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Samsung® reveals GT-S5260 Star II smartphone

After the launch of Samsung Star GT-S5230, the company has till date sold over 30 million units of the same. After this roaring success, Samsung released the GT- S5260 Star II smart phone. This new product is almost the same as Star GT-S5230, barring a few changes in terms of more advanced touch screen features, Wi-Fi connectivity, integration of social networking websites like Facebook and Twitter.

The Star II GT-S5260 has the same 3 inch TFT WQVGA capacitive touch screen. It now also has the TouchWiz UI 3.0 application. With this the users are able to customize the interface by adding various widgets on to the home screen. The other interesting feature is the Samsung Quick Type T9 trace keyboard. This is a really interesting development over the Apple Swype and BlindType Virtual Keyboards. T9 Trace allows the user to glide a finger around the virtual keyboard. Identifying what letters they are trying to type, gives the users a surprisingly natural and faster way to type the text. The multi IM facility makes it possible to log-in on to multiple IM accounts like Google Talk, Yahoo!, MSN, AIM, and Facebook chat on a single app. The multi IM 2.0 is an interesting feature to look forward to.

The other advancement over the GT-S5230 is the addition of the Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n feature which has brought about wireless connectivity in this smart phone. Samsung has also added the 3.5 mm audio port to the GT- S5260 Star II, allowing the users plug in their favorite headphones for a better sound quality and voice quality to suit. The phone provides a MIDI monophonic audio player with AMR, MP3 and AAC.

The personalized user interface in the Samsung GT- S5260 Star II, with a true experience of a full touch screen, an intuitive and easy to use keyboard with the Samsung T9 Trace, and the feature of the add on Micro SD card slot, providing additional storage, is an experience to feel. The Micro SD card slot has a provision of a memory card up to a capacity of 16 GB. The TFT screen, TFT Capacitive touch screen of 256 K colors is a 3.0 inch display, with a resolution of 240 x 400 pixels. The Samsung GT- S5260 Star II also provides a 3 .2 mega pixel camera.

Applications to Recover lost Passwords

There are several free tools and application that can help you to find lost passwords. Let us take a look at a few free remedies for “lost password panic” when you are trying to log onto a computer, network, or just figure out what is behind that string of asterisks.

First of all we will discuss how to recover Windows password. When you are not able to log on your Windows PC, try booting up using Ophcrack Live CD. Ophcrack will detect all users set up on your Windows systems, and then reveal their passwords, if the passwords are relatively easy to crack. Apart from Windows log on issue sometime we forgot the passwords for Windows Applications. When you have saved a password in your IM client,FTP software, or any other application that need a password field filled with asterisks, you always need a password reveal utility. Microsoft Outlook PST files: For the old email archive that is locked with a password you don’t remember the password then you can try PstPassword. This is a free utility that offers three possible passwords that can open the PST file.

Apart from these tools, MessenPass tool can recover messenger passwords. It deals with your lost passwords of MSN Messenger, AIM, Google Talk, Yahoo Messenger, Miranda, Trillian or Pidgin password but you need to logged in and you’ve saved the password on your computer. MessenPass can recover them for you. Another issue is about to recover Network and Wireless Router Passwords. You have to keep the track of passwords that your computers send across the network. The free SniffPass is a tool that captures the passwords that pass through your network adapter, and displays them. SniffPass reveals passwords for POP3, SMTP, IMAP4, FTP, and HTTP.

Not only these kind of passwords but you can reveal Wi-Fi network passwords. The free WirelessKeyView tool reveals Wi-Fi passwords saved in Windows. You can also recover the default router passwords. Of course if you want to log onto a wireless router and maybe the owner never changed the default then you can check out the router default password list to find out the factory password for the router’s model.

