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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Apple has released iOS 7.0.2 (11A501) for 24 devices - What's new, fixes and Review.

Apple has released iOS 7.0.2 (11A501) for 24 devices - What's new, fixes and Review.


I bet you were expecting a deep detailed review, fixes and bla bla bla of the freshly released, small 21mb update from apple.
Well you're wrong there's nothing to see here. Like there's nothing to see in the other 312.743 blogs out there that posted exactly the same thing. 
But since most posts these days, are just an excuse for ad revenue, with not join the train too?
So...what are you waiting for. Click the ad's click the donate button. Make me rich! :) CLICK CLICK CLICK!
(you might actually see some REAL reviews here) :)

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Absinthe v0.3

Absinthe v0.3:
Chronic Dev Team has released a new version of the A5 jailbreak tool Absinthe.

Don't reapply if your 5.0.x device is already jailbroken as it won't change anything.

The untether payload is exactly the same, only the computer part has been improved for stability issues.

Here are the links:
- Absinthe Windows v0.3
- Absinthe MacOSX (>=10.6) v0.3
- Absinthe Linux v0.3

Apple jumps to third place in worldwide mobile phone shipments

Apple jumps to third place in worldwide mobile phone shipments:

Apple’s huge iPhone sales numbers from its latest quarterly results and the overall success of its iPhone 4S helped it grow its mobile phone business by 128.4 percent year-over-year in the fourth quarter of 2011, according to a new IDC report. That was good enough to help the company climb to third place overall in worldwide smartphone shipments, leapfrogging both ZTE and LG Electronics.


Apple’s 37 million fourth quarter iPhone shipments were a far cry from the market leaders, however. Nokia still ruled the roost with 113.5 million handset shipments, while Samsung edged closer to grabbing the top spot with a 20 percent increase compared to the previous year, to a total of 97.6 million units shipped. Samsung succeeded by growing its smartphone sales, but also by increasing its feature phone shipment numbers in an otherwise soft market for those devices.


While Apple was the biggest gainer percentage-wise during the quarter, LG suffered the biggest drop,with a negative 42.2 percent change compared to the same period in 2010. Its total shipments were at 17.7 million for the year, which is on par with 2007 levels. LG definitely felt the hit of the waning feature phone market and was unable to do much to impress consumers with its smartphones, either.


Apple also ranked third overall in terms of mobile phone shipments throughout the whole calendar year thanks to its fourth quarter results, with 93.2 iPhone shipments and year-over-year growth of 96.2 percent.


IDC predicts that the mobile phone market will continue to experience double-digit growth, despite only seeing 11.1 percent growth year-over-year in 2011, versus 18.7 percent growth between 2009 and 2010.


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iPad 3 Announcement and Release Coming in March?

iPad 3 Announcement and Release Coming in March?:

A new report today from Mackotera.jp claims that Apple will both announce and launch its next-generation iPad, presumed to be called either the iPad 2S or the iPad 3, during the month of March. This comes just a few weeks after the blog claimed that Apple would be announcing the iPad 3 alongside iOS 5.1 at an event taking place at some point in early February with a release coming in March.


All along, March has been the front-runner with various reports indicating that Apple would be following in the footsteps of its release of the iPad 2, which was announced and launched in March of 2011.


The report also claims that Apple is going to be hosting some sort of event in February although Jim Dalrymple from The Loop says that the February event will not be taking place.


iPad 2


So right now, all signs point to a launch in March which means those of you that have been thinking about buying a new iPad, will probably want to hold off for a few weeks in order to see what Apple has up its sleeve.


Speaking of that, the iPad 3 is rumored to be a quad-core device, featuring Apple’s A6 processor, and it’s also speculated to have a high-resolution Retina Display along with high speed 4G LTE data capabilities.


Sounds pretty good right?


Luckily, we should only have to wait a couple of weeks to find out if the rumors are too good to be true.


Via: MacRumors


iPad 3 Announcement and Release Coming in March? is a post by from Gotta Be Mobile.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Day 0 Computex 2010 - Asus Eee PC 1015N


Day 0 at Taipei, Computex 2010 and this one is the device that caught my attention.
Finally a not so boring netbook and at a decent portable size.

I will keep my eye on this device, so full specs and more developments soon.

Thanks Jkk, for the great video.




SOURCE: JKK from JKKMOBILE.COM "Asus Eee PC 1015N with Nvidia Optimus at Computex"

Friday, May 28, 2010

Combine multiple feeds into one. A Facebook story.

