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Tuesday, June 23, 2020



Another Unboxing Review


Hello Everyone,  Ceddy here, And I'm back again for another tech unboxing review.

Without further ado, let's go ahead and start this review.

I've been waiting for 3 months and now, I finally got the package from Apple.

I've been longing to have one of these and finally, I have one.

I am talking about the Apple Airpods Pro. I am a fan of Apple products, starting from the iPhone, iPad, iMac, Macbook and my first ever Airpods (First Generation)

Ecosystem, It matters a lot.


I really love the ecosystem of Apple as it works perfectly across all the devices and the operating system is top-notch. I'm not biased with Apple,  Android is good, my first ever android phone was the LG Mini 2 and I was using a Blackberry Storm (its horrible by the way, though I don't have a choice Wayback 2013), Android is very customizable however nothing compares to Apple when it comes to user experience.


So, going forward, I finally got the Airpods Pro. The Airpods Pro was released way back on October 30, 2019. This is the latest AirPods from Apple. Unlike the first and second generation (they have a universal fit), however the silicone tip size of pro is customizable. So if you have a small ear way canal, you can change the silicone tips to small. In default, the medium silicon tip is already attached to the AirPods pro upon purchase.

And by the way Folks, I don't want to provide any deeper specs with the product, hence I'm just going to share with you my first impression and my experience with the Airpods Pro.

The packaging and the experience.


Moving forward, as always, the AirPods pro packaging is so simple yet elegant. I've been unboxing a lot of products, but I really love to unbox any Apple product. As there it seems different from the rest of the other products that I unboxed. It's weird but the experience is so satisfying.

The noise cancelation feature is so good. It works like magic.


The first time that I put the Airpods in my ears, I was so shocked and surprise (Yes, you can see me on the video, Totally speechless for a  few seconds) Why? It's because of the noise-canceling feature. This is the reason why I was excited about this product because it has this new feature.

Upon using the Airpods Pro, the noise cancellation will activate immediately. I was inside the saloon and the noise of the washing machine in the other room and the noise of the AC was gradually filtered. I can hear only myself it works like magic. Yeah (lol). So if you want to move from noise-canceling mode to transparency mode, all you have to do is to long-press the stem of the Airpods, either left or right.

All I can say is.


I'm not a sound guy professional-ishh, I'm just a regular guy who uses this AirPods, I cannot fully justify the sound quality and other "thingy things" that sound professionals can explain. But all I can say is the bass quality of this AirPods Pro is far better than my first generation. Think about high-quality sound. I have even noticed some of the vocals of "Fireflies" by Owl City, and the instruments which they used were so rich to listen compared to my first generation of Airpods.

Trying the Airpods Pro. (Inside the bus)


Using the Airpods Pro inside the bus, Is quite impressive. The hums of the bus were gradually decreased. It's not totally canceled out but I was able to enjoy listening to the tracks and watching movies from Apple Tv+.

Anyways, enough with the first impression. Let's go ahead with the quick unboxing.



So let's start with the packaging.


These photos were taken using portrait mode via iPhone 11

Look at this stunning box. Every time I see this picture, it's oddly satisfying (weird eh?)


I have to blur out some serial numbers (folks, the serial number of Airpods Pro is where you warranty information can be found)


Side. With an Apple Logo


And at the back, where you can find the picture of the Airpods case opened, revealing the Airpods Pro


And on the other side, embossing the name of the product. And did I mention that Airpods Pro can support wireless charging? Yes, Sir, It's compatible with any wireless qi charger.


And here's the documentation. Sad to say, but Apple did not include any Apple stickers. My first Airpod comes with 2 Apple stickers.  I know it's not a big deal, (like eh, stickers?, come on folks, It's part of the experience, and you pay for it :) )




This is what I'm telling about guys, See this round-ishh paper housing below? Yeah, that's where your ear tips are.
Small and large. A cool way to put all those ear tips without sacrificing the space on that tiny little box.



And voila...

