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Monday, 15 September 2014

Intex Launches 'Aqua 4X' At 2,999

Computer peripherals player Intex Technologies on Thursday launched a smartphone priced at 2,999.

 The Aqua 4X, which comes with a 4-inch display and is powered by Google's operating system Android, has a 3G dual SIM card feature, it said in a statement.

 The phone offers users a memory space of 512 MB with an additional storage capacity of 256 MB to enable saving favourite apps and documents, it said, without making any mention of an external storage slot generally found in phones.

 The phone has a 1,300 mAh battery, a two mega pixel camera at the back and a VGA camera at the front, it said.

 "The Aqua 4X will be the lowest priced 3G phone in a 4 inch category, making it a pertinent phone for consumers across all age groups," Intex's business head for mobiles, Sanjay Kumar Kalirona, said.

 The phone will be sold under an exclusive tie-up with eBay and the online retailer will be shipping it free across the country, it said.

Intel Making Tablet Solutions For Jan Dhan Yojana

California-based chipmaker Intel is working in India on certain solutions centred around tablets that would offer a new set of functionality and ease of basic banking at doorstep, which in turn could facilitate the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) that aims at financial inclusion.

"We have Intel Architecture-based solutions centred around tablets that offer a new set of functionality and ease of basic banking at doorstep. By empowering the business correspondents with tablets it helps to increase productivity and ease of use for them," Srinivas Tadigadapa, director, enterprise solution sales, Intel South Asia, told IANS in an interview.

Currently in urban areas tab banking has caught on. "Taking tab banking to the rural areas allows for a bigger and easier financial inclusion model," he said.

At present a few public as well as private sector banks are trying to implement the IA-based solutions in India.

"Currently we are working with ISVs (independent software vendors) and have already rolled out solutions for financial inclusion which includes tightened security features that runs on IA," Tadigadapa said.

The PMJDY scheme was flagged off Aug 28 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Till Sep 8, 30.2 million accounts have been opened of which 18.9 million are in rural areas and 11. 3 million in urban areas. Banks have collected deposits of 1,496.51 crore under the scheme so far, says a finance ministry statement.

Talking about technology consumption in India, Tadigadapa said: "It's growing in double digits, 20 percent or so in overall devices."

" A lot of consumption is happening. Overall in India it is growing much faster in the hinterland. In South Asia each country has its own pattern and no country has the size that India has, in terms of diversity," he added.

He said devices penetration will provide the necessary impetus to digital literacy drive in the country. "It's increasing rapidly and that will provide the push."

With the aim to turn the country into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy, the government has envisaged 1 lakh crore Digital India project.

"There will be a lot of first time users in the rural India who have not seen technology but now they can see the benefits of technology," he said.

Intel along with The National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) had launched the National Digital Literacy Mission (NDLM) in August 2012 bringing together several players from the ecosystem on the same platform to work towards a common goal of accelerating digital literacy in India.

"We have trained two million people in two years in digital literacy and a majority are in the rural areas," Tadigadapa said.

Regarding the purchasing capacity of devices by the people in the hinterland, he said: "Affordability is not much of an issue. Devices are available at various prices. Tablets at around $100 are also available in India."

"India will be one of the top three markets in terms of devices very soon due to sheer amount of population. India is among the top five now."

Though India has excelled in software services, presence of hardware manufacturing is zilch in the country. "We strongly feel that environment has to be created. We do strongly believe in a robust domestic ecosystem for the hardware including the manufacturing. We do speak with the government and share our experience of working with other countries," he said.

"Once we have more hardware manufacturing there will be more efficiency in the cost structure. It will also provide the much needed relief on the forex," Tadigadapa added.

New App To Help You Get Better Wi-Fi Around The House

 A new app that lets you map the Wi-Fi signal around your house can help you work out the best place to put your router.

Jason Cole, a Physics PhD student from Imperial College London in the UK, was concerned with optimising the Wi-Fi reception in his flat, so he decided to tackle the issue with mathematical precision.

Cole began the process by mapping his apartment floorplan, assigning refraction values to the walls, and then applying Helmholtz equations to model the electromagnetic waves the router emits.

Cole found that the best position for an optimised Wi-Fi signal through the rest of the house is the center of the home, according to 'The Daily Dot'.

He further modified his model to account for the absorption in wall materials such as concrete and stopped perfect reflections from forming standing waves, resulting in an outcome that more precisely mirrors Wi-Fi signals.

He concluded that the further away from your router you are the more you'll have to jockey for tendrils of signal.

Cole has compiled his math into an app that allows users to map their Wi-Fi signals as he has done for his own apartment.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Samsung Unveils World's First 'Dual-Screen' Smartphone

South Korean technology giant Samsung Electronics unveiled a range of devices including a smartphone with a curved screen that gives it the ability to offer two sources of display.

