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Thursday, 6 November 2014

First Lumia Smartphone With Microsoft Logo Is Here

Finally the Nokia phones are coming officially with Microsoft logo on its back panel.

Nokia had partnered Microsoft in 2011 to bring out the Lumia range of Smartphones, based on Windows Phone operating system (OS). Windows Phone is already the fastest-growing ecosystem in the Smartphone market and according to research firm IDC.

With the leaked images of a new Nokia handset without NOKIA logo , it was the first step where all Nokia Lumia series phones will now be known as ‘Microsoft Lumia’.

As reported by Robin Sinha of NDTV, the rear panel of the orange-coloured RM-1090 handset is seen with the Microsoft branding. The front panel features Microsoft branding on top of the display, alongside the front-facing camera.

The Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia's devices and services division for more than $7.5 billion was completed in April. The Redmond based company will however keep the Nokia brand name for entry-level phones, such as the Nokia 130, under a license agreement between the companies.

The Windows Phone 8.1-based RM-1090 handset on Tenaa is listed to feature a 5-inch qHD (540x960 pixels) display resolution. It offers dual-SIM support with 3G connectivity, a 1900mAh battery, and measures 140.2x72.4x9.3mm.

Check Out These 4 New Features For Gmail On Android

With the new Android Lollipop rolling out, the new changes on the Google apps and menus are expected. So, here are some of the changes on the gmail which is expected to make it easier for the user as compiled by the cNET.

# A Completely New Design

On the new Gmail, probably the first thing to cross your eyes would be the red stripe across the top. It comes with a slide-out menu on the left of the app which allows you to switch accounts by viewing the Gmail's categories that include Primary, Social, Promotions and Updates. The slide-out menu category now has an icon on it which makes it much easier to spot and browse through.

The new Gmail feels neater and looks like it’s been inspired by the new Android 5.0 Lollipop. More of the white space and the slimmer look, a small tweak to circular icons for the contacts gives a feeling of space with the new version being much roomier.

# Interacting with your inbox

Google has made very minor changes on the Gmail and will be easier to use.

As far as the changes on the inside are concerned, the compose button is placed now  in the lower right of the screen to enable the user to start writing emails immediately,  the reply buttons are now placed at the bottom of every email allowing users to finish reading the message click and reply instantaneously.

Another change is that the most common actions have been moved out of hidden app menus and into the Gmail app interface. On the inbox, there's a button at the top-right for quickly moving emails to a different folder and with the compose view the new attachment button is on the upper right.

# New options for swiping

On the old Gmail app it only gave you the option to delete emails with a swipe, but hidden new feature in the settings allows you to select how you want to deal with the new messages.

On the general settings, you now have a listing for the Gmail default action where you can set it to either ‘Archive’ to   save the emails in your account or Delete the email entirely. Based on your selection, every time you swipe an email, it will default to that setting.

 # An overall better way to Gmail

The new Gmail app isn’t going to turn the heads around with its new features but instead, many smaller changes refine the interface, making the experience easier. The new access to the other non-Gmail accounts is the best, which cuts down the number of apps you will need to open your email.

However, considering the whole new experience, it looks different, there's lot more space and it doesn't feel as small as before. But with more buttons moved out of menus and into the interface, the similar day to day actions would be easier and efficient for the users.

Google Nexus 9: The Android Powerhouse

The first tablet to run the Google's new Android 5.0 Lollipop is the Nexus 9. The design might not be very stunning but the Android Lollipop and the NVIDIA’s chipset on the tablet gives it the best boost ever.

Google joined hands with the HTC for the Nexus 9 to offer the best experience that users are looking for on a tablet, so let’s take a look at the tablet from its hardware to the software as compiled by the phone arena with some of the details from the Engadget too.

Monday, 3 November 2014

Not Lenovo, Xiaomi Now World's Third Largest Smartphone Maker

The Chinese Smartphone maker, Xiaomi is on the Top Five list of best selling phones in the market pushing Lenovo to the 4th position. Samsung still manages to be on top with declining sales every year.

With lots of new Chinese smartphone players in the market, the global phone shipments have gone above 300 million handsets for the second consecutive quarter year with lots of new phone launches and growth in the smartphone markets. So let’s take a look at the top manufacturers with their positions as per the reports by the

OPPO Launches 2 New Phones; Bets Big On India

Chinese handset maker OPPO considers India as a key strategic market for the company and is collaborating with Flipkart and Amazon for online sales of its products.

"In our global expansion, India is no doubt one of the key strategic markets. Right now, we are retailing in over 20 major cities and regions, mainly through multi-brand chains," OPPO India CEO Tom Lu told reporters during the launch of two smartphones, OPPO N3 and OPPO R5, by the company here.

Samsung Galaxy Devices Are The First Consumer Mobile Devices

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. announced its solutions have been approved by the United States government as the first NIAP-validated consumer mobile devices to handle the full range of classified information. 

After completing ten Memoranda of Agreements (MOAs), the government added the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition), Galaxy Note Edge, Galaxy Alpha, Galaxy Tab S 8.4, Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and the Galaxy IPSEC Virtual Private Network (VPN) Client to the Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC) Program Component List.

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.

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