Cell phone spying with amazing features

A major reason of popularity of spying software is mentioned as various excellent features and specifications are accessible for the users of this mobile application. For example, users of spying application can observe the calling and messaging data with all aspects. In the same way, customers can also monitor the location of mobile user and usage of web application in the mobile phone. This usage can be examined with accuracy of time and area that is adequate and suitable information to bring satisfaction and contentment in social and commercial way of life. These all features are presented with the facility of control panel that is categorized in some groups according to features of mobile phones.

Acquiring of cell phone spying:

With this categorization, customers can find the required data rapidly without any difficulty and complexity. This control panel is offered in some specific mobile models like symbian, android, Black Barry and iphone. With this live control panel facility, customers can manage their pone applications without any limitation of place and era in the social order. Live control panel is offered in return of various charges that are adjusted with consideration of mobile operating devices. Consequently, any person can buy live control panel in spy software for direct monitoring of cell phone with paying $39.97 fee that is fixed for one year usage. In the same way, scrutinizing of web applications via spy software can be performed in specific phone models that are differentiated with consideration of mobile operating devices.

Modern phone devices and cell phone spying:

So, those people which are using android and iphone can use the web monitoring facility with obligation of common and specific directions and guidelines. In other side, those people which are not these high featured phones can only perform the monitoring of calls and messaging programs according to needs and requirements of people in the social order. As the result of this situation, it can be stated that cell phone spying is a useful facility for making the life trouble free. With this facility, all kinds of information can be saved and used at the time of need without any intricacy. So, customers should use this software and they can buy this software easily due to concern of latest resources in this matter. Accordingly, customers should follow the guidelines strictly in the usage of cell phone spying for acquiring of excellent consequences.

Energy Harvesting- Charge your wearable technology with heat, sun, and vibration!

As wearable technology gets more popular and smart clothing gets… smarter… one major challenge is going to be how we are going to power all this stuff! Sure, a glow in the dark LED snowboarding suit is cool, but the last thing you’d want to do is have to plug your smart jacket into an outlet to charge it up! Energy harvesting is going to become a much larger industry in the coming years, mark our words. In fact it’s estimated go grow from $605m in 2010 to $4.4bn by 2020! Check out some interesting clothing integrated energy harvesting possibilities for how you will be able to charge your wearable tech using the sun, heat, and good vibrations!

Harvest Those Good Vibrations
Piezoelectric vibration sensors are a mouthful to say but are already in use today in Nike’s smart shoes (not pictured) that wirelessly link to your phone or fitness tracker (like the Nike+ FuelBand perhaps…) and track your steps and speed. These sensors use constant movement to generate current to power a wireless link. They are particularly useful in running shoes where there is a lot of constant motion, but can also be woven into clothing to form a fancy capacitor that will store energy to power your devices. For a lower tech solution there is also the nPower PEG which harvests kinetic energy and charges an internal 1000mah battery that can be plugged into numerous devices to provide completely green energy!

Heat It Up With Thermal Sensors
Thanks to something called the Peltier effect, sensors can be placed around your body and detect the differences in your body heat to generate a current. By now most of us know you can get more power out of a dead battery by sticking it under your armpit for a while and heating it up. That isn’t the Peltier effect… that’s just gross. However, these thermal sensors can generate a current not only from your body heat, but from the difference in temperature on the inside and outside of a garment! These ‘thermopiles’ can already generate up to 2mW when walking around, which won’t charge your iPhone but is more than enough to power a health monitoring device or trickle feed some other piece of tech. These sensors can even be washed and ironed without having to worry about breaking them.

Solar Power To The Rescue
While themopiles and fancy vibration sensors are great for trickle feed a wireless connection or a low energy consumption piece of tech, sometimes you just need some serious energy production! This is where solar cells come to the rescue, and thanks to advances in flexible solar cells they can now be added onto clothing, jackets, backpacks, and more quite easily and even (dare we say it) stylishly! New solar cells have an increased efficiency so that they can generate power even from indoor lighting ‘low light’ conditions. And thanks to the advances in flexible lithium ion batteries that can be woven into clothing now, they can provide enough power to actually charge and power cell phones, LEDs, music players, and more.

As our clothing gets smarter and our energy needs get higher and higher, we can expect to see these new methods of harvesting energy becoming more common place. There’s no reason why these technologies can’t be used in tandem either, so before you know the days of plugging in your smart phone may be over and the days of being a living breathing energy generating power plant may be upon us!

