Creating illustrations can be a lot of fun. The more talented you are, the more your talents are going to be in demand. Of course, when you first get started out trying to sell your illustrations, you might feel a little lost. The good news is there are many opportunities for you to make the most of your illustrations when you look to sell them online. You open up your market to a much wider audience, and you have the ability to make a real name for yourself. In other words, this means learning how to utilize the tools available to you online as well as making the most of your time. Marketing yourself online can be tricky and it can take a lot of hard work. However, with these tools, you can get what you are looking for in a much shorter period of time.
Second Hand Selling Sites
According to Mashable, there are plenty of sites available to help you sell your illustrations online. All you need to do is find the different sites that concentrate on the illustrations you are looking to sell and you are going to find it’s easy to sell illustrations online. The one thing to remember is these sites make their money by taking a cut of the money you are going to make by selling your illustrations. When you set your prices, you might want to set your prices to accommodate for the amount of money the site is going to take as their commission. This way, you are still going to get paid the amount you want to get paid and the site is happy because it’s able to make enough money to stay in business. Keep in mind these sites can take a while for your illustrations to sell, but as long as you put a lot on the site, you are going to have an easy time of seeing a constant income.
How many times do you see your smartphone lockscreen a day? I can safely say it’s very very often. Looking at the same lockscreen every time we check our phone is just too boring. Well, thanks to Android being a highly customizable platform, there are some cool lockscreen replacement apps available free in Google Play Store.
Time Machine Locker – Android Lockscreen App
I would like to introduce an interesting award-winning lockscreen app called Time Machine Locker. This free app is able to automatically identify memorable photos from your social network and other sources using a special algorithm and display the photo on your lockscreen with added beautiful effects. In other words, your lockscreen won’t always be the same picture and you’ll also be surprised occasionally with new photos when you unlock the screen.
Wonderful pictures on lockscreen, always!
Time Machine Locker App Interface
Time Machine Locker app uses Facebook login for user authentication and the app requires permission to access to your Facebook profile, pictures, some public information, etc. From my experience in using the app, it’s able to analyze my current relationship and memorable moments in Facebook and uses photo of wonderful places I’ve visited and people that I care. I guess that’s why my wife’s photo is appearing very often on my lockscreen and it always puts a smile on my face when I see it. If I come across a picture that I like, I can even share it to my Facebook or cast it to my Facebook friends.
A few weeks ago, I received a CityLite II Ultra Backpack from Targus for review. CityLite II Ultra Backpack is one of the latest models in Targus CityLite II series that they just launched in April 2014. I’ve been using it daily and truly love it as my primary laptop bag now.
Targus CityLite II Series
The latest Targus CityLite II series consists of the following 4 new models (as shown in above picture) :-
- 15.6″ CityLite II Ultra Backpack (rightmost) RM238
- 15.6″ CityLite II Max Backpack (leftmost) RM238
- 15.6″ CityLite II SL Backpack (2nd leftmost) RM288
- 17″ CityLite II Ultimate Backpack (2nd rightmost) RM319
Prior to using this CityLite II Ultra Backpack, I’ve always thought the free laptop bag that comes with any purchase of a new laptop is good enough for everyday use. I had to change this misconception of mine after using a CityLite II Ultra Backpack because I was impressed with the extra protection it offers and some features that totally worth the money.
Targus CityLite II Ultra Backpack (TSB798AP)
Targus CityLite II Ultra Backpack, like all the backpacks in CityLite II collection, is designed for travel and everyday use. It is great for business commute, travel, and as a carry-on for airplanes too. The safety lock anti-theft puller system prevents easy access into the backpacks. It’s very effective to avoid unwanted opening of the bag and makes it harder for pickpockets to unzip and steal anything from inside the backpack. This feature provides better safety against pickpockets and thieves especially when commuting.
Anti-theft Puller System
Wearable gadget is set to be a new trend in 2014 as we have already seen many wearable tech products been launched in the market so far this year from smart watches to fitness tracking appliances. The design of USB thumb drive has been keeping up with this latest trend too, hence, the introduction of wristband thumb drive!
