Sunday, October 27, 2013

EXCLUSIVE: Android 4.3 unofficial firmware N7100XXUEMJ5 leaked for Samsung galaxy Note II [GT-N7100]

Brand new Android 4.3 test firmware – N7100XXUEMJ5 – for the Samsung Galaxy Note II (GT-N7100) has been leaked.
Samsung is expected to officially start rolling out Android 4.3 update to the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II in the month of November and to meet that dead line Samsung is releasing a new test build every two days, so it can iron out all the bugs before the actual release. Please keep in mind that this is a pre-release firmware and there might be a few bugs here and there, so make sure to backup all your stuff before flashing this test firmware on your device.
In the Android 4.3 update, Samsung has updated the core UI elements to more like Galaxy S4/Note 3′s interface, including the tabbed settings. Samsung has included many new features in the Android 4.3 update, many taken from the Galaxy S4/Note 3. Samsung Knox and Samsung Wallet are also present in this test firmware. Android 4.3 update is still under heavy development and Samsung may add more features before rolling out the official update itself.
Model: GT-N7100
Country: Open Asia
Version: Android 4.3
Changelist: 1903221
Build date: Wed, 16 Oct 2013 23:49:26 +0000
Product Code: OLB
- This test firmware will NOT increase your binary counter NOR void your warranty.
- This test firmware is a pre-release firmware and not official from Samsung.
- Extract (unzip) the firmware file
- Download Odin3 v3.09 (from here)
- Extract Odin .ZIP file
- Open Odin3 v3.09
- Restart phone in download mode (Press and hold Home + Power + Volume down buttons)
- Connect phone and wait until you get a blue sign in Odin
- Add N7100XXUEMJ5_N7100OLBEMJ4_N7100XXUEMJ5_HOME.tar.md5 to AP
- Make sure re-partition is NOT ticked
- Click start button, sit back and wait a few minutes.
- If you encounter any issues with the firmware (Any FC, Bootloop etc)
- Boot into recovery mode (Home+power+vol up)
- Then choose reboot and you should be good to go!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Million dollar question: Installed BBM on Android & iOS but no one to chat???

As soon as the BBM for Android and iOS came on their respective app stores, people jumped to download it on their devices out of curiosity to know whats new BBM has to offer in a world of Whatsapp, Viber, line and We chat.

Hours after installing BBM,  still my contact list is empty as I have no friends or very few friends who actually use BBM now except those who still use the catholic era Blackberry phones. So, as a user some thoughts came in my mind

The way it handles username and password looks like a thing of past.
Why do I have to still make a BBM account for using BBM as if I am making any gmail or yahoo account, I have to give my contact details and all of  that stuff  just to chat with someone.

In a world of whatsapp or every other chat app today, it requires only your phone number and a sms to verify your identity and you are good to go. Who would like to give all your details just to chat.
Further more, Why do I still need to be assigned a BBM Pin??
The typical setup procedure now a days requires you to just start using your app after verifying your identity through sms and the app will automatically search the people from your contacts who actually use the same application and as a result they all are automatically listed in the contacts section of the app and you can start chatting right away rather than sending the PIN first, then wait for the person's approval.

In today's high tech world, smartphones are the new computers. 
Although a smart phone can never be able to unleash the power of a PC  yet they are the very first devices which are present with the user for all most all time through out the day. Users are now permanently logged into their Facebook, Gtalk applications round the clock via their smartphones to save the headache of entering the passwords again and again and moreover not to miss any message from their loved ones.

The authentication method used by BBM is just so old that you actually feel irritated.Can you believe it still asks me for a secret question in case I forget my password.
I want to ask one question here. How many users of Gmail or Yahoo still remember their secret questions/answers ??...Answers in positive would be very few; and moreover the integration of this absurd and useless feature is not required in a chat app at all. Who would take a headache of remembering some absurd question /password today when we are already flooded with this and that password like banking passwords, credit card passwords, mail passwords etc .

