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  • March 15, 2013

    Samsung Unveils the Galaxy S4

    Samsung has finally unveiled the next in their line of globally available smartphones, the Galaxy S4.   The Galaxy S4 comes with Android 4.2.2 on board, making it the most up to date Android phone that isn’t a Nexus, but still packed with the latest from Samsung.  Samsung is making the Galaxy S4 available in Black Mist and White Frost on all four of the major US carriers as well as most of the major international carriers. Samsung has created what is essentially two phones here. There’s the Exynos based Octo-Core processor clocked at 1.6 GHz and the Snapdragon based Quad Core 1.9GHz processor. These two chipsets are expected to behave differently, but performance is supposed to be similar for most tasks between two chipsets. Regardless of which processor your carrier wind up with, your Galaxy S4 will also be packing 2GB of RAM and either 16, 32, or 64GB of storage depending on which model you purchase. Both the 2600mAh battery and the microSD slot are accessible though the removable rear panel, and the microSD slot can support up to 64GB. On the other side of that removable panel you’ll find a 5-inch Super AMOLED display with 1080p resolution at 441ppi, coming out just under the HTC One’s 468ppi at 4.7-inches. The 13MP rear camera and 2MP front camera are certainly the high end of what is now considered pretty standard fare, but the software that drives this technology is brand new. Samsung is placing a premium on the ability to use both cameras at once.  Whether you are video chatting, taking a photo, or recording video, you’ll be able to use both cameras simultaneously. The front camera alone also gets some special treatment, being capable of 1080p video at 30FPS. Read Full Article
  • As we all already know, Samsung Electronics is going to launch its next flagship smartphone on March 14. Users can’t wait to see all its features in action and check if it’s worth their attention. The citizens of Europe and Azia are the first lucky ones to meet this new device, but other regions will have to wait till summer. Moreover, users will see different accessories for Samsung Galaxy S4 in April, such as an extra battery and a wireless charging device. Today rumors have its that Samsung Galaxy S4 won’t have the Exynos 5 Octa chipset as it had been announced before. It looks like this processor appeared to be too much for such a smartphone, and it will not be able to deal with that. But what will we have as an alternative then? Exynos 5 Octa could make Samsung Galaxy S4 a real beast of course, but developers decided to give this smartphone Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor with Adreno 320 graphic system. And though this information is not official at the moment, all users who really hoped to get a cool and strong flagship from Samsung Electronics feel themselves confused, and it’s not difficult to understand them actually. Though, even if these rumors appear to be true, Samsung fans have enough reasons to be proud of their new smartphone: Super AMOLED 5-inch touchscreen display, 13 MP camera, 2G RAM and Android OS, v4.2 (Jelly Bean) will make Samsung Galaxy S4 cool enough to beat all previous Galaxy versions, and it can be deservedly called a flagship by all means. It’s also not a secret already that Samsung Galaxy S4 won’t make its Home button disappear. A removable battery and a plastic back cover will be present too. So, to make a long story short, Samsung Galaxy S4...
  • December 21, 2012

    Google Tracking Cookie

    User data is what Google feeds on.  Google uses tools which are created for the express purpose of gathering as much information on the everyday consumer as possible. The most insidious of these technologies is the Google Tracking Cookie. The Google Tracking Cookie is a line of code the search engine uses to identify your browser. Unlike most cookies which were linked to the browser via the computer you were using, Google’s tracking cookie assigned each user a cloud-based Google ID. This ID travels with you online, regardless of whether you’re on your mobile device, work computer, or home computer.  The cookie follows you as you search the web and feeds information which is filed under your specific Google ID. It pulls from Google’s wide array of information-gathering services. The cookie logs IP address Geographic location Search terms Time and date stamps Vistied Web Sites Browser configurations Gmail information (including the contents of your emails) Photos Google+ (Social Content) Google has been known to slip up in matters of privacy this is cause for concern.  If you are like me and do not like Google tracking you every move there is a program out there for Firefox call GoogleSharing. GoogleSharing is a system that mixes the requests of many different users together, such that Google is not capable of telling what is coming from whom. The GoogleSharing system consists of a custom proxy and a Firefox Addon. The proxy works by generating a pool of GoogleSharing “identities,” each of which contains a cookie issued by Google and an arbitrary User-Agent for one of several popular browsers. The Firefox Addon watches for requests to Google services from your browser, and when enabled will transparently redirect all of them (except for things like Gmail or Google+) to a GoogleSharing proxy. There your...
  • December 7, 2012

