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30 Dec 12 Best accessories for the Samsung Galaxy S3


Now you have a shiny new Samsung Galaxy S3, you’re probably going to want to accessorise a little bit.

Why not check out our best accessories for the Galaxy S3 and make the most of the Android beast’s capabilities?

Samsung Galaxy S3 flip case, £25

With such a stunning screen, you don’t want the display all scratched up. The official Samsung Galaxy S3 flip case comes in a range of colours and attaches to your phone by replacing the battery cover.

It may be a little more expensive than cheap imitations, but it does the job perfectly, keeping the profile of the Galaxy S3 nice and slim, just as it should be.

HDMI adaptor, £30

Want to watch your video content on the big screen? Samsung’s HDMI adaptor allows you to watch all the content from your phone on your TV, whether you want to view YouTube content, a video you made with the camera, photos, documents, games or anything else.

You will need to buy an HDMI cable too, but you can pick one up for a little over £1 on Amazon.

Globalgig international Wi-Fi hotspot, £79 upfront plus £15 per month

The Globalgig Wi-Fi hotspot allows you to data roam in the US, UK and Australia for just £15 a month. The device will cost £79 upfront, but can save you hundreds, or even thousands of pounds if you’re a frequent traveller.

Although the device will only work in the US and Australia at the moment, it should be heading to Europe and other territories by the end of 2013. Just like a regular mobile Wi-Fi hotspot, it has its own data connection and connects to your phone as a Wi-Fi network.

Powerbank case, £29.95

Keep your Samsung Galaxy S3 juiced up at all times with this cover for it. Although it makes the S3 looks a little chunkier, it will give you an extra 2200mAh of battery power while on the move.

The case charges via your standard microUSB charger and when the battery on your phone gets low, just turn the case on and it’ll start transferring power from the case to your phone.

A bonus addition is a hidden kickstand, putting your Galaxy S3 at the perfect angle for watching TV or a film on your journey to and from work.

Etymotic HF2 earphones, £120

We’ve been big fans of Etymotic earphones for a while and the HF2s double up as a handsfree kit too.

The in-ear ‘phones come with a range of different sized flanges to fit in any ear canal size, but if you really want to splash the cash, go for the custom fit solution, which costs an extra £100, but is well worth it for the most amazing sound experience you’ve ever felt. Etymotic EF2s come in a range of colours too. We prefer the red.

 

Article source: http://www.knowyourmobile.com/features/1744798/best_accessories_for_the_samsung_galaxy_s3.html

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29 Dec 12 Video: Hands-on With Nexus 4, Miracast and the Netgear PTV3000


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Miracast technology, one of the lesser talked about features of the Nexus 4, hasn’t had much play over the last month or two as adapters and TVs with the capabilities have yet to really reach the mainstream. There are a couple though, one of which happens to be the Netgear Push2TV PTV3000, which can be found at a variety of tech retailers. I picked one up yesterday, updated the firmware on it, and decided to take Miracast for a spin so that the DL community can see what it’s all about. 

What is Miracast? It’s a technology created by the Wi-Fi Alliance to give users the ability to share content between screens over WiFi. Most of you know this as mirroring, something that can already be done over a hardwired connection in a variety of HDMI docks. The beauty of this, obviously, is that you don’t need wires. You simply need Miracast built-in, a WiFi connection, and a TV, monitor or smartphone.

Is the Netgear PTV3000 worth buying? It’s about $60 at Best Buy, but you should be aware that the firmware out of the box does not actually allow you to use Miracast. The device is simply Miracast-ready, but needs a firmware update to allow that functionality. At this time, there are a couple of beta firmwares in the wild that give it Miracast, however, most are buggy and have their share of issues. If you like to be on the bleeding edge of technology, though, feel free to pick one up to tinker with. (There are instructions down below for updating your Netgear to some of the beta firmwares.)

Ready to see it in action?

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So as you can see from the video, it’s a neat technology, but until we get official firmware on devices like the Netgear PTV3000, it has some issues. In a way, it reminds me of NFC, in that it’s a fabulous idea that needs industry-wide adoption in order to be fabulous.

*Note – I’m told that this works with the Galaxy S3 and Note 2 and AllShare Cast, however, I had issues trying to connect my Note 2. There are apparently other firmwares out there that work better depending on the device.

To turn on Wireless Display (Miracast):

1.  Open SettingsDisplay on your Nexus 4.
2.  Scroll to the bottom to find “Wireless display” and tap on it.
3.  Toggle to “On.”
4.  Search for Miracast-ready devices.

