FlappyBird

FlappBird
After reading this article in The Guardian I decided to take a break from GT6 (I’ve +200% log in bonus, so was enjoying grinding, building up my bank balance) and after 5 mins playing it, I’m ready to delete it.

From the article:
Flappy Bird is the No 1 free app in the Google Play app store. Since its launch on the site last week, it has become such a phenomenon that people are already calling it the new Angry Birds. In it, you control a pudgy green bird. Tap the screen once and the bird soars into the air. Leave the screen untapped and it plummets to the ground. The bird lives in a world full of pipes, and you have to guide it through the gaps between them. If the bird misses one gap – just one, no matter how glancingly – it dies, and you have to start again.

My high score is four. I've got the poxy bird through four poxy gaps. I've only played it for a maximum of 20 seconds before the stupid bird cracks its useless skull against the sodding pipe again and I have to start from the beginning. I hate it. I hate Flappy Bird. And all birds now. I don't even know why it needs to go through all those pipes anyway. There's probably nothing at the end of it, anyway. Just more pipes. That bird is an idiot.

It is simply infuriating!

The bird reminds me of the ship from an old Sega Master System favourite, Super Fantasy Zone (Play Here ), and the 2D world is a direct rip-off from Super Mario.

I’ve an high score of 2, and I doubt I’ll play again!
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

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A journey through Middle Earth

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Tolkien’s Middle Earth, although I don’t think The Hobbit should have been stetched out to 3 epic length films, but nevertheless I’m a long time Tolkien fan boy, and this Google web project, A journey through Middle Earth, excites me more than anything I’ve come across online in nearly 20 years.

Click on this link: http://middle-earth.thehobbit.com/ (I could only open it in Firefox) to begin an interactive story, illustrated with stills from Weta’s first film of The Hobbit novel.

The images are a layered 3D, in very high quality, the map glorious in detail and contours.
3 mini games await


Trollshaws

First, only due to it been the first sequential location offered… wow!

After reading a brief intro, we’re then invited to explore deeper, then a mini game begins.

Avoid and dodge the trolls long enough for dayl;oght to arrive to be given a reprieve… I’ll admit it took me 4 attempts, although 2 were to figure out what I was meant to do 🙂


Rivendell

Where it describes Elrond as an elf… swear I remember him being an half elf? (half true, at 6,000 years old, he chose to be Elven)
More 3D animated images that match the pull of the mouse laterally across screen, we read of Saruman the White (highest of the wizards, not meaning he’d been smoking the Hobbit’s Pipe Weed , and Galadriel (eldest of Elves, gifted with foresight, had a soft touch for those that were out for the meek of Middle Earth)

Control a leaf’s flight down river, acting as the energy for plants to grow… Cartman would describe it as hippy bullshit, I found remiicent of Journey, although not sure why?


Dol Guldur

Home of the spiders, and Radghast the Brown nearby in Rhosgobel (funny though, I remember it been more East into Mirkwood than South?)
*Hint don’t hide the mouse cursor, it’s hard to figure out where you’re going when you die
I couldn’t get the vision to track the mouse, so the final level proved impossible for me, but I wasn’t going to waste too long trying.

This is a fantastic memorial to a great tale, it doesn’twork perfect, at east on the browser I tried it on, but I’m still looking forward to the iminent release of the next 3 mini games, that will coincide with the first showing of The Desolation of Smaug.
Also sure there’s room on the map for 3 locations for the final Hobbit trology part

Google Keep

Google Keep

I’ve been on a quest to find a decent note taking app for my Android phone for some time.

I’ve tried several, but for the past few months Google Keep (get it here on Play) as shone through.