We can also recover password for Mac OS X. for this you need to find the Keychain in your Applications/Utilities folder, then you will have to enter an admin password just to get into Keychain. After that you can click on any entry, like Wi-Fi networks or saved application passwords to get details and see the passwords. Sometimes we need to recover our password that is saved in browser. We can recover the passwords saved in Firefox Browser. To recover passwords in Firefox, you need to go in Tools menu, choose Options, and in the Security tab hit “Saved Passwords” button. Then hit “Show Passwords.” Alternately, if you are on a page with a password field filled with asterisks, you can use “View Passwords” bookmarklet to see them.

From all these application, tools and methods, we can easily recover password for any application.

Will Samsung Galaxy S Stand Up to iPhone

Samsung has its eyes set on beating the iPhone. No wonder though, every company seems to have a smartphone in store bent on taking Apple’s best seller head on. With a much larger screen to boast of, Samsung Galaxy S takes a step into the arena of smartphones.

Specifications

  • Android 2.1 OS
  • 1GHz Cortex A8 “Hummingbird” CPU
  • 4″ Super-AMOLED display at 800×480
  • 5 Mega-Pixel rear-facing camera (without flash)
  • VGA front-facing camera
  • 720p video recording
  • 8GB / 16GB on-board storage with MicroSD expansion
  • 512MB RAM
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Wireless Tethering support
  • 2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE)
  • 3G (HSDPA 7.2Mbps, HSUPA 5.76Mbps)
  • A-GPS
  • Digital Compass
  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Light sensor
  • FM Radio
  • TV Remote Controller
  • Social Hub integrated social networking

Design

Already one of the most anticipated Android phones to hit the streets, what really stands out in Samsung Galaxy S is its 4-inch Super AMOLED screen. It actually looks like an iPhone, only this time, Samsung has showcased the display screen with a chrome bezel frame. The curved back gives it a comfortable feel in the palm of your hands despite its size. It is also only a millimeter thicker than the iPhone.

Its 122.4 x 64.2 x 9.9mm frame can feel a bit delicate and there’s bound to be some creaking here and there with its very obvious plastic casing. However, the 119 grams feels sturdy enough to withstand the pressures of constant use.

Features

The 1 GHz processor takes full advantage of the Android 2.1 that comes pre-installed with Galaxy S. Multi-tasking becomes a breeze because running multiple programs in the background will not bog down the system. iPhone enthusiasts have to jailbreak their phones first before they can even utter the word “multi-tasking” and even with that, only to some extent.

Samsung preferred its own skin to the default Android one. Dubbed as TouchWiz 3.0, this skin was a product of Samsung’s tinkering with their smartphone line. It offers customizable widgets and icons for its homescreen. Although the effort is there, Samsung’s lack of widgets and Android’s limited repertoire puts the damper on full customization.

Perhaps what gives the Galaxy S a bump into the forefront of ideal Android phone is its multimedia flexibility. The larger screen allows playback for full definition videos including support for Xvid and DivX. In fact its 5-megapixel rear camera also allows for 720p video recording for home movies. Music playback also renders rather well. You can even manipulate your music player even while using any other application. The menu shortcut sits on top of the screen, all you have to do is drag it down to access the controls. Its built-in accelerometer allows you to shift from portrait to landscape mode.

Onboard storage capacity gets a whopping 8GB, or, if you have the extra dinero, 16 GB. That in itself is enough to store your media, phone contacts and a variety of files you want. But if you’re the type who smirks at the thought of just 16GB storage space, lower your eyebrows because you can actually upgrade it with its installed MicroSD expansion slot. Top that Apple!

The web browsing experience is quite promising bordering on excellent. Loading pages, in both 3G and WiFi connections, is fast. However, the text will not automatically fit the screen if you use the pinch and zoom function. You have to tap the screen after this to watch it re-adjust itself. Flash video support is not present on this version of Android. But with Adobe’s release of support for Android 2.1, Froyo, this seems to be a trivial matter.