Netgear PTV3000 Firmware Instructions:

1.  Download one of the newer firmwares to your computer:

2.2.2 | 2.1.5 | 2.1.4

2.  Plug-in your PTV3000 to a power source.
3.  Push the WPS button on the side of the unit for more than 5 seconds.
4.  On your computer, open your WiFi network manager and connect to “Push2TV.”
5.  Open a browser and navigate to – http://192.168.3.1
6.  This is the firmware update page, so follow the instructions.
7.  Browse for the new firmware that you downloaded above, and upload it.


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Article source: http://www.droid-life.com/2012/12/28/video-hands-on-with-nexus-4-miracast-and-the-netgear-ptv3000/

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26 Dec 12 Galaxy S3 Does Everything Better Except Stay Out Of Toilet; AT&T Saves The Day


ATT has always been high on my list of companies that offer good customer service. I have never had a problem with them, and they’ve always been more than reasonable with me. They’ve given me credits for both deserved, and probably undeserved issues, they’ve been quite helpful throughout the years, and I’ve always had good phone service whatnot. So, I’ve never had many complaints with them (other than the fact that they no longer offer an unlimited data plan).

I fell in love with my new phone right away. I couldn’t put it down. I spent hours every day customizing it, playing with all the new, awesome features, etc.

Then, after about 7 days of my torrid affair with the Galaxy S3, it came to a screeching halt, when my phone (which was nestled safely in my robe pocket… or so I thought), came flying out of that pocket as if it had grown some kind of consciousness, and landed itself right in the toilet (a very *clean* toilet, I might add… for the record). Long story short, I immediately disassembled the phone, and my boyfriend used the vacuum trick to such all the water out of every port. Shockingly, EVERYTHING works on the phone… except the touch screen. Usually, you’re lucky to have anything work at all, or to have a screen that doesn’t flash technicolored reminders of your clumsiness at a constant rate.

Nope… the phone’s screen is just as gorgeous as day one, the buttons work, the SIM card works, the voice commands all work (which allows you to operate A LOT of features in the phone)…. but the touch screen doesn’t, and that is a deal breaker. I was heartbroken…

I, of course, called ATT’s regular customer service, simply to go through the motions of going through the proper channels before escalating it. As expected, they couldn’t help me. A liquid damaged phone is an utterly worthless phone. There was nothing they could do. They were all very nice, professional and sympathetic, though, which I can appreciate.

So, last night, I pulled the “email the CEO” trick, and composed a well written email to the CEO and VP’s. I explained what happened, I explained what a great customer I’ve been since 2005, and how many customers I’ve brought to ATT throughout the years, etc. In hindsight, I probably could have just stuck with that level of information and they still would’ve resolved it, but I wanted to be sure to leave no room for doubt. So, I was sure to throw in a paragraph about my inability to take a total loss on this phone.

I would not only be losing a fantastic $600 phone, I would have wasted a $36 upgrade fee, and the actual, much anticipated upgrade itself. I’d have to wait another 18 months for the next upgrade. SO brutal. So, I explained to them that, since I cannot take a total loss on this, if they cannot help me, I would have no choice but to look at moving to Sprint. With Sprint, I could take advantage of their buy back program, which would award me $90 for my iPhone, and with a new 2-year contract, the Galaxy S3 is $200… meaning I could get another Galaxy S3 for about $110, PLUS I could get unlimited data.

I also made a point to acknowledge that I know this was 100% my fault, and that if they chose not to help me, I still wouldn’t trash them to anyone.. but if they DID do this for me, I would certainly sing their praises to the world. So, here I am doing just that.

First thing this morning, I received a phone call, and a follow up email from ATT letting me know that they will be happy to replace my Galaxy S3 for me. Not only that, but they offered to replace my SD card if it was damaged from the water, AND they FedEx overnighted it, meaning it will be here Wednesday. They went WAY above and beyond what I expected. I am beyond thrilled and excited that I don’t have to take this major loss on this brand new phone, and ATT has just secured a customer for life with me.

I hope this article can help others to resolve their issues in the future. You should always follow the proper channels (i.e., call customer service, ask to speak with a supervisor or 2, and THEN take it to the executives), but both times I have attempted this method, it worked to my favor tremendously (the first time was with Office Depot, and I got a free $1,000 laptop out of it). I originally got the idea to email the executives from this website! It was the best tip I’ve ever read.

