Android Applications: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Android and Apple are undoubtedly two big giants of mobile applications world. There’s no second opinion to their credibility. Some of the other platforms like Windows 7, Nokia and BlackBerry also have applications, but are not as much popular as them.

 

Android market has a large volume of applications to offer its users. The number of Android applications is impressive, but sometimes, Android apps let down users’ expectations and satisfaction.

 

There are quite a lot of quality applications, but there are also some creations having missing or incomplete features.
Here is a critical review of Android applications that fail to make any huge impression over the users, as they need improvements in several areas:

 

Facebook

Yes, Facebook’s Android app fails to make its place in the list of best android applications. This is because it lacks a lot of features that it should have. There is no way to edit your profile, delete a wall post, and tag people in your photos. Even, if you take a look at its Android market page, you will find a huge number of complaints and suggestions. There is not even a single positive comment.

 

Here is a comment directly from Android market page for Facebook:

 

“Notifications faulty. News feed screen unresponsive. App has become so horrid that I no longer use FB.”

You can clearly see the frustration. Facebook really needs to pay attention to these problems and come up with solutions that address users’ complaints. Or else, it will face a huge downfall.

 

Netflix

Netflix finally launched its Android application a few months back, but it couldn’t make it to become a part of best Android apps list. The main problem with this movie streaming app is that it currently only supports nine Android mobiles. It also has a limited choice of titles.

 

You cannot manage your DVD queue and the movie recommendation engine works very poorly. A lot of favorite and popular movies and TV shows that a lot of people would want to watch aren simply not there.

 

Skype
Similar to Facebook, Skype failed to make any impact on its Android users, although its launch was heavily anticipated. Despite of its promising looks and layout, it’s heavy in size. And, if you don’t have a SD card, you may face memory shortage problems with it.

 

Another disappointment is that you cannot make video calls. How could that not be included in Skype’s Android application? Last but not the least, it doesn’t support some of the phones; Galaxy S type of phones. This all makes it one of the weird android applications.

 

Google Calendar

Google Calendar Android application has some really good features, it allows you to keep a track of your meetings, places you would want to visit and schedules that you need to follow in daily routine. But, it surely isn’t perfect. Inside the application, you see a long view of the whole month and it makes it difficult for you to see your appointments. The agenda view is mixed-up and unclear. These are some of lackluster issues that need to be taken care of. What’s you think?

 

An article is written by Sara Carter who likes social networks, google android, registry mechanic and psychology.

Nexus Prime Specs and Release Date

This article aims to be the most accurate compilation of all the facts, leaks and rumors out there on the Google Nexus Prime as of September 13 2011. It seeks to give the best possible estimate of the nexus prime specs and also includes what we think is the most accurate prediction of the nexus prime release date. We will also provide a lits of sources that you can check out for other facts and predictions about the nexus prime and the wild specs that we can expect from it.

 

The Nexus Prime Manufacturer

By now it is pretty well confirmed that the Nexus Prime (the next Android device to be co-designed by Google) will be manufactured by Samsung. I guess we can get used to saying the Samsung Nexus Prime now. For it’s previous devices, Google has gone with either HTC (G1 and Nexus 1) or Samsung (Nexus S, Nexus S 4G). Early on, there were rumors that the Nexus Prime would be build by LG, but that has been ruled out (at least for the moment)

The Nexus Prime Screen

The Nexus Prime is said to be the first 720p Android device (720 by 1280 pixels). This HD Smartphone is going to pack a SuperAMOLED HD Display. We can probably assume a similar look and feel to the Super AMOLED Plus display’s found in the Samsung Galaxy S II, but with more than a 50% boost to the resolution (Galaxy S II is only 480 by 800). Currently HTC is running one of the highest resolution smartphone displays in their latest devices – the qHD Display stacking up at 960 by 540. Basically the screen on the Nexus Prime is going to blow anything we’ve got at present completely out of the water. Size will be 4.3 to 4.65 inches.

The Nexus Prime Operating System

Android 4.0 – Ice Cream Sandwich – One of the most significant perks of the Nexus Prime is that it will be running the latest version of the Android OS – Ice Cream Sandwich, 4.0. Although we have heard this won’t be much more than a new skin on top of Gingerbread (along with bringing the tablet OS and phone OS under a single framework) there is one important difference in phones built for Ice Cream Sandwich – Ice Cream Sandwich phones have no physical buttons. We can safely assume that no physical buttons will have a pretty big impact on the overall user experience – we saw it in Honeycomb on tablets and it definitely changed thing up a bit. This is not to say that if you have a whine with hardware buttons that you won’t get an upgrade to Android 4.0 – It’s been all but confirmed that phones like the Nexus S will get the upgrade to the new OS.

The Nexus Prime Processor

Earlier this year we found out that the processor is going to be manufactured by Texas Instruments. They make some of the fastest cpu’s in the smartphone industry, with and excellent record for battery efficiency. When the rumors that TI would be building the Nexus Prime processor first came out – they were accompanied by some promising stats and persuasive copy that suggested these beastly processors would be excellent when it came to power consumption. Lets hope they were telling the truth. As most of us who have ever checked out our phones’ battery stats know the display is the real killer anyway. It looks like the processor will be the OMAP 4460 clocked in the 1.2GHz to 1.5GHz range. Since most of the high end smatphones (or superphones) today are already hitting the 1.2GHz dual core mark, it’s pretty safe to say that the Nexus Prime will be closer to 1.5GHz. There are also rumors that we will find the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon processor in the phone (Krait) but this seems less likely (for now).

