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Monday, September 29, 2014

Blackberry Releases the Passport in India for Rs. 49,990

The Blackberry Passport, which was launched just a few days back in the international market, has now been launched in India. The device has a one of kind square display and flaunts top of the line specs.

The smartphone will be available for pre-order from today at BlackBerry exclusive stores and Amazon.in. The folks who book the Passport between today and October 10 will get a gift voucher worth Rs 5,000 on Amazon as well as 5,000 frequent flyer miles on Jet Airways.

The 4.5 inch square display is the USP of the device

The most prominent feature of the device is the 4.5 inch square display. It has a display resolution of 1440x1440p and a pixel density of 453 ppi. It features a 10 point multi-touch and is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

The device also comes with three-row QWERTY keyboard that gives users more typing accuracy and is also touch-enabled. It’s responsive to touch so the user can scroll web pages, flick to type or slide along the keys to move the cursor.

It is powered by a 2.26 GHz Snapdragon 800, quad-core processor and has 3 GB RAM, equivalent of the Note 4. The internal memory stands at 32 GB and is expandable up to 128 GB. The device also has NFC for mobile payment and file transfer.

The Passport runs on BlackBerry’s new BlackBerry 10.3 operating system and also features a Siri-like voice assistant. The device is priced at Rs. 49,990 and is competitive and justified for the features it offers. The phone might easily find customers in the corporate or government sectors or even from folks looking for a different mobile experience.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Motorola's new Moto X (2nd generation) launched at Rs 31,999 onwards in India

 The much-awaited Moto X (2nd generation) smartphone, which was unveiled early this month, has now got a price tag. Motorola has priced the new Moto X at Rs 31,999 in India. The smartphone will go on sale on Flipkart.com starting from midnight of September 24.
At Rs 31,999, the new Moto X is Rs 8,000 dearer than the first-gen Moto X that was launched in India at Rs 23,999 onwards.
Motorola says the base variant of the Moto X will be available for Rs 31,999, while the wood finish and the leather back panel variants are priced at Rs 33,999.
The 2nd generation Moto X features a 5.2-inch 1080p display and a curved back encased in a metal frame. The specifications of the new Moto X include a 2.5GHz quad-core processor, 2GB RAM and water-resistant coating. Moto Voice in the Moto X accepts new voice commands and lets users control their favourite apps with voice commands.
The phone has a 13 megapixel rear camera with dual LED ring flash and a 2 megapixel front-facing camera. The phone runs Android 4.4 KitKat and its 2400mAh battery is claimed to offer up to 24 hours of usage.
The Moto X smartphone was unveiled on September 5 alongside the new Moto G.
According to research firm IDC, smartphone sales in the country grew almost three-fold to over 44 million in 2013, buoyed by affordable devices made by local firms.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Top 10 Secret Features of iOS 8

10. Rich Text, Videos, and Animated GIFS In Notes

Top 10 Secret Features of iOS 8
Notes now support rich text and videos, which is great if you want to make more stylized notes. More importantly, Notes now supports animated GIFs. Just copy and paste a GIF or select one from your photo library to insert it as an animated GIF. 

9. Scan Credit Card Numbers

Top 10 Secret Features of iOS 8
If you don't want to mess around with typing out a credit card number when you order something online, you can now take a picture of of your credit card and iOS 8 will pull up the number. When you're presented with a credit card field in Safari, you'll also have the option to snap a picture of your credit card. 

8. "Hey Siri"

Top 10 Secret Features of iOS 8
Apple talked about this in the press conference, but it kind of disappeared with everything else going on. You can now use Siri entirely hands-free when your phone is plugged into a charger, but you have to enable a setting first. Head to Settings > General > Siri and tap the "Allow "Hey Siri" option. Now, when your phone plugged in, you can initiate Siri by just saying "Hey Siri" out loud. It sounds simple enough, but it makes using Siri in a car a million times better.

7. Hide Photos

Top 10 Secret Features of iOS 8
Don't want your mom seeing all those party photos? You can now hide them. Tap and hold on a picture and photos and you'll get an option to hide it. It'll still be visible in your albums, but won't been seen in Moments, Collections, or Years. 

