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How Do You Use Your Phone’s Camera?

“The best camera you have is the one that’s with you”. It’s a cliché that’s often used in defence of phone cameras that, although improving with every generation, are still a long way behind point-and-shoots.
I’m not a photographer. I don’t study the craft, I’ve never woken up early to take pictures of the sunrise, and the most post-production I’ve ever done is to use the red-eye removal tool in Photoshop.
I do enjoy having a camera on my phone, though: it is great
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to be able to snap a picture of something to remember it later (I have an Evernote notebook with photos of important items around the house so I can remember where they are) or share it with friends (“haha, look at this hilarious scene, you guys”).
So while I’m happy to hear the rumours that Instagram will soon be coming to Android, I’m not bothered about the filters. Perhaps this is because I have a few too many Facebook friends who feel that slapping a sepia tone on anything makes it artistic.
Anyway! Enough grumbling. I’ve told you how I use my phone’s camera; let me know how you use yours.




A system of millions or billions of stars, together with gas and dust, held together by gravitational attraction.
The galaxy of which the solar system is a part; the Milky Way.

 nexus plural of nex·us (Noun)


A connection or series of connections linking two or more things.
A connected group or
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series: "a nexus of ideas".


Based on the above definitions you wouldn’t think that Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus (SGN) is actually a culmination of anything good, particularly in the way of an Android phone.  Literally, the name alone would indicate that you would have a billion stars connected together.  But you would be wrong.  The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the best smartphone on the market today - bar none.
After living with this phone for almost a month now, it has not only met my expectations but have exceeded them in almost every way.  I will spare all of the tech specs as the SGN has been in the public eye for quite some time now, and I will largely review the phone on its day-to-day merits for real world use.  My must have apps are: Google Voice, K-9 for work email, AndChat for always-on IRC connectivity, Plume for Tweeting, Catch Notes,  Facebook, and all other Google services.
The first thing you will notice about the SGN is that it looks like a smaller brother to its Honeycomb forerunners, i.e. no physical buttons.  No, Android 4.0 has eschewed the buttons for a cleaner look and a better way for landscape to portrait screen orientation that moves the buttons with the phone.  There is a downside however, for those who depended on the ‘magnifying glass’ button for search it has been replaced by a Google search box on the main screen.

The second thing?  The Screen is HD Super AMOLED.  This.  Thing.  Is.  For.  Real.  I won’t bore you with the specs but here they are if you need confirmation.  Just before getting the SGN, I briefly flirted with an iPhone 4 as a backup phone and the SGN makes the Retina Display look second rate at best.  The viewing angles of this device are marvelous as is the resolution: a proper 1280x720 pixels.  Movies look gorgeous, especially those from the PIXAR family and applications look vibrant and almost have a 3D like quality to them.

As with most of the Samsung Galaxy phones, the lock screen will be familiar and the volume buttons, but there is some strange placement afoot.  Namely the charging port and 3.5mm headphone jack on the bottom of the phone.  I use to have the Samsung Fascinate and they were on top of that device.  The top is a much better place to have any cables/wires coming from as they will not get in the way of putting the phone in normal portrait mode, like say, in a windshield holder.  The power button is on the upper left side all by its lonesome.  The actual heft of the device is one that is much lighter than it looks but that’s to blame/credit on the plastic body.  While I do prefer the design and the materials of the iPhone 4, I was always very deliberate when using it because I was afraid of dropping it.  I do not like having cases on my phones so while the SGN does not feel like it will shatter from a three foot fall, I still handle it very gingerly.  But even with the larger size the phone feels very thin and light and not as large as my old Motorola Droid X or my very old HTC HD2.