While we can keep name of our wish in every other chat app, BBM still requires a unique user name that is not assigned already to any user as if we are going to sign up for an email application and  somebody would hack in to our account to read with whom we are chatting?
Moreover now a days our emails are already flooded with a plenty of spam mails which we all hate for eg:- A mail from a shopping website, a mail from a new start up social website etc.
If I send invite to someone asking him to join BBM and chat with me, his reply would be
" Are you sick??... I am happy with Whatsapp, I have lot of groups there and already enjoying, why the heck would I install BBM and send invites to everybody.Well, I really  don't care"

Worst of all there is a long queue, even after you have installed BBM, you can not start using it right away, you have to wait for your turn as if some free candies are being distributed and you have to stand in line to grab them. Foolish??.. Isn't it?
 The most likely scenario would be that millions of people  will install BBM on  their Android and iOS out of curiosity but in a short time , either the app will be un-installed or it will remain unused because one ,everyone today is addicted to whatsapp, viber and we chat etc, everybody is already enjoying in some groups there, secondly it is just so behind its time that it is quite a disaster.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The all new iPAD Mini 2: An epic update to iPAD mini 1-Retina Display, A7 64 bit Chip 1GB RAM and much more

Ladies and Gentleman,
The iPAD mini 2 is here !!.. Lets welcome the star . Let me tell you, it will take the market by storm as it is an epic update to the first edition of iPAD mini .

Lets talk about its design first !!...
 The new iPAD mini 2 is thinner at 7.5 mm and lighter at 331gm and more compact (200*134.7mm) than the previous version. In terms of overall design, iPAD mini 2 stick to its roots and retains the same design as its predecessor.

Lets have a brief of its specs now..!!

Apple has managed time and time again to showcase that even seemingly inferior hardware simply works on their devices. Which is why the dual-core Apple A7 chipset with 1GB RAM on the iPad mini 2 is nothing to laugh at -- this very same chip blazed through benchmarks on the iPhone 5s. This also means that the iPad mini 2 has also inherited the dedicated M7 motion coprocessor.

A new, high-resolution retina display screen has been used in the Apple iPad mini 2. Running at 2048x1536 pixels (326 ppi), the 7.9-inch display on the iPad mini 2 will certainly not lack in detail. 

Unfortunately, the rumors that the new iPads will get an upgraded 8-megapixel snapper on their backs with a wide aperture turn out to be untrue, for the 5-megapixel, 5-element, f/2.4 iSight camera is here to stay. Up front, we have what Apple likes to call a FaceTime HD camera, which is simply a 1.2-megapixel snapper.

Giving life to this entire show is a 2380mAh battery, a tiny improvement over the 2340mAh cell on the original iPad mini, though Apple is advertising that it's good for 10 hours of continuous video playback, identical to its predecessor. Though it is yet to be seen whether the minor improvement in the battery is able to resist the high definition retina display.
And last thing to be noted is that, you are not going to get any Touch ID fingerprint sensor with iPAD mini 2 and in my view that is not even needed in tablets.

Price:- 399$ for the base model 64GB
             699$ for top end model 128 GB wifi

Availability:- November end in US and around Jan end in INDIA.

Source: Phone Arena

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Finally BBM makes its way to Android and iOS powered devices

About a month after the first attempt failed, BlackBerry is planning on trying once again to get BBM for iOS and BBM for Android available for users of those two platforms. On Monday, BlackBerry crowed about the 1.1 million Android users that installed an unreleased version of  the app back in September. It was that unofficial version, along with a number of bogus BBM apps put up in the Google Play Store, that made BlackBerry's task too difficult to complete at the time. Meanwhile, more than 1 million Apple iPhone users have side-loaded BBM on their phone.

According to the beleaguered Canadian manufacturer, the best way to download BBM on your iOS or Android phone is to visit from your iPhone or Android browser. Install the app, enter your email address and BlackBerry will send you a message when you are at the "front of the line" and can use BBM. You can follow the line at @BBM on Twitter If you already signed up with, you can start using BBM immediately.

BlackBerry says its developers have been working around the clock and made some upgrades to BBM during the past month. This is a great idea from BlackBerry because instead of going to your phone's app store and putting up with a number of bogus BBM apps, you are going straight to BlackBerry to install it.

Ok, you've gone ahead and downloaded BBM on your phone. Now what? Thanks to a series of videos released today by BlackBerry, you will see step-by-step instructions on how to set-up and create a group, know when a message you've sent has been read, how to set up a multi-person chat, how to set up a contacts list using PINs and how to share pictures, and more.

