10/9/2013

Samsung announces the Galaxy Round with a curved display

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Samsung has taken the wrapper off its rumored smartphone with a curved OLED display. The Galaxy Round, which will launch on SK Telecom in South Korea, has a 5.7-inch 1080p screen the same size as seen on the company’s Galaxy Note 3, but there’s a difference — it curves on the vertical axis in a similar fashion to some of Samsung’s OLED TVs.

Samsung is touting a new feature called “Round Interaction,” which allows you to look at information such as missed calls, battery life, and the date and time when you tilt it on a flat surface with the screen off.

9/27/2013

Samsung: Note 3 Reginal Lock Applies Only For Device Activation

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Reports that Samsung has crippled its new Galaxy Note 3 by adding region-locking, making buyers of unlocked units attempting to use it in geographies outside of the area in which it was purchased subject to exorbitant roaming fees, are not entirely accurate.

A statement from Samsung clears the issue. The notes refer to being able to bring your unlocked device into other regions, but rather that the initial activation must occur in a particular region. This means that unlocked Galaxy Note 3 devices intended for the European market devices can be activated only with a SIM card from that region. After initial activation and commissioning, everything is as usual, you can use a SIM card from any region.

AllAboutSamsung.de asked Samsung for comment on the matter. Here are the essential points from Samsung’s official statement (original in German):

Samsung does lock some devices based on the region where they were purchased from. These devices are, besides the Note 3: Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy S4, and Galaxy S4 Mini.
The region lock only affects units manufactured after the end of July 2013, that ship with the warning sticker on the box. Devices that have already been delivered, like those sitting in warehouses or in stores are not region locked.
If a user takes a new phone that hasn’t been yet activated to a country outside the home region, the user can unlock the phone at a local Samsung service partner for free.

6/30/2013

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Wifi Problem [SOLVED]

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

So I got a new Samsung Galaxy Note 8, which is a pretty great gadget. I worked and installed all my favorite apps and everything was peachy.

At some point I got an OTN update to android 4.1.2 and ever since my Note 8 will not connect to my home wifi network. It will find all my neighbors wireless networks, but for some reason it will not find my own wifi SSID. Even when I stood less than one meter away from my wifi router it refused to find my network.

After browsing some forums some recommended to install wifi fixer apps, which I did (I had to use an access point while tethering from my phone), but it did not help.

Then another advice was to do a factory reset to the device, but still no change. It found all the surrounding networks, but not mine. I have to mention that all my other devices (laptops, phones, iPad and other wifi enable devices had no problems connecting to the network)

After almost giving up and sending the tablet to be fixed I went into the wifi router and looked at the settings. I remembered that few weeks ago I changed the default channel from being automatic to channel 13, in order to avoid collisions with the surrounding networks.
So in a last attempt I changed the channel to be auto and lo and behold my Galaxy Note 8 found my network.

I guess Samsung have some kind of weird bug that the wireless adapter will not work with channel 13. So now everything is good and I got back wireless connectivity on my Note. Too bad that I had to do a factory reset which caused me to lose everything I installed and configured for several hours.

10/27/2012

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean comes to Samsung Galaxy S3

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Samsung started to roll an update to the operating system of Galaxy S3 phones (I just got mine).
Android Jelly Bean is being pushed over the air or via the Samsung Kies software, first to unlocked Samsung Galaxy S3 phones.

Network operators Three, O2 and Vodafone previously made the OS available to their customers, leaving Orange and T-Mobile as the only major providers yet to offer it.

Samsung initiated a gradual roll out of the operating system in Europe last month.

In the US market Sprint is the first U.S. carrier to update the Samsung Galaxy S3 to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. To date, Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular are still waiting for their turn.

8/29/2012

My New Samsung Galaxy S3 Saga

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Last week I got my new Galaxy S3 phone. Before getting this phone I was contemplating whether to get the HTC One X or the S3. While I like HTC very much (I have the HTC desire) I decided to try the Samsung S3.

So finally I got the new phone and after opening the phone and turning it on, I noticed that I have a defective screen. So I looked at the warranty card and found the number for the service provider. I called them and asked what to do. They told me to go to the main service location at a company called “C com Ltd“. So I drove there expecting to get a new phone instead of the defective one I got.

After waiting for the representative he told me that he can not give me a new phone, but I should leave my phone at the lab and they will replace the screen within two days.

Two days passed…Four days passed and I did not get a call from the lab telling me to pick up my phone. So I tried to call them and it took me two additional days get a hold of someone (they just don’t answer the phone nor returning a call after I filled the online contact form).

Eventually after waiting for 8 days I decided to drive over there and to pick up my phone. I reached the service station and the representative told me it is still not ready. I was very upset and I told the representative that in any other company I would get a new phone instead the defective one, and not have to wait for over a week to get a NEW phone fixed. He agreed with me, and made some phone calls to try to expedite the process and told me that they will deliver the phone to today to my office, but it is their policy and he can not give me a new phone to replace the bad one.

Needless to say no phone was delivered.

I think I’m done with Samsung. If this is their policy regarding defective phones, my next phone will not be Samsung. I know that if I had an iPhone and it was defected out of the box, I would get a new phone immediately instead of the defective one.

