Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Youtube and Netflix vs Airplay

Following from my recent rants about the Google Music, and how strong Apple Airplay is, it is really encouraging to see that Youtube and Netflix decided to take on the challenge.

Yesterday, there is a really good post on the details and the technical specifications (uPnP, DLNA, etc etc) about this.

But as a user it is brilliant news that the key players are showing a key interest in making life easier for us all.

I firmly believe that the more competition there is the better tools and utilities we will get.

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Google Play music sucks

I have never been so disappointed with the Google Music stuff recently. It's discussed as a serious alternative to Apple's iTunes but I don't think it is anywhere near good enough.

It does not easily snychronise across mobile devices as it requires a PC in the loop.

I would mark this as a 3 out of 10.

What also amazed me with Apple is the AirPlay function that I discovered through my Amp. And, how easily  an iPhone seems to pick it up.

Yet, I had to spend a whole day trying to hook up my Android device to it so that I can play the music through the surround sound (bit like Sonos wireless utility).


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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

With Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock.

But the real star is the little actor named, Thomas Horn.

It is an incredibly well written story around 9/11 but actually it is an emotional one about a little boy trying to cope with his father's death.

I really loved the story even though it drags on at times about the kid's obsessive compulsive habits.

By the way, Max von Sydow is incredible in it as well.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Samsung S2 incall volume adjustment

Try this, finf it else where, http://forum.vodafone.co.uk/t5/Samsung-Galaxy-S2/Samsung-Galaxy-S-2-headphone-call-volume-too-low/td-p/761245

I’ve investigated this issue, and it does seem to be a general one, found across all networks. The general fix is to access the service mode, and alter the default max volume for a headset call.

Here's what I've found on the internet (not tried yet! so do it at your own risk)

•Enter this number *#*#197328640#*#*
•This will open the service mode menu.
•Select option [5] AUDIO
•Select option [1] (VOICE CALL)
•Select option [2] HEADSET
•Select option [1] Volume
•Select option [1] SRC Speech RX Volume
•Select option [5] 5_lvl : 87
•Press the menu button (left side)
•Choose Key Input
•Enter a value between 0 and 100, with 100 the loudest setting.
•Press ok
•Then press the menu button and select back this will save (don't use the right side back key you normally use to navigate the phone or you will quit out of the settings).
•Keep selecting the menu and back until you exit the service mode menu.
You will also note you can change volume settings for other things like Bluetooth, handsets, video call etc.


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Thursday, January 03, 2013

FF InformEnter contender for Chrome

Can a little extension/add-on tie millions of browser users into sticking to 1 browser religiously over all others? The answer is absolutely. Just as the users of a little FF add-on with the name of InformEnter.
A lot of Firefox users will tell you that they will not switch from Firefox even though it does not feel as streamlined as Google’s Chrome, and InformEnter is one of the main reasons why.
I have been one of the few who made the jump. I won’t go into the details why. And, have been searching for a suitable alternative in the Chrome extension library without any luck.
Eventually I came across a Google discussion forum where a little extension called FormBox was proposed.
One contributor commented: “‘FormBox is the chrome equivalent of InFormEnter. Although it is not as efficient as InFormEnter but it does basic things.”
The creator of the extension acknowledged the inspiration from IFE as well.
I have tried it immediately, and was pleasantly surprised. Even though it has a number of optimisations to take care of, it automates most of the mundane stuff.
A big thumbs up from me.
If you’re interested search in the Chrome extension library, or click here: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/search-extensions/FormBox


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