Monday, 10 March 2014

Faking of mobile phones

Phones today can be faked or replicated. Phones that are expensive and popular are more likely to be replicated. It is amazing nowadays what can be done due to better technology. Replicated phones are made like the original copy and can do exact same functions.

How to spot a fake phone


Counterfeit mobile phone manufacturers imitate all facets of a phone’s appearance to make them appear genuine. The phones outer shell and screen, the printed logos and branding, the packaging and the included accessories can all be copied, making it difficult to identify whether a phone is fake or genuine. When possible it is always preferable to buy a phone through a registered retailer or reseller who can vouch for a phones authenticity. Yet with the prevalence of internet shopping and auction websites this may not be an option. Here are a few simple tips to help you identify whether a phone is genuine or fake: KNOW THE PHONE
It is important to do a little research before buying a new phone. You should only buy a phone made by a trusted manufacturer. Before committing to a purchase you should know the phones specific model number, available colours, features, what software and hardware comes included and what warranty is offered with the product. Information about a specific model of phone can be found on the manufacturer’s website or through a registered retailer. Once you have this information it will make the job of identifying a fake much easier.
On first glance a counterfeit phone may appear identical to a genuine model. On closer comparison you may be able to identify some obvious differences between a genuine and a fake such as: the colour, location of buttons, size or spelling of the brand name. Some fakes are less obvious. Counterfeiters are able to mimic design details down to minute details making it difficult to tell if a phone is genuine. If you are able to view the product in person you may be able to notice a difference in weight, screen size, location of buttons and battery, quality of printing and paint finish, added or missing functions, quality control stickers and holograms and an overall lack of quality.
Counterfeit phones can have differing features to genuine models, such as dual SIM cards, analogue TV etc. Check the model number and technical specifications of the genuine phone you wish to buy and ensure they match what is being offered. Counterfeit phones also often appear to offer features that are either just not there or that are not as they are said to be. For example, built in cameras might be said to be 8 Megapixel when they are not - or offer GPS when they don't. Counterfeit phones may also differ from a genuine in colour availability, memory capacity, camera megapixels, screen quality and operating system. It is important to compare technical features to ensure the phone is genuine.
Black market phones are made from sub-standard and cheap components and often run on 2nd rate or pirated operating systems.
Counterfeiters use cheap older generation chipsets, which may offer the same functionality as a genuine model but at far slower processing speeds. If you have unknowingly purchased a fake phone you will realise very quickly once you turn it on. Processing speeds are often much slower, operating systems have missing features and the phone may not be compatible with affiliated software and applications. AVAILABILITY
Counterfeit mobile phones tend to pour on to the market when a genuine model is out of stock or unavailable.
Often if manufacturers and registered sellers say a model is out of stock or unavailable, counterfeits begin to appear on auction websites and through unregistered sellers. This is also common when a phone is not available in certain colours. Beware, counterfeiters take this opportunity to deceive consumers when the genuine product is most in demand. IMEI NUMBER
Every genuine mobile phone has a serial number to register it to a carrier network. This number is called the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number. The IMEI number can be used to verify the legitimacy of a phone. Often counterfeit models won’t have an IMEI number or use a fake one.
If you are viewing the phone in person then you can find the IMEI number on the products packaging, under the phones battery or by pressing *06 on the phone. If you are not viewing the phone in person then you should ask the retailer for the phones IMEI number.

How to spot fake batteries and chargers?
Mobile phone handsets are not the only electronic product targeted by counterfeiters. Black market cell phone batteries and chargers are also infiltrating the market posing a potential health and safety risk to consumers.
Fake batteries and chargers are often offered as an after-market product, found on auction websites or in unregistered stores often at a significantly lower price than genuine products. Given the uniform appearance of most mobile phone batteries and chargers, it can be difficult to identify what products are fake and which are genuine. Here are a few simple tips to help you identify whether a battery and charger is genuine or fake: Buy from a registered manufacturer and trusted retailer
You should only buy mobile phone accessories made by a trusted manufacturer.
If you are looking to replace a battery or charger then you should refer to the original manufacturer’s information to make sure you purchase the appropriate battery of charger for your model of phone. It is important to note that you should only use a charger specified by the manufacturer to charge you mobile phone battery. You should also attempt to buy your mobile phone accessories from a trusted retailer who can verify the authenticity of their products. Appearance

Most mobile phone batteries and chargers look very similar, making it difficult to identify legitimate and fake products. If you are able to inspect the product first-hand then you should look for signs of poor quality such as: inaccurate printing, misspelled wording, crooked label placement and signs of defective workmanship. Some mobile phone manufacturers also place hologram stickers on their batteries, which are difficult to replicate by counterfeiters - although they do try. Warranty