Some other niggles with quality and build is the back battery door.  It is very thin and flimsy and I have already bent one of the tabs on the bottom of that keeps it locked.  So be very careful while exchanging batteries.  Which brings me to my next point.  You will be changing out the battery if you are a normal to heavy user.  Regularly.  When I got my phone, I immediately bought the battery charger that came with an extra battery.  Then I bought two more batteries from a Twitter friend of mine who bought the extended batteries for his and didn’t need the standard ones anymore.  I was thinking of the extended batts but didn’t want the extra thickness.  So I now have four batteries total that I keep in a very thin case that can fit into any jacket and can go for about two days without any external charging.  The Verizon 4G is spotty at best and I have only used it a few times, but mainly just to check the speed.  But boy, is it FAST!  I have seen downloads as fast as 35mbps and it can make your SGN double as a hand warmer when activated.  I do have PDAnet installed so I occasionally use it for wired tethering, and in this case is very helpful since phone can be charged at the same time.
While trying to get as much battery life as possible, I sometimes turned off the auto-sync, but what’s the upside to a smartphone that is not constantly getting data and updates?  So now I turn it off only when I am at my computer to not duplicate email alerts, etc.
Okay, now for the software.  Android 4.0 AKA Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) is everything I wanted in a smartphone.  While I have been recommending Android to many people, I still tell some to get an iPhone if they just “want it to work”.  And ICS is the first version of the software that truly feels like production software and not a Beta that is meant to be forgiven from the onset.  Just like a proper desktop OS, the addition of folders has saved screen real estate and helps organize applications for easy look up.  And now that my Motorola XOOM was blessed with ICS, I have a double helping of goodness.
The browser is finally like a true mobile version of Chrome.  The menu button gives context for bookmarks and sharing options and even a new feature "Request desktop site" as well as the way to access the Settings.  The address bar button gives you options for "add a tab" and bookmarks.  You can also view other browser sessions as thumbnails with the same button.   Also, you can no longer just long press the screen to add widgets.  These are now found along with all of the other applications just a swipe away.  Long presses now just give you a way to change wallpapers.

The notifications are now easier to delete as they can now be swiped away from the window shade, while the screen is locked.  This makes it much easier to interact with the phone when just looking at the screen for the notification LED to blink.

As far as I can tell, the phone feature is very good.  I can hear other callers loud and clear and have had no complaints from others, however the speakerphone sounds muffled and a bit thin.  The new phone dialpad UI is very Tron-like, courtesy of Android's new Roboto fonts.

The camera is good and very fast but not as good as the Samsung Galaxy II’s but since I still carry a Canon ELPH 300HS, this is not an issue with me.  And I am never thrilled to see a soft shutter button.  But it can be used from the lock screen now: left for Camera, right to Unlock.  I don’t use my SGN for viewing movies regularly (just to show others how good the screen is) and I don’t use it for MP3 listening it is a competent media player but not a primary use for me.
This last feature that I have used a lot for this article is the ability to easily take screenshots.  Just hold the power button and volume down rocker simultaneously and voila!  The screenshot saves into its own Screenshot folder in your gallery and it's very easy to show others what is going right and wrong with your phone as well as post pictures like I have done.  No more rooting your phone and sticking your tongue out and holding your arm out to get a decent screenshot.

I can honestly say that after using and owning many Android phones, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the best phone out there right now.  And while a few may come along this year to compete against it, the SGN will still be at the top of the list for me.


Samsung Galaxy Nexus [Review] originally appeared on AndroidGuys.
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While we still wait for the official release of the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich ROM for Samsung Galaxy SII, there are some pre-release versions of the firmware floating around the net. In the past we reported and presented a guide for one such leaked version of the Android 4.0.3 for the SGSII. In the past weeks there have been a number of such releases. And now the latest leak is a beta version of the Android 4.0.3 ICS ROM for Galaxy SII with the build no. I9100XXLPB. Based on the reports many of the bugs that were apparent in the earlier leaks have been fixed in this latest beta and
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is more or less ready for the daily usage.

Here are some user notes:
Interface: Kind of 3D effect when scrolling. Battery: Lots better than early ones. Faster: Feels the same as LP6 Touch: Same as LP6. Overall: Better score in our eyes than LP6 . Facelock: Same as LP6 working fine. Task: Same as version LP6.

