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Google Sign-In error troubling Jelly Bean users

Google Sign-In error troubling Jelly Bean users

If you are a Jelly Bean user I’m pretty sure that by now you must have already been a victim of the very unusual sign-in error. Apparently many Jelly Bean users have been complaining that they are unable to sign into their Google Accounts. Attempting to follow the onscreen “touch to sign in to your account” directions will fail and take you back to the error screen.     Even though everything seems to work just fine the error message for some reason still remains intact. We tried downloading a few apps from the Play Store which were easily done without any issues. The Gmail app was the only thing giving a bit of  trouble during the syncing process and Google are trying their best to resolve it as we speak. Will keep you all posted as soon as the problem  seems to get fully...

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Google Talk facing some technical issues: Google working hard to resolve the problem

Google Talk facing some technical issues: Google working hard to resolve the problem

There have been recent complaints from many GTalk users around the world who are experiencing problems related with Google’s (voice) chat service app. Like most of the affected users, we have also been facing issues with the app since morning ranging from unsuccessful logging attempts and also getting multiple errors ranging from inability to access our contacts list to failed attempts at sending messages. Even if you do see the contacts, your messages won’t get sent. In some cases, it does say that the contact did not receive your message. Google have been working relentlessly since the last few hours on fixing this issue and have posted this message on their App status page “We’re aware of a problem with Google Talk affecting a majority of users. The affected users are able to access Google Talk, but are seeing error messages and/or other unexpected behaviour. We will provide an update by 7/26/12 5:20 PM detailing when we expect to resolve the problem. Please note that this resolution time is an estimate and may change.” Lets hope Google manages to resolve this issue at the earliest.    ...

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Galaxy S3 exploding scare – User’s own fault

Galaxy S3 exploding scare – User’s own fault

Not so long ago we had reported about an exploding Galaxy S3 in which the device not only conked out but literally exploded in the owner’s car damaging (read frying) all the radio transmitters inside. This little incident created panic amongst Galaxy S3 users all over the world which led Samsung to take strict measures in ensuring that something as dangerous like this should never happen again. With that in mind, Samsung contracted Fire Investigations UK (FIUK), an independent third-party organization, to determine the exact cause of the damage inflicted on a Galaxy S3 unit, which had allegedly been affected by heat. The damaged device and additionally provided devices were examined and exposed to a series to tests. The investigation summary states that “The energy source responsible for generating the heat has been determined as external to the device” and “the device was not responsible for the cause of the fire.” Additionally, the investigation results state, “The only way it was possible to produce damage similar to the damage recorded within the owner’s damaged device was to place the devices or component parts within a domestic microwave.” The owner of this device dillo2k10 who had initially lodged a complaint in one of his posts clarified in another statement that the small explosion occurred because of a stupidity on his friend’s part who had apparently kept the device in a microwave oven to evaporate the water which had seeped inside (the phone had somehow fallen in...

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Galaxy S3 goes BOOM

Galaxy S3 goes BOOM

Here’s an eye opener for all Galaxy S3 users out there. Even though it seems to be a fine device quality wise, but there appears to be at least one extremely faulty unit in the market. A guy named Dillon, who goes by dillo2k10 on the interwarbs, sat and watched as his Galaxy S3 suffered a small explosion in his car. The device apparently let out a small, white flame, then let out an unsettling, yet harmless bang to top it all off. This effectively killed the radios inside but everything else, such as the display, seemed to be working fine for him. Let’s hope this is just “one of those freak disaster” issues and that we don’t have an exploding Galaxy S3 epidemic in our hands ....

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HTC One X getting WiFi death grip issues

HTC One X getting WiFi death grip issues

When it comes to the world’s most powerful Android devices to-date, very few names sprung up in our heads and one of them would definitely be The HTC One X which is currently one of the most popular (and powerful) Android devices on the market. Now, however, we’re seeing some reports surface from users that there may be a very specific WiFi problem on the device, which adds to the reports of very bad lag while playing games. It looks like the issue that has been discovered this time is caused by an iPhone 4-like death grip that, when held just the wrong (read right) way, causes the device to drop WiFi bars quite rapidly. We had earlier reported a similar issue at the time when the One X was launched in April. This issue is in fact more serious than it actually sounds, as XDA Developers user, bigoliver, reports that such issues can affect Bluetooth, GPS and battery performance as well. Confirmed by numerous users, squeezing the back of the phone between the camera module and the volume rocker may result in improved WiFi signal, dropping back down when the phone is released, if this test works on your device too, it’s clearly one of those with the pertaining issue. An official Statement has just been received from HTC regarding this issue: “HTC is committed to delivering a high quality product and great experience for all of our customers. We investigate all reported issues and if a hardware or software change is found to improve a customer experience, it will be deployed to all applicable devices according to our standard, required processes. We apologise for any inconvenience customers have experienced and appreciate your patience as we work quickly to investigate this issue.” Check out the XDA source thread for more info, specifics on the fix, and everything else related to this issue. Be sure to let us know in the comments if your One X is affected, and how you got it resolved. Also check out the video below that demonstrates a WiFi antenna test showing exactly what happens to the signals when the device is held in the wrong...

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NFC: Near Field Communication of Near Fail Communication?

NFC: Near Field Communication of Near Fail Communication?

You’ve probably heard of NFC, which of course stands for Near Field Communication. It’s basically a method of communication between smartphones (or between smartphones and… other things) which allows the user to simply bump their handset against a compatible device to exchange data. It’s all the rage in new handsets, with all the big manufacturers jumping onboard. Engadget reported that 30 million NFC phones shipped in 2011, and estimate that this number could reach 700 million by 2016. Currently, if you’re dying to get your hands on NFC technology, you can find it in handsets like the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the BlackBerry Curve 9380 and the LG Optimus Vu. These are all pretty high-end handsets, but you don’t have to splash the cash to get your mitts on NFC; Nokia have released a few budget-ish phones with the technology included, such as the Nokia 700 and the Nokia 701. More recent handsets with the technology onboard include the HTC One X, the Sony Xperia Ion, and even budget models like the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2. So, now that we know what it is and how to get our greedy hands on it, what’s it actually for? Well, other than the obvious ‘data exchange’ answer, one of the big ideas getting batted around is using NFC technology for instant payments. So rather than having to get your debit card out every time you want to pay for something, you’ll just be able to whip your phone out and scan it in, a little like the way Londoners use an Oyster card. This has been talked of for quite a while, but it’s beginning to look like the wheels are finally in motion to actually do something about it, in the form of Bump Pay. Bump Pay is a new app which allows users to type in the amount of money that they want to send to a friend and then simply ‘bump’ their handsets together to send it via Paypal. It’s only available on iOS at the moment, but it will no doubt be extended to Android in the near future. Bump say that their app is primarily designed to make paying friends back for small things – splitting dinners or paying for petrol money – simpler, faster, and easier. Bump Pay has already been downloaded by over 80 million users, which may well be an indication that NFC technology is set to take off when it gets going properly in the UK. However, whether it will get going properly in the UK is anyone’s guess. There’s been talk for months about installing NFC payment facilities in place around London in time for the 2012...

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