Category Archives: Technology

Google Pixel 6 Pro Will Be My Next Phone

I have been using Samsung Z Fold2 since last October. I really like the fold feature, but I hated Samsung bloatware and OS. I have no clue why I always get a notification saying that an app was shut down for violating security. Until now I have no clue which app is causing this issue because it is all in the background. I tried lots of Android phones, and never faced such issue. The best Android experience has always been Google Pixel, but the problem with Google Pixel they came with very low storage. These days I consider 128 GB low storage for my usage. I need a minimum of 256 GB, and 512 GB is ideal. Google Pixel has a very clean OS, and in my opinion it it the closest phone to an iphone. Now with Google releasing Pixel 6 Pro that comes in 256 GB and 512 GB and a camera that is 4 times the performance of previous cameras. They got my attention, and I really want to buy it. The only issue is how to buy it, because in the past Google Store used to ship to forwarding addresses. Then after Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, they completely stopped. I didn’t buy Pixel 4, but for Pixel 5, they listed it on Amazon. I bought it directly from Amazon, so it was very easy. Now the issue is that most probably, they won’t sell it on Amazon. I am guessing because Pixel 5a, which was released today wasn’t available on Amazon. I believe same thing will happen with the Pixel 6 Pro. My solution is to order it on a friend or family address in the US and they ship it to me, but I hate doing that. I really hope they sell it on Amazon and make the process easy for buyers outside of the US.

LG C1 OLED TV or Sony A90J OLED TV in Kuwait

An employee contacted me from Xcite letting me know that they are releasing the new line of Sony OLED TV’s. Right now Sony A90J is the best OLED TV available in Kuwait since the LG C1 and G1 aren’t available in Kuwait yet. Sadly I can only see Sony A90J 65″, and I don’t see the size that I am interested in which is the 83″. I believe they will eventually sell it, but lets see how much will it be priced at. Now I really want to go for an 83″ OLED TV, but the question is which TV should I buy. I am between Sony A90J and LG C1, and the reason I am reluctant to buy the C1 is because of the warranty if I buy it from B&H. There is this small risk that something goes wrong with the TV then it will be hard to fix. Once I bought a laptop that came damaged from the factory. It wasn’t turning on, so I had to find a place to fix it in Kuwait.

The thing that really surprised me at Xcite is that they priced the A90J cheaper than the US. I checked the price for the A90J at B&H. So if I decide to buy A90J, then I will buy it from Kuwait without thinking. Switch on the other hand is pricing LG OLED TV’s much more than the US, so I would take the risk and buy it from the US. The price in the US is around 630 KD for the GX 65″ and at Switch it is 990 KD. I will choose very soon, so I hope by then Switch adjust their prices to match the US.

LG C1 is a better gaming TV compared to the Sony A90J. I am leaning towards LG C1 much more than the Sony A90J, so it seems in the end I will take the risk.

Update: LG C1 is now available in Kuwait, but it is much more expensive than what I thought.

Check LG C1 at Switch AlBabtain (55″, 65″, 77″, 83″)

Nanit Pro – The Best Baby Camera Ever

Since my daughter was born less than a year ago, I wasn’t sure what are the good products to buy. I was buying things randomly without researching, which is something I rarely do. For example buying a car seat, I just went to Mother Care and bought a car seat without thinking. I never knew that there were better car seats such as Maxi Cosi and Cybex that are more user friendly than the traditional ones. When it came to cameras, I did the same exact thing, I went to Amazon and bought an Amazon Choice Camera and it was disconnecting a lot since homes in Kuwait are made from concrete. My brother in law called me and told me to get a Nanit camera. The way he explained it to me was by comparing it to Google Analytics but for a baby. I honestly didn’t know the difference until I bought the camera and tried it myself. I was really impressed with how advanced Nanit is, and it really made our life much easier. It set expectations of what my daughter is going through. Example, it send me a notification telling me that my daughter will be waking up more often because she will start teething at this age. Another example is that she will be waking more often because she started to learn new skills, and she will be practicing the new skills before sleeping. It also checks the sleeping cycles, and check if she is sleeping enough or not. Everyday when I wake up, I see the full sleep cycle of my daughter, the sleep cycle shows all the major events form the moment we put her in the crib to all the movements during the sleep and until she wakes up. Nanit is the best product I bought this year and it made parenting much easier for us. I also can check the temperature, humidity, height and much more using Nanit app. I highly recommend buying this product, and especially if you are a new parent. What new parents do is over searching using Google and then get scared when they read some info that aren’t relevant to what is happening. Nanit set the right expectations so you don’t have to search for anything online.

Where To Order iPhone 12 & iPhone 12 Pro in Kuwait

I am getting mixed feedback about iPhone 12. Some want to order it ASAP because their phones are very old and their batteries doesn’t last at all and some won’t upgrade until Apple redesign the iPhone. Having the same exact design as iPhone X isn’t exciting for some users, and they got bored of the design and specifically the notch. Now the question is where to pre-order iPhone 12 from in Kuwait.

