Sunday, 17 February 2013
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Saturday, 16 February 2013
In by Satya Jeet // 2:14:00 pm //
Samsung working on 'smart watch' to take on Apple's 'iWatch'
Samsung is working on a smart watch called the 'Galaxy Altius' to take on rival tech giant Apple, new leaked images have suggested.
The images, which were posted on a South Korean messageboard, purport to be screens from a forthcoming Samsung smart watch.
One image features the name Samsung Galaxy Altius, while others show a music player, clock and an email app, the Telegraph reports.
The pictures suggested that the Altius runs a modified version of the Google Android operating system.
The provenance of the images is unclear and, though some websites have identified details that suggest they are genuine, it's entirely possible that they are mock-ups for an abandoned project or even fakes made by a fan, the paper said.
The images have emerged a week after it was reported that Apple is about to launch a smart watch.
The product, which has been referred to as the 'iWatch', is apparently being worked on by a team of 100 engineers, suggesting that it is more than an experiment.
In by Satya Jeet // 2:48:00 am //
The most happening news for the video gamers is sizzling the world with the release of playstation 4 this year . The news of release of PS4 is wandering over the minds of everyone .
The rumors of release of Sony’s next gaming console , Playstation 4 has heaten up the gaming world . As per reliable sources , Sony’s vice president of home entertainment has hinted that the PS4 release date could be as early as May 2013 .
What would PS4 be called ?
Though everyone is calling it by the name of Playstation 4 or PS4 but they are not its final name and can never be as the final name comes only after the release .
But still two names have come up for it – Orbis and Thebes . Most of the sources think that “Thebes” is the internal codename for the Sony PS4 project , while” Orbis” is potentially the final name for the console . But Orbis could also be just a codename too.So for its final name, you have to wait till its release .
When would it be released ?
Sony’s biggest competitor for Playstation 4 would be Microsoft’s Xbox 720 , which would be heading its release this year only .
There has been rumors that Micorosoft is heading Xbox’s newest game console, Xbox 720 at E3 in june . E3 is the world’s premier trade show for computer and video games and related products . Its the largest video gaming conference which is held every year .
To catch up with its rival, Sony might make PS4’s release at E3 . So , there are two dates expected the playstation 4 release . It might be at E3 or in early May.
So this year E3 is going to be very interesting as Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft , will all get us excited about their new hardware, not just games and entertainment.
Final specs of PS4
It will provide good performance with low power consumption.
It has integrated CPU and GPU .
STORAGE : It has Blu-ray drive, which is posed to have very high speed . It also have single layer (25GB) disc.
NETWORKING : it has 1 Gb/s Ethernet , 802.11b/g/n WIFI and Bluetooth . It also has dual camera.
EXTRAS : It has Audio Processor (ACP)
SYSTEM MEMORY : 8GB.
VIDEO MEMORY: 2.2 GB.
For output of Audio , it uses Optical as well as HDMI.
Surely , Playstation 4, unlike PS 3 is going to be a great gift of 2013 for the video gamers .
Stay updated with Geniusses for further news and reviews about playstation 4 :)
Friday, 15 February 2013
In by Satya Jeet // 5:55:00 pm //
In by Satya Jeet // 12:30:00 am //
According to a report Samsung has confirmed to launch many devices including smartphone running on open source Tizen operating System this year. This project will be carried out by Samsung in collaboration with Japan’s largest mobile phone carrier company, NTT Docomo.
This will surely give a strong competition to current mobile device giants like Google and Apple’s iPhones. Other than Docomo, Vodafone (UK), France Telecom, Panasonic and NEC carrier companies are also interested in this project.
Samsung, which has already sold more than 10 million Samsung Galaxy devices since 2010, has confirmed this news by saying that Korean mobile device developers are going to bring these Tizen based Operating System in the market by 2013.
Thursday, 14 February 2013
In by Satya Jeet // 3:40:00 pm //
Intel Corp's plan, if successful, would go further than products currently offered by Apple, Amazon and Netflix by offering live programming as well as on-demand content.
Hundreds of Intel employees and their families are already testing a set-top box that the company will sell as part of the service.
The company is negotiating with content providers as it prepares to move into a market in it lacks experience and relationships.
The move puts it into competition with heavyweights like Apple, Amazon and Google that are seeking to establish a share of the $100bn (£64bn) cable television market.
"We have been working for (the past) year to set up Intel Media, a new group focused on developing an internet platform," Erik Huggers, vice president and general manager of Intel Media.
"It's not a value play, it's a quality play where we'll create a superior experience for the end user."
Intel plans to offer consumers smaller bundles of content than those currently offered by cable operators.
