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tunebug vibe – the best htc desire accessories (according to me)

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in accordance with my new series “the best android apps (according to me)”, i’m also starting “the best htc desire accessories (according to me)”. they’re hardly ever limited to the desire, but that’s what i use (and test) them with.

tunebug vibe first up is the tunebug vibe: it’s a tiny, portable sound system that uses other surfaces to transmit sound. in other words, it turns almost anything – from an empty cigarette packet to your fridge – into a speaker.
i didn’t expect it at first, but tunebug actually creates beautiful sound which is rich in both treble and bass.

i’ve tested it with …pretty much every potential resonance body in my apartment, and outside, and it has lived up to its promises.

tunebug vibe comes in a chrome finish, is compatible with every digital device that features a 3.5 mm headphone jack (such as the htc desire, htc hero, many other smartphones, and pretty much every mp3-player), and plays music for 5 hours before you need to recharge.

it’s not only a cool gadget, but also a piece of applied basic physics in pure form: you probably know the changing shapes that sand grains form on a flat surface, depending on the excitation frequency.
the same principle is at work when you try different sizes of boxes/surfaces and get slightly different acoustical results. the size of the box, and the position of tunebug on the box, pretty much acts as your equalizer.

i’m really fond of this product!

i found the tunebug vibe over at StyleMyPhone.de, who offer a wide range of iphone and smartphone accessories.

android data roaming issue with mobile virtual network operators (htc desire, droid and others)

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(this is the english translation of my earlier post android datenroaming problem mit bob, telering, …)

data roaming settings in android (htc desire) if you’ve tried to use your brand new android smartphone (e.g. the htc desire, motorola droid, …) with a SIM card of one of the really cheap mobile providers, you may have noticed that no data connection is established even if you’ve entered the correct credentials.
instead, (if anything) there is a notification popup that says:

You have lost data connectivity because you left your home network with data roaming turned off.

in the US, this problem occurs with a total of 48 individual mobile network providers.
in the UK, there’s a total of 19 MVNO, including virgin mobile, asda mobile and tesco mobile.

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the best android apps (according to me): productivity

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with more than 100.000 applications in the android market (2010-07-30), it’s getting hard to find good apps by just browsing the market. in “the best android apps (according to me)”, i’m going to introduce my favourite applications for android handsets.
i’m using an htc desire with android 2.2 (froyo), but as far as i know, all of them are compatible to all android versions down to 1.5 (cupcake).

if you have any thoughts/questions/suggestions, please let me know in the comments.

today’s category: productivity

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android: lösung zum daten-roaming problem mit billigprovidern (bob, tele.ring, yesss, debitel, mobilcom, …)

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datenroaming-einstellungen in android (htc desire) wer zum ersten mal sein neues android handy (zb. htc hero oder htc desire) mit der SIM-karte eines diskont-handyproviders testet wird schnell bemerken, dass die datenverbindung auch nach eingabe der richtigen zugangsdaten nicht aufgebaut wird. stattdessen kommt (wenn überhaupt) eine meldung, dass die konnektivität aufgrund fon roaming deaktiviert wurde:

Die Datenkonnektivität wurde unterbrochen, da Sie ihr Heimnetzwerk verlassen haben und Daten-Roaming nicht aktiviert ist

betroffen sind in österreich u.a. die provider bob, tele.ring, yesss!, eety und tele2, in deutschland z.b. debitel, mobilcom, talkline und drillisch.
der grund liegt in der nutzung infrastruktur: billig-provider setzen üblicherweise nicht auf eigene funkzellen (“handymasten”), sondern nutzen die hardware der grösseren anbieter mit. wie beim roaming im ausland, betreibt man also sozusagen inlands-roaming, allerdings ohne die zusatzkosten für den benutzer.
die technische abkürzung dieser “virtuellen mobilfunknetzbetreiber” lautet MVNO (mobile virtual network operator).

die lösung des problems ist einfach, aber nicht ohne nebenwirkungen: datenroaming muss aktiviert werden. die meldung, dass datenroaming hohe kosten mit sich tragen kann, kann im inland einfach ignoriert werden (vorausgesetzt man hat bereits ein datenpaket beim anbieter gebucht). nahe der grenze ändert sich die sache allerdings wieder: bucht sich das android-smartphone nämlich in ein ausländisches netz ein, wird auch das “richtige datenroaming” betrieben, und das wird tatsächlich teuer.

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how to disable automatic capitalization on htc desire, htc hero

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one of the things i actually don’t like about my htc phone is the fact that htc has decided to remove the option to disable automatic capitalization.
i haven’t found a direct way to turn auto caps off, but there’s a modification of their virtual keyboard that re-adds this feature:

how to disable auto capitalization on your htc phone

  • go to this article on xda-developers.com and download the version that fits your phone (“high res version” for the desire, “low res for android 1.5″ for the hero)
  • unzip the package. if you downloaded the file to your computer, transfer the .apk to your phone’s sd card.
  • use your favourite android file manager to install. (i’m assuming you can also install through htc sync).
  • you’re NOT done yet.
  • open up the settings, language & keyboard, and allow “HTC_IME mod”.
  • in a text input field (email, notes, sms, wherever), long press the field and choose “select input method”, there choose “HTC_IME mod”.
  • if you now go to the keyboard settings (from your keyboard, or via settings), scroll down to the section “Mods by jonasl@xda”. “text input” will lead you to the long-sought option: “disable capitalization”.

this modified input method also adds a bunch of other options, such as: custom top level domains for the “.com” key (long press), a smiley key instead of “hide keyboard”, as well as speech-to-text (android 2.1 only).
you do not need root rights to install.