Apple is gradually transitioning all its peripheral cords from lightning cable to USB-C type cable.
I'm not a fan of USB-C. I really don't mind the USB-C cable as I have 3 original lightning cable to use just in case I missed bringing the cable of my AirPods pro. Good thing, my power bank can support USB-c charging.



USB-C, I'm not a fan, although it delivers great data speed transfer and fast charging. I don't mind it. I just wish that the supplied the normal USB to lightning cable.


And here's the beasty. How gorgeous!



Peekaboo! (lol), the design is so futuristic. The medium ear tip fits perfectly in my ear. I tested the ear-fit test and it appears to be a good seal.


Sexy back. Assembled in China, (as always)


An orange light will appear if you put back the Airpods Pro to its charging case.


Look how small the Airpods Pro. It's just your thumb (or probably the half of your thumb)



It's just right...


See that black mesh at the back of the AirPods Pro? That's an expanded mesh microphone port that improves call clarity in windy situations.


And at the tip of the Airpods Pro (or the stem rather), It comes with a force sensor that supports different gestures such as:


  • Press once to play or pause music
  • Press once to answer an incoming call 
  • Press twice to skip forward on a track 
  • Press three times to skip back on a track 
  • And press and hold  to switch between noise cancellation and transparency mode






And if you may ask, How much is the Airpods Pro? *drum rolls.....

It's $272. Yeah, It's not practical to have this type of Bluetooth headphones, If you can afford to buy one of this? Why not? Enjoy and splurge your self once in a while.  Once you tried it for the very first time, all those anger will flush away  (it's quite expensive but it's worth the price for) 😆

If you're considering buying one, you can click this link.


If you want to see the entire unboxing of Airpods Pro, You can find it above in my video section.

Once again, Thank you so much for reading this review. 

Stay safe everyone!

--Ceddy

Monday, June 1, 2020



And, I am back again for another review......


Hey guys, Ceddy here, and I am back again for another content review.
For todays content, I am sharing with you the Best Google Adsense Alternatives for 2020.

Many of you are already familiar with Google Adsense and there is no doubt that they are the best interactive media advertiser.

If you are new to blogging and you want to monetize your website, probably most of your query results in Google will land you to Adsense reviews.

There is no specific requirement for you to get approved right away but upon my experience, the criteria should have the following at least:


  • Decent traffic to your website
  • The quality of your content/niche
  • Should have at least 10 contents
  • Your website should adhere to the Adsense TOS
  • Your website should have a domain and does not use a subdomain
Once you get approved, You can simply integrate the code to your website, and ads will run right away.

I'm satisfied with the use of Google Adsense, I have decent traffic and my CPC rate is in the range between 4 to 5 dollars especially if my traffic comes from the USA. However, regardless of high traffic on your website and no one is clicking to those Adsense ads, you are still not getting a high revenue result. Some bloggers are not aware of CPC and CPM. 

CPC or cost per click is used to drive traffic to the website in which the advertiser pays a publisher for each click.

While the CPM or cost per thousand impressions is where the advertisers pay each ad every time the ad is displayed on your website.

Simple to understand yet some bloggers used to skip this and when they got approved from Adsense, they are completely clueless why their revenue is less despite having a huge amount of CPM. That's because Adsense is mainly a CPC Platform.


That's why I created this review for Adsense Alternative as I know that some of you are looking for another ad provider.

I am using 4 media advertisers on my website (Adsense Included). The first on my list is 

Monumetric




It is a full-service ad revenue partner headquartered at Farmington, Utah, USA.  And they are providing CPM. Yes, you heard it right. CPM and not CPC. So you can earn high revenue as much as you have high traffic to your website. You don't have to worry about invalid clicks as long as you have enough traffic and high ad impressions, you can get high revenue at the same time. So far this is the best Adsense alternative that I've discovered. There was an increase of 150% in my revenue compared to Adsense only.

You can check the graph below:


Screenshot of my revenue from January till May of 2020




Joining Monumetric is a bit lengthy process but for sure your waiting time is worthy.
I joined Monumetric last December 2019, but due to the holiday season, their office hours were changed and it took me like a month for them to set up everything.

