Configurations

Motorola Droid A853 and Atrix – Fixing 3G connection issues

Motorola Droid owners reports about instability of 3G signal at specific places, commonly where there’s a high concentration of antennas.

My job is located next Paulista avenue (São Paulo – Brazil), where 3G signal is not a problem, but the connection of my Droid is not stable, alternating between Edge, 3G and no connection. Owners of Atrix share of this issue too.

I know some Atrix owners that report the same thing.

Who owns Atrix, just go to Mobile Network settings and enable “Only 3G Networks” option and done!

There isn’t such option in Motorole Droid, then how to proceed?

Simple. In the Phone dialer window, type *#*#4636#*#*, a new menu will open. Click “Phone information”:

Scroll the new window and choose “WCDMA only” in “Set preferred network type” option:

Your connection will be re-established instantly. Press “Home” button to finish.


Google launches Chrome for Android, finally!

 

You can’t know but default Android’s browser isn’t Chrome, only a implementation of Webkit.

Today(7), quietly, Google published the beta version of your browser in Android Market. But, only the ICS (Ice Cream Sandwich), or above, is able to run it. I hope the Google change it to a most “accessible” version.

 

The video below shows Chrome in action.


Android Market

Unfortunately I don’t have the Ice Cream Sandwich to write a review, but read complete description and comments of who already downloaded the brownser from Android Market.

If you uses Chrome, share your experience with us. 😉

See ya!


iPhone – Voice assistant allows to call anyone in your phone book while iPhone is locked

I don’t known if is a bug or a feature, for me, it’s a big security fault.

If you has iPhone 3G or 4G locked with password and voice assistant enabled, try to press button Home for 5 seconds. Voice assistant will be run.

Tell any name contained in your phone book and the assistant will to call “normally”, also works with others commands.

This is your default behavior, used by most users. It’s can be disabled in device’s settings.


Sharing 3G connection from Android to PCs and laptop through USB cable

Froyo, version 2.2 of Android, comes with application that allow you to share your 3G connection to anothers Wi-fi devices, but, if you don’t have a Wi-fi network card in your computer, this application have not usability.

ProxoId, free application available in Android Marketing, allows you to share connection from your Android  only using USB cable.

It needs a stand alone program and Android drivers running in your PC/laptop to work.

The driver and stand alone program can be found in a ZIP file for Windows 32 bits  here  and Windows 64 bits here. If you’ve already installed manufacturer driver (from CD), skip to Finding your smartphone section.

*Texts of images bellow are in Brazilian Portuguese

Installing drivers

Uncompress ZIP file and connect your Android to PC. The new hardware wizard will be shown.

Choose “No, not this time” and click in “Next”. In following screen, choose”Install from a list or specific location”. Click “Next”.

Enable the options “Search for the best driver in these locations” and “Include this location in the search”, then click in “Browse”.

Go to directory where you have uncompressed the ZIP file > “usb_driver” > “x86”, like image bellow.

Click in “OK”, “Next” and follow next steps until complete the installation.

Finding your smartphone

Make sure your Android is connected to computer. Open the directory “proxoid-adb” and run “check.bat”. A screen with number of your device, like this below, should be displayed.

If don’t, try to desconnect and connect your smartphone again or try to reinstall the drivers.

Configuring ProxoId

Configuration screen is opened when ProxoId runs:

“Start/Stop ProxoId” – Control service to share the connection;
“Port” – Port number to proxy
“User-Agent Filter” – Mask to User-Agent (Browser).

Configuring Browser

Internet Explorer and Google Chrome

Open “Start” menu > “Control Panel” and “Internet Options”. Click in tab “Connections” and in “LAN Settings”.

In “Address”, type “localhost” and, in “Port”,  type same value marked in application.

FireFox

Open Firefox, clique in menu “Options”. Choose tab “Advanced” > “Network” and click in button “Settings…”.

Enable “Manual proxy configuration” option.

In “HTTP”, type “localhost” and, in “Port”, type same value marked in application.

Sharring the connection

Enable “Start/Stop ProxoId” in your Android.

At computer, run “start-tunnel.bat” in “proxoid-adb” directory.

That’s it! While application is enabled and  “start-tunnel.bat” is running, your computer will use your Android to connect at internet!


Using Playstation 3 wireless joystick in PC

How you know, is not possible to use Playstation 3 wireless joystick like PC joystick with defaults drivers, but there is a custom driver that allow to PC’s bluetooth adapter find a PS 3 joystick.

Requirement:

  • Bluetooth adapter (if your PC/notebook don’t have it);
  • PS3 USB cable;
  • .NET Framework 4 – Can be downloaded from here;
  • Operational System Windows XP, Vista or 7 (seven).

You need to download the custom driver from Motionin Joy’s site to
Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 (32 bits) or Windows XP, Windows Vista e Windows 7 (64 bits).

Extract ZIP file and run the “.exe”. Follow installation steps and run “DS3 Tool”, or click Start Menu > Programs > MotioninJoy > DS3 Tool.

Screen below will be shown:

Connect the joystick in to PC using USB cable. Click menu “Driver Manager”, select the device and click in button “Install all”.

After installation (may take 1 minute), click in menu “Profiles”.

The joystick should appear in list (circle). Select the option “Playstation 2 (POV, Joysticks, Analog Trigger)”, “Custom” and number of joystick (for us “1”).

To finish, click menu “Bluetooth Pair”, select the joystick in list “Dual Shock 3” and click in button “Pair Now”.

It’s done! When MAC address apear where is “Have Paired to” you can disconnect USB and use joystick normally through Bluetooth.

Enjoy! 😉


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