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Galaxy S3 has better display than iPhone 5

The Galaxy S3’s display is just 1.1 millimeters thick and offers the full color gamut of the NTSC standard. In comparison, the iPhone 5’s display is 1.5 millimeters thick and offers 72 percent of the standard color gamut.

With consumers increasingly concerned with the minute details and specifications of their mobile devices, the results are a win for Samsung, and further illustrates the point that Apple no longer leads when it comes to adding the latest and greatest technology. That was already highlighted by the fact the iPhone 5’s two biggest new features — a bigger display and 4G LTE — have long been found in Android devices.


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What is inside iPhone 5

What’s inside an iPhone 5?

Luckily you don’t have to take one apart yourself to find out. The tech website iFixit has just released its annual look at the guts of Apple’s latest device, and it’s a pretty interesting read (depending on where you fall on the nerd scale). Apple usually being reluctant to make its products easily repairable at the expense of design quality, iFixit’s experts say the new phone is not as obtuse as previous versions.

It says the case is easier to open, the battery is not as difficult to replace and the Home button is supported in a metal case which should stop it wearing out as often.

The phone also has a pop-out ear speaker, a 28nm Qualcomm MFM9615 chip to handle its LTE connectivity, and a light metal case.

Galaxy S3 vs iPhone 5

Head-to-head ... the Samsung Galaxy SIII, left, and Apple's iPhone 5, right.

Even with a bigger screen, Apple’s iPhone 5 struggles to match Samsung’s Galaxy S III, at least on paper.

Apple’s new iPhone 5 is so incredibly thin and light that it even puts the waif-like Galaxy S III to shame. Even so, Apple lovers hoping to make up ground on Samsung’s 4.8-inch Android champion are likely to be underwhelmed by the iPhone 5’s extra screen real estate.

The iPhone 5’s larger, four-inch screen is only taller, not wider, than the iPhone 4 and 4S, so it doesn’t make what’s on the screen any larger (unless you turn it sideways, to watch a movie, for example). Its improved colours and whiter whites still look better than the slightly overblown colours on the Galaxy S III.

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Seagate Goflex Home Enable Torrents

I had plans to buy a NAS for my storage and media server requirement. I had zeroed in on Iomega Cloud edition but some how I ended up buying Seagate Goflex home.

To my disappointment Goflex Home does not have support for downloading torrents natively as of firmware update 2.6.xx. Firmware 2.5.3 had this built in.

After some research I found that there is a way to enable the torrents on Goflex Home. Although it does keep giving me  error in the Seagate control panel but the torrent client keeps working normally.

Following is the method to get this done.

SSH into the NAS. Use a terminal on Mac OS X or Linux. If you are on Windows you can use putty.

$ ssh [username]_hipserv2_seagateplug_[XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX]@[NAS_IP_Address]

[username] – User account on the Seagate GoFlex Home NAS
[XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX] – Product key. You can get it from “About GoFlex Home” on the main application in left bottom corner.
[NAS_IP_Address] – IP address of the Seagate GoFlex Home NAS

– After logged in gain root access.

$ sudo -E -s

– Edit the features.conf file to enable transmission client. Change “supportstransmission=0″ to “supportstransmission=1″. Save the file and exit.

$ vi /etc/features.conf

Post this we need to install the torrent client on the NAS.

The guide is available at the wiki

Once installed I did the following things to make sure that it works as I wanted it to.

I made the transmission folder in /home because the one I made on the hard drive failed to load settings post restart.

I specified the download location as /home/0common/Downloads.

I disabled access patrol.

I updated the firewall rules.






After going through all this I am thinking that I should have bought the Iomega one. And also after comparison I have found that the Iomega has more RAM and would have had saved me all the hassles.



The Guardian and Observer Kindle edition is now available

Click here to download a 14-day free trial from

Kindle edition

The Kindle edition of the Guardian. Photograph: Graeme Robertson for the Guardian


he Guardian and Observer Kindle edition is now available for download seven days a week in the UK, US and more than 100 other countries. It carries the content from that day’s newspaper, including all the editorial sections and supplements:

• Top stories, UK, international and financial news
• Comment, editorials and obituaries
• Reviews
• Sport
• G2 (Monday to Friday)
• Weekday supplements Film & Music, Education and Society
• Weekend magazine and supplements, including the Guide and the literary Review (Saturday)
• Observer magazine and the New Review (Sunday)
• Observer Food Monthly (one Sunday each month)

Many articles are supported by images, and the editions benefit from the Kindle’s easy to navigate layout.