So this is the story. I want to find a way to combine several different feeds (my blogs, my calendar, etc) into one so that I could post them into Facebook without using 3rd party apps and too much hassle.

Services like friend feed for example or twitterfeed lets yu combine all sort of different services into one, and both of this exemples support facebook. But my main problem was that the information they show on this facebbok integration was very limited and I wanted my facebook reader to have more information about my posts directly on my facebook wall.

Edit: (Doesn't work that well ) After some searching I found out that Facebook notes application supports import a feed into its nots and it actually show a quite good preview information and if you click on the note it shows the full post and link to the original blog post, calendar or whatever feed you import. Main problem. It only support the import of one feed.

So I thought what if there was a simple way to combine multiple feeds into one. Well there is. After just a few minutes of searching I found a simple solution. It’s called Yahoo Pipes. I’m not going to give a tutorial on how to setup Pipes, since there are plenty of them around. Still i will leave you the link to the tutorial i used myself. I think it’s a good one, and quite clear.


Edit: This showed up to be really slow and it doesn't update as fast and reliable as one would wan't. Looking for alternatives


Edit2: Well I ended up using 2 facebook apps instead. Networked blogs and Ical to events, which basically fits my needs.


Pipes

So here it is : http://www.watblog.com/2008/06/06/how-to-combine-multiple-rss-feeds-into-one/


Thursday, May 13, 2010

Archos 5 Internet Tablet Leather Case

My new leather case for Archos 5 Internet tablet is here.

First impressions, it looks good, fits the device nicely and it was fairly cheap. 16 pounds on ebay. Comes with a free stylus (not the best, but still free! ).

Here are some photos and link from ebay seller.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Leather-Case-Archos-5-32gb-Android-Internet-Tablet-/350313099407?cmd=ViewItem&pt=UK_AudioElectronicsVideo_Video_TelevisionSetTopBoxes&hash=item519049b08f








J.O.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

I'm on Google Maps, Street View

Yep it's me! :D With the stripes shirt.



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Friday, February 05, 2010

1st 4.8 inch device anniversary!

Just a quick post.

Exacly a year ago I got my first 4.8, the Aigo P8888w. One year later here is my small collection. Every device is still very much active and being used for different tasks and situations.

I has been a fun year …

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See you soon.

J.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

UMID M2 possible entry level not that appealing !!

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Photo: UMPCPortal.com

 

First news about new UMID M2 entry level model, showed up at UMPCPortal.com, and they really don’t look that appealing,

“Entry-level price for the UMID M2 will be $499 and will be with the 1.2Ghz CPU, 512MB, 8GB SSD, Win XP and no camera.”

This is what I hate about these companies.. they do a good step forward but 2 seconds later they do 5 backwards. Its good that they fixed M1 problems, its a sign that they are listening. but its a bit stupid if you ask me to mess up with hardware specs. when they are good as they are. such a small ssd is just nonsense and 512mb of memory on x86 device coming out on the end of 2009? 512 could be ENOUGH for XP if one tries hard but when, for example,  drivers are not even optimized for hardware and take 180mb of memory like the GMA500 ones take.....  hmmm think twice UMID, users will not be pleased.

I really hope they reconsider the specs for entry level, at least on these 2 points SSD and RAM, or at least,  hoping for a “middle” level model to show up.

João

Source :UMPCPortal.com

New UMID M2 shows up at IDF09. Looking good!

New UMID model M2 shows up at IDF09. I have to say I’m very excited about this new model. I own the first UMID, and its a great device, but as everyone knows it has some problems here and there, mainly the build quality, the screen angle, and those idiot dongles. Well these have been now solved. Not sure about the build quality, but screen angle know looks much much better now, and they included a “normal” USB connector and standard phones connector.

About the specs, the device will keep the 4.8 inch screen with 1024x600 res. They expect to push out two versions one with 1.2ghz processor (Atom Z515) and 1.6Ghz (Atom Z30). Memory has been upgraded to 1ghz, and looks like they plan to release it with Windows 7 (basic, suppose). They also plan to include a optical mouse with right and left click buttons, both right and left next to the screen. Same keyboard and Camera (1.3MP). No info about SSD size or 3g models.

Price and availability, the new UMID is expected with the starting price of $499, final user price, on the Q4 2009 (November / December).

Not much more to say about it right know, just that I cant wait to put my hands on one. :) Any sponsors out there? :)

Here is the first impressions video from Steve Paine @ Midmoves.com






Source : Midmoves.com

Friday, September 04, 2009

3M DI-NOC Carbon Fiber Vinyl Sheet.

