Another day and the Bugatti Veyron of smartphones – Samsung Galaxy S3 would be with us for testing. Samsung have spared no effort to protect the Galaxy S III against any odds. What we get as a result is the most amazing blend of performance and features we are likely to see this year.
Yes, its the 31st May tomorrow and the Hulk(In specs and not in size) of the Android camp is coming out. We will be a the launch event to get a hands on of this slick device.
To be very frank, after seeing the images on the internet and on the official Samsung website it’s a bit disappointing to see the design of the SGS3. Yet again its a soft plastic body panel from Samsung. Not only that but also the design is such that its look like bad moment between SGS2 and Galaxy Nexus resulted it.
But if reviews are to be believed then it feels like a totally different device when you hold it in your hand. Hence we wait for tomorrows launch event before we pass any judgement about the design.
Coming to the specs part, well what can we say, we have already called it the Bugatti Veyron and Hulk of Smartphones. So let’s visit the specs now and you be the judge:
Rovio’s put up a teaser page letting us know about the coming launch of Angry Birds Space.
Apparently a year is too long to go without a new version of the game arriving, so Rovio’s put up a teaser page letting us know about the coming launch of Angry Birds Space.
It’s been a while now since we’ve seen a full-on new edition of Angry Birds. Sure, Rovio regularly release new episodes for its Angry Birds games, full of new levels and the occasional new bird, but ignoring the Symbian-only Angry Birds Magic with its NFC tricks, the last we got was the promotional movie tie-in of Angry Birds Rio last March and the very recent Angry Birds on Facebook.
The only details we haver are that Rovio has disclosed that it will be arriving on March 22. As the company’s recruited NASA and National Geographic as partners in the app’s launch, so we are sure it has something to do with gravity and space imagery.
How will Space differ from existing Angry Birds earlier titles? There will also supposedly be a “lightspeed destruction” mode, though it’s unclear just what that will entail. Rovio will likely have more details to share, as well as some in-game footage, as we approach the launch date.
As of today, nearly 25 billion apps have been downloaded worldwide from the Apple App store. Which is almost as amazing as the apps themselves. So Apple Inc. wants to say thanks. Download the 25 billionth app, and you could win a US$10,000 App Store Gift Card. Just visit the App Store and download your best app yet.
The best part is that you can enter to win without purchase or download
Lastly, the Official Rules to enter the sweepstakes. All the best!
Reference URL: http://www.apple.com/in/itunes/25-billion-app-countdown/
Yuvraj Singh famously known as Yuvi has become the backbone of Indian Middle order. He became an overnight star when at the 2007 World Twenty20 against England he hit six sixes in a single over of Stuart Broad, which was a rare feat in international cricket. He was named the Man of the Tournament in the 2011 Cricket World Cup.
Let’s visit Yuvraj’s phases of life:
Childhood and Early Career
Yuvraj Singh, (born 12 December 1981) the Indian cricketer, and the son of former Indian fast bowler and Punjabi movie star Yograj Singh. He has been a member of the Indian cricket team since 2000 (ODIs) and played his first Test match in 2003. He was the vice-captain of the ODI team from late-2007 to late-2008. He became an overnight star when at the 2007 World Twenty20 he hit six sixes in an over against England’s Stuart Broad.
Yuvraj first came to attention when he captained the Under-19 Punjab cricket team. He then gained selection for the U-19 World Cup in Sri Lanka in January 2000, where he was part of a team led by Mohammed Kaif which won the tournament. Yuvraj was subsequently selected in 2000 for the first intake of the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore and from there, there was no looking back.
I like to party
There is no denying the fact that swashbuckling batsman Yuvraj Singh has a huge female fan following. Yuvi has always known to be a charmer with the fairer sex and even Bollywood beauties Kim Sharma and Deepika Padukone couldn’t help but fall to his lovely ways. While Yuvi and Kim were seen on more than one occasion together and were steady for quite a long time, his fling with Deepika was comparatively short-lived. While the couple (Yuvi and Deepika) maintained their just good friends stance.
Deepika in fact even was seen at a few cricket matches in Australia cheering Yuvi and couple was spotted together at quiet a few occasions. However, the sizzle in this Love Story soon fizzled out.
The Cancerous News
The tumor was detected in October 2011 and doctors preferred him to get treatment in US. The 30 year old batsman is undergoing treatment from last month.
Currently, he is undergoing chemotherapy in the Cancer Research Institute, Boston. Yuvraj’s father Yograj Singh told about his son treatment which is going in US by the doctor who had treated Lance Armstrong (Athlete) who was diagnosed by Testicular cancer in stage 3 in 1996.