The Galaxy Note Edge has a curved 5.6 inch display that extends and wraps around the right side of the smartphone.

Set to go on sale in autumn this year, the phablet will enable users to read incoming SMSes off the smaller notification window while seamlessly checking their e-mail messages off the main screen.

The curved screen offers quick access to various apps, updates and top-mounted shutter buttons when using the phone as a camera.

They can also use the built-in Edge panel window to display items such as weather information and news headlines on the smaller, slimmer window, while viewing something else on the main screen, The Straits Times reported.

The Galaxy Note Edge is a variant of the company's highly successful Samsung Galaxy Note series of phablet devices.

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Lava Launches Its Iris X1 With Android 4.4 Kitkat At 7,999

After Google’s Moto E, Lava launched its Iris X1 smartphone powered by Android KitKat operating system, for 7,999. Lava International said in a statement, "Currently, Lava Iris X1 is one of the few devices in India and the first one from Lava that is built on the latest Android OS out-of-the-box platform.”

It boasts of 11.43 cm (4.5’inch) FWVGAIPS display screen (854x480 pixels). The dual-sim handset has a 1.2 GHz quad-core Broadcom BCM23550 Processor with Videocore IV GPU; possesses 1GB RAM with 4GB internal memory expandable up to 32GB.

Latest Octa-Core Smartphones to Buy In 2014

The mobile market today is flooded with various options. Gone is the time when only the CPU and Laptops needed up-gradation of a processor; but now  in the era of smart phones, mobile phones are lined up for the betterment to function with speed and power. The recent launch of smart phones with Octa-core processor proves the enhancements in your smartphones. Read below to know more about Smartphones laden with powerful octa-core processors in the Indian market.

Panasonic P-81: The teasers of this phone initially kept people curious and finally the wait is over and Panasonic P-81 is available in the Indian market with its amazing features. Functioning on Android version 4.2 (Jellybean), it sports a 5.5 inch HD display screen. The dual-sim smartphone comes with a powerful 1.7GHz Octa-Core MediaTek MT6592 processor, 1 GB RAM and 8GB of internal memory, which is expandable up to 32GB. It has a 13-megapixel rear camera with f/2.2 aperture and 28mm wide-angle lens, backed with LED flash and 2MP front camera. The phone is just 7.9mm thick and boasts of a leatherette body. It is available now with a price tag of 17,999 ( as on Flipkart).

Gionee Elife E7 mini: Coming with a 4.7 inch IPS display (720x1280resolution) Gionee Elife E7 Mini is powered by a 1.7 GHz Octa-core Mediatek MT6592 processor and 1GB RAM. It has a non-expandable memory of 16GB. Available in India with a price of 18,999, it is a bliss to those who has photography instincts in them. The rotating 13mega pixel camera is great for taking pictures at any angle. Operating on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean along with the company’s custom Amigo 2.0 UI layer on top, it functions smoothly without slowing down the device.

Karbonn Titanium Octa Plus: Featuring a 5-inch full HD IPS LCD display, Karbonn Titanium Octa Plus runs on the most awaited Android version 4.4 Kitkat operating system. Titanium Octane Plus has Mediatek MT6592, 1.7GHz Octa Core Processor equipped with the ability to provide top multitasking performance with super speed. Loaded with memory of 16GB, expandable up to 32GB; Octa Plus has a primary camera of 16megapixel and front camera of 8Mega Pixel. The phone is available in India with a price tag of 17,990.

Micromax Canvas Knight: Canvas Knight comes with a 12.7cms FHD IPS screen with 1920x1080 pixel resolutions. Functioning on the Android 4.2 Jellybean Operating system, it teams up well with the true Octa-Core processor for a fast-packed performance. It has a 16megapixels and front camera of 8 megapixels made up of M8 largan Lens for clear pictures. In India, it is priced at 22,799 (as on Flipkart).

Intex Aqua Octa: Along with good looks, Aqua Octa comes with 6 inch HD IPS and OGS Capacitive Display. It is powered by the 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with 1.7 GHz Octa-Core Processor. It supports 3G video calling and has a 13 Mega pixels camera with flash and 5 megapixels front camera. It is supported by 2GB RAM and has an internal memory of 16GB, expandable up to 32 GB. As on Flipkart this phone is priced at 16,803.

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Top 10 Mobile Phones In The Market Today

Mobile phones have assumed a very important position in today’s human life. People have become so accustomed to the use of mobile phones that even thought of life without mobile phones makes people anxious and worried. It is very interesting to note that the use of mobile phones is now not only confined to particular rich class, rather people from every segment of social life have developed a fondness towards this device. If you eager to take a note, here is a list of 10 best mobile phones  in the market today, which you may want to consider, as listed by Gareth Beavis of techrader.