Tired of ugly finger prints on you computer, phone and other glossy devices? Here is the Solution.

Following Jkk, from Jkkmobile.com steps, I’ve too got my self some carbon fiber vinyl sheet from 3M and apply it to my some of my devices. These 3M DI-NOC carbon fiber sheets are very high quality, and easy to apply, no high skill required Just needs a bit of time, patience, and and a blow drier :) Yes!!, the vinyl is very moldable and stretchable using a bit of heat… useful specially to give a good finished look to corners and other non flat surfaces.

Here are some photos :

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Unfortunately these are not easy to find normally they are not not cheap too. After a long search, I ended up buying from this ebay seller. http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Real-3M-CARBON-FILM-30x61cm-CA-421-DI-NOC-SERIES-vinyl_W0QQitemZ180400958629QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM?hash=item2a00bc2ca5&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14 He has good prices and offers great service. Highly recommended. Thank you!!!

As usual if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.

João.

Updated:

Started to work on Asus 1008HA

My plan is to cover front and back. But for know here is how it looks on the lid.

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Tuesday, August 04, 2009

My mobile kit for the summer (for now!!)



I have been using this set of devices as my mobile kit, during my busy past weeks. I'm so happy with it that I think I wont need to change anything any time soon.

  1. Umid M1 as a sort of productivity device. Productivity is a very vague term when regarding to mobile computers but for me is update my web page, calendar, reading news, Twitter, faceboo, editing some documents, e-mailing, and so on. Keyboard is small and takes a bit of time to learn but after a while you can really type on it.
  2. HTC Touch diamond 2. This my main and now, only phone. Besides calls, sms etc, I use it to quick e-mail checking. Twitter, post quick photos, and casually web browsing (the new on screen keyboard is not that bad for small typing)
  3. Mifi 2353 - My mobile internet router. I used to share internet with the two previous devices (My phone contract has a crappy data plan) and sometimes share internet with friends and colleagues at the opera house / singers that need a quick access from their laptops (I'm a nice guy.)
Joao.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

New articles coming soon.

I has been a while since I post anything here. This is due to have been very busy with work.
As many of you know I'm Opera singer and this is one of those times of the year that rehearsals, performances, etc, all get on top of each other, leaving very little time for me do anything else.

Still here is a small list of articles / activities I've planned.

  • Full Mifi testing using different devices, and situations. I have been testing it deeply with my HTC Touch Diamond 2 Phone, with UMID M1 and also my netbook.
  • Some videos of real life usage on some of my devices, on my daily professional activities. If you follow me on twitter or other services I've been doing some small tests.
  • Article on how far, in my opinion you can get with a Windows mobile smartphone as your portable internet device, only using stock and freeware applications. A big thanks for forum.xda-developers.com "ROM Chefs" for the amazing optimized ROM I have been testing make the usage of my phone a much pleasant experience.
More soon...

Joao.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Samsung NC10 - Internal 3G "Easy" mod.



Some people have been looking for a internal 3g mod on the NC10. Because I'm still confident enough with the soldering iron to start soldering small parts like mini-pci connectors or small wires. Here is what I think is an easy mod if you really want internal 3g on your NC10. Not the most practical one, but easy.





What I have done is, I have used a spare Novatel Wireless, Expedite EU850D PCI Express Mini Card Embedded Module, 3g modem I had and replaced the internal Wifi card by the 3g Card, and for Wifi i will from now on will use a small USB dongle from buffallo (world smallest some people say :) ) Buffalo WLI-UC-GN Wireless N Compact USB 2.0.



First thing you have to do is open up your NC10. Take all the screws on the bottom and then, gently with use of a old plastic credit card type card, take the bottom cover. Start it by inserting one of the corners of the card next to one of the usb ports or next to the SD slot, and then slide slowly all around the netbook.

After it's open remove the wifi card. Again gently remove the two antenna conectors and replace the WIFI card by the 3g modem, insert you SIM Card (This is own big downside of this mod, you need to open the entire bottom of the netbook to change SIM... of course you can allways cut a hole on the buttom but that I leave to your choice! :) ). Put the bottom cover back on and start Windows.








From now one is pretty much simple. Just install the drivers and software (If you get a no radio message, just activate radio but going to Mobilink software menu and chose "activate radio").
You also have to creat a profile for your 3g carrier. Again, go to menu, profile manager, and create a new profile. The setting for this depend on you provider, you're on your own here!









Do the same for usb wifi dongle....