The most common option I see is ordering it directly from Apple where they ship it directly to a forwarding address such as PostShipper which is tax free. This option is great because the charges aren’t much, but it lack warranty.

The other option is to buy from one of the local stores in Kuwait.

iPhone 12 & iPhone 12 Pro in Kuwait:- 

Best Electronics

A Store

Eureka 

AlFuhod

Mobile 2000

Xcite

 

Check out Ryukers lists for all E Commerce Websites & Apps in Kuwait / E Services Websites & Apps in Kuwait

The Best Gaming TVs for Playstation 5 (PS5) & Xbox Series X | S

A lot of people are asking about upgrading their TVs for Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X. The question is how to take advantage of the capabilities of the new consoles. The first thing to keep in mind that both PS5 and Xbox Series X support 4K and 120Hz. Sadly there aren’t many TV’s that support 120Hz right now and especially in Kuwait. HDR 10 is another component that is really important, so don’t miss it out.

If you have a TV that support 4K and 120Hz you must use HDMI 2.1 cable, which a lot of people didn’t know about. Not only that, you have to use the HDMI 2.1 slot in the TV as the other slots could be normal HDMI slots. My favorite TV’s has been always OLED TV’s but there aren’t many options in Kuwait. The best ranked gaming TV isn’t available in Kuwait at all, and I have no clue if they will ever bring it to the market or not. Now we will focus on the best gaming TV’s with 4K or 8K, 120Hz, and HDR10.

LG CX/GX 4K Line

LG CX/GX 77 inch 4K Smart OLED TV is ranked the best gaming TV in the market. This is the TV I really want to buy, and it will be available in Kuwait in 2-3 months. A lot of people are waiting for it to be released, and some already bought it from B&H or UAE. In terms of specs, it is one of the highest specs in the market. I will compare it with the new Sony A90J and decide which one to buy

Sony X900H 4K Line

This is the first line that Sony listed as Playstation 5 ready. This is a more affordable line than the Z8H which comes in 8K. For those who bought the X900H line, the update rolling right now will trigger the 4K 120Hz.

X900H : Xcite (55 inch, 75 inch, 85 inch)

X950H : Xcite (55 inch, 65 inch, 75 inch)

 

Sony Z8H 8K Line

The Z8H is available at Xcite right now, but it is a very expensive. I honestly wouldn’t buy 8K right now, so I will wait for prices to drop before switching to 8K TV’s. I think it will still take few years until it becomes a standard in the market. This is other line that Sony listed as Playstation 5 ready as well.

Xcite (75 inch, 85 inch)

 

Samsung Q70T, Q80T 4K Line

My friends have been buying TVs from this line. They love it so far, but there is a newer line that isn’t released in Kuwait yet which is the Q80T and Q90T. The Q80T & Q90T are recommended much more than the Q70T. I personally saw them playing on the Q70T and it was really great. If someone wants to buy it, I would say wait few more months until they release the Q80T/Q90T.

Best Electronics (65 inch, 75 inch)

Samsung Q90 8K Line

This line is similar to Sony Z8H 8K Line and both are very expensive, because they are 8K. I can find this line in multiple retailers in Kuwait, but I still wouldn’t buy it yet due to the price.

Xcite: (65 Inch, 75 Inch, 82 Inch)

Andalus: (65 Inch, 75 Inch, 82 Inch)

Best Electronics: (75 Inch, 82 Inch)

From all of these options, I am interested in LG 77 GX OLED TV. I believe that OLED TVs look the best when it comes to gaming, so I will monitor the upcoming TVs and update this list.

Where To Pre-Order Playstation 5 (PS5) in Kuwait  |   Where To Pre-Order Xbox Series X | S in Kuwait 

Pixel 5 Could Have Been Much Better

After switching to other Android phones, I realized that I already miss the pure Android experience. I decided to go back to Pixel once Google release Pixel 5. After the announcement of Pixel 5, I was disappointed by two things. The first thing is the processor Snapdragon 765G and I expected a better processor to be used. The other thing is the lack of storage. 128 GB is no longer enough for me right now. The amount of videos and pictures I receive via Whatsapp is much more than ever. It gets filled really fast, so I expect 256 GB at least. The ideal is 512 GB because I don’t have to worry about storage at all. I wish they offered 512 GB even at higher price tag, but that wasn’t the case. Now I am stuck and not sure what to buy for a next smartphone.

