Category Archives: Technology

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.

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.

PS4 Pro Fan Noise Fix When Cleaning Out Doesn’t Solve The Problem

When I bought Red Dead Redemption 2, I really couldn’t go beyond Chapter 1 because of my PS4 Pro fan noise. The fan noise was so high that I can’t focus at all even with the volume being high. When I searched online, most of the solutions were about cleaning the PS4 Pro by using a compressed air can and removing the dust. I went and tried that solution and it never worked. The issue was more complexed than that, so when I asked around. I was told that the first model of PS4 Pro has this common problem of fan noise. The reason is because the thermal paste dries up fast with the first model. The fix is simply removing and cleaning the dried thermal paste, and apply new one. The noise dropped by 60% and since then I started playing on my PS4 Pro. There are tons of guides that shows you how to replace the thermal paste on PS4 Pro. Check them out and try this solution if cleaning out doesn’t fix the issue.

iPhone Stuck in Recovery Mode Loop & Error 14

This is one of the worst days ever when my aunt woke up and her iPhone is stuck in recovery mode as the picture above. It seems her iPhone updated while she is sleeping and since then the iPhone got stuck. She restarted her iPhone 7 Plus using the power button and volume down and nothing happened. She got really worried because she never made any backup and she has years of photos that she really want. She called me and asked me if I can fix it, so I told her let me try it out. Her main concern was the data on the phone, so she wants it to be repaired without losing any of the data. When I got the iPhone, I spent 6 hours doing the following

  • I connected it to my Macbook Pro and tried to update the iPhone via iTunes then I got error 14. My iTunes is the most updated version
  • I tried different USB Cable & Ports on Macbook Pro
  • I tried to update using iTunes on Windows PC
  • I tried different USB cables and ports on Windows PC
  • I redownloaded IPSW file and tried to update and both Macbook Pro and Windows PC
  • I tried IPSW Beta Update
  • I tried Repair and Exit Recovery Mode feature on different 3rd party programs, and couple of them were paid version ( Dr.Fone, 3uTools,Fixppo..etc)

I tried everything I found on the internet, but nothing worked. I told her that she has to bite the bullet and restore the phone via iTunes where she lose all the data and phone will be like new. The restore feature on iTunes was the only thing that worked and it was so sad losing all the pictures and data.

Apple should fix this issue ASAP, because lots of people are frustrated with Recovery Mode Loop and Error 14. There is no way around it except few cases.

 

Upgrading or Cloning PC or Laptop M.2 NVMe SSD Hard Drive From Small To Large

Almost everyone run into storage space issue at one point. I try to avoid moving data and files to an external hard drive, because it is much slower than internal hard drives. Upgrading from a small hard drive to a larger one can be trickier in Windows than Mac. I tried many methods and many softwares. I have always wanted a software that identically clones my hard drive to a larger one, so my computer will have everything to be the same, but with larger storage. I don’t want a single thing to change and I don’t want to reinstall any software. I found one that works perfectly every time, and it was using a software called AOMEI Partition Assistant. it is extremely easy to use and all you need is to download and install AOMEI Partition Assistant on your computer. Then do the following

1- Connect your M.2 NVMe SSD using the enclosure

2- Open AOMEI Partition Assistant

3- Make sure that the M.2 NVMe SSD doesn’t have any data or partitions. If there are partitions and data delete them

4- Choose Migrate OS to SSD and Choose Target Disk if the source is less than 2 partitions. If more than 2 partitions then Clone Disk and use Sector by Sector which will clone it identically.

5- Make sure you check mark optimize SSD if it is available

6- Click Finish then Apply to start the migrating process.

7- Swap the hard drives and turn the Laptop or PC On.

8- If Windows isn’t loading correctly, then do Windows Startup Repair

9- Once everything works correctly then open Aomei and click on the Unallocated space if there is any merge it with the hard drive main storage. Then click Apply and your should have larger storage by now. If again Windows doesn’t load correctly then do another Windows Startup repair and that should be it.

Note: If the target disk is less space than the source data (Example moving from 1TB of data to 256GB Hard Drive) then just the operating system will transfer. If the target disk is equal or larger than the source Data, the whole data will be moved and it will be an identical of your old hard drive, but much faster.

Everything will remain the same in your laptop or PC, but now it has a larger hard drive.

