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[How To] Install Swype 3.5 on MIUI Android ROM 1.6

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If you got your MIUI-supported Android phone flashed with the latest MIUI 1.6 ROM, most probably you will find that it is impossible to get the Swype keyboard fully installed in your device; most likely the Swype installer is unable to license your copy of Swype, causing the keyboard running without license which have limited functionalities. The main cause is that in MIUI ROM, there is no way to disable Swype as required since that particular Settings page has been modified. But not too worry, it is still possible to install it completely, although it involved several extra steps.

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[How To] Solve the new MIUI Android ROM 1.6 reboot issues

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If you has been flashing your MIUI-supported Android devices to the latest 1.6.3 or 1.6.10, you probably found that some of the third party apps caused the phone to reboot automatically without any warning. No worry, you are not alone. It probably nothing to do with bad flash or bad download; it just the new permissions management system that is introduced in the new MIUI ROM.

In the new MIUI ROM, all the third party apps that require to access your SMS and Phone functions (and even ROOT) will be managed to prevent any malicious apps from accessing them. This permissions management system can be accessed from the System Tools, namely the Superuser. It is an app that manage your permission for the third party apps from accessing the SMS and Phone functions, and if the app does not have the permission, the phone will automatically reboot to prevent it from accessing them. As a result, you might be seeing some third party apps like Whatsapp cause the phone to reboot upon activating since it is trying to access the phone SMS function.

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[Review] wunderlist – A simple multi-platform task management tool

WunderlistLooking for a simple task management tool that you can access anywhere, either on your smartphone, Windows PC, tablets etc.? wunderlist might be just your thing.

A product from 6wunderkind, a Berlin-based company, wunderlist aimed to provide a simple and user friendly task management experience which can be synchronized across almost all of your mobile devices, and your computer, be it a Windows PC or an Apple Mac. Currently they have the wunderlist app for iOS devices (iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad), Android devices (1.6 above), Windows PC (XP, Vista and 7), and Mac (OSX 10 and above). They also have a web-based wunderlist, which is very useful especially when you are using a public computer, or using an unsupported operating system eg. Linux-based distro. No news for Windows Phone 7 and Blackberry yet, but don’t be disappointed, they are currently hiring now, so I am expecting some surprises in the near future.

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[Giveaway] ZAGG Invisible Shield Screen Protector for Xperia X8

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Is Google Nexus S worth an upgrade (or worth to own)? #Maxis10

Google Nexus SGoogle Nexus S, a Google flagship Android device manufactured by Samsung, is the second Android device bear with the name of Google, after the famous and beautifully crafted Google Nexus One. It is also the first Android device that shipped with the latest Android – Gingerbread which packed with quite some new and interesting features.

The first news about the Samsung manufactured second Google Nexus phone is leaked about end of October 2010, and the Samsung spoke person has quickly denied it. Since then, there are several rumors have been leaked before Google officially announced the Google Nexus S on the 6th of December, 2010. Perhaps you might be wondering the reason for the massive amount of concerns towards the second Google flagship phone – below is my point of view for that.

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Day 10 with Nexus S: Battery mystery, 10 Battery Power Saving Tips #Maxis10

Battery mystery in Google Nexus S

Battery StatusEver since Day 1 with Google Nexus S, I never have the phone fully charged at 100% – the phone always claimed to be fully charged at 94%-97%, and charging the device overnight doesn’t help. Faulty battery?

Nope. Luckily my 1500mAh Lithium-ion battery in Google Nexus S seems to be pretty normal after I did some extensive studies on this phenomena. Not too sure it will occurs in all other Android devices, but apparently fully charged at the battery life of less than 100% in Google Nexus S is not something need to be worried.

In Byron G’s study, he did an extensive study on the charging and discharging conditions on his HTC Droid Incredible and figure out the reason of inconsistent battery drains, especially during a full charge. It’s a lengthy article, which is a pretty interesting one, so if you have about 15 minutes to digest it, do check it out.

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Day 9 with Nexus S: Great gaming device, Top 5 Games #Maxis10

Experiences in Day 9

Great Gaming Experience

Nexus S LogoIn the recent years, 3D processing capability on the mobile devices seems to have evolved in a very rapid trend – who would have thought that a mobile device is capable to run a full-featured 3D game with touch screen interface, 10 years ago? Thanks to the advancement in nano-scale fabrication and tons of research done on the System-on-a-Chip (SoC), we are in an era that can enjoy most, if not all, of the stuffs on the computer, in a mobile device that has a size of our palm.

Besides being the first phone to present the new Gingerbread, Google Nexus S also, in my opinion, act as a benchmark for other manufacturers on how should a Gingerbread device should be. Unlike in iOS which now has a huge database of great games since the first generation of iPhone, Android is still pretty new in the mobile gaming scenes, but it is obvious that more and more manufacturers are trying to push Android devices as portable gaming devices by incorporating high end specs (like Google Nexus S, Samsung Galaxy S, Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, just to name a few) – a good thing for consumer especially gamers since more alternatives are available.

Equipped with PowerVR SGX540 GPU in the Samsung Hummingbird SoC, I can safely say that Nexus S can fire up all of the games available in the Android Market, including Dungeon Defenders, the first game on the Android that pushes the limit on the hardware (correct me if I am wrong), is pretty playable on the Nexus S. If you have a Samsung Galaxy S, Nexus S should have a pretty similar performance since they share the same SoC. I have picked the Top 5 games on the Nexus S (after tons of playing and testing), so let’s check it out!

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