Nexus Media Importer (8.3.7) – Paidware Android App Review

May 27, 2015

Nexus Media Importer (8.3.7)

Tested On: Asus Nexus 7 (Model: ME37OT) with Android Lollipop (V5.1.1) Installed.

Cost Of App: $2.98 CAD (Google Play App Store)

Cost Of 100% (Necessary) USB OTG Cable: Which can run you anywhere from $1.99 CAD/USD to $20.00 CAD/USD. It all depends on which type of plating you go for. You can get a basic model with just a non-coated steel metal connector. And by the way that is basic steel for both ends the min-USB (AKA. Male End of the connector) and the Max-y USB (AKA. Female End of the connector). Or you can go all the way to the gold or platinum plated connectors. Now just because you go all expensive on your USB OTG cable. Does not guarantee the best fit for your device.

Now, I say this as I have bought 4 of these very handy USB OTG cables and have had very mixed results. The platinum or very high end connector actually fit my device on the very low end of the 4 I bought.

Now, I have to point out. I went very OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) here. I wanted the best fit regardless of the price tag. So, I went to my local computer store and asked for the top of the line USB OTG cable they had in stock. That would work with my Nexus 7. So after paying close to $20 CAD. I came back home and tested it out and it was a poor fit. The best fit was the the gold plated one from Amazon.ca. That cost me $6.99 CAD with free shipping. The second best fit was an eBay buy for $3.99 USD also with free shipping. Oddly, enough it did not mention a lot about the type of metal the connectors were plated with. But, if I were to guess with the price point and and magnet test. I ran. (Please don’t run any magnet tests on anything electronic or tech related. You may in fact damage or alter your device. You may even render said device or devices unusable) It is just very common steel alloy mixture or perhaps pure steel. It was not a perfect fit. But better then the so called top end platinum USB OTG cable. At least in my experience. Some cables will be more still and other a little looser. Just don’t force it, nor should you leave the connector on while you are not using your tablet.

App Description: (See Below)

Nexus Media Importer allows you to stream and transfer music, video, photos and documents from a USB flash drive or card reader connected to your Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (G1 & G2), Nexus 10, Moto X, Galaxy Nexus, Xoom or other Android 4.0+ devices with USB Host support. See technical notes for a list of supported file types and file systems.If you have the Nexus 7 2013 or Nexus 10, make sure you update to Android 4.4+ to avoid problems.

1. An Android 4.0+ device. Known compatible devices include the Google Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7 & 10 and the Motorola Xoom. Please try the free “Nexus Photo Viewer” first if you do not have one of these devices. Due to hardware limitations, the Nexus 4 is not supported.

2. An USB OTG (On-The-Go) cable. Costs range from $1-10 USD

3. An USB Flash Drive or USB Card Reader with a flash memory card inserted. Please see the FAQ on our website if you are trying to connect an external hard drive or other device.

To use:

-If you are using an card reader, put the flash memory card in the reader first.

-Attach your USB device to the OTG cable.

-Attach the OTG cable to the Nexus or other device.

-The application should launch automatically.

-Photos can be browsed by selecting from the list then swiping back and forth.

-Videos can be streamed with the Play icon.

-The Advanced tab can be used to manage and transfer files.

-Use the Connect screen to determine the viewed device and the destination device for the Copy/Move operations.

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IMPORTANT: To use NMI offline, you will have to activate the license by opening it online after installing.

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Are there in App ads ?: No

A. Ease Of Use: 4.5/5 – Very easy to use once you get use to it.

B. Security: There is the possibility of importing viruses and or other software / files that may in fact damage your device. So caution is advised when trying to important unknown files or software to your Nexus device(s).

C. Usefulness: 4/5 – Very useful. It is an ever expanding application as each new update hits. You can now upgrade your previously non-upgrade-able “Nexus 7 32 Gig Wi-fi version G1 or G2 (Generation 1 or 2).” I still find that running TV shows and or movies off of a USB flash stick or a USB external hard drive. It does tend to skip and buffer like crazy. But if you decide to transfer it to your device and run it off of that. Then you are way more likely to have a buffer free experience.

