Archive for April, 2012

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You probably have a textbook laying around some where? Do you even use it? Do you even know what’s in it or what its about? It seems textbooks are getting obsolete because now you can find everything on the internet faster and easier. When is the last time you looked in a physical paper dictionary. Probably a long time ago. Everything is moving slowly into the digital age. A couple weeks ago, Britannica, the worlds best encyclopedia maker, officially announced that it will stop selling physical paper encyclopedias. All of Britannica’s encyclopedias will be only accessed through the internet with an account. How amazing is that. If you just think about it for a little, if you were to find a meaning of a word, where would you go right now? A paper dictionary or the internet dictionary. Britannica clearly sees the opportunities and potential of posting online. Its much faster, easier, and easier to be updated by the company.

I think that textbooks will be affected in the same way. If you’ve been keeping up in the news, some schools are using iPads for textbooks. That’s amazing! This is actually better than a textbook because it has more content and it just makes reading and learning a better experience. Also the content on those iPads can be easily updated and produced. I think that this is a really good change going from physical to digital. If you take a look through the company’s point of view, they don’t need to print and waste tons of paper for a book that’s going to be used only maybe for a couple of years because its going to get outdated. An iPad, for example, can be updated without anything physically, everything is digital. This makes everything easier and more environment friendly.

Also, take a look at eBooks. eBooks are becoming a big success and there getting more and more popular. Almost all the mobile companies are thinking big about eBooks, especially Apple and Amazon. I think that eBooks was a successful transition from physical paper books. It makes reading a book easier and more enjoyable.

What do you think about the world moving to digital? Will this have some consequences in the future? Leave a comment. I would like to read your opinions.

For those Windows Phone 7 Mango users out there that feel that Windows Phone 7 just isn’t enough, have you ever though off unlocking or rooting or jailbreaking (what ever its called now). If you have a Samsung Windows Phone, then your in luck. Of course you can unlock other brands but this tutorial is for Samsung phones only. I will post other tutorials on how to unlock other brands later.

The unlock tool that is going to be used in this tutorial is called WindowBreak Me. If you want more details on it goto the Windows Phone Hacker website. You can also watch the Windows Phone Hacker’s tutorial video on this post about WindowBreak Me. Keep in mind: You are preforming this hack to your phone at your risk. Geeky Gremlin nor the blog owner are not responsible for any damage to your phone, yourself, or anything else that occurs related to this hack. I can help you fix your phone if it is a fixable problem. Just email me at: geekygremlin@gmail.com. I check my email daily and regularly go I will message you back as soon as I possibly can. 

So lets get back to the unlock. Follow and read these steps really carefully. If you would like a video of how to unlock your phone, goto WindowsPhoneHacker’s article. I will create a more detailed video tutorial later on in the future. (“WindowBreak Me” was not created by me. It was created by the WindowsPhoneHacker. This unlock was tested and is perfectly secure and safe.)

Lets get started. Note: Its recommended that you restart your phone before the unlock. These instructions are from the WindowsPhoneHacker article

1) Open up your Samsung Windows Phone 7 web browser (internet explorer) and head to this URL:

http://windowsphonehacker.com/windowbreak

2) Click or tap “WindowBreak Me”

3) Tap on “windowbreak” (part of it is obscured, but there should be an arrow pointing at it)

4) A browser window should open up. Just ignore it.

5) Go to the dialer and dial    ##634#

6) A diagnostics keypad should appear. Dial   *#9908#

7) Select “windowbreak” from the dropdown list

8) Press Save and reboot the device to restore your data settings and 3G.

Your Done! That was it! Now you can sideload applications using the Windows Phone Application Deployment Tool on your computer. To get the Windows Phone Application Deployment Tool, you first need to install the Windows Phone 7.1 SDK from the Microsoft website. Once installed, find the Application Deployment Tool (Start Menu > All Programs > Windows Phone SDK 7.1 > Application Deployment), select the target (your phone), and the XAP (the application you want to install), then just click on Deploy.

Thank you for reading my first tutorial and there is more to come.