Now I have to point out that the phone is critical to my job and I need to be connected all the time, and they did not even give me a temporary replacement phone.

11/21/2011

Bug silences Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich phone, which went on sale last week, is suffering from a particularly annoying bug.

The glitch sees the handset drop the audio volume of its own accord. The phone goes suddenly silent, without warning, many an owner spent the weekend complaining on the intertubes.

Others have grumbled about the volume key becoming unresponsive, and even the power key sometimes ignores users’ presses.

Not every handset appears to be affected, but the consensus is that the bug only makes its presence felt when the Galaxy Nexus is operating in the 900MHz band for 2G communications. That’s a very commonly used band in Europe.

7/18/2011

Apple Releases iOS 4.3.4, Prevents Hacking & Jailbreaking

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The main objective of this version is to prevent the hacking in Apple iOS devices which occurs through malicious pdf file. Another objective is to prevent the jailbreaking which occurs as a consequence of the previous effect.

In previous versions, the iOS device is easily vulnerable to attacks. It happens because of mishandling of fonts embedded in pdf file by iOS devices. It is quite common to download a pdf file through e-mail or web pages. Sometimes the downloaded file may be malicious and there is possibility that the file could inject malware into the iOS device — that gives a chance for the hackers to access the hardware of the iOS device.

iOS 4.3.4 has already been jail-breaked using RedsnOw and PwnageTool.

Read more: http://www.gizmocrazed.com/2011/07/apple-releases-ios-4-3-4-prevents-hacking-jailbreaking/#ixzz1SRzU7hdb

Android 3.2 official, coming to a tablet near you

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The latest version of Google’s Android operating system for tablets is official, which means the update will likely be arriving on a range of tablets in the near future.

Motorola has already begun to roll out the update on its Xoom tablet. Other tablet candidates for a 3.2 rollout include Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1, Acer’s Iconia Tab 500, and Toshiba’s Thrive.

6/30/2011

Samsung asks U.S. to ban iPad, iPhone imports

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Samsung asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to ban the importation of Apple’s iPhones, iPads and iPods, ratcheting up its dispute against Apple.

The filing, dated Tuesday, says Apple’s iPhone, iPod digital music player and iPad tablet infringe on five of Samsung’s patents involving telecommunications standards and user interface inventions.

Samsung also filed a new patent lawsuit against Apple in a Delaware federal court on Wednesday,

The complaints are the latest salvo in a growing legal battle between the two consumer electronics giants.

In April, Apple sued Samsung in a California federal court, claiming the South Korean firm’s Galaxy line of mobile phones and tablets “slavishly” copies the iPhone and iPad.

Samsung then countersued in California, and Apple last week filed another lawsuit in South Korea. An Apple spokesman could not be immediately reached on Wednesday.

3/7/2011

$200 mobile cancer diagnosing device, operated by smart phone

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The standard for detecting cancer cells in biopsies is immunohisochemistry — and detecting key antigens can be a time intensive process, requiring days to complete. Researchers at Harvard and MIT have developed a mobile mini NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance) device operated by a smart phone that can be used at a patient’s bedside to detect cancer cells in under one hour.

Researchers state the parts to make the device cost $200 to manufacture, making it affordable for clinics or in poorer countries. More promising, however, are the results of a study just published in the Journal Science Translational Magazine that used the device to diagnose cancer. The study found the mobile device performed better than traditional methods of detecting cancer cells in biopsies.

2/4/2011

Unreleased Apple iPad spotted at news event

Filed under: — Aviran

Spotted at Rupert Murdoch’s splashy digital newspaper launch on Wednesday: a prototype of Apple’s newest iPad.

A Reuters eyewitness saw what appeared to be a working model of the next iPad with a front-facing camera at the top edge of the glass screen at a press conference to mark the debut of News Corp’s Daily online paper in New York on Wednesday.

A source with knowledge of the device confirmed its existence, adding that the final release model could have other features. News Corp and Apple declined to comment.

1/24/2011

Cellcom and Iway launch Internet system for cars

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Start-up Iway Mobile and Cellcom, Israel’s largest mobile phone operator, launched on Sunday a communications, Internet and entertainment system for the automobile.

While the Comodo Console will be sold first in February in Israel, where it will be marketed exclusively by Cellcom, Iway is in talks to sell the product to cellular operators in other countries over the next six months.

Iway founder and Chief Executive Danny Knafou said the first countries would likely be France, Russia and China.

The operating system is programed for 20 languages, including Russian, Arabic and Chinese, and more will be added.

Comodo includes a 4.3 inch touchscreen, speakerphone, a rear camera to increase security when in reverse, a GPS antenna and a cellular modem for an always-on connection to the Internet via a 3G cellular network. The driver can listen to radio stations from around the globe.

While mobile handset makers are focused on developing phones that are faster, smaller and better designed, Iway said it concentrated on giving the driver a different experience.

To ensure drivers’ safety, videos can be watched only when the car is not moving, and emails can be received but not sent. Text messaging and chatting services are not available, and the 80 applications can be activated with two clicks.

Knafou said he did not know of any other similar product.

The three-dimensional navigation system warns drivers when approaching a dangerous road or intersection and can alert when the driver is exceeding the speed limit or to problems up ahead, such as camels on the road.

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