Sony xperia Z first water proof smart phone

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At the Consumer Electronics Show 2013 last month, Sony launched a water-proof phone — Xperia Z. At MWC 2013, the company showcased a water-proof Xperia Tablet Z. The device has a 10.1-inch screen with a high-definition resolution of 1920×1200. Its thickness is just 6.9 mm, making it one of the sleekest tablets in the market (thickness of the iPad is 9.4 mm). The device weighs 495 grams, sitting squarely between the fourth generation iPad (650 g) and the iPad Mini (310 g). The tablet has an 8 megapixel camera and is dust-proof. It runs Android Jelly Bean and connectivity options include WiFi, 3G, Bluetooth, NFC and infrared. The price is $499 (Rs 28,000) for 16GB and $599 (Rs 33,000) for 32 GB.

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Galaxy Note 8.0 is here to rock you

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South Korean tech giant Samsung has launched an eight-inch tablet with phone to take on Apple’s recently launched iPad mini.

The Galaxy Note 8.0, now being marketed by Samsung as a ”tablet”, is powered by Google’s Android software.

It will be showcased at the four-day Mobile World Congress in Barcelona beginning on February 25, Samsung said in a statement.

According to News.com.au, like e previous incarnations of the Galaxy Note, the device comes with a stylus pen allowing the user to write or draw on the screen, which can be split in two to run various programs at the same time.

The latest device – the first from the company to feature an eight-inch screen, is set to fill a gap in the firm’s wide product lineup, which ranges from the flagship smartphone Galaxy S to the 5.5-inch (14cm) Galaxy Note 2 and the 10.1-inch (25.7cm) Galaxy Tab tablet PC, the report said.

Samsung said the launch of the Galaxy Note 8.0 will ‘reignite the mid-size tablet category,’ it added.

Google bangs with touchscreen chromebook in jst $1299

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Google is adding a new and more expensive touch to its line of Chrome laptops in an attempt to outshine personal computers running on software made by rivals Microsoft and Apple.

The Chromebook Pixel unveiled Thursday includes a nearly 13-inch (33-centimeter) display screen that responds to the touch or swipe of a finger. That duplicates a key feature in Microsoft Corp’s Windows 8, a dramatic makeover of the world’s leading operating system for PCs.

The Pixel’s high-resolution screen displays 239 pixels per inch, slightly more than Apple Inc’s MacBooks with high-resolution Retina displays. A MacBook Pro with a screen that measures 13.1 inches (33.3 centimeters) diagonally can handle 227 pixels per inch (2.5 centimeters), while the 15.4-inch (39.1-centimeter) model is at 220 pixels per inch.

“This is the future: high-resolution screens and touch,” said Sundar Pichai, a senior vice president who oversees Google’s Chrome Web browser and operating system.

Google Inc designed and built the Pixel for “power users” — a fastidious and generally more affluent segment of the PC market willing to pay more for machines equipped with compelling features and components not found in cheaper laptops.

The strategy is a departure for Google, which had positioned Chromebooks based on its Chrome operating system as affordable options for homes and offices looking for a quick and easy way to connect to the Web. Google has been partnering with PC makers to make Chromebooks over the past two years. Among them: Acer Inc. makes a bare-bones Chromebook for just $199, while Samsung Electronics Co sells one for $249.

The Pixel, which Google is building without a partner, will cost $1,299 for a Wi-Fi only model with 32 gigabytes of flash storage. A 64-gigabyte machine that can connect on both Wi-Fi and a 4G LTE cellular network will cost $1,499. That’s the same price as the cheapest MacBook Pro with a comparable screen, though the Apple laptop comes with 128 gigabytes of storage.

Apple does have a cheaper, lighter laptop, the MacBook Air. A 13-inch (33-centimeter) model with 128 gigabytes of storage starts at $1,199. It weighs less than 3 pounds (1.35 kilograms) and doesn’t have a high-resolution screen. The Pixel has the high-resolution screen and weighs 3.35 pounds (1.52 kilograms). The 13-inch high-resolution MacBook Pro weighs 3.57 pounds.

Google believes Pixel is a better value than the Air, given its higher-resolution screen with touch controls. Google is also throwing in 1 terabytes of free online storage in its data centers for three years — a benefit that Pichai estimated would cost $500 to $600.

The Pixel “will stand up very, very well to the MacBook Air,” Pichai said. “The goal here is to push the boundaries to deliver the best laptop at the best possible price.”

Though its popular iPad has a touch screen, Apple has shunned touch-screen laptops. Apple figures that because people use laptops with the screen in front of them, rather than in their hands or laps, it’s not a pleasant experience to constantly have to reach out to touch the screen.

