Universal Simlock Calculator – soon
Outraged behavior cellular that block phones, I decided to help all victims that area.
The result of my work are calculators that generate a code used to unlock your phone from simlock.
I encourage you to download and comment my work.
Nothing is quite as bad as running out of battery in the middle of the day with no charger at hand. Smartphones today can sing, dance and make you coffee, but you cannot get one to last longer than a day on a single charge. Makes us long for the days of yore when the indefatigable Nokias lasted for weeks at a time no complaints.
Never fear. Here are some simple tips to make your phone go longer on a single charge.
1. Turn down screen brightness. This is one of the biggest power hogs for full touchscreen smartphones. Using applications with dark backgrounds means that the phone doesnt need to light up every pixel on the screen saving power. Or just turn down brightness using the display settings.
2. Switch off wifi, bluetooth when not in use. Smartphones will search and sych for wireless networks and devices continuously as many apps need a data connection. If you dont need it, turn it off to make the phone last longer.
3. Turn off 3G. Yes its faster for data, but if you just need the phone to make and recieve calls/text (some people do you know!) then 2G/GSM will do just fine for a lot less power. Go into the mobile network settings and make the change.
4. Turn off vibrate. If you can hear the ring, you probably dont need vibrate.
5. Kill battery hogging apps. Many apps will run in the background using power and data. If you dont need you latest Twitter feed or Facebook update, go to Manage Apps and stop all unneeded applications.
6. Download a Battery Saver app from the store. There are a number of simple apps on all app-stores that will keep an eye on the power hogs and manage them for you.
16th March. The New iPad is now available in store. We popped over to the Apple Store in Sydney and witnessed long queues outside the doors even as the Telstra store across the street stood empty with no takers for its stock of New iPads.
Carriers have started bundling 3G capable iPad units with data plans for the micro SIM. Telstra plans start at $48/month for 1 GB data on the $29 Cap for the 16GB model and go upto $107/month for 15 GB data on the $89 cap for the 64 GB model.
Optus plans start at $49/month for the 16 GB model with 4GB included data going to $79/moth for the top model with 16 GB included data.
Vodafone plans start at $47/month for the 16GB unit with 2 GB included data going to $96/month for the 64GB model with 18 Gb of included data.
Virgin typically get the iThings a few weeks later than the big 3 but come up with some good plans, we’ll keep you posted. You can get BYO iPad plans starting from $14 for 1 GB data.
If you are looking for the base iPad model, the Vodafone 2GB plan wins by a hair at 447/month for a 24 month contract.
Yesterday Samsung announced the Galaxy Note for Australia, just a week after the launch of New iPad in the US. This phone-tablet hybrid will start selling through carriers over the next few days. Optus and Vodafone go live this week while Telstra will start offering the device in April.
Note comes fully loaded with all the latest hardware specs, but there are two standout features that will make you either love it or hate it.
First is the size of it – at 5.3? it is a full inch bigger than the biggest phones available today but still a few inches short of a tablet. The Super AMOLED screen packs quite a punch with full HD resolution of 800 X 1280 pixels. That is the same resolution as your full HD television set!
Second highlight is the S Pen which is basically a magnetic stylus for note taking and drawing. Samsung showcased some powerful applications for the device at launch and walked the talk by providing an onsite site artist who sketched willing audience members using the Note application.
The S pen may or may not make a comeback as the preferred input device, but it wouldn’t be for the lack of trying by Samsung.
Vodafone and Optus have already announced plans for the Galaxy Note. On Optus plans start from $40/month – $19 Cap + $21 handset fee, while Vodafone have it for $64/month – $59 Cap + $5 handset fee.
More news as it comes.
Galaxy Note specs:
|Model||N7000 (Also known as the i9220)|
|Network Band||GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, 3G 850 (NextG/Vodafone 850/US3G), 3G 900 (Optus YesG/Vodafone 900), 3G 1900, 3G 2100|
|Recommended Networks||Optus 2G, Optus 3G 900, Telstra 2G, Vodafone 3G 2100, Optus 3G 2100, Telstra NextG, Vodafone 3G 850, Three, Vodafone 2G, Vodafone 3G 900|
|Sim Size||Standard SIM|
|Next G Compatible||Yes|
|Telstra 4G Compatible||No|
|Form Factor||Touchscreen, Tablet|
|Screen Size (Diagonal)||5.3 inches|
|Screen Resolution||1280 x 800 pixels|
|Screen Technology||Super AMOLED|
|Input Type||Touchscreen QWERTY Portrait, Touchscreen QWERTY Landscape|
|CPU||1.4 GHz Dual-core Processor|
|Internal Memory||16GB storage, 1GB RAM|
|Expandable Memory||Up to 32GB|
|Included Memory Card||No|
|Operating System||Android 2.3 or above|
|Messaging||SMS, MMS, Instant Messaging, Email|
|Standby Time||Up to 960 h (2G) / Up to 820 h (3G)|
|Battery Capacity (mAh)||Li-Ion 2500 mAh|
|Talk Time||Up to 26 h 10 min (2G) / Up to 13 h 30 min (3G)|
|Generic Charger Type||microUSB|
‘Resolutionary’ claims the headline for the new iPad. That one word sums up the main reason why you would shell out a minimum of $529 for this newest tablet from Apple.
The new iPad was launched on March 7 by Apple CEO Tim Cook and is already available for pre-order through the Apple Australia website, a welcome change from the usual weeks and months of waiting before new models show up here. It comes with full retina display with a resolution of 3.1 million pixels, 4G connectivity (not in Australia as Telstra’s 4G network uses the 1800MHz band which is not supported by the new iPad), faster A5X processor, 5MP camera with HD video recording and updates to a number of popular apps.
You may think that the demand for what feels like an evolutionary update wouldn’t be that strong; you would be wrong. New iPad stock set aside for pre-orders is already sold out. Orders placed in the first 60 hours will be shipped by March 16 but all orders after that wont be going out before March 22. Far easier to walk into an Apple store which will start selling the tablet on Match 16.
As you can see from the table below, the new iPad starts at $539 for the base model with 16GB storage and no 4G (3G in Australia). At the top of the line sits the 64GB model including 3G for $899.
HTC announced One X at the eve of the Mobile World Congress yesterday. One X is the the latest Android flagship from HTC, following the moderately successful Sensation series.
HTC One X comes with some serious specifications:
- 1.5GHz quad-core processor
- Android 4.0 out of the box
- 4.7? 1280 by 720p, Super LCD 2 screen with Gorilla glass. LCD 2 has better viewing angles and less glare compared to Super LCD.
- 8 MP camera with excellent low light capability
- 1 GB RAM and 32 GB internal memory
- Beats audio software integrated through the phone. Even Youtube videos get a Beats boost.
No word yet on HTC One X Australia release, but keep checking back.
HTC has announced a trio of new smartphones for the Chinese market. All three comes as part of the affordable Desire series and are billed as: HTC VT, HTC VC and HTC V.
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It may just be a matter of time till some of the functionality that people are doing would be replaced by arm robots, like the ones in the video below that show Toyota Camry being made mostly by robots