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TLVMedia review/payment proof

What is TLVMedia.com?

Well, simply put, it’s another CPM ads network. Just like Sonobi.com or Fidelity Media (but better). I joined them on July 2012 and got my first payment on August 2012.

tlvmedia logo

Do they pay?

Yes, they do. They are NET30 based network. Almost like Google Adsense but FASTER payment! Although they said that it’s NET30 but I always get my payment no less than 24th each month.

 

tlvmedia payment proof from August – November 2012

I choose Paypal as my payment method. No Paypal fee, which is good for us, publisher. If I’m not mistaken, the minimum payment threshold is $50.

TLVMedia has fast and simple publisher dashboard. Everything you need is there. From graphic reporting, detailed reporting (Reports), creating a code for your website (Tags), changing your account details (Account Details) and getting help from the team (Help). Support is also reasonable, support email  replied within 24 hours. Not quite sure about how often the stats is updated but it’s not real-time (maybe every 8 hours or so?).

tlvmedia publisher dashboard

publisher dashboard

How about the ads? Well, typical CPM networks, it slow down your site a bit and I can’t say that all ads from TLVMedia are safe and friendly(beware of ads that has video and sound!). TLVMedia has various ads formats even on-Video ads. Check it out: TLVMedia ads formats

Final words: definitely worth it! If you have sites that has crazy page impressions, you should register to TLVMedia!

Sony Xperia Go (ST27i) Review

This will be quick review just like I do on TREQ A10C and Nokia Asha 303. My Xperia Go already have Android 4.0.4 installed. I choose this Android device because of it’s water resistant and dust-proof features (IP67 certificate). Actually, I do water-resistant test after I got a hold of this device by drowning Xperia Go to bathtub and it’s still working.. really cool!!

Sony Xperia Go in hand

nice grip

CPU and Memory info (taken from Quadrant Standard)

Xperia Go CPU and Memory

CPU and memory basic info

Yup, it’s dual-core 1Ghz processor with 386MB. Rather disappointed with the RAM size, gsmarena said it is 512MB while actually it’s only 386MB. This small RAM makes most of high-resource HD-game (such as Plant Vs Zombies, NFS Shift 2, Contract Killer 2 very often force-close, rendered it unplayable, even after using ChainFire3D)

Display and Graphic

Xperia Go Display and Graphic

Display and Graphic capability

Yeah, crap resolution, crap DPI (but better than TREQ A10C), that is all. Casual games run fine. HD games? Not so much.

Built-in Sensors

Xperia Go Sensors

Built-in Sensors

Pretty much all you need if you want to do sensors programming in Android. Xperia Go even have pressure sensor, so, you can do some altitude and barometer measurement. Obviously, no NFC here, since that sensor is quite new.

Benchmark

Sony Xperia Go Quadrant Benchmark Result

Quadrant Benchmark Result

Sony Xperia Go NenaMark 2 Benchmark Result

NenaMark 2 Benchmark Result

Unexpected! The result is great. So, based on the benchmark result, my Xperia Go is better than Samsung Galaxy Nexus and just a little below Galaxy Tab 10.1 (consider it is a tablet). The graphic power is much better than HTC Desire HD and LG Optimus 2X. My graphic benchmark best result was 46.2fps, this can be achieved by using Chainfire3D NVIDIA-plugin, while in “normal” (no-Chainfire3D plugin) I only got 45.6fps which is really good. Once again, the one that hindering you to play a nice HD game on Xperia Go is the small RAM size!

Build

Well, it feel lighter than gripping on Nokia Asha 303.

Sony Xperia Go backcover

Back-cover opened

You can’t replace Sony Xperia Go battery! A little effort needed when inserting additional memory card, you’ll need some card like SIM card to push the memory card into it’s holder.

The phone build is quite though, I accidentally drop Xperia Go from moving motorcycle (slow speed, about 20km/h) and it’s still survive, just got a few dent on it’s body.

Xperia Go Survive from drop #1

dents because of dropped from moving motorcycle

Xperia Go survive from drop #2

Another dents because of dropped from moving motorcycle

 

Note for self:

If you want to take screenshot of your Android ICS 4.0.4 phone screen, use this: hold Power button and Volume down at the same time. There will be a “clicking” sound, the screenshot will be saved into “Pictures” folder on your main sdcard.

Synching Nokia phone contacts to other smartphone (Sony, iPhone)

It’s quite simple actually, the key point is: using Google Contacts (quite weird that this contact isn’t listed in Google Products).

  • First step is that you should download Nokia/Ovi Suite
  • Sync your Nokia phone contacts via Nokia/Ovi Suite
  • Select all of your contacts (Ctrl+A or Edit  –> Select All)

Select all contacts in Nokia Suite

  • Export your contacts to your PC (File –> Export contacts). Select target folder where you will save the exported contacts to. You’ll have a lot of .vcf files there. We need to combine all of this files into a single .vcf file (so, we can import all of Nokia phone contacts to Google Contacts in one go)

Exported contacts from Nokia Suite

  •  Open a command prompt and navigate to the previously selected folder. If you are using Windows 8, you can do this easily, see screenshot

Windows 8 open command prompt in current folder

  • after the command prompt opened, type this command

fuse all of vcf files into one vcf

  • Now, open your Google Contacts.
  • Choose import contacts from your Google Contact. Choose that previously produced all_contact.vcf.

