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Netflix 1.3 APK works on some unsupported devices

I think I’ve mentioned before that I am using an HTC Inspire 4g running froyo. My phone is not among the handful of devices officially supported by the Netflix app. That makes one very big problem: the App Market won’t allow me to install the Netflix app since Netflix lists the Inspire as “unsupported.”

However, some ingenious users took a look into the actual .apk for the Netflix app and found out that the app itself no longer checks to see if the device running it is supported or not. The end result: Netflix on unsupported devices!

You need two things to make this work: a phone where you can enable Unknown Sources for software installation, and the actual .apk itself. It took a little bit of work to find the file – many of the websites linked in the article below no longer worked. But once I did track a copy down and installed it, I was watching a movie on Netflix. Excellent!

Note that the article I am linking to is tablet-oriented. 

Your device still not listed alongside the growing list of Netflix-capable phones? [...] folks have discovered that the new Netflix 1.3 .APK actually works

via PSA: Netflix 1.3 APK Could Work on Your Honeycomb Tablet.

Moving away from Kontact

I am a long, long, long term Kontact user. I got hooked on kmail long ago, and moved to Kontact once korg and kabc ended up in the fold. I’ve enjoyed using it since then, and was pretty much hooked. Until recently.

For whatever reason, I’ve been moving more and more to cloud-based email and calendaring. Gmail and Google Calendar have taken over. Being able to pin the tabs in Chrome is what did the trick. Easy access to both apps – easier than bringing another window open – plus the ability to sync with my other computers and – most importantly – my android-based phone did the rest.

Now I can’t help but wonder: what other of my favorite desktop tools are going to be replaced by cloud/web-based alternatives?

Contapps – my new favorite contacts app

My new favorite contact manager for Android is Contapps. It’s part contact manager – including photo-sync with Facebook – and part Twitter and Facebook aggregator. Want to easily add pictures for all of your contacts? Done. Want to make a one-click shortcut to call/txt your favorite contacts? Done. Want to see the most recent activity for your contacts. Done.

My only issue with Contapps is the 4×2 widget stopped working. This used to be my favorite part of Contapps. The half-screen widget was by-far the most useful contacts widget I’ve ever used. The 4×1 and 4×4 widgets still work, but the 4×2 shows the widgets frame, but is otherwise empty.

[sigh]

Anyway, the rest of Contapps is good enough that I recommend installing it and giving it a try.

Profile picI am a 40-ish uber-geek, Daoist and family man. Blessed to have one incredible wife and three wonderful kiddos. Dao has been kind to me.

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