The Contacts options are not that impressive. For one thing it lacks integrating Facebook and Twitter syncing to your contacts. Syncing your social networking sites with your phone takes a bit of tinkering on a separate phone profile option. Another thing that might bug you is its half-baked idea of SIM card details imports. Yes you can import your contacts from your SIM card to your phone. But no you can’t delete them from your SIM? You will end up with redundant contact info sitting in your phone. Perhaps to make up for this, Galaxy S can group, favorite your contacts and display their details for you. Still, this little flaw might become a pet peeve in the future if no updates fix it.

Of course all this would be rendered useless if Samsung Galaxy S doesn’t present itself passable in its phone features. Thankfully, it does more than pass. Email messaging doesn’t warrant any complicated set up steps. All you have to do is enter the right details—username, password, email server—and you’re good to go. IM through Google talk, SMS, MMS is also there for you to manage. Samsung’s utilizing of Swype, allows you to glide your fingers on the on-screen keyboard to connect letters and create words. The dictionary is not that accurate, but, heck in text speak who needs a dictionary anyway. What would be more amusing is if someone created a dictionary for texts shortcuts instead.

These killer features wouldn’t amount for anything if you would need to run to the nearest outlet frequently to charge your phone. Thankfully, it comes with a 1500 mAh—one of the largest battery available in the market.

Just say it, even though the thought of owning an  iPhone still makes you wet your bed at night, contender after contender of smartphones are invading the market. Samsung Galaxy S is an Android phone already in its way to greatness.

Business School Swaps Google Apps for Microsoft Live@edu

6,250 students, 500 administrative staff and 128 teachers of Skema Business School have given up google apps and are adopting Microsoft’s live@edu. Live@edu is a hosted email service which includes calendar and contact management, instant messaging, video conferencing and a 10GB of storage space. Being a Microsoft’s tool it nicely integrates with other Microsoft applications for better integration of information sharing and resource utilisation. As per the announcements made by school the staff and the students will also be offred Microsoft Office 2010 under a site-wide licensing program, and access to SharePoint Online, giving them 25 GB of storage space for documents.

This collaboration between the school and Microsoft is a 3 year agreement which will also offer internships to Skema graduates.

Google Apps is a service from Google for using domain names with several Google products. It features several web applications with similar functionality to traditional office suites, including Gmail, Google Calendar, Talk, Docs and Sites. Google’s web based applications are being widely used in various universities, colleges, and even schools. It enables students to create Gmail accounts with their university domain, among other things like spreadsheets, Docs, and Calendar. A major selling point for Google Apps Education Edition is the online accessibility for the apps. Meaning students can get their data and information from any computer from any computer connected to the internet. This also allows them to work on computers where there is no Office suit installed. This reduces Microsoft Office’s dominance in offices, schools and colleges. To counter the same Microsoft has started the Live@edu which offers quite similar features along with some advanced features with works in cohesion with other Microsoft Applications.

Live@edu is accessible through popular Web browsers for Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems. It is available at no cost and it helps IT departments:

  • Reduce IT infrastructure costs, such as Maintenance.
  • Spend less time maintaining e-mail systems and more time on strategic initiatives.
  • Offer common, familiar tools for students to communicate and collaborate with peers and faculty.
  • Keep data safer
  • Meet high student expectations, including anywhere access to people and information.

On getting registered with Live@edu a student gets instant access to the following of his accounts: Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live Writer, and Windows Live Mobile.

Microsoft is providing data stores for saving, sharing and editing the documents created with Live@edu account. Two data store which Microsoft is using for the same are Windows Live SkyDrive and Windows Live Spaces.

As a result of so many extra benefits being provided by Live@edu another school “ESC Lille” has also adopted it along with Skema. Microsoft’s International President Jean Philippe Courtois, is positively looking forward and foresees adoption of Live@edu by various universities and Colleges across the globe. Philippe himself was a student of Skema in 1983 and currently he is also a member of the school’s Council of Strategic Direction

Google in Wi-Fi Controversy

Software giant and cloud computing pioneer Google was dragged into a major security scandal after it was reported that Google mapped all the Wi-Fi networks in the United Kingdom. Researchers have accused Google of tapping in all this information so that it can be sold to advertisers to increase the revenues.

