Few months ago, I decided to sell my Google Pixel 3 XL. I went to phone shops in Sharq Kuwait City, and I was really surprised that I got a low selling price from all the shops. All of the shops told me that they are only interested in buying Apple iPhones or Samsung phones. They are also interested in buying phones that has a warranty in Kuwait. Since I bought my phone from the US, it made it even less attractive. The problem is that I keep changing smartphone brands, and now I am using a OnePlus from the US. I loved OnePlus so much, but again I am worried about the resale value.
If you want a smartphone that holds value, then stick to Apple and Samsung.
Some of my friends have been getting calls from Zain for 5G offers. The offer is really amazing and I can’t wait to get a call to get that offer. The offer is 17.5 KD for 600 GB + 5G Router. The commitment is for 2 years as usual, and the speeds that my friends are getting are around 280 MB. This offer isn’t available at stores, and Zain has to call to get that offer.
OK this might sound crazy, but I personally tested this glitch and I got 5G speeds at 4G prices. It started with my genius cousin who enjoy experimenting with technology. He subscribed to 5G speed the day it came out, and he was doing various testing with the router in terms of download and upload speeds. He wanted to know what exactly gets us the 5G speed, so is it the sim card subscription, or the router. Out of curiosity he did a speed test with his 5G router and 5G sim card then he inserted his 4G sim card into his 5G router. The surprise was that he got the same exact speeds. Imagine he was paying for 4G plans which is so cheap and he was getting 5G speeds during his test. The thing that is getting us 5G speeds is the router, which I personally believe is a glitch by the telecom companies in Kuwait. Especially that this router is being sold online whether in Kuwait or overseas, so anyone can get 5G speeds without the subscription, which isn’t right.
This glitch might be abused by some users and therefor we decided to write an article and contact all telecom companies in Kuwait, which are Zain, Viva, and Ooredoo to let them know about the issue so they can fix it ASAP and avoid losing millions of dollars.
Got a comment from Saud Almesri & ITGUY and both are right. The speeds is lower on 4G chip than 5G chip. The speeds we got from old router to new router is 15 MB and 289.9 MB respectively. I apologize for the mistake and thanks to both Saud Almesri & ITGUY for pointing out the mistake
At the company where I work at, we have an Asus F510UA that was completely damaged. The keyboard wasn’t functioning well, and it was giving wrong commands. For example when we click enter, it becomes space. We took it to multiple stores in Hawalli, but no one knew how to fix it. One person told us to order a new keyboard, and that should solve the issue. We ordered the keyboard, and we took it from one store to the other, but no one was able to fix it. The laptop was built in a very complex way, so it was challenging for anyone to fix it. My coworker always talk about a person who fixes anything from (PS4, PS3, Nintendo Switch, Laptop, Smart Phone, iPhone, Android Phones, PC, Mac, Macbook, iMac, Tablets, Xbox, RAM, Hard Drives, SSD, Motherboards…etc). His name is Abdul Mutalib and his store is at the basement close to the restaurant in Alrehab Complex.
When I arrived at Alrehab, I was asking the stores where to find Abdul Mutalib Store, they all knew where he works. When I asked them about the name of the store, surprisingly no one knew it. I arrived at the store and the name of the store where Abdul Mutalib works is Warshatcom. I gave him the laptop and the new keyboard, and he opened the laptop so fast. He was confident that he will fix it, and an hour or so later. He called me and told me that there is a piece of plastic that is locking the keyboard, so if he fixes the laptop it won’t be like when the laptop was manufactured. I decided to proceed and an hour later the laptop was fully ready. Abdul Mutalib soldered the keys and he tested every single key on the keyboard. He made sure that his work is 100% perfect, and after I tested it. It was perfect in every aspect, so when it came to payment. I decided not to negotiate at all, because Abdul Mutalib is a very straight forward person. Whatever is the price, I will stick to it.
The next day I brought my colorware retro PS4, which was making very loud jet sound. The fan was very very loud that I can’t even focus on the game. Abdul Mutalib knew immediately that the issue was from the thermal paste drying up, heat sink connection, and fan being dusty. He took the PS4 apart and he fixed it all the way. It feels like a brand new machine and I can finally play Red Dead Redemption 2.
I am already telling everyone I know about Abdul Mutalib to fix any device. Now I fixed my laptop and my PS4, and next will be my wife’s cousin Thinkpad laptop which is showing blue screen of death all the time.
When I heard that 5G can reach crazy speeds like 200 to 800 MB, I decided to go for it as soon as it releases. I assumed I just have to buy the 5G router and I will immediately have it, but that wasn’t the case. I have to pay for a new package, which cost much more than 4G. I understand that telecom companies have to pay a lot for the new infrastructure, so it is their right to charge more for the service. I was sure to go for 5G as soon as it releases, but when I saw the pricing, I decided to wait. 24 hours later, the prices were kind of decreased or the capacity was adjusted to reflect lower prices. I will eventually upgrade even at these prices, but I am observing at this stage, because almost everyone is waiting for lower prices in Kuwait. I see people on social media all the time saying if you don’t subscribe now and get locked for 2 years, they will lower prices. At the Duwaneya, my friends are saying the same thing. Almost everyone is waiting for lower prices, and they are sure that it will eventually happen. I am not sure what changed in Kuwait that people became very price cautious even those who can easily afford it. After seeing the prices just right now, it seems that people are right, because I am seeing lower prices and limited time offers for the time being.
