Tag Archives: Android

Security Now

When I have time, I enjoy watching the podcast of Security Now on  You Tube. If you are concerned about technology security, this is a good investment of 2 hours a week.

As the world has changed, computers and technology are in every part of our lives. There is almost nothing that you touch or use that is not affected by technology.

I truly do not believe you can move to a foreign country without having a Smart Phone.

I am amazed how often I use Google Maps to find some office or place of interest in David or Chiriquí.

You have to be connected. Not only do you need a phone to call offices or people, but you need them to keep up with your friends and family back in your country of origin. Continue reading Security Now

More on the Technology Front

This post will be 100% on technology. It may not be of interest to you, but I have found that some technology has been absolutely necessary living in Panama and therefore, I keep writing about it.


Connecting to the Internet is an absolute necessity for me. I could not exist here without it. I am happy to say that the Internet has improved a tremendous amount, since I moved here. A lot has been because I live in David, but a fair amount has been because of upgrades by the Internet Service Providers (ISP) in Panama as a whole.

I routinely have 10 Mbps download speed. While this is minuscule compared to what is normal in the US, if is fine for me and allows multiple rooms to simultaneously be accessing the Internet at the same time. When Lilliam’s family comes to visit, I may have as many as 8 people connected at one time.

Most of my news and entertainment come from the Internet, which will lead me to my next point about KODI.

KODI Continue reading More on the Technology Front

ASUS ZenWatch 2

I mentioned the other day I had made some technology purchases recently. One was the Nvidia Shield K1, which I really love. Nvidia has still not issued a formal fix for the Android Marshmallow 6.0 battery problem, but since I chose not to update, it hasn’t affected me.

From following the Nvidia thread, it appears that the fix is close and many have tested it and found that it solved their problem. I will wait until the final fix is issued and stable before I move to Android 6.0.

None the less I really love my Nvidia Shield K1. Likewise, Lilliam is loving having her own iPad that isn’t being changed into English every now and then. It makes sense. If there are two people, there needs to be two tablets. Lilliam has really gotten into this technology thing and can WhatsApp with the best of them.

Another piece of technology i bought was a rapid charger for the nvidia shield and a rapid mobile charger for use with my cell phone in the car.

However, my most fun technology purchase was the ASUS ZenWatch 2. I had been researching smartwatches since Apple came out with theirs, but only became interested after buying my LG G4 cell phone. Continue reading ASUS ZenWatch 2

Nvidia Shield K1 Tablet (With a HUGE Warning)

I have been on another buying spree. This post is going to be about one of the purchases.

It is a Nvidia Shield K1 8” Android tablet. Before I discuss the tablet, let me say that I ordered it through Amazon and had it delivered to eShop in Boquete. I have dealt with several mail forwarding businesses in Panama and without a doubt, eShop is the best.

Now to the Shield tablet. Since it is designed as a gaming tablet, it is extremely fast. I have turned over my iPad 2 to Lilliam. I had set the iPad up in Spanish and now I don’t have to keep changing the configuration. When I had the iPad in English it made it more complicated for Lilliam to do a google search in Spanish.

Now I have the iPad tailored to her needs and I have set up the Shield tailored my needs.

Now a HUGE warning about the Nvidia Shield Tablet. Nvidia started pushing out Android 6.0 in December. Big mistake! When I started the Nvidia Shield, it asked if I wanted to take the over the air upgrade to 6.0.

I declined. Fortunately I do a fair amount of study before I buy a product and after I buy to be ready to use it. During the period before I got the tablet, I had read many of the horror stories about upgrading to Marshmallow (Android 6.0). Here is the forum thread on the problem. Continue reading Nvidia Shield K1 Tablet (With a HUGE Warning)

Follow Up on Premier Smart TV Box

I have had a couple people ask me how my experience with the Premier Smart TV Box was going.

I decided to answer the questions here.

To the best of my knowledge, the only places in Chiriqui to get one of these types of devices are Premier ($49), Multimax (Has an android smart TV on a stick – $69) and Smart home Security ($249).

I haven’t read many good things about the Android on a stick. Most of my research was reading the comments on the devices in Amazon.

Basically they are all about the same. I was in Premier the other day and noticed that they have raised their price to $49. When I bought mine it was $39.

The main features to compare are the amount of memory and storage and the processor. Mine is a dual core processor with 1GB of memory and 4GB of storage.

I can’t tell what Smart Home Security’s box has. It may be similar to mine or may be like this one in Amazon with a cam.

I do see theirs has a cam, but I have no use for that. I ordered THIS for my daughter to test of me. It cost me $48. Continue reading Follow Up on Premier Smart TV Box