Article source: http://consumerist.com/2012/12/26/galaxy-s3-does-everything-better-except-stay-out-of-toilet-att-saves-the-day/

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26 Dec 12 How To Install Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean On Sprint Samsung Galaxy S3


The custom firmware, Slim Bean Beta 1 ROM, also brings a number of customization features to Galaxy S3. Apart from that, the Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean exclusive features include multi-user support, gesture typing, new quick settings option, lock-screen widget, new camera app, photo sphere, improved Google Now, new daydream feature, miracast display and many more, according to Android Jinn.

The report states that the custom ROM in question is known for low file size and fast speedy nature. However, it is still under development and therefore the users might face some issues and bugs. All the issues are expected to be fixed as development progresses.

Here is a list of key features of the Slim Bean Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean Beta 1:

- Dotted Battery Mod and color picker

- Battery bar mod

- Notification Background customization

- Notification row transparency

- Quick Settings option

- Network mode tile

- Profile Tile

- Dismiss on toggle

- Updated APN + SPN

- Wi-Fi name in notification drawer

- Power widget

- Device Parts

- Performance Settings (need to tap build number a few times)

- Cursor control using volume keys

- Disable full screen keyboard

- Alternate app chooser

- Clock styles and color chooser

- ADB over Wi-Fi

- Camera power shutter mod

- Wi-Fi country specific settings

- Notification IME selector

- SMS quick reply mark as read from notification

- All MMS features

- All Contacts feature

Below is a tutorial showing how to install Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean on Sprint Samsung Galaxy S3 (SPH-L710) using Slim Bean Beta 1 ROM. Before going ahead, take a look at the preciosities that need to be aware of.

- Backup your data.

- The device must have at least 80 percent battery power.

USB driver must be installed for Samsung Galaxy S3 (SPH-L710) in your PC.

- USB Debugging must be enabled.

Backup your EFS Folder.

- The device must be rooted and have ClockworkMod Recovery Installed.

- Flashing this ROM on Galaxy S3 L710 will increase your binary counter.

- Don’t skip Nandroid backup as it’s very helpful if this custom ROM doesn’t work the way you wanted.

The users should also keep in mind that this tutorial is only for Sprint variant of the Samsung Galaxy S3. Therefore, it should not be implemented on any other Android device. In addition, IBTimes cannot be held responsible if anything goes wrong. The users should proceed at their own risk.

Files Needed

1. Slim Bean Beta 1 4.2.1 Jelly Bean ROM For Galaxy S3 L710 [Filename: Slim-4.2.1.Beta.1-d2spr-20121222-0812-OFFICIAL.zip]

2. Google Apps [Filename: Slim_Gapps.zip]

How To Install

Step 1: Connect your Sprint Galaxy S3 to PC using USB cable.

Step 2: Copy downloaded files to the SD card of your phone without extracting them.

Step 3: Disconnect USB and turn off your phone.

Step 4: Boot into ClockworkMod recovery in your Galaxy S3 by pressing and holding the Volume Up, Power and Home buttons together until the Samsung logo appears on screen.

Step 5: Leave the buttons and hold then again. You will get ClockworkMod recovery screen soon. Now browse between options in recovery using Volume keys while using Power key to select an option.

Step 6: Carry out a Nandroid backup of your existing ROM by selecting Backup and Restore, then on the next screen, selecting Backup again. Once back up is complete, go back to the main recovery menu.

Step 7: Now perform the data wiping task. To do so, select wipe data/factory reset, then select Yes on next screen to confirm your action. Wait for a few minutes till the data wipe is completed.

Step 8: Select install zip from SD card, then select choose zip from SD card. After that, locate the Slim-4.2.1.Beta.1-d2spr-20121222-0812-OFFICIAL.zip file and select it by pressing Power button (tap on it if using touch version).

Confirm installation by selecting Yes – Install _____.zip on the next screen. The ROM installation will begin.

Step 9: Once the ROM installation is done, repeat step 8 but choose the Slim_Gapps.zip file instead of ROM zip to install the Google apps package.

Step 10: After the installation is completed, go back to the main recovery menu and select reboot system now to reboot the phone and boot up into customized Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean ROM Slim Bean Beta 1. The first boot will take time.

[Source: Android Jinn]

Article source: http://www.ibtimes.com/how-install-android-421-jelly-bean-sprint-samsung-galaxy-s3-using-slim-bean-custom-rom-tutorial

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25 Dec 12 Samsung Galaxy S3 Price Drops For Sprint, AT&T And Verizon, Up To $150 …


In the midst of the busiest shopping season of the year, online retailer Amazon has drastically dropped the price of Samsung’s Galaxy S3. The Korea-based manufacturer’s third-generation Galaxy S smartphone has become one of the most popular devices of 2012, and now users can get their hands on the 4.8-inch device at a discounted price.

