The Simpsons: Tapped Out Sound Notifications

I have a special place of disdain in my heart for games like Farmville. The Simpsons Tapped Out falls into that category. However, I do love The Simpsons so I thought I would try it out. It has some great original content but of course the whole point of the game is to buy donuts so you can build faster and do more things. Another money grab by EA. Oh well, that seems to be the way for these games and that is not what I am writing to complain about. Where my real gripe is with the sound notifications that come with the game that can't be turned off. I'm also going to place a little bit...


Android: Easy Root Xperia Arc With A Locked Bootloader

Having a Sony Xperia phone with a locked bootloader makes flashing and rooting your phone a little more difficult and we have to find other ways to get around this. However, it is possible and this is what you want to do.   Get your Xperia Arc up to Android version 4.0.4, not 4.0.3, but 4.0.4. Important, you can do this by flashing it manually (Flashboot) or using Sony's PC Companion to update it. Now, you're going to want to flash the firmware back to 4.1.B.0.431 (Ready To Root) with the following .ftf file.  This is for the Arc LT15i, but if you look around the Internet you can find...


Android: Using Flashtool to restore stock Sony Xperia Arc/Arc S to stock firmware/kernel/etc

This guide is for the Sony Xperia Arc and the Sony Xperia Arc S. This works with both LOCKED and UNLOCKED bootloaders. However, this process is more suitable to locked bootloaders, because if you have an unlocked bootloader, you can just use Sony's Official Flash Tool Firmware 4.1.B.0.587, 4.1.B.0.431 or 4.0.2.A.0.62 Prerequisites: ADB Drivers for Xperia Arc/Arc S Flashtool 0.9.9.0 Xperia Stock Firmware either 4.1.B.0.587, 4.1.B.0.431 or 4.0.2.A.0.62 On your phone first: Enable USB Debugging Settings/Developer Options/USB Debugging Enable Unknown Sources Settings/Security/Unknown...


Android: Always have your contacts synced

After this post on Reddit where someone lost all their contacts, it inspired me to remind everyone to set up some sort of contact sync. I personally just use my Google Account to sync my contacts. Basically all you have to do is add your Google Account to your phone. Set it up to sync, and then when you add contacts, choose your Google account instead of the other options like "Phone contact" or "SIM contact" Now if you ever lose your phone, or it becomes unusable for any reason, at least you will always have your contacts safe and you don't have to make the obligatory "Send me all your...


Android: Where is the clear all button for my running apps?

On my Android phone running ICS 4.0.4 if you hold the home button, a list of running apps shows up. Here you can return to the apps by tapping them, or close them by swiping them away. Sounds pretty good, but what if I want to close all of them, which I often do since my phone is getting older and slower on a daily basis. Please can we have a "kill all" or "clear all" button added to this screen. I can't be bothered to swipe away 25 open apps, I'm much to important for that. Edit: So it appears as if this list is less of "running apps" but more a "activity list" I was misinformed by this...


Product Review: X-mini II Capsule Speaker

Product Information Sitting in my office with Mike when he suggested that we get some sort of iPod dock for the office to get some music in here.  He mentioned how his Bose Wave system might be a little bit of over kill for this 14 by 10 office, so I decided to look for something a little smaller... and cheaper.  My first stop is usually FutureShop.ca (Canadian) to check out what is readily available, if nothing good comes up at FutureShop I'll usually look around some other sites like Amazon, or look for product reviews to find something decent.  I went to the Speaker Dock section and...