Unboxing Of Geeksphone Keon FirefoxOS Developer Preview Device

Geeksphone Keon

Today I got my Geeksphone Keon a developer preview device of  Mozilla with the new mobile operating system named  Firefox OS.  The device is not yet available  on the consumer market but you can buy it at Geeksphone online store for about Php5000. It would take about 3-4 business days shipping thru UPS going here in the Philippines, don’t worry UPS got a cool online tracking system for the package.

Package Design
I already had a preview of the design and was really excited to have this unboxing experience. Using a minimalistic design with just a print on a box. The orange color being the dominant in the design with some use of the grays is just awesome. The overall packaging have the feel of organic design that I really admire being a designer myself.

Geeksphone Keon

Geeksphone Keon
The box has a lot of scotch tape on the bottom part to secure the contents inside that you may need to put it in a flat surface just to make sure it won’t drop.

Geeksphone Keon
The phone itself is in bright Firefox orange with a matte or rubber back plate finish that prevents it from slipping in my hand.  The screen attract a lot of fingerprints just like any other phones but the display is clear and bright, I enjoyed playing the tower jelly game that has a lot of saturated colors.

Geeksphone Keon
Supplied Accesories
Just like any other phone the basic items are included in the box, a charger with a detachable USB cable, stereo headphones and the supplied 1580 mAh battery. It has an initial charge so I’ve got to play with it for sometime before charging it, as you can see you may need a power adapter to fit in our power outlets. I’ve tried using the camera but it’s asking for an external memory card, a micoSD card that unfortunately you need to grab one.

Technical Specifications
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  • CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 7225AB 1Ghz.
  • UMTS 2100/1900/900 (3G HSPA).
  • GSM 850/900/1800/1900 (2G EDGE).
  • Screen 3.5″ HVGA Multitouch.
  • Camera 3 MP.
  • 4 GB (ROM) and 512 MB (RAM).
  • MicroSD, Wifi N, Bluetooth 2.1 EDR, Radio FM, Light & Prox. Sensor, G-Sensor, GPS, MicroUSB.
  • Battery 1580 mAh.
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That’s it for now! Do you have an app ready for liftoff? Web developers that wants to work on a new platform can submit their apps at the Firefox Marketplace Developer Hub or join our local community Mozilla Philippines to get the latest updates for FirefoxOS.

Jelly Bean 4.1.2 Update for Samsung Galaxy S3 Now Available

Jelly Bean

Samsung Mobile just released the firmware update 4.1.2 for Jelly Bean for Samsung Galaxy S3 GT-I9300, my device is from Globe Telecom here in the Philippines. I’m not sure if there is an update for other versions so check yours. Do you really need to update? I think we all should do it for security and bug fixes, new features are worth the wait although there in one feature that I really don’t like. The placement of the Multi-View is a bit awkward.
It’s blocking the screen also the color is not that appealing to me, glad that there is an option to disable it. Anyways here are some of the features you might like.

Jelly Bean features

  • Android 4.1.2
  • Multi-View
  • Page Buddy
  • New Gallery App
  • Notification Panel can be now customized
  • Brightness slider in Notification Panel can be disabled
  • Smart Rotation
  • Continuous Input in Samsung Keyboard
  • Paper Artist App
  • Group Cast App

Download it using Wi-Fi to avoid all the hassle of the 43.02MB file. I used to install updates using Samsung Kies but with all the drivers and a need for a computer I’ve ditched that method.
Samsung fans out there download it today.

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Google Nexus 4 Review

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I’ve used a lot of Android-based smartphones boasting topnotch speeds and awesome features, but LG’s Nexus 4 probably wins the cake. Think of Android’s true raw power and this will probably the closest you can get at this time. It’s a gadget for true geeks who wish to maximize the use of their smartphones. Heck, you wouldn’t even call it a phone anymore with the many things it can do for you. Here’s a closer look:

Design

The smartphone measures 5.27 inches long and 2.70 inches wide. It’s a bit thicker than the Galaxy S3 with its 0.36 inch thickness. On the front, LG’s reiteration of the Nexus may look no different to Samsung’s, but how it’s made is what makes it a step-up. For protection, the Nexus 4 uses Corning Gorilla Glass 2 that stretches right to the edges of the phone. Flip it over and you’ll see a beautiful shimmering effect as if it’s made with diamonds. But do be warned, since it’s glass from the back and the front, you have to be careful not to drop it. It’s best to use a jelly or a leather case to protect it.

Display

The display of LG’s Nexus 4 is a little bit smaller than the Galaxy SIII. With 4.7 inch display and a resolution of 1280×768, you’ll get 320 PPI for a sharp and vibrant display. That means better text reading and superior graphic display when playing games like Shadow Gun, Dead Trigger, and Death Dome, and without any lags to boot.

Features

According to Google, it’s the fastest phone on the planet, and it really does boast some amazing specs. It’s powered with a Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro clocked at 1.5GHz with 2GB of RAM. The Jelly Bean also runs stock on the phone. For storage, it comes in 8GB and 16GB versions. Sadly, there’s no microSD slot for more capacity. So you have to be careful not to swamp your phone’s storage with apps and data.

Take great snapshots using an 8MP camera with an LED flash. But what’s really amazing about the phone is its new camera software. There’s the Photo Sphere feature that lets you take full 360-degree snapshots in a flash. You’ll also get better photo-editing software that comes on stock. For its front-facing camera, you’ll get a 1.3MP one that you can use for the usual Skype calls or other apps that support video messaging.