If you are qualified for Monumetric, One representative will reach you via Skype and discuss what are the important priorities for you to achieve your revenue goal, they will also ask what are the problems you encounter so that they can find a solution. 

After 1 hour of discussion, they immediately set up the process and after a week of January 2020, The ads are now served to my website.

You should trust the Folks at Monumetric, as you need to give your username and password for your account as they will be the one to set up the ad scripts. I trusted them, and they set up everything for me. They put the ad to the best placement. 

I am happy and satisfied using Monumetric. You can directly talk to a "real human" if you have any questions from them. You can send an email or talk with them via Skype.

Why Join Monumetric?

Consider this because:

  1. They offer the highest CPM as per my experience. 150% increased to my revenue upon signing up with them
  2. It's a CPM- or cost per thousand of impression. If you have a high traffic volume + higher impression = HIGH REVENUE
  3. There is NO MINIMUM WITHDRAWAL
  4. They can pay you via Payoneer, Paypal or Local Bank Account
  5. Dedicated team to help you right away
There are some cons to take note also:

  1. Traffic requirement should have at least 10k to 80k views per month (Propel Level)
  2. If you have less than 80k views per month YOU NEED TO PAY $99 SET UP FEE

If you are considering to join Monumetric, feel free to visit them by clicking this LINK


The next Adsense Alternative that I can recommend is 

MEDIA.NET




It is a contextual advertising network. So basically, they offer context ads instead of Image Ads on your website. Probably you already have seen one of these ads. They are showing relevant keyword-targeted ads instead of a picture. They have a very large base of advertisers mainly advertise from Bing and Yahoo.

To get you approved easily, ensure that you follow the TOS of Media Net. Such as your language content is in English. Updated regularly, your web traffic should be mainly from the UK, USA, and CANADA. And don't put plenty of ads on your website.


It looks like this (encircled with orange) :



Why join Media.Net?
Consider them because:

  1. They offer the best revenue of impression per thousand
  2. Same with Google, The context ads will blend to your website's template
  3. They pay you every 30th of the month via Payoneer, Minimum payout is $100
  4. You can use sticky sidebars for mobile
  5. You can request for personalized context ad size directly from your personal account manager. 
  6. Approval of your application can take a maximum of two days.
The cons are:

    1. The ads require a double click from the visitor, in this way, they ensure that the ad click is valid and not spam.  But this will affect your revenue as the visitor should click twice for you to earn.
    2. You will have to wait one day to see your earnings
    3. If your traffic is not from the UK, USA, CANADA, you will not earn anything or less probably.
If you are considering to join MEDIA.NET, You can click this LINK


The last Adsense alternative that I can recommend is 


Infolinks



If Adsense rejects your application, try Infolinks , it is similar to Adsense + A combination of Media.Net as it is mainly served thru the CPC Platform. Getting approved is faster compared to the media net or monumetric.
If you meet the necessary requirements, Your site will get approved after 24 hours.

Implementing Infolinks ads on your website is very easy and won't need to use a lot of scripts.
Just paste a single thread of javascript and all the Infolinks Ads will be implemented.

You have the option to maximize or minimize the implementation of all ads on your website by just visiting your dashboard and toggling it on or off its easy and very customizable. You can check it below:




Infolinks provide a variety of ad placement and as I have said, you have the option to activate it.

One of them is INTEXT. 


Intext mainly focused on Context Advertising- so you got the idea. Intext blends perfectly or linked perfectly to the text of your content. You can check this screenshot of my website for your reference. You can see that INTEXT is highlighted in Blue (but you can also change into other colors if you want).

If the visitor will hover the mouse on the INTEXT, A small preview of the ad will appear, if they clicked it and you have sufficient traffic and impression, You can get the revenue right away.



Next is feature is INARTICLE


InArticle allows you to increase your clicks and earnings while adding valuable informational tags within your website's content. This is set to asynchronous script, so basically, the ad will load first before your website.

Here's a sample below:





There's another remaining feature but I don't mainly utilize it as I have to leave a space from my other advertisers. They are INFRAME and INFOLD.

