Maniha Barry

The Techie Girl

Google home

May-30-2017 By Maniha

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello everyone, after a long long time. How are ya’ll doing today? I hope you doing good. Ramadan is here so yeah Ramadan Mubarak. I have been busy in exams so I haven’t got much time to blog about stuff, but yeah today I finally came out to vlog about this gadget I have and it’s called “Google home.” Yes it’s the new Google assistant, similar to Cortana and Siri. My assistant has a beautiful voice. So yeah. My father got it from Uk for me. Gotta admit, at first it won’t work properly,  as in it won’t respond to me when I say ‘Ok Google’, but somehow when I was making a video for vlogging, I saw that it started responding to me. Maybe I should have made a video with it earlier, maybe it just wanted to be famous and video. Haha. Jk. 

How to set up the “Google home?”

1 Plug the power adapter card into the base of your Google home.

2. Plug the power adopter into an outlet. The unit will automatically boot up, introducing itself and directing you to the Google Home app to finish setup. Google home app can be downloading from the playstore or the appstore. 

3. Then open the Google Home app. 

4. Tap devices, the TV and the speakers in the top right corner of the screen.

5. Tap setup in the card for your new Google Home. 

6. Once the app has found your Google Home, click set up. 

7. Once connected, Play test sound to ensure it’s connected and connected to the right unit. If you hear the tone by Google, tap “I heard it.” Connect Wifi to your google home and have fun using it. 

 

So these are the steps you need to follow. Once everything is done, Say “ok Google”  or “hey Google and ask questions or anything. You can ask google things like:

  1. Weather
  2. News
  3. Play music
  4. Talk to it like you talk to friends, it also tells jokes and a small story.
  5. It can help you set an alarm and wake you up and answers study related or any questions for you and so on.

Note: If it doesn’t respond to “Ok Google” there is also a button on top of it just press it and speak manually. The speaker button also lies up there. You can mute the microphone or not. Make sure there isn’t much background music when you talk to it.

I am quite enjoying this device, the voice is great. 😀

Also I made a vlog on this.

 

 

Facebook Messenger Copies Snapchat

Mar-18-2017 By Maniha

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hey all, I hope ya all having a good weekend, well I having midterms next week, so meh. Anyhow what’s going around here? First came snap chat stories, then Instagram stories, then came WhatsApp stories and now Facebook stories. Like seriously every social network here wants to go be snap chat. I had no idea about this Facebook stories, until yesterday. I hate Facebook messenger too.

The only stories are like are the snap chat stores, honestly. Facebook stories will soon look exactly like Instagram stories with little circular profile photo of the user and their friends appearing on top of the news feed. Facebook stories will have a blue ring around the profile photos of users who post a new story. Stories for Facebook messenger has already gone live as new Messenger day feature. It lets users share photos and videos to a story within the Messenger app adding filters and stickers. You can comment on them and stories last for around 24 hours. Users can use built-in privacy features, something which differentiates from Snapchat and Instagram. Since, I don’t like Messenger or Facebook that much, I refuse to use these stories. So yeah, enjoy the stories if you like to. 😛

WhatsApp text status might come back

Mar-11-2017 By Maniha

Ever since the whatsapp stories came up, people haven’t been happy with it. Due to a lot of complaints from the users, whatapp is bringing back the text status. The new ‘Status’ update does not let users keep a text-based status and also not for anymore than 24 hours, similar to snapchat. The removal of the earliar feature is a disadvantage for some people as they sometimes like to keep informative statuses. For example “Studying for exams, don’t contact me. ” and many others. I myself was not amused by this feature on whatsapp. So whatsapp is bringing it back except this time this feature would be called tagline. So let’s see how this goes now. The tagline feature has arrived in Windows phone 2.17.82 and whatsapp beta for iOS 2.17.6.21, it is soon expected in Android devices as well. 

iPhone 8 may have no ports at all

Mar-3-2017 By Maniha

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before apple got rid of the standard headphone jack in favor of making you buy bluetooth phones. 