Feature I like about Google Keep

… although not necesarily unique to the app

    • ease
      • it just works, although I’m not a fan of the widget, but then again Power Control is the only non icon on my home screen
    • alarms
      • and not only the easily set time alarm, with the cool google time picker, but the location alarm… you tell it to alert you when you arrive somewhere, and it has a cool delay of opting to alert you the next time (+1)  you go back
    • colours
      • tabs can be coloured in, I use an importance scale graded on the spectrum; red critical, to violet casual
    • list boxes
      • i enjoy the satisfaction of ticking off completed tasks… or more usually items to pick up from the supermarket
    • photos
      • whenever I lend out a book or game, I take a photo or the recipient and keep it as a note
    • voice
      • this is a grey area of benefit; notes can be kept as a sound track, I like to enter them via google’s speech recognition as text
    • multi-platform
      • I get to my computer at work I can add notes, all my Android devices can see them, and Ubuntu even has a Keep lens

Rating: ★★★★☆

To download from Play store scan here 🙂

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upgrade Nexus 7 to Android 4.4

upgrade Nexus 7 to Android 4.4 I’ve bee so impressed with Android Kit-Kat on the Nexus 4 today that I’ve decided to upgrade my Nexus 7 to Android 4.4 before the OTA udgrade is available. Here’s a link to all of the factory images for Nexus devices… this is one of the selling points of having a Nexus:) This time I fooowed the below guide, gracious to Talk Android

  • Power off your nakasi Nexus 7, and power back on by holding the Volume Up and Volume Down buttons while it boots.
  • The fastboot menu should appear and you should see “Start” in the top right. Press Volume Up till it changes to “Recovery.” Press the Power button to select it.
  • You will see an Android with a red exclamation point icon, press Volume Up and the Power button at the same time.
  • You will get a new menu and you can navigate to “apply update from adb.”
  • Now it’s time to connect your nakasi Nexus 7 to your computer via a USB cable
  • Open the command prompt in Windows (cmd in Windows, regular shell in Linux and Mac) and navigate to the directory that the Zip file is located in.
    • Type: adb sideload 13088e35942c77e4752aa1fdf51d54472509b941.signed-nakasi-KRT16O-from-JWR66Y.13088e35.zip
  • The update will install and reach 100%.
  • Reboot and enjoy Android 4.4

upgrade Nexus 4 to 4.4

I’ve upgraded my Nexus 4 with no issues, here’s a guide to help you do the same, without wiping your current content, to upgrade Nexus 4 to 4.4!

First: Check out this link, download the file, and check the md5
Then follow these directions from here:
Assuming you have fastboot already, this is what I did after downloading the factory image on my ubuntu 13.10 box:

tar xzvf occam-krt16o-factory-75ccae7a.tgz
cd occam-krt16o
zip -d image-occam-krt16o.zip userdata.img

Above step is to avoid wiping my data. Now I put my phone in the boot loader and did this:

fastboot reboot-bootloader
fastboot flash bootloader bootloader-mako-makoz20i.img
(at this point I verified that the bootloader version is actually newer)
fastboot reboot-bootloader
fastboot flash radio radio-mako-m9615a-cefwmazm-2.0.1700.84.img
fastboot reboot-bootloader
(at this point I verified that the radio is a newer too)

And finally:
fastboot update image-occam-krt16o.zip

Thanks to: XDA Developers
upgrade Nexus 4 to 4.4

Assassin’s Creed iv Companion

Assassin's Creed iv Companion
Assassin’s Creed iv Companion released for crapple and droid.

I guess this is now the future, symbiosis between console and tablet, it will be interesting to see what happens with Google Glass! 🙂

So the question on everyone’s lips, what do I get by downloading the free app?

 

Description

Elevate your Assassin’s Creed 4 Black Flag experience with this unique companion app. Turn your tablet device into a second screen that provides you with features that further immerse you into this Caribbean world.

Assassin’s Creed Black Flag’s Companion is an indispensable tool for all would-be pirate captains. It acts like your very own quartermaster, so that you will never need to break the immersion and flow of gameplay by pausing the game to navigate through certain menus. You are now free to fully concentrate on the job at hand – to gain wealth and infamy on the high seas and in exotic cities.

Login with Uplay to fully enjoy the following features:

INTERACTIVE WORLD MAP

More exhaustive than your in-game map; see your mission objectives in real-time, set waypoints, zoom in and out, and search for locations with the tip of your finger. It’s also a great way to involve someone else in your single player experience, your friend can be your quartermaster.