D. Tablet Slowdown: No slow down, that I noticed.

E. Type Of User I Would Recommend To Use This App: Anyone who wants to drastically increase the usefulness of their Nexus device(s). Will find this app not only useful but needed.

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Remy “Se7en”


Ipsos i-Say Survey Panel – Survey Site Review (May 2015)

May 25, 2015

Name: i-Say By Ipsos Survey Panel

Link: http://www.i-say.com/

Who Is Eligible: Pretty Much Anyone

Type of Award Or Payment: Cash (points) / Gift Cards / Paypal / Charity Dollars / Instant Prize / Sweepstakes / Aeroplan miles

(500 point = $5.00 CDN/USD) Must have 500 points = $5.00 CDN/USD To Cash Out

Points Or Cash Normally Earned Per Survey: 0 – 50 points

Sign-Up Time: Not Very Long

How Many Surveys To Expect Per Week: 0 – 5

How Long Does It Take To Collect A Reward Or Cash Out: Varies quite a bit based on target demographics. But often it will take the bulk of people way longer then they really would want to wait to get their payout.

Do They Spam You: No

Overall Score: 1.5 out of 5 – There is still a real lack in overall surveys FOR MOST PEOPLE. Personally I have not received 4 survey since my (February 2015) review of i-Say. i-Say seems to have a truck load of new options to cash in and redeem with your points.

But I still feel that even with a new lower 500 point level for a $5 CAD/USD cash out. i-Say will still take you some serious time to achieve even at the new lower $5 for 500 points level. Which is still insane to say the very least. When your not even getting 1 survey a week (Unless you are really lucky).

Very Important Side Note: i-Say seems to be very very picky with whom they send the bulk of their surveys too. I say this without a doubt and way over a 3 years of proof that they will only pick certain people based on sex, age and parenthood status.

(Which makes sense. But sucks large for the likes of me. Who is male and 31 without kids.)

Most often the surveys are going to mothers with kids under 18. The other huge segment is mothers or fathers with adult kids 18-25 years of age.

I would be very surprised if you got any surveys. If you were male age 26 or older without kids. It also seems to be lopsided with regards to the same age range for the ladies. If you are a female of almost any age. You are way more likely to get surveys and be able to get your payout.

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Kirbe


ImTranslator (8.14) – Mozilla FireFox Add-on Review

May 23, 2015

ImTranslator (8.14)

A. Ease Of Use: 4/5 – A very easy and straight forward add-on, but there are still some settings that can get a bit tedious to newer Firefox users.

B. Security: Not Applicable To This Add-on

C. Usefulness: 4/5 – Both my life as a member of the (CSW) team and my life on the net would be a lot harder without this add-on. If you ever wondered how to say something in another language, or even if you just ran into a site and or blog that is not in your own native tongue / language.

D. FireFox Slowdown: At times this add-on can really slow down your browser.

E. Computer Slow Down: PC slowdown can occur on the very rare occasion. Often it will occur when you leave this add-on by accident with in your FireFox browser Window, or if you have been in a FireFox session for quite a while. And then you decide you want to translate a large swath of text.

F. Type Of User I Would Recommend To Use This Add-on: Any level of Firefox user could benefit from this add-on.

Very Important Firefox Add-on Compatibility Note: The add-on NoScript (NoScript Review Link) will cause this add-on to crash or not work at all. You will need to add  imtranslator.net to your NoScript White list, which can be found in your Firefox add-ons. Go to the NoScript add-on. Highlight it, then go to options. Go to second tab called whitelist then add imtranslator.net. Then press Allow, and you can then close Firefox, and re-load it. Then everything should be all good.

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Firefox Add-on Download Link: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/imtranslator/

Alternate Google Translator Site Link: http://translate.google.com/

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Kirbe


SUPERAntiSpyware (6.0.1194) Professional Edition – Full Review

May 21, 2015

The Rating Scale Breakdown:

  • 0  – 0.5 – Abysmal
  • 1.0 – 1.5 – Terrible
  • 2.0 – 2.5 – Poor
  • 3.0 – 3.5 – Average
  • 4.0 – 4.5 – Great
  • 5.0 – Excellent
  • Undetermined – Too soon to tell or lacking evidence to provide a solid answer
  • Not Tested – Has yet to be requested or there is some limitations to prevent accurate test results
  • N/A – Not Available and or Not Applicable to this program

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V. 7.5 D“SAS” Professional Review Template

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Price: $29.95 USD/CAD For A 1 year Subscription For Up To 3 PC’s.