Sony Xperia Z2: Sony's back in competition with an excellent phone in the shape of the Xperia Z2. There's no question that the Xperia Z2 will be going head to head with the Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 and Nokia Lumia 930 this year—and with that in mind it's got its work cut out.
The Xperia Z2 carries a very impressive design with a classy premium quality metal all round and Sony also made sure that there is almost zero compromises on screen, sound, camera or battery life. So it’s well, crafted and almost close to perfect. The Z2 steals second place simply by being a great all-rounder but doesn't have the polish of the HTC One M8, nor the more functional user interface, and it does what's asked with top-end specs. That's what the users like.

HTC One M8: The new HTC One is a great Smartphone that does a lot of fantastic things. The One M8 features a gorgeous industrial design, a fantastic display, great camera and top-of-the-line performance. HTC has certainly given its best into it, which can be evidenced by nearly every aspect of the device. The phone has actually exceeded nearly all of consumer’s expectations.
The Snapdragon 801 processor on the One has boosted battery dramatically compared to the 600 processor of the previous version. To add on to that gaming, movies, photography and browsing all work really well, and it is a phone that can easily take on whatever anyone else can design at the moment.
 Samsung Galaxy S5: 2014 is turning out to be a stunning year for the prospective Smartphone user, as the HTC One (M8) was joined by the Samsung Galaxy S5 in best Smartphone list, and now the Xperia Z2 enters the fray too.
There was a lot of hype around the new Galaxy, and rightly so— it's by far the best phone Samsung has ever produced, with an evolutionary camera that gives clearer and faster snaps. The battery is also larger with the bigger and brighter screen along with  quicker processor and  design alterations.
The spec sheet certainly doesn't let it down as it comes with a 2.5GHz quad-core CPU, 2GB of RAM, a 2800mAh (removable) battery, 16 / 32GB of memory with up to 128GB extra through microSD with one of the world's most vibrant screens that's been extended to 5.1-inches and added biometrics.
LG G2: This might surprise many of us but LG has made a phone that not only impressed consumers but ran the HTC One very close battle for the top spot in 2013 and at the moment holds that place into 2014 too.
Well, talking about G2 it is the most feature rich device with a very premium quality True HD-IPS LCD screen. Moreover, it is also the most powerful Smartphone with its stunning fast Snapdragon processor. The compact and unique design of this superphone doesn’t makes it feel cheap. And not to forget it also packs with a brilliant 13 MP Camera and an Optical Image Stabilization that makes it a standalone in its category. In the nutshell, LG G2 is the best Anroid Phone at present and of course with high end features and a value for money proposition it is the best mobile phone that you can buy today.
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact: The Xperia Z1 is mildly-nonplussing mobile phone that is designed into a smaller frame, with almost nothing compromised except the two features like the 1080p screen and a smaller battery.
With a 4.3-inch screen it's one of the most easy to use devices from the Sony flagship, but this smartphone does it better with a much lower cost and a great battery life to boot. Even though Sony has given the Z1 smaller screen compared to other of its models but it has kicked diminutive RAM and lesser cores to the mobile kerb. In fact Sony has even allowed the Xperia Z1 Compact to keep the waterproof nature of the Z1.
#5 Google Nexus 5: Nexus 5 is really an outstanding mobile phone  and Google has proved its excellence by this phone. The beautiful and elegant design, a wonderful screen and latest operating system of Android KitKat adds another taste this phone. And the best thing about the Nexus 5 is its price which makes this really a definite pick among the other top mobile phones. Google Nexus 5 is a phone that matches the powers of top android phones and comes at merely half of its price.
HTC One: The One isn't just the best smartphone HTC has ever made but it can legitimately lay claim to being the best smartphone  at the moment. The One is an incredibly impressive device from the HTC flagship that hits all the right notes for a smartphone user. The fit and finish of the hardware, the quality of the display, the camera, and the speed of the operation system is so well crafted to suit the consumers. In fact even the changes HTC has made to the user interface all come together in a way that you rarely see in a gadget.
iPhone 5S: With the iPhone 5s, Apple once again has the right to claim the title of best smartphone available at the moment. The hardware resembles to that of its predecessor in many ways, as with the 4-inch Retina display, but it improves dramatically in areas like the camera where it makes the most difference to every day users. With  latest addition like the fingerprint sensor, the 5s rules out many of its rivals on this well crafted spec, which is already a feature which most of the iphone users miss when you switch back to older generation devices or the iPhone 5c. The 5s pins down one of the fastest 64-bit A7 processor under its hood that is more than any iPhone before it and is likely to be the device that grows more appealing as the software ecosystem catches up.


