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
You must have seen some animated GIFs that made your day ( especially when it’s a Friday, like this very day) and you may have some cool ideas of your own, but you still have no clue how to do it. Any GIF Animator is a user-friendly ( almost noob-friendly) app that converts video files into GIF animation with just a few mouse clicks.
You should pay a little extra attention to the installation process, to avoid the installment of some unwanted software. GIF animator needs to preinstall some codecs on your system and unfortunately the codec pack called Cole2K Media comes packaged with Ask toolbar, so don’t check out all the windows you see in front of you.
The video formats you’ll be able to work with would be: VI, MP4, MPEG, WMV, MOV and MKV. No complaints here, these are the most popular video formats.
You all know that the greatest battery consumers are the mobile data connections, 4G/LTE/3G, Wi-Fi services, location services, GPS, etc. So, when you don’t need any of this, it would be better to turn them on ( you can place widgets with them and this way, it would be simpler). You should also know that mobile data connections eat your battery a lot faster than Wi-fi. If you’re asking why, the answer is pretty simple: the distance between the transmitter being smaller when it comes to Wi-fi, the signal you’ll get will be stronger and somewhat more stable, so you’re smartphone’s antenna doesn’t need so much energy. Lucky you!
Sometimes I find hard to type messages or emails on my smartphone’s virtual keyboard, and I’m sure you would much prefer to use a full computer keyboard instead. The first solution popping in anybody’s mind is pairing a Bluetooth keyboard with your Android phone. But, fortunately for those who don’t own this kind of device, there’s a second possibility : using a free Android application called Remote Keyboard, you can easily connect your Android device to your desktop keyboard. You won’t be having any heartache installing this; you can take my word for it.
Or...wait, you actualy don't have to take my word for it, you'll discover it for yourself reading this detailed, step-by-step tutorial.
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.