Dec 31, 2011

Lana Del Ray - Blue Jeans (Eyela Beret Bootleg Remix)

So we made it to the last day of this year. Everybody will be partying tonight :) Try to think about what have you done this year, and what can you do to make yourself a better person in 2012 (and the following years). Don't worry, life will not end in 2012, so don't go crazy. There is a saying that when you where born you where crying, while everyone else around you was laughing and smiling, so try to live your life in a way so that when you die, you're the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying.
I will be a new person in the following year.. I must, because everything changed for me this year (job, got back some old friends, i'm single now [after 7 years], my style and mentality changed, etc.). Also I will do my best to open that new photography blog and be (at least try) the best photo blog on the web.
Meanwhile here is a nice song for you guys. So let go of the old year, and open your arms for the new one, fill your heart with new dreams, new expectations. Tonight we celebrate... The whole world does it. I wish you all a happy new year!!!

Yellow Leaf Wallpaper


Last wallpaper I upload this year :) (last day of the year LoL). May you all have a happy and blessed new year.

Dec 30, 2011

Mario M feat. Epp Kõiv - Acid Rain

A few more hours, and we enter the last day of this year. :D
Meanwhile let me post something different today, a very relaxing, yet powerful song. It has great vocals, nice piano, and some powerful bass. Never heard of Epp Kõiv (she has a facebook and soundcloud profile); so far this is her only song, but damn this is a good one. She really has talent. I really hope to hear more from her in the future. Enjoy this relaxing but sad song.

Abstract Heart Wallpaper


I really like the colours in this one. :)

Dec 29, 2011

The Glitch Mob - Warrior Concerto

Just remembered this epic song from the Glitch Mob (a group from Los Angeles). Another rare piece of gem IMO. Very original song, I have never heard anything like it before. It's cool, and it's free to download :D Enjoy the beats!
(meanwhile I am tired again... just got home after another looooong day..)

Ant Wallpaper


A very nice macro shot of an ant.

Dec 28, 2011

September - Flowers On The Grave (Cube Remix)

Full steam ahead with this cool vocal DnB song. I have found some pretty cool tracks these days, and will share them 1/day :)
BTW, Cube is a hungarian musician. He has some pretty sick tunes (most of them are John B style). Check out his facebook page here.
OK no more text from me today, as it was a pretty long day for me, and I am very tired. Enjoy the song, I hope you guys like it as much as I do.

Branches Wallpaper


First post after the christmas break. Enjoy this nice wallpaper :)

Dec 24, 2011

Christmas Break

Gonna go away for a few days, so there will be no posts for 3-4 days. I wish you all a merry christmas!

Dec 22, 2011

Maria Mena - Habits (feat. Mads Langer) (WiSkiM Remix)

A riend of mine mentioned this beautiful song yesterday. I had it in mind, but always forgot to post it. The majority of nice tunes are from "unknown" people/bands, and or are made "underground". I don't understand why people do not highlight these songs (original and beatiful)... They promote the sh!t Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga (and the rest of course) sings :/
Anyway, enjoy this nice mix of DnB and chillstep. Hoping to find more songs like this one. These gems (IMO) are so rare today. Rare because the sh!t eclipses the real talent. Rare because while this gets promoted 2x, the sh!t gets promoted 200x...

Tomato Wallpaper


No description here. Enjoy the wallpaper ;)

Dec 19, 2011

Best weather app for your Android device

I have tested many weather apps untill I came across BeWeather. They all where eighter bad looking, or gave inaccurate data, and in some cases, they hogged the CPU (sorry to say this: GoWeather and Palmary Weather).

So for a short time I gave up on looking for weather apps, and just checked it from the phone's browser. But after a while I wanted to have a cool looking weather widget on my homescreen, so the hunt began again. Untill I found BeWeather...

There are 2 versions of this app, one is free and the other is a payed version. Currently I'm using the free version and it suits my needs. Good looking homescreen widget, and once you click on it, it will open the app and you will see a nice weather video background (current weather). The good part is it looks very good, almost as good as the HTC Sense 3 weather effects. The "bad" part is it needs an additional 25MB to download those HD video files.

Other than that it's a simple weather app with daily and hourly forecast, and sun/moon "timer". It shows everything I need: temperature, "feels like" temperature, wind speed, humidity, pressure and even dew point. It has temperature notification in statusbar, but I don't use it. Also, it is fully customizeable with icons, fonts and colors.

