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Fieldrunners HD – Android games review on Youtube

March 28, 2012 Leave a comment

I’ve finally got around to uploading a short review of one of the Android games I promised to do a while ago. One of my favorite tower defense games; Fieldrunners HD. Check out the video below:

Find it on the Google Play store here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.subatomicstudios&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS5zdWJhdG9taWNzdHVkaW9zIl0.

Saving Battery life on an IPhone 4S

March 23, 2012 Leave a comment

Having recently bought my fiance an Iphone 4S for her birthday, and seeing how useful people have been finding my post on Saving battery life on a Galaxy S2 Android phone, I’ve decided it’s time for a quick round up of the top tips to save battery life on your IPhone 4S. Some of these tips may also work with older IPhones, but you’ll need to test that for yourself.

  • Turn Off Location Services – The GPS function of the phone uses a lot of power, so constantly checking your location in teh background drains a lot of battery power. The main services to turn off here are: Compass Calibration, Diagnostics and Usage, Location based iAds, and Setting Time Zone.
  • Turn Off Bluetooth – Find it in Settings / General / Bluetooth – Constantly searching for bluetooth signals drains battery life.
  • Turn Off Wi-Fi – Settings / Wi-Fi – Again, as with bluetooth, keeping a wi-fi signal running takes up battery life even when you’re not using it.
  • Turn off Push Data – This is a feature that checks emails automatically, but it uses battery life. You can tell your email to check for new maisl when you open the app, that will save you precious battery life.
  • Turn on Auto-Brightness for your screen – The screen brightness uses a massive amount of power, running the screen dimmer will save you a good amount of battery life, ensure your screen brightness is set to auto brightness and the phone will use it’s built in light sensor to set the screen for the best level for the room you are in.
  • Close Background apps – Your Iphone will continue to run apps in the background when you’re not using them. Double tap your home button and then hold your finger down over an icon until the red minus signs appear, this will let you close these apps.
  • Lock your device when not using it! – The screen uses power, so instead of waiting for the auto lock to shut your screen off when you put your phone down, turn the screen off yourself using the lock button on the top right of the phone. This could save you an hour or more of battery life just on it’s own.
  • Turn off cellular data – This is in your settings menu. If you just use Wi-Fi networks when browsing the internet, using Itunes or the Appstore, then you can turn off cellular data to preserve even more battery life.

 

You can find more official information on Apple’s battery tips page here:

http://www.apple.com/batteries/iphone.html

I just upgraded to ICS on my Galaxy S2

March 13, 2012 Leave a comment

 

Samsung have finally released Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4) for the Galaxy S2 (i9100). I had to install it manually using Odin as I’ve previously rooted my phone. I used this website to do it:

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1544487

so far so good. I’ve restored all my SMS messages and just installed the Chrome browser.

Not found anything that doesn’t work so far but will keep you posted.

It’ll take me a day or so to see what the battery life is like. but so far everything seems snappier and much more polished looking.

Raspberry Pi FAQ

Some questions answered on the raspberry Pi for those less technically inclined but thinking of buying one:

1. Can the Raspberry Pi run Windows programs and games?

Answer: No, the Raspberry Pi does not run Windows and therefore cannot run Windows applications or games.

2. What power connector do I need to buy for the Raspberry Pi?

Answer: It does not come with a charger, but you can use any modern smart phone charger (not IPhone), or Kindle charger. It’s a Micro USB connector.

3. What screen can I plug the Raspberry Pi into?

Answer: any screen that support either HDMI or Composite Video. Most TV’s will support composite video with newer TV’s and computer monitors supporting HDMI.

4. Does the Raspberry Pi come with Linux already loaded?

Answer: No, you must purchase an SD Memory card and load onto it an operating system to run on the Pi, you can download a preconfigured system here: http://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads

5. Android phones run on ARM chips, like the Pi, so can I install Android on it?

Answer: No. Different ARM chips support different features, teh ARM11 processor used in the Pi is not supported by any current version of Android. It is possible that someone will make a version of android work on it in the near future however.

6. Can I use my Pi as a media centre computer on my TV?

Answer: Yes, the Pi is capable of decoding full HD 1080p videos. there is also an early version of XBMC (Xbox media centre) being developed for it, see the YouTube video here:

http://www.raspberrypi.org/archives/571

7. How do I connect a mouse and keyboard?

Answer: the Raspberry Pi Model B has two USB ports, model A has 1. You can connect keyboards and mice using these, if you require additional USB ports then a USB hub can be used. Due to the low power use of the Raspberry PI, a powered USB hub is recommended.

8. Can it play games?

Answer: Yes! There is already a video showing Quake 3 running on it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_mDuJuvZjI    and it runs quite well!

 

9. Who’s this David Braben guy the news keeps mentioning regarding the Raspberry Pi project?

Answer: He was part of te two man team who wrote the game Elite. He later went on to set up “Frontier Developments” which developed the Elite sequel “Elite 2: Frontier”. The company web site is: http://www.frontier.co.uk

 

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