Microsoft, on the other hand, considers touch screens to be central to all computing environments. Windows 8 was designed to make desktop and laptop computers work more like tablet computers. Computers with touch-screen monitors can respond to touch along with old-style mouse and keyboard commands.

Google’s online Play store will begin selling the Pixel in the U.S. and U.K Thursday, with BestBuy.com expected to take orders on Friday. A hands-on experience with the Pixels also will be available beginning Friday in 10 of Best Buy’s retail stores in California, Minnesota, Washington state, Virginia and New York.

Pichai declined to say how many of the lower-priced Chromebooks have been sold, but said the models have ranked as the most popular laptop sold by Amazon.com Inc. for the past four months.

The free online storage is being included with the Pixel to overcome the laptop’s lack of a hard drive. Like other Chromebooks, the Pixel functions like a terminal dependent on an Internet connection to get to information and applications stored in large data centers run by Google or other technology providers.

Spurred by the growing popularity of smartphones and tablet computers, Google is betting more people will prefer having data, photos and video stored in remote data centers instead of individual hard drives so the content can be accessed from any Internet-connected device.

Google’s expansion into the high-end of the laptop market immerses the Internet search and advertising company more deeply into the business designing and making gadgets.

The company is already a major player in the mobile device market through its Android software. To help promote Android, Google also has designed a line of smartphones and tablets under the Nexus brand. The company also owns smartphone maker Motorola Mobility, which it bought for $12.4 billion last year.

Google’s deepening involvement in hardware has ignited speculation that the company might eventually open its own chain of stores to sell its products, just as Apple and Microsoft already do. Pichai didn’t address that in a response to a question on that topic at Thursday’s event.

Apple and Microsoft already have been hurt by the increased competition from Google. Most smartphones and tablets running on Google’s free Android software cost less than Apple’s iPhone and iPad, helping to siphon sales away from those devices. Sales of PCs running on Windows also have been sagging during the past year, partly because consumers are relying more on Android devices.

Google says it expects to make a small profit on each Pixel sold, but the company figures to make more money from the online traffic delivered from the machines. Like other Chromebooks, the Pixel is set up to automatically use all of Google’s services, including its search engine, Gmail and YouTube video site.

Use Windows 8 in a faster way

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Windows 8 is a totally new experience. It has something special from its former versions. Set aside the traditional look, icons, home screen and start button, Windows 8 has many ground-breaking features. So is the case with the app and utility support of the software. Microsoft has set up a special Windows 8 app store for Metro-style apps. They will certainly bring you a new feel in using the Windows 8 PCs for both business and consumer purposes. Here is our list of five best Windows 8 apps that people have installed on their newly-bought Windows 8 machines.

Fresh Paint
As its name tells, it is an app for painting graphics and symbols. It is made for touch-enabled devices. If you use a touch tablet or PC, it is now quite easy to make simple drawings using this app. It has been developed with an aim to let users exploit the maximum possibility of multitouch screen.

The app supports five fingers simultaneously and you can mix fresh colors to a virtual palette quite easily and quickly. Fresh Paint is equipped with a collection of tools as well as a nice variety of canvas and paper textures for drawing. This app is free for download and it can be done in a few minutes from Windows 8 store.

Windows 8 Cheat Keys
Put it simply, it is a Windows 8 tutorial app. The new PC software from Microsoft comes with lots of changes. One should be thrown out to a loop if he/she is not much familiar with the operating system. Some computer makers have included proprietary Windows 8 tutorials into their devices; for example, Vizio has added a full-color manual and Dell has included a preinstalled video tutorial app as Windows 8 guide.

 

The Windows 8 Cheat Keys is a better alternative if your devices don’t carry any such services out of the box. Well, it helps you corral a huge list of controls, ideas and tips for using Windows 8 easily. The app can also be snapped into the side of screen while you are working with other apps.

Xbox SmartGlass App
It is a brilliant gaming app for Windows 8 with Xbox 360. That is, if you have Xbox 360 gaming device, you can download the Xbox SmartGlass for a fresh experience in gaming. “It’ll make you feel like you’re living in the future,” says PC World. With the app, the PC will let you control Xbox 360. You can even launch apps and play games using your devices with the SmartGlass app. “It helps your devices work together to enhance your TV shows, movies, music, sports, and games. Control and interact with what’s on your TV with simple gestures on your Windows device,” says the app description on Windows store.

