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Kingston’s 1TB thumb drive packs massive storage capacity in tiny package


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For anyone interested in fitting every digital music file you own onto one USB thumb drive, you are in luck. Kingston has just broken the thumb drive capacity limit, cramming 1TB of storage into its’ latest USB drive announced Monday. But before you get too excited, there are two things to consider. One, the price of this thumb drive will likely be $2000 or more. Second, this thumb drive is just as easy to lose, leave behind, and accidentally send through the washing machine as all your missing 265MB thumb drives.

On Monday Kingston unveiled its 1TB USB flash drive called the Kingston DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0. The Kingston DataTraveler has read/write speeds of up to 240MB/s and 160MB/s respectively. With a USB 2.0 connection on your computer, you will only achieve speeds of up to 30MB/s.

The price for the 1TB model has not been announced, but judging by the tag on its half-capacity sibling, it won?t be too affordable either. A comparable 512GB Kingston model costs a whopping $1750, which is $3.41 per GB, compared to $1.17 per GB for an average 128GB drive.

Kingston also announced two DataTraveler Ultimate USB 3.0 G3 drives in 32GB and 64GB capacities, with read speeds of 150MB/s and 70MB/s for writing data. The drives are also backward compatible with USB 2.0 with speed limitation, and pricing and availability hasn’t been announced.

How To: Use a laptop as a Wi-Fi repeater


 

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Almost all homes and offices today have an Internet connection either via a cable operator, telephone line or USB dongle. Sharing a single Internet connection with all other wireless-enabled devices at home or office requires a wireless router and these are available for as little as Rs. 1,000. But wireless routers are usually stationed at home or office and cannot be carried around because of the power requirements. There are times when you go on a holiday or travel around and need an Internet connection. USB 3G Internet dongles serve the purpose of an Internet connection whilst you are outdoors, but this connection is only available on your laptop or a tablet that has USB internet dongle compatibility. But what if you want your mobile or iPad also connected to the Internet at the same time? The Internet connectivity needs to be shared and a router is the only possibility. In this case, you will share the network connection of your laptop with the other devices and Ad-Hoc connectivity is the only option. But this method again has a limitation and only one device can connect at a single given time. We will show you how to create a temporary router using any laptop or PC within a few minutes. This will save you the cost of a new portable router.

Take another scenario where you are at home. You have your broadband connection and a router installed and configured. Your router is beaming out the Internet connection for all the devices you have. You need to chill out in your building premises with friends or monitor your children in the play area, while still using your mobile or tablet on the Internet.  Now, you know that your home router will not be able to beam out the Internet to this distance and it will call for a relocation of the router to the balcony or the main door. But this is not practical and you will need to get yourself a wireless repeater, which will wirelessly relay the home internet to a further distance. This calls for an investment of a wireless repeater and they don’t come cheap. We will show you how to create a wireless repeater using any laptop or PC in less than Rs. 700.

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In this How-To, we shall show you how simple it is to convert any regular laptop or PC into a wireless router or repeater using some freely available software. Before you begin, let’s take a look at the requirements.

  • A laptop or PC with Windows XP SP2 or higher operating system
  • A wireless USB adapter
  • Any of the following software: Connectify, MyPublicWiFi or MaryFi
  • An Internet connection (USB 3G dongle, broadband or DSL)

To convert any PC or laptop into a router, you will need the computer to have an Ethernet interface, a USB port and a wireless USB adapter or Wi-Fi network card. Laptops usually have all of the above, while desktop PCs will definitely sport the USB and Ethernet interfaces. Some newer desktop PCs have motherboards with wireless networking interfaces. If your PC does not have a wireless interface, then you will have to get a wireless USB adapter; these are available for as cheap as Rs. 700. Any brand will work fine as long as you install the drivers correctly.

To convert the PC or laptop into a wireless repeater, you will need two wireless network interfaces. In this mode, one wireless interface works as a client to receive the Internet from a wireless router while the other interface relays the same Internet connection to other devices. Laptops usually have a single wireless network interface and to make a repeater, you will need to install a wireless USB adapter. PCs will have to use two of the USB adapters.

Once you are ready with the hardware requirements, it is time to download the software.
Download any of the following software from the Internet. These software utilities have the capability of converting a regular PC with an Internet connection into a wireless hotspot as a router or repeater. The software takes the Internet connection from the PC and shares it via the wireless interface, allowing other devices to connect and use the Internet from it. The download links are given below.

