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Samsung Galaxy S III Review

Samsung Galaxy S III Review

Having used a Samsung Galaxy S II for around 10 months it was refreshing to upgrade to Samsung’s latest and greatest, the Galaxy S III. The first difference I noticed was how massive the screen was in comparison to the S2 and also how sharp the resolution is. My main problem with the SII was battery life. Halfway through the day it would be less than 20% so I would need to charge or rotate a second battery. Now with the S3, with the same amount of usage, I can easily get 14 hours of battery life. On this alone it was worth upgrading.

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Android Data Transfer – Without the Wires

Android Data Transfer – Without the Wires

One of the many limitations of an i-device is their reliance on iTunes. Unless you're jailbroken you cannot simply connect it to a computer and drag and drop files across. Ringtone creation either meant buying a ringtone or chopping and converting a file in iTunes. What a breathe of fresh air it was when I exchanged my iPhone for a Samsung Galaxy S2 some 8 months ago. I feel like I have control over my mobile again.

The most common way to connect an Android device to a computer is via USB. Once you activate "USB mode" on the device and then connect the cable you'll be able to access its files via an Explorer window (or Finder on a Mac). Sometimes it's not possible to have the right USB cable, so I found two other ways which use Wi-Fi rather than a cable as the transfer method.

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The Cloud Wars

The Cloud Wars

A couple of years ago I reviewed some online backup solutions. The main contenders were Dropbox, iDisk and DriveHQ. Fast forward two years and Google Drive, Apple iCloud, Microsoft Skydrive, Box and Dropbox are battling to provide your online storage.

I have used all 5 services (free accounts) and have detailed the unique features, pricing and sharing capabilities of each here in helping you decide which product would be best for you. In most cases a combination of two or more services is the best option.

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Roboto font on Samsung Galaxy S II Android 2.3

Samsung Galaxy S2 Roboto Font

One of the best things about using an Android phone is the amount of customisation that can be done on it. As we wait patiently for the Ice Cream Sandwich update to be rolled out some users may want to use the Ice Cream Sandwich default font, Roboto, on their Gingerbread device.

This quick little tip will allow Galaxy S II users to change the default system font to Roboto without rooting their phone.

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Quickly trim videos using QuickTime

Trim videos using Quicktime

As far as media players go I have never rated QuickTime at all. It only supports a handful of file types and it's not as fast to open like similar programs such as VLC and MPlayerX. In fact, if iTunes didn't require it, then QuickTime would have no business at all being installed on my computer.

Fortunately it was, and it helped me out when I needed to extract a certain part of a video file for a client. I have outlined the process for doing this below and it really could not have been simpler -

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Releasing the Handbrake

Handbrake Video Conversion

Finding the right tool for a job is often easier said then done. Especially if the tool is a quality software program. My recent dilemma was finding a good video convertor to transform movies and videos from AVI format to a more Apple friendly format such as MP4. Yes, Apple are controlling when it comes to format restrictions (among other things) on their devices. Usually a Google search is enough to find what you're looking for, but in my case it only produced results of commercial software with poor reviews. The next trick is to search forums (Neowin and Whirlpool are two of the best) to see what other people are using. Bingo.

Handbrake is an open source, free utility for converting a variety of popular video formats into MP4 or MKV. It is available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux and is relatively straight forward and easy to use. Select a file to convert, select a preset for the device you will be using it on, click start and wait for it to finish.

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