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Xiaomi Mi2 Android

Xiaomi Mi2 Android smartphone videoreview

The Xiaomi Mi2 smartphone is an imported smartphone from China. It is on par with some of the highest end smartphones available now in both Europe and America. If you feel this phone is too slow, you can even go for the Xiaomi MI2s which has just been released.

I have been using the Xiaomi Mi2 (or mi-2) android smartphone for several months now and it has been wonderful. I am using the custom Rom from MIUIandroid.com. This enables an internationalized version of the standard MIUI rom from XIAOMI. Not only the languages are changed to the one you desire (I am using Dutch) but also the apps are optimized for use outside of China.

I have made a quick introduction/review video on this phone. Hope you guys like it as much as I do.

Xiaomi Mi2 videoreview

The Xiaomi Mi-2 is highly customizable. This goes a bit beyond the standard customization Android comes with.

I am running the V5 version of the MIUIandroid ROM. This is based on:
Android 4.1.1 JR003L
MIUI: MIUI-3.4.5
Quadcore @ 1.5ghz
32GB internal memory

I paid 350 euros including shipping etc.

If you want to see more features of this phone, please let me know in the comments below!


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Blog – Setting up your blog easily in blogger

Setting up your blogBekijk in het NederlandsIn a previous post we discussed how to find a proper topic for your blog. Once you have come up with a good topic to start a blog about, it is time to set up a basic blog. Now you may think you need to create a website from scratch or that you will need to rent server space or something, but luckily there are lots of website who accommodate starting blogger. Learn how to set up your free blog in this post.

Setting up your blog

For every starting blogger I would definitely advice blogger.com. This is a free website that enables you to start blogs with a powerful editing tool, but also a very clear and easy to use user interface. The first thing you need to do is either log in to your Google account on blogger.com, or create a new account. When done, you simply log in and click the create new blog button. You get to choose the name for the blog, and the web address. In addition you can choose from various templates to customize the looks of your blog. Are the templates not your thing? No worries, you can fully adjust whatever template you chose later on.

blogger dashboardOnce a blog has been created you will get to see the main page for editing your blog. In the overview you will see a graph of page views with some extra information surrounding it. You will find all the sections needed to customize your blog here.

On the messages section, you will get to write, edit and publish your actual blog posts. This is probably the most important part of your blog.

On pages you can add extra pages to your blog, but these pages are purely static. You may add some information about the author of the blog, or some contact information, but that’s about it.

In the reactions tab you can review reactions on your blog. You can also filter spam and moderate reactions here.

The statistics page is a powerful tool to view who has been viewing your blog from time to time.

The income page enables you to easily post AdSense ads on your blog. The only thing you need to do is to link your AdSense account to your blog by login in or creating an account. After that you can choose what types of ads you want your blog to show. This is a very important part of your blog if you want to make money. You will receive a certain amount of money for every 1000 page views and for every click on an ad. Make sure the ads don’t scare away any viewers, but keep them subtle instead.

The layout page is where you can drag all your modules of the blog around. You can set where you want your sidebar, what should be in it, and in what order. Especially placing your AdSense campaign on the right position can be crucial, so make sure you check this page out.

blogger html templateThe template page is probably the most important for the actual look and feel of your blog. Here you can adjust every detail of your blog through the very easy to use template-editor. Just click edit and you can edit all aspects of your blog really easily. Underneath you can choose from a wide variety of templates. More interesting perhaps is the edit HTML button. This will allow you to edit your blog underneath the hood. Here you get to add lines of code to enable anything you want basically. For example, this is the place where you edit code to add a ‘read more’ link to your blog posts instead of posting the entire thing on the main page. You can read more on that later.

This page also enables you to set options for mobile use of the blog.

The last page is the settings section. This page lets you edit the basic settings, like the name of the blog and the address, all the way down to who can see it and how it sends out a feed. Make sure you run through all these settings at least once. It takes about two minutes.