 

Why Do I Still Prefer Mac Over PC | Mac OS Vs Windows 10

I have always used both operating systems for Mac and Windows. I still prefer to use Mac even though I have been using Windows since Windows 95. There are very few things that I love the Mac for, but can never find in Windows. Let me share why I prefer Mac over PC

1- Trackpad Gestures: Mac has the easiest trackpad gestures ever where I constantly use swiping with three fingers or four fingers to show all application windows and select the one I want to switch to. This saves me so much time and I can easily switch between programs. Even though the same gestures are available in Windows, the locations of application windows after the swipe is easier to navigate than Windows.

2- Backup & Restore: With Mac I never worry about something happening with my laptop, because I have everything backed up and when I restore, everything will be the way it was. Even upgrading to a new laptop, I easily restore and have it identical to the older one. With Windows I still go through the same hassle of copying my files into a hard drive and pasting them into the new PC. Then I install each program that was on the old PC.

3- Search: The search icon is extremely easy to use and it easily find anything I am looking for.

4- Security: I never had a Mac slow down due to viruses or so even without an antivirus, but with Windows. The PC does slow down a lot, so I always reset it once in a while. Again the back up and restore in Windows is a hassle so it makes everything very hard.

5- Software Efficiency: I don’t know if it is just a feeling, but I feel the hardware becomes much more efficient on a Mac. For example the same amount of Ram and SSD, run much faster on Mac than Windows.

Let me know why you like one operating system over the other

I Won’t Buy One Plus Phone This Year I am waiting for Pixel 4A

When One Plus released their new line last week, and I was surprised to see the new prices. I loved One Plus a lot, because they were affordable and durable. In my opinion it was the recipe of Toyota cars and the main reason they were successful. Right now, they are as expensive as the flagship phones. I am no longer interested in One Plus phones at these prices and now I am interested in the Pixel 4A, which will be using One Plus previous business model of affordable prices and durability. I believe a price range of $400 to $700 is perfect, any anything beyond that is a lot these days. Lets wait for Pixel 4A and I will write an article by then.

When Will OWC MacSales Release Macbook Pro 13″ 2017 Touchbar Replacement Battery From NewerTech

My cousin is facing an issue where his battery for maxed specs Macbook Pro 13″ 2017 is draining so fast. The main issue is that he is living in a country where they don’t have an Apple store. He asked me to find a solution few months ago, but I only found replacement batteries from eBay. Of course I wouldn’t take the risk and buy a nonbranded battery from eBay for safety reasons. Few weeks ago, I found another battery from iFixit, but I had a very bad experience with iFixit battery in the past and wouldn’t take the risk again. OWC MacSales NewerTech Battery is the only battery I would buy, but sadly it doesn’t exist for this model yet. I contacted OWC MacSales customer service, and they told me that they don’t have a plan to release a battery for Macbook Pro 13″ 2017 touchbar so far. The only thing we can do right now is to wait.

Maxed Lenovo Thinkpad P53 Vs Maxed Dell Precision 7540 Vs Maxed Macbook Pro 16 Inch

I believe Lenovo, Dell, and Apple make the best laptops in the world. I always get asked about the maxed possible specs for 15″-16″ laptops, so I am making a comparison between three laptops. I will be including the price before and after using a coupon. The comparison will be with the following laptops. Lenovo Thinkpad P53, Dell Precision 7540, Macbook Pro 16 Inch.

Lenovo Thinkpad P53 Dell Precision 7540 Macbook Pro 16 Inch
Processor Intel® Xeon E-2276M

(2.80GHz, up to 4.70GHz Turbo, 6 Cores, 12MB Cache)

Intel® Xeon E2286M

(2.40GHz up to 5.00GHz Turbo, 8 Core, 16M Cache)

9th Gen Intel Core i9

2.4GHz 8‑core Turbo Boost up to 5.0GHz

Ram 128GB DDR4 2666MHz ECC 128GB DDR4

2666MHz ECC

64GB DDR4

2666MHz

Graphic Card NVIDIA® Quadro® RTX5000 16GB NVIDIA Quadro RTX 3000 w/6GB GDDR6 AMD Radeon Pro 5500M with 8GB of GDDR6 memory
Max Hard Drive 6TB SSD 6TB SSD 8TB SSD
Screen 15.6″ UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) OLED, Touch 15.6″ UltraSharp™ FHD,1920×1080 Anti-Glare, Touch 16″ Retina display with True Tone
Price $9,454.00 $12,955.60 $6,099.00
Price with Coupon  

$5,672.40

 

$8,805.21 $6,099.00