Is SUPERAntiSpyware Pro Worth The Price ?: Yes it is. If you want the full protection with the added benefits of Automatic Updating, Scheduling Scanning and Real-Time Protection. Then you will be more then happy with the $29.95 USD/CAD price point.

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A. Installation SUPERAntiSpyware – 5.0 Excellent” – Fast, Safe and Simple

B. Un-installing SUPERAntiSpyware3.5Average – No start menu un-install feature. But you can un-install using the Windows control panel.

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C. Stability Of Program – 5.0 Excellent” – Absolutely no stability issues.

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D. Residential Shield Test 4.5Great – Very useful and its always great when you can add an extra layer protection to your PC.

DD. Browser Hi-Jack And Registry Protection4.0Great – Great. But there is still no protection for ether Mozilla Firefox or Chrome.

DDD. System Repair Option4.0Great – Used it and it works like a charm. Thou you still should read the descriptions over a few times. Before you decide to use one of the many repair options SUPERAntiSpyware Pro has.

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E. Detection Rate Test:

E1. Windows XP5.0Excellent

E2. Windows Vista5.0Excellent

E3. Windows 7 5.0Excellent

E4. Windows 85.0Excellent

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F. Speed of Scan4.5Great – Just as Danny talked about in the freeware version review of SUPERAntiSpyware. It seems instead of decreasing overall scan times. They have actually in some cases increase 10 to 20 minutes overall. But just like Danny said “We will keep a close eye on the next version to see if this is a new trend.” Or just a blip on an otherwise positive trending direction.

FF. Scan Boost5.0Excellent– This option seems to have remained. So much so even my dual core computers have show at least a 10 to 20 mins differences between using regular or “Low Boost” as oppose to “High Boost” scanning option.

FFF. Types Of Different Scans Available 5.0Excellent– With 5 different types of scans to suite your fancy. You can’t go wrong regardless of your final choice of scan.

G.Update Manager5.0 Excellent – Works like a charm with no lag at all.

H. Scan Logs – 4.0Great– The logs could be quite a bit easier to read. But they are in the same league as most programs in this category.

I. SUPERAntiSpyware Support 3.0Average – You have their “Free, unlimited 24/7 technical support via e-mail”,  “Customer Support Request Form” or “User Forums

**Yes, people I agree it is SUPER lame that SUPERAntiSpyware Pro. The paid version of SUPERAntiSpyware has no phone support or live chat support.

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My Overall Score: 72.5/80

90.6 % = A +

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My Overall Outlook: SUPERAntiSpyware remains a very easy and safe program to use. SUPERAntiSpyware is truly your one stop shop for Spyware, Adware, Malware and Internet Cookie detection and removal.

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Here is link a to download SUPERAntiSpyware Professional Trial Edition:

1. http://www.superantispyware.com/download.html (SUPERAntiSpyware Main Site)

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Erin + Remy “Se7en”


SUPERAntiSpyware (6.0.1194) Free Edition – Freeware Review

May 20, 2015

The Rating Scale Breakdown:

  • 0  – 0.5 – Abysmal
  • 1.0 – 1.5 – Terrible
  • 2.0 – 2.5 – Poor
  • 3.0 – 3.5 – Average
  • 4.0 – 4.5 – Great
  • 5.0 – Excellent
  • Undetermined – Too soon to tell or lacking evidence to provide a solid answer
  • Not Tested – Has yet to be requested or there is some limitations to prevent accurate test results
  • N/A – Not Available and or Not Applicable to this program

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V. 7.5 C“SAS” Freeware Review Template

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Price: Free

A. Installation SUPERAntiSpyware – 5.0 Excellent” – Fast, Safe and Simple

B. Un-installing SUPERAntiSpyware3.5Average – No start menu un-install feature. But you can un-install using your Windows control panel.

