Wednesday, February 29, 2012

iOS Tip Of The Day: Save Your Home...Button.

Almost all iOS owners know the inconvenience of the non-responsive Home Button. It is the weakest link in the iOS hardware platform and yet using it is also the most required action. This leaves you with a perfectly working iOS device...EXCEPT for a Home Button that either doesn't respond or need to be mashed just to respond.

Jailbreaking is an option. It enables gesture (swipe) access to almost all the Home Button functions. But what about people that don't know how, or just don't want to Jailbreak their iOS devices? Well, on iOS 5, Apple has a feature that can help minimize the use of the Home Button.

It's found in the Settings Menu on your device.

Simply scroll down to the General menu

Then go to Accessibility

Then Assistive Touch.

Once enabled, you will now have a translucent button that floats over your desktop. The button placement is dynamic and can be moved around, it will also automatically move out of the way of the virtual keyboard.

Pressing this will bring up a gesture box, and the Home Button is one of them!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Kindle Touch : Hands (and Fingers) On.

Although the Kindle Fire is's flagship model, it doesn't quite excite me as much as it is just a stripped down Android tablet. Granted it has most of the features of an Android tablet, it no longer has the great features that made the Kindle one of the best e-book readers on the market.

Enter, the Kindle Touch. With all the best qualities of the original, the new Kindle Touch has added a touch screen, reduced overall dimensions, and improved screen contrast. It is, in my opinion, Amazon's BEST e-book reader to date.

No longer sporting a hardware keyboard, the Kindle Touch still has the 6" screen of the original, is now 1.5" shorter and a bit lighter.

Just as a disclaimer, I am NOT a book worm. I don't really like reading books. I'm an Android/iPad kind of guy. But I do see the advantages of the Kindle over a ful-blown tablet. Battery life being the main one. The Kindle battery life is far more impressive than the 5 hours on any current tablet. Sure they can make one that can probably hit 7-8... or even 12 hours. But 3 weeks is normal for a Kindle. The Touch is even more impressive with a 2 month battery life! (Wireless off) It is also more rugged and can take more everyday abuse than a  tablet.

Design-wise, I like the new Touch. It feels more polished and solid than the previous generations. That's saying a lot since the previous generations were built really well. Shape is smoother and feels better in the hand.

If you're in the market for an e-reader, I highly recommend the Kindle Touch.

It comes in 2 versions:

$139 is the regular model
$99 is ad-supported (so you get $40 off the regular price)

The Ice Cream Man Cometh...

Now that Sony Ericsson is no more... Sony Mobile Communications is continuing the support for Open Development.

A new BETA release of Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) is available for download and testing on the following Xperia Models: arc S, neo V, or ray. Please read all the instructions and warnings before attempting the install the beta software!

According to Sony, the official Android 4.0 will be available to the arc S, neo V and ray by April!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Geeky Valentine's Day Everyone!

Enter the following in Google!

(sqrt(cos(x))*cos(400*x)+sqrt (abs(x))-0.4)*(4-x*x)^0.1

Happy Valentine's Day Everyone!

The video below, was Google's V-Day Doodle... enjoy!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Online Parenting v1.0

For parents that can't seem to connect to their kids and all this "Facebook/Twitter cr*p"... here's how one parent dealt with his kid. Sit back and enjoy...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Some Geek Humor...

If the end of the World will come in 2012, then explain how Marty McFly made it to 2015.

On a more serious note... this is a short video on quantum levitation. 3 years guys... 3 years.

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