The big blue social network, Facebook, announced on Monday that it is buying Instagram. If you don’t know what Instagram is, well its a photo-sharing service network that lets users see and comment on people’s uploaded pictures. Its like Facebook, but with only pictures to share. Instagram is a small two year-old company based in San Francisco and they are having a big success. Instagram has more than 30 million users.

Facebook is trying to be the best and the most dominant photo sharing service. At the end of 2011, Facebook users were uploading more than 250 million pictures per day. Instagram has developed an amazing platform for photo sharing.

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook co-founder and CEO, posted an updated on his Facebook profile that said, Instagram will be joining Facebook to help the social network add new features to photo-sharing. Zuckerberg also noted that Facebook is “committed to building and growing Instagram independently.”

Now how will this effect the average user of Facebook and, or Instagram. Instagram users will still be able to share photos and keep their Instagram profile and lists separate from their Facebook. It wasn’t really clearly stated what the changes will take place but Facebook’s photo sharing will definitively be improved. It is interesting to me what Facebook and Instagram are doing but, personally, I don’t think this will effect my usuage of Facebook nor Instagram.

Is this a good idea? What do you think will happen after this? Will these effect you or do you just not care? Leave a comment below.

Jaxbot from Windows Phone Hacker managed to get his hands on a pre-release version of the Windows Phone “Tango’ emulator (build 8731). He unlocked the emulator and made it available for other to download and use. You can download the emulator from his article on windowsphonehacker.com

In the video he made about the emulator he said that Tango (the version on the emulator) doesn’t have that many new changes. In his video he when over these topics:

  • new MMS system with multiple attachments – video and voice notes attachments
  • new system settings added
  • location services improved with a location status bar icon (location services are buggy)

Check out his video on the emulator of a more in-dept tour of these new features.

What do you think about this emulator? Are you going to even bother to download and try it out? I definitely think that Windows Phone “Tango” will be a big milestone for the Windows Phone platform. Windows will definitely put in a lot more new features into “Tango”. Leave a comment about your opinion.

There has been a lot of rumors and speculations going around that Apple, the big A, is in the progress of making a television. It is rumored that the TV will have a special version of iOS on it and it will be your media hub to almost everything digital. Rumors also have it that, iTV is not the official name for the product but iPanel points to be it. I get the idea of calling it iPanel because if you think of a TV, you can only watch things on a TV, but on a panel, you can view a lot of things. This brings me back to why Apple is going to call this product iPanel (based on rumors). The iPanel, as said before, is a TV not only for watching, but with interacting with your digital media, which can mean almost anything – your social life, pictures, music, movies, shows, and all kind of stuff like that. I think that this product will be a big success, but naming a product isn’t the most important goal in the development of the product. Its what the product is itself that values the most.

What do you think about the iPanel? Leave a comment.

I am currently in the development stage of a new service I was planning on opening. It’s a service that I don’t have a name for yet, but that’s not important now. The service will help people make their websites and blogs better and more interesting. It works like this, you can submit your blog or website through a website, I’m in process of developing, and you can set up an account there. Through your account you can interact and communicate with other blogs and websites and give feedback and your opinions on those blogs and websites. With special credentials and a reviewer’s member account (Free of any cost, but you only need to be accepted into the group of reviewers. To be accepted you must apply a form and the reason why you want to become a reviewer. You can find more details in the EULA I’m in the process of writing. ) you can give feedback to websites and blogs. I will also full-on review, read-over, and give feedback to the owner and writer directly. The feedback will consist of what he or she or the website or blog owner might consider doing or keep in mind to make their blog or website more interesting, easier and better view-able. Also, the owner or writer can interact with the reviewer about their writing style and content.

This service will be free of charge without any subscriptions or memberships.

I hope you will like and take advantage of what I’m creating. I am trying my best to release it as fast as possible. I am the only person involved in this project and it really takes a lot of time to complete something like this successfully. Thank you for your involvement and support. The new service will be available for beta testing in the near future. Please comment on what I should consider changing or what I should keep in mind during the making of this service. All comments are appreciated. Thank you.

