Monthly Archives: January 2013

Galaxy Note

Samsung finally rolls out Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean for Galaxy Note (Update)

Galaxy Note

Samsung is one of the most popular smartphone manufacturers in the current market. Samsung’s golden run at the top started with the company’s popular phablet, the Galaxy Note. Sadly, the consumers of the original Note had to wait a bit longer than usual to have their hands on the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS.

The good news for all the folks eagerly waiting to get their devices on Jelly Bean is that, the company has finally started to roll out the much awaited Premium Suite update with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean to its first generation phablet.

Furthermore, the latest Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean upgrade is said to bring some of the major features from the company’s second generation phablet, the Galaxy Note II. The update also brings some of the applications specially optimized for the S-Pen as well as few add on features for the TouchWiz.

The Premium suite brings in the all new multi-view feature to the original Note, allowing its users to simultaneously run two applications on the same screen.

As expected, the Android 4.1.2 upgrade will be rolled out region-wise and has already started in Poland. Sadly, we do not have any confirmations on the schedule. The updates will be available through OTA and Kies and one can check for the update by going to Settings>>About>>Software update

So, are you waiting for the official Jelly Bean upgrade, or have you jumped the gun and installed any custom ROM? Let us know in the comments section below.

Update: Turns out, there is no update, false alarm folks.

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Samsung Godiva SCH-I425 spotted in benchmarks; packs 720p display, Jelly Bean

A Verizon-bound upcoming Samsung Android smartphone has been spotted online at GL Benchmark. The smartphone, which carries the codename “Godiva,” features Android 4.1.2 and will be released under the model number SCH-I425.

As per the benchmark listing, the smartphone will also come with a 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 processor, Adreno 305 GPU, LTE connectivity, and 720p display of unknown size.samsung-godiva-sch-i425-benchmark

There is no word on other specifications, but the smartphone is said to be a successor of Samsung Stratosphere 2, which carried the model number SCH-I415; (original Stratosphere had SCH-I405). There is however no real proof to validate that hypothesis.

If this is indeed Stratosphere 2 successor, it might take some time to reach markets as the Stratosphere 2 itself was released only in November 2012.

Samsung was quite silent in terms of Android launches at the recently concluded Consumer Electronics Show and we would expect it to announce some devices at Mobile World Congress.

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Amazon launches Instant Video app for Nintendo Wii

aiv_wii_instant-videoAfter bringing Instant Video service to Nintendo Wii U, which debuted on November 18, 2012, Amazon has announced that this video streaming service is now available for all Wii owners.  It can found in the Wii Shop Channel to download and install on your Wii console.

“Customers can purchase, rent and stream more than 145,000 movies and TV episodes from the Amazon Instant Video Store, and more than 33,000 titles from Prime Instant Video on Nintendo’s Wii Console,” noted the retail giant in a press release.

“We’re focused on providing our customers with many choices to make their entertainment experience enjoyable and as easy as possible – whether it’s offering a wide selection of hit movies and popular TV shows, or a variety of ways to instantly stream all the content available in the Amazon Instant Video library,” said Anthony Bay, Vice President of Worldwide Digital Video for Amazon.com.

Amazon Instant Video app for Wii comes with the following features:

  • Smart lists such as “Recently Watched,” “Watchlist,” “Genre Recommendations” and “Your TV Shows”
  • Ability to purchases from Amazon Instant Video instantly on the Wii
  • Parental Controls and Kid Zone
  • Whispersync to let you seamlessly switch from one device to another

If you are an Amazon Prime subscriber, you will be able stream over 33,000 TV episodes and movies instantly on your NintendoWii.

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New MySpace opens to public

myspace-newYes, MySpace has been re-launched with a new design and if you open it now, you will see Justin Timberlake’s face all over it. Timed with release of Timberlake’s latest single “Suit & Tie,” who is also site’s prominent investor, new MySpace is now open to any and every one.

The so-called new version of this yesteryear social network reached beta last year in July and was accessible to a select few on invite basis until now.

