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Which is the one essential item that tops your travel packing checklist? To me, it’s the travel adapter if I’m traveling to a foreign country using a different power socket than mine. Gadgets that I usually will bring along are at least my mobile phone, a camera, a tablet and sometimes a laptop if the trip is long. I can’t live without these gadgets while travelling and surely can’t imagine if all of them run out of battery when I need them.
A good travel adapter would be one that is compact, light and can act as a single universal plug converter that will work with any of the four most common power outlets found in:-
- 1. North America
- 2. UK, Commonwealth countries & Middle East
- 3. Rest of Europe
- 4. China, Australia & New Zealand
It would be an added point if the travel adapter comes with a built-in safety fuse that can protect our devices from short circuit. On top of that, a built-in USB charging port would be handy as well since most of the portable devices we have these days are using USB port for charging.
Head over to this Gift Supplier Malaysia website to shop for a travel adapter that meets all the requirements I mention above. The price starts from RM19.00 each, which is reasonable too. Besides, they have custom branded USB flash drive, Powerbank and Bluetooth wireless speaker for sale as well.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become more commonplace nowadays thanks to the technology advancement in the past decade. We’ve seen tech giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook invest in self-driving cars, robotic dogs, home automation, etc. The rise of specially designed robots can lend a helping hand in eldercare as well, whether it is doing some manual tasks or giving emotional support to the elderly.
While in some aging countries like Japan, there are just not enough young people to look after the aging society due to low birthrate; most elders in other aging Western countries prefer to stay independently at home. Therefore, the idea of living with robots is to use robots to assist seniors and the home-bound with day-to-day tasks as well as communications.
Not only smart robots can help in doing specific tasks for the elders such as open a door, serve a drink, or turn open a can, some are specialized in giving emotional support too. Studies have proven robots designed for social interaction with elders play an important role with respect to their health and psychological well-being. Besides, companion robots could be a cost effective solution in eldercare because it can significantly reduce the cost of medications as many elderly patients have become less dependent on drugs after living with the robots.
Feel free to visit this special “Living with Robots” series and learn more about how robots can offer special care for the elderly.
Keeping an updated record of all sales and expenses in a business account is one of the most tedious activities for many home based online sellers, freelancers, blogshop owners and also self-employed retailers. Small business owner just don’t have the budget to hire an in-house accountant to deal with all the figures. Therefore, many who don’t have accounting knowledge or time would rather spend some money outsourcing this financial part of their business or purchase an accounting software to help keep track of the business account. So you may wonder is there a simple and free solution for small business owners?
Download the app and try it now. It’s free!
Here I would like to introduce a simple accounting app called Easy Count, which is developed by a Malaysian company. It’s easy to use and most importantly it’s free. Here’s the download link for iOS & Android.
Easy Count – A Free, Simple & Easy-To-Use Finance App
When you open the app for the first time you’ll be asked for an ID, just put any number of your choice. After that you can create financial report for as many companies as you like on the next page.
Enter an ID then create/select a company.
Huge size with superb image quality is my first impression on this Philips BDM4065UC monitor. Viewing a 40″ monitor at 4K resolution on your computer desk is a totally different experience from viewing a 40″ 4K TV from your couch. Therefore, using a 40-inch display as computer monitor is considerably huge. This impression of huge basically comes from the fact that the viewing distance between the user and monitor (about 0.6 meter away only) is a lot closer than viewing a 40″ TV (optimal distance around 1.5 meter). The monitor is huge but not bulky as its thickness is only 88mm without the stand and the bezel is slim too.
Single Huge Monitor Setup
Albeit some may think 40 inches is a little too big for a 4K monitor, I think the huge screen of this Philips BDM4065UC may be useful for people like photographer, videographer, programmer, architect, graphic designer, accountant, etc. These are the people who need big working space on a computer monitor. If your job needs a lot of scrolling, you probably need a bigger monitor like this one. Besides, the huge 40″ screen with wide viewing angle (up to 176º) is ideal to be used in meeting, presentation, or anytime when you need to split the screen into 2 or 3 or 4 separate screens.
Philips BDM4065UC comes with 3 “Smart” features:-
Philips BDM4065UC SmartResponse & SmartContrast Features
As mentioned in Part 1: Introduction & Unboxing, SmartResponse feature will make the response rate faster by shifting pixels as quickly as possible. You can set it to 3 speeds, as in Fast, Faster and Fastest. While SmartResponse may solve the ghosting (smearing) effect due to slow response rate, it somehow creates inverse ghosting (trailing of images) as a side effect. All these are only noticeable if you really look very closely.
SmartContrast, as the name itself suggests, allows the monitor to adjust backlight brightness automatically according to the amount of “light” or “dark” in the image on display.
This 40″ 4K monitor is huge but it doesn’t look bulky thanks to its slim bezel and there’s no button on the front. The monitor’s dimension without stand is 904mm x 512mm x 88mm and weighs only 8.5KG. It comes with an elegant metal stand that is slim and metallic. However, the metal stand is not adjustable which means the height and angle of the monitor is fixed and you can’t even tilt the monitor. It does support a VESA 200mm mount though, so you can fix it to a stand or a wall and it will be more versatile with the flexibility in tilting and swiveling.
Philips BDM4065UC Front Design
On the rear side, the VESA mounting screw holes are in the middle and there are 4 USB 3.0 ports (and 1 upstream port to connect to PC/laptop) on the right side. One of the 4 x USB 3.0 ports is a fast-charging port for quick phone/powerbank charging. There is an AC power port (for power cord) towards the bottom left. A pair of 7-watt stereo speakers is hidden beneath the monitor and face downward. Their frequency range is limited and the bass is not strong enough but it’s pretty loud though.
Philips BDM4065UC Rear Design