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Text Fiction gets a bit of love – Goodbye Drupal, Hello Hugo!

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 16:53
Phew, that was a bit more work than I expected, but I finally hit publish on the new Text Fiction website. It’s not perfect yet (as if anything ever was), but redoing the whole thing is something I had on…Read more ›

Google locking out uncertified Android devices – speculations on how it works and what to do

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 17:20
Ok, there’s a lot of confusing information out there now, concerning Google’s latest walled garden antics. It’s not directly a problem for Raccoon (Raccoon, with the help of DummyDroid, can fake any desired device), but it might be for people…Read more ›

Vote rigging? The real danger of Facebook is yet to come!

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 19:29
Currently, everyone seems to be discussing whether or not elections can be manipulated through Facebook. Good morning sheeple! Who would have thought that sharing personal information with an ad network would allow marketeers to contact and lull swing voters? Let’s…Read more ›

… but we are all Facebook users!

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 17:08
“What’s your problem? Nobody is forced to use Facebook, it’s your choice!” Err, no! just because that stupid argument is parroted ad nauseam throughout the internet since, forever, doesn’t make it true. In reality, we are all Facebook users, no…Read more ›

Getting in touch with users who (anonymously) left poor ratings on Google Play

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 13:40
Let’s say you just published a brand new app on Google Play, then the first couple of days are crucial. Every review/rating counts and nothing will get your blood pressure up like unjustified downvotes. Let’s face it, some users plain…Read more ›

Another day, another cold call

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 13:16
Telephones… you wish, Alexander Graham Bell would have come up with a design that mandates a conductive plate in the earpiece, so you can remotely shock your peer in case s/he says something stupid, behaves like an asshole or both,…Read more ›

Google Play, GSF ID, useragent, app compatibility?

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 14:13
I get asked fairly often (in various ways) how Google Play determines if an app is compatible with a device. When you start up your Android device for the first time, it will ask you for a Google Account (spoiler:…Read more ›

Fingerprints are NOT passwords!

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 11:13
The three basic rules for password security are: Never write your password down. Someone might find your note. Never use the same password for different services. Otherwise you give the operators of one service access to the other. Change your…Read more ›

How to remove bad reviews from your app on Google Play

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 11:07
Tell me if this sounds familiar to you. You just finished uploading the app, you worked on for months to Google Play. Now everything depends on getting good reviews, but alas… Some users think the review section is a support…Read more ›

Simple hardware hack to make your PC fast again

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 13:52
Did you ever have feeling that your computer has been getting slower lately? Got dropping Framerate for no apparent reason? Everything generally feeling more laggy, even though the software stayed the same? Chances are, your machine is just suffering from…Read more ›

The pitfall of the digital assistant

Sun, 01/07/2018 - 20:51
Food for thoughts: digital assistants with voice recognition are suppose to save us time: we can simply speak our mind and they already know how to perform complex tasks, thus saving us the hassle of pushing buttons and carrying out…Read more ›

Raccoon, Google Play, APK download and the offertype

Sat, 01/06/2018 - 01:03
One of the cool features of Raccoon is the ability to downgrade apps when a developer screws you over with an update. However, in order to do so, you must supply the following download parameters yourself: Packagename Versioncode Offertype Unlike…Read more ›

Update on the “Bypassing region restrictions” thing.

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 04:28
Wow, this ipCountryOverride thing is tough. I mean, with mccMncOverride,  the content/format of the value is obvious. But how does Play expect a country to be specified? Could be a two letter country code, could be a locale string, might…Read more ›