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Charles Tiu
Works at Kitewheel
Attended Bentley College - Elkin B. McCallum Graduate School of Business
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Advice needed!
Has anyone tried using the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 N920I with project fi? I'm curious to try it and see if I can use the carrier with this phone. :) 
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+Charles Tiu Just make sure you don't want half bake working. Half of the time plus if you use lots of data is not recommended. Paying more then a regular plan because of data overages. Something to think about. 
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How do you guys like the Microsoft band?
What would you guys change about it?

I use android, but really considering using it since its OS-agnostic :) 
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+Brendon Williams i fixed it, after some vague digging on my phone's forums i found it was a security feature they added called data monitoring which checks data packets for malicious code was causing the connection drops and sync issues, back to using a working band. Manufacturers need to be more open about possible issues, but at least it works now.
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There's been a lot of hate on Samsung lately.
Touchwhiz, slow updates, lag, price, bloatware, and design. Those are the sins that people always fault Sammy for.

As someone whose tried a nexus device, a moto devices. And gradually moved to a Samsung device over the years, I can understand their frustration. There is a problem. Why is my device not getting updates while others had it for months? How do you lag when you literally are crammed to the brim with more cores and RAM than other devices? What are all these duplicate apps that do the same exact damn thing? Yes, there is a prpblem

However, based on my experience using the note 5 for a few months now already, these problems seem do miniscule and seem so blown out of proportion.

Let's address the thing about updates.
Yes, having the latest and greatest update is awesome. I want Android NYC/ Nutella but I don't even have Android M yet. But is my phone useless without the update? Absolutely not. The phone comes with so many useful features and customization options and toggles that I can do a ton of things with it. The phone is so far from useless and having the latest update no longer means anythung to me. Android has improved a lot over the years and the next updates feel more iterative than major shifts now, meaning not having the update is totally fine.

Now let's talk about design.
The beauty of Android is its customization, the things that you can do with android to change anything and everything. It's what a lot of people like about Android. So why do people also complain about something that they can change? There are so many amazing apps out there and so many resources and people that are so interested in making new designs or helping others with designs. It's beautiful. There are launchers, widgets, icon packs, theme stores and so much more. Heck, if you feel comfortable, move to custom roms even. For anythung that you want to change, there's an app for that. I'm not asking you to devote hours on tinkering, but if you've got time to go on blog posts and write essays on how Touchwhiz looks hideous, you'vw definitely got time to download an icon pack.

Lag.
If you run a speed test with another phone side by side opening and closing apps repeatedly and talk about Samsung's poor RAM management, well, I gotta ask, is that really how you use a phone? Open. Close. Open. Close. Open. Close. Let's talk a out real world usage here. You need to do something, you open the app to do your thing. You wanna do something else? You switch over to another app. Sure. Are you really sitting there counting the seconds it takes to open the app and think to yourself 'holy crap I had to wait 5 milliseconds longer'? That just doesn't happen. You've got a powerful phone handling games and apps perfectly fine. It takes beautiful photos, it handles intense games beautifully, it executes crazy tasks like free form windows and multitasking greatly, and you wanna complain about the extra 5 milliseconds it took to open an app compared to another phone that you just happen to have next to you to compare app opening speeds? Chalk that one up to #firstworldproblems . I will honestly say this though - lag has not been an issue for me. I've used the nexus, I've used the lightly skinned moto x. The difference in speed not that noticeable. What's noticeable is the increase in features.