All genuine mobile phone manufacturers offer a limited warranty that covers the handset, software and accessories. Most genuine accessories are covered for a certain period of time from the date of purchase by the original owner. Registered manufacturers and sellers also offer customer support and servicing of damaged products. Black market batteries and chargers rarely come with a warranty or offer customer support and servicing of damaged products. It is important to keep the receipt for any mobile phone accessory you purchase so that you can make a warranty claim if the product is faulty. It is also beneficial to keep all proof of purchase in case you have bought a fake so that you can notify the relevant authorities. Price

If the price sounds too good to be true then it probably is. Counterfeit mobile phone batteries and chargers are made from cheap substandard components allowing them to be produced at a fraction of the price of genuine products. Also, counterfeiters don’t have to invest in product research, design and safety testing. They don’t pay government taxes, import fees and are not bound by fair trade or minimum wage regulations for their employees. All these factors mean fakes can be sold at a much lower price than a genuine product.

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Apps Created for Windows phones

What’s a mobile app?

A mobile app is a software program you can download and access directly using your phone

What do I need to download and use an app?

You need a smart phone or another mobile device with internet access. Not all apps work on all mobile devices. Once you buy a device, you’re committed to using the operating system and the type of apps that go with it. The Android, Apple, Microsoft and BlackBerry mobile operating systems have app stores online where you can look for, download, and install apps.

I did software development in my first year in GMIT college and as part of this course we had to make apps here are a few that were created:

Friday, 7 March 2014

Research My phone

I decided to talk about the Samsung Galaxy Note Phone as I own one myself. I really love the Samsung note range and would recommend them to anybody!.



HSPA+ up to 21Mbps 850/900/1900/2100
EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900


1.4GHz Dual Core Processor


5.3” WXGA (1280 x 800) screen*


Main(Rear) : 8 MP with LED Flash / Front : 2 MP
Smile shot, Panorama shot, Share shot, Beauty shot.

Pen Optimized Features

S Pen Experience
-S Note*, S Planner and Email with handwriting integration
Popup Note / Video / Browser*, Photo Note/Frame*, Paper Artist*


1080p Full HD video recording & playback
Recording: 1080p@24~30fps/
Playback: 1080p@30fps
Codec: MPEG4/ H.263/ H.264/ DivX, WMV, VC-1


Music Player with SoundAlive
3.5mm Ear Jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS

Multi Input

Full touch
+ S Pen (Advanced smart pen)


Bluetooth® technology v 3.0
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct


Accelerometer, Digital compass, Proximity,
Barometer, Light, Gyro


16GB Internal memory
+ microSD (up to 32GB)


146.85 x 82.95 x 9.65 mm, 178g

You can also get Samsung note 2 and Samsung  note 3 as well in most phone shops in Ireland.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Amazing Communication Technology & Future Technology

Technology at its Best



Asus PadFone  

    Product Image

    Sony Smart-Watch


    Future Technology

    Sony Revolutionary Transparent Smartphone.  
    Future technology Concept Sony Revolutionary Transparent Smartphone

        Modular concept Mobile Puzzle Phone

    Tuesday, 25 February 2014

    In with the new out with the old!

    Greatest and Latest of Modern Communication

    We've come along way since the Motorola "DynaTAC" moving from a 2-pound cell phone to having mobile phones weighing as little as 48g. Mobile Phones have evolved immensely both in design and function. Modern mobile phones are capable of much more than just sending and receiving phone calls. Mobile phones used in today’s world allow users to send and receive text messages, emails, photos and video as well as access the Internet, play games, listen to music, use GPS (Global Positioning Systems) and more. The mobile phone has become an important communication tool that is used by people all over the world to keep in contact with each other at any time. Although they started off as quite bulky devices they are now very sleek, small and portable, comfortably fitting in a users pocket and surviving for hours on end thanks to a rechargeable battery. Mobile phone designs are constantly evolving to incorporate the new needs and desires of users. Some of these new functions include space for memory cards, flip screens, cameras, touch screens, USB ports etc. Modern mobile phones also have wireless capability in the form of infrared, Bluetooth and other wireless protocols. Some of the larger manufacturers of Mobile phones include Nokia, Samsung, Motorola, Sony Ericsson and Apple. Applications that mobile phone owners can take advantage of include word processing, calendars, mobile banking, web surfing, alarms, memos, video streaming, games and much more. Applications have exploded in popularity in recent times thank to the iPhone App Store which allows iPhone users the ability to download a wide variety of third party apps. Prices of phones have decreased since the first Motorola but still in these days are expensive phones can be priced up to 600 euro but can go to as little as 20euro so everybody nowadays has a mobile phone compared to the older days where only a few people bought them due to high priced.

