• IamAllan

    by Published on 10-20-2013 08:46 PM
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    This week, we'll talk about a game I used to play, but now find worthless.
    It was GREAT up until they added a "multiplayer" game, and required you to spend double or triple IGC to get upgrades/new cars, then before.

    The game is "Road Warrior" by MobJoy.
    by Published on 10-12-2013 06:44 PM
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    This is late, I apologize. I've slept most of the day, and am getting tired, just writing this. I think I have the flu, or something.
    One of the things I love to do the most in life, is read. I've read over 50 Star Trek Novel's since February 1, 2013. That's an average of 2 per week. I started reading them on my Sony E-Reader (which I love, because of side loading, but cracked the screen, so haven't bought a new one yet).
    SO I switched to reading them on my phone again.
    I'd done it in the past, and like last week, I've been doing it since I got my first PDA in 2005, which was the Zire 31.
    by Published on 10-05-2013 10:03 AM
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    This week we'll look at something that has become very important to me, and to my time management.
    Transit Now Toronto for Android Devices.

    This app uses the NextBus.com GPS finder system.
    by Published on 09-28-2013 10:53 AM
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    I've been trying for the last week to think of one app that I could talk about this week.
    You see, I have around 70 apps installed on my phone.
    Some I use daily, some every other day, some weekly, and some I've forgotten about.

    Today, I'm going to talk about my most often used app. It is literally used 98% of the time.
    That is Apex Launcher by AndDoes.

    This is a 100% free launcher. It allows you to get rid of (and I do this on ALL my devices) the stock launcher. I hate Sense, I hate Nature UX, I hate Bravia UI, I hate hate hate them all! They all fail in some way, or other.
    by Published on 09-21-2013 07:56 PM
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    I'm going to try a new column - Allan's App of the Week.
    I started with SMS Backup & Restore and I realize it was only 3 days ago, but, I figured I'd do ONE more this week, so that next week, I can spend time reading the PowerPoints my teacher's have posted, and work on my GTAV.

    This week I'm going to look at OliveTree Bible Study.

    There are a ton of applications that allow you to read the bible. I've tried a few (You Version is one of them), yet I keep coming back to OliveTree. I've used OliveTree since around 1995, when I bought my first Palm Zire 31. That means I've used it on Palm OS, Windows Mobile 2003-6.5, and Android. That's also a 20 year history.
    by Published on 09-18-2013 10:55 AM
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    So ... I spent 4.5 hours in line last night at Scarborough Town Centre at the EB Games. Why did I spend that much time there? To get GTAV baby! Yeah, I'm a loser... and you can add me to RockStar Social Club via my username which is AllanVS1 (yeah, so original eh?).

    Why am I talking about GTA:V in a mobile phone forum? Well, cuz I'm messed up like that, and because they actually have cell phones in the game.

    Everyone knows the cars in the game are blended versions of real life cars (take a look at the following image)
    You'll see that the car Franklin Clinton (one of the protagonists) is standing on, looks a lot like a Porsche 911... but if you look at it from the front or rear, there are stylistic differences - and there have always been those. Look at the yellow car - it has the trunk of a Hyundai Accent (2010 maybe?), the doors of a Toyota, and the hood/front bumper of something else.

    by Published on 09-18-2013 10:45 AM
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    YAY! YOU got a new phone. You have just installed all your apps, and thanks to new improvements in Android, all your app data (i.e. game saves etc.) are usually backed up via your PlayStore/Gmail account.
    BUUUUUUUUT ... what about your communiques? You have hundreds of text messages, some that are VERY important... well here comes SMS Backup & Restore.

    Before wiping your old device - or better yet, on a regular basis, say once a week, or every other week - you run a backup to your SD Card or computer.
    When you get your new phone - be it an upgrade, or your old one died, was lost or stolen - you use the most recent backup that you made, and voila! There are your message, exactly as you left them!
    by Published on 09-11-2013 10:16 AM
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    Get Personal:
    "What's my flight status?"
    "Is my flight on time?"
    "When will my package arrive?"
    "Show me my purchases"
    "Show me my reservations"
    “Where's my hotel?"

