Controling your home theatre and set_up box with Galaxy S4 WatchON

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Tweaks to make Galaxy S4 even better!

By now most of us will have known the cool features of Galaxy S4 from the abundant news and mass media. In this post, I will be sharing on how to make the already awesome phone even better.

To make Touchwiz look good, Samsung created some animations to transit between screens. These animations take some times and can make your phone seems slow. The solution is to go in your phone Settings-> Developer options and turn off -> “Windows animation scale”, “Transition animation scale” and “Animator duration scale”. Now check how much snappier your phone is.

If Developer Options is not enable go to SETTINGS->About Phone and tap BUILD NUMBER for 7 times.
You can also turn on “Force GPU rendering” but SOME applications don’t like that, so you can try it, but if you find you start having problem with some of your applications, turn it off.

1)   2 finger notification vs normal 1 finger.

2)   Mute Phone – Flip down or cover sensors

3)   Colors more natural settings display, screen mode prof photo

4)   Deactivate S-Voice if u want NO lag on home button –  go S-Voice settings

5)   From contacts can swipe left or right to SMS or call respectively

6)   Air Gestures works in the dark – Speed dial, internet etc

7)   QR code – business cards (first name last name) – translator in built to text msg and optical reader

Put your Sounds in the system.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 allows us to use mp3 as ringtones, alarms or notifications. But if you have over 16G of music on your phone it might be annoying to “Go To Files” and search for them. Another way to do it is by creating a folder where Android will automatically look in and put the files in the “Ringtones”. To do this just create a folder called “Media” on your sd-card. Inside the Media folders create 3 more folders “Ringtones”, “Alarms” and “Notifications”. It should look like this.
Media..
——–Alarms
——–Notifications
——–Ringtones
Now move/copy your mp3 files in the according folders. Now if you go on your phone settings->sounds->device ringtones you should see your mp3 files in the list.(Phone restart might be needed)

Remove unwanted media files
To remove unwanted media files (pictures, audio) that do not belong in the gallery or in your music player, just create an empty file and name it “.nomedia”. Place a .nomedia file at the root of any folder you don’t wan’t to see appear in your Gallery or Music player. Android will skip scannnig those folder. You can always open those files later by using a file explorer.

 Screenshot_2013-05-11-01-44-07.pngOther Free Auto Subscription

1) 48GB of Dropbox space!

2) Free Straits Times Subsciption till end of May(or even longer). Instructions here.

3) 1 free pre-selected app when you 1st login into Samsung Hub (I got the full fruit ninja free)

If you happen to know a few more tips for Galaxy S4 please drop some comments below.

Unboxing of Samsung Galaxy S4

Unboxed Galaxy S4

Finally I manage to get my hands on Galaxy S4. Check out the clip of a brief unboxing of the S4 below.  I had wished that the box is made from real timber but unfortunately its just cardboard printed with wood grains. Not to mention that the box is recycled(or can be recycled) shows that Samsung is leaping into the eco friendly product. Nonetheless, a well packaged box with just sufficient information and guide for beginners to start with.

Straits Times free for Galaxy S4 users

How to register for complimentary access to The Straits Times on Samsung GALAXY S4 With LTE

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The registration period is from now until 24 May 2013 at 2359 hours, and upon successful registration, users will have complimentary access up to 31 May 2013. A premium account (digital) to Straits Times cost around S$25, which you would get to enjoy free for 1 month if you are a S4 user. Seems like a good deal to have this phone early.

Repost from: http://www.gadgetreactor.com/2013/05/get-free-straits-times-for-samsung-galaxy-s4-users.html#more-2806

Day3: Comparing Huawei Router HG256s and DLink DIR-865L (Signal Strength)

In this test, Im focusing on the signal strength within a 4 room apartment. I mainly use 2 programs called Netspot and Wifi Explorer to test out the signal strength of each router. Im testing the wifi strength using macbook pro 15 inch (late 2010 edition) in-built wifi.

Below are the 3 router variants that I will testing on

Router Model GHz SSID
1 Huawei HG256s 2.4GHz (b/g/n) Khai
2 D-Link DIR-865L 2.4GHz (n) Dlink-F734
3 D-Link DIR-865L 5GHz (a/n) Dlink-media-F736

** Area is saturated with 2.4GHz wifi bands from my neighbors from all sides

Signal Strength
Below are the plans of my house with the signal strength indicated in the colors. Red shows the highest signal strength and violet the lowest.
Signal Strength color range from -88dBm to -22dBm
Noise level color range -96dBm to -83dBm
Slide1
Notice the dark blue blind spots on the bottom left(kitchen bathroom) and bottom right (my room with many electronic devices).
I notice that there is a lot of noise on the bottom right portion of the 5GHz. I believe there might be too many interferences with all my wireless devices.

Distance Test
1.5m away from router (notice the obvious drop by Huawei Router)
1.5m

3 m away from router
3m

5m away from router
5m

6m away from router
6m

8m away from router
8m part 2

Please focus ONLY on:
Khai                        – Huawei HG256s (2.4GhZ)
Dlink-F734            – D-Link DIR-865L (2.4GHz)
Dlink-media            – F736- D-Link DIR-865L (5GHz)
The rest of the items in the graph are neighboring Wifi signals

From these results I realize that there is definitely less interference with 5Ghz channel, as I am the only one using this channel in my oversaturated block. 5GHz channel works really well at close distances without any wall hindrances. However 5GHz band tend to lose the signal strength drastically with distance and interference. It will be a good option if there is an auto-switch between bands depending on the signal strength and quality.

There isn’t much difference  when comparing Dlink and Huawei 2.4GHz. The signal strength is comparable as the strength is quite similar. Huawei’s signal manage to reach awkward corners better. In open spaces Huawei signal fluctuates more as compared to Dlink. In some instances the signal drops to almost zero and go up again. Dlink on the other hand have constant signal. Only at niches and corners dlink signal strengths drops below Huawei.  You may refer to the graphs and images for a more detailed study.