Kickstarter is really a haven of new ideas. My first pledge was of the Muku Shuttr. After I watched the video, I knew I had to get one.

Muku Shuttr is the world’s slimmest remote camera control that is compatible for the iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy S4/S3, Notes 2, LG Nexus 4. No app is needed to use this. Only bluetooth is required.

Other new phones may be on the works so this remote control can be compatible.

So what use can the Muku Shuttr give you? Doing selfie shots for example. You can just place the camera in front of you and do the pose that you want without the hassle of having to extend your arm just to take a good shot of yourself.

Muku Shuttr is designed to solve all these problem by resting in your keychain and allow you to take photo with yourself, your friends and your kids anytime you want.

Taking photos using the remote control is not just its only use. You can use it as a Powerpoint remote. Just pair up with you computer (Mac / Windows), switch the Shuttr to Android mode. And it works right the way.

This project had already been funded so if you want to get one yourself, you will have to go to their official site and purchase it there.

Here is my actual Muku Shuttr that I just received. It worked great when I tested it on a Samsung Galaxy S3 but this will be used by my wife’s iPhone device. The remote certainly worked well. It can even control the zoom in and zoom out features of the camera.

Make sure you place the back stand of your camera at the right place so you can get the perfect angle when you place your smartphone on any surface. Once everything is in place, let your trigger happy fingers do their thing ;).

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What makes the Starmobile Astra unique and attractive is its feature for it being a TV phone. That and a 4.3-inch Capacitive touchscreen plus Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich operating system and from the looks of it, can be considered a decent phone.

I said “from the looks of it” because even though the price is cheap, in the long run I think users of this smart phone will get frustrated.

Sure, it boasts of an 8MP camera, 512MB RAM which is decent and even a 1GHz Dual-core processor. But the lack of internal memory makes it smart phone slow. Sure, there is a slot for an SD card or something and when you first use it, it may not be obvious. Once you add apps, photos, videos and even use them, you can observe the lag even for a few seconds.

Plus, their capacitive touchscreen is messed up. Even a slight tap from my finger does not produce a reaction from the phone. Play a game and I bet you will get frustrated.

What made this phone more disappointing is the maker disabled some features like setting the screen to the user’s desired number of windows. There are folders available to organize apps so what good are extra window screens in the phone?

When I send an SMS message that is beyond the maximum number of characters equal to 2 SMS messages, it becomes an MMS message which meant I could incur more damaging charges if I had not noticed the word change from SMS to MMS. Worse, there is no way in the settings to change this.

Frankly, if all you are after is the TV phone then go for it. Otherwise, there are so many high end phones way better than this one that is worth investing in.

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Samsung Galaxy S 4 has made it known that is has quite a number of sensors inside its Galaxy S4 smart phone. Some of these include the on board barometer and temperature/humidity sensor.

Samsung has revealed that there are a total of nine sensors on board its latest flagship smartphone and detailed their roles in phone’s features via an info-graphic (photo from Sinful Android).

Most of the modern smartphones come with some common sensors like accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer and proximity sensor, which are necessary to provide some practical features, but Samsung has taken it to a whole new level.

Despite these number of sensors, the battery-backup of the phone will not be affected.

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