Review: WiFi Endoscope

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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 ~39,714 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 ~18,886 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

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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 | # # # # # # # # | 8 comments | Read ~1,631 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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Why does my remote control need to know my location?

by @edent | # # # # | 3 comments | Read ~10,203 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…

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

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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…

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

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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…

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LG 360 Camera Review

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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…

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