KENWAY’S FLEET

You can now interact with the main game 24/7, wherever you may be. Use the ships that you have captured to send on missions, secure routes and collect cargo and currency. The Atlantic Ocean is thriving with opportunities and you’ll need many ships to take full advantage. You can even help secure your Uplay friends’ routes and get rewarded.

PROGRESS TRACKER

All your game data is stored here, including main mission progress, crafting completion, and your current game status.

TREASURE MAPS

Find treasure maps in-game and see them on your second screen while you cross-reference the real-world location on your TV.

INITIATES FEED

Display received messages, notifications from your friends and find community challenges.

ANIMUS DATABASE

Easily view, at your leisure, all the Animus Database entries unlocked in the main game.

Note:
• Kenway’s Fleet, the Animus Database and real time updated information require an internet connection to function correctly.
• The application requires a Uplay account to synchronize your game data.

Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag Companion is compatible with PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U and PC.

Download for Android from Google Play

Assassin's Creed Companion

for the first time in years I fancy a KitKat

kitkat

I haven’t had my N4 or N7 for more than a year, so I can’t see myself updating devices just yet, but I am excited about the new version of the Android OS, KitKat 4.4… although it doesn’t seem too long ago since I was waiting for the 4.3; what happened to the talked about 5.0?

So what am I excited about?

10 Cool Features from zdnet

  • Unlimited home screen panels: With no ability to create folders in the application launcher, Google provides you with the ability to create as many home screen panels filled with app shortcuts, folders, and widgets as you desire.
    • Not really, I minimise my home screen components to max out efficiency
  • Support for integrated pedometer: The Nexus 5 now has sensors to support pedometer functions and KitKat enables the hardware through apps like Move. You may soon leave the Fitbit behind.
    • I have been known to map journeys and walks with MyTracks, so this function may well be used, albeit infrequently.
  • OK Google voice control: While not as sophisticated as what Motorola has in the Moto X, the Google search voice control capability lets you control your device from the home screen panels.
    • Here’s the coolest bit of the update for me. I currently use voice to dictate SMS’s, Hangout entries, and searches. OK Google may even motivate me to use Google Now.
  • Immersive mode: Reading books is now a great experience in KitKat with the ability to hide everything but the text. Application support is still limited, but we are early in the KitKat rollout.
  • Caller ID by Google: You will see Google Search being integrated in more ways and one of these is through caller ID.
    • Not sure about this… should I be afraid?
  • Quickoffice integration: Google purchased Quickoffice a couple years ago and it is now getting integrated into the OS.
    • This is what now sets Google apart from Apple, an inbuilt indigenous office environment, Boomshanka! I’ve been using Kingsoft Office for the past month and find it useful, looking forward to seeing if Quickoffice matches up. – Trying to install it now, but ‘Play’ keep throwing up an error
  • Google Wallet without carrier restrictions: Google now provides you with Google Wallet without NFC carrier restrictions so you should be able to tap and pay with a Nexus 5 on any carrier.
    • I’m not ready to trust my transactions yet to Google, but guess they’re no more complicit than my bank in tracking my spending activity.
  • Emojis in Google Keyboard
    • meh
  • Album art on lock screen: Another feature that is a nice touch is the ability to see your album art while controlling your media right from the lock screen.
    • I like my lock screen minimal, I can read the song and artist ok 🙂
  • Integrated print support
    • I print very little, and if needed I’d email the document to a print ready PC, and it’s already available via Google Play

Beyond: Two Souls

Beyond: Two Souls
As another break from GTA V I’ve started playing Beyond: Two Souls on the PS3.
I enjoyed Heavy Rain… although I never finished the story after I lost all of my saves 🙁

I love the idea that I can download an Android app (guess it’s on the other popular smart phone too 😉 and use it as a controller, although I don’t yet find it as ergonomic as the controller… and I not the biggest fan of the, what I feel is small, PS3 dual shock controller.

I’m only early in, but I like the idea of the game, and as with GTA V, it’s like I imagined games could be as a kid.