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C. Stability Of Program – 5.0 Excellent” – Absolutely no stability Issues

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D. Residential Shield TestN/A – Not available In Free version

DD. Browser Hi-Jack And Registry ProtectionN/A – Not available In Free version

DDD. System Repair OptionN/A – Not available In Free version

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E. Detection Rate Test:

E1. Windows XP5.0Excellent

E2. Windows Vista5.0Excellent

E3. Windows 7 5.0Excellent

E4. Windows 85.0Excellent

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F. Speed of Scan4.5Great – It might just be me. But it seems scan times have gone down in this latest version of SUPERAntiSpyware.

FF. Scan Boost5.0Excellent– This option seems to have vastly improved (yet again). So much so even my dual core computers have show at least a 10 to 20 mins differences between using regular or “Low Boost” as oppose to “High Boost” scanning options.

FFF. Types Of Different Scans Available 5.0Excellent– With 5 different types of scans to suite your fancy. SuperAntiSpyware has all the different types of scans you’ll need. For any job you want to tackle.

G.Update Manager4.5Great – Needs to be updated manually. But works like a charm with no lag at all. As SUPERAntiSpyware has implemented smaller definition updates. There are also a lot more definitions updates available to be manually updated.  Which is great to see.

H. Scan Logs3.5 Average” – The logs could be quite a bit easier to read. But they are in the same league as most programs in this category.

I. SUPERAntiSpyware Support3.5Average – You have their “Customer Support Request Form” or “User Forum” options.

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My Overall Score: 59.5/65

91.5 % = A +

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My Overall Outlook: SUPERAntiSpyware still remains an extremely effective anti-spyware / malware program. (Even in it’s freeware version package.) You are not choked to death with excessive over the top software limitations, like so many other freeware programs out there. You are still required to update SUPERAntiSpyware manually and you can still use SUPERAntiSpywares 5 different scanning options (minus of course the scan scheduler option).

The only 2 very minor downsides that I can see, are that you have to manually scan and manually update SuperAntiSpyware yourself. (But for most people that is not even a very big deal. Because we already do it anyways with so many other free programs such as Spybot and Malwarebytes.)

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Here is the download link to SUPERAntiSpyware Free Edition:

1. http://www.superantispyware.com/download.html (SUPERAntiSpyware Main Site)

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Danny


Harris Poll Online – Survey Site Review (May 2015)

May 18, 2015

Name: Harris Poll Online

Link: http://www.harrispollonline.com/

Who Is Eligible To Participate: Anybody

Type of Award Or Payment: Points / Instant Prize / Sweepstakes /

Points Or Cash Normally Earned Per Survey: 0  – 100

Sign-Up Time: Very Short

How Many Survey Invitations Should You Expect Per Week: 0 – 5

How Long Does It Take To Collect A Reward Or Cash Out: You’ll be long dead before you get the prize you really want, unless you are really really lucky.

Do They Spam You: No

Overall Rating: 1 out of 5 – Harris Poll Online has some very cool rewards available. But the overall decrease of surveys invites (month over month) and downright unfair point values. Will keep you from the cool rewards for a really rather long time.

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Ghostery (5.4.5) – Mozilla FireFox Add-on Review

May 16, 2015

Ghostery (5.4.5)

A. Ease Of Use: 3.5/5 – Fairly easy to setup (But fairly difficult to understand what this add-on actually does). Just select what you want blocked. By checking off the box or boxes you want and your good to go.

B. Security: 4.5/5 – Ideally this add-on can pretty much cover all the Internet browsing protection you will need. (If setup correctly and paired with NoScript Firefox add-on.)

C. Usefulness: 5/5 – Ghostery sees the “invisible” web, detecting trackers, web bugs, pixels, and beacons placed on web pages by Facebook, Google Analytics, and over 600 other ad networks, behavioural data providers, web publishers – all companies interested in your activity.

D. FireFox Slowdown: Depends on the web page. But generally there is some mild to heavy lag (But will vary based on computer and Internet connection)

E. Computer Slow Down: No lag that I noticed. But FireFox does seem to use more memory faster. When Ghostery is active and in use.

F. Type Of User I Would Recommend To Use This Add-on: A more advanced Firefox user would find this add-on way more useful. Then a novice no doubt about that.

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Download Link: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/ghostery/?src=ss

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Kirbe


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