The entire procedure is very simple and will take you just a few minutes to configure and deploy. All you need is to download any of the above software, install it, restart the PC once if required and start the utility. Here is how you can configure each of the three utilities. We shall explain using Connectify as an example; you can also apply the similar methods to the other two utilities.

Router mode:

 

Step 1: Click the settings tab
Step 2:  Enter the SSID name or Hotspot name for your network. (free version has limited access to using the entire SSID name, while paid version users can specify any name)
Step 3:  Enter a desired 8 – digit password for securing the wireless network
Step 4:  Select the Internet line you want to share from the list in the “Internet to Share” drop-down list. This will be your Ethernet network or USB dongle / DSL dial-up connection.
Step 5:  Expand the “Advanced Settings” tab. Here, choose the wireless interface in the “Share over” drop-down list and choose the security mode for the network in the “Sharing Mode” drop- down list. Paid version users can have the option to set up the firewall and allow or disallow Internet and local network access.
Step 6:  Once done, hit the “Start Hotspot” button and your PC/laptop is now a wireless router. Connect your devices to the PC router using the SSID and password you just specified.

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Repeater mode:

 

Step 1: Follow the same steps mentioned above, but just make a small change in the Step: 3where you will need to select the first wireless network interface in the “Internet to Share” drop-down list and the second network interface in the “Share over” drop-down list. Do make sure that your first wireless network interface is already configured to connect to the host router for an Internet connection.

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using the other two utilities is very similar and takes a few seconds to implement. There may be many more similar utilities that can do the same and if you stumble on any of them, do mention it in the comments below for the benefit of other readers. If you are using any of these or other utilities and find out any issues or tweaks to make it function better, please post your comments too.

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab Plus 7.0 GT-P6200: Upgrade to Official Android ICS 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich P6200XXLQ1


 

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Here’s the manual procedure on how to upgrade the Samsung Galaxy Tab Plus 7.0 GT-P6200 to the official Android 4.0.4 ICS (Ice cream Sandwich) firmware build number P6200XXLQ1. This firmware was initially released in Austria and not yet available for other region but if you want to upgrade now and already tired from waiting, you can do it by this simple procedures. This firmware is compatible with all Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 GT-P6200, even on U.S version and  all European languages are also included on the packaged.ImageThis new Ice cream sandwich installed on Samsung Galaxy Tab Plus 7.0 GT-P6200 features a very smooth scrolling, much faster and smoother than in 3.2 honeycomb. The notification bar (bottom right of the screen) seems busier than it was before.
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How to install and upgrade Samsung Galaxy Tab Plus 7.0 GT-P6200 to Official Android ICS 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich

 

This method is called manual flashing by using Odin downloader and the original stock firmware, for we can’t upgrade to it yet via Kies unless we’re in Austria.

 

Disclaimer: We shall not be held responsible if anything happens t your device for by following this guide. Proceed at your own risk.

 

– Back up all files before proceeding. Although the Internal memory and microSD card are both left alone during after the flash process for this firmware is a non wipe version. But all your settings and configuration will all be reset.
– Fully recharge your phone’s battery.

 

Grab the original stock ROM:
Latest firmware: P6200XXLQ1/P6200OXALQ1/P6200XXLQ1/P6200XXLQ1
Region: Europe
PDA: P6200XXLQ1
CSC: P6200OXALQ1
MODEM: P6200XXLQ1
Version: Android 4.0.4 ice Cream Sandwich
Released: July 2012
GT-P6200_ATO_P6200XXLQ1_P6200OXALQ1_P6200XXLQ1.zip
Odin downloader Odin3_V1.85
USB Driver Samsung USB Driver

 

Odin Flasher Guide: P6200XXLQ1 Android 4.0.4 ICS Firmware on Samsung Galaxy Tab Plus 7.0 GT-P6200

 

1) Extract all the downloaded stock ROM to get the .tar.md5 file.
2) Run Odin3_v1.85.exe
3) DO NOT CHECK the RE-PARTITION checkbox, only both ‘Auto Reboot’ ans ‘F-Rreset’ left alone.
4) Click the PDA button then load the extractedP6200XXLQ1_P6200OXALQ1_P6200XXLQ1_HOME.tar.md5 file.
5) Reboot the tablet into Download Mode: Turn it Off, then( Press Volume Down + Power ON button at the same time).
6) Once the phone in download mode screen, connect USB cable To Phone. The highlighted yellow ID:COM box is and indication that the device is connected properly to PC. If you still do not get any results, try another USB port on your computer.Image7) Click the Start button to begin flashing.
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Once the phone completely reboots, perform wipe/factory reset to get a fresher firmware installation.
1. Hold Power and Volume Up together, this will switch the device into recovery mode.
2. Release Power after holding it for a second but continue to hold the Volume Up button until recovery menu appears.

