February 29th, 2016 by Michael Sauers

How about a version with Lizard & Spock?

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March 17th, 2015 by Michael Sauers

Nexus 7 updating in 3…2…1…

Android 5.1 Update

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November 1st, 2014 by Michael Sauers

Courtesy of the 500 Firepaper app.

Nexus 7 home screen

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October 19th, 2014 by Michael Sauers

My lovely wife got me a keyboard for my birthday: The Microsoft Universal Mobile Keyboard. It’s bluetooth and works with Android, iOS and Windows. It’s also very lightweight, compact, and comes with a detachable cover/tablet stand. This is going to come in very handy.

Microsoft Universal Mobile Keyboard 2

Microsoft Universal Mobile Keyboard 1

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March 18th, 2014 by Michael Sauers

OrbotOrbot is a free proxy app that empowers other apps to use the internet more securely. Orbot uses Tor to encrypt your Internet traffic and then hides it by bouncing through a series of computers around the world. Tor is free software and an open network that helps you defend against a form of network surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security known as traffic analysis.

Orbot is the only app that creates a truly private internet connection. As the New York Times writes, “when a communication arrives from Tor, you can never know where or whom it’s from.” Tor won the 2012 Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) Pioneer Award.

  • ACCEPT NO SUBSTITUTES: Orbot is the safest way to use the Internet on Android. Period. Orbot bounces your encrypted traffic several times through computers around the world, instead of connecting you directly like VPNs and proxies. This process takes a little longer, but the strongest privacy and identity protection available is worth the wait.
  • PRIVATE WEB SURFING: Use with Orweb, the most anonymous way to access any website, even if it’s normally blocked, monitored, or on the hidden web. Get Orweb: https://goo.gl/s3mLa
  • PRIVATE CHAT MESSAGING: Use Gibberbot with Orbot to chat confidentially with anyone, anywhere for free. Get Gibberbot: https://goo.gl/O3FfS
  • PRIVACY FOR APPS: Any installed app can use Tor if it has a proxy feature, using the settings found here: https://goo.gl/2OA1y Use Orbot with Twitter, or try private web searching with DuckDuckGo: https://goo.gl/lgh1p
  • PRIVACY FOR EVERYONE: Tor can help you confidentially research a competitor, get around the Facebook block at school, or circumvent a firewall to watch sports at work.
  • PRIVACY MADE EASY: Check out our fun, interactive walkthrough: https://guardianproject.info/howto/browsefreely
  • IT’S OFFICIAL: This is the official version of the Tor onion routing service for Android.

Get it @ the Google Play Store.

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March 18th, 2014 by Michael Sauers

This one’s currently available only to Moto X owners: Say “OK Google Now” and then ask “What’s up?” As a result, your current notifications will be read back to you.

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January 24th, 2014 by Michael Sauers

Originally published on Jan 22, 2014
Cecilia Abadie, Glass Explorer who was found Not Guilty of distracted driving while wearing Glass, discusses the court hearing and the events leading up to it. For the full episode, go to http://twit.tv/aaa145.

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December 20th, 2013 by Michael Sauers

Permission Requests of Popular Android eReading Apps 12.19.13When you read a book or an article on your Android device, how much power—and access to your personal data—are you giving the app? A new comparison of 17 of the most popular reader apps, compiled by Matt Bernius, answers that question, and in some cases users may be revealing much more than they think. Nearly a quarter of the apps tested required access to location information; half of them ask for “phone state and identity”, which would let them grab people’s phone numbers and IMEI numbers; and a couple can retrieve a list of other running apps.

Android apps are required to specify what sort of access to the phone they can use, but these “permissions requests” screens can be opaque, and without a chart like this one, it can be difficult to tell if there are subtle but legitimate reasons why a particular class of app needs a particular type of permission.

My eReader of choice is Moon+ Reader and according to this chart I can’t complain.

Source: EFF.org.

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December 13th, 2013 by Michael Sauers

LibraryThing Search appI currently have 6,303 books cataloged in my LibraryThing account. Needless to say, there are times when I’m in a bookstore when I have to ask myself “do I already own this?”

So, in the interest of both making my books shopping a little easier and learning a little programming via the MIT App Inventor, I’ve created a basic, yet functional app, that allows you to enter your account name. scan a book’s barcode and search it against your LibraryThing account.

To install it, download the .apk via scanning or clicking the QR code below and make sure you have turned on “allow installation of apps from unknown sources” in your device’s settings. (Probably found under Settings|Security.)

I have tested this version on exactly one phone/OS combination: My Moto X running KitKat. (A previous version did run on my now defunct Droid Bionic.) If it doesn’t work on your phone, I probably don’t know why or how to fix it. No warranties are given or implied. Install at your own risk. This app is known to the folks at LibraryThing but it is not supported by them nor are they affiliated with it in any way.

Comments and suggestions are welcome but I can’t promise any further development will happen in the foreseeable future. I do have some ideas, but this isn’t exactly a high priority project for me at this point.

For those that would appreciate it, here’s an MD5 Hash for the .apk file if you know what to do with it: 201026AC975D6CA225CF90D3C0A3C701


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November 20th, 2013 by Michael Sauers


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