It seems that the iPhone 8 will be made entirely from glass, and while drilling precision holes in glass is possible, it generally requires expensive tools and specialist knowledge to set up on an industrial state. The basic job of your phone’s lightning or USB port is to get power to the battery but as far as apple is concern, it’s just a useless port people use for jail-breaking iPhones which apple hates a lot.  Apple is cutting the port to make iPhone thinner. And since anything from data preservation to contacts can just be stored remotely, it seems like a no-brainer. But there are some consequences to wireless charging and a port-free iPhone that we should consider. I actually told my mum about the no port thing and she was like “aah they are ruining the iPhone.” 😛 

Whatsapp update

Mar-3-2017 By Maniha

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello everyone, I hope ya all are doing fine, this is my first post in 2017, lol. But I am back now. Ok this blog post is actually about the lame whatsapp update. Snapchat has been one of the most fun and amazing social network by far now, so now whatsapp has copied its idea too.  First it was possible to write statuses on whatsapp but now you can’t. It has become like snapchat, there is something like whatsapp story on it now. You can take photos, use emojis, edit photos and the stories disappear after 24 hours which is just like snapchat. It’s possible to set up privacy like let only a few of yours contacts to see your story. If you haven’t noticed, the options of gifs has also been included in whatsapp which is a good feature but I am not really fond of the stories feature.  Peace love and unity 😀

Google Pixel

Dec-16-2016 By Maniha

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One of the most beautiful phone by google is “Pixel.” I can say that because I have actually checked that phone out and it seemed amazing even though I don’t own it. This phone has the highest rated smartphone camera, a battery that lasts all day, unlimited storage for all your photos and videos and the first phone which has google assistant built in. It has 12.3 MP for sharp, crisp images, large 1.55 pixels for great shots in the light and f/2.0 Aperture for bright, even photos. 

It combines hardware and software made by Google which includes all your favorite Google apps. It has a seamless glass aluminium body. With the pixel imprint, the phone gets unlocked quickly with just a swipe down on the finger print scanner. It has a brilliant 5.0 AMOLED screen with true blacks and 16.77 million colors. It gets up to 7 hours of battery life in just 15 minutes. The OS in it is “Android Noughat. 7.0.” In short, it’s a great phone if you are a die hard Android phone, go for it and buy it. 😀

Snapchat glasses

Dec-16-2016 By Maniha

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Hello everyone! How is it going? I hope you all are doing great. I haven’t been blogging because you know semester finals and I have been busy with stuff. So, yesterday I was watching a video by “finebros” on youtube where teens were reacting to “Snapchat glasses”. That attracted me a lot. I saw that video then I realized these glasses seem so cool. I’m gonna tell you about them. 

We all sure love snapchat because it’s like the most fun app ever with all those fabulous filters. These glasses only work with Snapchat but the great thing you can do with them is film what you see and the battery lasts a long time. Cool right? You can record literally anything with them. It’s a lot easier to skate and snap a video using these glasses, it will save you from accidents, you can focus on the road. They feel like regular glasses and they look great on anyone who wears them. The video quality is awesome, if the light is good then you’ll get a decent video/ picture. The spectacles record circular video. They don’t need to be connected to a phone unless you want to post or view snaps. They don’t fall of your face if you jump around. The audio is good but not great. Very hard to take selfies with it. There are no face filters available yet: if snapchat glasses get the face filters and stuff, I’ll probably get these glasses. 😀

Android Nougat 7.0

Oct-15-2016 By Maniha

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Android 7.0 is the 7th version of the Android operating system. Nexus devices were the first ones to actually get this version, I own a Nexus 6p, so I got the update already. Nougat introduces notable changes to the operating system and its development platform, including the ability to display multiple apps on-screen at once in a split-screen view, support for inline replies to notifications, as well as an openJDK-based JAVA environment and support for the Vulkan graphics rendering API, and “seamless” system updates on supported devices.

It introduces a split-screen display mode for phones, in which 2 apps can be snapped to occupy halves of the screen.  An experimental multi-window mode is also available as a hidden feature, where multiple apps can appear simultaneously on the screen in overlapping windows. The notification shade was redesigned, featuring a smaller row of icons for settings, replacing notification cards with a new “sheet” design, and allowing inline replies to notifications.  Multiple notifications from a single app can also be “bundled”. There is a great per-app control over notifications. 