Delayed by about a month,BBM for iOS and BBM for Android both have been listed in their respective app stores. BlackBerry also has come up with another way to receive the app which requires you to head over to using the browser on your phone, leaving your email address, and "waiting in line" to start using the messaging app. Those who previously registered with should be able to use it immediately.

And if you need help running BBM on your iOS or Android phone, you can check out the videos below. One of them just might have the answer that you're looking for.

How to add a contact by PIN

How to share Pictures & more
How to check other's updates
How to do multiperson chats
Know when your messages have been read & delivered
How to create & manage groups

Source: Phone Arena

Friday, October 18, 2013

Sachin Tendulkar: A name so BIG , GOD of cricket retires from Cricket

Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar also called as Little master is an abbrevation for perfection and dignity. He is the world's greatest batsman ever in the history of world cricket and there is no body who can surpass his greatness. Who thought that a small boy with below average height would make it so big one day that it would be almost impossible for future generations to even go nearer to the records set by him. Having 100 first class centuries is not a joke.
Having scored more than 60000 runs in all formats of the game is not an easy task.
You are successful only when people around you love you
The question is: What is so distinct in this man which sets him a class apart from all the players in the world till date???

The answer to this question can only be understood by the people who have spent time with the champ. The young players of today's generation treats him as an elder brother in dressing room . In-spite of achieving so much, he does not boast of anything rather lives a simple life and that is whats the secret of his flamboyant personality.
 Sachin says "My father has always been a guiding torch for me, He told me that life is temporary, the only thing that matters is the impression you leave on people's mind".
  I would like to share some lesser known facts about Sachin with the readers-
-Sachin used to sleep with his cricket gear during his junior days.
-Sachin's first car was Maruti 800
-Sachin was the first batsman in world cricket to be given out by a third empire in 1992.
-Sachin's tendulkar bat is the heaviest bat used by any player weighing 3.2 lbs.
-Sachin is the only cricketer to be awarded Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Arjuna and Padamshree by Indian Govt.
-Sachin is so possessive about his ferrari that even his wife is not allowed to drive it.
-Sachin is the only cricket to have 49 ODI and 51 test cricket centuries which is way way ahead of the runner up Rickey Ponting having 30 ODI and 41 test centuries.
-Sachin is the only cricketer to score 15837 test runs and 18426 ODI runs which is way ahead of the runner up Rickey Ponting having 13378 test runs and 13704 ODI runs.

Lets us throw some light on what other great cricketers have to say about Sachin:-

Sir Don Bradman

"I saw him playing on television and was struck by his technique, so I asked my wife to come look at him. Now I never saw myself play, but I feel that this player is playing much the same as I used to play."

Kapil Dev

"The way he has taken on the role of India's greatest sporting ambassador... He has, among other things, inspired a generation and more to play cricket."

Sunil Gavaskar

"I would really like to bend down and touch his feet. If somebody is at that pedestal, I would like to do that."

Sir Viv Richards

"I have never seen Bradman but heard people talk about him. But I tell you what, if Bradman could bat like this man does then he was dynamite. Players like Sachin deserve to be preserved in cotton wool."

Shane Warne

"I'll be going to bed having nightmares of Sachin just running down the wicket and belting me back over the head for six. He was unstoppable. I don't think anyone, apart from Don Bradman, is in the same class as Sachin Tendulkar. He is just an amazing player."

Virat Kohli says--

"I have grown up watching him play and only wanted to bat like him. It will be a very difficult moment for me when he retires. He has been the biggest match winner for India and such a huge inspiration for all of us," said Kohli, who turned a touch emotional on the eve of India's second ODI against Australia here.
"For 24 years, we never thought that there could be an Indian cricket team without Sachin. I don't know how I would react when he would step out one last time and what will be the reaction of the whole team.
"Just like everyone in India, we are also sad that he will not play any longer," he added.

I remember once when a political party in India wanted him to say publicly that He is a citizen of that state first and plays for that state first rather than India first. I feel proud to say in what he said. He announced "I am an Indian first and play for India, every state or my personal benefits come after that". The day he announced his retirement, during an official press conference he said very politely "I dont know what will I do after cricket?.. because Cricket is only what I know . I am borne with cricket and die with cricket, its in my blood and it is very hard to imagine a life  without cricket."
Such is the persona of the person that everybody from a youngster to an elder wants to be like him. He is the definition of cricket in INDIA . There was a time when People used to say "If Sachin is out, whole team is out , lets switch off the TV now".
I finish my post here with tears in my eyes and pray to GOD that such a gentle soul continues to be loved by all through out the life and may he continue to inspire thousands of aspiring young players who born with a dream in their eyes that some day they will reach somewhere nearer to Sachin because it is almost impossible for anyone to reach there where he stands now.

