Using the Blue Snowball USB Mic with Android Devices

Snowball Blue

The Blue Snowball USB Microphone has been around for a long time now, thanks to it’s simplicity and superb recording quality. Originally intended to work with desktop computers (the official website lists the product as a “Plug and Play Product with Mac and PC”), I found myself wondering if this little spherical gadget would work with a mobile phone or tablet.

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Disable Google Assistant or Google Now Launch on Long-Press Home or Keyboard Start

Long pressing the Home button on Android devices by default results in the launch of Google Assistant (or Google Now). I’m not sure how many people use that shortcut, but when I do, it’s only by accident, and so I’ve always found it annoying. Continue reading “Disable Google Assistant or Google Now Launch on Long-Press Home or Keyboard Start”

Eclipse to AIDE–some characters not recognized

After deciding to do some Android Development, I found AIDE, which allows you to develop Android Apps on your Android device itself. It does the job amazingly well, but despite that, the lack of a full physical keyboard limits the my speed, so I use it only to do some minor coding when I’m on the go and then bring it back to Eclipse. Sounds bulletproof, but when I tested out an app that I developed in Eclipse, I got some errors–some special characters in my code weren’t recognized and got turned into “�” (e.g. €, ¿, ¡, etc.) . Continue reading “Eclipse to AIDE–some characters not recognized”