Archive for category Gadgets

Android remove PIN lock

I managed to set a wrong PIN code for the android lock screen. Fortunately, it can be removed in some situations. Precondition – must have adb enabled in root mode, and android device manager active.
1. remove *.key from /data/system folder by adb shell
2. reboot, and now lock from android device manager, it will allow and actually set a temporary recovery password for you

Ex-phones 2014 update

Phones I have had previously (2 more added meanwhile since 2009):

(could be that 1 to 3 phones are missing, but are considered to not important since don’t change the overall picture, ericsson->siemens->windows mobile->android)

Exporting SMS from Windows phone

Maybe someone finds this useful (word of advice, don’t use Windows phone in the first place to avoid trouble like this)

  • to be able to export sms’es without rooting etc., you first need to upgrade to Windows Phone 8.1 since the feature only appeared in this version
  • then you need to insert an sd card
  • go to settings, transfer my data
  • click the “…” button
  • export to sd option, select sms’s / contacts to export
  • a file like sms.vmsg will be created. it is a format for which there is no support outside Windows Phone it seems (there was a tool from Lenovo that could import them in Android 4.2 but it stopped working. And, vmsg is not vmg either.
  • the sms’s are in the file, what I did was to convert it to a Titanium Backup Android XML schema by lots of text manipulations. Another advice with Titanium, try to make thread that are less than 500 messages or it will hang. Also, take care of the unicode characters in the texts.

P.S.
Merry exXmas and happy 2015 :)

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LG G3 Beat : Product Movie

Excellent demo of a non-scary robot

And for my next trick, a robot

Android next version codenames

I have 2 suggestions:

  • Apple strudel
  • Blackberry pie

A2 flight

Would like to once fly with one of those, A2

Moneto

I am looking forward to see payment options appear worldwide if it picks up in the US.
http://www.moneto.me/

OnLive Desktop

I have blogged about the OnLive gaming before. It works really well provided you have unlimited traffic and good internet connection. Now they release another great streaming solution, http://lifehacker.com/5874348/onlive-desktop-streams-desktop-apps-to-your-ipad

Computer generated faces, cloud gaming and new wireless standards

If it works, will revolutionize the cloud gaming as well as wireless data reception as we know it. Mind-boggling, no other way to describe it.