Angry Birds Is Finally Out, For Free

This morning Rovio announced the news that the full version their long awaited Android game is finally available; and on top of that they also announced that the game is completely free of charge (but contains adverts).

Anyone running a rooted phone with adblock enabled obviously won’t even get the ads, but if you want to support Rovio then you will be able to buy an ad-free version in the near future.
Rumour has it that the ad-free version will be released on the Android Market after they’ve pushed 10,000 free copies (I’d be surprised if that number isn’t already reached) but only time will tell.

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They’ve currently submitted the free version to the Android Market, so it will be available on there within 24 hours.  In the meantime, they’ve also published a copy of it on GetJar but unfortunately their servers are currently down due to the overwhelming demand of this game!

Just to make things easier for readers, I’ve uploaded the game and you can download it from here

UPDATE: It’s now in the Android Market, here’s the QR code (click it if you’re browsing on your phone):

O2: HTC Desire In Stock

Those who have been waiting around for the HTC Desire on O2, then you’ll be please to know that it’s now available (they’ve been taking orders all week) and some people have already received their phones.

If you’re in the middle of an existing contract, then there’s the opportunity to get an in-contract upgrade for £285.  You stay on your current price plan and it doesn’t restart your contract.  It’s just a one-off cost of £285 for the phone, which is a bargain if you ask me! (Thanks Adam Leyton for clarifying this).

The standard deals are those which were posted earlier, though bear in mind that if you order through Topcashback, there’s a potential £35 cashback:

O2 HTC Desire Contracts

Considering all the negative attention Vodafone are attracting with their “unlimited data” being limited to a measly 500MB, I’d personally suggest going for O2 if you’re stuck between the two.

This Week On Twitter #3

Gingerbread Hits AOSP

Gingerbread is the latest version of Android (version 2.3).  It’s currently unknown whether or not the HTC Desire will be getting it.  However, the good news is that the source code for it has just been released on AOSP (Android Original Source Project), which means that it’s available for developers to download, tweak and compile for use on devices.  We can expect custom ROMs to start being released over this weekend for the Desire from talented developers such as AdamG and RichardTrip who you can find in the Desire Development section of XDA-Developers.

Kindle For Android Version 2 Released

This morning users with the Kindle application will have received a new update in the Android Market for this application.  The new update brings a series of new features, 2 of my favourites being scrolling through pages using the volume keys, and having the store accessible within the app instead of opening a new browser window.  The full list of changes is as follows:

  1. Newspapers and Magazine
  2. Zoom into images
  3. Integrated store
  4. Share progress via Social Networks
  5. Application now installable to SD Card
  6. Bug fixes
  7. I’ve noticed a Grid view, which I’m pretty certain wasn’t in the previous version

Need for Speed Shift Now in the Market

EA games has just released their Need for Speed Shift game into the Market.  The official description being:

THINK FAST! DRIVE FASTER! OPTIMIZED FOR ANDROID™! Drive 20 awesome cars including the BMW M3 GT2, Lamborghini Gallardo, and Pagani Zonda. Features 18 tracks in 3 stunning locations, Quick Race and Career Modes, 3 difficulty settings, and physics-based accelerated 3D graphics.

I guess they’re a little late as the latest console version is Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (also available on iPhone), but any 3D game being added to the Android Market is welcome by me.

If you want it, here’s the QR code for you to download it from the Market:

PlayStation Application for Android Coming Soon

Unfortunately, it won’t let you play PlayStation games on it, but it’s still useful in the sense that you can access your PlayStation Network (PSN) account to see your friends statuses, learn about new games and share news via social networks.  Whilst that doesn’t sound like a lot, we’re promised lots of new features to come.  You read more about it on the Official PlayStation Blog

Changes to the Android Market

The past few weeks have introduced several new changes to the Android Market, most of which you’ve already noticed but here’s a summary in case you haven’t:

  1. Application descriptions can now be up to 4,000 characters long
  2. There’s a field for recent changes
  3. The refund time for applications is 15 minute instead of the previous 24 hours
  4. There’s a new tab for Similar applications
  5. The biggest update is a new UI for the Market, which I haven’t received myself but I’m told should be available shortly.  Here’s a preview of it on YouTube:
    <a href=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWdex2J43Jo”>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWdex2J43Jo</a>

Facebook Application Receives A New Update

As you can tell, this week’s mostly been about application updates. People on Facebook can enjoy a new update to the Facebook application which allows:

  • Chat
  • Push notifications.  This is a lot better for battery life because it means the app works in the same way as Talk or Gmail.  Instead of having to connect to the server every so often to check if there’s any new updates, Facebooks servers themselves send out an update to your phone as soon as the update becomes available.
  • Some bug fixes

Google App Inventor Beta Now Open to the Public

If you missed the previous announcement, App Inventor is a way for anyone to develop Android applications using a simple web browser based interface.