Which brings me to bloatware.
Yeah, it's terrible. I know. But you know why it's extra terrible in the States? Carrier blast. Verizon super cookies. Verizon nfl apps. Microsoft office suite built in. Samsung:S duplicate apps that do a similar damn thing as Google builr-in apps that do it better (sometimes). Samsung, what the hell are you thinking here? But surprisingly, some of the bloatware is quite good. I'll give it to them that some of their apps are actually better than Google's own apps. But some are just downright terrible memory wasters and battery suckers. But here's the thing - For the people that don't mind, Samsung's apps extra apps that just sit there. For the people that mind and what to do something about it. There are package disablers or you can disable a majority of the stuff and use mobiwol to prevent apps from sending any data out (I'm looking at you cheetah mobile clean master). But for the people that mind but don't really want to do anything to disable the apps, I can't fault you for being angry that you have to do anything, but there are solutions if you're willing to take the time to listen and you will find that using those resources wo be a very rewarding experience. You just have to be willing to try.

Lastly, lets talk about Touchwhiz as a whole. It's not perfect, but over the years, it has made leaps forward in many, many ways. Compared to the last one, and the one before that, this one is like an older, mastered wine that received a lot of polishing. I wouldn't knock it until you've tried it, and when I mean try it, I mean actually trying it. Not just using the device, but actually putting in the tweaks you normally would in your normal phone. If you usually use a launcher, then go ahead and use that launcher. Have an icon pack? Use that. Prefer Google now launcher? Go right ahead. Billions of awesome Tasker profiles? Do it! Do everything, try everything, and even try new things. Or if you don't want to try anything at all and just use the phone as is, then do that too! Just promise me that you are at least willing to dip your toes in the water a little and try it. :)


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Really nice post.. I would like to contribute a few things.. The native apps that are made available by samsung are absolutely fantastic like the default browser which has built in ad blocker or the music player which has UHQ mode for a top notch audio quality which i don't even find in poweramp, the video player which plays all the lastest format of video files consuming less battery than mx Player and finally the gallery app which is by far the best stock gallery app that i have ever seen.. I mean u have to really dwell yourself into each and every feature of your phone in order to develop an opinion rather than typecasting it as bloat without even using it.. Thanks
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There's been a lot of hate on Samsung lately.
Touchwhiz, slow updates, lag, price, bloatware, and design. Those are the sins that people always fault Sammy for.

As someone whose tried a nexus device, a moto devices. And gradually moved to a Samsung device over the years, I can understand their frustration. There is a problem. Why is my device not getting updates while others had it for months? How do you lag when you literally are crammed to the brim with more cores and RAM than other devices? What are all these duplicate apps that do the same exact damn thing? Yes, there is a prpblem

However, based on my experience using the note 5 for a few months now already, these problems seem do miniscule and seem so blown out of proportion.

Let's address the thing about updates.
Yes, having the latest and greatest update is awesome. I want Android NYC/ Nutella but I don't even have Android M yet. But is my phone useless without the update? Absolutely not. The phone comes with so many useful features and customization options and toggles that I can do a ton of things with it. The phone is so far from useless and having the latest update no longer means anythung to me. Android has improved a lot over the years and the next updates feel more iterative than major shifts now, meaning not having the update is totally fine.

Now let's talk about design.
The beauty of Android is its customization, the things that you can do with android to change anything and everything. It's what a lot of people like about Android. So why do people also complain about something that they can change? There are so many amazing apps out there and so many resources and people that are so interested in making new designs or helping others with designs. It's beautiful. There are launchers, widgets, icon packs, theme stores and so much more. Heck, if you feel comfortable, move to custom roms even. For anythung that you want to change, there's an app for that. I'm not asking you to devote hours on tinkering, but if you've got time to go on blog posts and write essays on how Touchwhiz looks hideous, you'vw definitely got time to download an icon pack.

Lag.
If you run a speed test with another phone side by side opening and closing apps repeatedly and talk about Samsung's poor RAM management, well, I gotta ask, is that really how you use a phone? Open. Close. Open. Close. Open. Close. Let's talk a out real world usage here. You need to do something, you open the app to do your thing. You wanna do something else? You switch over to another app. Sure. Are you really sitting there counting the seconds it takes to open the app and think to yourself 'holy crap I had to wait 5 milliseconds longer'? That just doesn't happen. You've got a powerful phone handling games and apps perfectly fine. It takes beautiful photos, it handles intense games beautifully, it executes crazy tasks like free form windows and multitasking greatly, and you wanna complain about the extra 5 milliseconds it took to open an app compared to another phone that you just happen to have next to you to compare app opening speeds? Chalk that one up to #firstworldproblems . I will honestly say this though - lag has not been an issue for me. I've used the nexus, I've used the lightly skinned moto x. The difference in speed not that noticeable. What's noticeable is the increase in features.