Intel has struggled to get its virtual television service off the ground due to unwillingness on the part of major media content providers to let the company unbundle and license specific networks and shows at a discount to what cable and satellite partners pay, sources told Reuters.
Silicon Valley has been taking aim at the US cable television market - dominated by major distributors such as Comcast and DirecTV Group and programme makers like Walt Disney Co and Time Warner Inc. Technology companies see opportunities due to reasons ranging from shifting viewer habits to mounting programming costs.
"There is an opportunity to offer a bundle that can be curated by the consumer, an opportunity to create smarter bundles," Mr Huggers said.
Intel's set-top-box will also have a camera that could be used to automatically steer content and ads toward specific users.
"There's a scenario where the TV recognises that it's you and says 'Hey, I know what you like. I know what you want to watch', versus the environment we're in today where the TV literally is not interested in you at all," Mr Huggers said.
Some media executives are sceptical that Intel will be able to convince content providers to agree to terms that are attractive enough to make its service viable.
In by Satya Jeet // 1:43:00 am //
President Obama mentioned Apple's plans to make some Mac computers in America during the State of the Union last night, and today Apple's following up that Mac momentum with an announcement that it's lowering prices on some of its MacBooks.
The MacBook Pro with Retina Display, which was first introduced last June, is being refreshed with new processor options and the smaller, 13-inch version is now $200 cheaper.
You may recall that we bemoaned the $1,699 starting price of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina when we reviewed it in November. Now the 128GB version will start at $1,499, and $1,699 will buy you the version with a faster 2.6GHz processor and 256GB of storage. Apple's also dropping the price of the 256GB 13-inch MacBook Air to $1,399 from $1,499.
The larger 15-inch MacBook Pro Retina display doesn't get a price drop -- it still starts at $2,199 -- but is getting some new internal organs. It will be available with a faster 2.4GHz and 2.7GHz quad-core processors and up to 16GB of memory.
So why is Apple lowering prices now on these computers? According to Ben Bajarin, a principal analyst at Creative Strategies, it has to do with the falling prices of components -- RAM, flash storage.
"When prices of components come down, they are willing to lower prices when they can," he said. "We don't expect Apple to make the cheapest products on the market, but they are committed to being affordable in the market."
In its last quarter, Apple reported lower sales of Mac products (4.1 million, down from 5.2 million in the same quarter the year before). Tim Cook attributed it to component supply and the iMac hitting shelves later in the quarter than he would have liked. He also said that Apple was aware that the iPad was cannibalizing part of the Mac business.
"I think cannibalization is a huge opportunity for us," Cook said on an Apple earnings call. "Our base philosophy is to never fear cannibalization. If we do, somebody else will just cannibalize it… We know iPad has cannibalized some Macs, and that doesn't worry us."
Bajarin said he doesn't believe the price drops on the Macs today have anything to do with those Mac earnings, however.
"I don't think they looked at their last Mac quarter and started freaking out," he said. "The PC business is in decline; they know no one is going to turn that around."
Last month Apple announced a $799 version of the iPad with a 128GBflash drive, which gives it as much storage as some laptops. Apple, unlike Microsoft with its Windows 8 operating system, continues to keep its laptop and iPad lines separate, even though some iPad features have made their way over to the Mac. Cook has famously said converging the two would be like trying to combine a refrigerator and a toaster.
Wednesday, 13 February 2013
In by Satya Jeet // 3:47:00 pm //
The Butterfly is yet another stylish high-end Android phone from the Taiwanese device maker HTC. From Sensation to One X, the company's mobile phones are known for their extraordinary touchscreen, superior technology and stunning design.
But the Butterfly seems to have marked the arrival of the era of the smartphone with full high definition screen; it is equipped with a 5-inch super LCD 3 display with full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels). As a comparison, Apple's iPhone 5 has a pixel density of 326ppi while the Samsung Galaxy Note II offers 267ppi.
The design of the phone makes a great first impression. The Butterfly has a 5-inch display size but once you hold it with one hand, you won't really think it's that big. It is constructed largely from plastic, a major deviation from many of HTC's previous aluminium unibody designs. This 140 grams device (model X920d) looks very fine with its slim body.
The real attraction, though, is the 5-inch full HD super LCD 3 screen—it's truly a sight to behold. The super LCD 2 seen in HTC's previous flagship One X was arguably the best panel on the market, but we think its successor is the new champion. Colour reproduction is excellent, the 440ppi resolution is astonishing, viewing angles are superb and brightness is almost unrivaled.