I really recommend this weather app, as it looks gorgeous, it's not a battery drainer, and has everything you need. Like I said, I use the free version and it never failed me. For extra features (and no ads) you can buy the pro version.

So if you want a nice looking (and effective) weather app on your phone, look no further, check out BeWeather!

Domo-kun Wallpaper


A stuffed Domo mascot. He is the official mascot of Japan's NHK TV station.

Dec 18, 2011

John O'Callaghan feat. Audrey Gallagher - Big Sky

The last song from my desktop that features Audrey Gallagher. Another perfect song IMO (a bit too long, but perfect for road trips).If any of you know more cool songs like this, post a link or the title in the comments. I really need to update my music collection. Around 80% of the songs I own (if not more) are from before 2000. IMO a lot of the songs that are made today are remakes of the old ones. Eighter it is the whole song remade, or it simply has the same beats. Pity :/ These days we get quantity NOT quality.

Ice Cream Wallpaper


Did you know that ice cream can help to calm a sore throat? But don't abuse it. By eating too much you delay the natural healing process. :)

Dec 15, 2011

Wireless file transfer apps for your android device

Today I'm going to present you 2 wireless transfer apps that I use on my android phone. They are both very popular.

The first one is for Cloud service, and I use this for long range file transfers. That means store your files on an online server, and retrieve them later on any device. It's a dead simple and effective app named: Dropbox.
An example of how this cloud service works:
When you install Dropbox on your PC, a folder named "Dropbox" will appear on your desktop. Now everything that you copy in this folder will be uploaded to your dropbox account. After you install dropbox on any other device (android in our case) you will see the content of your Dropbox folder, and can navigate, view, share and download those files (to your current device).
Once you install Dropbox on your android device, the option "send to -> Dropbox" will appear. So if you want to share some pictures or simply store them in the cloud for safety, simply select the picture and send it to your dropbox. Once you do that it will appear in your PC's dropbox folder too. So it's pretty cool and useful.

Dropbox is free to use, and when you register you get 2GB of storage (you can get extra space for money). After you register and complete a few tasks (install dropbox, transfer 1 file, and so on) you get an extra 250MB. Also for every friend who joins and installs Dropbox, they will give you 250 MB of bonus space (up to a limit of 8GB). Here is a video of "What is Dropbox?".

So if you want to join (and I don't see why not :D ) here is my link:  <-- register here and you will start with 2.5GB space (2GB for the free account + 250MB for clicking on my link + 250MB for completing a few basic steps).

The other app is for short range file transfer using WiFi. It's called: WiFi File Explorer (Pro).
With this app you can browse, download and upload files to your android device from your PC's browser.

First you need a PC with WiFi. Then you connect the phone to the PC's WiFi and start the app on your phone. If everything is ok, the app should give you an IP adress (takes just a few seconds to appear). Then type that IP adress in your PC's browser (Opera, Firefox, Chrome, etc.) and you will see everything that's on your phone.

And that's it. Now you can download, upload, explore, delete and rename files from your phone. Very simple and very fast. No need for cables and drivers. Just an app on your phone and a PC with WiFi.
There are many negative reviews about this app on the market, but do not trust those people. I have been uning this app for quite some time now, and had 0 problems with it, and I transfered both small and large (few GB) files.
Now the "bad" news is that this app is not free (there is a free version, but that is limited), it costs 1$. But trust me, it's a dollar well spent.

I'm still experimenting with wireless file transfer apps, so this post may get edited if I find something better. I am not sure that Dropbox is the best cloud service for me, but at the moment it is good (very simple to use).

Sandwich Wallpaper


Delicious sandwich wallpaper :) Enjoy

Dec 11, 2011

Random Nature Wallpaper


A random nature wallpaper that I had on my PC. Also my current wallpaper. Hope you guys like it ;)

Dec 10, 2011

Missed Call Reminder for Android

I just came across this simple, small and cool app. It simply reminds you of missed calls, SMS and/or MMS. Very useful in so many cases.

It's customizable, so you can select the ringtone for missed call reminding, and set a separate ringtone for missed SMS. You can also set it to vibrate, and if you have a LED on your phone (my Galaxy S2 has no LED :( ) you can set it to blink in a specific color for SMS and another color for missed calls - or simply use the "screen on when reminding" feature of the app.

