World Cup 2014 and busy July

Congratulations to Germany!
 

source: FIFA

It took the highest scoring team Germany 113min to score in the World Cup Final! Argentina did a great defending teamwork!
 
I was busy in the last 14 days – watching World Cup, some personal travels, and supporting partners for new products. Many new experiences!
 
Many people use tablets as TVs rather than computing devices. I was one of them in the last few weeks. I watched more than 20 World Cup games on my iPad Air. I was the only one in my home watching World Cup and it caused the least disturbance if I watched the games on my iPad (with  headphones) at 12am or 3am Hong Kong Time. I was out of town some days during the World Cup, I could use my local TV app by connecting back to Hong Kong via VyprVPN. I experienced two things:
-trial account helps customer acquisition for personal VPN services
-OpenVPN is better than IPSec VPN
 
There was one challenging issue I encountered when watching World Cup games on iPad – goal notifications from other iOS apps before goals were shown in the live videos. I learnt a good use case of iOS Do Not Disturb (DND) feature – I manually turned it on with the Always silence option selected during the live games. No more unwanted notification in live sport video!
 

 
During the travels I used my iPhone heavily. Portable battery was critical to keep my device working when I was on the road. Fortunately I found a great gadget – Imprinc ILAU30-01 portable battery and wall charger. It is not a surprise to me that better battery life is the most wanted feature for iPhone 6.

EdgeCast launched the HTTP Rules Engine – Mobile Device Detection early this year. This new feature helps CDN customers to provide different HTTP responds based on the device types making the HTTP requests. Some partners asked me how to use this feature. There were some enquiries about DNS-based load balancing. I put up three new demos in the last ten days to help my partners learning how to use EdgeCast services:
#24 RWD and CDN
#25 RESS and CDN
#26 EdgeCast Route Managed DNS
 
One of EdgeCast’s market-leading competitive advantages is edge computing capability. Customers can offload their content delivery workload to EdgeCast AND keep their controls over how to provide customized content/experience to their users. Here is an example: if you’re reading this blogpost on a device with screen width larger than 640 pixels, the above iOS DND image is changed from the default portrait iPhone screen capture to landscape iPad version. Cool?
 
It is a busy and explorative July!

source: Mustafa Azizabadi @azizabadi

Notes:
Quote:
“Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand.” Romans 14:4

iOS apps recommended:
Textastic Code Editor for iPad to develop HTML code much faster
GifBoom to make animated GIF and save directly to Photos album
iCurlHTTP to check HTTP respond headers
PDF PROvider+ empowers you to edit and sign PDF with ease
FIFA World Cup!
Bible.is
VyprVPN is a great VPN service with many VPN termination points in Asia

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Imprinc ILAU30-01 portable battery and wall charger review

Most popular smartphone accessory? I think case comes first and then portable battery comes second.

The Achilles’ Hills of smartphone and portable battery are the same: running out of power! Instead of three boxes – smartphone, portable battery with cable, wall charger with cable – are must haves if I’m on the road and busying working on my iPhone a whole day. To reduce the luggage, I can pick a larger battery but the additional weight indeed increases the load. I prefer a light weight battery and wall charger combo!

It is strange that there’re not many battery and wall charger combos in the market. I guess it is challenging to keep the Lithium battery intergated charging circuitry SSS (small, stable and safe). Below are some light weight and compact form factor products we have today:
(product name: battery size, weight, dimension (mm), battery recharge time, price)
Tylt Energi 2K: 2200mAh, 152g, 54x73x24, ?, $39.99
Fluxmob BOLT: 3000mAh, 88g, 34x70x28, ?, $59.99
myCharge Hub 6000: 6000mAh, 264g, 64x114x28, 3hr, $99
Imprinc ILAU30-01: 3000mAh, 117g, 56x98x20, 5.5hr, ~$38

All of them are compatible with 100-240v 50/60Hz AC input and built-in foldable US Type A prongs. DC output at 5V 1Amp, except larger Hub 6000 which supports 2.1Amp.

All of them support Pass Through Charging. iLounge says “BOLT charges its own internal battery at the same time as the iPhone’s, when plugged into the wall. That’s advantageous because it significantly cuts down on overall charging time.”

iPhone 5s battery size is 1570mAh and iPhone 5 is 1440mAh respectively. So 3000mAh is theoretically good enough to pump up iPhone from completely dry to full twice, and should be good for very heavy usage. Therefore most of the portable batteries are at 3000mAh.

There are many reviews about the first three products above-mentioned. I could not find them in markets near to Hong Kong. Fortunately I find the forth one! There is hardly any product review of it and therefore I would like to write one.

Imprinc ILAU30-01 was release in late 2013. Made in China.
Pros:
-Light weight. When compared to my 131g Just Mobile Gum, it feels much lighter!
-Compact. Good built quality. All plastic. Three color variations are available: black, white and pink.

iPhone 5s and Imprinc ILAU30-01 side-by-side

iPhone 5s and Imprinc ILAU30-01 side-by-side

-A power button on the front, with a charge status light and three battery level indicator LEDs.
-On one side is a full-sized USB port. 180 degree foldable wall prongs that hide away when not needed is on the other side.

-The foldable prongs are well designed to fit in wall power sockets without blocking other sockets.

imprinc-ILAU30-01W-sideview

Cons:
-product name is difficult to recall
-limited availability: Japan only (¥3880 at Yodobashi, Akihabara, Tokyo)