New Android game: Retaliate…..

New Android game: Retaliate…..

Retaliate, game for AndroidI got a tweet at the end of the week about Retaliate, an Android game and the maker wondered if I’d like to feature and review it here on my blog. I said I’d happily oblige and ultimately give an unbiased opinion, in addition to the fact I am not a gamer. This post in any case as a result will be short.

It’s a typical shoot-em-up and I kind of like that format and games that follow those simple kinds of idea as I remember them vividly from childhood. The game play overall is quite good, as is the graphics but the obvious downside is, there are ads. I know, blah!. You can alternatively, buy the game in the Play Store and be done with those pesky distractions. Why not help out the developer and spare some change!. Continue reading

Google Chromecast lands…

Google Chromecast lands…

Google Chromecase lands.I’ve just ordered the long awaited Google Chromecast from Currys online. It’s also available at Amazon and the Play Store, despite earlier reports in the week, mostly by Currys, saying they weren’t selling it yet and it wasn’t on their store system. It’s the same price regardless of which retailer you choose and, it’s very reasonably priced at just £30 (much as quoted and expected). Of course I expect stocks to run out quickly given the long anticipated wait and the hoards who’ll descend on their local retailers today.

Now that the Chromecast is supporting more services with it’s SDK being out in the wild, I’m expecting a raft more services (and hacks) to be added in the coming weeks, more so now the UK market is finally flooded. Companies that are pledging future support include, Beats Music and Rdio so there’s more goodness to come!. Continue reading

Early Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update

Early Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update

I’ve just reflashed my Samsung Galaxy S3 (I know I do this a lot!) and installed the early update of Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2.

This is i might add is an unofficial version, with the official version on general release at the end of the month but being inquisitive and rather eager to try it out and experience some of the new features (of the S4), I’ve got ahead of the game slightly and downloaded it to try it now. Some of these features are below. Continue reading

WordPress – tag post appending plug-in…..

WordPress – tag post appending plug-in…..

Wordpress plug-ins
I’ve been using WordPress more and more recently as it’s an ideal platform to speed up development of sites with the additional benefit of it being a well respected CMS and allows the site owner to update content through the interface with no knowledge required of HTML. There’s an abundance of available themes and some great ones which are free with a one click install. Even better and more importantly it’s simple.

Anyway, I’ve always dabbled with WordPress and had an interest in it. There are alternatives in Drupal, Joomla and of course custom builds but WordPress is adequate for most requirements. These days I’m trying to get a better understanding of how the platform works in it’s life cycle as more jobs require some knowledge of it. I often use the available plug-ins with my install but haven’t really dabbled until now with their inner workings. Anyway, having got a fundamental understanding of them recently and realised how useful some plug-ins can be I decided to write a few very simple ones of my own, just to get me started. Continue reading

Rooting the Samsung Galaxy S3….

Rooting the Samsung Galaxy S3….

Ok, firstly this post is only applicable to UK users of the S3, with a model number S3 I9300. Please, if you’re in the US with a T-Mobile, AT&T, VERIZON, or SPRINT VERSION of the Galaxy S III this post isn’t suitable for your handset and you’ll encounter problems should you attempt to root it and possibly brick the handset. There are other posts I’ve seen suited to these devices. A simple Google search should yield some resources.

Six or so months ago, I got the Samsung Galaxy S3 on a 2 year contract with the UK provider, Three network. It’s great I love it and I was happy with the current user privileges as most users are until more recently having read the benefits or performing a root on the device (namely ridding my handset of Bloatware and the after root use of removable storage through USB which doesn’t require an app). Continue reading