You can set the reminder interval (I've set it to 1 minute, so it will remind me every minute) and the duaration of the remider (Max time - I've set it to 10 minutes, that means it won't notify me about missed calls or SMS older that 10 minutes).

It is very light, does not consume battery (I have it installed since I got my new phone, and I have monitored the app with System Panel). I recommend this app because it's simple, easy to use and does exactly what it says.
I reall don't know what this app would need to be better. Maybe the option to set a custom vibration pattern for missed calls and SMS. Other than that, it has everything a reminder app needs. And of course, it's FREE.

Another Cat Wallpaper


And another cat wallpaper :) This one has very beautiful glass-like eyes. I hope you guys like it. Like always, the wallpapers here are free to use as your PC or phone wallpaper (personal use) but NOT for commercial use!

Ke$ha - Blow (Cirkut Remix)

I've heard this song in a movie I watched today (The Inbetweeners Movie - pretty cool comedy :D ), and I instantly liked it. I don't listen to Ke$sha, hell I don't even know who she is or what does she sing, but this one is a very good remix. AFAIK the Inbetweeners was a show on TV (series), well after the movie I decided to give it a shot :D
Set the video to 720p and enjoy the sound waves :)

Dec 9, 2011

Citroen Survolt Wallpaper


Electrical cars are usually ugly. But you can't say that about the Citroen Survolt. The battery will last you 200km, but OFC not at max speeds.You need to charge it for 2 hours at a special sources, or 10 hours at a standard 220V source.
This electric car has ~300 bhp, It can accelerate from 0-100 in less than 5 seconds, and it's max speed is 260 KM/h. Pretty impressive.

Dec 7, 2011

TyDi feat. Audrey Gallagher - You Walk Away

Another song featuring Audrey Gallagher's beautiful voice (again with TyDi). The first one I posted was better, but this once is also nice. Again, perfect for nigh time driving (or roadtrips :D ), with friends in the car, chatting about random things... Man I love to drive (and listen to music OFC).
Enjoy this nice tune.

Coca Cola can Wallpaper


A can of original Coke :) Perfect on a hot and sunny day (or after a nice meal).

Dec 6, 2011

AppMonster - Backup and organize your Android apps

Another must have app for android users. AppMonster backs up all your applications that you installed on your phone, to your SD card. 

This is helpful in so many ways... It happens quite often that after I updated a particular app, it eighter stops working on my phone, or has some annoying bug (or bugs). But if you have this app, you can restore to an earlier version of that app (assuming you made a backup or have left auto backup on). Then there are the times when you jump from one ROM to another (or do updates of your ROM). Simply press restore after you installed the ROM you want, and you are done.

It also comes very handy when you change your device. Simply install AppMonster on your new device, pop in the SD with the backed up apps, and batch install (the only downside about batch install is that you have to press "Install" before every app, and "Done" after every install)

But this app can only back up user installed applications. So you can't back up system apps. For that, you need to use Titanium Backup. But I don't really back up any system apps, so this simple and small app is perfect for me. AppMonster requires no root access.
It has the option to automatically back up newly installed apps (but I unchecked that feature, because I do a lot of app testing, and I don't want to back up every junk I install on my phone), send backed up files (over dropbox, email, BT, etc.) and can be even used to uninstall apps (you know, the annoying live wallpapers that you install to test, and then you realize it's ugly and you want to uninstall it but you can't find it in the app drawer), and if you have android 2.2 you can also use it to move apps to SD (app2SD).

So give this app a chance. Recently I saw so many negative reviews about appMonster... I don't know what people expect from this application. It does exactly what it sais, and it does that perfectly for me, without any bugs.

Barbeque Wallpaper


Another food wallpaper for you folks. This time it's 1600x1200 resolution, but you can crop it to whatever size you want. Bon Appetit :D

Dec 5, 2011

Lykke Li - I Follow Rivers (The Magician Remix)

This is kind of a new hit in Romania. Every radio station is playing it now. First of all, Likke Li is a swedish pop/electro singer. This is not the original version of the song but a remix, and I like it a bit more than the original version.
Now the only thing that is bad about hearing this on the radio is: I don't like it when people abuse a song that much. Playing it every day at random hours (quite short interval between them) makes it lose it's value to me. Romanian radios are the worst radios. I think they have about 20 songs in their playlist, and then loop it all day long, for weeks... I am so sick of listening to the same music over and over again, every single day (I can't do anything about it since it's not my car - as long as I am a passenger in it, I STFU :P - I expect the same from people who get in my car while I'm driving).
So back to this nice tune. I like it because it's different than the rest of the songs you hear today. You won't hear a lot of songs like this on TV. And I guess that is what makes this tune special.

nVidia Wallpaper


And one for the nVidia fans :) Polished logo (aluminum like) on a carbon fiber background.

