Recovering the Google I/O Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 on OSX

One day my Google I/O Galaxy Tab crashed and went into a constant reboot state. These are the steps I used to recover. Note that this will delete all your personal data in the /data directory
1.    Download fastboot, you will need this tool to get to the recovery screen. Unzip it and make sure it is executable:

chmod 755 fastboot-mac
2.    Put the Tab into recovery mode by holding the Power button and Volume Down. The screen should look like this: ???
3.    Select USB by clicking on Volume Down, click on Volume Up to confirm. Plug the Tab into your computer

4.    Download recovery.zip and unzip it
5.    Fastboot the Tab (I used the parameters from here):

./fastboot-mac -p 0×0700 -i 0×0955 boot recovery.img
6.    On the Tab, use the Volume control to a factory reset. This will reformat /data — note that all your data will be deleted.
7.    Reboot the Tab.

iOS 5 Software Update Features

The update contains over 200 new features, including the following:

•    Notifications
Swipe from the top of any screen to view notifications in one place with Notification Center
New notifications appear briefly at the top of the screen
View notifications from lock screen
Slide the notification app icon to the right on the lock screen to go directly to the app
•    iMessage
Send and receive unlimited text, photo, and video messages with other iOS 5 users
Track messages with delivery and read receipts
Group messaging and secure encryption
Works over cellular network and Wi-Fi*
•    Newsstand
Automatically organizes magazine and newspaper subscriptions on Home Screen
Displays the cover of the latest issue
Background downloads of new issues
•    Reminders for managing to do lists
Syncs with iCloud, iCal and Outlook
Location-based reminders when you leave or arrive at a location for iPhone 4S and iPhone 4
•    Built-in support for Twitter
Sign-in once in Settings and tweet directly from Camera, Photos, Maps, Safari and YouTube
Add location to any tweet
View twitter profile pictures and usernames in Contacts
•    Camera improvements for devices with cameras
Double click the home button when device is asleep to bring up a camera shortcut on iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch (4th generation)
Volume Up button to take a picture
Optional grid lines to line up shots
Pinch to zoom in the preview screen
Swipe to camera roll from preview screen
Tap and hold to lock focus and exposure, iPad 2 and iPod touch (4th generation) only support exposure lock
•    Photo improvements for devices with cameras
Crop and rotate
Red eye removal
One tap enhance
Organize photos into albums
•    Mail improvements
Format text using bold, italic, or underlined fonts
Indentation control
Drag to rearrange names in address fields
Flag messages
Mass mark messages as flagged, read or unread
Customize mail alert sounds
S/MIME
•    Calendar improvements
Year view on iPad and new Week view for iPhone and iPod touch
Tap to create an event
View and add event attachments
•    Game Center improvements
Use personal photos for your Game Center account
Compare your overall achievement scores with your friends
Find new Game Center friends with friend recommendations and friends of friends
Discover new games with custom game recommendations
•    AirPlay Mirroring for iPad 2 and iPhone 4S
•    Multitasking Gestures for iPad
Use four or five fingers to pinch to the Home Screen
Swipe up to reveal the multitasking bar
Swipe left or right to switch between apps
•    On-device setup, activation and configuration with Setup Assistant
•    Software updates available over the air without tethering
•    iCloud support
iTunes in the Cloud
Photo Stream
Documents in the Cloud
Apps and Books automatic download and purchase history
Backup
Contacts, Calendar, and Mail
Find My iPhone
•    Redesigned Music app for iPad
•    Hourly weather forecast
•    Real-time stock quotes
•    Wireless sync to iTunes
•    Keyboard improvements
Split keyboard for iPad
Improved autocorrection accuracy
Improved Chinese and Japanese input
New Emoji keyboard
Personal dictionary for autocorrection
Optionally create keyboard short cuts for frequently used words
•    Accessibility improvements
Option to light LED flash on incoming calls and alerts for iPhone 4S and iPhone 4
Custom vibration patterns for incoming calls on iPhone
New interface for using iOS with mobility-impairment input devices
Option to speak a selection of text
Custom element labeling for VoiceOver
•    Exchange ActiveSync improvements
Wirelessly sync tasks
Mark messages as flagged, read or unread
Improved offline support
Save a new contact from a GAL service
•    More than 1,500 new developer APIs
•    Bug fixes