Are you always stuck in traffic and looking for a solution, well check out this flying car. Flying cars were talked about all the way back in the 1980s. It was a dream back then but its slowly becoming reality. Remember those funny looking prototype cars with wings that fold up, down, left, and right.

Well, if you haven’t been paying attention what’s happening at the New York Auto Show, then your missing out on a lot of cool stuff. Recently, a flying car design prototype was unveiled by a manufacturer named Terrafugia. The car is street-capable and is priced at around $279,000. This car is named the Transition. As you can tell from the name, the car transition’s itself into a small passenger airplane. Here are some basic facts about the Transition from the Terrafugia.com website.

  • can take off or land at any public general aviation airport, but needs at least 2,500 feet of runway.
  • on the ground it can be driven on any road and parked in a standard parking space or household garage
  • the Transition is considered a Light Sport Aircraft and a Multipurpose Passenger Vehicle
  • the wings extend and fold within 30 seconds

It was stated on Terrafugia’s website, that roughly 100 aircraft have been already reserved. I can’t even imagine, in a good way, driving to a local store or to work everyday in one of these things. Its unbelievable. Imagine walking into a dealership for cars a few years from now and seeing this. How many people are actually interested in this? Now you folks really need to start paying attention more to those traffic rules. Imagine how dangerous this could be if would use it. Now, I’m not saying the Transition is a bad aircraft or product.

I’m saying that some consumers aren’t ready for a change. To some people, this isn’t important to them, and to other people, it is and other people are interested in it. It all depends on personality. Also, the national general air space should get really for this. More Air Traffic Controllers should be placed and more strict rules. Now, I can guarantee that, not everybody won’t be driving one of these every morning  for over the next couple years so what’s there to worry about. True, but think about the future.

Are cars  that we use today, going to be obsolete in about 20…, 30…, or even 50… years from now?

What do you think? Leave a comment.

To get more details on the Transition, head over to Terrafugia’s website.

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I have recently been planning on buying a Windows Phone 7 but I’m asking myself this question, will Windows Phone 7 evolve into something big and will it actually become as popular as the other popular mobile platforms out there.

I would have to strongly say yes. Windows Phone 7 has an extreme future but the only think that its missing is the interest in the consumers market. Windows Phone 7 is a really new platform. It was launched by Microsoft, a really know company, in 2010, but it didn’t have that much potential at first. The first version of Windows Phone didn’t have some of the biggest features other competitors had for a long time like multitasking, more sharing options, and other minor things, and because of that poor start for Windows Phone, it lost a lot of respect and interest. Many people were interested in the idea and concept of Windows Phone at first but they were just turned away by all of the other missing features. Now I know every software or operating system needs to start small, but Windows Phone, in my opinion, just couldn’t afford to start small. It was the last big company to get into the mobile market. The only thing to get Windows Phone back into the consumers interest is, just something extraordinary and really new.

To tell you the truth, a lot of people hated the first version of iOS, officially called iPhone OS back then. They said that, iPhone OS doesn’t have a stable future and will not be big in the consumers market, but Apple kept coming out with new things and making the OS better. Soon, it became the most advanced, popular, and best mobile operating system in the world. I hope Windows will do the same thing that Apple did. I mean, just think about it, Windows Phone 7 Mango is maybe missing a few features here and there that iOS or Android have, but that doesn’t mean its a terrible and unusable mobile operating system. They all just look different. In fact, people just don’t like change. If Windows were to bring something new to Windows Phone and get people attention it will result in more developers being interested in developing for the Windows Phone platform and even more attention to Windows Phone from consumers and the public. Slowly and gradually, Windows Phone will become know better in the public and more widely used.

Personally, I think Windows Phone is a really good and amazing mobile operating system and it defiantly has its future set and is ready for competition with other platforms, but everybody else just got a head start. Windows is just behind it all. It just needs some more attention to make it bigger and better. What do you think? Leave a comment.

Some people might of already seen this commercial of the Internet Explorer web browser. It has air on some TV stations. It says that the internet should be a story, fast, and fluid. If you didn’t watch it, the video is embedded into this article. I think that Internet Explorer just wants some attention from consumers. What’s your opinion? Leave a comment on this article.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFE4rkSaKOY