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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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Microsoft sued for tracking mobile users’ location without permission

Lawsuit claims that tech giant collects data about customers’ whereabouts even they have opted out of location tracking


Microsoft faces a lawsuit for allegedly tracking the location of users of its Windows Phone 7 software even after they had opted out

Microsoft tracks the location of its mobile users even after customers turned the software off, a lawsuit filed on Wednesday alleges.

The legal action claims that owners of Windows Phone 7 smartphonesare being unwittingly tracked when the camera on their phone is switched on.

The lawsuit, filed in a Seattle federal court, claims that Microsoft collects data about the whereabouts of its users even after customers have opted out of location tracking.

Microsoft declined to comment on Thursday morning.

The lawsuit follows mounting concern about how technology giants, including Apple and Google, record users’ private data. Microsoft, Nokia, Apple and Google were called before the US Congress in April to explain their privacy policies after security researchers uncovered hidden location-tracking software in iPhones. Google Android phones weresubsequently found to gather location data, but required users’ explicit permission.

The lawsuit alleges that Microsoft’s letter to congress, which claimed that location data is collected “always with the express consent of the user”, was “false”.

The claim, filed by Rebecca Cousineau, says that Microsoft transmits data including coordinates of a customer’s location when the phone’s camera is switched on. According to the lawsuit, hidden tracking affects smartphones using Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 software, such as the HTC 7 Mozart and the Samsung Omnia 7.

Microsoft is understood to be preparing a response to the claims.

In its representation to US Congress in May, the Redmond, Washington-based company said that tracking users’ location helps “deliver more useful and relevant experiences to users”.

It adds: “To provide these rich experiences, Microsoft collects limited information necessary to determine the approximate location of a device. Collection is always with the express consent of the user and the goal of our collection is never to track where a specific device has been or is going.

“We believe that, when designed, deployed and managed responsibly, the location-based feature of a mobile operating system should function as a tool for the user and the applications he or she elects to use, and not as a means to generate a database of sensitive information that can enable a party to surreptitiously ‘track’ a user.”

Samsung launches Galaxy Note and Galaxy Tab 7.7

Midsized Galaxy Note is pitched as replacement for pen and paper, while new Galaxy Tab offers Super AMOLED Plus screen

Samsung Galaxy Note

The Samsung Galaxy Note features the pressure-sensitive ‘S-Pen’ and is smaller than HTC’s Flyer

Samsung has unveiled two new tablets, one of which, the midsized Galaxy Note, is being pitched as a replacement for pen and paper.

The Android-based Galaxy Note features a pressure-sensitive “S Pen” that can be used to write, draw and annotate a variety of content types, including photos. The idea has been done before, with HTC’s Flyer, but that tablet’s stylus came as a pricey optional extra that had to be bought separately.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note’s 5.3in screen size is smaller than the Flyer and closer to the dimensions of a standard notepad. The tablet is 9.65mm wide and weighs 178g. The larger tablet announced at the IFA technology show in Berlin on Thursday is the Galaxy Tab 7.7, a slightly enlarged version of Samsung’s first Android tablet, unveiled a year ago.

According to Andrew Coughlin, head of account for Samsung Europe, the Galaxy Note comes with a memo application that can be quickly called up so the user can jot down ideas. “Any screen can be captured and annotated with detailed commentary in your own handwriting,” he said.

Samsung obviously sees a big future for pen-based input. The company will release a software development kit (SDK) so third-party developers can write apps for the stylus – reference apps that have already been created with partners include a multiparty whiteboard application for business use.

It remains to be seen how the device will be priced in the UK or when it will become available. The Flyer, which is already getting long-in-the-tooth by tablet standards, can be picked up for about £400.

Coughlin and other Samsung executives repeatedly referred to the Galaxy Note as a primary device, suggesting that it can replace both the smartphone and the larger tablet size exemplified by the market-leading iPad.

The Galaxy Tab 7.7 is a revision of the original Galaxy Tab, which featured a slightly smaller 7in screen. The new version is thinner, lighter and brighter, measuring 7.89mm in thickness, weighing 335g and featuring the same Super AMOLED Plus screen technology that is used in the extremely popular Galaxy S II smartphone.

Super AMOLED Plus allows wide viewing angles, a feature that Apple has been keen to promote with the IPS display on its iPad 2. Both of Samsung’s new tablets feature 1.4GHz dual-core processors, which is about the same processing power that can be found in netbooks. By comparison, Apple’s iPad 2 is relatively sluggish with its 1GHz processor.

Versions of the Galaxy Tab 7.7 will be made available with a variety of connectivity options, including “4G” LTE and the more-common 3G-based HSPA option found in most smartphones.

At the same event, Samsung unveiled its Wave 3 handset, which runs the new version 2.0 of the company’s Bada operating system. Bada is an OS that Samsung is putting into a range of handsets, from the low end to smartphones.