Products compatible with this software update:
•    iPhone 4S
•    iPhone 4
•    iPhone 3GS
•    iPad 2
•    iPad
•    iPod touch (4th generation)
•    iPod touch (3rd generation)

Push The Deals

‘Push The Deals’  is a FREE iPhone App that helps find the best online and in-store deals. Loads of deals site to choose from. Just add them to your list and see all their latest deals. Using push notification you can be the first one to know about the new deals.

Download from the App Store using the below link :

App Store Link

Just added two deals sources from twitter, the hot new place to find deals: CheapTweets and AmazonDeals(suggest us more and we will add immediately)

Other Sites include:
Deals2Buy
DealsPlus
DealNews
FatWallet
Slickdeals
Techbargains
BenBargains
DealTaker
xpBargains
Bargainist
Ebates.com
Dealcatcher
got apex
Free Stuff Times
eDealinfo
DealsOfAmerica
Travelzoo
GoDeals.com
Wow Coupons
Geeks.com

and more added every day

Quickly look at all the deals. If you like a deal, select it and see its details. You can easily buy from within the App.

If you like a deal, select it and see its details. Can move to the next and previous deals of the site easily. Purchases can be made form with in the App.

Email deals you like to friends.

New feature to search for keywords in the deals list added. No more going through the entire list to find what you need.

Enable push notification for a given site, to be the first one to know about new deals.

Suggest a new shopping site and we will add it.

Download from the App Store using the below link :

App Store Link

Version 1.5 just approved. New features include:

1. Share deals with friends on facebook, twitter, by email or sms.
2. Mark all read for all feeds.
3. Refresh All for feeds.
4. Landscape mode for the entire app.
5. UI Enhancements
Update 1.3 has the following features:
New feature to search for keywords in the deals list added. No more going through the entire list to find what you need.

Lot of users have enabled push notifications for deals site without enabling notifications for App in Settings. This will not allow push notifications to be sent to the device. Please go to settings and enable all types of notifications(badge,sound,alert) for ‘Push The Deals’ App.
Added in version 1.2:
1. Added support to email deals to friends.
2. Now users can move to the next and previous deals of the site easily.
3. Added check for the push enabled sites when app launches.

Added in version 1.1:

1. If notifications for the App are not enabled in Settings, no push notification can be sent from the server. Now only if notifications are enabled in settings, push can be enabled for the deals sites.

2. In-App email feature added. Forwarding deals by email to be added soon.

Note:

Jailbroken and Unlocked devices have problem registering to the push notification server. This is prevent your device from getting notifications for any App. To fix it search online for ‘Push Doctor’. Happy Shopping!!!!

If you are having trouble getting the deals for deals2buy please add the deal site again and you should be able to get the deals again.


RSS Time

RSS Time is a free RSS reader iPhone App that helps you get new articles quickly.

This application allows you to add RSS feeds by :

1. Entering the feed URL

2. Searching for feeds online.

3. There is also a list of popular RSS feeds to select from.

Click on the link below to check out the App:

http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=354803446&mt=8

VirtualDrums on App Store

Our app VirtualDrums is now available on App Store for iPhone and iPod Touch. You can look at the description and download the App by clicking the below link:

VirtualDrums

(You need iTunes/App Store to view/download the App)

Its a free App so check it out. VirtualDrums app lets you play all the instruments of a basic drum kit by swinging the iPhone/iPod Touch like a drum stick. Select the instrument you would like to play from the list and swing the iPhone/iPod Touch to play the instrument. Once the instrument is selected its image is displayed below the list. Instructions of how to play along with an image of how to hold the iPhone/iPod Touch is given in the information page of the application. Video Demonstration will be posted soon. Screenshots of the App given below:

For more information on a similar project on SunSPOTs please visit:

Virtual Drums Using SunSPOTs

Wanna See Who Is Logged in Invisible mode on Google Chat????

