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Stream Video, Music and Photos from Samsung Galaxy S3 to Your Computer

Yes, you read that right. Your Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone just got smarter with the help of a free app called AirDroid. You can now very easily download large number of high resolution images stored on the phone, stream MP3 and HD videos to your Windows PC browser. I’ll spare you the introduction to the App itself and jump right into the app’s screenshots — nothing more convincing than a visual tease.

“The AirDroid Android app should be compatible with most Android devices running Android 2.1 or later. The Web Desktop should be compatible with most modern web browsers, including IE 8 or later, Chrome 12 or later, Firefox 3.6 or later, Safari 5.0 or later. Support for mobile browsers, like Safari on iPad, is experimental.” — AirDroid

Along with some nice configurable settings, I particularly like how you can predefine a password instead of having to enter a randomly generated especially if you’re going to use this app several times a day.
You can use AirDroid to send/receive SMS (text messages, if supported by the device), install/uninstall apps, transfer files between Android device and computer/tablet, and manage contacts, photos, music, videos, and ringtones, etc., all in a web browser.
Here’s a actual screenshot of my desktop with user friendly interface to manage my phone’s picture Gallery – choose a single image or batch download many (multiple images are automatically zipped)
Just for kicks, I streamed a HD Gangnam Style Live Concert video from the phone to my Dell 27-inch LCD and the QuickTime playback was buttery smooth. While the video was playing I attempted to multi-task by playing an MP3 track and viewing the photo gallery simultaneously – all possible.
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Peek-a-Boo Turtle

Goes without saying that our pet terrapin spends more time in the tank than out of it — we take him out and let him roam around the living room, sometimes my studio, where he adventure begins. He’s so good at hiding that sometimes it takes us a while before we figure out where he is at. Finding his whereabouts can at times be an adventure itself when we take our eyes off him for a minute. Shame the other turtle died last year or we would have twice the fun.

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One of my favourite peek-a-boo moments from 2011 back when he had a companion sharing the same tank.
When you bring dark reflective object near an animal they often find it daunting that they shy away. I took this photo using the EF 100mm Macro just inches away and surprisingly he didn’t budge or even blinked. A year ago, this moment might have been challenging to capture.
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AMBUYAT – A Uniquely Bruneian Delicacy

The ambuyat is eaten or rather swallowed using a two-pronged bamboo stick called a chandas. As it is quite tasteless, it is taken with a sauce made from sour local fruits like binjai (mango like fruit but very sour). The ambuyat is rolled around the chandas until about the size of a small fist (children’s size preferably unless you got a really big mouth – physically that is), immerse it into the sauce and swallow the whole thing without chewing. Of course, ambuyat is always eaten with vegetables and dishes of fish, meat or prawn depending on your preferences. — The Daily Brunei Resources

The Brunei Times: Ambuyat – Our iconic heritage


Ambuyat is made from pouring hot water into ambulung or better known as sago. Sago is derived from a tree trunk, believe it or not. The trunk of a rumbia tree (scientific name, metroxylon), a family of palm trees such as coconuts, are used to make sago. The trees are cut down. Then they are stripped of fronds and other coverings before being cut into several pieces. These cut pieces are stripped of their hard bark. The pieces are then scraped or grated by machine onto a sluice. — The Daily Brunei Resources

The ambuyat is eaten or rather swallowed using a two-pronged bamboo stick called a chandas.

Ambuyat, made from a mixture of sago and hot water, it has the appearance and texture of starch. However, the fun part about eating ambuyat would be using a unique wooden tool called a “candas”, that you use to scoop and twirl it into a small ball that is dipped into a sauce called “cacah”, a thick and spicy sauce before eating it. Ambuyat is also served with an assortment of side dishes, like pais, which is meat wrapped in banana leaves and cooked over direct fire. Other dishes include lalap – deep fried seasoned meat and tahai, a type of soup made from dried fish. — Aminah Arif Restaurant


Ambuyat is made from pouring hot water into ambulung or more commonly known as sago.