Considering the phone’s display, the phone’s battery life is very impressive.  It’s juiced by a Li-Po 2100 mAh battery that can last 15 hours of talk time and 390 hours on standby. Of course, the longevity still depends on the usage. But nonetheless, it’s enough to last you for a day even if you use processor intensive apps.

Verdict

The Nexus 4 really performs very well even when using processor intensive apps. And with its price of $299 for 8GB and $349, it’s no surprise it’s the best in the market to date. Heck, the iPhone 5 costs $699 and the Galaxy SIII is worth $599. And make no mistake, the Nexus 4 can go head-to-head against them, and win without fail.

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How To Monitor Or Track A Smartphone

Smartphone tracking

A Smartphone is a mobile phone built on a mobile computing platform, with more advanced computing ability and connectivity than a regular mobile phone. Smartphones have become very popular and about 18% of the global population uses Smartphone. The current models combine the functions of portable media players, low-end compact digital cameras, pocket video cameras, and GPS navigation units.. Some of the popular smartphones available in the market are Apple, Motorola, HP, HTC, Nokia, Samsung, RIM, LG, Palm and Sony Ericsson.

Some of the exclusive features in a Smartphone include a unique operating system to run the applications.. A Smartphone has an exhaustive list of applications. It is very easy to download and use any available application. It can be used for accessing Microsoft Office documents or composing a playlist of digital tunes or as an electronic book reader or to play games. The technological advancements have resulted in great devices like Smartphone, but have also brought out a flurry of cybercrimes. This required the need for mobile monitoring software. There are available many such mobile applications. Some of them are Mobile Spy, Mobistealth, FlexiSpy, Spybubble, and Cellspy to name a few popular ones. Cell Phone Spy is the first mobile Smartphone monitoring software with a trusted customer base of 100,000 worldwide.
Installing Mobile Monitoring apps

To track any kind of Smartphone, the user needs to install any one of the above mentioned monitoring apps on the Smartphone. The user has the facility to create an online account with app website through which the user can track the day to day activities of the Smartphone. Almost all kinds of mobile monitoring apps work in stealth mode which is an advantage when the buyer has to monitor the activities of kids, partner, and employee.

To monitor a Smartphone the mobile app users can check details like:
•    Call Log: With this Smartphone monitoring feature a parent or an employer can find details regarding the calls made/received and the time and duration of the child or employee.
•    SMS Texting: It is highly essential to monitor child’s Smartphone for sexting. Children would be abused and hence very essential for parents to monitor the contents of messages with full texts.
•    Email tracking: Helps to know the contents of the mail and also the contacts from and to whom the mails are sent and received. It would help employers to know if any company sensitive information is being compromised   by any employee.
•    Web History: This feature maintains the URL addresses of all the web sites accessed. This would help the parent to know if the child was viewing any inappropriate information.
•    Photo and Video Log: Child pornography is on the rise along with the increasing number of pedophiles. This makes it necessary to monitor the videos and pictures taken or recorded using the phone.
•    GPS location: The GPS tracking feature helps to know the location of your child and ensures his safety. It is also beneficial for employers to know if the field staffs are at designated locations.

The functionality of all monitoring software is almost the same except for a few additional features in some of them. The ultimate goal of all is to uncover the truth. The very purpose of installing such applications is to nab the culprits.

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Samsung Galaxy Note Studio in Nuvali Sta.Rosa Laguna

Samsung Galaxy Note Studio

Samsung Mobile Philippines had a roadshow of Samsung Galaxy Note Studio last March 3-4, 2012 in Nuvali Sta.Rosa Laguna.  I got an email about the event last week since It’s near my area I’ve drop by and surprisingly it was fun. The Samsung Galaxy Note Studio was set up in an open area where anyone can experience first hand the mobile phone and  tablet in one. The device is connected to internet using WiFi, browsing to some webpages and  social media apps. They even let me installed Mozilla Firefox mobile  from the Android Market that has 14MB size, it can probably handle most apps with large file sizes with it’s 16GB internal memory and expandable external memory up to 32GB in microSD card. Games are very responsive like the fruit ninja slashing in the big screen size, wait I’m not gonna review this phone right now.

Samsung Galaxy Note Studio

A lot of people are trying out the Samsung Galaxy Note which comes in two colors, black and white version. The white looks like the Apple iPhone and I noticed it has the same normal price range at P33, 000  for the 16BG version. Wait and scout for their next tour as they offer discounts, you can have it for only P29,000 brand new of course. A feedback form is given out that also serves as a raffle coupon for a chance to win some cool prizes. So I’m hoping to win a black Samsung Galaxy Note just like anyone else.

Samsung Galaxy Note Studio

The highlight of this event is the S Pen feature that will make illustrator or graphic artist  sketch, draw and paint using the stylus pen. It can output to a monitor in full resolution using HDMI cable, though having it in portrait mode do not display in full-screen.


Samsung Galaxy Note Studio

Here is my illustration/caricature I got after the long wait in line, though it’s not in color like this. the artist will be mad at me if I requested that.

If you’re in the United States catch the Galaxy Note Studio Mall Tour that open on weekends until March 25, 2012 and Experience the Galaxy Note™ first-hand at select malls near you. Look for our Galaxy Note Studios, where you can try out the device, get a free caricature drawn, and enter to win a Galaxy Note Accessory Pack.