And... that's it. Enjoy your internal 3g.

You can get the Expedite EU850D PCI Express Mini Card Embedded Module from Mobilx.eu

and

Buffalo WLI-UC-GN Wireless N Compact USB 2.0 from HERE or HERE (second link is where i got mine from, fast and quality seller, it's more expensive than the first one but when i bought mine the other one wasn't around....)

Full explanatory video in a couple of days!!

João.

P.S. You can also use Buffalo as a wireless router. The little fellow has dual mode (clienter and router) software controlled, so that you can share your 3g connection with up to 5 devices using it (not ad-hoc), in a sort of a mifi way! :)

Friday, June 05, 2009

JKKMobile: XpPhone at Computex

Another XP based phone / UMPC shows at Computex. This time with AMD Processor.
Because this is only a prototype model, no more info about full specs.

Check the video here:



Again great job JKK!

Source : JKKMobile: XpPhone at Computex

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Eee PC™ T91 with Swivelable Touchscreen Officially Released





New Asus T91 was officially Released. Lets hope It will become available soon in Europe?

Any inside info of when?

Quote:

"Taipei, Taiwan, June 1, 2009 – ASUS today added the Eee PC™ T91 to its highly-successful Eee PC™ line. This new model is the first to sport an 8.9" swivelable touchscreen and a suite of touch-optimized software that enables users to get the most out of finger or stylus input—thus transcending the capabilities of previous generations of devices in its class. The Eee PC™ T91 was first unveiled at CES 2009 to tremendous buzz, and it is yet another example of ASUS outstripping its competitors in terms of being the first to market with cutting-edge innovations."

Continue reading here: ASUS Adds a New Touch to Eee PC™ Lineup

JKKMobile : Hands-on with Compal KAX15 UMPC

Hands-on with Compal KAX15 UMPC by JKK from JKKMobile.com

Is this the sucessor of the Compal JAX10 and therefore of the Aigo MID?



Source: JKKMobile.com

Buffullo WLI-UC-GN USB more than a simple Wireless Adapter.




Yesterday I got the new and small Buffallo WLI-UC-GN USB wireless Adapter, and....
The old saying "Great things come in small packages" couldn't be more true in this case.


Originally I bought this because I thout it would a good solution to have WIFI on my Aigo MID which has XP Installed, but after un-boxing it I found out that is more that a simple wireless adapter, in fact, it can be used to create a Wireless ROUTER.

Yes that's right. The small guy has in fact two modes, Clint Mode and Router Mode.
This mean you can use it to setup a small and portable wireless network.
I have installed it on my aigo and tested both modes.
Client works flawless with my home network. I advise not to install the included Wireless Manager, just install drivers and use windows one. As usual with this type of software is bit "crapware" and pointless.
Router mode also works amazingly well. Setup was made in less than a minute. The only thing you need is to set your network name, type of protection you want and your password and thats it.
Because my Aigo has a 3g card inclued, basically what i have now is a 3G Wifi Router. I know this not the most practical of situations but is always fun, and after some tests, the Aigo lasted a bit more than 3 hours with screen off, and normal web navigation, meaning, 2 or 3 videos loaded from Youtube, and normal web page / e-mail access.

All software is included in package, also light and easy to install. (mine came in chinese only but was easy solved by downloading the English version from Buffallo's webpage.).

If you have an Aigo with XP and want an easy "cheap" solution to have Wifi working i strongly advise yo to get one.
As you can see from the images bellow it's really small and looks great on the Aigo.








Also If you have a Netbook with 3g card and would like to have a small portable network, for the road this can also be a good and cheap solution for you.
You can get the adpter from the ebay seller on my previous post. I can easly recommend him. Great comunication and fast shipping (took 4 or 5 days to for arrive from China to Lisbon)

I will post later today or tomorrow images and maybe video of the working Aigo 3g wifi Router itself ;)

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Novatel Wireless MIFI 2352 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot, comming soon at Mobilx.eu





As usual Mobilx.eu is doing their magic.

They expect to start shipping internationally, the new Novatel Wireless MIFI router on the thrid week of June, around 20th.


You can pre-ordered it here : Novatel Wireless MIFI 2352 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot.

Hands-on with DigiCube MIDPhone-50, by JKKMobile

One of the first Windows XP based mobile phone /MID (UMPC) just showed at Computex Taipei 2009.

JKK from jkkmobile.com showed us a nice hands-on video.




It's new step for mobile computing that's for sure, but I have my reservations in terms of usability, let's see...

source: jkkmobile.com