You can now create accounts on MySpace using Facebook/Twitter credentials, or use your old MySpace login. If you are not interested in either of the two options, you can also create a fresh account and not use your existing social IDs.

The major emphasis seems to be on Music in this new avatar of MySpace( FREE Unlimited music and videos). In terms of the site design, there is this audio deck, which is present at the bottom of every page. You can use it to play and add songs to queues. Other prominent feature is “Discover”, which brings up a menu of trending music stories, displayed in square layout.

As you would expect in any social network, you can post status updates, photos, or music that will appear in a Twitter-like stream.

The new look seems to have gone live in last few days, and it even gives the users an opportunity to switch back to the old layout by clicking the grey-bar at the top. We are still waiting for an official announcement and will let you know when that happens.

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AT&T Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro getting Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update

galaxy-rugby-pro-jelly-bean-updateSamsung has started rolling out Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for Galaxy Rugby Pro i547 smartphone on AT&T network. The smartphone, which was originally released in September with Android 4.0, can now be updated to 4.1 over-the-air as well as via Kies on PC.

383MB in size, the update brings the usual set of Jelly Bean features; however you can also check the full change-log below.

Update details:

Android version: 4.1.1, Baseband version: I547UCBLL1, Build number: JRO03L.I547UCBLL1

Change-log:

Camera enhancements: New live camera and camcorder filters offer a range of camera effects, pause and resume while recording a video

Pop up Play update: Easily resize or pause the Pop Up Play picture-in-picture video window.

Easy mode: A simplified user experience option for first time smartphone users.

Blocking mode: Disable incoming calls, notifications, alarms, and LED indicators for a designated period of time.

Improved usability: Multiple keyboard options with the addition of the Swype keyboard.

To remind you, Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro is a mid-range rugged Android smartphone. It features a 4-inch Super AMOLED display with WVGA resolution, 5MP rear camera, LTE connectivity and support for Enhanced Push-to-Talk functionality.

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LG Optimus G getting Jelly Bean update in South Korea

lg-optimus-g-jellybeanLG’s Optimus G, which was launched last year with Ice Cream Sandwich on-board, is now getting Android 4.1 update in South Korea. LG had earlier said that the Optimus G update will be arriving in December 2012 looks like it got delayed a bit.

The update is available via LG Mobile Support Tool V4.1 and will take your Optimus G from Android 4.0 to Android 4.1. It seems to be available for all three Optimus G variants being sold in the country – LG-F180S (for SK Telecom), LG-F180K (for KT), and LG-F180L (for KG U+).

There is no word on the change-log, but the update should bring improved notifications, Google Now, Project Butter improvements, enhanced widgets and more.

With the release in South Korea, it is expected that LG will now focus on other countries including US. To remind you, LG Optimus G, which is a cousin of Nexus 4, comes with 4.7 inch IPS+ display with 1280x768p resolution, 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm processor, 2GB RAM, and a 13MP rear camera.

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AT&T offering $100 bill credit with Nexus 7 3G (Catch: 2-year contract)

nexus-7-3g-google-play-att-dealIn order to get some of the Nexus 7 3G buyers sign up for a two-year contract, US telecom operator AT&T is offering $100 bill credit. Even from the first look, it does not really look like a decent offer and is more like a rip-off.

If you grab a Nexus 7 3G from Google Play US (until Feb. 14, 2013), you will have an option to call-up AT&T and sign-up for a two-year contract with postpaid mobile share or standalone plans and you will get $100 in return as bill credit. The tablet will be needed to be bought from Google Play for the full price of $299.

To remind you, Nexus 7 3G is currently in stock at Google Play with 3-5 days of shipping time, so even though you might not want this offer, the tablet is still a great option for anyone looking to buy an Android tablet with on-the-go data connectivity.

Nexus 7 3G features a 7-inch 1280x800p display, Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, 32GB of internal storage, HSPA connectivity, Wi-Fi, Android 4.2.1 and front camera.