Dimensions: 14.3 x 7.05 x 0.9 cm
Display: 12.7 cm super LCD 3 touchscreen with full HD 1080p resolution
SIM card type: Micro SIM
Platform: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
CPU speed: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro 1.5 GHz, Quad Core
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Total storage: 16 GB
Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, Micro-USB port
Estimated street price:Rs 49,900
Tuesday, 12 February 2013
In by Satya Jeet // 7:22:00 pm //
Swipe MTV Volt Phablet Launched at Rs 12999
Owing to increasing penetration in the Indian market in a very short span, California based tech firm Swipe Telecom has now come up with a phablet. The recent offering - MTV Volt has been launched in collaboration with music and entertainment channel MTV at Rs 12,999.
MTV Volt has several highlights including a 6 inch display, dual core processor, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS and many more. It is to be noted that MTV Volt is the first 6 inch device launched in India with Karbonn A30 following it with a 5.9 inch display.
Lets have a look at the specifications of Swipe MTV Volt below.
Dimensions & Weight: MTV Volt carries a dimension of 158.5 x 88.6 x 11.3 mm weighs in at 239 grams, making it extremely comfortable for handling.
Display: MTV Volt comes with a 6 inch 5 point multi-touch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels.
Processor: The handset is equipped with a 1GHz dual core MediaTek MTK 6577 processor for blazing performance.
Operating System: MTV Volt comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system.
Camera: The phablet has an 8MP rear camera and a 1.3MP front camera for video calling.
Storage: The handset packs 4GB internal storage, 512MB RAM and a micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB additional storage.
Connectivity: MTV Volt has Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, micro USB 2.0 and 3G.
Battery: The phablet is loaded with a 3,200 mAh Li-Po battery of unknown backup.
Price & Availability
Swipe MTV Volt is priced at Rs 12,999 and it will be available on almost all the major online retailer sites across the nation including Flipkart, Snapdeal, Infibeam, eBay, and more shortly.
Swipe MTV Volt: Potential Rivals
As the over-sized devices called phablets have become a fashion statement, everyone in the nation wants to own one. Hence, to fulfill the demands of the consumer and grab sales from the growing category, various local and global smartphone vendors have come up with numerous choices satisfy the needs.
The Indian market has excelled by proving plethora of large screen phablets at really affordable price combined with the likes of dual SIM support, Android Jelly Bean, multi-core processor and more.
By entering this growing trend of offering Jelly Bean phablets at budget price points, Swipe has entered the arena of budget phablet fight. Below is a slideshow showing the potential rivals of the new phablet launched in collaboration with MTV.
In by Satya Jeet // 12:13:00 am //
LG Optimus L3 II, L5 II and L7 II specs & features
Some of LG’s new line of Android phones for MWC 2013 release has been leaked. The company had earlier offered to roll out a range of handsets for the year at the upcoming mobile trade fair in Spain. As per rumors, a trio of the Korean firm’s Optimus L-series Android phones has emerged out. The devices, to be called the Optimus L3 II, L5 II and L7 II, will come as the second upgrades to the particular handsets.
LG is to put its three new phones on display at MWC. “A Korean source has just unveiled three new smartphones that the company LG intends to present at the Mobile World Congress 2013,” says the blog (machined translated). They “can be called LG Optimus L3 II, LG Optimus II L5 and L7 LG Optimus II and of course there are three small upgrade of the current LG Optimus L3, L5 and L7,” the site added.
Here are the specs of the new LG handsets.
LG Optimus L3 II: This is the base model of the series. This entry-level device will come with a beefy 1GHz processor and an advanced 3.2-inch IPS display panel. Well, it offers the same resolution (240 x 320) of its predecessor. The phone has a 5MP rear camera, which replaces the 3.2MP sensor of its old model. It may run on the latest Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. With a small price, the L3 2 will be competing with the low-price models of its rivaling tech makers.
LG Optimus L5 II: The L5 II is yet another lower-end phone to come from LG. As per reports, it is going to get a 1GHz Cortex-A9 processor and a PowerVR SGX531 graphical processor. Compared to its predecessor, the device gets a better processor (an upgrade from 800MHz Cortex-A5). The phone is to keep the same 4-inch WVGA display. Under the hood, the software will be the new Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. The first generation L5 has a 5MP rear camera and no front camera.
LG Optimus L7 II: The L7 II is also to come with added CPU power. From its original version, the device differs with a 1GHz dual core processor (Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8225 chipset), 768MB of RAM and Adreno 203 graphical processor. Its original version has 1GHz Cortex-A5 (MSM7227A Snapdragon chipset), 512MB of RAM and Adreno 200 GPU. The Optimus L7 II is to feature a 4.3-inch WVGA display, 8MP rear camera and a 2,460mAh battery, reports say. It will also be running on Android 4.1.2 at launch.
