Edge series that most expected to be continued by Note 7. The unit was also supposed to face Apple’s upcoming iPhone 7, but these (rise and face off with iPhone 7) might need a pause. According to Reuters, this incident could cost Samsung about $5 million (roughly AED 18,364,748.44) covering the lost sales and recall costs.

My attempt to create a Tagalog poem because I got inspired from Hindi Tayo si Popoy at Basha. It’s raw and all, but hey! I’m no poet! I’m just a trying-hard writer striving to contribute something to the Internet world. 🙂

Ako si Ginny, at Ikaw si Marco

Ako si Ginny, at Ikaw si Marco

Ako ang pasimuno sa lahat ng ito

Akin ang unang ngiti, ang unang pagbati, at ang unang pag-anyaya

Akin ang unang pag-amin, ang unang pagsuyo, at ang unang pagtatanong

Ako si Ginny, at Ikaw si Marco

Para sa iyo ang pagsuyo

Para sa iyo ang mga tula, awit, at dasal

Para sa iyo ang mga guhit at plano na aking pinaghirapan

Para sa iyo ang walang hanggang pag aabang sa mga bulalakaw

Ako si Ginny, at Ikaw si Marco

Natuto ka, at ako ay inibig

Malayo man sa wangis ni Mama Mary,

Maingay man at mapagpumilit,

Ikaw at ako ay naging tayo.

Ako si Ginny, at Ikaw si Marco

Ako si Ginny dahil ako ang nang iwan, at ako din ang naghahabol

Ikaw si Marco dahil ikaw ang naiwan, at ikaw din ang binabalikan

Ako si Ginny dahil sa pagkatok ko sa pag-asa

Ikaw si Marco dahil ikaw ang nakahanap na ng makakasama.

Ako si Ginny, at ikaw si Marco

Ngunit hanggang kailan tayo ganito?

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