Wednesday, 27 April 2016

The Next Big Thing for Mobile Phones?

Sometimes you read an article about technology and think it's the realm of science fiction that will never happen, probably the reaction you'd have got about 15 years ago if you'd said a device smaller than a pack of cards could take photos and video, share them instantly with all your friends as well as view any information anywhere online and pay for items in a shop.
The device discussed in the link below is a new 3D radar imaging chip that can be incorporated into phones and other small devices and "see" through walls or solid objects to detect changes. Possible uses mentioned are for health monitoring  to spot when someone alone has fallen over, being able to warn of collisions based on distance between cars and for spotting leaking pipes.

Although the article refers to mobile phones it sounds as if it could have more uses including many things that may be of huge benefit to the water industry.  It sounded freaky initially but reading through we may have some uses for level detection in reservoirs, leaks on pipes, lone workers etc.
The possibilities look endless so watch out for the first device that incorporates this technology!
The site for the company that produce the tech is

Monday, 16 February 2015

iPhone Battery Expands Case

These are photos of the battery and case from my iPhone 3GS where the battery has expanded so much it has started to crack the case. You can see how thin the new battery is in comparison.

iPhone Battery Expands Case
iPhone Battery Expands Case

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Google Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 Compared - Android Lollipop 5.01

My Google Nexus has just arrived so I'll write up a comparison against my existing Nexus 4 that I've owned for the last couple of years.

I bought the Nexus 5 from Ebay having seen that the prices were around half the amount of a new one from the Google Play store and more importantly were actually available for delivery.

Google Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 Comparison
Google Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 Compared

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Nexus 4 Android 5.0 Lollipop SMS Message Send/Receive Failure

After I upgraded my Google Nexus 4 to Android 5.0 Lollipop I had problems sending and receiving SMS text messages and the phone didn't sync for any emails either.

Google Play wouldn't work to update any apps and Gmail was in a continuous loop asking to setup an account but crashing when you tried to do so.

Nexus 4 Android 5.0 Lollipop SMS Message Send/Receive Failure
Nexus 4 Android 5.0 Lollipop SMS Message Send/Receive Failure

The cause seemed to be Google Play not installing correctly as part of the Android Lollipop upgrade. Every time it was installing it was complaining about running out of space yet there was sufficient available. Eventually the installation failed and Google Play was left in an unusable state along with most of the features of the phone.

The solution was to install a replacement version of Google Play store from an APK file. I copied this to my Onedrive but the same could be done with Dropbox or Google Drive and ran the file from there.

The installation took many hours, possibly as many as 12 hours and eventually the phone ran out of charge. Once it was restarted the Google Play store was now working and that seemed to fix the problems with SMS text messages and emails as well as being able to add new apps correctly.

Fortunately the SMS messages I'd missed over the last few days still got delivered so I was able to respond to them.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

EE PDP authentication error APN Settings Incorrect for 3G - Mobile Internet Problems - 13 August 2014

13 August 2014 - Mobile Internet Problems

There is a general EE error with users getting both PDP authentication error and APN settings incorrect when trying to use mobile internet data connections on 3G.

This has been reported to EE and they are investigating.

EE PDP authentication error APN Aug 2014
EE PDP authentication error APN Problems on mobile internet

Friday, 27 June 2014

Whos On Heart Second Correct Answer

Whos on Heart 2014 - Listen to the voices on YouTube. First two names already guessed winning £10,000 and £20000, who is the last voice for Whose on Heart 2014 to win a massive £100,000!

Friday, 31 January 2014

Whos On Heart Competition Listen to 3 Voices 2014

Whos on Heart 2014 - Listen to the voices on YouTube. First name already guessed winning £10,000, who are the other voices for Whose on Heart 2014?