mobile

How to fix HTC Desire 500 auto correct

If you have a new HTC Desire 500, or similar mobile using Android, and find that your auto correct isn’t working, e.g it says all standard English words are incorrect, then read on.

When you first use the phone the auto correct isn’t working and says pretty much every English word is new and needs to be added to the dictionary. The problem is that for some strange reason multiple languages are switched on by default and the keyboard cannot understand English words. To fix is quick and simple:

  1. Go to Settings (the graphic is a cog)
  2. Scroll down to the ‘phone’ section and choose ‘Language and keyboard’
  3. Under ‘keyboard and input methods’ choose ‘HTC Sense Input’
  4. Choose ‘Keyboard selection’
  5. Then under ‘Select keyboards for text input’ un-tick all non-english languages EXCEPT English.

Problem resolved!

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mobile, Travel

Nexus 7 on the midnight train

Fresh back from Copenhagen, I declare that my nexus 7 tablet makes an excellent travel companion.

The tablet made the flight bearable as I watched some funny Louis C.K comedy to take my mind off the fact I was off the ground. Like nearly all hostels, the Danhostel Copenhagen Downtown has wifi in the main lounge area. But instead of the common desktop PC, they let guests make free use of several laptops and an iPad in exchange for I.D. On top of this they had a charging station behind the counter so that anybody could safely charge mobile phones and USB devices like my tablet (it really needs a name: Frank Mobile, FM for short ok?).

I found out about the charging station as my lack of foresight had me bring a generic charger that failed to breath any life into FM. Luckily Copenhagen was so much fun that I didn’t actually ever flatline.

Me and the brothers (an aside: we got called “semi-black” in a bar cue #awkward moment lost in translation) mostly used the music in our hostel room with a dash of twitter/facebook stalking thrown in for good measure.

The size of FM is perfect for my backpack, a North face “Big shot” and sat easily in the front zip. I fashioned a case from a used Amazon parcel cardboard box with rubber band which did the trick. I have yet to stumble across an affordable case so this will do for now.

At this point it is worth highlighting the cost. At £199, I felt totally happy to use the device everywhere and not cringe whenever I handed it over or rammed my bag into a carry compartment. The price point is pretty compelling and my fellow travelers will be investigating devices at this price point (amazon fire and maybe the rumoured Apple iPad mini). The only disappointment for my brothers was that most UFC sites still use flash for video, can’t win every time.

The apps we used in no particular order were Flipboard, google reader, youtube, Google chrome, Google email.

I forget that I am a nerd and have a need to code, but that for most of the world, email, facebook, youtube and web browsing is plenty enough internets. I did sit in the bar over the 6 days looking at travelers from all reaches of the planet. I observed that none of them had a laptop, it was either the Apple iPad or various flavours of mobile phone. Anybody who says that a mobile phone isn’t heavily used for reading is a mug.

An interesting discovery was that one USA traveler was using the 2nd Gen Kindle purely for the 3g connectivity, for email and twitter no less. 20 bucks well spent was the simple answer.

So next time I travel I will be bringing my new travel friend along.

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mobile

37signals releases mobile basecamp

The good folks at 37signals have just launched a Basecamp Mobile version of one of their key tools Basecamp.

Basecamp is the tool that I used to ‘manage’ what I have to do both at home and at work. What really interests me is that they chose to go for the route of building a web app rather than a native mobile app. I have been thinking for some time that for many of ‘use cases’ that I see for mobile apps in my areas, the expense of a dedicated app is just too costly to consider and designing for the mobile web is better from a business perspective IF you want simple functionality – context is king of course.

So….. when it finally decides to load in my iphone I will be able to see well it works.

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mobile, Music

DJ Shadow using mobile

An interview with DJ Shadow’s Marketing manager, in which he details how they are trying to capitalise on mobile at events:

Geo-targeted push notifications on the iPhone app to fans at each venue, asking the fan to take photos of the show. This has been going AMAZINGLY.

On the road with dj shadow – the shadowsphere meets the death star reaching fans online

I like that they are experimenting with new ideas such as geo-targeting, but also solving existing problems such as cash-only merch stalls now accepting mobile payments. This will all be normal in under ten years.

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mobile

My Mobile Bristol project

My favourite JISC project of late and one that I use regularly is moving to the next phase and is called ‘MyMobileBristol‘. The initial project allowed me to see PC availability and bus departures amongst other things in and around the campus and impressed everybody that I have ever shown.

I love this project because it is looking at real problems (when is that bus going to get there?!) and using our existing devices to meet the challenges that although not huge on themselves are a constant pain and these solutions make our everyday tasks just that little bit easier. Well done to the team.

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