    Find Stuff:
    "Show me my latest email"
    "Show me email from _____________"
    "Show me emails about _____________"
    "Show me my photos _____________"
    "Show me my photos of _____________"
    "Show me pictures I took at _____________"
    "Show me my _____________"
    "Show me my documents on _____________"
    "Show me my spreadsheets on _____________"
    "Show me my screenshots”
    by Published on 09-09-2013 02:53 PM
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    So far, Samsung has apparently sold over 38 million of the original Note and the Note II phablets.
    The 2 years that have passed since they started selling The Note, have shown people are remarkably interested in using the devices.
    by Published on 09-06-2013 07:48 PM

    Like a college student at the end of a semester, desperate for a few more dollars to get him through to the next week (ok, I was talking about me there, and thank goodness OSAP released my money yesterday!) Nokia has called upon some of the bonds Microsoft offered them when they agreed to buy the Devices & Services division.

    What does that means exactly? Well, they are 'cashing in' on their convertible bonds. They will be 'issued' on Sept. 23, and mature (or need to be paid back) in five, six and seven years. I'm not a money expert, but it seems they are very very needing of cash, and this bit of influx could make, or break them.

    More excruciatingly boring details can be found here. ...
    by Published on 09-04-2013 06:58 PM
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    Entry Level Desire 300
    • Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core 1 GHz processor
    • 4.3 inch WVGA display
    • 4GB integrated memory with microSD card slot
    • 512 MB RAM
    • 802.11 b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 with atpX
    • 5 megapixel camera with VGA front facing camera
    • 1650 mAh removable battery
    • Dimensions of 134.1.78 x 66.23 x 10.12 mm and 120 grams

    by Published on 09-03-2013 06:07 PM
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    1867: Fredrik Idestam (A Finnish mining engineer) opens his own wood pulp mill. A couple years later, he opens a second mill on the Nokianvirta river. He then changes the company name to "Nokia Ab" in 1871.

    1898: Eduard Polón founds Finnish Rubber Works - they start with the goulashes, and move to tires.

    1912: Electronics Boom: Arvid Wickström sets up Finnish Cable Works, this leads to the Nokia Electronics & Cable Business. In the 1960's Finnish Cable Works - who up to this point have worked very close with Nokia AB and Finnish Rubber Works - starts making electronics. Their first "in house" device is used in nuclear power plants - a pulse analyzer. In 1963 they start making radio phones for the army and emergency services. After a while, MikoMiko becomes the best selling computer brand in Finland, and Nokia in 1987 is Europe's third largest TV maker.

    1967: Having had stakes in Finnish Cable Works, and Finnish Rubber Works since 1922, Nokia Ab makes it "official" and they officially merge. The new "Nokia Corporation" has 5 businesses: Rubber, Cable, Forestry, Electronics and Power Generation.
    by Published on 09-03-2013 12:00 PM


    So a new statue has appeared on the Google Lawn. It's a Statue made with KitKat© bars.
    The only times a new statue appears, is before the announcement of the next version of Android.

    SO ... have fun, and Give me a break, give me a break, break me off a piece of that KitKat Android!©

    Not much else to say - I can't wait to see what happens.
    by Published on 09-02-2013 10:25 PM
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    REDMOND, Washington and ESPOO, Finland – Sept. 2, 2013 – Microsoft Corporation and Nokia Corporation today announced that the Boards of Directors for both companies have decided to enter into a transaction whereby Microsoft will purchase substantially all of Nokia’s Devices & Services business, license Nokia’s patents, and license and use Nokia’s mapping services.

    Under the terms of the agreement, Microsoft will pay EUR 3.79 billion to purchase substantially all of Nokia’s Devices & Services business, and EUR 1.65 billion to license Nokia’s patents, for a total transaction price of EUR 5.44 billion in cash. Microsoft will draw upon its overseas cash resources to fund the transaction. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2014, subject to approval by Nokia’s shareholders, regulatory approvals and other closing conditions.