    Gmail Two-factor authentication

    When people talk about keeping their personal information safe like there “Banking”, they need to understand just keeping your “Banking Information” safe is not enough.  You e-mail is where all your banking information gets sent, so you need to keep that secure first. The most secure e-mail is one that uses Two-factor authentication I recommend is Google Gmail because it does what we want to do unlike Yahoo, AOL, exc.  Even if you just setup Gmail for your banking you will be better off.  So what is Two-factor authentication lets explain? Two-factor authentication is an approach to authentication which requires the presentation of two or more of the three authentication factors a knowledge factor “something the user knows” a possession factor “something the user has” a inherence factor “something the user is” Two-factor authentication is often confused with other forms of authentication. Two-factor authentication requires the use of two of the three authentication factors. The factors are identified in the standards and regulations for access to U.S. Federal Government systems. Two-factor authentication is commonly found in where evidence of identity is needed and a second form confirms the identity. Two-factor authentication seeks to decrease the probability that the requestor is presenting false evidence of its identity. The number of factors is important, as it implies a higher probability that the bearer of the identity evidence indeed holds that identity in another realm computer system vs real life. In reality, there are more variables to consider when establishing the relative assurance of truthfulness in an identity assertion than simply how many “factors” are used. One of the things I like about Gmail’s Two-factor authentication is the app that works on Android, iPhone and Blackberry.  Google Authenticator generates 2-step verification codes on your phone.  Enable 2-step verification to protect your account from...
  • December 5, 2012

    AT&T releases Jelly Bean for Galaxy S III

    Galaxy S III owners on AT&T who have been waiting for months on end to get their Samsung Galaxy S III upgraded can now rejoice.  Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean is now available for download to AT&T Galaxy S III owners through Kies, Samsung’s content sync and software update service. There is no OTA update so you’ll have to connect the device to your Mac or PC to get the update. There have been some install issues users might want to check their storage space on their phones before downloading; the upgrade will be a fairly hefty 738MB.  Another issue any custom APNs (Access Point Names) will be deleted during the update. You can easily reconfigure any custom APNs after the update by selecting the APN option under Mobile Networks. Jelly Bean on the Galaxy S III will also be getting the following features and improvements: Home screen mode Blocking mode Swype Music Hub Setting menu Quick panel UI Better Facebook support Sprint was first American carrier to offer Jelly Bean to the Galaxy S III this past October, while rival Verizon still hasn’t announced plans to bring Jelly Bean to Samsung’s flagship smartphone the rumors I have read are a possible December 14 release date but again it’s just a rumor.
  • November 9, 2012

    Galaxy S3 Number 1 In Smartphone Market

    Samsung’s Galaxy S3 is now the world’s best-selling smartphone pulling in front of Apple’s iPhone, which has dominated the smartphone market for more than two years consistently.  The Galaxy S3 powered by Android OS, v4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich), upgradeable to 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and 720 x 1280 pixels with 4.8 inch screen has become the favorite of smartphone users. Strategy Analytics estimated Samsung sold 18 million S3 models in the third quarter, compared with iPhone 4S sales of 16.2 million.  Samsung post a record $7.3 billion operating profit in the July-September quarter. “Samsung’s Galaxy S3 has proven wildly popular with consumers and operators across North America, Europe and Asia,” said analyst Neil Mawston, adding the new iPhone 5 would likely reclaim the top spot for Apple in the current quarter. As most has stated the iPhone has been playing catch up with Samsung’s Galaxy S3, next quarter it will be interesting to see the numbers and see if Apple recaptures its dominance.
  • November 8, 2012