Once you have set up your blog, it is time to start blogging. Congratulations on creating your very own blog! You may consider tweaking it just a little bit more. Creating collapsible posts for example. For now, why not start of your blog with its very first blog post?

create a blog

Blog – Finding a proper topic

start a blogBekijk in het NederlandsWhat do you need to start a successful blog you ask? Well, obviously, the first thing you need is a topic to write about. What topic you choose is completely up to you, but there are some tools out there that can help you make a choice.

Blog topic

One of the most important things for writing a successful blog is to have a solid topic. Another thing that really helps is to have as little competition as possible. This is one of the first steps in Search Engine Optimization, or SEO. Now you may think: how can I know if there are a lot of people out there writing about the same topic, or how should I find out if my topic is hot or not. Well, Google has an amazing tool for that. It is the keyword tool for Google adwords.

google adwordsWhat Google’s adwords does, is tell you how much people use a specific search term, and provide you with detailed information about whether there is a lot of competition or not. You can rephrase your search words however you like to find the optimal conditions, and once found you can keep those terms in mind for setting up your blog.

You can find the adwords tool right here and begin optimizing your blog for search engines.

Just type in the topic you would like to start a blog about and see whether it has any chance of succeeding. Do note though that finding a positive surrounding for your blog does not mean you will get loads of traffic straight away, you will have to work for that. More on that on my coming posts. In the meantime, start finding a good topic to write about. The more you like the topic your blog yourself, the better, because in the end, you will have to write all the information yourself!

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Google introduces Chrome extension that enables easy remote desktop

chromeBekijk in het NederlandsIf you have relatives that are not that well educated in the wondrous world of computers chances are that you have to make regular visits to fix the most simple tasks. Now there are certain solutions to do that remotely by taking over someone’s pc through the internet, but that can be hard to set up. Luckily, Google is introducing an experimental plug-in for its Chrome browser doing just that, but then simpler.

Chrome Remote Desktop <Beta>

The new feature is still in its beta stage, but is already available for test use in the extension shop, or you can simply click here. Once the extension is installed in chrome, you can get an 8-digit code that you can send to the one fixing your pc remotely. When the code is entered in someone else’s Chrome extension, that person will get full control over the other’s desktop. The major advantage here is that Chrome runs on every operating system, thus this is also possible on every operating system.

The extension is open-source, and the source code can already be viewed on the Chromium webpage. The connections are all encrypted using SSL and the graphics are compressed using Google’s very own WebM-format.

I cannot wait for this to go public, since I have to make a lot of visits lately to fix someone’s pc, or do simple things as installing a piece of software. With this add-on all those lost hours will be history. Let’s hope Google releases it soon.

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Google Plus opens for public


Google Plus

Bekijk in het NederlandsGoogle plus, or Google+ has finally got rid of initiations as has opened its doors to the public. As of this morning everybody, with or without invitation, can create a new account on Google+. In addition some tweaks have been made to the Android app for smartphones and tablets.

Google plus

Google+, the social network from Google, has finally opened its doors to the public after a long beta period. Although this is good news, I can’t image people who wanted access were not able to get access, because invitations were widely spread across the web. Now you can create an account without the hassle of finding an invitation. It might just save Google+ from a swift death.

At first, when plus was just launched, it was extremely busy on the network. Everyone who could get their hands on an invitation didn’t hesitate to tell anybody, and all the new features that plus offered had to be thoroughly tested. After a short while however, the new and shiny edges became a bit less shiny, and Google+ turned silent once again. I personally hardly ever check plus these days, but that might just change now that everyone can create a new account.

The mobile Android app has undergone some changes as well. From now on you will be able to access video chats from your smartphone if you have a front camera. Also, huddles have been renamed to messages and include a file sharing system now that allows you to send pictures and other files to each other. You will need Android 2.3 or higher to use this update. An iOS update is not yet available, but Google says it is working on it.

After all this time it is still hard to predict what Google+ will do in the future, but now it has gained its official beta-tag, we might be able to shed some more light on that matter in a little while. I for one will keep track of its updates.