You learn more about it, and signup to start using it here

Update to Google Goggles Solves Sudoku Puzzles!

Google Goggles was one of the novelty applications that I downloaded when I got my phone, but quickly forgot about.  A new update to this application today added a series of tweaks and improvements (making it faster and results more reliable) as well as a few new features:

  1. QR codes recognised by scanning.  Instead of having to take a picture, you just need to bring your camera over a QR code for it to be recognised and show you the information it contains
  2. Scanning of newspaper and magazine adverts.  This feature is for US users where adverts in magazines and newspapers since August 2010 should be recognised by the application, however this feature currently doesn’t seem to be working for quite a lot of ads.
  3. Solving Sudoku puzzles.  I’ve tried this and really does work, and amazingly fast too!  Just take a picture of a puzzle, select the Solve option and you’ll see your phone showing you the solution in a matter of seconds.

If you don’t have Goggles already you can download using the QR code below (click it if you’re browsing on your phone):

 

Once downloaded you can try out the Sudoku feature on the puzzle below:

 

GAME: Worms (Kind Of) Available For Android

The video below shows one of my favourite childhood games, Worms, running on a HTC Desire.

The game is already out, but unfortunately not available on the Market.  To download you need to visit EA’s mobile game store on your phone and purchase from there.  Payments are processed by Bango.

 

If you don’t trust Bango, or can’t see the game on the EA site yet then we can only hope EA see the sense in releasing it to the Android Market.  Personally I’m holding off buying if and until its on the Market, but it’s still exciting news to finally have this game on the HTC Desire and other Android phones.

MIUI ROM Beta #5 – Preview

If you’ve rooted your phone, then you’ve most likely heard of the MIUI ROM.  If you haven’t, then it’s about time you found out about it!

MIUI is a custom ROM built by a team of developers in China.  Unlike most other ROMs, MIUI not only gives a complete UI overhaul to Android (iOS like in some cases) but it also introduces a massive range of new features.

The newest version of MIUI is due for release on 31st December, and the video below shows a preview of what’s to come:

Feature List From the Video

  1. iPhone style homescreen, with widget support
  2. Custom themes to change the full design of the ROM
  3. Quick toggle for most settings in the notification screen
  4. Fancy animations
  5. New music player application with lyrics support
  6. Lockscreen music controls
  7. Unlimited homescreens
  8. Rearrange the application drawer
  9. Uninstall applications via the application drawer
  10. FAST
  11. iPhone style contacts app
  12. T9 Dialing
  13. Call Recording (needs loudspeaker to be turned on)
  14. Reject/Mute Calls
  15. Send text message when rejecting a call

If you’re interested in this ROM then the place to lookout for is: http://miui-dev.com

FAQs

  1. The ROM in the video is in Chinese, will the ROM be Chinese too?
    Although all official ROMs are released in Chinese, you can download language packs (including English) from http://miui-dev.com to translate the full ROM into your native language.  If you know what you’re doing, you could actually translate it yourself!
  2. What phones can I get MIUI on?
    MIUI is built for the HTC Desire, Google Nexus One and Motorola Milestone, however it has been ported to other devices such as the HTC Evo
  3. Which version of Android is this ROM based on?
    MIUI ROMs use the latest Froyo release, but I would expect it to be upgraded to Gingerbread at some point

A Quick Apology To Readers

This is a first post for a while and rather an important one (to me anyway).

I know that MyHTCDesire has been followed and read by thousands of visitors per day, and watching the stats grow over the months, hearing all the positive feedback and even reading some of the emails that people had taken time out just to say thanks was beyond rewarding for something I set off to do as just a hobby.

