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Dec 29

You brand new iPhone with iOS7 automatically updates your applications, but sometimes new version is worse then previous. Or an payed application introduces iAds and developer tries to sack you for an in-app-purchase that removes them?

If you regularly backup you iPhone/iPad to iTunes there is a solution for app downgrade. You should do the app downgrade as soon as possible, while old version is still available on you computer.

 

Here are steps how to do application downgrade:

1. Delete application from you iPhone (be aware that all data in application will be lost)

2. Connect iPhone to a computer and open Itunes

3. Find the application that you want to downgrade

iOS application downgrade iTunes

3a. If you have already synced applications, and new verision of application is in Itunes try to find old version in Trash, copy it to some folder and than drag it to iTunes. Now you will see old app version in iTunes. You can select to install it.

application downgrade old version

3b. If you have not synced new version to iTunes (and you have deleted new version in iPhone) just click install previous version.

4. click "apply" or "sync" in iTunes.

Enjoy the old version.

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Jun 22

 

If you regularly use cloud services for remote file access or if you are doing some web site/server administration via SFTP service,  you probably need tool that will simplify your daily tasks. ExpanDrive 3 is the right tool to do this that enables you to easily mount remote services, folders and files as a local mounted drive.

 

Concept is so simple – it enables remote content to act as a local USB drive plugged into your computer. You can open, edit or save files to remote computer directly from your applications even when they are on a distant server. So using Expandrive enables all your application as cloud compatible applications.

ExpanDrive mounted in Finder

 

There is nothing to configure on remote server (if you already have that service setup and running). Local configuration of ExpanDrive is very simple, you just enter your user name, password, remote computer address and choose service type among following:

  •  SFTP
  • FTP/FTPS (but you should consider more secure remote access or additional layer of security)
  • WebDAV
  • Amazon S3
  • Dropbox
  • Rackspace Cloud Files
  • Dreamhost DreamObjects
  • Openstack Swift

 

Expandrive setup remote drive

 

Under advanced settings you can easily setup custom port (for SSH service) or remote path.

 
Expandrive custom port settings
 

For more advanced users there is simple settings page where you can tweak application behaviour or – my favourite install additional command line utility called “expan” that enables you to mount or eject remote connections right from your terminal

 

Expandrive shell utility

 

 

Also there is nice addition for users of Alfred 2, small addition – workflow that enables you to mount drives from within Alfred. 

 

 

Overall, advanced users with extra time could do this on their own, using SSH File transfer Protocol and opensource projects like sshfs, or simply could use SFTP clients like CyberDuck or WinSCP on Windows with combination of additional clients for each service like Dropbox. ExpanDrives makes everything easier and saves a lot of time and we can easily recommend it.

 

 ExpanDrive 3 is available for Mac and Microsoft Windows platforms. For more information check company website

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Feb 10

I have owned iPhone 4s for over a year, and felt pretty comfortable with it. After reading all the reviews and watched several youtube videos at first I decided that I should not upgrade it. If I had owned iPhone 4 I would definitely go for upgrade (iPhone 4 have single core CPU and it is really too slow for geek’s daily use).

iPhone 5 vs 4s

 Several weeks later, two friends upgraded their iPhone 4 with black iPhone 5, and when I have seen speed difference in data transfer and browser I have decided to go for an upgrade.

      Glass vs Aluminum – more prone to scratching – get a white iPhone 5

First dilemma was what color to choose for my iPhone 5? There is lot of blog posts about problems with black iPhone 5 and aluminum parts that gets scratched easily. I have carefully examined few black iPhone 5, and it is definitely more prone to scratches and you must own decent case. I have bought a white one, and of course, material (aluminum) is the same, but scratches are not silver on black. Silver scratche on silver is not so noticeable.  Although design is still superb, glass back on my 4s felt more luxurious (maybe it felt like that because it was heavier). Event that iPhone 5 is more pleasant to hold, together with phone I have bought white Speck case. It feels a little bulky and although I feel that my phone is secured enough with internal rubber layer, outer plastic feels too cheap for $35. I have ordered $5 silicone transparent / matte white case and it feels more luxurious so I have put “speck” in the drawer.