Which brings me to bloatware.
Yeah, it's terrible. I know. But you know why it's extra terrible in the States? Carrier blast. Verizon super cookies. Verizon nfl apps. Microsoft office suite built in. Samsung:S duplicate apps that do a similar damn thing as Google builr-in apps that do it better (sometimes). Samsung, what the hell are you thinking here? But surprisingly, some of the bloatware is quite good. I'll give it to them that some of their apps are actually better than Google's own apps. But some are just downright terrible memory wasters and battery suckers. But here's the thing - For the people that don't mind, Samsung's apps extra apps that just sit there. For the people that mind and what to do something about it. There are package disablers or you can disable a majority of the stuff and use mobiwol to prevent apps from sending any data out (I'm looking at you cheetah mobile clean master). But for the people that mind but don't really want to do anything to disable the apps, I can't fault you for being angry that you have to do anything, but there are solutions if you're willing to take the time to listen and you will find that using those resources wo be a very rewarding experience. You just have to be willing to try.

Lastly, lets talk about Touchwhiz as a whole. It's not perfect, but over the years, it has made leaps forward in many, many ways. Compared to the last one, and the one before that, this one is like an older, mastered wine that received a lot of polishing. I wouldn't knock it until you've tried it, and when I mean try it, I mean actually trying it. Not just using the device, but actually putting in the tweaks you normally would in your normal phone. If you usually use a launcher, then go ahead and use that launcher. Have an icon pack? Use that. Prefer Google now launcher? Go right ahead. Billions of awesome Tasker profiles? Do it! Do everything, try everything, and even try new things. Or if you don't want to try anything at all and just use the phone as is, then do that too! Just promise me that you are at least willing to dip your toes in the water a little and try it. :)


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They seem to think without question stock is better due to access to updates first. Stock being ugly, featureless, constantly taking samsung features, stock apps that are basic, masses of useless google apps preloaded is somehow a strength. Stock is nice. But it's hardly amazing. Since ice-cream sandwich we've only really had one real update and that was lollipop. Hardly worthy of the constant talk of fast updates lol
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Something similar to Apple vs FBI is happening here in the UK, but it probably won't have the battle 
Over the past few weeks, the FBI has been trying to force Apple into helping it open the iPhone 5c that belonged to San Bernadino shooter Syed Rizwan Faroo
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Politics aside, if this wasn't Apple vs FBI but instead any company vs FBI, where would you stand in whether or not a company should have a system for the government to access the phone to retrieve data about criminals?

I can understood the power and concern for the government having such power to check people's phones. I get that. But I also understand the need to be able to prevent crimes beforehand or uncover accomplices in the aftermath. 
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Government should not be able to
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Has anyone tried a dbrand skin?
I'm considering trying one. Would it help with the grip of the phone when I don't use a case? One of my biggest issues is that the phone can get pretty slippery, so wondering if having the skin will make it easier to grab hold of. 
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Has anyone tried a dbrand skin?
I'm considering trying one. Would it help with the grip of the phone when I don't use a case? One of my biggest issues is that the phone can get pretty slippery, so wondering if having the skin will make it easier to grab hold of. 
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I have a Dbrand carbon fiber skin on my Note 5 and yes it makes it much less slippery. 
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The quiet before the storm... 
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What little known feature of Android do you use the most?  - 
 
 
There's been a lot of hate on Samsung lately.
Touchwhiz, slow updates, lag, price, bloatware, and design. Those are the sins that people always fault Sammy for.