Silicon Wristband Thumb Drive
A wearable wristband thumb drive is convenient to use and it’s trendy to be given as a personal or corporate gift. USB thumb drive does not have to look dull and you do not have to worry of losing the cap of your USB thumb drive anymore. A wide variety of wristband thumb drives is offered by USB Thumb Drive, a reliable supplier of wristband pen drive :-
- Silicon Wristband thumb drive – Silicon rubber material, silkscreen printing for branding
- PU Leather wristband usb drive – PU leather and metal material, silkscreen printing/laser engraving for branding
- Adjustable bracelet usb flash drive – Harder silicon rubber material, silkscreen printing for branding
These customized wristband thumb drives are available in many striking colours like red, blue, purple, apple green, yellow, etc. If it is to be given as a corporate gift, the body colour of the wristband thumb drive can be produced to match the pantone colour code of a company logo. Bracelet style wristband thumb drive wraps around the wrist and can be worn comfortably and keep the company logo visible for every handshake, wave and gesture. Besides, it is a great choice as gift for wedding ceremony, product launching and school events too. These wristbands come in a variety of popular colors to complement logo artwork or even match clothing of the special event.
PU Leather & Metal Wristband USB Drive
Storage capacity of these wristband thumb drive is available in either 2GB, 4GB, 8GB, 16GB or 32GB. Wristband thumb drive with adjustable length as shown in the picture below is flexible and can overcome the problem of different wrist arm size of the wearer for the conventional bracelet model design.
Adjustable bracelet usb flash drive
Please feel free to visit USB Thumb Drive website for more information about customized wristband thumb drives.
Sony just recently launched their latest mirrorless camera Sony Alpha 5000 in Malaysia about two weeks. Meanwhile, Sony’s NEX branding is officially discontinued as Sony has decided to drop the NEX prefix for all its interchangeable lens cameras, so this latest model is simply called Sony Alpha 5000.
As an early adopter of mirrorless camera system, I’ve been using my ever-reliable Sony NEX-3 for more than 3 years now. Therefore, I was very glad to be invited to Sony’s private bloggers gathering event and had the chance to review Sony Alpha 5000 camera.
At the Sony Alpha 5000 Bloggers Gathering, Mr. Kikuo Okura San, Sony Malaysia Managing Director, kicked start the event with a warm welcome speech followed by a brief product presentation by Mr. Ishida Masahiko, Head of Digital Imaging Sony Malaysia.
Welcome speech by Mr. Kikuo Okura San, Sony Malaysia Managing Director
Product presentation by Mr. Ishida Masahiko, Head of Digital Imaging Sony Malaysia
Last week, WeChat officially release its latest 5.1 version for iOS and Android in Malaysia, and I was invited to the launch event. WeChat 5.1 packs a few new features including social games that the user can challenge their friends.
As one of the leading social communication apps in China, WeChat is gaining tremendous growth in South-East Asia as well. In Malaysia, WeChat has gained 90% of smart phone penetration in recent years and was in the Top 10 Google Trends of 2013.
With this new release of WeChat 5.1, WeChat is aiming to enhance the users’ social life with the introduction of 4 new social games, a new camera app (StoryCam), and the ability to host up to 100 friends (previously max. 40) in a single chat room. All these new features are of course free of charge and are currently available in iOS and Android. Furthermore, we were informed that a new thrilling speed racing game, Wreckless Racer, will be available in the app very soon.
WeChat 5.1 can host up to 100 people in one single chat room
Download all the free games under Discover > Games
- Pencil Pilot – a simple scrolling shooter game.
- Gunz Dash – Choose your favorite hero and embark on an exciting adventure in a fantasy universe. Speed through worlds and collect coins for a high score in this thrilling 2D animated, endless running game.
- Craz3 Match – An easy-to-play but addictive game! Line up animals of the same kind for spectacular effects and move on to the next level.
- 2Day’s Match – A brand new casual puzzle game. Match two tiles of the same kind to clear them.
WeChat Pencil Pilot Game
WeChat Gunz Dash Game
WeChat Craz3 Match Game
WeChat 2Day’s Match Game
Besides these additive games, WeChat 5.1 also comes with a new camera app called StoryCam. Users can add text as description into the photo with this exclusive app. Festival watermarks, filters and real-time location based information are available in the app so the user can further personalize and share any moment.
WeChat is not stopping here, now the app has more new features that make connecting even more enjoyable such as :-
- Edit ‘Favorite Messages’ – Save your favorite text and voice messages, photos and videos to ‘Favorite Messages’. It’s the first cloud-based storage service on mobile social communication apps so the user can view and share again anytime.
- Register with Email Address – Users have more choices to connect with WeChat now. Just register with a valid email address to start chatting with friends.
- Gmail Contact Integration – Link to Google account, find out who else is using WeChat and add them to the friends list.
Now I would say WeChat has become a more complete messaging app that not only lets you text and chat but also have more fun sharing pictures and playing games. If you haven’t got it installed in your smartphone, visit www.wechat.com for the more information.