[android] Alarm Clock Not Going Off

8 07 2010

I just got my first Android phone, Motorola Milestone, for a week and am having great fun with it! But the Alarm Clock keeps on bugging me as the Alarm Clock doesn’t ring at all, and I was using my trusty old Nokia phone as my alarm till today.

Finally i have time to do some research, and found out how sometimes too much control over your phone is bad (if not done properly). My problem was the Advanced Task Killer which I have installed onto my Milestone on day one itself, and I have been using it to kill off all the apps to save power & memory. Android allows us to so much control, that we sometimes forget that some of the apps still need to be run on the background, and Alarm Clock is one of them.

So, for those of you who face the same problem, and uses the Advanced Task Killer (or any other task killer), the fix is rather simple and should be valid for all alarm clock apps, not just the default ones. All you need is to do is include the Alarm Clock in the ignore list by performing the steps below:

  • Open Alarm Clock
  • Go back to home
  • Open Advanced Task Killer
  • Long press on Alarm Clock
  • Click on Ignore to add Alarm Clock to the ignore list
  • (you can manage the ignore list by going to the menu -> Setting -> ignore list)

Good luck, have fun, and let me know if this works for you!

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[gadg3t] Yellow Spots on iPhone 4’s Retina Display

24 06 2010

Something to look out for when you first get your iPhone 4. Does this mean Apple’s QA is dropping? Or people are just nick picking? Anyhow, if you spot the spot, make sure you make a complain and try to get a replacement. After all, Apple is obligated to provide the best! That’s my take.





[tools] Improve your Window’s Performance by Removing Unnecessary Software During Startup

23 06 2010

Once in a while you will find a software, and after just looking at the introduction animation clip, you will go “I want to invest in that company”. And this is even more so for Soluto after I have tried it on my netbook.

The concept is as simple as the days when I use Windows primary, where you run msconfig on the command prompt to manually select what application should Windows startup and not (most of the time it is a guessing game).

What Soluto is providing is a simplification of the process where the application monitors the startup of your computer, then break down all the application to 3 categories which are “Required”, “No Brainer” and “Potentially Removable”. From there on, you will be able to see the break down of how long each application sucks up during your Windows startup, and can choose to remove the application, delay it, or stay as status quo. The cool part about Soluto is that it also collects data on what other users do to certain application, and shows it to you to ease your decision process.

From my trial with Soluto, I have improve my NetBook’s startup time by 15%, and it now runs better as well!

Cool tool, which i would say is a must for all Windows users. And personally, this should come from Microsoft in the first place. But one giant’s failure could result in a new giant. That’s my take.

[ Soluto ]





Apple Launches iOS4 for iPhone & iPod Touch

22 06 2010

Apple quietly rolled out the latest version of it’s mobile operating system, iOS4 yesterday (21st June 2010). This upgrade will bring several key features such as multitasking, unified inbox for e-mail and better apps grouping.

Compatibility for upgrades are as such:

  • iPhone 2G -> sorry
  • iPhone 3G -> upgrade available, but multitasking is not supported
  • iPhone 3GS -> YES
  • iPod Touch 1st Gen (2007) -> sorry
  • iPod Touch 2nd Gen (2008) -> upgrade available, but multitasking is not supported
  • iPod Touch 3rd Gen (2009) -> YES
  • iPad -> coming this fall

[ Wired ]





iPhone 4 -Retina Display Advertising Trickery

9 06 2010

According to the nonprofit think tank Digital Society, former ZDNet technical director George Ou used a series of pictures and rendering to extablish that Apple used images to fake a pixel density improvement twice as good as actual. Although Retina Display will deliver twice the resolution (now at 326 pixel per inch vs 163 pixels per inch before), the images used in the advertisement above represents an approximately 4X improvement as seen in the illustration below:

People can always argue about good advertising, but just be sure advertise accurately, else put a disclaimer. Be honest. That’s my take.

[ DigitalSociety via Gawker ]





[gadg3t] iPhone 4 Revealed… officially

8 06 2010

But what is really new in iPhone 4 that we have not already known?From the comparison table below from Engadget, nothing much in terms of the hardware: micro SIM, longer talktime, A4 processor, high resolution display, secondary camera & gyroscope.

Price (on contract) $199 16GB, $299 32GB $99 8GB
Processor Apple A4 600MHz, Cortex-A8 architecture
Display 3.5-inch IPS 960 x 640 3.5-inch 480 x 320, no IPS
Primary camera 5 megapixel AF with flash 3 megapixel AF
Secondary camera VGA No
Video recording 720p at 30fps, optional iMovie VGA at 30fps, basic editing capabilities built-in
Cellular Quadband GSM, pentaband HSPA Quadband GSM, triband HSPA
WiFi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g
Orientation sensing Accelerometer, compass, gyroscope Accelerometer, compass
FaceTime video calling Yes No
SIM standard Micro SIM SIM
Battery life Up to 7 hours talk time on 3G, 14 hours on 2G

Up to 10 hours data on WiFi

Up to 40 hours audio

Up to 10 hours video

Up to 5 hours talk time / data on 3G, 12 hours on 2G

Up to 9 hours data on WiFi

Up to 30 hours audio

Up to 10 hours video

Weight 137 grams / 4.8 oz. 135 grams / 4.76 oz.
Dimensions 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3mm 115.5 x 62.1 x 12.3mm

Even so, i believe iPhone 4’s true magic will be in the software. With a more powerful processor & gryroscope, apps developers out there will have a lot to play with, along with the promise of multi-tasking, the possibilities are endless.

[ Engadget & Gizmodo ]





[gadg3t] 10 Things Android Does Better Than iPhone

3 06 2010

Read this on Gizmodo and thought it will be interesting to share. In summary, the items are:

  1. Android can Run Multiple Apps at the Same time
  2. Android Keeps Information Visible on Your Home Screen
  3. Android Has a Better App Market
  4. Android Gives You Better Notifications
  5. Android Lets You Choose Your Hardware
  6. Android Lets You Choose Your Carrier
  7. Android Lets You Install Custom ROMs
  8. Android Lets You Change Your Settings Faster
  9. Android Does Google and Social Integration
  10. Android Give You More Optoins to Fit Your Budget

For the full article go to Gizmodo to read the full article.

[ Gizmodo ]