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Use a Host File to Block Web Ads

No-AdsI hate ads. On the Internet, on my smartphone, on television, on the radio. I hate ads, period. However, they have become an integral part of our daily lives. The income from ad revenue supports a great deal of the “free” infotainment we have access to. Network television, radio, web sites. If it’s so-called “free”, then it’s most likely ad-supported.

Now, this wouldn’t be a big problem if ad companies were responsible and respectful to us as consumers. I don’t mind small, non-intrusive ads on the sidebar of a website, or even at the end of an article. But unfortunately, that’s rarely the case.

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Jabra-headsetI have a 1-month-old Jabra bluetooth ver. 4 headset that I use every day with my HTC One Android smartphone which runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat Google Play Edition, for hours with absolutely no reception problems or static. In other words, it works perfectly.

I have even found it to work on different levels of my townhouse. My phone could be in the lower level at one end and I could be upstairs at the other end, and I can still answer calls.

Needless to say, I am beyond impressed with the bluetooth combo the One and this Jabra make. In previous years of using every iPhone up to the 5, I never had that kind of range with a bluetooth device.

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Happy New Year 2014!

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Happy New Year 2014 from Portland, Oregon!

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It’s the holiday season here in the United States (and many other parts of the world), and I thought I’d take a break from posting Android-related material to share four of my favorite Christmas songs of the 2013 season.

There are so many Christmas songs I enjoy, from a few traditional ones to some more modern tunes. This year, most likely due to the amount of snow and record-breaking cold temperatures here in the Pacific Northwest, I’ve been listening to several Christmas songs that put me in a sunny, tropical mood.

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Android File Transfer application

For most Android users, having the Android File Transfer application automatically open up when you connect your Android device to your Mac with its USB cable is a nice convenience. But for some users, such as developers, who may be frequently rebooting their device to test things, having the Android File Transfer application continuously pop up and steal focus from their development studio application is frustrating.

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HTC One Android 4.4 KitKat Timetable Update

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HTC has already delivered to Google the Android 4.4 KitKat update for the Google Play Edition version of the HTC One, but has been quiet about the Developer and carrier editions. However, thanks to two Twitter status updates posted recently, we know have a timetable for HTC’s update schedule.

According to this tweet from @HTCUSA,

In North America, we plan to deliver Kit Kat (including Sense 5.5) to HTC One customers by the end of January.

And this tweet from @HTC_UK,

We’re working with our local carriers to begin the rollout of Android 4.4 and Sense 5.5 for the #HTCOne from end of January 2014.

 

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I recently stumbled across a solution for a very annoying, and elusive glitch my HTC One was experiencing. Hopefully this helps someone else who might be in a similar situation.

The Problem

My HTC One’s screen would automatically come on for a few seconds, without me touching the device, no incoming alert or message, even in airplane mode, at seemingly random times. After a while I realized it seemed to be happening rather regularly, at 15 minute intervals. So I decided to run a test to figure out what is causing this.

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Jobs, the film

The story of Steve Jobs’ ascension from college dropout into one of the most revered creative entrepreneurs of the 20th century.

With an all-star cast including Ashton Kutcher, Josh GadJ.K. SimmonsJohn Getz, James Woods, and more.

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Add to the PATH on Mac OS X

I’ve been using ADB on my Mac quite a bit lately, while working with my Android device. Most ADB install guides I’ve found simply tell you to launch a Terminal window in the ADB directory and then execute using ./adb. While that’s fine, it does seem like several extra steps, especially when using ADB hundreds of times in a day.

So I decided just to add the ADB directory to my Mac’s “PATH”, therefore I can execute ADB from any Terminal prompt, regardless of what directory I’m working in. It makes working with ADB much more seamless, and more enjoyable. There’s a very neat way to add to the PATH variable in Mac OS X Mountain Lion and newer, the /etc/paths file.

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