    Following are the important features of a modern mobile phone:
    • Voice calls
    • Text messages
    • Call registers
    • MP3 playback (music)
    • MP4 playback (video)
    • Alarms
    • RDS (Radio Data System) Radio Receiver
    • Document and memo recording
    • Personal digital assistant (PDA) operations
    • Personal organizer operations
    • Streaming video
    • Downloading video
    • In-built cameras (3.2+mpx) and camcorders with flash and autofocus for video recording
    • Games
    • PTT (push to talk)
    • Universal Serial Bus or USB (2.0)
    • Memory card reader (SD)
    • WiFi Connectivity
    • Bluetooth (2.0)
    • Video calling
    • Ringtones
    • Instant messaging
    • Internet browsing and e-mail
    • Functions as a wireless modem for personal computers


    Top 10 mobile phones today.....

    Shops to go and grab yourself a smart phone in Ireland :

    Tuesday, 18 February 2014

    History of mobile phones

    Mobile phones have changed the way we live our lives and they have become an integral part of our daily lives.

    The first-generation (1G)
    The very first mobile phones are now referred to as first generation (1G) mobile phones. The first handheld phone to be released on the us market was the Motorola DynaTAC 8000X in 1983. Mobile phones started to gain popularity in the eighties with the introduction of cellphones that were based on cellular networks.

    Mobile phones were originally much larger than current ones, & they were initially designed for installation in vehicles only, which is why they were called the car phone. These chunky units were later converted for use as transportable phones the size of a small suitcase & the rest is history.

    The second-generation (2G)
    Second generation, also called 2-G, mobile telephones were introduced in the nineties. 2-G telephone systems were different because of their use of digital circuit switched transmission & the introduction of advanced & quick telephone to network signals. The introduction of 2-G systems saw telephones move from historic 1G telephones to small hand held items, which were much more portable. This change was made possible through improvements in technology such as more advanced batteries & energy efficient electronics.

    The second generation mobile telephones had several advantages over 1G items. These included SMS messaging, which initially became possible on GSM networks & eventually on all digital networks. The very first machine-sent message was sent in Great Britain in 1991. The very first person-to-person SMS text message was sent in 1993 in Finland. SMS text messaging soon became the communication method of choice & the general public now prefer sending messages to placing voice calls.


    The Third-generation (3G)

     The first pre-commercial 3-G mobile phone network was launched in Japan in May of 2001. 3G was later commercially released in Japan on October, 1 2001.

    3-G is the third generation of mobile phone standards & technology, which succeeded 2-G mobile technology. The birth of 3-G technologies enabled network operators including orange to give their users a wider range of advanced services. This includes broadband internet, in addition to high-tech video calls.

    Despite the success of 3-G, there has also been many complaints about it. These include criticism over the cost of 3G phones, a lack of network coverage because it's still a new service & the high power usage of 3G phones.

    The Latest Generation (4G)

    4G is the new and improved version of 3G. Internet speeds are five times faster, and the internet connection is stronger so your internet won't suddenly slow down. There are already loads of phones available that can connect to 4G networks, while all the big new smartphones of the future will be compatible.
    • Enhanced 3G/Interoperability
    • High speed & IP- Based
    •  4G is up to five times faster than 3G
    • You'll get more data and inclusive benefits


    Tuesday, 11 February 2014

    About Martin Cooper

    Martin Cooper , the reason each one of us has our own private personal phone number. Martin Cooper freed us from copper wires and gave us unbound freedom of communication.

    Facts on Martin Cooper:
    •  Born in Chicago, Illinois on December 26, 1928.
    • Bachelors and Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1950 and 1957 respectively.
    • Martin Cooper, prior to his employment with Motorola in 1954, served in the Navy for 4 years, working on destroyers, and on submarines.
    • Worked for a short time with another telecommunications company, before his historic association with Motorola.
    • In the early years at Motorola, he worked on portable products, including hand radios, made for the Chicago Police Department in 1967.After this project, he began working on Motorola's Cellular Research project, and developed the 3lb prototype from his base in Washington.
    • It took 17 years, from the initial phone call by Dr. Martin Cooper in 1973, for the mobile communication concept to be fully developed and marketed to the world, but today, there are more subscribers to mobile phones, than landlines all over the world, and the number is growing.