6. Swipe to Interact with Notifications in Notification Center

Top 10 Secret Features of iOS 8
You can now swipe to interact with notifications in Notification Center. Just swipe to the left to do it. Each app works a bit differently, but you can usually snooze, reply, or dismiss.

5. Personalized Share Sheets

Top 10 Secret Features of iOS 8
You can now customize and organize how the Share Sheets work in iOS. Just tap the share icon in any app that supports it (like Safari), scroll over to "More" and customize it from there.

4. Grayscale Mode

Top 10 Secret Features of iOS 8
If you're not a fan of color, iOS 8 features a new grayscale mode. To enable it, head into Settings > Accessibility and select "Grayscale." Everything in iOS will lose it's color and go grayscale.

3. Create an Empty Home Screen

Top 10 Secret Features of iOS 8
Want a truly minimal home screen? In iOS 8 you can move everything off the first screen if you want. Just hold down on an app and when they start jiggling, drag them away from the first homescreen. You can make it completely blank if you'd like, or just leave a few apps in the menu bar tray at the bottom.

2. Set Up Notifications for Specific Email Threads

Top 10 Secret Features of iOS 8
Have an important email thread going on but don't want to enable email alerts for everything? Just swipe left on an email, select the "More" option, and then select "Notify Me..." Now, you'll get notifications from that email thread.

1. Battery Usage Statistics

Top 10 Secret Features of iOS 8
Wondering what apps are really draining your iPhone's battery life? Now you can finally get to the bottom of it. Head into Settings > General > Usage > Battery Usage to view all the apps sucking up your battery.
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Apple’s iPhone 6 Announcement: Everything You Need To Know

Apple kicked off their presentation with the news everyone was expecting: new iPhones. The early word of two different sizes were right on the money. The new phone will hit the market in two iterations, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches respectively.
The design has also gotten a bit of an overhaul. The flat edges that the iPhone 4 introduced have been replaced by a curve, much like the most recent iPad update.
Apple has also made a few updates to accommodate the much larger screen of the iPhone 6 Plus. The home screen on that version will rotate to landscape, a first for an iPhone. The keyboard has also been expanded for landscape viewing. There’s also a new functionality added to the home button called Reachability that will move the screen down for people with shorter thumbs.
As was suggested by the updates to iOS 8, the iPhone 6 models have new features that are sure to appeal to health nuts out there. Not only is there an barometer included into the phone to measure elevation for climbing stairs, mountains, etc., but it can tell when you’re running or riding a bike and measure that distance for you to help keep track of workouts.
The camera also got a major overhaul, with big updates to the auto focus and video features. The new iPhones will capture video at 1080p and a four different shutter speeds: 30, 60, 120 and 240 fps. That means your slow motion options have expanded.
Also, there are burst selfies. The front camera can take 20 selfies at rapid speed. Annoy your friends with that, as you will.
The three colors from the iPhone 5S (black, silver and champagne) will carry over.
iPhone 6: $199 for 16GB, $299 for 64GB and $399 for 128GB.
iPhone 6 Plus: $299 for 16GB, $399 for 64GB and $499 for 128GB.
The new phones will be available for pre-order on September 12 and ship on September 19.
Mobile Payment
Another expected announcement based on recent Apple acquisition finally came to fruition today with Apple Pay, a new way to pay with just a press of your TouchID, essentially eliminating credit cards.
The concept is designed so that you’ll be able to hold your iPhone to a NFC scanner and simply press the TouchID. Your credit card information is kept secure through encryption and stored in your Passbook app. Adding a credit card is as simple as snapping a picture of your plastic.
For everyone worried about phone theft and what that might mean for Apple Pay, Find My iPhone now has the ability to stop all payments from your phone.
Apple Watch