The Nexus Prime Battery Power

This is a tough area to predict before the phone actually comes out – so we’re not going to get too specific. As we all know battery technology has had almost zero fundamental change in the past 10 or 15 years, so we’re not expecting anything dramatic from the nexus prime. That said, bigger has always been better in the batter world and with a 4.5 inch screen you can pack in a pretty large battery. Coupled with the fact that the Samsung AMOLED series of screens consume the least power of all the Android screens on the market today – we predict you can safely make it through a 16 to 20 hour day on one charge. When we saw the average smartphone battery size increase as phones jumped from 3.7 to 4.3 inches, we got a very welcome boost to average battery life. Based on the 4.5 (possibly even 4.65) inch screen on the Nexus Prime, plus the Sumer AMOLED HD Display, plus the rumors that TI has improved the power consumption of it’s processors – we are confident in saying that the Nexus Prime will have nearly the best battery life of any high end smart phone available today.

The Nexus Prime Camera

The rumors and leaks are pretty sparse in this area. We’re predicting a 5 or 8 megapixel camera with LED flash and the usual auto-focus. Most people are saying 5, but we are putting our bets on 8 at this time. We can probably expect the same type of images as we are getting from the Galaxy S II (which is also 8 megapixels)

The Nexus Prime Release Date

We are predicting a release date of October 21 2011. This is based on a number of rumors and leaks – most of which explain an original plan (or Google’s) to have the phone out by Christmas, and then revamping that plan based on 2 things – being ahead of schedule and wanting to beat (or at least tie) Apple to the market on the release of their iPhone 5.

The Nexus Prime will probably have a Canadian release date a month or two later. Some analysts are calling for a March release in Canada but we will likely see it before as the incentive to have it available before Christmas is extremely large.

 

 

 

Change jBoss 5 Default Port

This guide explains how to change the default port of jboss 5.x (which is 8080) to whatever port you want

  1. Open the server.xml file that corresponds to your deployment server
    i.e. vi <jboss-home>/server/default/deploy/jbossweb.sar/server.xml
  2. Find the line: <Connector protocol=”HTTP/1.1″ port=”8080″ address=”${jboss.bind.address}”
  3. Change port 8080 to whatever port you would like to use
  4. Restart jBoss

simple mysqldump example

This post shows how to export a database from the command line. You can export for backup purposes or you can export and move the sql database file to a new database server.

Here is a simple example of using mysqldump on ubuntu linux:

mysqldump -u root -p MY_DATABASE_NAME > /home/myuser/db_backup.2014.08.07.sql

And here is how to import the MySQL dump file to a new database:

mysql -u root -p NEW_DATABASE_NAME < /home/myuser/db_backup.2014.08.07.sql

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Mark as Draft in Word 2010

This quick guide explains how to mark a Microsoft Word 2010 (or 2007) document as a draft (using that typical diagonal DRAFT text that goes across each page)

  1. Go to the Page Layout tab
  2. Select Watermark
  3. Choose Draft 1

Seam Generator Tutorial | Generate a crud web app in seconds

This is just a quick note on the steps to run through when using the seam generator.

For a full walkthrough of how to build a java crud web application in under a minute, check out the video at the bottom of this page.

  1. ./seam setup
  2. ./seam create-project
  3. ./seam generate
  4. ./seam explode

You’ll need to download:

  • jBoss 5
  • Seam 2
  • MySQL
  • MySQL jdbc driver (connector/j) – in the video he uses postgres, so you can use that too. When I tried with postgres I got to the end and there was no Browse Data button..

How to Create a War File in Netbeans

In most default configurations netbeans, does not create a war file in the dist folder where you would expect it. By default it often just copies the exploded war file into the jboss or glassfish deploy folder.

In order to create a war file:

  1. Right-Click your project in the explorer
  2. Select Properties
  3. Go to Build and Run
  4. From the ‘Build Project’ drop-down select ‘archive’
  5. Hit OK
  6. Right Click on your project
  7. Select Build (this will create the war)

Go to your projects//dist folder and you will see your war file

Which Stores Take Amex – List of Stores that take American Express

Here is an on going list of the best stores that take American Express in Canada. This list was last update April 14 2011. This list points out the merchants where you can earn more american express and aeroplan points. If you are looking to earn aeroplan points you should take a look at our best canadian points credit card article (it’s an amex)

Please list other stores in the comments section and they will be added to the list.

  • Costco
  • Wal-mart
  • Shoppers Drugmart (double points with Amex Gold Card) (also collect Shoppers Optimum points)
  • Sobeys (can convert Club Sobeys points to amex points)
  • Metro
  • Canadian Tire (also collect canadian tire money)
  • 407 ETR
  • CinePlex
  • NCIX.com
  • The Keg
  • TTC (metro pass)
  • Go Transit (passes)
  • Amazon
  • Chapters & Chapters.ca (also take aeroplan on chapters.ca)
  • Starbucks
  • McDonalds (only certain locations)
  • Canadian Government/Passport Offices
  • eBay (also takes aeropan)
  • The Bay
  • Sears

Here are a few stores that do not take Amex

  1. Loblaws
  2. Great Canadian Super store
  3. No Frills