How can I launch a Spotify album from an NFC tag?

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Spotify screen showing options.

This is annoying me. So I’m posting in the hope someone can tell me what obvious thing I am missing. I want to tap my phone against an NFC tag hidden in LP sleeve. Then I want my phone to automatically launch the Spotify app and for the app to display that album. This should…

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Thirty Percent

by @edent | # # # # # # # | 11 comments | Read ~301 times.
A Windows 7 phone.

A decade ago, I was invited to the UK launch of Windows Phone 7. It was Microsoft’s attempt to compete with Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android. Sure, Microsoft could make a brilliant OS and had excellent hardware partners – but could they convince developers to use yet another system? At the time, I wrote: The…

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Whose bug is it anyway?

by @edent | # # # # | 12 comments | Read ~4,200 times.
A 404 error message on a website.

I found a curious little bug and I’m interested in who you think should take responsibility for it. My mobile network provider sent me this message: I clicked on the link, and got this error message from their website: The error is caused by the trailing full-stop. Remove the full-stop and the page loads. There…

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Adding SIP calls to Android – for free!

by @edent | # # # # # # | 7 comments | Read ~277 times.
Config setting screen.

SIP is a stupid acronym. It’s basically a standard way of making phone calls over the Internet. This means you can make and receive phone calls over WiFi. Here’s how I got it working – for free – on Android. By the end of this tutorial you will be able to: Receive calls to a…

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Review: WiFi Endoscope

by @edent | # # # # | 2 comments | Read ~176 times.
Lights around a camera.

DO NOT PUT WIFI DEVICES UP YOUR BUM! OR ANYONE ELSE’S BUM! Right, with that disclaimer out of the way, here’s my review of the DDENDOCAM Snake Camera – a 2 metre long, endoscope style camera. People send me the weirdest stuff to review! Video Here’s me investigating my sink drain. Aren’t you glad you…

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Symbian Won

by @edent | # # # # # | 8 comments | Read ~40,051 times.
Network access. Ask every time, disallow, ask first time?

I was working in the mobile phone industry just as smartphones were taking off. I saw the Palm Pilot rise and fall. I witnessed NEC and Sagem and a host of companies launch smartphones and then disappear. But the greatest tragedy of them all was Nokia and their Symbian Operating System. (Actually, Symbian’s ownership and…

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OnePlus 5T – two-and-a-half years later

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OnePlus 5T status screen showing Android 10.

Back in November 2017, I treated myself to my first new phone in ages – the OnePlus 5T. I was pretty excited! This week, 928 days after I bought it, OnePlus pushed an upgrade to Android 10! Back in 2011, I was moaning that Sony Ericsson didn’t even support their phones for a year. How…

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Google’s Abandoned Android Authenticator App

by @edent | # # # | 10 comments | Read ~18,949 times.
Android logo.

The news has just broken that Google’s Authenticator App can have its codes stolen by malware. I doubt Google will ever release a fix for this issue – their 2FA app hasn’t been updated since September 2017. Update! 3 months after I published this post, Google updated their app For two-and-a-half years, Google hasn’t touched…

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Guide: Add an English Dictionary to Boyue Likebook eReaders

by @edent | # # # # | 5 comments | Read ~1,407 times.
Wikitionary definition popup.

This is a quick guide to adding a new dictionary to your eBook. This uses the English Wiktionary Dictionary. I’ve tested it on my Likebook Ares and it works! Download the latest dictionary from DictInfo.com. At the time of writing, the latest English version is October 2018 The dictionary file is a .7z file. It’s…

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Gadget Review – Boyue Likebook Ares

by @edent | # # # # # # # # | 9 comments | Read ~2,206 times.
An eReader with a pen.

I’ll be upfront, I mostly got this eReader because it’s the only one on the market with a USB-C connection. OK! OK! That’s not the main reason. It has pretty good support from the manufacturer and a vibrant community around it. Masses of memory, warm lighting, and oodles of space. And, I think, pretty hackable.…

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