LG’s Other Possible Products for MWC
LG is gaining in popularity as a key maker of Android phones. Its last year flagship the Optimus G2 is still creating waves in markets. Apart from the above three phones, LG is to launch some more devices in the event. The company is most likely to surface a set of Windows Phone 8 handsets as well. As per rumor mills, LG is to join the WP 8 bandwagon following Samsung, Nokia, HTC and Huawei. But, there is no clue on the possible Windows Phone 8 handsets from the Korean tech maker.
LG has to compete with a host of tech makers in Android front this year. All major Android product firms have launched some great quality devices for the year. From Sony to ZTE, all famous mobile firms have launched devices that feature quad core processors, 1080p displays, 13MP cameras and more. That is, things won’t be much good for LG devices that should fight innumerous numbers of midrange and low-price handsets as well.
Samsung and Sony have recently launched too many midrange and budget phones under the Android platform. Along with the new line of FHD handsets, tech firms have also surfaced enough bottom-line phones. The new LG phones will join the battle to take control of the market, where lots of customers wait for quality midrange devices.
Sunday, 10 February 2013
In by Satya Jeet // 3:53:00 pm //
Micromax A116 Canvas HD Available From Feb 14: What Are The Goods and Bads Of Jelly Bean Phablet?
It can be said that the India based manufacturers has reaped the trending phablet segment and the local vendors have now started gaining benefits from the harvest. Initially, the budget phablets were based on Android ICS, however, in 2013 most of the renowned companies have started coming up with Jelly Bean phablets in the nation.
Micromax is one of the leading India based tech company, which is involved in making smartphones, phablets and tablets at reasonable price ranges and with an eye to take over the market as a dominator. The company has already launched a couple of Android ICS tablets in 2012 with dual SIM and pretty decent specifications at Rs 9,999.
In January 2013, Micromax took a giant leap by penetrating deep into the phablet market with the launch of A116 Canvas HD. Interestingly, the phablet is equipped with a quad core processor, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and a few other high-end specifications under its hood.
As far as specs are concerned, A116 Canvas HD houses a 5 inch HD IPS capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, 1.2GHz quad core MediaTek MT6589 processor, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system, 8MP rear camera, VGA front camera for video calling, 4GB internal storage, 1GB RAM, micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB additional storage, 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS/A-GPS and a 2,100 mAh battery.
Micromax A116 Canvas HD is loaded with applications including M!Store, M!Buddy, M!SMS, M!Zone and Hook Up.
Price & Availability
At the time of launch, Micromax has not disclosed the official pricing of its latest Canvas offering - A116 Canvas HD. However, the tech experts estimated that the device will be priced in the sub Rs 15,000 price range.
Now, Micromax has posted on its official website that Canvas HD will be available only at www.micromaxinfo.com from February 14, 2013, thats Valentine's Day.
A116 Canvas HD - The Goods
Micromax has been long awaited for a Jelly Bean based device with impressive specifications. With the launch of A116 Canvas HD, a day before the unveiling of Samsung Galaxy Grand in India, the former has been making rounds in the Indian tech news for the latest quad core HD phablet. Moreover, the phablet has enough features listed below to claim its one of the best offerings in the market currently.
IPS HD Display
IPS (In-Plane Switching technology) is used for LCDs to solve the limitations like relatively slow response, small viewing angles and low quality color reproduction. Further, these displays offer consistent and accurate color from any viewing angle and have the ability to offer clear images.
The advantage of IPS display is combined with HD resolution in A116 Canvas HD. The phablet sports a 5 inch display with 1280 x 720 pixel resolution. Hence, the content appears with excellent quality in all aspects.
Quad Core MediaTek Processor
The quad core MediaTek MT6589 chipset integrates a power efficient ARM Cortex A7 processor and PowerVR Series5XT GPU offering a powerful performance at a very competitive price. Further, the processor offers innovative and advanced dual SIM solution, high-end multimedia capabilities with support to up to 13MP camera and full HD LCD support.
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS
This the first time, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean launched in June 2012 is being incorporated on a Micromax device. The platform has new features including Project Butter for smoother and more responsive interface, expandable and contractible notifications, resizable app widgets, live wallpaper preview, high resolution contact photos, improved Android Beam, better camera interface and improved Google Now.
A116 Canvas HD - The Bads
Of course, Canvas HD has Wi-Fi connectivity, however, it lacks dual band Wi-Fi, that operates on more than two different network frequencies. With the dual band Wi-Fi, consumers can enjoy the benefits of a stronger internet connection.
Though the handset comes with a micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB additional storage, it has only a mere 4GB internal storage on board. Given that the applications will be stored on the internal storage be default, such a less capacity is quite disappointing.
The 8MP rear camera with a resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels in Canvas HD comes with LED flash and fares well for normal usage. However, it lacks BSI sensor that is present in a few other budget offerings. The BSI sensor will improve the quality of low light photography to a great extent.