 

Select wipe cache
Select wipe data/factory reset.
Select reboot

 

That’s all! The Samsung Galaxy Tab now runs in Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich.

 

[How To] Easily Crack the Android Screen Lock


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Because the Android OS allows for so much customization, rooting and flashing custom ROMs, it’s bound that at one point in time you will encounter some manner or problems with your phone. Although the usual problem is ending up with a bricked phone, sometimes other features go haywire.

In this tiny tutorial I’ll show you how to get by the Android pattern lock if you had set it up on your Android smartphone and now it’s now working or if you forgot your pattern (the face unlock feature, as you saw can be very easily bypassed). Keep in mind that this method is only experimental and so, it might not work for some devices.

What do you need?

For accomplishing this task, you will need a rooted device, a USB cable, a computer and the USB drivers installed on your computer, because you will do this using ADB (the drivers and SDK files areavailable on the web, we also featured download links in the How to Root a ICS Smartphone). Pretty simple right? Now, let’s see how to crack the pattern lock on a Android smartphone.

How to crack the Android pattern lock

First of all, you need to install the SDK and USB drivers on your computer. After this, follow these steps:

1. Connect your Android smartphone to your computer with the USB cable.
2. Open a Command Prompt file and navigate to the adb files
3. Write the following lines in the cmd file, each line followed by pressing the “Enter” key.

adb shell
cd /data/data/com.android.providers.settings/databases
sqlite3 settings.db
update system set value=0 where name=’lock_pattern_autolock’;
update system set value=0 where name=’lockscreen.lockedoutpermanently’;
.quit

After this, restart your phone and when prompted for the pattern lock, input a random pattern and you are in. Also, another method for doing this, with only one line is this:

adb shell rm /data/system/gesture.key

Do the same steps as before (step 1 and 2), and then input the line above and press “Enter”. Keep in mind that this method of bypassing the pattern lock on a Android smartphone does not work for all devices, so if it doesn’t work, better think of installing a custom ROM. While this method is intended for a good use, we hope you won’t use it to bypass the security of others, as you will be violating their privacy.

Sony Xperia Ion launched in India at Rs. 35,999


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Sony’s spanking new Android smartphone Xperia Ion has now reached Indian shores. The launch comes after the phone was showcased in the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this year. The Android v2.3 (Gingerbread) handset is priced at Rs. 35,999 on Snapdeal.com.

The Xperia Ion ships preinstalled with the outdated version of Android OS, but an upgrade to Android v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) is in the pipeline. This NFC-ready phone is available in red and black variants. The price is quite a premium for a phone that ships with a really old implementation of Android. However, the handset makes up for it in the specs department. At any rate, you are still left at Sony’s mercy for the ICS update, especially since there’s no word on whether the Ion will receive Jelly Bean at all.

The Xperia Ion toes to the current trend of smartphones bearing large displays, with its 4.6-inch LCD screen and sporting a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. The phone is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and an Adreno 220 GPU. It features a 16GB expandable memory expandable upto 32GB with its microSD card slot. The primary camera is rated at 12MP and is capable of 1080p video recording. The device is also equipped with a 1.3MP front-facing camera for video conferencing at 720p resolution. Its 1900mAh battery is well endowed and should offer decent battery backup time considering its hardware specs. The manufacturer claims a standby time of upto 400 hours with 2G and up to 350 hours with 3G, radio-enabled. Being a Sony product, the Ion is PlayStation certified and carries the Walkman branding as well.

Other specifications include:

  • 4.6-inch TFT LCD supporting 1280 x 720 pixel resolution
  • 3G HSDPA 2100, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and EDR, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Hotspot, DLNA, USB 2.0
  • GPS, A-GPS with GLONASS
  • 12MP camera and 1.3MP front camera
  • FM radio with 3.5 mm audio jack
  • 1GB RAM, 16GB internal memory, External memory support up to 32 GB