As someone whose tried a nexus device, a moto devices. And gradually moved to a Samsung device over the years, I can understand their frustration. There is a problem. Why is my device not getting updates while others had it for months? How do you lag when you literally are crammed to the brim with more cores and RAM than other devices? What are all these duplicate apps that do the same exact damn thing? Yes, there is a prpblem

However, based on my experience using the note 5 for a few months now already, these problems seem do miniscule and seem so blown out of proportion.

Let's address the thing about updates.
Yes, having the latest and greatest update is awesome. I want Android NYC/ Nutella but I don't even have Android M yet. But is my phone useless without the update? Absolutely not. The phone comes with so many useful features and customization options and toggles that I can do a ton of things with it. The phone is so far from useless and having the latest update no longer means anythung to me. Android has improved a lot over the years and the next updates feel more iterative than major shifts now, meaning not having the update is totally fine.

Now let's talk about design.
The beauty of Android is its customization, the things that you can do with android to change anything and everything. It's what a lot of people like about Android. So why do people also complain about something that they can change? There are so many amazing apps out there and so many resources and people that are so interested in making new designs or helping others with designs. It's beautiful. There are launchers, widgets, icon packs, theme stores and so much more. Heck, if you feel comfortable, move to custom roms even. For anythung that you want to change, there's an app for that. I'm not asking you to devote hours on tinkering, but if you've got time to go on blog posts and write essays on how Touchwhiz looks hideous, you'vw definitely got time to download an icon pack.

Lag.
If you run a speed test with another phone side by side opening and closing apps repeatedly and talk about Samsung's poor RAM management, well, I gotta ask, is that really how you use a phone? Open. Close. Open. Close. Open. Close. Let's talk a out real world usage here. You need to do something, you open the app to do your thing. You wanna do something else? You switch over to another app. Sure. Are you really sitting there counting the seconds it takes to open the app and think to yourself 'holy crap I had to wait 5 milliseconds longer'? That just doesn't happen. You've got a powerful phone handling games and apps perfectly fine. It takes beautiful photos, it handles intense games beautifully, it executes crazy tasks like free form windows and multitasking greatly, and you wanna complain about the extra 5 milliseconds it took to open an app compared to another phone that you just happen to have next to you to compare app opening speeds? Chalk that one up to #firstworldproblems . I will honestly say this though - lag has not been an issue for me. I've used the nexus, I've used the lightly skinned moto x. The difference in speed not that noticeable. What's noticeable is the increase in features.

Which brings me to bloatware.
Yeah, it's terrible. I know. But you know why it's extra terrible in the States? Carrier blast. Verizon super cookies. Verizon nfl apps. Microsoft office suite built in. Samsung:S duplicate apps that do a similar damn thing as Google builr-in apps that do it better (sometimes). Samsung, what the hell are you thinking here? But surprisingly, some of the bloatware is quite good. I'll give it to them that some of their apps are actually better than Google's own apps. But some are just downright terrible memory wasters and battery suckers. But here's the thing - For the people that don't mind, Samsung's apps extra apps that just sit there. For the people that mind and what to do something about it. There are package disablers or you can disable a majority of the stuff and use mobiwol to prevent apps from sending any data out (I'm looking at you cheetah mobile clean master). But for the people that mind but don't really want to do anything to disable the apps, I can't fault you for being angry that you have to do anything, but there are solutions if you're willing to take the time to listen and you will find that using those resources wo be a very rewarding experience. You just have to be willing to try.