    Gmail Update

    Google has added a few new features to their e-mail service Gmail. The features consist of the new compose and reply experience in Gmail, making it easier to reference other emails without having to close a draft. Similar to the Google talk popup windows, any email draft will lay on top of the main inbox without overtaking the entire screen.  The concept allows you to do a search and monitor new mail as it rolls in, while composing an email at the same time. You can also write multiple emails at once and minimize the message if you want to wrap it up later. You can still stick with the old Gmail features by saying NO when the popup asks to try new features, no word yet on how long you will be able to opt out of feature pack. Google said in the unveiling of the new Gmail “How many times have you been writing an email and had to reference something in another message?  Saving a draft, opening the old email, and then reopening your draft wastes valuable minutes. The new compose pops up in a window, just like chats (only larger).” Gmail now has the ability to see profile pictures of contacts, so you can find who you want to reach faster.  You can also drag and drop the new address into To: CC: and BCC areas as part of the improvements. Most people knew Google was planning to make some changes to their Gmail layout and design.  Their purchase of Sparrow in early July made most people believe a new and improved Gmail was on the way and now it’s here.
  • October 19, 2012

    Google’s Data Centers

    As everyone knows Google takes the security, and secrecy of their data centers very seriously.  Secure in its dominant position, along with the companies willingness to help businesses learn from their experience in a struggling economy.  Google has shared knowledge with administrators, and businesses to help them go green, and run data centers more efficiently.  Google has become one of the most open internet companies, in terms of revealing the secrets that make its data centers so efficient over the years. Google has posted a site dubbed called Google Data Centers.  Which can be found here http://www.google.com/about/datacenters/ The pages are filled with stunning photos, employee profiles, information on energy, and efficiency.  This introduces the public to some of Google’s thousands of data center and the professionals who run and, operate them on a daily bases. To commemorate its $600M USD Lenoir, North Carolina data center Google is offering a street view and walk threw in Google Maps.  Navigate to Google Maps and type in this location. Google Data Center, Lynhaven Drive, Lenoir, NC There is a picture gallery available showing pictures of the inside of 8 datacenters. http://www.google.com/about/datacenters/gallery/ The data centers represent Google’s nerve center, although none are located near the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.  Initially, Google just wanted enough computing power to index all the websites on the Internet and deliver quick responses to search requests. As Google’s expanded into other markets, the company had to keep adding more servers to store videos, photos, email and information about their users’ preferences. Google studies Internet search requests and Web surfing habits in an effort to gain a better understanding of what people like and search for on a regular basis to target ads.  Advertising accounts for virtually all of Google’s revenue, which totaled nearly $23 billion through the first...
  • October 17, 2012

    Google Lawsuit For Reading Emails

    There is no denying the power of the Google AdSense Advertising Network. Interest-Based Advertising, often known by its more modest name, “behavior targeting,” gives advertisers a way to deliver ads to users who have shown interest in related items. Google tracks your online movements threw almost everything Droid Mobile Apps Chrome YouTube Google Docs Pretty much anything Google creates collects tracking data and builds a collection of “interests” based on which websites you visit. For business owners, bloggers, internet marketers, and other online business analytical data is vital to daily operations and useful in SEO ranking. Google does create an advertising program based on your Gmail account. But a new lawsuit targets Google for reading e-mails to target ads. But the issue isn’t that Google is reading e-mails from registered users; rather, the company is using e-mails sent from other services to Google users to target ads as well. Google does not hide the fact they use email content to serve context-based ads to its Gmail users. Gmail users agree in the terms of service which explicitly states that users’ e-mail content determines what ads they see. The lawsuit is on behalf of “all persons in the province of British Columbia who have sent email to a Gmail account” and demands statutory damages for breach of copyright of $500 per e-mail that Google has used for ads. The lawsuit also seeks an injunction against Google’s use of e-mails going forward. Being a non-Gmail user, you never agreed to the terms of service, so the legality of what Google is doing seems murky. I am not sure how this will stand in court. In this case if you know Gmail is doing this do not send to Gmail accounts. The other issue is Google hosts services for business, government and state...