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Samsung Z Tizen powered
Jun 02

Samsung Z is Samsung’s first smartphone to use Tizen OS

By Osman | tech

Watch out Mountain View there’s a new Smartphone OS in town and Samsung is using it in place of Android. Samsung has announced it’s first ever Tizen Smartphone, the Samsung Z. The Korean giant has already moved it’s Galaxy Gear series smart watch to Tizen OS, and now the Samsung Z will be first smartphone to use the Tizen OS. Samsung claims that Tizen OS comes with some advantages like faster boot up times, better multitasking, unparalleled HTML5 support and faster web browsing.

The OS of Everything

Tizen is the open-source operating system for all device areas.

Samsung Z Tizen powered The device is to be released in Russia initially, sometime between July and September, and will be showcased in the flesh at tomorrow’s (June 3) Tizen Developers Conference in San Francisco.

A 4.8-inch 1280 x 720 Super AMOLED display is present on the Samsung Z, supported by a 2.3GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and up to 16GB of internal storage space.

There’s also 4G (LTE) support, a 2,600mAh battery and two cameras – an 8-megapixel camera on the rear and a 2.1-megapixel snapper on the front. Samsung Z Samsung Z

OwnFone Braille
May 21

First 3D printed Braille phone launched by OwnFone

By Osman | tech

New things are being printed in 3D all the time. 3D printers can print unique stuff from Guns to Houses, and now a phone. Ownfone has launched a 3D printed phone for the blind.

The Braille Phone is a credit-card sized device that can be customized and easily used by those without full vision.

Tom Sunderland, the OwnFone founder, said the following:

This is the first phone to have a 3D printed keypad and for people that can’t read Braille, we can print texture and raised text on the phone. Our 3D phone printing process is patent pending. The phone can be personalised with two or four Braille buttons which are pre-programmed to call friends, family, carers or the emergency services.

More info here

OwnFone Braille

supertube app android listen to youtube vids in background
Jan 10

Play or listen to Youtube videos in background android

By Osman | techlivewire

These android apps from the Google playstore allow you to listen to Youtube music videos in the background of your Samsung, HTC or any android device. No more dealing with Youtube stopping when you open up another app. Some of these apps are alternatives to Youtube app and run by themselves without the Youtube app. They directly access Youtube. You can now finally muti-task with Youtube on your android device.


supertube app android listen to youtube vids in background

SuperTube is a free Youtube player supports background playback, floating window (popup) and repeat playlist.

Viral Floating Youtube Popup

watch or listen to youtube videos music background

Viral is an innovative video player that has many features which are missing from the standard YouTube app.
For those of you who like to multi-task, it allows you to pop-out and float your videos above any other app, so you can watch a video and send text messages, emails or just browse the Internet. If your device is powerful enough, you can even view multiple floating videos!
You can also choose to visualize your videos in fullscreen mode or minimize the playing video to the notification tray so you can listen to the audio in the background – great for listening music or podcasts from YouTube while you’re on the run!

uListen (YouTube Audio)

uTube music player in the background

With uListen you can finally start “Listening" to YouTube videos on your Android Device.

uListen is an unofficial YouTube player, that lets you stream audio out of YouTube videos allowing you to save precious bandwidth and reach faster buffering times.

Xperia Z1S specs reviews
Jan 06

Sony Xperia Z1S: This Thing Could Be Really, Really Good

By Osman | tech , techlivewire

Xperia Z1S specs reviews

In what is certainly the most enticing phone we’ve seen at CES thus far, Sony’s Xperia Z1S is heading to the U.S. as a T-Mobile exclusive, and it looks like an absolute powerhouse (as does its little buddy, for those who like smaller phones). Where to begin?

It’s an Android phone with a 5-inch screen that looks much like last year’s Xperia Z, but with slightly more-rounded edges. That screen is a full 1080p, and it uses a new “Triluminos” display technology from Sony’s Bravia TV group. It boasts a wider color gamut and better color gradients without unnecessary over saturation. It also has an “X-Reality for mobile picture engine,” which recognizes when there are bits of data missing (from streaming video, say) and it will intelligently work to replace the missing pixels for a better picture.

Under the hood is Qualcomm’s beastly quad-core Snapdragon 800 clocked at 2.2GHz, 2GB RAM, 32GB built in storage (plus a micro SD card slot for up to 64GB more), and a 3,000mAh battery. What else? How about improved water-proofiness? It’s been upgraded from IP57 to IP58, which means you can now submerge it in water to a depth of 4.5 feet for up to 30 minutes. It also now has an open waterproof headphone jack, so you don’t have to fiddle with annoying panels or worry about listening to music poolside. It brought back the physical camera button, so you can take photos underwater.

And speaking of the camera, here’s where things get really interesting. The camera features the new aspherical Sony G Lens, which the company claims lets more light through to the sensor. It also opens to a very wide F/2.0. Behind the lens is a custom-designed 1/2.3 inch sensor (same size that’s in most compact point-and-shoot cameras) that clocks in at 20.7MP. It uses the BIONZ picture engine which Sony claims gives it better, faster image processing by utilizing the Snapdragon 800. Sony says that you can zoom in up to 3x with optical zoom quality, though we have yet to confirm that for ourselves.

