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Cool Shit: Extreme-Smartphone 9500 V2

This post is a little different from other Cool Shit posts. The good folks at Extreme-Smartphone.com reached out to me and told me they were launching the second version of their X-Tel 9500 phone in South Africa.

Now, I’ll admit that name doesn’t exactly roll off your tongue. But it doesn’t really need to as this phone is more about getting things done than showing off.

Recently the likes of Sony and Samsung have been water and dust-proofing their phones. That’s cute if you accidentally drop your phone in a puddle. This phone wants to still be ready to go if a truck drives over it.

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The company that makes this phone (X-Systems) makes everything from dump-phones to tablets, all ruggedised for the harshest conditions. They also have a focus on mobile security. That should make for a pretty good combo.

As for the X-Tel 9500 V2 we have some specs:

  • Gorilla Glass 3.0
  • IP68 Waterproof
  • Physical Answer + Reject buttons
  • Physical SOS side button
  • Removable 2800 mAh battery
  • Upgradeable battery (4500 mAh)
  • 4G, Dual Sim
  • Bluetooth LE
  • Range Sensor
  • Light Sensor
  • 8MP Sony Camera
  • 4″ FHD Screen
  • Quad-Core 1.4GHz CPU
  • Android 5.1
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB Storage

Now for the fun stuff: They claim this phone is “hexa-proof”, that means it is waterproof, dust-proof, shockproof, freeze-proof, tempe-proof, and oil-proof. That is a little bit more than the average smartphone will handle in its lifetime.

Local pricing is yet to be announced but in Europe it goes for 430EUR so it should be inline with similar spec Android smartphones.

It seems like there is quite a powerful phone hidden under that though exterior.

I’m waiting to get my hands on a review model and when I do, I’ll put this phone through its paces and see if it lives up to what it claims.

A Complete List of All the Shows and Movies on Netflix in South Africa

A lot has been said about how good or bad the South African Netflix library is. Wondering what movies and shows are available?

Well have a look here for movies and here for series. (Nice searchable lists too)

Well, no point in me keeping you any longer then, go forth and Netflix and chill.

My Infinity Project – Building The Best Media Centre

For my day job I’m a developer. That entails learning new technologies all the time. Time after time I’ve battled to keep interest making “To do” list apps and “Hello World” programs. A few years back a needed to learn PHP. Not just the basics, I needed to learn it well enough to make a production system for a client.

At the time I lived with my parents and our internet was poor to say the least. I used the internet at work to download things at night. I needed a way to manage these downloads remotely. I started looking at APIs and remote access. I decided setting up a simple PHP site pulling from APIs would be the best option. And so started my media centre infinity project.

I have to thank Johann Du Toit for the term “Infinity Project.” He introduced me to the term as an individual project that never ends. You keep evolving it over and over again making it better and better as you learn along the way.

I started with a basic page that showed downloads, their progress and I kept track of upcoming episodes of the series I liked to watch. I ran if off a RaspberryPi. Soon I updated an old laptop with some extra hard drive space and I put the extra power to good use.

Fast forward a few months and we had uncapped internet at home. I installed Kodi (then XBMC) and left the laptop plugged into my TV. Soon I stumbled across SickBeard and CouchPotato and started automating movie and TV show downloads. My basic PHP script got a make over and pulled from those APIs.

Soon my site was getting too large to manage so I rebuilt it from the ground up using CodeIgniter. I chose CodeIgniter because the learning curve wasn’t big at all. I got a lot of functionality out in a very short space of time. I was well on my way to “productising” my media centre manager. I made the mistake of using a Bootstrap based but paid admin theme. It seemed like a very good idea at the time, but without it being open source I couldn’t release any of my code. By this time I had moved to Cape Town and my media centre was my primary source of entertainment. I also had much better internet.

Web technologies are always evolving and recently I decided it would be a good idea to learn AngularJS. That way I would be able to make web based apps for iOS and Android as well as it being a stepping stone to really learning Swift properly. I saw this as the perfect opportunity to update my media centre.

I started with a few tutorials online and soon I had the basics down. I’ve always battled with markup. It wasn’t that I couldn’t do it, I just didn’t enjoy it. I found AngularMaterial. I started over and soon I had a really good base to work from. I refactored my old code into an API with a REST library I wrote for CodeIgniter. (Based on this one but heavily updated for performance.) I learned about JSON Web Tokens along the way as a good way to authenticate requests.

Some of you may have noticed me being a little missing in action over the past few weeks. I’ve been focussing on work, some freelance work and helping build an Uber Style App for a startup. On top of all of this I managed to get my media centre into a presentable form.

So this is what I’ve come up with so far:

I made everything responsive as I use it on my phone the most often. I linked it to the Kodi API so I have “Play Now” buttons on the movies and series. I also have the “Now Playing” remote. This pulls whatever is playing from Kodi and the progress. I added in some play/pause and stop buttons. The side effect of having this available over the internet is that I can troll my girlfriend and pause whatever she is watching when I’m at work.

This project is far from over, I will keep updating it. As and when I learn new technologies. I’m hoping an iOS app can be next. Currently I’m running this off of a Mac Mini with OS X Server on it connected to a 4K TV. I’ve moved from SickBeard to SickRage as it is much more actively developed. I can run 4K movies and series at 30fps. (More than enough for video) I serve it to the world over my Telkom Fibre line. This is more than sufficient for my personal needs.

I look forward to your ideas and feedback, please leave them in the comments below or give me a shout on Facebook or Twitter. I’ll look into releasing what I’ve done on GitHub when I’m properly using environment variables and remove a few hard coded hacks. I hope you guys enjoyed this little write up.

How to Easily Share The Music That You Stream

So you use Apple Music and your friend uses Deezer. Or you swear by Spotify but your girlfriend uses Rdio.

You find the coolest song IN THE WORLD and just have to share it with them. Gone are the days of “Hey, search for this song” and “No that’s not how you spell it.”

I present to you Son.gg. (Pretty cool domain if you ask me)

Instead of me going on about how it works just click here (http://son.gg/3754a0/) to discover a really difficult to share song.

I also have it on good authority that some apps are on the way to make this process even easier!

Apps IN Apple’s App Store Have Malware

Lazy developers downloaded a fake version of Xcode and then used it to publish real apps to the real App Store.

There is not much more to say about this. I understand 12 year old Timmy torrenting Xcode because he doesn’t know any better, but real actual developers of popular apps? FFS, that is a rookie error.

The most high profile app to be affected is WeChat. Not a fan. WeChat claims that it was on older version that was affected but just to be safe, update your apps. (Or delete them.)

This friendly commenter said it best:

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[via Gizmodo]

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