More recently I’ve gotten more and more sidetracked by other tasks until this morning I noticed that it had been a full month since the last article I published.  I want to apologise for the lack of new posts but the past month has been one of the busiest in a long time – I work full-time, been working overtime and on top of that I’ve been doing a lot of work freelance so I hardly get the opportunity to even play around with my phone, let alone taking the time out to write up my experiences.

Work’s finally calming down so I’m hoping that I’ll soon be able to go back to spending some time, every few days, if not every day to providing you with the same standard of news and articles as I previously did.

Orange Being Dishonest About Their Froyo Release?

As you’re aware, Froyo has been out for owners of unbranded phones since the start of August.  Now it’s been one and a half months and in that time we’ve seen a couple of networks releasing the update such as Vodafone and O2 (who pulled the updated shortly due to bugs) but users of other networks have still been waiting for this update.  T-Mobile say they’re still well on track for a late September release, rumour has it that Three may not even be getting the update (can’t confirm as even the Three staff seem to be contradicting themselves) but today the spotlight falls on Orange who promised a mid-September update and when they failed to deliver decided to push the blame on HTC.

When Froyo was released, conorfromorange (PR Manager for Orange) posted a Tweet on 2 August saying:

We are working with HTC to bring the 2.2 Android update to Desire customers as soon as we can. This process normally takes about four weeks

Since that date, their customers waited patiently (or impatiently in some cases), the 4 weeks came to pass at the start of September and still no update.  That’s fair enough considering 4 weeks was an guideline, not a fixed release date.

After, since the start of September, conor has posted several Tweets that seem to be blaming HTC for the delayed update and not themselves:

27 August (link):
Android fans there has been a delay in receiving the 2.2 Froyo update from HTC, & we now expect it to be available mid-Sep. Apologies

7 September (link):
@CKrypt1 Hey, mid-September for Froyo as previously tweeted http://bit.ly/cnqpux

15 September (link):
HTC told us they’ve had issues with the update, but these are now resolved. So we’re just waiting for them to give finl partner approval

15 September (link):
Apols for the delay guys. We’ve been told to expect it shortly – think days rather than weeks!

BUT, when a MyHTCDesire reader decided to email HTC to find out why they were holding up Orange and their Froyo update, HTC replied with an email clarifying the situation and denying the accusations coming from Orange about it all being HTCs fault:

Dear xxx, Thank you for your email. The upgrade is authorised for release for unbranded devices at the same time it is released to network providers. In this case, Vodafone and O2 have had the new software for the same amount of time as Orange have had. I apologise for the incorrect information they have given you. The software is in their hands, it is their responsibility to release it to their customers. If you have any further questions, please contact me again. To send a reply to this message or let me know I have successfully answered your question log in to our ContactUs site using your email address and your ticket number XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX. Sincerely,

Martin

HTC

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The message from HTC clearly states that Froyo has been available to ALL mobile networks since HTC released the unbranded version, which would be the start of August.  They also go on to say that customised and releasing the update is the responsibility of each network provider, not HTCs.

Additionally, when the reader who sent the email above called Orange a few days ago, he was told that the update is still being tested and would be released in 2 weeks which contradicts conor’s promise of “days rather than weeks”.

To be clear, the issue isn’t that the update has been delayed.  Delays for any software-based products are to be expected and even HTC are known to slip up – when I was on my HTC Hero they were promising Android 2.0 last December, then said that wouldn’t be released and they’d release 2.1 in January instead and even that wasn’t released until June, by which time I’d long sold the Hero and got the Desire instead!  The concern is that why are Orange constantly blaming HTC for the delay when HTC have cleanly denied being responsible?

In all fairness, if Orange keep to their promise of a few days then they’ve still done a better job than the other networks. Only Vodafone have made a successful release so far.

Personally, I really think the networks shouldn’t even be allowed to brand their phones.  If it was done within a reasonable timeframe and actually improved the user experience then it would be a different story.  When it’s the first major update to one of the best phones available at the moment, and customers are being forced to wait before receiving an update that’s been available to their friends with unbranded phones for 2 months just so that networks can cripple the update with their own bloatware then it’s really unfair on those customers.  It’s a poor of way of taking advantage of the lack of alternative that the customers have.  All the networks do it, so it’s not as if people can threaten to leave and join another network.

Are you on Orange, and have you heard any news from them regarding Froyo?  I’ll try contacting conorfromorange to see what he has to say on the issue.