Clock
Microsoft has infamously missed some basic features in the home screen of Windows 8. While accepting a new look and feel for the home screen, it has made a big miscue by removing an option for time and date update. This problem is nicely solved by a Clock app, which brings features like calendar to your home screen along with a clock. Otherwise, you would have to pull up the Charm bar or desktop to check time and date on Windows 8. Jujuba’s Clock app is free for download.

Pulse News
Pulse News app has been famous on Android and iOS. It is now available for Windows 8 interface also. It is a popular news reader app; however, its Windows 8 app has not received good reviews. It is criticized for its tiring dark aesthetic, which is certainly jarring when compared to the general modern interface. Anyway, it is a nice app you can download in your PC for a live access to fresh and hot new stories.

Play station 4 is here…

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The PlayStation franchise is now almost 20 years old and its glory days are a thing of the past. Since PlayStation 3 came on the market in late 2006, Sony’s gaming division has mostly incurred big losses—a $2 billion operating loss in the year ended March 2007, a $1.2 billion operating loss the following year and a $600 million operating loss in the year to March 2009. After that, gaming was rolled into a bigger unit with most of Sony’s other consumer products—a sign, probably, of PlayStation’s growing irrelevance.

The latest update holds some promise. It will be faster and have better graphics than its predecessors, of course. It will be connected to the cloud and mobile devices and come with social-networking features, naturally. The new device should also be cheaper to produce than its predecessors. Where PS3 ran on chips specifically designed for the Sony console, the new PlayStation will run on more generic hardware.

But there are reasons to be cautious.

Console gaming in general is declining. Since PS3 first hit the shelves more than six years ago, tablets and smartphones have become the must-have technology for a new generation. Mobile devices also offer cheap or free games to satisfy non-hardcore gamers. In the U.S., console sales declined every month through 2012, according to researcher NPD Group. U.S. sales of hardware, software and accessories fell 17% in January from a year earlier.

More important, too much about PS4 remains a mystery. For starters, pricing will be crucial. The high retail tag of PlayStation 3 of up to $600 put off some consumers, allowing cheaper consoles from Nintendo and Microsoft to steal market share. There is also no specific sale date. Sony says the PS4 will be out in time for the 2013 holiday season. Given the pace of change in consumer technology, that is a long 10 months.

Sony’s shares are up about 70% since November, as the falling yen boosts sentiment on Japan’s consumer-electronics sector. A more favorable exchange rate will certainly help after eight straight quarters of red ink at Sony. An unseen game console of indeterminate price with a vague release date, however, is no reason to get excited.

Happy 9th Birthday Facebook

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Facebook, the world’s largest social networking site turns nine today. With well over 1 billion users, it’s hard to believe that the site has not even been around for a decade.

The site was started on 4 February 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg when he was a sophomore (second year)  at Harvard University. Zuckerberg had launched an initial version of site, then known as Facemash in 2003 but Harvard authorities had shut it down as he had got the information for the site by hacking into administration records.

Zuckeberg relaunched Facemash as TheFacebook.com initially and the name was later changed to Facebook. In 2005, the site allowed users to upload pictures. Till date, Facebook has seen over 219 billion photos being uploaded. By September 2006, Facebook began expanding and allowed anyone over 13 to join the site. It also got the NewsFeed in 2006.

The Facebook Like was introduced much later in February 2009 and according to the company’s Q4 results, it has seen 1.13 trillion ‘likes’ since its introduction.

In the nine years, since it began Facebook has evolved drastically from what it looked like when it started. The Wall is no longer a part of the site, instead users have the Timeline, introduced in September 2011 and made compulsory for all users in January 2012.

In 2012 Facebook floated its IPO and the company went public with a peak market capitalisation of over $104 billion. The hype was short-lived and the stock of the company soon took a battering.

Nor is the site restricted to desktops as mobile is now a big part of the Facebook strategy. The company launched a slew of apps last year, from Camera to Poke to a new updated Facebook Messenger for both Android and iOS. Facebook also bought  the popular mobile photo-editing and sharing app, Instagram last year.

In January, this year Facebook announced the launch of Graph Search that allows users to search the site for photos, places, likes, people on the site. The feature has of course raised privacy concerns as with Graph Search coming in, people are apprehensive about what results Facebook will show You can check out our review of the Graph Search here. Of course Graph Search is still a beta product but it will be rolled out to all site users by the end of this year.

It was also reported by TechCrunch that Facebook has begun testing a new status composer which could let users choose from a wide range of emoticons while updating their status.The new array of visuals elements would allow users to choose their status updates from different categories to share activities such as feeling, reading, or eating or even more creative unconventional ones such as Game Of Thrones or LOTR.

