New Nexus Devices 4, 10

Google just announced new Nexus devices.  There was supposed to be a launch but that was cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy.

Nexus 4 is a phone made by LG,  10 is a 10 inch tablet by Samsung.  Both will most likely ship with Android 4.2.  The new version of Android comes with a gesture keyboard that is like Swype and a new camera app.  There is another Nexus device, Nexus 7 made by ASUS, now available in 32GB.

Look carefully at the 4 in the video, does it remind you of another phone?  The guy that was presenting the devices is no other than Matias Duarte.  Yes, he was from Palm Computing.

Now to see when is Google going to release the code for Android 4.2 to Android Open Source Project (AOSP).  Once that is done, all modders out there can start experiencing the latest Jelly Bean goodness.


The full article from the Verge is here.

Nexus logo from Google +



What is that?  Its Bring Your Own Device. That is the latest trend in end user computing.  Instead of the company purchasing the computer for you, you use the allocated amount to buy the device or you supply it. It is suppose to be very popular in the US.

Traditionally, IT/ IS/ MIS sets the configuration of the end user computer or notebook.  This may be purchased by the IT, end user department or even the end user.  In the end this shiny new box will be configured by IT, for the require suite of software and security products, eg AV, VPN and two factor authentication etc.

Enter BYOD or Bring Your Own Device.  This practice has been around for some time in Singapore, but largely confined to the insurance and property sector.  There the agents are actually individual businesses.  The IT would recommend which models to buy for optimum application performance.  Other than that, the rest is end user responsibilities.

That was the picture in 2010.   With the introduction of iPad and Android tablets, things turned upside down.  Gartner calls it the most radical shift in enterprise end user computing since the PC. Users bring their personal devices to work and expect connectivity to the enterprise repository.  How to support these devices to access Sharepoint? (Tip: Use an app called SharePlus).  There is also a small growing trend of users using their own personal notebooks eg MacBook Air.

What about security?  There are lots of vendors out there are willing to sell you box/es to solve your problem.  Note there is no one magic solution to this.  You have to tailor these solutions to your environment.

You can

  1. have the devices co-exist on the WLAN with aggressive monitoring
  2. move all the personal devices to the quarantine zone and use VPN.
  3. the list goes on.

Other than information security, who is going to responsible when these devices break down? or OS crashes?  These you can handle via management approved policies.

Top BYOD concerns

Google Now voice commands

This list is taken off a G+ post.  Those commands prefix with a = is from the Nexus Voice Action page.  ==  is a command that I tested.  Note to use the voice prompt ‘Google’, the language must be set to English (US).  It does not work for any other type of English.


*If you want it to give traffic information from home to work make sure your home and work location is set on latitude, it will update it self and give you traffic information from where ever you are at. (Now Card)
-Navigate to_____.
-Directions to ____.
-Take me to _____.


-Stock price of ____.  If you can get it to recognize the word ‘stock’, it only report US listings.


*A Now card will appear of a flight you’ve searched for.(Now Card)
-Flight name + flight number (ex. “Delta Air Lines flight 4183”)


* It will read your calendar and post it on Google Now, if you don’t want it to, just go to setting and change it(Now Card)
**also appointments with a certain destination will show up on the Now card and it will give traffic information to your appointment’s destination.*Furthermore, It will notify you when you should leave so you can be able to make it to your destination on time. (Now Card)
==create event for ____ /next ______
-Note to self:_____
– Set Alarm for______
-Remind me to______ in 2 hours.  This works for “call home”, for longer string “call Andrea” does not.


now with the latest .apk your weather will be in the notification bar
*Weather will update by itself on Google Now based on your location. (Now Card)
-What’s the weather like
– What’s the weather like in________
-Will I need a jacket today?
-What the weather like + day


*A now card will display the places you have searched when traveling so you can find your best restaurant near by.(Now Card)
-call + (places name)
– map of (places name)  Tried with Civil Service Club.  Reported the club house in the city
– (place name) near by .  Tried with Compass Point.  It shows a card with a Map of Compass Point and some web results.  I was expecting an additional card on Kopitiam Square.

For You

-Call + (contacts name)  This works
-Text + (contacts name) + (message) This works
-Send email to (contact name)(,)(message) This sort of works, need to remember the syntax for subject and message body.


-Play (artist name) Adele works, Carly Rae Jepsen doesn’t
-Play (songs title)  This does not work, jumps to a search result page.
= Listen to (artist name or song title)  This is much more reliable.  Both artist name and song title works.