Why join Infolinks?

Consider this because:


  1. Infolinks is compatible with Adsense, so you can combine both of them running on your website
  2. Quick approval of your website maximum of 48 hours. But I got approved after 24 hours.
  3. Minimum payout is $25 via Paypal, wire transfer or Payoneer
Cons of Infolinks:

  1. It's really hard for publishers to gain high revenue from developing countries. If you are new to Infolinks, Most ads that you might notice has very low revenue as advertisers want to show their ads in tier 1 country.
  2. The ad placement is somehow intrusive.
If you wish to apply. You can click this link.


Writers discretion: Upon signing up with those links I mentioned, I'll be receiving a small commission. The proceeds of this commission will help my website's future enhancement and renewal.

Once again,  thank you for reading this review. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below or you can reach thru out my social media sites.

Stay safe!

--Ceddy

Saturday, March 28, 2020



Trying to fill in...


As a publisher, I would be a hypocrite if I say I don't want to do the "Vlogging Thing"

As a content writer for more than 5 years, I already established my website's credibility, garnered big companies to become their affiliate partner and partnered with 6 leading publishing partners.

Time flies, most of the content writers I knew, jumpstarted their passion and by adding video logging (short for Vlogging) to their website. 

And its very tempting to join the waves of people in this industry.

Established and contented...




I started blogging 2 years ago.  And compared to blogging, optimizing your Youtube Channel is not so technical to do the work around compared to blogging. 
Make sure that you have the proper keywords (catchy title), good thumbnail (avoid clickbait) and proper usage of tags. Of course, viewers are a must.  With all the knowledge of  SEO, I applied it on my Youtube Channel and it delivers a promising result. You might get a chance that your video can become trending by Youtube suggesting your video. But that doesn't work for me (for now). Although I am getting some hefty views and comments, that doesn't stop me from making greater content.

Aiming for money or passion?...




If you are aiming to monetize your channel, you should follow Youtube's requirement, which consists of having 1000 subscribers and 4000 hours of watch time for a period of 1 year. Once you reach those requirements, you can apply for monetization. Once approved, you are ready to earn money from your videos. As long as you follow their policy, you are good to go.  Don't participate to "c4c" or find ways to incentivize your channel or you might get your channel closed or getting 3 strikes right away. 

As for me, I mentioned before that I am an introvert, and my weakness is facing and talking in front of the camera. But doesn't stop me from making great content. Up to date. I already made 64 videos in youtube. But still not monetized. It takes time to reach those requirements but I'm still not losing hope.

Expressing the thoughts in a lucid way...



For Blogging (Writing content) This is my favorite and my priority. It's pretty downside comical or you can say I'm a weirdo but every time I write content, I can always express my feelings and let my emotions fill the void on the context of my blog while on "vlogging" you cannot revert it back once you said the words or else you have to redo from the beginning. Sometimes, it took me 10 times to re-record a video for my vlog, Of course, there is always an advantage and disadvantages to all aspects whether you are into blogging or "vlogging".

Your own choice that counts...




By the end of the day. It's your own decision whether you want to impart vlogging just for the sake of the money or it is your passion to talk in front of the camera. As for me, I am thankful that I step out in my comfort zone and make me confident talking in front of the camera. 

Worth to try and get rewarded...



I even got a partnership from a giant tech company in Dubai, since they found my youtube channel and it was even recommended by Youtube on their search page (second page to be exact). 
They are so special to me as they are the first company that trusted me to review their product and I didn't regret making a Youtube Channel. And so you do. 


It's the thoughts that count...




Anyways, these are only my points to ponder. Thanks for reading my blog and see you next time.
And by the way, You can search me on Youtube by searching "Ceddy's Random".  Don't forget to subscribe and hit the notification bell.


Thanks for reading my blog and see you next time :)

--Ceddy



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Sunday, March 22, 2020

COVID-19 Precautionary Measures  

Canceled Trip to Saint Petersburg...