Although the high end of the market is almost entirely taken up with smartphone-specific operating systems such as iOS, Android and the BlackBerry OS, Samsung said at Thursday’s launch that it will do its utmost to make Bada “one of the top mobile platforms in the industry”.

Samsung beats iPhone in Android sales


Samsung Electronics Co, maker of the Galaxy mobile phone, may have surpassed Nokia and Apple Inc in smartphone sales for the first time on demand for devices that run on Android software, a research company said.

Samsung is estimated to have sold between 18 million and 21 million smartphones globally in the April-June quarter, compared with 16.7 million for Nokia and 20.3 million iPhones, Neil Mawston, a London-based analyst at Strategy Analytics, a research company based in Boston, said in an emailed response to questions on July 22. The data exclude tablet-computer sales.

The estimates show Google Inc’s Android is gaining ground on Apple in smartphones as Nokia, which is turning to Microsoft Corp for software support, struggles to keep up with the pace. Samsung, which also produces low-end phones that aren’t capable of downloading applications, has said it aims to more than double sales of high-end devices this year.

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Entertainment setup with PS3, Laptop and External HDD


My current setup with a PS3 connected to HDTV along with a one TB WD MyBook 1110 full with movies photos and TV serials connected to TV via USB and my XPS 1210 running windows 7 media server. The laptop and PS3 are connected through a wireless network and PS3 is connected to TV via HDMI.

This is my latest media setup which allows me to play games as well as movies, music and photos stored on my laptop without copying to PS3.

The wireless network is secure (WEP + MAC restricted). I choose which devices can connect to my wifi network.

My XPS runs a media server which my PS3 can easily detect over the wifi network. It can play almost all the music, photos and movies that are stored on the laptop. All I had to do was configure the laptop as a media server

My TV is Samsung series 4 (nothing too fancy) HDTV and can run the content on the 1 TB HDD via USB. This doesn’t need the PS3 to be switched on.

The audio out of TV is connected to my 2.1 channel speaker system. 2.1 is decent enough as I have a rented home and I just didn’t want to go through the hassles of setting up a 5.1

I consider this an ideal setup for me for the following reasons

1.       I hate to keep copying content from one device to another.

2.       It keeps it hassle free.

3.       As all my devices are mostly on I don’t have any issue.

4.       I can play, watch movies and listen to music from the comfort of my bed.

5.       The speakers are awesome. I can control the volume via the TV.

Samsung Retina-Resolution Tablet Display


Samsung has a new 10.1-inch “retina” resolution LCD panel ready to show off next week. It will demonstrate the 2560 x 1600 panel at the SID Display Week 2011 International Symposium starting Tuesday May 17th. And if you weren’t already thinking it — yes, this is perfect for tablets.

The panel has a resolution of 300dpi, the same as that of print, and the number Apple uses to define its Retina displays. In most uses, the pixels disappear and it appears that you are looking at a printed page.

Samsung’s new panel is interesting for two reasons. First is that it uses PenTile RGBW tech. PenTile is a way of grouping subpixels — each multicolor “pixel” on a screen is made up of several smaller single-color dots. In the case of PenTile, there are five dots (hence the “pent” or “penta” part of the name). The RGBW part means that an extra white pixel is added to the usual red, green and blue ones.

This white pixel works in conjunction with a variable, locally dimming backlight. This ramps up when bright colors are needed, but when colors are desaturated or just black and white, the backlight dims and only the white pixel is switched on. This reduces power consumption by a claimed 40% vs. a regular RGB stripe panel.

And that power reduction is the key to its use in tablets. The biggest draw on tablet battery power is the screen. Until a panel exists that can deliver the same battery life as today’s tablets, we won’t see a Retina display in the iPad. Of course, driving all of those extra pixels is also extra work (4x) for the graphics chips, but that’s another problem.

Samsung Galaxy 3 Froyo Upgrade

http://androidcity.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Android-2.2-Froyo-Launch.jpgI wanted to upgrade my Galaxy 3 to Froyo but could not find how to do it. Couple of days of online research and I landed on this beautiful explaination. The linked page gives every detail and it helped me upgrade to froyo in just one day with some hit and trial.

The linked page gives all the details as to how to froyo your galaxy 3.

Here I would just mention my own experience of upgrading.

I downloaded ODIN multi downloader, ops file and the Froyo rom along with the default factory rom for my phone, just in case something goes wrong.

I factory reseted my phone, connected it to laptop and fired up odin, after lots of trial and error I am now sure that to get to the ROM download mode you have to press – Menu + Home + Volume down + Power on Galaxy 3.

It takes less than 5 minutes to copy the ROM.

And then it takes 4 to 5 minutes to restart and Voila! You have the colourful froyo.