Another interesting, and frankly brilliant, thing about the camera is that the built-in camera app is now sort of modular. Put another way: You can now download apps for the camera app. They’re called Xperia Smart Applications, and a bunch of them come pre-installed, though you’ll be able to download more (both from Sony and from third-parties). For example, there’s Background Defocus which takes two exposures: One sharp where you want it focused, and one sharp on the background. Then you can manually adjust the amount of background blur. Or there’s Timeshift Burst, which takes up to 61 shots in two seconds (caching one second before you tap, and then shooting 30 more frames after). Then you choose your favorite. It fans out all of the shots at the bottom, so it’s really easy to scroll through and see the motion. These are just two examples, but all of these apps, once installed, will exist within the phone’s camera app, so you can always expand its capabilities without having to switch around or open new applications.

There are more features, too, like deep PlayStation 4 integration (lots of unique “second screen features”) and in addition to having Bluetooth 4.0, there’s also support for ANT+, which means you can pair it with virtually any fitness accessory in existence (heart-rate monitors, cadence sensors, power gauges, etc). It will come running Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean), but if there’s one thing that makes us hesitate about this phone it’s the software. Sony’s phones have had a bad track record of making Android slower and more convoluted. Let’s hope this is the one to break that tradition.

At CES 2013, Sony had the two most exciting phones in the show with the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL. But by the time they were finally released—seven months later—they were both handily outshone by phones like the HTC One and the Galaxy S4. Happily, Sony seems to have learned from this mistake. The Xperia Z1S will be available exclusively from T-Mobile on January 22nd (though if you’re not on T-Mo and are willing to pop for an unsubsidized phone, you should check out the Xperia Z1, which is almost identical). It will be $0 down, with 24 equal monthly device payments of $22 on one of their Simple Choice Plans. Pre-orders begin January 13th, but keep checking back with us, as we should have our review up before then.

nsa allowed to continue smartphone surveillance
Jan 06

US Spy Court Allows NSA to Continue Phone Surveillance

By Osman | News , tech , techlivewire

nsa allowed to continue smartphone surveillance

A secretive U.S. court has again ruled that the National Security Agency [NSA] can continue to collect telephone information from all Americans.

The U.S. government revealed Friday that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court renewed the NSA’s mass collection of phone data.

A spokesperson for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said the 15 judges on the court have approved the phone collection program on 36 different occasions over the past seven years.

Also Friday, the U.S. government appealed a federal court ruling that the NSA’s gathering of telephone records is likely unconstitutional.

U.S. district judge Richard Leon in Washington made the ruling last month, saying the NSA program was “almost Orwellian,” a reference to George Orwell’s futuristic novel 1984. That decision was shortly followed by a conflicting ruling by another district judge who upheld the government’s data collection.

This week, previously unpublished documents have indicated the NSA is working hard to build a quantum supercomputer, powerful enough to decode virtually every form of encryption now known.

Documents made public by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden show the code-breaking agency is spending nearly $80 million on a secret research program called “Penetrating Hard Targets.”

The NSA would not comment on the disclosures by Snowden, who has been living in asylum in Russia since last year, after exposing secret U.S. diplomatic cables and worldwide surveillance activities.

The U.S. government is said to be competing against quantum-computer research efforts by the European Union and Switzerland, but experts in the field say practical exploitation of such systems is years if not decades in the future.

Such a supercomputer, many times faster than today’s fastest machines, could easily solve codes now considered “unbreakable” – the type of ciphers currently used worldwide by scientific and financial institutions and governments to protect their data.

The basic principle of quantum computing is a physical phenomenon that is not yet fully understood: certain subatomic particles can simultaneously exist in two different states. A conventional computer works with binary “bits” of information that are represented as either zero or one; quantum bits could be both zero and one simultaneously.

In theory, that quirk of physics will allow quantum computers to skip through much of the elaborate mathematical computations necessary to solve complex encryption keys.

skydrive forgot password reset
Dec 31

What to do when you forget your Skydrive password

By Osman | techlivewire

skydrive forgot password reset

There’s no way to get that password off without hard resetting or else it would defeat the purpose of a user set password. Would be kinda silly if anyone could access a phone without the lock password. Only thing you can do now is be a little more careful, anytime I change passwords I update a OneNote file I have with all my passwords and it syncs to SkyDrive.

Also one of the nicest features of a windows phone is SkyDrive, you didn’t have the auto upload feature turned on? That is a hands down must. You will never lose a photo or video again. That’s what the feature is meant to do. There are beautiful apps that tell you every feature the phone provides which I always recommend reading. Even myself as a veteran have learned new things and even more I have learned what makes windows phones the best.

Unless you figure out the password you set, your photos are gone. Please consider the auto upload feature as it only takes a screen tap.

H20 Unlimited $60 a month review
Sep 29

h20 wireless access forbidden error fix

By Osman | techlivewire

Have you noticed when you try to visit a website on your smartphone you experience the “Access Forbidden error”? The cause of this is due to AT&T giving a higher priority to it’s own customers than the MVNO operators like H20, net10 or redpocket customers.

I experience this issue frequently and to fix it, all I do is toggle airplane mode on and off.

imei blocked h20 wireless

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