McDonald’s is leading innovation with their technology and the latest thing that is spreading across McDonald’s branches is the self ordering kiosk. I saw the self ordering kiosk about 6 months ago in McDonald’s on Gulf Street. The kiosk was user-friendly, and extremely convenient. People were waiting in line, and I wanted to avoid the wait of few minutes. I went directly to the self ordering kiosk which no one was using, and I ordered from it. The experience was really amazing and efficient. This technology should be used in all restaurants around the world. I believe this technology has so much room to improve and the cycle is still at the early stages. I was surprised when I saw the self-order kiosk for the first time, because labor is cheap in Kuwait. McDonald’s has always been an exciting company when it comes to technology, and I really look forward to see what they come up with in the near future.
I have been an Android fan since November 2012 and since then most of my devices are Google devices. The only product I use from Apple is my Macbook Pro due to the user-friendly browsing. Today I was surprised that for the first time ever, I favor using Apple TV over Android TV. I have always been using Chromecast and Android TV, and I really love using the casting feature. Today I realized that the casting feature is really limited compared to Apple Airplay. The issue started when I was trying to watch an animation episode on Plex, but for some reason I was having issues with streaming at Full HD due to the slow internet connection. I decided to sync (download) the episode on my Android TV, or Fire TV, but it wasn’t possible. I just knew that the only sync option is with mobile and tablet devices, so I ended up syncing the episode on my Android phone. When the syncing was complete, I tried to cast it on my Android TV, but it was streaming again. It didn’t run the downloaded episode from my phone on Android TV. It was a big disappointment because I didn’t know what to do. I decided to sync the episode on my wife’s iphone, and then use Airplay. Guess what, it worked perfectly and it was running the downloaded episode from the iphone on Apple TV. We really enjoyed the episode, but again I was disappointed in the casting feature which need improvements big time.
I was looking for a while for a vacuum robot in Kuwait, but sadly no one was selling them. From my research, I found out that iRobot makes the best vacuum robots, but the model I was looking for is expensive so I didn’t go for it. One day there was a great deal on Amazon for the Deebot N79 for $160, so I got one. The problem was that the voltage is at 110-120 volts, so I had to buy a converter for 220-240. When I got the converter and setup the N79 via the application on Android, the robot started to go around and vacuum. I was worried that it won’t cross the flooring trims, but it did cross them easily. The main problems with the vacuum is that it gets lost and find a hard time finding the charger, and the other problem is when it get stuck with my cables and rug. Other than that, the device is amazing and it saved us so much time from vacuuming the house. At the Diwaneya, when the guys complain about the increase of cost of getting a house keeper since demand is very high and supply is very low. I smile, because I have my vacuum robot and I am soon getting a mop robot.
I was never interested in reading books until few years ago. It started by buying a book called Rich Dad Poor Dad, which changed my life in terms of investment philosophy. I used to buy physical books, but with time I started to dislike the wait for each shipment to arrive. One day I decided to order the smallest and cheapest Kindle from Amazon, and after using it for less than 30 minutes, I realized that Ebook isn’t for me. I went back to use physical books which I didn’t like, because whenever I see the thickness of the book, I get discouraged. One day, I saw my cousin reading from a very small Ebook, and he was just holding it with one hand. I asked what kind of Ebook was that, and he told me it is Kindle Oasis 1st Gen. I used the device, it was so light, and clicking the buttons made it extremely user-friendly. When I checked it online, the device was pricy, but I gave it a try. The moment I got it, I realized that it is very comfortable to hold, and the battery last for a very long time. Kindle Oasis made reading so much easier and comfortable. All my friends who tried it, loved it so much, and it changed the way they read. Even those who never read books got encouraged to read using Kindle Oasis. It is a device that changes the way you read, and even if you aren’t a reader, you will be interested to read.
I finally found the portable power bank for Magsafe 2 in my Macbook Pro. The beauty about the Omnicharge 20 is that i can charge my Macbook Pro, and from the reviews on Amazon, it seems that people loved the Omnicharge 20. I usually use power banks to charge my kindle, phone, and Nintendo Switch. The only device that has been missing has always been my Macbook Pro. I tried a device in the past called Ravpower 2700 mAh, and sadly I shipped it from the US, and when it arrived, it didn’t even work at all. I was really disappointed, and when I read more reviews in the comment section, I realized that people faces the same exact issue. From my research, I heard Chargetech and Omnicharge does the best job, but so far I haven’t tried any. My friends are using Anker PowerHouse, and they love it, but it is too big to carry around.