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How to create website shortcuts on Samsung Galaxy

If you want a shortcut to some of your favorite websites from the home screen, you first have to add those websites as bookmarks. In Chrome i do this by pressing menu, then selecting the star icon.

Afterwards, go back to the home screen, select menu, select “add apps and widgets”, then add the bookmark widget. You will then get a list of your bookmarks which you can add to your home screen.

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How to: Turning on and off multi window feature on Android / Samsung Galaxy S3

The new Multi Window feature became available in the recent Android update for Samsung Galaxy S3. You can enable / disable it from the top menu. Drag your finger from the top of the screen and down, then drag your finger to the left in the top menu you get, until you find the “Multi Window” button. Pressing it will enable or disable the feature 🙂

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Twitter on Android: Clearing search history

It is a bit irritating to get old search queries up when typing search terms in the Twitter for Android app. It is a bit hidden away, but you can clear out the search history pretty easy.

Note that doing this also resets settings for the application, but it does not log your account off.

On your phone, go to App Drawer, Settings, Applications Manager,  Twitter. Then click the “Clear data” button.

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How to make contact shortcuts on Samsung Galaxy S3

You can add a contact shortcut to your “Desktop” on your Samsung Galaxy S3 by adding a widget. Long click on a open area, then “add to home screen”, select “apps and widgets.

Select “Widgets” up to left, then select the “Contact”, “Direct dial”, or “Direct message”-widget, depending on what you want to do. 🙂


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How to make iframes scrollbable on iPad (even in GWT)

I am currently working on a GWT app that some places uses iframes. When i tested this on a iPad, i noticed that it was not possible to scroll the contents, even with the two fingers swipe trick.

This required a lot of testing, googling, failing and then some more testing.

Somebody solved this by setting parent elements of the iframe, to the iframe`s size, this did not give the wanted behavior. But what i did notice was that there was a lot of pointing towards the CSS rule: “-webkit-overflow-scrolling”. I tried this too, but it did not “just work”.

After some testing, i made it work when i added the CSS rule for almost all parent elements for that iframe. With the 3 parents of the iframe corrected, the ipad started working as expected. Yay!

-webkit-overflow-scrolling: touch;

But then, i got to the next problem. All the HTML elements that were hidden because of overflow, started disappearing, shrinking, getting cut in half, and other “fancy stuff”.

Luckily, there is a CSS fix for that too:

*:not(html) {
-webkit-transform: translate3d(0, 0, 0);

tl;tr: iPad gets correct iframe scrolling with two lines of CSS.

PS: This is verified on iPad3.

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Samsung Galaxy S III: How to add shortcuts to the home screen

So i just got my new phone, a juicy Galaxy S III. But i quickly noticed that i did not quickly notice how i could add shortcuts to the home screen. (On HTC, it was simply to select add -> shortcut -> select shortcut).

This is how to add shortcuts on the S3:

  1. Long click a empty space on the home screen
  2. Choose “Add to home screen”
  3. Choose Apps
  4. Choose Widgets at the top right
  5. Find the app with the related shortcuts
  6. Place it on the home screen
  7. Voila, you should now be able to choose a relevant shortcut.
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Cant download large apps from Android Market

If you are running a rooted Android phone and have problems with downloading large apps from the Android market, one fix can be to move the market download folder over to the SD-card, install a terminal emulator and perform the following (on your own risk of course):

mkdir /mnt/sdcard/market-download-cache
cd /cache
mv download download.bak
ln -s /mnt/sdcard/market-download-cache download
ls -ahl

Then try again and see if it wont work better to download large apps, like Google Maps 🙂

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Will Android Gingerbread get released this week?

According to a tweet from a leader in the Open Handset Alliance. Alvaro Fuentes Vasquez, the next Android release named Gingerbread is getting very close to release. Apparently developers will be getting access to the Gingerbread already this week, with Google`s Nexus One getting it shortly afterwards.

Hopefully HTC will not wait too long with rolling it out to its phones(Hero, Desire etc) 🙂

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Android still more popular than iOS on mobile devices

Gartner foretold last year that Android would become the worlds No.2 operating system on mobile devices, but it looks like christmas came early this year. Android has now climbed up to a already, way ahead of Apple`s iOS.

The rankings now is:

1: Symbian (36.6%)
2: Android ( 25.5%)
3: iOS (13.48%)

You can check the complete list at Gartner.

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Opera 10.1 beta for Android released

Opera has finally released a new version of it`s browser for the Android platform. Another version of the browser has been on Android Market for quite some time, but this has lacked features that even the default browser has had, and therefore making it not to tempting to use. But it looks like this has changed! 🙂

The new version has these features:

–  Opera Turbo taking care of speeding up content loaded
– Ability to zoom and pan(finally!)
– Speed Dial
Visual tabs
– Geo location support
– Ability to sync bookmarks across devices
– SVG support

I have still not had the time to test this version but the ability to zoom/tan alone is enough to make me give it a new try 🙂

Opera Mobile is available for Android users in the following 18 versions: Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish.

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Google to launch a Android based tablet

Rumors have started circulating now that Google are going to launch a tablet running Android just in time for the christmas shopping. This will (if it is true), without a doubt be a serious competitor to Apple`s iPad. The rumors also has it that Verizon will join Google`s fight against Apple.

Specs that has been mentioned:

– 1280 x 720px  multi-touch display
– 2GB of RAM,
-32GB of storage
(So in many ways a over-sized phone)

The price is estimated to be slightly lower than the iPad.

This is still rumors, but i do hope that the rumors are true! 🙂

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TMobile G2 (Aka HTC Vanguard) to launch in September(?)

The Android powered HTC Vanguard is going to become TMobile`s G2 phone.

TMobile USA has now launched a teaser page about the phone that is to compete against the 4G-network by using the HSDPA+ network,  which is pretty much the same as 4G when it comes to speed.

The specs are still not completely verified, by the rumors so far mentions:

HSPA+ speed
QWERTY Keyboard
Android 2.2 Froyo

And it will (hopefully) be launched in September.

TMobile’s official announcement:

The T-Mobile® G1® was the world’s first Android™ -powered phone. Launched nearly two years ago, it created an entirely new class of mobile phones and apps. Its successor, the T-Mobile G2™ with Google™, will continue the revolution.

The T-Mobile G2 will deliver tight integration with Google services and break new ground as the first smartphone designed to run at 4G speeds on our new HSPA+ network. In the coming weeks, we’ll share more details about the G2 and offer exclusive first access to current T-Mobile customers.