NES Classic Mini with all the Games!

Here is how you load your NES Classic Mini with all the games

https://github.com/ClusterM/hakchi2 (Tool used in this video)

 

 

Apple Oct 2016 Event

The best stuff from Apple’s live event today gizmo.do/RoFJBfL https://t.co/m9oppODPDu

Amazon Echo in Canada

It’s time for a post! I know I haven’t posted anything in awhile, but this product is pretty cool. I know us Canadians are late to the party since this product STILL isn’t available, but I thought I would share my experience.

Product: Amazon Echo

About 90% of this product will work just fine in Canada if you use Spotify instead of Amazon Prime Music. The only problem you might run into would be the locale (used for timezone, weather, local news and traffic). You can get around this a couple ways:

  1. Specify the city when making these requests “Alexa, tell me the weather in Kelowna BC”
  2. Since my timezone was off, step one didn’t cut it for me. For some reason changing my city to Seattle didn’t update the timezone. Follow this guide to “hack” the Echo’s location to allow an outside the US locale.

First download this Chrome Extension called Request Maker.

Now visit the Alexa website and go to Settings -> click on your Device -> click edit beside your Device Location and change your zip code to a US zip code. Now you can click on the Request Maker extension and you will see a PUT to “https://pitangui.amazon.com/api/device-preferences/”, click on this and you will see the raw text that was sent to Amazon. Using these flags you can set your timezone and device local.

To see which timezone is correct for you visit this Amazon page.

Here is an example from Echotalk forums:

{"deviceAccountId":"DONOTCHANGE","deviceAddress":"23 Wenlock Road, London, N17","deviceAddressModel":{"city":"London","countryCode":"UK","county":"London","district":"Hackney","houseNumber":"901","label":"23 WA-305 NE, Bainbridge Island, N1 7SZ, United Kingdom","postalCode":"N1 7SZ","state":"London","street":"WA-305 NE"},"deviceSerialNumber":"DONOTCHANGE","deviceType":"AB72C64C86AW2","firstRunCompleted":true,"postalCode":"98110","responseStyle":"CONCISE","searchCustomerId":"DONOTCHANGE","temperatureScale":"CELSIUS","timeZoneId":"Europe/London","voiceCastEnabled":null,"autocastToThisClient":false,"isSaveInFlight":true}

Once you have made these changes click SEND and test out Alexa by asking “What’s the weather” or “What’s the time”.

This makes the ECHO almost 100% working in Canada and it’s a really cool product. Now I can control my lights, doors, media centre, temperature, SONOS (official support soon) and get information via jokes or Wikipedia. If you really want to enhance Alexa, try using IFTTT and Home Assistant.

Until Google Home is released, this speaker is a wicked solution.

 

Android L and new Nexus devices

Get all your Android updates for the week on the official Google Blog

 

Happy iPhone/iWatch day!

Stupid Apple making me want things!

iPhone

iWatch

Get your free U2 album at iTunes.

Might have to ditch Android as it’s no where near as clean as Apple

Apple iPhone 5S/5C event

Apple event for the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C was today.

iPhone 5S

iPhone 5C

iOS 7

iOS 7 is out Sept 18th 2013 and here is “everything you need to know about the iPhone 5S

The year of the Smart Watch

I knew it was coming, and I was quite excited that it’s finally happening.

Currently I have this watch for tracking my runs : Nike GPS Watch

Well this watch is decent, I want more. I want Apps, MP3 player, Wifi, GPS and more. This discontinued watch would have been perfect : MotoACTV

Another watch that would be decent for fitness is the new TomTom watches : TomTom Sport

I decided to be patient and hold off, knowing that Android watches were on the way. Maybe even an Apple iWatch (which has been rumored).

Of course I would have to give credit to the watch that started this trend : Pebble

Here is a list of other watches that I know about:

Samsung Galaxy Gear
Sony Smart Watch 2
Qualcomm Toq
I’m Watch
Omate Truesmart
MetaWatch
KreyOS
Agent
Vachen
Hot Watch
Martian

A list of more watches

Guess we will see what else happens with all these smart watches, I know more are on the way. Especially since a big company like Samsung has released one.