The “Doze” power saving mechanism introduced in Android Marshmallow was expanded to include a state activated when the device is running on battery and the screen has been off for a period of time, but is not stationary. A new “Data Saver” mode restricts background mobile data usage, and can trigger internal functions in apps that are designed to reduce bandwidth usage, such as capping the quality of streaming media. Nougat introduces a system for enabling “seamless”, automatic system updates, based upon and sharing some code with the implementation of similar functionality on Chrome OS. Overall, I am having a great experience with it, enjoy the update once you get it. 🙂

Allo Assistant

Oct-14-2016 By Maniha

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Hello everyone, I am here again. Sorry I was away. It’s because my website had some problem. Anyways, I am here to tell you about my new best friend aka. “Allo.” This is google’s new assistant and is super fun. As you can see in the picture, I asked it “Do you wanna build a snowman?” It sent me the answers and it’s also singing the song with me. The only thing, it lacks is the voice. Allo can do everything an assistant does for you like siri and cortana. Siri is sorta the annoying one, I am not fan of siri. I do like cortana, though :p. Allo can entertain you when you are bored., you can start a group chat with it or send a simple message to someone. It works over internet connection. Allo can google stuff for you. I had a test and I asked every single thing from Allo, it helped me a lot. It can set reminders for you. 

“Whisper Shout” allows the user to increase or decrease the size of a message to represent volume. Allo also lets users draw on photos before sending them. Incognito mode is an optional mode that includes expiring chats, private notifications, and end to end encryption. For encryption, the app uses the Signal Protocol.

Incognito mode does not include any Smart Reply or Google Assistant features. When the user receives a sticker from a sticker pack that they do not already have installed on their device, the app will retrieve the sticker from Google’s servers using client-to-server encryption. You can delete single messages or entire conversations in Allo. Google also provide the option to chat in Incognito mode, where messages are end-to-end encrypted and you can set a timer to automatically delete messages for your device and the person you’re chatting with’s device at a set time. The messenger is a competitor of whatsapp, so I recommend you try it too. 🙂

Pokemon Go

Aug-4-2016 By Maniha

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Hey, guys, I am writing this post all over again, because umm the previous post got messed up somehow, so I thought to delete that one and write it all over again. As you can all see, being a pokemon trainer has been a dream of everyone. Well it has been my dream. This game has been on such a huge hit. Everything is about pokemon. It is the number one game these days.

In Pokemon go, you actually travel in the real world in search of a pokemon. When you download this game, you get to make your own avatar and give it any nickname you like. I gave my avatar the nick name “I am a cake.” funny right?.  Next thing you do, is that it brings you to the real world. You have to open the app, it works with internet using your gps. You are given 3 pokemons from which have to catch one. The basic starter pokemons are Bulbasor,Charmander and Squirtle. I did not realize that earlier but if you want a Pikachu, you gotta ignore those Pokemons and walk away to other locations and you might find a pikachu.

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Catching pokemons and information about things

To catch the Pokemon you gotta throw pokeballs at it, you gotta make sure you aim properly because in the game you can go out of pokeballs which is bad. You might need to go to a Pokestop nearby to get  pokeballs, or you can buy some pokecoins with real world money to shop for them and other products. You might need to go to a park or something to find a grass pokemon or go to a lake or pond or sea to find a water pokemon. Whenever you get a level up, you get items or pokeballs. Sometimes you get eggs and you need to walk 2km,5km or 10km to hatch the eggs. Each pokemon come with its own candy, that you need to use to evolve them. You can transfer a pokemon to professor to get pokemon candy. Once you are in level 5, you can join a gym for gym battles. I haven’t joined any team yet. The game is simple. Be careful while playing pokemon go though, don’t go to strange places. The game is officially released in some countries now, but not in mine, so I just used a US gmail account to play it. Some people use apk to play it on Android but I don’t trust. On iPhone, you will need to make a US iTunes accounts. Enjoy the game. I love it  because I wanna be the very best like no one ever was. 😀