However, keep in mind that this is still a beta software and NOT comes through the official Samsung channels so use it with caution!

Note: Rooting, Jailbreaking or customizing your device can be risky, and you may end-up bricking your device! Follow the instructions posted here at your own responsibility as Inspired Geek will not be responsible for any damage to your device.

So after the usual word of caution lets get started on how to install this latest leaked firmware on Samsung Galaxy S2 device.
Required Downloads
- Download the ODIN file and then extract the .zip file.
- Download Android 4.0.3 ICS Beta Build I9100XXLPB and extract the contents/files of Android 4.0.3 ICS to the desktop.
– Correct KIES USB drivers must be installed, so that programs can communicate with the device. Reboot computer after driver installation if required.
- If KIES is running in the background then turn it off as it may interfere with the ODIN.
Procedure – Flash Android 4.0.3 On Samsung Galaxy SII
Step 1: Make sure that your device is in USB debugging mode: Settings -> Applications -> Development -> USB debugging. Step 2:  Reboot your device into download mode. To do so: Turn the device off, then power it on again by pressing and holding Volume Down + Home + Power simultaneously.
Step 3: Start ODIN.
Step 4: Connect the device to your computer via USB. Step 5: Wait a few seconds, the ODIN screen will show that a device is now connected - Make sure that in ODIN nothing is checked, except the "Auto reboot" and "F. Reset Time" checkboxes. - Press the "PDA" button, and select the the extracted tar file I9100_CODE_I9100XXLPB_CL99600_REV02_user_low_ship.tar (from extracted Download above that you placed on desktop) to flash the firmware.
- Press the "Phone" button, and select the the extracted tar file MODEM_I9100XXLPB_REV_02_CL1101286.tar (from extracted Download above that you placed on desktop) to flash the modem.
- Press the "CSC" button, and select the the extracted tar file GT-I9100-MULTI-CSC-OXXLP5_RST.tar (from Required Downloads above) to flash the CSC.
- Press "Start".
- ODIN will now flash the above components.
- Device should reboot after flashing the Android 4.0.3 firmware components on your Samsung Galaxy SII device.
Step 6: After the device reboots you will have Ice Cream Sandwich based on Android 4.0.3 leaked beta version on your Samsung Galaxy S2 (SII)!
You might also be interested to have a look at the Samsung Galaxy S II section on our website where we have covered a large collection of tweaks, tips&tricks and rooting and custom ROM installation guides for the Samsung Galaxy S2 (SII).
Download and Install Stock Android 4.0.3 ICS ROM On Samsung Galaxy S2 (SII) [Beta Build I9100XXLPB]


This fantastic, awesome, mind-boggling action short was created by Andrew McMurry. In the video, he finds an iPhone with no previous owner, but little does he know this iPhone is a 4S and, with Siri on board. it will happily destroy the world in order to avoid being sold.
This is just one of those videos you cannot stop watching – even though I did to share this. It is very well made and all I can say is share it!
Thank you Andrew for this masterpiece!

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"Android DVB-T" is application software that controls DVB-T tuner made by Elecom.To enjoy DVB-T television with DVB-T tuner, install this software on your Android device.Operating
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environment- Android OS 3.1 or later- USB port with USB host functionality (microUSB or USB Type-A)

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Jazz: Trump’s Journey Review is a post from: My iPad Games
Adventure platformers that require extreme precision have always been a hit and miss in touch gaming. This due to the reason that almost always, physical buttons are needed to get a better feel on how hard or soft you are pressing the buttons.
That’s why it is always refreshing to see and play a game that is different from this — Jazz: Trump’s Journey ($2.99 via iTunes)  is a story of a young jazz player named trump in his quest to gain fame, love and self-discovery in the old 1920′s New Orleans.
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However, before he can achieve that, he must win a local band and your job as the player is to guide Trump into levels, collecting musical notes, pictures and band members as you progress.