Sachin's career stats
Batting and fielding averages
List A5515385521999200*45.54601141750
Bowling averages
List A5511023084782015/325/3242.174.9750.8420

Monday, October 14, 2013

The super-cyclone Phailin and How India succeeded in saving millions of life?

 Cyclone Phailin on sunday left a trail of destruction knocking down lacs of homes affecting nearly 90 lakh people and destroying paddy crops worth Rs 2400 cr , but Odisha and Andra Pradesh escaped from wide spread loss of lives.

As the largest evacuation efforts in the country's recent history helped keep casualties to the minimum, reports from the two states tonight said that 23 people died, all but two of them in Odisha. Most of the casualties were caused by wall collapse, uprooted trees and in floods.Communication links were vastly disrupted by the strong winds that went upto a speed of 220 kmph when the "very severe" cyclonic storm crossed the coast near Gopalpur last night and weakened before turning into a depression. Ganjam district in Odisha bore the brunt of the storm. 
The cyclone wrecked many coastal homes, uprooted trees and blocked roads in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha states. When the cyclone made the landfall, its speed went up to 250 KMPH with waves heighting up to a level of 3.5 metres.

The good point in this disaster is that only a total of 23 people died and that too including both odisha and Andhra Pradesh. All this happened due to the efforts Indian Govt put this time to save human lives. Indian Met Deptt.(IMD) told the state officials 5 days in advance that a super cyclone is coming to both Odisha and Andhra Pradesh on this date.
The respective state Govts. immediately issued red alerts in the areas that were going to be affected by the cyclone. Aound 10 million people were evacuated from their places and shifted to safe places in one of the India's biggest evacuation operations so far.
A total of 1200 in Odisha and 500 in Ahdra Pradesh national disaster response force officials were deployed for the operation. Indian Air force's Super Herculus planes were kept ready for any emergencies. Indian Navy was also put on high alert and navy was monitoring the proceeding very minutely. They were kept ready to ensure that no casuality happens in the sea. Fisherman were instructed no to go in sea for sometime, inspite of that some 18 fisherman went in sea and got stuck there, however , soon the officials saved all of them.
One would no doubt agree that human beings are still puppets in hands of god, and one can not dare to face his fury but what we can do is to keep ourselves prepared enough to reduce the loss of human lives. This time, India showed to whole world, what they are capable of and how they can unite themselves in the hard times. Only 23 causalities in such a big disaster is a matter of pride.(and too due to falling of trees and walls).

Although property and crops has been destroyed on a massive scale amounting up to  Rs. 2400 crores in both states but as we all know, property can be re-constructed again , human lives cant. !!.. It is better to let go of property, crops pr anything else rather than sacrificing human lives because they are precious and one can understand the plight of a family who looses a life in a tragedy.
Such a cyclone hit the same state Odisha in 1999 and that time India was not prepared for it resulting in a loss of 10000 lives but soon after that cyclone and also when Tsunami happened, India installed new generation high tech predicting devices in all the vulnerable areas that helps in monitoring all the sea and weather activity very minutely.
 Going in to the details of losses
 14,514 villages in 12 districts have been affected, hitting a population of 80,53,620.
Over 2.34 lakh houses have been damaged and more than 8.73 lakh people evacuated.

I was reading some newspapers of some countries like USA, UL and Australia , all were praising INDIA for its efforts in saving human lives this time and USA even offered its help if INDIA needed but INDIA was alone able to handle the situation .
Hope God shows less fury in future on his children and we all live in harmony.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Exclusive-Samsung GALAXY ROUND with World's first curved screen gets launched

Tuesday night, Samsung introduced the first smartphone to come with a curved display. The Samsung Galaxy Round isn't traveling too far away as it will make its debut and launch in Korea on Thursday. Priced at 1.09 million won ($1013 USD), the device will originally be offered in Luxury Brown but other colors will be available later. The Samsung Galaxy Round offers what is called the "roll effect" where the phone is tipped downward in the landscape mode and shows the time, missed calls and battery level (see video below).