Google Import Contacts

Google Contacts import dialog

  • Now, make sure there’s no duplicate contacts (especially when you often do this synchronizing things)

Remove duplicate contacts in Google Contacts

You’re done preparing, now, we can easily synchronizing with smartphone from other manufacturers

 

Synching with Sony Xperia Go via PC companion

  • If your Android already setup for auto-synching with your Google Accounts, there’s no need to do this step but I prefer to do this just to make sure it’s working properly.
  • Choose Sync Zone from your Sony PC Companion

 

  • After that, you’ll be asked about your Google Accounts where you can sync the contacts

 

Synchronizing with iPhone

  • Well, not much to say here, just connect your iPhone to your PC, open iTunes (if it’s not open automatically). It should be synching automatically (if you are already set-up a Google account for your iPhone). If not, click that iPhone button.

iphone button in itunes 11

  • Choose “Info” then configure your Google Contacts

iTunes configure Google Contacts

  • You’re ready to sync

iTunes sync Google Contacts

Fidelity Media Payment Proof

I should’ve done this review months a go. I’ve joined Fidelity Media since November 2011. A little late but here we go..

What is Fidelity Media?

Taken from their website:

Fidelity Media is an online advertising network for advertisers and publishers.

We operate a Brand Safe Remnant Traffic network for advertisers and publishers. Our mission is to increase fill rates of every website’s available advertising inventory according to its fair market value. That means your inventory is filled 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 12 months of the year. If we have no campaign matching your inventory at a specific moment, we will use your Third Party Network’s HTML code provided during the sign up process.

So, basically, Fidelity Media is CPM network which take advantage of remnant traffic.

fidelity media logo

 

What I like about Fidelity Media:

  • Recently, the payment is always on time (NET30, paid on the end of month)
  • it’s taking our remnant traffic, so, I’m not too stressed about ads placement
  • (recently) the ads is clean and quite fast loading.
  • has default ads tags, so, when Fidelity Media doesn’t have inventory to fill your traffic, it will load another ads code from another network (that you provided, but the ads code must be approved first by their team)
  • eCPM is OK, between 0.11 – 0.13 for my site and traffic
  • low minimum payout. My first payment was like $3 😛

 

What I don’t like about Fidelity Media

low coverage/fill-rate (at least for my traffic –which mostly Asian–). Based on this screenshot below, my fill-rate is only about 27.76%

fidelity media fill rate

low fill-rate for Asian traffic

The reporting dashboard is slow from here (Indonesia), maybe because it need to connect to Rusia first (yandex.ru)??

well, they promised NET30 payment, but on the few first months joining them, the payment was like NET40. (this issue is not happening in few last months)

there were some accident about malicious ads code. (not happening again on few last month, but still, I need more extra cautious about Fidelity Media ads)

sometimes, it show Video ads with sound! (rare case, haven’t seen it in few last months)

the payment we received is still being cut by Paypal fees. Fidelity Media is the only publisher network that I joined that the payment still get cut by Paypal fees, others publisher network didn’t have this Paypal fees issue.

 

Payment Proof

OK, since I’m joining them on November 2011, my first Payment come at December 2011. Payment screenshot is taken from my Paypal History.

fidelity media payment proof part #1

Payment Proof part #1

fidelity media payment proof part #2

Payment Proof part #2

As you can see on the above screenshot, the payment on first few months is just like NET40 (although they mentioned it’s NET30) and there are Paypal fees cut from from your revenue.

 

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TREQ A10C review

TREQ A10C is a low-end Android made-in-China tablet. I bought this tablet because although it’s low-end, it runs on Android ICS 4.0.3 (and my kids want Angry Birds Space  and Plants vs Zombie in this device 😛 ). The price is also affordable, IDR1,350,000.00 (about USD150) for the 16GB version.
Some basic system info (taken using Quadrant standard):

Treq A10C system information

TREQ A10C basic info

Graphic capability (also from Quadrant):

Treq A10C graphic component

TREQ A10C graphic capability

Pros:
– cheap
– run Android ICS 4.0.3
– 1GHz single core processor (tweakable up to 1.5GHz) with 1GB RAM
– able to play MKV video (tested on 720p quality), subtitle is flawlessly shown.
– able to read external hard-disk (tested on my Toshiba 500GB), be aware though, Android will only read your first hard-disk partition
– already rooted
– Google Play/Market, Adobe Flash 11, HD games run smoothly
– HDMI output (cable is not included)
– 5 points multi-touch

Cons:
– no GPS
– no compass
– no built-in modem
– no bluetooth
– no camera (well, there is a front VGA camera, it sucks)

Although this tablet hasn’t any internal modem (WiFi only), it does support some USB modem (GSM and CDMA):

treq a10c supported modem

Supported USB Modem by Treq A10C