Saturday, October 29, 2011

WidgetLocker updated but crashes Triumph

When I had my Intercept and Optimus V I used WidgetLocker as my lock screen replacement and enjoyed it very much. However, when I first got my Triumph it didn't work quite right so I uninstalled it and waited for an update.
Well the update came and I installed it a couple days ago. It looked very promising and I thoroughly enjoyed it's new features. However, this morning, when I went to wake my phone the phone crashed and I couldn't get it back until I took out the battery to reset it. I didn't think much of that event as it's happened a couple times before so I rebooted. But then it happened again and the only thing I could remember installing lately was WidgetLocker. So I uninstalled and the phone is working properly again.
If you got it working on your Triumph let us know!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Nest Learning Thermostat

Saw the Nest Learning Thermostat mentioned today and was definitely intrigued by it. I'm always on the lookout for ways to conserve resources and money. I currently use a programmable thermostat that tracks our comings and goings but realize while following it's instructions a couple months ago how hard it was to program.
Nest says that around 90% of households with programmable thermostats don't program them. Even comments on one of my favorite "techie" sites had folks that just did the manual override settings for there's and didn't bother programming them.
Apparently they'll be available this fall/winter at BestBuy for around $250. Ouch! Guess I won't be getting one this year, but someday maybe.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Battery Mix - Android App

For those, like me, who practically obsese over their battery life on their Android phones I've found a very nice app that I've been using lately called Battery Mix.

It runs all the time and is available via your notifications. It keeps of how much the battery is being used, by percentage per hour. Approximately how long of battery life you have remaining and how long it would take to charge to 100%
The graph shows when you are charging and when you are using the battery. The bar chart shows CPU activity.
Across the bottom it tracks when you have WiFi, Bluetooth, and/or GPS activated.
The Process tab shows what apps have been running and how much, based on percent that they were running..
It's an app I would highly recommend for monitoring your battery use.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Using Motorola Triumph's HDMI port

Sometimes you just wish you could display what you have on your phone (photos, games, video, etc) on a larger screen for people to see. Well the Motorola Triumph makes it easy with an HDMI port. Here I connect my phone up to my LCD screen. The cable is available at Monoprice for under $3 (not including shipping).

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Roku update

Have been using the Roku extensively since I got it this past Friday and it is definitely a nice device for streaming.
The initial pixelation that was in the video I made had pretty much gone away and only happens in the first few seconds that a video is being loaded.
I've been primarily using Netflix but have looked at a couple of other channels that I've added though more to just check them out than to watch anything extensively yet.
With 3 people in the house streaming content we've broken our one day download record by downloading 50 Gigs yesterday. How Comcast Home can limit homes to only 250 Gigs a month is ridiculous. But of course we all know that they are only interested in trying to protect their TV revenues and how dare Internet subscribers watch something else other than Comcast's cable TV. Anyway, that's a rant for another day!
If someone was to ask whether they should get a Roku, I'd tell them YES!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Roku 2 XS

As you may remember I recently moved and a part of that move was to cancel phone, DSL, and satellite service and replace it with just Comcast Business Internet.
We do enjoy watching some shows, though not enough to fork out the excessive prices that cable and satellite want so we've decided to stream. Most of that streaming has so far involved Netflix, which I recently subscribed to. Now we have a PS3 in the house and it is connected to our 1080i flat screen so it can easily stream Netflix. I still have an old CRT 4:3 screen that I would like to use for streaming.
I did hook up our laptop to it, but it wasn't very satisfactory. I saw a very nice 42" 1080p for $550 at my local mega-club-warehouse but I don't want to spend that kind of money right now so I began to look for inexpensive alternatives.
This lead to getting the Roku, which can easily hook up to my old CRT and stream Netflix, plus many other services. So here's a video of me unboxing the Roku and some of the setup. I didn't show it all as there were periods where I'd be entering private information in or waiting for Roku to finish a download and reboot. Initially I'm pleased.
There is some pixelation and some periods of very brief pauses, which may be the WiFi. So I may try hardwired Ethernet at some point.
Anyway, without further ado . . .

Saturday, October 1, 2011

New Android Phones for Virgin Mobile

If you haven't heard Virgin Mobile is coming out with two new Android phones.
First the HTC Wildfire S.
Second the LG Optimus Slider.
Both are going to run Android 2.3,  have 3.2" screens, and be $199. Those that need a physical keyboard should be happy with the Slider.
They both look interesting, but since I have the Triumph I probably won't be getting either one of them as the smaller screens would be a step backwards for me.