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Android Google

Android L revealed as Android 5.0 Lollipop

Lollipop Forest

At Google I/O 2014, Google released a preview of the next version of Android, called Android L.

Google uses codenames taken from desserts, cakes, cookies, candy and other treats. Here’s a list showing Android versions and their codenames:

1.5 Cupcake
1.6 Donut
2.0 Eclair
2.1 Eclair
2.2 Frozen Yoghurt aka FroYo
2.3 Gingerbread
3.0 Honeycomb
4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
4.1 Jelly Bean
4.2 Jelly Bean
4.3 Jelly Bean
4.4 KitKat

The speculation has been high when it comes to Android L and what the next codename could be?

Lemon Meringue Pie was rumoured for a long time, until the maker of the Android statues started to hint about Liquorice.

On October 14 Google released a video showing the codename audition for Android 5.0. Would it be Lava Cake? Lemon Drop? Oreo?!

The next day, the official Android blog revealed that they had casted Lollipop.

The biggest change you’ll notice right away is the new UI (user interface). At Google I/O, Mateus Duarte presented what is called “Material Design”.

At the same time as revealing the Lollipop codename, Google also announced new devices. Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player will be the first devices to come with Lollipop.

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Google Windows

My Google Chrome 64-bit installation issue resolved

I have used Google Chrome as my default web browser for years. Earlier this year, Google made a 64-bit version available via the beta channel. Now that it has come to the (default) stable channel, I wanted to install it to get all the benefits of running the 64-bit version instead of the 32-bit version.

  • Speed: 64-bit allows us to take advantage of the latest processor and compiler optimizations, a more modern instruction set, and a calling convention that allows more function parameters to be passed quickly by registers. As a result, speed is improved, especially in graphics and multimedia content, where we see an average 25% improvement in performance.
  • Security: With Chrome able to take advantage of the latest OS features such as High Entropy ASLR on Windows 8, security is improved on 64-bit platforms as well. Those extra bits also help us better defend against exploitation techniques such as JIT spraying, and improve the effectiveness of our existing security defense features like heap partitioning.
  • Stability: Finally, we’ve observed a marked increase in stability for 64-bit Chrome over 32-bit Chrome. In particular, crash rates for the the renderer process (i.e. web content process) are almost half that of 32-bit Chrome.

According to a post on the Chromium blog, you can install the 64-bit version on top of the 32-bit version without uninstalling. The 64 bit version should automatically replace the 32-bit version. You just go to www.google.com/chrome and below the download button you should see a link to install the 64-bit version. I saw it previously when installing the Canary version, but could not find it this time.

I then found this link: https://www.google.com/chrome/browser/?platform=win64, but it wouldn’t install.

When I searched for a solution, the first tip I found was to uninstall Chrome and then reinstall from the above link. This time it worked and I got the 64-bit version running.

To check which version of Chrome you have, enter chrome://help in the address field (and press enter). If you do not see (64-bit) behind the version number, you’re running the (standard) 32-bit version.

This was on my PC running Windows 8.1. A 64-bit version of Chrome for Mac is available via the beta channel.

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Tips and Tricks

Streaming to the Chromecast from my Synology NAS over the Internet


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OSX Tips and Tricks

Running Mavericks in VMware Player

I have previously posted about my hackintosh and how to install Mavericks on its own hard drive. I can then load Windows or OSX via the motherboard’s boot-menu (hint: F12 on Gigabyte).

This forces me to reboot my PC, which I don’t do very often. I rarely need to use OSX the way I use my computer. Also, the back button on my mouse doesn’t work in OSX. It’s annoying! So, I tend to use Windows 8.x which I just put to sleep when not in use. Works great for me!

But I do like to tinker now and then, so I searched for a way to install Mavericks in VMware Player. I already use VMware Player to test-install Windows. And sometimes test-drive software also.

You need a hackintosh or Mac, or a friend with one.

You need to download the installer app from Mac App Store.

I found a great guide over at InsanelyMac. I followed every step, but didn’t manage to make a setup-DMG via the script. So I had to do it another way, and finally got a Mavericks.iso which I used to install OSX.

You need to unlock the possibility to make a virtual machine that supports installing OSX. Since this is available if you run VMware on a Mac, some clever heads has ported this over to Windows. You got to love the Internet!

After running the unlocker, I made a new virtual OSX machine, which I pointed to the ISO. After Mavericks was installed, I did the tips from the guide (changed a couple of settings and installed VMware Tools and some extra drivers).

Update: After I updated VMware Player (to version 6.0.2), I had to reinstall Unlocker to get Mavericks to boot.

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Noteworthy

Will HTC succeed with their new Desire line?

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During Mobile World Congress 2014 (MWC) HTC revealed a new strategy (yes, yet another strategy to survive). HTC will this year focus on budget and mid-range devices. Last year, HTC released the HTC One, which was praised by critics, reviewers and users alike. Although it din’t flop, it didn’t sell like hotcakes either. Being a premium phone, it came with a premium price tag. Normally phones get cheaper over time, but the HTC One didn’t. At least not in the same tempo as it’s rivals. According to HTC, this is the way they prefer it. They wan’t it to not only look and feel premium, the price should also reflect it. Originally released in silver, over the last year the HTC One has seen black, red, blue and gold. Personally I think the black and gold looks best. The new HTC One will be officially revealed 25th of March.