Yograj said he is responding well to the treatment. It is been estimated that he would get back to normalcy in the month of May. His father feels that his treatment was delayed by two years. Yograj said if they had given consideration two years before when he badly coughed in his match then today’s situation wouldn’t be like this. The doctors said the tumor can be cured without surgery as it is in Stage 1. Chemotherapy will be done in the month of March, rehabilitation in April and he will be fit in May to play in the field. Recently, her mother Shabnam Singh from Boston said that his son is fine and he will be back soon.
Tweets by friends:
Sidhartha Mallya @sidharthamallya
Here’s wishing my good friend @yuvsingh09 a speedy recovery….not only a top player, but a top man as well…get well soon bud. X
Bipasha Basu @bipsluvurself
@yuvsingh09 Think of strength n power n u will draw it to u.Think of health and u get it!Love!
Remember the display on your first mobile phone? If you’ve been chatting on the go for as long as we have, it was probably barely big enough to fit a complete telephone number — let alone a contact name or text message. And your first smartphone? Even displaying scaled-down, WAP versions of web pages was asking a lot. Now, those mobile devices we couldn’t live without have screens that are much, much larger. Sometimes, though, we secretly wish they were even bigger still.
Samsung’s new GT-N7000 Galaxy Note is the handset those dreams are made of — if you happen to share that dream about obnoxiously large smartphones, that is. It’s as thin as a Galaxy S II, lightning fast and its 5.3-inch HD Super AMOLED display is as gorgeous as it is enormous; the 1280 x 800 pixels you once could only get with a full-size laptop (or in the Galaxy Tab 10.1) can now slide comfortably into your front pocket. Its jumbo display makes it the perfect candidate for a notepad replacement and, with the included S Pen stylus, you’ll have no problem jotting notes on the fly, marking up screenshots or signing documents electronically. But, is that massive display too much of a good thing? You’ll need to jump past the break to find out.
If you were holding out for a device that bridges the gap between smartphone and tablet, you’ll want to take Note. It’s an absolutely massive Android handset and a high-res pocketable tablet rolled into one. If you have the hands to support it, it may just be the best thing to happen to mobile devices since the capacitive touchscreen. You can take notes, doodle between (or during) meetings and make phone calls. Those calls can be placed using the built-in earpiece and mic, or via a Bluetooth headset, which we would recommend. Holding something this large up to your ear can be rather unpleasant — and unsightly.
If you fall within the camp of smartphone users that absolutely swears off onscreen keyboards, the Note’s display may just win you over. A larger display means larger keys, which are easier to see and simpler to tap accurately — if you can reach them. You can also use the S Pen to replace the keyboard entirely, letting you write in individual letters or entire words. Character and handwriting recognition isn’t perfect, but it is quite good.
The Galaxy Note is one of those devices that you’ll either completely love or totally hate — its sheer size alone will certainly be a barrier for those with smaller hands (or pockets). With the Note, Samsung has managed to create one of the world’s largest smartphones, but cunningly it’s also an incredibly compact tablet with a high-resolution display — the same as the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet — without the high-resolution footprint. It’s compact enough to slip in your pocket and powerful enough to replace both of your portable devices. Still, it won’t be for everyone.
· Quad-band GSM and quad-band 3G support
· 21 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA
· 5.3″ 16M SAMOLED capacitive touchscreen of WXGA resolution (800 x 1280 pixels)
· Android OS v2.3.5 with TouchWiz 4 launcher
· 1.4 GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 CPU, Mali-400MP GPU, Exynos chipset, 1GB of RAM
· Pre-bundled with the S Pen active stylus
· 8 MP wide-angle autofocus camera with LED flash, face, smile and blink detection
· Video recording of up to 1080p@30fps
· Dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 b, g and n support; Wi-Fi Direct and Wi-Fi hotspot
· GPS with A-GPS connectivity; Digital compass
· 16/32GB internal storage, microSD slot
· Accelerometer, gyroscope and proximity sensor
· Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
· Charging MHL microUSB port with USB host and TV-out support
· Stereo Bluetooth v3.0
· FM radio with RDS
· Great audio quality
· 9.7 mm slim and weighs a reasonable 178g
· 2MP secondary video-call camera
· Full Flash support, GPU-acceleration for the web browser 1080p flash video playback
· Document editor
· File manager comes preinstalled
· Extremely rich audio and video format support (Open Source Android)
· 2500 mAh battery (Massive Battery that last 9hours with heavy usage)
· Won’t fit comfortably in every pocket (Unless you wear baggy jeans)
· Much harder for one-handed use (Looks like giant calculator when in dialing mode)
· All-plastic body (Samsung Slim = Plastic Body)
· No dedicated camera key (There was enough space to put a button)
· HD screen uses PenTile matrix lowering perceived resolution
· Non-hot-swappable microSD card (Cant make it on the go movie hub)
· Sub-par loudspeaker volume (Device this huge needs much better sound)
Now that you know the pro’s and con’s of the Samsung Galaxy Note, let’s review the hardware:
If you’ve used a Samsung Galaxy S II, then you’re already familiar with the Note — the design is quite similar, though it’s significantly larger, measuring 146.85 x 82.95 x 9.65mm, compared with 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.49mm for the GS II. It’s significantly heavier too: 178 grams (6.3 ounces) compared to its 116g (4.09-ounce) predecessor. There’s an eight megapixel camera with LED flash on the back and a two megapixel shooter up front. The Note may be awkwardly large for some functions, but snapping photos feels natural enough. There’s also 1080 / 30p HD video recording, with support for MPEG-4, H.263 and H.264 codecs. You can store all that multimedia on the 16GB of internal memory, expandable by up to 32GB with a microSD card — both of which can be accessed via the micro-USB port. There’s also Bluetooth 3.0+ HS support and 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi.
