LionTech Blog

Here you will find blog posts about new programs, tools, or just tech in general.


charger issue podcast

posted May 3, 2017, 6:54 AM by Garrett Knight   [ updated May 3, 2017, 7:04 AM ]

This is a podcast is about issues you may have with your charger, and what you can do about them.

New samsung Galaxy s8

posted May 3, 2017, 6:47 AM by Garrett Knight

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LG G6

posted Apr 27, 2017, 8:23 AM by Tristan Jones

The LG G6

The Lg G6 is the latest phone in LG’s top line and it certainly packs a punch visually and in performance.


Display

The most notable feature of the G6’s display is its 18:9 visual format. Physically, this means the phone will be longer and more narrower and therefore easier to hold. Videos and movies, if filmed in the 2:1 format (most new netflix shows are, it’s becoming more popular) will look better, and the 2:1 format is designed to make movies look better as well. The G6 screen is 1440 x 2880 pixels which in layman’s terms means that your screen will look very good. The Galaxy S8 does have more pixels, 1440 x 2960 which is slightly better than the G6 and still uses the 16:9 video format.

Camera

The G6’s camera has always been a major draw to the phone and while it might not completely dominate the competition like it used to, it still reigns supreme in this category. It has a 13 megapixel wide-angled camera, one of (if not the) best on the market right now. It also has a 5 megapixel front facing camera which is decidedly mediocre when compared to the main camera but will still get the job done. In comparison, the S8 has a regular 12 megapixel camera (which, it should be noted, is still great) and a 8 megapixel front facing camera, beating the G6 out in the front facing camera competition. Overall, there isn’t a very clear winner here. It mostly boils down to which camera you think you will be using the most for the winner of this section.


Apple AirPods

posted Dec 6, 2016, 8:51 AM by Tristan Jones   [ updated Dec 6, 2016, 8:53 AM ]

    The new Apple AirPods haven’t been released yet, but they will be soon. The long awaited earphones will help make up for the iPhone 7’s lack of a headphone jack and work with older models (iPhone 5 and later models). It’s rumored that they will began sale and shipping soon before Christmas within the next few weeks. They will sell for $159 which gets you the 2 actual earphones, a case that protects/holds the headphones as well as charges them, and a Lightning to USB cable. The case (as seen to the left) can hold up to 24 hours of portable charge. The charging situation is a bit confusing at first but actually lends itself to the usefulness of the headphones. The actual headphones which, according to Apple, hold a 5 hour charge, are charged in the case which in turn holds up to 24 extra hours of charge but needs charged itself. This means that if the headphones are running low or need charged you can throw them in the case to charge back up which Apple claims will give 3 hours of battery life after 15 minutes of charging time.Another major feature of the AirPods was the Siri integration features. Since the headphones are always on and connected with your phone, a simple tap of a side button connects Siri for any help you might need.

      There are a few concerns regarding the item. The first and most major is the size of the headphones. They will more likely than not be easy to lose or misplace, and Apple hasn’t offered any solutions for this problem, if you lose it you're on your own. This is concerning because each headphone itself is about $80. Another issue, albeit an aestetic one, is that many people don’t like the look of the headphones. Many are worried about the headphones being able to stay within the ear, a notorious problem of the earpods. Others are concerned with the length of the headphones, they aren’t really low profile (as seen to the right) and some have said they look similar to mushrooms. Most notably however is the similar sound quality to that of the free headphones that regularly come with an Apple purchase. For $159, the sound quality is still mostly the same as the regular EarPods. This doesn’t mean the sound quality is poor, but for the price hike many reviewers have stated they expected much better quality as a whole. Overall, the AirPods are certainly a cool new piece of tech that would be an interesting christmas gift but the price tag might keep many away.

The Soundbot HD Water Resistant Speaker.

posted Dec 6, 2016, 7:21 AM by Garrett Knight   [ updated Dec 6, 2016, 7:33 AM by sabrina.hyden@leanderisd.org ]

The newest tech device out is the soundbot HD water resistant speaker.