The action scenes are the closest to a movie I have ever played, even though there’s what seems to be a determined line it seems to be free choice. The character acting is first class, and the graphics amazing… yeah they could be more polished; but the game is 30 gig and fluid, with no loading between the extensive film like chapters.

Beyond: Two Souls is certainly film like, I think I will be compelled to complete it… but I say that often until I’m distracted by by next shiny new title 🙂

I think there’s a Easter Egg nod to Ellen Page‘s Trailer Park Boys days by the first coppers 420 badge number, and I like irony of how Dafoe‘s Mulder esq doctor goes by the name Dawkins 🙂

Android Offline office first impressions

Status

I wanted to love AndrOpen, and I do!

But it’s not as usable and slick as Kingsoft Office

I’m not going to be doing anything too complicated on the N7 phablet, but it’s nice to have the full Open Office option there if I need to.

Kingsoft also responded better to voice input, where AndrOpen got more words incorrect and duplicated some.

Another bonus of Kingsoft Office is that it can open and save to G docs… wonder if the software house will be bought out in the near future? 😉 + a fluid pinch zoom!

My only criticism of both is how large the keyboard is

Android offline Google docs

google docs
We’re moving into the age of the paperless office at work, so I’m looking to start using my wi-fi Nexus 7 to take notes on.

I can tether it to my mobile if necessary, and who knows they may one day entice BYOD by allowing us to connect our own devices to the companies wi-fi.

But until then I’d like to use my Android device offline.

Keep is great for lists and notes, I love the alarm that can be created and the tick boxes.

Although as an analyst what I really looking for though is an easy on the eyes spreadsheet.

Google docs ticks all the boxes, but doesn’t seem yet to work offline out of the box on Android… although it does on chrome.

My search for a solution begins!


I’d love to use Google docs, but that doesn’t look like it’s going to happen just yet.

So I’ve found 2 options to play with:

AndrOpen Office

AndrOpen Office is the world’s first port of OpenOffice for Android.
You can view, edit, export office documents using full features of the OpenOffice.

AndrOpen Office has 6 components:

– Writer (a word processor)
– Calc (spreadsheet)
– Impress (presentation graphics)
– Draw (drawing)
– Math (equation editor)
– Base (database)

* AndrOpen Office is forked project from the Apache OpenOffice project.
AndrOpen Office is not affiliated with the Apache OpenOffice project.

Kingsoft Office

Kingsoft Office is the only mobile Office with full-features FREE. Support for running on Android 2.1 and above system. User-friendly & nice UI interface! Users from over 200 countries and regions around the world are using it. The Average Rating of Kingsoft Office is up to 4.6 stars! Whether in a small cell phone screen or on a large screen on the Tablet, Kingsoft Office has a superior performance!

THE BEST CHOICE FOR YOUR MOBILE OFFICE
– Rich editing features! All is FREE!
– Small Size, Stable Operation, and Special interface!
– Support 23 kinds of files, including DOC/DOCX/TXT/XLS/XLSX/PPT/PPTX/PDF
– Built-in file manager that can automatically organize your office document
– Tight integration with the mail application
– Support cloud storages such as Google Drive, Dropbox, Box.net and other services with WebDAV protocol
– A variety of gestures operations, which make your work more interesting
– Support different Read Mode which be closer to the users’ need

I’ll give them a test run and feedback if they’re suitable… any suggestions appreciated

barcode xbox games to spreadsheet

barcode
I’ve heaps of xbox games gathering dust and am looking to share them with friends, so I need to catalogue them quickly.

I would rather not do it all by hand, so am looking for a solution via Android and barcodes.

I already have barcode scanner, but need a quick way to then more the info to a spread sheet, of google documents.