Moto G: Motorola's back, and it's kicking off its global smartphone revival with the well priced Moto G handset. A mid-range handset the Moto G is undoubtedly the most bang-for-your-buck smartphone.
The Moto G comes with a 4.5-inch, 1280 x 720 display and boasts a 329ppi pixel density. To put that in some perspective that's actually bigger and higher resolution and more defined display than that of the iPhone 5S –not bad for a handset which is of low price. To add on to that Motorola has also managed to equip the Moto G with a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor and 1GB of RAM. With this specs the Moto G is actually giving the HTC One Mini, Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini and Nokia Lumia 820 a run for their mid-range phone variants. All in all the Moto G finds itself in no-man’s land, with a complete disconnect between its price and spec list. And of course, that isn't a bad thing as on paper it offers outstanding value for money.
Samsung Galaxy S4: The Korean manufacturer Samsung managed to hold off HTC at the top in 2012, but in 2013 the supreme styling of the HTC One proved too strong against a phone that's a slightly-better-version of its predecessor, especially when you consider the design.
There's a lot, to love with the Samsung Galaxy S4 though— whether it's a powerful chipset, a brilliant camera, and a masterpiece touch screen with a long-lasting battery that gives user the sheer experience when used.
The cost is touch higher than that of the other smartphones, but still cheaper than the likes of iPhone. The company’s other rivals like LG, Sony and Google have come out with some attractive propositions to overtake the Koreans phone maker but that hasn't stopped this stylish gadget from being one of the most popular phones of 2013.

Best Reasons to Buy Moto E

Moto E is the latest budget smartphone released by Motorola on May 13, 2014, aiming at the crowded low cost market. This new phone provides the same features that are present in the more expensive phones; which is why people anticipated Moto E’s release. Given below are a few reasons why Moto E is the best entry-level smartphone in India.

1. Price:  Moto E, Motorola’s “Priced for All” smartphone, is a budget phone priced at 6,999. It has all the features that a smartphone at 10,000 would have. These features include the Android version 4.4 Kitkat, 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 dual core CPU, Adreno 302 graphics engine backed by 1GB RAM, 4 GB internal storage that is expandable upto 32 GB. It has a 5MP primary camera and is powered by 1980mAh Li-Ion battery that retains charge upto 24 hours.

2. Display:  Moto E has a 4.3-inch display with 960x540 pixels resolution protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3; while most of the entry-level smartphones come with a pixel density of 800x480. It is scratch and water registrant.

3. Software: This phone supports the latest version of the Android Operating System, Android version 4.4 Kitkat. It provides an up to date and best android 


4. 1GB RAM: No smartphone in this price range will offer the user with 1GB RAM. Android phones under 7,000 provide RAM ranging from 200MB to 512MB. Along with its Qualcomm processor and android Kitkat operating system, Moto E provides the user with smooth usability and the user is unlikely to face a situation where ‘out of memory’ errors occur.

5. Splash Resistant Coating: The phone is covered with a splash resistant coating, not a water resisting guard. This means that the phone can resist temporary exposure to liquid; small splashes of water. This guard can protect the phone from a few drops of water and it covers the outside and the inside body of the phone. Therefore, tossing the phone in water is not advisable.

6. Colorful Shells: Moto E comes with a range of colorful shells like red, blue, green, yellow, turquoise, pink, white and maroon to pick from while other phones come with the same black, white and grey options. The user can also opt for grip shells that prevent the device from being damaged in case if it is dropped. 

Smartphones With Snappy Processors

With the Indian Smartphone users expecting the most out of their phones, the demand for fast, snappy processor phones is rising in the market. To join this race, some of the Indian and international companies have launched apt handsets that serve the consumers better with updated hardware. So if you are looking at buying a Smartphone with a speedy processor, this compilation from India Tv would come in handy.

# HTC one Max (Price 49,900 on Flipkart): The HTC one Max comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon Quadcore Processor. The Clock speed on the processor is 1.7 GHz along with a 2GB of RAM. The phone has a massive 5.9 inch touch screen with a display resolution of 1920*1080 pixels and runs on Android 4.3 Jelly bean. The highlight on this phone is the primary 4MPcamera, which has an ultra mega pixel sensor with an LED flash and a 2.1 MP on the front. The internal storage memory on the HTC is 16 GB, which is further expandable up to 64 GB along with a 3300 mAh battery offering around 25 hours of talk time.

Friday, 23 May 2014

Panasonic Launches Octa-Core Smartphone P81 At Rs 18,990

Electronics major Panasonic on Tuesday launched a new octa-core processor-powered Smartphone, P81, at a price of Rs 18,990.

The Smartphone features 5.5-inch IPS HD screen, 1.7GHz true octa-core processor and runs on Android 4.2.2 JellyBean operating system.

Octa-core feature allows all eight of the chipset's cores to run simultaneously offering better performance and higher power efficiency for the Smartphone.

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