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Video-Out to HDMI on HTC One (CyanogenMod 10.2)

HTC One Video-Out To HDMI

I bought a micro-USB to HDMI MHL cable on a lark down at Central Computers on Howard St. in San Francisco just to see if I could get video-out on my CM-modded HTC One. I hooked it up today to our Samsung TV just to see and it came up immediately! Pretty cool that it just pushed the video-out without a problem or additional configuration. My guess is any micro-USB to HDMI cable should work. Here are some pics of the $15.95 one I bought from Central that for sure works.

HTC One micro-USB to HDMI

HTC One Video-Out To HDMI

Here is the cable in the bag. It is a pretty generic model. I bought it because it was the only one that really didn’t make a reference to Samsung phones. My guess is though, it probably doesn’t matter as long as the cable is to the MHL standard.

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I was so shocked it all just worked, I have yet to test things like Netflix, and other Android audio/video apps.

Use Evernote Webclipper in Android via Firefox

2013-10-19: Looks like Evernote has changed the webclipper functionality and are going to the browser plug-in route. I will see if I can adjust.

 

A couple of years ago, I did a little javascript trick to take the Evernote Bookmarklet code and place it into a Safari bookmark to get webclipper functionality inside iOS for all you Evernote users. Now that I am on Android, here is a way to get that same functionality via Firefox. Here is how.

1. Install Firefox from the Google Play Android App Store.

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2. From inside Firefox on Android, go to http://www.evernote.com. Then, click on the side three-dots detail to flip the star bookmark icon.

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This will give you a new bookmark we will use to park the webclipper on.

3. While you are there, go ahead and login to the web interface of Evernote. This is important as it sets the cookie that the web clipper code and Firefox will use moving forward. If you don’t login, you might get the “Set Third-Party Cookies” error when you try to use this clipper hack. You don’t need to stay logged-in, you just need to do something in Firefox so it will be okay with cookies from evernote.com like a login.

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3. Select all and copy the code below in Android. This will be pasted into the Firefox bookmark.

Make sure you get the entire piece of continuous text/code in your clipboard to paste. 

4. Click on the URL field and tab over to Bookmarks. Find the Evernote bookmark we created in Step #2.

5. Click and hold on the Evernote bookmark to get the “Edit” option.

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6. Edit the bookmark title to something you want like “Clip to Evernote” and paste the code you have in your Android clipboard from Step #3.

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The completed “Edit Bookmark” should look something like this. Click OK to save out.

7. Now, when you are on a page you want to include into your Evernote system, you can just click on the URL field, go to bookmarks and select the “Clip to Evernote” and it will. You will be prompted to login initially, but after that (if you flip the “Remember Me” checkbox) you should all set when you are on a page you want to send to Evernote.
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While on the URL you want to  Evernote, go into bookmarks and click it to bring it in as just a URL, whole page or both.

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Fixing “Unfortunately, Google Search has stopped.” errors in Android.

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I did something Google Now or Google services in general didn’t like. After doing a bunch of searches, people were all over the place with possible fixes. I tried them all. But, the only solution I found was to delete the Google account data and cache.

Go to Settings >> Apps >> Google Search.

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Press “Clear Data” and “Clear Cache” to purge the corrupted data.

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Clearing this data out should purge the badness causing Google Search to freak-out.

Ubuntu Touch Install on a Nexus 7

Just got a Nexus 7 tablet in to play with Android on modern hardware and to mess with Ubuntu Touch. I’m following the wiki install guide. Running this from Ubuntu 13.04.

1. Get the Phablet sw

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2. Tapped the Build 7 times and voila. Then booted into unlocking in.

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3. Then you have to get into Android, which was just reset, and do the Developer Build click again and enable USB debugging on the device. With the device in USB Debug mode and connected via USB to your linux machine, run

To confirm you are seeing it. You will get a result like this that will show the device ID.

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4. Then, you can run the phablet tools. The script that runs goes and snags the image from Ubuntu for the device type. But, it will only do it for the support devices.

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The script retrieves a few files in the process.

5. It pushes the images via USB to the device.

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6. Let it run for a while and it will push the images to the device and reboot.

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7. Upon reboot, it was stuck or something. So, I held power for a while to restart it but it really wasn’t stuck It was just confusing because after boot, it drops you right into the Unity GUI. It took me a while to just start trying to drag my finger in from the outer frame of the device into the screen. If you drag from the outer-left area of the screen towards the center, you will get the familiar Unity Dash navigation. I just expected a login or something and was really on the desktop after start. Funny.