Samsung introduces iFlex flexPhone Concept at CES 2013
The displays of the future are thought to be the future display, but how far is this future from us? It seems that Samsung took another step in this direction when it presented them at CES 2013 in Las Vegas. The creation of Poorter Design studio in Milan, the iFlex flexPhone Concept presents two sides... Read More
Apple's new mobile maps on iOS 6 which attempted to replace Google Maps, a fully functional application was one of the company’s biggest failure ever. It seems that Apple are still working to correct its most obvious errors, which were signaled by users using Iphone 5 and the older 4s, 4, 3Gs,... Read More
Banned from US: the Apple killer list of Samsung smartphones
On Friday, Samsung was found to infringe on Apple’s patents with some of its smartphones by judge Lucy Koh. Controversial as it may be, the court’s decision is final and Apple has the right to ban some of Samsung’ s products in the United States. Some of you have asked themselves if flagship models... Read More
Most people find themselves inside the following scenario: for a reason or another, they press the delete button way too early and afterwards they just cannot recuperate it, as long as it’s not in the Recycle Bin. That’s where our story begins and where we begin to ask everybody for Windows recovery and backup tricks.
The good news is that Windows’ System Restore ( in Windows 7 or Vista) or System Protection ( in Windows XP) contains an automatic file backup entitled “Shadow Copies”. Inside it, there are created by default backup copies. They’re called “Previous versions”, a name you must bear in your mind. So, if you remember exactly the deleted file name, you have a good chance to recuperate that lost file.
Have you ever tried to use the time lapse technique, in order words to group a series of photos taken with the same subject and to playback them, fooling the eye into believe it’s a single video sequence? You just need to playback them at around 24-30 frames per second to create that effect. You must have seen that classic sequence of images that show a plant growing, cities in the daily motion, various buildings ascending to the sky, blah, blah, blah.
If you’d want to know how to play around with time-lapse photography ten or twenty years ago, it would have been far more difficult and you’d need out of this world skills and patience. Now, you can use these skills and this patience at thinking about pictures, not techniques. All you need is the right time lapse software for Windows, to do most of the work for you. The time lapse tool I’m talking is the open source Motion Time Lapser and it’s made for Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8.
There are some moments in which you want your PC running Windows 7 or Windows 8 to automatically wake up in the morning or at some other time. You may want to trigger an alarm ( when you’re doing something extremely important, like going to the airport in the morning, at a meeting you don’t want to miss for anything in the world, or just launching a video reminding you at an important task, etc). Either way, you need to set up the automatic wake up from sleep task on Windows 7 or 8. Piece of cake.
Disclaimer: The following tutorial assumes you know next to nothing about how your PC works, so don't feel offended if it's too explicit for your tastes. Expecially the pictures, depicting the crude reality of all the steps.
Disclamer 2: If you woke up in the morning at the right hour, don't blame us. Your boss should assume all the responsibility for that despicable act.
Is there anybody there frustrated for not living in US? Now, our frustration has just met a new reason: people outside this beautiful country won’t enjoy full access to Google Play, at least not for now. At least, not officially. So, what’s the purpose of owning a high-specs, full-featured, rooted Android phone, if you can’t spend your money on all the useful and, why not, the not-so-useful stuff from Google Play: Google Music, Books, Magazines, Movies, TV Shows, etc? For now, only the games and apps can be downloaded from us, the unlucky mortals across the ocean.
Fortunately, there are some developers who encountered the same problems and decided to come with an ingenious solution. You must have guessed: an XDA Forums member was the one to enable access to all Google Play services outside United States. Below it’s an easy to follow, succinct tutorial for you to follow.
Wouldn’t it be cool to talk to Siri “in flesh and blood”, not a sophisticated application? Or simply learn all these things, without having to interrupt whatever you were doing before asking Siri something? This would be entirely possible if you could “hide” the app, run Siri in the background.
A Cydia tweak in the jailbreak store, entitled HiddenHelper, disables Siri interface when you access Siri if you choose so. Of course, this would be a bad idea if you’re not a native speaker and you can’t possibly say if Siri understood you correctly or not.
Don’t worry, using this app won’t stop you from using Siri for all these; it just will be invisible and you’ll be able to do whatever you’re doing without enabling Siri interface. Long-press the Home button, or raise the device to your ear and you’ll launch the invisible variant of the assistant.