Article source: http://www.ibtimes.com/samsung-galaxy-s3-price-drops-sprint-att-verizon-150-discount-through-amazon-966776

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23 Dec 12 Samsung Galaxy S4: all you want to know




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London: There are a lot of things coming for smarphone enthusiasts from the arrival of the world’s first 8-core handset – the ZTE Apache, apparently – to the fate of perpetually beleaguered Canadian manufacturer RIM and its forthcoming BlackBerry 10 platform in 2013 but the most awaiting thing is Samsung Galaxy S4, the successor of the South Korean firm’s Galaxy S3.

The Galaxy S3, first released in May 2012, is well into its life-cycle, so it’s only natural that S4 rumours are becoming more and more substantive by the day.

Flexible display:

The Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 would have a flexible OLED 1080p HD displays, rumour says.

“Foldable, rollable, wearable and more, [and] will allow for a high degree of durability through their use of a plastic substrate that is thinner, lighter and more flexible than… conventional LCD technology,” a preventative of the South Korean firm explained to PC Advisor.

Several release date rumuors for the S4 have been published, but the representatives of the South Korean firm have denied the veracity of all rumuors.

However, sparking speculation, Samsung has revealed the dates for its annual Forum and promised “major announcements”.

Specification (rumours) :

The Korea TImes claims to have been made privy to a substantial Galaxy S4 specification leak, which say a 5 inch device sporting an impressive 1,920 x 1,080 pixel ‘Super LCD 3′ display at a mind-boggling 445 ppi, coated with Corning Gorilla Glass 2.

Further speculations about the Galaxy S4 are the smartphone will use the 13MP sensor, 2GB RAM and a quad-core processor Cortex-A15 processor clocked at 2GHz.

Hint from Samsung:

An official has told Korea Times reported on condition of anonymity, “Samsung is ready to unveil the next Galaxy smartphone, the Galaxy S4, at early next year’s mobile world congress (MWC) in the Spanish city of Barcelona.”


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Article source: http://www.thenewstribe.com/2012/12/23/samsung-galaxy-s4-all-you-want-to-know/

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23 Dec 12 Upgrade Samsung Galaxy S3 with Official Premium Suite XXELL4 Android 4.1.2 …


The update has officially made its way to several European countries. Soon, the update is to be pushed for unbranded Galaxy S3 devices in Germany, Switzerland, Asia, Africa, the rest of Europe and Latin America.

Interested readers can check this tutorial to upgrade their Galaxy S3 with the new firmware, but IBTimes UK will not be held responsible if you damage your device during installation.

Users can download the firmware depending on their location:

UK: GT-I9300_BTU_I9300XXELL4_I9300OXAELL4

Article source: http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/417877/20121223/samsung-galaxy-s2-xxell4-android412-official-premium.htm

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23 Dec 12 Samsung Galaxy S3 ‘Sudden Death’ Problem: Device Getting Bricked Without …


A post on Reddit, which currently has more than 160 comments, pointed towards a thread over at XDA Developers forum entitled “Ultimate GS3 sudden death thread.” At the time of reporting, the thread, started just over a month ago, had 67 pages and 665 posts, explaining various cases in which Galaxy S3 suffered from such a sudden death experience.

According to a number of affected Galaxy S3 units, their devices gave up about 150-200 days after activation without any warning. The users also noted that the affected handsets neither responded to rebooting nor had any “bias towards rooting on manufacturer’s standard hardware,” Redmond Pie has reported.

Reddit user TurtleRecall speculated that the NAND memory on the affected Galaxy S3 units could have been corrupted for some reason, ending up with a complete failure and bricked device. Here is how the user summarized the problem:

The XDA thread has 56 pages (so far) [at the time of his comment] of people whose mainboards have suddenly died. The devices seem to last between 150 and 200 days before failing. Samsung are replacing them under warranty whether or not people have rooted the devices or installed non-standard firmware.

There’s speculation that the NAND is becoming corrupted and failing. Worryingly, Samsung are replacing the mainboards with the same revision so this may just be putting the problem off for another 6 months or so.

It happened to my S3 last week and I’ve never rooted or installed anything other than the official 3UK Samsung firmware, first ICS then JB. Samsung haven’t officially acknowledged that there’s an issue, but both the guy I spoke to in the authorised repair centre and the chap in the Samsung warranty call centre have said they’ve seen this issue a lot lately.