Facebook is set to evolve more this year. CEO Mark Zuckerberg has indicated that in the earnings call, highlighting that mobile and new elements will be the key to the site’s future.

In less than ten years, Facebook has changed drastically. From likes to multiple tagging, to emoticons in comments, the site has come a long way. As far as competitors go, Facebook has no close rival in terms of numbers. Google Plus is at number two but has about 343 million users which is nowhere close to Facebook’s 1 billion. If one were to go according to the numbers, Facebook juggernaut is unlikely to stop anytime soon.

Micromax A89 Wait is over for Indians

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Are you waiting for the Micromax A89 Ninja? You wait is now over. The phone has been spotted in India at Infibeam at a price of Rs 5899.

The Micromax A89 Ninja is almost a 4 inch mutiple-point capacitative touchscreen phone (3.97 inch). The display screen sports a screen resolution of 480 by 800 with 262K colours. This is a dual-SIM phone equipped with a faster dual core processor clocked at 1 GHz.

Operating System: The phone runs the Android 4.0 Ice cream sandwich operating system.

Camera: The A89 Ninja is a fitted with a 3.2 megapixel camera which also lets you record videos at 30 fps (frames per second). The camera however lacks auto focus and LED flash light which could be a problem when shooting under low light conditions.

Memory: The phone has got a RAM 512 MB and a ROM of 2 GB, The phone has an internal memory of 2GB and supports expansion up to 32 GB with a micro SD card.

Connectivity: The phone connects to Internet using 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and USB.

Battery: The Ninja A89 runs on a 1450 mAh battery which supports a talk time of 4 hours and standby time of 170 hours.

Now Twitter targeted by Hackers

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Twitter Inc. on Friday said it had detected “sophisticated” unauthorized attempts to access information from the short-messaging service used by more than 200 million people.

In a blog post, the San Francisco company said it identified this week computerized attacks that may have accessed the valued data of users.

Nokia still betting on Lumia 920

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The Lumia 920 is a Windows 8 phone and comes with popular apps like Nokia Drive, Nokia Maps and Nokia Music. The Nokia Drive map is exceptionally good and way ahead of its competition: Google Maps. If you’re not used to Android or iOS operating systems, you might take a liking to the interface of Windows 8 in the first glance only. But those accustomed to Android or iOS would find it a bit difficult to get used to it. In terms of multitasking, Windows 8 certainly is a bit slow, apps often take time to load and restart and, at times, it does get a bit frustrating.

The best part about the Lumia 920 is its camera, which comes with image stabilisation. In its class of smartphones, the 920 perhaps has the best camera. Be it low-light photography or indoor shots at night, it captures pictures to near perfection. The colours come out beautifully, thanks to the superior display, and it has concept camera lenses like Bing Vision, Panorama, Cinemagraph and Smart Shoot. It has an eight-megapixel Pure View camera at the back and, 1.3-megapixel camera at the front.

Some might say the app argument is an old, harsh and unfair stick to keep beating Windows phone with, but then a lot of people look for apps on smartphones, and it plays an important role in decision-making. The Lumia 920 disappoints on that front when compared to Android and iOS, as it doesn’t have a wide range of apps on the app store. If you aren’t one of those who wouldn’t care much about the apps as long as the phone delivers good performance, Lumia 920 fits the bill.

The battery life, a big bugbear among smartphone users, of the Lumia 920 is pretty good. It can last up to a day once charged fully, even when you use multiple apps. Just like the iPhone, there’s no room for additional memory, and the 920 comes with 32-GB storage capacity. The Internet Explorer browser is pretty fast.

At Rs 38,199, the Lumia 920 is priced to compete against SIII, iPhone 4S and 5, as well as the HTC. Does it actually match up? It certainly is an impressive phone, but doesn’t do enough to make you shell out the asking price. The camera and screen certainly give it an edge over other phones, but Android users will find it tough to switch to the Windows operating system. It is arguably one of the best Windows phones and will find a lot of loyalists picking it. However, Nokia, with Lumia 920, would find it tough to convince Android or Apple users to switch to Windows. At a lesser price point, perhaps it could have done the trick.

Final wordings,
“That’s a big phone.” “Isn’t it too bulky to carry around?” These are the first questions colleagues asked on seeing the Nokia Lumia 920, and the answer to both is in the affirmative. Yes, it is a big phone, and a bit bulky to carry around. But then, Nokia is betting big on this “big” phone to take on rivals Samsung, Apple and HTC. It weighs about 185g — far more than Samsung SIII (133g) and HTC One XL (129g) — but once you go behind the bulk and the weight, there’s a lot to like in the Lumia 920.