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Samsung Galaxy tab 3 7” review


It’s becoming clear that people love smaller tablets.The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 is a 7-inch screen tablet with a budget price of £179, which makes it slightly less than the £200 new Nexus 7 2 but more than the £130 Asus MeMO Pad 7 HD.

Typical of the Galaxy series phones and tablets, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0’s casing is plastic. It’s shiny, glossy plastic just like rear of the Samsung Galaxy S4 or Galaxy S3. Unlike Samsung’s phones, though, the rear of the tablet is not removable. This helps to ensure the back doesn’t feel too flimsy. However, there are a few light creaks you can squeeze out if you put pressure on the wrong part of the casing. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 is also significantly chunkier than the 2013 Nexus 7, at 10mm thick. However, this gives it a pleasant heft that’s thankfully not accompanied by the same heft in weight. The tablet weighs just over 300g making it – like most 7-inch tablets – light enough to use one-handed. Some will accuse the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 of feeling a little toy-like. But once you’ve made peace with Samsung’s questionable tablet design style, this feels like a well-made device for something that is – let’s not forget – an entry-level device.

The Galaxy Tab 3 is a competent enough tablet that will perform many of the tasks you want it to, although some of the noticeable lag when opening applications may turn off some owners.  Samsung certainly improved the look of the Galaxy Tab 3 to reflect its smartphone Galaxy devices, which may be a hit or miss to some users depending on how you feel about either device’s plastic exterior.

Solar energy to charge your mobile phone

Renewable energy as solar energy is finding favour with manufacturers and consumers alike. Renewable energy is just that – energy that can be renewed – and includes wind energy, wave energy, geothermal energy and biofuels. The energy provided from these sustainable sources now accounts for around 16% of the world’s energy consumption and that figure is set to increase. Solar power has a big role to play in the picture, with applications ranging from heating residential houses and domestic cooking to use in agriculture and water treatment facilities.

solar charger for mobiles

Solar energy can be categorised as active or passive, with active solar power using photovoltaic solar panels to capture the sun’s energy and convert it into electrical energy. As sunlight is absorbed, electrons in the semiconducting materials are excited and begin to move, producing electricity.

Mobile accessory manufacturers are seeing the light when it comes to using renewable energy. In response to increasing demand for chargers that can work away from conventional power sources, there are now a number of solar-powered mobile phone chargers appearing on the market. So whether you’re a big camping or festival fan or need an alternative power source for holidays, or you just like the idea of tapping into the sun’s energy to restore life to your mobile, you can now rest assured that you need never run out of charge again.

Mobile chargers use this energy in two different ways. The first is to recharge the mobile’s battery, which might be in the form of either lithium ion or removable nickel cadmium (NiCad) or nickel metal hydride (NiMH) AA batteries. There are advantages to both lithium ion and AA batteries; lithium batteries are lightweight and have the capacity to hold more charge, but AA batteries are more versatile and can also be used for other devices. This type of mobile charger allows a steady build-up and discharge of power, which is good for both the mobile phone’s battery and also a more reliable system in terms of providing consistent charge.

The second type of solar-powered charger charges the mobile directly from a solar panel. This type of charger typically works via a 12V adaptor, similar to cigarette lighter adaptors for use in cars. The advantages of this system include instant power, but there are a few concerns to be aware of. If there aren’t clear blue skies then even a passing cloud can disrupt the charge, and your mobile may not accept charge if it flows under a certain rate. Mobile phones are also restricted in the amount of charge they can accept, so even if there is optimum sunlight they may not charge any quicker. The size of the panel is still important though, as larger panels can continue to provide a decent amount of charge in lower light conditions.

Several solar-powered chargers come with connectors to fit straight into your mobile; the more versatile include a variety of connectors to suit different mobile types. Some manufacturers are also starting to use USB ports, which require a USB to mini-USB or USB to phone connector. Always check that the charger is compatible with your mobile before purchasing as not all chargers are suitable for use with all mobile phones. Solar-powered chargers come in all kinds of fun and funky designs, including folding types and straps. You can also buy solar chargers for your Bluetooth headset, speaker phone and similar devices.

So while solar-powered mobile chargers may not have caught on for mainstream use yet, they are an increasingly available and attractive option for short trips and emergency use. Like other forms of renewable energy, solar energy is becoming incorporated into the energy spectrum. As manufacturers find ever more ingenious ways to make solar-powered systems more effective and efficient, we can look forward to many more innovative advancements in the field. So long as the sun keeps shining, of course.

Mobile advertising in Australia skyrockets thanks to improved wireless broadband

Using your smartphone or tablet to surf and stay connected endlessly while on the move, has become something of a must have in the modern world. Yet, it was barely a handful of years back when one had to get to a decent landline broadband connection to get the kind of speeds that 4G provides today. Mobile broadband, wireless internet services and the arrival of 4G have changed the portable computing landscape. Along with it, they have completely altered the way mobile advertising is looked at.

mobile advertising

Internet Advertising Bureau in Australia has stated that mobile advertising has seen a surge of as much as 182% in the first quarter of 2013 when compared to the same period last year. This exponential and staggering growth is expected to continue for the rest of 2013. This has seen this specialized market grow from a $13 million industry in first quarter of 2012 to a $36 million sector in early 2013. There are several reasons why Australia is striding ahead at such a rapid pace and leaving behind many other developed nations in the race to superior mobile internet connectivity.