*Based on what teams you search, Google Now will give a Now card of the scores of those teams to keep you updated. (Now Card)
-Score for (teams name)
-When is the next (teams name) game
-How are the (team) doing
-Did the (team) win


_____Percent or % of ____. (ex. Bill Tip fpr 15%. Type “15% of 84.51” it will answer 12.68)
– 9 x 9
– 10 + 117
-How many inches are in _ feet
– ask it whatever simple math problem I guess


*If travel to a place with a different currency, a Now Card will automatically display the exchange rate for you.(Now Card)
-Amount + current currency name + (currency name) – for ex. (100 dollars in euro)

Question and Holidays

-Who is the current president of the US
-When is (holiday) in (what year) Tried with Deepavali, replied Tues Nov 13 2012. Tried with Chinese NewYear, replied with card.  Tried with Hari Raya or Hari Raya Puasa, it got confused.
-Whats the capital of ___
– How old is_____ (almost anything) Tried with Raffles Hotel.  Gave a web result.  The answer to Statue of  Liberty gave a web result too.
– how tall is_____ (person or building, etc.) Kobe Bryant query gave a card.  Tried with Singapore Flyer, gave a card!

== Who is ___ Tried with Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, cards return.  Tried with Lee Kuan Yew, the search got lost and gave erroneous web results.


*If you travel to a different timezone a now card will display the current time now(Now Card)
-Today’s date?
-What time is it?
-What time is it in (location)?
-When is sunrise/sunset in (location)?
-What timezone is (location) in?

Image Search

-Pictures of___  Tested with African Violet, loads Google Images.
-What does_____ look like Tested with African Violet, loads Google Images even ‘an’ was recognized as ‘and’


*A Now card will display the translation lanugaue for you when you travel to a different country with a diffent language, so you can be able to understand what other people are saying about you 😛 (Now Card)
-Definition of________
-What does_______ mean.
-Define___  Tried with pi, came back with a card on pastry pie.  Tried with electron charge and it works.


– Go to (url)  Works for Yahoo, Microsoft, but not for Singtel, M1 or Starhub

Vulnerability in Microsoft Internet Explorer


Hmm another Microsoft Security Advisory.  This time, strangely it affects Internet Explorer  6 to 9. That is nearly all versions.  The vulnerability seems to be quite unique.  It could allow the hacker to perform remote code execution on websites.

The mitigation is more than the usual turn off the ActiveX until the patch is out. It require users involve installing a “Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolket” or EMET.

This complexity led to some tech websites encouraging users to change browsers. link  This is easier said than done.  Corporate users need Internet Explorer to access Sharepoint, SSRS, CRM etc.  Telling them to use another browser for Internet related work is an exercise in futility.

On another note, KB articles are now 8 digits!

Advisory here. 2757760

EMET KB here 2458544

Update 10 Oct 12

The Security Update that you should install is here link  This is for Internet Explorer 7, 8 and 9 across all operating systems.  Internet Explorer 6?  Why are you still using this?

Jelly Bean on Samsung S2

Jelly Bean took a long time to come to Cyanogenmod (CM).  It was plagued with memory leaks for sometime. This is because of the Samsung proprietary drivers needed for the CPU. In an interview, one of the key developers, Codeworkx made a few negative comments about it.

The memory leak was finally  fixed in late Sept 12 and it took sometime for the fix to be rolled up in the CM10 nightly release schedule.  Just as I was going to install, I came across a few reviews that the 2 Oct nightly was very slow.  So things got put on hold.  In the late afternoon, the 3 Oct nightly was released and the reviews were positive.  So I started upgrading from CM 9 (ICS) to CM10 (JB) on my Samsung Galaxy S2 GT-I9100.

1. Perform a backup or screenshot everything.

For reasons unknown, my internal SD card does not mount properly for ROM Manager.  So Nandroid backup is not possible.

2. Copy ROM and Gapps over.

3. Boot to Recovery and flash in the same order.

4. Clear cache (I did not do this)

5. Reboot and wait for OS to upgrade the apps.

6. All the apps from CM9 and data should still be there.

7. Re-create Camera short cut.

8. Start Google Play to let it auto update some of the Google apps.


Gratuitous screen shot of main homescreen
System Information and version.
New Notification Drawer. You can view a brief summary of incoming mails and messages. There are widgets too!


A better screen shot of the Notification Drawer. Note the thumbnail picture.
Thew new updater replacing ROM Manager. Not working at the moment.

CM10 is now only available via nightly releases.  It is not on weekly, stable or release candidate.  The download type need to be set to all to see the nightly releases.

New lockscreen for Jelly Bean


New lockscreen with options
Lockscreen showing Calendar widget and battery status.


Tested Google Now. Interesting information it gives you, departure schedule for buses and trains near your location.  I have fed it some GPS data by driving around and sample searches.  So far it is showing only the weather. A future blog post coming.

Google Now. The cards will change to cater to your needs.

Battery life, initial gut feel is a bit shorter.  The CPU work harder, more juice required.

ROM CM10 3 Oct nightly


Lastly, most importantly,


updated 9 Oct 12

Things I learn from watching Japanese drama

Things I learn from watching Japanese drama, more specifically, detective drama, Strawberry Night.

  1. Investigation strategy is decided by mid level commanders
  2. No notebooks! Notes are written on a sheet of paper, presumably for easy filing later.
  3. Compared to American shows, there is no need to visit a strip bar.
  4. Politics are vicious.
  5. Trace contamination by investigators seem to be irrelevant.
  6. What is with the briefcase?  They carry them every where including apprehending suspects.