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Blog by Long Zheng, user experience entrepreneur.



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Hands on with the Elgato Eve HomeKit devices

Mon, 08 May 2017 12:51:47 +0000

(image) The house I live in isn’t very smart, there’s no color-changing light bulbs, no intelligent assistance speaker and no internet-connected thermostat. In late April, Elgato launched the Eve Energy smart power switch in Australia alongside an existing set of Eve Homekit devices. I got a chance to try out the Energy switch, Room indoor sensor […]


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Learnings from my Ionic 2 myki app experiment

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:30:41 +0000

(image) It’s been a while. ​Earlier this year, I started a hobby project to design, develop and publish a mobile app using the Ionic 2 hybrid mobile app framework. After all, if you’re not learning a new Javascript framework every few months you’re not a real web developer. What started as just a simple learning exercise has turned […]



First flights with the DJI Phantom 3 Professional quadcopter review

Tue, 24 Nov 2015 13:32:35 +0000

(image) Drones/quadcopters are like the perfect synergy of my love for photography and technology. I treated myself to a DJI Phantom 3 Professional and it is easily one of the best gadgets I’ve owned for a long time (sorry Google Glass and Apple Watch). Recent generations of quadcopters (people don’t really like the word drones) have […]



Hands on with Telstra TV: rebadged Roku for Aussies

Wed, 28 Oct 2015 13:32:17 +0000

(image) When it comes to home entertainment technologies, Australia is playing a bit of a catch up. Netflix having just launched here less than 6 months ago and many new local streaming providers soon-after, Aussies are still finding their way around streaming entertainment services and devices. One recently launched device is the Telstra TV, a rebadged […]



Entering the cone of silence with Bose QC25 noise-cancelling headphones

Fri, 15 May 2015 09:46:19 +0000

(image) I listen to a lot of podcasts, audiobooks and music on my daily commutes. I have been content with generic headphones for as long as I’ve owned phones and media players. I’ve always thought noise-cancelling headphones were a luxury only for long international flights, it never occurred to me just how big of a difference […]



Hands-on with the Sea-Doo Spark: the more fun and less cost jetski

Sun, 22 Feb 2015 22:19:00 +0000

(image) I haven’t had so much fun and muscle-aches reviewing anything before. I don’t normally review jetskis but I couldn’t pass on the opportunity to check out the Sea-Doo Spark, a new affordable entry-level jetski half the price of most personal watercrafts on the market. Don’t let the size and price fool you though, it’s as […]



Microsoft .NET’s JPEG encoder makes crappy JPEGs

Tue, 17 Feb 2015 12:45:25 +0000

(image) Microsoft .NET has been making quite a bit of headway in the developer community recently with both the open source efforts and the upcoming ASP.NET 5 modern web framework. With so much attention on making .NET a “hip” platform (and hopefully breaking into the startup ecosystem), I would like to draw attention to a very […]



Escaping my first escape room: a real life point and click adventure

Wed, 21 Jan 2015 15:27:09 +0000

(image) Escape room games seems to be popping up everywhere around the world. In Melbourne alone there are at least half a dozen companies now offering one or more puzzle rooms. Some appear to be horror themed while most take the premise of a detective story. Recently I was invited by Escape Hunt in Melbourne to […]



A week with Android Wear: Moto 360 & LG G Watch R

Mon, 19 Jan 2015 15:04:46 +0000

(image) I haven’t been so excited about watches since the last time I wore a watch about 15 years ago was when all the cool kids in school had one. Since then I have found it hard to justify a small obstruction on my wrist for the value of reading time at a moment’s notice or […]


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Hands on: Huawei’s Ascend Mate7 6″ gold octo-core Android powerhouse

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 14:29:12 +0000

(image) Did you know Huawei ranks third-place in global smartphone shipments this year? I didn’t. The company has been expanding its presence in the consumer smartphone market for a few years now and it looks like the bet is beginning to pay off. The company’s latest flagship is the Huawei Ascend Mate7. Don’t let the name […]