Friday, December 27, 2013

How to unblock Netflix and Spotify (or any blocked website) using Google Chrome

Are you fed up of waiting for Spotify or Netflix to be available in your country and you don't want to pay for VPN? Here is a free solution to the problem. Hola for Google Chrome solves this problem. I am going to show you how to use this extension.


Step 1: Download Hola from Chrome Web Store.

After installing the extension you can see the hola icon next to the URL bar.

Step 2: Open Blocked Website.
As you can see in the picture, Netflix is blocked in my country

Step 3: Unblock it!
Now is the time to use Hola. Click on the Hola icon. You will be given options of the IP you want to choose. I chose United States.

Step 4: Enjoy!
As you can see, Netflix has been unblocked. I can also Listen to Spotify!

I know it is not perfect because it only works in the browser but it gets the job done.
Update: It is also available for Windows, Mac OS X and Android.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

"Q8 Dama Brainco" Game Review

Popular ancient game, not known it is origin, from India or Turkey, Kuwaiti ancestors knew about DAMA when they traveled to India by virtue of old trade and mutual visits and has become a game of Kuwaiti heritage.

Developed by Dr. Anwar Alharbi of KTV 2 Digital Talk Fame, it lets you relive the traditional game on your modern smartphone or tablet. Let us take a closer look at it.


This is a two player game. it is played on a 8x8 squared checker board. The game consists of two teams: Each team consists of 16 Hatabah (soldier) and is characterized by each team in its own color, for example yellow and black (and can be any color for each team).      

Your aim is to eat the Hatabah (soldier) of the opponent team. A Hatabah can move one step to the left,right or front. Once the Hatabah reaches the last row of the board, it becomes Sheikh with can move in any direction and any number of steps. The first team to eat all the opponents Hatabah wins the game.

Graphics and Sound

The graphics of the game are exceptionally well designed. The UI is basically has a Black/Yellow theme which matches the color of the Hatabah's. The colour of the board could be improved. The music also has a traditional feel which matches the game's concept. However, I could not enable the sound. This is a bug which I hope will soon be resolved.


Q8 Dama Brainco succeeds in bringing out the traditional feel of the game to the modern smartphones and tablets. The developer has to be applauded for his efforts. However, I think there should be a stats menu also where we can see things like wins and losses. I hope that he adds this menu.

Rating: 4.5/5
Pros: Good Graphics and Music, strategic gameplay
Con: No information on number of games win/loss 

Download for iOS from here and for Android from here
Like their Facebook page Q8 Dama Brainco

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Samsung Galaxy S4 v/s Apple iPhone 5 : Spec Shootout

I have got requests to do a comparison between The Samsung Galaxy S4 and  Apple iPhone 5. Here is the comparison table :

As you can see, The Samsung Galaxy S4 triumphs the iPhone 5 in almost every category. I just can't wait to get my hands on the Samsung Galaxy S4. Please Share the article of you liked it.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Samsung Galaxy S4 : "Life Companion"

Have you guys seen the Samsung Galaxy S4 reveal event last night? Better late than never! You can relive the moments here. Being a Die hard Samsung fan, I was awake till 2 am to watch the live event. So now lets get to the device.


Size and Design: The device measures 136.1 x 69.8mm, is 7.9mm thick and weighs 130g. For comparison Galaxy S3 measured 136.6 x 70.6, is 8.6mm thick and weighs 133g . It is impressive Samsung managed to fit the 5" screen in a package smaller and lighter than the S3. As for the design Samsung has again used the same glossy plastic used in the S3. However, The plastic is now injected with a subtle cross-hatching instead of Hyperglaze used in S3 (See Image Above)

Internal Specifications: Specs is where the Samsung Galaxy S4 really shines. The phone is equipped with 2 GB of RAM coupled with an 1.6 Ghz Octa Core Processor (Exynos 5 Octa 5410) . It comes in three storage options 16 GB \ 32 GB \ 64 GB. There is also a higher capacity 2600 mAh battery (compared to 2100 mAh of Galaxy S3)

Display: The display on S4 is a 5" Super AMOLED Screen with a FullHD resolution of 1920 x 1080 with High Pixel Density of 441 ppi (pixels per inch)

Camera: Samsung has upgraded the camera to a 13 Megapixel unit with AF (Auto Focus) , LED Flash and Zero Shutter Lag which records video in 1080p@30fps (Frames per Second). There's also a faster lens on the menu, with an f/2.2 aperture. There is also an 2 MP Front facing camera which also doeS video in 1080p@30fps. There a many Software related goodies which we'll talk about later in this post.

Other: Samsung has incorporated an IR LED for using the S4 as a remote control for your TV, DVR's, etc and you also get the basics in a smartphone these days like an Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor , 3.5mm Headphone Jack, GPS/GLONASS  and a Micro-USB Charging and syncing port. The device also packs radios for HSPA+ (850/900/1900/2100MHz) and LTE (six different bands in total)

Now let's get to Software.


The Galaxy S4 ships with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. With all the feature in Jelly Bean, You get all the goodies that TouchWiz brings.

Drama Shot: It takes a burst of 9 photos and combines them in a single image and Cinema photo, which is identical to the Cinemagraph functionality in the Nokia Lumia lineup. It lets you create animated gifs where only a part of the image is moving, while the background is static.

Dual Video Recording: The Samsung Galaxy S4 lets you capture video with both its back and front cams simultaneously, and combines them into a single clip.

Smart Scroll/Pause: The first one of those automatically pauses the video you are watching when you move your eyes away from the screen, to resume when you look back. Smart scroll on the other hand, detects eye-movement and scrolls a web page as your gaze moves down towards the bottom of the screen.

Sound & Shot: Option which records up to nine seconds of audio to accompany a still image.

Eraser: Removes unwanted photo bombers and background blur before saving to gallery.

Air Gestures: Those use the Galaxy S4 new IR gestures sensor and work in the web browser, music player and even in the dialer. The Air gestures allow you to command your phone by simply waiving in front of it. This way you can scroll longer web pages (vertical waves) or change active tabs (horizontal waves).

Air View: The Galaxy S4 has also borrowed a page from the Galaxy Note II book and features hover touch. Since there's no stylus here, it's made to work with fingers, giving you a small blue dot on the screen whenever you hold your finger a centimeter or two away from it. This makes it easier to avoid wrong presses when handling small items in the web browser and also enables some nice features like previewing the content of a folder in the gallery without opening it.

S Translator: lets you instantly translate your email or text messages, using text or voice translation. The feature can do language translation from both speech-to-text and text-to-speech.

S Health: An app that will track your steps, stairs climbed, and the ambient temperature and humidity, plus track your food intake and estimate calories consumed/burned. You can even track sleep with an optional accessory.

Group Play: This feature turns a group of phones into a stereo system, each phone broadcasting a different stereo band.

Other: There is also dual camera chat functionality in ChatOn.

Availability: End of April. Will be available in Black Mist and Frost White.

I had high expectations from the device but I am a tad bit disappointed. However, Until S5 is revealed, S4 will be on the top of my wishlist.


Hello Friends! Here is Abhishek Kumar , a die hard Android fan. This my blog where I will be talking about what is happening in the World of technology, and my opinions on some gadgets.
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