For starters, Australia’s size plays a defining role in the shift towards mobile plans. With the continent-sized country placing unique demands on businesses and travelling consumers, many see mobile broadband as the way forward. Quality Internet service providers available here also are hastening the shift towards the mobile spectrum by offering improved network coverage and superior service. The constantly evolving broadband landscape today offers a seamless and reliable link to some of the more remote areas Down Under.

As more users spend time on their mobile devices, advertisers naturally feel that their target audience is quickly moving away from the traditional platform. This trend is more prominent in the 15 to 35 demographic and hence big businesses are now turning their attention towards this new platform. With video advertising catching on, it is a matter of time before the focus firmly shifts away from the ‘desktop audience’ and towards the ‘tablet generation’!

American Airlines’ Pilots Go Paperless With iPads

American Airlines has decided to go paperless by introducing iPad to their pilots. An iPad will replace all of up to 38 lbs of logs, manuals, handbooks, flight checklists, and weather reports that are present in the airplane cockpits while inflight. Aside from cutting back on the weight that the aircraft carries and eventually saving on fuel expenses, this move will also save around 12,000 sheets of paper per flight. Of course, switching to an iPad will definitely improve the way pilots react during emergency situations. After all, leafing through 12,000 pages to find answers is the last thing pilots would want to do during a crisis at 35,000 feet above sea level.

American Airlines expects to save up to $1.2 million per year by going paperless. This estimated amount comes from computing the volume of fuel that can be saved by flying without 38 lbs of paper in cockpits. Additionally, iPads will considerably reduce healthcare costs because of back and shoulder pains caused by lugging around a baggage full of paper materials. This will also lessen absenteeism rates of pilots thus allowing further savings for airline companies.

To date, 11,000 Apple tablets have been distributed to pilots of commercial airlines around the US. This number is expected to rise as more airline companies gain the approval of the FAA to switch to iPads. American Airlines obtained their approval last June. Among the other US commercial airline companies that have been given the go ahead for using iPads in their cockpits are United Continental and Alaska Airlines.

Galaxy 10.1 with Touch-pen is Now Available on the Market

Samsung announced the launch of the revised Galaxy note 10.1 for the German market in Hamburg. The suggested retail price for the tablet is 599 Euros for the Wi-Fi version of the Galaxy grade 10.1 with 16 gigabytes of internal memory and €689 for the ones supporting the UMTS version of the tablet model. There is also one with a docking station which users can purchase for €29.90, and may be used to complement an external keyboard peripheral.


















Bearing the honor of being the first German online store to deliver the Galaxy Score 10.1, Cyberport is selling the version of the tablet with 16 gigabytes of storage capacity as well as UMTS and WLAN support for €739. Galaxy 10.1 (N8000) runs with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with Touchwiz user rating and is driven by an Exynos 4 processor with 1.4 GHz clock speed per core and 2 GB of RAM. It supports finger input interface or by stylus on the 10.1-inch LCD touch-screen with a resolution of 1280×800 pixels. The S-pen software converts your handwritten notes on the screen in capital letters, recognize geometric shapes and calculate simple hand-written math formulas. Internet access has never been easier through the tablet’s HSPA + n connectivity support with up to 21 megabits per second and Wlan Wi-Fi Direct and DLNA media streaming in the home network.

According to Samsung, other versions of the Galaxy grade 10.1 with 32 and 64 gigabytes of storage capacity, and with LTE support will come out later this year.




















For more information on the device, users can draw their datasheet on Samsung’s official website.

Samsung’s Galaxy S4 will hit 327 carriers in 155 countries


After much anticipation Samsung’s new flagship the Galaxy S4 was finally unveiled in New York and the event was streamed live via YouTube, making it a global sensation in mere days. In fact the interest rate for Samsung’s Galaxy S4 was so high that it defeated its predecessor the Galaxy S3 by an impressive 40%, and if this weren’t already hyped enough Samsung also revealed their availability details. According to Samsung their latest flagship smartphone the Samsung Galaxy S4 will be launched at the end of April and will hit a whopping 327 carriers in 155 countries. It was also revealed that there is going to be two versions of their flagship device, but remained secretive about which market will get which version. The majority of the specification will be similar between these two versions but one will be running on Snapdragon’s 600 chipset, while the other one will be powered by Samsung very own Exynos 5 Octa chipset. So far the Korean manufacturing giants have confirmed a total of six US based carriers that will have the honor of supplying their new flagship. These carriers are T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint, Cricket, US Cellular and AT&T.