Lastly, lets talk about Touchwhiz as a whole. It's not perfect, but over the years, it has made leaps forward in many, many ways. Compared to the last one, and the one before that, this one is like an older, mastered wine that received a lot of polishing. I wouldn't knock it until you've tried it, and when I mean try it, I mean actually trying it. Not just using the device, but actually putting in the tweaks you normally would in your normal phone. If you usually use a launcher, then go ahead and use that launcher. Have an icon pack? Use that. Prefer Google now launcher? Go right ahead. Billions of awesome Tasker profiles? Do it! Do everything, try everything, and even try new things. Or if you don't want to try anything at all and just use the phone as is, then do that too! Just promise me that you are at least willing to dip your toes in the water a little and try it. :)


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With some of Samsung's popular features getting baked into Android N (e.g. - split screen multitasking, free form windows, etc.), do you think people will start considering Samsung to be less bloaty? 
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A similar case as Apple vs FBI is happening here in the UK, except there won't be a battle 
Over the past few weeks, the FBI has been trying to force Apple into helping it open the iPhone 5c that belonged to San Bernadino shooter Syed Rizwan Faroo
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  • Bentley College - Elkin B. McCallum Graduate School of Business
    MBA, 2012 - 2013
    Master of Business Administration (MBA) with dual concentration in Marketing and Management
  • Bentley College
    Bachelors of Science, 2008 - 2012
    Business Marketing and Liberal Arts Global Perspectives
  • Shanghai University of Finance and Economics
    Exchange Program, 2010 - 2010
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  • Kitewheel
    Senior Customer Journey Analyst, 2015 - present
    - Responsible for delivery of largest revenue-generating projects in the US and EMEA for the past 2 years - Implemented a marketing campaign absorbing all data from the client’s website, CRM database, and ESP to track over 2.5 million web events for real-time analysis and delivered personalized content in real-time, immediately boosting customer conversion rates by 300% - Developed websites and dashboard that integrated with multiple data sources and third-party APIs via SOAP and REST to provide the sales team with client-facing demonstrations and story boards to showcase real-time business applications and capabilities, resulting in new contracts won
  • Kitewheel
    Customer Journey Analyst, 2013 - 2015
    - Responsible for delivery of largest revenue-generating projects in the US and EMEA for the past 2 years - Implemented a marketing campaign absorbing all data from the client’s website, CRM database, and ESP to track over 2.5 million web events for real-time analysis and delivered personalized content in real-time, immediately boosting customer conversion rates by 300% - Developed websites and dashboard that integrated with multiple data sources and third-party APIs via SOAP and REST to provide the sales team with client-facing demonstrations and story boards to showcase real-time business applications and capabilities, resulting in new contracts won
  • Bentley College
    Center for Marketing Technology Department Assistant, 2012 - 2013
    - Conduct eye tracking analysis on client’s TV advertisement and analyze the results to provide feedback on customer perceptions and needed improvements through heatmap, beeswarm, and gazeplot analyses - Assist companies and train classes to conduct market research through creating online Qualtrics surveys, facilitate focus groups, and utilize SPSS to perform correlation, extrapolation statistical analyses to gain customer insight - Implement a Yammer social network to improve communication while reducing over 90% of internal emails sent
  • Jardine Schindler
    Marketing Intelligence Intern, 2012 - 2012
    · Used Adobe CQ5 to redesign all of Jardine Schindler's company webpage · Conducted research on advanced access control systems, market outlook, and property information to produce internal reports sent company-wide · Performed correlation and linear regression analysis on macroeconomic data using SPSS to create mathematical models that calculate historic and future market trends and sizes in the Philippines and Taiwan · Created presentations for senior management detailing results of market research, analysis and market size calculations and provided recommendations for data collection and calculation process improvements · Established a method for determining future movements in elevator and escalator prices based on a basket of raw materials which enabled managers to set more accurate and competitive prices
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    Project Manager, 2011 - 2012
    - Conduct eye tracking analysis on client’s TV advertisement and analyze the results to provide feedback on customer perceptions and needed improvements through heatmap, beeswarm, and gazeplot analyses - Assist companies and train classes to conduct market research through creating online Qualtrics surveys, facilitate focus groups, and utilize SPSS to perform correlation, extrapolation statistical analyses to gain customer insight - Implement a Yammer social network to improve communication while reducing over 90% of internal emails sent
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