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Rocra or Red October malware stealing classified data since 2007

red-october-malwareWhen normal consumers are becoming the victims of data theft each day, it is no surprise that the same is happening within government sector too. According to a report in WSJ, Moscow-based anti-virus maker Kaspersky Lab has discovered a series of cyberattacks targeting diplomatic, governmental and scientific-research organizations in former Soviet-bloc countries, India, US, Iran and Belgium. What is surprising is that this has been going on for at least last five years.

The operation, which was being conducted by unidentified individuals/organisations/government, was gathering classified data and intelligence documents by using a malware called “Red October” or “Rocra.”

“There are about 300 computers infected that we know about,” Vitaly Kamluk, chief malware expert for Kaspersky told WSJ. Targets include embassies, government research centers, and aerospace facilities.

Here is a country-wise distribution of Red October affected computers:red-october-affected-countries

According to Kaspersky, this malware was controlled using 60 odd servers based in Germany and Russia, which was further controlled by a main server based at an unknown location.

How Red October worked, WSJ explains:rad-october-attack

Malware was attached to Microsoft Word or Excel documents and sent to a targeted user via email. When opened, the malware infected the host computer. That opened a communication channel with a command-and-control server, which sent the necessary additional modules to infect the computer.

Different modules targeted things such as USB drives, or different kinds of data. Others were used to extract the stolen data. There were modules designed to infect smartphones, and others that targeted enterprise network equipment or removable disk drives, including some designed to recover deleted files.

We were unable to authenticate the details of these claims from Kaspersky, but given the credibility of this anti-virus maker, they are assumed to be authentic.

More details on Red October can be read on Kaspersky Website.

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Cheaper iPhone might feature a “see-through” chassis

iPhone IconsThe follow-up rumours of the recent WSJ reveal “cheaper iPhone” have started appearing.  According to a report in Digitimes, Apple might replace the metal chassis with a plastic one to cut costs in the cheaper iPhone.  In addition, it also states that a US-based electronic manufacturing service (EMS) provider is likely to provide this plastic chassis for the cheaper iPhone.

Even the WSJ report, which recently revealed Apple’s inexpensive iPhone plans, had claimed that cheaper phone could resemble the standard iPhone, with a different, less-expensive body. It also added that one possibility is polycarbonate plastic; however it could get it confirmed from any source.

Apart from the plastic body, Digitimes has some interesting rumours, it suggests that entry-level iPhone will adopt a chassis mixed with plastic and metal, with the internal metal parts being able to be seen from outside through special design. Apple Insider however thinks that it is unlikely that Apple is go for this so-called “see-through” design, as the company had worked hard to fight light leakage with the white iPhone 4 that negatively affected the unit’s camera and same might happen with the cheaper iPhone.

Coming back to the Digitimes, it also notes that upstream components for the entry-level iPhone are currently going through validation and the actual product may show up in the market in the second half of 2013. Means, we might see it around October, the usual iPhone launch schedule, but considering the iPhone 5s is rumoured to release in June, cheaper iPhone debut in October makes sense.

While, there has been no real evidence of this cheaper iPhone, but considering how Apple went with iPad Mini, we wouldn’t be surprised to actually see the cheaper iPhone.

Image Credit: Bloomberg

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Asus UK now taking orders for Nexus 7 dock, to ship in a fortnight

Nexus 7 dock has become this elusive accessory that does not want to reach consumers, but looks like it is going to change soon. Asus UK has now started taking orders for the dock on its official website. Priced at £24.99, it is still almost a fortnight away from reaching normal consumers, as Asus clearly states on its website that the delivery time for this product is 14 days after the receipt of payment. May be, they are waiting for the actual stocks?

Anyways, you can always head over to Asus UK and place your order before it sells out or something.

Here are the specifications:

  • OS Support: Android 4.2
  • Color: Black
  • Dimensions; 220(L) x 65(W) x 30(H) mm
  • Weight: 280g
  • Power: 5V 2A
  • I/O Ports: 1 x Audio out port, 1 x Micro USB port