Pros: Physical aspect and design – Good point of iPhone 5 is that it is lighter and edges of phone are more ergonomic / pleasant to hold without a case. It is thinner (7.6 mm vs. 9.3 mm)

     New Lighting connector – order several genuine or not so genuine iPhone “lightning” cables before upgrade

New connector is a new expense! Original Apple cables are rip-off! It was second day of my iPhone 5 I was near empty battery experience – didn’t you know that people with less than 15% of battery juice have higher level of stress hormones in their blood? ;) (Dinke – thank you for your cable ;) )

I have immediately ordered several cables, but also one small adapter to microUSB (I feel that it will save me many times in future when I am visiting Android friends ;) )

lighning microusb adapter

 

Pros: New lightning connector is smaller, you can turn it both sides (internal logic will reverse contacts) – convenient

 

 

   New display 4inch Retina 1136×640 wrong polarization

 

This is a main improvement (beside more memory and better CPU) that I feel is worth upgrading.

What is the drawback? First time that I wore my polarized sunglasses I was unpleasantly surprised that the polarization of screen is wrong! I have goggled it and nobody mentioned it? Brightness is worse and color quality is disaster while looking through polarized glasses on my brand new iPhone 5 retina displays. Here are few pictures that I took with my DSLR with polarization filter (it is a pity that I don’t have polarization filter for my Nikon 105mm micro lens ) (Order Wrong polarization, Right, No polarization filer)

No polarization filter

 

 

Pros: It brings you additional row of icons on Home screen but also 40% more space while typing email or SMS! My Belkin IRIS ANTI-GLARE FILM performs beautifully – no glare, smooth to touch.

      New iOS 6.1 – now freed thanks to jailbreak

My iPhone 4s was on iOS 5.1 and of course it was jail broken. Why? I do not need jailbreak for pirated applications, I am a developer and strongly encourage legal application market, but I feel more secure and under control (do not try this at home ;) ) if I can tweak phone as I want (eg. Add vibration when call is answered or use WiFi Analyzer to detect problems with WiFi, or control connections with iP Firewall).

Here are few things that are annoying – iOS mail application, although Apple added possibility to insert picture (long press while typing and then click to arrow to insert picture or video) somebody in dev. team thought that they should play “swoosh” sound the same moment that I click “send”. No, I like to know when my messages are sent, and this must be corrected. You can test it yourself, just turn the airplane mode on, and send an email from your iPhone. You will instantly hear “swoosh” even that your is email still “offline”.

Other thing that is problematic is Apple maps – for all the countries that are centuries old and looks like green field? Come on Apple.. Luckily you can install google maps (but only on iPhone – there is no google maps for iPad with iOS 6.1) but they are not integrated with rest of the OS. Maybe there should be some settings where you can choose what is the default map application.

Pros: IOS 6.1 is more stable, especially now Safari does not randomly exit; App Store feels more multitasking able with improved user interface.

     Caller ID problems

Maybe you will not have this problem if you are in the USA, but when I restored my 4s backup to iPhone 5, I instantly had problems with recognizing who is calling me. I feel ashamed that I have spent 600+ EUR on a phone that doesn’t support basic Caller ID functionality. There are two solutions, either to change all the phone numbers to international number format with country prefix (and you can still experience problems while roaming when operator doesn’t correctly forward caller ID in international format), or jailbreak and install some of CallerID fixes. It looks like Jailbreak is only solution.

Pros: Sadly, motive to Jailbreak.

 

What to conclude… If you have iPhone 4, definitely go for upgrae, If you have iPhone 4s, maybe you should be patient and wait for 5s or if you are geek, upgrade to white iPhone 5?

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Sep 15

Finally, HTC rolled out the long-awaited Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) update for the Desire S, Rhyme and Incredible S. It comes together with HTC Sense 3.6. You can get the RUU (ROM Update Utilty) for your device here at HTC Dev Downloads.

We have tried out the ROM upgrade on our Desire S device. We really like the slick UI of both ICS and Sense and we're very pleased to see that the device became overall more responsive. Although it's a WWE (Worldwide English) release, which means provided System languages are the world major ones like English, German, Russian, Chinese etc., HTC included also many East European languages for spell check which is quite nice.