Did Xbox Series S Already Won This Generation Vs Playstation 5 (PS5)

Now we all know the official prices of PS5 and Xbox. Xbox Series X is priced at $499.99 and Xbox Series S is priced at $299.99. Playstation 5 is priced at $499.99 matching Xbox Series X and Playstation 5 Digital edition is priced at $399.99. A lot of my friends said that Microsoft won the console war already and the reason is Xbox Series S price and Xbox Game Pass. Xbox Series S is surprisingly inexpensive and a lot of people can afford it. Some people will see that it is $100 cheaper than Playstation 5 Digital edition, so it is easier for them to make a decision. Xbox Game Pass is becoming really impressive, something that Sony Playstation Now wasn’t successful with. I am a subscriber of Playstation Now and I can’t play games via streaming. I have to download the game in order to play, and most games I can’t even download. The library isn’t that great as well, it is very limited. Playstation should consolidate Playstation Plus and Playstation Now and make them one platform. If Xbox Game Pass get more subscribers, they will be the Netflix of gaming, which is the thing that no one was able to achieve so far.

What Accessories & Items To Buy With Apple Macbook in Kuwait

I just bought my niece a Macbook Air, and the first question that came to mind is what to buy to complete the package. There are few items that is very important to have for Apple Macbooks.

1- Anker USB C Hub : As you know the Macbook doesn’t have any ports except USB C, so a dongle is required to use normal USB, HDMI, and SD Card. The best one from the ones I used is Anker USB Hub

2- AUKEY USB C Adapter : Sometimes for a mouse only, you don’t need to use an entire hub, so I use a normal USB C adapter to use the normal USB

3- Power Adapter Extension Cord Wall Cord Cable : Apple Macbook Pro and Air come with a short power cable. I prefer to use extension cord which used to come with Apple previous laptops. Now I always buy it whenever I buy a new Apple laptop.

4- Macbook Pro or Air Case : Sometimes a laptop hit a surface and you don’t want the nice aluminum to be bended, so it is very important to buy a case. The one I am showing is for Macbook Air, so make sure you select the one fitting your laptop.

5- Microsoft Ergonomic Mouse : It is important to use a mouse with a laptop and it is better to use an Ergonomic mouse which is better for the wrist for using it for a longtime.

6- Kids Headphones / Adult Headphones : Buying a headset is important especially for Zoom meetings. Check the adult version and the kids version and both come with a microphone.

7- Laptop Bag or Backpack: There are tons of options in the market, but I personally prefer a brand called incase. Their quality is superior.

Extreme Laptop Shortage in Kuwait Due To Online Classes

There is an extreme laptop shortage in Kuwait due to online classes. Supply is very limited because the manufacturers aren’t working at full capacity yet due to Covid. Even used laptops increased in value which is something I never expected will ever happen. Sadly I sold my Macbook Pro for 150 KD right before Covid. If I haven’t sold it, it would have been worth more than 200 KD. Few days ago I ordered 4 laptops for the company and the prices were very good. I usually buy from Amazon because it is much cheaper than Kuwait even with shipping and customs. For parents who are looking for laptops, you can buy a mid level laptop within these specs below. Usually the price will be around 190-210 KD if you buy it from Amazon plus shipping and customs.

Processor: Intel i5

Hard Drive: 256 – 512 GB NVMe SSD (Avoid HDD at all cost)

RAM: 8 DDR4

I think this is good enough for a mid level laptop that will last a good amount of time. Going with the lowest specs isn’t a good idea, because it doesn’t last as long. Let me know if you need any guidance with buying a laptop.

Giving Up on My Lenovo T570 Blue Screen Death (BSOD) Issues

I spent days trying to figure out the issue for Lenovo T570 Blue Screen of Death. I started to get Blue Screen of Death on my Lenovo laptop after updating Windows 10 and then updating Lenovo drivers using Lenovo Vantage. I waited a week or two, but the issue was never fixed. This is what to try to solve the issue

First: I updated everything using Windows Update on Windows 10

Second: I updated All drivers using Lenovo Vantage

Third: I updated Nvidia graphic card using GeForce Experience

Fourth: I updated Intel HD graphics & Bluetooth driver using Intel Driver & Support Assistant

Fifth: This step started by uninstalling Thunderbolt and downloading the critical update from Lenovo’s website. It is called Critical Intel Thunderbolt Software and Firmware Updates – ThinkPad. I was surprised that Lenovo Vantage didn’t download this software to fix the issue for me, so this is more of a manual step. You can find the list here from Lenovo website and scroll down until you find your model. First I installed Use Driver Package or Higher, but there was a version so I removed it first then I installed the one I downloaded. Second I installed Use Firmware or Higher. 

After all these steps still the issue is on going, which I assumed it was fixed because it didn’t show for few days. I am taking it to Lenovo and if they can fix it, I will stick to Apple Macbook Pro forever.

Update: Lenovo will fix the issue for me by replacing part of the connection to the hard drive. According to them it is a hardware & software issue. It will take them 2 weeks to get the part and fix the laptop.