The most interesting thing is that the reviews say that it is really good for taking a shower, and listening to music.

The speaker is wireless and uses bluetooth. It also has a variety of options.A few options include, the ability to answer phone calls,skip a song, turn the device on and off and  to turn the volume up and down.

The soundbot speaker sticks to the wall using a suction cup. The suction cups are 50/50. Some of them fall, but some work exactly how they are meant to.If the suction cup falls you don't have to worry because the speaker is durable.

The sound bot comes in many different colors and is cheap.The asking price is approximately $20.00, which is a great price for the speaker in my opinion.

The speaker  can also answer phone calls. One person wrote “ For me a good test on whether the microphone quality is good is if i can call the bank and transfer money without having to raise my voice or talk slower than I do using my phone.” The same person wrote “I would not however use this in the shower.” For those of you wondering the microphone is on the answer call button and will not get water inside due to the items that they use to make it.

The speaker also has some bad things. As I mentioned earlier in the blog the suction cup sometimes falls off the wall. That is a problem because, it could move the parts inside breaking the speaker. Although, most people are impressed that the outside doesn’t even have a scratch. I haven’t seen a review where the inside breaks if it falls, but it still could happen.

Another issue is the charge. Quite a few people have complained that the charger breaks after a few months or that the speaker doesn’t retain its charge. This is the main issue. People could have possibly overcharged it,meaning they charged it for too long, but the charger when it works, works fast. The product says that it can last for 11 hours. This is true if you shut it off completely.

Another issue is that the music sometimes stops playing. This is because the range that the bluetooth has. The connection will not go through walls and it will not connect if out of the room generally.

The sound sometimes gets muffled because water gets in the speaker holes, fortunately it drains quickly without damage. I would not submerge the speaker completely, because it is only water resistant.

The  buttons that you use to skip  are also used as volume of the speaker. This can be seen as a good or a bad thing.This could be a bad thing because it is hard to change volume without skipping, and it won’t change the volume of your phone. What I am saying is that if your phone volume is at full but the speaker is at halfway, you can't turn your phone volume down from the speaker. The good news is that you can change the volume of both the speaker and your phone to have them the perfect volume.

The creator of this product is very concerned about how people like the product.He often reads reviews and answers emails. The service is phenomenal because people have had issues and the owner sent a new one for free and gave him 75% of his money back because of the issues.


If you are interested, the speaker can be found online on amazon or in stores like best buy or most tech stores.

Overall the speaker has both pros and cons and it is up to you to decide.Some key factors are how picky you are on quality,and how often will you use it. There are speakers that are better but they cost a lot more.


What I think LionTech is about

posted Dec 7, 2015, 7:06 AM by Patrick Sytnik   [ updated Dec 6, 2016, 7:37 AM by sabrina.hyden@leanderisd.org ]

    LionTech, Leander High School's new student run tech team, dedicated to problem solving, helps anyone in our high school relating to technology, whether it be a PC, smartphone/tablet, online tools, etc. This is going to be my reflection on what we do here at LionTech, and how it is important that other schools follow our footsteps.

    Recently, KVUE, our local TV station, came to LHS to do a story about using technology in the classroom. Since we have rolled out laptops to students, we were the perfect candidate to share our story. Of course, yours truly, talked about the mLISD program implemented at LHS, and how students feel about the new tech, and how it shaped the classroom for better. LionTech is all about helping other people with their technology problems. We strive to be as helpful and as professional we can be, but still be able to enjoy what we are doing for the students, and teachers as well. We make sure there are no problems with any other technology used inside school, so students don't have to worry about such things, and stay focused on things they need to to in order to be successful in the classroom. We always help every student or teacher that comes by to our help desk, and we always strive to make our "customers", as we call them, happy with our service.

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    Again, we hope that the practices we currently use at LionTech can be shared to other schools that have already, or are thinking about creating, a tech team ran by students, for students.

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