Google has made positive reports world wide and is also considered demigod by many people. It has ushered in high end technology by making everything searchable on the Internet through it search engine. After that Google has worked hard and ushered in innovative technologies like Google Maps, Gmail and Google Talk. In its venture of Google Maps, Google uses satellites in the space to map the areas and places all over the world. On addition to it, many other features were added like the 3D view, street view and many more. In the street view sophisticated camera technology was used, where in cameras were fitted into cars and the cars were run over each and every road of the solicited city. This feature is workable only in United Kingdom, Europe and North America.

Recently Google was accused of using this sophisticated technology in United Kingdom for not only mapping the street view, in which they photographed each and every street and also compassing each and every home on the street, but also mapping the Wi-Fi networks all over the places photographed by using radio antennas and fixing the Wi-Fi spots. The analyst accused that the company would sell this collected data in large sums to advertisers who would then Spam the networks with advertisements of new connections.

While on the other hand Google was quick to rubbish all such comments and added that it was just an attempt to tarnish the reputation of the company. Google commented that they had collected information just regarding the areas and its features. And to the false accuse that they have stopped collecting data now as they have been caught red handed, Google commented that it’s not the case, but the thing is their work in Britain is over and not because of the security breach issues.

Actually the whole security breach thing was a secret until researches in Germany found that Google has collected pay load data during similar one data collection trip in their country, and Google admitted that they had mistakenly done so. This data consisted of emails, videos and everything else sent by users on unsecured wireless networks. This way Google now faces a number of law suits regarding privacy breach in the same country and a fresh petition was also filed in United Kingdom recently.

Similar case is also filed in Oregon of United States, which states Google harvested the data acquired during similar mapping expedition and the case involves more than hundred people. It has been said that there is a absence of commitment from Google side to temporarily secure the data, thus making it vulnerable to further law suits. Many international privacy firms have urged Google to increase the transparency and make the data public and allow transparent and easy investigations.

Some Useful Google Tools

Google provides you more than just search options. Now there are number of useful Google tools that will make your life much easier.

Google Maps

Google Maps was launched back in 2005. It allows you to find locations anywhere in the world. Whenever you need to find a specific location all you need to do is type in the address. You will be able to view your results as street maps, topographically, and through satellite pictures. You will be able to zoom in and out to your preferences and pan to all directions. When you need directions from one location to another Google Maps can provide you with this as well.

Google Messaging

Google Email or Gmail has become one of the most popular email applications. Previously, few people could create an account but now anyone anywhere in the world can create their own Gmail account and enjoy the benefits that come with it. It is completely user friendly and you get a large amount of storage space for all your messages. With Google Talk or Gtalk, you can instant message anyone anywhere. All you have to do is to download this application and enjoy the chatting experience. It’s not just limited to messages, though, but you can also use Gtalk to make video calls to your contacts. This is a great way to keep in touch with your friends and family, and is so much more fun than a simple message in print.

Google Calendar

If you lead a busy life and are struggling to keep up with your hectic schedule then Google calendar will help you to simplify everything. This application allows you to schedule events for specific days, including time and locations. You can also use this application to invite people that also belong to the group. If they are also using Google calendar then you will be able to find out if there will be any clashes when you are planning an event. The application will remind you a certain time in advance so that you never forget where you have to be and at what time.

Google Checkout

There are many online stores, but many people are weary when it comes to sharing their personal details on websites. Google Checkout is designed to as a universal checkout system. How this works is that you create a Google account and provide your contact and billing details. There are all sorts of safety features in place to ensure that your information remains private. The best part is your details will only be on Google’s database and nobody else’s. Once you have set up your account you can go shopping on sites that allow for Google Checkout.

It is easy to see how Goggle tools can make your life so much more convenient. There is practically a tool for everything in your life from traveling and shopping to events planning and keeping in touch with people all over the world.

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