At first glance the game is obviously inspired by the 20′s black and white silent film — the stages however are colored but still follows the same film-reel style of presentation.
Usually, you only see three virtual buttons on the screen, left, right and jump. Early in the game, you will also gain access to Trump’s trumpet that can stop time on certain elements in the game thus, giving you a fourth button. Up and down buttons appear when you are on a ladder or rope and a grab button is available for moving blocks when Trump is near them. The buttons are so strategically placed that these buttons do not hinder your view of the iPad screen all without sacrificing the comfortable hold of the device.
The levels strat off really easy, but it gets pretty difficult where you need to be extremely precise with the jumps early on. The game compensates for this with a lot of checkpoints and unlimited lives.

 And all that  Jazz!
As expected from a game that focuses on a musician, the background music is just stellar. While Trump is still alone and is looking to find his first band member to recruit, you will only one trumpet (albeit extremely well played) playing. As you collect band members, though, more musical instruments are added into the score, making it a really good chill out music.
The icing on the cake is the beautiful story behind it. I will let you find out about it, but it is all about finding comfort in your own race.
To wrap up, Jazz: Trump’s Journey is a masterpiece every gamer that grew up playing Mario should play this. (And that means pretty much every gamer out there.) I extremely recommend this game. 5/5
Download Jazz: Trump’s Journey ($2.99 via iTunes)

The iPad can be quite useful when used in conjunction with a Mac desktop. For instance, you may find yourself needing a secondary wireless display. That’s where the Twelve South Hoverbar comes into play.
What is the Hoverbar? It’s an iPad mounting solution for iMacs and Apple displays such as the Thunderbolt display. You can also use the Hoverbar to mount your iPad to a desk without scratching or denting your desk. This is because the Hoverbar uses a “hardwareless” install with a clamp and allen wrench. When installing it to an iMac or Apple Display, you simp
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ly clamp it to the stand on the back of the display.
Using the Hoverbar as a secondary display is just the beginning.  When in use, the Hoverbar gives you a full range of motion, making it great for gaming, FaceTime calls, and social networking.
If you own this product, tell us how it fits into your workflow in the comments section below!
Price: $79.99
Siri Siri Siri! People can’t get enough.  We’ve seen a lot of Siri Proxy talk on Twitter and the iDevice blogs about these Siri Proxy sites offering spots on their server (monthly, yearly and even lifetime – LMAO) for a charge and people pay just to have Siri their non officially supported iPhone, iPad and [...]
Samsung had huge success last year delivering its Galaxy S line of Android phones to the global world, and for good reason: it launched as one of the thinnest smartphones in the world, the homegrown 1GHz Hummingbird processor was plenty fast for its day, and the 4-inch Super AMOLED display was a serious dazzler. Particularly [...]

A new report has popped up from the well-sourced AllThingsD which is suggesting that Apple will be holding a launch event for the iPad 3 in the first week of March. The report suggests that the event will be held in San Francisco at either the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts or else the Moscone Center, and that the device may go on sale quite quickly after the media event, perhaps even within a week or so.
The report goes on to say that the device will be pretty much in line with the rumors surrounding the specifications which mean that it will likely ship with a greatly impro
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ved Retina Display, thought to be at 2048 x 1536. In addition, there will be a much faster processor inside, suggesting that it will include a new A6 processor, perhaps even quad-core, rather than dual core (in contrast to a recent rumor). The device will also reportedly have greatly upgraded cameras.

Recent iPad 3 case leaks have suggested that the design of the iPad 3 will not vary greatly from that of the iPad 2, but it remains to be seen whether these are true in relation to potential changes in the shape and thickness of the device. Certainly, it will also likely have an improved larger battery to power the upgraded hardware.
Given that the iPad 3 will likely ship with a new version of iOS 5, it isn’t to far of a stretch to assume that iOS 5.1 could also be expected to be released for all newer iOS devices around the same time.
AllThingsD has a good track record with predicting Apple launch events, enough to make you think that a few well placed controlled leaks might be good PR strategy..
Carefully Controlled…