Click here to visit the Kindle store and download a 14-day free trial. Once your trial period has ended, pricing will be as follows:

UK: £9.99/month, £0.99/issue
US: $9.99/month, $0.75/issue
Rest of world: $17.99/month, $1.99/issue

A full explanation of how to download content for your Kindle and other useful information is available from Amazon.


Sony Tablet P and Tablet S

Next month, Sony is launching two tablets; a foldable dual 5.5-inch screen clamshell called the Sony Tablet P and a more conventional tablet dubbed Sony Tablet S. These were originally codenamed Sony S1 and S2. The Tablet P will weigh only 370 grams and feature a Tegra 2 processor, 4G and WiFi connectivity, 512MB RAM, 4GB flash storage and a 2GB SD card and a 0.3 megapixel front camera. Tablet S will be WiFi-only and feature the same processor and camera as the Tablet P, but will instead weigh 600g, have 1GM of RAM and come in 16 and 32GB flavors. Both these tablets will apparently also be Playstation Certified which means that they’ll support PS1 games and other special content from Sony. Although price and shipping dates are still unknown, retailers have been told that more information is to be expected soon.

Blackberry Torch 9810 buy online

BlackBerry is yet to make this device official in the Indian market, however the good news is that the BlackBerry Torch is already available for purchase with online retailer Letsbuy. This is another touch-and-type smartphone from Research In Motion which the company recently which runs BlackBerry 7 OS like the BlackBerry Bold 9900.

The Torch 9810 is powered by a 1.2 GHz processor and includes 786MB of RAM. It has a 3.2-inch TFT touchscreen display and a slide-out QWERTY keypad, an optical trackpad, a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash and can record videos at 720p HD. Additionally it supports microSD card up to 32GB and has WiFi and 3G connectivity.

The BlackBerry Bold is priced at 29,794 INR with Letsbuy and ships in up to 8 working days.

Buy it at Letsbuy

Reliance debuts 3G Tablet in India entered the tablet war with a 7 inch Android pad. It’s powered by an 800 MHz processor coupled with a healthy 512 MB RAM. It also supports voice calling and SMS; runs on Gingerbread or Android 2.3 and has a capacitive multi touch screen. It weighs only about 389 grams.

The device has two cameras — A 2 megapixel camera at the back and a VGA resolution camera on the front for video calling. The phone connects using 3G, WiFi and Bluetooth.

A WiFi Hotspot feature allows you to use the phone as a WiFi modem for up to five devices. It also has Mobile TV and YouTube, Google Search, Google Map, R World Online, Gmail, and FM Radio. It also plays multiple music and video formats. It’s powered by a 3400 mAh battery, which lasts for 300 hours on standby.

The tablet is manufactured by ZTE, which means we can expect decent build quality coupled with a bundled 3G data plan.

Can a tablet replace Laptop

If you’re tired of lugging around your laptop and tablet everywhere you go — or admiring your buddy’s new tablet — you may be wondering: Can a tablet PC simply replace your laptop?

The short answer: It depends. There’s no doubt that tablets are lighter and have a longer battery life than most laptops. On the other hand, tablets can tie the hands of power users who need to get more demanding work — like creating content — done on the go.

To figure out what’s right for you, here’s what to consider before you buy a tablet or leave your laptop behind for good.

iPad 2 has the best display

The first thing you notice about a tablet is its display. Even when a tablet is powered down, its display is what jumps out first, since the screen is the most dominant part. The quality of the display is a critical component of a tablet, just as image quality is essential to any screen, be it for a laptop, a monitor, a smartphone, or even an HDTV.

I’ve had dozens of tablets cross my desk, and their display quality has varied dramatically. When I look at a tablet’s display quality, I judge it on a number of criteria: brightness, color accuracy, contrast, and image clarity. The last point is a tricky one, as it covers image sharpness and detail as well as text sharpness, areas that can be influenced by how well a mobile operating system renders those elements in software.

Rewind to the debut of the first Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablets–those early models running Android 3.0 all suffered from a bug that caused digital images to render improperly in Google’s Gallery app, the default program for viewing pictures. Images looked fuzzy, with little detail. Google quietly fixed the bug later, in Android 3.1; nevertheless, image reproduction could be better, and the Gallery still natively displays images in just 16-bit color.

So where does that leave the discerning buyer hoping to get the best tablet display possible? To find out, the PCWorld Labs lined up eight tablets and compared their image quality side by side.

Head over to the website to see the comparison