So I am on this hunt for the ultimate chat app for the iPhone/iPod Touch on App Store. Everyday I try a new chat application available for free on the App Store(Sorry no money for the paid ones). I had downloaded this chat app called MobileLinked IM couple of days back and trying to log onto my google chat/talk account. Because I did not include ‘@gmail.com’ at the end of username, it refused to connect to my account. I got frustrated and deleted the app from my iPhone. Today i was getting bored and started searching for a new chat app. While searching i found the creators of MobileLinked IM mentioning something about how light the app is and that it connects directly to the server with minimal delays. So I downloaded again and tried again to get the same error. I decided to add  ’@gmail.com’ at the end of the username. This time I was able to log in. I tried to have a look at my friend list to find a lot more of my friends online. Especially the people who I know usually log in invisible mode were online. Just to test I pinged one of my friends(I know he will definitely read this and laugh) accusing him of chatting secretively and that I could see him online. Of course the guy didn’t reply initially. But in the evening he pinged and confirmed that he was actually online. I asked another friend to go invisible and verified again. So its true(at least for me) that using MobileLinked IM you can see your friends online who are logged in invisible mode. For my friends who prefer to be invisible I respect their privacy and will not disturb them(not use the app also coz its not that great besides the amazing feature which makes it unique). The work around for this app is just to block the people who are using it or who you think you will never talk to(now I am sure I will definitely fall in one these categories). No names mentioned and no friends harmed.

Make Custom iPhone Ringtones for Free( any length)

Okay lets get down to business. Most of the steps you will read are what you see in most of the forums and blogs. But i was never able to get the ringtones on to my iPhone after i created the customized ringtone(due to Apple’s restriction on length of the ringtone to 40 seconds). Thats where netatalk came to my rescue.  This method lets you create ringtones of any length and is not restricted to 40 seconds. In case you want to convert the entire song to a ringtone and avoid the hassles start from step 9.

Step 1: Open iTunes and find the song that you want to make into a ringtone.

Step2: Listen to the song and find the part of it you want to use. The chorus may be a good place to start.
Step3: Write down the start and stop times of the clip.
Step4:Right-click the song and select “Get Info.”
Step5:Click the “Options” tab.
Step6:Type in the start time of your ringtone in the text box next to “Start Time” in the minutes:seconds (i.e. 2:01) format.
Step7: Type in the end time of your ringtone in the text box next to “Stop Time.”

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Step8: Click “OK”.
Step9: Right-click your song again and select “Create AAC version”. Wait for iTunes to convert your song. It will create a duplicate version.
Step10: Find the new file in itunes. Unless you are in a playlist the new song will show up next to the original song. Right-click on the new file and select “Show in Finder”. You can also search for the file directly. It will have the same name as the song but ‘.m4a’ extension.
Step11: Change the extension to ‘.m4r’. Copy the file.

Step 1-11 is same for every single method available online to create a free ringtone for iPhone. Now the way to upload the ringtone is a little different so read carefully. First of all you need netatalk or any application(ssh, iPhoneBrowser etc) which gives access to all the directories of iPhone.
Step12: Go to  ’/Library/Ringtones’ and paste your file. And you are done. Go to Settings>Sounds>Ringtone and select the ringtone file you just added.
Have Fun!!!!!

E-week Performances

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Aicha E-week Virtual Drums

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erPqRom6YfU

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DovHSwANr10

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgzBo_dKz5s
Aint No Sunshine E-week Virtual Drums

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-MR4IZRX5U
Final Series of Performances Virtual Drums E-week 1

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sf4sxqKMehw
Final Series of Performances Virtual Drums E-week 2

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qF4sim1ZfBU
Final Series of Performances Virtual Drums E-week 3
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbF2BKeYNLE
Final Series of Performances Virtual Drums E-week 4
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tgnyFHF66c
Final Series of Performances Virtual Drums E-week 5
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtonI6Dl900
Final Series of Performances Virtual Drums E-week 6
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1axp97xUwrA
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