Other features include something called the Gravity Effect which offers "visual interaction" with the screen. The display is off while the music player is running, so you can press the left side of the screen to play the previous track, and tap the right side of  the screen to play the next track. Side Mirror allows you to tilt the phone to the left or right to access certain photos and video in your gallery. Multi Window is included on the handset allowing you to multitask by opening two apps at the same time, both apps claiming part of the screen. This is the world's first curved screen phone. But the question is- Do we really need  a curved screen??.. We will get the answer in perhaps coming 5 to 6 months when LG will also unveil some ground breaking stuff with foldable batteries and phones.

The 5.7 inch Super AMOLED screen offers resolution of 1080 x 1920, and is powered by a quad-core 2.3GHz processor with 3GB of RAM on board. A 2800mAh battery powers the unit which has Android 4.3 pre-installed. The handset is equipped with a 13MP rear-facing camera. While the phone has just been introduced, we could soon see major competition. Fellow Korean manufacturer LG said on Monday that its display unit is ready to release a flexible OLED panel.

source- Phone arena , slash gear and All thingsd

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Did you know: First Generation iPhone launch could have been a disaster

On this date two years ago, the world lost a true visionary when Steve Jobs died due to pancreatic cancer. In Saturday's New York Times, there are some excerpts from an upcoming book entitled Dogfight: How Apple and Google Went to War and Started a Revolution that go inside the first launch of the Apple iPhone. For example, the software in the Wi-Fi radio packed into the unit that Steve Jobs would introduce to the world, was unstable. As a result, wires had to be run off stage and connected to the phone's antennas so that the signal would not have to travel so far.

Even though AT&T had brought in a portable cell tower for the event, Steve Jobs had the iPhone that he would use in the unveiling, programmed to always show 5 bars of signal strength regardless of what the true reading was. Andy Grignon, the senior engineer responsible for the radios in the phone, was so nervous about the event that he packed on 50 pounds in the weeks before the launch. "If the radio crashed and restarted, as we suspected it might, we didn’t want people in the audience to see that, so we just hard-coded it to always show five bars," Grignon recalled.

But the biggest worry was that the demo iPhone would crash while Jobs was multitasking on stage. In case the unit he was working with ran out of memory, Apple's CEO had a few other units with him on stage that he could instantly switch to. The phones had just 128MB of memory and were prone to crashing. It seems hard to believe now, but one of the greatest consumer products ever launched was far from complete on that January day in 2007 when it was unveiled. Not one unit ever came off an assembly line, and the 100 or so units built before the introduction of the device had plenty of faults. The software was buggy and the device couldn't even finish playing one song or video without crashing. Send an email and browse the internet and the phone would work. Reverse the order and it would crash. The challenge for Steve Jobs was to show a smooth running phone at the unveiling, make the public drool now, and hammer out the bugs over the 6 months before the phone was actually launched.
Jobs had to be feeling nervous. If you view a video of his introduction of the Motorola E790 iTunes phone (aka ROKR E1), a glitch during the presentation made Jobs look lost and you could see him getting annoyed on stage. Ironically, Apple almost purchased Motorola in 2003, but at the time it was considered a company too big for Apple to swallow. Even more ironically, Google bought out the handset maker eight years after Apple failed to do so.

Things fell into place as Apple worked on the software that became iOS. Multi touch, which by 2003 could be used on a tablet like prototype, was introduced to the public with the new touchscreen phone. Despite this, the first prototype was similar to an iPod with a click wheel for dialing. Another prototype looked more like the device we know as the first-gen iPhone. But constructed of brushed aluminum, the radio signals could not escape the inside of the phone.

Security was tight. Apple didn't even tell the companies whose parts were driving the phone what it was building. Companies like Marvell, which produced the Wi-Fi chip, thought that its part was going into a new iPod. Phony schematics were drawn up to throw people off the scent. Amid some rumors about an Apple manufactured handset, 
the Apple iPhone was finally introduced on January 9th, 2007 and the world was changed. Not that the engineers who worked on the project realized what they had unleashed on the world. Fortified from a flask smuggled in during the event, they were all feeling no pain.

Source Phone Arena and nytimes