How-To's, Tech

Connect Android to a WPA2 Enterprise Wireless Network

Connecting to WPA2 Enterprise even if Android doesn’t officially support it.

There isn’t a lot of documentation on this for Android so I thought I would make a step-by-step how-to.

Here’s how to connect your Android phone to a WPA2 Enterprise wireless network.

Click on any of the pictures to enlarge them.

Step One: At main screen hit the menu button and select settings.

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US Cellular Announces Android 2.2 (Froyo) update for All Android Devices

US Cellular Desire update is now here as of 2/8. More information http://nickescobedo.com/239/android-2-2-froyo-is-now-available-for-us-cellular-htc-desire.

Update: US Cellular has released Android 2.2 (Froyo) for the Acclaim. You can download the Samsung Acclaim update here! They have also pushed back the date for the Desire. Apparently they will have a specific release date for us in about 2 weeks. I will continue to update this post. The other Samsung phones are getting updates in March.

USCC Announces Froyo Update for Android Phones

Update: US Cellular has just updated their Facebook page with almost final release dates for their Android phones. The Samsung Acclaim will update next week, HTC Desire end of January, and the other two Samsung phones the Apex and Mesmerize will update in March. See above picture for official Facebook post

UPDATE: US Cellular has updated their Facebook page with the status above. Froyo or Android 2.2 release date is targeted to upgrade later this month, but may be pushed to January due to technical issues with HTC and Samsung.

Feels like a long time coming, US Cellular has finally announced the HTC Desire and Samsung Acclaim will “hopefully” receive Froyo in November. US Cellular seems to adapt more quickly to the market now that they have released Android phones. This is huge for US Cellular because they are always looked at as being slow to bring things to the market.

I’m interested to see how well 2.2 will run on the Acclaim. Hopefully it will smooth things out for the users that say the phone is slow!

To follow US Cellular more closely visit their facebook page.

Tech, Tips

Internet Scams and Helpful Videos

I recently stumbled upon an awesome website stophcommerce.com, which tells the story about a women who loses an extreme amount of money to scams. H Commerce stands for hacker commerce. StopHCommerce.com defines H Commerce as:

“To  make money from the illegal or exploitive use of technology to compromise consumer and business data. Originating from the practice of “hacking”, this global industry now generates more money than illegal drug trade and is cited by the U.S. government as one of the most significant threats to the country’s security and economy.”

People fall for scams so easily because scammers make everything seem real. This happens a lot while trying to sell things on the internet via websites such as Facebook and Craigslist. Also internet scammers can pay for collections of email lists, which they use to send their scheming emails.

Generally Scams consist of:
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Video Games
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Gran Turismo 5 Official Release Date November 24th

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After being delayed multiple times, it’s official, Gran Turismo 5 (GT5) will be released on November 24th just in time for the holidays.  GT5 is Playstation exclusive, and is extremely popular.

Gran Turismo is advertised as a driving simulator, this game will probably be great with a steering wheel.

The car list is enormous and can be found here. Although the list is large many cars are missing. It would be nice to see a Hyundai Genesis or KIA Forte (I may a little bias, I drive a KIA).

I look forward to buying GT5 on the 24th.

Retail, Tips
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Common Retail Return Policy Links

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It’s about that time, people running around trying to find the best gift for their loved ones. Some will decide to return their gift. The gift receiver may be in for a big surprise. Some stores charge up to 15% for restocking fees. If the gift was $100 that’s $15 you won’t be getting back. Most retail store won’t tell you their return policy without asking. Be a smart proactive shopper, know the return policies for the items you’re buying and the consequences associated with returning the item.

Below are common retail outlets with links to their return policies.
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Tech

US Cellular Announces Release Date for Samsung Galaxy Tab

Samsung Galaxy Tab

US Cellular Announced on their Facebook page the release date for the Samsung Galaxy Tab as November 19th. US Cellular stores can start selling the tablets as soon as they arrive. Specifically on US Cellulars web page they state the shipments may arrive early. From past experiences they generally do. Contact your US Cellular rep to notify you. My guess is the tablets will arrive on the 17th or 18th.
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Tech
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Learn to Build Android, Window Phone 7, and iOS Mobile Applications

WP7, Android, and iOS logosMashable posted a great article for learning how to start building mobile applications and the resources needed here.

Reasons for learning how to build mobile applications.

  1. Eventually almost everyone will have a smartphone, some may replace computers.
  2. Potential business use.
  3. Source of revenue, assuming the application is well built and people buy.
  4. Relatively cheap hobby
Tech

Effective Non-Face-to-Face Group Projects Using Free Tools

skypeGroup projects can be effective even if meeting face-to-face isn’t an option using Join.me and Skype. Skype doesn’t allow screen sharing with more than 2 people at a time. Due to Skype’s limitation I needed another solution to share my screen with multiple people. I stumbled upon Join.me while reading my daily tech blogs. Join.me apparently allows up to 250 people to view your screen.

Join.me is an extremely simple tool to use, doesn’t even require an account. In order to get started visit Join.me, if you’re the host then click the button next to share. If you haven’t used Join.me previously you’ll be prompted to download a small program which allows you to share your screen. After launching the application it will give you a conference number to give to the group members. If you’re a group member wanting to join a session, simply visit Join.me and type the conference number your group member gave you and click button. Other neat features Join.me offers is people can request control of hosts computer and a text chat. Join.me doesn’t allow communication through voice, this is where Skype comes in. Below is the Join.me interface after launching the application.

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Due to Join.me limitation Join.me and Skype need to be used collectively. Skype is used for voice and Join.me is used to share the screen. It’s almost the same if you’re in person. I found this to be extremely effective if meeting face-to-face isn’t an option.

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