With support for 21Mbps HSPA+ (850, 900, 1900, 2100Mhz), EDGE and GPRS (850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz), the Note is first and foremost a mobile phone. You could carry it in one pocket with your celly in another, but you don’t need to. It’s running Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread) powered by a 1.4GHz dual-core processor, which performed incredibly well during our benchmark tests (more on that later). The Note offers a full suite of sensors, including an accelerometer, compass and barometer, along with proximity and light. There’s also A-GPS and GLONASS for enhanced positioning — even in Antarctica.
There’s an earphone grill up top, just above the Samsung logo, followed by ambient light and proximity sensors to the right, then a front-facing cam near the edge. A single rectangular button at the bottom peeks out from beneath the display, flanked by touch-sensitive backlit return and menu controls. On the top right of the sleek silver bezel you’ll find the power button, with a 3.5mm headphone jack up there too and volume slider on the left. The micro-USB connector is centered at the bottom, just to the left of where you slide in the S Pen. That’s flush with the Note’s flimsy plastic rear panel, which will only need removing when you want to insert a SIM or microSD card — or swap out the generous 2,500mAh battery. 1280 x 800 pixels in a smartphone display is quite a feat, and it’s just as impressive to behold as it sounds. The Note’s 5.3-inch Super AMOLED screen is incredibly bright, vibrant and detailed, thanks to its 285ppi resolution. It doesn’t have the highest pixel density in the world (the smaller Galaxy Nexus trumps it slightly, as does Apple’s Retina panel in the iPhone 4 and 4S), but it’s enough to make graphics amazingly smooth — you’ll have a hard time seeing individual pixels with the naked eye. Viewing photos and graphics, web pages and even newspaper articles in PressReader is quite the treat when you have this much visual real estate to work with.
Colors on the Note pop just as they do on the GS II, that eye-pleasing contrast and saturation we’ve come to love from Samsung’s AMOLED displays, and little vibrancy is lost when viewed from the side. However, color accuracy does start to wander a bit. This is indeed a PenTile display, just like the upcoming Galaxy Nexus, and so there are more green sub-pixels than any other color. This gives everything an ever-so slightly sickly tinge, especially when viewed off-angle. Still, you’ll have no problem watching videos or reviewing your sketches with a group of friends — assuming none of them are hue purists.
Samsung deserves a lot of credit for carving a new niche in a market, which is seriously saturated with all sorts of smartphones and tablets. Bringing back an obsolete technology like the stylus and still creating such massive hype is a great feat. The S Pen can be surprisingly handy and entertaining as well. The rest of the device’s functionality is unsurprisingly good.
If you are the type of person, who lugs around a smartphone and a tablet simultaneously, the Galaxy Note might just be the phone for you. The Galaxy gives you the opportunity to save a lot of space by having a device, which (almost) does it all.
If you are simply looking for a smartphone, the best advice we can give you is to go to a Samsung store, and try out the device yourself. It is the best way to find out whether it will be comfortable enough, as any other opinion will be quite subjective – there is simply nothing like it.
SOPA – The controversial legislation, before the House of Representatives, has caused nothing less than outrage from Internet service providers and their customers. The legislation, meant to stop companies from copying, or “pirating” content or software from others and reselling it, has been seen by many as over-reaching, a “sprawling new regime” of laws which will “stifle investment” and further “chill free speech” across the Globe.
SOPA is, objectively, an unfeasible trainwreck of a bill, one that willfully misunderstands the nature of the internet and portends huge financial and cultural losses. The White House has come out strongly against it. As have hundreds of venture capitalists and dozens of the men and women who helped build the internet in the first place. In spite of all this, companies have already spent a lot of money pushing SOPA, and it remains popular in the House of Representatives.
We already have countless ways around being traced and can encrypt our hard drives to the point where the information is useless in court. If someone really wants to infringe on copyrighted material, the internet will always provide a way no matter how hard the government nannies try to prevent it.
This will be new new drug war of this millennium. Another failed government attempt to stop an unstoppable force. There is no blue pill or red pill here like we had it The Matrix. Choice is our’s and it has to be against SOPA and PIPA.