Xbox SmartGlass – Y U No Work On Nexus 7?

Smart-GlassBeing a huge Xbox fan (oflahertypaul if you’re interested) and mega Google nerd, I have to admit that I was a little late to the game in learning that SmartGlass is available for Android.

It was awesome sitting on the couch the other night messing with my Xbox (1 of 2) and controlling it from my Windows 8 laptop, so you can imagine that I was more than a bit disappointed to find out that SmartGlass does not work with either of my two Android devices.

I can forgive it not working with my Samsung Galaxy S, which runs Froyo (2.2) and has been around since Jesus rode dinosaurs to school, but that it doesn’t work with my Nexus 7? Wait, what? Oh hell nawww!

My beloved Nexus runs the latest and greatest version of Android (Jelly Bean 4.1.2), well at least until the Nexus 10 comes out (it will mine, oh yes, it will be mine), so what gives?

It’s simple Microsoft. The people  in the Google universe buying Nexus tablets are the ones most likely to want to use things like SmartGlass, and most likely to buy the 720 when it finally drops. We’re likely to pick up a Surface too, and Windows 8, because most of us are platform agnostic.

We love cool tech, but if you’re stuff doesn’t work on the current flagship device for cool tech (amongst those who aren’t pleasuring themselves over that other serving tray tablet) then you’re going to lose any allure you may be building.

Update: Mark “Rizzn” Hopkins informs me that you can side-load SmartGlass on to the Nexus 7 and it works just fine. But that does sound like an terrible lot of work…

Unlock At Home – Must Have Android App

Unlock At HomeFor those of you who hate having to unlock your phone while you’re at home but don’t want to have to think about changing your settings so your phone is secure when you leave the house, then Unlock At Home may just be the app for you.

How it works is simple. Once installed, you tell the app which is your home Wi-Fi network and then when you’re connected to that network, the application prevents the unlock screen from activating.

Once you’re disconnect from that network or move out of range of it, then the phone locks and goes back to the default behavior of locking the screen.

Unlock At Home is a free download from the Android Market place but if you love it, like I do, you might want to consider installing the companion app and making a donation to the developer.

Prism – Almost the right solution.

Last week I was asking for a lightweight solution to running web applications without a browser and TDavid suggested I check out Prism from Mozilla labs.

So far I have been pretty happy with Prism (which is a beta) but there have been some issue with it that have been bugging me and still have me looking for a solution.

One of the great things about Prism is the low memory footprint but after prolonged usage (typically 2 hours or more) the CPU usage climbs up and ends up sucking all my CPU’s resources.

The other issue is that the keyboard ceases to function in some flash based web applications such as the recording interface for BlogTV, which of course make the chat room useless to me (this may not be Prisms fault but I’ve only experienced the problem in Prism).

Overall prism is a great application, but until the CPU usage and keyboard issues make it difficult for me to recommend it as a good solution. Hopefully these things will be addressed in future releases.

Snitter – Makes Twitter make sense

Snitter Yesterday I couldn’t get Snitter (my new favorite Twitter client by Jonathan Snook) installed and today I’m happily pumping out tweets from Snitter.

It knocks the socks off of handling Twitter through Gtalk or Pidgin and managed to edge out the other desktop clients I’ve tried.

It turned out that uninstalling AIR and reinstalling AIR was not enough. I had to do the uninstall / reinstall 3 times before Snitter would install. The problem appears to be one with AIR rather than with Snitter.

Jonathan has built a ton of cool features into the client and one of my favorite is the the ability to reply to a tweet, send a direct message to a tweets author or mark a tweet as a favorite just by mousing over the authors icon.

Rex Dixon (sorry Rex but my Pownce client is still working) got it right yesterday when he sent this tweet to Scot Duke:

@MrBusinessGolf Get Snitter! You’ll like it, makes more sense

Jonathan has done a great job with Snitter and was very fast replying to me after I sent him an email whining that I couldn’t get Snitter to install.

Now I have one last request with regards to Snitter. When I click on a link I’d love it to open in my default browser as opposed to opening up in Internet Explorer.

Snitter choking on AIR

Scoble and others have been waxing lyrical about the joys of Snitter as a way to interact with Twitter.

This come in light of the announcement of a Pownce API (API Page) and the fact that the Pownce client is, like Snitter, developed to run on Adobe AIR.

The problem is that I can’t get Snitter to work.

Even though I live in Denmark, I run the English/US version of Vista and even with the latest version of AIR installed (Beta 2 from October 1,2007) it refuses to install, insisting that I need a newer version of AIR.

Go figure.


Hopefully Jonathan Snook (the brains behind Snitter) will get this bug fixed as I’m always on the look out for a good Twitter client and have yet to find one that suits my needs perfectly.

Update 31-10-2007: The installation issue has been sorted and Snitter works properly. You can read more in this post : Snitter – Makes Twitter make sense.