Apple dusted off Steve Jobs’ patented “one more thing” to officially announce the long-rumored Apple Watch. (Not the iWatch.)
First off, the thing tells time, and it does it well. The Apple Watch is accurate within 50 milliseconds.
For everyone worried about wearing a computer on your wrist, there will be a ton of different bands available, ranging from leather to metal and magnetic-snapped plastic. There are six bands in total, and they can be switched by simply sliding them sideways.
Again hitting Apple’s recurring theme of health, the Apple Watch allows you to measure and share heart rate. There’s also a gyroscope to further measure movement. People wearing the watch can navigate through its apps using a combination of a touch face and a rotating dial.
Taking a cue from the iPhone 6, the Apple Watch will also come in two sizes, each having their corresponding band size. From there, you also choose among three models: Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport (which has a stronger case), and Apple Watch Edition, made from 18k gold.
There are a whole host of features that make the watch convenient, without getting in the way. The device is Siri-enabled, and notifications are subtle and only pop up on the face once you move your wrist to look.
The Apple Watch requires an iPhone to work, so sorry to all of the Android users who think this is cool. The watch is compatible with iPhone 5, 5C, 5S, 6 and 6 Plus.
The Apple Watch starts at $349 and will be available early next year.
Source: MTV

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Has Little to Excite New Users

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, the world's biggest mobile phone maker, unveiled new versions of its Galaxy Note smartphone on Wednesday after previous design miscues cost it customers in the large-screen phone market it pioneered.

The new Galaxy Note 4 features a crisper, 5.7-inch display in a metal frame, reflecting Samsung's latest design strategy to keep pace with rivals including Apple Inc, which is expected to launch its first large-screen phones next week.

The new model offers accessories designed to attract gamers and an improved pen stylus and related software as a handwriting alternative to typing on a keyboard. It boasts easier to use multi-tasking features that take advantage of its large screen.

The Note 4 is key to a recovery by Samsung Electronics, which faced initial derision at the idea of callers holding elephantine screens up to their ears. Since the Note's introduction in 2011, it has made 5-inch and larger screen sizes the standard for high-end phones as usage shifted overwhelmingly to reading and writing texts and emails or documents, using apps, watching movies or playing games rather than calling.

Mobile phone analysts said that, while packed full of hundreds of features and many of the latest hardware specs, there is little in the Note 4 to excite new users.

"I think this is mostly an incremental change," Forrester analyst Thomas Husson said. "What is missing is a total experience on top of the device to really differentiate in the interchangeable Android device ecosystem," he said, referring to the closely coupled software and services Samsung needs to distinguish its devices from dozens of cheaper rivals.

Samsung Electronics' operating profit fell to a two-year low in the second quarter as it lost market share, despite still shipping nearly a third of all smartphones worldwide.

Research firm Canalys says Samsung lost its title as No. 1 smartphone player in China, the world's biggest market, to Xiaomi Inc during the April-June quarter. It continued to lose market share in other emerging markets, analysts say, undercut in part by rivals producing increasingly attractive products at much lower prices in the lower end of the market.

Part of the blame goes to the Galaxy S5, which is seen widely as a disappointment since its global launch in April. Research firm Counterpoint estimates the flagship premium phone was outsold by the much older Apple iPhone 5S in May, and analysts say it failed to deliver major improvements from its predecessor.

While the new Note device appears to meet expectations on key features such as the quad high-definition display and a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera, the improvements are incremental and suggest further struggles ahead for Samsung to differentiate its product, especially with large-screen iPhones on the way.

"It is an acknowledgement that Samsung took a wrong turn with the move into plastic cases and that its designs didn't move fast enough to keep pace with many competitors," said Ben Wood, a mobile industry analyst with UK-based CCS Insight.

"The importance of metal cases is that it directly translates into bigger, edge-to-edge screens," he said.

Samsung also showed off a limited-edition version of the Note with a curved edge screen on one of the phone's sides, helping users to stay focused on their main screen without having to respond to calendar reminders or incoming emails.

It demonstrated a Virtual Reality headset that turns the Note 4 into the sort of immersive gaming platform once confined to consoles.

The Korean electronics giant says it will get more aggressive on pricing and focus on a narrower set of products for its mid-to-low tier products. The moves could help Samsung staunch a loss of market share but would inevitably undercut profit margins.

Mean estimates from a Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S survey of 40 analysts tips Samsung's third quarter operating profit to slide to 7 trillion Korean won ($6.86 billion), the weakest since the second quarter of 2012 and all but guaranteeing the company's first annual profit decline in three years.