Video Game Tracker
Scan in games, finds title fast, although have to enter genre from drop down

Game Collection Tracker Free
Scans in games via barcode Scanner and queries web for detials… bit slow

Game Keeper
Has a (not quite… although just found it downloads updated info) full list of games for popular consoles, not the slickest or
I entered 80 xbox games from a check list and it failed on me… not happy!
Tried again and failed, sad to leave this app as I like the database, will keep it for reference but not to track games

I’ve decided it will be easier to export this list of XBOX 360 Games from Wikipedia and highlight the ones I have, and maybe the ones I have played

Nexus One PirateBox


Came across this thread on Reddit: Handmade Gadgets? This is my PirateBox

After reading through a couple of links I’ve found that some guys here at xda-developers that have installed the necessary software on a Nexus1!

I happen to have a spare rooted N1 sitting about, running on Cyanogenmod. I’ve been using it to occasionally stream Pandora, but I am more than keen to see if I can build a working PirateBox from it… I can think of so many uses, certainly at work 🙂

Looking forward to seeing what I can put together tomorrow!

CyanogenMod for Nexus 4

CyanogenMod
Cyanogenmod – Make Mako your own! destructions for installing Cyanogenmod onto the Nexus4

Cyanogenmod was my preferred ROM for my Nexus 1, after it was no longer supported for updates.

Now I’m considering switching back to it, on my N4, for different reasons… the main one to break away from Google’s tracking. The down side is that I’m hooked on Google Apps 🙁

So here’s a list of the benefits of Android supported with Google apps.


Gmail

For me an millions of others Gmail has become as synonymous to email as Google.com as to search.

  • I have several accounts that I use for different purposes
  • the app is good, clean and simple
  • more storage than I’ll ever need
  • built into the phone, the functionality is great

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Glorious Joyful Executions


This is an amazing surreal parody of North Korean firing squads… I so hope it’s a parody anyway!
The artwork is based on North Korean propaganda, it is truly glorious, grab it now before it’s pulled from distribution, did I mention it isn’t allowed on the Apple store!

Here’s how the developers describe it:

Help North Korean commissar Kim Bok Kyong punish the traitors!
Command a firing squad of 4 soldiers and process endless waves of various enemies of the state to keep the Divine Leader happy.
Faced with limited ammo and the ever present danger of random sabotage events, you have to think and react fast. As you progress you’ll gain reward money, replenish your ammo and unlock more and more weapons.
Which strategy will you use? Will you be able to handle increasingly difficult decisions? Hesitation means death – for your enemies are legion.

“Joyful Executions” is a parody game on North Korean propaganda for children and a satire on our willingness to accept morally questionable acts through gamification.

Download for free form Google Play: Joyful Executions

Or if you can’t find the free title in your region check out this useful page: Joyful Executions
Rating: ★★★☆☆

rooting for Nexus


The 4.3 Android upgrade de-rooted my devices, no worries play time 🙂

My only disappointment was that I couldn’t get this to work from linux, which I found ironic as I needed root access to install Debian on my toys via Li’ Debi

wugfresh is a  fantastic bit of software, and does everything for you.

If you do you use it, please donate a little something to the dev

Roots all gone, as always, without glitch, Debian installed, off to see what I can do with it 🙂

Android where art thou

Status

Still no Android 4.3 for me on either of my Nexus devices 🙁

Update: It arrived this morning for my N4 🙂

Update 2: Half way through the day and I’ve noticed a considerable improvement in battery life.

One great reason to update, looking forward to seeing how this improves the N7 usability

Update 3: Aug 1st finally receive the OTA update for the N7, off to tinker

4.3 Android on the way

Android 4.3 Jellybean

Reports of the OTA arriving are coming in fast and furious

The 4.3 OTA for the Nexus 4 seems to be rolling out en masse, as I’m getting reports from everywhere that it’s now available. To check for the OTA yourself, open Settings, scroll down to About phone, and tap the System updates line item.

If you’re just not having any luck, the link location has been uncovered. You can download the OTA for manual side loading right here. If you need any assistance, head into the forums and holler.

Happy flashing, and enjoy your new flavor of Jelly Bean!

Android Central

Sweet, it’s like Xmas 😉
Guess this coincides with the news of the new Nexus 7… why not call it the N8, or 7b?
Who cares, another new revision of the great Google OS is on its way!

Lock up your daughters and charge up your devices 🙂

So what are the additional features of 4.3 to look forward to?
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