Before upgrading, don't forget to backup your applications, data and SMS messages first. The RUU download is about 400 MB big. After download, you just need to connect your device to your PC and start the downloaded RUU and follow the instructions provided in the readme file, which is detailed and also gives instructions on how to recover from a failed upgrade. Actually, our installation failed at first because it was a rooted device and the RUU wouldn't recognize it. So, if you have a rooted device, make sure to S-On it first or you won't be able to install the upgrade. The upgrade process was quite fast – in under 10 minutes we had ICS running on the Desire S.

Here are some screenshots for your pleasure, enjoy :)

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Mar 28

One of the best games for smartphones and tablets is back, Angry Birds by Rovio, this time in space. The idea for Angry Birds Space actually originated in a challenge NASA made to Rovio nearly a year ago on Twitter:

but except the excellent new game, have a look at their marketing campaign. This time Rovio attached a giant Angry Birds slingshot to the Seattle Space Needle!

Angry Birds Space Seattle tower

After a giant claw kidnaps their eggs, the Angry Birds chase it into a wormhole and find themselves floating in a strange new galaxy – surrounded by space pigs! Luckily the Angry Birds have super powers of their own…

You can try new game, now with "space" physics, that even involved NASA consultants. Angry Birds Space is available for Android devices at Google Play

 

More information at twitter and techcrunch

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Mar 23

We have not made much posts about QR codes, but we find (and scan them daily)…

On this one we stumbled on a QR code blog, and at first it was hard to understand how stupid it was… Now we must categorise it as Fun ;) RedBull QR Code fail

We have tried to google for it and it looks like that this smart QR code campaign is Europe or world wide? Let's hope that more people will start scanning what they are printing.

See it and scan it for youself!

More details about QR code marketing campaign could be found at original blog post about RedBull QR Code

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Mar 23

 

During the Mobile World Congres 2012 in Barcelona, Asus have presented the new uber gadget called Asus PadFone.

Asus PadFoneAsus PadFone

We know Asus for ultra portable notebooks, great Android tablets (Asus Transformer with NVIDIA quad core CPU) but it looks that they have decided to go to smartphone market judging with this new Asus PadFone solution. What do you get in set? Beside the smartphone with respectable specification, nice screen size (4.3” qHD resolution 960×540) you get a tablet shell, so you can enjoy 10" screen and additional USB port, when you are at your home or work, just insert the phone inside the tablet. While inside tablet it charges phone battery. There is additional keyboard with additional battery for your tablet and smartphone. Smartphone hearth is run with dual core Snapdragon S4 CPU with  Adreno 225 GPU and of course Android Ice Cream Sandwich OS. But what if your phone rings while it is in the tablet? Guess what, there is additional capacitive pen inside the package, and it has small speaker and microphone so it doubles as a handsfree! Welcome to the Asus future!

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May 27

If this is true, there is more money form Android market for Microsft than new Windows Phone OS?

Image via Flickr The CBI

According to Citi analyst Walter Pritchard, who released a big report on Microsoft this morning, Microsoft gets $5 for every HTC phone running Android

Microsoft is getting that money thanks to a patent settlement with HTC over intellectual property infringement.

Microsoft is suing other Android phone makers, and it's looking for $7.50 to $12.50 per device, says Pritchard.

We knew hardware companies were paying Microsoft, we just didn't know how much. (In October Steve Ballmer said, "Android has a patent fee. It's not like Android's free.")

Via Businessinsider

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Feb 15

ai.rs blog Exclusive

HTC at MWC

HTC has just presented 5 new phones, two of them with Facebook experience, and a tablet.

Wildfire S now has HVGA Super LCD screen and alu-case, Desire S packs Desire HD features in Desire sized body. Incredible S does not look too impressive.

HTC Flyer tablet

HTC Flyer is the first tablet from HTC. Among interesting stuff, capacitive stylus and improved user experience. We'll have to test it out and check out all the software enhancements.

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Jan 31

Sony Ericsson Press Event

One day before the official start of Mobile World Congres 2011 in Barcelona, both Samsung and Sony Ericsson are organizing press conferences. The topic of SE conference is Xperia family of phones. We know that one of them is Xperia arc, but is Sony Ericsson going to surprise us with another one ? Check out our previous post on details about Xperia arc. We will be there, so expect more info on 13. Feb.

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