Category Archives: Technology

Android app review: eBay Mobile

Online auction site eBay.com has been around for years, and their official Android mobile app isn’t exactly new either. Having an app on your mobile phone means you can watch your auction on the go, and get instant updates when an item is about to close or if you’ve been outbid.

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Cell phone adventures: round 2

Now I know that my Wind-branded Huawei U8100-9 operates using HSPA 3G on AWS 1700 and UMTS 2100, and 2G over the four GSM bands. In this part of the country, that means my phone should be compatible with Wind Mobile (my original carrier) and Mobilicity, both AWS carriers, and the older and more mature Rogers GSM network, which includes Fido and Chatr brands.

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Cell phone adventure, part 1

About six months ago, I entered the smartphone era with the purchase of my first Android phone, the Huawei U8100, from Wind Mobile. Despite a few minor billing issues, I was generally impressed with the company and their service, and …

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Usage based billing: Canada’s regulatory failure

What’s the big deal, anyway? Shouldn’t Bell be allowed to charge whatever they want for third party providers to rent their network? In fact, third-party internet access doesn’t share capacity with Bell’s retail network at all. Although Bell has claimed that third-party access is provided on what is basically a wholesale version of their own retail network, in fact the networks are entirely separate and rely on different technology.

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Angry Birds on Huawei U8100

Rovio Mobile’s Angry Birds is one of the most popular games released for mobile devices in 2010. With a few hacks and tricks, you can get it working smoothly on lower-end QVGA Android devices like the Huawei U8100.

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Android personal finance apps

I’ve been on the hunt for a decent mobile personal finance tool for my Android phone. I want a tool that will download my bank transactions and allow me to categorize them so I can compare with my personal budget.

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Guitar Hero double-strum fix

Every 5-10 downstrums or so, the guitar caused a phantom upstrum even though I hadn’t strummed in that direction. What was happening was the strum bar travels too far on the downstrum, and on springing back it was pushing the upstrum switch just enough to register. No good for rocking out. Here’s how to fix it.

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Picasa 3.8 in Ubuntu 10.04

If you have either a Compact Flash reader or the camera’s USB cable, you should be able to cut out my printer/network step and download your photos to your Ubuntu computer directly, either by copying them manually or by using Picasa. And that’s what this post is really about, getting Picasa to run in Ubuntu. Once you have Picasa running, that should solve the rest of your problems.

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Initial review: WIND Mobile

Earlier this week I ditched my old Nokia flip phone and Fido contract in favour of a no-contract WIND Mobile plan. I had been planning to switch basically since the CRTC announced that it was deregulating the cell phone market …

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