This coming April, my trip to Saint Petersburg was canceled due to the Pandemic effect of the Corona Virus. Ultimately, All major airlines were halted as well for time being.

Social Distancing and Personal Hygiene is a MUST!


As responsible individuals, We should avoid the spread of COVID-19 (Corona Virus Covid 19). Social distancing and personal hygiene is the best way to do it.

And as part of my effort here at Ceddy's Random.

I am doing my part in sharing the 7 Steps to avoid the spread of COVID 19.

Below are the info-graphics and the text provided by the World Health Organization. 












This is just as short yet effective steps to avoid the virus and to prevent from spreading person to person.

Again, Stay safe everyone!

--Ceddy

 




Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Tenda 4G680 Wireless 4G LTE, VoLTE Router | Quick Unboxing Review




Hello Guys! Ceddy here. And it's tech quick unboxing time!

This is Tenda 4G680 Wireless 4G LTE, VoLTE Router.

Throwback...


As the year passes by, new technology is being developed indefinitely.
And as you are reading this content, at this moment,  you are connected to the internet via wifi or subscribed via mobile data.

Connecting People thru the Internet...


Living in the United Arab Emirates as an expatriate means we need to have constant communication with our families on the other side of the world. However, for example. In my country (The Philippines), obtaining the internet at home is a scarcity for middle-class families. And trust me, The internet in my country is pretty expensive and the internet service is pretty slow as well. But despite these setbacks, I was able to have a subscription from my ISP (PLDT-Internet Service Provider) And I'm with them for more than 6 years now.  Very expensive DSL Service (I am paying around 115 Dirhams or the equivalent of 32 dollars per month up to date. And the internet upload speed is up to 3mpbs the same as the download speed. Comparing to this year, that was way far too low.

That was 6 years ago, and still, I'm using that same ISP. I am too lazy to move to another ISP as it's very difficult to apply and so much documentation and processing time can take more days. By the end of the day, I am stuck with this ISP, As my Auntie is using it at home for basic internet like browsing on Facebook or watching videos on youtube.


The reason I shared with you my experience related to the product that I am reviewing? Just keep reading below.

LTE Router. What's in it for me?


This is Tenda 4G680 Wireless 4G LTE, VoLTE Router. I am planning to buy another one as I wish to send this to my other Auntie in the Philippines, who doesn't have any wifi internet at home.


These are the contents of the box. 



  • 4G680V2.0 device
  • RJ45 Cable
  • Quick Install Guide
  • Power supply 12V/1A(EU)
  • Dual Antennas


The Contents of the Box



4G680V2.0 device

Back of the Device

RJ45 Cable

Quick Install Guide

Dual Antennas
Power supply 12V/1A(EU)

Convenience and Accessibility...


This is a Wifi/LTE Router which means you can use this router via sim card of your choice. It can support over 300 mobile/cellular networks in over 135 countries.

Just pop in your sim at the sim card port located at the underneath part of the device, switch on the router, and presto... Hello Internet 😃, no configuration needed. I need to have at least enough data packages and regular credits to make phone calls so that I can utilize all the service features of the product.

Sim Card Port and the WPS Button


Hello, It's Me...


Please do note that the device can make phone calls simultaneously, however  (it switches back to 3G while the router is being utilized for making phone calls). It's called CSFB ( Circuit Switched Fallback).



Size does matter... I'm talking about the router... 😙


How huge this device is?

Pretty simple, check the picture below. That's how small yet powerful this beasty is.




Is it a Yah or Nah?


Yah! I highly recommend this product to anyone who wishes to have the internet at home, without spending too much from there ISP.

Benefits:


  • Portability (It's very light about 295 grams)
  • Accessibility (you can use any sim card to different countries and its LTE feature)
  • Internet Speed (Up to 50 Mbps. of upload speed and 150 Mbps of download speed) - N300Mbps.

To learn more about the product, you can always visit their website by clicking here

I have a separate quick video unboxing review on my Youtube Channel. To learn more about it, you can watch it here or my video above this content.


Once again, thanks for reading my blog, and see you next time!

--Ceddy


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