AirDroid – a handy little Android app to manage your phone

Recently, whilst having problems transfering files to/from my phone via MTP, I came across this little gem of an app. AirDroid allows you to manage your Android phone from your browser over a wireless connection, provided you are on the same wireless network as your phone are running Android 2.1 or later.

After installing the app, on first startup you will be given a quick tour of the features, after which the app will start up for real. The opening screen provides you with a web address and dynamic passcode. Just browse to the web address using your favourite broswer (as of writing this AirDroid supports IE 8 or later, Chrome 12 or later, Firefox 3.6 or later, Safari 5.0 or later) on your desktop. You will be presented with a login page where you need to enter the passcode, you can also select the option to encrypt your connection to the phone if you require additional security. The required passcode changes everytime you start up AirDriod, however, should you wish, you can choose to set a static password within the application settings. Once you are logged in, you will see a desktop like the one shown below, from which you can manage your phone.

AirDroid Screenshot

AirDroid desktop

Probably AirDroid’s most handy feature is the way it lets you manage files on your phone just as easily as you would on your desktop. The interface is pretty slick and responsive and the file browser allows you to drag and drop files between your PC and phone. As well as transfering files, you can easily perform many other standard tasks such as copy, paste, move, delete or rename files, download folders as zip archives or create new folders.

AirDroid doesn’t stop at file management though, you can play videos and listen to music stored on your phone, manage your images view your call logs and manage your contacts. I must say that although most features worked pretty well, I was unable to play back video, however that may have been down to a weak wireless signal as opposed to a flaw in the app. As well as all this, you can send and recieve text messages and take screenshots and also manage your installed applications or even search the play store and install new apps. Finally, another handy little feature allows you to input a URL and have it load in the browser on your phone – similar to Chrome to Phone but without the need to install any extensions in your browser.

If you are an Android user and are in need of an app which will let you easily manage files on your phone, then AirDroid is certainly worth a look - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sand.airdroid

 

360th Anniversary of the Battle of Worcester

The Battle of Worcester

The Sealed Knot re-enacted the Battle of Worcester

 

Last weekend saw the 360th anniversary of the Battle of Worcester, King Charle’s II’s last stand against Oliver Cromwell’s New Model Army. The battle was the final battle in the third phase of the English Civil war, taking place on 3rd September 1651. So important was the battle that John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, 2nd and 3rd Presidents of the United States of America, came to visit the battlefield in 1786. In his diary, John Adams said of his visit:

“…Worcester were curious and interesting to us, as Scænes where Freemen had fought for their Rights. The People in the Neighbourhood, appeared so ignorant and careless at Worcester that I was provoked and asked, “And do Englishmen so soon forget the Ground where Liberty was fought for? Tell your Neighbours and your Children that this is holy Ground, much holier than that on which your Churches stand. All England should come in Pilgrimage to this Hill [Fort Royal], once a Year.”

Less than 2 years later Adams and Jefferson were to help write the US Constitution.

On Sunday, 4th September, The Sealed Knot re-enacted the battle in which 16,000, predominantly Scottish, Royalist forces were overcome by 28000 Parliamentarians troops led by Oliver Cromwell. The display took place on Powick Fields on the outskirts of Worcester, close to the site of the actual battle.

About 3,000 men were killed during the battle, of which only a few hundred were on the side of the Parliamentarians. A further 10,000 were taken prisoner. Many of the English prisoners were conscripted into the New Model Army, whilst about 8000 Scots were put to work for landowners in the colonies as far afield as the West Indies.

Charles himself, fled the battlefield eventually making his way to France after 6 weeks spent on the run.

RuneIt

runeitI have just released my first Android app, RuneIt, to the market. It’s a simple puzzle game. The object of the game is to capture all of the squares on a grid. Tiles must be placed adjacent to at least one other tile on the board, however either the colour or the symbol on the adjacent tiles must match. If you want to download the game you can get it from the market at the following url - https://market.android.com/details?id=com.mpeters.runeit. Alternatively use the QR image below:

RuneIt