    Building on the partnership with Nokia announced in February 2011 and the increasing success of Nokia’s Lumia smartphones, Microsoft aims to accelerate the growth of its share and profit in mobile devices through faster innovation, increased synergies, and unified branding and marketing. For Nokia, this transaction is expected to be significantly accretive to earnings, strengthen its financial position, and provide a solid basis for future investment in its continuing businesses.
    by Published on 08-18-2013 05:59 PM
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    On August 8th, I told you all how Android had reached an 80% market share, while Apple had fallen to a low of 13%. So this week, I want to go over the time line in a point form manner, of big things that happened to help make that happen.
    It wasn't always peachy in the 'Droid zone.

    2003 Android Inc. was started by Andy Rubin (co-founder of Danger), Rich Miner (co-founder of Wildfire Communications, Inc.), Nick Sears (once VP at T-Mobile), and Chris White (headed design and interface development at WebTV). Their goal was sofrware for phones and camerass.

    2005 Google buys Android for $50 million, after having backed it for a while.

    2008 Google Partnered with T-Mobile USA to launch the first Android based phone, the G1. (which is aka the HTC Dream.

    2009 The launch of the Verizon Exclusive Motorola Droid. This was big, as Verizon didn't have an iPhone, and the Droid ran the new version 2.0 of Android. Motorola touted the Droid's slider keyboard as a 'big' feature.
    by Published on 08-13-2013 12:03 PM
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    Everyone wants to have a great launch for a cellphone, or other type of electronic device.
    The way we go about it, that makes or breaks it. For LG, what they did in Seoul, South Korea, might bring them news, but is it good? As a highschool teacher once told me "Any news is promotoion." so we shall see what this does for LG.

    Good Idea: So, some smart Marketing Person at LG, in Seoul South Korea, decided they would have a give away for some G2 phones.
    by Published on 08-09-2013 06:12 PM
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    Reuters is reporting that the ITC ruled today "South Korea's Samsung infringes on portions of two Apple Inc patents on digital mobile devices, covering the detection of headphone jacks and operation of touchscreens.".
    by Published on 08-08-2013 09:13 AM
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    Source for my info: WallStreet Journal

    Market Share:
    Android 79.3%
    iOS: 13.2%
    Windows: 3.7%
    Blackberry: 3%
    Well, the numbers are in, and Android put every other competitor over it's knee, and thoroughly spanked them.
    I don't mean it was a mild, light spanking, I mean, it was a whallop like no one has ever seen before.
    BUT while large sales of devices is good... it's all about profit for your share holders, and Apple has that number in the bag, though not as devastatingly as the device numbers, and the profit margin IS shrinking between iOS and Android.
    by Published on 08-01-2013 06:18 PM
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    Thanks to GSMARena for the ability to side-by-side compare cold, unfeeling spec's of a pair of phones.
    I was in CPR/First Aid training, so I can take my Early Childhood Education in September, so I was unable to view or be at any of the "live" events from Moto/Google... everything I know - so far - comes from what I've read online, and the specs as posted on GSMArena.

    THUS this is my first impression, and subject to change without notice at any time.
    by Published on 07-30-2013 06:20 PM
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    The words written in the new Wireless code are "good" to a point - they are what consumers want to hear (and most didn't know they wanted to hear it!) BUT does it go far enough to protect us? Not like we the consumers want. Already, Rogers, Bell and Telus have threatened (and are going to) raise their plan prices... simply because we no longer are leashed to them for 2 years. What this means for us, is higher device costs, and higher monthly rates, for less service, and less likeable customer care reps.

    The price plans as shown on MobileSyrup.com (here) are $10 higher or more, and have less data (what is this? 2009?!) and less minutes... but I guess that's what we have to get used to right?

    Then we have Verizon who makes a bold statement that they are now eyeing Canada. Bell is scared, as seen in their Open Letter to Canadians, and Rogers and Telus have both said similar things. Anyone remember Telus' CEO saying "Canadians' don't mind paying more per month"? Probably one of the most stupid things I've ever heard.