New Phone: Oneplus one

So, it was time for a new phone again! After having had both a Samsung S2 and a Samsung Note 2, I was getting increasingly agitated over the lockdowns, restrictions and excessive bloatware that those phones had. Which means I wanted either a Nexus phone with the Google experience, or something completely different. When the OnePlus One came out I was amazed at the price, and specs of the device, and the fact that it was shipped with CyanogenMOD as default. After seeing about a dozen reviews I finally decided to get one.

Unfortunately it was not that easy… You see Oneplus requires an invite by another person that has bought the Oneplus. This is really a quite clever marketing ploy, unfortunately this creates a couple of problems. One: People get very upset because they can’t buy the phone they want, which in turn makes people grow bored of waiting for invites and buy something else. Two: This creates a huge black market for the sale of actual invites. I’ve seen invites being sold on eBay for up to $100, and that’s just for the INVITE to buy a phone.

So after a while I figured out that there was actually a Chinese version of Oneplus one being freely available to buy in China. No invites, no black market scams and no waiting. I managed to track down a page called SpeMALL that had the phones in stock, and that were able to ship outside China.

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Most used apps and games for Android

After I got a new Samsung galaxy S II, I’ve been thinking about creating a summary of apps I enjoy using and share it with you. Maybe it will be inspirational for you to get these apps as well, or even get yourself an Android phone and join the march against Apples world domination?

These are the apps I use every day, and games I play to and from work (or when ever I get a little time to spare). Some cost money, others are free, but I feel that if you enjoy the trial, buy the game! The prices on the Android Market are so cheap, that it’s well worth investing some money to get the most out of your Android device.

Here goes!

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Favourite Android root apps

I just figured it would be fun to share a list of applications that I enjoy with my rooted Android.

drocap2
Screenshot app.
http://market.android.com/details?id=com.gmail.nagamatu.drocap2

Fast Uninstaller For Root
Uninstalls anything!
http://market.android.com/details?id=me.notenking.root

Root Call Blocker
Disconnect any caller or phone sales person directly.
http://market.android.com/details?id=fahrbot.apps.rootcallblocker.beta

Autostarts
Turn off auto starting applications so they don’t run unless you want them to.
http://market.android.com/details?id=com.elsdoerfer.android.autostarts

ClockSync
synchronise clock from a ntp server to make sure your phone time is correct.
http://market.android.com/details?id=ru.org.amip.ClockSync

LCD Density Changer
Change resolution on your phone to get even more workspace.
http://market.android.com/details?id=com.beansoft.lcd_density_changer

Quick Boot
Simple app to reboot, reboot into recovery or bootloader.
http://market.android.com/details?id=com.siriusapplications.quickboot

ROM Manager
Backup entire rom or flash new roms or kernels.
http://market.android.com/details?id=com.koushikdutta.rommanager

Root Explorer
Root access file manager.
http://market.android.com/details?id=com.speedsoftware.rootexplorer

SD Speed Increase
Speed up SD card read access.
http://market.android.com/details?id=com.sdincrease.it

SetCPU
Scale cpu on demand to preserve battery.
http://market.android.com/details?id=com.mhuang.overclocking

Tegrak Overclock Ultimate
Overclock cpu (requires overclockable kernel)
http://market.android.com/details?id=com.tegrak.overclock.ultimate

Titanium Backup PRO
Backup all user and system applications and settings, and restore after rom upgrade. Supports even dropbox storage.
http://market.android.com/details?id=com.keramidas.TitaniumBackupPro

Hope this guide shows how useful a root of your Android phone might be, and encourages you to do it also.

Instant entertainment

Ever wondered if there’s a way to have all the TV-Shows you would ever want directly delivered to your media centre as soon as it’s available online? Over the last years I’ve experimented with several ways of automatic download, sorting and management of my shows, and I think I have found a setup that works according to my needs.

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