A warning though… Froyo is not meant for low level hardware. At times Galaxy 3’s 667 MHz processor and 256 MB RAM fail to cope with Froyo.

Android 2.2 needs a decent hardware to run in full glory with all bells and whistles.

I first of all configured my office exchange email and suddenly I noticed all the things becoming dead slow and later a intense search online revealed that exchange has issues with Froyo. I did factory reset my phone more than 10 times and it was still the same.

I guess it was time to unFroyo and be back to éclair. The process was simple, only the ROM package was the one that I downloaded just for this situation.

One thing that I would like to confess is that after seeing Froyo with all its colors and menus I just wanted to go back to Froyo and was thinking how to go about it.

Today I did it again but this time I just copied the ROM with Odin without the factory reset.

All was going well but in some time the processes started to fail and I thought of rolling back to éclair, but just to be sure for the final time, I did a factory reset, installed improved email from market, configured exchange and somehow it didn’t slow down the phone,

Now here I am with Samsung Galaxy 3 running Android 2.2 Froyo with exchange email and the other 2 most popular apps Dailer one and Handcent SMS.  The battery life is better and the interface looks really vibrant. At times the phone becomes slow but I can live with that as I have installed Advanced task killer.

Apart from all this I still am unable to root this phone on Froyo, It will be great if any of you could suggest how to root it. I have already tried super one click root and z4root.

This is so far my experience with Galaxy 3 has been satisfactory, although it’s my first android, I learnt a lot from it. I am looking for a new android and would buy a new one soon that can run Gingerbread without sweating itself out.

Samasung Galaxy 3 User experience

smiley galaxy 3Bought me a Samsung Galaxy 3 as a Valentine ’s Day present, had waited too long to get hands on an android and Angry Birds made this inevitable.

It took me just 5 minutes to buy the phone and I was online, no settings needed and all contacts sync on the phone while I was happily chatting my way through on the talk application.

A call landed on my phone and wow it showed the name of the caller along with photo. I didn’t do anything,  Google sync is surprisingly wonderful.

I launched maps and was happy to see the quick response of GPS assisted with data.

However by the time I reached home, a couple thousand contacts from Google and face book had been synced, yup I did download the Facebook app on my way home.

I tried calling my parents and it revealed the dark side of Galaxy 3. The phone application sucks big time. It took me almost 30 seconds for the contacts to show up. No matter what I did it remained slow.  I finally fixed it today after 3 days and night of extensive research and hit and trail based tweaking.

The music player is great, it says 5.1 on the top right corner but till now I have not been able to play music in that mode, I always get the error that 5.1 mode is only supported when effects are off, and till date I have not been able to find the way to turn the effects off, ma be I would read the manual when I don’t have anything to do or get fed up playing around with my droid.

Coming soon – how I made my galaxy 3 Shine.

7 reasons not to buy Samsung Galaxy 3

I bought myself a Samsung Galaxy 3 as a Valentines day gift  😉 . Yes I really did.

I needed a new phone, wanted to play angry birds and my Nokia E63 was not able to run my office email properly. So here I am with a shining new Galaxy 3.

I was very enthusiastic for this phone as this is my first android phone and yes the phone delivered on the expectations when it came to applications.

I switched on the phone and went online within 2 minutes. I got a call and it was already displaying the contact details, name and photo. Thanks to Google sync. The phone is great for applications.

But here comes the reality. I just want to share my experience because I am very demanding from my gadgets and their functions.

You buy a phone to make calls and text, right?

But this Galaxy 3 from Samsung sucks big time at it though it is to be considered a phone.

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  • It took the phone almost over a minute to display the Contacts.
  • It is very slow for phone functionality.
  • It takes more than 20 seconds for the SMS to show up.
  • Phone application hangs with a Force close / Wait popup staring at you.
  • The phone hardware is just decent.
  • Samsung decided not to enable the Live Wallpapers.
  • Samsung Kies does not support connection over Bluetooth. (Who keeps the phone connected to the computer always?)

7 reasons to buy Galaxy 3

7 reasons to buy Samsung Galaxy 3

Android is in the air and every one (well not every one) wants to have it in their pocket. The android phones in market now range from mere INR 7k budget phone to whopping burn a hole in your pocket price upwards of INR 30k.

There are some such cool apps for android that just want you to have an Android phone.

I had my radar on for a decent android phone that could play Angry Birds, yes, I bought the phone for the game. My prerequisite was the cheapest phone that can run the game. I settled for Samsung Galaxy 3 I5801.

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  • It’s android.
  • It is a decent phone, can make you wonder with its application running capabilities.
  • Looks good.
  • Good camera.
  • Nice responsive touch screen.
  • And its not expensive, I got mine for INR 11500.
  • You can run Live Wallpapers on it. (Through a hack)
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7 reasons not to buy Galaxy 3