Why does my remote control need to know my location?

by @edent | # # # # | 3 comments | Read ~10,016 times.
Allow Pioneer Remote App to access this device's location?

Here's an interesting user-hostile pattern which could easily be avoided if programmers and business-people thought like regular humans. I have a Pioneer / Onkyo sound system. It's pretty nice and comes with a (not too crappy) Android app to let me remote control it. One day, the app updated itself. The changelog was the usual… Continue reading →

Annoyed by Android's circular icons? Here's how to fix them

by @edent | # # # # | 2 comments | Read ~2,839 times.
Each icon has a unique shape.

One of Android's mottos is "Be Together; Not The Same". What does that mean to you? To me, it means that you don't need to conform to a single way of doing things. Sadly, Google seems to be moving far away from that ideal. The latest change - adaptive icons. All "adaptive icons" means is… Continue reading →

Enabling Voice-Over-WiFi on the OnePlus 5T and Three UK

by @edent | # # # | 28 comments | Read ~8,883 times.
VoWifi Logo on the top of the Android display.

My mobile provider - Three UK - offers WiFi calling, but only if you have a phone purchased directly from them. For everyone else, they have a crappy app which hasn't been updated in two years. So, let's break out of their artificial restrictions and get some WiFi calling on the OnePlus 5T! Step-by-step Open… Continue reading →

LG 360 Camera Review

by @edent | # # # # # | 4 comments | Read ~195 times.
A distorted image

I've just bought an LG 360 - at £150, it's one of the cheapest dual lens cameras on the market. This an excellent bit of kit. Easy to use, impressive results, and an app which works pretty well. A single click button to take photos and videos, recording audio in surround sound, and perfect for… Continue reading →

Bug with Google Pay and Amex

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It is impossible to contact large companies to report a bug in their software. So I'm reduced to writing snarky blog posts about it in the vague hope that a Social Media Manager will see the issue and raise it with the appropriate team. Welcome to 2017! Google Pay now supports American Express cards in… Continue reading →

Review: Svpro 3D Camera - for Android and Raspberry Pi

by @edent | # # # # # # # # | 15 comments | Read ~4,382 times.

I've been sent a 3D camera addon to review - the Svpro SV-2560X3D-001 is a £65 stereo camera designed for Android. It will also work with a Raspberry Pi! It looks a little like a Microsoft Kinect - a single bar with two embedded cameras. The camera resolution is 720p on each lens. You can… Continue reading →

Dirty Flashing LineageOS for the Nexus 6

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This is a quick guide on how to upgrade your Shamu from CyanogenMod to LineageOS. Download everything In order to upgrade, you'll need to download the experimental and the nightly build. These can be downloaded from https://download.lineageos.org/shamu. Store them in the root of your SD card Flash Experimental If you need to know how to… Continue reading →

Opera inserts advertising into your bookmarks

by @edent | # # # # | 2 comments | Read ~724 times.

I've long been a fan of the Opera Mobile browser. I used it back in my Nokia Symbian and Blackberry days - it was simply the best browser for those limited devices. I've carried on using it on my Android devices due to its superior text handling. Last week I was scrolling through my bookmarks,… Continue reading →

Review: A £60 Android Tablet - Onda V96 3G

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This is a sponsored post - from the good folk at GearBest. Introducing the Onda V96. A 3G tablet for around £60. Hardware It's a pretty solid set of specs. The 9.6 inch IPS Screen runs at 1280*800. Colours are clear from all angles, skin tones are well reproduced. The screen is bright - if… Continue reading →

A Brief History of Killing the Headphone Jack

by @edent | # # # # | 3 comments | Read ~1,940 times.

Is it the end-of-days for the humble headphone jack? As Apple prepare to remove it from their next iPhone - with Android manufacturers no-doubt following suit - I thought now would be a good time to look at the previous occasions when smartphone makers have tried to kill the headphone jack. This is a non-exhaustive… Continue reading →