Tl;Dr – S3 mainboards dying for no reason, Samsung replacing mainboards for free, but no new hardware revision so it might just happen again.

“My phone died today. Was chugging along till 2AM yesterday night and then I dozed off with the phone connected to wall charger. Woke up and saw the green light on but the phone was unresponsive. I ‘long pressed’ the on/off button and the phone switched off (no vibration, so it probably died then). I pressed the on/off button again, no response. Removed the battery and tried again. Nope. Tried another charger, no response,” said a user at the XDA thread.

“Same thing happened to my girlfriends S3. After updating to JB about 3 weeks ago from Vodafone Australia, the phone started rebooting and crashing a lot with very sudden battery drains,” said another user. “I assumed it was due to the JB update, but based on this thread it appears she may have been getting the early symptoms of sudden death.”

Samsung is said to be aware of the issue and although it is yet to comment on the anomaly, the South Korean tech giant is reportedly replacing mainboards of all the affected devices under the product warranty with no questions asked.

However, some still speculate that “it is nothing more than a stop-gap procedure that will ultimately lead the device to the same fate in a few months time.”

Article source: http://www.ibtimes.com/samsung-galaxy-s3-sudden-death-problem-device-getting-bricked-without-warning-corrupted-nand-blame

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20 Dec 12 Samsung aims to fix severe Android device vulnerability


Samsung is working on a fix for a serious security flaw that affects popular devices such as the Galaxy S3 and Note 2.

The vulnerability, revealed earlier this week, can give malicious apps root access, potentially allowing data theft or manipulation. It seems to affect two particular models of the Exynos system-on-a-chip, namely the 4210 and 4412.

Samsung told ZDNet in a statement on Thursday that it was “aware of the potential security issue related to the Exynos processor and plans to provide a software update to address it as quickly as possible”.

“The issue may arise only when a malicious application is operated on the affected devices; however, this does not affect most devices operating credible and authenticated applications,” the company said. “Samsung will continue to closely monitor the situation until the software fix has been made available to all affected mobile devices.”

That list includes these devices:

• Samsung Galaxy S2 GT-I9100
• Samsung Galaxy S3 GT-I9300
• Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE GT-I9305
• Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000
• Samsung Galaxy Note 2 GT-N7100
• Verizon-based Samsung Galaxy Note 2 SCH-I605
• Samsung Galaxy Tab Plus GT-P6210
• Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 GT-N8000
• Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 GT-N8010
• Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 GT-N8020

The disclosure of the flaw on a forum has been controversial, particularly as someone also used the forum to offer up an app that could exploit the flaw.

The affected devices are Samsung’s flagships and, given that the company is now the world’s top mobile phone manufacturer, the vulnerability could cause widespread problems if exploited.

Article source: http://www.zdnet.com/samsung-aims-to-fix-severe-android-device-vulnerability-7000009076/

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19 Dec 12 Samsung Galaxy Grand goes large, but without the resolution to match


Samsung has taken the wraps off the Galaxy Grand, a smartphone with a giant five-inch screen but a low resolution usually found on smaller handsets.

The Android ‘Jelly Bean’ 4.1.2-toting Galaxy Grand was revealed on Tuesday in a blog post, in which Samsung confirmed a device previously known from FCC filings as the ‘Baffin’.

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Samsung Galaxy Grand (Image credit: Samsung)

The Galaxy Grand has WVGA resolution, providing 480 x 800 pixels. This is a common resolution for devices with four-inch screens, but phones with larger screens, such as Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S3, tend to offer resolutions more in the region of 720 x 1280 pixels. This means the Galaxy Grand will have a very low pixel density.

Inside, the Galaxy Grand is resolutely mid-range. It has a 1.2GHz dual-core processor but is able to run many of the Samsung-only features found in more high-end devices such as the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2. These include Samsung Hubs, pop-up video, direct call and S Voice.

The first version of the Galaxy Grand to hit the shelves will be a dual-SIM iteration, most likely aimed at travellers. A single-SIM version will follow.

The handset will have an 8-megapixel camera, DLNA, a 2,100mAh battery and HSPA+21Mbps mobile broadband connectivity. It will have just 8GB of storage and 1GB of RAM, although the inclusion of a microSD slot makes storage less of an issue.

Pricing and release dates have not been revealed.

Article source: http://www.zdnet.com/samsung-galaxy-grand-goes-large-but-without-the-resolution-to-match-7000008943/

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