Dec 3, 2011

Ati Radeon Wallpaper


Not really a Radeon fanboy, I like nVidia more, but this wallpaper looks cool (always loved red or blue and black mixes). Enjoy

TyDi feat. Audrey Gallagher - Worlds Apart (Original Mix)

The other day I mentioned Audrey Gallagher. Well if you don't know who she is, she is a singer from Northern Ireland, who usually provides the vocals in some Trance and Progressive tunes. Her voice is absolutely amazing. The first time I heard her voice was back when I first heard Hold On To Me, a cool song by Armin Van Buuren. And since then, I fell in love with her voice. She may not have the best female voice in the world, but she is amazing, her voice is soft, relaxing and cute.

Dec 1, 2011

If you are a Gamer, you need to have this on your phone - Chainfire3D review

Chainfire3D is an OpenGL driver that sits between your apps and the graphics drivers. So this cool app can intercept and/or change commands between the two. It has some nice  built-in functions, and can be further extended with plugins to provide extra functionality.

Some phones don't support som of the games that are out there. Let's take the Samsung Galaxy S2 for an example. It has a pretty powerful Mali 400 MP GPU, but few 3D games are available for it. So this app emulates (if that is the right word for it) other GPUs. Normally when you install a game that is made for Nvidia Tegra phones you will get eighter a force close or the game will start, but you will see missing shaders, textures, etc.

But with this app (and the plugins installed) you can play them without any problems.
There are 2 versions of this app out there, the Free version and the Pro version. While the free version works as fine as the pro one, the pro has some nice features that make it worth the 5$.

In the free version you can only select 1 plugin at a time (eighter nVidia plugin, Qualcomm or PowerVR). So when you are done playing the game, you need to switch back to default OpenGL driver. But the pro version has the "Per-app" function that allows you to set a separate driver for each game you play. That way you don't need to switch around before and after every game. You just need to set it once in the setting, and the app will remember to switch to nVidia when playing X game, and switch back to default (your phone's driver) when the game exits. Also the pro version allows you to set MSAA (MultiSample Anti-Aliasing). This will greatly improve image quality (PC gamers know this :D ). This way lines/edges become much smoother. The options are automatic (the app decides - but most apps don't enable MSAA themselves at all). The ARM Mali 400 MP (used in the Galaxy S2) can even do 4xMSAA at no performance cost. But if your GPU does not support the level of MSAA requested, the app will likely not start at all.

Setting up Chainfire3D
Very easy to do this. In the free version you can only play around with default openGL driver. First you need the plugins for nVidia, powerVR and Qualcomm drivers. You can download them by clicking HERE.

Plugin installation
Simply put these zip files on your /sdcard (root of your SDcard), and use the "Install Plugin" option in Chainfire3D. Re-open Chainfire and go to "Default OpenGL Settings" and select "Use plugin" with the plugin you need.

After you finished playing (and you use the free version of Chainfire) I strongly recommend to switch back to DEFAULT openGL driver. It will be better for system performance.

Setting up the PRO version is the same as above, except you don't use default openGL but PER APP settings. Like I said before, this will let you set up a driver for each game individually, and will switch back to default driver when you are done playing.

Requirements to run Chainfire 3D:
- OpenGL ES 2.0 (every 1ghz+ phone has this)
- SuperUser / Root
- Writable /system (it will try to remount system as read/write when needed, but the changes need to stick between reboots)

This is another app I highly recommend. Not only to Galaxy S2 users, but to all Android gamers (because you have the ability to reduce textures to speed up the game, to enable AA, and so on). This app is very good, and it will keep getting better and better.

Bat For Lashes - Daniel (Mt Eden Dubstep Remix)

Cool chillstep tune from the great Mt Eden. When I first heard this song, I only heard a couple of seconds of it. It got stuck in my head and was humming it all day. :) Had a hard time searching for it, as i didn't quite get the lyrics back then :D And soundhound was not working (android music search application).
What can I say; Mt Eden has the best chillstep tunes. Enjoy

Slice of Kiwi Wallpaper


Just a slice of kiwi :)