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Alto’s adventure is a great Android game.

I am not a big gamer when it comes to mobile devices, but once in a while a great game comes along that offers plenty of challenges, is easy to play and has great graphics. I discovered Alto’s Adventure on Google Play is such a game.


alto's adventure review

Noodlecake Studios Inc created the game and have the following to say about it.

Join Alto and his friends as they embark on an endless snowboarding odyssey. Journey across the beautiful alpine hills of their native wilderness, through neighbouring villages, ancient woodlands, and long-abandoned ruins.

Along the way you’ll rescue runaway llamas, grind rooftops, leap over terrifying chasms and outwit the mountain elders – all while braving the ever changing elements and passage of time upon the mountain

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CyanogenMod release a CM13 nightly Marshmallow ROM for Samsung Galaxy S2.

The folks at CyanogenMod have released a Marshmallow Android 6.0.1 ROM for the Samsung Galaxy S2. That is pretty damn amazing considering the smartphone was last seen in 2011.

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I couldn’t resist giving it a try to see if it worked, but it does and it runs nicely surprisingly on only 1GB of RAM.

If you are going to give it a try out, chances are your SGS2 has Android Kitkat 4.x installed on it, which means the kernel and recovery will be too old. The partition for marshmallow is different as well so that will have to be formatted.

If you don’t have the patience to read through 1273 pages of forum to find out about the bugs and problems or how to do install it, then keep reading below… I will provide the instructions and links.

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An Awesome ‘Home New Tab Page’ Chrome Extension.

I stumbled upon an incredibly useful and beautiful new home tab page extension for my Chrome browser. It is called Home – New Tab Page.

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On my 27-inch Dell monitor it looks incredible while on my Surface Pro 4, touching the icons is effortless. All my key apps or favorite websites are right at my finger tips, as well as notifications, calendar events, time, date and a large Google search bar.

It is perfect especially since my Google profile follows me where ever I go. Not to mention I can select from a bunch of awesome backgrounds. The crazy thing is this extension is free. Kudos to the author, but there really should be a donation button.

Some of the features of the extensions are as follows:

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How to see unread email from your favicon or bookmarks bar?

Do you use Google’s Inbox web client on your PC and get a lot of email? I do and I found a very useful Chrome extension today, which allows me to see an email notification count of unread email via the Favicon.

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The Favicon is the tiny graphic to the left of the tab name, or the little icon you see on your favorites bar.

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The advantage of this extension is that I don’t even have to have Inbox open to be able to see that I have unread email. 🙂

How to import Spotify playlist into Google Play Music?


I discovered a comment on a website by Scott Walstead (Web Developer), he has developed a Spotify to YouTube playlist called and this is where my solution to the problem came about.
FYI: I used both Windows 10 (for Excel) and OSX (for terminal) to do this task. One still needs to run a few scripts in Terminal, but my solution definitely works as I have successfully imported a massive playlist to Google Play Music.

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All I wanted to do was export my Spotify playlists to Google Music…

spotify-vs-google-musicGod dammit daddy! Why can’t the world be an easy place? All I am trying to do is export my Spotify playlists to Google Music…

A few of the solutions require running scripts via terminal, which do not seem to work for me because I don’t have RUBY installed. (because why would I have bloody RUBY installed as I am not a developer?)…

Grrrr. So I am installing Ruby on my iMac, but more on that later…

Samsung Galaxy S6 EdgeJo recently got a new phone “Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge” because her old phablet the “Samsung Galaxy Note 3” didn’t have beautiful curved edges (ha ha). Anyhow her phone came with  6 months free access to Google Music. We’ve never used it before because we have shared a Spotify Pro account for the past three years. The Pro account at £9.99 has up until now been excellent, with a great choice of music. It allows us to listen to almost any artist and band, create playlists, radio stations, or listen to new and upcoming music with no adverts. It even works in tunnels.  We can’t really knock Spotify as its been our main Music Streaming app in our car, on our phones, at home on the TV, on the AV receiver and on the PC etc.

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A possible fix for random reboots, keyboard hanging, slow searches on Resurrection Remix Lollipop 5.1.1

Screenshot_2015-08-02-10-08-10 (Mobile2)I have experienced some annoying phone issues over the past 3 to 4 weeks, which have stumped me somewhat until now. I have a custom ROM installed on my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 called Resurrection Remix, which I upgrade every week or two whenever there is a new update,  that way I am always up-to-date. It is a brilliant ROM, but clearly one of the updates screwed things.  Here are the symptoms I have experienced.

Symptom 1: Searching something through the Google search bar widget, the search page opened up with the results, but scrolling down the page (thumb up) does nothing or it hangs for a few seconds. If I swapped direction and scrolled up briefly it would hang. After a few attempts the phone would reboot.

Symptom 2: At random times during typing the keyboard would hang, and the phone rebooted. My default keyboard is Swype.

Symptom 3: My phone would get very slow all of a sudden, very laggy and my RAM would run out and the phone would reboot.

Symptom 4: Random reboots.

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DuOS allows Android Lollipop to run seamlessly on my Surface Pro 3.

I just installed Android Lollipop on my Surface Pro 3. I used a program called AmiDuOS by American Megatrends. They claim on their website “AMIDuOS can run nearly all of the Android applications available in Android app markets” and I tell you they are right. Everything is running like it would on an Android phone or tablet.


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Mozilla Labs Weave ideal for Netbooks and Mobile devices.

I stumbled upon this incredible Firefox add-on recently after looking for a simple “open tab” bookmark or history tool, as I usually have a lot of tabs open when surfing the Internet, and often want them on another device at another location.

The Weave Sync add-on lets you securely take your Firefox experience with you wherever you go. You can now surf the Web on your PC, get up and go, and have everything waiting for you on your phone (N900) or Netbook/Laptop: your history, open tabs, bookmarks, the Awesome Bar – just as you had left it.

As netbooks and phone devices with mini browsers become more and more popular the idea of taking everything with you seems the logical next step.

At present I use all the features except for the bookmark synchronizing, as I don’t leave bookmarks or favourites on the local desktop, instead use Google Bookmarks (part of the Google Toolbar) for my personal shit and for the websites I want to share with the world. If Weave could somehow manage those two options it would be an awesome add-on for Mozilla!

Google Wave is difficult to understand.

Google Wave GuideSo like the few tens of thousand people who have tried Google Wave, I am struggling to see what benefit it will have for me in the immediate future?

I am keen to give it a try out and to find out more about it, so I did a few searches online and stumbledupon this guide called “The complete guide to Google Wave” <how original?> by Gina Trapani & Adam Pash. The application isn’t even available to the masses yet and someone has gone and written a guide book on it and a PDF which is selling for $6’s. <nice & good luck to them>

Google Wave is a new web-based collaboration tool that’s notoriously difficult to understand. This guide will help. Here you’ll learn how to use Google Wave to get things done with your group. Because Wave is such a new product that’s evolving quickly, this guidebook is a work in progress that will update in concert with Wave as it grows and changes.

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