Category Archives: android

Another mirror display, but this maybe easier than using see thru glass

Interesting build.  I was thinking of something similar with a tablet.  What I like on this one is the author uses regular glass with reflective window film.  Much cheaper solution. http://www.instructables.com/id/100-Smart-Mirror-Pi/?ALLSTEPS

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Interesting, Android on RPi

The article talks about how it looks like Google/Android is adding in support for the Raspberry Pi3.  This could be interesting since Android M is suppose to support multiple screens, which makes it more “windows” like.  And its still pretty … Continue reading

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Convert tablets with broken digitizers to MAME based cabinet systems

Pretty cool build, but…how the heck did he wire in the joystick?  Ah found a bit on it.  He used a PS1 controller with a PS1 to USB adapter. http://www.mameau.com/mame-cablet-android-based-mame-cabinet/

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Interesting project to convert old cell phones

I have done things like this in the past.  Such as this. But this is the first time I have seen an opensource like one. (Phonvert) that sounds like it has more power to it. http://techcrunch.com/2016/03/14/phonvert-has-a-plan-to-convert-old-smartphones-into-iot-nodes/?ncid=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Techcrunch+%28TechCrunch%29

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Alternatives to Google Playstore

I know there are a bunch of other Android “play stores” out there.  But the only other one I have tried was Amazon (little leery of others).  F-Droid sounds interesting since it has opensource based apps.  Getjar sounds a little…different. … Continue reading

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Interesting stuff to secure things in android

Most of the stuff I know already in this article.  But the bit about “pinning” screens in Android 5.x and up, I didn’t. http://www.computerworld.com/article/3029725/android/7-android-tools-that-can-help-your-personal-security.html?token=%23tk.CTWNLE_nlt_computerworld_daily_shark_2016-02-12&idg_eid=ae6ec1ab9f042d4f0493c0e51dc0924e&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Computerworld%20Daily%20Shark%202016-02-12&utm_term=computerworld_daily_shark#tk.cw_nlt_computerworld_daily_shark_2016-02-12

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Nice article on using Blynk with Arduino

I remember the kickstarter project for Blynk.  Blynk was to be a platform to create interfaces to control the arduino from andriod or macOS, etc etc etc.  Not so sure how success it was, but it looks like some folks … Continue reading

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A 2 way RPi Mirror

OK I like this build over some of the andriod based versions I have seen since, well, You are using a full blown linux system that is easier (for me) to update and modify.  Also you can use a bigger … Continue reading

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Build your own smartmirror

Nice build using an old android tablet.  Down side…well could be a bit hard to “update” the tablet.  And I haven’t a clue where to go to get 2-way mirror plastic locally in large sizes.  Also I can’t tell if … Continue reading

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Capital One has made there own two factor authentication

Capital One (bank) pushed out an app for two factor authentication, called SwiftID.  It sat least a step forward for a bank to authenticate its users but…I wonder if its a proprietary implementation or if its using something like oauth … Continue reading

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