when you factory reset your android phone or switch to a new smartphone, there is unfortunately no easy way to transfer your existing viber messages, received files etc. if you’ve got your mind set to it, there is an manual to migrate viber. the downside of this manual is that upon fresh setup of your android phone, your android contacts may change device-internal IDs, which are used to connect viber contacts with your phone contacts. as a result, messages and threads may be randomly assigned to other contacts in your address book, even if they don’t have viber accounts.
here’s how to manually fix the problem and correct contact names in viber: [more...]
before leaving the country for an extended period of time, i was looking for a way to stay in touch with my parents that would be uncomplicated and effortless for them: they shouldn’t have to start their laptops/phones, open an app and write to see what’s been going on in my life lately. i would rather just “be around”, the way you can passively stay in touch with some friends on facebook without losing actual contact, but my parents aren’t on facebook.
the best way i could think of to achieve this sense of “being around” would be a digital photo frame that can be updated wirelessly. however, it turns out that wifi-enabed digital photo frames are quite expensive (for what they do), rather hard to get (in europe), and usually subscription-based. they also don’t work very well according to customer reviews, or their online service ends up being discontinued not long after product launch, or both.
thanks to the popularity and ubiquity of tablets, though, there is an easy way to create your own digital photo frame that can be updated wirelessly by simply copying images to a dropbox folder, and it can cost you as little as 50 dollars – or even less if you have an old android phone or tablet lying around! [more...]
after a recent crash both in software and hardware terms, my nexus 5 running android lollipop 5.0.1 could no longer activate wifi. when touching the toggle, it would just show “wifi turning on”, but it never got around to actually scanning for wifi networks or even displaying its mac address.
after quite some online research i tried toggling aeroplane mode, deleting /data/misc/wifi (root), doing a factory reset, upgrading to the newest android version (lollipop 5.1.1), flashing other ROMs and kernels, etc. but nothing seemed to work.
since there was also a physical drop involved, i opened the N5 to check if there was anything noticeable in the internals, e.g. the wifi antenna connector being loose, but nothing was obvious. there were also several reports of google replacing wifi-faulty nexus 5 handsets under warranty due to a “hardware” or “motherboard” issue, but i wasn’t quite ready to give up yet. [more...]
in a world where more and more of our personal life is taking place on the web, a strong password is the very least you can do to keep your stuff safe from others.
about a year after an online journalist had his entire digital life deleted by hackers, many online services including google, facebook, dropbox, and lately even apple, microsoft and twitter, have implemented two-step authentication (or two-factor verification). this means that there’s an optional, extra step that you can activate to verify your identity during login – using a special, variable code that’s e.g. time-coded or individually texted to you.
if you don’t have two-step authentication activated for your email, online banking, google account, apple ID, and even your social media accounts, you should do so right now. [more...]
there’s a neat physics puzzle game in the android market called apparatus (lite version). it’s a beautifully designed game reminiscent of that classic game the incredible machine. since some of the higher levels are tricky, i decided to post screenshots of my solutions. [more...]
since the swype forums are currently offline, i decided to cross-post two of their articles, which i personally find very helpful, here in my blog:
License Expired – How to update Swype?
If you’re receiving a message that Swype’s license has expired, you MUST uninstall your existing version of Swype and reinstall using the SwypeInstaller to get the latest version of Swype, which includes a renewed license. When launching SwypeInstaller you may be prompted to update. This WILL NOT update Swype itself. It is only for updating the SwypeInstaller application. Please follow the steps below:
- From your device’s home screen, press the MENU button.
- Choose Settings
- Choose Applications
- Choose Manage Applications
- Choose Swype (NOT SwypeInstaller)
- Choose Uninstall
- Launch SwypeInstaller from your application list
- If prompted, select Update to get the latest version of SwypeInstaller
Log-in using the email address and password you used when registering for the beta. If you have forgotten your password you can reset it here: https://beta.swype.com/android/user/lostpassword/
- Choose the language package you want to download.
- Enjoy Swype!
Backing up and restoring your user dictionary (root users only)
If you have ROOT ACCESS on your device, you can use the following steps to upgrade Swype and maintain your custom dictionary. *WARNING* You MUST follow these directions EXACTLY as described below! Doing these steps out of order will result in PERMISSION PROBLEMS, leading to your UDB being unwritable and you won’t be able to modify ANY words in your dictionary! [more...]
of course both worlds have up- and downsides, but here’s an interesting bit that apparently was created outside of the fruity distortion field:
i especially like the part about “grown ups”.