Sim-locked phones are certainly not my cup of tea. But if there’s a will, there’s a way. You can always buy an unlock key ( for some, quite expensive) or search for free solutions. The Android community, in its infinite creativity and wisdom, provides a solution to almost each problem you can think of.
The one who deserves your thanks this time is spocky12, member of XDA developers, with his new GalaxSim Unlock app. It works with all the current versions of Android OS and, according to spocky12: as of now, this app does more than any other manual or automatic methods available, so your device won't relock with any currently available roms (post lg6, Jb leaks...).
There is, also, a minuscule chance for Samsung to perform checks in the future ROMs capable to relock your much appraised Galaxy S3. In spocky12’s words: “Now I won't lie to you. I won't tell you it will unlock your phone forever, as I can't say for sure...I can't affirm that this app makes all the changes made with buying an official unlock code (at least, not yet). So Samsung might add some checks in future roms that could probably relock the phone. Or they won't. With my growing experience of Samsung's EFS, it seems however that they might not do more than my app, in other words, I'm starting to believe that this patch will still work in the future.”
I must confess: I’m a software addict; I like to experiment a lot, especially with free software. Unfortunately, installing and uninstalling too many programs on the same computer affects the computer performance. Some of the applications, if you don’t pay too much attention, run in the background and consume system memory, making your PC sluggish. Fortunately, there are some answers to this problem: application virtualization software.
Spoon provides an easy way to run your applications without actually installing them on the computer, the advantages being worthy of consideration: keeps your PC performance at high quotas, runs the applications in an isolated environment, prevents viruses, data thefts and other problems. It uses the web browser to launch programs into a virtualized environment. You can install this way Games, Media Apps, Browsers, Productivity Apps, Social Apps, etc.
If you’ve already updated your phone to Jelly Bean, congratulations, you do have a potent phone with a smoother operating system then ever. The only problem you might confront it is the lack of flash, because, as you’ve already heard for months, Adobe Flash and Google are not bed fellows anymore (only if you see it as an issue, because some users are still content with HTML5). For the nostalgic users can’t live without Flash on their Jelly Bean flavoured phones there’s always a solution, at least as long as XDA members and forums exist.
Don’t worry, if you follow the exact instructions on the links I’m going to provide for you the whole operation will be an easy and safe one. Especially if you happen to own a device running Android Jelly Bean 4.1 with Android’s native browser app (Galaxy Nexus or Nexus S, for example).
So, as I’ve said before, in order to prolong the goodies the Flash Player has to offer for your device, all you need is a smartphone running Android’s native browser, because Flash can’t possibly work with the Chrome browser, as it doesn’t support plugins. So, you have to own either a Nexus, or a smartphone running custom ROMS based on Jelly Bean and run Android’s native browser.
Samsung Galaxy S3 GT-I9300 boasts with one of the fastest processor out there: 1.4 GHz quad-core Exynos and only its big brother, the much-appraised Samsung Galaxy Note 2 might compete with it. But you can’t really say you have too much horse power in any gadget, so people will always try to hack what seems to be working perfectly to make it work even better or to break it.
The people from XDA were curious about how far one can overclock Samsung’s flagship phone’s processor and they introduced the Ninphetamin3 kernel for Galaxy S3 GT-I9300 which speeds up its 1.4 GHz quad-core Exynos to 1.8 Ghz. More than that, the overall phone’s performance will be improved and the user will gain more control over the smartphone’s features, with CPU Voltage Control Interface, Compiler optimizations, Removed Debug overhead and many more.
If you own a video-capable DSRL and you’re extremely interested in making videos with it, its huge sensor will help you a lot, even if there are some shortcomings to using it (the autofocus system is not so reliable in video mode, the audio is not so great, the output file is enormous, etc). Your camera’s potential will be exploited at its maxim and some of these shortcomings can be avoided if you learn how to use Magic Lantern, a video enhancement which makes available a lot of features that nearly transform your DSRL into a professional video camera.
What are the features I’m talking about? For a start, you can set up programmable focus, add a zebra pattern to display the overexposed areas, enjoy a finer audio control, add custom crop marks for various aspect ratios. This way, your DSRL will function like a camera that costs 10-20 times more its price. It’s worth a try, isn’t it? Especially knowing that installing the program isn’t quite rocket science and it will be explained each step of the process to you.